TPA Student Handbook

Turning Point Academy

Student/Parent Handbook 2021-2022

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Dear Turning Point Academy Families,

As Principal of Turning Point Academy, it is my honor to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year!  The faculty staff, at Turning Point Academy, continues to be appreciative of the enriched opportunity to partner with each of you to promote great success for your student.  At Turning Point Academy, we offer a flexible setting in order for students to access their educational, behavioral, and vocational curriculum.  We provide positive behavioral support to increase desired outcomes for each student.  We value your input and support, as we build a better future for your child.  Please join the Faculty and staff at Turning Point Academy to build the best opportunities possible for your child and contact me at 704-476-8399 with any questions or concerns you may encounter.

Sincerely,

Mr. Chuck Gordon, Principal

Turning Point Academy

cdgordon@clevelandcountyschools.org 

ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Chuck Gordon,  Principal

Dr. Masonya Ruff,  Assistant Principal

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

The school day begins at 8:30 A.M. and is dismissed at 3:00 P.M.  Students will be counted as tardy if they are not in their classroom by 8:30 AM.

Students are expected to depart from school by one mode of transportation that is communicated to the school at the beginning of the school year; by bus or car. Parents must write and sign a note in order to change afternoon transportation plans. Please include a working telephone number in your note. Notes concerning students riding a different bus must be approved and signed by a school administrator.

CAR RIDERS

Mornings – Students are to be dropped at the front entrance of TPA, on Sumter Street.  Please do not let students out of your car before school personnel are on duty and you have reached the designated area for unloading.  At 8:00 P.M., the TPA staff members will be on duty to direct the unloading of students.

There is no adult supervision before 8:00 AM. Please keep your student in your car with you until school personnel report to morning duty.  

Morning- Students should not arrive before 8:00 A.M.  Students will receive and take their breakfast homeroom to consume upon entry at 8:00 A.M..

Afternoons- Students are to be picked up no later than 3:15.

DAILY SCHEDULE                                                                                

Middle School Daily Schedule

 Block

Middle School

Time

8:30 a.m. - 8::50 a.m.

Homeroom

20 minutes

8:53: a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Academic Block - 1

52 minutes

9:48 a.m. - 10:18 a.m.

Intervention Block

30 minutes

10:21 a.m. - 11:06 a.m.

Middle School Elective - 1

45 minutes

11:09 a.m. - 12:21 p.m.

Academic Block - 2

(1st Lunch)

72 minutes

12:24 p.m. - 1:09 p.m.

Middle School Elective - 2

45 minutes

1:12 p.m. - 2:04 p.m.

Academic Block - 3

52 minutes

2:07 p.m - 3:00 p.m.

Academic Block - 4

53 minutes

High School Daily Schedule

 Block

High School

Time

8:30 a.m. - 8::50 a.m.

Homeroom

20 minutes

8:53 a.m. - 10:08 a.m.

Academic Block - 1

75 minutes

10:21 a.m. - 11:06 a.m.

Academic Block - 2

75 minutes

11:29 a.m. - 1:09 p.m.

Academic Block - 3

(2nd Lunches)

100 minutes

1;12 p.m. - 1:45 a.m.

Intervention Block

30 minutes

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Non Academic Block

75 minutes

ATTENDANCE

Students who do not miss any day(s) of school will be awarded a perfect attendance certificate.  If a student is tardy to school three or more times unexcused in a semester, he/she will not receive a perfect attendance certificate. If the bus arrives at school late, students who are on that bus will not have a tardy charge against them. In cases of mechanical failure or inclement weather, buses will run the entire route so students should remain at the bus stop until the bus arrives.  Therefore absences due to students’ missing a late school bus may not be excused.  Written excuses for any absence must be sent within two days or the absence will be coded as unexcused.

High School students cannot accumulate more than 10 unexcused absences during a semester in order to receive academic credit for the course.

Middle school students cannot accumulate more than 20 unexcused absences for the entire school year to receive a passing grade.

Three, six, and ten day letters will be mailed to parents when absences have accumulated and with 7 Lawful Absence Excuses.

Excused Absences

The following constitute valid excuses for the temporary non-attendance of a child at school, provided satisfactory evidence of the excuse is provided to the principal or designee:

  1. When the absence results from illness or injury which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school. When cumulative absences exceed ten (10) days, a statement from a physician is required to excuse an illness. Students with documented chronic or serious acute health problems will be exempt from the requirement for excused absences resulting from the health problems.
  2. When isolation or quarantine of the student is ordered by the Cleveland County Health Department or by the State Board of Health.
  3. When the absence results from the death of a member of the immediate family of the student. The immediate family of a student includes, but is not necessarily limited to, grandparents, parents, and siblings.
  4. When the absence results from the student’s medical, dental or other appointment with a health care provider.  A written excuse should be presented with a doctor’s signature or stamp. When possible, such appointments should be scheduled during non-school hours.
  5. When the student is a party to or under subpoena as a witness in the proceedings of a court or administrators tribunal.
  6. When the student or the student’s parent/guardian or custodian adheres to a religion whose tenets require the observance of a religious event. The parent/guardian or custodian must seek prior approval of the principal for such absences, and the approval should be granted unless the religious observance or the cumulative effect of religious observances is of such duration as to interfere with the education of the student.
  7. When the student obtains the principal’s prior approval for participation in a valid educational opportunity.

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Turning Point Academy places much emphasis on Character Education.  TPA will both practice and teach one Character Trait each month.

August                Respect                                        January        Self-Discipline

September        Respect                                            February          Courage

October        Responsibility                                March                 Honesty/Integrity

November        Good Citizenship                                April                 Good Judgment

December        Service to Others                                May                Perseverance

COMPUTER USAGE

All users are expected to exercise good judgment, use computer resources in a manner appropriate for school, and adhere to all school policies and all applicable laws and regulations. If used inappropriately, computer privileges may be eliminated or taken away for a period of time. 

CONFISCATION OF CONTRABAND

Any objects that have no educational purpose and may distract from teaching and learning are considered contraband and will be taken from students. This includes but is not limited to video games, audio and wireless communication devices, cameras, cell phones, beepers, trading cards, toys of any kind, rubber/silly bands, headphones, and/or MP3/radios. Confiscated items may be picked up in the office by a parent on the first offense.  Repeated offenses will result in school disciplinary action up to out of school suspension.  

CELL PHONE/WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

Cell phones and other wireless communication devices must be turned in before entering the school building.   Cell phones are NOT allowed at Turning Point Academy!

1st Offense:  Returned to Student at the end of  the day.        

2nd Offense: Held by Administration for parent(s) to pick up.        

All subsequent offenses will be determined by the administration.

DRESS AND APPEARANCE 

Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with a safe and effective learning environment. The Cleveland County Board of Education adopts a dress code to create a positive learning environment, teach good grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards, and teach respect for authority. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health or safety of the student or others, is prohibited.

Students will follow the TPA Dress Code.  High school students will wear maroon t-shirts. Middle school students will wear navy blue t-shirts. Each student will be given 3 t-shirts. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $5. Sweatshirts will be available for purchase in October.

  1. Caps, hats, bandanas, sweatbands, other head coverings or sunglasses may not be worn inside school buildings or other areas designated by the school.
  • Hoodies are not permitted in school
  • Half-zip shirts, sweaters, etc. are not permitted.
  • Jackets with hoods are not permitted in classrooms; students are not permitted to wear hoods during the school day.
  • Messages, imagery or advertisement on clothing, or jewelry that promote or encourage the use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs; depict violence; are of a lewd, obscene, vulgar or sexual nature; or are disruptive are prohibited.
  1.  Undergarments must not be exposed.
  2. Appropriate footwear is required. Bedroom shoes or slippers are not allowed.  Only one pair of shoes is permitted at school.
  3. Chains, spiked accessories, excessively large earrings or other heavy jewelry are not allowed. Piercings must not be a distraction in the learning environment.
  4. Sleepwear is prohibited.
  5. Excessively short, tight or oversized clothing is prohibited.
  6. Pants must fit and cover underwear Shirts or blouses must cover the abdomen, chest, both shoulders, and back completely.
  • Students must wear an approved t-shirt or sweatshirt.
  1. Pants may not be excessively baggy or drag the floor. Pants must be worn on the waist with a belt, if necessary, to hold them up. Any type of wording or message appearing on the seat of the pants is prohibited.
  • Pants must fit and cover underwear and/or shorts. Shorts are discouraged; however, if a student does wear shorts, they must be below the extended finger-tips by the side.
  1.  Zip ties will be used to fix pants at check in.
  2. Leggings or jeggings must be worn with a shirt/top that is the length of the “fingertip rule” (arms and fingers extended by the side).  Keep in mind that all of the CCS dress code applies.
  3. No skirts and/or dresses are permitted.  (Verified religious practices will not be discriminated against.)
  4. Cell phones are not permitted in school during the school day.
  5. Book bags, purses, string bags (or bags of any kind) are NOT permitted in school (past check-in).

Principals shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of students’ sincerely held religious beliefs or medical conditions. Individual schools are free to specify additional examples of dress or appearance that are prohibited at that school consistent with this policy. If a student’s dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health or safety of others, distracts the attention of other students or staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the principal or designee may require the student to change his or her dress or appearance. A second or repeated violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

GRADING SCALE:

Turning Point Academy graduation diploma requirements:  22 credits

        A:  90-100=4.0

        B:  80-89=3.0

        C:  70-79=2.0

        D:  60-69=1.0

        F:  <59=0.0

HOME/SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS

Good communication is the key to a good relationship between home and the school staff.  If you have a question or a concern, please call the school and speak with the appropriate staff member.  

Parent/Teacher conferences provide parents and teachers better insight into a student’s needs, academic growth, and success in school.  Parent/Teacher conferences are an excellent way to promote home/school relationships.  If you would like to have a conference at any time, please call to set one up. The school will also request conferences as the need arises.

Accurate school records are very important. Information such as telephone numbers, emergency contact numbers, addresses, etc. must be correct and updated as situations change.  It is imperative that you notify us if your telephone number changes.  There are times when the safety of a child may depend on reliable telephone numbers.  We also would like to have a parent’s email address as we have found email to be another effective tool for parent-teacher communication.

HOMEWORK

Students will be assigned homework at the teacher’s discretion in order to practice and/or expand on taught concepts and skills allowing them to continually grow in various subjects. The time spent doing homework or studying will influence how much the student will learn.  It will be necessary for students to assume responsibility to complete homework assignments and turn them in on time. They should ask their teacher questions if they do not understand homework assignments, and complete homework neatly.  We encourage and ask parents to monitor for completion of homework assignments and to assist their child as needed.  Parents will be notified if students continually fail to complete homework assignments.  Please call the Homework Hotline at (704) 476-8315 for assistance if needed.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

School will be in session unless the weather makes it dangerous for school buses to run. The  Weather Hotline is 704-476-8001.  Decisions concerning school closings or delays will be made by 6:00 am and posted on the school district website www.clevelandcountyschools.org.  Information will also be available by calling the Weather Hotline (704) 476-8001 or (704) 476-8002 for Spanish translation, and from local and regional media.  Tune in to the following stations for school district weather related decisions.  School closing for any zone will result in TPA closing since our students arrive from all zones.

  • TV Stations: TV33 – CHN, WBTV Channel 3, WSOC Channel 9, WCNC Channel 36
  • Radio Stations: WADA – 1390 AM, WOHS 730 AM, WKMT 1220 AM, WMIT 106.9 FM

Cleveland County Schools is divided into four zones – high school attendance areas – for inclement weather decisions.  All elementary, intermediate and middle schools “feeding” into these high schools will operate on the same schedule as their high school.

Classes may be cancelled in one or two zones without affecting the other two; however, schools throughout the county will close when more than two zones are cancelled.  For example, when Burns High School is closed the middle and elementary schools that “feed” students into Burns will also be closed.  If weather conditions in the remainder of the county are acceptable, schools in the Crest, Kings Mountain, and Shelby high school zones will operate.

Bus routes may be limited in some areas when school transportation officials determine they are unsafe even when school is not closed in that area.

A master calendar will be maintained to ensure students throughout the county attend school for the same number of days and that inclement weather make-up days are used appropriately.  If school is dismissed because of severe weather, the school will be informed by the superintendent’s office.  Students will be allowed to call for transportation if necessary.  An inclement weather sheet will need to be completed and kept current to avoid the need for calls home.

LOST AND FOUND

Students who find articles in a classroom such as eyeglasses, purses/wallets, and textbooks should give articles to the teacher.  Other items found outside the classroom should be taken to the office or given to appropriate personnel.  Items will be discarded monthly at the end of each month.

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST -

      TPA is designated as a free-lunch school.  

  • Ala Carte (extra) items may not be charged.  All adult items are ala carte.
  • Lunch must be carried in a lunch bag or box.

Lunch Schedule        

Middle School Group:          11:09-11:29 (All Middle School)

        High School  Group (1):           11:29-11:50

High School  Group (2):          11:50-12:10

        High School  Group (3):          12:16-12:36

            Final Auxiliary Lunch:         12:40-1:09

        

MEDICATION

Request for Medication to be Administered during school hours MUST be completed before any medication will be given at school.  

PARENT PARTICIPATION/CONTRACT

Parents are an important part of any student’s life. Students accepted into the Turning Point Program require the active support of parents and guardians. At TPA, we require parents to sign a parent contract.  Parents and students must attend an orientation prior to students being accepted.

PARKING

Limited parking is available at the front entrance of TPA.  Additional parking is located on the north,east, and south sections of the gymnasium.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PARTICIPATION

All students are expected to participate fully in our physical education program. If a student has an extended injury, a doctor’s note is required for non-participation in these classes. All students should wear tennis shoes for physical activity.

PURPOSE STATEMENTS AND SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

TPA MISSION

The mission of Turning Point Academy is to provide a safe, supportive and individualized learning environment that meets the academic, personal, emotional and social needs of students so they can graduate from high school with a pathway to the future.

CLEVELAND COUNTY SCHOOL MISSION

Cleveland County Schools will equip all students with knowledge and skills to become productive citizens in a globally competitive world by partnering with our community to provide appropriate education experiences.

CLEVELAND COUNTY SCHOOL VISION

To fully equip students by striving to be one of the 10 best performing districts in the state.

TURNING POINT ACADEMY SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

The faculty and staff of Turning Point Academy believe all children can and will learn.  Children learn best when they are given a supportive, caring environment that develops self-esteem, self-motivation, and a sense of responsibility.  This setting provides students the opportunity to develop the strong academic foundation necessary to become lifelong learners.

We strive to prepare students to become productive, responsible members of society.  Self-respect and respect for others are major components of our Character Education Plan.  Promoting good character is a cooperative effort between the school, the home, and the community.

PURCHASES/FEES

School Insurance: School insurance information is sent home at the beginning of each school year.  Purchase is optional, but strongly recommended.  

Textbooks: All textbooks are loaned to the students free of charge.  However, students who lose or damage a book will be charged for the loss or damage.

SCHOOL BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Riding a school bus is a privilege and is part of our school day. Accordingly, students should adhere to all rules and procedures outlined in the student handbook while being transported to and from school. Classroom conduct is expected.   Certain Offenses will result in immediate Bus Suspension.  All bus referrals will be sent to Administration.

School Bus Safety: Also see Cleveland County Schools Code of Conduct.  In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment on the bus, students are expected to observe the following School Bus Safety rules:

  • FOLLOW THE DRIVER’S INSTRUCTIONS

School buses are just like classrooms:  the adult is in charge.  In the classroom, it’s the teacher; on the bus, it’s the driver.  By state law, students are under the authority of the driver while on the school bus.

  • STAY OUT OF THE DANGER ZONE

The area around a school bus is called the DANGER ZONE.

  • REMAIN SEATED, FACING FORWARD

School bus seats are specially designed to protect passengers.  They can only be effective if riders always face the front and stay in their seats and out of the aisle until the driver tells them to stand up and exit.

  • KEEP HANDS, FEET AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF

On the bus, inappropriate behavior like fighting, pushing, horseplay or throwing something might distract the driver and cause an accident.  Students must keep all parts of their body inside the bus where it’s safe, and never throw anything out the window.

  • BE POLITE AND TALK QUIETLY

Everybody on the bus, including the driver, has the right to a safe, orderly environment, so students need to use good manners and talk quietly only to the riders in the same seat with them, using acceptable language and gestures.

  • NO EATING, DRINKING, SMOKING

Eating on the bus may create a choking hazard; spilled food or drink may ruin clothing or cause someone to slip, or attract germs and insects. Buses are considered District property and are tobacco/nicotine-free.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Students are responsible for supplying their own paper, pencils, and items.  Teachers will expect students to have necessary supplies for each class. If you are having financial difficulties and unable to get supplies, see an administrator or counselor.

SCHOOL RULES/STUDENT CONTRACT

At Turning Point Academy, we follow all Cleveland County Code of Conduct rules. We also have Positive Behavior Support rules that students are taught in the first few weeks of school.  We have extraordinarily high expectations for student conduct and countless details are intentionally managed to create an overall culture in which achievement and student success is celebrated, valued and encouraged for all. Students are asked to sign a student agreement stating that they will abide by and uphold the Turning Point Academy program PBIS values while on campus or while representing the Turning Point Academy program at off-campus events and community activities.

CLEVELAND COUNTY CODE OF CONDUCT

Code of Conduct - 2019-2020.pdf

SIGN IN/OUT

1) Any student arriving at school after the 8:30 bell must sign in at the office.

2) Any student leaving school at any time, for any reason, prior to dismissal time, must sign out in the office.

  1. Students may be signed out by a parent with proper identification.
  2. Non-parents who wish to sign out a student must have proper identification as well as verified parental permission before office approval is given.  Students who know in advance that they will be signing out should bring a note from a parent giving the reason for leaving early, the time they will be leaving, the name of the person who will be picking them up and a phone number where the parent can be reached if necessary.
  3.  All notes regarding early dismissal will be verified by the administration.

STUDENT DRIVERS

Parents who wish their student to drive must complete the “Request Permission for Student Driver” form.  This form will be reviewed by administration and parents will be notified when their student is permitted to drive.  Student drivers must park on the Sumter Drive side of the gym.  No student driver is permitted to transport other students without permission by administration and a written note from both parents.  Student drivers who are consistently tardy may lose driving privileges.

DRIVER’S EDUCATION POLICY

A student who is at TPA cannot take Driver’s Education at their home school until they have been recommended to return to their home school.  Once the student returns to his/her home school, the student can then take Driver’s Education with their home school.  Please remember the requirements to transition to the home school include:  good attendance, obtaining grades of Cs or better, and 3 or less discipline referrals.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Calls will only be made on an emergency basis by students. Calling for homework, books, lunches, permission to go home with a friend, etc. are not acceptable reasons to use the school phones. It is important to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum. Students will not be called out of class for telephone calls, but messages will be delivered by the end of the day when needed. Parents are asked to make transportation arrangements before their child leaves home and send a signed note concerning different arrangements including a working phone number.  Students without this authorization will not be permitted to use alternate transportation.  Students must see administration for permission to use the telephone.

TRAFFIC

Flow of traffic in front of the main building is one-way.  Enter near the cafeteria side and exit near the gymnasium side.

VISITORS

Parents are welcome to visit the school or the classroom.  All visitors must show identification and register in the office using our sign-in paper documenting the purpose of your visit. At that time you will receive a visitor’s pass containing your name and purpose of the visit. You are required to wear your visitor’s pass for the duration of your visit and to sign out in the office before departing. Arrangements must be made in advance with the teacher and administration before visiting a teacher’s room. Visitors may not interrupt classes during instruction or testing.  If you need to speak at length to an administrator, it is best to schedule a conference in advance. You may call our school office to schedule conferences. We ask that visitors go only to areas that are relevant to the purpose of the visit.

APPENDIX 1

WE WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE!

Core Beliefs

  1. We will provide a safe and supportive environment that can be adapted to meet the uniqueness of each student in a manner that results in students feeling loved, valued and respected.

  1. We will ensure that a positive and productive relationship is established and maintained with each student to assist in student-centered decision-making.

  1. We will empower and support students to make positive changes academically, personally, and socially, using self-determination skills that will encourage active engagement in critical thinking, communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and goal-setting.

  1. We will collaborate with students, families, school staff and community agencies to provide a network of resources designed to meet the educational, therapeutic, emotional, and physical needs of all students, in order to assist them in graduating from high school with a pathway for the future: college, technical school, military or the workforce.

  1. We will maintain high expectations and accountability for staff and students in the successful implementation of rigorous, relevant, differentiated and technology-supported common core instruction.

  1. We will utilize data driven research-based practices to monitor student success and enhance the efficacy of our program.

Mission Statement

The mission of Turning Point Academy is to provide a safe, supportive and individualized learning environment that meets the academic, personal, emotional and social needs of students so they can graduate from high school with a pathway to the future: college, technical school, military or workforce.

Turning Point Academy’s Positive Behavior Intervention Support Behavior Matrix

Expectations

Arrival

Hallway

(STRIDE)

Restroom

Cafeteria

(EAT)

Classroom

Dismissal

(LEAVE)

Bus

(RIDE)

R

Respect-

yourselves and others

Address adults/peers appropriately

STRIDE

Get in - get out

Address adults/peers appropriately

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

LEAVE

RIDE

E

Engagement

On time and in class

STRIDE

Get in - get out

EAT

Focus on learning

LEAVE

RIDE

A

Accept Responsibility

-Turning in electronics

-Going through     check-in

STRIDE

-Flush

-Trash in can

-Clean your area

Complete tasks/assignments

-Keep work area neat/clean

LEAVE

RIDE

C

Cooperative

Wear appropriate dress Code

STRIDE

Wait your turn

-Following staff directions.

-Remain in assigned area

-Following staff directions

-Raise hand

-Remain in assigned area

LEAVE

RIDE

H

Harmonious

-Focus on self

-Positive Attitude

STRIDE

Tell escort of any issues

-Soft voices

-Be kind

-Courteous to peers/adults

-Quiet conversations

LEAVE

RIDE

DEFINITIONS FOR MATRIX ACRONYMS

STRIDE

EAT

LEAVE

RIDE

Soft voices.

Travel safely.

Right side walking.

Ignore negativity.

Distance Management.

Eyes Forward.

Enter appropriately.

Assigned area.

Trash cleanup.

Leave only when your group is called.

Exit safely.

Appropriate behavior.

Valuables need to be picked up.

Enjoy your afternoon.

Remain in my seat.

Ignore negativity.

Driver Distractions-NO!

Enjoy the ride.

APPENDIX 2

Parent Contract for Turning Point Academy Program

Students accepted into the Turning Point Program require the active support of parents and guardians. Our staff believes that connections with all students and building relationships is paramount to the overall school environment. We strive to create a positive learning environment where everyone in the classroom is practicing self-controlled manageable behavior, and experiencing measurable significant academic progress and success.

  • I do understand all of the program expectations regarding discipline.
  • I agree to make every effort to attend all scheduled parent-teacher conferences (twice each year, please check dates).
  • I agree to meet face-to-face with Turning Point staff after any major discipline problem that results in suspension from the program.
  • I will make every effort to attend PTO, and or volunteer a total of (4) hours to the Turning Point  program for activities designed to benefit all students in the program. (Kick-off BBQ; Mentor Luncheon; Parent support group; Christmas Fellowship; Spring Fling; College tours and field trips. Etc…)
  • I agree to support my child by encouraging daily attendance and will call when they will be absent due to illness or appointments.
  • I will support all school rules (including dress code).
  • I will support Turning Point staff and model a positive attitude about the importance of education.
  • I will establish a daily routine at home including a reasonable bedtime, wake up time, and some downtime (30 minutes at least) each day with no TV, no music, no computer and no phone.
  • I agree to inform Turning Point  staff of changes or events in my child's life that may affect his/her attitude, behavior, or performance.
  • I understand that the Turning Point Program is not responsible for the manner and/or means by which students are transported to and from the campus (unless the student is a bus-rider). My child will arrive no earlier than and depart no later than 20 minutes before and after the beginning and end of the school day. (Unless prior arrangements have been made)
  • I understand that the Turning Point  programs sometimes use student's pictures for promotional and informational purposes (Year-book; Newsletter; Posters and Brochures; News-paper and Local-TV).
  • I permit my student to receive both tangible and intangible rewards when demonstrating positive behaviorS.  Some of the tangible rewards may be chips, soft drinks, candy, etc.  Some of the intangible rewards may be walks, extra gym time, game time, breaks, etc.  

___________________________________________

Parent Signature

___________________________________________

Date

APPENDIX 3

Agreement to Participate and Authorization to Release Information

This form must be signed by the student and the parent/guardian before the student is accepted into The Turning Point Academy Program

Student Agreement to Participate in the Turning Point Academy Program

We have high expectations for student conduct and student data is monitored to create an overall culture in which achievement and student success is celebrated, valued and encouraged for all.

 I agree to abide by and uphold the Turning Point Academy program PBIS values while on campus or while representing the Turning Point Academy program at off-campus events and community activities.

I understand that the academic and behavioral standard for the Turning Point Academy Program is "Excellence" and that even though I will receive a letter and numeric grade for all assignments, I must complete all assignments to the standard of "Excellence".

  1. I will attend school everyday unless I am sick/ill.
  2. I will not demonstrate aggressive behavior with my peers or adults.
  3. I will be in class on time; I will not be tardy for class.
  4. I will accept responsibility for every word that comes out of my mouth.
  5. I will not show negative or defiant behavior toward adults and peers.
  6. I will abide by the Turning Point dress code.
  7. I will honor the behavior and discipline guidelines.
  8. I will keep my hands to myself at all times.
  9. I will not engage in a physical fight.
  10. I will not possess any Tobacco/Alcohol products or any illegal drugs.
  11. I am accountable for any damaged property including on the bus.
  12. I will not steal or engage in any theft of any kind.
  13. I will be in my seat, and in my classroom.
  14. I will complete all assignments, reports and homework to the satisfaction of my classroom teacher, I understand that "Excellence" is the standard and I will re-do any assignment that doesn't meet the Turning Point Academy  standard of "Excellence".
  15. I will bring a written excuse upon returning to school from an absence.
  16. I understand that it is my responsibility to get missed assignments and complete them.
  17.  I will practice self-controlled manageable behavior
  18. I will maintain a passing grade (excellence is my goal).
  19. I agree to sign and abide by the Turning Point Academy "Honor Code of Ethics".

The above list of minor and major infractions are given as examples and are not intended to be exhaustive. These are guidelines to be used in accomplishing behavioral goals and expectations. All infractions will be reported and recorded on a Disciplinary Form

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Student Signature

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Consequences for Major Infractions

All major infractions will be recorded on a Disciplinary Form and Administration is to be contacted ASAP. All disciplinary measures will be processed through Administration.

Discipline is determined by administration based on Cleveland County Code of Conduct.

By signing below, I am agreeing to abide by and understand the Turning Point Academy standards.

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Parent Signature

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Student Signature

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APPENDIX - 4

Cleveland County Schools Yearly Calendar