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Frequently Asked Questions - Preschool

What does my child need for the first day of school?


Each child will need to bring a full change of clothes (including socks), a snack, and a water bottle. Spare clothes should be sent in a gallon-size Ziploc bag labeled with the child’s name. The change of clothes and other materials will remain at school.


What should my child bring to school each day?


No other materials are needed, unless requested by the teacher. Students will receive a tote bag from the school to help bring items to and from school. Please, no backpacks.


What should I pack as a snack for my child?


Please pack your child a healthy snack they can eat independently in about 10-15 minutes. Snacks should not require refrigeration or need to be heated. Snack times may vary by class so please make sure your child has breakfast before coming to school.


Snacks need to be peanut-free and should be labeled with your child’s name.  If you are sending in items like grapes, cherry tomatoes, or similarly sized snack, please cut the items in half to prevent choking.


My child is enrolled in the full-day class. What do they need for school?


Full-day students need to bring the same items as half-day students (snack, water bottle, change of clothes) and their lunch. Children are encouraged to bring a small blanket and/or stuffed animal to cuddle with during quiet time. Please plan for blankets and stuffed animals to remain at preschool daily. These items will be sent home at the end of the week for laundry/cleaning.


What is your illness policy?


Our priority at Galilee Christian School is providing a healthy, safe learning environment for all children. Children will be sent home as soon as possible if any of the following is experienced: an illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities (as determined by the staff); an illness results in a greater need for care than the staff can reasonably provide without compromising the health or safety of other children in the classroom; or a child is experiencing any of the following conditions including but not limited to:


  • Fever accompanied by behavior charges or other signs/symptoms of illness.


  • Signs/symptoms of severe illness, including lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, inexplicable irritability or persistent crying, difficulty breathing, and/or wheezing


  • Diarrhea (not associated with diet changes or medications) until diarrhea stops or the continued diarrhea is deemed not infectious by a licensed health care professional.


  • Vomiting (two or more instances in past 24 hours) until vomiting resolves or until a health care provider determines the cause for vomiting is not contagious and the child is not in danger of dehydration.


  • Mouth sores with drooling, unless a health care provider determines the sores are not contagious.


  • Rash with fever or behavior change, until a physician determines that these symptoms do not indicate a communicable disease.


  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis) until 24 hours after treatment.


  • Head lice


  • Strep throat, until 24 hours after initial antibiotic treatment and cessation of fever


  • Any students with any sign of fever/illness will be sent home immediately. NO EXCEPTIONS.Students with a fever will not be permitted to return to school for 24 hours (without use of a fever reduce

  • A physician’s note may be required for returning to school after an illness.


  • Preschool must be notified if a student or student’s family member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, RSV, Hand Foot & Mouth, or other highly contagious viral illness.


How will tuition be collected this year?


Families are expected to enroll in our Tuition Express program, which can be linked to a bank account or credit card of your choice. Tuition will be debited on the first business day of the month. Any payments made after the 5th will be assessed a $15 late fee.


How will I be able to communicate with my child’s teacher/school?


Lead teachers will provide parents with an email address for communication. Our classes also maintain private Facebook pages where the teachers post photos and brief descriptions of daily activities. Reminders are also posted on class pages. Make sure to follow Galilee Christian School on Facebook and Instagram for school-wide announcements and reminders.

What will drop-off look like?


Parents will walk their child up to the school doors and wait for a staff member to greet them. At that time, children will be escorted to their classroom by one of their teachers. The process make take a few minutes as students get used to coming into preschool. Parents will not be allowed to walk their child to class. Please talk to your child about what to expect before the first day. Remember, quick goodbyes lead to drier eyes!


My child’s birthday is coming up. How do you celebrate in the classroom?


Birthdays are a BIG deal in preschool! Your child’s teacher will make them feel like a star with special birthday seating, a birthday crown, and other surprises. We DO NOT allow food to be sent in for birthdays due to food allergies. If you would like to send in something for your child’s classmates, we recommend small party favor-like items we can send home with the children.


How will pick-up work?


We use a car line system for afternoon dismissal. You will be issued a sign for the passenger side window of your vehicle with your child’s name. Vehicles will line up at the far end of the church parking lot (by the original church building) and will pull up to the school doors in a line. Your child will be escorted out and helped into your vehicle by one of their teachers. Refrain from cell phone use during pick-up and stay in line until the vehicle ahead of you moves. You may pull over on the playground side of the building to secure car seat straps before getting onto the road. Do not pull head-in to a parking space.


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