Bethel Christian School

POLICY BOOK

A Ministry of Bethel Memorial Church

Martin D. Alden – Principal

Phone 812-386-1263

FAX 812-386-1500

E-Mail Address

bethelchristianschool@bethelmemorial.org

Website

www.bethelchristianschool.com

Table of Contents

School Spirit Theme…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………3

Statement of Purpose…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..4

Articles of Faith……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….5

Absences and Tardiness…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….….6

Admission…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….7

Bible…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…7

Bicycle Usage………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…8

Birthdays…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….8

Change of Status……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

Classroom Visits and Telephone Usage……………………………………………………………………………………………………8

Curriculum…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

Discipline Expectations……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………9

Disciplinary Actions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………9

Eighth Grade Graduation Requirements…………………………………………………………………………………………………10

Evaluation Period…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….10

Grading Procedures………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..11

Grading Scale……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..11

Homework…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..11

School Closings……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…12

Insurance…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..12

Kindergarten…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….12

Length of School Day………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….….12

Early Arrivals and Late Pickups Fees……………………………………………………………………………………………………..13

Lost and Found………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13

Lunch….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………13

Medical Form……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………13

Medicines, Illnesses, and Exclusion from School…………………………………………………………………………………13

Flu or Other Epidemic……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15

Orientation………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15

Parties…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15

Payment of Tuition…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15

Personal Items………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15

Re-Enrollment………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…15

Safety of Students…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………16

School Office….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16

Standard for Dress and Appearance….…………………………………………………………………………………………………16

Dress Code….…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16

Sports………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….18

Student/Faculty Relationships…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….18

Parent/Faculty Relationships………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………18

Traffic Flow/Parking Lot Regulations…………………………………………………………………………………………………..…18

Volunteer Service by Parents………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…19

Withdrawals………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………19

Non-Discriminatory Policy……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………19

Endorsement……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………20

SCHOOL SPIRIT INFORMATION

SCHOOL COLORS

 Maroon and White

MASCOT

Crusader

SCHOOL THEME VERSE

 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4

SCHOOL SONG

Bethel Crusaders

Bethel Crusaders, Bethel Crusaders

On to victory

We are learning daily

Of the Christ of Calvary

Bethel Crusaders, Bethel Crusaders

True to maroon and white

Go in the Savior’s might

And win this game.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

          This policy handbook has been written for the parents and students at Bethel Christian School.   Its purpose is to better acquaint them with the policies, regulations, and administrative procedures of the school.

          BCS is a ministry of Bethel Memorial Church which is affiliated with the Independent Fundamental Churches of America and incorporated in the State of Indiana.  Bethel Memorial Church views the ministry of Christian education as a biblical mandate to parents (Deuteronomy 6, Proverbs 22, Ephesians 6, and others), and BCS is a logical extension and help to the home.  It is not to be thought of or used as a replacement for this directive. The Christian home, church, Christian school should all work together in the training of children “in the way they should go.”  It is at school where much of their learning takes place. As one reads this book, it is sincerely hoped that it is understood that everything taught at BCS is intended to lead its students to a clearer understanding of and to a closer relationship with God, the Creator of us all.  

          The goal of the administration and staff of BCS is for the students to recognize that their education is centered around the Scriptures and the person of Jesus Christ. It is hoped that each student will be known for his positive Christian testimony wherever he goes.  This standard is founded in the admonition given by Paul in Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

          The standards that are written in this book are for character training and forming good habits that round-out one’s education.  Some of the rules and regulations are necessary simply for efficient operation of the school and in keeping with standards that will bring honor to our Lord.

          It is prayerfully hoped that both parents and students alike will see that an education at

Bethel Christian is more than just a great academic privilege, but it is an education for eternity.

          It is suggested that parents and students read this handbook together.  This will help to clear up any misunderstandings and hopefully prevent any unhappy situations throughout the year.

          Thank you for your concern in Christian education.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

  • The following is an abbreviated statement of faith.  A detailed copy may be secured by requesting a copy of the Constitution of Bethel Memorial Church.  Individual copies are supplied gladly upon request.
  • WE BELIEVE IN THE COMPLETE INSPIRATION OF BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTAMENTS OF THE BIBLE.  WE BELIEVE IT TO BE THE INFALLIBLE AUTHORITATIVE WORK OF GOD.
  • WE BELIEVE THAT THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE AND OF MAN WAS BY DIRECT ACT OF GOD AND DID NOT COME ABOUT THROUGH AN EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS. 
  • JESUS CHRIST, THE SECOND PERSON OF THE TRINITY, BECAME “FLESH” AS A RESULT OF HIS VIRGIN BIRTH, PROVIDED FOR OUR REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS DEATH AND BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.  AS A RESULT OF HIS SHED BLOOD, GOD OFFERS THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION TO ALLWHO WILL RECEIVE HIM BY FAITH.
  • WE BELIEVE MEN ARE PARTAKERS OF THE NEW BIRTH AS A RESULT OF THE REGENERATING WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • Bethel Memorial Church, parent to Bethel Christian School, is an independent fundamental, self-governing church affiliated with the IFCA International.  With other churches of like faith, we share a vision for evangelism both at home and abroad.  We stress separation from worldly practices and confusing association with other religious groups which deny the fundamentals of the faith.  We welcome all who have trusted Christ as Lord and Savior as brethren in the body of Christ.
  • OUR PRINCIPAL AND PASTORS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO MINISTER TO YOU REGARDING YOUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS, REGARDLESS OF YOUR PARTICULAR RELIGIOUS POSITION.

ABSENCES AND TARDINESS

Students are expected to be prompt to school and in regular attendance.  Both areas are character builders and establish good lifetime habits.  There are times, however, when parents need to use discretion and keep their child home when their child is sick or has a contagious disease. 

Steps to follow when absence occurs:

  1. The parent or guardian must phone the school office before 8:30 a.m. on the first day of the absence and give the reason as well as the anticipated number of days the student may be absent.  If the number of days given is exceeded, the parent must phone again to predict the additional number of days.               
  2. Every effort will be made by the teacher to work with parents and students in supplying homework assignments as soon as possible.  Make-up work must be completed for all absences.  If not, they will receive an incomplete.
  3. Tutoring may be necessary for long-term illnesses.  Arrangements should be made through the school office.

Determining times for absences or tardiness:

After 8:15 tardy: (Student must be in his seat)

After 8:45: ½ day absent

Leave before 2:45:  ½ day absent

Leave after 2:45:  tardy

*11:45 is the halfway point in the day.  Any time a student misses more than 30 minutes, he is considered at least a half day absent.

When absences accumulate:

5 days        Letter sent to parents

10 days        Letter sent to parents

15 days        Meeting with principal

20 days       Required summer school in order to pass or repeat grade

Three tardies will equal one absence.

Three tardies will result in not getting perfect attendance.

If the child is absent, he/she would not be able to participate or attend any athletic or school event in the evening.

ADMISSION

Admission on all levels will be after an interview with the principal, the parents, and/or child, and upon completion of all forms and all applicable fees being paid.

All new students wishing to enter or transfer to Bethel Christian School will be expected to take an entrance-progress examination.  Should the student’s accomplishments (as shown by the tests) be on the grade level to which the student has been promoted, and if the administration believes the student can adequately adjust to Bethel’s program, then the student will be admitted to that grade.  It is the general policy of the school not to accept students whose accomplishments have not been up to acceptable standards.

Bethel Christian School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin.  We reserve the right to select students and families on the basis of their agreement with and submission to our educational, disciplinary, and moral policies.  Our foundation for every policy is the unchanging, inspired, and inerrant Word of God, which is always a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path.”  We also reserve the right to discontinue the enrollment of any student whose lifestyle, conduct, influence, attendance, or progress is not in keeping with the moral and academic standards of Bethel Christian School.

Students, new and continuing, are required to have the following forms:  certified birth certificate from the health department, medical examination form, (entering K-5 & 6th grade), immunization record, etc.

A child must be three, four, or five years of age before August 1 in order to attend the K-3, K-4, or K-5 kindergarten.  The child must be self-sufficient in the bathroom.   The school reserves the right to recommend the return of a child to a pre-kindergarten who does not perform within minimum margins during the first few weeks of school.

BIBLE

  • Bible study is recognized here as of fundamental importance and is a requirement.  It augments the other subjects being taught.  A knowledge of the Bible is one of the greatest educational assets any person can have in addition to the moral and spiritual values resulting from the study.
  • Character development is the most important work of a school, and no other course offered anywhere affords better opportunities for laying the foundation for good character. 
  • We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and is so taught.  Parents are required to provide a Bible (The King James Version) for all grade school children.  While it is impossible to grade one’s spiritual comprehension, we find it necessary to grade the students on Bible memory work and general Bible information as covered during Bible class.

BICYCLE USAGE

  1. Parents allowing a child to ride a bicycle to school will assume full responsibility for his safety to and from the school. 
  2. Students are not to ride in parking lots until school traffic has cleared.
  3. No bikes are to be ridden during the school day.
  4. Caution must be always observed in respect for pedestrians.

BIRTHDAYS

Birthday parties will only be permissible in the kindergarten levels.  However, all upper grade students may bring treats. 

CHANGE OF STATUS

For the benefit of your child, please notify the school office and your child’s teacher immediately of any change of address, telephone number, family physician, or other important information.

PARENT CLASSROON VISITS AND TELEPHONE USAGE

All parents must clear with the principal before visiting the classroom for any reason.  Parents are asked not to call their children during school hours except in an emergency.

The school phone is to be used for school business and emergencies.  Students will not be permitted to use the phone except for emergencies.  The name and number will be given      to school personnel who will place the call for them.  If a student brings a cell phone to  school, it must be turned off and kept in their backpack or in the school office.

CURRICULUM (Goals and Objectives)

  • Romans 12:2 states, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
  • Through our curriculum we endeavor to make our students aware of the real world through the eyes of God.  It is our intent to help students build solid defenses so they can stand against conformity to the unreal world of the secular community.
  • Satan has deceived mankind in their view of the world with an educational curriculum that is saturated with humanistic teachings.  As was stated in the BIBLE section of this book, all subjects are studied from the biblical focal point.  When subjects are taught outside the realm of God’s perspective, they become perverted and obscure.
  • BCS will use only those textbooks that are academically sound and have a biblically based view of this world.  BCS will offer a quality education that brings honor to the name of Jesus Christ.                    

DISCIPLINE EXPECTATIONS

The staff at Bethel Christian School strives to create a Christ honoring environment in their classroom.  We will honor the Lord by how we instruct, how we discipline, and how we encourage.  Discipline is necessary for the personal welfare of the student as well as the entire class.  Our teachers are expected to enforce classroom regulations in accordance with Christian principles and discipline as set forth in the Scriptures and are as follows:

1. Students will be respectful of peers, adults, and property.  Name calling, teasing, bullying, sexual or foul language, back talking, racial slurs, cheating, fighting, destruction of school or personal property will not be tolerated.  Depending on circumstances, any of these could be deemed extreme circumstances and could lead to more serious consequences.

(1 Peter 2:17a – “Honor all men.  Love the brotherhood.”)

2.  Students will obey their teachers in the guidelines that are set forth in their classrooms. 

(Hebrews 13:17a – “Obey them that have the rule over you and submit yourselves.”)

3. Students will do their best and work hard to bring glory to His name.  Refusal to do schoolwork or participate in the classroom will not be tolerated.

(Colossians 3:23 – “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”)

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

At BCS, we know that students will make mistakes and that they need to learn and grow from those mistakes.  We will work together with the student and parents to provide a safe environment where each child can feel safe and where each child can learn from his mistakes to make better choices in the future.  A variety of classroom management techniques will be used in each teacher’s classroom to provide this safe environment.  Students are expected to comply with the guidelines that their teacher gives.  Students who fail to comply with the school and classroom guidelines will have consequences that are deemed appropriate to the offense that was made.  Most consequences will be handled by the classroom teacher.  These consequences may be, but not limited to, loss of recess privileges, time out or removal from an activity, detention, assigned seating at lunch, proximity seating to teacher in the classroom, parent contact through phone, note, or in person, and principal referral.  Most students will learn from these consequences and will make the necessary changes in their behavior.

However, chronic, disruptive behavior or extreme situations will not be tolerated as it cannot allow others to learn and does not show submission to authority or repentance of behavior.  Chronic, disruptive behavior would be defined as repeated offenses where no improvement has been made through the teacher’s classroom management or consequences.  Extreme situations would be putting others in danger, threatening others, possession of weapons, etc.  Careful consideration is given to students who demonstrate this chronic, disruptive behavior so they can be restored in their relationships with the staff and peers.  More serious consequences will be enforced for this kind of behavior.  If a student repeatedly fails to submit to their classroom teacher, the following steps will be used and documented in the student’s file:

1. One missed recess and parent contact through the behavior form.

2. Two missed recesses and parent contact through the behavior form.

3. All three missed recesses and parent contact through the behavior form.

4. All three missed recesses, behavior form sent home, and parent, teacher, principal conference to discuss concerns and how to get the child back on the right path.

5. One day in-house suspension and parent contact through the behavior form.

6. Three days in-house suspension and parent contact through the behavior form.

7. If all the previous steps have been unsuccessful in bringing the child back to restoration, the situation will be brought to the school board for potential expulsion.

EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Grade level requirements for eighth grade students to graduate must be at least a 1.0 or above grade point level in all individual class subjects, and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

EVALUATION PERIOD

All new students are subject to an evaluation during the first grading period of school at BCS; however, if the student is unable to adjust to the discipline or academic requirements, the administration will notify the parents and request the student to transfer out of the school.  The same procedure may be followed at any time during the school year for any student.

GRADING PROCEDURES

To encourage students to achieve, complete work, and to discover and evaluate what areas need attention and effort, their work is graded and evaluated.  K-5 through eighth will be graded as follows:  A: Excellent; B: Good; C: Average; D: Below Average; F: Poor.

Grading Scale

99-100 A+83-85 C+
96-98 A75-82 C
94-95 A-72-74 C-
91-93 B+68-71 D+
88-90 B64-67 D
86-87 B-61-63 D-

Grades K-5 -8 will receive report cards every nine weeks.

Report cards are given to students to present to their parents three class days following the end of each grading period.  The card is to be signed and returned to the school promptly. It will be necessary to pay $1.00 replacement fee for a duplicate card.

  • Progress Reports will be sent home the middle of each grading period for grades 1-8 to advise parents of a child’s work.
  • When a student transfers to another school, the cumulative record will be sent directly to the school upon request from that school. Cumulative records will not be sent until all financial accounts have been cleared.

HOMEWORK

  • We believe that homework is an integral part of the school program.  Each teacher is at liberty to give homework to aid the students to advance in their studies; therefore, EACH STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE HIS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.
  • Repeated delinquent homework will result in disciplinary action or a student being asked to withdraw from BCS.  Out of respect for midweek church services, a minimum of work will be assigned on Wednesday nights.  Arrangements can be made for students with midweek services on a night other than Wednesday.

Homework is given for several reasons:

1.  For DRILL:  We believe that most students require solid drilling to master material essential to their educational progress.

2.  For PRACTICE:  Following the classroom explanation, illustration, and drill on new material, homework is given so that the material will be mastered.

3.  For REMEDIAL ACTIVITY:  As instruction progresses, various weak points in a student’s grasp of a subject become evident.  Homework following instruction is given to overcome such difficulties. 

4.  For SPECIAL PROJECTS:  Book reports, compositions, special research assignments, and projects are some of the activities that are frequently the subject of homework attention. 

HOMEWORK SLIPS – Homework slips will be given and checked appropriately as to whether the work was partially done or not done at all.  Parents must sign and return them by the next day so that the teacher is aware that the parent has seen it.  If the student completes the work and returns it by the next morning, the homework notice will become invalid.  When three valid homework slips accumulate over any five-week period, the child will serve a detention for 45 minutes the following week. 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Bethel Christian School will operate in accordance with the North Gibson School Corporation concerning inclement weather or for other reasons; however, the administration of BCS reserves the right to change that decision.  The primary contact person should receive a phone message on CALL ONE.

INSURANCE

Student accident insurance is provided under the umbrella of the church liability policy which is covered by the supply fee.

KINDERGARTEN

The kindergarten program includes a daily Bible story, a strong emphasis on learning to read with the phonetic approach, a good foundation in arithmetic, writing, music, and other areas of learning.  It is our purpose to give a well-designed program of learning that will strengthen character and prepare the children to do superior quality of work as they enter the grades.  The child must have turned 5 by August 1 of that current school year.

LENGTH OF SCHOOL DAY

School will commence at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15 p.m.  All grades will be on a full day basis except for half day kindergarten.  K-3 and K-4 will dismiss at 11:45 and K-5 at 12:00.  Those who do not have transportation for their children and must have them at school before 8:00 must decide with the teacher.  Children are to be picked up immediately when school is dismissed.  If a student remains after school, he must stay in his room until called for by his transportation.

EARLY ARRIVAL AND LATE PICKUP FEES

          A. M. Early Arrivals Fees:       7:30–7:44= $2.00

                                                          7:45–7:59= $1.00

          P. M. Late Pickups Fees:          3:31–3:45= $1.00

                                                          3:46-4:00= $3.00

                                                          4:01–4:15= $5.00

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and found articles are to be taken to the school office.  At the end of each semester all items that are not claimed will be disposed of properly.  Clothing items unclaimed will be given to the needy.

LUNCH

Children in the grades will provide their own lunches.  Refrigeration will be provided for sandwiches needing to be kept cool.  It is suggested that drinks be brought in a thermos to conserve room in the refrigerator for food items.  Items in the refrigerator must have the student’s name on them.  If a child forgets his lunch, he will be allowed to choose some snack items from the office and charged for that cost.  Sharing of food is not allowed.

MEDICAL FORM

  • A medical examination is required for entry into the K-5 and 6th grades.  This medical form may be obtained from the school office if you have not previously received one.  Completed medical forms are due on or before Parent Orientation Day which is held before school each year.  If you do not have this form by then, please have a written statement that includes the date of your child’s appointment, doctor’s name, and when the form may be expected.
  • Transfer students to BCS will be required to have an examination if a form is not included in their cumulative file.  An examination is not required for entry into K-4, but an immunization record is needed.

MEDICINES, ILLNESS, AND EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL

Indiana State Law requires that medication administered to any student while at school be done only when school authorities have written permission from the parents and family physician.  No internal medications will be administered by B.C.S. school personnel without this note from the parent and family physician.  There should be on file, a copy of the medication permit obtained from the school office or on a regular sheet of paper with all the same required information.  All prescription medication must be sent in its original container with the physician’s name, child’s name, date, and directions for use.  The medication will not be given if any alterations have been made.  All medications must be turned in to the child’s teacher.  Over the counter medication must be in the original container.  Non-prescription medications must be accompanied with physician’s dosage and administering instructions as well as the physician’s signature.  This includes everything (i.e., aspirin and cough drops).  This medication is to be kept with the teacher.  B.C.S. reserves the right to confiscate any medications not properly registered with the teacher until verification is made with the parent/guardian. 

If a child displays any of the following symptoms, he/she must be either kept or sent home:

  • Fever-over 99.6 degrees
  • Diarrhea
  • Nasal secretions that are thick, yellow, or green, and accompanied by a fever
  • Sore throat with fever or throat spots
  • Cough accompanied by fever, chills, and the coughing up of green or yellow mucus,
  • Vomiting, or nausea
  • Eye drainage of any type should be checked by a doctor to rule out infection
  • Unusual rashes should be checked by a doctor to rule out bacterial infection
  • Child does not feel well, such as lethargic behavior and/or crying
  • Discharging ears
  • Scabies (itch)
  • Impetigo (summer sores)
  • *Pediculosis (lice)
  • Ring worm
  • Unconsciousness, for any reason, for any length of time-child should be taken home
  • Serious accidents of any kind-call nurse or contact parents
  • *Once it has been determined that a student is infected, the parents will be called and asked to pick up the child from school to be treated.  For the child to return to class, once diagnosed with head lice, he will be checked again to be sure he is nit-free. He will be checked daily for the next two weeks.

The child may return to school after illness when:

  • Fever has broken for 24 hours.
  • At least four doses of antibiotics have been given over a 24-hour period for any type of strep or other bacterial infection.
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea has subsided for 24 hours.
  • Child is feeling well again, and normal behavior has returned.

THE LAW READS

“And it shall be the duty of all teachers to immediately send home any pupil who is perceptibly ill in any way; or who is unclean and emits offensive body odors or who is infected with lice or other vermin; and the truant officer shall arrest and prosecute parents and guardians who do not rid their children of vermin and bodily uncleanliness, when notified to do so.”

Sanitary Schoolhouse Law, Chapter 206.  Acts 1913, Section 2

B.C.S. reserves the right to send home any student whose illness poses a health threat to the student body.

FLU OR OTHER EPIDEMIC

When 20% of the student body or 33% of the teaching faculty are absent the school will be closed for at least one day.

ORIENTATION

Orientation is held just before school begins each year and is designed to acquaint the parent with an overall view of the school program and calendar for the year.  One or both parents should attend this meeting.  Important classroom information will be given by the teacher at this time.  School information forms will be filled out and turned into the classroom teacher at this time.

PARTIES

Any parties at school must first be cleared through the principal.  It is the policy of Bethel Memorial Church and Bethel Christian School not to promote or celebrate Halloween activities.

PAYMENT OF TUITION

  • BCS offers a convenient monthly payment plan or 10 monthly payments.  A yearly tuition schedule is included in the registration and admission packet given to enrolling families.
  • A twenty dollar ($20.00) late fee (effective August 2002) will be charged after the 10th of the month if tuition has not been paid in full.  An eleven-dollar ($11.00) charge will be assessed on returned checks.  Students may not remain in school if the previous month’s tuition has not been paid in full.  Please make all checks payable to Bethel Christian School.

PERSONAL ITEMS

Knives, weapons, electronic devices, etc. will not be permitted at school.  These items will be kept in the office until the end of the day.  Since these items are not permissible at school, they may not be taken on field trips.

RE-ENROLLMENT

Re-enrollment for the fall term will be open during the month of February.  Students will be accepted on a first come, first-serve basis.  Enrollment for the public will be opened two weeks after.  There will be a non-refundable $50 deposit fee to accompany the re-enrollment request.

SAFETY OF STUDENTS

After students arrive at school, they will not be permitted to leave until the close of the school day.  Of course, exceptions to this rule would include doctor’s appointments, personal illness, or a death in the immediate family.  No student is to be taken from the school before the close of the school day without first checking with the office.

No student will be allowed to ride home by any way other than that listed on the transportation form filed with the office unless a note is sent to school and signed by the parent.

These rules are for the safety and protection of your child.

SCHOOL OFFICE

The school office is in the school building.  Enter the north gym doors, go through foyer, and turn left.  Press the buzzer to be let into the building.  Please come to the school office to sign in if you are visiting the classroom for any reason.  If your child is leaving the school for any reason, please sign them out when they leave and back in if they return.

STANDARD FOR DRESS AND APPEARANCE

Students in a Christian school are expected to live and conduct themselves in a way that is pleasing to God and glorifying to the name of Jesus Christ.  (1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:31) Paul states in 1 Cor. 8:9 that we must be careful not to be stumbling blocks to them that are weak.  We must also be mindful that the testimony of the school is important, and in the eyes of the world Christians are expected to be different.

We believe that what a person wears affects the way he feels and ultimately the way he behaves.  We urge our students and parents to carefully consider these principles about clothing.  Though you may not entirely agree with these rules, we seek your cooperation in carrying out these standards so that the biblical teaching in Hebrews 13:18 may be upheld.

DRESS CODE

Parents are expected to help children keep the school uniform code.  At Bethel Christian School we wear uniforms because:

  • They discourage differences brought about by various income levels, this eliminating unnecessary peer pressure and allowing the attention of the students to be directed to learning.
    • They assure that the dress standards of the school emphasize neatness.
    • They promote an image of pride both at and away from school and help create a positive climate of discipline and responsibility.
    • They are less costly to families and more easily maintained.
    • They promote an attitude of moderation and modesty.

Expectations:

  • It is expected that students will be in uniforms that fit properly and are neat and clean.
    • It is expected that students will be in uniforms that are in good repair.
    • Uniforms must be appropriately sized and must be appropriately worn.

Sweaters:

  • Cardigan sweaters (solid color) are part of the uniform and may be worn every day of the year.  Only uniform sweaters may be worn to school.  They may be worn during the day if a child is cold.  Non-uniform sweaters are not allowed.  Uniform sweaters may be button or zip up and may have a hood.

Blouses and Shirts:

  • Any solid colored short or long-sleeved polo may be worn.  No crests or logos  are allowed (such as Izod, Polo, etc.).  BCS or Bethel Christian School may be monogrammed on the shirts if you wish.

Pants: 

  • Uniform khaki or navy-blue pants with pleat or flat front as well as blue jeans   are to be worn.  They are to be ankle length with no adornments or stitching.  Pants must be worn at the waist.  Students must wear belts if pants have      loops.  Pants must not be over-sized or worn below the waist.

Skirts:

  • Girls may wear navy or khaki uniform skirts.  Skirts must be worn at the       waist and not more than a maximum of one inch above the knee.

Shorts:

  • Students may wear khaki or navy uniform/Bermuda style shorts that are no shorter than 1’ above the knee.

Socks and Shoes:

  • All students are to always wear socks, and shoes having strings must be tied.

Hair:

  • Hairstyles are to be neat and attractive.  They are not to be of any punk    styling.  Boys’ hair is to be neatly groomed and trimmed to be above the        collar of a polo shirt, above the eyebrows, and not below the middle of the      ear.

Piercings and Tattoos

  • Boys- Permanent and/or semi-permanent tattoos, earrings or other body piercings    are not allowed.
    • Girls- Permanent and/or semi-permanent tattoos, body piercing, excessive jewelry,          and excessive make-up are not allowed.  Pierced ears are acceptable for girls.

Non-Uniform Dress:

  • Throughout the year students can participate in non-uniform dress days          such as BCS/Christian t-shirt days, Spirit Week, and picture day.  Dress on       these days must be neat, modest, and appropriate for school following the uniform policy of modesty.  This includes shirts and blouses having at least      short sleeves, no belly shirts, no low necklines or backless dresses, regular    length pants, and dresses and or skirts no more than one inch above the knee.

Dress Code Violations

  • Any time a student accumulates three dress code violations within a               five-week period, he will be required to miss all breaks for the day.

SPORTS

If we can secure coaches, we endeavor to have boys’ basketball, girls’ cheerleading, and volleyball.  Our eligibility policy is as follows:

A “C-” average must be maintained in all subjects.  If a student fails to meet that      standard, he will be given in ineligibility slip.  He will be able to practice with the team for three weeks but not be allowed to play in any games during that time.  If at the end of     that three weeks the grades are not “C-” or above, the student will not be allowed to practice or play in any games until the grades become acceptable.  Each grading period begins a clean slate.

STUDENT/FACULTY RELATIONSHIPS

Students are taught and should develop and maintain an attitude of respect for all staff members as well as their fellow students.  To help achieve this, students will address all    staff personnel with the proper term of “Miss,” “Mrs.,” or “Mr.” with the last name.       Replies should be respectfully given by using “Ma’am” or “Sir.”  This standard is always applicable.

PARENT/FACULTY RELATIONSHIPS

School business with teachers should be conducted during school hours on school days as   much as possible.  It is recognized that there will be exceptions to this.  Teachers are expected to be in the school from approximately 7:30 through 3:30 p.m.

TRAFFIC FLOW/PARKING LOT REGULATIONS

The safety of our students is of utmost importance.  We urge all parents to observe the regulations listed below:

          1.  Enter the parking lot on the north side of the church’s parking lot and go to the    gym entrance when bringing children to school.  Traffic is one way back onto           Garfield.

          2.  Morning kindergarten pickup will follow the same procedures.

          3.  Parents are not to park in driveway to bring children into the building.  This           holds up others and imposes on their time.  Anytime you must enter the building,           use available parking space.

          4.  Afternoon pickup will be in the north parking lot.  Enter in the above said           fashion.  Students will exit via church or gym doors.

          5.  Please drive with care.  We do not want anyone hurt.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY PARENTS

Volunteer help is a vital part of the school for BCS.  You will receive a blessing by helping out in one of these ministries for the Lord.  Volunteer help may be given as a teacher’s aide, lunch monitor, and/or recess monitor help for teachers, or the other things that are needed to keep the school running smoothly.

WITHDRAWALS

It is extremely important for parents to understand that children are expected to be enrolled for the entire year and that withdrawals come only under very unusual circumstances.  If such a withdrawal becomes necessary, two weeks’ notice must be given in order that release from agreement may be made properly and another child be given opportunity to fill the vacancy.  In any case, the remaining portion of the month’s tuition or no less than two weeks tuition beyond the day of departure is due the school.  Of course, any tuition paid in advance beyond the month of departure will be refunded within thirty days of termination.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

Bethel Christian School maintains a nondiscriminatory admissions policy regarding race, ethnic origin, or religious background.  This policy also applies to the administration of all educational, athletic, or other school-sanctioned programs.

ENDORSEMENT

This policy book has been established by the Official Boards of the Bethel Memorial Church and the Bethel Christian School this eighteenth day of August 1986.  All policies herein have been endorsed by these Boards.  The principal has been authorized to uphold these policies by the power of the Board.

Amended April 1988 by The Bethel Christian School Committee.

Amended March 1989 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended February 1990 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended June 1991 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended February 1992 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended September 2000 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended September 2001 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended September 2008 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended September 2011 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended February 2012 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended March 2015 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended March 2016 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended September 2016 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended August 2017 by The Bethel Christian School Board.

Amended August 2019 by The Bethel Christian School Board.