Jacob's Ladder - Policies & Procedures
All necessary registration forms must be file by the first week of school. Please ensure that your child’s immunizations are kept up-to-date, sick and provide the immunization information, as well as a medical health examination with physician’s signature as required by state regulations.
Tuition is continuous throughout the year and guarantees a reservation at Jacob’s Ladder at Central Synagogue - Beth Emeth. Tuition can be paid either in full at the beginning of the year, or in three payments in August, November and February 8. Tuition is due in full on March 1. There are no refunds in tuition for absences, illness or vacation days observed throughout the year.
At dismissal time, children are released at the classroom door solely to those persons who have been approved by the parent. A list of persons permitted to pick up your child must be on file in the office. If you are deviating from your normal pick-up schedule, you must send in a written note or phone in your changes for the day. Persons unfamiliar to our office staff or classroom personnel must be prepared to show photo identification in the school office. A copy of any legal custody arrangements or legal restraining orders MUST BE ON FILE in the office! We will not release your child to anyone other than you without written consent!
Approach to Positive Classroom Discipline
Our philosophy is strongly based on positive approaches to classroom management. In order to provide your child with optimum learning opportunities, the classroom needs to be a stimulating and exciting environment within a well organized framework. Our teachers are committed to meeting both the needs of the individual child and the needs of the group. Their expectations for classroom behavior are based on appropriate developmental levels. Teachers are adult professionals and worthy of our respect. Any disrespect, physical or verbal, directed towards a staff member will not be tolerated. If a child is disruptive, the teacher will attempt to redirect the child to more appropriate behavior. Also, the teacher will offer the child a particular activity with absolute beginnings and endings. For example, put this puzzle together, or sort all the yellow pegs. This age appropriate activity will involve and engage the child physically, visually and cognitively. When the activity is completed, the teacher and child will discuss the activity and the troublesome behavior. This process allows children to calm down, to focus on the specific task, to gain control of the situation and of themselves. In the event that a child’s behavior repeatedly disrupts the class routine and prevents others from having a quality educational experience, the following steps will be taken:
- The teacher will call a conference with the parents. Sharing ideas will often be of help to the teacher.
- The Director will be informed of the situation and be called upon to confer with the parents and the teacher.
- Strategies for behavior modification will be developed.
- Removing a child from the preschool program either on a temporary or permanent basis will be considered if the above steps have been taken without success. This decision is at the discretion of the director.
We are deeply committed to do all we can to make each child’s experience at our preschool an enjoyable and positive one. We need your support and cooperation.
Central Synagogue - Beth Emeth has installed a security system at its entrance in order to insure the safety and security of the building. Every person who enters the building must announce themselves and where they are going before they can be buzzed in. It is essential for all concerned to cooperate in order to utilize this system properly.
Jacob’s Ladder is a nut free school. Due to the fact that peanuts and any foods containing peanuts or tree nuts are highly allergic and potentially very dangerous, no snack or treat containing these foods may be sent to the classroom. Please be aware of hidden ingredients.It is imperative to let your child’s teacher know if your child has any sort of food allergy. If your child has a prescription for an epi-pen, it is mandatory that we have permission from both parent and physician to administer the epi-pen. If your child eats lunch in school and will only eat a peanut butter sandwich, it is ESSENTIAL that you notify the classroom teacher. State law requires that all children present evidence of immunizations on attending school.
All medical forms must be turned into the office by November. NO CHILD WILL BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND SCHOOL WITHOUT THESE FORMS. If your child is going to be out for any reason, please contact the nursery school office. If your child has a contagious disease, we need to know in order to notify the rest of the class. If your child has a contagious disease or rash, we must have a note from the doctor stating that the child is in good health before being readmitted. Use good judgment in keeping your child home. Keep your children home if:
- they have not been fever free for at least 24 hours
- have vomited within the previous 24 hour period i have a bad cold
- have heavy nasal discharge indicative of infection
- have diarrheal symptoms
- have fussy, cranky behavior and are generally not themselves
Jacob’s Ladder has a comprehensive emergency plan. Each teacher is familiar with procedures for fire, accident, disaster and medical emergencies. Each classroom is equipped with an emergency evacuation bag and emergency supplies. In the event of an evacuation, our primary relocation site is the Wilson Elementary School. Additionally, we have two secondary sites located at Madison Avenue in Baldwin, a short distance from our school.
Please be aware that in compliance with New York State regulations, each staff member is considered a mandated reporter and is required to report to Child Protective Services any suspicion of child abuse.