What is our Inclement Weather Closing and Delays Policy?

During Inclement Weather, The Ivy Preparatory School follows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) decisions regarding delays and closing when the reasons pertain to the safe transport of the children, staff and parents on the first day. For the second and any subsequent days, The Ivy makes independent decisions. Learn more.

What is the late pick up policy?

The Ivy Preparatory School closes at 6:00 p.m. We require parents to arrive at, or before, this time.

  • A late fee will be charged for each child picked up after our normal operating hours.
  • Beginning at 6:01 p.m., the late fee will be charged at a rate of $2.00 per minute.
  • Parents are expected to pay staff upon arrival. A receipt will be filed at this time.

What is the drop off /pick up policy?

Upon arrival at the school, please make sure that the teacher in charge is aware that your child(ren) has/have arrived.

  • Your child(ren) should be taken to their assigned rooms where there is a teacher on duty.
  • Please do not leave your child(ren) unattended anywhere else on the premises.
  • For drop off between the hours of 7:00AM and 9:00AM and for pick up between the hours of 5:00PM and 6:00PM, please report to the multi-purpose room.

What is the absentee procedure?

If your child is not going to come to school due to illness, please call us as soon as possible to inform us or note it in Tadpoles. Let us know if the illness is contagious, so that we can monitor the other children at our school for signs of the illness. We will also do the same by informing you if other children have come down with some communicable disease, so that you can monitor your own child. All confirmed communicable diseases will be posted on a sign in the room that has been affected. If you plan to take a vacation or trip and your child will be absent, please let your child’s teacher know.

How can I learn more about The Ivy?

Whether you have questions about our infant, toddler and 2’s/3’s programs, we encourage you to set up a tour to come and see what The Ivy Preparatory School is all about. On the date of your appointment, you will have the opportunity to see the learning environment followed by an information session with one of the directors.  Feel free to call us with any questions and we’ll be happy to answer them. Additionally, we have parent referrals if requested. 

Please click on the bubble icon on the bottom right of the screen to chat with an enrollment specialist.

What should parents send in for the first day?

At enrollment, each family will receive a list of items to bring on the first day based on the child’s class. Please label all items with your child’s name.


What is the sick/illness policy at The Ivy?

The children are checked daily by their teachers for fevers, colds, rashes, etc. If your child is sick while at our school, we will contact you immediately. Once we contact you, your child must be picked up as soon as possible (within an hour) to ensure that the other children are not exposed to something that may be contagious.

We understand that you may not be able to pick up your child right away due to your work or other situation. However, if you are unable to pick up your child, please make other arrangements so that your child may be picked up as soon as possible (within an hour). If someone else, who is not listed on the application form, comes to pick up your child, please remember that we will need written permission, and that person must provide photo identification when they arrive at our school.

Children are sent home if their temperature reaches 100.1 degrees F and they exhibit signs of illness (i.e. coughing, sneezing, running nose, sore throat, etc.), or if their temperature reaches 100.4 degrees F (even in the absence of other symptoms). If a child is sent home from school due to illness, they may not return to school the next day. They cannot come back until they have been fever-free for 24 hours. Children’s temperatures are measured with a temporal thermometer; our health policies will be administered according to our thermometer’s reading only.

If the child has vomited at school, our school will call the parents/guardians. Children who have the following diseases: Impetigo, Ring Worm, Scabies, Chicken Pox, Measles, Hand, Foot and Mouth, Fifth Disease, etc. must stay away from school until the scabs/rash are completely dried up, and a note from your physician must be provided.

Head lice are very contagious. If your child has lice, please use only medicated shampoo until it has all cleared up. Children with head lice may not return to school until all of the nits and live bugs are gone.

Pink eye is also very contagious. If your child has pink eye, he or she may not return to our school until medication has been administered for at least 24 hours.

How can parents get involved?

Being involved in your child’s education from the beginning increases your child’s educational success.

Ways to get involved include:

  • Maintaining open communication with the teacher(s)
  • Volunteering to read a story to the children
  • Participating in our music and movement activity time
  • Reading to your child at home at least once daily