GDS 360 and Early Grasshopper Rules
The rules for the extended day programs are the same as the rules during the school day. As such, we expect children to be respectful, caring, and responsible with regards to the program staff, students, and supplies. Children who are unable to follow these guidelines may be referred to the program director or director of auxiliary programs and may ultimately be asked not to participate.
The Early Grasshopper Program will operate every morning from 7:00 a.m. until 7:55 a.m., with daily enrichment classes beginning at 7:15 a.m. In the case of a delayed start, only drop-in supervision will be offered, starting 1 hour prior to the start of school.
GDS 360 operates daily from the end of classes until 6:00 p.m. with extended coverage offered in the 360+30 program until 6:30 p.m., including Wednesdays when classes end an hour early. Also, GDS 360 provides field-trip programming until 6:00 p.m. on the two days during the year when school is dismissed at noon. Please note that GDS 360 does not operate on days when GDS is officially closed, including vacations, conference days, staff in-service days, and when the School is closed due to inclement weather. GDS 360 does NOT meet on Field Day. All programs end promptly at 6:00 p.m. each day and students who have not been picked up by 6:00 p.m. will be assessed a late pick-up fee.
GDS 360 is offered on the two days when GDS releases at noon (the day before winter break and the day before spring break). Families have the option to register for participation in the field trip or to remain behind at school. Coverage is offered from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The fee for this half-day program is NOT included in regular GDS 360 registration and is charged at $75/day, whether or not children participate in the field trip provided. Financial aid and staff discounts are applicable to the full $75 fee. There is no GDS 360+30 program on early release days.
Cell Phone and Computer Use During GDS 360
Participants in the GDS 360 Extended Day Program may not use their cell phones or electronic devices during GDS 360 homework center or enrichment class time. Beginning at 3:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. on Wednesday) cell phones should be turned off and put away in lockers or backpacks. This includes smartwatches and earbuds. If students would like headphones to listen to music, they may do so on their chromebooks with permission of the GDS 360 staff member. GDS 360 staff will specify designated cell phone usage times and locations after homework center. (See the GDS 360 Section for additional information.) (CF CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES section of GDS parent-student handbook).
Students are expected to use their electronic devices, computers, and chromebooks only for school-related work and educational activities after school. Students may not play games, especially games involving violence (e.g. shooting games) during program time.
Technology use that does not adhere to the stated policy will result in the following consequences:
- 1st Infraction: Loss of device until pickup - Device will be returned to the student when they are checked out of 360.
- 2nd Infraction: 24-hour loss of phone - Students will need to formally request the return of their phone via email and carbon copy (cc) their advisor and the 360 office OR loss of device during GDS 360 time and email to advisor and middle school office explaining what the inappropriate use was.
- 3rd Infraction: Families receive a phone call to troubleshoot a plan of action.
If school closes early due to inclement weather, GDS 360 will remain open for emergency purposes only until the last child is picked up; we ask parents to pick up their children as soon as possible. Refunds will not be provided.
To ensure student safety, they may not leave the building unaccompanied. We require that you or an authorized adult enter the main lobby to sign out your student(s). When you register, we ask that you list the names of the people permitted to pick-up your child or that you email the GDS 360 Program Director with instructions for pick-up. Please understand that if we do not recognize the person picking up your child, we may ask for ID and will call home if that person is not on the approved pick-up list. We also ask that you add the names of all persons authorized to pick-up your child into SchoolPass as “authorized drivers.”
GDS 360 and SchoolPass
Twice each year, the default settings on SchoolPass will be opened to allow families to adjust their departure settings based on their children’s participation in the GDS 360 program. Families who need to move into GDS 360 as a drop-in for a day may make this change on SchoolPass. Please note that if your child is listed as a drop-in, a drop-in fee will be assessed even if your child is picked up before 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. Wednesdays). If your child is no longer participating in GDS 360 for an afternoon, you may indicate this change in SchoolPass. For any changes to departure after 4:00 p.m., please email CampsAndClasses@gds.org as SchoolPass will not capture departure changes for the 360 program.
Walking Home or Taking Public Transportation
Children who have permission to walk home or take public transportation home must leave campus by 4:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays), or they will be registered as a drop-in. If they are registered for GDS 360 and allowed to walk home, please leave specific instructions in the carpool section of registration, including the days and times the permission applies. The GDS and GDS 360 staff reserve the right to determine if there are circumstances which make it unsafe for a child to walk home (for instance, weather or darkness) and to request that an adult come to pick up the child(ren).
With your permission to allow your child to walk home or take public transportation from the school, you acknowledge that GDS allows your child to leave campus or School supervision alone and that the child will be unaccompanied and out of the School’s custody once they have left campus and that there are certain risks associated with being an unaccompanied child. You agree to release GDS from liability associated with leaving the School’s supervision alone. You further understand that GDS may make a decision that it is unsafe to allow your child to walk home (for instance, in severe weather) and that in this case, your child will be enrolled in the GDS 360 program as a drop-in until it is safe to leave or until someone has arrived to pick up your child.
Please make plans to pick up your child by the end of program (6:00 p.m. for GDS 360 and 6:30 p.m. for 360+30) if your child is staying for an evening activity on campus, such as a dance, performance, or sports practice. A GDS 360 staff member must remain with your child until they have been signed out and you will be responsible for any late pick-up fees incurred during that time. Financial Aid and staff discounts are not applicable toward these charges.
15-Minute Grace Period
Students are given a 15-minute grace period from the time a non-GDS 360 program ends to be picked up. Even if a parent is elsewhere in the building, your child will be considered a drop-in to GDS 360 if they are unattended in any part of the building—including the Library or computer lab. In these cases, for their safety, your child will be enrolled in the GDS 360 and applicable drop-in charges will apply.
Areas of the School used by the GDS 360 Extended Day Program (such as the Big Toy) are for GDS 360 students only. Non-GDS 360 students may not play in these areas, even under a parent’s supervision. If your child would like to play in an area used by GDS 360, applicable drop-in charges will apply.
In some cases, a teacher of an enrichment class may be unable to attend or may become ill. When possible, we will let you know or find a substitute. When a substitute is not available, students will join drop-in programming (Early Grasshopper Program) or the Clubhouse Activities or Homework Center (GDS 360). Refunds will not be given unless a teacher is unable to complete the session and a replacement cannot be found. In this case, refunds will be prorated based on the number of classes or days a child attended. When possible, we will try to make up a missed class by the final week of each session, sometimes by adding a few minutes in subsequent classes.