There are probably no factors more important to successful school progress than regular and punctual school attendance. Students who are tardy or absent excessively from school fall behind in academic achievement. Excessive school absenteeism precedes grade failure, loss of interest, and may result in students dropping out of school. (School Board Rule 6Gx13‐5A‐1.04, Student Attendance‐Specific Responsibilities.)
A. Excused Absences
1. School Board Rule 6Gx13‐5A‐1.04, Student Attendance—Specific Responsibilities defines” Excused Absence as:
- Student illness.
- Medical appointment.
- Death family.
- Observance of a religious holiday or service when it is mandated for all members of a faith that such a holiday or service is observed.
- School‐sponsored event or activity previously approved.
- Educational or enrichment activity that is not a school sponsored event, as determined and approved by the principal or the principal’s designee.
- Other individual student absences beyond the control of the parent or student, as determined and approved by the principal of the principal’s designee.
2. As stated in the School Board Rule 6Gx13‐5A‐1.04, on the day the student returns to school, parents must send a note explaining the reason for their child’s absence. A maximum of 10 handwritten notes will be accepted per school year. Once the limit for handwritten notes has been exceeded, a meeting will be scheduled with the parents to discuss the absences. Any further absences must be accompanied by a doctor’s note.
Unexcused Absences – These absences are absences that are not accompanied by a note or are absences that do not meet the criteria for an excused absence under Florida Statute. Please note that any absence that cannot be defined as an excused absence, as listed above, will be unexcused. After 7 unexcused absences in a school year, or after 5 unexcused absences in a month, a meeting with the parents and the attendance committee team will take place in order to develop an attendance intervention plan. Should unexcused absences continue past this meeting, procedures will be followed for Truancy in accordance state statute and the requirements of the district.
Tardiness – Tardiness is defined as any student arriving in his/her classroom after the beginning of a session. Thus, any student who arrives to his/her classroom after the morning bell is to report to the office to obtain a tardy pass. After five (3) tardies, a student will receive a detention.
II. UNPAID FEES
Any fees accrued by a student, including but not limited to unpaid lunch balances, lost or damaged books and/or materials, athletic department fees, and before and/or after school fees must be paid in full prior to the end of the school year. Failure to pay fees may prevent the student for participating in some activities. Please note that multiple notices and contacts will be made to communicate unpaid balances and set up payment options prior to the exclusion of any activities.
III. HOME LEARNING POLICY
We believe that learning is not confined to the classroom and the school day. Regular, purposeful homework as an essential component of our instructional program. The following are guidelines for the frequency and amount of homework your child will be assigned. This time does not reflect the additional 30 minutes that are to be devoted to reading each day. Note that these times are recommendations only, and will vary based on the classroom instruction taking place at any given time.
Grade Level Frequency of Assignments Total Daily Average (All Subjects)
- K‐1 Daily (5 days per week) 30 minutes
- 2‐3 Daily (5 days per week) 45 minutes
- 4‐5 Daily (5 days per week) 60 minutes
- 6‐8 Daily (5 days per week) 75 minutes
Homework must be completed on a daily basis. After three (3) incomplete homework assignments, a student will receive a detention and parent contact made.
IV. MANDATORY TUTORING
Any student who scores in the lowest 25th percentile and/or receives a level 1 or 2 on state assessments, including but not limited to the Stanford Achievement Test, 10th edition (SAT‐10), FSA, and FCAT Science during the previous school year must participate in the school’s intervention tutoring program.
For safety reasons, only students in grades 2 to 6 are permitted to walk or ride a bike to and/or from school unsupervised. Younger students must be accompanied by a parent or older, responsible sibling. Students who fail to follow bicycle rules will not be permitted to ride their bikes to school.
Students are required to wear the proper uniform. If a student is found out of compliance with the uniform policy, the student will be given a dress code violation that must be returned the following day with the parent’s signature. After the second dress code violation, he/she will be sent to the office and the parent/guardian will be notified. The student will not be able to return to class until the proper attire is brought to school. Please note for every 3 times a student is found out of compliance with the uniform policy, he/she will receive a detention.
VII. VOLUNTEER HOURS
Parents/Guardians are required to volunteer their time both at school and at home. The required amount of hours are 20 volunteer hours per family. Please note that if hours are not completed prior to the end of the school year, this may result in non‐registration for the following school year. Suggestions for completing the volunteer hours include, but are not limited to: attending field trips, being a room parent, organizing special events, managing the school book fair, assisting a teacher, participating in school activities, decorating bulletin boards, etc. Parents will also earn volunteer hours for attending student-led parent-teacher conferences.
Please note that there are several actions described in this document that will result in a student receiving a detention. Be advised that once a student receives three (3) detentions for any reason, a parent conference must be held in order to develop a plan to curtail behavior resulting in detentions.
X. CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
As a public charter school of Polk County, Navigator Academy of Leadership follows the county’s Student Code of Conduct. Please become familiar with this document. It is available on the school’s website or a hard copy may be requested in the main office.
Parents and students must be aware of the “Zero Tolerance Policy” in the Code of Conduct. Any infraction within the Zero Tolerance Policy could result in the parent/guardian being called to pick‐up the student, immediate outdoor suspension and further action may take place depending on the severity of the issue.
XII. CODE OF COLLEGIALITY
The mission of Navigator Academy of Leadership K-8 is to enable students to be independent learners and leaders by developing each child’s intellectual curiosity and thirst for discovery through a cross-curricular integration of Science, Math, Art, Reading and Technology. By nurturing their minds to be SMART critical thinkers and problem solvers, our students will be well-rounded CEOs of their own learning.
Our expectation is for students to stand TAAL - Think, Act, Accountability, and Learn. In alignment with the 7 Habits, expecting students to stand TAAL will require them to:
|TAAL||WHAT DOES IT MEAN||7 HABITS|
|Think||Think before you act. The choices you make today may determine your tomorrow.||Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win|
|Act||Take Action! Live passionately, not passively.||Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand and Then Be Understood, Synergize, Sharpen the Saw|
|Accountable||You are responsible for your own actions.||Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand and Then Be Understood, Synergize, Sharpen the Saw|
|Learn||Every action we take is an opportunity to learn and grow. A mistake is only a mistake if you repeat them. Reflect on your actions and their outcomes.||All 7 Habits|
Through steadfast focus on leadership and citizenship, we are committed to empowering students to find their inner CEO in order to reach their highest potential. In order to foster leadership and citizenship, students will be expected students to be a respectful and responsible so they may grow as good citizens, leaders and learners in a safe and nurturing environment. Each parent will take an active role in supporting our school, our students, and our teachers. If our students are expected to become responsible citizens and leaders, we must all commit to working together to lead by example and model the expected behaviors.