SICK POLICY

Your child’s health and safety is of utmost importance to us. 


It’s Cold and Flu Season

Should I Keep My Child Home from School?

It is the prime time for cold and flu. Please be considerate of the other children and teachers at

Starbright. If you even think your child may be catching a cold or cough, please keep them at

home. Please do not send your child with a persistent runny nose or any undiagnosed rash. This

concerns the teachers and especially other parents who count on bringing their children to a

germ-free place.

We count on you to help us keep our classrooms “Sick-Free Zones.” Starbright policy on illness

is as follows: If you child has a moderate/high fever (99.5 or more), vomiting, had diarrhea or

green mucus in the last 24 hours, please keep them at home. Also, if any of these symptoms

occur during the day, we will call you and ask that you come and pick up your child. This is not

only for the benefit of the child who is ill, but also to prevent illness to their friends and

teachers. Thanks for your help!!

Here is a guideline on helping you decide when your child is able to attend school:

Cold – No

If your child has mild symptoms such as stuffy nose with clear drainage, sneezing, and mild

cough, they may attend school if they are able to participate in school activities.

Cough – Yes

Keep your child home if the cough is persistent and productive coupled with thick or constant

nasal drainage.

Fever – Yes

Children should stay home if their temperature is 99.5 degrees or more. Keep child home until

fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-controlling medicine.

Diarrhea/Vomiting – Yes

Children should be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode of diarrhea and vomiting

without the use of medicine.

Fifths Disease – No

By the time the rash appears, children are no longer contagious and do not need to stay home.

Hand, Foot, Mouth – Yes

Children may return after rash and fever are gone for 24 hours without the use of medicine.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) – Yes

Children may return 24 hours after treatment is started.

Flu Virus -Yes

Your child should stay home at least 24 hours after he/she no longer has fever.

References: Oklahoma City County Health Department fact sheets

Parent Information and Policy Packet

Church of the Servant

14343 N MacArthur Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73142

(405) 728-4778

starbrightokc@gmail.com

Starbright is a play and rest program for children ages 6 months through 2 years old. Our goal is to provide a

safe and loving Christian environment for children to learn through play, music, crafts, and other

developmentally appropriate activities.

Class Days and Hours

Fall session classes are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:15am to 2:15pm. You may

choose to attend one, two, or three days a week depending on availability. Summer session is Monday and

Wednesday only.

School Arrival and Pick Up

Our doors open promptly at 9:15am each day. We cannot accept early drop-offs as our teachers are preparing

their classrooms and tending to the details of preparing for your child/ren for the day. We encourage you to

arrive in a timely manner to establish a predictable routine for your child. This allows the teachers and kids to

start their day and stay on schedule. Please call the Starbright office if you need to drop off after 10:00am.

It is very helpful to your child’s teacher if your child has gone potty or has been changed before they arrive.

Teachers have found that children adjust quickly when parents say their good-byes at the door and leave

without delay.

Sign in at their class room and leave a number where you can be reached throughout the day and the name of

who will be picking your child up at the end of the day. The person picking up will need to have the Starbright

card with your child’s name on it. If you do not have this card, check in with the office before pick up. This

process helps us provide a safe and secure environment for your child. Pick-up time begins at 2:00 and is no

later than 2:15pm. Parents who are consistently 10 or more minutes late will be charged a late fee of $10.

Tuition

Tuition is to be paid on the first day of the month that your child attends or a late fee will be assessed, late fees

are as follows:

• $5 if payment is not received by the 15th

• $10 if payment is not received by the 25th

Please let the office know if special arrangements need to be made. The tuition amounts will remain the same

for each month. There are no refunds, credits, or make-up days for absences due to illness, vacation, or

inclement weather.

There are discounts available for siblings in the program and for paying the full year in advance.

Enrollment Fees

Enrollment Fees are paid at the time of enrollment. Enrollment fees are as follows:

• $90 for the fall session

• $65 for the summer session

Withdrawal

Once the program has begun, a two week notice is required when withdrawing your child from the program.

Full tuition is still required for the month that you withdraw your child.

Attendance

Please email or call the Starbright office at (405) 728-4778 if your child will be absent due to illness or other

reasons. You may call the night before or early in the morning the day your child will be absent. Occasionally

we have requests for drop-ins and this information will be helpful for us to know if we have a spot open. Also, if

your child’s teacher gave you her contact info, please feel free to contact her in case of absence.

Drop-Ins

We are happy to accept drop-ins if space is available. The drop-in fee is $25 per day. Please call no later than

10am on the day of drop-in to see if there will be a spot available.

Labeling Items

Please label everything you send to Starbright with your child. If your child takes a pacifier, please be sure to

attach it to their shirt with a clip.

Clothing

Play clothes are most comfortable and appropriate. Please make sure to keep a change of season appropriate

clothes in their bag, also a sweater or jacket for outside play. We prefer closed toe shoes for the safety of your

child.

Two-piece outfits are helpful for children that are potty training. Also, if your child is wearing a pull-up, we

request that you send brands that use velcro sides.

Personal Items

Children should not bring toys or other items from home unless it is something they need for rest time. Any

items sent for rest time will be kept in their bag until needed.

If you choose to wean your child from a pacifier/bottle, please try to do so during a school break. This will help

your child transition easier in the home setting.

We want to be supportive during potty training, however we have a limited amount of bathrooms, staff, and

scheduled potty breaks. It is helpful if potty training begins over a long break. So, if your child is unable to fully

communicate their potty needs, we will ask for pull-ups to be provided. Multiple accidents become a sanitary

issue for the children and teachers.

Naptime

Each class has a rest time during the day. Children do not have to go to sleep, but they are required to rest

quietly. Please bring a nap mat for your child to rest/sleep on. The nap mats will be stored at Starbright and

sent home periodically to be washed.

If your child is unable to rest quietly during rest/nap time, you will be asked to come and pick them up each day

after lunch. There will be chances throughout the school year to try rest/nap time again. Please be aware that

tuition will remain the same if this should occur.

Food

Each child brings a lunch and two drinks for the day. Please send one drink for snack time and the other for

lunch time; no-spill cups are required in all rooms. Lunches should include fingers foods that your child can

handle on their own and require no special preparation or refrigeration. Please do not send glass containers or

carbonated drinks.

Church of the Servant is not a peanut/tree nut free facility, therefore, neither is Starbright. If your child has a

peanut/tree nut allergy, their classroom will then be designated nut free. Each room is supplied with a list of all

the food/medical allergies and your child’s teacher will inform you of any known food allergies that will require

special attention.

Health Issues

Children cannot fully enjoy their time at Starbright when they are not feeling well. Children who have any of the

following symptoms will not be accepted in our classrooms:

• Temperature above 99 degrees

• Show signs of an acute cold

• Colored mucus

• Constant cough

• Red or running eyes

• Skin eruptions of rash

• Sore throat

• Vomiting or diarrhea

Please do not send your child to school until they have been free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea OR have been

on antibiotics for 24 hours. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be notified as soon as possible to pick

them up.

Please notify us if your child has any allergies, dietary restrictions, or any other health issues of which we need

to be aware.

Medication

Starbright is willing to give your child medication when necessary. We must have a permission card on file

with parent’s signature and instructions for dispensing the medication.

Special Activities

Starbright offers a lot of fun activities during the school session, such as seasonal parties, special snack,

pajama popcorn & movies days, etc. Parents may also celebrate their child’s birthday by bringing a special

treat for the class. Please talk to your child’s teacher first about the best special treat to bring for that age and

to avoid any food allergies in that class.

School Calendar and Closings

Starbright doesn’t follow any particular school district calendar. In case of inclement weather, we will

coordinate with Warm World and decide what is in the best interest of our families and staff. If we are closed

due to weather, please check our website at www.starbrightokc.org, the Starbright Facebook page, or the

Remind App.

Discipline

In the case of a discipline issue, the staff uses developmentally appropriate strategies according to our policies

listed below:

• Diverting attention to another activity

• Withdrawing the object of contention

• Time out

Behavior concerns of a persistent nature including biting and aggression will be discussed with the parents and

could result in moving the child to another room or the child might be required to take a break from the

program.

Newsletter

A newsletter and calendar are printed monthly and sent home with your child to keep you informed of special

activities, announcements, and reminders.

Donations and Fundraisers

Starbright works to keep our fee and tuition as low as possible for our families while still providing a superior

program. Because profits are limited, we welcome donations (toys, paper, craft items, snacks, cleaning

supplies, etc.…) and fundraisers to purchase needed items and new toys. We appreciate any involvement you

can provide.

Starbright is a non-profit organization. Any profits after working expenses will be put back into the classrooms

for the benefit of the children.

Social Networking

Starbright uses Facebook and Remind 101 for reminders and announcements throughout the year. If you

have any questions on how to get connected to either of those, please contact the office.

Please be respectful on any social networking site. If something happened while your child was at Starbright

and you have a question, please do not post on your child’s teacher’s page, this is their personal page and not

a work related network, or the Starbright public page. Most teachers are comfortable giving out their personal

contact information to the parents so that you can contact them directly. If it is an immediate concern, please

email starbrightokc@gmail.com, call (405) 728-4778, or visit the Starbright office.