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Our Handbook

Longview Chapel Preschool and Parents Day Out Handbook

 

850 SW Longview Road

Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

816-763-8074

longviewchapelcc.org

pdo@longviewchapelcc.org

 

 

Welcome to Longview Chapel Preschool and Parents Day Out!

 

Being a part of Longview Chapel Preschool will be both a unique and exciting experience for your child.  Starting school at any age is an important milestone in your child’s life.  However, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher whenever you have a question or concern!  Answers to many questions can be found here.  This handbook is a resource for you and your family.
We are very excited to partner with you in the growth and development of your child!
 
Sincerely,
Sara Conley 
Preschool Director

 

 

Arrival/Dismissal

We will always have the safety of our students as our number one goal.  Please use the main preschool entrance when bringing your child to school and picking them up at the end of each day.    

To minimize congestion in the building during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have drive-up drop off and pick up for this year.

Class times are staggered for social distancing.  There will be a 15 minute time frame to drop off in the morning.  If child does not arrive within 15 minute window of his/her class time, they must wait until after 9:45 AM to be dropped off.

Parents are asked to remain outside the building and to wear a mask when in close proximity to others, such as during drop off and pick up.

Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature at home before coming to school. Upon arrival, parents will get their child from the vehicle and a staff member will also take the child’s temperature and ask some screening questions. If the child’s temperature is under 100 degrees Fahrenheit and is not experiencing any of the listed COVID symptoms, they will be given a squirt of hand sanitizer and they may proceed to their classroom.

Please notify the Director/Teacher in writing (by email, sending a note, etc.) if someone besides yourself will be picking up your child, or if there is a deviation from your child’s normal pick-up routine.  A child will not be released to any unauthorized persons. Please list all authorized persons on your child's enrollment form. We will ask for ID to verify information.

Please pick your child up on time.  If you are late in picking up your child, you will be charged a fee of $5.00 per child for every 15 minutes after the end of class time will be assessed for late pick-ups.  This extra charge will be billed to your account.

 

Backpacks

Students are requested to bring a full-size backpack daily. Teachers will not check backpacks for notes or special instructions. If you have a note, please have it ready to hand to the teacher. Also, please keep a spare set of clothing, as well as extra face masks, in the backpack for "just in case" times. Please include pants, shirt, underwear, and socks. If your child is not potty trained, he/she will need to keep diapers, wipes, etc. in his/her backpack.

 

Behavior

We work with parents to provide an environment that is safe for all children. Working on social development skills is an important part of our curriculum. We use positive reinforcement to help build a child's self-confidence. Students are accountable for all behavior choices. They will have time to reflect on their behavior choices through redirection and discussion. Students may be temporarily removed from an activity when necessary for safety issues. Parents will be contacted if a continued problem occurs.

 

Birthdays

Birthday celebrations are coordinated by your child’s teacher. If the teacher allows, children may bring in store-bought treats to share for their birthday.  If you wish to bring treats, please make arrangements with your child's teacher.  For the safety of all, we are not allowed to distribute homemade or opened packages of food.  Please check for food allergies in your child's room.

 

Book Orders

We love books! We periodically send out Scholastic Book Order forms. Please do not send cash.  If you wish to order, make checks payable to Scholastic or online via Scholastic's website. We will give a specific code to use to link to our preschool's order. Book orders will be distributed approximately every two months.

 

Celebrations 

We have lots of fun at the Chapel.  We have several gatherings throughout the year where we invite parents to join us.  These events include: Fall Fun Day, Halloween Parade, Christmas Program, Sweetheart Breakfast, Easter Egg Hunt, Mother's Tea, and Spring Picnic.

Due to the inability to have large gatherings and other adults in the building because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all extra activities such as field trips, Halloween parade, Donuts with Dad, and our Christmas Program are cancelled for first semester of the 2020-21 school year.  We will re-evaluate the health situation in January 2021 and make changes as needed. 

 

Chapel Time

This is a special time for our students that occurs monthly.  The kids will learn about Jesus and end with a prayer.

 

Clothing

Students will work with paint, glue, and markers, so please dress your child in casual clothing. Please label your child's name on jackets and coats on the inside tag.

 

Communication/Newsletters

Communication between the teacher and parent is very important. Please keep us informed of changes of address, phone number, etc. Weekly emails are sent by your child's teacher and the director. Monthly calendars will be sent out so that you know what skills your child will be working on and any other upcoming events at school.

Due to COVID-19, all communication from the director or teachers will be via telephone or email for the 2020-21 school year.

 

Comfort Items

To minimize potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, please keep all comfort items, including but not limited to toys, pacifiers, blankets, and stuffed animals, at home.

 

Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences for children will be scheduled in February for the PreK and 4 Year old Class.  Additional conferences may be scheduled as needed.  Progress reports will go home at the end of the year. Conferences for the 2020-21 school year may be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COVID-19 Policies

We will follow guidance from the Jackson County Health Department and other best practices to create a safe and healthy learning environment. We have taken guidance from the CDC, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Jackson County Health Department, and the Lee’s Summit School District in developing our re-opening plan. 

These guidelines are subject to change as things continue to evolve with COVID-19. This year will require flexibility from all of us as we prepare to offer a safe and healthy learning environment.

 

Health Guidelines

We follow the Jackson County Health Department’s guidelines for symptoms and the ability for a child or staff member to attend or return to preschool.

  • No child or staff will be permitted to come to school if they have any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • Cough
    • Sore Throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Body aches
    • Headache
    • Runny Nose/Congestion
    • New sensations of loss of taste or smell
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Or are generally not feeling well.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the child must isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and may return to preschool after that 10 day period and they no longer have symptoms.
  • If a student or staff member is exposed to someone either positive for COVID-19 or to someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including if their family member, or external caregiver (grandparents or others who babysit regularly) tests positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, the student or staff member must be out of school for no less than 14 days from the date of their last exposure to that person.
  • If a child or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, the entire classroom will shut down for 14 days to insure all have no symptoms and classroom can be fully sterilized.
  • If a student, family, or staff member travels to another state, we may require a minimum of 14 days out of school from the day the family or individual returns home. 

 

Masks & Personal Protective Equipment

Longview Chapel Preschool will follow our state and local health department’s guidance on masks and other protective equipment. Currently, masks will be required for all staff and children in the building.  Masks at recess will be encouraged and at the discretion of preschool staff. Parents are asked to provide masks for their students to wear during the day when in close contact with others.

 

Drop Off & Pick Up

To minimize congestion in the building, we will have drive-up drop off and pick up for this year. Class times are staggered for social distancing.  There will be a 15 min time frame to drop off in the morning.  If child does not arrive within 15 min of his/her class time, they must wait until after 9:45 AM to be dropped off.

Parents are asked to remain outside the building and to wear a mask with when in close proximity to others, such as during drop off and pick up.

Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature at home before coming to school. Upon arrival, parents will get their child from the vehicle and a staff member will also take the child’s temperature and ask some screening questions. If the child’s temperature is under 100 degrees Fahrenheit and is not experiencing any of the listed COVID symptoms, they will be given a squirt of hand sanitizer and they may proceed to their classroom.

 

Comfort Items

To minimize potential spread of the virus, please keep all comfort items, including but not limited to toys, pacifiers, blankets, and stuffed animals, at home.

 

Snacks and Lunches

Please send a snack in a disposable container and water bottle for your individual child each day for snack time. Lunch can come in either a paper or plastic bag to be thrown away each day or a wipeable hard case lunch box or container.  No cloth lunch bags will be permitted. 

Here is a great resource about disposable lunch ideas: https://kidseatincolor.com/disposable-lunches/

Please have your child practice opening their snacks and lunch items, and please send items that are easier for your child to open independently.

 

Preschool & Classroom Environment

We will be keeping all students with their class ONLY.  No children/teachers will be mixed.  By not allowing classes/teacher to mix, we can mitigate any potential exposures to just the one class affected, therefore only closing one class as needed to quarantine instead of the entire school.

Social distancing is challenging with preschool-aged kids. So much of their learning at this age is interpersonal, which is a big reason for mask-wearing in the classroom. Wearing masks creates a safer environment for learning together and allows us to have important personal interactions. We are also going to utilize our outdoor space for learning as much as possible.

Our classrooms will include things that are easier to clean and sanitize, so we will remove items such as dress up clothes, kitchen sets, toy food, etc. Centers will be modified to include items that are easy to sanitize or utilize individual supplies.

Students will have their own set of classroom supplies to minimize the number of shared items in the classroom. They will also wash their hands and use hand sanitizer at regular intervals throughout the day.

We regularly clean and sanitize our classrooms, but that frequency will increase to help maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Our regular cleaning solution contains bleach and can sanitize for COVID, per CDC. Restrooms will be deep cleaned daily as well as disinfected regularly throughout the day.  The playground will be disinfected after every class uses it. 

All communication from the director or teachers will be via telephone or email.

All staff will social distance from each other as much as possible, with the exception of classes with two classroom teachers.  We will not be doing any in-person staff gathering of any kind to ensure safety for all.  Preschool staff who are not classroom teachers will assist 1-2 classrooms with getting supplies and will only be in the classroom to relieve a teacher for a bathroom break and to help clean.

 

Specials Classes

Our specials classes, Music & Movement and Gymnastics Classes, will look different this year. Due to not being able to mix classes and exposing one teacher to all children in the building, we cannot hold Music and Movement or Gymnastics class as we traditionally have in past years.  However, Ms. Kim and Ms. Michelle will be prepping fun ideas for the teachers to do music and movement and gross motor activities in their classrooms or outdoors.  We will reevaluate how we have our specials classes in January.

 

Special Events and Programs

Due to the inability to have large gatherings and other adults in the building, all extra activities such as field trips, Halloween parade, Donuts with Dad, and our Christmas Program are cancelled for first semester.  We will re-evaluate the health situation in January and make changes as needed. 

 

What happens if someone is exposed to or tests positive for COVID-19?

Longview Chapel Preschool will follow Jackson County Health Department guidance for each case of a confirmed positive COVID test. Health directives may include additional specific safety measures, including temporary closure of a classroom or the preschool and other risk mitigation measures.

Those who have a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home and isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until they are released by the local health department or a medical provider.

Students or staff members who have been identified as a “close contact” of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 by the health department will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

If there is a possible COVID-19 exposure or teacher illness, a class could be cancelled as late as the morning of school. If class is cancelled, we will provide an online resource via YouTube and activities that can be done at home.

 

Daily Schedule

Every day, children will be immersed in activities that foster growth in all developmental areas.  Students will be involved in:  

  • Circle/Calendar Time - Pledge, sing songs, calendar, letter of the week, and theme review
  • Center Time - Children decide or plan where they will work and what will be done.  Implement their plan in one of these areas: art, blocks, dramatic play, toys/games, math, library/listening, discovery, sensory table, or writing.
  • Clean-Up - Materials are returned back where they belong.
  • Snack Time - Each student will bring their own snack for the day.
  • Directed Activity - Children are involved in a small lesson that focuses on a specific academic skill.
  • Movement Time - A time to develop large muscle skills
  • Story Time - Everyone loves a good story!

 

Eligibility

Children will be in age appropriate classrooms.  Longview Chapel Preschool and Parents’ Day Out Program is for children ages 2 through 5.

Class

Requirements

Days

Foxes/PDO Class
(Yellow Room)

1 day per week

Turning 2 years old after July 31 and within 30 days of the first day of preschool
OR
2 years old and first time in a Preschool/PDO setting

Not available for the 2020-21 school year

Lions Class
(Yellow Room)

3 days per week

Must be 2 years old by July 31

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tigers Class
(Green Room)

3 days per week

Must be 3 years old by July 31

**Must be potty-trained**

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 9:15 AM - 1:15 PM

Bears/PreK Class
(Blue Room)

3 days per week

Must be 4 years old by July 31

**Must be potty-trained**

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM

 

Email

Please feel free to contact us via email at pdo@longviewchapelcc.org.

 

Emergency Procedures

Should any member of the church staff or preschool staff be made aware of a dangerous situation, the Director or her substitute in the Preschool Office should be notified immediately so that emergency procedures can be implemented. The main entrance doors remain locked and are opened by preschool staff during arrival and departures, and the door with an alarm, located between the upstairs part of the building and the preschool area, will be armed during preschool hours. There is a doorbell located outside the main entrance doors to request entrance to the building.

  • In the event of a fire alarm, students will be taken out the nearest exit.  They will take cover in the proper position. 
  • In the event of a tornado warning, students and staff will move to an area in the basement with no windows visible.
  • In the event of a lockdown situation, staff will check and lock all doors, including classrooms.  Students will be asked to get into lockdown position by getting into an area in the room where they cannot be seen through any of the windows.

In the event the students and staff at Longview Chapel are in need of a location for long-term evacuation, Longview Farm Elementary (located two blocks south of Longview Chapel) will serve as a safe-haven until parents and/or guardians can be notified to pick up children. Arrangements have been made with the Principal of Longview Chapel Elementary for the use of their facility in case of emergency.

 

Field Trips

Field trips will be planned for the upcoming year as deemed possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These trips are designed to provide the children with hands on and fun learning experiences that go beyond the classroom environment.  Written permission will be sent home prior to each field trip.


Immunization Policy

All children requesting admittance to Longview Chapel Preschool will be required to present proof of current immunizations.  As of August 1, 2020, all new students enrolling in the Longview Chapel Preschool Program mst provide proof of immunizations or a medical exemption (signed by physician) before the student will be allowed to attend school.  When an outbreak of a disease or exposure occurs for which a student is classified exempt from immunization, that student will be excused from school either for the duration of the incubation for that disease or until immunization is given.

 

Inclement Weather

We follow the Lee's Summit R7 School District's call on inclement weather. If the Lee’s Summit School District is closed or changes learning models to virtual because of inclement weather, we will cancel preschool. If they have a delayed start due to inclement weather, we will also have a delayed start. In the event of inclement weather, please tune into local news and radio channels for appropriate school closings information (and watch for an email from me).

After three school days missed due to inclement weather, we will schedule make-up days for school days missed, with a maximum of three make-up days. Make-up days will be held on select Fridays in the spring.

No financial reimbursements will be given for days missed. 

 

 

Lunch and Snacks

Please send a snack in a disposable container and water bottle for your individual child each day for snack time. Lunch can come in either a paper or plastic bag to be thrown away each day or a wipeable hard case lunch box or container.  No cloth lunch bags will be permitted. 

Here is a great resource about disposable lunch ideas: https://kidseatincolor.com/disposable-lunches/

Please have your child practice opening their snacks and lunch items, and please send items that are easier for your child to open independently.

 

School Schedule

For the 2020-21 school year, our first day of preschool is September 22, 2020, and our last day of preschool is May 19, 2021.

Class times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The last Wednesday of each month will be a Late Start Wednesday and will start one hour later than our normal start time, to coincide with the Lee’s Summit School District. Our ending time will remain the same.  

If the district is closed for a holiday or break we will generally also be closed.  Our program will generally run with the Lee’s Summit School District with the exception of the first day and the last day of school. 

 

Separation Anxiety

For some students, this will be their first experience in a school setting.  Some children may cry, but our teachers and staff will help your child settle down.  Here are some suggestions to help your family through this transition time:

  • Talk with your child about what to expect.  Discuss details about what to expect, including where the school is located, what activities he/she will be engaging in, when mommy or daddy will be back.  When children do not know what is happening, the separation becomes the most difficult.
  • Practice the separation beforehand.  At home, practice separation by using toys, books, or leaving the room where your child is playing and then returning.
  • Keep track of the days remaining before school begins using a calendar and stickers.
  • Bring something in your child's backpack that will calm fears, like a photograph of the family

As tough as it may be, please do not prolong your good-byes.  Keep it simple and try establishing a ritual, such as two kisses and a hug.  Always tell your child you are leaving.  It is important for a parent to inform their child when they'll return.

 

Specials Classes

Our specials classes, Music & Movement and Gymnastics Classes, will look different this year. Due to not being able to mix classes and exposing one teacher to all children in the building, we cannot hold Music and Movement or Gymnastics class as we traditionally have in past years.  However, Ms. Kim and Ms. Michelle will be prepping fun ideas for the teachers to do music and movement and gross motor activities in their classrooms or outdoors.  We will reevaluate how we have our specials classes in January.

 

Toys

We have plenty of manipulatives and toys for your child.  We ask that your child keeps his/her toys at home.

 

Tuition

Tuition is due the first class day of the month and is past due by the 15th of the month.  Tuition fees received after the 15th will be charged a late fee of $20.00.  For families with more than one child enrolled at Longview Chapel Preschool, there is a $10 discount off of tuition for the second child.  Tuition fees are paid on a monthly basis. 

If your child is absent due to illness, vacation, or school cancellation due to emergency conditions, you will still be required to pay for the day missed. 

A 30-day written notice must be given if your child is exiting the program.  You are responsible for the tuition during this time.   

 

Volunteers

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will not be able to have volunteers help at preschool during the 2020-21 school year.

 

Wellness Policy 

Sick children should not be brought to school. 

We follow the Jackson County Health Department’s guidelines for symptoms and the ability for a child to come back to preschool during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the protection for your child and other students and staff, no child or staff member will be permitted to come to school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (Please make sure your child has been fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, for 24 hours before returning to school.)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Runny Nose/Congestion
  • New sensations of loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Or are generally not feeling well.

COVID-19 Exposure or Positive Cases

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the child must isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms and may return to preschool after that 10 day period and they no longer have symptoms.
  • If a student or staff member is exposed to someone either positive for COVID-19 or to someone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including if their family member, or external caregiver (grandparents or others who babysit regularly) tests positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, the student or staff member must be out of school for no less than 14 days from the date of their last exposure to that person.

Additionally, students should not come to school if they have any of the following:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Any symptom of a childhood disease, such as German measles, mumps, chicken pox
  • Any unexplained rash
  • Any skin infection
  • Pink eye, or any other eye infection

Students should remain at home for 24 hours after taking the first dose of antibiotics for an infection, or the amount of time recommended by your child's physician.

It is important that we prevent the spread of communicable diseases, so please report communicable diseases to the Director.

Missouri Department of Health requires that each child enrolled at Longview Chapel have a Physical Assessment signed by a physician before attending.