Welcome to Anza Valley Christian School! Your careful and prayerful decision to enroll your child in AVCS is a positive step in helping prepare your child for a productive and successful future.
Our entire staff is dedicated to equipping each student with the highest standards scholastically, socially, and spiritually. As your child advances through AVCS, it is imperative that he/she be given the best opportunities and environment to develop strong intellectual and moral character. Our purpose, therefore, is to train the whole student: spiritually, academically, socially, and physically.
It is also our strong desire that each child will develop according to the example given by Jesus Christ, and mature to become a Godly influence in society. The Christian approach to learning is unique, and AVCS offers a Christ-centered learning environment. Our goal is that our academic instruction is both Christ-centered and consistent with state and national standards. This student and parent handbook is designed to help familiarize you with overall school policies. Guidelines have been established with the students’ best interest in mind. Parents and students must read the handbook together to understand the guidelines, which have been established so as a family you will understand what Anza Valley Christian School (AVCS) offers and what we expect in return. We believe your child will be very motivated in our Christ-centered environment, and we assure you of our commitment to our students’ success. May our Lord bless and guide us, as we become partners in the vital work of shaping the lives of your children.
July 25, 2019
Key Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27
Anza Valley Christian School, a ministry of Anza Baptist Church, exists to foster academic, spiritual, social, and physical growth of students, and to help them and their families learn to love Jesus Christ with their whole being and value Him as the center of their lives.
The Biblical principles which the school seeks to promote are:
· We do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
· We are not to offend others by being stumbling blocks (Romans 14:13,
1 Corinthians 10:32-33)
· We are to do everything in love (I Corinthians 16:14)
· We are to be modest, reflecting decency and humility (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
· We are to be examples in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12)
· We are to draw attention to God, not to ourselves (John 3:30)
· We are not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2
Anza Valley Christian School strives, in cooperation with the parents, to provide a high quality, custom-designed education based on Biblical values and principles as the foundation upon which Christian life, service, and ministry is built. In addition to mandatory subjects, students will be provided with a range of elective subjects and extra-curricular programs.
Anza Valley Christian School strives to help students and their families love the Lord their God with their whole being by providing an educational and practical emphasis on Bible knowledge and application, prayer, and missions, whereby it is ensured that each child has heard and understood the gospel of salvation.
Anza Valley Christian School strives to provide a learning atmosphere whereby students are taught to accept one another unconditionally, to apply Biblical principles to their everyday lives and relationships and are encouraged to live out their faith in the world.
Anza Valley Christian School strives to contribute to students’ physical development by providing a versatile and creative P.E. program in all grade levels and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. The P.E. program will be designed to incorporate acts of practical service to others in order to train students in the mindset that physical training is not just for sports but also to put our bodies to use in service to others.
The mission of Anza Valley Christian School is to partner with parents to provide a Christ-centered education. The school board has adopted several guidelines, which may be used by the administration in evaluating a student’s application for admission.
Steps to Admission for a New Student:
After you have completely and carefully read this handbook and have decided to register your child, please follow the steps below:
Pick up a Registration Packet. When you have completely filled out all Registration Packet Forms, call the school to make an appointment for an interview with the administrator.
At the time of your interview, please bring: your child; all forms completed; and your child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and most recent report card.
- The registration fee of $300.00 is due at the time of enrollment.
- During the interview, a date and time will be set for the student’s Diagnostic Testing. Cost for testing is $40.00.
- After the Diagnostic Testing has been completed and scored, an appointment will be set to review the testing results with both the parent/guardian and the student.
- The student’s curriculum will then be ordered. Curriculum takes approximately 7 to 14 working days to arrive. Student will not be permitted to begin school until his/her curriculum arrives.
- Tuition may be paid for the entire year, semester, or on a monthly basis. Payments are due on the 1st of every month, unless other arrangements are made.
- Before school begins, all parents at Anza Valley Christian School must attend a mandatory Parent Orientation, held one week before school begins.
California law requires each child to have up-to-date immunizations. Please see new requirements from shotsforschool.org
Starting July 1, 2019, Students Admitted at TK/K-4 Need:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) — 5 doses (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday. 3 doses OK if one was given on or after 7th birthday.)
- Polio (OPV or IPV) — 4 doses (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
- Hepatitis B — 3 doses
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) — 2 doses (Both given on or after 1st birthday)
- Varicella (Chickenpox) — 2 doses
California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions before entry. Parents must show their child's Immunization Record as proof of immunization.
The only waiver of immunizations that is acceptable in the state of California is a valid up-to-date medical waiver from your child’s doctor.
Anza Valley Christian School primarily uses consumable textbooks called PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) from the Accelerated Christian Education® program. Each child will be given 12 PACEs to complete per year in each of the following core subjects: Math, English, Social Studies (History), Science, and Word Building (Spelling and Vocabulary). Children in second grade and up will be taught how to score their own PACE work (this does not include self-tests and tests, which the teacher scores). Each PACE contains 3 checkups (quizzes), 1 self-test, and 1 final unit test. A student must receive 80% or higher on a unit test to be considered a passing grade. Students who score below an 80% on their unit test will be required to re-take that PACE until they can successfully pass the unit test. This system is based off of Mastery Based Learning – a student is not to move on to the next concept until they have mastered the current concept. This education program is a proven, Bible-based, high-tech, individualized curriculum. As a member of A.C.E., our school is also subject to annual reviews and teacher training.
From its beginning 50 years ago, Accelerated Christian Education® has maintained high Biblical and academic standards and remained committed to setting children on a path for success. The goal is the same today: to prepare children for the world today and give them the academic and spiritual tools necessary to achieve their God-given potential.
- Accelerated Christian Education’s concepts are based on the following Five Basic Laws of Learning:
- A child must be at a level where he/she can perform.
- The student must have reasonable goals.
- The student's learning must be controlled, and he/she must be motivated.
- The student's learning must be measurable.
- The student's learning must be rewarded.
Based on these principles, the A.C.E. curriculum assures parents of:
- A solid, mastery-based, back-to-basics education for their child.
- A course of study diagnostically individualized to meet a student’s specific learning needs and capabilities.
- A program incorporating Scripture, Godly character building, and wisdom principles.
- A curriculum using advanced computer technology to help ensure the finest education possible in today’s high-tech climate.
Four days a week full day schedule...............................................………8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
One early release day to be chosen by the school board each year. …..8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
You may not drop off your child any earlier than 7:45 a.m., unless special permission is granted from the school administration. We ask that you pick up your student(s) promptly when school ends at 2:30 p.m., unless special permission is granted from the school administration. Call the school/teacher’s cell if there is an emergency delaying your pick-up. Parents who consistently arrive after 2:30 p.m. will have additional fees added to their bills. AVCS does not provide after-school supervision. For the safety of your child, please make arrangements to have him/her picked up on time.
Lunch time for all students is from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Students bring their lunches from home. Warm lunches must be brought in a thermos as no microwaves are available for student use. A nutritious snack should also be provided for the morning break. Note: Lunch is not provided by the school, nor is AVCS responsible in the event that a student forgets his/her lunch.
Tuition payments are due on the first day of each month. Please make checks payable to Anza Valley Christian School. Tuition payments can be mailed to: AVCS, P.O. Box 391520 Anza, CA 92539 or given to the church secretary in the church office on Wednesdays – Fridays from 9:00 – 3:00 (The office will be closed between 12:00 and 12:30 for lunch). Please do not give tuition payments to teachers or staff. Tuition payments will be considered late by the 5th of each month. For any check that is returned NSF, your account will be assessed a $25.00 fee.
School attendance is required. Consistent attendance is essential for a student to be successful. Attendance at school provides the student with a classroom experience that is comprised of participation in class activities and direct instruction conducted by the classroom teachers. All instruction is designed to progress in sequence; many of these experiences can’t be “made up.”
If a child is going to be absent, the parent or guardian needs to provide a written explanation stating the date(s) and the reason for the absence(s). If there is no communication the absence(s) will be considered unexcused. Excessive Absences may lower a student’s ability to complete their daily lessons in order to promote to the next level. Chapel, Bible class, and Physical Education classes may also be affected.
Please inform student’s teacher of the dates for pre-arranged absences so that arrangements can be made. For absences that are anticipated, daily goal assignments must be picked up from the teacher and completed at home.
We ask that you make medical appointments for after school hours if possible. Should your child need to leave early for some reason, please contact the school/teacher’s cell prior to picking up your child. Children must be signed out by a parent or authorized person. Upon arrival, please go to drop off/ pick up gate. We will bring student and sign-out sheet to you.
School attendance is vital to student success and arriving at school on time is just as important. Tardiness disrupts the education regimen of all students. Self-discipline is essential for the development of good habits. These habits are characteristics of success and good citizenship in every area of life. Tardiness is defined as not being in your seat when morning opening begins at 8:00. Students arriving late interrupt this process. Excused tardies include doctor or dentist appointments, rare car trouble, or a family emergency. Severe weather conditions will be considered for the school as a whole. All other tardies will be considered unexcused.
Note: Students are allowed up to three unexcused tardies per semester. Tardies will be cumulative for each semester.
3 unexcused tardies in one semester……….…..Written notification to parent
4th tardy in one semester ……………………..... Forfeiture of next field trip/ Ineligible for Honor Roll.
If no attempt is made to remedy excessive tardies, additional consequences will be made at the discretion of the school board.
- Anza Valley Christian School encourages parents to be actively involved in their child’s education process and school activities. Parent participation is welcomed and appreciated.
- Visitors and volunteers are asked to comply with our school’s dress code guidelines from this Parent/Student handbook. This does not mean parents must wear uniform brand clothes, but clothes that meet the uniform guidelines.
- Anza Valley Christian School has a closed campus policy and all visitors must sign in, gain permission to access the campus, and wear a visitor badge while on campus.
- Visitors must check in at the church office on Wednesdays – Fridays and check in with the class teacher via phone call on Monday – Tuesdays.
- Visitors who are participating in classroom activities must pre-arrange their involvement with the teacher, generally giving at least a 24-hour advanced notice.
- Due to liability insurance rules, AVCS can only allow minor children on our campus who are not enrolled if their parents/legal guardians are with them at all times and have signed the yearly WAIVER AND RELEASE form for them to participate in school functions.
- Anza Valley Christian School provides a unique chapel experience for students. Chapel is held once a week and students are required to attend. The service involves prayer and singing, and application of monthly scripture memory work is taught. Proper respect and reverence are expected in chapel.
- On occasion, we will have special guest speakers.
- Students are supplied with a Bible for class and chapel. The Bibles are property of AVCS and should be left at school at all times.
- To provide a positive learning atmosphere.
- To control the Learning Center so that a student can learn without any hindrances from other students.
- To be aware of any learning difficulties or disabilities of each student in the Learning Center.
- To respond in a timely manner to the student’s needs in the classroom.
- To communicate with parents regarding the progress and/or problems (behavioral or learning needs) of their child.
- To inform the parents of the regulations and procedures and to update them as needed regarding new or changed regulations and procedures.
- To maintain accurate attendance records and to notify the parents/guardians of the student whose performance is being affected by absences and tardies.
- To monitor the progress of the student and to update student and parents if student is falling behind academic projections.
- To provide a report card in a timely manner.
- To provide an individualized academic curriculum for accelerated students.
- To maintain current records of the student’s files.
- To provide for the child’s moral, material, and learning needs and to provide proper nourishment for the child.
- To provide a loving environment where their child is able to do his/her homework at home.
- To send their child to school unless the child is ill, has a doctor or dentist appointment, or unless there is an extreme emergency.
- To assist their child to be punctual to school.
- To be aware of what their child is learning in school.
- To make their child accountable for his/her schoolwork.
- To assist their child on homework issues.
- To communicate to the school any problems that might be hindering the learning capabilities of their child.
- To abide by the rules of the school and home.
- To attend school.
- To be punctual.
- To perform the schoolwork and, if the work (goal) is not completed at the end of the day, to take home the work.
- To study the curriculum in order to pass the Unit Test.
- To inform parents/guardians of a test not passed (Oops Slip).
- To inform parents of a test passed (Congratulations Slip).
- To notify the staff when the subject material is not understood.
- To notify parents if there are problems with learning the subject matter and the school staff has not responded.
- Students must complete daily goals, score their PACEs, and set goals for the next day.
- Students may not copy answers from the score key.
- Score Keys must remain at the scoring table.
- Students must work all activities, score PACEs completely, and make all corrections necessary before proceeding to do the Self- Test.
- Supervisor must sign Check-Ups and Self Tests.
- Students must score 80% or above on Self-Test before proceeding to take PACE Test.
- Only pencils may be taken to the testing table.
- PACEs, Score Keys, and other educational materials may not be removed from the classroom without the permission of the Supervisor.
- A Christian flag and an American flag are used in the classroom to get the supervisor or monitor’s attention.
We offer two levels of Kindergarten according to a child’s age or academic aptitude.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
- Child must turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2nd. (Considerations may be made for younger children per school board approval)
- Child is given a modified version of the regular Kindergarten curriculum
- Breaks are provided for students to play, socialize, and eat light snacks
- School day length is from 8:00 – 12:00
- Transitional Kindergarten students are in the same class and have the same teacher as Kindergarten students.
- The teacher leads transitional kindergarten students in direct instructional teaching and hands-on-learning.
- Child must turn 5 by September 1st
- Child must successfully pass AVCS’s “Reading Readiness Test”
- Most children enrolled in our learning to read program will begin reading short stories within 18 weeks.
- Kindergarten students work through curriculum called PACEs.
- After successfully passing the “Reading Post Test,” the child will continue to study reading, and add on the subjects of Math, English, Science, and Social Studies
- Breaks are provided for students to play, socialize, and eat light snacks
- School day length is from 8:00 – 12:00 unless a child turns 6 by the end of December, and then the parents may decide if they want them to stay until 2:30 each day.
- Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students will have the same class and the same teacher.
- The teacher leads kindergarten students through direct instructional teaching and hands-on learning while preparing them for the independent learning they will begin in their 1st grade year.
When students do not complete their daily PACE goals in class, they are required to take those PACEs home as homework. Homework must be completed before the next school day. Notes will not be accepted to excuse homework (if a family emergency occurs, please communicate with the teacher so that we can assist in helping the student). Goals are reasonable and could be completed during school hours. Excusing students from finishing their goals for homework only causes them to fall behind, increasing their workload. It also negates the rules set forth in the Learning Center.
Students will have projects and writing assignments to be completed at home. Some will need parental assistance.
Students may not bring any electronic devices to school, including but not limited to, cell phones, iPads, ipods, mp3 players, and video games.
How Misconduct is handled:
When a student’s behavior or attitude is in conflict with the standards of our school, every effort is made to encourage the student to demonstrate the change and improvement necessary to comply with these standards. As much as possible, misbehavior in the classroom will be handled by the classroom teacher.
Attempts to correct behavior may be handled in the following ways:
When a student is disciplined, his parent/guardian will be contacted by phone or by a Correspondence Form that must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the child’s teacher before the student is admitted back into class.
In exceptional cases that require suspension or expulsion, parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student. Parents and student will be required to attend a conference with the teacher and administration. For students that have continuous behavior problems, administration may choose to put a student on probation/contract. In this case a contract is written informing the student and parent what is expected and will state a period of time that the correction needs to take place. This contract will be signed by all parties and a copy will be given to the parent. At the end of the stated time, student academics and or behavior will be reviewed by the administration. If the student does not show improvement in the areas needed the consequence will most likely be expulsion from AVCS.
Demerits are given for academic and behavioral offenses.
- 3 demerits in a day = 30 minutes detention and 60 standards
- 4 demerits in a day = 40 minutes detention and 80 standards
- 5 demerits in a day = 50 minutes detention and 100 standards
- 6 demerits in a day = 1-day suspension and 100 standards
- 7 demerits in a day = 2-day suspension and 100 standards
Detention is usually served the day following the issuing of a Corrective Action Notice. After school, students will be asked to write standards. Notices must be signed by parent/guardian and returned the following day.
- First Offense: Teacher/Parent/Principal Conference
- Second Offense: Subject to Expulsion
- Note: All suspensions are eligible for expulsion at the discretion of the school administration.
Students in second grade and up are taught and required to score their own PACE work (not including their self-tests and tests, which the teacher scores). PACEs will be checked periodically for scoring violations. PACEs found with 10 or more incorrectly scored answers will be discarded, and the student will have to repeat the PACE. The replacement PACE will be ordered when Oops Notice is signed & returned with $12.00 replacement cost. A new pace cannot be ordered until fee is paid.
- First Offense: If violation is minor, rules will be reviewed, and student will receive a warning. Depending on severity, student may receive detention, standards, Corrective Action Notice.
- Second Offense: Student will serve a 30-minute detention with a corrective action notice, Behavioral Contract, and will be Ineligible for next Field Trip.
- Third Offense: Suspension/ Expulsion (Per School Board Review)
Parents are expected to attend formal conferences when they are scheduled. Should the need arise for additional conferences, please let your child’s teacher know so a time can be scheduled that is convenient for both parties.
With the Administration:
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the administrator’s cell in order to schedule a conference.
Achievement tests are administered to 4th grade students each year in March in order to help parents and teachers evaluate their progress. Parents are notified in advance of the achievement tests, and suggestions are given to ensure that each student is prepared to take the test (proper sleep, nutrition, etc.). AVCS uses the IOWA Assessments each Spring.
|Percent Grade||Letter Grade|
|94 - 100%||A|
|88 - 93%||B|
|80 - 87%||C|
|74 - 79%||
Each academic quarter a student is eligible to receive one of two Honor Roll Statuses:
“A” Honor Roll 94%-100%
“B” Honor Roll 88%-93%
- Student must complete 3 Paces in each of their core subjects
- Memorize and recite aloud Monthly Scripture Memory Verses.
- Students will display good citizenship and Christian Character.
- No more than 2 Corrective Action Notices per quarter/9 weeks
Anza Valley Christian School does not provide transportation for students to and from school. It is the responsibility of the student’s parent(s) to provide transportation to and from school. Students who are driven to school are to be dropped off and picked up at the designated area at the respective times. Parents should be aware of and abide by all school traffic regulations.
- General Traffic Regulations:
- Observe the 5-mph speed limit on campus.
- No parking in the school pick-up and drop-off area.
- Do not block traffic flow.
- Obey all duty personnel.
- Be alert for students on campus.
- School parking is located in the lot directly in front of the church building.
- Park at your own risk. School liability insurance does not cover damage to vehicles while parked on campus.
- Students are to be picked up in designated pick-up areas only.
- Please do not ask students to meet you anywhere but at the pick-up area.
- Car radios or stereos must not be played loudly on campus
Field trips are a vital and important tool in our educational program. They are considered a privilege to attend. Only students with good citizenship and who are on track academically will earn the privilege to attend field trips. Students with excessive behavior issues (more than 2 Corrective Action Notices), a suspension, or those who are not on track academically will not be permitted to attend. Students ineligible to attend field trips will be assigned daily goals to be completed that day at home. Parents will be informed prior to the field trip day what is required of their student.
Private vehicles driven by parents and teachers will be used for field trip transportation. The teacher will notify parents about field trip information and collect permission slips. Under no circumstances may a child attend a field trip without a signed field trip permission slip. A parent, guardian, or grandparent is required to attend and transport their own child for each field trip. Parents or grandparents who volunteer to help must be able to attend the entire field trip. Due to liability insurance rules, non-students who are siblings of enrolled students may attend field trips only if their parent/legal guardian is with them at all times, and a yearly WAIVER AND RELEASE form has been signed. Drivers must possess a valid California driver’s license, carry the proper insurance, and have usable seatbelts/child car seats for each child in the car. Field trip attire will be stated on permission slips.
Note: Permission Slips and payment will be collected 7 days prior to the scheduled date. This will allow time for checks to clear. Due date will be noted on the permission slip. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of field trip.
As Christians, it is our desire for students to please the Lord and be good witnesses to others in both appearance and behavior. It is the viewpoint of AVCS that the learning and spiritual atmosphere of our school is enhanced by student and staff appearance that is neat, orderly, and modest. The dress code is clearly not intended to measure individual spirituality, but rather to serve as a vehicle to promote an appropriate learning and spiritual atmosphere within our school community. For this reason, Anza Valley Christian School will require students to wear the appropriate uniforms, which are purchased through our uniform provider.
All uniform shirts must be purchased through the school provider, or a similar company that sells the same type of uniforms. Our school logo does not need to be embroidered on to uniforms. Acceptable colors for polo shirts are navy blue, light blue, and hunter green. Shirts worn under uniform must be the same color as the polo and may not have graphics. White shirts designed to be worn underneath clothing are permitted as long as they fit properly and are not visible.
Dickies or Docker type chino pants. Acceptable colors are khaki (tan) and navy blue. Pants must be neatly hemmed and have no holes. Boys may not “sag” their pants. No hip huggers, tight fit, or denim jeans will be allowed.
Skirts, Skorts, Jumpers, and Shorts:
These should be modest length at the knee. Material is to be chino or twill; no denim. Acceptable colors are khaki (tan) and navy blue.
(Girls Only) Solid navy blue or black leggings may be worn under uniform skirts and jumpers.
Trailblazer shirt and navy basketball shorts or sweats are required attire for PE days.
Sweaters and Sweatshirts:
Navy blue is the required color with or without the school logo. With the exception of the AVCS logo, no graphics or words are permissible on any article of clothing worn at school.
(Worn during the winter) Solid colors only having no words or graphics. Heavy jackets can be worn outside only, not be worn in the Learning Center.
Due to safety reasons, all students must wear closed-toe shoes. Shoes must tie or buckle to prevent injury to other players when participating in group activities.
No hats are permitted. However, if a hat is worn to school because of inclement weather, they must be removed before entering the building.
Heavy excessive jewelry may not be worn. No “gothic” or “bondage” type jewelry. No body piercing or tattoos (tattoos must be covered during school hours). Girls may wear no more than two earrings per ear. Boys may not wear earrings during school hours.
Elementary students may not wear make-up. Black eye shadows are not allowed.
Boys hair may not touch the top of their shoulders. If cultural, hair can be pulled back and braided. Hair must not be streaked, tipped, or dyed unnatural hair colors.
If a piece of clothing is inappropriate, too tight or too short, your child will have to call a parent to bring an appropriate item to change into.
This dress code is not all-inclusive. The administration of AVCS reserves the right to make the final decision in these matters at their discretion. Students violating uniform requirements will receive appropriate discipline and parents will be notified.
Every student is required to have medical and emergency information on file. It is the parents’ responsibility to update any medical or emergency contacts in their child’s file. Please notify the administration of any changes in order that specific steps may be taken should the student become ill or have an emergency for which immediate treatment is necessary. Please inform staff of food allergies and any past allergic reactions.
Minor injuries will be given appropriate first-aid treatment by a staff member. Treatment will be limited to cleansing wounds, providing Band-Aids and/or applying ice packs. In the case of serious injuries or other emergencies, parents will be notified and paramedics called, if needed. In the event a parent cannot be reached, someone listed on the child’s emergency form will be notified.
In an effort to protect other students and staff members from illness, we require parents to keep their child at home when he/she is ill. Please do not bring your child back to school until he or she is able to participate fully in the normal school day.
Please decide if he/she is well enough to attend using the following guidelines:
For flu-like symptoms:
No vomiting or diarrhea, complaints of headache or body aches, no fever for 24 hours (all with no symptom-reducing medication); student able to hold down a normal meal.
For colds or allergy symptoms:
Green or yellow discharge, persistent coughing, complaints of headache, are reasons to keep your child at home.
Please consider the comfort of your child and the health of other students when making the decision if your student is well enough to be at school. If a student comes to school and does not feel well, parents will be called to pick him/her up. We will send PACEs to work on at home. If a student becomes ill during the school day and is not able to remain in class, the parents or another designated adult will be notified. Parents are responsible, once notified, to have their ill child picked up from school within 30 minutes.
The school is not permitted to dispense non-prescription medication, including Motrin or Tylenol, or medication prescribed by a doctor without prior written consent from the parents. A parent must bring medication that is to be taken at school—for an illness or on a regular basis—to the teacher. All medicine must be accompanied by a physician’s directions and be in the original pharmaceutical container which includes instructions for administering. No medication will be dispensed until the proper consent forms with signature and detailed information regarding the name of the medicine, dosage, and time to be administered.
NO student should have any medication in his/her possession at school.
Evacuation drills for fire and earthquakes are held quarterly during the school year. Instructions regarding these drills are given to each class. All of our staff members have been trained in CPR and First Aid procedures.
When it becomes necessary, for reasons of student safety, a lockdown will be initiated. During the lockdown all doors and windows will be locked, and teachers will direct students to the safest area. When it is safe, the lockdown will cease, and normal procedures will prevail. However, if the crisis continues past school dismissal time and it is safe to do so, students will be released only to their parents or other adults on the pick- up list who show identification.
Anza Valley Christian School is committed to providing an environment for students, faculty, and staff that is free from unlawful discrimination. In keeping with that commitment, the school maintains a strict policy prohibiting harassment based upon race, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, sex, disability, or age. This policy prohibits unlawful harassment, including verbal, physical, and visual harassment.
Any student or employee who believes that he/she has been the victim of unlawful harassment should immediately report the matter to the supervisor, the school director, or to any other administrator, if necessary. Complaints of harassment will be promptly investigated, and appropriate corrective action will be taken.
If there is a complaint concerning a board or staff member, parent or student, the following procedures will be required; the individual with the complaint is required to follow the procedures listed in
Steps 1 - 4 in the following section and document in writing the complaint or incident including date, names of parties involved and the description of events leading to the complaint.
Students or parents who believe they have been discriminated against based upon race, national origin, disability, or sex—including sexual harassment—should report the alleged incident to the administrator as soon as possible after the event(s) in question. If the complaint involves the principal/administrator/teacher, the complaint may be made directly to School Board representative.
A student, parent, or guardian may initiate the grievance procedure to appeal any final decision of school personnel. This policy does not apply in the case of long-term suspension, expulsion, or extreme circumstances.
Step 1 – Conference with the Teacher:
If there is a concern about a staff member or a decision impacting a student, the first step is for the parent or guardian to discuss the situation with the supervisor closest to the situation. Parent/student should first meet with teacher in an attempt to resolve the issue. Communication is essential. Our students have the best chance of success when parents and school staff work together as a supportive team. We recognize that parents and guardians are our students’ strongest advocates; and when there is a problem at school that cannot be resolved, the following steps may be necessary. If parents or guardians remain unsatisfied, further counsel may be necessary.
Step 2 – Conference with the Administrator:
An appointment should be scheduled with the administrator. If the administrator does not respond within five school days, or a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, a written grievance may be filed.
Step 3 – Written Grievance:
Parents seeking to invoke a grievance must do so in writing within ten working days after the decision of the Administrator. The request shall include details documenting the basis of the grievance, the steps taken to reach a resolution, and the remedy being sought.
Step 4 – Appeal to the Board:
Written grievances will be reviewed by the school board. Parents will be contacted within five days to address the grievance. Parents are required to follow the steps listed above. Communication is necessary to resolve grievances. Parents unwilling to meet with the supervisor or administrator will be requested to withdraw their children from Anza Valley Christian School, since we cannot reach a resolution if we are unwilling to work together to do so.
Withdrawal of a Grievance:
A complaint may be withdrawn by the complainant at any time without prejudice.