|Posted by Kids Express Team on April 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM|
The Kids Express Parent Handbook is the one source of information that is sent home at the start of your child’s enrollment here. It covers everything that you could possibly wonder about our programs and staff and well, a whole bunch more. There are a few things in there that I believe could use further discussion. These include: our food, sick, pick up, and behavioral management policies.
Listed in handbook as: “FOOD”
First and foremost, we are a peanut and tree nut free school. Many children have severe allergies to nuts and tree nuts and we can’t risk their safety. I know this is tricky, especially if you have a picky eater, but it is important to check all labels to ensure that products do not contain nuts or were not processed or contaminated with or by any nuts at all. There are many resources and blogs that have creative, nut-free alternatives for snacks and lunches! For some examples check out our “Parent Resources” board on Pinterest!
Listed in handbook as: “Guidelines for When to Keep a Child Home”
This section is pretty self-explanatory but sometimes questions arise. It is pretty important to reiterate as the sicknesses and germs covered in this section could be a pretty big problem. Germs that spread end up infecting other children and staff and before you know it we have a really big problem, which can even end up having too many staff absent due to illness. It is also unfair to other children to expose them to germs when it can be avoided simply by following our policy. Not only is the germ spreading a concern, but if your child is not feeling themselves due to illness that could lead to a very difficult day at school. This part of the handbook goes through each specific symptom and illness so I won’t write about each one of them here. If you are a current parent and you are unfamiliar with what I’m talking about feel free to ask us, or login to the Parent Zone and go through it yourself.
Not listed in handbook.
School safety is a hot topic as of late. For this reason, we have some strict policies about pick-up. First, we require ID at pick up. If the person who is picking up is unfamiliar we will most certainly ask for a photo ID. The name of the person must be listed on your child’s “Permission to Release” form for us to allow them to pick your child up. We also ask that no one other than staff open the door for anyone else. This might be awkward but it’s crucial for your child’s safety.
Listed in handbook as: “BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT”
We know that every child may engage in inappropriate behavior from time to time. It happens! It is our job to guide them in the right direction and teach appropriate behavior. We try to focus on the positive, encourage the child to express how they are feeling and figure out what might be causing them to act out. Next, we figure out how to help them. Some techniques we might use to deal with tricky behaviors include affection, prompting, redirecting, and taking a break. Our highly trained staff is very good at assessing the situation and figuring out exactly how to help the child.
Hopefully the information above was helpful to you and provided a bit of clarity for topics that can sometimes be confusing! These are only a few of the policies and procedures we have listed for you in our Parent Handbook. If you are interested in learning more about these topics, or any other information in the Parent Handbook, our friendly administrators are always here to help! Feel free to come in and chat with us, or call us anytime at (518) 328-0430.