Student Handbook

IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Student Handbook

2020-2021

130 North Main Street
Monticello, KY 42633
(606) 348-8220

TABLE OF CONTENTS

4 ICA Educational Philosophy

5 Student General Policies and Procedures

6 Statement of Faith

7 Mission Statement

8 Board of Education Members / Principal

9 Pledges

10 2020-2021 School Calendar

12 ICA Admission Policies

13 Tuition and Finances

15 Tuition Policy and Responsibilities

16 Visitors
Security
Emergency Procedures
-Personal
-Fire/Tornado/Disaster/Intruder Drills
-Inclement Weather

17 Parent Responsibilities

18 Pre-Scheduled Family Vacations

19 Parent/Teacher Communication
Classroom Standards
Grading Scale

20 Academic Fraud/Cheating
Homework
Retention

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21 Behavioral Guidelines

22 Conduct/Discipline Policy
Discipline Procedures
Reasons for Immediate Action

24 Attendance

25 Tardy

26 Extended Illness

27 After-School Care Program
Early Dismissal

28 Fund Raising

29 ICA Dress Code

32 Dress Code for Young Ladies

33 Dress Code for Young Men

34 Special Occasion Dress Days
Dress Code Non-Compliance

35 Home/School Partnership
Parent Agreement

36 School Agreement

37 Signed Parent Agreement

38 ICA Covid-19 Plan: 2020-2021 School Year

40 ICA Faculty

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ICA EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

The landscape of today’s world is marked by a man-centered worldview, an inordinate sense of entitlement, and an abandonment of morality and ethics the likes of which this nation has never experienced. It is vital that our young people are taught God’s truth from God’s authority—His Holy Word. This is the only way we can ever expect our young people to have a biblical worldview. These young people also need to understand that God’s truth permeates every single discipline in which they will study, whether we are discussing science, mathematics, history, etc. As we partner with parents and families to equip these students, it is imperative for all to know that ICA is not just an extension of a local church’s Sunday School department, but an institution that strives to encourage students to think critically, using God and His word as their filter. There is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom concerning God’s wonderful creation, how He has interacted with man throughout human history, and how His natural laws and processes affect the balance and structure of everything we do, think, and fell throughout the course of our lives.

It is our desire to see our students “increase in wisdom and stature, and in fabor with God and man”—Luke 2:52, and fulfill the words that Paul recorded in Ephesians 3:16-19…“to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” This type of life will bring glory to God, which in turn will impact their families, their communities, and their world for eternity.

This is our focus, this is our mission, this is our prayer, and this is what we promise to pursue, with excellence, as we educate the students whom God has entrusted to us on a daily basis.

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GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR ALL ICA STUDENTS

This Family Handbook is intended to serve as a convenient source of information about Immanuel Christian Academy of Monticello, Kentucky. Please study it carefully together as a family upon receiving it and keep it ready for reference during the year.

Questions about policies or procedures should be directed to the ICA principal’s office. It is the goal at ICA to create an environment where Christ is honored every day and where there are few distractions to learning.

May God bless our school family as we work together to serve our Lord and Savior.

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STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe that the Bible is the only inspired, inerrant Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God Himself, came to the earth in the flesh, as born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life. He died a substitutionary and atoning death on the cross. He arose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God.

We believe man was created in God’s image and being descended from Adam inherited a sinful nature and is totally unable to save himself from the natural consequences of sin.

We believe men and women are saved and justified by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and by accepting Him as Lord and Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and become children of God. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Immanuel Christian Academy is to provide a Christ-centered environment, based on the literal interpretation of the Bible, where the Christian Academy family is challenged to strive for personal growth, academic excellence, and spiritual maturity.

Guiding Principles:

1. To uphold Jesus Christ as the model for all actions at all times.

2. To prayerfully seek God’s will.

3. To regard the Bible as God’s holy and inerrant word.

4. To honor and respect each person as a creation of God.

5. To provide quality education in a Christ-centered environment.

6. To commit to excellence in leadership by example.

7. To cultivate positive attitudes.

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IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS
2020-2021

Sharon Barnett

Harold Davis

Kim Dishman

Jonathan Goley

Laura Jolly

Frank Phillips

Ken Upchurch

Ken Wood

PRINCIPAL
Dr. Paul Stringer

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PLEDGES

The school day begins each day with a recitation of the pledged listed below:

American Flag

I pledge allegiance to the flag

Of the United States of America

And to the republic for which it stands,

On nation under God, indivisible,

With liberty and justice for all.

Christian Flag

I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag

And to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands

One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again

With life and liberty for all who believe

Bible

I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word,

And will make it a lamp unto me feet, a light unto my path, And hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.

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IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

August 6 Inservice

August 7 Teacher Work Day

August 10 Teacher Work Day & Kindergarten Orientation at 6:00 PM

August 11 Teacher Work Day & Grades 1-9 Orientation at 6:00 PM

August 19 Opening Day for Students

Sept. 7 Labor Day—No School

Sept. 11 Grandparent’s Day—School will dismiss at 11:30

Sept. 22 Parent-Teacher Conference

Sept. 24 Parent-Teacher Conference

Oct. 5-9 Fall Break—No School

Oct. 21 End of 1st 9-weeks grading period

Oct. 23 Pastor Appreciation Day

Nov. 17 Parent-Teacher Conference

Nov. 19 Parent-Teacher Conference

Nov. 25-27 Thanksgiving Break—No School

Dec. 15 Christmas Program: K-3, K-4, & K-5 @ 6:00 PM

Dec. 17 Christmas Program: Grades 1-9 @ 6:00 PM

Dec. 18 End of 2nd 9-weeks grading period (ends 1st

Semester) Dismiss @ 11:30 AM

Dec. 21 Begin Christmas Break (No School)

Jan. 4 Classes Resume (2nd Semester begins)

Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Day—No School

Feb. 9 Parent-Teacher Conference

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Feb. 11 Parent/Teacher Conference

Feb. 15 President’s Day—No School

Feb. 19 Desserts With Dad @ 2:00 PM

March 10 End of 3rd 9-weeks grading period

April 2 Good Friday—No School

April 5-9 Spring Break—No School

April 16 Tea with Mom @ 2:00 PM

April 20 Parent-Teacher Conference

April 22 Parent-Teacher Conference

May 11 Field Day @ Mountain View Baptist Camp

May 18 Honor’s Program—K-3, K-4, & K-5 @ 6:30 PM

May 20 Honor’s Program: Grades 1-9 @ 6:30 PM

May 21 Last Day for Students—Dismiss @ 11:30 AM— (ends 2nd Semester)

May 24 Closing Day for Faculty

***Tuition Payments—tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month. A late fee of $10.00 is charged if the tuition payment is made after the 10th.

***Student Drop Off and Pick Up—Punctuality is important for organization and structure, It is strongly encouraged to have your student at school by 7:40 AM. Morning drop off is available at 7:25 AM. A student is considered tardy is he or she arrives after 7:50 AM. School dismisses at 3:00 PM for K-3, K-4, and K-5 and at 3:15 for Grades 1-9. Students are to be picked up by 3:30 (after this time, After-School Program fees will apply).

***Make Up Days—February 15 and/or April 2 may be used as Make Up days. If additional days are necessary, they will be added after May 14th.

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ICA ADMISSION POLICIES

Admission to Immanuel Christian Academy is a privilege and not a right. It is a privilege granted to those students who manifest a desire to live and work as Bible-believing, consecrated Christians. Immanuel Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. The school does, however, reserve the right to refuse admittance to anyone it so chooses and to suspend or dismiss any student who violates the standards set forth in this handbook or any rules defined by the school board or the administration. The school reserves the right to dismiss any student who, in the opinion of the administration and school board, does not fit into the spirit of the school, whether or not that student has kept all rules and regulations of the school. Immanuel Christian Academy reserves the right to deny admission to any student who cannot benefit by the experience based on past academic achievement or whose personal lifestyle is not in harmony with the stated philosophy and purpose of Immanuel Christian Academy.

An admission application must be completed for each student seeking to enroll. Acceptance of a student is based on good standing with the school in which they were previously enrolled. Immanuel Christian Academy is a private institution and reserves the privilege of setting and maintaining its own standards for student conduct, dress, cleanliness, academic performance, philosophy, and purpose.

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TUITION AND FINANCES

Tuition and Fee Schedule
Tuition (per month): $225
Sibling rate: $195
Pastor rate: $155
Textbook fee (K3, K4, K5) $250
Textbook fee (Grades 1-9) $ 350
Registration fee $50

Registration fees are payable when students are registered and is non-refundable. Payment of this fee reserves a place on the class list.

Tuition is due on the 1st of the month and should be mailed or taken to Immanuel Christian Academy at 130 North Main Street and is late if received after the 10th of the month. Total tuition for the school year is $2,250 and is divided into ten equal payments beginning in August and ending in May.

Parents, please note that timely tuition payment is essential to the daily operations of ICA. An account that is outstanding following a two month period is subjected to review and request to bring the balance up to date. Failure to do so at the end of the grace period may jeopardize your child’s enrollment.

Accounts delinquent after the 10th of the month will be change an additional $10.00 (when the 10th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tuition payments may be made on Monday without paying the $10.00 penalty). Students attending one day or more of any month will owe the full month’s tuition.

There will be a $25.00 service fee assessed on any returned check. If two checks are returned, the account will be on a cash basis. We are unable to accept post-dated checks.

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All withdrawals from school must go through the school. If a student withdraws after the first of the month, the parent remains responsible for the complete month’s tuition. No school records will be released for any student withdrawal when there is a balance on the student’s account.

Please keep all addresses and phone numbers up-to-date with the Office Administrator.

Before a student participates in the graduation program, all tuition must be paid in full.

Primary insurance coverage will be provided by the family or parents of the student. The school’s insurance coverage is limited and secondary in nature.

The A Beka Book curriculum and textbooks, written from a Christian perspective, are used at ICA and the parents are responsible for the cost of the textbooks. A KJV Bible is used for scripture and the parents are also responsible for the cost. In case of loss of textbooks, students will be charged for the total price of replacement.

Each student must furnish their own supplies. A list will be provided by the teacher.

Cash gifts are tax-deductible and can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Anyone who desires to make a donation may contact the school office at 606-348-8220.

Fundraisers are necessary since tuition costs do not cover all of the cost at ICA. We will have limited fundraisers throughout the year. Therefore, we, depend on your support and God’s blessings to keep us operating.

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TUITION POLICY AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Tuition and other fees are necessary in order for Immanuel Christian Academy to successfully fulfill its mission. All families are expected to meet all financial responsibilities promptly. This includes tuition, educational fees, borrowed lunch money, and other obligations. Records will not be released until all debts are paid.

TELEPHONE / INTERNET USAGE

Telephone Usage

Students are not permitted to use the school phone without permission from school personnel. Students may not use cell phones at school. Use of a cell phone during the regular school day will result in the phone being taken from the students by the teacher and held by the principal until the school day ends. The phone will then be given to the student’s parent at pickup. During school field trips, the students may use their cell phones to take pictures and to call parents to inform them of the arrival time back at school for pickup.

Internet Usage

The Internet is a valuable educational tool and very useful in a classroom environment. However, left unchecked, it can be a huge time-waster and distraction. Therefore, there is to be no Internet surfing or use of the Internet for anything other than educational purposes. All Internet usage is monitored/filtered as we pledge to you that Internet safety is of the highest priority.

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VISITORS

All visitors (including parents) should report to the school office (or the church office if no one is in the school office). They should sign in and out on the Visitor’s Arrival and Departure log sheet. Also, all visitors to the school are to act in the appropriate manner and dress suitable to a Christian school.

SECURITY

The only access to the school during school hours is through the front office entrance. All other doors and locked.

All parents, guests, and other visitors to school must sign in at the reception desk and wear an identifying badge while on campus. Visitors must also sign out and return the badge before leaving campus.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Personal

Every student at ICA is to have emergency information on file, making it possible for the school to contact someone in the family at all times.

Fire/Tornado/Disaster/Intruder Drills

Classroom teachers wil be sure all students know and understand the procedures for fire drills and tornado drills. Procedures are posted in each classroom, and drills are conducted periodically.

Inclement Weather

Parents always have the option of keeping students home if transportation is determined to present a safety hazard.

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PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Encourage prompt and regular attendance. Schedule doctor appointments and family vacations so that attendance at school is affected as little as possible.

2. When your student is absent, call the office before 9:00 AM to notify the school of your student’s absence that day, the reason for the absence, and the anticipated length of the absence.

3. Request a list of homework assignments on days when it is necessary for your student to be absent from school by calling the office before 9:00 AM on the morning of the absence. Requests made after 9:00 AM cannot be honored. Homework will be ready to be picked up in the elementary office after 2:00. Students will have the number of absent plus one to hand in make-up work. Regularly scheduled tests such as spelling, vocabulary, or a test that had been announced prior to the absence will be given on the day of return to school.

4. Some students may have specific issues which require a prescription or over-the-counter medication to be administered during school hours. Parents should submit a form (furnished by the school) giving clear directions of the name and amount of medication to be given, the time to be administered, side effects, etc. No more than one week’s supply should be sent to school at a time.

***When a child is ill and may need to leave school, the teacher will notify the parent by phone or with a text.

*** Students should report any injury immediately to their teacher. Report to the teacher any equipment or apparatus that may be defective or dangerous.

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PRE-SCHEDULED FAMILY VACATION

If it is necessary for a family to keep a student from attending school for a family trip or vacation, the following procedure is to be followed:

A. Notify the principal of the dates on which the student will be absent from school at least two weeks in advance.

B. The principal will contact the teacher and identify the impact of the student missing those specific dates of class. We request that vacations not be taken at the end of a grading period.

C. WORK WILL NOT BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS BEFORE VACATION. Assignments missed during family trips or vacation will be provided upon return to school. Tests will be given at the discretion of the teacher.

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PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION

Communication between school and home is an important part of a successful school year. Please check your calendar for dates of meetings and events. Also, feel free to consult with the school office regarding any problems or questions that concern your child. It is our desire to be of service to both parents and students, and each teacher welcomes a visit from any parent. However, we require that such meetings be made by definite appointment with the teacher at a convenient time after school hours.

CLASSROOM STANDARDS

Students are expected to be on time and properly prepared for each day. Each teacher will establish the rules for classroom behavior that shall prevail in his/her classroom. Students shall heed these expectations, both in academics and in conduct. Teachers will communicate to students how grades will be determined.

GRADING SCALE

Grades

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

For K-4 and K-5
E Excellent
S Satisfactory
I Improving
NI Needs Improvement
U Unsatisfactory

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ACADEMIC FRAUD / CHEATING

A. No credit for assignment/exam. The grade of “0” will be

entered and averaged.

B. Notification to parents

C. Parent/Teacher conference

D. 2nd offense may result in student dismissal.

HOMEWORK

1. Students should expect regular homework assignments. Home is assigned for the following reasons:

A. To increase self-reliance and self-discipline.

B. To reinforce and extend classroom learning.

C. To provide practice in skills and problem solving.

D. To provide opportunities for special projects such as book

reports, compositions, and special research projects.

2. Teachers reduce the amount of homework for Wednesday night because of church services that many students attend. However, assignments made in advance of Wednesday which are due on Thursday may require some preparation on Wednesday night.

3. Assignments are to be completed on time and written properly. Good grammar, neatness, and spelling accuracy will be expected by all teachers.

4. Homework should be an individual task, not one of sharing, unless specified by the teacher.

RETENTION

Promotion of students to the next grade is determined by satisfactory progress and developmental readiness. A student may need to repeat a grade in order to master the material of he/she may not be developmentally ready for the next grade. The teacher, after consultation with the principal and parents, will determine grade-level status based on this criteria.

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BEHAVIORAL GUIDELINES

Discipline at Immanuel Christian Academy is a process by which students are guided to develop Christ-like characteristics. Each teacher maintains classroom behavior in a manner in accordance with Christian principles as set forth in scripture.

After exhausting all efforts within the classroom, a teacher may find it necessary to send a student to the principal for one or more of the following actions:

1. Discussion of the problemDevelopment of contracts (parent

informed)

2. One-hour detention or appropriate work (parent informed)

3. In-school or home suspension. Class work must be made up to

the teacher’s satisfaction, but will receive a grade no higher

than a C.

4. Conference with teachers, parents, and/or principal.

Parents and teachers need to cooperate with one another; anything said or done which destroys mutual respect and confidence will harm the student. When parents have a question, they should contact their student’s teacher immediately. Often a conference or note can eliminate the difficulty. Should the problem continue, the principal should be consulted.

The administration, after consulting with all parties, involved, has the right to evaluate any unacceptable behavior to determine and administer the appropriate disciplinary action. Persistent unacceptable behavior could result in student being placed on disciplinary probation with the ultimate possibility of expulsion from ICA.

Office Referrals

An office referral may be issued by a faculty member for a student demonstrating unacceptable behavior that requires immediate action.

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CONDUCT / DISCIPLINE POLICIES

The board of education and the administration of ICA believe that the full potential of academic excellence can be accomplished only where faculty leadership is strong, discipline is firm but fair, and moral/spiritual values are emphasized with a loving, caring Christian environment.

It is our belief that students learn self-discipline through four aspects which reflect God’s principles of human behavior.

1. ORDER is the organization which provides a good environment for learning.

2. TRAINING is the process of practicing what is right.

3. CORRECTION is the discouragement of wrong behavior.

4. PRAISE or AFFIRMATION is used to encourage students to continue in obedience.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Discipline, when possible, will be administered through the teacher who has the primary responsibility for the child. Our disciplinary procedures will include:

· A warning

· Loss of privilege

· A note home to the parent

· Lunch detention (child eats alone under teacher supervision)

· Call to parents

· After-school detention

· Parent/teacher conference

· Dismissal

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REASONS FOR IMMEDIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The following is a list of prohibited activities that warrant immediate parent contact:

· Fighting

· Profanity, off-colored jokes, obscene gestures or comments

· Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs

· Deliberately damaging school, church, faculty, or staff property

· Bringing any type of weapon to school (all knives are considered weapons)

· Deliberately visiting inappropriate websites

· Academic fraud / cheating

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ATTENDANCE POLICIES

Immanuel Christian Academy expects all students to attend school regularly. Regular and punctual attendance is essential for success as a student. Absences interrupt the smooth and complete process of learning. We urge students to be present every day.

Proper education relies on continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, student-teacher interaction and structured study. The principal will monitor attendance records for students accumulating excessive absences.

1. Students who accumulate 10 absences (not necessarily consecutive days) for any reason, will be contacted by the principal.

2. If a student accumulates 15 or more absences (not necessarily consecutive days) for any reason, grades for make-up work will be adjusted. 10% will be deducted from the grade earned on all make-up assignments. When an excessive amount of time is missed from the classroom, the student loses the opportunity to interact with the teacher in the process of learning the material covered curing his/her absence. These learning experiences cannot be replaced by the completion of make-up work.

3. The school has the responsibility to teach the student academic subjects as well as desirable habits of living. Continued excessive absence deprives the school of its opportunity to perform this task. Therefore, the unresolved problem of poor attendance may ultimately result in the student’s withdrawal from school for non-attendance.

4. A student must be present 4 hours in order to be considered present for the day. Students who leave school before 12:00 will be considered absent for the day. Students who arrive after 11:00 will be considered absent for the day.

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TARDY

It is important for students to always be on time to school and class. Being prompt demonstrates self-discipline, responsibility, and maturity. These qualities are not only important for proper academic achievement, but they are essential for the development of good habits which are characteristic of success and good citizenship in every walk of life.

Whenever a tardy student enters a class late, the learning process is either interrupted or delayed for all students in the class. Since school years are the habit-forming years of life, it is crucial for attention to be given to the importance of promptness. By being prompt, students demonstrate and practice desirable behaviors of adult life.

A good rule of thumb is to plan to be at school by 7:35 a.m. This plan provides of cushion of several minutes to deal with unavoidable delays encountered en route.

Student should never be brought to the classroom door if arriving late. Any student arriving after 7:50 a.m. must report to the school office to sign in and receive an admittance slip. The reason for the late arrival will be recorded.

It is imperative that students be in their seats and ready for class to begin at 7:50 a.m. No student will be admitted to class without an admission slip if he/she has arrived after 7:50 a.m.

For every 10 tardies accumulated by the student, one day will be added to a student’s total number of days absent.

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EXTENDED ILLNESS

When a student is absent due to illness or hospitalization for more than five consecutive days, the following guidelines should be followed:

1. The parents should contact the school as soon as they become aware that the student will be absent for several days. The following information will be requested:

A. Doctor statement of reason of absence

B. Location of the student (home, hospital, etc.)

C. Approximate length of absence

D. School work and materials needed

2. Make-up work should be picked up and dropped off in the office each day if possible.

3. It is the responsibility of the parents to engage with the school and student during the extended illness so that the student my receive credit for the work completed.

4. Parents should notify the school two days to the student’s return to class so the school can make efforts to ease the student’s return to school.

5. Upon return to school, the following information is required:
A. A signed release from the doctor
B. An up-to-date evaluation of the student’s academic progress from the administration and/or teacher.
C. A list of medications the student will be taking at school
D. A written description of permissible and non-permissible activities

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AFTER-SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM

ICA offers an after-school program Monday through Friday for an additional cost of $80.00 per month per student. Students will be given an after-school snack and will be allowed to complete homework or hreceive help for school work during this time. After-school is from 3:30 until 4:30 daily. Students must be picked up no later that 4:30. If an emergency arises and you are unable to pick up your student(s) at normal pickup time and need them to stay after school for that one day, you can do this by letter your child’s teacher and administration know ahead of time. You would only owe $4.00 for the one day use of the after-school program.

After-school will not be held when school is out for snow, sickness, etc. After-school will also not be held after special events sue as school-wide Mother’s Day Tea or Desserts with Dad. ICA reserves the right to cancel after school on any day for any reason without prior knowledge. However, we will let parents know ASAP if and when these times arise.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Students who must leave school early for a doctor’s appointment or some other emergency are to present a note from their parents to their classroom teacher. The note is to include the student’s full name, date, time or departure, estimated time of return (if returning that day), reason for leaving early, and a parent’s signature. Student will be sent to the office for parent pick-up and sign-out. Students should never be picked up at the classroom.

Early dismissals interfere with the continuity of learning and disrupt the class at a time when the teachers needs the student’s full attention. Parents are, therefore, strongly encouraged to avoid early departure.

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FUND RAISING

The cost involved in operating Immanuel Christian Academy significantly exceeds the amount that is charged in tuition and fees. Therefore, we ask that families support the ministry of the school above and beyond tuition and fees as they are financially able. This can be accomplished through voluntary tax-deductible gifts (such as the Annual Fund Drive) or participation in the fundraising programs of the school.

All fundraisers must be approved by the principal’s office prior to being implemented. Approval from the principal must also be obtained for all on-campus selling prior to any sales being conducted.

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ICA DRESS CODE

The school dress code at Immanuel Christian Academy attempts to develop student standards of dress that reduce the appearance of materialism, that encourages a disciplined learning environment, and that reflect a higher moral standard. The way students dress influences their behavior, self-image, and performance. We want to encourage students to develop an attitude about their appearance which shows self-respect and self-esteem. Our dress code is based upon teaching modesty and appropriateness in a Christian education environment.

Parents and students should know what is acceptable dress for students or should ask for clarification before the student wears anything that is questionable. The decision on what is acceptable dress is the responsibility of the administration. The school administration reserves the right to initiate policies on new fads and changes in style during the school year

STANDARDS FOR ALL STUDENTS

1. Modest appearance includes clothing with a moderately loose fit.

2. Counter-cultural fads, dress, or hairstyles with extreme cuts or unnatural cuts must be avoided (ex. rock groups). This includes tattoos (fake or otherwise).

3. Sweat pants, pajama pants, athletic wear, baggy t-shirts, open-toe shoes, recreational clothing, or jeans with tears or holes are not acceptable attire.

4. Garments must be free of inappropriate slogans, pictures, and in good repair.

5. Harts are to be worn outside the building only.

6. Regular school dress will be required for all school activities unless previously specified by the administration.

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Please ask these questions when selecting clothing and hairstyles:

1. Is it immodest?

2. Might my appearance be disruptive to learning by calling attention to itself?

3. Does my appearance identify with a counter-cultural group or a rebellious element of society?

4. Does my clothing present a health or safety hazard?

5. Is my clothing faded, worn, or improperly fitted?

6. Is the design and purpose other than for school use?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above questions, then the attire or appearance is not acceptable for school.

If the issue of clothing becomes a distraction, the principal will have the discretion to ask for a change. Parents will be expected to make an immediate response. It is suggested that you choose to carefully adhere to the dress code for your child.

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Approved Uniform Samples

...must include ICA Logo Monogram

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DRESS CODE FOR YOUNG LADIES

· Approved uniform polo shirts are gold, navy, or hunter green with the ICA logo monogram on the left chest.

· Approved uniform docker slacks or shorts are khaki, navy, black, or gray.

· Refrain from ruffle legged clothing.

· Approved skirts or shorts are to be knee length and solid color of khaki, navy, black, or gray.

· Approved uniform jumpers are navy and khaki with the ICA logo monogramed on the left chest.

· Approved uniform sweatshirts are gold, navy, or hunter green with the ICA monogram on the left chest. No other sweatshirts are permitted.

· T-shirt days are on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are permitted to wear approved ICA logo shirts that have been sold by the school. Students may have a shirt designed with prior approval from administration to wear on t-shirt days. The approved colors are gold, navy, hunter green, gray, or white.

· Socks, tights, or leggings must be solid navy, gold, hunter green, black, gray, or white.

· Leggings are not pants and should only be worn under an approved jumper or skirt. Adhere to leggings code color above.

· Blue jeans and cargo jeans are allowed (no designs, holes or tears).

· No tattoos (real or fake) are to be worn by students.

· No body piercings (earrings are acceptable).

· All jewelry must be worn in good taste.

· Shoes are to be closed-toed and non-slip. No flip-flops, shoe skates, sandals, or clogs are permitted.

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DRESS CODE FOR YOUNG MEN

· Approved uniform polo shirts are gold, navy, or hunter green with the ICA logo monogram on the left chest.

· Approved uniform docker slacks or shorts are khaki, navy, black, or gray.

· Approved shorts are to be knee length and solid color of khaki, navy, black, or gray.

· Approved uniform sweatshirts are gold, navy, or hunter green with the ICA monogram on the left chest. No other sweatshirts are permitted.

· T-shirt days are on Tuesday and Thursday. Students are permitted to wear approved ICA logo shirts that have been sold by the school. Students may have a shirt designed with prior approval from administration to wear on t-shirt days. The approved colors are gold, navy, hunter green, gray, or white.

· Socks must be solid navy, gold, hunter green, black, gray, or white.

· Blue jeans and cargo jeans are allowed (no designs, holes or tears).

· No tattoos (real or fake) are to be worn by students.

· No body piercings.

· Hair must be cut in a traditional style and trimmed off the collar, off the ears, and above the eyebrows. Sideburns must not be below the middle of the ear, and no facial hair or any kind will be permitted.

· Shoes are to be closed-toed with a non-slip sole. No flip-flops, shoe skates, or sandals are permitted.

***Immanuel Christian Academy School Board reserves the right to change the dress code at any time and for any reason.

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SPECIAL OCCASION DRESS DAYS

· The administration may periodically sponsor special occasion dress days throught the school year (i.e. School Color Day or Backwards Dress Day). However, keep the dress code in mind for these events.

· School t-shirts are permitted on t-shirt day (Tuesday and Thursday). ICA sells shirts throughout the year for t-shirt days. Only approved ICA Eagle shirts and/or sweatshirts will be permitted on these days.

DRESS CODE NON-COMPLIANCE

Inappropriate dress will necessitate the following action:

1st violation—Violation form sent home by student to parents

2nd violation—Violation form sent home by student to parents

3rd violation—Violation form sent home by student to parents and teacher calls the parents to bring proper clothing.

4th violation—Student sent to office (with violation form). Office calls parents requesting appropriate clothing be brought to school or the child picked up.

5th violation—Student sent to principal and family conference is requested.

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Home/School Partnership

The Bible clearly teaches that parents are ultimately responsible for the training of their child (Deuteronomy 6:7; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:14; and Hebrews 12:9). We will never replace a parent or intentionally imply that their word or judgment is inferior. The parent is the first teacher of his/her child and should develop in him/her good behavior, habits, and proper attitudes toward school.

The faculty of Immanuel Christian Academy consider themselves extensions of the home. Producing spiritually-minded and academically motivated students requires a home/school partnership.

Parent Agreement

A copy of the following agreement is to be signed by the parents or guardians and returned to the school office:

We agree to uphold and support the Academic Standards of Immanuel Christian Academy by providing a place at home for our child to study and give our encouragement in the completion of homework and assignments.

We recognize that for our child to make progress in his or her work, it is essential that he or she have confidence in the teacher and school. Therefore, we will do all in our power to see that our child respects and obeys the school staff and rules at all times.

We agree that if our child should become involved in any difficulty in the school, we will with a Christian spirit register only necessary complaints with the teacher and/or the principal.

We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to send our child to Immanuel Christian Academy and shall strive to support and uphold the principles, practices, and educational policies of the school in every way.

We recognize that the teacher represents the parents while our child is in school and therefore give full discretion in the discipline of our child, as is stated in the school discipline code.

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SCHOOL AGREEMENT

We agree to provide high academic standards for the students of Immanuel Christian Academy. We will provide a safe, Christ-centered atmosphere where students are encouraged and motivated to learn.

We recognize that for your child to make progress in their work, it is essential that he or she has a competent, confident, and caring Christian teacher. Therefore, we will do everything in our power to provide only the most qualified teachers.

We agree that if your child should become involved in any difficulty in the school, we will, with a Christian spirit, inform parents of the situation and cooperate in the handling of the situation.

We consider it a privilege and a great responsibility to have your child at Immanuel Christian Academy and shall support and uphold the principles, practices, and educational policies of the school in every way.

We recognize that the teacher represents the parents while the child is in school, and our teachers will use discretion and Godly love in matters of discipline.

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SIGNED PARENT AGREEMENT

We agree to uphold and support the Academic Standards of Immanuel Christian Academy by providing a place at home for our child to study and give our encouragement in the completion of homework and assignments.

We recognize that for our child to make progress in his or her work, it is essential that he or she have confidence in the teacher and school. Therefore, we will do all in our power to see that our child respects and obeys the school staff and rules at all times.

We agree that if our child should become involved in any difficulty in the school, we will with a Christian spirit register only necessary complaints with the teacher and/or the principal.

We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to send our child to Immanuel Christian Academy and shall strive to support and uphold the principles, practices, and educational policies of the school in every way.

We recognize that the teacher represents the parents while our child is in school and therefore give full discretion in the discipline of our child, as is stated in the school discipline code.

_________________________ _______________

Mother/Guardian Signature Date

_________________________ _______________

Father/Guardian Signature Date

_________________________ _______________

Student’s Name Date

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SIGNED PARENT AGREEMENT

We agree to uphold and support the Academic Standards of Immanuel Christian Academy by providing a place at home for our child to study and give our encouragement in the completion of homework and assignments.

We recognize that for our child to make progress in his or her work, it is essential that he or she have confidence in the teacher and school. Therefore, we will do all in our power to see that our child respects and obeys the school staff and rules at all times.

We agree that if our child should become involved in any difficulty in the school, we will with a Christian spirit register only necessary complaints with the teacher and/or the principal.

We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to send our child to Immanuel Christian Academy and shall strive to support and uphold the principles, practices, and educational policies of the school in every way.

We recognize that the teacher represents the parents while our child is in school and therefore give full discretion in the discipline of our child, as is stated in the school discipline code.

_________________________ _______________

Mother/Guardian Signature Date

_________________________ _______________

Father/Guardian Signature Date

_________________________ _______________

Student’s Name Date

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ICA COVID-19 PLAN: 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Immanuel Christian Academy’s highest priority and commitment is to the spiritual and physical well-being of our students. It is only after these needs have been addressed that a rigorous academic curriculum can be implemented. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring that our students and staff are provided with the safest and healthiest environment we can possibly provide. This commitment has led us to develop steps that will hopefully keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

ICA students will report on August 12th for the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. While much of our school life will return to normal, it will not be business as usual. Some changes will be temporary as we deal with the reality of Covid-19, but others may have long-lasting effects. Flexibility in procedures and guidelines will obviously be a necessity. With these things in mind, ICA has developed and will continue to develop general and specific guidelines that will hopefully allow our students and staff to be healthy at school.

General Guidelines

· Physical distancing within classrooms will be instituted where possible. All classes will be capped at a maximum of 12 students. This will allow more space per student in the classroom and make proper social distancing more feasible.

· Any student or staff with a temperature greater than 100.4 will be sent home.

· Parents should complete a quick health assessment, including temperature check, before sending their child to school. Any child with symptoms of Covid-19 should stay home. Signs and symptoms of Covid-19 include: temperature of 100.4 or greater, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss/change in sense of smell or taste, unexplained muscle aches or pains, sore throat, unexplained rash, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, headache (mild to severe).

· All staff and students (grades 1-9) will be required to wear a mask whenever a social distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Students and staff should wear a mask anytime they are on their feet, moving around the classroom or building.

· K-3, K-4, and K-5 K-5 students will not be required to wear a mask. This decision will be left to the discretion of the parents/guardians of each student. All teachers and staff will be required to wear masks. ICA encourages all students to wear a mask when adequate social distancing cannot be maintained.

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· Masks can be lowered during classroom time if all students and staff are seated 6 feet apart and no persons are walking around in the classroom.

· Masks should fit snugly against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabrid, allow for breathing without restriction, and cover both the nose and mouth.

· Hallways will be marked to reflect an appropriate social distance of 6 feet.

· Increased hygiene and health precautions will be instituted with numerous hand sanitizing stations, additional cleaning throughout the day, and health and hygiene training for all staff and students.

· Large-group gatherings will be reorganized to allow for appropriate social distancing. This includes activities such as lunch, recess, chapel, art, music, etc.

· Athletics and other extracurricular activities will only occur if practical and feasible.

· In the event that a student or staff member tests positive for Covid-19, ICA will follow the contact tracing recommendations of the Health Department and health officials.

Morning Procedures

· Doors will be open for student drop-off at 7:25 each morning.

· Temperature checks will be conducted at each entrance for anyone wishing to enter the building. Students who have temperatures greater than 100.4 degrees upon arrival will be sent home.

· In order to better adhere to social distancing guidelines, students will immediately report to their respective classrooms. Masks should be used whenever a 6-foot social distance cannot be maintained.

Afternoon Procedures

· K-3, K-4, and K-5 will assemble in designated locations in the gymnasium for parent pick-up at 3:00 p.m.

· Grades 1-9 will assemble in designated locations in the gymnasium for parent pick-up at 3:15 p.m.

· This will reduce large congregations of students and allow for appropriate social distancing.

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IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FACULTY

Principal
Dr. Paul Stringer

K-3 Teacher
Ms. Lydia Sloan

K-4 Teacher / Vice-Principal
Ms. Priscilla Turpin

K-5 Teacher
Ms. Donna Garner-Hall

1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Courtney Craig

2nd-3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Emily Phillips

4th-6th Grade Teacher
Ms. Donna Anderson

7th-8th Grade Teacher
Ms. Chastity Dishman

9th Grade Teacher
Ms. Joy Fairchild

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