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Code of Conduct

Attendance  

All excused absences shall not exceed ten days.
  • Mandatory civic duty: Duty notice shall be submitted to the office.
  • Personal illness: Only a doctor’s note or a maximum of ONE day signed and dated parental note will be honored as an excused absence for personal illness.
  • Visit to the school infirmary: The student will only be admitted back to class after receiving a note from the School Nurse/Secretary. A maximum of ONE class period can be granted as excused.
  • Hajj: Up to 7 additional school days beyond Eid Holiday posted on the school calendar or with special permission beyond 7 days given in writing to Principal.
  •  In School Suspension:  Course assignments for students on in school suspension will be provided by the teachers before each class
  • School related absence:  If a student misses class due to a preapproved school related activity
  • Unexcused absences :  All other absences than the above mentioned excused absences are unexcused. Unexcused absence must not exceed five days. It will be reported to the proper authority when the limit is reached.
  • Prayer attendance :  Athan is called daily around 12:45PM and all students are expected to respect and obey prayer, masjid, and school rules.
  • All students shall be in the class at 7:45 AM. Students will be marked tardy after 7:50 AM.
  • Any student who enters the class after the 2nd bell rings is marked tardy.
  • A total of 3 tardy is equivalent to 1 day unexcused absence.
  • Arrival after 8:00 am is marked absent.

 

 Leaving School Early :

  • Early departures shall be recorded as excused or unexcused in accordance with the standards articulated in this policy.
  • Early departure shall be signed out by parents/ guardians at the time of departure.
  • Students who drive to school will NOT be allowed to leave without parent’s note
  • All absences whether excused or unexcused shall not exceed 15 days.

 

School Uniform & Dress Code

It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their child (children) leaves home properly dressed and groomed for school and school-sponsored activities. Students are expected to be neat in their personal grooming, observe the standards of Islamic clothing, moderation, and good taste. This includes before school, lunch break, prayer, after school activities, and all times the students are on campus. Students should be in full school uniform on the first day of school. Exceptions need to be approved by the Principal and School Counselor. Neatness, cleanliness, and modesty in dress are essential in our Islamic school environment. Students’ clothing must be clean and in accordance with our uniform code. Some elements of the uniform must be purchased from the retailer designated by ACA (see below).

Grades 1-12 Boys
  • Black pants can be purchased by any vendor as long as the minimum standards are met.
  • Uniform styled solid black dress pants with a waistband that bas belt loops. Paints should be straight legs hemmed or cuffed to the proper length.
  • The following styles are NOT permitted:
  • hip hugger, skinny/very tight, baggy, cargo, carpenter, or parachute. No denim or nylon like material, no grey, stripes, background or lettering is permitted.
  • Light blue polo shirts with ACA logo can be purchased from Dennis Uniform.
  • Black shoes may be purchased from any vendor.
  • Black socks may be purchased from any vendor.
Grades 1-5 Girls
  • Black pants can be purchased by any vendor as long as the minimum standards are met.
    Uniform styled solid black dress pants. Pants should be straight legs hemmed or cuffed to the proper length.
  • The following styles are NOT permitted: hip hugger, skinny/very tight, baggy, cargo, carpenter, or parachute. No denim or nylon like material, no grey, stripes, background or lettering is permitted.
  • Light blue polo shirts (long sleeve preferred for all, and mandated for 5th grade) with ACA logo can be purchased from Dennis Uniform.
  • Black shoes may be purchased from any vendor.
  • Black socks may be purchased from any vendor.
  • No decorative hair accessories, beyond plain bands or clips for neatness.
  • A white prayer scarf must be brought to school.
  • Please note that if your daughter is wearing a short-sleeved polo uniform shirt, the prayer scarf MUST be long enough to cover the arms to the wrists.
Grades 6-12 Girls
  • Black pants can be purchased by any vendor as long as the minimum standards are met. Uniform styled solid black dress pants, or back skirt loose fitting ankle length.
    Pants should be straight legs hemmed or cuffed to the proper length. No stripes, designs or writing on the pants.
  • The following styles are NOT permitted: hip hugger, skinny/very tight, baggy, cargo, carpenter, or parachute. No denim or nylon like material, no grey, stripes, background or lettering is permitted.
  • Long sleeves Monaco Blue shirts purchased from East Essence
  • Black shoes may be purchased from any vendor.
  • Black socks may be purchased from any vendor.
  • White hijab and white or black under-scarf used with a simple pin/ style.
    All hair and neck area must be covered, purchased from any vendor.
PE Uniform

All students must wear black pants with the required PE shirts on PE days. Gym pants may be worn if they are solid black. If preferred, students will be allowed to change for the PE period. They may wear grey t-shirts and gym pants during PE only. Please see the ACA School policy for dress code violations.

Cold Weather

During cold weather, students may wear solid black jackets over their uniform (girls are not to tuck their tops into shorter jackets). Please write your child’s name on a label in the jacket to avoid unclaimed jackets being sent to Lost and Found.

Hair/ Earrings/ Jewelry 
  • No Nail polish or color should be used on nails.
  • No excessive makeup including but not limited to foundation, eye color, lipstick mascara, and eye liner.
  • No exaggerated jewelry including but not limited to large chains, rings, bracelets and hijab or hair accessories.
  • No body-art or piercings temporary or otherwise. Girls’ grades 1-4 should have hair that is neat, clean, moderate and natural in color.
  • No use of excessive gels and hairsprays. Hair should not be in the child’s eyes and must be neat and clean.
  • No exaggerated hair styles or extensions.
  • Girls’ grades 5-12 are to be wearing their hijab at all times.
  • Boys’ hair should be neat, clean, natural in color, and moderately cut (above the collar in the back and above the eyebrows in front and above the middle of the earlobes on the sides).
  • No use of excessive gels and hairsprays. Hair must be neat and clean.
  • No exaggerated hair styles or extensions.
  • No goatees, exaggerated or inappropriate beard or sideburn styles.
  • Boys are not to wear hats, caps, head gear, makeup or jewelry of any kind on campus.
  • Jackets with hoodies need to be worn with the hood down on campus at all times.
 
Items not permitted

School is a place where students come to be educated. We believe that there are certain items which disrupt the educational process, and therefore are not permitted. The following is a representative list including, but not limited to those, items that will not be allowed for a student to carry on him/herself or in the backpack at school:

  • Cellular Phones and other personal communication devices during school hours
  • Video Cameras 
  • Smart watches
  • Technology devices without permission slip
  • Laser Pointers or similar devices
  • Pets/Animals
  • Skateboards/roller-skates/in-line skates/ “heelies”
  • Water guns/aerosol cans
  • Pocketknives
  • Large dollar bills, ($20 is the most only on field trips)
  • Medications and all kinds of medicine.
    These must be handed over to the Infirmary to be administered by the School Nurse
  • Gameboys, Nintendo, iPods, MP3 players, and other personal devices
  • Anything deemed inappropriate for the learning environment
  • Exceptions may be made for special activities or classes that require any of the above. All items considered unacceptable will be confiscated and will not be returned till the end of the school year.
  • ACA accepts no liability in loss, cost, replacement or revenue of confiscated items.
  • Administration reserves the right to use discretion in defining unacceptable items.

 

Disciplinary Actions

Cell Phone Usage

Phones must be turned off and concealed at ALL times during school hours of 7:50 am to 3:20 pm.

If phone or device is confiscated only parents or legal guardians may retrieve   it during school hours from the main office.

  • First offense will result in confiscation of the phone or device and will not be returned until the next day
  • Second offence phone will be confiscated for 3 school days.
  •  A third offence will lead to an out of school suspension with loss of grades.
  • Testing Areas are cell phones free.
  • Senior students may request to use their phone in the office with permission from the principal or vice principal when communicating with their college advisor.
  • No iPods, headphones, laptops, I pads and any other devices allowed on campus during school hours unless it is for a classroom activity.
  • All devices need to be checked in a locked cabinet with the classroom teacher or the administration at other times.
  • Any loss is the responsibility of the students.

 

Gum Policy

ACA is a gum free campus.

  • First Offense: Advanced Parent notification via school counselor, campus beautification projects during lunch hour or advanced parent notification accompanied with $20 Donation.
  • Second Offense: Advanced parent notification via school counselor, campus beautification projects during two lunch periods or advanced parent notification accompanied with $40 Donation.
  • Third Offense: Advanced Parent notification via school counselor for Saturday School or advanced parent notification accompanied with $50 Donation.
 
Zero Tolerance Policy
  • The ACA Admin is fully authorized to carry out the school discipline policy, including the decision to expel students who violate "Zero tolerance policy".
  • The Administration shall follow due process, by interviewing the accused, and other witnesses, weighting the evidence, allowing the accused to defend and explain their behavior before reaching a decision.
  • In case of decision of expulsion the Administration shall promptly notify the Board, who will review the case and ensures that the Administration has done so.
  • Under Arizona law, parents/guardians are liable for damage done by their children.
  • In any situation in which damages to school property occur, the student or parents/guardians are required to pay for damages.
  • If restitution is made in the designated time frame, additional consequences will result.
  • All out of school suspensions are unexcused and all missed work will result in zeros.
  • Short term suspension (STS): Student suspended for a maximum of 3 school days.
  • Long term suspension (LTS): Student suspended 4-10 school days.
  • If a short term suspension/ long term suspension is imposed on a student, the following steps shall be taken:
    • Step 1: Any major misconduct shall be reported to the Principal.
    • Step 2: The advisor, designated by the Principal investigate/ evaluate the case and decide on the appropriate consequences based on the discipline code/ procedure posed in the handbook.
    • Step 3: Due process shall be in place. The involved student and his/her parents shall be provided an opportunity to defend the case unless they give up such opportunity. The parent conference must be conducted before any decision is to be executed.
    • Step 4: In the event that the parents disagree with the consequences, the case may be appealed to the Principal.
Aims and Objectives
  • To establish a climate in school in which the dignity and rights of each individual are recognized and protected
  • To make clear to the employees that harassment whether verbal, racial or other grounds is not acceptable.
  • To provide procedures which enable harassment issues to be tackled quickly, effectively, sensitively, and confidentially.

By adopting this Policy, ACA intends to take a clear stand in regards to harassment and bullying. Under extreme cases, Police will be informed of the incident.

Types of behavior are considered serious and unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

This is not an exhaustive list but seeks to provide illustrations of unacceptable behavior:

  • Shouting at school staff, either in person or over the telephone.
  • Physically intimidating a member of staff, e.g. standing very close to him/her
  • The use of aggressive hand gestures
  • Threatening school staff
  • Sharing and holding a fist towards another person
  • Verbal and written abuse through jokes, offensive language, name-calling, gossip, slander, and character defamation, etc.
  • Abuse of management procedures to threaten, humiliate, or coerce
  • Threats or promises affecting work performance or linked to employment prospects.

 

The procedure is intended to enable complaints to be dealt with sensitively and quickly. Where a complaint has been upheld, ACA will ensure that:

  • Harassment has cease.
  • No victimization occurs as a result.
  • Any changes to policies, practices, and procedures are made.
  • Complaints shall be submitted in writing to the Administrator, or immediate supervisor

 

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