SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR FCA
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  • ADMISSION
  • STUDENT ATTENDANCE
  • VISITORS
  • HEALTH POLICY
  • STUDENT PROGRESS
  • DISICPLINE, POLICIES & REGULATIONS
  • DRESS CODE
  • CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  • GENERAL INFORMATION
  • TO THE PARENTS
  • GOD'S MANDATE FOR CHRISTIAN EDUCATION




    Family Christian Academy maintains a selective admissions policy. Students are enrolled who best fit within the spiritual and academic climate of the school. Admission to Family Christian Academy is a privilege and not a right. All students and their families must maintain proper standing with the school for continued enrollment. All parents must submit the appropriate enrollment information and pay all applicable fees upon enrollment. No student may attend class until all enrollment requirements are met. Student accounts are handled through the school’s business office. All financial obligations not kept in good faith will forfeit one’s admission to the Academy.

    All fees paid to Family Christian Academy are non-refundable. Upon signing the enrollment contract, parents are responsible for the entire yearly fees as listed on the contract. Withdrawals involving a geographic relocation of the family beyond a 50-mile radius of Baton Rouge will result in a refund of any tuition paid less a forfeiture fee of $500.00.

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



    Attendance

    It is impossible for a child to receive the necessary spiritual and educational training provided by the school when he does not maintain proper attendance. We require that all families be good stewards of their time and, therefore, keep absences to a minimum. The parent should call and notify the office when a child is absent from school.

    When a child is absent, it is the responsibility of the parent and the child to make up any work missed and be prepared for class when he returns. Students should obtain a study partner when they know that they are going to be absent so that the student will be prepared for any tests or assignments due upon his return. Should a student experience an illness or other occasion that would hinder his continuing work at home, the child will receive time equal to his absence to complete the missed work.

    Students will not receive credit for a semester course if their absences exceed nine. All absences are counted toward the maximum of nine per semester except:

    • Doctor or dentist appointments verified by a doctor or dentist excuse.
    • Injury or illness verified in writing by a doctor.
    • School related activities approved by the administration.
    • Death in family.

    Students may be withdrawn from extracurricular activities if they have poor attendance.

    Tardies and Late Arrivals

    Tardies and late arrivals disrupt the teaching pattern and, therefore, must be kept to a minimum. Students are allowed three late arrivals per semester. Upon the fourth late arrival, you will be charged a $25 fine. Upon the fifth, the student will be suspended or the parents will come to the school for counsel with the administrator to correct the problem.

    Parents should not interrupt a teacher while they are teaching or supervising students in the classroom or elsewhere. They can communicate with teachers or request a conference through either the office or sycamore.

    When a student is checking in late, a written excuse will be required. If the check-in is excused under the attendance policy, the student may make up work and confer with the teacher after school. If the check-in is unexcused, the student will receive a “0” for all work missed. Three check-ins is equivalent to one absence.

    Middle and high school students are tardy at 7:55 a.m. and elementary students are tardy at 8:15 a.m.

    Check-Outs

    All check-outs must be done through the office. Teachers will not release students from the classroom. All parties who wish to sign a child out from school must be prepared to show proper identification.

    High school students who drive are allowed to sign out when parental permission is verified by the office. Non-driving students must be signed out by parents or be given administrative approval.

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    Parental visits to the classroom are encouraged but should be scheduled in advance with administration. Before any individual may visit a class or activity, he must obtain a visitor’s pass from the office.

    Students attending other schools may visit our campus provided that their visit is beneficial to the school and meets the following criteria:

    • The student is a visitor from out-of-town.
    • The student is applying for admission to FCA.

    Approved visitors must wear a visitor’s badge obtained from the office and agree to dress modestly. (Boys in slacks and collared shirts, Girls in a dress, slacks or skirt with blouse tucked in.)

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    Family Christian Academy maintains a healthy environment for all faculty, staff, and students. Therefore, the following general health rules will be adhered to:

    • All parents must maintain proof of immunization for their children in accordance with our state’s laws.
    • No medication will be administered by the school faculty. Required prescriptions must be kept in the school office and be administered there.
    • All student athletes will be required to undergo a physician’s physical examination at the beginning of the school year.
    • Parents should report all contagious illnesses to the school.
    • Ill children should be symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
    • In extreme emergencies, students will be transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

    IMMUNIZATIONS

    immunizationsAll students must submit a current Louisiana State Verified Immunization Record (SVI) prior to their enrollment at Family Christian Academy. To obtain your SVI record, take your existing immunization records to your local health unit. Your local health unit will include this information in a statewide database and issue a SVI record to you.

    Download the Louisiana State Immunization Schedule HERE

    FCA Cafeteria

    FCA Cafeteria provides well-balanced, tasty hot lunches for all its students at a nominal fee. Students may also bring lunch from home if they prefer. More information is available in either office.

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    Parents are made aware of student progress by eight grading reports. These reports consist of four interim reports and four quarterly reports. The interim report is not kept for the child’s permanent record. In grades 6-12, permanent grades and credit are recorded per semester and each semester of failed work must be repeated for credit. Students who do not maintain at least a 2.3 grade point average for any nine-week grading period will be placed on academic probation. If the student’s grades are not raised above a 2.3 GPA by the next nine-week grading period, Administration may recommend the student be withdrawn from Family Christian Academy.

    A student may be retained in the same grade for the next school year if he fails four or more semester’s worth of courses during a school year. Retention of elementary students will be reviewed on the basis of social maturity, academic ability, and parental involvement. Parents will be notified in the third nine weeks if retention of their child is being considered. If retention is recommended by the administration, summer school work will be considered remediation and will not substitute for repeating the grade. Summer school credit is accepted when a high school student has failed a semester of a course required for graduation. Family Christian Academy does not acknowledge any “new” work done in summer school.

    Both offices exist to serve as a liaison between the parent, teacher, and student. This office should be contacted to schedule teacher conferences, interventions, or graduate planning. The guidance office will document all conferences and will provide counseling for the student and the home.

    Graduation Requirements

    A student of Family Christian Academy must fulfill all the basic requirements of graduation in order to participate in graduation. All students are required to complete the Academy’s Bible program each year. Failure of FCA’s Bible program may result in probation and/or expulsion. It is the responsibility of the parents to ascertain that their child has earned the necessary Carnegie units for graduation. This is the sole responsibility of the child and parents.

    The Student Planner

    It is the responsibility of parents to provide an academic planner for each child. Parents are encouraged to use this planner as a way to track homework, test dates, etc. As well, parents are encouraged to always be aware of student progress by looking for graded test papers and scheduling regular conferences with the teachers. Observant parents will know when their child isn’t performing academically.

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    Family Christian Academy is determined to maintain a Biblical discipline philosophy which reinforces the spiritual and academic training of each child. Our objective is that children discipline themselves by daily yielding to Christ’s control of their lives. However, the school will take measures to correct the behavior of a child according to Hebrews 12:6, 11. The school expects parents to support the school in its disciplinary efforts as a loving responsibility to the child.

    The Matthew 18 Principle

    We ask that all parents agree to use the Matthew 18 Principle when dealing with any grievance, misunderstanding or concern. Matthew 18: 15-16 says:

    “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”

    “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every wordmay be established.”


    We must all be committed to the principle of good reports. Therefore, if a problem arises at the school, the parents should counsel with the individual involved first. If the conflict cannot be resolved, at that time, the matter should be brought before the school administration.

    Grievances

    In a spirit of Christian cooperation and in accordance with the principle of Matthew 18, any grievance should be solved as a testimony to the Christian ethic. When a problem arises, the individuals involved should immediately go to the person with whom the offense exists. If the problem is not rectified, then the individuals should confer with the school administrator for further efforts of resolution and reconciliation.

    At no time should offended parents attempt to involve other parents or individuals in an offense. Such only hinders the efforts of the school and ultimately the ability of the child to learn in the Christian school. If there is a legitimate problem in the school, parents individually expressing concern for their child to the administrator will provide insight needed to correct the problem.

    When parents are unsatisfied by the actions of the school administration, they may submit a letter of grievance to the school’s administrative board. Upon the review of the grievance, the board will refer the letter to the school administration for further consideration.

    Discipline Policies

    The primary disciplinarian in the school is the teacher. The teacher will administer discipline to the child by having established rules and procedures. Should a student fail to comply with the established expectations, the teacher will deal with the student and the parent. Discipline by the teacher may include:

    • Warning;
    • Elimination of privileges;
    • Extra work;
    • Parental contacts; and/or,
    • Referral to office.

    When a student is referred to the office, he/she will receive a discipline referral slip documenting the offense which will be kept in the child’s file. Upon determining the extent of the child’s misbehavior from the teacher, the office will decide the course of action to be taken. The child’s disciplinary file will be used to calculate the severity of the punishment. Upon this review, the child may receive:

    • Warning;
    • Detention;
    • Parent conference;
    • Suspension; and/or,
    • Expulsion.

    Parents will receive notification of their child’s visit to the office to be signed and returned.

    Cell Phones

    Cell phones must be kept in lockers during school hours. If a cell phone is seen or heard during school hours it will be confiscated. The first time a cell phone is confiscated it will be returned to parents or guardian at the end of the day. Upon the second offense the cell phone will be held until a $50 fine is paid, and a parent or guardian must pick up the phone. The third offense will result in phone being kept for the remainder of the school year. This is necessary because cell phones distract students, disrupt classrooms, and they can easily be used in cheating.

    Electrical Devices

    Electrical items such as radios, headsets, CD players, IPODS, PEDS, game devices, etc. are not permitted on campus. If lost or stolen, FCA cannot be held responsible. On days of away games, athletes may use portable electronic devices on the bus. These devices should be locked up during school hours. Coaches may hold these for their athletes.

    Drug Testing

    FCA reserves the right to drug test any student at any time for any reason. Random drug tests may be conducted throughout the year. Cars Driven To School By Students Any cars driven to FCA by students must be registered in the high school office, which includes a current copy of the student’s driver’s license and proof of insurance. A parking permit is required and may be purchased for $3.00.

    Personal Searches

    A student’s person or personal effects (e.g. backpack, purse, pockets) may be searched by a staff member to determine whether the student is in possession of contraband. Searches may be performed without notice, without consent and without a search warrant. All personal searches will be performed in a manner that is respectful of the norms of decency and the emotional maturity of the student. A school administrator of the same sex will conduct the search in private with another adult witness of the same sex present, and only upon the approval of the principal or a specific designee. Under no circumstances will a body cavity or strip search be permitted unless conducted by law enforcement personnel.

    Locker Searches

    A student’s locker or desk is the property of Family Christian Academy and is under the control of the school. School authorities may perform general inspections of lockers and desks at any time without notice, without student consent and without a search warrant. Students are not permitted to lock or otherwise impede access to any locker except with a lock provided by or approved by the school. Unapproved locks will be removed and destroyed.

    Automobile Searches

    Students are permitted to park on Family Christian Academy premises as a matter of privilege, not a right. Permission to park on school property is granted only after the student driver, the owner of the vehicle and the student’s parent or guardian have signed written consent to allow search of that vehicle upon the school’s request. School authorities may perform periodic patrols of student parking lots and conduct exterior inspections of student automobiles on school property. Interior searches of student vehicles can occur to determine if contraband or illegal materials are contained inside. Refusal to allow access to a vehicle at the time of the search will be cause for terminating the privilege of parking on school property without further hearing.

    Bullying

    Harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyber bullying of a student by another student is prohibited. This means any intentional gesture, or written, verbal or physical act that a reasonable person under the circumstance should know will have the effect of harming a student or damaging his property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his life or person or damage to his property or that creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student. This type of behavior will be severely disciplined.

    Locks for Lockers

    In order to keep their property safe, each student, grades 6-12, must provide their own lock for their locker. It should be a combination lock with numeric entry codes. No remote or key type locks are acceptable. The arm of the lock needs to be slim enough to fit through the opening of the locker. A copy of the combination MUST be turned into the office.

    Honor Pledge

    Family Christian Academy was founded under the direction of the Holy Spirit to be an educational ministry, developing the whole person. Therefore, its administration is dedicated to preserving a student body growing “in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord” (II Peter 3:18). By enrolling in Family Christian Academy, students are expected to adhere to the Honor Pledge presented below. Students who, in the opinion of the administration, do not fulfill their allegiance to the Honor Pledge may jeopardize their enrollment in the Academy.

    Family Christian Academy Honor Pledge

    • I pledge to apply myself wholeheartedly to my intellectual pursuits that I may bring Glory to God.
    • I pledge to develop myself physically and spiritually according to the gifts of God in my life.
    • I pledge to love my neighbor as myself. I will not cheat, lie, or inflict pain upon others.
    • I pledge to maintain integrity and purity by the Grace of God.
    • I pledge to esteem my authorities with respect, obedience, and Christian love.

    Family Christian Academy is a private school. Attendance at FCA is a privilege and not a right. The Academy reserves the right to require withdrawal of a student at any time if in the judgment of the administration such action is deemed necessary to safeguard FCA’s ideals of academic integrity or the spiritual and moral atmosphere of it as a Christian school.

    General Regulations and Rules

    1. Students must conduct themselves in an orderly fashion while on campus, buses, or at any school functionwith prompt obedience to all school staff.
    2. Each student is expected to keep his personal areas clean with respect for the facilities of the school.
    3. Gum chewing is not allowed on campus or school transportation.
    4. Public displays of affection are not permitted.
    5. All students must comply with the school’s dress code.
    6. Students are to remain in designated areas at all times.
    7. Students outside of designated classes or activities must have written permission from faculty or staff.
    8. Profane language and other obscenities are not tolerated.
    9. Any criminal offense (violent criminal acts, possession of illegal substances or weapons) will result in removal from Family Christian Academy and release to civil authorities.

    Additional regulations and rules may be imposed by the teacher or administration when necessary.

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    General Appearance Guidelines

    Self-discipline results in self-respect which is evident in one’s personal grooming. The dress code of Family Christian Academy is rooted in the Biblical principles of modesty and submission. The student must submit his/her own personal preferences in appearance and dress guidelines to those in keeping with the vision and mission of the school. Realizing that the dress code identifies the students of Family Christian Academy on the campus and in the community, adherence to it is a vital responsibility of both the parent and student. Students who do not comply with the dress code will be sent home to change. The following guidelines are always in effect when a student is on campus.

    GENERAL:

    1. Belts must be worn with pants having belt loops. Each student’s belt should be visible at all times. Belts must be properly cinched around waist. No drooping pants or shorts will be tolerated. No oversized belt buckles are allowed.
    2. Students may wear black, white or red socks with their school uniforms, but they must be solid in color.
    3. Shirts must be tucked in at all times except the banded knit polo’s for girls and sweatshirts.
    4. Extreme hair color / haircuts are not acceptable. 5. Hats or other head coverings may be worn only for athletic practices or special events. 6. Clothing must have finished edges / hems and may not have holes. 7. No oversized clothing is to be worn. Uniforms must fit at the waist and must be of proper lengths. 8. Elementary students may wear khaki or black pants or shorts and 6-12 students may only wear khaki pants or shorts from any manufacturer. Shorts must reach the top of the kneecap. Pants and shorts may be pleated or flat front. While middle and high school students must have belt loops on pants and shorts, elementary and kindergarten students may have elastic waistbands.

    Pants and shorts should be appropriately sized with a regular fitting crotch: not tight fitting, not loose fitting. Sagging is not allowed.

    No jeans or jean material (denim) is allowed.

    No low rise, skinny pants, flared bottoms, cargo pants, stretch slacks, sweatpants, jogging pants, wind suits, warm-ups, overalls or coveralls are permitted.

    No glimmer, shimmer or other color distraction is allowed. No rivets or decorative attachments are allowed.

    “Slicing or ragging” is not allowed.

    Hems may be cuffed or flat.

    9. Jackets and sweatshirts that are solid black, red, or white may be worn to class. They may have one small logo on the chest that can be no bigger than the palm of the hand. Also acceptable is any FCA athletic sweatshirt or jacket that is in good condition. FCA letterman jackets are also permissible. Nonuniform jackets must be stored in the student’s locker.

    10. Undershirts are not mandatory, but suggested. All undershirts must be solid white, red or black.

    11. Excessive jewelry, necklaces, or pendants may not be worn with the school uniform.

    12. Physical education uniforms (grades 6-12) are available through YOUNG FASHIONS.

    13. No sweatpants

    14. No house shoes or slippers.

    15. No sweatshirts with hoods or front pockets are permitted (grades 6-12).

    16. Students are discouraged from getting tattoos, and if a student already has a tattoo, it must be covered by clothing every day.

    BOYS:

    1. Hair length must fall above the eyebrows on the forehead, not below the collar in the back and not below the ear on the sides.

    2. No facial hair is allowed.

    3. Earrings and other piercings are not acceptable.

    4. Boy’s belts must be black, brown or gray and be made of leather or imitation leather. Woven or material belts are also acceptable.

    5. Polo shirts are to be purchased from YOUNG FASHIONS or SCHOOL TIME. K-12 may wear a RED or BLACK polo with school logo.

    6. Pants and shorts 6-12 can only be KHAKI: K-5 can be BLACK or KHAKI.

    7. Shoes: dark-sole leather shoes or clean athletic shoes with white, red or black socks.

    GIRLS:

    1. Jumpers, skorts or shorts should be no shorter than two inches above the knee.

    2. Tight clothing is unacceptable.

    3. Girls may wear one small earring per lobe. Earrings should not be longer than one inch or greater than one inch in diameter. Other piercings are not acceptable.

    4. Bottoms: K-3 plaid jumpers ; K-5 may also wear KHAKI or BLACK shorts and pants; K-12 KHAKI shorts and pants. K-12 may also wear the plaid walk short.

    5. Polo shirts with school logo are to be purchased from YOUNG FASHIONS or SCHOOL TIME. K-12 may wear a RED or BLACK polo or banded shirts. K-3 girls may also wear RED or WHITE sport blouses with jumpers.

    6. Athletic shoes or dark sole leather flats, loafers, Bucs, oxfords, with white, red or black socks. Sandals, open toed shoes, and slides with open backs are unacceptable. Boots are unacceptable.

    7. Red, white black or flesh colored tights (leggings) are allowed in cold weather but thermal underwear is not allowed.

    8. No folding or blousing of shirts is allowed.

    9. Girl’s belts must be black, brown or gray and should not be ornamented in any way. Woven or material belts are also acceptable.

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    Family Christian Academy offers a stimulating co-curricular program in athletics, arts, and service organizations. Participation in co-curricular activities will be denied to any student on academic probation or averaging below a 2.3 GPA at the end of each nine weeks.

    Individual teams, musical groups, clubs, and cheerleaders operate under the respective guidelines developed by the faculty advisor and the administration.

    Special Honors/Awards

    Romans 13:7 urges us to render honor to whom it is due. Each year special awards are given to students who achieve their personal goals while honoring Christ. Special recognition is given to the student leaders who exemplify the philosophy and values of the school. Homecoming Court and Mr. and Miss FCA are nominated from faculty, staff, administration and are voted upon by the upper school student body.

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    1. School hours are from 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    2. Children may be “dropped off” after 7 a.m. daily. All students are to meet in the gym with their respective classes until the first bell rings.
    3. Students will be released to parents at 3 p.m. The elementary car-line is located at the rear of the building. Middle and high school students depart from the front entrance.
    4. Extended care is provided from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. All students who are on campus after 3:15 are to be in extended care or face disciplinary action (see fee schedule).



    You are to be commended for choosing to educate your child in the Christian school. We hope that Christian education is more than just a logical decision, but is a spiritual conviction before God. Our joy is in aiding you in the fulfillment of your divine responsibility. If we may be of any assistance to your family, we are committed to you “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

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    • Proverbs 22:6
    • Deuteronomy 6:6
    • Colossians 2:8
    • II Timothy 3:15-17
    • Psalms 78:5-7
    • I Corinthians 3:19
    • Proverbs 1:7
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    All the above information is available in the FCA Student Handbook. A printable copy is available by CLICKING HERE

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