THE ACS WAY

 
 

PERMANENT FILE REQUIREMENTS

Every student must have up-to-date health records of immunization, a copy of his/her birth certificate, transcript (from other school), and a social security number on file by the first full day of school.  ACS will comply with the immunization requirements as indicated by the Department of Health. In particular, all students in grades 5 through 12 must have a Hepatitis B shot and their second Chicken Pox vaccine.  Please check with your child’s pediatrician before school starts to ensure that his immunizations are up to date. Please bring in or fax all records to the school office. The ACS fax number is (410) 859-8575.


ATTENDANCE POLICY

ACS will comply with the Maryland State laws regarding regular school attendance.  COMAR Section 7-301 requires that, “each child who resides in the state and is 5 years old or older and under 16 shall attend school regularly during the entire school year unless the child is otherwise receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in the studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age.”

The following absences from school are deemed to be lawful.  As such, work missed during absence for any of the reasons below may be made up and grades awarded accordingly.  Parental notes or other written documentation are required to determine lawful absences.

The administrator or school principal must authorize all lawful absences.

  • Death in the immediate family

  • Illness of the student

  • Court summons

  • Suspension

  • Other emergencies or circumstances judged and approved by the administrator or principal

  • School sanctioned family activities (requires prior written request to the principal)

  • Religious observances (requires written request to the administrator or principal)

  • School sanctioned activities

Work missed during school-sanctioned activities, family activities, or lawful absences must be made up by the student.  In the event that written permission is required for a lawful absence, the parent must agree to have the student complete the school work he or she will be missing during the approved absence.  If the work assigned is not completed, those absences can be considered unlawful. If work then must be made up, the student will be required to arrange to complete the work after the regular school day.

The make-up policy for short-term, lawful absences shall be:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher for make-up assignments for any work missed due to an absence.

  • Work satisfactorily made up within the school’s prescribed time after returning to school will receive full credit.

  • Failure to make up work missed while absent will result in a failing grade for that working period.

Except for school-sanctioned family activities, notes and documentation verifying lawful absence from school must be submitted when the student returns to school from the absence.  Failure to submit verification as required will result in the absence being considered unlawful.

An absence for any reason other than those cited as lawful is presumed to be unlawful and may constitute truancy.

Students who have excessive unlawful absences will be referred to the courts and/or other agencies for action.  Students who have been unlawfully absent may lose credit toward graduation.

Students who accumulate more than eight (8) days of absences (lawful or unlawful) per semester or sixteen (16) days per year will be required to produce an acceptable doctor’s note or other documentation for all subsequent absences.  Failure to provide an acceptable note will result in the absence being considered unlawful.

Students who have four (4) or more days of unlawful absences per term may receive a failing grade for that term.  Students who accumulate eight (8) days of unlawful absences in a semester course or sixteen (16) days of unlawful absences in a year-long course may receive a failing grade in that course.

FRIDAY CLASS ABSENCES

Many of our students’ elective classes are taught on Fridays. Classes taken on Fridays will have at attendance grade incorporated into the final grade for that class.  Students who have an unexcused absence will receive 0% in their attendance grade for that Friday’s class. Students who have excused absences for a Friday class, will be given partial credit for that day’s class.

 
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TARDINESS POLICY

Tardiness will also affect a student’s attendance record.  The following will apply to students who do not arrive to school on time:

  • Absent or late less than ninety (90) minutes = tardy.  Three tardies within one month will constitute a one-half day absence.

  • Absent or late between ninety (90) minutes and three (3) hours = one-half day absence.

Excused tardies will require written explanations.  If a student is late because of a doctor’s visit, a written excuse from the doctor is required.  Please remember that we have scheduled Friday as a half day in order to accommodate the need for doctor’s visits.

With both excused and unexcused absences or tardies, students are required to make up for any lost class time after school hours. Students who make a habit of being unlawfully absent from school, may be expelled from ACS.

THIS FORM WILL BE IN YOUR WELCOME PACKET AND MUST BE SIGNED, RETURNED, AND KEPT IN YOUR CHILD’S FILE. School begins promptly at 8:30 am.  ALL students are to report to their designated areas for Morning Roll Call and Devotions.

If a student is late more than three (3) times in a month, a late fee of $75.00 per student may be assessed to the student’s tuition. It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure their child’s timely arrival.  Tardy students are missing Morning Devotions, which as a Christian school, is our most important part of the day. If there is a traffic problem, health emergency, or other emergency, please call the office and make them aware of the situation.  Otherwise, the tardiness will not be excused.


NO BULLYING POLICY

ACS is committed to a safe, nurturing environment for all of its students.  Therefore, ACS prohibits bullying, harassment, or intimidation of any student on school property, on a school bus, at school-sponsored functions, or anywhere else when it substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.  ACS encourages students to follow the example of Christ Jesus by showing kindness in both word and action and will not tolerate wrongful actions or speech that harass, intimidate, or bully other students.

Bullying or harassment can be physical (hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, unwelcome advances, etc.), verbal (threatening, mocking, cursing, calling derogatory names), electronic (harassment by telephone, cell phone, computer or other text receiving device) or relational (spreading harmful rumors or gossip, purposeful exclusion, etc.).  “Bullying, harassment and intimidation” includes any intentional speech (written, verbal, or electronic) or action that does any of the following:

  1. Physically harms a student;

  2. Damages the student’s property;

  3. Substantially interferes with any student’s education environment; or

  4. Places a student in reasonable fear of harm to their person or property.

Any ACS student who believes they are the subject of bullying, harassment, or intimidation at school (or at school-sponsored functions) and any student (or teacher) who sees another student being bullied or harassed has a right to report such conduct to the Administration.  If a parent believes that his/her child is being bullied, harassed, or intimidated by another ACS student, they have the right to complete a Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation form, available in the school office or on the school’s website.  The school administrator or designee will investigate and complete a determination after receiving the Complaint form.  The administration will then contact the person who filled out the form (and/or their parents) to discuss the results of the investigation, as well as any decision regarding consequences or remedial actions.

ACS does not allow reprisal or retaliation against students who report acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation or who are victims, witnesses, bystanders, or others with reliable information about an act of bullying, harassment, or intimidation.

It is the intention of the ACS Administration to ensure to the best of its ability that any student with a concern is heard.  With that in mind, we will respond to any student concern by contacting all of the parents of the students involved. We shall expect that our parents will join us in monitoring their children’s behavior toward other students and ensuring that their children treat their fellow students with proper respect at all times.