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Student Handbook

Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence

k-8th  grade

STUDENT HANDBOOK

&

CODE OF CONDUCT                                      


table of contents

MESSAGE FROM PACE ACADEMY ADMINISTRATION       2

MISSION STATEMENT                                                                3

BELIEF STATEMENT

SCHOOL COLORS & MASCOT                                                                

CHARACTER EDUCATION FOCUS                                            4

SCHOOL INFORMATION                                                           5

SCHOOL POLICIES & PROCEDURES                                         6

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE POLICY       17

DISCIPLINE VIOLATION & CONSEQUENCES (K-8)                  32

RULES FOR PACE COMMON AREAS                                        41

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS & APPEALS PROCESS          42

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY                                                      44

RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENT CONDUCT                          46

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT                     47

PARENTAL/GUARDIAN CONTRACT FOR ENROLLMENT        48

TITLE 1 PARENT COMPACT                                                    49

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT                                                           50


Revised June, 2013


  dR. joseph f. pollack academic center of excellence

(PACE)

   
 

Dear Parents,

We hope this handbook will be helpful in providing answers to your most immediate questions about school policies and procedures.  Please feel free to contact the school for an appointment to discuss your child’s progress or any other school-related matters.  It is important that you and your child read this handbook carefully.  With a thorough understanding of school principles and rules, students, parents, and staff will share a common philosophy that will set the stage for a fulfilling educational experience.  We have posted this document on our website for your convenience, however, you may request a hard copy from the school office.

Sincerely,

The Administrative Team of the

Dr. Joseph F. Pollack

Academic Center of Excellence


  1. joseph f. pollack academic center of excellence

(PACE)

   Mission Statement

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence will provide all students a superior educational experience that results in career success and commitment to community service.


Belief Statement

We believe:

  • All students can achieve academically.
  • Students, parents and PACE staff are all partners in the educational process.
  • The PACE curriculum and high expectations create an environment that enables students, parents and staff to achieve success.
  • High standards, challenging curriculum, quality instruction, assessment and a variety of educational strategies meet the needs of students with different learning styles.
  • Developing solid character traits creates a safe and nurturing learning environment.
  • Ongoing professional development is necessary to ensure our students are provided with a world-class education.

PACE STUDENT AFFIRMATION

I am here to learn, therefore:

I will be respectful, responsible and safe.

I promise to respect myself, others and the school.

I will do nothing to keep the teacher from teaching and others from learning.

I promise to be responsible for my education.

Ultimately, I will become a capable, confident, and responsible individual

School Colors

The official school colors are Burgundy and Gray

School Mascot

The official school mascot is the Warrior






  1. JOSEPH F. POLLACK ACADEMIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

Character Education Focus

Responsibility

Responsibility is taking care of the people and things that are ours.  Responsibility is keeping our promises.  It is doing our duty for our family, school, community and country.

Respect

Respect honors the good things that we and others do.  Respect values people and other things for whom and what they are.  Respect honors people and things of special worth.

Integrity

Integrity is being honest.  It is being trustworthy.  Integrity is being true to yourself and your beliefs.

Generosity

Generosity is the willingness to give or share.  It is the noble act of unselfishness.

Courage

Courage is being brave when we are afraid.  It is being able to do something when we feel bad or fear we might fail.

Compassion

Compassion is caring about others.  It involves wanting to help those who are hurting.  Compassion is showing kindness to all people.

Justice

Justice is making sure that we treat others and ourselves fairly.

Wisdom

We gain wisdom through learning and doing.  Wisdom is understanding what to do.  It is recognizing right from wrong, good from bad.

Perseverance

We display perseverance by simply not giving up.   No matter how challenging or difficult a situation may be, we never stop trying to achieve our goal.

A person’s character is their destiny.

                                                                                       Heraclitus

 

School Information

Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence

(PACE)

23777 Southfield Road

Southfield, MI 48075

(248) 569-1060

(248) 569-1403 Fax

www.pacek-8.org

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Report Time: 7:45 AM

Dismissal: 3:45 P.M.

Wednesday

Report Time: 7:45 AM

Dismissal: 2:00P.M.

Office Hours

7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Monday through Friday

School Telephone

(248) 569-1060

School Fax

(248) 569-1403

Delayed Starts and School Closing

To learn of a late start, the school being closed due to inclement weather or any other emergency please listen for a radio announcement on WWJ950 AM News Radio or tune in to

                              CHANNELS 2, 4 OR 7 NEWS

Note:  PACE is located in Oakland County.

 

POLLACK ACADEMIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Advisors

Every student has an advisor.  Kindergarten thru Fifth grade students will have their homeroom teacher as their advisors and Sixth thru Eighth grade student will have their advisory teachers for advisor. This is the first person with whom the parent/guardian should communicate if a question or issue arise requiring contact between the home and the school.

Assessment

The academic progress of students at PACE Academy is assessed using the following tools:

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) - Once Per School Year

Achievement Network- Four times per school year

NWEA MAP-

Individual Teacher Assessments- As Needed and Applicable

Application

Verification of age and place of birth must be submitted when a child applies at PACE.  Any one of the following forms will be accepted:  Birth Certificate, Baptismal Record, Passport (showing date of birth), or Alien Registration Card.  To enter Kindergarten a child must be five years old on or before November 1st.  In addition, an up-to-date record of immunizations must be provided.

Attendance Policy

To benefit from the primary purpose of the school experience, it is essential that each student maintain regular and punctual daily attendance in all classes.  Class attendance is necessary for learning and academic achievement; as well as for developing the habits and responsibilities of punctuality, dependability, and self-discipline.

Attendance is a high priority at PACE.  Student achievement and attendance are directly correlated.

The State of Michigan has a Compulsory Education Law (MCLA 380.1561), which makes it the responsibility of the parents or guardians to see that any child between the ages of 6 and 16 attends school properly equipped to participate in the school activities.  The child’s attendance must be continuous and consecutive for the school year.

Violations of this law occur “if a child is repeatedly absent from school without valid excuse.”  This can include a pattern of tardiness, early dismissal or a pattern of absences.

                                                                                       

  • Excused Absences.  All prearranged, authorized, and illness-related absences will be treated as excused absences.  Excused absences must be verified by a telephone call or note from a parent or legal guardian to the office or homeroom teacher by 10:00 A.M. the day of each absence.

Excused absences, tardies and early dismissals are valid for the following reasons:

  •       Medical or dental treatment, exam, recuperation
  •       Personal illness
  •       Death in the family (Please provide obituary or funeral program)
  •       Serious illness in immediate family
  •       Educational experience.  (The principal considers circumstances or conditions that may benefit a pupil as a reasonable educational experience)
  •       Pre-approved absence by school administrator before the child is absent
  •       Religious observances
  •       Officially documented instances of car trouble (One excused occurrence per semester)
  •    Unexcused Absences.  Any absence for which the parent/guardian has not notified the school will be considered unexcused.  The Attendance Monitor will call the student’s parents for excessive unexcused absences.                                                                                                                                                      

Unexcused absences, tardies, early dismissals include:

  •       Absence, tardies and early dismissals that do not meet the guidelines for excused absence, tardies and early dismissal
  •       Parental requests excusing their child from school for reasons not included above (i.e. to get a haircut, go shopping or not stating a specific reason) are unexcused.  Excuses that a student “overslept” are also unacceptable and will constitute an unexcused absence or tardy.  Students are expected to attend school until the end of the school year.  Students failing to attend the last two weeks of the school year may lose their seat for the upcoming school year unless there is a documented medical or family emergency.

PACE Academy Tardiness Formula

Any student arriving after 8:05am is considered to be tardy.

2 Unexcused Tardies= 1 Absence

In an effort to encourage student attendance and punctuality PACE will institute a system of rewards for students who continually demonstrate excellent school attendance and punctuality.

Tardies/Absences:

  •       After five unexcused absences notification will be sent home via the PACE Academy Attendance Monitor reminding the parent of the importance of school attendance and punctuality.
  •       After ten unexcused absences the parent and student must meet with the Assistant   Principal. Before student is allowed to return to school.
  •       After fifteen unexcused absences the parent and student must meet with the Building Principal. Before the student is allowed to return to school.
  •       After twenty absences the student is automatically withdrawn from the school the parent and student must go before the PACE Academy Board of Education, before reenrollment is granted.  Information is transmitted to the Michigan Department of Human Services Benefits Division.

Intermediate School District Referral:

  1.     After the 15th absence, the student shall be referred to Intermediate School District at the discretion of administration based on individual case circumstances.
  2.     After the 15th tardy, the student shall be referred to Intermediate School District at the discretion of administration based on individual case circumstances.

Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals:

In order to benefit from the educational program of PACE it is necessary that a student be in attendance throughout the school day.  However, from time to time compelling circumstances require that a student be late to school or dismissed before the end of the day.

Students who arrive late to school must report to the office for a pass to enter the classroom.  Students are tardy if they are not in the classroom at 8:05 A.M.  Every instance of tardiness requires a written excuse from the parent/guardian stating the reason.  Parental assistance in making sure students arrive on time for school is required and appreciated.

Written notice is required upon tardiness or early dismissal of the student, which shall state the reason for the tardiness or the early dismissal.

In an effort to lower the number of classroom interruptions late arriving students will be allowed to go to class at the following times:

  •       Anyone arriving after 8:10am will be admitted to class at 8:30 am
  •       Anyone arriving after 8:30 will be admitted to class at 9:00 am

Before and After school Services of Students

Parents needing before and after school care for their child(ren) will be asked to enroll them in the affiliated before and after school program:

Champions is a great solution for busy working families. We offer activities that combine fun and learning – even help with homework – all in a safe, convenient place. Our experts have put together a variety of group and individual activities designed to keep your child exploring and growing. From art, dramatic play, math and science to problem-solving, language, motor skills and more, we help your child continue learning and developing essential life skills, when school’s not in session. Champions include dedicated enrichment areas as part of our daily curriculum, another way we help your child reach his or her full potential. We focus on character development, physical fitness, health and wellness, reading, writing, science experiments and more.

More information about before and after school services can be obtained from the main office or the PACE Academy website www.pacek-8.org.  Students who are repeatedly dropped off early and/or picked up late and have not been properly enrolled in the before in after school program will be reported to the appropriate authorities (i. e. Southfield Police or Department of Human Services).         

Basic Emergency Procedures

Fire Drill Procedure:

Minimum of six whole-school practice fire drills are held during the school year.  The Principal, Assistant Principal, and the City Fire and Police Departments coordinate our school safety program.

All students should take these drills very seriously and follow the instructions of their teachers.  Everyone must exit the building during a fire drill and not return until they receive the all-clear signal.  Fire drills may occur anytime during school hours.  Classroom teachers will spend time discussing and rehearsing fire drill procedures.

  • Students should walk to the classroom door and quickly form a line.
  • The teacher should lead the group from the building using the assigned stairway and/or exit.
  • Talking or running is not permitted. Students should follow the person directly in front of them and carefully listen to and follow directions given by the teacher.
  • Students should proceed to a safe place outside as directed by their teacher.
  • No one should re-enter the building until the all-clear signal has been given.
  • After the all-clear bell, students are to follow the directions of their teacher and return to their classrooms in a quiet and orderly manner.

Students who are not able to walk, or need assistance, will be assisted by their classroom teacher, or the nearest available adult.

(add tornado and emergency)

Book /Gym/Duffel Bags/Coats/Jackets/Purses

When entering the school, students are to place all book bags, duffel bags, coats, purses and any other such items in their locker or coat area.

Citizenship

Attitude is a significant factor in a child’s success.  Therefore, students at PACE receive a citizenship mark based on a pupil’s capacity for growth in personal and social development.  The citizenship marks include an evaluation of attitude, effort, and dependability.  The following guidelines will be used when determining a citizenship grade: (see

Citizenship Matrix

Level

1

2

3

4

5

Description

Outstanding

Satisfactory

Average

Needs Improvement

Unsatisfactory

Citizenship rating are based on the following criteria:

ATTITUDE

…approaches school work with enthusiasm

…follows rules and directions of the teacher

…participates constructively in class activities

EFFORT

…is attentive and produces quality work

…completes assignments on time

…initiates contact for extra help when needed

DEPENDABILITY

…is on time to class

…is prepared for class

…submits and makes up work in a timely manner

Civil Defense Procedures/Severe Weather

  •       All students will go to their designated area in the building.
  • Students will sit on the floor with their heads protected and away from entries and windows.
  • Students will remain quiet, and in sheltered areas until the all-clear signal has been given.
  • After the all-clear signal, students are to follow the directions of the teacher and return to their classrooms in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • Parents are requested to not telephone the school when a tornado is in effect.  It is imperative that school lines are open at this time for official calls.  During a tornado watch or warning, a parent/guardian may sign out his/her student from the main office.

Code of Conduct

All students and parents are responsible for the information contained in the PACE Academy Code of Conduct booklet.

Classroom Newsletters

Newsletters are sent home with students from classroom teachers to keep parents informed of house activities and what is happening in their child’s classroom.

Communication

PACE is committed to promoting communication between the teaching staff and parents.  Please refer to the website.  Listed below are some of the formal ways that the school stays in contact with parents:

  • Monthly School Calendar.  A monthly school calendar is sent home with students or is electronically available every month to keep parents informed of building level activities and parent involvement opportunities.
  • Annual Open House, School Visits.  Parents are always welcome to visit the school.  However, all visitors must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor’s pass for security reasons.  Any arrangements to observe a classroom must be made with the administration and classroom teacher at least 24 hours in advance.  If a parent wishes to conference with a classroom teacher, an appointment must be made first.
  • Parent/Teacher Conference.  Each family will meet with his/her child’s teacher to review expectations and discuss the student’s academic development.
  • PACE Communication Folders (K-5).  Folders will be sent home each week, which contain newsletters, flyers, memos, and student work.  Parents are asked to review the contents of the folder with their child, initial the folder, and return it to school.
  • Student Planners. All students in grades 4th thru 8th have students’ planners. Communication from the school to the home may be sent via the planners. We ask that parents review and initial planners daily.
  • Electronic Communication. Please sign up for text blast and email blast for current and emergency news.

Confidentiality

Laws involving privacy and confidentiality prohibit the school from divulging student names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

Curriculum

  • Student Standards.  PACE has established high academic standards and clear instructional objectives, which are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the State of Michigan Curriculum Framework.  The curriculum is built around five domains – Mathematics, Science, Reading, English/Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies, Technology, Spanish, Art, Vocal/Instrumental Music, Physical Education, & Health
  • Core Curriculum.  The Kent County Collaborative Curriculum Crafter (KC4) core curriculum is utilized, based on national research. The programs used to support KC4 are:

Grade Level

Reading/ELA

Mathematics

Social Studies

Science

K-5

·  Storytown

·  Everyday Math

·  Nystrom

·  TCI-Social Studies Alive

·  Foss Science Kits

6-8

·  Elements of Language/

    Literature

·  Prentice Hall

·  Prentice Hall Pre-Algebra

·  Nystrom

·  TCI-History Alive

·  Prentice Hall Science Explorer

·       Curriculum Integration.  At PACE, all subject areas are linked to provide hands-on, real life experiences within the entire school community.

  • Multiple Forms of Instruction.  Direct instruction, cooperative learning, project-based learning, and other forms of instruction provide responsive, varied learning situations to meet the needs of students.

 Promotion, Placement and Retention

The Board of Directors recognizes that the personal, social, physical, and educational growth

of children will vary and that they should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their needs at the various stages of theft growth.

It shall be the policy of the Board that each student move forward in a continuous

pattern of achievement and growth that is in harmony with his/her own development.

A student will be promoted to the succeeding grade level when they have:

achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade;

demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation

necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade.

The School Principal shall develop administrative guidelines for promotion, placement, and retention of students which:

  • ensure students who are falling seriously behind their peers or who may
  • not be promoted receive the special assistance they may need to achieve
  • the academic outcomes of the School's core curriculum;
  • require the recommendation of the relevant staff members for promotion,
  • placement, or retention;
  • require that parents are informed in advance of the possibility of retention
  • of a student at a grade level;
  • assure that efforts are made to remediate the student's difficulties before
  • she/he is retained;
  • assure that efforts are made for the proper placement of students who
  • have met or exceeded grade level academics outcomes;
  • assign to the principal the final responsibility for determining the
  • promotion, placement, or retention of each student.

Uniform & Dress Code Policy

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence is a special place where students come to learn.  In order to focus on the content of character and not the outward appearance of each student, it is expected that all students will adhere to PACE Academy’s expectation of dress.  In addition to ensuring a safe learning environment for all, students are able to focus on the importance of who they are and not how they look.  Our dress code seeks to introduce our students to a style of dress that will be beneficial as they begin to prepare for a successful future.  

PACE Academy Uniform Matrix

Primary School

Grades K-2

Elementary School

Grades 3-5

Middle School

Grades 6-8

Required Attire:

Pants/Skirts/Jumpers:

Khaki

Black

Shirt

(Long or Short Sleeve):

Burgundy PACE Polo Style

(no patches)

Skorts/Shorts

(between May 1 and September 30 only)

Khaki

Black

Belts:

No Large Buckles

Hosiery/Socks:

Solid

no leggings

Optional Attire

Sweaters

(PACE Academy Logo Only):

Burgundy

 Jewelry limited to the following:

Earrings:

Girls no larger than quarter sized hoops.

Boys no larger than one carat studs

Wrist Watch

One Ring

Required Attire:

Pants/Skirts/Jumpers:

Khaki

Black

Shirt

(Long or Short Sleeve):

Black PACE Polo Style

(no patches)

Skorts/Shorts

(between May 1 and September 30 only)

Khaki

Black

Belts:

No Large Buckles

Hosiery/Socks

Solid

no leggings

Optional Attire

Sweaters

(PACE Academy Logo Only):

Black

Jewelry limited to the following:

Earrings:

Girls no larger than quarter sized hoops.

Boys no larger than one carat studs

Wrist Watch

One Ring

Required Attire:

Pants/Skirts/Jumpers:

Khaki

Black

Shirt

(Long or Short Sleeve):

Gray PACE Polo Style

(no patches)

Skorts/Short

(between May 1 and September 30 only)

Khaki

Black

Belts:

No Large Buckles

Hosiery/Socks

Solid

no leggings

Optional Attire

Sweaters

(PACE Academy Logo Only):

Gray

Jewelry limited to the following:

Earrings:

Girls no larger than quarter sized hoops.

Boys no larger than one carat studs

Wrist Watch

One Ring

Dress Code

In an effort to promote positive self esteem with our students, we expect that student uniforms are always clean, pressed, and neatly tucked daily.  We also expect that students adhere to the following dress code when they wear their uniform:

  • Hooded sweatshirts/sweaters, and non-uniform jackets are prohibited.
  • Belts should be simple with small, non-fashionable, non-trendy buckles.
  • Shirts worn under short sleeved uniform shirts to cover the arm must be the same color as the uniform shirt.
  • Hosiery should be solid with no designs or holes.
  • Uniform should fit properly.  Please refrain from sagging pants, tight, and ill -fitting clothing.
  • Visible jewelry is limited to earrings (hoops no larger than the size of a quarter, studs no larger than one carat), a wrist watch, and one ring worn on the hand.
  • Rubber bands are not to be worn on the wrist or finger.
  • Costume, large, and/or bulky jewelry is prohibited.
  • Half or mid-drift sweaters are prohibited
  • No open toe shoes are allowed (i.e. sandals and/or flip-flop)

PACE Academy Dress Down/Free Dress/Jean Day Dress Code

On occasion an announcement will be made or notice sent home with students advertising the opportunity for students to participate in Dress Down/Free Dress/ Jean Day activities.  On these days, students must adhere to the following guidelines or they will be considered out of compliance and may not be allowed to participate in a Dress Down/Free Dress/Jean Day opportunity again.  Decency, good taste, and the normal standard of the community are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students. The PACE Academy dress down/free dress/Jean Day dress code has been devised with the idea of promoting a positive learning atmosphere and wholesome attitude for each student and the school as a whole.


  1. Student dress will not lead school officials to believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts, or other attributes are gang related or would disrupt or interfere with the school environment or activity and/or educational objectives.

  1. Any dress considered too revealing or extremely form fitting will not be allowed. See-through outfits, bare midriffs, open backs, low-cut tops, tube tops, tank tops, halter-tops, mesh or sleeveless shirts are not permitted. No skin should be visible between shirts and pants while sitting or extending hands overhead. Undergarments must be covered.

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. (House shoes/slippers are not permitted.) Sunglasses are not to be worn inside the building except when prescribed by a doctor for inside wear.

  1. Shorts and skirts (including any slits) must be as long as or longer than the tip of the longest finger when the student’s arms are by the side of the body. Biking shorts, spandex, tights, pajamas or boxer shorts are not permitted. Holes in clothing of any kind are not permitted.

  1. Clothing, accessories, or any items that advertise substances which are illegal for children (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, etc.) or which are otherwise inappropriate (profanity, obscenities, violence, gang related, etc.) are not to be worn or brought to school.

  1. Hats, scarves, hair picks, stocking caps, and hair curlers may not be worn in school.

  1. Clothing must be size appropriate. Sagging is not allowed. All belts, buttons, and fasteners must be fastened at all times.
  2. Students are to keep coats/jackets, book bags, backpacks, mini-backpacks, and purses in their lockers at all times.


When a student is attired in a manner that is likely to cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school, a member of the administrative team and/or dean’s office will administer appropriate consequences. These may include calling parents to bring appropriate clothing, detention, in-school suspension, and/or other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate. A student sent home to change will be counted as an unexcused absence. Administrators have the final word in determining appropriate dress.


*In order to create a learning environment that promotes academic excellence, the school reserves the right to make judgments regarding the appropriateness of a student’s appearance.  Any choice that creates a disturbance within the school or that negatively impacts the learning environment will not be permitted.  In the event a student violates the uniform policy or dress code they will be subject to the disciplinary action outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  Uniforms will be checked daily as students walk into the building.

Lost and Found – Personal belongings of students are taken to the Lost and Found located in the South Door (AT&T side) vestibule when the owner cannot be identified.  Clear identification is the safest means of ensuring return of lost property.  Items remaining at the end of each quarter will be donated to a worthy organization.

Field Trips

Classroom teachers may plan field trips for a specific educational purpose.  In order to participate, the students must have a field trip permission slip completed and signed by the parent.

If, for any reason, a parent does not wish his/her child to participate, arrangements will be made for the student to remain at school with another class.

Note:  Students are required to adhere to the school dress code while on field trips unless there is a policy exception from the principal.

Student may be excluded from participation in Field Trips at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Hallway Procedures

In an effort to ensure that we maintain a quiet and respectful environment where all students can learn, we ask that our students adhere to the following hallway procedures:

  1. Stay to the right.
  2. Hands down to the sides.
  3. Single file line.
  4. No talking in the hall.

Homework Policy

  1. Philosophy/Purpose:

Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. It is the intention of the Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence staff to assign relevant challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives. As appropriate, homework grades are modified based on students’ individual needs (i.e. IEP, 504 Plans). The main purposes generally associated with homework are as follows:

  •    To give students a chance to review and practice what they have learned
  •    To prepare students for the next day’s lesson
  •    To provide opportunities to identify and learn to use resources such as the library, the Internet, reference books, and other community resources
  •    To allow for more in-depth exploration of topics than is possible during class time
  •    To help students develop time management, study, and organizational skills
  •    To provide parents with insights into what is being taught in the classroom and the progress of their children






Guidelines for Quantity of Homework (Based on the studies of J.L. Epstein and F.L. Van Voorhis)

Grade

Cumulative Minutes/School Day

Types

K

0-10 minutes

Study Skills/Habits

1-2

10-20 minutes

Study Skills/Habits/Practice/Review

3-5

30-50 minutes

Study Skills/ Habits/Practice/Review/ Preparation/Skill Integration

6-8

60-90 minutes

Practice/Review/ Preparation/ Skill Integration/ Extension

  1. Expectations

Homework is most beneficial when teacher expectations are well communicated, students take responsibility for their homework, and parents support these efforts. As such, the responsibilities of teachers, students and parents with regard to homework are listed below:

Administrators can help by:

  •    Distributing the school homework policy to staff, students, and parents/guardians
  •    Ensure the homework policy is effectively implemented throughout the school.
  •    Include an up to date school homework policy as part of their annual school reporting

Teachers can help by:

  •    Informing students and their parents of the purpose and benefits of homework
  •    Informing students and parents of the school’s homework policy
  •    Assigning relevant, meaningful homework activities that reinforce classroom learning
  •    Ensuring that students are aware of what is expected of them, and how their work will be assessed
  •    Giving students sufficient time to complete their homework, taking into account homework set by other teachers
  •    Maintaining homework records and providing feedback to students and parents
  •    Regularly updating PowerSchool and/or teacher websites to apprise parents of their child’s progress

Students can help by:

  •    Being aware of the school’s homework policy
  •    Asking questions when necessary to clarify the assignment
  •    Thoroughly recording homework directions and expectations
  •    Completing homework within the given time frame
  •    Informing parents of homework expectations
  •    Seeking assistance from teachers and parents if difficulties arise
  •    Ensuring homework is of high quality
  •    Asking for and completing homework assigned during an absence
  •    Working on homework independently whenever possible, so that it reflects students’ ability
  •    Managing demands and activities to allow sufficient time for homework completion                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Parents can help by:

  •    Setting a regular, uninterrupted study time each day
  •    Providing a suitable place for study
  •    Monitoring student’s organization and daily list of assignments in their agenda
  •    Being aware of long term assignments and assisting students in learning to budget their time accordingly
  •    • Assisting and correcting, but not doing the actual work
  •    Contacting the teacher if he/she observes an absence of homework
  •    Communicating with teachers any concerns about the nature of homework and their child’s approach to the homework
  •    Alerting the teacher, in advance, when extenuating circumstances arise that may prevent homework from being completed on time
  •    Regularly access Powerschool to help monitor their child’s progress

III. Late Work Penalties

Students are required to turn assignments in on time. Students who turn in late assignments face the following penalties:

Homework assignments must be turned in on time to receive full credit. If a student doesn’t submit their homework by the last day of the week they will be given a letter explaining that the student didn’t complete their homework and will have the weekend to complete the assignment(s) and return it to school on the first day of the following week. Students in grades 3-8 who do not complete the assignment will be required to participate in Homework Attention during lunch on Monday. Late homework assignments completed before or during Homework Attention will be marked down by 5%.  Homework that is not completed by the end of the Homework Attention Session will receive a 0. Parents will be called when a student has 2 missing assignments.  Homework will count for 10% of a student’s final grade in grades 3-8. Logs of 20 minutes daily reading are considered homework and incomplete logs are subject to the same penalties.

  1. Test/Assessment Make-ups

If the first day of the absence occurs on the day of the test, the student should be ready to take the test upon his/her return to school.

If the absence(s) is prior to and inclusive of the actual test date, the student will have an equivalent amount to time as allowed in the homework policy to prepare for and take the test. This should not exceed one week after his/her return.

  1. Grace Periods for Absences

Absences for Illness and/or Family Emergency

  • Minimum of two days for each day of absence to complete missed work.
  • More than three consecutive days of absence – Teacher and student will determine essential assignments and agree upon due dates.

Planned Absences of More Than One Day

  • Absences of one day will follow the two-day grace period.
  • If work is available before an absence, it is due upon return.
  • If work is requested, but not available in advance, the student will have two days for each day of absence to complete the assignment.

VI. Extenuating Circumstances

The student will work with the teacher to make a plan to deal with extenuating circumstances. Examples of extenuating circumstances may include: family emergencies, injuries and extended illnesses.

Library

The Library Specialist will manage electronic, print, video, and other traditional and non-traditional information resources and help individuals within the school to retrieve and organize information.  The instructional materials housed in the school library enrich the education of children; improve research skills; and help teachers to individualize instruction.

Parents are asked to encourage their children to use the library services provided for them, and to spend time reading each day.  Books and other materials, such as magazines and reference articles, are available for both classroom and personal use.  Parents are asked to make sure that their child’s use of the library materials is appropriate and are returned promptly.

Students are expected to respect the right of all students to have a quiet work place, and to take good care of library materials.  Students are responsible for damaged or lost materials.

Lockers/Cubbies

The classroom teachers will assign lockers/cubbies as needed.  To prevent items from being stolen, the locker combination should not be shared with other students.  Students are expected to maintain and use their assigned locker/storage spaces appropriately.  Lockers or storage spaces are the property of Pollack Academic Center of Excellence, to be loaned to students for their use in storing personal belongings and instructional materials.  Pollack Academic Center of Excellence retains exclusive control of the lockers and periodic general locker inspections may be conducted for any reason at any time without notice or consent or a search warrant.  Students have no right to expect privacy regarding the contents of lockers.

Lunch and Breakfast Program

It is the responsibility of the parent and student to see that the student has a lunch or lunch money.  Prepayments will be accepted on a daily basis.   If your child does not qualify for free lunch, PACE will not assume financial responsibility for providing breakfast or lunch.  Free and Reduced lunch forms are available in the office.

PACE has a closed campus lunch policy.  Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch unless their parent has checked them out through the office.

Healthy Foods Policy

Students should only bring healthy snacks during lunch (no candy, gum, pop, or other food items with excessive salt and/or sugar). Here are examples of healthy snacks:

  •       Unsweetened applesauce
  •       Dehydrated fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, peas, corn, bananas, apples, mangoes, vegetable blends)
  •       Low-fat granola with low-fat milk
  •       Toasted whole wheat pita triangles with light herbed cheese (such as The Laughing Cow)
  •       Watermelon wedges dipped in low-fat vanilla yogurt
  •       Baked corn chips with fat-free black
  •       Baby carrots, bell pepper strips, celery sticks and zucchini sticks
  •       Sliced apples with cubed cheddar cheese
  •       Cubed cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon
  •       Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, mangoes, pineapple, apricots, blueberries) mixed with nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts)
  •       Whole wheat pretzel sticks dipped in nut butter
  •       Graham cracker sandwiches made with hazelnut spread
  •       Whole grain, low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk
  •       Guacamole with baked tortilla chips
  •       Whole grain crackers with low-fat cottage cheese and sliced (oil packed) sundried tomatoes
  • Wraps made with whole wheat tortillas, containing either lean cold cuts or lowfat cream cheese topped with veggie slices.
  • Trail mix made with cereals, nuts, pretzels, dried fruit or raisins, and a few chocolate morsels.
  • Individual serving-sized packages of low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, or yogurt smoothies.
  • Mini-burritos made with rice and black beans or refried beans in a tortilla with tomato salsa. These can be heated or eaten cold.
  • Drinks made from water with a splash of cranberry, peach, grape, or other fruit juice are healthier than sodas. Whole grain bagels topped with cream cheese-vegetable spread.
  • Air-popped popcorn flavored with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
  • Low fat cheese cubes and seedless grapes make a delicious side dish for sandwiches or wraps.
  • Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip.
  • Dried cranberries or cherries are a sweet alternative for kids bored with raisins.
  • Quesadilla slices made with cheese and chicken or vegetables.

Applications for participation in the free and reduced lunch program are sent home at the beginning of the school year and are available in the office throughout the school year.

Breakfast is served daily from 7:45 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.  All students are welcome to participate in this program.  Students who receive free lunch are eligible for free breakfast.

Lunch Periods are 35 minutes long for all students.  Please contact the Food Service Coordinator for current costs.

Lunchroom Rules and Procedures

  1. Students are expected to promptly follow directions given by adults in the lunchroom the first time they are asked.
  2. Students must raise their hand to get out of their seat for any reason, including the use of the restroom.
  3. Leaving the cafeteria without permission for any reason during mealtime is prohibited.
  4. Each student is responsible for the cleanliness of the space at which he/she was seated during mealtime.
  5. Students should conduct themselves in a quiet and orderly manner.

Prohibited Items: Student can not bring glass bottles into the building.

Recess - Recess will be given at the discretion of the teachers in the Primary and Elementary Academies.  Classroom teachers will give students plenty of opportunity for movement and change of pace, and will provide breaks as necessary to ensure that all students do their best each day.

       

Media

The media may choose to cover interesting events that occur at Pollack Academic Center of Excellence throughout the year; and the school welcomes the publicity.  If, for any reason, a parent does not wish for his/her child to be viewed on television, or photographed by the media, please submit a request in writing to the school office.

Money and Other Valuables

Students should not bring money, property, or other valuables to school, except to buy milk, breakfast, and lunch.  Money should be sent in a sealed, labeled envelope.  If money is required for other reasons, students and parents will be notified.  The school will not assume responsibility for lost or stolen property.

Parent and Community Involvement

Parent involvement is of the utmost importance at Pollack Academic Center of Excellence, and it is recognized that parents are eager to participate fully as the first and continuing teachers of their children.

As prescribed in the Parent Contract, parents are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 20 hours each school year, attend two REAL PARENTS meetings and two Parent/Teacher conferences.  However, we do recommend full participation.

At Pollack Academic Center of Excellence it is believed that what a parent does at home to support the child’s education represents the most important aspect of parent involvement.  Examples are:

  • Ensuring that bedtime is at an appropriate hour
  • Preparing the child’s clothing for school
  • Checking homework for completion and understanding
  • Conversing about the child’s day at school
  • Participating in school assignments that involve the family
  • Reading aloud with the child
  • Taking family field trips
  • Talking about the parent’s personal educational experiences in a positive way, and sharing hopes for the child’s continued growth in learning
  • Ensuring that students work on study island (2nd -8th grades) www.studyisland.com.

We encourage you to get to know your child’s teacher and let the teacher know how you would like to help in the school.

Volunteers – Pollack Academic Center of Excellence welcomes parents and others to work with the school as volunteers.  Teachers, staff and specialists will communicate with parents about their needs and wishes for support.

ICHAT- The Internet Criminal History Access Tool is a system that allows the search of public records contained in the Michigan Criminal History Record which is maintained by the Michigan State Police’s Criminal Justice Center.  This service is free of charge and can be completed on site. Potential volunteers must complete the Volunteer Background Check Questionnaire and provide picture ID.  Potential Volunteers will receive an answer within 48 hours.

Progress Reports

Progress reports are issued once each quarter for all students.  Parents may be asked to sign each report and return them to their child’s homeroom teacher for verification.  Student academic information will also be available electronically through the Powerschool Parent Portal.  Parents will be given a user name and password in order to access their child’s individual information. In this way, parents can keep abreast of their child’s progress throughout the school year and communication is ensured regarding the student’s academic progress throughout the quarter leading up to each quarterly conference.

Gifted Students – Pollack Academic Center of Excellence sets high standards for all students.  Multi-age grouping and a challenging curriculum help teachers address the special needs of gifted students.  The project based nature of intensives (school-wide thematic projects that cover an extended period of time), and other project based instruction give children opportunity to tackle more challenging work.

Solicitation

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence regulations prohibit solicitation on school grounds during school hours or by individual students or staff for membership in, contribution to, or purchases in support of any charitable organization, which has not been sanctioned by the principal.

Student Health and Records

Accident – If a student has an accident on school grounds their parent or guardian will be notified.

Immunizations – State law requires immunizations for all students.  It is imperative that parents retain immunization records.

In case of Illness – The student must receive a pass from the teacher before going to the school office.  It will then be determined whether the student should rest, return to class, or be sent home.  If the student needs to go home, parents will be called to pick up their child.

Medication – Students who need to take prescription drugs or over the counter medicine while in school are required to provide the office with a note from the attending physician.  There is a form that is to be completed by the parent and physician, which can be picked up from the office.  The medication must be in the labeled container received from the pharmacy, indicating the dosage and time to be given.  Inhalers must be kept in the office unless there is a physician’s note on file.

NOTE:  Aspirin may not be given by anyone on school staff.

Student Records

Student school records are provided and are protected from unauthorized inspection or use.  A cumulative record is maintained for each student from the time he/she enters the school until the student withdraws or graduates.  This record moves with the student from school to school.  The student’s discipline referrals are contained in this record.

Change of Name/Address/Phone Numbers – Notify the school immediately when a change of address or telephone number occurs.  It is very important that the school has accurate information in their database.  There is a form in the office to complete for any changes in student information.  When a student’s legal name is to be changed, a court order showing the change must be submitted to the school for necessary recording and for a revision of the student’s records.

Telephone Usage

Valuable instruction time is wasted when students are excused to either answer a call from home or to place a call home.  The following guidelines are in effect regarding the use of telephones by students.

  • All outgoing calls by students can only be made with teacher permission and can only be made on an emergency basis

If a teacher feels that a call home is an absolute necessity, he/she will call the parents from the classroom.

  • Calls home for lunch, field trip permission forms, homework, band instruments, and requests to spend the night with friends are not generally considered emergencies.
  • Students are not permitted to answer classroom telephones without the teacher’s permission.

Transfers and Withdrawals

The school office must be notified of the date of transfer, the student’s new school, and the last day the student will be attending this school as soon as possible.

All textbooks and library books must be returned and all fees paid at the time of transfer/withdrawal.  School records are furnished upon request from the new school.

Truancy

Children are required by law to attend school until they are sixteen years of age.  “Habitual Truancy” is defined as more than four days of unexcused absence in any one month, or ten days of unexcused absences during the school year.

Visitors

Visitors must always report to the main office when entering the school building unless they are attending a school event, which is open to the public.  Children who accompany adults must be properly supervised.  The children may not walk around the building, or use lavatories without adult supervision.  During the first week, or partial week of school, parents may accompany their children (students) to the classroom.  After the first week, students are encouraged to participate in established procedures for getting to their classrooms, rather than to be escorted by parents.

All visitors will be required to wear appropriate identification that will be issued in the main office.  Please understand that identifying the adults who enter the school building is a primary factor in assuring the safety of the students.

Waiting List/Student Selection Process

The waiting list established for Kindergarten through Grade 8 will remain active until February 15, of each school year.

Student Selection Process – Students whose applications were submitted by the established deadline date will be selected for admission by random lottery for each grade that exceeds full enrollment.  Applications received after the deadline date for each grade that has reached full enrollment will be added to the official waiting list in the order in which they are received.

Academic Achievement (Special Education Services)

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence is committed to a program of responsible inclusion for students with special needs.  Academic Achievement teachers work with the teacher and special education students within the regular classroom and also in a separate setting when that is most appropriate.  Academic Achievement staff regularly review each student’s level of service and monitors their progress.  Procedures for making referrals, conducting evaluations, communicating with families, writing and reviewing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), maintaining student records, and reporting progress are managed by the Director Special Education.








POLLACK ACADEMIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Grades K-8

STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE POLICY

Philosophy of Discipline

We live in a world that calls for rules and regulations.  No society, organization, group, or individual can operate successfully without them; and schools are no exception.

The responsibility for discipline begins at home.  It is the parents/guardians who must provide the necessary training to help their child to function effectively in the world.  The school functions to also provide the necessary training to help children function effectively in the world.  We want as much as possible for the training at home and at school to be consistent.  To this end we attempt to work in cooperation with the parent/guardian to create this consistency between home and school.  Therefore, the parent/guardian should be aware of and reinforce school rules and policies.  Cooperation between home and school is essential.  School personnel are responsible for maintaining proper discipline in all school settings: classrooms, lunchroom, hallways, etc.  It is essential that teachers and staff members maintain order to provide each child with the appropriate learning environment.  We do understand that there are times when what it taught at home conflicts with the rules established in school.  Please understand that if for some reason your child is taught a different principle at home then we teach at school and they violate our policies and procedures due to that discrepancy, they will have to deal with the consequences of said action according to the regulations we have set into place.

THE CODE OF CONDUCT IS IN FORCE

  • On school property at all times
  • At all school sponsored, approved events, or activities on or off campus
  • In a motor vehicle being used for a school related purpose

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence Discipline Policy

The following consequences for student behavior are not administered as punishment, but as a method to encourage students to see that their choices of behavior have consequences.  Children should learn positive behavior has positive consequences and negative behavior has negative consequences.  It is not the staff at Pollack Academic Center of Excellence who chooses the disciplinary actions taken.  This choice is the student’s alone, based on his/her actions.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (Under Construction)

Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. PACE Academy is a school that believes in encouraging and supporting students who consistently maintain positive academic and behavioral progress.  In order to support our students in this way, we have incorporated a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program.  Our program is designed to teach responsibility, respect, and safety at our school.  Through this program, we hope to encourage students to continuously make good behavioral choices. PBIS provides teachers and other school staff with information to help prevent     behavior problems and help make school a safe learning environment.  PBIS is a research-based program which can result in:

  •    Increased time for instruction
  •    An increase in positive behaviors school-wide
  •    A decrease in disruptive behaviors.

PACE Academy PBIS programs

Expectation Posters

Posters that highlight behavioral expectations will be displayed in all areas of the school.  These posters will remind students what is expected of them here at PACE.

Weekly Whole School Assembly

We begin each week with a whole school assembly to bring the entire PACE Academy community on one accord.  In this assembly we highlight our Warrior Ways, review our character education focus, repeat our school affirmation, and highlight student talents and achievements.

Project SWAG (Students With Academic Greatness)

This program will identify all of our students who maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and have received no more than 2 discipline referrals to be a part of the Project SWAG club.  Students identified will be acknowledged at the Monday Morning Assembly once per quarter and will receive a rubber wristlet identifying them as members of the club.  Students who receive this distinction will have priority seating at school related events, receive discounted admission to sporting events hosted at PACE, and also be called down for monthly activities that are designed specifically with them in mind.

Merit & Demerit System

PACE Academy has instituted a Merit/Demerit system of discipline in order to track our student behavior and achievements.  Teachers will award Merits and Demerits to students based upon the following criteria:

Merits- Each achievement earns only one point

  •    Outstanding Performance
  •    Leadership
  •    Service
  •    Organization
  •    Active Class Participation
  •    Class Preparedness
  •    Helping Others
  •    Other Positive Actions as defined by the Staff Member

Demerits- Each behavior earns only one point

  •    Late to class
  •    Unprepared for class
  •    Talking/Classroom Disruption
  •    Beverages/Food/Gum
  •    Not following directions
  •    Inappropriate Language
  •       Head down/Sleeping        

In order to track student merits and demerits, students will receive focus cards at the beginning of each week that teachers will use track student behavior.  At the end of each day, teachers will tally the Merits & Demerits and record them on a chart to be displayed in the classroom.

Token Economy Store

Students will be able to use the Merits they receive to earn Warrior Bucks for use in our token economy store.  The store will be open twice per month during lunch time.  Students who have earned Warrior Bucks will be able to purchase items from the store.  We will also have monthly and quarterly activities and prizes for which students can use their warrior bucks.

Merit to Warrior Buck Conversion

  •    10 merits= 1 Warrior buck

Through these measures it is our hope to achieve the following results:

  •    Students and staff know, understand, and practice the school-wide expectations
  •    Students receive frequent reviews of the expectations and are acknowledged when they demonstrate them.
  •    Student contact with adults in the building is positive and prevents problem behavior from occurring.
  •    Staff will use data to help identify students who need additional support.
  •    Provide a consistent, predictable, and fair use of consequences for all students.

Disciplinary Procedure: Actions and Recommendations

There are several types of disciplinary actions taken when a student violates school policy.  The school policies have been adopted by the PACE Board of Directors to ensure a safe environment conducive to learning.  School policies in their entirety may be reviewed in the board office and are reflected in this handbook.  The following actions have a range of penalties.  Administration has the right and a responsibility to invoke any of the following disciplinary measures necessary to ensure the positive operation of the school.  A disciplinary report will be sent to a parent/guardian when a formal disciplinary consequence is taken.  The exception will be the classroom teacher’s discipline, which may result in a phone call from your child’s teacher.

Warnings:  Any authorized school personnel witnessing the infraction can issue warnings.

Classroom Teacher’s Discipline Guidelines These guidelines will be used in the classroom by the teacher to encourage the student to decide against similar misbehavior in the future.  They include, but are not limited to:

        Step 1         Remind and Redirect (Language of Choice – Choose, Pick, Decide)

        Step 2         Demerit Issued

            Step 3  Classroom Time Out (Think it Through Sheet – Re-Include Student)

        Step 4         Phone Call Home/Referral to Lead Teacher        

Step 5         Lunch and/or After School Detention

        Step 6         Referral to Student Support Specialist

       

Remind and Redirect

All classroom teachers are expected to have and enforce classroom rules, procedures and expectations.  When a student violates those rules procedures and expectations, the teacher will remind the student of what the classroom rules and expectations are.

Demerit

After students have received a remind and redirect, teachers will then issue students a demerit for inappropriate classroom behavior. Demerits will be calculated against merits received and tallied at the end of week.

Classroom Time-Out

There are times when students may need a time out from the general classroom population. During this time, teachers may separate students from the group by placing them in an isolated area of the classroom in order to have them think through their actions.  If for some reason the student needs to be removed from the classroom environment, the student should be referred to a buddy teacher and will complete a think-it through activity.  Students should never be placed in the hallway unattended.

Peer Mediation.  An opportunity to sit face-to-face and talk, uninterrupted, so each view of the dispute is heard.  After the problem is defined, possible solutions are created and then evaluated.  When an agreement is reached, a commitment to a plan of action is obtained.

LUNCH DETENTION

Students who are violation of certain infractions will serve lunch detention.  Students will eat their lunch in a specific location and supervised a by staff member. Lunch detention will occur for a minimum period of one school week or five consecutive school days.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

In-School Suspension is the separation of a student from the general population for a minimum period of one week or five consecutive school days.

  • Schoolwork must be completed in ISS and given to the ISS supervisor for return to the individual teacher
  • If a student is removed from ISS or commits other violations as outlined in the Student Handbook, he/she will not receive credit.  The student will get a zero for his/her work, and all subsequent days become Out-of-School Suspension days with no credit for any work
  • Students serving ISS can not participate in any school activity on the day suspension is served ending at 12:00 midnight

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Suspension separates a student from school for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days.  The authority to suspend rests with the Principal/Assistant Principal and may be delegated to his/her assistants at the administrative level.  During a suspension, a student may not attend school or any school function for a specified period of time.

Work completed during an out-of-school suspension may NOT be made up for credit; however, it may be turned in for evaluation of student understanding.  The work must be submitted the day of return.

EXTENDED SUSPENSION

Extended suspension is the separation of a student from school for a period of more than ten (10) days.  The administration shall recommend cases for extended suspension to the Board of Directors of Pollack Academic Center of Excellence for official board action.

PERSISTENT DISOBEDIENCE

When a student reaches fifteen (15) days of suspension, he/she may be recommended for expulsion to PACE’s Board of Directors.  At the tenth and fifteenth day parents will be notified by the Principal.

EXPULSION

Expulsion is the permanent separation of a student from school.  The administration shall recommend cases for expulsion to the PACE Board of Directors for action.  Any student who accumulates a combined total of twenty (20) days or more of In-School or Out-of-School suspension may have his/her name recommended to the Board of Directors for Pollack Academic Center of Excellence for the purpose of expulsion.  Parents will be notified when the student has accumulated a total of ten and fifteen days.  The authority to expel rests solely with the PACE Board of Directors.

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION RULES

School administrators are authorized by the PACE Board of Directors to suspend a student for committing a gross misdemeanor or for engaging in persistent disobedience.  Suspension for longer than ten (10) student attendance days may be imposed only by action of the PACE Board of Directors.  A student may be suspended by the school administrator while charges and a recommendation for expulsion or suspension for longer than ten (10) school attendance days is pending before the PACE Board of Directors unless otherwise limited by these procedures and/or requirements of the law.

Suspension for Less Than Ten (10) School Days

When a school administrator determines that a student has committed a gross misdemeanor or has engaged in persistent disobedience which justifies a suspension of the student from school for a period of ten (10) days or less, the student and parent shall be informed of the charges in writing, by the responsible administrator and provide an opportunity to respond to the charges prior to the imposition of any suspension.  If the student denies the allegations, the school administrator shall explain to the student the evidence against him/her and allow the student an opportunity to present his/her explanation of the incident.  If under the circumstances immediate exclusion of the student from school is necessary because the student’s presence endangers persons or property and/or threatens disruption of the academic process, the opportunity for the student to meet with the administrator and respond to the charges shall be provided promptly following such exclusion.  The administrator may specify that the suspension is one pending a formal hearing before the PACE Board of Directors upon recommendation for expulsion or suspension longer than ten (10) days.

Should the school administrator determine that there is justification to suspend the student, the student will be informed of that decision and, in the case of a minor student, an attempt will be made immediately to contact the parent or guardian of the student and provide verbal notice of such a decision.

The building administrator shall promptly provide written confirmation of the decision to suspend to the parent or guardian of the student.  This notice is to include the length of the suspension and any special conditions relating to the suspension, and the right of the parent or guardian to appeal the suspension.

The parent and/or guardian may appeal the suspension to the Principal or his/her designee only after discussion with the school administrator imposing the suspension.  Any such appeal must be initiated within twenty-four (24) hours following the discussion with the school administrator imposing the suspension.  THE APPEAL PROCESS STOPS WITH THE PRINCIPAL.

Expulsion and Suspension for More Than Ten (10) School Days

When a school administrator believes that a student has committed a gross misdemeanor or has engaged in persistent disobedience justifying a recommendation for expulsion or suspension for a period of time exceeding ten (10) school days, the recommendation shall be forwarded to the Principal for review and presentation to the PACE Board of Directors.  The school administrator may suspend the student from school pending a hearing and determination within ten (10) school attendance days by the PACE Board of Directors if the school administrator first determines that the student’s continued presence endangers persons or property and/or threatens disruption of the academic process.










DISCIPLINE VIOLATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

PACE ACADEMY K-8

The following list is including disciplinary behaviors and consequences for such behaviors for safety of all students.  Final determination of disciplinary consequences rests with administration.

  1.  Dress Code and Appearance

Students shall adhere to the Pollack Academic Center of Excellence dress code.  Failure to do so will result in the following actions:

        All Offenses:  One week lunch detention        

  1.  Food/Drinks/Gum Chewing

Food and beverages are only allowed in the cafeteria or at staff supervised activities.  Failure to comply will result in the following disciplinary action being taken:

        First Offense:         Verbal Warning, Confiscation

        Second Offense: See insubordination

  1.  Cellular Phones/Electronic Devices

Cell phones, beepers, pagers, or other communication devices are not allowed in school.

               

First Offense: Phone Confiscation to be retrieved by parent/guardian and 1 or more days of suspension.

Second Offense: See insubordination

*Repeat violations will result in more serious consequences at the discretion of the Principal/Suspension to Expulsion.

*PACE staff will not conduct investigations concerning lost or stolen cellular phones or electronic devices.

  1.  Loitering

Walk in halls without a pass, appear in area not designated by pass, and arrive late to class.

        First Offense:  Parent Notification

        Second Offense:  In School Suspension

        Third Offense:  Suspension of 1 to 2 or more days

  1.  Skipping

Leaving class or school without permission and/or being in a location without permission.

        First Offense: One week of In School Suspension School

        Second Offense:  Suspension of 1 to 2 or more days        

Third Offense: Suspension of 3 to 5 days

Fourth Offense:  Suspension of 5 or more days

  1.  Classroom Disruption

Students shall not exhibit behavior that interrupts teaching and learning.

       

        First Offense: Lunch Detention: One week

Second Offense: In-School Suspension: One week

Third Offense:  Suspension of 3 or more days.

Fourth Offense:  Behavioral Modification Plan Implemented

  1. Violations of Common Area Rules and Regulations (See chart on page 38)

A student shall not commit or participate in any conduct or act prohibited by PACE’s rules and regulations.

        First Offense:         Lunch Detention for One Week

        Second Offense:   Lunch Detention for Two Weeks

        All Other Offenses:   Behavior Probation

  1.  Disrespect

Students are expected to treat PACE Academy staff and one other in a respectful manner.  Speaking to any member of the school community in a discourteous, insulting, or profane manner will not be tolerated.

Towards students

First Offense:  Suspension of one (1) or more days

        Second Offense:  Suspension of two (2) or more days

Third Offense:  Behavioral Modification Plan Implemented

Towards staff

First Offense:  Suspension of two (2) or more days

        Second Offense:  Suspension of four (4) or more days

Third Offense:  Behavioral Modification Plan Implemented

  1.  Insubordination/Failure to Comply

A student shall not be insubordinate or fail to comply with instructions and directions of school employees (including substitute teachers and student teachers), volunteers or persons acting in a chaperone or supervisory capacity.

        First Offense:  Suspension of 1-2 days

Second Offense:  Suspension 3-5 days

All Other Offenses:  Behavioral Probation

  1.  Major School Disruption

Students shall not engage in or intend to participate in any activity that substantially disrupts the health, safety, or security of others.  

All Offenses:   Suspension of 3 or more days

  1.  Profanity, Obscenity, & Indecent Gestures

The use of inappropriate language, including swearing, spitting, making inappropriate hand gestures, such as sticking up your middle finger, etc.

        First Offense: Lunch Detention up to a one day of out of school suspension

        Second Offense:   Suspension for 2-3 days

        Third Offense:         Suspension for 3-5 days

  1.  Public Display of Affection

Public displays of affection are inappropriate in the Pollack Academic Center of Excellence environment.  Such actions include, but are not limited to, holding hands, hugging, kissing, “sexting”, and inappropriate touching.

        First Offense:  Suspension of 1-2 days

        Second Offense:  Suspension of 5 days

*In extreme cases long term suspension and/or recommendation to the School Board for Expulsion        

  1.   Pornography – Possession or Distribution

Inappropriate graphic images of a sexual nature are not permitted.

First Offense: Confiscation of pornography and suspension of 1 or more days

Second Offense:  Confiscation of pornography and suspension of 3-5 days

Third Offense:         Recommendation to the Social Worker

  1.  Harassment

Harassment of any type including hazing and discriminatory harassment of a student is prohibited.  A student shall not make comments about anyone’s, gender identity or expression, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, or disability, and/or inappropriate pictures (i.e. racial comments, touching, etc.).

        First Offense:  Suspension 2 days

Second Offense:  Suspension of 6 days, and/or recommendation to the Board of      Directors for Expulsion

  1.  Sexual Harassment

A student shall not engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, “sexting” or other verbal or physical conduct relating to a person’s gender, sexual orientation, (i.e. sexual comments, unwanted sexual touching, etc.). Possession of sexual paraphernalia is prohibited.

       

        First Offense:  Out of School Suspension of 3 to 5 days

Second Offense:  Out of School Suspension of 5 to 10 days, and/or recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

  1.  Bullying

Bullying is any written, verbal, physical or electronic communication intended to harm directly or indirectly by substantially interfering with educational opportunities, adversely affecting a pupil’s ability to participate in school programs or activities by placing pupil in fear, physical harm, or emotional distress, actual and substantial detrimental effect on pupil’s physical or mental health, causing substantial disruption or interference to orderly operation at the school.

First Offense:         Suspension of 5 days and Conflict Resolution upon return with Administration

Second Offense:   Suspension of 10 days and/or recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion        

*See Appendix A for Complete Bullying Policy from the State of Michigan

*If you are being bullied by a student at PACE Academy, contact the Dean of Students or appropriate staff member immediately to prevent further incidents from happening.

17.  Dishonesty/Cheating

A student shall not engage in academic cheating.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the actual giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance, or the actual giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work.  A student shall not engage in plagiarism, which includes the copying of language, structure, ideas and/or thought of another and represent it as one’s own original work.  A student shall not make false written or verbal statements against another student, school employee (including guest teachers and student teachers), Board of Directors members or volunteers.

        First Offense:         In School Suspension: One week

        Second Offense:   Suspension of 2 days

All Other Offense:  Behavior Probation

18.  Falsification of Records

A student shall not use the name of another person or falsify times, dates, grades, addresses or other data on PACE forms or records.  A student shall not provide false, misleading or inaccurate statements or information on PACE forms or records.

        First Offense:  Suspension of 1 day

        Second Offense:  Suspension of 3 days

        All Other Offenses:  Suspension of 5 days

*19.  False Alarm: Fire, Bomb Threat, etc

Students making bomb threats, false alarms, or “similar threats” that place the safety of students and staff at risk will not be tolerated.

First Offense:         10 or more days of suspension, notification of police, and possible recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion.

20.  Misuse of Technology

The unauthorized use of technology on school grounds including, but not limited to visiting social media sites will result in disciplinary action.  Students may not use online services for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes.  They may not send or post inappropriate electronic communications that affect the school or other students attending the school regardless of whether or not those offenses were committed during school hours.

Upon investigation by the school if a student is known to have committed any of the behaviors listed below they can be suspended for up to a period of ten (10) days.

  • Cyber bullying; posting insults, threats of physical or emotional harm to others or the school, rumors, purposeful exclusions on any social media sites
  • Creation of slam sites
  • Sexting
  • Posting pictures or video of other students without their written permission

First Offense:         Suspension of 2-5 days

Second Offense:  Suspension of 10 days and Behavioral Probation

Third Offense:         Recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

21.  Coercion, Extortion, Blackmail

A student shall not engage in the act of securing or attempting to secure money or other items of value from an unwilling person, nor shall a student, by threats and/or violence, force another person to perform an unwilling act.

        First Offense: Suspension of 2 days

        Second Offense:  Suspension of 5 days and Behavioral Probation

        Third Offense:         Suspension of 10 days and/or long term Suspension  

  1.  Gambling

Students shall not participate in games for money and/or possess any gambling materials (e.g. playing cards, dice, etc…)

        First Offense:         Suspension of 2 days

        Second Offense:  Suspension of 5 days and Behavioral Probation

  1.  Sale of Candy or other Items

Students are not permitted to sale any item or service for personal gain.

        First Offense:         Confiscation of items and In School Suspension for One Week

Second Offense: Confiscation of items and Suspension for 2-3 days

24.  Suspended Student on School Property or Attending School Activities

A student, while on suspension, shall not enter onto school property.  A student, while on suspension, shall not participate in, or attend any school-related activity, function or event, held on or off school property.

        First Offense:         Suspension of 3 days in addition to present suspension

        Second Offense:   Suspension of 5 days in addition to present suspension

  1.   Theft or Possession of Stolen Property

Taking or having the property of another without their clear consent will result in the following actions:

        First Offense:         Possession – Suspension of 3 days

Theft – Suspension of 5 or more days, Full Restitution

Second Offense:   Recommendation for long-term suspension or expulsion by the Board of Education

26.  Damage of Property/Vandalism

A student shall not intentionally cause or attempt to cause damage to school property or the property of another person, including graffiti. Student is responsible for any damage caused by horse playing.

First Offense:         Suspension of 2-3 days, repair or replacement of damaged items and related costs, and possible notification of Police

Second Offense:    Suspension of 5 days and recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

  1.  Inappropriate Physical Contact

Students shall not hit, slap, push, shove, trip, or engage in any form of horseplay with another student, including wrestling.

        Intentional

        First Offense: 1 or more days of Out of School Suspension

        Second Offense:   3 to 5 days of Out of School Suspension

        Third Offense:         5 to 10 days of Out of School Suspension and/or Recommendation to

        the Board of Directors for Expulsion

        Unintentional

        First Offense:  Lunch Detention up to In School Suspension  

        Second Offense:  1 or more days of Out of School Suspension

        Third Offense: 3 to 5 days of Out of School Suspension

       

  1.  Encouraging, Instigating, or Cheering a Fight

In the event of a physical altercation, students must step aside to allow staff to intervene. Students are not allowed to make any comments or engage in any activities that would result in a fight students.

       

        First Offense:         In-School Suspension: One Week

        Second Offense:   Suspension of 1 or more days

29.  Fighting

A physical altercation resulting in pushing, shoving or hitting between two or more students will not be tolerated.  Students shall not participate in a fight or have the intent to participate in a fight.

First Offense:         Suspension of 3-5 days and Conflict Resolution upon return with Administration

        Second Offense:    Suspension of 5-10 days and Behavior Contract

        Third Offense:  Recommendation to the Board of Directors for an Expulsion

       

  1.  Assault of a Student

No student shall attack or have another person attack or threaten a student.

All Offenses:         Minimum Out of School Suspension of 5 to 10 days, possible long-term suspension and/or recommendation to the Superintendent for long-term suspension or expulsion by the Board of Directors

31.  False Allegations Against School Personnel

A student shall not make false written or verbal statements against school employees (including guest teachers and student teachers), Board members or volunteers.

First Offense:  Immediate suspension from school with recommendation for expulsion. Parent Notification.

32.  Verbal Assault on School Personnel

A student shall not verbally assault a person employed by or engaged as a volunteer or contractor of the school (including guest and student teachers).  Verbal assault is considered any communication that, by its nature, poses a serious threat to the safety or well being of others.

        First Offense:  Suspension of 3-5 days

        Second Offense:  Suspension of 5-10 days and Behavior Contract

33.  Physical Assault School Personnel

A student shall not physically assault a person employed by or engaged as a volunteer or contractor of the school (including guest and student teachers).  Physical assault is defined as intentionally causing or attempting to cause harm to another through force or violence.

First Offense:  Immediate long term suspension from school with recommendation for

Expulsion/Parent Notification/Law Enforcement Notification

  1.  Closed Campus Policy Violation

Under closed campus policy, students are to remain on campus for the entire school day unless leaving for reasons of illness, appointments, etc.  Students are to immediately enter the building upon arrival.  Upon dismissal students are to leave school unless they have proper authorization to stay.  Students must check out in the Principal’s office for early dismissals.  Students who are referred for violation of this procedure will be subject to the following disciplinary action:

       

First Offense:         Suspension of 5 or more days

        Second Offense:   Suspension of 10 or more days

Third Offense:   Recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

  1. Unsupervised Attendance at an After School Function

In order for students to attend after school events such as but not limited to, sporting events, curriculum night activities, meetings, etc., they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Students in attendance at said events without proper supervision are subject to the following penalties:

        First Offense:         Lunch Detention: One Week

        All Other Offenses:    In-School Suspension: One Week

        All Other Offenses:    Suspension for 3 days

36.  Gang Insignia/Activity

A student shall not wear or possess any clothing, jewelry, symbol or other object that may reasonably be perceived by a teacher, or administrator as evidence of membership in or affiliation with any gang; a student shall not commit any act, verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) that may reasonably be perceived by a teacher, or administrator as evidence of membership in or affiliation with any gang; a student shall not commit any act, verbal or non-verbal in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to, (a) soliciting others for membership in any gang or gang related activity, (b) requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person, (c) committing any other illegal act or violation of school rules or policies, or (d) inciting other students to act with physical violence on any person.

The term “gang” as used in this policy, means a group of two (2) or more persons whose purposes or activities include the commission of illegal acts or violations of this Code of Conduct, school rules or policies, or whose purpose or activities cause disruption or is likely to cause disruption to the educational process.

First Offense:         Appear before the board for disciplinary action recommended by the Principal.  Parent Notification

Students involved in a fight may be arrested and taken to the local Police Station.

  1.  Smoking or Possession of Smoking Paraphernalia

Students shall not smoke or possess any items related to smoking, including but not limited to cigarettes, wrapping papers, tobacco, etc.

First Offense:  Suspension of 3-5 days

Second Offense:   Suspension of 5-10 days and/or recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

*The possession/use of matches or a lighter may result in more severe consequences as outlined above.

Tobacco Policy

State law prohibits a minor (under 18 years of age) from unlawfully purchasing, possessing, or using tobacco products.  As a result of the above, minors are subject to criminal penalties.  A person who violates the above is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $50.00 for each offense.  All tobacco violations will result in appropriate law enforcement agency notification for court disposition.

In addition, the following school policy will also be enforced:

No student shall possess tobacco (examples include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and chewing tobacco) nor smoke, furnish, or use tobacco products on school property, during school, or at school-related activities.  Tobacco products found in lockers are considered to be in a student’s possession.

       

                               

*A form must be on file in the office for any student who is under a doctor’s care and must take prescribed medications for diagnosed conditions.

  1.  Controlled Substances: Alcohol, Drugs, or Look-Alike Drugs

Having possession of, using, selling, and/or distributing will result in severe consequences.

First Offense:  Long-term suspension and recommendation to the Board of Directors of Expulsion, and notification of police

Alcohol/Illicit Drug Policy

A student shall not manufacture, sell, possess, use deliver/transfer, or be under the influence (legal intoxication not required) of any drugs, narcotic drugs, marijuana, hallucinogenic stimulants, depressants or other controlled substance, analogue intended for human consumption, as defined in Article VII of the Public Health Code, being MCL 33.7101, et seq., and as defined in other Michigan or Federal Statute.  If Article VII of the Public Health Code, being MCL 33.7101, et seq., is amended or repealed, then the definitions of a drug, narcotic drug, controlled substance analogue shall be defined under the existing State Law.

A student shall not sell, deliver or transfer, or attempt to sell, deliver or transfer, any prescription or nonprescription drug, medicine, vitamin or chemical substance (e.g. pain relievers, stimulants, diet pills, pep pills, No-Doze pills, cough medicines, laxatives, stomach or digestive remedies), nor shall a student use or possess these substances for an improper purpose.

A student shall not sell or represent a legal substance as an illegal or controlled substance (e.g., selling No-Doze as “speed” or “crack”) or sell, manufacture, possess, use, deliver or transfer “designer” drugs.

Possession of, use of, and/or being under the influence of any drug, alcoholic beverage, controlled substance, or any other substance which implies or includes abnormal behavior while on school property or at a school-sponsored, school-related activity is strictly prohibited.

Use and/or under the influence of any drug, alcoholic beverage, controlled substance, or any other substance which implies or includes abnormal behavior while on school property or at a school-sponsored, school-related activity is strictly prohibited.        

Use and/or being under the influence (any physical condition that indicates a controlled substance has been consumed).

Sale, distribution, or intent to distribute (any student who shall intend to provide or distribute or offer to sell any controlled substances on school property, at a school-related or school-sponsored function to any person at any time).

Definitions:

Manufacture- altering or combining existing substances to create a new substance that causes physical or emotional change.

Use and/or under the influence - Any physical condition that indicates a controlled substance has been consumed.

Possession – Physical possession of (including a student’s hall locker) or admittance of physical possession.

Sale, distribution, or intent to distribute – Any student who shall intend to provide or distribute or offer to sell any controlled substance on school property, at a school-related or school-sponsored function to any person at any time.

39.  Criminal Acts

A student shall not commit or participate in any conduct or act defined as a crime by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

All Offenses:  Recommendation for Expulsion to the Board of Directors/

Parent Notification/Police Notification

  1.  Fire

A student shall not ignite a fire in any manner, intentionally or accidentally, on any parts of the school campus.

All Offenses:  Recommendation for Expulsion to the Board of Directors and possible Police Notification

41.  Possession or Use of Potentially Dangerous Objects

Potentially dangerous objects include, but are not limited to, squirt guns, bean shooters, wallet chains, glass containers, rubber bands, lighters, snowballs, etc.

        First Offense:         Confiscation of item and Suspension of 1 or more days

        Second Offense:   Confiscation of item and Suspension of 2-3 days

        All Other Offenses:   Confiscation of item and Suspension of 5 days and/or long term suspension

42.  Personal Protection Devices

A student shall not possess, handle or transmit a personal protection device (e.g. pepper gas, mace, stun gun, electric shock device, etc.) capable of inflicting injury or causing physical discomfort to another person.

       

        All Offenses:  Recommendation for Expulsion and possible Police Notification

43.  Possession, Use or Distribution of Explosives or Incendiary Devices

A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any substance or prepared chemical that can explode, ignite fire, or is capable of inflicting bodily injury or is reasonably likely to cause physical discomfort to another person.

First Offense:         Recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

44.  Look-A-Like Weapons

A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any object or instrument that is a “look-a-like” weapon or instrument (e.g. starter pistol, rubber knife, toy gun, etc).

        First Offense:         Suspension of 5 or more days

        Second Offense:   Suspension of 10 or more days

Third Offense:   Recommendation to the Board of Directors for Expulsion

45.  Weapons

A weapon includes conventional objects like guns, pellet guns, knives, or club type implements.  It may also include items brought to school with the intent to cause harm to someone.  It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon.  Criminal charges may be filed for this violation.  Possession of a weapon may subject a student to expulsion.  

All Offenses:   Recommendation for Expulsion and Police Notification

State law may require that a student be expelled from school for a period of one (1) year if he/she brings onto or has in his/her possession on school property or at a school-related activity any of the following:

a.         Any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas including bombs, grenades, rockets, missiles, mines, or device that can be converted into such a destructive item

  1.         Any cutting instrument consisting of a sharp blade over three (3) inches long fastened to a handle.

c.   Any similar object that is intended to invoke bodily harm or fear of bodily harm.

Use of an object as a weapon

Any object that is used to threaten, harm, or harass another may be considered a weapon.  This includes, but is not limited to, padlocks, pens, pencils, laser pointers, jewelry and so on.  Intentional injury to another can be a felony and/or a cause for civil action.

  1.  Trespassing

This violation includes but is not limited to attending a prohibited event, being in an unauthorized place, or refusing to leave when asked to do so.

        First Offense:   In-School Suspension: One Week

        Second Offense:   Suspension for 2-4 days

        All Other Offenses:   Behavior Probation

47.  Persistent Disobedience

When a student reaches 15 days of suspension in a single school year, he/she may be recommended for expulsion to the Board of Directors.  At the tenth day, parents will be notified by Administration.

Appendix A:

P.A.C.E. Academy Anti-Bullying Policy

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education recognizes that a school that is physically and emotionally safe and secure for all students promotes good citizenship, increases student attendance and engagement, and supports academic achievement. To protect the rights of all students and groups for a safe and secure learning environment, the board of education prohibits acts of bullying, harassment, and other forms of aggression and violence. Bullying or harassment, like other forms of aggressive and violent behaviors, interferes with both a school’s ability to educate its students and a student’s ability to learn. All administrators, faculty, staff, parents, volunteers, and students are expected to refuse to tolerate bullying and harassment and to demonstrate behavior that is respectful and civil. It is especially important for adults to model these behaviors (even when disciplining) in order to provide positive examples for student behavior.

“Bullying” or “harassment” is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic, or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts – i.e., cyberbullying, through the use of internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), computer, or wireless handheld device, currently in use or later developed and used by students) that is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress and may be motivated either by bias or prejudice based upon any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; or a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic, or is based upon association with another person who has or is perceived to have any distinguishing characteristic. Bullying and harassment also include forms of retaliation against individuals who report or cooperate in an investigation under this policy. Such behaviors are considered to be bullying or harassment whether they take place on or off school property, at any school-sponsored function, or in a school vehicle or at any time or place where a child’s imminent safety or over-all well being may be at issue.

“Bullying” is conduct that meets all of the following criteria:

  • is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress;
  • is directed at one or more pupils;
  • is conveyed through physical, verbal, technological or emotional means;
  • substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more pupils;
  • adversely affects the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress; and,
  • is based on a pupil’s actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic (see above), or is based on an association with another person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.

“Harassment” is conduct that meets all of the following criteria:

  • is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress;
  • is directed at one or more pupils;
  • is conveyed through physical, verbal, technological or emotional means;
  • substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more pupils;
  • adversely affects the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities because the conduct, as reasonably perceived by the pupil, is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive as to have this effect; and,
  • is based on a pupil’s actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic (see above), or is based on an association with another person who has or is perceived to have any of these characteristics.

The scope of this policy includes the prohibition of every form of bullying, harassment, and cyberbullying/harassment, whether in the classroom, on school premises, immediately adjacent to school premises, when a student is traveling to or from school (portal to portal), or at a school-sponsored event, whether or not held on school premises. Bullying or harassment, including cyberbullying/ harassment, that is not initiated at a location defined above is covered by this policy if the incident results in a potentially material or substantial disruption of the school learning environment for one or more students and/or the orderly day-to-day operations of any school or school program.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education expects students to conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with a proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, school staff, volunteers, and contractors.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education believes that a comprehensive health education curriculum, within a coordinated school health framework, helps students attain knowledge and skills vital to school success, a productive workforce and good citizenship. Critical skills include anticipating consequences of choices, making informed decisions, communicating effectively, resolving conflicts, and developing cultural competency.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education recognizes that in order to have the maximum impact, it is critical to provide a minimum of annual training for school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with pupils on school policies and procedures regarding bullying and harassment. Training will provide school employees with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and the necessary skills to fulfill them.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education believes that standards for student behavior must be set through interaction among the students, parents and guardians, staff, and community members of the school district, producing an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-discipline and their ability to respect the rights of others. The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property on the part of students, staff, parents, and community members.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education believes that the best discipline for aggressive behavior is designed to (1) support students in taking responsibility for their actions, (2) develop empathy, and (3) teach alternative ways to achieve the goals and the solve problems that motivated the aggressive behavior. Staff members who interact with students shall apply best practices designed to prevent discipline problems and encourage students’ abilities to develop self-discipline and make better choices in the future.

Since bystander support of bullying and harassment can encourage these behaviors, the district prohibits both active and passive support for acts of harassment or bullying. The staff should encourage students not to be part of the problem; not to pass on the rumor or derogatory message; to walk away from these acts when they see them; to constructively attempt to stop them; to report them to the designated authority; and to reach out in friendship to the target. Periodic classroom meetings should be conducted to teach bystanders how and when to respond to bullying and harassment incidents. Informal classroom discussions and activities designed to provide awareness and increase student connectedness promote a positive shift in peer norms that will support empowered bystanders. When bystanders do report or cooperate in an investigation, they must be protected from retaliation with the same type of procedures used to respond to bullying and harassment.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education requires its school administrators to develop and implement procedures that ensure both the appropriate consequences and remedial responses to a student or staff member who commits one or more acts of bullying and harassment. The following factors, at a minimum, shall be given full consideration by school administrators in the development of the procedures for determining appropriate consequences and remedial measures for each act of harassment or bullying.

Factors for Determining Consequences

  • Age, development, and maturity levels of the parties involved
  • Degree of harm (physical and/or emotional distress)
  • Surrounding circumstances
  • Nature and severity of the behavior(s)
  • Incidences of past or continuing pattern(s) of behavior
  • Relationship between the parties involved
  • Context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred

Note: In order to ensure students’ perception of fair and impartial treatment, a student’s academic or athletic status is not a legitimate factor for determining consequences. Consequences must be perceived as fair and impartial.

Factors for Determining Remedial Measures

Personal

  • Life skill competencies
  • Experiential deficiencies
  • Social relationships
  • Strengths
  • Talents
  • Traits
  • Interests
  • Hobbies
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Classroom participation
  • Academic performance

Environmental

  • School culture
  • School climate and lack of connectedness
  • Student-staff relationships and staff behavior toward the student
  • Level of consistency in staff responses to bullying or harassing behaviors
  • Level of consistency in application or severity of consequences given to students
  • Staff-staff relationships witnessed by students
  • General staff management of classrooms and other educational environments
  • Staff ability to prevent and de-escalate difficult or inflammatory situations
  • Social-emotional and behavioral supports
  • Social relationships
  • Community activities
  • Neighborhood culture
  • Family situation
  • Range and number of opportunities for student engagement, involvement, and recognition for achievement (beyond academics and athletics)

Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student or staff member who engages in one or more acts of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, in the case of a student, or suspension or termination in the case of an employee, as set forth in the board of education’s approved code of student conduct or employee handbook. School employees will also be held accountable for bullying or harassing behavior directed toward school employees, volunteers, parents, or students.

Consequences for a student who commits an act of bullying and harassment shall vary in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student’s history of problem behaviors and performance, and must be consistent with the board of education’s approved code of student conduct. Remedial measures shall be designed to: correct the problem behavior; prevent another occurrence of the behavior; and protect the victim of the act. Effective discipline should employ a school-wide approach to adopt a rubric of bullying offenses and the associated consequences. The consequences and remedial measures may include, but are not limited to, the examples listed below:

Examples of Consequences

  • Admonishment
  • Participation in a guided reflection process designed to teach alternative behavior
  • Temporary removal from the classroom
  • Loss of privileges
  • Classroom or administrative detention
  • Referral to disciplinarian
  • In-school suspension during the school week or the weekend, for students
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Legal action
  • Expulsion or termination

Examples of Remedial Measures

Strategies for Individual Behavioral Change:

  • Framing the aggressive behavior as a failed attempt to solve a real problem or reach a goal. The adult assists the misbehaving student to find a better way to solve the problem or meet the goal.
  • Restitution and restoration
  • Transformative conferencing/restorative justice practices
  • Supervised peer support group
  • Corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experience
  • Supportive discipline to increase accountability for the bullying offense
  • Supportive interventions, including participation of an Intervention and Referral Services team, peer mediation, etc.
  • Behavioral assessment or evaluation, including, but not limited to, a referral to a Child Study Team, as appropriate
  • Behavioral management plan, with benchmarks that are closely monitored
  • Involvement of school disciplinarian
  • Student counseling
  • Parent conferences
  • Student treatment
  • Student therapy

Strategies for Environmental Change (Classroom, School Building, or School District):

  • Activities or strategies designed to help the student who engaged in bullying or harassment reflect on the offending behavior, maintaining an emotionally-neutral and strength-based approach
  • School and community surveys or other strategies for determining the conditions contributing to harassment, intimidation, or bullying
  • Change process to improve school culture
  • School climate improvement/improvement in conditions for learning and instructional pedagogy (incorporation of brain-compatible strategies)
  • Adoption of research-based, systemic bullying prevention programs
  • Modifications of schedules
  • Adjustments in hallway traffic
  • Modifications in student routes or patterns traveling to and from school
  • Increased supervision and targeted use of monitors (e.g., hallway, cafeteria, bus)
  • General professional development programs for certificated and non-certificated                            staff
  • Professional development plans for staff in key disciplinary roles
  • Disciplinary action for school staff who contributed to the problem
  • Parent conferences
  • Referral to family counseling
  • Increased involvement of parent-teacher organizations
  • Increased involvement of community-based organizations
  • Increased opportunities for parent input and engagement in school initiatives and activities
  • Development of a general bullying/harassment response plan
  • Peer support groups
  • Increase communication with and involvement of law enforcement (e.g., school resource officer, juvenile officer)
  • Engage in community awareness events and planning sessions

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education requires the principal and/or the principal’s designee at each school to be responsible for receiving complaints alleging violations of this policy. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or the principal’s designee. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education requires the principal and/or the principal’s designee to be responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy. In so doing, the principal and/or the principal’s designee shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation of each alleged incident. The investigation is to be completed within three school days after a report or complaint is made. The parents of the students involved shall receive written notice from the school on the outcome of the investigation (in compliance with current privacy laws and regulations). All reports on instances of bullying and/or harassment must be recorded by the school for annual data review.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying or harassment or cooperates in an investigation. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the administrator after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education prohibits any person from falsely accusing another as a means of bullying or harassment. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another as a means of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a school employee found to have falsely accused another as a means of bullying or harassment shall be in accordance with district policies, procedures, and agreements.

The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center for Excellence board of education requires school officials to annually disseminate the policy to all school staff, students, and parents, along with a statement explaining that it applies to all applicable acts of harassment and bullying that occur on school property, at school-sponsored functions, or on a school bus. The chief school administrator shall develop an annual process for discussing the school district policy on harassment and bullying with students and staff.

The school district shall incorporate information regarding the policy against harassment or bullying into each school employee training program and handbook.

RULES FOR PACE COMMON AREAS

 

SAFETY

RESPONSIBILITY

RESPECT

PEACEFUL

CAFETERIA

Ø  Walk at all times

Ø  Eat only your own food

Ø  Ask permission to before moving from your seat

Ø  Keep your own place in line             

Ø  All food & drinks stay in cafeteria

Ø  Clear your trash and table  before leaving

Ø  Use good manners

Ø  Clean up your area

Ø  Respect  the seats of others

Ø  Follow staff instructions  

Ø  Speak calmly

Ø  Speak positively                    

GYM

Ø  Sit properly in bleachers/chairs

Ø  Use equipment properly

Ø  No food, drinks or gum in gym

Ø  Show good sportsmanship

Ø  Return equipment to designated area

Ø  Be a  team player, encourage others

Ø  Follow staff instructions

Ø  Exercise good manners

Ø  Speak calmly

Ø  Speak & cheer positively

Ø  Use appropriate language

ASSEMBLIES &           SPECIAL EVENTS                                                            

Ø  Stay in your seat

Ø  Stay with your class

Ø  Wait for dismissal instructions

Ø  Enter & sit quietly

Ø  Focus on presentation

Ø  Listen responsibly

Ø  Applaud appropriately

Ø  Cheer positively

Ø  Respect speakers & presenters

MEDIA CENTER

Ø  Walk at all times

Ø  Keep all body parts to yourself

Ø  Use tables & chairs appropriately            

Ø  Return all materials to proper place on time

Ø  Print only what is needed

Ø  Ask permission to print

Ø  No food or drinks

Ø  Respect property, yours and others

Ø  Follow staff instructions

Ø  Have patience in line

Ø  Use Internet appropriately

Ø  Speak calmly & quietly

Ø  Use kind words & actions                    

HALLWAYS   /STAIRWAYS

Ø  Walk to the right

Ø  Walk at all times

Ø  Keep all body parts to yourself

Ø  Use appropriate stairway & doors

Ø  No food or drinks

Ø  Use drinking fountains appropriately

Ø  Use wastebaskets

Ø  Use your assigned locker only & appropriately

Ø  Use kind words and actions

Ø  Respect property, yours & others

Ø  Have hall pass ready

Ø  Move to class on time

Ø  Speak calmly & quietly

Ø  Use kind words & actions

Ø  No talking                    

MAIN OFFICE &               COUNSELING AREA

Ø  Use chairs and tables appropriately

Ø  Obtain permission to use the phone                                 

Ø  Enter and sit quietly

Ø  State your purpose politely

Ø  Keep your hands and feet to yourself

Ø  Speak calmly & quietly

Ø  Use kind words & actions                                          

BATHROOMS

Ø  Keep water in sink

Ø  Wash hands

Ø  Put paper towels in the garbage

Ø  Flush toilets

Ø  Inform adults of any vandalism

Ø  Dispose of personal hygiene items  appropriately

Ø  Give others privacy

Ø  Respect property - yours & others

Ø  Stay no longer than necessary

Ø  Use kind words & actions                    


MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

Unauthorized Distribution, Posting, or Broadcasting of Communicative Materials

The permission of a building administrator is needed before materials are posted, broadcast, or distributed.  An outside group also needs the approval of the Principal or his/her designee.

Unauthorized Sales

The permission of a building administrator is needed before any materials, items or services may be sold on school property.

Suspended/Expelled Students on School Property or Attending School Activities

A suspended or expelled student who enters onto school property without the permission of a building administrator shall be deemed to be trespassing.

Disabled Students

Although disabled students are covered by the provisions of this Student Code of Conduct, the time limitations set forth in the due process procedures may be temporarily suspended or enlarged by the Board to assure compliance with Federal and State Laws governing the discipline of disabled students.

Disclosure of Information at Time of Enrollment

At the time of enrollment, a student, parent(s) or guardian shall not give false or incomplete information, or fail to disclose information, relative to a student’s prior act of gross misdemeanor, or previous expulsion from another school or other misconduct.  A violation will result in an expulsion hearing before the board except in cases where there is a previous state mandated expulsion.  In which case, an immediate expulsion from Pollack Academic Center of Excellence will result.

APPEALS PROCESS

If a student, parent, or legal guardian disagrees with a disciplinary action or feels his/her due process rights have been violated, the Appeals Process is as follows:

Contact the Student Support Specialist, Assistant Principal or Administrator who has charged the student with a violation within twenty-four (24) hours from notification of the violation.

If you do not agree with the decision of the Student Support Specialist, Assistant Principal or Administrator who has charged the student with a violation, you may appeal to the Principal within two (2) school days from the date of the Student Support Specialist’s, Assistant Principal’s or Administrator’s decision.  The appeal must be written, contain the basis of the appeal, and have the support of the custodial parent or guardian through a proper signature.

Appeals for cases involving In-School penalties and Suspensions for up to ten (10) days end here.


Pollack Academic Center of Excellence

Acceptable Use Policy

Student Code of Conduct Regarding Use of Technology

Rationale: The Pollack Academic Center of Excellence provides a variety of technology resources to students and staff to utilize in the instructional/learning process. These resources include but are not limited to: desktop, laptop, and hand-held computers, printers, software, Internet access, video, photo, and audio recording equipment, and copy machines. The school's goal is to provide equal and reliable access to these tools in the best possible working order and to promote sharing, innovation, communication, and excellent digital citizenship.

A user's access to these resources shall be considered a privilege with no entitlement or guarantee and access may be revoked at any time at the discretion of the principal or school technology committee.

Level 1 Violations

Level 2 Violations

Level 3 Violations

Unauthorized use of school electronic devices during the school day

Deliberately attempted to bypass the school's Internet filter

 

Unauthorized use of personal electronic devices during the school day

Harassment: Inappropriate use of electronic communication

Harassment: Inappropriate use of electronic communication (aggravated, repeated, or involving threats of physical harm)

 

Stealing, possession of, or transfer of property value under $100

Stealing, possession of, or transfer of property value over $100

 

Vandalism: Value under $100

Vandalism: Value over $100

School Obligations

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Pollack Academic Center of Excellence has installed filtering software to restrict access to Internet sites containing material harmful to minors. The software evaluates web sites based on criteria determined by the school technology committee.  No software can keep up with the constant changes on the Internet. A user who accidentally connects to an inappropriate site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher or supervisor.  Upon request, authorized staff may re-evaluate and unblock blocked sites to allow access.

It is understood that there is no expectation of privacy on the school's network and computers, and the school has the right to review any material stored in files to which users have access, to edit or remove any material which the school, in its sole discretion, believes is unlawful, obscene, abusive or objectionable, and to take appropriate legal action.  The Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing.  The school will not be responsible for loss of data, service interruptions, or for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through Internet services. The school prohibits unlawful use of technology resources, and in no way assumes responsibility for actions of users that could result in criminal or civil legal recourse.

In addition, Pollack Academic Center of Excellence provides Internet Safety Lessons that explicitly outline the rules of Digital Citizenship and Online Safety, including plagiarism, copyright laws, and fair use policies.

Student Obligations

All users who access school technology resources are required to protect and care for any systems they are using, accept full responsibility for all actions performed under their user login, and know and obey school regulations, federal, state, local laws and ordinances governing the use of technology. Copyright laws will be strictly adhered to when using all technology systems. All violations of copyright laws (copying programs & downloading music or movies without written permission from the copyright holder, as well as plagiarism or other forms of electronic cheating or violations of academic integrity) will be addressed under the Code of Student Conduct and local, state and federal laws.  Users are expected to exercise good judgment and discretion in using technology systems, and limit use to educational purposes. Students are responsible for adhering to the Pollack Academic Center of Excellence Student Code of Conduct, including the provisions herein.

The following behaviors are prohibited:

  • Use of technology resources to send, receive, or display text, messages, or images that violate the school’s non-discrimination policies, be considered obscene, pornographic, or offensive to others, that are potentially dangerous to school resources, or materials otherwise deemed to be inappropriate by the administration.
  • Using another person’s password, sharing one’s password with another person, modifying other users’ accounts, invading, trespassing, or otherwise gaining access to accounts, servers, folders, files or other resources to which the user has not been granted specific rights.
  • Harassing, insulting, bullying, stalking, intimidating, disrupting access, remotely controlling or shutting down systems, or other abusive or disruptive behavior.
  • Disclosing personal information about yourself or others, including addresses, telephone numbers, credit card information, passwords, or other confidential information via e-mail or the Internet.
  • Students will not install, delete, relocate, rename, hide, or modify any hardware, software, games, applications, files, or network connections, enter system folders or the control panel, or engage in any activities intended to circumvent, avoid, or hide from security measures.
  • Use of technology resources for commercial or for-profit purposes, fundraising, distributing or forwarding chain letters, junk e-mail, or advertising.

Disciplinary Action

Use of the Internet and school hardware and software is subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Code of Student Conduct. Enforcement is the responsibility of the staff. Administration will review all cases referred for disciplinary action. In addition to disciplinary actions listed in the Code of Student Conduct, the administrator may implement the following:

  1. The student may be excluded from access to the Internet.
  2. The student may be excluded from using any and all computer equipment throughout the school.
  3. Level 3 violations may result in expulsion.

The Student and his/her Parent(s) or Guardian(s) agree to the above obligations. They further agree to hold harmless Pollack Academic Center of Excellence, its Board Members, employees, and all organizations affiliated with school's Internet connection, for any and all claims of any nature arising from the Student's use of the Pollack Academic Center of Excellence's computer hardware/software or Internet Connection.

_______________________________   ______   ________________________  ________

Student Signature                         Date           Parent Signature                     Date

POLLACK ACADEMIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE







STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENT CONDUCT

Many people share the responsibility for student conduct.  Each student is responsible for his or her acts.  This responsibility increases, as one grows older.  Keeping order within the school is the responsibility of the school staff.  The staff works to keep the school safe and orderly, and to create an environment conducive to learning.  However, the staff needs the cooperation of students, parents and others.

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence believes that its entire Code of Conduct can be summarized in the following words:  Mutual Respect, Responsibility, and Cooperation.

Student Responsibilities

Mutual Respect

  • I will treat others and myself with courtesy and respect at all time.
  • I will respect personal, classroom, and school property.

Responsibility

  • I will come to school prepared with the required materials.
  • I will be ready to learn, follow the rules and always do my best.

Cooperation

  • I will encourage and demonstrate positive, caring relationships.
  • I will model the PACE core values of character, through my words and actions, and help others to do the same.

Therefore, students are expected to:

  • Act in a responsible manner, exhibiting respect toward others.
  • Accept responsibility for their behavior.
  • Cooperate with the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and a disciplined environment.
  • Follow established school and classroom codes of conduct and rules, including safety and school bus rules.
  • Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
  • Maintain appropriate dress according to the PACE Dress Code Policy as written in the student handbook.
  • Respect the rights and property of others.

________________________________                 ________________________________

Student Name                                         Student Signature

________________________________                 ________________________________

Student Homeroom                                 Date




Program Expectations for Enrollment at the

POLLACK ACADEMIC CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

Because Pollack Academic Center of Excellence is well on its way to becoming one of the truly remarkable school programs in our nation, our families agree that the following program components are necessary to build the kind of learning environment for which everyone can be proud.

High Expectations for Student.  Improved student thinking is the number one goal of the Pollack Academic Center of Excellence.  In addition to the higher standards in the curriculum areas, higher standards for student conduct must be strictly enforced.  Therefore, PACE parents agree to support the school’s effort to remove violence/inappropriate behavior from the school through initiatives, policies and expectations that aid in creating a safe, positive and productive learning environment.

A Partnership with Families.  Parent and family participation is crucial to the success of our school.  We need the assistance of the home to reinforce our efforts at school.  In order to be active in your student’s academic success, you are expected to:

  • Attend all Parent/Teacher/Student ALC Conferences
  • Attend at least two Parent Advisory Council meetings during the school year.  These meetings take place once a month on the second Tuesday of each month.  This is your opportunity to be able to make positive, constructive changes in the academic life of your child.
  • Volunteer at the school for a minimum of twenty (20) hours during the school year.

School Dress Code.  Because Pollack Academic Center of Excellence wants to be a school committed to students’ security, satisfaction, and teamwork, every student is expected to adhere to the dress code every day.  PACE parents agree to purchase and maintain the necessary clothing items for each child enrolled.

Attendance.  If your child is ill, you are required to contact the school and notify us of the situation.  Any student whose illness is not reported is considered to be truant and will not be excused for their absence until the parent or guardian of the child has contacted the school.  You may report the absence by calling (248) 569-1060.  Extended periods of absences will require a doctor’s release to allow the student back in to school.

A Longer School Year.  Pollack Academic Center of Excellence students are required to be in attendance for 1, 247 hours (177 instructional days) unless legitimately ill.  Therefore, parents agree to send their child to school until the last day of school as indicated on the school year calendar.  In the event that a student leaves school before that date, he/she will not be able to participate in Promotion Day and may lose their opportunity to return the following school year unless the absence is due to a family/medical emergency.

Parent Policy

The Board of Directors delegates to the school Principal the power to ban disruptive or unruly adults from the campus of Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence.

Any adult that verbally or physically assaults a parent, student, staff member or visitor shall be subject to banishment from the school at the discretion of the Principal.

Official notification of the Principal’s action shall be delivered in writing to the offending individual through the most effective method possible.  The Principal is also granted the authority to contact the appropriate law enforcement agencies if necessary.

Notification of the banishment of a parent will be given to the Board of Directors in writing within 10 school days of the banishment.

        



Parental/Guardian Contract for Enrollment

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence

Because Pollack Academic Center of Excellence is well on its way to becoming one of the truly remarkable school programs in our nation, our families agree that the following program components are necessary to build the kind of learning environment of which everyone can be proud.

Pollack Academic Center of Excellence parents/guardians agree:

  •    To support the school’s efforts to remove violence and inappropriate behavior from the school.   _____
  •    To attend at least two (2) of the three (3) parent/teacher/student conferences held during the school year.  _____
  •    To attend a minimum of two (2) REAL PARENTS meetings during the school year.  _____
  •    To volunteer at the school for a minimum of twenty (20) hours during the school year.  _____
  •    To purchase and maintain the necessary school dress code items for each child enrolled at PACE.  _____
  •    To send your child to school on time (7:45 A.M.) everyday unless legitimately ill. _____
  •    To send your child to school the entire month of June until the last day as indicated on the PACE Academy school year calendar.  _____

I/We agree to support _____________________________________________ by following the

                                                          Student’s Name

program expectations as outlined in the above parental/guardian contract.

Signed: ____________________________________________________

Date: _______________________________________









Dr. Joseph F. Pollack Academic Center of Excellence

(PACE ACADEMY)

Parent/Teacher/Student Compact

Our school philosophy is that families, students, and school staff should work in partnership to help each student reach his/her potential. As partners we agree to the following:

As a student I will:

  • Believe that I can learn and will learn.
  • Come to school and class on time, ready to learn and with assignments completed.
  • Set aside time every day to complete my homework.
  • Read for at least 30 minutes, five days a week.
  • Know and follow the school and class rules.
  • Regularly talk to my parents and my teachers about my progress in school.
  • Respect my school, classmates, staff, and family.
  • Ask for help when I need it.
  • Demonstrate good work habits at school and at home

_________________________________________

Student Signature

As a parent/guardian or family member I will:

  • Talk to my child regularly about the value of education and support my child in developing and

demonstrating good work habits.

  • Communicate with the school when I have a concern.
  • Provide a quiet, well-lighted place for studying and assist my child with homework as needed.
  • Read with my child, let my child see me read, and let my child read to me.
  • Make sure that my child attends school every day, on time, and with homework completed.
  • Support the school's discipline code and uniform policy.
  • Monitor my child's progress in school.
  • Attend all school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, Open House and Back-to-School Night.
  • Ensure that my child gets adequate sleep, regular medical attention, and proper nutrition.
  • Participate in shared decision making with school staff and other families for the benefit of students.
  • Respect the school, staff, students, and families.

_________________________________________

Parent /Guardian Signature

As a teacher I will:

  • Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction.
  • Explain expectations and goals to students and parents/guardians. Teach students how to meet expectations.
  • Assess my students and plan lessons appropriate to their needs.
  • Provide homework that is relevant, age appropriate and evaluated.
  • Communicate high expectations for every student.
  • Teach and involve students in classes that are interesting and challenging.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities teaching and learning and support the formation of partnerships with families and the community.
  • Enforce rules equitably and involve students in creating a warm and caring learning environment in the class.
  • Communicate regularly with families about their child's progress in school.
  • Provide assistance to families on what they can do to support their child's learning.
  • Participate in shared decision making with other school staff and families for the benefit of students.
  • Respect the school, staff, students, and families.

________________________________________

Teacher Signature

We make a commitment to work together to carry out this agreement.

Signed on this _____________day of___________________, 20________.



Pollack Academic Center of Excellence

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We have received a copy of the Pollack Academic Center of Excellence Student Handbook.  We understand that it is our responsibility to become familiar with the contents of this handbook.

________________________________________                 ______________________

Parent Signature                                                 Date

________________________________________                 ______________________

Student Signature                                                 Date

________________________________________                 ______________________

Teacher