EVERETT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Preparing children to be servants of God in His world

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook

 

ECS K-8 PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK
2017-2018

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We look forward to working with you in the ongoing education of your children. This handbook is an important tool in our work together. Keep it handy and refer to it as questions arise. In these pages you will find important information concerning procedures, policies, expectations, and opportunities at our school.
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

      School History and Background

  Mission Statement

  Core Values

  School Colors/Mascot

  School Verse

  What We Do

  History           

  Organization

  Curriculum

  Extracurricular Activities

  Chapel

  Educational Standards

Parent Expectations/Policies

Admissions Policy

Tuition/Financial Policy

School-Home Communication

Student Records

Standardized Testing

Use of Student Photos/Video

Parent Volunteer Hours

Parent Teams

Booster Club

Parent/Teacher Relations                           

Conflict Resolution

Custodial/Non-Custodial Parent Guidelines

Campus Policies

Books and Supplies           

School Hours

Closed Campus

Transportation/Pick-up/Drop-off

AM/PM Care

Attendance Policy

Social Activities/Birthday Policy

Hot Lunch

Lost and Found

Telephone/Cell Phone Use

School Safety                                          

  Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

  Booster Seat Law

  Emergency Forms

  Emergency Kits

  Emergency Drills

School Health

            Medications

  Immunizations

  Screenings

  First Aid

  Communicable Diseases

Student Expectations

Human Dignity Policy

Conduct Policy

Steps of Discipline

Detention/Suspension

Student Expectations

Dress Code

Inappropriate Possessions/Substances Policy

Animals at School

Playground/Gym Rules

Other

Athletics

  Inclement Weather Information                                

                            

School History and Background

Mission Statement

To provide a Christ centered quality education which prepares children to be servants of God in His world.  We will achieve this goal in partnership with the Christian home and church.

Core Values

Christ-centered

  • Christ keeps our focus- we walk daily knowing that this world and everything in it does not belong to us, but belongs to God.

  • Christ helps us grow- we are a community that models Christ-like behavior for our children, who are created in God’s image.

  • Christ defines our worldview- All things, every subject exists to glorify God. 

 

Quality Education

  • Quality education means helping each student reach his/her full potential by helping them develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills they need in life.

  • Quality education means continual school improvement- we are committed to excellent Christian teaching, using the best practices and proven curriculum to educate our students.

  • Quality education means a community for learning-   we seek to be a community where students, teachers, and parents are always learning.

 

Preparing Students to Be Productive Servants of God in His World

  • We are committed to giving students the knowledge necessary to be discerning and globally aware, equipping them with a Christian worldview.

  • We want students to grow in Godly character, to be led by the Spirit and bearing fruit, loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

  • We desire that all students learn to serve God and others, in all places at all times, “not loving with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

 

Partnership with Home and Church

  • We are committed to partnering with and strengthening families through encouragement, information, resources, and fellowship.

  • We are an extension of the home and church, working in an active partnership to educate our children.

 

School Colors/Mascot

The school colors are Blue and White.  The school sports teams are known as the Badgers.

 

School Verse

"He will teach us His ways, so we may walk in His path."  Micah 4:2

 

What We Do

Everett Christian School is a special place to educate your preschool through 8th grade child.  All of our academic areas are taught from the perspective that God is creator and ruler over everything.  Our goal is to teach your child spiritually, academically, emotionally, and physically, in order to equip them for a life in service to God and their neighbors.  Each teacher at Everett Christian School is fully certified and trained for their grade level and/or subject area.  As servants of God, it is their work to nurture and disciple the whole child so that students can grow and become responsible servants in God’s world.

 

History

In 1920, a group of Everett people felt the need of Christian education and a Christian school for their children.  They held a meeting, and the American Christian School Society was formed.  To become a member of the society, you had to feel favorably for Christian education and pay the required dues of one dollar per year.  By February of 1925, the society consisted of 54 members.  In 1925, land was purchased and a school was built.  That first year ended with 83 students and 2 teachers in grades K-8.  In 1926, school opened with 94 students and 3 teachers.  

During the first few years the school was supported by faithful parents, the Christian Reformed Church, and many individuals.  The Depression years were difficult, but enrollment remained fairly constant and the school survived.  In 1937 the school constitution was translated from the Dutch to the English language.  After 14 years, the school was free of debt, the teachers received a modest cost of living raise, and parents began to pay tuition based on the number of children attending the school.  During the war years, money problems were less pressing.  The school picnic was made into an annual event in 1941.  

The school continued to grow, and the need for newer and larger facilities became apparent.  In June 1952, the motion was passed to build a new three room school on the present property.  Planning, volunteer work and financing were carried out, and in September of 1953, our new building was dedicated.  Since the building was new, a new name was given to our school, “Everett Christian School”.  That same year a ninth grade was added.  Two more classrooms were added in 1957.   Ninth grade continued until 1970, when it was discontinued.   In 1973 a kindergarten was added.  An adjoining multi purpose building, containing two more classrooms, a gym and a new kitchen, was completed in 1967.  

Since the late 1960s enrollment has remained between 60-90 students.  We have had combined classes for most of our history.  They are 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.  These combination classes make our school unique because they have come to be that way by design.  We leverage the combination dynamics to build greater community within the school.  We do many activities that involve mixed groups of students from all grades, such as reading groups and field days.  Currently, what makes our school unique is that our staff has been here for an average of 15 years.  This stability is what is currently keeping the school strong.  Always at its present location on the corner of 23rd and Cedar, it has grown from a one room school to its present 6 classrooms and a gymnasium.

Originally founded by members of the Christian Reformed Church in America, the school is associated with the protestant traditions that coming out of the Reformation.  Because of these roots, the school emphasizes that all of life in every part is to be ruled by Christ.  The school embraces the great historic truths of the Christian faith found in the Reformed tradition as stated in our statement of faith, but our families come from a variety of denominations, including Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Assembly of God and nondenominational.

 

Organization

The "Everett Christian School Society" owns and operates the school. Membership of the Society consists of those persons who subscribe to its by-laws, give financial support, and/or send children to the school. The Society annually meets to elect board members, to decide on matters pertaining to the school, such as the budget, and to receive information about the school’s operation from various board committees. Elected board members from the parents are responsible for the governance of the school. The school is designed to educate children of Christian parents. ECS is not a part of any denomination, and not governed by any specific denomination. Various auxiliary organizations, such as Booster Club, donate time and resources to enrich the total school program.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum of Everett Christian School is designed to meet the needs of each child. Our Bible curriculum used throughout the grades is published by Christian Schools International and is used in conjunction with daily devotions in each classroom. Our Language Arts curriculum includes reading, grammar, phonics, spelling, penmanship, creative writing, drama, and speaking. Using a variety of approaches in teaching enables every child to learn to read in the way best suited to him/her. After learning to read, this approach guides children through reading to learn as a process. Our Math curriculum in K-2 is taught through hands-on manipulatives used by the Math Their Way series. In grades 3-8 students are taught using the Saxon math curriculum with the goal of 8th graders completing Algebra 1 for high school credit. Our Science curriculum is divided into physical, life, earth, and health science areas. The topics covered are planned in such a way that each year builds upon the previous year. This spiraling approach to learning science helps the children truly comprehend the scientific concepts. Our Social Studies curriculum is laid out in much the same way, so that students learn about the past, present, and future, as well as geography and civics. Our curriculum also includes art, physical education, computers, and music. A curriculum guide is available in the office.

 

Extracurricular Activities

Everett Christian School also offers various extracurricular activities. These activities include junior high soccer, basketball as well as track and field. In addition, field trips are used by teachers to enrich the curriculum and promote community with a class.

 

Chapel

Chapel is an important part of the ECS program. We gather together (K-8) most Friday mornings from 8:45 A.M. - 9:15 A.M. You are welcome to join us. Chapels are an important part of our growth as a school community. About once a week the entire school comes together for singing and/or special speakers, movies, or class presentations. In addition, Grades K-4 sing songs together in worship two or three times a week.

 

Educational Standards

All teachers are graduates of accredited colleges and are licensed to teach. Some teachers have earned advanced degrees through further training. All teachers, administrators, and other employees are Christians who annually sign a Foundational Covenant and are actively living out their faith.

The school is a member of Christian Schools International (CSI), which is comprised of over 400 schools mostly in the U.S. and Canada. ECS is accredited by CSI, recognized as an approved accrediting agency both nationally and by the state of Washington. Accreditation is granted annually with a site visit conducted every five to six years. The most recent site visit occurred in March 2017. In addition, the school is approved by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

 

Parent Expectations/Policies

Admissions Policy

  1. Students must come from a Christian home defined as having at least one parent professing faith in Jesus Christ and attending a Bible-believing Christian church.

  2. The family must demonstrate ability to cover the cost of education required of them (possibly including financial aid).

  3. Students entering Kindergarten will be tested for school readiness skills, not academic skills, and must be five years of age prior to September 1st of the school year. All other students are academically tested as part of the application process.

  4. Applications from families with students with special needs will be reviewed on an individual basis.

  5. There may be reason to close enrollment for certain grades because of space constraints. Applications for those grades will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  6. Attendance at Everett Christian School is a privilege. Admission of all new students is probationary. Continued enrollment is dependent upon academic progress, social adjustment, attitude, and influence on fellow students. The Board reserves the right to expel any pupil who does not abide by the discipline policy of the school.

 

Tuition/Financial Policy

  1. All tuition payments will be made to the school based on the invoice that they receive and the contract for tuition that was signed.

  2. Tuition payments for the prior school year must be paid in full prior to June 30. Students will not be admitted in September unless the preceding year tuition is paid in full, or the finance committee has approved other arrangements.

  3. Transcripts of grades will be withheld until satisfactory arrangements are made with the school board, if accounts are 60 days or more past due at report card time.

  4. Each ECS family receives an invoice with a Delinquent Account Policy. In the event an enrolled family is delinquent, the Finance Committee shall contact the family to outline a payment plan, bearing in mind the cash needs for operations of the school. In the event an account is delinquent, the Finance Committee shall use discretion and Christian compassion in addressing the needs Everett Christian School and the desires of the family in question.

  5. In the event a student transfers to or from ECS during the school year, the tuition will be prorated based on the number of days of instruction received.

  6. Families with outstanding tuition and fee balances at the end of a school year shall be provided a time of up to three (3) months to reach a mutually agreeable payment arrangement with the Finance Committee. After following the above steps, the Finance Committee may recommend to the Board of Directors the engagement of a third party to pursue the uncollected debt to the fullest extent of the law. (For further details, request to see the school finance policy manual)

 

School-Home Communication

ECS Weekly Newsletter

Weekly news updates will be sent home via email each week to each family. If you would also like one for a non-custodial parent, please let the school office know. The weekly news contains a great deal of information, and it is important that parents or guardians read them. Announcements of upcoming events are included in each update. If you have any appropriate announcements for the weekly update, please get them to the office by Wednesday morning. All submissions are subject to approval by the office/principal.

Web Site/Facebook/Twitter

Everett Christian School’s web address is www.everettchristian.org. Current information, including the school calendar, weekly home bulletin, school closing announcements, staff profiles and a Volunteer Log are listed on the website. ECS also maintains a Facebook page and a Twitter account (ecscommunity) that provides updates on school events.

RenWeb and Google Drive

ECS uses RenWeb, which is an on-line communication, learning management and data storage system. Teachers can post assignments, provide curriculum resources and post updates on a calendar as well as post grades and e-mail progress reports. RenWeb also has a Directory list for all ECS staff and families. Each ECS family (all levels through ParentsWeb) and every 5th-8th student has their own unique username and password. RenWeb is accessed through the school website. Furthermore, each ECS 5th-8th grade student has a Google Drive account used for educational collaboration and document storage.

E-Mail

All faculty and staff members have Everett Christian e-mail addresses. Please see directory or website. Faculty are encouraged to periodically email families regarding general class announcements and specific student progress.

Annual Society Meeting

The Annual Society Meeting (known as the Shareholders Meeting) is held in the spring of each year. All Society members are eligible to vote for school board members and the annual budget. This is also a time to learn about the state of Everett Christian School. [Note: All parents/guardians that have a child at ECS are members of the ECS Society.]

 

Student Records

Everett Christian School maintains individual records for each student. These records are kept either in an electronic form or in hard copy. These records include registration information, academics, standardized exam results, individualized academic or behavioral testing/service records, health and discipline records. Active files will be maintained for students that are currently enrolled. Once a student transfers to another school, the student file is sent to the new school upon request by the new school. Copies are kept in the ECS archives per OSPI guidelines. Student records will not be released if there is an outstanding balance on the tuition account. Parents are allowed access to their student’s records – only with prior arrangements through the school office. Once permission is granted, a parent may review their child’s file under the supervision of office personnel. However, items cannot be removed from student files unless written permission is given by the Principal and the removal is documented in the file. Student records are only accessible by the administrator or administrative assistant.

Active and inactive student records will be periodically reviewed by ECS and items (permission forms, etc.) may be removed per the Washington Secretary of State and OSPI guidelines. If ECS were to permanently close active student records would be transferred to their new school and inactive student records would be archived according to the WA Secretary of State and OSPI guidelines for School Districts and Educational School Districts.

 

Standardized Testing

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is administered to each student in grades three through grade eight in the spring of the year. These tests are used as one measure of a student’s growth from year to year.

 

Use of Student Photos/Video

Everett Christian School will, on occasion, use photos or video of students for promotional use. This can include, but not be limited to:

•   ECS website

•   Event brochures (such as Christmas program)

•   ECS Yearbook

•   Posters displayed in local supporting businesses

•   Advertising extracurricular activities such as sports or band

Note: Names will never be placed near photos or video unless parent permission is granted on a
case-by-case basis.


Please be aware that the spirit of ECS promotional use of student photos/video is celebrating what God is doing for His students at our school. All student photo/video use will be cleared by the ECS Principal. Any photos/video used without principal permission will be considered unauthorized. Video is used for student projects, chapels, teacher professional development (in school), and promotions.

 

Parent Volunteer Hours

A variety of opportunities for both at-home and at-school based work will be announced in the ECS Weekly throughout the year.

Guidelines:

  • Each school family is required to perform service hours to benefit the school community. Families not completing their service hours will be charged a service hours fee. The service hour requirements are 40 hours per family or 20 hours for Kindergarten only, single parents and families with students attending another school with a service agreement. The service hours fee is $400 for families with a 40 hour requirement or $200 for families with a 20 hour requirement. Families are billed twice per year (January and June) and are expected to have at least half of their service hours completed in each time period. ECS will credit your account $10 per hour of service. Families are required to record service hours through the school website account. The service hour requirement and fee is not applicable for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten only families.

  • Families can track their hours on the school's website under the Community and Parent Central tabs.

  • Parent volunteers sometimes observe situations and hear information that should be kept confidential. Interaction between students, or between students and teachers, should not be discussed with other school parents.

  • In the classroom or office, it is important for volunteers to take their directions from the teacher or staff person in charge. The professional staff will handle any necessary discipline.

  • Classroom volunteers should not introduce new concepts or use materials that have not been discussed with the teacher. Despite the voluntary nature of the tasks, please remember that people are depending on your commitment. If for some reason, the commitment cannot be met, please inform the person to whom you are responsible in advance.

  • A volunteer application with background check is needed for all volunteers who have any contact with children.

  • Volunteering hours include, but are not limited to: attending committee meetings (i.e., Booster Club, Advancement, etc.), helping on a class field trip, assisting a teacher with photocopying, helping with Tuesday pizza or classroom projects. Additional tasks eligible for volunteer hours are advertised periodically in the ECS Weekly and/or in the weekly communication from your child’s teacher. These hours are meant to benefit the school community. Questions regarding volunteer hours can be directed to the ECS Office.

 

Parent Teams

One way to participate at ECS is through Parent Teams. The parents of each grade group make up the parent team of that group. The five teams are K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. Each team is led by a parent leader and will be assigned specific school events to host or tasks to complete. Parent teams are not primarily responsible for the planning of the events, but are asked to put forth the effort that makes the event work. Examples of school events are Grandparents Day, Pastor’s Breakfast, or musical programs. Parent teams are also expected to participate in classroom activities, school clean up days and work projects.

 

Booster Club (Parents Association)

The purpose of this organization shall be to:

  1. Establish a fellowship between home and school by sponsoring social functions.

  2. Organize activities and provide opportunities for families and teachers to meet and get to know one another.

  3. Work with the School’s Board of Directors and its committees to provide a channel through which the physical and financial needs of the school can be made known and through which the members and friends can help in supplying these needs.

Parent -Teacher Relations

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Two conferences are scheduled each year for grades K-8. Parents are expected to attend both conferences, and are also encouraged to meet with the child’s teacher(s) at any time they feel a conference is necessary.

Report Cards

Reports on student achievement and progress will be given at the end of each Trimester (approximately 12 weeks). Parents must sign the appropriate document and return as soon as possible. Any questions about grading, assignments, or report cards should be brought to the attention of the teacher involved. This can be accessed through ParentsWeb.

Student Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent to parents as needed either in an e-mail communication between the parent and teacher or through RenWeb.

 

Conflict Resolution

The team of parents and teachers must work in a spirit of Christian harmony and understanding. To ensure this, the board urges both the parents and teacher to keep the lines of communication open. Please do not discuss questions or problems with other parents (as appropriate), as this can hinder the parent/teacher relationship and break down the unity of Everett Christian School and its families. Parents or guardians should follow the following procedure to resolve questions or problems related to the school::

  1. Contact the teacher involved to arrange a meeting to discuss the problem. A meeting is considered a pre-arranged, planned meeting, not a quick exchange with no preparation.

  2. If after a meeting, the problem is not resolved, the parent should contact the administrator to discuss the issue. Depending on the circumstances a meeting could be held with all involved.

  3. Should discussion with the above parties not resolve the issue, it is then appropriate for the parent to contact the president of the board and the administrator.

  4. Please use the following “chain-of-command” when dealing with difficult issues:

    1. Teacher/Staff Member involved.
    2. Administrator
    3. School Board

This procedure is in keeping with the spirit of Matthew 18:15 "If your brother sins against you go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over" and Proverbs 26:20: "Without wood a fire goes out; with gossip a quarrel dies down". Parents and teachers should be very careful that they respect one another’s authority in remarks that they make to or in front of their children. In the end and throughout, all parties are encouraged to pray about the entire situation at hand.

 

Custodial/Non-Custodial Parent Guidelines

The following guidelines are to assist the school in situations where a non-custodial parent wishes to become involved in school-related activities of a child, or wishes to have contact with or take custody of the child while the child is at school.

  1. If legal custody stipulations apply to your child, it is required that this legal information is communicated, in writing, to the school office. We will abide by any current restraining orders involving our students. A current and valid copy must be on file in the office in order for the school to comply with the legal judgement.

  2. Ordinarily, the school will not resist or interfere with a non-custodial parent's involvement in school-related affairs, or access to the parent's child or the child's records, unless the school is presented with a court order, or comparable legal document, which restrict such involvement or access. The school will not otherwise "choose sides" between parents.

  3. A non-custodial parent may not take custody of a child or remove the child from the school premises, unless the parent presents either a written court order, or a written authorization signed and delivered by the custodial parent, which permits such custody.

  4. If the actions of parent(s), custodial or non-custodial, become disruptive to the operations of the school, the school has the right to restrict access by such parent(s) and to take other reasonably necessary action.

  5. Concerning student activities requiring parental consent, the school will accept consent only from the custodial parent, unless authority to grant consent is given to the non-custodial parent by a court order or comparable legal document.

These guidelines will be applied so as to further the mission of the school and the best interest of its students.

 

Campus Policies

Books and Supplies

Books are included in the cost of tuition. Supplies will be purchased by each student. If textbooks are lost or marred beyond use by the pupils, or if school property is marred or destroyed by the pupils, parents shall be required to pay for the value of the same.

 

School Hours

Classes start at 8:30 A.M. and end at 3:00 P.M. Students are not to arrive at school sooner than 15 minutes before morning starting time and should leave within 15 minutes after dismissal. Students who remain at school beyond 3:15 P.M. will be required to go to AM/PM Care for which the family will be billed.

An administrative assistant is in the office from 8:30am. to 3:00pm Monday thru Friday. Phones are answered from 8:00am until 4:00pm daily. If you call before or after those hours you can leave a message and we will respond promptly. Otherwise you can contact a staff member at their ECS email address.

 

Closed Campus

Closed campus means that once a student is at school, he/she does not leave the campus without permission until the end of the day when their normal means of transportation is provided. While at school, students are under the supervision of the staff of ECS and/or their designees. This is for the safety of our students.

 

Transportation/Pick-up/Drop-off

It is vital to drop-off and pick-up students in a safe and appropriate manner. Students should be dropped-off and picked up in the school zone on the school side of Cedar St. If you have to drop-off or pick-up on the opposite side of Cedar St. please make sure to have your students use the crosswalk at the corner. Do not let your children cross the street in front of the school for any reason unless they use the crosswalk at the corner. Please only park in the school zone to drop-off and pick-up students if you need to leave your car and enter the school please park on 23rd St. or further down Cedar St.

Drop-off Times: 8:15am - 8:25am for Pre-K to 8th students
8:45am - 9:00am for Preschool students
Pick-up Times: 15 minutes before Preschool, Pre-K, AM Kindergarten dismissal
2:45pm - 3:15pm for K-8th students


ECS does not provide bus transportation. For school sanctioned events the ECS faculty, coaches or administration will coordinate drivers. All drivers transporting students that are not their own must have a driver’s license and appropriate forms submitted to the ECS Office.

 

AM/PM Care (Before/After School Program)

ECS offers a before and after school program for students enrolled in the school (when school is in session). Hours are as follows::

7:00am – 8:15am            3:15pm – 6:00pm

Students must be registered in the AM/PM care program before attending. Drop-in students are allowed on a space available basis only. Contact the school for registrations and rate information. Students that arrive before 8:15AM will automatically be sent to AM/PM Care. Any students not picked up by 3:15 PM will automatically go into AM/PM Care and the family will be billed at the current AM/PM Care rate. Exceptions to this policy include extenuating circumstances such as traffic issues. The school must be notified by phone about such problems.

 

Attendance Policy

Attendance at school should be considered a privilege more than an obligation. Missing a day at school means more than merely missing the lessons assigned. Students miss class discussions and group activities that are essential to a proper understanding of fundamental concepts. In case of illness or other home emergencies, teachers will try to get missed assignments sent home, but it is the student's, and their parents' responsibility to take care of missed work. If your child is not going to attend school that day, please call the office before 9:30am. We will be calling all students not accounted for..

Student appointments for doctors should be after school hours and during holidays. When necessary, students will be excused for important appointments. Please send notification to the teacher about the appointment. Parents who wish to take their children out of school for reasons other than sickness or emergencies should contact the administrator and the teacher(s) involved in advance of the absence.

 

Social Activities/Birthday Policy

We ask that party invitations be handed out at school only if everyone in a homeroom (or all the boys or all the girls) is invited. This prevents potential hurt feelings when some are included and others left out of social activities.

 

Hot Lunch

ECS offers a hot lunch program most Tuesdays and Fridays (or the last day of the week). Order forms are available in the office. Parent volunteers are always needed to staff this program. Effort is made to accommodate the dietary needs of our students- please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

Lost and Found

Lost and found articles are kept by the school office. They will be dispensed of twice a year (Christmas and summer breaks) to a local thrift store.

 

Telephones, Cell Phones and Mobile Devices

A phone is available in the office for students to use. A student must receive permission from the classroom teacher (or staff member) before being allowed to go to the office to make a telephone call.

Cell phones or other mobile devices (tablets, iPods, etc.) may be used during class (5th-8th grade) for instructional and educational purposes as directed by the teacher otherwise the phones and devices are to be turned off and put away in a safe location (lockers, backpacks, etc.). Having the ability to use a cell phone or other mobile device is a privilege and students are expected to use this technology wisely and stewardly and in a way that is consistent with the mission of the school. The Classroom Cell Phone Guidelines posted in the 5th/6th and 7th/8th classrooms outline specific student expectations. Also parents and students will be asked to sign a Cell Phone/Mobile Device Acceptable Use Policy Permission and another waiver form in order to use the phones and devices in the classroom. Parents can specify that a student is not allowed to use their cell phone or mobile device in the classroom. Any improper use of a cell phone and/or mobile device will result in confiscation and losing the privilege in the future..

 

School Safety

Child Abuse and Neglect

As mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse, our staff members are expected to uphold state law regarding the issue of child abuse and childhood neglect. In accordance with Washington State law R. C. W. 26.44, professional ECS personnel, including teachers, staff, counselors, volunteers and school administrators, to make an immediate oral report to local law enforcement authorities or Child Protective Services (CPS) whenever they have a reasonable cause to believe a child has/is suffered abuse or neglect. Failure to do so is a violation of state law and ECS policy..

Booster Seat Law

Field Trips are a valuable hands-on learning tool for all students. When needing transportation for field trips, there are guidelines that Everett Christian School will follow. Please use the following law as a guideline if your child falls into the specifics below:

"Children between 4 – 6 years old or 40 – 60 pounds are required to use belt-positioning booster seats with lap and shoulder belts. You must use booster seats with lap and shoulder belts."—WA Booster Seat Law

Everett Christian School will follow this law with respect to the use of booster seats. If you as a parent would like to follow different recommendations, please be sure he/she is riding in your vehicle during a field trip. If your child(ren) ride in another parent’s vehicle, ECS will require the use of booster seats according to the specifics indicated in the law stated above.

 

Emergency Forms

Emergency Information forms must be on file for each student in the office. Each family is required to give up-to-date information at the beginning of each school year. Please call the school office to report any changes during the year.

Emergency Kits

With school families' homes ranging from South Everett to Arlington, the school is prepared in the event our children need to spend the night if there is an emergency. Emergency food, water, and blankets are kept on campus, and parent-supplied comfort kits are available for our children at school when parents cannot get to them because of a disaster. The school provides a first aid kit and a flashlight for each classroom and a thermal blanket for each person. If the parent-supplied comfort kit is not used during the school year, it is returned to the student during the last week of school.

Emergency Drills

  • A prolonged bell indicates fire, earthquake, or a drill procedure..

  • Students are to follow teachers instructions and take their designated route from the building in an orderly manner.

  • Fire, earthquake and lockdown drills are conducted regularly throughout the school year.

  School Health

Medication Policies                                                                                                   

Prescription medication can only be administered if the parent or guardian completes the Medication Authorization form giving ECS clear directions. All prescribed medication must be in the original container with physician’s directions attached. Please request this form from the office.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications

The school keeps limited OTC medicines on hand. These include acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cough drops and anti-bacterial ointment. We will only administer acetaminophen or ibuprofen with parental consent, as given with your signature below. If your child requires frequent OTC medication, parents must provide a supply for their child to keep in the school office with written dosage instructions. All medications must be in the original container and we will only administer the dosage listed on the label.

Immunization Information

All students must have an accurate and complete immunization record on file in the office prior to their admittance to the class. Entering Kindergartners must have their 5-year shot and 6 th graders must have proof of their 6th grade shot. A nurse conducts sight and scoliosis screening. Screening dates will be announced.

Washington State Law RCW 28A.210.120 states, “It shall be the duty of the chief administrator of every public and private school and daycare center to prohibit the further presence at the school or the day care center... of each child for whom proof of immunization, certification of exemption, or proof of compliance with an approved schedule of immunization has not been provided." Parents: Unless you have already done so, please send to the school office a completed Certificate of Immunization Status card before your child’s first day of attending ECS. Your physician may sign a medical exemption if there is a medical reason why your child should not be vaccinated, or you my sign a "personal exemption" or "religious exemption" form indicating your opposition to immunization. If you sign an exemption, your child will be excluded from attendance at ECS during an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease. If your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status is not in our school office when school begins, we are required to unenroll him/her until the card has been received

Make sure your child gets all immunizations on time. When you go to your doctor or clinic for the first immunization, you will get a Certificate of Immunization Status card to show when he/she gets immunized. If your child has missed an immunization, your doctor or nurse will tell you how to get your child back on schedule. The immunization card is to be submitted to the school to be included in your child’s school record file. A separate Certificate of immunization Status card, to be attached to the original certificate, is issued when a student is immunized at age 11-12 against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR).


The state of Washington requires that all students must have the following minimum immunizations:

  • At least 3 doses of either DTP, DDT, Td vaccine provided that the last dose was administered at or after 4.

  • At least 3 doses if trivalent poliomyelitis vaccine provided that the last dose was administered at or after age 4.

  • One dose of live measles vaccine administered at or after one year of age. A student meets the measles immunization requirement as a result of having had measles (rubella) disease. In such circumstances, a physician must document and certify the month and year of disease occurrence.

  • One dose of live virus rubella vaccine administered at on or after one year of age, except for females twelve years of age or older.

  • Students entering Grade 6 must receive a Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) Booster before the beginning of the school year.

  • Hepatitis B-3 doses before entering Kindergarten.

Screenings

Vision, Hearing, and Scoliosis checks are performed during the school year. Screenings will be announced during the school year. Watch for more information in the ECS Weekly News email.

First Aid

Most staff is first aid and CPR certified and renew their certification every other year. First aid is administered at school for minor injuries. In case of more extensive injuries, instructions given by parents at the time of registration will be followed. 

Communicable Diseases

Whenever a child is not well, we suggest that he/she be kept home until it is determined that no contagious disease is present. It is better that one child be absent for a day than to expose an entire classroom to some communicable disease. The parents' cooperation is appreciated:

Strep Throat / Scarlet Fever
Incubation: 1-3 days after exposure
Excluded from School and Child Care: 24 hours after starting anti-biotic treatment

Impetigo
Incubation: 1-5 days after exposure
Excluded from School and Child Care: full 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun and there no longer is a discharge.

Pink Eye (bacterial)
Incubation: 1-3 days after exposure
Excluded from School and Child Care: Until drainage is gone or until the person has taken antibiotics treatment for 24-48 hours.

Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)
Incubation: 5-14 days after exposure
Excluded from School and Child Care: Until drainage is gone or until the person has taken antibiotics treatment for 24-48 hours.

Chickenpox
Incubation:10-21 days
Excluded from School and Child Care: until blisters have formed scabs

Lice
Incubation: varies
Excluded from School and Child Care: until "nits" and edges have disappeared

 

Human Dignity Policy

Everett Christian School intends to provide its students and staff with a safe, Spirit-filled environment, one that is free from offensive behaviors. Conduct- whether intentional or unintentional – that subjects another person to unwanted attention, comments or actions based upon race, national origin, age, gender, physical characteristics, or disability is not permitted. Instead, we expect all persons to treat each other with respect because they are created to reflect God.

 

Conduct Policy

Discipline at ECS is an act of love modeled on Christ’s dealing with his disciples, not as a punishment. God loves us enough to discipline us. (Psalm 94:12, Proverbs 3:11-12, Hebrews 12:6, Hebrews 10-11) . We who are placed in authority over children by God and parents follow the advice found in Proverbs 13:24 and Proverbs 23:23, realizing that we will be called into account for our discipline (Hebrews 13:7) and recognizing the importance of the task. We expect students who attend ECS to follow the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37) to love God with all their heart and to love others as themselves.

We recognize and accept the responsibility to nurture and guide students not only in their learning but also in other behavior-related matters that impact learning and school life. For this reason we seek:

  • to structure classroom learning in such a way that teaches and provides opportunity to practice discipleship.

  • to model responsive, responsible discipleship for children.

  • to establish wise expectations and limits that encourage respect for God, his creation including other students, teachers, learning, time, property and equipment.

  • to enforce these expectations consistently.

  • to deal with infractions of expectations and limits in ways that respect children, that allow them to reflect on what they have done and to participate in making remedy; that uses natural consequence when possible; that insures the safety of others and the integrity of the learning situation.

Steps of Discipline   Note: All steps below are under discretion of school staff (duration, time given/served, and severity).  Please use the steps as guidelines for behavior.

Students will be disciplined in a spirit of love, concern, and restoration. It will include counselling and prayer as appropriate. Discipline will be administered as personally and discretely as possible (Matt 18:15). Parents will be informed by a note, phone call, or e-mail, depending upon the severity of the disciplinary action. At times the parents will be asked to participate in the discipline process..

Teachers at ECS take responsibility for discipline in their classrooms with the support of the administration and in consultation with parents. If it is determined that a student is not responding to the teaching and discipline of the school staff, the following steps may be taken (depending on situation, order of discipline may vary):

STEP ONE:  The teacher deals with the infraction in an appropriate manner. This might include a warning, time-out, removal of privileges, assigning of extra tasks, a detention, or other disciplinary actions worked out between the teacher and students. Parents will be notified based upon the severity of the infraction.

STEP TWO: The student is sent to the school office. A conference with the principal will occur. If the circumstances warrant, a detention will be given and the student discipline report will be recorded. Parents will be notified.

STEP THREE: When a student continues to be sent to the principal, a conference with the parent(s), teacher, the student, and principal will be scheduled. Steps of detention for one academic school year:

  • 1st detention: May be asked to do tasks around school to assist the school and provide school ownership.
  • 2nd detention: Write a Behavior Improvement Plan (BIP)
  • 3rd detention: One-day suspension

If the B.I.P. is not followed and the student continues to receive detentions, a meeting with the parent(s), principal, student, and board member would take place to discuss options including but not limited to: short-term suspension or expulsion.

The student will develop a BIP and may be suspended from school. If a student receives three detentions in one 12 week marking period, a one day suspension will be served. If a student were to reach his/her second one-day suspension, a meeting with the parent(s), principal, student, and board member would take place to make a recommendation to the school board for enrolment or expulsion.

STEP FOUR:  The school board may decide to develop another BIP with additional guidelines and allow the student to attend ECS on a probationary basis. Length of probation will be set by the school board on a case-by-case basis. Subject to board approval, the student is denied the opportunity to attend ECS (expulsion).

If at any time the student and his/her family objects to the disciplinary action, the family may appeal in writing to the teacher, principal, and/or school board depending upon what step the student has reached. Please follow the following steps of appeal of discipline: (Based on Matthew 18 principle of going to the person you have a conflict with.)

  1. Teacher/Staff Member
  2. Principal
  3. School Board

 

Detention/Suspension

Detentions are reserved for deliberate actions by students to defy authority. This would include but not be limited to wilful challenges to a teacher's authority, disregarding a warning, lying, chronic breaking of the playground or classroom rules, harassment of other students, use of profanity or obscene and/or crude language, and exhibiting an attitude not in harmony with discipline goals of the school.

Detentions are to be served on Wednesday afternoons from 3:15pm-3:45pm. The teacher giving the detention will send a detention slip home with the student on the day the detention is given. Parents will be called if the slip is not returned the next day with parent's signature. If there is a problem with serving the detention on a Wednesday afternoon, parents may call the office and set up an alternate time prior to the detention time. Detentions take precedence over extracurricular practices, games, and events.

Suspension Offenses (depending upon severity, some may be expulsion offenses)

  • fighting
  • extortion
  • theft
  • cheating/plagiarism
  • possession of weapons
  • Use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or controlled substances at school or at school functions
  • Destruction of school property
  • Inappropriate expression of anger or defiance to a staff member
  • Leaving school grounds without permission from a staff member
  • Continual disrespect for authority

A student may not be allowed to participate in any school sponsored extracurricular activities for the duration of the suspension. The student's parent(s) will be informed in writing of the grounds of the suspension, the duration, and whether or not the student will be placed on a B.I.P. upon return to school. Typically, suspensions will take place the day immediately following the offense. 

Short-term suspension: One to 10 days of no allowance at school or school activities. Short-term suspensions are at the discretion of the principal.

Long-term suspension: A suspension with a duration of more than 10 days of no participation at school or school activities. Long-term suspensions can be used as an alternative to expulsion and must be approved by the school board.

Expulsion:  Understood to mean the student, subject to board approval, is denied the opportunity to attend ECS.

 

Student Expectations

Students Are Expected To Conduct Themselves In Such A Manner:

  • That allows everyone the maximum opportunity to learn.
  • That ensures the safety of all.
  • That maintains school property, equipment, and personal belongings in good condition.
  • That demonstrates respect for teachers, staff, and fellow students.

 

Specific Expectations for Students

  1. To love and respect God and His creation.

  2. To study God’s Word and seek to apply His truth on their hearts by the working of the Holy Spirit.

  3. To be a peacemaker (Matt 5:9).

  4. Demonstrate honesty in school work.

  5. Teacher desks, file cabinets and storage cabinets are off limits to students unless specific instructions have been given to the contrary.

  6. Make the necessary repairs or replacements for breakage or damage of property of another student, teacher or those things that belong to the school.

  7. Leave and enter the building, and pass through the halls in a quiet and orderly manner.

  8. Keep your locker clean: do not leave leftover lunches in them.

  9. Do not bring radios, tape recorders, CD players, electronic games, laser pens or similar devices to school. This includes any school-sponsored event unless specifically directed otherwise by the teacher or staff member in charge.

  10. Cellular phones are permitted only with approval of your teacher (5th-8th grade). Otherwise they need to be turned off during school and can only be used before and after school.  

  11. Chewing of gum is not allowed on campus during the school day or during school activities.

  12. Possession and or use of tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances are not permitted on the school campus or at school functions..

  13. ECS has a closed campus policy which does not allow students to leave the campus or receive visitors during the school day.

  14. Student dress and appearance should be appropriate, neat, clean, and modest.

 

Dress Code

  • Students may wear shorts year round.  

  • The fingertip rule (when standing, shorts must come to the bottom of fingertips when the student is standing) applies for length when appropriate.    

  • T-shirts must be neat, clean, and with no tears or holes.  Any writing or slogans must not be offensive and in line with our Christian philosophy.  

  • Skirts and dresses may be worn, but must be an appropriate length.

  • No gym shorts.

  • No frayed edges or cutoffs.

  • No spaghetti straps, crop tops, or tank tops.  All blouses and tops must have a modest neckline, covering all cleavage.  

  • Midriffs and backs must be covered at all times, whether standing or sitting.  

  • No hats in the school building, and coats may not be worn in the classroom (send a sweater or sweatshirt).

Staff has final discretion on all clothing issues.  Parents will be asked to bring a change of clothing if the staff determines a student is dressed inappropriately.

 

Inappropriate Possessions/Substances Policy

If you are smoking or in possession of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or drug paraphernalia, or dangerous items (including but not limited to guns and knives) on the school property, at school activities, or in the near vicinity of them, you will face immediate disciplinary action. Disciplinary actions may include but are not limited to suspension, expulsion, contact of local police. Look-alike items, pocket knives, and squirt guns will also be confiscated, and you will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Students, in the interest of safety and the protection of you and others, please notify any available adult if you are knowledgeable of any illegal substance or possession of dangerous item on or near the school or its students. If you are aware and withhold information from a school official, you may be subject to disciplinary action.

 

Animals at School

Taking pets to school is prohibited. The only exception would be times that are previously arranged with a teacher or administrator. This would be in a case like a child taking a pet to school for "Show and Tell".
When picking up or dropping off your children please leave pets in your car..

 

Playground/Gym Rules

Recess time is spent on the playground outdoors or in the gym in the event of inclement weather.  Recesses are supervised by a staff member or designated approved volunteer.  There is morning recess for grades K-4 at 10:15, 5-8 at 10:30.  Lunch recess for K-4 is 12:00pm-12:20pm, 5-8 is from 12:20pm-12:35pm.  Grades 1-4 have a third recess from 1:50pm-2:00pm. The following rules apply to all recesses:

  1. Students in grades K-8 must get permission from the playground supervisor before using the field across from the school.

  2. Fighting will not be tolerated.

  3. Objects that go into the street or go over the building may only be retrieved with the permission of the playground supervisor (K-8).

  4. Objects that remain on the roof will have to be reported to a staff member for retrieval after school.

  5. Students may only kick balls on the field across from the school.

  6. No tackle games of any kind or reckless play.

  7. In the event of snow, NO snowballs may be thrown on the school grounds or on the field across from the school.

  8. Tire swing – (K-4) may have 3 people at time, (5-8) only 2 at a time.

  9. All litter must go into the trash can.

  10. Any student who takes playground equipment out is responsible for it is proper return (Must have teachers/aides permission to use equipment from the ball room).

  11. All equipment must be used for its intended purpose.

  12. Because other classes are in session during recess time, please be considerate and refrain from being loud near these classrooms.

  13. Students must get permission from the playground supervisor before entering the school during recess.

  14. After recess, students must use the front doors to re-enter the school.

  15. In case of rain, the playground supervisor will decide if there will be indoor or outdoor recess.

Unless a student has a note from home requesting that their child stay indoors for that day, all students must go outside for recess.

 

Other

Athletics

The Everett Christian School athletic teams are part of the Tri-County Christian League (Tri-Co. League). The purpose of the league is to organize, promote, and direct a program of interscholastic athletics that will be in harmony with, and contribute to, the Christian educational philosophy of member schools; and, through observance of Christian standards of sportsmanship, to cultivate cordial, and friendly relations among member schools. Besides ECS, the league includes Northshore Christian Academy (6th grade), Cedar Park Christian, Arlington Christian, Hillside Academy, Grace Academy, Monroe Christian and Zion Lutheran schools. Currently, the league plays co-ed soccer in the fall, boys and girls basketball in the winter and boys and girls track & field in the spring. The Athletic Directors from every school meet quarterly to discuss current issues and schedules. All league sports are open to 5-8th grades except track which includes 4th grade if enough coaching staff is available. At ECS, soccer and basketball are open to 7th-8th grades first, and then down to 6th and 5th as space allows.

The sports teams at ECS rely on adult volunteers to coach. ECS welcomes any interested adult to contact the Athletic Director for details and current needs of the sports teams. ECS soccer practices are held either at the school or at Garfield Park (23rd & Maple) and home games are at Kasch Park by Boeing Field in Everett. Basketball practices are held at ECS and home games are off campus at a facility to be determined that has a full size gym. Track practices are either at the school or at Garfield Park and track meets are at various high schools in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. Soccer and basketball games are typically on Tuesdays and Fridays after school and track meets are usually on Saturdays.

Each sport has a participation fee that covers referees and field/gym rentals. Each sport fee varies; however, an approximate amount is $75 per sport. Signed consent and concussion forms are required for each sport. Uniforms are distributed at the beginning of the season and are to be returned at the end of the season. A replacement fee will be issued if a uniform is not returned or is significantly damaged.

 

Athletics Eligibility

Participation in ECS athletics is a privilege. We expect our ECS athletes to treat their teammates, other players, coaches, officials and fans with respect and with an attitude that is consistent with our mission. We also expect our student athletes to fulfil their duties both on the playing fields and in the school. Students must be in school before noon in order to participate in practices and games for that day. Also in order to participate in ECS athletic games or practices a student must maintain their grades and a student with two or more D’s (65%) may be suspended from athletics participation until classroom requirements are met as determined by the teacher and principal. Also students with significant discipline issues or three or more detentions in one trimester must meet with an administrative committee and parents to review future eligibility.

 

Inclement Weather Information

The school uses a system called Bright Arrow to notify its families about school closures or delays because of weather or for any other reason. Families will receive a text, a phone call and an e-mail. You can also check the website, and listen to local news sources for any cancellation or postponement announcements. These will air beginning at 6:30am. If the system is down then teachers have also been assigned families to call in the event of inclement weather. Families typically will receive a call between the hours of 7:00am and 8:00am. If classes have to be dismissed early due to weather conditions or other emergencies, the administration will make the decision and families will be contacted.