Safety First: Our Most Important Priority
Zion Baptist Academy implements the highest standards of safety and security. We review and update our rigorous Health and Safety policies and procedures regularly to ensure that we daily enfoce the most up-to-date quality standards. Here are just a few of the many ways we protect your child:
Our Health Practices
Cleanliness: In every age group, teachers follow strict standards to maintain a sanitary environment. These standards include regularly washing and disinfecting hands (of both staff and children), toys, cribs, mattresses, sheets, blankets, cots, and equipment.
Food Handling: Our Health and Safety policies include detailed procedures for preparing, handling and storing food. Safe bottle-warming procedures, instructions for receiving and storing food items for infants, and our practice of using plastic bottles and paper/plastic products enhance classroom safety for all ages.
Other Healthy Practices:
- Ensuring frequent hydration before, during, and after outdoor play
- Limiting or cancelling outdoor play when air quality is poor
- Establishing restrictions that prohibit hazardous items being present in the classrooms, such as beanbag chairs, infant walkers, infant swings, jump ropes, glass products, etc., including exposure to live plants to developmentally appropriate science activities.
- Enforcing restrictions for a peanut- and tree-nut-free environment, as well as other thorough processes and procedures related to other specific child allergies, and ensuring how to prevent allergic reactions and how to respond if one occurs.
Controlled Access to Our Schools
Single-Entry Security System: A member of the school’s management team is available in the reception area to greet parents and authorized visitors who request entry into the building. Either a management member accompanies authorized visitors while in the school or we provide them with proper identification display before being allowing them to proceed past the reception area.
Front Door Code System: The front doors of the academy are locked at all times. Access is controlled constantly and monitored via camera usage. Parents are buzzed in. Guest are escorted through out the academy.
Daily Sign-In: Each child is signed in and out at the front desk every day and is released only to those individuals whom parents have authorized in writing on the enrollment application to pick up their child.
Playing It Safe: Your Child and the ZBA Playground
Fun Exploration with an Emphasis on Safety: Our playground is considered an extension of the classroom. Supervision is important, and training for supervision of children is thorough to ensure children are safe and secure while climbing, sliding and exploring on the playground.
Playgrounds are built with state-of-the-art equipment designed for age-appropriate physical development. We separate playgrounds by age groups and use equipment specific to each developmental stage. Our staff inspects our playgrounds daily; management team members inspect them monthly, and we certify the playgrounds yearly to meet and exceed national standards.
Maintenance Standards: Our playground is fenced and meets the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission Guidelines.
Daily Inspections: Our staff inspects the playground daily for sticks, broken toys, loose fencing, unlocked gates, and other potential problems.