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Elementary ASAs

Are you interested in after school activities (ASAs) at ISD?  This is a great resource page for general ASA information, current schedules, and more. 

After School Activities Overview

Here's everything you need to know about elementary after school activities (ASAs) for ISD elementary students.

Structure of Elementary ASAs at ISD

We organize our After School Activities into three "terms." For School Year 2021-2022, we started our terms a bit later than normal. 
 

  • Term 1: October 25 to December 17

  • Term 2: February 7 to April 8**

  • Term 3: TBD

  • ** Term 2 has been postponed due to recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Please refer to this email HERE for additional information **

Registration occurs in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the term. Please see the registration dates below. Note, these are the dates with the registration will be open. Because we use a "preference based" system, there is no rush to get your registration information to us as soon as possible. Just make sure you have them submitted before the window closes. 
 

  • Term 1: CLOSED

  • Term 2: December 13 to January 28 (2022)

  • Term 3: TBD

All Elementary After School Activities begin at 3:15pm and end at 4:00pm unless otherwise informed. 

What's new for Term 2 Elementary ASAs?
  • We are returning to a paid model for Elementary ASAs. Please watch this brief video explaining our return to this model >> HERE <<.

  • Each grade level will have two days of ASAs per week.

  • We have a number of new ASAs and have expanded our offerings as we emerge from Covid-19 restrictions. Activities being offered this term include soccer, basketball, volleyball, martial arts, robotics, papier mache, sand art, swim lessons, chess, pottery, dance, circus arts, and potentially more! Please scroll down to see details of course offerings below.

  • We will combine some grade levels during ASAs based on our current Covid-19 guidelines. 

  • Grades KG-2 will have ASAs on the same days and Grades 3-5 will have ASAs on the same day. Please see Term 2 Grade Schedule below:

Important Contacts
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Colin Crumpton

Athletics & Activities Director

colinc@faculty.isd.sn

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Marieme Mbaye

Athletics & Activities Assistant

mariemem@faculty.isd.sn

How do I register using SchoolsBuddy?

How to activate your SchoolsBuddy account.


All ISD parents with an inactive account received a new "Welcome Email" from SchoolsBuddy. You need to follow the instructions in that email to create a password and activate your account. Once you have an active account you can login to SchoolsBuddy at isdakar.schoolsbuddy.net or using the the "SchoolsBuddy 2.0" app on your iPhone or Android device.




How does registration work?


Registration for Elementary ASA Term 2 will go live on Monday, December 13. We will leave this registration open until Monday, January 10. Simply go to isdakar.schoolsbuddy.net or open the SchoolsBuddy app on your iOS/Android phone or device to see open registrations. Elementary ASA registration works using a preference based system. You will select up to five activities and rank them in order (1-5) in terms of your preference for that day. When we allocate ASAs, SchoolsBuddy uses an algorithm to create the most fair selections for the entire group of students registering. Please note that your student will have up to two days per week for ASAs but each day will have the same selection of ASAs. It is not recommended to select the same set of ASAs for each day. Instead, we recommend selection a different set of ASAs or to reorder your preferences to ensure your student does not end up with the same ASA both days.




How else do we use SchoolsBuddy?


We use SchoolsBuddy for a number of important purposes: - One way communications for school related issues - Parent Teacher Conferences - Secondary Activities and Athletics - Permission and consent for field trips




Do I have to pay for Elementary ASAs?


- Yes, you do have to pay for Elementary ASAs beginning in Term 2. For more information, please watch this information video >> HERE <<. - Term 2 Elementary ASA cost 30,000fcfa per activity, per term. This means that if a student does two days of activities (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday), they will pay a fee of 60,000fcfa per term. - At a rate of roughly 3,000fcfa per session, we feel this is a competitive price when considering the off-campus activities available to our families. These fees allow us to sustainably pay a fair wage to all of our ASA providers. - Fees for Term 2 of Elementary ASAs must be paid no later than January 21, 2022. Students with outstanding fees will be removed from ASAs until they have a zero balance. - All fees must be paid directly to the business office during school hours (9:00am to 5:00pm).





What do ASAs look like when sessions are ongoing?

Pick-up & Drop-off


- Students will go directly to their ASAs via lines set up on the soccer pitch near the entrance gate. - All ASAs run from 3:15pm to 4:00pm - Students return to their lines at the end of ASAs. - Students must collect their students using the same method as normal elementary dismissal at 4:00pm. - The gate will close at 4:10pm and all students will be moved to the front office.




ASA Providers


- Due to the requirements of our elementary dismissal procedure, most teachers and teaching assistants must be on duty each afternoon. As a result, most of our ASAs are led by experts in their field gathered from off campus. - All ASAs are paid at a rate of roughly 3,000fcfa per session. This is below the average rate for activities off campus but allows ISD to pay a competitive rate to our ASA providers. - We strive for a high level of quality and expertise in all of our after school activities. If at any time you have questions or concerns about our ASA providers, please contact Colin Crumpton or Marieme Mbaye directly.




Health & Safety


- All of our ASAs will follow schoolwide Covid-19 guidelines at all times. Students must wear masks at all times unless explicitly instructed to do otherwise by the instructor. - Please note that ASAs may change in structure or be canceled entirely based on the disease environment in Senegal, Dakar, and/or in our school community. Refunds will be issued as needed. - All ASA providers have undergone Covid-19 safety training. - All ASA providers have undergone ISD mandated Child Protection training. We monitor all of our ASA providers closely to ensure that our schoolwide child protection expectations are met at all times.




Payment for Elementary ASAs


- All Term 2 Elementary After School Activities will be charged at a rate of 30,000 fcfa per term, per activity. If a student is registered for two activities, the total fee will be 60,000fcfa. If a student is registered for the same activity twice in a week (e.g. soccer on Monday and Wednesday), they will be charged 60,000fcfa for the term. - Fees must paid directly to the Business Office during school hours (9:00am to 5:00pm) no later than January 21, 2021. Students with outstanding balancing will be removed from ASAs until their balances are paid. - Once a student has registered for an ASA, this represents a contract with ISD that requires payment in full. We do this because we must ensure proper staffing for each ASA. Once you register for an ASA, we then hire the appropriate number of instructors. For that reason, it is crucial that you understand we do not issue refunds except in cases of Covid-19 cancellations or other "force majeure" whereby there is no way to offer "make up" classes.




Change Requests and Post-Allocation Join Requests


- Due to the nature of staffing ASAs, we do not allow students to change from one ASA to another after registration unless there is a serious issue that cannot be resolved. These must be handled via the Athletics/Activities Director and requires approval from that office before a student changes ASAs. - Withdrawal from an ASA is possible, but will not result in a refund. - Families who miss registration or otherwise do not register a student until after the allocations have happened may submit a "Post Allocation Join Request" via SchoolsBuddy. These requests are not valid until you receive communications from the Athletics/Activities Office via SchoolsBuddy confirming the request was accepted.




Terms and Conditions for Elementary ASA Term 2 (2021-22)


- You understand that you may not be allocated into your "First" choice ASA; you understand that SchoolsBuddy functions on a "fairness" coefficient that strives to allocate each registrant into their top choice, but some activities have caps on numbers of participants. - You understand that all ASAs for Term 2, 2021-22 are paid ASAs. - Payment for each ASA is 30,000fcfa for the entire term; If a student is registered for two ASAs per week, they will pay 60,000fcfa for the term. - Payment must be made no later than January 21, 2022 in the Business Office via check or cash. Students with outstanding ASA fees will be removed from ASAs until their fees are paid. - There are no "changes" after allocation. By submitting your requests, you understand that your child will attend the ASA into which they have been allocated. - Students may withdraw from ASAs, but there are no refunds unless specifically authorized by the Athletics/Activities Director. - Elementary ASA Term 2 may be postponed or canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions at any time. Refunds will be offered in this instance. - For any ASA that is missed due to force majuere, we will provide "make up dates" as needed. - Families may submit "post allocation join requests" if they miss the initial registration. These requests are only valid if approved by the athletics/activities office.





Course Selection for Elementary ASAs, Term 2 2021-2022

How to activate your SchoolsBuddy account.


All ISD parents with an inactive account received a new "Welcome Email" from SchoolsBuddy. You need to follow the instructions in that email to create a password and activate your account. Once you have an active account you can login to SchoolsBuddy at isdakar.schoolsbuddy.net or using the the "SchoolsBuddy 2.0" app on your iPhone or Android device.




How does registration work?


Registration for Elementary ASA Term 2 will go live on Monday, December 13. We will leave this registration open until Monday, January 10. Simply go to isdakar.schoolsbuddy.net or open the SchoolsBuddy app on your iOS/Android phone or device to see open registrations. Elementary ASA registration works using a preference based system. You will select up to five activities and rank them in order (1-5) in terms of your preference for that day. When we allocate ASAs, SchoolsBuddy uses an algorithm to create the most fair selections for the entire group of students registering. Please note that your student will have up to two days per week for ASAs but each day will have the same selection of ASAs. It is not recommended to select the same set of ASAs for each day. Instead, we recommend selection a different set of ASAs or to reorder your preferences to ensure your student does not end up with the same ASA both days.




How else do we use SchoolsBuddy?


We use SchoolsBuddy for a number of important purposes: - One way communications for school related issues - Parent Teacher Conferences - Secondary Activities and Athletics - Permission and consent for field trips




Do I have to pay for Elementary ASAs?


- Yes, you do have to pay for Elementary ASAs beginning in Term 2. For more information, please watch this information video >> HERE <<. - Term 2 Elementary ASA cost 30,000fcfa per activity, per term. This means that if a student does two days of activities (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday), they will pay a fee of 60,000fcfa per term. - At a rate of roughly 3,000fcfa per session, we feel this is a competitive price when considering the off-campus activities available to our families. These fees allow us to sustainably pay a fair wage to all of our ASA providers. - Fees for Term 2 of Elementary ASAs must be paid no later than January 21, 2022. Students with outstanding fees will be removed from ASAs until they have a zero balance. - All fees must be paid directly to the business office during school hours (9:00am to 5:00pm).