OPS to Begin Offering Before & After Care for 2023-24 School Year

Oct. 19, 2022
Owasso Parents & Guardians,
I am excited to announce that Owasso Public Schools will offer before & after care services, called OPS SPARK, beginning with the 2023-24 school year. 
Our goal is to create a safe and welcoming solution to support our students and families with trustworthy childcare before and after the school day. Providing that space in a familiar and engaging environment will spark students to dream, think, create, explore and play.
The district has put together a framework for OPS SPARK, however more details and information will be available in the spring. The district will post a director position to lead the program with the goal of selecting a highly-qualified candidate in December.
OPS SPARK will be open to all students in grades PK-8 who are enrolled in the district and the program will operate at all nine elementary schools along with the 6th Grade Center. Before care will be available for elementary students at their school sites beginning at 7 a.m. until the school day begins, while after care will be open following the end of the school day until  6 p.m. Only after care will be available for students in grades 6-8 following the end of the school day until  6 p.m. at the 6th Grade Center. The program will be open only on dates that school is in session. 
OPS SPARK will include an educational curriculum to supplement the learning taking place during the school day and will also include time for students to explore, create and play. 
The program will be FSA (flexible spending account) eligible and discounts will be available for those who qualify for free or reduced lunches. Pricing and additional information will be available in the spring. Our target is to begin enrollment in May for the 2023-24 school year. 
We are excited to find the right person to lead this new venture and provide another fun and educational experience for the students of OPS!
While many details of OPS SPARK are yet to be determined, I wanted to share this great news! There will be more information to come in the spring to give students and their families plenty of time to plan.
Dr. Margaret Coates