POLICIES & GOALS

Family Policies

To participate, children must:

  • Be able to maintain a healthy and positive attitude.
  • Be respectful with other children and adults.
  • Be able to follow directions and listen for extended periods of time (at least 20 minutes…especially older children).
  • Be able to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • Be calm and able to focus attention on learning.
  • Require a minimal amount of redirection or discipline.
  • Maintain a calm and quiet speaking voice during lesson times and indoors.
  • Be able to participate on a regular and ongoing basis.
  • Be able to use the bathroom independently (or with their parents help).

To participate, families must:

  • Be able to act in a professional and kind manner towards other families and especially towards other children.
  • Agree with the group philosophy.
  • Be very respectful of learning time. Keep personal conversations to non-learning time and interruptions to a minimum, and minimal cell phone use in the learning spaces.
  • Be willing and able to pick up child if child is not able to participate in group time in a positive way.
  • Be willing to stay home with sick children.
  • Be able to follow all rules of RAD Learning Lab, and guide children to do so as well.
  • Be able to participate on a regular and ongoing basis.
  • Be able to purchase books as necessary, and for their child to bring a laptop computer if needed for their own studies. The space is equipped with wireless internet (this is more for middle and high school).
  • Parents should remain at the shop at all times. Teens may be dropped off, but parents must be able to pick them up if needed.

Communication:

Of course the best way to communicate is in person, but when that isn’t possible, we offer the following; Facebook, email, and text.

Facebook – We only use Facebook for day-to-day announcements, like schedule changes, special class offerings, or holiday reminders, etc. There will groups set up for each age group, pre-k, elementary, and middle/high school, so you can chat with other parents as needed.

Email or Text – please email or text us when your child will be absent, or for general private communication. Our email address is; radlearninglab8@gmail.com. We will provide you with a text number upon enrollment to the program.

Cancellation:

General Classes: We will do everything we can to ensure that the group can meet and run as scheduled, and we will find alternative instructors when necessary.

Sickness: Please do not attend if your child is sick (so we can all stay well).

Snow: the parking lot is plowed when it snows.

Rules:

  • Safety – all families are expected to follow general rules of safety…no running indoors, no climbing or walking on furniture, close a door behind yourself or hold the door for others behind you, and watch for small children. Do not bring inappropriate items to class…ask us if you’re not sure.
  • Respect – all families are expected to follow general rules of respect…no yelling or loud voices indoors and no bullying (details below).
  • Outside of healthy consensual hugs or other forms of healthy physical gestures (like a pat on the back), hands should be kept to oneself.
  • Discipline – minor disciplinary action should only be carried out by the program directors and teachers. Parent will be contacted if greater action is required. Yelling and corporal punishment should NEVER be used at the space by anyone, including parents. Please contact Catherine or Erica if there is a problem.
  • Adults need to be mindful of cattiness and gossip as they set a poor example for our children.
  • No drawing on the walls, damaging floors or furniture with hard or sharp objects, or banging on the windows or other surfaces.

These ‘rules’ are in place so we can create a safe, warm, and peaceful environment for ourselves and our children. Members are always free to approach the program directors with any issues, and these will be handled in a professional and private manner.

Bullying and Aggression: We encourage tolerance and open-mindedness in our group, but we cannot allow verbal or physical bullying or aggressive behavior from children or adults. If a child or adult is bullying other children or group members, they will be asked to leave the group.

To be clear, we will define what this means as follows:

  • Verbal bullying includes; teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threatening harm.
  • Social bullying includes; eye rolling or exaggerated sighs in response to other children, calling other children names or making overly critical verbal observations (humiliation), leaving someone out on purpose, one child (or adult) telling others not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about others, making rude hand gestures, and embarrassing others in public.
  • Physical bullying includes; hitting, kicking, pinching, slapping, spitting, tripping, pushing, and biting.
  • “Soft bullying”: calling other children ‘baby’ or ‘tiny’, or alternatively, ‘big’ can often sound sweet and endearing or may be intended as a compliment, but is often offensive to the child being told these things, and may undermine their self-esteem in regard to their size or age. Also comments such as a boy looking like a girl or a girl looking like a boy based on their choice of clothing or hairstyle can be emotionally damaging. Please model respect and acceptance of differences and teach your child to do the same.

Photographs: I encourage people to take photographs of their children learning, at play, or on field trips. Photographs that RAD Lab takes may be used on this web site, BUT only with prior consent (at enrollment). I strongly recommend NOT posting photographs of other people’s children, or other adults, on the internet (i.e., Facebook or any other social media) without prior consent from the other families.

Food: Snacks and lunches must be provided by the parents and should be picnic friendly for trips to the park. Please bring a water bottle (reusable is fantastic!). All food should remain in the kitchen and designated eating areas.

Allergies: The space is not a nut free environment. Please make us aware of any allergy issues your child may have so we can plan group cooking and other activities/materials accordingly.

Clothing: Please bring children dressed in play clothes and secure shoes. Be sure children have clothing that is weather appropriate.

Outdoors:  Lancaster park  is just a 7-minute walk away. We will meet there for lunch time when we can. OR play and do projects outside at St. Inie’s as desired. Adult supervision is required.

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