Code of Conduct

Behavioral Probation

An achiever may be placed on behavioral probation for continual violation of school rules and standards. The achiever will be dismissed from school in the event that he is found guilty of a significant violation of school policy or rules by the judgment of the Administrator and the Discipline Committee.

 

Discipline

The goals of the disciplinary system are twofold. The first goal is to encourage the development of self-discipline and personal responsibility, and the second goal is the correction of behavioral problems and the prevention of recurrence. Judgments made by the faculty and administration will seek to do what is appropriate in a particular circumstance. Consequently, it is of primary importance that achievers and parents accept these judgments and work toward correction. Audio and/or video equipment may be used as a part of the disciplinary strategies used by The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys.

  • Discipline Plan Offenses and Consequences
  • Minor Offenses
  • Chewing gum/eating, drinking in class
  • Unprepared for class
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Leaving the lunchroom without permission

*Dress code violations – review the guidelines for dress code in the achiever handbook

**Tardy to school or class – review the guidelines for tardiness in the achiever handbook as noted below

 

Consequences for minor offenses

  1. Warning
  2. Notification of parents
  3. In School Suspension – may substitute corporal punishment
  4. Two days of In – School Suspension – may not substitute corporal punishment
  5. After the 5th disciplinary referral for the same offense, an achiever will then proceed to the consequences for major offenses as listed below.

**”Achievers who arrive late to class without a pass from another teacher or school official will be considered tardy. Tardies will be documented. Three (3) tardies are equivalent to one (1) absence and each additional tardy is equivalent to an additional absence…Thirteen tardies would be equivalent to 11 unexcused absences and would result in loss of credit for that class for that semester.” – TRAPFB Achiever Handbook.

  • Major offenses
  • Disrespect Argumentative Refusing to follow directions
  • Disrespectful or inappropriate/suggestive comments, pictures, or written material
  • Going to parking lot during school hours without permission
  • Cell phone
  • Skipping class Tobacco use
  • Fighting
  • Possession of weapon

 

Consequences for major offenses or multiple minor offenses

  1. Meeting of achiever (and notification of parents) with the Headmaster or the designated faculty member to determine the appropriate action
  2. One day of suspension – zeros on all work and loss of exam exemption
  3. Three days of suspension – zeros on all work and loss of exam exemption
  4. Referral to the board for expulsion

 

Domestic Disturbance Policy

Any and all domestic disturbances are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated at TRAPFB. Domestic disturbance includes persons as follows, but not limited to, ex-spouses, parties in a pending divorce, custody disputes, extended family disputes, etc. If such dispute occurs on the school grounds, the Headmaster may call the appropriate authorities and have the parties removed from the premises. Upon a subsequent incident, the aggressor(s) may be restrained from entering TRAPFB property indefinitely. If continued disturbances occur, the TRAPFB Board of Directors may withdraw the parties’ child(ren) from TRAPFB. The TRAPFB Board of Directors may take any action it deems proper. For the safety of your child(ren) as well as other children attending TRAPFB, it is imperative that the children are not subjected to such disputes. It is important for our children to have a safe and stable school environment. Therefore, if you anticipate that a disturbance may occur, please inform the Headmaster so safety precautions can be taken. It is TRAPFB’s policy and goal to protect our children as well as other persons that may enter upon TRAPFB property.

 

Expulsion

The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys has a commitment to its school families to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. It is school policy that if an achiever displays behaviors or attitudes which are detrimental to the progress of the school, then a suspension or expulsion may be required to remove the achiever from the school environment. The authority to suspend or expel an achiever is vested in the Administrator. An achiever will be expelled for the following (though not an all-inclusive list):

  • Use or possession of alcohol
  • Use or possession of drugs
  • Use or possession of weapon
  • Assault of a staff member
  • Repeated violation of any school rule or policy
  • Multiple suspensions.

The Board of Directors will approve all expulsions. Any achiever who is expelled will not be readmitted to school.

 

Marriage Policy

Achiever(s) of The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys who choose to marry will not be allowed to enroll or continue their education at The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys.

 

Suspension

Suspension is defined as corrective action taken by the administrator due to conduct or behavior that violates school rules and standards. Suspension may vary in duration depending upon the time needed to communicate with parents and to achieve their cooperation in finding solutions to the problem. During the period of suspension, the achiever will NOT be allowed to participate in or attend any extracurricular activities or school sponsored events. The achiever will not be allowed to make up school work and will receive zeros for daily work. The Administrator will notify the parent or guardian by telephone of the suspension at the time the action is taken and set up a conference for all parties involved. An achiever will be suspended for the following (though not an all-inclusive list):

  • Use or possession of tobacco
  • Fighting
  • Assault
  • Threat
  • Repetitive violation of any school rule or policy
  • Second violation of cell phone use policy
  • Second incident of cheating
  • Habitual tardiness/ skipping class Intentional damage or destruction of school property
  • Repetitive violation of the dress code
  • Disrespect Creating or distributing inappropriate materials including photos, videos, or written material.

 

ACHIEVER POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

Absences

Achievers are to attend all classes. Teachers will maintain an accurate record of each achiever’s attendance. Absence from class for whatever reason does not excuse achievers from full responsibilities for class work or assignments missed. Achievers will be allowed to make up daily work and/or tests only if the absence is excused. Only five (5) parent excuses per semester will be accepted for achiever absences. All other absences must have a doctor or legal documentation.

 

Absences are classified into two categories:

Unexcused Absences

  1. No Excuse on the day of return to school
  2. More than five parent excuses per semester
  3. Trips taken without prior approval by the Headmaster
  4. More than two tardies to any class
  5. Excused Absences
  6. Illness of the achiever
  7. Death in the immediate family
  8. Doctor and dentist appointments
  9. Extenuating circumstances excused by the school administrator

 

When an achiever is absent:

  • On the day the achiever returns to school, he/she should bring an excuse stating the reason for the absence and signed by a doctor to the Homeroom Teacher.
  • Only five (5) parent-signed notes will be accepted each semester.
  • The achiever will be given a class admit pass which will indicate if the absences were excused or unexcused.
  • The achiever will present the pass to each of his/her teachers for documentation.
  • Teachers will not let achievers in class without this pass.
  • It is the responsibility of the achiever to schedule all makeup work with his/her teacher(s), and this make-up work must be completed by the time specified by the teacher(s), or the achiever will not receive credit for the work.

 

Attendance

School attendance is a part of the achiever’s permanent record. Both colleges and employers are interested in attendance records. Any achiever considered to be tardy or absent for an unexcused reason will not be allowed to participate in an extracurricular activity on the day of tardiness. The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys will follow the Local Education Agency’s Attendance Guidelines regarding excessive absences which will be reported to the truancy officials.

The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys, in accordance with Alabama State Law, requires an achiever to be present not fewer than 155 days for satisfactory completion of a course of grade level work. An excess of ten unexcused class absences per semester including tardies will result in an achiever losing credit for that class for that semester. Extenuating circumstances, with documentation, may be presented to the Headmaster and Board of Directors for review and the final decision as to the loss of credit.

 

Bullying

  • Bullying and/or harassment – words, body movements, vocalizations, inappropriate touching and/or gestures, photos, videos, or written materials that make someone feel nervous or uncomfortable – will not be tolerated.
  • Decisions concerning bullying and/or harassment will be determined by the Discipline Committee and/or the appropriate authorities.

 

Campus Parking and Driving Regulations

  • Achievers who drive cars to the school campus must have a TRAPFB parking decal and are expected to drive slowly, safely, and with courtesy.
  • The campus drive is ONE WAY and is marked as such.
  • The speed limit on campus is FIVE MILES PER HOUR (5mph) at all times.
  • Achievers are expected to park in designated areas.
  • Parent/visitor parking is provided in front of the school.
  • No car may pass a car that is loading or unloading achievers.
  • Achievers will not be permitted to drive on school property without a valid driver’s license.
  • All achievers in grades 5-12 MUST report to their first period/homeroom and not return to their automobile until the final bell of the day has sounded.
  • Violations of safety, courtesy, and speed regulations could result in suspension of driving privileges.
  • Seniors and juniors will park in front of the gym.
  • Achievers are not allowed in the back-bed of trucks at any time.
  • Parents are also asked to abide by these regulations.
  • Achiever drivers and parents of achiever drivers must sign Achiever Use of Vehicle Contract.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones will not be permitted on school property during school hours.

  • 1st Offense: Meeting of achiever (and notification of parents) with Headmaster or the designated faculty member to determine the appropriate action
  • 2nd Offense: One-day suspension – zeros on all work and loss of exam exemption
  • 3rd Offense: Three days of suspension – zeros on all work
  • 4th Offense: Referral to the board for expulsion

 

Cheating

Achievers found cheating will receive a zero on work and the parent(s) will be contacted for a conference. The school reserves the right to dismiss any achiever not adhering to the honor system. Achievers found cheating will be placed on probation from the Beta Club.

  • 1st Offense: Zero on test, classwork, or homework and one day before school work duty
  • 2nd Offense: Zero in all classes, parent conference, and two days of out of school suspension
  • 3rd Offense: Zero in all classes, parent conference, three days of out of school suspension, and possible expulsion from school

 

Check Out Procedures

Absences caused by checking out are discouraged. Teachers are required to help an achiever make up excused absences only. When an achiever leaves school during the day, he/she must follow the following procedures:

  • Achievers will not be allowed to check out unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult designated by the parent.
  • Designated adults must be on achiever’s parent approved list and must provide photo identification to office personnel at the time of check out.
  • This checkout will either be excused or unexcused as defined in the attendance policy.
  • Achiever drivers may check out with written permission of their parent or legal guardian.
  • Achiever and parent or approved adult must sign out at the office.
  • A checkout slip MUST be signed by the teacher of ANY class that will be missed, including Physical Education.
  • Achievers will be called to the office to check out.
  • No one can pick up a child at school during school hours without first checking through the office.
  • TRAPFB employees are allowed to check out immediate family members ONLY.
  • Achievers checking out for work programs must submit the appropriate paperwork to the Headmaster or Counselor.

 

Classroom Rules & Behavior Management

All achievers are expected to attend school EACH day ready to learn. Consequently, the following classroom rules for appropriate behavior will be implemented:

  • Be seated and quiet when the tardy bell rings.
  • Raise your hand and be recognized before speaking.
  • No eating, drinking, or chewing gum is allowed in the classroom.
  • Respect others (teachers and other achievers).
  • Keep hands, feet and other objects to yourself.
  • Be prepared with all materials and assignments.

 

Drugs

Any achiever bringing unlawful drugs or alcohol of any description on the campus or to an off campus school sponsored event will be expelled. The police will be notified and offenders will be turned over to the proper authorities.

 

Drug Testing/ Screening

See The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys DRUG TESTING POLICY and The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys Athletic Drug Policy (copy available in the school office).

 

Electronic Devices

The unauthorized use of electronic devices is NOT allowed on campus. Use is limited to academic purposes with the permission of the teacher. These include, but are not limited to, cell phones, MP3 players, video games, and tablets.

 

Fighting

A hostile physical or verbal encounter between two or more individuals is forbidden. See The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys Behavior Policies.

 

Food and Drinks

  • All food and drinks must be consumed in the lunchroom.
  • Achievers may NOT carry food or drinks from the lunchroom.
  • There will be NO charging in the lunchroom for any reason.

 

Gum Chewing

There will be no gum chewing on campus.

 

Honor System

Each achiever is a member of the Honor System. This system exhorts the achiever to be fair with himself, his fellow achievers, and with his teachers. No form of lying, cheating, or stealing will be tolerated. Each achiever is expected to report himself or any others who have violated these standards. We ask that our achievers tell the truth at all times, conduct themselves as gentlemen, and respect law and order in every aspect of life. The school reserves the right to dismiss any achiever whose presence is considered detrimental to the achievers’ or the school’s best interest.

 

Interruption of Classes

Classes in session between 7:45 A.M. and 5:45 P.M. will not be interrupted by achievers under any circumstances. If there is an emergency, a faculty member, administrator, or the secretary will get a message to the achiever involved.

 

Visitor Procedures

All visitors, including parents and alumni, must check in with the main office and receive a visitor pass before continuing to any part of the campus including the gym, classroom, or lunchroom.

 

Language

There will be no abusive language used at TRAPFB for any reason. Use of profane, vulgar, or obscene language or gestures is inappropriate for use. Name-calling, profanity, obscenity, or derogatory comments will NOT be tolerated. See The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys Behavior Policy.

 

Possession of Inappropriate Materials

Possession of and/or distribution of pornographic or age inappropriate materials include adult magazines and photographs, “R” or “NC-17” rated videos, compact discs, CDROMs, and video games which carry a parental advisory warning as well as adult or sexually oriented websites. Possession of such materials will not be tolerated. Decisions concerning these materials will be determined by the Discipline Committee and/or the appropriate authorities.

 

Purchasing

Achievers and teachers are to clear all school purchases with the Administrator and receive a purchase order number.

 

Respect

Achievers are expected to be courteous, obedient, and to show proper respect for each member of the faculty and staff at all times. Any teacher has the authority to correct improper behavior by an achiever at any time anywhere on campus. Rude, disrespectful, verbally abusive, disruptive, or uncooperative conduct includes inappropriate class or activity behavior that is disruptive, rude, disrespectful, or uncooperative in nature or contributes to an achiever or staff conflict.

Bullying and /or harassment – words, body movements, vocalizations, inappropriate touching and/or gestures that make someone feel nervous or uncomfortable will not be tolerated. Decisions concerning bullying and/or harassment will be determined by the Discipline Committee.

 

Search and Seizure

The Staff has the right to conduct a search of an achiever and/or personal property when there is a reasonable cause to believe the law is being broken. Any illegal drugs, alcohol, electronic and communication devices, weapons, explosive devices, or stolen property will be seized and turned over to proper authorities for further action. Achiever lockers, electronic devices, book bags, and other personal effects are subject to inspection by school officials both randomly and upon reasonable suspicion of possession of inappropriate and/or illegal items. A search in the absence of the achiever may be made when a suspected item poses a clear and present danger to health and safety.

 

Sickness

An achiever should NOT come to school if he has a fever. When students become sick and develop a fever during the day, parents will be called to make arrangements for picking up the child.

 

Smoking or Chewing Tobacco

Smoking or the use or possession of smokeless tobacco on campus or while involved in any school related activity is prohibited and will result in suspension.

 

Substitute Teachers

It is most difficult for anyone to step into the middle of any instructional program at a moment’s notice. Every achiever will be expected to be cooperative and show the substitute teacher the courtesies expected.

 

Tardiness

School begins at 7:50 A.M. Any achiever not in his first period/homeroom class when the bell rings at 7:50 A.M. will be counted tardy. If an achiever is tardy, he should check in at the office and receive a pass prior to reporting to class. Tardies to first period/ homeroom will be documented by each teacher. Any achiever considered to be tardy for an unexcused reason will not be allowed to participate in an extracurricular activity on the day of tardiness. Ample time is allowed between periods for changing classes and taking care of personal needs, and students are required to be in their classes on time. Students who arrive late to class without a pass from another teacher or school official will be considered tardy.

Tardies will be documented. Three (3) tardies are equivalent to one (1) absence and each additional tardy is equivalent to an additional absence (i.e., 3 tardies = 1 absence, 4 tardies = 2 absences, 5 tardies = 3 absences, etc.). Thirteen tardies would be equivalent to 11 unexcused absences and would result in loss of credit for that class for that semester. Habitual tardiness could result in out-of-school suspension or expulsion. The Renaissance Academy Prep School for Boys will follow the Local Education Agency’s Attendance Guidelines regarding excessive absences which will be reported to the truancy official.

 

Telephone

The school telephone is a business phone and will be treated as such. Students are allowed to use the phone in case of an emergency. The telephone will be available during the break.

 

Vandalism and Property Damage

Students who destroy or vandalize school property will be required to pay for losses or damages. If students willfully destroy school property, suspension and subsequent expulsion may be necessary. If an achiever should happen to damage something accidentally, he should report it to a teacher or the office immediately.

 

Weapons

Possession, use, the threat of use, or transfer of any items that could be used with the intent of causing bodily harm will not be tolerated. Violation is a Class C felony in accordance with ACT 94-817 of the Code of Alabama. Weapons include, but are not limited to, knives, pistols, rifles, shotguns, switch blades, swords, daggers, clubs, batons, blackjacks, brass knuckles, body disabling agents (e.g. mace, pepper spray, tear gas), explosives (including fireworks), flammables, or other potentially dangerous object or “look-alikes” thereof. Such items as baseball bats, pipes, bottles, locks, sticks, pencils, and pens may be considered weapons if used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used to cause bodily harm.