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Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools

1182 Highway 34 Aberdeen, NJ 07747 Phone: 732-290-0033 Fax: 732-441-9085 Monday – Friday 7.00 am – 6.30 pm


First Day Information Package

By choosing us for your child’s early education, you are embarking on an exciting process of learning that will build on the foundation you have created for your child.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call the school. Our staff is always available to answer your questions and we are looking forward to working with you to ensure that your child will have a most rewarding school year.

We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some very important information regarding the security plans for Home Away From Home Academy. In the last school year, our school diligently worked with the NJ State Department of Education and the Aberdeen Police and Fire Departments to update and streamline our documented emergency procedures.

We are so pleased to say that a thorough Emergency Procedures Guide is completed and disseminated through each classroom outlining procedures for: - Blackout - Fire Evacuation – front and back door - Lockdown - Shelter in Place - Bomb Threat According to NJ State School Security requirements, our school will comply with one fire drill and one lockdown drill per month. One other school security drill is to be practiced one time a year. As with our monthly fire drills, parents will not be notified when drills are conducted. If an actual emergency procedure were to take place, parents would be notified once the situation has been contained and all occupants are safe. The students are made aware in the beginning of the school year what each drill entails as well as when the first drill will be taking place, so they remain calm.

Additionally, we have implemented other new protocols as such: - Each classroom door is designated with the classroom number - All classrooms are ‘zoned’ in accordance with class numbers and wired into an upgraded central fire alarm system. - The school is equipped with public address system with a backup battery in place in the event of power loss during an emergency. - Every employee has security training with an online course offered through NJ State School Preparedness and Emergency Planning. - There will be continued police presence on site at various times. - Although the details of the plans cannot be disclosed, we would like to make you aware that our emergency backup location is assigned to Dykes Lumber on Route 34 South. We do have an authorized document accepted by the store manager for us to utilize that space in the event of an evacuation. Although we could never prevent all crises and acts of violence from occurring in our schools, we can work together toward reducing the risk and minimize harmful effects through continuous cooperation and planning. We thank you, the parents, for your ongoing support of these important matters.



Our written policy on the use of social media includes, but is not limited to:

1. The use of social networking sites, and other websites; The school currently uses a ‘business only’ Facebook page, whose only admin is office personnel. The classroom computers are not wired for Internet use, and therefore no other websites can be accessed. 2. The use of email, text messages, and other electronic means of communication with staff and parents; The school uses a general email address, which is responded to by office personnel only. The school does not permit cell phone use by staff members. The school does not permit the use of text, or other electronic means of communication between staff and parents. 3. The types of social media that the center uses; The school currently uses a ‘business only’ Facebook page, whose only admin is office personnel. The school does not use any other social media outlets, nor does it intend to. 4. The methods and devices the staff use to communicate with the parent; All communication between staff and parents is verbal, or hard copy paper notation. The only electronic communication is the general email address monitored by office personnel only, as well as, the Honeywell Instant Alert for use in an emergency or school closing. 5. The guidelines for appropriate conduct by staff members; All staff members sign-off on a Parent Relations policy, and professional conduct becoming of a teacher in a private school setting. 6. The guidelines for parents, including but not limited to, prohibiting the posting of photographs or videos of any child other than their own. The school has photo consent releases on file for each students, and therefore no parent is permitted to take a picture or video, or to post any video or photograph of a child other than their own.

IMPORTANT HEALTH POLICY Please be advised that due to the growing number of children in our school with various food allergies, and the fact that we are a peanut/nut free school, we can no longer accept any home-made products into the school for events. Please note that this does not pertain to bringing in lunch for your own child. Homemade lunch is still acceptable, but must be nut free. All food items brought into the school for occasions such as: special holidays, Star of the Week, birthday celebrations, etc. must be peanut/nut free, bought from a licensed operating food store, sealed, with an ingredient label affixed to the package containing that specific food item. This includes, but is not limited to: cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cakes, etc. We are aware that many big food stores (i.e. Stop & Shop or Shop Rite) have specially labeled items specific to “Peanut Free�. It would be advised to purchase those specific items to guarantee no allergens. Effective immediately we will no longer allow ANY goodie bags into the school for ANY reason including, but not limited to birthday parties, holidays, special occasions, etc. The teachers are not able to check the contents of each goodie bag, and therefore we cannot be sure that they are safe enough to send home with small children. Additionally items may be appropriate for the age of the children in class, but are not for younger siblings who are in contact with these items at home, or in a car. We truly appreciate your cooperation with the above. Your child's safety and health is of the utmost importance, and we appreciate your understanding of this policy.

It is so important for us to always consider the health and safety of all the children in our school. We appreciate all of our families support and cooperation with this very important matter.

When it comes to the health and welfare of your child, Home Away From Home Academy is at the forefront of preventive strategy. Making a healthy environment and preventive decisions can have an enormous impact by reducing the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses. Our school maintains and strictly enforces policies pertaining to the dispensation of medication to children and the management of communicable diseases. Our school has been extremely successful in the containment of communicable diseases based on the following reasons:

1. Strict adherence to our health policies 2. The cleanliness of our facilities 3. The daily disinfecting process of toys, garments, table tops, cribs and other objects in the school 4. The extreme care and specific procedures used by each of the teachers in their classrooms 5. Our continued information to parents on the welfare of their children, and our notice to you on any communicable diseases that may occur in the school Our school and our parents must work jointly for continued health and welfare of all of our children. It is our VERY STRICT POLICY not to have a child who is ill remain in school. Any elevated temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or over, or an axillary temperature (taken under the arm) of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or over, in conjunction with behavioral changes, will be considered a symptom of fever. We urge all parents, particularly those who work outside the home, to have an alternative care system in place before the need arises. We ask that you please not place the school in a compromising position when it comes to the health of your child and others in our school. All children MUST be Fever Free for 24 hours without the use of anti pyretics (Tylenol/Motrin) and Contagious Free with a note from the doctor before they return to school. Having your child return to school too early jeopardizes the health of the other children in his or her class. Our school will be in strict adherence to all the health requirements which govern us through the Office of Licensing. Each family is given an extensive Health Policy Manual upon registration. We ask that you please become completely familiar with these policies before beginning school this September. At Home Away From Home Academy our primary mission is to educate and care for all YOUR children in a healthy and safe environment. Thank you.

School of Dance Ballet: Ballet is a theatrical representation of a story or an abstract idea by means of dance or pantomimic action accompanied by music. Classical ballet is a precise discipline where dancers learn technique for posture, body alignment, poise and grace through barre and center work, port de bras, adage, allegro and theory. Tap: Tap is a form of dance wherein rhythmic sounds are created by the feet. This class is designed to enhance the coordination of the ankles and feet, by striking the floor in a rhythmic fashion. It teaches basic tap skills, as well as steps across the floor and fun rhythmic tap routines. The School of Dance students will perform twice a year, on stage. Their recital will be incorporated into our annual Holiday Show (in December) and our Graduation Show & Ceremony at the end of the school year (in June).

School of Karate Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Taekwondo's popularity has resulted in the varied evolution of the martial art into several domains: as with many other arts, it combines stance techniques, self-defense, sport, exercise, meditation and philosophy. Traditional taekwondo is typically not competition-oriented and tends to focus primarily on the self-defense and traditional values of the art. Taekwondo as a sport and exercise is popular with people of both sexes and of many ages. Physically, taekwondo develops strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and stamina. This program provides a focus on mental and ethical discipline, justice, etiquette, respect, and self-confidence. The Karate students will showcase their progression and test for their next level “colored belt� in one of our classrooms at the end of the year.

An Accredited Middle States Association School

1182 Highway 34 Aberdeen, NJ 07747

Phone: 732-290-0033 Fax: 732-441-9085

Monday – Friday 7.00 am – 6.30 pm

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