December 18, 2017

   

2017 GBA Handbook

The handbook can be read in its entirety below, or downloaded in pdf format here.

 

Student Handbook

2017-2018

5135 East Hill Road

Grand Blanc, MI 48439

(810) 953-3140

www.grandblancacademy.org

 

 

Table of Contents

Foreword. 6

Mission Statement 6

Belief Statements 6

School Day. 6

Student Rights and Responsibilities 7

SECTION I – GENERAL INFORMATION. 8

Enrollment 8

Arrival and Dismissal 8

Early Dismissal 9

Transfer out of District 9

Withdrawal from the Academy. 9

Leaving the Academy. 9

Student Well- Being. 10

Injury and Illness. 10

Immunization. 10

Emergency Medical Information. 11

Medications and/or Treatments. 11

Control of Casual-Contact
Communicable Diseases and Pests. 13

Control of Non-Casual-Contact
Communicable Diseases. 14

Head Lice. 14

Hearing and Vision Testing. 14

Student Fees, Fines and Charges. 14

Meal Service. 15

Safety Drills. 15

Emergency Closings and Delays. 15

Visitors. 16

Library Use. 17

School Equipment and Facilities Use. 17

Lost and Found. 17

Student Sales. 17

Telephone Messages 17

Volunteers in the Classroom.. 18

Advertising Outside Activities 19

School Parties. 19

Photograph/Publicity Release Form.. 20

Recess. 20

Money and Other Valuables. 20

Student Pictures. 21

SECTION II – ACADEMICS. 22

Field Trips. 22

Grade Periods. 22

Grades. 22

Promotion, Placement and Retention. 23

Network/Internet Use Guidelines. 24

Student Assessment 27

SECTION III – STUDENT CONDUCT. 28

Attendance. 28

Student Attendance at School Events. 30

Bus Rules. 30

All Star Dress Code. 31

ALL STAR DAYS (Dress Down) 31

UNACCEPTABLE DRESS ITEMS (NOT ALLOWED
AT SCHOOL) 31

Code of Conduct 32

Expected Behaviors. 32

Care of Property. 32

Student Discipline Code of Conduct 33

Gross Misdemeanors or Persistent
Disobedience. 33

Use of Drugs/Alcohol 33

Use of tobacco/Smoking. 36

Student disorder/Demonstration. 36

Weapons, Arson or Criminal Sexual
Conduct 37

Knowledge of Dangerous Weapons or
Threats of Violence 37

Physical Assault against a Staff
Member/Person associated with the Academy. 37

Physical Assaults against Students. 38

Verbal Assaults 38

Extortion. 38

Gambling. 39

Falsification of Schoolwork,
Identification, Forgery. 39

False Alarms, False reports, and Bomb
Threats. 39

Explosives. 39

Trespassing. 39

Theft 39

Disobedience. 40

Damaging Property. 40

Persistent Absence or Tardiness. 40

Unauthorized Use of School or Private
Property. 40

Refusing to Accept Discipline. 40

Aiding or Abetting Violation of
School Rules. 40

Displays of Affection. 40

Electronics and Wireless Communication
Devices (Cell Phones) 41

Camera Cell Phone Policy. 43

Violation of Individual
School/Classroom Rules. 43

Disruption of the Educational Process. 43

Bullying. 43

Harassment 44

Hazing. 46

Criminal Acts. 47

Safety Concerns. 47

Profanity. 48

Discipline Consequences. 48

Application of Disciplinary Measures
to Students with Disabilities. 50

Student Rights of Expression. 50

Student Concerns, Suggestions and
Grievances 51

Complaint Procedure. 51

Section IV- Legal Notices. 53

Equal Education Opportunity/Civil
Rights Designee 53

Student Assessments 53

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option. 53

Student with Disabilities 54

English Learner 54

Access to Student Records. 54

Directory Information. 55

Review of Instructional Materials and
Activities. 56

Search and Seizure. 56

Teacher and Para-Professional
Qualifications 57

Parent Involvement Plan. 57

Pesticide Notice. 58

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response
Act 59

Mandated Reporter 59

Concussions. 59

 

                                                                                                                  

 

Welcome to our school.  Our staff
is pleased to have you here as a student and a parent.  We will do our best to
help you and make your experience here productive and successful.

This Parent/Student Handbook
has pertinent information, rules and regulations.  Therefore it is important
that every parent and student read and become familiar with its
contents.  This handbook is developed so we can have a safe and organized
program and to create an understanding between students, parents and the
school.

The administration and staff
appreciate your support.  We hope that your child’s school year will not only
be educational, but enjoyable.

The Grand Blanc Academy Board of Directors encourages students; staff,
administration and parents to review this document and submit proposed
modifications to the Principal’s office no later than March 1 of each school
year.  The Principal will then compile all such recommendations and will
provide for a review of the Elementary Handbook.

 

Revised August 2017

Adopted by the Board of
Directors, August 2017

President –   Peter Sinclair   

 Vice-President –

 Secretary – Alyssa Stewart

 Treasurer –

 The Grand Blanc Academy Board of Directors meets the fourth Tuesday of each month

6:30 p.m. in the room 110.  Public Notices of meetings are posted

on the front doors of the Academy.

 

Foreword

 This parent/student handbook was developed to answer many of the commonly
asked questions that you and your parents may have during the course of a
school year and to provide specific information about certain Board policies
and procedures.  Because the handbook also contains information about student
rights and responsibilities, each student is responsible for knowing its
contents.  Please take time to become familiar with the following information
and keep the handbook available for frequent reference by you and your parent.
It can be a valuable reference during the school year and a means to avoid
confusion and misunderstanding when questions arise.  Should you have any
questions that are not addressed in this handbook contact the Principal.

 

This handbook summarizes many of the official policies and administrative
guidelines of the Board of Directors and the Academy.  To the extent that the
handbook is ambiguous or conflicts with the policies and guidelines, the
policies and guidelines shall control. This handbook supersedes all prior
handbooks and other written or oral statements regarding any item in this
handbook.

 

This handbook does not equate to an irrevocable contractual commitment to
the student, but only reflects the current status of the Board’s policies and
the Academy’s rules as of July 30, 2017.  If any of the policies or
administrative guidelines referenced herein is revised after July 30, 2017 language
in the most current policy or administrative guideline prevails.

 

Mission Statement

 

Grand Blanc Academy is an innovative community that supports
and celebrates lifelong learning for the success of our students and families
by igniting growth, imagination, and dreams.

Belief Statements

The Grand
Blanc Board of Directors and staff beliefs:

 

·
We believe in
providing a variety of teaching strategies to meet the instructional needs of
all students.

·
We believe
citizenship is developed through nurturing positive character and values.

·
We believe
children excel when parents, community, and school work together in a positive
manner.

·
We believe in
the value of lifelong learning.

·
We believe
that clear and consistent communication is vital to a successful school
community.

·
We believe in
providing a safe and effective learning environment.

School Day

 

The school day at Grand Blanc
Academy is 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Students who arrive after 8:05
a.m. will be marked tardy.  No student will be called from class before 3:15
p.m.  If you have an appointment that forces you to pick up your child early
please send a note to your teacher

 

Every Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Dismissal begins at 12:45. Buses
will be loaded and leave the school by 1:00.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

The rules and procedures of the Academy are designed to allow each
student to obtain a safe, orderly, and appropriate education.  Students can
expect their rights to freedom of expression and association and to fair
treatment as long as they respect those rights for their fellow students and
the staff.  Students will be expected to follow teachers’ directions and obey
all Academy rules.  Disciplinary procedures are designed to ensure due process
(a fair hearing) before a student is removed because of his/her behavior.

 

Students in the school system
have the responsibility to act in such a way as not to interfere with the
rights of others to the same educational opportunity.  By accepting the right
to participate in school programs on or off school property, students shall
accept the responsibility to conduct themselves according to the rules and
regulations and provisions governing the operation of these programs.  The
ideal of any educational experience is for the students to become self-disciplined.

The Principal is responsible for
establishing and enforcing procedures necessary to ensure that student rights
are preserved and that accompanying responsibilities are carried out.  Students
may forfeit certain rights when it can be demonstrated that they are not
assuming or showing responsibility.  There is a right of appeal by students who
believe their rights have been violated.  An appeal process for suspension and
expulsion is outlined in the appropriate section of the guidelines.  It should
be noted that the Principal must use discretionary judgment in taking
disciplinary action.

 

Parents have the right to know how their child is succeeding in school
and will be provided information on a regular basis and as needed, when
concerns arise.  Many times it will be the student’s responsibility to deliver
that information.  If necessary, the mail or hand delivery may be used to
ensure contact.  Parents are encouraged to build a two-way link with their
child’s teachers and support staff by informing the staff of suggestions or
concerns that may help their child better accomplish his/her educational goals.

 

The staff expects students to arrive at school prepared to learn.  It is
the parent and student’s responsibility to arrive on time and prepared to participate
in the educational program.

 

 

SECTION I – GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

Enrollment

Students that are new to Grand Blanc
Academy are required to be enrolled by their parent/guardian.  To enroll a
child, parents are required to bring the following:

  • A County
    Birth Certificate or other reliable proof of identity
  • Proof of
    Residency
  • Proof of
    Immunization
  • Custody
    papers from the court, when appropriate
  • Last Report
    Card, when appropriate
  • Physical
    form for Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten/Vision
    & Hearing Exam
  • A copy of
    the driver’s license of the person enrolling the student

 

In
some cases, a temporary enrollment may be permitted.  If that is done, the
parents will be told what records are needed to make the enrollment complete
and the date by which such records must be provided.

 

Homeless
students who meet the Federal definition of “homeless” may enroll and will be
under the direction of the Academy’s Liaison for Homeless Children with regard
to enrollment procedures.  The Academy’s Homeless Liaison is the School
Counselor.  The Academy’s Homeless Liaison collaborates and coordinates with
state coordinators, community service providers, and Academy personnel
responsible for the provision of education and related services homeless
students.

 

No applicant for admission shall, on the basis of, race,
color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation or
transgender identity or expression), pregnancy, mental or physical disability,
age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status,
ancestry or genetic information be discriminated against.

A student who has been suspended or expelled by a previous
school may be denied admission to the Academy pending a review of the records.
Prior to denying admission, the School Leader or designee will facilitate a
thorough review, including an opportunity for a discussion between the parents
and the School Leader or designee regarding the circumstances of the suspension
or expulsion and any other factors the School Leader or designee determines to
be relevant.

 

Arrival and Dismissal

 

ARRIVALDuring morning drop off we ask
parents to use the curb lane

 Buses will use the inside lane closest to the
building.  The center lane will be closed in the mornings providing a buffer
zone for the safety of students and staff.

DISMISSAL: At dismissal all three lanes are
open.  Buses will use the inside lane at the beginning of dismissal and then
the lane will be open for parent use.  We ask that you have your card clearly displayed
in your windshield.  If you lose or misplace your card please come to the
office and a staff member will provide you with a new one.  If you drive more
than one car, please make sure you have a sign for each.  If the sign is not
displayed, you will be asked to park and go to the office to sign your child
out.  This is for the safety of your child and all of our students.

PLEASE DO NOT USE
CELL PHONES WHEN DROPPING OFF OR PICKING UP STUDENTS.

Early Dismissal

 

No student will be allowed to leave school prior to dismissal time
without a written request signed by the parent/guardian whose signature is on
file in the academy’s office or by the parent coming to the school office to
request the release and sign the child out. Students will receive an “Excused”
status for early dismissal in the event of an emergency or in the event of a
physician’s appointment. Students will be allowed three (3) early dismissal
events per marking period.
No student will be released to a person
other than a custodial parent(s) without written permission signed by the
custodial parent(s) or guardian.

Transfer out of District

 

If a
student plans to transfer from Grand Blanc Academy, the parent must notify the
Academy.  Transfer will be authorized only after the parent has completed the
withdrawal form, returned all school materials, and paid any fees or fines that
are due.  School records may not be released if the transfer is not properly
completed.  Parents are encouraged to contact the Academy Office for specific
details.

 

The
Academy forwards, without prior parental or eligible student consent, education
records to other schools that have requested the records and in which the
student intends or seeks enrollment or is already enrolled, as long as the
information is related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
Parents/guardians or eligible student may request a copy of the transferred
records.

 

When
transferring student records, the Academy is required to transmit disciplinary
records including suspension and expulsion actions against the student.

 

Receipt
of a request of records from another school is a statement from the
parent/guardian confirming that their child is removed from Academy enrollment
and their child’s seat is no longer reserved at the Academy from that point
forward.

Withdrawal from the Academy

 

No student under the age of eighteen (18) will be
allowed to withdraw from school without the written consent of his/her parents.

Leaving the Academy

Students
may not leave the school grounds without permission from office personnel.
Before this can be granted, a written request from the parent must be
presented.  STUDENTS MUST BE SIGNED OUT IN THE OFFICE BY PARENT/GUARDIAN
BEFORE LEAVING THE BUILDING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY AND/OR AFTER SCHOOL.

Students leaving school without permission will be considered truant. 

Student Well- Being

 

Student safety is a responsibility of the staff working at the Academy.
All staff members working at the Academy are familiar with emergency procedures
such as fire and tornado drills and accident reporting procedures.  Should a
student be aware of any dangerous situation or accident, s/he must
notify any staff person immediately.

 

State law requires that all students must have an emergency medical card
completed, signed by a parent or guardian, and filed in the Academy office.  A
student may be excluded from school until this requirement has been fulfilled.

 

Parents of students with specific health care needs MUST submit
those needs, in writing and with proper documentation by a physician, to the
Academy office.

 

The Academy retains the discretion to reject requests for administration
of medicine.  (See Use of Medication section)

Injury and Illness

 

All
injuries must be reported to a teacher, aide or the office.  If minor, the
student will be treated and may return to class.  If medical attention is
required, the office will follow the Academy’s emergency procedures.

 

A
student who becomes ill during the school day should request permission from
his/her teacher or aide to go to the office.  An appropriate adult in the
office will determine whether or not the student should remain in school or go
home.  No student will be released from school without proper parental permission.

When to keep your child home:

As a
general guideline, a student should not returned to the Academy until he/she
has been fever free for 24 hours, not vomited in 24 hours and/or rashes have
been addressed by a physician.

 

A
parent will be expected to pick up their child if he/she has a fever, persistent
cough, rash, head lice, pink eye or similar symptoms.  The office needs to be
notified if your child is absent with a communicable disease.  In this case,
please see the section on Control of Casual Contact Communicable Diseases
and Pests
.  If your child has been ill, please be sure he/she is fully
recovered before returning to school.

Immunization

Each
student must be current with all immunizations required by law or have an
authorized waiver from State immunization requirements.  If a student does not
have the necessary shots or waiver, the Principal may remove the student from
school and require compliance within a set deadline.  This requirement is for
the safety of all students and in accordance with State Law.  A certified
immunization waiver will be provided to the parent/guardian by the local health
department to provide to the Academy.  Immunization waivers will not be
accepted by the Academy unless signed and stamped by the local health
department.  Any questions about immunization or waiver should be directed to
the Academy Office.

 

A student who has not been vaccinated due to a waiver is
considered susceptible to the disease or diseases for which the vaccination offers
protection.  The student will be subject to exclusion from the Academy if an
outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease occurs.

Emergency Medical Information

The Board has established a policy that every
student must have an Emergency Medical Authorization Form completed and signed
by his/her parent/guardian in order to participate in any activity off school
grounds.

 

The
Emergency Medical Authorization Form is provided at the time of enrollment and
the beginning of each school year.  All parents are asked to supply Address,
Telephone Number and Health Information
for emergency procedures when a
child is ill.  This information helps the school decide what to do when a child
becomes sick or has an accident while in school.  Parents are asked to keep
this information up to date, especially telephone numbers for home and work.

 

Enrollment-Emergency
forms are sent home at the beginning of each school year.  PARENTS ARE URGED
TO CONTACT THE SCHOOL WHEN ANY OF THE INFORMATION ON THE EMERGENCY CARD
CHANGES.

 

Medications and/or Treatments

The
definition of “medication” is prescription, non-prescription and herbal
medications, preparations, and/or remedies, and includes those taken by mouth,
inhaler, those that are injectable, and those applied as drops to eyes, nose,
or medications applied to the skin.  This policy also applies to any
medically-prescribed “treatments”.  “Treatment” refers both to the manner in
which a medication is administered and to health-care procedures which require
special training.

 

Prior to the beginning of the school year, parents/guardians
are responsible to inform the Academy in writing of any medical issues that may
require intervention during the school day.  Examples of medical issues may
include, but are not limited to, life threatening allergies (i.e., the need for
an epinephrine auto injector, i.e., EpiPen®), diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, seizures
or any condition of a serious nature affecting the health of the student. The
Academy, parents/guardians and the student’s physician will participate in
developing a medical action plan.

 

Michigan
law and district policy allow prescription medication to be administered to a
student during Academy hours under the following conditions:

1.
Parents must
have a medication permission form completed to administer medication and
physician approval and instructions.  DOCTOR’S INSTRUCTIONS MUST INCLUDE
STUDENT’S NAME, NAME OF MEDICATION/TREATMENT, DOSAGE, and ROUTE OF
ADMINISTRATION AND TIME OF ADMINISTRATION/TREATMENT, POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS AND
DOCTOR’S SIGNATURE.  
 This form must be dated and signed by the student’s
parent/guardian. 

 

2.
Parents
shall have sole responsibility to instruct their child to take the medication
at the scheduled time, the child has the responsibility for both presenting
himself/herself on time and for taking the prescribed medication.

 

3.
New medical
request forms must be submitted each school year and as necessary for changes
in medication orders.

 

4.
Medication
must be in ORIGINAL CONTAINER and have affixed label including the
Student’s Name, Name of Medication, Dosage, Route of Medication, and Time of
Administration.

 

5.
It is REQUIRED
that the medication and the signed permission forms BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL
BY THE PARENT/GUARDIAN. 
  

 

6.
Any unused
medication unclaimed by the parent/guardian will be destroyed by school
personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of
the school year.

 

7.
Students may possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector
or a metered dose or dry powder inhaler for relief of asthma, or before
exercise to prevent onset of
asthma symptoms, while at the Academy, on Academy-sponsored transportation, or
at any Academy-sponsored activity, if the following conditions are met:

a.
There is
written approval from the student’s physician or other health care provider and
the student’s parent/guardian to possess and use the inhaler; and

 

b.
The School
Leader or his/her designee has received a copy of the written approvals from
the physician and the parent/guardian.

 

8.
These
students should be instructed by
their parents/guardians to notify their teacher each and every time they use
their inhaler so that frequent use can be communicated to the
parents/guardians.  It is recommended that an extra inhaler be kept in the
Academy Office.

9.
Students with
a need for emergency medication may
also be allowed to self-possess and self- administer such medication, providing
that they meet the conditions established in the medical action plan.

10.
Students are
NOT permitted to keep medication of ANY KIND on their person, in their lunch
boxes, or in their desks unless prior permission has been given.

 

11.
If a student
shows unsafe or irresponsible behavior, the right to self-medicate may be
revoked.

 

Non-prescription
medications are those medications that are sold directly to the consumer.
Non-prescription medications may include, but are not limited to acetaminophen,
ibuprofen, cold remedies, antihistamines, etc. Non-prescriptions medications will
be treated as prescription medication as defined above.  Parents may, at their
choice, come to school and administer medication to their child.  Cough Drops
may be allowed with written parental permission at the discretion of the Principal.
COUGH DROPS WILL BE DISPENSED IN THE OFFICE.

 

The
Academy retains the discretion to reject requests for administration of
medicine.

 

Students with disabilities who have an Individualized
Educational Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan are included under the policy and
procedures that govern the administration of medications. Note: The policy and
procedures do not violate either the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Failure to follow these
procedures will result in termination of medication administration for the
student at school. Questions regarding the administration of medication should
be directed to the school principal.

 

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

Michigan Law allows the Academy to maintain a supply of
emergency epinephrine auto-injectors to be used during emergency situations
where a student, not previously diagnosed with known allergies, may suffer a
life-threatening allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.  Academy staff members are
properly trained in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors in case of an
emergency.

 

Control of Casual-Contact Communicable Diseases and
Pests

 

Because
a school has a high concentration of people, it is necessary to take specific
measures when the health and/or safety of the group are at risk.  The school’s
professional staff has the authority to remove or isolate a student who has
been ill, has an undiagnosed rash or has been exposed to a communicable disease
or highly transient pest, such as, lice.

 

Specific
communicable diseases include the following: diphtheria, scarlet fever, strep
infection, whooping cough, mumps, measles, rubella, pink eye, impetigo and
other conditions indicated by Local and State Health Departments.

 

If a
child contacts a Communicable Disease, the School Office should be notified as
to the nature of the illness and the student should not return to school until
a Physician gives him/her written permission to do so. However, in the event
that the Health Department guidelines for return after a specific illness
conflict with the physician’s permission, the Academy must adhere to the
timetable set forth by the Health Department.  The Academy adheres to this
policy in an effort to protect all children from contracting a disease/illness.

 

Any
removal will only be for the contagious period as specified in the Academy’s
administrative guidelines as set forth by the Local and State Health Department
.
Parents of children in a classroom which has a communicable disease reported
will be notified, at the discretion of the Principal, by way of a “Health
Alert.”

Control of Non-Casual-Contact Communicable Diseases

 

In the case of non-casual contact communicable diseases, the school still
has the obligation to protect the safety of the staff and students.  In these
cases, the person in question will have his/her status reviewed by a panel of
resource people, including the County Health Department, to ensure that the
rights of the person affected and those in contact with that person are
respected.  The school will seek to keep students and staff persons in school
unless there is definitive evidence to warrant exclusion.

 

Non-casual-contact communicable diseases include sexually transmitted
diseases, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), ARC-AIDS Related Complex,
HIV (Human immunodeficiency), HAV, HBV,HCV (Hepatitis A, B, C);and other
diseases that may be specified by the State Board of Health.

 

As required by Federal law, parents will be requested to have their
child’s blood checked for HIV, HBV, and other blood-borne pathogens when the
child has bled at school and students or staff members have been exposed to the
blood.  Any testing is subject to laws protecting confidentiality.

 

Head Lice

GRAND
BLANC ACADEMY HAS A NO NIT POLICY.

 

Any
child found to have head lice will be temporarily excluded from school until ALL
NITS AND/OR LIVE LICE
are removed from the child’s head.  The child who has
been excluded with head lice will be rechecked by the school prior to being
allowed to return to class.  As a precaution the child will be rechecked within
10 days for possible re-infestation.

 

Hearing and Vision Testing

If
available, the Genesee County Health Department provides, at no cost to
parents, hearing and vision testing.  If a parent chooses NOT to have their
child participate in vision and/or hearing testing a letter should be sent
wishing to have their child excluded.

 

Student Fees, Fines and Charges

 

Grand Blanc Academy
reserves the right to implement a policy of assessment for fines and/or
specific fees to be charged. 
The Academy will assess a fine when
Academy equipment, property or supplies are damaged, lost or not returned by a
student.  The fee will be reasonable and charged to compensate for the loss or
damage incurred.  In addition, students
using school property and equipment can be fined for excessive wear and abuse
of the property and equipment.  The fine will be assessed at replacement cost.

 

Unsettled accounts such as, but
not limited to, lost books, library fines, unreturned items that are the
property of the Academy, are due at the end of the school year.  Unresolved
obligations can be appealed to the Principal or designee.

 

Meal Service

The
Academy serves free breakfast and lunch to all students as part of the
Community Eligibility Option.  Students may also bring their own lunches to
school to be eaten in the Academy cafeteria. In an effort to keep all students
safe and healthy, please do not send items with peanut oil or peanuts due to
airborne peanut allergies

 

Parents
will be asked to complete the “Household Information Survey” which contains
information related to free and reduced counts for non-nutrition programs. If
you have any questions, please contact the Academy Office.

 

The
cafeteria lunch time is also planned as a social period to be enjoyed, but not
abused by students.  Due to the number of students in the
cafeteria/multipurpose room during lunch period, following the basic rules of
etiquette and courtesy are mandatory.   Students are expected to conduct themselves
properly at all times.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of privilege
for eating lunch in the cafeteria.

 

LUNCHROOM
PROCEDURES:

·
Students are
expected to stay seated while eating lunch

·
Students
are expected to keep their voices at conversation level

·
Students are
not allowed to eat from other student’s lunches (no sharing of lunch)

·
Students must
raise their hand in order to get help from supervisors or to get permission to
throw away trash

·
Students are
expected to leave the table and benches clean after eating

·
Proper
lunchroom manners are expected

Safety Drills

 

The Academy complies with all fire safety laws and will conduct fire,
tornado and lockdown drills in accordance with State law.  Specific
instructions on how to proceed will be provided to students by their teachers
who will be responsible for a safe, prompt, and orderly evacuation of the
building. 

 

During practice lockdown
drills, entering and exiting the buildings will be restricted for approximately
15 minutes.

 

During an actual lockdown
drill , an “Out of Order” sign will be posted on the doors and parents, guardians,
and visitors must return to their vehicles.  Updates and information will only
be available on the Academy website.  Other emergency situations which may
arise include external concerns such as hazardous material spills, police
situation, etc.

 

Tornado drills will be
conducted during the tornado season using the procedures provided by the
State. 

 

Emergency Closings and Delays

 

If the school must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement
weather or other conditions, the Academy will notify the following radio and
television stations:

 

A School Messenger message will be sent out to all parents
with a current phone number on record.

Ø
CARZ (108 FM)

Ø
WWCK (105.5 FM)

Ø
WHNN (96 FM))

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WRSR (103.9 FM)

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Closings will be posted on the Grand Blanc Academy Facebook page

 

Parents and students are responsible for knowing about emergency closings
and delays.

 

There
may be some emergency instances, which will require school to be closed early.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD EMERGENCY
PROCEDURES THAT THEY SHOULD FOLLOW IN THE EVENT SCHOOL IS CLOSED EARLY. 

 

Visitors

 

In order to ensure the safety and security of Academy
students and staff, only visitors who have a legitimate purpose will be
permitted on Academy grounds.  The Principal may prohibit the entry or expel
any person if there is reason to believe that the presence of such person would
be detrimental to the good order of the school or a disruption to the academic
environment.  The Principal may also call local law enforcement to provide
additional assistance if necessary.

 

For
the safety of students and staff, ALL visitors MUST report to the office to
sign in and pick up a visitor’s pass in order to gain access through the
locked security doors.
  Any visitor found in the building without a pass
shall be reported to the Principal.  If a parent wishes to speak with a
teacher, he/she MUST call for an appointment prior to coming to the school, in
order to schedule a mutually convenient time.

 

Students
may not bring visitors to school without first obtaining permission from the Principal.

 

Visitors who are registered sex offenders are required to
notify the Academy before visiting, and must comply strictly with applicable
school safety legislation.  All registered sex offenders, including parents and
guardians,  must safely and expeditiously drop off their children and pick them
up during the prescribed times for drop off and pick up and then promptly and
safely exit the Academy premises. The Principal or designee may be contacted
for any questions or for further information.

 

Children
accompanying visiting parents must be directly supervised at all times inside
the school building, on the playground, and in the parking lot and walkways.

 

The Academy strictly prohibits visitors from possessing,
storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and
supervision of the Academy for the purpose of school activities, except as
permitted by law. These settings include Academy-sponsored events (both on and
off Academy property and traveling to and from such events), Academy premises
(leased, owned or used by the Academy), Academy vehicles, and at any activity
authorized or approved by the Academy. Any person who violates the policy will
be referred to law enforcement.

Visitors, who are rowdy, commit a verbal assault on the
premises, or who are otherwise disorderly, will be asked to leave the premises;
this type of behavior is unacceptable.

Library Use

 

Library
books are among the most valuable assets of the school.  Library books must be
checked out and checked in appropriately.  Students are held responsible for
library books checked out to them.  Students not returning books will be
charged for the book replacement.

 

School Equipment and Facilities Use

 

Students must receive the permission of the teacher before using any
equipment or materials in the classroom and the permission of the Principal to
use any other school equipment or facility.  Students will be held responsible
for the proper use and safe‑keeping of any equipment or facility they are
permitted to use.

 

Outside
individuals or organizations may request a Building Use Form from the school
office.

Lost and Found

 

A lost
and found area is located near the cafeteria.  Students may check for lost
items.  Parents are invited to come and check for lost items.  Lost items of
value found in or around the school must be turned in to the office.

 

Parents
are asked to mark each child’s coats, sweaters, hats, boots, backpacks, and
lunch boxes for identification.  Unclaimed items will be given to charity at
the end of each quarterly marking period as set forth on the school calendar.

 

Student Sales

 

No
student is permitted to sell any item or service in school without the approval
of the Principal.  Violation of this policy may lead to disciplinary action.
Trading or selling of the following items is not allowed: iPods, CD’s, CD
Players, electronic games, cell phones, tape recorders, toys, dolls, trading
cards and other spare time items.  These items or others like them shall not be
brought to school unless the teacher or Principal has given specific
permission.  Grand Blanc Academy is not responsible for any items brought to
school which are not allowed to be on the premises if that item is lost or
stolen.

 

Telephone Messages

 

Students
are not permitted to make calls on the telephone unless the Principal or
teacher gives permission.  STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CALLED FROM CLASS FOR TELEPHONE
CALLS
.  Phone messages from parents to students may be given to the
secretary, who will give the message to the student.  It is extremely
disruptive to have students called from class.  Telephone calls will not be
forwarded to the classrooms.

 

 

 

Volunteers in the Classroom

Grand
Blanc Academy encourages and requires volunteerism in the schools. Volunteers
are important to our educational program.  When parents volunteer in the
schools they should be a model for our students and follow all school rules.

 

Volunteers
are asked to sign in and out at the school office and obtain a visitor’s pass
each time they are volunteering in the building.  All visitors must pass
through the security doors to enter the classroom areas of the building.

The role of the parent volunteer in the classroom is to
assist the teacher in facilitating the learning activities that occur
throughout the day.  To provide such assistance will require the full attention
of the classroom volunteer and a willingness to work cooperatively with the
classroom teacher on behalf of the students in the classroom.

The following guidelines serve as a framework for volunteers
in the classroom.  We expect that all volunteers will abide by these important
guidelines:

1.    It is preferred
that classroom volunteers make advance arrangements with the teacher regarding
date(s), time, and length of service in the classroom whenever possible.

2.    To optimize the
assistance provided to the teacher and students, parents are not permitted to
bring younger siblings/children into the classroom or on field trips during
their volunteer time.

3.    The
classroom volunteer must be willing and prepared to:

·
Engage with and assist any student, or group of students as
directed by the classroom teacher(s).

·
Learn and support classroom procedures, social protocols, and
routines.

·
Engage in a positive manner with all students, and refer all
incidents of injury and/or medical issues to the classroom teacher, as well as
any incidents of disruption, non-compliance, or concerning student behavior
(i.e., do not engage in disciplinary action with students).

·
If there is more than one parent volunteer in the classroom at
the same time, their full attention must be given to assisting the teacher and
supporting the students.  If the volunteers wish to chat with each other, they
must do so outside of the classroom.

·
Do not use cell phones and other electronic devices in the
classroom.

4.    Confidentiality is of the utmost importance,
especially when parents volunteer in the classroom. Communication of personal
and educational information regarding students, parents, staff or
administration must be regarded as confidential and safeguarded. 

5.
Volunteers must not be privy to
student personal and educational information in the course of the duties
assigned to them (i.e. copying move-up certificates, helping with report cards,
transferring assessment data of any kind, etc…) 

Academy staff appreciates the cooperation of parents in
following these important guidelines and the willingness of parents to
volunteer their time to support their children’s educations.

 

Volunteers Background Checks

In order to provide a safe
environment for all Academy students,
volunteers (including parents) may be screened through internet sites, such
as the Sex Offenders Registry (SOR), the Internet Criminal History Access Tool
(ICHAT) or other similar site for background checks, prior to certain volunteer
assignments.

Volunteer assignments
include, but are not limited to the following:

·
Volunteers who have access to a
student without the supervision of a staff member

·
Volunteers who are in charge of
students during a field trip (including driving students to/from a field trip)

·
Volunteers for any
Academy-sponsored overnight trip

·
Volunteers who have a supervisory
position over students at the Academy or at an Academy-sponsored event.

·
Volunteers who are a coach or
activity leader

·
Volunteers who have a regular or
substantial presence at the Academy

·
Volunteers who serve as an officer
of the Academy’s parent group or handle Academy funds

 

Volunteers must submit a
completed volunteer form or a copy of their driver’s license to the School
Office at least one week prior to the volunteer assignment.  If a volunteer
refuses to submit to such a background check, then the volunteer will be
prohibited from volunteering at the Academy.

The School Leader may impose conditions on the presence of
volunteers, as he or she deems reasonable and appropriate.  Any decisions made
by the Academy are final and are subject to the Academy’s sole discretion.  The
Principal may be contacted for any questions or for further information.

Advertising Outside Activities

 

No announcements or posting of outside activities
will be permitted without the approval of the Principal.  A minimum of
twenty-four (24) hours notice is required to ensure that the Principal has the
opportunity to review the announcement or posting.

 

School Parties

There are only three scheduled parties each year:  Fall
Celebration, Holiday Celebration and Valentine’s Day.

Your
child’s teacher will enlist the help of parents with the planning and/or
treats.  Watch for information from your child’s teacher.  The date and time of
the parties will be determined at the building level.

 

Birthday
parties are left up to the discretion of the teacher.  Please contact the
teacher first before sending any treats to school.  IT IS THE SCHOOL POLICY
NOT TO PASS OUT BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS UNLESS THERE IS ONE FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE
CLASS.  HANDING OUT A FEW INVITATIONS MAY CAUSE DISRUPTION AND HURT FEELINGS.

 

Photograph/Publicity Release Form

 

At the
beginning of each school year, families are required to complete a Photograph
and Publicity Release Form
for their family to grant or deny consent to the
Academy to use photographs, videos and/or audio recordings of their
child/children in promotional materials for the Academy.

 

Recess

Our
policy is that all children go out for recess.
  Students should wear adequate
clothing and dress for the weather.  On days when the weather is extremely cold
(determined by wind chill factor) or rainy, recess will be held inside.  STUDENTS
WILL HAVE INDOOR RECESS IF THE AIR TEMPERATURE OR WIND CHILL IS 0 DEGREES or
below or determined by the Principal to be too cold or wet to go out.

 

If a
student is well enough to come to school, he/she is expected to go out for
recess.  To stay inside the student must bring a note from the doctor.
After an extended illness, if requested in writing by the parents, the
student may be allowed to stay in for a day or more at the Principal’s discretion.

 

Students
are expected to stay in their assigned play area.  Students may not bring items
such as, baseballs (hardballs), Softballs, Frisbees, skateboards, roller
blades, scooters or any toy, which may present a safety hazard.  It is expected
that students listen and follow all instructions given by the playground
aides.  Recess is a privilege that students earn through their good
behavior.  Loss of recess may occur if a student does not follow the rules for
recess. 

 

Money and Other Valuables

If
money is being sent to school, parents should:

 

·
Place the
money in an envelope

·
Include a
note inside, stating the reason for the money being sent

·
Place the
teacher’s name and child’s name on the outside of the envelope

 

Students WILL NOT bring items of value or large sums of money to
school.  Items such as jewelry, expensive clothing, electronic equipment, and
the like, are tempting targets for theft and extortion.  The school cannot be
responsible for their safekeeping and will not be liable for loss or damage to
personal valuables.

 

Students
are not allowed

to bring valuable equipment such as but not limited to, iPods, tape and/or CD
players, computer games, and remote controlled cars, or other electronic
toys/equipment.  If such items are brought to school they will be confiscated
until a parent picks the item up. 

 

Student Pictures

Families
may purchase student pictures each year.  Students will have their individual
pictures taken early in the school year.  Specific information about the
procedure and purchase of pictures will be sent home prior to picture day.
Specific time will be established.

 

 

 

 

SECTION II – ACADEMICS

 

Field Trips

 

Field
trips are academic activities that are held off school grounds.  Buses will
transport students to and from all field trips.
  There are also other trips
that are part of the school’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.  No
student may participate in any school-sponsored trip without written parental
consent.

 

Field
trips are designed to extend curricular areas for our students.  Parents may be
asked to be a chaperone on a field trip.  The role of a chaperone is to
supervise students; therefore siblings are not allowed to accompany
parents on any field trip.
ADULT CHAPERONES MUST FOLLOW THE SCHOOL RULES
AND REGULATIONS AS OUTLINED IN THIS HANDBOOK.  FIELD TRIPS ARE EXTENSIONS OF
THE SCHOOL PROGRAM AND ARE TREATED AS IF ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ON SCHOOL
PROPERTY.

 

Grade Periods

Report
cards are issued at the end of each quarter grading period as set forth in the
school calendar.  At the end of the year grade cards will be mailed home.

 

Progress
reports are sent home to all parents of students in GRADES 3-8 at the
midpoint of each quarter grading period.  They are used to inform parents of
any problem or improvement in the student’s academic/behavioral progression.

 

Parent-Teacher
Conferences will be scheduled two times throughout the school year.  The school
calendar will list the exact dates.  The classroom teacher will schedule
conferences.  Parents may arrange a conference with their child’s teacher any
time during the school year by contacting the school and arranging an
appointment.

 

Grades

 

Grand Blanc Academy Elementary and Middle School has
a standard grading procedure, as well as additional notations that may indicate
work in progress or incomplete work. The purpose of the grade is to indicate
the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning.  In
general, students are assigned grades based upon test results, homework,
projects and classroom participation.  Each teacher may place a different
emphasis on the areas in determining a grade and will so inform the students at
the beginning of the course work.  If a student is not sure how his/her grade
will be determined, s/he should ask the teacher.

The  Kindergarten-
Grade 2
use the following grading system

 

100-85 = 4

84-76 = 3

75-65 = 2

64-0 = 1

 

 

 

Grades 3-8 use the
following grading system:

 

100-93 = A                      72-70
= C-

92-90 = A-                       69-67
= D+

89-87 = B+                      66-63
= D

86-83 = B                        62-60
= D-

82-80 = B-                      59 & Below = F

79-77 = C+                                                  

76-73 = C                       

 

Promotion, Placement and Retention

 

Many
factors are taken into consideration when a student is promoted to the next
level or retained at their current grade level.  Each child is treated as an
individual case and will be given individual consideration.

 

The
teachers are to confer with the Principal concerning all retentions.

 

Parents
are to be notified of possible retention in writing, near the end or during the
parent teacher conference in May.

 

A firm
decision to retain a student will be made no later than one week before the
school year ends, and parents will be notified of this decision in writing.
Teachers will arrange conferences with the parent to explain the benefits of
retention and the probable effect it will have on the student’s educational
growth.

 

The Principal
will be available to discuss reasons for promotion or retention of any student.

 

The Academy believes that children should be placed in the
educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of
their growth.

Parents will be informed about their child’s progress or
lack thereof through progress reports, parent/teacher conferences, and report
cards throughout the school year.  Additional conferences may be scheduled with
the parents to discuss the areas of difficulty and an intervention plan
created.

 

The Academy administration has the authority to determine
the grade placement, promotion and retention of all students under the
following guidelines:

 

1.    Grade
Placement

The Academy administration shall
determine the appropriate placement for students at enrollment.  The Academy
administration has 90 days after enrollment to determine if this trial
placement in a class is appropriate or a change of placement is necessary.  The
following is a partial list of data that may be utilized in determining that
placement:

·
previous and/or current placement

·
previous school records

·
parent request

·
attendance (or lack thereof)

·
testing results

·
grades

·
overall physical, emotional, social, and academic maturity of the
individual student

2.    Class Size

The class size for any class is
ultimately determined by the Academy administrator or his/her designee.  The
Academy administrator shall determine class size in a manner that is consistent
with the optimal educational achievement of all students.

 

3.    Promotion
to the next grade is based on the following criteria:

·
current level of achievement

·
potential for success at the next grade level

·
emotional, physical, and social maturity

·
a passing grade

 

4.    Retention

Students may be retained if it is
in his/her best interest.  A student may not be ready to proceed to the next
grade for any of the following reasons:

·
emotional growth

·
social growth

·
academic growth

·
lack of sufficient attendance (refer to attendance policy in the
Student Handbook)

·
inadequate progress in their core academic classes

5.    Parents shall
have the right to appeal any placement, retention or promotion decision
according to the following procedure:

·
Any appeal should be submitted in writing to the Academy
administration within 10 days of the decision.

·
A committee that includes the student’s current teacher, a representative
from Special Education or Child Study Team, an Academy administrator (or a
representative from the Curriculum department), and other personnel as
designated by the Academy administrator will conduct an investigation into the
appropriate placement of the student based on the factors listed above.

 

After
completion of that investigation, the Academy administrator will give a written
decision to the parents and the reasons for that decision.  All decisions are
final.

 

Network/Internet Use Guidelines

The Academy is committed to the effective use of technology
to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of Academy
operations. It also recognizes that safeguards have to be established to ensure
that the Academy’s investment in both hardware and software is achieving the
benefits of technology and inhibiting negative side effects.

In order for any student to use the local and wireless
network, Internet connection and/or data and exchange servers, he/she must read
and agree to these guidelines and sign the Network and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.
The agreement must also be signed by a parent or guardian.. A user name
and password will be issued once the student agrees to these guidelines.  Until
then network use will not be allowed. The use of the Internet is a privilege,
not a right

Inappropriate behavior or violation of these
guidelines may lead to penalties including the revocation of a user’s account,
disciplinary action, including suspension, expulsion and/or legal action.

 

Inappropriate
Internet and network use is not limited to the following:

·
using
offensive or inappropriate language or language that would promote violence or
hatred;

·
revealing
one’s (or other’s) personal address, phone number or credit card information;

·
harassing
anyone by sending uninvited communication;

·
sending  or
accessing  electronic information from accounts that do not belong to you
without the owner’s authorization;

·
accessing
unauthorized or inappropriate areas of the network and  changing or
interfering  with information found in the network;

·
accessing
areas blocked by the Academy’s firewall without authorization;

·
soliciting or
distributing e-mail for non-educational or non-business purposes;

·
misrepresenting
oneself or others;

·
making unauthorized
copies of software or information, such as software pirating;

·
printing of
materials excessively;

·
downloading
and/or installing unauthorized software, including games, on Academy computers
without specific permission from Administration;

·
accessing,
uploading, downloading, distributing, or transmitting  pornographic, obscene,
sexually explicit, or threatening material or other materials harmful to
minors;

·
violating
federal copyright laws or otherwise using the property of another individual or
organization without permission.  All work must be original work.  Copy and
pasted material may only be used as a resource when properly cited;

·
violating any
local, state or federal statute;  and

·
accessing
personal social networking sites, such as but not limited to Facebook, Twitter,
, YouTube,
Google+, Instagram, Snap Chat, Tumblr, Pinterest,
Vine, Yik Yak, VK, Linkedin and Flickr

etc., without specific permission from the Administration

The Academy administration
reserves the right to change these rules at any time.

The student agrees to comply with
the Network and Internet Acceptable use guidelines as stated in the student
handbook, Academy Board policies, guidelines and procedures.

The assignment of a password does not guarantee
confidentiality.  There is no expectation of privacy as to prevent examination
or monitoring.  The Academy reserves the right to examine all data stored in
the machines and/or network (including e-mail) to make sure that all users are
in compliance with these regulations.  The Academy reserves the right to
monitor or review Internet files, including web pages and usage logs.  Any
flash drive used at the Academy must also be free of inappropriate content.

The Academy monitors on-line activity in an effort to
restrict access to child pornography and other material that is obscene,
objectionable, inappropriate and/or harmful to minors in accordance with the
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Students agree not to participate in the transfer of
inappropriate or illegal materials or material that may be considered
treasonous or subversive through the Network and Internet connection.  In some
cases, the transfer of such material may result in legal action.

If students happen to find materials that may be deemed
inappropriate, they shall refrain from downloading this material, immediately
leave the Internet site, shall not identify or share the location of this
material and will immediately report it to the staff.  The staff will report
the finding to the Administration.

All computers, local and wireless network, Internet
connection and/or data and exchange servers are the Academy’s property and
shall only be used for educational and business purposes.

Computer hardware (monitors,
terminals, keyboards, mice, etc.) are Academy property and any
mistreatment or damage will be considered destruction of property or vandalism.

The Academy makes no guarantees, implied or otherwise,
regarding the reliability of the data connection. The Academy and any of the
sponsoring organizations shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data
resulting while using the Internet connection.

Students shall not access personally identifiable
information from an unsecured location or an unsecured network.  Student
information is protected from unauthorized viewing, including parents,
volunteers, or anyone that does not have a legitimate educational purpose in
viewing the information.  A
ll information contained on the Academy’s system is to be
considered confidential and proprietary and should not be distributed outside
of the Academy unless approval is obtained from Administration.

The Academy strongly condemns the
illegal distribution of software otherwise known as pirating.  I understand
that software piracy is a Federal offense punishable by fine or imprisonment.

Students agree not to allow other
individuals to use their account or use other individuals’ accounts for Network
and Internet activities.

Through the use of the Internet
any actions taken by students will reflect upon the Academy system as a whole.
As such, students shall behave in an ethical and legal manner.

Students agree to release the
Academy, and all other sponsoring organizations related to the Internet connection
from any liability or damages that may result from the use of the Internet
connection. Students accept full responsibility, as well as legal and financial
liability, for the results of their actions regarding the use of the Internet.
Students release the Academy and related organizations from any liability
relating to consequences resulting from their use of the Internet.

 

Student Assessment

 

To
measure student progress, students will be tested in accordance with Michigan
Department of Education Common Core State Standards and the Academy policy.

 

Unless
exempted, each student will be expected to be proficient on the appropriate State
Mandated assessments.  State mandated assessments are given once a year with dates
subject to change by the Michigan Department of Education.  Parents will be
informed two weeks prior to the State established testing dates.

 

Make-up
dates are scheduled however, attendance during the State mandated testing is
strongly encouraged as your student will miss daily instruction to participate
in the make-up testing.

Throughout
the school year other evaluative instruments are used to monitor student
progress, they are as follows:

·
NWEA is given
three times a year to be used to monitor student progress in reading and math.
The results of this evaluation are used by the classroom teacher to
individualize instruction to best meet the student’s academic needs.

·
DRA is administered
three times a year monitoring student progress in reading comprehension

 

Classroom
tests will be used to assess student progress and assign grades.  These are
selected or prepared by teachers to assess how well the students have achieved
specific objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION III – STUDENT CONDUCT

 

Attendance

 

School Attendance Policy

 

In the enforcement of
the Grand Blanc Academy Attendance Policy the Academy will work with the Family
Division of Genesee County Circuit Court.

It is very important that students arrive on time as well as
attend school on a daily basis in order to fully maximize their learning and
mastery of the core curriculum.  There are many learning experiences that are
provided in the school setting that cannot be replaced through independent
study.  In other words, school attendance is critical to successful
school performance. 
Developing habits of on-time, consistent attendance at
school and work are important life lessons for our students.

 

·
Parents must call the attendance phone line at (810)953-3140, before
9:30 a.m.,
if their student will be absent from school.  The parent should
state the student’s full name, homeroom teacher, and the reason for absence.

·
When a student is absent, GBA requires a satisfactory explanation
from the parent/guardian.  A physician’s verification of illness may be
required when it is deemed necessary to confirm the reason for repeated or
prolonged absence.

·
Any absence that is not substantiated with an acceptable
explanation provided by the parent or guardian within the allowable time period
will be marked as an “Unexcused Absence”.

·
Any absence that is substantiated with an acceptable explanation
provided by the parent or guardian within the allowable time period will be marked
as an “Excused Absence”.

·
Classroom teachers will maintain daily attendance records for
each of their assigned students. These records will then be reviewed by the
School Administrator on a daily basis.

·
If any student is absent and notification has not been received,
the parent/guardian will be contacted at home or at work to verify the
student’s whereabouts.

 

·
Students must arrive at class no later than 8:00 a.m.  Students
must also arrive on time to each individual class. This is an important work and
life skill that will enable our students to be successful at school and in the
future.  A tardy is defined as being more than 5 minutes late for class.

·
Students who arrive after 9:30 a.m. and /or leave school before 1:30
p.m. will receive a ½ day absence on their attendance record.

 

·
Students will be held accountable for all work missed
during any absence. Excessive absences will prevent students from receiving
credit in their classes for that term.  If a student is absent on the due date
of an assignment, the student must submit that assignment on the date that they
return. A student has the same number of days to make up an assignment as they
have been absent.  For example, if a student is absent on Monday when an assignment
is given.  The student will receive the assignment when they return on Tuesday
and must submit that completed assignment by Wednesday.

 

  • Although we strongly encourage families to take their
    family vacations during designated vacation breaks on the school calendar,
    we recognize that opportunities arise that necessitate a family trip
    during school time.  In those situations, we ask parents to notify the
    school and teacher(s) of the trip at least one (1) week in advance of
    departure so that arrangements can be made to provide the student with
    suggestions and materials that are educational in content to extend the
    learning of the student, and to complete missed work, during their absence
    from school.

 

  • Prearranged absences DO count towards the accumulation
    of these missed days.  However, timely and specific communication by the
    parent to school personnel regarding the student’s absences from school is
    very important and will be taken into consideration as to a decision
    regarding disciplinary action.   
  • Once each month, a report will be run to alert the
    school attendance officer of any student that has reached a benchmark
    number of absences and the corresponding actions will be taken:
  • @ 3 absences for a quarter = phone call
  • @ 5 absences for a quarter = Letter of Concern will be
    mailed
  • @ 10 absences for the year= Send certified letter, parent
    meeting & attendance contract
  • @ 11 or more absences for a year = Contact truancy
    officer/appropriate government agency, Loss of credit or retention
  • The Academy will excuse any tardiness or absence related
    to a homeless student’s living situation when applying any school policy
    regarding tardiness or absences.
  • Appeal Process: If the student/ parent wish to
    appeal this decision based on extenuating circumstances, that appeal must
    be submitted in writing to the School Administrator within two (2) days.
    Once received, the School Administrator will arrange a meeting to discuss
    the attendance issue.  The School Administrator will contact the
    Leadership Team for input prior to that meeting.  If the student/parent is
    not satisfied with the School Administrator’s response, the student/parent
    has the right to appeal that decision by submitting a written appeal to
    the Executive Director within two (2) days.  The administration reserves
    the right to use discretion regarding this attendance policy.  Every
    attempt will be made to ensure that this policy is applied fairly and
    consistently to all students.

 

  • If a student is absent a total of 10 days in a
    term, then the School Administrator will inform the parent that the
    student is being dropped from the Grand Blanc Academy rolls due to lack
    of attendance
    .  A written notice to that effect will be sent to
    parents immediately.  Any appeal must go through the process described
    above.

 

Suspension from School

 

Absence from school due to suspension shall be considered an authorized
absence, neither excused nor unexcused. 

 

A
suspended student will be responsible for making up schoolwork lost due to
suspension.  It is recommended that a student complete missed assignments
during the suspension and turn them in to the teacher upon his/her return from
school.  Assignments may be obtained from the teacher beginning with the first full
day of school after the suspension is issued. 
Make up of missed tests may
be scheduled when the student returns to school.

 

The student will be given credit for properly completed assignments and a
grade on any made-up test.

 

Student Attendance at School Events

 

The school encourages students to attend as many school events held after
school as possible, without interfering with their schoolwork and home
activities.  Enthusiastic spectators help to build school spirit and encourage
those students who are participating in the event.

 

However, in order to ensure that students attending evening events as
nonparticipants are properly safeguarded, it is strongly advised that a parent
or adult chaperone accompany students when they attend the event.  The School
will not be able to supervise unaccompanied students nor will it be responsible
for students who arrive without an adult chaperone.

 

The school will continue to provide adequate supervision for all students
who are participants in a School activity.  Students must comply with the Code
of Conduct at school events, regardless of the location.  Students who have
been suspended will not be allowed to attend after school functions or field
trips scheduled on the days of the suspension
.

 

Bus Rules

 

  • Bus riders should not move to board the bus until it has come to a
    complete stop.
  • Bus riders must stay in their seats when the bus is in motion.
  • Riders should leave their seats only after the bus has come to a
    complete stop at a bus stop.
  • Loud talking, shouting or fighting is not allowed and could lead to
    a suspension of riding privileges.
  • Any vandalism to the bus shall be paid for by the person causing the
    damage.
  • All riders shall help keep the bus clean and void of litter.
  • Be courteous and respectful to the driver in order to make the trip
    safer.
  • Bus rules prohibit the eating of food and drinking beverages on the
    bus.
  • ANY rider involved in a FIGHT on the bus WILL be suspended
    from riding the bus.
  • ANY rider involved in disorderly conduct, such as, loud disruptive
    behavior, using abusive or inappropriate language and failure to follow
    the instructions of the driver will be suspended from riding
    the bus.
  • All Academy rules and procedures including the Student Code of
    Conduct apply to students riding the bus to and from the Academy and for
    Academy sponsored events.

 

All Star Dress Code

 

 

GIRLS

 

Plain collared light blue, navy, red, or white
blouses

Plain collared light blue, navy, red or white
polo shirt

Cardigan sweaters and turtlenecks in the same
color as plain shirts

Hoodies that are a solid color (school color)

 

 

Navy blue, black, or khaki shirts, shorts,
skirts, pants or jumpers

Jeans of any color are NOT permitted

 

Tights or socks (solid school color) must be worn
at all times.

 

 

BOYS

 

Plain collared light blue, navy, red, or white
polo shirts

Plain turtlenecks in light blue, navy, red or
white

Cardigan sweaters in the same color as plain
shirts

Hoodies that are a solid color (school color)

 

 

Navy blue, black or khaki uniform style pants.
Pants must fit well

Sagging pants are not permitted

Navy blue, black, or khaki colored shorts

Jeans of any color are NOT permitted

Shirts must be tucked in

 

Belts and socks must be worn at all times.

 

 

ALL STAR DAYS (Dress Down)

 

Students will have prior notice for All Star
Dress Down Days.  Appropriate clothes of choice are permitted on this day.  NO Suggestive
slogans on T-shirts. NO holes/rips /cuts in jeans, pants, shirts or blouses.

 

 

 

UNACCEPTABLE DRESS ITEMS (NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL)

 

NO Excessive jewelry, big hoop earrings, sandals
(Flip Flops), Uggs, Crocs, head bandannas, hats/caps, doo-rags, headbands, legging
pants, yoga pants, sweat pants, workout pants, pj bottoms, strapless shirts. Coats
and jackets are not to be worn in the classroom. NO baggy or saggy pants,
oversize shirts

 Suggestive slogans on T-shirts, holes in pants,
shirts or blouses are NOT permitted. For all sagging pants and if belts are not
worn, zip ties will be provided to the student.

NO SAGGING PANTS!!!

 

 

Students in inappropriate dress code are in direct violation of the Student Code of
Conduct.  Violation of the Student Code of Conduct may result in student
discipline.

 

The Academy
recognizes the importance of individually-held religious beliefs. The Academy
will try to reasonably accommodate student’s sincerely-held religious beliefs
that are in conflict with this Dress Code Policy unless the reasonable
accommodation would be detrimental to the educational process or cause any
issues to the safety or welfare of others. Students requesting such reasonable
accommodations should contact the School Leader.

 

Code of Conduct

 

A major component of the educational program at Grand Blanc Academy is to
prepare students to become responsible workers and citizens by learning how to
conduct themselves properly and in accordance with established standards.

 

Expected Behaviors

 

Each student shall be expected to:

 

·    Abide by national, state, and local laws as well
as the rules of the school;

 

·    Respect the civil rights of others;

 

·    Act courteously to adults and fellow students;

 

·    Be prompt to school and attentive in class;

 

·    Work cooperatively with others when involved in
accomplishing a common goal, regardless of the other’s ability, gender, race,
religion, height, weight, disability, or ethnic background;

 

·    Complete assigned tasks on time and as directed;

 

·    Help maintain a school environment that is safe,
friendly, and productive;

 

·    Act at all times in a manner that reflects pride
in self, family, and in school;

 

Care of Property

 

Students are responsible for the care of their own personal property.
The school will not be responsible for personal property.  Valuables such as
jewelry or irreplaceable items should not be brought to school.  The school may
confiscate such items and return them to the student’s parents.

 

Damage to or loss of school
equipment and facilities wastes taxpayers’ money and undermines the school
program.  Therefore, if a student does damage to or loses school property, the
student or his/her parents will be required to pay for the replacement or
damage.  If the damage or loss was intentional, the student will also be
subject to discipline according to the Student Discipline Code.

 

Student
Discipline Code of Conduct

 

The Board of Directors has adopted the following Student Discipline
Code.  The Code includes the types of misconduct that will subject a student to
disciplinary action.  The Board has also adopted the list of behaviors and the
terms contained in the list.

 

It is the school staff’s responsibility to provide a safe and orderly
learning environment.  History has shown that certain student actions are not
compatible with a “safe” and “orderly” environment.
Discipline is within the sound discretion of the Academy’s staff and
administration.  Due process ensures that disciplinary action is imposed only
after review of the facts and/or special circumstances of the situation.
The
Academy will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action for violation of
any infractions listed in the Student Handbook discipline code of conduct or
inappropriate behavior where notice has been given.

 

The
following chart provides examples of major areas that could result in
disciplinary action.  An explanation of each behavior and possible consequence
follows the list.  The absence of a behavior or any specific action from the
list does not mean that such conduct does not violate the discipline code or
cannot be punished.

 

Each of the behaviors
described below may subject the student to disciplinary action including
suspension and/or expulsion from school.
This includes actions occurring
before or after school, in an Academy vehicle, or at an Academy sponsored
activity or event, whether or not it is held on Academy premises. This includes
when a student is using school communication network, accounts or other Academy
services.

Additionally, the Academy reserves the right to discipline
students for off campus behavior that has a nexus to and/or directly impacts
the operation, order, discipline or general safety and welfare of the
school.    Violations, including violations of the wireless communication
devices and Network/Internet use policies, may result in an out-of-school
suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion depending on the severity of the
offense and the requirements of the law.

The Academy will comply with the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 when disciplining student with disabilities.

Gross Misdemeanors or Persistent Disobedience

Any student guilty of gross misdemeanors or persistent disobedience
may be suspended by the authorized Academy administrator or expelled by the
Academy’s Board of Directors or designee.  These may include but are not
limited to aggressive behavior, inappropriate language, inappropriate physical
contact, insubordination, failure to cooperate with Academy staff, theft,
academic dishonesty, and disruption of the educational environment, any
violation of school policies or procedures, etc.

 

Use of Drugs/Alcohol

Drug and alcohol abuse in any school is a threat to the
safety and health of students, staff and the school community as a whole.  It
is the policy of the Academy to take positive action through education,
counseling, parental involvement, medical referral, and police referral in the
handling of incidents of violating this policy.  The school has a “Drug Free” zone that extends
1000 feet beyond the school boundaries as well as to any school activity and
transportation.

When handling violations of this policy, the Principal will
take into account all of the circumstances surrounding the incident, including
but not limited:

  • nature, severity and frequency of the misconduct;
  • type of substance;
  • the context in which the alleged incident occurred;
  • past incident or continuing pattern of behavior

The Academy prohibits the use, possession, concealment, sale,
delivery, or distribution of any alcohol, drugs, and/or any mind altering
substances and/or related paraphernalia on Academy property, in any Academy bus
or vehicle or at any Academy sponsored event.  Students under the influence of
such substances on Academy property, in any Academy bus or vehicle or at any
Academy sponsored event will be subject to this policy regardless of amount
taken.

Possession includes, any substances as described below including,
but not limited to prescription drugs, bath salts, K-2, etc… and/or related
paraphernalia found on the student’s person, purse, backpack, locker, vehicle,
etc.  Any searches will be conducted as outlined in the Search and Seizure
procedures.

The term “drugs” includes:

·
Controlled substances prohibited
by  state and federal law ;

·
All chemicals which release toxic
vapors;

·
Mind altering substances and any
otherwise legal substances which, when used or consumed in an inappropriate
manner, create alteration in perception, mood consciousness, cognition or
behavior.  Mind altering substances are not intended to include caffeine and
like substances when consumed in moderation;

·
Any prescription or patent drug,
except those for which permission to use at the Academy has been granted
pursuant to Academy policies and procedures;

·
“look-alikes”;

·
Performance-enhancing drugs as
determined annually by the Department of Community Health; and

·
Any other illegal substance so
designated and prohibited by law.

Medical Marihuana & Prescription Drug Policy

 

The Academy prohibits the abuse, possession, sale, or
distribution of prescription drugs.   If a student disobeys this prohibition,
the student will be subject to disciplinary action in line with Academy
disciplinary policies and procedures.

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act states that a person
shall not sell or possess marihuana or otherwise engage in the use of marihuana,
even if for medical use, in a school vehicle or on the grounds of any preschool
or primary or secondary school.

 

 

 

Reasonable Suspicion Drug Test

 

The Administration will require a student to submit to drug
testing if the Administration has a “reasonable suspicion” that the student is
using or is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/ or any mind altering
substance (whether illegal or not).  Reasonable suspicion may arise from the
following:

  • A student’s behavior, along with physical appearance,
    action and/or odor, indicating that the student has used alcohol, drugs, and/or
    any mind altering substance (whether illegal or not);
  • The student’s possession of alcohol, drugs, and/or any
    mind altering substance (whether illegal or not) and/or related
    paraphernalia; or
  • Information communicated to an Academy Administrator by a
    teacher, parent, law enforcement, or a student that indicates a student is
    using, possessing or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or any
    mind altering drug (whether illegal or not).  Any such report will be
    investigated by the Academy Administration and will be substantiated by
    other physical indictors or physical appearance, if deemed necessary.

The Academy Administrator will look at the totality of the
circumstances when determining “reasonable suspicion”.

After reasonable suspicion has been established and the
student denies using drugs, the student will be asked to take a drug test
administered by an Academy staff member.  The student is suspended pending the
drug test results.  The Academy Administration will contact the student’s
parents/guardians as soon as practicable.  The cost of the test will be paid by
the Academy and will be used for disciplinary action.

The student is expected to cooperate fully with this policy
and the direction of staff in the administration of the drug test.  Failure to
do so will result in disciplinary action. In addition, if the student refuses
to take the drug test, disciplinary action will be taken.

If the results of the drug test are positive, the student is
suspended until the end of the semester and may only gain re-entry to the
Academy with proof through drug tests at the student’s expense that they have
remained drug free for 60 days.

If a student gains re-entry after being suspended on the
zero tolerance drug policy and violates the drug policy a second time, the student
will be expelled from the Academy.

Drug test results are considered confidential, but may be
discussed with the student’s guidance counselor or other Academy staff member
if it is deemed necessary by the Administration in order to provide assistance
to the student or for use in disciplinary action.

Students who test positive and who participate in
extra-curricular activities are subject to restrictions of those activities as
recommended by the Administration.

It is the policy of the Academy
that a student’s eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics
will be affected the use of any performance-enhancing substance as provided by
statute, including but not limited to those performance enhancing substances
banned in bylaw 31.2.3.4 of the bylaws of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association, identified on any list developed by the Michigan Department of
Community Health and any other substances within the discretion of the State
Board of Education.

 

Use of Breath-Test Instruments

 

The Principal may arrange for a breath test for blood-alcohol to be
conducted on a student whenever s/he has individualized reasonable suspicion to
believe that a student has consumed an alcoholic beverage.

 

The
student will be taken to a private administrative or instructional area on
school property with at least one (1) other member of the teaching or
administrative staff present as a witness to the test.

 

The
purpose of the test is to determine whether or not the student has consumed an
alcoholic beverage.  The amount of consumption is not relevant, except where
the student may need medical attention.

 

If the
result indicates a violation of school rules as described in this handbook, the
student will be disciplined in accordance with disciplinary procedures
described in this handbook.  If a student refuses to take the test, s/he will
be advised that such denial will be considered an admission of alcohol use with
the consequent discipline invoked.  The student will then be given a second
opportunity to take the test.

 

Use of tobacco/Smoking

 

Smoking and other
tobacco uses are a danger to a student’s health and to the health of others.
The
Academy prohibits the possession and/or use of any tobacco products on Academy
property, in an Academy bus or vehicle, or at any Academy sponsored event. In
addition, any tobacco advertising or promotion is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy could result in suspension or expulsion.

This prohibition includes the smoking of electronic, “vapor”
or other substitute forms of cigarette, clove cigarettes or other lighted
smoking devices for burning tobacco or any other substance.

Student disorder/Demonstration

 

Students will not be denied their rights to freedom of expression, but
the expression may not infringe on the rights of others. Disruption of any
school activity will not be allowed.  If a student (or students) feels there is
need to organize some form of demonstration, s/he is encouraged to contact the Principal
to discuss the proper way to plan such an activity.  Students who disrupt the
school may be subject to suspension or expulsion.

Weapons, Arson or Criminal Sexual Conduct

 

Any student in possession of a firearm on the Academy
property, in an Academy vehicle or at an Academy sponsored event shall be
permanently expelled from the Academy, subject to reinstatement under the law.

Any student in possession of a dangerous weapon (excluding
firearms), as defined by law, or who commits arson or criminal sexual conduct
on Academy property, in an Academy bus or vehicle, or at a school sponsored
event may be permanently expelled from the Academy, subject to reinstatement
under the law.

Dangerous weapons are defined as firearms, daggers, dirks,
stilettos, knives with blades over 3 inches in length, pocket knives opened by
a mechanical device, iron bars and brass knuckles.  The definition of “firearm”
is defined as:

·
Any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed or
may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;

·
The frame or receiver of any such weapon;

·
Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or

·
Any destructive device

A student in possession, use or threatening the use of any
weapon (not included in the legal definition above) or any dangerous item may result
in the student being suspended or expelled.

A dangerous item is any object capable of inflicting bodily
harm as determined within the sole discretion of the Academy administrator including
but not limited to knives, bullets, fireworks, smoke bombs, any parts of a
weapon, or toy weapons.

A student will not use a legitimate tool, instrument, or
equipment as a weapon with the intent to harm another.  These items include,
but are not limited to, pens, pencils, compasses, or combs.

 

Knowledge of Dangerous Weapons or Threats of
Violence

 

Because the Board believes that students, staff members, and visitors are
entitled to function in a safe school environment, students are required to
report knowledge of dangerous weapons or threats of violence to the Principal.
Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to discipline.

                                        

Physical Assault against a Staff Member/Person
associated with the Academy

 

Under the Revised School Code, physical assault is defined
as intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another
through force or violence.

Under the Revised School Code, any student in grade 6 or
above who commits a physical assault against an Academy employee or against a
person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy on Academy
property, in an Academy bus or other Academy vehicle, or at an
Academy-sponsored activity or event may be expelled permanently, subject to
reinstatement after 180 days.

Under Academy guidelines, any student in grade 5 or below
who commits a physical assault against an Academy employee or against a person
engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy on Academy property, in an
Academy bus or other Academy vehicle, or at an Academy-sponsored activity or
event may be suspended or expelled depending on the severity of the
circumstances.

 

Physical Assaults against Students

 

Under the Revised School Code, any student in grade 6 or above
who commits a physical assault against another student on Academy property, on
an Academy bus or other Academy vehicle, or at an Academy-sponsored activity or
event may be suspended or expelled for up to 180 days.

Under Academy guidelines, any student in grade 5 or below
who commits a physical assault against another student on Academy property, on
an Academy bus or other Academy vehicle, or at an Academy-sponsored activity or
event may be suspended or expelled depending on the severity of the circumstances.

 

Verbal Assaults

Under the Revised School Code, any student in grade 6 or
above who commits a verbal assault on Academy property, oin an Academy vehicle,
or at an Academy sponsored activity or event against an Academy employee or
against a person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy, or
another student may be suspended or expelled for a period of time determined in
the discretion of the Board or designee.

Under Academy guidelines, any student in grade 5 or below who
commits a verbal assault on school property, in a school bus or other school
vehicle, or at a school sponsored activity or event against an Academy employee
or against a person engaged as a volunteer or contractor for the Academy, or
another student may be suspended or expelled depending on the severity of the
circumstances.

“Verbal assault” means a threat of an immediate harmful or
offensive touching, coupled with an apparent immediate ability to commit same,
and which puts a person in a reasonable apprehension of such touching; or, the
use of offensive language directed at a person, where such language is likely
to provoke a reasonable person; a bomb threat (or similar threat) directed at
an Academy building, other Academy property, or an Academy event.

For purposes of this policy, the definition of assault also
includes written threats.

Extortion

 

Extortion is the use of threat, intimidation, force, or deception to
take, or receive something from someone else.  Extortion is against the law.
Violations of this rule
will result in disciplinary action up to and including
suspension or expulsion.

Gambling

 

Gambling
includes casual betting, betting pools, organized-sports betting, and any other
form of wagering or games of chance for money or profit.  Students who bet on
an activity in which they are involved may also be banned from that activity.
Violations of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

 

Falsification of Schoolwork, Identification, Forgery

 

Forgery of hall passes and excuses as well as false I.D.’s are forms of
lying and are not acceptable.

 

Plagiarism and cheating (academic dishonesty) are also forms
of falsification and subject the student to academic penalties as well as
disciplinary action.  Academic dishonesty (cheating and plagiarism) is
willingly and knowingly copying or using the work of others to represent it as
one’s own and/or act of using books, notes, or other materials on an assessment
without the knowledge or approval of the instructor. It is also considered
cheating when one obtains copy of an assessment and/or assessment answers prior
to taking an assessment with the intention or anticipation of using the
information obtained on the assessment.   Academic dishonesty includes
tampering with educational materials and assessments, including State
assessments.

Violations
of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

 

False Alarms, False reports, and Bomb Threats

 

A false emergency alarm, report or bomb threat endangers
the safety of emergency responders, the citizens of the community, and persons
in the building.  What may seem like a prank is a dangerous stunt.  Violations
of this rule could result in suspension or expulsion.

Explosives

 

Explosives, fireworks, and chemical-reaction objects such as but not
limited to smoke bombs, pipe bombs, bottle bombs, small firecrackers, and
poppers are forbidden and dangerous.  Violations of this rule could result in
suspension or expulsion.

 

Trespassing

 

Although schools are public facilities, the law does allow the school to
restrict access on school property.  If a student has been removed, suspended,
or expelled, the student is not allowed on school property without
authorization of the Principal. 

 

In addition, students may not trespass onto school property at
unauthorized times, after school hours when school or activities are not in
session or into areas of the school
determined to be inappropriate.  Violations of this rule could result in
suspension or expulsion.

Theft

 

When a student is caught stealing school or someone’s property, s/he will
be disciplined and may be reported to law enforcement officials.  Students are
encouraged not to bring anything of value to school that is not needed for
learning without prior authorization from the CAO or teacher.  The school is
not responsible for personal property.  Theft may result in suspension or
expulsion.

 

Disobedience

 

School staff is acting “in loco parentis,” which means they are
allowed, by law, to direct a student, as would a parent.  This applies to all
staff, not just teachers assigned to a student.  If given a reasonable
direction by a staff member, the student is expected to comply.  Chronic
disobedience can result in expulsion.

 

Damaging Property

 

Vandalism and disregard for school property will not be tolerated.
Violations could result in suspension or expulsion. Any damage to school
property will result in costs assessment fine against the student.  The student
will be required to pay restitution for the repair/replacement of the property.

 

Persistent Absence or Tardiness

 

Attendance laws require students to be in school all day or have a
legitimate excuse.  It is also important to establish consistent attendance
habits in order to succeed in school and in the workplace.  Excessive absence
could lead to suspension from school.

Unauthorized Use of School or Private Property

 

Students are expected to obtain permission to use any school property or
any private property located on school premises.  Any unauthorized use shall be
subject to disciplinary action. 

 

This includes use of the Internet and communication networks in a manner
not sanctioned by policy and administrative guideline.  Violations of this rule
could result in suspension or expulsion.

 

Refusing to Accept Discipline

 

The school may use informal discipline to prevent the student from being
removed from school.  When a student refuses to accept the usual discipline for
an infraction, the refusal can result in a sterner action such as suspension or
expulsion.

 

Aiding or Abetting Violation of School Rules

 

If a student assists another student in violating any school rule, they
will be disciplined and may be subject to suspension or expulsion.  Students
are expected to resist peer pressure and exercise sound decision-making
regarding their behavior. 

 

Displays of Affection

 

Students demonstrating affection between each other are personal and not
meant for public display.  This includes touching, petting, or any other
contact that may be considered sexual in nature.  Such behavior may result in
suspension from school or possibly expulsion.

 

Electronics and Wireless Communication Devices
(Cell Phones)

 

Games, cameras,
and other electronic items are not allowed at the Academy unless express
permission is given by the Principal.  If a personal WCD is used on Academy
property, in an Academy vehicle or at any Academy–sponsored event, students
must only use the Academy’s filtered Network for data access (either wirelessly
or through a direct connection).

Wireless
communication devices (WCDs) are devices that emit an audible signal, vibrate,
display a message, or send or receive a communication to the possessor.  WCDs
include, but are not limited to the following:  cellular phones,
pagers/beepers, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), e-readers (e.g., Kindles,
Nooks), iPods, Blackberry/smart phones, Wi-Fi enabled access devices, video
broadcasting devices, tablets and laptops.

Use
of WCD’s can create a distraction, disruption or interfere with the educational
environment of the Academy. 

 

The
Academy generally prohibits elementary students from the use or possession of
any WCD on Academy property, in an Academy vehicle or at any Academy–sponsored
event.  Students may only possess or use WCDs if permission is given by the
student’s parents/guardians AND the Principal.
The Principal will not give such permission unless the student’s parents
or guardians have signed the Wireless Communication Devices (WCDs)/Cell Phone
Acceptable Use Agreement and Network and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement.

Students
who obtain the necessary permission to possess or use WCDs must have them
silent and stowed during the normal school day. A student may possess a
cellular phone in school, on school property, at after school activities and at
school related functions, provided that during school hours and on school
vehicles the cell phone remains off and must be concealed.

Cameras, cell phones or other WCDs may not be used to take
pictures or videos without the express permission of a teacher or an
Administrator.  WCDs, cameras, video cameras or any equipment that has video
and/or camera capability may not be activated or used at any time in any
Academy situation where a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.  Pictures
or videos taken in locker rooms or restrooms are strictly forbidden.
Additionally, if any prohibited pictures or videos are taken and subsequently
posted to the Internet, it will be considered an additional infraction. These
students will be considered insubordinate and will be disciplined under the
gross misdemeanors section of the Safe Schools Discipline Code of Conduct.

 

The Academy prohibits any electronic item from containing
inappropriate material (as determined by the Administration) including
offensive or inappropriate language; language that would promote violence or
hatred; and sending, receiving or possessing sexually explicit or otherwise
inappropriate pictures or images, commonly knowing as “sexting.”

Students are prohibited from using WCDs to transmit test
information or any other information in a manner constituting fraud, theft,
academic dishonesty or violating the student expectations as outlined in the
Family/Student Handbook.

A student’s possession of any electronic item on Academy
grounds, in an Academy vehicle or at an Academy sponsored activity or event
constitutes consent to the search of that electronic item.   Students should
also understand that any student who possesses a cell phone, WCD or other
electronic item shall assume responsibility for its care.

The Academy assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or
damage of a personal wireless communication device brought to Academy property,
in an Academy vehicle, or at any Academy-sponsored activity or event, or the
unauthorized use of such devices.  Students bring these devices at their own
risk. If a theft occurs, the user should contact a school administrator to make
him/her aware of the situation so it will be handled the same way as any other
theft. Damage or theft is the sole responsibility of the owner.

Possession of a cell phone or WCD by a student is a
privilege, which may be forfeited by any student who fails to abide by the
terms of this policy or otherwise engages in misuse of this privilege.

Any
device found in violation of this policy, including if a student does not have
the permission to use/possess an electronic device but it is found to be visible
or heard during the normal school day, the item will be confiscated and the
parent/guardian will be notified.

 

The
confiscated item will be held in the School Office; the item will be returned
to the parent/legal guardian only. . Confiscated phones, cameras, and other
electronic devices will be discarded if not picked up by a parent or legal
guardian within 30 days. Prior to such disposal, a notification of that
disposal will be sent to the student’s mailing address on file in the School
Office.

 

Violating
this policy may also result in student disciplinary action (including
suspension and expulsion); permission to use the network possibly permanently
revoked; and possible referral of the matter to law enforcement if there is a
suspicion of illegal activity. (e.g., child pornography)

 

Students
who refuse to relinquish their electronic device immediately upon request of a
staff member will be considered insubordinate and will be disciplined under the
gross misdemeanors section of the Safe Schools Student Discipline Code of
Conduct.

 

Cellular
telephones or any personal wireless communication devices must be put away and
remain off during the course of the school day. 
Cell Phones will be confiscated
and given to the Principal until the end of the day if a student is texting or
using cell phone at school. 

 

Upon future offenses, first offense: The phone will
be confiscated, and returned to the student at the end of the day following a
warning. Second offense: The phone will be confiscated, and parents
notified. The phone will be held by the Principal or designee and parent must
pick up cell phone from school. Third offense: The phone will be
confiscated, a meeting must be held with student, parent, Principal or Dean of
Students to discuss further disciplinary school actions.

 

Students
may use telephones located in the classrooms and office for emergency reasons
with the permission and supervision of a teacher or office personnel.

 

Camera Cell Phone Policy

 

The Grand Blanc Academy Board of Directors has approved banning students
from using camera cellular telephones on school property or during
school-sponsored activities.

 

Grand Blanc Academy prohibits camera cellular telephones from any
restroom or other location where students and staff “have reasonable
expectation of privacy.”  A student caught improperly using any
telecommunication device to take or transmit digital photographic images will
face a ten day suspension, loss of privileges, and may be recommended for expulsion.
(I.e. posting digital photographic images via, YouTube, Face book, My
Space, Google Plus, Photo Bucket, Flicker Chat Roulette, Twitter Blogs, Snap
Chat, Instagram, Tumblr. Pinterest, Vine, Linkedin, Flickr etc).

 

Violation of Individual School/Classroom Rules

 

Each learning environment has different rules for students.  Individual
rules are for the safe and orderly operation of that environment.  Students
will be oriented to specific rules, all of which will be consistent with the
policy of the school.  Persistent violations of rules could result in
suspension or expulsion.

 

Disruption of the Educational Process

 

Any actions or manner of dress that
interferes with school activities or disrupts the educational process is
unacceptable.  Such disruptions also include delay or prevention of lessons,
assemblies, field trips, athletic, and performing arts events.

 

Bullying

It is the policy of the Academy to provide a safe
educational environment for all of its students in compliance with the law.
Bullying is strictly prohibited.  All students are protected under this policy
while on Academy property, in an Academy vehicle, at any Academy–sponsored
event, or while using an Academy owned and/or operated telecommunications
service provider or Academy owned and/or operated telecommunication access
devices.

 

Under state law, bullying is defined as any written, verbal
or physical act or electronic communication, including but not limited to
cyberbullying that is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely
to harm one or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the
following:

·
Substantially interfering with
educational opportunities, benefits or programs.

 

·
Adversely affecting the ability of
a student to participate in or benefit from the Academy’s educational programs
or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by
causing substantial emotional distress.

·
Having an actual and substantial
detrimental effect on a student’s physical or mental health.

·
Causing substantial disruption in,
or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the Academy.

Bullying is equally prohibited without regard to its
subject matter or motivating animus.

The Principal
shall be responsible for establishing procedures for the effective
implementation of the Board’s policy.

Any student
who believes he/she has been or is the victim of bullying shall immediately
report the situation to the Principal.  The student may also report the
situation to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the Principal.
Any complaints against the Principal should be filed directly with CS Partners.

A report may
be filed with the Principal by the victim of bullying, a witness or anyone who
has credible information about the incident.  A written or oral report is
considered an official means of reporting.  An anonymous report can be filed
and will be investigated, but formal disciplinary action will not be based
solely on the basis of an anonymous report. 

A staff
member, school volunteer, student, or parent/guardian who promptly reports in
good faith an act of bullying to the Principal and who makes that report in
compliance with these procedures is immune from a cause of action for damages
arising out of the reporting itself or any failure to remedy the reported
incident.

The Principal
shall report the occurrence of a bullying incident to the parents or legal
guardians of all students involved.  The notification shall be via e-mail,
telephone, personal conference and/or in writing and all notifications shall be
documented.  All parent notifications shall be done consistent with student
privacy rights under FERPA regulations.

Restorative Practices will be considered in the correction
of bullying behavior.  Restorative practices means practices that emphasize
repairing the harm to the victim and the school community caused by the
student’s misconduct.

The Principal is responsible for determining whether an
alleged act constitutes a violation of the Board’s policy. Once a complaint has
been received, the Principal shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial
investigation of each alleged incident. The investigation is to be completed
within three school days after a report or complaint is made if at all
possible.

 

The Academy prohibits retaliation or false accusations
against a target of bullying, a witness or another person with reliable
information regarding an act of bullying.  Retaliation and submitting an
intentionally false report may result in disciplinary action ranging from
positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.
The highest level of confidentiality shall be maintained for an individual who
reports an act of bullying.

 

Harassment

The Academy prohibits any type of harassment.  Harassment
includes, but is not limited to, any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing
gesture, use of technology, or written, verbal, or physical conduct directed
against an individual that places an individual in reasonable fear of harm to
his/her person or damage to his/her property, has the effect of substantially
interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or
benefits, or a staff member’s work performance, or has the effect of
substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the Academy.

Harassment may be based on an individual’s race, color, ethnicity,
national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity or
expression), pregnancy, mental or physical disability, age (except as
authorized by law), religion, height, weight, marital or family status,
military status, ancestry, or genetic information that are protected by Federal
civil rights laws.  Harassing conduct is not limited to in-person activity; it
may include the use of cell phones or the Internet. Such behavior may take many
forms, including, but not limited to, stalking, name-calling, taunting,
cyberbullying, and other disruptive behaviors.

Harassment does not have to include the intent to harm
another individual, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated
incidents.  Harassment creates a hostile environment when the conduct is
sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent as to interfere with or limit a
student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or
opportunities offered by the Academy.

All administrators, staff, parents, volunteers, and students
are expected not to tolerate harassment and to demonstrate behavior that is
respectful and civil towards all other individuals associated with the Academy.

Since bystander support of harassment can encourage these
behaviors, the Academy prohibits both active and passive support for acts of
harassment.  Such active and passive support can result in disciplinary action.

Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment based on a
student’s actual or perceived gender identity or expression will be taken
seriously and handled in the same manner as other discrimination, bullying, or
harassment complaints.

 

Sexual Harassment

 

No staff member or student in the Academy shall be subjected
to any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, on Academy premises, on
an Academy bus or vehicle or at any Academy sponsored event or activity.
Students, who engage in harassment, including sexual harassment, will be
subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.

 

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct or
communication of a sexual nature when:

·
Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly
a term or condition of an individual’s employment or advancement of a student’s
education or participation in school programs or activities, or

·
Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is
used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that
individual, or

·
Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of
substantially interfering with an individual’s employment or creating an
intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or employment environment.

Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, the
following:

·
Physical assaults (e.g., intentional physical conduct that is
sexual in nature, such as touching, pinching, or brushing against another
individual’s body);

·
Unwelcome sexual advances, comments, requests for sex, sexual
activities concerning one’s employment or advancement, regardless of whether
they are accompanied by promises or threats concerning one’s grades, safety,
job or performance of duties;

·
Sexual displays or publications such as calendars, screen savers,
sexual jokes, posters, cartoons, verbal or written harassment or abuse, or
graffiti; and

·
Other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the
purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance,
or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of
either gender against a person of the same or opposite gender.

 

Any student who feels he or she is being
sexually harassed by an Academy staff member or another student shall report
such incidents to a teacher, counselor, school psychologist, school social
worker or Principal.  Such reports shall be reported to and investigated by the
Principal and/or designee.  Any student or staff member who is determined to
have committed harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Factors for determining consequences may
include, but are not limited to:

 

·
Age,
development, and maturity levels of the parties involve

·
Degree
of harm

·
Surrounding
circumstances

·
Nature
and severity of the behavior(s)

·
Incidence
of past of continuing pattern(s) of behavior

·
Relationship
between the parties involved and

·
Context
in which the alleged incident(s) occurred

 

If the Academy determines that
harassment has occurred, it will take prompt and effective action to end the
harassment, eliminate the hostile environment and prevent its recurrence.

 

Hazing

 

Hazing is a violation of state criminal law and prohibited
at all times.

Hazing is defined as an intentional, knowing, or reckless
act by a person acting alone or acting with others that is directed against an
individual and that the person knew or should have known endangers the physical
health or safety of the individual, and that is done for the purpose of
pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, participating in, holding
office in, or maintaining membership in any organization. Permission, consent,
or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing does not lessen the
prohibition.  The term “organization” includes, but is not limited to, a
fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps,
cooperative, club, service group, social group, athletic team, or similar group
whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.

A student who commits hazing on Academy property, in an
Academy bus or vehicle, or at an Academy sponsored event will be subject to
disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion, and legal action.

 

Hazing includes any
type of initiation procedure for any school related activity, which involves
conduct such as but not limited to:

 

·
illegal activity, such as
drinking or drugs;

 

·
physical punishment or
infliction of pain;

 

·
intentional humiliation or
embarrassment;

 

·
dangerous activity;

 

·
activity likely to cause
mental or psychological stress;

·
forced detention or
kidnapping;

 

·
undressing or otherwise
exposing initiates

 

Criminal Acts

 

Any student engaging in criminal acts at or related to the school will be
reported to law enforcement officials as well as disciplined by the school.  It
is not considered double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime), when
school rules and the law are violated.

 

Students
should be aware that state law requires that school officials, teachers and
appropriate law enforcement officials be notified when a student of this
District is involved in crimes related to physical violence, gang related acts,
illegal possession of a controlled substance, analogue or other intoxicants,
trespassing, property crimes, including but not limited to theft and vandalism.

 

Safety Concerns

 

Students should not use roller blades, bicycles, skateboards scooters, or
any other form of personal transportation device in school hallways or Academy
pedestrian traffic areas.  Exceptions may be made to reasonably accommodate
students with mobility impairments.  Use of any means of travel within
buildings and on grounds by other than generally accepted practices where
appropriate is prohibited.  Students violating this expectation will be subject
to disciplinary action.

Profanity

 

Any
behavior or language, which in the judgment of the staff or administration, is
considered to be obscene, disrespectful, vulgar, profane and/or violates
community held standards of good taste will be subject to disciplinary action.
Profanity could be verbal, in writing, electronically, photographs or drawings.

 

Discipline Consequences

 

Violations of any of the infractions listed in the Student
Handbook may result in detention, in-school restrictions, out of school
suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion depending on the severity of the
offense and the requirements of the law.

This includes actions occurring before or after school, in
an Academy bus or other Academy vehicle, or at an Academy sponsored activity or
event including, but not limited to student enrichment programs.

The Academy uses progressive discipline to determine the
severity of the consequence for the student.  Progressive Discipline involves
increasing the severity of the penalty each time the student displays
inappropriate conduct.  This process is intended to correct the behavior of the
student, not to punish the student.

The investigator will take into account all of the
circumstances surrounding the incident, including, but not limited to: the
nature, severity and frequency of the misconduct; the student’s age; the
student’s disciplinary record; whether student has a disability; development
and maturity of the students involved; whether the violation or behavior
threatened the safety of any other student or staff; whether a lesser
intervention would address the violation or behavior; whether restorative
practices will be used; and the context in which the alleged incident(s)
occurred.  Restorative practices shall be considered as an alternative or in
addition to suspension or expulsion.

.

 

Ultimately, it is the Principal’s responsibility to keep
things orderly.  In all cases, the School shall attempt to make discipline
prompt and equitable and to have the punishment match the severity of the
incident.

 

Disciplinary Measures

 

Some measures include:

 

·
counsel with student

·
remove certain privileges

·
arrange student and/or parent conference

·
writing assignment

·
change of seating or location

·
verbal reprimand/warning

 

Detentions – Up to an hour
before or after school on a day school is in session under the supervision of
school personnel.  Parent notification and acknowledgment will be made one (1) day
prior to detention. The student’s parents are responsible for transportation.

In-School Restriction – Isolation from peers (one
hour to all day).  Daily class work will be made available.  Credit will be
given for all complete work.  Removal from co-curricular activities may occur.
A student missing any portion of his/her assigned time in class.

The following rules apply:

·
Students must have class assignments with them

·
Students are not to communicate with each other unless given
special permission to do so

·
Students are to remain seated at all times unless given
permission to do otherwise

·
Student shall not be allowed to put their heads down or sleep

Out-of-School Suspensions

 

A
student who is placed on out of school suspension will be the responsibility of
the parents or guardians during the course of the suspension.  During a suspension
or expulsion, a student is not allowed on Academy property, in an Academy
vehicle or to participate in or attend any before or after school activities
(including, but not limited to the student’s attendance as a spectator,
participation in sport activities, or weekend activities occurring during the
suspension/expulsion). 

 

The
student will be allowed on campus once the suspension has been completed and or
the student has met with the Principal or his/her designee.

 

Short-term Suspension–The student may be removed from
school up to 10 days, including co-curricular activities.    Suspension is
considered an unauthorized absence.

For suspensions of ten (10) school days or less, the student
will be provided:

  • Oral or written notice of the charges
  • An opportunity for the student to present his/her position
  • An explanation of the Academy’s evidence, if the student
    denies engaging in the act of misconduct

Long Term Suspension– The student may be removed from
school for more than 10 days, but less than an expulsion.  To ensure due
process, expulsion procedures will be used for long-term suspensions.

Expulsion – An expulsion is the denial to a student
of the right to attend classes and any Academy function/activity for at least
one semester, but can be permanent.  Expulsions can occur as a result of severe
cases of inappropriate behavior, repeated violation of Academy policies, and/or
as required by law.

For expulsion, the student will be provided:

·
Oral and
written notice of the charges

·
An
opportunity for the student to present his/her position

·
An
explanation of the Academy’s evidence, if the student denies engaging in the
act of misconduct

·
An
opportunity to secure legal counsel

·
An
opportunity for a hearing which includes the right to present evidence and call
witnesses on the student’s behalf as well as to cross-examine witnesses who
testify on behalf of the Academy administration

 

Application of Disciplinary Measures to Students with
Disabilities

This policy shall be applied in a manner consistent with the
rights secured under Federal and State law to students who are determined to be
eligible for special education programs and services.

The Academy will comply with the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 when disciplining students with disabilities.  Behavioral interventions
will be used with students with disabilities to promote and strengthen
desirable behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors.

No special education or Section 504 student will be expelled
if the student’s misconduct is a manifestation of his/her disability as
determined through a manifestation hearing. However, the Academy can decide
unilaterally to remove a student from his/her educational placement to an
interim alternative educational setting, even when the student’s behavior was
found to be a manifestation of the student’s disability, in the following
circumstances as defined by federal law:

·
The student carries a weapon to or possesses a weapon at the
Academy or at an Academy function.

·
The student knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs, or sells
or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at the Academy or at an
Academy function.

·
The student has inflicted serious bodily injury upon another
person while at the Academy or at an Academy function.

 

Implementation

The Principal shall develop procedures for dealing with
discipline of students authorized by this policy. The regulations shall include
procedures for reporting violations of this policy to the student’s
parents/guardians, Principal and Board, procedures for referring permanently
expelled students to appropriate family independence agencies or county
community health agencies, specifics of the appeals process and the process for
the reinstatement of students.

 

Student Rights of Expression

The School recognizes the right of students for personal
expression.  With the right of expression comes the responsibility to do it
appropriately by following all school rules and state laws governing personal
expression.  Students may distribute or display, at appropriate times, non-sponsored,
noncommercial written material and petitions; buttons, badges, or other
insignia; clothing, insignia, and banners; and audio and video materials.  All
items must meet the following school guidelines and must be pre approved by
the Principal.

 

A.        A material cannot be displayed if it:

 

1.       Violates Academy or State laws,

          is obscene to minors, libelous, indecent, or vulgar,

2.       advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by
law,

3.       intends to be insulting or harassing,

4.
intends
to incite fighting or presents a likelihood of disrupting school or a school
event.

 

B.        Materials may not be displayed or
distributed during class periods, or during passing times between classes.
Permission may be granted for display or distribution during lunch periods and
after school in designated locations, as long as exits are not blocked and
there is proper access and egress to the building.

 

Students who are unsure whether the materials they wish
to display meet school guidelines may present them to the principal twenty-four
(24) hours prior to display.

 

Student Concerns, Suggestions and Grievances

 

The
school is here for the benefit of the students.  The staff is here to assist
each student in becoming a responsible adult.  If a student has suggestions
that could improve the school, s/he should feel free to offer them.  Written
suggestions may be presented directly to the Principal or to the student
government.

 

A student may have the right to a hearing if the student believes s/he
has been improperly denied participation in a school activity or has been
subjected to an illegal rule or standard.  A student may not petition to have a
change in grade.

 

Complaint Procedure

 

The Academy places a high value on courtesy, respect and
responsibility.  In order to preserve such an environment, any requests,
suggestions, or complaints concerning staff, the curriculum, or operations of
the Academy should be filed according to the following procedure:

Anyone wishing to present a
request, suggestion or complaint shall discuss this matter with the instructor
or staff member that has direct responsibility of that matter.  If the
discussion revolves around a particular incident, the complainant must initiate
this process within seven (7) days of the incident.  If the issue deals with a
violation of laws or with school-wide policies, the Principal would be the
appropriate staff member.

If the Principal is the accused
perpetrator of harassment or other violation of the law, then the complaint
should be sent directly to the Academy’s management company, CS Partners.
However, if CS Partners determines that the issues/complaint do not fall into
that category, then the complainant will be required to first address their
issues/complaint with the Principal.  This procedure requires that the Principal
have an opportunity to resolve any issues/complaint that are not considered
harassment or are illegal in nature prior to the involvement of CS Partners.

If the aggrieved person is not
adequately satisfied with the results of that discussion, that person has seven
(7) days to submit their complaint in writing to the Principal.

The Principal will conduct their
own investigation of the incident by speaking to all relevant parties and try
to resolve the issue through discussions with those people.  After completion
of that investigation, the Principal will give a decision to the complainant
and the reasons for that decision.

If the original discussion was
with the Principal, and the concern was not adequately resolved by the Principal,
then the complainant must submit their concern in writing to  CS Partners
using the CS Partners complaint form (available at the school office) no later
than one month after the Principal’s decision is given to the complainant.

Upon receiving the written
complaint, CS Partners shall investigate the incident/conduct.  In determining
whether the alleged conduct violates any policy or procedure, the totality of
the circumstances will be investigated and reviewed. Appropriate action will
then be taken.  A response will be given to the complainant if requested.

Only signed, written complaints
are investigated.  Anonymous complaints are not.

If the complainant is not
satisfied with CS Partners’ response, the complainant may present the concerns
before the Board of Directors in accordance with the Public Participation
guidelines.

Parents cannot request limited staff interaction when
the situation warrants the staff member to be involved in his/her professional
role.

In order to complete a full and fair investigation, CS
Partners cannot guarantee the confidentiality of a complainant.

Anyone utilizing this procedure
will not suffer any form of reprisal.  All claims of retaliation will be
investigated.  Any retaliatory activity may result in discipline, up to and
including, discharge.

 

 

Section IV- Legal Notices

 

Equal Education Opportunity/Civil Rights Designee

It is the policy of this District to provide an equal education
opportunity for all students.

 

Any person who believes that the school or any staff person has
discriminated against a student on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national
origin, sex, (including sexual orientation or transgender identity or
expression), pregnancy, mental or physical disability, age, religion, height,
weight, martial or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic
information while at the Academy, or an Academy activity, should immediately
contact the School Leader or designee below.

Complaints will be investigated in accordance with the
administrations guidelines.  Any student making a complaint or participating in
an academy investigation will be protected from any threat or retaliation.  The
Principal can provide additional information concerning equal access to
educational opportunity.

Parents
or students who wish to file a complaint or believe any of their Federal or
State rights have been violated (including nondiscrimination under Title II,
Title IV, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education
Amendment Act of 1972, Americans with Disability Act, and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973) should contact:

Civil
Rights Representative/Compliance Officers:  Patty Wood and Anthony Foster

Title
IX Coordinator:  Patty Wood, Executive Director, 5135 East Hill Road, Grand
Blanc, MI, 48439,
pwood@grandblancacademy.org.

Website
Accessibility Coordinator: Christine Watkins, 5135 East Hill Road, Grand Blanc,
MI, 48439, (810) 953-3140,
cwatkins@grandblancacademy.org.

or the
Office for Civil Rights 1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325, Cleveland, OH 44115-1812,
216-522-4970, Email:
OCR.Cleveland@ed.gov.

Student Assessments

It is the policy of the Academy to monitor individual
student academic growth in each subject area at least twice during the Academic
year using a competency-based on line assessment.  The results of the
assessment shall be communicated to the students and parents/guardians.

 

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

Although the Academy does not
offer high school and college credit while a student is at the elementary
level, as a student progresses through their academic journey, they will have
opportunities to receive post-secondary credits while enrolled in the Secondary
school of their choice. Secondary schools contain programs such as dual
enrollment and advanced placement. These future opportunities highlight the
importance of good study habits and academic success at the elementary level.

 

Student with Disabilities

The American’s with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act provides that no individual will be discriminated against on
the basis of a disability.  This protection applies not just to the student,
but to all individuals who have access to the Academy’s programs and
facilities.

 

A student can access special education services through the proper
evaluation procedures.  Parent involvement in this procedure is required by
Federal (IDEA) and State Law.  Contact the Academy’s Principal at 810.953.3140
to inquire about evaluation procedures and program.

 

English Learner

Limited proficiency in
the English language should not be a barrier to equal participation in the
instructional or extracurricular program of the Academy.  It is, therefore, the
policy of this Academy that those students identified as English Learners will
be provided additional support and instruction, through the Genesee Intermediate
School District ESL program,
to assist them in gaining English proficiency
and in accessing educational and extracurricular programs offered by the
Academy.  Parents should contact the Academy’s Principal at 810.953.3140 to
inquire about evaluation procedures and programs offered by the Academy.

 

Access to Student Records

The Academy maintains many student records including both
directory information and confidential information.  Educational records of
students at the Academy are safeguarded by policies under the federal
legislation entitled Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and
Michigan law. Parents/guardians and/or students (eighteen years of age or
older) may inspect and review their student’s records,  request amendment or
changes to their student’s file, may prevent disclosure to third parties
(certain limited exceptions) and may file a complaint concerning alleged
failure of the Academy to comply with FERPA  .

If the Academy receives a record request from another school
the Academy will send, without consent, personally identifiable student
information to that other school.  FERPA authorizes the release of personally
identifiable information from the student’s education records to school
officials with legitimate educational interests.  The term “school official”
includes Academy administrators, staff, teachers, supervisors, Board members,
support staff or contractors to whom the Academy has outsourced institutional
services or functions.  A school official has a” legitimate educational
interest” if the official needs to review an education record in order to
fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

If requesting student records, please contact the Academy office
to begin this process and allow up to 45 days for the school to comply with
your request.

To
review student records please provide a written notice identifying requested
student records to the Academy’s Principal.  You will be given an appointment
with the appropriate person to answer any questions and to review the requested
student records.

Parents or eligible students who wish to amend a student
record should contact the School Leader or designee, clearly identify the part
of the record they want to amend, and specify why it needs to be amended.  If
the Academy wishes not to amend the student record as requested, the Academy
will notify the parent or eligible student of their decision and of their right
to an appeal regarding the decision.

Any complaints regarding FERPA should be directed to:

Family Policy and Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202 -5920

 

Directory Information

 

The
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) requires that the Academy,
with certain exceptions, obtain the written consent of the parent or guardian
of a student prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information
from their child’s education records.  However, the Academy may disclose
appropriately designated “directory information without written consent, unless
the parent/guardian has submitted a signed opt-out form to the Academy.

 

“Directory
information” is information that is generally not considered harmful or an
invasion of privacy if released.  The primary purpose of directory information
is to allow the Academy to include this type of information from a student’s
educational records in certain Academy publications.  Examples include:

·
a playbill,
showing your student’s role in drama productions

·
annual
yearbook

·
individual or
group recognition of achievement and/or accomplishments

·
graduation
programs

·
sport
activity sheets

 

In
addition, outside organizations, such as companies that manufacture class rings
or publish yearbooks, might be interested in “directory information”.

 

The
Academy has designated the following as directory Information:

 

·
student’s name

·
participation in officially recognized activities and sports

·
address

·
telephone numbers (e.g., home, cell, etc.)

·
weight and height of members of athletic teams

·
Academy assigned electronic mail address

·
photograph/video/DVD/electronic image

·
honor roll and awards received

·
date and place of birth

·
dates of attendance

·
grade level and/or classroom assignment

If you
do not want the Academy to disclose directory information from your child’s
education records without your prior consent, submit a signed opt-out form to
the Academy.

 

Confidential
records include test scores, psychological reports, behavior data, disciplinary
records, and communications with family and outside service providers.

Review of Instructional Materials and Activities

Parents have the right to review any instructional materials being used
in the school.  They also may observe instruction in any class, particularly
those dealing with instruction in health and sex education.  Any parent who
wishes to review materials or observe instruction must contact the Principal
prior to coming to the School.  Parents’ rights to review teaching materials
and instructional activities are subject to reasonable restrictions and limits.

Search and Seizure

All lockers, cubbies, and other
storage places assigned to students are the property of the Academy.  At
no time does the Academy relinquish its exclusive control of these storage
places. Students have no expectation of privacy in lockers, cubbies or other
school-supplied storage areas.  The Principal or his/her designee shall
have custody of all combinations to all lockers or locks. Students are
prohibited from placing locks on any locker without the advance approval of the
Principal or his/her designee.   The Principal or his/her designee
may search lockers, locker contents, cubbies or other school-supplied storage
areas, as well as open lockers for repairs, at any time, without notice and
without parental/guardianship or student consent.  Locks are to prevent
theft, not to prevent searches.

The Academy assigns lockers, cubbies, and other storage
places to its students for the students’ convenience and temporary use.  Students
are to use these storage areas exclusively to store school-related materials
and authorized personal items such as outer garments, footwear, grooming aids,
or lunch.  Students shall not use these storage areas for any other
purpose, unless specifically authorized by Academy board policy or the Principal
or his/her designee, in advance of students bringing the items to the
Academy.  Students are solely responsible for the contents of their
lockers, cubbies and other storage places and must not share these storage
areas with other students, nor divulge locker combinations to other students,
unless authorized by the Principal or his/her designee. The locations at which
searches of students and student property may be conducted are not limited to
the Academy building or at Academy property, but may be conducted wherever the
student is involved in a school-sponsored function.

 

The Principal
or his/her designee
may search a student and his/her possessions,
such as but not limited to purses, backpacks, lunch
boxes, book bags, etc. when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search
will produce evidence that the particular student has violated
, is
violating, or is about to violate either state law, Board policies or Academy
rules.  A student’s failure to permit searches and seizures as provided in this
policy will be considered grounds for disciplinary action.  A search may also be conducted to
protect the health and safety of others. 

 

The search will be conducted in a manner that is reasonably
related to the objective of the search and not excessively intrusive given the
student’s age, gender and the nature of the infraction.  If a pat down search
of a student’s person is conducted, it will be conducted in private by an
Academy official of the same sex and with an adult witness of the same sex
present.  Strip searches are prohibited.

 

Academy computers, software and internet access are school
property. Students are only authorized to use Academy computers and other
similar educational technology consistent with the educational mission of the
Academy. Academy officials may search school computers, software and internet
access records at any time for any reason and without student consent.

The Principal or his/her designee shall not be obligated,
but may request the assistance of law enforcement in conducting the search.
The Principal shall supervise the search.  In the course of a search, the Principal
or his/her designee shall respect the privacy rights of the student regarding
any items discovered that are not illegal or against Academy policy and rules.

 

When conducting searches, the Principal or his/her designee
may seize any illegal or unauthorized items, items in violation of board policy
or rules, or any other items reasonably determined by the Principal or his/her
designee to be a potential threat to the safety or security of others. Such
items include, but are not limited to the following: firearms, explosives,
dangerous weapons, flammable material, illegal controlled substances or
controlled substance analogues or other intoxicants, contraband, poisons, and
stolen property.

Law
enforcement officials shall be notified immediately upon seizure of dangerous
items that schools are required to report to law enforcement agencies under the
Statewide School Safety Information Policy.  Any items seized shall be removed
and held by the Principal for evidence in disciplinary proceedings and/or
turned over to law enforcement officials.  The parent/guardian of a student
will be notified by the Principal
or his/her designee of items removed from the
storage area.

 

Teacher
and Para-Professional Qualifications

All of the teachers at Grand Blanc Academy are properly
certified and are teaching in the areas that they are certified to teach.  Each
teacher holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a valid State of Michigan
Teaching Certificate.

Grand Blanc Academy teachers and para-professionals are all
considered highly qualified.  Any parent that wants to know the particular
teacher qualifications of his/her child’s teacher(s) can contact the school
office at any time.

Parent Involvement Plan

Grand Blanc Academy recognizes that a child’s education is a
responsibility shared by both the Academy and the child’s family.  In order to
provide the most effective education for all students, the Academy believes
that teachers and parents must work as knowledgeable partners.

Grand Blanc Academy, in collaboration with parents, has
established programs and practices that enhance parent involvement and reflect
the specific needs of our students and their families.

This school will commit to the
following provisions:

1.    Provide
high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning
environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student
academic achievement standards as follows:

v
Our curriculum is aligned with the State of Michigan
Standards.

 

2.    Hold
parent-teacher conferences at least annually during which this compact and the
student’s PSAP will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s
achievement.

v Parent
Teacher conferences

 

3.    Provide parents
with frequent reports on their children’s progress.  Specifically, the school
will provide reports as follows:

v Quarterly
report cards with progress reports given between those quarters.  Weekly
progress reports are sent home in grades 6-8. 

4.    Provide parents reasonable
access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with
parents as follows:

v Staff
is available during prep time and after school by appointment.  Email and
voicemail are also available.  Daily planners and/or folders are sent home as
an additional method of communication. 

 

5.    Provide parents
opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to
observe classroom activities, as follows:

v We
have classroom celebrations, popcorn sales, and mystery reader days in March. 

 

6.    The school will
provide assistance to parents of children in understanding topics such as the
following:

v TOPICS:

Ÿ
the state’s academic content standards;

Ÿ
the state’s student academic achievement standards;

Ÿ
the state and local academic assessments including alternate
assessments;

Ÿ
the requirements of Title I Part A;

Ÿ
how to monitor their child’s progress, and how to work with
educators;

v
ACTIONS:

Ÿ
Parent – Teacher Conferences

Ÿ
Parent Organization (Moms Care)

Ÿ
Parent Resource Guide

Ÿ
Parent Orientation Activities

Ÿ
Classroom Newsletters

Ÿ
Curriculum Nights

 

Pesticide
Notice

The Academy is required by Act 451 Part 83 to maintain an
effective pest control program for our buildings.  As part of an effective
pest management program, school buildings and grounds may be treated as needed
to control or eliminate pests.

The least hazardous methods will always be incorporated to
remove pests as per the Michigan Pesticide Control Act.  Under most
circumstances chemical treatments will be a last resort.  Only a licensed
person or company shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or
herbicides. Additional applications may be necessary.

When pesticides are used, a notice will be posted on the
front door and on the Academy website at least 48 hours prior to the
application.  In addition, a notice will be sent home with students.

In addition, the Academy maintains a list of
parents/guardians who wish to receive notification via mail of pesticide
applications.  Those registered parents will receive notice from the Academy
via first class, United States mail postmarked three days before the
application.   If you would like to request prior notification of the
application of pesticides or herbicides, please see the school office.  Parents
who register for the notification must do so on an annually.

Parents/guardians may review the Academy’s integrated pest
management program and records of pesticide applications.

However, pesticides may be used in an emergency situation
without advance notice.  In such a case, we would make every effort to
inform all affected parties.  If you have any questions or wish to review
the school’s integrated pest management plan or records of pesticide
applications, please contact Patty Wood at (810)953-3140 or via email at:pwood@grandblancacademy.org.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

A comprehensive AHERA survey of each school facility was
performed in accordance with Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).
The original reports were completed September 30, 2004.  The purpose of the
comprehensive survey was to identify, quantify and assess the
Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM) present at this location.  This
survey satisfies the Local Education Agency’s (LEA) obligations regarding
asbestos assessment in accordance with 40 CFR 763, AHERA.

After this inspection was performed, a comprehensive
Management Plan was prepared in order to comply with the requirements of the
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

The Management Plans detail:

1)    Inspection and
reinspection information and requirements.

2)    Response Actions
and Post-Response Action Activities.

Surveillance inspections and re-inspections have been
performed in these facilities since the original surveys, in accordance with
AHERA.

The Management Plans are available for review at the school
office.

 

Mandated
Reporter

All staff at the Academy is required by law to immediately
report any and all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to the Department
of Human Services.

Concussions

Before a student may participate in an athletic activity
(physical education classes, organized practices and competitions) operated by
the Academy, student athletes and parents/guardians must review the educational
materials found below.

The acknowledgment receipt found at the bottom of the
education material must be signed by both the student and parent/legal guardian
and subsequently turned into the School Office.

If a student is suspected of having sustained a concussion,
the student must provide the Academy with written clearance from an appropriate
health professional before the student can return to physical activity. The
health professional must be licensed or authorized to engage in a health
profession whose scope of practice includes the recognition, treatment, or
management of concussions. Schools will closely scrutinize any written medical
slips submitted by students to make sure that an appropriate health
professional has authorized their release.



2017-2018 Acknowledgment

Compact

The success of Grand Blanc Academy’s Code of Conduct depends
on the support of each member of the school community. Working together,
faculty and staff, parents and students can promote academic achievement and
good character, and assure the success of students at the school and throughout
life. On behalf of the administration, management, faculty, and staff of Grand
Blanc Academy, I pledge to fulfill the responsibilities and uphold the expectations
outlined in the Code of Conduct

 

Grand Blanc Academy is dedicated to ensuring that
communication between the school and parents is continual, on-going and
uniform.

______________________________________

Principal

Your signature in the appropriate space below will indicate
your commitment to helping fulfill the school’s primary mission –rigorous
academic learning.

As the parent of _______________________________________ I
pledge:

  • to maintain high expectations for my child and the school
  • to demonstrate consistent interest in my child’s progress
    at school
  • to support my child’s best efforts
  • to support and work with school staff to promote my
    child’s learning

 

I have read the Code of Conduct and support the rules
and expectations outlined herein.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________Date:
______/______/_______

 

As an ALL STAR student of Grand Blanc Academy I
pledge:

 

____  to put safety first                                 ____
to persevere

 

____ to be there and ready                           ____
to seek and tell the truth

 

____ to always be respectful                         ____
to show courage

         to myself and others

 

____ to be responsible
____to exercise self-discipline

 

____ to show kindness
____ to be fair

 

____ to value true friends
____ to be a good citizen

 

____ to ACCEPT and LEARN from                

         the consequences of inappropriate behavior

 

Student Signature: _______________________________
Date: ____/_____/_____