Policies & Safety

At MBPC Preschool, your child’s safety is a top priority.

We want to help keep them safe, healthy and happy during their time here with us! Please note a few of our policies to help us meet this goal. For more detailed information, please view our Preschool Handbook.  We are a non-smoking campus.

Our classes are small with the appropriate ratio of children to teachers to make sure the kids are safe and happy!

We always have teachers on site who are CPR trained and we have very clear emergency procedures.

We regularly disinfect all toys and surfaces in the classrooms.

Fire and Weather Safety

  • We have fire drills once a month with the Mountain Brook Fire Department
  • The Fire Department also visits us for Fire Safety Week in October, where the kids get to see the fire truck, the firemen dress in their fire suits, and we emphasize fire safety.
  • In case of severe weather, the office is constantly monitoring the situation and will make the best and most prompt decisions possible to keep our kids safe!
  • MBPC Preschool follows the Mountain Brook School system’s school closing decisions, but we dismiss 30 minutes prior to time announced. Come pick up your preschooler first before older children.

Visiting your child

  • Parents are welcome to visit their child at any time, but you MUST  check in at the office upon arrival.
  • Please keep in mind that class time is 9:00-1:00 and is valuable learning time
  • Teachers love to have a scheduled “guest reader” or activity helper! Please let your teacher know if you are interested.
  • You are also welcome to eat lunch with your child’s class, however lunch visits during the first month of school are not allowed.

Food Policy

  • While we are not a peanut free school, we do not allow nut or peanut products for any group snacks.
    • Please keep this in mind when sending in treats for parties
    • No peanut butter, peanut butter crackers or granola bars, peanut candy, etc. for class or school-wide snacks
  • Parents will provide a healthy lunch & drink for their child each day
  • Bottles must be fully prepared, sealed and labeled AT HOME, ready for use
  • Staff will wear gloves when distributing food
  • Water is always available for children’s use
  • Only prepackaged, single-serving beverages will be distributing by the school
  • Catered food will be temperature tested and recorded before being served

Screen Time Policy

  • Screen time includes TV and computer
  • No screen time is allowed for students below age 2 years

2 years & older:

  • screen time is not allowed during meals or snack
  • screen time may not exceed 2.5 hours per week
  • screen time is offered as a free choice activity

 Physical Activity Policy

  • 12 months and younger are offered a clutter-free environment conducive to physical development
  • 1-3 year olds will have 30 minutes of active play per 4 hour day
  • 3 years and up will have 45 minutes of active play per 4 hour day
  • schedules displaying indoor and outdoor activity times are posted in each room

Illness Policy

In order to control the spread of communicable diseases at our preschool, it is important to recognize illnesses early. Please do not send your child to school with the following symptoms, unless cleared by a physician with a doctor’s excuse to return to school. Parent or guardians will be contacted by the school if the following symptoms are detected during the school day:

  1. Severe coughing
    1. Child gets red or blue in the face
    2. Child makes high-pitched croupy or whooping sound as he/she coughs
  2. Breathing trouble -especially important in an infant under six (6) months old
  3. Yellowish skin or eyes
  4. Pinkeye/Conjunctivitis-tears, redness of eyelid lining, irritation, followed by swelling and discharge of pus
  5. Unusual spots or rashes
  6. A lesion such as a blister, boil, pustule or infected wound that is open or draining
  7. Feverish appearance
  8. Lethargy
  9. Diarrhea -“The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusion for all diapered children whose stool cannot be contained in a diaper and for toilet-trained children if the stool is causing soiling of the pants or clothing.”
  10. Vomiting
  11. Unusual behavior
    1. Child is cranky or less active than usual
    2. Child cries more than usual
    3. Child feels general discomfort or just seems unwell
    4. Child pulls at ears
    5. Child has difficulty swallowing
  12. Frequent scratching of the body or scalp. This may be a sign of lice or scabies. In the case of lice, children must be nit free in order to return to school.

We like to know when your child will not be at preschool due to sickness. Please call the Preschool office to let us know. We regularly disinfect all toys and surfaces in the classrooms.

Biting Policy

Biting is a common problematic behavior in preschool age children, especially in Toddler and 2 year old classes as students are struggling to verbalize frustrations. At MBPC we work hard to help the child prone to biting learn better ways to express him or herself and work closely with parents to assist as much as possible, following our disciplinary procedures as found in our Handbook.

We also aim to ensure that the classroom is a safe and happy place, so our biting policy is as follows:

After all preventative steps have been tried by the staff members, if the child bites 3 times in one day or 3 consecutive days, the Director will call the parent to pick up the child for the remainder of the day. The child may return to school the following day, but will be sent home if he or she bites again. Chronic biting may require that a child be suspended from enrollment for a period of time. If a child is suspended, the parent will be informed that the child may return to the center as soon as the biting is abated.

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