Parent Guide

Where do I find school policies and procedures?

The Student and Parent Handbook, updated each summer, contains school procedures and policies. In the fall, Elementary families receive a handbook at Orientation. Middle and high school students receive theirs at the Handbook Chapel the first week of school. You may access the Handbooks on our website at this link:

School Handbooks

How do I pay my tuition?

Tuition payments are due on the first of each month beginning with the first payment in July. Semi-annual payments are due July 1 and January 1. Annual payments are due on July 1. Please check your Renweb account for payment amount. Payments should be dropped off in the business office during business hours, 8 am to 3:30 pm. Payments may also be mailed to ACS, Attn Business Office, 313 Baston Road, Martinez, GA 30907.

See tuition and fee schedule here:

Tuition and Fee Schedule

School Calendar

Below you will find the link to our current school calendar as well as our 2018-19 school calendar.

Current School Calendar

2018-19 School Calendar

Health and Safety

Sickness
In the interest of every child?s well-being, parents are requested to keep their child
home when he/she is sick. If a child has symptoms such as elevated temperature, rash, vomiting, excessive nasal discharge, or diarrhea you must keep your child home. If your child develops symptoms at school, the student will be isolated and the parents will be notified to pick up the child as soon as possible. If we cannot reach anyone listed on the student?s application, we will, if necessary, obtain medical attention from a doctor of our choice.

Medication
Students are not permitted to carry medication (either over-the-counter or prescription) on their persons or store them in their desks, lockers, backpacks, or vehicles. Designated school staff must administer all medications. All drugs must be in the original pharmacy or manufacturer?s labeled container. A signed/notarized medication consent form is to be on file for those students.

Communicable Diseases
The term 'communicable disease' shall mean an illness which arises as a result of a specific infectious agent or a rash which may be transmitted whether directly or indirectly by a susceptible host, infected person, or animal. Any student or employee with a communicable disease, for which immunization is required by law or is available, shall be temporarily excluded from school while ill. If the nature of the disease and circumstances warrant, Augusta Christian Schools may require an independent physician?s examination of the student or employee to verify the diagnosis of a communicable disease. ACS reserves the right to make all final decisions necessary to enforce its communicable disease policy and to take all necessary action to control the spread of communicable diseases within the school.

Head Lice Policy
If lice or nits are suspected, all students will be checked for head lice. The students will be isolated and parents will be notified to pick up their child as soon as possible. Students need to be treated with medication and be nit free before they are allowed to return to the classroom. Parents are encouraged to always give notice to the school in the event that they find head lice or nits on their child at home. This will help prevent the spread of head lice at school.

Emergency Phone Number of Parents Required
We request that at least one emergency phone number be on file in the school office. In addition to home phone numbers, the school requires a work phone number or a number of a close friend, neighbor, or relative who could be contacted in the event of a serious problem.

Medical Release Form Required
The school must have a medical release form for each student. This form allows physicians to perform emergency treatment in the event it is impossible to reach a parent or legal guardian. Few hospitals or doctors will treat a patient under eighteen without parental consent. School officials will only use this form when a parent or guardian cannot be contacted.

Required Health Forms

School personnel work diligently to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students. Parental cooperation with school health and safety policies is necessary in order to avoid accidents and to properly care for students. Safety rules for students are posted in the classroom. These rules are discussed with students for the health and safety of all concerned. Students are required to report any unsafe or potentially hazardous conditions to the teacher, counselor, or administrator.

Required Immunizations
Every child?s immunizations must be current to attend Augusta Christian Schools as required by Georgia Law. The record of these immunizations must appear on form 3231 from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. Students entering or transferring into Georgia Schools must show proof of the following immunizations: DTP, Hepatitis B, OPV, MMR, and Varicella or history of Chicken Pox.

Physical Examination
Every child entering school in the State of Georgia must submit a Certificate of Ear, Eye, and Dental Examinations. This information must be submitted to the school on Form 3300 from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. This may be obtained from the school that the student is currently attending.

Birth Certificate
A copy of the child's birth certificate must be submitted to the school office prior to acceptance.

Where are students dropped off and picked up?

Everyone must follow the designated procedure if accidents are to be avoided. It is imperative that students be dropped off and picked up at the specified times to provide the highest level of safety. Students may be dropped off at the campus beginning at 7:30 a.m. The school does not provide supervision of students prior to this time.

The drop-off and pick-up area for grades 1-5 is in front of the Elementary building. Safety Patrol students will help students out of their cars in the mornings. Teachers help students in their cars in the afternoons. Middle school students are dropped off in the back of the school in the mornings. Middle school students are picked up in the afternoons in front of the Elementary building. Middle school parents should not arrive earlier than 3:10 or you will get caught in the elementary carline and will be asked to drive around and come back through. High school students are dropped off and picked up in front of the high school building. Please do not drop off or pick up in front of the middle building.

Students are required to leave the school buildings and the school grounds immediately after dismissal in the afternoons. Students who are involved in school-sponsored activities must immediately report to the teacher or coach responsible for the activity. ACS does not assume responsibility for students in grades 6-12 who remain on campus and are not involved in a supervised activity.

High School students must remain in the front of their building waiting for their ride home. Middle School students must remain in the supervised car line until dismissed. Students found wandering the campus will be subject to disciplinary action and parents will be called.

Fury's Ferry campus students are dropped off and picked up in front of the Kindergarten Building at the covered walkway.

Transportation/Carpools/Student Driving

General
Augusta Christian Schools does not provide bus transportation to and from school. ACS families are encouraged to set up their own carpools. To obtain a list of families in your zip code area, call or email the school office. We will also put carpool needs in our weekly newsletter during the school year. Families may also sign up for carpool needs at Orientation in the Fall.

Students Riding in an ACS Vehicle
Students may be transported to events, field trips, or activities using ACS vehicles. Improper behavior in school vehicles will not be permitted. Our drivers need to concentrate on driving and should not be distracted by the misbehavior of students. Those students who, in the opinion of the driver, misbehave will be referred to the administration for appropriate action.

Student Cars and Parking Regulations
a) All students driving cars are to be registered in the High School Office where a required parking permit will be issued. The cost is $15.00 for reserved parking and $10.00 for all other yearly parking permits. Students will be charged $5.00 for replacement permits.
b) The students will receive a numbered parking decal to display in the bottom left corner (driver?s side) of the windshield. The number on the decal will match the number of the student?s assigned parking space.
c) Senior parking spaces may be reserved during the time of re-enrollment.
d) Students may not move their car from the assigned parking space to another place on campus. Violations may result in disciplinary action.
e) Each driver must display courteous driving habits which include adhering to speed regulations and traffic patterns. Privileges will be taken away for reckless driving on or near campus.
f) Cars are to remain parked until students leave for the day. Cars are not to be
occupied during school hours. Failure to observe these policies will
necessitate cancellation of driving privileges.
g) The student driver bears responsibility for misconduct taking place in his/her vehicle, whether or not the student is directly involved.
h) Only seniors have the privilege to go off campus during lunch period. Responsible driving and behavior will ensure that the privilege will continue. Underclassmen may not leave campus for lunch unless with a
parent.
i) Students are not allowed in the parking lot during the school day without permission from the appropriate office.

Emergency Closings

Emergency Closing of School
It is the policy of Augusta Christian Schools to follow the Columbia County School District's decision for school closures, due to inclement weather conditions. Radio and television stations will announce such closings frequently. We also utilize email, phone call alerts, text alerts and social media. In case of inclement weather, avoid calling the school office except for crucial situations. When school closes early because of inclement weather, students should be picked up as soon as possible.

Private Music Lessons

ACS offers private piano and guitar lessons through Mr. Neal Little. Mr. Little will sign up students at Orientation in the Fall. Sometimes students may be added later if Mr. Little has an opening. His email is nlmusicman@gmail.com.

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