Synapse School has policies in place for the safety and well-being of its students and faculty & staff. Please reference and familiarize yourself with the following school policies.
- Injury & Illness
- Medications & Medical Conditions
- Nut Policy
- Lice Policy
- Technology Use
- Traffic Flow & Parking
Animals can be an important part of a child’s education and personal growth. Generally, animals should be in the building and on the grounds only when used as part of a specific curriculum. From time to time students or staff may wish to bring an animal to school for a specific purpose. If a student or employee wishes to bring an animal (including a family pet) onto Synapse property for any reason, advance approval must be obtained from the Head of School, and the animal must be well-trained, appropriately watched, free of fleas, properly inoculated, and leashed at all times. The Head of School has ultimate discretion over whether an animal may be on campus.
At Synapse we also encourage families to ride their bicycles to school, whenever possible. Students are expected to wear a helmet and “walk” their bike once they enter into the school’s parking lot. Students can secure their bicycles in the Warehouse (BLDG 1). Synapse School is not responsible and assumes no liability for theft, damage, or loss of use to any bicycle or equipment. It is the responsibility of the student to secure their bicycle with a lock.
Synapse School believes that all students and staff have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. Because legal definitions vary, Synapse has created a clear and comprehensive definition for its community. All school communities should have clear definitions outlined in their school policies and procedures.
Synapse defines bullying as behavior that involves:
a desire to hurt
a power imbalance
evident enjoyment by the aggressor
a sense of being oppressed on the part of the victim
All six attributes need to be present for a child to be labeled as a bully. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period (whether on or off campus), and during school-sponsored activities.
All injuries that occur at school must be reported to a teacher or the front desk. If minor, the student will be treated and may return to class. If medical attention is required, the front desk or teacher will follow the school's emergency procedures and contact the student’s parents/guardian..
If a student becomes sick during the day a teacher or the front desk receptionist will evaluate the situation. If the student is sick enough to be sent home, a parent/guardian will be called. Students who are ill should not be sent to school. We will send your child home for the following reasons: injury, fever, nausea, or suspected contagious conditions including head lice. Students must be fever-free, without the aid of fever reducing medicine, for 24 hours before returning to school. In some cases, a doctor’s note may be required.
Please notify the Front Desk if your child has an infectious disease. We will notify other parents in the class so that they can watch for symptoms in their own child. It is a general practice to return a child to school 24 hours after the cessation of fever or vomiting, when the period of contagion is over, and/or once he/she is clear of symptoms.
A student may have an illness that does not prevent school attendance, but may require medication for relief of symptoms, cure of the illness, or prevention of further disease. It is recommended that medication be given at home whenever possible. For example, medication prescribed three times a day can be given before school, after school and at bedtime.
Synapse School will administer over-the-counter medications and prescription medicine to children ONLY under specific circumstances, as follows:
The medication is in the original container.
A PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION TO GIVE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION form has been completed by the parent/guardian.
A written authorization must be provided by the parent or guardian prior to the application of any topical products.
The parent or guardian must bring the medication to Synapse School receptionist. For safety and security reasons, medicine should not to be sent with the child or sibling. Notes from home will NOT be accepted as authorization for dispensing medications.
All prescribed medication shall be received and stored in the most current
labeled container from the pharmacy showing: the student’s name, name
and strength of drug, directions for administering, and physician’s name.
A PARENT/GUARDIAN AUTHORIZATION TO GIVE PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE form has been completed by the parent/guardian.
The parent or guardian must bring the medication to Synapse School receptionist. For safety and security reasons, medicine should not to be sent with the child or sibling. Notes from home will not be accepted as authorization for dispensing medications.
Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice. Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Both the American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses advocate that "no-nit" policies should be discontinued. "No-nit" policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:
Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as casing. Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice. Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by non-medical personnel.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Synapse believes in common sense use for all electronics devices. We believe that electronics (most commonly computers, in all forms) help us to connect, communicate, and collaborate with each other, as well as automate and organize logistics, in such a way that benefits the students’ learning and facilitates the functioning of the school’s student, faculty, staff, and parent communities.
We believe in the freedom of adults to use electronics as they wish in their personal lives and the freedom of parents to guide their children wisely in electronics use at home. At the same time, in a school environment, we believe electronics should be used primarily, if not exclusively, for learning so our guidelines and restrictions may not line up exactly with what students do at home with their computers.
We also believe that electronics, while useful in many ways, can sometimes interrupt our lives, cause anxiety, and actually hinder meaningful connections. There are legitimate non-electronic skills we want students to acquire to supplement their computer-related ones, and we believe that time away from screens and keyboards is beneficial for academic and social-emotion growth.
Please review entire Student Acceptable Use document for our complete technology policy regarding laptops, cell phones, internet use, email and cyber-bullying.
Please watch your speed when you are driving through the neighborhoods surrounding Synapse. We place safety first and also strive to be good neighbors in our community. We ask our community to please use 5th Ave and Fair Oaks Ave. when driving to and from Synapse, rather than using the smaller neighborhood streets. Synapse families are encouraged to carpool as much as possible or to inquire about our shuttle service.