EFATA Christian School is not a corrective institution; consequently, we ask that a child be not enrolled with the idea that he will be reformed. We are here to work with the home, but not to take the place of parents who have difficulty in fulfilling their roles.
The student must at all times conduct himself in a manner becoming a lady or gentleman. Griping is not tolerated! If your child does come home complaining about a policy or discipline, please follow this procedure:
• Give the staff the benefit of the doubt;
• Realize that your child’s reporting is emotionally biased and may not include all the information;
• Realize that the school has reasons for all rules and that they are enforced without partiality;
• Support the administration and call the school for all the facts.
When a child’s attitude is not in accordance with school policies or principles, the child will be placed on probation and both parents will be called for a conference. If the administration feels the situation has not changed within the designated time, the parents will be asked to withdraw the child.
High School students in particular-because of their influence on younger children-are trained to adhere to the school’s philosophy and Biblically based program. Such adherence includes abstinence from smoking, use of alcoholic beverages, use of narcotics, listening to secular music, public dancing, swearing, viewing or discussing pornographic items, and other questionable practices.
EFATA Christian School is dedicated to train children in a program of study, activity, and living that is Bible-centered. We believe that “all things should be done decently and in order” and that our students should be taught to accept the responsibility to “walk honorably before all men”.
School’s discipline is maintained which is firm, consistent, fair and tempered with love. Our staff maintains standards of behavior in the Learning Center through kindness, love, and a genuine regard for the student. However, when disciplinary action becomes necessary, it is firmly carried out, tempered by good judgment and understanding.
Students are reminded that God expects us to be disciplined in all areas of life:
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this well pleasing unto the Lord. Colossians 3:20
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers…” Romans 13:1
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves…” Hebrews 13:17
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Proverbs 10:17
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15
4. DEMERITS AND DETENTION
Demerit marks are given for disturbance or breaking rules. Demerits are an indication that a student may need direction in the development of principles of character in his/her life.
Explanation of Demerits
Three or more marks in one day result in detention time as follows:
1. 3 marks = 20 minutes detention
2. 4 marks = 30 minutes detention
3. 5 marks = 45 minutes detention
4. 6 marks = 1 hour detention
Students with demerits will serve detention time through area cleaning, which will be meted out on the same day. Consistent accumulation of more than 60 minutes of detention a day will necessitate meetings with the supervisor, principal, and parents to ensure corrective actions.
When a student receives a detention, a “Corrective Action Notice” is sent home with the student and is to be signed by the parents. The next day the slip is returned and detention time is served. If the student violates behavioral expectations, one or all of the following steps will be taken:
• Probation Letter
• Suspension Letter with Parent Conference
A written excuse letter signed by a parent or guardian must be presented to the supervisor when a student returns to school after an absence. If the absence is foreseeable, a note should be sent in advance. Doctor, dental, music, and other appointments are to be scheduled after school hours except otherwise required.
Absence for reasons other than for sickness and emergency will be excused only if arrangements are made in advance with the supervisor and the student is sufficiently advanced in his work.
Excessive absences will inhibit the student’s progress. If, in the opinion of the administration, the absences are unnecessary, the student will be considered truant.
A student is considered tardy if he is not in the Learning Center on time. A detention will be given. Continued tardiness will necessitate a conference with parent and principal, possibly leading to revocation of student privileges or suspension.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ATTENDANCE
It is our policy that no student is excused from the required physical education course without a doctor’s written excuse.
The athletic program of this school is a coordinated effort: therefore, students are requested not to bring home school’s athletic equipment. School equipment are not to be used during unauthorized activities.
6. HOMEWORK and EXTRA PACE WORK
Student who didn’t meet his goals for the day is required at the discretion of the supervisor, to complete the work at home or after school in the Learning Center. Should the student have homework, a homework note will be written on PCN or Homework Slip giving the pages to be completed will be stapled to the PACE. This slip is to be signed by the parent and returned the following day. Unfinished homework means a demerit for the student for that day.
EXTRA PACE WORK
Students who finish their goals for the day can request from his/her supervisor extra work to be done at home.
7. SCHOOL SUPPLIES
At the start of the school year, each student is given the list of school supplies which he should complete. List of supplies vary according to the student level.
It is a must for all our students to have a Personal Bible of their own (King James Version).
Our school office has available Bibles for sale.
It is a must for all our students to have their own Dictionary (paperback is acceptable).
Preferably, we strongly suggest the ACE dictionary which the school can facilitate to order.
8. MEDICAL GUIDELINES
No staff member will be allowed to administer any medicines without parent authorization in writing with proper instructions. All medicines must be kept and administered at the school office. Parents must inform the school office for the kinds of medicines and treatment the student is undergoing as the case maybe.
Computers are a way of life; therefore, all students are given opportunity to learn how to use computer starting as early as first grade. Every graduate is expected to be computer literate. Students are required to provide their own flash disc for academic work.
10. CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP TRAINING
After the opening exercises, students go to their respective Learning Center and meet for devotion, 15 minutes every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is weekly Chapel sessions which the student identifies his education with Biblical principles and wisdom. Principles of life are organized, outlined, illustrated, and discussed in these meaningful sessions.
Student must bring Bible to school for all devotions, chapels, and special meetings.