WELCOME TO RADIANT LIFE ACADEMY
Radiant Life Academy is a Christian School operated as a ministry of Radiant Life Assembly of God. Radiant Life Academy is dedicated to the mental, physical, spiritual, and social development of children. The goal of our school is to provide each child with a quality educational program that challenges and encourages each child to reach their fullest potential. We recognize each child as a special gift from God and we pledge to always show God’s love with our words and deeds. Each Teacher and Teacher’s aide has been chosen to reflect the ideas and goals of our school. The administration and faculty of Radiant Life Academy realize the importance and solemn responsibility before God in molding the character of each child’s future and will demonstrate a caring concern for each child under our care. All we do is based upon the Lord Jesus Christ’s command to love one another.
Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he shall go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
AFFILIATION AND MEMBERSHIPS
Radiant Life Academy is a member of Florida League of Christian Schools and Association of Christian Teachers and Schools.
Admission to Radiant Life Academy is moderately selective. The administration office carefully examines each candidate’s standardized test results and prior academic records and considers teacher and character recommendations to determine his or her potential for success at the school. Since God’s love extends to all people, Radiant Life Academy welcomes and encourages any of His children regardless of race, sex, national or ethnic origin to apply for employment, admission, scholarship, and in/all of the programs of the school.
Each prospective applicant and his parent/guardian must do the following prior to enrollment.
1.Arrange an interview with the administration. 2.Submit a copy of the previous year’s report card or transcripts of grades. 3.Submit a copy of the student’s birth certificate 4.Submit a copy of the student’s Social Security Card 5.Submit a State of Florida immunization record. (blue card) 6.Submit a State of Florida health record, current less than one year. ( Yellow Form ) 7.Submit a certified copy of court order or final judgment if parents are divorced or separated. 8.Take an entrance/placement test, if necessary. 9.Upon acceptance, complete the Registration, Statement of Support, Student agreement of Conduct, and Tuition Contract forms. Both Parents/guardians must sign all forms. 10.Pay the appropriate registration fee and book fees.
Current students may pre-enroll in February of each year. New Registration, Statement of Support, Student agreement of Conduct, and Tuition Contract Forms must be completed and signed by both parents/guardians. The registration fee must be paid. The school reserves the right to refuse re-enrollment to students with poor academic, discipline, or attendance records. Re-enrollment may also be refused to students or parents who have demonstrated disharmony regarding the purpose, objectives, standards, policies, rules, or regulations of the school. In addition, students will not be re-enrolled until all financial obligations are brought current.
Yearly tuition for grades K-8 may be paid in one payment or 10 monthly payments. Monthly payments are due at the first of each month beginning August 1st and continuing through May 1st. School payments are to be paid on the first of each month. Those enrolling after September 1st will have their payments pro-rated over the remainder of the year. Tuition payments may be made in the office, Monday – Friday during the regular business hours. A 25.00 late charge will be added to accounts not paid by the 5th of the month. Accounts delinquent after the 15th of the month will subject the student to removal from class until payment is received. Report cards will not be issued to any student whose account is not current. Electronic payments will be charged a 3% transaction fee.
A 25.00 charge will be assessed for returned checks. If this occurs more than one time, cash or money orders will be required.
The registration fee, material fee, and any tuition fees paid are non-refundable should the student cancel, withdraw, or be dismissed for any reason.
Upon registration of your child, there will be a registration fee (see current fee schedule). This fee is Non-Refundable.
Book rental fees will be accessed according to the grade level of the student (see current fee schedule). All books will remain the property of Radiant Life Academy and the fee is Non-Refundable. If a textbook is lost, stolen or damaged beyond use, the student will be required to purchase another textbook. If a textbook is missing for three consecutive class days, another textbook must be purchased.
Students are subject to accumulating financial indebtedness during the course of the school year. Fines for damaged textbooks, damage to church or school property, unpaid lunches, late fees can accumulate. The school office will hold all school records and reports until all financial obligations have been cleared. Delinquent tuition payments can result in the holding of student report cards and/or records.
Lunches are to be provided by the parent or may be purchased from our catering company. Please see the lunch schedule for prices and options. If bringing lunch from home please make sure that they have all utensils needed for that lunch.
CONTACTING FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS
All teachers at Radiant Life Academy are born-again believers in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The teachers are expected to always emphasize the spiritual component of life and the importance of a saving relationship with Christ in all that they teach. It is this component of Radiant Life Academy that makes it substantively different from other academic schools.
Faculty and administrators are extremely eager to assist students and parents regarding any needs and/or concerns they may have. It is the intent of the faculty and the administrators to make time in their schedule to quickly accommodate these needs as they arise. Every effort shall be made to accomplish this within normal school hours.
WHO TO CALL WHEN AN ANSWER IS NEEDED?
The following guidelines are provided to assist in directing your comments or questions to the proper individual:
1.Problems in the classroom (academic, discipline, communication) – Teacher first, then Principal if necessary. 2.Prearranged absences – School Office 3.Homework Assignments – Teacher first, then Principal. 4.School bill, fees, etc. – School office
The school will provide students in grades K–8th with a planning agenda to record daily and scheduled assignments. The School Agenda will better facilitate communication between the school and home. We believe that it will benefit students by motivating them to be better organized and to increase their study skills.
Teachers will post daily assignments and long term projects for the students to transfer to the School Agenda. Please review and sign the agenda daily. Contact the teachers if you sense a need. Note: If the agenda is “lost” the student must purchase a new one.
Parents or guardians wishing to have a conference with a teacher or administrator need to do so by appointment. Teachers are not permitted to hold impromptu conferences at the door of their classrooms. Please call the office or send a note to the teacher in your child’s agenda in order to schedule an appointment.
Regular school attendance is required by law and provides students the opportunity to acquire specific skills and meet course goals and objectives that may not otherwise be possible if not in attendance. Many integral learning activities, including class discussion, experiments, field trips, direct instruction, and guest speakers cannot be simulated or replicated with bookwork. Irregular attendance is a major cause for poor academic work and continual tardiness is disruptive to the normal flow of school activities.
A written excuse signed by a parent/guardian must be submitted for each absence, and the specific reason for the absence must be stated before the absence can be excused (Florida State Law 232.10). Students absent more than five (5) days in a nine week period must bring a doctor’s excuse. After accumulating ten (10) absences, students will be excused only for medical reasons and must present a doctor’s excuse upon returning to school. No prearranged absences will be permitted if a student has accumulated ten (10) or more absences during the school year. Student’s absent more than eighteen (18) days in a school year jeopardize promotion.
Please call the school office at the beginning of the school day if your child is absent due to illness or an emergency. Work must be made up for all excused absences. The student is responsible to meet with the teachers to get work assignments and arrange for makeup tests.
Our Pre-school opens at 7:00 AM. Pre-School is an educational experience. It is important that your child be here for the full program. Pre-School students may come in no later than 9:00 AM unless a doctor’s note is received. Pre-School hours are from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The academic portion is from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. We ask that no child stays longer than 10 hours per day.
Elementary and Middle School starts at 8:05 a.m.
Kindergarten – Eighth grade students are released at 2:45 p.m. each day.
Please see the school calendar for holiday schedules and early dismissal days.
Student must be picked up by 3:00 pm unless they are enrolled in the extended care program.
Parents should arrange to pick up elementary and middle school students by 3:00 p.m. Afternoon extended care is available to students in both elementary and middle school if they need to be picked up after 3:00 p.m. The cost is 125.00 per month and must be included in your monthly tuition payment. Students not picked up by 3:15 will go to aftercare and his/her parents/guardians will have to pay 10.00 for that day.
All students must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. Any student not picked up by 6:00 p.m. will be charged 1.00 per minute that the child is here after 6:00 p.m. Students are not permitted to wait outside after 3:15 p.m. or at the roadside waiting for a ride. Should student’s behavior become a problem, you will be asked to make other arrangements for after school care.
EARLY DAY DISMISSAL
Dismissal time is at 12:00 p.m. sharp for students Kindergarten – 8th grade. There will be a $1.00 per minute charge for any student picked up after 12:15 p.m.
1.Personal Illness or injury 2.Serious illness or death in the family 3.Medical or dental appointments communicated in writing in advance which cannot possibly be scheduled outside of school. 4.Educational, family, and church trips when arranged in advance with the administration. A prearranged absence form must be obtained form the office at least three (3) days in advance. Assignments must be completed and turned in the first day after returning back to school.
1.In and out of school suspensions 2.All absences not listed above 3.All absences not verified by the school
•10 % deduction taken from grade on missed tests and assignments •No extra time allotted for missed tests and assignments
PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES FOR EXTENDED TIME AWAY FROM SCHOOL:
Any extended absence that can be anticipated shall be provided for with the completion of a Pre-Arranged Absence Form. The forms may be picked up at the Front Office.
With a pre-arranged absence, the student will make up the work missed either before departure or upon the return from the trip within the time constraints of the school make-up policy. Major assignments, which are due during the absence, must be turned in before the student leaves for the trip.
The student will lose participation points for the days out of school if the absence does not meet the definition of excused absences.
All work given to the child before an extended absence is due on the day that the student returns to school or it will be considered late. Major assignments that fall due during the absence must be turned in before the student leaves. Tests or quizzes must be made up immediately. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in work and arrange for making up tests missed. No extra days will be allowed for make-up work.
An early dismissal will be granted for the same reasons allowable for excused absences. Parents are to present a written request in advance. The request must be approved by the administration. Parents must sign out their child if their child is leaving the premises prior to regular dismissal time, regardless of the reason.
Class begins every day promptly at 8:05 a.m., so parents should time their arrival to complete any requirements in the classroom and excuse themselves by 8:05 a.m.
Being late to class is invariably disruptive, and this practice is to be avoided. If the student can justify that being late to class was due to circumstances beyond his control, he will be admitted with an excused tardy. However, if the student cannot adequately justify his tardiness, it will be unexcused. Unexcused tardies will be monitored by the school administrators. The fifth (5) unexcused tardy will result in disciplinary action. Students will not be penalized for being tardy if their tardiness results from being detained by another teacher or for reasons truly beyond their control.
EXCUSED TARDY TO SCHOOL OR CLASS
•The school or parent’s automobile breaks down en route to school. •The student is detained by the office or another teacher. •The student experiences temporary illness. •There occurs an unavoidable, reasonable circumstance.
UNEXCUSED TARDY TO SCHOOL OR CLASS
•Oversleeping or arriving late for any reason not in keeping with reasonable prudence. •Any tardiness in getting to classes during the school day. •Every day traffic flow. •Poor planning on the student’s part.
It is best for the parent to leave the child with the teacher on the first day of school. When the parent remains in the classroom, it makes the period of adjustment more difficult for both the child and the teacher. It is also to the student’s advantage for mothers not to wait on the playground with the children before the opening of school each morning.
STUDENT PICK UP
If parents are divorced or separated and one parent is not allowed to see or pick up the child, the school must have on file a certified copy of the court order of Final judgment. All names eligible for picking up your child must be on file. Any student leaving school grounds after 3:00 p.m., with anyone other than the parent/guardian or a person on their authorized pick up list must bring a note from their parent/guardian giving permission for them to leave. Any student leaving school grounds alone, or with a group for any reason, must have written permission on file in the office.
PRE-SCHOOL DROP OFF
For your child’s safety, preschool students must be escorted in by an adult. Please park in a designated parking space. Do not park in front of the building.
PRE-SCHOOL REST TIME
All children will be given a rest period. Sleeping is not mandatory, however; children are required to be quiet and not disruptive. Cots will be used for all children 2 – 5 years. A small blanket and sheet are required for rest time. Please send these items on the first day of the week. They will be sent home weekly for cleaning. Pillows, stuffed animals and /or dolls are not permitted.
We have an open door policy and parents have unlimited access to your child. All parents are welcomed in the school. However, when a visit is necessary, please come by the office first. No one is ever to go directly to a classroom or anywhere on campus. Please do not detain a teacher from his/her responsibilities immediately before, during or after school. Teachers are happy to arrange conferences at convenient times. Lunches, books, and other student belongings must be left in the school office for delivery to classrooms. For the safety of the students any person other than the students, staff, faculty, or administration are considered Visitors and must obtain a visitor badge from the office.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL
Several days prior to the withdrawal date, parents shall make direct contact with the Principal. The student shall pick up a withdrawal form from the school office. A member of the office staff will explain the procedure the student is to follow. The student will be supplied with a checklist of items that must be cleared prior to withdrawing. The student will also be provided with a list of present grade averages. Records will not be forwarded to the new school until all items on the checklist are cleared, all outstanding fees and fines are paid, all books turned back in, and a parental release form has been received from the new school. The receiving school initiates the actual release of records. ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE UP TO DATE.
The standards of conduct at Radiant Life Academy are based on the belief that God, through His Word, has provided standards for His children to follow. Once these standards are understood, God expects them to become a part of our being and that we obey them (Jeremiah 31:33; Matthew 5:17-18). God’s Word also teaches that while there is forgiveness for sin, there are also consequences (2 Samuel 12:10, 13) at enrollment, each student pledges to accept responsibility for his/her conduct toward fellow students, teachers, parents and most importantly, toward themselves. This acceptance is accomplished by signing the Student Agreement of Conduct. A Disciplinary Action Report will be written on each disciplinary action. The parent will receive a copy of this report. Violations of the discipline regulations of the school will bring consequences as well as forgiveness. Unless there are extraordinary extenuating circumstances, the following consequences will match the violations.
RESPONSE TO DISCIPLINE
When students are disciplined, they should never confront the teacher in front of other students. If the student feels a misunderstanding exists, they should obey the teacher without protest and take the following steps to satisfy the matter:
1.Go to the teacher after class and ask for a time to discuss the matter privately. 2.Discuss the problem with parents and ask the parent to contact the teacher for discussion and clarification. 3.Any Direct confrontation or disrespect will be sent to the principal’s office.
METHODS OF DISCIPLINE
Pre-School Discipline Policy
The staff at Radiant Life will make every effort to avoid potential conflicts in the classroom with positive reinforcement, redirection, and parent conferencing. Children shall not be subjected to discipline which is severe, humiliating, or frightening. Discipline will not be associated with food, rest, or toileting. Spanking or any other form of physical punishment is prohibited.
Pre-School Biting Policy
If a child bites more than three times in one year, the child will be automatically dismissed.
School Age Discipline
Detentions are given for excessive tardies and minor in-class infractions. Detentions are served on assigned days, weekly. Parents will be notified by a Detention Notice. The notices are to be signed and returned to the school office before the detention is served. Students receiving excessive detentions may receive a suspension. Detention list will be compiled noting times students are given detention. A missed detention will result in disciplinary action.
Students with continual classroom behavioral infractions or intentional disobedience will be given an Office Referral slip by the teacher, necessitating a conference with the Principal. Appropriate disciplinary action will be exacted.
Probations will be given for major offenses and accumulation of excessive detentions. No public performances representing Radiant Life Academy, athletic events, etc., will be permitted for a specified length of time depending on the offense. For athletics, the student is retained on the team, but not allowed to participate. Students failing a course will be placed on academic probation.
The Administration may suspend students for a period of one to ten school days for the following unacceptable behavior:
1.Cheating or Lying 2.Fighting 3.Skipping classes or leaving campus without permission 4.Willful disobedience or open defiance of authority 5.Use of spoken and/or written profane or obscene language and/or gestures. 6.Repeated occurrences of misconduct. 7.An attitude not in harmony with the goals or spirit of the school. 8.A continued negative attitude and bad influence upon the other students. 9.Insufficient academic progress 10.Committing a serious breach of conduct inside or outside of the school which has an adverse effect upon the testimony of the school. 11.Failure of the parents to comply with the disciplinary procedures of the school. 12.Other serious breaking of accepted patterns of behavior.
The following information relative to suspension should be noted:
1.Any student being suspended will be notified in person prior to the suspension of the reasons of the suspension. When it is possible, parents will be given a verbal notification. The student and the parent will receive in writing the reasons for the suspension. 2.The student will be required to make up any homework missed during the suspension. The student may make up quizzes and tests that are missed with a 10% penalty. 3.There are two types of suspensions, on-campus and off-campus. When serving an on-campus suspension, the student is required to accomplish a principal-directed assignment. The off-campus suspension requires that the student be kept at home with the parent accepting the full responsibility of the student during the time of the suspension. The student serving the off-campus suspension is not allowed to be on campus or attend any day or evening school function during the suspension period including all sports activities.
Expulsion may be the result of:
1.Repeated misconduct or excessive absences. 2.Failure to respond positively to repeated efforts at correction by the school staff. 3.A serious breach of the school’s accepted patterns of behavior, including the use, trafficking or possession of drugs, alcohol or tobacco on or off campus. 4.An action that seriously harms the name of Christ and/or the school’s reputation in the community, especially of an immoral nature. 5.A habitual attitude or conduct not in harmony with the goals and spirit of the school. 6.A wrong parental attitude toward the school or the staff of the school.
The purpose of the action taken Radiant Life Academy is thought of as disciplinary rather than punitive action. We want the students to grow and learn to live a life that is Biblically moral and acceptable. Our past experience has shown that when incidents in the aforementioned occur, no one, including the administration, teachers, students, or parents comes out the winner. It is the desire of the administration that parents control their children and cooperate fully with us in these matters so that these difficult situations can be avoided.
1.The information relative to expulsions should be noted. The decision to expel a student is made by the Administration after thorough consideration of the infractions and problems leading to the expulsion. The decision is FINAL. 2.The student and their parent shall be notified verbally and in writing as to the reasons of the expulsion.
Disrespect, Disorderly Behavior, Insubordination (Ephesians 6:1, 5-6)
Students are expected to respect the authority of teachers, staff and administrators. Faculty members use professional judgment to make decisions influenced by many variables, which will not always please all students. However, in all instances, students are required to be respectful and recognize the authority of the teacher, staff member and administrator. Students may not engage in conduct that interferes with the learning/teaching or disrupts the orderly environment of the school.
Skipping Class/School (I Peter 2:13-14)
Students must go to all classes and may not leave class or miss/leave school or class, or an assigned activity or area without proper approval and/or following the established procedures for checking out of class/school. If a student is on campus, he/she must be in class. Students may not come to school to work on other projects which result in being out of their regular class.
Academic Dishonesty (Exodus 20:15, 17; Proverbs 10:9)
Cheating – giving or receiving, plagiarism, or misrepresentation of work – the school cannot accept any form of cheating on written or oral work, projects or tests.
Academic dishonesty consists of copying another person’s work and turning it is as one’s own work. Students may not share with other students any assignment such as homework, essays, research papers, or test questions.
Forgery (Proverbs 10:9)
Students are never to falsely sign another person’s signature, write a note, or ask another person to forge a name or a note.
Stealing (Exodus 20:15)
Students must respect the property of others and may not take property of another person or knowingly be in possession of stolen property or knowingly sell or distribute stolen property. Practical joke in this area may be regarded as stealing.
Lying (Proverbs 12:22; Proverbs 16:13)
Failure to tell the truth either by omission or commission destroys the trust relationship that exists between the faculty and student. Truthfulness is a moral value to be highly prized and is a major factor in establishing one’s character and reputation. A student may not intentionally provide false or misleading information to, or withhold valid information from a school staff member.
Defacing, Destroying or Misusing Property (2 Chronicles 7:16)
Students must respect Radiant Life Academy’s campus and the property of others. Any student who destroys or defaces property will be held financially responsible for the damages.
Inappropriate Behavior (I Peter 2:13-14)
Threatening – The declaration of intent by word or act to do violence to another person/property or forcing another person to do something or preventing another person from doing something by coercion, bullying or making him/her afraid.
Extortion – The use of threat or intimidation to obtain anything of value from another person including, but not limited to money.
Racial Harassment – consists of all forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI – race, color, and national origin, including any verbal, nonverbal, graphic, written, or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward any person based upon race, when such conduct interferes with a student’s academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment.
General Harassment – consists of using unwelcoming gestures, words, or written statements to annoy, demean, denigrate, defame, malign or ridicule another person.
Fighting/Horse Playing (James 4:1-3; Romans 12:17)
The actual or intentional striking or laying hands on another against his/her will or mutual participation. Horseplay is engaging in rowdy, rough behavior that interferes with the safe or purposeful order of a school.
Self-Defense – Students have the right to protect themselves from uninvited harm. A valid claim of self-defense requires the danger of bodily harm to have been imminent, that the student was unable to escape the conflict, that the student did not say or do anything for the purpose of provoking another student, and that student used reasonable force and restraint in protecting him/herself.
Chewing Gum (I Peter 2:13-14)
Chewing Gum is prohibited. It is a detriment to maintaining school facilities.
Profane, Obscene, or Abusive Language/Materials (Proverbs 4:24; Ephesians 5:4)
The use of either oral or written language, gestures, objects, or pictures which are socially unacceptable, vulgar, or threatening are not permitted at all.
Food and Drinks (I Peter 2:13-14)
Students are not to bring food and drinks into class and certain areas of the building for the purpose of consumption. Students may not share or trade food with other students. Class parties arranged with the teacher in advance are an exception.
Display of Affection (Proverbs 6:27)
The practice of embracing, kissing or other inappropriate displays in school is considered in poor taste and disruptive behavior for the educational environment.
Possession or use of Tobacco (I Corinthians 3:16)
Possessing, using, selling, storing, or distributing tobacco products is prohibited anywhere on Radiant Life Academy campus, at all school function and by Radiant Life Academy students off campus.
Possession or use of Alcohol/Drugs/Drug Paraphernalia (I Corinthians 3:16)
Alcohol/drug violation includes storing, possessing, selling purchasing, distributing, using or being under the influence of any drug or alcohol as well as any substance which requires a physician’s prescription, or any over the counter medication without parent permission and school notification.
Weapons (I Peter 2:13-14)
Weapons are not appropriate and not allowed on campus. This includes any firearms (real or realistic models), any sharp, cutting instruments or any club like instrument. Possessing, storing, distributing, selling or purchasing any instrument or object that may inflict harm on another person or be used to intimidate another person is prohibited. This also includes “look-a-like” weapons.
Miscellaneous (I Peter 2:13-14)
Miscellaneous violations include such items as possession or use of explosives, illegal organizations, unauthorized assemblies, false reports, inciting others, bomb threats, false fire alarms, illegal tape recordings, or an accrual of offenses.
Search and Seizure
Students have the responsibility not to carry or conceal any such material that is prohibited by law, by the school or would distract from the educational process. Students have the responsibility for the contents stored in their vehicles, backpacks, gym bags, purses, on their persons or other personal storage place. School personnel has the authority to conduct a warrantless search of a student’s person, backpack, gym bag, vehicle, purse, or other storage places if the school personnel has reasonable suspicion that illegal, prohibited, stolen, or harmful items or substances may be concealed on the student or hidden therein.
EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL PROCEDURES
Storm Days: Radiant Life Academy will follow the Orange County Public School’s decision about suspending school on storm days.
Fire Drills/Tornado Alerts: Regular fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis. Students are to move quickly from the building in a straight line without talking, running, crowding, or touching each other. Upon reaching the proper distance from the building (designed by the administration), the students should turn and face the building and listen to roll call. Fire drill routes are posted in each classroom. Tornado precautions are taken when tornado warnings are issued by the weather service.
Realizing the numerous emergency situations (fire, inclement weather, bomb threats, weapons on campus, etc.) that could impact the students, faculty and facilities of Radiant Life Academy, semi-annual training sessions will be conducted by the Senior Pastor and the Principal. These training sessions will cover all forms of emergency situations and procedures. Training will also include an understanding of the Disaster Management and Recovery plan of Radiant Life Assembly. This plan is found in the Leadership and Management Section of the Church’s Policies and Procedures Manual.
For minor medical needs, students and faculty can obtain assistance from the front office. Regulations limit first aid provided at the school to soap, water, ice and a bandage.
For more serious medical conditions, the school office will contact the student’s parent and ask them to come and pick up their child.
Students are not allowed to have on person any medicine, cough drops or aspirin.
This school desires to maintain a healthful environment by instituting controls designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. The term “communicable diseases” shall mean an illness which arises as a result of a specific infectious agent which may be transmitted either directly or indirectly by a susceptible host, infected person or animal to other persons.
A teacher or administration official who reasonably suspects that a student or employee has a communicable disease shall immediately notify the administration. Although this list is not exhaustive, the reportable diseases include the following: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids), Aids Related Complex (Arc), Amebiasis, Animal bites of Humans by a potentially rabid animal, Anthrax, Botulism, Brucellosis, Campylobacteriosis, Chancroid, Dengue, Ditheria, Encephalitis, Gieariasis (Acute), Gonorrhea, Granuloma INguinale, Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy), hemorrhagic Fevers, Hepatitis, Histoplasmosis, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Hiv), Legionnaire’s Disease, Leptospirosis, Lymphogranuloma Venereum, Malaria, Measles (rubeola, Meningitis, Meningococcal Disease, Mumps, Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning, Pertussis Pesticide Poisoning, Plague, Poliomyelitis, Psittacosis, Rabies, Relapsing fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, R. Rickettsia, Rubella including congenital, Salmonellas, Shigellosis, Smallpox, Syphilis, Tetanus, Toxoplasmosis acute, Trichinosis, Tuberculosis, Tularemia, Typhoid Fever, Typhus, Vibrio Cholera, Vibrio Infections, Yellow Fever.
Any student or employee with a communicable disease for which immunization is required by law or is available, shall be temporarily excluded from school while ill and during recognized periods of communicability. Students and employees with a communicable disease for which immunizations are not available shall be excluded from school while ill. If the nature of the disease and circumstances warrant, our school may require an independent physician’s examination of the student or employee to verify the diagnosis of communicable disease. This school reserves the right to make all final decisions necessary to enforce its communicable disease policy and to take all the necessary action to control the spread of communicable disease within the school.
Illness and Injury
Please do not send your child to school if he/she has a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, severe sore throat or a bad cough. Staying at home will help your child to recover and protect the other children. Should a student become ill, have a fever or rash, the parent will be notified to pick up the child immediately.
The student will be isolated from the classroom. Students experiencing a fever must be fever free for 24 hours before he/she can return to school. Should an accident occur requiring medical attention, first aid will be administered and the parent called. In extreme situations, 911 emergencies will be called. In the event the parent cannot be reached, the child will be taken to Health Central in Ocoee.
All injuries, illnesses, and other serious incidents will be reported in writing to the parent(s) on the same day as the occurrence.
Student Accident Insurance
A proof of insurance coverage statement is required to be signed at the time of enrollment. Radiant Life Academy carries the required liability insurance but it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian for individual coverage for personal injury. If you do not have insurance, you must note that the parent/guardian is responsible for all costs.
All students will be photographed both individually and as a group throughout the school year. These photos will include the professional (Traditional school pictures) and candid snapshots taken during the year. These photos/videos may be used in our yearbook, school assemblies, and on our website as deemed appropriate by the principal. Although everyone will be photographed, parents are not obligated to purchase any school pictures
Birthday parties will not occur at school however, students may bring a birthday treat to share with classmates. Be sure you contact the child’s teacher in advance to confirm a day to bring the treat. The following are Birthday Guidelines:
1. Provide a treat for every child in the class.
2. Homemade treats are not permitted. All treats must be store bought and in a sealed container.
3. Choose treats that are not messy. Decorated brownies and cookies are the easiest.
4. Do not distribute birthday invitations at school unless everyone in your child’s class is invited.
Radiant Life Academy uses the facilities of Radiant Life Assembly of God. All church facilities are multi-use facilities. Since any given room or area may be used by three or four different groups over a twenty-four hour period, it is absolutely critical that the building, grounds, and parking areas be maintained in constant readiness at all times. Maintenance crews at Radiant Life Assembly work diligently to maintain the facilities. Student and Faculty are expected to keep their areas neat and clean at all times. This includes rooms, halls, and grounds. Classes will be interrupted to call out students to clean up areas that they have left untidy. Because the school coexists with numerous church activities, there are some jointly agreed upon regulations by which all must abide. These regulations exist for the express purpose of maintaining harmony between all of the various groups involved in the use of the facilities and will be vigorously enforced.
The school cafeteria is located in the Kidsville room of the church. This is a multi-use facility and often must be converted quickly from one use to another, either before or after school lunch. For this reason, the student body is held responsible for proper decorum in the lunch room and for keeping it clean. Improper use of food and carelessness with utensils or the facilities will be treated as forms of misbehavior.
Participation in a school sponsored extracurricular activity or sport is a privilege. A higher standard of excellence is expected from the students involved in these activities. Participating students are representing our school, our community, our state and our Lord, Jesus Christ. The standard of behavior shall be one that exhibits pride, politeness and responsibility. These standards apply 24 hours a day.
While extracurricular activities are important and strongly promoted by school administrators and teachers, they do not supersede academics and behavior in importance. Good academic performance and proper behavior are the keys, which open eligibility to extracurricular activities. Therefore to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, a student must achieve and maintain passing grades in all subjects. A “D” is a passing grade, but is a sure warning that a student is close to failure. If a student receives an “F” in any subject in any grading period, he/she is automatically excluded from any extracurricular activities for a period of two weeks. After two weeks, the student’s grades in that course will be reexamined. If the student has brought the average up to a “C” or better and all of his/her other grades have been maintained, he/she will once again be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.
Chapel is held every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. We request if at all possible that you do not pick up your child during Chapel time. This causes a great disturbance during Chapel and is rude to the speaker. If your child has a Doctor’s appointment and needs to be picked up early, please let your child’s teacher know in advance. Students must be picked up before 2:00 p.m.
Chapel serves two purposes. Its primary purpose is one of worship. It is a time to praise and thank that Lord for the goodness and the gifts He has provided to each of us. It is a time of spiritual development and uplifting as God’s laws and truths are implanted in each mind and made a part of each life. Secondarily, Chapel is a time when the student body comes together to share news, events, announcements, achievements, and plans with each other. It is a time when administration and faculty can share with all the students together those items of common interest and concern. Chapel will be a responsibility of the principal, faculty, and church staff.
Backpacks and lunchboxes should be a comfortable size for the student to carry. The characters on the bags should not represent evil of any sort. Clear backpacks are suggested. Please do not send your child to school with toys, jewelry, or money. The school is not responsible for lost or broken items.
LOST AND FOUND
The lost and found box is located in the office. Items will be kept for one week and then discarded or given away. Please label all items to avoid potential loss.
Students are required to wear uniforms on all school days unless notified otherwise. All shirts must have a Radiant Life Academy logo on them. Jackets or sweaters worn inside of the classroom must have a school logo. Jackets and sweaters worn outside of the classroom are not required to have a school logo.
Boys are to wear: Navy or khaki pants or shorts with maroon, navy blue, or light blue shirts. The shirts must have a collar. Belts are to worn if loops are present. Shoes are to be clean and comfortable. Boys may not have their hair past their collar, over their ears, or braided/tied in any manner. Hair should be neat and not distracting. Hair design, braids, Mohawk hair cuts, or colored hair are prohibited. ALL HAIR MUST A NATURAL HAIR COLOR. Boys may not wear earrings or body piercings.
Girls are to wear: Navy or khaki skirts, shorts, skorts, or pants with maroon, navy blue, pink or light blue tops. The tops must have a collar. Belts are to be worn if loops are present. Shoes are to be clean and comfortable. Shorts should be worn under the skirts. Hair should be neat, out of the face, not distracting and NATURAL hair color. Body piercings are prohibited, one set of earrings is permitted.
-Socks are to be white, navy, black or pink. Shoes are to be black, navy, gray, or white.
No tattoos or drawings (washable or permanent) on the body, no body piercings. No sandals, boots, or flip flops allowed. Anything else determined by the administration to be a hindrance to learning, or a distraction to others.
EXTRA CLOTHING FOR PRESCHOOL
An extra change of clothes should be in your child’s backpack at school daily. This should include an outfit, undergarments and socks placed in a Ziploc bag with your child’s name marked on the outside.
Education is not limited to the four walls of the classroom. Teachers may choose to take their class to on-site locations for firsthand experiences. Completion and approval of an Application for Field Trip is required for all field trips. Preschool students will not participate in off-campus field trips.
In order to participate in a field trip, a student must have on file a signed permission from his parents and must have earned the right to attend. To earn this right a student must demonstrate that he has the discipline to obey the rules and regulations that are necessary to have a safe and successful trip. Any faculty member, with the consent of the principal, may choose not to take any student who has demonstrated a lack of self-discipline and may be a potentially disruptive influence on a trip. If a student is disqualified from a field trip, there will be no refund. Parents will be provided with all information concerning a field trip, and adequate chaperones will be acquired.
Cigarettes, Alcoholic beverages, narcotics, dice, playing cards, knives, guns, explosives of any kind, radios, I-Pods, head phones, cell phones, tape players, cd players, cd’s, pictures and magazines or books not related to class work are not permitted on school property. These articles may be confiscated and must be reclaimed by parents.
Electronic Devices will be permitted only by special exception and when an agreement form has been signed by the principal, teacher, parent and student.
Modest one-piece bathing suits are required for all girls for water activities. Girls may wear a two piece with clothes over it. Students are to provide their own towel and sun-protection.