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Schoolmates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Thank you for your interest in PRD's extended care programs! For details regarding PRD's school year extended care programs and to view our Schoolmates Parent Handbook, click HERE .

Schoolmates Program Details

The Who What Where's regarding Schoolmates, SM Konnex & Minimates:

  • What is Schoolmates? SM Konnex? Minimates? Under the Schoolmates Umbrella, the Piedmont Recreation Department offers three play-based after-school extended care programs. 
  • How old must my child be to attend? Schoolmates & SM Konnex: Participants are between 4.9–10 years of age (TK–5 Grades); Minimates: Participants are in Grades TK and must be registered in a PUSD Transitional Kindergarten Program.
  • Where do Schoolmates, SM Konnex and Minimates meet?  Schoolmates & SM Konnex meet at each of the three elementary schools at Havens, Beach and Wildwood; Minimates meets at Havens (AM/PM) and Beach (PM).
  • What are Schoolmates dates during the school year? 2022/2023: Schoolmates runs from August 10, 2022–May 26, 2023 (see Schoolmates Closures for details)
  • What are the program hours? See times below:
    • Schoolmates Monday–Friday 3:00–6:00; Wednesdays 1:45–6:00pm
    • SM Konnex Monday–Friday 2:00–3:00; Wednesdays 1:45–3:00pm
    • Minimates SUNRISE Morning: Monday–Friday 8:30 am–TK Class Start; SUNSET Afternoon: TK Class Release–2:00 pm (1:45 pm on Wednesdays) 
  • I need to speak to a Site Coordinator, Supervisor, etc. Who do I contact? Please refer to the Schoolmates Parent Handbook or contact info below to discuss program curriculum, family updates, late pick-up alerts, waitlist inquiries, billing questions, and more!
Registration/Withdrawal Q's
  • How do I register for Schoolmates? Online registration is available via Community Pass (see Registration Details page).
  • When does registration open for the 2022/2023 School Year? Online registration for the school year opens on Tuesday, July 12th at 10:00am.
  • As a COP/PUSD Employee, do I register differently? If you are employed with the City of Piedmont or Piedmont Unified School District, and your child is participating in a PRD program, please contact PRD during office hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm) to review your account settings prior to registration.
  • My child is enrolled! Do I need to register again for Schoolmates each month? No! Your child will have an ongoing space until you notify PRD Admin staff that your child will no longer be attending.
  • Help! Schoolmates is FULL! What do I do? If your desired program is full, you will have the option to add your child to a waitlist. Families will be contacted via email as openings occur throughout the school year.
  • My child has a conflict with one of my enrollment days (appointment, playdate, early pick up, etc.), can I cancel and receive a credit/refund? Enrolled participants are reserving time, space, staffing, and provisions for your child, whether or not they attend. Refunds/credits are not processed for these conflicts.
  • I would like to withdraw from Schoolmates, who do I contact? Please contact PRD at [email protected]. The deadline to withdraw is by the 25th prior to the next month of service (i.e. November withdrawal deadline is October 25th). Once withdrawn, PRD cannot guarantee a space will be available should you wish to return to Schoolmates.
  • I want back in! Who do I contact? How can I register? Pending availability, families will be able to register for Schoolmates, using the same registration system via Community Pass (see Registration Details page), however there may also be a waitlist. Invitations to waitlisted families will take place as openings occur via email (typically at the end of each month) and families will have 48 hours to reply back to be added to the following month's roster.
Tuition & Payment Qs
  • What are the fees for Schoolmates? Based on an hourly rate approved by City Council, program rates are calculated for all Schoolmates programs, and fees are collected on a monthly basis.
  • When do I pay for Schoolmates? The first month's tuition is due at the time of registration, and all subsequent payments are charged around the 10th of each month.
  • Schoolmates cost? Two options: Weekly 5-Day (Monday–Friday): $736/month or Daily: $136/month; Wednesdays $192/month
  • SM Konnex cost? Two options: 4-Day (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri): $180/month or Daily: $45/month; Wednesdays $56/month
  • Minimates cost? Three options: 5-Day, 3-Day, 2-Day 
    • SUNRISE Morning Schoolmates: 5-Day (Monday–Friday) : $740/month; 3-Day (Mon/Wed/Fri): $444/month; 2-Day (Tues/Thurs): $296/month
    • SUNSET Afternoon Schoolmates: 5-Day (Monday–Friday) : $520/month; 3-Day (Mon/Wed/Fri): $312/month; 2-Day (Tues/Thurs): $208/month
  • How do I pay for Schoolmates?  Schoolmates tuition is set up on an auto-payment schedule and processed by PRD Admin, therefore payment information must be stored on your account.
  • Are there tuition adjustments for PUSD holiday breaks? While tuition is calculated as a flat-rate monthly program fee, PRD staff will adjust tuition where weekly PUSD breaks occur. Tuition adjustments will be reflected when PRD staff processes tuition.
  • How can I pay for Schoolmates? What options are available? Community Pass processes payments via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) and e-checking (using a checking/savings account). To participate at Schoolmates, a payment option MUST BE STORED and up to date.
  • I heard there is a convenience fee, what is that and how much is it? On Community Pass, there is a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions, 1% for e-checking transactions. Convenience fees will not be charged if a family has a credit on file of equal or lesser value.
  •  My payment option was compromised / I have a new payment card: What do I do? Who should I contact? If you have a new payment option, you may add it to your Community Pass account at any time or contact PRD during office hours to assist. 
    • Please Note: Community Pass's automatic payment schedule does not automatically link your new payment, please contact Jessica Pomey to update your payment plan. 
  • I have an outstanding Schoolmates balance, how do I pay? Outstanding balances, or failed payment attempts, can be paid directly via Community Pass. If your family accumulates an extended past due balance, and is not paid in a timely manner, it may result in participant removal until balances are paid in full.
  • Do you offer refunds/credits for missed days/hours? Refunds, credits, or prorated fees will only be considered by PRD staff under certain circumstances such as extended illness or family situations where the child will be absent for an extended period amount of time. Participants will not be credited or refunded for early pick up, or when they are absent due to early pick ups play dates, or other scheduling conflicts.

I have more questions, who do I contact?

Schoolmates Contact Information

Please refer to the following contacts to connect with PRD Staff:

Beach Schoolmates: [email protected] |  (510) 420-3077
100 Lake Avenue (portable located next to play structure on Linda Avenue)
Site Coordinator: Sarah Normart

Havens Schoolmates: 
[email protected] | (510) 420-3078
323 Highland Avenue (Room 333: Access to classroom via Vista Avenue)
Site Coordinator: Julia Giardino

Wildwood Schoolmates: 
[email protected] |  (510) 420-3076
301 Wildwood Avenue (portable located behind upper play structure on Wildwood Avenue)
Site Coordinator: Danielle Sanchez

PRD Office: 
prd@piedmont.ca.gov |  (510) 420-3070
358 Hillside Avenue  |  Monday–Friday from 8:30 am–5:00 pm
Schoolmates Recreation Supervisor: Katrina Morris
Roster / Waitlist / Billing Questions: Jessica Pomey