June 10, 2021 – After a year-long hiatus, GCS will again offer its popular ACES afterschool program at select elementary schools for the 2021-22 school year. The exact locations for those programs is still being determined.
To allow the program to restart with a dedicated part-time custodian in each building and to ensure all ACES staff earn at least $15 an hour, the program will have a new weekly cost of $65, up from $50 in 2019-20. Families will also pay a rate of $20 per day if they choose to use ACES services on teacher workdays but will no longer pay a $50 deposit.
ACES, which stands for Afterschool Care Enrichment Services, is self-sustaining and does not receive funds through the GCS operating budget. The fees families pay provide the salaries of ACES employees and cover costs to sustain the program.
GCS will reopen ACES programs in schools with the strongest level of interest, then consider adding additional programs in January. The interest survey will stay open during the summer to gain more responses and assist with planning.