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FHCS Handbook

A Spirit of Excellence

The more we begin to understand the concept of living “to the glory of God,” the more we begin to realize that good enough is not good enough. Good enough to get by is not good enough for God; He expects our best. This does not mean that we must be perfect, but we should be serving the Lord with our best efforts.


As we expand and grow as a school, we will continue to emphasize service to the Lord as our primary purpose as Christians, and we will do our best in whatever we do.


Statement of Faith


  1. We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, His revelation to man, inerrant in the original writings and that it is, therefore, the supreme and final authority in all matters of doctrine, faith, and life.

  2. We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  3. We believe in the deity and virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

  4. We believe that all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God and that they must be born again to be accepted of God. We believe that salvation is by “grace” alone.

  5. We believe that Christ died for our sins, that He arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and that He ascended into heaven where He is now interceding for us.

  6. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, that He convicts the world of righteousness, of judgment, and that He indwells the body of each believer to seal, enlighten, instruct and guide him.

  7. We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in the bodily resurrection of the just at the Rapture.

  8. We believe in a Heaven and a Hell; Heaven the place of eternal conscious joy for the saved, and Hell the place of eternal conscious punishment of the lost.

  9. We believe that Satan is a personal being whose end is the Lake of Fire.

  10. We believe that the Scriptures teach nonconformity to the world for every believer. Some individuals in our world have started to use the term “Alternate Lifestyles' for what the Bible clearly calls sin. We believe that all private and public forms of a homosexual life are sin and condemned by God's Word. It is clearly commanded by God to all believers to live lives of separation from all sinful practices and to be holy as He is holy.

Admission Procedures

Freedom Hill Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic and other school-administered programs, nor in the hiring of faculty or administrative staff.

You can begin the admissions procedure by contacting the school for an appointment. A tour of the school and an interview will be conducted so that all questions can be answered.

Because our purpose is to train Christian young people to serve the Lord, we require that at least one of the parents of prospective students be a born-again Christian and that secondary students have a personal salvation testimony.

Placement of children entering from another school is determined by using the ACE or School of Tomorrow placement testing. If a student has previous ACE or School of Tomorrow experience, that will be taken into consideration.

The cut-off date for entering the K4 program is age 4 before August 13. The cut-off date for entering K5 is age 5 before August 13.

Freedom Hill Christian School encourages parental participation in as many programs and activities as possible by inviting parents to eat lunch with students and welcoming them to special programs and activities.


Attendance Requirements

Attendance at school provides a student with the classroom experience. This experience is composed of participation in class activities and instruction conducted by the learning center teacher. For this reason, the failure of a student to attend class will be seen as a serious problem and will not be allowed. Regular attendance at school is required and expected of all students. Frequent or prolonged absences may adversely affect the learning process. Absences from school will be classified as either excused or unexcused.

Please report student absences to your child's teacher between 8:00 and 9:00 am. If the parent does not have a note to the school office within two school days of the absence, the absence will be considered as an unexcused absence and will result in the consequences that come with an unexcused absence. All absences will be considered unexcused until the parent has notified the school otherwise.

Excused absences are given for sickness, death in the family, doctor appointments, school-approved family trips, and dire emergencies. Work missed because of these reasons must be completed in order for the student to not fall behind. Please remember, a teacher cannot teach a child if he is not in school. More than 10 excused absences will place the child’s promotion in jeopardy and will be reviewed by the school administration.

Upon returning to school after an absence, the student is to bring a signed note from the parents detailing the cause of the absence. The note should be neatly written. The student must present the note to their teacher. This note will be kept in the student's file.

A written note should be sent if parents need to pick up their child/children before dismissal time. An authorized person must sign out the child in the office if they are arriving late or picking them up early.

Please try to avoid doctor and dentist appointments during school hours. Students leaving school before 11:30 am. and arriving after 11:30 am. will be considered absent for the day.

Late arrivals and early dismissals will accumulate into half and whole day absences. If those arrivals and dismissals are unexcused, the accumulated days will also be unexcused.

Oversleeping, the alarm not going off, driving the car etc. are not legal excuses for being late and demerits will be issued.

Students having more than three unexcused absences will have their overall grade average dropped by one point per unexcused absence.



Family Trips

Excused absences for pre-approved family trips. A request for such absence is to be submitted in writing to the school principal at least one week in advance of the trip. Decisions on such requests will generally be made the same day as received. Excused absences allow work to be made up. Unexcused absences allow the student to become behind in their work.


Attendance at school functions

Attendance and participation of students at scheduled school functions are mandatory. These events are an extension of work done in the learning center and brought to a meaningful conclusion. Exceptions may be granted by the principal (in rare cases) for valid reasons upon receipt of a written request from parents in advance of the event. Failure to attend required concerts and programs may result in an assessment of disciplinary or academic penalties at the teacher’s and/or administrator’s discretion.


Care of Property

It is everyone’s responsibility to help care for school property and equipment. Parents will be held responsible for repairing and replacing any school property, which is lost, damaged, or destroyed by their children. Parents and teachers are to work together to instill a proper sense of stewardship in children.


Dress Code

1 Corinthians 6:19 clearly states that the body of the believer is not his own but God’s and was bought by the blood of Christ. This verse alone should be enough for Christians to understand that they should dress modestly and be opposed to the world’s standards of dress. Christians are to separate themselves from the world and set high standards taught only by the Bible.


Parents: It is your responsibility to be sure your child is dressed in accordance with the following guidelines. Students will not be able to participate in any school activity if they are not in the proper school dress code. This includes PTFs, field trips, after-school events, etc.


Definition:

School Uniform- Refers to the color and styles of every day (school days) attire.

School Dress & Hair Code- Refers to, length of sleeves, length of skirts, hairstyles & lengths,

logos, etc.


Boys: Black or Khaki pants-no cargo or carpenter

Belts must be worn by Grades 3 & up

Red or Navy Blue 3 button with collar polo shirt.

Sleeves must extend past the elbows at all times

Facial Hair will not be permitted

Hair must be cut in a conservative style-short-off the collar, ears, and eyebrows


Girls: Black or Khaki skirts or jumpers.

Skirts should be below the bottom of the knee standing or sitting.

Splits or slits shall not be longer than six inches & may not extend any higher than the bottom the knee standing or sitting.

Leggings may be worn under the skirt (for modesty concerns) but if they extend below the hem of the skirt, they must be solid colors.

Tights, Long Socks, or stockings may be worn during cold weather.

Red or Navy Blue 3 button with collar polo shirt.

Sleeves must extend past the elbows at all times.

Hair may not be cut or trimmed during the School year. This includes trimming the ends or bangs.


Both: Shirts and Blouse should be tucked in at all times and buttoned properly

(Exception Some female blouses are designed to be worn out; this will be allowed)

Black or Khaki may be worn any day.

Undershirts may not have visible words or pictures.

Socks must be worn at all times

Shoes must be worn at all times. They must be whole shoes and may be athletic, casual, or dress shoes.

Logos or TV characters shall not be worn or brought to school on any item

(Exception: brand logos on clothing that do not exceed a 3X5 area will be allowed.)

Jewelry, make-up, finger or toenail polish or finishes will not be permitted

Dying, bleaching, Perming, etc. of the hair will not be permitted during the School year.

Denim may be worn on Friday if on E-Level.

Denim is not to be excessively faded

Field Trips - Students may wear denim, with School Field Trip Shirts

P.E. - Students will be allowed to change for P.E....wind pants, jeans or jeans skirts are acceptable.


Health Requirements and Procedures

All students must be up to date with immunizations as required by the State of Tennessee. Also, the following examinations must be completed at the following grade levels:


* Physical Exam—K-4 or first year of school, 6th & 11th grades


It is preferred that medication not be administered to children during the school day. However, it is recognized that some children have unique medical needs and there are instances where medication may be required during the school day.

If medication is an absolute necessity, it can be administered during the school day provided the request form is properly completed and signed. Prescription medications require the signature of both physician/physician designee and parent. Non-prescription medications require only the signature of the parent. There will be no exceptions made.

A form must be completed for each medication, prescription or non-prescription. If a child takes a certain medication on a long-term basis, one form will be good for the entire school year, providing the dosage does not change.

The properly completed form and medication should be delivered to the school office upon arrival at school. The medication must be in its original container and clearly identifiable. Unidentifiable medications will be treated as unauthorized substances and will not be administered.

If a child is unable to open the container and/or actually take the medication, school personnel may hand the medication to the child and offer water. This procedure will be followed only when there is a statement indicating that the child requires assistance. If no assistance is necessary, the child must still take the medication in the presence of school personnel.


At the beginning of each school year all students are asked to fill in the information on an “Emergency Card” which includes the name and phone number of the doctor to be notified, as well as the name, address and phone number of the parents and an alternate person to be notified if the need should arise. It is the responsibility of the parent and student to see that this information is on file. In case of serious illness or injury, this information may be used before consultation with the family if this is felt necessary.

In case of illness, the family will be contacted by phone, and the parents will be requested to come to the school to pick up the ill child. In no case will the student be allowed to return home unless there is proof, by phone, that there is some older person present in the home at the time. For your child’s sake and for the protection of others, keep your child at home and call your physician when showing such symptoms as a sore throat, nausea, running nose or coughing, inflamed eyes, earache, temperature, etc. A child will not be allowed to return to school unless they have been symptom (fever (100.3), sore throat, etc) free for 24 hours.


Other Conduct Guidelines

Students of this school are expected to act in an orderly and respectful manner, maintaining Biblical standards of social courtesy, moral behavior, acceptable language, and honesty. Students must agree to strive toward unquestionable character in dress, conduct, and attitude.

1. Any student observing questionable activities or overhearing conversations which are contrary to the policies of this school should be imminently discussed with a supervisor.


2. iPods, cell phones, and any other electronic devices must be left at home or in the office. Items may not be taken out from the time they arrive at school till the close of school. The first offense will be a warning. Second offense, the item will be taken and returned at the close of school. Third offense, the item will be taken and the parent called.


3. If a student needs to contact a parent the student should notify the supervisor and receive permission to use the office phone. It is the supervisor's discretion whether or not to allow permission. The students are not allowed to use a supervisor's personal cell phone.


Transportation

It is the parent's responsibility to provide transportation to and from school. An authorized list of approved pickup individuals will need to be completed and remain on file in the school office. A pickup time later than 15 minutes after dismissal will result in an added charge to the school bill for after-school care.

Students driving to school must be at least 16 years old, have a drivers license, and written consent from the parents. Any student caught driving recklessly on the school property will lose their driving privilege for one week. If the offense is continued the student will lose the privilege for the rest of the school year.

A student is not allowed in the parking lot at any time except to go to and from their vehicles. Any student found in the parking lot in any other circumstance will receive a detention.