School Policy

At SMS, we strive to provide your child with a safe and caring place to learn, grow, and have fun. Our goal is to help your child develop a positive attitude towards learning through the time-tested Montessori method.

Tuition:

School fees may be paid annually or termly but are due on or before the first day of school. Only certified bank drafts made payable to SpringMont Schools or online funds transfer will be accepted. Transaction notification details or payment advice should be brought to the Bursar in the school or mailed to accounts@springmontessori.org

Please note that withdrawal from school requires term's notice in writing to the Head of School. If this procedure is not followed then one full term's fee will be forfeited.

Attendance:

Pupils must maintain regular and prompt attendance to ensure overall success; those who arrive late miss out on learning activities. Consistent morning routines are imperative to building a child's independence, balance and confidence.

Taking of holidays during school period should be avoided due to the impact of absence on children's learning and achievement. Hence,daily attendance is expected except in cases of illness or emergency.

Homework:

Homework is an integral part of learning, which unites the home and school. Homework will consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding, particularly in Literacy and Numeracy and extend school learning through additional reading, projects, learning of tables or practicing spelling. We encourage parents to make out quality time to build a sustainable study habit in their children. Our Children will get

Continuous Assessment:

Our continuous assessment is an essential part of the assessment for the term and it accounts for 30% of the total scores. The assessment dates are structured at the beginning of each term to ensure a smooth flow of activities in the school; consequently, tests will not be done before or after the scheduled dates.

Absences within the assessment periods are not allowed except in cases of illness which must be supported by medical support.

General Communications

- SMS issues bimonthly newsletter. This important resource has valuable reminders, announcements, and information on special events. Please read it and mark your personal calendars with the dates you need to remember.

- Notices of timely interest may also be posted in the sign in / cubbie area as added reminders.

- The school website is an invaluable resource for all parents of SMS. It contains the school calendar, newsletters, school policies and pictures of various activities.

- The School’s Handbook is a useful tool for providing information to parents and families on Montessori practices and operation of the school. The Handbook is available to new families enrolling at the school and to every returning family upon re-enrollment. A copy of the entire Policy and Procedures Manual is available on our website. If you require a printed copy, please inquire at the office and one will be provided to you.

- Periodically, Parent Education Evenings are offered. These evenings are organized and presented by the teachers or invitational guest speakers to deepen the understanding of Montessori principles and child development. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these educational sessions in order to appreciate the educational philosophy and disciplines that the students are benefitting from daily.

- Teachers are able to provide books and resources for parents seeking information on the Montessori philosophy of education.

Grievances:

If parents have concerns regarding communication at SMS, they are encouraged to address these concerns with their child’s teacher in the first instance. If they do not feel their concerns have been addressed, they are encouraged to meet with the Head of School. The school has an open door policy and the Head of School is available to facilitate any and all concerns parents may have.

Releasing Pupils:

When anyone other than the parent, or regular adult who normally takes the pupil home, is asked to pick up a pupil from school, the following procedure must be followed:

a. The teacher must be given a signed PICK-UP AUTHORIZATION form from the parent stating who will be picking up the child. It is not sufficient to merely say “the child’s grandfather will be coming to pick him up” - we require the person’s full name for proper identification.

b. If it is not possible to get an AUTHORIZATION FORM filled out in time, we require a phone call authorizing us to release the pupil and again the full name of the person to whom the pupil may be released. We may ask you to leave a voice message for our records.

Parents are to inform the person picking up their child to have some form of identification with them, as they will be required to show it to the teacher. Parents are asked to explain this procedure to anyone picking up their child, so that they do not feel embarrassed when asked for identification, and realize that is for safety and security reasons only. The identification produced will be compared with the name given by the parent either verbally or in writing, and only if they are the same will the pupil be released. In case of any doubt, it is our policy not to release the pupil. We urge parents to be very particular about giving adequate and proper instructions, as we want to be absolutely sure that each pupil goes home with the person designated to pick him/her up.

Extended Care Programme

Extended Care is available on a prearranged basis to those families requiring care for their child prior to or after school hours. This programme is designed to give working parents a safe and happy place for their children before and after school hours. Children are given the opportunity for free play under caring supervision. Children staying after school hours are asked to bring an extra snack from home.

Before School Programme 07:30 a.m. - 8:00.a.m.

After School Programme 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We understand that many parents/guardians may, on occasion, have unavoidable delays in picking up their children. We ask that you contact the school if you expect to be delayed in order that we may avoid needless upset for your child.

Behaviour/ Attitude:

SpringMontessori School has developed a set of behaviour management practices, which are in keeping with the Montessori philosophy of education. In short, the behaviour management rules have been designed while keeping the welfare, sound development and safety of the child in mind. Children are disciplined in a positive manner at a level that is appropriate to their actions and their ages. This is done in order to promote self-discipline, ensure health and safety, respect the rights of others, and maintain equipment.

Spanking or other forms of corporal punishment are not permitted. Methods of discipline are discussed at staff meetings and consistent disciplinary measures are agreed upon. On occasion, pupils may have extreme difficulty and may repeat negative behaviour in spite of being redirected. If the pupil repeats a harmful behaviour three times during the day, that pupil will be sent home for 24 hours to protect other children in the group. Continued aggression may result in a request that the parents withdraw their child from the programme.

Aggressive Behaviour

Pupils may not engage in verbal (including swearing and profane language), mental or physical abuse or bullying against another person. SMS has a strict policy against aggressive and violent behaviour amongst its pupil body. Pupils demonstrating such behaviour may face expulsion from SMS.

*Note: Rough housing and play fighting will not be tolerated. These actions can lead to accidental injuries and damage to school property.

Theft and Vandalism:

Pupils may not steal, vandalize, nor willfully damage property on the school premises or in the neighbourhood. Any pupil stealing or vandalizing is subject to expulsion from the SMS, and the pupil (or parent/guardian) may be held liable for damages.

Respect for Others:

We expect all members of SMS to respect each other and to address each other in a polite and friendly manner. Aggressive behaviour or foul language is not accepted at any time or under any circumstances.

Respect for Property

We are proud of our School and we want to keep it clean. Pupils are expected to do their part in maintaining the cleanliness of the School environment by placing their recycling/ waste in the appropriate bins. All food/ beverage containers must be taken home every day.

Students’ Personal Property:

It is the School’s policy to remove all toys related to violence and war. The School is not responsible, under any circumstance whatsoever, for lost, stolen or damaged personal property. All personal items of an expensive replacement (Mp3 players, Ipods, i.e. electronics) should not be brought to school. SMS reserves the right to request that these “gadgets” be removed from the school all together if they provide a detriment to the learning process or social behaviours. your child does not have permission to carry a cell phone, during school hours. SMS is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

Weapons:

Weapons, including knives of any type, are not permitted on school property.

Visitors:

All visitors must report to the office. Parental visits are welcome anytime. Friends of pupils should not visit the school. Visits to school property are limited to authorized persons only.

Health & Medication

Whenever possible, parents should be encouraged to give drugs or medications to the child at home, if this can be done without disrupting the treatment cycle. Please inform your child’s teacher upon arrival if medication is required during school hours. The medication will be placed in the designated area, (in the Sick bay ) and administered as directed.

The school requires written authorization, including dosage, and times any drug is to be administered. Medication must be in its original container, clearly labeled with the child’s name, drug name, dosage, instructions for the storage, and administration

Teachers will not administer medication that has not been prescribed by a physician. Surplus medication will be returned to the parent to be discarded.

The State Regional Health Unit regularly visits the school to perform oral exams for the pupils. A report by the health unit is provided and will be sent home.

Inspections for lice are required when necessary. If your child has lice, we will contact you immediately and confidentially to come and collect him/her. Your child may return to school when the lice have been treated and no further signs appear.

Allergies:

It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school of any allergies that their child(ren) may suffer from. The allergy, the severity of the allergy and any treatments required to alleviate the symptoms of the allergy, should be provided on your child’s registration form. If additional information is required to care for your child, please make a note of this on your child’s registration form and provide the office with the required documentation.

Fire Alarm/Drills:

When the fire alarm is sounded, the teacher will direct all pupils to line up at the classroom door where they will be counted. The teacher will go last, taking an attendance sheet with the names of the pupils. The teacher will shut off the lights and close the classroom door. Pupils are asked to wear their indoor shoes at all times. In the event of a fire drill, the teachers are asked to proceed as if there is a real fire without exception. Pupils will not be allowed to collect their personal belongings including their shoes. The teacher will proceed calmly with the pupils to the nearest or predetermined exit. Once outside the teacher will take the pupils to the predetermined area where the attendance will be taken. Pupils and teachers may only re-enter the building once the all-clear signal is given.

Terms of Admission

SpringMontessori School accepts pupils of any race, colour, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to pupils at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.

Parents must understand that enrollment of their child in SMS signifies compliance with all school rules and policies and procedures outlined in this document.

Upon enrollment, children must be a minimum of 3months of age

Admissions and placement priority is granted to current pupils and siblings of past or present pupils.

Although the school will attempt to fulfill each request, not all will be honoured due to limited space and the need for age and gender balanced classrooms.

Spring Montessori School accepts pupils throughout the year if space is available, all admissions criteria has been met and the evaluating staff feels that the child would thrive in the Montessori environment.

If after the complete application process, the teacher and head of school do not believe that Spring Montessori School is the optimum environment for your child then your child will not be granted admission to the school. We realize that every child is unique and has special needs. In some cases, we may not be able to address the needs of your child. In this case, we will try to recommend some educational alternatives.

A new pupil will not be accepted into the school unless a new enrollment form has been completed in full and signed.

Change in Information:

Should your telephone (home/work), cell, email or home address change, please remember to notify the school immediately. Any emergency contacts that should be added or changed should also be changed on the pupil's information in the office.

Suspensions and Expulsions

Infractions such as:

1) Possessing a weapon

2) Using a weapon to cause bodily harm to another person

3) Committing a physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm

requiring treatment by a medical practitioner.

Conclusion:

We hope that by reading this Handbook you are now familiar with the Policies and Procedures of SMS.By following these guidelines, you can be confident that your child will have a most enjoyable experience at our school. Finally, do not hesitate to contact the school if we can be of further assistance. Together we can make this the best year ever!






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