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In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for pre‑schoolers to learn.  As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued good self‑image while building social skills in a school setting.

Sensory, motor, perceptual, and language skills are introduced through materials and activities which are both child‑centered and teacher‑directed.  Work is planned which emphasizes the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition.  Schedules are designed which balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times.

We treat each child as an individual, working from the level each child has attained and moving forward a step at a time. We teach a love of learning by allowing children to experience their own stage of development and helping them to feel success without pressure.
Parents may gain valuable insights and techniques from the expertise of the staff, and at the same time, share their own talents and interests to maintain the excellent quality here at Highland Day School. School then becomes a shared experience that hopefully will continue throughout each child’s educational process.

Please take a few minutes to read the HDS 2016-2017 Handbook.

Tori Arthor, Director
901.308.8847  |  Email Tori

2020-21 HANDBOOK

2020 Healthy Living Policies & Procedures 

Schedule Changes

  • HDS will not offer Early Care (7:00–8:00am) or After Care (5:00–6:00pm). This is because these options require large, mixed groups. 

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

  • Only children and staff members are allowed in the building this time, per CDC 
Parents will drop-off students at the awning between the 2 year old and toddler 
playground from 8:00-9:30 and pickup from 2-5. 

  • Staff members will greet families, take child’s temperature (must be under 100.4) and 
accept only the lunchbox from home 

  • Children will be asked to bring all items on the first day returning to school and HDS 
will sanitize those items and keep at school for the summer (blankets, lovies, cups, 
pacifiers, bottles, etc.). 

  • Children can not bring any items to school after the first day, except for the lunchbox. 

  • Floaters will wash hands and sign child in before taking next student.

Classroom Families 

  • Just as families were asked to stay together, apart from other families, our classroom 
families will stay together and apart from other classroom families in the school. 

  • Classes will not combine and will stay in their assigned space except for recess.
  • Students will be socially distanced as much as possible during carpet times, table 
times, meals, and rest time.


  • Classes will recess only with their classroom family.
  • Recess schedules will be adjusted.
  • Classes will bring toys to recess that are only used by their classroom family. 


  • HDS will assign floaters to wipe down common surfaces such as countertops, kitchen 
area, door knobs and light switches continually .
  • Teachers will maintain a “yuck bucket” and place in it all items children put in their 
mouths. These items will be sanitized. 

  • Classrooms will be sanitized on a regular schedule. 

Health and Safety 

  • We will take the temperature of employees upon arrival. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 
or higher will be sent home to recover.
  • We require all students and staff who are not well to stay home. Anyone with a 
lingering cough or fever should stay home to get well.
  • Staff will wear masks.
  • Children in 3 year old or older classes should provide a mask from home to wear when 
in common areas outside of their classroom. 

Isolation Policy

  • If a child develops a fever at school, the child will be isolated in an unused classroom with a staff member from their class until the parent arrives. Parents are expected to pick up their child within an hour of notification of the fever.

Exposure to Covid-19

  • If someone in your household is diagnosed with Covid-19, the child should stay home for at least 14 days, or longer if recommended by the CDC.
  • If there is a Covid-19 case at HDS, the staff and students from that class will stay home for 48 hours to allow for the classroom to be cleaned.