Portland Preschool

Policies and Practices

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Parent/Teacher Communication

Portland Preschool greatly respects and encourages clear and frequent communication. Please reach us with your questions, concerns and ideas and we teachers will frequently do the same.

Business communication hours are 8am - 4pm.

The best form of communication is by email. Any important requests, questions, concerns or ideas must be submitted by email for clarity and confirmation by all parties involved. Please contact portlandpreschool.pdxp@gmail.com at any hour but note that a response is not guaranteed outside of business hours.

Texts and phone calls are business hours only forms of communication and best suited for urgent and emergency situations. The school landline number is 503.719.4900. Teacher Kassie's cell is 718.938.5342

Conversations at drop-off and pick-up are wonderful and vital. These times are best suited for casual yet purposeful conversation and story-telling. As they are very busy times of the day, please follow up any important and detailed request or exchange of information in email form.

I thank you for respecting the delicate balance and boundaries of running a very active community-minded business within my personal home! It is an honor to welcome you here.

Attendance Policies

Change of Attendance

I ask that parents provide at least 30 days notice if they choose to withdraw their child or reduce the number of days their child is enrolled. Parents are responsible for the 30 days of tuition after the day of notification of the change.

Before or After Care

Please contact Kassie to inquire about extended care until 3pm. The rate for extended care is $10/hour. Extended care must be pre-arranged with Kassie to be guaranteed.

At pick-up, a ten-minute grace period is granted in case of emergencies. Unless pre-arranged with Kassie, arrival after 2:10 will be charged.

Sick Days and Family Vacations

Absence due to illness or family vacation cannot be made-up or reimbursed.

In the event of illness or emergency of a teacher, proper substitution will be arranged. If impossible, the school day will be cancelled and rescheduled or reimbursed. Families will be notified of any of these arrangements by 8 am that morning.

Snow Days

PdxP’s snow day procedure will model East PPS system. Four snow days will be allowed each academic year. Any closure beyond four days will be rescheduled.

Clothing and Toys

Clothing

It is very important that we dress our students for success at school and help your children to be ready for any indoor and outdoor learning adventures!

Students should arrive in clothing in which they are the most comfortable and independent and thus able to focus on other tasks at hand. While teachers always help, we aim to foster student independence with clothing and in the bathroom and consider this a vital goal of preschool and kindergarten years.

The school provides a washable cotton bag at each child’s hook. Two full outfits (socks, underwear, shirts and pants) must be stocked at your child’s hook at all times. Please check your child’s bag for dirtied clothes to bring home and replenish each school day!

A school set of rain boots and a raincoat should always stay at school.

Shoes should be sturdy enough for running and easy for them to predominately put on alone. Pants and underwear/pull-ups should also be easy for students to take on and off to foster independence in the bathroom.

Please do not wear “special” clothing or costumes that would cause anyone to be upset if dirtied by curriculum activities. Learning is often messy!

Toys

We do allow students to bring a single object from home as it can offer comfort, practice in sharing and a window into their interests and developed games and stories. We encourage educational games, etc. that promote inclusivity and creativity.

Please limit the choice to one object that can fit inside your child’s bag at the hooks. The object should not make noise or promote aggressive play. Please do not bring anything that would cause great upset if lost or broken.

Our expectation expressed to students is that it is best for the object to be available for sharing. However, if the child changes their mind or is ready to “protect” the object, they store it in their bag at their hook. We practice and maintain that the bags at our hooks are private spaces. Other students are not allowed to get into other’s bags.

Guidance and Discpline

Our Discipline Policy is a three-point process. Teachers start with step one and move on only as necessary if the offending behavior continues. Teachers are consistent with their practices and language personally and as a team.

Parents are always contacted when the situation warrants, alerted of the course of action taken by the teacher and asked for their input.

  1. Proximity. Teacher is always near, observing and/or engaging with students. Teacher moves closer to any student who needs support or redirection to see if this will result in a behavior change.

  2. Language. Teacher models consistently used conflict resolution questions and phrases and empowers students to speak directly to each other, voice their interpretation of the conflict and generate solutions. Teacher repeats students’ statements for clarity. Teacher helps generate solutions if necessary. Teacher confirms, acknowledges and praises the resolution of conflict.

  3. Space. If the conflict cannot be resolved immediately or the offending behavior endangers well-being, then Teacher brings the offending student(s) into the kitchen to sit down, drink water and breathe. After a few minutes, Teacher readdresses the student(s) and begins the process anew.

All final decisions about behavioral management are made with the student’s guardians. Positive reinforcement techniques are encouraged to be implemented at home to support the child’s positive and appropriate behaviorsboth at home and at school.

Sick/Exclusion Policy

Is my child well enough to go to school?

Remember to email anytime or call school if your child is sick (503.719.4900/718.938.5342 text) between the hours of 8am-4pm.

We will want to know why the child is absent so that we can track certain communicable diseases as well as plan for the day.

To prevent the spread of colds and other illnesses, I suggest asking yourself the question, “Would I want my own child and myself exposed to these symptoms?” Thank you for erring on the side of caution!

Please note that students brought to school yet deemed by teachers to be exhibiting the symptoms listed below will be required to return home.

Here are some guidelines for keeping your child home and for how long:

  • Sinus Infection resulting in frequent discolored mucus discharge. Child should remain home until discharge is very infrequent. Please consider that young children are usually not able to blow their own noses. Besides easily spreading germs, it can be very disruptive to the classroom when a teacher has to frequently stop to help a child and wash hands.

  • Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher: the child should stay home until their temperature has been normal (98.6 degrees) FOR 24 HOURS or longer.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea: your child should stay home until it has been 24 hours or longer since their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

  • Rashes: always check with your doctor or your school health associate BEFORE sending a child with a rash to school.

  • Strep Throat: In cases of suspected or diagnosed strep throat, the child should be kept out of school until the diagnosis is made and/or treatment has been under way for at least 24 hours.

  • Chicken Pox: A child with chicken pox must be kept out of school for at least 5 days from the appearance of blisters. All pox MUST be crusted over and dry before returning to school.

  • Head lice: A child with head lice must receive adequate treatment and all nits (eggs) removed from hair before returning to school.

  • Coughing: Child should be able to cover their cough with their arm regularly. Cause of coughing should be understood. Coughing should be very infrequent.