Inclement Weather Policy
SCP follows the Queen Anne’s County School System when schools
are closed due to inclement weather.
If QAC Schools are CLOSED,
St. Christopher’s Preschool will be CLOSED.
*There have been a few instances, that we have had to close school for a
reason other than inclement weather-
if this happens, you will be notified as soon as possible.
SCP also follows the Queen Anne’s County School System in regards
to delayed openings due to fog, ice, snow, ect..
If QAC Schools open late,
St. Christopher’s Preschool will also open late!
Tadpoles, Polliwogs & Frogs classes will meet 10:45am-12:15pm.
Pre-K Classes will meet 10:45am-1:00pm.
There are no make-up dates.
CLOSING & DELAY INFORMATION can be found on the local
news & radio stations after 6:30am.
When in doubt - check the Queen Anne’s County Public Schools’ Website.
There is a link on our SCP Home Page!
Each child must be signed in & out each class day. The book in which you will do so, will be located on the information table. Please inform all those that will be transporting your child to/from school of our policies.
We must have written record of your permission for anyone picking up from school; their names must be on the Emergency Form or an update note - WE MUST HAVE WRITTEN NOTICE FROM THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN, BEFORE WE WILL RELEASE A CHILD INTO THE CARE OF SOMEONE ELSE. (This includes another parent from class.) We will check photo ID for persons that we are not familiar with.
Safety is our first priority! While waiting for class to begin or after dismissal, we expect all children to be supervised and well-behaved in the parish hall. Thanks for your help!
Please take your child to the bathroom before class begins. This is very helpful to
We will open the door to the classrooms when it is time to enter. Please be patient!
Please be on time to class. It is stressful for your child and sometimes disruptive
to the rest of the class when a child enters late. (They may also miss something
If you have transportation information to pass on to the teachers, please do so in
writing - we have premade information updates and pick up notes at the front table.
Our staff is wonderful, but they may not remember every spoken word at this busy
time - please put everything that is needed, or important, in writing.
Cooperation at Arrival & Departure is vital. SCP Staff needs to be focused on the
children coming in & out of the classroom.
DO NOT USE THIS TIME TO CONFERENCE WITH THE TEACHERS! We love
to talk to the parents about their children - that is why we are here; however we
will speak with you at an appropriate time. If anything out of the ordinary happens
in class, you will receive a note home.
EARLY DEPARTURE- If possible, please let us know if you need to pick up your
child early- we will prepare them and have them ready to go.
LATE PICK UP: Children are expected to be picked up on time! Dismissal times
vary for classes -10 min. late is a $5 fee and every minute thereafter is $1. This
policy is enforce to remind parents and guardians that the children do not like to be
picked up late - it is stressful for them and very inconsiderate to the staff. There
will be no warnings - and you will be charged accordingly.
If there is an emergency or unavoidable incident such as; a traffic accident, car
trouble, etc., please call and let us know as soon as possible. We will be happy to
help make alternate arrangements for your child if need be. Call the Classroom
We will waive the late pick up fee in certain emergency instances
We expect a lot out of our families. We have compiled a list of helpful ways that you, as families, help to keep our tuition costs reasonable. These items do not carry a points value, but they are
each families responsibility to fulfill.
To bring a list of supplies to help us start the year and stay well stocked. We may also request specific supplies throughout the year.
To turn in all necessary paperwork before the 1st day of class. There will be no exceptions. For those with
returning students - Updates must be made to all paperwork! Some of the paperwork must be filled out by
your child’s physician’s office - some offices charge for this service. YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND ON THE FIRST DAY WITHOUT COMPLETED PAPERWORK.
Each family is asked to provide a healthy snack and drink for their child’s class at least 4/6 times per year (this depends on your child’s class size.) There will be a snack calendar distributed in September with assigned snack days - we do our best to arrange snack days to coincide with birthdays (Please do not send in cupcakes.) We love for the snacks to be related to our theme.
Our Classrooms are NUT-FREE!
Items that contain nuts of any kind are not permitted at school!
To help the teachers & director, whenever you are willing or able; cutting, pasting & preparing for special projects!
To uphold and stand by all of SCP’s policies & guidelines. Especially our Bathroom, Illness, Discipline and Tuition
To be a positive influence on the preschool & it’s community.
To be involved in our fund-raising efforts!
To bring all issues or concerns, good or bad, to the director, before voicing concerns to other parents or community
To help increase learning with your preschooler by continuing learning at home! Being involved and re-enforcing
lessons from school at home!
To keep us informed of all changes such as address, phone #, medical - anything involving the safety and well-being of your child on a continuos basis throughout the year.
We do not have a formal uniform at St. Christopher’s Preschool; however
we do require each child to be dressed appropriately for class each day.
For your child’s safety & ability to fully participate in all activities, we
ask that you follow these clothing guidelines:
Do not send your child to school in open toe or open back shoes.
This includes flip flops, clogs, slip on or strapped sandals.
Do not send your child to school in bulky boots or shoes that are
difficult to run, jump or cross your legs at circle time!
Tennis Shoes are the most appropriate shoes for school.
Do not send your child to school in overalls or shirts that snap at
the crotch. These are too difficult for the children to manipulate
in a rush to the bathroom!
Please do not send your child to school wearing a belt or hard to
button pants. (Elastic waist pants are best!)
Please do not send your child to school in extra special clothes -
they may get dirty!!
Girls wearing dresses or skirts to school - must wear stockings
and/or shorts underneath. Also they may not wear dressy, heeled
All children must be prepared for the weather - be sure to bring a
jacket, hat, gloves or anything else that you would like your child to
wear outside. We plan to go outside on every class day, unless it is
PLEASE NOTE: If your child is not dressed appropriately for
school they will not be able to participate in some activities. We
will send home reminder notes to parents, if the guidelines are not
SCP will offer short sleeve, long sleeve and possibly sweat pants for
purchase throughout the year
St. Christopher’s Preschool would like to stress the importance of a discipline policy. Children, ages 2-5, are learning so many new things. They are testing their boundaries, checking their surroundings and testing their limits. For some children, this is their first experience without their family as security; for other children, this is a new experience with new people, and some are already comfortable in our environment. We work with children at all different stages.
We are trained and able to handle developmentally appropriate behaviors of the young child. At preschool, children begin to break out of parallel play, which means that they are beginning to play with each other, instead of beside each other. In these cases, sharing is the culprit of many of our disputes. Each child will be taught to handle their feelings and emotions in an appropriate way in the classroom; with respect for others and without negative words and/or actions. Of course, this will be hard! Preschool is mostly a place where children learn how to be social, expand their attention span and listen to adults, other than their guardians. We do expect them to learn and follow the rules of our classroom, listen and be respectful to others. As they are learning their way, we will give verbal warnings and redirect when need be.
We will also put into effect some aspects of Conflict Resolution. This teaches children about their own character, as well as working with other children and their feelings. Hopefully this will be enough for any situations that will arise and the outcome will be growing and learning experiences for everyone. In the cases of negative physical behavior - hitting, biting, bullying and any other negative physical behaviors - our actions will depend on the situation. We will verbally warn and redirect the aggressor. We will assess the situation and discuss what happened with all parties involved. Parents of each child will be notified. If necessary, the aggressor will be redirected to the table for a quiet activity or a break from class. We have no tolerance, if the behaviors become overly disruptive and/or destructive - we will contact the parents or guardians to pick up his/her child. Due to our small space and limited staff - we are unprepared to deal with this type of behavior. The staff will take the opportunity to speak with the child and their parents about his/her actions in class and hopefully the negative behavior will cease. If the behaviors continue - we will have a parent/teacher conference to discuss further actions.
If there are any behavioral concerns from the teachers and or other parents, please feel free to speak to the director as soon as the situation arises. We want what is best for every child in our program. Please Note: We will never ‘diagnose’ a child - this is not our area of expertise; however, we will let you know if we are concerned about certain behaviors. A lot of actions are considered developmentally appropriate for children ages 2-5, but sometimes in the classroom, we can observe a child that is having some difficulty in an area. This does not mean that there is something wrong with your child - it may just mean that they need some extra attention in this area - In these cases, we need your help as a parent to be open minded in helping us figure out what is best for your child and our preschool environment. We do not want this to be stressful for anyone. There are many resources available to deal with any type of behavioral issue that may arise. We reserve the right to express our concerns.
We do our best to assess each child on a continuous basis throughout the
school year. We are observing and recording developmental skills, social skills
and learned academic skills. This helps us to know & help your child at their
learning level and to help them with skills that they may be having difficulty
with. Our goal is not to have each child on the same educational level, but to
cater to their developmentally appropriate needs. We work to have each
child ready for their next school year. (Preschool is not SAT Prep- please
don’ t expect it to be!)
We try to give out Progress Reports once a month. These are not report
cards - just a peek at how your child is doing during different areas of class.
Each child is given the opportunity to learn new skills; social, emotional, fine
motor, gross motor and educational. Every child develops and learns at
his/her own rate. Some parents find this information very useful and
important, others do not. However you may feel, you are welcome to request
a conference with your child’s teacher at any time throughout the year.
Please let us know if you would like a conference, we will prepare and
schedule a convenient time for the parents and teachers. (Sometimes phone
conferences are easier to schedule.)
Please Note: It is the parent’s responsibility to request a parent/teacher
conference. If the teacher feels that it is necessary, they may request a
conference with parents.
All children in our Polliwogs, Fabulous Frogs and Bull Frogs classes, must be
able to use the bathroom unassisted. We do not have the facilities, nor the
license to change diapers. Please be aware of and abide by this policy! We
will not be tolerant of those ignoring this policy. We do understand that
preschool is a huge transition time for many of our new students. We do allow
some leeway for those in transition; however, each of these cases will be
evaluated and dealt with accordingly. The parents/guardians must discuss all
issues with the director and/or teachers. Please contact the preschool office
if you have any questions.
* Our Tadpoles do not have to use the bathroom unassisted- we do however
ask that they come to class in a clean dry diaper or pull up. If your child is
able to go to the bathroom or is in the process of learning- be sure to let the
teachers know, so that they may aide him/her.
If your child is ill, we ask that you please keep him/her home from preschool.
It is a common courtesy to avoid spreading germs to classmates as well as
the teachers. A runny nose or cough may be the beginnings of something more
serious that can easily spread in our preschool environment. When children
are feeling this way- they are not themselves - they tend to be tired,
irritable, sensitive, etc; in short - not having fun!
If a child has been sent to school and the staff feels as though the child is not feeling well enough to participate or has gotten worse throughout the day - SCP reserves the right to notify parents, guardians, as well as emergency contacts, to get your child
home and comfortable as soon as possible. We also reserve this right if we notice a suspect rash or anything else that may be a communicable disease (contagious.) If you have sent your child to school with a suspect symptom, after seeing a doctor - we request a note from your doctor stating that your child is not contagious or that they are able to be in school.
Note: It is the staff’s final decision on whether we feel your child is well
enough to attend preschool on any given day, depending on their symptoms &
demeanor. We consider a fever to be anything above 99.5° Fahrenheit; a
child with a fever, will be separated from the class and rest until he/she is
Your child must be FREE of fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
for at least 24 hours (without the use of medication), before
returning to school.
Inclement Weather Policy
Arrival & Departure Policies
Bathroom & Illness
Policies and Guidelines
St. Christopher's Preschool has a Parent Handbook of Policies
and Guidelines that is distributed to each family enrolled in our
program. We ask that all families abide by our set policies to
ensure a fun & productive school year!
Cooperation between parents, teachers and administration is vital to our program's success! We have highlighted some of our important policies on this site (to the left under Our Program). Please contact Sissy Romanek with any questions.
St. Christopher's Church
1861 Harbor Dr.
Chester, MD 21619-0660
Parish Office: 410-643-6220
Hours: Mon.–Fri. ( 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.)