Before School Program - Lightning Watch Program

7:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Before School Program

Varsity Lakes Middle School

Before Care Program



Director: Laurie Smiley

E-mail address: [email protected] 

Phone: (239) 694-3464

Fax: (239) 694-7093


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


Before school:       7:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.


Annual Registration Fee:         $15.00 per family.

Morning Rate:                         $5.00 per day.


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

VLMS Before Care Program is available when school is in session. 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.



Payment is due prior to participation. The Florida Law 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 brought in by your child. 

When paying cash the Before 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 Varsity Lakes Middle School. Also, write your child’s first and last name on the memo line.

Be aware, if your account becomes past due, you may 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.    

Any 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.


All past due balances must be paid in full before a registration for 2020-2021 may be accepted.


Students must sign in entering for the Before Care Program.


The Before Care Program will follow the School District of Lee County’s Code of Conduct.

First Offense- Warning, parent notification

Second Offense- Sit aside away from activity and parent notification

Third Offense- Sit aside away from activity and parent notification

Fourth Offense- Possible removal from the program


Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in your child's enrollment being revoked immediately.


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.


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


No medications will be administered or taken during program hours.


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

Covid-19 Amendment: 

Due to do Covid-19 students need to be completely self-sufficient. 


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