Elementary Handbook

///Elementary Handbook
Elementary Handbook 2017-01-23T12:53:19+00:00
1.1 Welcome – to the Fresno Christian Schools Family
The Fresno Christian Schools system is a very unique and special place. Its origins are rooted in Christian people and churches in the Fresno area that envisioned a school which would combine Christian faith and teaching with strong academic training.We welcome each family who chooses to become part of the Fresno Christian community. We deeply appreciate the commitment you have made to Christian education and the trust you have placed in us to partner with you in the education of your child. Every student, every family, enrolled here is unique and cherished. We value your prayerful support for our faculty and staff.
Jeremy Brown, Superintendent K-12
FOUNDED: 1977
COLORS: Maroon, black, and white
EMBLEM: Eagle
Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
1.2 Overview – History 
The dream for a quality Christian school to serve the Fresno area became a reality in 1977, but the idea of a Christian school had been conceived several years earlier when pastors and educational leaders met with a common vision to consider the possibility of establishing such a school. As a result, five Fresno churches unified to support the vision for a school that would not compromise God’s word or settle for anything less than the pursuit of excellence in the classroom.Classes began with 135 students in grades K-6. Today, students in grades K-12 attend the Peoples Church campus at 7280 North Cedar Avenue.In a typical year, the student body represents over 60 churches. Students attend from the greater Fresno/Clovis area and other communities such as Kerman, Kingsburg, Sanger, Selma, and Madera.Fresno Christian Schools gives special attention to meeting the spiritual, academic, artistic, and athletic needs of the student through the four schools, both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.Fresno Christian Schools is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation.
1.3 Overview – Accreditation and Memberships
Fresno Christian Schools is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).Fresno Christian Schools is a member of ACSI and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ACSI strives to enable and equip Christian educators and schools worldwide to effectively educate children and young people with the mind of Christ. ECFA is a national organization whose mission is to guide Christ-centered, evangelical, nonprofit organizations in ethical practices and financial accountability.
2.1 Guiding Principles – Mission Statement
The mission of Fresno Christian Schools is to equip young people for life and service for Jesus Christ through biblical foundations, Christ-like character development, and academic preparation in partnership with the home and local church.
2.2 Guiding Principles – Statement of Belief
The ultimate model for Christian conduct is found in conforming to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). The purpose of Christian education is to teach students with all possible wisdom, seeking to bring each one into God’s presence as a mature individual, conformed to Christ’s image and in union with Him (Colossians 1:28).Individual commitment to Jesus Christ is voluntary in nature; therefore, the school does not force students to subscribe to a particular belief system. Each student is confronted with the person of Jesus Christ and is encouraged to make a personal commitment to Him, to learn the meaning of that commitment, and to demonstrate discipleship in serving God and man. The school is designed to assist the student in growing both morally and academically.

2.1 Guiding Principles – Statement of Faith

WE BELIEVE:

  • The Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God;
  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
  • In God the Father, creator of heaven and earth, who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient;
  • In the deity of Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right     hand of the Father, His Lordship over all of life, and His personal return in power and glory;
  • In the necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation, and His subsequent indwelling of the believer;
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved unto the resurrection of life, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation;
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
2.2 Guiding Principles – Educational Philosophy – II Peter 1:5-11
Fresno Christian Schools is committed to excellence in academic achievement and quality of instruction, in partnership with the home and church. It recognizes that Christian education can only be realized in the integration of the total person under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, involving the individual’s spiritual, moral, academic, physical, and emotional needs. We believe the concepts of a Christian educational philosophy include the following:
  • God is the source of all wisdom and truth.
  • God has given differing abilities to each student. It is the teacher’s responsibility to challenge each child according to this ability and seek to develop each child’s potential to the utmost.
  • We encourage learning that involves interaction between people and ideas, and that believes in individuality, personal worth, equality, and purpose.
  • We strive to enable students to become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and scripturally educated learners utilizing individualized instruction and through interpersonal relationships.
  • The teacher represents an extension of authority and discipline as an agent of the parent.
  • Students at Fresno Christian must recognize and submit to the authority and regulations of the school as an extension of the home and church.
  • The student’s home, church, and school experiences and training should be a preparation for life, a life of fellowship with God and of service to man.
  • Students should be encouraged to mature spiritually and look to the life and person of Jesus Christ as an example for living.
  • We believe each student, as a Christian, has a responsibility to be a light to the world, to love as God the Father loves, and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, utilizing the indwelling power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

2.3 Guiding Principles – Core Values

Centered in Christ – John 17:20-22

  • Providing a Christ-centered, God-honoring environment: Colossians 1:18
  • Ministering as a team of board, administrators, faculty, and staff united in allegiance to Christ and the mission of a distinctively Christian education: Philippians 2:1-11

Encouraging each student to develop a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior:  Colossians 1:28-20

Teaching the Truth- Timothy 3:16

  • Recognizing that all truth is God’s truth, and that the Bible is the verbally inspired inerrant, and authoritative Word of God. – John 14:6 (ESV), John 17:17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, I John 5:20

Integrating a biblical world view into all areas of the curriculum and school program – Psalm 86:11 (ESV), Colossians 2:2-3, Psalm 78:1-8, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Romans 12:2

Affirming the worth of each individual as an image-bearer of God – Genesis 1:26-27

Developing students who hide God’s Word in their hearts, discern the truth based on Scripture, and apply biblical wisdom to every part of daily life. 1 John 3:18 ESV, Psalm 119:11, Proverbs 3:5-6, I Corinthians 2:15-16

Striving for Excellence

  • Pursuing excellence in who we are and all that we do to the glory of God – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV), Colossians 3:17

Promoting the spiritual, academic, social, and physical well being of each student – Psalm 139:13-16, I Timothy 4:8

Equipping students to develop the thinking, communication, study, and academic skills needed for future educational and occupational success – Ephesians 4:11-16

Providing a quality learning experience that engages students, encourages them to reach their full potential in Christ, and focuses on what is best for each student – Philippians 1:6

Leading through Service – Matthew 20:28

  • Following Christ’s example of service and love in our relationships with others – Luke 10:27, I Timothy 6:18, 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

Serving as Christian role models at all levels of leadership, including the board, administration, faculty, and staff, so that others may follow our example – Matthew 5:14-16, Philippians 2:3-4

Fostering a faithful board, administration, faculty, and staff who choose to operate not from obligation to a job but from commitment to the ministry – Ephesians 6:6-7, Colossians 3:23

Preparing effective servant leaders who will desire to follow biblical principles in their interactions with others, fulfill their responsibility toward good citizenship and mission outreach, give their lives in service to God, and impact their families, communities, and world for Christ – John 12:26, Colossians 4:5-6

Partnering with Parents – Proverbs 22:6

  • Recognizing the home as a child’s primary educator – Deuteronomy 6:7
  • Collaborating with parents who affirmatively support and cooperate with the school’s Christian philosophy of education, core values, mission, and vision – Ephesians 4:1-3
  • Encouraging families in their affiliation with a local Bible-believing church – Hebrews 10:24-25
  • Following biblical principles in relationships and interactions – Matthew 18:15-17
2.4 Guiding Principles – Statement of Agreement
Each family who chooses to enroll their child in Fresno Christian Schools is asked to sign the Statement of Agreement, which is part of the application packet. Fresno Christian Schools is committed to excellence in academic achievement, quality of instruction, and the education of the total person under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This involves meeting the student’s spiritual, moral, academic, physical, and social needs, and is accomplished through its stated mission: to equip young people for life and service for Jesus Christ through biblical foundations, Christ-like character development, and academic preparation, in partnership with the home and local church.Since individual commitment to Christ is voluntary in nature, students at Fresno Christian Schools are confronted with the person of Jesus Christ and invited to become acquainted with biblical principles basic to the development of a Christian lifestyle. Students are encouraged to make a personal commitment to Christ, to learn the meaning of that commitment, and to demonstrate discipleship in serving God and others. The school is designed to assist in this process as the student pursues academic and spiritual growth.
The highest pattern for Christian conduct is found in conforming to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). We strive to teach all students with all possible wisdom, seeking to bring each one into God’s presence as a mature individual, conformed to Christ’s image and in union with Him (Colossians 1:28).With this goal in mind, each student, by virtue of enrollment, is expected to adhere to the school’s stated behavioral expectations and to comply with all rules of the Student Handbook. Students of Fresno Christian Schools shall not be engaged in any immoral, unethical, or illegal activities or any other activities that may have a harmful effect on the offending student, other students, the school, the community, or the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This expectation applies during school hours and at on-campus and off-campus school-sponsored events, and extends to a student’s personal time as well.Students are expected to maintain a high standard of conduct during school hours and at all school functions, submitting to the authority of all teachers, staff, and authorized personnel. Students will respect the physical and psychological well being of others; behavior that exploits others, students or adults, will not be tolerated. Failure to maintain and respect this standard may lead to the offending student entering into a process of restorative discipline and/or punitive discipline, with the goal of the student becoming more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.Additionally, while away from campus on school-sponsored functions, if any student is found to be in violation of any school policy, the parent/guardian will be notified. Appropriate disciplinary action will be decided upon by school administration, and may include the student’s immediate removal from the function at the parent/guardian’s expense.
2.5 Guiding Principles – Role of the Teacher
Teachers employed at Fresno Christian Schools either hold valid teaching credentials or are in the process of completing credential requirements from the State of California and/or the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In addition, a number of teachers hold Master’s Degrees. Fresno Christian teachers demonstrate the ability to communicate and motivate students as well as mentor them spiritually, and feel called to this unique ministry.
The role of teachers, administrators, and staff members is fourfold: to instruct effectively; to be an example; to provide and foster an atmosphere of learning; and to speak the truth in love.
  1.  Instruct effectively – Fresno Christian teachers strive to develop critical thinkers who use a variety of resources to independently and cooperatively solve problems and draw conclusions through investigation and analysis. Another goal is to assist students in becoming effective communicators who read with comprehension, write competently, listen critically, speak clearly and confidently, view reflectively, and visually express ideas. In addition, we endeavor to produce scripturally-educated learners who understand and demonstrate Biblical principles as contributing members of their school, community, and world.
  2. Be an example – It is important that teachers have a relationship with each of their students and that they are seen as real people who have both struggles and joys just as they do. Through their conduct, experiences, and attitudes, teachers serve as an example of the ongoing process of living a Christian life.
  3. Provide and foster an atmosphere of learning – It is essential that a healthy classroom atmosphere be one of curiosity, encouragement, expectation, and physical and emotional safety. Students must feel valued and respected by teachers and students alike.
  4. Speak the truth in love – In order to be effective, discipline need not be only authoritative or punitive. We believe that lovingly restoring a child to correct behavior and attitude is best accomplished through relationships that guide and respect the individual child. Educating each student in Biblical principles of conduct while applying appropriate consequences for misbehavior results in a balanced, positive approach to discipline.

2.8 Guiding Principles – Educational Goals – Expected School-Wide Learning Results

Fresno Christian will prepare its graduates to be…

ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS who strive for excellence in the academic disciplines and are equipped to pursue the educational and career goals to which they aspire.

CRITICAL THINKERS who use a variety of resources to independently and cooperatively solve problems and draw conclusions through investigation and analysis.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS who read with comprehension, write competently, listen critically, speak clearly and confidently, view reflectively, and visually express ideas.

SCRIPTURALLY-EDUCATED LEARNERS who understand and demonstrate biblical principles as contributing members of their school, home and world.

3.0 Spiritual Development – On-Campus Life

One of the primary objectives of Fresno Christian Schools is to disciple students. This can be accomplished by modeling Jesus Christ in the classroom on a daily basis, by speaking the truth in love, and by providing an atmosphere that fosters the fruit of the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22). True spirituality is of the heart and must be born and nurtured by the Spirit of God. To attempt to legislate spirituality would only breed rebellion at worst and a hollow, outward spirituality at best. Fresno Christian provides a framework through which the Holy Spirit can work in the lives of every student who is open to His direction.While most of the student body profess to be Christians, there are a few who do not. For these students, accepting Christ and committing their lives to Him often occurs as a result of effective discipleship by our faculty, staff, and student body. Some parents have been introduced to Christ in this manner as well. On-campus activities are designed, therefore, to encourage and assist students who are believers to grow in their faith, and to present the truth to those students who have not yet come to salvation through Christ.Classroom prayer and devotions establish an atmosphere of unity in the body of believers, acknowledging the presence of God during the academic day. Students are encouraged to share their needs and to pray for them in a group setting. The privilege of classroom prayer and spiritual encouragement is also valued.

Bible instruction is an integral part of the instructional curriculum. The study of God’s Word is designed to meet the varying needs, interests, and abilities of students. Instruction is based on scriptural study and memorization, biblical biography, personal experiences of mature Christians, and individual application.

Chapels are held regularly to provide spiritual enrichment as well as positive and meaningful experiences. All students must attend chapel and are required to exhibit respectful attitudes as well as refraining from distracting others.

Assemblies and rallies present uplifting entertainment, help build school spirit, and provide opportunities for student participation in games and other activities that foster class unity.

3.1 Spiritual Development – Spiritual Goals

It is the desire of Fresno Christian that each student who professes faith in Jesus Christ:

• is willing to serve. John 13, Matthew 16:24
• is learning to listen. Luke 9:35, 10:38-42
• is willing to learn and is teachable. Luke 9:35, 10:38-42 18:15, Ephesians 4:23-24
• is submissive to authority. I Thessalonians 5:12-13, Hebrews 13:17
• is willing and able to share the faith with others. I John 1:1-3
• is learning humility and is glad when others are blessed. Philippians 2:3-4
• examines his own life before criticizing others. Matthew 7:1-5
• knows his own weaknesses and allows God’s grace to work through them. 2 Corinthians 12:9
• is not a perfectionist, nor prey to self-righteousness, self-condemnation, self-pity, or a judgmental spirit. James 3:2, I John 1:8-10
• is forgiving. Matthew 18:21-35
• is persistent, courageous, and not easily discouraged. Ephesians 6:10-18, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
• is trustworthy and responsible. I Corinthians 4:2
• is not a busybody or a gossip. John 21:21-22, I Timothy 5:13
• does tasks well, whether great or small. Colossians 3:17
• uses time wisely as a gift from God. Ephesians 5:15-17
• aims to please God most of all. Colossians 1:10, 2 Corinthians 5:9
• is quick to obey when God speaks. Luke 5:4-9
• has faith in God, though there may be nothing visible to encourage his faith. Mark 11:20-24
• is willing to trust the love and faithfulness of God, even without temporal and material security. Matthew 6:25-34
• is willing to follow the Spirit’s leading, to make adjustments and changes, as the Lord requires. Acts 10
• has a clear understanding of God’s priorities for his life. Acts 6:2-4
(Copyright David Watson, Called and Committed, 1982)

3.2 Spiritual Development – Spiritual Objectives 
Spiritual Objectives for FCS Students
Note: Objectives are ideally supposed to be measurable. True spirituality must be from the heart which is impossible to measure. We can only try to observe attitudes, actions, and speech that would be consistent with true spirituality. Discernment is necessary to more accurately analyze spiritual condition. God will have to be the final judge. The Biblical criteria for the measuring of the spirituality are the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). We are told to look for these fruits in a believer’s life as a measure of the maturity of his spirituality.

It is our goal for each Christian student to be able to:

1. Demonstrate the developing qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in one’s personal life.
2. Pray out loud with a group of peers.
3. Share personal needs with a group of peers.
4. Explain a passage of scripture for a devotion with a group of peers.
5. Explain the plan of salvation and quote relevant scriptures.
6. List Christian priorities for his own personal life.
7. Attend one’s own church regularly and be active with one’s youth group.
8. Read God’s Word on a consistent basis for private devotions.
9. Volunteer to help others consistently.
10. Not resist authority in spirit or actions.
11. Compliment others consistently/sincerely.
12. List one’s own personal character strengths and weaknesses.
13. Consistently do his best in any situation.
14. Ask for forgiveness when wrong.
15. Forgive others and not hold grudges when wronged.
16. Demonstrate trust and responsibility in practical situations.
17. Speak positively of self and others.
18. Demonstrate an attitude of faith, obedience, and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ on a daily basis.

4.0 The Curriculum – Curriculum

Fresno Christian Schools has established curriculum based on a Christian world view as described in the school’s philosophy, expected school-wide learning results, and curriculum standards adapted from the California State Curriculum Standards. Students transferring into FCS can be quickly integrated into the program.The school’s administration supervises and implements the educational philosophy, goals, and objectives of the school. They coordinate and monitor the design, development, implementation and continuous improvement of the K-12 curriculum.Textbooks and instructional materials are selected by the principal in consultation with teachers to implement the curriculum. The teacher is the important element in the interpretation of all materials being presented in the classroom teaching-learning process.The curriculum at Fresno Christian emphasizes mastery of content and fosters higher critical thinking. Advanced Preparatory (AP) courses are available as options for college and university bound students. A comprehensive junior/senior high school program is offered, geared toward college preparation. The minimum high school requirements include 4 years of Bible, 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics, 2 years of science, 3 years of social science, 4 years of physical education, and one year of visual or performing arts.

4.1 The Curriculum – Biblical Studies 

The goal of biblical instruction is to teach students to know Jesus Christ as personal Savior and build their lives on the foundation of God’s Word. Biblical studies at Fresno Christian Schools are a blend of gaining Bible knowledge and applying its truth to daily practical living. Throughout all grades, students study parts of the Bible thematically, along with the background information (historical, cultural, etc.) necessary for proper understanding. Also, during Bible instruction students will be introduced to the life traits they should be incorporating in their growing Christian lives. Teachers provide opportunities throughout each day for the students to exercise the traits they are learning. This is referred to as the “Living Curriculum.”

4.2 The Curriculum – Communication

The goal of the communication skills curriculum is threefold: First, students will learn to read and understand God’s word and apply its instruction to their lives; second, they will develop into proficient readers able to acquire information and appreciate good literature; and third, they will become confident and skilled in the use of written and oral language. The communication curriculum integrates the following language arts areas: (1) exposure to literary works (2) listening and questioning (3) oral language (4) reading strategies (5) composition (6) English language analysis, and (7) study, reference, and media skills.

4.3 The Curriculum – Math and Science 

The goal of the math/science curriculum is threefold: to teach that the orderly and logical structure of mathematics demonstrates the greatness of God by His spoken word, is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe; to have students recognize God’s dominion and control over creation by measuring, analyzing, handling, and sharing with others various parts of that creation; and to equip students to solve problems in various settings by applying mathematical concepts and skills.

4.4 The Curriculum – History-Social Science

The goal of the history-social science curriculum is twofold: literacy and service. This literacy is based on the development of cultural knowledge, democratic understanding, civic values and skills attainment along with social participation. Together with this, students are taught a Christian world view based on fellowship with God and becoming socially responsible citizens.

4.5 The Curriculum – Arts 

The Fresno Christian Fine Arts Department offers experiences in performance and practice that intentionally engage students academically, communicatively, thoughtfully and scripturally. The drama curriculum develops sensitivity, creativity, confidence, and the ability to work with others. The music curriculum increases the sensitivity of all children to music as an art form that speaks to the inner man, expressing our feelings of love and adoration. The visual arts curriculum sharpens student awareness and sensitivity to the beauty of God’s creation, develops forms of self-expression, and teaches the importance of the visual arts in our lives today and in our past. Students are strongly encouraged to use their chosen artistic medium to communicate their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s message of salvation to the world in a special way.

4.6 The Curriculum – Physical Education And Health

The goal of the physical education and health curriculum is for students to realize their bodies are a marvelous creation of God. Appreciation of this will lead them to accept instruction and pursue recreational activities that foster physical, social, mental and spiritual development.

5.0 Admission – Admission

Admission to Fresno Christian Schools is a privilege. The school’s policy regarding admission is “Open Enrollment.” FCS admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school.

5.1 Admission – Priority System  

A priority system was established to give families currently attending FCS, alumni, and sponsoring church families first consideration as openings exist. The order of priority is as follows:

• Returning students who have paid the tuition deposit.
• Children of staff members, prospective students who have brothers or sisters now at FCS, and children of alumni.
• Prospective students whose parents are members of a sponsoring church.
• Prospective students not falling in the aforementioned sequence, by date of receipt of application form, who have paid the nonrefundable application fee.

5.4 Admission – Pre-Enrollment Evaluation

Admission is normally not granted when a student’s instructional level indicates that they would not be successful in our school, unless it is determined that academic support provided by school personnel might be adequate to help the student experience success. Parents must agree to this intervention before admission is granted.

5.6 Admission – Application Fee

The application fee charged each student covers the cost of processing enrollment.

5.7 Admission – Payment Policy

Fresno Christian’s Board payment policy is as follows:

• There are many payment options available. Choose the one that best fits your family budget.
• Special arrangements may be requested by the responsible party when unforeseen circumstances arise.
• Fees that are 60 days overdue must be paid to continue enrollment.
• Students cannot be enrolled if there is an outstanding balance from the previous school year.

5.8 Admission – Delinquent Accounts

School policy regarding delinquent accounts is as follows:

•Tuition accounts on a monthly payment plan that are 60 days overdue must be paid to continue enrollment.
•Tuition accounts on a 1 or 2 payment plan must be paid prior to the start of each semester.
•Students cannot be enrolled if there is an outstanding balance from prior school years.

6.2 Admission – Class Size

In the primary grades (K-2) we seek to maintain an average class size of 25. In the event that any class exceeds 28 students, supplemental staffing will be implemented to serve students’ needs until such time as enrollment warrants opening additional classes. In the intermediate grades (3-6), we seek to maintain a class size of 25-30. In the event that a 3rd grade class exceeds 28 students, supplemental staffing will be implemented to serve students’ needs until such time as enrollment warrants opening additional classes. In the event that any 4th-6th grade class exceeds 32 students, supplemental staffing will be implemented to serve students’ needs until such time as enrollment warrants opening additional classes. In grades 7-12, we seek to maintain a class size of 30-32.

6.22 Academics – Standardized Testing 
The Stanford Achievement Test is administered to all FCS students in grades 1-11 at the end of each school year. Scores provide comparison with both national and Christian school test norms. The test data gives us a look at the overall effectiveness of our school’s curriculum as measured by national norms. By carefully tracking scores from year to year, we are able to pinpoint areas in our curriculum that may need enhancement as well as other areas where we are doing an exceptional job. The achievement test gives us data that allows us to evaluate our curriculum direction on an ongoing basis.

6.3 Admission – Pre-enrollment Procedures

Application and Interview: Parents complete an application which includes an extensive questionnaire about their reasons for wanting to send their child to Fresno Christian, and their child’s prior educational history (if applicable). All 1st-12th grade students, along with a parent, are interviewed by an administrator regarding their educational history and desire to attend a Christian school. Parents are required to provide with their application, reference forms from the student’s former educational setting and church (if applicable). Acceptance of an applicant is determined after information from the application, interviews and an analysis of academic levels of a student (as described below) are reviewed.

Evaluation Procedures for Grades K-1: A developmental assessment is administered to all new applicants. A kindergarten or first grade teacher administers the assessment, and the principal reviews the results. If the child in question has shown overall readiness at the 5-year-old level (for kindergarten) or 6-year-old level (for first grade), the child is accepted. If the child shows slight delays in some areas of development, we investigate the child’s readiness history by questioning adults close to the child (teachers, parents, etc.). Based on this investigation and the assessment results, the administration makes recommendations regarding grade placement. If the child being evaluated shows marked developmental delays in several areas, the principal, after consulting with the teachers and other educational specialists, will determine whether the child’s needs can be met at Fresno Christian School.

Evaluation Procedures for Grades 2-6:  A reading placement test and a math survey are administered to all students applying for admission. If a student’s scores indicate likely success at the grade level they are entering, the child is accepted without qualification. If a student’s scores indicate that instructional level is six months to one year below the grade level being entered, the principal tracks progress for one or two semesters. In the event that the student fails to make adequate instructional gains during that period, remedial help will be strongly encouraged, or even required, as a condition of enrollment the following year. If a student’s scores indicate that instructional level is more than one year below the grade applied to enter, the principal will investigate the child’s past performance in school. This will involve interviewing parents and former teachers, and reviewing school records (report cards, test scores, etc.). If this research confirms that the child is performing at a very remedial level, the child will most likely not be admitted without further asessment and parental agreement to continued intervention or support as long as required.

6.4 Admission – Health/Immunization Requirements

Kindergarten Students: All children entering kindergarten are required by law to have the following immunizations:

• Poliomyelitis vaccine (TOPV or IPV)
• Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine (DTP-DPT)
• Measles (Rubeola) vaccine, Rubella vaccine, Mumps vaccine (MMR)
• Hepatitis B
• Varicella (Chicken Pox)

A copy of students yellow “Immunization Report Card” or other shot records which verify the dates of each immunization or a signed waiver must be submitted to the school prior to school entry.

First Grade Students: All children entering first grade in a public or private school are required by law to provide documentation of a health checkup (Certification of Examination for Entry into Grade One) or a signed waiver. Forms are provided by your doctor or local health department.

7th grade Students: Students entering seventh grade must submit proof they have received a tDap booster shot prior to the start of the school year.

6.72 Admission – Withdrawals

When withdrawal is necessary, the parent should initiate procedures with the registrar, who will indicate further steps to be followed. When all necessary procedures have been completed records will be released to the new school.

6.9 Admission – Additional Fees 

Activity Fee: This fee is charged with tuition upon enrollment. K-6 class fees include field trips, class T-shirt, consumable books, student body activities, and a Memory Book. Grades 7-12 fees include consumable textbooks, a student body card, field trips, and a yearbook.

Athletic Participation Fee: This fee is billed with tuition upon participation in each sport. Fees provide a spirit-pack (T-shirt and sweatshirt) plus basic sport costs. Additional cost is incurred for cheer, tennis and golf uniforms.

7.0 Academics – Academic Standards

The pursuit of academic excellence is a vital part of the FCS program. Academic Standards Policy: When a student is failing academically because of inconsistent academic performance due to poor work habits, lack of self-motivation, learning difficulties, or the absence of adequate self-discipline, the following will be undertaken:

  • Parental help will be sought in encouraging and motivating the student.
  • Teacher will make a referral to the principal.
  • Principal will make appropriate recommendations (e.g. student study team, cross-age tutor, remedial tutor, etc.)
  • Testing and diagnosis may be recommended to determine appropriate level of support services.
  • The Learning Resource Center will facilitate the provision of support services and monitor the student’s progress.
  • FCS will continue to enroll a student as long as adequate support services are in place and there is evidence of academic progress.

7.1 Discipline – Philosophy of Discipline

The highest pattern for Christian conduct is found in conforming to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). Our goal is to create the finest possible environment for learning and development, to actively promote a high standard of personal conduct in our students. Virtues to be stressed include honesty, clean speech, and respect for God, for persons, and for property.While our students are not expected to exhibit perfect behavior, growth in Christlike behavior is our goal for each and every child. During this continuous growth process, the significant adults in the child’s life (parents and teachers) must function as a united team working for improvement or maintenance of appropriate behavior. Students will be welcome as long as this growth is evident, parents are supportive, student behavior does not cause danger to persons or property or threaten to disrupt the educational process. We have a school-wide program for conflict resolution which is integrated into our Bible curriculum. Administration, faculty, staff and students receive training in conflict resolution skills and utilize these skills when conflicts arise. Faculty/student counseling and prayer are major components of this program. Our plan of discipline has as its goal, restoring a safe environment and restoring those who have been negatively impacted by misbehavior. When a student is involved in a conflict (with other students, teacher, or school rules) we view that as a situation that needs to be resolved, and as a teachable moment. We will be searching at all times for the Lord’s direction in disciplining your students and we appreciate your trust.

7.11 Academics – Library Media Center

Our library contains appropriate reading materials for all grades. Our librarian meets with each of our third and fourth grade classes on a weekly basis to teach library skills and promote the reading of good literature. Children are encouraged to borrow books from the school library on a regular basis.

7.21 Academics – Elementary Curriculum Enhancements

All academic subjects are taught by highly qualified, credentialed, classroom teachers. In addition, the children benefit from instruction by specialists in the following subjects:

Music grades K-6
Spanish grades K-6
Art grades 3-6
Computer grades 3-6
P.E. grades 3-6
Fifth and sixth grade students choose 2 electives in which to participate the last period of the day. Those elective choices currently are: Choir, Band, Study Hall, Art, and Drama.

7.22 Academics – Music and Drama

The performing arts department of Fresno Christian Schools offers a unique format of study (singing, playing, acting) adding variety to a student’s academic curriculum. Music instruction is provided by a music specialist in grades K-4. Dramatic activities such as role playing, acting out Bible scenes, debates, etc. are integrated into many subject areas. Interested students in grades 5 and 6 are invited to participate in the elementary choir, band, and drama as elective subjects.Choral, instrumental, and drama groups perform at school, church, and community functions.

7.3 Academics – Homework

Classroom work and homework are the responsibility of the student. Failure to complete work as required will lead to academic difficulty. In the primary grades, homework may be assigned to reinforce concepts and skills to meet academic content standards. Also, if a child is falling behind in classwork, the teacher may send some work home to be completed. In intermediate grades, teachers may assign special work to be done at home to reinforce skills and concepts outlined in our academic content standards. Other reasons students may have for homework:

  • The class may be doing special projects that require out of class time. To complete these projects, students may need to do additional work at home.
  • Intermediate grade teachers begin assigning homework to help prepare students for the homework schedule they will be expected to handle in junior and senior high.

A parent/teacher conference will be required if a student is having difficulty completing classroom work or homework in a particular subject area. A solution to the problem will be discussed at that time. Any questions or concerns about homework should be first directed to the teacher.

7.4 Academics – Cheating Policy

Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Fresno Christian Schools. Cheating, plagiarism, and participation in dishonest activities are unbiblical and directly contradict Christian morals. Cheating is the act of deception by which a student misleadingly demonstrates that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise. Examples include but are not limited to:

• Completing another student’s work for them.
• Copying or allowing another to copy a test, paper, project, or homework.
• Using unauthorized materials during a test, for example: notes, formula lists “cheat sheets, or electronic devices.”

Disciplinary Action for Cheating – A student who appears to be cheating, as judged by the teacher, will be subject to the following action:

One or more consequences will be given.
• Parents will be informed of the suspected behavior.
• A “zero” grade will be given for the assignment or test.
• There will be no opportunity for making up the grade.

“Appearance of cheating” means :

  • A student’s eyes are diverted to inappropriate places other than their own test or assignment page.
  • The content of the assignment handed in is uniquely identical to that of another student or plagiarized from a published text. 
    [Plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as one’s own without giving credit. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to incorporating the ideas or words of another’s work without giving appropriate credit.]
  • The quality of the assignment is far superior to anything the student has produced before; and after interviewing the student the teacher determines that the student’s skill and/or knowledge level is inconsistent with the quality of the assignment.

7.4 Discipline – Harassment and Bullying

Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, is absolutely prohibited amongst all FCS employees and students. Any incident of possible harassment should be brought immediately to the attention of the principal or superintendent who will thoroughly investigate the matter in confidence. Incidents of harassment toward students, faculty, staff, or administration will be dealt with as follows: After reviewing all the facts, FCS will make a determination concerning whether harassment has occurred. Disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, will be taken against any employee or student who is found to have engaged in harassment or bullying. Bullying, cyber-bullying, and social aggression will be dealt with using the same framework as that cited for harassment.

Bullying is defined as follows: “Bullying means any intentional written, electronic, verbal, or physical act or actions against another person that will have the effect of:

1. Placing a person in reasonable fear of substantial harm to his or her emotional or physical well-being or substantial damage to his or her property
2. Creating a hostile, threatening, humiliating, or abusive educational environment due to the pervasiveness or persistence of actions or due to a power differential between the bully and the target; or
3. Interfering with a student or staff member having a safe school environment that is necessary to facilitate education performance, opportunities, or benefits; or
4. Perpetuating bullying by enticing, soliciting, or coercing an individual or group to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional, psychological, or physical harm to another person.”

Bullying is legally actionable if the harassment is due to race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or gender. (Legal Memorandum, vol. 8, no. 2, winter 2008)

The three types of bullying most apparent, whether aggressive or passive, are:

1. Physical: pushing, tripping, and hitting
2. Rational: use of peer pressure and manipulation to isolate or target or hurt another’s feelings
3. Verbal: teasing, mocking, threatening, and taunting. This type of bullying includes spreading rumors, gossips, and lies. (Langan, Paul. Bullying in Schools. Townsend Press, 2004)

Protocol for Harassment and Bullying

Upon receiving notification of harassment and bullying the administration shall:

1. Evaluate and interview the potential offender
2. Immediately notify and work with all parents involved
3. Interview other students and staff
4. Determine the type of harassment/bullying. Determination shall always be done with two or more administrators
5. Bring in additional professionals (e.g., mental health, social service, law enforcement) when appropriate
6. Enact appropriate FCS discipline procedures
7. Provide follow-up observation and services

7.5 Discipline – Possible Sanctions

Sanctions which might be used in cases of extreme or continued misbehavior are:

• Probation – A child on behavior probation will have their conduct carefully monitored by the principal and will be un-enrolled from the school if degree and frequency of misbehaviors continues.
• Detention – Detention may be issued by a classroom teacher or administration.
• Counseling – A student may be required to undergo off campus counseling with a professional therapist.
• School Service – A consequence that involves working at an administrative assigned job at school for a specified period of time.
• Removal from student groups – If a student violates school policy on or off campus, the student may be removed from any or all groups to which the student belongs, e.g. choir, athletic teams, student leadership, etc.
• Suspension – Suspension is considered a strong form of discipline. The student is expected to receive parental consequences at home. All classroom work missed as a result of the suspension must be made up by the student within a week of returning to school.
• Process of Reconciliation – Reconciliation is required following a conflict.
• Denial of readmission – The student will not be allowed to re-enroll for the upcoming school year.
• Law Enforcement – Serious offenses may be referred to the appropriate agency.
• Expulsion – A student who continuously refuses to follow school rules and regulations and/or commits a serious infraction will be expelled. The final decision will be made by the FCS Discipline Review Board. FCS administration reserves the right to interpret and modify all rules to maintain a positive educational environment.

7.5 Academics – Accessing Student Achievement

Student achievement is communicated to parents in a variety of ways: online via the PowerSchool student information system, parent teacher conferences, and other informal means of communication.

Fresno Christian Elementary has four different grading criteria for grades K-6. Each set of criteria is designed to communicate to parents how their children are doing in all areas of our curriculum and most importantly, how they are progressing in character development. K-2nd grade, 3-4th grade, and 5-6th grade each have a unique reporting format. We believe that a child learns at his own pace because children mature at different rates and have different styles of learning. Each child has his own special gifts from God that are unique. All of these factors affect the skill level of a child in reading or math. Achievement grades are a statement of the quality of a child’s accomplishment when compared to the expectations for their skill level in that subject. In first and second grade, the marks on the grade report describe achievement level and effort combined. Beginning with third grade, the grade report divides subject areas into two distinct grading categories; Achievement and Effort. Effort grades are given in subjects that tend to be more subjective in nature. Good examples of subjects in this category are: art, music, and handwriting. Effort grades represent the teacher’s assessment of how the student applies himself to the task. Student grades are available 24 hours a day via the PowerSchool student information system. Final term grades are available through out the school year by clicking on the Grades History link in PowerSchool. These will be available to parents for approximately one week after the conclusion of the school year. After this time parents will need to contact the school office for a copy of their child’s grade report.

7.6 Discipline – Behavior Probation

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Fresno Christian Schools seeks to assist the home in “training up a child in the way he should go” (Proverbs 22:6). Discipline in love requires a spiritual solution where Christ is in control. Only as one yields to Christ can he or she be truly considerate, obedient, and open to others’ needs. Outward conformity to rules and policies can be forced, but our goal is one of Christian principles of living which are coming from the heart by God’s Holy Spirit. It is the desire of Fresno Christian Schools that students develop in Christian maturity where they do right because it is their personal conviction and habit to do right. Fresno Christian Schools has conduct rules and policies in order to maintain a positive learning environment. These expectations are necessary for the well-being of all students and good testimony before the community. Students must realize their behavior affects not only themselves, but many others as well. Fresno Christian Schools is dedicated to the discipling of students in a program of study, activity and living that is Christ-centered. All students should be taught to accept God-given authority which is firm, consistent, fair, and tempered with genuine love for the students. Students and parents should understand that discipline is an act of love and at Fresno Christian Schools, teachers and administrators love students enough to discipline them. Behavior probation is intended to give students who have a pattern of misbehavior an opportunity to demonstrate improvement in conduct. Behavior probation may be initiated at any time before, during or after the school year. The time period of behavior probation is at the discretion of the administration. Students on behavior probation will have restricted activities (ineligible for worship band, student government, etc.). A written disciplinary probation is an official notice for a specified period of time during which a student must demonstrate conduct that conforms to the expectations of the administration, teachers and parents. Misconduct during the probationary period or violation of any conditions of the probation will result in further disciplinary action, normally in the form of dismissal from the school.

At the end of the probationary period, the administration, after counsel with the student, teachers and parents, will take further action which may include the following options:

  • Dismissal from school
  • An additional probationary period if promising change is evident
  • Lifting of probation and restoration to full, responsible membership in the school community

Discipline is primarily a parental responsibility. It is up to the parents to see to it that their child behaves properly. Parents do not relinquish their responsibility to the school. Rather, the school is here to support the parents in their discipline. If the school and the home are not working together on discipline, whatever the school does will be ineffective. While we employ various methods, the responsibility for student compliance finally rests with the parents, not with the school.

7.6 Academics – Honor Roll

To reach Honor Roll status, a student must excel academically, demonstrate exceptional effort, and exhibit growth in character development. Honor Roll ribbons are awarded each quarter to qualifying students in grades 3-6. Trophies are awarded to students who remain on the Honor Roll for an entire school year. (Qualifying standards for both the Merit List and Honor Roll are distributed to all students in grades 3-6 at the beginning of each school year.)

7.61 Academics – Merit List 

Inclusion on this published list is recognition of an intermediate student’s academic achievement, effort, and character development. Certificates are awarded to students at the end of the year if they qualify for Merit List recognition all four quarters of the school year.

7.62 Academics – President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence

President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence
This select award is presented to students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average throughout their elementary career (4th-6th grades), and achievement above the 84th percentile on the last standardized test recorded. Each student receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States.

8.1 Christian Lifestyle/Dress – Christian Lifestyle (for specifics – see Item 10:1)

Goal Statement – All students are expected to maintain high standards of conduct, both on and off the school campus. They shall comply with all school regulations and submit to the authority of all teachers and staff. All students, by virtue of enrollment, have accepted the Statement of Agreement in regards to matters of personal conduct, and have agreed to comply with all rules of this handbook.

  • Christian Lifestyle – All students are expected to work toward a Biblical approach to life both on and off campus. Student conduct should reflect the Christian life at all times and at all places, not only during school hours or just at school. Failure to live up to this standard could result in school discipline.
  • Dress And Grooming – The purpose of dress regulations is to help each student set a standard for his/her personal appearance that is appropriate. Each student is expected to demonstrate pride in his/her appearance for it reflects individually on the student and collectively on the school.
  • Daily attire need not be expensive to be attractive and entirely acceptable. A neat and properly attired student will promote an atmosphere which is conducive to study and good work in a Christian school. God’s Word emphasizes the importance of inner beauty rather than an individual’s outward appearance. Any apparel which draws undue attention to the wearer tends to detract from the educative process and is inappropriate.
  • Students judged to be in violation of the dress code may be restricted to the office area until appropriate clothing is available. Classes missed will be considered unexcused absences. Consequences may also be given for violations of dress code in grades 3-12.

Dress code is also enforced at all school sponsored activities (athletic practices and competitions, grade level promotion ceremonies, etc.

8.3 Christian Lifestyle/Dress – Questions to ask about selecting clothing

  • Please ask these questions when selecting clothing and hairstyles:
  • Is it immodest? (1 John 2:15-17)
  • Might my appearance be disruptive to learning by calling attention to myself?
  • Does my appearance identify with a counter-cultural group or a rebellious element of society?
  • Does the clothing present a health or safety hazard?
  • Is the clothing faded, worn, or improperly fitted?
  • Is the design and purpose other than for school use?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, then the attire or appearance is not acceptable for school.It is a mark of maturity when students can freely choose apparel that demonstrates individuality without deviating from the standards of appropriateness. Students should follow the school code during all school hours and school activities. Exceptions to the dress code will be made for special days or special events.

8.4 Christian Lifestyle/Dress – Failure to Comply with Dress Code

When a teacher determines that a student is in violation of the FCS Dress Code, the student will be directed to report to the office. If it is an apparel issue, administrative personnel shall issue the student dress-code-compliant apparel, and collect the student’s cell phone as collateral. The student will be directed to change into appropriate clothing. A dress code violation will be recorded and the student’s parent will be notified. A third offense may result in a one-day suspension.

8.5 Christian Lifestyle – Acceptable Use Policy for Technology

The Fresno Christian Schools Acceptable Use Policy for Technology has recently seen a complete rewrite. The AUP is accessible  here.

9.12 Policies and Procedures – Attendance

A student who is ill is expected to remain at home. If a student is found to have a transmittable disease such as impetigo, pink eye, etc., he must be taken from school and not returned until seen by a doctor. Upon returning, the student must have a note from the doctor stating that he/she has been seen, treated, and is ready to return to class.

If it comes to the school’s attention that a student may have head lice, someone on the staff will check the child’s head. If the child has live lice or nits, the child is excluded from school until he is treated with an effective pediculicide and all the nits have been removed from the hair. Once a child has been treated, he must have another head check before being allowed to return to the classroom. The school recommends that:

  • All family members be treated at the same time.
  • All sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels and affected clothing be washed.
  • Everything be vacuumed carefully.
  • Car seats, pillows, etc. be treated with a medicated spray in a well-ventilated area.

If a child becomes ill during school hours it is imperative that the child be picked up as soon as possible. The school asks each family to have a backup plan, especially if both parents work. The school is not equipped to convalesce children who are ill. State health laws require that children be sent home when they have a temperature or symptoms of illness.

9.15 Policies and Procedures – Cell Phones 

Cell phone usage is not allowed in the building from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. First offense of cell phone usage will result in the cell phone being confiscated until the end of the day and may be subject to examination. Second offense the cell phone will be confiscated, may be subject to examination, and turned over to the parents. Third offense may result in a suspension.

9.2 Discipline – Table of Infractions and Disciplinary Actions

Degree I

Cheating
Cursing
Disobedience
Disrespect
Disruption
Dress code
Electronic devices not used for school appropriate activities
Excessive physical display of affection
Gum chewing
In an off-limits area
Invasion of privacy
Inappropriate conduct
Lying
Matches (or other fire hazardous materials)
Skateboards, scooters (possession or use)

Degree II

Defiance
Ditching class
Fighting
Firecrackers (possession or use)
Forgery
Gambling
Graffiti
Hazing
Indecent act
Leaving campus without permission
Misuse of property
Possession of occult material
Sexual harassment
Stealing
Threat of physical violence
Truancy
Vandalism
Vulgar language or writing

Degree III

Bullying
Direct defiance of school rules/personnel
Inappropriate use of the Internet
Physical violence against a student
Pornography
Sexual misconduct

Degree IV

Alcohol (possession or use)
Drugs (possession or use)
Inhalants (possession or use)
Tobacco (possession or use)
Weapons (possession or use)
Intoxication on campus or at a school function
Physical threat or act against a staff/faculty member
Premeditated physical violence against a student

First Occurrence
Degree I: Parent notified, administrative discipline
Degree II: Parent notified, administrative discipline, one-day suspension
Degree III: Parent notified, administrative discipline, suspension (length to be
determined upon administrative review, possible expulsion
Degree IV: Expulsion

Second Occurrence
Degree I: Parent notified, administrative discipline
Degree II: Parent notified, administrative discipline, three-day suspension
Degree III: Expulsion

Third Occurrence
Degree I: Parent notified, administrative discipline, one-day suspension
Degree II: Parent notified, administrative discipline, suspension (length to be
determined upon administrative review, possible expulsion

All classroom work missed as a result of the suspension must be made up by the student within a week of returning. Credit will be given for the assignments.

9.36 Policies and Procedures – Passes

Students are not permitted in the halls or other unsupervised areas during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher or have an appropriate pass issued by a teacher or an authorized staff member. Students are responsible for obtaining the written pass. Verbal permission is not acceptable. Violators of this rule may be disciplined.

9.37 Policies and Procedures – Supervision before and after school
Adult supervision of students will be provided by the school from 7:30 am until 3:15 pm (2:20 pm on Thursdays). Students should not be dropped off at the school before 7:30 am (Peoples) and should be picked up before 3:15 pm(2:20 pm on Thursdays). After school sporting events are not supervised by faculty or staff.

After School – NO SCHOOL SUPERVISION AFTER 3:15 PM(2:20 pm on Thursdays) Students are to leave school with their parents or an adult designated by parents. A student leaving school on foot or on a bike is expected to travel directly to his/her home or a parent-designated place where he/she will be supervised. Elementary students “hanging out” on campus until older siblings finish after school activities are not safe; consequently, it will not be allowed. When elementary students attend sporting events after school as spectators, parents are required to supervise them.

9.38 Policies and Procedures – Emergency Information 

Emergency information for students needs to be submitted by parents / guardians.  Most forms are available online in our “Back to School Information” packet.  If information changes during the school year, parents may submit updates to the Central Office.  This “up-to-date” information is critical in case of an emergency.

9.39 Policies and Procedures – Injuries and Illnesses 

If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, they are sent to the campus secretary for assessment. The student is cared for in one or more of the following ways: Ice is applied to injuries, abrasions are cleaned and bandaged, they are allowed to rest in the office, temperature is taken if needed, and parents may be called for consultation. If the supervising adult determines that the injury is very serious, emergency services and parents will be called immediately. The student will not be moved from the site of the accident unless advised to do so by emergency personnel. The student will be made as comfortable as possible. In dealing with an injured or ill child, staff will often pray with or for the student’s healing.

9.40 Policies and Procedures – Reporting Suspected Child Abuse 

Any employee of a school is required by law to report any suspicion of child abuse to Child Protective Services.

9.41 Policies and Procedures – Emergency Lockdown/Evacuation Procedures 

Emergency evacuation procedures are practiced at unannounced intervals. Instruction will be given by teachers as to procedures to be followed. Students will follow the teacher’s instructions and move to designated safe areas.

9.42 Policies and Procedures – Foggy Days 

The safety of our students is our most important consideration on foggy days. Classes will not be delayed on such days, however, any student arriving late will be excused. Parents are asked to use their best judgment as to the safety of transporting their students in the fog.

9.43 Policies and Procedures – Grievance Policy

Fresno Christian Schools is committed to a school-wide system for conflict resolution in accordance with scriptural principles as set forth in Matthew 18. Students or parents of Fresno Christian Schools may initiate the following procedure to insure prompt and equitable resolution of grievances:

Responsibilities

  • A. Student/Parent Responsibility: A person who has a grievance is to first privately approach the person or people whom the grievance is against and communicate the grievance verbally, giving opportunity for positive dialogue. The person who has a grievance should not discuss the situation with others for “additional perspectives” regarding the issue nor criticize anyone who is not present.
  • B. Staff Responsibility: It is the responsibility of all staff to hear promptly and courteously all grievances registered in good faith by a student or parent, to try to clarify misunderstandings, and to make reasonable adjustments of any complaints that arise in day-to-day situations.

Formal Procedure

Step A – Formal Discussion
1. Students or parents will discuss their grievances first with the staff member involved.
2. If a grievance is not settled in a timely manner, or if the student or parent is not satisfied with the results, the student or parent may elect to proceed with Step B.

Step B – Principal
1. The student or parent will present the grievance in writing or in person to the school principal. The principal will arrange a meeting with both parties involved.
2. If the grievance is not settled in a timely manner, or if the student or parent is not satisfied with the results, the student or parent may elect to proceed with Step C.

Step C – Written Presentation
1. The student or parent will present the grievance in writing to the Superintendent. The written grievance must contain sufficient detail to identify and clarify the basis for the       grievance. The written grievance shall contain the following:

  • The specific action or incident upon which the grievance is based and the date the action or incident occurred.
  • The reason upon which the student or parent bases the belief that the action was unfair or unjust, and the specific policy or written agreement that was violated (if                   applicable).
  • Corrective action sought by the student or parent.
  • A brief summary of the student’s or parent’s attempts to date to resolve the problem, and the results of such actions.

2. Upon receipt of a written grievance, the Superintendent will take the following actions:

  • Establish and maintain a grievance file which will be the official record of all action taken during the grievance procedure.
    – The grievance file will contain the original written grievance, any written revisions, all written replies, and a dated summary of all official action regarding the grievance and resolution.
    – The student or parent will have access to the grievance file and will receive a written copy upon request.
  • Consult with all necessary parties to gather all relevant information regarding the nature, circumstances, desired corrective action, and previous action taken regarding the grievance.
  • Study all relevant policies and other written agreements if applicable.
  • Reach an equitable decision regarding resolution of the grievance, and provide a written summary of the decision for the student or parent and the grievance file.
  • If the grievance is not settled within a timely manner, or if the student or parent is not satisfied with the results, the student or parent may elect to proceed with Step D.

Step D – The School Board

  • The student or parent, if dissatisfied with the decision of the Superintendent, may appeal to the School Board by presenting a written request to the Chairman of the School  Board at least 7 days prior to School Board meeting.
  • The Superintendent will forward the grievance file to the Board Chairman.
  • The decision of the School Board will be final.

9.45 Policies and Procedures – Concern for Property 

Students should consider it a privilege to attend FCS and, therefore, should do all in their power to keep the building attractive. Any student known to deface or destroy school or personal property will be assessed the full cost of repair or replacement, and be subject to other severe disciplinary action. Students should only eat in designated eating areas under the supervision of adults. Throwing objects inside the building is forbidden.

9.46 Policies and Procedures – Office Procedures 

Students must conduct themselves in an orderly fashion in the office area. Patience, politeness, and a soft voice will help our receptionist take care of your business in the best way possible. Students must obtain a pass from their classroom teacher before coming to the office (except in emergencies).

9.47 Policies and Procedures – Teachers’ Conference Room

Pupils are not permitted in the teachers’ preparation room without permission.

9.48 Policies and Procedures – Lost And Found 

“Lost and Found” storage is provided. Students and parents should check this box for lost clothing or other articles. Valuables such as watches, jewelry, etc., will be held at the office and may be claimed by identification of the object. Unclaimed articles will be donated to a thrift shop periodically throughout the year. Students should not bring valuable items to school unless absolutely necessary.

9.49 Policies and Procedures – Confidentiality

The school office will not give out telephone numbers or addresses of school families.

9.50 Policies and Procedures – Change Of Address Information

As address or phone number information changes during the school year parents may update their school data. An online system allows families to update their personal information from any computer connected to the internet. Correct personal family information is critical in case of an emergency. If internet access is unavailable, notify the school office and they will make the corrections.

9.52 Policies and Procedures – Bicycles

A designated parking rack is available on each campus for students who ride their bikes to school. Bicycles should not be ridden on campus. Those bringing bikes must provide their own means of securing their bicycle. The school cannot be responsible for theft or vandalism.

9.53 Policies and Procedures – P.E. Non-participation

For a student to be excused from P.E., a note from their parent is necessary indicating the reason. A doctor’s note is required if the student is to be excused for any length of time. Students unable to participate in PE may not participate in other school athletic activities.

9.54 Policies and Procedures – Gum at School

Students are not allowed to chew gum on the school premises.

9.55 Policies and Procedures – Fundraising

The chair of each parents’ group or the sponsor of any school club or athletic team formed with the approval of the Fresno Christian Schools Superintendent shall formulate and present a written proposal to the Superintendent outlining a plan and procedure for each and every fundraising campaign or program to be conducted by that group. Each such plan or procedure, together with the Superintendent’s comments and recommendations thereon, shall then be presented to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for its consideration. With respect to any new fundraising campaign or program, whether proposed by a parent’s group or by some other source, the Board of Directors of the Foundation shall formulate a written recommendation to the Board of Fresno Christian Schools setting forth a plan and procedure to execute said campaign or program. All fundraising campaigns or programs shall be conducted solely in accordance with such portion of that plan or procedure as may be approved by the Fresno Christian School Board.

10.1 Christian Lifestyle/Dress – Dress Code

ELEMENTARY DRESS CODE

Girls

  • Modesty is required at all times. Any apparel determined by the school administration to be too revealing is not acceptable.
  • Dresses, skirts, tops, and pants, must be worn that cover undergarments.
  • Clothing should not attention to the body, and should not be form-fitting or see-through.
  • Clothing should not expose bare shoulders, backs, chests, or midriffs. At no time should skin be visible on the front or back of the midriff.
  • Clothing should be appropriate for playing at recess and PE or working in the classroom.
  • Dress, skirt and shorts length should be modest (no more than five inches above the knee, measured while kneeling). Slits in skirts or dresses must rise no higher than five inches above the knee.Leggings will be allowed if over garment length reaches mid thigh.
  • Tank tops are not appropriate or acceptable. Sleeveless tops must not be less than three inches in width at the shoulder, nor should they be cut in at the shoulder.• Skorts and culottes are allowed. Uniform shorts are optional.
  • No pajama bottoms are allowed.
  • Small earrings may be worn (one per ear).
  • Tongue, lip, eyebrow, and other visible piercings and tattoos are not acceptable.
  • Elementary girls must refrain from wearing cosmetic makeup at school or school events. (Special costume days are the exception.)

Boys

  • Modesty is required at all times. Pants and shorts must cover undergarments. A belt may be required.
  • Hair should be neat, clean and well groomed. Hair should not fall below the bottom of the collar of a standard dress shirt or below the earlobe. Hair should not be so long in front that it obstructs vision.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times during school hours. Tank tops, tight-fitting shirts, and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.
  • Earrings, tongue, lip, eyebrow, and other visible piercings and tattoos are not acceptable.
  • Excessively baggy or tight pants and shorts are not allowed.
  • No pajama bottoms are allowed.

Both Boys and Girls

  • Plain white T-shirts are allowed, as the primary shirt, if they are of sufficient thickness. Plain white undershirts are not allowed as the primary shirt.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Elementary students should wear shoes that support and cover the foot to facilitate active play. No sandals. Laced tennis-shoe style is required for P. E. class.
  • Hats, caps and headbands may not be worn in the classroom.
  • Sunglasses are not to be worn in any building, including before and after school.
  • Articles of clothing, belt buckles or pins displaying the following are not allowed: profanity; other K-12 schools; musical groups, including solo artists; gang-related symbols; tobacco, alcohol, drugs; sex; or any other image that suggests lewd, violent, or improper language or lifestyle.
  • No extreme fads (i.e. gang associated styles, military look, chains, Goth, skull and crossbones, or extra-large clothing).
  • Shorts may be worn. Uniform shorts are optional. Shorts should be modest in length, no more than 5 inches above the knee, measured while kneeling. No shorts that are intended for beachwear, such as board shorts or swim suits, are allowed.
  • Hair should be a uniform or blended, naturally occurring color (slight bleaching is acceptable). Exotic haircuts, hair sculpting, writing/lines or designs in hair, or shaved heads with long hair over it, etc., are not acceptable. Bangs or other hairstyles must not obstruct vision.
  • Jewelry should be modest and safe for active play. Large chains and exotic jewelry are not allowed.
  • All clothing items (including shoes) which are frayed, are badly faded, sagging, have holes or tears, or are not neatly hemmed are not appropriate.
  • Students are expected to dress modestly at all school-related activities and events (i.e. athletic practices and games, graduations, musical performances, etc.).
  • Field Trips or Special Occasion Days: Any exceptions to the stated dress code will be determined by the school administration and announced by the classroom teacher.

10.3 Auxiliary Services and Information – Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center provides support services and enrichment opportunities to equip students to succeed in the classroom and in life as critical thinkers and independent learners. If a student is experiencing difficulties in listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, or mathematical skills, they may avail themselves of the support services provided by this department. Enrichment programs provide a variety of activities that go beyond the classroom experience.

10.4 Auxiliary Services and Information – Parent Groups

Fresno Christian Schools has several parent organizations to promote fellowship among parents and staff and be of service to the school. We encourage all parents to participate in these groups by supporting their fund raising efforts as well as by attending meetings.

Elementary Parent Group: The elementary parent group is called Parent Teacher Fellowship. The primary purpose of PTF is to promote Christian fellowship, communication and understanding between parents, faculty and the administration. PTF strives to bring into closer relationship the home and the school so that parents and teachers may work together in the education of our children.They strive to achieve these goals by:

  • Providing parents a wide spectrum for service and input on committees ranging from athletic programs to fund-raising.
  • Encouraging and providing organized opportunities for prayer support of the school faculty, staff, administrators, and families.
  • Keeping parents informed of school activities through flyers, monthly meetings and newsletters.
  • Organizing social events to provide fellowship and establish strong relationships between school families and staff.The PTF encourages each family to explore their own areas of interest and service to be supportive of FCS. We encourage all parents to participate by supporting fund raising efforts as well as attending events.

Junior High & High School Parent Group

The junior high and high school parent group is called Parents Serving Together. As the name implies, this is a service group. The main emphasis is to provide a way for parents to get involved in the education of their child at school. Parent participation has included prayer meetings, tutoring, classroom volunteers, lunch time supervision, lunch time activities, fundraising, social functions, and chapel speakers. Parents also send notes of encouragement to teachers and pray for them. There is a PST board that directs the activities and conducts regular meetings. The PST has been very effective in carrying out its goal of parent involvement and fellowship for students and families.

10.5 Auxiliary Services and Information – Insurance

School fees include insurance coverage. This is a basic plan and supplemental to parents’ insurance. It is important that the proper accident forms be filed with the school office within 24 hours of the accident. Parents should file claims under their own insurance policy PRIOR to filing under the school policy. Any remaining balance, including deductible and coinsurance amounts, is eligible under the school’s policy. It can be purchased for 24 hour coverage as well.

10.6 Auxiliary Services and Information – Kids Inc. Extended Day Care & Day Camp 

Supervision is offered beyond normal school hours for FCS children in grades K-8. This service is offered through Kids Inc.  Children enrolled in Kids Inc. participate in structured and non-structured activities under the supervision of a licensed day care director and staff. More detailed information, including costs, can be obtained by calling (559)298-9256. (Students not attending school on a given day because of illness are not to be brought to Kid’s Inc. that day.)

Kid’s Inc. also provides child care in the summer through a Day Camp format.

10.7 Auxiliary Services and Information – Discovery Program

The Discovery Program serves Fresno Christian students who are of average to superior intelligence and have specific deficits in perception and/or cognition. They may experience significant difficulties in acquiring listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, or mathematical skills. Educational therapy utilizes a variety of academic and perceptual techniques to address the student’s areas of weakness and to develop efficient, systematic, strategic thinking. As perceptual and thinking skills improve, students are then able to learn on their own without the aid of tutoring or modification. The goal of educational therapy is to equip students to succeed in the classroom and in life as independent learners.

11.1 Policies and Procedures – Attendance

The following policies and procedures are written with your child’s safety and best interest in mind. There are only a few rules, but they need to be followed closely. It is important that this section be read carefully by students and parents.

Transmittable Diseases: A student who is ill is expected to remain at home. If a student is found to have a transmittable disease such as impetigo, pink eye, etc., he/she must be taken from school and not returned until seen by a doctor. Upon returning, the student must have a note from the doctor stating that they have been seen, treated, and are ready to return to class.

Head Lice: When it comes to the school’s attention that a student may have head lice, someone on the staff checks the child’s head. If the child has live lice or nits, the child is excluded from school until he or she is treated with an effective pediculicide and all the nits have been removed from the hair. Once a child has been treated, he or she must have another head check before being allowed to return to the classroom. The school recommends that:

• All family members be treated at the same time.
• All sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels and affected clothing be washed.
• Everything be vacuumed carefully.
• Car seats, pillows, etc. be treated with a medicated spray in a well-ventilated area.

Illness at School: If a child becomes ill during school hours it is imperative that the child be picked up as soon as possible. The school asks each family to have a backup plan, especially if both parents work. The school is not equipped to convalesce children who are ill. State health laws require that children be sent home when they have a temperature or symptoms of illness.

Excessive Absences: Attendance is tracked by the administration. Excessive absences cause learning gaps which may result in a students being retained in their current grade.

11.12 Policies and Procedures – Absences –Excused and Unexcused

Absences–Excused
• Personal illness of student-please call the school or have your child bring a note explaining the absence.
• Death within the family-A note from home explaining the absence must be brought to the office upon returning to school. The absence will be considered unexcused if a note is not received within one day after returning.
• Vacations or family trips and special activities–students may be excused for a family trip or special activity with two weeks notice given to the office. Makeup work will be handled as in any excused absences.
• Professional and doctor appointments-Doctor appointments should be made after school hours if possible. If an appointment is needed during the school day, the parent must sign their child in and out in the office.

Make-up Work for Excused Absences: A student will have one school day for every day missed due to illness (to a maximum of five) to complete the make-up work. Any work not made up within the normal time period allotted for excused absence makeup work will receive a zero grade.

Absences–Unexcused
•Those absences not listed in excused section.
•No notice given for absences requiring prior notice (i.e. vacations).
•Absences for “family convenience”.
•Leaving campus without permission.
•Class cuts – School discipline will be administered in those cases where a student cuts class.

Makeup for Unexcused Absences: Class work and assignments due on the day(s) of unexcused absences will receive no credit for each day of class missed.

11.13 Policies and Procedures – Tardiness

Morning tardiness is the major cause of disruption during the devotional period. Classrooms begin each day with prayer, worship and praise. Students who come late not only miss the most important minutes of the day, but also cause disruption. If a child is frequently tardy, parents will be made aware of the situation and asked to correct it.

11.14 Policies and Procedures – Taking Students Out Of School 

The office should be notified when a student must be out of class for a funeral, a doctor’s appointment, or extended absences other than illness. The parent should stop by the office and sign the student out. A student should also be signed in upon returning. This is an important procedure to help the school account for students in case of fire or other emergencies. Removing a student from the classroom, for reasons other than illness, is disruptive for both the student and the teacher. It is difficult for a teacher to provide work in advance and grade makeup work out of normal schedule and sequence. The student is responsible for completing all makeup work within a time period determined by the teacher. It may not be possible for the teacher to provide work in advance and/or provide makeup work for all absences. Early notification will increase this possibility. Teachers will appreciate a 24 hour notification if possible.

11.2 Transportation – Bus Rules

• Students must remain seated at all times (feet down and out of the aisle).
• Students are not to distract the driver (no excessive noise, distracting items, etc.).
• Students may not drink anything on the bus. (Snacks may be eaten only if wrappers, etc., are put in the trash.)
• All FCS handbook rules apply (dress code, etc.).

Consequences:• Warning by the driver. • Written notice of behavior infraction (citation) will be sent to principal. Discipline will be carried out and parents will be notified of the incident and consequences. • Students will not be allowed to ride the bus for a designated period of time if they receive repeated citations.

11.211 Policies and Procedures – Closed Campus 

FCS is a closed campus. No student may leave campus during the school day unless accompanied by a parent or person authorized to take the student. Supervision of students is provided for 15 minutes after their class dismissal time. Elementary students not picked up within 15 minutes of dismissal time will be taken to the office to call their parents.

11.212 Policies and Procedures – Use of Gym/Music Suite/Peoples Church Gym

Students are allowed use of the Peoples Church gymnasium, FCS gymnasium, and music rooms only when a supervising adult is present.

11.222 Policies and Procedures – Medication

If your child is directed by the doctor to take medication during school hours, it is very important that you follow these procedures:• Clearly label the medication with the child’s name and the correct dosage.
• Write complete instructions for administering the medication with your signature on a medication card (a card is available in each school office at any time).
• Include the date the medication should start and stop.
• Bring the medication and medication card to the school office and personally discuss the above information with the school secretary.It is important that medication prescribed by your physician or Tylenol supplied by the parent be administered by school office personnel only. All other medication must be administered at home before the student arrives at school. A medication card must be on file for each drug to be administered.

11.223 Policies and Procedures – Special Arrangements 

If your child must stay inside by doctor’s orders every effort will be made to accommodate the student. However, it is important that students stay home until they are fully recuperated and can participate in school activities. Students are not allowed to stay in a classroom without the teacher in attendance. It is not always possible for teachers to be in their rooms during recess. Students must then be taken to the office until the teacher can return to the class.

11.3 Transportation – Field Trips and Special Events

Transportation help from parents and friends may be required for off campus trips if a bus is not available. On these occasions, every possible precaution is taken to insure the safety of students. The following regulations apply:

  • A student participating in an off campus event must have permission on file at school, allowing that student to be transported by a driver that a school employee has designated.
  • Chaperones should refrain from purchasing special treats for the students they are supervising unless all the students on the trip benefit equally.
  • Drivers should call the teacher if car trouble is experience. The teacher will pick up the students and drive them to the designated destination.
  • Chaperones must drive directly to the designated destinations. No stops for treats.
  • Students may not sit in the front seat of the vehicle.
  • Students should address the parents by Mr./Mrs./Ms. and not by first names.
  • Other than scheduled small group activities, parents and students should stay with the larget group.
  • Parents or others taking vehicles must be school authorized drivers.
  • Drivers must sign a volunteer driver form obtained from the Central Office.
  • Drivers must furnish a copy of their valid drivers license and permit the school to check driving record.
  • Drivers must furnish a copy of their insurance ID card showing the effective dates of the insurance policy.
  • Drivers must furnish a copy of insurance declaration page showing limits of insurance. Minimum acceptable liability limits: bodily injury $100,000 per person/$300,000 per accident, property damage $50,000 per accident, OR combined single limit $300,000 per accident, medical payments $5,000 per person, uninsured motorist $30,000 per person/$60,000 per accident.
  • Drivers agree that they will be responsible for any comprehensive or collision damages suffered by their automobile during the activity, they shall obey all traffic laws and operate their vehicle in a safe manner, they must not be aware of any defect or mechanical problem with the vehicle that might pose a safety problem, they must not take any drugs, prescription or other that have a warning about operating a vehicle or are known to impair mental alertness or cause physical impairment including but not limited to drowsiness and dizziness.
  • Drivers are informed that effective July 1, 2008, the State of California Vehicle Code 23123 was enacted which prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle.
  • Drivers are informed that effective January 1, 2012, the State of California Vehicle Code 27360 was amended: Children under the age of 8 years OR under 4 feet 9 inches in height must be secured in a car seat or booster seat. Additionally, children under age 8 must be secured in the back seat.
  • Drivers understand that their insurance is primary and any insurance carried by the organization that may be applicable is secondary.

11.33 Policies and Procedures – Telephone in the Office 

In case of urgent need, students may use a phone in the office. In these instances, students must have a pass signed by their teacher giving permission. Students are not allowed to use the telephone for personal business that could be handled at home, such as arranging a visit to a friend’s house.

11.41 Policies and Procedures – Communication between School and Home

Each 3-6th grade teacher’s weekly newsletter announcements is printed on the Fresno Christian website (www.fresnochristian.com) under Classrooms-Elementary Newsletters. K-2nd grade newsletters are printed and sent home with students. Communication with teachers is welcomed and appreciated. The best way to communicate with a teacher is to leave an email or voice mail message. All teachers and administrators have email addresses: in most cases, type the first letter of the teachers first name, followed by their last name, followed by: @fresnochristian.com (i.e.. punruh@fresnochristian.com). To reach a teacher’s voice mail, call the elementary office, 299-1695 ex. 103, and ask our school secretary to connect you or take a message. Teachers are expected to respond within 24 hours. If they do not reply to your email or voice mail message within a day, call the elementary office again.

11.45 Policies and Procedures – Visitation

Visitors to our campus should report directly to the office and receive a visitor’s pass. These are for all visitors and does not exclude individuals who come on campus during the lunch hour, or parent volunteers in the classrooms. To protect the learning environment for students and teachers, most visitors are not allowed in the classroom while class is in session. Please bring forgotten items such as textbooks, assignments, lunches, etc., to the elementary office and they will be taken into the classroom at an appropriate time.Parents are welcome to make arrangements with their child’s teacher if they wish to visit. There are also special visitation days throughout the school year to accommodate anyone who wishes to visit. Please check the school calendar for these special days. Authorized visitors to our campus are subject to the code of behavior for students.

11.46 Policies and Procedures- – Volunteer Policy

Introduction: When children enter Fresno Christian Elementary School, teachers and parents must become partners in facilitating children’s learning. One of the most important things we can do for children is to allow them to see parents and teachers working together as examples of Christ’s love. This helps children realize that there is a bond between home, community, school, and church. Parents and other caregivers who work in the school come to understand their child’s education better. School volunteers serve under the direction of school staff to meet the needs of students. Some children are not ready to have their parents in the classroom with them. In the classroom, parents have a different role; they are assisting the teacher. However, some children are unable to accept their parents in any role other than parent. In these cases, it is better for the parent to volunteer in another area of the school. In order to promote a quality education, Fresno Christian Schools has developed this Volunteer Policy. These are the expectations we have for all adults who work with Fresno Christian students. Please read this policy carefully. Before you volunteer you must attend an orientation meeting with the classroom teacher, and agree to accept the terms and conditions of the Fresno Christian Volunteer Policy.

Policy

Confidentiality: Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in your association with teachers and students.

What you see and hear at the school is private. You are in a unique position, when you volunteer in the classroom, to have information that is not to be shared. Students you observe in the classroom or the school cannot be discussed with other parents, faculty or staff. You may not discuss a child even with that child’s parents. You must always refer any questions regarding students at Fresno Christian to the child’s teacher or the principal.

Volunteering During School Hours: When you are volunteering at Fresno Christian you are demonstrating support for education. Please understand that in the academic settings it is important to be able to give your full attention to the task at hand. For this reason, do not bring any children with you when you are volunteering during school hours.

Volunteering in the classroom must be pre-arranged and scheduled with the classroom teacher. Parents cannot drop in to classrooms unannounced, or stay beyond their scheduled and prearranged time except by invitation of the classroom teacher.

Volunteers are never to be alone in the classroom. They must always be under the supervision of the assigned teacher.

For your own protection, never find yourself alone in a room with a child unless he/she is your own child.

Volunteers must check in at the office to receive your visitor’s pass. Someone will escort you to your classroom and let you in. Please sign out when you are ready to leave campus.

The Staff Lounge is for teachers to use for relaxing and sharing with their colleagues. Please respect their private space.

If you are on a field trip, we assume you are either driving or chaperoning. We expect and demand your full attention for the children you are supervising on the field trip. Volunteers may not bring other children with them.

Exceptions: At times, teachers invite other family members for special functions.

Volunteering Outside School Hours: Parents who volunteer outside school hours may at times find it necessary to bring siblings to school. At these times, those children must be under the parent’s direct supervision. The parent is responsible for the children’s safety and must keep the children with them at all times.

Dress: Volunteering parents must adhere to the Fresno Christian Employee dress code.

Language and Behavior: Remember, all adults serve as role models for our children. We must strive to exhibit Christ-like character at all times. Cursing, inappropriate language or discussions, harsh language, sarcasm, and put-downs are not allowed on campus or on field trips.

Social Media: In keeping with our mission to act in a partnership with the home and school, volunteers are not allowed to post negative criticisms or statements about students, teachers, parents, administrators, or school policies and practices. Violation of this policy jeopardizes a parent’s invitation to volunteer as well as the family’s enrollment at Fresno Christian.

Classroom Disruptions: Please conduct all private conversations outside of the classroom. Teachers need the attention of the students to direct the instruction. Extraneous conversations distract from the task at hand. Remember that conversations in the hallways are distracting as well.

Refrain from addressing personal concerns regarding a teacher’s techniques, attitude, style, and classroom management during volunteer times. Concerns such as these must be discussed by appointment with the teacher.

Cell Phones: Cell phones are to be turned off in the classrooms. If you need to be reached, please let the office know you are expecting a call and the office manager will contact you as needed.

Discipline: Volunteers are not to discipline students. Discipline is solely the responsibility of the teacher. The teacher is the professional whose responsibility it is to plan the course of study and see that it is implemented. The volunteer always works under the direction of the teacher to help and assist, not to replace.

On field trips when you are the adult supervising a group of children and the teacher is unavailable, volunteers may appropriately address safety or behavior issues. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to inform the teacher as soon as possible about these issues. However, any consequences for behavior are the responsibility of the teacher, not the volunteer.

Students Must Treat Volunteers With Respect: Adults are to be respectful to children, and children are always expected to be respectful in return. If on any occasion you are treated disrespectfully, tell the teacher or the principal as soon as possible. Elementary aged children are still learning appropriate behavior and this is an opportunity to reteach respect. Children must address volunteers as Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, or Dr., but should not address volunteers by their first name.

Printable Policy
Volunteer Application

11.51 Policies and Procedures – Fostering Respectfulness in Children

Since our goal at FCS is to train our children in righteousness, we believe that it is our responsibility to cultivate in the children (and, in some cases, model for the parents) a consistent standard for training students respect for, and submission to, authority. It is our hope that the faculty, staff, and parents will work together to establish in our young people a godly respect for authority figures that God has placed in their lives, as well as, a healthy respect for each other.This respectfulness is demonstrated in several areas: General politeness in speech such as addressing adults by title, Mr., Mrs., Miss and exhibiting good manners in saying please, thank you, etc. are important ways of showing respect for others. Children are expected to stay on task when the teacher is interrupted or when changing activities. Another of our goals is to develop a heart of submission to authority, by teaching the children to interrupt in a respectful manner. Children will also be taught to respect the “personal space” of others.

11.52 Policies and Procedures – Boy-Girl Relationships

A school is an excellent place to make new friends. Many of the friendships made will last a lifetime. Boy-girl relationships and friendships are important, and can be enjoyed without display of physical affections. A show of affection, such as hand holding, kissing, cuddling, or hugging is not appropriate. Insinuating that there is a romantic relationship between individuals is not acceptable on elementary campuses (i.e. referring to someone as a boyfriend or girlfriend, giving gifts or notes, or spreading gossip about individuals is embarrassing and thus unacceptable).

11.53 Policies and Procedures – Birthdays

A student’s birthday may be celebrated by the class. A parent desiring to bring refreshments should make arrangements with the classroom teacher well in advance of the date. When preparing refreshments, please be sensitive to special dietary needs of children (i.e., allergies to chocolate). Invitations to private birthday parties may not be distributed at school unless all children in that room are being invited.

11.61 Policies and Procedures – Cell Phones 

Students that have cell phones in their possession in classrooms must have them out of sight and turned off. If a cell phone is out, in use in any way, or audible in the building, it will be confiscated. It will be at the discretion of the teacher of the administrator whether the cell phone will be returned at the end of the school day to the student, or if a parent will be asked to retrieve the cell phone in person. Parents needing to contact their student during school hours should call the school office, and we will get your child out of class to use the phone in the office.

11.62 Policies and procedures – Food and Drink in the Building

Food and drink in the classroom is at the teacher’s discretion. Students may not partake of food and drink in the carpeted hallways unless they are eating at a table outside the office.

11.63 Policies and Procedures – Toys At School 

When toys are brought to school for use on the playground they usually cause conflict because sharing with 100 other children is difficult. If the toy is broken, it causes animosity between children. Quiet toys such as GameBoy, board games, dolls, baseball cards, etc. sideline the child and give him/her an excuse for not participating in active play, which is the purpose for recess. If a toy is brought to school, the child will be advised to leave it in his/her backpack. No student is to bring electronic toys, skateboards, roller blades, or scooters to school unless specifically requested by school authorities for authorized use. All such equipment can be confiscated for any length of time as seen fit by the administration. This is to prevent loss, theft, or misuse by students. Exceptions to this rule are toys brought to school by teacher request. When such requests are made by teachers, they will be responsible to set guidelines for their use. If equipment is not available for an activity in which your child would like to participate, they can request that the purchase of the necessary equipment be considered by the administrator. Typical playground equipment ( a variety of balls and jump ropes) is supplied to each campus, and replenished as needed.

11.72 Policies and Procedures – Textbooks 

All textbooks are the property of FCS and are assigned to students for their use. The student responsible for the care of his/her books will be charged for any which are lost or willfully damaged.

11.73 Policies and Procedures – Holiday Celebrations

Christmas and Easter are celebrated as sacred holidays and children are taught the significance of these special days on the church calendar. Secular symbols often associated with these holiday celebrations, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, are not displayed and reference to them is avoided. The school feels that parents have the right to explain the imaginary nature of these secular symbols at an age they deem appropriate. Occasionally, young children insist that their teacher tell them if Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny is real. On those occasions the teacher usually responds with a remark such as, “It is fun to pretend that they are real.” Halloween is not celebrated at Fresno Christian Schools. The school feels it is up to each family to determine how they participate or refrain from participating in this holiday.

11.76 Policies and Procedures – Student Salesmen 

FCS students are not allowed to sell personal or profit-making items at school. Trading personal possessions is also strongly discouraged. Students should not have money at school other than for snacks, milk, lunches, or special events.

12.23 Student Activities – Non-public School Spelling Bee 

Our most competent spellers in grades 3-8 are encouraged to try out for the Spelling Bee Team that competes with other private schools in the spring of each school year. Fifth through eighth grade winners from this Bee have the opportunity to compete at the Fresno County and California State levels.

12.5 Auxiliary Services and Information – Lunches

Lunches are brought from home by elementary students. Milk and juice are available to students in grades 1-6 during the lunch period. Students are asked to bring their milk/juice money each day. (Milk or juice cards can be purchased by parents for students in grades 1 and 2.) Rates are set just prior to the opening of school.Students are not allowed to trade food unless they receive permission from the adult supervising them.

We will be offering a lunch-for-purchase this year on selected days of the week.  More information will be disseminated once the details are finalized.

12.6 Auxiliary Services and Information – Memory Books 

The publishing of a Fresno Christian Elementary Memory Book is a valued tradition. This souvenir book, published in the Spring, contains photographic highlights of the year, pictures of each class, staff pictures, and pages for lots of autographs of friends. The book is distributed to each elementary student during the last week of school.

12.61 Auxiliary Services and Information – School Photographs 

Individual pictures are taken by the school photographer early in the school year and in the spring. Parents are given the opportunity to purchase pictures of their child and a class composite, but are under no obligation to do so.

12.7 Auxiliary Services and Information – Vision Screening 

Each year all students in grades kindergarten through third undergo vision screening. This service is provided by the Elks Major Project, Inc. of California and is free of charge to our students.

13.0 Transportation – Traffic Flow Procedures 

Students may arrive at school no earlier than  7:30 AM. Please drop off and pick up students in the designated areas and follow traffic flow in order to lessen congestion and insure your child’s safety. Detailed traffic flow maps are available on our website with “Back to School” information.

13.2 Athletics – Athletics K-12 

Elementary Athletics: The Fresno Christian Elementary athletic program aims to provide opportunities for students that are consistent with our school philosophy of Christian education. Those opportunities will lay a framework of, Christ-like character, community, and competition and that will be integrated into our school wide athletic program.

PAL League: Fresno Christian participates in the Parochial Athletic League, which consists of the following schools: Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Pacific Union; St. Helen; St. Anthony; Our Lady of Victory; Clovis Christian; Fresno Christian; Carden; 1st Church Christian; Grace Christian; St. Joseph; Crossroads. The purpose of the PAL is to provide a program that develops the physical and emotional maturity among participants.

CJSL: Fresno Christian participates in the Clovis Junior Soccer League, which is a recreational soccer league. The 30-year old league has over six hundred volunteers and six thousand players. Students can participate in the league as a member of the Fresno Christian club team. If you have any questions, please contact our Soccer Commissioner.

CVYFL: Fresno Christian will participate in the Central Valley Youth Football League, which consists of the following organizations: Caruthers Youth Football, Fowler Youth Football, Parlier Youth Football, Selma Bandits Youth Football, Laton/Riverdale Youth Football, Dinuba Youth Football, Cutler-Orosi Youth Football, Orange Cove Youth Football, Visalia Youth Football, Minarets Youth Football, and Reedley Youth Football. The purpose of the CVYFL is to implant in the youth the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, and courage.

Team Practice and Game Information: Practices will typically be scheduled at the coach’s discretion any day Monday through Friday from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Football practices may vary. Parents will be notified of any changes in the schedule. Due to family commitments, the coach will stay for a maximum of 15 minutes after practice and home games, for parents to pick up their child. If parents have not arrived by then, students will be taken to elementary office. All games will be scheduled prior to the season and will have a 3:30 p.m. start time unless specified. Volleyball and Sokko games will typically be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Basketball, Soccer, and Football games will be held on Saturdays. Track meets will be held during the week as well as on an occasional Saturday.

Coaches: Coaches at Fresno Christian will be an integral part of the athletic program. It is the Athletic Director’s goal to have qualified and experienced coaches who will teach the fundamentals of each respective sport, impart sportsmanship to their players, and create a competitive atmosphere for athletes to develop. These coaches will be drawn from either within the Fresno Christian staff or a qualified non-FC staff Christian pool. Recently graduated FCS athletes may be hired to serve as assistants to prepare them for coaching opportunities as well provide quality role models for the players.

Fees: There will be a fee that will be charged per sport. This money will be due, along with the Sport Permission Slip, at the beginning of the season. Students will not be allowed to participate in the first game until the fee has been paid. If students choose not to participate in a sport, they will be reimbursed the money. Fee money will be used for coaching salaries, equipment, and uniforms. Club teams such as Soccer and AAU will have a separate fee that will be determined at a later date.

Transportation: Parents’ and coaches’ vehicles will be the primary mode of transportation to games. Drivers will need to have liability insurance in order to provide transportation. Parents are responsible to pick up their child at the school where the game is played, unless there has been a pre-arrangement with the coach. We will never leave a child at a game. For maps to schools: http://www.palfresno.com or at www.fresnochristian.com under Athletics.

If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Office (299-1695, ext. 122) or mfuller@fresnochristian.com.

13.3 Athletics – Athletic Affiliations

Fresno Christian High School is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and part of the West Sequoia League for athletic competition. The Junior High School is part of the Fresno Middle School League and the Clovis Soccer League. The Elementary School is part of the Clovis Soccer League and the Parochial Athletic League (PAL).
There is one track meet offered through the PAL for the elementary.
Youth Football is also offered for grades 3-8.

14.01 Student Activities – Drama

Opportunities for dramatic expression are offered to all students in classroom play productions, oral reading, and oral interpretation of prose and poetry. The most gifted performers are adjudicated at the Peach Blossom Festival held each year at CSUF. Dramatic activities such as role playing, acting out Bible scenes, debates, etc., are integrated into many subject areas. Fifth and sixth graders can also participate in drama as an elective choice.

14.02 Student Activities – Kid’s Clubs 

The Parent Teacher Fellowship sponsors club-type activities during student lunch times or after school. Parent leaders volunteer their time to teach kids skills or introduce them to hobbies. Participation in a club is considered an extra curricular activity.

14.05 Student Activities – Oral Interpretation Festival 

After Christmas break, students in grades 1-6 begin preparing their oral interpretation of a poem or prose selection of their choice. These presentations are judged in their classrooms and the best 3 or 4 selections are presented in an assembly where they are adjudicated by officials with public speaking experience. From this assembly, six speakers are selected to represent our school at the CSUF Peach Blossom Festival. We are excited about the opportunity our students have to participate in a community event such as this. Over the years FCS students have received very high ratings at this festival.

14.06 Student Activities – Outdoor Education Camp 

Sixth grade classes attend a week long outdoor education camp each Fall at Hume Lake. Students take courses such as zoology, botany, first aid, mountain fitness, fire safety, wilderness survival, repelling, fishing, snorkeling, and riflery. Campers are challenged to use this week to strengthen their commitment to Jesus Christ and to fellow Christians. The experiences these sixth graders have at camp enrich them spiritually, educationally, and socially.

14.07 Student Activities – President’s Physical Fitness Program 

Students in all grades train throughout the year for participation in physical fitness testing in the spring. Children are encouraged to perform at their highest level. Students are recognized for their achievement according to national standards.

14.11 Student Activities – Young Authors Contest 

Students in grades 2-6 participate in The Young Authors Contest each spring. Each student’s best creative effort in composition is judged by their teacher and submitted for final judging. Three awards are presented in each class. All winning books are prepared for publication. Each published young author receives a bound copy of their book. A copy is also put into circulation in the Fresno Christian Library and a copy is given to the classroom teacher. First place winners are also honored at the school’s spring Open House event where autographed copies of their books are sold. An anthology for each kindergarten and first grade class is prepared which includes written expression from each child. Students and teachers look forward to this event because new talent is discovered each year.

14.2 Student Activities – Back to School Night

Parents are invited to school early in the school year to get acquainted with the school staff and the Parent Teacher Fellowship Board. After a brief general meeting, parents are dismissed to classrooms and are given an orientation by their children’s teachers. A time of fellowship and refreshments usually concludes the evening.

14.3 Student Activities – Elementary Skating Party 

The Elementary Christmas Party for grades 1-6 takes place at a local roller skating rink. Parent chaperones are welcome at this event. This last day of school before Christmas break has traditionally been a half day.

14.4 Student Activities – Open House 

At the conclusion of each school year, families are invited to visit classrooms to witness the fruit of their children’s labor during the preceding months. Children and teachers decorate their classrooms with displays that depict the diversity of learning that has occurred. This evening ends with fellowship and refreshments for adults and children.

14.6 Student Activities – Year End Event 

Elementary students conclude the year with a class party. The celebration is usually held during the last week of school.

17.0 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Golden Eagle Award

A certificate of recognition is given on a monthly basis to students in grades 1-6 who demonstrate that they are growing in Christlikeness through appropriate behavior, academic effort, and a positive attitude both in the classroom and on the playground.

17.1 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Character Trait Award

At the conclusion of each school year, teachers present each class member with a certificate which describes the Christian character trait that has been most evident in that student’s life during the school year. It is hoped that this recognition will encourage students to become more Christ-like in their daily walk.

17.2 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Merit List 

Inclusion on this published list is recognition of an intermediate student’s academic achievement, effort, and character development. Certificates are awarded to students at the end of the year if they qualify for Merit List recognition all four quarters of the school year.

17.3 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Honor Roll

To reach Honor Roll status, a student must excel academically, demonstrate exceptional effort, and exhibit growth in character development. Honor Roll ribbons are awarded each quarter to qualifying students in grades 4-6. Trophies are awarded to students who remain on the Honor Roll for an entire school year.

17.4 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence

This select award is presented to students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average throughout their elementary career (4th-6th grade), and achievement above the 84th percentile on the last standardized test recorded. Each student receives a lapel pin and a certificate signed by the President of the United States.

17.5 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Perfect Attendance

Perfect attendance for the year is acknowledged with a certificate.