TRIAL PERIOD

There will be an 8-day trial period to ensure both parties are happy. In this period, either the family or iPLANETS ACADEMY may decide if this is a good fit for your family. If it is not, their enrollment can be terminated for any reason with only a 4-hours notice.

 

At the end of this trial period, we may or the parent may request to have a sit-down discussion. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Once BOTH parties have agreed all Rules are FIRM and you are also expected to follow them. 

We welcome all parents to participate in our monthly

meetings. 

 

These are conducted through Facebook chat, and they run on:

1/10, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6

 7/7, 8/8, 9/9,10/10, 11/11, and 12/12.

They are scheduled to last 30 minutes or less depending on the parent's feedback and level of participation.

If the session starts on time, and there are no parents online and 15 minutes have passed iPLANETS ACADEMY reserves the right to cancel the Meeting for that day.

Come share with us your comments, suggestions, meet other parents, ask questions or share information, etc. 

You must also join our Facebook business page via GO HERE and like it. 

 

Also befriend Mrs. Mimi on her personal page via GO HERE.

 

All communication is conducted through our Facebook messenger. 

GO HERE to connect with us. 


It is every parent or guardian's responsibility to keep up with all activities and events your child is participating in. All parents must allow tagging ability because you may or may not be tagged for events, pictures, and videos. Any child not prepared to attend scheduled events will not be able to stay on that day.

 

NO EXCEPTIONS. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

iPlanets Academy-PARENTS-Trial Period
iPlanets Academy- Keep abreast of our scheduled events

"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born."

~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

POSH and GOSH

All of our parents and/or grandparents or guardians are required to volunteer two hours every 28 days. We call this POSH (Parents On-Site Hours) or GOSH (Grandmothers/Guardians On-Site Hours).

All must get CPR certified and All must submit to a background check. This MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE your child can enroll. 

You can take that course online by GO HERE or you may take it at an hospital, or American Red Cross as long as it is CPR for children. Once you have completed the course submit a copy of your certificate with your enrollment packet. 

You may be asked to take a drugs test in the future; refusal will be sufficient grounds for termination of your enrollment.

 

All grandmothers or guardians you wish to use for your GOSH must also do the same BEFORE they will be allowed to volunteer. This is for the safety of all children including your own.

 

These records will be kept locked up and confidential unless the authorities or Dept. of Education ask to access them. These records will remain on file with us for 1 year following your child no longer being with us and then they will be shredded.

We encourage parents to share their interests and talents with all our children.  Some ways you can do POSH/GOSH is attending field trips, doing craft projects, cooking snacks, helping with homework or tutoring, etc. You can also do beautification such as; raking leaves, sanitizing toys,  vacuuming, loading the dishwasher, cleaning the bathrooms, cleaning outdoor toys, etc.

 

 

 

 


​When doing POSH/GOSH we ask that you be on time, dependable, flexible, and stay for the duration of the two hours in order for it to be counted. You must be patient and loving towards the children, must be willing to abide by the rules, and must be well-versed in safety and fire safety. 

iPLANETS ACADEMY reserves the right to deny or refuse to allow someone to do POSH/GOSH that we feel is not acting in the best interest of the children or their safety, not following or enforcing the guidelines we set, or not representing iPLANETS ACADEMY favorably. If this becomes the case we may determine that person will not be allowed back on the iPLANETS ACADEMY premises.

iPLANETS ACADEMY understands

we are not a good fit for every family. But for iPLANETS ACADEMY to be successful each family has to be committed to creating an enriching, safe, fun, and learning environment for our children.

 

Parental involvement helps our children to grow in mind, body, spirit and to be nurtured with love, acceptance, and kindness. Time spent over your two hours will not roll over or credit into the next 28 days so please plan accordingly. 

Other children are not allowed to come along with you when you are doing POSH or GOSH, this is for their own safety. Thanks for your understanding. 

“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.”

~W. E. B. DuBois

DOING POSH

and GOSH

Please understand that visiting for events and activities is different from volunteering and IS NOT considered POSH/GOSH. 

POSH/GOSH takes active participation, prior planning, and scheduling of your volunteer time. 

We understand that things may arise but we ask that you do not schedule POSH/GOSH unless you are pretty certain you can follow through. It is unsettling for the children to get all excited about you coming only to be disappointed. 

You are not allowed to do the following while doing POSH or GOSH.

Some infractions may lead to IMMEDIATE termination of your child enrollment or possible prosecution:

  • Answer the front door or let anyone in. Leave the doors unsecured. 

  • Answer the phones without permission.

  • Be abusive in any way towards a child or others including verbally or in front of the children. 

  • Answer any questions on behalf of iPLANETS ACADEMY.

  • Use or operate the computer or printer without expressed permission. 

  • Be in a restroom or room alone with any child. Also, do not assist with their clothing. All our children must be self-sufficient. If they request your help let Mrs. Mimi know BEFORE you assist them. 

  • Share information about any child with anyone. Direct all people or questions to iPLANETS ACADEMY

  • Leave children unattended to that you have been assigned to and are responsible for. Please make sure to give the children your FULL attention especially when we are at water activities. 

  • Exclude or separate one child from the rest of the children unless they are sick.

  • In order to ensure the safety of the children, we ask that you DO NOT use your cell phone when doing POSH/GOSH for iPLANETS ACADEMY (this includes texting, surfing, calling, etc. ) unless you need to call someone from iPLANETS ACADEMY (such as to make a request to use the restroom or leave your post) Thanks for understanding how important your attentiveness is. 

  • Be under the influence of any narcotic, alcohol, or volunteer while impaired.  It's not allowed within eyesight of any child or staff including in your vehicle, on the playground, or while on Educational Field Trips. 

  • Smoking is prohibited on or anywhere near iPLANETS ACADEMY. It's not allowed within eyesight of any child or staff including in your vehicle, on the playground, or while on Educational Field Trips. 

  • Show favoritism

  • Dress inappropriately

  • Use any racist or offensive slang or words. Spell any curse words or use them.

  • Coming while sick or with lice. 

  • Operate in an unsafe manner. SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS!

Many schools can offer a challenging class or tough assignment. Our goal is to find out what you’re good at and challenge you to fulfill your unique promise. We believe in the power and promise of intellectual curiosity—a deep, persistent desire to know.

 

We love to see our children asking questions, defining goals, and taking risks. We encourage them to stretch their abilities, explore different perspectives, and tackle the most challenging material they are prepared to try.

It’s cool to be smart here, and to help others learn, too. When our children are happy and excited to learn, there are no limits. If you care about education, this school is for you.

ALL  THE  RULES

ARE  ONLINE

We do not issue written copies of the guidelines to parents. Everything is electronic and on this website available to you.  Please read carefully and access it as often as you would like to familiarize yourself with it. You are welcome to screenshot, save or print out any portion of our website.  All parents will be required to sign a form stating they have read and fully understood all guidelines.  Please ask questions if you don't understand something.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES

Leaving your child with a stranger can be a very daunting task. Initially, most children may be a little apprehensive about going with a strange person and to a strange place.​ iPLANETS ACADEMY will work with your child(ren) to help them overcome feelings of separation anxiety.  If a child is continuing to have separation problems, we will discuss the best course of action for you and your child and determine if we are a good fit for them. 

We ask that you try to help prepare your child for the changes as far in advance as possible. Discuss any concerns. Talk about the new people your child will meet and the new things your child will do. If you are enthusiastic, soon your child will be too.

During this period you might see crying or clinging especially if your child has not been apart from you before. Again, this is heart-wrenching but perfectly normal. Do not leave without telling your child goodbye and reassure them you will be returning. Brief goodbyes are easier for most children to handle than lingering on.

Please be very brief at pick up time as well. This is a time of testing when two different authority figures are present and all the children will test to see if the guidelines still apply. It is important that you back up the guidelines at this time. If your child is with you but observed not adhering to the guidelines they will be reminded of the guidelines, and we will take action to correct them. Children of all ages adjust to transition from one activity to another differently. Most do not like to be too rushed and most do not like to wait too long once they are ready to depart.

NO SHOES ALLOWED INSIDE OF iPLANETS ACADEMY. There is a green bucket for your convenience to store your shoes while on property. You can not walk barefoot but MUST WEAR socks, tights, ballet shoes, or slipper socks at all times while inside. 

Do not leave without making sure all of their belongings are put up in their assigned spot. Also, make sure they have all the belongings they need to function throughout the day.

 

That list can be found GO HERE. No child should be dropped off without having the necessary items on the list.

Please do not leave your car unattended and please turn your car off before exiting your vehicle.

If a child is picked up early and is in the middle of a project or playing they will have to clean up their portion before they leave so plan accordingly.

SAFETY  PRACTICES

Parents are welcome to pick up their children early if need be. But no child shall be picked up from the playground or leave straight from an educational field trip. All children must be signed in and out and picked up at iPLANETS ACADEMY.

Do not let children play in between, or walk-in between cars. Do not load or unload children while standing in the street. Load and unload from the curbside.

 

YOU MUST HOLD THEIR HANDS FROM THE CAR UNTIL SAFELY INSIDE AND FROM INSIDE UNTIL SAFELY WITHIN YOUR CAR.

Please be mindful of other cars and possibly other children at all times! If you can not hold their hand and gather their belongings, then please take the belongings first to your car and then come back and retrieve your child. 

No car should be driving more than 5 miles an hour during arrivals and departures; this will help to avoid any accidents from occurring. We ask that you maintain that speed until you have passed four homes or start that speed at four homes BEFORE you arrive.

Please be mindful of your music levels when arriving and departing. We ask that you turn it off before exiting your car so as not to disturb the neighbors.

Parking space is very limited, so it is very important that you pick up and drop off quickly then proceed to leave the premises safely. Due to the possibility of several parents dropping off at the same time we ask that you do not pull into the driveway but park out front. This also helps with visibility because when exiting the premises you have the ability to see the front and back of your car. Please take the time to do a visual sweep of your entire car before getting in and driving off.

iPLANETS ACADEMY shall not be held responsible for any accidents or mishaps that occur. When it's between two parties then you agree to handle all situations between you and that party according to federal and local state laws.

 

An incident report may be taken and filed by iPLANETS ACADEMY from both parties for future reference. 

We care about the safety of your children! Please practice car seats, booster seats, or seat belts safety. Any children being transported in a way that violates the law may be reported and this can also lead to immediate termination of your child(ren) enrollment.

If you or any other person appears to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or incapable of driving safely we will call the emergency contact person listed on your “Emergency Contact list” to request their assistance. You may also have someone come and get you and your child.  

iPLANETS ACADEMY reserves the right to ask you and/or your child to not return if you refuse a ride and leave with your child, we will notify the police department and child protection services to inform them of this. Depending on how the situation unfolds and is handled by the parent or guardian for the first time it may lead to immediate termination of your child(ren) enrollment.

 

NO REFUNDS SHALL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTIONS

OPEN DOOR

Open Door Policy does not mean the doors will be unlocked. For the safety and protection of the children, external doors will be kept locked at all times. 

iPLANETS ACADEMY does not allow unplanned visits by those who are not the mother, grandmother, legal guardians, or authorized pick up who have been previously placed on your authorization list. We thank you for understanding the security measures we put in place to maintain the children's safety at iPLANETS ACADEMY
You are welcome to Facebook message us or call, if there is no answer please leave a message and we will return the call as soon as we can. You can also stop by but please be mindful of our events, educational field trips, activities, etc. If your child is staying overnight then we do ask that you call in advance for safety reasons.
iPLANETS ACADEMY will not open our doors unless we have talked to you in advance. 

​Just remember that visitors have an impact on the child’s behavior and they may “act out of character” while you are here which means become clingy, get very excited, or be distracted. This is perfectly normal. Also, keep in mind, if your child is having separation problems, it might make it difficult for them when you leave.

You can reach us on most days until 9:00 PM by phone if you should need to have a quick 5-10 minutes discussion. If you need an in-depth conversation concerning your child then we can schedule it. You are welcome to leave a message on Facebook.

CUSTODIAL PARENTS

It is your responsibility to keep your “Authorization to Pick Up List” accurate and up-to-date. Please tell us in advance when someone else that you have authorized will be picking up your child either by phone or through Facebook Messenger.

 

Even if it is an emergency, WE MUST HAVE YOUR PERMISSION BEFOREHAND TO RELEASE YOUR CHILD TO SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU. THE PERSON MUST SHOW US A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PICTURE ID. ​


​The parent, guardian, or a person authorized by the parent or guardian must use and sign his/her full signature and include the arrival or departure time when signing the child in or out.

​We have to assume that both parents have the right to pick up your child unless you give us a copy of a court order stating otherwise. Without a copy of the court order, we cannot refuse a parent. If we have a court order and a non-custodial parent tries to pick up the child; we will immediately call the custodial parent. If the non-custodial parent leaves with the child; we will immediately call the police and report the situation. 

We will not place the other children at risk by getting into a confrontation with any parent, family member, or guardians. Please take the time to discuss the guidelines with all non-custodial parents and guardians to avoid any issues arising. Unfortunately, their non-compliance in any of these situations will lead to immediate termination. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTIONS!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF MRS. MIMI?


She is the upper-middle sister of 7 children and has spent the majority of her life nurturing, caring for, and teaching her younger three siblings. At the age of 10, she began babysitting her mother's friends' children, and for other local women in her community. She also has stated, "She actually does not remember a time when she was not caring for children". ​Working with children has always been Mrs. Mimi's passion and life long dream. She feels the following attributes made her a great caregiver; being patient, loving, energetic,and a dependable mom who loves to help be a great support system for the families and the child(ren). She has owned child cares since 1994 (Ever since her oldest son was born). Being former military, she has traveled and has owned child cares in 5 different states, teaching hundreds of children in that time. She is CPR/FIRST AID certified, has a Business Administration Management Bachelor's degree, and an Early Childhood Education in Child Care and Child Development associates degree with an additional 260 hours of child care training throughout the years (Including 24 within the last year). She has taught Primary school, Head Start, and Kindergarten in the public school system. She was a youth and teen teacher in her church for over 20+ years. She also was an executive director over the Boys and Girls club as well as housed many troubled, and mentally challenged children/teens throughout the years. Mimi had the pleasure to volunteer and be on the nursing home ministry at her church. That afforded her the opportunity to bridge the gap between the beloved senior citizens there and the children she taught. Mrs. Mimi feels incredibly blessed to be able to teach her miracle son Tre Boy and offer a nurturing, safe, loving, and Fun while Learning environment at iPLANETS ACADEMY for all families.




HOW TO WITHDRAW YOUR CHILD FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL TO ENROLL IN iPLANETS ACADEMY


If Transferring into the State or Never Been in School Before If you are new to Texas — Welcome!! Texas has great laws for homeschooling. Because we are considered unaccredited private schools, we do not have to report to the state. That means you do not register with the local school districts, they don’t come into your home to review your curriculum or any of the many things you may have experienced in those other states. If your children have never been in school, you are also free to focus on how your want to educate them instead of the state making that decision. Withdrawing Children Who Are Already In Public School Has your child been enrolled in a public or private school prior to starting homeschooling? Although it’s not part of the legal homeschool or private school requirement in Texas, it is always a good idea to formally withdraw your child from school so that you don’t trigger any truancy inquiries. To do so, you can send either a withdrawal email or letter to the principal, counselor, and attendance clerk of the school letting them know that you are officially withdrawing your child from school and sharing the date in which your homeschooling will begin (or began.) It is suggested that you send this certified mail, return receipt requested, so you have proof of their receipt of the letter. We also suggest you send a copy to the registrar in case the principal forgets to notify them. Then get their records, return any items you have that belong to their school, gather all their personal items, and settle up any accounts with the school. Then you are free to enroll them in a new homeschool. For more information on private and homeschool laws GO HERE and GO HERE.




HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD SO THEY CAN BEGIN HAVING FUN WHILE LEARNING?


​We aim to establish mutually respectful and supportive relationships with families to build a village of learning as well as fun for all the children who cross our paths. The first step is for families to visit our website to get a feel for what we believe in. Then we ask all parents to go to our Facebook website GO HERE. to like it. NO parent will be allowed to enroll who does not have an active Facebook account or willing to open one. You will also be required to open or use your Gmail account for communication purposes. The next step is to submit interest in meeting Mrs. Mimi through Facebook Messenger and befriending her by GO HERE. All parents and guardians are required to have a background check and submit a copy to us. This is because all parents are required to do POSH/GOSH and we want to ensure the safety of those who are around our children. They are also required to become CPR certified and submit a copy of their certificate. All children must be immunized and we need a current copy of that to put on file. They must remain up to date on all their shots. Once those initial steps are completed you can at that time decide to fill out the information packet by GO HERE and then schedule their Assessment testing. The fee to take the test is $28.00. We have All paperwork must be completely filled out BEFORE any child will be allowed to enroll. Once we have the whole packet completely filled out and have all the necessary documentation and have had the opportunity to discuss your child's specialized needs we can set up a tour. Most tours are done in the Evening after the end of our day so every parent can get the necessary time to ask questions. If you decide to enroll then we will collect the necessary tuition and fees which can be seen by GO HERE. We reserve the right to give priority access to children who are currently enrolled and to children who help us maintain our balance.




WHAT LEARNING DO THEY HAVE AT iPLANETS ACADEMY?


iPLANETS ACADEMY is arranged so that children can engage in a series of structured and unstructured activities as well as link both social/emotional competence and early academic learning. Here we encourage inquiry and wondering by guiding the exploration of the natural world and using found materials for play and creative arts. We expose them to new spaces, materials, and the concept that different environments can hold different expectations. We encourage our children to take risks, explore beyond what they believed was possible, fearlessly engage in the unknown, and discover something new about the world and themselves. Although children follow predictable patterns of development, the rate, pace, and actual manifestation of any skill are unique to all children. Individual differences such as personality, temperament, learning style, native language, special needs, and family culture are embraced. Here at iPLANETS ACADEMY we spend time getting to know each and every child and create developmentally appropriate goals for them as a whole, and tailor learning opportunities for them individually. This results in a rich curriculum and classroom environment. Our curriculum is broken into three parts; academic, enrichment, and character development. This is where we strive to not only create lifelong learners but also to develop each child physically, mentally, and spiritually. In order to achieve this, we use a combination of curricula that meet our D.I.C.E guidelines and standards when preparing weekly lesson plans. At iPLANETS ACADEMY we have developed our own curriculum called D.I.C.E.: D-Discovery I-Intelligences (All 9) C-Cognitive E-Exploration D.I.C.E. seeks to awaken our children's inner gifts and to pursue their own passion and dreams whatever they may be. We believe we make our own path, our own way, and WE define what we shall become. Our integrated curriculum connects heads, hearts, and hands, allowing students to approach concepts and content from multiple perspectives at developmentally appropriate points. Our children are led to reflect regularly on their social-emotional and physical development as well as their academic learning. We don't just want doers, we inspire thinkers. We don’t want clones and robots who are made to conform to someone else's ideas or packing away endless information given to them. D.I.C.E. seeks to support children in developing creativity, initiative, and building higher-order thinking skills by questioning, investigating, analyzing, exploring, processing information, evaluating, problem-solving, and communicating in their ongoing collaboration with peers and sharing what they see, know, and understand. Although, we incorporate D.I.C.E within our weekly themes, the children’s individual or collective interests play a role in shaping our daily classroom curricula. They are given a wealth of information to know, but it is not confined to classrooms or textbooks. It’s not meant to simply consume and memorize facts or figures or be categorized by grades or tests. We don’t just want to take tests to measure their level of education we want to inspire excellence within. We want to foster a love of learning and learning can be found everywhere. The world is vast and everything in it is a learning opportunity for us. We strive to spend 60% within our 4 walls and 40% outside of them learning, exploring, and participating. D.I.C.E. is a FUN while Learning, nurturing, safe, stimulating hands-on micro-environment concept offering multiple and diverse developmentally appropriate heavily S.T.R.E.A.M.S. (STEM), project, inquiry, and problem-based activities that incorporate a balance between teacher-facilitated instruction and child-initiated activities. It seeks to help us to be more informed about other African Americans in the past and the present, to pursue our passions, to explore, to challenge, to innovate, to build character, to build relationships and friendships, to invest in our futures, and to decide who we will be in society while leading the next generation. We help our children to build on skills such as positive social interactions, problem-solving, science, technology, math, literacy, creative arts, geography, Social Sciences, and music, etc. We have a large library of resources used to reach each child to inspire learning, and we continue to search for more ways to teach our children all the time. Working at each child's own pace to ensure they understand and grasp the educational concepts being taught.




HOW DOES iPLANETS ACADEMY ACHIEVE MY CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT?


Our curriculum is designed to follow your child’s development individually. He/she is introduced to projects as they master previous skills. The projects are self-correcting and offer internal confidence building. Once mastered, the next project is presented. This leads to a natural talent for goal setting and achieving. There are no “rote memory” activities, once a child has mastered a concept, they truly have learned it. Learning in a hands-on, inquiry, project, and problem-based S.T.R.E.A.M.S. (STEM) inspired environment develops far superior critical thinking skills at an early age.




DO YOU TEST?


Most testing at school consists of teacher-devised evaluations administered. Parents may have their children tested at their own expense if they choose to. iPLANETS ACADEMY considers our long-term observations to be more accurate in tracing growth, standardized tests provide one means of comparing an individual achievement with that of students elsewhere. Standardized tests are also an additional source of information about a child’s learning. Please keep in mind, our subjects and curriculum is specialized and may not be measured in standarized testing. Occasionally, we may suggest individual testing of a student (for example, when a learning difference is suspected).




WILL MY CHILD HAVE HOMEWORK?


Yes, homework provides our children with the opportunity to apply and extend the information they have learned, to complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence. The actual time required to complete their assignments will vary according to their study habits, academic skills, and course load. We desire that each child be successful in their pursuit of learning. Therefore, we take homework very seriously. We expect all homework to be completed and turned in on time. Lack of participation can lead to termination of their enrollment. Their will be no refunds given in such cases. If your child is having a difficult time with the material presented in any class; please act immediately and contact us for assistance. Once again, it is our heart’s desire that your child succeed in their education. PRIMARY and LOWER classes will be assigned weekly homework. We encourage parents to read with their children on a nightly basis as well as review assignments and provide immediate feedback. All parents will need to sign off on their work. By the time your child is enrolled in our UPPER classes, he or she should be an “independent learner”. Therefore, our expectations are rather simple. They are to complete their homework assignments on time and submit their completed work. UPPER classes provide a combination of nightly homework and long-term projects. The children will record assignments. The children are also encouraged to read nightly, and parents are encouraged to spot-check their work. We believe that a successful homework policy includes the teacher, student, parent triad of learning. Teacher Responsibilities: Assign purposeful homework at the appropriate level of difficulty. Clearly communicate routines, directions, and expectations. Continually communicate daily assignments and projects. Continually monitor homework and provide feedback. Their Responsibilities: Work with your parents to find a quiet place to do your homework. Create a schedule for when you will do your homework (think about all other after school activities that you will have to work around). Independently, complete homework to the best of your ability. Ask questions if needed. Tell parents and/or teacher if your homework is too hard or you don't understand something. Make sure you have the materials you need to complete your homework when you leave school. Make sure you have the materials you need for the school day when you leave home in the morning. Aim High- show effective effort and attempt challenges. Be Flexible- try first and persevere even if it’s hard Parent Responsibilities: Work with your child to find a quiet, consistent place to do their homework. Create a schedule for when your child will do their homework (think about all other after school and family activities that you will have to work around). Encourage your child to complete their homework independently. If your child is consistently spending too much time or is having difficulty understanding assignments, please contact the teacher. When it is time to go to bed, please stop your child even if he or she has not completed their homework. If your child is absent from school, missed homework assignments are due the day after his or her first full day back at school. All homework will be corrected but may not be graded and given back to them. Parents will receive feedback if students are not completing the homework or doing it incorrectly.




WHY DO YOU COMBINE AGE GROUPS?


We combine age groups for several reasons. Our combined class gives our older children an opportunity to be mentors which helps them become natural leaders helping them to develop empathy, self-esteem, and self-confidence. As their leadership skills develop, they will also learn enthusiasm for the learning process which they can use to adapt to any situation throughout their lives. Helping to facilitate the younger child’s learning by becoming good role models. The younger children naturally look up to older children and therefore are more inclined to learn from them. They are less shy with older children than they are with adults and more apt to imitate appropriate behavior. When a younger child sees a work he/she is interested in, they have also watched the progression needed to be able to understand and handle the work. Our overall ultimate goal is to lay the groundwork for all of our children to become responsible, self-directed learners, self-disciplined, critical, and creative thinkers.




WHAT SPECIAL MEDICAL, SOCIAL, OR BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT DO YOU HAVE?


While we offer top-notch programs, we may not be the best program or have the right support in place for all children, especially those requiring special medical, behavioral, or social support. We will ask for your child’s health history and special accommodations in the registration forms. We may contact you if we need additional information. If we are unable to meet your needs we will send you a message on Facebook Messenger to let you know otherwise, enrollment will continue as normal. Although, we wish we could accept all children there are some restrictions: This property is privately owned by someone else. This limits the necessary changes that would need to be made to the existing structure in order for certain children to comfortably maneuver. We do not have the additional staff needed, a handicap ramp, handicap bathrooms, or ADA compliant indoor facility for wheelchair-bound children. Because of that, it is just not feasible at this time for children who are wheelchair-bound to enroll. We cannot currently accommodate children who use a comfort pet or eye seeing pets as there are no pets allowed on this property. Please contact us with questions about whether iPLANETS ACADEMY offers the right experience and support for your child.




I HAVE ENROLLED ALREADY BUT STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION, WHAT DO I DO NOW?


If you do not receive an initial confirmation within 48 hours please check your spam/junk folder. You may also contact us through Facebook Messenger, so we can resolve the matter.




HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR SUMMER LEARNING?


Summer Learning Early Registration and Enrollment opens from March 8 – 29, 2022 and Regular Registration and Enrollment is from March 30-May 14, 2022. Late Registration and Enrollment is from May 15-31, 2022. All Registration and Enrollment must be paid no later than May 31, 2021. Enrollment in our Summer Learning is limited and not all children are accepted into the program. It is open to those who are 7 years old to 10 years old ONLY and they must be at least 48' inches tall. During the Summer Months our learning schedule changes. You are also required to pay an enrollment fee and Supply Fee. The new schedule is from June 1, 2022-July 30, 2022. New Schedules are: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat The arrival time is 5:45 AM. Pickup time is 7:45 PM unless otherwise stated.
You will receive an automated confirmation through email. Please save this email. Additional details will be given to you through our Facebook Messenger.




ARE ALL CHILDREN ACCEPTED INTO SUMMER LEARNING?


Itineraries will be posted for events scheduled. Please be mindful of events we will be attending and assess whether your child(ren) is willing and able to enjoy and participate fully in all activities scheduled. In some instances, a child may not be accepted in an attempt for us to maintain balance in terms of gender, age, height, (Must be at least 48' tall to enroll), and grade.




ARE MEALS INCLUDED IN THE TUITION?


Meals are not included in the tuition and must be purchased separately. All meals are paid in advance either monthly or weekly, unless you are a drop in. Drop ins will purchase their meals when they drop off. To see current prices and to purchase meals GO HERE. At this time, we do not provide reduced meal prices. Our overnight Educational Field Trip children will be offered 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. You will purchase meals according to the schedule enrolled. Please make sure to purchase them the proper daily amount. There are no refunds or credits given for meals purchased.




WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ALLERGIES?


Please make sure to notate this on your "About Me" form. Please check the menus to ensure your child is not allergic to any foods we serve. We are not accredited to service children with disabilities or those who need life threatening medications ( such as asthma meds, autistic meds, or diabetes meds, etc.) since we do not have a nurse on-site to administer it. Over the counter Medication or those prescribed must NOT be expired. Medication will NOT be kept past your child last day. Any medication not picked by the last day they are enrolled will be destroyed. GO HERE for more instructions and guidelines related to dealing with Food Allergies.




WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?


iPLANETS ACADEMY has a strict no refund policy! We do not give any refunds at all, NO EXCEPTIONS! When you enroll your child, you will be asked to pay an application fee, registration fee, testing fee, technological fee, purchase uniforms and supplies, your monthly tuition, and possibly any upcoming Educational Field Trip fees. You also will be offered the option of purchasing insurance. All of these fees are NON-REFUNDABLE! Tuition payments lost due to withdrawal or absence from a program may not be transferred or applied to a future program. If your child(ren) has to go home early due to behavior, illness, an act of GOD, inclement weather, or circumstances out of our control, etc. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTION! If you opted to do a payment plan option, but fail to pay all fees by the deadline for all fees to be paid, all monies paid and space will be forfeited. Our spots are limited and many events are paid for far in advance, to take advantage of savings and guarantee a spot. So please make sure you want to enroll before making any payments, because once any money is paid, it is NON-REFUNDABLE!




WILL YOU TAKE MY CHILD SWIMMING?


We do attend water parks, enjoy water slides, and low entry aquatic centers where they have lifeguards on duty and splash pads. We also may take them into a wave pool with strict guidelines on how far they can venture, as well as allow them to enjoy the lazy pool. Please discuss water safety with your child. We do not allow our children to be in more than 4 ft. of water at any time and all the children must be at least 48" in order to enroll, because the activities participate in requires it. Some slides will be restricted due to height. All children must be able to dress/undress themselves in their swimming attire. For more information on what is acceptable attire GO HERE. They will be supervised but must be mature enough to attend water events. This means they must be able to stand in a line alone and mount the stairs alone that leads to the slides. Must be able to patiently wait alone for their turn to come down the slides. They must be able to ride the water slides alone and follow all safety guidelines when doing so. There will be an adult at the bottom waiting on them to come down. All parents must have on file a Swim and Aquatic Waiver and Permission Form in order for your child to attend any water activities. Please read over our sun safety guidelines by GO HERE.




WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T LIKE THE FOOD? WILL THEY BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE? CAN I BRING FOOD FOR MY CHILD?


We have a "2 Bites Rule" which means each child shall be encouraged to sample and at least taste 2 bites before they can say they do not like a particular food. This is to help broaden their palette. The food that will be served at iPLANETS ACADEMY is not for taste. All meals are to ensure they get their proper nutrients and meet daily requirements. A balanced meal is for their personal growth, health, overall development, and to help them keep up with our vigorous physical schedules. No child will be forced to eat nor will the food be withheld as punishment at any time. We do not offer alternative meals or snacks because this only encourages them to not try new foods. We also do not allow children to bring any food or snacks from home, unless it is for all the children and preplanned. We only allow store-bought sealed food items when donating food for all the children.




WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED? DO YOU ACCEPT PARTIAL PAYMENTS?


We offer two ways to pay with cash. You can either pay with cash in person or you can deposit it at our bank. You must bring exact cash if paying in person, because change will not be given. All leftover change will be applied to your account or donated. We only accept payments IN FULL. We do not give credit or extra time to pay fees. All fees MUST be paid in advance and on time in order for your child to attend. Anyone not paid will not be able to drop off until their payment is made IN FULL, NO EXCEPTIONS! If you prefer to pay your tuition with a debit card online, you will be charged an additional $8.88 convenience fee every time you pay your tuition. We accept payments through Brightwheel. All parents will be required to sign up through their APP and we can set you up to pay through them as well. There is a one time charge of $28 to set up payments through them. All parents wishing to use debit cards through Brightwheel MUST be set up on Autopay, NO EXCEPTIONS! All parents pay a monthly tuition fee due on the 15th of every month. If it is not received by the 15th of the month, and 4 days have gone by, your child enrollment will be terminated. Your child spot will become open to be filled and may be replaced. Collection proceedings will begin at that time. If you desire to return and there is an available spot, your child(ren) will have to re-enroll including paying registration fees again, NO EXCEPTIONS! You can either pay with cash in person or you can deposit it at our bank. If depositing at the bank, we ask that you either deposit through the drive-thru with a teller or inside of the bank. Make sure to ask them to post the account while you are depositing it, so it will immediately update the information. This is to prevent any confusion and for us to be able to quickly verify that the deposit is posted to the account. Please bring your receipt with you. If we can not verify online through the bank portal that the deposit is posted, your child will not be able to attend until it is posted. NO EXCEPTIONS! On some Educational Field Trips you may have to send a Gift Card with funds on it to be used as a credit card with your child for their purchases. These gift cards can be purchased at your local Walmart, Kroger, Target, CVS, etc. You would load on it the amount you are allocating for them to spend. We will not regulate those funds, so only load on there what you are willing to let them spend and communicate to them how it is to be spent. iPLANETS ACADEMY will not be responsible for any lost cards, NO EXCEPTIONS! In the event they lose a card while we are out on an Educational Field Trip and they need additional cash, you will be required to send some. So please make sure they have a secure way to carry and store their gift cards.




DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS? YES WE DO!


If you are currently enrolled in our regular school session or summer session, you can purchase a discounted extended time package. Combining other services may also be discounted, just ask if interested. Registering during Early Enrollment and even Regular Enrollment will save you money. or TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR MULTI YEAR DISCOUNTS! Registering for two years upfront, will give you free registration and 2 free uniforms for both years! Registering for three years upfront will give you free registration, free uniforms, and free meals for the entire three years! Registering for four years upfront, will give you free registration, free uniforms, free meals, and free supplies for all years enrolled! Registering for K-5 upfront, will give you free registration, free uniforms, free meals, free Educational Field Trips, and free supplies for all years enrolled! For those wanting to register for 3, 4 or K-5 years upfront, a credit card may be used through Paypal. It will be a $9.88 convenience service charge incurred. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO PROTECT AND SERVE TO PROVIDE US FREEDOM! Military is offered a 5% discount on all regular school sessions, Summer sessions, and overnights. WE LOVE REFERRALS! MOST OF OUR ENROLLMENTS ARE THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH! We also offer a generous referral fee. If someone signs up for a School or Summer session in our EARLY classes, you and your referral will receive FREE MEALS all month. If someone signs up for a School or Summer session in our EXTENDED classes, you and your referral will receive a FREE MONTH of tuition. They must be enrolled for a full 90 days consecutively and in good standing for both of you to redeem this offer. Make sure they make us aware that they are referred by you, and that they list it on their initial registration, so proper credit can be given. Failure to follow these steps will make this offer null and void.
Our space is very limited and popular, therefore we do not offer any additional discounts at this time.




WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD IS GOING TO BE ABSENT OR TARDY?


If your child is going to be absent at any time, please contact us and make us aware as soon as you realize it. At iPLANETS ACADEMY, attendance is very important. Because we have a rigorous curriculum, missing one day can cause them to really get behind. We understand there will be times this can not be avoided. Each child is given 4 sick days. Any missed days outside of the days given will be considered unexcused absences unless you have a doctor’s or dentist excuse for that day. If your child needs to be absent for more than 4 days due to illness and you have a written doctor’s excuse stating that they are under their care, tuition shall cease from day 5 to day 8. If your child can not return to iPLANETS ACADEMY by day 9, we will have a conference to discuss options going forward. All POSH/GOSH duties shall also be relieved so you can concentrate on taking care of your child. During this time, it is the parent's responsibility to communicate their wishes and keep iPLANETS ACADEMY up to date and posted. * All communication is to be through email, no other form will be acceptable. Failure to do so, may result in your spot being relinquished to another child. ​Your child can not be admitted back without a Licensed Doctor's Excuse that can be verified. We consider the following acceptable: Pediatrician, pediatric nurse practitioner, an R.N. or Ph.D. experienced in childcare or family health. All notes must be clear in explaining the medical condition treated, symptoms, any special instructions to be done upon returning, and explaining they are able to return to be among other children. Failure to have this outlined on the excuse means we will not accept it and they will not be able to return without it. No REFUNDS will be given, NO EXCEPTIONS! They are also given 2 personal days per session. You must have been enrolled for 28 continuous days in order to use this privilege. Personal days do not roll over. In order to be eligible to receive a credit, these days must be preplanned at least 4 days in advance. Last minute requests are not allowed, NO EXCEPTIONS! It will be reflected as a credit on your next months tuition. You must be current and up to date on your POSH. If it is earlier in the month, then it must have been previously scheduled for the current month, NO EXCEPTIONS! If you are not in good standing with your POSH and with any/all fees owed, then you forfeit your rights to have sick or personal days time off.




WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT OR A CONCERN?


We actively encourage families to provide feedback about their experiences with iPLANETS ACADEMY. We strive to manage all problems, issues, or disputes fairly and promptly, and are resolved as close as possible to the source of the problem. Families can raise concerns by sending us an email with their concerns. Please allow up to 72 hours for your issue to be read, processed, and an attempt at resolving the issue. If it is an emergency give us a call or reach us by Facebook Messenger. Understand we have a strict policy against anyone using derogatory or inflammatory language, opinions, or views or comments of any kind whether verbal, written, electronically, etc. on any social media, to other families, our communities, or humans of any kind, etc. This can and will most certainly lead to immediate termination. iPLANETS ACADEMY handles all concerns in-house in order to protect our reputation in the communities we serve and to satisfy all the parents we serve. We will not go against any policy to satisfy any parent or guardian's personal desires, wants or needs, etc. This is to remain fair and consistent, and to protect all families as well as iPLANETS ACADEMY. So please read all policies and procedures often and ensure before signing all documents that you understand fully what you are agreeing to. All families can be assured that we will at all times respect the privacy of the family when addressing any concern or grievance. We have a very simple motto, “ If you have a problem, tell us, so we can address it and resolve it. If you are pleased with the level of service we give, then please tell and share with everyone you meet.” We desire to please each and everyone in a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere.




WHAT IF I CAN NOT MAKE IT ON TIME TO PICK UP MY CHILD?


If you are unable to collect your child, please contact us to let us know who will be collecting your child. This person must be an authorized nominee as specified on your child's pickup authorization form and MUST show us a valid photo ID. We encourage all families to ensure these contact details and arrangements are kept up-to-date. In extreme circumstances, where we are unable to contact one of your authorized nominees by closing time, we will contact the necessary authorities for the safe collection of your child. This is why it is important that your contact details and those on your authorized nominees are kept up-to-date at all times. Picking up late 2 0r 4 times late is an automatic $28 late fee. This fee will be applied to your account depending on your schedule and must be paid before your child can return to school, NO EXCEPTIONS!




ARE YOU ACCREDITED?


n the state of Texas it is not required for Private Elementary Schools to be accredited. Although our classes meet accreditation requirements, we are not currently accredited. We are happy to assist any parent who wants to pursue that route with transcripts.




WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS HAD PRIOR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS?


Learning how to get along with other children takes time and lots of practice. Positive guidance is the key, and we work with children teaching them acceptable behaviors and simple guidelines to help them learn how to regulate their emotions and responses to others. We work with families to support the development of their children’s social skills, focus our teaching on supporting children to become truly independent, and socially competent, and we allow our Autism children to have the space they need if that need arises. No child shall be forced to participate or interact with others. Our positive guidance philosophy includes a problem-solving approach. Our goal is that children learn how to work out conflict in a socially acceptable and peaceful manner. Our children are learning how to communicate through dialogue and are also still impulsive by nature. All socially inappropriate behaviors are redirected, and desired behaviors are modeled. iPLANETS ACADEMY uses natural and logical consequences to assist children in learning self-control. We promote 'peaceful moments' in which a child may take a break from the current activity and sit down to regroup in a designated quiet area with adult support nearby. Ongoing aggressive behaviors are looked at on an individual and situational basis. It is our priority to maintain a safe environment for all children. Action plans, including formal referrals, and family meetings, are often part of these action plans.




CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE CARE PACKAGES OR MAIL FROM ME?


If your child is boarding with us they can receive packages at our post office box ONLY. Please purchase a confirmation to ensure they confirm delivery. Once delivery is made then you can alert us through Facebook Messenger so we can pick it up for them. Deliveries will be picked up once or twice a week to distribute to them, so do not send perishables. IPLANETS ACADEMY will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. All the children will have a gmail account. We prefer that you send them e-cards through their email.




WHAT IS BOARDING LIFE LIKE AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY ENDS AND ON WEEKENDS?


There is never a dull moment. Between after-school activities, athletic practices, community service opportunities, dinner with friends, house birthday parties and nightly study hall, a boarding student stays busy. Weekends may include movie nights or skating, a trip to a museum or art gallery, shopping, board or video game tournaments with friends, trying new cuisine at local restaurants, visits to the Zoo or Aquarium, quiet time spent at the local library, or even a planned out of town Educational Field Trip, and of course chores. When a student needs extra guidance on a homework assignment, advice about a friend, a shoulder to lean on, or someone to share in his or her successes we are here!




WHAT SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE?


The safety of the children who live and learn at iPLANETS ACADEMY is our top priority! There is always at least two adults present at all times. iPLANETS ACADEMY is a CO-ED boarding school. Males and Females sleeping quarters are separate and they each have their own bathroom facilities. iPLANETS ACADEMY has interior and exterior security cameras as well as an alarm system. There are night lights and flood lights installed on the interior as well as the exterior that detects motion and movement at night. Fire Drills are conducted monthly to keep everyone abreast of procedures and emergency instructions are posted for all to see. There are two fire extinguishers and multiple cans of STOP FIRE on-site in the event of a small fire. We typically use car seats for those who are 5 years old and are 40 pounds or less. Everyone else sits in a booster seat. At the age of 8 (and some 7-year-olds, depending on weight and size), we use seat belts. In addition to a First Aid Kit for emergency situations, iPLANETS ACADEMY will bring the following for each child when traveling: Emergency telephone numbers for each child’s parent. Emergency telephone numbers for a responsible person other than the parent. The telephone number of the child’s physician. Parent Emergency Medical Consent Forms. It is very, very important that i PLANETS ACADEMY have your current address, place of work, and home, work, cell emergency phone numbers. Emergency contacts should also be people who can come to pick up your child(ren) within 1-2 hours. If your address or phone numbers changes, you must inform iPLANETS ACADEMY right away! When changes occur please fill out necessary paperwork to correct it. For the well being of your child(ren), we need to know how to contact you each day they are at iPLANETS ACADEMY.





 
 
 
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