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Attendance

 

Attendance is important for the success of all students and closely monitored by the state of Utah, therefore North Star highly encourages attendance of all students.  In addition to the following policy, the school has an attendance committee that works closely with any parents, students, and families as needed.  Students and parents are encouraged to communicate and work with these individuals in setting up a successful plan when necessary.

 

PURPOSE

North Star Academy (the “School”) is committed to providing a quality education for every student.  The School firmly believes that consistent attendance teaches students responsibility.  Students learn the value of being punctual and prepared.  Frequent absences result in a loss of continuity of instruction.  Also, frequent absences and tardiness prove disruptive for students, teachers, and staff.  Excessive unexcused absences may lead to a student’s permanent dismissal from the School.

 

Parents are expected to take a proactive role in ensuring their children attend school.  We recommend families plan their vacation schedule around the existing School calendar.  When possible, medical and dental appointments should take place outside of school hours and parents should notify the School in advance of any absence.  Parents and students are responsible for obtaining homework or assignments for the time period which the student is absent.

 

The School intends for this policy to be consistent with the provisions of Utah’s compulsory attendance laws, Utah Code Ann. §§ 53A-11-101 through 53A-11-105, and shall review the policy annually.  The School will seek to accurately monitor and record attendance information, annually review attendance data, and consider revisions to the policy to encourage student attendance.  This policy will be provided to parents/guardians annually and will be available for review by parents or interested parties.

 

POLICY

Definitions

“Absence” means a student’s nonattendance at school for one school day or part of one school day.

“Habitual truant” means a student who: (1) is at least 12 years old; (2) is subject to the requirements of Section 53A-11-101.5; and (3)(a) is truant at least ten times during one school year; and (b) fails to cooperate with efforts on the part of school authorities to resolve the minor’s attendance problem as required under Section 53A-11-103.

“Truant” means absent from school without a valid excuse.

“Valid excuse” or “excused absence” means an absence resulting from:

a) an absence lasting three (3) days or less;

b) an illness lasting more than three (3) days if documented by a note from a health care provider;

c) a death of a family member or close friend;

d) a documented medical appointment;

e) an approved school activity;

f) a preapproved extended absence for a family activity or travel; or

g) an absence permitted by an individualized education program or accommodation plan, developed pursuant to relevant law.

The Principal has the discretion to consider other absences as “valid excuses.”

 

Attendance Requirements

Students are allowed a maximum of five (5) excused absences and five (5) unexcused absences per year.

Excused Absences:  An oral or written communication documenting a valid excuse must be received from the student’s parents/guardian within one (1) business day of the absence in order for the absence to be excused.  In the event of multiple consecutive absences, written communication must be received within one (1) business day of the student’s return to school.

 

In the event of an unforeseeable illness or emergency, the School should be notified as soon as reasonably possible.

 

Preapproved Extended Absence:

A parent/guardian may request approval from the principal prior to a student’s extended absence of up to ten (10) days per school year.  The principal will approve the absence if the principal determines that the extended absence will not adversely impact the student’s education.

 

Make-up Work

Make-up work is permitted for students who have excused absences.  The teacher will provide the student or the parent/guardian with any make-up work upon request.  Make-up work must be completed within a reasonable time-frame as determined by the teacher.

 

Tardiness

A student is tardy if he or she is not in the assigned classroom when the late bell rings.  In general, tardiness will be handled on an individual basis with the teacher.  If a student is chronically tardy, then the student may be referred to the administration.  A tardy of ten minutes or more, incurred at the beginning of the day, can only be excused if a parent accompanies the student into the school office. Tardies will only be excused on the day of the tardy.

 

Notification of Absences and Tardies

In the event a student is absent, parents/guardians will be notified by phone on the day of the absence.  Parents and students are responsible for tracking the total number of absences and tardies.  Parents will be notified when their student reaches the 4th absence of the year.  Parents of elementary students will be notified when their child is tardy for the 4th time during a given quarter.  Parents of Middle School students will be notified if their child is tardy for the 2nd time in a class for the given quarter.  If the maximum limit for absences or tardiness is reached, the administration will attempt to schedule a meeting with the parents to review the situation and will outline the appropriate corrective action.

 

The administration may establish additional reasonable penalties as a consequence for excessive absences.

 

Grounds for an Appeal

Students who believe that all or part of their absences and/or tardies should be considered excused may provide a written request to the administrator to review their case.

 

Notice of Compulsory Education Violation

The School may issue a “notice of compulsory education violation” to a parent/guardian of a student who is under the age of fourteen (14) if the student is truant (absent without a valid excuse) at least five (5) times during the school year.

 

This notice shall:

1.  Direct the parent/guardian to meet with School authorities to discuss the student’s attendance problem and cooperate with the principal and Board to secure regular attendance by the student;

2.  Designate the School authorities with whom the parent is required to meet;

3.  State that it is a class B misdemeanor for the student’s parent or guardian to intentionally or recklessly fail to meet with the designated school authorities to discuss the student’s attendance problems, or fail to prevent the student from being truant an additional five (5) more times during the remainder of the school year; and

4.  Be served on the parent/guardian by personal service or certified mail.

 

Truancy Intervention Program

The School’s Truancy Intervention Program is established to encourage good attendance and to facilitate the processing of chronically truant students through the juvenile court.  Those efforts will include documented earnest and persistent efforts to resolve a student’s attendance problems as follows:

•  Annual notification of the School’s attendance policies will be provided to the parents of all students at the time of registration.

•  When a student’s attendance is negatively affecting the student’s learning, the classroom teacher will notify the student and/or the student’s parent(s) of the concern.  The teacher will set up a conference with the student and/or the student’s parent(s) to identify and resolve any problems that prevent the student from attending school.  The student’s progress will be monitored.

•  If meeting with the student and parent(s) does not adequately address the problems and the student’s learning continues to suffer, then the school counselor or principal will work with the teacher and parent(s) in finding a solution to the problems that are preventing the student from attending to his/her learning.  Efforts to resolve the problems may include, but are not limited to, the following: making adjustments to the curriculum or the schedule, counseling of the student by school authorities, considering alternatives proposed by the parent, or providing the parent with a list of community resources to help the family.

•  The principal may consult with a parent/guardian to determine if mitigating circumstances such as medical or psychological problems indicate the use of intervention methods for resolving the attendance problems.

•  In the event that the preceding interventions fail, a certified letter will be sent to the parent(s) requesting a formal meeting with the administrator to resolve the attendance problems.  A copy of the letter and mailing certificates will be kept by the School.

•  The principal will notify the student and a parent/guardian of the actions the School may take should the student be truant in the future.

 

Habitual Truancy Citation

Consistent with Section 53A-11-101.7, a habitual truancy citation may be issued to a student who is a habitual truant.

Habitual truancy citations will only be issued after the School has made earnest and persistent efforts to resolve student attendance problems, which efforts may include those set forth above.

Habitual truancy citations will be served on the parent/guardian by personal service or certified mail.  The parent/guardian will have the right to appeal a truancy citation in writing to the principal within ten (10) days of being issued.

The School will refer a student to whom a habitual truancy citation has been issued to juvenile court.  A court referral will include a recommended disposition containing the following: [a] documentation of attendance and academic achievement; [b] documentation of school efforts to improve attendance; [c] copies of truancy citations, including all mailing certificates; and [d] student background as requested by the prosecuting agency.

 

Birthdays

Birthdays

 

Treats and favors for children’s birthdays are not permitted. Many parents object to their children eating sweets or other food that may interfere with family diets or health considerations. Other parents feel too much pressure to provide treats when financial limitations make it difficult to do so. Teachers will recognize these special occasions with their students in other ways that do not include food.

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

North Star Academy (NSA) is a public school chartered under the Utah State Board of Education. The North Star Board of Trustees is a non-profit board of parents that may also include community representatives established to oversee the implementation of the charter as approved by the USOE Board. The NSA Board of Trustees is responsible for the following:

 

• Sign any documents pertaining to the legal operation of the school and fulfill all other legal obligations.

• Hire and dismiss the administrator–who may not be one of its members.

• Define school curriculum and policy.

• Oversee and advise the Parent Teacher Organization.

• Consider recommendations of administration regarding changes in staffing, program, or curriculum.

• When necessary, address student and faculty appeals and disciplinary issues.

•Monitor school budget through monthly or quarterly reports.

• Determine the annual budget with the administrator.

• Oversee reporting of school performance to the state.

 

The Board may be comprised of parents, guardians, or grandparents of enrolled students as well as members of the community at large. At least 25% of the trustees will be parents at the School.

Board members will serve a staggered four (4) year term. At the end of a term, trustees may choose to extend their term upon majority approval of the Board. If a trustee resigns, is removed from office, or their term expires, the Board will select a qualified successor. Any trustee may be removed by a super-majority vote of the Board at any time if they are unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibilities on the Board.

Carpool Procedures

Our student population is based on parent transportation.  Therefore, the following carpool procedures are important for safe and efficient loading and unloading of students in grades K-9. Due to safety concerns, students are not permitted to walk from campus without parents completing the “Walking Permission Slip.” This form is available in the office and must be completed annually.

 

Late Drop-off/Early Pick-up

Parents dropping students off more than ten minutes late will need to accompany their children into the building to sign them in. Otherwise, the tardy will be recorded as unexcused. Tardies will only be excused the day of the tardy. Parents/guardians wishing to check students out of school early must come into the office and sign their student out in person. Students will only be released to parents/guardians or those designated by the legal parent/guardian.

Class Transfers

Class Transfers

Middle school courses may fill up prior to requests being exhausted. Priority is given to requests in the order they are submitted. Once the term has begun, students are encouraged to remain in their class two to three class periods before requesting a class transfer. As spots become available students may transfer up to two weeks after the start of each semester.

Closings

Closings

 

North Star Academy will close at the discretion of the principal. Our phone system will call all the NSA families within 20 minutes to give important information. When possible, it will be posted on the school’s website and KSL/Channel 5 news channels. Please make sure your child’s Aspire account is updated with your most recent contact information.

Complaints

Complaints

 

Parent Grievance Policy

The purpose of this policy is to clarify for parents a process by which concerns can be addressed.  The Board of Directors of North Star Academy (the “School”) values open communication between parents, faculty, staff, administration, and the Board.  The Board encourages active parent participation in their children’s education, and hopes that parents will feel empowered to voice their opinions, volunteer in and out of the classroom for the School, and work as a team to provide the best education for their children.  The Board also believes that individuals can generally resolve their own disputes through open, respectful communication.  If a situation arises that cannot be resolved between the parties involved, then this policy will be used.  The purpose of this policy is to ensure that parents understand how to pursue the resolution of grievances, concerns and disputes involving the School.

 

Concerns Involving School Personnel

A parent who has a complaint involving a teacher, staff member or member of the School’s administration (including the Principal) must first address the issue with the other individual involved and work reasonably and in good faith to resolve the concern.

 

A parent that is not able to resolve the dispute himself or herself may then raise the issue with the School’s Principal.  The parent may be asked to send the Principal a written complaint specifying the individual(s) involved, details of the incident(s) giving rise to the complaint, including dates and approximate times, details of an attempt to rectify the situation, and the requested solution.

 

If a parent’s complaint involves the Principal, the parent must first address the issue with the Principal and work reasonably and in good faith to resolve the problem.  The parent is not required to send the Principal a written complaint in this situation.

 

In the event the parent and the Principal are unable to resolve a complaint and the parent wishes to bring the issue to the Board’s attention, the complaint may be directed to the Board in writing.  Complaints shall specify the individual(s) involved, details of the incident(s) giving rise to the complaint, including dates and approximate times, details of attempts to resolve the problem, and the requested solution.  The Board will then consider the complaint and take whatever action it deems appropriate.

 

Concerns Involving Board Policy

If a parent has a concern regarding Board policy, the parent may communicate with any or all members of the Board in person, via telephone, or through e-mail and may address the Board during the “public comment” portion of a Board of Directors meeting. Concerns that involve administrative practices or procedures should be addressed with the Principal rather than the Board.

Curriculum

Utah State Core

Utah’s core standards are aligned to scientifically based content standards. They drive high quality instruction through statewide comprehensive expectations for all students. The standards outline essential knowledge, concepts, and skills to be mastered at each grade level or within a critical content area. The standards provide a foundation for ensuring learning within the classroom. For more information visit the Utah State Core Website at: http://www.schools.utah.gov/core

 

Core Knowledge

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a solid, specific, shared core curriculum that helps children establish strong foundations of knowledge grade by grade. It is based on research done by a team of parents, teachers, scientists, professional curriculum organizations, and experts from the Core Knowledge Advisory Board. Core Knowledge provides a blend of arts, history, science, math, language arts and other fundamental basics necessary to be considered culturally literate.

For more information visit the Core Knowledge Website at: http://www.coreknowledge.org/

 

Saxon Math

Saxon Math is a research-based math program that systematically distributes instruction, practice, and assessment throughout the academic year. Saxon Math's unique approach to math instruction ensures that students not only gain, but also retain essential math skills. In addition to the Saxon Math curriculum teachers supplement with performance task based opportunities in an effort to increase critical thinking and problem solving abilities. More information can be found at http://www.hmhco.com/shop/education-curriculum/math/saxon-math.

 

Language Arts

Core Knowledge Language Arts Program is a systemic phonics, spelling, grammar, and writing K-5 grade program that integrated science, history, and various genres or literature into the curriculum. Its rigor compliments the state core curriculum in an engaging and meaningful manner. This program is used in conjunction with Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading, which provides teachers with leveled books used for specific instruction on a student’s instructional reading level to meet their diverse needs in an engaging, meaningful, and challenging manner. More information can be found at http://www.fountasandpinnell.com/ and https://www.amplify.com/curriculum/core-knowledge-language-arts

Discipline Plan

School Wide Discipline Plan

 

Purpose

The purpose of the North Star Academy Discipline Plan is to support the mission and charter of North Star Academy in providing students, staff, and visitors with a safe, challenging, and individualized learning environment.

 

Behavior Expectations

North Star Academy has chosen to use the nationally recognized Character Counts Program which emphasizes the 6 Pillars of Character. This program will help students learn social skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution. By giving students clear behavior expectations and appropriate and effective tools they will learn to treat each other with kindness and respect. They will develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in life when they are confronted with problems and conflict. As such, students and staff are expected to behave in a manner that coincides with the 6 Pillars of Character which are as follows:

1. Trustworthiness: Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country

2. Respect: Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt

anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements

3. Responsibility: Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices

4. Fairness: Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly

5. Caring: Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need.

6. Citizenship: Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment

Classroom teachers will develop their own management system that fits the needs of their students and their teaching style. This information will be shared with parents at the beginning of the school year. Parents should be aware of these expectations and expect to become involved when a pattern of inappropriate behavior exists.

 

General School Rules

North Star uses our mascot as an acronym to remind students of acceptable behavior where all students can excel.

  • Be Safe
  • Encourage Others
  • Act Responsibly
  • Respect All
  • Strive for Excellence

Some of these general school rules that these would include are listed below:

  1. Be polite and courteous with adults and all students.
  2. Keep hands and feet to yourself at all times.
  3. Stay on the supervised school grounds during school hours except with permission from a parent, guardian, or teacher.
  4. Use proper language and polite words with others.
  5. Walk bikes and scooters on sidewalks while on school grounds.
  6. No skateboards or roller blades are allowed.
  7. No snowballs.
  8. Cell phones must remain turned off and in the students’ locker at all times.
  9.  No gum will be allowed.
  10. Clear water bottles can be brought to class if it does not cause any distractions.
  11. Bringing weapons into the school or onto the school grounds is illegal. Likewise any play/look alike weapons are not allowed and should be left at home.
  12. Students should take care of school property and use equipment as it is intended.
  13. Any form of criminal behavior that places any person in danger is prohibited.
  14. Middle school students may not bring backpacks, purses, or other similar items into the classroom. These items should remain in the students’ lockers.

Teachers will refer students to the administration for a pattern of behavior that is disruptive to the classroom environment. Additionally, serious student misconduct involving violent or criminal behavior such as, but not limited to, the following will be referred to the administrator:

  1. Weapons (Carrying, intent to cause injury, or intimidation with weapon, firearm, knife, or other object, which is capable of producing death or serious bodily harm.)
  2. Assault of any kind to another student or adult, whether or not it results in physical injury
  3. Possession, use or sale of drugs.
  4. Severely disruptive and dangerous behavior that infringes on the educational rights of others.
  5. Overt gang activity – wearing, making gestures that symbolize gang membership or engaging in any gang related activities.
  6. Improper behavior at extra-curricular events such as school sponsored evening events, before and after school enrichment activities, etc.
  7. Throwing objects in or out of school that can cause bodily injury or damage to property including snowballs.
  8. Stealing or vandalism (includes attempting to steal private or school property, causing damage to such property).
  9. Defiance of school authority (open, willful or continued disobedience; use of profanity, vulgarity, obscenities, rudeness or insults toward staff members; repeated disregard for school rules).
  10. Harassment/Discrimination (engaging in verbal abuse, i.e. name calling, threatening to harm on the basis of ethnicity, religion, culture, national origin, gender, or handicapping disability).
  11. Intentional misuse/abuse of the internet.

Consequences

When an office referral has been made and consequences are initiated, parents will be contacted. Consequences will be based on the seriousness of the behavior and may include, but not limited to:

  • Warning
  • Loss of recesses/privileges
  • School service (Picking up trash on school property, washing tables during lunch, etc.)
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

 

Student Conduct and Discipline Administrative Plan

Student Conduct and Discipline Administrative Plan

Dress Code Policy

Dress Code

 

North Star Academy has adopted a dress code policy.  All students are encouraged to follow the dress code policy as stated or disciplinary action may occur which can affect citizenship grades. Therefore, all students should read through it yearly and review it as the seasons change.  There are no specific retailers that are required.

 

The purpose of North Star Academy’s Dress Code policy is to improve the learning environment by:

  • Ensuring clothing is modest and non-offensive.
  • Reducing peer pressure and emphasis on brand name clothing.
  • Minimizing health and safety concerns.
  • Reflecting a real world professional-work dress code.
  • Developing consistency to reduce conflicts and questions of enforcement.

 

Please Note

Dress code items not specifically covered below but considered inappropriate or contrary to the purpose of the dress code policy are subject to review and interpretation by the administrator and/or Board of Trustees.

 

Tops

Students may wear any solid colored polo shirt that meets the following requirements:

  1. Is unadorned - defined as NO: writing, lace, ruffles, sequins or decorative embroidery, a small graphic or adornment (less that 1 inch square) is acceptable.
  2. Has sleeves and covers the shoulders (may be short or long sleeves).
  3. Is not too tight, sheer or otherwise revealing.
  4. Is free from tears, frays, or holes and not excessively worn.
  5. Is long enough to be tucked in when bending over.
  6. Has the collar folded down.
  7. Is free from incidental trim, except on the inside collar and on button lining. Students may wear a long or short sleeved unadorned solid white T-shirt, tank top, or turtle neck underneath the polo shirt. Students may wear an unadorned solid navy blue sweater or sweatshirt (no hoodies) over the polo shirt. No other layering on top of the polo shirt is permitted. North Star Academy’s embroidered logo is permitted on the polo shirts, sweaters, or sweatshirts.

 

Bottoms

Students may wear any solid tan, navy blue, or black pants, capris, shorts, skorts, or skirts that meet the following requirements:

  1. is not denim, nylon, sweat, leather, or vinyl material
  2. goes to the knee or longer
  3. is unadorned - defined as NO: writing, lace, ruffles, sequins, or decorative embroidery, except on back pockets
  4. has no incidental trim
  5. is not too sheer, tight, or otherwise revealing
  6. is free from tears, frays, or holes and is not excessively worn

Girls may wear inconspicuous shorts under skirts. No clothing or layering that shows is permitted. Please note: Leggings are classified as tights and not as pants.

 

Shoes

Students may wear any shoes that have a strap or some sort of a back on the shoe so that it doesn’t slip off the feet. Students may not wear:

  • Slippers
  • Shoes with wheels

 

Hair

Students may wear their hair in any way that is not so extreme in style or color so as to distract from a learning environment.

 

Accessories

Body piercing jewelry will be limited to earrings. Students may wear jewelry that is appropriate for school and is not a distraction. Any socks may be worn under long pants. If socks or tights are worn with capris, shorts, skorts, or skirts; the socks must be white, black or navy blue. Students may wear an unadorned solid brown or black belt (no sashes) to be worn in the pant belt loops. Hats may not be worn in the building. Accessories may not be distracting and must be appropriate to a learning environment.

 

Coats

Students may wear any style of coat that is not offensive and is appropriate to a learning environment. Coats may not be worn during class time.

 

Other Attire

Students may choose other attire such as backpacks, purses, etc. that is not offensive and is appropriate to a learning environment. These items are to be left in lockers and/or designated areas during school hours.

Electronic Use Policy

Electronic Use

 

Technology is a crucial tool in today’s learning when used appropriately. It is important to recognize that technology is a privilege and when not used appropriately can be taken away.  Therefore, with many factors to consider the policy must be read and reviewed yearly with a special use agreement being signed each school year.

 

Purpose

North Star Academy (the “School”) recognizes the value of computer and other electronic resources to facilitate student learning and help the School’s employees accomplish the School’s mission. The School has therefore made substantial investments to establish a network and provide various electronic resources for its students’ and employees’ use. Because of the potential harm to students and the School from misuse of these resources, the School requires the safe and responsible use of computers, computer networks e-mail, Internet, and other electronic resources. This policy is intended to ensure such safe and responsible use and to comply with Utah Administrative Rule R277-495, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, and other applicable laws.

 

Electronic Devices

The School recognizes that various forms of electronic devices are widely used by both students and employees and are important tools in today’s society. The School seeks to ensure that the use of electronic devices, both privately owned devices and devices owned by the School, does not cause harm or otherwise interfere with the learning, safety, or security of students or employees.

 

Definitions

“Electronic Devices” means electronic media, communication devices, transmitters, receivers or players, including but not limited to mobile phones with or without video or picture-taking capability, electronic music or video players, iPods, tablets, iPads, and electronic gaming devices.

  • “School day” means the hours that make up the school day according to the School’s schedule.
  • “School-sponsored activities” means field trips, curricular and extracurricular activities, and extended School-sponsored trips or activities, including School-provided transportation to and from such activities.
  • “Instructional time” means the hours during the school day designated by the School for class instruction.

 

Student Use of Electronic Devices

Electronic devices may only be possessed and used by students during the School day and during School-sponsored activities in accordance with the following standards:

  • Electronic devices may only be used in class at the teacher’s request and for educational purposes.
  • Electronic devices may not be used to view, access, download, store, or transmit pornography or other obscene or inappropriate material.
  • Electronic devices may not be used to bully, threaten, embarrass, harass, or intimidate other students, teachers, volunteers, School guests, or School employees.
  • Electronic devices may not be used during quizzes, tests, and standardized assessments except as otherwise provided herein.
  • Electronic toys are not allowed in the School.
  • Electronic devices must remain out of sight in a bag, backpack (elementary), or in a locker (middle school) and be turned off during the School day.

Exceptions

The Principal may give permission for a student to possess an electronic device for good cause, including medical reasons, if the device does not distract from the instructional or educational process and is not otherwise used inappropriately.

 

Parents may request that the Principal allow a student to possess an electronic device on active mode at all times during the School day, with the exception of during tests and standardized assessments, for good cause, including medical needs or unusual family situations.

A student may possess an electronic device on active mode at all times during the regular School day, including during assessments, if such an accommodation is specified in a written Section 504 plan, an Individualized Education Plan, or in connection with other legitimate circumstances determined by the Principal.

 

Electronic devices may be used in the event of an emergency during the limited period of the emergency in order to protect the safety of a student or School employee, visitor or volunteer. Parents may make other individualized requests for exceptions to this policy to the Principal.

 

Consequences for Violation

A student will receive one warning prior to discipline for violating this policy unless the violation involves cheating or constitutes a violation of the School’s Safe Schools Policy or Bullying and Hazing Policy or at the discretion of the Principal. On the second violation of this policy, the privately owned electronic device will be confiscated, labeled, and held in a secure location. The Principal, teachers, and other individuals designated by the Principal may confiscate privately owned electronic devices under this policy.

 

An individual other than a student who finds or confiscates a privately owned electronic device may search the device for the purpose of determining the device’s owner. Students may not search electronic devices. Electronic devices that are used inappropriately may be subject to search by the Principal if there is a reasonable suspicion that the device contains obscene or pornographic material or has been used to cheat or to threaten, embarrass, harass, or intimidate other students, teachers, volunteers, School guests, or School employees.

 

The School will make reasonable efforts to notify parents/guardians that the School has a student’s electronic device in its possession. Parents/guardians who show identification may retrieve confiscated electronic devices during School hours or by appointment. The School will retain unretrieved electronic devices until the end of the School year, at which time the devices will be disposed of in a manner that ensures that no data stored on the device may be retrieved.

 

The Principal may impose additional disciplinary consequences for a student’s violation of this policy, considering the nature of the violation and other disciplinary actions in which the student has been involved. Such disciplinary actions may include:

  • Loss of the privilege to possess or use electronic devices
  • Disciplinary letter to the student’s parent/guardian that is placed in the student’s file
  • Detention
  • In-School suspension
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Loss of the privilege of participating in School-sponsored activities or of receiving honor recognition

 

The School may contact law enforcement if School employees believe that a student has used an electronic device in connection with a violation of criminal law, and criminal penalties may arise from inappropriate use of electronic devices.

 

Notice of the Policy

The School will give parents and students written notice of this policy annually. Written notice may be satisfied by posting the policy on the School’s website, publishing the policy in a School handbook, sending the policy to the student’s home, or any other reasonable means.

 

Creative and Innovative Uses for Electronic Devices

Teachers and other School employees are encouraged to use electronic devices creatively in order to effectively communicate with students and parents/guardians and to enhance instruction. Creative uses might include notifying absent students of assignments, communicating with parents when students excel or if they are behind or absent, notifying students and parents of news articles or events that would enhance the learning experience, providing feedback to students on tests and assignments, parents notifying the School when students are absent or tardy.

 

Other Provisions

Picture taking or sound or video recording by students is prohibited in School unless authorized by a teacher or the Principal. Picture taking or sound or video recording by students is prohibited in private areas of the School such as locker rooms, counseling sessions, washrooms, and dressing areas.

 

Students bring electronic devices on School property at their own risk. The School is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged electronic devices.

 

Students are responsible for their own electronic devices and may be subject to discipline if their device is misused by another.

 

Parents, guests, and visitors to the School may use electronic devices at School and at School-sponsored activities only in accordance with rules established by the Principal. Such individuals who use the School’s electronic resources may not use such resources to access inappropriate material or information.

 

Internet Safety

It is the School’s policy to: (a) prevent user access to or transmission of inappropriate material over its computer network via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (section 254(h) of title 47, United States Code).

 

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

“Technology Protection Measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

  • Obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code.
  • Child Pornography, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
  • Harmful to minors. “Harmful to Minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:
    • Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
    • Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or
    • sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
    • Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
    • “Sexual Act” and “Sexual Contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

 

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, the School will employ technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) to block or filter Internet access to—or other forms of electronic communications containing—inappropriate information over the School’s network or by School-owned electronic devices.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of child pornography or material deemed obscene, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.

 

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes. Procedures for disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Principal or designated representatives.

 

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the School’s online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

 

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking” and other unlawful activities and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

 

Education, Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all School employees to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the School’s online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. This includes educating students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, as well as cyberbullying awareness and response. The School will also provide information regarding these matters to parents/guardians.

Student Acceptable Use of School Electronic Resources

 

The School makes various electronic resources available to students. These resources include computers and other electronic devices and related software and hardware as well as the School’s network and access to the Internet. The School’s goal in providing such electronic resources to students is to enhance the educational experience and promote the accomplishment of the School’s mission.

 

Electronic resources can provide access to a multitude of information and allow communication with people all over the world. Along with this access comes the availability of materials that may be considered inappropriate, unacceptable, of no educational value, or even illegal. The School has initiated safeguards to restrict access to inappropriate materials, and use of the Internet and other electronic resources is monitored as well.

 

In order to use the School’s electronic resources, students must be willing to abide by the rules of acceptable use. Use of the School’s electronic resources is a privilege, and students have no expectation of privacy in connection with their use of the School’s electronic resources. Students who abuse this privilege by actions such as damaging the School’s electronic resources; violating copyrights; bullying, hazing, intimidation, harassment and threats; accessing pornography or other obscene or inappropriate material; inappropriate language; gambling; unauthorized games; or other unauthorized or inappropriate use, will be subject to discipline. Violation of policies and rules regarding use of the School’s electronic resources may also result in confiscation of School-issued devices and denial of access to the School’s electronic resources. This may result in missed assignments, inability to participate in required assignments and assessments, and possible loss of credit or academic grade consequences.

The School may contact law enforcement if School employees believe that a student has used School electronic resources in connection with a violation of criminal law, and criminal penalties may arise from inappropriate use of electronic resources. This applies to use of the School’s electronic resources at any time and place, whether on or off School grounds.

 

Students are personally responsible for School electronic resources provided to them, and the students and their parents/guardians may be held responsible for loss or damage to such electronic resources. Parents play an important role in helping students understand what does and does not constitute acceptable use.

 

The Principal shall ensure that additional rules and procedures regarding students’ use of the School’s electronic resources are established and clearly communicated to students and their parents/guardians. The Principal shall ensure that students receive appropriate training regarding these rules and procedures.

Emergency Early Release

In the unlikely event, the school must initiate an emergency early release, please note the pick-up points in the following map. Teachers will escort their class outside to the designated areas and help in loading students into their carpools. Should an emergency release require an off campus evacuation please refer to the evacuation section (students are moved to the Midvalley Bible Church).

 

Please make sure to have all emergency contacts you may use recorded on Aspire. Staff will not let your student go with anyone who is not on your emergency contact list - no exceptions.

Evacuation

Evacuation

If there is a need to evacuate the building before you are able to pick your student up at the school, we have arranged to use the Midvalley Bible Church’s facility. Please follow the pick-up procedures below.

Students will only be evacuated to Midvalley Bible Church if North Star Academy’s building is considered an immediate threat.

Coordinate with other parents if you will be picking up more than your own students (if you are part of a carpool, decide beforehand if you have any special needs or concerns that should be discussed). Students should only be asked to go with someone whom they feel comfortable.

Enter parking lot from the South entrance (no left turn in).

At point A, a staff member will ask which students you are picking up and radio to the church to have those students released from their teachers. When you reach point B, your students will be brought to your car and you will need to sign each of them out. Exit the parking lot using the North entrance.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

 

Please label all clothing, lunch boxes, and backpacks. Clothing left in the Lost & Found will be donated to a charity or worthy cause at Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, and after the last day of school.

 

Homework Guidelines

Homework has three major purposes:

  1. To teach personal responsibility and time management skills
  2. To keep parents informed about what their children are studying
  3. To provide additional academic growth and development

Although regular homework is an important part of the academic program at North Star Academy, we also value student involvement in extracurricular activities as well as time spent with family. It is expected that classroom teachers will assign homework that allows students these opportunities. The following times are provided as guidelines and are not intended to be absolutes. For example, major projects may require more time than the maximum amount. Understand that all students work at a different pace and that time spent towards completion of a task may vary. Homework guidelines may not include reading requirements as set forth by teachers.

 

Parents are responsible for the following:

  1. Provide a time and place free from distraction for the student to work.
  2. Sign any worksheets or homework logs that the teacher Homework may send home.
  3. Monitor student work and provide additional support as needed.
  4. Communicate concerns and work closely with the teachers if problems occur.

 

 

GradeMinimumMaximum
Kindergarten15 Minutes30 Minutes
1st - 4th Grades20 Minutes43 Minutes
5th - 6th Grades30 Minutes60 Minutes
7th - 9th Grades30 Minutes90 Minutes

Immunizations

Immunization Requirement

 

In compliance with state law and in consideration of the safety of all students, immunizations must be kept current. A 5-day notice will be given when an update is needed. Failure to comply will result in immediate dismissal from school. An immunization waiver may be obtained from the Utah Health Department.

Lunch

Lunch

A hot lunch program is available at North Star Academy. In order to participate, students must pay in advance in the office. The cost is $2.25 per day. You can view your children’s lunch account funds on Aspire. Payments can be made on-line here: Online Lunch Payment. North Star Academy participates in the National School Lunch program, including free and reduced price lunches. Contact the office for more information. Students with a negative balance may be given a peanut butter sandwich in lieu of accounts dropping further into the negative.

Mission Statement

Mission and Vision

North Star Academy exists to ENGAGE and INSPIRE students to achieve their highest potential through a SAFE, CHALLENGING, and INDIVIDUALIZED learning environment.

 

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

A safe environment is free of bullying, teasing, and harsh criticism.

 

CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT

Materials, programs, and procedures have been shown, through research, to improve student learning.

 

INDIVIDUALIZED ENVIRONMENT

An individualized environment allows students to progress at their own ability level, and provides them with opportunities to pursue personal interests.

 

School Improvement Goal

Every Spring the Board of Trustees, administration, and Parent Teacher Organization come together for a yearly planning meeting where to form a School Improvement Goal for the following year in which all stakeholders will take part.

 

2017 - 2018 School Improvement Goal:

“The NSA community will increase students’ happiness while learning by focusing on each individual.”

Policies

Please note that this handbook does not include all policies approved by the Board of Trustees and adhered to school wide, therefore it is important to review the policies section of the school’s website: http://www.north-staracademy.com/nsa-policies.html. Any changes or new policies approved will be advertised through the school newsletter and posted to the website.

Schedules

Daily Schedule
Time Bell
8:15 AM First Bell
8:30 AM Tardy Bell
11:20 AM AM-Kindergarten Dismissal
11:14 AM Middle School Lunch
12:00 PM PM-Kindergarten Begins
11:50 PM Elementary Lunch Rotations Begin
2:52 PM Dismissal
Elementary Class Schedule (times are approximate)
Time Bell
8:30 - 8:40 AM Opening in Homeroom
8:40 - 9:45 AM Math
9:45 - 12:05 PM Language Arts
11:50 - 12:30 PM 5th & 6th lunch / recess
12:10 - 12:50 PM 1st & 2nd lunch / recess
12:30 - 1:10 PM 3rd & 4th lunch / recess
12:05 - 2:52 PM Specials
Middle School Class Schedule
A-Day B-Day Time
1st Period 5th Period 8:30 - 9:50 AM
2nd Period 6th Period 9:54 - 11:14 AM
Lunch 11:14 - 11:40 AM
3rd Period 7th Period 11:44 - 1:04 PM
4th Period 8th Period 1:08 - 2:28 PM
Adivsory 2:32 - 2:52 PM

Recess

Students are expected to participate in outdoor activities including recess with the class. Teachers use this time for collaboration/preparation. Indoor supervision is not available. Consideration will be given to students who have a medical excuse with a doctor’s or parent’s note.

 

Please dress students properly for varying weather conditions (hats may be worn outside). In addition, students may bring a nutritious snack to be eaten at recess.

School Communications

School Communication

 

Parents can expect our school newsletter every Wednesday in the form of an email.  This includes useful information of what is happening at North Star, as well as opportunities you and/or your children may be interested in.  We highly encourage taking the time to read it each week so you are well informed.

 

In addition to this email outreach, our website is continually being updated with staff contact information, updated newsletters, events, menus, schedules, calendars, policies, classroom happenings, parent support resources, and other important information that you may find useful. Therefore, we ask that you make sure your contact information is accurate and up to date on Aspire at all times.  Periodically teachers or staff may utilize this tool to send out additional reminders or other communication. All parents are asked to update Aspire contact information and health concerns annually, as well as when changes may occur.  Printed communication will be made available to those who do not have access to email or internet through our office personnel.

School Safety Plan

School Safety Plan Information

 

North Star Academy is committed to a safe, challenging and individualized learning environment. We are consistently having drills to keep our students and staff sharp on procedures in an emergency. We want to be prepared when an emergency occurs. We will communicate an emergency (or school closure) through the following means.

 

Our phone system will call all the NSA families within 20 minutes to give important information. Please make sure you keep the office informed of contact information changes.

 

When necessary, we will start a calling tree utilizing the school phone directory. If you receive a call to help, please follow through so that other families can receive the information as well.

 

We will utilize two-way radios to communicate in a close proximity to the school. We have the radios on Channel 20.

School Visits

School Visits

 

Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the school frequently and take an active role in the education of their children. Arrangements to visit a classroom may be made by contacting the teacher to set up a convenient time. All non-employee adults must check in at the school office and pick up a visitor’s badge upon entering the building. Teachers may not conduct private conferences with parents during instructional time unless a prior arrangement with the teacher has been made.

 

Students are not allowed to bring visiting children (friends or relatives) to school with them.

 

Forgot Something?

If your student forgot something at home and you are delivering it to the school please leave it with the front office. We will make sure your child receives it.

Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)

Schoolwide Enrichment Model

 

North Star Academy is philosophically founded upon the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) developed by Dr. Joseph Renzulli of the National Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Through extensive research and working with children, Dr. Renzulli found that all children benefit from hands-on, student-driven, and interest-based activities. These types of activities assist each child in developing critical thinking skills and the ability to work cooperatively while increasing the child’s positive self-concept. To help illustrate the different types and levels of enrichment activities Dr. Renzulli has incorporated the Enrichment Triad Model into the SEM (see figure below).

 

Each type is designed to build upon prior knowledge and student interest. To learn more about the School Wide Enrichment Model and the Enrichment Triad Model visit the Website at: http://www.gifted.uconn.edu/sem/

Student Data Disclosure Statement

Student Data Disclosure Statement

 

North Star Academy (the “School”) collects student data for two main purposes: to comply with state or federal law and to improve students’ educational experience.  Student data enables the School to participate in state and federal education programs and to qualify for state and federal education funds.  Student data also helps the School to better plan and personalize classroom instruction, increase student and teacher performance, and make informed decisions.

 

Student data collected by the School includes data defined as “necessary student data” and “optional student data” in Utah Code Ann. § 53A-1-1402(17)-(18).  The School collects student data primarily through registration, but it also collects additional student data during the school year.  The necessary and optional student data collected by the School is listed in the School’s Data Governance Plan, which is available on the School’s website. The School does not collect a student’s social security number or, except as required in Utah Code Ann. § 78A-6-112, criminal record.

 

The School strives to not share a student’s personally identifiable student data unless the sharing is in accordance with the Utah Student Data Protection Act, Utah Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  Except as allowed by law, the School will not share, externally, personally identifiable student data from a cumulative record without a data authorization.  Examples of where the law allows the School to share personally identifiable student data without a data authorization include sharing such data with a school official, an authorized caseworker or other representative of the Department of Human Services, or a person to whom the School has outsourced certain services or functions that School employees would typically perform.  Student data collected by the School and shared with outside parties is set forth in the School’s Metadata Dictionary, which is (or will soon be) available on the School’s website.

 

The School takes many measures to protect its student data.  Student data stored digitally by the School is stored on computers and systems that are secured, maintained, and supported by qualified IT service providers.  Confidential personally identifiable student data in print form is stored in secured, locked areas in the School.

 

A student’s rights under Utah’s Student Data Protection Act include:

Each student owns his or her personally identifiable student data and may download, export, transfer, save, or maintain their student data, including a document;

A student’s parent or guardian, or an adult student, has the right to be notified by the School if there is a release of the student’s personally identifiable student data due to a security breach;

Except where otherwise provided by law, a student is entitled to have his or her student data expunged by the School if the student is at least 23 years old and requests that the School expunge his or her student data; and

A student is entitled to receive a student data disclosure statement from the School.

 

The collection, use, and sharing of student data has both benefits and risks.  Parents and students should learn about these benefits and risks and make choices regarding student data accordingly.

 

 

Supplies and Fees

Supplies/Fees

 

Student Supplies

 

Elementary students (Grades k-6) class supply recommended lists are mailed in July. Middle School students (Grades 7 – 9) will receive their recommended supply lists during the middle school registration in early August. In addition, teachers will also give parents a list of recommended school supplies that the students will need upon request.

 

Middle School Student Fees

 

REQUIRED FEES (for fully and partially enrolled students)

 

The following student fees may be assessed to all middle school students grades seven to nine as follows and are apportioned by the number of days of school membership if a student attends less than a full school year.

 

Middle school students who withdraw from school shall be refunded all unused fees apportioned by the number of days attended with the exception of the extracurricular activities fees, which are non­ refundable.

 

Required fees are eligible for fee waivers.

 

Student Fees 2017-2018

 

Textbooks

Please talk with your student about taking good care of textbooks. All math textbooks must have a fabric or paper cover to increase longevity of its use. The students are responsible for the condition of returned books and will be assessed a replacement fee if damage beyond normal use is incurred or if books are lost.

 

Fee Waiver Information and Forms

 

Utah State Board of Education fee waiver information, forms, and applications

Volunteering

Parent Volunteers

 

All parent volunteers are required to check in at the main office and receive a volunteer badge. At the biannual parent-teacher conference, parents will be able to set personal goals relative to their participation in their children’s education. This allows each parent to select goals that are within her/his comfort and ability level. It will also allow for creativity based on individual experience, talents and abilities. We request 20 hours of volunteer time per family each year. Many of the opportunities for involvement will be communicated to parents through the school website, postings at school, and/or school newsletters as well as through our PTO Volunteer Coordinator using automated email service. Volunteer tasks may be performed at home, off hours, or on weekends. All parent volunteers are encouraged to follow the teacher dress code while volunteering on the school grounds. Parent volunteers working directly with students may be subject to a personal background check.