VILLAGE CHRISTIAN MIDDLE 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 ● 818-768-1588 FAX 818-504-0982 ● www.villagechristian.org

VILLAGE CHRISTIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Student/Parent Handbook

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CARE

STATEMENT OF FAITH

NON-DENOMINATIONAL STATEMENT

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY USE

STUDENT DIGNITY POLICY

DETENTIONS

SATURDAY SCHOOL

BEHAVIOR PROBATION

EXPULSION

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

EXCUSED ABSENCES

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

TARDIES

TRUANCY

Athletic and Extracurricular Eligibility: See website

Chapel and Assemblies

library

TEXTBOOKS

Lockers

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Notices and Announcements

traffic concerns

Bicycles and Skateboards

Work Permits

HEALTH POLICIES

When A Student Becomes Ill At School

Re-admission After Absence

Administration of Medication

Allergies

Health Screening

ACADEMIC AND CLASS INFORMATION

Honor Rolls

FAmilylinK

Interim Reports/REPORT CARDS

Failing a Class

LATE WORK

How Grades are Computed

ACCREDITATION

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

DIRECTORY INFORMATION DISCLOSURE NOTICE

WITHDRAWING FROM VILLAGE/TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL

Planned absence approved by the office Medical excuse

VCS POLICY REGARDING ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS

FINALS SCHEDULES

SIGNATURE PAGE

INTRODUCTION

The Village Christian Middle 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 middle school.

The handbook is expected to be read carefully by both parents and students. This information will help you understand what VCS has to offer you, and in addition, what is expected of students and parents in order to have a successful year, which will glorify our Lord Jesus Christ!

Students and parents must sign and return the signature page at the end of the Policy regarding Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs and the signature page at the end of the Handbook.

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

NON-DENOMINATIONAL STATEMENT

Village Christian School, while a nondenominational school by affil­iation, statement of faith, which 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 sixty-six books of the Bible will be held up and judged against the Bible for trustworthiness. Anything, which 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 School 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 School 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.

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

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 on the next page 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 and harassment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment between any persons is prohibited, including students, employees, parents or campus visitors. This school is prepared to take action to prevent and correct any violations of this policy. Violators this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including 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.

DETENTIONS

Students can be issued an office 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.

Students can be issued a teacher detention by a teacher. The parent will be contacted by the teacher as to when they will serve their detention with the teacher.

SATURDAY SCHOOL

At the discretion of the administrator or as outlined n 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.

Fee: Students will be charged $40.00 for the four-hour Saturday session or $20.00 for two-hour session. The fee must be paid to the high school office no later than the Wednesday prior to the Saturday School.

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 ten (10) days. A conference must be held with the administrator before a student may be re-admitted 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, or who exhibits other behavior contrary to the Christian testimony of the school, 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 superintendent 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 superintendent on or before fifteen days after receipt of the notice of the Board of Directors' decision. If such request for reconsideration is timely received, 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 superin­tend­ent 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.

Fit

  • All clothes must fit properly.

Tights, 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 Grit 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 and 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 Grit 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/khaki color only.
  • No sport type of shorts allowed.
  • Girl’s 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-up pants
  • 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, and tours), cardigans and jackets are acceptable.
  • College/University sweatshirts are acceptable.
  • All other sweatshirts must be solid color only: VCS red, white, gray, navy, and black.

Game Days

  • Athletes will wear Khaki uniform bottoms and designated team polo on game day.

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 Middle School Guidance Counselor supports students in grades six through eight in three areas: College/Career Planning; Academic Intervention and Personal/Social Development. During the second semester of fifth grade, students and parents meet with the Middle School Counselor to develop an

academic plan through eighth grade. As a college prep focus continues in middle school, students will set a tentative plan for high school which will align with college goals. Students will be introduced to Naviance, a college career planning portal for students and families. Throughout the middle school years, the counselor will identify and provide interventions for students who are struggling academically. When necessary Student Study Teams and Individual Student Plans will be created to support students. Personal/social needs will be addressed through classroom lessons and individual meetings. The counselor encourages parents and students to request individual meetings through the middle school office for academic or personal support.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

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.

  • Each day that a student is absent from school, parents are asked to call or email 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.
  • 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 forgotten, ONE day grace will be granted, after that, the absence will remain un-excused. Parents/legal guardians are the persons authorized to call in or write and sign student notes.
  • Students may make up homework, missed quizzes, tests, and assignments for excused absences. Students may also check teacher’s websites. It is the responsibility of students to make up all work missed and to find out from the teacher what their assignments, tests, etc. were. Students have the number of days equal to the number of excused absences plus one in which to makeup work that was assigned while they were absent. Failure to make up work in the designated time results in an “I” for the missed work. Students will be expected to make up tests and quizzes immediately upon returning from one day’s absence. In the case of long-term absence, special arrangements are to be made which are acceptable by the teacher and administration.
  • If the student is absent three (3) or more days, parents may call the attendance office to request homework assignments. Assignments may be picked up in the appropriate office between 2:40-4:00 p.m. if the request has been made by 8:30 a.m. that morning.
  • Extended absences of five (5) days or more may require a doctor’s note to be excused. All attendance problems are brought to the attention of administration and counseling office. Further action may be taken as necessary. Recurring absences and tardiness will affect the academic progress of students and will make it very difficult for them to keep up on the classroom with assignments. In the case of prolonged absence, due to illness, special arrangements to complete class credits, acceptable to the principal and the teachers, must be made
  • All school days on the school calendar are considered full school days unless otherwise specified through newsletters of special events. All minimum days, final weeks, and activity days are considered compulsory attendance days.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

  • Illness with note from parent or doctor.
  • Professional appointments (students are required to get an authorized signature on the white school release form when returning).
  • Funeral, with note from parent or guardian.
  • Emergencies deemed so by the administration.
  • There are occasions when parents are out of town and have to leave their child in the care of someone else; therefore, we must have the following information on file:name of adult guardian; address; home, work and cell phone numbers; email; dates/length of stay. Parents must comply with this request.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

  • Absences other than those listed above.
  • Unexcused absences are those, which have not been excused by a note or phone call from a parent.
  • See Discipline Matrix.

PLANNED ABSENCES

  • For a planned absence contact the MS Office in advance for approval. Please give as many days’ notice as you plan to have your child miss school. You may request work for a planned absence. Any work that is given ahead of time must be completed upon the students return. Work that was given ahead of time and not competed upon return could result in a zero given for that assignment.

EARLY DEPARTURES

  • Parents must come to or contact the Middle School Office for their students to be excused.

TARDIES

  • A student is tardy to class if he/she is not in the classroom in their assigned seat at the class starting

time.

  • A phone call or a note excusing a tardy signed by the parent or legal guardian, must be brought by the

student to the office. Notes may be submitted to the office no later than the following day to be

considered excused.

  • Only tardies at the beginning of the day may be excused.
  • An unexcused tardy or more than 30 minutes will be counted as an truancy.
  • See Discipline Matrix in the appendix.

TRUANCY

Absences without the knowledge and consent of parent or approval from an administrator is considered a truancy. Students are not allowed to go off campus at any time, without permission, those doing so will be considered truant. See Discipline Matrix.

AFTER SCHOOL HOURSPROCEDURES: Refer to Appendix

Athletic and Extracurricular Eligibility: See website

http://www.villagechristian.org/athletics.aspx

Chapel and Assemblies

Awaken is an important part of campus life at Village Christian Middle School. Students are required to attend Chapel. Students are to enter chapel promptly, courteously, and show respect at all times.

library

The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Respect for others should be shown by being quiet and observing the library rules.

Library books may be checked out for two weeks. Bibles and magazines are for reference only. Students will be held responsible to return the books on time. If a book is overdue the student is responsible to return the book and pay the fine. There will be a charge of $.25 per day, excluding weekends, holidays, and excused absences, for all overdue books. If fines are not paid, appropriate discipline will be taken.

Full payment must be made for lost books. There will be a charge for damaged books according to the type and extent of damage.

TEXTBOOKS

All textbooks will be furnished by the school in either 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 cost.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for students to store textbooks and personal belong­ings. Students have the responsibility to keep their lockers clean and orderly at all times. Students are not to write on any portion of the locker whether it belongs to them or someone else. The administration reserves the right to search any locker(s) at any time without notification. Students should not leave their books, backpacks, etc. lying around unattended at any time. Locker combinations are not to be given to other students in order to maintain tight security. In addition, students are not to exchange lockers nor use another student's locker.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Village Christian School is not responsible for any personal property that students bring to school, including personal electronic devices.

Notices and Announcements

Students must obtain permission from their office before posting any notices, flyers or announcements at school.

traffic concerns

Traffic is constantly a concern for VCS as well as for the neighboring community. It is essential that everyone obey all traffic laws as well as the traffic rules of VCS. Failure to comply may not only result in a ticket from the police, but also discipline by the school. Every parent and student must comply with the following:

For Parents:

  • Parents cannot stop, park or drop off/pick up their students on the city streets surrounding the school.
  • Students must be dropped off on school property in the designated areas or at school shuttle sites. All designated areas are accessed through the front entrance gate. Students may not be dropped off in the parking lot beside the auditorium.
  • Traffic on the city streets must reasonably move at all times, or the police will ticket drivers. In order to keep traffic moving in the afternoons, parents should either arrive on campus early enough to park in a designated area on campus or arrive after school has dismissed.

The school’s Conditional Use Permit requires full compliance with the above conditions. Failure to comply could result in the loss of the Conditional Use Permit. Therefore, the school will exercise no flexibility in requiring compliance.

Bicycles and SkateboarDS

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

Work Permits

Any student under age eighteen who is employed during the school year is required by state law to have a work permit. Students are not to work more than 28 hours per week during the school week and are not to work after 10:00 p.m. Once the student is hired, an application may be picked up in the High School office. The work permit will be issued when the application is filled out and turned into the office. A new work permit must be obtained every time there is a job change and for summer jobs. The school reserves the right to revoke a work permit if a student's academic progress or school attendance is affected.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

P.E. is required for all 6th through 8th grade students. P.E. Clothing must be worn and should be purchased from the True Grits store. Parents may request in writing that a student be temporarily excused from physical activity for three days. Notes to that effect should be submitted to the Health Office. For exemption extending beyond three days, a written note from a doctor is necessary. This notice is to be presented to the school nurse. Parent notification will be accepted if the doctor’s note is forthcoming. Parents are to notify the nurse in writing when

the student is able to return to the regular physical education program. To receive a grade in P.E. a student must participate in minimum number of days in a quarter as mandated by the state.

HEALTH POLICIES

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 seem to be necessary.

In case of serious emergency, every effort will be made to immediately contact the family. If the family cannot be contacted, we will call the one or two responsible adults designated on the registration form, in order. 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 they are 18 years old. Students sent to the Health Office may rest for 20 minutes, after that time they must return to class or be sent home.

Village Christian School has a policy that every family is to have plans for the prompt pick up of their student from school in the event of injury or illness. If both parents work, they are to designate friends or relatives that are available during school hours to take the student home. The Health Office cannot provide long-term care for students waiting to go home. Students need to be picked up as soon as possible from the time contact is made.

Students that are sick are not to use cell phones to call parents. They must ask for a pass to go to the school nurse.

Re-admission After Absence

Students who have vomited, had a fever (100.4 degrees or higher), or have had any other signs of illness during the night or 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 is to 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.

The following must be re-admitted through the Health Office: 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. No student will be allowed to play or even be on the athletic field with sutures, casts, or braces (dental braces excluded) for the student’s protection.Communicable illness must be reported to the Health Office even if the student has been treated and is already well. This would include strep throat, chicken pox, pink eye, mononucleosis, any unusual rash, head lice, scabies, or other illnesses.

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 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 anytime, unless they have a signed student contract form on file, including a physician’s approval.

Medication administration forms are available in the Health Office or the doctor may write it on his prescription form. 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 any severe allergies to food or substances, the school must have a doctor’s written emergency plan on file, along with medication ordered, such as Benadryl and or/ Epi-Pen.

Health Screening

The following health-screening schedule will be performed throughout the school year. Any parent that does not want their child to participate must come to the Health Office to sign the proper exemption form yearly. Scoliosis Screening: 6th – 8th Grade, Vision and Hearing 8th Grade.

Please notify the Health Office immediately with any changes in your student’s health

ACADEMIC AND CLASS INFORMATION

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 quarter and semester GPAs reported on report cards are weighted for honor roll purpose.

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.

Honor Rolls

Students have the opportunity to be placed on an honor roll at the end of each semester. Students may be placed on the Gold Honor Roll (GPA - 3.75 or above) or on the Silver Honor Roll (GPA - 3.50 to 3.74).

FAmilylinK

Parents may access FamilyLink. This online communications program allows parents to go the VCS website and view their children's attendance, grades, schedule, academic plan, etc. Instructions for using FamilyLink can be found on the website 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/REPORT CARDS

Interim reports will be issued at the middle of each grading period. Students with incompletes and/or who are averaging 72% or less will receive these reports. Report cards will be issued at the end of each quarter.

Parents can get regular information about their student grades by checking PASS at least weekly. PASS is updated daily.

Failing a Class

Any student receiving an F or having a GPA of less than 1.75 for their semester grade will be placed on academic probation. Students remaining on academic probation for more than one semester may be requested to leave school. Students are removed from academic probation if they meet the conditions of the probation contract. It is our desire to work hand in hand with parents and students in maintaining the academic standards desired at VCS.

Any student failing 3 or more classes in a semester or failing 4 or more classes in a school year may be required to leave the school.

Any 8th grade student with a semester fail may not be eligible to participate in 8th grade graduation.

Students failing required course(s) at the end of a semester and allowed to continue as a student at VCS for the following semester must make up the failed course(s) in summer school

LATE WORK

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

How Grades are Computed

The semester grade is what determines if a student passes or fails a course. 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 might be considered 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 the failed grades are made up. Students making up a class will not receive more than 5 credits for that class. In other words, classes taken over for an improved grade will not receive duplicate credits.

APPENDIX

ACCREDITATION

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

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Village Christian School 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 School will, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, Village Christian School may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the school to the contrary in accordance with the school’s procedure below. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Village Christian School 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 activity sheets, such as for football, showing weight and height of team members.

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 advised the school that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want Village Christian School to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing by September 30 of the current school year. The written notice must bear the parent signature and give specifics as to what directory information the parent is requesting to remain private. Village Christian School has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student's name
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Electronic mail address
  • Photograph
  • Date and place of birth
  • 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.

NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROCEDURES

As part of our continuing emphasis on student safety and campus security we are making some revisions in the after school procedures for our Middle School students. Please take a moment to read and discuss this with your child.

  • When school is dismissed at 2:40 p.m. students should report directly to the pick-up area (if they will be picked up by 3:30 p.m.) or to the Middle School Study Hall room (Room 70). All students should be in one of these areas no later than 3:00 p.m.
  • Students who are found in other areas after 3:00 p.m. will be sent to room 70.
  • Students in room 70 must check out with the childcare staff when leaving. Failure to check out properly may result in higher childcare fees being charged to the student’s account.
  • Students still in the pick-up area at 3:30 p.m. must check-in to room 70 and must be checked out at the childcare window.
  • Athletes waiting for practice to begin or Fine Arts students waiting for classes or lessons which begin after 3:00 p.m. must check-in to childcare until their practice/lesson. Students may not be in other areas of campus while waiting. Students who are not picked up immediately after their lesson or practice should return to the Middle School Study Hall area. Charges will be incurred for this before and/or after practice supervision.
  • All students not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will participate in a mandatory quiet study hall until 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 students may continue to work on homework or participate in other recreational activities.
  • The Middle School Study Hall area will consist of room 70, the middle school triangle area and the lower field blacktop area. Students may not be in any other area of campus.
  • Students who need to go to the cafeteria can do so before 3:00 p.m. Snacks will be available in room 70 after that time.
  • Students may get a pass from room 70 to go to the library. These students are understood to be in childcare and will be charged accordingly. Middle school students should not be in the library after 3:00 p.m. without a pass.
  • Middle schoolers who are not picked up by 5:00 p.m. will come to the elementary childcare area and must remain in the childcare room or on the first grade playground.
  • Students who fail to comply with these procedures will be assigned a lunch time or after school detention.

VCS MIDDLE SCHOOL DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

A good citizen is someone who upholds and respects the laws of their country, but also acts in an appropriate way. Good citizens respect moral and ethical guidelines and behaviors. They show care and concern for themselves, their neighbors, and other members of their communities. The good citizen respects other peoples’ property, and expects others to do the same for them. The good digital citizen applies the same rules to the cyber-world. A digital citizen is a person who obeys the legal rules about using digital technologies, and acts with respect and care for themselves, others, and property. And in return, they expect the same respect to be shown to them.

3 Key Parts to Digital Citizenship

  • Key #1- Looking after Yourself
  • -Choosing online names that are suitable and respectful.
  • -Only inviting people you actually know in the real world to be your friends in the online world.
  • -Only visiting sites that are appropriate and respecting the rules that websites have about age. Some sites are only for adults. If you would not feel comfortable showing the website to you parents or grandparents then it is inappropriate.
  • -Setting your privacy settings so that only the people you know can see you and your personal information.
  • -Only putting information online that is appropriate and posting pictures that are suitable. Not everyone seeing your profile or pictures will be friendly.
  • -Always reporting anything that happens online that makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy to your parents and your teacher.
  • -Talking to trusted adults, like your parents and teachers, about your online experiences. This includes both the good and the bad experiences.
  • -Understanding that all activity initiated and/or performed under your accounts is your responsibility.
  • Key #2-Looking after Others
  • -Show you care by not sending hurtful or inflammatory messages to other people, or forwarding messages that are unkind or inappropriate.
  • -By not getting involved in conversations that are unkind, mean, or bullying.
  • -By reporting any conversations you see that are unkind, mean, or bullying. Imagine if the things being written were about you. If you would find them offensive then they are inappropriate.
  • -Some websites are disrespectful because they show people behaving inappropriately or illegally – or are racist, bigoted or unkind. Show your respect for others by avoiding these sites. If you visit one by accident, close it and tell your teacher or an adult.
  • -Show respect for other’s privacy by not trying to get into their online spaces without invitation, by not stalking them, or copying their pictures.
  • Key #3-Looking after Property
  • -By not stealing other people's property. It’s easy to download music, games and movies, but piracy (downloading media that you have not bought) is just the name given to stealing online.
  • -By not sharing the music, movies, games and other software that you own with other people.
  • -By checking that the information you are using is correct. Anyone can say anything on the web, so you need to check that the research is correct by using reliable sites. When in doubt ask your teacher or your parents.
  • -By looking after other people's websites, acting appropriately when visiting them, not making changes or vandalizing them, and reporting any damage that you find...

Please understand that the use of personal devices to support educational experience is not a necessity but a privilege. With respect of the rules, this privilege will benefit the learning environment as a whole. When rules are abused, privileges will be taken away. By checking the digital citizenship pledge box and signing the student handbook signature page, I agree to always act in a manner that is respectful to myself and others, to act appropriately in a moral and ethical manner. I agree to follow the principles of digital citizenship outlined in this agreement and accept that failing to follow these three key parts will have consequences.

Technology and Digital Citizenship Policies and Regulations

As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. Village Christian School commits to providing learning opportunities through technology, it is critical that parents and students are familiar with the responsibilities of being digitally connected citizens. Parents must be aware of the impacts of student participation in the digital world so that they can recognize “teachable moments” that arise as students explore, learn, and create in an online environment. Students must become aware of the benefits and risks that are associated with digital interactions and that ultimately they themselves must be able to make responsible choices and decisions as they navigate and interact within the digital world. VCS students are expected to become responsible digital citizens in a 21st Century learning environment.

Guiding Principle:

Students have an active role and responsibility to ensure they are engaging in the appropriate use

of technology (digital citizenship) within our school community, to ensure they are:

  • engaging in quality learning and
  • considerate of the physical and mental well-being of each student.

Definitions:

Digital Citizen- a digital citizen is an individual who interacts with other individuals using digital tools and resources such as computers of varying types and the internet as a means to connect to other people and interact with them using a variety of means such as email, blogs, websites, and various social media. The digital citizen is aware of and practices proper behaviors and socially accepted conventions in these online interactions. A digital citizen is a person who has developed the skills and habits that promote positive interactions with others in the digital world.

Technology- means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld equipment that includes, but is not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies, portable internet devices, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), handheld entertainment systems or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.

General Policies:

•The purpose of a VCS user account is to access the VCS network and facilitate creativity and innovation. We use this network to support communication and collaboration. We use technology to extend research and information fluency, to collect and analyze data, and to solve problems.

•Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of those privileges.

•VCS user accounts are owned by Village Christian Schools; consequently, they are subject to the Open Records Act. All digital files associated with user accounts may be retrieved by VCS staff at any time without prior notice and without the permission of any user. VCS reserves the right to monitor all accounts in order to maintain system integrity and to ensure responsible use.

•Students should have no expectation of personal privacy in any matters stored in, created, received, or sent through the VCS computer network. These are subject to review by VCS at any time, with or without notice, with or without cause and without the permission of any student or parent/guardian.

•A content filtering solution is in place in order to prevent access to certain sites that may contain inappropriate material, including pornography, weapons, illegal drugs, gambling, and any other topics deemed to be of non-educational value by VCS. VCS is not responsible for the content accessed by users who connect via their own 3G type service (cell phones, air-cards, etc.).

Internet- Only the internet provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal internet connective devices such as but not limited to cell phones / cell network adapters are not permitted to be used to access outside internet sources at any time.

Security and Damages- Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. Village Christian Schools, nor its staff or employees, is not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts that are impacted in similar situations. It is recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.

Google Apps and Other Third Party Accounts- In accordance with our school mission, goals and our vision for technology our students may require accounts in third party systems. Many of these accounts will be used at school for school related projects but may also be accessed outside of school with their parents’ permission. The use of these accounts will help our students to master effective and proper online communications as required in Technology Applications Standards.

Government Laws-Technology is to be utilized in conformity with laws of the United States and the State of California. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Criminal Acts – These include, but are not limited to: unauthorized tampering, cyber-stalking, vandalism, harassing email, child pornography, and cyber-bullying.
  • Libel Laws - You may not publicly defame people through published material.
  • Copyright Violations - Copying, selling or distributing copyrighted material without the express written permission of the author or publisher (users should assume that all materials available on the Internet are protected by copyright), and/or engaging in plagiarism.

MS/HS Student Digital Citizenship Agreements:

The use of technology to provide educational material is not a necessity but a privilege. A student does not have the right to use his or her tablet, laptop, cell phone or other electronic device while at school. When abused, privileges will be taken away. When respected, they will benefit the learning environment as a whole. Students and parents/guardians must adhere to the Digital Citizenship agreement, Student Code of Conduct, as well as all Board policies, particularly Internet Acceptable Use and Internet Safety. Additionally, technology:

  • Must be in silent mode while on school campuses and while riding school buses.
  • May not be used to cheat on assignments or tests.
  • May only be used to access files on computer or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum.

Please go to the link on the VCS website and review the digital citizenship agreement with your child.

Consequences: Remedial and Disciplinary Action:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

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 11014.5of 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 attempted

infliction of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension.

MATRIX OF CONSEQUENCES GUIDELINES

Offense

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

4th Offense

5th Offense

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

Not obeying classroom rules

Teacher calls home and assigns a teacher

detention.

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.

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.

Class suspension, behavioral contract established. Parent and student conference with Dean and counselor

Follow provision of behavioral contract. Possible school suspension.

Defiance

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.

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.

Suspension from school.

Revised contract. Parent conference.

Dress Code

Student is sent to the office with referral, offense is logged into schoolmaster, parents are called by office, problem is corrected.

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).

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

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

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

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 parents.

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 office. Medical

excuse.

Unexcused Absence

(Truancy)

1st UA in one class:

Student is referred to Dean/counselor, 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/counselor, 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/counselor, 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.

VCS POLICY REGARDING ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUGS

(ATOD)

Village Christian School, 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&rsqugo; 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 product (e- cigarettes) 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

FINALS SCHEDULES

2015-2016

Semester 1

December 15: Final Exams

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

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

11:15 – 12:35 Period 4

December 16: Final Exams

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

9:40 – 11:00 Period 6

December 17: Final Exams

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

9:40 – 11:00 Period 7

Semester 2

May 24: Final Exams

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

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

11:15 – 12:35 Period 4

May 25: Final Exams

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

9:40 – 11:00 Period 6

May 26: Final Exams, last day of school

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

9:40 – 11:00 Period 7

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.

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Mother’s Signature/Guardian Date

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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.

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Student’s Signature Date

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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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