VILLAGE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

2015-2016

College-bound from kindergarten ● Christ-centered for life

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8930 Village Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352 ● 818-768-5540/FAX 818-768-5618 ● www.villagechristian.org

VILLAGE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

Student/Parent Handbook

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

MISSION STATEMENT

CARE

STATEMENT OF FAITH

NONDENOMINATIONAL STATEMENT

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

THE ONE TO FIVE PROJECT

ESLRs

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

CLASSROOM CONDUCT

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY USE

STUDENT DIGNITY POLICY

PROHIBITION AGAINST HAZING AND INITIATION

DETENTIONS

SATURDAY SCHOOL

STUDENT SEARCHES

SUSPENSION

BEHAVIOR PROBATION

EXPULSION

STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE

STUDENT INFORMATION

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUTION CEREMONY

optional SENIOR PROJECT

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

EXCUSED ABSENCES

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

EARLY DEPARTURES DUE TO ILLNESS OR PARENT REQUEST

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION

ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

CHAPEL AND ASSEMBLIES

Technology

library

TEXTBOOKS

Lockers

PERSONAL PROPERTY

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Notices and Announcements

Student drop off and pick up

SENIOR LUNCH PASS

Student Guidelines for Driving and parking on Campus

Bicycles and SkateboarDS

Work Permits

When A Student Becomes Ill At School

Re-admission After Absence

Administration of Medication

Allergies

Health Screening

ACADEMIC AND CLASS INFORMATION

GRADING SCALE

Familylink (replaces pass)

Interim Reports and report cards

Failing a Class

Physical Education

LATE WORK

WITHDRAWING FROM A cLASS

How Grades are Computed

TAKING A CLASS AT ANOTHER SCHOOL AND TRANSFERRING CREDIT

ONLINE COURSE POLICY FOR NON VILLAGE CLASSES

th grade seminar

SEMINAR: CONCENTRATIONS (TH, TH, TH GRADE SEMINAR)

SCHOLARSHIPS

C S F ELIGIBILITY AND MEMBERSHIP

APPENDIX

ACCREDITATION

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

DIRECTORY INFORMATION DISCLOSURE NOTICE

WITHDRAWING FROM VILLAGE/TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL

ACCEPTABLE TECHNOLOGY USE

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

SUSPENDABLE OFFENSES

MATRIX OF CONSEQUENCES GUIDELINES

FINALS SCHEDULES

FINAL EXAM EXEMPTION/SENIOR PRIVILEGE

VCS POLICY REGARDING ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS

SIGNATURE PAGE

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INTRODUCTION

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The Village Christian High School Student/Parent Handbook is your guide to a successful school year. The Handbook details our spiritual goals and many aspects of campus life that affect the lives of our students and the operation of the high school.

Parents and students are expected to read the handbook carefully. This information will help you understand what VCHS has to offer you as well as, what is expected of students and parents to have a successful year, which will glorify our Lord Jesus Christ.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Village Christian School is to provide a CAREing, Christ-centered education producing students who thrive.

CARE

In order to reach our mission, Village Christian School focuses on the following core values, which spell out the acrostic CARE:

Christ-centered: Village Christian School sees its primary purpose to be a welcoming school where students can be exposed to the rich life of God’s love by knowing Christ personally (John 17:3). It is our desire that every student comes to a point where Christ is the center of their life, influencing every thought that the have and action they make, and in so doing they can spread His Word even further.

Accessibility/Affordability: Allowing Christ to influence every thought and action, we model our school after Jesus’ example of making Himself available to all that would come to Him. He did not set Himself aside for the most privileged or most affluent, but rather was welcoming to all that wanted to hear Him. Following His lead, our goal is to be accessible to the greatest number of students and families possible.

Real-Relationships: Motivated by love, God sacrificed His own Son, so that we could have a real eternal relationship with Him (John 3:16). Likewise, the evidence that we have a vital relationship with Christ shows up in the way we love one another (John 13:35). Having a personal relationship with Christ is central to every other relationship we have and as we pursue this relationship with Him, He will increase our desire to serve one another.

Educational Excellence: Finally, as a school, these values are expressed in an excellent Christian education. We don’t believe excellence is compromised with accessibility and therefore we dedicate ourselves in the pursuit of academic excellence unmatched by both public and other private schools. It is our desire that each student develop a lifelong love of learning and improving themselves for the future.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We Believe

  • the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God
  • that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and by whose infilling the believer is equipped for service.
  • in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ

NONDENOMINATIONAL STATEMENT

Village Christian Schools is a nondenominational school by affil­iation and statement of faith. VCS clearly presents the Bible to be "the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God." While we are not a church, we do and will teach truth, which is God's Word. Any dogma, doctrine, or other concepts that contradict, add to, or subtract from the completed Word of God as presented in the 66 books of the Bible will be held up and judged against the Bible for trustworthiness. Anything that contradicts, by omission and commission, God's completed Word will be presented as such in class discussions, lectures, chapels, or when­ever questions on these issues are dealt with.

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

Village Christian School is committed to preparing all students to thrive in the 21st century by providing a solid foundation in Christ and an education that will allow them to excel in college and beyond. VCS strives to develop critical thinkers who can give well-reasoned answers to challenging questions. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to exceed state and national standards and provide our graduates with the opportunity to attend the college of their choice.

THE ONE TO FIVE PROJECT

Village Christian Schools is committed to CAREing for students in a way that helps them excel and thrive not only during their time in school, but into college and beyond. It is common sense, but also clearly documented in relevant and recent research, that students who are surrounded by at least five adults, besides their parents, who provide support, offer a listening ear, and invest time in helping the young person discover their identity and purpose. We call this supportive group a “circle of care.” These kinds of adults are found all around the Village campus among teachers, coaches, administrators, and support staff. Students have also found a “One to Five adult” in their extended family, at church, in the neighborhood, and on local sports teams.

It has also been demonstrated that students who learn how to reach out to their “five,” and ask for help, advice, and support, do better in school, academically, socially, and spiritually. Village Christian Schools join with parents in a strategic partnership to help every single student in our family find and enjoy the support of at least five caring adults who become part of their cheering “crowd of witnesses” [Hebrews 12:1].

ESLRs

ESLRs stands for “Expected Schoolwide Learning Results.” Our ESLRs are in the form of essential questions. These questions are:

  1. Who is God?
  2. What is Truth?
  3. What is my purpose?
  4. How can I access, process, and share information
  5. How can I develop, express, and use my creativity?
  6. How can I make wise choices?
  7. How can I develop healthy relationships?

We expect all Village students to have carefully thought through these questions. A student who has effectively answered these questions is well prepared for not only college academic study, but for being a leader in their profession, family, community and church.

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STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

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Rules and standards are necessary in order to promote an environment that is safe, orderly and allows all students to flourish. Our expectation is that our students will be respectful, responsible, motivated and conduct themselves with integrity. Our goal in discipline is to teach students to make choices that are desirable, and for them to learn self-discipline. Enrollment at VCS is a privilege and our expectation is that students will conduct themselves in accordance with Village Christian School goals and standards. We rely on parents to become partners with the school education of their child. Upon enrollment, students and parents agree to abide by the Standards of Conduct.

If the administration determines that a student’s behavior demonstrates a lack of respect for persons or property, disrupts the teaching and learning in the classroom or violates California Education or Penal code, the student will be disciplined. Student behavior is expected to positively reflect the mission and expectations of VCS, both in and out of school. We have not attempted to list every behavior and consequence, but instead have provided guidelines for appropriate behavior. The matrix outlines our major expectations.

CLASSROOM CONDUCT

Each teacher develops rules and classroom procedures specific to their subject area and congruent with school rules. All students are expected to be positive contributors to the classroom environment and support the structure of the classroom. Teachers’ rules and procedures are included in the course syllabus.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY USE

Refer to Appendix

STUDENT DIGNITY POLICY

Village Christian School is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect, and which is free from all forms of intimidation, exploitation, bullying, and harassment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment between any persons, including students, employees, parents or campus visitors, is prohibited. Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination or expulsion.

Bullying is defined as (CEd code 489001)

	(1) "Bullying" means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal
	 act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of
	 an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil
	 or group of pupils directed toward one or more pupils that has or can
	 be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
	(A) Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil's
	 or those pupils' person or property.
	(B) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental
	 effect on his or her physical or mental
	health.
	(C) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with
	 his or her academic performance.
	(D) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with
	 his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities,
	 or privileges provided by a school.
	(2) "Electronic act" means the transmission of a communication,
	 including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image, or a
	 post on a social network Internet Web site, by means of an electronic
	 device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone
	 or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.
	(3) "Reasonable pupil" means a pupil, including, but not limited
	 to, an exceptional needs pupil, who exercises average care, skill, and
	 judgment in conduct for a person of his or her age, or for a person of
	 his or her age with his or her exceptional needs.

(t) A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension.

Students who feel that they have been subjected to conduct of a harassing nature are to immediately report the matter to their Principal, or counselors. All complaints will be immediately investigated. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in any complaint. However, the school reserves the right to fully investigate every complaint, and to notify a student’s parent/guardian and appropriate civil authorities as the circumstances warrant.

PROHIBITION AGAINST HAZING AND INITIATION

No student or other person in attendance at any public, private or parochial school, or any event or activity associated with any public, private or parochial school, shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending or associated with the institution.

Hazing and initiation includes any method of initiating or reinitiating into a student organization, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization, which causes or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm. Hazing and initiation does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions approved by the school administration. Any infraction will result in consequences that will be appropriate and consistent with school policy as determined by the administration.

DETENTIONS

Students can be issued a detention by the administration. The parent will be contacted by the administration. Supervised detention after school will be on Wednesdays. Detention supersedes ALL OTHER AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES including: all sports, cheerleading, dance, band, choir, etc. Any potential conflicts e.g. medical appointments, work, etc. must be worked out by student and family to serve detention on the Wednesday following the receipt of the detention. Detention starts at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students late to the detention room will not be allowed to serve their detention that day.

SATURDAY SCHOOL

At the discretion of the administration or as outlined in the progressive discipline matrix, students will be assigned to Saturday School for two to four hours on Saturday morning (7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.), depending on the severity of the offense. Students who fail to attend Saturday School may be suspended.

Fee: Students will be charged $40 for the four-hour Saturday session or $20 for two-hour session. The fee must be paid no later than the Wednesday prior to the assigned Saturday School. Please pay at the high school office.

STUDENT SEARCHES

School officials may search any individual student including his/her property when there is reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence that he/she is violating the law or school policy.

The types of student property that may be searched by school officials include, but are not limited to lockers, desks, purses, backpacks, student vehicles, cellular phones, or other electronic communication devices.

VCS has contracted with Impact Canine Solutions to conduct random searches using nonaggressive specially trained dogs to sniff out and alert staff to the presence of substances prohibited by law or school policy. Dogs sniff property only and not people.

SUSPENSION

Suspension is the removal of a student from ongoing instruction. The administrator may suspend a student for up to 10 days. A conference must be held with the administrator before a student may be readmitted to school. A suspension becomes part of a student's discipline file.

Suspended students may complete school assignments while on suspension. These assignments must be turned in the day the student returns to school whether the class meets that day or not.

During suspension, students may not come to school nor attend or participate in any school-related activities.

Offenses that may result in suspension are based on section 48900 of the California Education Code. These are serious offenses such as theft, fighting, substance abuse, harassment, disruption, defiance, etc. A list of these offenses can be found in the Appendix.


BEHAVIOR PROBATION

When necessary, a student may be placed on behavior probation. Generally the term of probation will be one semester and will consist of a meeting with Administration, parents and student resulting in a behavior contract that defines expectations for the student. Violation of this contract may result in suspension or expulsion.

EXPULSION

If it becomes necessary, in the opinion of the school administration, to expel a student who does not abide by the Standards of Conduct contained in this Handbook, the matter shall be referred by the superintendent to the Board of Directors of the school for disposition. The admini­stration has the authority to suspend the student indefinitely until a final decision of the Board of Directors has been reached. In the event that the decision of the Board of Directors is to expel the student, the Head of Schools shall have delivered to the student's parent/­guardian written notice of that decision. In the event that the parent/guardian wishes to request the Board of Directors to reconsider its decision, the parent/guardian must request such reconsideration in writing, and must have such written request delivered to the Head of Schools on or before fifteen days after receipt of the notice of the Board of Directors' decision. If such request for reconsideration is made, the Board of Directors shall schedule a meeting for reconsideration of the matter and shall provide written notice to the parent/guardian of the disciplined student as to the date, time and place of such meeting. The parent/guardian and the student shall be given an opportunity to address the Board of Directors with respect to the conduct, which is the subject of the disciplinary action. After such a meeting for reconsideration, the Head of Schools shall have delivered to the student's parent/guardian written notice of the decision of the Board of Directors in the reconsideration of the matter.

When a student is asked to withdraw or is expelled from VCS, they will be restricted from being on campus or at any school activity.

STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE

VCS strives to maintain a positive and professional learning environment. Consequently, our appearance should encourage concentrated study and should in no way distract from the learning process. VCS believes in the Biblical principle of modesty and encourages students to focus on the inner self and not call attention to outward appearances. We have some basic guidelines that we expect students to meet. Final decisions regarding appropriateness of appearance are at the discretion of Administration.

Students are expected to adhere to the “Dress and Appearance” policy at all times.

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Fit

  • All clothes must fit properly.

Yoga pants and jeggings,

  • May not be worn.

Tights and leggings

  • May be worn under skirts only. Tights and leggings must be a solid color (red, white, gray, black or navy), no patterns, holes, etc. are allowed.

Shoes

  • Shoes must have a back strap, no flip flops, no slippers. Shoes must be worn at all times.

Shirts

  • A True Grits polo or oxford must be worn at all times even under sweatshirts: red, navy, gray, black.

Hats

  • VCS hats only, but must be removed indoors during school hours.

Hair

  • Should look neat, natural. Styles and colors that call undue attention to the wearer are not acceptable.
  • Hair should always be neat and well groomed. Boys’ hair should be cut to be off the collar. Any facial hair should be neat and well groomed.

Girls Accessories

  • Girls’ jewelry must be modest and in good taste. No gauges or other distractive piercings are allowed.

Boys Accessories

  • Earrings are allowed, but should be modest and in good taste. No gauges or other distractive piercings are allowed.

Skirts

  • True Grits skirts are acceptable: black, gray, and plaid
  • Length: no more than 2 inches above the top of the knee while standing.

Shorts

  • Can be True Grits, Dickies or a similar dress style in navy and khaki color only.
  • No athletic or sport type of shorts allowed.
  • Girls: length - no shorter than a 7 inch inseam.
  • Boys’ shorts must be worn on the waist, exposing no undergarments.

Pants

  • Can be True Grits, Dickies or a similar dress style in khaki color only.
  • No Jeans.
  • No sweatpants or warm-ups of any kind.
  • Girls’ pants may not be “skinny” or tight fitting, no jeggings, yoga pants, or work out pants.
  • Boys’ pants must be worn on the waist, exposing no undergarments. No “skinny” cut pants.

Outerwear

  • All True Grits and VCS sweatshirts (sport, club, class, tours), cardigans and jackets are acceptable.
  • College/University sweatshirts are acceptable
  • All other sweatshirts and jackets must be a solid color only: VCS red, white, gray, navy, black.

Game Days

  • Athletes will wear khaki uniform bottoms and designated team polo on game days.

After School Activities

  • Neat, clean, modest and appropriate attire is required.
  • Students who show up to school events and activities dressed improperly may be required to leave the event and have a student and/or parent conference with school administrators.

The administration makes the final decision regarding the appropriateness of student attire at school and school activities. Questions regarding the appropriateness of dress or appearance should be asked of administration before wearing it.

STUDENT INFORMATION

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

The Guidance Department [seeks to] assist(s) students by providing information and direction in the following areas: academic, career, and guidance in areas of [special assistance] [(i.e.] emotional/behavioral, attendance, [or] and spiritual [problems]concerns. Counselors provide a variety of opportunities for students/families to gather information and knowledge necessary to thrive not only in high school but also in college/career and beyond. Counselors meet with students/families beginning in 8th grade to develop their high school academic plans and to begin the process of discovering students’ gifts and interests. In 9th grade, counselors meet again with students to discuss their ongoing academic plan and concentration choices. In the 10th thru 12th grade years, counselors actively meet with student/families to continue maximizing their time at Village and advancing college/career preparations. Our counselors stay current on college admissions, student scholarship information, NCAA Clearinghouse requirements and 21st Century careers and skills. Parents understand that students may be [summoned] called in to meet with the guidance counselors for mediation [/], conflict resolution, or concerning academic and [/] or personal concerns. Students and parents may also request to see their counselor. Together we can provide a supportive and appropriately challenging environment that will give students the foundation and skills to thrive.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Credit Requirement: Min. 250 (1 semester = 5 Credits)

A-G College Entrance Required Classes (15 classes)

Required Classes and Academic Plans

A-G CSU & UC Entrance Requirements (15 units)

Cat.

Course (Yrs. Req)

Minimum Courses Req.

A

History (2)

Wrld History & US History

B

English (4)

English 9 - 12

C

Math (3)

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

D

Lab Science (2)

Biology, Chemistry

E

Foreign Lang (2)

Spanish 1 & 2 or Mandarin 1 & 2

F

Fine Art (1)

Any on Approved list

G

Elective (1)

Any additional from 'A - E' above

Please note: Must have grades of ‘C’ or better in A-G classes

VCHS Graduation Requirements (250 Credits) Beginning w/Class of 2015

Cr.

Course (Yrs. Req)

Minimum Courses Req.

30

History (3):

W. History, US History, US Gov (1 sem) & Econ (1sem)

40

English (4):

English 9 – 12

30

Math (3):

Incl. Geometry or Statistics (min)

20

Science (2):

Any Science

10

For. Language (1)

Any

10

Fine Art (1)

Any

40

Bible (4)

Bible 9-12

20

Physical Ed. (2)

PE or Athletics

5

Health (1/2)

Health (1 sem.)

45

Elective (5)

Any additional above (limit P.E. to 20 addl. Credits)

Beginning with the class or 2015, students graduate in chosen concentrations

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUTION CEREMONY

Like all senior activities, the graduation ceremony is a privilege and not a right, and a senior may be excluded from participation at the administration’s discretion. Students will normally be able to participate in the graduation ceremony if they successfully complete all graduation requirements. The high school diploma will not be issued until all graduation requirements have been completed.

If a senior fails any required course(s) at the end of the third quarter or at mid-term of the 4th quarter, there will be a required meeting of the parents, student, teacher(s) and counselor which will include a written contract. The purpose of this meeting will be to outline what the student must accomplish during the remaining weeks of the semester in order to pass the courses needed to receive a diploma.

optional SENIOR PROJECT

The purpose of the project is to allow a senior to gain real-world experience in some area of personal interest not directly related to the academic program at VCS.

Seniors who choose to participate will first obtain approval for his/her chosen project and secure a mentor who will oversee the senior’s work. If possible, the project and mentor will be chosen in the spring of the junior year. During first semester of the senior year, the senior will write a research paper on a related topic. Within a designated time frame, the senior will then complete (with mentor oversight) 20 or more hours of work on the project; maintain a journal and a portfolio related to the project; and give a presentation to a panel of adults (teachers, parents, community members, administrators). Possible types of projects include missions trips, community service, career-related internship, art show, music recital, and academic science research. Other types of projects may be proposed and will be considered each year. The current version of the Senior Project manual is linked at the VCS website.

One of the keys to success in school and in every area of life is being present, being on time and being prepared. Students at Village Christian School are expected to attend school daily and to be on time. Regular attendance is the student’s and parent’s responsibility.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

  • All school days on the school calendar are considered full school days unless otherwise specified. All minimum days, final exam days, and activity days are considered compulsory attendance days.
  • Each day that a student is absent from school, parents are asked to call the attendance office between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to report the absence. This may be done in lieu of a written note.
  • If the student is absent three (3) or more consecutive days, parents must call the attendance office to report the absence.
  • Student will need to check the teacher’s website during their absence so that they will be able to keep up with missed work.
  • Upon returning from an absence, all students must check in at the attendance office to receive a re-admit slip whether the class meets that day or not. If a note is required (because a phone call was not made the morning of the absence), it must state the student's name, the date of the absence, and the specific reason for the absence. If a note is not turned in, ONE day grace will be granted; after that, the absence will remain unexcused. Parents/legal guardians are the only persons authorized to call in or write and sign student notes. Students that are 18 years of age are not exempt from this procedure. The completed re-admit slip must be submitted to the attendance clerk at the end of the day the student returned to school.
  • Students may make up homework, missed quizzes, tests, and assignments for excused absences. It is the responsibility of students to make up all work missed and to find out from the teacher what and when assignments are due. Failure to make up work as specified by each teacher results in an I for the missed work. Students will be expected to make up tests and quizzes according to each teacher’s class policy.
  • Extended absences of five (5) days or more must be excused by a doctor’s note. In the case of long- term absences, parents must make special arrangements with the principal and teacher for the student to complete class credits.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

  • Authorized school activity or event (athletic competition, field trip, etc.)
  • Illness with note from parent or doctor.
  • Emergencies deemed so by the administration.
  • Funeral with note from parent or guardian.
  • Medical appointments

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

  • Absences that are not excused by school authorities or a parent phone call or written signed note pursuant to school attendance policies are unexcused.

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES/TEN (10) ABSENCE POLICY

Refer to MATRIX

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES/PLANNED ABSENCES

If parents are out of town and must leave their student in the care of an adult relative/guardian, the school must have the following information on file: name of the adult guardian, address, home, work and cell phone numbers, email address, dates/length of stay. Parents must comply with this request.

The administration understands that unique opportunities may arise and necessitate family travel during the school year. An opportunity such as this will not fall into the 10-absence policy IF it has been pre-approved by the administration. Students will not receive any assignments from teachers without administrative approval. Only the principal or assistant principal may grant pre-approval.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ATHLETIC AND EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION

Refer to ATHLETIC HANDBOOK

EARLY DEPARTURES DUE TO ILLNESS OR PARENT REQUEST

If a student needs to leave school early, prior permission must be obtained. Students MUST check out through the office in order to be excused. Failure to follow this procedure may result in disciplinary action. Remember students may not leave campus before they are finished with the last class of the day.

If a student becomes ill at school, he must be referred to the nurse by a teacher or the office. If the nurse deems it appropriate to send the student home, proper arrangements will be made through the nurse's office.

STUDENTS WITH HOME 1 AND EARLY DISMISSAL 7

Home 1/Early Dismissal 7: Home 1 is not a class; rather, it indicates that the student does not have a first period class, but starts after first period. The student is not required to be on campus during first period, but must report on time to their first class. Once a student arrives on campus, he or she is not permitted to leave campus without school

permission until he or she is finished with classes for the day and is authorized to leave. Students with Home 1 who need to arrive during first period should report to the library or areas designated by the administration. Early Dismissal 7 is not a class but signals to the student and parent that the student’s classes have ended for the day. Having completed regularly scheduled classes, the student should leave campus. Students who need to remain on campus due to athletic practices or other reasons should report to the lunch tables or areas designated by the administration.

AREAS THAT ARE OFF-LIMITS TO STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

  • The parking lots and parked cars in other areas.
  • Areas in the surrounding hills.
  • Inside the gymnasium (including the lobby) or weight room.
  • Any area around middle school classrooms or elementary classrooms, lunch areas, or playgrounds.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION

Refer to Athletic Website

ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS AND OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Refer to Athletic Website

CHAPEL AND ASSEMBLIES

Students are required to attend chapel and sit in their assigned area. Students are to enter chapel promptly, courteously, and be respectful.

Technology

Refer to Appendix

library

The library will be open during scheduled school days from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will be closed during scheduled school days from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The library is a place for quiet study and research. To maintain this environment please follow the posted rules.

Library books may be checked out for two (2) weeks. Students are responsible to return books on time. There will be a charge of 25 cents per day, excluding weekends, holidays and excused absences, for all overdue books. Full payment must be made for lost books. Damaged books will be charged according to the type and extent of the damage.

TEXTBOOKS

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all textbooks will be furnished by the school in either a hardbound or digital format. All students will be charged a book rental fee on their September bill. Students are expected to take care of these books and return them in the same condition as when they were borrowed. Fines will be assessed to cover any damage or replacement costs.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for students to store textbooks and personal belong­ings. Students have the responsibility to keep their lockers locked, clean and orderly at all times. Students are not to write on any portion of any locker, whether it is assigned to them or to someone else. Locker combinations are not to be given to other students. In addition, students are not to exchange lockers nor use another student's locker. After the end of the school year, any articles left in lockers will be disposed of or donated to charity at the discretion of administration. Lockers are subject to search by school administration.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Village Christian School is not responsible for any personal property that students bring to school, including personal electronic devices. Students must not leave their books, backpacks, purses, etc. lying around unattended at any time. Students should keep with them or in a locked locker.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students who bring electronic devices to school are responsible for them. Electronic devices are not to be used during class time without teacher permission. I Pads, I Pods and cell phones may not be used to record or photograph during school hours or at school events.

Notices and Announcements

Students must obtain permission from the ASB advisor before posting any notices, flyers or announcements at school.

Student drop off and pick up

Students must be dropped off and picked up on school property in the designated areas (the elementary school drop-off area or the A-Hall parking lot) or at school shuttle sites, not on the local streets surrounding the school. The service road behind A, B and C halls is off limits to parents and students for drop off/pick up and parking during school hours.

SENIOR LUNCH PASS

A Senior in good standing may request a pass to leave campus during long lunch on Wednesday. Students in good standing maintain a 2.0 GPA, have no unexcused absences, no U marks in citizenship, no suspensions and no more than 3 tardies. Eligibility is reviewed every 5 weeks. Students must submit an application signed by a parent or guardian to be considered for a lunch pass. Pass may be revoked at any time.

Student Guidelines for Driving and parking on Campus

Students may not park their vehicle on local streets (Penrose, Wildwood, Village Ave, or Ledge). The school may fine the owners of vehicles parking off-premises and will institute disciplinary proceedings. All student parking will be on the hill.

Parking/driving fines: $25 for illegal parking; $50 for reckless driving or speeding on campus. Students may have driving/parking privileges suspended or denied if unwise and unsafe driving/parking practices persist.

Village Christian Schools is not responsible for any damages to vehicles on school property.

Bicycles and SkateboarDS

Bicycles are to be placed in the designated area, where they are to remain during school hours. Bicycles, in-line skates, and skateboards may not be ridden on campus.

Work Permits

Any student under age 18 who is employed during the school year is required by state law to have a work permit. Once the student is hired, the student must pick up a work permit application in the high school office. The work permit will be issued when the completed application is submitted to the office. A new work permit must be obtained every time there is a job change, and at the beginning of each school year. The school reserves the right to revoke a work permit if a student's academic progress or school attendance is affected.

When A Student Becomes Ill At School

School personnel, including the school nurse and consulting physician, are empowered to render first aid and emergency care only. They may not diagnose or give treatment. Parents are contacted if the services of a physician appear to be necessary.

In case of serious emergency, every effort will be made to immediately contact the family. If the family cannot be reached, school personnel will call, in order, the one or two responsible adults designated on the student registration form. Please keep these names and numbers current by immediately notifying the Central Office, in writing, of any changes.

If a student must be sent home due to illness or injury, parents are notified. A student is never sent home alone, even if he/she is 18 years old. Students sent to the Health Office may rest for up to 20 minutes; after that time, they must return to class or be sent home.

Students who are sick may not use cell phones to call parents. They must ask for a pass from a teacher or the school office to go to the school nurse.

Re-admission After Absence

Students who have vomited, had a fever (100.4 degrees or higher), or exhibit any other signs of illness during the night or in the morning before school should not be brought to school. Students must be free of fever and symptoms of illness 24 hours prior to re-admission.

After an absence, the student must obtain a re-admit slip through the attendance office. Parents must verify absence by calling the morning of the absence or with a signed note the day the student returns.

Students must be re-admitted through the Health Office for the following: injuries involving crutches or sutures; contagious diseases (chicken pox, measles, pink eye, etc.); PE excuses.

All students returning with casts, braces, sutures, or using crutches must have a physician’s note releasing them to return to school. This note, along with a parent note, must be given to the nurse in the Health Office. For the student’s protection, no student will be allowed to play or even be on the athletic field with sutures, casts, or braces (dental braces excluded).

Communicable illness (strep throat, chicken pox, pink eye, mononucleosis, any unusual rash, head lice, scabies, or other illnesses) must be reported to the Health Office even if the student has been treated and presents no symptoms.

All PE excuses are written by the Health Office. A parent’s note will be adequate for up to ONE day. A physician’s note is required if an excuse is needed for more than ONE day.

Administration of Medication

All medication to be taken during the school day must be brought to the school Health Office. ALL over-the-counter medicines, as well as prescription medications, must have a physician's written order as well as a parent's written permission to be taken at school. Medications, including aspirin and Tylenol, are not to be carried by students on campus at any time, unless they have a signed student contract form on file in the health office, including a physician’s approval.

The school nurse or another designated adult administers medications. All medications brought to school must be in the original container (pharmacy labeled). The following information should be on the medication container: Student's full name, physician's name and phone number, name of medication, dosage, schedule, and date of expiration of prescription. Medication will be kept in a locked cabinet in the school Health Office.

It is the responsibility of parents of children taking regular daily medications to provide a one-month supply that they replenish when needed. Medications that require a one-half tablet need to be brought with tablets pre-cut. Please notify the Health Office of any change in medication. Every medication must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

Allergies

If your student has severe allergies to any food or substances, the school must have a doctor’s written emergency plan on file in the health office, along with medication ordered, such as Benadryl and/or Epi-Pen.

Health Screening

Vision and hearing screening will occur in the sophomore year. Any parent that does not want their student to participate must come to the Health Office to sign the proper exemption form yearly.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Refer to Appendix

ACADEMIC AND CLASS INFORMATION

GRADING SCALE

Percent

Grade

Gr. Pts.

Percent

Grade

Gr. Pts.

93-100

A

4.0

73-76

C

2.0

90-92

A-

3.67

70-72

C-

1.67

87-89

B+

3.33

67-69

D+

1.33

83-86

B

3.0

63-66

D

1.0

80-82

B-

2.67

60-62

D-

.67

77-79

C+

2.33

0-59

F

.0

The cumulative GPA is augmented and calculated by taking an unweighted GPA of all coursework beginning with 9th grade, and then adding .025 points for every semester of AP or honors coursework with grades C- or higher. The quarter and semester GPAs reported on report cards are weighted for honor roll purposes, and calculated by adding an additional point for each AP and honors class with a grade of C- or higher. The cumulative augmented GPA is used for selecting Valedictorian/Salutatorian, and is the GPA reported at the end of the 4 week grading period during the fourth quarter. A student must be enrolled at VCS for the last 4 semesters to be considered for selection. Student Service, often referred to as Teacher’s Aide, is graded Pass/Fail.

Familylink (replaces pass)

Parents may access FamilyLink. This online communications program allows parents to go to the VCS web site and view their children’s attendance, grades, schedule, academic plan, etc. Instructions for using FamilyLink can be found on the web site www.villagechristian.org.

All teachers can be contacted via email through the website. Parents and students are encouraged to use this vital informational tool.

Interim Reports and report cards

Interim reports will be issued at the middle of each grading period. Students with incompletes and/or who are averaging 72% in a class or less will receive these reports. Quarter report cards will be issued to students at the end of the first and third quarters. Students are expected to share these grade reports with their parents. Semester report cards will be mailed home at the end of second and fourth quarters. Parents can obtain regular information about their student’s grades by checking FamilyLink at least weekly.

Failing a Class

It is our desire to work hand in hand with parents and students in maintaining the academic standards desired at VCS. Any student receiving an “F” or having a GPA of less than 2.0 for their semester grade may be placed on academic probation. Students remaining on academic probation for more than one semester may be required to leave school. Students are removed from academic probation if they meet the conditions of the probation contract.

Although a “D” in a class will earn high school credit toward graduation, as a general rule, a “D” or “F” in an academic class will be regarded as a deficiency by 4-year colleges and universities and will make a student ineligible for admission.

Physical Education

Goals for (Life Long Fitness) Independent PE

This course is designed to encourage each student to take ownership of his or her own physical fitness, requiring them to design a plan, carry it out, and then, in the end, see how the goals set in preparing that plan, have created good fitness habits that may be lifelong. All of us face the challenge of trying to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle in the midst of very busy schedules. Our goal is to help students find ways to incorporate fitness into their lives in a way that is enjoyable and effective and that will develop lifelong fitness habits. It is strongly recommended that all PE Credit be completed by junior year.

Course Organization

Each Unit, or module, will consist of 2 week, or ten school-day period. At the end of each module all logs and activity charts will be due. All assignments and other announcements will be communicated on the web page and through itsLearning. Students should check the web page daily for new information.

Each module might include a short video designed to encourage the student through their journey of reaching physical fitness. These videos will be approximately 7-15 minutes in length, and will be accompanied by a worksheet, to fill out while watching the video. These videos and worksheets are available on the web page. These worksheets will also be turned in.

Communication and Getting Started

As the semester begins, we will meet as a group. Please check the bulletin for time and location. The purpose of these meetings is to communicate the expectations of the course, answer student questions, help students develop fitness plans, and to start the procedures we will use for the rest of the year. These meetings will occur the first two weeks (module) of each quarter. Participation in these class meetings will count towards the student’s grade.

Grading

PE will be graded “Credit/No Credit.”

Activities
Students will receive a list of choices that they may be involved in. It is important to note that it is the consistency over a period of time that will produce health benefits that can last a lifetime. All students will be required to participate in at least 300 minutes of activity during the span of each module. This is an average of 30 minutes for each school day during that module. Students must spread this time out to at least 3 days per week.

In planning for the semester, it benefits each student to set aside at least 3 days per week for participating in the activity of their choice. The amount of time, spread out over the week, is totally up to the student, as long as it comes to at least 2 1/2 hours.

We will provide some opportunities for suitable on-campus activities. Other acceptable activities could be done from home for little or no additional cost. Perhaps, you could make this a family activity such as an evening walk or bike ride. Students can also fulfill their PE requirement by joining one of our athletic teams.

VCS Sports as an Alternative

As a reminder, students can opt out of Life Long Fitness and still fulfill their graduation requirements for Physical Fitness by playing on a VCS High School sports team. Students are encouraged to play a sport whether or not they have any experience in that sport. VCS as a small school relies on the participation of all its students to have full teams. For more information, contact the Athletic Department. Sports that meet year-round under the supervision of a coach (including for strength and conditioning) may earn 10 units of credit. Students who are involved in supervised athletic activities outside of school (such as sports we don’t offer like gymnastics, hockey, or dance) can apply to meet their PE requirement by having their club coach sign semester participation verifications. Applications are available in the HS office and must be completed by the fourth week of the semester.

LATE WORK

Late work for excused absences will be accepted with no penalty and according to the number of days absent.

WITHDRAWING FROM A cLASS

Summer schedule changes will be made only in the event the school has made a mistake with the schedule or the student failed to complete required summer work for an honors or AP class. Withdrawing from a class after the 4th week will result in a “withdraw F” for the class. Minimum course requirement: 9th & 10th grade students are required to take 7 classes, 11th grade students are required to take 6 classes and seniors are required to take 5 classes. Before dropping a class during the senior year, the senior should notify the admissions offices of the colleges he or she has applied to determine how the change will impact his or her college admission.

Whenever a student has his or her schedule changed for any reason, it is the student’s responsibility to inform his or her parent(s) of the schedule change. Parents should also check the student’s schedule, attendance and grade information regularly on FamilyLink.

How Grades are Computed

The first semester grade is the combination of the first quarter, second quarter, and final exam grades. Likewise, the second semester grade is the combination of third quarter, fourth quarter, and final exam grades. The total number of points in each semester is divided by the total number of weights to arrive at the semester final grade.

A “weight” is the proportion that the teacher determines the assignment should have in relation to other assignments. For example, a teacher might assign a homework assignment as 1 weight, a quiz as 2 weights, and a test as 4 weights. If the student scored 80 on the homework, 90 on the quiz, and 100 on the test, the 80 would be multiplied by 1, the 90 would be multiplied by 2, and the 100 would be multiplied by 4. The total would be divided by 7, which is the sum of the weights. This would result in an average of 94.29.

Credit for a class will be granted only once. However, all grades will be posted on the transcript even if failed courses are retaken. Students retaking a class will not receive more than 5 credits for that class. In other words, classes retaken for an improved grade will not receive duplicate credits.

TAKING A CLASS AT ANOTHER SCHOOL AND TRANSFERRING CREDIT

All a-g/college required classes are to be taken at Village Christian while a student at Village Christian. The following restrictions will apply:

  • Any class for which a student wishes to have credit transferred must have prior signed approval, on the designated form, from a guidance counselor. This safeguards the student from taking a class from a non-accredited institution or a home school, or a class that would not advance the student appropriately within the VCHS curriculum.
  • Students may take a college class but will have the credit transferred on an unweighted/non-augmented credit (i.e. on a 4.0 scale) basis on the transcript.
  • Only credits that go toward meeting graduation requirement may be transferred.

This policy applies to classes taken during the summer or regular school year.

ONLINE COURSE POLICY FOR NON VILLAGE CLASSES

Many online courses are not accepted by colleges/universities or NCAA/NAIA, thus Village has a policy to safeguard the student from taking classes that will not meet these requirements. ALL NON-VILLAGE ONLINE CLASSES MUST BE APPROVED, IN ADVANCE, BY SUBMITTING THE ONLINE CLASS PERMISSION form to the counseling office.

  • Online classes may be used for grade recovery/remediation with approval
  • Students are required to take all a-g/college required classes at Village. Exceptions to this will be evaluated on a case by case basis and will be granted only in unusual circumstances.
  • A proctor fee of $50 will be charged for any non-Village final administered for an online class.

9th grade seminar

All 9th grader students will be enrolled in a seminar class. Students will be required to complete a research paper in their seminar class. The final grade on the research paper will be applied as a grade to World History, English and Bible 9.

SEMINAR: CONCENTRATIONS (10TH, 11TH, 12TH GRADE SEMINAR)

In this required class students engage in research related to concentration, produce authentic products and explore career options. Class is graded pass/fail.

SCHOLARSHIPS

VCS offers a variety of scholarships to Junior and Seniors. These scholarships will be advertised in the spring bulletins.

C. S. F. ELIGIBILITY AND MEMBERSHIP

Membership in C.S.F. (for 9th through 12th graders) is based upon scholarship and citizenship and is for the semester following the one, which the qualifying grades, were earned. Membership shall be by application only. Applications will be available during the first two weeks of each semester in the High School office. It is the student’s responsibility to return the completed application to the office within the time frame that is announced in the student bulletin. No late applications will be accepted.

CSF applicants will be expected to pay $10 membership fee each semester before being given the membership card or the excused absence day form.

Refer to Mrs. Janine Kohut’s website for details.

APPENDIX

ACCREDITATION

Village Christian is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Village Christian Schools admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its policies and programs.

DIRECTORY INFORMATION DISCLOSURE NOTICE

Village Christian Schools will, with certain exceptions, obtain written parental consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your student’s education records. However, Village Christian Schools may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have informed the school to the contrary in accordance with the school’s procedure below. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Village Christian Schools to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

  • a playbill, showing your student's role in a drama production;
  • the annual yearbook;
  • honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • graduation programs; and
  • sports rosters, media guides, and programs.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, VCS may provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have informed the school in writing that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want Village Christian Schools to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing by September 14 of the current school year. The written notice must bear a parent’s signature and specify which directory information the parent wants to remain private. Village Christian Schools has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student's name
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph
  • Degrees, honors, scholarships, and awards received
  • College, university, or other post-secondary plans
  • Grade point average for valedictorian and salutatorian
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Grade level
  • The most recent educational agency or institution attended

DISCLOSURE OF DISCIPLINARY RECORDS NOTICE

In addition to academic performance, colleges or universities have an interest in learning about the personal conduct and character of its applicants. Upon request, a student is expected to honestly and fully disclose if he or she has been subject to disciplinary action that resulted in probation, suspension, withdrawal or dismissal from high school. Additionally, when requested by a college or university, a counselor or administrator may disclose disciplinary action taken against a student for an infraction that resulted in probation, suspension, dismissal or withdrawal from school.

WITHDRAWING FROM VILLAGE/TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL

Please contact the admissions office for proper withdrawal procedures. The pupil must check in all school property, such as library books, textbooks, etc., and clear out his/her locker. All financial obligations, such as tuition, book fines and assessments must be paid at the time of withdrawal.

ACCEPTABLE TECHNOLOGY USE

Online access to the Internet offers a tremendous opportunity for students to broaden their intellectual horizons. By communicating with and retrieving information from sources worldwide, students have the ability to research questions, investigate issues, and to correspond with individuals in ways that would have been difficult, if not impossible, in recent years. The potential benefits to the individual students, their classes, and the school as a whole from such an open and rapid exchange of information are immense.

But with the benefits and opportunities come risks as well. Not all of the information available online is truthful, accurate, or beneficial. A certain amount of what is out there is offensive, inaccurate, or even illegal. Not every individual using online technologies is responsible or ethical in their behavior or use of language.

However, as a school, we believe that if together (students, parents, and school) we agree on certain guidelines governing online behavior, the potential benefits do outweigh the potential risks. Within responsible limits, the principles of freedom of inquiry and freedom of speech will be honored for our students. The responsibility for establishing, understanding, and working within those limits is a shared responsibility amongst the student, his/her parents, and the school.

It is the responsibility of the school to provide a secure and functioning online environment where learning can take place. Part of this responsibility involves the taking of basic precautions to insure the security of the system resources of the school, and to channel online activity into constructive, educational activities.

It is the responsibility of the student to behave in a mature and ethical way when using the school's online resources, and to abide by the established guidelines outlined in the Online Code of Conduct.

It is the responsibility of the parents to provide such guidance and oversight for their students in evaluating activities and information retrieved online, as they exercise with other information sources such as television, telephones, movies, or radio.

The school online resources are provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others. Access is a privilege--not a right. Access entails responsibility. Access to online resources is given only to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required.

Individual users of the school computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications online. It is presumed that users will comply with school standards and will honor the Code of Conduct they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards, the school is not primarily responsible for restricting, monitoring or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network.

Given sufficient evidence or reasonable suspicion of misuse of the school's online resources, school administrators may review files and/or communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that online communications and/or records of usage will always be private.

Student Access Online Code of Conduct

Recognizing that online access utilizing the resources of Village Christian Schools is a privilege, not a right; I agree to abide by the following Code of Conduct:

1. I understand that much of what takes place online is in a very public forum, and I will represent myself and my school in such a way as to bring honor and respect to both. I will be polite. I will use appropriate language in my communications.

I will not send, or encourage others to send, abusive messages--messages which contain or suggest pornography, racism or sexism; involve or solicit unethical or illegal activities; harass, insult, attack or defame another person or persons; or disclose information which would violate another person's privacy.

2. I will utilize the school's online resources only for appropriate purposes--those that are directly related to school activities or ones that I know the school and my parents would approve of.

I will not utilize the school's online resources for unauthorized commercial activities. I will not attempt to access a site or retrieve information that is inappropriate due to content which the school or my parents would find morally offensive or ethically wrong. I will not distribute materials that are likewise inappropriate.

I will not engage in online vandalism--the malicious attempt to harm or destroy the property (including data) of any other person or persons, or disrupt the normal operations of their system(s).

I will not attempt to access areas of the school's system or any other system without proper authorization to do so. Such unauthorized access is trespassing.

I will respect the privacy of others by refusing to reveal security and access passwords, home addresses, or personal phone numbers without prior authorization by their owner. I will not attempt to obtain security and access passwords by unethical means, or use passwords that are not my own.

I will respect and protect the property rights of others by not violating copyright law in the use and distribution of images and text. I will not use online access to acquire or distribute "bootleg' or 'pirated" software.

3. I will ask for help when I need it, and promptly report any problems with the school's online resources, or problems arising from their use, to appropriate faculty or staff members.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

Village Christian School seeks to educate students in both mind and character and therefore expects its students to demonstrate integrity in all academic endeavors. VCS defines academic integrity as each student doing his or her own work, except in instances where groups of students are permitted by the teacher to work together to produce one product. If a student uses the phrases, sentences, structures, or ideas of another in an individual assignment, such as a research paper, then the student must give due credit to their sources. When teachers require individual work to be submitted but allow collaboration in completing that work, students may discuss ideas and concepts, but the actual work turned in must be that of the individual student. Additionally, there is no distinction between giving and receiving unauthorized help; one who helps another to cheat is as guilty as one who benefits from the cheating. All work submitted by students should be a true reflection of their effort and ability.

Examples of unacceptable practices which constitute academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying another student’s work with or without that student’s knowledge;
  • Using another’s words or ideas without giving due credit (plagiarism);
  • Violating testing procedures as defined by a teacher in an individual classroom;
  • Giving and/or receiving answers to a test or quiz;
  • Unauthorized distribution, copying, or recording of tests or quizzes

Instances of cheating will be investigated by the teachers, counselors, administration, deans of students and will incur the following consequences:

1st Infraction:

Student will receive a zero on the assignment.

Teacher will contact parent/guardian by phone

Referral will be sent to an administrator for recording and filing.

2nd Infraction (in the same or any other class):

Student will receive a zero on the assignment.

Student may receive an “unsatisfactory” citizenship mark for the grading period.

Student’s letter grade for the quarter may drop one or more letter grades.

Teacher will contact parent/guardian by phone.

Referral will be sent to an administrator for recording and filing.

3rd Infraction (in the same or any other class):

Student will receive a zero on the assignment.

Student will receive an “unsatisfactory” citizenship mark for the semester.

Student may be dropped and/or failed from the class where the third infraction occurred.

Student will be removed from school leadership position.

Referral will be sent to an administrator for recording and filing.

Administrator will contact parent/guardian by phone.

Student will be penalized for the second and/or third infractions if the incidents have taken place in the same academic year as the first infraction.

Student will be held accountable for second and/or third violations in the same or any other class where the first violation took place.

SUSPENDABLE OFFENSES


	(a) (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury
	 to another person.
	(2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except
	 in self-defense.
	(b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished a firearm, knife, explosive,
	 or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of an object
	 of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the
	 item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the
	 principal or the designee of the principal.
	(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under
	 the influence of, a controlled substance listed in Chapter
	2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety
	 Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
	(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell a controlled substance
	 listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of
	 the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of
	 any kind, and either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to a person
	 another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance,
	 or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
	(e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
	(f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
	(g) Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
	(h) Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine
	 products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature
	 cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and
	 betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a
	 pupil of his or her own prescription products.
	(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
	(j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated
	 to sell drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health
	 and Safety Code.
	(k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid
	 authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials,
	 or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
	(l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
	(m) Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "imitation
	 firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar
	 in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable
	 person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
	(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section
	 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual
	 battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.
	(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness
	 or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either
	 preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that
	 pupil for being a witness, or both.
	(p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the
	 prescription drug Soma.
	(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this
	 subdivision, "hazing" means a method of initiation or preinitiation
	 into a pupil organization or body, whether or not the organization or
	 body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is
	 likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace
	 resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective
	 pupil. For purposes of this
	subdivision, "hazing" does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events.
	(r) Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying
	 committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f)
	 and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school
	 personnel.

(t) A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempt infliction of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension.

MATRIX OF CONSEQUENCES GUIDELINES

Offense

Inappropriate classroom behavior such as but not limited to: Disruptive behavior

Not obeying classroom rules

1st offense in one class:

Teacher calls home and assigns a teacher

detention.

2nd offense in one class: Student is removed from the classroom, referred to the office, Dean calls parents and assigns office detention. Student does not return to the classroom until the next day. Citizenship is lowered to an N for that quarter.

3rd offense in one class: Student is removed from the classroom until a conference is set up with the parents by the Dean, Saturday school is assigned, Citizenship is lowered to a U for that quarter.

4th offense: Class suspension, behavioral contract established. Parent and student conference with Dean and Counselor.

5th offense:

Follow provision of behavioral contract. Possible school suspension.

Defiance

1st offense in any class:

Student is removed from the classroom, referred to the office. The Dean calls parents and assigns Saturday School. Student does not return to the classroom until the next day. Citizenship is lowered to an N for that quarter.

2nd offense in any class:

Student is removed from the classroom to an “in house” suspension until a conference with the parents, the Dean, and the teacher occurs. A behavioral contract is developed. Saturday school is assigned, Citizenship is lowered to a U for that quarter.

3rd offense in any class:

Suspension from school.

Revised contract. Parent conference.

Dress Code

1st & 2nd offense: Student is sent to the office with referral, offense is logged into schoolmaster, parents are called by office, problem is corrected.

3rd offense: Student is sent to the office with a referral, problem is corrected if possible, detention assigned. Student not allowed back into class until problem is corrected (parents contacted to bring clothes for student)

4th + offense: Student is sent to the office with a referral. Saturday school is assigned. Parent conference with the Dean. Behavioral contract developed.

Unauthorized use of a phone or electronic device

1st offense:

Device is confiscated, sent to the office, returned to student after 3pm. Parent contacted.

2nd offense in any class:

Device is confiscated, sent to the office, and returned only to parent, detention assigned.

3rd + offense in any class:

Device is confiscated, sent to the office, and returned only to parent, 2 hrs Saturday School assigned.

Excused Tardies

5th excused tardy:

Dean/Counselor meet

with student and parent. Action plan is developed and implemented.

Unexcused Tardies in one semester

3rd tardy in one class:

Teacher calls home and assigns detention

4th tardy in one class:

Office calls home and assigns detention

5th tardy in one class:

Office calls home and assigns Saturday school, N for citizenship for that quarter

6th + tardy in one class:

Citizenship is a U. Saturday school assigned.

Student placed on attendance contract.

Parent notified

Excused Absences

5th Absence in any one class:

Office sends a letter home to the parents.

8th Absence in any one class:

Counselor or Dean contacts parent

10th Absence in any one class:

Counselor/Dean convenes student attendance review team. May place student on contract

Exceptions may include:

Planned absence approved by the Principal; medical excuse

Unexcused Absence

(Truancy)

1st UA in one class:

Student is referred to Dean, Saturday School is assigned and the parents are called.

Work may only be made up in Saturday School for a 10% reduction in grade.

2nd & 3rd UA in one class: Student is referred to the Dean, Saturday School is assigned, parents are called.

Work may only be made up in Saturday School for a 20% reduction in grade. Citizenship is lowered to a U on 3rd UA.

4th UA in one class:

Student is referred to the Dean, Saturday School is assigned, parents are called.

Work may only be made up in Saturday School for a 50% reduction in grade. Citizenship is lowered to a U.

FINALS SCHEDULES

2015-2016

Semester 1

December 15: Final Exams

8:00 to 9:20 Per 2 (9:20 to 9:40—Nutrition)

9:40 – 11:00 Per 3 (11:00 – 11:15 – Nutrition)

11:15 – 12:35 Per 4

December 16: Final Exams

8:00 to 9:20 Per 5 (9:20 to 9:40—Nutrition)

9:40 – 11:00 Per 6

December 17: Final Exams

8:00 to 9:20 Per 1 (9:20 to 9:40—Nutrition)

9:40 – 11:00 Per 7

Semester 2

May 24: Final Exams

8:00 to 9:20 Per 2 (9:20 to 9:40—Nutrition)

9:40 – 11:00 Per 3 (11:00 – 11:15 – Nutrition)

11:15 – 12:35 Per 4

May 25: Final Exams

8:00 to 9:20 Per 5 (9:20 to 9:40—Nutrition)

9:40 – 11:00 Per 6

May 26: Final Exams, last day of school

8:00 to 9:20 Per 1 (9:20 to 9:40—Nutrition)

9:40 – 11:00 Per 7

FINAL EXAM EXEMPTION/SENIOR PRIVILEGE

Seniors with a second semester grade of 90% or higher are not required to take the final exam for those classes.

VCS POLICY REGARDING ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS

(ATOD)

Village Christian Schools, as an educational institution, promotes the belief that tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs are detrimental to the healthy development of adolescents. In keeping with this principle, we maintain a policy prohibiting students’ use of these substances, and provide information and support to allow students to develop productive Christian lifestyles free of chemical encumbrances.

At the time of filing for admission or upon annual re-registration, both student and parent/guardian must agree to abide by and support the standards and to give wholehearted cooperation to the school in upholding and enforcing the standards. Such agreement, signed by the student and the parent/guardian, shall be a condition for admission or re-registration of the student to the school. Choosing not to sign the consent form, by parent or student, will result in non-admittance or inability to re-enroll. Parents choosing not to allow their student or refusal by a student, to submit to any part of the policy conditions will result in dismissal from the school.

VCS students agree to live within the framework of the school’s Standard of Conduct as stated in the S/P Handbook. While some students may not have personal convictions in accordance with the standards in the handbook, agreeing to these standards obligates the student to assume responsibility for adherence to them, WHETHER ON CAMPUS OR OFF CAMPUS.

Village Christian School’s basic policy related to student use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is:

Possession of, use of, or consumption of any TOBACCO including e-cigarettes product on campus or at any school function (on or off campus) is strictly prohibited. Possession of, use of, or consumption of any tobacco product off campus, at non-school activities, is strictly prohibited.

Possession of, use of, or consumption of any beverage or substance containing ALCOHOL, or being under the influence of such substance, on campus or at any school function (on or off campus) is strictly prohibited. Possession of, use of, or consumption of, or being under the influence of any beverage or substance containing alcohol off campus, at non-school activities which, in the opinion of the school, impugns the good reputation of VCS, is strictly prohibited. Note: A student’s involvement in the furnishing of alcohol of any kind to anyone is a violation of the penal code and will be reported to law enforcement.

Possession of, use of, consumption of, or being under the influence of illegal DRUGS (including prescription drugs) on campus or at any school function (on or off campus) is strictly prohibited. Any possession of, use of, or consumption of, or being under the influence of illegal drugs off campus, at non-school related activities which, in the opinion of the school, impugns the good name of VCS, is strictly prohibited. Note: A student’s involvement in the furnishing of prescription drugs, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or look-alike drugs of any kind to anyone is a violation of the penal code and will be reported to law enforcement.

Students may be required to submit to substance abuse TESTING if the administration suspects that the student has a history of substance abuse, investigates or observes evidence or signs of substance abuse on the part of the student, or believes that a report of substance abuse, by students, parents, or other individuals, may be accurate.

Substance abuse testing shall be by urinalysis and/or examination of hair follicles. Multiple tests may be required. Testing that results from the administration’s belief or strong suspicion that a student is using any type of drugs, including alcohol, will be at the expense of the student and/or his or her parent/guardian. Such testing will be done at a facility selected by the administration.

Confirmed positive results from any substance abuse testing will result in the student’s immediate SUSPENSION pending an administrative hearing to consider consequences, including EXPULSION from VCS.

When the administration has a reasonable basis to believe that a student may be in possession of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, that students book bags, purses, lockers, desk or vehicle will be subject to SEARCH. Furthermore, the student will be required to empty his/her pockets, purses or billfolds and allow these to be searched.

The CONSEQUENCES for possession of, use of, or abuse of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs (including abuse of prescription drugs) on or off campus while a student at VCS are:

  • Possession of tobacco products
    • 1st offense: 3 day suspension with probation contract
    • 2nd offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 18 week expulsion
  • Smoking and other use of tobacco products
    • 1st offense: 3 day suspension with probation contract
    • 2nd offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 18 week expulsion
  • Possession of alcohol
    • 1st offense: 5 day suspension with probation contract and referral for assessment
    • 2nd offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 18 week expulsion
  • Use of alcohol
    • 1st offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 18 week expulsion
  • Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia
    • 1st offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 12 month expulsion
  • Sale or giving of tobacco
    • 1st offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 18 week expulsion
  • “Under the influence” of alcohol or other drugs
    • 1st offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider 24 month expulsion
  • Sale or giving of alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia
    • 1st offense: 10 day suspension with administrative hearing to consider permanent expulsion from VCS with notification to law enforcement

Students expelled from VCS for violating the ATOD policy who seek re-admittance to the school after the expulsion period must complete a SUBSTANCE ABUSE RECOVERY PROGRAM (SARP) approved by VCS. The program will consist of the following:

  • The student will undergo a complete substance abuse assessment by a medical/psychological professional selected by the administration that is highly trained in the areas of substance and chemical dependency and mental health.
  • The entire family of the suspended student must also agree to participate in the substance abuse assessment with the student.
  • The student and family must agree to and, in fact, comply with all the recommendations and treatment protocols contained in the substance abuse assessment.
  • The parents and the student must agree that the student will submit to random drug testing during the recovery program and expulsion period at the request of the administration.
  • The medical/psychological professional must verify the student has successfully completed the prescribed program.

Students who have successfully met the time requirement of the expulsion period, completed the recovery program and received a positive recommendation from the medical/psychological professional who performed the substance abuse assessment may re-apply to VCS. A student seeking re-admittance to VCS will appear before a discipline review committee formed by the HEAD OF SCHOOLS. This committee will make a recommendation to the head of school. Following the head of school’s review of the committee’s recommendation, the head of school will submit a recommendation to the BOARD OF DIRECTORS for final dispensation. The Board of Director’s decision will be final.

Any student re-admitted to VCS by decision of the Board of Directors will be placed on probation for the duration of the student’s time at VCS and may be reinstated to co-curricular and extracurricular activities as defined in the probation contract.

School Board approved

June 2009

SIGNATURE PAGE

I agree to the terms and standards of the Handbook. I know that it is a privilege for my son/daughter to attend VCS and will give my complete support and cooperation in upholding the standards of conduct.

______________________________________________________________________________________

Mother’s Signature/Guardian Date

______________________________________________________________________________________

Father’s Signature/Guardian Date

I have read and understand the ATOD policy ______________

Initials

I have read and understand the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy ______________

Initials

I agree to the terms and standards of the Handbook. I know that it is a privilege for me to attend VCS as a student and will give my complete support and cooperation in upholding the standards of conduct.

______________________________________________________________________________________

Student’s Signature Date

______________________________________________________________________________________

Print Student’s Name Grade Date

I have read and understand the ATOD policy ______________

Initial

I have read and understand the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy ______________

Initial

PLEASE SIGN THIS PAGE AND RETURN TO YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER

ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 28, 2015

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