Family Handbook

Enrolled families:

Download the 2018-19 LCP School Handbook


Classroom Policies

For the protection, health, and safety of all children and parents at LCP, please follow these LCP policies and procedures:

Workday Arrival Time:
Working parents need to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class (8:15 am for the 2 Day Class and 11:00 am for the 3/4 Day Class), as well as stay 15 minutes after the end of class, or until all cleaning is done.

No Nut Policy:
Because some children can have a serious allergic reaction to nuts, LCP has a no nut policy. Please do not bring any foods containing any nuts or any nut butter. This includes products processed in a facility that also processes tree nuts. Please read labels carefully. Due to the seriousness of this offense, families will be given two warnings and then they will have their membership terminated.

Signing In & Out:
On the daily sheets, your child must be signed in and out using your full legal signature, along with the time of drop-off or pick-up. (This is a legal form – please do not let your child write on this form.) There is a $5.00 fee each time you fail to sign your child in or out.

Authorized Pick-Up:
Children will be released only to people authorized by you on the “Identification and Emergency Information” form. You must notify the school if you wish anyone else to pick-up your child.

No Early Drop-Off:
Children are not to be dropped off early. The teachers and working parents need time before class to set-up the activities for the day and are unable to supervise the children.

Late Pick-Up:
Children need to be picked up by the end of class. Late fee is $1.00 per minute after the end of class.

Communications:
Check your child’s cubby for personal items, your assigned parent pocket for notices and information, the bulletin boards for upcoming events, and the tables for artwork. Our main communication is by email, including our weekly update email sent every Sunday. If you don’t use email, please let the Board and the Teachers know.

Cell Phones in the Classroom:
Please refrain from using your cell phone for communication (i.e. texting, browsing, calls) while working in the classroom. Your primary focus should be on supervising and engaging with the children. Thank you!

Social Media Guidelines
Please respect different parenting styles regarding social media. Do not post/share/tag pictures of classmates or their parents, unless you have permission. Each class will have a private Shutterfly Share account for families to collect and share photos. See the Photo Release Form or talk with the Director for more information.

Siblings in the Classroom:
Working parents may not bring siblings of their enrolled children. This is against state regulations. One suggestion is to trade care with another parent in the classroom. Siblings are also not allowed in the classroom after circle time, except for special occasions. Siblings must be kept in hand at all times.

Field Trips:
A parent must accompany her/his child on all scheduled field trips. Costs for field trips are not included in the tuition payment.

Health Forms and Records:
All required forms must be completed BEFORE the first day of school. This is a state regulation. The child will not be allowed to attend without all forms on file. This includes the Parental Authorization for Emergency Medical Care and proof of a negative TB test within the last year for any participating adult. Anyone who will be participating with the child needs to have a TB test on file. In addition, all participating parents/adults working in the preschool classroom are required to provide proof of measles and pertussis vaccinations before the start of school, as well as proof or written decline for the influenza vaccine by December 1 of the current school year.

Parents of children with special needs, including allergies, must provide a written physician’s action plan so the teachers are aware of the child’s needs. The parent and teacher/director will meet to review the child’s needs and accommodations the school is able to provide.

Termination:
If you are withdrawing your child from the school, a two-week written notice must be given to the teacher. All commitments are to be fulfilled during this two-week period: this includes tuition, classroom work days, job commitments, and any fundraising event commitments that fall within the 2-week period. If a two-week written notice is not given, tuition for the following month is owed. Withdrawal forms can be found in the classroom and on our website.

Dress Code:
Children should be dressed in play clothes appropriate for current weather conditions that can get dirty, as children will be painting, gluing, playing with sand and water, inside and out. They should wear loose-fitting clothes, so as not to confine play, and sturdy shoes for running, climbing, and riding bikes. Parents working in the classroom should keep in mind that they will also be exposed to painting, gluing, sand, water, etc. and should dress accordingly. (NOTE: Please mark all clothing with your child’s name and periodically check the Lost & Found Box.)

Payments:
When making payments to LCP, please note the exact reason for payment, i.e. tuition, fundraising event, yearbook, field trip, etc. Clearly marked payments help the Treasurer and Bookkeeper credit payments properly. Checks are preferred to cash for record-keeping purposes.

Bathroom:
If your child needs assistance in the bathroom, the class teacher is the only person (other than a parent or guardian) who is allowed in the bathroom with your child.

If your child has a toilet accident while at school, he/she will not be scolded. We remind the child to get dry clothing on to be more comfortable; a teacher or parent/guardian will assist as necessary. If a child did not bring extra clothes, spare clothes can be found in the dresser in the bathroom. Please wash and return these borrowed clothes to the drawer. There are not separate boy and girl bathrooms. If for any reason the teacher is unavailable to assist in the bathroom, a working adult will be asked to step in. If you are helping a child in the bathroom, please let another working adult know. The adult who takes a child to the bathroom shall stay in a location where he/she can be observed by other adult co-op members OR request another working adult to accompany you. Adult bathrooms are located by the church office.

Children who are not potty trained:
LCP does not have the facilities to change diapers. If your child is not potty trained, you will be responsible for changing his/her diaper, or arrangements must be made with another parent to assume this responsibility. Diapers are to be disposed of in the dumpster in the parking lot. They are not allowed to be put in the inside garbage can.

Outside Promotions/Selling Products:
The purpose and focus of LCP is to provide child-centered, quality preschool education. Please do not advertise any outside fundraising or other income-producing events without prior board approval.

Party Invitations:
Invitations to parties are not to be handed out at school unless it includes the whole class.