School Wide School Rules
The following rules apply in learning and non-learning environments at State Street Academy:
- Follow directions the first time given
- Be in listening position when asked
- Get attention the right way
- Transition quickly and quietly
- Keep hands, feet, and mouth to yourself
- Be prepared for each class
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If you have any questions regarding your child or any school issues, please follow the following communication steps:
- Step One: Contact classroom teacher.
- Step Two: Contact the school principal.
- Teachers can accept phone calls before school, after school and during their planning time.
- Parents may also contact teachers via email and voice mail.
Drop Off and Pick Procedures
Stop and Go parents are to use the front curb area on State Street. Cars are not to park in this area and never leave your car unattended. Please utilize the total curb area by driving to the end when you approach. Parents are to remain with their cars during the pick-up time of 3:35 p.m. For safety reasons, always have students exit to the curbside.
Park and Walk parents, who wish to accompany their children into school, are to park in the east entrance lot in the designated spaces. Adults must accompany all students during drop-off and pick-up times in the east lot. All kindergarten students will be dismissed using the behind school parking lot. Please enter the Academy off State Street and exit only using Smith Street from 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:15 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. During school hours please use only the Smith Street entrance for the safety of our children going to and from the playground.
Early Dismissal Method
If the need arises for an early dismissal, parents will be contacted through a fan out system devised for each room. Parents are to report to the school office for ID verification, then we will call the students to the office for dismissal.
Student attendance is very important to academic success. It is both the parent and student’s responsibility to attend school. Absences of ten or more and tardiness of ten or more in one semester year will be referred to the CAO for further action. Please call the office at 684-6484 if your child is absent. Please leave the name, grade, teacher, and reason for absence on the school’s voicemail if calling during non-school hours. Any students missing more than three consecutive school days require a note from a physician documenting the absences.
School Vacation Policy
State Street Academy Academy encourages families to support student attendance and the importance of educational achievement by limiting appointments and vacations to times outside of the regularly scheduled school day and calendar. Vacation plans extended beyond three consecutive days during the school year require a formal application process in advance. Vacation applications are submitted to the CAO for approval no later two weeks before the scheduled absence. Applications are available from the school office. It is the parent and student responsibility to obtain missed assignments. On the first day back from vacation, all required work and missed assignments are due.
State Street Academy is a public charter school. All charter schools shall comply fully with the state Charter School Law regarding admission policies and procedures, as well as all other applicable state and federal provisions. The charter school will be nonsectarian in all respects. The school shall not discriminate against any student, employee, or other person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Admission criteria will not consider intellectual or athletic ability, aptitude, disability, race, creed, national origin, religion or ancestry. Open Enrollment for the Academy will take place in the month of March.
Distribution of Literature by Students
The CAO or his/her designee shall coordinate distribution or display of literature by students enrolled in the school. The material must be approved by the CAO, must not be in violation of applicable Board of Directors regulations, and must bear the name of the sponsoring individual(s) or school organization(s).
Search and Seizure
Desks, lockers, and storage spaces provided to students without charge are the property of the school. The CAO or designee may conduct general inspections on a periodic basis and may open desks, lockers, or storage spaces in the presence of a witness and examine the contents, including personal belongings of students, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they contain illegal drugs, contraband, weapons, or stolen property, or the student has violated or is violating state or federal law, township codes or Board of Directors’ policies and regulations provided the search is conducted primarily for enforcing order and discipline in the school and not for criminal prosecution. Reasonable efforts to locate the student shall be made prior to the search.
If the student is present, the school official shall advise him/her of the circumstances justifying the search and seizure of the objects that the official believes the search may disclose. If the student is not present, he/she shall be informed of the search. Stolen items and items that are specifically prohibited by law, Board of Directors’ regulations, township, or school regulations may be impounded. The student shall be given a receipt for any items impounded by school authorities, and parents shall be notified of items impounded.
Electronic devices such as personal tablets, laptops, or cell phones are not allowed in school. Requests to waive this restriction must be approved by the CAO.
Technology Plan/Technology Protection Measures – Internet Safety Policy
Promotions and Selling
Students and parents are not to participate in any fundraising activity without the expressed approval by the Board of Directors and CAO. Students are prohibited from selling candy, toys, or related items while at school.
Toys and Games
Unless given permission by a staff member, students are asked to refrain from bringing toys and games to school. Inappropriate items brought to school will be confiscated and returned only to the parent or guardian.
Parents have the right to inspect any and all records relating to their dependent, and all inspections shall be conducted in the presence of a school representative. Information may be released to others only with written consent. Nominal fees may be charged for duplication of records. Parents have the right to challenge the contents of student records.
Off-site learning experiences are worthwhile experiences that complement classroom learning. Unless excused by the CAO, all students are expected to participate in off-site experiences. A parent permission form will be supplied to the parent before each experience. Parents assisting with transportation are asked to complete a Driver’s Authorization Form available in the school office.
In order to maximize learning time, parents are asked to wait in the office lobby area before the dismissal time of 3:35 p.m.
Parent Involvement Policy
In accordance with the Section 1118(b)-(h) requirements of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, State Street Academy, a Title I Schoolwide school, is required to develop a school level parent involvement policy designed and implemented in consultation with parents of the students being served. View our policy: Parent Involvement Policy
View our handbook: Parent Student Handbook
If you have a question about sending a snack to school, please contact your child’s teacher. It is the responsibility of the parent to send nutritious snacks to school.
Both the physician and parent will provide parents with a medication form that needs to be completed. Medication forms are available in the school office. No medication will be administered without a medication form. All medications are stored in locked containers or in a refrigerator inaccessible to children. Parents cannot send medicines, including vitamins, cough drops or other medicines in their child’s backpack. Medicines are to be handed directly to the appropriate staff member. All medication will be administered under the direction of Bay County Academy staff. Over the counter medicines must be registered and dispensed through the school office.
Emergency Response Plan
The State Street Academy Academy has an emergency plan in place to address the various events that may occur in the building. The plan is available for inspection by parents in the main office or by clicking the link below.
- Emergency Response Plan
- Crisis Intervention and Safety Standards
Visitors and Volunteers
For safety and security reasons, all visitors are asked to report to the school office to obtain a visitors pass.
Fire and Tornado Drills
State laws mandate six fire drill and two tornado drills each year.
Change of Address and /or Student Information
Please notify the school office regarding any changes in phone, address or custody. This information needs to be current in case of an emergency.
Our students often participate in many extra-curricular activities such as awards assemblies, field trips and athletic events. Parents and the local newspaper often document these events by filming, interviewing, and writing or by taking photographs. When your child participates in such activities, he/she may be asked general directory information regarding name, address, awards, honors, and extracurricular activities. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, parents must be notified each year of their rights regarding the release of Directory Information.
Withdrawal From School
Please contact the CAO when withdrawing your child from school. All textbooks and materials that are the property of State Street Academy Public School Academy need to be returned and the necessary paperwork needs to be completed.
Playground Behavior Rules
- Rough play such as pushing, shoving, tackle football and king of the mountain is prohibited.
- Baseballs, skateboards, roller blades, and golf balls are to remain at home.
- Please clean footwear prior to entering the school building.
- Students are to follow proper and safe behavior regarding the use of playground equipment.
- Inappropriate language and behavior may result in the student losing recess privileges.
Knives in Schools
The possession of any small knives (jackknife type or otherwise) in school is strictly prohibited and will result in a minimum one-day or more suspension from school. Parents, please remind your child of this rule.
Lunchroom Procedures and Behavior
Free and reduced lunches are available to all families who are eligible. The lunch hour is one-half hour long and lunchroom supervisors supervise students. Because of inclement weather, students may have to eat in their room periodically. Students will have access to outside and inside play areas. Inappropriate lunchroom behavior may result in student forfeiting group lunch privileges.
- Students are to remain seated at their tables and use good table manners
- Food is to be eaten only in the designated area
- Students are to remain in designated area until dismissed by supervisor.
- Students are responsible for the proper disposal of container and food leftovers.
- Students are expected to talk in a conversation voice