Standards of Conduct & Reporting

 

Standards of Ethical Conduct 

Reporting

Student Handbook

(adapted from the Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida and Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida)

Our school values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.

Our primary concern is the student and the development of the student’s potential. Employees will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.

Concern for the student requires that our instructional personnel: a. Shall make       reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student’s mental and/or physical health and/or safety.

  1. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to  learning  and/or to the student’s mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
  2. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
  3. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
  4. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student’s academic program.
  5. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
  6. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student’s legal rights.
  7. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
  8. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
  9. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.

Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the community, employees of our school must display the highest degree of ethical conduct. This commitment requires that our employees:

a. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.

b. Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.

c. Shall not interfere with a colleague’s exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.

d. Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual’s performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.

e. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.

Training Requirement

All instructional personnel and administrators are required as a condition of employment to complete training on these standards of ethical conduct.

Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators

All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of misconduct of employees should be made to:

Cathy Bicksler: 561-906-8624

Email: cathy@providence-education.org

Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to:

Cathy Bicksler: 561-906-8624

Email: cathy@providence-education.org

Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services.

Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect

All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/report/.

Signs of Physical Abuse

The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, or other injuries; broken bones; or burns. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed, seem afraid to go home or may run away, shy away from physical contact, be aggressive, or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble walking or sitting, pain or itching in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person, seem withdrawn or depressed, gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact, or run away from home.

Signs of Neglect

The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at home, poor hygiene, or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.

Patterns of Abuse

Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.

Liability Protections

Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in any act authorized or required by law, or reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action. (F.S. 39.203)

An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former or current employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)

Procedures for Reporting Misconduct

Procedures for Reporting the Misconduct of Providence Education Group, LLS Staff which affects the health, safety and welfare of a student:

  1. Report the incident immediately to the Providence Education Group Administrator, (561-222-7947) and/or Cathy Bicksler, Director (561-906-8624)
  1. The School Administrator or Director will notify the proper authorities.
  1. The School Director and/or the School Administrator will notify the parents of the child. Providence Education Group, LLC Staff has:
  •  A duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
  • Immunity from any liability when such reports are made in good faith.
  •  A duty to comply with the child protective investigations and all provisions of law relating to child abuse and neglect. Failure to report abuse or misconduct: Possible penalties for School Instructional Personnel or Administrators who fail to report misconduct may include: written reprimand, suspension with or without pay, termination of contract, and Discipline/Sanctions on an educator’s certificate.

    2015-2016 Student Handbook

 

Table of Contents

Vision and Mission

Communication and Academic Information

School Calendar

Welcome

School Attendance

Email Communication

Student Medication

Dress Code

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Extracurricular Activities

Lunch

Transportation

Code of Conduct

 

Vision and Mission

 

Providence Education Group is committed each and every student’s success. We have listed below the mission and vision of our school.

 

Mission:  Equipping students to become independent learners and creative thinkers who grow into responsible, productive citizens in a global society.

 

Vision:  To provide a learning environment that supports a personalized educational plan that fosters a love of learning, embraces a balanced life, and values a strong work ethic to successfully launch students into college and career.

 

Communication and Academic Information

Director:

Cathy Bicksler

Email: cathy@providence-education.org

Cell: (561) 906-8624

Locations:

395B1 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Phone: (561) 406-6229

One Main Street, Tequesta, FL 33469

Phone: (561) 320-9211

 

Welcome

 

As a small school, we encourage direct communication with parents/guardians to discuss their child’s academic progress. Regular communication between home and school is important for a student’s success.

 

School Hours:

 

  • The Providence School day is 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Drop-off time is 8:00-8:30a.m and pick up time is 2:30-3pm, anything outside of these dropoff and pickup times will be considered extended day and an extra fee will be applied.

 

Attendance and Leaving School

2015-2016 School Calendar

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Florida School Law states, “Each parent of a child within the compulsory attendance age shall be responsible for such child’s attendance as required by law.” In order to gain the most from school, each student must be regular in attendance.

Parents need to call the Front Desk (561) 354-1905 (Lower School) or (561) 320-9211  (Upper School) to let the school know if their child will be absent. Please call before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence and leave a phone number where the school may call to confirm the absence.

Absences, for any reason, are included in the cumulative total. This includes: Doctor or Dentist appointments, illnesses, and absences requested by a parent with prior notification to the Administration.

School-initiated absences will not be part of the cumulative total of absences for a student.

 

Providence Education students are required to stay inside the school once they have signed in. Once dropped off students are required to report directly to school. On some occasions students will need to leave campus before the end of the day. To ensure the students safety the following rules must be adhered to.

 

Early dismissal: If a student’s parent or guardian needs to pick them up early, they must come into the school and sign out their child.

 

Field trips: All parents and guardians will be notified prior to the event and will be required to fill out a permission slip allowing their child to leave campus.

 

 

Outside:  Students who choose to work outside or go outside to stretch their legs must be accompanied by a teacher. Students may be allowed this privilege with permission from their teacher. Students can not be out of eyesight from their teacher and a teacher must accompany them at all times.

 

General rules:

All students must sign out at the end of the day. While in school, students must always have a teacher accompanying them and in line of sight. To leave campus, students must be signed out or have a permission slip signed by their parents to leave. 

 

Email Communication

 

Upon enrollment a Providence Gmail account has been created for each student. This email will be used to access school email and google documents. The student will use this account to access Google Docs and to communicate with the teachers and other students. Tampering with Gmail settings and/or changing the passwords for their account. Their will be consequences for changing any settings. Students are required to save all work to their drive which allows teachers to see when students are working, editing and submitting work.

Dress Code

 

We encourage self monitoring when it comes to dressing for school. As long as the students look respectful, and the clothing is not distracting, it will not be necessary to institute a uniform or a detailed dress code. We do have school shirts that can be purchased at your choosing. *If a student wears something inappropriate a T shirt will be given to them and the parent will need to to purchase it.

 

T Shirts- may be purchased at the front desk.

 

Dress Code:

 

  • Shirts
    • Boys – No tank tops   
    • Girls – No tanks tops, spaghetti straps or tube tops
    • Shirts must meet the top of pants, no skin showing
    • Distracting wording, images or colors are not permitted
  • Pants
    • Any color pants and jeans are permitted
    • Pants and jeans must be intact, no holes, rips or cut-offs
  • Shorts
    • Must extend below mid-thigh. Below fingertip reach.
  • Skirts or Dresses
    • Must extend below mid-thigh. Below fingertip reach.
  • Shoes
    • Grades K-5: Closed toed shoes
    • Grades 6-12: Any type of shoes.

 

After three dress code violations, students will be required to purchase and wear a school uniform.

 

       *Students who dress disrespectfully, will be asked to put on a school shirt and sweatpants for the day.

 

Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices

 

While students may possess cell phones or any other wireless communication devices on school property, their use on campus during the school day is firmly regulated. These devices cause disturbances to other students and staff. All cellphones must be turned off and placed out of sight. A student who uses a cell phone to make a call or send/read text messages or emails during class time will be subject to disciplinary action. No student has the right to disrupt other’s learning and teaching development. Students needing access to a phone may make arrangements to use a Providence phone located in the classroom and front desk.

If a teacher approves, cell phones in school buildings and classroom settings are to be used for approved academic purposes only. Teachers reserve the right to ask students to place their cell phones in a designated place in their classroom during class. The school may confiscate a student’s cell phone if the student does not follow these guidelines. Other disciplinary actions may also apply.

 

1)   Prohibited Use – Students may not access or post abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, bullying and/or illegal materials, images (still or video) or messages. Social Media websites are strictly prohibited; this includes but is not limited to:

  •  Facebook              
  •  Instagram
  •  Snapchat
  •  Tumblr
  •  Twitter
  •  Skype
  •  Vine

 

2)   Network– All students are required to remain in the Providence network Student 1 (students who are found connected to another network will lose access.)

 

Headphones should not be worn or used in classes without teacher permission. The volume on laptops and other audio electronic devices must be turned off or accessed through earphones. Earphones must be used properly at low volume to avoid disruption to the school learning environment.

 

Extracurricular Activities

To be eligible to participate in field trips and or extracurricular activities, students must maintain a cumulative average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale, have good attendance, and maintain satisfactory conduct. Discipline referrals) will require administrative approval in order to attend any events.

 

Lunch

 

Your student has two options for lunch. If students decide to pack their lunch, we encourage students bring lunch to school in containers that are easily opened and in which are easily served, one step procedures. Food that needs to be prepared is not allowed. The other option is to order lunch through our lunch program. Every Monday students will get a lunch form that they will need to thoroughly complete for the week. If you would like forms can be sent home on Friday so you and your student can go through it together. Students have the option of paying cash for their lunch or through the invoice system. If they choose to be invoiced, we will have a credit card on file for the week and the cardholder will be billed. The lunch options include sandwiches, pizza, soup, desserts.

 

Transportation

 

Providence students/parents may provide their own transportation to and/or from school. For Providence students, there is no parking fee.  Parents who wish for their students to drive themselves to school must complete a permission form. Also, adults other than students legal guardians picking up their students must complete a permission pick up form, refer to form in the appendix.

 

Code of Conduct

 

Chemical Abuse Policy

 

If a student must receive prescription medication during school hours, the parent or guardian shall provide the medication in the original pharmacy labeled container and have a signed authorization form from a physician. The label must state the student’s name, medication, dosage, number and/or time(s) of dosages per day and name of the prescribing physician. Medication shall be administered at school only by school administration. Medication will be administered by school personnel, only in accordance with the instructions on the prescription label. A parent or guardian may deliver medication to the school during school hours with a completed and signed form. Medications that are brought by the student must be in the original pharmacy (or pharmaceutical) bottle and sealed in an envelope. If the medication is not in a sealed envelope, the parent or guardian will be contacted.

 

Zero Tolerance

Students who possess, use, transmit, conceal, or who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco on the School premises, at school-sponsored activities, or while representing the School, are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The School reserves the right to conduct a drug test randomly and intermittently throughout the school year.

Providence does not permit smoking or the possession or use of tobacco products on the campus or at school functions. To protect the Providence Education community, the school has the right to inspect and conduct a search of a student’s book bag, purse and any other storage unit.  

We believe it to be of utmost importance that we provide a drug and alcohol free culture. With this in mind, we are committed to taking a proactive role in ensuring the safety and well-being of our students relative to academics and extracurricular activities, as well as throughout our campus.

All conversation is to be in agreement with the law. We do not support or talk about actions that are against the law. We respect the law always.

 

Violations of Infractions

The following list of violations of the code of conduct provides a guideline for appropriate behavior. Consequences will be determined by Administration. Students may be dismissed from school

 

Minor Infractions:

  Dress code violation

  Unauthorized cell phone usage during the academic day

  acceptable use policy violation

  inappropriate language

 

Major Infractions(may result in suspension or dismissal)

   Harassment of any kind

   Vandalism

    Chemical Abuse

   Leaving School without permission

   Disrespect to a staff member

   bullying or hazing

    fighting or profanity

   possession of weapons or use of harmful personal safety devices

   repeated minor infractions

 

Bullying

Providence Education Group does not and will not tolerate any type of harassment or bullying. Harassment includes but is not limited to, slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct relating to an individual’s age, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship, or disability.

 

Offensive conduct of this nature creates a hostile school environment. Bullying is any harmful, negative behavior that is done deliberately and is repeated action especially after the victim has asked that it stop. Any communication at school or at home between students that is not appropriate will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.

 

Providence will not tolerate unlawful bullying and harassment of any type. Conduct that constitutes       bullying and harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited:

  1. During any education program or activity;
  2. During any school-related or school-sponsored program or activity or transportation provided by the school.
  3. Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed through a computer,

computer system, or computer network.

  1. Through the use of data or computer software that is accessed at a non-school-related

location, activity, function, or program or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by Providence, if the bullying substantially interferes with or limits the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by Providence or substantially disrupts the education process or orderly operation of a school.

Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances. The physical location or time of access of a computer-related incident cannot be raised as a defense in any disciplinary action. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion, as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. School administration will determine consequences and appropriate remedial action for any student found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another as a means of bullying or harassment.

Students shall be committed to the common good of the school and shall comply with Local, State, and Federal laws, as well as school policies and regulations during the time the student is under the control and jurisdiction of Providence Education Group. Any act or behavior by a student which interferes with or otherwise disrupts the orderly conduct, process, functions, and/or interests of the school is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action. Unless otherwise mandated by State or Federal statute, the school reserves the right to determine the appropriate disciplinary action as warranted by individual circumstances.

Bullying includes “cyberbullying” and is defined in Section 1006.147, Florida Statutes as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students or employees. It is further defined as unwanted and repeated written, verbal, or physical behavior, including any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, by a student or adult, that is severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment; cause discomfort or humiliation; or unreasonably interfere with the individual’s school performance or participation; and may involve but is not limited to:

Teasing

Social Exclusion Threats

Intimidation Stalking/Cyberstalking

Physical violence

Theft

Sexual, religious, or racial harassment Public or private humiliation Destruction of property

Harassment means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee, which is severe and pervasive, that it:

  1. Places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property
  2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits
  3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school. Bullying and harassment also encompasses:
  4. Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying or harassment. Reporting an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in good faith is considered retaliation.
  5. Perpetuation of conduct listed in the definition of bullying or harassment by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause emotional or physical harm to a student or school employee by:
  1. Incitement or coercion
  2. Accessing or knowingly and willingly causing or providing access to data or computer software through a computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of the school
  3. Acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar to the effect of bullying or harassment

Bullying and Harassment Reporting

Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment, is prohibited. Providence encourages students to report bullying and harassment acts to school officials verbally or in writing. If you would like to report anonymously, please mail an unsigned letter to Providence administration:

395 B1 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469

Providence Education Group does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or genetic information in its programs and activities.

The possession of a firearm, weapon or other item which can be used as a weapon by any student while the student is on school property or in attendance at a school function is grounds for disciplinary action and may also result in criminal prosecution.

It is a violation of this code for any person to threaten to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device with intent to do bodily harm to any person or with intent to do damage to property. It is also a violation of this code for any person to make a false report with intent to deceive, mislead or otherwise misinform any person concerning the placing or planting of any bomb, dynamite or other deadly explosive. Any student who is determined to have committed either of these acts which involves a school, school personnel’s property, school transportation or school sponsored activity will be dismissed.

Nothing in this Code of Discipline shall infringe upon due process rights guaranteed to individuals by the United States Constitution or State or Federal law.

 

DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES AND CONSEQUENCES:

When using detention as a disciplinary measure or to complete work, the teacher and the administration will consider the distance between the student’s home and school and whether transportation is an issue. If it is necessary to detain a student after school, parents/guardians shall be notified at least one day prior to the detention, unless special arrangements have been made by the parent or guardian.

NOTE: Some offenses may result in criminal prosecution.

Academic dishonesty online: Florida Law (1002.321) now makes it a crime for any person who knowingly and willfully takes an online course or examination on behalf of another person for compensation. This is now a misdemeanor punishable by jail and fines.

Bombs/Threat/Explosions: Any communication which has the effect of threatening an explosion or other destructive device to do malicious, destructive or bodily harm to persons or Providence property, at a school function or extracurricular/co-curricular activity, or persons in or on that property or attending the function. Preparing, placing, possession or igniting explosives on school property, at a school function, or extracurricular/co-curricular activity. Threatening to throw, project, place, or discharge any destructive device with intent to do bodily harm to any person or with the intent to do damage to any property of any person or the school.

 

Breaking and Entering: The unlawful and willful entry or attempted forcible entry of any school property or the personal property of students and school personnel.

 

Forgery: The making of a false or misleading written communication to a school staff member with either the intent to deceive the staff member or under circumstances which would be reasonably calculated to deceive the staff member.

 

Criminal Acts: To commit or attempt to commit, or conspire to commit any other acts which are of a criminal nature, including participation in a “gang related incident” as defined in section 874.03 FS, regardless of whether a crime is actually charged.

NOTE: For Purposes of this Code, possession is defined as “In or on your person or property or in a place over which you have control, or in which you have hidden or concealed the object.”

Providence Education Group reserves the right to expel a student at any time and for any reason.

 

Disciplinary Actions

Providence Education Group reserves the right to refuse any application, or dismiss any child at any time for any reason it deems necessary. Administration reserves the right to apply its own discretion in enforcing the following disciplinary levels:

Sometimes a lunch detention is assigned, with a notice and an explanation sent to parents; at other times Saturday detentions are issued. Occasionally, however the next level of discipline may include an out-of-school suspension from school for a period of time the principal determines.

Discipline points are assessed by the Upper School Office. Below is the progressive scale of discipline for accumulated points.

Afternoon detention on Tuesday or Thursday = Saturday school, $35 supervision fee

Saturday school and meeting with the parent and child, $35 supervision fee

In-school suspension, $75 supervision fee

There naturally are certain infractions that will serve as immediate grounds for suspension (i.e. drug usage). Should a student demonstrate a recalcitrant heart by habitually acting upon poor choices and not heeding wise counsel, the student may find they are on an accelerated discipline plan in an effort to deter further pursuit of poor decisions.

Examples of misconduct that could lead to one to three points for first time offense are: Dress code violation, disorderly behavior, off task in the classroom, unprepared for class, inappropriate displays of affection, etc.

Examples of misconduct that could lead to  or more discipline for first time offense are: Improper usage of cell phones, classroom disruptions, disrespect for another student.

Examples of misconduct that could lead to (immediate lunch detention) for first time offense are: skipping class, discriminatory language, insubordination, possession of a simulated weapon, leaving campus without permission.

Examples of misconduct that could lead to an immediate Saturday school, suspension or expulsion: threats, bullying/harassment, fighting, tampering with safety equipment, honor offenses (cheating, stealing, lying), possession of or use of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs, sexual harassment, and sexual immorality.

As indicated in the PEG enrollment documents, the school can expel a student at any time for any reason. The enrollment status of students accumulating large number misconduct points is in jeopardy, and the administration will review such prior to allowing re-enrollment.

Bringing a weapon, explosive, or firearm or any other illegal substances, prescription medications on campus or to any school sponsored event.

Threatening or intending to or bringing bodily harm to faculty, staff, students or administrators, or any criminal violation (felony).

It is solely the responsibility of the student to disclose to administration any criminal violation (whether misdemeanor or felony) by the next school day.  PEG administration will consider each situation on a case by case basis. Providence Education Group  reserves the right to dismiss a student at any time for any reason.

 

Methods of Disciplinary Intervention

The methods of intervention will be as follows to ensure that the student and parent remain informed of disciplinary actions taken and to ensure that behavior patterns can be identified and closely monitored.

The following methods of intervention may be used as administration deems necessary:

Letter sent to student and parent(s)

Student conference with school administration

Saturday School – scheduled the first Saturday of every month (as needed) for three hours. There is a $35

fee for serving Saturday School. Any student failing to attend Saturday School will be assigned a suspension. There is a $75 fee for any in-School suspension.Parent and student conference with school administration. Suspension, length to be determined by the school administration Counseling referral and/or evaluation.