|Des Moines Adventist School|
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As a Christian school serving Grades K-8, our purpose is to provide a broad educational opportunity in a spiritual environment, consistent with our Adventist Christian perspective. We believe that besides a sound academic preparation for life, there should be a nurturing of the whole student, by harmoniously developing the mental, physical, social and spiritual aspects of life.
We are pledged to provide a Christ-centered, Bible-directed curriculum. We accept the Bible as God’s inspired word and it is our objective to give it a prominent role in the educational experience while maintaining a high level of academic achievement.
The Des Moines Adventist 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 where students can learn.
Each teacher will strive to create a climate for learning which is loving yet firm, accepting yet challenging. Every
The Des Moines Adventist School is accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, which is a member of the National Council for Private Schools.
Only students who desire a Christian education and who are willing to live in harmony with the standards of Des Moines Adventist School will be admitted and retained. By registering at Des Moines Adventist School, the student(s), parent(s), and/or guardian(s) agree to abide by the judgment of the school board as it applies to dress and conduct. Registration implies an obligation to timely meet the financial responsibilities that accrue from tuition, fees, and other applicable charges approved by the School Board. (See section on Acceptance)
The Des Moines Adventist School takes photographs and other likenesses of students’ participation in educational and extracurricular activities. Des Moines Adventist School reserves the right to use photographs or other likenesses of students in its displays, publications, and promotional materials, unless otherwise stated in writing by the parent.
The Des Moines Adventist School owns the copyright to all works created in the course of their studies at the school, including the exclusive right to publish, reproduce, distribute, or display by others.
The Des Moines Adventist School was founded on and maintains a focus for meeting the needs of the young people of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. However, it is open to all who are in harmony with the philosophy and objectives of Adventist Christian education. This handbook contains some of the philosophies of Adventist education.
The Des Moines Adventist School does not have the necessary equipment or the staff to provide special education, and is therefore unable to accept pupils who have mental, physical, or scholastic handicaps which require special attention. We are only able to accommodate students who can communicate in English. Upon admission, academic placement tests will be administered, and previous school records will be reviewed by the teacher and the school board to decide if Des Moines Adventist School is the best place for the entering student to gain the most out of their academic career.
The Des Moines Adventist 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 the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its policies, financial policies, extra-curricular, or other school administered programs.
Kindergarten students must be 5 (five) years of age on or before September 15 of the current year. The Des Moines Adventist School recommends that a child be about seven years of age before beginning first grade. Children must be at least 6 (six) years of age on or before September 15 of the current year before entering first grade and will be evaluated by the teacher.
The following students must have a physical examination before being admitted to school:
Physical examination forms will be sent out before registration and are also available in the school office. A physical examination taken within the past six months is acceptable.
Immunizations are required of all students in the State of Iowa. Current immunizations cards for each student must be 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. In this case, an exempt card for the student must be on file in the school office. An exemption for religious reasons is valid only when notarized. All immunization cards must be filled out completely. Immunization records for all students are audited by the State of Iowa every year to assure compliance with the law.
The Iowa Department of Public Health states that Elementary/Secondary School requirements for children 4 years of age and older include: All kindergarten students are required to have the following immunizations:
All new or transferring students will have 30 days after beginning school to return their completed immunization card. Failure to have a current immunization card on file in the school office will be reported to the School Board by the school principal. This could result in the suspension of the student until immunization records are complete and on file in the school office.
Effective July 1, 2008 all children entering elementary and high school are to have a dental screening. The requirement applies to students newly enrolling in elementary school including Kindergarten and out-of-state transfer students. No child without proof of dental screening will be prevented from attending school. Families who have difficulty meeting this requirement can obtain assistance through the Iowa Department of Public Health I-Smile coordinator.
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Any student requiring medication will be required to have written directions accompanying the medicine, designating the amount, the time, and manner in which the medicine is to be given. All medications will be given to the student’s teacher and administered by the teacher according to the written directions of the parent and/or guardian. Chronic or recurring illness may present an exception to be dealt with on an individual basis.
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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 parent or guardian, on file in the school office.
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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. Insurance coverage on the school premises begins fifteen minutes before classes begin and ends fifteen minutes after classes are dismissed.
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Thursday
Students should arrive and leave within 30 minutes of the scheduled school hours unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. Students remaining more than 30 minutes following dismissal may be charged a $10 fee that they will pay directly to the supervising teacher, especially if there has been no phone call to the school, no pre-arrangements, and it is not the first time to happen. An additional $1 may be added every ten minutes after the initial 30 minutes.
In case of absence, written or verbal notification by the parent or guardian is required to excuse the child’s absence. A student with excessive absences will be promoted to the next grade only by approval of the local School Board after careful review of the attendance record, academic progress, and accomplishments of the student. The 2012-2013 Iowa-Missouri Conference school calendar consists of 175 student-teacher contact days. 175 days are required. This calendar allows for (3) snow days
Off-campus educational activities are sometimes coordinated with the school program. Notices regarding each field trip are sent home informing parents and guardians in advance of these planned activities. Written permission for field trips is required.
All school and classroom rules are in-force during any off-campus experience. In addition, rules and regulations specific to the event or activity may be introduced. In some instances, a small fee may be necessary to defray trip expenses.
When severe weather conditions are threatening, parents should tune in to WHO radio (1040 AM) or WHO-TV (Channel 13). Any unscheduled school delays or closings will be announced there. As a general rule, when Des Moines Public School closes, our school will be closed. The parent or guardian is expected to evaluate any safety issues and act accordingly.
As a Christian educational institution, Des Moines Adventist 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 Christlike 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 with the words, “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 take the responsibility of keeping all of our 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 Des Moines Adventist School. Christian Education is a vital part of the philosophy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Iowa-Missouri Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Des Moines Seventh-day Adventist Church fund nearly half of the total educational costs. In spite of this, many families still struggle with the tuition fees. This often requires a large measure of faith for many family budgets, but with careful planning it is possible for most families to meet the expense. Parents often see this as an investment in the “Bank of Heaven” – more important than any earthly possession. 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 due at the time of registration and should accompany the application for admission. Registration fee for the 2014-2015 school year is $205 for grades K-8.
Grades K-8 $260
Tuition is discounted by $30 per month per student for multiple students (up to 3) from the same family.
The Des Moines Adventist School is using the SmartTuition program for the billing and collecting of tuition. All families are required to set-up an account with SmartTuition. Application forms and any questions are handled by the school board treasurer.
There is a $5.00 discount per student when payment is made by the 10th of the month. This discount can only be taken if the student’s account is current and the student is not receiving financial assistance.
A discount of 5% is available when a full year’s tuition is paid by September 1.
Late fees are assessed by SmartTuition and will appear on your billing.
It is the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility to pay their child’s tuition each month. Delinquent notices will be sent by SmartTuition to the family and the school board treasurer. If the financial obligation is 30 days in arrears and payments have not been initiated by the parent/guardian, the student(s) may be temporarily suspended until the account is current. Once the account is up-to-date the student(s) will be allowed to resume class attendance.
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Registration for a new school year is contingent upon the previous year’s account being paid-in-full.
Limited financial assistance is available for families who are members of the Des Moines Seventh-day Adventist Church showing financial need. Applications for financial assistance may be obtained from the school office. Financial assistance is available for tuition only and does not include registration fee. All applications should be submitted with a copy of the prior year’s signed and dated IRS Form 1040 tax return to the school treasurer or principal.
All families requiring financial assistance will be expected to be responsible for a portion of each student’s monthly tuition, decided upon annually by the school board. These minimum tuition payments can be made by the parent, guardian, friend, grandparent, etc. It is, however, the responsibility of the parent/guardian to find this source of income to keep the account current.
Students benefiting from the Worthy Student Plan must maintain a “C” average and exhibit appropriate behavior at school or they may be subject to loss of financial aid based upon the decision of the school board upon review of the situation.
Students enrolling after school has begun will be responsible for the prorated registration fee and for a prorated portion of the total tuition, based on the number of school days missed. The registration fee must accompany the application for admission and be received by the principal before the student attends class.
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, based on the actual number of school days the student was enrolled. Registration fees are non-refundable.
The curriculum shall include (but is not limited to) art, Bible, computer, keyboarding, health and physical education, language arts (English, handwriting, reading, spelling, phonics), mathematics, music, science, social studies (history, geography, government, civics).
The classroom teacher is the sole authority in the classroom and chooses the types of reward and encouragement for appropriate student behavior as well as discipline for inappropriate student behavior. The next level of discipline for inappropriate behavior is the school principal. The principal has the authority to suspend students who choose not to follow the policies outlined in this handbook.
The school board will expel any student who continually refuses to follow handbook policies and rules. The possibility of reinstatement at a later time is subject to review by the school board. The student is welcome to appear before the board at the time expulsion is being considered.
Accelerated placement of a student begins with a letter of application by the teacher and the principal. This letter must include the written consent of the parents. The application must then be approved by the Iowa-Missouri Conference Office of Education.
Retention of a student at a given level involves counseling with the student and the parents so that a decision regarding placement is reached cooperatively. Also, the decision must have written approval of the Iowa-Missouri Conference Office of Education.
Hot lunches are available on certain designated days for a designated fee. Microwaves are available to warm lunches. Refrigerators are available for keeping lunches if needed. Unclean meats as defined by Leviticus 11, such as pork, as well as caffeinated beverages, are not allowed in student lunches on school grounds or on field trips, in order to promote the healthy Adventist lifestyle.
The school board is elected by the members of the Des Moines Seventh-day Adventist Church. The board is advised by the Superintendent of Education of the Iowa-Missouri Conference in planning and operating the school program.
The school board usually meets monthly. These meetings are normally open meetings, and parents, church members, or other friends of the school are welcome to attend. Occasionally, when sensitive items or items regarding personnel are discussed, the attendance may be restricted to board members only.
A person who desires that the school board discuss a certain topic should contact the school board chairperson or principal (Karma Roberts, 515-285-7729) to have the item put on the agenda for the next meeting.
What we wear on the outside should be a symbol of what is on the inside. Appearance not only reveals how a person feels, but also affects how a person feels. It not only shows what we are interested in and what matters to us, but it also molds our mood and thus impacts the educational process. The student and the teacher are expected to dress to glorify the Creator, not through showy display, but through modesty, cleanliness, simplicity, and neatness. Education research also supports that dress is correlated with student behavior and discipline.
Each student and teacher should wear clothing that is in good taste, appropriate for the occasion. The Principal will ultimately resolve questions regarding specific articles of clothing. The following rules regarding dress code will be enforced:
In minor cases, if a student is found in non-compliance with the dress code, the student will be asked not to wear the item again. In major or repeated cases, the parent will be called to bring, or have someone bring appropriate clothing to the school for the student to change into. If this is not possible, the student will remain in isolation for the remainder of the day to complete schoolwork.
“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 help make the students’ year as enjoyable as possible.
Students are expected to:
toward any student. This may include, but is not limited to, holding hands, kissing, and hugging.
School authorities have the right to search a student’s locker, desk, or work area if there is reasonable suspicion of forbidden items, or other items that threaten the safety or educational environment of persons in the school. Unauthorized materials will be confiscated.
The school or church telephone is not to be used by students during school hours except under special circumstances and with teacher permission.
Students will not be called from class to the telephone, except in an emergency, or when called by their parents.
No person that is not a parent, church or school affiliate will be allowed inside of the school building or on school grounds during school hours, unless all of the following are true:
Parents should notify the teacher before they visit the classroom.
It is the policy of the Des Moines Adventist 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 through conduct or communication of sexual, racial and religious nature shall be a violation of this policy. The staff of the Des Moines Adventist 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 Des Moines Adventist School board recognizes that sexual, racial and religious harassment are subject to the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists policies and applicable state and federal laws.
The Des Moines Adventist School board will act to investigate all complaints, either 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.
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated
Racial, religious, or sexual harassment consists of physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual’s race or
Harassment includes, but is not limited to the following: subjecting students or staff to derogatory remarks, insults, slurs, jokes, or tricks based on race, ethnicity, gender, or appearance.
Any student who believes he or she has experienced any sexual, racial or religious harassment or harassment of any kind by a student or an employee of the Des Moines Adventist School or any unpaid instructor or volunteer, or any third person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute harassment should report the alleged acts immediately to the principal, a teacher, school board member or pastor.
A verbal report in the presence of two (2) authority figures will be required of a student reporting harassment.
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 Iowa-Missouri Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 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.
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 school policies, problems, or complaints with the teacher rather than with other parents, teachers, or members of the community.
To ensure the safety of the children at the Des Moines Adventist School, the doors will be locked during school hours. To gain entry, please ring the bell. Exit can be made with out unlocking.
The Des Moines Adventist School will not tolerate the possession or use of weapons on or off school property during school or at school related activities. This includes all vehicles used for school related transportation.
Students who violate this policy may be subject to expulsion and/or other disciplinary action. The weapon will be confiscated immediately and when appropriate, violation of this policy will be reported to law enforcement agencies for investigation.
Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted to prevent or restrict the use of simulated “weapons” that have been approved by school staff as props in school –sponsored dramatic or theatrical productions or events supervised by teachers or approved adults.
Any object which could be used to injure or threaten the well being of another person may be considered a weapon. An object which has a school-related purpose but which is used to threaten or inflict injury will be considered a weapon. Weapons include, but are not limited to knives of all types, firearms, metal pipes, chains, nunchucks, throwing stars, metal knuckles, blackjacks, fireworks or other explosives.
POSSESSION OF FIREARMS AT SCHOOL OR SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITY- PENALTY
Any student who is determined to have possession of a firearm at school will be expelled from school for a period of not less than one year. The School Board shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student, on a case by case basis. For purposes of this portion of the policy, the term “firearm” includes any weapon which is designed to fire a projectile or consists of an explosive compound or chemical.
In addition to other disciplinary action, students are subject to expulsion for violation of this policy. Disciplinary action may include:
1. Suspension with recommendation for expulsion for display of any other weapon in a threatening manner or use of a weapon to inflict harm or injury to another person.
2. Suspension for five to ten days for display of a weapon (other than a firearm).
3. Suspension for three to five days for possession of a weapon (other than a firearm).
To ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff, the school administrators reserve the right to conduct searches whenever necessary in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws.
Information Technology Resources
The Des Moines Adventist School is pleased to offer students access to the school‘s information technology resources, including the computer and Internet, for educational purposes. To gain access to these resources, the legal parent/guardian and student must sign and return this form to the school. The Internet is a powerful resource for expanding the educational experience of each student. Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with internet users throughout the world. Unfortunately, it is true that some materials accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive. We believe, however, that the benefits to students in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed any disadvantages and, therefore, choose to make the Internet available to our students. But because parents and guardians are ultimately responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources, we respect each family‘s right to decide whether or not to apply for access. The school‘s information technology resources are for educational purposes only. Since they are provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others, access is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parental permission is required. Access is a privilege—not a right. Access entails responsibility. School staff may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are using the system responsibly.
Students will adhere to Christian principles and will:
Respect and safeguard the privacy of themselves and others.
o Use only assigned accounts.
o Not view, use, or copy passwords, data, or networks to which they are not authorized.
o Not share private information about others or themselves.
Respect and safeguard the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
o Observe all posted security practices.
o Report security risks or violations to a teacher.
o Not destroy or damage data, networks, or other resources that do not belong to them,
without clear permission of the owner.
o Conserve, protect, and share these resources with other students and internet users.
Respect and safeguard the intellectual property of others.
o Not infringe copyrights.
o Not plagiarize.
Respect and practice the principles of community.
o Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful.
o Report threatening or discomforting materials to the teacher.
o Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create materials that violate Christian principles or that are illegal (such as messages that are threatening, rude, discriminatory, harassing, stolen, illegal copies of copyrighted works, etc.).
o Not use the resources to further other acts that are criminal or violate the school‘s principles.
o Not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings.
o Not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business, unless approved as a school project.
Violations of these rules may result in a loss of a student‘s privileges to use the school‘s information technology resources, as well as other disciplinary or legal action. School administrators and other authorized individuals monitor the use of information technology resources to help confirm that uses are secure and in conformity with this policy. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found on the school‘s information technology resources in order to further safeguard the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person, or to protect property. They may also use this information in disciplinary actions, and will furnish evidence
of crime to law enforcement.
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