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ADMISSION FORMS

The parent must complete the following forms and pay all fees before the care is to begin.

  • Application for Admission 
  • Enrollment Contract
  • Official Washington Immunization and Health Record
  • Emergency Contact Card
  • Liability Waivers
  • Student Information Forms
  • Parent Handbook Statement of Acknowledgement

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Blue Skies Montessori Preschool Inc.

PARENT HANDBOOK

2808 Southwest Holden St.

Seattle, WA 98126

206-938-9663

Welcome to our program! This handbook is designed to acquaint you with the policies and procedures of our school. We want our families to feel confident in the choice of choosing Blue Skies Montessori for the childcare and Montessori educational needs. Our staff is here to provide guidance and support through positive engagement and frequent communication. We realize that it is difficult to be away from your child for so long each day, and want you to have complete confidence in us. We are qualified by training and experience to understand your child. In cooperation with you, to teach your children.

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

The child is our priority. We are committed to the family and will work to foster a relationship that considers the whole child. Families will be treated with respect, regardless of their religion, socioeconomic status, family lifestyle, abilities, race or culture. Children will be cared for in a Montessori environment that is safe and designed to provide learning and curiosity.

PHILOSOPHY:

Our school uses the contemporary approach to the Montessori Method of Education combined with the Developmental Theory and High/Scope. Our teachers in the Montessori classroom acts as a facilitator or guide. We believe by providing a prepared environment the children can draw knowledge from using the materials that are balanced hands-on, active learning approaches.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Our school operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 am-5:45 pm. Children may not be left in care more than 10 hours per day. Overtime rates of $4.00 per minute will be charged.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURES:

Our preschool program begins at 9:30 am; children will need to arrive no later than 9:15 am, teachers take attendance at 9:30 am. Due to some children working upon arrival and departure, please enter and exit the building quietly.

A responsible adult must walk children in and out of the facility, encourage your child to carry their belongings. A staff member must acknowledge the arrival or departure. Keep children safe by holding hands when entering the parking/alley area. Please do not allow your child to play with the door or doorbell. We do not release children to persons under the age of 16 years old or unauthorized adults. Children are not to be left outside without adult supervision. For our mutual protection, please notify the school if someone other than yourself is picking up or dropping off.

As apart of our structure program continuity we will not accept children after 9:30 am unless prior arrangements have been made With Director. Please call the school any time you are running late.

Any visitors to the school must have a school escort while on the premises. Visitations (other than parents/guardians of enrolled children) must be on an appointment basis.

OBSERVATION & TOURS:

All parents are encouraged to visit their child's classroom throughout the year. Your visits are welcomed, for your observations to be as beneficial as possible, we have found the following guidelines helpful. We ask that observations do not begin until the sixth week of school. This gives the child the opportunity to adjust to the new environment.

When you arrive, please check in with the Director. How to Observe: An observation chair wilt be provided so you can view all the activities.

We request that you remain seated so that the children can continue with their work.

If you are interested in a tour, please call the school and schedule a detailed tour of our educational programs.

How Long: Most observers, find that 20 to 30 minutes are quite fulfilling.

ADMISSION:

Admission is open to families with children 12 months and walking to 6 years. Each family is under contract and enrolled for a calendar year. All families are required to tour the school before registering their child to see if it’s a good fit. Enrollment is considered on the needs and the availability for the family. Those that are on a waiting list or have siblings will have priority.

After your first initial tour of the school and interview with the Director to have your questions answered. The parent(s) will receive registration packet you need to return the acknowledgment and tuition forms to the Director and pay a non-refundable registration and tuition fee. Turn in all registration forms before the first day of attendance.

TRANSITIONS:

Parents are encouraged to visit the school with their child as often as necessary before their start date with prior approval. We understand the emotional stress that comes with saying goodbye. However, we find it helpful when parents keep goodbyes to no more than 5 minutes to assist their child so as not to prolong their unhappiness.

 

PRESCHOOL TRANSITION:

Transition to preschool is based on development and maturity level of your child this includes being toilet trained. This usually occurs around age three years.

New children will work in the Preschool Practical Life area for approximately two weeks to get acclimated to the work period. During this time the child will be observed of his movement and interactions in the classroom.

SEPARATION ANXIETY:

Separation anxiety is a process we go through all go through at some point in our lives. Though often challenging and exciting, this growth towards independence can be painful and scary, especially for young children. Parents and teachers are working together, showing children that they can trust and believe in one another, offers a foundation of support when the world suddenly seems a new and different place.

Remember that sometimes staying only makes it more difficult for your child as well as for yourself. Never leave without letting your child know that you are doing so. Feel free to phone anytime during the day to check on your child.

 

 

ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is essential to your child’s academic success in our program. Teachers take attendance daily by 9:30 am. Therefore all students are required to be in attendance by 9:15 am. We reserve the right to not accept children after 9:30 am. We adhere to The Department of Early Learning policy which requires that parents sign in and out daily, and allows up to 5 absences a month. It is possible you can receive a phone call when your child is absent excessively or is tardy both will result in termination from our program.

 

PROGRAM:

Our classrooms are a multi-aged group, toddlers 12 months to 3 years, depending on enrollment have the continuity of having the same teacher and classmates for three years.

Our Montessori Preschool class is a multi-aged group from 3 years to 6 years. Both are providing the structure and security of continuity depending on the time of enrollment.

OUTDOOR POLICY:

During the cold and winter months, there is an increase of cold viruses due to the that the children spend so much time in the warm classrooms where germs tend to breed. Short periods of out-of-doors, an open window to help circulate fresh air, frequent hand washing and disinfecting door knobs will cut down on the spread of germs. Children are expected to go outdoors every day for fresh air and exercise. A child who is too sick to go outdoors for short periods of time is too sick to be at school. In the event children are not up to participating in the outdoor play, we will allow them to sit and watch to benefit from the fresh air.

Children are required to wear appropriate clothing such as a coat that zips, or snaps shut. Mittens and rubber boots labeled with your child’s name. Keep in mind clothing that creates independence.

SICK POLICY

Although, it is difficult for parents to stay home with a sick child. We cannot accept children who show signs of a contagious illness. Children may not attend who display a temperature of 101 with diarrhea, vomiting, green or yellowish discharge have a continuous cough, is lethargic, clingy or showing signs of discomfort. Also, we cannot accept any child with an unexplained rash. Children who become ill at school will be separated from the group, made comfortable and have their parent contacted. Parents are required to pick up their child within 1 hour of being notified. Parents are required to have an emergency plan in place in the event they are unavailable to retrieve their child.

IMMUNIZATION AND HEALTH RECORDS:

Upon entrance into the program, all children must provide evidence of immunity to measles, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and rubella. Within 30 days of admission, it is asked that each child have a physical exam by his/her doctor, who will provide the school with documentation of the exam.

Parents will need to keep on file at the school current immunizations records for their child. If your child is not current they will be excluded from childcare until they are brought current.

 

MEDICATIONS:

Prescribed medications must be labeled and in original containers, accompanied with an allergic reaction form print out from the pharmacy and a completed medication form (supplied by the school). The medication form. We are required to have you fill out a medicine form each time we apply or give medication.

Parents are required to notify the Director of any communicable diseases so other families may be advised and have a record for the Health Department for review.

COMMUNICATION:

We offer a variety of communication tools to ensure you are up on what's going on at school. We are available by phone and e-mail. We provide a monthly newsletter; we offer school conferences, progress reports and Toddler cuddle grams reports daily.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

In the event of an emergency, every effort will be made to contact the child's family. If unable to reach the family, the school will contact the child's physician. Inappropriate circumstances, 911 will be called, CPR/first aid will be administered, and the child will be transported to the nearest hospital. The school must have accurate and up-to date enrollment information at all times for such emergencies. The child's enrollment file will accompany him to the hospital.

 

 

PROGRESS REPORTS/CONFERENCES:

Progress reports are provided twice a year, your child caregiver and the director are always available to answer any of your questions and discuss your concerns. The school schedules conferences as needed. But families should feel free to call anytime if needed.

The purpose of discipline is to help children learn fundamental human values, problem-solving skills and to take responsibility for their own choices. We strive to make your child’s first school experience a positive, successful one.

 

 

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:

Upon admission, each family is enrolled on a trial basis for no more than 30 days. This is a period for you to determine if we can meet your families needs. If that period isn’t completed satisfactorily, the family will meet with the Director to discuss concerns. If a resolution isn’t determined within two-weeks, the family can provide a 30 days notice to change providers.

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:

Tuition is due no later than the first of each month. We accept checks and all major credit cards. A service fee will be charged @ 3.9%. Each family is enrolled for one year. Tuition is based on the services you choose and will be written into a "Tuition Contract” We require all tuition be paid via ACH free of charge, and we require a voided check and a copy of a valid ID.

TUITION AND FEES:

Tuition is charged according to the classroom you choose and the needs of your family. It covers your child's space, breakfast, and snacks. Tuition is charged and is ongoing through scheduled and unscheduled closure days. We may ask for a deposit equal to one month's tuition if registering more than 30 days out. This includes but is not limited to inclement weather, early closures, holidays, etc.

We will charge a late fee when tuition goes unpaid after the 3rd, of the month @$10.00 per day including weekends. We reserve the right to contact a collection agency/attorney when tuition is not paid according to your contract.

All families are registered for a specific day and time. If your child is found to be left in care past his or her contract time, or brought in before their contract time, we will assess overtime fees.

 

OTHER FEES:

Annual Registration is assessed when your contract becomes due for placement for the following year. We will notify you within 30 days but not less than two weeks.

We will charge an NSF Fee FOR RETURNED TUITION

On occasion, parents may be asked to supply a small fee for support field trips, extracurricular activities, classroom project or classroom supplies.

There are no refunds, or credits of tuition or registration due to illness, or withdrawal for any reason.

 

HOURS:

We offer an all year round program from 7:00 am-5:45 pm

Extended care hours is an additional fee 7:00 am-9: 00am or 3:00 pm-5:45 pm

Program schedule:

Full-Time Montessori Pre-k 5 days per week 9-3

Part-Time Montessori Pre-k 3 days per week 9-3

Full-Time Toddler Montessori 5 days per week

Part-Time Toddler Montessori 3 days per week

MEALS:

We provide breakfast to all children who arrive by 8:15 am. A mid-morning snack and pm snack. If your child requires special dietary restrictions, please inform the school beforehand. Lunch is provided by the family, when planning meals remember to include fruits and vegetables, Dairy, Carbohydrate and a Protein. We are required by law to monitor your child's food and supplement as necessary. Due to the structure of our program; we ask that children do not come in with food after 8:30 am.

Eating Environment

We provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Sometimes eating with the children, this can model good eating practices. Mealtime can be a valuable learning experience. When you sit and eat with children, pleasant conversations can take place. Discussions about the colors, textures, and tastes of the food also can encourage language and cognitive development. Let toddlers feed themselves using child-size real eating utensils. Eating with toddlers and preschoolers can become very messy, but all messes can be cleaned up. We do not give bottles while at school the children are encouraged to drink from a Sippy cup or small regular cup that we will supply. All drinking cups are labeled with your child's name and washed and sanitized at the end of the day or as needed. Our school does not support the use of pacifiers as research shows that pacifiers are detrimental to an infants tongue development, speech development, and creates dependency on foreign objects.

If the children are using smaller sized utensils and are given small servings of food, the mess they make can be reduced. Be encouraging and supportive of this learning process.

Since toddlers are becoming more independent, they should also be allowed (as much as possible) to serve themselves. If children are allowed to make their own choices, chances are they will eat more than if they have no choice in the matter? Likewise, toddlers can start to choose to stop eating when full. Encourage children to take small servings and allow second helpings if the child is still hungry. Teach children to recognize body cues such as hunger and fullness. Forcing children to "clean their plate" may encourage overeating Families and caregivers have a major responsibility to make sure toddlers are healthy and safe. By understanding proper nutrition practices and the abilities of toddlers, adults can establish healthy eating habits for life.

 

FOOD HAZARDS:

When planning lunches, it may be tempting to give toddlers certain foods that are fun to eat and staples in the diets of older children, make sure the foods are appropriate for the age group you are serving.

Here is a list of foods that should not be given to toddlers (or even children up to four years old), because they are choking hazards:

• Hot dogs

• Whole grapes

• Raw carrots

• Popcorn o Hard candy o Large chunks of meat or other food

• Nuts, peanuts, or seeds

SNACK SUGGESTIONS:

• Fresh fruit — oranges, kiwi, bananas, fruit salad, etc.

• Bread — zucchini, banana, date, cranberry, corn, etc.

• Mini bagels and cream cheese

• Rice cakes

• Trail mix — made with cereal (Kix or Cheerios, Chex)

• Yogurt — large containers are more economical — we serve in bowls

• Natural applesauce — large containers are fine

• Soup

• Nutri-Grain bars

• Crackers and cheese (shredded or sliced)

 

ANTI-BIAS STATEMENT:

Our program is committed to providing an environment that is culturally relevant and respectful of the families we serve. Our program is a multicultural approach it is one that is sensitive to the beliefs and practices of others, regardless of skin color, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical and learning abilities, family lifestyle, religion.

Gender and cultural practices. You will notice that the environment, activities, and materials will reflect the families we serve. Through a pro-active approach, the children will develop an awareness of stereotyping and prejudice. The children also build self-esteem and learning about who they are and to help these children combat the cases as they appear in our everyday environment. In our program, holidays are acknowledged and regarded respectfully as each child shares his or her family traditions.

BIRTHDAYS:

We enjoy helping you celebrate your child’s birthday. However, all baked goods must get a preapproval and be store bought.

NAPS:

State regulations require that children under the age of six have a rest or nap period whenever they are in care for more than 4 hours. Children who do not sleep must rest quietly for 30-60 minutes. A mat With a washable surface Will be provided; children will need to bring a labeled blanket from home. Blankets will need to be taken home on Fridays for laundering.

WHAT TO BRING:

When outside the children play actively and hard. Therefore, sturdy clothing/shoes are most appropriate. Even with an apron children manage to get something on them. So don't be surprised, if they occasionally come home with paint or markers on his or her clothing, Children should be dressed so that their play won't be spoiled by fear of getting dirty. A change of clothes is required to be on hand every day.

WATER BOTTLES:

Each child may bring a water bottle to have access to water daily. Families must take them home on Fridays to be cleaned.

Parents are responsible for bringing in diapers, and pull-ups, teachers will supply a daily note communicating what your child's needs are.

 

EMERGENCY KIT:

Each child enrolled must have a small emergency kit on the premises, place all items in a ziplock bag. Included in the kit is as follows:

A picture of the family

A small toy, Coloring book, Crayons, Car, Stuffed Toy

A simple note "I Love you, see you soon.”

Two non-perishable food items

PRESCHOOL SUPPLY LIST:

Two shirts

Two pairs of pants

Two pairs underwear

Two pairs of socks

One small blanket for naptime & small pillow

Labeled In permanent ink

TODDLER SUPPLY LIST:

Recent photograph of your child and family

Underwear (3-4) if toilet Learning

Plastic pants( 3-4) if toilet Learning

Small Blanket

Change of clothes including

Two shirts

Two pairs of pants

Two pairs of socks

 

PHILOSOPHY OF GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE:

• Our definition of discipline involves inner training of one's actions. it does not mean "punishment

• Discipline is based on the individual child's age level or stage of development.

• It is never harsh, abusive or humiliating to the Child. Children are treated with respect we model appropriate behavior and talk to them about different ways to encourage them to think.

• That teacher is gentle yet firm, loving and caring people who are just. Kind and interested in each child' welfare.

• That each Child is a worthwhile and valuable group member who can use his/her body and mind with increasing

• To become a good worker and enjoy living in a group where he/she will make friends.

• To gain an understanding of the world around them and to build a foundation for good academic work in school.

 

• That teacher is gentle yet firm, loving and caring people who are just. Kind and interested in each child' welfare.

• That each Child is a worthwhile and valuable group member who can use his/her body and mind with increasing

• To become a good worker and enjoy living in a group where he/she will make friends.

• To gain an understanding of the world around them and to build a foundation for good academic work in school.

 

 

Logical and natural consequences will result when children do not follow the expectations of the program. The most extreme will be that the child will no longer be able to attend. Corporal punishment is never used at our school.

We practice Discipline/Peace Education

The word "discipline" is derived from "disciple," which means teacher. Therefore, the purpose of discipline is to teach the child acceptable ways to handle various situations.

Even a very young child can understand the cause and effect of his/her actions.

 

• We at Blue Skies Montessori recognize the dignity and worth of every human being within the School. We Want the children to develop a positive self-image and respect for themselves, and others in the environment.

• We believe that by treating the children with fairness and respect, they will react in kind.

• Adults in the classroom model a positive, caring attitude at all times. When problems arise with one or more children, the adult will encourage the child or children to talk about it and find solutions peacefully. If one child hurts another, the first child may be momentarily removed from the situation, while the adults check to see that the hurt child is all right. Then the adult will return to the first child and discuss the problem(s) and look for a more appropriate solution. We find that young children do not have the words to express their feelings and this frustration is often what leads to conflict

• The goal of discipline is to help a child change his/her behavior from negative to positive.


Redirection is most often used to redirect their activity to help a child with this process.

• When a child experiences difficulty in our program, a note will be sent home for the parent or guardian to read and discuss with their child. If the behavior continues, a conference will be called an action plan put into place. If this plan proves unsuccessful, we will assist the family in exploring other child care options that will suit their needs.

Because the child is now apart of a larger group, it is important that the child abides by the policies of the school. This sometimes takes time, patience and the support of the family. Since school rules differ from home rules. It is important that all members of the family acquaint themselves with the "school" rules, and possibly adopt some of the strategies used in the program. For example:

 

* Use affirmative: "We use walking feet indoors" rather "Don't run!" or "Use your words to tell us you're angry" rather than "Don't hit!"

*We get the child's attention by crouching down to his/her level, making eye contact, speaking quietly and asking the child to repeat the directions.

*We try very hard to be fair examining our options to make sure they are age appropriate.

*We avoid argument by following through with solutions that address the problem, but also offer the child a way to exit gracefully from the problem: 'You can choose a quiet place to calm down" or "I can choose one for you."

*If a child is unable to demonstrate self-calming behavior, a brief timeout results for the child to regain self-control. This time out is not punishment, but rather an opportunity for the child to re-group.

We realize that children grow and vary in stages of development. Because of this, we practice a variety of strategies.

Biting:

Blue Skies follows the Love and Logic and Positive Discipline methods towards discipline and will work with

all children as they learn the skills necessary to play, work, and socialize together. Young children are just learning

However, excessive aggression and biting will not be tolerated in the classroom.

All aggressive behavior that is deemed beyond a simple learning experience will be reported to the parents. We will discuss the behavior and the circumstances around the behavior as well as the way we handled the situation. We do not discuss the names of the children involved.

All biting incidents will be reported to both parents of the child that bit and the child that was bitten. And all such incidents will be recorded in the children's file.

After a child has bitten three times or if their behavior is deemed aggressive, a meeting between the teachers and parents will be necessary.

At this meeting, we will discuss the behaviors, our observations, and what methods we will use in future situations should they arise. We will also discuss actions parents can take at home to support the child as they work through this behavior.

All children are different, and each situation will be taken as a case by case basis with the plan implemented appropriately for that child's behaviors and needs. However, if the behavior does not improve within the timeline established between the school and the parents, the family may be informed that this group setting may not be appropriate for their child and may be asked to leave Blue Skies Montessori School Inc.

Again, we will work with all children and families, but we must also keep the safety and well be of all the children in the community in mind.

If, at any time, you have questions or concerns, please contact us anytime.

TRANSPORTATION AND FIELD TRIP ARRANGEMENTS:

Blue Skies Montessori School Inc. shall ensure that motor vehicles are maintained in a safe operating condition. Equipped with appropriate safety devices, seat belts will be used for each child while the vehicle is in motion.

Field Trip Guidelines for Parents and Chaperones

BSM is committed to providing students with experiences outside the classroom. We recognize that "going out" would not be possible without the help and support of parents. Day Trips We will abide by all rules and regulations concerning transportation as outlined in the state licensing requirements.

Parents and guardians will be informed of field trips in advance, THAT REQUIRE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE

TRANSPORTATION. A signed authorization form must be on file before the school volunteer can transport a child.

 

• Parents should become familiar with the purpose of the trip and, if possible, the destination. Remember that you are a role model

• Please stay with the group at all times

• Please focus your attention on the speaker, museum guide, student activities, etc.

• Do not interact with your child more than necessary; field trips

is a school experience, not a family outing

• Do not take children away from the group

• Do not visit gift shops unless the teacher has indicated they are part of the itinerary

After the Field Trip

• upon return to the school, make contact with the teacher

• Return all paperwork, first aid kit, etc.

• Share any difficulties (or successes) you experienced

• As always, respect the confidentiality of the students and families

Before leaving school:

• Complete the Drivers Form

• Verify that you have up-to-date car insurance

• Have a first-aid kit (provided by the school) in the car

• Have a list of the students traveling in your car

• Have the driving directions/map and caravan list

• Have contact information for the head classroom teacher (cell phone number) While driving:

• Encourage conversation among the students

• Limit or tum off the radio whenever possible

• Please limit the radio/CDs to appropriate music station

• Please do not show any DVDs / movies that have not been pre-approved by the classroom teacher

• Stay in the caravan order

• Do not make any unscheduled stops

• In case of an emergency, please pull over and stop the vehicle before using your cell phone to call the head classroom teacher

• Do not use your cell phone while operating your vehicle

• Do not stop for fast food or "treats" without the permission of the head classroom teacher

• Students cannot switch cars without the teacher's permission at the destination:

 

 

 

 

 

Toilet Learning Policy with your support:

Blue Skies Montessori

It is our philosophy that toileting is part of practical life or care of self. In our environment children in the toddler room wear training pants to school except during naptime. Parents are responsible for sending a 2-3 pair of training pants labeled in permanent ink. These will need to be restocked daily and taken home to launder each evening

The theory behind Montessori's approach to toileting is that this is a natural function and a child needs to know that we keep all body parts clean and dry. The guides in the classroom will help assist the children in changing themselves when needed. This sends the proper message that it is not desirable to have wet or soiled pants and we change them immediately. This process helps a child to become conscious of his/her body parts and absorb the information we are sending. As soon as a child shows interest in wearing training pants, they begin to wear underwear. Underwear is easier to change and allows more freedom of movement and sets the child up for success "to dress and undress independently." In our community, toddlers can wear underwear all day this will help each child master personal care. For toddlers who are being toilet trained remember to dress your child in clothing that they can easily take off themselves, belts, overalls, and one does not encourage toilet training success. Try elastic waist pants, or sweatpants these types of clothing can be easily pulled up and down by your toddler.

Our guides understand that it is a natural body function to eliminate the body, very similar to breathing. The guides do not react to what modern society might call "an accident' we also refrain from any negative comments as to smell or visual descriptions. We do not want the child to feel they did something wrong or made a mistake. We also do not exaggerate by putting on a parade or similar commotion when using the toilet is accomplished. Montessori philosophy is that the reward for using the toilet has clean pants. There is no need for bribery or treats for using the toilet.

Tips for using this philosophy at home: When a child wets their pants and the floor, stay calm, try not to react or make a negative comment like "uh-oh." Do not call it an accident or a mistake. Simply model for the child how to use the bathroom and wash your hands then let her/ him try. Then give them dry underwear to put on (keep extra clothing in the bathroom for convenience) also you can show your child how to clean the floor, letting them help when ready. Again making sure to wash your hands when finished. It is recommended that you have some small cleaning supplies that are your child's size so they can help more easily.

WITHDRAWAL/SCHEDULE CHANGES

* You must give us 30 days notice in writing before withdrawing your child from the school, no later than the 1st. of the month. Otherwise, we will retain your deposit and apply it to amounts due. We will not pay you interest on your deposit, and we may commingle your deposit with our general funds. You will be obligated for your tuition for the remainder of its contract.

If you wish to return after withdrawing you will need to pay a new registration fee, deposit and other charges applicable to new enrollees. Please allow two weeks for schedule changes.

HOLIDAYS/IN-SERVICE DAYS

* Tuition is ongoing through the year(consideration has been taken for closed days) and guarantees a reservation for your child at the school for the School Year designated on the School Calendar. NO credit will be given for holidays, or a professional in-service day or student absences or illnesses. I-Holidays and professional in-service days are shown on the school calendar. No credit/refund will be owed if the School cannot open/close because of emergency or inclement weather.

HOURS/LATE PICK-UP CHARGE* The school is open from 7:00am-5: 45 pm Each family is scheduled for a specific drop off and pick up time ( as indicated below) If you your pick up or drop time changes by a 1hr. You will need to notify the school. If your childcare hours go over ten hours, you will be subject to overtime fees at $4.00 per minute.

FAMILY DISCOUNTS

* Family with more than one child at Blue Skies may receive a 10% discount for each additional child after tuition has been paid at the regular full-time rate for the child with the highest tuition. Families discounts may not be combined with any other discounts offered by the school.

 

SUSPENSION/DISMISSAL

*We reserve the right to suspend or dismiss a child in our sole discretion for unsatisfactory or inappropriate behavior, if we don't have adequate expertise or resources for the educational, medical, or other need(subject to any applicable regulatory requirements), for violations of our policies, or for any reason we determined it to be in the best interest of the school. In our sole discretion, suspension or dismissal may be with or without notice.

 

STUDENT ILLNESS/EMERGENCY

* We strive to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our children. In light of that parents may not bring to school a child whom they know to be ill. We will notify you when your child becomes ill end you must pick up within the hour of being notified. If we do not hear from you within ten minutes, we will begin calling your emergency contact information on file at the school. In the event of hospitalization, you authorize us to have your child escorted by ambulance if such a decision is needed.

 

AUTHORIZATION

* You must sign your child in and out daily with a full signature. Anyone other than your self-picking up or dropping off must be put in writing and placed in your child's file.

USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, etc.

*You authorize us to use your child photograph in advertising or other media.

 

TUITION INCREASE

* We may increase tuition rates at any time by giving you at least one month's notice.

RESPONSIBILITY

*You agree that you will be responsible for any loss, damage or destruction by your child of any property of the school and for any damage for which the school becomes liable or chargeable because of your child's actions.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

* I understand each family is obligated to volunteer ten hours a year through Classroom

Participation, Purchasing snacks, Shopping for supplies, Event planning, Bake Sales, Fundraising, Grant Writing.


SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES:

· To provide clean. Safe classroom, bathrooms and play areas.

· To provide qualified, caring personnel.

  • To maintain communication with families through newsletters, bulletin board information, and conferences.

· To respect each child as an individual.

· To provide teaming materials and projects that will expand and challenge each child's abilities.

· To notify parents/guardians of any problems, injuries, and illnesses regarding their child.

  • To provide safe transportation and adequate supervision of all children for outings.
  • To recognize when a child's needs are not being met by the school, and to recommend other care solutions.
  • To meet and exceed at city, state and federal requirements and regulations.

· CHILD ABUSE:

Per WAC 388-150-480 of the licensing requirements, staff must report an instance immediately when the staff has reason to suspect the occurrence of physical, sexual, or emotional child abuse, child neglect, or child exploitation as required under chapter 26.44 RCW.

 

· ADDITIONAL LEGAL REQUIREMENTS:

Per the same WAC code, STAFF MUST ALSO REPORT IMMEDIATELY:

1.) Death, serious injury requiring medical treatment, or illness requiring hospitalization of a child in care, by telephone and in writing, to the parent, licensor, and child's social worker, if any.

2.) An occurrence of food poisoning or communicable disease, as required by the state board of health to the local health department.

 

· PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To provide an update accurate registration, health, and immunization records and forms as required by state regulatory.
  • To apprise the school in writing of any health restrictions, custody disputes, or situations, which would limit or exclude a child from full participation.
  • To communicate with staff and Director of any concerns regarding the school.
  • To bring concerns to the Director
  • To maintain confidentiality of staff and other parents on social media or public
  • To get to know the child's caregivers and teachers by name.
  • To supply the school in writing of any changes in a child's scheduled attendance.
  • To stay within the boundaries of hours the school has set forth
  • To limit a child's attendance no more than ten hours per day required by state regulations.
  • To arrange for prompt pick-up and alternative care for a sick child.
  • To not bring a sick child to school.

· To provide the school with a 30-day written notice of a child's withdrawal and pay tuitions outlined in this parenting handbook

· To appropriately dress a child for the weather and participation in class, providing a full change of clothing each day.

· To pay tuition costs promptly on time to ensure a quality program as outlined in this parenting handbook: t

· To treat staff with mutual respect

• Children may not bring candy. Gum, jewelry or money to the school. We also discourage children from bringing toys from home since much unhappiness results when the Items become lost or broken. In our efforts to provide a non-violent atmosphere we ask that absolutely no clothing be worn that display these items, toy guns, slingshots, knives (even plastic), or other clothing items no dress up, capes or superheroes.

 

 


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