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					   RCA
 Parent
    &
 Student
Handbook

2010-2011
 Revised August 1, 2010
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Parent & Student Handbook 2010-2011



                   I have no greater joy than to hear that my
                   children are living according to the truth.

                                   III John 4



   This book has been designed to assist the parents, teachers, and administration
      of Riverdale Christian Academy. This book serves as a guideline for all to
  follow. Students and parents should familiarize themselves with school policies.
     However, it is impossible to foresee all situations which may arise during a
     school year. Situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Thus, the
    RCA Administration reserves the full right to determine any consequences or
   make any ruling on events that fall inside or outside the guidelines of this book.
    Should the need arise the RCA Administration reserves the right to change or
                alter any portion of this book during the school year.




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                         Table of Contents
Riverdale Christian Academy Statistical Information         9
Riverdale Christian Academy Teachers and Support Staff     11
Riverdale Christian Academy School Board Representatives   11
A Message from the Principal                               12
A Message from the Pastor                                  13

GENERAL INFORMATION                                        14
    Riverdale Christian Academy Information Statement      14
    The Abstract Principles of Riverdale Baptist Church    14
    Mission Statement                                      17
    Educational Goals                                      17
    Christian Training and Chapel                          18
    Philosophy                                             18
    Objectives                                             18
           Spiritual Growth                                18
           Intellectual Growth                             18
           Social Growth                                   19
           Physical Growth                                 19
    Developing Clear Expectations                          19
           What We Expect of Our Students                  19
           What Our Students Can Expect from Us            19
    Complaint Policy                                       20
           Complaints against Policy                       20
           Complaints against Personnel                    20
           Guiding Principles                              20

POLICIES AND SCHEDULES                                     22
    Notice of Nondiscriminatory Admissions Policy          22
    Admission Policy                                       22
    Financial Information                                  24
           Delinquent Accounts                             25
           Tuition Price Schedule                          25
           Riverdale Baptist Church Member Discount        25
           Before School Care                              25
           After School Care                               25
           Lunch Program                                   25
           Refund Policy                                   26
           Registration Fees                               26
           New Student Fees                                26
           Tuition Fees/Book Fees                          26
           Refund Table                                    27
           Yearbook Fee                                    27
    Health Records                                         27
    Health Services                                        28
    Drug Free School Policy                                28
    Medication Administration Policy                       28
    Daily Schedule                                         30

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      Campus Supervision                               30
      Emergency Procedures                             31
             Fire Drills                               31
             Tornado Drills                            31
             Disaster Plan                             31
             Emergency Vehicles                        32
      Visitors                                         32
      Extracurricular Activities                       32
             Academic Requirements for Participation   32
             Personal Conduct Requirements             32

ACADEMICS                                              33
    Grading System                                     33
           Grades 6th – 12th                           33
    Determining Honor Ranking for Graduation           34
    Determining Semester Grades                        34
           Elementary (Grades K4 – 5th)                34
           Middle School (Grades 6th – 8th)            34
           High School (Grades 9th – 12th)             34
    Carnegie Credits                                   35
    High School Classification                         35
    Eligibility for Grades                             35
    Homework                                           35
           Grades K5 – 5th                             35
           Grades 6th – 12th                           36
    Graduation Requirements                            36
    Eligibility for Diploma                            36
    RCA Graduation Requirements                        37
    Parent Conferences                                 38
           Elementary                                  38
           Secondary                                   38
    Reports to Parents                                 38
           Elementary                                  38
           Middle and High School                      38
    Academic Recognition                               38
           Principal’s List (Grades 6th – 12th)        38
           “A” Honor Roll (Grades 6th – 12th)          38
           “B” Honor Roll (Grades 6th – 12th)          38
           Principal’s List (Grades 2nd-5th)           38
           A/B Honor Roll (Grades 2nd – 5th)           39
    Criteria to Repeat a Grade                         39
           Kindergarten and Grade 1st                  39
           Grades 2nd and 3rd                          39
           Grades 4th and 5th                          39
           Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th                    39
           Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th            39
    Summer School                                      39
    Independent Study Course                           40
    Saturday School Program                            40

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      Behavior Clinic                                  40
      Work Day                                         41
      Dismissal from School                            41
            Grades K4 – 5th                            41
            Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th                   41
            Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th           41
            Dismissal from School for All Grades       41
      Faculty Review Committee - Grades K5 – 12th      41
      Testing – American College Test (ACT)            42
      Counseling Services                              42
      Recess Rules for Elementary Students             42
      Rainy Day Recess Rules for Elementary Students   42
      PE Rules for Secondary Students                  43
      Rainy Day PE Rules for Secondary Students        43
      Lunchroom Rules                                  43
      Library                                          44
            Library Rules                              44

STUDENT LIFE                                           45
    Dress Code Statement                               45
    Girl’s Uniform Grades K4 – 5th                     45
            Bottoms                                    45
            Tops                                       45
            Socks                                      45
            Sweatshirt                                 45
            Belt                                       46
            Shoes                                      46
            Jacket                                     46
    Girl’s Uniform Grades 6th – 12th                   46
            Bottoms                                    46
            Tops                                       46
            Socks                                      46
            Sweatshirt                                 46
            Belt                                       47
            Shoes                                      47
            Jacket                                     47
            P.E. Uniform                               47
    Boy’s Uniform Grades K4 – 12th                     47
            Bottoms                                    47
            Tops                                       47
            Socks                                      47
            Sweatshirt                                 47
            Belt                                       48
            Shoes                                      48
            Jacket                                     48
            P.E. Uniform                               48
    Additional Dress Code Rules                        48
            Pants/Shorts/Skorts/Skirts                 48
            Hats                                       48

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              Items on Uniform                  48
      Uniform Guidelines                        48
              Shirts                            48
              Clothing Under Uniform            49
      Hairstyles                                49
      Make-up                                   49
      Facial Hair                               49
      Jewelry                                   50
      Body Piercing and Tattoos                 50
      Note to Parents                           50
      Free Dress                                50
      Spirit Shirt Day                          50
      Attendance Regulations                    51
              Tardiness                         51
              Absences                          51
              Check Out Policy                  53
                     Early Dismissals           53
              Reporting In                      53
              Assignment Make-up Policy         54
              Emergency Closing                 54

Conduct and Discipline                          55
    Student Relationships                       55
    Behavior Clinic                             55
    Corporal Punishment                         55
    Suspension and Infractions                  56
    Disciplinary Dismissals                     56
    Philosophy of Discipline                    56
    Handbook Violations and Resulting Actions   56
           K-4 - 5th Grade Discipline           56
                   Code 1 Violations            56
                   Code 1 Resultant Actions     57
                   Code 2 Violations            57
                   Code 2 Resultant Actions     57
                   Code 3 Violations            58
                   Code 3 Resultant Actions     58
                   Code 4 Violations            58
                   Code 4 Resultant Actions     58
           6th – 8th Grade Discipline           59
                   Code 1 Violations            59
                   Code 1 Resultant Actions     59
                   Code 2 Violations            59
                   Code 2 Resultant Actions     60
                   Code 3 Violations            60
                   Code 3 Resultant Actions     60
                   Code 4 Violations            60
                   Code 4 Resultant Actions     60
           9 th – 12th Grade Discipline         61
                   Code 1 Violations            61

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                   Code 1 Resultant Actions                    61
                   Code 2 Violations                           61
                   Code 2 Resultant Actions                    61
                   Code 3 Violations                           62
                   Code 3 Resultant Actions                    62
                   Code 4 Violations                           62
                   Code 4 Resultant Actions                    62
      Additional Policies                                      63
            Social Events                                      63
            Student Vehicles                                   63
            Parking/Driving Violations and Resulting Actions   63
            Locker Procedures: Grades 6th – 12th               64
            Search and Seizure                                 64
            Electronic Devices                                 64
            Internet Use Policy                                65
            Internet Terms and Conditions                      65
                   Eligibility                                 65
                   Acceptable Use                              65
                   Unacceptable Use                            65
                   Privilege                                   66
                   Security                                    66
                   Vandalism                                   66
                   Disclaimers                                 66
                   Disciplinary Action                         66

Extracurricular Activities                                     67
     Field Trips                                               67
     Extracurricular Activities                                67
            Policy for 6th – 12th Grade                        67
            Procedures and Guidelines                          67
            Exam/Dead Day Information                          68
            Rules for Athletic Events                          68

Parental Involvement                                           69
     Line of School Authority                                  69
            Teacher                                            69
            Principal                                          69
            School Board                                       69
     Parental Contract                                         69
     Financial Aid                                             69
     Parent, Teachers, and Friends (PTF)                       70
     Communication with Parents                                70
     Handbook Acknowledgement Policy                           70

Handbook Acknowledgement Form                                  72




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       Riverdale Christian Academy Administration
           Todd Whirley – Principal, Associate Pastor
             todd@riverdalechristianacademy.org

                Angie Thompson – Office Administrator
                 angie@riverdalechristianacademy.org

                  School Telephone Number – 753-6722
                         Fax Number – 751-4341

                         Riverdale Christian Academy
                              2791 O’Neal Lane
                           Baton Rouge, LA 70816

                    Riverdale Baptist Church Staff
                    Preston Thompson – Senior Pastor
                      Brandon Miller – Youth Pastor

                 Church Telephone Number – 753-3556
                       Fax Number – 751-4341

                           www.riverdalebc.org

     Office Hours 7:30 – 3:30 (Monday - Friday)
   Summer Hours 9:00 – 2:00 (Monday - Thursday)




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            A Message from the Principal….
Dear Students, Parents and Friends of RCA,

         One of the top reasons for the existence of Christ-like schools is to provide an education that is effective
in the spiritual development of its students. Understandably, spiritual formation is a deliberate and intentional
plan advanced by each believer to stimulate continual growth throughout one’s lifetime.

        Kingdom Education, the philosophy at Riverdale Christian Academy, focuses on bringing the home,
church, and school into a partnership for the purpose of training the next generation. Kingdom Education is
defined as the life-long, Bible-based, Christ-centered process of leading a child into a new identity with Christ,
developing a child according to his/her specific abilities given to him by Christ, so that a child would be
empowered to live a life characterized by love, trust, and obedience to Christ.

         This spiritual development plan should include a rigorous academic program. Thankfully, God has
provided in Scripture the product that all Christian schools should endeavor to produce. Daniel, of the Old
Testament, was unequivocally superior in his professional and academic training and background and infiltrated
the marketplace of secular mainstream society successfully. He did this without compromising his fundamental
convictions of serving a holy God. All this to say, advancing a deliberate plan of spiritual development also
requires a specific plan for cultivating intelligent believers who can articulate their worldview in a marketplace
full of opposing ideas and ideology.

        As your new principal, I cannot tell you how excited and humbled I am to be leading RCA’s awesome
students and faculty as we begin the 2010-2011 school year. There are some very exciting things ahead for RCA
in 2010-2011. I encourage you to visit RCA’s new web home at www.riverdalechristianacademy.org . I
should be finished building our new web site by the time school starts. Visit it frequently for updates and
important news.

        Let me call your attention to a date to mark on your calendar - September 11th. Our fall Open House will
be on Sept. 11th. My goal is to make the administration and classrooms of RCA as transparent and accessible to
our parents as possible. My door is always open and I am always available by phone at 225.753.6722 or at
todd@riverdalechristianacademy.org . As we enter the new school year, I have one very special request of you -
please keep me, and your school, in your prayers. I will be praying daily for your family.

        It’s most exciting to be a part of a vision and committed plan that has an eye on the next generation…

                                      If your vision is for a year, plant wheat.
                                     If your vision is for ten years, plant trees.
                                    If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.

       We are in the ministry of planting people. What an honor it is to partner with you as we "plant" the heart
and mind of your child.

In His Service,

Todd Whirley, M.Div.
Principal




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             A Message from the Pastor….
Dear Parents:

     It is my privilege to welcome you to Riverdale Christian Academy. This is a
place where we are committed to exalt the name of Jesus in everything that we
do including educating your children. It is our desire to provide each and every
child with the opportunity to respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. We
believe that faith in Christ alone for salvation is the most important decision
that anyone will ever be faced with, therefore we encourage all of our students to
develop and cultivate a relationship with Jesus Christ. We also strive to provide
an atmosphere where your child will be loved and encouraged as well as
educated.
     To accomplish this goal we have hired a loving staff that is first and
foremost committed to Christ and secondly committed to provide a loving
atmosphere where your child can be educated. We strive to promote a Christian
world view as opposed to the secular world view that is encouraged elsewhere.
We realize that the world is a fast, competitive place where only the strong
survive; therefore, we make it a priority to create and implement a curriculum
that equips your sons and daughters with the tools they will need to succeed in
the competitive world in which we live.
     Our school continues to grow each and every year, as do our facilities and
capabilities. We will continue to be competitive in a very demanding market
without sacrificing the quality of education and care that each student receives.
We thank you for the opportunity that you have given us by entrusting your
children to our care. It is with great care and responsibility that we embark
upon the upcoming school year. We also encourage your involvement in every
aspect of our school. We realize involvement of our parents is one of the things
that set us apart from other institutions.
     Again, we thank you for trusting us with your children, and we covet your
prayers throughout the school year.

Serving Christ,
Preston Thompson
Pastor




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                         General Information
Riverdale Christian Academy
Riverdale Christian Academy is a Christian education institution that, in addition to regular
course offerings, unashamedly teaches the Biblical concepts of discipline, respect for those in
authority, obedience to law, and love for flag and country. The teachers of Riverdale Christian
Academy, henceforth known as RCA, realize the solemn responsibility before God in molding
the life and character of each of their students in order to equip them for the future.

The Abstract Principles of Riverdale Baptist Church
   I.      The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and are the
only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.

    II.    God
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself,
all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love,
reverence, and obedience.

   III. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes,
but without division of nature, essence, or being.

   IV. Providence
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds,
directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not to destroy the free will and
responsibility of intelligent creatures.

   V.      Election
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life – not because of
foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ – in consequence of which choice
they are called, justified, and glorified.

    VI. The Fall of Man
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation
of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and
righteousness; whereby his posterity inherited a nature corrupt, and wholly opposed to God
and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action,
become actual transgressors.

    VII. The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God
and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled
the law, suffered, and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and
rose again the third day and ascended to His Father, at whose hand He ever liveth to make
intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the
Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.


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    VIII. Regeneration
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickenth the dead in
trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word
of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work
of God’s free and special grace alone.

     IX. Repentance
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible
of the manifold evil of his sin, humbleth himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it,
and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in
all things.

    X.     Faith
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word
concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It
is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and
leads to a life of holiness.

   XI. Justification
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin,
through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by
them; but on account of the obedience and sanctification of Christ, they receiving and resting
on him and His righteousness by faith.

   XII. Sanctification
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in
them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all
saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s
commands.

   XIII. Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally
nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and
though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit,
impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on
themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God
through faith unto salvation.

   XIV. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all his true disciples, and in
Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment,
Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of
these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline, and
worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Bishops, or Elders,
and Deacons.

   XV. Baptism
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is
immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign

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of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of His
giving Himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church
fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper.

    XVI. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of
bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense
a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces
of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communication with Him, and of
their church fellowship.

   XVII. The Lord’s Day
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in
exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly
employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only excepted.

   XVIII. Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrine and
commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His Word, or not contained in it.
Civil magistrates being ordained by God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them
ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

   XIX. The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God –
the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At
the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

    XX. Judgment
God hath appointed a Day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one
shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the
righteous, into everlasting life.




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Mission Statement
RCA exists to provide an academic education of sure quality and high standards to children;
provide our students with an opportunity for salvation; nurture the student’s character and
morals; and equip students with the necessary skills to be a productive Christian citizen.

Educational Goals
RCA exists because of the belief that Christian parents should have the opportunity to give
their child a quality education based on the Word of God. Our school views itself as a
ministry of Riverdale Baptist Church and seeks to reach the Greater Baton Rouge Area for
Jesus Christ.

RCA teaches its students through a balanced curriculum in the intellectual, social, physical,
and spiritual areas. We believe that man’s understanding of himself and others and his
relationship with others are a reflection of this balance.

At RCA, we emphasize in school life and studies the purpose of God, and we acknowledge that
the primary objective of man is to glorify God in all things. Our ultimate aim is that each
student will know Jesus Christ as their personal, Lord and Savior.

The RCA student is encouraged to reach his fullest potential in every activity and to extend his
experience in myriad areas and at various levels of growth. We are excited about the unique
potential of each student and seek to nurture the independent thinking and the creative
ability of each student under the Lordship of Christ. We are each new creations of Him.

Through the faithful teaching of the Word and its practical application to life, we want our
students to mature in Christ, to have a balanced wholeness in life, and to have an appreciation
of our forefathers who founded this nation under God. This background will enable our
students to be fulfilled people and productive leaders in our high-tech world.


Christian Training and Chapel
Students are given instructions in the Bible and teachers incorporate Biblical principles into
their daily lesson plans. In grades K4 – 12th, Bible is a required course. Chapel services are
held weekly, and all students are required to attend.

We encourage parents to follow up these activities with a question-and-answer session at
home. This session can serve as an extension of what the teachers are doing and provide the
students with extra training in using the Bible.

Parents are welcome to attend chapel with their child. Call the school office for specific days,
times, and speakers.

Philosophy
RCA seeks to provide the opportunity for each student to grow in understanding God and
man and to develop his capabilities to the highest degree in order that he may become mature
and complete and live a life to its fullest in Christ. RCA’s comprehensive college-preparatory
program is designed to develop skills and attitudes within its students that will well equip

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them not only for college, but also for a successful life, based on Christian principles.
Students receive a balanced program providing them with strong spiritual, intellectual,
physical, emotional, and social development. RCA maintains a Christian faculty, staff, and
administration dedicated to developing the individual potential of all students in keeping with
the philosophy of the school.

Objectives
Spiritual Growth:
      To teach the Bible as the Word of God, a source of doctrine and a guide for daily living;
      To encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, honoring Him as Lord and
       Savior and seeking to know and do the will of God;
      To present a pattern of life based on the standards set forth in the Bible; and
      To aid in the formation of a personal Christian philosophy which will permeate and
       integrate every area of life.

Intellectual Growth:
    To teach the skills necessary for effective comprehension, communication, and
      computation;
    To provide a versatile, college-preparatory curriculum;
    To stimulate creative and critical thinking and responsiveness to beauty in the arts and
      sciences;
    To provide the use of technology at all grade levels to allow students to compete in a
      technological world; and
    To aid in the recognition of the revelation of God in creation and in the Holy Scriptures
      in every area of study.

Social Growth:
   To encourage an individual sense of personal worth as a special creation of God and
      recipient of His love;
   To foster the establishment of wholesome interpersonal relationships through an
      acceptance of one another in Christian life and learning to understand and respect the
      views of others; and
   To instill a respect for authority, love of country, patriotism, and good citizenship in
      order to foster responsibility to their homes, community, and country.

Physical Growth:
   To promote health, fitness, coordination, and skillful use of the body; and
   To encourage good sportsmanship and a Christian testimony in all athletic endeavors.

Developing Clear Expectations
What We Expect of our Students:
   To attend classes regularly and to be punctual.
   To complete all homework assignments.
   To complete all class work assignments.
   To be prepared for class each day.
   To be properly dressed for school each day.
   To know and abide by the school handbook.
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      To be respectful and to exhibit a Christ-like attitude at all times.

What our Students Can Expect from Us:
   To provide the best curriculum so as to meet the needs of the academic, social,
     cultural, and spiritual development of each student.
   To provide an opportunity for individualized instruction and to challenge each student
     to reach his/her full potential.
   To provide a program to prepare each student for further education.
   To help the student develop self-discipline.
   To help the student develop high moral standards.
   To encourage each student to fulfill his/her potential for the glory of God.
   To provide a safe, loving, Christian environment.
   To offer each child the opportunity for salvation.


Complaint Policy
Most students and parents find RCA to be a wonderful experience. However, occasionally
complaints may arise. This policy is intended to guide you in making complaints in a Christ-
like manner. It is our serious intent that everyone follows this procedure in order to resolve
complaints and disputes. No other procedure may be followed.

Complaints Against Policy
School policy is adopted by the RCA School Board. Complaints against its policies, therefore,
should go directly to the School Board. The complaint must be submitted in writing and
signed by those issuing the complaint. It will be reviewed by the School Board at its next
meeting. Special meetings are called at the discretion of the School Board and are usually
reserved for emergencies. Once a decision is rendered, the School Board will inform the
person making the complaint of its decision.

Complaints Against Personnel
The first step for the person making the complaint is to meet directly with the person with
whom you have a problem. Disagreements and misunderstandings should be removed and a
solution should be reached. Upon failure to reach a satisfactory solution, the next step is to
appeal.

The second step is for the person making the complaint to meet with the principal and the
person with whom you have a problem. Disagreements and misunderstandings should be
removed and a solution should be reached. Upon failure to reach a satisfactory solution, the
next step is to appeal again.

The third step is for the person making the complaint to meet with the Pastor, the principal
and the person with whom you have a problem. Disagreements and misunderstandings
should be removed and a solution should be reached. Upon failure to reach a satisfactory
solution, the next step is the final appeal.

The fourth step is to appeal directly to the School Board. The complaint must be in writing,
signed, and sent to the chairman of the School Board. Submitting a complaint letter,
however, does not guarantee that your complaint will be heard by the School Board. If the

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School Board elects to hear your complaint, it will make every effort to reach a fair and
equitable solution to your problem. There is no higher appeal, within the RCA System, than
the School Board. The matter will be considered “dropped” after the School Board decides to
hear, or not to hear the matter.

Guiding Principles
Policy alone will guide the staff and the School Board in its decisions. Therefore, we will not
overturn the decisions of personnel based upon how we would have handled the matter.

Instead, the principal will determine whether or not RCA policy was followed. If it is
determined that our policies were followed, it is extremely unlikely that the decision of the
staff member will be overturned.

The School Board will only hear the matter if it deemed possible, or likely, that RCA policy
was not followed.

It is also assumed that parents do not usually view situations involving their children
objectively. Also, in most instances parents are not present when situations at school occur.
Furthermore, children often do not objectively relay to parents what happened at school.
These facts cause the staff and the School Board to conclude that teachers and other staff
members should be given the “benefit of the doubt” in disputes.




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                     Policies and Schedules
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Admissions Policy
RCA admits students of any race, color, religion, nationality, or ethic origin to all rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the
school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, or ethnic
origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship
programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admission Policy
All applicants are considered on the basis of aptitude and achievement tests, recommenda-
tions, previous report cards, and the results of any admission testing, as well as the families’
commitment to a Christian lifestyle. A student’s previous educational records and behavioral
patterns are all considered in the acceptance process.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

        Students will not be accepted unless applications and testing information are
         complete.

        Parents must understand that the school will attempt to lead their child to a personal
         relationship with and commitment to Jesus Christ.

        New applicants are considered on the following criteria, and those qualifying will be
         placed in a pool.
           - At least a 2.0 grade point average for students in grades 5th through 12th; others
               will be considered on a case-by-case basis upon review by the School Board;.
           - A qualifying grade on a mandatory admission test;
           - A record of good behavior;
           - A completed application including a previous report card, official transcripts,
               recommendations, health records, and other previous educational records; and
           - Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 30th of the school year.

        Students will be placed in a pool according to the above criteria, and an invitation for
         enrollment will be extended based on the number of students needed to complete
         overall enrollment. A new pool will be established each year during registration.

        Inasmuch as RCA is a ministry of Riverdale Baptist Church, the following priorities
         are established for the filling of vacancies so long as they meet the requirements for
         placement into the pool.

              - Students whose families are members of Riverdale Baptist Church and already
                have siblings attending RCA.
              - Students whose families are members of Riverdale Baptist Church.
              - Students whose parent(s) are employees of Riverdale Baptist Church or
                RCA.
              - Students whose families already have siblings enrolled in RCA or children of
                alumni.

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              - Other students.

        Fees (including but not limited to the following fees - registration, new student,
         books, and testing) and all outstanding balances must be paid in full by the beginning
         of the school year in order for students to attend the first day of class.

        A signed contract indicating form of tuition payment must be completed by all
         students in order for students to attend the first day of class.

        Students enrolling are assessed a registration fee at the time of application.

        New students are assessed a new student fee which is paid on the day of application.
         (A new student is defined as a person who has never been enrolled at RCA or a
         person that has been withdrawn for more than 20 instructional days. All new
         students must pay the new student fee, registration fee, and testing fee. All new
         students must be tested for placement.)

        New students are assessed a testing fee which is paid on the day of application.

        Students enrolling are assessed books fees due on or before July 1st. Failure to pay
         fees in a timely manner may result in your child not having their books at the
         beginning of the school year.

        Students who have been dismissed or expelled due to disciplinary reasons from RCA
         or another school will not be accepted for enrollment unless an appeal is made to the
         RCA School Board for consideration. (Admission will be considered on a case-by-
         case basis.)

        All students attending RCA must take courses required toward graduation. Seniors
         must complete RCA’s graduation requirements in addition to state requirements
         (Bulletin 741) to graduate from RCA.

        All parents and students must agree to the purpose and goals of the school and abide
         by all policies in order to be admitted and to remain at RCA.

        Although learning disabilities are the responsibility of the parents, doctor, and child,
         students with learning problems will not be excluded from our program if they meet
         entrance requirements and can function successfully in the classroom without special
         services. This decision shall be made by the administration.

        The administration reserves the right to deny the acceptance of a student if, after
         testing the student and evaluating his application, it is determined that RCA cannot
         service the student according to its curricular offerings and in light of the faculty’s
         expertise. All fees will be refunded with the exception of the testing fee.

        Parents must accept responsibility for the dress and appearance of their children. All
         students will follow the School Board’s dress code. Parents are ultimately responsible
         for the dress and conduct of their children. This responsibility must be accepted in

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         order for the student to be admitted and to remain at RCA.

        Enrollment contracts and the Handbook Acknowledgement Form must be signed
         and returned to the school office upon receipt. Students will not be allowed to attend
         class without a signed contract on file in the school office.

        A personal interview by a school administrator.

        During the school year, the office will continue to accept applications and screen
         prospective students; however, admission into school will only occur at RCA’s
         quarterly grading periods. Exceptions will be considered for those families being
         relocated into the Baton Rouge area. Appeals for extenuating circumstances can be
         made to the RCA School Board.

Financial Information
Registration is $300.00 per returning student and $400 for new students (K4 and up). A
student is not registered until the school office has received the non-refundable
registration fee = $300.00, book fee = $225.00 - $275.00, and a signed tuition
contract. See the current Tuition & Fee Schedule at www.RCANOW.com for the
most accurate information.

The tuition is a yearly charge. It may be divided into ten equal payments. All tuition is due
on the first of each month beginning August 1st or September 1st. RCA offers three plans for
paying tuition. Please see the Tuition Contract for more details.

The book fee is due on July 1st. Delays in paying the book fee could jeopardize your child’s
books arriving in time for the start of classes. Fees range from $225.00 - $275.00. Please call
the school office for book fee amounts.

Delinquent Accounts
Tuition is due on the first of each month. All tuition payments made after the 5th of each
month will have a $50.00 late fee added to them. If the account remains delinquent, a letter
will be sent home notifying the parents that if payment is not received by the 15th day of the
month their student will be suspended and will not be allowed to return to school until the
account is brought up-to-date. The payment of tuition is a condition of enrollment. All
tuition payments and fees are not refundable. RCA will not release any records to parents or
requesting schools if any balance is owed (e.g. tuition, after-care, before-care, books, etc.) to
RCA. The school has the right to withhold records on delinquent accounts.

All past due accounts are subject to 6% interest, compounded daily.

Tuition Price Schedule
See the Tuition & Fee Schedule on the www.RCANOW.com web site.

Riverdale Baptist Church Member Discount
There is a $200.00 per child tuition discount for Riverdale Baptist Church members.
Discounts are given at the beginning of each school year. Families that join after the start of
school do not qualify for this discount until the next academic school year.

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Before School Care
RCA provides a before-care program attended by caring and qualified personnel. Should you
need this service, please contact the school office or see the before-care attendant. This care
begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. The cost of before-care service is $3.00 per day.

After School Care
RCA provides an after-care program attended by caring and qualified personnel. Should you
need this service, please contact the school office or see the after-care attendant. This care
begins at 3:10 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. The cost of the after-care service is $6.00 per day.
If your need exceeds the 6:00 p.m. limit, a $1.00 per minute fee will be assessed on a prorated
basis depending on the time the child is picked up. Parents can pay $95/month for after-care
and realize an annual savings.

All students remaining in carpool shall be brought to after-care at 3:10. The parent will be
charged the after-care fee.

Lunch Program
Lunch will be made available each day, beginning the first full day of school. Please fill out
the lunch forms provided by Socially Yours, Inc., our lunch provider, to enroll your child in
the meal program.

Students are not allowed to leave campus at lunch time.

Refund Policy
The refund policy constitutes an explicit written contractual agreement between RCA and a
parent when entrance to the school is approved under its terms. Therefore, enrolling a
student in reliance upon the terms of this policy is an acceptance of the offer herein made.

Registration Fees
Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable unless the family is relocated due
to a job change and written notice of the transfer is given to RCA on or before July 31st. (The
relocation of a family is due to change of job status which results in a move outside of the 30
mile radius of RCA. Written verification that the relocation is job related must be submitted
on company stationary and signed by the parent’s immediate supervisor.) The amount of
refund per student shall equal registration paid less $100. After July 31st, the registration fee
is non-refundable and non-transferable. If RCA denies admission, the registration fee less
$50 (application fee) will be refunded.

New Student Fees
The New Student Registration fee includes a new student fee and is non-refundable and non-
transferable unless the family is relocated due to a job change and written notice of the
transfer is given to RCA on or before July 31st. (The relocation of a family is due to change of
job status which results in a move outside of the 30 mile radius of RCA. Written verification
that the relocation is job related must be submitted on company stationary and signed by the
parent’s immediate supervisor.) After July 31st, the new student fee is non-refundable and
non-transferable. Effective with the 2010-2011 school year, there will be no separate new
student fee. There will be one registration fee for returning students and one for new
students.


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Tuition Fees/Book Fees
Tuition and book fees are non-refundable and non-transferable when a student is
academically dismissed, withdrawn for disciplinary reasons, or expelled from RCA.

Tuition and book fees are non-refundable and non-transferable when the parents make a
unilateral decision to withdraw the child and the extenuating circumstances under reasons
listed below are not applicable.

Tuition and book fees MAY be refundable in accordance with the Refund Table
when:

      The relocation of a family is due to change of job status which results in a move outside
       of the 30 mile radius of RCA. Written verification that the relocation is job related
       must be submitted on company stationary and signed by the parent’s immediate
       supervisor.

      In spite of the good faith effort by both faculty and student, Riverdale Christian
       Academy decides that the student must be asked to leave because the school is unable
       to help the student achieve a minimal level of educational success at this stage of the
       student’s formal education.

      The relocation of a student is due to a change of custody which results in a move
       outside of the 30 mile radius of RCA. Legal documentation must be presented as
       evidence of custody change as well as documentation of enrollment into a new school.

      A case of financial hardship (i.e. sickness, death of an immediate family member, loss
       of job) is demonstrated.

Refund Table:
Any and all refunds approved must be so approved according to the following table:

       August 1 – August 14              90%
       August 15 – August 30             65%
       September 1 – November 30         55%
       December 1 – January 31           45%
       February 1 – March 31             25%

No refunds will be made after March 31st.

Yearbook Fee
There is a separate fee for yearbooks. Students wishing to purchase a yearbook should place
an order and pay in the school office.

(Any student desiring to serve and work on the yearbook staff should speak with the yearbook
coordinator. Credit will be given as an elective to high school students who work on the
yearbook staff.)




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Health Records
Louisiana law requires documented proof of immunizations for any child entering school for
the first time, whether kindergarten or first grade. Health records for all other children
should indicate that the immunizations are complete or are in progress. The following are
required:

Recommended Schedules for Immunization of Infants and Children
Age                               Immunization(s) Required
Birth                                                    HBV
2 Months                                                 DTaP, IPV, Hib, HBV
4 Months                                                 DTaP, IPV, Hib
6 Months                                                 DTaP, Hib, HBV
12 – 15 Months                                           DTaP, OPV, Hib, MMR, Var
4 Years of Age                                           DTaP, OPV, MMR
   (Or Prior to School Entry)
11 – 12 Years                                            Td (Var, MMR, HBV if needed)

DTaP – Diphteria, Tetanus, Acellular, Pertussi           OPV – Oral Polio Vaccine
Hib – Haemophilus Influenza Type B                       MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Td – Adult Type Tetanus and Diphtheria Vaccine           Var – Varicella Vaccine (Chicken Pox)
HBV – Hepatitis B Vaccine - (mandatory)                  IPV – Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine

A student will not be allowed to register or enter school without documented
proof of required immunizations.

This documentation must be from the student’s private physician or County/Parish Health
Unit. If a student cannot take these immunizations for medical reasons, a signed statement
from the student’s private doctor will be accepted by the school. A letter of dissent may be
presented and must be signed by the parent or guardian in the presence of the school
principal.

In accordance with state laws, current immunization records must be on file at the school.
The State Health Department audits RCA immunization records annually to ensure
compliance with state regulations. Parents must respond promptly to inquiries from the
school relating to these records in order to maintain student enrollment at RCA.

Health Services
Minor first aid will be administered by school personnel. Serious injuries will receive first aid
via emergency services of Emergency Medical Technicians of the East Baton Rouge Parish
Fire Department.

No child with a fever of 100 degrees or above will be allowed to remain in class. Rashes or eye
infections may require a child to go home when there is a question of contagion. A child may
return to school when the family physician notifies the school in writing that it is safe to do so.




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Drug Free School Policy
The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act requires RCA to prevent everyone from bringing
in, making, using, handing out, selling, or having with them, illegal drugs and alcohol. This
policy applies to the school premises as well as any school sponsored activity. Violations will
be treated as a Code 4 offense. (See Discipline Policy for definition of Code 4 offense and
resulting action.)

Medication Administration Policy
As a general principle, medication shall not be given at school unless it is certified in writing
by the attending physician that such medication cannot be administered before or after
school hours. This must be documented on the RCA Physician Order Form.
Possible exceptions to the general principle include medication for behavior such as Ritalin;
insect sting allergy (must have a note from the physician with specific instructions on
administering); anticonvulsant medications such as Dilantin or Phenobarbital; medications
for asthmatic conditions such as inhalers or Epi-pens; Extenuating circumstances (These will
be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Such medications include migraine headache medication,
arthritis medication, Sickle Cell Anemia medication, etc.).

Antibiotics and other short term medications shall not be administered at school.

Non-prescription medications (any over-the-counter medications) shall not be given at
school.

Students shall not be allowed to have medication (prescription or over-the-counter) in their
possession on the school grounds. Teachers and principals have the right to take medication
from the student and contact the parents regarding the medication policy and disciplinary
actions that are to be taken.

Prior to administering of medications during school hours, the following must
be required:

A signed order from a licensed physician on the Physician Order Form must be on file in the
school office.

Written parent consent to administer the medication along with specific instructions for
administering must be on file in the school office.

Medications must be brought to the school office by the parent or guardian in a container that
meets acceptable pharmaceutical standards. This container must be the original container
with the physician orders specific for school administration.

The consent letter, the physician’s order, and the pharmacy container must have clear
instructions identifying the student’s name; prescription number, if any; date frequency;
name of medication; dosage; route; and physician’s name.

No more than one month’s supply (twenty-five school days) of medication shall be kept at
school. When all the medication is used the empty container will be sent home with the
student.
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If a student is to receive a fraction of a tablet (½ of a tablet) the parent is responsible for
scoring (breaking) the tablets. Fractional doses are not exact; therefore, unlicensed personnel
are not allowed to score tablets.

At the beginning of each school year and anytime there is a change in medication a new form
from the physician and written parental consent must accompany the new prescription.

All medications must be recorded daily on the Medication Log. The Parent Consent and the
Physician Order Form will be kept with the Medication Log. A copy of each will be placed in
the student’s cumulative folder.

Medications must be kept under lock and key.

Daily Schedule
Elementary School (PreK3 – 5th Grade)
7:00 – 7:30    Before-care (fee)
7:30 – 8:00    Drop-off Children
8:05           Tardy
9:00 – 9:30    K-4 – 5th Grade Chapel (Friday)
11:00 – 11:30  Lunch
2:50           Dismissal
2:50 – 3:15    Pick-up Children (Students not picked up on time will go to after-care at
                                 the parents expense).
3:15 – 6:00    After-care (fee)

Middle and High School (6th – 12th Grade)
8:00 – 8:05     Homeroom
8:05 – 8:55     1st Period
9:00 – 9:50     2nd Period
9:50 – 10:00    Break
10:00 – 10:50   3rd Period
10:55 – 11:45   4th Period
11:45 – 12:15   Lunch
12:20 – 1:10    5th Period
1:15 – 2:05     6th Period
2:10 – 3:00     7th Period

Campus Supervision
Supervision is provided for PreK3 through 12th grade between 7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. If
supervision is needed before or after this time frame parents must make arrangements for
before-care and/or after-care.

Elementary students shall be dropped off at school in designated areas only.

Elementary student shall not cross parking lots or driveways unattended. This procedure is
for the students’ safety. A car shall not be parked or left unattended in the carpool lanes.


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Emergency Procedures
Fire Drills
Monthly, the fire alarm will be sounded to signal a fire drill. Students are to proceed in a
quiet, orderly manner to the places designated on the fire drill exit sheets posted in each
room. Students are to remain quiet and follow directions. Teachers and students will stay in
their designated areas until an office staff person instructs them to go to another location or
return to the building.

Fire extinguishers are located in specified areas around the school. Students shall use these
extinguishers only upon the instruction of a staff member. State law requires that one fire
drill be conducted per month with the execution of the evacuation timed.

Tornado Drill
An announcement will signal the possible approach of a tornado or damaging storm
conditions. Students will leave rooms and proceed to the designated areas. They shall get
down on their knees and face the wall with their heads in their hands. Students and staff will
remain silent and wait for further instructions from the office staff.

Disaster Plan
A disaster is by definition “a sudden and extraordinary misfortune, bringing with it
destruction of life or property.” Thus the very nature of the occurrence makes it difficult to
plan for in advance or to cope with when it happens. There are numerous events which might
constitute a disaster for a school. There are natural disasters, such as a hurricane, flood,
tornado, or lightening; there are man-made disasters, such as atomic attack, civil riot, or
bomb explosion; and there are disasters which may be either natural or man-made, such as a
fire or an explosion.

In the event that any of the disasters enumerated should occur during normal school hours,
the following instructions will be adhered to:

In case the building must be evacuated, the fire alarm will be sounded, and the fire-drill
procedure will be followed.

If a disaster not requiring building evacuation strikes, students outside of their classrooms
will return to class immediately and await instructions through an office announcement. The
students will be required to remain quiet so that verbal instructions may be heard.

All P.E. classes will be brought to unoccupied classrooms and/or cafeteria in the main
building.

Emergency Vehicles
State and parish fire and emergency codes mandate that cars NOT be parked or left
unattended in areas which adjoin the main building in order to provide maximum space for
emergency vehicles. Parents are cautioned not to park in unauthorized areas and MUST NOT
leave the vehicle without a licensed driver at the wheel.




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Visitors
During the regular school day visitors must report to the office for permission to visit on
campus. All school rules apply to visitors. Parents are required to report to the school office
upon entering the school buildings.

RCA students are not allowed on the campus of another school without permission of the
administration of that school. Violations will be treated as a Code 2 offense. (See Discipline
Policy for the definition of a Code 2 offense and resulting action.)

Extracurricular Activities
Participation in extracurricular activities, including all sports team, cheerleading, etc. is a
privilege, not a right. Students who participate in these activities must remember that they
are not only representing themselves but also their families, RCA, and our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is essential that these students serve as good role models and
leaders within the school and outside of school as well.

Academic Requirements for Participation
Eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities will be each nine weeks. A student
whose grades fall below a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be ineligible to participate the following
nine weeks. If a student improves his grades and reaches the required standard, he will be
eligible for the next nine weeks.

Personal Conduct Requirements
Any student wishing to participate in extracurricular activities must maintain an exemplary
conduct record. A student whose conduct is considered less than exemplary by the
administration will be ineligible. Additional disciplinary actions may be taken by the coach,
cheerleading sponsor, or principal as they deem necessary.


                                   Academics
Grading System
Letter grades A, B, C, D, and F will be given for the following subjects for the grades indicated:

       Grades 1st – 2nd     Reading, Math, Spelling, and Language
       Grades 3rd – 5th     Reading, Math, English, Spelling, Science, and Social Studies
       Grades 2nd – 5th     Conduct

Elementary students will receive grades in Bible and Handwriting as follows:

       E      Excellent (Grades 2nd -5th only)
       S      Satisfactory
       N      Needs Improvement
       U      Unsatisfactory Progress

Also, the above grading scale will be used for conduct grades in K – 1st grade subjects.



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Students in grades 1st – 12th will earn one grade in each subject scheduled each semester as
follows:

      Grade                                     Number Equivalent
       A+                                           98 – 100
        A                                           93 – 97
        A-                                          90 – 92
       B+                                           87 - 89
        B                                           83 – 86
        B-                                          80 – 82
        C+                                          77 – 79
        C                                           73 – 76
        C-                                          70 – 72
        D+                                          67 – 69
        D                                           63 – 66
        D-                                          60 – 62
        F                                           Below 60

Grades 6th – 12th
Report cards will indicate numerical grades for all progress reports, quarter grades, and
semester exams. Semester grades will be indicated as letter grades.


Determining Honor Ranking for Graduation
For graduation only, honor graduates will be determined by assigning quality points as
follows for classes:

A-4          B-3           C-2           D-1           F-0

All graduating seniors with a 3.3 GPA or above will be designated as honor graduates.

Candidates for valedictorian and salutatorian must be in attendance at RCA their junior and
senior years. Valedictorian will be the student with the highest GPA and Salutatorian will be
the student with the second highest GPA. A tie for either position will be declared if the
difference between GPA’s is .005 or less.

Other requirements for being valedictorian or salutatorian are as follows:
    A minimum of a 3.3 GPA throughout high school,
    No more than one suspension, and
    Evidence of good Christian character as determined by the high school teachers and
      principal.

Determining Semester Grades
Elementary (K4 – 5th)
Semester grades are determined by averaging the two nine week grades. Yearly grades are
determined by averaging the two semester grades. Semester examinations are not
administered.
Middle School (6th – 8th)

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Semester grades are determined by averaging the two nine week grades. Yearly grades are
determined by averaging the two semester grades. Semester examinations are administered.
A semester test schedule will be developed and provided to each student. The first semester
test will be one hour long and the second semester test will be one and a half hours long.
Students will not be expected to take more than 2 major subject examinations in one day.

High School (9th – 12th)
Final grades are given for each semester. Semester examinations are administered. A
semester test schedule will be developed and provided to each student. The first semester test
will be one hour long and the second semester test will be one and a half hours long. Students
will not be expected to take more than 2 major subject examinations in one day. The
semester examination is to be cumulative. The final exam may be cumulative over the second
semester or over the whole year. The teacher will use numerical percentages to arrive at the
semester letter grade. Quality points assigned to semester letter grades for the purpose of
calculating grade point averages are as follows: A – 4, B – 3, C – 2, D – 1, F- 0.

If a student fails a semester, no credit is given and the semester must be repeated.

Carnegie Credits
A Carnegie Credit is a credit in which 180 instruction hours have been offered for the
particular subject. A half Carnegie Credit is a credit in which 90 instruction hours have been
offered for the particular subject.

High School Classification
Credits              Classification              Grade Level
0-5                  Freshman                    9th Grade
6-11                 Sophomore                   10th Grade
12-16                Junior                      11th Grade
17-above             Senior                      12th Grade

Eligibility for Grades
In order to receive grades, high school students must be present a minimum of 80 days per
semester. Elementary and middle school students must be in attendance a minimum of 160
days a school year. Under extraordinary circumstances, such as, but not limited to, prolonged
or repeated illness, the Principal reserves the right to consider the status of students who miss
more than the maximum number of days.

Homework
Homework is a vital part of the total program. To encourage students to become more
responsible in routine studying and test preparation, students (and parents) are reminded
that studying should take place on a daily basis, rather than just on the night before tests.

Requests for homework assignments due to student absences must be made to the school
office by 8:30 a.m. on the day the assignments are needed.

Teachers are strongly encouraged to regularly post their assignments online so parents can
keep up with their child’s assignments, tests, projects, etc.

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Homework is not assigned on Wednesday nights to promote church attendance.

Grades K-5th
Homework will be assigned to students in all grade levels of elementary school. Homework
should not be excessive; however, the ability of the student to utilize class time, a student’s
strengths and weaknesses, and student’s pace will determine the length of time spent
studying. As a student progresses through elementary school, an increase in the amount of
homework should be expected at each grade level.

Grades 6th-12th
The amount of time spent on homework will depend on the number of courses, the ability of
the student to utilize time during class, and the size of the assignment, such as a major project
or paper. Planning ahead is important to successful completion of all assignments.

Parents, please help promote good study habits by providing a quiet place for your child to
work.

Homework is not assigned on Wednesday nights to promote church attendance.

Graduation Requirements
The following are graduation requirements to receive an RCA diploma:

A student shall complete a minimum of 23 units of credit in an individual program which
shall be cooperatively planned by the student, the student’s parents, and the school to meet
high school graduation requirements. The 23 units for graduation shall minimally include 15
required units and 8 elective units.

Eligibility for Diploma
Since RCA has a contractual relationship with its parents and students, and since the
handbook is an integral part of this contractual agreement, all parties are reminded of the
following:

Full participation in the graduation ceremony at RCA is a privilege and not a right for the
individual student and his/her parents.

Therefore, the privilege of graduating with one’s class on graduation day is governed by the
following principles:

             Successful completion of the course of studies required by the State of
              Louisiana;
             Successful completion of the course of studies as required by the RCA School
              Board;
             Certification by the RCA principal as having followed the rules and regulations
              of the school, to such a degree that the student is worthy of the privilege of being
              an active participant in the graduation ceremony.


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These rules and regulations specifically include the section on suspension and expulsion as
found in the student handbook. However, other breaches of rules and regulations may be
considered by the administration before bestowing on the student the privilege of being able
to participate in the graduation ceremony.

All three requirements must be met by the student before he/she is allowed to participate in
the graduation ceremony.

Transfer students may be given partial waiver on RCA graduation requirements that exceed
state requirements as determined by the principal.

Seniors scheduled to graduate who do not meet the criteria of the RCA diploma are required
to report to the principal’s office by June 30th to review the discrepancies in their program
and make suitable arrangements for make-up of missing courses. Students who choose not to
follow these guidelines will not be permitted to graduate from RCA.

RCA Graduation Requirements
Listed below are the minimum numbers of units needed to obtain a Riverdale Christian
Academy diploma. (Only courses taught at RCA are listed below).

ENGLISH
      English I, II, III, in consecutive order; and English IV or
      Business English                                                           4 units
MATHEMATICS
      Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II                                            3 units
SCIENCE
      Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry                                   3 units
SOCIAL STUDIES
      Civics/Free Enterprise, American History, and one of the                   3 units
      following – World History, World Geography, or Western Civilization
FOREIGN LANGUAGES
      Spanish (2 years of the same foreign language are required)                2 units
HEALTH
      Health Education                                                           0.5 units
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
      Physical Education                                                         1.5 units
BIBLE
      Bible I, II, III, IV                                                       4 units
KEYBOARD AND COMPUTER
      One semester of each is required.                                          1 unit
ELECTIVES
                                                                                 1 unit
TOTAL
                                                                                 23 units




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Parent Conferences
Elementary
Conference days will be provided for parent/teacher conferences as needed. Parents may
contact the school office if a conference is desired with a specific teacher.

Secondary
In the secondary grades teachers may request conferences when needed, or parents may call
the school office to arrange a conference if it involves an academic problem. Disciplinary
conferences will be arranged directly through the principal.

Reports to Parents
Elementary
Report cards are issued at the end of each semester. In lieu of sending home progress reports
every four-and-a-half weeks, parents are encouraged to view their student’s real-time grades
online using their TeacherEase account. In addition, elementary students bring home their
papers once a week. These papers will reflect what is being done on a daily basis as well as
test scores.

Middle and High School
Report cards are issued at the end of each semester. In lieu of sending home progress reports
every four-and-a-half weeks, parents are encouraged to view their student’s real-time grades
online using their TeacherEase account. Parents should log into the online gradebook system
frequently and contact teachers, if needed, regarding their student’s academic progress.

Parents must also be aware that printed and online reports are not a substitute for parent-
child communication. Because grades can occasionally change drastically from day to day, it
is essential that parents be able to rely on students for their most accurate report of current
status. Parents are welcome to use school computers to log in and view their student’s
information if no computer or internet connection is available at home.

Academic Recognition
Principal’s List (Grades 6th-12th)
Students receiving a 4.0 for an academic semester will be placed on the high school
Principal’s List.

A Honor Roll (Grades 6th-12th)
Students with a 3.5 to 3.99 for an academic semester will be placed on the “A” Honor Roll.

B Honor Roll (Grades 6th-12th)
Students with 3.0 to 3.49 GPA for an academic semester will be placed on the “B” Honor Roll.

Principal’s List (2nd-5th)
Students with all A’s in the academic subjects as well as in conduct will be placed on the
Principal’s List.

A/B Honor Roll (Grades 2nd-5th)
Students with all A’s and B’s in the academic subjects as well as in conduct will be placed on
the A/B Honor Roll.

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A Grade of U in any nine-week reporting period will prevent a child from being on the
Principal’s List or Honor Roll. A grade of C or lower in conduct in any nine-week period will
prevent a child from being on the Honor Roll.

Criteria to Repeat a Grade
Kindergarten and Grade 1st
A conference will be held with parents prior to the end of the year. Factors such as personal
development, maturity, reading readiness, and number readiness will be discussed. At this
time a decision will be made as to whether or not a child would profit by repeating the grade.
The final decision will be made by the principal. A first grade child who makes an F the last
nine weeks in reading will repeat first grade.

Grades 2nd and 3rd
A student will repeat if there has been failure (meaning that the report card will reflect a
grade of “F” for at least two nine-week periods) of two major subjects: Reading, English
(Language/Phonics), and Mathematics.

Grades 4th and 5th
A student will repeat if there has been failure of two major subjects. (Major subjects include
Reading, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.) Failure will mean having below
a 60 average, below a 1.0 on a 4.0 scale, or failing the last nine-weeks.

Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th
A student will repeat if there has been failure of two major subjects or one major subject and
two other courses. English (incorporating Reading/Literature, Grammar, and Spelling),
Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science are considered major subjects.

Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th
Failure to meet course requirements will result in failure of the course. Students who fail to
complete units will remain in the same grade level.

Summer School
Any student who fails a subject or a grade may make up the needed subjects during summer
school. The cost and other information regarding summer school may be obtained from the
school office.

Independent Study Course
Independent Study Courses are intended for students in grades 11 and 12 who need to make
up failed courses or who would like to supplement or develop stronger foundation in subjects
in which they are deficient. A student can take only two such courses during his 11-12 grade
years.

Students transferring to RCA, who need courses for graduation that cannot be taken because
of schedule conflicts or because a course is not being offered, may enroll in Independent
Study Courses to meet the requirements for graduation. Approval must be obtained from the
principal to enroll in Independent Study Courses, along with a parent/guardian request.


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If a senior does not pass all the courses and therefore does not have enough credits to
graduate with his class, a failed course(s) must be made up through Independent Study
Program in the summer.

Expenses for approved Independent Study Courses will be included in the book fees.

Saturday School Program
In event a student accumulates more than allowed number of absences (even if converted
from their tardiness), a Saturday School Program has been developed to allow students to
work off excessive absences.

This program is optional. It is the parents and/or the students decision whether to
participate or not. However, failure to participate will result in unexcused absences
remaining on the record, which could lead to failure. Contact the school office for days and
fees for this program.

Because the Saturday School Program is beyond our normal schedule, there is a $50.00 per
student fee, per Saturday, payable to the school office. The fee must be paid before the day
begins unless prior arrangements have been made with the school office.

Behavior Clinic
A behavior clinic is to be served when it has been assigned by the principal. There is a $50.00
fee for this clinic which must be paid prior to serving the clinic. This fee is to be paid to the
school office. Clinic is not optional. The time and date for clinic will be assigned by the
principal. Generally it will be scheduled on a Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tardiness will not be tolerated and will subject the student to further disciplinary action.

Work Day
A work day is to be served when it has been assigned by the principal. There is a $50.00 fee
for this work day which must be paid prior to working. This fee is to be paid to the school
office. Work day is not optional. The time and date for work day will be assigned by the
principal. Generally it will be scheduled on a Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tardiness will not be tolerated and will subject the student to further disciplinary action.

Dismissal from School
Grades K4 – 12th
If the administration, in its professional judgment, concludes that the needs of a student are
not being met by the academic program at RCA (determined after reviewing test scores,
report cards, absences, and the student’s progress), a conference will be held with the parents,
classroom teacher(s), and principal. At the time it will be decided if it is in the best interest of
the student to repeat a grade level at RCA or be withdrawn from the school.

Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th
A sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student must also meet the following requirements at the
end of the first and second semesters in order to remain at RCA. At the end of the first
semester, a student must be passing at least four of seven courses. At the end of the year, the
student must not have failed more than two major subjects or more than one major subject

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and two other courses. In consideration of individual circumstances, all dismissals are
subject to the discretion of the principal.

Grades 9th – 12th
All students who attend RCA High School are expected to maintain passing grades in all
subjects. A student must be passing a minimum of at least 4 of 7 classes. At the end of each
semester a student not passing 4 of 7 classes will be subject to academic dismissal.


                   Dismissal from School for All Grades:
     A STUDENT WHOSE PARENT(S) DEMONSTRATE AN UNCOOPERATIVE
          ATTITUDE WITH THE SCHOOL AND/OR HAS A HISTORY OF
   DISAGREEMENT WITH THE PHILOSOPHY AND THE MISSION STATEMENT
   OF RCA CULMINATING IN AN INABIITY OF RCA TO MEET THE STUDENTS
     NEEDS MAY BE DISMISSED FROM THE SCHOOL AT THE PRINCIPAL’S
                               DISCRETION.


Faculty Review Committee - Grades PreK3 – 12th
This committee is made up of three to five faculty members appointed each year by the
principal. This committee will convene upon request of the principal to review the academic
and/or conduct status of a student to determine if the student should remain at RCA. This
committee will make recommendations to the principal who will make the final decision.

Testing - American College Test (ACT)
The American College Test is available to RCA students. This test is required by many
colleges in the United States. The student must check with the desired college to determine if
it accepts this test for admission. This test is administered approximately five times a year,
always on Saturday. This test is taken at the expense of the student. All RCA juniors and
seniors are encouraged to register for this test. Packets are distributed by the school office.
Juniors should register to take this test during their second semester. Seniors should register
no later than their first semester.

Counseling Services
The counseling program promotes and enhances the learning process in a caring Christian
atmosphere. Academic, college, career, and personal/social development issues are met
within a confidential context. Students are encouraged to establish goals, expectations,
support systems, and positive choices that will foster skills, attitudes and knowledge for
respecting self and others. The pastor’s door is open for all parents, teachers, and students.

Recess Rules for Elementary Students
      All students must go outside unless being kept in by a teacher.
      All students are to use the restroom before going outside. Students may not reenter
       the building without permission.
      No student is allowed to play near, sit, or lean on any car.
      For safety reasons, no rough play is allowed.
      The areas past the tree line, behind the swings, and near the pond are “off limits”.

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      Arrangements for using balls are to be made prior to going outside.
      If a student misuses the playground equipment or picnic tables, they will loss the use
       of the equipment and picnic tables for the remainder of recess.
      When announced recess is over, the students are to stop play and line up immediately.
      Teachers may allow snacks to be brought outside at their discretion.
      Students are to place all trash in the trash can.
      It is the parent’s responsibility to make sure children have appropriate outerwear for
       cold weather.
      All balls must be collected and returned to the proper container in the building.
      For safety reasons, no playing with or throwing of rocks, sticks, etc.

Rainy Day Recess Rules for Elementary Students
      Students will remain in their classrooms.
      Games may be played quietly.
      No writing on the chalkboard/whiteboard will be allowed.
      At the end of recess students are responsible for putting the room in order.

PE Rules for Secondary Students
      All students must go outside unless being kept in by a teacher.
      All students are to use the restroom before going outside. Students may not reenter
       the building without permission.
      No student is allowed to play near, sit, or lean on any car.
      For safety reasons, no rough play is allowed.
      The areas past the tree line, behind the swings, and near the pond are “off limits”.
      Arrangements for using balls are to be made prior to going outside.
      If a student misuses the playground equipment or picnic tables, they will loss the use
       of the equipment and picnic table for the remainder of PE.
      Eating and drinking is not allowed in class with the exception of water.
      When PE is over, the students are to quietly, orderly, and promptly stop play and go
       inside.
      Students are to place all trash in the trash can.
      Students are to empty the trash cans every Friday.
      Students must dress out in the official PE uniform or they will receive a zero for the
       day. Students not dressed out are not permitted to participate.
      It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they dress out in the official PE uniform
       and that they have appropriate outerwear for cold weather.
      All balls must be collected and returned to the proper container in the building.
      Secondary students are responsible for making sure the field is free of trash and
       equipment prior to going inside. Use the last 5 minutes for clean up.

Rainy Day PE Rules for Secondary Students
      Students will remain in their classrooms.
      Games may be played quietly.
      No writing on the chalkboard/whiteboard will be allowed.
      At the end of PE students are responsible for putting the room in order.

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      PE uniforms are not to be worn on rainy days.
      Eating and drinking is not allowed in class.

Lunchroom Rules
      The students are to line up in front of the lunchroom in silence and are admitted by the
       teacher(s) who has lunchroom duty.
      Wait for prayer to be complete before eating.
      Wash hands prior to picking up food.
      Leave the table only with permission (one time to go to the restroom and one time to
       throw trash away).
      Chew with your mouth closed.
      Eat only your own food.
      Talk quietly (when permitted).
      Clean up your own trash and eating area.
      Line up and exit quietly behind your teacher.
      Secondary students will be on a rotation schedule to help with clean up.

Library
Elementary students ordinarily go to the school library every other week during enrichment
class. Secondary students may use the library daily during their enrichment class. All
students are required to follow the library rules. The purpose of library time is to check out,
read, and return books.

If a library book is damaged or lost, the student will be billed for the cost. The cost will be the
replacement value of the book as determined by the school administration.

Library Rules:
      Students are to go to the library in silence.
      Upon entering, the student will return books to book return area.
      Students immediately begin to select books to check out.
      Students must ask for help, if needed.
      Students may only check out books that are on their reading level.
      Students may check out no more than two books.
      Students will follow the library check out procedure.
      If a student has an outstanding book, the student may not check out a book.
      Only the librarian/designee may check out library books.
      The library must be kept neat.
      All reading materials are to be put away after viewing.
      Students are to line up quietly when exiting.
      Videos and DVD’s are not to be checked out by students. These are for classroom use
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                                Student Life
Dress Code
One of the principal purposes of the dress code is to encourage students to dress as Christian
ladies and gentlemen, representing both RCA, and Jesus Christ. In addition, uniforms are a
safety factor for our school so that strangers cannot come on campus unnoticed. The
principal or designee shall be the final interpreter of the dress code.

Hems for skirts, skorts, jumpers, and shorts may be no more than three inches above the
knee.


    The following articles of clothing are required for attendance at RCA. The
  shirts with approved embroidered logo are to be purchased from RCA. This is
      the official school uniform shirt. Pants must be uniform pants ONLY.
     Designer Khaki pants from Old Navy, Gap, 5-7-9, etc. will not be allowed.
                        No cargo style pants will be allowed.

   Sweatshirts and Spirit Day shirts must be purchased from the school office.


Girl’s Uniform - Grades K4 – 5th
Bottoms
Khaki bidded-top jumpers, khaki pleated skirts, khaki skorts, khaki walking shorts, or khaki
pants may be worn.

Tops
White poly-cotton Peter-Pan collar blouse with logo on the collar (long or short sleeve), navy
polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve), white polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve),
baby blue polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve) may be worn.

Socks
Solid white socks must be worn. Girls in K4 – 5th grade may wear solid white tights. Thermal
underwear is not allowed.

Sweatshirt
A uniform shirt/blouse must be worn under the uniform sweatshirt, with the shirt collar worn
on the outside of the shirt. Only Riverdale sweatshirts will be allowed. A reminder that the
regulation RCA sweatshirt does not have a hood or pockets, and the only writing that is
allowed on it is the approved RCA logo. Sweatshirts (or T-shirts) connected with teams or
squads may not be worn.

Belt
A black or brown belt (with no ornamental designs) with standard buckle must be worn with
belt-looped bottoms.




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Shoes
Sandals (or other open-toe shoes) and flip-flops (or other shoes without heel straps) are not
permitted. Other styles are permitted, subject to the principal’s discretion. Croc style shoes
are not allowed. Shoes should be constructed of leather or canvas in colors that coordinate
with the uniform. Shoes with wheels (even if wheels removed) are not allowed. Light up
shoes are not allowed. Boots are not allowed.

Jacket
In the event that weather is severe enough for students to need additional outerwear
(including rain gear), a coat that zips full-length, buttons full-length, or snaps full-length will
be permitted over the uniform. If a sweatshirt is worn, it must be an authorized RCA
sweatshirt. In addition, no coats or jackets may be worn in the classroom during class time.
The rule applies to chapel and assemblies. The only exceptions to this rule are the uniform
jacket and the authorized RCA letter jackets. No letter jackets may be worn by RCA students
on campus other than the RCA letter jacket. No shirt is permitted as a coat.

Girl’s Uniform – Grades 6th – 12th
Bottoms
Khaki pleated skirts, khaki straight shirts, khaki skorts, khaki walking shorts, or khaki pants
may be worn.

Tops
Navy polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve), white polo shirt with logo (long or short
sleeve), baby blue polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve) may be worn.

Socks
Solid white socks must be worn. Girls in 6th – 12th grade may wear flesh-tone panty hose.
Thermal underwear is not allowed.

Sweatshirt
A uniform shirt/blouse must be worn under the uniform sweatshirt, with the shirt collar worn
on the outside of the shirt. Only RCA sweatshirts will be allowed. A reminder that the
regulation RCA sweatshirt does not have a hood or pockets, and the only writing that is
allowed on it is the approved RCA logo. Sweatshirts (or T-shirts) connected with teams or
squads may not be worn.

Belt
A black or brown belt (with no ornamental designs) with standard buckle must be worn with
belt-looped bottoms.

Shoes
Sandals (or other open-toe shoes) and flip-flops (or other shoes without heel straps) are not
permitted. Other styles are permitted, subject to the principal’s discretion. Croc style shoes
are not allowed. Shoes should be constructed of leather or canvas in colors that coordinate
with the uniform. Shoes with wheels (even if wheels removed) are not allowed. Light up
shoes are not allowed. Boots are not allowed.




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Jacket
In the event that weather is severe enough for students to need additional outerwear
(including rain gear), a coat that zips full-length, buttons full-length, or snaps full-length will
be permitted over the uniform. If a sweatshirt is worn, it must be an authorized RCA
sweatshirt. In addition, no coats or jackets may be worn in the classroom during class time.
The rule applies to chapel and assemblies. The only exceptions to this rule are the uniform
jacket and the authorized RCA letter jackets. No letter jackets may be worn by RCA students
on campus other than the RCA letter jacket. No shirt is permitted as a coat.

P.E Uniform
Official logo blue shorts and logo gray T-shirt must be purchased at School Time.

Boy’s Uniform – Grades K4 – 12th
Bottoms
Khaki shorts (pleated or straight) or khaki pants (pleated or straight) may be worn.

Tops
Navy polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve), white polo shirt with logo (long or short
sleeve), baby blue polo shirt with logo (long or short sleeve) may be worn.

Socks
Solid white socks must be worn. Thermal underwear is not allowed.

Sweatshirt
A uniform shirt must be worn under the uniform sweatshirt, with the shirt collar worn on the
outside of the shirt. Only RCA sweatshirts will be allowed. A reminder that the regulation
RCA sweatshirt does not have a hood or pockets, and the only writing that is allowed on it is
the approved RCA logo. Sweatshirts (or T-shirts) connected with teams or squads may not be
worn.

Belt
A black or brown belt (with no ornamental designs) with standard buckle must be worn with
belt-looped bottoms.

Shoes
Sandals (or other open-toe shoes) and flip-flops (or other shoes without heel straps) are not
permitted. Other styles are permitted, subject to the principal’s discretion. Croc style shoes
are not allowed. Shoes should be constructed of leather or canvas in colors that coordinate
with the uniform. Shoes with wheels (even if wheels removed) are not allowed. Light up
shoes are not allowed. Boots are not allowed.

Jacket
In the event that weather is severe enough for students to need additional outerwear
(including rain gear), a coat that zips full-length, buttons full-length, or snaps full-length will
be permitted over the uniform. If a sweatshirt is worn, it must be an authorized RCA
sweatshirt. In addition, no coats or jackets may be worn in the classroom during class time.
The rule applies to chapel and assemblies. The only exceptions to this rule are the uniform
jacket and the authorized RCA letter jackets. No letter jackets may be worn by RCA students
on campus other than the RCA letter jacket. No shirt is permitted as a coat.
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P.E Uniform
Official logo blue shorts and logo gray T-shirt must be purchased at School Time.

Additional Dress Code Rules
Pants/Shorts/Skorts/Skirts
All pants, shorts, skorts, and skirts must be hemmed. No pants, shorts, skorts, or skirts may
be rolled, cuffed, cut, or frayed. If cuffs appear on the items at the time the items are
purchased, the cuffs are permitted. Violations will result in the student’s repair or
replacement of the uniform item.

Hats
No hats are allowed on the campus during the school day. Permission to wear hats on
fieldtrips may be given by the principle.

Items on Uniform
Only buttons, patches, or logos related to RCA may be worn on uniforms.

Uniform Guidelines
Shirts
All shirts (other than sweatshirts) must be tucked in, even under sweatshirts. Sleeves of any
kind must not extend the sleeves of the uniform blouse/shirt.
Girls and boys may wear a solid white turtleneck shirt ONLY under a long-sleeved uniform
shirt or uniform sweatshirt. If a turtleneck is worn, than the long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt
on the top of it may not be removed during the day. The turtleneck alone is never allowed.

Clothing Under Uniforms
Any T-shirt worn under the uniform MUST be solid white; no writing or descriptions of any
kind may be visible, even through the uniform shirt/blouse. No thermal underwear may be
worn under shorts or skirts.

Hairstyles
Parents must accept responsibility for the dress and appearance of their children. All
students will follow the School Board’s dress code. Parents are ultimately responsible for the
dress and conduct of their children. This responsibility must be accepted in order for the
student to be admitted and to remain at RCA.

The Principal or his/her designee shall be the final interpreter of hairstyles. Hair fashions
that are extreme or which call attention to themselves, including spiking (e.g. “mohawks”),
coloring, etc. are inappropriate. Students may color their hair; however, no student may have
hair color that does not naturally occur in human beings.

Male students’ hair styles must be appropriate. Fad haircuts of any kind will not be allowed.
A traditional haircut is expected, but may be worn full. Hair must be kept off of the ears, off
of the collar, and out of the eyes. Hair should not be combed to appear to meet the standard
above, but should be cut to be so. Flat tops and crew cuts are acceptable.

Female students’ hairstyles must be appropriate.

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Students whose hairstyles do not follow the above guidelines will be disciplined, and parents
will be contacted if necessary. The administration may request that a student get his hair cut,
in addition to implementing other appropriate disciplinary actions.

Students will be informed if their hair violates hair cut standards. The student will have three
days to come into compliance with the rules. The day the student is informed counts as the
first day. If the student fails to correct the violation within the allotted time period, he will be
suspended and the suspension will be enforced until the haircut is in compliance with the
standard. Suspended days count as unexcused absences.

Make-up
Female students’ make-up must be in good taste and not excessive.

Facial Hair
No facial hair is allowed. Students will be sent to the school office to shave. Students will not
be allowed to return to class until facial hair has been removed. A $5.00 fee will be assessed
for use of shaving supplies.

Jewelry
The principal or designee shall be the final interpreter of jewelry.

Jewelry must be in good taste, not excessive, and must match the uniform. Large loop
earrings are prohibited for safety reasons on campus and at all school functions whether on or
off campus including athletic events.

Boys may not wear earrings or excessive jewelry. Earrings and excessive jewelry are
prohibited on campus and at all school functions whether on or off campus including athletic
events. “Grills” are not permitted.

Students are limited to one chain (which must be tucked inside the shirt), one bracelet per
wrist (a watch is considered a bracelet), and one ring per hand.

Body Piercing and Tattoos
Visible body piercing (other than one pair of earrings for girls) and visible tattoos are
prohibited on campus and at all school functions whether on or off campus including athletic
events.

Note to parents:
We respectfully ask parents to assist the school by:
     Purchasing only regulation apparel;
     Maintaining an adequate supply of laundered uniforms;
     Insisting that the student come to school with the required apparel, including rain gear
      during inclement weather.
Any deviation from the approved dress code will result in disciplinary actions. Parents may
be requested to bring regulation apparel to school.

Free Dress Day
A student earns the privilege of participating in free dress day by requiring no disciplinary
action during the previous month. This day will be designated as the first school day of each
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month beginning in September. Students participating shall wear clothing that is appropriate
for school. Shorts must be uniform shorts. All shirts and blouses must be tucked in. Shoes,
belts, etc. must follow the dress code guidelines. There is no charge for free dress day.

Spirit Shirt Day
Spirit Shirt Day is every Friday. The privilege of Spirit Shirt Day is earned by cooperating in
class and following school rules, as well as by receiving no disciplinary actions for the
previous week. Students participating in Spirit Shirt Day are to wear the RCA Spirit Shirt and
uniform bottoms. Spirit Day Shirts can be purchased through the school office for $15.00
each. The Spirit Shirt shall be worn on all fieldtrips by all students. Students must follow all
other dress code rules listed above.

Attendance Regulations
Quality education requires regular school attendance. A student’s level of success in school
relates directly to class attendance and quality of work. Parents are encouraged to have their
children in regular attendance. School is in session 180 days each year as required by the
State of Louisiana.

If a student is tardy or has been absent the previous day, the student must receive a permit
from office personnel before going to class.

In 6th – 12th grade each semester of attendance is independent of itself. Any student having
more than ten unexcused absences in any class period will fail for the semester. Students will
be allowed two school days to bring in a written, acceptable excuse before the absence will
become unexcused. Any student missing more than twenty days, in any class, per semester
for any reason will fail the semester.

Tardiness
Students are considered tardy at 8:05.

Tardiness to school is mostly avoidable. It is understood that some traffic emergencies and
unexpected delays do occur. Students who are tardy for any reason must check in with the
school office and obtain a tardy/admit slip. Students, who are habitually tardy, in grades
6th – 12th, will not be allowed to disrupt the first hour class. These students will wait in the
school office until the next class period.

Tardiness will be considered as an unexcused absence at the ratio of 5:1 (five times tardy
equal one unexcused absence).

A student presenting a doctor’s slip upon checking in will not be subject to the above stated
policy provided the tardy is due to a doctor’s visit on that date.

Absences
When a student is absent, he must bring a written excuse to the school office upon his return
to school. A student must obtain an admit slip from the school office before admission to his
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presentation to each teacher. Each teacher will initial the admit slip and the last hour teacher
will return it to the school office.

Any student missing three consecutive days or more must have a doctor’s excuse for the
absence to be excused. The doctor’s note should contain the date of the doctor’s visit; the date
of absence; the reason for the absence; and the signature of the parent or doctor.

The following are excused RCA absences:
    Personal illness;
    Family illness;
    Quarantine in the home;
    Death of an immediate family member;
    Observance of a religious holiday;
    Scheduled doctor’s appointment (student must notify the school office the day before.
       Students are expected to schedule doctor’s appointments after school hours, if
       possible); and
    Extenuating circumstances (at discretion of principal); if a student is going to be
       absent because of extenuating circumstances, the principal must be notified in writing
       a week before the absence will occur. The principal will then examine the student’s
       grades, absences, discipline record, and any other pertinent information before
       approval for an excused absence will be given.

If a student fails to bring a note from the doctor within two school days, following the
absence, the absence will be considered unexcused. A student with an excused absence will
have the same number of days to make us, complete, and turn in all work in all classes.

Students in 6th – 12th grade will be expected to go to their individual teachers, the day they
return to obtain their missed work. It is the student’s responsibility to make up the missed
work.

Please pay careful attention to the scheduled holidays and the beginning and ending days of
the year. Extending those holidays or shortening the school year for out of town trips or
vacations is not an excused option. Please plan your family calendar accordingly.

If there are reasons why a student must be absent from ANY CLASS for more than 10 days per
semester or more than 20 days per year, written permission from a doctor or the RCA School
Board is required. AT RCA THE 10 OR 20 DAYS INCLUDE SICKNESS AND EXTENUATING
CIRCUMSTANCES.

Parents will receive written notification when a student is approaching the above limitations.
For lengthy absences, parents may need to provide additional tutoring. Students are required
to make up missed work. Unless an emergency exists, teachers will not be asked by the school
office to give exams at times other than those specified for all students.

Students should make every effort to be in school the last few days of each semester.

NOTE: A suspension is counted as an unexpected absence.


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Check Out Policy
Parents or guardians should not go directly to the classroom to pick up a student. Elementary
parents must sign the check-out form in the school office when checking children out during
the day. Office staff will go to the room to get the student.

Middle and high school students who are checking out must sign the check-out form in the
school office when they leave and must have the approval of the principal.

When someone other than the parent or guardian comes to the school office to check out a
student, verification of approval from the parent or guardian will be conducted before the
student is allowed to leave school.

Students must be checked out prior to 2:15. No student will be permitted to
check out after 2:15 p.m. Parents must pick the student up at carpool.

Early Dismissals
Doctor appointments, personnel illness, family illness, death in the family, and religious
holidays are excused absences ordinarily; all others are unexcused. Students who know in
advance that they have to check out of school early for a doctor’s appointment are to bring a
note from home signed by their parents stating the reason for the early dismissal. The note
should include the date, time of dismissal (this time must be a class change for middle and
high school students), the student’s first and last name, and the phone number where a
parent can be contacted for verification. This note must be turned in to the school office prior
to homeroom.

Any student checking out before 11:15 a.m. will receive an absence for the entire day; except in
the event of an emergency.

ALL DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS FOR THE 6TH THROUGH 12TH GRADE
STUDENTS MUST BE VERIFIED BY THE SCHOOL OFFICE. THEREFORE,
STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE NAME AND PHONE NUMBER OF THE
DOCTOR WITH WHOM THEY HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.

The student checking out will report to the office prior to leaving the school grounds to sign
the checkout form. It is the responsibility of the teachers to check this list daily.

When a student checks out and returns the same day, the student must go back through the
school office. The student must present an admittance slip to teachers of all missed classe

Reporting In
A student who arrives at school late must report to the school office and receive an
admittance slip. Since the student was reported absent by the homeroom teacher, the
student’s name will appear on the absence report. To be admitted to any classes missed, he
must have an admit slip. Elementary parents must sign the check-in form in the school office.




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Assignment Make-Up Policy
If an absence or tardy is unexcused, a zero will be recorded for any missed work
or test.

On the first day back to school after an excused absence the student is to make arrangements
with the teacher to make up assignments and/or tests. How ever many days a student is
absent is how many days that student has to make up assignments and tests. For example, if
a student misses one day of school he has one day of school to make up his work. If a student
is absent three days he has three days to make us his work. Friends or family members can
pick up books and assignments if the request is made by 8:30 a.m. on the day the
assignments are needed. If there are extenuating circumstances, the principal may grant
additional time for the work to be completed.

Emergency Closing
RCA will follow the emergency closing policy of the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School
System. If the local superintendent announces on radio or television that public schools will
be closed, RCA will also be closed. We suggest the parent/guardian have an emergency plan
to pick up their child in the event that closure takes place during the school hours.

Local television and radio stations will carry news of school closings.

This policy applies for the initial closure due to an emergency. Since East Baton
Rouge Parish Public Schools are used for shelters, EBRPPS may remain closed
for an extended period of time. RCA does not serve as a shelter; therefore, we
would reopen before the EBRPPS. Information about reopening will be made
available to the television and radio stations, will be posted on our website, and
it can be obtained by calling the school office. Attendance will be taken and days
missed after reopening will appear on the student’s record.




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               Conduct and Discipline
Student Relationships
Christ-honoring relationships are encouraged at RCA. Relationships shall demonstrate
common courtesy, openness, friendliness, and a positive attitude. Students who are not
desirous of practicing Christian virtues and who demonstrate a negative influence will be
reviewed by the faculty and may be asked to withdraw from RCA.

RCA encourages wholesome friendships between students. Intimate physical contact is not
permitted. Healthy relationships between girls and boys are encouraged. High school
students are requested to seek counsel from the pastor regarding plans for marriage or
engagement. RCA does not permit married students to attend this school.

Any student who is pregnant while enrolled at RCA is required to report her confirmed
pregnancy to the principal, who in turn will consult with the student, her parent(s), and the
Pastor regarding the best option for both the student and the school. If the father of the child
is a student at RCA, he will be subject to the above procedure as well.

Students who participate in any form of homosexuality or sexual impropriety while on
campus or at a school-sponsored activity will be expelled.

The school embraces the Biblical principles as spelled out in Scripture regarding the sanctity
of the life and the purposes of God for each human individual, and, therefore, reserves the
right to determine appropriate actions towards those who violate these principles.

Saturday Work Days/Behavior Clinic/Detention
Grades 6th - 12th
Work days may be assigned by the Principal on select Saturdays from 8am-12noon for certain
offenses. The cost for the Saturday work day is $50 payable prior to the work day. Behavior
Clinic and/or detentions may be required for first time and/or habitual minor offenses at the
discretion of the Principal. The cost for detention and/or behavior clinic is $20 and will be
billed to the parents. Clinics are held in designated rooms where an assigned teacher will
require students to complete given tasks. Work days, detention and behavior clinics are not
optional. The times and dates will be assigned by the principal. Tardiness will not be
tolerated. Students will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Corporal Punishment
The principal shall have the option of using corporal punishment, but permission must be
obtained from the student’s parents prior to the administration of corporal punishment.

A child will be administered a paddle to the buttocks by the principal in the presence of a staff
witness. The number of swats is determined by the severity of the infraction and may not
exceed five (5) swats. Corporal punishment shall not be used if:
    The parents have specifically requested that their child not be administered corporal
       punishment.
    The student has a history of psychological, emotional, or physical problems.
    The student has a physical injury which may be further aggravated.

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Suspensions and Infractions
Suspension from school can be:
    Short-term – 1 day or Saturday workday
    Intermediate-term – 3 days
    Long-term – 5 days

A one day suspension is 24 hours in length. Students must be personally checked out by a
parent. No make-up work or tests will be allowed for a suspension, and the suspended
student will receive a grade of zero for all work missed during the suspension. Any student
who is suspended from school, even though the student was at school for the first part of the
day, may not participate in a school activity until the student has been reinstated at school
(including weekends). A suspension will not carry over to an authorized school holiday.

Disciplinary Dismissals
Any student dismissed from RCA for disciplinary reasons will not be permitted to attend any
school function without administrative approval and must sit out of RCA for the remainder of
the academic year. Students who are suspended 3 times (in any category of offense) are
subject to expulsion upon review by the Principal and RCA school board.

Philosophy of Discipline
RCA’s philosophy of discipline is based on Biblical principles. Authority is established by God
and discipline emanates through authority (top-down). Repentance brings forgiveness, but
consequences shall occur as a result of a student’s wrong choice(s). Disciplinary issues will be
handled on a case-by-case basis using the following guidelines as a general framework
recognizing that they cannot address all situations. The Principal is authorized to consider all
details regarding a particular incident and to take disciplinary actions which may be more or
less severe than those listed below. Students will be held accountable under disciplinary
guidelines for the digital (via internet, cell phone, etc.) spreading of malicious rumors, gossip
or lies involving RCA, its teachers, staff or students or making threats against RCA teachers,
staff or students. This would include, but not be limited to, myspace accounts (and other
online social networks), cell phone text messages, emails, instant messaging, etc.

Violations and Resulting Actions
K4 – 5th Grade Discipline
The following behavior incidents are illustrative but are not exclusive of what would merit
disciplinary action.

Code 1 Violations
   Classroom violation
   Violation outside the classroom (chapel, playground, etc.)
   Eating without permission or chewing gum
   Public display of affection
   Spreading malicious rumors
   Unsportsmanlike conduct
   Failure to be in designated area
   Failure to return signed document by deadline

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      Failure of weekly conduct
      Inappropriate use of computer
      Personal communication device – cell phone, pager, etc.
      Personal battery operated devices – CD player, IPod, Gameboy, etc.
      Uniform violation

Code 1 Resultant Action
A Code 1 infraction will result in a write-up where the student will report to the principal for
the following action:
1st Offense: Conference with principal, parental notification, and possible after school or
               recess detention
2nd and 3rd Offense: After school detention
4t h Offense: Corporal punishment or workday
5th Offense: Workday or suspension
6th Offense: One-day or three-day suspension
7th Offense: Three-day suspension
8th Offense: Five-day suspension or case sent to the principal for recommendation of
                expulsion
9th Offense: Case sent to the principal for recommendation of expulsion

Code 2 Violations
   Inappropriate language
   Verbal threatening or intimidation of a student
   Disrespect for authority
   Clinic violation (disobedient, misbehaving, not attending)
   Alteration of grades
   Uncontrollable behavior
   Disabling of computer or related devices

Code 2 Resultant Action
A Code 2 infraction will result in a write-up where the student will report to the principal for
the following action:
1st Offense: After school detention or workday
2nd Offense: Corporal punishment or workday
3rd Offense: Workday or suspension
4t h Offense: One-day or three-day suspension
5th Offense: Three-day or five-day suspension
6th Offense: Five-day suspension or case sent to the principal for recommendation of
               expulsion.
7th Offense: Case sent to the principal for recommendation of expulsion


Code 3 Violations
   Fighting or assault of a student
   Cheating or plagiarism
   Cutting class or required activity
   Destruction of school property or vandalism
   Intimidation or verbal threatening of school personnel
   Smoking, possession of tobacco or a lighter

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      Forgery or gambling
      Profanity or unacceptable language
      Pulling the fire alarm or placing false emergency call
      Possession of laser pointer
      Indecent behavior
      Accessing computer account of others
      Destruction of teacher’s/student’s property
      Theft (at school or during school activity)

Code 3 Resultant Action
A Code 3 infraction will result in the following action:
1st Offense: Workday or suspension
2nd Offense: One-day or three-day suspension
3rd Offense: Three-day or five-day suspension
4t h Offense: Five-day suspension or case sent to the principal for recommendation of
              expulsion
5th Offense: Case sent to the principal for recommendation of expulsion

Code 4 Violations
   Physical assault of school personnel
   Possession of a weapon (or facsimile) or assault with a weapon
   Possession, consumption or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
   Breaking and entering
   Setting a fire or possession of explosives

Code 4 Resultant Action
If a student violates a Code 4 infraction, the case will go directly to the principal, where the
following actions will be considered:
     Suspension from school for one or more days
     Expulsion from school; at the discretion of the principal, multiple suspensions will
        result in an increase in the number of days a student misses school.




6th – 8th Grade Discipline
The following behavior incidents are illustrative but not exclusive examples of what would
merit disciplinary action. The RCA principal will also discipline the attempt (even though
unsuccessful) or apparent intent to commit any of the inappropriate or unacceptable action.

Code 1 Violations
   Classroom violation
   Violation outside the classroom (misbehaving in chapel, etc.)
   Eating, drinking, or chewing gum on campus
   Public display of affection
   Spreading malicious rumors
   Unsportsmanlike conduct

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      Failure to be in designated area
      Uniform or dress code violation
      Failure to return signed document by deadline
      Personal communication device – cell phone, pager, etc.
      Personal battery operated devices – CD player, IPod, Gameboy, etc.
      Inappropriate use of computer
      Unauthorized presence in restrictive area

Code 1 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Detention or Behavior clinic/Principal’s discretion
2nd Offense: Behavior clinic
3rd Offense: Behavior clinic
4thOffense: Call parent and workday
5th Offense: Call parent and workday
6th Offense: Call parent and one-day suspension
7th Offense: Call parent and one-day suspension
8th Offense: Conference with parent and three-day suspension
9th Offense: Conference with parent and five-day suspension
10 Offense: Recommended expulsion

Code 2 Violations
   Verbal threatening or intimidation of a student
   Inappropriate language
   Disrespect for authority
   Clinic violation (misbehaving, talking, failure to work, disobeying rules)
   Alteration of grade report
   Uncontrollable behavior
   Disregard of safety procedures on campus
   Disabling of computer or related devices

Code 2 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Detention, call parent and/or workday
2nd Offense: Call parent and workday
3rd Offense: Call parent and one-day suspension
4th Offense: Conference with parent and three-day suspension
5th Offense: Conference with parent and five-day suspension
6th Offense: Recommended expulsion

Code 3 Violations
   Fighting or assault of a student
   Cheating, plagiarism
   Profanity and/or obscenity
   Cutting class, required activity, clinic, or truancy
   Destruction of school property or vandalism
   Intimidation or verbal threatening of a teacher or staff member
   Possession of tobacco or a lighter
   Smoking, forgery, gambling, or indecent behavior

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      Setting off the fire alarm or placing false emergency call
      Possession of laser pointer
      Accessing computer accounts of others
      Destruction of teacher’s/student’s property
      Theft on the premises or theft during school activity off campus

Code 3 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Call parent and one-day suspension
2nd Offense: Conference with parent and three-day suspension
3rd Offense: Conference with parent and five-day suspension or recommended expulsion

Code 4 Violations
   Possession of weapon (or facsimile) or assault with a weapon
   Possession, consumption, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
   Breaking and entering
   Setting a fire
   Possession of explosives
   Sexual molestation
   Threat to safety of school/students

Code 4 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Call parent and five-day suspension and/or expulsion recommended


9th – 12th Grade Discipline
Code 1 Violations
   Classroom violation
   Violation outside the classroom (misbehaving in chapel, etc.)
   Eating, drinking, or chewing gum on campus
   Public display of affection
   Uniform or dress code violation
   Parking or vehicle registration violation
   Failure to return signed document by deadline
   Personal communication device – cell phone, pager, etc.
   Personal battery operated device – CD player, IPod, Gameboy, etc.
   Unauthorized presence in restricted areas
   Inappropriate use of computer
   Unsportsmanlike conduct
   Public display of affection
   Spreading malicious rumors
   Failure to be in designated area

Code 1 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Detention or Behavior clinic (Principal’s discretion)
2nd Offense: Behavior clinic
3rd Offense: Behavior clinic
4thOffense: Call parent and one-day suspension or workday
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5th Offense: Call parent and three-day suspension
6th Offense: Call parent and five-day suspension
7th Offense: Call parent and recommended expulsion

Code 2 Violations
   Verbal threatening or intimidation of a student
   Inappropriate language
   Disrespect for authority
   Clinic violation (misbehaving, talking, failure to work, disobeying rules)
   Alteration of grade report
   Uncontrollable behavior
   Disregard of safety procedures on campus
   Disabling of computer or related devices
   On the campus of another school without permission of that school’s administration

Code 2 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Call parent and one-day suspension or workday
2nd Offense: Call parent and three-day suspension
3rd Offense: Call parent and five-day suspension
4th Offense: Call parent and recommended expulsion

Code 3 Violations
   Fighting or assault of a student
   Cheating, plagiarism
   Profanity and/or obscenity
   Cutting class, required activity, clinic, or truancy
   Destruction of school property or vandalism
   Intimidation or verbal threatening of a teacher or staff member
   Possession of tobacco or a lighter
   Smoking, forgery, gambling, or indecent behavior
   Setting off the fire alarm or placing false emergency call
   Possession of laser pointer
   Accessing computer accounts of others
   Destruction of teacher’s/student’s property
   Theft on premises or theft during school activity off campus

Code 3 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Call parent and one-day suspension
2nd Offense: Call parent and three-day suspension
3rd Offense: Call parent and five-day suspension or recommended expulsion

Code 4 Violations
   Possession of weapon (or facsimile) or assault with a weapon
   Possession, consumption, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
   Breaking and entering
   Setting a fire
   Possession of explosives

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      Sexual molestation
      Threat to safety of school/students

Code 4 Resultant Action
1st Offense: Call parent and five-day suspension and/or recommended expulsion

Three strikes rule: Any student who is suspended for 3 times, regardless of
which category the violations fall within, will be subject to expulsion upon the
recommendation of the Principal to the RCA School Board.



Additional Policies
Social Events
RCA faculty, administration, and School Board do not sponsor social dances. Social dancing
is not permitted on campus, nor will the school or its affiliated organizations sponsor social
dances off campus. The school does not encourage or support privately held social activities
for portions of the student body and assumes no liability for such events. Announcements,
ticket sales, or school newsletter articles will not be used to advertise private parties.

Student Vehicles
All vehicles driven on campus, during regular school hours, must be registered in the school
office and parental permission must be on file. Each vehicle must be registered by license
plate number and owner’s name. If a student uses more than one vehicle, each vehicle also
should be registered by the student. When permission is given for a student to drive, the
student will be given a parking permit which will be kept on file in the school office.

A student who has registered and has been approved by the school office, may give rides to
other students only after written parental permission of all parents concerned. This will be
enforced with NO EXCEPTIONS!
All vehicles must be parked in designated areas only. They must be parked immediately upon
arrival on campus and may not be used in any way until the student leaves for home. Sitting
in parked cars at any time on campus is prohibited. Once the car is parked, all students must
unload immediately. Students are not allowed to return to the vehicle during school hours.

There is to be no loud music coming from the vehicle while entering or exiting campus.

The speed limit on campus is five miles per hour. Reckless driving offenses and violations of
any safety rule will lead to the loss of vehicle privileges.

Only high school students with a valid driver’s license will be allowed to drive on school
grounds.

Since the use of a vehicle on campus is strictly a parental choice the school assumes no
responsibility for any vehicle brought on campus, other than reasonable care.

The owner of any vehicle without a parking permit or illegally parked will be subject to
escalating fines, and owner’s vehicle being towed at owner’s expense.

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Parking and driving infractions include but are not limited to: no parking permit, parking in
the wrong area, entering and exiting wrong areas, not following flow of carpool.

Parking/Driving Violations Resulting Actions
1st Offense: $5.00 fine (If not paid within 5 days that an a clinic will be assigned as well).
2nd Offense: Workday
3rd Offense: 1 month suspension from driving
4th Offense: Driving suspended for semester and/or school year

There is a $10.00 permit fee for parking student cars on campus. The fee is due prior to the
first day of school.

Locker Procedures: 6th – 12th Grade
Students are not charged a locker rental fee.
    All materials not in use by students shall be neatly arranged in lockers. Lockers are to
      be kept neat and clean at all times. Unannounced inspection can and will be made at
      the discretion of the administration for health and safety reasons.
    All food and drinks brought to school and stored in the locker must be taken out daily.
    Backpacks must be left in the lockers. Backpacks are not to be taken to class.
    Books, clothing, and learning tools should not be left on the floor at any time. Any
      items found around the locker area will be turned in to “Lost and Found”.
    No articles should be left on top of or under the lockers.
    Each student will be assigned a locker. Sharing of lockers may be necessary. No
      switching of lockers is permitted without knowledge and approval of the homeroom
      teacher.
    The school will not assume the responsibility for lost or damaged personal property.
    Students are not permitted to use their lockers during class periods.
    Homeroom teachers will issue lockers to students in 6th – 12th grade.
    The homeroom teacher must have a copy of the combination to the lock.
    All books and supplies not needed for the immediate class must be left in the locker.
    KEY LOCKS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Search and Seizure
In the event that the administration of RCA, or any appointed designee, consider it necessary
to search the person, locker, car, book bag, or any other belongings of a student, a search
(announced or unannounced) may be conducted. If a search is announced and a student does
not voluntarily submit to the search, the parents will be notified to come and pick up the
student. Proper procedures will be followed in this event to the satisfaction of the
administration. Suspension or expulsion may occur. RCA reserves the right to search
anything that is brought onto school property. Random searches of things such as lockers will
be conducted by the administration of RCA or any appointed designee.

Electronic Devices
      Cellular telephones and beepers are not allowed on campus.
      CD players, IPods, Gameboys, and other electronic or battery operated devices are not
       allowed on campus.
      Calculators are allowed when they are required for mathematics class.

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      All devices will be confiscated and returned to the parents.
      Parents must come to the office the next business day to pick up the item.
      Students may voluntarily leave their cell phones with the school secretary at the
       beginning of each day and not suffer disciplinary consequences.

Internet Use Policy
Internet access is available to RCA’s faculty and students in a number of classrooms and in
libraries.

The Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and faculty. Our
purpose in providing this service is to promote educational opportunities by facilitating
research, resource sharing, innovation, and communications.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers worldwide and
millions of people. Students have access to:
    Information and news from a variety of public and private sources;
    Discussion groups on a wide variety of public and private sources;
    Information and resources in many libraries; and
    Opportunities to participate in online research projects with other schools.

RCA’s intention is to maintain an environment that promotes Christian and responsible
conduct in all online activities by both its faculty and students. All who access the network
shall adhere to the established purpose and rules of the network. The privilege of using the
network will be canceled for those who do not use it properly, and appropriate disciplinary
action will also be taken, including suspension or expulsion.

Guidelines for use are provided here to make all Riverdale Christian Academy users aware of
the responsibilities that they accept. In general, what is required is efficient, Christian, and
legal utilization of network resources.

Internet Terms and Conditions
Eligibility
Students enrolled in courses where Internet use is being taught as part of the course or where
access is required to accomplish an assigned project are legible for access. Students are not
permitted recreational use of the Internet while they are at school. Myspace and other type
sites are prohibited on RCA computers.

Acceptable Use
RCA seeks to protect the civil, personal, and property rights of those individuals using
network computing resources. All use of the Internet must be in support of education and
research and consistent with the educational objectives of the school. Use of another
organization’s network or computing resources must comply with the rules established by
that network.

Unacceptable Use
Accessing, processing, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation
is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or
obscene material, or material protected by trade secrets. Invading the privacy of an


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individual by using electronic means to ascertain confidential information, even if the
individual or network inadvertently allows access, is prohibited. Copying another user’s
software or data without permission of the owner, even if it is readily accessible by electronic
means, is prohibited. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable. Use for product
advertisement or potential lobbying is also prohibited. Use for commercial activities is not
acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. Email is
prohibited. Accessing or processing material or files dangerous to the integrity of Riverdale
Christian Academy is strictly prohibited.

Privilege
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use shall result in a
cancellation of these privileges. While the school utilizes filter limiting access to some parts
of the Internet, the school also requires students to refrain from exploring those parts of the
Internet that may be deemed by the school’s administration to be inappropriate.

Security
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many
users. If you should identify a security problem, you are asked to notify a teacher or an
administrator promptly. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. If you are provided
with a password, that password is confidential and revealing it to another individual
constitutes sufficient cause to cancel your account. Another individual’s account should not
be used. Successful or unsuccessful attempts to access the accounts, files, or resources of
other user’s are not permitted.

Vandalism
Vandalism shall result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious
attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet system, or any of the agencies or
other networks connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading
or creating of computer viruses

Disclaimers
RCA makes not warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implies, for the Internet access
service it is providing. RCA will not be responsible for any damage a user may suffer. This
includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service
interruptions caused by a person’s own negligence, error, or omission. Use of any
information obtained is at the user’s risk. RCA specifically denies any responsibility for the
accuracy or quality of information obtained through the Internet.

Disciplinary Action
The failure of any student to follow the Internet policies as outlined will merit disciplinary
action as determined by the administration.



            Extracurricular Activities
Field Trips
Field trips pertinent to instructional objectives will be conducted during the year. Some
overnight trips may be offered, subject to written parental approval. Parents are encouraged

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to participate in field trips. Emergency Medical Release Forms must be completed for a
student to participate in a field trip.

No field trip shall be conducted without the presence of a supervising teacher from RCA. A
list of teachers and chaperones should accompany field trip requests. Expenses for the trip
must be covered prior to the field trip.

Spirit Shirts and/or RCA sweatshirts and official uniform bottoms shall be worn on all
fieldtrips by all students.

Extracurricular Activities
Policy for 6th – 12th Grade
Any student who has below a 2.0 average based on quality points assigned to percent for two
consecutive grading periods (a grading period ending at each progress report or report card)
is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities.

Procedures and Guidelines
The administration will evaluate all grades at the end of each grading period (1st quarter
progress report, 1st quarter grades, 2nd quarter progress report, 2nd quarter grades, 3rd quarter
progress report, 3rd quarter grades, 4th quarter progress report, and 4th quarter grades) and
compile a list of all students who are on probation or ineligible. If a student is on probation,
he/she may join activities but is on probation until the next grading period. If at the next
grading period the student’s grades continue to be below a 2.0 average, the student then
becomes ineligible for the next grading period and cannot participate in any extracurricular
activities. If at the end of the ineligible grading period the student receives a 2.0 average, the
student is reinstated. Students who are on probation or ineligible may continue to practice or
attend meetings but not compete. At the end of each semester, the student’s grades for
edibility will be determined by using either 2nd or 4th quarter grades or the semester grades
(whichever benefits the student).

At the beginning of each school year eligibility will again be determined to include summer
school grades and the above procedure will continue to be followed. All eligibility changes go
into effect the next weekday after report cards are issued.

The school policy concerning student participation in extracurricular activities (athletic,
cheerleaders, clubs, etc.) requires school attendance for at least four periods on the day of
participation, including Friday attendance for weekend participation. Extenuating
circumstances must be approved by the principal.


Exam/Dead Day Information
Dead days are held during the first semester and second semester final exams, and no school
related evening activities may be held during this time. However, there may be events
scheduled which are beyond the control of the school administration. Dead days start the day
before the exams begin and will continue until exams are completed. School activities may
not be conducted after 5:30 p.m. on the evening prior to any exam day. In-season
practice/rehearsals may be conducted in the early afternoon since school will be dismissed
earlier; however, all practice/rehearsals are limited to two hours.

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Rules for Athletic Events
      All spectators are to be within the confines of the area where the athletic event takes
       place.
      Once a fan has left the confines of the athletic event, he is to vacate the premises and
       may not reenter the area without paying again.
      No alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or illegal substances are permitted on
       Riverdale Christian Academy premises or game sites.
      No one will be allowed to stay in his car in the parking lot.
      If a church function is taking place at the same time, attendees must be in church or at
       the athletic event.
      No fan is allowed on the playing areas.
      Restrooms are provided within the confines of the playing area; therefore, there is no
       reason for anyone to leave the playing area.
      All fans must pay to enter an athletic event. Cheerleaders in uniform will be admitted
       free; as well as, anyone working the event.
      Loitering will not be allowed anywhere on the premises.
      No light-producing devices will be used by spectators.
      Riverdale Christian Academy reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone who
       appears to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other mood-altering
       substances.
      Proper attire will be required of all spectators.
      Boisterous, obscene, loud, or argumentative language and/or actions will not be
       tolerated, and the person or persons responsible for such may be asked to leave the
       premises.
      No persons are allowed on either teams sideline.
      Outside coolers and/or containers of any type are not permitted.
      Signs will be posted regarding the enforcement of these policies.




                 Parental Involvement
Line of School Authority
      Teacher – Deals with classroom issues and reports certain issues to the principal.
      Principal – Is contacted if parent/guardian conference with teacher does not give
       satisfactory results or if matter is non-teacher related.
      School Board – Through the Principal, the School Board will review any constructive
       suggestions or criticisms. These should be presented in writing and addressed to the
       School Board Chairman through the school office. The School Board usually meets
       once a month and will review all properly submitted matters. A written reply as to how
       the matter was handled can be expected.

Please follow the steps on handling conflicts addressed elsewhere in this handbook.

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Unsigned correspondence to school personnel will not be considered or addressed.


Parental Contract
RCA requires parents to sign a contract agreeing to payment and cooperation terms upon
registration of a student. Questions on contracts may be addressed to the school office
administrator.

Financial Aid
RCA provides limited financial aid to families demonstrating need based on the results of a
completed TADS application (Tuition Aid Data Services). There is a small fee charged for
evaluating TADS applications which is paid directly to this third-party vendor (TADS). When
financial aid funds are available, parents can apply on a first-come basis. Only families
registered for the new school term will be considered. Call the school office for more details.

Parents, Teachers, and Friends
The PTF is the major parent support group of school. This group is active in booster activities
and fund raising projects. All families are urged to join and become joyful participants;
parents, grandparents, and other family and friends of students are welcomed.

The PTF endeavors to place the name of RCA before the public in as many ways as they find
feasible. A major thrust of the group is fundraising. Inasmuch as RCA has a limited income,
based on tuition and a strong financial commitment from its parents, RCA, the PTF, and the
administration set a priority list of projects for each year to meet needs of the students and
school. The PTF believes in and is committed to Christian education with excellence and sets
its agenda to support that belief.

Parents are encouraged and welcome to serve as officers of the PTF. Please let the principal,
school office, or Pastor know if you have an interest in serving on the PTF leadership team.

Communication with Parents
Communication is vital for the school administration, teachers, parents, and students. We
strive to offer open communication by sending home weekly newsletters; as well as, flyers
containing important announcements when deemed necessary. Please look for these in your
child’s backpack and/or personal belongings.

We also post information on our website – www.riverdale-baptist-church.org. Please check
the site regularly for important information and updates.

If you have a question or concern, please voice it to your child’s teacher, the office
administrator, the principal, the Pastor, or a member of the School Board. If it is a complaint,
please follow the procedure for handling complaints located elsewhere in this handbook.




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Teachers are strongly encouraged to regularly post their assignments on schoolnotes.com so
parents can keep up with their child’s assignments, test, projects, etc. Schoolnotes.com is a
free website that links the parent/child/school so that communication is clear.

Please do your part in maintaining communication by returning all correspondence in a
timely manner.




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