Policies

Absences

If you know are going to be absent and unable to do your parent job, please find a substitute (a list of floating substitutes for each period will be given to parents at the start of term and will be available in the binder at the front desk) and email the jobs coordinator (Pals.Absence@gmail.com) to let her know the day/time and name of your substitute as soon as possible.  If you are unexpectedly absent (such as due to illness) please also email (Pals.Absence@gmail.com) as soon as possible so that we can arrange a substitute.

Addressing Concerns

Concerns or questions that arise during Enrichment should be taken to the appropriate parent or teacher involved.  If you feel as if your concerns or questions during Enrichment have not been heard by the family or teacher, they can be raised by email or personal conversation with any Board Member.  (See Contact Us for Board Member email addresses).

Behavior Policy

Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior at all times.  Please treat each other and the facility with respect and courtesy. To ensure an environment conducive to learning, repeated disruptive behavior in class may require that special conditions be imposed, such as removal of a child from a class for the remainder of the period, a parent’s attendance in class with their child, or throughout the day, or in extreme cases, removal from Enrichment classes all together.  PALS has a zero tolerance policy for taunting, teasing, disruptive or disrespectful behavior, physical aggression or threats, and bullying.

Class Cancellations:  At the end of the registration period, classes with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled. If a class for which you have registered is cancelled, the registrar will notify you and give you the opportunity to choose another class for that time period.

Class Period Times:

See Menu item: Calendar for current days and times.

Closings and Delays

If Pittsburgh Public Schools have a delay or a cancellation we do not hold enrichment classes.  School closings are listed on various local media, including the KDKA website.

Facility Care/Clean-up

In order to be good stewards of our rental facility and to demonstrate respect for our fellow Enrichment families, the responsibility for cleaning our Enrichment space rests with everyone. Food is permitted in the cafeteria and parent lounge only; please clean up food and other debris after eating.  Please note that dirty diapers MUST be placed in the toddler room trashcan ONLY. Under no circumstances should diapers or other foul garbage be put in the bathroom trash due to site regulations. Before leaving Enrichment, please spend some time cleaning up after yourself or straightening an area that is messy.

Lost and Found

Where possible items found at the end of the PALS day will be placed in a Lost and Found.  Items not claimed by the end of the term will be donated.

No Discrimination

PALS Enrichment does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff if any, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Outside Teacher Policy

PALS classes are proposed and taught by parents of PALS students. In a few cases we invite specialized teachers to operate as independent contractors during PALS hours at the PALS site. These teachers must present certification in the area of teaching, acceptable certifications are subject to Board discretion. Additionally any teacher who teaches professionally is required to carry insurance to cover their liability.

Parent Directory 

During the registration process, parents will be asked if they wish to have their contact information (including children’s names and ages) published in a directory that will be distributed  to other families registered this term.

Parent Jobs

 PALS relies on parental participation to maintain the quality of our programs.  Parents teach, run clubs, plan events, and assist with other functional and administrative needs. We try to match people and their availability with the jobs that need to be done.  

Parent Responsibility for their Children

PALS is NOT a drop-off program.  Parents are expected to attend and remain at PALS with their children.   You are responsible for your child at all times. If you feel that your child is not able to get from class to class on their own, please meet them at the end of the period and bring them to their next class. PALS is not responsible for the safety, well-being, or behavior of your child.  If you must leave the building, your children must be signed over to another adult in attendance who knows and can manage them.  Parents are responsible for any property damage caused by their child.

Parking

Please see the Directions and Parking menu item.

Pro-Rating

Please see the policy provided on the Refunds; Prorating Page.

Receiving Announcements.

PALS distributes information through its website.  Please see the Receiving Announcements page for instructions if you wish to receive email notifications when announcements are posted to this page.

Refunds.

Please see the policy provided on the Refunds; Prorating Page.

Sick Policy

We urge you to use good judgment about attending Enrichment classes if your child is ill. Please do not come within 24 hours of your child having severe cold symptoms, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Sign In

Families are not permitted inside the facility until 9am.  Each person must sign in and out upon entering and leaving the building, including infants and children.  We need to know everyone inside the building in case of an emergency.

Smoking

Our rental facility has a non-smoking policy in both the building and on the grounds.

Solicitation

PALS is to be solicitation free. While many parents have their own businesses please respect our sales free policies and conduct any business outside of PALS time and not on PALS site. Fundraising by students for their extra curricular activities is permitted but must be approved by the board.

Three-year olds. 

PALS provides programming beginning at age 4 in preschool. We are unable to allow those younger than 4 to participate in preschool, unless their parent is either the teacher or a registered teaching assistant.

Terms and Conditions 

Please see the Terms and Conditions page.

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