Student Handbook

School Vision Statement

The students of Hollis Academy will be self-motivated problem solvers and lifelong learners who demonstrate mastery of all grade level standards.  An exemplary faculty and staff will provide a safe, nurturing learning environment supported by parents and the larger community.

Contacting Your School/Teacher

The school telephone number is 355-4800.  Parents will be able to leave a voice message and teachers are required to return the call within 24 hours. Parents wishing to confer with teachers on the phone are requested to limit their call to before or after school.  Students needing to call home may use the school phone for emergencies only. Any change in the after-school routine needs to be given to the teacher in a note.

Harassment

Must be unwelcome advances, either verbal or physical, request for favor, and other verbal or physical conduct that contributes to decisions affecting the student or personnel, interferes with the learning process, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.  If it is reported, 1) it will be taken seriously.  2) an investigation will be done.  This involves both adults and students.

Distribution of Materials

According to School Board Policy, “none of the facilities, the staff, or the student of a school shall be used in any manner for advertising or otherwise promoting commercial or other nonstop interest…”  A written school policy is available.

Daily Schedule - 8:00 – 2:30

7:15 – 7:40 Children who arrive on a school bus are to go directly to the cafeteria.  Teachers will be on busy duty to supervise students.  (Breakfast is served 7:15 – 7:40.)  

7:45  Classrooms are opened and teachers are in their rooms.  Students are dismissed from the holding area to report directly to their rooms.  Breakfast will be served for students who walk, ride a bicycle, or come by car after 7:15 a.m.  Breakfast is not served after 7:40 a.m. unless there is a late bus.  Others should arrive between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. and go directly to class.

8:00 School begins.  Students should be in their classrooms and ready to begin the school day.  After 8:00 a.m. students are tardy.  IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN TARDY FOR ANY REASON, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR YOU TO COME INTO THE SCHOOL AND SIGN HIM/HER IN AND GIVE A READON FOR THE TARDY.  The student will then be given a permit to enter class.

2:30  Children are dismissed.  Students are receiving instruction until dismissed.  Tardies and early dismissals are considered a violation of the S.C. Attendance Laws, when excessive may be referred to the attendance office and could be considered educational neglect by family court.  Students should leave the school grounds by 2:45; supervision is only provided for after-school programs. Law enforcement may be called for students that are on school grounds w/o parents.

Textbooks

The state provides free textbooks for all students in elementary school.  If a textbook is lost or damaged by a student, the student must pay the assessed amount.

Homework

Homework is an extension of the classroom.  It helps provide needed practice while developing responsibility and maturity.  Students are expected to begin work on long-range projects as soon as they are assigned to avoid working late at night or on weekends.  
The parents’ role is to provide time and space for quiet, productive work and to provide encouragement and reinforcement.

Support Services Program

The support services program provides for students who have an identified learning problem.  Due process procedures are followed when placing children in the program.  Written permission for psychological evaluation and placement is obtained from the parents.  A staffing committee recommends placement, and a written educational plan for the student is provided.  Students who are in the program work in small groups with the support services teacher for a portion of the school day, but spend most of the day in a regular classroom.  The aim of the program is provide individual instruction to help each child reach his potential.  
Hollis Academy also provides a self-contained class setting.  The same due process placement procedures are followed for these students.

Field Trips

Field trips are planned by the teacher for specific instructional purposes.  They are considered an extension of the classroom.  Students remain under the school district code of discipline when on field trips.  The school requires written permission from the parents or legal guardian before a child is permitted to go on a field trip.  Each child may be asked to pay a small fee to cover the expense.  If a child does not go on the field trip, a refund of the cost of the trip will be made up on request.  Parents may be required to attend field trips based on administrative judgement.

Testing Program

Hollis Academy follows the district and state testing programs.  Standardized achievement and aptitude tests are administered and test results are available, upon request, to the parents.  Standardized test data is not used for grading.  It is used to identify those areas in which students show academic strength or weakness and to help improve the instructional program. 

Grading Guidelines

Students will be evaluated with due consideration and recognition given to individual differences. Student performance is evaluated by tests and other available methods. Student behavior and conduct is excluded from consideration in determining a students’ grade. The following grading scale is adopted by the school district and will be applied: 
90 - 100+ = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
50 - 59 = U
Please talk with your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Report Cards

Report cards are prepared every nine weeks are sent home four times a year.  If a report is not received at the end of each nine-week period, please notify the child’s teacher or school office.  It is necessary for parents to furnish a self-addressed stamped envelope in which the final report can be mailed.

Policies and Regulations

Attendance 

Truancy

A child, ages 6 to 17 years, is considered truant when the child has three (3) consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five (5) unlawful absences. The term "unlawful absence" shall refer to any absence without a written excuse, or any parent note after ten (10) that was not excused by the principal. 

When a student accumulates 5 unexcused absences, this or her name will be displayed in the Incident Management System (IMS). Schools must make reasonable efforts to meet with the parent(s) or guardian(s) to identify the reason(s) for the student's unlawful absences. These efforts should include telephone calls, home visits, letters, and e-mails. During the meeting, a written "intervention plan" must be developed with the parent(s) or guardian(s) to improve the student's attendance. A student, age 12-16, should also participate in the meeting. The intervention plan must include: 

If possible, the intervention plan should be completed in the IMS system. If completed outside the system, the individual completing the plan must document in IMS that a plan was completed on paper and a copy is on file. 

If a student accumulates two additional unlawful absences after an intervention plan has been established, the student will be referred to the appropriate attendance supervisor. The Attendance Supervisor Referral Form, a summary of the student's attendance and the intervention plan will be sent to the attendance supervisor from the school. The attendance supervisor shall intervene in an attempt to improve the student's attendance. 

If there are further bsences, the student is considered to be a "chronic" truant and should be referred to the attendance supervisor again. The Attendance Supervisor will make a decision regarding a possible referral back to Family Court based on the circumstances. 

Transfer of plans- If a student transfers to another public school in South Carolina, intervention plans shall be forwarded to the receiving school. School officials will contact the parent(s)/guardian(s) and local team members to review the plan and revise as appropriate. Court ordered plans may be amended through application to the court. 

Transfers


When a child is moving from Hollis Academy to another school, please notify the school office at least one week in advance, giving your new address.  A transfer form will be prepared which may be picked up by the parent the last day of the child’s attendance.  You must have this form to enter your child in his/her new school.  It will be necessary for the parent to sign a release form so that your child’s records can be forwarded to the new school.  The new school will request the records and they will then be forwarded.

Early Dismissal/ Tardies


Children will be considered tardy at 8:00 am. Any child arriving to school after 11:30am will be considered absent for the day.

If parents must take a child from school before the close of the day, they must send a note in the morning stating the reason for an early dismissal and the time the child will be picked up.  Parents must sign the student out in the school office if the child is being dismissed before 2:30.  Whenever possible, medical and dental appointments should be made after school hours.  To provide time for afternoon announcements and a smooth dismissal, no early dismissals after 2:00 p.m.  


No child will be allowed to leave the school grounds during hours unless signed out by a parent or another adult designated by the parent.
Students will be expected to leave the school grounds immediately after dismissal at 2:30 unless they are staying for the Extended Day Program.  Details of the program will be sent home.  Children should be cautioned about accepting rides with strangers.

Discipline


Legal Authority
A.  Sections 59-5-65, 59-19-90, 59-63,210 through 270 South Carolina Code of Laws 1976, as amended.
B.      Polices JR, JDA, JDB, JDC, JDD, and JDE; Policy Manual of The School District of Greenville County
Most discipline problems should be handled between the teacher, student, and parent.  While discipline is an individual matter, the school district is unequivocally committed to the principle that disorderly and disruptive behavior shall not be permitted to interfere with the right of other students to pursue an education; nor will improper conduct be tolerated.  All students will be required to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will be in the best interest of the school and its students.  Every reasonable effort will be made to keep students within the school’s sphere of influence.

1.   Students will respect the rights and property of others.
2.  Students will respect and properly care for school property.  This includes the building, furniture, books, and materials.
3.  Students will show proper respect to all teachers and adult supervisors.
4.  Absolutely no throwing of dangerous objects nor fighting will be permitted at school or while going to and from school.
5. Students will not be permitted to use foul or obscene language
6.  Hazing of students will not be tolerated.  Any act by a student which tends to inure, degrade, or disgrace another student constitutes hazing. 
7. Discipline policies included in this publication are based on information at time of printing. District discipline policies are outline in Parent Express, the Greenville County School's parent newsletter, which will be mailed in early August.

Hollis Dress Code

 Visitation in School

Parents and visitors are welcome. Prior to your visit, you must call the office to arrange a time that is convenient with the teacher. Class visits are a time for observation ONLY, but they furnish an excellent background for teacher-conferences. Parent classroom visitations should be limited to a 30-minute session. At no time, should parents interrupt the class to speak with the teacher.  Any questions or conferences should be reserved for a later period when more time is available.  All visitors in the building, including parents and school volunteers, will be required to check in at the office and wear a dated visitor pass.