Parent support has a very literal meaning at McGuffey. Tuition costs are kept relatively low partially because parents do some of the work we’d pay others to do. In a sense, parents are paying themselves to do many of the task required in order to maintain a quality school environment. The primary purpose of the program and the deciding factor of whether a job qualifies for the program is that it accomplishes a task we would otherwise have to pay for. By supporting the school in this manner, parents also directly impact their child’s experience and get to know a little bit more about the school.
Families are responsible for a total of 30 hours per year; families whose children attend part time have prorated hours. You can find opportunities for Family Hours in blog postings, emails, and on our Sign Up Genius online form.
Where can I find information about McGuffey’s Family Hours?
For those of you new to Parent Hours, there is a nice introduction on our website. You can also refer to our handbook for information. If you have more specific questions, please email or call Ingrid Schreiber.
What kind of work qualifies as Family Hours?
There are many options for work that qualifies as Family Work Hours. Our students, staff, and families benefit from the variety of help offered by our diverse group of parents. Here are a few examples of activities that qualify as Family Work Hours, and some examples of activities that do not qualify.
Activities that qualify:
- Weeding garden beds, spreading playground mulch, and planting flowers
- Doing a presentation for students that has been arranged beforehand with a staff member
- Chaperoning field trips
- Volunteering in the classroom on a regular basis or for special events
- Setting up and/or cleaning up for picnics and similar events
- Helping with annual events like SOAR and Trivia Night
- Participating in the production of the school musical
- Counting and clipping Box Tops
- Adopt-A-Room cleaning or one time arranged cleaning
Activities that do not qualify:
- Attending school functions such as picnics, performances, or conferences.
- Projects you do as a surprise, without prior discussion with staff.
- Time spent on TADS.
- Reading this web page.
- Subscribing to, and reading our blog although careful readers will occasionally find “blue light specials” embedded in blog posts.
If you are unsure if your time spent qualifies as Family Work Hours, please feel free to ask.
How does the school keep track of how many hours I have done so far?
We rely on parents to report the hours they have worked or earned. Hours can be reported in two ways:
- Online reporting (the hours reported online will be transferred to the Family Hours Log by staff)
- Writing your hours in the Family Hours Log in the office
You will receive an update mid year on your progress, but you are always welcome to check the binder or ask for an update by emailing Ingrid.
Where is the Family Work Hours Log?
The Family Work Hour Log is a white binder located on the shelf inside the office, next to the mailboxes.
How do I know what jobs are available?
McGuffey maintains an online sign up sheet that is updated periodically as Family Work Hour opportunities arise. This is on a fun site called Sign Up Genius. You can also access the link through the McGuffey website. Please sign up only for jobs to which you can fully commit. If something comes up and you are no longer able to fulfill that job, remove your name and let Ingrid know that job is open again. Be aware that jobs may be reassigned if they are not completed in a timely manner.
You will also find opportunities for Family Work Hours in blog entries, or in conversation with your child’s teachers. You might even come up with an idea on your own. However, be sure your time spent will qualify for Family Work Hours before you spend that time.
Are all Family Work Hours equal?
In general, an hour is an hour. However, some jobs can be more grueling or require a harder-to-find skill than others. When this situation arises, we have been known to give bonus hours. For example, if you are willing to come to school once a month and really scrub down a bathroom used by 20-30 students several times a day, you get double hours (with triple appreciation from staff). If you cut out card stock squares for a teacher while sitting on your couch watching Downtown Abby, you get regular hours (and we still really appreciate you!).
Is there anything else I should know about Family Work Hours?
PACE yourself. While some families know they will complete all their hours during the school musical or during Trivia Night, many families prefer to space their jobs throughout the year. Either is fine! However, your hours must be complete by June 30th. If any hours are unworked, your TADS account will be charged for these hours at a rate of $20/hour.
The opportunities can become limited at the end of the school year. It might just come down to scrubbing bathrooms. Family Work Hours fulfill real needs of the school so it just depends on what we need at the time. It is important to note that the responsibility to fulfill hours ultimately rests with the parents.
Who can do Work Hours?
Anyone can complete hours on your behalf! Friends, grandparents, etc. Just make sure their hours get into the log.
Contact Ingrid if you have any additional questions about McGuffey’s Family Work Hours Program.
Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog. You never know when we might offer a free Family Work Hour secretly imbedded in text or pictures.