If your child will be absent from preschool, please send a text to our text-only absentee line at (778) 939-3095 with a message in the following format:
This will let the teachers know not to expect your child. This phone number is a text-only absentee line. Please do not add any extra information. You will not receive a confirmation text, but your text program should tell you when your text has been received.
If you aren’t able to send texts, or need to give the teachers more information (such as informing them of a contagious illness) you may also call the school at (604) 800-1197 to speak to one of the teachers or leave a voicemail.
If you know in advance that your child will be missing one or more classes, please inform the teachers in advance.
Keeping the teachers informed of when your child will be absent will help to maintain accurate records of attendance in case of emergency.
No refunds or pro-rated fees will be given for missed classes or for temporary long-term absences, such as extended vacations. This includes families who extend summer vacations into September.
Sickness and communicable diseases
If your child is sick, or is contagious with a communicable disease, he or she must stay home. Please inform the teachers if your child is sick, so that they know not to expect him or her, and also so that they can notify the other parents if necessary.
In many cases we can take group action to prevent the further spread of contagious illnesses. If necessary, we will consult medical professionals for advice which we will then pass on to all parents.
Guidelines to determine
if your child is well enough
to attend preschool
The following guidelines will help you to assess whether your child is well enough to attend preschool. Please remember that your actions will have an impact on the rest of the group. In the best interest of all of our students and teachers, please keep your child home if he or she is ill.
Vomiting and diarrhea
If your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhea, he or she must not attend preschool for at least 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided.
If your child has a communicable disease such as chicken pox, measles, scarlet fever, mumps, or conjunctivitis (pinkeye), he or she must stay home, and you must inform the preschool so that we can notify other parents that their children may have been exposed. Your child may return once the incubation and contagious period has passed.
Mucous and Coughing
If your child has a clear runny nose and light coughing, but no other symptoms, he or she may attend preschool.
If your child has cloudy or green mucous or a very bad cough, he or she should stay home to avoid infecting others, unless you have a doctor's note indicating that your child is not contagious.
If your child has a fever, he or she must not attend preschool until 24 hours after the fever is gone.