Admin

Before and After School Program

Gulf Middle School

Before/After Care Program

2020-2021

 

Director: Shannon Snook

E-mail address: ShannonMS@Leeschools.net

Phone: 239-549-0606

Fax: 239-549-2806

*Due to Covid-19 there are a couple of items we need you to take note of.

  • The program start time is now 7am.

  • Student capacity is 110 to accommodate social distancing. (First come, First serve.)

PROGRAM GOAL: To provide our GMS students with a safe and structured environment, while meeting the needs of our working parents.

HOURS:

Before school:           7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

After school:             4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

RATES:

Annual Registration Fee:         $25.00 per family.

Morning Rate:                         $7.00 per day.

Afternoon Daily Rate:             $5.00 per day.

Late Parent Pick Up:              $2 per minute per child  

ENROLLMENT:

You must fill out the annual registration and pay the annual registration fee before your child can attend our Program.

GMS Before/After Care Program is available when school is in full day sessions. There is NO program when children are out of school for Teacher Duty Days, In-service Days and District Observed Holidays including Winter and Spring Break. We will have Before school care on the ½ day dismissals in December and May but there is NO Afternoon care on these days.

PAYMENT PROCEDURES:

Payment is due prior to participation. The Florida Constitution Article VII prohibits the School District of Lee County to extend credit to any individual. Please make it a habit to pay before you use the program. Payments can be made in the main office or by phone during school hours. 

We do accept credit cards and debit cards with the Visa logo.

When paying cash the Before/After Care Program will not have change. Please be sure to have exact change when making a payment with cash.

When paying with check, please make the check payable to Gulf Middle School (GMS). Also, write your child’s first and last name on the memo line.

Be aware, if your account becomes past due, you will be called to pick up your child(ren). Children will NOT be allowed into the program with an unpaid balance.  Your child’s Program balance must be paid in full so that he/she may attend/participate in any extended day activities (including but not limited to Clubs, Dances, Trips, Tutoring). Unpaid balances are subject to collection.    

OTHER CHARGES:

The program closes at 6:00 p.m.  If your child is picked up after 6:00 p.m. you will be charged $2.00 per child for every minute after 6:00 p.m. (cell phone time).  Child(ren) who are repeatedly picked up late will be subject to the District’s Revocation Policy.       
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ny returned checks will need to be collected by our Bookkeeper and all future payments will need to be in cash only. Other charges may be accrued during this collection process.

PAST DUE BALANCES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS:

All past due balances must be paid in full before a registration for 2019-2020 may be accepted.

If your child is placed in the GMS After Care Program when school dismisses and is picked up after 4:20, your account will be charged $5 dollars for the afternoon.


DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES:

Students must sign in the Front Office for the Before Care Program.

Parents must sign their child(ren) out in the Front Office for the After Care Program.

You must have photo ID!

Please be advised, your child will not be called for pick up until you hang up your phone. This is to ensure that we may have your attention to discuss behavior concerns, account balances or any other concerns. 

Only persons on the emergency list will be permitted to pick up your child. They must have a photo ID!

EMERGENCY PICK UP EXCEPTION:

If the person designated to pick up your child is not on your emergency list, you will be required to fax or e-mail the GMS Before/After Care Program Director written permission to have your child picked up.  Included in this fax or e-mail should be the name of the person picking up your child, a copy of your driver’s license and your signature.  When the designated person arrives at the office, they must have a photo ID!                                                                                                                         

DISCIPLINE POLICY:

This program will adhere to a “three strike” policy.  First strike, children will receive a verbal warning/parent contact.  Second strike, the children will receive a written warning/parent contact with a one day suspension from the program, to begin the following day. Third strike, children will have their enrollment revoked.  Strikes are given for but not limited to the following types of infractions:

  • Not following the instructions of all program staff.

  • Gross insubordination/disrespect.

  • Verbally abusing another person.

Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in your Childs enrollment being revoked immediately.

Parents will be notified to pick up their child as soon as possible if any infraction warrants and if unexpected circumstances occur. The strike may be given the following day after a preliminary investigation.  Strikes resulting with disciplinary actions will be at the discretion of the Before/After Care Program Director and/or the Principal. *SEE ADDITIONAL BEHAVIOR CONTRACT  

REVOCATION PROCEDURES:

In accordance with the Lee County’s District Policy for Fee Based Programs the Principal or the Director have the authority to revoke the enrollment of a child in a fee-based program if the following situations occur:

  • If a behavior becomes problematic and reoccurring as defined in the program discipline policy.

  • Non-payment of regular weekly and late fees.

  • If the child is repeatedly picked up late in the evening.

LETTERS:

At least a 72-hour notification will be required for any type of documentation needed for court hearings or any other situations.

MEDICATION:

Any medication that your child(ren) need to take during program hours must be registered with the Program Director and the school clinic. All the proper paper work must be filled out and returned to the school clinic.

REFUNDS:

Refunds shall be given when a child is leaving the program.

  • Withdrawing from the school.

  • Graduating to High School.

Parents must submit a written request for refund to the Director of the Program.

 

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