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School Calendar 2018

Preschool Policies

Attendance Procedures (606 CMR 7.04) (4a)

Attendance will be taken every morning to ensure the whereabouts of our students. 

Please call our reception office (508-366-0400) as soon as possible when your child will be absent from school, or if they will be dropped off at a later time than usual.  If your child is absent, and you have not contacted our reception office, the Center will call the phone numbers on the child’s emergency card to check on the well-being of the child.

Recurrent failure of a parent to notify the child care program of a child’s absence may be the grounds for termination of a child care subsidy or may be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Classroom Drop Off and Pick Up Times (606 CMR 7.04)

Toddler Class

Half Day:    Morning 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM                   Full Day*:  8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

                   Afternoon 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM                 *Includes a rest time

3 Year Old Pre-School

Half Day:    Morning 8:45 AM – 11:45 PM                   Full Day*:  8:45 AM – 2:45 PM

                   Afternoon 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM                 *Includes a rest time

4 Year Old Pre-School

Half Day:    Morning 8:45 AM – 11:45 PM                   Full Day:  8:45 AM – 2:45 PM

                   Afternoon 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM                 *Includes a “quiet time”

Early Drop Off is offered for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners. 

Early drop off begins at 8:00 AM.

Extended Day Programming Pick Up Times are as indicated on the option description.

The person dropping off must escort his/her child (ren) to their classrooms

The Westboro Learning Center must be notified in writing if someone not listed on the Authorization Form is picking up a child.

Late Pick-Up/Early Arrival Policy: 

Please make every effort to drop off and pick your child up on time. We recognize that people are juggling busy schedules; however this is a busy time for the children. If your child is more than 5 minutes late they are missing out on activities, they may become anxious, and it disrupts classroom routines. 

In the event that you are early for class (prior to 8:50) you and your child may wait in our preschool lobby and enjoy reading some books. 

At the end of the day, many children and teachers are transitioning to other programs.  If you are late picking up due to an emergency, please call us (508-366-0400) so we may reassure your child.  Habitual tardiness (more than 5 times) picking up your child will result in a financial penalty ($10.00 per every five minutes).  If you have not arrived after 10 minutes, your child will be brought to our extended day program, and you will be charged accordingly.  Please keep in mind that our concern is for the welfare of your child. Thank you for your cooperation.

Inclement Weather Policy

The Westboro Learning Center follows the guidance of the Westborough Public Schools.

When the Westborough Public Schools are closed, all Westboro Learning Center Programs are closed.  Please check WBZ TV, WBZ Radio, cbsboston.com or the Community Education website to see if the Westborough Public Schools Community Education program will be closed.

If the Westborough Public Schools has a one hour delay, the policy of the preschool is:

  • Start time of 10:00 AM
  • Preschool will end at regular time
  • Extended day programs will run as usual

If the Westborough Public Schools have a two hour delay, the policy of the preschool is:

  • Start time of 11:00 AM
  • All programs pick up at regular time
  • Extended day programs will run as usual

In the event Westborough Public Schools has an early release due to inclement weather, parents will be notified to pick up their children accordingly.

Peanut/Nut Policy

Parents are asked to refrain from nut products as our center is nut free. SunButter Sunflower Seed Spread or Soy Nut Butter are good substitutes. Please note that Nutella is a hazelnut product, not chocolate, and is therefore not safe for our students. Snacks containing anything that looks like a nut-butter should be labeled as to their contents to assure staff of the safety of our students. Products with peanuts or tree nuts (tree nuts include: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts (pignolia nuts), pistachios, and walnuts) are prohibited from the Westboro Learning Center.

 

Medication Policy (606 CMR 7.11)

All medications must be brought into the school by an adult, and handed directly to the child’s teacher.  Do not send medicine into school in your child’s backpack, bag, lunchbox or hands.

 

If a child needs medication during the school day:

  • The first dose of the day should be given at home.
  • All prescription medications must be brought to school in the original container with the child’s name, medication name, date, and instructions on the label.
  • All non-prescription medication must be accompanied with written consent from the doctor. This must include the child’s name, medication name, date, dosage, and the reason for administrating.
  • A Medication Permission form (click here to download) must be signed by the parent in order for the medication to be administered.
  • Topical non-prescriptions (sunscreen, ointments, etc.) can be administered to a child with written parental authorization.
  • A Medical Action Plan will be authorized by the physician in writing, with the information clearly stated for ongoing issues such as asthma or allergies, etc.

 

All medications given to children will be logged in, accompanied by the permission slip, and a copy will be kept in the child’s file.  Medications are stored in a high child-safety locked cabinet in the kitchen and are returned to the parent. 

Illness (606 CMR 7.11)

If a child becomes ill during the course of the school day the preschool will call parents/guardians for the child to be taken home. All efforts will be made to make the child as comfortable as possible until the child is picked up.  If the child is experiencing vomiting, the Co-Directors will be notified and a familiar staff member will be assigned to sit with the child in an isolated area until the child is picked up.  Teacher-student ratios will be maintained.

Fever: A child will be sent home if he/she has a fever of 100° (temporal temperature) or

higher. It is advised that the child stay home until fever free for at least 24 hours. Activity level, irritability, and appetite should also be considered before bringing your child back to school.

Diarrhea: A child who has loose stool, more than once in a short period of time will be sent

home. Children may return to school once the diarrhea is under control and symptom free for 48 hours. If your child has an allergy or condition, which regularly causes diarrhea, please provide staff with the information from their health care provider.

Vomiting: A child who is vomiting will be sent home and should remain home until the vomiting

has stopped, and should be symptom free for 48 hours. Parents should inform the school concerning the course the vomiting takes.

Conjunctivitis: An infection of the eye characterized by a yellow discharge, tearing and is

contagious. Often eyes are crusty in the morning. This infection is more annoying than uncomfortable, but must be treated by an antibiotic for 48 hours before the child may return to school. The instructions of the child’s health care provider should be followed.

Strep Throat: Strep throat is usually accompanied by fever, swollen neck glands, and a red

throat. Scarlet fever is strep throat with a rash. These conditions require antibiotics and the child should be treated for 48 hours before returning to school.

Ear Infection: Ear infections are extremely common for some children and should be closely

monitored, particularly in children developing language. The child must be fever free and on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.

Chicken Pox: Children can attend school after exposure or during incubation period.

Parents/Guardians should notify the school if their child has been exposed to or had Chicken Pox (the school will post confidentially). Children cannot attend school from the time the first spot appears or while any blisters are present.  All sores must be healed, normally within 7 days, before the child may return to school. A health care provider should be consulted by parents and can clarify any concerns parents have regarding contagion during the illness.

Impetigo: A highly contagious skin infection, which should be treated with antibiotics for 24

hours before the child returns to school.

Coxsackie: A viral infection characterized by sore throat, fever, and often-tiny blisters on the

palms and soles of feet. Sores must be healed and the child should remain home following the guidelines for fever (stated above). The child’s comfort level should be considered before returning to school.

Rashes: Rashes, whether on the diaper area, other parts of the body or face may be caused by

a variety of issues. If a child develops a rash, the preschool will call parents/guardians to inform them, and may possibly suggest they consult a health care provider. Documentation may be required by a health care provider for the child to attend school with a rash.

Head Lice: Incidents of Head Lice are common in school systems. If we find nits on a child, the

preschool will call parents/guardians for the child to be taken home. Children may return to school after a full treatment of special shampoo and the child is nit free.

*Parents must notify the Preschool Program Co-Directors when a child has a contagious disease or serious illness.

*A written note from the child’s health care provider must be provided to the Preschool Program Co-Directors if a child has been out sick for one week or more.

 

Westboro Learning Center is located in Central Massachusetts, convenient to surrounding towns such as Northborough, Southborough, Hopkinton, Ashland, Marlborough, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Worcester, Framingham, Holliston, and all other Central Massachusetts and Metro West communities.