Policies and Guidelines

Dress Codes

Elementary students are required to wear a uniform consisting of khaki pants, skorts, or shorts, a navy blue, sky blue, yellow, red, or white polo shirt with Rising Star Insignia, or a Rising Star T-Shirt. The polo shirts can be ordered two times a year, July and December. No orders will be taken any other time. Fridays are dress down days and uniforms are not required.

All students (including Primary must wear shoes with backs and socks. Socks must be worn at all times. Tennis shoes are required on the playground at all times. Sandals are not permitted for safety reasons.

Personal Grooming and Appearance

No pierced jewelry is allowed for boys at school or at school-related functions.
Pierced jewelry for girls is limited to earrings with a maximum of 2 per ear.
Hair should always be clean, neat, and well groomed with no extreme haircuts or colors.
Boy’s hair length can be no longer than to the collar or halfway down the ear, and must be off the eyebrows. No ponytails, shaved areas, etc.
All Elementary students must wear deodorant daily.
Hats are not to be worn in the school building.

Absences

Tuition is based on a yearly fee and broken down by 10 months, July to January, March to May. There is no reduction of fees for vacations or holidays.

Maximum Absences Allowed

Fifteen (15) days is the maximum number of days absent in a year for Kindergarten or Elementary students. Any student with more than fifteen absences will become ineligible to receive credit for the year’s work.

Tardies

Students who are not in their classroom within ten minutes of starting time will be considered tardy. Five (5) unexcused tardies in a month will result in one (1) unexcused absence.

Arrival and Dissmissal

Primary students must be signed in on arrival and dismissal to comply with the standards set forth by the Department of Human Resources. Class times starting and ending times vary. No child is allowed in school 10 minutes prior to class time if they are class only. All parents will drop off their child/children at the end of the breezeway. Parents will form one line and remain in cars while a staff person escorts any Primary child to class. If it is necessary for your child to arrive more than 10 minutes early, prior arrangements must be made through the Office.

Students with dismissal time of 11:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. will be brought to your car using the same procedure as morning drop offs. It is important that parents remain in their cars. If you need to come inside after class dismissal, please park your car in the west parking area only. At any time, do not block the line of pick up parents. Students who request to leave school early, must bring a note or call the office requesting such early dismissal. Parents should not go directly to the classroom to get their child but to the office. The student will be dismissed from the Aftercare (classroom 1) at the requested time.

Observations

Parents are invited to come into the classroom to observe once the child has had time to adjust to the Montessori classroom. We ask that you allow six weeks for adjustment. October is a good month for these observations. These observations will be available by signing up or calling the school office. If you want other observations, please call the office one day in advance to schedule a time.

Guidance and Discipline

Rising Star Montessori, Inc. has clear, simple rules to be followed in class. These rules are discussed and explained the first day of school along with the daily schedule. We use positive discipline that teaches self-esteem. For a behavior problem, the child is given two (2) choices. If the child cannot make the choice after talking about it, the teacher will make the choice for them. Example: Disruptive behavior must stop or go to the table and sit. Inappropriate behavior can lead to one (1) or three (3) day suspensions. Any incident occurring after a three (3) day suspension, the student will be expelled for the remaining of the school year. No refund will be given to the parents.

All Elementary students are required to do homework. Standard homework is given on Mondays and due on Fridays. This homework is given mainly to teach the child responsibility. After three (3) infractions of not turning in assignments, the student and parent will have a meeting with the Director and Teacher. For each infraction after the meeting, the child will be subject to suspension for one (1), two (2) or three (3) days. Any infractions occurring after a three (3) day suspension, the student will be expelled for the remaining of the school year. No refund will be given to the parents.

Holidays

Rising Star Montessori, Inc. observes holidays throughout the school year set forth by the Board of Education, Fayette County Public Schools. There will be no class or enrichment program available during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break. A school calendar is listed at the end of the handbook.

Weather

In case of inclement weather, Rising Star Montessori, Inc. follows Fayette County Schools. Watch all local television channels or go to their websites for information.

Health Records

To comply with state requirements, all health records and enrollment forms must be completed at the time of the child’s entry to the school. Immunization Record Form 3231 must be signed by the child’s physician or by a Georgia Health Department. If no current health record is not on file with the school by 30 days, the child will not be allowed to return to school until the record is rectified.

Illness

A child shall not be accepted nor allowed to remain at the school if the child has the equivalent of a one hundred and one (101) degree or higher oral temperature and another contagious symptom, such as, but not limited to, a rash or diarrhea or a sore throat. That child will be isolated and parents will be called to pick up the sick child immediately. No child will be released to a person other than a parent or a person on the authorized emergency list. Your child is not allowed back in school if he/she:

Has a fever or has had one during the previous 24 hours
Is in the first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
Has a heavy nasal discharge that is not clear.
Has a constant cough.
Communicable Disease

Parents must notify the school if their child acquires a communicable disease that is listed on the current GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES Communicable Disease Chart posted on the bulletin board. Notices of possible exposure will be posted within 24 hours of the school learning of any disease. Re-admission to the school will depend on the recommendations by the Georgia Department of Human Resources and may require a signature from a physician.

Injury/Emergency Medical Care

Parents will be notified of any incident requiring professional medical attention. Under previously signed parental medical authorization, which is part of the child’s application packet, Rising Star Montessori is authorized to transport the child to Fayette Community Hospital.

Medication

With written permission, updated on a weekly basis, the staff will administer medication to children who require it. Medication must be clearly labeled and in its original container with the child’s name and dosage instructions on the pharmacy label and must not be expired. A medication form must be filled out for each medication to be administered. Adverse reactions will be recorded on this form. Parents must hand the medicine to the child’s teacher or designated person when bringing the child to school and take it home daily.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency procedures have been developed in the event to Tornado, Hurricane, Fire, Bomb Threat and Structural Damage. They are posted for viewing on our information board located in the main hallway by the sign in table.

Lunches/Snacks

Parents must provide a nutritious lunch for their child/children each day including beverages. Carbonated or red drinks are not allowed. No candy but minimal sweet snacks allowed in lunches. Due to lack of time and staffing, we ask that heated lunches be brought in no more than two times a week. If you last name starts with A-L, your designated days will be Mondays and Wednesdays. If your last name starts with M-Z, your designated days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Any opened containers or food will not be saved. If food is not opened, it will be sent home. It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure that lunches meet the guidelines published by the Georgia Department of Human Resources. These guidelines are posted on the bulletin board. If they are not met, Rising Star Montessori will complete the meal and the parent will be charged $5.00. If your child forgets their lunch, a $5.00 fee will be charged. The school will provide a morning and afternoon snack and beverage with the exception of the weeks parents are providing them. Due to limited spacing, if you want to eat with your child, you will need to call the office in advance to schedule a time.

Birthdays

Birthdays are special and important occasions. Each child is asked to bring in a nutritional snack or a cookie cake to share with the class. No cupcakes please. They are also asked to bring in a picture for each year to lay out the time line of their life.

Field Trips

The children will have the opportunity to take various trips throughout the year. Parents will be requested to sign permission slips each time for any field trips away from the school. We ask that each parent help with at least one field trip during the year.

Conferences

There will be two conferences during the school year, January and May. Sign up times will be posted for each class. We strongly encourage each parent to attend these conferences to better understand the Montessori classroom and how their child is doing. Our doors are always open for any questions or concerns that might arise throughout the school year. Communication is important between the teacher and parent and for your child to have a rewarding experience with Rising Star Montessori School.