Table of Contents
Philosophy and Mission 6
Entrance Policy 7
Non-discrimination Policy 7
Entrance Age 8
How to Apply 8
Additional Requirements 8
Physical Examinations 9
Student Accident Insurance 10
School Hours 11
Attendance Policy 11
Absence Policy 12
Field Trips 12
Unscheduled School Closings 12
Special Education 12
Registration Fee 13
Tuition Rates and Discounts 13
Method of Payment 13
Late Fee 14
Delinquent Accounts 14
Unpaid Prior Balances 14
Transfer of Records 14
Financial Assistance 14
Late Enrollment 14
Withdrawal from School 15
General Information 15
Grievance Procedure 15
School Board 17
Student Appearance 17
Student Meals 18
Student Responsibility 18
Harassment and Bullying 20
Note to Parents 23
Umpire Christian School Personnel
Whitney Gallimore (Principal / Teacher) (864) 706-8926
SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR
Jonathan Baylon (Chairperson) (870) 584-2442
xxxxxxxxxxx(Vice-chairperson) (xxx) xxxxxxxx
Joy Baylon (870) 642-8597
Ron Patterson (479) 216-0439
HOME AND SCHOOL LEADER
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SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
Stephen Burton (318) 631-6240
Jonathan Baylon (870) 584-2442
Joy Baylon (870) 642-8597
Nicanor Cortes (870) 279-2972
Gordon Pendergrass (870) 583-2831
Ex-officio Members: Superintendent of Schools, School Principal, School Treasurer, Pastor, Home and School Leader.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes God as the ultimate source of existence and truth. In the beginning God created in His image a perfect humanity, a perfection later marred by sin. Education in its broadest sense is a means of returning human beings to their original relationship with God. The distinctive characteristics of this Adventist worldview, built around creation, the fall, and redemption, are derived from the Bible and the inspired writings of Ellen G. White.
The aim of true education is to restore human beings into the image of God as revealed by the life of Jesus Christ. Only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit can this be accomplished. An education of this kind imparts far more than academic knowledge. It fosters a balanced development of the whole person—spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social—a process that spans a lifetime. Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies to prepare students to be good citizens in this world and for eternity.
The Umpire Christian School provides Christ-centered education where students can develop a closer relationship with Jesus. Biblical teaching, academic excellence, civic duty, and service are all emphasized in a safe environment.
Each teacher strives to create a learning climate that is loving—yet firm, accepting—yet challenging. Every child is special and will be given individual attention. Students will be taught personal responsibility and respect for the rights and privileges of others. This includes respect for the home, school, and government. The teachers strive to help each student develop a high degree of academic achievement as well as a personal relationship with God, preparing them for a life of service.
The Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Inc. (AAA) accredits Umpire Christian School. The North American Division Commission on Accreditation serves as the agent of AAA for all North American Division schools. AAA is accredited by the National Council of Private School Accreditation.
Umpire Christian School is recognized as an approved school by the state/province.
By registering at Umpire Christian School, the student(s), parent(s), and/or guardian(s) agree to abide by the judgment of the school board as it applies to standards of dress and conduct. Registration implies an obligation to meet on time the financial responsibilities that accrue out of tuition, fees, or other applicable charges approved by the School Board. Only students who desire a Christian education and who are willing to live in harmony with the standards of Umpire Christian School will be admitted or retained.
Umpire Christian School is pleased to welcome young people who desire a Christian education and who agree to abide by the rules and guidelines set up by the school. Students who wish to attend must complete the application form and submit it to the school for review by the Admissions Committee. Students may be allowed to enter on probationary status pending the application review by the Admissions Committee.
Acceptance and grade classification is subject to receipt of an official transcript of credits and proper recommendations for all new students
Umpire Christian School does not have the necessary equipment or staff to provide extraordinary special education services. Therefore, the school is unable to accept pupils who require such services.
Umpire Christian School does not admit individuals who engage in sexual misconduct, which includes non-marital sexual conduct, homosexual conduct, or the encouragement or advocacy of any form of sexual behavior that would undermine the Christian identity or faith mission of Umpire Christian School and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Umpire Christian School admits students of any race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, financial policies, extra-curricular, or other school administered programs.
We will be offering only grades 1-8 at this time.
In order to enter first grade, students must be 6 (six) years of age on or before September 1 and must successfully pass readiness testing before entrance to first grade is granted. Umpire Christian School strongly recommends that a child be about seven years of age before beginning first grade.
How to Apply
Parents who wish to enroll their children in Umpire Christian School may come to the school and complete the application and registration forms. After the application/registration forms have been completed, they will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review.
Parents who wish to transfer their children from another school to Umpire Christian School after the school term has started must complete the regular registration forms. A student may be allowed to attend classes on probationary status pending a decision by the Admissions Committee. However, there
is no assurance of the student’s acceptance until notification is received from the Admissions Committee. All new students will be tested to determine final grade placement.
All new students and any returning students who have withdrawn from Umpire Christian School during the current or previous school year are required to provide the following prior to admittance:
The Arkansas-Louisiana Conference requires physical examination before being admitted to the school:
Physical examination forms will be sent to the homes of returning students before registration and are also available in the school office. A physical examination given with the past six months is acceptable.
Arkansas State law requires that all students must present a certified immunization record indicating the date and type of immunization received. Registration is not complete until this information is on file. Current immunization cards for each student must be on file in the school office. All immunization cards must be filled out completely and returned to the school office by October 15. Immunization records are audited annually to assure compliance with the statute.
Exemptions to this state law may be obtained by calling 501-661-2169 and requesting a Exempt Form or write to:
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 West Markham #48
Little Rock, AR 72205
All new or transferring students will have 30 days after beginning school to return the completed immunization card. Failure to have a current immunization card on file will require that the student be suspended until immunization records are complete and on file in the school office.
Students may be exempt from this immunization requirement if their lives or health would be endangered or if their parents follow a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations. If this is the case, an exempt card for the student must be on file in the school office.
Whenever a student needs medication, these guidelines are to be followed:
The medication must be in its original container.
Prescription medication must be accompanied with written instructions from the doctor indicating the method, amount, and time the medicine is to be administered.
All medication should be given to the teacher upon arrival at school. The student’s teacher will administer the medication according to the written direction provided with the medication.
No over-the-counter medications will be administered unless they have been provided by the student’s parent/guardian with proper written authorization as to the amount and time for administering the medication.
In case of serious emergency, such as injury, accident, or sickness, the school will attempt to contact the student’s parent or guardian. If this individual cannot be reached, and in the judgment of the teacher or principal immediate medical attention is needed, the teacher or principal will summon or take the student to receive medical aid. All students must have a Consent to Treatment form, signed by the parent or guardian, on file in the school office.
School Accident Insurance
The School provides limited accident insurance for each student. The insurance covers accidents resulting while students are participating in regular school activities or while in transit to or from school-sponsored activities. Specific information regarding school accident insurance will be provided to each parent/guardian.
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: No School
Students should arrive and leave within 15 minutes of the scheduled school hours unless other arrangements are made with the principal. Students remaining more than 15 minutes following dismissal will be charged a $10.00 per ½ (half) hour babysitting fee that will be added to the school bill.
Students are subject to the compulsory attendance laws of the State of Arkansas. This means that attendance is required by all students. Parents are legally accountable to see that the child meets attendance requirements. The only excusable reasons for a student's absence are the student's illness; medical and dental services; death in the immediate family or Mission trips. Mission trips must be approved in advance by the school board and are not to exceed more than ten (10) school days. All classwork must be kept current. When a student is absent for any reason, the State requires a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian which states the date of the absence and the reason for the absence. A phone call does not negate the need for a written note.
A note from a doctor may be required in some cases. These must be submitted to the teacher when the child returns to school. Students with excused absences will be permitted to make up any work that was missed on the basis of two school days to make up assignments for each day of excused absence.
Parents are expected to ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time. All students are encouraged to schedule non-emergencies (dental appointments, doctor appointments, etc.) outside of school hours.
When a student is absent, parents are required to contact the school office by 8:00 AM on the day of the absence. If you know your child will be missing from school for medical or personal reasons, please notify the teacher in advance so academic assignments may be arranged. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher and make arrangements to pick up assignments immediately after dismissal.
The school calendar is provided in the registration packet.
School is in session 180 days during the school year.
When a student has been absent (unexcused) from school for a total of five (5) days, the parent will be sent a letter explaining the absence policy in detail. Parents are requested to indicate by contacting the school that they understand the policy.
When a student as been absent (unexcused) from school a total of seven (7) days, the parents will be sent a registered letter requesting a parent/student/principal conference. The principal will verbally explain the serious consequences of excessive absences.
When the student has been absent (unexcused) from school a total of ten (10) days, the parents will be notified by registered letter that the county juvenile judge will be notified in writing that the student has violated the state minimum attendance requirement. The parent or guardian may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Tardiness occur when the student enters the classroom after 8:00 AM
Off-campus educational activities are sometimes coordinated with the school program. Notices regarding each field trip are sent home informing parents and guardians of these planned activities. Written permission will be required for each trip. If no written permission slip is returned to the school, the student will remain at the school. In some instances, a small fee may be necessary to defray trip expenses.
Unscheduled School Closings
When severe weather conditions threaten, parents should tune in to WWG radio (1240 AM) or WWG-TV (Channel 4) for school closure announcements. Any unscheduled school delays or closings will be broadcast on these two networks.
Umpire Christian School is not equipped to offer special education and is therefore unable to accept pupils who have serious scholastic or behavioral problems, or who are mentally challenged. If a special scholastic or emotional need is identified, testing will be required. A conference will be set up with parent, teacher, and/or administration to determine how to best meet the child's needs.
As a Christian educational institution, Umpire Christian School has as its primary goal the uplifting of Jesus Christ. This involves both desire and responsibility on the part of the school in handling its finances in a positive Christ like manner as well as promoting Christian values. It is the commitment of the school to operate financially as Scripture admonishes in Romans 13:7-8, “Give everyone what you owe him: if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another...” As a Christian institution, we feel the responsibility of keeping all bills current and as such, depend upon the timely payment of tuition and other appropriate fees by parents who have chosen to enroll their children at Umpire Christian School.
To keep the cost as low as possible and to furnish the funds necessary for the school to meet its operating expenses, the following financial policies have been adopted:
The registration fee is $275.00 per student. It is due at the time of registration.
Tuition Rates and Discounts
Annual tuition for the first child in a family is $2950.00.
Annual tuition for the second child in a family is $2730.00. (7.5% disc.)
Annual tuition for the third or more child in a family is $2655.00. (10% disc.)
Tuition is prorated as of entrance date.
Registration fee and August tuition must be paid in full prior to any class attendance.
Method of Payment
Umpire Christian School operates on a ten-month payment schedule, August – May. Tuition is due by the 1st of each month. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Umpire Christian School.
Payments can be mailed to: Umpire Christian School
498 Kirby Rd.
Umpire, AR 71971
A late fee of $15.00 will be billed to each family’s account if payment is not received by the 7th of the month. If the tuition has not been paid by the 14th of the month, the parent will be notified and their child will lose the privilege of attending school from the 21st of the current month. The account must be paid in full or satisfactory arrangements made with the treasurer.
There is a $15.00 for insufficient fund checks.
It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to pay the child’s tuition by the 10th of each month. If an account is 5 days past due a written reminder will be sent. If the account remains unpaid after the 30th of each month a second written notice will be sent. If the financial obligation is 30 days in arrears and payment or financial arrangements have not been initiated by the parent/guardian, the child(ren) will be temporarily suspended until the account is current or satisfactory arrangements have been made with the School Finance Committee.
Unpaid Prior Balances
Registration for a new school year is contingent on the previous year’s account being paid in full.
Transfer of Records
Student records will be transferred to another school only when all financial responsibilities have been met.
Limited financial assistance is available for families of the Umpire Christian School showing financial need. Applications for financial assistance may be obtained from the church office. All financial assistance applications should be submitted to the church office
Students enrolling after school has begun will be responsible for the late registration fee and for a prorated portion of the total tuition, based on the number of school days missed. The late registration fee must accompany the application for admission and be received by the principal before the student attends class.
Withdrawal from School
Students are considered enrolled in school and will continue to be responsible for all tuition payments until they have officially withdrawn at the school office. Any refund of tuition payments will be prorated. Registration fees are non-refundable.
One complete transcript of grades will be issued free for any student.
No transcript or report card will be issued to any student until the account has been paid in full.
If a misunderstanding and/or problem arise, the parent and/or guardian should follow the following steps:
Step 1 - Discuss the problem with the teacher (or the teacher with the parent). If this procedure fails to resolve the problem;
Step 2 - Contact the principal, withholding judgment until complete investigation is made. See Matthew 18: 15-17. If this still fails to solve the problem;
Step 3 - Contact the school board chairperson, who will call a special meeting with the principal, the teacher and the parent/guardian to seek resolution.
Any constituent of the school, parent or student may address the School Board by obtaining prior permission from the school board chairperson and placing the concern on the agenda. However, if it is a complaint against a teacher or the principal, the above procedures must be followed first.
Curriculum taught in Seventh-day Adventist Schools is based on the Word of God, is rooted in the belief that God created us with minds that can grasp spiritual and intellectual truths, and aims first to lead the student to accept Christ as his/her personal Lord and Savior. The curriculum stresses educating students for a life of worship, growth, and service, places a high estimate on the worth of the individual student, and dictates that Christian values be developed in every subject area at all grade levels.
Teachers will offer a cohesive curriculum enabling students to see connections between the many fields of learning by integrating faith throughout the curriculum, building connections within a subject area and to other related areas including co-curricular activities, and cooperating with other teachers in integrating curriculum between subject areas and grade levels.
Typical course of study includes Art, Bible, Computers, Integrated Language Arts (English, Handwriting, Reading, and Spelling), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Health, and Social Studies.
Umpire Christian School promotes Christian values and character building. Students who do wish to maintain these standards are accepted or retained in the school. Both printed and stated regulations hold
equal values. The school board has designated that the principal is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of school regulations:
Respect the spiritual ideas of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
Show respect to and cooperate with all school personnel and volunteers.
Show respect for and protect school property and the rights of others.
Abstain from those activities that destroy the development of the physical, mental, or spiritual life.
Obey any regulations adopted and announced during the school year.
In any group, it is always necessary to have rules to provide for the rights, health, safety, and general welfare of all. The classroom teacher is the sole authority in the classroom and develops/enforces classroom rules and regulations. The next level of discipline is the principal. The principal has the right to temporarily suspend students who refuse to cooperate with the classroom teacher or do not follow the policies outlined in the handbook.
The Discipline Committee will consider situations where students continually refuse to follow the standards and policies of the school and/or classroom. This committee makes a recommendation to the School Board concerning whether the student should be expelled. The School Board will expel students who continually refuse to follow the policies and rules. The student is invited to appear before the School Discipline Committee or School Board when expulsion is being considered. The possibility of reinstatement at a later time is subject to review by the School Board.
The members of the Umpire Seventh-day Adventist Church elect the School Board. The Superintendent of Education of the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference advises the Board in planning and operating the school program.
The School Board usually meets on the second Thursday of each month. These meetings are normally open meetings and parents, church members, or other friends of the school are welcome to attend. Occasionally, when sensitive or personnel items are discussed, the attendance at the meeting is restricted to the School Board members.
An individual who desires to address the School Board on a certain topic should contact the School Board chair with that request.
Appearance not only tells a lot about a person, but it affects how we feel about ourselves. It not only shows what we are interested in and what matters to us, but appearance helps mold our mood and thus impacts the educational process.
Each student should have a neat, clean, modest, and simple appearance that is in good taste and appropriate for the occasion. The principal will handle any questions regarding specific articles of clothing. To help in making decision, use the following guidelines as clothing is chosen:
Shirts must have a collar.
Shirts must be plain and one solid color (very small logos are acceptable).
Shirts must be long enough so that the midriff remains covered when the student bends over or raises the hands above the head.
Sheer or very tight clothing not allowed at school functions.
“Nice looking" and in good repair-without holes.
No gym shorts or cut-offs.
Shorts need to be hemmed and reach to just above the knee when in the sitting position.
Shorts need to be fitted at the waist (No low-rise hip-huggers)
Seventh-day Adventist have, by education and example, taught the importance of healthful living. The benefits of a vegetarian diet are taught in our hospitals and schools (refer to Daniel 1:11-22 for educational advantage). Students are encouraged not to bring meat in their lunches, but if so, clean meats only (refer to Leviticus 11). Caffeinated drinks are not to be brought to school or be consumed at any school function. We trust that each family will cooperate with us in this program.
“In perfecting a Christian character, it is essential to persevere in right doing. I would impress upon our youth the importance of perseverance and energy in the work of character-building...They should ever keep the fact before their eyes that they have been bought with a price, and should glorify God in their bodies and spirit, which are His.” Messages to Young People, p. 45
These school policies are listed for reference when questions arise. They are intended to make the students’ year as enjoyable as possible.
Students are expected to:
NOTE: Any student whose conduct is unsatisfactory, or whose spirit is manifestly out of harmony with the standards and principles of the school, or whose influence is found to be detrimental or who displays passive/aggressive behavior (passive disrespect that shows aggression) may be suspended at anytime although there may have been no specific violation of the above regulations.
The sheriff may be called (followed by a call to the parent) for any illegal activity or an activity that threatens the safety of the teacher or pupil.
The school telephone is not to be used by students during school hours except under special circumstances and with the teacher’s permission. Pagers or cell phones are not allowed to be turned on during school hours.
If a student brings a cell phone or any other electronic device to school, he/she is to turn it in to the office or the teacher before school begins. If the teacher sees that a student has not turned in an electronic device, the item will be confiscated and held until the student’s parent comes to retrieve it.
Students will not be called from their classes to the telephone except in an emergency or when called by their parents. Classes should not be interrupted except for an emergency.
Parents are always welcome at the school and are encouraged to visit the classroom. It is requested that all visits be made by appointment with the teacher. For the security of the students, all visitors to the school are asked to announce their presence by first reporting to the school office before proceeding to the classroom. Students wishing to bring a friend to school should inquire with his/her teacher and must make these arrangements at least a day in advance. Visitors must be dressed in accordance with and recognize other standards of Umpire Christian School.
Harassment and Bullying
It is the policy of the Umpire Christian School to strive for a learning environment for students that is free from sexual, racial, and religious harassment. This policy will be enforced before, during, and after school hours on all school property, including school functions and events held at other locations. Any action toward or by a student of this school to harass or bully through conduct or communication of a sexual, racial, and religious nature shall be a violation of this policy. The staff of the Umpire Christian School will be guaranteed the same environment free of sexual, racial, or religious harassment as due the student body.
In carrying out this policy, the Umpire Christian School Board recognizes that bullying, sexual, racial, and religious harassment are subject to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist policies and applicable state and federal statutes.
The Umpire Christian School Board will act to investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written of sexual, racial, or religious harassment and take appropriate action against any person who is found to have violated this policy.
Any student who believes he or she has experienced any bullying, sexual, racial, or religious harassment by a student or an employee of the Umpire Christian School or any unpaid instructor or volunteer, or any third person with knowledge or belief or conduct that may constitute harassment and or bullying should report the alleged acts immediately to the principal, a teacher, school board member, or pastor.
a. Referring to another student as “gay,” or synonyms thereof
b. Derogatory comments implying ability or lack thereof being related to gender, race or religion
c. Derogatory notes, comments, epithets or “jokes” toward another gender, race or religion
d. Comments about male or female body parts in a crude context
e. Visually leering
f. Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons
g. Physically touching another in a sexually suggestive way or in a private area
h. Obscene gestures or hand signals
I. Threatening to cause harm to another or to the property of another
These other areas of behavior are considered harassment when the conduct:
A verbal report in the presence of two authority figures will be required of a student reporting harassment.
Harassing or bullying behavior observed by school staff will be reported and dealt with as follows:
Step 1 – Offenders will be counseled and parents contacted.
Step 2 – Student suspended one day and principal conference with parents.
Step 3 – The parent and student will meet with the School Board.
Step 4 – The parent and student will meet with the Educational Board of the Conference.
When reporting an incident, it is helpful to provide as much information as possible, including the following:
Students may receive guidance, advice, support and/or advocacy from school staff, including administrators, counselors, teachers, or other staff.
The privacy and data privacy rights of all persons involved will be respected in accordance with the appropriate statutes. Upon completion of the investigation, a representative of the Education Board of the Conference will meet with the complainant and discuss the outcome. The outcome will include disciplinary action when discipline is appropriate. Students who engage in any activity of a sexual nature are subject to expulsion.
There will be no retaliation against any person who reports harassment or participates in an investigation. The willful filing of a false report will be considered a violation of the Student Responsibility Policy.
Note to Parents
The success of the school depends largely upon the full cooperation between parents and teacher. It sometimes happens that students make complaints to their parents concerning school matters, especially when measures for discipline are involved. In such cases, parents are urged to withhold judgment until the teacher is contacted and an investigation of the matter is made. Following this plan can prevent unhappy consequences.
Parents should discuss policies, problems, or complaints with the teacher rather than with other parents or members of the community.
A parent who has a question regarding something at school should contact the teacher or school principal. If the issue is still not resolved it should be taking to the School Board Chairperson.
Handbook Revised by School Board Action on June, 2018