Happy Harbor Play Policies
Fees pay for the direct operating costs of Happy Harbor Play Program. The program operates on a firm budget based on full enrollment. Since the Program depends on tuition from each child, credit cannot be given for vacation or time a child is absent from the enrichment program due to illness. When a child is enrolled, time, space, staffing, materials, and provisions needed for that child’s preschool experience are being reserved. If you plan on leaving the program for an extended period of time during the school year and you wish us to hold your space until your return, monthly fee is due and payable each month as per the schedule mentioned above. If you do not wish us to hold your space, the mandatory 30-day notice mentioned above will apply. You may re-apply for your child upon your return by submitting a new application and joining the wait list. Happy Harbor Play Program does not give refunds for absences, vacations, or program holidays.
Sick Policy: Children may not attend Happy Harbor Play Program if they are ill. Please call the Recreation Office by 9 a.m. if your child will be absent. If there is a question as to the well being of your child while they are attending the program, you will be called immediately. You will be expected to pick up your child or make arrangements for your child to be picked up within the hour from the time called. Children must be kept out of the program for at least 24 hours after a fever breaks, vomiting, or diarrhea occurs. If a child is sent home from the program they may not return for 24 hours. Your child will be transferred to our designated sick area until someone arrives. Our sick policy is strictly enforced.
Personal Items: Every child must have an extra set of clothes, including top, bottom, underwear and socks. All Children must be potty trained. All items must be in a zip lock bag clearly marked with the child’s name. The Happy Harbor Play Program will not be responsible for any clothing that is lost.
Arrivals/Departures: We ask that all children arrive by 8:45 a.m. in order to receive the full benefits our program has to offer. Our morning meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. is an essential part of the day. When children miss the meeting, they miss out on a countless of important experiences – our daily planning, in-depth learning about our current interests, and, of course, the chance to practice important communication skills with their peers. Parents should also make every effort to make their entrances and exits with as little disruption to the flow of the program as possible.
Parents must notify the program director if their child is to be released to anyone other than themselves.
All children are dismissed from the enrichment program upon contact with parent or other authorized person. The Happy Harbor Play Program is not responsible for children in route to and from program.
For safety reasons, an adult must accompany every child into the program room at arrival and departure. If the group is outside parents must walk the child outside and stay with the child until a teacher has a chance to greet and take custody of the child or dismiss the child.
Conduct and Behavior: In the event that a child is unable to conform to the rules relating to appropriate conduct and behavior or if it is determined through ongoing observation and evaluation by administration and faculty that a child’s developmental needs cannot be met, the administration has the right to require that the child be withdrawn from the play program.
Happy Harbor Play Program reserves the right to terminate the enrollment of any child for failure to pay fees, continued late pick-up, or consistent disruptive behavior.
Reporting Policy: New York has a mandatory reporting statute. All staff members are required to report any suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.
Photography Policy: It is the practice of the recreation department to use photographs of students involved in activities in its publications and in other selected media for the purpose of promoting programs.