Skills & Attributes Necessary to Participate Little Builders - Ages 4-6
All students must be fully toilet-trained or be able to use the restroom with the assistance of their participating adult class partner. Our restroom is ADA compliant, and all students (including those with disabilities) must wash their hands prior to returning to class.
Parents must attend and participate with students for the duration of class. Students are not able to be dropped off, or to attend any part of the class without parent participation. Students must be supervised by their parent partner at all times while in our building or parking lot. This includes if a parent needs to step out to take a phone call or to retrieve items from their car - staff can not be left responsible for watching individual students at any time. Parents are responsible for the primary discipline and supervision of their child, in the event that there are any disagreements between children in the class, staff will help to mediate any issues and will work with parents to develop appropriate responses if a situation arises. (For example, if a student were to throw an item at another student, the student may be asked to take a short time out, either from the current activity, or be asked to move away from the other student with whom there was an issue. It is to be expected that parents will both support, and be supported by our staff so that the children learn cooperative play skills.
Students will be expected to learn and follow the basics of classroom behavior and basic classroom rules. (Rules such as keeping their hands to themselves, not speaking during instructional periods, taking turns, kindly sharing items with their parent and classmates, keeping their hands to themselves, using appropriate and kind language, being kind and respectful to the other students & the instructor, etc. We ask that parents would support our staff by attempting to quiet students who are being verbally or physically disruptive when instructions are being given. As we expect that this may be a first classroom experience for many children, we understand that skills like raising ones hand before speaking, or staying quiet during instruction will not come naturally, and this is a great opportunity for kids to start to learn and or strengthen these skills.
All discipline will go through the parent. If there are any issues, the instructor will address the issue with theparent present, who can then discuss the child's behavior with them during or after class as they feel is appropriate. if they are causing a disruption to other students in their pair or group. We will discuss any/all behavioral issues with parents that occur so that they can be addressed and better prevented in the future. Students who commit persistent behavioral problems, that we do not feel are being adequately addressed, may be asked not to return to class. If the student has completed at least two complete class periods, there will not be a refund offered. This is, of course, a last-case scenario, and we will attempt to remedy any minor behavioral issues with the cooperative effort of the parent and staff.
We want to facilitate a fun and engaging environment and experience for all - so it's important for students to behave in a way that is conducive to everyone being able to participate and enjoy class. We will not tolerate bullying / name-calling or physical violence-including between siblings.
All parent participants must speak English. We do not currently have any staff who speak foreign languages, and as such, translation is not currently available. If the student does not speak English, the parent participant will be expected to translate all communications for their child. Parents of students who do not speak English will be limited to partnering with one child per class, to ensure that each child has adequate supervision and direction.
7. All students & parents attending class must NOT be experiencing symptoms of active illness.
Upon registration, parents must agree and understand that some of our staff are immunocompromised and as such, we ask that you agree to keep your students out of class if THEY or ANYONE IN YOUR HOME have recently shown any signs of illness in the past 24 hours.
**IMPORTANT** In addition - IfANYONE IN YOUR HOMEhas shown signs ofViral Gastroenteritis / Norovirus / Food Poisoning / Stomach Flu within the last 72 hours - DO NOT ATTEND CLASS. AsG.I. conditions are HIGHLYcontagious (often before an individual exhibits symptoms) and as these illnesses often spread through entire households very quickly, we request that your student be kept out of class until your entire home / family has been free of symptoms for FIVE FULL DAYS & that you are 100% sure that your family / household is entirely free of infection before they return.
**DUE TO HER HEALTH**; Exposing our lead instructor to any G.I. conditions will almost certainly lead to an extensive hospital stay. The last time she caught a GI illness she was hospitalized for 3+ weeks, so we ask that this be taken EXTREMELY seriously, and of course, we appreciate your acting with abundance of caution.
** Does your student have any persistent health condition (such as seasonal allergies)? **
*FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR STAFF & OUR YOUNGEST STUDENTS & THEIR YOUNG IMMUNE SYSTEMS* If a student or parent arrives at class with visible symptoms (such as (but not limited to) any visible skin condition such as a rash, hives, who has a red, runny nose or congestion, red, irritated or apparently infected eyes, is coughing/sneezing, etc) and does not have a doctor's note dated within the previous 14 days of that class's starting date- that person will be asked to leave, and to make the class up at a later date. The Doctor's Note does not need to discuss the specific condition that the patient has - only to explain the SYMPTOM(s) that the person might be displaying, and must discloses that the person has a non-communicable reason for such symptoms (Such as Eczema, Asthma or Allergies). Doctors notes will be kept on file and will be accepted for any class starting within 6 months of the note.
We have AMPLE opportunities for students to participate in a make-up class, and as such, we STRONGLY INSIST that if you have ANY concerns about your child's health, that you take the utmost precaution, and that you keep them at home, making up the missed class at another time.