Benton Harbor Charter School Academy

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Attendance Policy

Help Your Child Succeed in Life: Build the Habit of Good School Attendance.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to get their child to school.
  • Missing just five days of school means 30 hours of missed instructional time.
  • Starting in kindergarten, there is a direct link between absences and reading level.
  • One in ten kindergarten and first-grade students is chronically absent.
  • Students who are chronically absent are 7.5 times more likely to drop out of high school.

CHRONIC ABSENCE: 10 or more days

WARNING SIGNS: 7-9 days

SATISFACTORY: 6 or fewer days

Two easy ways to report an absence:

Phone: 269.925.3807

Fax: 269.927.3673

Uniform Policy

A student will maintain personal attire and grooming standards that promote safety, health, and acceptable standards of social conduct, and are not disruptive to the educational environment.

BHCSA MIDDLE SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

  • KHAKI PANTS/SKIRTS/SKORTS with a WHITE DRESS SHIRT – School Blazer, Cardigan and Ties will be supplied by the academy.

BHCSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY

  • NAVY, BLACK OR KHAKI PANTS/SHORT/SKIRTS/SKORTS with a WHITE, LIGHT BLUE, YELLOW OR NAVY SHIRT WITH COLLAR

ALL GRADES

  • No torn, ripped, oversized or sagging pants are allowed.
  • If pants have belt loops, students must wear a belt of the appropriate size and length. Belts must be black, navy or brown.
  • Tops must have sleeves, either long or short, and all tops are to be tucked in at all times.
  • Shirts must be free of any writing or logos (SCHOOL LOGO ALLOWED).
  • Sweaters must be white, navy, tan, black or brown. No logos or writing is permitted on sweaters.
  • In cold weather, coats of any color or kind can be worn to school but must be kept in the student’s
    locker or hung up in his/her cubby.
  • Students are not allowed to wear flip flops, bedroom shoes, Chinese slippers or any footwear that does not cover the foot. Footwear must match. No mismatched shoes or socks. Only BROWN OR BLACK SHOES (no logos). No gym or tennis shoes permitted.
  • No jeggings or leggings allowed.
  • No cut-off shorts.
  • No colored undershirts are permitted.
  • No excessive jewelry is permitted (Girls: studs or small hoops only) (Boys: no earrings)

BHCSA reserves the right to make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Social Media Privacy

Social networking means opening up and sharing information online with others, but it’s important that children and parents alike use high-security settings to ensure that only approved friends are seeing their information. Our Social Media Privacy Guide helps you and your children select the highest security settings so that only approved friends can access your information.

We take cyberbullying very seriously. It is our goal to educate all of our school families about the internet and social media safety. If you suspect that your child may be experiencing cyberbullying, please contact your school administration immediately.

Student Pick Up Procedures

  •  Anyone picking up your child must show their ID card (identification card) and must be on record as a person who can pick up your child from school. Please bring your ID and stop by the front office with the names of people who can pick up your child from school. We will not accept telephone permission.
  • The pick-up person will not be allowed in the building or bus loading area during pick-up time. If the pick-up person is caught in the building, a report of trespassing will be filed with local law enforcement.
  • If you or anyone you allow to pick up your child wants to visit classrooms for any reason – you must first fill out a volunteer form for a background check.
  • The River Terrace Apartments will no longer be on the bus route. Instead, we will provide a crossing guard at the rear of our building from 7:50 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. and for after-school crossing.

Food Program

Due to website compliance laws, we are temporarily unable to put our lunch menus on our site.

If you would like a copy of the lunch menu, please visit our school office and we would be happy to print you a copy.