Family Handbook

Signing In and Signing Out

Each child must be signed in when arriving at school and signed out when departing. Parents are hereby informed that the sign/in/out form is a legal document and state regulations require a full signature. Initials are not acceptable.

Parents who are unable to call for their children by the contracted departure time must arrange for someone else to pick them up. The names of individuals authorized to take a child from the school must be listed on the Pupil Emergency Form. Parents who want their children to leave with a previously unauthorized person must inform the teacher or the director, preferably in writing, and must state the departure time, give a description of the individual and inform him or her to be prepared to show identification.


Health Policy

All children are required to have a medical examination and an up-to-date record of immunizations. Parents who have not had their children immunized for medical reasons must present a doctor’s written statement. This statement must include which immunization(s) are to be exempted and the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition. If the condition is temporary, parents are to inform the school when the situation changes and the child can complete the immunization process. In the event of the outbreak of a communicable disease, children who are not immunized may be temporarily excluded.

It is our intention to maintain policies which promote and protect the health and welfare of all concerned. We try to do this by maintaining a safe and healthy environment and by encouraging parents to keep children home when they are ill and may be contagious to others. We contact parents when children become ill while at school, and we expect them to make arrangements to have the child picked up. We also advise parents to contact their pediatricians, and we accept the advice of the pediatricians. If a child contracts a communicable disease, clearly he or she must be kept at home. Certain contagious or infectious diseases may require a doctor’s written release before a child may return after a required absence.

Common symptoms that mean your child must stay home until he/she is symptom free for 24 hours:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • Constant cough
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme pain
  • Green discharge from the nose
  • Please inform teachers and Marina as soon as possible if your child has any of these symptoms, a contagious disease, or is absent due to illness. A sign may need to be posted in the classroom of your sick child. If you have further questions, please address them to Marina or Dr. Mante. We try to strike a balance between protecting the health of everyone but not being so rigid that parents are forced to keep children at home who could be at school.

    Parents are advised to notify the staff of any health or medical problem which may affect the child’s behavior or progress.

    Children who are not well enough to follow the normal routine should not be brought to school. Staff cannot guarantee special arrangements, such as keeping the child inside during outdoors time. Such special arrangements could either jeopardize the adult/child ratio or other school plans.

    The Model School administration in conjunction with The Model School Parents Group Disaster Committee has created a Disaster Preparedness Plan that is distributed to all staff members and to each enrolled family.


    A parent who wishes to have medication administered at school must complete the “Parents’ Medication Request” form which can always be found on the “Parents’ Bulletin Board”. Medication prescribed by a physician must be brought with a copy of the prescription to the director or to the child’s teacher in the original bottle, labeled with the child’s name, date and dosage. Medication not prescribed by a physician must also be labeled and may be administered only at the discretion of the director or designee. Parents are advised not to leave medicine in either the child’s lunch box or cubby. Generally, we prefer not to administer medication not prescribed by a physician.


    Children will be expected to attend the program in accordance with the time designated in their contractual agreement. We are, however, very flexible and we intend to meet parents’ needs. Thus parents may request and be granted a change in contract hours whenever they wish. Otherwise, no fee adjustments can be made for absences.


    Occasionally a child may have behavioral or other problems which are beyond the scope of the school or a regular group setting and he or she may be deemed to be inappropriately placed. A child who consistently exhibits behaviors which are inimical to the welfare of the group or to any individual in the group and who does not respond to normal corrective measures will be dropped and the contract will be terminated. Parents who wish assistance will be given referral information and guided toward finding appropriate placement for the child.