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Parent Handbook

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Parent Handbook

Phase-in Guideline


Birthday Celebration

Birthdays are a special time and we like to celebrate them for each child. We will celebrate the child’s birthday by singing a birthday song for the birthday child in class. You are also welcome to join your child during their birthday celebration at school.


If you wish to bring a special nut-free snack for your child to share with their classmates, please give your child’s lead teacher at least one (1) day’s advance notice so that we can inform the other families about the special snack you plan to bring. Please also provide us with a list of all the ingredients of the snack, whether it is homemade or store bought.


If you choose to bring party bags to school, please make sure that there is one for every child in the class. 


Sick Policy

Please keep your child at home if they show any symptom of sickness, which may include but not be limited to the following list: 

  • Fever; Temporal (forehead) temperature above 100 degrees /Axillary (under arm) temperature above 100 degrees. A child can not return to school unless they are fever free for 24 hours per DOH regulations. 

  • Persistent diarrhea 

  • Conjunctivitis, which is an eye infection commonly referred to as "pink eye" 

  • Undiagnosed rash, except diaper rash 

  • Vomiting two or more times in previous 24 hour period, or any vomiting accompanied by other signs of illness 

  • Jaundice (yellow) skin or eyes

  • Difficult or rapid breathing 

  • Symptoms of strep throat or chicken pox 

  • Head Lice, scabies, or other parasitic infections

  • Any condition in which the child acts ill and is unable to participate in classroom activities and which compromises the health and safety of others 


A signed note from your child’s doctor will be required to clear your child of any suspected contagious illness, prior to returning to any class. If a child tests positive for Covid, please follow the recommended quarantine by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the time of the illness. A child who has had a fever must be fever free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to classes.

You must provide a primary and alternate emergency contact for your child who can be reached at the contact information provided in an emergency. If a child develops symptoms of sickness during school hours, we will notify the parents or emergency contact person immediately. We will provide a quiet place for the child to rest under supervision of a staff member until the child is picked up by an authorized grownup. Please try to pick up your child within an hour after notification. The school will seek professional medical attention for your child if and when necessary. You agree that, in the event of an emergency injury or illness, our staff may act on your behalf and at your expense in obtaining medical treatment for your child. 

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