WELCOME TO WALDEN OAK SCHOOL
Thank you for selecting Walden Oak School. We know that you are entrusting us with the
education and care of your child. Our staff strives to provide each child with happy memories of their days
at Walden, as well as educational gains that will benefit your child throughout his/her school years. Our
programs provide social, physical, emotional, and academic development while being guided by a loving
and well trained staff.
We believe that the environment in which your child spends so much time is extremely important.
Research indicates that children learn most effectively when they are allowed choices and discoveries on
their own using materials that challenge them. Our classrooms are organized and equipped with
educational materials that support choices and active learning.
ABOUT WALDEN OAK SCHOOL
Walden Oak School I Walden Oak School II
3100 Baker Rd. 1712 Massey Tompkins
Baytown, Texas 77521 Baytown, Texas 77521
(281) 424 - 5811 (281) 428 - 8575
Hours of Operations: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm - Monday - Friday
Infants ( 6 wks - 14 Months) Toddler 1 (15 – 24 Months)
Toddler 2 ( 24- 36 months ) Preschool ( 3 Years)
PreKindergarten ( 4 & 5 Years) School Age ( 5 - 12 Years) - Operates before/after school during
public school sessions and full time during summer.
Enrollment Process.... Registration consists of :
1. Completed Enrollment Application
2. Medical / Immunization Records - Your child must be current
3. Parental Acknowledgment Form
4. * Registration Fee ($40.00) and First Week Tuition (Registration Fee is non-refundable)
5. Policy Contract
Our center is open to the community and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of
race, religion, or sex. If your child has special needs, we will consider all resources and referrals
available in order to offer care for your child.
Holidays....We observe the following holidays and will be closed on:
New Years Day July 4th Christmas Day after Thanksgiving
Memorial Day. Labor Day Thanksgiving
* There are no tuition credits for the 7 Holidays that we observe.
Tuition... All tuition quotes are for a 10 hour day. If you are in need of a longer day an extra 10% charge
will be included. Tuition is payable on Monday for the current week. If tuition is paid late, there is a $5.00
late payment charge which is added to your account. Failure to pay in a timely manner may result in
termination of enrollment. A $25.00 fee is charged for NSF checks returned. If an account has three NSF
checks returned to us, future payments are required in money order or cash. If you qualify for a refund, a
corporate check is issued within 10 days. There is a $10.00 processing fee.
Absences... When a child is going to be absent, please inform the office. There are no credits for
absences as our staffing operational expenses are fixed and not any less when a child is absent.
Illness Policy... If a child becomes ill while at school, the welfare of the child and the consideration of
others is our first concern. Walden Oak does not have the facilities to care for a child with a fever, rash,
discharge from eyes or ears, diarrhea, or a harsh cough. When a child has a infectious illness, a parent
will be notified. He/she will be removed from classroom and isolated in the office until child can be picked
up. Children must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Because
many types of infectious diseases are contact borne, we constantly work to follow sanitation procedures
like hand washing, toy washing, and diaper change area disinfecting. Other diseases which are air borne
and spread from child to child or to adults is much more difficult to control. Please use the following
guidelines to determine whether child can return to school:
Diarrhea - A child may return to school when he/she is free of other symptoms (fever, irritability, ,
lethargy, etc.) and has had a normal bowel movement.
Vomiting - The child may return to school when he/she is free of other symptoms and his/her appetite
has returned and is eating normally.
Fever - In cases of over 101, which indicates an infection, a child may return 24 hours after the
child’s unmedicated temperature has returned to normal or the child has seen a physician and been
cleared to return to school. Your child is especially vulnerable when battling an illness. If he/she
returns too soon, another infection could set in.
If your child has a contagious disease, please acquire a doctor's release before returning to
school. Please inform the school if your child has a serious contagious disease. Children who become ill
at school must be picked up within 45 minutes of notification.
* All classes go outside daily, weather permitting. If you are concerned that your child is too ill for outdoor
play, he/she should probably stay home. It is difficult for us to accommodate a child who must remain
inside all day.
Arrival...When a child arrives at school, an adult must accompany the child into the classroom and
release the child to a staff member. Children may not be dropped off in the parking lot and expected to
find their group. Sometimes we are outside or in cafeteria, which causes children to wander. This is an
unsafe situation. It is important that the teacher knows when he/she arrives.
Withdrawal....A two week written courtesy notice to the office is required prior to withdrawal. Your tuition
obligation continues until you notify us of withdrawal. There is a six week waiting period for re-enrollment.
When a refund due to overpayment is issued, there is a $10.00 processing fee.
Late Pick Up.... Our closing time is 6:00pm. A late pick up fee is assessed after these closing times at a
rate of $5.00/ 5 minutes. This fee is due upon pickup.
Visitation...Parents are welcome to visit our school anytime. We have an "open door" policy. If you are
interested in being a parent volunteer, please inform the office. Parents are especially appreciated during
holiday parties and field trips.
Medication...If a child must receive medication at school, parent must complete our medication form at
the front office. Medication is administered by office staff at 11:00am and /or 3:00pm. Please read label
instructions carefully. Make sure all medication is clearly labeled with the child's name, dosage, and date.
All medication must be left at the office. Please do not pack medication in children's backpacks or bags
where they have access to them. All non - prescription medications will be administered as per label
instructions, please check label for the dosage for your child's age and/or weight. If there is not a dosage
for your child listed on the label this medication will not be given. Walden Oak School will not give an
over the counter medication to a child under the age of two. No medication, including aspirin, can be
given to a child per telephone instructions
Food Service...Menus are posted on the main bulletin board. A variety of nutritious foods are served
daily in our cafeteria giving your child a balanced meal in amounts adequate to ensure proper growth and
development. We offer daily, a morning and afternoon snack and a noon meal. Children are always
encouraged, but never forced to eat. Lunch counts are taken at 10:00 am, please call if you are going
to arrive to school after lunch counts are taken or lunch will not be provided that day. Any child
arriving after the schedule lunch time should eat before they come to school. Please do not send snacks
Breakfast Bar....Open 6:00 am - 7:00 am. Our breakfast service in intended for early arrivals only. If your
child arrives after 7:00, he/she should have already eaten their breakfast at home. We do provide
breakfast food items for $1.00/meal.
Toys / Backpacks.... Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. This creates classroom
problems as many children are not willing to share personal toys and items are easily broken. Books are
welcome anytime. Please be sure it is labeled with your child's name. Backpacks are also prohibited.
Nap Time... All preschool classes have a scheduled nap time. Children are not forced to sleep but are
required to stay on their mat and rest. Music is played throughout nap time. All classrooms are supervised
by a teacher during this time. Your child may bring a small size blanket to use at nap. It will be sent home
every Friday for washing. No pillows please, we have limited storage.
Field Trips...Schoolager classes schedule local field trips throughout the year . A note is posted 3 days
in advance for details.
Birthdays...Children may host a party at school with their classroom. We ask that gifts not be included,
but a special cookie treat and favors are welcome. Please make arrangement in advance with the office.
Food items must be purchased.
Water Activities...When weather permits, we have sprinkler water play on our playgrounds. Notes are
always posted to inform you of these activities.
Emergency Procedures... In the event your child is injured or seriously ill, and parents or emergency
contacts cannot be reached, we will transport your child the the closest emergency facility. Depending on
the circumstances, an emergency call to 911 could be placed. If a disaster situation should occur, we will
wait for advice from local authorities.
Authorization to pick up your child...Only those persons listed on your enrollment form will be allowed
to pick up your child without written permission. Changes can be made in the office in writing.
Guidance Policy and Discipline....Our teachers strive to maintain control in a classroom by preventing
problems through effective planning, reinforcement of appropriate behavior , and redirecting misbehavior.
Corporal punishment is not administered. Group exclusion is used only when repeated requests for
cooperative behavior is ignored. Parents will be notified when a problem cannot be handled at school.
When there is a discipline problem, success depends upon the working together of home and school.
There is no punishment associated with food or rest. Your child will be treated with respect at all times.
Our teachers are trained to distinguish between behavior and misbehavior and to act accordingly. Please
be aware that when any group of children get together, there will be friction of some sort. This is how
children learn to solve problems and develop social skills. We try to help children learn from each
experience. Sometimes, there are behaviors or disabilities that our center operations or staff is not
qualified to handle. In these cases, the child's enrollment at the center may be terminated.
Referrals...The Baytown community has many programs that can be used to help families and children
with special needs. Referrals are made on an individual basis and may be acquired through our office.
Our Teachers...Feel assured that "your child is in good hands". Our staff has been carefully selected and
trained. Most of our teachers have college level child development courses. Each staff member is
required to complete annual training in addition to CPR and First Aid.
First Day Anxieties....Often our school will be the first separation for you and your child. Sometimes it is
harder on the parent than the child, especially when the child has tears, clings, and cries "don't leave me".
This is normal and can last up to two weeks. We are prepared with your help to handle these "separation
anxieties". Before long, your child will enjoy the happy balance of love and learning at Walden Oak
This center is licensed by Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Contact can be made by
phone 713-940-5200 or website www.tdprs.state.tx.us
For reporting Child Abuse and Neglect …1-800-252-5400.
Thank you again for choosing Walden Oak School! We want to provide your child with meaningful and
nurturing experiences, so that you feel confident when you leave your child with us. If you have any
concerns or complaints, please inform the office staff.