Community Christian Academy Handbook

This handbook is designed:

  • To help you understand our educational program
  • To inform you of the policies of our school.
  • To help you understand your responsibilities and the importance of your cooperation.

Read and study it carefully.  Preserve it for future reference.  You may use it as a source of information when discussing Community Christian Academy with others who may be interested.


Philosophy of Education

Dedicated to a definite Christian philosophy of education, the Community Christian Academy of the Community Bible Church exists to afford parents the opportunity to fulfill their God-given obligation to “train up a child in the way he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6)

We purpose to provide a Christ-centered education with a Biblical worldview which will prepare students with academic excellence and lay the foundation for further learning and Christ-like living.

Community Christian Academy will teach principles based on the Bible to enable children to make right decisions, help them resist temptation, and live respectable lives.


Statement of Doctrine

Every school is undergirded and motivated by a philosophy.  Ours may be summarized as follows:

  • There is final, absolute truth which as a unity, centers in a Creator God.
  • This truth is revealed in the Bible and is personified in Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God.
  • Education is a Christ-centered, Biblically integrated process of developing spiritually, mentally, and physically.
  • The ultimate aim of life is not adjustment to the age, but conformity to Christ.
  • This objective is achieved by a disciplined life of sacrificial service, patterned after Him who pleased not Himself.

We stand openly and without apology for the historic faith of the Bible, including such factors as the Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures, the Deity and Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, the Blood Atonement, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Deity and Personality of the Holy Spirit.

We hold to the Wesleyan-Armenian position of an unlimited atonement, the witness of the Spirit, and the entire sanctification of the believer as a second work of grace.

“The education of youth is an employment of more consequence than making laws, or preaching the gospel, because it lays the foundation on which both law and gospel rest for success.” – Noah Webster


Beginning of School

Enrollment / Non-Discrimination Policy

As a religious entity, Community Christian Academy is legally permitted to make enrollment decisions based upon religious criteria, including doctrinal and lifestyle issues.  It is the policy of Community Christian Academy (CCA) to enroll students who subscribe without reservation to CCA’s Statement of Faith and Standards of Conduct and who are living out these doctrines and standards in all areas of their lives, both at and away from ministry functions.  Community Christian Academy does not discriminate in enrollment on the basis of race, color, sex (as determined at birth and not subject to change), national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Orientation

Orientation is held at 7:00 P.M. on the Thursday evening before school starts.  This is a time in which important classroom information is handed out and general school information and policies are discussed. It is also a time for students and teachers to become acquainted, and for parents and students to visit the classrooms.  PE uniforms and gently used school uniforms can be purchased at this time as well.


Yearly School Forms

All students are required to have on file each year the following forms signed by any and all legal guardians/parent(s): Operation Policy Form, Discipline Policy Form, Drop Off/Pick Up Form, Emergency Contact Form, Health Forms, and the Statement of Cooperation/Waiver of Liability Form.


Health Form / Certificate of Immunization / Birth Certificate

Florida law requires all students attending K4– Gr. 12 in Florida for the first time to have a physical examination within the 12-month period prior to entering a Florida school.  This means that Florida law requires a physical examination form and a certificate of immunization for all students entering 4-year old kindergarten.  The health form is to be completed by your physician within the 12-month period prior to entering 4-year old kindergarten.  A Florida Certificate of Immunization is required.

It will be necessary to bring your child’s health reports as stated above to the office on or prior to Orientation Day.  No child may be admitted to class until this is completed as required by law.

Note for Students in 6th Grade: Every student entering 7th grade next year must have proof of the Tdap booster, documented on the Florida Certificate of Immunization.

In addition to current health and immunization forms, all students are required to submit a copy of their birth certificate to the school as part of their permanent school record.


First Day of School / School Hours

School will begin at 8:30 A.M.  Parents may greet teachers prior to this time, but it is best for the parent then to leave the room and the immediate area.  The period of adjustment for the child will be much more difficult if the parent remains.  On almost every occasion the student will adjust very quickly when he / she sees a teacher in charge.

Regular Dismissal

First Grade………………………. 2:40 P.M.

Second Grade …………………… 2:45 P.M.

Third Grade……………………… 2:50 P.M.

Fourth-Twelfth………………….. 3:00 P.M.

Students must be picked up at the above times in order to avoid undue congestion.  Parents who have students dismissed at more than one time should come at the latest time to pick up all the students.  We request that you not ask for older students to be dismissed early.

The schedule during the first week of school may vary by grade level.  Please check with your child’s teacher or the office the night of orientation regarding early dismissal.


General Information

Address or Phone Number Change

Any time an address or phone number (home or work) is changed, please notify the school office.


AfterCare

AfterCare is available for all students until 5:30 P.M. The AfterCare rate for children in Pre-K through K5 is $120 per month or $8 per day (12:00noon-5:30).  Students in Grades 1-6 are charged $100 a month.  A surcharge of $10 will be made for each child not picked up by 5:30 P.M.  The surcharge will increase to $15 if the child is not picked up by 6:00 P.M.

Parents interested in the AfterCare program must fill out an AfterCare enrollment form.  Parents are reminded that our AfterCare program is available on regular school days only, not during school holidays.

Community Christian Academy expects full cooperation from both student and parent.  A student who shows repeated behavioral problems or who is continually picked up late will not be permitted to remain in the AfterCare Program.


Absences / Attendance Requirements / Tardies

In case of absence, the parent must write a dated note to the teacher explaining the reason for the absence.  This note must be sent the day a student returns from an absence.  In addition, a parent should There are no excused absences except for student illness or death in the immediate family or doctor and dentist appointments.  Excessive unexcused absences may result in dismissal from school.  No refunds on tuition are made because of absences.  Unexcused absentees will not be able to make up any work unless satisfactory arrangements were made with the administration before the absence occurred.  Unexcused absences during final exams will lower the semester grade one full letter.  Any student who is absent 40 days or more may not pass the school year.  Students who have unexcused absences will receive a zero for quizzes or tests missed.

Family vacations and trips should be scheduled during school vacations since it is often difficult for a child to make up work missed during an absence.  Should it be necessary for a student to miss school for personal reasons, please procure permission from the administration several days in advance.

An award for perfect attendance will be given to those who are neither absent nor tardy during the entire year.

A student who must leave school with less than 2 hours in attendance will be counted absent for the entire school day.  Students who remain at school for at least 2 hours, but leave before the regular dismissal time, will be counted absent one-half day. When a student has been absent for any reason, he must report to the principal’s office for permission to re-enter class.  Students who are absent because of illness for three or more consecutive days must have a note from their doctor before returning to class. 

Tardies are disruptive to the classroom and also have an adverse effect on your child’s educational progress.  Any student arriving after 8:30 A.M. must come through the office and have a note stating the reason for tardiness before going to the classroom.  Three unexcused tardies in any grading period will carry the penalty of an unexcused absence and the student may be asked to make up work.


Bad Weather Conditions

In the event of hurricane or storm conditions, school closing announcements will be made via email, text, and phone calls.  If you wish to receive text message alerts, please provide the school with your cell number and the cell carrier.

It is the policy of Community Christian Academy to close school (due to weather), only when the local Avon Park public schools are closed.  Information can be obtained by listening to the local radio/TV station.


Communicable Diseases / Illness

Community Christian Academy desires to maintain a healthful school environment by instituting controls designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.  A teacher or administrative official who reasonably suspects that a student or employee has a communicable disease shall immediately notify the principal.  Any person suspected of the following illnesses will be temporarily excluded from school while ill and may require a doctor’s note to return to school: chickenpox, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, pink eye, ringworm, lice, etc.  Please note: the above list is not exclusive, but highlights the more common illnesses among children.  For the welfare of your child and others in the school, all children who are sick must be kept at home.


Dress Code

The fact that we are a Christian institution naturally assumes that there are Biblical principles in ethics, conduct, and attire to follow.  Students are required to wear a uniform adopted by the school administration.  Further details concerning the uniform will be given at the time of registration.  Clothes must fit properly and should not be too tight or too baggy. Boys are not permitted to wear “skinny-jean” type pants.  Neatness and cleanliness are a “general rule of thumb.”

All students must wear shoes or appropriate footwear, including socks or tights.  Shoes must be closed-toed and closed-healed.  No Heelys (shoes with wheels) or any type of footwear with rolling devices are permitted.

Jackets and coats must be free of questionable messages, symbols, pictures, or camouflage.  Please no “monsters”.  CCA reserves the right to initiate policies on new fads and changes in style during the school year.

During the cold weather, boys and girls may wear long sleeve white, navy, or red shirts under their uniform shirts.  No other colors are permitted.  Long sleeve polo shirts may be purchased from French Toast Uniform Company.  Shirts are to be tucked in at all times.

GIRLS: During cold weather, girls are permitted to wear leggings under their skirts.  However, we ask that the leggings be white, black, or navy blue and without designs or patterns.  Skirts / jumpers must be to mid-knee or below while seated.  Younger children are encouraged to wear shorts underneath their skirts to encourage modesty while at recess or on the playground.

Hair color and highlights should be in natural tones.  Although the wearing of multiple earrings has become common, CCA girls are asked to wear no more than one set.      

BOYS:  It is the policy of the school that boys have a neat, well-trimmed haircut.  Boys’ hair should be above the eyebrows, trimmed neatly on the sides, as well as off the ears and should not touch the collar.  Boys may not have braided hair or have designs cut into the hair.

Boys must wear belts, and all students’ shirts are to be tucked in at all times.  Boys are not permitted to necklaces or earrings or any other type of body piercing at any time during school activities or while on school property.

A note will be sent home with any student in violation of the dress code.  A third violation of the dress code, will result in the student being sent home until the necessary corrections are made.


Field Trips

Field trips to interesting and educational places in the area are a vital part of the instructional program.  Parents will be notified beforehand.  In order for the student to participate in such activities, the parent must sign a permission slip. Small fees may be charged to cover expenses.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents should always feel free to consult with the Principal or teacher about any problems or questions that concern the welfare of their child.  However, teachers are not permitted to carry out parent-teach conferences during class hours.  This interferes with the educational process of the entire class.

If you have questions regarding grades, school functions, classroom practices, or disciplinary actions please contact the principal’s office.  Often a note can clear up the difficulty.  If the problem remains, a three-way conference will be arranged with the parent, teacher, and principal.

If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher or the administration, please make an appointment through the office.


Lost and Found

The student’s name should be placed on all personal items so that these items can be easily identified.  Found articles are to be taken to the office.  At the end of the school year, all items not claimed will be disposed of.  The school is not responsible for lost items.


Lunch

CCA does not provide lunches for students.   (Students may order a slice of pizza on Fridays, “Pizza Day”).  Students may bring a lunch to be heated by our lunchroom staff.  Please limit the sugar content of your child’s lunch or snack.  We strongly advise against sending your child with candy bars, chocolate drinks, sodas, and other foods/beverages high in sugar.  CCA reserves the right to disallow your student to bring sugary items if we notice a discernable change in behavior after eating or drinking items high in sugar content.

Students are to remain in their assigned seats until finished eating.  Quiet, appropriate conversation is allowed.  Proper manners should be displayed.  No throwing of food or other objects will be permitted.  When students are finished eating, any trash should be placed in the trash bins.  Students may go outside when excused by the teacher or monitor in charge.  However, they may not leave the building unless with a teacher or monitor.


 Medication

Any student required to take medication at school, whether prescription or non-prescription, must have the appropriate form completed by a parent / legal guardian prior to the administration of that medication.  All medication will be stored and administered in the office.

Administration of prescription medications during school hours is discouraged unless a physician determines that a student’s health needs require medication during school hours. Instructions on using a prescription shall be provided by a physician or described on the medication container provided by the physician or pharmacist.  All prescription medications shall be delivered to the office in the original container with the label attached.  A note signed by the student’s parent(s), as defined by Florida Statues, to grant permission for administering the prescription medication.  The first dosage of any new medication shall not be administered during school hours because of the possibility of an allergic reaction.  Prescription medication which is kept at school shall be stored in a secure place under lock and key with the student’s name attached.  A student with a special health condition(s) such as asthma, diabetes, pancreatic insufficiency, cystic fibrosis or hypersensitivity may carry prescription medication for emergency situations on his/her person if approved by his/her physician and the parent.  Information regarding the medication required must be on file in the office.

Administration of nonprescription medications during school hours is discouraged unless necessary for student’s illness.  Parents must supply the school with the medication they wish their child to receive.  All nonprescription medications (including cough drops) shall be delivered to the office with a note signed by the student’s parent(s) to grant permission for administering nonprescription medication.  Instructions on using nonprescription medication shall be provided by the student’s parent(s).


School Night Services

Periodically throughout the year, the students of CCA will participate in a Sunday evening church service.  This School Night Service provides the sponsoring church, Community Bible Church, a look into the progress of the students.  It is a vital part of our school’s financial income.  It also provides the students with an opportunity to gain experience speaking in front of an audience.  Student participation and parental attendance is expected for each of these activities.  If your child is ill and unable to attend, please contact the school as soon as possible.  The school night service is a required school activity.


School Phones

School phones are business phones and may be used for the students only in emergencies and with the permission of the office staff.  Students may not have cell phones in the classroom.


Transportation / Drop Off & Pick Up Policies

Community Christian Academy does not provide transportation to or from school.  For safety reasons the school office is to be informed in writing as to whom will be picking up your children, especially when any changes occur.  In an emergency situation, such changes may be made by phone if satisfactory identification can be made.  No student will be allowed to “inform” the office of a change in their pickup.  The office must be notified by the parent / legal guardian.

All students must have on file the Authorization of Pick Up Form, notifying us persons allowed to pick up your children.  If changes occur mid-year, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to notify the office of those changes.

When dropping off or picking up your children, please do not leave your vehicle unattended at the school entrance.  If you need to meet with a teacher or enter the building for any reason, please park in an available parking space out of the way of the flow of traffic.

If parents are divorced or separated and one parent is not allowed to see or pick up the child, we must have on file at the office a certified copy of the court order or final judgment.

School begins promptly at 8:30 A.M.  Please ensure that your child/children are at school by 8:15 A.M.  Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:00 unless arrangements have been made with the office for early arrival.

Please follow the dismissal schedule provided on p. 5.  Parents who have students dismissed at more than one time should come at the latest time to pick up the students.  All students must be picked up by 3:15 P.M. or will be sent to AfterCare.  Students needing to be picked up later than 3:15 P.M. must enroll in AfterCare.  Students not enrolled in AfterCare who are picked up after 3:15 will be charged using the following schedule:

  • after 3:15 $5
  • after 4:00 $10
  • after 4:30 $15

Students living nearby may walk or ride a bike to and from school with their parent’s written permission.  These students are asked to leave the premises immediately following dismissal.


Visiting the School

Parents are welcome at the school.  When visiting a class for any reason, please come by the school office first.  Do not go directly to the classroom as this interrupts the teaching.  Homework, lunches, etc. may be left in the office to be delivered at an appropriate time.

Please refrain from smoking while on school property.  When parents visit the school for any reason, they should be adequately and properly dressed.  Visitors may not observe the classrooms without permission from the office.  Children who are not registered students of CCA may not be allowed in the classrooms without prior permission from the office.


What Not to Bring to School

Pupils are not permitted to bring play guns, pocket knives, dangerous toys, inappropriate pictures or magazines, radios, etc. to school.  Please do not allow your child to bring toys or expensive personal items to school.  Electronic devices are not permitted at school including: MP3 players, iPods, iPads, laptops, kindles, handheld electronic gaming devices, etc.


Financial  Information

Community Christian Academy does not participate in any state/federal scholarship or voucher programs.

Registration Fee

The $100 registration fee must be paid at the time of registration and is non-refundable and non-transferable.


Book Fee / Supply Fee

The book fee of $275 (per child per year) for students in K-5 through Grades 12 is due at the time of enrollment.  The book fee for K-4 students is $275.  Nursery and Pre-K (2-3 year olds) are billed a one-time supply fee which covers learning materials.  In case of loss of books the student will be billed for the total price of replacement.


 Tuition

The tuition, AfterCare fees, and tech fees have been divided into 10 equal payments.  Each payment covers one-tenth of the total number of school days.  Tuition is due by the first of the month and is late if received after the 10th of the month.  If the tenth falls on a weekend, this deadline is extended through Monday.

See Full Tuition Information

TUITION:

  • $225 / month for 1st child
  • $215 / month for 2nd child
  • $205 / month for 3rd child

*These fees are for the 2016-2017 school year….to find out specific information regarding the 2017-2018 school year call the office (863) 452-0644.


Tech Fee

A tech fee of $30 per year ($3 per month) is applied to each student’s account.  This tech fee gives parent’s access to our online parent / student portal, where you can view your account information, your student’s grades, school announcements, etc.  You will be sent an email at the time of enrollment.  Follow the instructions in the email to set up your password for your account.   


 AfterCare

AfterCare is billed on a monthly basis due at the same time as the tuition.  Students enrolled in full-time aftercare are automatically billed at the monthly rate.  Students enrolled in part-time AfterCare are billed at the daily rate.  An AfterCare charge will be applied to the account of any student who is not picked up on time.  (see pp.6-7 for further information and AfterCare rates)


Headsets

Some of the classes will need to use headsets.  These are to be purchased from the school.  Students must supply the batteries for the headsets.  If the student damages the headsets they are responsible for purchasing a replacement set.


 Graduation Fee

The kindergarten, eighth grade, and high-school class cap-and-gown rental and diploma fee for graduation is $20 and will be included on your May statement.  (No student graduates until tuition and all fees are current.)  This fee is for the rental of the cap and gown and for the purchase of the tassel and diploma.


Financial Policies

Statements will be sent home with the oldest child in each family.  Tuition can be mailed to Community Christian Academy or can be dropped off at the office.  A late fee of $15 will be charged on any school account in excess of one month’s tuition after the close of office hours on the 10th of the month.  (When the 10th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tuition payment may be made on Monday without paying the $15 penalty.)  Students enrolled one day or more of any period will owe the full period’s tuition.  There is a $35 charge for all checks returned to us by your bank for any reason.  If two checks are returned, the account is on a cash basis.

If a student attends one day or more of school in any new billing period (after the 1st of the month), the full month’s tuition is due.  It is our policy not to prorate charges for tuition, AfterCare, or any other fees after a new month has begun.

Students will not be admitted to class and no schoolwork given if payments are more than two months in arrears, unless arrangements have been made with the administration.


General Academic Information

Community Christian Academy uses the A-Beka Curriculum and Bob Jones Curriculum.

The academic integrity of A Beka Book has been validated by the success of hundreds of thousands of students over decades. Historically, students instructed under our curriculum consistently score above national averages on standardized tests and on college entrance tests. Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from the traditional Christian point of view.”(retrieved from: http://www.abeka.com/Resources)

BJU Press is committed to Christian education. We support Christian educators by producing textbooks and materials that shape a biblical worldview, are academically rigorous, encourage critical thinking, and are supported with technology solutions.

Bible Curriculum

Bible study is recognized in Community Christian Academy as the fundamental requirement for all students.  It augments the study of English, history, geography, and science.  Without Bible study, a student can hardly be called educated in the true sense of the word.  The Bible says: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  The Bible offers the best guide for this life and the only hope for the life to come.  There is no book that can enrich and influence the minds and hearts of children like the Bible.  Because of this standard, all students are taught a planned program of Bible study each day, and Bible memory work is required of each child. 


Transfer Students – Grades 1-12

All incoming students are given an entrance examination.  Should the student’s accomplishments (as shown by the test) be on the grade level to which the student has been promoted, then the student will be admitted to that grade.  Student’s whose accomplishments have not met grade standard may be asked to repeat the previous grade level or may not be accepted to attend Community Christian Academy.  Students whose current work is not satisfactory may be asked to transfer out.


Homework

Believing that homework is an integral part of the school program, each teacher is at liberty to give homework to aid the students to advance in their studies.  Therefore, each student is required to complete his homework assignments on time.  We do request parents’ full cooperation in seeing that the assignments are completed.  Failure to complete homework will affect the student’s daily grade.  Repeated delinquent homework could result in a student’s suspension.

Homework is given for several reasons.

1) For reinforcement: We believe that most students require adequate review to master material essential to their educational process.

2) For practice:  Following classroom explanation, illustration, and review of new work, homework is given so that the material will be mastered.

3) For remedial activity:  As instruction progresses, various weak points in a student’s grasp of a subject become evident.  Homework following instruction is given to overcome such difficulties.

4) For special projects:  Book reports, compositions, special research assignments, and projects are some of the activities that are frequently the subject of homework attention.


Physical Education

Physical Education is an important part of the overall growth and development of students, and the State of Florida requires that all students from Grades 1-12 participate unless physical disability prevents participation.  The following are the policies approved by the school administration for such absences:

  1. Physical disabilities preventing participation of any kind. A physician’s statement describing the disability is required.
  2. Temporary disability preventing or limiting participation for an extended period of time (broken bones, surgery, severe illness, etc.) A physician’s statement describing the condition is required, in addition to a physician’s statement releasing the student to return to PE.
  3. Minor illness (flu, colds, minor injuries) as stated in a note from a parent may excuse a student from PE for up to two consecutive PE periods.

A student with an excuse either from a parent or a physician is expected to remain in the classroom to do a written assignment on a subject in health or sports.  If the staff sees a pattern developing whereby a student is habitually misusing this privilege, no excuses other than those validated by a physician will be accepted.

Good sportsmanlike conduct shall prevail at all times.  Students are to wear the designated uniform for physical education classes and are to dress in the uniform for every PE class.  Failure to do so will result in a written assignment.  Students will not be allowed to call their parents to bring PE clothes after they arrive at school.


Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each nine-week grading period.  Note: Report cards will be withheld for any student whose account has an outstanding balance in excess of one month’s tuition.  Report cards are due back the following morning with the parent’s signature.

You can view your child’s grades online on a daily basis through the parent portal.  Please note that the teachers have up to one week following any test or quiz to post the grades. If at any time, you are concerned about the progress your child is making, please call the principal so that a conference can be scheduled in order for you to express your concern.


Grading Scales

 

A 90-100     B  80-89     C  70-79     D  60-69     F  0-59


Honors for Academic Achievement

Each grading period an honor roll will be posted with the names of those students who have attained the Principal’s List and honor roll.

An Award’s Ceremony is held each year during the final school night service.  Students’ whose achievements are noteworthy will be recognized in this ceremony.

Scholarship Award: A tuition scholarship of $100 is given to the student who has the highest academic standing in their grade-level (1st-3rd) (4th-6th) (7th-12th).  A tuition scholarship of $50 is given to the student with the second highest academic standing.  To be eligible, the student must attend CCA the following year.


Accreditation

Because we currently use the A Beka DVD curriculum, students graduating from Community Christian Academy can obtain an accredited diploma through Pensacola Christian Academy (for more information regarding this contact the school office).

Former graduates of CCA have gone onto a variety of secular and Christian colleges and universities with exceptional success.

Community Christian Academy is currently a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and is a ministry with sincerely held religious convictions against government control and oversight over the academic aspects of our institution.  While the State of Florida does not require Community Christian Academy to obtain any state or regional accreditation in order to operate or grant diplomas, individual public school districts, colleges, and universities establish their own admissions policies.  What this means is that, although state law does not require that a private Christian school student or graduate come from an accredited Christian school in order to be eligible for admission into a public school, college, or university, those individual schools do have the authority to impose such a requirement.  While most of the schools gladly accept students from unaccredited Christian schools, some do not, requiring the student to undergo additional testing or retake core subject courses.  Because we have no control over the policies adopted by public high schools, colleges and universities, we cannot make any guarantee for graduates of Community Christian Academy with regard to admission into college or transfer of our credits back into the public school system.  Parents are encouraged to personally check with their local school districts or colleges in which their children are interested to find out what their particular policies are regarding admissions and transferring of academic credits.


Preschool and Kindergarten General Information

 Classes / Requirements

Community Christian Academy offers a 2-3 year old Pre-K class, 4-year old kindergarten class (K4), and a 5-year old kindergarten class (K5).

Children entering the 2-3 year old kindergarten (PreK) class must be toilet trained.  Students whose birthdays fall before September 15th will be admitted to the class appropriate for their age.  All students entering school for the first time will be required to submit health and immunization forms, as well as a birth certificate, before entering school on the first day.


School Hours

The Pre-K, K4, and K5 classes are designed for a half-day of instruction.  For these students, school begins at 8:30 and is dismissed at 12:00 noon.  Community Christian Academy has an AfterCare program available to any student needing to stay later than the noon dismissal.  If you are interested in the AfterCare program see p.7 for rates, hours, and other info.


Lunch / Snack Time

K-4 & K-5 do not stay for lunch unless enrolled in the After-Care Program.  They do, however, have a snack time during morning recess.  Please provide a healthy snack and drink for your child to have at that time.  Friday is “Pizza Day”  children attending K-4 & K-5 may purchase a slice of pizza to take home if they are not staying for After-Care.


K5 Graduation

The 5-year old kindergarten students have a kindergarten graduation at the end of the school year.  See p.9 regarding applicable fees for graduation.


Attendance

A student who must leave school with less than 2 hours in attendance will be counted absent for the entire school day.  Students who remain at school for at least 2 hours, but leave before the regular dismissal time will be counted present one-half day.  School night services are a requirement for all students enrolled in Community Christian Academy.


Discipline

Our school cannot continue to serve God and our patrons effectively without a strict adherence to discipline.  In this, we expect the parents’ full cooperation.

Effective classroom discipline is a necessary key ingredient for a good learning environment.  Discipline at CCA is not only to achieve this goal, but also to help our students learn self-discipline and good character traits.  The teacher is responsible to maintain appropriate classroom behavior.  To maintain a good learning environment, we expect students to conduct themselves appropriately.  Students are expected to abide by the Biblical principle, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Certain behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.  The following is not a complete list but is representative of unacceptable behavior:  talking without permission, failure to complete assigned work, fighting, lying, stealing, disrespect, cursing, forging another’s name, cheating, deliberately damaging school or another’s property.  Community Christian Academy has adopted a “zero tolerance” policy toward violence, fighting, or threats of any kind.  This includes possession of anything that could be used as a weapon.  Students may be expelled for any action or statement associated with violent behavior including a joke which could be interpreted as a threat.  Student’s desks, book bags, or other storage areas are subject to search, upon reasonable suspicion, for prohibited or illegally possessed substances or objects.  Students who do not report wrongdoing may be subject to disciplinary action.  CCA expects full cooperation from both student and parent in the education of the student.

When misconduct occurs, corrective measures will be used to help the student change his / her behavior and attitude.  Examples of typical corrective measures are time-out, a student-teacher conference, an extra assignment, a student-administrator conference, a parent-teacher conference.  Students receiving an extra assignment, will be sent home with a note indicating that action needs to be taken at home so that the teacher’s time is not consumed with behavioral problems, but rather academic instruction.  This note must be signed and returned the next school day.  Failure to return the signed note will result in an additional assignment or a conference with the administrator.

When the school feels that student/parent cooperation is lacking, the student may be requested to transfer out.  Also, if the behavior of the student indicates an uncooperative spirit, he may be requested to transfer.  Community Christian Academy is a Christian institution in both philosophy and practice.  We firmly believe there is no place at CCA for worldly practices or divisions so common among other institutions.

Attendance at Community Christian Academy is a privilege and not a right.  Students forfeit this privilege if they do not conform to the standards and ideals of work and life at Community Christian Academy.

While discipline is predominantly positive training in the right direction (Proverbs 22:6), there is the negative side of corrections and adherence to rules.  The school reserves the right to reasonably discipline the pupils. (CCA does NOT use corporal punishment as a means of discipline.)  Since failure to respect discipline will lead to dismissal from the school, we wish to set down some of our regulations so that both parent and child will know what is expected.  Many are discussed elsewhere in this guide.  Obviously, it is impossible to list rules to encompass the complete behavior of all students, but the following (and those discussed elsewhere in this guide) will serve as a framework within which our students can successfully operate.


 Expected Behavior of CCA Students

Courteous: Christians are supposed to treat   everyone with the proper respect and are to show deference to those in authority.

Respectful:  Students of CCA should be respectful to both their fellow students and all adults in authority over them.  Disrespect is not tolerated under any circumstance.

Mannerly:  We expect our students to use good manners when in the lunchroom, classroom, playground, assembly, etc.  This includes good table manners, as well as respectful and mannerly behavior when on the playground or in assembly activities.

Considerate of School and Personal Property:  CCA Students must be considerate of school property including keeping hands and feet off of the walls in the hallways and classroom, walking when inside school buildings, and using school property with regard and in an appropriate manner.  Students who are “rough” or use excessive forces resulting in the damage of school property, whether in the classroom or on the playground, will be held responsible for their actions.  Students should refrain from using personal property belonging to others unless permission has first been granted by the teacher or school official.


 Expected Behavior in Class

1. No student shall talk without permission.

2. Hands are to be raised before asking a question.

3. Students shall not move about the room without permission.

4. Students shall refrain from any act of disrespect such as: mimicking or mocking either video or classroom teachers or other students, laughing at the mistakes of others, sassing teachers, writing or passing personal notes, whispering during a lesson presentation, doodling, drawing nonsense designs during classes, etc.

5. No student shall throw any object or material in any building or room.

6. Candy and chewing gum are not permitted during school hours except as allowed by the teacher.  (No food, drinks, or treats are to be consumed in the hallways or library.)

7. During devotions and chapel services strict reverence is expected.  (Students who insist on disturbing others will be removed.)

8. Assigned work must be completed on time.

9. Students are not allowed to operate TV or DVD remote controls without permission.

10. Students are expected to participate with the video class and to answer questions when called upon.


Behavior That Will NOT be Tolerated

–          Talking Back

–          Sarcasm

–          Complaining

–          Griping

–          Gossiping

–          Belittling Others

–          Cheating

–          Lying

–          Stealing

–          Using Profane or Abusive Language

–          Vandalism

–          Violence

–          Inappropriate Pretend Games: Students may not play pretend games involving violence, obscenity, “monsters”, “zombees” or any other fad not bringing honor to others and to God.

–          Physical Contact: Students shall not intentionally engage in physical contact of any kind with any student unless directed to be a School Official for the purpose of a school recreational or learning activity such as physical education.

–          Worldly Pursuits: Students attending Community Christian Academy are not permitted to participate in or discuss, among their peers, activities which we consider “worldly pursuits” such as: drinking alcohol, using tobacco products and illegal drugs, pornography, homosexuality, fornication, etc.  CCA stands in opposition to any other activities considered in Scripture to be worldly.


Other Rules

1. Students are not to be in the classrooms without a teacher present.

2. Designated boundaries on school grounds shall be maintained unless permission is given to go beyond them.

3. Bullying is NOT permitted under any circumstance.  This includes verbal, physical, written, electronic, and psychological harassment and intimidation.

Various forms of discipline will beadministered, depending upon the nature of the offense and the frequency of commission.  Obedience to authority (parents, teachers, all staff members) should be willing, cheerful, and immediate.


Dismissals

A student may be dismissed because:

1. Parents will not cooperate with the school.

2. A student’s conduct, attitudes, or lack of effort make it inadvisable for him to remain.

3. A student has excessive unexcused absences.

4. A student is unable to keep up with the academic requirements.

The previous list is not exhaustive and dismissals are not limited solely to the reasons listed above.  It is a privilege and not a right to attend Community Christian Academy.


Suspension

Suspension is a disciplinary action taken in an attempt to help the student involved.  Suspension is counted as an unexcused absence, and consequently can seriously affect the student’s grades.  A suspended student is automatically on probation for the remainder of the year.  If probation is broken, the student will be dismissed or asked to withdraw.


Withdrawals

All withdrawals from school must be made through the principal’s office.  Students having attended one day or more of any period will owe the full period’s tuition.  (a billing period begins on the 1st of every month).   Report cards will not be issued to any student whose account is not current.  Student books will be retained on any account with an outstanding balance, even if the book fee was paid at the beginning of the year.  If tuition and fees have been paid in advance the tuition and tech fee will be prorated and reimbursed to the account holder.


Search and Seizure Policy

Community Christian Academy supports all staff in the maintenance of law, order, discipline and decorum in its school and during authorized school functions which take place off school property.

Community Christian Academy therefore prohibits the possession, on school property or at authorized school functions, of substances or objects which may threaten good order, discipline, decorum and public safety.  Such material or objects may include, but are not restricted to:

  1. alcoholic beverages
  2. illicit drugs
  3. stolen property
  4. weapons, either restricted or prohibited by law
  5. any object which may be used as a weapon and which may cause injury
  6. hate literature, racist material, pornography, explicit photos, “journals” containing explicit or profane language

Students and visitors to the school may on occasion have in their possession materials or objects (such as alcohol, illicit drugs, stolen goods and weapons).  The school therefore authorizes the principal or his/her designates, on the basis of reasonable grounds to believe that a student or visitor is in possession of a prohibited substance or object, and in accordance with these procedures, to conduct searches and, where necessary, to seize prohibited substances or objects.

Students shall have no reasonable expectation of privacy in any areas designated to them for storage of personal belongings on school property (i.e. lockers, desks, etc.), nor shall students have reasonable expectation of privacy in any belongings they may transport onto school property in a bag or on their person (i.e. backpacks, lunch bags, purses, clothing, pockets, office space, cell phones, PDAs, computers, vehicles, etc.)