LAURUS ACADEMY Parent and Student Handbook 2014-2015

LAURUS ACADEMY Parent and Student Handbook 2014-2015
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LAURUS ACADEMY
24590 Lahser Road
Southfield, MI 48034-6040
Phone: (248) 799-8401
Parent and Student Handbook
2014-2015
A public school academy managed by
National Heritage Academies, Inc.
Laurus Academy Parent and Student Handbook
2014-2015
Parent and Student Handbook
Table of Contents
Board of Directors and Administrative Staff ........................................................ 6
Our Purpose, Vision, and Philosophy................................................................. 7
The Four Pillars of NHA
Academic Excellence .................................................................................. 9
Moral Focus .............................................................................................. 9
Student Responsibility ................................................................................. 9
Parental Partnership ................................................................................... 9
Academic Excellence
Curriculum............................................................................................... 10
English Language Arts ............................................................................. 10
Mathematics ........................................................................................ 10
Science .............................................................................................. 10
Social Studies ....................................................................................... 10
Art .................................................................................................... 10
Music ................................................................................................. 11
Physical Education ................................................................................. 11
Library and Educational Technology ............................................................ 11
Moral Focus ......................................................................................... 11
Achievement ............................................................................................ 13
Honors Ceremonies ................................................................................ 13
National Junior Honor Society .................................................................... 13
Student Grade Placement, Acceleration, Promotion, or Retention ........................ 14
Student Support Services and Special Education ................................................. 15
Child Find............................................................................................ 15
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – Section 504 (General Education)............................... 15
The Intervention Assistance Team ............................................................... 15
The Individual Education Program ............................................................... 16
Educational Placement of Students with Disabilities ......................................... 16
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Parent Participation ............................................................................... 17
Crisis Management: De-escalation, Isolation and Restraint of Student..................... 17
Moral Focus
Philosophy .............................................................................................. 18
Opening Ceremony .................................................................................... 18
Leadership Curriculum ................................................................................ 18
Student Responsibility
Homework ............................................................................................... 19
Philosophy ........................................................................................... 19
Guidelines ........................................................................................... 19
Make-Up Work ...................................................................................... 19
Technology Use and Internet Safety Practices and Procedures.................................. 21
General Rules ....................................................................................... 21
Internet Use ......................................................................................... 22
Search and Seizure Practices and Procedures ...................................................... 23
Lockers are School Property ...................................................................... 23
Legitimate Use of School Lockers ................................................................ 23
Search of Locker Contents ........................................................................ 23
Seizure ............................................................................................... 23
Search and Seizure of Electronic Devices ....................................................... 23
Search and Seizure of Person and/or Personal Property ..................................... 24
Student Code of Conduct .............................................................................. 25
Acts of Misconduct ................................................................................. 25
Disciplinary Procedures ........................................................................... 27
Due Process Procedures ........................................................................... 29
Definition of Terms ................................................................................ 31
Safe Schools Student Discipline Policy............................................................... 32
Athletics ................................................................................................. 34
Parental Partnership
Communication ......................................................................................... 35
Secure School Website ............................................................................ 35
Parent Satisfaction Survey ........................................................................ 35
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Parent-Teacher Conferences ..................................................................... 35
Attendance .............................................................................................. 36
Arrival................................................................................................ 36
Dismissal ............................................................................................. 36
Tardiness and Early Dismissal .................................................................... 36
Absences............................................................................................. 37
Truancy .............................................................................................. 38
Family Vacations ................................................................................... 38
Family Death or Terminal Illness................................................................. 38
Illness During the School Day ..................................................................... 38
Voluntary Withdrawal ............................................................................. 38
Dress Code ............................................................................................... 39
Personal Hygiene ................................................................................... 39
All Students ......................................................................................... 39
Grades K-6........................................................................................... 40
Grades 7-8 ........................................................................................... 40
Title I Parent Involvement Policy .................................................................... 41
Visitor and Volunteer Guidelines ..................................................................... 44
General .............................................................................................. 44
Classrooms .......................................................................................... 44
Field Trips ........................................................................................... 44
General School Procedures
Transportation ......................................................................................... 46
Meals .................................................................................................... 46
Snacks ................................................................................................... 46
Recess ................................................................................................... 47
Holiday Celebrations .................................................................................. 47
Field Trips .............................................................................................. 47
Pets. ..................................................................................................... 47
Lost and Found ......................................................................................... 47
Personal Items ......................................................................................... 47
Emergency School Procedures ....................................................................... 48
Tobacco Use ............................................................................................ 48
Payments Made to School ............................................................................ 48
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Medical Information ................................................................................... 49
Notifications
Rights Under FERPA ................................................................................... 51
Right to Know Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 ..................................... 52
Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment ........................................ 52
Boy Scouts of America ................................................................................ 53
Gender Equity Policy (Title IX) ...................................................................... 53
Unsafe School Choice Option ........................................................................ 53
Asbestos Management Plan........................................................................... 53
Pesticide Notification ................................................................................. 53
Policies .................................................................................................. 54
Other
School Calendar ........................................................................................ 55
Commitment to Excellence Contract ............................................................... 57
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Board of Directors
Glenora Collins, President
Donna Rich-King, Vice President
Richard Consul, Treasurer
Tony Marshall, Secretary
Segandina Levens, Director
Board meetings are open to the public and meeting dates and times are posted at the school.
Administrative Staff
Dr. Raul Calderon, Principal
Mrs. Alaina Dwyer, Dean of Students
Ms. Lori Rowden, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Shawmarie Festian, Dean of Special Services
Mrs. Jacqueline Johnson, Office Registrar
Ms. Lynette Adams, Office Administrator
Student Creed
I am a Laurus Student.
I strive to achieve academic excellence.
I exemplify high moral character.
I work diligently to prepare for the future.
I know my success in school and life is dependent on my own effort and the choices I make.
School Mission
The mission of Laurus Academy is to create an academically enriching school community to give
children the opportunity to exceed in school, higher learning and in life.
National Heritage Academies
National Heritage Academies (NHA) is an educational management company based in Grand Rapids,
Michigan pursuing its purpose of challenging each child to achieve and its vision to better educate
more children. NHA’s Parent Relations Department provides assistance to parents and the school in
resolving concerns. The classroom teacher and principal should be the first line of communication.
National Heritage Academies
3850 Broadmoor Avenue, Suite 201
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Main Phone: (877) 223-6402
www.heritageacademies.com
Parent Relations: (877) 642-7471 (Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
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Our Purpose, Vision, and Philosophy
Purpose and Vision
Working in partnership with parents and the community, the school’s purpose is to challenge each
child to achieve. We offer a challenging, character-based education through a rigorous curriculum
with high academic and social expectations with the vision to better educate more children.
Educational Philosophy
The educational philosophy is based on the principles set forth in Effective Schools Research
developed by Professor Ronald R. Edmonds. Effective Schools Research recommends research-based
school attributes that are associated with quantifiably improved student learning.
In his book What Works in Schools, Robert J. Marzano translates these principles into the following
factors:
School-Level Factors:
 A guaranteed and viable curriculum
 Challenging goals and effective feedback
 Parent and community involvement
 A safe and orderly environment
 Collegiality and professionalism
Teacher-Level Factors:
 Instructional strategies
 Classroom management
 Classroom curriculum design
Student-Level Factors:
 Home environment
 Learned intelligence and background knowledge
 Student motivation
The school employs a continuous improvement model that focuses on principles and practices that are
simple and supported by research.
The school supports its researched based approach to education by including the following practices in
its daily operation of the school:
College Readiness: The school’s focus on a liberal arts education provides the academic
foundation necessary to succeed in an increasingly global and competitive society. In grade
school, the vast majority of time is spent on mastering the core subjects of English, history,
mathematics, reading, and science. Furthermore, the school’s first priority is to bring students up
to grade level in reading and math, so they will be able to master other subjects as well. In all
grades, at least twice as much time is spent on language arts and mathematics than on other
academic subjects.
Longer School Day: School days are approximately seven hours long, which is longer than most
traditional public schools. This includes at least six hours of instructional time.
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Structured Discipline: Students are expected to follow a clearly defined and structured discipline
program. This program encourages personal responsibility and respect for others. As a result,
students who have had behavior problems at other schools are often drawn back into a positive
learning environment.
Moral Focus Program: Part of the school’s purpose is to instill a strong moral identity in each of
our students. The Moral Focus curriculum comprehensively identifies the skills, behaviors, and
virtues students will need for character growth and development to prepare them for success,
both academically and throughout their lives. The curriculum includes explicit and integrated
instruction around three key components of character to provide students with a strong foundation
for leading an ethical life. The Moral Focus program is an essential part of every student’s
education.
Parental Involvement: Research indicates that a leading predictor of student success is parental
involvement; therefore, parents are included in many aspects of the education program. The
school governance structure relies on significant parental input and cultivates a close working
partnership between staff members and parents. In addition, parents are asked to volunteer by
participating in playground activities, becoming a member of school committees, or helping in the
classroom, library, or office. To encourage involvement, parents sign a “Commitment to
Excellence Contract” upon their child’s enrollment, committing to active involvement in the
school.
American Heritage: It is appropriate to demonstrate a great deal of both pride in the history of
the United States and gratitude for our unique roots and founding by gifted men and women.
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The Four Pillars of NHA
Academic Excellence
National Heritage Academies has invested significant financial resources in the development of a
strong academic program that provides students with an excellent academic foundation. In
partnership with NHA, we have carefully selected the finest curriculum to be used by our teaching
staff in order to accomplish our purpose. All of our curriculum meets or exceeds the state
educational standards.
Moral Focus
We believe that a strong moral identity is foundational to student success. It is our goal to not only
support the virtues parents try to instill at home, but to explicitly teach students the skills, behaviors,
and virtues necessary for leading an ethical life. Through our Moral Focus curriculum, students will
learn to internalize these virtues through the intentional and consistent focus on the application of
Moral Focus concepts throughout all aspects of school life. This integration is essential for students to
learn the importance of developing and maintaining strong personal character and to create a learning
environment built on a foundation of respect and care where everyone works hard to achieve
academic goals and improve school culture. The Moral Focus program is an essential part of every
student’s education.
Student Responsibility
In addition to preparing our students for academic success, we seek to develop a strong sense of
responsibility in each child. We want students to take personal ownership of their success or failure,
regardless of their background or previous experiences. This includes sound decision-making, an
ability that is becoming critical in our ever-changing, complex world. Students must meet high
expectations both academically and behaviorally. Our teachers work with students and parents to
promote the responsibility necessary for success both in and out of school.
Parental Partnership
A successful learning experience would not be possible without the partnership and dedication of our
students’ parents. Parental participation in each school’s program is solicited and highly encouraged.
Our parents are involved on leadership committees, in the classroom, and in the details that make a
school function effectively. NHA parents know they are always welcome and that they are a key to
the success of every NHA student.
NHA believes that open communication between school and home improves the quality of the
educational experience. Every nine weeks, parents receive detailed written reports of student
performance and accomplishments. These reports are coupled with fall and spring parent-teacher
conferences. The reports and conferences include interpretation of internal and external measures of
assessment. Teachers and parents may also schedule additional meetings.
At all other times throughout the year, parents can use NHA’s Secure School Website via the Internet
to view their child’s grades and progress. This web-based information center provides parents with
both classroom information and student academic data. The Secure School Website promotes the
increased accountability of all participants in the educational process—teachers, students, and
parents.
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Academic Excellence: Curriculum
The school uses the National Heritage Academies (NHA) curriculum, a rigorous and challenging
curriculum uniquely designed to prepare them for high academic achievement in successive schooling
environments. Our goal is to graduate students who have not only had the opportunity to experience
academic excellence but have also acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in high
school and beyond.
English Language Arts
The NHA English Language Arts curriculum, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, provides
students with the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary for success in listening, reading,
speaking, viewing, and writing. Early reading instruction focuses on the building blocks of reading—
phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. These building blocks lay the
foundation for the intellectual processes necessary for students to remember, understand, analyze,
evaluate, and apply the ideas they encounter while reading.
Mathematics
To provide students with the mathematical skills they will need in everyday life as well as in the rigors
of high school and post-high school mathematics, NHA has developed a strong mathematics
curriculum, aligned with the Common Core State Standards, that emphasizes communicating,
computational and procedural skills, making connections, reasoning and proofing, problem solving,
and using representations. Students learn to represent and communicate ideas through graphs,
mathematical terms, models, signs, symbols, and writing.
Science
NHA has developed an engaging science curriculum that encourages students to participate actively in
scientific inquiry while developing scientific literacy. When participating in inquiry, students describe
objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current
scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others. Students’ scientific knowledge is
developed in the areas of The Nature of Science, The Living Environment, Physical Science, and Earth
and Space Science.
Social Studies
NHA’s Social Studies curriculum includes the examination of historical documents, so students can
demonstrate their understanding of the major themes, developments, and turning points in our
nation. The curriculum is strong in the study of National and World Geography. We build a strong
knowledge of economic principles, so students understand the impact of economic forces both
internationally and personally in their daily lives. Additionally, the curriculum is comparative in
examination of world cultures. This creates a point of reference by which students compare the
freedoms of American life with non-democratic societies both historically and currently. Our students
are reminded of the rights and liberties they enjoy and the due reason to participate in and protect
those liberties.
Art
Art classes allow students to explore the many different aspects of art while acquiring an
understanding of the significant role art has played in the expression of ideas throughout history.
Hands-on art projects help develop student creativity and self-expression and are frequently related
to current classroom topics.
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Music
Students are exposed to a wide variety of music education and many periods of music during their
classes. Basic music concepts such as beat, rhythm, fast/slow, high/low, and music notation are
taught from kindergarten through 8th grade. Students also spend time developing an appreciation for
different genres of music and their great composers. All concepts are introduced in kindergarten and
further developed in each subsequent grade level.
Physical Education
Physical Education is a sequence of developmental experiences in which students learn through
movement. Students work on individual skill development and learn about teamwork and the
importance of sportsmanship. In addition, they are given the opportunity to develop a positive
attitude toward life-long physical activity.
Library and Educational Technology
Our Library and Educational Technology collections are developed to support the NHA curriculum and
to provide students with quality literature and a variety of informational and technological resources.
The NHA Library curriculum is built on expectations for students derived from the Big6 model for
teaching information skills, created by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz (1998), and from
Information Literacy Standards, developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).
Moral Focus
We believe it is imperative to equip students with both the moral and academic foundations necessary
to interact successfully in today’s society. The Moral Focus curriculum comprehensively identifies the
skills, behaviors, and character traits students will need for character growth and development to
prepare them for success, both academically and throughout their lives. It is comprised of explicit
and integrated instruction around three key Exemplars: Moral Character, Performance Character, and
Social Character. Each represents a vital component of character development. This comprehensive
approach provides students with a strong foundation for leading a moral life. The curriculum was
developed by building upon the Greek Cardinal Virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and
fortitude, incorporating them into the study of all three aspects of character. The Moral Character
Exemplar focuses on direct instruction around each of the four Greek Cardinal Virtues. Each month,
teachers and students focus on a virtue that is derived from one of the Greek Cardinal Virtues. The
Performance and Social Character Exemplars integrate those virtues into skills and behaviors students
will need in order to achieve academic success and build relationships. Students will learn to
internalize these virtues through the intentional and consistent focus on the application of Moral
Focus concepts throughout all aspects of school life. This integration is essential for students to learn
the importance of developing and maintaining a strong personal character and the qualities necessary
for success as both a student and a citizen. Additionally, all students are given the opportunity to
participate in service learning projects.
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MORAL FOCUS CURRICULUM
MONTHLY VIRTUES CHART
WISDOM
(September)
• Conscience (K-2)
• Good Judgment (3-5)
• Discernment (6-8)
SELF-CONTROL
(December)
• Patience (K-2)
• Delay of Gratification (3-5)
• Self-discipline (6-8)
ENCOURAGEMENT
(March)
• Friendliness (K-2)
• Thoughtfulness (3-5)
• Generosity (6-8)
RESPECT
(October)
• Courtesy (K-2)
• Fairness (3-5)
• Tolerance (6-8)
PERSEVERANCE
(January)
• Determination (K-2)
• Endurance (3-5)
• Flexibility (6-8)
COMPASSION
(April)
• Kindness (K-2)
• Caring (3-5)
• Empathy (6-8)
GRATITUDE
(November)
• Thankfulness (K-2)
• Contentment (3-5)
• Appreciation (6-8)
COURAGE
(February)
• Confidence (K-2)
• Resilience (3-5)
• Assertiveness (6-8)
INTEGRITY
(May)
• Honesty (K-2)
• Responsibility (3-5)
• Accountability (6-8)
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Academic Excellence: Achievement
Supporting our vision to better educate more children the school has implemented Scoring Scales in
place of traditional grading practices. The Scoring Scales are a measurement tool used by teachers to
understand how well students are progressing towards our curriculum’s learning goals (Educational
Objectives). Scoring Scales clearly illustrate your child’s progress and reduce subjectivity as each
teacher is grading on the same scales. The basic scoring scales are based on the following criteria:
1.0 –
2.0 –
3.0 –
4.0 –
Your child understands basic skills when given assistance
Your child understands basic skills and processes
Your child has mastered the subject matter
Your child has an exceptional understanding of a topic and exceeded expectations
We strongly encourage you to visit the school’s website for more detailed information related to
Scoring Scales.
Honors Ceremonies
Periodically throughout the school year, special recognition is given to students in grades 3-8 who
have achieved excellence in their academic progress as well as in the Moral Focus. An honors
ceremony is usually held as an extension of the opening ceremony. Students are given awards based
on their individual accomplishments during the previous quarter. Teachers may include additional
awards for students who have earned them throughout the quarter.
Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor) ... Scoring Scale – 3.5-4.0
Magna Cum Laude (with high honor) ........ Scoring Scale – 3.0-3.5
Cum Laude (with honor) ...................... Scoring Scale – 3.0-3.49
In addition, the Principal’s Award (LAPS Award), MAP Growth award, the Perfect Attendance award,
and the Student of the Month award are presented to students who have earned them, going above
and beyond expectations. Students receive the Perfect Attendance award if they have no absences or
tardies, excused or unexcused.
National Junior Honor Society
Students considered for the Laurus Academy chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) must
demonstrate high personal standards of character, leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and service.
The following steps take place to select and induct middle school students into NJHS:
 After students complete one semester in grades 6-8, they are eligible for NJHS. Students must
be enrolled at Laurus Academy for a minimum of one semester (two quarters) in order to be
eligible. Students considered for NJHS must have a Scoring Scale score of 2.75 or higher. Once
students are inducted they must maintain Scoring Scale Score of 2.5 or higher to remain a
member in good standing.
 Students who meet the GPA requirement receive a letter and an application. The application
is to be completed by a given due date. The application process entails the following:
 Student applicants fill out a student activity sheet. Each activity must be confirmed
with the signature of an advisor or parent.
 Each applicant writes an essay (maximum of two pages, double spaced) in response to
the question, “How do I demonstrate character, leadership, scholarship, citizenship,
and service in my home, school, and community?” The essay is to be edited, revised,
and typed.
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Students must ask one Laurus Academy faculty member to complete an evaluation
form. This form must then be returned in a sealed envelope signed by the evaluator.
The NJHS Faculty Council, which consists of five members of the Laurus Academy staff,
examines each application and decides by majority vote the eligible students who successfully
demonstrate the desired traits. Eligible students are invited to be inducted into the Laurus
Academy chapter of the NJHS. Students may decline membership.
A formal induction ceremony is held in correspondence with the second quarter Award
Ceremony.
NJHS members who do not continue to display good character, scholarship, leadership, service,
and citizenship will be dismissed from the group.
Student Grade Placement, Acceleration, Promotion, or Retention
The principal is authorized to make initial grade placement of a student and to promote, accelerate
or retain students after initial grade placement. After initial grade placement, a student is expected
to progress through the grades one year in each grade receiving the benefits of academic, social and
physical growth usually accompanied with a full year of development. On occasion, it may be in the
best interest of the student to have a new grade placement, be accelerated more than one grade, or
be retained in the current grade. In this event, supporting documentation with interventions already
offered to the student will be provided by the school. If a student’s parent or teacher believes one of
these grade changes should be considered, a written request for consideration should be provided to
the principal, including the reasons for such consideration. The final decision regarding placement,
acceleration, promotion, or retention of a student rests solely with the principal.
The principal shall consider the following, when making such decisions:
1. The education record of the student, including but not limited to a student’s grades, standardized
test scores, attendance, discipline, reading, speaking and math skills, the curriculum of each
grade, the available teacher(s) skill(s)delivering the instruction and available programs
2. The physical, social and emotional readiness of the student for the curriculum of each grade
3. The current research on grade placement, promotion, acceleration and retention
4. The recommendation of the student’s parents and teachers
5. The completed Student Placement Form including, but not limited to, a) an initial request by the
school for a parent meeting before winter break, b) a request by the school for a progress meeting
with the parent prior to March 1, and c) a request by the school for a final parent meeting prior to
the last day of the school year.
6. The applicable laws governing these decisions.
The goal of placing, accelerating, promoting or retaining a student is to enhance the opportunity for
the student to achieve learning goals, meet state and school performance expectations, and to be
prepared for high school, college, and career plans.
Special Education Students
The decision to retain a special education student is determined by the Individual Educational Plan
(IEP) team. Special education students may not be retained based solely on their disability, but may
be retained, as determined by the IEP team, with consideration given to factors such as their ability,
or lack thereof, to fit in socially and emotionally with their present grade level. If the IEP team
cannot come to an agreement on retention, the principal will make the decision. The parent of the
special education student may choose to have the student leave the school, appeal the decision to the
school board of directors, or request mediation/due process. If a parent either appeals the IEP team
decision to the school board or requests mediation/due process, the school’s special education
supervisor must be contacted for consultation.
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Academic Excellence: Student Support Services
and Special Education
It is the goal of the school to provide appropriate educational opportunities for all students.
It is the school’s obligation to provide appropriate educational opportunity to all students with
suspected disabilities or disabilities, as defined under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act
(“IDEA”) and state special education rules and regulations. For additional specifics regarding a
student’s special education rights, parents are encouraged to review the Procedural Safeguards that
are available from a school administrator or special education provider.
Child Find
The IDEA includes a Child Find Mandate. Child Find requires all school districts to locate, identify and
evaluate all children with disabilities regardless of the severity of their disability. This obligation
encompasses all children who are suspected of having a disability, including children receiving passing
grades and “advancing from grade to grade…” A parent who suspects that their child may have a
disability and is in need of special education and related services may initiate a free evaluation of
their child by contacting the school principal and providing a written request for an evaluation under
IDEA and/or Section 504. The school must take the parents request into consideration and provide a
response consistent with State and Federal special education requirements.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Section 504 (General Education)
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 USC 794, (sometimes referred to as “Section 504”)
prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities solely on the basis of their disability. If
you have Section 504 questions please contact the school’s principal who has been designated as the
Section 504 Coordinator. The Section 504 Coordinator is responsible for investigating and resolving
complaints. In addition, any individual who desires information related to the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, may contact the school’s principal or the NHA Special
Education Department at (616) 222-1700. The school does not discriminate against individuals seeking
to access a program or service of the school based on disability. Where an individual desires to
participate in a program or service and needs a reasonable accommodation in order to do so, they
should contact the school’s principal to request an accommodation. In addition, if you suspect that
your child has a disability which may qualify him/her for support under Section 504, you should
contact the school’s principal to begin the referral process. Upon initiation of the Section 504 referral
process, parents will be provided with a copy of the Section 504 Procedural Safeguards and
Parent/Student Rights which contains complaint and due process procedures.
The Intervention Assistance Team
The Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) is a committee of school personnel set up by the principal to
ensure ongoing and effective support for students and classroom teachers. Parents are informed if
their child is being considered for referral to the IAT for behavioral and/or academic support. The IAT
is a general education intervention process and team membership will generally include: a building
administrator, the student’s general education teacher, and a staff member knowledgeable in
accommodations and interventions. Parents may also be invited to participate in this meeting. The
team provides a forum to discuss the student’s academic and behavioral data and needs. In addition,
the team generates, initiates, and monitors implementation of interventions designed to address the
individual needs of the student. This includes use of the resources of the school, family, and the
community. This process creates awareness and understanding of the issues affecting the student and
their academic and behavioral performance. The IAT may serve as the pre-referral interventionplanning team for those “unidentified” students whose difficulties may suggest the presence of a
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disability. As appropriate, the IAT may refer a student to the Special Education team for formal
assessment. Parents should be informed if the IAT is considering a referral of their student to the
Special Education team. Prior to initiating a special education evaluation, written parental
consent/permission must be obtained. Information gathered through implementation of interventions
identified by the IAT will be taken into consideration as a part of the special education evaluation
along with progress monitoring and other data sources provided by the parent, educational staff, and
others as deemed appropriate. The IAT’s review of documentation of intervention strategies, the
student’s response (progress monitoring data), in addition to a referral for special education testing
for a suspected disability, fulfills the Child Find requirement under IDEA and State special education
requirements.
The Individual Education Program
The school will comply with the IDEA and state regulations and every student identified as having a
disability will be provided an Individual Educational Program (IEP) designed to address their unique
needs. All required components of the IEP will be addressed including but not limited to: a
description of the student’s present level of academic achievement and functional performance
including disability related needs, goals and objectives, supplementary aides and services, program
services, ancillary services, extended school year, etc. All students with disabilities are considered
general education students first. Each IEP is designed to assure that eligible students receive a free
appropriate public education (FAPE) and specialized instruction delivered by highly qualified special
education staff within the least restrictive environment (LRE). Prior to the opening of school,
registration forms are reviewed to identify students with current IEPs from previous schools attended.
The parents are informed of their rights, procedures, and responsibilities under special education law.
Decisions regarding an IEP are made by the IEP Team. This team has required participant’s which
minimally includes, general and special education providers, administrators, and the parent(s).
The IDEA includes specific rights for parents of children with disabilities. This information is
contained in the document commonly referred to as the Procedural Safeguards. We encourage
parents to review this document carefully so they are fully informed of their rights. Copies of this
document can be obtained from your school office or by contacting the state’s Department of
Education.
Educational Placement of Students with Disabilities
The school is committed to educating students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment
(LRE) in order to meet their educational needs as determined by the student’s IEP Team. This means
that to the maximum extent appropriate, children who are disabled are educated with children who
are nondisabled and special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities
from the regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such
that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved
satisfactorily.
In an effort to meet with the LRE requirements, the school must ensure that a continuum of
placement options is available to students with disabilities, including: services provided within the
general education classroom; pull-out services; special classes; home instruction; instruction in
hospitals and institutions;, and in unique circumstances, access to programs and services located in
settings outside the school. Placement decisions are the determination of the Individualized
Education Program Team (IEPT).
Transfer Students:
In-State transfer: If a child with a disability (who had an IEP in effect in a previous public agency)
transfers to a new school in the same state and enrolls in the new school within the same
academic year, the public agency (in consultation with the child's parents) shall provide such a
child with a free appropriate public education, including services comparable to those described in
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the prior IEP, until the public agency adopts the prior IEP or develops, adopts, and implements
a new IEP that is consistent with federal and state laws.
Out of State Transfer: If a child with a disability (who had an IEP in effect in a previous public
agency) transfers to a new school in a different state and enrolls in the new school within the
same academic year, the public agency (in consultation with the child's parents) shall provide
such a child with a free appropriate public education, including services comparable to those
described in the prior IEP’s until the public agency conducts an evaluation, if determined to be
necessary by such agency, and develops a new IEP, if appropriate, that is consistent with federal
and state laws. The evaluation conducted is considered an initial evaluation.
In order to comply with these transfer requirements, under certain circumstances the school may
need to contract with another school/entity for the provision of educational services.
Parent Participation
Parents are an important member of the school community and have the right to participate in all
meetings involving the evaluation, identification, and educational placement of their student.
Parents will be invited to participate and share information about their student prior to and during the
IEPT meeting. Parents are encouraged to review the Procedural Safeguards so that they are fully
informed of their rights.
Crisis Management: De-escalation, Isolation and Restraint of Student
The school is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students, staff, and
visitors. It is the policy of our school to only utilize approved physical restraint in response to
emergency or crisis situations. Use of restraint procedures should: (a) not be viewed as a behavior
change or intervention strategy, (b) be implemented only under extreme situations and as a matter of
last resort, (c) be implemented only by trained personnel, and (d) be accompanied by school wide
pro-active positive behavior supports to prevent the need for their use. When such activities are
utilized, documentation procedures are required in addition to timely communication with parents
and other key members of the educational system.
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Moral Focus
Philosophy
America’s founding fathers emphasized that the success of a nation depends on the character of its
citizenry. Since then, many others have reiterated this point, including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph
Waldo Emerson, who declared respectively, “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the
life of an individual and of nations alike,” and, “The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the
size of the cities, nor the crops—no, but the kind of men the country turns out.” Today’s students are
tomorrow’s parents and leaders and the future of our society, making it critical for them to develop
and maintain a strong moral identity.
Central to the school’s educational focus is the inclusion of the Moral Focus curriculum, which
comprehensively identifies the skills, behaviors, and character traits students will need for character
growth and development to prepare them for success, both academically and throughout their lives.
It was developed by building upon the Greek Cardinal Virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and
fortitude, incorporating them into the study of all aspects of character. The Moral Focus curriculum
includes explicit and integrated instruction providing students with a strong foundation for leading an
ethical life.
Students learn to internalize these virtues through the application of Moral Focus concepts throughout
all aspects of school life. Part of the Moral Focus curriculum is a focus on the importance of service
learning. Each year, students are given opportunities to participate in service learning projects,
allowing them to practice the concepts in a very practical way.
Opening Ceremony
To support the Moral Focus program and philosophy, a morning ceremony is held each day, from
8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. During the ceremony, students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Student Creed
and sing a patriotic song. The staff and/or students lead a brief discussion of the month’s virtue and
perform a skit or lead another activity to exemplify the virtue. At times, students are recognized for
outstanding citizenship and academic achievement. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend the
ceremonies.
Leadership Curriculum
The school has developed a leadership curriculum for use at the middle school level. Written by
teachers and NHA corporate staff members, the leadership curriculum offers students the opportunity
to prepare for leadership in high school and beyond. Developing strong leaders is a natural
component of our school’s focus on both academic excellence and character development.
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Student Responsibility: Homework
Philosophy
The school staff believes that homework is an important component of the educational process. It is
expected that the following objectives will be accomplished through regular and well-planned
homework:
 Students will develop more self-direction and individual responsibility.
 Students will develop independent study skills.
 Students will become organized.
 Students will learn to budget their time.
 The learning process will be expanded through extensions not accomplished in the school
setting.
Guidelines
1. Parents and students should expect homework each weekday evening. Students in grades 4-8 may
also be assigned homework to complete during the weekend.
2. Assigned homework is provided as additional practice and reinforcement of educational objectives
covered in class. Non-completion of any homework assignments will be reflected on the student’s
progress reports and report cards.
3. The quantity of homework will be within reason. As the school year progresses, the amount of
homework and the number of days homework is assigned may increase depending on the maturity
and ability of the students.
Suggested Homework Guidelines
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Make-Up Work
Students have an obligation to complete assignments missed during illness or unexpected absence
from school. In keeping with our belief that students should develop a sense of responsibility, we
expect them, with their parents' help, to contact their teachers to secure missed assignments.
Students are guaranteed one school day for each excused absence day from school to make up their
work. Additional time may be given at the teachers’ discretion.
In cases of prolonged absence due to illness, the student's teachers should be called, so necessary
arrangements can be made to have assignments picked up. At the request of the parents, the
teachers will provide assignments for a student who is absent two or more days. Parents must call
before 8:00 a.m. on the day the homework is needed in order to allow the teachers adequate time to
assemble the assignments. Parents may pick up the assignments after 3:15 p.m. on the date
requested.
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Suspended students’ homework may be picked up in the main office after 12:00 p.m. on the first day
of suspension. Suspended students are required to turn in their late work the day they return to
school. They do not receive make-up days.
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Student Responsibility: Technology Use and Internet
Safety Practices and Procedures
Students are offered access to the National Heritage Academies (NHA) computer network for
creativity, communication, research, and other tasks related to the NHA academic program. All use
of computers, furnished or created data, software, and other technology resources as granted by NHA
are the property of NHA and are intended for school business and educational use. Students are to
use the computer network responsibly. The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be
revoked if abused. The user is personally responsible for his/her actions in accessing and using the
NHA computer network and the school’s technological resources.
The school educates students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other
individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness and
response.
General Rules
1. Privacy: The school and NHA reserve the right to monitor Internet traffic and to retrieve and
review any data composed, sent, received, or stored using the NHA network or Internet
connections, including e-mail. Users do not enjoy any expectation of privacy when using any NHA
technology or transmissions originating within or around school property.
2. Bullying: The school prohibits cyber-bullying, an act involving the use of information and
communication technologies, including but not limited to e-mail, text messages, blogs, instant
messages, personal Web sites, on-line social directories and communities, video-posting sites, and
online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate or repeated hostile behavior, by an
individual or group, that is intended to defame, harm, threaten, intimidate, or harass students,
staff members, or the school during or outside school hours and on or off school premises.
3. Materials and Language: Use of or accessing profane, abusive, pornographic, obscene, and/or
impolite materials or language is not permitted. Accidental access should be reported to the
instructor immediately. Intentional circumvention of web-filtering is prohibited.
4. Installing/Copying: Students are not to install or download any hardware, software, shareware, or
freeware onto disks or network drives. Software installed by anyone other than the network
administrator will be removed. Downloading of non-work related files is permitted only with an
instructor’s permission. Students may not copy other people's work or intrude into other people's
files. All copyright laws must be respected. Use of any other organization’s network or
technology resources via the NHA network requires the instructor’s permission and must comply
with the rules appropriate for that network.
5. Access: Users may not access the computer network without proper authorization. Users are to
use their own username and password when using a computer. Users must log off the computer
when they are finished with their work and are not to log on to a computer for someone else or
tell others their password. Students are to notify the instructor if someone else is thought to know
his/her password.
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6. Data Protection: Users must not attempt to damage or destroy equipment or files. Though efforts
are made by NHA to ensure the safety and integrity of data, NHA makes no warranties of any kind,
either expressed or implied, for the service it provides. NHA will not be responsible for any
damage to data.
7. Storage: Users are to delete their files and materials they no longer need.
8. Printing Resources: Paper and toner are costly, and excessive use is wasteful. Documents must
be proofread before printing. Users are to print only the needed part(s) of documents. Students
must obtain permission from an instructor before printing documents.
Internet Use
The World Wide Web is a vast collection of resources readily available to any user on any computer
connected to the Internet. NHA integrates the use of these resources into student instruction.
Student Internet usage is permitted only in the presence and supervision of a teacher, the child’s
parent, or other designated adult school personnel. NHA is not responsible for the accuracy or quality
of information obtained through the Internet or the NHA computer network.
Some material accessible via the Internet contains illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially
offensive language or images. While the school uses Internet resources to achieve educational goals,
there is always a risk of students accessing other materials. However, we believe that the benefits of
using technology outweigh the disadvantages. Teachers are trained in the appropriate use of
technology with students, but ultimately, parents of students are responsible for setting and
conveying the expectations regarding the use of media and information sources at home and at
school.
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress to address concerns
about access to the Internet and other information. Under CIPA, schools must certify that they have
certain Internet safety measures in place. These include measures to block or filter pictures that (a)
are obscene, (b) contain child pornography, or (c) when computers with Internet access are used by
minors, are harmful to minors. Schools subject to CIPA must adopt a policy such as this to monitor
online activities of minors and to address (a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet
and World Wide Web, (b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms,
and other forms of direct electronic communications, (c) unauthorized access, including so-called
"hacking," and other unlawful activities by minors online, (d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and
dissemination of personal information regarding minors, and (e) restricting minors' access to harmful
materials.
NHA complies with CIPA by deploying a Web content filtering product called OpenDNS, which
categorizes Internet sites and sends updates to NHA site-based hardware. A process is in place for
changing the categorization of Web sites. The following categorizations are currently in place:
 Obscenity and Pornography Filtering: OpenDNS allows schools and libraries to manage Internet
access to over 90 URL categories pertinent to CIPA.
 Accurate Web Filtering: OpenDNS offers the best-of-breed filtering database.
 Filtering of Search Engine Images: OpenDNS filters inappropriate images that can be found in
search engine query results.
 Monitoring: OpenDNS reporting tools Explorer, Reporter and Real-Time Analyzer offer many
different ways to monitor and report online activities of minors.
 Policy Management: OpenDNS allows customization of Internet policies, based on a user or
group, with the ability to set appropriate policies based on age or need.
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Student Responsibility: Search and Seizure Practices
and Procedures
Lockers are School Property
All lockers assigned to students are the property of the school. At no time does the school relinquish
its exclusive control of its lockers. The school principal or his/her designee shall have custody of all
combinations to all lockers or locks. Students are prohibited from placing locks on any locker without
the advanced approval of the school principal or his/her designee.
Legitimate Use of School Lockers
The school assigns lockers to its students for their convenience and temporary use. Students are to
use lockers exclusively to store school-related materials and authorized personal items such as
footwear, grooming aids, lunches, or outer garments. Students shall not use lockers for any other
purpose, unless specifically authorized by school board policy, the school principal, or his/her
designee prior to students bringing the items to school. Students solely are responsible for the
contents of their lockers.
Search of Locker Contents
Searches of school lockers and their contents deter violations of school rules and regulations, ensure
proper maintenance of school property, and provide greater safety and security for students and
personnel. Accordingly, the Board of Directors authorizes the principal or his/her designee, upon
reasonable cause under the circumstances, to search lockers and locker contents at any time, without
notice, and without parental or student consent.
The principal or his/her designee shall not be obligated, but may request the assistance of a law
enforcement officer in conducting a locker search. The principal or his/her designee shall supervise
the search. In the course of a locker search, the school principal or his/her designee shall respect the
privacy rights of the student regarding any items discovered that are not illegal or in violation of
school policies and rules.
Seizure
When conducting locker searches, the principal or his/her designee may seize any illegal or
unauthorized items, items in violation of board policy and/or school policies or rules, or any other
items reasonably determined by the principal or his/her designee to be a potential threat to the
safety or security of others. Such items include but are not limited to the following: contraband,
controlled substance analogues or other intoxicants, dangerous weapons, explosives, firearms,
flammable materials, illegal controlled substances, poisons, and stolen property. Law enforcement
officials shall be notified immediately upon seizure of such dangerous items or items that schools are
required to report to law enforcement agencies. Any items seized by the school principal or his/her
designee shall be removed from the locker and held by school officials for evidence in disciplinary
proceedings and/or turned over to law enforcement officials. The parent of a student shall be
notified by the principal or his/her designee of items removed from the locker.
Search and Seizure of Electronic Devices
Cell phones, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, video equipment, cameras, gaming devices, laser pointers,
recording devices and any other electronic devices are not permitted on school grounds or at schoolrelated events, unless approved by the principal. If approved, an electronic device shall not be used
in a manner that disrupts the educational process or purpose, including but not limited to posing a
threat to academic integrity, violating confidentiality or privacy rights of another individual, or
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violating the Student Code of Conduct. If the principal or his/her designee has a reasonable suspicion
that a violation has occurred, he/she shall have the right to confiscate and search the electronic
device.
Search and Seizure of Person and/or Personal Property
The school will conduct a search if the principal (or principal designee) has a reasonable suspicion that
a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred. When determining the nature and scope of
the search, the principal (or the principal designee) will consider the age and sex of the student as
well as the nature of the act of misconduct. The search may include the student’s person, backpack,
purse, pockets, shoes, and/or other personal property. A physical contact search of a student’s
person will only be conducted when there is a reasonable suspicion that the student has an illegal
weapon, drug and/or alcohol on his/her person.
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Student Responsibility: Student Code of Conduct
Our goal is to offer a quality education program. To fulfill this goal, students need a positive, safe,
and orderly school environment in which learning can take place without disruption. Students who do
not observe the rules of good conduct in the classroom or on the playground decrease both the
learning and safety of others and their own opportunities to learn. Therefore, our staff takes a very
proactive role in enforcing the Student Code of Conduct outlined below.
Students are expected to demonstrate respect and courtesy by obeying staff members, being kind to
others, and being considerate of others’ and the school’s property.
This Student Code of Conduct defines the acts of misconduct and potential consequences as
authorized by the Board. The consequences listed in the Student Code of Conduct are general
guidelines based on the judgment of school staff and administration, whom the Board of Directors has
given the authority and responsibility for discipline problems arising within the school. It is the
responsibility of the parent along with the student to read and understand the Code of Conduct.
Acts of Misconduct
The acts of misconduct listed in this Student Code of Conduct are not to be construed as an allinclusive list or as a limitation upon the authority of school officials to deal appropriately with other
types of conduct which interfere with the good order of the school, the proper functioning of the
educational process, or the health and safety of students.
A student violating any of the acts of misconduct listed in this Student Code of Conduct may be
subject to discipline. Acts of misconduct deemed to be a gross misdemeanor or persistent
disobedience may be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from the school. A student who
engages in an act of misconduct when the student was enrolled in another school for which the
disciplinary action has not been fully served may be required to serve out the length of the suspension
or expulsion.
Additionally, a student who engages in an act of misconduct that violates the law may be referred to
law enforcement. School or Board of Directors disciplinary actions do not preclude further action by
the law enforcement agency or the court system. The school will make a good faith effort to notify
the parent of a student and/or assist to obtain parental permission prior to allowing law enforcement
questioning of a student.
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at any time or place when the student’s behavior has a direct and immediate effect on
maintaining order, safety, health and discipline in the school.
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False allegations against staff, volunteers, or students
Falsification of records or scholastic dishonesty (including cheating and plagiarism)
Misuse of copyrighted materials
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Improper or disrespectful communications to staff, volunteers, or students
Use of profane and/or inappropriate language
Disruption of school
Bullying and harassment
Cyber-bullying as defined by the Technology Use and Internet Safety Practices and Procedures
Improper dress in violation of the Dress Code
Indecency (either with clothing/exposure, pictures or public display of affection)
Any public display of affection having sexual connotations
Violations of building rules and regulations
Violations of rules or policies as set forth in the Parent and Student Handbook
Smoking, tobacco possession or use
Trespassing, loitering
Suspended or expelled student on school property or attending school activities
False alarms
Possession of electronic device(s) defined by school policy
Defacement/Damage of property or theft/possession of stolen property
Coercion, extortion or blackmail
Possession of firework(s), explosive(s) and/or chemical substance(s)
Possession and/or sale of alcohol and/or drugs (narcotic drugs, look-a-like substances and
illegal chemical substances)
Possession of look-a-like weapons
Possession of weapons or dangerous instruments not otherwise enumerated herein
Possession of personal protection devices (such as tasers, mace, pepper-spray, etc.)
Fighting, physical assault and/or battery on another person
Gangs and gang related activity
Violation of Technology Use and Internet Safety Practices and Procedures
Misconduct prior to enrollment
Persistent disobedience
Verbal assault
Malicious or willful types of behavior that endanger the safety of others
Extreme acts of defiance and/or threats toward teachers/other adults/fellow students
Excessive tardiness or absences as defined in the Attendance Policy
The following acts of misconduct at school, as defined by state law, are subject to permanent
expulsion from all public schools in the State of Michigan:
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Physical Assault at school by a student grade 6 or above against an employee, volunteer or
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Parents or students who are unsure of what conduct is prohibited by each act should consult with
the principal.
**Michigan law requires the Board of Directors to permanently expel a student for possession of a
dangerous weapon at school unless there is clear and convincing evidence of one of the following:
 The student did not possess the object for use as a weapon or for delivery to another person
for use as a weapon.
 The student did not knowingly possess the weapon.
 The student did not know or have reason to know that the object constituted a dangerous
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The student possessed the weapon at the suggestion, request or direction, or with express
permission, of the school or police.
Disciplinary Procedures
A student may be disciplined at any level depending upon the frequency and/or severity of the act of
misconduct. The Board of Directors authorizes the school principal, assistant principal and/or gradelevel dean to make a determination of the level of discipline to be imposed when the act of
misconduct exceeds Level 4 as defined below. A Behavior Referral Report will be completed for each
violation of the Code of Conduct and copies are made for the parent and kept in the student’s file.
Discipline records will be included in any student file properly requested by the parent to be
transferred to a subsequent school. Corporal punishment is prohibited as a means of discipline. The
disciplinary procedures shall work in tandem with the Safe Schools Student Discipline Policy following
the Student Code of Conduct.
Teacher Empowerment to Remove a Student from Class
If a student's conduct in a class, subject, or activity significantly or repeatedly interrupts the
educational environment, the teacher may suspend that student from the class, subject, or activity
for up to one full school day. Such removals are not subject to a prior hearing, provided the removal
is for a period of less than one school day. The teacher will immediately report the suspension to the
principal or dean and send the student to the principal or the principal's designee for appropriate
action. After such a suspension, the teacher will ask the parent of the student to participate in a
parent-teacher conference regarding the suspension.
Level 1 EARLY INTERVENTION: The behavior may be a violation of the code of conduct or a disruption
of the orderly operation of the classroom or a school activity. The inappropriate behavior with the
student is addressed.
Level 2 PARENT NOTIFICATION: The parent is notified by mail or a note home of the misbehavior.
Level 3 PARENT CONTACT: A conference with the parent is held in order to discuss the incident and
appropriate disciplinary action.
Level 4 BEHAVIOR CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN (B-CAP): When the behavior(s) has reached a level of
persistent disobedience, the teacher and/or principal shall schedule a meeting with the parents in
order to implement a B-CAP. A B-CAP will take into consideration the cause of the inappropriate
behavior, positive interventions that might be utilized to diminish the inappropriate behavior and
necessary consequences that will take place if the behavior continues. The B-CAP shall be signed by
all parties and copies are made for the parent and kept in the student’s file. If the disciplinary action
is related to unexcused tardies or absences an Attendance Corrective Action Plan (A-CAP) will be
implemented. A violation of a B-CAP may result in a Level 5 or Level 6 disciplinary action.
Level 5 SUSPENSION OF 10 SCHOOL DAYS OR LESS OR OTHER DISCIPLINARY INTERVENTIONS: When the
act of misconduct is a severe violation of the Student Code of Conduct or the student engages in
persistent disobedience, the school may impose consequences that include suspension of up to 10
school days, or other disciplinary interventions such as restitution, counseling and exclusion from
school activities. The school administration may convene a meeting with the student, parents and
others to develop or update an existing Behavior Contract that outlines the expected behavior and
disciplinary action. The Behavior Contract shall be signed by all parties and copies are made for the
parent and kept in the student’s file. The student will be granted a right to due process as described
in the Due Process Procedures of this Student Code of Conduct.
Level 6 LONG TERM SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION: When the act of misconduct constitutes a crime
under state law, a severe violation of the Student Code of Conduct, persistent disobedience, or is so
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extreme that it threatens the safety of others, the student may serve a long term suspension or be
expelled from the school. The student will be granted a right to a due process hearing to determine if
the facts merit either a long term suspension or expulsion from the school. When the act of
misconduct violates the provisions of Section 1311(2) of the Revised School Code, the school will
schedule a due process hearing with the Board of Directors to determine if the facts require the
school to permanently expel the student, subject to reinstatement as provided in the statute. Upon
request, the school will provide parents with information about reinstatement.
Students who are served under IDEA (Special Education) or under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
of 1973 are entitled to certain additional rights in the area of discipline based upon their qualification
for services under these federal laws.
Bullying and Harassment
The school prohibits any and all acts of harassment, bullying and intimidation (including cyberbullying) of students at school. Bullying is equally prohibited without regard to its subject matter or
motivating animus. The school also prohibits retaliation or false accusation against a target of
bullying, a witness, or another person with reliable information about an act of bullying. Bullying
means any written, verbal, or physical act, or any electronic communication that is intended or that a
reasonable person would know is likely to harm one or more students either directly or indirectly by
doing any of the following:
1. substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more
students; or
2. adversely affecting the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school’s
educational programs or activities by placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or
by causing substantial emotional distress; or
3. having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health;
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4. causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the
school.
"At school" means in a classroom, elsewhere on school premises, on a school bus or other schoolrelated vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school
premises. "At school" includes conduct using a telecommunications access device or
telecommunications service provider that occurs off school premises if the telecommunications access
device or the telecommunications service provider is owned by or under the control of the school.
Procedures:
1. Any school employee who has witnessed or has reliable information that a student has been
subject to any act of bullying or harassing behavior shall report the incident to the principal. A
student, volunteer, or visitor who has witnessed or has reliable information that a student has
been subject to any act of bullying or harassing behavior are encouraged to report the incident
to a teacher, other staff member or the principal.
2. A report of bullying or harassing behavior should be done in written form, providing as much
information as possible. The report may be done anonymously.
3. Any staff member who receives a report of bullying or harassing behavior shall immediately
forward the report to the principal who will ensure that a prompt investigation is completed.
The investigation is to be complete within three (3) school days after a report or complaint is
made.
4. Within two (2) school days of receiving a report of a prohibited act of bullying, the principal or
his/her designee shall notify the parent of the alleged victim of bullying and the parent of the
alleged perpetrator of bullying. Upon completion of the investigation report, the principal or
his/her designee shall notify the parent of both the victim and perpetrator of the result of the
investigation.
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5. There will be no reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying or
harassment. Such reprisal or retaliation by a student is a violation of the Student Code of
Conduct and will result in disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct.
6. Any student who is found to have falsely accused another of bullying or harassment is subject
to remedial action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Bullying or harassing
behavior is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in disciplinary action
pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct.
Due Process Procedures
The following due process procedures only govern the suspension or the expulsion of a student from
the school’s regular educational program. If a student charged with violation of this Student Code of
Conduct has been returned to the regular school program pending a decision, then such action of
reinstatement shall not limit or prejudice the school’s right to suspend or expel the student following
that decision.
A.
Suspension of Ten (10) School Days or Less
As a general rule, prior to any suspension of the student, the school administration shall
provide the student with the following due process:
1. The student will be informed of the charges against him/her, and, if the
student denies the charges, the school administration shall provide the
student with an explanation of the evidence.
2. The student shall be provided an opportunity to explain his/her version of
the facts.
If a student’s presence in school poses an immediate danger to persons or property or
an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process, the school administration
may immediately suspend the student, and as soon thereafter as reasonable, provide
the student with his/her due process rights as set forth in this section.
If, after providing the student with his/her due process rights, the school administration
determines that the student has engaged in a prohibited act under this Student Code of
Conduct, then he/she may impose a disciplinary penalty of a suspension not to exceed
ten (10) school days. The student’s parent shall be informed (in person or by phone) of
the suspension and of the reasons and conditions of the suspension. A decision to
suspend a student for ten (10) or fewer school days is final and not subject to further
review or appeal.
B.
Suspension for Eleven (11) or More School Days and Expulsion
The Board of Directors will hear all long-term suspensions and expulsions.
If the student commits an act of misconduct that the principal believes warrants longterm suspension or expulsion, the student will be immediately placed on suspension for
up to ten (10) school days pending the hearing.
1. Hearing for Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion
If a student is charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct carrying
a consequence of long term suspension or expulsion, the student and his parent
shall be notified of such in writing by registered mail, as well as the student’s
rights of due process as set forth herein.
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The written notice of violation shall state the nature of the violation, the
proposed consequence, and the student’s and parent’s right to a due process
hearing at a specified time and place to determine (i) whether a violation
occurred and (ii) whether the consequence of such violation merits the
imposition of a long-term suspension or expulsion.
The notice shall also set forth the right of the student and his parent and an
advocate of their choice and at their expense to participate in the hearing, the
right of the student to hear and/or see the evidence offered against him or her
during the hearing, the right of the student to present oral or written evidence
or testimony on the student’s behalf, the right to have the hearing held in a
closed session, and the right to a written determination of the result of the
hearing.
At the hearing, the student and parent shall be advised of the alleged violation
and the facts leading toward the allegation and be provided copies of the
evidence provided to the Board of Directors. Minutes shall be kept of the
hearing. Within a reasonable time following the hearing, the parent will receive
a written determination of the decision. This document will inform the parent if
there is any right to an appeal to the Board of Directors.
The parent shall be responsible for making arrangements for the child’s
educational needs during a long-term suspension or expulsion.
2. Appeal of Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion
All discipline decisions made by the Board of Directors are final.
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
A. Voluntary Agreements
At any time, the principal or his/her designee may enter into a written contract with the
student and his/her parent(s) setting forth the parties’ agreement in settlement of
disciplinary charges or restitution related to damage to or loss of school property. In such
cases, the written agreement shall be final and binding and may not be later challenged by
the principal or his/her designee or the student or his/her parent(s).
B. Suspended/Expelled Students on School Property or Attending School Activities
A suspended or expelled student who enters onto school property or appears at a school
activity, event or function without the permission of the principal shall be deemed to be
trespassing. A suspended student is permitted on school property to attend the discipline
hearing.
C. Maintaining Class Progress
When practical in the judgment of the principal, a student may be permitted to maintain
progress during the disciplinary period.
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Definition of Terms
Behavior Referral Report is a specific written record of the student's act of misconduct. It documents
the date, nature of the offense, and the disciplinary action taken by the teacher and/or school
administration.
Attendance Corrective Action Plan (A-CAP) is a written document that identifies the causes for
excessive tardies and/or absences and what steps will be taken to minimize the number of
occurrences. It is signed by the parents, student, and staff member.
Behavior Corrective Action Plan (B-CAP) is a written document that identifies the cause of repeated
misconduct and what steps will be taken in order to help a student overcome inappropriate behavior.
It is signed by the parents, student, and staff member.
Behavior Contract is a written document that outlines the expected behavior and disciplinary action
for a student. It is signed by the parents, student, and staff member.
Criminal Sexual Conduct is defined by state law.
Dangerous Weapon is defined by law as any of the following: Firearm, Dagger, Dirk, Stiletto, Knife
with a blade over 3 inches in length, Pocket knife opened by a mechanical device, Iron bar, or Brass
knuckles.
Gross Misdemeanor is a severe act of misconduct in violation of the Student Code of Conduct or state
law.
In-School Suspension refers to a decision by the teacher and/or other school official to temporarily
remove a student from the mainstream classroom and to place the student in a segregated
environment within the school building that allows the student to continue to progress in their
coursework but denies them access to regular classroom instruction and social interaction with their
peers. The In-House Suspension room must be supervised by an adult employee of the building at all
times.
Out-Of-School Suspension refers to a decision by either the Principal or grade level Dean to
temporarily remove a student's right to attend school or any school-related activity not to exceed ten
(10) school days. A meeting with the parents may be convened to discuss the incident that led to the
suspension and to develop a Behavior Contract for the future.
Long Term Suspension is defined as a decision to remove a student from school for a severe violation
of the Student Code of Conduct, persistent disobedience, or extreme non-compliance with school
rules or state law.
Expulsion is defined as a decision to remove a student from the school for up to 180 school days for
either persistent disobedience or a severe violation of the Student Code of Conduct when the interests
of the school are served by such an expulsion.
Permanent Expulsion is defined as a decision to permanently remove the student from any public
school if the student is found in possession of a dangerous weapon, commits arson, commits criminal
sexual conduct or physically assaults school personnel in a school building or on school grounds.
Persistent Disobedience is repeated acts of misconduct.
Physical Assault is defined by law as intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to
another through force or violence.
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Student Responsibility: Safe Schools Student
Discipline Policy
The Board of Directors endeavors to ensure that the school is a safe place for teaching, learning, and
working. The school will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action for the following infractions:
Weapons, Arson, and Criminal Sexual Assault
Any student who possesses a dangerous weapon, commits arson, or commits a criminal sexual assault
against another person while on school property or at a school-sponsored event shall be permanently
expelled from the school subject to reinstatement according to state law. Furthermore, the school
will contact local law enforcement as required by law. All students are subject to the Student Code
of Conduct that follows this section and its related disciplinary actions.
Physical Assaults against School Personnel
Any student in grade six (6) or above who commits a physical assault against a school employee or a
person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the school while on school property, on a school bus
or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event shall be permanently
expelled from the school subject to reinstatement according to state law. “Physical assault” is
defined as intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another through force or
violence. All students, including those in grades five (5) and under, are subject to the Student Code
of Conduct and its related disciplinary actions.
Physical Assaults against Students
Any student in grade six (6) or above who commits a physical assault against another student while on
school property, on a school bus or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or
event shall be suspended or expelled, depending on the circumstances, for up to one hundred eighty
(180) school days. “Physical assault” is defined as intentionally causing or attempting to cause
physical harm to another through force or violence. All students, including those in grades five (5)
and under, are subject to the Student Code of Conduct and its related disciplinary actions.
Verbal and Written Assaults
Any student in grade six (6) or above who commits a verbal assault against a school employee or a
person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the school while on school property, on a school bus
or other school-related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event shall be suspended or
expelled, depending on the circumstances, for up to one hundred eighty (180) school days. “Verbal
assault” is defined as an intentional display of force or communication that gives the victim reason to
fear or expect immediate bodily harm. A bomb threat (or similar threat) directed at a school
building, other school property, or a school-related event is also viewed as verbal assault. For the
purpose of this policy, the areas of assault listed above, when placed in writing, recorded on tape or
CD, or transmitted by e-mail, shall be viewed as written assault. All students, including those in
grades five (5) and under, are subject to the Student Code of Conduct and its related disciplinary
actions.
Illegal Drug Possession
Any student who possess illegal drugs while on school property, on a school bus or other school-related
vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event may be suspended or expelled, depending on the
circumstances, for up to one hundred eighty (180) school days. All students are subject to the
Student Code of Conduct and its related disciplinary actions.
Gross Misdemeanor and Persistent Disobedience
Students guilty of a gross misdemeanor or persistent disobedience may be suspended or expelled.
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Application to Students with Disabilities, Child Find, or Student Due Process Rights
This policy shall be applied in a manner consistent with the rights secured under federal (IDEA 2004)
and state law to students who are determined to be eligible for special education programs and
services. A copy of the Procedural Safeguards for Special Education Students can be obtained from
the school office.
When considering disciplinary action for students who are not eligible for special education, the
leadership team at the school will give serious consideration to the length of each suspension and the
potential educational loss that the suspended student will incur. Repeated suspensions may result in
a denial of F.A.P.E. (Free Appropriate Public Education). The school views any series of suspensions
as an indicator of potential disability under Federal Child Find guidelines and may consider using the
school’s Intervention Assistance Team (IAT) to address the potential disability needs of the child.
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Student Responsibility: Athletics
Academic Eligibility
Students are eligible to participate in athletics according to the following:
 The student’s core academic scores must not be below a Scoring Scale of 2.0.
 The student is expected to turn in all homework. Two or more missing assignments result in
the student’s ineligibility.
 Any student participating in education services in a resource room (special education) has
his/her academic performance and resulting eligibility or ineligibility examined on a case-bycase basis. This assessment is done with the resource room professional, the athletic director,
and the student’s homeroom teacher.
 The academic eligibility form is to be completed by the student’s classroom teachers and
submitted to the student’s coach each week.
Siblings of Athletic Participants
Siblings of athletic participants are not permitted to remain on campus during athletic practices or
games unless accompanied by a parent.
Attendance Eligibility
Students should be in attendance at school to be eligible to participate in any athletics that day.
During the season, any student charged with an unexcused absence will be ineligible for the next
game.
Conduct Eligibility
Student athletes should both maintain an attitude that is acceptable to all staff members and serve as
role models for the student body. Inappropriate conduct can impact a student’s eligibility for
athletics. The following procedure outlines conduct eligibility:
 The teacher addresses the behavior.
 The teacher contacts the parent(s) and explains that the student will be placed on warning if
the behavior does not improve.
 If the behavior does not improve, the athletic director is notified, and the student is placed on
warning. The athletic director notifies the coach, the student athlete, and his/her parent(s).
 A second warning results in missing one week of competition.
 A third warning results in dismissal from the team.
Coaches have the authority to remove students from competition for unsportsmanlike conduct and/or
unexcused absences from games or practices. If a student is ineligible, he/she may not dress for the
game, but he/she is required to practice and attend the game as a spectator.
The student should not have any violations of the school’s Student Code of Conduct as determined by
an administrator.
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Parental Partnership: Communication
Effective communication between the school and home is vital to the successful academic, emotional,
and social well-being of students. To keep parents informed of school events and student growth, the
school communicates often with parents through newsletters, telephone calls, and individual and
group meetings.
Secure School Website
National Heritage Academies is committed to student achievement and parental involvement. NHA
maintains a secure website containing student information to link these two core values. This secure
online tool can be accessed by visiting the school website and logging-in through the Parent Login link
on the homepage. Administrators and teachers update this site daily to record student records,
analyze data, and communicate important information.
NHA recognizes the value of informed and involved parents in the learning process. The website
provides another way for parents to stay connected to the school. The online connection begins as
soon as a student applies to attend an NHA school. The parent(s) of the applicant are sent a letter
with detailed instructions for accessing their own free online account. After following these
instructions, parents can log on to the system from any computer on the Internet and review their
child’s admissions information, attendance, and grades. Using the website, parents can also e-mail
staff members, review important publications, check calendars, and subscribe to automated e-mail
updates about their child. Questions related to the website should be directed to
[email protected]
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Measuring and understanding parent satisfaction is an important part of our culture. In an effort to
understand school-wide parent satisfaction, our students’ parents are surveyed once per year.
Parents are expected to complete one survey for each child enrolled at the school.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are conducted face to face twice each school year. In addition, parents
are encouraged to inquire about their child’s performance any time during the school year. We
believe that by continually monitoring students’ progress, the parent-teacher conferences will serve
as a review with very few surprises.
During each conference, teachers review the student’s progress and discuss his/her strengths and
opportunities. Parents are encouraged to ask questions in order to learn as much as possible about
their child’s performance. We aim to make parent-teacher conferences a positive experience for
everyone involved.
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Parental Partnership: Attendance
A full day of school starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Regular attendance and punctuality
establishes good work habits and self-discipline. Our school records attendance every morning,
afternoon, and in each middle school class period. Students with unexcused or excused absences,
early dismissals, or tardies will not receive perfect attendance honors.
Arrival
Students should arrive at school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. After exiting their vehicle,
students should proceed directly into the building. They may not run, shout, or otherwise act in a
disorderly manner. All students wearing hats should remove them immediately upon entering the
building. Prompt arrival is essential for an orderly opening ceremony.
Dismissal
All students are dismissed by 3:15 p.m.
It is imperative that after school dismisses, all students are picked up by their parents in a timely
manner, no later than 3:30 p.m. Failure to pick up your child in a timely manner may result in the
school contacting the local police authorities to report child abandonment. Parents who are not able
to pick up their children by 3:30 p.m. are encouraged to sign up with an after-school latch-key
provider in the local community. Laurus Academy does not operate an after-school latch-key or
extended stay care for students. Parents can find information on latch-key providers in the school
office.
Inclement Weather Dismissal
In the case of inclement weather, the school will hold an indoor dismissal in the gymnasium. Parents
will be notified via SchoolReach (Phone Blast). Kindergarten students will be dismissed from the
Kindergarten hallway. Grades 1-6 will be dismissed from the gymnasium and grades 7-8 will be
dismissed from their homeroom classes.
Tardiness and Early Dismissal
Students are considered tardy if they arrive to their homerooms after 8:00 a.m. Early dismissals from
school will also be considered tardies. Parents who dismiss their child early from school, for any
reason, must sign the child out through the school’s Lobby Guard system.
Tardiness due to a verified family emergency or other circumstance deemed acceptable by the
principal may be excused. Tardiness due to reasons such as oversleeping, baby-sitting, or being
caught in traffic is not excused.
The tardy is considered unexcused unless a note is provided by the parent the day of the tardy and the
tardy is excused under the reasons below. The note must contain the following information:
 Student’s name
 Teacher’s name
 Date of tardy
 Reason for tardy
 Phone number
 Signature of parent
If a tardy is due to a doctor or dental appointment, a note from a physician is also required. Tardies
are excused for only the following reasons:
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Personal illness or injury
Funerals
Doctor or dental appointments (which could not be arranged outside school hours)
Religious observances
Late arrivals due to weather conditions (which do not require a parent note)
Authorized tardy (approved by the principal)
Abuse of excused tardies will be addressed by the principal and may result in unexcused tardies with
disciplinary action taken under the Student Code of Conduct in the sole discretion of the principal.
Absences
All absences are to be verified by a call from the parent to the school office no later than the start of
the school day. Voicemail is available before and after school hours.
If an absence is not verified by a call from the parent, the absence is considered unexcused. An
absence is excused if a note is provided by the parent within two days following the absence and
meets the guidelines below for an excused absence. The note must contain the following information:
 Student’s name
 Teacher’s name
 Date of absence
 Reason for absence
 Phone number
 Signature of parent
If an absence is due to illness and lasts five days or more, a note from a physician is also required.
Absences are excused only for the following reasons:
 Personal illness or injury
 Funerals
 Doctor or dental appointments (which could not be arranged outside school hours)
 Religious observances
 Authorized absence (approved by the principal)
Abuse of excused absences will be investigated by the principal and may result in a referral to
Oakland County’s Early Truancy Intervention Program or other disciplinary action.
Unexcused tardies and absences are handled in the following manner:
Range of
Unexcused
Tardies
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Unexcused
Absences
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4–6
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7–9
5-6
10 - 12
7-9
13 - 16
10 - 14
17 - 20
15 - 18
21 - 24
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Progressive Consequences
Early Intervention
Parent Notification (Email or note)
Parent Contact (Phone or meeting)
Level 4 infraction*
Completion of Attendance Corrective Action Plan (A-CAP)
1st Level 5 infraction*
Appropriate Consequence
2nd level 5 infraction*
Appropriate Consequence
Level 6 infraction*
Possible Expulsion
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*Potential referral to Oakland County’s Early Truancy Intervention Program or social services with
certified return receipt to parent. Factor considered in grade promotion.
Note: Any student who accumulates 15 consecutive school days of unexcused absences will be subject
to potential withdrawal from the school.
Truancy
A student is truant if unexcused absences total ten (10) or more school days in a school year. If
truant, the student will be referred to the Oakland County’s Early Truancy Intervention Program,
which may lead to a referral to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
The principal may act as the school’s attendance officer or delegate that duty. The school’s
attendance officer investigates possible school attendance violations and takes other necessary
actions to enforce the compulsory education laws.
Family Vacations
Parents planning to take their child on a trip must notify the principal or secretary at least two weeks
before departure. The student’s absence will be an excused absence if approved by the principal.
Lengthy trips are discouraged and may be cause for withdrawal. It becomes the student's
responsibility, with the help of the parents, to make arrangements with each teacher for missed
assignments and to complete assigned work upon his/her return to school. The student is to complete
all assignments within the same number of days as the length of the vacation. Incomplete
assignments will not receive credit. Students who miss an announced test during the approved
absence will take the test when all missed work is completed and within the same number of days
missed due to the vacation.
Family Death or Terminal Illness
If there is a death, terminal illness, or similar traumatic situation in a student’s family that may affect
his/her attendance, emotional well-being, and/or level of concentration, the office staff members
should be notified.
Illness During the School Day
If a student becomes ill during the school day, appropriate arrangements will be made for the
student's care while waiting for parent pick-up. Students with vomiting or fever must be symptomfree for 24 hours before returning to school.
Voluntary Withdrawal
To withdraw a student, a parent must complete a Student Withdrawal form available in the office. A
meeting with the principal should be held prior to the withdrawal of any student. A voluntary
withdrawal does not preclude the principal or board of directors from administering disciplinary action
for acts of misconduct occurring prior to the voluntary withdrawal and including the act of misconduct
and disciplinary action in the student’s record.
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Parental Partnership: Dress Code
To enable students to reach high academic standards, the school has put in place a dress code
designed to reduce distractions and competitions. Implementing a simple, flexible, cost-effective
dress code promotes student learning and increased academic instruction time. Interpretation of the
Dress Code is at the principal and staff’s discretion and their decision is final.
Personal Hygiene
The personal grooming of students should be in accord with the standards set by the uniform dress
code. Students should be clean and neat when at school. If there is a concern with a student’s
personal hygiene, he/she will be referred to a social worker, and his/her parent(s) may receive a
phone call requesting that the student be picked up.
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use in P.E. Boots are not permitted except as outerwear.
Hats of any kind are not permitted.
Socks must be white, navy or black (solid colors only). Girls may also wear tights (solid colors
only).
Plain black or navy belts must be worn with trousers that have belt loops.
Extreme hairstyles are not permitted (e.g., Mohawks or multiple designs/lines). Hair color must
be of natural tones and may not be colored, dyed, or streaked.
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Hair styles must be conservative with hair being off the collar.
A reasonable number of earrings may be worn. Only ears may be pierced. Earrings may not be
larger than a quarter in size.
The following items are considered inappropriate:
 Leggings, footless tights or footless stockings
 Pants with pockets or loops on the sides (e.g., cargo pants or painter pants)
 Pants with legs that zipper or button on and off
 V-neck shirts or scoop-necked shirts
 Shoes with heels that are higher than two inches
 Multi-colored stockings or tights
 Earrings that are larger than a quarter in size
 Bangles and long chain necklaces
 Makeup of any kind
 Rivets on pants
 T-shirts (long- or short-sleeved)
 Jeans or sweatpants
 Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Polartec® jackets, ponchos or fleece (outdoor wear only)
 Sandals of any kind
 Decorative belt buckles
 Other items/clothing deemed inappropriate by administration
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Students must wear solid-colored shirts that are light blue or white and that have collars (includes
mock turtleneck, long- or short-sleeved, cotton or knit). Shirts must be tucked into pants, shorts,
or skirts at all times.
Pants, skirts, or jumpers must be navy. Bottoms must not be shorter than three inches above the
knees. If a student’s clothing is not the appropriate length, or otherwise inappropriate, his/her
parent(s) will be phoned to provide a change of clothes. The student will not be permitted to
attend class until he/she has proper clothes brought to school.
Shorts may be worn from June through September.
Cold weather attire may include solid-colored sweaters or vests that are black, white or navy.
Sweaters and vests may not have hoods.
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must be tucked into pants or skirts at all times.
All students must wear black ties.
Black blazer
Pants must be tan (khaki) in color. If a student’s clothing is not the appropriate length, or
otherwise appropriate, his/her parent(s) will be phoned to provide a change of clothes.
Cold weather attire may include solid-colored sweaters or vests that are white or black. Sweaters
or vests must not have hoods.
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Parental Partnership: Title I Parent
Involvement Policy
The school has adopted a policy addressing the importance of parent involvement. In addition to
existing policies and guidelines, the school also recognizes the need for a policy that meets the
requirements under Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110).
Parents of students are vital contributors in the education of their children. Accordingly, they are
encouraged to participate in the development and structure of Title I activities and to be kept
informed about programs in which their children belong. Moreover, they are to be kept informed of
the academic progress their children make as a result of participation in these programs, for it is
through mutual understanding and close cooperation between the school and home that a student’s
academic success improves. Two-way communication between the school and home, both verbal and
written, provides a sound base for a good partnership to provide an effective educational program for
all students. Full realization of the partnership will be achieved through the on-going commitment
and active participation by both home and school.
To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school, parents,
and the community that will improve student academic achievement, the school shall:
1. Provide assistance to parents in understanding such topics as the state’s academic content
and achievement standards, state and local academic assessments, and monitoring
students’ progress and work with educators;
2. Educate principals, teachers, student services personnel, and other staff, with the
assistance of parents, regarding the value and utility of parental contribution, ways to
reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, ways to
implement and coordinate parent programs, and ways to build ties between parents and
the school;
3. Coordinate and integrate, to a feasible and appropriate extent, parental involvement
programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, the
Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and
public preschool and other programs;
4. Conduct activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in
more fully participating in the education of their children; and
5. Ensure that curriculum, textbooks, and teaching materials of the school are available for
review by the parent.
This Parent Involvement Policy is fulfilled as follows:
1. Parents are notified in writing regarding their child’s participation in Title I programs. The
written materials include a copy of this Parent Involvement Policy, the Commitment to
Excellence contract, and a summary overview of Title I programs that are offered during
the school year.
2. The Commitment to Excellence Contract was developed with input from parents. This
contract describes how the parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for
improving student achievement. It is given to all parents prior to school opening and is
presented to parents annually for further development. Parent input is collected through
parent meetings and parent surveys.
3. Early in the school year, parents are invited to meet the staff, learn more about available
Title I programs, ask questions, and give suggestions. They learn how progress is measured
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and how they receive feedback about their child’s progress. Parents are also invited to
attend parent-teacher conferences.
4. Efforts are made to assist parents in understanding federal and state academic
expectations, state content standards, student performance standards, the school
curriculum, and school expectations and assessment results. This is accomplished by
scheduling regular parent meetings throughout the school year.
5. Parents are encouraged to visit the school for volunteer training and information, visit their
child’s classes, actively volunteer in the life of the school, and attend other meetings and
events. In addition, the school encourages parents to offer their ideas and suggestions to
the school staff.
6. The school seeks ideas and suggestions from community-based organizations and
coordinates parent involvement opportunities with such programs.
7. A school newsletter or similar communication is sent to all families. This communication
provides for home reinforcement of skills and concepts taught at the school.
8. Efforts are made to accommodate parents with disabilities and with varying work
schedules. Efforts are also made to provide information to parents in the language used at
home (i.e. home language).
9. Through a Parent Satisfaction Survey each year, parents can share concerns and offer
suggestions for the continued improvement of the school’s Title I program. Parents of
students participating in the Title I program are encouraged to help organize, plan, and
review the Title I programs in subsequent years.
10. Parent involvement activities are fully integrated into the School Improvement Plan process
for academic accountability. At least one parent representative participates on the School
Improvement Planning Committee and is included in the school’s comprehensive needs
assessment and annual Title I program planning. Also, it is through this committee that the
school plans the coordination and integration of Title I parent involvement strategies with
other programs, e.g., Even Start, Headstart, Reading First. Elements of this plan include:
A. Regular Communication with Parents: In order to build consistent and effective
communication between the home and the school, communication includes:
i. The Parent and Student Handbook
ii. Regular school and classroom newsletters
iii. The annual school calendar
iv. Special event and reminder notices
v. Report cards
vi. Parent-teacher conferences
vii. Parent Nights
viii. School assemblies/ceremonies (parents invited)
ix. The Commitment to Excellence Contract
B. Parent Trainings: These are opportunities to help parents develop and use at- home
skills that support their children’s academic efforts and social development. Parents
are given techniques and strategies that they may use to improve their children’s
academic success and to assist their children in learning at home. A Parent Needs
Assessment survey is conducted at the first Parent Night. Some of these activities may
include:
i. Math games
ii. Reading skills games
iii. Kindergarten orientation
iv. Writing skills
v. District standards and assessment
vi. Community resources
vii. Helping with homework
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C. Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation of Parent Involvement Initiatives: At least
annually, the school and parents convene to evaluate the Parent Involvement Policy.
This assessment includes metrics so the school can evaluate the effectiveness of parent
involvement initiatives and the level of responsiveness to parent concerns. This
assessment initiative helps the school identify barriers to greater parent participation.
The school uses the findings of this assessment initiative to design strategies for more
effective parent involvement and to revise, if necessary, this Parental Involvement
Policy. Further, these metrics may be used as a measure in the performance
evaluations of the school principals and staff. Examples of metrics include, but are not
limited to:
i. Responses to and the results of the annual Parent Satisfaction Survey
ii. Increase or decrease in the number of parents involved in school activities
iii. Percent of signed Commitment to Excellence Contracts
iv. Attendance at parent-teacher conferences
v. Workshops and learning experiences offered for parents
vi. Professional development for staff regarding how to work with parents and how
to develop parent involvement strategies
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Parental Partnership: Visitor and
Volunteer Guidelines
Visitors and volunteers are expected to review and honor the following guidelines while visiting or
volunteering for the school. Violation of these guidelines endangers the safety of students and their
right to an education. Those not abiding by these guidelines may be barred from the building and/or
prevented from participating in future volunteer opportunities. Please contact the school’s office for
information on becoming a volunteer.
General
1. Potential volunteers are required to complete the appropriate level of background check before a
volunteer assignment begins. Parents and guardians may complete the online Volunteer
Authorization and Release form on the parents’ form site to begin the background check process.
Individuals who do not have access to the parents’ form site may obtain a Volunteer Authorization
and Release form in the school office.
2. All visitors and volunteers must be processed through the electronic visitor management system,
using their driver’s license and must wear a form of identification provided by the school. They
may also be required to submit to a criminal background check.
3. All visitors and volunteers must sign both in and out in the school office. They may not walk
directly to any classroom unless given permission by the office staff.
4. All visitors and volunteers must reinforce and demonstrate the school’s Moral Focus Philosophy.
5. The distribution of literature, without prior approval from the classroom teacher or the principal,
is prohibited.
6. Visitors and volunteers must abide by staff instructions, asking for clarification if necessary.
7. Corporal punishment is prohibited. As an alternative, the Student Code of Conduct disciplinary
procedures are to be followed by school personnel or the classroom teacher.
8. The school is a public school with a Board policy of neutrality regarding religion. Visitors and
volunteers may neither show preference for any one religion over any other religion nor share
their personal religious views with students.
9. Appropriate dress is required at all times.
10. Smoking, tobacco, and alcohol use are prohibited anywhere on school property, in all indoor
facilities, and in the presence of students.
Classrooms
1. The teacher is ultimately responsible for the students and activities in his/her classroom.
2. Volunteers should enter classrooms quietly and wait for a break in the activity before
communicating with the teacher and students.
3. Student infractions must be addressed by the classroom teacher.
4. Classroom issues regarding students are confidential. Visitors and volunteers may not talk with
others about the learning or disciplinary needs of any child other than their own.
5. Classroom visitors are allowed for a limited time and must have the principal’s permission.
Field Trips
1. Volunteer drivers must provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a sufficient number
of seat belts to transport their assigned students. Volunteer drivers, overnight chaperones, and
anyone in attendance of a field trip may be required to submit to a criminal background check.
2. Volunteers should follow all instructions provided by the teacher or school.
3. Smoking is prohibited in the presence of students.
4. Volunteer drivers must drive directly to the event and return directly to school (or pre-approved
location) immediately after the activity. “Side trips” are prohibited.
5. Volunteer drivers should leave radios off and avoid playing music.
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6. Volunteers should behave appropriately when participating on field trips.
Field trips are a privilege, not a right, and participation is determined at the teachers’ and
administrators’ discretion.
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General School Procedures
Transportation
Because the school does not own a fleet of buses, parents are expected to provide the means for their
children to get to and from school.
Drivers and Carpools
Many parents form carpools. A list of parents interested in carpooling may be available in the school
office.
With so many parents driving to school, significant traffic congestion can occur on a daily basis.
Parents are asked to be patient and to plan on some delays, particularly during inclement weather.
Bicycles
Riding bicycles to and from school is strongly discouraged due to safety reasons. If it is necessary for
a student to ride a bicycle to school, he/she must park and lock the bicycle in the school’s bike rack
before school begins and leave it untouched until school is dismissed. The school does not assume
responsibility for damage or theft of bicycles. The student should register his/her bike with the police
department and must wear a bicycle helmet.
Walkers
Written permission must be submitted to the school prior to any student walking to and/or from
home. Students who walk to and from school should go directly home following dismissal. Failing to
do so may cause undue worry for parents and staff members and may result in the loss of walking
privileges.
Meals
For grades K-6, the school schedule allows for a 30-minute lunch period and a 15-minute outside
recess period. Students in grades 7-8 have a 30-minute lunch period. A nutritious lunch, including
milk, may be purchased at school, or students may bring a sack lunch from home. Breakfast is also
offered from 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.
Parents should complete a Free/Reduced Application available from the school office. Students not
qualifying for subsidized meals must prepay. Lack of prepayment will result in discontinued meal
service. Parents are encouraged to pay for meals using the free online secure service at
www.mypaymentsplus.com. The account can be set up using the student’s ID number, and payments
can be made with either a credit card or check. At www.mypaymentsplus.com, parents can make
payments, view their balance, and monitor purchased meals. Any remaining balance upon a student
withdrawing from school will be refunded upon request.
Snacks
A snack period may be offered at the discretion of the teacher for students in the Kindergarten
program. Students must bring their own snacks from home as they are not provided by the school.
During the snack time, students must be in their seats. They may talk quietly with those sitting near
them. Snacks should be nutritional (e.g., fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers). Candy, pop/soda,
and sweets are not acceptable.
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Recess
Students typically need and want a time during the day to engage in self-directed activity. Recess is
provided for a breath of fresh air, a moment of solitude, a private conversation, or a game. As in the
classroom, the supervising adult is the authority during recess. When playing games, students are
encouraged to include anyone interested in participating. Games that are abusive or demeaning are
not permitted. All students are to remain in the designated recess area. Students are not allowed to
use playground equipment while waiting for school to begin, waiting for rides, or following dismissal.
There is an afternoon recess for kindergarten students only. Students are not permitted to bring in
games or toys from home, especially electronic games.
Holiday Celebrations
Birthdays
Because birthday celebrations tend to disrupt the normal progress of the day, the school provides the
following two options:
Option 1: Students are encouraged to donate a book to the library rather than bring treats for their
classmates. A special ceremony takes place when the student presents his/her book to the library.
Option 2: Students provide commercially purchased snacks to be consumed only during the last 15
minutes of class (dismissal time) or in the case of kindergarten, during snack time.
Halloween
Halloween is not celebrated at the school. Consequently, costumes are not worn to school.
Christmas/Winter Holiday
Classes may have a small party at the end of the last day before the Christmas/winter holiday.
St. Valentine's Day
Students in grades K-4 are encouraged to celebrate by making homemade valentines for their
classmates. A class list will be supplied by the teacher for parents’ convenience. Students who bring
valentines must give one to each of their classmates. Students in grades 5-8 make special valentines
at school that are shared with veterans, senior citizens, hospitalized children, or members of the
armed services.
Field Trips
When students travel away from school, they are subject to the same rules, regulations, and
appropriate politeness observed at the school. As in the classroom, the teacher will judge behavior as
acceptable or unacceptable. Misbehavior or disregard of school policies can result in denial of field
trip privileges. Signed permission slips must be on file with the teacher for each student on each field
trip.
Pets
Due to student allergies, please refrain from bringing animals to school.
Lost and Found
The lost and found is located across the hall from the Kindergarten classrooms. Unclaimed items are
donated to charity at the end of each week.
Personal Items
The school will not accept responsibility for the personal items of students. We expect students to
leave belongings that are not necessary for their education at home. Any personal items that staff
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members judge to be unsafe, inappropriate for school, or interfering with students’ educational focus
will be confiscated and held in the office or remain in the possession of a staff member until the
parents retrieve them. Such items may be subject to search. The school shall not be responsible for
any items lost or damaged while in its possession.
Students shall not possess cell phones, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, video equipment, cameras, gaming
devices, laser pointers, recording devices and electronic devices during the instructional day at school
or school-related events. Subject to the Search and Seizure Practices and Procedures, the possession
of such electronic devices during those restricted times constitutes the consent to search for and
confiscate the device(s) by school personnel. Confiscated devices may be returned at the end of the
school day.
Coaches and personnel in charge of extracurricular activities may make exceptions to this rule upon
obtaining the principal’s permission.
Any exceptions to this general rule sought by parents for specific health or safety concerns should be
brought to the attention of the principal. The principal’s determination is final.
Emergency School Procedures
In the case of severe weather (e.g., major snowstorm, ice storm, dangerous wind chills, heavy fog),
the principal will notify local radio and TV stations regarding the decision to close school or delay its
opening. A phone message will also be sent out to each family through our School Reach calling
system.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch or Warning
If school is already in session when the watch or warning is issued, the school stays open. The staff
takes safety precautions.
Tornado Watch
Students remain in school, and the staff takes safety precautions. Students are released to parents or
other designated adults upon request.
Tornado Warning
All students and staff members remain in the building and take shelter in designated areas. Students
may be detained beyond the usual dismissal time. Students are released to parents or other
designated adults upon request.
Emergency Drills
Emergency drills are held throughout the year. Safe areas inside and outside the building are
designated for each classroom.
Tobacco Use
The school is a non-smoking facility. Smoking and tobacco use are prohibited anywhere on school
property, in all indoor facilities, and in the presence of students.
Payments Made to School
Checks written to the school that are returned for insufficient funds are processed through a service
called Payliance. If a check is returned, Payliance contacts the person who wrote the check to collect
the check’s face value plus a collection fee. If he/she cannot be contacted or fails to respond
properly, the check may be resubmitted to the bank with applicable collection fees.
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Medical Information
To maintain a healthy learning environment, students are offered certain health services and are
required to provide evidence of required immunizations.
Health Screenings
Our students receive special health services through the Health Department. These services include
vision screening for students prior to entering kindergarten and in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 and hearing
screening for students in grades K, 2, and 4.
Immunization Requirements
No student shall be permitted to remain in school for more than thirty (30) days unless the student
presents written evidence that he/she has been immunized by a method of immunization approved by
the Department of Health or is in the process of being immunized. Parents may request in writing a
medical or religious exemption from immunization requirements (form available in the office). The
minimum complete immunizations are:
Dose
4
Vaccine
DTP or DTaP
1
Hib
4/3
Polio
2
Measles
2
Mumps
2
Rubella
3
1
Hepatitis B
Meningococcal
2
Varicella
(Chickenpox)
Important Notes
One (1) dose must be after four (4) years of age. One
(1) dose of Tdap (required at eleven (11) years of age or
older regardless of grade) for children eleven (11)
through eighteen (18) years of age IF five (5) years since
the last dose of tetanus/diphtheria containing vaccine.
One (1) dose given after fifteen (15) months or
completed series earlier (upon entry into Preschool
only)
Three (3) doses required. Four (4) doses needed if dose
three (3) is administered on or after four (4) years of
age.
Two (2) doses on or after twelve (12) months of age
(laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable)
Two (2) doses on or after twelve (12) months of age
(laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable)
Two (2) doses on or after twelve (12) months of age
(laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable)
Laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable
One (1) dose for children eleven (11) years of age or
older upon entry into 6th – 8th grades
Two (2) doses at or after twelve (12) months of age
(laboratory evidence or reliable history of disease is
acceptable)
Please contact your health care provider for other recommended vaccinations.
Medication Administration
Only necessary medications that must be given during regular school hours will be administered.
All medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, require written permission from the
custodial parent. They must complete the Medication Administration Permission form (one form per
medication). The form must be renewed each school year or upon any change in medication or
dosage.
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Though we encourage a physician’s written permission in all cases, a physician signature is required
under the following conditions:
 Any possession or use of an inhaler or epinephrine injector
 Any self-possession or self-administration of any medication
Parents must include any prescribed treatment or care plan. An emergency care plan from the
physician is required for asthma and epinephrine medications.
Prescribed medication must be delivered to the school in the original container prepared and labeled
by a pharmacy. The label must include the dosage and frequency of administration. Over-thecounter medication must be in the original package and have the student’s name affixed to the
package.
The medication supplied to the school must be in the exact dosage prescribed, so the individual
administering medications is not responsible for dividing or splitting pills. All medication must be
picked up by the parent at the end of the school year or upon a student’s withdrawal. Any medication
not picked up will be discarded.
If a parent is accompanying his/her child on a field trip, the parent will be required to administer the
child’s medication.
Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal disease is a dangerous disease that can strike children and youth and is caused by
bacteria. The bacteria are spread from person to person by direct contact with an infected person’s
nose or throat secretions. Illness often starts with a sudden fever, headache, stiff neck, a rash, and
possibly nausea and vomiting. An infected person may become very sick within a few hours of the
first symptoms and should seek medical care immediately. The disease could result in death or
permanent disability.
There are two immunizations available: one for people who are 11-55 years old and another for
people who are 2-10 or 55+ years old if certain medical conditions exist that put them at higher risk of
contracting the disease.
Parents should talk with their child’s health care provider or local health department about
meningococcal disease and immunization.
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Notifications
Rights Under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents certain rights with respect to
their child’s education records. These rights are:
 The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the
school receives a request for access. Parents should submit a written request to the school
principal clearly identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. A school official will make
arrangements for access and notify the parents of the time and place the records may be
inspected.

The right to seek an amendment of the student’s education records that the parent believes
are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights of privacy. Parents should
submit a written request to the school principal, clearly identifying the part of the record they
want amended and specifying its inaccuracy. If the school decides not to amend the record as
requested, it will notify the parents of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing
to challenge the content of the student’s education records. Hearing procedures will be
provided to the parents when a hearing is requested.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
consent. The school does not need written consent to disclose a student’s education records if
the disclosure meets one or more of the following conditions and the disclosure is to or for:
(see 20 U.S.C. §1232g; 34 CFR Part 99.31):
1. School administrators, teachers, support staff, NHA personnel and other school officials
which have a legitimate educational interest
2. Persons or organizations with whom the school or NHA has outsourced services or
functions and which have a legitimate educational interest (e.g., attorneys, auditors,
medical consultants, special and supplemental education providers, therapists)
3. Officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll or where the
student is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the
student’s enrollment, and as long as a proper records release request is received by the
sending school
4. Certain federal and state officials and educational authorities (for audit, evaluation,
reporting, or compliance purposes) or state and local authorities concerning the
juvenile justice system in accordance with state statute
5. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student
6. Organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school or NHA to develop,
validate, or administer predictive tests, administer student aid programs, or improve
instruction
7. Accrediting organizations to carry out accrediting functions
8. Compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena after the school makes a
reasonable effort to notify the parent of the order or subpoena
9. Appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency
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The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures
by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Right to Know Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Parents of students have the right to know the professional qualifications of the school’s classroom
teachers. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 governs elementary and secondary education, allows
parents to ask for certain information about their child’s classroom teachers, and requires the school
to give this information to parents in a timely manner if they ask for it. Specifically, parents have the
right to ask for the following information about each of their child’s classroom teachers:
 Whether the State Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the
grades and subjects he/she teaches
 Whether the State Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a
classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special
circumstances
 The teacher’s college major
 Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees
 Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to their child and, if
they do, their qualifications
Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights concerning student
privacy, parental access to information, and administration of physical examinations to minors. These
include the right to:
 Consent before students are required to submit to a survey, which is funded in part or in whole
by a program of the U.S. Department of Education, that concerns one or more of the following
protected areas (“protected information survey”):
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family
3. Sexual behavior or attitudes
4. Anti-social, demeaning, illegal, or self-incriminating behavior
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close familial relationships
6. Legally-recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers
7. Religious affiliations, beliefs, or practices of the student or parent
8. Income, other than as required by law, to determine program eligibility

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of the following:
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of
attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the
immediate health and safety of the student (except for hearing, vision, scoliosis, or any
other physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law)
3. Any activity involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information or the
marketing, selling, or distributing of such information to others

Inspect the following, upon request and before administration or use:
1. Surveys created by a third party before their distribution by a school to its students
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for marketing, sales, or
other distribution purposes
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3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum
The school protects student privacy in the administration of protected surveys and the collection,
disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The
school will also both directly notify parents through U.S. Mail, e-mail, parent meetings, or the Parent
and Student Handbook of the specific or approximate dates (if such events are planned and/or
scheduled) of the above activities and provide an opportunity to opt a student out of participating in
them. Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Boy Scouts of America
The school does not discriminate against any group officially affiliated with either the Boy Scouts of
America or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code (as a patriotic society)
that wishes to conduct a meeting within an open forum. The school does not deny such access or
opportunity or discriminate for reasons based on the membership or leadership criteria or the oath of
allegiance to God and country of the Boy Scouts of America or the youth groups listed in Title 36 of
the United States Code (as a patriotic society).
Gender Equity Policy (Title IX)
The school certifies compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended,
20 U.S.C 1681 et seq. (Title IX), and its implementing regulation, at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, which
prohibits discrimination based on sex. The school, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from
the United States Department of Education, is subject to Title IX and does not discriminate based on
gender in employment or any educational program or activity it operates.
Complaints or grievances regarding discrimination based on gender should be delivered in writing to
the principal of the school and should provide specific details regarding the event, the date of the
event, and the parties involved. The complaint will be considered confidential and will be
expeditiously investigated by the principal with the assistance of NHA legal counsel as necessary and
appropriate.
Unsafe School Choice Option
Title IX, Section 9532 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provides that a student attending a
“persistently dangerous school” or a student who is a “victim of a violent criminal offense” on school
property, as defined by law, has the right to transfer to another safe school in the district, if his/her
parent requests a transfer. If there is not another safe school in the district providing instruction at
the student’s grade level, the school shall contact neighboring districts to request that the student be
permitted to transfer to a school in one of those districts.
Asbestos Management Plan
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires us to annually notify parents,
students, staff members, and others who regularly occupy the school building of compliance with
AHERA. An Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) has been developed for the school and is on file in the
school office. Parents may schedule an appointment with the principal if they wish to review the
AMP.
Pesticide Notification
The school aims to control pest populations and to reduce the use of active pesticides throughout the
school by implementing an integrated pest management program. The health and safety of all
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persons within the school’s facilities are of primary concern. The school will notify parents in advance
of pesticide applications. Notice will be posted on the front door of the school and in the school
newsletter. A parent can also request to be notified by letter 48 hours before the application is to
take place. Please contact the school office if you wish to be notified by letter or wish to review the
school’s integrated pest management program or records.
Policies
Board policies can be found at www.heritageacademies.com under the school listings or are available
from the school office.
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COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE CONTRACT
To successfully challenge each child to achieve, parents, students, and teachers must work together, committed to the school’s
high expectations and standards. Each parent, student, and teacher is asked to pledge his/her commitment by signing below:
Parent/Guardian Commitment: I fully commit to my child’s education in the following ways:
 I understand that my child is enrolled in this school so he/she has opportunities to achieve.
 I realize that the expectations and standards at this school are high and agree to support them.
 I understand and agree to be bound by all provisions outlined in the Parent and Student Handbook and acknowledge
receipt of the Parent and Student Handbook by signing below.
 I will monitor my child’s attendance, homework completion, and read school correspondence.
 I will participate in parent-teacher conferences and volunteer for school activities when possible.
 I understand that my child must behave respectfully and responsibly to protect the safety, interest, and rights of others in
the school. I will model appropriate behavior while in the school.
Please add any other commitment statements you would like to note:
_____________________________ _____________ ___________________________ _____________
Parent/Guardian Signature
Date
Parent/Guardian Signature
Date
Student’s Commitment: I fully commit to this school in the following ways:
 I am enrolling in this school, because I want to achieve. I will put forth my best effort every single day.
 I agree with my school’s expectations, standards, and requirements, because I have high expectations for myself.
 I understand and agree to follow the Student Code of Conduct and Dress Code in the Parent and Student Handbook.
 I will attend school all day, every day, unless I have an excused absence.
 I will complete my homework, submit it on time, and contact my teacher about any questions.
 I will behave respectfully and responsibly to protect the safety, interests, and rights of others in the school. I will accept
responsibility for my actions.
_____________________________ __________________________________________ _____________
Student Signature
Student Printed Name
Date
_____________________________ __________________________________________ _____________
Student Signature
Student Printed Name
Date
_____________________________ __________________________________________ _____________
Student Signature
Student Printed Name
Date
_____________________________ __________________________________________ _____________
Student Signature
Student Printed Name
Date
Teacher’s Commitment: I fully commit to this school in the following ways:
 I will provide each student opportunities to achieve.
 I will communicate with parents on a regular basis via personal contact, weekly newsletters, or progress reports and will
make myself available to students and parents for any concerns they may have.
 I will display integrity and respect to students, parents, and staff members through my words and actions.
 I will protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals in the classroom.
_____________________________ __________________________________________ _______________
Teacher Signature
Teacher Printed Name
Date
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