Attendance & Citizenship Policy

Absences

Forest Lake Academy believes that the classroom experience cannot be duplicated. Every student is expected to be at school every day, on time, and prepared for class, except in the case of illness, family emergency, religious holiday, or a school-sponsored event. Parents should attempt to schedule appointments to be rotated so the student does not always miss the same class.

The FLA absence policy applies when students miss class and are not on campus. Students who miss class but who are otherwise present at school will be considered to be skipping and are subject to disciplinary action, including possible detention or suspension. Students on campus MUST attend class unless they have obtained an excuse from the nurse, a teacher or staff member, or administration. Once a student has arrived on campus, he or she may not leave campus (other than as approved for lunch) without the specific permission of a parent and school administration.

Dorm students who are sick must see the nurse to be placed on sick list. If no nurse is available, the student must see his or her dean. Dorm students may only miss class if they are on sick list or have specific permission from their dean or another staff member.
All students must be in class, at work, or in a study hall during every period of the day.

Students who drive may receive special permission to leave school after their last class or work appointment. If such permission is sought and granted, the student must leave campus after their last appointment as scheduled.

After 5 absences a student will receive a warning. If a student reaches 10 absences in a quarter/semester he or she may be dropped a letter grade in that class. At 15 absences, the student will be subject to losing credit in that class according to the Florida Law (Section 1003.436) Florida Statute. A student should not get more than 5 absences per quarter. School Sponsored Trips (SST) will not count against your allotted absent totals for the quarter or semester.

Make Up Work Due To Absences

Parents are not required to produce written excuses for their child when they return to school. The teachers have the right to assign whatever make up work they deem necessary. Make up bell work, quizzes, and tests may be different than the original work. Some bell work and minor quizzes may not be made up. If the absence is school-related, the teacher may simply average in the missing work or quiz.

The iPad and e-back pack now provides the opportunity for work to be turned in even when a student is absent from class. However, how the teacher handles this is up to their discretion. Please read your course syllabus and follow it.

Tardies

Because punctuality is important, students are held strictly accountable for prompt attendance at all classes and scheduled meetings. The only time a tardy will be excused is if the student was delayed by another staff member or if he or she had a prearranged medical appointment. A note from the staff member or medical office will be required for the tardy to be cleared.

A student who received five (5) tardies in a quarter will be required to serve a detention. Every five additional tardies each quarter will result in an additional detention, however if a student receives a third attendance related detention, he or she will face a suspension (see below).

Students are considered tardy when they are up to 10 minutes late, after 10 minutes the student is considered absent. Tardy count starts over every nine weeks. There is also an attendance grade that is recorded every nine weeks/ quarter. Your attendance grade is based on unexcused tardiness only.

When a student reaches three detentions he or she will be suspended and placed on probation. This suspension/probation will adversely affect any elected office, participation in Varsity Sports and other extracurricular activities. (Prayer and Leadership Conference, etc.) Work missed due to unexcused tardy (such as quizzes, bell work, etc.) may not be made up.

Detentions will be held in the Library on Thursday afternoon only from 4:00-6:00 pm. On time attendance is required and no excuses will be accepted (work, class, appointments, practice/games, etc.) other than serious illness or incapacitating injury or accident (upon receipt of confirming note from a parent, dean, nurse or doctor).

A missed detention (unexcused) will result in a suspension being served on the next day (Friday) which may result in loss of privileges, offices, loss of sports participation, etc. (Students must contact Mr. Jones at 407-620-4742) in order to be excused from detention, you must make contact before the detention is supposed to be served.

Chapel/iTag (Daily Worship) Attendance

Students are required to attend all scheduled Chapels and iTag Family Groups and attendance will be taken. Chapel/iTag attendance is tallied separately from classroom attendance. Only absences will be recorded for these appointments. After every 2nd unexcused absences to Chapel or iTag Family Groups you will serve a detention.

Detentions will be on Thursday afternoon from 4:00-6:00 pm only.
(Note: Dorm students are not allowed to miss any Chapel/iTag unless on sick list.)

When a student serves three detentions in a semester, he or she will be suspended and placed on probation. This suspension/probation will adversely affect any elected offices, participation in Varsity Sports, and other extracurricular activities, etc.

Citizenship

Forest Lake Academy students are expected to be responsible and considerate. Every effort is made to help further their sense of responsibility for themselves and the entire Forest Lake Academy family. When a student enrolls at Forest Lake Academy, they automatically become a representative of the school. Therefore, students should behave at all times in ways that will honor the school. This is especially true on campus or at all school-sponsored activities when all school rules of conduct and responsibilities will apply. In addition, student conduct off campus or during vacation periods which reflects a disregard for the norms of social behavior expected of Forest Lake Academy students (including, but not limited to, violations of rules stated in this handbook) may, at the school’s discretion, subject students to suspension or expulsion.

In the investigation of any suspected student conduct, Forest Lake Academy reserves the right to question students without parental consent, search students and/or their belongings, involve law enforcement, and confiscate all prohibited items. Forest Lake Academy shall have the sole discretion to interpret, administer, and implement all student behavior expectations and policies.

Because Forest Lake Academy is a school based on cooperation and commitment to Jesus Christ, we expect every student to abide by the following code:

  • I will be respectful, responsible, and prepared.
  • I will act in a safe manner.
  • I will do all I can to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and trust.
  • I will respect myself, others, and the environment.
  • We are here to learn; therefore I will do nothing to keep the teacher from teaching, and anyone, myself included, learning.
  • I will do all I can to treat others the way I would like to be treated.

    Citizenship Referrals

    Infractions will be noted with a citizenship referral (See samples below). These may be completed by any staff member and will be given directly to the student. Parents and administration will also receive an electronic copy via RenWeb. Generally, referrals for discipline issues will include an assessment of points with consequences for point accumulations as listed below.

    NOTE: The school reserves the right to skip some or all point levels if a particular infraction is deemed to be of such a serious nature as to demand more immediate major consequences.

The purpose of the Honor Code is to strengthen the basic values and beliefs that our students come to us with. We feel very strongly that one of the greatest services we can provide our student is to send them on from FLA with a system of values that will put them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

The FLA Honor Code is composed of four points:

  • I will not lie
  • I will not cheat, plagiarize
  • I will not steal
  • I will not sexually harass, bully, fight, nor condone anyone who does

Definitions of lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarize, sexually harass, bully, fighting

  1. Lying (1-8 referral points. Possible Detention)Purposely making a statement with the intent to deceive someone.
  2. Cheating/Dishonesty (Detention)
    • Dishonesty on homework papers. (Accessory/Accomplice) Allowing another student to copy your homework, etc.
    • Copying or cheating on exams or quizzes.
    • Plagiarism: copying or using someone else’s papers or major report (to steal, borrow, copy and use the ideas or writings of another as one’s own).
  3. Stealing (Suspension)Taking or borrowing something without permission.
  4. Sexual Harassment/Bullying/Fighting (Suspension)Sexually Harassing- Making anyone uncomfortable through touch, look, or verbally, and through the web.Bullying- To intimidate, haze, belittle, make fun of, be mean to, either verbally, physically, through the web, etc.Fighting- To attack, hit a person and cause a physical injury.

Consequences for Violations of Honor Code

  1. Lying
    First Offense: ReferralSecond offense: Referral, parent conference, possible suspensionThird Offense: Suspension, possible withdrawal from school
  2. CheatingFirst Offense: Zero for the work, referralSecond Offense: Zero for the work, referral, suspension, parent conferenceThird Offense: Withdrawal from school
  3. Stealing
    First Offense: Restitution, suspension, referralSecond Offense: Restitution, withdrawal from school
  4. Sexual Harassment/Fighting/Bullying
    First Offense: Suspension, parent conference, referralSecond Offense: Withdrawal from school

Consequences of Points (Per Quarter)

Students who accumulate excessive points will be assigned to detention. Detentions are not scheduled to accommodate student convenience. Detentions are served on Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 in the library. A missed detention (unexcused) will result in a suspension being served on the next day (Friday) which may result in loss of privileges, offices, loss of sports participation, etc. (Students must contact Mr. Jones at 407-620-4742) in order to be excused from detention, you must make contact a day before the detention is supposed to be served.

1-4 points: Note to Parent

5 points: 1st Detention

8 points: 2nd Detention

12 points: 3rd Detention

16 points: Suspension

*Points start over every nine weeks. A student can only serve two suspensions in the school year.

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