The student attending a private school is enjoying a privilege, not a right, to the type of education a Christian school provides. This privilege stops when a student’s attitude of behavior in the school becomes disruptive or uncooperative. The purpose of Community Christian School is to train young people not only in academic subjects but also in Christian principles of conduct. With this purpose in mind, the school has established guidelines that promote spiritual growth, harmonious personal relationships, safety of the students, and a smooth operating program. By the act of applying for admission and attending Community Christian School, students pledge to observe willingly all printed and announced regulations and to uphold the Christian principles upon which the school is operated. Additional rules, guidelines, or regulations may be adopted by the school and announced to the students during the course of the school year. If an infraction takes place, the staff member has the right to discipline the child.
The following is a non-inclusive list of behaviors which may result in disciplinary action:
1. Defiance or insubordination of school personnel’s authority
3. Disorderly conduct: conduct which is disruptive to the educational process of the school
4. Obscene or inappropriate behavior: including habitual profanity, vulgarity, possessing obscene literature or material
5. Vandalism, destruction, or defacement of property, or attempts thereof, including materials belonging to the school, personnel, students, or others
7. Disrespect of classmates, staff, volunteers, or personnel
8. Dishonesty including forgery, plagiarism or cheating
9. Sexual conduct, harassment, or abuse: including any unwanted or offensive conduct such as suggestive remarks, gestures, jokes, symbols, pictures, publications, remarks of a sexual nature about an individual’s anatomy, and other inappropriate conduct
10. Inflicting physical harm on another intentionally
11. Verbal abuse of others
12. The use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drug of any kind, or the intentional abuse of over-the-counter drugs
13. Illegal activities or conduct
15. Weapons of any kind, ammunition, and fireworks
These regulations apply to students before, during, and after school hours, at all school events, and all field trips. A student may also receive disciplinary action or dismissal for unacceptable behavior during personal evenings or weekends, if the school feels such behavior is greatly in conflict with the ideals of the school, or if such behavior interferes with the over-all education of the student body. School visitors are also expected to follow these regulations. Community Christian School faculty members reserve the right to search student desks, cubbies, notebooks, and backpacks, etc., while remaining in compliance of state laws and regulations.
For more serious infractions, or for continued disruptive behavior, suspension or expulsion may occur. The school reserves complete discretion in making disciplinary decisions. If a student’s progress or conduct is unsatisfactory, his/her spirit is manifestly out of harmony with the standards of the school, or his/her influence is found to be detrimental, he/she may be asked to withdraw at any time even though there may have been no specific violation of any particular regulation. Continual misbehavior will be considered defiant behavior.
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm.
Bullying Behaviors may include but are not limited to:
Physical: Hitting, kicking, pushing, damaging property.
Verbal: Name calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racists remarks, threatening,
Social: Spreading rumors, negative facial/physical gestures, playing nasty jokes.
Cyber: Hurtful texts, posts/mail, gossip, rumors.
SUSPENSION AND DISMISSAL
Any teacher may temporarily suspend a student from class, but only the principal may temporarily suspend a student from school.
Suspensions can last up to five days. A student may be suspended for repeated offenses where other procedures have not been effective.
The school board is the ultimate authority in extended suspensions or dismissals upon recommendation from the principal.
In the case of suspension or dismissal, parents must pickup their child within thirty minutes of notification.
Suspension works effectively in that it gives the student time alone to realize the seriousness of his/her actions and how those actions affect him/her. It also gives the parents the opportunity to discuss the seriousness of the situation and ways of dealing with life in a more positive manner.
Both in-school and out-of-school suspensions are used at Community Christian School. The type of suspension will be determined by the staff. Parents will be notified as soon as possible after the decision has been made.
If a child is suspended a second time within the school year, or if the staff feels the offense was serious enough, the student will be suspended until a special school board meeting can be called.
At that meeting, the school board may meet with the child and his/her parents or guardians to decide whether the committee feels the school can be a growing, positive help for the student and that the student is not being a detriment to other students.
After the meeting, the student may be allowed back into the school or may be asked to leave the school.
COMPUTER/INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE
Users recognize that the use of computer and internet facilities at Community Christian School is a privilege, and not a right, and agree to abide by the CCS principles and this understanding. Specifically, users agree to the following:
1. Users will use computers for learning and not for entertainment.
2. Users will create, send, store, or display only appropriate mail, messages, documents, and graphics on CCS computers.
3. Users will not download or install software without teacher permission.
4. Food and drink are not allowed near computers.
5. Users will conduct themselves as though their actions are being viewed by God and teachers.
6. Users will take good care of the computers and the facility, and be respectfully quiet so other students and teachers can work without being disturbed.
7. Users will respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.
8. Users will avoid introducing viruses onto the network
9. Users will not erase the evidence of their internet use.
10. Users shall behave as responsible internet citizens, displaying proper etiquette and Christian attitudes in all encounters.
11. Users will not hold the teacher, CCS, or Gulf States Conference liable for any materials retrieved from the internet. The school will make every effort to reduce the possibility of exposure to unacceptable material through supervision and a filtering system.
Users who choose to break this agreement may lose their access for a time, or permanently, and/or experience other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate.