Family Handbook - Salisbury Academy

Family
Handbook
This book, created in August 2016, for the 2016-2017 school
year, replaces all policies previously distributed to members
of Salisbury Academy, including parents, students,
and faculty.
Salisbury Academy is a co-educational, independent school that seeks diversity in its student body. It does
not discriminate unlawfully on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, veteran’s status,
national or ethnic origin, or disability in administration of its educational policies, admission policies,
financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered policies.
Revised 08-10-16
INDEX
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Family Handbook Table of Contents
Introduction
Salisbury Academy Mission……………………………………………………………………………..4
Philosophy…………………………………………………………………………………………………4
Value Narrative……………………………………………………………………………………………5
SA Board of Trustees…………………………………………………………………………………….5
Parents of SA……………………………………………………………………………………………..6
Administration and Staff……………………………………………………………………………….7-9
Corporate Partners……………………………………………………………………………………...10
Instructional Program
School Hours/ Daily Schedule…………………………………………………………………………11
Drop-off and Pick-Up………………………………………………………………….……11-12
Late Pick-Up Policy………………………………………………………………………….…12
Students Who Walk Home…………………………………………………………………….12
Homework Policy……………………………………………………………………………………12-13
Field Trips………………………………………………………………………………………………..13
Testing……………………………………………………………………………………………………14
Grading Scale……………………………………………………………………………………………14
Case Study Policy……………………………………………………………………………………….15
Progress Reports………………………………………………………………………………………..16
Report Cards……………………………………………………………………………………….……16
Determination of Valedictorian/Salutatorian …………………………………………………………16
Tardy/Early Dismissal Policy (Grades 1-8)………………………………………………………...…16
Absences from School……………………………………………………………………………….…17
Off-Campus Appointments…………………………………………………………………………..…17
Transcript Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………17
Advisory………………………………………………………………………………………………..…17
Students
Behavior Expectation Policy……………………………………………………………………………18
School-Wide Expectations……………………………………………………………….……18
Love and Logic School………………………………………………………………..……18-19
Discipline Process………………………………………………………………………….19-20
Exceptional Misconduct……………………………………………………………………..…20
SA Conduct Form………………………………………………………………………………21
Recess……………………………………………………………………………………………………22
Student Dress Code……………………………………………………………………………….……22
Outdoor Activities………………………………………………………………………………………..22
Giving Messages to Students……………………………………………………………………….…22
Bullying/Cyberbullying………………………………………………………………………………22-23
Cell Phone Policy……………………………………………………………………………………..…23
Technology Acceptable Use Policy……………………………………………………………………23
Google Apps for Education…………………………………………………………………………….23
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General
ASK (After School Care Program)……………………………………………………………….……24
Clubs………………………………………………………………………………………………...……24
ASK and Club Schedule and Fees, Lower School…………………………………….……25
ASK and Club Schedule and Fees, Middle School…………………………………………26
Carpool……………………………………………………………………………………………...……26
Drills………………………………………………………………………………………………………26
Drivers for Field Trips/Sports Policy…………………………………………………………………..27
Front Desk Hours………………………………………………………………………………………..27
Habits, Health, and Illness……………………………………………………………………….…27-28
Head Lice……………………………………………………………………………………..…28
Immunization Records…………………………………………………………………………28
Safety Policy Statement……………………………………………………………………….28
HIPPA Privacy Notice……………………………………………………………………….…28
Food Allergy Policy………………………………………………………………………….…29
Holidays and Birthdays…………………………………………………………………………………29
Inclement Weather………………………………………………………………………………………29
Lost and Found……………………………………………………………………………………….…30
Lunch and Snacks………………………………………………………………………………………30
NC Child Passenger Safety Law………………………………………………………………………30
Nondiscrimination/ Sexual Harassment Policy………………………………………………………31
Visitors……………………………………………………………………………………………………31
When Do I Need an Appointment with Faculty or Staff? ………………………………………...…31
Parents
Communication…………………………………………………………………………………….……32
Financial Responsibility……………………………………………………………………………...…32
Tuition Fees and Payments…………………………………………………………………………....32
Re-Enrollment……………………………………………………………………………………………33
Reimbursements for Purchases…………………………………………………………….…………33
Parents with Questions………………………………………………………………………….….…..33
Admissions and Withdrawals …………………………………………………………………….……33
Giving Culture……………………………………………………………………………………………34
Annual Fund………………………………………………………………………………….…34
Golf and Tennis Tournaments…………………………………………………………..……34
Spring Gala………………………………………………………………………………...……34
Other Giving Opportunities……………………………………………………………….……34
Familiy Directory: How to Access Via Parentsweb……………………………………………….…35
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Introduction
Salisbury Academy Mission
Salisbury Academy, an independent, co-educational school for Grades JK-8, encourages
students to be life-long learners, develop strong character, serve their community, and deepen
their faith.
• The school community strives to create a challenging and enriching curriculum that celebrates
imaginative and intellectual exploration.
• Our students learn to serve and become stewards of the community and the environment.
• Our program allows students to develop in character and live lives of respect, responsibility
and compassion.
• Our school culture is based on the Christian virtues of love and acceptance.
Statement of Philosophy: Salisbury Academy strives to prepare students to become wellrounded contributors in their communities.
Salisbury Academy is an independent school, governed by its own Board of Trustees. The
school is financed mainly by tuition and charitable contributions and receives no government
funding. Salisbury Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent
Schools and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools. Our
commitment to achieving excellence and inspiring innovation attracts high-quality teachers and
promotes a supportive learning environment.
Salisbury Academy maintains a student-centered approach, so that teachers can learn about
every student and attend to each child’s individual skills and needs. Our teachers form close
relationships with students and their parents and go above and beyond to ensure each student’s
success.
Salisbury Academy focuses on educating the whole child, offering learning experiences that
reach beyond core academic areas such as math, science, history, and English. As an
independent school, we have the freedom to promote creative thinking in hands-on ways that
introduce students to exciting and challenging subjects including art, music, foreign languages,
global and environmental education, and technology.
In addition to a rigorous high school and college preparatory curriculum, the Salisbury Academy
experience has been crafted to offer experiences in athletics, community service, and
leadership training for all. While the school is non-sectarian and welcomes families of all faiths,
its tradition is rooted in Christianity. Our students come from diverse backgrounds to develop
their interests and a love of learning.
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Value Narrative
Adopted by the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2013, the value narrative serves to give our
parents key talking points when sharing with friends what makes SA so special. It provides
consistent language used in internal and external marketing. We continue to focus on better
distinguishing our school’s value from our competitor. The Strategic Planning process is
addressing what we need to offer current and prospective families to help sell the value of a
Salisbury Academy education.
Salisbury Academy, an independent school, provides an innovative learning environment that
prepares students to enter their future world as leaders. We give our students the keys to
success, not just by what we teach, but by the way the students learn.
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Student-centered academics that incorporate the arts, foreign language, and physical
education in a model that engages young minds and creates opportunities for hands-on
learning and discovery in and out of the classroom.
Our community of learners is led by caring and professional faculty who partner with
families to develop a lifelong love for learning. As well-rounded contributors to their
community, students participate in service learning, clubs, and athletics.
Learning is furthered through inquiry, collaboration, and discovery with respectful
recognition of ideas and people in a global world.
SA Board of Trustees
The Salisbury Academy Board of Trustees consists of up to seventeen elected members
representing parents of students, parents of alumni and members of the community at large, as
well as our Head of School. The board guides the school in growth in accordance with the
mission and plans strategically for the future.
Executive Members
Mr. Paul Bardinas '18, Chair
Dr. Ben Ott ‘18, Vice-Chair
Mrs. Traci Williams '19, Secretary
Mr. Cliff Sorel ’18, Treasurer
Members
Mrs. Angela Hall '16
Mrs. Melody Lee '16
Mr. Reid Acree, Jr. '17
Mrs. Diane Fisher '17
Mr. Clint Robins '17
Mr. Blaine Smith '17
Mrs. Claudia Swicegood '17
Dr. John Wear '17
Mrs. Andrea Davis '18
Dr. Ben Ott ‘18
Dr. Ryan Rich ‘18
Mr. Cliff Sorel ‘18
Madison Currin ‘19
Mark Robertson ‘19
Traci Williams ‘19
Ex Officio Member of the Board: Mrs. Beverly Fowler, Head of School
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Parents of SA
Our parents of Salisbury Academy organization is a large one because the members are you,
every parent in the school. This dedicated group is a necessary and invigorating support system
for our faculty, staff and students.
Remember, PSA means “Parent’s of Salisbury Academy,” and that means all of us! Every
parent is a member, and everyone can be involved! All activities and funds raised are used to
enhance your child’s classroom, their school experience, and to fulfill special requests by our
teachers.
Please attend meetings on the first Tuesday of the month, participate in activities, and take
advantage of opportunities to help. There are many different ways to get involved.
Ways to get involved:
Attend meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 8:05 a.m.
Volunteer for a PSA event
Become a grade parent
Help with Box Tops
Volunteer for PSA events
Help with faculty/staff appreciation week
Participate in the Scrips program
Join us for campus Spruce-Up Day
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Administration and Staff
Bergsma, Elizabeth
ASK Director
ebergsma@salisburyacademy.org
Cell: 704-223-0073
Brown, Melissa
Reading Specialist
mbrown@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 130
Chaffee, Angela
Art Teacher
achaffee@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 124
Cody, Mary Ann
Kindergarten Assistant
macody@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 200
Coulter, Heather
Core Knowledge Curriculum Coordinator/ 7th and 8th Language Arts
hcoulter@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 116
Current, Jane
5th Grade Teacher
jcurrent@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 122
Foley, Pat
Librarian and World Language Instructor
pfoley@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 119
Fowler, Beverly
Head of School
bfowler@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 100
Frick, Lynn
1st Grade Assistant
lmcmillan@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 110 VM
Goodman, Jessica
6th-8th Social Studies/7th Math
jgoodman@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 121
Goodnight, Amy Moomaw
Admissions Director
agoodnight@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 103
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Hattaway, Margaret
8th Grade Math/ LS & MS Computer
mhattaway@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 123
Jordan, Sandy
Junior Kindergarten Teacher
sjordan@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 201
Ketner, Jan
Kindergarten Teacher
jketner@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 203
Lewis, Hannah
Foreign Language Teacher
hlewis@salisburyacademy.org
Ext.
Martin, Katie
2nd Grade Assistant
kmartin@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 112VM
McCall, Lee
4th Grade Teacher
lmccall@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 114
McCoy, Shannon
Business Manager
smccoy@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 102
Morrison, Denise
3rd Grade Assistant
dmorrison@salisburyacademy.org
Moss, Penny
Junior Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
pmoss@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 205 VM
Peoples, Tracey
Administrative Assistant
tpeoples@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 101
Petty, Kim
3rd Grade Teacher
kpetty@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 113
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Robertson, Dr. Rob D.
JK-8th Music Teacher
rrobertson@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 126
Robins, Jody
1st Grade Teacher
jrobins@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 109
Roy, Lizzy
Director of Marketing and Communications
lroy@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 120
Shadroui, Alexandra
Middle School Science
ashadroui@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 118
Wagner, Brittney
6th Grade Math and Language Arts/Middle School Division Director
bwagner@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 117
Williams, Mary Lou
2nd Grade Teacher
mlwilliams@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 111
Wilson, Tommy
PE Teacher/Athletic Director
twilson@salisburyacademy.org
Ext. 129
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Corporate Partners
Salisbury Academy's Corporate Partnership program provides businesses multiple ways to
reach the Salisbury Academy family with their brand and messaging, while supporting our
school's commitment to Engaging Minds and Building Futures. Salisbury Academy’s Corporate
Partners include:
Platinum
Caniche
Global Contact Services
Gold
Busby & Webb Orthodontics
Carolina Color Corporation
Crescent Construction Services
Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law, PC
Freirich Foods, Inc.
Griffin Marketing Group
Miller Davis Studios, Inc.
The Lettered Lily Design Studio
Silver
Bank of North Carolina
Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
Cloninger Ford
Bronze
Andrea B. Davis, Attorney at Law
Carrol Fisher Construction
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A.
F&M Bank
Fisher Realty
Godley’s Garden Center & Nursery
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Piedmont Plastic and Oral Surgery Center
Snow Benefits Group
Walser Technology Group
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Instructional Program
Daily Operations for Salisbury Academy Policies and Procedures
Daily Schedule:
JrK
Kindergarten
Lower School
Middle School
M-F classes begin:
8:30 a.m.
8:05 a.m.
8:05 a.m.
8:05 a.m.
M-Th classes end:
2:30 p.m.
2:40 p.m.
2:55 p.m.
3:05 p.m.
Friday dismissal:
1:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
 Drop-off will begin at 7:45 a.m. each morning. The first bell will ring (main campus) at
8:00 a.m. This bell will allow students to get belongings settled into the lockers or
cubbies, and gather class materials before the 8:05 a.m. bell rings to signify the
beginning of class.
 All students who have not been picked up by the designated pick-up time will be taken to
after-school care where parents may pick them up. After-school rates will apply.
Drop-off and Pick-Up for Kindergarten Students
1. Early morning drop-off is available at 7:45 a.m.
2. In the morning and afternoon, please enter and exit the drop-off area using Bellevue
Road. Gloria Dei Church requests parents use the main roads to access Bellevue Road
rather than use the Gloria Dei driveway.
3. Drop off and pick up students at the main entrance where someone will assist them
between the car and the building
4. Please be aware of traffic flow so as not block the drop-off/pick-up area.
Drop-off and Pick-Up for Lower School & Middle School Students
1. Early morning drop-off is available at 7:45 a.m.
2. Always enter the school parking lot from Jake Alexander Boulevard.
3. In the morning, please drop off students at the student entrance and wait until they are
either with an adult or inside the building. Once inside, teachers will be in the gym
waiting for students.
At 8:00 a.m. the students are allowed to go directly to their lockers and classrooms. This
gives them time to prepare for their day. Although students will not be marked tardy until
8:05 a.m., if they arrive at 8:00 a.m., they have no time to prepare for the day and they
will miss part of morning meetings which start promptly at 8:05 a.m.
4. Unless you have a child attending the Salisbury Academy JK/K program, please exit
using Jake Alexander Boulevard. Only parents with children attending the JK/K
program should exit using Bellevue Road; this is out of respect for our neighbors.
5. DO NOT ENTER the back access road from Bellevue Rd. or the Kindergarten. This
is a one way road from main building toward Bellevue Rd. and used for staff
parking. Please note: the DO NOT ENTER sign is placed there for safety reasons!
6. At afternoon pick-up, lower school parents should plan to pick up your child(ren) by 3:00
p.m. This will allow the middle school carpool to begin as quickly as possible following
their dismissal at 3:05 p.m. It is requested that middle school parents not get in the
carpool line before 3:05 p.m. This will give the lower school students time to be picked
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up. During the afternoon carpool, if you get to the pick-up point before your child arrives,
you must circle back around to the end of the line.
7. During both morning and afternoon carpools, please stay in your car and go through the
line to drop off and pick up your child. Please do not park, get out of your car and cross
the line of traffic. This creates an unnecessary risk to both you and your child. On the
occasion when you need to come into the school, please use the cross walk painted on
the driveway so that drivers in the carpool line will be able to see you. If you enter the
building, please do so through the main office rather than the student entrance.
8. Please be aware of traffic flow, so as not block the drop-off/pick-up area.
9. All students who have not been picked up by the designated pick-up times will go to
after-school care. Please see ASK schedules for pickup. Students must be supervised
by an adult at all time while on campus during after school hours.
10. Due to the Front Desk closing at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 1:40 p.m.
on Fridays, please help your children realize that their sense of responsibility should be
attuned to books, materials, homework assignments etc., in preparation for the following
day. There might not be anyone available to unlock the door after hours for forgotten
materials.
Late Pick-up policy
All students who have not been picked up by the designated pick-up time will be taken to afterschool care where parents may pick them up. After-school rates will apply.
Students Who Walk Home
With parental permission, students in seventh and eighth grades, who live in neighborhoods
adjacent to the school grounds, may walk DIRECTLY home from school events. Any student
doing so must check out through the office before walking home. The school will require that
the parents, either on the standard release form or by separate note, give written and specific
permission for the school to release a child on his or her own recognizance to walk home at the
end of the school day or after another event. By doing so, parents release Salisbury Academy
and its employees from any liability issues concerning said students.
Homework Policy
Homework is a way to help students develop a sense of responsibility for their
learning. The curriculum of Salisbury Academy is academically stimulating, and requires effort
outside of the school on the part of the student. Assignments may include practicing or
reviewing concepts studied in school; gathering information or materials to be used in
discussion, reports or special projects; studying for tests; and reading for pleasure. Daily work
not completed in school may be sent home. If this happens frequently, a parent-teacherstudent conference should be arranged. We ask parents to help by providing a
quiet place and time for homework to be completed. It is also important for parents to check and
discuss the homework — to keep in touch with the curriculum
and their child’s performance and to demonstrate that the student’s efforts are
valued at home as well as at school.
We do recognize that extracurricular activities and family life are important and integral parts of
students’ lives, and we encourage participation in athletics and enrichment opportunities.
Additionally, Salisbury Academy offers a once- a- month Family Night with no homework given.
This night is designed to provide families with a night to enjoy time together.
Copying homework answers from another person’s work or sharing answers verbally is
unacceptable, is considered cheating, and will result in the issuance of a Conduct Form
and immediate consequence. If a student is having difficulty with an assignment, he/she is
encouraged to make arrangements with the teacher for extra help.
Consequences for unfinished homework assignments will be left to the discretion of each
classroom teacher. Written notification will be sent home with the student for a parent/guardian
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signature. This notification must be returned the following school day (along with the missing
assignment), to assure home-school communication regarding a child’s missing assignments.
“Notification of Unfinished Assignment” (Sample Form)
Student’s Name: _________________________________________ Date: ____________
Assignments Owed: _______________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature: __________________________________________________
Student’s Signature: _______________________________________________________
Teacher’s Signature: ________________________________________________________
Field Trips
1. Upon admittance to Salisbury Academy, parents are requested to sign a general
permission contract and waiver of liability in order for students to participate in all school
trips. Travel is provided by the school buses or by private vehicles driven by volunteers,
and sometimes charter buses.
2. It is requested that parents planning to take students home from a field trip inform the
teacher in writing, preferably in advance.
3. All children participating in a field trip must have appropriate Salisbury Academy Limited
Release of Liability form from parents along with any additional documentation
requested by field trip site.
4. Field trips are an integral part of the curriculum at the school. It is required that all
students attend field trips unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Any extenuating
circumstance must be discussed with the Head of School or designee prior to the field
trip. In a case where this discussion does not take place, an unexcused absence will be
documented in the attendance record unless there is a medical excuse/release.
5. Attendance of parents and siblings (including the number of chaperones requested
and/or selected) on field trips will be left to the individual teacher’s discretion.
6. Chaperones, please note that no consumption of alcoholic beverages or other illegal
substances will be allowed. Additionally, chaperones must consistently maintain their
role in the field trip as assistant to the teachers; unless otherwise noted, the teaching
staff is responsible for direct contact with all travel representatives.
1. While chaperoning on a field trip, parents should consider themselves “on duty.” Focus
should be on the students rather than on side conversations or cell phone conversation.
2. Parents and students are required to uphold the Salisbury Academy Behavior
Expectation Policy on all field trips. Also, there are to be no electronic games, CD or
DVD players, etc. taken on field trips; this is to ensure the highest quality of educational
time and positive social interaction during all field trips.
3. If a student’s behavior and/or misconduct prohibit him from attending a field trip, parents
will be responsible for the care of their children, and any money paid for the purpose of
that field trip will not be refunded.
4. No refunds, regardless of the circumstances, will be given to students or parents for any
field trip.
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Testing
Salisbury Academy currently administers the CTP-4 assessment in an online format each spring
to all students in grades 3-8. These assessments are most widely used by independent schools
and provide the most appropriate gauge for the effectiveness of our curricular and student
expectations. The results give an indication of a student’s performance individually and by grade
level, both locally and nationally. Please do not schedule medical appointments or vacation for
your child during ERB week. Dates are noted in the school calendar.
These tests (like other tests) are only one measure of a child’s ability, achievement and/or
progress and must be viewed as a part of the whole. Your child’s teacher or division director will
be glad to review these tests with you. Other tests are administered by school personnel
throughout the school year in an attempt to learn more about a child’s learning style and as an
aid to the teaching/learning process. All test results may be reviewed with parents.
Salisbury Academy Grading Scale 2016-2017
Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten
M
Meeting Expectations
G
Good Progress
N
Needs More Time
N/A
Not Assessed
Lower School (Grades 1-4)
4
Exceeds grade level expectations
3
Satisfies grade level expectations
2
Approaching grade level expectations
1
Not meeting grade level expectations
Middle School (Grades 5-8)
A
100-93
B
92-85
C
84-77
D
76-70
F
69-0
I
Incomplete
Enhancement Scale
S =
Satisfactory
N=
Needs Improvement
U=
Unsatisfactory
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Case Study Guidelines
Case-study
quarterly
reviews
Recommendation for outside
tutoring or educational
testing
Additional accommodation or recommendations
Routine classroom differentiation
Routine classroom differentiation: Includes preferential seating, multi-modality instruction, extended time, quiet testing
environment, small group instruction, hands-on learning, study strategies, use of audio support with text, and graphic organizers.
Additional accommodations and recommendations: Teacher or parent raised concern regarding student performance. Concern
is shared with the appropriate division director and grade-level team, and a parent/teacher conference is scheduled to review
student progress. Additional accommodations and recommendations including but not limited to further in-house evaluation,
short-term, one-on-one tutoring with teacher, and additional study strategies recommended by the teacher. Follow-up 4-6 weeks
with parent and grade-level team on student progress or next step recommendations.
Recommendation for outside tutoring or educational testing: Academic Leadership team refers the student for extended
tutoring or outside educational/psychological testing. The results will be shared in a follow-up parent/teacher/division director
meeting for implementation and evaluation of student’s learning needs
Case-study quarterly review: When a student has a full educational/psychological evaluation, a quarterly
parent/teacher/division director meeting will track case-study students.
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Progress Reports
Students in grades 1-8 receive progress reports from classroom teachers for the first, second,
and third quarter.
Report Cards
Students in grades JK-8 receive a quarterly report card. Additionally, parent/teacher
conferences are scheduled for all students in grades JK-8 during the first quarter. JK and K
hold additional end-of-year conferences. Please contact teachers if a conference is needed at
any time.
Determination of Valedictorian/Salutatorian
When a class of students completes the eighth grade, Salisbury Academy holds a graduation
ceremony in celebration of the event; traditionally, two students (and occasionally more) are
honored with the titles of either Valedictorian or Salutatorian. Determination of this status is
based upon the Core class grades on the students’ sixth through eighth grade report cards. If
needed, previous Core grades, as well as enhancement classes, may be considered when
making the final decision. Further, the possibility does exist that these titles may be shared
among students; this will be determined as needed.
Tardy/Early Dismissal Policy (Grades 1-8)
In an effort to create an environment conducive to learning at Salisbury Academy, we work
diligently to make the most of each teaching moment during the day. To gain maximum benefit
from the Salisbury Academy experience, it is important for our students to be at school
consistently and for the entire school day. We want students to take full advantage of our
learning environment, and to develop good personal and study habits such as being
dependable, punctual, and well-prepared. Through this Tardy / Early Dismissal Policy, we hope
to more fully realize our commitment to help each student develop said skills.
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 Tardy = any arrival after the designated starting time
 Early Dismissal = any dismissal before the designated dismissal time
Excused Tardy / Early Dismissal = the student must present a note from a parent or
guardian to the main office for any tardy or early dismissal caused by illness, family
emergency, or doctor’s appointment
Parents: Morning Greeters will enter the school at 8:05 a.m. After this time, tardy students
should be escorted into the school office by the carpool driver and signed in.
Five tardies in a nine-week period will result in one absence. Tardies will translate into an
absence for the purposes of calculating perfect attendance.
In the following cases, students will not be allowed to participate in that day’s extracurricular
activities (sports, dances, etc.): arrival to school after 10:00 a.m., early dismissal or absence
due to health reasons, early dismissal prior to one hour before regular dismissal, or other
unexcused reasons. Exceptions to this policy will be handled on an individual basis by the
Athletic Director.
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Absences from School
1. If your child is unable to attend school, please call the school office by noon to
make arrangements to have homework available for pickup at the end of the day.
This will give your child’s teacher(s) enough time to pull materials together.
Homework assignments will be available for pick-up after 2:45 p.m., if the above
protocol is followed. Usually Lower School assignments may be picked up at the Main
Office; however, Middle School assignments need to be picked up by a parent at the
student mailbox located in their homeroom.
2. When returning from a school absence, the student must bring a note to the homeroom
teacher stating the reason for the absence in order to be excused.
3. Students leaving school early for any reason should bring a note to the homeroom
teacher and must be signed out in the school office by a parent.
4. The school feels strongly that the school calendar is oriented in such a way as to permit
families to have ample time to vacation together; consequently, we ask that you not
remove your children from school during the course of the academic year. If there is a
need to be absent from school, please contact the homeroom teacher in advance
(preferably two weeks). With sufficient time and proper notification, faculty will do their
best to provide appropriate schoolwork; however, make-up work does not fully replace
missed classroom instruction.
5. If a student misses more than 10 days or has excessive tardies, expect to receive a
letter from the school requiring the parent to connect with the division director to ensure
there is a solid plan in place to have the child attend school on time.
Off Campus Appointments
Please be mindful when scheduling off campus appointments that will interrupt the school day.
The dates of ERB testing, end-of-year field trips, and end-of-year Reflections should be
avoided. In order to minimize classroom disruption, please check your child’s schedule and
plan so they can leave at a break between classes; or possibly have the appointment scheduled
to take place first thing in the morning before arriving to school or at the end of the school day.
Transcript Policy
All students who transfer to other schools must have their transcripts requested by the new
school; transcripts will be sent after all financial obligations to Salisbury Academy are met.
Families may not receive copies of the official permanent record from Salisbury Academy.
Middle School Advisory Program
This program provides students with additional teacher and school community support and
gives parents a more direct line into their children’s successes and struggles. The objectives
include helping students set and measure specific goals, delving more deeply into Core Virtue
connections, building strong relationships among students and across grade levels, serving the
immediate and larger communities, and maintaining strong lines of communication between
students and teachers and between school and home. Each Advisory Teacher leads a group of
7-9 students; groups meet twice weekly.
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Students
Behavior Expectation Policy
The Behavior Expectation policy of Salisbury Academy is designed to support the school’s goal
to create the most positive learning environment for each child. These expectations apply to all
school functions, such as athletic events and field trips, as well as to the regular school day.
This policy requires a firm commitment on the part of all those involved in the life of our school:
the Salisbury Academy staff, our students, and their parents or guardians.
School-wide Student Expectations
1. Students are expected to respect each student and teacher.
2. Students are expected to adhere to the “Hands-off” rule. (The “Hands-off Rule” means that
students are expected to keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves. “Play fighting” is
not allowed.)
3. Students are expected to be honest in all situations.
4. Students are expected to respect all school property (this includes buildings, equipment,
furniture, textbooks, and buses).
5. Students are expected to adhere to the school dress code.
6. Students are expected to attend school regularly, be prepared for the school day, on time and
with the necessary materials.
We are a Love & Logic School:
The faculty and staff at Salisbury Academy believe that a well-behaved student body is
essential for academic success. To achieve this goal, we have adopted a common set of
beliefs based on the Love & Logic Principles, regarding discipline. This set of core beliefs
will be adhered to when dealing with issues and concerns.
1. We believe that students are responsible for solving their own problem with adult
guidance and without causing a problem for anyone else.
2. We believe that students should face consequences instead of punishment whenever
possible.
3. We believe that preserving and/or enhancing the relationship with Staff, Parents and
Students is crucial to successful implementation of disciplinary action.
4. We believe that the adult’s emphasis should be placed on helping students learn new
behaviors instead of “paying” for past deeds.
5. We believe that misbehavior should be viewed as an opportunity for individual problem
solving and preparation for the real world.
What is Love and Logic® ?
Love and Logic® is a method of working with students which was developed by educational
expert Jim Fay, child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline, M.D. and Charles Fay, Ph.D. Love and Logic
has many tools for educators and principals that promote healthy parent/teacher and
teacher/student relationships and positive school-wide discipline. For more information go to
www.loveandlogic.com
Love and Logic helps to:
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Set limits in the classroom
Provide hope and willingness when the going gets tough
Build strong connections between home and school
Manage disruptions
Make teaching and learning more fun and productive
Get and keep students' attention
Build positive student-teacher relationships
Help students own and solve their own problems
Bully proof children, diffuse power struggles, and handle difficult people
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It works because:
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When adults set clear expectations, they hand the problem back to the student who created
it
When students have to solve the problem, they have to think
When students have to think, they learn that decisions have consequences
When students have to deal with consequences, they learn to think
When we allow the students to deal with the consequences, they learn to think before they
cause a problem
When the students learn to ask, "How is my behavior going to affect me?" they have
learned self control
Discipline Process:
Category 1: All minor offenses are handled on the spot in the class, halls, and other areas of
the school and grounds. Staff will talk with the student and give a verbal reminder of
expectations. Common minor offenses, which staff should handle in this manner, include:
 rude behavior to a classmate
 talking out of turn
 not following directions
 disruptive behavior
 minor non-compliance and disobedience
 not being prepared for class
Typical consequences beyond the verbal reminder might include:
 teacher/student conference
 providing choice
 completing the student reflection form (older children may write their reflection, younger
children will discuss this with the teacher.) This is not sent home.
 parent phone call
 student apology
Category 2: A conduct form may be issued in the case of cumulative offenses; when none of
the interventions used in Category 1 have changed the behavior. Before this form is issued, the
teacher would have clarified the expectation and given the student a warning that continuing the
behavior would result in receiving a conduct form.
The form may also be issued in the case of offenses involving safety issues and/or serious
disruption to the learning environment. Students receiving a conduct form will speak with the
division head about the continued misbehavior.
Common offenses for which a conduct form is issued include:
 pushing, fighting, roughhousing
 cursing or profanity
 cumulative violations of those listed in Category 1
 lying, cheating, taking someone else’s property
 disrespect to a staff member
 destruction of school property
 harassment of another child
Logical consequences could include:
 conference with teacher and parent
 school service
 exclusion from school activities
 break detention or silent lunch
 time out in another classroom
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When a conduct form is issued, the following is to be followed:
1. Teachers will allow the student to complete the form in a private manner that explains
the misbehavior
2. Teachers will place a phone call to the parent to discuss the situation
3. Consequences from the teacher will be clearly stated on the form
4. Copy of the form will be submitted to the LS or MS Division Head
5. Parent must sign the form and return it with the child the next school day
6. If the form is not returned, the teacher will follow-up with a phone call to the parents.
Category 3: After the above procedures have shown to be ineffective or an offense is viewed
as more serious, the teacher, Division Head, and Head of School will arrange a parent
conference to review the student’s behavior and determine appropriate actions.
Exceptional Misconduct:
Some behaviors are serious enough that immediate action is required. Consequences for this
could include suspension or expulsion from Salisbury Academy. Some examples of this
include:
 fighting, assault, throwing objects at others
 verbal or physical harassment
 intimidation or bullying
 serious non-compliance, disobedience, insubordination
 theft, possession of stolen property
 creating an unsafe environment
 possession of drugs, alcohol, matches, or weapons
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Salisbury Academy Conduct Form
__________________________________________ has received a Conduct Form as part of Step 2 in
the Salisbury Academy Discipline Process.
Common offenses for which a Conduct Form is issued include:
_____ pushing, fighting, roughhousing
_____ cursing or profanity
_____ cumulative violations of Step 1 offenses
_____ lying, cheating, taking someone else’s property
_____ disrespect to a staff member
_____ destruction of school property
_____ harassment of another child
The following consequence has been issued:
Student Signature
Date
Parent/Guardian Signature
Teacher Signature
Date
Date
Student MUST return this form with Parent/Guardian Signature the next school day.
When a Conduct Form is issued, the following is to be followed:
1. Teachers will allow the student to complete the form in a private manner that explains the
misbehavior.
2. Consequences from the teacher will be clearly stated on the form.
3. Copy of the form will be submitted to the LS or MS Division Head.
4. Parent must sign the form and return it with the child the next school day.
5. If the form is not returned, the teacher will follow-up with a phone call to the parents.
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Recess:
The school has ample space and facilities for recess during lunch or snack for
all students. To maintain a high level of safety while the students play, we insist:
1. Students are responsible for their safety and the safety of others.
2. Students use the equipment and areas correctly.
3. Students use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to avoid fights and other forms of
aggression.
4. Games and toys may not be brought from home for use at recess.
5. Electronic toys and cell phones are not allowed at school at any time.
6. Proper shoes with closed toes and gripping soles are useful for climbing.
7. Well-insulated clothing should be available during winter months.
8. No trading cards of any type are allowed at school. Students should do their trading at
home rather than at school or on the bus.
Student Dress Code
1. Students should dress comfortably and within the uniform guidelines (no uniforms for
JK/K students).
2. Sneakers, tennis shoes, or other rubber-soled and comfortable shoes are recommended
due to the students’ active schedule.
3. Please refer to the Salisbury Academy Uniform Policy (uniforms for first grade through
eighth grade students) on the school website for more information.
4. All students must wear tennis shoes to PE class.
Outdoor Activities
1. Students will play outside every day unless the weather is wet, very cold, or very windy.
Students should have appropriate outerwear, including gloves and hats.
2. Please send a note if your child should not participate in outdoor activities.
Giving Messages to Students during the School Day
In order to minimize distractions in the classroom, please limit requests to send messages to the
students during the school day to emergency needs only.
Bullying/Cyber-bullying
It is the policy of Salisbury Academy to maintain a learning environment for students that is free
from all forms of bullying, intimidation, or harassment. Bullying, intimidation, and harassment are
disrespectful of the dignity of others, undermine a healthy school climate, and detract from
learning. These forms of misbehavior create unnecessary anxiety that affects the ability or
desire of a student to attend school, learn in school, travel on the school bus, feel safe in school
areas such as the playground or dining hall, or participate in special or extracurricular activities.
A fundamental premise of this policy and expectation regarding conduct is that the dignity of
individuals must be respected.
1. Intimidation is defined as forcing into or deterring from some action by inducing fear.
2. Harassment is defined as repeatedly disturbing, tormenting, pestering or bothering.
3. Bullying takes many forms, occurs in many settings, and may occur on a single occasion
or repeatedly over time. It typically involves repeated acts by a student intended to harm
or exert unwarranted control over another student. Placing another in reasonable fear of
such harm is also classified as bullying.
A form of bullying that deserves special note is cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is being cruel by
sending or posting harmful material using the Internet or other digital technologies. It includes
direct harassment and indirect activities of social cruelty that are intended to damage the
reputation or interfere with the relationships of the student targeted. Examples include posting
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harmful material, impersonating another student, disseminating personal information or images,
and activities that result in exclusion.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones are not to be used during school hours, between 7:45 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. Cell phones
are only to be used after school with staff permission. If a student brings a cell phone to school,
it should be kept in a locker or a backpack for the entire day. Making calls, texting, or checking
messages is not permitted. Cell phones seen by the faculty/staff/administration will be
confiscated and may be picked up in the office at the end of the day. On a second or
subsequent offense, consequences of cell phone use may include detention or other disciplinary
action.
Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Salisbury Academy offers students the opportunity to examine a broad range of opinions and
ideas in the educational process, including the privilege to communicate and access information
on the Internet and other electronic networks. This Acceptable Use Policy shall apply to all
students of Salisbury Academy.
1. All users of technology will adhere to the Salisbury Academy Acceptable Use Policy.
2. Staff and students are responsible for the educational, ethical and legal use of the
Internet and materials obtained through the Internet and other electronic networks.
3. Any student working on the computer must have adult supervision by a parent or
Salisbury Academy faculty/staff member, or special permission.
4. Those who fail to adhere to this policy are subject to disciplinary action by the Head of
School.
Google Apps for Education
Salisbury Academy uses Google Apps for Education, a suite of free productivity tools. Our
primary reasons for supplying these tools to students are:
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Anytime, anywhere access - Google Apps works in any browser on any computer, which
means you can access your documents from school or at home.
No flash drives are required with documents and files stored in Google Docs.
Students can easily collaborate on group projects.
Teachers can be involved throughout the whole assignment process providing comments
and feedback directly in the documents.
Please keep in mind that everyone must use these tools responsibly. Responsible use
includes:
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Using Google accounts (as well as other Web 2.0 accounts) for school purposes.
Using all Web 2.0 tools in ways that do not bully, harass, or make others feel
uncomfortable.
Using school-appropriate language and images in all communications and creations
respecting the work and privacy of others using the tools.
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General
After-School Care/After-School Kids (ASK) Program
JK/K students will have after-school care at the kindergarten building. Pick-up time is 6 p.m. You
may contact Mrs. Moss for inquiries at: pmoss@salisburyacademy.org.
Lower and middle school students will have the opportunity to participate in an after-school
program at Salisbury Academy. Students will go to their respective sites after designated pickup time ends. Their afternoons include snack, study hall, and free play. Any student who
participates in the lower school ASK or middle school ASK must be picked up by a
parent/guardian no later than 6 p.m., M-F. Subsequently, if a child is picked up later than 6
p.m., the LS/MS ASK Director has permission to charge a late pick-up fee of $25 in addition to
the daily/monthly cost of ASK. Please contact Elizabeth Bergsma with questions at:
ebergsma@salisburyacademy.org.
ASK charges will be billed monthly, if not prepaid. Any student whose account is two months
past-due will not be permitted to stay in after-school care or participate in Extended Day unless
the account is brought current. Additionally, late pick-ups can result in dismissal from the ASK
program.
Extended Day
SA offers Extended Day on Fridays. Extended Day will offer various enrichment activities for
both the lower school and middle school from early release until 3:15 p.m. each Friday that ASK
is in session. There will be a $5 fee for Extended Day.
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ASK and Club Schedules and Fees:
2016-2017 Lower School ASK (After School Kids)
Who:
Open to all Lower School students (Grades 1-4)
What:
A supervised time for snack, homework, and recreation.
When:
Monday through Thursday until 6 p.m.
Friday, 3:15 - 6 p.m.
(See Master Calendar for Exemptions)
Where:
Monday-Thursday schedule
2:55 – 3:15 p.m. - Check-in and snack in gymnasium
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. - Recreation time outside or in the gym
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. – Homework/reading time in ASK pick-up room
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Games/puzzles in ASK pick-up room
Friday schedule
1:20 – 3:00 p.m. – Extended Day
3:15 – ASK begins
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Recreation time outside or in the gym
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Games/puzzles ASK pick-up room
Cost:
Extended Day: $5 per day
ASK: $9.00 per day
Families will be billed at the end of the month based on Extended Day and ASK attendance.
Checks made payable to Salisbury Academy.
*If a child is picked up later than 6 p.m., the Director has permission to charge a late pick-up fee
of $25 in addition to the daily/monthly cost of ASK.
*Students who remain on campus after 3:00 p.m. must be under the direct care of the ASK
Director, a teacher, or a parent/guardian.
*Students have the option to return to after-school care from activities that end before 6:00 p.m.
*Students should always bring a snack, water bottle, weather-appropriate clothing, and a book
to read.
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2016-2017 Middle School ASK (After School Kids)
Who:
Open to all Middle School students (Grades 5-8)
What:
A supervised time for snack, homework, and recreation.
When:
Monday through Thursday until 6 p.m.
Friday, 3:15 - 6 p.m.
(See Master Calendar for Exemptions)
Where:
Monday-Thursday schedule
3:05 - 3:30 p.m. - Check-in and snack (stage/gym)
3:30 - 4:15 p.m. – Supervised homework time in ASK pick-up room (6th grade)
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. – Recreation outside or in gym
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – ASK pick-up Room
Friday schedule
1:20 - 3:00 p.m. – Extended Day
3:15 – ASK begins
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Recreation outside or in gym
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Games/puzzles in ASK pick-up room
Cost:
Extended Day: $5 per day
ASK: $9.00 per day
Carpool
1. We ask that you fill out and return a “Carpool Permission Form,” obtained from the
Salisbury Academy website; this form will detail those typically responsible for picking up
your child.
2. In order to ensure the safety of our students, at the end of each school day; Salisbury
Academy will release children in Junior Kindergarten through eighth grade ONLY to
adults specified on the standard release form.
3. Parents who carpool should coordinate schedules and provide the school with a copy of
the schedule.
4. Please notify the staff about any changes in the regular carpool schedule by sending a
note to the homeroom teacher or calling the school before your child’s scheduled
lunchtime.
Drills
1. Fire Drills are held on a monthly basis within the guidelines of the Salisbury Fire
Department. The Fire Marshall visits the school regularly.
2. Tornado Drills are held three times year.
3. Critical Incident Drills will be scheduled as appropriate.
4. Lockdown Drills are held at the discretion of administration and local law enforcement.
Students, staff, and visitors are expected to comply with the safety measures
implemented during these procedures.
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Drivers for Field Trips/Sports Policy
In keeping with the on-going legal requirements of the state of North Carolina, and our
insurance policies, at the start of the school year all drivers of field trips, sports, etc. will be
required to submit driving record information. The following information will be held in strictest
confidence.
a. Copy of Driver’s License
b. Notification of any health issues or related problems which could impair your
ability to drive safely
c. Vehicle to be driven, make, model and year
d. Confirmation that the vehicle has a current date inspection
e. Confirmation of insurance coverage for the vehicle (copy of id card or policy
page attached)
f. Department of Motor Vehicle Driving Record. (Multiple speeding, DUI, major
vehicle infractions, etc. will preclude volunteers from driving our children.)
Please contact the DMV well in advance to satisfy this requirement.
To obtain a copy of your North Carolina driving record please go to the
following website:
http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/online/records/
The fee is $11.00.
In order to be in compliance with our insurance company’s requirements, if permission
was granted to a volunteer during the 2014-2015 school year, and we currently have upto-date driving record items on file, the volunteer has permission to drive students during
the 2015-2016 school year without submitting additional paperwork. If permission was
granted to volunteer during 2014-2015 school year but driving record items have since
changed in any way, (new vehicle, new insurance cards, license renewal, or ticket)
volunteer is responsible for submitting updated information to Salisbury Academy before
driving students to any 2015-2016 school-sponsored activity or event. Of note, our
insurance company requires that every three years a new MVR (motor vehicle report) be
submitted to Salisbury Academy.
Front Desk Office Hours
7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
7:45 a.m. to 1:40 p.m., Friday
Office hours during the summer months are abbreviated. Please call ahead to inquire.
Habits, Health and Illness
1. Parents will be called to pick up their child if the child has fever, is vomiting, has a
bathroom accident, or demonstrates distress that preempts learning.
2. Students are expected to come to school rested and in good health. If a child becomes
ill during the school day, parents will be contacted. The school is not equipped to handle
extensive medical needs. Please be certain that we have updated phone numbers on
file in case of an emergency.
3. The school will inform parents of any outbreaks of serious communicable diseases at the
school.
4. When your child is feeling “under the weather” and stays home from school, please
make sure that he/she is FEVER FREE for at least 24 HOURS WITHOUT THE USE OF
A FEVER REDUCER for at least 24 HOURS before returning to school. We also ask
that any childhood diseases (i.e. chicken pox) are diagnosed by a pediatrician. A
doctor’s note specifying the diagnosis and any special considerations will need to be
filed in the office when your child returns to school.
5. Medications, prescription or non-prescription, will not be administered without written
instruction from the parent. Parents should sign appropriate permission forms, to be
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kept in the student’s permanent file. Medical alert documentation is emailed to parents
anytime over-the-counter medicines are administered to your son/daughter.
6. When sending in medications from home, all items must be labeled as follows:
a. Name of student
b. Name of medicine
c. Purpose of medicine
d. Proper dosage of medicine
e. Directions for administering medicine
7. Prescription medications should be in a container labeled by a pharmacist which
includes the
a. Date
b. Name of prescribing doctor
c. Telephone number of pharmacist
Head Lice
Head lice are non-discriminatory. To prevent the spread of head lice, any child found to have
head lice will need to leave school for immediate treatment with the appropriate medicated
shampoo. The student will be returned to class when found to be completely free of lice and
nits either by our faculty and staff at Salisbury Academy or a health care professional outside
the school. Such measures help prevent the spread of this nuisance in our school. Please
check with your pediatrician for specific treatment instructions.
Immunization Records
In compliance with the North Carolina State requirements for school-aged children, all students
in grades kindergarten and 7th Salisbury Academy must have up-to-date immunization shots
and parents must provide proof of the immunizations through official doctors’ records. Students
who do not have these records on file within 30 days of the start of school for the calendar
academic year will not be allowed to return to the school campus until such time as proof of
immunization is provided.
See www.immunize.nc.gov for changes to vaccination requirements as of July 1, 2015.
Safety Policy Statement of Salisbury Academy:
We consider the safety and well-being of students, employees and the general public of prime
importance in all school activities. Consequently, we must strive to provide a safe school
environment by ensuring that:
1. All students and employees are provided all reasonable safeguards to ensure safe
educational and working conditions.
2. All instructional material, equipment, tools, machines and vehicles are maintained in
good working condition.
3. Any unsafe condition or practice noticed by an employee will be corrected by
administration.
4. We continue to comply with federal, state and local laws regarding accident prevention.
Responsibility for developing, directing and coordinating all safety policies and activities rests
with the Head of School.
HIPAA Privacy Notice
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
requires, among other things, that individually identifiable health information
be kept private and confidential. The school will make every reasonable effort
to maintain the privacy of the personal health information of its students. The
school will use and disclose health information only as allowed by federal law
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Food Allergy Policy
In an effort to maintain a safe environment for all students, Salisbury Academy has developed
the following guidelines for students with sever food allergies, recognizing that it is impossible
for the school to insure that the environment is completely risk-free at all times. Parents should
work with their child to educate him or her as to what foods should be avoided and what to
do in case of suspected or known ingestion of an allergen.
• Parents of children with severe food allergies must provide a Food Allergy
Action Plan before the first day of school.
• Parents must provide an EpiPen for their child, where appropriate.
EpiPens will be kept in front office and available for teachers to take on all field trips
• Student allergy profiles are posted in Renweb and made available to all faculty/staff/coaches
• An EpiPen and a copy of the student’s Food Allergy Action Plan should
accompany the student on all field trips and athletics events.
• Parents of students with severe food allergies should clearly inform faculty and
staff of what foods their child may eat and what foods are to be avoided. Parents
should provide an alternative snack or meal for the lunchroom, parties, trips,
classroom activities, etc. if they are concerned about their child’s consumption
of an allergen. Barring specific parent directions, faculty and staff will withhold any food items
that are questionable.
Holidays and Birthdays
1. Students participate in parties during holidays throughout the school year. Homeroom
teachers will give grade parents specific dates for these activities. Grade parents will
notify parents of these dates well in advance of the party date. Attendance of parents
and siblings to school sponsored parties will be left to the individual teacher’s discretion.
2. Birthday children in Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be grouped for a common
birthday.
3. Birthdays for all students are recognized during our weekly Chapel service.
4. Parents should coordinate with the teacher if they plan to provide special treats for
birthdays. This is most appropriate during lunch or snack period.
5. Please do not distribute party invitations at school unless all students in the class are
invited; the exchanging of gifts at school is inappropriate and not permitted. We are a
close community, and exclusion from a party for any child can be a very hurtful
experience. Please keep this in mind as you plan parties during the year.
6. No school sponsored off-campus End of Year parties will be allowed.
Inclement Weather
1. In the event of inclement weather, announcements are broadcast on local TV stations
concerning school closing, late opening or early dismissal for each day. The television
stations are WSOC –TV Channel 9, Charlotte; WBTV Channel 3, Charlotte, and
News 14 Carolina.
2. Additionally, Salisbury Academy employs the use of a telephone communication system
as a method of informing our parents quickly of changes to the schedule. Parents may
receive a call and/or text message identified as “Salisbury Academy” with a message
from our Head of School and/or Director of Marketing and Communications regarding
cancellations and delays.
3. Please also refer to the local weather reports, and the Salisbury Academy website
and Facebook page.
4. Most importantly, please use your own judgment should you feel the weather prevents
you from safely traveling to school.
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Lost and Found
1. Parents are requested to label all belongings – sweaters, coats, jackets, raincoats, hats,
lunch bags, etc.
2. Students will be instructed where to store their outerwear and reminded to get them at
the end of the day.
3. Lost and Found is located in the gym (and sometimes moved to the hallway for special
events).
4. Periodically, all unclaimed articles are donated to the uniform closet or to charity.
Lunch and Snacks
1. Hot and cold lunches are available for purchase Monday through Friday in grades 1 – 8
through Mr. Gatti’s. Parents will deal directly with this company. Please direct all
questions and/or comments to Nancy Gokey at Mr. Gatti’s at
nsebastiangokey@yahoo.com.
2. Should SA cancel classes due to inclement weather, parents may receive a credit for
lunches previously ordered from Mr. Gatti’s on the following month’s lunch menu using
the steps listed below:
 Write a note on following month’s lunch menu to indicate which dates a lunch
order was affected by inclement weather.
 Subtract the dollar amount owed from the total amount due and make the check
payable to Mr. Gatti’s.
3. JK/K Parents may sign up for a 3-day lunch plan via information sent home from school.
4. Students may bring a bag lunch. Nutritious snacks such as apples or other fruits,
cheese crackers, cereal, carrots, etc. are encouraged. Students should have individual
lunch boxes with his/her name clearly written on the outside.
5. We are striving to be a peanut aware site; please be sure to check with your teacher
to ensure the safety of all of our students.
6. Lunches brought in to school will be placed in a basket outside the Main Office. The
student will be responsible for picking up their lunch from the basket.
NC Child Passenger Safety Law
Per Salisbury Police Department, NC law states that children must be properly restrained in an
appropriate car seat or booster until they are 8 years old or 80lbs., whichever comes first.
For a child more than 40lbs., and up to 80lb:
Type of car seat- Highback or backless booster
Car seat position-Forward-facing car seat position
Booster seat must be used with both lap and shoulder belts
Make sure lap belt fits low on the hips or upper thighs
Use shoulder belt-positioning clip to properly fit the shoulder belt if needed
Never use a booster seat with only a lap belt
More than 80lbs and at least 4’9” tall:
Lap/shoulder safety belt
Child sits all the way back against vehicle seat
Knees bend comfortably at the edge of the seat
Belt crosses shoulder between neck and arm
Lap belt is low, touching hips or upper thighs
No car seat.
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Nondiscrimination/Sexual Harassment Policy
It is expected that all faculty, staff, students, parents, and volunteers will treat each other with
the respect, courtesy, and supportiveness that the school’s mission and philosophy statements
imply. Behavior which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment on the
basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability is
discrimination that will not be tolerated by the school. This includes any type of bullying.
This policy extends to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment. Unwelcome
sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature will not be condoned or permitted. This prohibition extends to such harassment within
the employment context as well as harassment of and between students. It also shall be
deemed sexual misconduct for any adult at Salisbury Academy School to engage in any sexual
behavior with any child at the school, without regard to whether or not that behavior is deemed
welcome.
Any employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to unlawful harassment or who
witnesses or learns of such conduct in violation of the law or Salisbury Academy School’s
policies should immediately contact the Head of School, any Lead Teacher, or if more
comfortable, the chair of the Board of Trustees. Any student who believes that he or she has
been subjected to such behavior should contact any adult employed by or affiliated with the
school with whom he or she feels comfortable. If notification is made to a person other than the
Head of School, that person should notify the Head of School immediately. If, however, the
Head of School is the subject of the complaint, notification should be made to the Chair of the
Board. Those who perceive that they have been or are being subjected to harassment also are
encouraged to advise the offender immediately that such conduct is offensive and unwelcome.
No person will be retaliated against for making a complaint of harassment, and all complaints
will be promptly investigated with appropriate confidentiality in the manner prescribed by the
school’s policies and procedures. The Board of Trustees has been provided with a copy of this
statement and copies of any and all school policies relating to filing or notification of a complaint,
investigation of complaints pursuant to this statement, and potential disciplinary actions.
Violations of this policy will be grounds for appropriate disciplinary action, including, but not
limited to, suspension or termination of employment, or suspension or expulsion from school.
Students should be advised that the above policy applies to all Salisbury Academy students and
will be strictly enforced through the school’s Behavior Expectation Policy. Please refer to that
policy and know that all disciplinary measures will be documented and placed in the student’s
permanent file.
Visitors
Regardless of the time of day, all parents and visitors MUST enter through the Main Office, sign
in, and receive a “Visitor’s Badge” before entering the school hallways and classrooms. All
visitors must sign out and exit through the Main Office. This procedure will ensure the safety of
our children; total adherence is required of all visitors to our school.
When do I need an Appointment with Faculty or Staff?
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to visit a classroom
to speak with a teacher, Athletic Director, Division Head, or Head of School
to speak with Director of Marketing and Communications, Business Manager, and
Director of Admissions.
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Parents
Communication
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Monday folders – 2 way communication
Parents Web
SA website/Social Media
Email
Parent/teacher conferences
Jaguar Weekly
Progress reports/report cards
Financial Responsibilities
All financial obligations to Salisbury Academy must be met in a timely fashion by parents or the
party financially responsible. Should a financial concern arise, please contact the Business
Manager as soon as possible.
A $25 fee will be assessed on any and all returned checks received by Salisbury Academy.
This fee also applies to tuition drafts that do not clear your bank.
The following procedures govern payments and collections efforts:
Students/Parents Who Leave the School: The accounts of families with outstanding balances
who leave the school will be sent to a collection agency. The agency will send the individuals a
Demand Letter allowing the recipient either to settle the account or to make reasonable
arrangements for payment. If the firm does not hear from the individual after thirty days, the
account will be turned over to the credit bureau.
Current Students/Families: Families that fall behind in their payments will be subject to a
graduated level of collection efforts.
1. Salisbury Academy will withhold student grades for families that have an outstanding
overdue balance (tuition, after-school care, activity fees, etc.) at the end of any given
quarter.
2. If a family has an overdue balance at the end of any semester, the student(s) will not be
permitted to return for the following semester until the account is brought up to date. If
an eighth grader has an overdue balance at the end of the second semester, he/she will
not receive transcripts or a diploma until the balance is paid in full.
3. Re-enrollment contracts are contingent upon a zero balance for the previous school
year. Families with a balance due at June 30 will forfeit their enrollment for the upcoming
year.
4. All materials must be returned in good condition or a fee will be assessed.
Salisbury Academy appreciates that a family’s financial situation may change from time to time
and is willing to consider mutually beneficial alternatives. Communication between parents and
the school is the key.
Tuition and Fees Payments:
We are pleased to offer you a convenient and secure method to process your payments to
Salisbury Academy. All tuition and fee payments will be made using FACTS unless special
arrangements have been made with the business office. Your online account will show the
balances due for tuition and fees plus any incidentals billed throughout the year for your
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student(s). Payment options now include ACH bank draft or Credit Card. Please call the
Business Office at (704) 636-3002 if you have any questions about your FACTS account.
Should you need to contact FACTS directly, please call FACTS Customer Service at (866) 4414637.
You may use the direct link to FACTS to sign-in or create your account.
https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4KDYG
Re-Enrollment
Salisbury Academy’s Continuous Enrollment Contracts provide our families with the
convenience of once enrolled, always enrolled at SA. Rather than signing a new contract each
year, a continuous enrollment contract means you are automatically re-enrolled unless you
notify the admissions office otherwise. Each new year we will mail you a letter about the
upcoming year with instructions on how to update your profile if there are any changes. If a
student will not be returning the following year, parents must notify the Salisbury Academy
admissions office and Head of School in writing by February 14th of the current school year.
Reimbursements for Purchases
If a purchase is made by a parent expecting reimbursement for the expenditure, the
reimbursement will not include sales tax, as the school cannot file a claim with the State for
sales tax refund on reimbursements.
Parents with Questions
Parents with Questions
Appropriate Staff or Faculty Member
(concerning issues for which that person is directly
responsible)
Lower School or Middle School
Division Head
(for curriculum, program, & academic assistance issues)
Head of School / Headmaster
(if issue is still unresolved)
Admissions and Withdrawals
The school retains the right to suspend or dismiss any student whose progress
or conduct is deemed unsatisfactory or whose influence does not serve the best
interest of the school; or if the school concludes that the actions of a parent
make a positive relationship with the school impossible. Those students whose
account payments are not kept current also will be withdrawn from the school.
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Giving Culture
As an independent School, Salisbury Academy relies on tuition and fees to financially support
the costs of our exemplary learning environment. Tuition and fees at Salisbury Academy
account for approximately 80% of our annual operating budget. The remaining 20% is funded by
generous support from corporate and individual friends of Salisbury Academy. The following
corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available:
The Annual Fund
The mark of any great independent school is a strong Annual Fund, both in dollars raised and in
parent participation. Unrestricted, tax-deductible gifts to the Annaul Fund help to School meet its
budgetary goals and empower Salisbury Academy in:
 Engaging Minds - Building Futures
o Encouraging and supporting innovation in the classroom
o Providing professional development opportunities for our faculty
o Enriching the arts, athletics, and co-curricular programs
 Gifts to the Annual Fund allow us to offer our students an exceptional educational
experience that will prepare them to adapt and innovate. We ask every family to support
the Annual Fund each year with a tax-deductible gift.
Spring Gala
This annual auction has become the premier event for the Salisbury community and Salisbury
Academy’s largest fundraiser. Funds raised from event contributions and auction purchases
provide the following to Salisbury Academy and the Salisbury community:
 Need-based scholarships to attend Salisbury Academy
 Funding for Rowan-Salisbury high school students to participate in Broyhill Leadership
Conference
 Financial support for Salisbury Academy’s service learning program
Kidsbloom
Kidsbloom is an energetic, family-friendly festival hosted by Parents of Salisbury Academy
(PSA) each spring. The day includes games, activities, food, a raffle, a silent auction featuring
fantastic offers from local vendors and – most importantly – artistic creations from our very own
students. Using proceeds from the raffle drawing, PSA presents the school with a gift from the
“wish list.” Past gifts include purchase of a 42-passenger bus, sound system installation for our
gymnasium, and a set of 120 folding chairs. The remaining proceeds are used to supplement
our operating budget.
Other Opportunities
Other fundraising and sponsorship opportunities that support Salisbury Academy include:
 Corporate Sponsorships
 Booster Club
 Fall Fundraiser wrapping paper Sale
 Yearbook Ads
 Restricted and unrestricted giving opportunities
 Naming opportunities available for major gifts
For more information about any of these opportunities, contact Beverly Fowler at 704.636.3002
or bfowler@salisbury academy.org
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Family Directory: Access via Parents Web
Each parent or guardian will have his or her own log in information for ParentsWeb. Please visit
our website at www.salisburyacademy.org and click on the ParentsWeb button located in the
top right-hand corner. This will take you to a screen that will ask you to set up your account.
During this process you will need to use the school’s district code (SA-NC) and your primary email address on file with Salisbury Academy. If you have questions about which e-mail address
is primary, please e-mail Lizzy Roy at lroy@salisburyacademy.org.
To set up your account follow these steps:
1. Type the Salisbury Academy District Code (SA-NC).
2. Click Create New ParentsWeb Account.
3. Type your email address and an email is sent to you.
4. Once you receive the email, click the click to change password link. This link is only valid
for 30 minutes. A web browser displays your Name and RenWeb ID.
5. Type a User Name, Password and confirm the password.
6. Click Save Password.
7. A message displays at the top of the browser, "User Name/Password successfully updated."
You can now log into ParentsWeb using your new User Name and Password.
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