Hours of Operation and Holidays
Rockland Academy is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM except for holidays and preplanned closed days. Children may be dropped off at the school by 7:30 AM and must be picked up by 3:15 PM.
Closures & Delays
We follow the Midd-West School District Calendar for weather closure and delays.
For up to date closures, listen to WGRC at 91.3 FM Lewisburg or go to wgrc.com/schools
Rockland Academy’s policies guide staff, students, and parents with the tools and guidelines needed to effectively provide a safe environment for everyone and a good education for all our children. If you have any questions about our policies, please reach out to a staff member for clarification. Our policies are without regard to race, sex, creed, color, or religion and is instituted so that Rockland Academy can assure the safety and comfort of the children and staff.
Children will only be released to their parents, or anyone approved by the parents. Approved persons to whom your child can be released should be listed on their emergency contact form.
We will ask for a photo ID to verify anyone coming to pick up a child, even a parent, if it is someone the staff member does not know. During your child’s first few days with us, the staff will be learning and identifying new parents. Please do not be alarmed if you are asked to provide a photo ID at pick-up time. If a new person is coming for the first time to pick up your child (such as a grandparent or friend), they will be required to provide a photo ID or we will not release the child.
In addition, we will not release a child to anyone who comes in an inebriated or intoxicated state, We will notify the police of this situation. This procedure is for the protection of your child.
If your child becomes injured while in our care, we will use the following procedure.
- Check the surrounding area for any other causes of injury and make sure the child is safe.
- Check the child from head to toe to assess the problem.
- Perform any first aid immediately and call for medical assistance if needed. Make sure the child is safe. Call parents to inform them of the injury.
- Follow up action, if required.
- For severe injuries, parents will be called and informed immediately. These injuries include but are not limited to being bit by a child, insect bites/stings, allergic reactions, head wounds, possible concussions, fainting, bleeding that cannot be stopped, broken bones, sprains, falls from surfaces, and burns.
- For moderate injuries, parents will be notified at the end of day during pick-up time. These injuries include but are not limited to cuts and scrapes, abrasions, pinched fingers/toes, bruising, modest headaches/pains, splinters, and redness/soreness of muscles/bones.
Do not send a child to school if they have any of these symptoms. If you have administered fever reducing medications (eg. Tylenol), do not send your child to school. These medications mask important symptoms that we cannot allow. Please remember that the exclusion of a child for illness is critical to minimize the impact it may have on the student body. Parents will be notified to pick up their child if any of the above symptoms occur as well as others, including unusual or lethargic behavior.
Procedures for Administrating Medications
- Parents must bring the medicine in the original container labeled with the child’s full name (prescription and/or over the counter) and the date brought to the center.
- Parents must sign an authorization form and include the times to administer each medication.
- Medication will be administered in amounts according to the label directions or as amended in writing by a physician.
- Medication will only be administered to the child for whom it is intended.
- Medication will not be administered after the expiration date.
Rockland Academy follows the standards set by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care for Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of children. Symptoms requiring exclusion include:
- A temperature of 100 degrees or more within the past 24 hours.
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours.
- A positive throat culture for strep: the student should be on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours before returning to school.
- A fever accompanied by body aches and flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose or persistent cough.
- A red eye with crust, mucous or excessive tearing until diagnosed by a physician and treated with medication for 24 hours if conjunctivitis (pink eye).
- If your child requires any medication stronger than Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain.
Any of these symptoms require the child to be excluded from school for 24 hours, which is effectively the next day. They cannot return to school unless they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
Do not send a child to school if they have any of these symptoms. If you have administered fever reducing medications like Tylenol, do not send your child to school. These medications mask important symptoms that we cannot allow. Please remember that the exclusion of a child for illness is critical to minimize the impact it may have on the student body. Parents will be notified to pick up their child if any of the above symptoms occur as well as others, including unusual or lethargic behavior.
Guidelines for Common Illnesses
- Fever: May return after child is fever free with no medication
- Diarrhea/Vomiting: May return after child is symptom free for 24 hours
- Pink Eye: May return after child has been on medication for 24 hours
- Lice: May return after treatments and no lice, eggs, or nits are seen. Child must be checked by the school nurse before they can return.
- Chicken Pox: May return after no new spots are appearing and all scabs are crusted over.
- Strep Throat: May return after child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
- Daily lunch will be available for purchase at the lowest cost possible. Families may qualify for reduced or free lunches. For more information, please contact the office.
- Children are required to bring a water bottle for their personal use.
- Various breaks are offered in the morning and afternoon sessions. Please provide snacks for your students as needed.
- Please inform us of any food allergies.
It is obvious to us that parents are the most important adults in a child’s life. We encourage as much parental feedback and involvement as possible. There are several methods made available to allow regular parental involvement:
- The most crucial parent involvement with Rockland Academy is prayer. Please pray for the safety of the staff and children, that all staff and children will be led by the Spirit of God, and that everyone involved with any portion of the school is blessed beyond measure.
- When coming into the school, all parents must report to the office and sign in. You will be given a pass that must be always worn while you are in the school. Parents must return to the office to sign out and return their pass before leaving the building.
- Emailing is the easiest and most effective way to stay in touch with your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns.
- Regular daily communication with the teacher and staff. We like to hear how things are going and would like to be involved in your child’s interests, likes and dislikes.
- If you have a special skill or something that would be beneficial for the children to see or learn, we would be excited to have you share. Just let us know and we will work out a time and place.
- Field trips are also other learning opportunities for parents to get involved. We will let you know when these opportunities arise.
All parent volunteers for any school function must have a volunteer clearance through the Pennsylvania State Police. More information here on the PA Dept of Human Services website.
- Come into classroom at arrival and stay in building. If arriving late, report to the office immediately.
- Put away backpacks and books and be ready to start class by 8:00 AM.
- Bring all supplies needed daily. Do not bring to school any items not needed in the classroom.
- Come to school with a positive attitude and be ready to learn. Show honor and respect for staff and other students.
- Take care of the building and all items in the school.
- Dress modestly. Make sure your body is covered well and decent. Keep undergarments hidden.
- Shirts: No belly shirts. Tank tops are allowed, no spaghetti strap tank tops or strapless shirts. Necklines must be modest.
- Shorts and Skirts: Follow the ‘fingertip’ rule. When your arms hang by your sides, shorts and skirts should come to your fingertips.
- No vulgar or obscene words or pictures allowed on clothing, backpacks, or any materials brought into school.
- Dress safely. No drug, alcohol, tobacco, or gang-related clothing.
- Wear appropriate footwear for school activities and weather.
Students may not use call phones during school hours. Cell phones must be turned off during the day and kept in the child’s backpack.
Students may only use their cell phones with permission from their teacher in case of an emergency.
If students are caught using their cell phones during school hours, phones will be turned into the teacher for the remainder of the day. Students will get their phones back when they are ready for dismissal.
We recognize that we cannot meet the educational needs of all children. We offer a high quality Christian character-building program, but we cannot be held responsible for all students’ actions and behaviors. Rockland Academy will not try to treat problems arising beyond the capabilities of our faculty and staff. We love all children and believe all children deserve a safe and healthy place to learn and grow. If your child does not adjust to our school’s policies, routines, and academic environment, it might be necessary to take disciplinary action. We will do our best to work with students and families and provide a corrective action plan for a period. If all our attempts fail, further actions will be taken, such as detention, suspension and/or termination.
If it is necessary to terminate your contract, a written, dated, and signed notice of cancellation must be given to the Administrator at least 2 weeks prior to such termination. The tuition account must be paid in full before any termination of contract will be allowed.
We also reserve the right to dismiss any family for disruptive and/or damaging behavior. If a child is unable to adjust to the routine of the school and is causing disruptive and/or damaging behavior to persons and/or property, a parent conference will be scheduled. If after all attempts the child continues the behavior, the child will be dismissed, and all contractual agreements will be terminated.
This policy is without regard to race, sex, creed, color, religion, and is instituted so that Rockland Academy can assure the safety and comfort of the children and staff.