Class Policies

Class Hours

Classrooms open at 9:00 AM.
Classes meet from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon.
For the safety of our students, our front door is locked at approximately 9:20am. Please ring the bell if you are coming after this time.
Lunch Bunch pickup is at 1:00 PM.

Nobody is Perfect- Potty Training Policy

While students at Emmanuel Day School need to be potty trained, we realize that children learn potty training in different ways. In particular for younger students entering our Turtles class, this can be a source of stress and anxiety. We want to work through this with you for everyone’s benefit.

EDS students are permitted to wear pull-ups at school. If a child has a “wet accident”, the Teacher or Director will help the child change into clean clothes. If the child has a bowel movement, the Teacher or Director will call a parent or guardian and ask them to come to school to change the child.

By late fall, we will evaluate how independent toilet usage is going for all of our students. We reserve the right to ask students to take a leave of absence from EDS if repeat “accidents” are becoming too disruptive to the classroom. When this does occur, the student may consider spending this time away from EDS at Patti’s Play Center (if space is available), while they are completing their potty training.

Snack / Allergen Policy

A nutritious snack plus water to drink will be provided daily at school. Please note that the snacks the school provides are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free. Please let us know if there are particular foods that your child must not eat for religious reasons and particularly if there are any food allergies. We do not permit homemade snacks for parties. All snacks must be store-bought and in their original packaging. Please also make sure all ingredients are from a facility that does not process nuts.

This link provides an extensive list of snack options. Please remember to double check the ingredient lists as contents may change over time.

Snack List

Snow Policy

Emmanuel Day School (EDS) follows the Mercer Island School District (MISD) school closure policy due to inclement weather. If MISD schools are closed due to inclement weather, EDS will be closed. If MISD schools have a delayed start, EDS will be closed.

Please visit to check for school closures.

Emergency Response

While we enjoy how smoothly the school runs, we still plan for emergencies. Emmanuel Day School trains for and practices fire drills, earthquake drills, and lockdowns. Off-site emergency information (in the rare event we could not return into our school building) is provided to all parents; we also have the ability to make use of the Mercer Island Police Department Emergency Alert system to make sure that notifications are sent in the most timely manner possible.