Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for answers? We’ve responded to some of your most frequently asked questions below. If you need more details, please read our parent handbook. Of course, you can also call our front office with questions.


What are MARC’s school hours?

We are open for classes Monday through Friday.

UPK
8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Full Day Classes
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

After-School Program
Regular days: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Half days: 11:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Summer: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (as long as funding is available)

Note: We do not accept children before 8:00 a.m., and we will charge a late fee, payable before the next class, to families who fail to pick up a child after 6:05 p.m.

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May I visit my child during the school day?

Yes, we have an open door policy at MARC. You are welcome to visit the classroom anytime your child is in attendance, but please avoid visiting during rest time as much as possible. We also welcome parents to call anytime. If we cannot answer your phone call, please leave a message with the receptionist, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Will you work with me regarding my child’s progress and behavior?

Yes, we believe open communication between home and school is important. We will maintain an open stream of communication with you regarding your child and issues surrounding your child by means of daily discussion when necessary. We ask that you explain how you expect us to care for your child clearly and carefully. Also, please provide updates on any problems and progress your child is making. Good communication helps us work together in your child’s best interest.

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How will we communicate about what’s going on at school?

We would like to ensure that there is constant communication between the program and the parents. We have a couple of ways to get the message across.

  • Activities Calendar
  • Parent Bulletin Board
    This is located at the entrance of the program and next to every classroom entrance. You'll find letters to parents at the end of every day to inform you about any changes or upcoming events. 
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Do MARC students participate in field trips?

Yes, we appreciate opportunities to enhance the learning that takes place at MARC. All of our field trips are age-appropriate. We occasionally go on field trips by school bus or on foot away from the premises of school. We’ll be sure to talk to you about it in advance so you can sign the required consent form. If we don’t have your permission, your child will not be able to attend the activity, but we’ll take good care of him/her at the school. We welcome parent participation on our field trips, so please let your child’s teacher know if you’d like to go.

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What should I do if my child must miss a day of school?

You must call MARC to let us know if your child will be absent. If your child is ill and absent for more than three consecutive days, we require a doctor’s note to allow the student back into the program. If you will be taking a vacation, please provide a written notice one to two weeks before leaving; indicate when the child will be leaving, how long your child will be away, and when he/she will be returning. 

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What does the school do to raise funds?

MARC puts on four performances every year to raise funds.

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration in January
  • The end-of-the-year show in June
  • A summer fundraiser in August
  • A winter fundraiser in December

The performances, which require a lot of practice, include dancing, theater, poetry, nutrition awareness, and singing. All MARC students participate in these fun events.

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What required examinations, immunizations, and screenings are needed for my child to be enrolled?

All children prior to admissions shall receive a complete age appropriate medical examination, including but not limited to a history, physical examination, developmental assessment, nutritional evaluation, lead poisoning screening, and, if indicated, screening tests for dental health, tuberculosis, vision, and anemia.

Immunizations

All children shall be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, pneumococcal disease and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), in accordance with New York Public Health Law §2164, or successo law.

Children aged from 6 months to 59 months must receive at least one dose of influenza vaccine between July 1 and December 31 of each year.


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