Students are expected to follow the guidelines of decency and proper respect for others. Student attire must be appropriate for the time of year and the activities in which the student will be participating. General rules of decorum include no midriffs showing, no hats in the building, no short shorts, no undergarments showing, no profanity or obscenities on clothing, and no see through clothing.
Clothing is to be a proper fit for the child and must be properly worn, i.e., regular floor length pants, worn at waist level, and not excessively baggy. Clothing is to be clean and in good repair. Buttons, studs, headscarves, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, patches, pins, or accessories that are considered offensive and disruptive (sexually suggestive, profane, obscene, tobacco or alcohol advertisements, etc.) are not permitted.
Sunglasses, hats, coats, and jackets may not be worn int he hallways unless prescribed by a physician or for religious purposes.
Parents are urged to see that their children are properly dressed for inclement or cold weather. Students do not go outdoors if the temperature of below 20 degrees F.
Students are expected to be at school every day so they do not miss valuable instructional time.
If your child is going to be absent please call the Academy before 9:00 AM. Parents are asked to send a written note with the child the next school day. The note must include:
- student’s name
- date absent
- reason for absence from school
- parent’s signature, and
- telephone number where parent can be reached
Parents must contact the school and send a note for the absence to be excused.
Excused absences may be granted for the following reasons:
- Illness of the student. A doctor or dentist statement is required. A statement of illness must be presented if a student is absent more than three consecutive days or more than ten total absences.
- Illness in the immediate family, which requires absence of the student from school.
- Death in the immediate family (should not exceed five days).
- Religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith. A statement from the minister or other person recognized by the religious group may be required.
- Absences for other reasons as approved by the Principal upon request of the parent.
A student who is absent for ten consecutive days will be withdrawn from the Academy unless the parent or guardian has given advance notice to the Principal and the Principal has granted approval.
A student who has more than twelve unexcused absences will not be promoted to the next grade unless the student demonstrates “on grade level knowledge” on an external criterion referenced test that measures State Grade Level Content Expectations or the parent and student have entered an Attendance Intervention Plan and the family corrects the attendance problem and demonstrates on grade level achievement.
Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after the school day begins at 8:15 AM. A tardy student must report to the office upon arrival with an adult to receive a tardy slip for admittance to class. A student who is tardy three times will receive a warning letter sent home to the parents for the parent’s signature. Nine tardies will result in a one-day suspension from school.
There are times when a deviation from a student’s normal school schedule is necessary. Tardiness will be excused under the following circumstances:
- Medical appointments (accompanied by a written doctor’s notice)
- Death in the family
- Legally required presence at a court proceeding
- School-sponsored extra-curricular activities
- Religious observations
- Severe weather, fires, family tragedies
School hours are 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM.
Upon arrival at school, students must enter the building, proceed to the cafeteria for breakfast, and then wait for their teachers to escort them to class. All students are expected to be in their classrooms at the beginning of the school day.
Student Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival and dismissal of students will be supervised by a staff member from 7:55 AM – 8:00 AM each morning. Buses will load and unload students in the front of the building. Students not using buses are to enter the building using the front doors closest to the cafeteria. Parents are to enter and exit the parking lot from McLaughlin Street.
All students who arrive after the school day has begun must be signed in at the office by an adult upon arrival to receive a pass to class.
Students who do not ride the bus are to be picked up no later than 3:30 by a parent or legal guardian.