S.A.I.L.S. (After School Program)

Gateway Unified School District, S.A.I.L.S. after school program provides a safe, healthy, academic and enriching environment for students. To assist students in performing at or above grade level as measured by state standardized tests, sites provide: homework assistance*, small group tutoring, learning games, computer time, and standards-aligned enrichment clubs. To provide enrichment opportunities that will promote lifelong learning, increase self-esteem and community connections, sites provide: sports, healthy living skills, leadership skills, arts, mentoring and community service projects. S.A.I.L.S is primarily funded through voter-approved Prop 49, the After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant. Priority registration is given to students identified as being at risk of meeting grade-level standards.

*Note: One hour of homework assistance is provided daily, but the grant also requires students to participate in daily enrichment and recreational activities. Parents will still need to check their student's homework and assist with any unfinished work.

Registration Fee: The S.A.I.L.S program charges a $75 per child, non-refundable, registration fee. Fees are due upon registration and registration forms submitted without the fee will not be considered complete. The registration fee is due each time a child is registered for the program. Therefore, if a student is released from the program due to poor attendance, continuous behavior problems or multiple late parent pick ups, the registration fee must be paid in order to re-register your child in the program 30 days after the removal ( if space allows). The S.A.I.L.S. program is committed to making the program affordable for each and every participant. Please contact the Program Director at your school site to discuss payment arrangements or scholarships if needed. For your records, our Federal Tax Identification # is 94-3143920.

Student Supervision: The program is staffed by at least one Group Leader for every twenty students and a Site Coordinator that oversees and supervises that site's program. All staff are fingerprinted and screened by the District.

Student Safety: The safety of your child is important to the S.A.I.L.S staff. Therefore, please notify the staff of changes in your contact information throughout the school year. (S.A.I.L.S staff do not have access to your child's school file after the school office closes.)

Hours of Operation: Program sites operate from the regular school day release until 6:00 pm daily. Our program is closed when the schools are not in session.

Attendance: The grant requires that elementary students attend 5 days per week, while middle school students must attend a minimum of 9 hours a week and 3 days a week. It is the intent of the Legislature that students participate in the full program which ends at 6 p.m. daily. Please note that our after school program is not funded to be a drop-in program. Any exceptions to the hour requirement must be approved and will only be granted as listed on the Early Release Form. Participants that do not fulfill the hour requirement may be excused from the program to allow space for others. To maintain your child's space at S.A.I.L.S, please notify us by calling the school office and requesting a note be put in the S.A.I.L.S box if your child has a personal emergency or illness requiring him or her to be absent. You should contact the Site Coordinator listed on the front of this form directly after regular school hours. We will be happy to work with you.

Student Pick Up: For your child's safety, participants must be signed out daily by you or someone listed on your registration form (must be 16 years of age or older). To ensure safety, picture identification is required to pick your child up from the S.A.I.L.S program. The program ends promptly at 6 p.m. If your child has not been picked up by 6 p.m. the staff will try to contact the persons authorized to pick up your child that are listed on your registration form. At 6:15 p.m. authorities will be contacted if you have not picked your child up from the program. Repeated tardiness will result in the following procedure:

  • 1st Tardy - Warning
  • 2nd Tardy - Parent must contact the Program Director in order for child to return to the program*
    • Child may not return to S.A.I.L.S until the parent has successfully contacted the Program Director
  • 3rd Tardy - Removal from S.A.I.L.S**
    • 30 days after the removal, the child may re-register if space allows or be placed at the end of the waiting list

Site Emergency: In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, the following procedures will be in effect:

  1. Students will remain at the site until they can be picked up by the parent or other authorized person.
  2. In the event of a site evacuation, students will be taken to a local emergency center. The location will be posted on the site door. Efforts will be made to contact parents AND the program staff will remain with the children until they are picked up by the parent or authorized person.
  3. For the safety of your child, students must be signed out before they will be allowed to leave.

Discipline: Participation in the S.A.I.L.S program is a privilege. All children are expected to follow the rules of the program. Continuous disruptive/disrespectful behavior will result in the following procedure:

  • 1st Pink Slip - Warning: Parent/Guardian contacted in person or by phone
  • 2nd Pink Slip - 1 Day Suspension: Parent/Guardian Conference
  • 3rd Pink Slip - 1 Week Suspension: Parent/Guardian Conference - Behavior Contract
  • 4th Pink Slip - Removal from S.A.I.L.S: Parent will be notified immediately*
    • 30 days after the removal, the child may re-register if space allows or be placed at the end of the waiting list.

Parental Support: You are an important partner in the S.A.I.L.S program. We welcome your comments, questions and feedback to continue to provide a program that ensures growth academically and socially in the participants of our after school program. We highly encourage parents to visit, volunteer, donate supplies and share talents and resources. Please contact the Program Director at your school site if you have any questions or concerns.

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