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 from 7:15 – 7:40.)  Kindergarten students will go to the holding room.

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.

7:50 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.

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 tarps.  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 ½ the cost of the trip will be made up on request.  Parents are encouraged to purchase school insurance at the beginning of the school year.

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: 
93 - 100+ = A
85 - 92 = B
77 - 84 = C
70 - 76 = D
63 - 69 = 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 for 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 (Mailed to ALL Students)
In accordance with the South Carolina Compulsory School Attendance Law, The School District of Greenville County has adopted uniform rules to assure that students attend school regularly.  Each day that students are not in school, they miss hours of valuable instruction and opportunities for learning that they will not have again.

All children are required to attend a public or private school kindergarten beginning at age five and continuing until their 17th birthday.  If parents choose not to send their children to kindergarten, they must sign a waiver which may be obtained at the local school.

Students are counted present only when they are actually in school, on homebound instruction, or are present at an activity authorized by the school principal.

I. The school year consists of 180 school days.  To receive credit, attend at least 85 days of each 90-day semester course and at least 170 days of each 180- day year course, as well as meet all minimum requirements for each course.  Accrued student absences may not exceed ten days during the school year.  Any absence in excess of ten may cause the student to lose credit for the year.  

II. Because 170 days are the minimum required by the state, the first ten absences may be lawful, unlawful, or combined.  All absences beginning with the eleventh must be lawful and will be excused If they fall within the following guidelines.

a.Lawful Absences

i. Personal illness of a child verified by a statement from a physician within two days of the student’s return to school.  Absences for Chronic or Extended illness will be approved only when verified by a physician’s statement.

ii. Serious illness or death of an immediate family member verified by a statement from the parent within two days of the student’s return to school.

iii. Absences for religious holidays, when approved in advance.  Such requests must be made to the principal in writing.

iv. Absences for extreme hardships approved by the principal.  Such approval should be prearranged when possible.  Include doctor’s appointments.

b. Unlawful Absences – Any student absence, with or without the knowledge of the parent, which does not meet the conditions for a lawful absence shall be counted as unlawful and will not be excused.

c. Procedures for Make up Work

i. Provision for make up of school work missed during excused absences shall be worked out with the teacher(s) concerned at the earliest time possible but should not exceed five school days after the student returns to school.

ii. Make up school work missed during unexcused absences may be approved only with permission of the principal after consultation with the teacher(s) concerned.

iii. These rules apply to all schools in the district.  Questions regarding attendance rules should be directed to the principal of the student’s school.

 Transfers
When a child is moving form 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
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 (Mailed to ALL Students)
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.  Hazing of students will not be tolerated.  Any act by a student which tends to inure, degrade, or disgrace another student constitutes hazing. 

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