What is ICPC? TOP
Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives (ICPC)governs basic guidelines and Standards for Indianapolis Cooperative Preschools. To find out more about what ICPC offers, please go to http://preschoolco-op.org/
Where do we park? TOP
Please make sure you are not parking in or near the entryway of the school. Fire Code states we cannot do it. The parking spaces should always be used, unless extreme weather or other emergency does not permit that.
When is CPT Training, Do I have to Attend & how much does it cost? TOP
CPT training is required by ICPC for all new families. If you have attended another CPT training locally within the last 5 years, you have fulfilled your requirement. The training last for (2) 3 hour mornings from 9:00-Noon each day. Each person attending pays $15.00. GOCP absorbs the additional cost charged from ICPC. Childcare can be made available – please let Michele Rabe (CPT Chairperson) know if you will need it for either day. ALL NEW FAMILIES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND – GOCP will be fined for any families not following this very important policy.
Why is TB Testing required? What are the details? TOP
ICPC and State Health Code mandates each participating member (as defined by someone who volunteers in the classroom more than 3 times a year)have a TB test on file at the school.
As a courtesy, GOCP offers “Visiting Nurse Service”, to make it easier for parents to get the TB testing done. This is for the volunteering parents/adults – NOT the child! Dates and costs will be announced at Back to School Night. This is a two step process: First day, they give the actual test. Approximately 48 hours later, they return for a quick look that takes less than a minute to read. Test results have to be read within 48 hrs to be valid. We need to have at least 15 people use this service so it is not guaranteed GOCP can provide this. You can go to your own Dr or Urgent Care, just make sure we get the report back immediately. This test is something that ALL participating members have EACH year. Any questions or concerns can be directed to GOCP's Health and Safety Chairperson.
Who do I talk to when I have a question? TOP
The first person you should ask is your Class Representative. They are the “President” of each classroom and have all the information you need. If they cannot directly help you, they will tell you exactly who AND how to contact the correct person. In your handbook, there is a section all about “Here’s Who to Call” that guides you also. If you do have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, in school or out, PLEASE talk with your teacher! They are very well trained, both through their individual backgrounds, ICPC and the “School of Mom” – use them for advice about behaviors, learning or just a sounding board. They care very much about each child and only want the best for them – and want to help! Co-op is about caring for parents too – don’t forget that!
Where do I pay my tuition and other fees at? TOP
In the Foyer, there is a large, dry-erase "Information Easel". This is where all important events and reminders are. ALWAYS check this board every school day to check for changes or other things you need to know. This is also where the tuition box is located. It is here that any checks, money orders or cash go. Please put cash in an envelope with your name and reason for payment. Any checks/money orders also need to be noted with payment info (no envelope required). If you are putting cash in there, a quick email, or call to the Treasurer would be great so it doesn’t sit in there over the weekend or extended breaks.
You also have the option of paying online, via your bank account. This is free to you! The 25th of each month, you will be emailed an invoice with a link to pay.
For a flat $3.00 fee, you can use your credit card, using the same link. If you use this option, please be sure to add the $3.00 to the amount.
Where do I put forms/notes, etc. for Registration, Vaccinations, etc…? TOP
None of us have individual “mailboxes”. We use our kid’s cubbies. If you have something that needs to get to someone you don’t see often, please put it in their child’s cubby. If it is something of a sensitive/private nature, just be sure to put in an envelope or fold it in a way to keep private.
What if I have receipts to be reimbursed for? TOP
Next to the Information Easel (in Foyer), there is a standing file with a large envelope marked “Treasurer”. In this, there are “Reimbursement Request Forms”. Fill one out completely, attach all receipts and stick back in envelope. Payment will be available within a week of submission. Please do not wait more than 30 days to request reimbursement, due to budgeting. We are sales tax exempt so please ask the Treasurer for a tax exempt certificate if you do plan to purchase something.
How do I become more involved? TOP
Just ASK! Because we are a parent-owned school, it is vital to our growth and survival that parents use their talents!! There is an option for everyone - from the parent who only has a tight window of availability to the one who is looking for a more detailed position!
GOCP is a Tree Nut-Free School - what does that mean? TOP
Because ages 2-6 are the prime ages in which allergies are diagnosed, GOCP has adopted a no tree-nut policy. When bringing snack or any food items in the school (whether it is to be individually eaten or shared), it CANNOT contain any type of nut. Safety is a top priority at GOCP!
How often will I have to participate in my child's classroom? TOP
Because enrollment varies and Adult/Child ratios have to be met, it depends. For general guidelines, each parent is in the classroom approximately twice a month.