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School Academic Expectations

  1. Students will achieve a grade (or its equivalent) of “B-” or better for promotion. Summer school will be required in order to make up a lower grade.  No credit, NC will be assigned.
  2. Students will complete all homework and class work at designated times.
  3. Students will complete required assignments on designated “Home School Days.”
  4. Students will read a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
  5. Students will use proper language at all times.
  6. Make-up work:
    1. Individual student make-up work may be placed in a make-up folder on the student wall.
    2. Individual student work should have the student’s name on the work, and then be placed in the folder on the student wall. Group work need not apply.
    3. Students will know where the folder is, and will quietly go to where the folder is, find their work, retrieve it, complete their work at home, and return the next day.
    4. Make-up work may also be found on PlusPortals.
  7. If a student is expelled for poor grades, the following apply: “Academic Redemption” is a plan implemented at the discretion of the teacher.  To qualify for the “Academic Redemption” process, a student must demonstrate a minimum of four of the traits listed below consistently for nine weeks.  The first two traits are prerequisites that the student must meet in addition to at least two of the six other traits. A student who qualifies for “Academic Redemption” will:
    1. Express a desire to change.
    2. Reflect on the need to change and set goals for a course of recovery.
    3. Meet current deadlines.
    4. Meet workplace standards.
    5. Manifest a cooperative attitude toward teachers and classmates.
    6. Involve parents in the process.
    7. Go to tutoring.
    8. Contribute to the school community. In addition to completing current work according to plan, the student must remedy past failure through appropriate work on a project agreed upon with the teacher.

TFA POLICIES OUTLINED

Electronic Device:

  1. Electronics may not be used for personal use anytime at school.
  2. The first time a student is caught with an electronic device, the device is taken away by the teacher/administrator.
    1. The device will be labeled with the student’s name and the date the device was taken.
    2. The device will then be given to administration.
    3. The device may be picked up by the student at the end of the day.
    4. Administration should keep a log of the names of the students who have phones taken away.
  3. The second time the student is caught with an electronic device, the device is taken away by the teacher/administrator.
    1. The device will be labeled with the student’s name and the date the device was taken.
    2. The device will then be given to administration.
    3. The device must be picked up by the parent at the end of the day.
  4. If a student decides to bring a laptop to school they do so at their own risk. The student alone is responsible for his or her personal laptop. The Foundation Academy is not liable for any personal property.
  5. Any other devices that are a potential danger or harm are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to drones, UAV’s, remote controlled electronics and any other device that may disrupt the educational environment. 

The school is NOT liable for any electronics.

Click here to view a Letter on TFA Cell Phone Policy

Attendance

Tardy:

  1. Students will lose work place standard points for being tardy.
  2. Teacher discretion determines when a student is tardy. However, the start of classes will be announced. In most cases, once a classroom door closes, the student will be considered tardy.
  3. The tardy count will re-start every 9 weeks. However, the lower work place standard grade remains.

Skipping:

  1. Student will be given an absent mark. Student will lose points on their work place standards grade.
  2. Attendance must be turned in on time by the classroom teacher. The office will handle skipping procedures after class attendance has been sent.
  3. The length of time between a tardy and skipping is open to teacher discretion.
  4. Once a teacher determines the student is skipping class, the teacher will write a referral for the student, contact the office, and send the student to the office with his or her referral.
  5. Parent is notified every time their student is skipping.
  6. Parent must accompany their student to school for re-admittance.

Appointments/need to leave class early:

  1. Students must provide written documentation from parent or appropriate adult to office on the morning of the appointment.

Late Afternoon Pickup:

  1. Parents are expected to pick up their student(s) promptly at the completion of the school day. Any pick-ups occurring after an established grace period will be subject to applicable late fees. If there is an emergency, parents must advise the school as soon as possible so alternate arrangements can be made.

Absent from school:

  1. Student must have note or parent call to front office
  2. Students must follow School Academic Expectations for make-up assignments listed above.
  3. Consequences for Unexcused Absences (explained under “Skipping”)
  4. Absences:
    1. Excused: These must be approved by the principal and teacher. Student will be marked as absent in the attendance record.
    2. Unexcused: After 5 unexcused absences in a marking period, the school will report the student as truant to the state.

Reporting Misconduct

All instructional personnel and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators, which affect the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees or administrators should be made to Nadia Hionides at 904- 219-8768. 

Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the FDOE office of Professional Practices.

Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affect the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the office of The Foundation Academy and on our website at https://www.foundationacademy.com.

Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect

All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at https://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/ or https://myflfamilies.com

Signs of Physical Abuse

The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, burns, other injuries, or broken bones. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home, may run away, shy away from physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble walking or sitting, pain or itching in the genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have mutual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact, or run away from home.

Signs of Neglect

The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at home, poor hygiene, or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.

Patterns of Abuse

Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not by significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.

Liability Protections

Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in any act authorized or required by law, or reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment or neglect to the department of any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action. (F.S.39.203)

An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former or current employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S.768.O95)

 

HB 7055 Additional Accountability Measures for

Private Schools Participating in State Scholarship Programs

  • Require each owner or operator of the private school to undergo a level 2 background screening as provided under chapter 435. Additional disqualifying offenses (attached).
  • Publish on the school’s website, or in a written format, information for parents regarding the school, including, but not limited to, programs, services, and the qualifications of classroom teachers.
  • At a minimum, provide the parent of each scholarship student with a written explanation of the student’s progress on a quarterly basis.
  • Require that a private school must notify the parent of each scholarship student at least 30 calendar days before a transfer of ownership of a private school.
  • An owner or operator of a private school that has been deemed ineligible to participate in a scholarship program pursuant to this chapter may not transfer ownership or management authority of the school to a relative in order to participate in the scholarship program as the same school or a new school. (Term “relative” means father, mother, son, daughter, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, or half-sister).
  • If the private school received more than $250,000 in funds from scholarships awarded under this chapter in a state fiscal year, the private school must submit the report (Agreed Upon Procedures or AUP) by September 15 to the scholarship funding organization that awarded the majority of the school’s scholarship funds. A school that received more than $250,000 in scholarship funds only through the McKay Scholarship must submit the annual report to the Department of Education.

TFA SEVERE CLAUSE POLICY

Severe Clause:

  1. Student will be immediately suspended for a period, or immediate expulsion will be applied, as determined by administration
  2. Parents will be notified and required to attend a meeting before student is admitted back to school

The following will result in immediate consequences:

  1. Acts of violence against teachers or students, including fighting or ANY unsolicited physical contact
  2. Verbal abuse and/or threats against teachers or students
  3. Theft
  4. Vandalism – includes Academy property, teacher and student personal property
  5. Unexcused absence from class
  6. Leaving campus without permission: includes lunchtime, break, field trips, and any class or school activity that has not been cleared with the teacher(s) by parent and/or school administration
  7. Use of drugs or alcohol at any time
  8. Sexual Harassment, sexual talk
  9. Cyber bullying

Dress Code:

The dress code of The Foundation Academy is based upon teaching modesty and appropriateness in an educational environment. It is the intention of the dress code to enable the students to learn in an acceptable academic environment.

  1. Bottom of the shorts/skirts must be no more than three inches above the knee
  2. No cleavage
  3. No midriff
  4. No tank tops
  5. No drug related material on clothing or accessories
  6. No curse words or offensive materials on clothing or accessories
  7. No visible undergarments or lack there of
  8. No sunglasses indoors
  9. No shoes with wheels
  10. Must be able to see eyes – no hoodies or hats covering the face
  11. No sharp objects on clothing or accessories
  12. No nudity of any degree
  13. No inappropriately placed holes
  14. Inappropriate body art must be covered up
  15. No gang flags (bandanas) and no gang related material
  16. There is teacher discretion as to what constitutes disruptive or distracting clothing

All of these rules are subject to teacher discretion.

If student violates dress code, that student will be provided a cover up and/or will remain in the office for the remainder of the day.

 

THE FOUNDATION ACADEMY SCHOOL-WIDE PROCEDURES

Entering the classroom at the beginning of the period:

  1. Enter class only if teacher is present
  2. Walk quietly into classroom place books, bags and belongings in designated area
  3. Sharpen pencils if needed
  4. Take assigned seats, take out homework and student planners
  5. Write the day’s assignments / information / homework in your planner as posted by your teacher and begin the warm-up work on the board as assigned by your teacher

Planners:

  1. The student comes in with the planner signed on Monday. The planner will be checked in Advisory.
  2. In Advisory on Monday, announcements will be written into the planner for the week/month.
  3. In class, planners are used for warm-ups, objectives, bible verses, etc.
  4. Planners can be replaced for $5.

Restroom:

For everyone’s convenience students are expected to use the restroom before or after class. If a student needs to use the restroom during class:

  1. Student Raises Hand in “R” form
  2. Teacher nods head “yes”, or shakes head “no”. The student then knows that he/she can go – or that they need to wait for the next person to come back (to keep an eye on the door)
  3. Clip Board for sign in/out sheet
  4. Bathroom Pass – The student must have the pass in order to leave to go to the restroom. If they do not have the pass on campus, the student will be sent to the office. The teacher will be notified.

Getting Student Attention: HIGH FIVE

  1. Teacher or facilitator raises a hand
  2. All verbal and non-verbal activity ceases
  3. Students raise their hands, all eyes on the speaker

Pencil Sharpening:

  1. Teachers will have nubbies in a cup ready for students who need  pencils or have broken their tips. The students will get up quietly to get their nubbies to use for the class period. Student does not need to ask to get a nubby or explain how a pencil broke (or a lack of pencil or pen).

Paper Heading:

  1. All students need to include a proper heading on the top right hand side of their paper.
  2. An Example Heading:
    1. Student Name
    2. Subject
    3. Assignment
    4. Date
    5. Teacher Name