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Table of Contents
PREFACE    2
MISSION STATEMENT    2
PHILOSOPHY    2
STANDARDS    2
ADMISSIONS    3
ACADEMICS    5
ATTENDANCE    8
SCHOOL LIFE    9
DISCIPLINARY POLICY AND PROCEDURE    13
ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR POLICY    14
LEGITIMATE COMPLAINTS    15
RESPONSIBILITIES    17

 

PREFACE

    Your hopes and America’s are bound up in your child; the Christian school offers an education to help make these hopes come true. Superior instruction; the thrill of finding classroom study and Bible truth in perfect harmony; honor to God, to parents, and to country are the claims of the church upon each life. Christian schools form an arm of the church and a bulwark of American freedom. Visit our school and see for yourself. If you are wondering where you will find the next generation of Christian leaders, look into the classroom.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Springdale Adventist School is dedicated to the preparation of young people for unselfish service to God and to their fellow man. Our ultimate goal of education is to restore in the Image of his Maker, that the divine purpose in His creations might be realized.  It is understood that this is education that cannot be completed in this life, but must continue in the life to come.

PHILOSOPHY

    Seventh-day Adventist education is dedicated “to ensure in man the image of his Maker, to bring him back the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose of His creation might be realized” (Education pp. 15-16).
    Knowledge of God, His plan for our redemption and the kind of person men and women may become as they are restored to his likeness is of first importance throughout the total school experience. Students are given opportunities to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Each student is challenged to develop a personal sense of mission for giving the gospel message to the entire world in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.
    Seventh-day Adventist education places a high estimate on the infinite worth of every individual and seeks to provide a climate in which a positive self-image may be developed. Academic excellence is promoted by challenging students to use fully their intellectual capacities. Physical and health education reflect the belief that the body is God’s temple. Students are encouraged to take an active interest in making the community a better place to live, to appreciate the cultural differences and scientific advances of the age, and to develop positive attitudes toward all peoples.

STANDARDS

    Our standards are based upon Christian principles of conduct as taught and practiced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The school program is designed to promote self-control, self-discipline, honesty, and modesty. We appreciate the parent’s support of the school:

  1. Students will show respect and reverence for God and spiritual things.
  2. Students will be law-abiding citizens of their country, community, and school.
  3. Students will recognize that good health is vital and all food brought to school or any school function must be in keeping with the health standards of the SDA Church. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and unclean meats are not allowed.
  4. In school, dating and public display of affection are not allowed.


ADMISSIONS

    
Springdale Adventist School is operated by the Springdale Adventist Fellowship under the direction of the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, following policies/guidelines of the Southwestern Union Conference and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist.

Non-Discrimination Policy:  
Springdale Adventist School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, or other school administered events.

The school has primarily been established to educate the youth of our church; however, students from other religious backgrounds will be accepted under certain conditions and if space is available.  The Springdale Adventist School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, or other school administered events. In all cases, the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will be maintained.

Special Education:  
The Springdale Adventist School is not equipped to offer Special Education and is therefore unable to accept pupils who have serious scholastic or behavioral problems.  We cannot service the mentally disabled or those with other diagnosed learning disabilities that would pose a challenge in a multi-grade class setting.

Acceptance:
Final action on all applications for admission for returning as well as new students is subject to acceptance by the school board.

Age Requirements:

Pre-Kindergarten:  a child who is four years old by September 1 of the current school year may apply for admission to the Pre-Kindergarten program.  He/she must be able to tend to his/her toileting needs independently.

Kindergarten:  a child who is five years old by September 1 of the current school year may apply for admission to the Kindergarten program.  He/she must be able to tend to his/her toileting needs independently.

First Grade: A child who will reach the age of six by September 1 of the current school year may apply for admission to first grade. New Students entering the first grade will need proof (by report card and/or testing) that they have met the required Kindergarten skills.


Transfer Students:
Any student transferring from another school is required to present records from the last school attended. A form must be signed at registration time allowing us to send for records from the previous school.

Financial Requirements:
No student will be admitted whose account from a former school year has not been paid in full.  Any student who is transferring from another Seventh-day Adventist school is expected to have their former accounts paid in full.  Any request for exception to this policy will be considered on an individual basis by the school board finance committee. A written financial agreement is required of all school patrons.  If a parent expects some difficulty which prevents payment of the tuition on a timely basis, arrangements must be made in advance and approved by the School Board.

Birth Certificate:
All students applying for admission for the first time are required by state law to present a birth certificate at the time of registration as proof of age.  A passport is also acceptable.

Medical Exam:
A complete medical examination for all new students and students entering grade 5 is required within 2 weeks of the student’s first day of school.  
Immunization Records:
State law requires that all students must present a certified immunization record indicating the date and type of immunization received.  Registration is not complete until this information is on file or a copy of correspondence indicating the information has been sent for.  This record must be signed by a licensed physician or an authorized public health representative.  All immunizations should be up to date or in process before a student may begin classes.
 

NOTE: Exemptions to this state law may be applied for through the Washington County Health Department or through your doctor.  However, it is important to note that the Seventh-day Adventist Church does not conscientiously object to immunizations.
 

The minimum immunization requirements for Arkansas are:

DTP/DT: A minimum of three doses of one or the other is required by law.  It is strongly recommended that everyone receive a DT booster every ten years.
1. Polio:  A minimum of three doses is required by law.  The last dose must be after the 4th birthday.  Children who start their series at two months should have a total of four doses.  Students who start their series after age six should receive three doses of polio vaccine.
2. MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella): One MMR immunization is required after the age of 12 months and a booster is recommended between the 6th and 7th grades.
3. Hepatitis B:  This is a new requirement.  All students are to have a Hepatitis B vaccine.
4. Varicella (Chickenpox): One dose is required for all Kindergarten students. A written request for exemption by parent/guardian or physician, for medical reasons (history of disease), may be accepted in lieu of vaccine.
5. Immunization requirements for 7th graders are a Tdap Immunization (one) OR a Td (tetanus) Immunization within the last 2 years.


Teacher and/or Principal Interview:
All new students and their parents will need to meet with the principal and/or the child’s prospective teacher for a short, informal interview before registration is considered complete.  At this time, various topics will be discussed and arrangement for testing, if needed, will be made.

Additional Considerations:
The following items (in addition to those listed previously in this section) will be considered by the School Board before admission:

1.    Scholastic ability and record    
2.    Physical/Learning disabilities, if any
3.    Attitude
4.    Behavior

ACADEMICS


Springdale Adventist School has a program that meets or exceeds the educational requirements of the State of Arkansas and the Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. You are invited to make an appointment to visit our classrooms.

Scholastic Standards:  
High scholastic standards are fundamental in the education of our youth. Surrounded as we are by scientific advancements and educational requirements, our daily challenge is to provide the best teaching tools and methods to enrich the lives of the students who attend this school.

Report Cards:
Progress report cards will be issued four times a year. Parents may expect an interim report midway through the nine weeks period if their child’s grades fall below a “C” average. If a question about student progress arises at any time during the year, parents should feel free to contact the teacher. Final report cards are mailed when financial accounts are current.  Grades can be accessed at any time on our web site.

Parent-Teacher Conferences:
Parent-Teacher conferences will be scheduled twice a year during the 1st and 3rd quarters of the school year.  Additional conferences may be arranged by parents or by teachers as a specific need becomes apparent.

Assignments/Homework:
Students are expected to turn in assignments on time.  Students should not waste time at school with the excuse that they will do the work at home.  Our school follows the following recommended formula for acceptable homework. Starting with the first grade, teachers will use the 10 minutes per grade level guideline. Examples: 1st grade homework given would take about 10 minutes to finish while a 6th grader could have up to 60 minutes and an 8th grader 80 min..  This formula does not include the nightly required reading or working on special projects.   Students should keep all papers and assignment sheets until the end of the nine weeks grading period in case there is a question on the completion of their school work or failure to turn in assignments on time.  Students will be allowed two days for each excused absence, to make up missed work.   

TUITION AND FEES


Tuition:
Tuition is paid in 10 equal payments on the first of the month.  The first payment is due August 1, and the last payment is due May 1.  Please see our web site or call the school for the details of the year's tuition and fees.  A 12 month plan for those who need financial aid is also avaiable.

Tuition Due Dates:
Your tuition payment is due in the school office by the first of every month, (August through May if you are on the 10 month plan or June through May if you are on the 12 month plan). You may drop it by the office, or send it by mail.  We cannot accept credit cards.  If you mail your payment, please allow enough time for your payment to arrive at the school by the first.

Mid-Year Entrance:
The tuition for a partial year will be prorated.

Early Withdrawal:
When a student withdraws in the middle of a month, no part of the fees or the tuition will be refunded.

Delinquent Account Policy

  1. Any monies outstanding for 5 days will be considered in arrears and a reminder will be sent to your home address.
  2. Student(s) whose accounts are delinquent by 10 days or more will be asked to stay home from school until they meet with the finance committee or bring the account current.
  3. Those who anticipate there may be a problem in meeting the monthly payment must meet with the Finance Committee as soon as the problem is realized.
  4. The school board has the right to deny a student’s continuing enrollment in the school if his or her account continues to be unpaid and if the person(s) responsible for the account refuses to comply with the above plan, or if the finance committee disallows a request for extended payment or tuition assistance. If the school board does exercise this right, notification of such must be given two (2) weeks in advance of the termination date.
  5. According to the Educational Superintendent for the Ark-La Conference, grade transcripts may be withheld from any student who has a delinquent account.
  6. A student with a delinquent account may not participate in activities that cost extra money such as field trips, class trips, and Outdoor School.  A student whose account is not current will be denied the privilege of participating in the graduation activities.


Financial Aid:
If a student is receiving financial aid, the following policy is in effect:

  1. They will be placed on a 12 month payment plan.
  2. In order to receive each month's financial aid, their committed payment for the student's part must first be paid.
  3. The grades of the student receiving financial aid will be checked each grading period.   If a student receives a grade of F in any class, their financial aid will be suspended until they have brought their grade back up to passing.  If the student's bill remains unpaid due to loss of financial aid, they may be asked to withdraw from school.
     

ATTENDANCE

School Hours:

    Monday through Thursday:    8:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.
    Friday:    8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.


Early Arrival:

A student should not arrive at school earlier than 7:45 A.M. unless he/she has made prior arrangements with the teacher.


Pick-up:  
Students must be picked up on time.  If a student is not picked up by 3:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday, or by 12:15 P.M. on Friday they will be checked in to After School Care.  The After School Care supervisor will charge the student $5.00 for caring for them that day.
If a student is picked up by anyone other than a parent or designated person who is indicated on the form filled out at registration, the parent must give permission in writing or by phone.

Written Notice:
The State of Arkansas requires a written note for both excused and unexcused absences signed by the parent or guardian which states the date of the absence and the reason for the absence. A phone call does not negate the need for a written note.

Early Withdrawal:
If a student is taken out of school during school hours, the person taking the student must first stop at the office and sign the student out.   No student will be released to a person unknown to office personnel unless they were designated in writing at the time of registration by the parent/guardian.  If a student leaves school before 10 A.M., they will receive an absence for the day, and if they leave before 1 P.M., they will receive a 1/2 day absence.  

Excessive Absences:
Any student, who is absent more than 15% (6.75 absences) of any grading period will be referred to the school board and/or state attendance authorities.  Any student with excessive absences must come before the school board with a request in writing to receive credit for the grading period in which they missed more than 15% of their classes.  Arkansas state law requires that the juvenile judge be notified if 21 unexcused absences have been reached.

Tardies:
Three tardies equal one absence.  All tardies are unexcused except for Dr./Dentist appointments or unpreventable issues such as accidents or vehicle problems.  If a student's tardy is to be excused, he/she must give the office a written excuse from their parent/guardian upon arrival at school.  If a student arrives later than 10 A.M., they will receive a 1/2 day absence.

Excused Absences:
Absences due to illness, medical services, death of an immediate family member, quarantine, or legal matters are excusable.  All academic work missed due to an excused absence may be made up or averaged in depending on the teacher's preference. Three tardies are equal to one absence.

Unexcused Absences:
All absences are unexcused until a written excuse is brought into the school office.  If a student's absence is not excused, a teacher may assign 0's to any work.

Illness:
Please do not send your child to school if he/she is sick.  If he/she becomes sick while at school, you will be called to pick him/her up immediately.  A student must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school (e.g. if a student is sent home with a fever or if a doctor prescribes an antibiotic for him/her, he/she may not return to school the next day, but must wait until the full 24 hr. time period has passed).

Inclement Weather:
If the Springdale Public Schools are closed, we will be closed also. When school is cancelled due to weather, announcements will be made on TV stations - KHOG (channel 40/29 with an antenna and channel 7 on cable) and KNWA.   If you feel that it is unsafe for you to attempt to bring your child to school, please stay at home. The absence will be considered excused.

Make-Up Days:
in the event of unscheduled school cancellations due to inclement weather in excess of the days built in to the school schedule by the Arkansas-Louisiana Conf., make-up days will be scheduled. Make-up days will be set by the school board and announced at least two weeks in advance.
 

SCHOOL LIFE


Visitors:
All visitors must register with the office or principal immediately upon entering the school. If possible, please make prior arrangements.

Telephone:
All phones are to be used for business only. Personal calls may be taken for emergency reasons. Students may use the phone before and after school for business only.

Lost and Found:
Any unmarked items left on the school grounds will be turned over to a Community Service Center if not claimed within 30 days.

First Aid/Medication:
In case of an accident, minimal first aid will be given. No medication will be given by the staff.  Parents will be contacted if student needs to be taken home.  A student may not have medications in their personal possession.  All medication will be dispensed by the office, both prescription and over-the-counter.  Before over-the-counter medication may be given out, the parent must sign a release, authorizing school personnel to give out the medication with exact instructions as to time and dosage.  All medication must be in its original container.  Prescription medication must have the physician’s name and instructions on the container along with the student’s name and the date it was prescribed.

School Programs:
School programs are a part of the school’s educational process, therefore:

  1. Students are expected to attend programs when proper notification has been sent to the parent or guardian. Southwestern Union guidelines will be followed with regard to non-SDA students.
  2. Students who come to a program will attend the program.
  3. Students who are noisy during presentations will sit with their parents or other responsible adults.
  4. All regular school rules apply at school programs.
  5. School rules regarding absence from a program will apply.
  6. Participation in musical programs will determine a portion of the music grade appearing on the report card.


Dress Code:
The Springdale Adventist School considers proper dress to be a central part of a good education. The school stresses neatness, cleanliness, modesty, and appropriateness in all matters of dress. The school reserves the right to ban any outfit even though it may technically meet the prescribed guidelines. Students who come to class dressed improperly will have a letter concerning the offense sent to their parents.

  1. Neat, clean, modest fitting slacks and jeans will be acceptable.
  2. Excessively worn slacks and jeans, or army fatigues are not acceptable dress wear for school.
  3. No tank tops or sleeveless shirt or dresses.
  4. All clothing with slogans or advertising not in harmony with SDA standards is not permitted.
  5. Shirts and blouses must be buttoned sufficiently to cover the chest.
  6. For reasons of personal safety, shoes that protect the feet are required. Low heeled oxford type shoes and socks or tennis shoes worn with socks are acceptable. Not acceptable are heels more than 1 inch high, wedge heels for girls, sandals, thongs (flip-flops), cleats, or house slippers.
  7. Shorts may be worn when the weather is expected to be 70 degrees or warmer. Shorts may be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
  8. Jewelry or make-up is not to be worn at school.
  9. No shoes with wheels are allowed.

Girls:  The hem of dress or skirt must touch the floor when kneeling.
Boys:  The hair is to be clean and well groomed. Hair that becomes long or hangs over the eyes will not be permitted.

Personal Belongings and Supplies:
All personal belongings and supplies should be labeled with the student’s name, especially outer wear, sports equipment, lunch boxes, and backpacks.  The school cannot be responsible to keep track of the students’ personal belongings.

Sexual Harassment Policy:
Inappropriate sexual conduct will not be tolerated.  Springdale Adventist School does not condone or tolerate any form of sexual harassment involving employees or students.  The school is committed to a learning and work environment in which all persons who participate in school programs and activities can do so in an atmosphere free from all forms of sexual harassment.

Springdale Adventist School Board will take appropriate action necessary to prevent behavior that violates this policy.  If necessary, the school will also take disciplinary action against parties involved.  Employees will be subject to a written reprimand and appearance before the School Board for appropriate action.  Disciplinary actions for students who violate the policy include a conference with parents, written notification in file, counseling and appearance before the School Board when deemed necessary for appropriate action.

The policy applies to all sexual harassment incidents involving Springdale Adventist School.  The policy also recognizes that employees and students have a right to be free from sexual harassment by others such as volunteers or anyone that comes into the school.
It is the responsibility of every teacher and principal to recognize the acts of sexual harassment and take immediate action to make sure it is addressed swiftly, fairly, and effectively.  The school will not tolerate retaliation against an individual who reports an incident or cooperates with a reported incident.

Acceptable Use Policy for Internet:
Springdale Adventist School is providing internet access for its students.  This allows students to research diverse subjects and learn new concepts.

Students who are under 18 must have their parent or guardian sign this policy.  By signing this agreement, the student and parent or guardian agrees to follow the rules set forth in this Policy and report any misuse to a teacher or supervisor.

Unacceptable Uses of Internet:
The following uses are unacceptable:

1)  Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property are unacceptable
2)  Transmitting or downloading confidential information or copy righted materials
3)  Intentionally accessing obscene sites
4)  Intentionally accessing another user’s email without their permission
5)  Intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files


Disaster/Emergency Response Plans/Procedure:
It is the responsibility of Springdale Adventist School to ensure that all children are safe in the event of an emergency.  In preparing for emergencies, there are fire drills, tornado drills and lock-downs.  Evacuation routes are posted at all classroom exits.

In the event of a tornado warning, the classroom teacher will line each student up in an orderly fashion and go to an interior wall (between gym and church hallway).  Each student carries with them a book to cover their heads.  When the all clear has been made, students and staff return to their designated areas.

In case of a fire, the fire alarm is pulled and the students are lined up and led to the playground area.  Public Safety would be notified by calling 911.

In the event of a lock-down, all doors, including classroom doors are immediately locked, lights turned off, blinds are closed and the children are lined up, sitting against an inside wall.  Tables and desks are used to provide as much protection as possible until the police have given an all clear notice.

No student will be released from the school unless they are picked up by a person designated by the parent(s)/guardian on the list provided by them at registration time.

Parents, please do not call the school.  We need to keep our lines open for emergency calls and our staff available to take care of your children.  We will make every effort to call you.

DISCIPLINARY POLICY AND PROCEDURE


Philosophy:
Christian education requires maintenance or order, discipline, and behavior consistent with Christian principles so that all students may benefit from the teaching and practical demonstration of a Christ centered life.

General Behavior:
No attempt will be made to list items of specific behavior to be followed. Integrity, courtesy, honor, modesty, obedience, and respect shall be followed in all things. All behavior inconsistent with these guidelines may be subject to discipline. Breaches of proper behavior will immediately be cared for by the staff or teacher involved who shall set and carry through the disciplinary action to be followed. The staff or teacher may at any time elect to refer further action to the disciplinary committee and shall refer any student who consistently or continually fails to obey, to be respectful, or who in any way continues to disrupt the school activity involved.

The following items shall be automatically referred by any staff to the disciplinary committee for determination of discipline:

  1. Possession of improper reading material such as pornographic or sexually-oriented material, guns, knives, gambling devices, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco;
  2. Possession of radios or tape players, unless prior approval by the Teacher/Principal has been obtained;
  3. Cursing or use of vulgar language or behavior;
  4. Physical fighting;
  5. Unauthorized absence from class or leaving campus without permission during school hours.


Automatic Suspension:

  1. Possession and/or use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco at school or during any school functions.
  2. Possession or use of any weapon including knives.
  3. Striking or abusing any staff member.
  4. Vandalism or theft of school or personal property.
  5. Causing physical harm to another student through malicious or aggressive behavior.
  6. Openly and knowingly using vulgar language or behavior.
  7. Possession or use of gambling devices.

All suspensions shall be received by the disciplinary committee and consultation shall be made with student and parents to determine the duration of the suspension, what additional discipline shall be carried out, whether or not the student is to be readmitted to the school, and the terms of any probationary requirements.

ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR POLICY:


Students threatening students or adults:
Students who threaten other students or adults with criminal behavior will be immediately suspended from the school by the head teacher/principal until their behavior has been analyzed by a certified professional counselor or psychologist to determine if it is safe for the student to return to school. The head teacher/principal will notify the school board chairman immediately when the student is suspended. The student and the parent must meet with the school board before the student is readmitted to school. The student may be accepted on a probationary basis when returning to school.

Adults threatening students or adults:
Adults who threaten students or adults with lawless behavior or who use obscene or abusive language will be asked to leave the school premises immediately, and the incident reported to the local prosecuting attorney for appropriate civil action. It is recommended that this inappropriate behavior is recorded. Abusive phone conversation should also be recorded and given to the prosecuting attorney. A written summary of incident should be made immediately by the teacher/principal and signed by witnesses.

Students intentionally injuring students or adults:
Students who intentionally injure another students or adults, with criminal behavior and attitude, will be immediately suspended from school by the head teacher/principal until their behavior has been analyzed by a certified professional counselor or psychologist to determine if it is safe for the student to return to school. The local law enforcement agency will also be notified of the injury. The head teacher/principal will notify the school board chairman immediately when the student is suspended. The student and parent must meet with the school board before the student is readmitted to school.

The student will be placed on probation if allowed to return to school.

Adults intentionally injuring students or adults:
Adults who intentionally injure a student or adult on school premises will be immediately turned over to the local police or sheriff’s department for appropriate action. A restraining order may be obtained to prevent the adult from reentering the school campus.

LEGITIMATE COMPLAINTS:

    Jesus said, “For it must be that offenses come.” Matthew 18:7. In every human organization, from families to giant corporations, there have come offenses, hurt feelings, and differences of opinion. We must therefore expect that occasionally there will be cause for complaints in the school as well.

    The Board should be willing to hear legitimate complaints from a patron concerning the school or teacher, provided an earnest effort has been made previously by the parent and teacher to clear up the matter. Most complaints can be solved in consultation with the principal and perhaps the school board chairperson.

Procedure for Handling Complaints:
    The following have been mandated by the K-12 Board of the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as the official complaint procedure for students, parents, and school board members.

STEP ONE: Initial Concern Discussed

  1. When a concern arises, the individual with the concern must meet and speak directly to the teacher or principal involved about that concern, seeking understanding and resolution. The concern may be expressed in writing as well as verbally.
  2. The concern shall not progress to Step Two until Step One has been fulfilled.
  3. Both parties are expected to write a brief summary of this initial meeting if the concern is not resolved.
  4. It is considered unethical to discuss the concern with a Third party before Step One has been completed.


STEP TWO: Initial Concern Unresolved

  1. If the initial concern is unresolved at Step One, the Principal/Head teacher will set a time convenient to both parties to meet together to discuss the concern seeking resolution. Both written summaries of the initial meeting…
  2. If the Principal/Head teacher is included in the initial concern, the School Board Chairman will become involved and follow the procedures outlined in Step Two.
  3. The Principal or School Board Chairman will keep written documentation of this meeting, and request both parties to sign the completed summary.
  4. It is considered unethical to discuss the concern with individuals not related to the problem.


STEP THREE: School Board Chairman or Superintendent Involved

  1. If the concern is unresolved at Step Two the School Board Chairman will set a time convenient to the Principal/Head teacher, the individual with the concern, and the teacher Involved to seek resolution to the problem. The signed Documentation from Step Two will be presented at this Meeting.
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  3. If the School Board Chairman was involved in Step Two the Ark-La Conference educational superintendent or designee will also be present. The local church pastor/s will be invited to attend this meeting.
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  5. The School Board Chairman or designee will keep written documentation of this meeting, and request all parties attending the meeting to sign a completed summary.


STEP FOUR: School Board Involved

  1. If the concern is unresolved at Step Three, the School Board Chairman will invite the concerned individuals to appear at the next school board meeting. The signed documentation from Step Three will be presented at the meeting.
  2. The Ark-La Conference educational superintendent or designee will be present.
  3. The concerned individuals will be given opportunity to express their complaint and the teacher or principal will be given opportunity to reply. The School Board members may question both parties.
  4. After this questioning period both the concerned individuals and the teacher or principal will be asked to leave the room while the Board decides if this is a parent/student problem, a teacher/principal problem, or a combination of both.
  5. If this is a parent/student problem it will be dealt with according to the policy in the school handbook and the South Western Union educational policy. This conclusion reached by the board will be given to the parent in written form and the matter will be closed.
  6. If this is a teacher/principal problem this process will progress to Step Five.
  7. All parties involved will keep the discussion and conclusions confidential.
  8. The school board will evaluate the situation to determine if new school policies and procedures should be implemented to avoid similar problems in the future or to correct the current problems.
  9. At no time during a school board meeting may a complaint against a faculty member be presented without having followed the procedures outlined in the previous steps.


STEP FIVE: Teacher/Principal Problems

  1. If it is determined by the school board in the presence of the educational superintendent that the concerns are due to teacher/principal problems, the problems will be concisely outlined in writing by the educational superintendent and presented to the teacher/principal along with expectations to correct the problem. A procedural to evaluate the expected changes will also be determined. A copy of the problems, the expectations, and the evaluation procedure will also be shared with the School Board Chairman.
  2. After approximately 60 days the teacher/principal’s progress will be evaluated with a copy of the results given to the teacher/principal and School Board Chairman. If expected progress is not evidenced, the superintendent will send the teacher/principal a letter outlining the seriousness of the situation.
  3. After a second 60-day period the teacher/principal’s progress will be evaluated again with a copy of the results given to the teacher/principal and the School Board Chairman. If adequate progress has been made, the concerns will be closed and a letter of appreciation given to the teacher/principal. If adequate progress has not been made, the superintendent will send the teacher/principal a letter informing the teacher/principal that expected progress is not happening and that an administrative transfer to a new location may be necessary. If at all possible, the transfer is not to take place during the school year.
  4. At the end of the second 60-day period the school board, with the superintendent present, will determine if the teacher/principal can continue to function effectively in the school or if the K-12 Board will be asked to transfer the teacher to a new location.


RESPONSIBILITIES


Of the Principal:

  1. To work with the local conference Department of Education in formulating educational policies and guidelines as requested by that department.
  2. To work with the local school board to establish policies and procedures that will best provide a positive Christian learning atmosphere.
  3. To carry out rules, policies, and decisions of the local school board and conference Department of education.
  4. To assist in the maintaining of the spiritual, scholastic, and financial integrity of Springdale Adventist School.

Of the Teachers:

  1. To keep the parents reasonably informed about the progress of their children, particularly if there is difficulty.
  2. To maintain adequate and precise records of each student’s progress.
  3. To notify within reasonable time, the parents of any student whose quality is likely to result in a D or F at the end of the grading period.
  4. To encourage the student to become part of a positive learning program.
  5. To provide adequate and reasonable supervision and instructions to those students entrusted to our care.

Of the Parents:

  1. To uphold the Christian ideals taught in the school.
  2. To be aware of the need of good health habits in their children, which include:
  3. Sufficient sleep and rest
  4. Supervised television viewing
  5. Provide adequate and nutritious breakfasts
  6. Provide adequate and nutritious lunch
  7. To meet financial obligations to the school promptly. This assists us in maintaining financial integrity of the school and faith with our creditors.
  8. To participate actively with the Home and School Association.
  9. To confer with teachers in person or by phone after school hours—not during class or recess time.
  10. To discuss criticism of the school with the principal, teacher or school board rather than with the children.
  11. To keep students home who show signs or symptoms of any communicable diseases. Parents will be called to pick up their children if symptoms develop at school.
  12. To agree, along with the child, to pay for any damage done to school property by the child.
  13. To show the interest and concern in the child’s progress.
  14. To be aware of an in control of the student’s mode of dress.
  15. To authorize medical treatment of the student in case of accident or illness. (This can be signed at registration).
  16. To see that each of their students has a Bible and sufficient pencils, pens, and paper ready to use the first day of school and throughout the school year.
  17. To arrange for dental and medical appointments outside of school hours whenever possible and except in cases of emergencies or unless the health of the child would otherwise be impaired.
  18. To give the child sufficient opportunity for rest each school night. Long hours before radio and television sets are very detrimental to the health and mind of the child. Sufficient rest is one of the greatest aids to learning.
  19. To be aware of regular school hours posted on the cover of this handbook. Teachers are on duty ½ hour before and ½ hour after regular school hours to supervise students. Students should not be left on school property more than ½ hour before and ½ hour after regular school hours unless sponsored day care is provided. There will be a charge per child and per hour for sponsored day care.
  20. To monitor what your student is bringing to the school. See item numbers 4 and 9 under Responsibilities of Students.
  21. To be aware of the disciplinary policy and procedure.
  22. To assume responsibility for discussing with your student/s all regulations listed in this handbook and to encourage their cooperation.


Of the Students:

  1. To use language befitting a follower of Christ. This eliminates impure, abusive language and taking God’s name in vain.
  2. To be honest and refrain from stealing, deceiving, falsehoods, or any act of dishonesty.
  3. To be neat, clean and well groomed, as well as moderate and modest in dress.
  4. To observe proper safety precautions and not to bring to the school any weapons such as guns, knives, firecracker, or smoke bombs.
  5. To remain on the grounds in the appropriate and required areas during school hours.
  6. To be responsible for replacing any books lost, or property damaged or destroyed, together with replacement costs.
  7. All students are required to take part in the established PE program. A student will be allowed two successive days absence from PE with an explanatory note from the parent. Above that, a note from the student’s physician will be required.
  8. For safety reasons, students may not ride bicycles or motorcycles during school hours on the school grounds. The same responsibility applies also to the use of roller skates or skateboards for the same reason.
  9. No electronic devices or their components will be permitted. Some items included in this letter are: Tape players or tapes for exchange, CD players or CD’s for exchange, Headphones, Radios, or Electronic Games.
  10. To be aware of the specific regulations listed in this manual to follow all regulations of the school whether written or announced, and to give prompt attention to the directions of the school personnel.