The kind and amount of discipline will be determined by the teachers, and if necessary, the director. The discipline will be administered in the light of the student’s problem and attitude. All discipline will be based on biblical principles, e.g. restitution, apologies (public and private), swift/painful punishment, restoration of fellowship, no lingering attitudes, etc. The vast majority of discipline problems are to be dealt with at the classroom level. Love and forgiveness will be an integral part of the discipline of a student.
Office Visits: There are five basic behaviors that will automatically necessitate discipline from the director (and not from the teacher). Those behaviors are:
- Blatant Disrespect shown to a staff member. The staff member is the judge of whether or not disrespect has been shown.
- Dishonesty in any situation while at school, including lying, cheating, and stealing.
- Rebellion, i.e. outright disobedience in response to instructions.
- Fighting, i.e. striking in anger with the intention to harm the other student.
- Obscene, vulgar, or profane language, as well as taking the name of the Lord in vain.
As a result of an office visit, the director will determine the nature of the discipline for the infraction in question. The director may require restitution, janitorial work, parental attendance during the school day with their child, detention, or any other measures consistent with biblical guidelines which may be appropriate.
If for any of the above or other reasons, a student receives discipline from the director, the following accounting will be observed within the school year:
- The first two times a student is sent to the director for discipline the student’s parents will be contacted afterward and given the details of the visit. The director will make a note of each occasion when the parents are contacted after an office visit, and enter that record in the student’s file. The parents’ assistance and support in averting further problems will be sought.
- The third office visit will be followed by a meeting with the student’s parents, director, and superintendent.
- Should the student require a fourth office visit, a two-day suspension will be imposed on the student followed by a meeting with the student (if appropriate), his parents and the director. During the period of suspension:
- Any assignments given to the student prior to the suspension that are due during the student’s absence must be turned in immediately upon his return, with the appropriate deduction for lateness.
- For any assignments, tests, etc. completed in class during the student’s absence, the student will be required to complete them within two days of returning, with appropriate deductions for lateness.
- All other due dates for assignments will still apply for the student (i.e. no extra time will be given).
- If a fifth office visit is required, the student will be expelled from the school.
Serious Misconduct: If a student commits an act with such serious consequences that the director deems it necessary, the office-visit process may be by-passed and suspension imposed immediately.
- Examples of such serious misconduct could include, but not be limited to: acts endangering the lives of other students or staff members, gross violence, vandalism of school property, violations of civil law, or drug abuse. Students may also be subject to school discipline for serious misconduct, even if it occurs after school hours or off school property.
- If the director desires to pursue expulsion, he will meet with the board to inform them, receive their counsel, and ask the board to make a final decision. The fact that the board was involved in the process does not preclude the family’s right to appeal the decision to the board.
School Culture: If in the judgment of the director, a student’s continued enrollment is a significant negative influence on the other students, he has the right to expel the student for that reason, and apart from the process of office visits.
- Examples of such behavior would include, but not be limited to, student romances, disobedience to parents, love of worldliness, a surly attitude, and any other ongoing attitudes reflecting a clear disregard of scriptural standards.
- If the director exercises this option, he will meet with the parents, and the board. The board will make a final decision. He will then meet with the student’s parents to inform them of the board’s decision. The parents will then have the option to withdraw their student to prevent expulsion, but if they exercise this option, they will have forfeited their right to appeal to the board. If they decline to withdraw their child and their child is expelled, then the family retains their right to appeal the decision to the board.
Re-admittance: At the discretion of the appropriate director, in consultation with the board, a student may be refused re-enrollment. Such refusal to re-enroll is not considered a direct disciplinary act, requiring accumulated office visits in order to be taken. Refusal to re-enroll is not the equivalent of suspension or expulsion.
Re-enrollment: Should a student who was expelled, or who withdrew to prevent expulsion, desire to be readmitted to Calvary Christian Academy at a later date, the director, in consultation with the board, will make a decision based on the student’s attitude and circumstances at the time of re-application. If the application is declined, the parents have the right to appeal the decision to the board.