Family Policies

Absences

  • Students must be on time and attend the courses for which they are signed up. Skipping class is prohibited.
  • A pattern of absenteeism or habitual tardiness may affect placement in future PATH classes.
  • The parents will notify each of their student’s teachers of any absence using e-mail (preferred) or a note as soon as the date of absence is known. Notification should be in advance whenever possible and should be no later than the day of the absence.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to arrange to make-up any work missed due to an absence. Students who fail to take responsibility for their missed work will receive a zero for the assignment(s).
  • When Milford Exempted Village Schools (Milford Public Schools) cancel due to inclement weather (NOT extreme cold), then PATH will be cancelled.
  • In the event that PATH classes need to be cancelled, we will schedule a makeup day during the snow makeup days listed on the calendar. If a day cannot be rescheduled, then the teacher will e-mail the assignments to keep the course on schedule with the syllabus.
  • PATH is not liable or responsible for teen drivers or their passengers.

Grades and Family Responsibilities

  • Students must commit to a high work ethic at all times, coming to class fully prepared with all assignments completed. Students must submit acceptable academic work.
  • Students must maintain an average quarterly grade of 70% or higher in each PATH class. Students whose average quarterly grade falls below 70% in any PATH class will be placed on Academic Probation for the following quarter.
  • Students must have regular access to the following: a computer with printer, internet access, and email (family account is fine).
  • Families will check their e-mail daily to receive assignments, updates, and messages from teachers and PATH leadership.
  • Families will print documents and bring them to class, which the teacher e-mails, such as the syllabus, handouts, and assignments.
  • Assignment grades, missing assignments, and quarterly report card grades will be submitted online using an online grading system.
  • Students are to keep up with homework due dates. Teachers will enter all missing assignments on PATH’s online grading system. Parents are responsible for seeing that their student makes up the missing assignment. Teacher policy regarding late work will be listed on their syllabus.
  • Late Work Policy: 10% will be deducted from the score for each week that an assignment is late unless prior arrangements have been made with the teacher. Late work will not be accepted after three weeks. Teachers may specify how many late assignments they will accept each quarter.
  • Parents will check their student’s progress and grades weekly using the online grading system.
  • The high school transcript is the parent’s responsibility. Parents are encouraged to print the quarterly grades from the online grading system for their record keeping.

Academic Probation

  • PATH Leadership will monitor all students’ coursework in a confidential manner, expecting the student and parents to abide by the Parent/Student Contract.
  • Students will be placed on Academic Probation if their average quarterly grade falls below 70%.
  • Academic Probation is on a per-class basis.
  • If a student’s grade warrants Academic Probation, PATH Leadership will immediately schedule a meeting in which the student, parents, and PATH Leadership will be present.  Teachers can choose to attend.
  • All parties will discuss the probationary period, create an Academic Achievement Plan and sign an Academic Probation Contract.
  • The Academic Probation Contract will state:
    • The student may not be tardy to the class during the quarter, and PATH Leadership will monitor all absences.
    • All work must be completed.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher if they don’t understand something.
    • When a student continually fails to turn in homework, the teacher may require them to sit in the library or quiet study hall instead of being in the MPR.
    • The teacher(s) will be instructed to report non-compliance immediately.
    • No late or incomplete assignments are permissible during the quarter.
    • The teacher(s) will be instructed to report non-compliance immediately to PATH Leadership.
  • A student who successfully completes the probationary period will be removed from Academic Probation. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the class.

Behavioral Policies

PATH desires to have a respectful atmosphere, pleasing to God and reflecting Christian standards in action and dress.

  • Parent and student communication regarding PATH, including e-mails to teachers, leadership, and parents, will be respectful and Biblical at all times.
  • Classroom cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated.
  • Students will come to class prepared and with all assignments completed.
  • Disrespectful or bad talk, gestures, or actions will not be tolerated. Respect will be expected at all times toward leadership, teachers, classmates, parents, the church staff, attendees, and visitors of the facility.
  • Students must behave properly in a structured classroom setting. Academic, behavior, and social maturity must be at a level as not to distract from the group learning environment.
  • During class time, respect must be shown by alert attention and participation. Behaviors such as talking to neighbor, interrupting, disrupting, distracting, or the passing of notes are unacceptable.
  • Students will not use electronic devices, including cell phones, during class time. They will be confiscated for the remainder of the day.
  • Students will respect property, both inside and outside of the facility. Parents are financially responsible for any property damage caused by their child.
  • No public display of affection, such as hugging, holding of hands, or kissing.
  • Students will pick up after themselves and assist in clean up.
  • Students are not to leave campus unless going home for the day.

Dress Code Policies

In order to provide a non-distracting environment, the dress code is to be modest at all times and applies to students, teachers, visitors, parents, and siblings when at PATH or a PATH event.

  • Shirts must have sleeves, no tank tops, or spaghetti straps. Necklines should be high with no cleavage showing.
  • Shirts must be able to be tucked in; no backs, midriffs, boxers, or underwear showing anytime, including when arms are raised or stretched. Layered shirts or jackets below the waist are encouraged and appreciated.
  • Shirts and pants must not be tight or clingy. Leggings are considered undergarments and not pants, so all coverings over leggings must adhere to policy guidelines.
  • Skirts and shorts must be at least mid-thigh in length, even with leggings.
  • Shirts and jewelry must not display any offensive symbols, messages, logos, or anything contrary to Christian values.
  • Pants must not have writing across the back.
  • Leadership reserves the right to define inappropriate and/or offensive apparel.

Church Policies

  • Teen drivers must park along the tree line opposite the Life Center lobby doors. They must enter either through the doors closest to study hall.
  • Students can only be in the designated PATH areas of the Life Center.
  • Family members and siblings are welcome but may not wait in hallway areas or classrooms. Please wait in designated areas: the library, study hall or MPR.  Parents are responsible for their children and must supervise, control them, and clean up after them.
  • Do not bring unexpected or unsupervised visitors.
  • Touching or operating of room dividers is prohibited.
  • Students will not use the copier.
  • The coffee bar in the Life Center foyer is not for student use.
  • Students will not use the kitchen.
  • Selling of products is not allowed for individual profit or fundraising

Violation of Policies

  • Leadership reserves the right to call a parent to have the student removed from campus or the program with any warning.
  • For the first warning, the student will be talked to privately by the teacher, leadership, or parent monitor.  The second warning will result in talking with the leadership. A third warning will result in parental notification by leadership. A fourth infraction for the same issue will result in dismissal from the program that academic year.
  • However, classroom cheating or plagiarism will result in a zero. The work has to be redone for the first warning. The second offense for cheating or plagiarism will result in dismissal from the program for that academic year.

*We want to enforce these rules kindly and ask for your cooperation, so the program runs smoothly and consistently for everyone. May everyone strive to find their God-given potential!


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