Policies & Procedures
PLEASE do not leave your car unattended at any time! The whole red curb around the center is a Fire Lane and it is extremely important that we do not have any unattended vehicles in this area. Also, please do not pass or cut in front of a waiting car.
The children will be met at the curb by a teacher and assisted in and out of the car during arrival and dismissal.
If you should arrive late, please park your car in a 20-minute parking place and walk your child to the classroom. Never let your child go to the classroom alone. Please be sure a teacher is in the classroom and that you have signed your child in on the role sheet.
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a child be alone on Mercy High School Grounds!! A child should be under direct supervision of a parent or teacher in and around the school premises at all times. Do not take your child from the classroom without notifying a teacher and signing out your child.
No child will be released to a person not authorized by a parent on the emergency form or without written authorization. Please do not call and ask for this unless it is an extreme emergency!
Please call us if you will be late to pick up your child so that we can reassure them you are on your way. Late charges will be incurred for repeatedly late pick-ups.
Plans of this nature, though frightening to contemplate, are vital for all of us to understand. In case of a severe earthquake, if our building is safe we will remain on campus awaiting parents to pick up their children as soon as they are able. If our building were to become unsafe, we would evacuate to the closest mass care center.
The advantage of being here at Mercy is that there are many alternatives to safe shelter. While we hope we will never be forced to leave our facility, if necessary we will post our whereabouts for all parents to see.
At home, parents should reinforce to their child what to do in an emergency (fire, earthquake, serious injury). These are ultimate “Practical Life” skills that should be discussed, learned, practiced, and continually updated. We present emergency drills in a matter-of fact-way, and try to make sure they are not scary experiences.
We invite families to come and be a part of this special day in your child’s life. You are welcome to bring in a treat for the class. An ideal snack for these days are cookies, because they are easier for the group to manage, but we encourage any healthy snack! Please avoid bringing any treats with a lot of icing, as they can get prohibitively messy.
No guns, war toys, or toys of destruction are allowed at school. Also, although they are cute, please keep stuffed animals at home.
Watch newsletters for special sharing days. We welcome children to bring in items from nature or other educational items, such as bird nests, flowers, a photograph book on a topic we are studying, etc.