We are very excited about the upcoming fall semester!
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
There are discounts available for siblings in the program and for paying the full year in advance.
Enrollment Fees are paid at the time of enrollment. Enrollment fees are as follows:
• $90 for the fall session
• $65 for the summer session
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Please notify us if your child has any allergies, dietary restrictions, or any other health issues of which we need
to be aware.
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.
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
In the case of a discipline issue, the staff uses developmentally appropriate strategies according to our policies
• 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
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
Starbright is a non-profit organization. Any profits after working expenses will be put back into the classrooms
for the benefit of the children.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call (405) 728-4778, or visit the Starbright office.