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State of NJ Expulsion Policy


Regretfully, there are certain instances in which we are required to expel a child from our program, either on a short term or permanent basis. We want you to know we will do everything possible to work with the family of the child in order to prevent this policy from being enforced. The following are reasons we may have to expel or suspend a child from this center: 

IMMEDIATE CAUSES FOR EXPULSION

  • The child is at risk of causing serious injury to other children or himself/herself.
  • Parent threatens physical or intimidating actions toward staff members.
  • Parent exhibits verbal abuse to staff in front of enrolled children. 

PARENTAL ACTIONS FOR CHILD’S EXPULSION

  • Failure to pay or habitual lateness in payments.
  • Failure to complete required forms, including the child’s immunization records.
  • Habitual tardiness when picking up your child.
  • Verbal abuse to staff.
  • Other (explain) 

SCHEDULE OF EXPULSION

  • If after the remedial actions above have not worked, the child’s parent/guardian will be advised verbally, and in writing, about the child’s or parent’s behavior warranting an expulsion.
  • The parent/guardian will be informed regarding the length of the expulsion period.
  • The parent/guardian will be informed about the expected behavioral changes required in order for the child or parent to return to the center.
  • The parent/guardian will be given a specific expulsion date that allows the parent/guardian sufficient time to seek alternate child care (approximately one to two weeks notice depending on the risk to other children’s welfare or safety). Failure of the child/parent to satisfy the terms of the plan may result in permanent expulsion from the center.

A CHILD WILL NOT BE EXPELLED

           If a child’s parent/guardian:

  • Made a complaint to the Office of Licensing regarding a center’s alleged violations of the licensing requirements.
  • Reported abuse or neglect occurring at the center.
  • Questioned the center regarding policies and procedures. 

PROACTIVE ACTIONS THAT MAY BE TAKEN IN ORDER TO PREVENT EXPULSION

  • Staff will try to redirect child from negative behavior.
  • Staff will reassess classroom environment, appropriate of activities, supervision.
  • Staff will always use positive methods and language while disciplining children.
  • Staff will praise appropriate behaviors.
  • Staff will consistently apply consequences for rules.
  • Child will be given verbal warnings.
  • Child will be given time to regain control.
  • Child’s disruptive behavior will be documented and maintained in confidentiality.
  • Parent/guardian will be notified verbally.
  • Parent/guardian will be given written copies of the disruptive behaviors that might lead to expulsion.
  • The director, classroom staff and parent/guardian will have a conference(s) to discuss how to promote positive behaviors.
  • The parent/guardian will be given literature or other resources regarding methods of improving behavior.
  • Recommendation of evaluation by professional consultation on premises.
  • Recommendation of evaluation by local school district child study team.

The Directors reserve the right to alter this policy as deemed necessary to ensure the health and safety of all children and staff members.

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