Policies and Procedures

Inclement weather

In cases of inclement weather, New Day School follows Portland Public School’s policy for closures as a general guideline. You can also subscribe to PPS’ Flash Alerts.

Illnesses and absences

If your child is sick with fever of 100 degrees F or over, has flu, vomiting, diarrhea, severe cough, unusually yellow color to skin or eyes, stiff neck and headache with one or more of the symptoms listed above, difficulty breathing or abnormal wheezing, complaints of severe pain or has a contagious condition, please do not send him/her to school. The State of Oregon Health Department requires your child to stay home for 24-48 hours before returning to school.

Parent involvement

The Parent Work Hour requirement is a part of our Neo-Humanist curriculum. It is guided by one of the principles of Astaunga Yoga -Tapah (helping hands/service). Parents’ participation in their child’s school life not only reinforces that they value him/her and have interest in his/her learning; it also aids and enhances the quality of program New Day offers. The work requirement provides the opportunity to meet other parents, work closely with school staff, and have a hands-on relationship with the school.

PWH commitment required per quarter, based on your child’s attendance:

  • 5 days/week – 10 hours/ quarter
  • 3 days/week – 6 hours/quarter
  • 2 days/week – 4 hours/quarter

Events & Food Policy

New Day School holds various all-school events, at least one per season, with family participation encouraged.

For potlucks and food sharing, please bring ONLY sentient, vegan, non-allergenic food:

  • Sentient food: No garlic, onions, leeks, meat, fish, eggs, mushrooms.
  • Vegan food: Only vegetarian and no milk products or eggs.
  • Non-allergenic: No nuts: peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, almonds.

Please remember to bring your own table service (plate, fork, etc.) for picnics & potlucks.

Food which is harmful for the mind and may or may not be good for the body include: onion, garlic, leeks, mushrooms, meat, fish, eggs, wine, stale or rotten food.
New Day School Food Policy (PDF).

We Welcome All

Unity in Diversity is one of the core values upon which New Day School is founded. This reflects in our commitment to offer an equal opportunity to all, regardless of economic background, race, family dynamics, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, ethnicity, nationality and culture. We believe that when diversity in background, experience and perspective is nurtured by the practice of universalism, ethical values and service, it inspires individuals to utilize their highest potential and lead creative, inspired and meaningful lives.

Questions and concerns

We welcome your thoughts and questions at any time. During drop-off and pick-up times, staff may be engaged with tending to the children’s needs; please consider calling or emailing our office to set a meeting time.

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