Student Handbook


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Accreditation
Admissions Policy
Admissions Procedures for Parents
Attendance
Awards & Graduation Program

Books
Bus
Bible Institute

Calculators
Christian Leadership
Church Affiliation
Conduct
Congratulation Slips
Clothing Regulation
Continuing Education

Discipline
Dress Code-Girls
Dress Code-Boys

Field Trips
Fire Drills

General Comments (gripes, off limits, music, offices)
General Information for Students
Glory Roll, Honor Roll
Goal Charts
Graduation Program
Graduation Requirements

Homework
High School Jobs

Jobs



Library
Lost and Found
Lunch

Medical Guidelines
Music

National Convention
National Honor Certificate


Offices, Student
Opportunity


PACE's, Trail of
Parental Involvement
Parties
Physical Education
Progress Reports
Progress Chart

Re- Enrollment Policy

School Jobs
School Supplies
Score Tables
Standard of Conduct
Statement of Faith

Telephone Use
Testing Table
Transportation
Tutoring

Visitors
Volunteers

 


FOR THOU WILT LIGHT MY CANDLE; THE LORD MY GOD WILL ENLIGHTEN MY DARKNESS. Psalm 18:28

O P P O R T U N I T Y

The objective in building a private Christian academy is to obey the Scriptural imperatives of Deuteronomy 6:5-7a:

"And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children..."

and of Proverbs 22:6 to train up a child (you, the student) in THE Way He SHOULD go. Teaching is training. Training for life must include training for eternity.

A Christian academy is an extension of the Christian home in training young people in a Christian environment for time and eternity. The academy staff works closely with parents to train the whole child.

Attendance at this academy is a privilege and not a right. The goals of this academy are not to reform but to train Christian youth of every ability in the highest principles of Christian leadership, self-discipline, individual responsibility, personal integrity, and good citizenship. This school stands without apology for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the highest standards of morality and Christian behavior.

CHURCH AFFILIATION

We believe and have witness to the fact that what we invest in church and community life pays dividends in our Christian walk and growth. The church's functions and activities minister to the WHOLE body and therefore, students, along with their families, should be involved with the WHOLE church life. Our church life and school life are complimentary of each other.

Students and parents are encouraged to regularly attend a Bible believing church, Sunday school, prayer meetings, youth activities, clubs, and functions of the church.

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STATEMENT OF FAITH

We, the academy staff believe in:

1. The inspiration of the Bible, equally in all parts without error in its origin. 2. The one God, eternally existent Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Who created man by a direct immediate act. 3. The preexistence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven, and second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. The fall of man, the need of regeneration by the operation of the Holy Spirit on the basis of grace alone, and the resurrection of all--to life or damnation. 5. The spiritual relationship of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, living a life of righteous works, separated from the world, witnessing of His saving grace through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

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STANDARD OF CONDUCT

Students of this academy are expected to refrain from talking about or engaging in: cheating, swearing, smoking, gambling, rock music, suggestive dancing, drinking alcoholic beverages, and using or talking about narcotics. Students who participate in such activities are subject to suspension. Students are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner, maintaining Christian standards in courtesy, kindness, language, morality, and honesty. Students must agree to strive toward unquestionable character in dress, conduct, and attitude in or out of school.

Any student observing questionable activities or overhearing conversations which are contrary to the policies of this academy should immediately discuss the matter with the Principal.

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*** ADMISSIONS POLICY ***

This academy admits students of any race, color and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color and national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletics, and other academy administered programs.

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ADMISSIONS PROCEDURE FOR BOTH PARENTS

1. Visit academy. 2. Read this Handbook thoroughly, also it is a good thing to review it with your children at the beginning of each year. ( additional copies are $10.00) 3. Request that your pastor send a letter of recommendation. 4. Submit application, medical forms and previous report card. 5. Office will call for an interview of both parents and pupil with the Principal. 6. The birth parents or legal guardian must sign all enrollment forms. 7. Receive notification of acceptance and attend parent/student orientation

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** MEDICAL GUIDELINES **

A medical report must be filled out and submitted to the academy office. In instances where a student needs medical attention, the principal will call the parent, hospital or family doctor. No staff member will be allowed to administer any medicines to the student without parent authorization. All medicines must be kept and administered at the academy office. All students must be current on their immunization, including the Hepatitis B. Call for a schedule of free shots, or call Berks Visiting Nurses 610-378-0481.

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LIBRARY

ALL BOOKS CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF THE LIBRARY FOR THE TIME IT TAKES TO DO TWO ENGLISH PACES. REFERENCE BOOKS MAY NOT BE TAKEN OUT. ANY LOST, DAMAGED OR MISPLACED BOOKS MUST BE PAID FOR. BOOKS THAT ARE OVER DUE ARE SUBJECT TO A 10 CENT FINE PER DAY.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent orientation and conferences promote a good understanding between parents or guardians and the faculty/administration of the academy. Every parent is required to participate in these informative and helpful programs.

The first such meeting will be held at the opening of classes. Ordinarily a parent conference is scheduled following the first and third quarters following progress reports being given to students. Please feel free to call anytime you have a question.

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

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CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Devotions: Daily devotions are held each morning. A monthly scripture is required to be memorized by the end of each month. Chapel: Weekly chapel sessions are held where the student identifies his education with the ministry of the church. Local pastors and staff preach the Word of God with a nondenominational intent. Special Meetings: We encourage high school students to attend I.B.Y.C. before graduation. Spiritual Life Week is held the third week of September to give our students a boost in starting the school year.

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

General supplies for all students are:

Personal King James version Bible Blue ball point pen Dictionary (paperback acceptable) Pencils (2 required at all times), Eraser and Ruler Standard notebook paper for reports and compositions File box (7th grade and up) 3 x 5 cards for research notes (4th grade and above) Notebook or PACE carrier Small compass (high school department) Protractor (high school department) We ask the support of all students to bring in the following paper items: Toilet paper, Tissues, Paper or (C-fold )Towels and the 3oz. paper drinking cups. As you shop, occasionally pick up and send in an extra pack to school. This will greatly help keep operating costs down,

LOST AND FOUND
The Lost and Found Department of the academy is operated from the academy office.

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HOMEWORK

The responsibility for scholastic achievement is placed on students in our program. The goals set by the student or supervisor are no more than the student is capable of completing during the school day. Should the student not meet his goals for that day, he will be required, at the discretion of the supervisor, to complete the work at home. Should the child have homework, a green slip will be attached to the PACE giving the pages to be completed. The slip is to be signed by the parent AFTER checking the child's work and returned the following day. No Encyclopedia may be taken home. Make sure to look ahead for initials needed, if your child has failed to do so, please check their work and give initials so your child can do the homework, if your in doubt, call. Failure to comply will result in after school detention to complete the work at a charge of $15.00 per hour.

ANNUAL AWARDS AND GRADUATION PROGRAM

The Annual awards and Graduation Program is held each spring. Students compete during the year to attain awards in: Literature Scripture Academic Achievement Athletics Personal Achievement Students in 9-12th grades can earn an academic letter for a grade point average of 3.8. Please note the date on your school calendar, and make plans to attend. If it is not possible to attend, please notify the school principal. We appreciate your cooperation. We attempt to put together a program that involves all the children.

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FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are scheduled when appropriate during the year. Although such off campus learning experiences are of real enjoyment for the student, it is to be realized that these experiences are also designed to enrich learning. Supervisors may ask students to take notes and tests about the trip upon returning to school. A natural outgrowth of such trips, under the supervision of adults on every occasion, is that the student is disciplined in the art of self-control and gracious deportment in all kinds of situations. Students earn the right to go on a field trip by memorizing the monthly Scripture by the deadline date (no exceptions made) & all pace work must be completed to date. All expenses for field trips will be divided among students.

CONGRATULATIONS SLIPS

Every time a student receives a PACE star, he is given a Congratulations Slip that he takes to his parents telling of his success and score. Parents have an excellent opportunity then to encourage and compliment the student.

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FIRE DRILLS

At the sound of three (3) bells, students are to stand and walk out of the building in an orderly manner to a designated place. At two (2) bells return to Learning Center in the same orderly manner. Students must walk in a line. They are expected to refrain from talking, pushing or running. Each Supervisor will be with his group. Practice fire drills will be held during the school year.

DISCIPLINE

This is not a corrective institution. Consequently, we ask that you do not enroll your child with the idea that we will reform them. We are here to work with the home, but not to take the place of parents who have experienced difficulty in fulfilling their role. All new students are admitted on probation for the first six weeks. Students must at all times conduct themselves in a manner becoming to a Christian. Griping is not tolerated! If your child does come home complaining about a policy or discipline, please follow this procedure:
 1. Give the staff the benefit of the doubt.
2. Realize that his reporting is emotionally biased without all the information.
 3. Realize that we have reasons for all rules and that they are enforced without favor.
4. Support the Administration and call us for all the facts.

When a student's attitude is not in accord with academy policies or principles, the student will be placed on probation and both parents are to be called for a conference. If, within two weeks, the administration feels the situation has not changed, parents will be asked to withdraw the student. High school students in particular--because of their testimony before younger children--are trained to adhere to the academy's philosophy and Christ-centered program. Such adherence includes abstinence from smoking, use of alcoholic beverages, use of narcotics, listening to secular or religious rock or suggestive country music, suggestive dancing, swearing, viewing or discussing Hollywood movies, or any other questionable practice including having weapons or questionable items on campus. This academy is dedicated to the training of children in a program of study, activity, and living that is Christ-centered. We believe that "all things should be done decently and in order," and that our students should be taught to accept a given responsibility to walk honorably before all men. Cheating will not be tolerated. "HONORABLY BEFORE ALL MEN"--Here, a discipline is maintained which is firm, consistent, fair, and tempered with love. Our faculty maintain standards of behavior in the classroom through kindness, love, and a genuine regard for their students. However, when disciplinary action becomes necessary, it is firmly carried out, tempered by good judgment and understanding. See Attachment of PSP & Public School Code.

To know wisdom and instruction: To perceive the words of understanding: To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice and judgment and equity. Proverbs 1:2-3

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SCHOOL ACCREDITATION

ACE is accredited by many colleges and business schools. Children preparing for post high school education should talk to the principal about college listings and placements. Lighthouse Christian Academy is a member of the Christian Law Association (CLA), The American College Testing Program (ACT), and the Pennsylvania Association of Accelerated Christian Education (PAACE).

ATTENDANCE
 A written excuse signed by parent or guardian must be presented to Supervisor when a student returns to school after an absence. If the absence is foreseeable, a note should be sent in advance. Doctor, dental, music and other appointments are to be made after school hours. After three days, a doctors excuse will be needed. We will also need an excuse for tardiness. Prolonged or accumulated absence will be handled under Truancy (24 sec 13-1333 A1) of the crimes code. Students Exceeding 18 days of absence are subject to automatic failure and fines by state law.

Absences other than sickness and emergency will be excused only if arrangements are made in advance with the Principal and the student is sufficiently advanced in his work. Excessive absences will inhibit the child's progress. If, in the opinion of the Administration, the absences are unnecessary, the child will be considered truant and must be reported under Sec 13-1333 A1 of the crimes code and PPE mandatory attendance law. A student is considered tardy if he is not in the Learning Center at 8:30 am. Continued tardiness will necessitate a conference with parent and Principal, possibly leading to revocation of student privileges.

HONOR ROLL 94% average in all subjects GLORY ROLL 97% average in all subjects

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HIGH SCHOOL JOBS

High school students with 54 or fewer PACE's remaining to graduate must maintain the following requirements to be excused from school early for outside work: * Attendance in school for 4 hours minimum per day until graduation * Note from prospective employer indicating acceptance of the student to work during school hours * Work must correspond with a "course of study" provided by the school * Conference conducted with student, parents and administrator for approval

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 21 to 25 units of credit is required for graduation. A prescribed course of study will be determined through a conference among the staff, parents and student. Transfer students must complete at least 54 PACE's in this academy before receiving a diploma. A Christian example is a precedent to graduation and students may be denied a diploma in accordance to his conduct. A student missing more than 18 days of school will not be given credit towards graduation for that particular year. A student's tuition must be paid in full in order to receive their diploma and transcript, if not, it will be held until payment is made.

COLLEGE
 Subjects Reg. units English I, II, III, IV 4 (10,000 word essay or research paper counts for one Eng. credit) Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trig, Calculus 4 Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics 4 World History, American History, US Govt., Civics 4 Computer Literacy , Tech courses 1 Health 1 Economics 1 State History 1/2 Bible 2 Foreign Language 1 Physical Education (1/4 per year) 1 Electives 5 25 total credits

GENERAL PREPARATORY

Subjects Reg. units English 4 Algebra, Business or Practical Math 3 Biology, Physical Science 3 World History, US Government, Civics, American History, Economics 3 Computer Literacy 1 Health 1 State History 1/2 Bible 2 Physical Education (1/4 per year) 1 Electives 5 22 total credits

VOCATIONAL/CAREER

English 4 Math 2 Science -2, Computer Science -1, Health 1 Social Studies 3 Bible 2 Physical Education (1/4 per year) 1 Vocational or vo-ag Electives 6 21 total credits

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

Students attending evening classes to attain high school credits and diploma will have the amount of credits needed determined by credits acquired at high school compared to this academy's requisite for graduation. The balance and remainder of difference will be required PLUS 2 Bible credits. (An exception is if less than 1 year of work is needed to acquire diploma. Then only 1 Bible until will be required.)

BIBLE INSTITUTE

 College credits will be placed on a special permanent record available for transfer. Up to 60 credits are available. Please check with the Dean of Academic Affairs for accreditation at the college you attend.

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PROGRESS REPORTS

The grading system of our academy is designed to give parents a true indication of the student's progress or lack thereof. Progress Reports are given to students to present to their parents on the dates set on the Academy Calendar, following each nine week period. The report is to be signed by the parent and returned to the academy promptly.

** Please Note: For grades 3-12, You must only return the bottom portion of the report card with the signature line, the portion with your student's grades is for you to keep.**

TRAIL OF A PACE
1. MONITOR pulls PACE from PACE inventory to assign to students. 2. STUDENT completes PACE at office, asking permission periodically to score the PACE at the Scoring Table for accuracy. SUPERVISOR checks PACE and initials in green ink when student is ready to proceed with the Checkups and Self- Test. 3. SUPERVISOR checks the Self-Test to determine if the student is ready to test, reviews problem areas with the student, and "holds" the PACE until the next day in "TO TEST" tray. 4. MONITOR pulls Test from file and places in "TO TEST" tray. 5. STUDENT is called to Testing Table where he completes the Test. 6. SUPERVISOR scores the completed Test after school. 7. MONITOR draws new PACE from inventory. The student's test score is recorded on the Supervisor Progress Card. 8. SUPERVISOR discusses the test results with student and places test and PACE in tray for filing. A star and new PACE are given to the student. 9. MONITOR checks "FILE" tray each day after school and removes "Conference PACE's." 10. PRINCIPAL gives out Congratulation Slips at opening exercises. 11. SUPERVISOR may waive supervisor initials for responsible pupils who have demonstrated the ability to maintain accuracy.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION
It is a state requirement and policy that no student is excused from the required Physical Education course offered unless a doctor's excuse is presented. Any expense for bus transportation and gymnasium rental will be equally divided. P.E. will be conducted on Thursdays unless otherwise notified.

NATIONAL CONVENTION
 One of the most exciting and rewarding events for students is the Annual A.C.E. State Convention. Students over age 13 by December 31 are encouraged to prepare for competition in any of more than 70 events including athletics, music, arts/crafts, and platform arts. Winners are eligible for the National Convention held each April. Contestant Guidelines are available to assist students in preparing for competition. Preparation begins in the fall under supervisor control. Home School students participating in A.C.E. Curriculum are also entitled to go to State and Nationals. All students are asked to help with fund raisers for this project. For events, the convention guidelines book is available in the school office.

NATIONAL HONORS CERTIFICATE

A National Honors Certificate is available to students who qualify by meeting these requirements: 1. Average score of 12.9 or higher on a National Achievement test at the end of the senior year. 2. Completes A.C.E. college preparatory curriculum with a minimum of 25 1/2 units and with a PACE average above 94%.

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TELEPHONE USE

The academy phone is reserved for official business and emergency calls only. Students desiring to place calls will give the name and number to academy personnel who in turn will place the call. No Cell-phones or Beepers

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENT

Students are not permitted to communicate with other students or be out of their office without permission. Score station privilege is not a license to stop and talk with other students. No chewing gum is allowed. Do not turn around in office; sit facing straight ahead. No activities are to be carried on in offices not directly related to learning or prescribed instruction unless privilege has been earned. Raise academy flag for supervisor guidance in academic problems. Ask Supervisor only academic questions during class time. (You may ask personal questions on break time.) Use rest room, get drinks, and sharpen pencils during break time. Do not arrive at the school before 7:50 am. Note passing is not allowed. No toys, etc., allowed in offices. Be kind to one another. Be courteous, do not call Supervisor or Monitor while they are talking with another student. Do not follow them around. Ask permission, no back-talk, ask questions when not sure, do not act without being sure, show respect and manners at all times.

All areas are to be kept neat and orderly. Be neat in rest room.
STUDENT PROGRESS CHART: is to be kept in upper left corner of office bulletin board. Do not mark on this chart.
STUDENT OFFICE: Offices are assigned; changed only by Supervisor; must be cared for. Tacks, chair cushion and desk mat may be brought. Anything placed in office must be approved by Supervisor. No personal pictures or secular materials are to be placed on bulletin boards. Do not lean or sit on any office. Electrical outlets are for approved academy equipment only. Offices are private--do not invade. No red or green pens allowed in offices.
GOAL CHARTS:
Keep posted in center of bulletin board. Set exact page numbers and check off when daily goals have been scored and corrected. PACE'S: Arrangement of PACE's for daily check: math, social studies, science, spelling, English, literature (divide last block). Use resource books; if answers cannot be found, ask Supervisor for help. NO changing goals without permission. Do not doodle in PACE's, take good care of them, look ahead for initials needed. After completing checkups and self-test, Supervisor's initials are needed before turning in PACE.

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Testing Table:

The test is issued after PACE is completed, scored, corrected, re-studied, and turned in. Take test at Testing Table where student remains until finished. Test results: 80% or better may advance. No talking at test table. YOUR CHRISTIAN WITNESS IS ONLY AS VALID AS YOUR LIFESTYLE

** GENERAL COMMENTS **

GRIPING IS NOT TOLERATED. MARKED ON OR DEFACED PROPERTY IS TO BE REPLACED AT OFFENDING STUDENT'S EXPENSE. Stairway is for walking, not running. Use only language and words which glorify the Lord. High school students, "hands off elementary students," and elementary students, "no back-talk to high school students." Break times: When a student checks out physical education equipment, He is responsible to return or pay for it. Lunch procedures: USE INDOOR VOICES, eat only at table areas and put all trash in waste cans. Go to recreational area after dismissal from eating area. No soda or high sugar foods, please. We will not provide lunch if you forget. Think about "fasting." Off limit areas: Other student's offices; teacher's desk and files, outside building. STUDENTS CANNOT LEAVE THE ACADEMY AREA DURING SCHOOL TIME WITHOUT PERMISSION. Recite your monthly Scripture passage as soon as possible. Do not put it off. Academy staff are required to follow and set example for all rules and regulations set forth in this Handbook.

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USE OF CALCULATORS

Calculators are not allowed for mathematical work. They may be used for other subjects, other than math. PACE's must be initialed by Supervisor for calculator use in special math PACE's.

NOTES TO REMEMBER

Music: Christian music only, may be played during your time at the Academy. Only that music which glorifies the Lord. (No rock music. NO WALKMAN RADIOS, IPODS, MP3, OR OTHER MEDIA PLAYERS Books & All books and magazines must be approved in writing by parents Magazines and approved by Supervisor upon student's arrival at academy. Student bulletin boards and offices Only "positive," approved items, please.

PARTIES

Parties are not academy sponsored unless parents receive notification by letter from the Principal.

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VISITORS

Visitors must keep clothing standards and get student pass from office before entering Learning Center. Committees Committees include library, yearbook, newsletter, and prayer. They are service committees for students providing opportunity for school spirit and service.

RULES FOR STUDENT SCHOOL JOBS

1. Trash and floors - Check floor for trash and playground. 2. Pens - red scoring pens placed on scoring tables each morning and put away each afternoon. Score Keys - organize all keys by their number and name, daily. 3. Bathrooms - check floors, pick up paper 4. Play area - survey playground daily. Pick up all balls, equipment or trash and put all things where they belong.. 5. Clean tables - after lunch meal when everybody is away from tables. 6. Student Librarian 7. Ice cream - available at lunch and after school (must have money; no credit voucher).

TRANSPORTATION

Cars and bicycles should be locked. All students stay out of and off of vehicles from arrival time until departure. There is to be no " Hot Roding" before or after school and no loud entertainment systems played on campus. Special permission is needed to run errands. Students driving cars must register the car at the academy office and must sign the student driver agreement. Students using public transportation need to pick up a 504 Form in order to apply for public busing at your school district office.

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SCORE TABLE RULES AND PROCEDURE

Score keys are to be handled carefully. No writing on or defacing them or score table. This will be dealt with seriously. Mark red "X" beside each wrong answer. Use red pen only at score table (never at office). Answers are for scoring work only. Correct error in pencil at office. Rescore--circle each red "X" in red when answer is corrected. Circle in red each PACE page number when whole page is correct. Replace score key to proper order and file. Cheating will be dealt with seriously; ask for help if you need it. No pencils are to be taken to the score table or are you to have a red pen in your office. If score table is full (no more than 2 at a time), don't waste time waiting--work on another PACE until you can go to score table. Place PACE on top of office when ready to score. Wait for permission from Supervisor to go to score table. Friday - help tear down and put PACE's away, etc.

FLAGS A raised academy tan flag will bring your Supervisor. Do not leave your seat. Raise tan flag for guidance in academic problems.

CLOTHING REGULATIONS & PERSONAL APPEARANCE

Dress Clothing Requirements: the highest standard for dress codes is a top quality set of clothing. 1. Dress clothes prevent Christian youth from being a stumbling block through immodesty or sloppy dress. 2. Dress clothes and high standards help prevent giving offense. 3. Clothing regulations result in higher discipline and higher academics. 4. Proper dress helps improve a student's self image, clothing should be properly pressed, unsoiled and not torn or ragged. 5. Classroom decor is provided with dress colors. 6. Dress clothes provide distinct difference; "being not conformed..but..transformed." 7. Dress clothes give identification for building academy "esprit de corps." 8. Dress clothes reduce yearly clothing costs. 9. Dress clothes eliminate daily decision of what to wear. 10. Dress clothes eliminate competition in dress between potential social climbers. 11. Dress clothes standardize and neutralize externals while enhancing individualization in internal values. 12. Clothing displaying vulgar writing or symbols, sexual-reference is not allowed. 13. Any apparel which the principal determines to be unacceptable shall not be worn.

ALL CLOTHES SHOULD BE CLEAN, IN GOOD REPAIR, AND WELL PRESSED

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DRESS CODE for Girls

Dress Clothes - Any combination of tan, brown and white consisting of a jumper, skirt and vest, or dress, culotte or skirt with sweater (no flannel or sweat shirts) , all solid in color, blouses cannot be sleeveless, wear tan, white or brown socks or panty hose. Blouses - Must wear plain white, tan or brown. Neckline is to be no lower than the distance of one button open on a blouse or dress. Sleeveless blouses must be worn in a layered look. Garments of see-through materials or form-fitting fabric are not allowed. Turtleneck, cowl neck and blouses that button in the back will also be allowed. Slacks - or anything pertaining to slacks are not in keeping with the dress code. They may be worn, however, under the dress or skirt during the time of December 15 to March 15. Slacks with a front fly cannot be worn at any time nor can any type of jeans or slacks that look like jeans. Skirts, jumpers, culottes and dresses - Length of skirt, jumper, culotte or dress is to the middle of the knee or longer. A 3-piece layered look consisting of a skirt or culotte, blouse and vest or jacket or sweater is an alternative to the jumper. Shoes - No platform heels are allowed for safety reasons. Sneakers are allowed. NO sandals or open toe shoes. Gym - Must wear warm-up, sweat, jogging suit or culottes with long blouse or sweat or LCA t-shirt. Sneakers must be worn.( no street, stretch cloths, or front fly pants) Other - Girls must have a feminine hair style. Jewelry is allowed, but not in excess (e.g. one ring, one necklace and one bracelet.) Earrings are allowed, but size and style will be left to the discretion of the Supervisor. Cardigan sweaters may be worn during winter months. NO HEAVY PERFUMES, No visible tattoos or body piercing. No sun glasses will be worn indoors or full length body coats. No pen- knives of any kind are allowed in your possession. CHILDREN OF ALL GRADES WILL BE UNDER ADVISEMENT OF THEIR SUPERVISOR IN THEIR DRESS.

'Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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DRESS CODE for Boys
 Dress Clothes - Any combination of brown and tan, tan pants and white shirt or brown pants and white shirt; consisting of slacks, long-sleeve dress shirt, and socks. Slacks - During regular school days, boys must wear slacks, but no jeans or pants resembling jeans. A belt must be worn. Shirts - Boys can wear either a plain tan, white or brown shirt. Turtleneck or cowl neck is allowed, also. Shirts are to be worn inside pants. Shoes - Boys may not wear shoes with cleats or platform heels. Sneakers are allowed.

Gym - Must wear sweat suit and a loose-fitting shirt or jogging suite. Sneakers must be worn. (LCA T- shirts are required) Hair - Hair must not touch collar. Ears must be uncovered, no shorter than a No.2 comb. Also, No braided hair, bush top cuts, or design cuts, dread locks or under cuts are allowed.

Other - Cardigan sweaters or sleeveless pull-over vests can be worn during winter months. No sun glasses will be worn indoors or full length body coats. No visible tattoos or body piercing, chains on belts or around the neck. No possession of pen-knives etc. of any kind NO HEAVY AFTER SHAVE LOTIONS OR PERFUMES

DRESS UP DAY DRESS CODE
The rules for general dress are in effect on dress up days. The purpose of the dress up days at this academy is for the opportunity to change the color tone of the learning center. Modesty and good Christian taste is always to be the priority. It is not to be a casual dress, but a formal dress wear; therefore, monograms, figures, pictures or writing of such would not be appropriate on clothing. Boys are asked to wear dress shirts, and ties or bow ties. Belts are to be worn with the pants. Girls are not to wear slacks or anything pertaining to slacks. Neckline is to be no lower than the distance of one button open on a blouse. Sleeveless blouses must be worn in a layered look. All garments are not to be of see-through material nor form-fitting. Length of skirt, dress or jumper is to be middle of the knee or longer. No athletic shoes or sneakers are allowed.

**this code is required for our graduation and awards program**

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RE-ENROLLMENT POLICY
 This application is for parents who desire to have their children attend the following school term. The form is to be returned by the 15th of June. If the form is not returned , your children will be removed from our school register. At this point if you intend to return the children to school, we will follow a new student admissions policy including a $55.00 registration fee. This policy was adopted at the June 1995 LCA Board Meeting for the protection of the school as well as the administration who can be fined up to $10,000.00 by the State Dept. of Ed. upon a school audit. I know this sounds like a hard policy, but the state is just looking for excuses to close Christian schools. We are required by law to submit a list of our enrollment to all public schools officials in accordance to the district in which you have residence by June 30, and secondly to re-apply for transportation for those students who are enrolled at LCA and have used public transportation in the previous year. We have in the past held seats for students we figured would be back, as you can see we can no longer do this. We also usually have a list of children wanting to come to school if we have room. By not returning your re-enrollment form, we are left waiting, and your friends who are wanting to enroll their children are also waiting and wondering what they should do. So please do not procrastinate and return the form as soon as you receive it. If you are undecided, please contact us and let us know so we can work with you and that way we will know where you stand. If you have enrolled your child and decide to withdraw them after July 31st, you will be billed for the first quarter of tuition to cover the cost of books purchased.

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School Bus Rules
 These rules of discipline are important and are maintained in order to insure safety and Pa. Department of Transportation rules & regulation for school bus operation. Whenever a driver must direct his attention away from the road, danger exist. Students will be expected to comply to these rules. 1. No screaming conversations needs to observe quiet conduct. 2. Seating- seats will be assigned, no boys and girls sitting together. 3. No getting out of the seat while the bus is in motion (standing, walking). 4. No food or drink on the bus. No soda is to be purchased at gym. 5. Do not throw trash on the floor, a scrap can is provided at the entrance of the bus. 6. No parts of the body shall be extended out of the windows. 7. Students shall sit in a forward position while the bus is in motion. Do not lay down on seats or sit with legs extended into the isles. 8. Students shall be quiet when the bus stops at all railroad crossings. 9. Students shall under no exception, open or use the emergency exits doors under normal operation.

If your child violates these rules and the bus is stopped by the police, you as the parent will be responsible for the costs and fines. If a student has their bus privilege suspended, the parent will be responsible to transport the child to school, vo-tech or gym. If you do not plan on using public transportation for ANY reason on any given day, or have missed the bus, sickness etc. on a particular day, it is your responsibility to notify your district provider.

Policy for Tutoring:
Before and After School Child Care A policy has been set by the board of director at the March 1997 meeting for child care and tutoring. If your child needs to be dropped off early or needs to stay after school for lack of transportation etc. or for academic tutoring in subjects where the student is behind, a fee of $15.00 / hour will be charged for this time. We ask that you notify us of such needs for child care, and we will notify you if your child is behind and needs tutoring in order to catch up in their work. A student can not be left at the school unattended. If you have special needs, contact us so we can make arrangements to help with your need.

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LUNCH
Due to the time period and the amount of students, we ask that you limit warm up to once or twice a week. Please do not send in food items that require cooking. Our teacher were spending their lunch period cooking and they need a break as well.

Volunteers
 If you have a talent or just spare time, we can always use the help. We have a need for playground supervisors for break or lunch time. This would help our teachers get some free time in a day.

Pennsylvania State Zero Tolerance Policy (Violations of the State Crimes Code) Please see, " Specific Offences" on the last pages. Violations of the school policy manual can result in: 1st time offence; a written notice and parent conference, 2nd offence; a citation with up to a three day suspension plus fine or community service, 3rd offence; expulsion from the academy and the balance of the tuition to be paid immediately. Any act that violates the Pa Criminal Code will be handled by the Pa. State Police or District Justice. See Attachment Also under the zero tolerance policy, we are asking you to sign a consent (included in the enrollment form) for random searching of desks, back-packs and cloths if a student acts suspicious or displays unusual behavior. This is for the safety and protection of the staff and student body. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Attachment

In 1998, the Pa. Legislature updated the 1946 Public School Code, P.L. 30, No. 14 as a step in dealing with violence in the Pa. School System. A copy of this is on file in the school office. A new manual was published called, " PSP Safe Schools" as a school violence prevention program. We are required to report acts of violence as spelled out by the Pa. Crimes Code to either the Pa. State Police or to the local District Justice depending on the act violated. A copy of this is also available for review in the school office. If you would like to see or discuss this new law, feel free to contact the school for an appointment. All offences are logged, and depending on the violation it may be handled by detention , or repeated offences may call for suspension and criminal actions, ex. weapons would be an automatic expulsion. You as the parent would have to participate in an alternative education program that could cost between $3-5000.00 per year plus the balance of the school tuition would have to be paid. Also depending on the act, a $50 to 300.00 fine can accompany a suspension. Acts taken to court, will include fines, court costs and even community service or probation periods. This is not to be taken lightly, and if you think that there is not a problem, you need to come in for a conference. In the last five years, we have seen a real decline in the behavior of children in Christian Schools, so this problem does not only exist in public school. We hope till next year to have a new hand book printed which will have all changes included. We will attach a print out of "Specific Offences" as listed in the Pa. Crimes Code. Please read this information, and discuss it with your children. The Commonwealth of Pa. is taking serious action, and if I as an school administrator do not comply, I can be fined up to $10,000.00 for neglect of duties as a teacher or principal.

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Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Policy
 Student use, possession, distribution, sale or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, controlled substances, "look-alike" drugs, steroids or possessing paraphernalia on any school premise or school function ( home or away) is strictly prohibited. The Penalty for violation of this policy will be suspension from school and the proper authorities will be notified. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the violation of this policy could result in permanent exclusion from school.

Drivers Education Drivers education is provided by the academy. It is recommended that the student take this course at the age of 15 or in the 9th grade or above. This is a very time consuming course, but beneficial. The course can also be taken over the summer.. Under the new Pennsylvania Drivers Code, insurance companies are now excusing this program and granting a discount to students with a good academic and clean behavioral record. See your insurance agent or the principal for more details.

School Closing
 Please check your school calendar that is given to you in the beginning of the school year for the days the school is closed. You will be notified of calendar changes as quickly as possible. In the event of weather emergencies, these will be announced on the homepage of our website, www.lmchurchacademy.org Channel 69, WFMZ, www.wfmz.com, 100.7 FM WLEU, 830 AM WEEU, 1400AM, Country 96-WCTO Channel 6, and NBC TV.

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Conduct in General
1. Cheating, parents will be notified, student will receive a "Zero" for the work, and the work must be done over. The second offense of cheating may result in a failure grade for the semester and if the student is in 9 to 12 grade, they would receive no credit for the subject. A third offense would result in a three day suspension, loss of grade and credit for the year. This subject would have to be taken over the following year.

2. Any conduct which causes or which creates a reasonable disruption or interference with any school function, activity, or class, interferes with or creates a reasonable problem with the health, well-being, or rights of others is prohibited. Punishment will be at the discretion of the principal.

3. False communication; bomb threats verbal or written is a crimes code violation.

 4. The willful causing or attempting to cause damage to private or school property. CCV 5. Stealing or attempting to steal private or school property. CCV 6. Causing or attempting to cause physical injury to oneself or others including throwing objects which could cause injury except where such injury results from an accident, self-defense, or other action undertaken on the reasonable belief that it was necessary to protect some other person. CCV 7. Threatening or intimidating any person for the purpose of or with the intent of , obtaining money or anything of value from the person. CCV 8. Using vulgar, obscene, sarcastic, demeaning, thrashing or intimidating language by school standard. CCV


Counseling Service

 LCA offer a guidance service for children of all ages. We will help or make referrals for most any situation that may arise in the family. We also serve as the academic advisor for your child's high school career and college planning. Our purpose is to be an extension of your home in family in the raising of children and glorifying God. We act as the agency for all school testing programs. Anytime you have any questions about your students career exploration or post graduate planning, feel free to contact the principal. In the beginning of each school year the high school students are taken aside for scheduling subjects needed for graduation and the potential credits they need for graduation, please feel free to come in and discuss this important plan for your child's life.

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Tuition
 All rates for tuition is set and announced on the enrollment form for the school term. Payments can be made in several ways.
1. All tuition paid at one time in the beginning of the school year,
2. Quarterly,
3. A 10 month payment plan or
4. A 12 month payment plan.
If you are going to be late in payment, please notify the principal. We will do our best to work with you in your crisis situation. The last payment of the quarter covers the paces needed by your child to study, without this, your child will have no work to do. All tuition must be paid in full before enrollment for the next year takes place. If your child is suspended or expelled, the full years tuition will have to be completed before records will be transferred to another school. If you leave this school for any reason, the tuition must be paid in full before transcripts and records will be transferred. You have five school days to comply, after which the receiving school is not allowed to house your children by Pa. School Code Attendance Law. At that point your child will be in illegal absence from school which violates the crimes code and you are now reported to the District Justice for a hearing and fines and penalties. $95.00 will be deducted / child if paid in full by Sept. 20, half day kindergarten will subtract $ 40.00.. Kindergarten is based on $6.00/ half day with the option of three or five day program or they can attend full time at the normal rate. If any checks bounce or payment is made after the first of the month there will be a $35.00 charge. Insurance The school is not responsible for hospital or doctor bills contracted due to accidents that happen on the school premises. If you do not have insurance, please contact the principal for alternative plans. In the state of Pennsylvania, all children are given medical insurance through a special plan if you are not covered by a private or work plan.

Questioning Apprehension by Authorities
 The school is frequently consulted by police, social services. child protection agencies and others agencies concerning child abuse, child welfare and other investigative procedures. If there is an internal problem in your family, please notify the principal as soon as possible, we would like to hear from the parents first. We are an extension of your family, and want to make a fair assessment before being confronted by these agencies.

Sexual Harassment
 LCA board policy prohibits sexual harassment from occurring among its employees, volunteers or students. We will make every effort to prevent it from happening by advising students, staff and volunteers of its prohibition in actions, conversations or written notes or letters. Suspension & Expulsion Guidelines Types of exclusions: 1. Short term, up to five days 2. Emergency, Immediate exclusion if the student has a dangerous illness. 3. Long term, More than five days no more than thirty days. 4. Expulsion, Remainder of the school year. Conditions: 1, Short term; Investigated and determined necessary by the principal to help the student. The student will be given oral or written notice of the charges and be given an opportunity to show repentance. The principal shall give reasons for the action taken in a letter to the students parents. The student will have a conference when they return to school with a probation time set for the student. 2. Emergency Exclusions; May not be extended any longer than what is suggested or recommended by their physician. A Doctors excuse must accompany the students return. 3. Long Term exclusion; Most of these offences will be a violation of the Pa. Crimes Code. They will be dealt with in accordance with the law described in all of the attachments and handbook rules. 4. Expelling a student; Most of these offences will be violations of the Pa. Crimes Code. They will be dealt with in accordance with the law described in all of the attachments and rules of this handbook. Because the student will not be returning to school, the parents will have several options. a. home school, b. an alternative school ( ex. Kids Peace) or if the crime is sever enough, they could be placed in juvenile detention by the judge, and then the procedure will be addressed by the courts. For items a. & b., you have thirty days in which to comply. After this, you will be charged for violation of the compulsory attendance law of the State of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions regarding this handbook, please feel free to stop in and discuss it with the principal. This is a product of the violent day and society that we live in. It's a shame to have to spell out all of these rules and regulations along with the consequences, but we are bound by the law to do so. Please accept our apology for any language in this handbook that may offend you. We have written it in accordance with the outlines of the revision of the 1998 Public School Code PC 30, No. 14.]

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Probation Period All student entering school for each new school term are automatically o a six week probation period. During this time, students will be evaluated for their behavior. If you as a parent have a problem with the school, this is the grace period in which to make changes. New students will be allowed to resign during this six week probation period with out tuition penalty, only the first quarter needs to be paid. This clause does not apply to returning concerning tuition.

Acts of Passive Defiance

Passive defiance is defined as an act of willful neglect for school rules, a disregard for property or a disrespect for teachers or other students that does not contribute to an act of violence. Examples: repeated homework that is incomplete, improper dress code violations, improper language, improper care of school property. These acts will have the following penalties; Parent conference, in school detention, after school detention at a cost of $12.00 per hour, suspension with a fine of $50.00 per day or expulsion with required full payment of tuition.

Attachment At the May 20, 2001 Board meeting, the following resolution was passed and adopted to the student handbook to comply with the local and state regulations concerning illegal day absences.

Resolution: For every day a student has an illegal days absence, five points will be deducted from the students final average. This will be in addition to the already set regulations under crimes code on truancy 24 sec 13-1333 and the policy of the school printed on pages 8 &9 of the student hand for LCA.

Crimes Code

Any offences will be subject to review & prosecution based on the Crimes Code of Pa. Sect. 2709, 2707, 2708, 5504, 5505, 5506, 5507, 5501, 5502, 5503, 6306, 6306.1

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