Before and After School Program

G. Weaver Hipps Elementary

Gator’s Nest

Ana Diaco

Angela Hunter

1200 Homestead Rd N, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Office: 239-368-6135
Permission and Registration Form

Program Description

The Gator’s Nest Program provides sponsored supervision for our students. This program emphasizes cooperative learning and enrichment activities.

The program will begin at 6:30 A.M. to 7:25 A.M for the morning program and 2:15 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday on the G. Weaver Hipps campus.

There is no program on holidays, teacher duty days, teacher in-service days, etc.  On early dismissal days, the program begins as soon as students are dismissed from school and end at 6:00 p.m. The program will provide a snack and a drink for each child participating.

Each grade level will have the opportunity to interact with other students, do their homework, play outside, and go to a computer lab. Please be advised that homework time is not a time to tutor, but that our teachers assist and make sure it gets completed. 


An application can be obtained from the front office. All students must have an enrollment form before they may start the program. An annual $30.00 registration fee per family is due at the time of enrollment. The registration fee is nonrefundable.

Students must be physically, emotionally, able to participate in a 1-15 student-teacher ratio.

Payments and Fees

Payments for services must be made by the FRIDAY PRIOR to the participating week. If payment has not been made by MONDAY, the student will not be allowed to come on Tuesday. If ONE WEEK goes unpaid, the student will be dropped from the program, causing the student to reregister after payment has been made. THIS POLICY WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. PLEASE PAY PROMPTLY.

First payment and registration fee MUST accompany enrollment forms for the student to begin

The only forms of payment are cash and checks. Checks must be made payable to G. Weaver Hipps.  There is a flat fee (which means you pay for the whole week whether your child is here one day or five. There is a weekly discount for the days the program is not open. 

All returned checks are subject to a $10.00 service fee and all future payments must be made in cash. 


(No Family Discounts)

  • Annual registration fee: $30.00
  • Morning weekly fee: $20.00
  • Afternoon weekly fee: $50.00

 Drop off and Pick Up 

Gator’s Nest is open until 6:00 P.M. Children need to be picked up before 6:00 P.M. If you are unable to pick up your child before this time, please make arrangements with someone listed on your registration form to pick up your child. Unauthorized persons will not be permitted to remove a child from our program.

If a child has not been picked up by 6:30 P.M. and we have not heard from you, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department will be notified. In addition, the Department of Children and Families will be contacted.

Children must be picked up by 6:00 P.M. There will be a late fee of $5.00 flat rate for the first minute and then $1.00 each additional minute. Late fees are to be paid in cash when the child is picked up or paid in the morning.                                             

Drop off/Pick up Procedures

Morning Care: The Gator’s Nest office is in the cafeteria. This is where parent pick-up is located. The entrance is the very last door.  Please ring the doorbell.

Afternoon Care: The office is in the main entrance in the front office.

As part of our safety plan please sign your child in and out of the building. 

Discipline Policy

The Gator’s Nest Program emphasizes the seven habits and focuses on positive interactions for students, staff, and parents. Our students take pride in being leaders at all times. Gator’s Nest does follow a behavior flowchart. Children and parents need to be aware of our discipline policy.

  • VERBAL WARNING:  will be given to remind the student of the rules
  • FIRST OFFENSE:  will result in the child serving a 5-10-minute think time
  • SECOND OFFENSE:  will result in a 10-20 think time reflection sheet with another teacher.
  • THIRD OFFENSE: will result in the child being sent to the Program Director

One of the following actions may be taken by the Program Director

  • Detention in the office with Director
  • Discipline referral
  • Call and inform the parent of the infraction and request that the child be picked up immediately

After three disciplinary referrals, the child will be dismissed from the program.