Compass Classical Academy
15 Elkins St
Franklin, NH 03235
Last Amended 9/1/20
Table of Contents
VISION/MISSION ............................................................................................................................................... 3 ATTENDANCE......................................................................................................................................................4 ACADEMICS ........................................................................................................................................................ 4 GRADING POLICY .............................................................................................................................................. 5 COMMUNICATION .............................................................................................................................................. 5 ADMISSION .......................................................................................................................................................... 5 SCHOOL VISITORS ............................................................................................................................................ 6 VOLUNTEERISM ..................................................................................................................................................6 WEATHER/EMERGENCY CLOSINGS .............................................................................................................6 FIELD TRIPS..........................................................................................................................................................6 DRESS ....................................................................................................................................................................6 STUDENT CELL PHONES................................................................................................................................. 7 PETS .......................................................................................................................................................................7 SCHOOL CLIMATE...............................................................................................................................................7 NO SMOKING/TOBACCO PRODUCTS/CONTROLLED DRUGS................................................................8 HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION ........................................................................................................... 8 ASSESSMENT.......................................................................................................................................................9 SPECIAL EDUCATION ........................................................................................................................................ 9 NON--DISCRIMINATION POLICY......................................................................................................................9 HEALTHY SCHOOL POLICY..............................................................................................................................9 SECTION 504 POLICY AND PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES ....................................................................... 10
BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE.....................................................................................................................................13 BULLYING POLICY .............................................................................................................................................16 SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY.....................................................................................................................18 SUICIDE PREVENTION…………………………………………………………………………………………21
TECHNOLOGY USE AND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY...............................................................................21
Compass Classical Academy (CCA) believes that all students, regardless of socio-economic background or academic competence, benefit from a rigorous, content rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. We believe students will achieve their best potential when taught foundational skills and challenged by high expectations.
Children learn by building on what they already know. Therefore, it is important for them to begin building foundations of knowledge in the early grades. By specifying the knowledge that all children should share, one can achieve equal access to that knowledge. Thus all students, including those considered at risk, are exposed to a coherent core of challenging, interesting, interwoven knowledge when taught a content based curriculum. Unique to our approach is the combining of the classical, liberal arts tradition with cutting edge, researched based programs, each of which involves an organized and sequential continuum of learning.
With these foundational beliefs, we have established the following mission:
● To provide a safe learning environment designed to instill integrity, good citizenship, compassion and confidence in each child.
● To promote a caring community of students, highly trained educators and administrators, and involved parents.
● To provide a high quality education that is thought provoking, coherent, meaningful and engaging.
We believe that having involved parents and students is essential to reaching our goal. The comprehensive and challenging education provided at CCA necessitates active parental support throughout the school year. We strongly encourage parents to remain informed about the academic endeavors of their children and maintain open communication with teachers and administrators.
Students who graduate from Compass Classical Academy will be prepared to further their education in a four year college, a two year community college or a trade school, to serve in the military or immediately enter the workforce. We offer students a liberal arts education that will prepare them to make choices for their futures based on their personal interests and abilities and not restricted by their educational history.
Regular attendance by all students is critical for academic success. Students who are frequently absent slow not only their own learning, but also the learning of other students. Children must attend school by NH law.
On the other hand, personal illness, family emergency, and other urgent reasons may necessitate your child to be absent. If your child cannot attend school, please call the office between 7:30-8:00 a.m. to inform us. If you anticipate the absence, you may also call, submit a signed note or email the office ahead of time. If it is necessary for a child to be absent because of illness for five or more consecutive days, the child is required to return to school with a note from his/her doctor. The director will determine if an absence is excused. Students who have five or more days of unexcused absences per school year are considered truant. Truant absences of five days or more in a school year will result in a report to officials. Please clear absences not due to illness with thedirector.
Our school day is from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Any student arriving after 8:01 a.m. will be marked tardy. Three tardies will equal an unexcused absence. Parents and students must come into the office to sign in when tardy. Parents are asked to make every effort to ensure that their children arrive at school at least five minutes before the start time to ensure they are not tardy.
We seek to provide a high quality education, and when students arrive late, they affect their own learning as well as disrupting the learning of others. To ensure your child can fully access and benefit from his/her education, it is vital that he/she arrive on time and ready to learn. Five unexcused tardies will result in a meeting with parents to help find a solution to the problem. Acceptable reasons for tardiness include appointments or delays due to weather. Other situations will be considered excused or unexcused at the discretion of the director. If you know in advance that your child will be tardy for any reason, please call and notify theschool.
If you wish to have your child dismissed early, please notify the office in writing via note, email, or phone call. If your student is dismissed early, a doctor’s note is required the next school day. Three unexcused early dismissals will equal one unexcused absence. You may request that your child be in the office at the designated dismissal time, waiting for your arrival. For safety reasons, children are not allowed to wait for dismissal outside of the building.
Extended Day Program
Parents have the option of enrolling Compass Classical Academy students in an Extended Day Program. Our staff will be operating an Extended Day Program each day of school through the end of the school year. This after school program will include a homework club (an opportunity to work on and get help on homework) and an opportunity to get exercise (weather permitting).
The morning program will run from 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. and the after school program will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
We have kept the cost low because our purpose is to offer convenience to parents and to provide a fun and safe place for children to spend their non school hours when parents are unable to be there.
Since it is our goal to provide a high quality education that is thought provoking, coherent, meaningful, and engaging, we highly value the quality of the academics at Compass Classical Academy. In order to accomplish this goal, it is important to be able to inform students and parents of the progress being made.
To that end, classroom teachers will regularly update their classroom websites with information on current topics being studied, homework assignments, student projects, upcoming tests, etc. Teachers’ websites can be accessed by clicking on the classroom link on the staff page.
HOMEWORK POLICY Students will be expected to complete assignments on time and thoughtfully. If a student does not complete his/her homework/assignments, a missing work slip will be sent home. If the signed slip and the missing work are not returned to school the following day, a parent may be called or emailed. The student will be given a lunch or free time detention in order to complete the missing assignment. After four missing homework slips have been issued, the student will be required to serve an after school detention.
Academic honesty is also important. When producing written work, students need to cite their sources and may not plagiarize.
Teachers administer assessments as needed for each content area of instruction. Based on the assessments, a grade average for each student will be generated by the teacher. Report cards with these averages will be sent home three times per year. These grades reflect the student’s academic achievement relative to an objective standard determined by the curriculum. Report cards provide the student and parent with an opportunity to understand the level of academic success realized as well as incentive for future success.
Regular communication between home and school is important so that we can support each other and help each child receive a better education. Early communication between teachers and parents is essential and we encourage parents to initiate this. Compass Classical Academy is open to speaking with any parent about questions or concerns. We also encourage parents and staff to share the many positive events that occur throughout each day. Because schedules are busy for both parents and teachers, phone calls often can not be made. Email contact can often meet the needs of the communication, or can provide a means to set up a time where phone or person to person meetings can happen.
If you have a concern, please first share it directly with the staff member or members who are directly responsible. We can build a stronger sense of community by using this kind of direct communication. Objectivity, kindness, and honesty serve to guide our communication. In the event that concerns cannot be worked out with the responsible staff member, a parent can speak with the director and, if necessary, with the Board ofTrustees.
Compass Classical Academy will have an open enrollment period from January 1 through March 31 of each year. During that time, Compass Classical Academy will accept all applications without discrimination. Siblings of students currently attending CCA will be exempt from the lottery. If CCA receives more applications than there are openings available, a lottery will be held after March 31. Names of applicants will be drawn randomly until all available openings are filled. The remaining applicants’ names will be drawn randomly in order to form a waiting list. Applications received on or after April 1 will be placed, in order of receipt, on a waiting list behind the applicants drawn by lottery. If applications are received after the open enrollment period (April 1st and later) for classes with openings, those applicants will be placed in classes on a first come first served basis until there are no more available spaces. At this time, all new applicants will be-5-
placed on the waiting list in the order in which they were submitted.
Visitors are always welcome at Compass Classical Academy. However, in the interest of the safety of our students and staff, we require visitors to report to the office and sign in when they arrive and sign out when they leave. Visitors need to wear a name tag. Parents who wish to visit a classroom during the regular instructional day should call the school so we can schedule a mutually convenient date and time. It is important to keep the environment at CCA conducive to learning; therefore we will seek to keep all visitations as unobtrusive as possible.
Parent volunteerism is an important part of Compass Classical Academy. As a Public Charter School our funding is lower than traditional public schools, so volunteers with expertise in various areas will be gladly accepted. We depend on our parents to share their talents and time to help make our school successful. There are many types of volunteer activities. Volunteers working directly with children must have a criminal background check. Background checks take 2-3 weeks to complete, so please get yours done in advance if you think you might chaperone a field trip or volunteer in the school at some point during the year. Information about how to obtain a criminal background check is available in the office.
Compass Classical Academy will post emergency closings and 2 hour delays on WMUR, WFTN and the Compass ClassicalAcademy website, as well as our full school notification system. (you will receive a call, a text and an email)
Each classroom teacher may wish to schedule various field trips to interesting and educational locations. Field trip permission forms will be sent home well in advance. In order for a child to participate, the form must be returned with a parent’s signature before the day of the trip. Parents are encouraged to chaperone such school activities. As a chaperone, please notify us ahead of time if you wish to bring any non-CCA students. In addition, please inform us if you are available to transport students to and from field trip locations. Any person transporting students must provide Compass Classical Academy with proof of a current driver’s license and a minimum liability insurance coverage of $100,000/$300,000. Proof of driver’s license and insurance coverage needs to be resubmitted yearly. In addition, chaperones are required to have a criminal background check prior to the activity. Field trips are considered an extension of CCA. Therefore, all school policies and rules apply for all students, as well as chaperones.
Compass Classical Academy wishes to foster a comfortable and safe academic atmosphere for all students and faculty. We believe that dress plays a significant role in this endeavor. Our specific, requirements for student dress are aimed at helping parents and students fully understand our expectations. It is difficult to address every possible concern in our code, so good judgement by the parent and student is also essential. Any clothing worn that is offensive or detracts from the learning environment is prohibited. In the event that clothing is deemed unacceptable, a parent will be called to bring an appropriate change of clothes.
Compass Classical Academy’s dress code is as follows; Students must wear a collared, buttoned shirt. polo style shirts are acceptable. Shirts must be crimson, navy blue or white. Pants, skirts, shorts must be tan (khaki). Shorts and skirt lengths apply to all students. Non hooded zip up sweatshirts may be worn.
Hats, hoods and sunglasses may not be worn inside the school building. Clothing must not include mature or offensive graphics. All clothing should be comfortable and seasonal. Effort should be made to make sure clothing is clean and not overly baggy or tight. Undergarments should never be visible. Low cut tops and bare midriffs are not permitted. Since students will be using stairs and having activities outside, sandals, crocs and flip flops are not permitted.
All shorts/dresses must at least touch the bench when the student kneels.
Students must have appropriate clothing for outdoor activity. Outdoor shoes must have a closed toe and heel for recess. Hats and gloves are required at 40 degrees and below for students below 6th grade. All students are required to have a coat when the temperature is below 55 degrees. Boots, snow pants, and gloves are required for outdoor activity like recess for students below 6th grade when there’s snow on the ground.
Clothing and footwear needs for PE will be communicated by the teacher.
*Temperature designations above are for “feels like” temperature.
STUDENT CELL PHONES
In an effort to ensure students are focused on academics and interaction with teachers and classmates, students are not permitted to possess cell phones at school. If this presents a significant burden, please contact the director to make alternate arrangements. If a student is found to have a cell phone on them, it will be brought to the office and the student’s parent may pick it up there after school.
Pets may not be brought onto school grounds unless they remain in a car. Any exceptions to this must be approved in advance by the director.
As stated in our mission, Compass Classical Academy seeks “to provide a safe learning environment designed to instill integrity, good citizenship, compassion and confidence in each child”. In order to accomplish this, CCA promotes the making of good choices. Students will be taught universally accepted virtues, beginning each year with Respect and Responsibility. We believe that instilling these core virtues will help our entire community, including students, to become better citizens. Along with our emphasis on providing a challenging academic program, Compass Classical Academy also seeks to cultivate strong character through the promotion of basic moral, civic, and intellectual virtues. It emphasizes such “core virtues” as: respect, responsibility, diligence, honesty, generosity, perseverance, courage, faithfulness, compassion and humility. These virtues will be taught both through the choices in literature used in course work and through instruction related to everyday school activity. Virtues will be highlighted each month which are common ground, consensus virtues and not controversial social or political agendas. The objective is to ignite the imagination of the young, inspiring them to do and be their best.
Compass Classical Academy is a community of learners that prepares students for academic success by offering a high-quality education. Students must access this with ethical and responsible behavior, which includes demonstrating respect for themselves, others, and the educational environment. Students are expected to maintain high standards of respect. Behavior that creates an unsafe environment, either physically or emotionally, will not be tolerated. Please see the Compass Classical Academy Discipline Policy for specific expectations for behavior and disciplinary actions.
NO ALCOHOL, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, CONTROLLED DRUGS
The use of alcohol, tobacco products and other controlled drugs are strictly prohibited. No person, child or adult shall use any of these products in the Compass Classical Academy school building, on the school grounds, or in any vehicles engaged in service for students.
HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
Compass Classical Academy has a part-time school nurse. School personnel receive training and certification in emergency first aid, CPR, and use of an Automated External Defibrillator. Serious injuries such as fractures and lacerations that require sutures will be treated with emergency first aid and support measures until a parent/guardian can be contacted. When neither parent can be reached nor the alternate responsible person(s) listed on the emergency card, the child will be referred to his or her family doctor, or, if unavailable, the ER physician on call at the hospital.
Emergency Contact Information
Emergency contact information forms must be completely filled out for each child enrolled in Compass Classical Academy. It is important that we have the names and daytime phone numbers of two people who are available and have your permission to assume responsibility for your child if neither parent can be reached in the event of an illness or emergency with your child. It is also critical that parents immediately notify the director or office manager at CCA if there are any changes during the course of the school year, especially in their daytime phone numbers or the child’s medical condition. In the event the parents or emergency contacts cannot be reached, the police will be called to assist.
No student should carry medications of any type on his/her person.
The nurse will administer medication according to Compass Classical Academy policy. The only exception is an inhaler for asthma or an Epi-pen for allergies. The appropriate parent permission for these exceptions must be on file with the health office. Please read “Prescription medication” below for more detail.
Prescription medication must be brought to school by a parent in the original pharmacy labeled bottle. Written permission signed by the physician or health care provider must be provided in order to administer prescription medications at school. The permission form is available on our website under “Parent Information.” This includes inhalers for asthma, even if the child is self-administering, as well as other types of prescription medications. Please provide the signed forms for asthma and allergy medications on or before the first day of school. If these medications are prescribed during the school year please bring them to the attention of Compass Classical Academy’s health office immediately and complete the appropriate paperwork.
With the parent’s permission, non-prescription medication may be given by the designated staff person. Any medication must be in the original, professionally labeled packaging. Parents must inform the designated staff person in writing of any medication administered prior to the child arriving at school and the time at which it wasadministered.
Students with symptoms of illness such as fever, frequent productive cough, nausea and/or vomiting, or excessively runny nose should not be sent to school. Should it be necessary for an ill child to go home at any time during the school day, the child will be released only to a parent, guardian, or other authorized adult. Head Injury Management Policy
Care and management of head injuries in the school setting requires collaboration between families, health care providers and school staff.
Suspected or possible concussions that occur during school activities which are not deemed to require immediate emergency care are reported immediately to families for referral to a health care provider. Head injuries occurring outside of the school day should be reported by families to the school for follow up. Medical
clearance for gradual return to academics and athletics may be given only by a physician.
Any student who sustains a head injury during the school day with loss of consciousness will be evacuated for evaluation at a local emergency department, and the parent/guardian will be notified immediately. For any other head injury that occurs during the school day, the student will be escorted to the health office for concussion assessment, and the parent/guardian will be notified of the injury and assessment results. If school personnel determine immediate medical attention is necessary, the student will be evacuated for evaluation at a local emergency department. In all other cases, determination will be left to the parent/guardian.
As a condition of enrollment in Compass Classical Academy, students are required to participate in all assessments given school-wide. Increased accountability for increased freedom is an important component of charter schools. Compass Classical Academy participates in the statewide Smarter Balanced assessment for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 as well as the Science NECAP for grades 4 and 8. We also administer the NWEA Math and Reading tests 3 times per year for more immediate results. This is a requirement of attendance at CCA. In order to monitor progress for Response to Instruction, we selectively use Aimsweb assessments for reading, math, and writing as well as S.T.A.R testing.
The staff of Compass Classical Academy is committed to educating all children who are enrolled at our school. If a child has an IEP, the resident district is responsible for providing services to the child. By working cooperatively, resident districts and the staff of CCA will work out a plan for each child to receive a “free appropriate public education.”
Compass Classical Academy will provide a quality education to students from all backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities. We will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, or marital status, in the selection of students, staff, or in the administration of our educational programs, or in any other way as is prohibited by relevant state and federal law.
HEALTHY SCHOOL POLICY
Research has proven that academic performance is directly affected by proper nutrition and exercise. This is what research tells us about healthy eating and exercise:
● In NH children ages 6-12 have an overall 32.8% overweight and obese rate. (Foundation for Healthy Communities NH Childhood Obesity Report April 2007)
● Children who eat breakfast perform better in school through increased problem solving ability; improved memory; verbal fluency; creativity; and reduced absenteeism and tardiness. (American Dietetic Association)
● Morning fasting has a negative effect on cognitive performance, even among healthy, well-nourished children. A test of the speed and accuracy of response on problem solving tasks given to children who
did or did not eat breakfast found that skipping breakfast had an adverse influence on their performance on the tests. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
● Physical movement is linked to improved learning by awakening and activating mental capacities and intellectual skills; it also reduces anxiety and stress and increases self-esteem. (Hannaford, Carla, Ph.D., Smart Moves; Why learning is not all in your head. Great Ocean Publishers, Arlington, VA, 1995; and School and Community Programs: Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity. Center for Disease Control)
It is our mission to promote healthy eating habits along with daily exercise as part of our daily routine. We realize that the decisions for eating habits and daily exercise are chiefly the responsibility of the parents of our students. However, we also believe that healthy living should be supported at school as well.
Our teachers and staff are a valuable key to the success of the Healthy School Policy. Each will be responsible to encourage the students to have healthy habits; they will also be responsible for being good role models. We strongly recommend that all lunches sent from home be balanced with healthy foods. We recommend water,
100% juice (no sugar added) and milk as choices for beverages. Student concentration and energy can be traced to eating habits and we request that parents help us in this area by providing healthy lunches and snacks without many sweets.
We love to celebrate! In keeping with our mission, we want to celebrate with healthy habits. In order to be healthy, we need to be creative. Party food can be more than just junk food. Although some items like cookies, brownies, and other sugary baked goods can add to the enjoyment of a party, we strongly encourage participants to also provide some delicious, healthier party food. Vegetables with a healthy cheese dip or fruit salads are examples of these sorts of snacks. We encourage tasty alternatives like these and want to make them the bulk of the foods included for parties. Beverages chosen will be water, 100% juice (no sugar added) andmilk.
SECTION 504 POLICY AND PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES
It is the policy of Compass Classical Academy, A Public Charter School, to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. The due process rights of disabled students and their parents under Section 504 will be enforced. The CCA Special Education Liaison is the Coordinator of Section 504 activities.
Overview of Section 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is major federal legislation that impacts entities that receive federal funding. It is a civil rights legislation for persons with disabilities, which is designed to prevent any form of discrimination based on disability. Individuals with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, are protected.
Section 504 states:
“No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States...shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal assistance.”
Under Section 504, a person is considered “disabled” if that person:
● has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities, and has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
A “physical or mental impairment” is defined as:
● Any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory; including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genito-urinary; hemic and lymphatic;
skin; and endocrine; or
● Any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities. The second part of the definition relates to the impact of the disability or condition on a “major life activities: “...functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.”
Eligibility for Section 504
Section 504 applies to persons considered to have a disability as defined in the Act. As a result, the question of eligibility is a critical issue. When determining the eligibility of individuals for Section 504 protections and services, the following questions must be addressed:
● Is there a physical or mental disability?
● If so, does that specific disability significantly impair a major life activity?
1. Students who are in need or are believed to be in need of accommodations under Section 504 may be referred to the 504 team.
2. Compass Classical Academy will consider the referral, aa a team, based upon a review of student records, including academic, social, testing, and behavioral records, determine whether an evaluation under this procedure is appropriate. Any student, who because of disability, needs or is believed to need special services will be referred for evaluation.
Compass Classical Academy may also determine that no 504 accommodations are appropriate. Procedural Safeguard
With respect to actions regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a person who, because of a disability, needs or is believed to need special instruction or related services, the following procedural safeguards shall be provided:
● Notice of any decision regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the student. ● An opportunity for the parents or guardian of the student to examine relevant educational records ● A formal grievance procedure.
If any person believes that the school or any of Compass Classical Academy’s staff have inadequately applied the regulationsof:
1. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
2. Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, or
3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
4. Americans with Disabilities Act,
he/she may bring forward a complaint, which shall be referred to as a grievance, to the School’s Section 504/ADA coordinator. It should be understood by the individual(s) involved that a complaint can be made to the Office for Civil Rights without going through the school’s grievance procedures. The grievance procedures are to provide for a prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint. CCA’s 504 coordinator, on request, will provide a copy of the school’s grievance procedure and investigate all complaints in accordance with this procedure. The grievance procedure should include a statement that a copy of each of the acts and the regulations on which this notice is based, may be found in the coordinator’s office.
The person who believes they have been discriminated against based on disability shall discuss the grievance and give the completed grievance form to the school Section 504/ADA coordinator who shall in turn investigate the complaint and reply with an answer to the complaint.
Steps in the grievance process:
1. A written statement of the grievance signed by complainant shall be submitted to the Compass Classical Academy Section 504/ADA coordinator within ten business days of receipt of answers to the informal complaint. The coordinator shall further investigate the matters of grievance and reply in writing to the complainant within ten business days.*
2. If the complainant wishes to appeal the decision of the school Section 504/ADA coordinator, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees within ten
business days after receipt of the coordinator’s response. The coordinator and the Chair cannot be the same individual. The Chair shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten business days.*
3. If the complainant remains unsatisfied, he/she may appeal through a signed written statement to the Compass Classical Academy Board of Trustees within ten business days of the receipt of the Chair’s response in Step Two. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within forty days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within ten business days of this meeting.
4. The complainant may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at any time before or during the grievance procedures:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
J.F. Kennedy Federal Building - Room 1875
Voice phone (617)565-1340
*If the Chair also serves as the Section 504/ADA coordinator, the appeal must go to another individual on the school board.
The goals of discipline at Compass Classical Academy will be:
1. To maintain a highly effective learning environment where students are free to focus on their education.
2. To utilize the need for discipline as a rich opportunity for students to learn about themselves and others, and to provide students with actual Character Education and lessons in respect, effective communication, self-respect,responsibility and integrity.
3. To reinforce Compass Classical Academy’s commitment to treating all students with fairness, respect, and equality.
It will be our goal to help students become aware of the reasons behind the rules and their logical consequences.
Behaviors that will be handled in the classroom using Responsive Classroom strategies:
• Physical Contact
• Inappropriate Language
• Lying & Cheating
Behaviors that need immediate emergency office intervention:
• Reckless Endangerment
• Chronic Bullying/Intimidation
• Obscene Acts
• Destruction of Property
• Missing Student
CCA PROCEDURES FOLLOWING AN OFFICE INTERVENTION OR CLASSROOM INTERVENTION FOR CHRONIC BEHAVIOR:
Office: After each incident requiring an emergency office intervention, the parent/guardian will be notified. This contact will be recorded and kept on file in the office.
Classroom: The teacher will contact the parent/guardian for behaviors that are not resolved through Responsive Classroom strategies. This contact will be recorded and kept on file in the classroom and the office. After 5 (five) contacts for the same behavior, a conference will be requested by the teacher.
Respect is the center of all of the rules we will follow at Compass Classical Academy.
Students are expected to show respect toward all other students and adults. When a student has been disrespectful toward an adult, he/she may need to be separated from the situation and given time to return to a reasonable attitude. Following this, it’s important that he/she explain why the behavior was unacceptable, apologize to the offended adult and model the appropriate interaction. If the inappropriate behavior was
directed toward another student, an adult mentor will accompany the offending student as he/she explains why the behavior was inappropriate, apologize for the offense, and model an appropriate interaction. This procedure will be followed for all unkind, disrespectful, or offensive behavior and comments. At the discretion of a teacher or staff member, a letter of apology may be required in addition to modeling the appropriate behavior. It will be our goal to ensure that our students offer sincere apologies for their actions and demonstrate the desire to make changes that develop positive character traits.
Disrespect includes using inappropriate language. There is a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate language at Compass Classical Academy. This includes profanity, rude or violent language, inappropriate innuendo or metaphors, and any language that is disrespectful or unkind.
Unkind or disrespectful behavior toward staff or other students can indicate that a student does not know how to initiate an appropriate interaction. This includes behaviors such as teasing, using inappropriate language, or touching in a way that has potential for harm. In addition to a verbal apology, we may require students who demonstrate these behaviors to also write an apology and will work with them to develop strategies to help them gain understanding and develop the skills to make better choices in the future. We will also track behavior violations to help us identify situations and times that may be challenging for a student so we can work with them to gain the skills needed to manage the situation appropriately. This will also help us as staff to prevent bullying and identify students who may need additional services and instruction.
If offenses continue to occur, even after reasonable attempts have been made to guide student in appropriate responses and actions, the director will pursue further remedies that may include: free time detentions, after school detentions, suspension or, as a last resort, if all else has failed to bring about a change in behavior, expulsion from Compass Classical Academy.
We understand that sometimes a high five or a hug is a normal and appropriate interaction for students. However, there is a zero-tolerance policy at Compass Classical Academy for any hands on behavior that has the potential for harm. A student will receive one reminder to keep their hands and body safe. This reminder will be documented. If the behavior happens again, the student will use some of their unstructured time (recess, snack, etc.) to work with the director of CCA (and discuss with a parent if needed) to create a plan for appropriate, safe behavior. Students will be referred immediately to the director of CCA and a parent will be called for any behavior, such as hitting or kicking that is intentional and potentially harmful or is intended to bully another student. Public displays of affection are not permitted while at school.
EXPECTED BEHAVIOR FOR COMMON AREAS
It is expected that all Compass Classical Academy students will follow directions given by an adult when in a classroom or any common area including the bathroom, multi-purpose room, hallways, stairways, and playground. It is also expected that students will respect school property and the belongings of others, walk safely, use an indoor voice, clean up after themselves, and keep their hands and bodies to themselves. It is expected that everyone at CCA will work together to keep our school community clean and safe. Students who choose not to follow these expectations will be given time to reflect on and practice them. Students who are destructive to school property will be required to stay after school and work with an adult to repair any damage they have done.
DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONE
We are a smoke free and drug-free school zone. Tobacco, drugs and alcohol are not permitted on school property, and students and staff may not come to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Violation of these rules will result in suspension and possible expulsion.
Teachers, staff and administrators have the authority to issue a lunch, recess or after school detention for a serious violation of any rules addressed in this policy or posted in their classroom. The teacher, staff member or administrator who issues the detention may choose to have the student serve it either with them or with an assigned detention teacher. The student’s detention activity will be determined by the teacher and/or director. Detentions will be documented and a detention form will go home with the student, be signed by a parent, and be returned to school.
The Compass Classical Academy Discipline Policy outlines the most common forbidden behaviors and their consequences. However, it is not possible to anticipate everything in a policy. The Administration reserves the right to make a considered judgment about behaviors and consequences for students that are not outlined in this policy. Ultimately, such situations may result in revisions to the Discipline Policy. The discipline Policy works together with the Bullying and Technology policies to outline the expected behaviors that will help maintain a safe and productive learning environment for all students.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION / EXPULSION
A student who continually chooses to interrupt their own and/or other students’ education after all reasonable attempts to end this behavior have been exhausted, cannot be allowed to steal this education from the other students at CCA. These actions, as a last resort, will result in Out-of-School Suspensions or even expulsion from Compass Classical Academy. It is our hope that this last choice never has to be applied, but we must protect the right to a good education for all students at CCA.
In the event of an expulsion, the student has the right to a notice in writing, and a hearing before the Board, as set forth in the following sections:
1. A student whose act is determined by the director to subject him/her to expulsion, shall be given notice by the director, in writing, of the charges against him/her, and of the time and place of his hearing before the Board. A copy of the notice shall be sent immediately to the student’s parent or guardian.
2. The Board shall hold a hearing at the next regular or special meeting. The hearing shall be non-public unless a public session is requested by the student and his/her parent or guardian. The Board may adopt, with respect to any hearing, reasonable rules for the conduct of the meeting.
3. A written finding of the Board shall be made within five school days from final adjournment of the hearing. In the event that the Board finds in its judgment and discretion, on a preponderance of evidence, that some or all of the charges against the student are valid, it may take such action it considers appropriate as in the best interest of the student and other students and teachers. In the event that the Board finds that the charges against the student are not valid, it shall dismiss the charges.
4. When a student is on an IEP, and there is a change being considered (expulsion, long-term suspension, or series of short-term suspensions), the student’s IEP team must be convened to consider and discuss any changes in placement.
5. Records of discipline events will remain in a student file for up to one year and will be removed if there are no other similar events.
6. Immediate removal: The procedures outlined above do not infringe upon the right and responsibility of school authorities to ensure a safe school environment. The director has the right to immediately remove from school a student who poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process of the school.
● In-school suspension: The student is removed from the normal classroom setting but remains in school.
● Short-term suspension: Exclusion from school for no more than nine consecutive days ● Long-term suspension: Exclusion from school for ten days or more, but for a specific period of time. ● Expulsion: Termination of school services
● Bullying: Bullying behaviors are dangerous and disrespectful behaviors that will not be tolerated or permitted. They are defined as any overt act or combination of acts directed against a student by
another student or group of students which may be repeated over time and are intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student.
The intent of this policy is to be in compliance with NH RSA 193-f and the Technical Advisory written by the NH Department of Education (2010). This document is intended to be a living document and changes may need to be made as directed by NH State law and/or the Administration of CCA.
Compass Classical Academy (CCA) believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. The school and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
Prohibition of Bullying/Cyberbullying Protects All Students CCA prohibits bullying and cyberbullying against all students. Bullying in schools has historically included actions shown to be motivated by a pupil’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry or ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, gender, gender identity and expression, obesity, or other distinguishing personal characteristics, or based on association with any person identified in any of the above categories. The goal of this policy is to protect our students from the physical, emotional, and psychological violence caused by bullying and cyberbullying. Definition of Terms and Grounds for Determination of Bullying. Bullying is defined in RSA 193-F:3 as a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another pupil which: 1. Physically harms a pupil or damages the pupil’s property; 2. Causes emotional distress to a pupil;
3. Interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities; 4. Creates a hostile educational environment; or 5. Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school. Bullying shall include actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a pupil’s actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs, or motivated by the pupil’s association with another person and based on the other person’s characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs. Cyberbullying is bullying activity that is conducted with an electronic device and/or in an electronic medium, e.g. telephones, cellular phones, computers, pagers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and websites.
The following additional definitions apply: ● Perpetrator: a pupil who engages in bullying or cyberbullying ● School property: all real property and all physical plant and equipment used for school purposes, including public or private school buses or vans ● Victim: a pupil against whom bullying or cyberbullying has been perpetrated
A determination of bullying or cyberbullying may be made by CCA when the action or actions occur on or are delivered on school property or at a school-sponsored activity or event on or off school property. In addition, a determination of bullying or cyberbullying may be made by CCA when the action or actions occur outside of a school-sponsored activity or event if the conduct interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school-sponsored activity or event.
Protection Against Retaliation and False Accusations CCA staff will make reasonable efforts to keep reports of bullying and the results of the fact-finding confidential. Students whose actions have been determined to be bullying will be instructed that any retaliation, whether verbal, physical, or emotional, will result in additional and more severe consequences.
False accusations are considered a form of bullying. Therefore, the CCA staff in good faith will perform due diligence to determine the authenticity of the accusations by the victim. Bullying may occur with no witnesses other than the perpetrator and the victim. There is also the possibility that false witnesses may come forth. Such contexts make it especially difficult to conduct fact-finding. In such situations, CCA staff will make a reasonable effort to assess the facts and may take into account previous history and behavior of the students involved.
Consequences for Bullying/Cyberbullying Behavior Students whose actions are determined to have been bullying will receive consequences in proportion to the severity of the action. Students who have been repeat offenders may receive more severe consequences. Consequences will be determined on a case by-case basis by the Director or Designee. Consequences are not limited to the following, but may include one or more of the following. The list below is not intended to be a direct progression of consequences. ● Temporary exclusion from extracurricular activities ● In the case of a class officer or NJHS member, temporary or permanent removal from office. ● Increased and ongoing supervision during unstructured times ● Detention ● In-school suspension ● Out-of-school suspension ● Expulsion
Dissemination of the Policy to the Whole School/Community The Bullying policy will be disseminated in the following ways: ● Inclusion of the full policy in the student and staff handbooks ● Annual parent meetings to review the policy with parents and staff presenting ● Annual staff training on the policy ● Annual training of the student body on the policy and on bullying prevention with community members and staff. Staff members not at the training will take an outside training such as the one offered by the NH Dept. of Ed. online training. ● Inclusion of the Bullying policy with the report provided to the perpetrator’s and the victim’s family after a determination of bullying behavior
Procedure for Students, Staff, Families, and Others to Report Incidents Reports of possible bullying behavior will be handled promptly. Reports received at or near the end of the school day may be acted upon during the next school day. Reports can be made to any adult working at CCA, who should then direct the report to the administrative level to the Director, Dean or Designee for fact-finding and determination.
Procedure for Internal Reporting of Incidents Staff members who receive reports of possible bullying behavior should immediately report the incident to the Director, or Designee. When the Director receives a report, he or she will inform the other member of the administrative team of the report as soon as reasonably possible. The Director or Designee will make every effort to report the outcome to the staff member who made the internal report.
Process for Notification of Parents/Guardians of Perpetrator and Victim Once a report is received, the fact-finding process will begin in a timely manner. It may take time to conduct initial fact-finding interviews of students and adults. Notes will be taken during the interviews. These notes will form the basis of the determination and of summaries and reports. Notes are for the personal use of the interviewer. Such interviews are typically conducted individually to protect student confidentiality and prevent fear of retaliation.
Procedure to Grant Waiver of 48-Hour Notification If the Director or Designee determines it is in the best interest of the victim or perpetrator to waive the 48-hour notification period, the waiver will be granted in writing. The waiver will be kept in the school’s records of the fact-finding. It will be available for review by CCA staff and the CCA Board. It will not be available to Parents/Guardians if it would violate confidentiality or potentially result in retaliation. The following information will be included in the waiver: ● The date and time of the initial report ● The reason for the granting of the waiver ● A dated signature line for the person granting the waiver ● The projected date of notification or conditions under which notification will occur. The waiver will not delay notification beyond the date of completion of the investigation and determination.
Investigation of Reports The investigation of a bullying allegation will be initiated within 5 school days of the initial report unless the principal or designee grants up to an additional 7 school days to initiate the investigation. If additional time is granted, the victim, the victim’s family, the perpetrator, the perpetrator’s family, and the staff involved in the investigation will be notified by phone, email, in person, or in writing.
Parents/Guardians are not included in the interview in order to protect student confidentiality when other students are mentioned during the interview. It is likely that staff will not be able to inform parents prior to speaking to their child. Parents/Guardians will be notified at any point during the process below, but within 48 hours of the report unless a waiver is granted by the Director or Designee. Notification of a bullying fact-finding will generally be made by phone but may also be made in person.
If the fact-finding is not completed by the end of the school day, the Director or Designee will usually, but
not always, contact the Parents/Guardians of the Victim and Perpetrator to notify them that a bullying fact finding is being conducted and that their child is a possible victim or perpetrator. This will better allow the Parents/Guardians to anticipate their child’s needs after being dismissed from school.
The expected procedure is as follows: 1. The person responsible for the investigation will be identified within 48 hours of the initial report. The name of the person responsible will be relayed to the parents/guardians of the victim and perpetrator as their point of contact. 2. Staff members who have knowledge of the incident are interviewed. 3. The reporter is interviewed. Potential witnesses are identified. 4. The victim is interviewed. Potential witnesses are identified. 5. Witnesses are interviewed. 6. The perpetrator is interviewed. Potential additional witnesses are identified. 7. Additional witnesses are interviewed.
Interviews will normally be conducted individually with the person responsible for the investigation and the interviewee. In some instances another staff member may be present if the topic is of a sensitive nature. Written notes will be made to document the fact-finding. Notes will include the applicable areas in the fact finding template. Notes taken during fact-finding will only be made available to the staff involved in fact finding.
Parents/Guardians are asked to understand that the Director or Designee will be unable to provide complete details because of the ongoing nature of the fact-finding, the need to protect student confidentiality, and the need to carefully consider all of the information gathered. CCA staff understands the emotional nature of such a situation and requests that staff and parents/guardians observe objectivity, mutual respect, and consideration for the process. It is an uncomfortable process for all the individuals involved. CCA staff is committed to thoroughness and professional conduct.
Response to the Incident One goal of identifying a bullying incident is to prevent additional incidents from occurring. If a determination is made that the incident is bullying, the principal or designee will state in writing and in person to the perpetrator that retaliation to the victim, witnesses, or other involved parties would lead to more severe consequences, including suspension, expulsion, and/or police reporting.
In extreme cases, the Director or designee may assign supervision of the perpetrator by an adult during transition times or unstructured times in order to prevent retaliation or further instances of bullying behavior of the perpetrator against others.
Consequences assigned to the perpetrator include, but are not limited to, the following: ● Detention ● Exclusion from extracurricular activities ● Additional supervision ● Limited access to unstructured times ● Community service ● In school suspension ● Out of school suspension ● Expulsion
Internal Communication The Director or Designee will report any substantiated incidents of bullying to the principal within 24 hours of the time of determination. It is preferable for the Director or Designee to remain in contact throughout the process of a bullying fact-finding.
Communication with Parents/Guardians Once the investigation is complete, the Director or designee will communicate with the parents/guardians of the victim and perpetrator within 10 school days of the completion of the investigation. This communication will include: ● Remedies the school is taking to ensure the safety of the victim, perpetrator, or others involved in the fact-finding investigation. ● Assistance the victim or perpetrator will receive to help them move forward in a positive way. This assistance can include time with the guidance counselor or meeting with someone whom they respect. ● The communication will be typed and dated on school letterhead. It will be signed by the person responsible for the investigation. A copy of the summary of the fact-finding and determination will be provided to the families of the victim and the perpetrator.
Responsibilities and Titles of Personnel Implementing the Bullying Policy
The Director has primary responsibility for handling bullying reports. S/he interviews staff and students and contacts parents/guardians. S/he writes up the bullying fact-finding summaries for the file and for the families of students involved. S/he reviews the consequences students receive and communicates with teachers. In conjunction with the Principal, s/he determines whether bullying has occurred and meets with families if a bullying determination is made.
The Director supports the designee when s/he is unavailable at the time a report of possible bullying is brought to the administration’s attention. The Director assists in interviews of staff and students and assists in contacting parents/guardians as needed. S/he reviews the fact-finding summaries. In conjunction with the Designee s/he determines whether bullying has occurred.
The Special Education Case Manager is a designee to assist in all aspects of fact-finding and communication with parents and students. S/he is a designee when the Director is not available.
By involving students and families throughout the process, CCA staff hopes that everyone will have a thorough understanding of the events that transpired, the reasoning behind a determination, and the consequences chosen. If parents or guardians disagree with a determination, they have the right to use the following grievance procedure:
Step 1 Parents or guardians will meet with the Principal to discuss their reasoning for disagreeing with the determination or other facet of the process. The parents or guardians will provide to the Director a signed written statement explaining their grievance. The
Director will further investigate the reasons for the grievance and reply in writing within 10 business days of receiving the grievance.
Step 2 If the parents/guardians wish to appeal the decision of the Director, he/she may submit a signed statement of appeal to the Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees within ten business days after receipt of the Director’s response. The Chair shall meet with all parties involved, formulate a conclusion, and respond in writing to the complainant within ten business days.
Step 3 If the parents/guardians remain unsatisfied, he/she may appeal through a signed written statement to the CCA’s Board of Trustees within ten business days of the receipt of the Chair’s response in Step Two. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the Board shall meet with the concerned parties and their representative within 40 days of the receipt of such an appeal. A copy of the Board’s disposition of the appeal shall be sent to each concerned party within 10 business days of this meeting.
Step 4 The parents/guardians may file a complaint with the NH State Board of Education at any time during the grievance procedures. As an alternative, parents/guardians may request a mediated discussion with the NH Department of Education.
Possible Steps for Intervening in Bullying Situations ● Intervene immediately to stop the bullying. ● Talk to the bully and the victim separately. If more than one student is involved in bullying behavior, talk to each separately, in quick succession. Expect bullies to minimize or deny their actions. ● Remind the bully about school and classroom rules, reiterate what behavior is expected, and discuss sanctions that will be imposed for future bullying behavior. ● Reassure the victim that everything possible will be done to prevent the bullying from happening again. ● Make other students aware of the consequences of the bullying behavior. Reiterate the school’s policy of zero tolerance toward bullying. ● Phone the parents of both the bully and the victim as soon as possible. If possible, involve the parents in designing a plan of action. ● Continue to monitor the behavior of the bully and the safety of the victim. ● Consult administrators, teachers, and staff members to alert them to the problem and to get a better understanding of it. ● If the situation doesn’t change, remove the bully, not the victim, from the classroom.
School Code of Conduct
Compass Classical Academy has adopted a Student Code of Conduct to be followed by every student while on school grounds, during a school sponsored activity, when traveling to and from school or a school sponsored activity, and during lunch period, whether on or off school grounds.
The Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to:
We expect each student to:
● respect the rights of others
● establish a sense of self-discipline and self-respect
Compass Classical Academy takes a positive approach to behavior, with the goal of reinforcing desired behaviors. If there is a discipline problem, we believe that by working together we can create a sound and safe educational environment. CCA staff works with students to help them consistently make good choices. Behavior that creates an unsafe physical or emotional environment will not be tolerated. CCA will educate, inform and intervene regarding bullying situations.
● The school will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the results of investigation confidential.
● Staff are expected to intervene immediately when they see a bullying incident occur. ● People witnessing or experiencing bullying are encouraged to report the incident. Such reporting will not reflect negatively on the victim or witnesses in any way.
Compass Classical Academy believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. Part of a healthy environment is the freedom to openly disagree. With this freedom comes the responsibility to discuss and resolve disagreements with respect for the rights and opinions of others.
To prevent conflict, CCA will incorporate conflict resolution education and problem solving techniques into the curriculum. This is an important step in promoting respect, developing new ways of communicating, understanding, and accepting differing values and cultures within the school community. It helps ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
CCA will provide training to students helping them develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills students need to choose alternatives to self-destructive, violent behavior.
The Student Code of Conduct for Conflict Resolution includes, but is not limited to, the following: ● Students are to resolve their disputes without resorting to violence.
● Students are encouraged to help fellow students resolve problems peaceably.
● Students can rely on staff to intervene in any dispute likely to result in violence.
● Students needing help in resolving a disagreement or students observing conflict may contact their teacher, the director or the designee.
● Students involved in a dispute will be referred to a conflict resolution with adult mediators. Staff will keep the discussions confidential.
● Conflict resolution procedures shall not supplant the authority of staff to act to prevent violence, ensure safety in school, maintain order, and discipline students.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
Compass Classical Academy is committed to providing an educational environment free from sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is against the law. It is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by three different laws: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and New Hampshire’s Law Against Discrimination. Under these laws, the legal term “sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, physical, or nonphysical conduct of a sexual nature.
We are committed to providing an environment in which everyone is respected, and no one is harassed because of their sex. Sexual harassment of any employee or student by any other employee or student, or by anyone with whom an employee or student interacts while fulfilling job or school responsibilities, is against the law and violates this policy.
Any student who feels he/she has been harassed, is encouraged to report this orally or in writing to a member of the CCA staff. This report will remain confidential and only conveyed to essential CCA personnel, the CCA Board, any necessary law enforcement agency and the parent of the child making the charge.
When a CCA employee receives a complaint of student to student harassment, the school administration must be informed immediately. The administration along with any necessary staff will investigate the complaint. The administration will also make the CCA Board aware of the charge. If it is believed that the harassment has occurred, the administration and/or Board will take action to correct the situation and to stop the harassment. A student who engages in harassment will be subject to appropriate, immediate disciplinary action and the child’s parents will be informed. A meeting with the parents will be arranged at the discretion of the administration. Discipline up to and including expulsion from school is possible.
In the event that a student makes a sexual harassment complaint against a staff member, an investigation by the administration and/or Board will commence immediately. If it is believed that the charge could be credible, the staff member will be removed from his/her duties pending the outcome of a full investigation. Discipline up to and including criminal charges and termination of duties at CCA is possible.
SUICIDE PREVENTION- Protecting the health and well being of all students is of utmost importance to the CCA. The CCA school board has adopted a suicide prevention policy which will help to protect all students through the following steps:
Students will learn about recognizing and responding to the warning signs of suicide in friends, using coping skills, support systems, and seeking help for themselves and friends. This curricular content will occur in all health classes throughout the school year, not just in response to a suicide, and the encouragement of help-seeking behavior will be promoted at all levels of the school leadership and stakeholders. The school counselor will be designated as the suicide prevention coordinator to serve as the point of contact for students in crisis and to refer students to appropriate resources.
When a student is identified as at risk, a risk assessment will be completed by the school counselor. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8225)
Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741-741
TECHNOLOGY USE AND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Students may use school computers and school iPads in compliance with the Compass Classical Academy acceptable use policy and at approved times. No other electronic devices are permitted in school, including personal cell phones or iPods. Personal iPads may be permitted for academic purposes only with the permission of the director. Students who choose not to follow these rules will have their electronic device removed and stored in the office for pick-up at the end of the school day. In the event of a repeat offense, a parent will be called and will need to see the director to pick up the electronic device. In addition, the student may be restricted from use of school technology for a period of time.
If a parent needs to contact a student for any reason during the school day they may call the office and a message will be given to the student. In the case of an emergency, the student will be called to receive the phone call themselves. Unnecessary phone calls are a distraction to the education we are seeking to provide
at CCA; we ask that parents refrain from calling unless there is a real need.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Purpose of This Document
To establish a policy to that outlines efficient, safe, ethical and legal use of network and Internet resources at Compass Classical Academy. These policies apply to users of electronic information resources located or accessed at Compass Classical Academy. CCA provides a network to facilitate communication and sharing.
Qualifying for Use
The privilege and responsibility of using our network and Internet Resources is based on the concept of a qualified and informed user. Access to and use of these resources entails a great responsibility. Inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action, which may be suspension or revocation of privileges. A current copy of this agreement, annually signed by all system users (and a parent, if the student is under 18 years of age) must be on file to use the CCA Network.
Internet Access and Safety Policy
Technology Protection Measure:
The Compass Classical Academy Public Charter School Internet has filtering and security software that filter materials that are profane, obscene, unlawful, discriminatory, violent, or hateful. It is recognized that neither is infallible, and we rely on the responsible use of the Internet by our students and staff. Students are monitored by teachers and staff when using computers.
Internet Safety Policy:
The emerging Web 2.0 technologies such as email, blogs, social networking and wikis have transformed how the world communicates and learns. These exciting and innovative communications often have educational value and cannot be completely filtered. Compass Classical Academy educates its students about appropriate
online behavior, including cyber-bullying, and interacting with individuals. To insure safety and promote reliable Internet use, all users must adhere to the following code of conduct when accessing online resources.
Code of Conduct
Security within the Compass Classical Academy Public Charter School network is a maximum priority. Network users are expected to behave appropriately and respectfully and agree to the following parameters and conditions:
Procedures and Proper Usage
● Will not evade, change or exceed resources quotas or disk usage as set by the Technology Department.
● Will not eat or drink in the immediate vicinity of any computer or network asset.
● Must register all personal computers and devices with the Technology Department before using them in the school.
● Will not set up or participate in Internet or LAN-based proxy or sharing applications. ● Must notify staff about security problems, unacceptable Internet sites or inappropriate communication. ● Shall not install/upload software to school computers or iPads or store software on network servers. ● Recognize that Network Logs vary depending on the server and are kept for no more than 45 days. ● Are responsible for making back-up copies of their critical documents.
● Will refrain from cyber-bullying, which is engaging in social cruelty by using technology to harass or harm anotherperson.
● Will not reveal personal information on the Internet or plan to meet people contacted through the Internet.
● Will not access or create profane, obscene, unlawful, discriminatory, violent, or hateful content. Privacy
No guarantee of privacy is given to any function of the network including files and communication. Network data storage areas are to be treated as school property. Software is employed that enables remote control and monitoring of computers and iPads while in use. Parents have the right to review the contents of their child’s files and communications. All users must respect the privacy of other network users and the confidentiality of passwords.
Copyright and Plagiarism
Violation of copyright and/or software agreement is considered a violation of this policy. Explicitly copyrighted materials will often have conditions describing how they may or may not be used. Plagiarism is expressly forbidden. (Plagiarism is the claiming of another person’s work as your own.) Proper citations will be used when citing electronic information.
School Web Site
Web pages display school activities and projects and may include photos, student names, and work. Web pages are considered a public document and comply with Federal School Guidelines. Web pages shall not encourage the use of tobacco, alcohol, or controlled substances or otherwise promote any other activity prohibited by school policy, state, or federal laws.
Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to damage the physical computers, software, network systems or data of other users. Vandalism will result in disciplinary action, which may include suspension of computer services and possible referral to legal authorities.
Individuals will be held financially responsible for damages including:
1. Attempts to move, remove, or damage software, hardware, or files.
2. Attempts to hack into any network or computer environment.
3. Physical damage to a computer while it is assigned or checked out to them.
a. Network users will abide by netiquette in their electronic communication.
b. School email accounts are maintained and/or archived in accordance with applicable policies.
Research & Reference
With the information that abounds on the Internet, it is important for our students and staff to recognize authoritative and respected sources of information. To this end, students and staff will give preference to: ● Subscription resources that have been reviewed by educators.
● Teacher reviewed and evaluated sites and materials.
● Information from educational, government and non-profit websites (.edu, .gov, .org)
Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy
The Compass Classical Academy Public Charter School places a high value on the appropriate and responsible use of its network and Internet resources. A violation of any of the rules outlined in this agreement will result in the following consequences:
First Infraction: loss of technology privileges for one week five school days.
Second Infraction: loss of technology privileges for ten school days.
Third Infraction: loss of technology privileges for one month.
All infractions of the policy will be disclosed to parents in writing. Infractions of this policy may result in further disciplinary action based on the rules of the Student Code of Conduct. Any illegal infractions will be reported to legal authorities. School administrators reserve the right to modify the consequences outlined above if deemed appropriate.
For Parents of Younger Students:
The Acceptable Use Policy is a legal document and agreement to it must be signed by parents and students by checking the box on the signature page. We understand that legal language is confusing for younger students. Please review the following points with your younger children:
● All language on the computers must be polite.
● No eating or drinking near computers.
● Respect other people’s work and privacy.
● Treat computers with care to prevent damage.
● Use computers only with the permission and supervision of an adult.
● Do not install software on any computers.
● Do not give anyone information about yourself on the Internet.
● Copyright and Plagiarism:
o It is against the law to copy another person's published work and is considered stealing. o When you use another person's ideas or pictures, give credit by including them in a "Works Cited" page.
IJNDB: School Internet Access For Students JICE: Student Publications
EHAA: Computer Security, E-Mail And Internet Communications KDC: Website
EGA: Internet Access For Students RSA 194:3-d, School Computer Networks
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Handbook Signature Page
Our family has read and discussed the information in the 2020-2021 Student Handbook. We understand the rule, expectations and dress code. We are committed to positively supporting our child’s social, emotional, and academic growth within the school setting at Compass Classical Academy. We will support the teachers and the school in its implementation.
Please check and sign below.
_____ I have read and understand the student handbook and technology use policies.
Student Signature Date
_____ I have read and discussed the student handbook and technology use policies with my student.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Please return this form to the main school office, indicating you and your parent/guardian have read the contents and agree to abide by it. This form must be returned no later than one week after the start of school.