Junior and Senior High Handbook

///Junior and Senior High Handbook
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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 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.
2.3 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.
2.4 Guiding Principles – Educational Philosophy

A biblical philosophy of education is found in 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.

2.5 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

2.6 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.

Statement of Agreement

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.

2.7 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 

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, 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 the 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.

5.2 Admission – Class Size

Fresno Christian Schools attempt to maintain classes with no more than 32 students per period of classroom instruction. Exceptions are made for physical education and music classes.

5.3 Admission – Pre-enrollment Procedures

Application and Interview – Parents of all applicants 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 are also 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 7-12 – Standardized test scores are the basis for grade level evaluation in grades 7-12. If a student does not have a current test scores available, the historical school achievement is evaluated. Each prospective student is interviewed by administration. During this interview, it is determined whether the student wishes to attend Fresno Christian Junior/Senior High School and live within the policies and guidelines established by the board.

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.

5.5 Admission – Health/Immunization Requirements

The State of California requires all students entering or advancing into 7th grade to have proof of a pertussis booster/Tdap shot, or a signed exemption, in order to attend classes. Submit a copy of the shot record to the Central Office. The principal is directed by state law to send students home who have not completed the above requirements.

5.6 Admission – Application Fee

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

5.7 Admission – Payment Policy

The 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.

6.10 Academics – Report Cards

Report Cards will be available for parents online through PowerSchool at the end of each semester. Grades can be accessed during the semester, which indicate the student’s grades up to the last entry. Full semester grades are recorded in their cumulative school records.  A grade is given for achievement as well as an evaluation of work habits and citizenship.

6.11 Academics – PowerSchool

Student achievement is communicated to parents online via the PowerSchool student information system, parent teacher conferences, and other informal means of communication. Student grades are available 24 hours a day via the PowerSchool student information system. Final term grades are available throughout 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.

6.12 Academics – Grading Scale

Achievement
A – Excellent
B – Above Average
C – Average
D – Below Average
F – Failing
I – Incomplete Work
P – Pass
NG – No GradeWork Habits & Citizenship
E – Excellent
S – Satisfactory
N – Needs Improvement
P – Progressing

Computation of Grade Point Averages
To compute G.P.A., the following grade values will be used:

Regular Classes
A – 4 Points
B – 3 Points
C – 2 Points
D – 1 Point
F – 0 Points

AP and Honors Classes
A – 5 Points
B – 4 Points
C – 2 Points
D – 1 Point
F – 0 Points

6.13 Academics – Honor Roll

Each semester students achieving the following G.P.A. in core academic classes (excludes P.E., Teacher’s Aide, Office Aide, Library Aide, Study Hall, woodworking, work Experience, and Home Economics) will make the Honor Roll list:

3.0 – 3.49 Honors
3.5 – 3.99 High Honors
4.0 – Highest HonorsHonor Roll students will be acknowledged with a certificate at an awards assembly each semester.

6.14 Academics – Academic Probation

Students who have a GPA below 2.0, or are earning an “F” in more than one class at the end of any quarter may be placed on academic probation contract and will lose their “good standing” status. The consequences of academic probation may include:

  • Required attendance at academic labs and study sessions
  • Loss of privilege to attend any major school event including Night of the Stars, Sadie Hawkins, and school rooter buses.
  • No part in any school elected offices or responsibility.
  • See Handbook Section 13.4 for information regarding academic eligibility and athletics

6.15 Academics – Continuation of Honors or AP Classes

Students must maintain a grade of a B- or better at the end of every quarter to continue in an honors or advanced placement class or receive administrative approval. Students below a B- will be switched to a regular section at the quarter.

6.16 Academics – Failing Grades

Students receiving a failing grade in any subject are required to retake the course before credit is given. Online courses approved by administration may be used for credit recovery. A second way to make up a failed class is for a student to enroll in a comparable summer school class in a public/private school. This course must be approved by an FCS administrator to ensure curriculum correlation.

6.17 Academics – Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades will not be recorded for a student due to his or her own negligence in completing his/her work. “INCs” will be given for excused reasons only, as determined by the teacher. All incomplete grades not completed within a reasonable time, set by the teacher, will be changed to grade average of work that has been completed.

6.18 Academics – Guidance

Guidance and counseling services are directed by the principal the academic advisor, and the LRC staff. Services include:

• Enrollment guidance to ensure that graduation requirements are understood, educational needs met, and interests satisfied
• Monitoring of student progress
• Assistance with academic difficulties
• Help in meeting attendance requirements
• Referrals for students with special needs
• Liaison with parents and the community to maintain effective relationships
• Administration of PSAT, PLAN, and ASVAB exams
• Assistance with college planning
• Assistance with obtaining scholarships and grants
• Assistance with enrollment in community college High School Enrichment Program
• FAFSA information workshops

6.19 Academics – Cheating

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 has mastered information on an academic exercise.

Degree I
“Appearance of cheating”
• A student’s eyes are diverted to inappropriate places other than their own test or assignment page
• The quality of the assignment is far superior to anything the student has produced before; and after further research it is determined that the student’s skill and/or knowledge level is inconsistent with the quality of the assignmentDegree II
• 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 or “cheat sheets”
• The content of the assignment handed in is uniquely identical in all or part to that of another student or is 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.]

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

Degree I, first occurrence
• Parents will be informed of the behavior
• A “zero” grade may be given for the assignment or test
• There may be no opportunity for making up the grade

Degree I, second occurrence
• Parents will be informed of the behavior
• A “zero” grade may be given for the assignment or test
• There may be no opportunity for making up the grade

Degree I, third occurrence
• Parent conference with principal and teacher
• A “zero” grade may be given for the assignment or test
• There may be no opportunity for making up the grade
• One-day suspension

Degree II, first occurrence
• Parent conference with principal and teacher
• A “zero” grade may be given for the assignment or test
• There may be no opportunity for making up the grade
• One-day suspension

Degree II, second occurrence
• Parent conference with principal and teacher
• A “zero” grade may be given for the assignment or test
• There may be no opportunity for making up the grade
• Three-day suspension

Degree II, third occurrence
• Parent conference with principal and teacher
• A “zero” grade may be given for the assignment or test
• There may be no opportunity for making up the grade
• Suspension length to be determined upon administrative review; possible expulsion

6.20 Academics – Graduation Requirements 

Promotion Requirements: Junior HighStudents must earn passing grades of “D” or better for all core academic classes to be permitted to go through the promotion ceremony at the end of the 8th grade year.

Grade 7 – A seventh grade schedule includes the following core academic classes:
English, World Geography/History, Mathematics , Life Science, Bible

Grade 8 – An eighth grade schedule includes the following core academic classes:
English, American History and Government, Mathematics, Earth Science, Bible

Graduation Requirements for High School

The student must complete 260 units of work with a grade of “D” or better. (Five units per class per semester.)

  • 40 units of Bible
  • 40 units of English
  • 30 units of high school Mathematics
  • 20 units of Science
  • 30 units of Social Science, including:
    10 units of World History
    10 units of U.S. History
    10 units of Civics/Econ
  • 40 units of Physical Education (Under special circumstances, P.E. may be waived with prior administrative approval.)
  • 10 units of Visual or Performing Arts
  • 50 units of Elective Courses

6.21 Academics – Graduation Honors

Fresno Christian awards the honor of Valedictorian to each graduating senior who earns a cumulative high school grade point average of 4.3 or higher. In the event that no graduating senior earns a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.3, the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average will be given the honor of Valedictorian. The Salutatorian will be awarded to the student with the second highest grade point average. In the event there is more than one Valedictorian, no Salutatorian will be awarded. A student must attend Fresno Christian High School for a full three years to be eligible for the Valedictorian award, Salutatorian award, or the faculty scholarship.

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.

6.23 Academics – Schedule Changes 

Junior High Schedule Changes: Students have two weeks at the beginning of each semester to change their schedules. Changes must be made through the office by obtaining a permission from parent, teacher and administration.

High School Schedule Changes: Students have two weeks at the beginning of each semester to change their schedules. Schedules may be changed only with permission by parent, teacher and administration. A student may drop a course up to the 6th week of instruction per semester.

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, and 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, and 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.

7.2 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

Note: The administration reserves the right to add or subtract disciplinary actions if it is assessed that extenuating circumstances exist.

7.3 Discipline – Serious Offenses

Serious offenses will, in most cases, result in suspension, voluntary withdrawal, or expulsion. Examples are, but not limited to, bringing weapons to campus, threats of or acts of violence, harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Staff shall immediately report to administration any incident of a serious nature. Students engaged in serious offenses may be referred to the proper authorities under the guidelines outlined by local law enforcement agencies and be subject to school discipline. Consequences relating to serious offenses handled solely by the school will be based upon the following: seriousness of the offense, attitude of the student, previous disciplinary record, and the impact of the offense on the offender and the student body as a whole.

Types of Threats

1. Direct threats identify a specific act against a specific target and delivered to the specific target in a straightforward, clear, and explicit manner.
2. Indirect threats tends to be vague, unclear, and ambiguous. Violence is implied, but threat is phrased tentatively, and suggests that a violent act could occur, not that it will occur.
3. Veiled threat is one that strongly implies but does not explicitly threaten violence.
4. Conditional threat is often seen in extortion cases. It warns that a violent act will happen unless certain demands or terms are met.

Levels of Risk

Low Level of Threat

1. Poses a minimal risk to the victim and public safety
2. Is vague and indirect
3. Information is inconsistent, implausible, or lacks detail
4. Lacks realism
5. Content suggests person is unlikely to carry out the threat

Medium Level of Threat

1. Could be carried out, although it may not appear entirely realistic
2. More direct and more concrete than a low level threat
3. Wording suggests the individual has given some thought to how the act will be carried out
4. Includes a general indication of place and time but signs still fall well short of a detailed plan
5. No strong indication that the individual has taken preparatory steps
6. Statements seek to convey that the threat is not empty: “I’m serious!” or “I really mean this!”

High Level of Threat

1. Directed to an individual present; specific, and plausible
2. Appears to pose imminent and serious danger to safety of others
3. Suggests concrete steps have been taken, i.e., stalking or acquisition of a weapon
4. Almost always requires bringing in law enforcement

Protocol for Threats

Upon receiving a threat 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 threat and level of risk (see below). Determination of type and level of risk 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

Fresno Christian Degrees of Discipline for Threats and Discipline Procedures

Low Level Threat – Degree II – Administrative discipline, parent conference, parent notification of all involved, one- to three-day suspension, requirement of counseling.

Medium Level Threat – Degree III – Parent conference, parent notification of all involved, indefinite suspension, possible expulsion, requirement of outside professional assessment to determine return to campus, may include law enforcement based on assessment of all involved.

High Level Threat – Degree IV – Parent conference, parent notification of all involved (which could involve the entire campus), expulsion, notification of law enforcement.

Every incident involving a weapon or threat will be fully documented and reviewed by the administrative team. The administration reserves the right to add consequences as detailed in our handbook or subtract consequences if it is assessed that extenuating circumstances exist.

7.4 Discipline – Harassment and Bullying

Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, is absolutely prohibited among 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.

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.

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 unenrolled 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 – Reconcilitation is required following a conflict.
• Re-admission Denied – 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.

7.6 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 13:34-35Fresno 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, or 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.

8.1 Christian Lifestyle/Dress – Christian Lifestyle

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.

8.2 Christian Lifestyle/Dress – Dress Code

GIRLS

  • Modesty is required at all times. Any apparel determined by the school administration, or designee, to be too revealing is not acceptable.
  • Dresses, skirts, tops, and pants must cover undergarments.
  • Clothing must not draw attention to the body, and must not be form fitting or see-through.
  • Clothing must not expose bare shoulders, backs, chests, or midriffs. At no time can skin be visible on the front or back of the midriff.
  • Tops and dresses must be cut high enough in the front to cover cleavage.
  • Clothing must be appropriate for working and studying in the classroom.
  • Dress and skirt length must 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 is 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.
  • No more than three earrings in each ear are allowed. Tongue, lip, eyebrow, and other visible piercings, as well as visible tattoos, are not acceptable.

BOYS

  • Modesty is required at all times — pants and shorts must cover undergarments.
  • Hair must be neat, clean, and well groomed. Hair can not fall below the bottom of the collar of a standard dress shirt or below the earlobe. Hair shall not be so long in front that it obstructs vision.
  • Boys must be cleanly shaven. Boys with stubble will be asked to shave at school. Sideburns are permitted to extend to the bottom of the earlobe.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times during school hours and at all school events. Tank tops, tight fitting shirts, body armor apparel, and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.
  • Earrings, as well as tongue, lip, eyebrow, and other visible piercings, and visible tattoos are not acceptable.
  • Excessively baggy or tight pants and shorts are not allowed.
  • Boys are not allowed to wear hats, caps, and headbands in the building.

BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS

1. Plain white t-shirts are allowed if they are of sufficient thickness. Plain white undershirts are not allowed.

2. Shoes must be worn by students at all times during school hours and at all school events and must be appropriate for school wear. All shoes must be of the appropriate height and style to ensure safety of all students at school. Slippers are not acceptable for school wear. Moccasin-type and Ugg-type footwear are acceptable.

3. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the classroom.

4. Articles of clothing, belt buckles, or pins displaying the following are not allowed: profanity; other high 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 lifestyles.

5. No shorts that are intended for beachwear, such as board shorts or swimsuits, are allowed. Clothing worn in P.E. class may not be worn outside of P.E. class. Shorts should be modest in length (no more than six inches above the knee, measured while kneeling).

6. 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 hair styles must not obstruct vision.

7. Jewelry should be modest. Large chains and exotic jewelry are not allowed.

8. No extreme fads (i.e., gang-associated styles, military look, chains, Goth, extra large clothing) are allowed.

9. All clothing items (including shoes) which are frayed, sagging, have holes or tears, or are not neatly hemmed are not appropriate.

10. Tattoos of any kind, temporary or permanent, must be covered by clothing at all times.

11. No pajama bottoms are allowed.

12. Students are expected to dress modestly at all school related activities and events (i.e. athletic practices and games, graduations, musical performances, 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 high school 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.

9.10 Policies and Procedures – Absence Policy

A student may miss a total of ten days per class per semester without penalty, whether excused or unexcused. On the eleventh absence the student’s grade will drop one letter grade. Upon the fifteenth absence, the semester grade will drop two letter grades. Upon twentieth semester absences, the student will fail to receive credit for the class. Absences will be counted for illness, appointments, suspensions, and any other situations when the student does not participate in class work and activities with the exception of school sponsored activities. A student may exceed the 10-day limit without grade penalty if he/she has a long-term illness in which a medical doctor has stated in writing the student may not return to school for an extended time. In this case, specific dates need to be indicated so absences will not be counted against the student. Extensions given for incomplete grades may not exceed three weeks beyond the current grading period.

Please call the attendance secretary or send a note stating reason for absence to ensure proper documentation.

Partial Day Absence

If a student comes in late, he/she must present a note and sign in at the high school office explaining the reason for being late to the school. The office will advise the teachers.

No student can participate in a sports event or any other extracurricular activity unless they are present for 4 out of 7 periods. The only exception is if the student has an excused medical appointment or has administrative permission.

Students are to sign out prior to leaving campus for any reason. The office must have a parental note or phone call prior to giving an off campus pass and are to be picked up only by responsible adults. Students that return to campus must report to the office and sign back in.

Personal Illness of a student

Please call the school or have your child bring a note explaining the absence.

Students are allowed to sign themselves out only after a phone call or note from parents giving them permission to leave. They are to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
If a student is unable to participate in a course due to excessive absences, a conference will be required for teachers, parents, and administration to establish an educational plan for the successful completion of course work.

Students are responsible to secure a list of assignments missed and to turn them in on time. The teacher will not pursue the student to see that the work is done. An exception is made for extended hospitalization. Students who have been absent may need to take makeup tests after school to prevent further loss of instructional time.

Reasons for Unexcused Absences:

• 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.

Make-up Work for Excused Absences:

A student will have one school day for every day missed due to an excused absence (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 might receive a reduced grade.

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 has been seen, treated, and are ready to return to class.

When 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.

9.13 Policies and Procedures – Tardiness during the school day

Students who are not in their assigned classroom when the bell rings are considered tardy unless they possess a note from the office or a teacher. At three tardies per quarter in any class will result in the following consequences:

  • Third unexcused tardy: lunch detention
  • Fifth unexcused tardy: lunch detention
  • Seventh unexcused tardy, there will be more severe consequences as determined by the principal.
  • Parents can excuse tardies for doctors appointments, illness, severe fog, and extreme traffic conditions.

9.14 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 affection. A public show of affection, such as kissing, cuddling, and holding hands is not appropriate on our campus.

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.

9.16 Policies and Procedures – Closed Campus 

All students must be in their assigned classes or on their lunch period in the designated lunch area during the school day.No student will be permitted to leave campus during the school day unless he is picked up by a parent, or he receives special advance administrative permission.

9.17 Policies and Procedures – Food and Drink in the Building

Food and drink in the classroom is allowed at the teacher’s discretion with the exception of science and computer lab. Food and drink is allowed in the hallways.

9.18 Policies and Procedures – Library Media Center

The library is available to all students to supplement classroom information and textbooks, as well as for studying and quiet reading. All students are issued a student body card which serves as their library card. All books on reserve must be used only in the library. All other books can be checked out for a two week period. Fines will be issued for overdue books. Computer workstations are available for word processing and on-line searching.Library hours:
M-TH: 8:00 AM to 4 PM
F: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

9.19 Policies and Procedures – Lockers

On the first day of school each student is issued a locker equipped with a combination lock. These lockers are to be kept locked and the combinations confidential. Lockers are not to be shared or changed without permission from the office. Periodic checks will be made of all lockers for reason of safety and security. Personal articles of value should not be kept in lockers, and the school will not be responsible for the loss of such items. The cost of repairs to lockers, caused by misuse, will be charged to the student.

9.21 Policies and Procedures – Lunches

The school is working on offering a formal hot lunch program several days a week. Sack lunches may be brought from home any day, or purchase the hot lunches on their scheduled days.  Lunch is occasionally provided by scheduled clubs and groups. Lunch may be eaten in the outdoor lunch area, or in the Peoples Church Gym, our new indoor lunchroom.

9.22 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.

9.23 Policies and Procedures – Restrooms

You may use the restrooms before and after school, between class periods and during the lunch periods. You are expected to keep the restrooms clean. Do not loiter or damage the facilities in any way. If you are feeling ill, report to the office. Do not remain in the restroom. You must have a hall pass to use the restroom during class.

9.24 Policies and Procedures – Out of Bounds Areas on Campus

The following areas are out of bounds for junior high and high school students unless they are accompanied by an adult (parent or FCS staff member):

  • Student Ministries Center (auditorium (except chapel time), cafe, office areas, restrooms).
  • Building 5 (downstairs) Students may need to do business in the upstairs section of building 5 (elementary classrooms/ office or the FCS central office). The downstairs section of the building contains elementary classes along with our Kids Inc. Day Care program. No secondary FCS student is permitted downstairs unless they are enrolled in Kids Inc. after school program.
  • Peoples Church auditorium (sanctuary) and surrounding complex. All events involving junior high students in this complex (chapel, graduation practice, etc.) will always be announced ahead of time and supervised by school personnel. Otherwise this area is out of bounds on school days unless accompanied by an adult.

9.25 Policies and Procedures – School Functions

School FunctionsStudents participating in any activity sponsored by the school shall be under the direct authority of the teacher. Guests from outside the school may be invited to attend school-sponsored activities only with the permission of an administrator; and the host students are responsible for their guest’s actions. Guests will be asked to make themselves known to the appropriate school office or administrator and receive a visitor/volunteer identification badge.

9.26 Policies and Procedures – Student Body Cards

The school ID card, with student’s name and picture, is given to all 7-12th grade students towards the beginning of the school year. This card admits students into most school games and gives them discounts to student council sponsored activities. The funds from these cards are used for student activities. The ID card is required to check out materials from the Library.

9.27 Policies and Procedures – Student Handbook Requirement

All students are issued one copy of the Handbook Highlights during the homeroom of the first day of school. Each student is responsible for the information in the entire Student Handbook which can be found online.

9.28 Policies and Procedures – Student Vehicles and Parking

All students who drive to school must abide by the following rules:
• Students cannot drive and/or sit in or on a motor vehicle during school hours (except by special administrative permission or seniors leaving with lunch passes).
•High School Parking Policy: Seniors will be given first priority to purchase a parking pass for the high school lot for $10 a semester. Any remaining spots will be sold to juniors through a lottery. Students who do not purchase a parking pass will park in the Tennis Court Lot or along the Alluvial Driveway. The High School Parking Lot includes the spaces along the FCS gym.

Violators of the parking policy will have the following repercussions: First Offense will be a written warning. Second Offense is a $5 fine and consequence, Third Offense is a $10 fine and two consequences, Fourth Offense will be the loss of driving privileges to FCS.
• Students must abide by all traffic and parking lot rules or forfeit their driving privilege.
• Campus speed limit is 15 MPH.

9.29 Policies and Procedures – Telephone in Office

Student will not be called to the telephone except in the case of an emergency. (Students should tell their parents not to call in messages unless they are urgent.) The office telephones are not to be used by students for personal calls. Students may use the phone in an emergency, but are expected to limit the length and the number of calls. Teacher or staff must give the student permission to use the school phone.

9.30 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. Students must use book covers for the texts.

9.31 Policies and Procedures – Use of Electronic Equipment, Rollerblades, and Skateboards

It is not recommended that students bring stereo equipment, ipods, or electronic games on campus. This is to prevent loss, theft, or misuse by students. Personal stereos and electronic games may not be used in the building from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. All such equipment can be confiscated for any length of time as seen fit by the administration. At no time are rollerblades, scooters or skateboards allowed on school grounds.

9.32 Policies and Procedures – Use of Gym/Music Suite

When going to PE classes, students should enter through the southwest doors of the gym.
When going to music classes, students should enter through the northeast doors to enter the music suite.
• Noon Use – No student is to be in the FCS gym or music suite at noon unless supervised by a coach or a teacher.
• After School Use – No student is to be in the gym or music suite after school unless supervised by a coach or a teacher.

9.33 Policies and Procedures – Vacations and Special Activities

Students may be excused for a family trip or special activity with two weeks prior notice given to the office. Makeup work will be handled as in any excused absences.

9.34 Policies and Procedures – Visitation

To protect the learning environment for students and teachers, visitors (including parents) are not allowed in the classroom while class is in session without permission. If you wish to visit your student’s classroom, arrangements must be made in advance with the teacher or the principal. As of September 2014, all volunteers must sign that they have read the Fresno Christian Schools Volunteer Policy and agree to adhere to the terms of the policy. Visitors to our campus should report directly to the office and receive a Visitor’s Pass. This is for all visitors and does not exclude individuals who come on campus during the noon hour. Unauthorized visitors will be escorted off campus. Authorized visitors to our campus are subject to the code of behavior for students. The host is responsible for the visitor’s conduct.

9.35 Policies and Procedures – Withdrawals

Should it be necessary for a student to withdraw during the school year, he/she should report to the office with a written request by his/her parents for such action. The student must then take the withdrawal slip to his/her teachers and receive clearance before records, etc. will be sent to another school.

9.36 Policies and Procedures – Hall 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 on Thursday, minimum day). 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 on Thursday, minimum day). After school sporting events are not supervised by faculty or staff. THERE IS NO SCHOOL SUPERVISION AFTER 3:15 PM m (2:20 on Thursday, minimum day)

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 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 is maintained by FCS staff.  This information needs to be kept up-to-date and 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.Foggy day delays may affect our inter-campus bus system. Parents utilizing only the inter-campus bus system should plan accordingly.

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. The formal procedure outlines specific steps to be followed.

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:
a. The specific action or incident upon which the grievance is based and the date the action or incident occurred.
b. 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).
c. Corrective action sought by the student or parent.
d. 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:
a. 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.
b. Consult with all necessary parties to gather all relevant information regarding the nature, circumstances, desired corrective action, and previous action taken regarding the   grievance.
c. Study all relevant policies and other written agreements if applicable.
d. 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.
e. 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
1. 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.
2. The Superintendent will forward the grievance file to the Board Chairman.
3. The decision of the School Board will be final.

9.44 Policies and Procedures – Senior Off Campus Privileges – Lunches

Fresno Christian School is a closed campus. No students are allowed to leave campus during the school day unless they have been signed out by a their parent/guardian. The one exception is for seniors with an off-campus senior lunch pass. The issuance of an off-campus senior lunch pass is a privilege, not a right, and applies to lunchtime only. Seniors must adhere to all FCS rules and regulations in order to earn the off-campus privilege. Failure to comply with any FCS rules and regulations may result in the off-campus senior lunch pass privilege being revoked for the remainder of the school year.

A. Requirements
1. An official signed parental permission sheet requiring parental responsibility for off-campus actions.
2. The off-campus pass must be in the student’s possession when leaving for lunch, and may be asked to be shown to the teacher supervising lunch.
3. Must follow all driving and parking regulations.
4. The complete adherence to the rules and regulations of the FCHS handbook in regard to basic conduct, including no visitation to other schools.
5. The total commitment to be an example of what a Christian person should be in public.
6. The maintenance of a 2.0 scholastic average at the end of each quarter.
7. Required attendance at all fundraising lunches.
8. Meet all California DMV driving requirements.

B. Constraints
1. Loss of the privilege for failure to comply with all the requirements (grade average of less than 2.0 loses privilege for nine weeks)
2. Seniors leaving campus with underclassmen, either transporting, or being transported by, will lose privilege for the remainder of the year.
3. Seniors leaving campus with another senior who has not been issued an off campus pass; does not have parental permission to be the passenger of another student, or is driving and does not have permission to drive other students will lose privilege for the remainder of the year.
4. Seniors leaving campus with any other student hiding in their car regardless of whether they have been issued a pass, will lose their off campus privileges for a minimum of one week for the first offense and for the remainder of the year for a subsequent offense.
5. Withdrawing of the privilege at any time, at the discretion of administration.
6. Change/addition of requirements at any time as needed by the administration.
7. Revoking of privilege after fourth tardy.

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’ conference/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

If your address, phone number, or email information changes during the school year, parents must notify the school office and they will make the corrections.

9.51 Policies and Procedures – Advisory (Homeroom)

All students are assigned to a regular advisory class. The purpose of this session is:
• To implement the curriculum for spiritual development.
• To bring to students’ attention any class needs or problems and also a sharing time for the class and a time to discuss school issues.

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 P.E. 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 perpetrated or 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 parents’ 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 Auxiliary Services and Information – Music / 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. Performing Art activities for senior high students include: pep band, concert band, marching band, choir and drama. Activities for junior high students includes band, choir and drama. The music department has an established track record of superior ratings at musical competitions throughout the valley. The drama department provides opportunities for dramatic expression as an elective to all students. Drama class curriculum includes drama methods, dramatic sketches, play productions, dramatic reading and oral interpretation of prose and poetry. Dramatic activities such as role playing, acting out Bible scenes, debates, etc. are integrated into many subject areas.

10.2 Auxiliary Services and Information – School Photographs 

Individual pictures are taken by the school photographer early in the school year. Parents are given the opportunity to purchase the pictures but are under no obligation to do so.

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 fundraising 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. Forms are available at each campus. Parents should then 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 Kid’s Inc., which is under the umbrella of FCS. 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 Kids Inc. that day.) Kids 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.Auxiliary Services and Information Discovery Program 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.

11.1 Transportation – Traffic Flow Procedures 

Students may arrive at school no earlier than 7:30 am. Note: Remembering to drop off and pick up students in the designated areas and following traffic flow will lessen congestion and insure your child’s safety. Detailed traffic flow maps are available in the “Back to School Information” on the school website.

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.

11.3 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 ensure 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 larger 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.

11.46 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 School 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 all 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

12.10 Student Activities – Back to School Night

At the beginning of each school year parents are invited to school 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.

12.11 Student Activities – Cheerleading

High School Cheerleading: All students may try out for cheerleading. Cheerleaders serve under the direction of a coach and within guidelines approved by the Administration. Eligibility requirements are the same as for athletics.

12.12 Student Activities – CJSF

CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation ) is the junior high version of the high school CSF. The motto is “Scholarship for Service.” Any student who has no D’s or F’s, has satisfactory citizenship, and earns 10 points (3 points for an A and 1 point for a B) in the following classes is eligible for membership: Bible, English, History, Math and Science. Membership is by semester and must be renewed each semester. It is open to eligible second semester seventh graders and all eighth graders. Those who wish to belong must apply during the application time at the beginning of each semester. CJSF sponsors the Star Tree Project at Christmas time, takes a field trip in the spring, does a Candy Gram fund raiser for Valentine’s Day, and provides other service opportunities. Students in CJSF have special lunch privileges. Stuff Mart is a store created by CJSF located in Building 6, upstairs, in front of the junior high office. Stuff Mart is open during selected breaks and has a variety of things for sale, such as school supplies, snacks, and more. Proceeds go to fund the service projects sponsored by CJSF.

12.13 Student Activities – Clubs
All clubs must have the approval of the administration and be led by an approved adult sponsor from the faculty, parents, or friends of the school. They are to be financially self-supporting.

12.14 Student Activities – Field Trips 

All students are required to have a signed permission card on file from parents or guardian before being permitted to attend field trips.

Junior High School – Students with U’s in citizenship are not allowed to attend field trips.

12.15 Student Activities – High School Officers

Students interested in class offices need to apply for Student Leadership positions. Each class will then elect a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, and a class representative from each grade section based on the applications received.

12.16 Student Activities – Ineligibility for Extracurricular Activities 

Behavioral – Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege that may be lost by a student who consistently defies authority and commits a serious act of disobedience as outlined in the student handbook. Academic – A student will be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities if the student has a GPA lower than 2.0 and/or has more than one failing grade at the end of each semester.

12.17 Student Activities – Outdoor Education 

A unique part of the Fresno Christian Junior High experience is the annual eighth grade trip to Calvin Crest. The trip occurs during one school week of September. Students enjoy units in wildlife study, Miwok indians, survival, and orienteering. The week is rewarding both spiritually and academically. Students form friendships and bonds which mature during the remainder of the school year, and get to know their instructors in a way that cannot be accomplished in the normal classroom setting.

12.19 Student Activities – Service 

High School students participate in community service activities to meet requirements of the Bible class curriculum. Similar opportunities are available as teacher aides, library aides and office aides.

12.20 Student Activities – Social Events 

The leadership class sponsors social events for the students. The school does not sponsor school dances. Sponsored events include class parties, school socials, an annual banquet, and Spirit Week activities.

12.21 Student Activities – Student Activities Approval

A student must have prior approval of the teacher(s) for each class the student will miss when participating in an extracurricular activity.

12.22 Student Activities – Student Leadership

Student Leadership will aid the administration and faculty by providing a channel of communication between students and the administration, help provide a well-balanced social program, encourage student participation and spirit in school activities, and uphold the spiritual principles upon which the school was founded. Students interested in Student Leadership must apply for particular positions and complete the interview process with Student Leadership faculty advisors. Students must meet the eligibility requirements as listed in the Student Leadership Constitution.

Junior High Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team will, together with administration and faculty, provide a channel of communication between students and the administration, help provide a well-balanced social program, encourage student participation and spirit in school activities, and uphold the spiritual principles upon which the school was founded. The Student Leadership Team consists of approximately ten people: a president who is an eighth grader, a vice president who is a seventh grader, and a secretary-treasurer who is from either grade. They are elected by the student body. These students must have a 2.0 grade point average and satisfactory citizenship. The other members are selected by the staff. They must meet the same requirements plus submit an application which consists of a one page student statement and one page evaluation completed by an adult who is not a relative or junior high staff person.

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.

13.1 Athletics – Athletics

Athletics play an important role in developing healthy bodies, growth in wholesome interpersonal relations, personal maturity in handling pressures, and how to live with success and failure. It is the purpose of the school not only to have competitive teams but to have teams that are a clear testimony for the Lord at the same time. Our athletes have an opportunity to participate in sports of their choice through competition with other schools and in intramural sports.

Fresno Christian Schools provides the following athletic program for its students:

Junior High

  • Fall: Girls’ Volleyball, Cross Country, Boys’ Soccer *(Youth Football League)
  • Winter: Girl’s Soccer, Boys’ Basketball
  • Early Spring: Boys’ Baseball, Girls’ Basketball, Boys Basketball (PAL)
  • Late Spring: Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Tennis, Girls’ Softball, Track

(*Some sports are offered subject to availability of staff, students and facilities.)

Fresno Christian Junior High teams are members of the Fresno Middle School League.

* Soccer is offered through participation in the Clovis Soccer League.

High School

Boys – Football, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Soccer, Track, Golf, Cross country
Girls – Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Soccer, Track, Cross Country

Fresno Christian High School’s teams are members of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

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; and Crossroads. The purpose of the PAL is to provide a program that develops physical and emotional maturity among participants.

CVYFL: Fresno Christian participates 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.

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.

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.  All games will be scheduled prior to the season and will have a 3:30 p.m. start time unless otherwise 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 in which athletes can develop. These coaches will be drawn from either within our Fresno Christian staff or a qualified non-FCS 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 is a fee charged per sport. These fees are 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, their fee will be reimbursed. Fee money will be used for coaching salaries, equipment, and uniforms. Club teams such as Soccer and AAU will have separate fees that are determined by the supporting organization.

Transportation: Parent and coaches’ vehicles will be the primary mode of transportation to games. Drivers will need to have liability insurance in order to provide transportation to students other than their own children. 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 http://sports.fresnochristian.com/el/.

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

  • 13.3 Athletics – Athletic AffiliationsFresno 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.

13.4 Athletics – Athletic Eligibility

Jr. High and High School Academic Standards: Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, with no more than one F, for the quarters prior to the start of the season and during the season . Students below a 2.0 or with more than one failing grade at the quarter will be ineligible until the following quarter report.

Additional Expectations and Responsibilities:

  • Parent participation is an important part of the athletic program. All parents of FCS athletes are requested to participate in the school’s Athletic Boosters Club.
  • Athletes who quit a team after the first contest of the season without consultation with the athletic department are ineligible to participate in the sport of the next season.
  • Early Dismissals – An athlete is responsible to have his/her academic work completed or prior arrangements made with the teacher before he/she is dismissed from class.

15.1 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Academic Subject Honors

Junior High: Teachers honor, with certificates, those students receiving highest achievement in each subject. These certificates are awarded each semester.

15.2 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – PAC and PSN Awards: Student of the Month

The junior high and high school faculty selects a student from each grade each month to receive a “Student of the Month” award. Faculty bases the selection on the best example of Christlike character in academics, class participation, attitude, behavior, school involvement, leadership, and perseverance. These awards are made during chapel of the next month. (Awards for September are made in October, for example.)

15.3 Special Recognition of Student Achievement – Parent Action Club Awards

JH Parent Action Club Awards: The junior high faculty selects students each semester to receive the following awards:

7th Grader:

  • Highest achievement for first semester
  • Highest achievement for second semester
  • Highest achievement for the entire year

8th Grader:

  • Highest achievement for first semester
  • Highest achievement for second semester
  • Highest achievement for the entire year

Criteria used for selection are G.P.A., class participation, attitude, school involvement, and leadership. Each recipient receives a certificate along with a plaque. This award is presented at an assembly or at the graduation ceremony by the P.S.T. President.

15.4 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 junior high career, 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.This same award is presented to students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average throughout their high school career, 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.