We would like to welcome you and your child to our Highland Hawk’s Nest! This is a joint effort between Highland Elementary School and the Alamance Burlington School System to provide safe and enjoyable childcare for your family. The program will consist of a variety of recreational activities, snack time, field trips, and scheduled homework time.
Please take the time to read this, as it encompasses the information needed for you and your child to understand our programs’ policies. With each year, we gain experience and continue to strive to make available the best care for your child. Therefore, you may find some slight changes in our policies. To give you a better understanding of our program, we have listed below a number of important points of emphasis. We appreciate you as part of the Highland family and for allowing us to care for your child.
The purpose of Highland Hawk’s Nest is to provide a safe, enjoyable, and well-supervised environment for Highland students, kindergarten through fifth grade both prior to, and after, school hours. All children are welcome without any discrimination; however, if a child cannot function safely as outlined by our rules, he or she may not be allowed to continue in our program.
The program is located in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and outdoor playground area. At all times, parents will pick up their child by using the first driveway to the right and circle the cul-de-sac. A member of our daycare will meet you at your car. In the event a staff member is not at the post, please come in and sign your child out.
We will provide a snack and beverage to each child daily. If your child is unable to eat certain snacks or would like seconds, they may bring a snack from home. On full teacher workdays, we will also serve a very light breakfast; however students need to pack their lunches on full teacher workdays. Please alert us on the application form of any food allergies your child has.
“Early Bird” care will begin drop off at 6:20am. We will provide care until 7:20am and then escort your child to the cafeteria for breakfast. Breakfast is optional and your child’s lunch account will be charged accordingly. Please see the breakfast/lunch menus from our cafeteria for selections and process. Parents are required to walk their child in for early bird and sign them in with the daycare staff member.
“Hawk’s Nest”, the after school care begins promptly when school is dismissed at 2:35pm and runs until 6:00pm.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
To ensure all children arrive and depart safely, parents are REQUIRED to come into the facility and sign their child in for Early Bird and sign their child out. For sign out, parents will remain in vehicles and a counselor will escort your child to your car for sign out. Valid ID will be required to pick your child up from daycare.
We open on workdays at 6:20am and close promptly at 6:00pm. We also operate on early release workdays. You will receive information about any off campus activities. We will provide breakfast and snacks for your child on full workdays; however, you will need to pack your child a lunch and a beverage. We will not operate on any holidays when the school is not in session.
There is an additional fee of $7.00 for ½ workdays and $12.00 for full workdays.
We usually plan field trips away from our campus on full teacher workdays and will provide you with information regarding the trips in advance. Students need to pack a lunch and drink for all field trips, unless otherwise noted. Also, we will ask you to sign an intent form stating if your child plans to attend the field trip or not. A child may only attend if he/she is in good financial/behavioral standing.
INCLEMENT WEATHER & SCHOOL DELAYS
In the event of any school delays for inclement weather or any other reason, the daycare will operate according to the decisions made by our Superintendent. If school closes for inclement weather, the daycare will not operate. Adjustments for inclement weather days will be made for the May 10, 2017 payment. If there is a delay in the school start time due to inclement weather, we will also delay the start for “Early Bird” care. You must still walk your child in on delayed days and sign them in. If you are not part of the “Early Bird” program, you may not drop your child off during delayed starting times.
If there is a cancellation of the school day, the daycare will not operate and a Connect-Ed phone call will go out to all households. You may also locate information on the ABSS website at www.abss.k12.nc.us as well as WFMY New 2 or FOX 8.
School delay of:
Highland doors will open:
Early Bird will open:
Appropriate behavior is required for your child to remain in our program. Expectations for student behavior in “Early Bird” and “Hawk’s Nest” are the same as we expect during the school day. . These expectations are detailed in the ABSS “Student Code of Conduct,” distributed to all students at the beginning of each school year.
Our staff has developed school-wide expectations and rules as part of our transition to becoming a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school. The following expectations have been established:
Highland Hawks will REACH goals by using:
R: Respect for self and others
E: Effort – doing their best
C: Control over all actions
H: Honesty at all times
All Highland rules, expectations and procedures are expected to be followed during Early Bird and after school care.
Minor incidents will be handled by the counselors.
Parents will be alerted, using behavior logs, to any problems or patterns of misbehavior.
Repeated behaviors or patterns of misbehavior will also be referred to the director and/or our assistant principal or principal.
If your child makes a bad choice at daycare, their consequences will follow the steps listed below: (In the event of a serious infraction, i.e. fighting, assault, etc., the daycare can move directly to suspension from the program)
Sits with counselor for remainder of day: parent notified
After all of the suspensions listed above have been exhausted, your child will be removed from the program for the remainder of the school year.
Suspension from the program means that the student will not be allowed to participate in the Early Bird or after School Care program for the duration of the suspension.
Payment/fees are not refunded for the period of a suspension
If a student is removed from the program for the remainder of the school year: the parent will be refunded any money that has been paid for any time after the student has been removed from the program.
The parent will be given a 5 day grace period before the student is officially removed so that the parent can make other arrangements for the student. During the grace period, the student will be removed from group activities.
Any student that is removed from the program for the remainder of the year may re-apply the following school year.
If your child needs medication during the time he/she is in the after school program, written permission, and instructions from your medical doctor are required. You may obtain a medication form from the school nurse or from the school office.
We will provide an accident report to you in the case of injury. In case of injury or illness, we will notify the parent. If we are unable to reach parents, we will notify a relative or friend that you list on the application form.
REGISTRATION FORMS/WITHDRAWAL & RE-ENROLLMENT PROCESS
You must complete and the online registration form (see link above) and sign the payment guidelines with the first payment before we officially enroll your child. The daycare registration operates on a first come/first served basis. This applies to ABSS employees as well. Children who have siblings already in the program are not guaranteed enrollment.
If you wish to change your child’s status (example part-time to full time), you must complete a CHANGE OF STATUS REQUEST. This, too may be obtained in the school office, from the daycare director or counselor or online. You may only change your child’s status one time during the current school year.
See the ABSS Addendum to Afterschool Care Rules and Regulations. It is very important you follow the guidelines outlined to have your child remain in our program. Please sign, date, and return this form in with your registration form.
All monthly payments are due by the 10th of every month unless the 10th falls on a holiday or week-end. Again, all monthly payments are due on the 10th of every month.
NSF CHARGES & COLLECTIONS
If you have a NSF check you are required to contact CHECKredi at 1-800-239-1222.
Thank you for allowing us the privilege to serve your child.
Hollis Wroblewski, Principal
Erin Millspaugh, Assistant Principal
Wendy Goras, Daycare Director