GENERAL PROCEDURES



Arrival and Dismissal

During dismissal, children may be picked up by a parent or anyone else who has been designated to do so according to the child’s enrollment forms.

Our school closes at 5:30pm every day. Each child must be picked up by a parent or guardian before that time. If you will be more than 5 minutes late in picking up your child, please in to let us know. Please note that we will assess a $1 charge for every additional minute your child is at our facility beyond 5:35pm.



Closings and Early Dismissals

We do not follow the Cedar Rapids School district for closings and early dismissals. On days when the Cedar Rapids schools are either delayed or canceled due to bad weather, Precious Moments Montessori Preschool may still be open. In the event of a delay or school closure, we will post on KCRG regarding the change in schedule due to weather. If we must close early, the school will contact the parents of all remaining children at the school. We will ensure that enough staff remains at the school to ensure every child is picked up.



Holidays and Other Celebrations

Planned special occasions can include: Halloween, Thanksgiving, December holidays, President’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, among others.

Festivities are simple and usually in conjunction with some curricular activities. The school is sensitive to the multicultural nature of our community and includes cultural diversity in its celebrations whenever possible.


Holiday School Closings 2018

  • Memorial Day – May 28th
  • Fourth of July – July 4th
  • Labor Day – September 3rd
  • Thanksgiving – November 22nd & 23rd
  • Christmas – December 24th & 25th
  • New Year – 31 dec & 1 Jan

CLOTHING AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY



Please dress your child in washable, comfortable clothing. We also require an extra set of clothing to keep at the school in case clothes become wet or muddy. These items can be kept in a bag or backpack that you may leave at the school. Make sure to include a change of undergarments in case of an accident if your child is potty trained. If your child is not yet potty trained, please include Pull-Ups and wipes for changing. Kindly mark all clothing items clearly with your child’s name.

Outdoor activities are planned if the weather permits. Outdoor play may be suspended or shortened at the discretion of the staff during inclement weather or the temperature index is in the danger zone below 20 degrees or higher than 100 degrees. Please make sure to send your child properly dressed for the weather. In the winter, this includes snow pants, a hat, mittens, boots, and regular shoes. If your child’s doctor requests that he or she refrain from physical activity, please tell our teachers who will be supervising your child, so they may respond accordingly.

The school is not responsible for lost property. Items found in our school will be collected and kept in a lost and found box near the entrance. Children are discouraged from bringing money, toys or other items from home without first checking with their teacher.


NO SMOKING POLICY



There is NO Smoking in the school or on the premises. Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall always be prohibited. Smoking and the use of tobacco products shall be prohibited outdoors.


DISCIPLINE, GUIDELINES FOR OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT, CLASSROOM, AND DISCHARGE FROM SCHOOL



Discipline

During their early years of education, children are just beginning to learn how to get along with each other. It is the responsibility of the school to provide a safe and comfortable environment to help the children develop self-control, cooperation skills, and consideration of others. The staff has developed guidelines for acceptable student behavior. Teachers enforce these guidelines using redirection, problem solving, and time outs.

Occasionally some children repeatedly break the rules. Teachers work diligently with these children to encourage them to choose appropriate behaviors. When necessary, parents will be notified of problematic behaviors so that the teachers and parents can work together to help the student act appropriately.

Precious Moments Montessori Preschool abides by the following:

  • Corporal punishment, including spanking, shaking, and slapping will not be used;
  • Punishment that is humiliating, frightening, or causes pain or discomfort to the child will not be used;
  • Punishment shall not be administered, or threat of punishment be associated, with food or rest;
  • No child will be subjected to abuse, threats, or derogatory remarks about the child or the child’s family.


Closings and Early Dismissals

The following guidelines are in effect for the playground and other outdoor venues:

  • The teacher-pupil ratio is the same outside as it is for inside.
  • Any type of hurtful behavior is not acceptable, physical, verbal, or emotional.
  • Inappropriate language is not acceptable. Politeness and courtesy are encouraged.
  • Children are not permitted to use sticks, rocks, or other hazardous items in harmful ways.
  • Rocks & mulch stay on the ground.
  • Children are not permitted to climb fences.
  • The slide is to go down only. No sliding headfirst.
  • Teachers are discouraged from lifting children to reach equipment that is too big for them, a child may prove they are mature enough through demonstrating the ability to climb the equipment independently.
  • The drinking fountain is for drinking purposes only.
  • The child should communicate with their teacher when going into and coming out of the building.
  • Coats must be worn if the temperature is below 32 degrees. When deciding whether children should go outdoors, consult the teacher.
  • Balls and other toys are not to be used on the playground equipment.
  • Broken materials are removed immediately.


Classroom Guidelines

The classroom guidelines are for parents to help them understand the school’s operations and expectations:

  • All children are free to work with any material displayed in the classroom if it is used appropriately. The children may not harm the materials, themselves, or others. They may not use the materials in any way that disturbs the activity of others.
  • To the best of their ability, children are to restore the environment to its original order after an activity.
  • Children are discouraged from interfering with another’s work unless invited by that child.
  • A child that has chosen not to participate in a group activity is not allowed to disrupt the group activity.
  • Children are free to “do nothing” if they do not disturb the work of others.


Discharge from the School

It is not unusual for children to exhibit behaviors that may be improper and/or disrespectful. These occasional misbehaviors, while certainly not condoned, are often a normal part of the process of a child’s development. As noted above, the school’s policy is to redirect the child’s behavior and explain to them other ways of communicating or voicing their frustrations.

If a child exhibits chronically disruptive behavior, the issue must be addressed. Following are the series of steps we will take in dealing with this type of behavior:

  1. When repeated attempts in talking to the child are not successful, the child will be isolated from other students. The child’s parents will be contacted regarding the situation. The teacher will discuss the problem with the parents in order to update them on the situation. Along with any verbal communication, incident reports will be written, and a copy will be provided to the child’s parents.
  2. If the child continues to exhibit disruptive behavior, the next step would be for the child’s teacher to have a discussion with the child’s parents to explain to the parent what options are available. A plan would be formulated to resolve the problem.
  3. If no arrangement or agreement can be reached, or if no improvement is made within the set time limit, then the child will be discharged from the school.

Any of the following may be disruptive behavior:

  • Any behavior which requires constant attention from the staff;
  • Any behavior which inflicts physical or emotional harm on themselves, other children, or any staff;
  • Or any behavior that conflicts with the rules of the classroom, school rules or the playground.
  • A child attempting to leave without a parent present to take them.

While lead teachers are ultimately responsible for working out the situation with the child’s parent, the teacher involved will include the Director in any meeting involving potential for a discharge situation.

Parents always have the right to appeal any decision made by the child’s teacher to the Director keeping in mind that the teachers will normally be acting under the Director’s guidance. A final appeal may be made to the President.

Other Reasons for Discharge

  1. Failure to meet center policies
  2. Failure to pay tuition