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Jca Handbook 2008 0 2009

  1. 1. Jericho 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 jca@jerichocop.org Mrs. Jeannette M. Soliday, Lead Teacher
  2. 2. 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 International (ACSI) • Safe and Loving Christian Environment
  3. 3. Parent and Student Handbook 1 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 students’ lives. • Provides an education founded on high academic standards. • Facilitates students’ critical thinking skills. • Engages students in a healthy teaching and learning environment.
  5. 5. Parent and Student Handbook 3 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.
  6. 6. 4 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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.
  7. 7. Parent and Student Handbook 5 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.
  8. 8. 6 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 mobility. • 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 arts. • To develop an indwelling spirit as it relates to the knowledge of Christianity, God, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  9. 9. Parent and Student Handbook 7 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 learn.” • To develop cognitive skills in critical thinking, cause and effect, and competitive analysis. • 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.
  10. 10. 8 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 advisory. • 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.
  11. 11. Parent and Student Handbook 9 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.
  12. 12. 10 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 agreement.) 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.
  13. 13. Parent and Student Handbook 11 8. The following forms must be completed and on file at the Jericho Christian Academy: 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 Insurance Information. 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. NonDiscrimination 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. Immunization Record 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
  14. 14. 12 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Testing Information 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 prescriptive curriculum. 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.
  15. 15. Parent and Student Handbook 13 Academic Integrity 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 dishonesty. 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.
  16. 16. 14 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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.
  17. 17. Parent and Student Handbook 15 Financial Policy 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 suspended. 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.
  18. 18. 16 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 completed. 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 enrollment period. 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 student’s account.
  19. 19. Parent and Student Handbook 17 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.
  20. 20. 18 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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.
  21. 21. Parent and Student Handbook 19 Policy Regarding Access to Students and Student Records 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 regularly resides. Nonresidential Joint Custodial Parent The parent who has joint custody but with whom the student does not regularly reside. Noncustodial Parent 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,
  22. 22. 20 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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;
  23. 23. Parent and Student Handbook 21 4. The desire to cooperate with appropriate agencies should be expressed; 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 order; and. 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 requested. 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 practicable. 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
  24. 24. 22 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 placement (level). 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.
  25. 25. Parent and Student Handbook 23 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. Building Visitors 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. Classroom Visitation 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.)
  26. 26. 24 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Policy Regarding Access to Students and Student Records (continued) Parent-Teacher Conferences 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.
  27. 27. Parent and Student Handbook 25 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 peers.
  28. 28. 26 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Absence 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. Type 2 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.
  29. 29. Parent and Student Handbook 27 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. Early Dismissals: 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.
  30. 30. 28 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Absence (continued) Make-Up Work: 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: 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: College visits are to be made before May 1, during holiday periods, whenever possible. Accumulated Absences: 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.
  31. 31. Parent and Student Handbook 29 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.
  32. 32. 30 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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. DELAYED OPENINGS 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 delayed openings. HALF-DAY 12:00 noon dismissal (Lunch will be served before students are dismissed). EARLY CLOSING 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.
  33. 33. Parent and Student Handbook 31 SPECIAL NOTE 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 emergency calls. 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.
  34. 34. 32 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 parents immediately. • 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 consulting physician. 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. IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS 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
  35. 35. Parent and Student Handbook 33 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. EMERGENCIES 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.
  36. 36. 34 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 be utilized. 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 discarded. 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.
  37. 37. Parent and Student Handbook 35 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. EMERGENCY PROCEDURE 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 actual alert. 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.
  38. 38. 36 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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. FIRE DRILLS 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 so. 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.
  39. 39. Parent and Student Handbook 37 Request for Medication Administration (To be completed by parent or guardian) Student’s Name _____________________________ Birthdate_______________________ Address ____________________________________ Phone__________________________ Teacher ____________________________________Grade__________________________ 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 ___________
  40. 40. 38 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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.
  41. 41. Parent and Student Handbook 39 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% Homework 25% Tests/Special Projects* 25% Quizzes 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. Academic Honors 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
  42. 42. 40 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Grades and Reports (continued) included on the Headmaster’s Honor Roll for each nine-week grading period. (GPA 3.3-3.6) ACADEMIC RESTRICTION 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. ACADEMIC PROBATION 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. TRANSFER STUDENTS 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 graduation requirements. SUMMER SCHOOL 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.
  43. 43. Parent and Student Handbook 41 RETENTION POLICY 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 absence. 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 subject areas. 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 progress. 4. The parent and/or teacher have reason to believe the student is not academically and/or socially prepared for the subsequent grade level.
  44. 44. 42 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 of Faith. 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.
  45. 45. Parent and Student Handbook 43 Conduct Policies CLASSROOM CONDUCT 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 parent/guardian. 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. DISCIPLINE 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 disciplinary measures.
  46. 46. 44 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 4. Littering 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 SUSPENSION 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.
  47. 47. Parent and Student Handbook 45 EXPULSION 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 expulsion. STUDENT LOCKERS 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.
  48. 48. 46 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 Christian character. 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. ______________________________________________________________ __________________________ Student Date 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. ______________________________________________________________ __________________________ Parent Date
  49. 49. Parent and Student Handbook 47 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 school rules. 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. Name____________________________________________________________ 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 administrator.
  50. 50. 48 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Conduct Policies (continued) 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.
  51. 51. Parent and Student Handbook 49 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. GYMNASIUM CONDUCT 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. LAVATORY CONDUCT 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.
  52. 52. 50 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability 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 stated above. _________________________________________ ___________________________ Parent’s Signature Date
  53. 53. Parent and Student Handbook 51 Disciplinary Policy 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 school community. 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. Teacher Responsibilities: 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 classroom. Teachers are encouraged to file memoranda or reports, with the Principal or Vice- Principals, regarding students who exhibit behavior that repeatedly or
  54. 54. 52 Prayer, Stewardship, and Accountability Disciplinary Policy (continued) 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 police authority. 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 or Vice-Principal.
  55. 55. Parent and Student Handbook 53 Student Responsibilities Jericho Christian Academy has adopted the following school-wide rules for students: 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.