FAQ

What is the school policy on vaccinations?

Children will not be enrolled unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up-to-date. ** If your child is unimmunized due to medical reasons, please notify us.

Will my child be assessed before enrollment? Is enrollment based on an entrance assessment?

No, your child will not be assessed for enrollment? Our school does not believe in testing the young child. We feel it is too stressful and developmentally inappropriate.

 

Does your school have uniforms?

No, our students do not wear uniforms. We have a school t-shirt the families need to purchase for their child. The t-shirt is worn on field trips.

What is school protocol when an accident happens?

If the accident is a minor injury (scrape on the knee, arm, etc.), the injured area will be cleaned with soap and water and covered with bandage. If the injury is a bruise, an ice pack will be applied. An accident report will be written and a copy will be placed in the child’s cubby. A  head injury is  reported to office/director as soon as it occurred. A call will be placed to the child’s parent to inform them of the injury and a decision will be made as to whether or not the child will be sent home or stay at school.

Licensing

 

Our program is licensed by the California Department of Social Services, which visits and regulates our program to ensure safety and quality of care. 

State licensed: CCLD #410509589

Age of students

 

Toddler: 2-3 Year-Old

Pre-Schooler: 3-4 Year-Old

Pre-K: 4-5 Year-Old

Transitional Kindergarten: 5-6 Year-Old

What is the teacher/adult to children ratio?

Our school has 9 classes with class sizes ranging from 12 - 18 children. A class with 12 children has a shared teacher aide. A class with more than 12 children is either provided with a teacher aide or an assistant teacher. In summary, the ratio in the 2 years old class is 1 adult (teacher or assisting staff) to 5 children. The ratio in the 3-4 years old class is about 1:8. The ratio in the 4-5 years old is 1:9.

 

Drop off / pick up time

Children can be dropped off anytime between 7:00 - 9:00am. We expect children to arrive school by 9:00am. The best time to pick up a child attending school full day is between 4:15 to 5:30pm, and no later than 6:00pm.  Late fee is charged at $1.00 for every minute late after 6:00pm. A child attending school half day needs to be picked up no latter than 12:45pm. 

What is your policy on allergies?

Action plans are needed for all children with food or environmental allergies, asthma, or medical conditions that require our attention. Please make sure your child’s allergies or medical conditions are noted on his/her emergency form, parent health history form and the physician’s report. Aside from these forms, we also require a written action plan should something happen while your child is in our care.

 

The action plans of children with allergies or medical conditions will be reviewed with the teachers and posted in the classrooms with our school-wide allergy list. The plans will also be posted in the main office. Medication will be kept in child’s classroom in the medication box located in the top cabinet above sink. Please make sure medications are sealed in a clear zip lock bag marked with the child’s first and last name and date of birth. Any medical apparatus to be used must be labeled with your child’s first and last name.

In addition to the parent written allergy/medical action plan you may also need to sign the following required form(s) from Child Care Licensing:

 

·       Nebulizer care consent/verification form (LIC 9166)

·       Parent consent for administration of medication (LIC 9221)

How is tuition paid?

Yearly tuition is divided into 12 monthly payments. Tuition is due by the 5th of each month and can be paid via bank payment or in person with check or cash.

Does your school offer any financial aid?

Financial aid is currently unavailable at our school.

What is your school’s illness policy?

Effective 9/1/2021, our school will adopt this new Illness Policy that will replace the policy in the 2021-2022 Parent Handbook you reviewed and signed. Our updated illness policy is guided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), and the American Pediatric Association.

 

The CDPH notes that getting tested for COVID-19 when symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 will help with rapid contact tracing and prevent possible spread at schools. HOPE will adhere to CDPH guidelines to protect our school community.

 

  • Staff members and students with symptoms of COVID-19 infection cannot return for in-person instruction until they have met these criteria:

    • At least 72 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and

    • Other symptoms have improved; and

    • They have a negative COVID-19 test, OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Strep- tococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset .

  • We also recommend school parents who have symptoms stay home and keep their children home and get tested for COVID-19. 

  • If a household member tests positive for COVID-19, our students and other close contacts of the household member will need to stay home/quarantine for 14 days after the last day of contact or 10 days with a negative test received 5 days after exposure. 

  • If a symptomatic child’s test result is positive, the child should be isolated until he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medications, at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and symptoms have improved.

  • If an asymptomatic child’s test result is positive, he or she should be isolated for 14 days.

  • If one of our students tests positive, we will contact you for the next step.


Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH)

 

  • Headache

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting

  • Diarrhea

We appreciate you following this important policy. Your choices will protect our school community.

Air Quality and Outdoor Play

We follow the www.AirNow.gov guidelines when deciding whether children need to stay indoors:

  1. Check air quality from www.AirNow.gov

  2. If air quality is red (dangerous), we will stay indoors and not go out for outdoor play. We will also close all windows.

  3. If air quality is orange (unhealthy for sensitive individuals), we will cut our outdoor play time to half the duration. 

  4. If air quality is moderate (yellow) and good (green), then follow our regular outdoor play schedule.