Salt Hybrid Academy Policies and Code of Conduct
From the Teachers
We, the teachers of Salt Hybrid Academy, consider it a privilege to serve you throughout this next year. We are organized to assist you, the parent, in preparing your child(ren) to excel in every duty and the calling God has for them throughout their lives. We are only an aide to you as you will remain your child’s primary instructor. It is ultimately your responsibility that your child(ren) keep up with the coursework assigned in the Salt classes.
Salt will be unapologetically Biblical in its curriculum choices. At Salt, we also count it the highest privilege to pour truth into the minds and hearts of young souls. Below is a list of core tenants they will learn:
- Salt’s leadership is committed to teaching that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, and therefore man by his works contributes nothing to his salvation. (Ephesians 2:9)
- Salt’s leadership is committed to teaching that man is sinful from birth, corrupt by nature, unable to please God, and will never be able to accomplish enough good works to make man acceptable to Him. (Ephesians 2: 1-2; Romans 3:9-31)
- Salt’s leadership is committed to teaching that it is the imputation of Christ’s righteousness that makes a sinner acceptable to God. (Romans 3:21-31)
- Salt’s leadership is committed to teaching that every soul ends up in either heaven or hell.
- Salt’s leadership is committed to teaching that the inerrant Word of God, given by the God of the Word, is the full plenary inspiration of God, and is sufficient and authoritative for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:2-21)
Salt’s purpose is to glorify God by connecting with homeschool families and assisting them in their call as their child(ren)’s primary educator. Salt classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 to 5:15.
Salt instructors, in partnership with parents, will enforce all Salt policies and academic and behavioral requirements. By parents and students signing the registration form, everyone agrees to the Salt requirements. Finally, it is important for students, parents, and instructors alike to realize that this is a unique partnership. All have come together for the common goal of home-educating our students and building a Christ-minded community to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Provide exceptional instructors with educational experience, mastery of the material, ability to teach, personal integrity, and a love for the Lord.
- Provide core and technical classes for elementary, middle, and high school students.
- Provide elective classes for elementary through high school students.
- Provide support, and encouragement to enhance the parent’s role as the primary educator.
- Maximize learning by maintaining a class size between 5 and 20 students per class, depending on class structure.
- Provide an active website and updates to inform Salt families of all pertinent information and announcements.
- Provide parents with a course description, required textbook list, a class syllabus (when applicable), and schedules to specify expectations and assignments for each class.
- Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a Biblical manner.
- Purchase books and materials and pay all fees in a timely manner.
- Communicate clearly and consistently with their students to ensure that all assignments are completed on time and that their student is fully prepared to participate in class. (Some courses will require the parent to correct work at home).
- Communicate with Salt instructors to inform them of planned absences and to make arrangements for missed lessons
- Make sure students are dressed appropriately and arrive on time for class(es).
- Keep ill children home. If your child has had a fever within the last 24 hours, do not send him/her to class. If your child appears sick while at Salt, you will be notified to come pick him/her up.
- Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner.
- Abide by the Florida requirements for homeschooling. (Please see FL Homeschool laws.)
Abide by the rules of conduct.
Come prepared for class and complete all assignments on time. (Students who fall significantly behind on assignments without a legitimate reason, in the judgment of the instructor will be advised to seek other homeschool options.)
Be in their seats and prepared for class at the start of the class period. Students are expected to use the restroom between classes, not during the classes.
Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner.
Treat all instructors, directors, volunteers, and fellow students with respect and honor.
STUDENT CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR
We assume that parents will provide sufficient oversight to ensure that their student(s) conduct themselves honorably and adhere to the Code of Conduct while they are at Salt HA. We expect students to exemplify excellence in their personal behavior, conducting themselves in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord.
Salt is designed to provide instruction to self-disciplined young men and women. Because Salt relies on concentrated classes and considerable student preparation outside of class, students who lack the necessary self-discipline will find success difficult and are advised to seek other home education options. Students must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction to benefit from this type of educational opportunity. All students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with biblical standards and in a manner that will not be distracting to other students. Any student who does not abide by Salt’s standard of conduct and behavior may be dismissed from Salt HA at the discretion of the instructor and director of Salt without a refund. This includes but is Not LIMITED to drug and alcohol abuse including vaping and nicotine use, inappropriate use of social media outlets, violation of civil and state laws, violence towards another student/individual on or off campus, etc.
- Disobedience and /or disrespect will not be tolerated in the classes. Teachers are expected to govern their classrooms entirely. However, in the event where additional intervention is required, the School Administrator or Dean will be notified and further disciplinary action will take place.
- With the intervention of the School Administrator or Dean, parents will be contacted directly through email or phone call. A record of your child's disciplinary incident will be kept on file. Each child and incident will be reviewed individually.
- Repeat offenders will be dismissed immediately from the class or from SALT at the Administrator's discretion without refund.
* K – 5th-grade students will not be permitted to partake in Study hall.
- Please do not drop off your K – 5th-grade students. They will need to be walked to class, and the parent is required to sign the student in and out of Salt. They will need to be in a designated classroom at all times.
- Parents are welcome to be on campus to supervise their children while not in class(es)
- 6th – 12th-grade students not in a Salt class are required to attend Study Hall at all times. The study hall is located in the church lobby or the designated classroom.
- Study Hall is a quiet place for students who are in 6th grade or higher to study, read, or work on homework. It is not a social hour. Students must have quiet work to do. Laptops may be used for academic purposes only.
- Absolutely NO phones or air pods are allowed to be in use during study hall. If you are caught using your phone or air pods, they will be taken away.
EATING AND LUNCH
Students may eat in the designated eating areas only. No student is to consume food or drink anywhere else in the building unless given permission by an instructor. (Clear water bottles may be brought to class or study hall). Students must respect church property and strive to keep all classrooms and lunch area clean by picking up after themselves.
High school students who drive themselves to school may leave for lunch with written consent from a parent.
No student will be allowed to leave with a student who drives with out written consent from both parents, and under no circumstance will we allow two students of the opposite sex to leave together alone in a car. This type of situation would need to be clearly arranged with both Cali and myself by both parties involved, as well as a signed consent form from both parents involved.
Leaving campus with out permission will result in a 1 to 2 week suspension
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing lawsuits against the Church, Salt HA, one another, or the Staff, to resolve personal disputes between members. In the event of any dispute, claim, question, or disagreement arising between members, the members shall use their best efforts to settle such dispute, claim, question, or disagreement as befits Christians. They shall consult and negotiate with each other in good faith and recognize their mutual interests not to disgrace the name of Christ, seeking to reach a just and equitable solution.
Salt's Code of Conduct
Salt is intended to provide instruction to self-disciplined young men and women. Students must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction to benefit from this type of educational opportunity. All students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with biblical standards and in a manner that will not be distracting to other students on or off campus. Parents are responsible for their own children’s behavior to ensure they are acting in accordance with all of Salt’s policies. Any student or parent who does not abide by the Code of Conduct will be asked to leave the program without a refund.
- Students will act in such a way that their words and actions promote the unity and encouragement of fellow students.
- Students violating personal or academic integrity (plagiarism or cheating) may be dismissed from Salt HA.
- NO CELL PHONE USAGE DURING SALT HOURS (8:15-4:00).ALL CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF AND STORED SAFELY IN BACKPACKS. PHONES USED DURING SALT HOURS WILL BE CONFISCATED BY ADMINISTRATION. PARENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO RETRIEVE THE PHONE AT THEIR CONVENIENCE. A DISCIPLINARY NOTE WILL BE RECORDED IN THEIR DISCIPLINARY FOLDER. REPEATED OFFENSES WILL LEADTO DISMISSAL WITHOUT REFUND.
- Laptops or iPads and similar electronic devices are only allowed for academic purposes at the teacher's discretion.
- Students assume responsibility and risk of loss for their own possessions. Please clearly label all books and notebooks.
- Students will avoid acting in such a way that is considered disrespectful, offensive, immoral, intimidating, or rude, and will avoid gossiping to or about others.
- Bullying and poor attitude are grounds for dismissal without a refund.
- Students must dress modestly during Salt Co-ops and field trips.
- Students must be in their seats and prepared at the start of the class period. They may not wait for other students or for their instructor to call them to class.
- No student may wander on campus grounds or leave the campus without parent permission.
- Students may not go into any part of the building other than the designated classroom, or church lobby.
- Students must respect the church property and the property of others by not touching anything that does not belong to them without permission.
- The halls, sanctuary, cafeteria and restrooms must be kept clear, clean, and quiet.
- Students may eat only in designated eating areas and must pick up after themselves immediately. All trash must be thrown away, and all belongings must be cleaned up and removed before leaving an area.
- Students may not bring pocket knives or any other object that could be used as a weapon.
- Any damage caused by a student to the building, tables, or other church property is the financial responsibility of that student and his/her family.
According to (https://www.stopbullying.gov/bullying/what-is-bullying#types) STOPBULLYING.GOV, bullying is:
Unwanted aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated,..., over time.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or over an extended period of time.
There are three types of bullying:
- Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
- Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Embarrassing someone in public
- Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Taking or breaking someone’s things
- Making mean or rude hand gestures
Bullying or intimidating another student will NOT be tolerated. If a student is accussed of bullying, an investigation will be conducted immediately involving all parties.Should the "Bully" be found to have truly engaged in bullying, the student will not be allowed to return to Salt, and NO refunds will be given.
Dress Code Responsibility
Students have the responsibility to dress neatly, be clean, and well groomed, and avoid dressingin a manner that offends or distracts others.
The following procedures are established to honor God, promote discipline, maintain order, secure the safety of students, and provide a healthy environment conducive to academic and spiritual purposes.
1. Clothing that exposes the torso is not allowed. Clothing that displays/exposes cleavage is not allowed. The following examples include but are not limited to what is considered unacceptable: tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps and halters, bare back or midriff clothing, skin-tight clothing, see-through clothing, bathing suits (except with permission for specified events and only modest swimwear). Leggings and skinny jeans are permitted when paired with a looser top extending to a minimum of the hip bone.
2. Skirts, skorts, and dresses may be no shorter than two (2) inches above the top of the knee. Shorts must be no shorter than four (4) inches above the knee or cover the entire buttocks.
3. Appropriate undergarments must be worn but shall not be exposed, i.e., boxer shorts, underwear, bras. Pajamas shall not be worn to school except for specified Pajama Day. Sports bras are considered undergarments.
4. Students must wear shoes at all times. Slippers or shoes with containers, cleats, wheels, or tap shoes are prohibited. Athletic shoes may be required for physical education classes. Shoes with laces and/or straps must be secured at all times. For safety reasons, elementary students may not wear sandals or open toe shoes. Crocs are permitted.
5. No clothes or accessories with metal studs, animal collars, ornaments, chains, or other objects which can scratch furniture, damage property, or cause harm to oneself or others, may be worn.
6. Clothing, jewelry, and accessories shall not convey messages that are crude; politically offensive; vulgar/profane; violent/death-oriented (Gothic); gang related; sexually suggestive; and/or promoting alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
7. Clothing which is not worn appropriately, is not properly fastened, or has tears or holes exposing skin around the hip/pelvic area will not be permitted.
8. Pants, jeans, slacks, and shorts must be worn to the top of the hipbone or higher. Pants must be secured at the hip, must not be baggy or oversized and the hem of the pant leg must not drag on the ground.
- Each class has homework demerits and behavior demerits.
- Homework demerits are given out to students who continuously show up to class without their homework completed.
- If the student is removed from the class for misconduct, the student will receive a demerit and a phone call to the parents.
- Students will be permanently removed from the class after multiple attempts to correct said behavior have failed. No refunds.
Please understand, it is our heart's desire to establish respect and self-control through the means of consistency and firm disciplinary actions. If students understand that each teacher has only 1 hour to teach their material, and the less distraction from students the teacher receives, the more enjoyable the lesson will be. We will not accept any disrespect or lack of self-control in the classroom. Offenders will be removed immediately.