Student/Parent Handbook (6-8 Grades)
Middle School Student Handbook
Table of Contents
Dear LISA Families,
Thank you for choosing to be a strong supporter in your child’s education. By taking the step of selecting a STEM school, you have now set your child up on a path of rigorous academic education to achieve the utmost of his or her potential.
It is our vision to enable students to succeed in school and in the workplace, and to provide an option for students to enter math, science, and engineering careers. Students can then become productive and responsible citizens and even Nobel laureates.
It is our mission to provide an academically rigorous college preparatory program, in partnership with students, families, and the community, and guide all students in gaining knowledge, skills, and the attitude necessary to direct their lives, improve a diverse society, and excel in a changing world by providing dynamic, resource-rich learning environments.
As administrators, we wish to work with you and for you for the betterment of all of our children. Please feel free to call anytime to set up a meeting where we can discuss your specific situation in more detail. We are here to help.
LISA Academy Administration
LISA West Middle School LISA North Middle School LISA Springdale
21 Corporate Hill Drive 5410 Landers Road 301 Holcomb Street
Little Rock, AR 72205 Sherwood, AR 72117 Springdale, AR 72764
501-227-4942 501-945-2727 479- 717-6464
Dr. Kevin Durand Emrah Turkmenoglu Hasan Sazci
Principal/ Principal Principal
Huseyin Altunkaya Dawn Hammonds
Dean of Academics Dean of Academics
Judith Knieling Daouda Kimberly Woody-Smith Barbara Padgett
Dean of Students Dean of Students Dean of Students
SECTION I: ADMISSION, ATTENDANCE AND DISMISSAL
Admission and enrollment of students shall be open to persons who reside within the State of Arkansas and who are eligible for admission based on lawful criteria identified in the charter and in law. The total number of students enrolled in any campus shall not exceed the number of students approved in the charter or subsequent amendments.
LISA Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability in providing educational services, activities, and programs, including vocational and career technology programs, in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
When making admissions decisions, LISA Academy does not discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, or athletic ability; or the district the child would otherwise attend under state law.
Submission of Applications and Admissions Lottery
LISA Academy requires applicants to submit a complete application form in order to be considered for admission. The application period begins in November and ends in February. Specific dates will be published on the school website.
A public, randomized admissions lottery will be conducted if the total number of applicants exceeds the number of open enrollment spots. Notification will be made automatically through the online application portal. Failure of an applicant to accept the offer and complete the enrollment process by the stated deadline will result in the forfeiture of his or her offer.
Once all enrollment spots have been filled by the lottery, the remaining applicants will be randomly placed on a waiting list. If a vacancy arises before the commencement of the school year, the individual on the waiting list with the lowest number assignment will be offered admission and then removed from the waiting list.
If an application is received after the application period has passed, the applicant’s name will be added to the waiting list behind the names of the applicants who timely applied.
LISA Academy campuses will each conduct individual lotteries (LISA West Middle/High, LISA North, LISA Chenal, and LISA Springdale). Students must apply separately for each campus.
Any student admitted from a school accredited by the Department of Education to a school in this district shall be placed into the same grade the student would have been in had the student remained at the former school.
Any student admitted from home school or a school that is not accredited by the Department of Education to a District school shall be evaluated by District staff to determine the student’s appropriate grade placement.
Students who are under current expulsion from other schools or districts may not enroll in the LISA Academy School District unless approval is given by the School Board.
Students who currently attend LISA Academy and intend to return the next school year are given priority in admission, so long as they notify the campus they attend of their intent to return for the next school year by the designated re-enrollment date. Returning students who indicate their intent to return for the next school year are exempt from the lottery process.
The enrollment and lottery process will be administered as follows:
- Currently enrolled students who submit a re-enrollment form by the published deadline will be enrolled without having to go through the lottery process.
- Children of the charter school’s founders, board members and full-time staff will be given 1st preference during the lottery process and will be given priority in admission, so long as the total number of students allowed may only constitute up to 10 percent of the school’s total enrollment. These applicants will be offered enrollment prior to the lottery, if space is available. If a full-time staff member is hired after the lottery has been conducted, his/her child may be moved to the top of the waiting list.
- Siblings* of returning students currently enrolled within the same LISA Academy system, and children or siblings of LISA Academy alumni (high school graduates) who apply by the published deadline and notify the school (LISA West/Chenal K-12 system, LISA North K-12 system, or LISA Springdale system) are given 2nd preference and offered enrollment, if space is available, after all children of board members and staff. These applicants will also be offered enrollment, if space is available. Students who have previously withdrawn from LISA Academy can no longer benefit from the sibling enrollment policy for a three year period unless approved by the superintendent or his/her designee.
- All other applicants who apply by the published deadline will be included in a random grade-level lottery and offered the remaining available seats in the order they occur on the randomized lottery list. All applications received after the published deadline are added to the bottom of the waiting list in the order the applications are received.
- Siblings* of newly enrolled students will be given waiting list priority. They will be manually moved ahead of the general waiting list in order of enrollment date of the sibling for the desired grade. Enrollment is not guaranteed and will only be offered if space is available.
- Transfer policy between LISA schools: If a parent wishes to transfer a student from one LISA K-12 system to another, the written request must be submitted no later than January 31 for the upcoming school year. Transfers may be requested based on housing location, job location, and/or current existing sibling at the transfer location. Transfer requests will be reviewed by principals of the affected campuses and approved based on availability of space and validity of reasons. Requests must be received at least 6 months in advance.
*For this policy, “sibling” shall mean a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the same household as the applicant. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address with the applicant are not siblings. To demonstrate sibling relationship, the parent/guardian must provide a legal birth certificate or other court document showing one shared parent or legal guardian.
- Certified copy of a birth certificate, visa/passport/ military I.D. card /other documentation as provided by law (A.C.A 6-18-208);
- Proof of address within 30 days (See details below);
- Social Security number or request the District assign an alternate nine-digit number;
- Expulsion records if applicable; and
- The child’s immunization record.
- Students entering must provide a kindergarten physical prior to admission (Arkansas Annotated Code 6-15-202)
Arkansas authorizes schools to obtain evidence that a person is eligible to attend public schools. To be eligible for continued enrollment in LISA Academy, each student’s parent must show proof of residency at the time of enrollment.
Residency may be verified through observation, documentation and other means, to include but not limited to
- A recently paid rent receipt;
- A current lease agreement;
- The most recent tax receipt indicating home ownership;
- A current utility bill indicating the address and name of the residence occupiers;
- A current Arkansas driver’s license with a valid Arkansas address;
- Other documentation that verifies Arkansas residency.
- Interviews with persons with relevant information.
Falsification of residence on an enrollment form is a criminal offense.
Withdrawal from School
A parent/guardian wishing to withdraw a student from school should notify the school. A withdrawal form may be obtained from the school registrar’s office. The Principal or other administrator will verify the information on the withdrawal form when the parent/guardian arrives to sign withdrawal papers to complete the process. The parent/guardian shall also provide the name of the new school in which the student will be enrolled, and must sign the formal withdrawal request to document that the student will continue to be enrolled in a school as required by compulsory attendance laws. On the student’s last day, a copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the student and a copy placed in the student’s permanent record.
A student who is 18 years of age or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an emancipated minor may withdraw without a parent’s signature.
Withdrawing students and parents are expected to
- Return all textbooks and checked-out materials and equipment;
- Pay any unpaid balance for student fees, if any.
The school may initiate withdrawal of a student under the age of 18 for nonattendance under the following conditions:
- The student has been absent ten consecutive school days; and
- Repeated efforts by the attendance secretary to locate the student have been unsuccessful, or contacted families refuse attendance.
A student will be withdrawn from LISA Academy if they are enrolled/admitted in an in-patient/residential mental health institution, where educational services are provided.
Students applying to return to LISA Academy from a mental health institution will be given their original seat back without going through the lottery process if they return within 30 calendar days, and provide documentation indicating the dates of enrollment at the residential facility.
LISA Academy is open and free to any child 5 through 21 years old who has not graduated from high school. Under the penalty for noncompliance as set by law, every parent, guardian, or other person residing within the State of Arkansas having custody or charge of any child age 5 through 17 on or before August 1 of that year shall enroll and send the child to a public, private, or parochial school or provide a home school for the child. School attendance is required until a student’s 18th birthday. The minimum age for enrollment is 5 years old on or before August 1 of the current year.
A student is considered tardy for an attendance period if they miss more than 10 minutes of an attendance period (refer to sections regarding failure to report to class and tardy for more information).
Students may not exceed eight (8) unexcused absences in a course in a semester. Credit, promotion, or graduation may be denied if a student exceeds the maximum number of absences allowed under this policy. If credit is denied in a high school credit course, a failing grade will be recorded. Parents can only excuse a student up to three days per semester for any reason; further absences will require additional documentation. Documentation may be subject to verification.
When a student must be absent from school, parents are asked to call the school each day the student will be absent. Upon returning to school, the student must bring a note, signed by the parent, that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted. Notes must be submitted within 5 school days of the student’s return to school. Notes received after this time period may not be accepted, and absences will be considered and recorded as unexcused, pending administrative review.
The following absences may be excused with documentation beyond simply a parent note:
- Personal illnesses;
- Family emergency or illness;
- Quarantine of the home;
- Death of a relative;
- Observing religious holy days;
- Juvenile court proceeding documented by a probation officer;
- Appearing at a governmental office to complete paperwork required in connection with the student’s application for United States citizenship;
- Student participation in a United States naturalization oath ceremony;
- Documented health care appointments, if the student begins classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment;
- Serving as an election clerk;
- Required screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid-eligible students;
- School nurse may excuse 1-2 days per occurrence if sending home for medical reason;
- Temporary absence resulting from any cause acceptable to LISA Administration.
LISA Academy will allow a student or the student’s parent or guardian to petition the school or district administration for additional absences. The petition must be made before the student accumulates eight (8) unexcused absences allowed under this policy.
Penalties and Notification Procedures
- When a student has missed one-half (½) of the total number of unexcused absences permitted, which is four (4) unexcused absences in any course during one semester, the school attendance secretary will notify the student’s parent/guardian of the number of absences.
- Course credit will not be denied if appropriate documentation of the student’s absences has not been forwarded to the parent/guardian at the student’s address of record.
- Course credit will be denied for each class in which a student has more than eight (8) unexcused absences or fourteen (14) excused absences during one semester unless the Attendance Review Committee finds there are extenuating circumstances such that to deny credit would be unfair. In determining whether there are extenuating circumstances for an absence, the Attendance Review Committee will use the following guidelines:
- All absences will be reviewed, with consideration given to special circumstances discussed in the Arkansas Education Code.
- For a student transferring into LISA Academy after school begins, including a migrant student, only those absences after enrollment will be considered.
- In reaching a consensus about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that its decision is in the best interest of the student.
- The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or parent could exercise control.
- The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documentation expressing reasons for the student’s absences.
- The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.
- The student, parent, or other representative will be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to discuss ways to earn or regain credit.
If credit is lost because of excessive absences, the Attendance Review Committee will decide how the student may regain credit. If the committee determines that there are no extenuating circumstances and that credit may not be regained, the student and/or parent may appeal the decision by filing a written request with the Principal within 15 school days of the last day of the semester. The appeal will then be submitted to the Superintendent or his/her designee for review. The Superintendent or his/her designee may make a decision or determine if the issue will be placed on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting. The Principal or designee shall inform the student or parent of the date, time, and place of the meeting.
- After the eight (8th) unexcused absence in one semester, the parent/guardian will be notified that a referral to the Pulaski County Juvenile Court has been made in accordance with Act 1308, adopted by the Arkansas Legislature, March 1997. The student’s parent, guardian, or person in loco parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) plus costs of court and reasonable fees assessed by the court.
- When a student who is fourteen (14) years or older has missed more than five (5) consecutive days without approval of the principal or assistant principal, the school will notify the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A). DF&A may suspend the student’s driver’s license until the student provides satisfactory evidence that he or she is attending school or has reached age 18. (Act 1308 of 1997)
Students are responsible for obtaining and completing make-up work. Students will be given the same amount of time to make up work as they were excused absent from school.
Make up assignments submitted after the time allotted will be subject to the teacher’s late work policy.
If a student misses a test due to an excused absence, a make-up test will be scheduled by the teacher. Students are responsible for taking the test at that time.
The school’s tardiness policy has been developed to emphasize the importance of each student arriving on time to school every day and remaining in the classroom for the entire period. Learning personal responsibility by arriving to school and class on time is an integral part of the school’s standard of excellence, which helps prepare students for success.
Tardiness to school means arriving to school after the tardy bell for the first class of the day. Students should be inside the classroom before the first bell rings. A student arriving after this time must report to the front office and obtain a tardy slip, unless local administration provides an alternative procedure. A student who arrives more than 10 minutes late to school may be subject to the consequences associated with truancy and excessive absences. Tardiness to school will be unexcused, unless the student arrives to campus late for one of the following reasons:
- Personal illness;
- Attendance at a required court appointment;
- Appointment with a doctor, dentist, or other professional.
For a tardy to be excused, the student must present a note from the parent explaining the student’s late arrival. The tardy notes from the parents will be limited to three per semester. The school may also require a written note from a doctor, dentist, or other professional.
*School reserves the right to contact appropriate authorities for serious tardy to school infractions.
The consequences for repeated tardiness to school or to class within a week are as follows:
Number of Unexcused Tardies
11 or more
Additional detention and a parent conference
Failure to Report
LISA Academy shall consider any student has failed to report to his/her assigned location if he/she is inexcusably and deliberately tardy or absent from his/her assigned location for more than 10 minutes. This policy applies to all regular classes, after school tutoring, and mandated tutoring.
Failure to report to assigned location shows a disregard for the educational program and is considered a serious matter that will have immediate consequences.
If a student has failed to report to his/her assigned location, no credit will be given for the work he/she missed as result of his/her actions.
Any student who has failed to report to his/her assigned location will receive a leveled consequence. Refer to Student Code of Conduct section in the handbook for detailed information about Level 1 and Level 2 consequences.
Students may not be dropped off before designated drop off time. No supervision is provided prior to published drop off times.
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member. Any student who remains on campus after dismissal must report to the designated after-school area. A student on campus unsupervised before drop off time or after dismissal time may be subject to state criminal trespass laws and disciplinary consequences under the Student Code of Conduct. Student Violation of this school policy may also be subject to monetary charges. The school reserves the right to contact the appropriate authorities for serious infractions.
Dismissal/Pick Up Information Form
Parents must fill out a form to provide dismissal information about their child. The school is not responsible for students who leave campus without written permission from an administrator. Students are not allowed to loiter in front of neighboring businesses and/or school grounds. Disciplinary action will be taken against students who leave and return to campus without having written permission from an administrator.
Early Check Out from School
In all instances of early check out, the following precautions are taken to ensure student safety:
- Approval of parent or guardian is required in all instances of early dismissal.
- The Principal or his/her designee may release a student before the end of a school day only upon presentation of a written or face-to-face request from a parent (no telephone calls), or for reasons of emergency.
- Students may be released only to a parent or guardian whose signature is on file in the school office or to a properly identified person, authorized in writing by the parent or guardian to act on his or her behalf.
- A student may be released “on his or her own” only with verified parental permission.
- No staff member shall permit or cause a student to leave school prior to the regular dismissal time, except with the knowledge and approval of the Principal and parent.
SECTION II: DRESS AND GROOMING
As authorized by state law and the school’s charter, students are required to wear uniforms to school. The school’s uniform policy and grooming standards are established to teach grooming and hygiene. They create a safe and orderly environment, instill discipline, and eliminate competition and distractions caused by varied dress styles. Students are expected to arrive in a proper school uniform every day, display modesty and neatness, and take pride in their uniforms. Students must remain in uniform while on school property. The school relies on student and the support of parents to help maintain this dress code. Parents/Guardians must provide their student(s) with the required uniform.
A parent/guardian may request specific modifications to the dress code or uniform if a parent/guardian provides a written statement that states a bona fide religious difference or any other reasonable claim for not adhering to the LISA Academy dress code regulations. All requests must be approved by administration and specific modifications will be designated.
If a student arrives at school out of uniform or is groomed inappropriately, the student’s parent/guardian will be called to bring a change of clothes. The student will not be allowed to attend class until he or she is appropriately dressed. Any class time missed will be counted as an unexcused absence. Uniforms with torn pants or shirts with holes are not allowed. All damaged uniform items should be replaced. The school reserves the right to determine and restrict unbecoming styles. Violations of the school’s uniform policy and grooming standards will result in incremental disciplinary action.
All students must wear the LISA Academy uniform shirt. This shirt must be purchased from the school, and may not be substituted with a plain polo shirt unless prior approval of the school principal is given.
A solid white, gray, or black long-sleeved shirt may be worn as an undershirt. The undershirt must not have a hood.
- Properly fitting navy blue or khaki uniform style pants or shorts are required.
- Shorts must be to the knee cap or longer. No skirts or skorts are allowed.
- Belts must fit properly and not hang down when buckled. No big buckles or extreme decorations are allowed.
- Jeans are to be worn only on designated days or for designated groups.
- Flat pocket cargo-style pants may be worn. No expandable pocket cargo pants are allowed.
- No denim, no form-fitting, no yoga style (stretch), and no sweat pants may be worn.
- Pants may not be baggy or sag, or have a low waistline. Pants must be worn properly at waist. (AR Act 835)
- Pant legs may not be rolled up.
All students must wear closed toe and closed heel shoes with solid soles.
- No sandals, mules, high heels, slippers/house-shoes, boots or Crocs are allowed.
- No Heelies (shoes with wheels) or illuminated shoes are allowed.
- Shoelaces must be tied at all times.
In addition to wearing proper school uniforms, students must follow these dress code guidelines. LISA Academy prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the administration’s judgment, may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of, or interference with, normal school operations.
- Pierced or clip-on jewelry may only be worn on the ears.
- No spiked/gauged earrings, no spiked necklaces or spiked bracelets are allowed.
- Students may wear stud earrings no larger than the ear lobes; no large hoop, gauge, or large dangling earrings are allowed.
- No jewelry or apparel exhibiting or promoting illegal substances, gangs, or violence is allowed.
- No tattoos (permanent or temporary) may be visible.
- No extreme or distracting hairstyles or extreme colored hair (only naturally occurring hair colors) are allowed. Hair should not cover the face. Hair, including facial hair, shall remain neat and clean at all times.
- Sunglasses may not be worn in the building.
- No loose items should be dangling from pockets.
- No extreme make-up is allowed.
- No fingernails that could be used as a weapon are allowed.
- No bandanas are allowed.
- No illuminated accessories are allowed.
Only school authorized uniform outerwear may be worn in the building. Scarves around the neck, gloves, or hats may not be worn inside the building. See local administration for specific instructions.
All general guidelines for dress apply on jeans days, even though school uniform pants are not mandatory. Students must wear their uniform shirt or school-approved LISA shirt. Students may wear solid-colored jeans. No frayed or torn jeans with holes are allowed. Parent/Guardian will be called to bring a change of clothes or pick up a child if he or she violates the dress code. The student may not be allowed to attend class until he or she is appropriately dressed. Any class time missed will be counted as an unexcused absence.
Students will be expected to wear school uniforms on all school sponsored field trips. Local administration may approve any deviation from the school uniform where appropriate.
Student health and safety is a high priority of LISA Academy. Student cooperation is essential to ensuring health and safety. Students should
- Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk;
- Follow the behavioral standards in this Handbook, including the Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the Principal, teachers, or other school staff;
- Remain alert to and promptly report safety hazards, such as intruders on campus and threats made by a person toward a student or staff member;
- Know emergency evacuation routes and signals;
- Immediately follow instructions from staff members who are overseeing student welfare.
Smoking tobacco, vaping, or use of tobacco or tobacco products, and the use of e-cigarettes are prohibited in school buildings, vehicles, on school property, 300 feet from school property, or at school-related and school-sanctioned events off school property. Students may not possess tobacco products or e-cigarettes at any of the locations or activities listed above. All violators are subject to possible prosecution, as allowed by law. Additionally, student violators are subject to the disciplinary terms of the Student Code of Conduct.
In order to provide a safe and alcohol-free environment for students and employees, all alcoholic beverages are prohibited on school property at all times, and at all school-sanctioned activities occurring on or off school property. Student violators are subject to the disciplinary terms of the Student Code of Conduct.
The school believes that student use of illicit drugs is both wrong and harmful. Consequently, the school prohibits the use, sale, possession and distribution of illicit drugs by students on school premises and at any school activity, regardless of its location. Student violators are subject to possible prosecution, as allowed by law, as well as to the disciplinary terms of the Student Code of Conduct.
Students with communicable diseases or with parasites shall demonstrate respect for other students and staff by not attending school while they are contagious. In some instances, a letter from a health care provider may be required prior to the student being readmitted to the school.
When a student has suspected head lice:
- The school nurse or trained staff member will assess the student and determine action to be taken.
- If live adult lice are found, the student’s parent/guardian will be notified to pick the student up from school.
- If nits (eggs) are found ONLY, the student may remain in class and the parent/guardian will be notified by phone and/or written notification.
- Treatment and prevention instructions will be sent home with identified students.
- Students must be treated with an approved pediculicide (Rid, Nix or the generic equivalent).
- If live lice were identified proof of treatment must be provided to the school nurse upon returning to school and before being allowed to return to class.
- A follow up assessment will be completed by the school nurse or trained staff member within 7-10 days of the initial assessment.
- Screenings of students who have close contact with the identified student, will be evaluated at the discretion of the school nurse.
- Only students who have active head lice will be sent notification from the school nurse.
- The American Academy of Pediatric Physicians does not recommend conducting routine screenings of the entire school population, nor any school wide notification when a student has head lice. Therefore, the school does not recommend school wide screenings/notifications.
- The parent should check their child’s head to remove lice and/or nits DAILY for two weeks.
- Parents should apply a second lice treatment 7 to 10 days after the first treatment.
- Fourteen days after the initial discovery of head lice or nits, the school nurse or trained staff member will evaluate the student for signs of lice or nits. The student will be sent home again if lice and/or nits are found. A parent will need to accompany their student upon returning to school to determine if they are cleared to return to school.
Each school may conduct screenings of students for head lice as needed. The screenings shall be conducted in a manner that respects the confidentiality of each student.
Student immunizations must be up-to-date as required by the Arkansas Department of Health. A copy of the required immunizations may be acquired from the school nurse. If a student does not have the required immunizations, according to the law, he/she will be excluded from school until immunizations are up-to-date.
If a student is unable to receive immunizations for a medical or non-medical reason, the parent/ guardian must take the following steps before the student is eligible to attend school:
- Contact the Arkansas Dept. of Health, Division of Communicable Disease at 501-661-2169;
- Submit a request and documentation for exemption to ADH;
- Parent/ guardian will provide the school with the Exemption letter.
- Exemptions must be renewed yearly.
Students have 30 days upon entering the school district to become compliant or be in process of updating shot record in accordance with state regulated vaccination criteria.
Illness or Injury
In order to provide our students with a healthy environment in which to learn, these guidelines must be followed:
- If a student complains of not feeling well before school, parent/ guardian should take student’s temperature and keep student home if the temperature is 99.9 or above.
- If a student complains with stomach disorders such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, the student should not attend school. Stomach viruses are highly contagious.
- If a student has a rash of unknown origin or has a suspected condition (such as chicken pox, mumps, measles, etc.) which may be contagious, the student must not attend school until a physician has diagnosed and treated the condition.
If a student is sent home from school with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, or any other acute symptom, he or she should not return to school the next day. A student should be free from any signs or symptoms that are believed to be contagious for twenty-four (24) hours without medication before returning to school.
Many times students become ill or injured at school and it is necessary for the school to notify parents. Parent/guardian contact information must always be up-to-date with the school. Parents/guardians have 1 hour to make arrangements for their sick or injured students to be picked up from school. Parents/guardians who leave an ill or injured student at school may be reported for neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services.
The following criteria will be used as a guide before notifying parents:
- Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher;
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea;
- Symptoms of contagious conjunctivitis (may return after being on medication for 24 hours);
- Signs or symptoms of other contagious diseases (ex. severe cough);
- Serious injuries (deemed such by the teacher, principal or school nurse);
- Head lice;
- Hygiene issues.
There are occasions where a student may have a chronic illness that requires the student to miss school more than is allowed under the attendance policy. If such a condition exists the parents/guardians, the physician, and the school may work together to develop an Individual Health Plan (IHP) or 504 Plan to address the illness and to accommodate the attendance policy.
According to requirements under state law, the school will annually assess the physical fitness of students. The school is not required to assess a student for whom, as a result of disability or other condition identified by rule or law, the assessment exam is inappropriate.
A physical is required for all Kindergarten students entering LISA Academy. Students participating in athletics or spirit groups must have a current physical done annually. Copies of physicals done within the last year are acceptable. These must be filed with the school nurse and/or coach.
All school campuses will conduct the following state mandated health screenings:
- Hearing and Vision: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grades;
- Height and Weight: Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th grades and 10th grades;
- Scoliosis: 6th and 8th grades.
The intent of the screenings is to detect defects in hearing, vision, or others elements of health that would adversely affect the student’s ability to achieve their full potential. Except in instances where a student is suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease, parents shall have the right to opt their student out of the screenings by written statement to the school nurse. Announcement about screening dates will be placed in the school newsletter.
By signing the parent handbook electronically, the parent is agreeing to give the school permission to screen their student for any and all physical examinations their grade is to receive.
A student is exempt from screening requirements if screening conflicts with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination of which the individual is an adherent or a member. To qualify for the exemption, an affidavit must be submitted to the school nurse stating the objection to the screening on or before the day of admission. This information serves as notice to the parent/guardian that these screenings will occur at some point during the scheduled school year. No other notices will be sent home.
Student Mental Health
Mental Health is an important component of students’ overall well-being. Each school provides a school counselor who provides immediate social/emotional support services for students during school hours. If more intensive support is needed, the counselor will work with the student and his/her parents/guardians to make appropriate referrals to outside service providers.
Medication Administration Policy
The purpose of this policy is to set forth the provisions that must be followed when administering medications to students at school. LISA Academy School District acknowledges that some students may require medication during the school day when a schedule for dispensing medication at home is not feasible. The school district’s licensed school nurse, principal or designee will dispense the student’s medication in accordance with the school district’s policy.
Administration of prescription medication by school personnel must only be done according to the written order of a licensed medical practitioner and written authorization of parent/guardian. School personnel will administer only oral, nasal and topical medications unless a condition exists for which an exception is made in accordance with the requirements of this policy.
Non-FDA approved products, herbal/dietary products, medications purchased in foreign countries or non-traditional preparations (including but not limited to: vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies and essential oils) may not be administered by any school personnel. The parent/guardian may administer the products so long as the use does not interfere with the health or well-being of other staff and students.
No medication will be given unless a Medication Form is filled out for each medication. All medications must be delivered to the office or school nurse by a parent/guardian or other responsible party, in the original pharmacy labeled container or manufacturer's container. No loose pills in baggies, envelopes or taped to a note will be accepted.
Prescription medication is medication that can be obtained only by means of a licensed and duly authorized medical practitioner.
Prescribed medications must have the following information on the label: student’s full name; name and dosage of medication; time and directions for administration; physician’s name and a current date (must be within a year of date brought to school).
Prescription medication requiring three (3) or fewer doses need to be given at home. It is recommended to give one dose before school, one dose after leaving school and the last dose before bed. Only if the label reads an exact time to give a dose that falls within the school day will it be administered at school. LISA Academy will work with parents and families administering prescription medication requiring four (4) or more doses per day, giving one (1) at school.
Parents must sign LISA Academy’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) permission form annually to give consent for their student to receive OTC medication for minor issues (headache, cramps, allergies, etc.). Non-prescription medication will not be given before 10:00 AM at any LISA Academy campus. Students needing OTC medication before coming to school need to take medication at home. OTC medication will not be given after 2:00 PM during the school day. Non-prescription medication (OTC) will not be given to a student more than once per day. Students who request or need OTC medication more than 6 times in a semester will require a licensed prescriber order.
All medications dispensed at school will be kept in a designated locked drawer, cabinet, file or safe in the nurse’s office. Prescription and non-prescription medications are not to be carried by a student with the exception of an inhaler, epi-pen and insulin pen and the student has a self-carry permission form on file with the nurse that is signed by the parent, student and nurse. No medicine will be sent home with a student except inhalers. The only exceptions to this are those developed by a team that includes the parents, a principal or vice-principal and the school nurse.
Students not exhibiting responsible behavior regarding self-carry medications or any students found to have on their person or to be dispensing any legal or illegal medication or substance to other students at school will be subject to school discipline as stated in the handbook.
Narcotic Pain Medication
Narcotic pain medication may cause many side effects that hinder a student’s ability to learn or function at school. Medications such as but not limited to hydrocodone, oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, Tylenol with codeine, etc. will not be administered at school. Students should not be given narcotics and sent to school for the day.
Medical marijuana may cause side effects that hinder a student’s ability to learn or function well at school. Using medical cannabis at school is prohibited per Arkansas State guidelines and will not be administered at school. Students found with cannabis in any form, prescribed or not, will be subject to disciplinary action as dictated by the student handbook.
Asthma, Anaphylaxis and Diabetes Medications
Asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes are life threatening conditions, and students with those conditions are entitled to possess and self-administer prescription medication while on school property or at school-related events.
Student possession and self-administration of asthma inhaler, epi-pen, or insulin pen at school requires the student to properly demonstrate to the school nurse his or her ability to self-administer the medication. These students will require a Medication Administration Release Form (MARF) on file with the school nurse. Parents will need to furnish all proper medical documentation required. All medication must be in the original container.
Sub Nurse Policy
According to the policies of LISA Academy, students becoming ill or injured during the school day are directed to report to the nurse. When the full time licensed nurse is going to be off campus for the day, LISA Academy will provide a sub licensed nurse from a contracted temp agency.
In the brief absence of the nurse at LISA Academy, a delegated unlicensed staff volunteer will provide incidental medical attention. They will be properly trained to receive medications, provide first aid, and have the ability to administer medication.
The delegated unlicensed staff volunteer providing incidental medical attention may:
- receive medications from parents in the front office using the medication receipt form
- provide first aid
- check a student’s temperature to determine if fever is present
- call a parent/guardian to pick the child up from school if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, is vomiting, has diarrhea, head lice, injury that that requires immediate MD attention, or any other circumstance the sub deems necessary
- call for a school administrator, if available to assist in making medical decisions
The delegated unlicensed staff volunteer will receive annual training from the campus nurse related to the healthcare needs of students currently enrolled at LISA Academy. Additionally, the staff member will participate in “Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care” by Pedialink online and provide a printed certificate for the nurse’s office and administration.
No water bottle may be carried by any student unless a current order by the child’s physician is on file in the health room.
Elevator and Uniform Passes
Any student requiring an elevator pass for more than 2 days must submit a doctor’s note to the nurse. Any student found on the elevator without a pass issued by the school nurse, front office or administration will be subject to disciplinary actions per the student code of conduct.
Uniform passes are only permitted by the nurse when there is a medical reason stated by a licensed physician for not wearing approved LISA uniform clothing. All other requests must be approved by the school’s administration.
SECTION IV: STUDENT SAFETY
Statement of Nondiscrimination
LISA Academy prohibits discrimination, including harassment, against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. LISA Academy also prohibits dating violence, as defined by this policy. Retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of school policy.
For purposes of this policy, discrimination against a student is defined as conduct directed at a student on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or on any other basis prohibited by law, that adversely affects the student.
Prohibited harassment of a student is defined as physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on the student’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
- Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
- Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
- Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Prohibited harassment includes dating violence as defined by this policy.
Examples of prohibited harassment may include offensive or derogatory language directed at another person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation; threatening or intimidating conduct; offensive jokes; name calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; display of graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, LISA Academy does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in its educational programs or activities. LISA Academy does not tolerate sexual harassment of a student by employees, school volunteers, parents, other students, or other third parties related to school. Romantic or inappropriate social relationships between students and school employees, school volunteers, or other school patrons are prohibited. Any sexual relationship between a student and a school employee, school volunteer, or other school patron is always prohibited, even if consensual. If a school official has reason to suspect that an inappropriate sexual relationship has taken place, that official is required to report the incident to the proper legal authorities.
Sexual harassment of a student includes both welcome and unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct; or other conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
- A school employee causes the student to believe that the student must submit to the conduct in order to participate in a school program or activity, or that the employee will make an educational decision based on whether or not the student submits to the conduct; or
- The conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it:
- Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities; or
- Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment.
Sexual harassment of a student, including harassment committed by another student, includes unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it:
- Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
- Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
- Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Examples of sexual harassment of a student may include sexual advances; touching intimate body parts or coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; jokes or conversations of a sexual nature; and other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or contact.
Dating violence occurs when one partner in a dating relationship, either past or current, intentionally uses physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control the other partner. Examples of dating violence against a student may include physical or sexual assaults, name-calling, put-downs, threats to hurt the student or the student’s family members or members of the student’s household, destroying property belonging to the student, threats to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the relationship, attempts to isolate the student from friends and family, stalking, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
For purposes of this policy, dating violence is considered prohibited harassment if the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
- Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
- Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s academic performance; or
- Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
LISA Academy prohibits retaliation against a student alleged to have experienced discrimination or harassment, including dating violence, or another student who, in good faith, makes a report, serves as a witness, or otherwise participates in an investigation.
A student who intentionally makes a false claim, offers false statements, or refuses to cooperate with a school investigation regarding discrimination or harassment, including dating violence, is subject to appropriate discipline.
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced prohibited harassment or believes that another student has experienced prohibited harassment should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, the Principal, or other school employee. Alternatively, a student may report prohibited harassment directly to one of the officials below.
Reports of discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. Please contact the school office for the name of the school’s current Title IX Coordinator,
Dean of Students.
Reports of discrimination based on disability may be directed to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. Please contact the school office for the name of the school’s current 504 Coordinator.
The Principal or his/her designee shall serve as coordinator for purposes of school compliance with all other antidiscrimination laws.
A student shall not be required to report prohibited harassment to the person alleged to have committed the conduct. Reports concerning prohibited conduct, including reports against the Title IX Coordinator or ADA/Section 504 Coordinator may be directed to the Superintendent or his/her designee or the Board of Directors. A report against the Superintendent may be made to the Board of Directors. If a report is made directly to the Board, the Board shall appoint an appropriate person to conduct an investigation.
After receiving a complaint of sexual harassment the school may, but need not, require the student to prepare a written report. Verbal complaints will be documented. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator or other authorized school official shall promptly authorize and undertake an investigation. When appropriate, the school may take interim action to avoid additional opportunities for harassment. The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the person making the report, the person against whom the report is filed, and any others with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the allegations.
The investigator will prepare a written report of the investigation. The report shall be filed with the Title IX Coordinator or other school official overseeing the investigation. If the results of the investigation establish that prohibited harassment occurred, the school shall promptly respond by taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the harassment and prevent its recurrence. The school may take disciplinary action based on the results of an investigation, even if the school concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of harassment prohibited by law or policy.
To the greatest extent possible, the school shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation and comply with applicable law.
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the LISA Academy grievance procedure. See “Parent and Student Conflict Resolution”. A student shall be informed of his or her right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
LISA Academy prohibits bullying as defined by this policy, as well as retaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process. Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression or physical conduct that:
- Will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
- Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Bullying of a student may include, but is not limited to hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism. Bullying can occur in person, verbally, physically, or virtually and must be reported to local administration immediately.
The use of technology including messaging services, e-mail, social media services, and the internet to enact any or all of the prohibited conduct outlined above is considered cyberbullying, and is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The school shall take the initiative in educating and informing its students of the negative effects of cyberbullying, as well as the disciplinary consequences should students violate this prohibition.
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to the Assistant Principal, a teacher, counselor, or other school employee. A report may be made orally, in writing, or online. Any school employee who receives notice that a student has or may have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the Assistant Principal and/or designee.
A student who intentionally makes a false claim or offers false statements is subject to appropriate discipline.
Investigation of Report
The Assistant Principal shall determine whether the allegations in the report, if proven, would constitute prohibited harassment, and if so, proceed under that policy instead. See “Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation”. The Assistant Principal shall conduct an appropriate investigation based on the allegations in the report, and shall take prompt interim action calculated to prevent bullying during the course of an investigation, if appropriate.
The Assistant Principal shall prepare documentation of the investigation, including a determination of whether bullying occurred, report it to the principal and record it in the school’s discipline platform. If the results of an investigation indicated that bullying occurred, the school shall promptly respond by taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The school may take action based on the results of an investigation, even if the school concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying under this policy.
To the greatest extent possible, the school shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the school grievance procedure. See “Parent and Student Conflict Resolution” section.
The following procedures shall be followed when law enforcement officers and other lawful authorities want to question or interview a student at the school:
- The school administration shall verify and record the identity of the official and request an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school;
- The school administration shall make reasonable efforts to notify the student’s parent to the extent permitted by the legal authority.
- Unless prohibited by law or when the student has been arrested or taken into police custody, a staff member shall be present during the questioning or interview.
When the investigation involves allegations of child abuse, special rules apply. See “Child Abuse Reporting and Investigations”.
The school shall permit a student to be taken into custody:
- Pursuant to an order of the juvenile court;
- Pursuant to the laws of arrest;
- By a law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision;
- By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has violated the terms of probation imposed by a juvenile court;
- Pursuant to a properly issued directive to apprehend; or
- By an authorized representative of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, a law enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer, without a court order and under the conditions set out by law relating to the student’s physical health or safety.
LISA Academy provides child abuse anti-victimization programs and cooperates with official child abuse investigators as required by law. LISA Academy provides training to its teachers and students in preventing and addressing incidents of sexual abuse of children, including knowledge of likely warning signs indicating that a child may be a victim of sexual abuse. Assistance, interventions and counseling options are also available.
The school’s administration shall cooperate with law enforcement investigations of child abuse, including investigations by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. School officials shall not refuse to permit an investigator to interview a student who is alleged to be a victim of abuse or neglect at school. School officials shall not require the investigator to permit school personnel to be present during an interview conducted at school.
Arkansas law prohibits the notification of a parent, guardian, custodian, or person standing in loco parentis if the person is named as an alleged offender. The investigator shall provide the school with written documentation that notification is prohibited.
Investigations at school may be conducted by authorized law enforcement or state agencies without prior notification or consent of the student’s parent, if necessary.
Sexual Assault Policy
LISA Academy explicitly condemns sexual assault as a violation of an individual’s human rights and dignity. Therefore, the policy of LISA Academy is that members of LISA Academy community neither commit nor condone sexual assault in any form. This prohibition applies equally to male and female staff, faculty and students, to all persons on premises subject to LISA Academy control and to those engaged to further the interests of LISA Academy.
Sexual assault is unlawful and may subject those who engage in it to civil and criminal penalties. Employees and students who engage in sexual assault will also be subject to applicable disciplinary action.
LISA Academy is committed to providing an environment free from sexual assault. Therefore, LISA Academy administration strongly encourages all LISA community members to report incidents of sexual assault. To that end, reporting and investigating procedures are supportive of and sensitive to the victim. At the same time, they adequately safeguard the rights of the alleged offender.
Definition of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is generally defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity. Sexual assaults generally fall into one of two categories: forcible and non-forcible offenses. A forcible sex offense is "any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against that person’s will, or not forcibly or against a person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent." These sex offenses include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling. Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse," and may include incest and statutory rape. Depending on the circumstances, acquaintance rape could be in either category. As used in this policy, the term "sexual assault" is generally descriptive of conduct specifically prescribed as rape, carnal abuse, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse and sodomy under Arkansas Code Annotated 5-14-101 through 123.
Sexual Assault Forcible and Non-Forcible Sex Offenses: LISA Academy will not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including rape and acquaintance rape. A student or employee charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under Arkansas criminal statute and/or disciplined by LISA Academy. Even if criminal prosecution is not pursued, LISA Academy can pursue disciplinary action. Where there is probable cause to believe that the campus regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, the campus will pursue strong disciplinary action through its own internal judicial channels. This discipline includes, but is not limited to, the possibility of termination, expulsion, suspension, disciplinary probation, counseling, mediation or educational sanctions or a combination. Any conduct that constitutes a sexual offense under Arkansas law shall also be subject to disciplinary sanctions under this policy.
Sexual Assault Victims Rights
As a victim, an individual has the right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement authorities and, upon request, is entitled to assistance from LISA Academy in notifying the local law enforcement authorities. The Assistant Principal will explain how to use the LISA Academy complaint process.
An individual has the right to file a complaint with LISA Academy and have a sexual assault complaint investigated by LISA Academy. Parents of a minor child will be contacted and informed of an ongoing investigation. Following initial interview, parents of the minor child will be invited for a conference.
LISA Academy will notify the individual as to the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding regarding the complaint subject to limitations of state and federal laws relating to data privacy practices. The person accused will also be notified of the outcome of such proceedings.
LISA Academy will cooperate with law enforcement authorities in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with the sexual assault incident. LISA Academy will also assist the individual in preserving any materials relevant to the campus disciplinary proceedings. LISA Academy will, in cooperation with law enforcement authorities, make efforts to shield the individual from unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including the transfer of the victim to alternative classes if this option is available and feasible.
Each student will be assigned a locker for his or her individual use. The use of lockers is strongly encouraged, as backpacks/purses are not allowed in classrooms. Lockers are to be used to store books, coats and personal items. Valuable items should not be stored in lockers. The school is not responsible for personal items stored in lockers. During the school day, students may go to their lockers during designated times only.
The school will provide a lock for each locker. Students may not put a personal lock on their lockers, and all students must keep their locker combinations private. Students may not trade or share lockers, see “Student Code of Conduct” for more information. Students are responsible to make sure that lockers are kept locked at all times. Any damage, vandalism, or other problems with lockers should be reported to the Dean of Students. Students will be held responsible for the condition and contents of their lockers if such damage, vandalism, or other problems are not reported.
Interrogations and Searches
In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that the school is safe and drug free, school officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted without a warrant and as permitted by law.
Administrators, teachers and other professional personnel may question a student regarding the student’s own conduct or the conduct of other students. In the context of school discipline, students have no claim to the right not to incriminate themselves.
Students shall be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by school officials. School officials may search a student’s outer clothing, pockets, or property by establishing reasonable cause or securing the student’s voluntary consent. Express or implied coercion – such as threatening to contact parents or police – invalidates apparent consent.
A search is reasonable if (1) the school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will uncover evidence of a rule violation or a criminal violation and (2) the scope of the search is reasonable related to the circumstances justifying the search; i.e., the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search and are not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.
Desk and Locker Searches
Students should have no expectation of privacy in the contents of their lockers, desks or other school property. Lockers and desks assigned to students remain at all times under the control and jurisdiction of the school. The school will make periodic inspections of lockers and desks at any time, with or without notice or student consent. School officials will remove any item that violates school policy or that may potentially be dangerous.
Students have full responsibility for the security of their lockers and desks, and shall be held responsible for any prohibited items found during a search. The student’s parent shall be notified if any prohibited articles or materials are found in a student’s locker or desk, or on the student’s person, as a result of a search conducted in accordance with this policy.
Vehicles on Campus
Vehicles parked on school property and property under school control are under the jurisdiction of the school and may be searched at any time if reasonable suspicion exists to believe that the search will result in evidence that school rules or other laws have been violated. If a vehicle subject to search is locked, the student shall be asked to unlock the vehicle and consent to a search of the vehicle. If the student refuses to permit the vehicle to be searched, the school may contact the student’s parents and/or law enforcement officials. A student will be held responsible for possession of prohibited items found in his or her vehicle parked on school property or at a school-related event.
The school may use or contract for specially trained dogs to sniff out and alert school officials to the current presence of concealed prohibited or illegal items, including drugs and alcohol. Such visits to the school may be unannounced. The dogs shall be used to sniff vacant classrooms, vacant common areas, the areas around student lockers, and the areas around vehicles parked on school property. The dogs shall not be asked to alert on students. If a dog alerts to a locker, a vehicle, or an item in a classroom, it may be searched by school officials. Searches of vehicles shall be conducted as described above.
Procedures for Use of Restraint and Time-Outs
School employees, volunteers or independent contractors are authorized to use restraint in the event of an emergency and subject to the following limitations:
- Only reasonable force, necessary to address the emergency, may be used.
- The restraint must be discontinued at the point at which the emergency no longer exists.
- The restraint must be implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the student and others.
- The student may not be deprived of basic human necessities.
At no time, however, may a student be placed in seclusion.
No student will be confined in a locked box, locked closet or other specially designated locked space as either a discipline management practice or a behavior management technique.
Visitors for educational purposes are welcome at the school. Visitors must sign in with the front office and present a valid photo ID upon arrival. Parents must also check in at the front office. Guests should not be brought to school without prior approval.
Visitors will not be allowed during the last two weeks of the semester or during the week prior to any school holiday, or during standardized testing. Parents or other visitors shall not walk in the hallways or to classrooms unless a visitor’s form has been completed at least 2 school days in advance to provide notice of the visit. This form must also be completed when a parent requests to observe a class. Visits will only be allowed a maximum of 20 minutes per day, and no more than 1 visit per week in order to limit the distractions in a rigorous learning environment.
The Principal may take the following actions whenever there is a school visitor:
- Require the visitor to display his or her driver’s license or another form of identification issued by a governmental entity containing the person’s photograph (see front office for details).
- Establish an electronic database for the purpose of storing information concerning visitors. Information stored in the electronic database may be used only for the purpose of school security, and may not be sold or otherwise disseminated to a third party for any purpose.
- Verify whether the visitor is a sex offender registered with the computerized central database maintained by the Department of Public Safety or any other database accessible by the school.
In order to protect student safety and sustain an educational program free from disruption, state law permits the school to take action against any person who interferes or disrupts the school environment and/ or any school activity.
“Disruption” includes but is not limited to making loud noises; enticing, attempting to entice, preventing, or attempting to prevent a student from attending a required class or school activity; entering a classroom without the consent of either the Principal of the teacher; and, through acts of misconduct or the use of loud or profane language, disrupting class activities.
Fire, lock-down, evacuation, earthquake, and tornado drill instruction will be discussed during the first weeks of school. Students are expected to know and follow these procedures. Instructions will be posted in each teacher’s room. When the alarm is sounded, students should follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner.
Weather conditions may occur that will make it necessary for campuses to be closed. Parents and students are advised to view the school’s website, listen to automated phone calls, read text messages, and listen to local radio or television for announcements that the school will be closed.
Students and others are not permitted to use their skateboards, scooters or roller blades on campus grounds at any time. If a student uses any of these items as a means of transportation to or from school, he or she must walk and carry the item while on school property. These items should be kept in a locker or designated place approved by campus administration until the end of the school day.
For safety purposes, video equipment may be used by the school to monitor student behavior in classrooms and hallways, on buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when the equipment is being used. Staff may review the tapes routinely to document student misconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
SECTION V: ACADEMICS AND GRADING
LISA Academy will pursue active communication with all parents through the academic tracking system, emails, and conferences in addition to sending midterm and quarter report cards. Each student will also receive a final grade for the semester, which will be averaged together from the quarter reporting periods. All grades will be based on measurable educational objectives. Please notify the school office immediately if your address or contact information changes.
Parents are responsible for scheduling a conference with a child’s teacher if the student is not making adequate progress, especially if the student is earning a D or an F.
All classes will follow a standard scale for assigning letter grades. Individual teachers and administration will establish the grading policies and procedures for their classes, with grades corresponding to the following scale:
A = 90–100% B = 80–89% C = 70–79% D = 60-69% F = 59% and below
Determining Semester Grades for High School Credit Courses
Core subject teachers of high school credit courses (math, science, English, and foreign language) will administer semester exams at the end of the semester. These exams will affect the overall average by 10%.
Grade Promotion Policy
Middle school grade promotion from one grade to another in LISA Academy shall be based on the following criteria:
- Students must have passing grades (above F) in all subjects.
- A final grade is determined by averaging the two semester grades.
- Summer School
- Students who received a failing grade from one of the core subjects (Math, English, Science, Social Studies) must attend the summer school and receive a passing grade to be promoted to the next grade level.
- Summer school must be assigned and approved by the school administration.
- Students who fail two or more core subjects will repeat the grade*. No summer school is allowed. *Courses with high school credit given during the middle school are exempt from this policy. Refer to high school promotion policy for more information.
- Students who failed any of non-core subjects need to obtain a project/portfolio assignment from school for each subject they failed, complete the assignment successfully, and return it back to school by the assigned day so that they will be promoted to the next grade level. Failure to do so will result in repeating the grade.
- Students may not have more than eight (8) unexcused absences in a semester. Refer to Attendance section in this handbook for details.
High school course credit will be denied if the student receives more than eight (8) unexcused absences in a semester. See the Attendance section in this handbook for details.
Placement in Grade 9
Placement in grade 9 is dependent upon successful completion of grade 8.
Middle school students who make a “C” in a high school course in middle school are encouraged to confer with their parents and school personnel before going on to the next level course.
Middle school students taking high school courses who get a grade of D or F will receive a comparable middle school course credit and repeat the high school course for high school credit.
If a student fails either the first or second semester of a high school credit class taken during middle school, the student must complete both semesters of the relevant high school course in the subsequent year. For example, a student who fails the second semester of Algebra 1 as an 8th grader would be required to take Algebra I for both semesters of the subsequent year.
Students who earn an “A” in all classes will be named to the LISA Distinguished Honor Roll.
Students who earn at least a “B” in all classes will be named to the LISA Honor Roll.
Students with zero Discipline Points and no discipline referrals will be named to the Excellent Character Honor Roll.
Students with zero absent days and zero unexcused tardies will be named to the Excellent Attendance Honor Roll.
LISA Academy has a Response to Intervention (RTI) plan. Based on student data this might include small group instruction, pull outs, co-teaching, or other supports deemed appropriate for student success.
LISA Academy will prescribe a specific plan for any student who does not score proficient on any state-mandated exams, which may include tutoring.
The objective of tutoring is to provide small group structured instructional time to improve students’ performance that will contribute to academic achievement. Support of parents/guardians is essential to student success.
Any subject teachers may offer tutoring to a class and/or a student that needs extra time and/or assistance by informing parents/guardians.
LISA Academy uses the Iowa Acceleration Scale when whole-grade acceleration is a consideration. The Iowa Acceleration Scale is a researched based method that looks at test scores, motor skills, social and emotional development, system resources and sibling effects to determine if a student is a strong, good, or marginal student for grade acceleration. A team of teachers, parents/guardians, and administrators review the results to determine if acceleration is the most effective option for the student.
Teachers assign homework that fosters individual learning and growth and that is appropriate for the subject area. Homework may be part of all students’ regular evaluations. Each student is responsible for completing and turning in homework on time. The teacher’s record is final in cases of conflict regarding homework assignments. If a student or parent has questions about homework, he/she should contact the teacher who assigned it.
Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Academic dishonesty includes cheating, copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or other supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students.
Students with Disabilities
English Language Learner Services
In keeping with state and federal laws, LISA Academy offers support services for students at all appropriate grade levels for English language learners who are limited in their English proficiency. The district’s goal is to provide additional English language assistance to students, enabling them to become academically successful in all classes. LISA Academy will use a home language survey at the time of enrollment to gather information about a student’s language background and identify students whose primary or home language is other than English. We will then determine if potential EL students are in fact EL through a valid and reliable test which assesses English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing. If test results indicate either limited oral or limited cognitive academic English ability, the student will be provided additional English language support, unless the parent chooses to sign a waiver.
Special Education Services
The school has the responsibility of identifying, locating, and evaluating individuals with disabilities who are 5–21 years of age and who fall within the school’s jurisdiction. If you know or suspect that your child has a disability, please contact the school’s Student Services Coordinator for information about available programs, assessments, and services.
All special education services are provided in the least restrictive environment, which may be special education settings, general education settings, or a combination of both. All students receiving special education services are educated to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled peers and participate in all school activities on the same basis as students who are not disabled.
Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education Services
If a student is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent/ guardian may contact the Student Services Coordinator to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system may link students to a variety of support options, including potential referral for a special education evaluation.
If the IEP Team determines that an evaluation for special education services is not appropriate, it will provide the parent/ guardian with a written notice that explains why the student will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs parents of their rights if they disagree with the school. Additionally, the parent/ guardian will be provided a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards – Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.
The designated person to contact regarding options for a student experiencing learning disabilities or a referral for evaluation for special education is the Student Services Coordinator.
Section 504 Services
LISA Academy provides a free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability, regardless of the nature or severity of the student’s disability. A “student with a disability” is one who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the student’s major life activities, has a record of having such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. A student with a disability is “qualified” if he or she is between the ages of three and 21, inclusive.
An appropriate education is the provision of regular or special education and related services that are (1) designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of students who do not have disabilities; and (2) based on adherence to procedures that satisfy federal requirements for educational setting, evaluation and placement, and procedural safeguards.
Qualified students with disabilities will be placed in the regular educational environment, unless the school demonstrates that education in the regular environment with the use of supplemental aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Should an alternate educational environment be necessary, the school shall comply with all legal requirements regarding least restrictive environment and comparable facilities for students with disabilities. In providing or arranging for nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities, the school shall ensure that a qualified student with a disability participates with students who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate.
To be eligible for services and protections against discrimination on the basis of disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a student must be determined, as a result of an evaluation, to have a “physical or mental impairment” that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If a student has or is suspected of having a disability, or requires special services, parents or teachers should contact the Principal for information concerning available programs, assessments, and services. For further information, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator at your school.
In order to be considered for homebound instruction, an illness or injury that prevents school attendance must be documented by a medical doctor. Blank forms are available through the front office at each building. The form must be completed thoroughly and returned to the district office. An incomplete form will not be considered for approval.
Homebound applications for students receiving special education services must be submitted to the Director of Special Education in order for an IEP conference to be held to consider homebound services.
Attendance policies continue to apply to student absences until homebound instruction is officially approved by the district’s administration and the student (parents/guardians) have been notified of the approval for homebound. Submitting a request does not assure approval of the request.
Upon application and approval of homebound instruction, students must understand that their schedules may be adjusted due to specific class and/or subject requirements that cannot be effectively taught and learned in the homebound setting. These courses may include, but are not limited to the following classes: Pre-AP, AP, foreign language, band, computer courses, medical courses, vocational electives, etc.
Students who are homebound for a period of six weeks or less may be able to continue with some (or all) of their current classes with the recommendation of the classroom teacher and the approval of the principal. Homebound instruction consists of a minimum of three (3) hours and a maximum of five (5) hours of direct instruction per week. A student can be seen for a lesser amount of time per week, if both the school and the parents are in accord with this action and a written plan is developed that includes reasoning behind the reduction and both parties signatures to show approval. After direct instruction, the student will be responsible for completing assignments independently as assigned by the homebound tutor. Students must notify the homebound tutor or Principal immediately if they anticipate not completing their assignments by the assigned deadlines.
Services for Title I Participants
SECTION VI: STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
To function properly, education must provide an equal learning opportunity for all students by recognizing, valuing, and addressing the individual needs of every student. In addition to the regular curriculum, principles and practices of good citizenship must also be taught and modeled by school staff. This includes an appreciation for the rights of others. LISA Academy is committed to helping every student fulfill his or her intellectual, social, physical, and emotional potential. To foster an orderly and distraction-free environment, LISA Academy has established this Student Code of Conduct (“the Code”). The Code outlines prohibited behaviors and consequences for such behavior. LISA Academy has the responsibility and authority to enforce the Code, question students, counsel them, and assign discipline when appropriate.
The Code does not define all types and aspects of student behavior. The Board of Directors and the Superintendent may establish written policies, rules, and regulations of general application governing student conduct in all schools. In addition, each Principal, within his or her own school, may establish certain rules and regulations not inconsistent with those established by the Board and the Superintendent.
Any conduct that causes or creates a reasonable likelihood that it will cause a substantial disruption in or material interference with any school function, activity, or purpose, or that interferes or creates a reasonable likelihood that it will interfere with the health, safety, or well-being or the rights of other students is prohibited.
A teacher may send a student to the Dean of Students for one of the following reasons below:
- The student has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn; or
- The teacher determines the student’s behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn.
The Board of Directors has authorized detention, suspension, and expulsion as methods of disciplining students. The Board of Directors has also given authority to the Superintendent or his/her designee to use any of these disciplinary actions which, in his or her judgment, is appropriate for the violation. The Superintendent may assign responsibility to a district-level staff member to address any student code of conduct case on his/her behalf.
The LISA Academy Student Code of Conduct includes a minimum consequence of a student warning and a maximum consequence of long term suspension or expulsion.
When students participate in student activities, they will also be expected to follow the guidelines and constitutions that further specify the organization’s expectations, student behavior and consequences.
The school may discipline a student for any violation of the Code committed while a student is:
- On school property;
- In transit to and from school;
- Attending any school-related or school-sponsored activity, so long as the student is under the direction of a school employee;
- On the school property of another school district during a LISA Academy event;
- Attending another district’s school-sponsored or school-related activity when student is sponsored or authorized by LISA Academy;
- When a school employee or volunteer is a victim of retaliation no matter when or where it takes place;
- When convicted of a felony;
- When cyber activity of a student directly affects the education environment of LISA Academy students.
In addition to disciplinary consequences, misdemeanor and felony offenses committed on campus will be reported to an appropriate law enforcement agency.
- Be in the assigned seat and ready to work before the tardy bell rings;
- Bring pencils, pens, paper, books and all assigned materials to class;
- Not disrupt classroom activities;
- Follow instructions and directives immediately;
- Not bring food or drink in the building, except in designated food service areas;
- Not leave class without permission. Any student leaving class must have a hall pass.
- Demonstrate courtesy at all times;
- Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline and control;
- Attend all classes, regularly and on time;
- Be prepared for each class;
- Meet school standards for grooming and dress;
- Obey all campus and classroom rules;
- Respect the rights of others, including property and facilities of the school;
- Cooperate with and assist school personnel, including volunteers, in maintaining safety, order and discipline;
- Adhere to all requirements of the currently-adopted Code.
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians
Parents are expected to:
- Serve as a model for students by showing respect for themselves, students, teachers, other parents, and school staff;
- Ensure their student’s compliance with school attendance requirements and promptly report and explain absences and tardiness to the school;
- Assist their student in being properly attired;
- Take an active interest in the overall school program;
- Communicate regularly with the school concerning their student’s conduct and progress;
- Discuss report cards and work assignments with their student;
- Bring to the attention of school authorities any problem or condition which affects their student;
- Maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers at the school;
- Cooperate with school administrators and teachers in their efforts to achieve and maintain a quality school system;
- Respond promptly when notified by campus to pick up student due to medical or disciplinary problems; and
- Respond promptly when notified of student disciplinary matters.
Positive Reinforcement System (PRS)
PRS is specially designed to give students the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for positive behavior beyond minimum expectations.
Each time a student is observed performing a random act of kindness, helping a classmate, or assisting a teacher, he or she will be rewarded with a PRS point. (In addition to these examples, there are several other ways to earn PRS points.) Points are accumulated throughout the school year, and are used to reduce DPS points.
Please help us encourage your child to earn PRS points. A full listing of PRS point-eligible behavior can be found in the chart below.
PRS-Serving Saturday Detention
PRS-Serving Suspension due to DPS
PRS-Positive behavior with substitute teacher
PRS-Helping a fellow student
PRS- Leaving clean area in cafeteria/classroom
PRS-Being a positive role model
PRS-Helping put away materials in class or gym
PRS-Helping Teacher without being asked
PRS-Random act of Kindness
PRS- Consistently on task
PRS- Demonstrating outstanding leadership
PRS-Having all supplies
Positive Behavior Rewards
Local administration will decide on periodic rewards for students who show outstanding behavior. See local administration for details.
- Behavioral contracts or individually developed behavior management plans;
- Cooling-off time or time-out;
- Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel;
- Parent/guardian conference with teacher or campus Principal;
- Seating changes within the classroom;
- Verbal correction;
- Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities and eligibility for seeking and holding honorary offices, and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs or organizations or field trips;
- Parent/guardian contracts;
- Peer mediation, or other developmentally appropriate plans.
LISA Academy has implemented a Discipline Point System (DPS) in which students are given DPS points for unacceptable behavior. All teachers and staff will use this system. All parents are able to monitor DPS/PRS via the mobile application or online database as well as periodic discipline reports sent home.
Rules of Discipline Point System
- Minor behavioral infractions are assigned numerical points.
- Each teacher is required to implement and enforce the DPS system.
- The teacher shall fill out a Discipline Referral Form and contact an Assistant Principal if misbehavior continues after points are assigned.
- An accumulation of 15 points within a semester will result in a warning letter sent to parents.
- An accumulation of 30 DPS points within a semester will result in assignment to Saturday Detention. Students required to attend Saturday Detention are rewarded 5 positive points for attending and obeying the rules of conduct for Saturday Detention. Students may receive more DPS points, however, for unwilling behavior. Failing to attend a Saturday Detention without any confirmed excuse will result in a one-day suspension.
- Accrual of 45 DPS within a semester will result in a second Saturday Detention and a conference with parent/ guardian.
- Accrual of 60DPS within a semester will result in one day of out-of-school suspension and a behavior management plan. The student will receive 5 positive points for serving this suspension.
- Accrual of 75DPS within a semester will result in two days of out-of-school suspension and a conference with parent/ guardian. The student will receive 5 positive points for serving this suspension.
- Accrual of 90 DPS or more within a semester will result in three days out-of-school suspension.
- Accrual of 105 DPS or more within a semester may result in long-term suspension or expulsion.
- Suspensions due to DPS are not eligible for an appeal.
Level 0 - Discipline Point Cases
The following is a list of student conduct that will result in the accrual of DPS points.
Not turning in assigned work or homework
Lack of materials
Backpack or purse in the classroom
Being in the hallway without a pass
Inappropriate cafeteria/ hallway behavior
Leaving paper/trash on the floor/desk/table
Lack of cooperation
Not on assigned task
Not being in assigned location/seat
Inappropriate behavior towards another student
Dress code violation
Eating/drinking except during breakfast or lunch time
Having food/drink outside of the food serving areas
Throwing things in class/hallway/cafeteria
Tilting back in chair/desk
Possession of inappropriate item(s)
Unauthorized use of elevator
Trading or sharing lockers
Accessing unassigned website during class
Unauthorized personal electronic device in sight
(including but not limited to cell phones, headphones, ear buds)
Disrespectful behavior/ comments to teacher
Lying to administration/teacher
Using profane/vulgar language (not directed at a person)
Non-authorized buying/selling/trading items (minor infractions)
Lack of cooperation with substitute teacher/volunteer
Corporal punishment is never an acceptable disciplinary measure.
Level I Offenses
The following behaviors are prohibited at all school and school-related activities:
- Accessing restricted areas;
- Engaging in behavior that causes damage to school property in an amount less than $50. The student will be responsible for the cost of the damage;
- Computer system violations, including violations of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy, including an offensive profile picture (see “Student Acceptable Use Policy.”);
- Failing to comply with directives of school personnel;
- Failing to comply with the school’s guidelines for student conduct in the cafeteria (See “Lunch Periods”);
- Failing to comply with the school’s guidelines for student conduct in public areas (see “Public Areas”);
- Inappropriate physical contact not defined as a Level II or Level III offense;
- Failure to report to class or tutorial sessions without excuse;
- Failure to report to assigned after school club activity or after school care;
- Violation of any school dismissal policy;
- Leaving classroom without permission;
- Academic dishonesty (see “Academic Dishonesty”);
- Any deliberate behavior intended to intimidate, embarrass, harass, or otherwise disrespect a faculty or staff member;
- Parking infractions or violations of vehicle operation regulations on campus;
- Possessing and/or selling “look-alike” drugs, dispensing OTC medicine;
- Unauthorized use of any electronic and/or telecommunication devices during school hours or after school programs in school building;
- Posting published materials or holding demonstrations or meetings on school property without school approval (see “Distribution of Published Materials”);
- Profanity and/or obscene gestures toward other students;
- Scuffling, escalated horseplay;
- Intentional misuse of bodily fluids;
- Disruptive behavior, including non-compliance and insubordination;
- Throwing or use of objects not considered an illegal weapon that can cause bodily injury or property damage;
- Unruly, disruptive, or abusive behavior that interferes with the teacher’s ability to effectively communicate with students;
- Possession or use of a skateboard, scooter, and/or roller blades while on school property;
- Offensive language, orally or in writing; verbal or written abuse such as name-calling, racial or ethnic slurs, or derogatory statements that may disrupt the school environment;
- Public displays of affection not defined as Level II;
- Non-authorized buying/selling/trading items;
- Violating any prescribed district testing procedures or disrupting the district testing environment;
- Possessing a laser pointer on school property or at school-sponsored events. Device will be confiscated;
- Failure to comply with prescribed emergency drill procedures.
Level I Disciplinary Consequences
1st Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted; Saturday detention.
2nd Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted; 2nd Saturday Detention and parent conference; possible implementation of behavior management plan(s).
3rd Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted; one day suspension; possible referral to outside support services.
4th and Subsequent Offenses: Level II consequences will begin.
Level II Offenses
Violations of Level II Offenses that are felony offenses or serious, violent misdemeanors may be reported to the local police department, if appropriate. The following behaviors are prohibited at all school and school-related activities:
- Abusing prescription drugs, giving a prescription drug to another student, or possessing or being under the influence of another person’s prescription drug on school property or at a school-related event (except the possession of asthma or anaphylaxis medications, as allowed by “Administration of Medication”.)
- The intentional planning or act of physical harm towards another.
- Gang activity.
- Bullying and/or cyber-bullying as defined by the Student Handbook and/or Board policy (see Amended “Freedom from Bullying and Cyber-bullying” portion of the Handbook), as well as conduct including verbal or physical harassment or threat thereof, taunting, hazing, intimidating or any other action whereby one or more individuals deliberately single out another student for cruel, mean and/or humiliating treatment.
- Engaging in behavior that causes damage to school property in an amount equal to or greater than $50. The student will be responsible for the cost of the damage.
- Crafting a “hit list,” meaning a list of people targeted to be harmed.
- Dating Violence or Retaliation (see Amended “Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation” portion of the Handbook).
- Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable cause to believe that such conduct will substantially disrupt any school program or incite violence.
- Engaging in conduct similar to prohibited discrimination or harassment, even if that conduct does not rise to the level of harassment prohibited by law or school policy (see Amended “Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation” portion of the Handbook).
- Failure to comply with school guidelines regarding suspension and/or missing more than one scheduled suspension assignment without a confirmed excuse.
- False accusation of the commission of a misdemeanor or felony.
- Falsification and/or forgery of school records and/or intentionally providing incorrect information.
- Fighting, arranging a fight, or recording a fight. All students involved in fighting may, at a minimum, be sent home for the remainder of the day.
- Flagrant violations of the LISA Acceptable Use Policy or other actions that corrupt the educational value of the school’s computers or Internet service (see “Student Acceptable Use Policy”).
- Gambling, including but not limited to card playing, dice shooting and/or sports pools and involves the transfer of money or other personal belongings or assistance from one person to another.
- Harassment as defined by Arkansas Code Section 5-71-208.
- Hazing as defined by Arkansas Code Section 6-5-201.
- Indecent exposure.
- Inappropriate public displays of affection, including kissing or physical contact of a sexual nature.
- Engaging in any verbal or written communication of a sexual nature, directed toward another student or any other person.
- Possession of a knife not defined as a weapon according to Arkansas law.
- Leaving a school campus or event without written permission from an administrator.
- Misdemeanor vandalism and/or criminal mischief.
- Possessing a razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object that could threaten or inflict bodily injury to another person.
- Possessing, distributing, exhibiting, and/or transmitting obscene materials, including pornography.
- Stealing/Theft, and/or possession of stolen property.
- Possession or use of fireworks or other explosive devices.
- Possession of matches or lighter.
- Profanity/obscene gestures toward school personnel.
- Refusal to follow directions from a school administrator.
- Showing, sending or posting illegal, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, defamatory written or electronic messages or pictures.
- Threats against school personnel and/or other students in verbal or written communication, or using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten, or cause disruption to the school program.
- Violating any prescribed state testing procedures or disrupting the state testing environment.
- Arranging or attempting to arrange to distribute, sell, or purchase controlled substances or alcoholic beverages.
- Unauthorized use of any recording device during school hours or after school programs.
Level II Disciplinary Consequences
1st Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. Two to four days out-of-school suspension and parent conference.
2nd Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. Five to seven days out-of-school suspension; possible referral to outside support services or law enforcement agencies as required by law.
3rd Offense: Expulsion recommendation; confiscation of any prohibited article (returned only to parent); possible referral to law enforcement agencies as required by law.
Level III Offenses
Students who commit Level III Offenses may receive an expulsion recommendation. The local police department will be notified and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (Arkansas Code Annotated 6-18-502 and 6-17-113). The following behaviors are prohibited at all school and school-related activities:
- Aggravated assault.
- Aggravated kidnapping.
- Aggravated robbery.
- Aggravated sexual assault.
- Assault or attempted assault of a faculty or staff member.
- Burglary of a motor vehicle on campus.
- Commission of a felony offense.
- Conduct punishable as a felony.
- Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
- Criminally negligent homicide.
- Death threats.
- Deliberate destruction or tampering with school computer data or networks.
- False alarm or report.
- Felony criminal mischief against school property, another student, or school staff.
- Gang activity (violent).
- Engaging in any sexual act.
- Indecency with a child.
- Possessing, selling, distributing, or being under the influence of inhalants.
- Selling or distributing a counterfeit controlled substance.
- Public lewdness.
- Engaging in actions that require registration as a sex offender.
- Retaliation against any school employee or volunteer at any time or place.
- Setting or attempting to set fire on school property.
- Sexual abuse of a child or children.
- Sexual assault.
- Targeting another individual for bodily harm; terroristic threatening.
- Use of the school’s Internet access to engage in conduct that constitutes felony criminal mischief and/or deliberate attempts to bypass installed computer security software.
- Use, exhibition, or possession of a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon.
- Possession of ammunition.
- Use, sale, possession, distribution, or being under the influence of any controlled substances or illegal drugs, or alcoholic beverages on school premises or during any school activity, regardless of location.
- Possessing a stun gun, mace, or pepper spray.
- Possessing, exhibiting, or threatening with a look-alike weapon, including without limitation, BB guns, CO2 guns, air pistols or rifles, pellet guns, or any other device designed to appear to be a firearm or other weapon.
- Possession or use of alcohol on school property or at school-related events.
- Possession, use, sale or distribution of tobacco or related items/products, vaping devices, or e-cigarettes on school property or at school-related events.
- Possession of any drug related paraphernalia.
- Any discretionary or mandatory expulsion violation in accordance with Arkansas law.
- Crime of video voyeurism under Arkansas Code Annotated 5-16-101.
- Terroristic threatening.
Level III Disciplinary Consequences
Law enforcement contacted. Parent/Guardian contacted. Expulsion recommendation.
Saturday Detention serves as an alternative to in-school suspension for violation of school rules and prevents students from losing instruction time. During the hours of detention, students will be supervised by a teacher and may be involved in completing school assignments or community service activities. Parents/guardians will be notified of the requirement for a Saturday Detention. This notification will include the cause for and date of the detention.
- Saturday Detention will be held 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Parents/guardians are expected to provide transportation to and from detention, and students are required to wear their school uniforms.
- Should a student arrive late for a Saturday Detention, he or she will be assigned the next scheduled Saturday Detention. A second late arrival to an assigned Saturday Detention will result in one day of out-of-school suspension.
- If an emergency arises and the student cannot attend, the parent must contact the Dean of Students before the end of the next school day. If the reasons are acceptable, the detention will be rescheduled. If a student does not participate in scheduled Saturday detention without any confirmed excuse, the student will receive one day of out-of-school suspension.
- Students left at the school after 11:15 a.m. will be unsupervised. The school is not responsible for students who are left after 11:15 a.m. Law enforcement may be contacted.
- Students will be asked to bring appropriate materials with which to work.
- No electronic devices, food, or beverages are allowed during Saturday Detention.
- Students will be expected to work the entire time while at Saturday Detention. Any student not working must be picked up by parents immediately and will be referred to the Dean of Students. Any student acting disruptively will be removed from Saturday Detention and be referred to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action and may not receive PRS for his/her attendance at Saturday Detention. Parents will be immediately notified of the infraction.
- No student is permitted to sleep during Saturday Detention.
- Restroom privileges will be at discretion of the Saturday Detention teacher.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in one day of out-of-school suspension.
In addition to Saturday Detention, Friday Detention may result when a student accumulates 6 or more tardies in a week. The time period is from dismissal until 5:00 p.m. During the hours of detention, students will be supervised by a teacher and may be involved in completing school assignments or community service activities. Parents will be notified of the requirement for a Friday Detention. This notification lists the cause for and date of the detention. Students are expected to adhere to the same behavioral guidelines as Saturday Detention rules. Failure to attend Friday detention may result in one day out-of-school suspension.
Notice of suspension and the reasons for the suspension will be given to the student by the Dean of Students or designee after a Discipline Committee meeting. The student shall receive credit for work missed during the period of suspension if the student makes up the work missed within the same number of school days the student was absent on suspension. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all make up work from teachers.
The Principal will designate a Dean of Students. If the Dean of Students is unavailable, another staff member will serve as representative. A Discipline Committee may be formed as needed to review decisions regarding student discipline. The committee will be comprised of faculty and staff members appointed by Administration. The committee will review offenses under the Code of Conduct. The Principal or his/her designee will review the Discipline Committee’s recommendations and will issue an appropriate consequence under the Code of Conduct.
The Administration may suspend a student for up to 3 school days following an offense for any of the following reasons:
- The need to further investigate an incident;
- A recommendation to expel the student; or
- An emergency constituting endangerment to the health or safety of students or school personnel.
After disciplinary review, Administration may suspend a student for up to 9 days for offenses under the Code of Conduct. Discipline consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of any appeal of any consequences to the Principal or the Board. Served suspension days during the appeal or investigation process will be counted toward the final consequence assigned. If those served days are more than the assigned consequence, the days will be reported as excused absences.
If it is determined that the student’s conduct warrants suspension during the school day, Administration will make a reasonable effort to notify the student’s parent/guardian before the student leaves school that the student has been suspended. The Administration will notify and confer with the parent/guardian of a suspended student regarding the grounds for the suspension and the period of the suspension.
If a parent/guardian wishes to appeal the discipline decision the parent/guardian must submit a formal written request/email to have the case reviewed by the building level Principal within 1 school day of the notification of the suspension. The Principal will review and notify the family of the final decision within 2 school days.
Saturday detentions and short-term suspensions due to discipline points are not eligible for an appeal.
When the Discipline Committee and/or the Administration determine that a student’s conduct warrants expulsion or suspension for more than nine days, the building Administration will provide the student and the student’s parent/guardian with written notice of
- The reasons for the proposed disciplinary action; and
- The date, time and location for a meeting with the Dean of Students, within 3 school days from the date of the disciplinary action.
The notice shall further state that at the meeting the student:
- May be present;
- Shall have the opportunity to present evidence;
- Shall be informed of the school’s evidence; and
- May be accompanied by his/her parents or guardians.
The school shall make a good faith effort to inform the student and the student’s parents/guardians of the time and place for the meeting. If the student and the parents/guardians forfeit the opportunity to attend the meeting, the school administration will proceed with enforcement of the disciplinary process.
Prior to taking any expulsion or long term suspension action, the case will be reviewed by the Superintendent’s designee. The Dean of Students will notify the student and the parents/guardians in writing of the discipline decision within 2 school days following the meeting (or the designated time/date of the meeting if the meeting opportunity is forfeited by the student and/or the parents/guardians.) The decision shall specify:
- The length of the suspension or expulsion, if any;
- When the expulsion is not permanent, the procedures for re-admittance at the end of the expulsion period; and
- The right to appeal the initial decision to the Principal, unless it is based on DPS.
If a parent/guardian wishes to appeal a long-term suspension or expulsion, the Principal must be notified in writing within one (1) school day of the notification of the suspension. Within two (2) school days of the appeals request, the Principal will call a meeting of an Appeals Committee, comprised of teachers and staff not involved in the original Discipline Committee hearing. The committee will review the case to determine whether or not due process has been followed. The student and parents/guardians will be notified of the decision of the Appeals Committee within 1 school day of the decision.
If a parent/guardian wishes to appeal the Appeals Committee’s decision, a written request must be submitted to the Superintendent or his/her designee within 2 school days of notification of the Appeals Committee’s decision. The Superintendent or his/her designee will review the case and will notify the student and his or her parent(s) of his/her decision, in writing, within 1 school day of the decision.
If a parent/guardian wishes to appeal the decision to the Board of Directors, a written request must be submitted to the Superintendent or his/her designee within 2 school days of notification of his/her decision. The Board will review the case at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Board will notify the parent(s) of its decision, in writing, within 5 school days of the meeting. The decision of the Board is final and may not be appealed.
Discipline consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of an appeal of an expulsion to the Board.
Long-term suspensions due to detention points are not eligible for an appeal.
Except when required by law, students will not earn academic credit during a period of expulsion.
The individualized education plan (IEP) team for a student with a disability should consider whether particular discipline procedures should be adopted for the student and included in the IEP.
A student with disabilities who engages in misbehavior and disciplinary infractions is subject to normal school disciplinary rules and procedures so long as such treatment does not abridge the right to a free and appropriate public education. Care should be taken that any disciplinary action does not constitute a unilateral change in a student’s receipt of special education and related services. For a student with disabilities, an exclusion from school for more than ten (10) consecutive school days or a series of removals totaling more than ten (10) school days in a school year constitutes a change in placement and is subject to procedural safeguards.
If a student with a disability receives an exclusion from school for more than ten (10) school days (long‐term exclusion) or an expulsion recommendation is recommended, the team must complete a functional behavioral analysis and a manifestation determination review before any disciplinary action can be completed. At this point, a special education supervisor must be involved in the process. Contact the Special Education Supervisor at the student’s campus if assistance is needed.
Policy and regulations for students under IDEA can be found at: https://arksped.k12.ar.us
Disciplining students with disabilities within the Section 504 Guidelines:
When appropriate, a student under Section 504 should have as a part of his/her accommodation plan a component that addresses a pattern of behavior.
A student with a disability who engages in misbehavior and disciplinary infractions is subject to normal school disciplinary rules and procedures so long as such treatment does not abridge the right to a free and appropriate public education. Specific procedures have been developed and must be used when determining the type of disciplinary action(s) for these students and for students suspected of having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity under Section 504.
For a student under Section 504, an exclusion from school for more than ten (10) schools days (long‐term exclusion) constitutes a change in placement and is subject to procedural safeguards. If a long‐term suspension or expulsion recommendation is made, the student’s 504 team must complete a manifestation determination review conference before any disciplinary action can be completed. The purpose of this conference is to determine if the student’s behavior has a direct relationship to their physical or mental impairment identified under Section 504. At this point, the Section 504 coordinator must be involved in the process. Contact the Special Education supervisor at the student’s campus if assistance is needed.
The District is not prohibited from reporting a crime committed by a child with a disability to appropriate authorities or to prevent state law enforcement and judicial authorities from exercising their responsibilities with regard to the application of federal and state law to crimes committed by a child with a disability.
In accordance with the Gun-Free Schools Act, the school shall expel from the student’s regular program for a period of one calendar year, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm, as defined by federal law, to school. The Superintendent may modify the term of expulsion for a student or assess another comparable penalty that results in the student’s expulsion from the regular school program on a case-by-case basis.
For the purposes of this law, “firearm” means:
- Any weapon – including a starter gun – which will, or is designed to, or which may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive from the frame or receiver of any such weapon;
- Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer;
- Any destructive device. “Destructive device” means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than 1/4 ounce, mine, or device similar to any of the preceding described devices. It also means any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than 1/2 inch in diameter; and any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device as described, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
SECTION VII: MISCELLANEOUS
LISA Academy does not accept cash for most transactions. Any exceptions will be announced by campus administration.
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at no charge to a student. Students are expected to provide their own consumable items, such as pencils, paper, pens, erasers, and notebooks. Students may be required to pay certain fees or deposits, including:
- A fee for materials for a class project that the student will keep, if the fee does not exceed the cost of materials;
- Membership dues in voluntary student clubs or organizations and admission fees for extracurricular activities;
- A security deposit for the return of materials, supplies, or equipment;
- A fee for voluntarily purchased items, such as student publications, class rings, pictures, yearbooks, and graduation announcements;
- A reasonable fee, not to exceed the actual annual maintenance cost, for the use of musical instruments and uniforms owned or rented by the school;
- A fee for items of personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that become the property of the student;
- A parking fee;
- A fee for a replacement identification card;
- A fee for an optional course offered for credit that requires the use of facilities not available on campus or the employment of an educator who is not part of the school’s regular staff;
- A fee for lost, damaged, or overdue books;
- A fee for damaged school property (including lockers, Chromebooks, textbooks, calculators, etc.);
- Fees for clubs or aftercare in which a student is enrolled;
- A fee for late pick up beyond dismissal times;
- A fee specifically permitted by any statute.
Under certain circumstances, students with demonstrated need may qualify for waiver of particular fees. Details for the fee waiver are available in the school office. LISA Academy reserves the right to remove a student from his/her club or aftercare for nonpayment. The school further reserves the right to report unpaid balances to a collection agency for recovery of fees.
LISA Academy approved fundraisers are optional for students to participate in. Any student choosing to participate must adhere to the agreement outlining regulations for said fundraiser. Students accepting goods without payment of the goods will be held financially responsible for items. Participants failing to follow regulations will be barred from future participation.
State-approved textbooks and additional curriculum materials are provided free of charge for each subject or class. Materials must be used by the student as directed by the teacher. A student who is issued damaged materials should report the damage to the teacher.
Students must return all textbooks and supplemental materials to the teacher at the end of the school year or when the student withdraws from school.
Lost and Found
Anyone who finds books, clothing or other personal items left unattended should bring these items to the front office/lost and found area. Students who have lost these items should check at the designated area. Items will be kept in lost and found for up to seven days. The hallways are inspected each evening and all unsecured items are placed in the lost and found area. Students should label all books, uniforms and other personal belongings with their name to ensure the prompt return of an item that has been misplaced. Unclaimed items in lost and found will be donated to charity.
LISA Academy is pleased to offer students nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch. LISA Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program. Guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) are followed to meet the nutritional needs of all students. Menus may be obtained at the school office.
School meals should be purchased in advance. The price for school breakfast is $2.50 and $3.50 for lunch. Students who are approved for reduced meals by the school nutrition office, the price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Checks, money orders, and debit/ credit cards are accepted as payment—cash will not be accepted. NSF Checks are reported to Check Alert. You may also register your student’s account at EZSchoolPay.com to set up an easy, convenient and secure way to pay for school meal, aftercare and other school fees on-line for a small processing fee. Any money left on a student’s meal account at the end of the school year will be carried forward to the following school year.
Charging meals to a student’s meal account is a courtesy extended to the student when money is unavailable and the student would otherwise have to miss a meal. Charging meals should not occur on a regular basis. Parents/ guardians are responsible for all charges and are expected to pay all outstanding meal charges in a timely manner.
Parents/ guardians will be notified of meal balances by mail, email, and/ or phone calls. However, parents/ guardians are responsible for regularly checking meal account balances through ezschoolpay.com and keeping them current. Students denied meal service due to excessive meal charges are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meal benefits.
Our purpose is to serve the students nutritious meals. Please keep you student’s meal account current so he/she can enjoy convenient nutritious hot meals at school.
State-Mandated Nutrition Guidelines
The state of Arkansas places strict limits on any food or drink provided or sold to students other than through the school’s food and nutrition services. More detailed information may be obtained at the school office.
Free and Reduced-Cost Meals
The school provides applications for free or reduced-cost meals at the beginning of each school year. Applications must be completed, listing all members of the household and family income. Should family income status change, assistance may be requested at any time during the school year. Only one application for each household is required. Completed applications should be returned to the office.
All students will remain on-campus during the lunch period. Students may buy lunch at school or bring a packed lunch. During the lunch period, students are expected to display good manners and courtesy. Students may eat only in the lunch area, and must clear their place and dispose of all trash appropriately. The lunch area will be monitored by teachers or staff.
The following guidelines apply to the cafeteria.
- Students must dispose of plates and utensils in garbage bins.
- Students must keep tables, seats, and floors clean.
- Students must talk in a normal voice. No shouting is allowed. Students must use appropriate language at all times.
- Students must keep cafeteria lines orderly; no pushing, running, horse playing or cutting in lines.
- Students may not loiter in the cafeteria and hallways during lunch. Students must remain seated unless otherwise instructed.
- Students must keep hands, feet, personal belongings and food to themselves.
- No backpacks are allowed in the lunch area.
- Students may not order food from outside LISA Academy without approval from an administrator.
- Students may not leave campus to purchase food for themselves or for other students.
- Students may not have outside food delivered to the school for themselves or for other students.
- Parents/ guardians may not bring, or have delivered, food for other students.
- If parents bring food for their own students, the parents must come inside the building and check in at the front office.
- Students may not share food.
Students who do not follow these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
Hallways, stairways, the cafeteria, and restrooms are used by all students and school employees. The following rules of conduct apply to all students:
- Students may not loiter in hallways, stairways, the cafeteria, or restrooms.
- Students may not eat in these areas except in the cafeteria.
- Students may not run in these areas.
- Students may not use any profane or vulgar language while in these areas.
- Students may not yell, scream, hit lockers or otherwise make excessive noise while in these areas.
- Students may not draw graffiti, post fliers or write on walls, bulletin boards, doors, desks, books or any other school property.
- Students must keep these areas clean and safe.
- Students may not leave belongings on the floor, outside of, or on top of lockers.
- Students must clean up after themselves and properly dispose of all trash.
- Students must immediately report any leaks, spills or other problems in the restroom to a teacher or the office.
- Students may not roughhouse, wrestle with, or trip others in these areas.
Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods or during the lunch hour unless they are accompanied by a teacher or have a hall pass from an authorized staff member. Students who are found in the halls without a pass or who violate the guidelines listed above will be subject to disciplinary action.
Additionally, teachers have the authority to submit referrals to administration for the following student conduct:
- Use of a classroom without teacher permission.
- Using or removing any item from a teacher’s desk.
- Using laboratories when no teacher is present.
- Using the playground or gym without permission.
- Presence in construction areas or any other area deemed “off limits” by the Principal or Assistant Principal.
- Use of the school phone during the day without permission from authorized school personnel.
The school operates a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave the building for any reason during the school day without properly checking out in accordance with campus rules and procedures.
The media center is a resource center used by all students for class assignments and for leisure-time reading of appropriate materials. The resources of the media center are available to support and enhance student learning and understanding and to encourage students to become independent, life-long learners. Students may use the media center with staff approval and supervision. Books and other items may be checked out for varying times. Students may perform group work for class if they work quietly. School policy does not allow students to bring food or drink into the media center. The total number of students who may use the media center at any one time will be limited.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Possession and use of cell phones, computers, and other devices capable of electronic communications at school is a privilege and not a right. Possession and use of such devices at school or school-related events or activities shall be subject to school approval and regulations.
All cellular phones, cell phone accessories, and electronic devices must be turned off and kept in the locker during the school day and while in a school building. The school will not be responsible for damage to, loss or theft of any cellular phone or electronic device a student brings to school. If a school employee observes a student using any cell phone or other telecommunication device during the school day, the school employee may report it to the Assistant Principal.
School administrators shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate use of phones for students participating in extracurricular activities or attending school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off school property. The use of camera phones for recording is strictly forbidden on the school premises at any time.
The school further prohibits students from possessing other electronic devices – including but not limited to radios, CD players, iPods, iPads, tablets, electronic games and other similar devices – on school property during the school day. These devices disrupt classes and distract others from learning. If a school employee observes a student using any electronic device during the school day, the school employee shall report it to the Assistant Principal. Any such device may be confiscated, powered on and searched by school officials if there is a reasonable cause to believe that the device has been used in the transmission or reception of communications prohibited by law, policy, or regulation. The school administration will return confiscated items to the parent. The school will not be responsible for damage to or loss or theft of confiscated items. Any student refusing to give a cell phone or other electronic device to school staff shall be subject to disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
The school Principal reserves the right to approve certain electronic devices for specific classes, for instructional purposes only, pending completion of necessary forms.
Distribution of Published Materials
Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed with prior approval by the Principal and teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, murals, etc.
Students must obtain express prior approval of the Principal before distributing, posting, selling, or circulating written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes, posters, or other visual or auditory materials on campus.
Non-school literature shall not be distributed by students on school property if:
- The materials are obscene, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate for the age and maturity of the audience.
- The materials endorse actions endangering the health or safety of students.
- The materials promote illegal use of drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances.
- The distribution of such materials would violate the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or other rights of another person.
- The materials contain defamatory statements about public figures or others.
- The materials advocate imminent lawless or disruptive action and are likely to incite or produce such action.
- The materials are hate literature or similar publications that scurrilously attack ethnic, religious, or racial groups or contain content aimed at creating hostility and violence, and the materials would materially and substantially interfere with school activities or the rights of others.
- There is reasonable cause to believe that distribution of the non-school literature would result in material and substantial interference with school activities or the rights of others.
Any student who posts material without prior approval will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Materials displayed without approval will be removed.
No person may solicit contributions or collect funds for any purpose from students or school personnel on school property, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation unless he or she has the written permission of the Principal or the Superintendent’s district-level designee.
Advertising may be permitted for approved school-related activities. This may include school newspapers, yearbooks, and other fundraising projects. Advertising material that promotes the use of alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco is strictly prohibited. No person may display, solicit, or sell any item or service to students or school personnel while on school property, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation without the written permission of the Principal.
Demonstrations or Meetings on School Premises (Non-School Sponsored)
Any student who wishes to promote, organize or participate in a non-school sponsored demonstration or meeting on school premises must obtain prior written approval from the Principal at least three days prior to the requested activity. This three day period does not include the day of the request or the day of the activity. The school may prohibit demonstrations or meetings that materially and substantially interfere with school activities or the rights of other students or teachers; are vulgar or profane; might reasonably be perceived to advocate drug or alcohol use, irresponsible sex, or conduct otherwise inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized order; are inappropriate for the maturity level of the audience; associates the school with a non-neutral position on matters of political controversy; and/or the school demonstrates reasonable cause to believe that the expression would create material and substantial interference with its educational program.
Students must obtain permission from teachers to post materials on classroom bulletin boards and from the Principal to post materials on hallway bulletin boards. Materials should not be taped to glass surfaces, and students should not damage any surface by using tacks, pins, or staples to post materials.
Flowers, balloons, food items etc. should not be delivered to the school for students. These will not be delivered to the classroom. Students may not receive any form of delivery (balloons, food, flowers etc.) except by any parent/guardian in person and as necessary for the school day. Food items, including but not limited to, fast food, pizza, cakes, etc. will not be accepted for delivery to the students. However, parents are welcome to join students for a cafeteria lunch in our school cafeteria.
Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag.
Students have a right to individually, silently, and voluntarily pray or meditate in school in a manner that does not disrupt or interrupt instructional or other school activities. The school will not require, encourage, or coerce a student to engage in or refrain from such prayer or meditation during any school activity.
Damage to School Property
Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property belonging to or used by the school, including furniture and other equipment, textbooks, and library books. To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended – both this year and in coming years – littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. In addition to disciplinary sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct, parents or guardians of students who are guilty of damaging school property shall be liable for damages in accordance with state law.
Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take place. Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be permitted to go to another area of the building or campus. After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved in an activity under the supervision of a teacher, students must leave the campus immediately.
All school activities are subject to the provisions of this Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct whenever the students are under the direct supervision of a school employee. School activities include but are not limited to field trips, after school clubs, science fair, and camps.
Good sportsmanship is strongly encouraged and expected from participants and fans at all athletic events. Contact the Athletic Director’s Office concerning sports.
Pass four (4) academic core classes the previous semester and either:
- Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 based on the previous semester, OR
- Be enrolled and attending SIP, which is tutoring, of at least 100 minutes duration each week within the regular school day in the subject areas where inadequate performance has occurred, AND
- Have no unexcused absences for the current semester, AND
- Have no school disciplinary actions for the current semester, AND
- Have no known felony convictions during a semester in which the student is in the SIP.
A student must raise the semester GPA by 0.10000 in order to be eligible for a second consecutive semester of SIP. No student may attend SIP for more than 2 consecutive semesters. After 2 consecutive semesters of SIP, the student must have a GPA of 2.0000 to regain eligibility.
ADE Rules (Arkansas Department of Education) and AAA Rules (Arkansas Activities Association); physical examination; initial drug screening; adherence to rules, regulations as presented at the onset of the sport; must have passed four (4) academic core courses the previous semester; and minimum GPA of 2.0000 for previous semester. A student with a GPA below 2.0000 should see the Athletic Director for requirements needed to meet eligibility. Sponsors/teachers of extracurricular activities (such as band, choir, DECA, etc.) must check grade points of all students in the particular activity each semester.
The following points will be used by staff in determining whether or not students may participate in extracurricular and interscholastic programs:
- That participation in the activities will not deprive students of the instructional time needed to successfully complete academic course work.
- That students’ and/or organizations’ activities may be curtailed or modified due to those
activities’ infringements on the instructional time needed by students to perform their academic work to satisfaction.
- That practice, games, and competitions will not be played on days when school has been dismissed due to inclement weather or other unscheduled closures.
Failure to Attend School
Any student who fails to attend every class at school (excused or unexcused) on the day of a school-sponsored activity is not eligible to participate or compete in any extracurricular activity scheduled after school hours. This also includes practice sessions.
The Athletic Coach may approve an exception to allow participation on a case-by-case basis.
A student who participates in any practice session in violation of this procedure shall be suspended from participation in the next scheduled practice.
Any student who participates or competes in a game, competition, or other school-sponsored activity in violation of this procedure shall be suspended from participation in the next scheduled game, competition, or activity (other than practice).
Beginning of Semester
Students must be in compliance with AAA requirements, LISA Academy rules, and the Athletic Coach’s rules. Students who are not eligible may practice, but may not travel with the team or dress out at home or away games.
Sportsmanship Policy for Fans at Athletic Events
Sportsmanship is a general way of thinking and behaving. Good sportsmanship includes the following:
- Be courteous to all participants, coaches, officials, staff, fans, and spirit groups.
- Know the rules; abide by and respect the officials’ decisions.
- Win with character and lose with dignity.
- Display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team.
- Exercise self-control and reflect positively upon yourself, your team, and your school.
- Exhibit only positive behavior to reflect on your school and its activities.
- Fans are not at a ball game to intimidate or ridicule the other team or its fans, but to support and cheer for their team and to enjoy watching the skills and competitiveness of the teams.
- Students or spectators who wear extreme or unusual clothing to the game or who paint
their faces or bodies will not be allowed in the game (gym or stadium). (Examples: Togas, bandannas, cowboy hats, gang colors, wigs, costumes, etc.)
- No fog or air horns.
- Negative, demeaning, or obscene yells will not be permitted at any athletic event while teams are being introduced, or when teams, cheerleaders, or drill teams are performing.
- Students will not be allowed to turn their backs, hold up posters, signs or newspapers while teams are being introduced, or when teams, cheerleaders, or drill teams are performing.
- Students and fans are prohibited from being on the athletic field or playing court during games.
For student athletes considering participating in college athletics, the NCAA has certain eligibility requirements.
Contact the athletic coach, counseling center, or scholarship director for the current NCAA procedures and regulations concerning student athletes’ eligibility.
Homecoming Requirements for Elected Representatives and Other Student Participants
- Must maintain a 2.00 GPA.
- Must have attended LISA Academy High School one semester prior to election.
- No expulsions (9th-12th grade).
- No OSS (out of school suspensions) during the current school year.
- No more than 1 Saturday Detention offense.
- Eligibility will be verified according to the above rules.
- Homecoming election will be held no more than 11 (eleven) days prior to the Homecoming event.
- Homecoming attire must be appropriate, and must be approved by the Homecoming sponsor.
SECTION VII: ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
A student’s education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership may include
- Encouraging your student to put a high priority on education and working with your student on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides;
- Becoming familiar with all of your student’s school activities and academic programs, including special programs, offered in the school. Discuss with the teacher or Principal any questions you may have about the options and opportunities available to your student;
- Monitoring your student’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed;
- Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed;
- Becoming a school volunteer or participating in campus parent organizations. Family members are encouraged to register through Voly.org, an online system that takes care of background checks, tracking volunteer hours and posting available volunteer opportunities;
- Parents/guardians should regularly check their child’s grades and behavior on the online tracking systems.
- Encourage reading daily for all students.
Research indicates that the level of parent/guardian involvement is directly related to improvements in student performance, both academically and socially. Parents/guardians may be recognized for their efforts. Activities, such as chaperoning field trips and working booths at open houses count towards volunteer hours, which will be logged through the online tracking system.
Students will not be required to participate without parental/guardian consent in any survey, analysis, or evaluation – funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education – that concerns
- Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s);
- Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
- Sexual behavior or attitudes;
- Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
- Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship;
- Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians and ministers;
- Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents;
- Income, except when the information is required by law and will be used to determine the student’s eligibility to participate in a special program or to receive financial assistance under such a program.
Parents will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructional materials used in connection with such a survey, analysis or evaluation.
“Opting Out” of Surveys and Activities
Parents/guardians have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for their child’s participation in:
- Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding;
- School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered from your child for the purpose of marketing or selling that information;
- Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law.
Communication between parents/guardians and school staff is a key component of student success. Parents/guardians are responsible for notifying the school of any change of address, telephone number, or e-mail address. Parents/guardians may contact school staff by using several methods, including
- Calling a teacher to leave a message during school hours. If the teacher is conducting class, the teacher will respond as soon as possible;
- Sending an e-mail to teachers. Teacher e-mail addresses are available on the student eschool account (home access center).
- Checking a student’s progress and conduct online by viewing the online tracking system.
To prepare students for an increasingly computerized society, the school has made a substantial investment in computer technology for instructional purposes. Use of these resources is restricted to students working under a teacher’s supervision and for approved purposes only. Students with access to the school’s computers and their parents/guardians are required to sign and follow the Student Acceptable Use policy found at the back of the Handbook. Violations of this agreement may result in withdrawal of computer privileges and other disciplinary action. Electronic communications, such as e-mails sent from or received on school computers and within the LISA domain, are not private and may be monitored by school staff.
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians
Parents/guardians are expected to
- Serve as a model for students by showing respect for themselves, students, teachers, other parents/guardians, and school staff;
- Ensure their student’s compliance with school attendance requirements and promptly report and explain absences and tardiness to the school;
- Assist their student in being properly attired;
- Take an active interest in the overall school program;
- Communicate regularly with the school concerning their student’s conduct and progress;
- Discuss report cards and work assignments with their student;
- Bring to the attention of school authorities any problem or condition which affects their student;
- Maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers at the school;
- Cooperate with school administrators and teachers in their efforts to achieve and maintain a quality school system;
- Respond promptly when notified by campus to pick up student due to medical, disciplinary problems, or emergency campus closure; and
- Respond promptly when notified of student disciplinary matters.
- Follow Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006. (Arkansas Annotated Code 20-27-1801)
- All concerns regarding students that are not your child must be directed to local administration and refrain from addressing the student directly.
LISA Academy administration works hard each day to build a cooperative team approach with families throughout the district. Through this relationship it is expected that when a concern arises the administration will be alerted quickly so appropriate action can be taken. If it is determined that more investigation is needed LISA Academy may choose to utilize the following conflict resolution procedure.
Student and/or parental complaints shall be submitted in writing. Copies of documents that support the complaint shall be attached to the complaint form or presented at the Level One conference. After the Level One conference, no new documents may be submitted unless their existence was unknown to the complainant before the Level One conference. A complaint that is incomplete may be dismissed.
For purposes of this conflict resolution policy, “days” shall mean school days and announcement of a decision in the student’s or parent’s presence shall constitute communication of the decision.
The student or parent/guardian shall request in writing a conference with the appropriate Assistant Principal within three days from the time the event(s) causing the complaint were or should have been known. Following a conference, the appropriate Assistant Principal shall have seven days to respond.
If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the Level One decision, or if no decision is provided, the student or parent/guardian may request in writing a conference with the Principal or designee. The request must be filed within seven days of the Level One decision or the response deadline if no decision is made. The Principal or designee shall hold the conference within seven days of the request.
The student or parent/guardian shall submit a signed statement of the complaint, any evidence supporting the complaint, and the date and results of the conference with the Principal. The Principal or designee shall have seven days following the conference to respond.
If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the Level Two decision, or if no decision is provided, the student or parent/guardian may request in writing a conference with the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee. The request must be filed within seven days of the Level Two decision or the response deadline if no decision is made. The Superintendent or designee shall hold the conference within seven days of the request.
The student or parent/guardian shall submit the documentation submitted to the Principal, and the date and results of the conference with the Principal. The Superintendent or designee shall have seven days following the conference to respond.
If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the Level Three decision, or if no timely decision is provided, the student or parent/guardian may submit to the Board of Directors in writing a request for a hearing before the Board of Directors. The request must be filed within seven days of the Level Three decision or the response deadline if no decision is made. The student or parent/guardian shall be informed of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
The Board of Directors shall hear the student or parent/guardian complaint, and may set a reasonable time limit for presenting the complaint. Only written documentation and issues previously submitted and presented by the student or parent/guardian and the school will be considered.
The Board of Directors shall communicate its decision, if any, orally or in writing before or during the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. If no decision is made by the end of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Level Three decision shall be upheld. The Board may not delegate its authority to issue a decision, and any decision by the Board of Directors is final and may not be appealed.
If the complaint involves concerns or charges regarding an employee, it shall be heard by the Superintendent in closed meeting unless the employee to whom the complaint pertains requests that it be heard in public.
LISA Academy encourages all family members to be involved in all school activities. However, LISA Academy has certain expectations of these adult chaperones:
- No use of recreational drugs, tobacco, vaping or alcohol; Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006. (Arkansas Annotated Code 20-27-1801)
- Dress code for chaperones will be the same as LISA Academy Staff dress code (see lisaacademy.org for more details);
- Chaperones must remain with assigned students during all scheduled times;
- All behavior infractions must be reported to the LISA Academy staff member, not addressed by the chaperone directly;
- All chaperones with students will be subject to a preliminary background check (sex offender registry and public records) prior to leaving campus;
- Before driving students, a copy of valid car insurance and driver’s license must be submitted to the front office;
- If chaperones need to leave before the assigned time, it is their responsibility to contact the front office and lead teacher for notification of departing as well as students accompanying for check out;
- Only LobbyGuard verified and school approved chaperones may join LISA Academy field trips.
All traffic regulations will be provided by the campus administration. The following regulations are important for safety and security of all students and staff:
- Follow indicated traffic patterns;
- No cell phone use on school property while driving;
- No smoking/vaping on a school campus;
- Speed limit must remain 10 mph or lower;
- Parking only in designated areas;
- Respectful behavior at all times when on school property;
- Other regulations as directed by school administration.
Violators of these regulations may be banned from school property or referred to appropriate law enforcement officials.
The school pledges to allow all students to
- Feel safe in the school environment;
- Take full advantage of learning opportunities;
- Work in an environment free from disruptions and chaos;
- Express opinions, ideas, thoughts and concerns;
- Have a healthy environment that is smoke, alcohol and drug free;
- Use school resources and facilities for self-improvement;
- Expect courtesy, fairness and respect from all members of the community;
- Be informed of all expectations and responsibilities;
- Take part in a variety of school activities.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records. These rights include the following:
The Right to Inspect and Review
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 calendar days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents/guardians or eligible students should submit to the Principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school will make arrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
If circumstances effectively prevent the parent/guardian or eligible student from exercising the right to inspect and review the student’s educational records, the school shall provide the parent/guardian or eligible student with a copy of the records requested or make other arrangements for the parent/guardian or eligible student to inspect and review the requested records.
The school shall not destroy any educational records if there is an outstanding request to inspect and review the records under this section. The school may charge a reasonable fee for a copy of an education record that is made for the parent/guardian or eligible student, unless the imposition of a fee effectively prevents a parent/guardian or eligible student from exercising the right to inspect and review the student’s education records. The school will not charge a fee to search for or to retrieve the educational records of a student.
If the educational records of a student contain information on more than one student, the parent/guardian or eligible student may inspect and review or be informed of only the specific information about that student.
The Right to Seek Amendment of the Student’s Educational Records
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student. Such a request must be made to the Principal in writing, clearly identify the part of the record the parent/guardian or eligible student wants changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. The school will decide whether to amend the record as requested within a reasonable time after the school receives the request. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian or eligible student, it will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
If, as a result of the hearing, the school decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student, it shall amend the record accordingly and inform the parent/guardian or eligible student of the amendment in writing.
If, as a result of the hearing, the school decides that the information in the educational record is not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student, it shall inform the parent/guardian or eligible student of the right to place a statement in the record commenting on the contested information in the record or stating why he or she disagrees with the decision of the school, or both. If the school places an amended statement in the educational records of a student, it is obligated to maintain the amended statement with the contested part of the record for as long as the record is maintained and disclose the statement whenever it discloses the portion of the record to which the statement relates.
The Right to Consent Prior to Disclosure
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A “school official” is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the Board of Directors; a person or company with whom the school has outsourced services or functions it would otherwise use its own employees to perform (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent/guardian, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another open-enrollment charter school, school district, or private school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
The Right to File a Complaint
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. These complaints should be addressed as follows:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Access to Medical Records
Parents/guardians are entitled to access their students’ medical records.
Notice for Directory Information
Under FERPA, the school must, with certain exceptions, obtain written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records. However, the school may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless a parent/guardian or eligible student has advised the school, in writing, to the contrary. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school to include this type of information from a student’s education records in certain school publications.
The school has designated the following categories of information as directory information:
Current campus of attendance.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be released to outside organizations without prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks and/or businesses or members of the public seeking information about a student under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. In addition, two federal laws require the school to provide military recruiters, upon request, with student names, addresses and telephone listings, unless a parent or eligible student has advised the school that they do not want the student’s information disclosed without prior written consent.
Any parent/guardian or eligible student who does not want the school to disclose directory information from the student’s education records without prior written consent must notify the school in writing by completing and returning the “Use of Student Photos and Directory Information Opt Out Form” no later than the end of the first week of instruction after the student is enrolled.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
Use of Student Photos and Directory Information Opt Out Form
You have the right to choose whether your student’s information is released or not. Please check a box in the appropriate column below and return this form to your student’s school no later than the end of the first week of instruction after the student is enrolled. Parents/guardians or eligible students who do not check a box, or who do not return this form, give their implied consent for release of directory information, consent to student photographs, and consent to release directory information to the military (grades 9–12 only). If you do not wish to allow disclosure of this information, please return this form directly to the school either in person or by U.S. mail. If you have more than one student enrolled, you must complete a separate form for each student.
PLEASE MARK EACH APPLICABLE SPACE:
A. _____ I do NOT consent to the release of directory information about the student named below outside LISA Academy to sources such as an institution of higher education or newspapers and other media, except as authorized by law.
B. _____ I do NOT consent to the release of photographs or directory information within LISA Academy such as yearbooks, rosters for sports information, programs or articles.
PRINT Student’s Full Legal Name Student’s Date of Birth (month/day/year)
PRINT Parent/Guardian/Full Legal Name Parent/Guardian Signature
Student Acceptable Use Policy
Technology Mission Statement
The school is committed to utilizing the maximum potential of technology to enhance student learning and increase teacher effectiveness by providing students with technology-related experiences. Recognizing the ever-changing influences of technology on all aspects of our lives, the school is dedicated to providing an integrated technological curriculum for all students and staff members. Students will have access to the technology necessary to produce, manage, communicate and retrieve information in an efficient manner for educational use. In the attainment of both present and future goals, the school will provide a continually evolving staff development program oriented toward the integration of technology in areas of curriculum.
The school is proud to bring network and Internet access to school employees and students, and believes the Internet offers many diverse and unique resources to both students and staff. The school’s goal in providing this service to staff and students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovative teaching, and communication skills.
Students and staff have access to numerous research-oriented and instructional resources via the Internet. On-line encyclopedias, professional journals, and databases filled with timely information on thousands of topics are just a few of the resources provided. On-campus computers have the technology necessary to support student research and to promote academic achievement.
The school is aware that resources that are inappropriate or not designed for use in the educational setting may be accessed on the Internet. To protect students and staff from such inappropriate material, the school’s Internet access is filtered with one of the highest-rated Internet filtering systems available. However, users must recognize that it is impossible for the school to restrict access to all controversial material and individuals must be responsible for their own actions in navigating the network.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure school-level compliance with all procedures and regulations regarding the local area network and Internet usage. All students, parents, teachers, administrators and school employees who obtain their Internet access through the school are expected to use these services appropriately.
The use of the Internet is a privilege. Abusive conduct will lead to the privilege being revoked. The school is providing Internet resources for educational purposes only. Student/staff use of Internet resources must be related to an expressed educational and/or administrative goal or objective.
- The use of the school’s Internet and computer network must be in support of educational goals, research, and class assignments and be consistent with the educational objectives of the school.
- Users must have a valid, authorized account to access the network, and use only those computer resources that are authorized. Accounts may be used only in accordance with authorized purposes.
- Individual accounts may be used only by the owner of the account except where specifically authorized by the school administration. In the case of class accounts, all use must be under the supervision of the sponsoring teacher/supervisor.
- The user is responsible for safeguarding the computer account. Users are expected to protect access to accounts by periodically changing the password and keeping it confidential. They must respect the privacy of others by not tampering with their files, passwords or accounts.
- Users are responsible for inspecting all technologies prior to use and reporting any irregularities to staff immediately prior to use.
- Any damage incurred to the technologies while in the care of the students will be the student’s responsibility and therefore the student will be subject to disciplinary measures as well as monetary damages.
Policy – Terms and Conditions
Users are to properly use school network resources for educational and/or administrative purposes. Respectful and responsible network etiquette and behavior should be in keeping with the school’s mission statement. Students and staff are expressly prohibited from accessing obscene, profane, vulgar, or pornographic sites or materials.
Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd or otherwise illegal images or other content will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.
Electronic mail transmissions and other use of the electronic communications system by students and employees shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated school staff to ensure appropriate use for educational or administrative purposes. Forgery or attempted forgery of electronic mail messages is prohibited. Only the school’s authorized IT Manager may read, delete, copy or modify the electronic mail of other system users.
Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, disrupt or destroy data of another user of the school’s network or any other agencies or networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses. Any of these actions may be viewed as violations of school policy, administrative regulations and, possibly, as criminal activity under applicable state and federal laws. Users must respect the privacy of other users, and will not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify any file, data, or password belonging to another user, or represent themselves as another user unless explicitly authorized. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance and/or degrade, disrupt or bypass system security are violations of school policy and administrative regulations, and may constitute criminal activity under applicable laws.
Any prohibited behavior under this policy will result in the cancellation of technology privileges. The school will, in accordance with school policy, cooperate with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to misuse of the school’s network.
Each network user is expected to
- Be polite (i.e., an all-caps message implies shouting);
- Use appropriate language;
- Refrain from any activity that may be considered “cyber bullying,” including but not limited to threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing messages, harassment, stalking, child pornography, and sexual exploitation;
- Maintain confidentiality of the user, colleagues, and students;
- Respect copyright laws; and
- Be respectful in all aspects of network use.
Violation of the school’s policies and procedures concerning use of the computer on the network will result in the same disciplinary actions that would result from similar violations in other areas of school policy, including the Student Code of Conduct. Any or all of the following consequences may be enforced if a student violates the terms of this policy:
- Loss of computer privileges/Internet access, with length of time to be determined by campus administration.
- Any campus-based disciplinary consequence, including suspension, as deemed appropriate by the administration.
- Suspension may be considered for flagrant violations or violations that corrupt the educational value of the computers or the Internet.
- Expulsion may be considered in instances where students have used the school’s Internet access to engage in conduct that constitutes felony criminal mischief, and/or have deliberately attempted to bypass installed security software or copy/modify another student’s work files.
- All illegal online activity will be reported to law enforcement as necessary.
LISA ACADEMY Acceptable Use Agreement Acknowledgment Form
I have read and agree to abide by the LISA Academy Student Acceptable Use Policy. I further understand that any violation of this policy may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my Internet and computer access privileges may be revoked, and school disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.
(If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must also read and sign this agreement.)
As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the LISA Academy Student Acceptable Use Agreement. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes. LISA Academy has taken precautions to eliminate controversial material. However, I also recognize it is impossible for the school to restrict access to all controversial materials and I will not hold the school responsible for materials transmitted on the network. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use is not in a school setting. I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.
LISA ACADEMY Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form (Regulation of Electronic Communication Devices)
Electronic communications at school and at school-related functions are subject to regulation by the school.
This Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form grants authority and permission to the school to regulate electronic communication devices when these devices are brought to and/or used while on school property or when attending school related functions and events. Such communication devices include but are not limited to cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, and pocket computers. These regulations are made necessary in light of the unique opportunities these devices create for violations of law and school policies, and to perpetrate conduct disruptive of an educational environment essential to the school’s educational program. These concerns are exacerbated by electronic security protections and the personal size of these devices which are often carried concealed in pockets and purses
Therefore, all students who would possess or use such devices on school property or at school-related activities are required to sign this form together with their parent, guardian or other adult person having the authority of a parent for school purposes.
Each of you, by your signature below, agrees to the following:
All cellular phones, cell phone accessories, and electronic devices must be turned off and kept in the locker during the school day and while in a school building.
School administrators shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate use of phones for students participating in extracurricular activities or attending school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off school property.
The school administration is authorized to confiscate, power on or off, manipulate and do all things necessary to search my device and recover or intercept communications (including but not limited to text messaging) when reasonable suspicion exists that such device has been used to transmit or receive communications in violation of law, the Student Code of Conduct, school policy or regulation.
I further understand that an electronic communication device used or possessed in violation of law, the Student Code of Conduct, school policy or regulation is subject to confiscation and may cause the loss of the privilege to possess and use such devices on school property and at school-related events for an indefinite period of time.
2019-2020 School Year
By signing below I agree with and will comply with the contents of the above-mentioned “Acceptable Use Agreement Acknowledgment Form” and “Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form (Regulation of Electronic Communication Devices).” In addition, this form indicates that my child and I agree to comply with privacy and use policies in accordance with the school-issued Google Chromebook as set forth by Google.
Student’s First Name Middle Name Last Name Grade
Student Signature Date
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Please return this page to the front office upon completion. An electronic version of this form will be available at Check In.
Thank you for allowing our staff the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your child.
LISA Academy Student Handbook Receipt Form
LISA Academy has made the Student-Parent Handbook available online for viewing and downloading. The handbook is available on our websites at .www.lisaacademy.org. Once on the main website, click on the appropriate school and the tab labeled “Student”.
By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have been informed that the LISA Academy Handbook that is located online and available to me for viewing and downloading. I have also been informed if circumstances warrant, a section of the handbook can be printed by the school.
Student’s First Name Middle Name Last Name Grade
Student Signature Date
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Please return this page to the front office upon completion.
Thank you for allowing our staff the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your child.