Handbook

Teachers & Staff

Our staff is supported by the church, through The Learning Center Board of Directors. This Board is chosen to assist in decisions on school issues, and to provide liaison with the church. The Board and staff meet regularly. If you ever need to speak to a Board member, please let the director know so that a meeting can be arranged.

Arrival & Departure

Parents are responsible for their child’s arrival to and departure from his/her class. If someone other than the regular parent is to pick up the child, the school must be notified ahead of time. This is done for the safety of each child.

Our day will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Our day is over at 12:00 p.m. Please be on time to deliver and receive your child. EARLY ARRIVAL SHOULD BE ARRANGED IN ADVANCE. A FEE WILL BE ASSESSED FOR THIS SERVICE $5.00/morning.  A LATE CHARGE WILL BE APPLIED AT $5.00 FOR EACH 5 MINUTES.

Immunization Information

Our school requires that each student be properly immunized according to the state guidelines. We need a copy of you’re child’s shot record for our records. Please check with the local health department or your pediatrician for this information.

All staff members have regular TB skin tests and physicals.

Administration of Medicine

No medication is administered during the school hours without written parental consent. If a situation arises that requires medical attention, you will be contacted immediately.

Illness

Children should NOT be sent to school with contagious rashes, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, earache, chronic cough, sore throat or non-clear mucus congestion. If a child has any of the above symptoms at school, the parents will be notified to pick their child up from the school.

Children MUST BE FEVER FREE and DIARRHEA FREE for a full 24 HOUR PERIOD before returning to school. Please make sure to ask your doctor when your child should be able to return to school.

Head Lice

In the event of an outbreak of head lice in the school, you will be notified. If your child contracts head lice, he/she must be nit free before returning to school. The classroom teacher and/or the director will check the child following treatment at home.

Child’s Personal Belongings & Clothing

The school is equipped with safe toys and games for all to share. We ask that your child brings toys, games, etc., from home ONLY when the teacher asks them to do so for Show and Tell. 

Books appropriate to the topic for the week are always welcomed. Security blankets or objects are appropriate also, just make sure to explain the “relationship” to the teacher. 

The school is equipped with limited spare clothing for those “accidents” that will occur. Please bring your child’s own change of clothes to keep in their backpack, that are weather appropriate. Of course, if your child is potty training, extra clothes are necessary. 

Potty training is a part of the Sonflower and Rainbow curriculum. Rising Shining Stars and Sonshiners need to be fully trained before the start of the school year. 

We ask that your child be dressed comfortably for playing indoors and outdoors. Rubber soled shoes (tennis shoes/sneakers) are best for your child’s safety on the playground. Clothing should be easy to remove and to put back on by your child for restroom purposes. 

All outerwear should be labeled with your child’s name. 

Snacks

Each child will be assigned Leader Day each month. On this day you and your child are asked to provide the snack for your classroom. Your child will be the leader of lines and activities on that day.

We ask that  nutritious foods and drinks be provided. We will be discussing nutrition and modeling good eating habits.  Please do not send cookies or other sugar loaded snacks. (exception is Birthdays of course) Some suggestions are listed below:

  • Fresh fruit slices (apples, oranges, melons, kiwi, strawberries, bananas, etc.)
  • Cheese- string, canned, sliced, cubed
  • Crackers, breads, bagels,  muffins, Goldfish crackers, pretzels
  • Vegetables (carrots, celery, cucumbers, olives etc.) & dip
  • Peanut butter
  • Pizza bites, ham, pepperoni,or  turkey slices
  • Trail mix or dried fruits
  • Fruit juice Popsicle’s(on hot days)
  • No chocolate, nuts, or popcorn.
  • ALL CLASSES HAVE WATER WITH THEIR SNACK

Birthdays & Special Occasions

If you would like your child’s classmates to share in a birthday celebration, let the teacher know ahead of time. Some parents bring non-edible treats for each child, as well as cake, ice cream and snacks. Of course the school will recognize the child’s birthday also.

On other special occasions (Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc.) your classroom teacher will have a special sign- up sheet.

Volunteers & Insurance

Volunteers are gratefully welcomed and encouraged. If you have special talents you are willing to share with the children, please let us know. Field Trips will require extra adults to help drive and supervise. We look forward to your involvement in these enrichment activities.

The school is properly insured through the church’s insurance company. Therefore, you will not need to purchase any additional insurance.

We will have release forms to be signed before going on any field trips and before any photos or videos are taken of your child.

Conferences

Conferences are welcomed whenever the parent or teacher feels there is a need for one. Just contact us ahead of time for scheduling purposes.

Physical Outbursts

In the event your child physically hurts another child, your child will be placed in a time apart. You will be notified when your child is picked up. At the time of the second offense, you will be contacted immediately to come get your child from class. At this time, the classroom teacher and the director will conference with you about the behavior and alternative forms of discipline to be administered. Another conference will take place on the third offense. The fourth offense can result in permanent removal of the child from the program. 

*For example: biting, hitting, kicking, spitting, etc. 

Discipline

Children’s Behavior

Acceptable:

  • Walking feet inside
  • Quiet voices inside
  • Sharing
  • Cooperating with peers and adults
  • Allowing others to do their work alone, if they prefer
  • Returning work and toys to the same place from which it was taken
  • Kind and considerate behavior toward classmates and teachers

Unacceptable:

  • Running inside
  • Physically hurting another person in any way
  • Foul or abusive language

Adult Behavior

Acceptable:

  • Quiet, calm voices
  • Talking and communicating in only positive, caring ways
  • Giving hugs and holding if the child feels the need
  • Using TIME OUT  after redirecting and trying to reason with him/her

Unacceptable:

  • Physically hurting a child in any way
  • Yelling