Parents should inform the school before class time if a student is ill for the day. Please do not take the child out of school during the day unless it is absolutely necessary. If a student is to go home before the close of school, please notify the teacher in advance.
Regular daily attendance is required by the state as well as by the school. The maximum allowable of days absent per year is ten (10). Students exceeding that number may be retained in the same grade for the following year. Any appeals will be deliberated by the school board.
When a student has been absent, a note of explanation from a parent or guardian is required on the day the student returns to school. An absence may be excused for personal illness, quarantine, death in the immediate family, medical or dental appointments, court or administrative proceedings, or religious observance. The responsibility for all make-up work arrangements rests on the student and parent, not on the teacher.
When a student arrives late, the whole classroom is affected. Parents of students who continually arrive late may be required to appear before the school board.
LENGTH OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
The Carolina Conference schools operate in accordance with the school calendar as compiled by the Carolina Conference K-12 Committee. It is in harmony with the 180 days of instruction policy for the State of South Carolina.
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL
Students arriving before 8:00 a.m. must make prior arrangements with their child(ren)'s teacher. This is planning time for the teachers so this should just be for emergency situations.
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Half day 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Teachers will arrive at 8:00 a.m. and leave one half hour after school closes.
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds while school is in session without a request from the parent or guardian in person or in writing, and notification given to the teacher and/or the principal’s office.
All students MUST be signed out with the teacher if leaving the school's premises before school is dismissed.
Students will not be permitted to leave the school premises with anyone other than those known to the staff to be the bonafide guardian, parent, or those authorized by them.
Students are to remain with their group on field trips unless the teacher gives permission for alternate activities.
AFTER SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS
There are no arrangements to keep children after school unless it is a detention. Students remaining on the school grounds more than 15 minutes after school is dismissed may be charged $5 by the teacher required to care for your child.
SEVERE WEATHER CLOSING
School will be closed whenever the Charleston County public schools are closed due to extreme weather conditions. Information concerning possible school closure may be obtained by watching local TV Channel 5. Parents will be directly notified if there is an exception to the above policy. Even if school is in session, parents have the ultimate decision if it safe for them to bring their child from their home.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
After moving, changing phone numbers, or email addresses, please notify the school office. We must keep current addresses and phone numbers on file in case of emergency. Please also make the changes within the Parent's Portal of Renweb.
SCHOOL COMMUNICATION - Newsletter
Parents will be informed of events, activities, and needs concerning their student by means of phone, mail, or notes sent home with the child. Please check the calendar on the website and check the method of communication established by the teacher.
The school furnishes all textbooks to the students on a loan basis. Because books are used for several years, they must be properly cared for by the students. Excessive wear or damage to a book will result in an additional charge to the student. Individuals will be held financially responsible for lost textbooks and lost library books.
The school houses computers with Internet service. Students are required to use the computers responsibly and will be supervised by their teachers.
The school does not have a cafeteria. Students will need to bring a wholesome lunch to school and will be expected to participate in a supervised lunch period.
A wholesome lunch should include non-carbonated, sugar and caffeine free drinks, such as milk, juice, and water, as well as other healthful, low sugar accompaniments to the lunch. Students are also asked to respect our view of healthy living and are encouraged to bring a vegetarian lunch to school. Vegetarian suggestions can be provided upon request. Please do not send pork products, or seafood items such as shrimp, crab, or seafood without fins and scales. Swapping or sharing items in school lunches is not allowed, unless planned for the classroom with the teacher.
The following tests are given during the school year.
Kindergarten Metropolitan Readiness Test (given as needed)
Grades 3-8 ITBS Achievement Tests
GRADING AND CONFERENCES
Each teacher develops a grading system taking into consideration the nature of the subject and the guidelines established by the Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventists. Twice yearly (after 1st and 3rd quarters) parent-student-teacher conferences are strongly encouraged to provide an opportunity to review the student's progress together. Report cards will be sent home after the second quarter and mailed home after the fourth quarter.
EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Any candidate for graduation must have a grade point average of 2.0 or above. The final grade in any subject for the 7th and 8th grade year cannot be below a C-. To hold office, a GPA of not less than 2.5 is required. Grade points are determined on a 4.0 scale. A fee of $50 is due at the beginning of the fourth quarter to defray a portion of the expense connected with graduation unless waived by the class. During the year, special fund raising activities will also be used for funding graduation. All tuition and fees must be current before an eighth grade student may participate in the graduation exercises, receive a diploma, or a report card.
The school telephone is provided for school business only. Teachers and students should not be called during school hours except in cases of EMERGENCY. The answering machine will pick up calls coming to the school during school hours.
Cell phones may be brought to school provided parental written permission was filed during registration. They are monitored under the teacher's discretion, and used by the student only by specific permission.
Parents are invited to visit our classrooms in order that they may become acquainted with the school program. All who wish to visit the school and enter a classroom are asked to make prior arrangements through the school office and should register at the office upon arrival. Please do not send guest children to visit the school without advance permission from the teacher and principal. Emergency contact names and phone numbers of guests must be left with the teacher upon arrival at the school. Consent to treat medical forms are to be left in the office also.
Parent-teacher conferences should be held after school dismissal. Please make prior arrangements with the teacher.
Off campus educational activities are special and a very important feature of our school program. When worthwhile educational experiences -- such as visits to local historical sites, trips to musical concerts, excursions to the zoo, etc. -- are made available for the enrichment of class studies, arrangements will be made by the classroom teacher and approved by the administration. Notices regarding each field trip will be sent home informing parents and guardians of these planned activities, and a permission slip will need to be signed.
Transportation for special school activities is provided on a volunteer basis by parents or friends of the school. All drivers of these activities must provide proof of insurance and a valid driver's license. No students under age 12 are allowed to sit in a front seat.
All electronic devices are allowed only with staff permission. This includes commuting on the bus and field trips Any such equipment wrongly used will be confiscated and returned at the discretion of the principal. Items may be held until the end of the school year.
GUM / MISCELLANEOUS
Because of the damage gum does to the school's equipment and floors, gum chewing is not permitted on the school campus at any time, without the special permission from a teacher. Gum, along with kicking basketballs, and hanging on basket ball rims and nets could result in privileges being taken away and/or a $5.00 fine.
State regulations require that medications, such as aspirin, not be dispensed to students. No treatment can be given for major injuries, infections, or illness. Any student taking medications during school hours must have a note from their parents and written instructions from their parents or a doctor. The first dose of any new prescription must be taken at home. The medication MUST be hand delivered to the school by the parent or guardian. Students may not transport medication to or from school property. Medication must be properly labelled. Occasionally students may need to carry medication such as inhalers or emergency kits. A written physician's order MUST be on file for any student that carries medication (on their person) throughout the school day.
Medications to be taken during school hours must be kept under lock in the classroom. Medications must be collected by the parent or guardian at the end of prescription order or school year. Any medications that are not claimed will be destroyed or discarded.
Charleston SDA School does not assume responsibility for medication NOT prescribed by a physician or medication administered by student himself/ herself.
Fire and disaster drills are conducted at regular intervals throughout the school year. Every child is required to participate in these drills and to follow faculty instructions exactly. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
POSSESSION OF FIREARMS OR WEAPONS
The possession of firearms, weapons, pocketknives, fireworks, or matches is prohibited. Toys of these descriptions are also prohibited. Special permission by the teacher and/or principal must be given for any exceptions.
EMERGENCIES & INSURANCE
Every effort is made by the school to prevent accidents. However, should they occur, or should a student become ill, the school will notify the parents immediately. If neither parent can be reached, the doctor designated by the parent will be called. If the emergency is serious or life threatening, the student will be taken to the nearest hospital.
Each student is covered by secondary accident insurance carried by the Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The premium is included in the registration fee and provides coverage at school and on school sponsored activities. All accidents must be reported within 24 hours to qualify for coverage. Each parent will receive a booklet outlining the coverage. It is agreed with your signature that you have read the Handbook and that you hold harmless and release from liability the Board, Carolina Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, or staff members acting in the best interests and safety of the applicant.
The insurance policy does not allow skateboards or hardballs on the school grounds. Roller skates and roller blades are allowed with proper safety equipment and supervision.
Charleston SDA School will not tolerate acts of sexual harassment, nor will the school tolerate retaliatory behavior in response to a complaint of harassment. In like manner, false claims of sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Such actions will result in a timely review, and if warranted, disciplinary action.