Questions Emerge About After-School Care Amid OKCPS School Changes

Thursday, July 25th 2019, 9:25 am
By: Ashley Holden

Enrollment for Oklahoma City schools starts on Monday, but parents said they still have questions about what resources are available under the new Pathway to Greatness plan.

The first day of school is about three weeks away, but News 9 got a recent message from a concerned parent. 

Kelli Brodersen said she has a son who's been attending Ridgeview Elementary. This year she also enrolled her daughter into the OKCPS Pre-K program. 
Because of the changes with the P2G plan, Brodersen's daughter will actually be attending Johnson. She's apart of the overflow being moved to that building. 
Recently Brodersen said Ridgeview reached out to confirm her son would be a part of the after school care program. She said when she asked about care for her daughter, they didn't know what the plan was. 
Brodersen said she made calls to different numbers, looked online and still wasn't getting answers. 

"Which is very alarming because this is their home school," said Brodersen. "These are four and five year old's who is going to be making sure that these needs are met."
Brodersen said she's not the only parent who thinks the P2G plan was rushed.
"Anything that can push Oklahoma ahead in education, but I feel like everything needs to be done in decency and order." said Brodersen.  "But I know i'm not the only parent that feels that this has been rushed."
News 9 reached out to the school district repeatedly and got this answer from OCKPS Media Relations Manager Arely Martin in response to our after school care question. 

"We are excited to officially announce that both PK off-sites, *Horace Mann and *Johnson, will be providing aftercare daily to our students.

"Aftercare will be provided until 6 p.m. daily as school doors are open and students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of play and learning activities.

"The enrollment fee will be $45 a week with a one time enrollment fee of $25. Please call your child’s school or attend enrollment week to finalize your aftercare enrollment. Space is limited.

"As a reminder, *Horace Mann will house pre-K overflow for Cleveland Elementary, Wilson Elementary, and Nichols Hills Elementary.

"*Johnson will house pre-K overflow for Britton Elementary, Quail Creek Elementary, and Ridgeview Elementary."

Ahead of this story News 9 asked multiple times to sit down with the district and talk about P2G, but requests were turned down.
On July 25, the district released a media plan that said they would answer P2G questions next Monday, July 29. 
School district officials said all families are encouraged to call their resident school or visit the district's website for more information