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Weather guidelines

We believe that children need to be outside! Some of the best learning happens on the playground. In the 3/4 and 4/5 classrooms, children go to the park as long as it is not raining and the “Feels Like” temperature is above 18°.

Nuts/Allergies

Unity is a nut free environment. We provide healthy snacks that are usually, but not always, comprised of a fresh fruit and grain. If your child has an allergy, please let us know and we can accommodate him/her. For Lunch Bunch, we ask that children bring in lunches without tree nuts or peanuts.

Teacher Appreciation Fund

Unity’s Board of Directors collects contributions for a Teacher Appreciation Fund at the beginning of the school year.  Each December, all teachers will receive a holiday bonus from money donated to the Fund.  During Teacher Appreciation Week in May, the fund will be used to provide a lunch and a small gift for Unity teachers.  At the end of the year, all remaining funds will be distributed among the teachers.  The recommended family donation is $60/child, but any amount is appreciated.  Participation is voluntary and all contributions are anonymous.

Health – when to keep your child home

Please check your child every morning for signs or symptoms of illness and use careful judgment in sending your child to school. Do not send a sick or overly tired child to school. Children with low resistance are more susceptible to illness. A fresh cold, sore throat, or upset stomach can infect an entire class, including the teachers, within days! We therefore ask you to keep you child home if they appear ill.

Teachers will send children home if they do not seem healthy upon arrival, become ill at school, or report having been ill within the past 24 hours.

Keep your child home if s/he has. . .

  • an excessively runny nose
  • diarrhea
  • vomited within the last 24 hours
  • a croupy cough
  • a fever (even low grade)
  • excessive fatigue
  • a sore throat
  • a contagious disease (often a child is most contagious at the beginning of an illness)

Guidelines for returning to school after an illness (the minimum 24 hour rule):

  • If your child had chicken pox: after all pox scab over (1 week minimal)
  • If your child had diarrhea: when there are no loose stools for 24 hours
  • If your child had a fever: after being fever free for 24 hours
  • If your child had head lice: after being treated with lice shampoo and after ALL nits have been removed and parent has cleaned and treated house and car. Child’s head will be checked before re-admittance by the director)
  • If your child had pin worms: 24 hours after treatment
  • If your child had open sores (impetigo): after sores are no longer draining and treatment has begun
  • After your child has been on prescription medication for a full 24 hour period and symptoms have subsided

If your child becomes ill at school, we will contact you or if you are unavailable, one of your emergency contacts, to take your child home.