FLCS Handbook

Introduction to Parents

A basic responsibility of Christian parenting is to “train up a child in the way he should go,” that “when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). When you enroll your child in FLCS we join you in the “training up.” Even though we’re an academic institution, we consider that training primarily to be spiritual instruction. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…and knowledge.” (Pr 1:7 & 9:10)

Christian education in its purest form is the development in a believer of the knowledge, character and work of Jesus Christ. Our mission as an academic institution is to integrate those concepts into the study of math, science, English, history, language, etc. Our goal is to produce educated, well-rounded Christian citizens who can not only succeed in their families, vocations and ministries, but can bring a Christian worldview to bear in their spheres of influence. Therefore, alongside the academics we teach God and His wisdom; the practical is informed by the spiritual.

There is no such thing as being “so heavenly-minded that you’re no earthly good.” On the contrary, the more heavenly-minded our students are the more earthly good they’ll be, and a practical knowledge of the Word of God is the only possible basis for a productive Christian life: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for EVERY good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)

Parental Involvement

As a parent you should carefully read this section to be sure you understand and are ready to accept the commitment required to have a child enrolled in FLCS. Great strength results from the parents and staff being united in purpose.

By enrolling your children in the school you are agreeing to:

Pray for the ministry of the school, the staff, and the children.
 Support the school with your time and abilities. We need volunteers for tutoring, lunch monitoring, cleaning and a variety of other tasks. We also have an active fund-raising committee.
 Encourage your child in positive attitudes toward the school.
 Encourage your child in habits of promptness, neatness and cooperation.
 Follow through on any assignments or paperwork sent home.
 Faithfully read communications from the school, particularly the weekly memo.
 Set aside time each night, as needed, to help your child with homework.
 Teach your child to respect school and church property, and agree, if your child causes damages through his or her neglect abuse, to pay for restoration or repairs.
 Send your child to school dressed and groomed according to the dress code.
 Contact the school immediately concerning any problem, and not to discuss a school problem with friends, other parents, or church members until it has been dealt with through the proper channels.
 Attend all parent functions. There are two mandatory meetings every year:

1. Parent Orientation is held on the Thursday after school starts. First-time parents meet with the Principal from 6:00-6:45 pm. All parents then meet with the Principal and staff from 6:50-7:15. Teachers are available to meet with parents in their classrooms until 8:00.

2. The fall Parent-Teacher Conference is a mandatory meeting. The spring conference is not, but may be scheduled at the request of either the teacher or the parent. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher at any point in the school year if they have any questions or concerns.

Academic Honors and Standards

High Honor Roll is achieved with an overall minimum average of 92.
Honor Roll is achieved with an overall minimum average of 84.
Honor Society is comprised of students in 9th-12th grades who are on the High Honor Roll and exhibit exemplary Christian character and leadership.

Grading System

Pre-K students receive non-numerical, bi-annual progress reports.

Kindergartners receive quarterly reports graded using Very Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory.

1st-5th grade students receive quarterly reports using a 1 through 4 scale.

  • 4 = Exceeds expected performance for this grade level
  • 3 = Demonstrates mastery of grade level concepts
  • 2 = Shows progress towards grade level competence
  • 1 = Is not showing progress towards grade-level competence

6th-12th grade students receive quarterly report cards.

A grade of 70 is required to pass all assignments, tests and quizzes. A minimum final average of 70 is required to be promoted from one grade to another.

Grades are generally weighted as follows:

  • Homework, 30%
  • Quizzes, 30%
  • Tests, 40%

If a subject has a mid-term or final:

  • Average prior to the test, 80%
  • Test, 20%

For overall quarterly, semester or final averages (all subjects combined):

  • Academic subjects (Spanish, English, math, history, science), 80%
  • Non-academic classes (gym, music, Bible, art, home-ec), 20%

A student failing one or more courses will be placed on Academic Restriction for an appropriate period determined by the Principal, meaning there is no participation in extra-curricular activities, i.e., sports, clubs, etc. Students on restriction are urged to seek extra help from teachers and are required to meet weekly with the Principal or Vice-Principal.

Report Cards: The school year is divided into four marking periods. Generally, report cards are issued two Fridays after the marking period ends.

If a student is unable to fulfill the required course work due to absences (i.e., extended illness, surgery or family difficulties), an incomplete will be issued instead of a grade.

A dropped class must be dropped during the first quarter in order not to appear on a report card and high school transcript. Classes dropped after the end of the first quarter will receive a grade of “Incomplete.”

Graduation Requirements

The New York State requirements for graduation include both A) total credits earned and B) passing certain Regents Exams.

A) 22 credits are required. The following 18½ credits are mandatory (the remaining 3½ credits are earned through electives):

 History – 4 credits
 English – 4 credits
 Math – 3 credits
 Science – 3 credits
 Physical Education – 2 credits (earned at 1/4 credit/yr.)
 Foreign Language -1 credit
 Art or Music -1 credit
 Health – ½ credit

B) New York State also requires a minimum grade of 65 on the following Regents Exams:

 Comprehensive English
 Mathematics (any one)
 Global History
 US History
 Science (any one)
 Language other than English

For a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation a student must pass three additional Regents exams:

 Two Mathematics
 One Science

The Regents “With Honors” designation is achieved by scoring an average of 90 or more on all required Regents Exams.

 

Homework

In 1st-12th grades homework accounts for 30% of a student’s average, so it can be an excellent tool or keeping up one’s grades if test and quiz scores are less than ideal. On the flip side, failure to do homework well and consistently can have a huge negative impact on a student’s average.

Homework is required to be done and turned in on time. A late assignment receives an automatic 10% reduction in its grade. Assignments late for two days are automatic zeroes, and the assignment must still be completed. Continued failure to do homework will result in detention and further consequences, if necessary.

Homework/Absences
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain missed homework assignments. In case of an unexpected absence for a prolonged period of time, please make the necessary arrangements with the appropriate teachers to prevent your child from falling behind.
We strongly recommend that families take vacations during those times when school is out. However, if a student has a planned, extended absence each teacher has the discretion to require the missed work to be done either ahead of time or after the fact. The students and parents bear the responsibility of approaching the teachers at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the absence to address the required work schedule. There will be no excuses for incomplete assignments except in extenuating circumstances. Unacceptable excuses include:

 We were too busy on vacation.
 I forgot to take my books with me.
 I didn’t know the assignments.

Cheating

Cheating in school is primarily about two things: dishonesty and breaking the rules. Cheating applies to ALL of a student’s schoolwork, including:

  • Tests and quizzes
  • Homework assignments
  • Group projects
  • Reports and papers
  • Extra credit work

Examples of being dishonest and/or breaking the rules:

  • Plagiarism, which means lifting someone else’s written or spoken words or images and inserting them into your work, in part or as a whole, without giving credit to the actual author or creator. Examples include:
    •  Copying text or images, whether in its entirety or even small portions, from others’ work and not noting your source. “Others’ work” includes students’ work, material from web sites, encyclopedias, books or any other written or verbal source.
    • Taking a paper or assignment written by a friend or sibling and putting your name on it. Any time you pretend that you did the work or wrote the words when someone else really did it, it’s plagiarism.If you claim that you did work you didn’t do or remain silent about the fact, that’s plagiarism.
  • Doing another person’s work for them, and letting them take credit.
  • During a test or quiz, writing down answers beforehand, getting answers from other students, or helping others students answer questions

If faced with a situation where you are uncertain if you might be cheating, ask these questions:

  • “Am I being honest to my teacher about how this work was produced?”
  • “Even though I may not think I’m doing the wrong thing, if my teacher knew exactly what has happened would he think I was being completely honest?”
  • “Am I following all the school’s rules about behavior and class work?”

If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, then you know you’re cheating.

Cheating will result in the following:

  • First offense, a ‘0’ and parents will be informed of the violation.
  • Second offense, a conference with both parents and the student.
  • Subsequent offenses, or if the situation can’t be resolved, the student may receive a failing grade in the subject, be expelled from the class, or suspended or expelled from school.

For an offense to be considered “second or subsequent” it does not need to happen in the same subject or in the same school year.

Absences

Excused Absences

A student will be excused for one of the following reasons if a written explanation accompanies the child upon his/her return:

 Personal Illness or injury.
 Doctor’s appointment.
 Illness in the immediate family which requires the student’s presence.
 Death in the family.
 Absence with prior approval from the administration.
 A school closing in the student’s home district
 College visits

Excused absences will not affect a student’s ability to participate in after-school activities or play on sports teams.

Unexcused Absences

Examples of unexcused absences are:

 Family vacations
 Shopping
 Haircut
 Baby-sitting
 Needed at home
 Too tired/Out late
 Had an away game

Unexcused absences may affect a student’s ability to participate in after-school activities or play on sports teams.

Promotion

In order to be promoted to the next grade a student may not miss more than 25 school days for any reason, excused or unexcused. The same applies to missing more than 25 days of instruction in any single subject. This is a practical measure, not disciplinary or punitive. Missing over 15% of instructional time leaves a student unequipped to move up a grade.

Planned Absences

We strongly recommend that families take vacations during those times when school is out. However, if a student has a planned, extended absence each teacher has the discretion to require the missed work to be done ahead of time or after the fact. The students and parents bear the responsibility of approaching the teachers at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the absence to address the required work schedule. There will be no excuses for incomplete assignments except in extenuating circumstances. Excuses that won’t fly include:

  We were too busy on vacation.
  I forgot to take my books with me.

Illnesses

Please call the office if your child has a communicable disease. An Illness of five days or more requires a doctor’s excuse (the Health Department assumes that an illness resulting in five or more consecutive days of absence requires the attention of your physician). All excuses must be submitted the day your child returns to school.

If your child will be unable to participate in gym classes, he/she must also submit a written excuse from a physician. You must then provide a physician’s release in order for your child to return to classes.

A student must be kept out of school if the following symptoms occur:

  • A temperature of 100 or above
  • Vomiting

The student must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Reference the Homework section of the FLCS Handbook for the absent/homework policy.

Study Halls

Study halls are for studying and working on class assignments. Students may socialize with each other, but only insofar as it doesn’t distract other students from using the time for school work. That determination is at each teacher’s discretion. Students may receive permission from the study hall teacher to move to other areas of the building, such as the library or the gym or to see another teacher. Students are no allowed to wander the halls during free time.

Student Movement

Except for between periods, students…

  • …must remain in classrooms, the gym, etc. unless given a pass by a staff member.
  • …may not wander the halls during class times, including the lunch period and study halls.
  • …may not be unsupervised at any time (PreK-6th grades); may not be unsupervised at any time when there are both boys and girls present, including in the gym or outside the building (7th-12th grades).
  • …must observe the “Quiet Zone” near the church and school offices, the hallways between the main bathrooms and the gym and library. No speaking unless spoken to by an adult.

After the 2:00 dismissal bell, students…

  • …should normally be in the school wing or, if given permission, in the gym or sanctuary or outside.
  • …may be outside unsupervised if given permission by their parent who is also on the grounds or in the building. Those students are no longer under the supervisory care of school personnel, and parents are solely responsible for their child’s safety and behavior. Parents can designate, in their stead, another adult as the student’s supervising authority.
  • …must leave school by 2:45 unless they are an athlete participating in a school sports practice or game, or are otherwise participating in a school activity or club.
  • …even with permission, may not go back and forth between the school wing and the gym.
  • …during staff meetings, when there is no staff supervision available, must stay in rooms designated by the Principal.

Telephone Calls and Messages

All telephone calls and messages to students or teachers will be received through the school office. Student and staff will only be called out of class in the case of an emergency. Messages for students will be forwarded to the teacher’s voicemail, and the teacher will give the message to the student.

Students may make calls on school phones with permission from the staff on a case-by-case basis.

If you wish to contact any of your child’s teachers, please leave a message with the school secretary, and the teacher will contact you as soon as is practical.

Emergency School Closings

In the event of severe weather FLCS may be closed, but because we have students coming in from 15 school districts with potentially different emergency schedules, we never delay the start of a school day. In other words, FLCS is either closed completely or the doors are open at 7:30. If a large proportion of the student body is arriving late due to delays in their various districts, FLCS may delay the start of classes but, again, our doors will still be open to receive students at 7:30.

If the district you live in is closed because of the weather your children are not required to come to school. We may have decent weather in Seneca Falls while you’re driving conditions are terrible.

If your district has a weather-related delay you may observe that delay and your children will not be counted tardy. For instance, if your district is on a one hour delay, your children may arrive at FLCS one hour late. The reverse also applies: if you have good weather but the Seneca Falls district (or any other district you may have to drive through) is on a weather-related delay, you may observe that delay.

Children being bussed will not be counted tardy if their bus is delayed for any reason.

FLCS is in the Seneca Falls School District, but we do not necessarily close if they close.

If you’re unsure if FLCS is closing, please do not call the school, your child’s teacher or the Principal to find out. School closings are posted as follows, and in this order:

1. www.fingerlakeschristianschool.com. Closing announcements will be prominently displayed on the home page.

2. TV Stations – Channel 13 in Rochester and Channel 9 in Syracuse. If you happen to see or hear an announcement on any other TV station or on any radio station, ignore it.

3. Direct contact. When you first enrolled a child you should have chosen one of four emergency contact methods – email, a text or call to your cell phone, or a call to your home phone. If you haven’t done so or are unsure of your status, please call the office. In case of a closing you’ll receive notification by 6:30 a.m.

Visitors

FLCS welcomes student visitors who are considering attending our school. On a limited basis we also allow students to invite friends to spend a day with them in their classes.

Adult visitors are also welcome, depending on the purpose of the visit. Generally it involves parents who are looking into the school for their children.

In any case, prior arrangements must be made with the school. To avoid any embarrassment for all parties involved, guests should never show up unannounced.

All visitors must first report to the office and sign in. Visitors are expected to abide by the school dress code and other school policies.

Busing/Pick-up

Busing

FLCS can provide parents with a busing application for their district, but parents are responsible for contacting their own school district and submitting the form by April 1st. A new application must be re-submitted each year.

FLCS receives from most school districts in our immediate area. Districts may not bus students who, live more than 15 miles from FLCS. To determine if you might be eligible for busing, please contact FLCS or your local district.

FLCS does not have “late” buses. We have only one afternoon bus run per district, which generally leaves our building between 2:00 and 2:15. Therefore, busing students staying for after-school activities or who are serving detention will need alternative transportation home.

If  a student who is normally bussed is not being bussed, the parents must inform the FLCS office by 1:00. (Same applies to students switching from being picked up to riding a bus.)

If a student is are riding home on a bus that is not their normal means of transportation, they need permission from that bus garage and the FLCS office. Those plans must be made at least a day ahead of time.

Student Pick-up

Only persons with a picture ID on file associated with a student’s account will be allowed to remove a student from the building.

After-School Pick-up

Students not riding a bus must be picked up between 2:00 and 2:15.

Pick-up occurs at the double glass doors on the front, south side of the building.

Pick-up cars must be parked in the lot just outside of and south of the doors. Pick-up cars may not park in front of the doors or be left idling there. At no time should pick-up vehicles enter the turn-around used by the buses or interfere with the buses in any way. Pick-up persons must enter the building and sign out the students they are picking up.

Other Pick-ups

Pick-ups during the school day or after the afternoon buses have all left are made at the main entrance to the school. Pick-up persons may park wherever there’s an empty spot, and must enter the building to sign out the student.

Student Drivers

Students who wish to drive to and from school must submit a permission form signed by a parent and the Principal. The blank form can be obtained through the office.

A student driver who is tardy when driving to school more than twice in a quarter will have the driving privilege revoked for two weeks. Third and subsequent violations will result in longer suspensions of the privilege, at the Principal’s discretion.

Student drivers under 18 years old may not, under any circumstances, drive non-sibling students to or from school or school events, including events not on school premises, such as away games. Student drivers 18 years and older may drive non-sibling students only with written permission from each students’ (driver’s and passenger’s) parents, which permission must be on file in the school office.

A single violation of these rules will result in a two-day suspension from school and permanent revocation of the driving privilege.

Morning Arrival and Tardies

7:30 am – Doors open. Students arriving before 7:45 go to the gym, where they are supervised.

7:45 – Teachers arrive in their classrooms. Students are released from the gym to go to homerooms.

7:52 – Warning bell prior to homeroom bell.

7:55 – Homeroom begins. Any student not in homeroom at this time will be recorded as tardy, even if they are in the building.

Students entering the building after 7:55 must first go to the office to sign in.

A student tardy more than three times in a quarter will be given essay assignments by the Principal.

Lunch Procedures

Students can purchase a prepared lunch every Wednesday for $2.50. A monthly menu is sent home a week or so before the beginning of each month. All other days students bring their own lunches. Hot water and microwaves are available for student use. White and chocolate milk can be purchased for $.50/cup.

Students must stay in the lunchroom (our gym) for the duration of the lunch period, unless given a pass by a monitor. Passes are not dispensed at every request. For instance, students are not generally allowed to return to classrooms to get books, homework or games.

Students will often be asked to help the monitors with putting away tables and sweeping the floor after lunch.

Medications

Medical permission forms must be on file in order for FLCS staff to give a student any medication, including something as benign as aspirin or cough drops. Here are forms for over-the-counter (OTC) medications and prescription medications, or they can be obtained from the office.

The school stocks a supply of common OTC medicines, including aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, cough drops, Pepto-Bismol and antibiotic creme. Parents may supply other OTC medicines that their child needs.

Prescription medicine needed during the school day may be left in the office to be administered by school personnel. Again, a form specific to that medicine must be on file.

Any medications that enter the building, whether OTC or prescription, must immediately be brought to the office, where they will be stored.

Students are prohibited from having medications of any kind on their person, in their book bags or purses or in their lockers or desks, including something as seemingly harmless as cough drops. Students are prohibited from giving medication of any kind to another student.

Accidents

Injuries or accidents requiring minor medical attention will be reported to parents immediately. For serious medical issues parents will be contacted in order to determine the best course of action, but school personnel will apply first aid and/or call 911 as appropriate.

Physicals/Exams

FLCS does not have a resident school nurse, but the Seneca Falls District supplies one for checking our students’ medical records and conducting physical exams as required by NYS law. The nurse also acts as a consultant for any medical questions that arise.

All students require physicals at various times in their school career, but not every year. You will be notified via the school’s weekly memo of required physical exams, which you may choose to fulfill through your family physician or pediatrician. Otherwise, the nurse will arrange to have a doctor come to the school to perform the exams.

Immunizations

New York State requires certain immunizations for a child enrolled in any school, public or private. The student enrollment form includes an immunization questionnaire, which is forwarded to the nurse. The nurse will contact parents if there are deficiencies in their child’s record.

Students may only be exempt from the immunization requirement if the parents hold a sincere religious objection, which must be spelled out in writing. The Principal determines if the religious objection criterion is met. The decision to enroll non-immunized children is at the discretion of the Principal.

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices, such as portable video games, CD players, MP3 players, cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc., may be brought to school but may not be used or even visible during the academic school day, 7:55 to 1:50. The exception is when a device is being used for academic purposes, which use must be approved by the classroom teacher. Using a device intended for academic purposes for any other purpose (playing games, texting, surfing the Web, etc.) is a violation of this exception.

During the day students may keep devices in their lockers, but not in their backpacks or purses or on their persons. Younger students, who do not have lockers or cubicles, must give these items to their homeroom teacher for keeping during the day.

FLCS is not responsible for items taken from students’ lockers or cubicles. A student who is concerned about the security of his locker or cubicle may give devices to the school secretary for safekeeping.

At the first violation a device will be confiscated for a full day. The second violation will result in confiscation for two weeks.

Student Conduct and Behavior

Christians should understand that certain conduct exalts the name of Jesus Christ and other conduct brings reproach upon it. The Bible commends Christians to respectfulness, patience, responsibility, purity, integrity, pure speech, kindness, cooperation, unity, honesty, a joyful heart, humility, encouragement and, mostly, love. It also speaks clearly of the inappropriateness of disrespect, fighting, complaining, vulgarity, profanity, gambling, hatred, cheating, envy, rivalry, gossip, lying, immorality, offensive slang and unkindness. For the reputation of the Lord and this ministry, and to promote an atmosphere conducive to learning, students’ conduct should reflect Biblical teaching and principles, both in school and in their private lives.

All students in 7th grade or above are required annually to sign the Student Agreement, in which they agree to certain behavioral standards. Students are expected to understand that serious violations of the agreement will result in suspension and perhaps expulsion from FLCS.

In fairness to students and parents alike it’s important to know that we take the Student Agreement seriously and enforce it. In the 25-year history of our school, 25 students have been expelled over behavioral issues.

Bible Teaching and Worship

Students participate in staff-led “devotional” periods during the first 10 minutes of each school day except  Wednesday. On Wednesday we hold a Chapel service in the afternoon, beginning with about 15 minutes of worship music followed by approximately 35 minutes of Bible teaching.

In addition, twice/weekly Bible classes are a requirement for 7th-12th graders.

Chapel teachings are recorded and will be available soon for streaming.

Violence and Bullying

FLCS has a zero-tolerance policy toward violence and bullying. Any student deliberately causing violence to another student or a staff member, or bullying another student will be disciplined accordingly, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Miscellaneous

Students are expected to…

  • …walk, not run, through the hallways.
  • …respect the property of other students. Students are not allowed to enter each others desks, lockers, backpacks or purses without consent of the owner.
  • …respect school and church property. Damage, whether deliberate or through foolish negligence, must be either repaired or paid for.
  • …take proper care of textbooks, workbooks, art supplies and other items belonging to the school. Replacement of damaged items is the student’s responsibility.
  • …refrain from chewing gum anywhere in the school, on school grounds or in school vehicles.
  • …give equal and appropriate respect to all adults in the building, including staff, pastors, volunteers or visitors.
  • …refrain from all forms of alcohol and tobacco, illegal drugs, abuse of legal drugs, sexual activity, indulging in debauched entertainment and using profane, vulgar or coarse language and joking.
  • …refrain from bringing weapons onto school property, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, live ammunition, knives (including pocket knives) and ceremonial weapons.

Guidelines for Couples

FLCS provides opportunities for boys and girls to cultivate friendships with the opposite sex. In some instances associations will deepen into more than passing friendships. This is both natural and expected. However, all such friendships must be handled in a Biblical manner. Public displays of affection, including holding hands, are prohibited during school hours, including at school events, both home and away.

Personal Contact

Students in 6th grade and above must observe the “No Personal Contact” rule, otherwise known as the “PC” rule. There is to be no physical contact between students of the opposite sex, including hugging, high-fives, handshaking, etc.

A recent exception, in its trial phase, is fist-bumping, which is allowed only in the presence of a staff member.

Dress Code and Personal Appearance

As Christians we find guidance and comfort in God’s words to Samuel: “Man looks on the outward appearance, but God look looks at the heart.” (1Samuel 16:7)

Certainly, God sees us as we truly are, uninfluenced by our outward appearance. We should imitate Him and judge people’s character by their inner qualities. However, that verse also tells us that people often will judge us by our appearance. For that reason the Apostle Paul wrote that women should “dress modestly, with decency and propriety” (1Ti 2:9), a teaching that also applies, in principle, to men. We don’t want to give an appearance, by the way we dress or behave, of ungodliness or worldliness. Clothing and grooming make a statement. They always send a message, intentional or not.

Our chief concern in our dress and grooming should be to properly represent the person and character of Jesus Christ, who was modest and humble. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)

The Bible gives principles of modesty but doesn’t speak in detail about today’s clothing choices. It makes perfect sense, then, that opinions as to what is appropriate or not vary widely within the church. The chances are good that your views will not correspond precisely with the standards listed here. What we can all agree on is that in a school full of teenagers we certainly need a written standard, imperfect though it may be. The particulars are judgment calls, but this is our best attempt at keeping the school environment from becoming a free-for-all.

The interpretation of the terms listed below, including (but not limited to) “feminine,” “too tight,” modest,” drawing “undue attention,” “overtly sexual,” bizarre,” etc., will rest with the staff of FLCS.

Dress Code

The dress code is best described as casual and modest. FLCS does not require uniforms. Jeans, t-shirts, sweats and shorts are allowed within the standards set out below.

Violations of the dress code will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, with the response being more severe for multiple offenses. Possible responses may include

  • Being asked to cover revealing or tight clothing with an outer garment.
  • Being made to wear a “code-buster” garment (call the school for a description).
  • Suspension.
  • Expulsion.

The guidelines below are not an exhaustive list of do’s and don’ts. Instead they

1) present general principles of dress and appearance

and

2) deal specifically with situations that have been encountered and dealt with over our 25-year history.

There is enough here to give very clear guidance in most situations. Even so, there will occasionally be dress or appearance issues that are not covered in this document. At those times judgment calls will have to be made. As stated above, the final decisions rest with the FLCS staff.

Guidelines for all students

In general, clothing, hairstyles, jewelry and accessories should be avoided that

      1. Draw undue attention to one’s self.

      2. Are overtly sexually attractive or stimulating.

      3. Portray or give the impression of rebellion or excessive worldliness (even if unintentional).

      4. Are sloppy or unclean.

      5. Support or display ideas, people or organizations that are at odds with Christian standards.

The school does not require that students wear long pants or jackets to school in cold weather, any more than we require shorts in warm weather. Those decisions left to the students and their parents.

Skirts and dresses must be at least down to the top of the knee cap when the student is standing straight.

Shorts may be a few inches above the knee when the student is standing straight.

There are no restrictions on logos, pictures, numbers or words, as long as they are in keeping with (5) above.

Certain brands of clothing may be prohibited if the brand is visible on the clothing or accessory. At this time Abercrombie & Fitch clothing is not allowed because of their overtly sexually explicit and alcohol-encouraging advertising and catalogs. Hollister, as an A&F brand, is also excluded.

No skin is to be showing between tops (shirt, blouse, etc.) and bottoms (pants, shorts, skirt) at any time – not just when standing in front of the mirror, but also when bending over, stretching up or over to reach something, or doing any kind of gym activity.

The following are not allowed:

◊ Skin-tight clothing. Students will sometimes protest that their clothes aren’t “tight” because they’re comfortable and don’t feel tight. For the purposes of the dress code “skin tight” and “too tight” mean conforming too closely to the shape of the body. If skin tight pants are worn the rear-end must be covered with a loose fitting top.

◊ Dirty or ripped clothing, even those that are deliberately made so for style (like pre-damaged jeans).

◊ Facial or body piercings, except for earrings on girls.

◊ Ear gauges and plugs.

◊ Visible tattoos.

◊ Wild or bizarre hair styles.

Guidelines for girls

Hair must be neat and cut in a manner that is feminine (in other words, not closely cropped in a manner that would be considered—pardon the term— “butch”). Hair may be dyed as long as it is not an unnatural color; highlighting is allowed as long as it is only one color (i.e, two-tone is OK, three or more tones is not) and not in an unnatural color.

Dresses, shirts and blouses must be modest in the neckline. Sleeveless is allowed as long as the straps are at least 1 1/2″ wide and the sleeve opening is tight under the arm.

“Spandex” or elastic tops that conform to the bosom are not allowed, unless they are worn under a looser fitting garment that covers the bosom. Visible camisoles which are made of traditional camisole material (clingy, see-through), scoop-necked or trimmed with underwear-like frills or lace, are not allowed. Those made of shirt-like material are allowed, if the neckline is not too low and they are not too tight or short.

Pants or leggings that are skin-tight may be worn only if they are covered by a loose-fitting top that is long enough to cover the bottom.

Clothes that are too tight, low or high: girls may be asked to wear an outer garment to cover themselves.

Cosmetics that alter the natural appearance, such as excessive eye shadow, excessive blush, false eyelashes, etc. are not to be worn. All cosmetics should be used with discretion and in moderation. Girls in grades K-6 are not allowed to wear makeup.

Jewelry may be worn in moderation.

Guidelines for boys

Hair must  be neat and not overly long – shoulder length maximum and not falling in the eyes, not multi-colored, not dyed an unnatural color and not cut in a manner that draws undue attention. Exceptions for hair length are made for the “Locks of Love” (or similar) programs, or preparing for a dramatic part in a school production.

Boxers are not to be worn as outer-garments or to be exposed in any way.

Shirts are required at all times, including during gym – no bare chests are allowed. Sleeveless is allowed as long as the straps are at least 1 1/2″ wide and the sleeve opening is tight under the arm.

Summary: All clothing, hair styles, cosmetics and jewelry must be neat, discreet, modest, and should not draw undue attention to one’s self.