Parent Guide

ACS 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 through your FACTS/Renweb Parent Portal.

With a few exceptions, the following information is helpful excerpts from our Student-Parent Handbooks. Please read our Handbooks for complete information.

ACS School Hours

School hours Elementary students:
Carline begins at 7:25 am. Students are not permitted in the buildings until that time. Carline for 2nd-5th ends at 7:50 am. Students must be walked into the office after this time. The Before School Care Program is available if an earlier drop-off is needed.

Faculty Devotions (both campuses) – 7:25 am

K3-1st students are tardy @ 8:00 am
2nd -5th students are tardy @ 7:55 am

Regular schedules:
K3 (schedule) – 8 am to noon M – F
K4 Half Day – 8 am to noon
K4 (full day) – 8 am to 2:20 pm
K5-1st – 8 am to 2:30 pm
2nd – 3rd – 7:50 to 2:40 pm
4th – 5th – 7:50 to 2:50 pm

Early Dismissals (special occasions):
K3 – K4 – 10:50 am
K5 – 3rd – 11:00 am
4th – 5th – 11:15 am

School Hours Middle and High School:
8:00 am – 3:05 pm – 6th – 12th Grades

Early Dismissal Times (exams and other special occasions):
11:25 am – 6th-12th Grades

ASAP/BSCP Program (After and Before School Care)

If you would like to put your student in our after school or before school care program, please fill out the form below and turn in to Mrs. Sheri Dekle. For questions, email Mrs. Dekle at sh********@au**************.org.

The After School Activities Program’s purpose is to provide a safe, structured environment for children of Augusta Christian School working parents, who are unable to pick up their student(s) immediately following school dismissal. Professionally trained Christian adults will supervise students in a safe and loving environment. A homework time, game time, refreshments, and access to the playground equipment will be provided.

The Before School Care Program’s purpose is to provide a safe, structured environment for children of Augusta Christian School working parents, who need child care prior to the school day on site at ACS. Professionally trained Christian adults will supervise students in a safe and loving environment.

Athletic Passes

How do I get my athletic passes?

Included in your school tuition is admission to all regular season home events. The passes are for all ACS sports for all seasons. Below is a pdf document of instructions on how to download your free season passes. Please note that the passes are attached to your student’s ID number. One pass goes to your student(s) and also each parent gets a pass. Students must have a pass to enter games.

If you have grandparents or other family members that would like to purchase a season pass they are able to do so from the athletic website for $50. Also if you are interested in reserved seating for varsity home football games please email Mark Ethridge – ma**********@au**************.org). Deadline TBA.

Please visit www.augustachristianlions.com for all athletic information.

Carline Drop Off and Pick 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 2-5 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 dropped off and picked up in front of the Elementary building. Middle school parents should not arrive any earlier than 2:55 pm for afternoon 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.

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.

Dress Code

Dress Code (taken from ACS Handbooks)

Emergency Closing of School

It is the policy of Augusta Christian Schools to follow the Columbia County School District’s decision for school closures when possible and feasible, 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.

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.

PAAC Birthday Rocks

Birthday Rocks – How do I reserve?

With have two birthday rocks on the Baston Road Campus. One is for elementary and the other is for middle and high school. To reserve either Rock, email Brenner McNair at bm*******@gm***.com. She will give you all of the details.

Private Music Lessons

ACS offers private piano and guitar lessons through Mr. Caleb Wilkerson. If interested, please see his information below.

Email for Mr. Wilkerson:
ca**************@gm***.com

Renweb/FACTS Family Portal

Each family should login to their FACTS/Renweb Family Portal to keep up with student grades, attendance, homework, etc. The business office gives you your username and password when you enroll. Our District Code is AC-GA. If there is a problem logging on please contact Mrs. Wilkerson at 706-863-2905, ext. 236.

Create a New Family Portal Link

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 must be current in their immunizations to attend Augusta Christian Schools. Georgia law requires immunizations. 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.

Physical Examination – Every child entering school in the State of Georgia must submit a Certificate of Ear, Eye, Dental and Nutrition Examinations (commonly referred to as the “4-point screening” form). 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 certified copy of the child’s birth certificate must be presented to the school office prior to acceptance.

School Calendar

Below you will find the link to our 2023-2024 school calendar. You will also find the school calendar on your Renweb/FACTS Family Portal.

2024-2025 School Calendar

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.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Senior parking spaces may be reserved during the time of re-enrollment.
  4. Students may not move their car from the assigned parking space to another place on campus. Violations may result in disciplinary action.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The student driver bears responsibility for misconduct taking place in his/her vehicle, whether or not the student is directly involved.
  8. 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.
  9. Students are not allowed in the parking lot during the school day without permission from the appropriate office.

Tuition Payments

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 FACTS ParentsWeb 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.

Online payments may be made at this link: https://augustachristian.powerservepay.net/ – either log on to your account or set up an account at this secure link.

See tuition and fee schedule here:

Tuition and Fee Schedule

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