Pick Up Policy
When picking up your child in the afternoon, you must sign them out and notify a staff member you are leaving. Do not send in another child to pick up your child. Children will only be released to persons specified on your registration form pick-up list. Please advise others picking up your children to have valid identification on them. Please let us know if someone other than a parent will be picking them up. You must also submit an email or a signed note if someone NOT on the pick-up list will be picking up your child. Children must be picked up no later than 6:00 pm. If you are late you will be charged $5 per minute. After 10 minutes the staff will call names listed on your emergency form to come pick up your child.
Drop Off Policy
When dropping off your child at PAL you must accompany your child into the building, sign them in and notify a staff member that you are there. NEVER LEAVE A CHILD IF A STAFF MEMBER IS NOT PRESENT!
Children may NOT attend the program if they have been sent home from school for behavior problems or illness. You must pay your weekly rate whether your child attends or not. A two-week notice is required to change your child’s permanent schedule. A change of schedule does not pertain to family vacations or enrichment programs, your regularly contracted rate applies during those times to hold your child’s spot.
If your child will not be attending the afternoon program for any reason, or should you need to add your child on to an afternoon they do not usually attend, you must call 207-363-1441 to notify us prior to 1:45pm. Our answering machine is always on for you to leave a message, please do not email changes; emails are not an acceptable form of notification of schedule changes. There is a $10.00 no-call fee each time you do not notify us by phone of these types of changes by 1:45pm that day.
Your child’s teacher or nurse is not responsible for notifying us, you are. You are also responsible for communicating these types of changes with your child’s teacher.
The $10.00 no-call fee also applies to flex families who do not let us know by 1:45pm that day that their child is attending the program. This is very important so that the teachers can send your child in the right direction after school.
Children who are ill may not attend the program. This includes fever, diarrhea, vomitting, excessive congestion and any contagious illness. If your child becomes ill at school, your child may not attend PAL he or she must be picked up at school, not at PAL. If your child becomes ill at PAL, you will be notified. If your child does not attend school he or she may not attend PAL. ***for more details, please refer to the Illness section in the handbook***
We do not give medication to children, except in the case of emergency inhalers and Epi- Pens, please see our full Parent Handbook for further information on medication administration. If special circumstances exist please notify one of the directors. Do not send medications to school through PAL We do not take responsibility for the transfer.
If a child in the program physically or emotionally harms another child or a staff member in any way the following guidelines will be followed: 1st offense: 1 day suspension, 2nd offense: 1 week suspension, 3rd offense: dismissed from the program for the remainder of the year. The same consequence will be true for any destruction of school/PAL property or inappropriate language or actions.
P.A.L. asks that all toys and electronics stay at home. Children are not permitted to use their cell phones or hand-held devices while at the program. The goal of our program is to stay “Unplugged”, which gives the children the opportunity to play, build friendships and explore their creativity!
- No toys or games with weapons.
- No electronic games.
- P.A.L. is not responsible for anything left at the program.
- Please label your child’s clothing and belongings.
- There is a lost and found area at the site.
Please communicate any of your concerns to one of the directors of the program. We want to do all we can to make sure that you and your child are happy with the PAL program.
Co-Director Laura Gilchrest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Director Nancy Conrad: 207-363-1441