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Spokane Montessori North Behavior Management and Discipline Policies

Spokane Montessori School North uses guidance techniques which will help the students understand the behavior expected of them, will set well-defined limits, and will enable them to follow the rules without undue conflict. 

The rules and limits are stated to the child at the beginning of the school year in a positive manner.

“We use a soft voice in our school.”
“We walk in our school.”
“We take care of our school and the materials in it.”
“We are always kind.”

We repeat and restate boundaries to individual children when necessary, often giving them extra practice as a reminder.
“To help you remember to walk, please go back and practice walking across the room.”

Choices are given when possible that address the problem, but also offer the child a way to exit gracefully from the problem.
“Would you like to handle that work carefully or put it back on the shelf.”
“Would you like to choose work (rather than disturb other children) or shall I help you?”

We avoid nagging.  We tell the child what to do just once, then follow up by asking the child if he/she remembers what was asked. We make positive statements.
“Use your words to say that you’re angry.”  Rather than, “Don’t hit!”

We use “I messages” when appropriate.
“I feel angry when you step on our materials because if you break them no one can use them.”

We get the child’s attention by crouching down to his/her level, making eye contact, speaking quietly and asking the child to repeat the direction.

When Problems Continue…

If the problem continues, we restrict his/her freedom of choice.  The child may be asked to stay beside a teacher or we may say something like:
“You have lost your choice of working with that material.”
“Please sit quietly right here until you get your control.”

When disruptive or destructive behavior continues, we will contact the parents and ask for a conference.  We will then advise an appropriate course of action.

If a child is unable to gain control and requires more individual attention than can be given within child to staff ratios, we may need to contact a parent.  A child requiring one-to-one attention can lead to discontinuation of child-care services.  In this case we will work closely with the family to find a program that will meet the needs of the child and the family.

What We Do Not Do…

Hit, spank, shake, scold, shame, isolate, label ‘bad or naughty’ or any other negative reaction to the child’s behavior.  All forms of corporal punishment are forbidden.

Lunch and Snack Policies

Adequate nutrition is essential for the growth and development of all children.  Meeting the nutritional needs of the children in our care is extremely important to us at Spokane Montessori School.

Parent’s Provide:

Monthly snack fee A sack lunch, which should include: a dairy product, a protein food, bread or bread alternate (rice, beans, tortilla, pasta) fruit and/or vegetable.  No beverage please.  If your child’s lunch needs to be cooled there must be an ice-pack in their lunch box.  Refrigeration for lunch boxes is not available.  Warming of lunches is not available.

Our School Provides:

Breakfast for children arriving before 8:30am.  This consists of one serving of a dairy product + cereal or bread + fruit or juice.  With the monthly snack fee the school will provide complete and healthy snacks.  Our snack pattern includes 1 (or more) dairy or protein source daily.  Each snack includes two age-appropriate servings of a dairy or protein food or bread/bread alternate or fruit/vegetable juice.  Snack will be available to the children in the morning, the afternoon and the late afternoon. The beverage at lunchtime is water. All cups, glasses, bowls and utensils.

Helpful Hints:

Remember that small children may be overwhelmed by large amounts of food.  Send appropriate quantities - a whole apple may be too much.  Cut it in half and sprinkle it with fruit fresh or lemon juice to preserve its appearance.Send yogurt, applesauce etc. in small container so there isn’t an overwhelming amount.We send home any food that the child does not eat at lunch so that you can see how much they are eating, what they may refuse to eat etc. This is intended to help you plan their lunches.Place heated foods in a thermos container.  We do not heat up food for the children.If you are in the habit of sending desserts, send healthy ones - fruit, oatmeal or peanut butter cookies, pudding that is truly made with milk etc.If a child consistently brings food that is exceptionally high in fat, salt and sugar, expect a friendly reminder from us about the nutritional requirements of preschoolers.

Initial Developmental Screening

Early identification of potential developmental delays is critical to help ensure that children get the resources they need to support positive development.  As a result Spokane Montessori will ask you to fill out a brief developmental screener about your child upon enrollment at SMS.  We will respond to you regarding this screening within 30 days.  You will receive an email communication or will be asked to set up a conference with the Director to discuss possible developmental services that might be helpful within 30 days of the screening.

Spokane Montessori School North Health Policies

Health Information of Children

You will be required to fill out a health history for each child upon admission.  This will include conditions of the child which may be adversely affected by the school experience or which may adversely affect the other children.  This history must include allergic reactions and the date of the child’s last physical examination.  The immunization form must be filled out before admission to the school and it must be updated annually.  We use the standard immunization form required of all school age children. The state requires that each child in our care have an annual physical exam. 

We require full names, addresses and telephone numbers (home and business) of parents or guardian, physician and other persons to be contacted in case of emergency.  This shall be kept in a file, which is easily available to all the staff, along with all persons authorized to take the child from the school.

Authorization to Act in Case of Emergency

You will be asked to give the school written authorization to act according to the best judgment of the staff if immediate action is necessary, in case of illness or accident, and a parent or guardian cannot be reached immediately.

In Case of Accident or Emergency

All staff is trained in CPR and First Aid, which will be administered by staff members when necessary.

The staff will treat minor injuries and the child will remain in the school.  The injury will be reported to the parent either by telephone or when the child is picked up.  Every injury and the treatment given are recorded in our school files.

Major injuries requiring medical treatment or hospitalization are also reported to DSHS.

All parents are informed when the children are exposed to communicable diseases. 

Staying Indoors

We go outdoors everyday, weather permitting.  Fresh air and exercise are essential in maintaining a healthy body and healthy mind.  There are more cold viruses and germs in a closed up building full of children than there are outdoors.  Exposure to cold weather does not cause illness.  Even a child showing slight cold symptoms or “not feeling well” will usually benefit from going outside as long as discretion is used in keeping him/her bundled up properly and making sure he/she doesn’t play too hard.  Our general policy is that every child will go out with the group and no child will stay indoors except by teacher discretion.  A child just returning from an illness will be allowed one day of staying indoors at the parent’s request.  The parent of an asthmatic child can request that the child be kept in if necessary.

Exclusion of Ill Children

This policy is in place for your child’s health and the protection of all students at Spokane Montessori School.  Please respect these regulations.

On the advice of health experts we will not allow children or staff with any of the following symptoms to be or remain in care:

  • Fever of 100.5 degrees or higher (axillary)
  • Consistent green mucus draining from nose
  • Diarrhea 2 times or more in a school day
  • Severe sore throat
  • Undiagnosed rash
  • Shows severe signs of irritability or confusion
  • Vomiting on 1 or more occasions or 1 bloody stool
  • Draining rash or sore
  • Eye discharge or pinkeye
  • Fatigue preventing the child from participating in regular activities
  • Any sign of lice or scabies

Children and Staff can be readmitted after they have been:

  • Symptom free without ibuprofen/acetaminophen for 24 hour and/or 
  • If necessary, on antibiotics for 24 hours and/or
  • Sores are properly covered

If childcare staff or the director have concerns about a child’s ability to safely return to care, we reserve the right to request a note from the child’s health care provider.  Parents will be notified in writing about any infectious or communicable disease occurrence.

We ask that ill people, as described above in 1-11 , not attend childcare for the following reasons:

They are unable to be an active part of our daily programThey expose other people to illnesses, andThey are at risk for being exposed to other diseases when their resistance is low.

When a child is excluded from attending our school the staff will note this in an illness log as well as the attendance book.

Thank you so much for respecting the health and safety of your child as well as staff and other students.

Medication Management

Our center policy is: medication will only be given if it has been prescribed by your child’s doctor.  We will not administer over the counter medication without a note from a physician. 

The parent/guardian must complete the medication permission form in order for Spokane Montessori Staff to administer any medication.

All prescription medications must be in the original container from the pharmacy and labeled with;

  • The child’s first and last name
  • Medication name
  • Dosage amount
  • Frequency Length of time meds are to be administered

Religious Policies and Practices

We are not affiliated with any church or religious denomination, and do not teach religion; however, we feel that the spiritual development for the child is as important as every other aspect of their growth.

We sing or say a prayer of thanks before eating lunch.

Traditional religious holidays are celebrated or explained in their historical and cultural context.  Christmas is presented as a Christian celebration of the birth of Christ.  Hanukkah is presented as a Jewish celebration of the miracle of lights.  Other holidays might be observed depending upon the background of individual students or our current cultural theme.

If you object to having your child participate in any of these activities or in the celebration of birthdays, please inform the staff so that we can work out an acceptable course of action.  We try to keep parents informed when we have activities planned that might come in conflict with specific personal beliefs. 

Pest Control Policies and Methods

In the event that pesticides must be used at Spokane Montessori School North, we follow these guidelines:

Only licensed commercial persons will be used to apply the pesticide. A marker will be placed at each primary point of entry to the school grounds. Parents or guardians and staff will be notified in writing and/or verbally of the pesticide application at least 48 hours in advance of the application. Pest control policies and methods will be described in this notification. If pesticides are applied and the children are not returning for at least 48 hours you will not be notified.

Signing in and Out

The state requires a legal signature for every child left on the school premises. The child’s full name must be entered and the adult leaving the child must sign their first name, initial and last name. Mom, Dad, Grandmother etc are not legal. Each child must have a signature of the person removing the child. The child’s file must contain name/names of any person not allowed to remove him/her from the school premises. The staff will require identification of any person unknown to them. The parent or guardian must sign the schools form, before the child will be released to anyone but the parent or guardian.

Free Access to School

We have an “open door” policy for all parents.  Parents may come in to the school at any time.  We do request that it be a brief visit if it occurs during the work time in the classrooms.  The children need a two hour work time.  Visits of longer length may be scheduled with the teachers.  Parents may make an appointment for a conference with the teachers at any time.

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse

We are required by law to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services.  All staff persons are required to file a report when suspicion is present.

How we Support Mid-Year Transitions In or Out

If you are transitioning into Spokane Montessori from home or another program we will be pleased to work with you on an individual basis to create the best transition possible by:

1) setting up “short visits” for you and your child prior to the start date

2) creating a “slow start”

3) encouraging your child to start in September (if possible) when we hold new student orientation.

If you need to make a change regarding childcare, pre-school or kindergarten we will be pleased to support your family in your transition from one program to the next by:

1) speaking with your child’s new caregiver

2) preparing them with any new skills they may need to have at their new school (if possible)

3) preparing an evaluation that will allow your child’s new caregiver to see where your child is at developmentally

4) to give them a positive send off onto their new adventure!

Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of this child care center that no person shall be subjected to discrimination because of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, marital status, disabled, or Vietnam Era status, or the presence of any physical, mental, or sensory handicap.

This policy is consistent with Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Sections 504 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the 1974 Vietnam Era Veteran readjustment Assistance Act; the Governer’s Executive Order 85-09; and the Washington State Laws Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60.

This policy applies to every aspect of the agency’s programs, practices, policies, and activities, including client services and employment practices.

Respecting Individual Rights and Personal Beliefs

We respect the rights of the child in our care to observe the tenets of the child’s faith.  We do not punish or discourage the child for exercising these rights.