Duluth Adventist Christian School
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Duluth Adventist Christian School Handbook 2013-2014

 
 
 
Admissions
Pre-Admission Checklist
Entrance Requirements for Primary Grades
ESL Students Acceptance Policy 
I-20 Students
Special Needs
Financial Assistance
Payment
School Hours
Arrival Procedures & Tardies
Absences & Truancy
Dismissal Procedures
Before and After School Care
Conflict Resolution Protocol
List of Parental Involvement Activities
Donations
Inclement Weather
Disasters & School Emergencies
Safety Drills
Curriculum
Assessment
Grading Policy
Deficiency Reports
Homework Policy
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About Duluth Adventist Christian School
 
Duluth Adventist Christian School is a K - 8th grade school accredited by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Inc.  DACS is a charter member of the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council (GAPSAC) and is approved by the State of Georgia.
 
On April 30, 2011 our school received the Adventist EDGE School of Excellence Award from the Southern Union Conference.  The Adventist EDGE School of Excellence Award recognizes schools that meet specific criteria established by the Southern Union Conference for ongoing and comprehensive school improvement.
 
This handbook outlines Duluth Adventist Christian School’s policies, programs, regulations, and requirements.  The information included is, at the time of publication, an accurate presentation of the existing policies.  However, the school board and administration reserve the right to update policies and/or requirements during the course of the school year without prior notice.
 
 
— A part of the Seventh-day Adventist Educational System —

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Principal’s Message

“To God be the glory. Great things He has done!” God has blessed us with a wonderful school. Duluth Adventist Christian School (DACS) has been on this property for over 40 years.  Although we have grown and changed, God continues to have amazing plans for our school, and I am proud to be a part of it.
 
Our school resembles that of a flower bed; we have a wonderful array of beautiful children.  They are moving onward and upward. With God as our guide, there is no other direction for us to go.
 
This year, our theme is “The Head, Not the Tail.”  We are becoming what God intended us to be, and we are very excited. 
It is my pleasure this year to welcome our new teachers to DACS. I know that they are going to add vitality, energy, and rigor to our school.
 
I am indeed proud of our school, and I invite all of our parents, partners, and friends to share in our excitement as we endeavor to reach for the mark which God has set before us.
 
In His Service,
Mrs. Loi Green
Principal of Duluth Adventist Christian School
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Our Mission
“…and all thy children shall be taught of the Lord. 
And great shall be the peace of thy children.”

Isaiah 54:13

 
"Storytime" by Nathan Greene
The MISSION of Duluth Adventist Christian School is to be SENT by God to:
Show children Jesus,
Empower them to serve,
Nurture their love for Him and others, &
Teach them to think.
 
Purpose
Duluth Adventist Christian School provides an educational environment in which students can learn to love and trust Jesus Christ.  In an atmosphere of academic excellence, Christian ideals and values are taught.  Students are encouraged to live healthy and productive lives in service to God, family, and their community.
 
Philosophy
We believe each student has unlimited potential and that it is our responsibility, in partnership with the parents, to enhance the development of the whole child.  Inspiring them to excel in all areas of personal growth and instilling within them a desire to serve the Lord with their whole life.
 
Objectives
·   Lead students to a personal relationship with Jesus.
·   Promote spiritual and moral development.
·   Provide a stimulating learning environment.·   Maintain high academic expectations.
·   Appreciate individual differences.
·   Present the Bible as the Word of God.
·   Work cooperatively with others.
·   Teach responsibilities of good citizenship.
·   Strive for our personal best in everything.
·   Develop good work habits.
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Fundamental Beliefs
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness
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 2 Timothy 3:16
Seventh-day Adventists believe . . . "Light of the World" by Nathan Greene
Jesus Christ can be found throughout the entire Word of God. (John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God and our personal Savior from sin. (John 1:1-3, Heb. 7:25)
Jesus Christ offers, by reason of His death, the free gift of His righteousness to all who accept Him by faith. (Romans 4:3-5)
Jesus Christ is coming back very soon.  His coming will be visible and for all the purpose of raising the dead, giving the righteous immortality and fulfilling His promise of an eternal home.
(1 Thess. 4:16, 17, Cor. 15:52)
Jesus Christ is the source of a new birth experience through the power of the Holy Spirit.
(John 3:3-5)
Jesus Christ is the creator of the world and established the 7th day Sabbath for His people to remember as a memorial of His creative power. (Heb 1:1, 2, Ex. 20:8-11)
Jesus Christ is our example that the ten-commandment’s law is a reflection of God’s perfect character and, through living obedience, can be our pattern for a successful, vibrant life.
(John 15:10, James 2:8-12)
Jesus Christ, in both the Old and New Testaments, outlined the free giving of tithes and offerings as a means of supporting the work of the church. (Mal. 3:10, Matt. 23:23)
Jesus Christ, through his baptism, gave us an example of how His death and resurrection can apply to all mankind. (Mark 1:9, Rom. 6:3-5)
Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, makes our body His temple and expects sound principles of healthful living to be followed. (1 Cor. 3:16, 17)
Jesus Christ will make certain that His church has all the gifts of the Spirit for the unity of the faith and the perfection of the saints. (Eph. 4:8-11, 1 Cor. 12)
Jesus Christ expects the principles of modesty and deportment to be recognized in His children. (1 Tim. 2:9, 10)
Jesus Christ is now active as our heavenly Priest and His last message for all mankind is that “the hour for God’s judgment is come.” (Rev. 14:6-12, Heb. 8:1-6)
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Admissions Policy
But Jesus said, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me:
for of such is the kingdom of heaven
.’”

Matthew 19:14
Click for DACS Application

Admission

Duluth Adventist Christian School was established in 1967 to provide a Christian education in accordance with the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  It operates primarily for the families of the Duluth Seventh-day Adventist Church.  However, any student who wishes to obtain a Christ-centered education is welcome to apply to DACS.  All students are expected to abide by the guidelines as outlined in the school handbook.
 
DACS makes no discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in regard to educational policies, admission, or any school activities.
 
All new students are admitted to DACS on a 30 day probationary period.
 
Pre-Admission Checklist
Completed Application Form
Completed Financial Contract
Current Immunization Record
Current Health Record (ear, eye, dental)
Copy of Birth Certificate
Current Report Card
Disciplinary Records
WRAT-4 Pre-Approval Testing
 
Entrance Requirements for Primary Grades
Kindergarten - Applicant must be at least five (5) years of age by September 1st
1st Grade - Applicant must be a least six (6) years of age by September 1st or be transferring in from another accredited school.
 
ESL Student Acceptance Policy
ESL (English as a Second Language) students, with weak English skills, are accepted with the understanding that Duluth Adventist Christian School reserves the right to require the parents/guardians to withdraw their child for any of the following reasons:   
 
  • The student is unable to master his/her class work.
  • The student is not progressing in English proficiency.
  • The student is a distraction to his/her class.
  • The student is not able to adjust to the culture of DACS.
  • The student refuses to receive tutoring.
 
Duluth Adventist Christian School will do all that it can to help ESL students succeed.  English tutoring is mandatory for all ESL students unless testing shows they are proficient.                                                     
 
I-20 Students
International students need to pay all school fees and tuition in full before DACS will issue an I-20. All fees and tuition are non-refundable.  The only exception is if the I-20 is denied by the United States Embassy or the student’s country for any reason.  Only under these circumstances will all fees and tuition will be reimbursed, with the exception of the Application Fee.  English tutoring is mandatory (minimum 2 hours per week).
 
Special Needs
DACS recognizes that each student has individual learning styles and needs.  The staff is dedicated to meet these needs to the best of their ability.  However, at this time, DACS is unable to provide the educational support necessary for students with learning or behavioral challenges.
 
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Finance
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’
or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6:31-33
 
Duluth Adventist Christian School (DACS) is a non-profit organization established to provide Christian education to the members of the Duluth Seventh-Day Adventist Church. DACS accepts many other students who seek a Christian education.
 
Click to See DACS Tuition and Fees/Financial Assistance Information

Financial Assistance

The Duluth Seventh-day Adventist Church subsidizes our school; therefore parents who are members of the Duluth SDA Church may apply for a discounted tuition rate.  The Duluth Church also has a Worthy Student Assistance program for Duluth members.  Applications for both programs are available in the school office.  Applications must be submitted to the church Financial Assistance committee for approval.  The chairperson of this committee will notify the applicant of its decision regarding tuition assistance.  The Duluth SDA church has a limited assistance fund.  Parents are encouraged to petition their home church for tuition assistance. Please contact the Principal or Treasurer for more options to help you meet your financial obligation.

Click HERE to apply for Financial Aid.  Applying for financial aid does NOT guarantee that you will receive it.

Payment
In order to meet the monthly operating expenses of the school, DACS depends on timely payment of all charges and requires parents to sign a Financial Contract at the time of registration.  A non-refundable application fee, registration fee, classroom technology fee, FACTS Management fee, and first month’s tuition are due at registration.  Early payment is encouraged to expedite the registration process.  Those paying the full year’s tuition will receive a 5% discount.  All tuition payments are processed through FACTS Tuition Management Program via automatic withdrawal (ACH) through a bank account or credit card.  Hot Lunch, Before/After School Care, and other charges will be billed through RenWeb (our school data base).  Monthly statements can be viewed on-line through your RenWeb account.  If you are having difficulty making any payments, it is your responsibility to contact the School Principal or Treasurer.  If you fail to do this and the student account(s) becomes  30 days overdue, then your child may be suspended from DACS until proper arrangements have been made for his/her account. 
 
DACS will take whatever action the school Finance Committee deems appropriate if accounts fall more than 30 days behind.  You are responsible for the full year’s tuition.

A fee of one month’s tuition will be assessed for early withdrawal. Your child’s grades and transcripts will be withheld until the account is brought current. Students are not permitted to pre-register or enroll until all outstanding accounts have been paid.
 
Any modifications to the above, is subject to approval by the School Finance Committee.  All requests need to be made to that Committee through the Principal or Treasurer.



FACTS
 Financial Management - Please click on the logo to the left to set up your account with FACTS!  If you are a parent of our school, this is required!  This is for tuition only!  Your student financial account will be managed through this service.  All other information including hot lunch and BASC can be viewed through your Renweb account.

Helpful instructions on filling out the FACTS forms.  
 

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Attendance, Arrival & Dismissal

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9
School Hours
                8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.        Monday thru Thursday
                8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.        Fridays
                                                                    
In order for children to benefit from the education at DACS, it is imperative that each student is at school on time each day. The state of Georgia mandates that each child between the ages of 6 and 16 be enrolled in a private school, public school or home schooled. A student with more than five unexcused absences during the school year is considered truant and is subject to being reported to the state for further actions.
 
The attendance protocol at DACS is such that:

Arrival Procedures & Tardies
  •  Students are not to be brought to school before 8:00 a.m. unless enrolled in the Before School Care Program.
  •  Students are considered tardy arriving after 8:30 a.m.
  •  Students are to go directly to the school gym where supervision is provided from 8:00-8:30 a.m. at no charge until teacher worship is over.
  •  Students who lag behind or waste time in the restroom so that they are more than 10 minutes late for class will be marked as tardy. The school will send a communication to the parents or guardian explaining the issue.
  •  Students with more than three tardies in a semester will not be considered for perfect attendance.
  •  A fee of $50 will be assessed on the date of the 9th tardy; students will not be able to attend classes until arrangements have been made for payment.
 Absences & Truancy
  •  Excused tardies and absences are those that are out of the parents control such as: sickness, death in the family, road closing, inclement weather, power outage, etc.  A written note or contact with the teacher from the parent explaining the absence is required within one school day.  Students will be given one school day for each day missed to make up assignments.
  •  Parent will complete an extended leave form if student must be out for five consecutive days or more.
  •  Military visitations prior to deployment shall be considered an excused absence.
  •  Students with more than five unexcused absences may be reported to the state for truancy.
  •  School days missed due to out of school suspension shall not count as unexcused days for the purpose of determining truancy.
  •  Students out on short term suspension may be allowed to make up missed assignments or test within one week after they return to school.
  •  DACS will notify the parent, guardian or other person who has control or charge of the student when such student has five unexcused absences.
  • After two reasonable attempts to notify the parent, guardian, or person who has control of charge of the a child of five unexcused absences without response, the school shall send a  notice to such parent, guardian , or person in charge or control of a student by certified mail, return receipt requested. The letter will include a copy of Georgia’s Compulsory Attendance Law. (O.C.G.A. 20-20690.1)
  •  The teachers will have discretion as to whether or not student’s work may be made up in the event on an unexcused absence.
  •  In order for a student to be considered present the student must be at school for at least half of the day. At DACS that is from 8:30-11:00.
  •  Students may not leave the school campus during the school day. Punishment will range from verbal reprimand to suspension for first time offenders. Punishment for repeated offenders may lead to expulsion.
Dismissal Procedures
  •  At 3:30 p.m., any student who has not been picked up will be taken directly to the After School Care Program and the drop-in charge will be applied per child.
  •  Students are not allowed to wait in the lobby for parents to arrive and teachers are not permitted to watch children in the classrooms after 3:30 p.m.
  •  Parents are welcome to park in designated areas and walk in to pick up their child during dismissal time.  Please use left hand lane if you wish to park and walk in to pick up your child.  Students must be checked-out by the teacher from the gym before parents can take them.
  •  Use right lane for drive-thru pick-up.  It is very important that the drive-thru remain clear of parked cars so traffic can flow easily, but carefully, through that area.  Drivers are asked to pay close attention to children moving about the waiting vehicles.
  •  You will be provided a sign with your child’s name on it to be placed on the rearview mirror during dismissal.  Please use these each day to help the car line to flow more smoothly.
Before & After School Care
For the convenience of our working parents, DACS operates a Before and After School Care Program.  If you need to make use of this service, please contact the school office for an application form and fee schedule. 
 
All parents must complete application in the event of unplanned use of the service. Please respect the time of the individuals staying with your child as they also have personal responsibilities to fulfill after school. After three late pick-ups from After Care, students may be suspended from After Care for at least one month.
 
Before School Care
7:00-8:00 a.m. Mon.-Fri.
 
After School Care                                             
          3:30-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.
          2:30-5:30 p.m. Fridays
          12:15-3:30 p.m. noon dismissal days
 
After 6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, there will be a late fee of $1.00 per minute per child.
 
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Student Responsibility
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow His precepts have good understanding
.”

Psalms 111:10

 
DACS offers a safe and pleasant learning environment for students in grades K through 8th.  It is the responsibility of each student to show respect to all staff members and to each student in our school.  We are a school family and we will work closely together to make this a great school year. 
 
Students who attend DACS agree to:
  • Show respect for God.  I will be reverent in worship and keep my words pure and refined at all times.
  • Show respect for all of God’s Children – this includes all teachers, staff members, parents, visitors and classmates.
  • Show respect for school property and equipment.  This includes keeping my classroom neat and tidy and doing my part to keep our school building and grounds looking good!  Textbooks and school equipment must be handled with care.  (Students will be asked to replace lost or defaced textbooks and pay for any property damage.)
  • Exhibiting orderly conduct in class.
  • Follow instructions quickly and quietly.
  • Following school rules.
  • Walking in the halls quietly.
  • Using proper manners during lunch.
  • Keep my attitude cheerful and positive.
  • Completing all assignments.
  • Wearing the uniform daily.
  • Keep my hands, feet and all other objects to myself.
  • Recognize and respect other’s personal space.
  • Practice Christian principles by being truthful and honest in all things, looking for the best in others, being kind and courteous, playing fairly, and looking out for the safety of all who attend our school.
  • Recognize that dating between students on this campus is considered inappropriate at this time.  Make lots of friends.
  • Choose music, reading and viewing material that will help you develop a Christ-like spirit.
  • Do not bring CD players, MP3 players, DVD players, Gaming systems, PSP’s, and any other items which might be inappropriate for a Christian School or might distract you from the purpose for which you attend school.  (Items of this nature will be immediately confiscated and may become the property of the school.)  Cell phones must be in the “OFF” position during school hours.  It is best if they are left in student lockers during the day so that they cannot get lost or broken.
  • Develop a healthy body by avoiding harmful substances and practice the guidelines to good health.
  • Accept Responsibility for one’s behavior.
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For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 
It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions,
and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives
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Titus 2:11, 12
 
The parent and teacher must work together as a team, applauding the child’s success and strengthening his/her weakness.  The parent can show support in the following ways:
  • Uphold the standards of the school as set forth in this student handbook.
  • Be sure that your child arrives to school in complete uniform.
  • Develop a working cooperative relationship with the teacher.                                
  • Speak in a positive manner regarding school events, staff members, etc.  (Questions should be brought to the attention of the teacher/principal in private.)
  • Respect the teacher’s teaching time. Make appointments for conferences. Please, no calls after 9:00 p.m.
  • Support Home and School Events.
  • Utilize the DACS Agenda Planner
  • Help your child plan ahead; turn assignments in on time, return books and supplies back to school,  turn monies for special fundraisers in by due date.
  • READ the Monthly Newsletter and classroom letters that are sent home from your child’s teacher.
  • PLEASE VOLUNTEER!  We love having active and involved parents.
  • Pray for our students and staff daily!
Conflict Resolution Protocol
Matthew 18:15-17
Occasionally parents may not agree with how a particular situation with a child was handled, or may have a question regarding some aspect of the educational process.  In this case, the parent is asked to:
  1. First discuss the matter with the teacher involved.
  2. If the matter is unresolved, meet with the teacher and principal.
  3. If assistance is needed, contact the School Board Chairman and present a written statement.  (Individual School Board members should never be contacted regarding a conflict or personal problem.)
  4. If the involved parties are still unable to resolve the issue, the Superintendent of Education may be contacted.
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Parental Involvement Program

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,
just as you are doing.”

I Thessalonians 5:11

 
To promote cooperation between parents and teachers in the educational process, our parents and teachers should work together as a team, applauding the child’s success and strengthening his/her weakness.  One of the ways our parents can show support is by volunteering.  Please be advised that in order for any volunteer to work with students without teacher presence, he/she must have a full background check for the safety of our children.
  • DACS asks each family represented to choose either to
    • Volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per quarter  OR
    • Opt out of volunteer work by paying a quarterly $25 fee to their school account. 
  • Volunteer family members shall consist of:  parents, guardians or siblings who do not attend DACS.
  • A volunteer log book will be available in the school office for each family to document their volunteer time toward the minimum 2 hr/quarter goal.  (Reference school calendar for quarter end dates).
  • In order for the volunteer process to run as smoothly as possible, any volunteer activity that involves direct classroom interaction has to be coordinated with the teacher and/or room parent, or it will need to go through the Home and School Leader.
Here is a list of some suggested volunteer activities:
1.       Helping with field trips                                           
2.       Fund Raising                                                            
3.       Chapel Presentation                                               
4.       Donate food/supplies                                             
5.       Read to students
6.       Volunteer at special events
7.       Assist teachers
8.       Assisting your child in working on their semester projects.
9.       Classroom demonstrations                   
10.    Providing first hand career information
11.    Arts and Crafts                                   

Donations
Duluth Adventist Christian School is a non-profit organization. You can support it in many ways including tuition sponsorship, cash donations, donating classroom supplies, yearbook sponsorship and volunteering your time and expertise.  All donations that qualify for tax purposes will be receipted with a letter.  You can contact your child’s teacher, Principal or Home and School Leader for more details on how you can make a difference.
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Emergency Information
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10
Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, parents will be notified via our One Call Now calling program.  DACS will generally follow Gwinnett County School Closure for the first day.  Also, viewers of TV Channel 11 can check to see if DACS is closed. Please use good judgment regarding the travel conditions in your particular neighborhood.  If in question, stay at home!
 
Disasters & School Emergencies
In the event of a school emergency, parents will be notified via our One Call Now calling program.  In the event of a disaster, stay calm, remember that staff members have planned in advance for the safety of your child.  We will do our best to protect your child and notify you of any emergency as soon as possible.
 
Medical Emergencies
In the case of injury or medical emergency for your child, the staff will administer first aid and you will be called immediately.  In a rare incident of serious injury, 911 will be called and your child will be taken to the nearest medical facility.  Staff is trained in CPR and first aid.

Safety Drills
FIRE DRILLS are performed monthly (with exception to severe weather weeks in Nov. and Feb.) at DACS in accordance with Georgia state law. After alarm sounds, students are required to line up in an orderly fashion and quickly and quietly exit the building to a safe, designated area.

TORNADO DRILLS are practiced during the first week in February. DACS participates in the state wide tornado drills that are held on February 3rd. After alarm sounds, students line up quietly and are escorted out into the halls by their teacher. Students will then face the wall in a crouched position with their hands over their head.

INTRUDER ALERTS are performed twice a year at DACS. In case of an unwanted intruder, teachers have been advised beforehand of a secret code that will be used to discreetly assure all students are accounted for. The teacher will lock their door and wait for the secret code to let them know that the building is all clear.
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Dress Code & Uniform Policy

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself,
for God bought you with a high price. 
So you must honor God with your body.”

I Corinthians 6:19-20

 
DACS has adopted a standard uniform which provides a selection of colors and styles for the students to choose from.  Parents are asked to be sure that their child’s dress is in compliance with the school approved uniforms. For your convenience, all uniforms may be purchased at Buckhead Uniforms.  Their catalog, which is available at the school office, lists the uniform options for your child and provides a phone number, store hours and other services that are available.  
 
Click below for our Uniform Requirement List
Buckhead Uniform Requirement LIst 2012-2013 
 
The approved school uniform is to be worn at all school functions unless otherwise indicated.  Exceptions may include social events, performances or an occasional “non-uniform day.”  Please assist the teaching staff by being sure that your child leaves home and arrives at school in complete uniform.  Failure to comply with the dress code will result in disciplinary action.
  • Infraction notices will be sent home with student, and should be signed and returned by parent or guardian
  • If student receives three infractions for breaking the uniform policy, student will not be allowed back to class until parent or guardian brings the appropriate attire; student will be considered absent until he or she is properly dressed
In order to support our philosophy of simplicity, modesty, health and safety, the following guidelines are provided:

Pants
  • Khaki or navy blue uniform pants (Dockers are acceptable)
  • Shorts must go to the knees for boys and girls (be sure they are uniform shorts)
Uniform Shirts
  • Red, navy blue, light blue or white polo shirts with school logo (girls and boys)
  • Buckhead Uniform’s collared dress shirt in white or blue may be worn by boys
  • Students may wear white undershirts under their shirts or a shirt that matches outer shirt exactly, during the colder months. No other layered shirts.
  • Consider purchasing long sleeve uniform shirts for the colder months
  • When washing white shirts in bleach please note that the logo will turn to pink and will no longer be allowed as a uniform shirt.
  • Shirt tails should be tucked in at all times; this includes PE Uniforms when not actively playing
Skorts or Skirts
  • Should be knee length or touches the floor while kneeling                                         
Shoes
  • Solid black, uniform blue or brown (scoff free if possible)
  • Sneakers may be worn during the school day but they should solid white or black
  • No knee high sneakers allowed
  • No flip flops or open toe shoes
  • Girl’s shoe heels should not exceed 1in. in height
  • No boots are allowed unless going out on a cold day during recess
  • Sneakers with laces should be tied, not tucked in the sneaker
  • Sneakers should be worn during PE as part of the PE uniform
Belts
  • Leather black, navy blue, or brown worn at all times for grades 3 to 8.
  • If pants have loops there should be a belt (this applies to girls and boys)
Sweaters
  • The classroom temperatures vary throughout the year. Because of this, students are strongly urged to wear a Buckhead Uniform sweater blue or red with school logo.
  • “Hoodies” with the school’s name or logo are permissible
  • No other types of sweaters or jackets will be allowed in the classroom or in the halls.
  • Student’s names must be written in jackets and sweaters. 
Socks
  • Only white, blue, or tan socks may be worn at school.
  • Socks should go to the ankles or to the knee, but not above
  • Girls may wear navy blue or white full tights (no Capri tights)
Kindergarten -5th Grade
  • May wear jumpers with  white or light blue collared Peter Pan shirts, tights, or socks
PE Uniform
  • Please consult your child’s classroom teacher as PE Uniforms are required at their discretion.
Spirit Wear
  • To be worn on Fridays only.
  • Uniform pants or skirts and t- shirt with schools name ( there are a variety of these)
Field Trip Uniform
  • Red polo and blue uniform bottoms with uniform shoes.
Non-Uniform Days
  • When a non-uniform day is declared, the general guidelines will still be in effect, but in place of the school uniform, other attire will be permitted.  Students should note that all garments should be modest and fit comfortably.
  • Jeans, slacks or walking shorts may be worn.
  • Dress or skirt length should be to the knee.
  • Shirts and blouses should have appropriate neckline, sleeves and cover the midriff.
  • Tee shirts should not portray names or pictures that are suggestive, depict rock groups or any other topic which seems inappropriate for a Christian to wear.
  • Sandals may be worn.
  • The last Friday of each month is “Non-Uniform Dollar Day.”  Student accounts will be charged $1.00 to have a non-uniform day.  Funds generated help defray costs of special school events/treats.
Special Function Uniforms
  • For choirs, sporting events, etc, these uniforms will be based on advisors recommendations.
Accessories
  • There are accessories available at Buckhead Uniform that may be worn; they include hair accessories for girls, ties for boys, and vests
  • Jewelry is not to be worn.  This includes identification bracelets, friendship bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, chokers, etc.  Medical bracelets and medical necklaces are permitted.
  • Hats and other head gear are not to be worn in the building.
Please Keep in Mind
  • Make-up and nail-polish should be inconspicuous and natural in appearance.
  • All garments must be an appropriate fit and size.
  • Hair should be clean and convey a well-groomed appearance.  Styles for boys and young men should be worn above the collar and all students should avoid extreme hairstyles.
  • Students should be dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.                      
  • It is suggested that students’ names be written on the inside of their shirts, skirts and pants due to changes for PE.
  • There is absolutely no sagging of uniform clothing
  • No tattoos of any kind. This includes temporary tattoos.
  • Items that require a logo should be purchased from Buckhead Uniform.
 Let us dress to show that we are true ambassadors for Christ!
 
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Behavioral Management Plan
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6
 
Each teacher will establish a positive behavioral management plan for their classroom. Students who willfully disregard classroom rules or continue to create disruption in the class will be referred to administration for possible consequences.  The following steps will be taken:
 
Step 1:  
Teacher handles infraction of rules by following classroom discipline management plan.
Letter #1 or Renweb write-up for parents as documentation.
Step 2:
2nd Renweb write-up and Letter #2 to parents
Step 3:
Conference with parents, student, teachers, and principal.
Possible in-house suspension.
Step 4:
Student is on probation. Probation is defined as a trial period in which a student is given time to redeem improper conduct.
Suspension #1 (1 day)
Step 5:
Suspension #2 (1-3 days), out of school.
School Board notified.
Candidate for expulsion.
Step 6:
Student will be expelled from school by vote of the School Board.
The student will continue under probation if accepted back the following year.                   

DACS will not tolerate the following:
  • Gum chewing during class.
  • Insubordination
  • Bullying or injuring another student
  • Disrespect towards teachers/staff/others
  • Possession of drugs, alcohol and tobacco .DACS has a zero tolerance policy for illicit drugs.
  • Possession of weapons or other harmful items
  • Stealing
  • Displaying or possessing any obscene or harmful literature
  • Improper conduct toward the opposite sex
  • Use of profane/ obscene language
  • Tampering with any fire alarms/equipment-subject to $100.00 fine
  • Cyber bullying
 Students who use tobacco, drugs, or alcohol in any form, who swear or use inappropriate language; who do not treat teachers, other students or themselves with respect; who bring inappropriate items to school; who obtain, view or participate in unbecoming or immoral entertainment and who share this with others at school will be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from DACS.
 
The following items, if found in the possession of a student, will result in permanent confiscation and possible expulsion from DACS: Knives, firearms, firecrackers, explosives of any kind on the school premises. All items confiscated become permanent property of the school/teacher.
 
The School Board reserves the right to suspend (Step #4) or expel (Step #6) any student who violates the policies and standards of DACS. The principal may invoke a suspension of up to three days with notification of the School Board Chairman. Any suspension beyond this or expulsion must be an action of the School Board.
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Academic Policies
“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15
Curriculum
The academic curriculum offered at DACS is based on educational requirements established by the Educational Department of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.  Classroom activities may incorporate field trips, co-operative learning projects, visiting presenters, videos, computer programs and a vast array of teacher produced activities. 
 
Assessment
Formal report cards will be issued four times a year at the end of the second week following each nine week grading period.  Interim reports may be issued. Each classroom teacher will notify you of specific expectations regarding the grading and returning of student generated assignments.  Parents are asked to be present for Open House where these expectations will be clarified.  Parents are encouraged to conference with teachers several times throughout the year.
 
Grading Policy
Duluth Adventist Christian School grading policy is in line with that of the NAD. In grades 3-8, the percentages range from 100% and downward, it is the administrator’s belief that any average below 70% is unsatisfactory. When a child receives an unsatisfactory grade (below 70%) it is the policy of DACS to offer a plan of remediation. Failure cannot be an option.                                     
Please note that K-2nd grade students are still in their formative years. These students do not receive letter grades.
 
Grading Scale of North American Division
 
 
A    92-100
A-   89-91
B+  87-90
B    82-86
B-   79-81
C+  77-78
C    72-76
C-   69-71
D+  67-70
D    62-66
D-   59-61
F     < 59

Deficiency Reports
Deficiency reports are a means of reporting to parents that a student is not progressing satisfactorily either in academic work or in conduct.  The student is in danger of failing a subject or receiving a low grade if he or she receives a deficiency in an academic subject or conduct area.  Action plans are developed with students and parents to correct the situation. 
Parents, teachers and students are expected to monitor student progress and follow through on the plan.
 
Homework Policy
Homework is an enrichment of regular classroom activities as well as one means by which families can spend quality time together and support the school by improving student achievement.  The suggested guidelines are as follows.
 
K - Grade 1                           10-15 minutes/night
Grades 2-3                            15-30 minutes/night
Grades 4-5                            30-45 minutes/night
Grades 6-8                            45-75 minutes/night
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Extra-Curricular Activities

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Colossians  3:17

 
Extra-Curricular Activities will be sponsored during and after school.  Staff sponsors will provide information to students regarding activities.  Parents are encouraged to work with staff members in the organization and implementation of activities.
  • Each student must have written permission to stay after school for activities.
  • Telephone calls cannot be made during the school day to obtain permission to stay for a meeting or to arrange transportation.
  • Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their children on days they remain after-school to participate in the activity.  Students should be picked up at the time designated by the activity’s staff sponsor. Students remaining will be sent to After Care where regular rates will apply.
NOTE: Failure to adhere to these guidelines may jeopardize a students’ participation or membership in an extra-curricular activity at DACS.
 
Extra-Curricular Activities at DACS
  • Chess Club
  • Connections 1 - Lower Grades Bible Study Group
  • Connections 2 - Upper Grades Bible Study Group
  • Cantiamo – Middle Grade Touring Choir
  • Safety Patrol
  • Seasonal Sports
  • Student Government
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General Policies
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
so that through endurance and the encouragement of Scriptures we might have hope
.”
Romans 15:4
In teaching responsible behavior, teachers need the help of parents to ensure that students are completing work on a daily basis.  All students must use the provided Agenda Planner on a daily basis to record their homework, assignments and daily behavior.  Parents are asked to please support your child’s teacher by making sure that you read and sign the Planner daily to let the teacher know you have checked the homework assignments.  The agenda planner is a critical tool in consistent home school communication as well as a critical tool in the development of organizational life skills.
 
Asbestos
The inspection and management plan for Asbestos Containing Building Materials has been performed for this facility
 
Chapel Conduct
Students at Duluth Adventist Christian School participate in weekly chapels at 9:00 on Fridays.  These programs are spiritual, instructional and ‘student run’.  Students should enter chapel in a reverent and orderly manner.  Students are expected to exhibit consideration and courtesy for the performers, speakers or students on the platform.
 
Criteria for Award Recognition
Principals Scholars:
  • All A’s and in every subject areas except handwriting. 
  • All “+” in Work Study Habits and Conduct Evaluation Criteria with no in school or out of school suspension(s).
Honor Roll:
  • Any combination of A’s, or B’s (this includes all B’s).
  • All “+” in Work Study Habits and Conduct Evaluation Criteria with no in school or out of school suspension(s).
Academic Recognition:
  • Any combination of A’s, or B’s.
  • Conduct grades are not included.
Citizenship Award:
  • All “+” in all Work Study Habits and Conduct Evaluation Criteria
  • No suspensions,  in or out of school
  • Students try to show Christ in their daily life
  • Students who are recipients of the Principal’s Scholar and Honor Roll awards may also be eligible for this award.
Spiritual Award:
  • Students show outstanding leadership in the area of spirituality.
Perfect Attendance:
  • Students must be present every day of the semester. Students with more than 3 tardies are not eligible for the award.
  • Daily attendance is at least 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Most Improved:
  • Select one boy and one girl.
  • Gains should have been made academically, socially, or behaviorally.          

Field Trips
Occasionally teachers schedule special events or trips away from school.  Parents will sign a permission slip at the beginning of each school year.  Parents will then be notified of upcoming field trips.  If you wish that your child not participate in a field trip then contact the teacher.  Parents may be invited to assist as chaperones.  Parents are always welcome to drive their own family.  Field trip uniforms are required, unless otherwise stated. 
 
Home & School
Every enrolled family is part of the Home & School Organization.  Home & School works closely with the DACS Staff in planning special events for the students and parents.  The leaders facilitate communication, promote fundraising, and encourage parent involvement in the school.  In a positive way they work to promote school spirit and good will in the community.
 
Internet Usage Policy
Computers play a wide role in the educational process.  DACS uses Comsifter internet filter to assist in monitoring student access of internet sites.  Nothing can be downloaded from the internet without permission.  Students/parents are required to sign an Internet Use Policy contract.  Failure to abide by the guidelines as outlined in this contract may result in suspension and loss of computer privileges and/or legal action. 
 
Lost and Found
Clothing items found in the building or on the grounds for which no owner can be located will be placed in a box in the office.  Parents are encouraged to check for lost items.  At the end of each quarter, all unclaimed uniform articles will become community property to share as the need arises or will be given to Good Will.
 
Medication
The DACS Staff is permitted to supervise a student taking his/her medication only if the proper request for “Administration of Medication Form” is completed and on file at the school office.  All medication must be properly labeled with the student’s name, name of the medication, and the appropriate dosage.  It must be in the original container and the time to be given must be clearly stated.  Over the counter, non-prescription medication such as aspirin, cough medications, allergy medications, etc., will not be administered by DACS Staff.  Students need to inform a teacher if they have non-prescription medication to self-administer accompanied with a parent note.

Music
Music grades are based on participation and attentiveness at performances.  Music is an integral part of our school curriculum; therefore, it is very important that your child be present for music events.  Dates of performances will be posted at the beginning of the semester. 
 
Parents & Other Visitors
DACS welcomes parents/visitors.  Please note that all parents/visitors are to sign in at the office and receive a visitor’s pass.  We discourage parents from visiting the classroom during school hours. Parents are reminded that all conferences are to be scheduled during non-school hours.  The school secretary will call your child from the office, should they need to be dismissed early for an excused appointment.  You will need to sign your child out at the school office.

Personal Property at School
We insist that children do not bring extra money, gaming devices, toys, trading cards, collectibles, or other such objects to school unless given permission by their teacher.  Items brought from home should be clearly marked so they can be easily identified.  Items may be confiscated and only returned at teacher’s discretion.
 
Phone Calls
The school phone is for business purposes only.  Students are to use the phone only in case of emergency and with permission of the teacher.  The secretary will notify students of any message and will call parents in case of illness. Students who are repeated offenders of forgetting to bring their lunch will have to purchase school lunch and have the cost charged to their account.
 
School Insurance
All students are covered by Christian Educators Insurance Trust.  This is a secondary minimal school insurance policy paid for as part of the school registration fee.  Property loss is not covered.  In the event of an accident occurring while your child is at school, accident claim forms are available at the school office.  These are to be filled out by the doctor or hospital and it is the responsibility of the parent to see that the completed claim form and copies of the appropriate itemized bills are sent to BMI Benefits, LLC.  Their mailing address is located on the front of the accident claim form.
 
School Lunches & Hot Lunch
DACS offers a hot lunch daily for $4.50 per meal.  Our hot lunch director is a Certified Food Safety Manager (CFSM) and has a ServSafe Certification. Lunch menus are sent home monthly and are posted on the online calendar.  Parents can log on to RenWeb (our school data base) and order on-line.  Some students bring sack lunches from home.  A vegetarian menu is offered at school and healthy eating is strongly encouraged. 
 
The following requests are made:
  • Please limit sugary desserts – substitute fresh fruit instead!
  • Please eliminate any carbonated beverages.
  • Vegetarian lunches are suggested.
  • Please refrain from pork products or seafood that does not have fins and scales.
  • For safety reasons, students are asked to eat their own lunches; NO sharing of food.
  • If bringing lunches from home, students are encouraged to bring lunches that do not require microwaving. Students microwaving can be dangerous and it is time consuming.
Student Illnesses
Please do not send a child with a contagious condition or a temperature of 99 degrees or above to school.