Student Handbook

6256 Hwy 39 N
Meridian, MS  39305

Sponsored by the Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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Philosophy/Objectives Home and School Organization
Entrance Requirements & Admission Curriculum
Arrival & Dismissal Dress Policy
Rules & Regulations of Students and Parents Process for Problem Resolution
Medical Information Financial Information
Student Responsibility How to Help Your Child Do Well in School
  Seventh-day Adventists believe that true education and personal development cannot be separated from a knowledge of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the education system on which the church operates bases its philosophy on the Word of God.  We believe that the work of true education and the work of redemption are one.  And, so, we have as our goal developing to the highest degree possible each student's physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual capabilities.
  1. To lead each student into a personal knowledge of, and a fellowship with, Jesus Christ.
  2. To encourage individuality in our students – the ability to think and act independently.
  3. To give each student a solid foundation of knowledge to enable their success both in this life and throughout eternity.
  4. To educate in an atmosphere that promotes such Christian attributes as self-control, cheerfulness, courtesy, gratitude, respect, and reverence.
         The privilege of attendance at Community Christian School is not limited to young people of the Seventh-day Adventist faith.  Students of good character, regardless of race, color, or national origin, may be admitted by the school board upon application.
         Students possessing physical, mental, or emotional disabilities may not be admitted.  Because the school does not have the resources (e.g., personnel, facilities, equipment) to meet the needs of many disabled children, consultation among parents, teachers, and the principal must precede admittance.  Within its ability to serve, the school will cooperate with parents/other agencies to provide for the specific needs of a disabled child.
         Students who apply agree to abide by the standards of Christian education as outlined in this bulletin.
      For admission to Kindergarten, the student must be five years of age by August 15 of the current school year.
First Grade
      For admission into first grade, the student must be at least six years of age by August 15 of the current school year.
Birth Certificate
     Please submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate at the time of application.
     Students must submit a form from your doctor/health department showing a show record which includes:  four doses of DPT, four doses of Polio vaccine, and one dose of Rubella vaccine.  The immunization records should be turned in by the first day of school.
     Records will be requested from student’s previous school, including achievements tests.  The prospective student should be at appropriate grade level and have passing grades for all major subjects.
         No transfers from other in-town schools after 1st week of 2nd semester.
School Board must approve acceptance of any student who has been suspended from another school.
         Each student is provisionally accepted for the first nine weeks of school.  If necessary adjustments have not been made, the student will be asked to withdraw.  After nine weeks, the student achieves regular enrollment status unless otherwise notified.            School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.  Students in no case should arrive before 7:30 a.m.
         Students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday.  Friday dismissal is 12:00 p.m.

State law requires a full 180 days of teaching.  Regular attendance and promptness are necessary for satisfactory school work and proper student training.
Parents/guardians will assist the teachers in performing their task of teaching by supporting the following requests:
  1. Have the student at school early enough to be in his/her seat by 8:00 a.m.  After 8:00 a.m., students are considered tardy.
  2. Fifteen minutes before the opening of school is ample time for a student to be ready for the beginning of school.  Supervision will begin at that time.  If a student must arrive before that time, advance arrangements must be made.
  3. Whenever possible, arrange for dental and medical appointments outside of school hours.
  4. Whenever the student is absent, a written explanation to the teacher is required within twenty-four hours of the student’s return to school.  If no explanation is given within the allotted time, the absence will not be considered excused.
  5. Following an excused absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all work as determined by the teacher.  Students may not be allowed to make up work missed due to an unexcused absence unless satisfactory prior arrangements have been made at least one week in advance of the absence.
  6. Please take careful note of the scheduled vacation periods, holidays, and school events.  The school will be sure to notify you of any changes.
  7. Recognize that the students, at times, will be asked to participate in the care and up-keep of the school property without pay.  Students will also be asked to participate in group, or class performances at the school or SDA church.
  8. Students are to be out of the school building and off the grounds within fifteen (15) minutes of the close of the school day.
         Parents are welcome to visit classes in session when an appointment is made ahead of time with the teacher.  As a courtesy to both teachers and students, please don’t interrupt a class without appointment, except in an emergency.
Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, causing transportation to be dangerous, our school will close on the first day when the Meridian City Public Schools close.  On subsequent days, the principal and school board chairperson will make a decision as to whether to keep the school closed, open at a later time, or open as usual.  You may listen for this information on radio station WOKK (97.1FM) or on the local television station.
If the student has a medical problem that the school should be aware of, it should be noted on the application

Illness at School
When a child becomes ill at school he/she will be made comfortable, parents will be notified and required to take the child home.  Children running a fever in excess of 100 degrees before school should not be sent to school.  Children need to be free of fever twenty-four hours before returning to school.
When a child has a communicable disease, a release from the health department or physician is necessary for re-admittance to school.
Prescribed medication will be administered to the student with authorization from the parent.
Non-prescribed medications will not be administered by the school staff.  However, one day’s dosage of non-prescribed medicines such as Tylenol may be brought to the school, for administration, with parental permission.  No full bottles of non-prescribed medicines are allowed.
Accident Insurance
         A Group Accident Insurance Policy, which provides medical coverage for the students in accidents at school, is provided.

  School Property
         Students are expected to respect property of other students, staff, and personnel.  No student is to borrow or use another person’s property or enter another person’s desk or locker without permission.
         Students are expected to respect school property, including the building, furnishings, grounds, equipment, and textbooks.  Misuse, damage, or loss caused by a student is subject to fine or replacement.
         The student is responsible for his own personal property and is expected to take care of his belongings.  The school takes no responsibility for the loss or damage of personal property.
         Students are responsible for their conduct while in attendance at any school sponsored functions.  Students who are on school grounds or in attendance at any school sponsored function at any place, day or night, are subject to all regulations of the school and will be governed accordingly.
         It is prohibited for any student to sell, display for sale, provide to another for use, or to possess with intent to sell, deliver, distribute, display for sale, or provide to another for use any controlled substance or drug related object while under the jurisdiction of the school.  Any student who violates this regulation may be dismissed from school.
         It is prohibited for any student to sell, display for sale, provide to another for use, or to possess with intent to sell, deliver, distribute, display for sale, or provide to another for use any alcoholic beverage while under the jurisdiction of the school.  Possession of any type of tobacco is not allowed.
Conduct Standards
         To maintain the school’s atmosphere of learning, the following basic principles need to be understood and adhered to:
  1. Students should be encouraged to think of others first and practice the principles of Christian morals, ethics, and fair play.  Courtesy and respect should be in the forefront.  Fighting or using inappropriate language will result in suspension.
  2. The principles of healthful living as taught by the Seventh-Day Adventist church will be upheld throughout the school day.  Parents/guardians should send wholesome, balanced school lunches.  Please limit sweets and junk foods in your student’s lunch.  No caffeinated drinks, nor unclean meats (see Leviticus 11) are allowed.
  3. Students should leave their electronic equipment at home.
         Weapons of any kind are not allowed on campus.  Any student who violates this rule may be suspended or expelled.
         The purpose of the Home and School organization is to strengthen the bond between the home and school.  In strengthening this bond we also hope to increase the quality of our school program as well as strengthen the home, both are very important in a child’s life.
         One of the main goals of the Home and School organization is to encourage parent involvement in the school through many different avenues.  It has been found through research that a child’s self-esteem, academic achievement, and the quality of the school environment are increased when parents take an active part in their child’s school.  We hope this involvement will provide support to our teachers so they can provide the highest quality education that our children can obtain.  We always support parents in their ideas of how they can use their talents to add to the quality of the school’s program. 
         We enthusiastically look forward to working with ALL of our parents and want to encourage your involvement in many different ways.          The teaching of the Bible is a part of the curriculum of every grade level at our school.  We follow the basic state requirements in regard to all subjects with the integration of Bible being an added benefit of our program.

Subjects offered in grades K-8 include the following:
Bible         Reading              Physical Education
Science     Mathematics       Spelling
English      Social Studies     Handwriting Skills
Other classes which enrich our program are:
Art            Music Appreciation         Keyboarding

We strive to make every part of the curriculum Christ-centered!

Grading Scales  {Pluses (+) and Minuses (-) may be used at the teachers' discretion.}

Gr. 1-2                                           
E (100-92)    Excellent                            
S (91-78)      Satisfactory                             
N (77-0)       Needs Improvement          
Gr. 3-8 
A (100-90)                                
B (89-80)
C (79-70) 
D (69-60)
F (59-0)
         Community Christian School provides a positive Christian atmosphere for its young people.  To help preserve this atmosphere, students are asked to observe the following standards of dress:
  1. Clothes will be neat, clean, and presentable, without tears.
  2. Any sayings or pictures must be appropriate for a Christian atmosphere.
  3. All clothing should fit properly.
  4. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be modest- fingertip length.
  5. All shirts and blouses must have sleeves for students in grades 4-8.
  6. Jewelry should not be worn.
  7. Moderation should be used in makeup.
  8. Natural shades of nail polish are accepted.
  9. No hats should be worn in the building.
  10. Tennis shoes on PE days.
  11. ALL shoes need back straps.
         When a problem arises, it should be addressed in the following manner:
  1. First, parents/guardians should go to the teacher involved and share the problem with him/her.
  2. Next, if after consulting together and praying for mutual understanding there is no reconciliation, either party may contact the school board chair and/or the pastor.
  3. Major problems will be brought to the attention of the school board for action.
           The school is financed in a number of ways.  Primary support comes from moneys received from parents, guardians, and church constituents through the Church Budget Plan for members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, and tuition payments of all parents.
         Both member and non-member parents/guardians are expected to share the burden of educating their children by supporting the appropriate financial plan.  It is through this continued support that the Church is allowed to offer a quality educational program for our children.
         In addition to a registration fee (for all students), tuition is divided over a 10-month period, with payment due the 10th of each month,.  Current tuition rates and registration fees are available from the school office.

Additional Financial Information
  1. If a student leaves for any reason, the tuition will be assessed through the end of the month last attended.
  2. The school reserves the right to dismiss any student whose financial obligation remains unpaid sixty days after the due date.
  3. The first month’s tuition will be paid at registration.  The total number of equal payments to be made between August and May each year is ten.
  4. Tuition payments are due by the 10th day of each month.  A late fee of $10 will be charged after this date.
  5. No student will be enrolled who has an outstanding balance, nor will any student graduate who has an outstanding balance.  No transcript will be forwarded to another school for a student who has an outstanding balance.
  1. Ask for and show interest in completed work that your child brings home.
  2. Provide a quiet place where interruptions are minimal for doing homework.
  3. Limit the time your student spends in the following activities:  listening to the radio, CD’s, tapes, watching TV, sitting in front of a computer screen, playing video games.
  4. See that your child gets at least 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
  5. Provide your child with a nutritious breakfast every morning and send a nutritious school lunch each day.
  6. Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the school and teachers before your children at all times.
  7. Model Christian principles in both conduct and dress for your child.

Any changes in the school regulations, policies, and provisions announced by the school board bear the same force as though published in this handbook

Please join us in providing a solid Christian education for each child.

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