|Jacksonville Adventist Academy|
Jacksonville Adventist Academy
All newly accepted student, as well as returning students, who are on academic/behavior probation, are admitted to Jacksonville Adventist Academy on a six (6) weeks probationary period. This period allows administration, faculty and staff to ensure this school is best able to meet each child’s individual needs. During this probationary period, the following areas will be evaluated through informal observation: behavior, academic, attendance and punctuality. Upon reaching the end of the three-week probationary period, parents will be contacted and advised that the period is complete and what, if any, action is recommended.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN & ELEMENTARY ADMISSION
The entrance age for Pre-Kindergarten is four years of age by September 1st of the current school year. Students who come in after the September 1st deadline will be required to complete another year of Pre-K. This is due to Florida law (Section 1003.21(1)(a)2, Florida Statutes) that states that the age for admission into Kindergarten is five years by September 1st of the current school year. The age for admission into the first grade is six years by the first day of the current school year. Exceptions to this policy may only be granted by the Florida Conference Office of Education, which will base its consideration on the following:
STUDENT INFORMATION CHANGES
Parents and students are responsible for keeping the school office informed of all changes concerning the student’s address, phone number, transportation details, financial status, emergency information, name and any other pertinent information.
Parents of students with severe allergies (peanut, milk, fruit, etc.) are responsible for advising school administration and/or student’s teacher of their allergy. All allergy concerns and precautions will be addressed by school administration. JAA is a nut free school.
Consistent attendance is required of all students and will assist in ensuring academic success.
School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. School is dismissed at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Prompt and regular attendance in class, worships, and assembly is expected. Parents must sign in students after 8:00 a.m. Parents are not allowed to escort their children into the classroom.
If a student is absent from class, they must present a signed note from their parents stating the reason for their absence. The signed note must be presented to the school within two days of the absence or the absence will be recorded as unexcused.
All credit for make-up work will be at the discretion of the teacher.
The only absences that can be recognized as excusable are:
Students may not be absent more than 10 days per semester. Those who exceed 10 days may be subject to retention and review by the admissions committee.
Families on scholarship should refer to their individual scholarship policy regarding absences and any possible loss of scholarship due to attendance violations.
No tests or quizzes may be made up when absences are unexcused except at the discretion of each individual teacher.
Tardy students are a disruption to class in progress and are detrimental to the student’s learning.
An unexcused tardy will be changed to excused only if the student brings a signed note from a parent within twenty-four hours.
Students are considered tardy if they are not present in the classroom at 8:00 a.m. and will be so marked on the teacher’s attendance sheet.
If a child is tardy 10 days, parents will be contacted for a meeting with the Administration. Excessive tardiness will be addressed by Administration.
LEAVING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
To remove a student from the premises during the school day, a parent must sign the student out on the “Sign Out” sheet in the school office. A note from the parent with the current day’s date is required for someone other than the parent to sign out a student. Also, someone other than the parent/guardian must be listed on the authorized Student Release form in order to sign out a student.
Weekly chapel services are held. Parents are welcome to attend. The schedule will be available at the start of the school year.
Jacksonville Adventist Academy operates as a closed campus. The school is legally responsible for the safety and well-being of the students during the school day. A student may not leave campus at any time during the school day without parental and administrative permission. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in disciplinary action.
Community Service is a part of the curriculum at Jacksonville Adventist Academy. Students are expected to participate.
The Code of Student Conduct recognizes the following disciplinary actions:
Temporary Removal from Class: The teacher shall have the authority to remove a seriously disruptive student from the classroom. In such cases, the teacher or substitute teacher shall notify the school office to secure the principal or the designated person. The teacher shall be entitled to receive, within a reasonable period of time, a report describing corrective action(s) taken. Guidelines for implementing this provision shall be developed by the faculty and administration.
Corporal Punishment: The Florida Conference policy prohibits the use of corporal punishment at Jacksonville Adventist Academy.
School Suspension: The principal may suspend a student for persistent disobedience and/or gross misconduct. Principals take this action when they have exhausted informal disciplinary strategies, or when they have at least considered the alternatives and rejected them as inappropriate in a given situation. In school suspension may be issued for Stage 1, 2 or 3 violations. Out of school suspension may be appropriate under the following conditions.
Make-up Work: Student must complete any missed work as a result of suspension. Credit for missed work will be given at the discretion of the teacher.
Expulsion: The principal may request that the School Board expel a student. The principal may take this action when they have exerted less severe administrative disciplinary action to no avail; or when he or she has considered those alternatives and rejected them as inappropriate in the given situation. Students who have been suspended 3 times will be referred to the school board to be considered for expulsion.
The following charts describe the mandated disciplinary actions needed in case of violations. If the violation indicates a mandated action, all parts of the required plan must be administered.
The Code of Student Conduct defines distinct violations identified by administrators, teachers, students, and church members, which are representative of those acts that frequently cause disruption of the orderly educational process. This list is not all-inclusive and a student committing an act of misconduct not listed will be subject the discretionary authority of the principal.
A major consideration in the application of the Code of Student Conduct is to identify the most appropriate disciplinary action for bringing about positive behavior. To that end, violations have been divided into five subgroups, and a variety of administrative actions, dependent upon the severity of the misconduct, have been mandated.
The principal, teacher, or both, consistent with the powers delegated to them, have the authority to take additional administrative action if, in their opinion, the nature of the misconduct warrants such action.
The following actions must be taken and documented before a teacher refers a student(s) to the Principal:
Instructor mandated disciplinary actions:
Instructor & Administrator
*The notice of suspension or expulsion must be mailed to the parent.
Recommendation of expulsion will be presented to the School Board after three suspensions. In case of the absence of the Principal a designated person will handle the situation.
Jacksonville Adventist Academy reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of behavior and to discipline accordingly. Rewards and consequences will be administered as best determined by the Administration. Additionally, the Jacksonville Adventist Academy School Board reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student at any time for any reason deemed sufficient to do so.
Bullying and Harassment
JAA wants all of its students to have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from bullying and harassment of any kind. The school will not tolerate bullying and/or harassment of any type. Florida law expressly defines “bullying” as the act of systematically or chronologically inflicting physical harm or emotional distress on a student. Acts of bullying include but are not limited to teasing, social exclusion; threat; intimidation; stalking; physical violence; theft; sexual or racial harassment; public humiliation; or destruction of property.
Cyber-bullying means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose. Harassment is defined as any verbal, written or physical conduct that threatens, insults, or dehumanizes students. Written harassment includes those committed through electronic means and the use of computer software. The Florida anti-bullying law also penalizes those who induce or coerce others to bully or harass students. Consequences for students who commit acts of bullying or harassment may lead to suspension or expulsion.
Sexual Harassment Policy
It is important that JAA maintain a Christ-centered school environment characterized by human dignity, Christian courtesy, and individual respect. Sexual harassment should never be a part of that environment.
It should also be noted that sexual harassment constitutes illegal educational discrimination under Federal and State statutes, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and Title IX of the Education Reform Act Amendment of 1972.
Definition: Sexual harassment constitutes unwelcome sexual advances, sexual comments of any kind, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Reporting Sexual Harassment
Persons who believe they are being sexually harassed should:
Sexual harassment constitutes an infraction of JAA policies and becomes grounds for disciplinary action including:
Note: Successive violations are grounds for progressively severe disciplinary actions. Gross violations may result in immediate suspension or dismissal.
A student caught cheating receives a zero grade on the assignment/test. The teacher will call the parent to arrange a date and time to have a parent-teacher-student-administration conference to discuss the cheating incident. A letter from the administration will also be sent. In addition, any offices held by the student will be forfeited for the remainder of the school year.
A student caught cheating receives a zero grade on the assignment/test. In addition, the student will be suspended for three (3) days. No make-up work will be allowed for the period of suspension.
A student caught cheating will be expelled. The student will receive zero credit for all class work in the grading period in which the third offense occurs.
DRESS CODE POLICY
Jacksonville Adventist Academy is committed to adopting a dress code that demonstrates modesty and is consistent and in harmony with the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. When representing JAA on or off campus, students shall not wear clothing or articles that will in any way differ from or reflect other than these Christian standards. The dress code will be enforced at all times while on campus. This includes before and after school while waiting for transportation.
Uniforms: Uniforms have been adopted as the only appropriate dress for school. These must be purchased through the school-approved vendor only.
VIOLATION OF DRESS CODE
If a student is not in proper school dress code, parents will be contacted. Excessive infractions will be addressed by the administration.
Before school care begins at 7:30am. School doors will not open prior to this time. Students are not to be left unsupervised on school grounds.
Only documented authorized persons may pick-up your child from school. If a non-authorized person will be picking up your child, the school must be notified by text or e-mail. Identification will be required. After School Care will not be provided on the following noon dismissal days; November 18th, December 16th, March 17th and May 19th. On these dates, there will be a charge of $25.00 per 15 minutes that students are picked up late.
Parents will be charged for After School Care if their child is not being directly supervised even if the parent is on school grounds.
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The graduation ceremony is a formal service designed to honor students for their academic accomplishments. There is a graduation ceremony for the graduating Kindergarten and Eighth grade classes. Participating in these exercises is a privilege for all passing graduates. A graduation fee may be charged. Parents will be notified of the fee at the start of the year.
EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION
A diploma is granted to a student who has been in attendance at Jacksonville Adventist Academy for at least the final grading period of the current school year, providing they meet the academic requirements (see Academic Probation), maintains satisfactory attendance and completes their financial obligations to the school.
Students with a GPA below 1.5 will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises. In order for students who have below a 1.5 GPA to receive a certificate of graduation, they must successfully complete a program of summer study to be set up and approved by the school. Upon proof that the approved program has been completed, an eighth grade diploma will be given.
HEAD LICE & RINGWORM POLICY
Students who develop head lice are allowed in school; they should remain in class avoiding close direct head contact with others. Parents will be required to treat their child until they are clean of any lice or nits.
Students with ringworm must keep affected area covered at all times. Parents will be required to treat their child until the area is completely healed.
It is a privilege to use the Media Center/ Computer lab facilities. Students may lose this privilege for any of the following reasons: changing computer configurations, accessing inappropriate Internet sites as explained in the following policy, purposely taking equipment apart or damaging it, downloading games or other data unrelated to the specific assignment, disrespecting the instructor.
Handheld gaming devices are not allowed on campus. If the devices are brought to the school, the teacher will remove the device and the parent can retrieve the device from the school office. Cell phone and tablet policies will be determined by the teacher and enforced by the administrator.
Use of the Internet has been established for a limited educational purpose. The term “educational purpose” includes classroom activities, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities. The Internet access has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. Jacksonville Adventist Academy has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. Each student is expected to follow the rules set forth in this Acceptable Use Policy. Students may not use the Jacksonville Adventist Academy Internet connection for commercial purposes. This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the Jacksonville Adventist Academy Internet connection.
Student Internet Access
Students will access the internet only with direct knowledge of the teacher and when an adult is present in the room. Students will have e-mail access only under their teachers’ direct supervision using a classroom account.
The student and his/her parent must sign an Acceptable Use Agreement to be granted permission to use the Jacksonville Adventist Academy Internet Connection. The parent or teacher can withdraw approval at any time.
The following uses of the Jacksonville Adventist Internet connection are considered unacceptable:
Respect for Privacy:
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement:
Inappropriate Access to Material:
Music, that contains the following materials, is not in keeping with the spiritual and moral guidelines set forth by Jacksonville Adventist Academy:
Music policies will be upheld during all events, including off-campus field trips.
Students must obtain permission from the teacher before bringing to school such things as pets, special projects and items designed primarily for play.
At no time will a student be permitted to bring to school such things as knives, firecrackers, toys, lighters, matches or other things of this nature. Infraction of this rule may result in permanent loss of the article and dismissal from school.
An orientation will be held in order to communicate both school and classroom policies and procedures. All families are required to attend orientation. Orientation is a required school day and is mandatory for both students and parents/guardians.
PARENT CLASSROOM VISITS
All classroom visits must be pre-arranged. Unscheduled classroom visits are not allowed. Parents may leave a message for the teacher and/or drop off student items at the school office, please do not go directly to the classrooms. Teachers are not available for parent visits before school starts unless an appointment has been made.
PARKING ON CAMPUS
All vehicles on campus must be parked in the designated parking areas. Parents dropping off or picking up students must pull into the designated drive lanes in front of the school building and stay in their vehicle until student has entered or departed. After student is dropped off or picked up all vehicles must exit following the flow of traffic. At no time are vehicles allowed to park in the designated drive lanes.
Students should expect only limited privacy in the contents of their personal files on the school’s computers. Routine maintenance and monitoring of school computers may lead to discovery that a student has violated this policy. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a student has violated this policy or the law. Teachers or parents have the right at any time to request to see the contents of the student e-mail files or other computer files.
All students will register on the days indicated in the school calendar and begin their work with the regular classes at the opening of the school year. Returning students with outstanding balances must clear their accounts before they can register for the new school year.
School board meetings are open to members of constituent churches and parents except when an Executive Session of the Board is called.
The school board encourages each patron to cooperate fully with the school board, faculty, and staff. The school and church will work together in fulfilling its objectives for Christian education.
Authorized school trips such as field trips and promotional trips, planned by the school staff and sanctioned by the administration, are considered school days. It is the responsibility of the staff members in charge of the group to make certain that all students in the organization have proper clearance with the school administration and take the Consent to Medical Treatment Form for emergency purposes. All students must have signed permission slips in order to attend. If your student is not participating in the school trip, please make alternate arrangements for them. This is the responsibility of the parents and not the school. Please understand that trips require pre-payment and a student who is unable to attend, for any reason, may not receive a refund. Students on academic probation or severe violation of student conduct may jeopardize the opportunity of being allowed on school trips.
Chaperones on school-sponsored trips will be expected to follow the itinerary for the trip and assist with planned activities.
Any parent who volunteers to transport students during field trips must provide school administration with a copy of a valid driver license and insurance card prior to the field trip.
SKATEBOARDS AND ROLLERBLADES
Due to insurance regulations, students are not allowed to bring skateboards or roller blades to school. “Heely” shoes are not permitted.
All student committees, class meetings, drama, sports, and music organizations must be directed and supervised by a faculty sponsor or approved Board volunteer. Any activity or program being planned must be done in conjunction with the sponsors. Activities done in a non-routine manner must be approved by the administration after the student leaders and sponsors for the organization have developed their ideas. This includes all types of parties and lunchtime activities.
STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Jacksonville Adventist Academy carries an accident insurance policy with Christian Educators Insurance Trust. Covered medical expenses include medical or surgical treatment, hospital confinement and services of a trained nurse for treatment commencing within 90 days of the date of accident and incurred within one year of the date of the first treatment. For more specific information, please request an insurance brochure from the secretary’s office.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The primary objective of Jacksonville Adventist Academy is to develop each student’s potential for learning and to foster positive interpersonal relationships. Students need an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. If this is to be accomplished, the school environment must be free of disruptions that interfere with teaching and learning activities. The student’s conduct determines, to a great extent, the full development of his/her potential for learning and the development of positive relationships.
The purpose of this document is to assist students, parents, teachers, and school administrators in the consistent maintenance of an environment that will enhance the achievement of this objective. To enhance its effectiveness, the Code of Student Conduct addresses not only the role of the parent, the student, and the school but also addresses:
Parents are encouraged to read this document and develop a thorough understanding of its details. JAA School Board Rules, which expand in greater detail upon various aspects of student behavior, are set forth in this document and should be referred to for a complete understanding of a particular issue.
Students at Jacksonville Adventist Academy should conduct themselves in a way that is becoming to a Christian young person by practicing of the following:
THE CODE IS IN EFFECT DURING/WHILE
Regular school hours, students are being transported by car or van, times and places including, but not necessarily limited to, school sponsored events, field trips, after-school care, athletic functions, and other activities, where appropriate, school administrators have jurisdiction over students.
In addition, the principal is authorized to take administrative action whenever a student’s misconduct away from the school has a detrimental effect upon other students’ educational process.
GOOD SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
A good school environment is best thought of as a place for: being positive; helping, not punishing; turning unacceptable conduct into acceptable conduct.
Order and discipline may be described as the absence of distractions, frictions, and disturbances that interfere with the effective functioning of the student, the class, and the school. It is also the presence of a safe, friendly, yet businesslike atmosphere in which students and school personnel work cooperatively toward mutually recognized and accepted goals.
ROLES – PARENT, STUDENT & ADMINISTRATION
The Code recognizes the need for a co-operative relationship among student, parent, and educator. This relationship is exemplified as follows:
School Administrators will:
School Personnel will:
A major consideration in the application of this Code is to help school officials take the most appropriate disciplinary action in the least extreme measure to resolve a disciplinary problem. Teachers and administrators will strive to use a variety of informal disciplinary or guidance strategies, prior to, during, and after formal disciplinary action.
Some Strategies Include:
SAFEGUARD AND RIGHTS
All disciplinary action taken by the school must be in compliance with Florida Conference policies. Inherent in these rules and policies is the philosophy of fairness and consideration for action that is in the best interest of the student.
When confronted with an act that may require the imposition of disciplinary action by the school, the student and all other appropriate persons should be given the opportunity to explain the circumstances of the incident. The parent should always be notified of disciplinary action prior to the action being taken, if at all possible.
Parents have the right to a school level hearing and the right to appeal to higher administrative levels. In instances of expulsion, parent may request an appeal before the Jacksonville Adventist Academy School Board.
Appeal Process: In instances of expulsion, a parent may request from the principal, in writing, within five working days, a hearing before Jacksonville Adventist Academy Appeal Committee.
The Jacksonville Adventist Academy Appeal Committee will consist of:
School Board Members (2), School Board Chairperson, Home & School Leader, Principal
The function of the Jacksonville Adventist Academy Appeal Committee is the following:
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