Handbook

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Outbreak Preschool is to intentionally infect preschoolers with the Gospel of Grace in a safe and loving educational environment while nurturing the whole child: spiritually, socially, emotionally, and academically, through active play and active learning.

We believe that every child is created in the image of God, and yet is a unique individual.  We use a variety of activities such as music, art, crafts, free play, group games, stories, videos, as well as classroom instruction in numbers, letters, colors, shapes, animals, etc., in order to appeal to the interests of children and address their developmental needs.

We do this by:

  • Teaching children about God’s unconditional love through loving words and actions, Bible stories and chapel services;
  • Providing a loving, caring, accepting environment and encouraging children to treat others as they would like to be treated;
  • Providing play time, games, and other age-appropriate, engaging activities;
  • Providing opportunities for children to interact with other children one-on-one and in groups, and teaching them how to respond appropriately to teachers’ directions;
  • Providing classroom instruction in a meaningful, fun way.

Our preschool program operates Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The program currently includes two and four day classes based on an academic curriculum.

Our Goal… is to minister to the welfare of children and parents by assisting parents as they guide their children’s spiritual, emotional, physical, social and intellectual development.

We Believe… that the church has an important role to play in the education of young children.  The influence of a church environment and Christian teachers can have a great impact on young minds.  We view the opportunity to work with the children as a great privilege.

EXPLANATION OF PROGRAMS

Twos:  Our main goal for two-year-olds is to teach them to play well together and love Jesus! Children sit for snack and circle, and enjoy gym and free play and begin “center” playtime (block center, etc.). In addition to colors, shapes, animals and holidays, numbers are introduced. Bible stories are included in circle time. Children learn to walk in line,  follow simple directions, and work on their fine motor skills. Music, art projects, special snacks, and books and are incorporated as learning tools. Class space is limited to ten children with a teacher and an assistant.

Threes and Fours: We have a combined three and four year old class.  We have seen great benefit from this approach.  The children are able to learn from and mentor one another in age appropriate ways.  The primary goal  is to teach the Gospel of Grace while we also begin preparing the child for kindergarten by addressing all developmental areas in an age appropriate, fun, and engaging manner.  Circle time includes weekly Bible verses, letter and number recognition, calendar, weather, and unit themes.  The children enjoy music, free play, center time, and crafts.  Class space is limited to sixteen children with a teacher and an assistant.

Special Needs: Our class for children with significant needs is for children ages 2-5.  We must have at least 6 children to offer the class each year.  ALL students are welcome at Outbreak Preschool.  We seek to include students with special needs as much as possible!  If your child’s needs are not significant, they will likely be enrolled in their age appropriate class.  Students will be loved and cared for by knowledgeable teachers with a passion for children with all types of special needs.  (For this class only, registration fee is refundable if not enough children enroll to offer the class.)

Chapel: All students will attend chapel, which is held in the auditorium.  This provides the children with an opportunity to adjust to a church setting.  Bible truths are taught using props, music, puppets and special guests.

Early Arrival: Beginning the second week of school, early arrival will be available from 7:50-8:45 am.  There will be no drop-off during this time.  Parents must bring children in and make sure they are delivered directly to a staff member. The fee for early arrival is $5/day.  If you need early arrival daily, please speak to the Preschool Director to make this fee part of your monthly tuition.

ADMISSIONS POLICY

  1. Outbreak Preschool admits children of any race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to the children in the program.
  2. A $100.00 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of enrollment.
  3. Applications will be accepted in the date order in which they are received.
  4. Parents are encouraged to attend Open House, which is conducted by the Preschool Director prior to the new school year.
  5. In order for a child to be registered for the next school year, the financial account must be current.
  6. To withdraw a child from school, parents should notify the Preschool Director and give a two-week notice.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  Tuition paid beyond the two-week notice will be refunded.

DISCIPLINE

Individual teachers, for the most part, will handle discipline cases according to the individual child. Classroom rules will be clearly communicated to parents and modeled and role-played with students.  Positive reinforcement and natural consequences will be the first method of discipline. The Outbreak Preschool Discipline Policy of “Time In” will be one that is used by all the teachers in harmony with their own methods & abilities. This policy will be explained in detail at Open House.

In the event a teacher and the Director decide that a child’s behavior is such that it interferes with the teacher’s ability to maintain a safe, positive and productive atmosphere, one in which she can make herself available to all students; then a child may be asked by the Director to withdraw.  Parents will be contacted and asked to help alter their child’s behavior before this occurs and will be given a two-week notice.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • Please notify the Director when a child must be absent.
  • Regular attendance is essential to the success of a child’s preschool experience.  One can never really make up or completely compensate for an absence from class. However, absences do occur and, when they do, it is important that the parents, child, and teacher cooperate in bridging the gap in classroom experience created by the absences.
  • Being on time builds a good habit of promptness, allows the child to be prepared and included.  Parents are encouraged to have children at preschool on time. This will help minimize any disruption to the class. Please make every effort to arrive on time, as it is very disruptive for the teachers and other students when a child arrives late, after the day’s activities have begun.
  • Doors to the preschool area will be locked at 9:15 am. It will be necessary to call or text the Director in order to come into the building after 9:15.

TUITION

Tuition is payable by the 10th of each month, after which, a $15.00 late charge will be added unless prior arrangements are made with the director. Tuition will be paid online or using the Outbreak Church App unless online access is not available.  (In the event that you need to pay another way, please make arrangements with the director.)

Accounts must be kept current.  In the event that an account becomes more than 15 days delinquent, the child/children cannot attend school until the account is brought current. A $25 late fee will be assessed if payment is this late.  Payments that are habitually late will result in a weekly pre-payment plan or dismissal from the preschool.

2020-2021 monthly tuition rates

Two year old program, max of 10 students per class:

  • 2 days per week $150.00 per month
  • 4 days per week $200.00 per month

Three and Four year old program, max of 16 students per class:

  • 2 days per week $135.00 per month
  • 4 days per week $185.00 per month

Special Needs program, max of 6 students:

  • 2 days per week $200.00 per month
  • 4 days per week $250.00 per month
  • (Increased tuition for this program is due to smaller class size and specialized training for teachers.)

A discount will be given for multiple children attending.  The first child pays full tuition.  Each additional child pays 90% of the full tuition (a 10% discount).

Teacher salaries, equipment and other necessary materials are dependent upon the prompt payment of tuition fees.  We must request that all fees be paid on time for the orderly and successful operation of our program

DROP OFF/PICKUP

School begins at 9:00 a.m.  Please do not bring your child before 8:50 a.m. unless they are going to Early Arrival.  Please be prompt in picking up your child.  Children not picked up by 12:05 will be charged a late fee of $5.00 per every 5 minutes you are late.   Morning drop off begins at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 9:15 a.m.  Please do not drop your child off unless there is a teacher to accept them!  This policy is for your child’s safety.  Pick up begins at 11:55 and ends at 12:05 p.m.

When you drop off your child in the morning, please remember not to block the lanes of traffic. If you need to come inside, please park in the parking lot area.

PICK-UP PROCEDURES:

  • Parents/guardians may walk up to the preschool entrance to pick up their child, or drive through the pick-up line.  A photo ID will be needed in order for children to be released until we know you.
  • Parents/guardians using the pick- up line:  A photo ID will need be needed in order for children to be released.  At that time, a staff member will walk the child to the car and help them into the car, but we cannot be responsible for fastening seatbelts and carseat restraints.  So, after the child is in the car, please pull over to the parking area to fasten all buckles.

PARENT/SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS

Inclement Weather: We follow the Rock Hill School District Three decisions for school closings due to weather.  If the public schools open 1 hour late, we will open at 10:00 a.m. However, if the Rock Hill schools open 2 or more hours late, we will not open that day. We will follow the public school system schedule when making up snow days.  However, we will not make up days during Spring Break, or by extending the school calendar.

Appointments to Meet With Teachers: Parents are encouraged to speak to their children’s teachers any time they have a question or concern about the program.  A parent desiring such a conference should make contact with the teacher to set up an appointment that is mutually convenient. Please refrain from this type of communication during class times or during drop off or pick up.

School Communications: You will receive newsletters from teachers and the director regularly.  Teachers may choose to use the Class Dojo App, email, or printed communications.

Classroom Visiting: Parents or guardians are welcome to visit the classrooms, with the permission of the teacher. Please stop by the Director’s office for a visitor’s badge. Other visitors are not permitted to visit classrooms without the approval of the Director.  Once a child is safely in his or her classroom, the parent or guardian should leave to prevent the child from being confused. We encourage all parents to use the drop off option, as this facilitates the child’s adjustment to the program and prepares him/her for kindergarten.

Release: At no time are children allowed to leave campus with anyone other than the parent/guardian unless the parent/guardian has authorized the preschool to do so.

Clothing: Please dress your child in comfortable, play clothes that can get dirty! We provide plastic smocks for messy activities, but accidents inevitably happen and children will get paint, glue, or playground dirt on their clothes. Because the nature of preschool is a “hands” on learning experience, Outbreak Preschool is not responsible for stained or damaged clothing due to typical activities. Therefore, please do not place yourself in a potentially frustrating situation by sending your child to school in clothes you want to remain immaculate. Because the use of large muscles is important for physical development, we provide an environment for running, climbing, and jumping. Jewelry, long or frilly dresses, cowboy boots, shoes with slick soles, clogs, flip-flops, and jellies are NOT SAFE for active play. Tennis shoes or shoes that do not fall off easily are best for preschool activities. Also, we ask that you send a complete set of “replacement clothes” in case of a water, paint, or bathroom accident. On the first day of school send, pants, shirt, underclothes, and socks in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name to be kept in the cubby. As necessary, please replace items of clothing so that a full set of seasonally appropriate clothing remains at school at all times. Clearly label all sweaters, coats, jackets, hats, and mittens your child will use throughout the year. If an item of clothing is lost, please check with the classroom teacher first and then the office lost and found.

Toys: With the exception of books and show-and-tell toys, children should not bring toys to school. Weapon-type toys and imaginary weapon play are never allowed.

Changes in Family Information: Please notify your child’s teacher if there are major changes in your family circumstances such as a new address or phone number, the birth of a new baby, the death of a person close to your child, a change in your marital status, or the prolonged absence of a parent, brother or sister.  These things can have a very strong effect on a small child, and it is very important for you to work closely with your child’s teacher to make the transition as smooth as possible.

School Pictures: School pictures will be made in the fall and in the spring each school year. We will send a reminder home ahead of time with the schedule for pictures.

Birthday Parties: If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday, we encourage you to bring cupcakes, cookies or your child’s favorite snack and a party napkin.  Your child’s teacher will communicate any classroom allergies to you. We hope that you will plan to stay for the party.  This is an excellent time for parents to visit with their child at school.  Please contact the teacher well in advance so a date can be selected.  Please do not bring gifts or party favors to the birthday parties.  Also, we cannot be responsible for passing out birthday invitations.  Parents are welcome to hand out invitations only if all children in the class are invited.

Candid Pictures: There may occasions during the year where your child’s picture could be taken for preschool and church publications etc… If you do not wish for your child to be included in such pictures, please be sure to indicate this on the photo release form with your registration.

HEALTH/SAFETY

Illness: Please keep your child home if he or she has:

  • Had a fever in the previous 24-hour period
  • A cold that is less than 2-days old
  • A heavy nasal discharge
  • A constant cough
  • Symptoms of contagious disease (reddened eyes, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain plus fever, vomiting or diarrhea).

If your child is sent to school with any of the above listed symptoms, we will call and ask for pick them up.  This is for the well-being of all the children.

First Aid: First aid treatment will be rendered to children receiving minor injuries.  Parents are contacted if there is the slightest indication of any serious injury.  If an emergency medical situation arises and the parent cannot be reached, medical treatment for the child will be secured.

Immunization: Every child enrolled in preschool is required to have a SC Immunization Form OR a notarized exemption form.  This form must be on file in the Director’s office within the first two weeks of school.  When a child has more shots, the parent must furnish an updated Immunization Form.

Emergency Drills: Fire and tornado drills are conducted periodically, giving both teachers and children security in knowing what to do in times of emergency. We do have procedures for lock down and active shooter, but in order not to frighten children, we do not practice these drills. Students go to the same location as for a tornado drill, and teachers are well versed in all safety protocols.

Medications: We do not routinely give any medication.  Please DO NOT send medication with your child unless there is a need for emergency medicine for allergies, seizures, etc….