Dunlap Adventist Christian School

Student Handbook
105 Apache Ln.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Phone: 949-2920
Mission Statement

         To provide our students a quality education in a Christian setting.

Philosophy of Adventist Christian Education
            Dunlap Adventist Christian School is pledged to provide a Christ-centered curriculum which will promote the fullest development of the students’ Spiritual, Physical, Mental and Social faculties. In short, our aim is to restore in each child the image of God through a studied cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
            “In a knowledge of God, all true knowledge and real development have their source. Wherever we turn, in the physical, the mental, or the spiritual realm; in whatever we behold, apart from the blight of sin, this knowledge is revealed. Whatever line of investigation we pursue, with a sincere purpose to arrive at truth, we are brought in touch with the unseen, mighty Intelligence that is working in and through all. The mind of man is brought into communion with the mind of God, the finite with the Infinite. The effect of such communion on body and mind and soul is beyond estimate.
            “In this communion is found the highest education.”
Education, page 14
General Objectives
  1. To lead our students into a knowledge of God and a recognition of the need of accepting Jesus Christ as a personal Savior;
  2. To assist in the formation of a noble Christian character by placing great emphasis on the Spiritual values of life;
  3. To develop habits of accuracy, discrimination and sound judgment in thinking and doing;
  4. To encourage individuality in our students – the ability to think and act independently even in the face of peer pressure;
  5. To stimulate high scholarship;
  6. To assist the students in developing a desirable personality;
  7. To help the students understand and practice the principles of healthful living and to understand the relationships among spiritual, physical and mental development;
  8. To encourage and promote the development of responsibility in each student;
  9. To teach our students self-respect for the dignity of man, and a regard for every member of the human race.
Statement of Authority
      All information contained in this handbook is based on the policies and standards of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the Southern Union Conference and the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. These statements and policies have been approved by the School Board of the Dunlap Adventist School. Any exceptions, alterations or interpretations must be approved by the School Board.
      The School Board reserves the right to formulate and implement policies, rules and regulations throughout the course of the school year in order to assure the safe and appropriate operation of the school. Those policies will be equal in force with policies in this handbook.
Admission Policy
      The privilege of attending the Dunlap Adventist Christian School is open to all young people in our community. Students who comply with the character and curriculum requirements, and who demonstrate an honest desire for a Christian education, are welcomed as students.
      It is assumed that all students who apply are pledging themselves to obey the rules and standards as outlined in this handbook and as explained or modified in official school notices. New students must have school records before admission will be granted.
      The Dunlap Adventist Christian School does not discriminate against any applicants on the basis of race, religion, color or national origin.
      No admissions are final until approved by the School Board.
Application Policy
      Students applying for the first time, including Kindergarten and First Grade students, should:
1.      Be acquainted with the current handbook
2.      Complete and sign an Application Form
3.      Present the latest report card available
4.      Have a Medical Exam Report completed by a Doctor
5.      Provide Proof of Immunizations
6.      Provide Proof of Age (Birth Certificate)
Upon notification of acceptance, the Registration fee is due. In all cases, payment of the registration fee is due on Registration Day,and the first month’s tuition is due by August 1.
Entrance Age
            Kindergarten – 5 years old by August 15
            First Grade – 6 years old by August 15
Grade Placement
            The staff reserves the right to determine the grade placement for students after testing the applicant and counseling with the parents. It may take several days or weeks to gather sufficient data to know the correct level for the child to work.
School Hours
            The school day for all students will begin at 8 am. The regular dismissal time will be 3pm. 
            Students should arrive at school no more than 15 minutes before classes start, and should be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the close of school. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms as their rides arrive. 
            Much of the work that the teachers must do after school hours cannot be completed while students are here because of the supervision responsibilities when students are present. We will be careful to begin and end on time, and we ask that you be careful to deliver and pick up on time.
When a student has been absent, a written excuse stating the reason for the absence must be brought to the teacher. This excuse should be brought on the day of returning to the classroom. 
            By law, absences may be excused for:
1.      the illness of the student - if the student is ill for several days, a doctor’s note may be required
2.      a death in the immediate family
3.      doctor appointments that cannot be scheduled after school hours.
State law holds the teacher responsible for reporting excessive absences.
            Arriving late in the classroom is disruptive to the program, and causes the student to miss some of the learning opportunities that are being provided by the teacher. Please have your student in class prior to 8:00. We strongly encourage a good breakfast and no TV before coming to school.
Bad Weather Policy

       When bad weather is experienced you will be notified on your phone by Parent Alert. If bad weather occurs during the day and we have to close school, we will notify you in the same way.



            Students are expected to remain at school during lunch time. Lunches should not include unclean meats such as pork products. You are encouraged to make lunches with no meat products. No drinks containing caffeine are to be brought to school. Cans and bottles of carbonated drinks are not be brought to school.  Please send very little candy or sweets in lunches. Give an apple or a piece of dried fruit instead. Hot entrees are available for lunch daily.
Dress and Grooming
            Parents and students are expected to apply the Biblical principles of modesty and decency. Research and experience agree that what a child wears to school has a direct influence on behavior and on the amount the child learns.
            Clothing and grooming which the teacher considers to be distracting from the planned educational activities will not be permitted. The style of dress and grooming (haircuts and combing style, make-up …) should not copy the styles of sports, music, TV, movie or video stars. Haircuts are not to be of any extreme style. 
            Dress and/or grooming which draws undue attention to the student, or that is unnatural in appearance, is not to be worn. Colored fingernail polish, rings, necklaces and chains, earrings (even if the ears are pierced) bracelets and any other jewelry items are not to be worn to school or any activities or events sponsored by the school. 
            Students are required to have athletic shoes at the school for PE. No sandals or open-toed shoes are permitted at any time. Students will be going outside even on cold days. Please dress your child appropriately.
            If our children are to develop into good citizens, they must be taught to respect authority, and to exhibit common courtesies toward the staff and other students alike. Those who refuse to obey the rules are subject to disciplinary actions. The purpose of discipline is to correct the unacceptable behavior and to train the child for self-controlled social interaction, both in the classroom and into adult life. 
            Students are to abide by the following policies and guidelines:
  1. For the safety of all students, fighting, rough play, jumping on others, pushing, tackling, running in the classrooms or halls will not be tolerated.
  2. Items which may prove distracting to the planned educational program, such as toys, matches, gambling devices are not to be brought to school.
  3. Swearing and slang are not permitted.
  4. The use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, on or off the school grounds, will be sufficient reason for immediate dismissal.
  5. Practices that are rude, crude or vulgar when compared to the pattern of conduct left us as an example by Jesus, will not be permitted.
  6. Movies, videos and TV programs will not be discussed, unless the teacher is leading the discussion.
  7. Students who damage or deface the building or equipment are liable for the cost of repair and/or replacement. Willful damage to the school or equipment may result in the suspension of the student until Board action can be taken.
  8. Students shall not possess firearms, weapons, knives or dangerous instruments of any kind on school grounds or in the buildings, nor at any school related or school sponsored activities. Any instrument used for the purpose of inflicting harm or injury, or any explosive or incendiary device is a weapon. The appropriate law enforcement officials will be notified in the case of weapons violations.
  9. The staff may confiscate any items which are brought to the school in violation of the school policies. Such items will be returned to the student at the discretion of the staff.
  10. Chewing gum is not permitted at school.
Telephone Use
            The telephone is provided for school business only. Students are not to use the phone for personal calls. Personal cell phones are not to be used during school hours.
Personal Property
            Students should not bring valuables to the school unless they have been given permission by the teacher. These items should be placed in the care of the teacher. The school accepts no responsibility for the care or safety of personal property that students bring to the school.
            Every effort is made to offer a quality, well-rounded, Christian education at the lowest possible cost to the parent. The Dunlap Seventh-day Adventist Church, through its budget program, subsidizes the operation of the school each month. Over half of the total cost is paid through this budget.
            The tuition is based on a yearly charge, but is stated as a monthly amount. Tuition may be paid for the year in one payment, or may be paid monthly. Tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month from August through May. You will be required to sign a Financial Agreement at registration. 
Any student whose tuition is unpaid by the 20th of the month is subject to suspension until arrangements are made to get the account current. Final grades and official records will not be given to the student or sent to another school until the account is paid in full. The School Board reserves the right to add late charges to past due accounts. Returned check charges will be added to the bill.
Registration Fee
At the time a student is accepted, a registration fee is charged to help cover the fixed charges like testing, student insurance, etc.
Student Insurance
We carry accident insurance for each child in the school. The policy is considered a secondary coverage. This is intended to supplement the coverage provided by the parents. The students are covered during regular school hours and whenever on a school-sponsored activity.
Tuition Assistance
            We maintain a tuition assistance fund so that we are able to accept students who are unable to pay the full amount of the expenses, but who in all other respects are eligible to attend the school. Church members and community business people are encouraged to contribute to the fund on a regular basis. We need your participation in the fund, either by personal contribution, or by contacting someone who is able to contribute. All contributions are tax deductible.
            Application for tuition assistance is made through the principal.
            Parents, grandparents and others are encouraged to volunteer to help in the classrooms on a regular schedule. Research shows parental involvement in the child’s education will improve the quality of the education the child receives. Each family is encouraged to contribute at least one hour each month in volunteer work at the school. This may be during the school day, on field trips or on work bee days.
Dismissal Policy
            A student whose conduct does not meet the standards of the Dunlap Adventist Christian School and/or Tennessee State statues, or who displays a detrimental influence on others, will be dismissed. The Principal may suspend a student until the School Board is able to meet. The action of dismissal or expulsion will be by the Board.
Parent/Teacher Concern Procedure
1.                Parent is to meet with the teacher** alone or as a family to deal with the concern. Under no circumstance is the issue to be discussed with any other party.
2.                If the concern remains unresolved after Step 1, the unresolved concern is to be taken to the school principal/head teacher for the purpose of securing assistance in finding resolution. A formal written concern form must be submitted.
A meeting among the three parties (principal, parent, and teacher) is to be held with the principal chairing the meeting.
The principal is to keep minutes of the meeting, including all relevant issues and/or agreements discussed.
The minutes are to be reviewed by all parties prior to the completion of the meeting.
Should the concern involve the school principal, the school board chairman would serve as the facilitator and keep minutes.
Should the principal be involved, the Office of Education is to be notified.
3.                At each instance in which a concern is registered, the teacher should have the right to address the concern directly. If the concern remains unresolved, it will be referred to the School Board. At this point, a Conference Office of Education representative is to be directly involved.
4.                If these steps prove unsuccessful and the concern remains unresolved, a final appeal of the issue can be made to the School Board. In order to ensure fairness, the teacher is to be present at this meeting. A representative from the Conference Office of Education will be invited by the school board chairman to participate in the discussion of the issues. Should the parent be a member of the school board, he/she will remove himself/herself from the decision-making process relative to the issue at hand. A final resolution to the concern will be acted upon at this level. All parties are to be officially notified, in writing, of the school board’s decision.
*   or other individual with a concern about the teacher
** all meetings with the teacher(s) and/or principal must be by appointment
      Teachers are unable to give students non-prescription medication. If your child is taking prescription medicine that is scheduled for a dosage during school hours, teachers will be able to assist your child only if the Administration of Medication Form has been properly filled out and signed by the parent. The medication must be in the original bottle with the prescription.
      Students wishing to bring visitors to school must obtain permission from the teacher at least one day in advance. Permission will be granted at the discretion of the teacher.
      Parents are encouraged to visit in the school on a regular basis. Please make arrangements ahead of time so the visit can be meaningful.
Asbestos Management Plan
     Our school does not contain any known asbestos. 
Dress Code
      The School Board has adopted a dress code for our students. It will consist of:
Shirts: Solid color polo shirts.  All shirts must have a collar.  All shirts must be tucked in at school.
      May be long or short sleeved as weather permits. (No sleeveless)
Sweaters:      May be Turtle Neck or Mock Turtle Neck
Pants:  Khaki, black or Navy Blue, navy blue jeans are acceptable. No holes in pants. No baggy pants/jeans are allowed.
Shorts: Khaki, black or Navy Blue, long walking shorts as weather permits. All shorts must be hemmed.
Skirts/Dresses: Plain traditional colors that are modest.  We recommmend that girsls wearing skirts have shorts or slacks underneath for use on the playground.
School Shirts: All students are required to have a school shirt which will be worn on fieldtrips as well as other times.
Personnel & Board Members
Dale Walker, Principal                                                     Gene Brewer, Safety Officer
Tammie Peltier, K-2 Teacher                                           Arnoldo Moore
Rob Snider, Pastor                                                          Yaritza Moore
Judy Brewer, Board Chairperson                                  Jack Strickland
Bob Huse, Treasurer                                                       Charlene Hughes

Tuition Charges
Registration Fee:        $200.00 if paid by June 30
                                   $250.00 if paid by July 31
                                   $300.00 if paid after July 31
Tuition:                       $215.00 per month for the first child in the family; $195 per month for each additional child, if paid by the first of the month
                                  $235.00 per month for the first child in the family; $215 for each additional child, if paid by the tenth of the month.
                                  By the 20th of the month, if tuition is not paid, the student will not be able to return to school until all financial obligations ave been met.  There will be a $50 reinstatement fee for the child to return to school.