Inspection

Acorn Montessori Schools are regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services located at 150 N. 18th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. (602) 364-2536.

Acorn Montessori carries liability insurance as required by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Inspection reports are available upon request.

Parental Information

Parents must notify Acorn Montessori of any changes in home or work addresses or telephone numbers.

Field Trips

Should the students at Acorn Montessori attend a field trip, written notice will be sent home of the event, and your signature on a permission slip will be required in order for your child to attend. Children will travel either in a school bus or on foot.  Acorn t-shirt should be worn on all field trips.

Visiting

We encourage parents to visit, to talk with faculty and staff, or to observe class room activities after checking in with the directress. Visitors other than parents will be accompanied by a staff member during their visit.

Food

All children will be served a nutritious lunch and snacks. Children may bring lunch or snacks from home. We support a low-sugar, healthy diet. Snacks are provided to all after care children.

Birthdays

Birthdays can be celebrated with a special snack brought from home. Please give a 1-day notice to the classroom teacher. In keeping with our commitment to the Active & Healthy Schools Program, please choose a somewhat healthy treat such as fruit or yogurt. Bring plates, utensils, napkins and condiments if necessary.

Preschool Withdrawl

We require a 30-day courtesy written notice if you plan on withdrawing your child from Acorn Christian Montessori.

Health Policy

Our health policy has been developed with the primary concern for the well-being of your child as well as within the strict requirements of the State of Arizona Department of Health Services.

We will administer medication to a charter school child only with a written statement from the child’s physician stating it is essential the child receive the medicine during school hours. Only medication in prescription containers will be administered.

Parents are expected to pick up their child immediately upon notification when their child is, or may be, contagious or too ill to be at school. State law requires your child be picked up within one hour of notification. You will be notified if your child is injured and requires treatment by a physician.

Acorn Montessori realizes a sick child can place a hardship on work schedules, however, parents should plan with a home sitter on such occasions.

Should your child exhibit any of the following symptoms, we ask that you keep them home from school. We ask parents to notify us upon learning their child is contagious.

* Excessive coughing
* Congested wheeze
* Excessive nasal congestion or green mucous
* Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – your child cannot return to school until symptoms have subsided or antibiotic drops have been given for at least 24 hours
* Vomiting – your child may return to school 24 hours after last incident
* Fever – your child may return to school 24 hours after the temperature has returned to normal
* Chicken pox – your child cannot return to school until the chicken pox sores have completely scabbed over
* Stomach ache – when severe or accompanied by a fever
* Ear ache
* Presence of lice in the child’s hair
* Diarrhea – your child may return to school 24 hours after last incident

Please visit the following website for our lice policy; http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html

Dress Code

Acorn Montessori t-shirt should be worn every Friday.

Students may not wear clothing that present a hazard to the health or safety of the student or others in the school. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Piercings, with the exception of the ears
* Pajama slippers, flip flops, or shoes without a back strap
* Clothing / jewelry that can be used as a weapon, including spiked collars, choke chains, belts/necklaces with metal studs

Also, students may not wear attire that will materially interfere with schoolwork, create disorder or disrupt the educational program. This would include:

* Skirts or shorts that are shorter than fingertip length
* Blouses or shirts that do not cover the midriff when arms are raised.
* Inappropriately revealing clothing such as transparent clothing, spaghetti straps, low cut blouses/shirts and pajamas.
* Exposed underwear such as bras and boxer shorts
* Pants that have excessive / revealing rips or holes
* Visible permanent or temporary tattoos
* Shoes with wheels, cleats or studs.
* Clothing or accessories that have statements, pictures or symbols that represent prejudice, obscenity, vulgarity, sex, drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Students may:

* Wear hats and sunglasses outdoors.
* Wear modest makeup including lip gloss, eye shadow, eye liner and mascara.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Acorn Montessori Charter School is committed to providing all students with a safe and supportive school environment. Members of the school community are expected to treat each other with respect. Teachers and other staff members are expected to teach and to demonstrate by example that all members of the community are entitled to respect.

Harassment of a student by another student or by a teacher or other staff member is a violation of school policy. This includes (but is not limited to) harassment based on race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability. Punishable harassment is conduct, including verbal conduct, (1) that creates (or will certainly create) a hostile environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being; or (2) that is threatening or seriously intimidating.

Sexual harassment is a form of harassment that also violates school policy. Punishable sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance or sexual conduct, including verbal conduct, (1) that is tied to a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or to a student’s physical or psychological well-being; (2) that creates (or will certainly create) a hostile environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being; or (3) that is threatening or seriously intimidating.

To prevent harassment in the first instance, staff members should teach — teach why harassment is wrong and teach that tolerance and respect are essential to a free society. In response to an act of harassment, staff members should intervene immediately to stop the harassment and, if appropriate, should punish the harassment promptly, consistently, and proportionately to the seriousness of the act. But the response should not end there; rather, staff members should deter future harassment with continuing lessons of tolerance and respect.

Note: Schools should develop and publicize rules that explain how harassment can be reported and how reports of harassment will be handled. In some cases, schools are required to do so by federal law. These rules should require staff to report harassment to a designated school official; should prohibit retaliation against anyone who reports harassment; and, to the extent possible, should protect the confidentiality of anyone who is involved in a report of harassment.

Discrimination Policy

Acorn Montessori Charter School is committed to equal opportunity for all students and all staff.

It is District policy that no one shall be treated differently, separately, or have any action directly affecting him or her taken on the basis of race, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability where a person is otherwise qualified or could be with reasonable accommodation.

The immediate remedy for any act of discrimination shall be to end it, treat the individual equally, and, as much as practically possible, to eradicate any effects of discrimination. Discipline should be imposed where appropriate.

Electronics Policy

Acorn Montessori Charter School has an open door electronics policy. Students may bring electronics as needed for after school activities. However, students are not permitted to use any electronic device (mp3 player, cell phones, PDA’s) while on the school grounds. Ues of electronics devices by students may result in confiscation of the device. It will be held until the student’s parent/guardian comes to claim it. School personnel are not responsible for items lost or stolen.

Behavior

Acorn Montessori Charter School students are expected to follow all rules and regulations of the school. If there is problem with a student a Behavior Referral Form will be filled out and appropriate administrative decisions will take place. Click here to view a copy of the Behavior Referral Form.

The following items are not permitted on school grounds

* Laser pointers
* Aerosol cans of any kind
* Water balloons
* Water guns
* Gum
* Obscene or profane material
* Cigarettes
* Matches or lighters
* Tobacco in any form
* Any weapon of any sort
* Any other item deemed inappropriate by the administration.

Bikes & Skateboards

Students who ride their bikes to school are asked to bring locks from home to lock their bikes up in the gated area. Skateboards will be stored in the Principal’s office for the school day.