Parent and Student Handbook
Parent Handbook is one of the most important documents for the school. It details all the policies of the school applicable to parents, students, staff, and the school itself.
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Wise Owl Academy Parent Handbook
Important Sections from the Handbook
Welcome to All Students and Parents
We are delighted that you have chosen our center to provide for the needs of your child. You and your family are encouraged to visit our center before the first day of enrollment to allow our teachers and your child to meet and become better acquainted. It will make separating on the first day a bit easier.
The Parent Handbook has been written to describe our program, philosophy, policies, and all the practical details that go into making each day as happy and successful as possible. Please carefully read this handbook and keep it for future reference. The staff at Wise Owl would be glad to address any of your questions or concerns. Our goal is to make your child’s school experience a pleasant and educational one. Once again, welcome!
In Wise Owl Academy, we enlighten the path of knowledge to inspire every child to learn. We are an education care center focused on children’s overall progress. We are absolutely passionate about education and kids!
Wise Owl Academy aims to create a confident student ready to enter the next phase of academic life. We are committed to providing a strong academic foundation, fun-filled social interaction bound by a disciplined and safe environment. We believe that these are fundamental ingredients for successful early-age growth.
At Preschool age, every child needs an overall development. We designed our curriculum to cater to body, mind, heart, and soul development; a proven academic curriculum that is evolving helps the learning mind.
Fun-filled social interactions support the emotional development of children. Having a disciplined and safe environment channelizes the energy and helps focus. This recipe prepares children for success by making them confident.
All children who attend childcare programs in New Hampshire are required by law to be fully vaccinated. Wise Owl requires all children enrolled in the program to be immunized. A Health form is required before enrollment. This form requests a record of your child’s immunizations and date of his/her last physical examination, along with the allergies or conditions that we should be aware of.
*Important: It is your responsibility as a parent or guardian to maintain up-to-date immunizations and physicals for your child (ren). Updates must be reported to the center director in writing.
Wise Owl Academy accepts students and staff from diverse backgrounds and walks of life. At our center, everyone’s skills, talents, and backgrounds are recognized, respected, and valued. Such attributes will be used to enhance the program and to help all students and staff reach their full potential. All staff employed by the school have a responsibility to uphold these principles. We expect everybody to promote equality and diversity within the school.
Wise Owl welcomes those of diverse faiths, ethnic origins, and race.
Child Abuse and Neglect
As required by the State of New Hampshire, we will report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Division for Children and Youth Services. Please be aware also that children will NOT be released under any circumstances to impaired individuals. If we have reason to believe that any person picking up a child is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an emergency contact will be called to pick up the child. The incident will also have to be reported.
Hours of Operation
Wise Owl Academy hours of operation are from 7:30 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
The spots in the classrooms are offered on first cum, first-serve basis. If there are no current openings in the appropriate age group, families may choose to be placed on a waitlist. Families on the waitlist will be contacted when a space becomes available.
Daily Closure Times & Limits on Length of Care
Our childcare ends promptly at 6:00 pm. Please keep in mind that our staff members have other responsibilities, and it is unfair to leave children in their care after their scheduled pickup time. Parents must be prompt when picking up their child. In the event of an emergency, please contact the school if you know you will be late. Please allow enough time for appointments, traffic, and other delays.
Late Pickup policies
Children enrolled on a part-time basis are expected to be picked up at the agreed-upon daily time. The parent or guardian of a child not picked-up until after the agreed time, or past closing (6:00 pm), will be charged $1 per minute. Families who pick up late more than three times in one year will pay $5 per minute after 6 pm. All late fees are expected by 6:00 pm the following day. This fee applies per family. Payment should be given directly to the staff member. This is important to encourage punctuality and discipline to pick up your child on time.
Holidays / Vacation Policy
Kindly note that when you take time off for vacation or family time, we still provide the care. It is not the policy of Wise Owl Academy to give refunds or reductions for vacation or time off. Please plan your vacations, keeping the school calendar in mind.
Child Care will be closed on the following holidays:
Columbus Day Veterans’ Day Thanksgiving Day Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day New Year’s Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day President’s day
Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day
If any of the above holidays fall on a weekend, the closest Friday or Monday will be selected.
Please note that there will be an early closing of the Center on December 31 at 4 pm.
Regular tuition is expected as our teachers are paid for these days.
Wise Owl Center is open only for Full day children during Christmas break, Winter break, and Spring Break.
Wise Owl will be open on public school designated “snow days.” We may open late or close early if necessary. On a rare occasion, our center may be forced to close due to a situation beyond our control (e.g., ice storm, electrical outage, no water service). Every attempt will be made to inform parents of an emergency closing.
Please use your “Brightwheel App” for the updates or http://www.wmur.com for the news update.
In situations like COVID-19, we might not be able to operate in person. We will offer online classes for the age groups preschool and up.
Withdrawal & Dismissal Policy
We want you to stay with us and complete a school year with us. We plan our budget depending upon the tuitions that we receive. If for any reason, you withdraw your child’s enrollment during the school year, we don’t get new enrollment right away. This jeopardizes our budget. Kindly note that we cannot refund tuition deposit or adjust monthly fees for any reason for withdrawal. Account must be paid in full before withdrawing—including your child’s tuition for those two months. Any account past due at the time of dis-enrollment will be paid thru our electronic withdrawal option.
The Director at Wise Owl reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of a child at her discretion or for the following possible reasons:
- Non-payment or excessive late payments of tuition and fees.
- Not observing the rules of the center as outlined in the parent agreement.
- The child has special needs that we cannot adequately meet with our current staffing patterns.
- Physical or verbal abuse of staff or children by parent or child.
- Expired or non-immunizations or physical.
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