This information is designed to help parents/guardians and students participating in Pratt’s youth programs on campus. We hope it will be helpful in answering your questions and outlining our policies.
Please read the following information prior to your first day.
Program Policies and Information
We are committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for all students and their parents/guardians in which we all treat one another with courtesy and respect. We welcome the opportunity to share Pratt Institute’s high-quality arts education program with your family, whether online or in-person. We are committed to treating this unique learning environment with care and so the following policies and guidelines are in place:
How to Find Your Class
All children enrolled in Pratt Institute’s Center K-12 programs will receive an email with links to a Google Classroom that will serve as the “home-base” for the class. The Google Classroom will also contain links to the Zoom video meeting for each class. Please allow at least 10 minutes before the first class to login to your Google Classroom, test your internet connection, and be ready to join the Zoom meeting. All classes will begin promptly. Please be sure your child is ready to join on time.
Arrival and Dismissal
Classes begin and end on time. Please be prompt.
Students should visit the restrooms before class. We hope that your child can participate during the entire class period without interruption.
It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to add key program dates and times to their calendars, which are available year-round on our websites.
On occasion, we may send notifications that relate to specific classes or events, but in general, no email reminders are sent.
Expectations of Each Participant
Students and parents/guardians are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior while in class, and this includes treating all members of our community with courtesy and respect. It is unacceptable to participate in: name-calling, talking back, bullying, or swearing, for example.
And all students and parents are asked—for their own safety—to follow the directions of Pratt security and staff.
If a student’s behavior is particularly challenging and disruptive, our approach is as follows:
- The teacher will notify supervising faculty, if applicable, reflect on their teaching and implement strategies for the following class.
- The Supervising Faculty or Deputy Director will speak directly to the child and/or call home.
- In the event of serious or persistent issues, the parent will be notified that the student’s registration is terminated. Registration can be terminated at the discretion of the Director. No refunds will be issued.
Regular attendance is expected and is necessary to complete projects.
Parents must notify the office of any absences in advance by phone or email.
Pratt Young Scholars and DICE students with more than three absences per term may be withdrawn from the program. Parents will not be notified if their son or daughter is late or absent.
Visitors and Guests
For the safety of all students, only registered students and instructors are permitted to join the Zoom sessions or access the Google Classroom. There are no visitors (including parents, friends, and siblings) allowed in the studios and classrooms. Parents and guests are invited to attend the Open Studio exhibition during the final class.
Cell phones must be turned off during class and other electronic devices that may cause distractions should be turned off and put away.
Families are responsible for ordering their own supplies, and we anticipate supplies to cost approximately $50 per class. A link to a supply list will be in each course description on the website.
Because we are asking families to buy supplies that would normally be provided by Pratt Institute, we have lowered tuition costs for this semester.
The Center will order and send the required supplies to families receiving financial aid at no additional cost to the families.
Art materials can be messy, and students often work on the floor. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing that may get dirty.
Families should set aside a clear, flat space for the child to work during class. Please prepare the space and have all required materials ready for the beginning of class. Because art materials can be messy, families may want to cover tables or floors with newspaper, however, all materials being used in classes this year can be cleaned up with soap and water.
Families should also set aside a safe place to store projects that may be worked on during several classes.
Children and families will have the opportunity to upload projects for the day on Google classroom, which will guide discussion and critique. Due to the nature of online learning, it is important to take a good quality photograph of any work. Instructors in all programs will teach children how to photograph their work.
Bad Weather Days/Class Cancellations
For information regarding cancellations due to weather or any other emergency, call Pratt’s weather emergency line at 718.636.3700. All youth program classes will be canceled if Pratt’s classes are canceled. There are no make-up classes for missed classes.
Parents and students will be notified by email of any class cancellation.
Registration and Confirmation
For registration and application instructions, please refer to each program’s brochure or website. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes fill up quickly.
Please note that sending in a completed registration form does not guarantee that you have secured a place in a class. After registration closes, those who have secured a place in a class will receive a confirmation email, so please make sure the email address you provide is accurate.
If the class(es) you selected is full, you will be sent an email saying you have been placed on a waiting list. If a place becomes available, we will contact those on the waiting list.
For programs that require tuition, full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Payments accepted: cash, check (payable to Pratt Institute Saturday Art School), money order, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
Pratt Institute reserves the right to cancel or change any class when circumstances warrant.
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Pratt Institute reserves the right to dismiss any student and/or parent who does not abide by the expectations listed in this handbook.