How Schools Can Start After-School Activities Again

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Darye Henry |
May 11, 2022 |
For Schools | For Teachers |

It’s no secret that after-school activities have taken a hit in the past few years due to COVID. In fact, many schools have had to cancel their programs altogether. This has left students with fewer learning opportunities and parents struggling to find ways to keep their kids from falling behind.

Getting it all started again can seem daunting. So we’ve put together three steps that can enable you to get your programs back and better than ever.

Step 1: Start with a survey

Before you do anything, it’s important to get an idea of what programs people are most interested in. You can do this by sending out a survey to students, parents, and staff members. Asking questions about interests and availability will give you a good understanding of what kinds of programs people would like to see offered.

Step 2: Begin sourcing programs

This is the most difficult part of the process and will take the most time. You can reach out to teachers and/or community partners to find the best programs available and determine who is able to serve at your school. Having your schedules and contracts ready to go helps this process move along faster.

Step 3: Set up online registration

If you do steps one and two perfectly but don’t make it easy for parents to register, it can result in far less student participation than expected. Make sure you have a system in place where people can easily find and sign up for programs. Having a page where parents can view all available activities, register and, if needed, make a payment will help boost your participation.

At AfterSchool HQ we have created a platform that makes it easy for you to publish programs online and enable parents to register in less than 5 minutes – and all from their mobile phones.

Getting after-school activities going again might seem overwhelming, but there are ways to make it easier than before, with much greater impact. By following these three simple steps, bringing back after-school activities will be smoother than ever.

If you want to learn more about how AfterSchool HQ helps get your programs up and running, contact our team for more information! We are happy to help!


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