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D I S C O V E R A N D P L A Y

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Babysitting

Any babysitting arrangements with

present or former staff of the Parks,

Recreation and Cultural Resources

Department are separate and

independent from any departmental

program. These arrangements must be

based on the independent responsibility

and judgment of the parent or guardian.

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and

Cultural Resources Department is not

be responsible for any claims or liability

in connection with such babysitting

activities.

Behavior Management

We utilize and encourage the practice

of praise and positive reinforcement as

effective methods of behavior manage-

ment. We believe that when participants

experience positive and understanding

interactions, they can develop good

self-concept, problem-solving abilities

and self-discipline. Our programs create

an environment that encourages positive

choices through understanding par-

ticipant’s basic needs and explaining

program expectations.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural

Resources Department supports and

practices the following behavior man-

agement practices:

Monitoring

— Noticing program envi-

ronment, daily check-in with partici-

pants, active participation with partici-

pants and proper staff placement.

Positive Reinforcement

— Providing

participants a positive program

environment.

Redirection

— Stopping the undesired

behavior and redirecting participant

to make the positive choice.

Time Out

— Providing an opportunity

for discussion between staff and the

participant by asking questions about

the behavior.

When positive choices are not made by

the participants, the following proce-

dures will be followed:

1. Initially, participants will be given a

quiet reprimand/verbal warning.

2. If behavior persists after verbal

warning, a Behavior Action Plan

will be implemented to identify

specific behaviors and work with

the participant and parent/guardian

to develop appropriate behavior

management solutions.

3. If behavior problems continue after

implementation of the Behavior

Action Plan, a first Behavior Incident

Report will be presented to the

parent/guardian.

4. Additional behavior problems will

constitute a second Behavior Incident

Report presented to the parent/

guardian, and a possible suspension

of two (2) full days from the program

may occur. (No refunds will be given

for the days suspended.) The parent/

guardian may be requested to pick

up the participant within an hour

of the initial contact to the parent/

guardian. If a parent/guardian does

not pick up the participant within an

hour, a late fee may be charged.

5. If a behavior problem persists, a third

Behavior Incident Report will be pre-

sented and the participant may be

asked to leave the program. The par-

ticipant will be suspended for two (2)

full days while the Behavior Incident

Reports are being reviewed.

6. For severe offenses, such as fighting/

hitting, theft, vandalism, bullying in

program or through social media,

possession of weapons or drugs,

severe verbal threats, sexual miscon-

duct, leaving the program/building

without proper dismissal or any other

safety-related behavior, the partici-

pant may be suspended or dismissed

from the program immediately.

7. Staff will not discipline participants

for behavior that occurs outside of

program hours, even at parental

requests. Participation in program

activities during program hours is

required.

Child-Care Licensing Information

Several of our sites are licensed by the

N.C. Division of Child Development and

Early Education and require additional

paperwork to be completed before your

child can begin our program. You may

be required to complete this paperwork

at the time of registration or at a later

date. Failure to complete licensing

paperwork by the deadline may result in

dismissal from the program. Licensure

also requires that you come to the

program site every day to sign your

child in and/or out of the program.

Confidentiality

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Department staff will not discuss confi-

dential matters or personal information

with anyone outside the department or

with unauthorized individuals.

All participants are encouraged to

respect the confidentiality of other

participants by not disclosing personal

information on social media such as

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat,

etc. Departmental staff members are not

permitted to share personal information

or pictures of any participants or staff

through social media accounts.

Dress Code

Participants should wear cool, com-

fortable clothing and athletic shoes to

participate in recreational or athletic

activities each day. Due to active play,

swimsuits, such as one-piece bathing

suits or board shorts/shirts, should pro-

vide full coverage. If appropriate attire is

not worn, therefore preventing participa-

tion, the parent/guardian may be asked

to bring appropriate clothing or will

be required to pick up the participant.

Certain programs may have additional

clothing requirements.

Unacceptable attire: sandals or flip-flops;

shirts with spaghetti straps; clothing

that displays drugs, alcohol, tobacco,

sexual or gang references; bikinis or

speedo briefs; excessively loose pants or

shirts; revealing clothing; jewelry; Crocs.

Certain programs may allow exceptions

to this list.

Electronic Devices/Items from

Home

No electronic devices are allowed

(mobile phones, MP3 players, gaming

devices, etc.) unless accommodations

have been made for the participant

through an Inclusion Plan. Staff reserves

the right to confiscate electronic devices

if issues arise.

Participants may have the opportunity

to bring in items (toys, books, etc.) from

home with program staff permission.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural

2016-2017 School Based Programs Policies

Please read carefully.

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