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Student Conduct

The student benefits most when parents and teachers work together to uphold the standards of dress, speech, and behavior voted by the School Board. In addition to a positive attitude toward the school’s rules, parents can support the staff by checking:

  1. What the child is wearing to school,
  2. That he has a nourishing lunch and/or snack,
  3. That he is not bringing items that are not allowed in school. (The principal and the teachers will not grant permission to bring in the banned items for any reason such as Show and Tell.)

The staff and the School Board of MACS wishes to create an environment where all students are happy, safe, successful, self-controlled, and responsible. All school rules and regulations are intended to realize this. If an item is taken away, it may be reclaimed only by the parent, who will be advised that it will not be returned a second time if the student brings it in again.
Your supportive attitude will help the teachers implement the standards listed below that the board and the parents have agreed are important in defining our school’s unique mission.

  1. Respect is to be shown at all times to God, teachers, and fellow students.
  2. The laws of the state and local government are to be respected.
  3. Dishonesty, theft, and cheating on examinations or on any schoolwork are not acceptable behavior.
  4. Foul or vulgar language is not tolerated.
  5. Possession of weapons, dangerous objects, or explosive devices is not permitted and will result in immediate suspension and possible expulsion. Imitation or toy weapons are not permitted.
  6. The use, possession, or distribution of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, non-prescribed drugs, narcotics, and controlled dangerous substances are prohibited and are causes for immediate suspension and possible expulsion.
  7. Hand-held electronic games, radios, iPods, mp3/CD players, cell phones, and iPhones are not permitted at school. These items will be taken from students and returned to their parents only on the first offense.
  8. Questionable reading material, playing cards, and any other items not in harmony with Seventh-day Adventist Christian standards will be taken from students.
  9. Fighting, running in the halls, shouting, and throwing objects are considered improper conduct at all times.
  10. Chewing gum is not allowed at school except on special occasions such as planned parties.
  11. Students are held accountable for any additional classroom rules as outlined by the teacher.

Violation of these regulations will result in disciplinary measures. A positive attitude and the cooperation of a student will help to determine the decisions of the teacher and principal. Discipline ranges from verbal warnings to suspension or expulsion from school. Most offenses may be dealt with by the teacher. Offenses of a more serious nature will be handled by the principal or the School Board.
Disciplinary Measures
Based on the recommendations of the Illinois Conference of Seventh- Day Adventists, the MACS discipline measures may be taken when corrective discipline is needed (in no particular order) as follows:

  1. Conference between student and teacher
  2. Conference of teacher, student and parent(s)
  3. Conference of teacher, student, parent(s), and principal
  4. Conference of teacher, student, parent(s) and advisory committee
  5. Conference of teacher, student, parent(s), principal and school board

In extreme cases a student may need to be immediately removed from campus. In these cases the Illinois Conference’s policy requires the parent’s to be notified first and given a reasonable time to pick up their child. If the parent fails to respond within the time allotted and the child becomes or is a threat to himself or others then the local authorities are to be called to resolve the issue.

The principal has the authority to enact an immediate suspension in any situation where, in his or her judgment, suspension is warranted.

Due Process
A parent may request a conference with the principal if there is no resolution of a problem where a teacher is involved. If the matter is not resolved at this level, please contact the School Board chairperson for a conference with him or her, or with the board.
Standards of dress, speech, and behavior voted by the School Board will be upheld by the staff. Parents have a role in supporting the school’s efforts. Their supportive attitude will help the teachers implement the standards that the board and the parents have agreed are important in defining the school’s unique mission.

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