Frequently Asked Questions – Fowler

Is there after school on the first day of school?

Before and After school for all students grades 4 – 8 begins on the first day of school.

Before and After School are also open on the last day of school.

Please see the Maynard BASEC Calendar for details and dates.

Where should I drop off my student for Before School?

Please drop off your student at the Green Meadow for Before School. Middle School students will be walked by BASEC staff to Fowler for the start of their school day. Please drop off by 7:40 AM, so that your student will be in attendance as we start our transition.

Can I sign up for newsletters and other notices?

We’ve learned that our community overwhelmingly prefers electronic correspondence; therefore, we communicate news and important reminders via email. Additionally, you can like us on Facebook (Maynard BASEC) and follow us on Instagram (MaynardBASEC) to remain current on events and see pictures from our programs.   The ease of communicating electronically sometimes overshadows the importance (and joy) of face-to-face conversation. We always have a front-desk greeter—and can make time for more in-depth discussion. Please feel free to ask questions at pick-up or request a conference!

How do the BASEC @ Fowler Workshops run?

BASEC @ Fowler offers two 10- to 12-week sessions of workshops. Students may choose from a wide selection of rich programming.  More information coming soon.

Does BASEC @ Fowler offer tutoring?

No, not at this time. However, please check back with us soon!

What happens on early release days?

BASEC @ Fowler provides programming for on early release days beginning at dismissal and runs until 6:00 PM—this is included for any child registered with BASEC for an after school schedule that includes those days. Students who are enrolled in BASEC but do not have an after school schedule that includes Fridays can add all early release days for a discounted price. Email fowler@maynardbasec.org for more information!

Please see the Maynard BASEC Calendar for details.

You will need to pack a lunch for your child on early release days, as the cafeteria is not open.

What is an “Emergency Authorized Release?”

BASEC requires you to have at minimum one back-up person on your child’s enrollment form (submitted electronically to our database). This person should know that you have put her/him on this form and should be willing to pick up your child in an emergency (this includes your working late). This is also important for those of you who have difficulty making the 6:00 pick up time. If you do not know anyone in Belmont who can do this for you, please see Site Director, Michael Clark, to figure out a good match for your family.

Can my child use his or her cell phone/smart watch during program hours?

BASEC discourages families from sending students to program with cell phones and other smart devices like watches. If a student must have a phone/watch, it should be kept in their backpack during program hours. Cell phones/smart watches can only be used to contact parents after getting consent from–and remaining in the presence of–a BASEC teacher or administrator.

If you need to reach your child, please call the BASEC @ Fowler main line.

How do I report my child as absent from after school?

Please call or text us at (978) 801-1450 or email fowler@maynardbasec.org to report an absence.

Each family is responsible for notifying BASEC if their student:

  • was absent from school;
  • leaves school unexpectedly or for a scheduled appointment;
  • attends school, but will not be attending after school.

We can be notified by telephone, email, or written note. Please note that email is typically not checked after 2:00pm.

Attendance is taken and all students must be accounted for within 15 minutes of the dismissal bell. If a student cannot be accounted for, we will do an “all call” over the school’s PA system and phone calls are made. Please be sure to give us this notice in a timely manner.

If your child does not check in to after school and we have no prior notification of an absence, we call the parent/guardian phone numbers to confirm absences. On your emergency form (electronically submitted to BASEC’s database), you will notice that we ask for a primary phone contact. Please indicate the best number to reach you and we will call this number first. If there are multiple students absent and multiple phone calls to make, we will call the primary contact number for each student, then resume calling all other numbers on each student’s emergency contact form.

What about other communication?

If you would like to email our Site Director, Michael Clark, questions or concerns privately please use the email address Michael.Clark@maynardbasec.org. If you would like to privately email Executive Director, Andrew Mountford, please use the email address Andrew.Mountford@belmontbasec.org. The email fowler@maynardbasec.org should be used for scheduling, absences, and other general questions.

We welcome and encourage communication from the BASEC community, parents and children alike. Please stop by and meet the staff, see how our program runs, and feel free to offer any suggestions you may have to help better our growing community!

Can my child leave on his/her/their own?

Yes they can, with your signed permission. You will notice on that the Authorization to Leave form (submitted electronically to BASEC’s database) indicates how you wish your child to leave the program.

We ask that you provide detailed information regarding unsupervised leave. Families can select from conditional or unconditional leave options. Unconditional leave options (recommended only in certain situations) allows a student to sign him/herself out at any time, by his/her/their own discretion. Conditional leave options allows families to set parameters, e.g. “after 5:00 PM” or “only after a phone call to parent”.

We have a preliminary conversation with each student authorized to sign him/herself out about our own policies, the expectations, and walking home safely.

What if I need someone who is not on my authorized pick-up list to pick up my child?

Just give us a call or email and we will note it in our dismissal log for the day. Please ask the person picking up to have a photo ID ready to present to our staff at pick up.

What is the typical program schedule?

Please see our Fowler After School Sample Schedule for more details.

Students may be signed-out and picked-up at any time between the end of the school day and 6:00PM

On which days is BASEC closed?

Please see the Maynard BASEC Calendar.

When are tuition payments due?

Please see the Maynard BASEC Calendar.


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