It is our responsibility to provide a safe and orderly environment where children can learn academically, emotionally and spiritually. A well-disciplined classroom creates the best environment for learning. Since we are responsible as a school to God and to parents, these guidelines have been set to give order to the school and to the lives of the student.
All students are expected to display Christ-like behavior in the following ways:
- Respect those in authority over you by being obedient and respectful.
- Show kindness and compassion to one another.
- Be sensitive to other people’s feelings in the things you say and do.
- Respect self and others, other people’s belongings, the school building and property.
- The school uniform must be worn neatly and appropriately in accordance with the Dress Code Policy.
- Remain quiet while instruction is being given.
- Give your best effort at your schoolwork by completing assignments and homework on time.
- Gum chewing is prohibited during school hours and school activities.
- Students are not permitted to have inappropriate conversations and make suggestive comments whether in person, with notes, or on the internet.
CHURCH and SCHOOL BUILDING
- Students are to remain in the school area of the building. All other areas are off limits to students.
- At times, church members use the building during school hours. Students are to be courteous and respectful to all people they encounter in the hallways or on school grounds.
- Students must walk at all times inside the building.
- Students must enter the school building quietly and remain quiet in the hallways.
- Students must keep hands and feet off the walls.
- The phone in the hallway and kitchen are off limits.
- Radios, i-pods, mp3, cell phones, texting devices and video games are to be left at home.
- Playing cards are discouraged on school property.
- Toys are to be left at home unless requested by the teacher.
- During recess, permission must be obtained to re-enter the school building before the end of recess.
- Desks are to be kept clean.
- Do not keep anything of value in desks.
- Students may leave the classroom only after receiving permission from the teacher. They are to go directly to their destination and return directly. Do not loiter in the hallways.
- Writing on or defacing desks or equipment will not be tolerated.
- Paper on the floor should be picked up and disposed of properly.
- Hats and coats are not to be worn in classrooms.
LUNCH AREA STANDARDS
While in the lunch area all students should:
- Talk in low voices and only to immediate neighbors.
- Not throw food, papers, or other objects.
- Always clean up their lunch trash after eating.
- Sit at assigned tables until excused.
- Walk to the playground after being dismissed.
For the safety of the students as well as his/her peers, all children on the playground will be expected to adhere to the following rules:
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Use equipment safely at all times.
- Use good sportsmanship and obey game rules.
- Do not bounce balls against buildings, in rooms, or in hallways.
- Return all equipment before lining up after recess.
- Be under control. No running in hallways. Watch for others when running on the playground.
All students are expected to:
- Keep restrooms clean and quiet.
- Never play in the restrooms.
- Paper towels and toilet paper should be used sparingly and properly disposed.
- Bathrooms must be left clean.
- Leave playground equipment outside when entering restrooms.
- Put paper towels and other trash in trash cans.
- Go directly to and from the restrooms when dismissed from class.
- Respect other’s privacy.
- Wash hands.
STUDENT CONDUCT OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL
Whenever on field trips or other school activities, students are expected to be on their best behavior as they represent our school and the Lord. The students are expected to dress according to the dress code unless otherwise instructed by the classroom teacher. Misbehavior, disrespect, or wandering off from the group are serious offenses and will be handled appropriately by the classroom teacher. Serious misbehavior will be reported to the administration for further action when the class/group returns to school.
- Disrespect, disobedience or insubordination exhibited to teachers or staff
- Destroying or defacing school property including textbooks, (parents are expected to pay for repairs or replacement of property damaged by their children)
- Hurtful arguing and conflict (both verbal and physical aggression)
- Leaving the school grounds without permission
- Lying or incomplete truth
- Swearing or unclean language
- Chewing gum
- Horseplay in the school building or on field trips
- Handling other students’ property or taking personal property without permission
- Smoking and/or possession of tobacco
- Possession of any drug not prescribed for the student by a physician
- General disturbances such as talking out in class without permission, interrupting the class, writing notes, throwing objects indoors, or running or shouting in any building.
- Skipping any class, including electives, or detention.
- Misuse of the school’s information technology, i.e. computers, internet access, as outlined in the Computer Use Policy
- Any other conduct which directly opposes the school’s Statement of Faith, Philosophy andMissionas determined by a teacher, a staff member and the administrator.
STEPS to DISCIPLINE…
Students will be disciplined in a spirit of love and concern, and will include counseling and prayer as appropriate. Discipline will be administered as personally and discretely as possible. Depending upon the severity of the disciplinary action, parents will be informed by a note and/or phone call.
All teachers will take responsibility for discipline in their classrooms with the support of the administrator and in consultation with parents. If it is determined that a student is not responding to the teaching and discipline of the school staff, the following steps may be taken (depending on situation, order of discipline may vary):
STEP 1: The teacher deals with the infraction in an appropriate manner. This might include a warning, time-out, removal of privileges, assigning of extra tasks, a detention, or other disciplinary actions worked out between the teacher and student. Parents will be notified depending upon the severity of the infraction.
STEP 2: The student is sent to the school office. A conference with the administrator will occur. If the circumstances warrant, a detention will be given and the student discipline report will be recorded. Parents will be notified.
STEP 3: When a student continues to be sent to the administrator, a conference with the parents, teacher, the student, and administrator will be scheduled.
Note: Depending upon severity, some may be expulsion offenses.
- Possession of weapons
- Use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or controlled substances at school or at school functions
- Destruction of school property
- Inappropriate expression of anger or defiance to a staff member
- Leaving school grounds without permission from a staff member
- Continual disrespect for authority
A student will not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored extracurricular activities for the duration of the suspension. The student’s parents will be immediately informed in writing of the grounds of the suspension, the duration, and the type (In School or Out of School). A discipline report will be signed by the parent and the suspensions will take place the following day.
Under no circumstances will corporal punishment be given to any student at PHCA.
In-School Suspension: Student is removed from classroom and placed in a separate room and given assignments to do under the supervision of the Administrator or designated staff member.
Removal From School: Student is suspended from school and may not be on PHCA property for the entire period of suspension. Zeros (0) are given for every subject for each day of suspension.
It is our desire to work with each student in helping them to come to maturity in Christ. However, we can only help students who have the proper attitude. We cannot help students who maintain a rebellious attitude.
The type and length of the suspension is the Administrator’s decision. The third suspension for the same offense will result in expulsion.
A student may be expelled from PHCA at any time he/she is found to be out of harmony with the rules and policies of PHCA. The Administrator makes decisions concerning expulsion, after consultation with the student, parents, and Board of Directors.
Students expelled for other reasons will not be eligible for re-admission until at least one year’s absence from the date of expulsion.
ANY student found with tobacco of any kind, drug substances, guns or weapons of any type, or alcoholic beverages upon his/her person or in use on PHCA grounds WILL BE REMOVED FROM CONTACT WITH STUDENTS AND WILL BE SUBJECT FOR EXPULSION FROM PHCA.
Whenever a student’s grades are BELOW C- in two or more of the core subjects (math, language, spelling, reading, science, history) a conference is to be scheduled with the student, student’s parents and teacher.
Courses of action:
Unrecorded 30-day probationary period – Phase 1
If the student is having minor difficulty (student is doing the work/homework but having difficulty catching on to the process) outside tutoring will be suggested and “help classes” should be provided by the teacher. After 30 days another evaluation will be made by the teacher.
Recorded 30-day probationary period – Phase 2
If there is no improvement the student will be placed on another 30-day probationary period. This time the student and parents will be notified IN WRITING that improvement to a passing grade must be accomplished within this 30-day period or the student could face academic expulsion.
NOTE: If a student is not doing his class work and/or homework assignments and is failing the core subjects, Phase 1 above can be skipped and written notification (Phase 2) will be enforced.