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Frequently Asked Questions

Who's eligible?

Frontiers is open to elementary students, enrolled in the Rankin County School District, who have not yet turned 12 as of September 1 of that school year. 


How do I register my child for Frontiers?

Students must be register for Frontiers annually. Enrollment does not "rollover" to the next school year. Registration during the school year can be done at the Frontiers site. You must contact the site to verify availability. A $25 registration fee, tuition, and completed Parent Contract, per child,  is required for your child(ren) to be considered enrolled. Click here for site contact information.

During the summer months, enrollment is done at the Frontiers Administrative Office, 135 S. College Street, in Brandon, according to site availability.


Is Frontiers open on school holidays?

No, Frontiers operates on the school calendar so student holidays apply to our program. Frontiers also is closed on the early dismissal/"half" days in December and May. All registered students are enrolled as full-time students. We do not offer part-time student enrollment or "drop-ins." The monthly tuition rate remains the same regardless of holidays and student attendance.


What if my child is absent from Frontiers?

Frontiers students listed on the school's absentee report will be considered absent from Frontiers as well. If your child attends school but does not attend Frontiers that afternoon for any reason (such as riding the bus home, dental appointments, etc.), you MUST contact the Frontiers Site Coordinator as well as the regular school officials. 

Frontiers does not always receive notes sent to teachers or phone calls made to the school office. Repeated failure to follow this policy may result in dismissal from Frontiers. Our first concern is the safety and whereabouts of your child. Appropriate phone numbers for Frontiers sites are listed here.


What if my child needs medication during Frontiers?

Frontiers can only administer medications with a current, completed, and signed Medication Authorization Form on file. Prescription and over-the-counter medications MUST be in original container with written dosage information. We will only accept one week's worth of prescription medication at a time and cannot accept any medication that must be refrigerated.

NOTE: If a child's contract indicates the need for an EpiPen, that child will NOT be allowed to attend until Frontiers has an EpiPen in its possession. We do not have access to EpiPens or medication stored in classrooms or the school office during Frontiers time. 


When and where do I pay my child's tuition?

Tuition is due the first school day of the month and is payable at site when you pick up. Families with children at different schools must pay tuition at each individual school. There is a $40 late fee, per site, for tuition not paid on time. Child(ren) will be suspended until the account is clear and school officials will be notified of suspensions to assure alternate transportation is arranged for the duration of the suspension.

NOTE: Tuition may be paid by free bank draft (drafted on the 1st or 5th of each month) or by debit or credit card at site  (fees apply). Tuition is based on a per child, per day cost; therefore, there are no price breaks for multiple children in a family.


Who can pick up my child from Frontiers?

Children will ONLY be released to those individuals listed on the Parent Contract so be sure to include individuals that need to pick up your child for art, dance, music, soccer, baseball, and so forth. In case of last minute changes or emergencies, a phone call may be acceptable in an emergency situation depending on the circumstance. It is the responsibility of the parent to update the contract as needed, i.e. change of cell numbers, new job, mailing address, etc. and to also add or delete authorized pick-up persons as circumstances change. 

NOTE: Copies of legal documentation must be on file at the Frontiers site, if applicable. These documents must be provided each year to enforce restrictions. FRONTIERS DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO LEGAL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL.


Can my child bring items from home to play with during Frontiers time?

Frontiers schedules include arts and crafts, games, and other planned activities to occupy the students' time. Please do not allow students to bring cell phones, iPads, Apple watches, trading cards, and/or similar items to Frontiers. Students will be required to keep these in their book bags or the Site Coordinator will hold them until pick-up. Frontiers is not responsible for loss or damage to items such as these.


What if my child gets hungry? Can I send an extra snack?

In accordance with USDA nutrition standards and meal pattern guidelines for after school programs, Frontiers can only provide one snack per child, per day. The designated meal time for snacks is generally upon your child's arrival to Frontiers (2:00 p.m.) for most schools. Students may eat an extra snack from home, finish a sack lunch, etc., but may only do so during the scheduled mealtime. Food items cannot be shared and must not contain nuts. 


Can my child go to Frontiers at another school if there is no Frontiers site at my child's school?

No. Frontiers only serves Rankin County School District. There is an annual minimum registration requirement of 35 students to offer a Frontiers site at our elementary schools. If a Frontiers site does not "make" for your child's school, unfortunately, they cannot attend Frontiers at other sites.