Our policies are designed to keep your child healthy and safe at all times.
Admission Policy & Procedure
Good Shepherd Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.
Good Shepherd Preschool is for children aged 2 years up until they go to kindergarten. Children admitted to Good Shepherd Preschool do not need to be fully potty-trained, but will be charged an additional $50 per month fee. Once a child shows that they are fully potty-trained and can take care of their own bathroom needs for two weeks, the office will remove the monthly fee.
Good Shepherd Preschool reserves the right to photograph program participants for use in promotional material or educational/project events.
The preschool is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a morning-only option from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We follow the majority of the San Juan Unified School District's break schedule, in addition to scheduled Good Shepherd Preschool closures.
The school calendar is published at the start of each school year, along with monthly updates sent home with your child in our monthly newsletter. Observed holidays include, but may not be limited to: New Year's Day, Presidents Days, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Memorial Day, The week of the 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.
Good Shepherd Preschool is a Peanut Free School.
Breakfast: If you arrive before 8:00 a.m. you may bring in a breakfast that the staff will serve to your child along with a cup of water.
Morning and Afternoon Snack: Provided by the school. We do our best to find locally-sourced and organic snacks to serve at the school. Your children's health is of the upmost importance, and we want to only feed them the best. All menus will be posted at the first of the month so that families with special diets can provide a substitute for their children. (It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the necessary items for substitutions for their child.)
Lunch: Children who are staying through lunch time need to bring a nutritious boxed lunch every day. We will provide a cup of water if you do not include a drink in the lunch. Please be mindful that we encourage healthy eating for your child so that they can have the best start. Candy and gum are not allowed at school.
The administration of prescription and over-the-counter medications will not occur without the written consent of the parent and the child's licensed physician. All medicines must be in their original packaging with the child's name, direction for administration, dosage, measuring device, and number of dosages per day. A new medicine or dosage may not be given for the first time while at school.
If your child is at Good Shepherd Preschool, your child is expected to be healthy. If your child is ill, you are required to keep them at home to ensure they are comfortable and safe, and to minimize the risk of infection to the other children and teachers. We ask that you please keep your child home if in the previous 24 hours your child has had:
- Fever equal or greater to 100 degrees fahrenheit
- Green mucous
- Nausea or severe stomach cramps
- Severe cough
- Unusual yellow color to skin or eyes, or an undiagnosed rash
- Draining eye (pink eye or sinus infection)
- Skin or eye lesions that are weeping or puss-filled, or require bandage change
- Difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Noticeably tired and/or needing one-on-one care
- Diagnosed as having contagious disease
- Head Lice
We will send your child home if we notice any of the above symptoms. Also, if your child becomes sick at school, you will be called immediately and asked to pick them up within 1 hour. If your child has any of the above symptoms, you must keep your child home for a minimum of 24 hours, even if your pediatrician has given authorization for your child to return. We apologize for any inconvenience these policies may cause, but it is our priority that all children are happy and healthy while at school.
Good Shepherd Preschool strives to meet the need of every child in our school. Our behavior management strategy is Positive Redirection, to help the children learn from their mistakes and guide them to positive behaviors. However, if we have trouble managing your child's behavior after reasonable accommodations in the classroom are made, we will initiate our behavior policy, as well as set a meeting to discuss potential behavior correcting techniques that may be beneficial to your child. The policy will be used if your child's behavior is unmanageable, unsafe, excessively disruptive, or otherwise counteractive to our program or the other students' experience. After our policy is exhausted, a child can be disenrolled if the child is still not showing signs of improvement or cooperation. In such a case, Good Shepherd Preschool will reimburse you for any unused tuition. Corporal punishment/violation of personal rights will never be used at Good Shepherd Preschool.
Good Shepherd Preschool maintains an open-door policy. All parents and guardians who have a child enrolled in the program are welcome to visit and participate in the daily activities during normal hours of operation and whenever their child is in the care of Good Shepherd Preschool. We encourage families to wait until their child has fully integrated into the school before volunteering in the program.
Tuition is based off your enrollment agreement signed prior to start in the preschool program. Checks and money orders must be made payable to: GOOD SHEPHERD PRESCHOOL. A two-week notice must be given for all changes in schedule, including termination of care.
Registration fee is due with application. Applications are renewed each school year beginning in August. Tuition rates do not allow for credit/refund for illness, vacation, termination, or scheduled holidays. Good Shepherd Preschool is a non¬profit organization depending entirely on tuition for its operation.
All tuition fees are paid in advance to care. Tuition is due on the 1st of the month. Tuition not paid by the 5th of the month will be subject to a $25 fee for late payment. We reserve the right to not provide care if tuition is not paid by the 15th of the month.
Good Shepherd Preschool reserves the right to disenroll any child, at any time, when it is believed disenrollment is in the best interest of the child, family, or program. Some of the reasons for involuntary dismissal include, but are not limited to:
- A child fails to thrive in the program setting, even after an effort has been made to integrate them
- Aggressive/disruptive behavior by parent or child
- Failure of the parent to cooperate with staff
- Failure to pay tuition
- Irreconcilable differences between family and program staff
We love celebrating children's birthdays and we welcome you to join, too! Parents are welcome to send a healthy snack to help celebrate their child's birthday. We strive to set a good example of healthy eating and nutritious food, even during celebrations, so please be mindful when choosing what to bring. Please notify the preschool ahead of time if you are planning to send a birthday snack.
Health and Safety
We make every effort to avoid injuries, however, they do happen sometimes. If your child does have an injury, they will be given immediate attention by our staff and first aid will be provided if necessary. If an injury is significant, an accident form will be completed by the teacher and presented to the parent upon pickup. In certain situations, Good Shepherd Preschool may contact the parent immediately after the injury, and if necessary, emergency medical personnel.
We practice both fire and earthquake drills on a regular basis so children are accustomed to the procedures and sounds. Temporary relocation sites in the event of an emergency are listed on the Emergency Disaster Plan located on the parent bulletin board. First aid kits are in the classroom and all staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
Late Pick-up Fee
Being late is unavoidable sometimes, so please call the school and let staff know when they can expect you. A late pick up fee will be charged at $1 per minute for each minute after the designated program end time. The fee is to be paid upon arrival.
Leaving and Calling for Children
Along with the State of California, we require that each child be accompanied into the preschool room by their parent or guardian. That adult will sign the child in and out each day. The person signing in and out must use a full signature (first and last name; no initials). Please plan to allow time for this so that your child comes into the center rested, wide awake, and unhurried.
We have a designated parking lot just for our preschool families on Arden Way during preschool operating hours. If additional parking spaces are needed, please feel free to use the Good Shepherd Church parking lot on Morse Ave. If using the church lot, be aware of the red curb and follow all parking laws.