Pre-School Handbook

     The Galion City Schools Preschool Program has served special needs preschool aged children for many years. The preschool program expanded in the fall of 2008 by serving additional children that are typically developing.  All preschool children will participate in a vision, hearing, and speech screening as well as the ESI (Early Screening Inventory) before entering the program. The ESI will help determine if any additional services are needed.  

     The preschool program will operate a morning and afternoon session of at least 2 ½ hours each on Monday through Thursday. Students should not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of preschool at which time the parent will bring them directly to the classroom.  Students arriving earlier than the times listed will need to be supervised by the parent or someone appointed by the parent. Preschool students will be picked up in the classroom at the end of each day also.    

     This program will promote hands on learning opportunities that align with the state preschool content standards in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. 

     Each child will be required to have a physical and dental evaluation on file. Snacks will be served daily. Tuition will be charged. 

 

Pre-School Diapering and Pull-ups

  1. If a child is still in need of diapers/pull-ups, it is the parents’ responsibility to provide the diapers/pull-ups as well as wipes. Please mark packages with your child’s name.

  2. Diapers or clothing used during diaper changing will be stored in a space assigned exclusively for each child’s belongings. Soiled clothing and/or diapers shall be sent home daily.

  3. The changing of diapers for all non-toilet trained children shall occur in a space that contains a hand washing facility.

  4. The central diaper changing station or crib shall be disinfected after each diaper change with an appropriate germicidal agent.

  5. For the purpose of diapering, topical ointments and creams provided by the parents shall include written instructions. Such instructions shall include the name of the ointment, name of the child, date and signature of the parent.  Written instructions shall be valid for no longer than three months.  Authorization for administration of the ointment may be cancelled by written request at any time.

  6. Soiled diapers to be disposed of will be placed in a common plastic lined container, which shall be emptied, cleaned and disinfected with an appropriate germicidal agent daily or more frequently as needed.

 

Pre-School Discipline Policy

     Galion City Schools Special Services Preschool wants to encourage cooperative behavior in young children.  We consistently reinforce positive behavior and encourage a spirit of learning. We encourage parents to take an interest in children’s efforts to learn. 

     We believe that children expect and want limits. The Special Needs Preschool Staff uses basic guidelines and adult supervision to manage the behavior of young children. The center’s actual methods of discipline shall apply to all persons on the premises and shall be restricted as follows:

 

  1. Discipline

  2. There shall be no cruel, harsh, corporal punishment or any unusual punishments such as, but not limited to, punching, pinching, shaking, and spanking or biting.

  3. No discipline shall be delegated to any other child.

  4. No physical restraints shall be used to confine a child by any means other than holding a child for a short period of time, such as in a protective hug, so the child may regain control.

  5. No child shall be placed in a locked room or confined in an enclosed area such as a closet, a box or a similar cubicle.

  6. No child shall be subjected to profane language, threats, and derogatory remarks about himself or his family or other verbal abuse.

  7. Discipline shall not be imposed on a child for failure to eat, failure to sleep, or for toileting accidents.

  8. Techniques of discipline shall not humiliate, shame or frighten a child.

  9. Discipline shall not include withholding food, rest or toilet use.

  10. Separation, when used as discipline, shall be brief in duration and appropriate to the child’s age and developmental ability and the child shall be within sight and hearing of a preschool staff member in a safe, lighted and well-ventilated space.

  11. The center shall not abuse or neglect children and shall protect children from abuse and neglect while in attendance in the preschool program.

  12. The parent of a child enrolled in a center shall receive the center’s written discipline policy.

  13. All preschool staff members shall receive a copy of the center’s discipline policy for review upon employment.

 

Pre-School Sliding Fee Scale

     The preschool has a sliding fee scale. Parents may apply for reduced tuition rates by completing the Free and Reduced Application Form. Tuition rates range from $00 to $110.00 a month.  Students served through an IEP will have tuition fees waived.

 

Pre-School Special Needs Transportation

     The times of pick up and drop off are very important in maintaining a schedule for all participants. Please have your child ready 5-10 minutes before his/her scheduled pick-up and make sure you are available 15 minutes prior to his/her scheduled drop off.

     In the event that there is no response at a designated pick-up, bus drivers have been instructed to sound the horn twice (2 times), wait two (2) minutes and then proceed with the route.

     Galion City Schools Preschool will be contacted if the parent is not available to receive the child at the end of a school session. The child will be returned to the school between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. An attempt to locate the parent will be made. 

If the parent or the emergency contact cannot be reached, or if it is after preschool office hours, Children’s Services may be contacted.

In the event that your child has not ridden the bus for two (2) consecutive days and you have had no contact with the transportation department, you will need to contact the Transportation department at

419-468-3432 Ext. 11022 in order to resume transportation. Transportation will not resume until you have notified the Transportation Department. Please do not request that the bus driver relay messages regarding your child. Please call the school office or the Transportation Department to share needed information.

 

Pre-School Staff

A full detailed list of our Pre-School Staff can be found HERE     

  1. The principal and staff shall be recruited, employed, assigned, evaluated and provided in-service education in accordance with adopted Galion City Schools Board Policies.

  2. The preschool staff members assigned to each preschool class shall be of good character, possess adequate physical and emotional health, be equipped by education, training, and/or experience for the work they are to perform.

  3. The director and staff shall be assigned responsibilities in accordance with written position descriptions commensurate with their certification and/or license.

  4. At least two responsible adults shall be readily available at all times when seven or more children are present in the program. One adult must be a preschool staff member or a substitute that has been approved by the board of education.  The second adult shall:

  5. Be available within the building used for the preschool program or in an adjacent outdoor area;

  6. Be able to be summoned by the preschool staff member without leaving the group alone or unsupervised; and

  7. Be able to react in response to such summons so as to reduce risk to children during an emergency circumstance.

 

Pre-School Student Illness

The following precautions shall be taken for children suspected of having a communicable disease:

  1. The program shall immediately notify the parent or guardian of the child's condition when a child has been observed with signs or symptoms of illness.

  2. A child with any of the following signs or symptoms of illness shall be immediately isolated and discharged to his parent or guardian:

  3. Diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose stool within a twenty-four hour period);

  4. Severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound;

  5. Difficult or rapid breathing;

  6. Yellowish skin or eyes;

  7. Conjunctivitis;

  8. Temperature of one hundred degrees Fahrenheit taken by the auxiliary method when in combination with other signs of illness;

  9. Untreated and/or infected skin patch;

  10. Unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool;

  11. Stiff neck; or

  12. Evidence of lice, scabies or other parasitic infestation.

  13. A child with any of the following signs or symptoms of illness shall be immediately isolated from other children. The principal and/or school nurse and the parent or guardian shall determine decisions regarding whether the child should be discharged immediately or at some other time during the day. The child, while isolated at the program, shall be carefully watched for symptoms listed in paragraph (2) of this Rule as well as the following:

  14. Unusual spots or rashes;

  15. Sore throat or difficulty in swallowing;

  16. Elevated temperature;

  17. Vomiting.

  18. A child isolated due to suspected communicable disease shall be:

  19. Cared for in a room or portion of a room not being used in the preschool program;

  20. Within sight and hearing of an adult at all times. No child shall ever be left alone or unsupervised;

  21. Made comfortable and provided with a cot. All linens and blankets used by the ill child shall be laundered before being used by another child.

  22. Observed carefully for worsening condition; and

  23. Released to parent, guardian, or person designated by the parent or as soon as practical.

  24. Upon returning from a communicable illness:

  25. The child should be free of any symptomology.

  26. If the child has needed medical attention during the illness, then a release from the physician may be provided.

  27. If there should be a question regarding the health status of the child, the school nurse will be consulted to aid in the determination of any further actions.

 

NOTE: 

After use, the cots shall be disinfected with an appropriate germicidal agent, or, if soiled with blood, feces, vomit or other body fluids, the cots shall be cleaned with soap and water and then disinfected with an appropriate germicidal agent; 

 

Pre-School Tuition Policies

     Preschool tuition is based on a sliding fee scale and can range from $35.00 to $110.00 a month. Tuition rates will be based on the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Students identified with special needs will not pay tuition. Tuition needs to be paid by check or money order and may be given directly to the classroom teacher or preschool aide. Cash will not be accepted so please plan accordingly. Tuition should be paid by the 6th of each month.  Reminder notices will be sent home at the end of each week. If tuition is not paid in full by the end of the month, students will be withdrawn from the program.

     There will not be a reduction in Preschool tuition due to school cancellations or delays.  Morning students are welcome to attend when there is a two-hour delay, however the end of the morning session will remain the same and transportation will not be provided.

     A school supply fee will be charged every year.

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