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Storm Lake Community School District - Early Childhood Program Student Handbook

Storm Lake Community School District (SLCSD) Early Childhood programs nurture the continuing growth of children's knowledge and understanding of themselves and their world.  Our early childhood programs are a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment that promote learning.

Our programs recognize that children are individuals and that every child is unique.  We accomodate a broad range of children's experiences and interests to facilitate continuous learning.  We respect the development of the whole child through active involvement, play, language and social interaction.  Assessment and evaluation assists the teacher and parents in making appropriate educational decisions which support children's learning.

Program Description
Our early childhood programs are full day programs that follow the SLCSD calendar.  Activities include breakfast, lunch, brushing teetch, free choice, large and small muscle activities, outdoor play, rest time, stories, finger plays, food experiences, art activities, lessons, social interaction and field trips.

We provide our children with opportunities to learn appropriate social skills and personal boundaries.  Staff and volunteers model positive strategies to work through conflict.  Adults do not spank, shake, or ridicule a child at school.  Children are not allowed to hurt themselves or other children.  We encourage parents to work as at team with the staff so children have a positive experience while attending our programs.

All parents are expected to transport their own child to and from school.  Bussing may be available.  The teaching staff will notify you if it is available and give you a bussing schedule.

School Day
School hours are 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  The caregiver MUST come into the classroom and make the teaching staff aware a child is entering or leaving the classroom. This is for your child's protection. Due to different family situations, it is necessary for the staff to have a list of who can and cannot pick up your child.  Your child will not be permitted to leave with someone who is not on your list unless you send a note or call with the name of the person who will pick them up.

No School / Late Starts
Please listen to KAYL (101.7 FM) radio or watch KTIV, Channel 4 for any cancellations, early dismissals or late starts due to weather conditions.  Weather related announcements will also be posted on the District's website:

Home Visits & Conferences
The teacher will make a minimum of one (1) home visit and two (2) scheduled conferences during the school year.  You may contact the teacher at any time to request a conference to visit about your child.  Parents are welcome to look at their child's records and visit the classroom at anytime during school hours.

Parent Participation
We encourage and welcome parent volunteers at any time.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact your child's teacher.

Field Trips
Field trips are an important part of learning.  They extend the lessons and activities of our early childhood curriculum.  Parents are invited to join the class on these trips.  You will be notified of field trips on the monthly calendar and/or in the newsletter.

Fire / Storm Drills
Fire and storm drills are held monthly.  Everyone must participate.  Procedures are posted in the room.

Attendance Policy
Consistent attendance is important to your child's learning experience.  However, if your child needs to be absent for the day, you need to notify the school.

Health Guidelines
Please do NOT send your child to school if they have any of the following within 24 hours before school.

  1. Temperature above 100
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Open and draining skin sores
  5. Red, inflamed or draining eyes or ears
  6. Unknown or unfamiliar rash
  7. Constant cough or nasal drainage
  8. Signs of pain - stomach, headache, sore throat, etc.
  9. Unusual tiredness, paleness or irritability
  10. Any infectious disease

When in doubt of your child's health condition, please play it safe for him/her and the other children at school by keeping your child at home! 

Your child may be sent home from school if he or she has any of the following:

  1. Elevated temperature
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Constantly crying/fussy
  5. Symptoms of illness such as red throat, constant cough, red, inflamed eyes, rashes, etc.

Remember:  Please call the school and let the teacher know your child is ill.

Medication Information
If medication needs to be given in the classroom, a written parent permission form needs to be in the child's file.  The medication needs to be in the original container, labeled with the name of the child, doctor, medication, time to be given, date, dosage and directions.

Long-term medication needs a parent signature update every 30 days.  A written record of the administrative procedure must be kept for each child receiving medication.  We suggest that if the medication needs to be given 3 times a day that it would work best to give the medicine in the morning before school, after school and before bedtime.

Physicals & Immunizations
BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL a child must complete a physical examination and be current on all of their vaccinations.  Students entering the SLCSD are required to have a TB test.

When possible, children will go outside every day for recess.  Because the weather in Iowa is so unpredictable, please send a coat with your child daily, we will decide at school if your child needs to wear it. During the winter months, coats, hats, mitten and boots are needed.  When the children are in the room, they need to wear shoes.

School Supplies
A book bag is required that easily holds an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. Please send it to school every day with your child.  Be sure to have your child's name on the inside of the bag so as not to be noticed by strangers in passing.

Child Abuse/Neglect
As mandatory reporters, we are required by law to report any abuse we see.  However, if you are concerned about your possible situation and are looking for help before abuse or neglect occurs, please feel free to discuss this with the teaching staff.  There are resources available for helping you.

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Storm Lake Community School District’s Non-Discrimination Statement
It is the policy of the Storm Lake Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational program and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator, Kellie Anderson, 930 East 5th Street, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588, 712-732-8076,