Policies

Non-Discriminatory Policy

Central Branch Preschool admits students of any family structure, race, color, gender, gender expression, disability, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, program and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of family structure, race, creed, religion, gender, gender expression, disability or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship policies and other school-administered programs.

Illnesses, Absences, Accidents

During the pandemic we will follow the protocols outlined in our COVID-19 Handbook. The school will promptly inform families if a child experiences illness or is injured, and will take appropriate emergency measures for which parents have signed consent.

Confidentiality Information

Only Central Branch staff (teachers and administrators) will have access to children’s records. Records are kept in a secure location in the office. Parents’ written authorization is required before sharing records with third parties.

Discipline Policy

The school’s behavioral expectations are based on an understanding of child development and individual differences between children. Limits are clear and there are as few  “no’s” and “don’ts” as possible.

Children are taught that they may not be destructive of materials or toys, do what is dangerous to themselves, or is physically or emotionally damaging to others. The staff models, and positively reinforces, the kinds of behaviors we wish children to learn. Teachers work closely with each other and with families to ensure consistent expectation between home and school.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

In compliance with Washington State Law and DSHS licensing requirements, Central Branch Preschool and its staff are required to report immediately to the police or Child Protective Services, an instance when there is reason to suspect the occurrence of physical, sexual, or emotional child abuse, child neglect, or exploitation.

Transportation

The school does not provide any transportation, but most families are able to arrange convenient neighborhood carpools.

Winter Storms

If Seattle Public Schools close, so does Central Branch Preschool. If Seattle Public Schools start late, parents are urged to call the school after 7:30 AM. Our answering machine will tell you that day’s schedule (206-723-1187).

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