This Parent/Student Handbook applies to all enrolled Elementary and Middle School families. It is intended to provide information concerning the purpose, mission, policies, procedures, “partnering with parents” expectations, and standards of conduct. It is important that you read, understand, and become familiar with the handbook and comply with the standards that have been established. It is obviously not possible to anticipate every situation that may arise. As a result, the academy administration reserves the right to modify, supplement, rescind, or revise any policy, or provision from time to time, with or without notice, as it deems necessary or appropriate. If there is a conflict within this handbook, the terms of the call shall prevail.
To save you time and to serve you better, we provide this list of categories. We are glad you are a
member of the Parkridge Christian Academy family, and we want to be of service to you.
School office hours are from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M..
Our telephone numbers are:
PCA Main Office (954) 346-0236
PCA West Office (954) 510-1087
Church Office (954) 346-9009
To report an absence: (954) 346-0236 ext. 26 or email@example.com
To Inquire About: Call:
Discipline Classroom Teacher then Principal
Financial Matters Mary Hudson
Afterschool Camila Almeida
School Athletics Max Fisch
Clubs, Enrichment Club Director
Volunteer Opportunities P.A.W.S. President
The Parkridge Christian Academy website may be accessed at www.ParkridgeCA.com. School calendar, athletic schedules, faculty contact information can be found here. Families are encouraged to register for a RenWeb account (available online or through your app store). This source allows parents to stay informed of homework, projects, upcoming test dates, and attendance records in each child’s classroom; stay up to date on school events; access media center resources and more.
All students are required to attend school every day of the 180 day school year. Parents are responsible for their child’s school attendance. Scholarship students must follow all school attendance policies and conditions.
There are no excused or unexcused absences. Any class missed counts as an absence which is accumulated over the semester. This includes: Medical appointments, illnesses, conferences and retreats, and absences requested by a parent with prior notification to the administration. If a student misses a class, for any reason, this counts as an absence. Students will be considered absent from any class to which they miss more than ½ the class period.
Principal Directive: Students with one absence during each nine week period will not be eligible for the Perfect Attendance Award. Students with six or more tardies or early sign-outs each or combined will not be eligible for the Perfect Attendance Award. Excessive absences of six or more will result in the student not being eligible for the Principal Honor Roll. Excessive absences and/or tardies based on the information pertaining to Patterns of Non-attendance, Absences, Early Sign-outs, and Tardies will be addressed case–by–case and the student may be placed on probation and/or suspended from the Academy as a result.
Patterns of Non-attendance
Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early-sign-outs, or absences for all or any part of the day. The maximum number of days that a student may be absent without acceptable documentation is 5.
- A student who has had at least five absences within a calendar month, or 10 unexcused absences within the semester, may be exhibiting a pattern of non-attendance.
- Unless acceptable documentation is available, an accumulation of daily absences , by tardiness, or early sign-outs that equals 5 days (30 hours) in a marking period or 10 days (60 hours) within two marking periods may establish a pattern of non-attendance.
- "Habitual truant" means a student who has 15 absences within 90 calendar days with or without the knowledge or justifiable consent of the child's parent.
Tardiness is defined as a student not being in the classroom/auditorium when the class is scheduled to begin.
- Excessive tardiness will be addressed case–by–case to determine if there is a pattern of non-attendance. Non-attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early-sign-outs, or absences for all or any part of the day.
- Habitual tardiness is defined as being tardy eight times or more within a marking period.
Principal Directive: Students with six or more tardies during each nine week period will receive the following consequences. First, the student will not be eligible for the Principal Honor Roll. Second, the student will not be eligible for the Perfect Attendance Award. Excessive tardiness will be addressed case–by–case and any student with excessive tardiness may be suspended from the Academy.
Bullying – Short Definition
Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as: unwanted purposeful written, verbal, nonverbal, or physical behavior, including but not limited to any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by an adult or student, that has the potential to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment or cause long term damage; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation, is carried out repeatedly and is often characterized by an imbalance of power. Bullying may involve, but is not limited to: unwanted teasing, intimidation, threats, cyber-bullying, physical violence, theft, harassment, humiliation, social exclusion, including incitement and/or coercion, rumor or spreading of falsehoods.
Parkridge Christian Academy has an online portal for reporting bullying. Students/Parents must go to www.reportabully.com, locate our school and complete a report. All reports through this portal forward directly to the principal and administrative staff will investigate the claims.
Cheating / Plagiarism
Parkridge Christian Academy students are expected to refrain from all forms of academic dishonesty, such as cheating (giving and/or receiving answers), plagiarism, misuse of electronic communication, or other deceitful forms of obtaining or helping others to obtain inflated grades. In addition to receiving all consequences listed below, students found to be in violation of the expectation for academic honesty may lose additional academic and extracurricular privileges.
Academic Dishonesty Consequences may consist of all or part of the following:
- Zero on Assignment
- Parent Contact Parent
- Saturday Detention In-School Suspension
- Out-of-School Suspension
- School Behavior Contract Recommendation for
Contact Information Changes
Parents are responsible for keeping all student and family information required on the application and on the checklist up to date. The PCA must be notified of any changes - residences, employment, phone numbers or email addresses. Any changes (medical, address, phone, etc.) must be communicated with the office administration within five school days.
Discipline - General
Consistent, loving boundaries help children learn about safety and living with others. Reasonable, realistic limits in an enriched learning environment give children the opportunity to choose appropriate, pro-social behavior.
Redirection, providing choices, consistent actions, praise and encouragement help to prevent discipline problems before they happen. Logical or natural consequences for wrong choices of behavior help children to learn self-control. By reinforcing acceptable behavior and letting children know what to expect, children experience feelings of security, warmth, and love. No method of discipline is tolerated in which a child is hurt or humiliated.
If there is anything at home that may be affecting your child’s behavior, please let us know. Often children react to stress by acting out or withdrawing as a result of their fears. Having a strong partnership with you is invaluable in allowing us to know how to best help your child.
Teacher/Administration Discipline Steps
Each teacher will provide every parent and student with classroom rules and a specific classroom management plan that includes the following components: Reward-based incentives, Consequence-based activities, warnings, numbered consequence, RenWeb behavior report (parent will be called before first time it is to be sent), and a request for a teacher/parent conference.
Principal Directive: Students sent to the principal’s office will receive the following consequences. First, the student will not be eligible for the Principal Honor Roll. Second, the student will not be eligible for the Christian Character Award. Third, the student will be given a written assignment to complete and turn into to the Principal. Excessive misbehavior will be addressed case–by–case and any student with excessive misbehavior may be suspended or ultimately dismissed from the Academy with no refund.
It is not possible to provide a precise, all-encompassing list of infractions for which an Administrative Referral is issued; however, some examples include, but are not limited to: continued inappropriate behavior after classroom consequences have been issued; isolated acts of disobedience and/or disrespect; inappropriate conduct for a substitute teacher; deliberate physical contact, including “play fighting” and/or “rough housing” where no injury has occurred; lack of consideration for the welfare of others, especially in the halls, at lockers, at lunch, etc.; verified instances of verbal abuse; continued disregard for school rules, such as Dress Code and Tardiness; and any inappropriate behavior for which lesser consequences have not yielded the desired results.
Parents will be notified when their child receives an Administrative Referral. If a student receives a second Administrative Referral during the school year, parents will be required to meet with an Administrator. If a student receives a third Administrative Referral during the school year, a Suspension will also be issued.
Suspension from school is the next step in the Administrative Discipline hierarchy and should be considered extremely serious by students and parents. A Suspension is automatically issued with a student’s third Administrative Referral during the school year. In addition, a student can be suspended from school for specific isolated acts, even if no previous Administrative Referral has been issued to the student.
Infractions which result in Suspension from school for one or more days include, but are not limited to: continued acts of disobedience and/or disrespect; inappropriate conduct for which an Administrative Referral has not been effective; flagrant acts of disobedience, disrespect, and/or defiance; physical contact that results in an injury, regardless of initial intent; deliberate acts of aggression; retaliation for real or perceived wrongs; vandalism; any behavior and/or pattern of behavior that jeopardizes the health and safety of others; and any behavior and/or pattern of behavior for which the Administration deems Suspension for one or more days to be the most effective means to bring about desired changes in behavior.
Students are required to complete all work missed due to a suspensions. A grade of 0 (zero) will be recorded for all schoolwork that is not completed. Any student who receives a Suspension will be prohibited from participating in any capacity in PCA extracurricular activities (including but not limited to enrichment classes, athletic practices/games, rehearsals, dances, class trips, etc.) during the Suspension Period. Parents will be notified of the reasons for the Suspension. Before a student is eligible to return to class, the student and his/her parents must meet with an administrator. The PCA School Board is notified of students who have been suspended from school.
Parkridge Christian Academy is a uniformed school to ensure the modesty and neatness of its students and to allow all students the freedom to be themselves apart from the stress of competition in attire. Our minds are to be on the things of God, not the things of this world. “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:31) Students should be neat, modest, well groomed and in uniform while on the school campus during the school day.
Uniforms- Students in all grades must wear the full school uniform during the entire school day except on announced special occasions. Any shirt worn under the uniform shirt must have no inappropriate letter or designs and, for boys, may not be visible below the bottom of the uniform shirt. Skort/short length for girls should be within four (4") inches of the top of the knees and not shortened by rolling up the waistband or cuff. All uniform clothing must be supplied by Jonathan Reed Clothing Store with the school monogram. Students out of uniform will be encouraged to come into compliance immediately.
Outer Wear- During times of unusually cold weather, students may wear plain red, white or blue outerwear.
Footwear- Footwear for boys and girls should consist of regular dress shoes (i.e. closed-toe with full back, not straps) or athletic shoes appropriate in design, color and condition to enhance the total uniform. Sandals, flip-flops or Crocs-style shoes are not acceptable.
Other Items- Boys and girls, when appropriate, are to wear belts. Other items such as wallet chains, hats, sunglasses, headbands and/or elastic bands etc. are not to be worn on campus during the school day. Visible tattoos or body piercings are not permitted. Boys may not wear earrings on campus or at any school function.
Hair- Students are to keep their hair neat, well-groomed, and in styles appropriate to the school
setting. There should be no coloring/dyeing of hair using unnatural colors, i.e., red, blue, green, etc. Boys are not permitted to “bleach” their hair, and are to keep their hair moderate in length and style. Boys’ hair length in front should not hamper vision (eyebrow length), on the sides not below the middle of the ear and the back no longer than the top of the collar. No Mohawks, shaved designs, etc. The administration reserves the exclusive right to determine the appropriateness of hair styles for boys or girls.
Jewelry / Tattoos Silly bands, rainbow loom bracelets are not allowed during PCA school hours. Also, the only jewelry piercing allowed are traditional ear lobe piercings for girls. Earring may not be longer than 2 inches. Any jewelry or accessories that distract from the learning environment is not allowed. Please refrain from applying temporary tattoos in visible areas of the skin (face, hands, or arms). Permanent tattoos are not permitted.
On PE scheduled days, elementary students must be dressed in comfortable uniform pants/shorts, shirts, and sturdy sneakers with socks. For their own safety, students without proper shoes are required to sit out during P.E. activities for the day.
Middle school students are required to dress for P.E. class in the P.E. uniform. Students lose participation points for each day they are not dressed out properly. After 3 days of not dressing out for PE in the marking period, students will receive a lunch detention. Subsequent days of not dressing out will be considered disobedience and consequences will be issues accordingly.
Physical Education cont’d
Occasionally, a student will have a physical condition that will require an excuse from P.E. A written excuse must be submitted to the teacher. A physician’s written statement of any limitations or restrictions may be required. If a student is excused from P.E., activity at recess and after-school sports, if any, will also be restricted depending on the nature of the illness.
Emergency & Crisis Management Protocols
- Parent Notification: During an emergency, the “Director will follow the adopted protocol based on the nature of that emergency. In the process of handling the emergency, the Director will activate the Parent Notification Team at the appropriate time. The Parent Notification Team will then proceed to contact parents in the most effective way, based on the nature of the emergency. There may be various methods of notification used, such as, individual parent telephone contact, e-mail (RenWeb), the school’s website, and local media, if necessary.
- Media Spokes Person: In the event of a major situation that involves Parkridge Christian Academy or Parkridge Baptist Church employees or church members necessitating local or state agencies and/or media to be on campus for any reason, the designated media spokes person will address these agencies/organizations. The designated spokes person is first the Senior Pastor, then the Children and Families Pastor, then School Principal. Any other employee is not allowed to address these agencies without the permission of the above mentioned designees.
- Child Emergencies: 9-1-1 will be called if needed. Appropriate calls to the administration and parent will follow. Emergency telephone numbers are available in the classroom binder. All applicable injury forms must be completed immediately by the employee and the parent. (The student’s insurance will be primary and then the school insurance will be secondary as determined by the case. The responsibility of making an insurance claim on behalf of the student is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.)
- Fire Emergency: All employees know how to report a fire to the fire department, know all fire exits, and participate in monthly fire drills. They are familiar with the operation of fire extinguishers. Emergency exits are clearly marked – primary and secondary fire escape routes are posted in each classroom. When the fire alarm rings the building is evacuated immediately. Each class has a designated area to go to for drill purposes. Attendance is taken immediately when this area is reached. Attendance sheets and parent contact telephone numbers must be with the teachers during fire drills. Every year one of the fire drills is done at lunch/nap time. Fire drills are conducted monthly and recorded for review by licensing organizations.
- Evacuation Procedures: Students line up at one of the designated exit doors as directed by the school staff; Staff is responsible for making sure all students are counted; Lead teachers must bring attendance sheet; Staff leads students exiting the building in an organized manner; Close the door after exiting; Staff leads students to designated safe location; Lead teachers must take roll; Wait for further instructions.
- First Aid: First aid bags are located in each classroom and in the preschool office. In the event a student is sick with fever the child will be brought to the office and the student’s parent will be contacted by the office staff for immediate pick up. If a child received a minor injury, the principal will contact the parent by phone and/or using a RenWeb report.
- When the school/teacher has been informed of an approaching tornado or imminent hurricane force winds, all students must be moved away from the windows into a closed room or hallway or under a desk or table (closets and bathrooms provide the greatest protection) on campus. All classroom doors will be closed. Attendance will be taken immediately when the students have moved into place. Attendance sheets must be with the teachers at all times. At least two tornado drills one in the fall and one in the spring will be held each school year.
- Evacuation Due to Hazardous Chemical Spill or No Running Water: When the school/teacher has been informed of these situations resulting in an immediate evacuation, all students must be escorted to either Eagle Ridge Elementary or the Charter school next door. Attendance sheets must be with the teachers at all times. Parents will begin to be contacted as quickly as everyone is safe and phone/e-mail communication can be established.
- The concept of a school lockdown involves a “no one in, no one out” scenario. However, due to the layout of the school (i.e. no hall way down stairs, no connecting stairwell to the auditorium), the administration will facilitate and direct staff as to pick up protocols and case-by-case situations. Children are not permitted to leave the school during a lockdown, nor are off–duty staff allowed in. Doors are locked and the children must ascribe to the directives of school personnel. The administration will contact parents immediately and will direct parents as to pick up protocols based on a case-by-case situation.
- National Emergency (9/11): In the event of a National Emergency, the school would implement lockdown protocols first. Next, the school will defer to directives given by the local emergency officials. Also, the administration will contact parents immediately and will direct parents as to pick up protocols based on a case-by-case situation.
Ethical Conduct Policies
As required by Section 1002.421(4)(b), Florida Statutes, the school has adopted policies establishing standards of ethical conduct for instructional personnel and school administrators. Including the following:
• Refer to The Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession in Florida pamphlet
• Acknowledge your duty to report, and procedures for reporting, alleged misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student
• All staff annually receive an explanation of the liability protections provided under Sections 39.203 and 768.095, Florida Statutes
Procedures for Reporting Misconduct In compliance with Florida Statutes, Sections 1002.421(4) and 1006.061, any misconduct by instructional personnel or from administration which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student should be reported to one of the following PCA staff members at 954-346-0236: Brad Boyette, Children and Families Pastor; Stacey Wicker, Principal
Field trips may be held on Parkridge premises or off-site. Field trips my take place as often as once a month. Specific information about scheduled field trips will be sent home and/or e-mailed. Each child will need a signed permission form to participate in the field trip, especially if the field trip involves transportation
PCA students, faculty, administrators and staff have the privilege of filtered access to the Internet. Although such filtering system can eliminate some access to offensive and pornographic materials, no filter is 100% effective, and it is impossible for PCA to restrict access to all questionable materials. Therefore, we expect users to act responsibly in their searches and to immediately disengage from any materials that are inappropriate and to report the situation to the faculty member or administrator in charge of the activity. Although the school cannot effectively restrict 100% of the content of information obtained by students via the Internet, obtaining material that is explicitly labeled as not intended for minors will be considered a violation of school rules. Furthermore, making public or passing on any material that is pornographic, violent in nature, or otherwise harassing is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with immediately by the appropriate administrator. Students may not download any files without express permission from a teacher. Files are not to be downloaded to the school’s local or network hard drives without permission from a teacher or administrator.
Internet Safety: Students should never give out personal information (address, telephone number, name of school, address of school, date of birth, social security number, credit card number, etc.) over the Internet. Students also should not meet with someone that they have contacted online without prior parent approval. Safety is the responsibility of the parent and student. PCA is not liable in any way for irresponsible acts on the part of the student.
Pirated Software: The term “pirated software” refers to the use and transfer of stolen software. Commercial software is copyrighted, and each purchaser must abide by the licensing agreement published with the software. There is no justification for the use of illegally obtained software. Students are prohibited from bringing to school their own software.
Network Access: Accessing the accounts and files of others is prohibited. Attempting to impair the network or to bypass restrictions set by the technology administrator is prohibited. Obtaining another’s password or rights to another’s directory or e-mail on the network is a violation of school rules as well as a form of theft. Taking advantage of a person who inadvertently leaves a computer without logging out is not permitted. Using someone else’s password or posting a message using another’s log-in name is a form of dishonesty, just as is plagiarism or lying, and will be treated as a violation.
School’s right to inspect: PCA reserves the right to inspect user directories for inappropriate files and to remove them if found and to take other appropriate action if deemed necessary, including notification of parents. The school also reserves the right to inspect any personal electronic devices brought to campus. In such case, students must provide any passwords to inspect the device upon request by a school administrator. Do not assume that any messages or materials on the Internet or on the school’s systems are private.
E-mail: E-mail, short for electronic mail, is any of the various systems that transmit some form of electronic representation of a page or message from one location to another. Electronic mail cannot be used to harass or threaten others. The school reserves the right to randomly check e-mail or text messages. E-mail messages must not include personal attacks and should follow the normal rules of appropriate public language. They should not contain any language or content which the author would not be willing to share from the podium at a school meeting. Students should be made aware that deleted e-mails can be undeleted. Any person who believes that they have been harassed or threatened by an email communication should immediately report the concern in accordance with the school’s No Harassment/No Bullying policy.
Computer Care: Members of the school community will not abuse, tamper with, or willfully damage any computer equipment, use the computer for any reason other than appropriate work, or bring food or drink into any computer area. Any intentional acts of vandalism will result in discipline, and parents will be held responsible for replacement or repairs.
Reporting Requirements/Discipline: Any student who accesses inappropriate material on the Internet or receives harassing, threatening, or inappropriate materials while on the Internet or via e-mail, must immediately report the concern to the supervising staff member so that the situation can be investigated and addressed appropriately. Parents are responsible for enforcing age limitations for various websites such as social networking sites. FaceBook restricts participation to persons 13 years of age and above. Students who violate any aspect of this computer usage policy will be subject to appropriate discipline and loss of computer or Internet privileges.
Internet- Social Media Policies
Social media encompasses a broad array of online activity including social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Ask.fm, blogs, and other similar online or Internet communications. Because this form of communication is vast and growing, we feel it is important to communicate to you the school’s position regarding a student’s use of social media or networking.
Use at School or a School-Related Event: We do not permit students to access social media and/or social networking sites while on school property or at a school-related event. We have taken steps to block many of the social media/networking sites on our network, but technology will undoubtedly work faster than our IT Department. Therefore, even if you are able to access such sites on school property or at a school-related event, you should understand that your activities are in violation of school policy and may result in disciplinary action.
Use Away from School Property: It is not our goal to regulate a student’s personal online activities when not on school property or at a school-related event. Please understand, however, that certain activities might impact a student’s relationships with other students or school employees, or school rights, that we do reserve the right to regulate. All students should ensure that they are familiar with school’s conduct policies to avoid any online communications that might violate those policies. For example, you should ensure that your online activities do not violate a school policy regarding bullying or harassment, or other similar policies pertaining to how students interact with each other. If you post or say something online that makes another student feel uncomfortable, your activity may result in an investigation and possible discipline.
Students should also be aware that teachers and administrators periodically check such sites and may determine that off-campus behavior violates the school conduct code by making disparaging or negative comments about the school, administration, or faculty members in a manner that is disruptive to the school’s educational mission or activities.
Students should not be “friends” with any faculty member on any of these social networking sites. Any violation of this prohibition must be reported to the Administration immediately. In addition, postings on social networking or other Internet sites of students engaging in inappropriate behavior (such as drinking, smoking, sexual actions, etc.) is prohibited. Students are expected to cooperate in investigations by providing access to such sites.
Students are not permitted to use the school’s name, logo, trademark, or service mark in online activities. Students are not permitted to post photographs of the school, its locations, activities, students, parents, or employee-related activities on line. Students are not permitted to create websites or social networking profiles to rate teachers, discuss aspects of the school, or otherwise disclose information online that the school would find offensive or inappropriate if posted in the school’s newspaper. Finally, students are not permitted to disclose any confidential information regarding the school, employees, students, parents, or activities online.
Your Identity Online: You are responsible for any of your online activity with a school email address, and/or which can be traced back to the school’s domain, and/or which uses school assets.
What you publish on such personal online sites should never be attributed to the school and should not appear to be endorsed by or originated from the school.
School’s Right to Inspect: The school reserves the right to inspect all electronic data and usage occurring over the school’s network or on school property without prior notice. We also reserve the right to assess information in the public domain on the Internet and to discipline students for any violation of these guidelines.
Lunches may be brought from home. Parents are expected to pack ample lunch, snack and drink for the time your child will be in school. Students are to have well-balanced meals. No candy is allowed during lunch/snack. Please include napkins, utensils, etc necessary to consume all food sent during the school day. Note: Microwave heating is not available. Fast food is not permitted. If you prefer to serve you child fast food, please plan to stay with your child and eat lunch on the patio during their lunch period. No sodas or carbonated beverages are to be packed in the lunch. Students may access the soda machine after school hours but not during the school day.
All allergies to medication and/or other substances must be stated on the student application and on the emergency medical forms. Florida State law requires that we have a signed note from your child’s physician stating any food allergies that your child may have. The physician must recommend alternate food choices for your child. Information about children with allergies will be posted in all classrooms.
Any child who is suspected of having a communicable or infectious disease or who develops a fever or other signs and symptoms that include, but are not limited to, any of the following: diarrhea, vomiting, conjunctivitis (pink eye), skin rash/infection, or exposed, open skin lesions shall be sent to the school office and isolated until a parent/guardian is contacted and the child is picked up. Be sure that your emergency numbers are up to date. It is imperative that we know where you can be reached at all times even when you are out of town. If you cannot be reached, your emergency contact persons will be called. Ill children shall not return to the facility without medial authorization or until the signs and symptoms of the disease are no longer present. A child must be free of fever and/or diarrhea for more than 24 hours before returning to school. In case of contagious disease the program has the right to ask for doctor notice giving the authorization to allow the child to come back to school.
Please contact us as soon as possible if your child contracts a communicable disease such as chicken pox, strep infection or any easily transmitted illness. A note will be sent home with classmates to alert parents to keep outbreaks under control.
The Parkridge staff shall provide the giving or application of medication only if a parent’s written order and/or a prescription from a physician is submitted to the office. Over-the-counter medications are administered only when the parent has completed this release form and the medication is in its original container. Prescription medications are administered only with written authorization and when the medication is in its original container. The prescription medication container must include a label on the outside of the container with the child’s name, the physician’s name, and the date.
All medication must be sent to the office so that the administration may facilitate its storage and distribution. All medication given out will be documented in a medicine log book.
A child who exhibits any combination of the following symptoms must not be brought to school: clear runny nose, cough, or a sore throat even if the child has been on an antibiotic for more than 24 hours. A child not feeling well, such as lethargic behavior and/or crying should not be in school. Also, a child not well enough to play outdoors should not be in school. If you are in doubt for any reason, please keep the child home, as we all know children of preschool age are all extremely susceptible to illness. A child must be free of fever and/or diarrhea for more than 24 hours before returning to school.
If allergies are the cause of persistent cold-like symptoms, we may require a statement from your doctor.
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Your child’s teacher will be available for a conference upon request when needed. Do not ask a teacher to discuss your child when he/she is brought to school or being picked up from school. Teachers will be greeting or dismissing the children at this time. Please feel free to call to set up a conference with a teacher and/or the principal.
Students must master grade level content in order to promote to the following grade level. Report cards, standardized test and classroom projects will be used to measure mastery.
- When a failure is received in any two quarters in a year, a percentage grade no lower than 50% will be recorded. However, if a student is negligent in completing work, a failing grade of 0% will be recorded.
- Credit for a subject failed with a quarter percentage grade below 60% is received by one of the following methods:
- Repeat the course another year and earn a passing grade.
- Attend an accredited summer school with a minimum grade of 70% in the course.
- Make up failed course work with a minimum 30 contact hours with a certified teacher.
- A failure in English, Bible, Science, Math or History must be made up before promotion
into the next grade level.
- In all courses failed, regardless of the makeup method, both grades appear on the student’s transcript.
Campus property or personal property destroyed, damaged, or lost by an enrolled student will be repaired or replaced immediately by the student’s family.
Reporting Child Abuse
Parkridge Christian Academy employees are obligated by law to report their suspicions of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment to the Florida Abuse Hotline in accordance with section 39.201 of the Florida Statues (F.S.). If an employee has any suspicion or abuse, it will be reported immediately to the Florida Abuse Hotline Information System at 1-800-962-2873. This report may or may not be submitted with the administration’s knowledge and it is never submitted with the knowledge of the child’s parents or guardian.
In the event Broward County closes their schools for any reason, Parkridge Christian Academy will also close (i.e. weather, tragic event, etc.). Parents will be notified through RenWeb’s Parent Alert system. A text and phone call will be sent. Parkridge will reopen based on its own independent ability to re-open. The school will be open following a hurricane or like weather event if the school has power, has enough staff available to work, and if no structural damage has occurred.
All Parkridge Christian Academy administrative and teaching staff must utilize their authorized PCA identification badges at all times. All academy visitors must present proper identification at the school office in order to remain on campus. Parents are to drop off and pickup students in the carline. Early sign outs and late arriving students need to be escorted to the school office by their parent in order to be properly signed on/in to school.
Parents and all individuals on campus are asked to refrain from smoking on school premises or outside where it could be visible to the children.
Snacks and Birthday
Parents are responsible for providing a healthy snack for your child each school day. You may also provide a drink; however, water is always available. Snacks may be any combination of the following: crackers, breads, pretzels, fruits, cheese, vegetables, and/or deli meats. Note: If you fail to provide a snack for your child one will not be provided.
Birthdays may be celebrated by providing baked goods during lunch for the student’s class only. Please notify your child’s teacher if you wish to provide a special dessert on your child’s birthday.
Student Lockers (6-8th grade students)
Student lockers are assigned to all students in grades 6-8. Combination locks are provided by the school. Locks or lockers are not to be changed without permission from the administration. If the student misplaces the lock, a replacement fee will be charged and a new lock will be provided by the school.
Lockers must be kept locked at all times. The school administration reserves the right to check and/or inspect any lockers at any time deemed necessary. A student should not allow other students to know his/her locker combination. Defacement of school lockers will be considered an act of vandalism and will result in disciplinary action. No questionable pictures or objects should be displayed on or stored in lockers.
Student Supply List
Each school year a student supply list is made available for each grade level. Families may purchase prepackaged school supplies through our partnership with www.schooltoolbox.com. All items purchased through this site also provides one meal for a child. Items are shipped directly to the school. Please provide these materials by the fall orientation day or at the latest by the first day of school. Replenish consumable items as needed throughout the school year.
Textbooks are supplied by the school. If a textbook is lost, the student will be billed the amount it costs
to replace the book. Students are required to keep books protected with book covers at all times. A fine
system will be implemented at the end of the school year for any damage such as tears, writing in text,
and damaged bindings. The preceding policy also covers materials borrowed from the library.
All visitors must report to the office upon arrival – no exceptions! This may include a parent, visitor to the school or visitor to the church. Upstairs church offices are accessible to church members and the general public. However, access to classrooms on the second floor is restricted to authorized school visitors only. All visitors must sign in and will either have a PCA I.D. badge or authorized company badge or uniform.
Volunteer Opportunities – Parent P. A. W. S. (Plan * Advocate * Witness * Serve)
Parent PAWS is an organization of volunteer parents who partner with the Parkridge Christian Academy’s administration and staff to enhance the student activities, community public relations, outreach, and services. There are many opportunities for you to help serve our children. There are behind the scenes activities, helping with special events, as well as working with the students and teachers in the classroom. Any amount of time you can give will bless our children. Time contributed to this organization is considered for school service hours. In the case of serving as a room parent, please adhere to the Room Parent Handbook available in the office.
If for any reason you must withdraw your child from school or aftercare, you must notify the financial coordinator and director at least two days in advance so that the withdrawal can be properly
processed. Please refer to the terms of your payment agreement at the time of withdrawal.