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We hope that the information below allows you and your child to enter into the school year with confidence, clarity, and purpose. By working together, the SSPDS staff and parents can set our children up for success as they start each day.

We hope that the information below allows you and your child enter into the school year with confidence, clarity and purpose. By working together, the SSPDS staff and parents, can set these children up for success as they start each day.

The following staff responsibilities are important for maintaining constructive relationships with the parents and children. The staff will:

  1. Keep parents informed of the child’s development.
  2. Discuss with the parents events in the child’s life to foster a better understanding of the child.
  3. Relate to the child as a person of worth. Through attitudes and actions the staff will show genuine concern and respect for each child.
  4. Keep parents informed through use of individual notices, weekly emails, social media postings, and classroom bulletin boards.
  5. Inform parents of outbreaks of disease within the class.
  6. Follow the guidelines for discipline set forth in the Day School Personnel Policies and Operations Manual.

The following parental responsibilities are important for maintaining a constructive relationship with the program. Parents shall:

  1. Keep staff informed of any event in the child’s life which may help the teacher to better understand the child and relate to him or her appropriately.
  2. Share an active interest in the child’s work and development.
  3. Arrange for the child’s regular, prompt attendance.
  4. Ensure that the responsible teacher is aware of the arrival and departure of the child.
  5. Notify the staff if the child contracts or is exposed to a communicable disease.
  6. Ensure the health and welfare of the child by providing proper nutrition, adequate rest, healthful hygiene, and prompt attention to illness.
  7. Provide a nutritious breakfast before the child arrives at the program.
  8. Provide a nutritious lunch for the child. (No carbonated drinks.)
In addition, the parents are expected to make timely tuition payments and update the child’s enrollment and health information as necessary. This includes advising the Director of any change in the parent’s marital status. Parents will sign a statement indication that he or she has read, understands, and agrees to the responsibilities and program policies as outlined in this document.

Admission into St Stephen Presbyterian Day School is available to members and non-members of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church on a first come first serve basis with priority given to siblings of those currently enrolled and to church members.

Once classes are filled, those interested in the Day School may place their child’s name on the Wait List. Siblings and church member’s children will be placed at the top of the Wait List. If there is an opening in any class with no Wait List the spot will be available to the first interested party. If this child has a sibling, the sibling will be placed at the top of the Wait List of his/her age grouping.

If an opening is declined by a sibling or non-church member, the child’s name will be removed from the Wait List unless the parents request that the name remain, wherein the name will be moved to the bottom of the Wait List.

If an opening is declined by a church member, but is requested that the child’s name remain on the Wait List, the name will move below any other church member’s child on the Wait List for that age group.

Signing Children In

For the safety and security of the children in the program, a parent or guardian must sign each child in on the designated sheet on the child’s classroom door and accompany the child to the classroom door.

Parents are encouraged to bring siblings who are not enrolled in the program into the building with them. However, to avoid unnecessary confusion as the children are arriving and leaving, non-enrolled children and adults other than guardians are discouraged from entering the classroom.

Picking Children Up

Only legal guardians or persons designated on the registration form will be allowed to pick up the child.

If someone other than the designated person must pick up a child, the parent or guardian must obtain approval from the director before the child will be released. Children will not, under any circumstances, be released to a minor.

In a separation or divorce case, the status and any change in custodial rights must be documented by court order or agreement of the parents.

Picking Children Up Late

Parents are encouraged to bring and pick up children by the designated times. This helps build self confidence and ensures the smooth operation of the program.

If a child is picked up late, the parent is chaged $10.00 for the first 10 minutes, assessed at 2:40pm, plus $1 per minute thereafter will be assessed any time your child has not been picked up on time. Time will be kept according to cell phone time. Chronic late pick-ups are reviewed by the Day School Workgroup.

Visiting the Program

Visitors are always welcome to observe the program. All visitors entering the Day School Area must check in with the director.

Dress

Parents are encouraged to dress their children in comfortable, washable play clothes to eliminate the worry of “getting dirty”. Appropriate dress is important as children use paints, glue, markers, water and other materials in creative activities as well as play outside.

Extra Clothes / Diapers

Each child should bring a change of clothes in a labeled sack or bag in case of accident or soiling of clothes. The clothing should fit properly, be seasonal in nature, and washed occasionally. If needed a supply of diapers should be kept in this bag.

Nap-time Linens

Children may bring their favorite “sleepy-time” item to make them more comfortable during the rest period of the day. All linens should be taken home weekly for washing.

No Valuable Items

Children are discouraged from bringing items considered to be of great monetary or sentimental value.

Weapons

Guns, swords and/or any toy that resembles a weapon are not permitted on the premises. St Stephen is a house of peace where children are encouraged to problem solve through positive role modeling and cooperative methods of play.

Field Trips

Children are occasionally taken on field trips during the program hours. Parents are notified in advance of all field trips and of any costs associated with them. Only children whose parents have signed and turned in a permission slip may attend a field trip. Children are chaperoned by teachers and parent volunteers and are transported by personal vehicle.

Parties

Celebrating a child’s birthday or special occasion with a class party is welcomed with the consent of the teacher. Red or purple juice and party favors are strongly discouraged.

Maintaining Health Records

Upon enrollment each child is required to have on file immunization and examination statements from a doctor. This record must be updated annually or as immunizations are received. Health forms are made available in the enrollment packet.

Illness

To preserve a healthful atmosphere, the parents should notify the program if the child contracts, or is exposed to, a contagious disease while in attendance. Children should not be sent to the program with a fever or other signs of illness and should remain at home for 24 hours after having a temperature of 99.8F or more.

When a child becomes ill at the program, the parents are notified and are expected to pick up the child immediately.

Injury

If a child is injured, a staff member will attempt to contact the parents or specified person listed on the registration form while another staff member attends to the child. If the parents cannot be reached and the injury is serious or life threatening, the child will be taken to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Continuous attempts will be made to reach the parents.

Medication

The Director or Assistant Director may administer medication only if parents sign the proper forms, which are located in the Day School Office. The medication must be handed directly to the Director or Assistant Director and be clearly labeled with the child’s name and directions for administering it. The form is then given to the child’s teacher who will notify the Director or Assistant Director when the time has come for the medication to be administered.

The program does not provide facilities for locking up medications overnight; therefore, it is recommended that medications be brought daily as needed.

The program’s philosophy of discipline is designed to give each child ample opportunity to self discipline and problem solve. We believe that hands are for loving and caring; therefore, no physical action (e.g. slapping, hitting, pushing) is used. Children are never humiliated.

Most discipline problems are corrected by removing the child from the normal classroom activity for a few minutes and explaining to the child privately why his or her behavior is unacceptable. Ample time is given listening to the child to determine correct guidance.

A child’s enrollment may be terminated for any of the following reasons:

  1. Tuition payment is delinquent or not paid.

  2. The Day School policies are not followed.

  3. The student repeatedly displays unacceptable behavior that affects the morale of the program.

  4. A change in the student’s health, mental or physical condition requires services beyond what the program can provide.

Dismissal Procedure

Chronic problems will be documented. When the problem becomes serious, the director notifies the parents in writing and in conference. The parents will sign the written notification and return it to the program so there is record of the parent being notified.
A follow up conference will be set and progress evaluated. If the parents are dissatisfied with the director’s recommendation or request for dismissal, they may request evaluation by the Day School Board and the Education Committee.

The following staff responsibilities are important for maintaining constructive relationships with the parents and children. The staff will:

  1. Keep parents informed of the child’s development.
  2. Discuss with the parents events in the child’s life to foster a better understanding of the child.
  3. Relate to the child as a person of worth. Through attitudes and actions the staff will show genuine concern and respect for each child.
  4. Keep parents informed through use of individual notices, bulletin boards and the program’s newsletter.
  5. Inform parents of outbreaks of disease within the class.
  6. Follow the guidelines for discipline set forth in the Day School Personnel Policies and Operations Manual.

The following parental responsibilities are important for maintaining a constructive relationship with the program. Parents shall:

  1. Keep staff informed of any event in the child’s life which may help the teacher to better understand the child and relate to him or her appropriately.
  2. Share an active interest in the child’s work and development.
  3. Arrange for the child’s regular, prompt attendance.
  4. Ensure that the responsible teacher is aware of the arrival and departure of the child.
  5. Notify the staff if the child contracts or is exposed to a communicable disease.
  6. Ensure the health and welfare of the child by providing proper nutrition, adequate rest, healthful hygiene, and prompt attention to illness.
  7. Provide a nutritious breakfast before the child arrives at the program.
  8. Provide a nutritious lunch for the child. (No carbonated drinks.)
In addition, the parents are expected to make timely tuition payments and update the child’s enrollment and health information as necessary. This includes advising the Director of any change in the parent’s marital status. Parents will sign a statement indication that he or she has read, understands, and agrees to the responsibilities and program policies as outlined in this document.

Admission into St Stephen Presbyterian Day School is available to members and non-members of St. Stephen Presbyterian Church on a first come first serve basis with priority given to siblings of those currently enrolled and to church members.

Once classes are filled, those interested in the Day School may place their child’s name on the Wait List. Siblings and church member’s children will be placed at the top of the Wait List. If there is an opening in any class with no Wait List the spot will be available to the first interested party. If this child has a sibling, the sibling will be placed at the top of the Wait List of his/her age grouping.

If an opening is declined by a sibling or non-church member, the child’s name will be removed from the Wait List unless the parents request that the name remain, wherein the name will be moved to the bottom of the Wait List.

If an opening is declined by a church member, but is requested that the child’s name remain on the Wait List, the name will move below any other church member’s child on the Wait List for that age group.

Signing Children In

For the safety and security of the children in the program, a parent or guardian must sign each child in on the designated sheet on the child’s classroom door and accompany the child to the classroom door.

Parents are encouraged to bring siblings who are not enrolled in the program into the building with them. However, to avoid unnecessary confusion as the children are arriving and leaving, non-enrolled children and adults other than guardians are discouraged from entering the classroom.

Picking Children Up

Only legal guardians or persons designated on the registration form will be allowed to pick up the child.

If someone other than the designated person must pick up a child, the parent or guardian must obtain approval from the director before the child will be released. Children will not, under any circumstances, be released to a minor.

In a separation or divorce case, the status and any change in custodial rights must be documented by court order or agreement of the parents.

Picking Children Up Late

Parents are encouraged to bring and pick up children by the designated times. This helps build self confidence and ensures the smooth operation of the program.

If a child is picked up late, the parent is chaged $10.00 for the first 10 minutes, assessed at 2:40pm, plus $1 per minute thereafter will be assessed any time your child has not been picked up on time. Time will be kept according to cell phone time. Chronic late pick-ups are reviewed by the Day School Workgroup.

Visiting the Program

Visitors are always welcome to observe the program. All visitors entering the Day School Area must check in with the director.

Dress

Parents are encouraged to dress their children in comfortable, washable play clothes to eliminate the worry of “getting dirty”. Appropriate dress is important as children use paints, glue, markers, water and other materials in creative activities as well as play outside.

Extra Clothes / Diapers

Each child should bring a change of clothes in a labeled sack or bag in case of accident or soiling of clothes. The clothing should fit properly, be seasonal in nature, and washed occasionally. If needed a supply of diapers should be kept in this bag.

Nap-time Linens

Children may bring their favorite “sleepy-time” item to make them more comfortable during the rest period of the day. All linens should be taken home weekly for washing.

No Valuable Items

Children are discouraged from bringing items considered to be of great monetary or sentimental value.

Weapons

Guns, swords and/or any toy that resembles a weapon are not permitted on the premises. St Stephen is a house of peace where children are encouraged to problem solve through positive role modeling and cooperative methods of play.

Field Trips

Children are occasionally taken on field trips during the program hours. Parents are notified in advance of all field trips and of any costs associated with them. Only children whose parents have signed and turned in a permission slip may attend a field trip. Children are chaperoned by teachers and parent volunteers and are transported by personal vehicle.

Parties

Celebrating a child’s birthday or special occasion with a class party is welcomed with the consent of the teacher. Red or purple juice and party favors are strongly discouraged.

Maintaining Health Records

Upon enrollment each child is required to have on file immunization and examination statements from a doctor. This record must be updated annually or as immunizations are received. Health forms are made available in the enrollment packet.

Illness

To preserve a healthful atmosphere, the parents should notify the program if the child contracts, or is exposed to, a contagious disease while in attendance. Children should not be sent to the program with a fever or other signs of illness and should remain at home for 24 hours after having a temperature of 99.8F or more.

When a child becomes ill at the program, the parents are notified and are expected to pick up the child immediately.

Injury

If a child is injured, a staff member will attempt to contact the parents or specified person listed on the registration form while another staff member attends to the child. If the parents cannot be reached and the injury is serious or life threatening, the child will be taken to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Continuous attempts will be made to reach the parents.

Medication

The Director or Assistant Director may administer medication only if parents sign the proper forms, which are located in the Day School Office. The medication must be handed directly to the Director or Assistant Director and be clearly labeled with the child’s name and directions for administering it. The form is then given to the child’s teacher who will notify the Director or Assistant Director when the time has come for the medication to be administered.

The program does not provide facilities for locking up medications overnight; therefore, it is recommended that medications be brought daily as needed.

The program’s philosophy of discipline is designed to give each child ample opportunity to self discipline and problem solve. We believe that hands are for loving and caring; therefore, no physical action (e.g. slapping, hitting, pushing) is used. Children are never humiliated.

Most discipline problems are corrected by removing the child from the normal classroom activity for a few minutes and explaining to the child privately why his or her behavior is unacceptable. Ample time is given listening to the child to determine correct guidance.

A child’s enrollment may be terminated for any of the following reasons:

  1. Tuition payment is delinquent or not paid.

  2. The Day School policies are not followed.

  3. The student repeatedly displays unacceptable behavior that affects the morale of the program.

  4. A change in the student’s health, mental or physical condition requires services beyond what the program can provide.

Dismissal Procedure

Chronic problems will be documented. When the problem becomes serious, the director notifies the parents in writing and in conference. The parents will sign the written notification and return it to the program so there is record of the parent being notified.
A follow up conference will be set and progress evaluated. If the parents are dissatisfied with the director’s recommendation or request for dismissal, they may request evaluation by the Day School Workgroup and the Education Committee.