Jericho Christian Academy
Parent and Student Handbook
Apostle Betty P. Peebles, D.Div., Administrator
8500 & 8501 Jericho City Drive Asst. Pastor Joel R. Peebles, M.A., Headmaster
Landover, MD 20785 Mrs. Glennis P. Gill, M.A., M.S., Principal
(301) 333-9400 Mr. Kevin V. Buckner, M.Ed., Vice Principal
firstname.lastname@example.org Mrs. Jeannette M. Soliday, Lead Teacher
A Place Your Children Can Grow Academically,
Emotionally, Socially and Spiritually
• Compassionate Faculty
• Dynamic Athletic Program
• Exciting Music and Arts Programs
• High Academic Achievement
• Maryland State Department of Education Approved
• Member of the Association of Christian Schools
• Safe and Loving Christian Environment
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The JCA Experience…
Jericho Christian Academy provides an education founded on high
academic standards. The instructional program facilitates the student’s
ability to think critically and productively. Within the academic program,
the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses are identified and
nurtured in an effort to equip the student with the necessary principles to
fulfill God’s will in his/her life.
Jericho Christian Academy provides a Christ-centered environment built
upon a qualified teaching staff and a Christian instructional program.
The Jericho Christian Academy teacher is an individual who possesses a
working knowledge of the Bible and can guide students in the practical
application of God’s Word to daily life. The teacher is child-centered and
seeks to meet the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social and physical
needs of each student.
Jericho Christian Academy presents academic subject matter bringing to
bear the truth of God’s Word. Selected curricula, teaching methods, and
resources support the belief that all truth is God’s truth.
Jericho Christian Academy stands firmly on the belief that the Christian
school is an extension of the Christian home. Jericho Christian Academy
strives to work in partnership with the home in training the student. The
Bible clearly states that it is the responsibility of the parent to train
the child in Christian principles. Jericho Christian Academy has been
established to serve parents in fulfilling this responsibility.
• Teaches and nurtures principles necessary to fulfill God’s Word in our
• Provides an education founded on high academic standards.
• Facilitates students’ critical thinking skills.
• Engages students in a healthy teaching and learning environment.
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Our Faith Confession
I AM SOMEBODY
ROMANS 8 DECLARES UNTO ME THAT I AM A CHILD OF GOD.
I AM AN HEIR OF GOD. I AM A JOINT HEIR WITH LORD CHRIST JESUS.
I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR THROUGH
CHRIST JESUS WHO LOVES ME.
IF GOD BE FOR ME, WHO CAN BE AGAINST ME?
THE 91ST PSALM DECLARES UNTO ME THAT AS LONG AS I DWELL IN THE SECRET PLACE
OF THE MOST HIGH, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD, I SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW,
THE PROTECTION, AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD.
IT FURTHER BEARS WITHNESS IN ME THAT GOD IS MY REFUGE (MY HIDING PLACE) MY
FORTRESS (MY STRENGTH) AND MY GOD (THE ONE IN WHOM I WORSHIP).
BECAUSE OF THIS I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE SNARE OF THE FOWLER NOR THE NOI-
SOME PESTILENCE FOR A THOUSAND SHALL FALL AT ONE SIDE AND TEN THOUSAND AT
MY RIGHT HAND, BUT IT SHALL NOT COME NIGH MY DWELLING. ONLY WITH MINE EYES
SHALL I BEHOLD AND SEE THE REWARDS OF THE WICKED.
BECAUSE GOD IS MY REFUGE AND MY HABITATION,
NO EVIL SHALL BEFALL ME. NEITHER SHALL ANY PLAGUE,
SICKNESS, NOR DISEASE COME NIGH MY DWELLING.
BECAUSE GOD GIVES HIS ANGELS (MORE THAN 72, 000 ANGELS)
CHARGE OVER ME TO KEEP ME IN ALL MY WAYS.
THOSE ANGELS BEAR ME UP IN THEIR HANDS BEFORE I DASH
MY FOOT AGAINST A STONE.
1ST PETER 2:9 ESTABLISHES MY IDENTITY – THAT IS –
I AM A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
I AM A HOLY NATION; I AM A PECULIAR PEOPLE. I HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARK-
NESS AND PLACED INTO MY GOD’S MARVELOUS LIGHT.
GALATIONS 3 ASSURES ME THAT CHRIST HAS REDEEMED ME FROM THE CURSE OF THE
LAW AND RELEASED ME TO THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM. IT FURTHER ASSURES ME THAT
IF I BELONG TO CHRIST (WHICH I DO) THEN I AM ABRAHAM’S SEED AND AN HEIR AC-
CORDING TO THE PROMISES.
SOME OF THOSE PROMISES ARE FOUND IN DEUTERONOMY 28
I AM BLESSED COMING IN; I AM BLESSED GOING OUT. THE FRUIT OF MY BODY, MY CHIL-
DREN, ARE BLESSED. I AM THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL. I AM ABOVE AND NOT BE-
NEATH. I AM THE LENDER AND NOT THE BORROWER. THESE BLESSINGS ARE STEADILY
OVERTAKING ME DAILY.
OH YES! ONE MORE THING THE 91ST PSALM ASSURES ME – THAT
WITH LONG LIFE WILL MY GOD SATISFY ME AND SHOW ME HOW GOOD IT IS TO BE ONE
OF THE SAVED.
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH,
NOW GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT HALLELUJAH!
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The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father which art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
In earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread and
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive
those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom,
the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.
The Pledge to the Bible
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word.
I will make it a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.
I will hide His Words in my heart
That I might not sin against God.
The Pledge to the Christian Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag
And to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands;
One Savior, Crucified, Risen and coming again
With life and liberty for all whom believe.
Pledge To The American Flag
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
Of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty
and justice for all.
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Jericho Christian Academy Mega Vision
The MEGA VISION for Jericho Christian Academy
is to prepare all students for a Christ driven life,
as they meet their Godly purposes: spiritually,
socially, academically, and economically, as they
learn, discover and live by the Word of God.
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Jericho Christian Academy Mission Statement
Our mission from our Early Childhood Development Program through our
High School is to:
1. To teach so that each student will take as his personal commitment
and belief that Jesus Christ is The Son of God and that His death and
resurrection provided forgiveness of sin and new life through faith in Him.
2. To create in each student a firm conviction that the Bible is The Word
of God to men and that it is a practical guide to life and living.
3. To develop within each student a keen understanding of the
fundamentals of God’s creation, including all of the academic studies; to
cause within his thinking an understanding that Jesus Christ is central in
these areas; and to instruct him thoroughly in the arts and sciences that
he might develop to the glory of God, spiritually, socially, mentally and
physically, not in his natural energy, but through new life in Christ.
4. To teach the principles of faith that each student will purpose to yield
himself completely to God in submission and obedience to His will as
revealed in the Bible.
5. To cause each student to adopt Christian living through fellowship
with The Lord Jesus Christ, in studying The Holy Scriptures, in prayer
and in Christian service activities.
6. To develop the practice (by teachers) of applying scriptural principles
to the disciplining of the student.
7. To cause each student to work effectively with perseverance, both
independently and cooperatively.
8. To develop within each student an understanding of how to think and
how to apply himself.
9. To cause each student to appreciate and desire wholesome recreation.
10.To develop in each student the proper attitudes, ideas, habits,
knowledge and skills which are the necessary preparation for life.
11.To give each student the kind of experience that will help him/her face life
with courage and understanding, and experience a living faith in God that will
make him/her a credit to Christ, the community, the nation and themselves.
12.To teach each student the unadulterated truth based upon The Word of
God regarding Santa Claus, Halloween, Tooth Fairies, Easter Bunnies, etc.
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Early Childhood Development Program Mission
The mission of Jericho Christian Academy Early Childhood Development
Program is to nurture, develop and prepare children academically for
Elementary School. We believe that God has trusted us to achieve this Vision
through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Early Childhood Development Program Objectives
• To provide Godly nurturing and care to each child every day.
• To communicate each child’s progress to every parent.
• To develop fine and gross motor skills in preparation for life-long
• To develop cognitive skills in pre-reading and writing that prepare
students to read and write.
• To develop cognitive skills in mathematics that prepare students for
life-long learning and financial stability.
• To develop a general appreciation and love for participation in the fine
• To develop an indwelling spirit as it relates to the knowledge of
Christianity, God, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Elementary School Program Mission
The mission of Jericho Christian Academy Elementary School (K-6) is to
nurture, develop and prepare students to meet and exceed the academic
standards and demands of Middle School in reading, writing, speaking,
mathematics foundations and Godly decision-making.
Elementary School Program Objectives
• To provide Godly care and oversight for each child daily.
• To communicate each child’s progress to his/her parent.
• To develop high quality communication skills in writing and speaking.
• To develop cognitive skills in mathematics, numeracy, and geometry
that prepare students for life-long learning.
• To develop cognitive skills in reading that prepares students to “read
• To develop cognitive skills in critical thinking, cause and effect, and
• To further develop an appreciation and love for the fine arts.
• To continue to develop an indwelling spirit as it relates to the
knowledge of Christianity, God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Middle School Program Mission
The mission of the Jericho Christian Academy Middle School (grades 7
and 8) is to extend the development of our students through consistent
high quality communication in thinking, speaking, reading, writing,
mathematics, science and Godly decision-making.
Middle School Program Objectives
• To provide Godly oversight, guidance and understanding to each student.
• To communicate verbally with each child’s parent at least twice per
• To develop, encourage and promote high quality communication skills
in writing and speaking.
• To promote, encourage and set the environment and tone for critical
thinking and reflection.
• To review, promote and develop cognitive skills in reading,
mathematics, language usage, science and social studies.
• To encourage through the Holy Bible an appreciation of God’s Word,
the life of Jesus Christ and the blessings that are already afforded to
our individual and collective lives.
• To plan numerous activities that provide experiences whereby students
can grow in their thinking regarding Godly possibilities for their futures.
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High School Program Mission
The mission of the Jericho Christian Academy High School (grades 9-12)
is to prepare students for righteous life and college while they increase
their service as ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
High School Program Objectives
• To provide Godly oversight, guidance and understanding to each
student every day.
• To communicate the importance of college and encourage students to
focus on the goals of college acceptance, entry and completion.
• To encourage students to seek challenging course work through
Advanced Placement courses that can be applied to college transcripts.
• To strengthen foundation learning in reading, language and
mathematics through tutoring, mentoring, and Godly counseling
offered by Jericho Christian Academy.
• To earn Carnegie Units through certified courses that lead to high
school graduation and college entry.
• To provide pre-college experiences that expand ideas and critical thinking
needed to determine areas of interest that align with college choices.
• To provide a SAT Preparation Class that provides exposure to standards
for college testing.
• To encourage students to attain and maintain high grade point
averages so as to compete with the vast number of college applicants
throughout the county, state and country.
• To develop and maintain with confidence the knowledge of God, His
work and His Word.
• To serve as an ambassador of Jesus Christ.
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Admissions Policy and Procedure
BThe following admission procedures must be met before acceptance of
any student to the Jericho Christian Academy.
Come in for registration forms and information. Complete and return
registration forms with a check for $175 per student ($100 deposit
and $75 registration and application fee). The registration fee is for
processing and is NON-REFUNDABLE. The $100 deposit, which is NON-
REFUNDABLE and NON-REDEEMABLE, will be applied towards the book
fee upon acceptance. The following admission procedures must be met
before the acceptance of any student:
1. The student must demonstrate satisfactory performance on an
entrance exam (grades 1-12).
2. A satisfactory personal interview (parents, students and
administrator) must be completed for all new students.
3. Transcripts from previously attended school(s) must be received.
Records must include teacher recommendations and demonstrate
course performance with a minimum passing grade of D. Previous
schools or programs attended must be approved by the state in which
the school or program is located.
4. Medical forms, immunization records, birth certificates and all other
necessary forms must be submitted.
5. Satisfactory arrangements with the school for payment of tuition
and all other fees must be made. (This includes a signed tuition
6. A completed ministerial recommendation form must be submitted. If
the student does not have a minister, please return the form blank.
7. Current teachers must complete student evaluation forms. Secondary
students need a recommendation from their English teacher,
mathematics teacher, and guidance counselor.
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8. The following forms must be completed and on file at the Jericho
Completion of the following forms:
• Financial Application
• Tuition Payment Application
• A Parent, Guardian A Responsible Party Agreement
• Pledge of Acceptance for Parent and Guardians
• Authorization for Students to Attend School Field Trips and
Participate In School Activities
• Emergency Medical Authorization
• Counseling of Minors and to Secure Emergency Medical Treatment
The Jericho Christian Academy admits students of any race, color,
national origin or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and
activities generally accorded to students of the school.
Any student entering after the entrance exams have been administered is
required to be tested individually and may be charged an additional non-
refundable fee of $35.00.
The Jericho Christian Academy does not discriminate with regard to the
admission, enrollment or participation of students in its educational or
athletic programs on the basis of race, color, gender, and ethnicity or
national origin. Students of any race, color, gender, national or ethnic
origin are accorded all of the rights, privileges, programs and activities
generally accorded to students of the school.
The information on this form must be kept accurate and updated with
all shots and submitted before enrollment. No child will be admitted to
school without updated records.
Student Information Cards
The following forms must be completed and on file in the school office.
It is the responsibility of the child’s parent/guardian to keep the
information on these cards current.
• Emergency cards
• Pick up cards
• Medication consent form
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Various tests are used by the Jericho Christian Academy to help evaluate
and improve the efforts and programming of the entire school.
Parents should understand that admission is not dependent upon
achievement level. Most private schools require a high academic level
for lockstep chronological grading. Testing is not designed to screen
students that are underachievers; its purpose is to diagnose for
Testing is required before admission and, if they possess age appropriate
self control and discipline most children can be admitted.
All students take achievement test each spring so that students, parents
and teachers may see progress in terms of national norms. The scores
also aid in the process of evaluation. A profile and home report will be
sent home to help guide parents in interpreting the various scores.
Sophomores and juniors take Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT)
in the fall. It is good practice for the SAT. The purpose of this test is to
provide an indication of national placement when compared with college-
bound sophomores and juniors in the United States.
Juniors take Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) in the spring and seniors
in the fall and/or spring. This test provides an indication of national
placement for college-bound students. Most colleges use the SAT as one
factor in determining acceptance. Students who desire to go to college
and score well on the SAT may likely be accepted at the college of their
choice. The SAT may be taken more than once, and most students
improve their scores when they take the test again. Therefore, it is
recommended that the SAT be repeated to obtain the highest score.
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Jericho Christian Academy recognizes the need for all students to assume
responsibility for their own schoolwork. Academic integrity must be
preserved, not only for its own sake, but in fairness to the objective
evaluation of all. Cheating in any form will not be permitted. In such a
case, a conference will be held to include the student, parent, teacher,
and Vice-Principal or Principal. As a result of this conference, one or
more of the following actions may be imposed:
1. In cases involving academic dishonesty, a determination of the
grade and of the student’s status in the course are left solely to
the discretion of the teacher, Vice-Principal or Principal. In such
cases, where the instructor judges a student guilty of academic
dishonesty, the instructor will report the incident of dishonesty to
the Vice Principal in order to discern potential patterns of egregious
2. At the sole discretion of the Principal, Vice Principal and teacher, the
student’s work will be rejected and a grade value of zero imposed for
the assignment in question.
3. The student may be assigned detention.
4. If more than one person is involved in the cheating, the same penalty
will be assigned to all parties concerned. Please note that students
who allow their papers to be copied are considered to be cheating.
5. In case of cheating, which involves classroom disruption, the
administration will impose a penalty of suspension.
6. The theft of teacher materials of any type will result in disciplinary action.
7. If a student forges the signature(s) of staff members or parent(s),
or modifies a school document, the student will confer with an
administrator. The penalty will include detention and /or suspension
from 1 to 10 days.
It should be noted that in an examination setting, any behavior not
directly related to taking of the examination could be construed as
cheating. Students are cautioned not to risk the accusation of cheating
and its consequences by talking, turning around, or placing their own
exam to be observed by others, etc.
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Access to Technology/Internet
Jericho Christian Academy has made an attempt to allow access to the
Internet to all students through technology for educational purposes.
The Academy goal is for students to learn and apply technology as a
tool to access, process, and distribute information. Before students
are allowed access to the Academy’s technology, each must sign, along
with their parent(s), the Responsible Computer System and Internet
Use Agreements. It should be understood that in signing the Internet
Use Agreement, the student agrees to follow all rules and regulations
regarding the use of technology, as set forth in the Jericho Christian
Academy Computer System and Internet Usage Plan, or suffer disciplinary
consequences. The Jericho Christian Academy Computer System and
Internet Usage Plan will be distributed to students for their signature at
the beginning of each school year.
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Students accepted for admission are expected to remain in school for
the entire year. Parents or guardians are held responsible for paying
the entire year’s tuition. There are no refunds on tuition for early
withdrawal. There can also be no tuition refunds due to illness, vacation,
holidays, relocations, or unforeseen inclement weather, which causes
state emergencies, and bus transportation or other services to be
A charge of $25 will be made for any returned checks. It is expected that
returned checks will be reimbursed IMMEDIATELY with a cashier’s check,
money order or certified funds. If one (1) bad check (on an account) is
received, a cashier’s check, money order or certified funds must be used
to make all further payments on that account.
If the tuition payment has not been received ten (10) days after the
due date, a $25 dollar late charge will be added to the amount due and
become a part of the student’s tuition payment. After the payment is
ten (10) days past due, all tuition payments must be in the form of cash,
cashier’s check, money order or certified funds. If the tuition payment
is late three (3) or more times during the academic year, the parent,
guardian or responsible party must agree to participate in an automatic
payroll deduction plan or to pay the full balance of the tuition no later
than the next scheduled tuition payment due date.
Removing Students From Class Because of the Nonpayment of Tuition
If a student’s tuition payment becomes fifteen (15) days past due, date,
the student will not be allowed to attend class. Parents and Guardians
are requested to refrain from sending students to school until the past
due amount of the tuition is paid in full.
If a student is sent to school after the student’s tuition becomes fifteen
(15) days past due, the student may be removed from the classroom and
instructed not to return until the tuition is paid in full. The student will
be permitted to take examinations only after the student’s account has
been paid in full.
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Financial Policy (continued)
Effect of Withdrawal on Tuition
All students are enrolled for an enrollment period of one school year.
Implementation of these withdrawal procedures will not alter the
requirement that one year’s tuition be paid for each enrollment period.
During each enrollment period, it is understood that the administrators
of the Jericho Christian Academy reserve the right, at all times and for
any cause that they may consider sufficient, to suspend, dismiss, or
recommend withdrawal of a student before the enrollment period is
The entire amount of one year’s tuition will be required if:
- the administration requests parents to withdraw the student prior to
the completion of the enrollment period;
- the student is withdrawn by the parents due to illness, vacation,
holidays, relocation etc.;
- the student is withdrawn by the parents for any reason prior to the
completion of the enrollment period; or
- the student is suspended or expelled prior to the completion of the
Fees Not Included In Tuition
Registration and book fees are not included in tuition and are neither
refundable nor redeemable.
Lunch fees, late pick-up fees, field trip fees, and other fees, that might
arise during each academic year, are not included in the tuition and must
be paid when they become due.
Library Fines & Lost Books
Fees for library books that are returned late or lost must be paid
promptly. Unpaid amounts will be added as an outstanding balance to the
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In the event a textbook or library book is lost, it is the total responsibility
of the student or his/her parent/guardian to locate and return the book
or pay for it. The replacement cost of text books or materials that are
owned by the Academy or loaned to the Academy must be repaid to the
Academy within two weeks after notice is given to the parent, guardian
or responsible party if the student has lost, failed to return, written in
or otherwise damaged or defaced the textbooks or materials. Failure to
pay for lost, stolen, or damaged books or materials will result in loss of
library privileges, school refusal to issue textbooks, grades being held or
suspension from graduation exercises. Any outstanding amounts not paid
will also be added as an outstanding balance to the student’s account.
Late Pick-Up, Field Trip, And Other Fees
There will be a $1.00 charge for every minute after 3:40 p.m. that a student
remains at school. Late pick-up fees are to be paid to the teacher or care
provider at the time the fees are incurred. Any outstanding amounts not
paid will be added as an outstanding balance to the student’s account.
Field Trip fees should be paid in cash to the student’s classroom teacher.
Failure to pay for a field trip may result in the student not being allowed
to attend the field trip.
Other fees should be paid promptly. If such payments are made by
check, the student’s name and grade, parent’s telephone numbers, and
homeroom teacher’s name should be included on the front of the check.
Replacement of Damaged Equipment
The cost associated with the replacement of any lost or damaged item or
equipment, for which the student is found to have been responsible, is to
be paid to the school promptly. This includes the labor cost associated
with the repair of damaged item. Any outstanding amounts not paid will
be added as an outstanding balance to the student’s account.
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Withdrawing A Student
A thirty-day written notice must be given to the school prior to withdrawal.
If, after a reasonable period of time, the child and/or parents cannot
adjust to the rules and regulations of our school, we reserve the right to
request withdrawal of the student. No fees will be refunded.
For further information regarding the fees associated with the withdrawal
of students, see the Financial Policy paragraph in this handbook and your
signed Parent, Guardian And Responsible Party Agreement.
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Policy Regarding Access to Students and
Consistent with the intent of the Academy to promote the best interests of
each student enrolled in its schools and in partnership with both parents
of each student, it shall be the policy of the academy to maintain strict
neutrality between parents unless otherwise directed by court order.
In order to protect a family’s right of privacy within the school, only
the parent(s) having legal custody, or a parent or legally appointed
guardian(s), or school administration officials and designated school
personnel in the fulfillment of their respective functions, may have direct
access to individual students and/or their student records. All other
access to students must be by parental or guardian authorization.
I. RESIDENTIAL CUSTODIAL, NONRESIDENTIAL JOINT CUSTODIAL AND
NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS VISITATIONS
A. It is not mandatory to provide a copy of your legal custody order,
separation agreement or divorce documentation. However, both
parents have a legal right to access information concerning their son/
daughter unless there is a legal document on file indicating otherwise.
The following definitions apply to this policy:
Residential Custodial Parent
The parent who has joint or sole custody with which the student
Nonresidential Joint Custodial Parent
The parent who has joint custody but with whom the student does not
The parent who does not have custody of the student.
B. Unless otherwise expressly curtailed or restricted by a provision of a
court order, of which a copy has been provided to the administrator,
the residential custodial parent or nonresidential custodial parent,
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Policy Regarding Access to Students and Student Records (continued)
or non-custodial parent of any child enrolled in the school shall have
access to student records which are provided to the custodial parent
or joint custodial parent, upon request. The residential custodial
parent or nonresidential custodial parent, or non-custodial parent is
entitled to participate in all school activities, including conferences,
in which the residential custodial parent is permitted to participate.
C. Upon proper presentation of legal documents, no visitation will be
allowed during school hours by a non-residential custodial parent, or
non-custodial parent unless specific permission is obtained from the
residential custodial parent and the school administrator is notified
twenty-four hours in advance, or such visitation is expressly permitted
as stated in a certified copy of the most recent court order on file
with the school.
D. In the event neither parent notifies the Academy of the existence of
a court order action, neither parent shall be deemed to have rights
superior to the other parent with respect to the children.
E. In the event the Academy is advised of the existence of an action affecting
the family of a child enrolled in the Academy, but neither parent provides
the Academy with a certified copy of the most recent court order in such
action, the parent enrolling a child shall be deemed to be the residential
custodial parent with no restrictions on the nonresidential joint custodial
or non-custodial parent’s right to be kept informed of the child’s school
progress and activities, and participate therein.
II. OTHER INDIVIDUALS REQUESTING ACCESS TO STUDENTS
In the event that individuals other than those referred to above (including
those representing federal, state or county agencies), request access to a
student or the student’s records:
1. All requests for access to students must be directed to the
Headmaster or Principal;
2. Official identification must be presented by those requesting access;
3. School officials will provide the written policy statement regarding
access to students;
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4. The desire to cooperate with appropriate agencies should be
5. Permission that a school official is present during the access and visit
is to be requested but is not required to be granted;
6. Willingness to grant access will be granted upon the condition that verbal
or written authorization by the parent is provided to a school official;
7. Access without verbal or written authorization by the parent will be
provided upon the presentation of a legally issued subpoena or court
8. Access without verbal or written authorization by the parent will
be provided as directed by a properly identified and present law
enforcement official serving the community in which the access is
Access without the proper authorization, as noted in the above
guidelines, is to be courteously refused.
III. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO STUDENTS
In the event that access is sought by force or in any way other than
prescribed above, the school official will attempt to:
1. Avoid any physical restraint, unless an individual is in physical danger;
2. Contact appropriate law enforcement officials via 911;
3. Contact the parent or legal guardian immediately or as soon as is
IV. ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS
In order to provide students with appropriate instruction and educational
services, it is necessary for Jericho Christian Academy to maintain
extensive and sometimes personal information about them and their
families. It is essential that pertinent information in these records be
readily available to appropriate school personnel, be accessible to the
student’s parents or legal guardian or the student in accordance with law.
This information is maintained and safeguarded as confidential.
The Headmaster and Principal provide for proper administration of
student records. Jericho Christian Academy advises that all individual
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Policy Regarding Access to Students and Student Records (continued)
student records of the Academy are confidential, with the exception
of directory information. The Headmaster and Principal will designate
certain data relating to the students as “directory or public” information.
The release of this data does not require the consent of students,
parents, or guardians.
V. DIRECTORY INFORMATION
The following information will be designated as directory information and
is the only material disclosed to authorized agents, when requested for
official business use.
1. Student name, address, telephone listing, and electronic mail address.
2. Participation in officially recognized activities, events, and sports.
3. Weight and height of athletic team members.
4. Honors, honor rolls, degrees, and awards received and grade
5. Photographic, video, or electronic images of students.
6. Information generally found in yearbooks.
7. Date and place of birth and dates of attendance.
8 The most recent educational agency or institution attended.
Unless you provide the Jericho Christian Academy office with written
notification objecting to the release of any or all of this information,
school officials may release personally identifiable information that has
been designated as “directory information”. Upon receiving written
notice from parents/guardians or eligible students objecting to disclosure
of directory information, this information will not be released without the
prior consent of the parent/guardian or eligible student.
VI. WITHHOLDING OF STUDENT RECORDS FOR NON-PAYMENT OF TUITION
In the event of withdrawal, transfer, or expulsion, the parents are
responsible for full payment of tuition and other fees. Full payment of
tuition and other fees must be made through the end of the school year.
The school reserves the right to withhold official transcripts until tuition
and other fees have been paid in full.
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School Opening, Class Visitation and Office Hours
Onset and Ending of Classes
Classes generally begin in September on the Tuesday after Labor Day. The
academic year generally ends in mid June.
Time of Operation
• School Hours: School hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students
are expected to arrive at 8:15 a.m.
• Before & After Care: Before Care begins at 6:30 a.m. and After Care
concludes at 6:00 p.m.
• Registrar’s Office: The registrar is on duty between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Use of School Phone and Office
The school phone is for business purposes and should not be used by
students except for emergencies. Only students with official business will
be allowed in the office.
School Visitations and Conferences
Jericho Christian Academy has a policy regarding access to students. See
the policy section of this handbook.
All visitors to the school are required to report to the office to get
permission to visit in the building. They must sign in and receive a pass to
visit. This is important for the overall safety and security of the children.
Parents are welcome and invited to observe instruction in their child’s
classroom except during testing. Appointments with the classroom teacher are
strongly encouraged, as classroom visits work best when parents communicate
with the teacher and make the necessary prior arrangements. All visitors,
including parents and parent volunteers in classrooms, must report to the
school office to obtain a visitor’s badge and permission to visit the classroom.
This is necessary to ensure the highest level of security for our students and
staff. Lunches, books, homework, etc. may be left in the school office to
be delivered. Unless parents have signed in with the office to work with a
particular teacher or on a specific PTO project, they should not be in the
classroom or hallways during the school day (8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.)
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Policy Regarding Access to Students and Student Records (continued)
Parent-Teacher conferences will be scheduled at mutually convenient
times throughout the school year for the purpose of communicating
each student’s academic progress to his or her family. Please return the
form inviting you to a conference or check with your child’s teacher to
schedule this important meeting.
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Before and After Care
School hours are from 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Before Care is from 6:30
a.m. until 8:15 a.m. After Care is from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. School
hours are from 8:15 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Before Care includes serving
breakfast and After Care includes serving snacks to the students. The
students are also given an opportunity to experience praise and worship,
complete homework assignments, and engage in informal play with their
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aIn order for a student to gain the most in school, he/she must be regular
in attendance. Any absence or late arrival not absolutely necessary will
be unexcused and the student will receive a zero. The only absences that
will be excused are Type 1, as defined below.
Students are expected to be on time in school every day. A parent decides
when an absence is necessary. However, Jericho Christian Academy
determines the type of absence that obligates the teacher to assist in
make-up work. All absences require a note, signed by a parent/ guardian,
which state the reason for the absence regardless of the age of the
student. The following types of absences are identified:
Types of Absences:
Type 1 :
Excused Absences are those for illness, a death in one’s immediate family,
direct involvement in an accident, a necessary doctor’s appointment
(or similar verifiable appointments) or a court hearing that cannot be
scheduled outside of school hours. A note must be presented to the Office
in advance or upon return to school. For this type of absence, teachers
will provide the required information to assist the student with make-up
work or tests.
Unexcused Absences are those for any reason other than those specified as
Type 1. Also, if the student fails to have a note upon returning to school,
the absence is labeled “Type 2” regardless of the reason for the absence.
For Type 2 absences, teachers are not required to provide student with
make-up work or tests, and accepting late assignments is discretionary. Any
voluntary absence not previously approved by the Headmaster or Principal
is unexcused. A grade of 0 will be given on work missed during unexcused
absences and tardiness/late arrivals. Parents are strongly encouraged to
schedule medical and other appointments after school.
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Absence Due to Truancy:
Truancy is an absence without parent/guardian consent and is considered a
serious violation of school policy, regardless of the number of class periods
missed. Under such circumstances, a teacher has no obligation to provide
make-up work, accept assignments, or allow students to take missed tests.
Any missed work may be given a zero grade. If truancy occurs, a conference
with parent(s) is required and the student will be placed on disciplinary
probation for a period determined by the Principal or Vice Principal. A
second truancy may result in withdrawal from the Academy.
To leave school during the day, a student is to present a note to the
office at the beginning of the day. The note should have the student’s
name, grade and, reason and time for the dismissal. The expected time
of return is also recommended, if it can be predetermined. In addition,
a driver’s license or other identification must be presented before the
student may be released. If a student fails to present a note before an
early dismissal, he/she is still required to sign out in the office. Parental
permission, either verbal or written, must be obtained before a student
is given permission to leave school. Students who leaves school without
checking out through the office, will be given detention for the time
missed. If the parents have not authorized the absence, it will be treated
as truancy, since an authorized adult must sign the student out of the
building. Failure to do so will be treated as truancy.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with school work missed
due to absences. The student has the exact number of days absent to
complete missed work. For example: If a student misses four days, he/
she will have four days after returning to make up all work (homework,
quizzes and tests). If work is not made up, there will be a penalty of a
zero for all work on the day missed. All work must be made up before the
end of interim or report card deadlines.
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If an absence is more than three days, a parent may contact the Principal
or Vice Principal to arrange for getting assignments from the teachers.
When requesting assignments, it is necessary to allow at least one full day
for assignments to be gathered before they can be picked up.
Vacations during school time are discouraged. Parental cooperation is
requested to avoid scheduling early or extended vacations at the holiday
seasons and/or breaks. THIS IS A TYPE 2 ABSENCE AND TEACHERS HAVE
NO OBLIGATION TO ALLOW MISSED ASSIGNMENTS OR TESTS TO BE MADE
UP. Normally, requests for family travel are Type 2 unexcused absences.
However, in cases of unusual family circumstances, a student’s absence
may be approved after a parent contact with the Headmaster or Principal.
College visits are to be made before May 1, during holiday periods,
Absences have a negative impact on a student’s grades. Thirteen
(13) absences in one semester are considered to be excessive. The
consequences for thirteen absences, whether Type 1 or Type 2, may range
from the a lowering of a grade to retention or loss of credit, depending on
individual class requirements. When a student reaches nine (9) absences,
the parents will be notified that the student is nearing what the school
considers to be excessive absences for one semester. However, ultimately
it is the responsibility of parents and students to see that grades are not
jeopardized because of accumulated absences.
Reporting an Absence:
Call: If a student is absent, the parent/guardian is to call the office each
day of an absence before 10 a.m. When calling, please identify yourself
and give the student’s name, grade and reason for the absence.
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Written Excuse: The student is to present a note to the Office the first
day upon returning to school and before attending any class. The note
should indicate the student’s full name, grade, date and reason for the
absence. The note must be signed by a parent/guardian regardless of the
age of the student. A note does not necessarily excuse a student, as in the
case of truancy, but indicates that the parent/guardian is aware of the
absence. Failure to bring a note upon return makes the absence Type 2 or
unexcused regardless of the reason given.
Late Arrivals: Students are to bring a note from home explaining the
reason for the late arrival. The note should indicate the student’s full
name, grade, date and reason for the arriving late. Failure to bring a
note will result in an unexcused tardy and the student will receive a zero
for all missed work.
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School Closings and Inclement Weather Policy
note Jericho Christian Academy and Early Childhood Development Center
will adhere to the Prince George’s County Public School Closing Policy
during inclement weather. The announcements made regarding Prince
George’s Schools will apply to Jericho Christian Academy and Early
Childhood Development Center. Please listen to the radio and watch the
television news reports when there is inclement weather.
If road conditions are hazardous during the early a.m., but are
predicted to improve during the midday, a one or two hour delay may be
announced. This means the opening for Jericho Christian Academy and
Early Childhood Development Center will begin at 9:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m.
and no breakfast will be served. No Before Care will be available for
12:00 noon dismissal (Lunch will be served before students are dismissed).
1:30 p.m. dismissal. No After Care will be available for early closings.
ALL students must be picked up at 1:30 p.m.
FULL DAY CLOSING
No Before and After Care or Early Childhood services provided.
NO BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED FOR DELAYED
OPENING OR EARLY DISMISSAL
EXCESSIVELY HOT DAYS
Jericho Christian Academy and Early Childhood Development Center will
remain open, unless there is a mandate by the county to shut off air
conditioners. As long as our system is running properly, we will open school.
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Regardless of the Prince George’s County announcement, Jericho
Christian Academy and Early Childhood Development Center reserve the
right to make a decision regarding our closings, based upon the weather
conditions in this immediate area.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Please do not call the school to confirm the closing once you hear the
report on the radio or television. We need to keep the lines open for
REMAINING INDOORS AT RECESS
All children go outside for recess, unless a parent provides a note from
a physician that prescribes the need to remain indoors. Students remain
indoors on days of inclement weather or when the wind chill factor is 32o
degrees (F) or below.
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Health and Safety
Please do not send a sick child to school. No student with an elevated
temperature will be admitted to class. If a student has been out sick
with a contagious disease, he/she will not be permitted to return to
school until he/she is no longer contagious, as evidenced by written
documentation from a medical provider.
• Emergencies – The school must be kept informed of the locations and
phone numbers of at least one parent and two standbys.
• Injuries – Any serious injury that occurs at school will be reported to
• Medication – Medication (including aspirin) will be administered only with
a note from the physician that includes the student’s name, diagnosis,
name of medication, amount of dosage and physician’s signature and
phone number. Medication must be kept in the health room.
If a child becomes ill during the day, parent(s) will be notified by the
school office and must make arrangements to pick-up the child.
NOTE: The above requirements have been reviewed and approved by our
A state law requires each student to have an immunization record on file
in the school office. These forms may be obtained from the school office
and must be filled out and signed by the child’s physician. No student will
be allowed to attend classes until the immunization form is on file.
Students participating in interscholastic sports will be required to furnish
a physical exam form.
State law requires that each child have immunizations; therefore, an
immunization record for your child is essential for enrollment. The
Health Department requires that the day, month and year be recorded for
all immunizations. Immunization forms MUST be signed or stamped by
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your child’s doctor, a local health department official, a school official or
a day care provider. The forms are available in your registration package
and the school office.
Required immunizations for children entering kindergarten through 12th grade:
• Four doses of DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
NOTE: An additional dose is required, if the last dose was given
before the age of four and/or more than three years ago. After age
four, no further doses will be required.
• Three doses of Oral Polio
NOTE: An additional dose is required, if the last dose was given
before the age of four and more than three years ago. After age four,
no further doses will be given.
• Two doses of MMR (or HAI Titer*)
• HAI Titer (blood test) can ascertain proof of immunity.
Students Entering Kindergarten – 6th Grades
Students must have proof of having had the Rubella vaccine on or after
their 1st birthday or give evidence of a measles titer of 1:4 or greater.
Students Entering 7 –12
Students must have proof of having had the Rubella vaccine on or after
their first birthday, or give evidence of a measles titer of 1:4 or greater.
COMPLIANCE WITH THE ABOVE REGULATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED
BEFORE ENTERING SCHOOL IN THE FALL.
Injuries - Any serious injury that occurs at school will be reported to
the student’s parent or guardian or the alternate contacts listed by the
parents on the student’s emergency card.
Illness - If a child becomes ill during the day, the student’s parent or guardian
or the alternate contacts listed by the parents on the student’s emergency
card will be notified by the school office or nurse. The parent or alternate
emergency contacts must make arrangements to pick up the child.
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Health and Safety (continued)
I. Administration of Medication Policy
Medication - Medication (including aspirin) will be administered only with a
note from the physician that includes the student’s name, diagnosis, name of
medication, amount of dosage, date of administration, time of administering,
length of time that medication is to be administered and the physician’s
signature and phone number. Parents must submit the medication consent
form prior to Jericho Christian Academy administering the medication.
• Request for Medication Administration
• Physician Statement of Need
• Prescription Medication with label from registered pharmacist that
has the student’s name, date and directions for administration.
Copies of the medical forms are in the back of this handbook. A form
containing the same information can be substituted if seen by the
physician. However, the parent must continue to sign the Request for
Medication Administration Form.
A. Short Term (up to 10 days) - The above medication procedures are to
B. Long Term (throughout the school year) - The above medication
procedures are to be utilized. Parents must also confirm that the
medication has not exceeded the expiration date. Medication
that has exceeded the expiration date will not be administered.
Medication that is not picked up at the end of the year will be
C. Labeled Medication Required - The school will not receive any
prescription medication unless a registered pharmacist labels the container
to include the student’s name, date and directions for administering.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
As required by law, employees of Jericho Christian Academy must report
child abuse to the appropriate authorities. The law provides that
suspected child abuse or neglect shall be reported in accordance with the
provisions of Family Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. This
reporting requirement prevails over other laws requiring confidentiality.
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As a result, any teacher or other staff member who has reason to believe
that a child in the school is the victim of any form of child abuse or if
there is a reasonable suspicion of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or child
neglect, the teacher or staff member is required by law to report that
suspicion to the local law enforcement agency or the Department of
Social Services. In this very serious and legally narrow area, the school
will not contact parents in advance of making a report to authorities.
The law also makes staff members immune from civil liability or criminal
penalty based on a report of suspected child abuse.
Crises and emergencies happen suddenly and frequently without much
warning. The best preparation for them is to be ready to make the
decisions necessary to ensure that students and staff are safe and
properly protected. The following paragraphs present the actions and
decisions that will be a part of the response to any emergency.
STORM DRILLS AND ALERTS
1. Storm Drills will be held twice a year.
2. All students will go to their assigned rooms when there is a drill or an
3. Everyone will be notified of a drill or actual alert by the P.A. system.
4. Students will proceed to their assigned areas.
5. All teachers will supervise the assigned rooms.
6. All students and teachers will remain in these areas until the drill or
the alert is over.
EVACUATION OF THE BUILDING(S)
If the students are required to evacuate the school buildings, the students
and staff will relocate as follows:
Elementary School to Main Sanctuary
Middle/High School to Main Sanctuary
Thereafter, the Academy will implement our evacuation plan depending
on the circumstances causing the evacuation. The evacuation notice may
be via the school wide intercom or by word of mouth depending on the
cause. The administration reserves the right to change the evacuation
locations without prior notice.
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Health and Safety (continued)
BOMB THREAT PROCEDURE
The Academy cannot assume that bomb threats are anything more than
threats. For this reason, if a bomb threat is received, upon the discretion of
the administration, a fire drill or other evacuation procedure will be used.
1. Fire drills will be held monthly.
2. Do not tamper with or set off the fire alarm box.
3. Everyone must follow fire drill rules and regulations.
4. Vacate the building quickly, but in an orderly fashion.
5. Everyone is to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds or
when the fire drill is conducted, unless previously informed not to do
6. Lights should be turned off, and doors closed upon leaving.
7. No pushing or shoving is allowed. Students are to stay on the right
side of the hall in passing, and remain in line with the class. Roll will
be taken when the students arrive at their designated safety area.
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Request for Medication Administration
(To be completed by parent or guardian)
Student’s Name _____________________________ Birthdate_______________________
Address ____________________________________ Phone__________________________
Parent’s Name _________________________________Daytime phone________________
Emergency contact information _______________________________________________
Medication to be administered _______________________________________________
Dosage to be administered ___________________________________________________
Time or interval at which each dosage is to be administered ______________________
Name of physician authorizing administering ____________________________________
Address _____________________________________ Phone_________________________
Date to begin administering__________________________
Date to cease administering__________________________
The school nurse or other faculty member, if the nurse is not available, has parental
permission to give medications to my child according to the labeled instructions.
Yes ______________ No _____________
I request that the Jericho Christian Academy administer the above medication to my
child in accordance with my request and the physician’s statement of need. I agree
to notify the school in writing of any changes in my child’s condition with respect to
the administering of medication or with any changes to the information provided on
the form. I understand that it is my responsibility to send an appropriate supply of
medication to school in its original container. Medication provided to the school in any
container other than the original will not be accepted. I understand that the school
will have limited liability while administering medication to my child in accordance
with a physician’s statement of need. The school agrees to keep a written log of
medication administered to my child in the school throughout the current school year.
Both Parents/guardians should sign below:
Mother’s signature _________________________________________ Date ____________
Father’s signature __________________________________________ Date ___________
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Community Service Hours
Students must complete 36 hours of approved community service at
a non-profit organization. To earn credit for community service, the
student must submit a community service proposal and confer with the
advisor to develop a plan for implementation of the student’s community
service program. Once the advisor has approved the community service
program, it must be submitted to the Principal for approval. Verification of
completion and satisfactory Report of Community Service must be received
before credit may be earned.
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Grades and Reports
The report card describes the student’s progress in school and is prepared
at the end of each nine-week period. The quality of the student’s work is
indicated by letter grades:
A=100-93 B=92-83 C=82-73 D=72-63 E=62-0
All grades at the Academy will be averaged per quarter in the following manner:
25% Class work/participation
25% Tests/Special Projects*
Please consult with your child’s teacher to see what is included in the
Special Projects section.
It is our desire that each student performs at a high academic level. The
academy is dedicated to the nurturing and development of each student.
However, in the event a student is unable to maintain a minimum average
of “C” (2.3) in any course or an overall GPA of 2.3, the student will be
placed on Academic Probation and required to participate in an after
school, independent, academic tutorial service. Private sector tutorial
services are strongly encouraged.
Progress reports will be given to each student at JCA midway through the
nine-week period. A notice of concern will also be given if a drop of more
than one level occurs in any subject.
Principal’s Honor Roll. Students achieving straight A’s are included on
the Principal’s Honor Roll for each nine-week grading period. (GPA 4.0)
Administrative Honor Roll. Students achieving an A average (93-99) are
included on the Administrator’s Honor Roll for each nine-week grading
period (GPA 3.7-3.9)
Headmaster’s Honor Roll. Students achieving a B average (83-92) are
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Grades and Reports (continued)
included on the Headmaster’s Honor Roll for each nine-week grading
period. (GPA 3.3-3.6)
Any student earning a D or E in a subject may not be permitted to
participate in extra curricular activities except as the school directs.
These restrictions will be in effect for four (4) weeks after report cards or
progress reports are issued. The student will not be reinstated until the
academic requirements are met.
Any student who receives more than one E in his subjects or whose
combined average falls below a C (2.3) will be ineligible to participate in
any extracurricular activities and/or interscholastic athletics. The student
will not be reinstated until the above academic requirements are met.
JCA administrators will evaluate credits previously earned at a school
other than JCA to determine if they are equivalent to the courses in the
JCA curriculum. Only credits approved by JCA will be applied toward JCA
Whenever a subject (course) is not completed or failed during the regular
school term, a student must make up the subject in summer school..
Only two subjects may be taken in summer school, which is held for
a six-week term. Dates for summer school vary each year but usually
begin the Monday following July 4th. Elementary school students will be
recommended for summer school, if the basic material in reading and math
have not been mastered.. Students may attend any state-approved private
or public school to make up failed subject(s).
Special help and parental encouragement will make summer school a more
enjoyable experience. Any student may attend summer school, regardless
of academic standing.
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It is our goal at Jericho Christian Academy to teach each child according to his/
her individual ability. Placement will be made according to the results of the
standardized testing and evaluation, and each child should be expected to do
well. However, should any student not progress according to expectations, he
may be retained. Parents will be notified, in advance, of this decision. The
teacher, in conjunction with the parents, will make recommendations for
summer school and other remedial action for all students.
The Promotion and Retention Policy is stated below. However, the
Headmaster and Principal reserve the right to deviate from the policy and
use their individual discretion when making decisions regarding a student’s
promotion or retention.
Students are generally promoted to the next grade level at the end of each
school year based on satisfying the following requirements:
1. A satisfactory level of mastery of the material presented during the
school year, as evidenced by classroom performance and grades
received on report cards.
2. The Academy may grant exemptions for absences not exceeding 15
days, if documentation for an extended illness under a physician’s care
is submitted. Of course, the student must meet an academic grade
level requirement by completing all assignments at home during the
Sudents can be considered for retention in their current grade based upon
the following criteria:
1. The student is considerably below grade level in two or more academic
2. The student has marginal or failing grades in three or more academic
subject areas (reading, writing, spelling, math, science, history, or health).
3. The student has an excessive number of absences, either excused
or unexcused, that have adversely impacted his or her academic
4. The parent and/or teacher have reason to believe the student is not
academically and/or socially prepared for the subsequent grade level.
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Christian Biblical Lifestyle Policy
All students and parents/guardians, with students attending the Jericho
Christian Academy, must agree to uphold a Christian lifestyle at all times
during their enrollment at the Academy. By attending this school, they
acknowledge that a Godly environment provides the best opportunity for
them to achieve excellence.
Accordingly, students agree to participate in morning prayer to God, through
the name Lord Jesus, asking for direction, wisdom and guidance for the day
and in weekly chapel services. Students also agree that they will exhibit a
Christian lifestyle, both in and outside of school, which is consistent with
the King James version of the Holy Bible, the doctrine of the City of Praise,
the Jericho Christian Academy Mission Statement and Declaration of Faith,
and any other related policies which are developed by the City of Praise
Ministries. Students attending Jericho Christian Academy agree to:
1. Accept and uphold the Academy’s Mission Statement and Declaration
2. Manifest, by daily example, the highest Christian virtue, serving as a
Christian Role Model (1 Timothy 4:12 KJ) both in and out of school..
(Luke 6:40 KJ).
3 Be role models in their judgment, dignity, respect and Christian living. This
includes, but is not limited to, refraining from such activities as the use of
illicit drugs or vulgar and profane language. (Colossians 3:17 KJ, Titus 2:7-8
KJ, 1 Thessalonians. 2:10, 5:18 and 22-23 KJ, and James 3:17-18).
4. Accept the Academy interpretation of Biblical standards for the
student’s abstinence from sexual behavior. Students acknowledge
that these behaviors are grounds for discipline or dismissal. (Romans
12:1-2 KJ, 1 Cor.6:9-20 KJ, Ephesians 4:1-11, 5:3-5 KJ, 1 Thessalonians
4:3-8 KJ, 1 Timothy 4:12 KJ, 2 Timothy 2:19-22 KJ, 1 Peter 1:15-16,
2:15-17 KJ, 1 John 3:1-3 KJ).
5. Attempt to resolve differences with others (students, teachers,
administrators and parents) by following the biblical pattern of
Matthew 18:15-17 KJ.
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1. Students are to be in their seat at the designated time for class to begin.
2. Students are to have all necessary materials for a successful school
day. Failure to have paper, writing instruments, homework or books is a
hindrance. Persistent failure to be prepared may lead to disciplinary action.
3. Students are to raise their hand for permission to speak, unless
blanket permission has been given. Loud talking, shouting out, and
challenging teachers are not permitted. Students must respect the
faculty at all times.
4. Students must get permission from their teacher before leaving their
desk or room. Students must also get permission from the office
before departing school during school hours and be signed out by a
5. Students are not to sit on desktops or lean back in chairs or desks at any time.
6. Sudents are not to write on chalkboards, unless directed to do so by the teacher.
7. Students are to use their time wisely and put forth their very best effort.
8. Students are to be kind in word and deed to one another.
9. Personal grooming in class is not permitted (e.g., combing hair,
cutting fingernails, etc.).
10. When running errands to other rooms, enter without knocking and
quietly stand until recognized by the teacher.
11. During assemblies and field trips, the rules of the classroom are in effect.
The Headmaster and Principal retain the right and privilege to issue penalties
for acts of discipline not specifically stated herein and to alter any penalties
considered necessary. Furthermore, the Headmaster and Principal reserve
the right to amend any provision in this handbook (except for the provision
requiring Christian Conciliation, Mediation and Binding Arbitration) that they
deem to be in the best interest of the educational process.
The Jericho Christian Academy Disciplinary Policy can be found in the Policy
Section of this Handbook. This policy provides detailed information about
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Conduct Policies (continued)
SECONDARY SCHOOL DETENTION
Actions That Warrant Detention:
1. Acts of minor disrespect such as facial, vocal, or physical reactions.
2. Dishonesty, lies, or deceit.
3. Gum chewing
5. Tardy for class
6. Tardy (4th time arriving for school)
7. Excessively noisy in the lunchroom.
8. Leaving seat without permission
9. Classroom disruption
10. Does not have all material for class
11. Passing or receiving a note during class
12. Does homework in another subject during class
13. Does not complete a homework assignment
Students will be suspended (or expelled) for major offenses such
as fighting, continuous horseplay, leaving school property without
permission, abusive language, stealing, disrespect to faculty, destruction
of school property, possession of alcohol, weapons, drugs or drug
related paraphernalia, truancy or continuous disregard for school rules.
Suspension can range from 1-5 days.
Parents of students who have been suspended from school are urged to
keep students at home and work on daily assignments. It is not to be a
vacation. When suspended from school, that student may be placed on
Disciplinary Probation for a grading period. Disciplinary
Probation will carry the same penalty as Academic Probation. A suspension
is a drastic measure to let the student and parent(s) know that he/she is on
the verge of expulsion, unless a change in behavior is seen. The student will
receive a zero for any test or quiz administered during the suspension period.
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A student may be expelled from school at any time, if found to be out of
harmony with the rules and policies of the school. Decisions in these matters
are the full responsibility of the administration. Expelled students will not
be eligible for readmission, until at least one year’s absence from the date of
Lockers are the property of the school and are assigned to students for their
convenience. A rental fee for a locker must be paid at the beginning of the
school year. All students in grades 4th-12th will be assigned a locker with a
built-in combination. Combination locks are generally changed each year to
ensure that student’s personal items are secured. Students should not give
their combination to any one.
• Students should take care to keep their lockers secured at all times.
This will assist in maintaining security.
• Lockers should not be banged, kicked, defaced, or otherwise
damaged. Locker doors must never be left open or unlocked.
Jamming the latch on the locker can result in damage to the locker.
• Students are not to decorate lockers with articles, which have to be
taped or glued to locker doors. Small household type magnets work
very well for holding small memo notes, etc. No names are to be
taped or written on the outside of any school lockers.
• If students wish to change locker locations, they must get approval
from the principal.
• Under no circumstances will a student enter a locker assigned to
another student, unless permission is received from the principal.
• Students will be held responsible for the repair of damaged lockers.
Any fee for the repair or replacement of damaged lockers will be
added as an outstanding balance to the student’s account, if not paid
within two weeks of notification.
• Students must exercise good housekeeping in the care of their
locker. Periodic locker inspections may be made. Please note that
the administration has the legal right to inspect or search lockers,
without a prior announcement.
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Conduct Policies (continued)
Jericho Christian Academy holds that the Bible is the infallible, divine Word of God and that salvation by
faith in Christ is the initial step in the Christian life. There is adequate biblical basis for the idea of spiritual
growth into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), which is the work of the Holy Spirit (II Corinthians 3:18).
This growth begins with the initial act of saving faith and continues throughout life. The Holy Spirit makes
the Christian conscious of the Biblical demands for a holy life which fulfills both God’s moral law and high
law of love (Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14). The result is a life consecrated unto God
and separated from the world.
Jericho Christian Academy must provides an environment conducive to the spiritual growth and development
of young people who are not yet mature Christians. A standard of conduct based on the following Biblical
imperatives is necessary to provide such an environment. All of the activities of the Christian must be
subordinated to the glory of God who indwells us (I Corinthians 8:9, 12-13, 10:32). The Christian will endeavor
to avoid practices which cause the loss of sensitivity to the spiritual needs to the world and loss of the
Christian’s physical, mental, or spiritual well-being (I Corinthians 9:27).
A sense of the need for spiritual growth, in light of these principles, has led Jericho Christian Academy to
adopt the following standards, which we believe to be conducive to the environment that will best promote
the spiritual welfare for our student. Therefore, the Academy requests each student – whether at home,
school, or elsewhere –
1. to refrain from participating in worldly activities such as swearing, indecent language, smoking,
possession or use of alcoholic beverages, drugs or tobacco, involvement in the occult, gambling,
stealing, pornography, premarital sex or sexual perversions, and involvement in rock and roll
music, or ungodly rap music.
2. to refrain from harassment, fighting, violence, or threats of any kind regardless of provocation;, public
disruptions or exhibitionism in any form.
3. Maintain Christian standard in courtesy, kindness, honesty, morality, and modest attire.
The selection of the restrictions mentioned in the pledge may appear arbitrary to some, but while not
condemning others who see differently, Jericho Christian Academy believes that the restrictions named
are outstanding types of conduct which are detrimental to the standards established as its objective.
Students are expected to abide by these standards throughout their enrollment, whether at home, school, or
elsewhere. Students found to be out of harmony with the Jericho Christian Academy ideals of work and life,
who are violent to others in their actions or make violent threats, and who have been arrested by authorities
will be subject to administrative withdrawal.
In this atmosphere of definite and positive Christian standards of conduct, good scholastic planning and
genuine personal interest between faculty and student, there is fine opportunity for development of strong
I have read the Standard of Conduct for the Jericho Christian Academy Elementary/Middle/High School
students. While enrolled in JCA, I agree to cooperate with and abide by these standards whether at home,
school, or elsewhere.
As a parent, I have read the Standard of Conduct. I will cooperate with JCA by seeing that my son or daughter
maintain these high Christian standards whether at home, school, or elsewhere.
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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Since Jericho Christian Academy is a Christian school, it is expected that
the student and parent(s) be supportive of the philosophy and objectives of
the school. All students and parents will be expected to sign the following
statement(s) of cooperation at the time of enrollment.
Each student attending must be in accord with or hold respect for the
philosophy, purpose and objectives of the Jericho Christian Academy.
I, a student of Jericho Christian Academy, therefore, pledge to:
1. Cooperative respectfully with those in authority and obey all
2. Strive for excellence as a student in all subjects.
3. Abstain from gossip, grumbling, complaining, or horseplay.
I also willingly state that I desire to attend Jericho Christian Academy and
have not been forced to attend against my will.
Last First Middle
Grade Entering ________________ Date___________________
If a student at any time feels he/she has a problem with any of these
statements, he/she is encouraged to seek the help of a teacher, counselor or
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SCHOOL WIDE CONDUCT
1. Students must use good manners at all times and be respectful of the
rights and property of others and of the authority of the faculty and
administration. Teachers and other adults are to be addressed as “ma’am”
and “sir”. Ladies and small children are to be allowed to enter and exit
first at all times. Only language that is pleasing to God is to be used.
2. Students are not permitted to run (except in athletic activities), yell,
or act in a disorderly manner.
3. Gum is not to be chewed at anytime in the school.
4. Students are expected to refrain from the use of tobacco, alcoholic
beverages and illegal drugs at ALL TIMES, both on and off campus.
Violators will be expelled.
5. Godly relationships are encouraged. However, students must refrain
from all unholy displays of physical affection, such as, holding hands,
hugging, etc. Such behavior is considered inappropriate and will not
be permitted in school, on school grounds or at any school function.
6. Eating is allowed only in the lunchroom at snack and lunchtime.
7. Only regular school equipment and materials are to be brought to
school. No radios, CD or tape players, toys, magazines, books, etc.,
are allowed, unless the teacher has granted permission.
8. Knives and other weapons are never to be brought to school. Any
student possessing weapons on school grounds or at a school function
may be expelled.
9. A school pass must be used at ALL TIMES when moving about the
building. Students are not to use any classroom or other facility,
unless they have a scheduled class or a special pass from the office.
10. The throwing of snowballs, rocks, sticks, dirt clods, etc., is not
permitted and may warrant suspension.
11. All students are to wear the regulation school uniform, except on
special occasions when alternative dress is permitted.. No other
articles of apparel may be worn with the uniform.
12. All school activities will be chaperoned by teachers.
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13. Students will not scratch, write or lean on parked cars.
14. No objects, such as balls (regardless of size), should be thrown in the parking lot.
15. Students are not to sit and swing on the chains or gate in front of the school.
16. Students are not permitted to climb trees or walk on the grassy areas
in front of the school.
17. Students are expected to put all trash in the receptacles and help
keep the outside and inside of our building clean.
18. Do not litter.
19. Do not improperly use school equipment.
20. Students will be accessed a fine for the lost, damage or abuse of any
school equipment or property.
1. There will be no talking in the gymnasium during chapel or a special assembly.
2. There will be no throwing of items by spectators at basketball games,
pep rallies, etc. Violators may be asked to leave.
3. Courtesy demands applause for excellence, regardless of which team
the player represents.
4. Visiting teams are to be treated as our guests. They should be shown
the same courtesy, as if they were visiting in your home.
5. Food or drink is not allowed in the gymnasium, unless permission was
previously granted by faculty/staff.
6. All trash is to be placed in the receptacles provided.
The lavatories are for our convenience and should not be abused or misused
in any manner. All students, regardless of age or grade, are to use the
lavatory properly at ALL TIMES and obey the following:
1. No objects of any kind should be thrown in the urinals or commodes.
2. No paper (wet tissue) should be thrown up on the ceiling of the lavatory.
3. No writing with pencils, pens, magic markers, paints, sharp objects or
instruments on walls or doors.
4. Students may be required to use the lavatories at a schedule time.
Please note that there is zero tolerance for horseplay in the lavatory,
and failure to comply with school policy warrants disciplinary actions.
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Conduct Policies (continued)
PLEDGE OF ACCEPTANCE FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
We, as parents, are accepting the Biblical principle to “Train up a child in the way he
should go” (Proverbs 22:6) and place our belief in the Christian school concept of
Jericho Christian Academy to more completely extend that training.
We pledge that our family will show its sincere Christian purpose by regularly
attending the Church of our choice.
We do hereby state that we have made a thorough investigation of the JCA
Experience, Mission Statement, Declaration of Faith, Discipline Policy, and
motives of the school and do pledge to make them our glad hearted choice for
the coming school year.
We pledge that, if for any reason our child does not respond favorably to the school,
we will strive to modify his behavior and aid his growth and maturation.
We pledge our loyal support to the school through praying for its programs, giving to
the school building fund, as we are able, and by timely paying the tuition.
We do hereby invest authority in the school to discipline our children in the spirit
of love, as necessary (of course this does not include any physical disciplinary
measures). We further agree that we will cooperate and discipline our child in the
home, as needed (Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 22:6, 23:13 & 14, 29:15 & 17; Colossians
3:20; Ephesians 6:1-4; and Hebrews 12:6).
We understand that assessments will be made to cover damage to school property
(including breakage of windows, abuse of books, etc.).
We agree to pay the tuition and other charges according to arrangements that shall be
made and to conclude all required payments on or before the last day of school.
We understand that tuition and any other charges for one semester must be paid
before the student may continue the next semester.
We realize that we are our children’s role model Therefore, we will at all times
conduct ourselves in a professional, diplomatic, and tactful manner, using finesse,
sound critical judgment, modest wear or attire and discretion when entering the
building to confer with teachers, administrators and/or even our children. We
will also follow the proper chain of command in dealing with problems, teachers,
or the administration.
We, as parents of the student applicant, do sincerely give our pledge to all items as
Parent’s Signature Date
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Discipline is a more challenging concern today than ever. Therefore,
it is necessary to recognize that school discipline, both in and out of
the classroom, is everyone’s business and concern. Discipline must
be maintained in a firm, fair, and consistent manner. The Jericho
Christian Academy Disciplinary Policy is designed to help students
assume responsibility for their actions as members of a community.
When individuals freely accept this responsibility, discipline exists. Good
discipline, impartially administered, is not an end in itself. The ultimate
purpose is to: (1) develop a strong character and sense of responsibility
based on Christian ideals; (2) establish an atmosphere that will enhance
all aspects of growth and learning of the child; and (3) . provide a
supportive climate that will promote the welfare of the individual and
Jericho Christian Academy request that each student accept responsibility
for conduct rightfully expected of a student attending JCA. The Academy
goal is to involve parents in the disciplinary process because this tends to
make students more responsible for their conduct. Parental indifference,
to any conference that is deemed necessary by a teacher or administrator,
may be construed as a lack of concern for the child’s education and may
be prejudicial to the child’s continued enrollment.
Classroom discipline is basically the responsibility of the teacher and is highly
correlated to classroom management. However, there are times when a
situation requires the assistance of the administrator. Accordingly, teachers
should manage their classrooms, discipline students and refer students to
the Principal or Vice-Principals if necessary. Teachers may not administer
corporal punishment, such as spanking, in any form. Parents should be
contacted frequently concerning disciplinary problems with their child in the
Teachers are encouraged to file memoranda or reports, with the Principal or
Vice- Principals, regarding students who exhibit behavior that repeatedly or
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substantially interfere with the teacher’s ability to communicate with other
students. The Principal or Vice-Principal will discuss memoranda or reports
with the student’s parents.
Teachers must report to the Principal or Vice-Principal any alleged instance
of assault or battery upon any teacher or school employee, on a student by
another student, or substantial damage intentionally caused by a student to
personal property of a teacher, other school employee, or other student.
Teachers must report to the Principal or Vice-Principal acts committed by
any student at school which relate to aggravated assault with a firearm,
aggravated battery, sexual offenses, possessing deadly weapons at public
gatherings or on school property, illegal possession of a pistol or revolver by
a person under 18, and/or possession of controlled substances. The Principal
or Vice-Principal will immediately report such activities to the appropriate
Teachers may remove from class any student who repeatedly or substantially
interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the
other students in the class. Teachers should contact the Principal or Vice
Principals for assistance.
Teachers may discipline students for verbal assault, physical assault or
battery, and disrespectful conduct toward teachers, other students, and
other school personnel. Students who commit any act of physical violence,
resulting in physical injury to a teacher, may be suspended or expelled.
Teachers should attempt to address discipline problems directly with the
student, prior to referring the student to another individual. However, if the
teacher is unable to resolve the problem, or if the infraction is such that it
requires administrative notification, the teacher should contact the Principal
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Jericho Christian Academy has adopted the following school-wide rules for
1. Follow directions.
2. Walk quietly throughout the building. No talking in the hallways.
3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
4. Act and speak kindly.
5. Respect the rights and property of others.
Procedures and consequences for student misbehavior will be as follows:
Step 1: Student will receive a warning concerning inappropriate behavior
as it applies to the Academy’s rules.
Step 2: Student may be moved to another part of the room or to another
designated time-out area.
Step 3: If misbehavior persists, a disciplinary referral will be sent to
the office. The Principal or Vice-Principal will speak with the child and
the child may be required to call his/her parent via the telephone to
report their misbehavior. Other consequences may be loss of recess
time, in or out of school suspension, or expelled from the Academy. The
determination of the disciplinary action taken is at the sole discretion of
the Headmaster, Principal or Vice-Principals.
Step 4: A disciplinary referral (cumulative) may result in the student
receiving loss of recess, after-school detention (grades 7th-12th), or
suspension for a time deemed appropriate by the Principal or Vice-
Principal. The student may also be referred to the School Counselor,
Health Nurse, or other persons designated by the Administration.
Step 5: Students demonstrating serious behavioral problems, that
endanger the safety of other students or staff members and/or make the
classroom intolerable, will be immediately referred to the Vice Principals
or Principal. The consequences of these serious behavioral problems may
be suspension or expulsion.