Below are our policies and procedures from the Student-Parent Handbook.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome From The Principal
Philosophy and Purpose
Philosophy of Christian Education
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Requirements for Admission
Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities After an Absence
Academic Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities
Additional Requirements for Student Government
Promotion or Retention
Release of Transcripts
Standards of Christian Conduct
Regular School Dress
Elementary Discipline Policy
Secondary Discipline Policy
Suspension from School
Readmission after Disciplinary Absence
Additional Reasons for Dismissal
Biblical Response to Questionable Situations
After School Care
Divorce and Separation
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Lunches and Lunchroom
Non-Payment of Tuition/Fees
Illness, Injury, & Medication
Use of Cell Phones, Electronic Devices, and Laptops
Student/Parent Agreement Clause
WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL
We are excited about the start of a new school year! This school year will be a wonderful year of transition for Calvary Christian School. We welcome back those students who are returning and add a special welcome to those who are new to Calvary this year. This new year will present all kinds of opportunities and challenges as we seek to develop in Christ-likeness.
We appreciate your interest and commitment to our school as we seek to fulfill our commitment to the education of your children. To accomplish this, Calvary is committed to providing a Christian education that is founded on God’s Word as the basis for every academic discipline and extracurricular activity. On this foundation, Calvary seeks to develop each student through structure, discipline and excellence in all aspects of daily life.
The faculty and staff are dedicated Christians who have committed themselves to the ministry of helping you train your children. Each teacher has committed to pray for your students and is eager to point them to Christ through their teaching and example. Understanding the absolute necessity of God’s leadership and wisdom, we ask that you commit to pray for us and the ministry of Calvary Christian School. We look forward to having the opportunity to serve with you as we serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
For His Glory,
Mark N. Roland
PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE
Calvary Christian School stands without apology for the Bible, and its standards are an integral part of our regulations. It is understood that attendance at Calvary Christian School is a privilege and not a right. Any student who does not conform to the standards and regulations of this school may forfeit this opportunity. The administration may at any time request the withdrawal of any student who in the opinion of the administration does not fit into the school philosophy or refuses to conform to the rules and regulations. It is the hope and desire of the administration that each student will have a strong respect for the philosophies and aims of Calvary Christian School.
In 1974, under the leadership of Robert S. Weeks and John A. Gregory, Calvary Christian School was founded as a ministry of Calvary Bible Church. Initially, only kindergarten through second grade was offered, and later, grades three through twelve were added. Enrollment steadily increased over the years resulting in ever-expanding academic, fine arts, and sports programs that provide a well-rounded education.
PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
We believe there are three essential components for the successful education of the child. These three components are listed in order of responsibility to God for the training of godly men and women.
1. Parents – The God-given primary responsibility for the training and education of children is that of the parents. The success of a student at Calvary will be directly correlated with his parents’ faith in Christ as personal Savior and their commitment to honoring God’s Word in separating from the sinful practices and lifestyles of the unsaved world.
2. Church – Next in importance is the ministry of the local church in the life of the family. We strongly encourage every family to be committed, through attendance and participation, to a “Biblical” church. A “Biblical” church is a church that adheres to the fundamentals of the Christian faith and endeavors to keep itself pure from worldly practices and ecumenical movements (toleration of unbiblical teaching and practice).
3. School – Finally, and in proper order, is the school that the parents have chosen to help them with the education of their children. The school will never be able to stand in place of the parents or church. However, in proper order these three components play a stabilizing and strengthening role in the education and development of a child.
When these three are in agreement in philosophy, standards, and convictions, the outcome will be the development of men and women who are firmly grounded in Truth and able to function faithfully in the world around them. When there is inconsistency and disagreement in these three, there is a propensity toward disrespect for one of these authorities and may result in rebellion to authority in the life of the child.
Calvary Christian School is a ministry of Calvary Bible Church and is the extension of the Christian home. We believe there is a Biblical perspective for every academic discipline. We believe that true knowledge can be gained only as each discipline is taught and learned from the perspective of the principles of God’s Word.
The purpose of Calvary Christian School is to give each student the maximum knowledge of the various subjects and the essentials of culture in the light of God’s Word, “That in all things He might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18). Even though knowledge is factually the same for the believer and unbeliever, no subject can be taught in its truth if the Originator is ignored. Recognizing that spiritual truths are spiritually discerned, only teachers who have personally accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord can possibly teach in a way pleasing to God. Consequently, only a Christian school with born-again teachers can give a child the education God expects in keeping with His instruction in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when his is old, he will not depart from it.” Our entire school program is designed to help parents fulfill this command of God. Any parent with different educational and spiritual expectations for his child is likely to be dissatisfied with Calvary Christian School.
At Calvary we will accomplish this purpose by achieving these goals:
§ To proclaim the Gospel of Christ to each student,
§ For each student to come to trust Christ as Lord and Savior,
§ For each student to read, reason from, and understand God’s Word and relate its truths to the daily aspects of life,
§ For each student to understand and live according to Biblical principles of righteous living,
§ To provide excellent academic training, stressing core curriculum,
§ That each student has a Biblical basis for social and physical development so that they can function as godly influences in our society and nation.
Calvary Christian School is a ministry of Calvary Bible Church, a fundamental, independent, Bible-believing church. Because the church practices separation from worldliness and ecumenism, Calvary Christian School does not have an open enrollment policy. Each student entering into the middle and high school must be approved by our Administrative Board.
As a ministry of Calvary Bible Church, we set standards that are consistent for the families within the ministry. We wish to offer a place of refuge and security from the philosophies and deeds of the world. We consider it a sacred trust that we hold for these families. We extend invitation to those outside our church only as long as they are willing to maintain these standards in word and action.
STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Calvary Christian School admits students of any race, national, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, national, or ethnic origin, administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic or other school administered programs.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR KINDERGARTEN DIVISION (Pre-School 3 & 4 and K5)
§ K3 (Pre-School 3) students must be three years old by the school start date..
§ K4 (Pre-School 4) students must be four years old by the school start date.
§ K5 (Kindergarten) students must be five years old by September 1.
§ All students in our pre-school and kindergarten classes must be fully toilet-trained. “Pull-ups” or similar training pants are not allowed. Children must be completely independent in the bathroom, without the help or presence of a teacher.
GENERAL ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE
Families considering enrolling their children at Calvary Christian School should follow these steps:
§ Get an information package and take a tour to get acquainted with our school.
§ Complete an application and submit with the non-refundable application fee.
§ Schedule a testing session to determine placement. (Refer to “Entrance Examination” below.)
§ Schedule an interview with the principal.
§ All 5th – 12th grade applicants and their parents review and discuss the policies and procedures handbook with the principal.
Following the above steps:
§ The principal will meet with the Administrative Board to make his recommendation regarding enrollment.
§ The Administrative Board will make a decision regarding enrollment.
§ The school will send a formal communication informing the family of the decision. If the student is accepted, the family will receive information of the steps required to complete enrollment. Typically the family will be required to pay the registration fee and provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate, a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, and the previous school transcripts (as applicable).
To maintain the excellence of our academics and ensure that each class can fulfill its potential, Calvary Christian School requires that students enrolling take our entrance/placement examination. This test is a web-based test designed specifically for Christian schools and is an accurate representation of the demands of our curriculum.
READMISSION AFTER DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Please refer to the “Readmission After Disciplinary Action” section of the handbook under the “Discipline” heading of the handbook.
In order to gain the most from Calvary Christian School, it is important that each student attend school regularly. We recognize that certain absences are unavoidable, and that parents may take their children out of school when they consider it necessary. Such absences, however, do place an extra burden upon both the student and the teacher to complete missed work and may jeopardize the student’s opportunity to receive credit for a given subject. Please note: A student must be present at least half of the school day (four periods) to be counted present.
Students who are tardy or absent must provide a written explanation from a parent explaining the nature of the tardy or absence. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility, not the teacher’s, to have a note explaining the reason for an absence or tardy.
Following any absence, the parent must send a written excuse to school on the day the student returns. Elementary students will take the note to their teacher. Secondary students will deliver it to the office and pick up an Absence Make-Up Form.
An absence is considered “excused” when caused by:
1. personal illness,
2. medical/dental appointments that cannot be scheduled so as not to interfere with classes,
3. death in the family,
4. serious family emergencies, or
5. family or church activities for which the school has been given written notice of at least two days in advance of the absence.
Students will be assigned “Make-Up Work” when a note from the parent stating one of the above reasons is the excuse for the absence.
Absences not defined above will be considered “unexcused.” When a student receives an unexcused absence, there will be an academic penalty subtracted from the daily grade. Homework and tests will be due at the teacher’s discretion without the usual make-up privileges. Students with an unexcused absence on the day of an exam will not be allowed to make-up that exam.
If a student has more than fifteen unexcused absences during the school year, he will be retained. If a secondary student has more than fifteen unexcused absences in any given class, no credit can be given for that class.
An absence for a school activity will be excused, but considered part of the students total absences.
PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AFTER AN ABSENCE
Students participating in elective extracurricular activities such as sports, banquets, etc., will be expected to be in attendance at school for the full day on which the activity occurs. If the activity is on a Saturday, the student should attend school the full day on Friday. Absences excused due to doctor appointments, emergencies, and administrative exceptions are excluded in this policy.
A student who is absent, with either an excused or unexcused absence, will be responsible to make up all work. If a student is absent one day, he should be prepared for all tests and homework upon returning to school. Students with multiple excused absences will be given the number of days absent, plus one additional day, to make up the missed work. (An exception to this policy may be made for a long-term assignment due during the absence and tests assigned before the absence. That work or test may be due the day a student returns to school.) If the work is not turned in upon arrival at school or not made up on time, it will be handled as explained in the section of the handbook entitled “Late Work” found under the “Academics” heading of the handbook.
Elementary teachers work with their absentees on an individual basis to get make-up work completed.
Secondary students should use the forms available from the office to expedite make-up work.
1. The Absence Make-Up Form – This form is used to record assignments to be completed for each class missed during an absence. It is obtained from the office the day the student returns to school to be signed/initialed by each teacher as the make-up work is assigned. This form is the student’s readmission slip back into class following the absence and will be required by the teacher upon his return.
2. The Pre-Excused Absence Form – This form is used to record assignments to be made up by a student who knows he is going to be absent in the near future. Teacher’s sign/initial the form to indicate that the assignments listed are correct. Upon returning from a pre-excused absence, the student will secure the Absence Make-Up Form (described above) to be readmitted to class and to get an update on covered material.
Promptness is an important aspect of character and a measure of school citizenship. Secondary students will be counted as absent for any given class if they have an unexcused tardy of twenty minutes or more. Secondary students will be considered tardy to class if they are not in their seats and prepared for class when the bell finishes ringing.
Students who are tardy must have a written explanation from a parent to the office explaining the nature of the tardy. Consideration for excused tardies will be given to students who arrive late due to inclement weather, unavoidable transportation difficulties, and medical appointments. Students who travel through dense traffic areas should plan extra travel time in order to arrive at school on time. Please note that frequent unexcused tardies for secondary students will result in detention time. (For more information, please refer to the “Secondary Discipline Policy” section under the “Discipline” heading of the handbook.)
Calvary Christian School is a member of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) and the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS). The administrative staff and the instructional staff of Calvary Christian school are well qualified to perform their work. Achievement tests administered annually show our student body to be performing above the national average. Students who have done well here move easily into other private and public schools locally and across the nation.
Based on the biblical mandate in I Corinthians 10:31 that in whatever we do we are to do all to the glory of God, our goal is to strive for excellence in every academic subject as well as in our extracurricular activities. The Christian should always strive to excel for the purpose of glorifying the Lord.
At Calvary Christian School we recognize that Jesus Christ is the source of all knowledge and that according to Proverbs 10:14, “Wise men lay up knowledge.” The Bible is the guide for life; therefore, Bible study is a recognized part of the curriculum of Calvary Christian School. All students have a Bible class that includes Bible study, Bible memorization and practical Christian training. In our elementary, junior high, and high school we use the Bible programs developed by Bob Jones University and Child Evangelism. In the Bible classes and chapel, students are required to use the King James Version of the Bible.
In the elementary school, the ABEKA curriculum (developed by Pensacola Christian College) and the BJU Press curriculum (developed by Bob Jones University) are used. These curricula place a strong emphasis on phonics, reading comprehension, and mathematics. They are superior academic programs enhanced by the Christian philosophy we believe to be necessary for our students.
The high school program is a college preparatory curriculum with textbooks selected to best enhance each subject area. Where possible, we use textbooks by the above-mentioned Christian publishers. Music, speech, and computer skills along with other electives are available to our high school students. A well-rounded sports program for all students is also offered with competition in soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball.
Parent-teacher communication is key to keeping students accountable for their grades. Calvary Christian School uses a secure web server called Edline to post student assignments, scores, grades, and school/teacher communication. The system is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any computer with internet access. Access to the system is available via a link on our website (Edline). Each parent is assigned a “parent” activation code that will provide access to each of his students. Each student is assigned a “student” activation code that will provide access only to his own classes/grades. These activation codes will be issued to parents and students during the first week of school. We encourage parents to check grades frequently. If parents or students have a question about a grade posted on Edline, they should contact the teacher directly.
Believing that homework is an integral part of the school program, each teacher is at liberty to give homework to aid each student in advancing work. Therefore, each student is expected to successfully complete his home assignments each day. We request the full cooperation and support from parents to see that homework is completed. Homework may be given for the following purposes: drill, practice, remedial reasons, and individual projects relating to school studies. Continued failure to complete homework assignments will result in disciplinary action and ultimately in dismissal.
Assignments, quizzes, and tests not submitted according to schedule will receive an academic penalty. Final decisions for credit on late work will be left to the discretion of the teacher.
Semester exams will be administered during the formally scheduled exam week. During these weeks there will be no pre-excused absences allowed. Seniors who have a semester average of 96 percent in a class will have the option to be exempted from the semester exam in that class.
The grading key is as follows:
A+ 100-99 B+ 92-91 C+ 84-82 D+ 76-74
A 98-96 B 90-88 C 81-79 D 73-70
A- 95-93 B- 87-85 C- 78-77 F 69 or below
In the elementary, each student’s weekly papers are sent home for a parent’s signature each Monday. Signed papers should be returned each Tuesday.
Secondary progress reports are sent home every three weeks for students with an average grade of D or F. The student is required to return the progress report with his parent’s signature.
Quarterly Report Cards are sent to all parents to give an accurate indication of the progress, or lack of progress, being made. Each student is evaluated academically and may also be scored in the area of self-government. The academic grade is based upon the average for daily work, quizzes, and tests. Exams are calculated into the semester averages. Additional marks on secondary reports are used to reflect effort and conduct.
In the elementary, self-government marks are aimed at the development of Christian character. We emphasize the following qualities in the lives of the students:
§ Attentiveness – Pays attention to instructions and listens closely
§ Attitude – Portrays respectful sentiments toward others
§ Industry – Has diligent habits of attention to business and study
§ Initiative – Begins work on one’s own
§ Conduct – Exhibits positive behavior
§ Reliability – Accepts responsibilities and is dependable
§ Thrift – Learns to make use of all the things God gives
Teachers use S (satisfactory), N (needs improvement), and U (unsatisfactory) to evaluate the student in these self-government qualities.
We believe that any student who truly desires to succeed will do so if he is willing to work diligently. Any student who receives a grade of “F” in any subject or who has a cumulative average below 76.5 on his report card will be placed on academic probation for the following quarter. Under academic probation a student will be ineligible for extracurricular activities and will be required to meet with the teacher of any class he is failing on a weekly basis.
All new students in grades five through twelve will be on academic probation in order to demonstrate his ability to handle the school’s curriculum and expectations. This means if a newly enrolled student cannot maintain a cumulative average of 76.5 for the first quarter he is enrolled, he may be asked to withdraw. We find that students who repeatedly fail classes are often wasting their time, their parents’ money, their teachers’ time, and their fellow classmates’ time. We do not expect all of our students to be academically superior; however, we do expect them to be diligent in their work.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY (BETWEEN GRADING PERIODS) FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities is determined every three weeks. When a student does not maintain the required academic or conduct standards, he is ineligible until his grades and behavior are acceptable. A student is considered ineligible if he has two or more D’s or one F as the cumulative average in any of his classes. A student becomes re-eligible when the class(es) that made him ineligible has acceptable cumulative grades.
Eligibility is determined each Tuesday morning, following weekly Monday morning eligibility checks.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Students who desire to be involved in student government must have attended Calvary Christian School for at least one semester and maintained a minimum academic average of 84.5 for the previous semester. Students nominated for student government must also have two faculty recommendations.
PROMOTION OR RETENTION
Students in grades one and two must pass reading and mathematics in order to be promoted to the next grade.
Any student in grades one through eight who earns two failing grade for the year will be retained. No student will be permitted to repeat a grade twice. If a student fails a grade twice, he will not be allowed to re-enroll.
Any student in grades nine through twelve who fails a core subject will be required to obtain a passing grade in order to graduate.
Summer school is a requirement for students in grades seven through twelve who fail a subject that is a prerequisite for promotion to the next grade. Students in the seventh and eighth grade who fail two subjects may attend summer school for reinforcement; however, this will not allow them to be promoted to the next grade.
To receive a diploma, a student must be enrolled at Calvary Christian School for at least one full semester and must be presently carrying enough credits to finish the senior year.
Other Social Studies
PE or ROTC
*Although South Carolina only requires one unit for graduation, nearly all 4-year colleges and universities require two units of a foreign language and some require three units.
Graduates must demonstrate computer literacy before graduation.
All students receiving a South Carolina Public High School Diploma must pass an Exit Exam in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. SCACS recommends that graduates of Calvary Christian School, and all Christian schools in its association, take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) in lieu of the Exit Exam before graduation.
Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to see that sufficient credits are earned for graduation. Students must complete all requirements for graduation in order to participate in commencement exercises. In addition, each family’s financial responsibilities must be paid, and all disciplinary concerns, such as detentions, must be addressed.
RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPTS
Report cards, transcripts, and diplomas will not be issued at the end of the year, or released to a new school during the year, unless all tuition and school fees are paid and all scholastic requirements have been met. Official transcripts will not be released directly to students or parents, but unofficial transcripts are available upon request.
STANDARDS OF CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
The following items exemplify the standards of Christian conduct, which will help us have a school that is Godly and orderly:
1. Whether at school or away from school, the Christian student’s goal should be to “let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). Christians should desire to honor the Lord and to maintain a testimony of love for the Lord. Therefore, we should be alert to do things that please the Lord (Phil. 2:13, I Thess. 4:) and desire to think like Christ (Phil. 2:5). Typical of this standard is faithfulness in attendance at a local Bible-preaching church (Heb. 10:25).
2. Christian students should show respect for those in authority over them (Eph. 6:5-8; I Tim. 5:1; I Pet. 2:17, 18).
3. The student, as a Christian, will show respect for the feelings and property of others (Phil. 2:3).
4. Every Christian student should allow the Holy Spirit to rule his tongue. He will strive to avoid offending and hurting others by careless and thoughtless words, words that may be a stumbling block, gossip, backbiting, or slander (Prov. 10:1, 25:9; Rom. 1:29, 30).
5. Students should recognize that using the tongue for cursing, vulgarity, profanity, euphemisms, and lying has no place in the life of a Christian. The use of slang is discouraged (Matt. 5:37; Eph. 4:29; Col. 4:6; Jms. 5:12). Students are encouraged to address teachers with “Yes Ma’am/Sir” or “No Ma’am/Sir.”
6. Stealing and cheating are condemned by God’s Word and therefore should not be accepted in the life of a Christian (Exo. 20:15; Eph. 4:28).
7. Calvary Christian students should refrain from activities that are not glorifying to God. Dancing, gambling, dressing immodestly, and reading or viewing pornography are typical of such activities (I Co. 6:19, 20; II Co. 6:17; I Thess. 5:22; I Jn. 2:15). Two other areas of special concern involve what we watch in the media and the music to which we listen.
8. Christian students should follow biblical standards of conduct toward members of the opposite sex. We strongly discourage discourage “steady” dating among our students. We encourage parents to allow only double dating for high school students. Any student getting married or who becomes engaged to married will be asked to transfer from Calvary Christian School.
9. Christian students should practice sexual purity in word and deed. Sexual intimacy should be reserved for a faithful, life-long marriage of one man and one woman. Christians should oppose all forms of sexual immorality, including premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. Failure to remain sexually pure could result in discipline, including suspension or dismissal (Gen. 1:27-28, 2:18-24, 19:1-7; Lev. 18:22, 20:13; Prov. 5; Matt. 5:27-32, 19: -9, Mark 10:6-9; Rom. 1:24-32; I Cor. 6:9-10, 7:1-5).
10. No student will use, have in his possession, or make pretense of using, possessing, or encouraging others to use illegal drugs, tobacco, beer, or other alcoholic beverages at or away from school. Violations of this nature will result in automatic suspension or dismissal from school.
11. Students are expected to maintain Christian standards of courtesy and kindness as well as a pleasant spirit and a constructive attitude (Num. 11:1; Ps. 142:2; John 16:33).
12. A disagreement with a faculty or staff member should be approached in a scriptural manner. The offended party should attempt to reconcile the difference with the other party before bringing in a higher authority (Matt. 18:15-17).
High standards of conduct are required of all those associated with Calvary Christian School. Calvary Christian School expects that its students live above reproach showing respect to God, country, family, faculty, and fellow students. Therefore, lying, cheating, theft, and profanity will not be tolerated. Constructive suggestions are welcome, but griping will not be tolerated. Anyone who will not cooperate spiritually, morally, or scholastically will be required to withdraw.
Calvary Christian School does not accept nor retain faculty, staff, or students who profess or practice a homosexual lifestyle.
A student living in violation of one of the aforementioned standards displays an area of need in his life. A teacher or administrator aware of the need may therefore point out the problem to the student and communicate the sphere of concern to the parents. At that time, those involved in counseling may consider it necessary to discharge some form of discipline to help the student mature in the given area. If the problem persists, more severe discipline may be in order.
Although each teacher will have specific classroom procedures that he expects to have followed in the room, as a school-wide standard, we expect adherence to these basic rules:
1. The student should not speak out in class without first securing permission from the teacher.
2. The student should not leave his seat without permission.
3. The student should always give the teacher his full attention while he is teaching.
4. The student should always address and reply to the teacher with respect. All students are to address adults as Mr., Mrs., or Miss; never by first name. Out of respect for the administration and faculty, we ask the parents to set the example in this regard when speaking with or about the school personnel.
5. Negative attitudes and responses will not be tolerated.
6. The student should not engage in running, shoving, yelling, and other boisterous behavior or “horse-play” inside the buildings or during inappropriate times outdoors.
7. No “bullying” or mistreatment of fellow classmates.
Any student not complying with the above standards is subject to immediate removal from class, and any student consistently in conflict with any policy of the school will be asked to withdraw.
Calvary Christian School uses both positive and negative discipline to instill in students behavior patterns and attitudes that will produce self-disciplined lives. Discipline is administered in love as a preventive or corrective measure, and each student is dealt with according to his grade level. Please refer to the “Discipline” heading of the handbook for complete details.
Most of the material that is portrayed in movies and on television is completely opposed to the truths of Scripture. Viewing this wickedness and/or worldliness in movies at theaters or at home should not be a part of the life of a Christian. Media that overtly or inadvertently portrays and/or promotes sexuality, sensuality, corrupt language, lying, adultery, immorality, disrespect, rebellion, stealing, deception, drug use, disobedience, and other anti-biblical themes will have a corrupting influence. The Bible commands us not to put any wickedness before our eyes (Ps. 101:3) and therefore we urge our students and parents to carefully set biblical viewing standards.
The purpose of a Christian school is to build into a young person the proper spiritual and academic direction for life. We are concerned about the detrimental impact (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) that ungodly music is having upon our youth. In the school, we use a conservative standard in all our music both from the secular realm and from the sacred. Musically, Calvary Christian School reflects the music philosophy of Calvary Bible Church. A copy of this philosophy statement is available upon request. We summarize it here in a few sentences:
At salvation, the believer becomes a “new creature” (creation) in Christ; “old things” including his worldly music are to pass away (II Co. 5:17). He has a “new song” in his heart (Ps. 40:1-3). We are now to be holy in “all manner of conversation” (I Pet. 1:14-16), which includes our music. The emphasis of Christian music should be to exalt Christ, not the performer; to exalt the unchanging God, not the changing world; to promote excellence, but not merely for human appeal (Phil 1:10). Therefore, Christian music is music in which text, music, performers, and performances practices are conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29). Christian music that sounds like the sensual music of the world still has a sensual message which cancels out the message that might be in the “good Christian words” of the song. We likewise do not endorse that sphere of music commonly referred to as Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). The Christian young person should not follow a style of Christian music that creates feelings, ideas, or values of an “unchanged” life, nor should he follow the musician whose performance practices are just like those of the current popular worldly musician. We ask that each student carefully evaluate the music in his life, and seek godly counsel concerning that which may be questionable.
Listening to this kind of music, including but not limited to “rock,” “rap,” “hip-hop,” or “CCM” on any of the school grounds or at any school related activity could be grounds for suspension or expulsion.
If at school we determine that a student is watching wickedness or is involved with improper music and is seeking to influence others in these areas, disciplinary action will result. We recognize that our school has no authority to set viewing or listening standards for families. We do, however, hold a sacred trust for all who attend. Many families have chosen our school as a place of refuge and security from the philosophies and deeds of the world. They do not want their children influenced by these things. For their protection, therefore, we wish to establish minimal standards in these important areas of concern. A difference in standards between what the school allows and what parents allow will be seen as an inconsistency by the student and will, inevitably, produce problems for the parents and students.
Calvary Christian School’s standards are based on biblical principles and on appropriateness and neatness. Clothing must be modest (I Tim. 2:9), reflect separation from worldliness (II Cor. 6:17), and must be appropriate for school. A disheveled and unkempt appearance is unacceptable, even in regards to standards for both girl’s and boy’s hairstyles.
Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disciplinary action. (Please refer to the “Discipline” heading of the handbook for complete details.) Students wearing inappropriate apparel will be sent to the office and be required to change into the appropriate attire. If the office does not have the necessary clothing, students must phone a parent to bring a change of clothing. Missed work must be made up through arrangement with the teacher.
Calvary Christian School realizes that personal tastes and standards vary and we respect that; however, in order to have our students display an acceptable Christian appearance we feel that the following standards are necessary.
REGULAR SCHOOL DRESS
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS
1. Students may not wear “flip-flops” or shoes without backs.
2. Regular school dress should be worn for all activities unless otherwise announced by the administration (see “Activity Dress”).
3. Since room temperatures are carefully monitored, coats and heavy outerwear should not be worn in the classroom.
4. Uniforms are required for students in grades one through twelve. Calvary Christian School has selected Lands’ End as our primary uniform provider. Uniforms pieces must be chosen from the items selected with Lands’ End (refer to the Lands’ End website). All uniforms must comply with the dress standards for boys and girls. There are enough options in our uniform selection that outerwear such as “hoodies,” long-sleeved t-shirts, and sweatshirts will not be permitted if they are visible either over or under the uniform. The only exception will be that CCS Sweatshirts may be worn over a collared shirt.
5. Uniforms are NOT required, but are permitted, for students in our kindergarten division (Pre-School 3 & 4 and K5). Specific dress requirements for these students appear below.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR KINDERGARTEN DIVISION (Pre-School 3 & 4 and K5)
Boys – Boys should wear neat pants and a collared shirt. Dress shorts to the knee are also acceptable. Shirts should not have any writing, pictures, or characters with violent themes on them. T-shirts are not allowed unless worn under a collared shirt.
Girls – Girls should wear dresses or skirts that are no shorter than one inch above the knee. Girls are encouraged to wear shorts underneath their skirts for playground modesty. (Our school uniform provider has good examples of what is acceptable.) Tops should come below the waistline and should not have writing, pictures, or characters with violent themes on them. Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not allowed.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES ONE THROUGH TWELVE
1. Boys must wear socks with their shoes.
2. All uniform clothing should be neat, clean, and in good repair. Tight clothing or overly loose/baggy clothing is not allowed. Undergarments are not to be visible. All buttons except the top button must be secured. All shirts must be tucked in.
3. Boys are not to wear any type of jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.) with the exception of watches or rings worn on the fingers.
4. Pants designed for use with a belt must be worn with a belt. If parents choose to purchase pants from a retailer other than Lands’ End, they must be identical in style and color. No cargo pants will be allowed. Black is not a color option for the 2008-2009 school year.
5. Shorts are not an option for students in grades one through twelve.
6. Boys are to have their hair cut regularly, not allowing it to become long. Hair is to be kept off the eyebrows and neatly tapered off the collar and off the ears. Boys are not permitted to shave their heads. No extreme hair styles are permitted. Facial hair (beards, goatees, mustaches) must be shaved. Sideburns are not to be below the middle of the ear.
1. Girls in grades five through twelve should wear skirts that cover the knees (reach to the bottom of the knee) when standing or sitting.
2. Girls in grades one through four must wear dresses or skirts that are no shorter than one inch above the knee.
All uniform clothing should be neat, clean, and in good repair. Tight clothing or overly loose/baggy clothing is not allowed. Undergarments are not to be visible.
Earrings may be worn only in the lobe of the ear (maximum of two matched sets).
5. No extreme hairstyles and no unusual hair coloring are permitted. The terms “extreme” and “unusual” will be interpreted by the Administration.
The administration will be the final judge on any item in question concerning dress and hair requirements.
We are excited to offer a new aspect to our dress code for extracurricular activities for the 2008-2009 school year! These relaxed dress requirements are privileges that are meant to be followed just as closely as the regular school day dress code. These privileges can be withdrawn by the administration if students do not comply.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORMS
Physical education students in grades five through nine must be “dressed out” in the approved Calvary Christian School P.E. uniform. (These uniforms are available for purchase through the school office.) Students who are not dressed out for P.E. will receive disciplinary action. Those actively participating in field day events may also wear these uniforms for field day.
Activity dress may be worn at sporting events throughout the year. This applies to all home, away, and tournament games.
Boys – Boys may wear non-uniform shirts with a fold down or turtleneck collar, or an approved CCS Spirit T-shirt. Collared shirts must be tucked in. Loose fitting jeans or slacks may be worn. Clothing may not be torn or “shabby” in appearance. Belts and shoes are to be worn as well.
Girls – Girls may wear non-uniform skirts if they come to the bottom of the knees when the girl is standing and cover the knees when she is sitting. Denim skirts may be worn if they are loose fitting and are below the knee when standing or sitting. Non-uniforms tops may be worn but cannot be low-cut, tight, revealing, immodest, or sloppy in appearance. Low-cut necklines and crop tops are not appropriate. All tops should be long enough to permit a lady to raise her arms above her head without exposing her abdomen. (To measure a low cut, the neckline should not exceed the hand’s width from the collarbone.) Designer t-shirts may be worn if they are modest, neat, and without writing. CCS Spirit T-Shirts may be worn as well. Sleeveless tops are allowed only if the strap is at least 3” in width. For on site activities such as field day and other physical activities, girls may wear loose fitting slacks and Capri’s. Jean pants are not allowed.
The administration will specifically announce when this relaxed dress code may be worn. Once again, the administration reserves the right to revoke the “activity dress” privilege if students do not adhere to the desired code or make this an issue of contention.
The purpose of discipline is to encourage students to develop biblical self-discipline in their lives (Prov. 25:28) and to aid young people in the development of Christian character. We want to help each student understand his responsibilities and to accept the consequences for his actions. Discipline of the student is the joint responsibility of parents, teachers, and the administration. We believe that parents and school personnel must cooperate fully with one another. Anything that tears down respect and confidence for either will harm the student.
The Bible gives several admonitions and principles regarding orderliness. Thus, at Calvary Christian School, firm and consistent discipline is maintained and tempered with love. Teachers maintain standards of behavior in the classroom through kindness, love, and a genuine concern for their students. Likewise, misbehavior is dealt with firmly and consistently.
The teacher handles most discipline problems in the classroom. After the teacher has corrected the student for a specified number of infractions, he may contact the parents of the student to inform them of the recurring problem and to seek parental correction of the difficulty. If parental involvement with the situation proves to be an ineffective remedy, the problem may be referred to the administration (supervisor and/or principal) who will counsel, and perhaps impose some further form of discipline (Ps. 94:12; Heb. 12:10).
If a parent has a concern or question regarding student discipline, or some discipline-related situation occurs that is not understood, the parent should discuss it with the teacher. If the situation remains unresolved, the parent may then consult the administration.
ELEMENTARY DISCIPLINE POLICY
Each elementary child is expected to follow the directions and instructions of his teacher. To encourage proper behavior, teachers employ a variety of positive rewards (verbal praise, notes and phone calls home for good behavior, and class rewards). Likewise, teachers may also use a variety of methods to deter students from improper behavior. These methods will vary depending on the classroom, but their ultimate goal is to encourage students toward right and proper Christian behavior. These disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, loss of recess, loss of rewards, verbal rebuke, notes or phone calls to the parents, or discussion with the principal. Fifth and sixth graders will be subject to the secondary disciplinary policy on a limited basis.
Corporal correction is a biblical method of discipline as noted in Proverbs (Prov. 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15). However, due to our concern for current societal/governmental pressures, school personnel have basically been removed from this type of discipline procedure pertaining to our students. We do, notwithstanding, believe it to be the best method of correction in many situations. Thus, though we may recommend it to parents as the solution for a particular disciplinary need, its implementation will remain primarily their responsibility. The failure of this recommendation to produce the desired correction in behavior may result in the suspension of the student until the requested disciplinary action is completed or a satisfactory discipline alternative is agreed upon.
SECONDARY DISCIPLINE POLICY
With increased independence for secondary students, some actions requiring disciplinary actions are character development issues while others are issues of the heart. Character development issues (level 1) tend to be accidental and indicate the student’s need for self-discipline. On the other hand, more severe disciplinary issues (level 2) are those actions that are deliberate and reveal a heart issue. The resulting discipline policy shows Calvary’s efforts to encourage students toward self-discipline while providing consequences for deliberate behaviors of insubordination.
Thirty-minutes detentions are given to students who receive two of the following infractions for a class. (Fifth and sixth graders — two of any one kind.) These infractions may have occurred during a single class period or over a series of class periods within a floating three weeks (15 days of school). These infractions are the following (if warranted, a teacher may add to these infractions):
§ Tardy (unexcused)
§ Unprepared for class
§ Dress violation
§ Disturbing class
§ No parent signature
Warning detentions are available at the discretion of the teacher. Repetitious offenses may indicate a heart issue and result in Level 2 consequences.
One-hour detentions are given to students who choose to disregard the authorities placed in their lives. These infractions are the following (if warranted, a teacher may add to these infractions):
§ Destruction of property (restitution may also be required)
§ Inappropriate physical contact
Chewing gum in school and eating food in class is considered disobedience. Depending on the circumstances of the infraction, additional consequences may be given. Repeated offences in these areas will result in more severe consequences, such as suspensions.
A student who receives five hours of detention within one quarter will be suspended upon his next detention time received.
Additional intolerable offenses may result in multiple hours of detention, suspensions, probations, or a combination of consequences. These offences include, but are not limited to, the following: stealing, cheating, forgery, fighting, vandalism, leaving campus without permission, cutting school, threats, and harassment.
Some violations of the student code of conduct or other school policies are grave enough to merit immediate, serious discipline. The school reserves the right to discipline a student, up to and including suspension or expulsion, for a more serious offense, such as sexual misconduct (heterosexual or homosexual), violation of viewing or music standards, repeated suspensions, the use of any illegal substance (including alcohol and tobacco in any amount), or promotion of any such conduct by word or deed.
Serving time in detention hall is the primary penalty for routine rule infractions among students in the secondary school, and for those in the upper elementary school on a somewhat limited basis. The detention hall will be maintained after school Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:20 until 4:20 p.m.
Detention hall attendance is mandatory after the receipt of the detention form. It will take precedence over athletic practices, games, and work. Once in the detention hall, the student will be seated quietly, will not talk to other students, and will follow explicitly the directions of the detention hall supervisor. Some students may be asked to assist the school janitorial personnel during this time.
It is important that the student report to detention hall on time. A student reporting late (up to five minutes) receives a penalty amounting to twice the amount of time (number of minutes) that he was late. He will serve it after the other students are dismissed at 4:20 p.m. For example: a student who is four minutes late serves an additional eight minutes. A student who is over five minutes late, however, will serve out the remaining time on the original detention and is issued an additional penalty detention to be served at the next detention.
An additional penalty detention may be given in the student:
§ fails to report to detention hall when it has been assigned,
§ fails to report to detention hall with the detention form, or
§ fails to report with the required parental signature on the form.
As a result, this student will serve two consecutive detentions (one for the original hour plus the penalty hour).
SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL
Suspension from school is a very serious matter. Parents will be contacted before the suspension is to be served. When a student is suspended, he must complete all missed work and take all tests and quizzes missed according to the absence policy. His quarter grade for each class in which he is enrolled will be reduced by 2%. Also, students may no longer participate in extracurricular activities of school (including all athletics, banquets, class parties, field trips, outings, etc.) nor any student body office.
From time to time, it is necessary to put a student on disciplinary probation as the last resort before dismissal from school. The school’s Administrative Committee will review probation situations periodically. Students who have long-term behavioral probations will be asked to withdraw from the school.
All new students enrolling in grades seven through twelve are placed on disciplinary probation. Any student who fails to meet acceptable standards by the end of the first grading period will be asked to withdraw from the school.
READMISSION AFTER DISCIPLINARY ACTION
To be considered for re-enrollment after being dismissed from the school (or for enrollment after dismissal from any other school), the student and his parent(s) or guardian must meet with the school administrator to determine if the discipline has accomplished the desired development in spiritual maturity. Normally, the school’s Administrative Committee will only consider a student for re-enrollment after one semester has elapsed.
ADDITIONAL REASONS FOR DISMISSAL
§ Parent(s) will not cooperate with the administration of the school
§ A student’s negative influence makes it inadvisable for the student to remain in Calvary Christian School
§ Continual failure to achieve academically or continual lack of effort
§ Threats to teacher or staff member
§ Destruction of school property
§ Forcible entry into any building after school hours (includes entering any unlocked window or bus)
§ Obscene gestures and language directed at the faculty or staff
These policies have been established in an effort to help protect your children.
BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO QUESTIONABLE SITUATIONS
We understand that students are frequently faced with the dilemma of how to confront situations that are morally questionable; in addition, students are frequently faced with the conflict of how to deal with friends who have broken or are breaking stated school rules. It is our desire that students learn to confront one another in the spirit and instruction of Matthew 18. Therefore, a student should confront other students who are involved in actions contrary to biblical principles and institutional standards. If repentance is not achieved, the Gospel of Matthew instructs us to take another Christian to confront again. We suggest that students invite a teacher with whom they have a positive relationship to intercede with them. If repentance is still not achieved, the student, along with the one he has invited to intercede, should go to the administration. In this way, we seek to encourage students to stand for righteousness.
Below is the financial policy of Calvary Christian School. Each parent is asked to read and sign the policy each year to indicate his understanding of and agreement with the policy.
1. Calvary Christian School does not request nor accept government funding; therefore it is necessary that fees and tuition be paid on a timely basis. No monthly statements will be mailed.
2. All payments are due on the first of each month. After the tenth of the month, a late fee of $25 will be charged to the account. A late reminder will be mailed showing a late charge to the account.
3. Unpaid balances cannot be carried over from one month to the next. Parents who do not pay by the 25th of the month will be notified that their children are not to attend classes on the 1st day of the new month.
4. There will be a $25 returned check fee on all returned checks, regardless of the reason for the return. After two returned checks, account will be on a cash only basis.
5. All fess other than tuition are not-refundable and non-transferable.
6. Tuition is non-refundable if the student has been to school any day during the month, or if the student drops out without proper notification. Exception will be made if the account has been paid in full for the school year.
7. Registration for the Patriot Club (after school care program) is arranged through the business office. Fess may be paid in full or in nine monthly payments (September 1—May 1). It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the business office if after school care is discontinued. Please note: Monthly payments have been calculated based upon an annual rate and are due in full regardless of the number of school days in any given month.
8. Parents of all children not picked up by 6:00 p.m. will have a charge of $1.00 per minute added to their school bill.
9. There will be a $20 “Emergency Drop-In” fee charged to the account of a student who is not picked up by 12:30 (Pre-School 3 & 4 and Kindergarten) or 3:30 (Grades 1-12).
10. There will be a financial hold on report cards, transcripts, and other school records if payment is not current at the end of each grading period. This financial hold will remain in effect until the account is current.
11. Parents are ultimately responsible for all payments.
12. Any special financial or payment arrangements must be requested in writing and approved by the administration.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
Calvary Christian School offers an after school care program, called Patriot Club, for students in K3 through 6th* grade. Students in Pre-School (K3 and K4) and Kindergarten (K5) may choose to stay in after care from 12 noon until 3:00 p.m. or from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. Students in grades 1-6 may stay from the time school is dismissed (around 3:00 p.m.) until 6:00 p.m. Registrations for Patriot Club are accepted in the school office on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.
*Occasionally there is a need for an older student to stay for after school care. Applications for older students are evaluated and accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the school office for more information.
If school is to be cancelled due to inclement weather, you will be advised by way of the school website, local radio station WRNN (99.5 FM), and WPDE-TV15 as soon as that information is available.
Calvary Christian School operates as a “closed campus.” This means that attendance at school is required from 8:10 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Prior to 3:10 p.m., a student may not leave the school grounds without permission. A written note or parental call and office approval are required to leave during the day. When permission is given to leave campus, the student must report to the school office when departing and returning to sign the Check In/Out Register. A “closed campus” also means that non-students are not allowed on campus without permission. All visitors should register with the school office to receive a visitor’s badge. This policy is for the protection of our students.
DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
Divorced and separated families are realities of contemporary life which affect the school’s responsibilities to its students. The following policies have been adopted to assist the school in situations where a non-custodial parent wishes to become involved in school-related activities of a student, or wishes to have contact with or take custody of the student while at school.
1. Ordinarily, the school will not resist or interfere with a non-custodial parent’s involvement in school related affairs, or access to the student’s records, unless the school is presented with a court order or comparable legal document which restricts such involvement or access. The school will not otherwise “choose sides” between parents.
2. In cases where legal documents restricting access have been presented, the school will not permit the non-custodial parent to take custody of a student or remove the student from school premises unless the parent presents either a written court order or a written authorization signed by the custodial parent permitting such custody.
3. If the actions of parent(s), custodial or non-custodial, become disruptive to the operations of the school, the school has the right to restrict access by such parent(s), and to take other reasonable necessary action.
4. Concerning student activities which require parental consent, the school will accept consent only from the custodial parent, unless authority to grant consent is given to the non-custodial parent by a court order or comparable legal document.
5. Copies of school work, certificates, awards, progress reports, report cards, and other communications from the school will be provided to the primary custodial parent only. Parents who have been awarded joint custody of their student must identify a primary custodial parent as the single point of contact for the school. The school cannot bear the duplication and distribution burden for divorced or separated families. It is expected that the custodial and non-custodial parents make their own arrangements for the sharing and distribution of school materials.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES
Drop-off and Pick-up is a complex process as we move students in and out of their vehicles in the safest and most efficient manner possible. The following procedures have been established for this process. We ask for your complete cooperation with these procedures as those who disrupt the process slow things down and create safety hazards for everyone.
Please drive around the circle in front of the school and stop in front of the glass doors of the church building. A staff member will be there to help each child get out of the car and to make sure he gets safely to his classroom.
Please drive around the circle in back of the school (turn into the Hidden Woods community beside the Kangaroo station) and stop under the covered sidewalk by the opening in the gate. Students should walk to the lunchroom where they are supervised by a staff member. Elementary students will be met by their teacher at 7:45 a.m. and taken to the classroom. (Elementary students arriving after 7:45 a.m. should report directly to the classroom.) High school students will be dismissed at 8:00 a.m. to go to their lockers and their homeroom classes.
§ Please wait in a single line to drop-off your child at the designated point. If it is necessary for you to pull over to the side for any reason, always pull back out and go through the line to drop off your child. Do not allow your child to “cut through” the line of cars — there is too great a risk that a child could be hit by a car!
§ If you have children in both age groups, please use the front drop-off area for all children.
§ Please DO NOT drop your child off at the double gates leading back to the classroom building. The road beside the office building is narrow and having cars in this area creates a dangerous situation for our students.
§ We thank you in advance for NOT walking your children into the building. The separation is easier for your child at the car.
§ We also thank you for not dropping in to talk to the teachers as school is beginning. Each of the teachers is responsible for watching his/her students and cannot effectively do so when trying to hold conversations with parents.
11:50 a.m. Pick-Up (K3—K5)
Please drive around the circle in front of the school and stop in front of the glass doors of the church building. A staff member will be there to help each child open the car door and get in the car.
2:50 p.m. Pick-Up (K3—1st Grade)
Please use the same procedure as the 11:50 a.m. Pick-Up.
§ Please pull forward two car lengths if you need to secure your child in a car seat in order to allow the next car in line to pick-up their child.
§ In order to assist the staff workers, please place a 6” by 8” card with your child’s name clearly printed on it in the right-hand side of the windshield of your car. Please leave this in place for the first few weeks of school.
2:50 - 3:10 p.m. Pick-Up (2nd—12th Grade)
Please drive around the circle in back of the school and stop under the covered sidewalk by the opening in the gate. A staff member will be there to ensure each child gets safely into his car. Students in grades three through twelve will be dismissed in a sequential basis beginning at 2:50 p.m. and continuing until 3:10 p.m.
Information concerning all financial matters comes from our school business office. If you have specific questions about your financial situation, please call the business office at (843) 650-2829.
LUNCHES AND LUNCHROOM
Daily specials and regular menu items are available for purchase each day in our lunchroom for students in grades 1-12. Lunch orders are taken each morning. Students may pay daily in the lunchroom or parents may open a lunch “account” from which daily purchases will be deducted. “Charging” lunch is not permitted.
Students in K3-K5 are asked to bring snacks and lunches from home each day. These students may purchase milk on a monthly basis using the milk form provided by the classroom teacher.
NON-PAYMENT OF TUITION OR OTHER SCHOOL FEES
In the event of withdrawal, transfer, or expulsion, the parents are responsible for full payment of tuition and other fees. Full payment of tuition and other fees must be made through the end of the calendar month. The school reserves the right to withhold report cards and student records until tuition and other fees have been paid in full. By signing either the student handbook agreement, the initial application for enrollment, or an application for re-enrollment, you are authorizing the school to withhold report cards and other records until tuition and other fees have been paid in full.
Calvary uses fundraisers for two primary purposes. School-wide fundraisers are used to supplement tuition income to provide services not included in the annual budget or in need of additional funding. Individual classes may also use fundraisers to raise monies for their trips and activities. Your support of and involvement in these fundraisers is greatly appreciated. All fundraisers must be approved by the administration.
CCS introduced its SCRIP program to families in the Fall of 2006 as a way to help the school and its families raise thousands of dollars — without costing anyone one extra dollar. The program utilizes scrip (a Latin term that means anything used instead of money). We have partnered with an organization called UnitedScrip to offer a unique program that maximizes our collective purchasing power and turns normal spending dollars into profit. Literally thousands of dollars are spent monthly by families for their normal purchases. The goal is to turn those dollars into profit for CCS and for YOU!
The program works like this: UnitedScrip purchase gift cards (scrip), locally and nationally, from grocery, restaurant, retail, and department stores in large quantities, at a discount. Families will purchase the gift cards at face value from CCS. CCS earns a percentage (2 - 20%) on each purchase — which we will share with you!
After withholding a small amount to cover expenses, we will share all profits of the program with our families — 50% to the school and 50% back to the family to pay toward the next year’s tuition expense. Our tracking program keeps up with each family’s individual purchases. This means that each family earns 50% of the profits generated by their own purchases. Only those families that participate will benefit — and they will benefit at the level at which they participate.
Additional Bonus: In order to help families with uniform expenses, Lands’ End gift cards (currently a 9% profit level), will pay 100% of the profit back to families!
Please contact our program coordinator through the school office for more information.
Secondary students must have a hall pass to be outside of the classroom during class for any reason. Passes to miss a class must be obtained prior to the class period the student is to miss. The pass must be approved and signed by the teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to see that this procedure is followed. Failure to comply may result in an unexcused tardy or absence disciplinary action.
School is in session from 8:10 a.m. until 3:10 p.m.
Elementary students arriving on campus before 7:45 a.m. should report directly to the lunchroom for supervised before school care. Elementary teachers will meet their students in the lunchroom at 7:45 a.m. and walk them to class. Elementary students arriving on campus after this time should report directly to their classroom.
High school students arriving on campus before 8:00 a.m. should report directly to the lunchroom for supervised before school care. At 8:00 a.m., high school students are dismissed to visit their lockers and to report to homeroom.
No student should arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. Our staff does not arrive for duty until 7:30 a.m. and we cannot provide supervision before this time.
All students on campus after 3:30 p.m., except for those in official extracurricular activities under the direct supervision of coaches/teachers, must report to after school care. The fee for after school care is the responsibility of the parents and begins at 3:30 p.m. The after school care worker will keep track of who is on campus after 3:30 p.m. and the business office will charge parents monthly according to the time the child spent in after school care. (Note: This information is intended to cover students not enrolled in Patriot Club. Attendance times for Patriot Club students are covered in detail in the “After School Care” section of the handbook under the “General Policies” heading of the handbook.)
ILLNESS, INJURY, AND MEDICATION
The South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976 and Regulation 61-8, states that no child shall be admitted to any public, private, or parochial school, grades kindergarten twelve (K-12), or any child development program under the control of the Department of Education without first presenting a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization. To be valid, the South Carolina Certificate of Immunization must be signed by an individual licensed to practice medicine, surgery, or osteopathy or his/her authorized representative (Health Department or family doctor). For the welfare of your child and others in the school, all children who are sick must be kept at home.
No child who has a communicable disease or illness will be accepted for enrollment.
Parents will be called to pick up a child if his temperature is 100 degrees or higher or if he is vomiting. Assignments may be sent home to help the student keep up with his work while recovering.
If a student is injured, the school will try immediately to reach the parent or guardian. In the meantime, the school will take the necessary steps that seem reasonable to care for the injury. In the case of an injury that requires medical treatment, the school will provide a supplemental student accident insurance form at the request of the parent.
When at all possible, we encourage parents to schedule his student’s medication so that it may be given at home under his direct supervision. However, we realize that this is not always possible. Prescription medicine is given at parental request if it is in a prescription bottle with a prescription label accompanied by a specific time for administration. Over-the-counter medication is given at parental request if it is in a sealed container and accompanied by the name of the medication and a specific time for administration. All such requests must be made in writing, signed by a parent. All medications will be kept locked in a medicine cabinet within the administration area. No student will be allowed to take any medication on his own while at school.
The school office is open for business each day, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the school year and 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the summer. Anyone who has questions or needs information concerning school policies and activities may call or visit the school office during these hours. If a parent must bring homework, books, or other materials to his child during the school day, he must stop at the office to arrange for delivery. A parent desiring to visit a classroom during the day must check in at the office.
Conferences to discuss the student’s progress and needs will be scheduled with parents periodically throughout the school year. Parents are always welcome to ask for extra conferences. We do ask, however, that parents call or send a written request for a conference with the teacher before coming. Teachers are on campus until 3:30 p.m. on school days and are willing to work with parents in scheduling conferences at mutually convenient times. If parents have questions or concerns about a teacher or a student’s homework, grade, or conduct, please arrange to speak with the teacher before coming to the administration. As a general rule, the administration will require this before taking action.
An orientation/open house is scheduled early in the school year for parents to meet teachers and visit the classrooms, and throughout the year for parents to check the progress of their children. Parents are encouraged to attend all meetings.
P.E. uniforms are required for all students participating in P.E. classes. This uniform may be ordered through the office. Students who are not dressed out may receive disciplinary action. If a student is not dressed out for three consecutive classes, the student will be issued a new P.E. uniform and the charge added to the parents’ school bill. P.E. uniforms should be washed frequently.
Radios, music devices or CDs, video and electronic games, playing cards, dice, skateboards, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, narcotic drugs, knives, guns, matches, and explosives of any kind are not permitted on school property. Books, catalogs, or any other materials not directly related to a course of study are not to be brought to school. These items will be taken away and in some cases not returned.
All policies apply to students attending school-sponsored functions.
Students who plan to drive to school must obtain permission from the high school office in advance. Driving to school is a privilege that may be revoked at any time that the student demonstrates an unwillingness to assume the responsibility of that privilege. The following regulations must be observed:
1. All student driven cars are to be registered in the high school office.
2. Students are to park in the student parking lot, and the cars are not to be moved until the student leaves for the day.
3. Cars are to be locked while parked on school grounds and may not be occupied during school hours.
4. As soon as the student arrives at school, he (and all riders) must leave the car and go to their designated waiting area.
5. Students may not go to their cars during the school day without a pass from the faculty or administration.
Student should be above reproach in their relationships in and out of school. This is particularly important between boy-girl relationships. Holding hands, embracing, kissing, or any other form of physical contact is not allowed anywhere on campus. Students are not permitted to be alone in an unobserved location. Any infraction of these policies will result in a conference with the students and parents involved. Appropriate disciplinary action will result including suspension or expulsion.
USE OF CELLULAR PHONES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND LAPTOPS
Cell phones are allowed to be used only before or after school hours. If a student has a cell phone at school during school hours it must be turned off and in their locker or bookbag. Electronic devices, including but not limited to PDAs, IPods, cameras, and video cameras, are not allowed on campus. If an electronic device is seen on campus, or a cell phone is seen in class, it will be confiscated and held in the principal’s office. Only a parent of the student may retrieve the device.
Laptops may be used at school only for academically-related tasks. They should not be used for video games during classes or breaks. Any student who uses his laptop for any reason other than an approved academically-related task will lose his privilege for the remainder of the semester. All laptops must have internet capabilities disabled.
All visitors, including parents, are to check in at the office. Students must obtain permission from the administration before bringing a visitor to school. Besides graduates, former students are only allowed to visit occasionally and for lunch period only. Visitors should abide by the same standards of dress and conduct as Calvary students. Generally, a student visitor will not be allowed to attend on special school days or on exam days.
STUDENT/PARENT AGREEMENT CLAUSE
It is the policy of Calvary Christian School that each student and parent read carefully and sign the statement of cooperation before enrollment for the school year is complete. By signing this statement, full cooperation with the rules and regulations of the school is expected.