Common Questions about LEAP Wait Lists
Q: Why don’t you just expand the LEAP site and hire more staff so you can get kids off of the wait list?
A: If enrollment is high enough, we work with the school principal to expand the school site as long as space is available. In our larger schools, space is limited due to room use by the school, Fire Codes and DHS (Department of Health Services) requirements. We are unable to expand the site at larger schools so our wait list is often higher at those sites.
Q: Why don’t you just bus kids from a larger site to another site that has room? A: Space on the busses is limited. We would need to pay the cost of another bus and driver in order to accommodate most of the families on the wait list which is cost-prohibitive.
A: Also, DHS requires a staff member to be on the bus with the students who are transferred to another LEAP site. To do so, the staff member must leave a vehicle at the other site in order to be on the bus with the students bussed to another LEAP site. Therefore, she would have to find a ride back to the other school each day to get his/her car in the evening at the end of her shift. Even if this plan were to work out, the extra space on the bus, when available, is often limited to only a few students.
Q: Why don’t you open another site for larger schools with high wait lists at a school nearby?
A: This is cost and space-prohibitive. It requires licensing fees, separate check-in systems for tuition payments, and space available at another site. Q: Do teachers take priority on the wait list over other parents who aren’t teachers? A: No. Our program supports our entire community and students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: How soon can I pre-register for LEAP for the next school year?
A: Pre-registration is open to our currently enrolled families in April and to our new families in May. Several of our programs are open in the summer. Families may register during that time. We encourage early registration in April or May to avoid the wait list.
Q: Do families get off of the wait list eventually?
A: A vast majority of our families get off of the wait list. As soon as a position opens up, the supervisor contacts a family on the wait list.
Q: If space is available at the site for growth and you have a wait list, do you hire more staff?
A: Yes. However this process often takes a few weeks. We must post the position, interview, complete background checks. Our program is housed in Marana Unified School District and is licensed by DHS. Therefore, we must have DHS required documentation from the candidate in addition to our school district applicant documentation before they can start working.
Q: Do you have extra staff on hand in case you need someone right away?
A: Yes. We hire On Call Aides to fill in for emergencies and absences. We hire positions year-round, including summer months.
Q: Are most LEAP sites able to enroll all families requesting services?
A: Yes. Most of our sites do not have a wait list or they have a small wait list which we can usually accommodate by mid-August.