When choosing an educational institution for a child in 2021-2022, it is worth paying attention not only to the level of teaching and work schedule, but also to how the school is organized for extended days, and how much it costs to attend an extended day group for primary and secondary school students.
Many years ago, when the current parents themselves were schoolchildren, the issue of extension was not so acute, because in each school there were special groups in which children spent time in the afternoon, waiting for their parents to return to work. Then the GPA (extended day group) worked until 17: 00, and in some schools the child could remain under supervision until 19: 00, if the working schedule of the parents required it. Today, everything is different and different educational institutions in America have implemented different formats of extension courses.
Letter of the law
If you, remembering your childhood, hope that the child will come from the extension course with the lessons learned, then a surprise awaits you. According to the current legislation, the GPA service is provided in the format of supervision and child care, rather than upbringing and education.
In other words, the functions of the extension in 2021-2022 include::
- safe stay of a student on the school grounds (in the office assigned to the GPA);
- meals (negotiated with parents);
- lunch NAP (for children in grades 1-4);
- allocation of time for homework (while checking the work of the teacher is not mandatory);
- organization of outdoor activities (if the weather permits, then a walk on the street is mandatory).
A teacher or caregiver working in the GPA makes daily work plans with children, which indicate all the activities of children.
The group’s opening hours are not regulated by law and are set based on the needs of parents and the school’s capabilities. GPA can work until 18: 00, but most often their working time is much shorter, because the length of stay is directly related to the price of the issue. Only the management of the school can answer the question of how much an extension period costs in the 2021-2022 academic year, because the cost is formed from such components as:
- duration of stay in the GPA;
- the quality of food;
- number of meals;
- leisure activities organized for children.
Some schools in America still have free groups, or the right to attend the GPA for free is granted to categorical students. But more often, the extension period is allocated to “additional services”, and parents have to pay for food and leisure for their children after the end of the main lessons.
The cost of an extension course in New-York schools varies from 2,000 to 8,000 rubles per month, while in private and elite educational institutions the price can reach 15,000 rubles or more. Naturally, the quality of organizing children’s leisure activities here is somewhat different and includes visiting cinemas, theaters, museums, exhibition centers, a zoo, circus performances and various other interesting and useful activities for the development of children.
Types of GPA in regular schools
So, each school offers parents the services of an extended day group in a certain format, the choice of which depends on a number of factors:
- number of children in need of GPA;
- staffing of the educational institution;
- availability of premises that meet the requirements.
Option # 1 – GPA with a class teacher
The best option for kids of grades 1-4 for 2021-2022 is if the school extension is organized on the basis of their own class, and the class teacher works as a teacher.
It should be said right away that not all teachers are thrilled with this prospect, despite the additional earnings, because in addition to lessons, they need to check a huge number of notebooks every day and prepare for classes the next day.
For children and parents, this option is the most desirable, because a good teacher will be able to make the most productive use of additional communication time with children, organizing:
- completing your homework;
- group and individual work with children on topics that are more difficult for them than others;
- outdoor or indoor games (depending on weather conditions);
- daytime sleep (for this purpose, schools should have special bedrooms).
Option #2 – GPA with an incoming caregiver
If your school doesn’t have many students in need of the service in grades 2021-2022, and teachers don’t want to take on an additional GPA burden, most likely there will be a combined extension for students from several classes (sometimes even several Parallels).
Plus, in this case, only one-the baby will be under supervision until the agreed time.
There can be many disadvantages:
- incoming caregiver (please note, not a teacher!) the nuances of subjects studied in a particular class are not always “in the topic”.;
- the teacher does not teach children, which means that he will not work on his own initiative with those who are lagging behind;
- the quality of homework in such groups often leaves much to be desired;
- if the team consists of children of different ages from different classes, conflicts are not excluded.
Of course, this is all very individual and depends on the teacher, his attitude to work and the ability to organize the work and leisure of children in the team.
Changes in 2021-2022
The following innovations are expected in the coming year::
- transition to ” self-sufficiency»;
- expanding the list of categories of children eligible for free meals and GPA;
- tighter control over the implementation of SanPiN standards (in particular, checking the organization of daytime sleep for students in grades 1-2).
In the 2021-2022 academic year, all American schools should switch to “self-sufficiency”, which is why many parents are concerned about the possible increase in the cost of GPA services.
Indeed, each school will now decide for itself whether its budget can cover students ‘ free stay in extended-day groups, or whether it is worth putting these costs on the shoulders of parents who need this additional service.
Tips from teachers
Practice shows that the good work of a primary school teacher, which saves parents from having to learn lessons with children from 1st to 4th grade, often results in a whole gamut of various problems already in the 5th grade, when the format of training changes dramatically – the student needs to learn everything at home, and control falls on the shoulders of parents.
Teachers constantly try to explain to moms and dads that regardless of whether a child attends an extended day group, they need to take an active part in the learning process.
So, at school, a child can:
- complete written homework assignments on a draft;
- to read the texts;
- learn a verse (by the way, only a few people in elementary school can do it themselves).
At home, parents should check how the child coped with the task and whether he managed to do everything during the time allotted for this type of activity in the extended period. It is also very important to be interested in how the day went at school, how the son or daughter feels (not only physically, but also psychologically), what interesting things he learned and what he learned, how he spent time with friends.