Safety

Safety is of utmost importance at the Academy. We want you to feel completely comfortable about entrusting your child into our care.
Restricted Access Door System
Exterior doors to the Academy will remain locked from the outside at all times.  Access to the building is permitted through the front door via an access code.  Only limited, designated individuals and family members receive a code access into our school.  All visitors will be admitted by one of our office staff and escorted throughout the building.
ID Check
Our office staff checks ID’s for all visitors that enter the Academy.  ID’s will also be checked for all assigned alternates picking up students.  We require written and/or documented verbal permission from the parent/guardian for all alternates not previously noted on an approved pick-up list.  We do this to ensure the safety of all students in our care.
Video Monitoring
Our school provides secure online access and front desk monitoring to several cameras located throughout the school.  Cameras are strategically placed in each room and playground area of the school, as well as the front entrance.  Each family will receive a special login password to access the online video monitoring system.  Through this, parents and guardians may check on their children anytime throughout the day.  We provide this security feature to add peace of mind for our families in knowing that their children are loved, happy, and safe.
Staff Requirements
Thorough background checks are completed on all staff including an FBI fingerprint check.  In addition, all staff are required to be current on CPR and First Aid training and maintain a minimum of 24 continuing education training hours annually.  We want only the best qualified staff working with our students to ensure their safety and quality education.
Emergency Drills and Education
We routinely perform emergency drills to prepare our students and staff.  Our students are also educated in what to do when encountered with an emergency or safety concern including stranger awareness, fire safety, home safety, and more.
Emergency Contact/Medical Information
The office maintains current emergency contact and medical information on each student in a confidential manner.  Important allergy information is clearly posted in the classrooms and kitchen for increased awareness.
Telephones
All classrooms are equipped with telephones which permit direct access to the office.  All external calls must be transferred through the front desk.  This eliminates telephone distractions in the classroom while still allowing quick emergency access to management staff.
Transportation
We provide school buses equipped with individual seat belts and a cellular phone for emergency use.  Our professional drivers are trained in bus safety procedures.  A roll call is checked before and after riding the bus as well as a mandatory walkthrough of the bus by both the driver and management to ensure no children are left behind.  A folder including emergency medical information for each student will accompany students riding on the bus.  The driver also completes a thorough maintenance check of the bus before and after each usage.

Health Practices

Cleanliness
Teachers are required to complete a daily checklist to ensure the cleanliness of the classroom at all times.  All classrooms are also equipped with bathrooms and sinks to allow proper hand washing procedures to be taught and modeled by our teachers.  Each child is provided his/her own mat for nap-time that is sanitized after each use.  Clean disposable gloves are required for changing diapers and assistance with potty training.
Sanitation
All toys and surfaces are sanitized daily in our classrooms.  The sanitizing cleaner used kills germs and bacteria without leaving a toxic residue.  A laundry room with a lock is available to clean linens and to safely store all cleaning supplies.
Illnesses
Students are not allowed to attend school with any contagious illness, rash, etc without exclusive written permission from a doctor indicating they are on treatment and that it is safe to attend school.  To prevent the spread of illness, students with a fever of 100.3 or higher are sent home and are allowed to return to school 24 hours after the fever subsides.  Also, a TLC room is provided with direct visual contact from the front desk as a place where sick students may rest and wait to be picked up.
Attire
Students are required to wear shoes with a back or secure fitting strap to prevent slips and falls while playing outdoors.
Nut Free School
All schools are nut free due to this common and severe allergen.