Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Summer Matters @ SCUSD?
Summer Matters encompasses summer learning programs that are designed to equip students with the tools and supports to strengthen their knowledge and skills during the summer months as well as assist students with their transition into their next grade level.
What will students do?
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities depending on their grade level. This includes opportunities from service-learning projects to internships. That main focus of Summer Matters summer learning programs is on strengthening literacy skills, math development, social justice, healthy eating and lifestyles, and physical activity. Our goal is to provide students with access to high quality service, collaboration, youth voice, civic responsibility, and assessment opportunities that are all integrated with academic learning content.
What are the program site locations?
Please click on the "Programs" link at the top of this page to access site locations information.
Can I enroll my child at any of the schools listed?
For the middle and high school programs we ask that you please enroll your child into the program at the campus that they will be attending in the fall. For the SummerQuest Elementary program, families are welcome to attend the Orientation and enter the enrollment lottery at any of the listed sites, keeping in mind their ability to transport students to site each day for program.
Why didn't my child's school site get chosen as a SummerMatters site?
Each site was chosen based on funding available for the program, school site, and the community. All of the elementary sites are "community sites" open for any child in the surrounding community. All of the District middle school sites are open. The selected high schools are operating specific transitional programs for their school site.
Will there be summer breakfast and lunch programs?
All Summer Matters sites will offer the free breakfast and lunch program, provided by Nutrition Services. Students will receive a breakfast and lunch daily.
Is there a fee for the program?
No, Summer Matters provides access to free summer learning programs. All field trips and other activities are paid for by the district.
What days and times will programs operate?
Please click on the "Programs" link at the top of this page to access specific date and time information for each program. Some field trips may go over the program time. A note will be sent home prior to the field trip date.
Who will manage?
The SCUSD Summer Matters programs are run out of the Youth Development Support Services' (YDSS) Expanded Learning Unit. YDSS has partnered with various community based organizations to provide onsite management at the schools. All sites are required to maintain a ratio of 1 adult for every 20 students. Each site will have an onsite Program Manager. The Program Manager will be supervised by a YDSS Area Specialist.
Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact the Expanded Learning Unit at email@example.com.
How do I sign my student up to participate?
Click on the "Programs" link at the top of this page to access program specific applications and information. Applications will also be made available at your child's school in the front office. Parents/guardians must complete the application and return it to their child’s school front office.
How will I know if my child is enrolled?
Filling out and turning in the application does not guarantee enrollment for select programs. YDSS staff will contact the Parents/Guardians of children enrolled in the program directly to confirm enrollment in the program.
What is the responsibility of the parent/guardian?
Please drop off and pick up your child on time. Students are expected to attend the program daily and not exceed three absences. Students will be released at the program end time (specific to each program) unless program staff is notified by the parent/guardian in writing of an early dismissal.
Get involved and ask your child about different activities he/she is involved in during Summer of Service. We will also be hosting community events and celebrations at the end of the programs for all participants, families and friends to attend. Detailed information about these events will be sent home.