PIONEER PRESCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK 2019-2020

 
PIONEER PRESCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK 2019-2020
PIONEER
                      PRESCHOOL
                        PARENT
                      HANDBOOK
                       2019-2020

     UPDATED 8/2019

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PIONEER PRESCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK 2019-2020
NAP AND REST TIMES
    Any children that are staying for the extended day program will be
    offered a quiet/nap time that is age appropriate in the schedule for
    the extended hours.

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PIONEER PRESCHOOL PARENT HANDBOOK 2019-2020
CONTENTS
will be the initial step to resolve any issue relating to child care.    Introduction ..................................................................................... 4
Biting, although usually a rare occurrence, can happen in a pre-         Purposes & Goals ............................................................................. 5
school setting. It is our goal to address the biting while providing a   Class Times....................................................................................... 5
safe environment for the children in our preschool.                      Registration...................................................................................... 6
In general, the policy for biting is as follows:                         Transition ......................................................................................... 7
 The biting child will be removed from the classroom and taken          Formal Assesments .......................................................................... 8
    to the director. Depending on the severity of the bitten child’s     Tuition Policy .................................................................................. .8
    injury and the reason for the bite, the biting child may be re-      Enrollment and Medical Forms ..................................................... 10
    turned the classroom or the decision to send the child home
                                                                         Social Media Policy ........................................................................ 11
    may be made. A parent-teacher conference will be called to
    schedule a collaborative meeting about the child’s behavior and      Toilet Training Policy ..................................................................... 11
    to plan for appropriate actions and consequences.                    Sample Schedules .......................................................................... 13
 If biting continues, the biting child will be brought to the direc-    Calendar ......................................................................................... 14
    tor and the child will be sent home for the rest of the day. A       Funeral Closings ............................................................................. 14
    teacher will try to shadow the biting child however that is not      School Closings .............................................................................. 14
    always possible when maintaining ratios. An adult may be             Rosters ........................................................................................... 14
    asked to stay on the premises to help us maintain these ratios
                                                                         Snacks ............................................................................................ 14
    until we determine that the biting is no longer an issue. Parents
    will be advised that Pioneer Preschool may not be the best envi-     Allergies ......................................................................................... 14
    ronment for their child unless biting behavior no longer occurs.     Emergencies & Accidents .............................................................. 15
 If there are more biting episodes, another parent-teacher con-         National Alert................................................................................. 16
    ference will be called to discuss alternative care for the biting    Evacuation ..................................................................................... 16
    child and the possibility of the child returning to the program      Late Pick-up Policy ......................................................................... 17
    when the biting has stopped.
                                                                         Arrival and Dismissal...................................................................... 17
Parents will always be notified if any of the above disciplinary ac-     Parental Participation .................................................................... 19
tions were taken.                                                        Breastfeeding ................................................................................. 19
                                                                         Communication ............................................................................. 19
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
                                                                         Conferences ................................................................................... 20
1. Pioneer Preschool does not offer water activities such as swim-
   ming at the preschool or on fieldtrips.                               Safety ............................................................................................. 20
2. Pioneer Preschool does not accept children under 24 months of         Entrance Policy .............................................................................. 21
   age.                                                                  Field Trips....................................................................................... 22
3. Pioneer Preschool does not offer evening or overnight child           Enrichment Policy .......................................................................... 23
   care.                                                                 Communicable Disease Policy ....................................................... 23
4. Pioneer Preschool requires any outside support staff for a child
                                                                         Guidance and Discipline Policy ...................................................... 25
   to be certified/licensed for the specified needed aid of that
                                                                         Nap Time and Additional Info........................................................ 26
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PIONEER PRESCHOOL                                      posted on the Preschool Office door for your reference
                35100 Solon Road, Solon, Ohio 44139
                                                                        Please call the Preschool Office if your child is sick or will not be at
               Office (440)498-1983, Fax (440)248-8345
                                                                        school that day so that we can notify the teacher and they can pre-
                Email: director@pioneerpreschool.org
                Website: www.pioneerpreschool.org                                         pare for their absence that day.
                   Facebook page: Pioneer Preschool
                                                                        Guidance and Discipline Policy
Pioneer Preschool provides a caring and lov-                            The following techniques may be used by all child care staff members
                                                                        as a means to guide and discipline children. Any technique or prac-
                       ing                                              tice used shall be developmentally appropriate, consistent ad shall
  Christian environment which encourages                                occur at the time of the incident.
                                                                        1. Setting clear limits.
                    children                                            2. Redirecting to an appropriate activity.
 to develop spiritually, socially, emotionally,                         3. Showing positive alternatives.
                                                                        4. Modeling the desired behavior.
                   physically,                                          5. Reinforcing appropriate behavior.
and cognitively, in preparation for Kindergar-                          6. Encourage children to control their own behavior, cooperate with
                                                                            others and solve problems by talking.
                      ten.                                              7. Separation for the situation, if used, shall last no more than one
                                                                            minute per each year of the child’s age. Upon the child’s return
Pioneer Preschool is in operation Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,               to the activity, the provider shall review the reason for the sepa-
Thursday and Friday from 9:00am-11:30am. Office hours are                   ration and discuss the expected behavior.
8:30am-1:00pm Monday through Friday.
                                                                        8. Holding a child for a short period of time, such as in a protective
                                                                            hug, so that the child may regain self-control.
Pioneer Preschool is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job &
Family Services. The license is posted in the Preschool Office and      Should more aggressive, continuous behavior or aggression of any
on the window outside the Preschool Office. We follow the NAEYC         kind occur (i.e., hitting, kicking, biting, etc.) toward another child or
Code of Ethical Conduct. It is also posted outside the office window.   adult, the child will be taken to the director.
                                                                        When the child regains composure, he/she will return to the class-
The licensing laws and rules are available at the preschool. Pioneer    room.
Preschool licensing records, including compliance report forms and
evaluation forms from the health, building and fire departments,        When a behavior requires a change or modification to the typical
are available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/childcare.stm. The Depart-     classroom routine, a Parent Communication Form will be completed
ment of Job and Family Services toll free number is 1-866-635-3748      by the Teacher, reviewed with the Director and parents then signed
or the Cleveland District Office number is 216-787-3401.                by parents, teacher and Director. This form will have follow up steps
                                                                        and behavior expectations that will serve as a platform for continued
The licensed capacity in each age category of the preschool is          parent-teacher communications. The Parent Communication Form
0 infants, 12 toddlers, 70 preschoolers and 14 school aged children.
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J. Sore throat or difficulty in swallowing
     K. Vomiting more that one time or when accompanied by any              Pioneer Preschool observes the following staff-child ratios and group
          other sign of illness                                             sizes for each age group:
     L. Evidence of untreated lice, scabies, or other parasitic infes-      Toddlers: 2:14            Our Group maximum: 2:12
          tations                                                           3’s Class: 1:12           Our Group maximum: 1:10
4.   A parent/guardian will be advised of illness by phone as soon as       Pre-K Class: 1:14 or 2:28 Our Group maximum: 1:10
     possible and requested to pick up their child. The ill child will be
     separated from the class, provided with a cot and made com-
     fortable, and then remain with the director or assistant until the     PURPOSES & GOALS
     parent arrives.                                                        It is the purpose of Pioneer Preschool to joyfully welcome all children
5.   A letter will be sent home to all classrooms to advise parent/         regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability into
     guardian of exposure to a communicable disease. (i.e. strep            a Christian environment of caring, loving and learning. This will be
     throat or chicken pox). As well as an email from the Director.         demonstrated by example and teaching that enhances good self-
6.   The preschool will not administer any medication, food supple-         esteem and respect for all people.
     ments, or modified diet unless it is required for a life threaten-
     ing condition. Administration of Medication form (01217                The primary goal of Pioneer Preschool is to prepare each child for
     10/2016), signed by parent and doctor, must be on file and the         kindergarten by encouraging spiritual, social, emotional, physical,
     medication and training provided. All medication must be in the
     original container. Also, Form 01236 (10/2016, Child Medical                                          Class Times
     Physical Care Plan) must be completed and on file. Pioneer Pre-
                                                                                             2 Year Olds     3 Year Olds       Pre-K         Pre-K
     school will require school age children to follow this rule.
                                                                                                                               4-day         5-day
7.   If a student becomes sick during the school day, the student will
     be brought to the Director’s office, kept away from the other
     children, and the parent(s) will be called to come pick up their            9:00-        9:00-11:25      Monday-        Tuesday        Monday
     child as soon as possible. We will make the student comfortable           11:30 AM       Tuesday &      Wednesday,      through        through
     and provide a cot for the student to lay down on if needed. If a                         Thursday,        Friday         Friday         Friday
     parent can not be reached, calls will be made to the Emergency
     Contact names listed on the Enrollment Form until a pick up
     person can be reached.
8.   Upon pick up of an ill child the parents will be notified that the
     child cannot return to school until they are free from symptoms,
     including diarrhea, fever, and vomiting for at least 24 hours. In
     the case of lice, scabies or other parasite infections, the child
     must have treatment to eradicate the parasite before returning
     to school.
The Ohio Department of Health Communicable Disease chart is

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and cognitive development. Age appropriate activities incorpo-            We do not participate in any water/swimming activities on field
rating fine and gross motor skills, combined with language, art and        trips or on Pioneer Preschool grounds.
music experiences will help each child to develop a love for school
and learning, as well as a positive attitude and self confidence.
                                                                       Volunteers are chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
Our Christian emphasis will be developed by creating a loving, nur-    ENRICHMENT POLICY
turing environment that is enhanced by meal time prayer, good role     There are NO refunds on missed Enrichment classes or if you decide
models, and the celebration of the Christian holidays.                 not to continue with an enrichment class after you have registered.
REGISTRATION                                                           Tuition payments must also be in good standing to enroll your child
Members of the church, board members and alumni will be given          in an enrichment class. Please see the Director with any questions
priority only on the designated Registration Day.                      regarding this policy. All makeup classes will be scheduled at the
                                                                       next earliest convenient day.
Registration is held in January and done through a lottery system
with exact dates and times to be published in December. Parents
who are enrolling two children may enroll both children when en-
                                                                       COMMUNICABLE DISEASE POLICY
rolling the oldest child.                                              1. Each staff member will complete a Communicable Disease
                                                                          course to be trained in signs and symptoms of illness, hand
Registration: (In the following order)                                    washing, and disinfecting procedures.
1] Church Families, board members                                      2. Substitute teachers are available when a preschool teacher is ill.
2] Currently Enrolled                                                  3. Children should not be in school if they have the following
3] Alumni                                                                 symptoms:
4] New Families                                                           A. Diarrhea (three or more abnormally loose stools within a 24
Additional names will be placed on a waiting list, according to the           hour period). Your child may not return to school for 24
lottery number. Families will be notified when space becomes                  hours after diarrhea is gone
available on a first come, first served basis.                            B. Severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in
                                                                              the face or to make a whooping sound
The registration fee of $100 is NON-REFUNDABLE unless a class is          C. Difficult or rapid breathing
cancelled. To qualify for registration, the child’s birthday must be      D. Yellowish skin or eyes
before the Solon School’s admittance deadline which is currently          E. Redness of the eye or eyelid, thick and purulent (pus) dis-
September 30th. (i.e. two before 9/30 for the 2 year old class,               charge, eye pain, matted eyelashes, burning, itching
three before 9/30 for the 3 year old class.).                             F. Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit taken by the auxilia-
A copy of the birth certificate will be required at registration.             ry (armpit) method with a digital thermometer when in
                                                                              combination with any other signs of illness. Child may not
                                                                              return to school for 24 hours after fever is gone.
                                                                          G. Untreated infected skin patches, unusual spots or rashes
Before moving on….
                                                                          H. Unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stools
                                                                          I. Stiff neck, with an elevated temperature

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As the school year approaches the end, each class of the 2’s and 3’s
doors, greet families and then lock the doors at a designated time.
                                                                          will take in-house field trips to the rooms of the next age level. They
If you are late for pick up, you will need to sign in, ring the white
                                                                          will see the classroom and meet the teachers, explore some toys, and
preschool buzzer and the director will meet you at the door to let
                                                                          perhaps participate in a story or another activity.
you in. You will then need to sign back out.
                                                                          Parents of our PreK are encouraged to take their own field trip to the
                                                                          local kindergarten in their area for a short orientation since there are
FIELD TRIPS                                                               too many schools for us to visit.
Field trips are taken only by the Pre-K classes. The 2 and 3 year old
classes do not leave the church property. Field trips are intended to
enhance the children's learning experience as well as to help them
                                                                          The last day….
develop self-reliance and expand their interests. The following poli-     On the child’s last day, the 2’s and 3’s class will have a picnic and play
cies were developed to make each field trip the best and the safest       games outside if the weather permits. The children will receive an
it can be.                                                                “end of the year” gift and a certificate of completion or a diploma de-
                                                                          pending on the age of the child.
   Written permission will be required for each field trip.
   Each child will wear an identification tag with the school name,      The PreK classes will join together for
    address, and phone number.                                            a graduation ceremony and receive
   Field trips are for children enrolled in Pioneer Preschool only. In   their diplomas for completion of the
    order to maintain the required student/adult ratio and for the        PreK program.
    safety of the enrolled children, siblings may not accompany par-
    ent helpers on field trips.
   Children will be transported by their parent or can privately ar-
    range a carpool.                                                      TRANSITIONS
   Parent volunteers are expected to remain with the class and will      In the beginning….
    be responsible for more than just their own child. NO CELL            Tours – Children and parents are encouraged to visit during school
    PHONES USE PLEASE!                                                    hours. They will have the opportunity to tour the facility, meet the
   Field trips are a group experience. If a parent feels uncomforta-     teachers, gather information and ask questions, and see the program
    ble with their child going on a field trip without them, they may     in action. The director will be able to show the school, explain policies
    keep the child home that day. Parents should not drive their          and curriculum, and briefly get to know the parents and the personali-
    own child on the trip with the intention of staying with them.        ty and developmental level of the child. Tours are scheduled 9:30-
   A staff member trained in first aid will accompany the children,      11:00 Monday thru Friday.
    and the first aid kit will be available. Emergency forms and
    health records will be taken on each trip and drivers will be         Registration - Children will be registered for the appropriate aged
    asked to make their cell phone numbers available for emergen-         class unless approved by the director. Any decision to move ahead or
    cies and communication on the trip.                                   to a younger level will be made in a conference held with the parents,
                                                                          teachers, and the director. The move will not take place unless all
                                                                          parties approve.
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year. An individual child will NOT move ahead when he /she has a
                                                                          2. Any issues, especially those regarding dismissal involving custo-
birthday. The entire class (those children whose parents complete
                                                                              dy agreements, must by given to the director in writing.
the formal registration process for the next year) will move ahead to
                                                                          3. The preschool staff has immediate access to a working tele-
the next level at the beginning of the next school year.
                                                                              phone at all times.
                                                                          4. Fire drills and tornado drills (March—Sept) will be held monthly
Orientation Week – Visitation Day and Parent’s Night are scheduled
                                                                              at varying times and a record of these will be maintained in the
at the beginning of each school year to make the transition into Pio-
                                                                              preschool office.
neer Preschool a little easier for everyone.
                                                                          5. The fire escape routes and weather alert plans are posted in
     All Parents are invited to Parent Orientation Night held in
                                                                              each classroom.
        early September. The children at each level will then spend
                                                                          6. An incident report will be completed when an accident or injury
        Visitation Day with a parent in the classroom ~ meeting the
                                                                              occurs to a child. A person who picks up your child, parent or
        teacher and making new friends, learning the routines, and
                                                                              care giver, will sign the written report and receive a copy. Please
        replacing some of their anxieties with excitement and antici-
                                                                              check your child’s book bag daily for any reports like this if you
        pation. Visitation days vary by classroom. Refer to days and
                                                                              are not the pick up person. You will also receive an email or
        times in your start up letter mailed to you in August.
                                                                              phone call from the Director that an incident report was sent
Separation – Separation issues are handled on an individual basis.            home and notify you of the person who signed the report.
Teachers and parents will discuss an acceptable way to help a child       7. Spray aerosols shall not be used at any time when children are
make the transition into preschool. If the teachers are unable to             present at the preschool.
console a child and help him/her to become involved in the class-         8. The administrator and each employee are required to immedi-
room, a parent will be called.                                                ately notify the local public children services agency when they
                                                                              suspect that a child has been abused or neglected.
Classes for the first week of school for the 2’s and 3’s are scheduled
                                                                          9. We have 30 minutes of Gross Motor play each day in our large
for two hours which is a half hour shorter time period to allow both
                                                                              gymnasium.
teachers and children to get back into the school routine.
                                                                          10. Once the children have been marked in as “arrived”, at no time
                                                                              will a child be left alone in classrooms, hallways, or the gym. A
FORMAL ASSESSMENT POLICY                                                      teacher, hall monitor or the director will always be with them to
All parents will be asked and encouraged to complete an Ages and              supervise their activities and guide them in appropriate pre-
States Assessment (ASQ-3) on their child and turn it into the Direc-          school behavior.
tor prior to the first day of school. This assessment form will be giv-
en in August at Packet Pick Up and provides the teacher with valua-       ENTRANCE POLICY
ble insight into each child’s development. All assessments are            We will be a total “Lock In facility” during school hours (9:00-12:30).
scored by the Director with copies of the scoring given to the teach-     All doors and windows will remain locked. The director will person-
er. The information we gather is NOT reported to ODJFS per code           ally open the front door in the morning and greet families then lock
5101:2-17-02. It is only used for lesson plan purposes.                   the doors at a designated time. If you arrive late for drop off, you
                                                                          will need to sign in in the binder and ring the white preschool buzz-
TUITION POLICY                                                            er and wait for the director to open the door. You then need to sign
                                                                          back out. You are always welcome to come see your child at any
Tuition for the fall term is due on July 1, winter term tuition on De-
                                                                          time during the day, just ring the buzzer and we are happy to let
                                   8                                      you in. At the end of the school    21 day, the director will open the
please email the director with these addresses.                            cember 1, and spring term tuition on March 1. A $25 late fee will
                                                                           be added each month if the tuition is not paid on time. Invoices
The teachers and the director are available to answer questions in
                                                                           will be sent home in your child’s book bag for winter and spring
person or by telephone at (440) 498-1983 or by
                                                                           term payments. If a check is returned for insufficient funds, the
email at director@pioneerpreschool.org.
                                                                           bank charge is parent responsibility.

CONFERENCES                                                                If payment and/or late fee is not received within seven (7) days of
                                                                           the due date, and other arrangements have not been worked out
Conferences will be held once a year with parent and classroom
                                                                           with the preschool, your child will not be able to attend class or
teacher (and director, if requested by the teacher or parent) to dis-
                                                                           register for enrichment classes until all payments are received in
cuss the child’s behavior, progress, social and physical needs or any
                                                                           full. If payment is not received for Fall term by July 1, your child will
other pertinent matter. These are typically held in the Spring.
                                                                           not be allowed to start class and we will assume you are with-
The conference should be in person unless a phone conference is            drawing them from the school. All outstanding payments need to
the only possible method. All conferences will be documented on a          be reconciled by April 1.
designated form and are kept confidential. A copy of this form is
                                                                           If it is necessary for a child to withdraw for any reason during a
available to the parents.
                                                                           term, the tuition will be refunded for the months the child did not
If a teacher feels that a referral is needed for your child, you will be   attend. Tuition for partial months is non-refundable. (ie, if your
contacted by the teacher to set up a meeting to discuss . Referrals        child attends on 10/1 and leaves on 10/5, you still have to pay for
are based on numerous teacher observations and documentation or            the month of October.)
a period of time.
                                                                           Two weeks notice is requested for withdrawals to allow time for
                                                                           the classroom teacher to prepare for the child’s last day.
SAFETY                                                                     Second Child Rate: If you have 2 children enrolled, you will pay a
1. At no time, is a child to be left alone or unsupervised at drop off
                                                                           reduced second child rate on the youngest child’s tuition. See Tui-
   or at pick up. The children are the responsibility of the parent
                                                                           tion Cost Form for details.
   or carpool person, and must be supervised by them. The gym is
   closed before and after school and at lunch time because it may         Military Discount: A 20% discount is offered to families of over-
   be used for other programs. Children should be escorted to the          seas deployed military parents. Please see the director for the
   classroom by the parent at the beginning of school each day.            paperwork needed for this discount.
   Siblings or care givers under the age of 18 years old should not
   escort any student to the classroom. A staff member should be           THE ONLY TIME A STUDENT CAN BE DISENROLLED IS IF:
   present before the departure of the parent. At the end of the            TUITION IS NOT PAID
   day, the children will be released from the classroom or desig-          TOILET TRAINING IS DETERMINED TO NOT BE MASTERED OR
   nated area to the parent or carpool person only, unless written          BITING IS NOT CONTROLLED
   permission has been given. Teachers are required to document             CONTINUED DISRUPTION OF THE CLASS THAT HAS NOT BEEN
   the arrival and departure of each child on the prescribed attend-          RESOLVED OVER AN AGREED UPON TIME PERIOD BY THE PAR-
   ance form. Parents must always make sure that the teacher is               ENTS AND TEACHERS
   aware of the child’s arrival and departure.
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ping them off has made different arrangements ahead of time.
                                                                                  If the child does not arrive and has not been called in as ab-
                                                                                  sent, the preschool will call the parents and let them know
                                                                                  their child is absent.
ENROLLMENT FORMS AND MEDICAL
                                                                             PARENTAL PARTICIPATION
STATEMENTS                                                                   Pioneer Preschool encourages parents to visit their child’s class-
The required Medical Statement and Enrollment Form must be com-              room at anytime for the purpose of contacting their children, evalu-
pleted and on file on or before the first day of school. Every line of the   ating the care provided by the preschool or participating in an activ-
Medical Form and Enrollment Form must be completed or acknowl-               ity. Upon entering the facility, the parent shall sign in and ring the
edged with a slash or N/A. Your current Enrollment Form (JFS 01234           preschool buzzer to notify the director of his/her presence. The di-
Rev. 12/2016) needs reviewed and any changes updated during Par-             rector will greet you at the door and let you enter. There will be
ent Night and the 3rd page needs your signature every year.                  opportunities throughout the year to volunteer for classroom activi-
The prescribed Medical Statement (form JFS 01305 Rev. 12/2016)               ties, such as occupational play units, school projects, holiday par-
must be completed and on file on or before the first day of school or        ties, or field trips.
within 30 days from the first day of enrollment. All physicals must          Parents are requested to check their child’s mailbox and book bags
have been within 1 year and signed by the doctor to be accepted.             daily and to frequently read the bulletin board located at the front
Children whose medical forms expire during the school year will be           of the school for additional information about the preschool, par-
notified by the director and must be updated within 30 days or the           enting, or other social opportunities for families.
child may not attend preschool. We do not administer routine medi-
cations or food supplements. We will administer emergency medica-
tion once the Administration of Medication Form (JFS 01217) has been         BREASTFEEDING
completed by the parent and signed by the doctor. We will still enroll       For the comfort of our breastfeeding mothers, they may use the
students who do not have current vaccinations due to religious be-           Teacher Lounge located across from the Children’s Library at any-
liefs when a parent has signed the Medical Statement (JFS 01305)             time throughout the school day. A changing table is also located in
stating such.                                                                the church nursery for your convenience. Please take all soiled dia-
                                                                             pers with you after each change.

                                                                             COMMUNICATION
                                                                             In addition to receiving printed class information and/or various
                                                                             teacher classroom website communications, you will also receive a
                                                                             monthly update letter from the director with school wide reminders
                                                                             for the upcoming month.
                                                                             We are attempting to “go green’” by communicating as much as
                                                                             possible through email. Please remember to check your email. The
                                                                             email that we use is the one you gave us on the registration form. If
                                                                             you wish to provide us with additional emails for communication,
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   Consent to leave by taxicab: Parents agree to leave Pioneer           Children who do not have both of these forms on file in the Pre-
    Preschool by taxicab and to reimburse the school for the cost         school Office may not attend school until all paperwork is sub-
    of the cab, when a staff member believes that the safety of           mitted. All forms may be found on our website.
    the child is better served if the parent or carpool person does
    not drive.                                                            SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY
   Both parents’ right to pick up: Under the laws of the state of        Social Media, a term that encompasses blogs, microblogs such as
    Ohio, both parents may have the right to pick up their child,         Twitter, and social networks such as Facebook and YouTube, among
    have unlimited access to the Preschool, and participate in a          others, is becoming a component of every day life. As the use of
    conference with the child’s teacher unless a court document           Internet search engines, blogs and social networks continue to
    restricts that right. The enrolling parent, who chooses not to        grow, it is important to address potential safety concerns and to
    include the child’s other parent on the authorized pickup list,       help ensure the appropriate use of social media, Pioneer Preschool
    must file an official court document (e.g. current restraining        has adopted the following policy, which applies to all forms of social
    order, sole custody decree, divorce decree stating sole custo-        media. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from our program
    dy). Absent one of these documents, Pioneer Preschool may             and it is at the discretion of the director and preschool board to de-
    release that child to either parent, provided that parent docu-       termine a course of action.
    ments his paternity/maternity of the child.                           1. We do not permit photography/video of any child (besides your
   Shared custody parental agreement: Parents will file a copy               own), parent or employee at Pioneer Preschool, to be posted on
    of the section of the divorce decree that delineates custody,             any personal website, blog or online social network. By signing
    and write, sign, and file a written agreement about their                 the Photo Release Form you agree to have your child’s picture
    child’s pickup schedule and procedures. If a parent attempts              on the Pioneer Preschool Facebook and Instagram page. Names
    to pick up the child on the other parent’s day, that parent               of children in our program are never used on these sites.
    must document the change in the schedule or file a revised            2. Defamatory, harassing, threatening, misleading, gossiping or
    agreement.                                                                invasion of privacy comments about Pioneer Preschool’s pro-
   Car safety seats required: Children transported in vehicles               gram, teachers or the director should not be posted. Concerns
    must be buckled securely into car safety seats/seatbelts that             should be addressed directly with the preschool Director.
    meet the state requirements. Parents will take whatever               3. Teachers are not allowed to be social media “friends” with cur-
    steps are necessary to maintain and use car safety seats. An-             rent families throughout the current school year.
    other person on the authorized list will be called if this re-
    quirement is not met.
   Authorized car pool list: Persons on the authorized list must         TOILET TRAINING POLICY:
    be at least 18 years old and be able to supply documentation          According to the regulations of our ODJFS Day Care License, all chil-
    of their identity. Teachers will ask for ID of all car pool pick up   dren in our 3 Year-Old classes and up MUST be completely toilet
    people.                                                               trained. Only our 2 year old class is licensed as “Non-Toilet
   If a child is to arrive from a different program or activity, the     Trained.” The 2’s diapers are checked every hour and changed as
    child should be walked to the classroom unless the adult drop-        needed.
                                                                          OUR DEFINITION of “POTTY-TRAINED”:

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    The child can express the need to use the bathroom without            orded message on the preschool answering machine will inform
     teacher prompting.                                                    callers of our evacuation and the circumstances that made it neces-
    The child is able to undress and dress him/herself as required        sary. At minimum, a sign will be posted on the door at Pioneer
     with minimal teacher help. This includes zippers, belt buckles,       Church.
     snaps, buttons, and tights.
    The child is able to use toilet paper as necessary and take care
     of his/her private needs without teacher help.
                                                                           LATE PICK-UP POLICY
    The child is able to wash his/her hands.                              Regular school hours are 9:00-11:30. The 2’s hours are 9-11:25. If a
    Pull-Ups can not be used as underwear.                                parent is chronically late picking up their child, the following policy
                                                                           will go into effect. If you are more than 5 minutes late you will be
                                                                           fined $10, and you will be fined an additional $10 for each 10 mi-
BATHROOM ACCIDENT POLICY:                                                  nute increment that passes before you pick up your child. This will
The teachers will give minimal assistance to any child who needs           be at the discretion of the director, not the teacher. This charge will
help in the bathroom and will make every effort to make sure that          be billed separately from your tuition statement and must be paid
each child gets to the bathroom as needed. PLEASE, take your chil-         prior to any enrichment sign ups.
dren to the bathroom on the way to the classroom to eliminate
many trips during the preschool time. We realize that accidents oc-
casionally happen, but not on a regular basis.
                                                                           ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL
                                                                           Parents/Guardians should walk all students to their classroom in
   If a child has two (2) consecutive accidents at school, the parent     the morning, wait for the teacher to open the door then greet the
    must remain in the school building the next day that the child is      teacher so that she knows who has brought the student to class
    in school. If the child has an accident, the parent must change        each day. Please call the school each day your child will be absent.
    the child. If the child does not have an accident then the parent
    does not need to be in the building on the following scheduled         Prior to release of a child to anyone other than the parent or guard-
    school day.                                                            ian we will require written notification from the parent (no phone
   If the child has a third accident, and toilet training does continue   calls). A parent may sign a Car Pool Form which gives permission
                                                                   to be   for a child to be driven by someone other than themselves. A
                                                                   an      phone call is only acceptable to inform the preschool that someone
                                                                           who is listed ON this Car Pool Form will be picking up the child. A
                                                                           picture ID is required from anyone on your carpool form prior to
                                                                           the release of your child, so please let your carpool contacts know
                                                                           that they will be asked for ID.
                                                                           The following are some state recommended policies and practices
                                                                           that we feel will help make the end of the day transition just a little
                                                                           smoother. These are remote possibilities, but your children are im-
                                                                           portant to us and we want to ensure the safety of you and your
                                                                           child.

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will be taken to the designated facility unless the parent is pre-        issue, the parent and the director will decide what action would
   sent to refuse such treatment. A teacher or the director will ac-         be in the best interest of the child, the family, and the preschool.
   company the child to the emergency facility and remain with
   the child until a parent arrives.

NATIONAL ALERT                                                           SAMPLE SCHEDULES
If the NTAS issues an imminent alert, Pioneer Preschool will close       PreK PROGRAM
and remain closed during this Condition Red alert. We will do our        Art / Learning Centers                  9:00-10:10
best to notify you of this ahead of time.                                Circle Time                             10:10-10:40
                                                                         (story, songs, finger plays)
If this condition would happen during our school hours, the follow-      Prayer / Snack Time                     10:40-10:55
ing plan will be put into place.                                         Group Activity / Gym                    10:55-11:25
   1. Pioneer Preschool will close. Your children should be picked       Dismissal                               11:30
       up at this time. Your child will only be released to you, or
       someone on your child’s authorized Car Pool List.                 3’S PROGRAM
   2. We will attempt a phone chain, however, you must stay tuned        Art / Learning Centers                  9:00-10:00
       to the world situation and alert levels. Radio station AM 1100    Circle Time                             10:00-10:15
       has all the local crisis information.                             Gym                                     10:15-10:45
   3. ALL doors to the school will continue to be locked.                Bathroom Break                          10:45-10:55
   4. Pick-up procedures:                                                Prayer/ Snack Time                      10:55-11:10
         Enter ONLY through the parking lot gym doors.
                                                                         Story Time/ Music                       11:10-11:25
         Check in with the staff or board member with a photo ID.
                                                                         Dismissal                               11:30
          At this level of security, even those who are familiar faces
          to us will have to provide a picture ID.                       2’s PROGRAM
         Please wait at the designated area of the gym. Your child
                                                                         Gym                                     9:00-9:45
          will remain in the classroom with his/her teachers and be      Learning Centers                        9:45-10:30
          brought to you for dismissal.                                  Story Time                              10:30-10:45
                                                                         Prayer/ Snack                           10:45-11:05
EVACUATION PLAN                                                          Finger Plays / Songs                    11:05-11:25
If Pioneer Preschool ever becomes unsafe for the children during         Dismissal                               11:25
our operating hours, we will evacuate the building. The Preschool           These are only sample schedules and are subject to change from
teachers and staff will take all the children in each class to Solon         year to year or day to day depending on music class, holiday ac-
Community Church, located at 33955 Sherbrook Park Drive. They                tivities, or occupational play units.
will provide us with a large space, bathrooms, and activities, if nec-      Each classroom has a space dedicated for quiet play and resting
essary. We will stay there until it is safe to return to Preschool or        if needed by a child. We do not include naptime into our sched-
until a parent is able to pick up their child at that location.              ule.
If we are able to do so, we will notify parents by phone and the rec-
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child can eat in 15 minutes. Your child will need a lunchbox or bag
                                                                          labeled with his/her name. Refrigeration is not available. NO juice
                                                                          pouches (ie, Capri Sun) are allowed in any classes please. Please cut
                                                                          up grapes too! If a child forgets a snack, we will provide them with
CALENDAR (available on website)                                           one and water. Pioneer Preschool does not provide meals. If your
A preschool calendar will be distributed at the beginning of the          child chooses the extended day program, parents/caregivers must
school year and is available on the website The school vacations will     provide lunch.
generally be scheduled to follow Solon School’s winter and spring
breaks. We DO NOT follow Solon Schools teacher in-service days.
Refunds are not given for days a child misses because of illness, fami-
                                                                          ALLERGIES
                                                                          If any student, in any class, has an anaphylactic allergy to an ingesti-
ly issues or snow days.
                                                                          ble food, then the entire class will become a “FREE” zone. Signs will
                                                                          be posted outside of the room and suggested snacks will be given by
FUNERAL CLOSING:                                                          the teacher.
The preschool will be closed for funerals held at the church during
preschool hours. Parents will be notified of these closings. Any addi-
tional closings will be determined by the director. There is no tuition   EMERGENCIES & ACCIDENTS
refund for Funeral Closings.                                              Pioneer Preschool will take the following action in case of an emer-
                                                                          gency or accident:
                                                                           Children will be transported to the facility indicated on the child’s
SCHOOL CLOSING:
                                                                             Enrollment form for emergency medical or dental care by the So-
Inclement weather closings will follow Solon school closings. If Solon
                                                                             lon Emergency Medical Team. If a parent has requested DO NOT
schools are closed due to inclement weather, Pioneer Preschool will
                                                                             TRANSPORT on the Enrollment Form (JFS 01234), we reserve the
be closed as well. Check local TV and radio stations for Solon school
                                                                             right to refuse enrollment.
closings. Each teacher will explain the notification procedure for
                                                                           The Emergency Medical Team (911) will be called if needed while
their class. There is no tuition refund for school closings due to
                                                                             on a field trip.
weather.
                                                                           Any child who may require emergency medication in case of al-
                                                                             lergic reaction must have the proper release forms on file, and
ROSTERS                                                                      provide the medication for the school. If the indicated procedure
Class lists, including the child’s name, birthday, parent’s names, ad-       becomes necessary, it will be administered. The Emergency
dress and phone number will be distributed to the children in each           Medical Team (911) and the parent will
class, but not outside the school. The lists are to help the children        be called immediately. If the paramed-
get to know each other better. The rosters will not include any infor-       ics feel that it is necessary, the child
mation for a parent who makes this request.

SNACKS
Unless otherwise directed, each child should bring an appropriate
nutritional snack each day, including food and beverage that your

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