The physical health and safety of the children is a primary goal at Open Door Nursery School. In order to assure each child’s safety and to help them develop self-control within a group situation, Positive Discipline is utilized in the following ways by the staff:
1. We respect the rights of each individual child.
2. All discipline issues are handled in a positive and constructive manner.
3. We have a few consistent, clear rules that are explained to the children and are age-appropriate.
4. We try to anticipate and eliminate a potential problem.
5. We provide individualized attention to help a child deal with a particular problem or situation.
6. We provide alternate activities and acceptable ways to release feelings.
7. We redirect the child’s attention to a new activity to change the focus of a child’s behavior.
8. The staff uses a firm voice when necessary when discussing inappropriate behavior.
The staff never uses corporal punishment, or abusive or humiliating language.
For our complete School Discipline Policy, please see the Handbook.
Policy on the Release of Children
Children will be dismissed only to parent(s) or persons authorized on the Open Door Dismissal Form. If someone other than a parent or authorized person will be picking up your child, the parent must send a signed note to the teacher. The note must state who will be picking up the child and the effective date. If a non custodial parent is not included among those persons authorized by the custodial parent to pick up the child, the parent must advise the child’s teacher and the school’s director. A copy of the appropriate court order is required for inclusion in the child’s file.
For our complete Policy on the Release of Children, please see the Handbook.
If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, the child should not attend the center. If such symptoms occur at the center, the child will be removed from the group, and parents will be called to take the child home.
Severe pain or discomfort
Episodes of acute vomiting
Elevated oral temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit
Yellow eyes or jaundice skin
Red eyes with discharge
Infected, untreated skin patches
Difficult or rapid breathing
Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes
Skin lesions that are weeping or bleeding
Mouth sores with drooling
Once the child is symptom-free, or has a health care provider’s note stating that the child no longer poses a serious health risk to himself/herself or others, the child may return to the center.
Covid-19 Policies currently in effect:
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR PARENTS
*Arrivals and pick-ups will be staggered to create separation.
*Temperature checks and screening questions will be taken before the child will
be allowed into the building. An ODNS staff member will do a visual check of
your child, looking for signs of illness (such as flushed cheeks, rapid breathing,
difficulty breathing or fatigue) before allowing your child to enter the building.
Upon entering, a teacher will lead your child to the classroom where they will
immediately wash their hands.
*Parents will not be allowed into the building, unless they are asked to come
inside in an emergency.
*Children two years old and up are encouraged, but not required, to wear face
coverings. (We will do our best to encourage 3s & 4s to keep their mask on
during the day, which they all have adhered too). All teachers will wear a
*To minimize interactions, Lunch Bunch will take place in the classroom that
is your regular class.
*Specials will be held in the classrooms (no outside visitors are permitted), or may
be postponed until further notice.
*No onsite field trips or special events will be conducted until further notice.
*Every child will need to have at least one change of clothes in school.
*If a child (or staff member) has a fever of 100.4 or above, they must stay home.
Must be fever free for 48 hours before returning.
*If a child (or staff member) exhibits COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough,
shortness of breath) during school hours, they will be separated from the group
and sent home. Must be symptom free for 48 hours before returning.
*ODNS is required to notify local health officials and the Office of Licensing of any
possible or positive case of COVID-19.
*The local health officials will provide direction on whether a particular classroom
or the whole school would be required to temporarily close following the
identification of a positive case.
*All used toys, frequently touched surfaces, and classrooms are cleaned at the
end of the day. All playground and big room equipment is cleaned after each
Open Door Nursery School
432 Wyoming Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041
Alethea Randazza, Director