Student Handbook

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Chilliwack Adventist Christian School
 
Handbook
 
 
 
2016-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Chilliwack Adventist Christian School family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve.

 
 
“The safety and wellbeing of children in Adventist schools is of paramount consideration. Children deserve to be protected from abuse, neglect, bullying, harm or threat of harm. Therefore, all Seventh- day Adventist Church, BC Conference schools will ensure that children attending these schools will experience a learning environment that enables every child to feel safe, accepted and respected.
Adventist schools will continuously develop strategies to make students feel valued, respected and connected within the school community. This will include the protection of the students’ physical safety, social connectedness, inclusiveness as well as protection from all forms of bullying, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, while remaining consistent with the Seventh-day Adventist faith-values, cultural perspective and philosophical values.”


 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
GENERAL                                     2                                                      SCHOOL INFORMATION         16
   History                                                                                                               Hours, Arrival & Pick Up
   Mission Statement                                                                                       Absences           
   Philosophy of Education                                                                            Tardiness
   Objectives                                                                                                      Lunches
   School With A Purpose                                                                               Telephone
                                                                                                                                Emergency Drills
ADMINSTRATION                    5                                                                      Textbooks
   Accreditation/Privacy                                                                                  Personal Belongings
   School Board                                                                                                   School Library
   Staffing                                                                                                             Field Trips
                                                                                                                                 Volunteers
ADMISSIONS                             7                     
   Non-discrimination Policy                                                          PARENTS                                     19
   Home School Students                                                                               Parent Communications
   Readiness                                                                                                        Parent Conferences
   New Students                                                                                                                Change of Address
                                                                                                                                Parent Participation
ACADEMICS                               9                                                                     Tips for a Good Meeting
   Testing                                                               
   Grading Policy                                                                                                DRESS CODE                               21
   Homework                                                       
                                                                                                                CONDUCT                                   22
MEDICAL                                   12                                                                     Rights and Responsibilities
   Insurance                                                                                                        General Rules
   Medications                                                                                                    Weapons/Explosives
   Accident/Injury                                                                                             Sexual Harassment
   Medical Alert                                                                                                  Anti-Bullying Policy
   Illness at School                                                                                             Child Abuse Policy
                                                                                                                DISCIPLINE                                   26
FINANCIAL                               14                                                                      Suspension
   Financial Responsibility                                                                               Dismissal and Withdrawal
   Tuition                                                                                                               Grievance Policy
   Family Discounts                                             
   Tuition Assistance                                                                                         CONTACT                                     28
   Past Accounts                                                                                                 Directions
   Withdrawals                                                                                                    School Board
   Gifts                                                                                                                   Staff                                                        

 
GENERAL INFORMATION
History
The Chilliwack Seventh-day Adventist Church operated a church school in the basement of the church on Riverside Drive starting in 1947. In 1971 the Chilliwack church became a constituent of the Fraser Valley Adventist Academy then located in Langley. In 1972 Fraser Valley Adventist Academy moved to Aldergrove and all students were bussed to that location.
 
At the beginning of the 1982/1983 school year, the Chilliwack Church School became a satellite school of Fraser Valley Adventist Academy, operating in a new building identified as the Nu-Life Centre. In 1987, the operation of Chilliwack Adventist School (formerly known as Riverside Adventist School) became that of the Chilliwack Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
In 1993, the Church purchased from the Chilliwack School District a   four classroom school building situated on nearly four acres of land on Fairfield Island. Chilliwack Adventist School continued to operate at this location until 1998. The Fairfield Island property was sold in 2000 and the funds were invested for future Adventist education in Chilliwack.
           
In the spring of 2004, it was learned th\at Hope Adventist School in Hope was facing closure at the end of the school year. Through much prayer, deliberation, and hard work, the members of the Chilliwack SDA Church, in collaboration with Mt. Hope SDA Church and the BC Conference, voted to move Hope Adventist Christian School, its Principal, and some of its students to the Nu-Life Centre in Chilliwack. Hope Adventist Christian School (Chilliwack location) opened its doors in 2004. Two years later, the name was changed to Chilliwack Adventist Christian School in order to reduce confusion as to its location.
 
School Mission
The Chilliwack Adventist Christian School family exists to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to think, and empower them to serve.

Philosophy of Education                                                                                                                               
God, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, is the Source of knowledge and wisdom.  In His image, God created man perfect.  Because of sin, man lost his original estate.  Christian education, through the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers, and by perfecting faith in Christ,                              
  • Restores in man the image of his Maker
  • Nurtures in man an intelligent dedication to the work of God on earth
  • Develops in man a practical preparation for conscientious service to his fellow man, and
  • Prepares him for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.
We accept divine revelation as the guiding principle of our philosophy of education.  We believe that teachers are servants of God, and that students are children of God.  We operate our school to ensure that our youth may receive a balanced physical, mental, moral and social education in harmony with Christian standards and ideals, with God as the Source of all moral value and truth.
Objectives
  1. To present and foster, by word and action, the characteristics of God that Seventh-day Adventists most cherish – His wisdom and His love, as displayed in creative and redemptive works.
  2. To encourage the development of personal values based on God’s Word and the student’s own clear thinking that will give him opportunity to appreciate and practice the Christian way of life.
  3. To develop within students a sense of their self-worth, setting achievable goals based on their abilities.
  4. To foster the development of independent decision-making based on presenting the value of self-discipline and the realization of the importance of considering the spiritual and physical needs of others.
  5. To help students appreciate the value of working cooperatively, allowing each student to reach his full learning potential.            
  6. To provide students with information relating to the use of harmful substances and the benefits of a temperate lifestyle and motivate the student to care for their physical self.
  7. To present Christ as each child’s goal for excellence in all activities, including recreation.
  8. To teach the students that God values them as a person and is ready to help in all situations.
  9. To view our school as an extension of the Christian home centered on Christ.
 
School with a Purpose
Certainly we are like other schools in the subjects we teach, but Chilliwack Adventist Christian School has several unique qualities that set us apart.
  1. It is a Christian school that is in keeping with the historic roots of the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy.
  2. We are a private Christian school, supported by the members of the Chilliwack Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  3. As a Christian school, we firmly believe this kind of education, when integrated with our Christian faith to develop the whole person, is the very best preparation for the students to meet the challenge of a rapidly changing world and the soon return of our Saviour.

ADMINISTRATION
Chilliwack Adventist Christian School (CACS) is a coeducational day institution offering grades kindergarten through seven.  The school is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church within the British Columbia Conference.  Operation of CACS is the responsibility of the Chilliwack Seventh-day Adventist Church and is carried out by a school board selected by the church body.  The Principal of CACS is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school.
The Ministry of Education through the Independent School Branch ensures that standards are maintained in educational programs, staff qualifications and facilities.  The Federation of Independent School Associations (FISA) is a liaison group between the government and the various Independent School groups whose role it is to work with government and other groups to promote support of independent schools.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates more private schools than any other Protestant denomination.  In North America alone it has over 754 elementary schools, and 252 secondary schools, employing 5,597 teachers and teaching over 64,859 students.
The administration of the Chilliwack Adventist  Christian School is designed to ensure that:
  1. The stated philosophy is upheld.
  2. The parents’ concerns regarding education of their children are fully expressed and met with this philosophy.
  3. The requirements of the Provincial Ministry of Education are met.
 
Accreditation:
The school follows curriculum guidelines established and accredited by the B.C. Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in addition to the requirements set by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

Collection and Disclosure of Information
PIPA  (Personal Information Protection Act) – CACS follows the PIPA Act when collecting and disclosing information regarding students, teachers, and parents and school registration forms require consent for collection of and disclosure of information.   Please see the following link for further information.  The principal is the school privacy officer. http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/ID/freeside/00_03063_01
 

School Board
The School Board is elected by the Chilliwack Seventh-day Adventist Church and is responsible for the operation of the school within the guidelines and policies adopted by the Conference Board of Education and by the Ministry of Education.
 
Staffing
The School Board, in consultation with the Conference Department of Education Secretary, has the responsibility of selecting teachers.  Appointments are made using the following criteria:
  1. Teachers and administrative staff must be members in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  2. Each appointee must make an affirmation of the philosophy of the school, and agree to and support the objectives of Christian Education
  3. Teachers must hold a valid teaching certificate
  4. Teachers will make every effort to apply God’s word to all areas of study.
 
While Chilliwack Adventist Christian School has been established primarily for the children of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, membership in the church is not a requirement for admission.
 
Non-discrimination Policy
Chilliwack Adventist Christian School admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its school, and makes no discrimination on the basis of race, colour, ethnic background, country of origin, or gender in administration of education policies, applications for admission, scholarships, and extracurricular programs. We welcome any young person who desires a character building education and is willing to support the standards of the school and comply with its regulations.
 
Home Schoolers
Christian home schooling is a growing concept and the Board and Administration of this school is happy to register Home Schoolers and provide them assistance in testing and evaluation as well as required textbooks.
 
Readiness
It is recommended that students entering kindergarten be 5 years of age prior to September 1 of the school year, and students entering grade one be 6 years of age by the same date. This is to help ensure readiness for learning on the part of the student.
 
Special Needs
CACS seeks to meet the individual needs of each student enrolled.
 
 New Students
The following procedure is normally followed for new students:
  1. Families making enquiry receive a registration package
  2. Parents/guardians must sign the application forms giving their approval for the student to attend, and guaranteeing the payment of the student’s account.
  1. The student registration form is completed and returned with a photocopy of the student’s birth certificate and Care Card to the principal. The school also requires a copy of the parent’s status in Canada (such as a passport, permanent residence card, etc.) and proof of address (such as a driver’s license).
  2. Families applying for the first time will be asked to attend an interview. If there are two parents (guardians), CACS would like both to be present at the interview, as well as the child.
  3. The principal will make a recommendation to the admissions committee.
  4. The admissions committee will make a ruling as to the student’s acceptance.
  5. The admissions committee will present their recommendations to the board.
 
New students entering grades 1 to 6 may be required to take a placement test prior to final acceptance.  This test enables us to establish the level the student is working at in a number of key areas. At times this test may be waived.

ACADEMICS
 
The school follows curriculum guidelines established by the BC Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and these guidelines are in harmony with the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education.
 
For Bible the Seventh-day Adventist curriculum is used. Other courses follow the BC Ministry of Education guidelines with religious philosophy as part of each subject. A description of the typical course of study by grade is available on-line (information can be found by going to adventisteducation.org).  Government curriculum learning outcomes  for each grade can be found on-line at the BC Government website (www.bced. gov.bc.ca/irp).
 
Testing
 
CACS participates in the following achievement tests:
  • CAT 4 (Canadian Achievement Tests, Version 3 – Winter for Grades 3 to 7
  • FSA (Foundational Skills Assessment) – Winter for Grades 4 & 7
 
Grading Policy
 
Written grade reports are issued three times in the school year. The first   one is in December (along with a parent-teacher conference), the second one is issued in March (along with a parent-teacher conference), and the final report is issued at the close of school in June.
 
Report cards will have letter symbols or grades for core academic areas along with written comments emphasizing student achievement, individual needs and suggested goals for student growth. Grades are based on BC Ministry of Education evaluation guidelines as follows:
  
  Kind. Grades
1 to 3
Grades
4 to 7
Percentages
Exceeding Expectations 4 4 A 86 to 100
Meeting Expectations 3 3 B 73 to 85
Approaching Expectations 2 2 C+
C
67 to 72
60 to 66
Not Yet Meeting Expectations   1 C-
I
F
50 to 59
In Progress
0 to 49
 
 
Homework
Homework is viewed as a positive and enriching learning experience.
 
Parents have a positive role in their child’s homework through supervision, encouragement, and interest. Crucial to good home learning habits are:
  • Regular homework/study time
  • A quiet place
  • Necessary materials and resources
  • Appropriate lighting
 
Students are responsible to complete all their homework. If an unforeseen situation arises they are to bring a note from their parents explaining why the work was not done. If a student has failed to complete their homework they may need to stay in at recess to complete it. If a student is away from school, he/she is expected to complete missed work (homework, tests, etc.)
 
We believe strongly that through the fourth grade, children should be read to daily, and this practice should be continued several times weekly beyond grade 4. Children who are most literate are those whose parents not only read to them daily, but also encourage independent reading.
 
Grades 1 to 4
Homework will be assigned for catch-up work, or to help individual students strengthen skills. At this level, students are encouraged to read orally (15 to 20 minutes per day) to strengthen their reading skills . The workload is normally such that the average child will be able to complete the work during the regular school hours. Parental cooperation is encouraged to supervise work.
 
Grades 5 to 7
Some homework can be expected at this level.  Projects, outside reading and some research are typical of these grades. Good study habits and an increasing amount of responsibility will be developed. Parents are encouraged to take an active interest in the various accomplishments of their children.
 
Retention
Only in rare instances will a student be retained in a grade and only after extensive discussion with the parents and the BC Conference Education Department. Decisions will take into account a variety of factors including achievement, performance, educational history, age, emotional maturity, attitude and current research surrounding the practice of retention.
 
MEDICAL INFORMATION
Basic first aid supplies are kept at the school, but we do not supply any medication.
 
Insurance
Every full-time student registered in the school is covered by accident insurance. Details of coverage are available at the school.
 
Medications
If your child needs to take prescription medication while at school, a note from the parent/guardian or doctor is required. The teacher may assist only by reminding the child to take the medication at the scheduled time.
 
Accident and/or injury
Attempts will be made to notify parents of serious injury or sudden illnesses that occur during school hours. For this reason parents must notify the school when there is a change of phone numbers or person to be contacted when you cannot be reached. In the event of an emergency situation, the welfare of the student will take precedence, with medical aid being summoned. The parent will then be notified as soon as possible.
 
Medical Alert
If your child has a special medical condition such as a severe allergy, hearing or vision problem, or other physical problem, please provide the office and teacher with the necessary information in writing.
Due to the possibility of students having a severe life threatening allergy to certain foods (e.g. peanuts and nuts), we ask that you consult with your child’s teacher before providing food for your child’s class.
 
Illness at School
The following guideline for parents in regards to when children will be sent home due to illness and when children should be kept home due to illness is that our school must remain as healthy a place as possible for the children and staff.
  
To limit the spread of contagious illness, please keep your student home if they have any of the following symptoms or illnesses:
 
 
Disease/Symptoms Incubation Period Excluded from School
Cold with fever   Until symptoms return to that of a common cold – no fever, mild cold symptoms
Sore Throat   If contagious – stay home until it clears up, or seen by doctor
Nausea/Vomiting
 
  Until cleared up for 24 hours
Flu
 
  Until cleared up for 24 hours
Rashes   Until doctor says it is not contagious
Chicken Pox 2-3 weeks 7 days from appearance of rash
Impetigo (crusty rash on face, arms or legs 2-5 days Until crusts are off and sores are dry
Mumps 12-26 days Until swelling subsides (7 days)
 
Rubella (German Measles) 14-21 days 5 days from onset
Rubella (Red Measles) 10-14 days 7 days from appearance of rash
Pink Eye 3-5 days 2 to 3 days – until eye is clear
 
Whooping Cough 7-10 days Until recovery – approx. 21 days
Head Lice   Once the medicated treatment is completed

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Chilliwack Adventist Christian School receives partial funding as an Independent School from the Ministry of Education. Additional funds are obtained through Church subsidy, Conference subsidies, student tuition charges, and private donations.
 
The generous financial support of the Chilliwack SDA Church and supporters allow for lower tuition rates for all students.
 
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Before a student is enrolled in the school, a parent/guardian must accept financial responsibility for the student’s tuition by signing a financial agreement stating that the account will be paid according to the payment schedule. The registration fee is due upon registration. All tuition is due and payable by the 1st of each month (September through June).
 
Payment by ten post-dated cheques is preferred.
 
All registration and tuition fees must be paid directly to the treasurer or principal, and a receipt obtained. This will facilitate the keeping of accounts. Tax deductible receipts for a portion of the tuition paid will be issued by the BC Conference of the SDA Church. These receipts are for the portion of time spent on religious programs or classes.
 
Registration and Tuition
Chilliwack Adventist Christian School’s tuition schedule is outlined in the following table. At the time of registration, a general registration fee for each student is to paid over and above these scheduled amounts.  The registration fee is $100/student prior to April 30 and $150 after that date.
 
Supply Fee
Supplies for the students are for the most part supplied by the school and there is a supply fee of $60/student charged to cover the cost of these supplies.
 
Tuition Per Month
Kindergarten Student $100
1 child in grade one or higher $185
2 children in grade one or higher $170/Child
3 or more children in grade one or higher $160/Child
 
Family Discounts
Family tuition discounts are available to immediate families with multiple students. As noted above, the rates are based on the following scheme: The first child pays the regular tuition rate, the second child receives a 15% discount, and the third student receives a 25% discount.
 
Tuition Assistance
Families with exceptional financial burdens are encouraged to approach their extended family, friends and their church home. If help is still needed, families are asked to contact the school principal for further information regarding tuition assistance. When applying for tuition assistance financial information will be required to be submitted to the student aid committee.
 
Past Accounts
All previous year’s accounts must be cleared before registration is completed. The school board must approve any special arrangements for such payment.
 
Withdrawals
If a student withdraws from school at any time, he/she will be charged for the full month on which such withdrawal is completed and the registration fee will not be refunded.
 
Gifts
Any monetary gift made to the school should be made through the Chilliwack SDA Church if a tax deductible receipt is desired. Please make a notation that the funds are to go to the school.

SCHOOL INFORMATION
School Hours, Arrival & Pick-up
Monday to Thursday        8:30 a.m. to 3:15
Fridays                                  8:30 a.m. to 12:00
 
Parents are asked not to bring their children to school before 8:15 a.m. when supervision begins unless the student is involved in a school sponsored extracurricular activity. Parents must arrange for their children to leave the school grounds within 30 minutes of dismissal. Teacher supervision is unavailable after this time. Exceptions may be cleared with the teacher. Parents are asked to be mindful of parking lot safety when dropping off and picking up their children.
 
Attendance
Students are required to be prompt and regular in attendance at all classes. Absences and tardiness disrupt the continuity of instruction. Consequently, many students who miss school frequently experience great difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of school.
The attendance record of each student is audited by the Ministry of Education and the accumulation of absences will be calculated and converted into total number of school days missed and could be deducted from the annual funding. The revenue loss could result in increased tuition.
 
Absences
Absences may be excused due to illness, extenuating circumstances or a death in the family. Students MUST bring a note from a parent/ guardian, or a parent/guardian may telephone the office to clear the absence. Regular assignments due on the day of an absence must be handed in at a reasonable time after the student’s return to class. It is the student/parent’s responsibility to obtain missed assignments from the teacher. When an absence is pre-planned, please be sure to notify the teacher beforehand so that lessons can be prepared and sent with the student. In the case of extended pre-planned absences it may not always be possible to provide all assignments prior to departure.
 
Tardiness
Being prompt and on time for school and classes is a habit we strongly encourage. Students are considered tardy if arriving after 8:30 a.m.
Lunches
Students are expected to bring lunches that are in harmony with SDA dietary guidelines. While vegetarianism is encouraged, the use of Biblically declared clean meats is acceptable. Students are expected to eat in designated areas only and to clean up after themselves.
Telephone
The school telephone system is provided to aid the teachers in the operation of the school. Therefore, the students may use the telephone only after their teacher gives permission.
Emergency Response Drills
During the school year we will conduct a number of fire, earthquake and lockdown drills in order to train students how to respond to a real emergency situation. During these drills, all visitors are expected to evacuate the building along with the students.
Fire Drills and Emergency Procedures – a staff member with basic first aid certification is required to be on site at all times.
It is the responsibility of all students to acquaint themselves with the proper evacuation procedure.
  1. When there is a fire, calmly walk in file to the nearest exit. Stop talking and listen.
  2. The first student through the exit door will hold it open until all in the room have exited.
  3. All doors and windows are to be closed and the lights turned off.
  4. All students will assemble outside in the designated area in order for the teacher to check that all students are there.
  5. All students are to be quiet and listen for directions.
  6. We will meet at back of playground.  This will be the contact point for parents if students need to be picked up. 
  7. Parents will be contacted by phone.
 
Textbooks
Textbooks will be supplied free of charge for all classes. Students are responsible for all books issued and will be required to pay for defacement, damage and loss.                                      
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Personal Belongings
The care of personal equipment is the responsibility of each student. The school cannot guarantee the safety of personal belongings. It would be best to leave electronics and other valuables at home.
 
School Library
The library has been established for the use of the school, and is being expanded on a continuous basis. All students, teachers and visitors are expected to help protect the investment of time and money that it represents by using the facility and materials in a responsible manner.
 
Field Trips
Field trips are taken periodically in conjunction with various classes. Advance notice will be sent home with the student and permission slips must be signed and returned to the teacher. Parents may be asked to help supervise or drive on field trips. It is emphasized that the rules of the school regarding conduct and dress are applicable to field trips.  First aid kits are brought on field trips with allergy medications as well as Care Card information.  All students, volunteers, and teachers are expected to follow CACS school conduct policies in this handbook while on field trips as well as any safety regulations of the facility. A staff member with first aid training is required to be on site at all times
 
Volunteers
All volunteers and staff must have a current criminal record check on file, as well as a statutory declaration form. Any vehicle or driver that will be transporting students for school related functions shall have:
 
  1. A minimum of $2 million third party liability insurance coverage.
  2. A driver’s abstract on file at the school (easily obtainable by phone through ICBC) and volunteer driver form.
 
We request a copy of both your insurance coverage and driver’s abstract to be updated yearly.
 

PARENTS
 
The primary responsibility for the education of children rests with the parents. Teachers act only in the place of parents, so a partnership is vital to ensure the success of the program. We feel, however that parents need the support of the pastor, teachers and members of the church community to instruct and model to the children the way that they should live.
 
Parent-Teacher Communication
It is best to communicate directly with the teacher and principal regarding all school issues. The teachers are the ones that daily work with your children. A cooperative approach and united action on the part of the parents and teachers will do much towards improving student achievement and problem resolution. For problems that are unresolved please refer to the grievance policy on page 7.  Planners are used for day-to-day communication.
 
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Formal Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled at the close of the first and second grading periods. It is important for parents to plan to attend these conferences. We encourage, however, all parents to inform themselves about their child’s academic progress by being involved at home and by taking an interest in their child’s classroom.
 
Change of Address and/or Phone Number
Please notify the school office immediately of any change in address or phone number.  This is imperative as we need to be able to contact parents/guardians in the event of an emergency
 
Parent Participation
Parents are an indispensable part of the Chilliwack Adventist Christian School family. Here at CACS, we are so fortunate to have a very active parent group. All parents are welcome to be involved in the wide variety of activities and fundraisers sponsored by the Parent Advisory Council throughout the year. The following ideas are ways you may wish to become involved: field trip, PAC hot lunches, assisting in school maintenance and building projects, helping with PAC projects, and attending constituency meetings.
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.Tips for a Good Meeting with a Teacher
  1. If you are angry or upset about and issue, wait until you have calmed down.  ‘Striking while the iron is hot’ may make you feel better at the time to get it off your chest, but could also cause more damage and make the situation worse.
  2. Make an appointment to meet with the teacher outside of regular school hours.  The teacher has a responsibility to be teaching or supervising  students, and it is in your best interest to have the teacher’s full attention, and there will be less restrictions on the amount of time the teacher will be able to meet with you.
  3. Do not engage in an argument or shouting match with the teacher. If you feel the teacher is being unreasonable, simply say you are going to speak to the Principal about it. In the reverse situation, where a parent is being unreasonable, the teacher will do the same thing in seeking the Principal to mediate.
  4. Try to see the other person’s point of view. Taking some time to walk in the other person’s shoes can give us a new perspective on the issue, and present new solutions.
  5. Be reasonable in your approach and expectations.
  6. Treat the other person the way you would want to be treated under similar circumstances.
  7. Avoid the use of over generalizations like, “You always pick on my child,” and “You never punish Debbie,” because they are seldom correct.
  8. Don’t accuse.
  9. Listen to what the teacher has to say.
  10. Try to be understanding.
  11. Come with a positive attitude to help make our school a better place by working with the teacher.

DRESS CODE
 
Clothes reveal ideals and character and have a significant effect on classroom atmosphere. There is a definite relationship between good grooming and good behaviour.  Appearance is important regardless of activity or place and students are expected to dress in a sensible fashion, avoiding extremes in styles and fads. We encourage children to dress in a manner that is modest and reflects commitment to personal cleanliness, hygiene, good grooming and weather conditions.  These are habits that are helpful in establishing self-respect and confidence.  The following dress codes apply to all school sponsored functions, regardless of time or place.
 
  • Hats are not to be worn in the school building.
  • For safety and school cleanliness reasons, indoor shoes must be worn during school hours (non-marking soles only)
  • Tube tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops or bare midriffs are not allowed. Sleeveless tops with wide shoulder bands may be worn.
  • Pants should fit so that undergarments or bare midriffs are not evident.
  • Dresses, skirts and shorts must not be shorter than mid-thigh length.
  • Any messages on clothing must reflect Christian values and principles.
  • Clothing that is ripped, torn, with holes, cut off or not hemmed is inappropriate.
  • Jewellery, such as rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and chokers are not to be worn. Body piercing is not allowed.
  • Make-up, if worn, should be minimal and natural looking
 
CONDUCT
We believe the home is the primary influence on children. We also believe home and school must share the responsibility for teaching children appropriate behaviour and social skills.  This socialization process, that is teaching children to relate positively with others and to understand the need for certain behaviours, is one of the more difficult aspects of parenting and teaching. Consequently, as parents do at home, teachers spend much time explaining the ‘whys’ of this world.  For example – why we walk in the hallways, why we don’t throw things, why we speak politely, why we don’t touch other’s property, why we show respect to others. By working together we can increase the probability that students will learn these skills, thus resulting in increased self-respect, respect for others, responsibility, and enhanced learning.

Rights and Responsibilities
All members of the CACS community have the following rights:
  • To learn and work in a   disruption-free environment
  • To have their positive behaviour recognized
  • To be protected from physical harm and verbal abuse
  • To have their personal property protected
  • To be treated with kindness and care
  • To be provided with the best leaning atmosphere possible
 
Each TEACHER¸ therefore has the responsibility to:
  • Provide a safe, Christian and supportive environment
  • Treat students with respect and consideration
  • Provide quality curriculum that reaches students
  • Nurture a positive relationship with students and parents
  • Understand, support and follow the goals and procedures of the discipline policy
 
Each STUDENT, therefore, has the responsibility to:
  • Understand, support and obey all school rules and graciously submit to correction when it is given
  • Show respect to all members of the school community (i.e. teachers, adults, and fellow students) while at school and during school-sponsored activities.
  • Take responsibility for their own actions.
  • Care for one another and refrain from hurting each other by actions or words.
  • Actively engage in the learning process.
  • Demonstrate fairness and sportsmanship.
  • Show care for school property and the property of others
  • Maintain a clean, neat environment.
  • Complete daily class requirements/assignments.
  • Show planners to parents and obtain their signature each day, then return planners to school the next day.
 
Each PARENT, therefore, has the responsibility to:
  • Ensure that their child is on time to school and extra-curricular activities.
  • Check that all homework is complete and necessary school supplies are provided.
  • Read and sign student planners each day.
  • Provide a home environment that is supportive of the school goals.
  • Nurture a positive relationship with their child’s teacher or teachers.
  • Understand and support the school discipline policy publicly and privately.
  • Discuss any concerns regarding a specific disciplinary measure with the staff member involved.
  • Support the schools learning and teaching philosophy.
  • Attend Parent/Teacher conferences twice during the year.
  • Fulfil all financial obligations.
General Rules
SAFETY and RESPECT are key words students at CACS are asked to keep in mind.  The following is a short but necessary list of rules:
  • Students may not leave the school grounds during the school day without written permission.
  • Running in the halls or climbing on the outside railings is prohibited.
  • Fighting and excessively rough games are not allowed on school premises
  • Physical & verbal abuse (including teasing and bullying) will not be tolerated.
  • Substance abuse such as tobacco, alcohol, use of vapor products (e-cigarettes) and illicit drug use or possession, are not tolerated and are subject to suspension or expulsion from the school.
  • Improper and disruptive behavior will result in appropriate discipline.
  • Students must avoid the use of coarse and questionable language.
  • Good, wholesome friendships between boys and girls are encouraged.  Bodily contact is to be avoided.
  • Anyone responsible for damage to school property may be assessed for the FULL replacement or repair costs.
  • Students are not permitted to throw snowballs or rocks on the property or to throw objects in the classroom.
Weapons/Explosives
Because safety and security for every person at CACS is a primary concern, inappropriate possession by any person of any dangerous object is strictly prohibited.  These items include explosives, fireworks and pocket knives.  Disregard for this policy will be treated as a serious matter.  We also request that students do not bring “war toys” or other “aggressive” devices to school.
Sexual Harassment
Chilliwack Adventist Christian School is committed to providing a school environment free from sexual harassment for all students.  Incidents of harassment should be reported in accordance with these procedures so school authorities may take appropriate actions.  Students who engage in sexually harassing others are subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.  Employees who engage in sexual harassment are subject to discipline and possible termination.
Definition:  Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or offensive behavior of a sexual nature that interferes with one’s sense of self-worth, identity, education or right to participate in school activities.

Reporting:  Students who have experienced sexual harassment shall report the incident as soon as possible, to any teacher, the Principal, or trusted adult.
Anti-Bullying Policy: The safety and wellbeing of children in Adventist schools is of paramount consideration. Children deserve to be protected from abuse, neglect, bullying, harm or threat of harm. Therefore, all Seventh- day Adventist Church, BC Conference schools will ensure that children attending these schools will experience a learning environment that enables every child to feel safe, accepted and respected.
Adventist schools will continuously develop strategies to make students feel valued, respected and connected within the school community. This will include the protection of the students’ physical safety, social connectedness, inclusiveness as well as protection from all forms of bullying, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, while remaining consistent with the Seventh-day Adventist faith-values, cultural perspective and philosophical values.
 
Child Abuse Policy:
Child abuse is a serious problem.  It is morally and legally wrong.  It’s impact can last a lifetime and even extend to future generations.  Anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been or is likely to be physically harmed, sexually abused, or sexually exploited by a parent or other person, or needs protection in the circumstances described in section 12(1)(d) to (k) of the Child, Family and Community Service Act, is legally responsible, under section 14 of that act, to report promptly to a child protection social worker.  In British Columbia , a child is anyone under the age of 19. 
Knowing this, Chilliwack Adventist Christ School will follow protocols of the Ministry document entitled:  Supporting our Students: A Guide for Independent School Personnel Responding to Child Abuse? when responding to child abuse and/or neglect situations. 
It is the legal requirement of teachers and principals to report any suspected cases of abuse or if a child is being exposed to abuse. 
 
DISCIPLINE POLICY
All discipline shall be administered fairly and consistently.   Whenever possible, punishment shall be a logical consequence of the misbehavior and it shall be appropriate in severity.  Discipline is designed to be redemptive, remedial, and corrective rather than punitive.  Classroom control and discipline will be maintained.  Insubordination will not be tolerated.
The purpose of citizenship development is to learn how to relate in an acceptable manner to others in society and to prepare for life in this world and the world to come.  All members of the school staff share in the responsibility for supervision of student conduct.  Minor irregularities are handled by the individual staff members.  Repeated offences or major infractions of school rules are handled by the principal, the school discipline committee, or the board.
Suspensions   A student may be suspended from a class by a teacher or from school by the school board for the following reasons:
  • Gross insubordination
  • Persistent violation of school regulations
  • Disruptive behavior to the school or class program
Student may be re-admitted to the class or school only after the student and his/her parents have met with the administration to rectify specific problem.
The following guideline will be implemented:
  1. The child will be removed from the classroom, parents notified to come and pick them up.
  2. Before-re-entering the classroom a parent/teacher/student conference will be held.
  3. If problems are not resolved additional steps may be necessary involving the School Board.
  4. Policy dictates that a teacher may suspend a student and that the School Board may find it necessary to expel a student.           
 
Dismissal and Withdrawal
The Administration is authorized to dismiss a student if deemed necessary. This will not be done without a conference between parents, student, and Administration.
 
Grievance Procedure
Should a student and/or parent disagree with the disciplinary actions or other decisions of a teacher or the Chilliwack Adventist Christian School, the following is the procedure for the appeal of those decisions and/or actions.
 
Try to resolve the problem by discussion at the lowest level of authority. It is important to follow the steps of this procedure to give administration ample opportunity to resolve the situation in an appropriate manner, to provide a teacher time to make any necessary changes, and the parent time to fully evaluate the situation in a reasonable manner. The following is the sequence of successive levels of authority:
 
  1. Teacher
  2. Principal
  3. Should a parent and/or student desire, they may present their appeal of a decision or action in writing and/or personally to the School Board Chairperson who will determine if the appeal should go to the next meeting of the Chilliwack Adventist Christian School board or at a specially called board meeting.
  4. Personnel of the Office of Education of the SDA Church (BC Conference) may be invited to meet with the parent or student and the school board on such occasions.

  
CONTACT INFORMATION
 
CHILLIWACK ADVENTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
46018 Riverside Drive
Chilliwack, BC, V2P 3K8
 
Phone: 604 792 8344     
 
Email: cacs@gmail.com
Website: www. an6848.adventistschoolconnect.org
(or Google: Chilliwack Adventist Christian School)
 
 
Directions:
 
The school is located at 46018 Riverside Drive, Chilliwack, next to the Chilliwack SDA Church.
 
From Trans Canada Highway Eastbound, take exit 119 and turn left at the top of the overpass. Turn right at second light (Airport Road). Turn left at next light (Young St.). Drive north through five corners until you come to Riverside Drive. Turn right onto Riverside Drive. The school is the second property on the right. The school sign is displayed above the entrance.
 
From Trans Canada Highway Westbound, take the Young St. Exit. Turn right onto Young St. and head north. Proceed past the five corners until you come to Riverside Drive. . Turn right onto Riverside Drive. The school is the second property on the right. The school sign is displayed above the entrance.