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Student/Parent Handbook (9-12 Grades)

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Student-Parent Handbook
HIGH SCHOOL
LISA ACADEMY
2019-2020
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Table of Contents
WELCOME LETTER.........................................................................................................................................................7
SECTION I: ADMISSION, ATTENDANCE AND DISMISSAL.......................................................................................8
Admissions Policy ......................................................................................................................................................8
Non-Discrimination ...............................................................................................................................................8
Submission of Applications and Admissions Lottery .....................................................................................8
Lottery Process......................................................................................................................................................8
Student Information .............................................................................................................................................9
Residency Verification.......................................................................................................................................10
Withdrawal from School ....................................................................................................................................10
Attendance................................................................................................................................................................11
Penalties and Notification Procedures...........................................................................................................12
Make-Up Work......................................................................................................................................................13
Tardiness...............................................................................................................................................................13
Requirement to Attend School for a Full Day ..............................................................................................14
Driver’s License Attendance Verification ........................................................ Error! Bookmark not defined.
Drop Off and Dismissal Policy ...............................................................................................................................14
Dismissal/Pick Up Information Form...............................................................................................................15
Early Check Out from School............................................................................................................................15
SECTION II: DRESS AND GROOMING......................................................................................................................16
Notice to Parents/Guardians and Students .......................................................................................................16
Uniform Top..............................................................................................................................................................16
Footwear ...................................................................................................................................................................16
Additional Uniform Policy and Grooming Requirements and Limitations..................................................17
Personal Appearance..............................................................................................................................................17
Outerwear .................................................................................................................................................................17
Senior Dress Code....................................................................................................................................................17
Dress Code for Field Trips .....................................................................................................................................17
SECTION III: STUDENT HEALTH.............................................................................................................................18
General Information ...............................................................................................................................................18
Tobacco-Free School Notice .................................................................................................................................18
Alcohol-Free School Notice...................................................................................................................................18
Drug-Free School Notice........................................................................................................................................18
Communicable Diseases and Parasites ...............................................................................................................18
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Immunizations ..........................................................................................................................................................19
Illness or Injury....................................................................................................................................................19
Physical Fitness and Fitness Testing...................................................................................................................20
State-Mandated Screenings...................................................................................................................................20
Medication Administration Policy........................................................................................................................21
SECTION IV: STUDENT SAFETY..............................................................................................................................24
Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation .......................................................................24
Statement of Nondiscrimination......................................................................................................................24
Discrimination......................................................................................................................................................24
Prohibited Harassment ......................................................................................................................................24
Sexual Harassment..............................................................................................................................................24
Dating Violence....................................................................................................................................................25
Retaliation ............................................................................................................................................................26
Reporting Procedures ........................................................................................................................................26
Confidentiality .....................................................................................................................................................27
Appeal....................................................................................................................................................................27
Freedom from Bullying...........................................................................................................................................27
Reporting Procedures ........................................................................................................................................27
Investigation of Report......................................................................................................................................28
Confidentiality .....................................................................................................................................................28
Appeal....................................................................................................................................................................28
Law Enforcement Agencies...................................................................................................................................28
Child Abuse Reporting and Programs..................................................................................................................29
Plan for Addressing Sexual Abuse of Students .................................................................................................29
Sexual Assault Policy..........................................................................................................................................29
Definition of Sexual Assault..............................................................................................................................29
Disciplinary Sanctions ........................................................................................................................................30
Sexual Assault Victims Rights ...........................................................................................................................30
Lockers and Desks ...................................................................................................................................................30
Interrogations and Searches.............................................................................................................................31
Desk and Locker Searches ................................................................................................................................31
Vehicles on Campus............................................................................................................................................31
Trained Dogs.........................................................................................................................................................31
Procedures for Use of Restraint and Time-Outs ..............................................................................................32
School Visitors ..........................................................................................................................................................32
Disruptive Activity ..............................................................................................................................................32
Fire and Disaster Drills...........................................................................................................................................33
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Emergency Closings.................................................................................................................................................33
Skateboards ..............................................................................................................................................................33
Video Recording of Students.................................................................................................................................33
SECTION V: ACADEMICS AND GRADING................................................................................................................34
Attendance................................................................................................................................................................34
Report Cards and Grading Scales .........................................................................................................................34
Grade Promotion Policy .........................................................................................................................................35
Placement in Grade 9.........................................................................................................................................36
Admission of Students from Other School Districts ....................................................................................36
Honor Roll..................................................................................................................................................................36
Tutoring .....................................................................................................................................................................37
Homework Policy.....................................................................................................................................................37
Academic Dishonesty..............................................................................................................................................37
High School Graduation Standards ......................................................................................................................37
Honors Graduation Plans .......................................................................................................................................38
Acceleration .............................................................................................................................................................39
Credit Recovery .......................................................................................................................................................40
Scheduling.................................................................................................................................................................40
Advanced Placement Program..............................................................................................................................40
AP Capstone Diploma Program .............................................................................................................................42
Concurrent Classes..................................................................................................................................................42
Qualifying for Concurrent Enrollment Classe...............................................................................................42
Course Placement Chart....................................................................................................................................42
Digital Learning and Concurrent Course Fees:.................................................................................................43
Smart Core Curriculum ..........................................................................................................................................43
College Entrance Testing.......................................................................................................................................47
PSAT/NMSQT.........................................................................................................................................................47
College Days..............................................................................................................................................................47
GPA Calculation........................................................................................................................................................48
Procedure for Determining the Valedictorian and Salutatorian..............................................................48
College Counseling ..................................................................................................................................................49
Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness ...............................................................................49
Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement..............................................................................................49
College and Career Exploration and Selection Processes .........................................................................49
College and Career Assessments .....................................................................................................................50
College Affordability Planning .........................................................................................................................50
Student Services ......................................................................................................................................................50
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Students with Disabilities..................................................................................................................................50
English Language Learner Services.................................................................................................................51
Special Education Services ...............................................................................................................................51
Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or
Who Need or May Need Special Education Services ...................................................................................51
Section 504 Services ..........................................................................................................................................52
Homebound Instruction .....................................................................................................................................52
Services for Title I Participants .......................................................................................................................53
SECTION VI: STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ........................................................................................................54
Jurisdiction ...............................................................................................................................................................54
Standards for Student Conduct............................................................................................................................55
Positive Reinforcement System (PRS) ................................................................................................................56
Behavior Management Plans .................................................................................................................................56
Discipline Point System (DPS)...............................................................................................................................57
Offenses and Consequences .................................................................................................................................58
Level I Offenses ...................................................................................................................................................58
Level II Offenses ..................................................................................................................................................59
Level III Offenses.................................................................................................................................................61
Explanation of Consequences and Rules............................................................................................................62
Disciplinary Process ................................................................................................................................................63
Process for Short-Term Suspensions ..............................................................................................................63
Appeal of Short-Term Suspension...............................................................................................................64
Process for Long-Term Suspension and Expulsion ......................................................................................64
Appeals Process for Long-Term Suspensions and Expulsion...............................................................................65
Disciplining students with disabilities within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) Guidelines .....................................................................................................................................................65
Disciplining students with disabilities within the Section 504 Guidelines ............................................66
Gun-Free Schools Act .............................................................................................................................................66
SECTION VII: MISCELLANEOUS...............................................................................................................................67
Cash Policy ................................................................................................................................................................67
Student Fees.............................................................................................................................................................67
School Fundraisers ..................................................................................................................................................68
Textbooks and Curriculum Materials ..................................................................................................................68
Lost and Found.........................................................................................................................................................68
Meals...........................................................................................................................................................................68
Charge Policy for Meals..........................................................................................................................................68
State-Mandated Nutrition Guidelines .................................................................................................................68
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Free and Reduced-Cost Meals ..............................................................................................................................69
Lunch Periods...........................................................................................................................................................69
Public Areas ..............................................................................................................................................................69
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices ........................................................................................................70
Distribution of Published Materials .....................................................................................................................71
Student Parking .......................................................................................................................................................72
Pledge of Allegiance ...............................................................................................................................................73
Prayer and Meditation............................................................................................................................................73
School Facilities .......................................................................................................................................................73
Damage to School Property ..............................................................................................................................73
Use by Students Before and After School .....................................................................................................73
School Activities ......................................................................................................................................................73
Athletics.....................................................................................................................................................................73
Arkansas Activities Association Eligibility Requirements ..........................................................................73
National Collegiate Athletic Association Eligibility Requirements ..........................................................75
SECTION VII: ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS...............................................................................................................76
Your Involvement as a Parent..............................................................................................................................76
Surveys and Activities ..............................................................................................................................................76
Communication ........................................................................................................................................................77
Computer Resources...............................................................................................................................................77
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians ................................................................................................................77
Conflict Resolution..................................................................................................................................................78
Chaperone Responsibilities ...................................................................................................................................79
Traffic Regulations ..................................................................................................................................................79
Student Rights ..........................................................................................................................................................80
Annual Notice of Parent/Guardian and Student Rights (Annual FERPA Confidentiality Notice) ..........80
Use of Student Photos and Directory Information Opt Out Form............................................................82
Information about Military................................................................................................................................82
Student Acceptable Use Policy.............................................................................................................................84
LISA Academy Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form (Regulation of Electronic
Communication Devices)...................................................................................................................................87
Acknowledgment and Approval of Acceptable Use Agreement Acknowledgment Form........................88
and Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form...........................................................................88
LISA Academy Student Handbook Receipt Form..............................................................................................89
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WELCOME LETTER
Dear LISA Families,
Thank you for choosing to be a strong supporter in your child’s education. By taking the step of
selecting a STEM school you have now set your child up on a path of rigorous academic education to
achieve the utmost of his or her potential.
It is our vision to enable students to succeed in school and in the workplace and to provide an
option for students to enter math, science, and engineering careers. Students can then become
productive and responsible citizens and even Nobel laureates.
It is our mission to provide an academically-rigorous college preparatory program, in
partnership with students, families, and the community, and to guide all students in gaining
knowledge, skills, and the attitude necessary to direct their lives, improve a diverse society, and excel
in a changing world by providing dynamic, resource-rich learning environments.
As administrators, we wish to work with you and for you for the betterment of all of our
children. Please feel free to call any time to set up a meeting where we can discuss your specific
situation in more detail. We are here to help.
Respectfully,
LISA Academy Administration
LISA West High School:
(501) 246-5853
LISA North High School:
(501) 945-2727
Aydogan Altun
Principal
aaltun@lisaacademy.org
Emrah Turkmenoglu
Principal
eturkmenoglu@lisaacademy.org
Ismail Dilber
Dean of Academics
idilber@lisaacademy.org
Huseyin Altun
Dean Of Academics
altun@lisaacademy.org
Nakita Blair
Dean of Students
blair@lisaacademy.org
Kimberly Woody-Smith
Dean of Students
kwoody@lisaacademy.org
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SECTION I: ADMISSION, ATTENDANCE AND DISMISSAL
Admissions Policy
Admission and enrollment of students shall be open to persons who reside within the State of Arkansas
and who are eligible for admission based on lawful criteria identified in the charter and in law. The
total number of students enrolled in any campus shall not exceed the number of students approved in
the charter or subsequent amendments.
Non-Discrimination
LISA Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sexual
orientation, gender identity, or disability in providing educational services, activities, and programs,
including vocational and career technology programs, in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
When making admissions decisions, LISA Academy does not discriminate against students on the basis of
sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic or
athletic ability, or the district the child would otherwise attend under state law.
Submission of Applications and Admissions Lottery
LISA Academy requires applicants to submit a complete application form in order to be considered for
admission. The application period begins in November and ends in February. Dates will be published
on the school website.
A public, randomized admissions lottery will be conducted if the total number of applicants exceeds
the number of open enrollment spots. Notification will be made automatically through the online
application portal. Failure of an applicant to accept the offer and complete the enrollment by the
stated deadline will result in the forfeiture of his or her offer.
Once all enrollment spots have been filled by the lottery, the remaining applicants will be randomly
placed on a waiting list. If a vacancy arises before the commencement of the school year, the
individual on the waiting list with the lowest number assignment will be offered admission and then
removed from the waiting list.
If an application is received after the application period has passed, the applicant’s name will be
added to the waiting list behind the names of the applicants who timely applied.
LISA Academy campuses will each conduct individual lotteries (LISA West Middle/High, LISA North, LISA
Chenal, and LISA Springdale). Students must apply separately for each campus.
Lottery Process
Students who currently attend LISA Academy and intend to return the next school year are given
priority in admission, so long as they notify the campus they attend of their intent to return for the
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next school year by the designated re-enrollment date. Returning students who indicate their intent
to return for the next school year are exempt from the lottery process.
The enrollment and lottery process will be administered as follows:
1. Currently enrolled students who submit a re-enrollment form by the published deadline will be
enrolled without having to go through the lottery process.
2. Children of the charter school’s founders, board members and full-time staff will be given 1st
preference during the lottery process and will be given priority in admission, so long as the
total number of students allowed may only constitute up to 10 percent of the school’s total
enrollment. These applicants will be offered enrollment prior to the lottery, if space is
available. If a full-time staff member is hired after the lottery has been conducted, his/her
child may be moved to the top of the waiting list.
3. Siblings* of returning students currently enrolled within the same LISA Academy system, and
children or siblings of LISA Academy Alumni(high school graduates) who apply by the published
deadline and notify the school (LISA West/Chenal system or LISA North system) are given 2nd
preference and offered enrollment, if space is available, after all children of board members
and staff. These applicants will also be offered enrollment, if space is available. Students who
have previously withdrawn from LISA Academy can no longer benefit from the sibling
enrollment policy for a period of three years unless approved by the superintendent or
superintendent’s assignee.
4. All other applicants who apply by the published deadline will be included in a random gradelevel lottery and offered the remaining available seats in the order they occur on the
randomized lottery list. All applications received after the published deadline are added to
the bottom of the waiting list in the order the applications are received.
5. Siblings* of newly enrolled students will be given waiting list priority. They will be manually
moved ahead of the general waiting list in order of enrollment date of the sibling for the
desired grade. Enrollment is not guaranteed and will only be offered if space is available.
6. Transfer policy between LISA schools: If a parent wishes to transfer a student from one LISA
school to another, the written request along with reason(s) for the request must be submitted
no later than January 31 for the upcoming school year. Transfers may be requested based on
housing location, job location, current, existing sibling at the transfer location. Transfer
requests will be reviewed by principals of the affected campuses and approved based on
availability of space and validity of reasons.
*For this policy, “sibling” shall mean a biological or legally adopted brother or sister residing in the
same household as the applicant. Cousins, nieces, nephews and unrelated children sharing an address
with the applicant are not siblings. To demonstrate sibling relationship, the parent/guardian must
provide a legal birth certificate or other court document showing one shared parent or legal guardian.
Student Information
Parents/guardians seeking enrollment of a child in LISA Academy will provide the following:
 Certified copy of a birth certificate, visa/passport/ military I.D. card /other documentation as
provided by law (Arkansas Code Annotated 6-18-208);
 Proof of address within 30 days (See details below);
 Social Security number or request the District assign an alternate nine-digit number;
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 Expulsion records if applicable; and
 The child’s immunization record.
o Students entering must provide a kindergarten physical prior to admission (Arkansas
Code Annotated 6-15-202)
Residency Verification
Arkansas authorizes schools to obtain evidence that a person is eligible to attend public schools. To be
eligible for continued enrollment in LISA Academy, each student’s parent must show proof of residency
at the time of enrollment.
Residency may be verified through observation, documentation and other means, to include but not
limited to:
 A recently paid rent receipt;
 A current lease agreement;
 The most recent tax receipt indicating home ownership;
 A current utility bill indicating the address and name of the residence occupiers;
 A current Arkansas driver’s license with a valid Arkansas address;
 Other documentation that verifies Arkansas residency.
 Interviews with persons with relevant information; or
Falsification of residence on an enrollment form is a criminal offense.
Withdrawal from School
Voluntary Withdrawal
A parent/guardian wishing to withdraw a student from school should notify the school. A withdrawal
form may be obtained from the school registrar’s office. The Principal or other administrator will
verify the information on the withdrawal form when the parent/guardian arrives to sign withdrawal
papers to complete the process. The parent/guardian shall also provide the name of the new school in
which the student will be enrolled, and must sign the formal withdrawal request to document that the
student will continue to be enrolled in a school as required by compulsory attendance laws. On the
student’s last day, a copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the student and a copy placed in the
student’s permanent record.
A student who is 18 years of age or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an
emancipated minor may withdraw without a parent’s signature.
Withdrawing students and parents are expected to:
 Return all textbooks and checked-out materials and equipment;
 Pay any unpaid balance for student fees, if any.
Involuntary Withdrawal
The school may initiate withdrawal of a student under the age of 18 for nonattendance under the
following conditions:
1. The student has been absent ten consecutive school days; and
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2. Repeated efforts by the attendance secretary to locate the student have been unsuccessful, or
contacted families refuse attendance.
Attendance
LISA Academy is open and free to any child five through 21 years who has not graduated from high
school. Under the penalty for noncompliance as set by law, every parent, guardian, or other person
residing within the State of Arkansas having custody or charge of any child age five (5) through
seventeen (17) on or before August 1 of that year shall enroll and send the child to a public, private, or
parochial school or provide a home school for the child. School attendance is required until a student’s
18th birthday. The minimum age for enrollment is 5 years old on or before August 1 of the current
year.
A student is considered tardy for an attendance period if he/she misses more than 10 minutes of an
attendance period (please also refer to sections regarding failure to report to class and tardy for more
information).
Students may not exceed eight (8) unexcused absences in a course in a semester. Credit, promotion,
or graduation may be denied if a student exceeds the maximum number of absences allowed under this
policy. If credit is denied in a high school credit course, a failing grade will be recorded. Parents can
only excuse a student up to three days per semester for any reason; further absences will require
additional documentation. Documentation may be subject to verification.
When a student must be absent from school, parents are asked to call the school each day the student
will be absent. Upon returning to school, the student must bring a note, signed by the parent, that
describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the student, even with the parent’s
permission, will not be accepted. Notes must be submitted within 5 school days of the student’s
return to school. Notes received after this time period may not be accepted, and absences will be
considered and recorded as unexcused, pending administrative review.
The following absences may be excused with documentation beyond simply a parent note:
 Personal illnesses;
 Family emergency or illness;
 Quarantine of the home;
 Death of a relative;
 Observing religious holy days;
 Juvenile court proceeding documented by a probation officer;
 Appearing at a governmental office to complete paperwork required in connection with
the student’s application for United States citizenship;
 Student participation in a United States naturalization oath ceremony;
 Documented health care appointments, if the student begins classes or returns to
school on the same day as the appointment;
 Serving as an election clerk;
 Required screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid-eligible students;
 Documented college visits by junior or senior students; (A student will not be excused
for this purpose for more than two days during the student’s junior year and four days
during the student’s senior year.)
 School nurse may excuse 1-2 days per occurrence if sending home for medical reason
 Temporary absence resulting from any cause acceptable to LISA Administration.
LISA Academy will allow a student or the student’s parent or guardian to petition the school or district
administration for additional absences. The petition must be made before the student accumulates
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eight (8) unexcused absences allowed under this policy.
Penalties and Notification Procedures
1. When a student has missed one-half (½) of the total number of unexcused absences permitted,
which is four (4) unexcused absences in any course during one semester, the school attendance
secretary will notify the student’s parent/guardian of the number of absences.
2. Course credit will not be denied if appropriate documentation of the student’s absences has not
been forwarded to the parent/guardian at the student’s address of record.
3. Course credit will be denied for each class in which a student has more than eight (8) unexcused
absences or fourteen (14) excused absences during one semester unless the Attendance Review
Committee finds there are extenuating circumstances such that to deny credit would be unfair. In
determining whether there are extenuating circumstances for an absence, the Attendance Review
Committee will use the following guidelines:
 All absences will be reviewed, with consideration given to special circumstances discussed in
the Arkansas Education Code.
 For a student transferring into LISA Academy after school begins, including a migrant student,
only those absences after enrollment will be considered.
 In reaching a consensus about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that
its decision is in the best interest of the student.
 The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or
parent could exercise control.
 The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documentation expressing
reasons for the student’s absences.
 The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments,
mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or
subject.
 The student, parent, or other representative will be given an opportunity to present any
information to the committee about the absences and to discuss ways to earn or regain credit.
If credit is lost because of excessive absences, the Attendance Review Committee will decide how the
student may regain credit. If the committee determines that there are no extenuating circumstances
and that credit may not be regained, the student and/or parent may appeal the decision by filing a
written request with the Principal within 15 school days of the last day of the semester. The appeal
will then be submitted to the Superintendent for review. The Superintendent will make a decision or
place the issue on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting. The
Principal or designee shall inform the student or parent of the date, time, and place of the meeting.
4. After the eight (8th) unexcused absence in one semester, the parent/guardian will be notified that
a referral to the Pulaski County Juvenile Court has been made in accordance with Act 1308,
adopted by the Arkansas Legislature, March 1997. The student’s parent, guardian, or person in loco
parentis shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) plus costs of
court and reasonable fees assessed by the court.
5. When a student who is fourteen (14) years or older has missed more than five (5) consecutive days
without approval of the principal or assistant principal, the school will notify the Arkansas
Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A). DF&A may suspend the student’s driver’s
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license until the student provides satisfactory evidence that he or she is attending school or has
reached age 18. (Act 1308 of 1997)
Make-Up Work
Students are responsible for obtaining and completing make-up. A Student will be given the same
amount of time to make up work as he/she was excused absent from school.
Make up assignments submitted after the time allotted will be subject to the teacher’s late work
policy.
If a student misses a test due to an excused absence, a make-up test will be scheduled by the teacher.
Students are responsible for taking the test at that time.
Tardiness
The school’s tardiness policy has been developed to emphasize the importance of each student arriving
on time to school every day and remaining in the classroom for the entire period. Learning personal
responsibility by arriving to school and class on time is an integral part of the school’s standard of
excellence, which helps prepare students for success.
Tardiness to school means arriving to school after the tardy bell for the first class of the day. Students
should be inside the classroom before the first bell rings. A student arriving after this time must report
to the front office and obtain a tardy slip, unless local administration provides an alternative
procedure. A student who arrives more than 10 minutes late to school may subject to the consequences
associated with truancy and excessive absences. Tardiness to school will be unexcused, unless the
student arrives to campus late for one of the following reasons:
 Personal illness;
 Attendance at a required court appointment; or
 Appointment with a doctor, dentist, or other professional.
For a tardy to be excused, the student must present a note from the parent explaining the student’s
late arrival. The tardy notes from the parents will be limited to three per semester. The school may
also require a written note from a doctor, dentist, or other professional.
* The School reserves the right to contact appropriate authorities for serious tardy to school
infractions.
The consequences for repeated tardiness to class within a week are as follows:
# of Unexcused Tardies Consequences
3-5 Detention
6-10 Additional detention
11 and above Additional detention and a
parent conference
Failure to Report
LISA Academy shall consider any student has failed to report to his/her assigned location if he/she is
inexcusably and deliberately tardy or absent from his/her assigned location for more than 10 minutes.
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This policy applies to all regular classes, after school tutoring, and mandated tutoring.
Failure to report to assigned location shows a disregard for the educational program and is considered a
serious matter that will have immediate consequences.
If a student has failed to report to his/her assigned location, no credit will be given for the work
he/she missed as result of his/her actions.
Any student who has failed to report to his/her assigned location will receive a leveled consequence.
Refer to Student Code of Conduct section in the handbook for detailed information about Level 1 and
Level 2 consequences.
Requirement to Attend School for a Full Day
Act 675 of 2003 requires students in grades nine through twelve (9-12) to schedule and attend a full
school day. Students must enroll in no fewer than three hundred fifty (350) minutes of planned
instructional time each day as a requirement for graduation. Students in grade 9-12 must be enrolled in
a full day academic program that includes four units (eight courses) each semester in a school with an
A/B block schedule. The planned instructional time in each school day shall not average less than six
(6) hours per day or thirty (30) hours per week. Only one unit may be placement in a study hall with
administration approval (Seniors only). The principal is authorized to modify this requirement if there
are extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances include the following:
1. The student is enrolled in a concurrent program at a college or university.
2. The student has an illness that precludes full-time enrollment.
3. The student demonstrates other reasons acceptable to the district, inclusive of legal matters.
Seniors may leave last block during the day to take college courses at local colleges and universities
with the written permission of the Dean of Academics and College Counselor, provided that their
schedule permits the flexibility. Students will be expected to attend all classes at their college or
university, and will be expected to attend all of their courses at LISA Academy.
Students who experience proven financial hardships can petition for a waiver. See the high school
college counselor for more information.
Drop Off and Dismissal Policy
Students may not be dropped off before designated drop off time. No supervision is provided prior to
published drop off times.
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. The school will not
provide supervision after this time. Students should not be in the corridors, at their lockers, or in the
school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member.
Any student on campus unsupervised before drop off time or after dismissal must report to the
designated area. A student who remains on campus unsupervised after dismissal time may be subject
to state criminal trespass laws and disciplinary consequences under the Student Code of Conduct.
Students must follow all school rules during dismissal time. Violations of this school policy may also be
subject to monetary charges. The school reserves the right to contact the appropriate authorities for
serious infractions.
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Dismissal/Pick Up Information Form
Parents must fill out a form provided by the After School Coordinator to provide dismissal information
about their child. The school is not responsible for students who leave campus without written
permission from an administrator. Students are not allowed to loiter in front of neighboring businesses
and/or school grounds. Disciplinary action will be taken against students who leave and return to
campus without having written permission from an administrator.
Early Check Out from School
In all instances of early Check Out, the following precautions are taken to ensure student safety:
 Early dismissal is considered check-out within the last 20 minutes of the school day. Check-out
prior to this time period will be recorded as an absence.
 Approval of parent or guardian is required in all instances of early dismissal. Any student who
accumulates 3 or more early check-outs within one quarter will be assigned Saturday
detention.
 The Principal or his/her designee may release a student before the end of a school day only
upon presentation of a written or face-to-face request from a parent (no telephone calls), or
for reasons of emergency.
 Students may be released only to a parent or guardian whose signature is on file in the school
office or to a properly identified person, authorized in writing by the parent or guardian to act
on his or her behalf.
 A student may be released “on his or her own” only with verified parental permission.
 No staff member shall permit or cause a student to leave school prior to the regular dismissal
time, except with the knowledge and approval of the Principal and parent.
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SECTION II: DRESS AND GROOMING
As authorized by state law and the school’s charter, students are required to wear uniforms to school.
The school’s uniform policy and grooming standards are established to teach grooming and hygiene.
They create a safe and orderly environment, instill discipline, and eliminate competition and
distractions caused by varied dress styles. Students are expected to arrive in a proper school uniform
every day, display modesty and neatness, and take pride in their uniforms. Students must remain in
uniform while on school property. The school relies on student common sense and the support of
parents to help maintain this dress code. Parents/Guardians must provide their student(s) with the
required uniform.
A parent/guardian may request specific modifications to the dress code or uniform if a parent/guardian
provides a written statement that states a bona fide religious difference or any other reasonable claim
for not adhering to the LISA Academy dress code regulations. All requests must be approved by
administration and specific modifications will be designated.
Notice to Parents/Guardians and Students
If a student arrives at school out of uniform or is groomed inappropriately, the student’s
parent/guardian will be called to bring a change of clothes. The student with will not be allowed to
attend class until he or she is appropriately dressed. Any class time missed will be counted as an
unexcused absence. Uniforms with torn pants or shirts with holes are not allowed. All damaged
uniform items should be replaced. The school reserves the right to determine and restrict unbecoming
styles. Violations of the school’s uniform policy and grooming standards will result in incremental
disciplinary action.
Uniform Top
All students must wear the LISA Academy uniform shirt. This shirt must be purchased from the school,
and may not be substituted with a plain polo shirt unless prior approval of the school principal is given.
A solid white, blue, gray, or black long-sleeved shirt may be worn as an undershirt. The undershirt
must not have a hood.
Pants
 Properly fitting navy blue or khaki uniform style pants or shorts are required.
 Shorts must be to the knee cap or longer. No skirts or skorts are allowed.
 Belts must fit properly and not hang down when buckled. No big buckles or extreme decorations
are allowed.
 Jeans are to be worn only on designated days or for designated groups.
 Flat pocket cargo-style pants may be worn. No expandable pocket cargo pants are allowed.
 No denim, no form-fitting, no yoga style (stretch), no jogger style and no sweat pants may be
worn.
 Pants may not be baggy or sag or have a low waistline. Pants must be worn properly at waist. (AR
Act 835)
 Pant legs may not be rolled up.
Footwear
All students must wear closed toe and closed heel shoes with solid soles.
 No sandals, no slippers/ house-shoes, no mules, no high heels, no boots, and no Crocs are allowed.
 No Heelies (shoes with wheels) or illuminated shoes are allowed.
 Shoelaces must be tied at all times.
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Additional Uniform Policy and Grooming Requirements and Limitations
In addition to wearing proper school uniforms, students must follow the following dress code
guidelines. LISA Academy prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the administration’s judgment,
may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of, or interference with, normal school operations.
Personal Appearance
 Pierced or clip-on jewelry may only be worn on the ears.
 No spike/gauged earrings allowed. No spike necklaces or bracelets allowed.
 Students may wear stud earrings no larger than the ear lobes; no large hoop, gauge, or large
dangling earrings are allowed.
 No jewelry or apparel exhibiting or promoting illegal substances, gangs or violence is allowed.
 No tattoos (permanent or temporary) may be visible.
 No extreme or distracting hairstyles or extreme colored hair (only naturally occurring hair colors)
are allowed. Hair should not cover the face. Hair, including facial hair, shall remain neat and
clean at all times.
 Sunglasses may not be worn in the building.
 No loose items should be dangling from pockets.
 No extreme make-up is allowed
 No fingernails that could be used as a weapon are allowed.
 No bandanas allowed.
 No illuminated accessories allowed.
Outerwear
Only school authorized uniform outerwear may be worn in the building. Scarves around the neck,
gloves, or hats may not be worn inside the building. See local administration for specific instructions.
Senior Dress Code
In addition to the LISA Academy dress code, LISA seniors may be given the privilege to wear, with local
administration approval:
Top: Senior uniform shirt
Bottom: Jeans are permitted after admission to a college has been documented with the counselor.
Only solid colored blue jeans are allowed. No extremely skinny, frayed or torn jeans or jeans with holes
are allowed. The uniform shirt is required at all times. Seniors may wear college shirts on designated
spirit days (see below). Seniors who have not provided documentation of admission to a college to the
counselor must follow the general dress code guidelines.
Dress Code on Spirit Days
Spirit days will be announced on occasion throughout the year. On these days, LISA-approved spirit
shirts and jeans are permitted with a jeans payment. The general uniform top and pants guidelines will
apply on all days that are not designated as spirit days. Seniors who have been accepted to a college as
specified above may wear jeans at no cost with a college shirt.
Dress Code for Field Trips
Students will be expected to wear the school uniforms on all school sponsored field trips. Local
administration may approve any deviation from school uniform where appropriate.
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SECTION III: STUDENT HEALTH
General Information
Student health and safety is a high priority of LISA Academy. Student cooperation is essential to
ensuring health and safety. Students should:
 Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.
 Follow the behavioral standards in this Handbook, including the Student Code of Conduct, as
well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the Principal, teachers, or other
school staff.
 Remain alert to and promptly report safety hazards, such as intruders on campus and threats
made by a person toward a student or staff member.
 Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
 Immediately follow instructions from staff members who are overseeing student welfare.
Tobacco-Free School Notice
Smoking tobacco, the use of tobacco or tobacco products, or the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in
school buildings, vehicles, or on school property, 300 feet from school property, or at school-related or
school-sanctioned events off school property. Students may not possess tobacco products or ecigarettes at any of the locations or activities listed above. All violators are subject to possible
prosecution, as allowed by law. Additionally, student violators are subject to the disciplinary terms of
the Student Code of Conduct.
Alcohol-Free School Notice
In order to provide a safe and alcohol-free environment for students and employees, all alcoholic
beverages are prohibited on school property at all times, and at all school-sanctioned activities
occurring on or off school property. Student violators are subject to the disciplinary terms of the
Student Code of Conduct.
Drug-Free School Notice
The school believes that student use of illicit drugs is both wrong and harmful. Consequently, the
school prohibits the use, sale, possession and distribution of illicit drugs by students on school premises
and at any school activity, regardless of its location. Student violators are subject to possible
prosecution, as allowed by law, as well as to the disciplinary terms of the Student Code of Conduct.
Communicable Diseases and Parasites
Students with communicable diseases or with parasites shall demonstrate respect for other students
and staff by not attending school while they are contagious. In some instances, a letter from a health
care provider may be required prior to the student being readmitted to the school.
When a student has suspected head lice:
1. The school nurse or trained staff member will assess the student and determine action to be
taken.
2. If live adult lice are found, the student’s parent/guardian will be notified to pick the student
up from school.
3. If nits (eggs) are found ONLY, the student may remain in class and the parent/guardian will be
notified by phone and/or written notification.
4. Treatment and prevention instructions will be sent home with identified students.
5. Students must be treated with an approved pediculicide (Rid, Nix or the generic equivalent).
6. If live lice were identified proof of treatment must be provided to the school nurse upon
returning to school and before being allowed to return to class.
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7. A follow up assessment will be completed by the school nurse or trained staff member within 7-
10 days of the initial assessment.
8. Screenings of students who have close contact with the identified student, will be evaluated at
the discretion of the school nurse.
9. Only students who have active head lice will be sent notification from the school nurse.
10. The American Academy of Pediatric Physicians does not recommend conducting routine
screenings of the entire school population, nor any school wide notification when a student has
head lice. Therefore, the school does not recommend school wide screenings/notifications.
11. The parent should check their child’s head to remove lice and/or nits DAILY for two weeks.
12. Parents should apply a second lice treatment 7 to 10 days after the first treatment.
13. Fourteen days after the initial discovery of head lice or nits, the school nurse or trained staff
member will evaluate the student for signs of lice or nits. The student will be sent home again
if lice and/or nits are found. A parent will need to accompany their student upon returning to
school to determine if they are cleared to return to school.
Each school may conduct screenings of students for head lice as needed. The screenings shall be
conducted in a manner that respects the confidentiality of each student.
Immunizations
Student immunizations must be up-to-date as required by the Arkansas Department of Health. A copy
of the required immunizations may be acquired from the school nurse. If a student does not have the
required immunizations, according to the law, he/she will be excluded from school until immunizations
are up-to-date.
If a student is unable to receive immunizations for a medical or non-medical reason, the parent/
guardian must take the following steps before the student is eligible to attend school:
 Contact the Arkansas Dept. of Health, Division of Communicable Disease at 501-661-2169;
 Submit a request and documentation for exemption to ADH;
 Parent/ guardian will provide the school with the Exemption letter.
 Exemptions must be renewed yearly.
Students have 30 days upon entering the school district to become compliant or be in process of
updating shot record in accordance with state regulated vaccination criteria.
Illness or Injury
Personal Illness
In order to provide our students with a healthy environment in which to learn, these guidelines must be
followed:
 If a student complains of not feeling well before school, parent/ guardian should take student’s
temperature and keep student home if the temperature is 99.9 or above.
 If a student complains with stomach disorders such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, the
student should not attend school. Stomach viruses are highly contagious.
 If a student has a rash of unknown origin or has a suspected condition (such as chicken pox,
mumps, measles, etc.) which may be contagious, the student must not attend school until a
physician has diagnosed and treated the condition.
If a student is sent home from school with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, or any other acute symptom,
he or she should not return to school the next day. A student should be free from any signs or
symptoms that are believed to be contagious for twenty-four (24) hours without medication before
returning to school.
Many times students become ill or injured at school and it is necessary for the school to notify
parents. Parent/guardian contact information must always be up-to-date with the school.
Parents/guardians have 1 hour to make arrangements for their sick or injured students to be picked up
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from school. Parents/guardians who leave an ill or injured student at school may be reported for
neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services.
The following criteria will be used as a guide before notifying parents:
 Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher;
 Vomiting and/or diarrhea;
 Symptoms of contagious conjunctivitis (may return after being on medication for 24 hours);
 Signs or symptoms of other contagious diseases (ex. severe cough);
 Serious injuries (deemed such by the teacher, principal or school nurse);
 Head lice;
 Hygiene issues.
Chronic Illness
There are occasions where a student may have a chronic illness that requires the student to miss school
more than is allowed under the attendance policy. If such a condition exists the parents/guardians, the
physician, and the school may work together to develop an Individual Health Plan (IHP) or 504 Plan to
address the illness and to accommodate the attendance policy.
Physical Fitness and Fitness Testing
According to requirements under state law, the school will annually assess the physical fitness of
students. The school is not required to assess a student for whom, as a result of disability or other
condition identified by rule or law, the assessment exam is inappropriate.
Students participating in athletics or spirit groups must have a current physical done annually. Copies
of physicals done within the last year are acceptable. These must be filed with the school nurse
and/or coach.
State-Mandated Screenings
All students enrolled must be screened periodically for possible vision and hearing problems in
accordance with regulations issued by the state.
Screening records for individual students may be inspected by the State or a local health department,
and may be transferred to another school without parental consent.
Students in 10th
-grade will be screened for BMIs.
The intent of the screenings is to detect defects in hearing, vision, or others elements of health that
would adversely affect the student’s ability to achieve their full potential. Except in instances where
a student is suspected of having a contagious or infectious disease, parents shall have the right to opt
their student out of the screenings by written statement to the school nurse. Announcement about
screening dates will be placed in the school newsletter.
By signing the parent handbook electronically, the parent is agreeing to give the school permission to
screen their student for any and all physical examinations their grade is to receive.
Exemptions
A student is exempt from screening requirements if screening conflicts with the tenets and practices of
a recognized church or religious denomination of which the individual is an adherent or a member. To
qualify for the exemption, an affidavit must be submitted to the school nurse stating the objection to
the screening on or before the day of admission. This information serves as notice to the
parent/guardian that these screenings will occur at some point during the scheduled school year. No
other notices will be sent home.
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Student Mental Health
Mental Health is an important component of students’ overall well-being. Each school provides a
school counselor who provides immediate social/emotional support services for students during school
hours. If more intensive support is needed, the counselor will work with the student and his/her
parents to make appropriate referrals to outside service providers.
Medication Administration Policy
The purpose of this policy is to set forth the provisions that must be followed when administering
medications to students at school. LISA Academy School District acknowledges that some students may
require medication during the school day when a schedule for dispensing medication at home is not
feasible. The school district’s licensed school nurse, principal or designee will dispense the student’s
medication in accordance with the school district’s policy.
Administration of prescription medication by school personnel must only be done according to the
written order of a licensed medical practitioner and written authorization of parent/guardian. School
personnel will administer only oral, nasal and topical medications unless a condition exists for which an
exception is made in accordance with the requirements of this policy.
Non-FDA approved products, herbal/dietary products, medications purchased in foreign countries or
non-traditional preparations (including but not limited to: vitamins, supplements, homeopathic
remedies and essential oils) may not be administered by any school personnel. The parent/guardian
may administer the products so long as the use does not interfere with the health or well-being of
other staff and students.
No medication will be given unless a Medication Form is filled out for each medication. All medications
must be delivered to the office or school nurse by a parent/guardian or other responsible party, in the
original pharmacy labeled container or manufacturer's container. No loose pills in baggies, envelopes or
taped to a note will be accepted.
Prescription Medication
Prescription medication is medication that can be obtained only by means of a licensed and duly
authorized medical practitioner.
Prescribed medications must have the following information on the label: student’s full name; name
and dosage of medication; time and directions for administration; physician’s name and a current date
(must be within a year of date brought to school).
Prescription medication requiring three (3) or fewer doses need to be given at home. It is
recommended to give one dose before school, one dose after leaving school and the last dose before
bed. Only if the label reads an exact time to give a dose that falls within the school day will it be
administered at school. LISA Academy will work with parents and families administering prescription
medication requiring four (4) or more doses per day, giving one (1) at school.
Non-prescription Medication
Parents must sign LISA Academy’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) permission form annually to give consent for
their student to receive OTC medication for minor issues (headache, cramps, allergies, etc.). Nonprescription medication will not be given before 10:00 AM at any LISA Academy campus. Students
needing OTC medication before coming to school need to take medication at home. OTC medication
will not be given after 2:00 PM during the school day. Non-prescription medication (OTC) will not be
given to a student more than once per day. Students who request or need OTC medication more than 6
times in a semester will require a licensed prescriber order.
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All medications dispensed at school will be kept in a designated locked drawer, cabinet, file or safe in
the nurse’s office. Prescription and non-prescription medications are not to be carried by a student
with the exception of an inhaler, epi-pen and insulin pen and the student has a self-carry permission
form on file with the nurse that is signed by the parent, student and nurse. No medicine will be sent
home with a student except inhalers. The only exceptions to this are those developed by a team that
includes the parents, a principal or vice-principal and the school nurse.
Students not exhibiting responsible behavior regarding self-carry medications or any students found to
have on their person or to be dispensing any legal or illegal medication or substance to other students
at school will be subject to school discipline as stated in the handbook.
Narcotic Pain Medication
Narcotic pain medication may cause many side effects that hinder a student’s ability to learn or
function at school. Medications such as but not limited to hydrocodone, oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet,
Tylenol with codeine, etc. will not be administered at school. Students should not be given narcotics
and sent to school for the day.
Medical Marijuana/ Cannabis
Medical marijuana may cause side effects that hinder a student’s ability to learn or function well at
school. Using medical cannabis at school is prohibited per Arkansas State guidelines and will not be
administered at school. Students found with cannabis in any form, prescribed or not, will be subject
to disciplinary action as dictated by the student handbook.
Asthma, Anaphylaxis and Diabetes Medications
Asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes are life threatening conditions, and students with those conditions
are entitled to possess and self-administer prescription medication while on school property or at
school-related events.
Student possession and self-administration of asthma inhaler, epi-pen, or insulin pen at school requires
the student to properly demonstrate to the school nurse his or her ability to self-administer the
medication. These students will require a Medication Administration Release Form (MARF) on file with
the school nurse. Parents will need to furnish all proper medical documentation required. All
medication must be in the original container.
Sub Nurse Policy
According to the policies of LISA Academy, students becoming ill or injured during the school day are
directed to report to the nurse. When the full time licensed nurse is going to be off campus for the
day, LISA Academy will provide a sub licensed nurse from a contracted temp agency.
In the brief absence of the nurse at LISA Academy, a delegated unlicensed staff volunteer will provide
incidental medical attention. They will be properly trained to receive medications, provide first aid,
and have the ability to administer medication.
The delegated unlicensed staff volunteer providing incidental medical attention may:
 receive medications from parents in the front office using the medication receipt form
 provide first aid
 check a student’s temperature to determine if fever is present
 call a parent/guardian to pick the child up from school if he/she has a fever of 100 degrees or
higher, is vomiting, has diarrhea, head lice, injury that that requires immediate MD attention,
or any other circumstance the sub deems necessary
 call for a school administrator, if available to assist in making medical decisions
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The delegated unlicensed staff volunteer will receive annual training from the campus nurse related to
the healthcare needs of students currently enrolled at LISA Academy. Additionally, the staff member
will participate in “Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care” by Pedialink online
and provide a printed certificate for the nurse’s office and administration.
Water Bottles
No water bottle may be carried by any student unless a current order by the child’s physician is on file
in the health room.
Elevator and Uniform Passes
Any student requiring an elevator pass for more than 2 days must submit a doctor’s note to the
nurse. Any student found on the elevator without a pass issued by the school nurse, front office or
administration will be subject to disciplinary actions per the student code of conduct.
Uniform passes are only permitted by the nurse when there is a medical reason stated by a licensed
physician for not wearing approved LISA uniform clothing. All other requests must be approved by the
school’s administration.
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SECTION IV: STUDENT SAFETY
Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
Statement of Nondiscrimination
LISA Academy prohibits discrimination, including harassment, against any student on the basis of race,
color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other basis
prohibited by law. LISA Academy also prohibits dating violence, as defined by this policy. Retaliation
against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of school policy.
Discrimination
For purposes of this policy, discrimination against a student is defined as conduct directed at a student
on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or
on any other basis prohibited by law, that adversely affects the student.
Prohibited Harassment
Prohibited harassment of a student is defined as physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on the
student’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any
other basis prohibited by law that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
 Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity,
or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
 Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
 Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Prohibited harassment includes dating violence as defined by this policy.
Examples of prohibited harassment may include offensive or derogatory language directed at another
person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation; threatening or
intimidating conduct; offensive jokes; name calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault;
display of graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or other
kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
Sexual Harassment
In compliance with the requirements of Title IX, LISA Academy does not discriminate on the basis of
sexual orientation or gender identity in its educational programs or activities. LISA Academy does not
tolerate sexual harassment of a student by employees, school volunteers, parents, other students, or
other third parties related to school. Romantic or inappropriate social relationships between students
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and school employees, school volunteers, or other school patrons are prohibited. Any sexual
relationship between a student and a school employee, school volunteer, or other school patron is
always prohibited, even if consensual. If a school official has reason to suspect that an inappropriate
sexual relationship has taken place, that official is required to report the incident to the proper legal
authorities.
Sexual harassment includes both welcome and unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors;
sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct; or other conduct or communication of a
sexual nature when:
 A school employee causes the student to believe that the student must submit to the conduct
in order to participate in a school program or activity, or that the employee will make an
educational decision based on whether or not the student submits to the conduct; or
 The conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it:
o Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities; or
o Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment.
Sexual harassment of a student, including harassment committed by another student, includes
unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or sexually motivated physical, verbal, or
nonverbal conduct when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it:
 Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
 Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
 Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Examples of sexual harassment of a student may include sexual advances; touching intimate body parts
or coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; jokes or conversations of a sexual nature; and
other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or contact.
Dating Violence
Dating violence occurs when one partner in a dating relationship, either past or current, intentionally
uses physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control the other
partner. Examples of dating violence against a student may include physical or sexual assaults, namecalling, put-downs, threats to hurt the student or the student’s family members or members of the
student’s household, destroying property belonging to the student, threats to commit suicide or
homicide if the student ends the relationship, attempts to isolate the student from friends and family,
stalking, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
For purposes of this policy, dating violence is considered prohibited harassment if the conduct is so
severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
 Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
 Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
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 Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Retaliation
LISA Academy prohibits retaliation against a student alleged to have experienced discrimination or
harassment, including dating violence, or another student who, in good faith, makes a report, serves as
a witness, or otherwise participates in an investigation.
A student who intentionally makes a false claim, offers false statements, or refuses to cooperate with a
school investigation regarding discrimination or harassment, including dating violence, is subject to
appropriate discipline.
Reporting Procedures
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced prohibited harassment or believes that
another student has experienced prohibited harassment should immediately report the alleged acts to
a teacher, counselor, the Principal, or other school employee. Alternatively, a student may report
prohibited harassment directly to one of the officials below:
Reports of discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, may be directed to the Title IX
Coordinator. Please contact the school office for the name of the school’s current Title IX
Coordinator, Dean of Students.
Reports of discrimination based on disability may be directed to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator.
Please contact the school office for the name of the school’s current 504 Coordinator.
The Principal or his/her designee shall serve as coordinator for purposes of school compliance with all
other antidiscrimination laws.
A student shall not be required to report prohibited harassment to the person alleged to have
committed the conduct. Reports concerning prohibited conduct, including reports against the Title IX
Coordinator or ADA/Section 504 Coordinator may be directed to the Superintendent or the Board of
Directors. A report against the Superintendent may be made to the Board of Directors. If a report is
made directly to the Board, the Board shall appoint an appropriate person to conduct an investigation.
After receiving a complaint of sexual harassment, the school may, but need not, require the student to
prepare a written report. Verbal complaints will be documented. Upon receipt of a complaint, the
Title IX Coordinator or other authorized school official shall promptly authorize and undertake an
investigation. When appropriate, the school may take interim action to avoid additional opportunities
for harassment. The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the person making the
report, the person against whom the report is filed, and any others with knowledge of the
circumstances surrounding the allegations.
The investigator will prepare a written report of the investigation. The report shall be filed with the
Title IX Coordinator or other school official overseeing the investigation. If the results of the
investigation establish that prohibited harassment occurred, the school shall promptly respond by
taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the harassment
and prevent its recurrence. The school may take disciplinary action based on the results of an
investigation, even if the school concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of harassment
prohibited by law or policy.
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Confidentiality
To the greatest extent possible, the school shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons
against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to
conduct a thorough investigation and comply with applicable law.
Appeal
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the
LISA Academy grievance procedure. See “Parent and Student Conflict Resolution”. A student shall
be informed of his or her right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights.
Freedom from Bullying
LISA Academy prohibits bullying as defined by this policy, as well as retaliation against anyone involved
in the complaint process. Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in repeated
written or verbal expression or physical conduct that:
 Will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student, damaging a student’s
property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage
to the student’s property; or
 Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating,
threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, and
demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor
spreading, and ostracism. Bullying can occur in person, verbally, physically, or virtually and must be
reported to local administration immediately.
Cyberbullying
The use of technology including messaging services, e-mail, social media services, and the internet to
enact any or all of the prohibited conduct outlined above is considered cyberbullying, and is subject to
disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The school shall take initiative in educating and
informing its students of the negative effects of cyberbullying, as well as the disciplinary consequences
should students violate this prohibition.
Reporting Procedures
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes that another student has
experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to the Assistant Principal, a teacher,
counselor, or other school employee. A report may be made orally, in writing, or online. Any school
employee who receives notice that a student has or may have experienced bullying shall immediately
notify the Assistant Principal.
A student who intentionally makes a false claim or offers false statements is subject to appropriate
discipline.
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Investigation of Report
The Assistant Principal shall determine whether the allegations in the report, if proven, would
constitute prohibited harassment, and if so, proceed under that policy instead. See “Freedom from
Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation”. The Assistant Principal shall conduct an appropriate
investigation based on the allegations in the report, and shall take prompt interim action calculated to
prevent bullying during the course of an investigation, if appropriate.
The Assistant Principal shall prepare documentation of the investigation, including a determination of
whether bullying occurred, report it to the principal and record it in the school’s discipline platform. If
the results of an investigation indicated that bullying occurred, the school shall promptly respond by
taking appropriate disciplinary or corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The school may take action based on the results of an
investigation, even if the school concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying under
this policy.
Confidentiality
To the greatest extent possible, the school shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons
against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to
conduct a thorough investigation.
Appeal
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through the
school grievance procedure. See “Parent and Student Conflict Resolution” section.
Law Enforcement Agencies
The following procedures shall be followed when law enforcement officers and other lawful authorities
want to question or interview a student at the school:
 The school administration shall verify and record the identity of the official and request an
explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school;
 The school administration shall make reasonable efforts to notify the student’s parent, to the
extent permitted by the legal authority.
 Unless prohibited by law or when the student has been arrested or taken into police custody, a
staff member shall be present during the questioning or interview.
When the investigation involves allegations of child abuse, special rules apply. See “Child Abuse
Reporting and Investigations”.
The school shall permit a student to be taken into custody:
 Pursuant to an order of the juvenile court;
 Pursuant to the laws of arrest;
 By a law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged in
delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision;
 By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has violated the terms
of probation imposed by a juvenile court;
 Pursuant to a properly issued directive to apprehend; or
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 By an authorized representative of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, a law
enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer, without a court order and under the
conditions set out by law relating to the student’s physical health or safety.
Child Abuse Reporting and Programs
LISA Academy provides child abuse anti-victimization programs and cooperates with official child abuse
investigators as required by law. LISA Academy provides training to its teachers and students in
preventing and addressing incidents of sexual abuse of children, including knowledge of likely warning
signs indicating that a child may be a victim of sexual abuse. Assistance, interventions and counseling
options are also available.
The school’s administration shall cooperate with law enforcement investigations of child abuse,
including investigations by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. School officials shall not
refuse to permit an investigator to interview a student who is alleged to be a victim of abuse or neglect
at school. School officials shall not require the investigator to permit school personnel to be present
during an interview conducted at school.
Arkansas law prohibits the notification of a parent, guardian, custodian, or person standing in loco
parentis if the person is named as an alleged offender. The investigator shall provide the school with
written documentation that notification is prohibited.
Investigations at school may be conducted by authorized law enforcement or state agencies without
prior notification or consent of the student’s parent, if necessary.
Plan for Addressing Sexual Abuse of Students
Sexual Assault Policy
LISA Academy explicitly condemns sexual assault as a violation of an individual’s human rights and
dignity. Therefore, the policy of LISA Academy is that members of LISA Academy community neither
commit nor condone sexual assault in any form. This prohibition applies equally to male and female
staff, faculty and students, to all persons on premises subject to school control and to those engaged
to further the interests of LISA Academy.
Sexual assault is unlawful and may subject those who engage in it to civil and criminal penalties.
Employees and students who engage in sexual assault will also be subject to applicable disciplinary
action.
LISA Academy is committed to providing an environment free from sexual assault. Therefore, LISA
Academy administration strongly encourages all LISA community members to report incidents of sexual
assault. To that end, reporting and investigating procedures are supportive of and sensitive to the
victim. At the same time, they adequately safeguard the rights of the alleged offender.
Definition of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is generally defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity. Sexual assaults
generally fall into one of two categories: forcible and non-forcible offenses. A forcible sex offense is
"any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against that person’s will, or not
forcibly or against a person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent." These sex offenses
include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object and forcible fondling. Non-forcible
sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse," and may include incest and
statutory rape. Depending on the circumstances, acquaintance rape could be in either category. As
used in this policy, the term "sexual assault" is generally descriptive of conduct specifically prescribed
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as rape, carnal abuse, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse and sodomy under Arkansas Code Annotated 5-
14-101 through 123.
Disciplinary Sanctions
Sexual Assault Forcible and Non-Forcible Sex Offenses: LISA Academy will not tolerate sexual assault in
any form, including rape and acquaintance rape. A student or employee charged with sexual assault
can be prosecuted under Arkansas criminal statute and/or disciplined by LISA Academy. Even if
criminal prosecution is not pursued, LISA Academy can pursue disciplinary action. Where there is
probable cause to believe that the campus regulations prohibiting sexual assault have been violated,
the campus will pursue strong disciplinary action through its own internal judicial channels. This
discipline includes, but is not limited to, the possibility of termination, expulsion, suspension,
disciplinary probation, counseling, mediation or educational sanctions or a combination. Any conduct
that constitutes a sexual offense under Arkansas law shall also be subject to disciplinary sanctions
under this policy.
Sexual Assault Victims Rights
As a victim, an individual has the right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement authorities
and, upon request, is entitled to assistance from LISA Academy in notifying the local law enforcement
authorities. The Dean of Students and/or Human Resources staff will explain how to use the LISA
Academy internal complaint process.
An individual has the right to file a complaint with LISA Academy and have a sexual assault complaint
investigated by LISA Academy and the right to participate in any disciplinary proceedings regarding the
sexual assault complaint. If the individual wishes, two non-participating support persons may be
present at such proceedings. The person accused may also have a representative present at such
proceedings.
LISA Academy will notify the individual as to the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding regarding the
complaint subject to limitations of state and federal laws relating to data privacy practices. The person
accused will also be notified of the outcome of such proceedings.
LISA Academy will cooperate with law enforcement authorities in obtaining, securing and maintaining
evidence in connection with the sexual assault incident. LISA Academy will also assist the individual in
preserving any materials relevant to the campus disciplinary proceedings. LISA Academy will, in
cooperation with law enforcement authorities, make efforts to shield the individual from unwanted
contact with the alleged assailant, including the transfer of the victim to alternative classes if this
option is available and feasible.
Lockers and Desks
Each student will be assigned a locker and desk for his or her individual use. The use of lockers is
strongly encouraged, as backpacks/purses are not allowed in classrooms. Lockers are to be used to
store books, coats and personal items. Valuable items should not be stored in lockers or desks. The
school is not liable for personal items stored in lockers or desks.
The school will provide a lock for each locker. Students may not put a personal lock on their lockers,
and all students must keep their locker combinations private. Students may not trade or share
lockers, see “Student Code of Conduct” for more information. Students are responsible to make sure
that lockers are kept locked at all times. Any damage, vandalism, or other problems with lockers or
desks should be reported to the dean of students. Students will be held responsible for the condition
and contents of their lockers if such damage, vandalism, or other problems are not reported.
During the school day, students may go to their lockers during designated times only.
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Interrogations and Searches
In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that the school is safe and drug
free, school officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted without a
warrant and as permitted by law.
Administrators, teachers and other professional personnel may question a student regarding the
student’s own conduct or the conduct of other students. In the context of school discipline, students
have no claim to the right not to incriminate themselves.
Students shall be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by school officials. School officials
may search a student’s outer clothing, pockets, or property by establishing reasonable cause or
securing the student’s voluntary consent. Express or implied coercion – such as threatening to contact
parents or police – invalidates apparent consent.
A search is reasonable if (1) the school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search
will uncover evidence of a rule violation or a criminal violation and (2) the scope of the search is
reasonable related to the circumstances justifying the search; i.e., the measures adopted are
reasonably related to the objectives of the search and are not excessively intrusive in light of the age
and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.
Desk and Locker Searches
Students should have no expectation of privacy in the contents of their lockers, desks or other school
property. Lockers and desks assigned to students remain at all times under the control and
jurisdiction of the school. The school will make periodic inspections of lockers and desks at any time,
with or without notice or student consent. School officials will remove any item that violates school
policy or that may potentially be dangerous.
Students have full responsibility for the security of their lockers and desks, and shall be held
responsible for any prohibited items found during a search. The student’s parent shall be notified if
any prohibited articles or materials are found in a student’s locker or desk, or on the student’s person,
as a result of a search conducted in accordance with this policy.
Vehicles on Campus
Vehicles parked on school property and property under school control are under the jurisdiction of the
school and may be searched at any time if reasonable suspicion exists to believe that the search will
result in evidence that school rules or other laws have been violated. If a vehicle subject to search is
locked, the student shall be asked to unlock the vehicle and consent to a search of the vehicle. If the
student refuses to permit the vehicle to be searched, the school may contact the student’s parents
and/or law enforcement officials. A student will be held responsible for possession of prohibited
items found in his or her vehicle parked on school property or at a school-related event.
Trained Dogs
The school may use or contract for specially trained dogs to sniff out and alert school officials to the
current presence of concealed prohibited or illegal items, including drugs and alcohol. Such visits to
the school may be unannounced. The dogs shall be used to sniff vacant classrooms, vacant common
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areas, the areas around student lockers, and the areas around vehicles parked on school property.
The dogs shall not be asked to alert on students. If a dog alerts to a locker, a vehicle, or an item in a
classroom, it may be searched by school officials. Searches of vehicles shall be conducted as
described above.
Procedures for Use of Restraint and Time-Outs
School employees, volunteers or independent contractors are authorized to use restraint in the event
of an emergency and subject to the following limitations:
 Only reasonable force, necessary to address the emergency, may be used;
 The restraint must be discontinued at the point at which the emergency no longer exists;
 The restraint must be implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the
student and others; and
 The student may not be deprived of basic human necessities.
At no time, however, may a student be placed in seclusion.
A student with a disability may not be confined in a locked box, locked closet or other specially
designated locked space as either a discipline management practice or a behavior management
technique.
School Visitors
Visitors for educational purposes are welcome at the school. Visitors must sign in with the front office
and present a valid photo ID upon arrival. Parents must also check in at the front office. Guests
should not be brought to school without prior approval.
Visitors will not be allowed during the last two weeks of the semester or during the week prior to any
school holiday, or during standardized testing. Parents or other visitors may not walk in the cafeteria,
hallways or to classrooms unless a visitor’s form has been completed at least 2 school days in advance
to provide notice of the visit. This form must also be completed when a parent requests to observe a
class. Visits will only be allowed a maximum of 20 minutes per day, and no more than 1 visit per week
in order to limit the distractions in a rigorous learning environment.
The Principal may take the following actions whenever there is a school visitor:
 Require the visitor to display his or her driver’s license or another form of identification issued
by a governmental entity containing the person’s photograph (see front office for details).
 Establish an electronic database for the purpose of storing information concerning visitors;
(Information stored in the electronic database may be used only for the purpose of school
security, and may not be sold or otherwise disseminated to a third party for any purpose.)
 Verify whether the visitor is a sex offender registered with the computerized central database
maintained by the Department of Public Safety or any other database accessible by the school.
Any visitor identified as a sex offender shall be escorted by school personnel at all times during a
school visit and shall have access only to common areas of the campus.
Disruptive Activity
In order to protect student safety and sustain an educational program free from disruption, state law
permits the school to take action against any person who interferes or disrupts the school environment
and/ or any school activity.
“Disruption” includes but is not limited to making loud noises; enticing, attempting to entice,
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preventing, or attempting to prevent a student from attending a required class or school activity;
entering a classroom without the consent of either the Principal of the teacher; and, through acts of
misconduct or the use of loud or profane language, disrupting class activities.
Fire and Disaster Drills
Fire, lock-down, evacuation, earthquake, and tornado drill instructions will be discussed during the
first weeks of school. Students are expected to know and follow these procedures. Instructions will
be posted in each teacher’s classroom. When the alarm sounds, students should follow the direction
of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner. Students failing to follow
drill procedures will be subject to Student Code of Conduct consequences.
Emergency Closings
Weather conditions may occur that will make it necessary for campuses to be closed. Parents and
students are advised to view the school’s website, listen to automated phone calls or text messages,
and listen to local radio or television for announcements that the school will be closed.
Skateboards
Students and others are not permitted to use their skateboards, scooters or roller blades on campus
grounds at any time. If a student uses any of these items as a means of transportation to or from
school, he or she must walk and carry the item while on school property. These items should be kept
in a locker or designated place approved by campus administration until the end of the school day.
Video Recording of Students
For safety purposes, video equipment may be used by the school to monitor student behavior in
classrooms and hallways, on buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when
the equipment is being used. Staff may review the tapes routinely to document student misconduct.
Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
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SECTION V: ACADEMICS AND GRADING
Attendance
Students must be enrolled in a full day academic program that includes four units (eight courses) each
semester in a school with an A/B block schedule. Act 675 of 2003 requires students in grades nine
through twelve (9-12) to schedule and attend a full school day. The planned instructional time in each
school day shall not average less than six (6) hours per day or thirty (30) hours per week. Only one unit
may be placement in a study hall with administration approval (Seniors only). The principal is
authorized to modify this requirement if there are extenuating circumstances. Extenuating
circumstances include the following:
1. The student is enrolled in a concurrent program at a college or university.
2. The student has an illness that precludes full-time enrollment.
3. The student demonstrates other reasons acceptable to the district, inclusive of legal matters.
Seniors may leave last block during the day to take college courses at local colleges and universities
with the written permission of the Dean of Academics and College Counselor, provided that their
schedule permits the flexibility. Students will be expected to attend all classes at their college or
university, and will be expected to attend all of their courses at LISA Academy.
Report Cards and Grading Scales
LISA Academy will pursue active communication with all parents through the online database, the
mobile phone application, emails, and conferences in addition to sending midterm and quarter report
cards. Each student will also receive a final grade for the semester, which will be averaged together
from the quarter reporting periods. All grades will be based on measurable educational objectives.
Please notify the school office immediately if your address or contact information changes.
Parents are responsible for scheduling a conference with a child’s teacher if the student is not making
adequate progress, especially if the student is earning a D or an F.
All classes will follow a standard scale for assigning letter grades. Individual teachers and
administration will establish the grading policies and procedures for their classes, with grades
corresponding to the following scale:
A = 90–100% B = 80–89% C = 70–79% D = 60-69% F – 59% and below
Determining Semester Grades for High School Courses
Core subject teachers (math, science, ELA, social studies, and AP courses) will administer semester
exams at the end of the semester. These exams will affect the overall average by 10%.
Online course grading may vary. Please consult the course syllabus.
The grade point average (GPA) is determined using the standard 4.0 system. A weighted scale is
applied for Advanced Placement (AP) courses only if the student takes the designated AP tests and the
AP teacher has completed the required AP training, according to the College Board Policy, APR 3.06.
Student performance on the AP test does not affect the student’s grade for the course. A weighted
scale may be applied for Honors, Concurrent, and/or PLTW courses if they are approved by Department
of Education. Those courses include Honors Algebra 2, Honors English 1, Honors Chemistry [both taken
in 9th Grade], Honors Biology, Honors Pre-Calculus, and Honors English 2 [both taken in 10th Grade].
Concurrent courses that are “blended” with AP courses (e.g., AP Calculus BC and Calculus I) will
receive weighted credit. Grades earned prior to 2017-18 courses that were non-weighted will remain
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non-weighted. Concurrent courses that are not blended with AP courses (e.g., College Algebra) are
non-weighted and will be awarded 1 credit per course. The GPA is calculated as follows:
TABLE - GPA COMPUTATION DATA
Grade
Regular/
Concurrent
AP Courses/ ADE
Approved Honors
Courses
90-100 4.0 5.0
80-89 3.0 4.0
70-79 2.0 3.0
60-69 1.0 2.0
Below-59 0 0
Grade Promotion Policy
High school course credit may be denied if the student receives more than twelve (12) unexcused
absences in a semester. Students who attend a minimum of 22 school days are eligible to earn a grade
for the quarter in which they enrolled. Students who transfer from LISA Academy will receive a
withdrawal grade only if they attended a minimum of 22 days in a quarter. See the Attendance section
in this handbook for details.
High school students will be placed in grades based on their earned HS credits and GPA. Students who
have earned a C, D, or F may use Credit Recovery to retake a course. Both grades will be shown on the
transcript but the higher grade will be calculated in the GPA. Students are responsible for consulting
with the Dean of Academics and College Counselor for approval of the credit recovery course. Guidance
will be given for enrolling, but enrolling and completing the course are the responsibility of the
student. The cost of credit recovery through approved sources external to LISA Academy are the
responsibility of the student. Students who earn either an A or B in a course are NOT eligible to retake
the course for credit. Students taking the course for credit recovery or improvement will receive the
higher grade for GPA calculation, but both courses will remain on the transcript.
Students who want to accelerate to a higher level course must be “advanced” on the grade-level state
mandated exam and must make at least a B in the course that they are taking externally. Accelerated
courses will be done on the student’s own through an approved external portal. For example, a
student who wishes to move into the Honors track course (e.g., Pre-Calculus) who has not taken
Algebra 2 would have to take Algebra 2 externally (with approval of Dean of Academics and College
Counselor).
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Placement in Grade 9
Placement in grade 9 is dependent upon successful completion of grade 8. If a student fails either the
first or second semester of a high school credit class taken during middle school (Algebra 1, Geometry,
Biology), the student must complete both semesters of the relevant high school course in the
subsequent year. For example, a student who fails the second semester of Algebra 1 as an 8th grader
would be required to take Algebra I for both semesters of the subsequent year.
Progress monitoring is required for any student who is below proficiency on state-mandated tests. A
student who is not meeting proficiency in reading and mathematics (proficient or advanced) shall be
covered by one of the following plans to target instruction and identify ways to improve his/her
academic achievement:
 A federally required plan such as an IEP;
 A school-wide system of progress monitoring for all students including AIP; or
 An individualized progress monitoring plan.
Admission of Students from Other School Districts
The LISA Academy School District shall review and accept or reject requests for transfers, both into and
out of the district, on a case by case basis. Transfer students’ transcripts must be compatible with the
minimum LISA Academy Recommended graduation plan in order for students to be accepted. Space in
the grade requested must also be available.
Any student transferring from a school accredited by the Department of Education to a school in this
district shall be placed into the same grade the student would have been in had the student remained
at the former school, provided the student has earned sufficient credits to be classified in the previous
school’s grade designation, as defined by the State of Arkansas.
Any student transferring from home school or a school that is not accredited by the Department of
Education to a District school shall be evaluated by District staff to determine the student’s
appropriate grade placement. Students who enter LISA Academy with a transcript reflecting courses
taken out of country will have their credits evaluated on a case by case basis by the Dean of Academics
and the College Counselor in conversation with the country of origin for the transcript.
Students who are current under expulsion from other schools or districts may not enroll in the LISA
Academy School District unless approval is given by LISA Academy Board. Students on a short or longterm suspension, or expulsion, are not permitted on school campuses or at any District-sponsored
activities during the duration of the suspension without the permission of a school administrator.
Students who transfer from LISA Academy will receive a withdrawal grade only if they attended a
minimum of 22 days in a quarter.
Honor Roll
Students will be named to honor rolls based on the weighted GPA in that quarter:
 LISA Distinguished Honor Roll: 4.00 or above
 LISA Honor Roll: 3.50 or above
Students with zero Discipline Points and no discipline referrals will be named to the Excellent
Character Honor Roll.
Students with zero absent days and zero unexcused tardies will be named to the Excellent Attendance
Honor Roll.
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Tutoring
LISA Academy has a Response to Intervention (RTI) plan. Based on student data this might include small
group instruction, pull outs, co-teaching, or other supports deemed appropriate for student success.
To provide access to academic success, LISA Academy has established a policy for tutoring for all
students who did not score at least proficient on state-mandated exams, Quarter Test Exams, or have
an NWEA score indicating significant weaknesses. Parents/guardians will receive notification of
tutoring.
The objective of tutoring is to provide small group structured instructional time to improve students’
performance and to develop responsible student skills that will contribute to academic achievement.
Support of parents/guardians is essential to student success.
Private tutoring is the responsibility of a student’s parents. Teachers employed by LISA Academy are
not permitted to privately tutor their students for pay.
Any subject teachers may offer tutoring to classes and/or a student that needs extra time and/or
assistance by informing parents/guardians.
Homework Policy
Teachers assign homework that fosters individual learning and growth and that is appropriate for the
subject area. Homework may be part of all students’ regular evaluations. Each student is responsible
for completing and turning in homework on time. The teacher’s record is final in cases of conflict
regarding homework assignments. If a student or parent has questions about homework, contact the
teacher who assigned it.
Academic Dishonesty
Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on
assignments or tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and
unauthorized communication between students during an examination. The determination that a
student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher
or other supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or
information from students.
High School Graduation Standards
Course Recommended
Graduation Plan (RGP)
Scholars Graduation
Plan (SGP)
Honors Graduation
Plan (HGP)
English 4.0 4.0 4.0
Mathematics 4.0 4.0 4.0
Science 3.0 4.0 4.0
Social Studies 3.0 4.0 4.0
Communications 0.5 0.5 0.5
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Health 0.5 0.5 0.5
Physical Education 0.5 0.5 0.5
Fine Arts 0.5 0.5 0.5
Foreign Languages 2.0 3.0 3.0
Electives 7.0 7.0 9.0
TOTAL
75Volunteer Hours
(required for class of 2019
and beyond)#
25 Units
A minimum GPA of 3.5
8 Pre-AP/AP Courses
(required for class of
2015 and beyond)
75 Volunteer Hours
(required for class of
2019 and beyond)**#
28 Units
At least 10 AP course
credits in high school
A minimum Weighted
GPA of 4.0
75 volunteer hours #
30 Units
 All students are required to take an online / digital learning course for credit from any subject
area for graduation. (A ½ credit course can fulfill this requirement)
 Students must earn a credit in a course that includes personal & family finance after grade 8
 Students must pass the Arkansas Civics Exam
 Students must complete hands-on CPR training
 Students who graduate as a LISA Scholar will get a silver seal on the diploma and a silver cord
at the graduation ceremony. Those students who graduate as a LISA Honors graduate will
receive a gold seal on the diploma and a gold cord at the graduation ceremony. Both
designations will be noted on the official transcript.
*9th grade students who did not complete these requirements may be considered if they complete the
first semester with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.
**Please see the high school counselor for qualifying volunteer activities.
If a student meets the state graduation requirements but not any of the LISA Academy graduation
plans, the school committee may allow the student to graduate. The student's transcript will designate
the graduation plan as the state minimum requirement.
*** Please note that the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship requires an ACT composite score of
19 or greater.
# 504 and IEP students’ volunteer hours requirement will be determined after consulting with the
campus 504/IEP coordinator.
Honors Graduation Plans
How to Get into the Honors Program
1. A student who has taken two semesters each of Algebra 1 and Geometry in middle school, and
who has earned credit for these courses with either an A or a B and with at least a 3.25 GPA
may be admitted without provision into the Honors Program in 9thgrade.
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2. A student who has taken two semesters each of Algebra 1 and Geometry in middle school, and
who has earned credit for these courses but has a GPA less than 3.25 in these courses may be
admitted with provision into the Honors Program in 9th grade. Certain criteria must be met for
the student to be provisionally accepted into the Honors Program as a 9th grade student. (a)
The student must have made at least a 250 on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
test in mathematics, and (b) the student must have the recommendation of the Dean of
Academics and/or Principal of the middle school.
3. A student who has taken Algebra 1, but who has not taken Geometry in middle school may be
provisionally admitted into the Honors Program as a 9th grade student provided that the student
completes both semesters of Geometry over the summer in an accredited and approved online
program with the approval of the Dean of Academics. The cost of the courses is the
responsibility of the parents/guardians of the student who wishes to accelerate. The student
may be provisionally admitted into the Honors Program as a 9th grade student. The criteria for
provisional admission are listed below:
(a) At least a 245 on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematics test
(the cut score for eligibility to take Geometry).
(b) Successful completion of both semesters of Geometry (success is defined as making an
A or B in each semester of the course) during the summer prior to the student’s
9thgrade year.
4. A student who has taken Algebra 1, but who has not taken Geometry in middle school may be
admitted into the Honors Algebra 2 class as a 9th grade student (but not into the Honors
Program) provided that the student completes both semesters of Geometry over the summer in
an accredited and approved online program with the approval of the Dean of Academics. The
cost of the Geometry course is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the student who
wishes to accelerate. The student may be admitted into the Honors Program as a 10th grader
provided that the following criteria are met:
(a) At least a 245 on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) mathematics test
(the cut score for eligibility to take Geometry).
(b) Successful completion of both semesters of Geometry (success is defined as making an
A or B in each semester of the course) during the summer prior to the student’s
9thgrade year.
(c) Successful completion of the Honors Algebra 2 course as a 9th grader.
How to Remain in the Honors Program
Admission into the Honors Program at LISA Academy is a privilege and must be earned and
maintained. In order to remain in the Honors Program into the 10th grade, students must continue to
demonstrate academic excellence by meeting the following criteria:
(a) Successful completion of all non-AP core courses (e.g., Honors Algebra II, Honors
English, Honors Science [usually, but not limited to, Chemistry]) with at least a B.
(b) Successful completion of all AP core courses (e.g., AP US Government and Politics) with
at least a C.
(c) Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.
In order to remain in the Honors Program beyond the 10th grade, students must continue to
demonstrate academic excellence by meeting the following criteria:
(a) Successful completion of all non-AP core courses with at least a B.
(b) Successful completion of all AP core courses with at least a C.
(c) Maintain a GPA of at least 3.5.
Acceleration
Students may accelerate during the summer between grades provided they have completed the
preceding course in the discipline (e.g., Mathematics) with a B in both semesters of the preceding
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course and a NWEA cut score that indicates readiness for the next course. For Algebra 1, that is a 235
and for Geometry, that is a 245. The cost of the courses is the responsibility of the parents/guardians
of the student who wishes to accelerate.
Credit Recovery
Credit recovery may be done through traditional classes scheduled at school during the normal school
year or through summer school, at the discretion of the school. In the event that the credit recovery
is delivered digitally (whether during the traditional school year or during summer school), the cost of
the courses is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of the student. Credit recovery is required
for any course necessary to meet graduation requirements. Seniors who need to recover credit will
complete that credit recovery during the summer school session immediately following the school year.
Scheduling
According to Arkansas Accreditation Standards, students must be enrolled in 60 clock hours to earn
credit for the course. Some exceptions may apply given waivers granted to LISA Academy by the State
Board of Education. Students must choose courses carefully with parental advice in conversation with
counselors to minimize the need of students to change classes. LISA Academy will do its best to meet
student and parent course requests dependent on availability in the course master schedule. Schedule
changes based on teacher, elective, or preferred section will not be honored. LISA Academy reserves
the right to make course schedule changes based on course availability, graduation requirements,
balanced class sizes, clerical errors, and other educational appropriate reasons.
Students are placed in classes on the basis of academic performance, including AP college readiness
criteria and satisfying course prerequisites. Students are not permitted to change their class schedules
after the tenth day of class of each semester, unless sufficient extenuating circumstances are
present. Some of the following exceptions may be made, but only with the Principal, Dean of
Academics, and College Counselor permission.
1. Seniors who need to make up courses through credit recovery to meet graduation
requirements.
2. Students who received a failing grade in a course and need to do credit recovery to meet
graduation requirements.
3. Students enrolled in the incorrect level of a course (not having taken the proper pre-requisite
course).
4. Courses that do not meet the minimum course size may be dropped.
5. Students who completed the course during the summer through approved and accredited
external providers. All summer courses must be approved prior to the student enrolling in the
course; and the course must be completed, including submission of official grade report, prior
to the beginning of the new school year.
Advanced Placement Program
All students who are academically ready for the rigor of Advanced Placement courses – no matter their
location, background, socioeconomic status - have the right to fulfill that potential. Student eligibility
for enrollment in Advanced Placement classes is determined by a defined set of criteria, including the
College Board Readiness Assessment and AP Readiness Report (PSAT scores), student GPA, letter grade
in prerequisite course, teacher recommendation, and successful completion of any required summer
assignments (submitted by the first day of class of the new school year). Previous performance in AP
courses will be considered as well when deciding student eligibility for future AP courses. For rising
10th grade students, the ACT Aspire College Readiness report will be used. For enrollment in AP
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Computer Science courses, students must be proficient in mathematics on the ACT Aspire Summative
exam. The College Board will notify all students who have taken the PSAT if their “Readiness
Potential” is at least a 70% likelihood of passing an Advanced Placement course.
The purpose of the AP entrance and exit guidelines is to provide information to parents and students
and to facilitate students’ success in academically challenging courses. AP classes in LISA Academy High
School stimulate and challenge students to perform at an advanced academic level. Therefore, AP
coursework requires students to engage in more independent analytical reading and writing
assignments, both inside and outside the classroom.
List of AP Courses Offered in LISA Academy High School
AP Courses On Level Equivalent
AP Calculus AB/BC Mathematics
AP Physics 1 Science
AP Physics 2 Science
AP Biology Science
AP Computer Science A Computer Science
AP Computer Science Principles Computer Science
AP Chemistry Science
AP English Language and Composition English Language Arts
AP English Literature and Composition English Language Arts
AP World History Social Studies
AP U.S. History Social Studies
AP Government and Politics: U.S. Social Studies
AP Gov. and Politics: Human Geography Social Studies
AP Microeconomics/AP Macroeconomics Economics
AP European History Social Studies
AP Spanish Language Languages Other Than English
AP Seminar Capstone
AP Research Capstone
* Some of the above AP Courses may not be offered each year at each campus.
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AP Capstone Diploma Program
AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to engage in
rigorous scholarly practice of the core academic skills necessary for successful college completion. AP
Capstone is built on the foundation of two courses — AP Seminar and AP Research — and is designed to
complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study provided through AP courses. It
cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical,
evidence-based decisions.
How AP Capstone™ Works
Students typically take AP Seminar in the 10th or 11th grade, followed by AP Research. Students who
earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams and on four additional AP Exams
of their choosing will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic
achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Alternatively, students who
earn scores of 3 or higher on the AP Seminar and AP Research Exams will receive the AP Seminar and
Research Certificate signifying their attainment of college-level academic and research skills.
Concurrent Classes
Qualifying for Concurrent Enrollment Classes in Cooperation with UALR
Other cooperative arrangements can be made with other schools, and the qualifications for those will
be defined in the Memoranda of Understanding with those schools.
Students must meet the following requirements for taking Concurrent classes from LISA via the
agreement with UALR.
 Complete at least 50 percent of the state-recommended college preparatory courses with a
minimum GPA of 2.5.
 Achieve a minimum overall high school grade point average of 3.0.
 Achieve a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT.
 Students must be meeting the following requirements for taking Concurrent classes from LISA
via the agreement with UALR.
Other criteria may be substituted for the ACT. The Accuplacer reading score will be used as the
primary indicator for admission decisions when the ACT is not available. When students take an
Accuplacer exam when apply for admission using the Accuplacer, he/she must take all three parts of
the exam due to state reporting requirements. Students in grades 9 through 12 may be eligible; but
students who do not meet the ACT requirements at grade 10 and above must also have approval from
the principal.
 ACT 21 reading: Accuplacer reading 86
 ACT 20 reading: Accuplacer reading 82
 ACT 19 reading: Accuplacer reading 78
 ACT 18 reading: Accuplacer reading 74
 ACT 17 reading: Accuplacer reading 70
 ACT 16 reading: Accuplacer reading 66
 ACT 15 reading: Accuplacer reading 62
Course Placement Chart
Test ACT Accuplacer Course Eligibility
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Reading 19 86 All- if other scores are met
Writing Skills/English 19 83 Literature, Rhetoric, History, World languages
Math 21
Elementary Alg/
College Level Math- 80 College Algebra
Math 24 College level math - 63 College Trig
Math NA College level math - 103 College Cal I
 Cut scores subject to change at the discretion of the university offering the concurrent credit.
 All concurrent courses that are taught at LISA Academy must be taken at LISA
Academy. Students may not enroll in a college course for a course taught on campus at LISA
Academy. Students under 18 are required to have a signed parental approval to take a course
at a college campus.
Students are responsible for having the transcript for the concurrent credit course(s) they have taken
sent to their school in order to receive credit for the course(s). The transcripts are to be received by
the school within 2 school days of the end of the LISA Academy semester in which the course is taken.
Students may not receive credit for the course(s) they took or the credit may be delayed if the
transcripts are not received in time, or at all. Students will retain credit applied toward a course
required for high school graduation from a previously attended, accredited, public school.
Digital Learning and Concurrent Course Fees:
LISA Academy will pay for the Virtual Arkansas course fees if the course is mandated and scheduled by
LISA Academy. LISA Academy will also pay for the concurrent course fees up to six credit hours if the
student is eligible for free/reduced lunch. If a student requests an online AP or concurrent course, the
student is responsible for the required course fees.
Smart Core Curriculum
Effective with the graduating class of 2014, all students are required to choose to participate in the
Smart Core or Core curriculum, noted by completing either the consent or Smart Core Waiver form.
Smart Core is the college- and career-ready set of courses that is the default curriculum for all
Arkansas public high school students. Completion of Smart Core with a 2.5 grade point average is also
one of the qualifications listed for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Because of this
additional significance for completing Smart Core — and because we know how important it is to
graduate all students ready to succeed in college and career, families should note the importance of
completing the Smart Core curriculum and also the potential negative consequences of waiving a
student’s participation in Smart Core. (Pursuant to the ADE Rules Governing Standards for
Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts; section 9.03.1 et seq.) Those students not
participating in the Smart Core curriculum will be required to fulfill the Core curriculum or the
requirements of their IEP (when applicable) to be eligible for graduation. Informed Consent Forms are
required to be signed upon entry into the seventh grade or upon enrolling in the district.
The number of units students must earn in grades nine through twelve (9-12) to be eligible for high
school graduation are to be earned from the following categories. There are some distinctions made
between Smart Core units and Graduation units. Not all units earned toward graduation necessarily
apply to Smart Core requirements. Following Core curriculum may not qualify students for some
scholarships and admission to certain colleges could be jeopardized. Students initially choosing the
Core curriculum may change to the Smart Core curriculum providing they would be able to complete
the required course of study by the end of their senior year.
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Students wishing to change their choice of curriculum must consult with their counselor to determine
the feasibility of completing the requirements of the Smart Core curriculum. The provisions of a
student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) serve as his/her graduation plan.
The required twenty- two (22) units, at a minimum, are to be taken from the Smart Core or Core as
follows, be advised not all courses may be offered at each campus. Please see the high school
counselor for details regarding specific building offerings:
SMART CORE COURSE CODE LIST
ENGLISH - 4 CREDITS MATHEMATICS - 4 CREDITS
9th Grade English - 1 Credit Algebra I - 1 Credit
410000 English 9 430000 Algebra I
510010 ADE Approved English 9 Honors 530010 ADE Approved Algebra I Honors
510020 ADE Approved English 9 530020 ADE Approved Algebra I
510040 ESL English 9 530030 IB Algebra I
519910 Concurrent Credit English 9 539910 Concurrent Credit Algebra I
10th Grade English - 1 Credit
430100
&
430200 Algebra I-Part A & Algebra I-Part B
411000 English 10 Geometry - 1 Credit
511010 ADE Approved English 10 Honors 431000 Geometry
511020 ADE Approved English 10 531010 ADE Approved Geometry Honors
511030 ESL English 10 531020 ADE Approved Geometry
519920 Concurrent Credit English 10 531030 IB Geometry
11th Grade English - 1 Credit 539920 Concurrent Credit Geometry
412000 English 11
431100
&
431200 Geometry-Part A & Geometry-Part B
512010 ADE Approved English 11 Honors Algebra II - 1 Credit
512020 ADE Approved English 11 432000 Algebra II
512030 ESL English 11 532010 ADE Approved Algebra II Honors
517030 AP English Language and Composition 532020 ADE Approved Algebra II
517040 AP English Literature and Composition 532030 IB Algebra II
517100 IB English 11 539930 Concurrent Credit Algebra II
519930 Concurrent Credit English 11 Fourth Math or Computer Science Flex* - 1 Credit
12th Grade English - 1 Credit 433000 Pre Calculus
413000 English 12 434010 Calculus
413010 Transitional English 12 439050 Advanced Topics and Modeling in Mathematics
513010 ADE Approved English 12 Honors 439070 Algebra III
513020 ADE Approved English 12 439080 Mathematical Applications and Algorithms
513030 ESL English 12 439090 Statistics
517030 AP English Language and Composition 439110 Transitional Math Ready
517040 AP English Literature and Composition 439120 Quantitative Literacy
517200 IB English 12 491630 CASE Ag Power and Technology
519940 Concurrent Credit English 12 492110 Computerized Accounting II
495440 PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture
495460 PLTW Digital Electronics
495470 PLTW Engineering Design and Development
533010 ADE Approved Pre Calculus Honors
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533020 ADE Approved Pre Calculus
533160 IB Pre Calculus/Trig
534020 ADE Approved Calculus Honors
534040 AP Calculus AB
534050 AP Calculus BC
534060 IB Calculus
539030 AP Statistics
539040 IB Trigonometry
539060 IB Mathematical Studies
539070 IB Mathematics SL
539900 Concurrent Credit Beyond Algebra II
SCIENCE - 3 CREDITS SOCIAL STUDIES - 3 CREDITS
Biology - 1 Credit Civics - 0.5 Credit
420000 Biology - Integrated 472000 Civics (0.5 credit)
520010 ADE Approved Biology - Integrated Honors 472100 Civics (1 credit)
520020 ADE Approved Biology - Integrated 572000 ADE Approved Civics (0.5 credit)
520030 AP Biology 572020 ADE Approved Civics/Government Honors
529030 IB Biology 572030 IB American Government
529910 Concurrent Credit Biology 572040
ADE Enhanced AP Credited States Government &
Politics
572100 ADE Approved Civics/American Government
579930 Concurrent Credit Civics
Physical Science Credit - 1 Credit World History - 1 Credit
421000 Chemistry - Integrated 471000 World History
421010 Chemistry II 571000 ADE Approved World History
422000 Physics (valid till 06/30/19) 571010 ADE Approved World History Honors
422010 Physics 571020 AP World History
423000 Physical Science - Integrated 579910 Concurrent Credit World History
494980 PLTW Aerospace Engineering American History - 1 Credit
495490 PLTW Principles of Engineering 470000 Credited States History Since 1890
521010
ADE Approved Chemistry - Integrated
Honors 570010 ADE Approved American History Honors
521020 ADE Approved Chemistry - Integrated 570020 AP Credited States History
521030 AP Chemistry 570030 ADE Approved American History
521040 IB Chemistry 570050 IB History of the Americas
522010 ADE Approved Physics Honors 579920 Concurrent Credit American History
522020 ADE Approved Physics
522040 AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism ECONOMICS - 0.5 CREDIT
522050 AP Physics C: Mechanics (may be counted toward social studies or career focus)
522060 IB Physics Economics - 0.5 Credit
522080 AP Physics I 474300 Economics and Personal Finance (0.5 credit)
522090 AP Physics II 574000
Concurrent Credit Economics with Personal
Finance
523010
ADE Approved Physical Science - Integrated
Honors 579130
ADE Approved AP Macroeconomics & Personal
Finance
523020 ADE Approved Physical Science - Integrated 579140
ADE Approved AP Microeconomics & Personal
Finance
529920 Concurrent Credit Physical Science
529930 Concurrent Credit Chemistry PERSONAL FINANCE
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529940 Concurrent Credit Physics see https://bit.ly/2zyU2kU
Third Science or Computer Science Flex* - 1
Credit HEALTH AND SAFETY - 0.5 CREDIT
An additional Biology/Physical Science, CS Flex, or 1
of the following: Health and Safety - 0.5 Credit
424020 Environmental Science 480000 Health and Wellness
424030 Anatomy and Physiology 480950 JROTC Health
425020 Earth Science 580010 ADE Approved Health and Safety
425050 Astronomy 580900 Concurrent Credit Health and Safety
491140 CASE Natural Resources
491170 CASE Animal Science PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 0.5 CREDIT
491170 CASE Plant Science Physical Education - 0.5 Credit
493130 FACS Chemistry of Food 485000 Physical Education and Leisure
494980 PLTW Aerospace Engineering 485010 Personal Fitness for Life
495010 PLTW Human Body Systems 485950 JROTC Physical Education
495490 PLTW Principles of Engineering 585010 ADE Approved Physical Education
523030 AP Environmental Science 585900 Concurrent Credit Physical Education
COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)*
(optional credits for 4th math or 3rd science
requirements) FINE ARTS - 0.5 CREDIT
Computer Science - Optional Flex Credit Credit chosen from courses coded
any course starting with 465 or 564 450000 - 459999 or 550010 - 559999
see https://goo.gl/y95ZTc
ORAL COMMUNICATION - 0.5 CREDIT
CAREER FOCUS - 6 CREDITS Oral Communication - 0.5 Credit
414000 Oral Communication (0.5 credit)
414010 Oral Communication (1 credit)
Unused credits chosen from courses 414020 Forensics I
beginning with a 4 or 5 414050 Debate I
514010 ADE Approved Oral Communication Honors
514020 ADE Approved Oral Communication
514000 Concurrent Credit Oral Communication
Core Curriculum
English Language Arts - 4 credits
 English 9
 English 10
 English 11
 English 12
Mathematics - 4 credits
 Algebra I – 1 credit
 Geometry – 1 credit
 Algebra II* – 1 credit
 ADE approved fourth Math credit or Computer Science Flex – 1 credit
Science - 3 credits
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 ADE approved biology – 1 credit
 ADE approved physical science – 1 credit
 ADE approved third science or Computer Science Flex – 1 credit

Social Studies - 3 credits
 US History – 1 credit
 World History – 1 credit
 Civics – ½ credit
 Economics and Personal Finance – ½ credit
Oral Communication – ½ credit
Physical Education – ½ credit
Health & Safety – ½ credit
Fine Arts – ½ credit
Career Focus or Additional Content – 6 credits
*Algebra II and/or fourth math may be replaced by another approved course if Smart Core is waived.
College Entrance Testing
Students who plan to enroll in two-year or four-year colleges or universities should also plan to
participate in the College Entrance Testing Program administered through the LISA Academy High
School Guidance Department. Students should contact their counselor for advice and direction on precollege admissions testing. The following is the calendar for students:
 October (PSAT) Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (Required for sophomores)
 October (PSAT/NMSQT) [Recommended for Juniors interested in the National Merit
Scholarship Program]
 February (ACT) American College Test (Required for Juniors)
 (PreACT) American College Test (Required for Freshmen and Sophomores)
 Sept., Oct., Feb, April, June (ACT) American College Test (if required)
 October, December, April, June (SAT) Scholastic Aptitude Test (if required)
PSAT/NMSQT
LISA Academy is dedicated to providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that facilitates
each student’s ambition to pursue higher education at the nation's top universities and colleges. As a
part of this process, students in grades 10 are required to take the Preliminary Scholastic
Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying (“PSAT/NMSQT”) Test each fall.
The most common reason for taking the PSAT/NMSQT is to receive feedback on student strengths and
weaknesses so that students can focus their preparation on those areas that could most benefit from
additional study or practice. This test also gives a student the chance to enter National Merit
Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.
College Days
High school students who meet the following criteria will be allowed to have two excused days of
absence for a college visit during their junior year and four excused days of absence for a college visit
during their senior year (excluding school sponsored college trips):
 The student must be classified as a junior or senior based upon credits earned;
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 The student must be on track to graduate on time;
 The student must have no truancy or other attendance problems;
 The student must provide documentation of college visit;
 The student must have the college listed in their college list on Naviance. (Seniors)
 College Application submission must be completed. (Seniors)
Students must submit a written request to the College Guidance Counselor at least two days prior to
the day requested for a college visit so that eligibility criteria for an excused day of absence can be
verified and approval granted prior to the student participating in a college visit. Approval will not be
granted for a college visit on a day when major exams are scheduled, and no partial days will be
approved.
GPA Calculation
 LISA Academy is not strictly a “ranking” school, but does identify valedictorian, salutatorian,
and top-10% of the graduating class, if it is to the benefit of the student. Class Rank reflects
how student grades compare with his/her peers in his/her graduating class. Estimated rank
will be calculated at the end of the student’s 6th semester (for college entrance requirement),
but the final rank calculation will be done at the conclusion of the senior year and will be
reflected on the final transcript.
 Any courses taken during the summer between the junior and senior year will be recorded as
courses taken during the junior year, and will be eligible for inclusion in GPA and class rank
calculations. Any repeated courses taken after September 1 of the student’s senior year will
be included in the senior year courses, but will not be used for GPA and class rank calculations.
Procedure for Determining the Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The following procedures and criteria for the selection of the valedictorian and salutatorian will be
implemented.
1. The LISA Academy High School valedictorian shall be the highest academic ranking student from
the graduating class.
2. LISA Academy High School shall award the designation of salutatorian to the student achieving
the second highest academic ranking in the graduating class. This honor will be based on the
same procedure as that for valedictorian.
3. The students determined to be the valedictorian and salutatorian shall be notified by the
assistant principal of this status following the closure of the Fall Semester of the senior year
gradebook.
4. If necessary, a committee will be established to do the calculations necessary to identify the
valedictorian and salutatorian. The committee will include the director of guidance, a guidance
counselor, the high school principal, and the department head of math/science, the
department head of social studies, and others as appropriate.
5. Students transferring to LISA Academy High School from other high schools may not transfer
honors classes that are not available at LISA Academy High School for weighted credit.
6. Students must complete their junior and senior years at LISA Academy and graduate in exactly
8 semesters to be considered for valedictorian/salutatorian status. Students must have a
minimum of two complete years at LISA Academy High School to be considered for class
ranking.
7. In the event of a tie, each student with the academic rating equivalent to the highest score
will receive the honor of being named valedictorian/salutatorian.
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College Counseling
College and Career Readiness is an integral part of the total experience of LISA Academy. LISA
Academy College and Career advising framework, adapted from the National Office for School
Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) national model, is written to reflect a comprehensive approach to the
components of College and Career Readiness.
College Aspirations
LISA Academy is committed to building a college-going culture based on early college awareness by
nurturing in students the confidence to aspire to college and helping them develop the resiliency and
persistence to overcome challenges along the way. LISA maintains high expectations and helps students
to meet those expectations by providing adequate supports, building social capital, and conveying the
conviction that all students can succeed in college.
Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness
College success requires planning. At LISA Academy, students are guided to develop academic plans in
advance. The goal is to encourage students’ planning, preparation, participation, and performance in
a rigorous academic program that connects to their college and career aspirations and goals.
Graduation plans are prepared for each student beginning with their enrollment in LISA Academy. For
students who begin in 9th grade or who continue at LISA from the 8th grade to the 9th grade will have a
four-year graduation plan sketched out for them. This will allow them to see how the overall
curriculum prepares them for success in college. Students who enroll at LISA after the 9th grade will
have comprehensive graduation plans outlined for them as well, covering the time from their
enrollment through their projected graduation.
ACT preparation classes may be assigned to students based on student performance on the Pre-ACT,
ACT Aspire, and/or ACT. All juniors will be required to take the ACT preparation classes. The only
students who may be exempted are those students who have met the College Readiness benchmark on
a prior exam.
Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement
More and more, colleges and universities are looking for well-rounded students who excel in
academics, but who excel outside the classroom as well. LISA Academy seeks to ensure equitable
exposure to a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that build leadership,
nurture talents and interests, and increase engagement with school. Additionally, all students are
required to complete at least 75 hours of volunteer service. Since colleges prefer well-rounded
students who are engaged not only with their academic lives but also with the lives of their
community, we encourage students to find ways to give back to their communities through volunteer
service. Volunteer hours are recorded and maintained in the academic offices of LISA Academy.
Students are also encouraged to seek out opportunities to expand their academic horizons during the
summer. For example, every year, some LISA students are selected for the Arkansas Governor’s School.
Other programs include engineering, robotics, and health management at UALR and at the University of
Arkansas. Our academic administrators supply students with letters of recommendation for the
opportunities that the students have found.
College and Career Exploration and Selection Processes
The selection of a college is one of the more important decisions a student makes in his or her
academic career. LISA Academy provides early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information
necessary to make informed decisions when selecting a college or career that connects to academic
preparation and future aspirations.
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Beginning with the junior year, students begin building their “college list” with the college
counselors. Using Naviance, the required documents (from letters of recommendation to student
essays to test scores) are collected in one place for easy dissemination to the colleges of the students’
choice. College nights are held periodically, particularly in the spring semester for juniors and the fall
semester for seniors, to help guide the process of completing applications for the colleges
selected. Students have the opportunity to go on school-sponsored college visits for students to
explore their college options. These happen at least twice a year. Recruiters and visitors from
colleges come to LISA throughout the year to provide students with more information on those
schools. Times are arranged for these college recruiters to meet with all interested students.
Students are highly encouraged to visit the college of their choice to meet not only with the admissions
office at the college/university, but also to meet with the department of their preferred
major. Colleges and universities are very open to arranging such visits, and indeed, generally
encourage them as well. Students receive help from the college counselors in making these
arrangements with the colleges of their choice.
College and Career Assessments
LISA Academy promotes preparation, participation, and performance in college and career assessments
by all students. Students will take PreACT in 9th and 10th grades the PSAT in 10th grade, and the
PSAT/NMSQT and ACT during the 11th grade. The PSAT in the 10th grade and ACT in the 11th grade are
free to students, and the PSAT/NMSQT requires a nominal fee. Those students who take the
PSAT/NMSQT are eligible for consideration for the National Merit Scholarship program. Students are
encouraged to take the SAT following the PSAT and to take at least one national administration of the
ACT prior to the beginning of their senior year. Student are reminded that they may take the ACT as
early as the 9th grade, and those students who take the test early receive additional benefits in
planning their high school graduation plan during registration.
Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive a fee waiver for the ACT and
SAT, once in the junior year and once in the senior year. The fee waiver also includes the submission
of the test scores to college admissions offices – for up to four schools per administration of the test.
College Affordability Planning
LISA Academy provides students and families with comprehensive information about college costs,
options for paying for college, and the financial aid and scholarship processes and eligibility
requirements, so they are able to plan for and afford a college education. FAFSA nights help students
and parents prepare the government documents for financial assistance. During the second semester
of the senior year, after students have received their college acceptance letters, students have the
opportunity to sit with the college counselors and receive guidance in selecting their college.
Students are highly encouraged to visit the college of their choice to meet not only with the admissions
office at the college/university, but also to meet with the department of their preferred
major. Colleges and universities are very open to arranging such visits, and indeed, generally
encourage them as well. Students receive help from the college counselors in making these
arrangements with the colleges of their choice.
Student Services
Students with Disabilities
Upon the recommendation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team, a student with disabilities who
is receiving special education services may be promoted and/or permitted to graduate under the
provisions of his or her Individualized Education Program (“IEP”). An IEP Team must include the
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parent/guardian (for minors), at least one of the student’s current teachers, and special education
teacher or supervisor. Service providers may additionally be required to participate as a member of the
IEP team.
A student who receives special education services and has completed four years of high school, but has
not met the requirements of his or her IEP, may participate in graduation ceremonies and receive a
certificate of attendance. Even if the student participates in graduation ceremonies to receive the
certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn his or her high
school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one graduation ceremony.
English Language Learner Services
In keeping with state and federal laws, LISA Academy offers support services for students at all
appropriate grade levels for English language learners who are limited in their English proficiency. The
district’s goal is to provide additional English language assistance to students, enabling them to
become academically successful in all classes. LISA Academy will use a home language survey at the
time of enrollment to gather information about a student’s language background and identify students
whose primary or home language is other than English. We will then determine if potential EL students
are in fact EL through a valid and reliable test which assesses English language proficiency in speaking,
listening, reading and writing. If test results indicate either limited oral or limited cognitive academic
English ability, the student will be provided additional English language support, unless the parent
chooses to sign a waiver.
Special Education Services
The school has the responsibility of identifying, locating, and evaluating individuals with disabilities
who are 5–21 years of age and who fall within the school’s jurisdiction. If you know or suspect that
your child has a disability, please contact the school’s Student Services Coordinator for information
about available programs, assessments, and services.
Special education services are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of students with
disabilities. Each student who receives special education services has an Individual Education Plan
(“IEP”) which is developed by the student’s IEP Team. The IEP Team considers the student’s disability
and determines appropriate accommodations, supplementary aids, and/or services that are necessary
for the student to participate in the general curriculum. An IEP Team must include the parent/guardian
(for minors), at least one of the student’s current teachers, and special education teacher or
supervisor. Service providers may additionally be required to participate as a member of the IEP team.
All special education services are provided in the least restrictive environment, which may be special
education settings, general education settings, or a combination of both. All students receiving
special education services are educated to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled
peers and participate in all school activities on the same basis as students who are not disabled.
Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or
Who Need or May Need Special Education Services
If a student is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent/guardian may contact the Student Services
Coordinator to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for
support services. This system may link students to a variety of support options, including potential
referral for a special education evaluation
A parent/guardian is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a
reasonable amount of time, the IEP Team must decide if the evaluation is needed. If the IEP Team
determines the evaluation is needed, the parent/guardian will be asked to provide written consent for
the evaluation. The school must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 days of the date it
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receives the written consent. The school must meet with the parent/guardian to explain the findings
of the evaluation and must give a copy of the report to the parent/guardian within 30 days of the
Evaluation date. An IEP Team must include the parent/guardian (for minors), at least one of the
student’s current teachers, and a special education teacher or supervisor. Service providers including
examiners may additionally be required to participate as a member of the IEP team.
If the IEP Team determines that an evaluation for special education services is not appropriate, it will
provide the parent/guardian with a written notice that explains why the student will not be evaluated.
This written notice will include a statement that informs parents of their rights if they disagree with
the school. Additionally, the parent/guardian will be provided a copy of the Notice of Procedural
Safeguards – Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.
The designated person to contact regarding options for a student experiencing learning disabilities or a
referral for evaluation for special education is the Student Services Coordinator.
Section 504 Services
LISA Academy provides a free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability,
regardless of the nature or severity of the student’s disability. A “student with a disability” is one
who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the student’s major
life activities, has a record of having such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. A
student with a disability is “qualified” if he or she is between the ages of three and 21, inclusive.
An appropriate education is the provision of regular or special education and related services that are
(1) designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of students
who do not have disabilities; and (2) based on adherence to procedures that satisfy federal
requirements for educational setting, evaluation and placement, and procedural safeguards.
Qualified students with disabilities will be placed in the regular educational environment, unless the
school demonstrates that education in the regular environment with the use of supplemental aids and
services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Should an alternate educational environment be necessary,
the school shall comply with all legal requirements regarding least restrictive environment and
comparable facilities for students with disabilities. In providing or arranging for nonacademic and
extracurricular services and activities, the school shall ensure that a qualified student with a disability
participates with students who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate.
To be eligible for services and protections against discrimination on the basis of disability under
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a student must be determined, as a result of an evaluation, to
have a “physical or mental impairment” that substantially limits one or more major life activities. If a
student has or is suspected of having a disability, or requires special services, parents or teachers
should contact the Principal for information concerning available programs, assessments, and services.
For further information, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator at your school.
Homebound Instruction
In order to be considered for homebound instruction, an illness or injury that prevents school
attendance must be documented by a medical doctor. Blank forms are available through the front
office at each building. The form must be completed thoroughly and returned to the district office.
An incomplete form will not be considered for approval.
Homebound applications for students receiving special education services must be submitted to the
Director of Special Education in order for an IEP conference to be held to consider homebound services.
Attendance policies continue to apply to student absences until homebound instruction is officially
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approved by the district’s administration and the student (parents/guardians) have been notified of the
approval for homebound. Submitting a request does not assure approval of the request.
Upon application and approval of homebound instruction, students must understand that their
schedules may be adjusted due to specific class and/or subject requirements that cannot be effectively
taught and learned in the homebound setting. These courses may include, but are not limited to the
following classes: Pre-AP, AP, foreign language, band, computer courses, medical courses, vocational
electives, etc.
Students who are homebound for a period of six weeks or less may be able to continue with some (or
all) of their current classes with the recommendation of the classroom teacher and the approval of the
principal. Homebound instruction consists of a minimum of three (3) hours and a maximum of five (5)
hours of direct instruction per week. A student can be seen for a lesser amount of time per week, if
both the school and the parents are in accord with this action and a written plan is developed that
includes reasoning behind the reduction and both parties’ signatures to show approval. After direct
instruction, the student will be responsible for completing assignments independently as assigned by
the homebound tutor. Students must notify the homebound tutor or Principal immediately if they
anticipate not completing their assignments by the assigned deadlines.
Services for Title I Participants
Information regarding the school’s Title I program may be obtained from the Principal.
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SECTION VI: STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
To function properly, education must provide an equal learning opportunity for all students by
recognizing, valuing, and addressing the individual needs of every student. In addition to the regular
curriculum, principles and practices of good citizenship must also be taught and modeled by school
staff. This includes an appreciation for the rights of others. LISA Academy is committed to helping
every student fulfill his or her intellectual, social, physical, and emotional potential. To foster an
orderly and distraction-free environment, LISA Academy has established this Student Code of Conduct
(“the Code”). The Code outlines prohibited behaviors and consequences for such behavior. LISA
Academy has the responsibility and authority to enforce the Code, question students, counsel them,
and assign discipline when appropriate.
The Code does not define all types and aspects of student behavior. The Board of Directors and the
Superintendent may establish written policies, rules, and regulations of general application governing
student conduct in all schools. In addition, each Principal, within his or her own school, may establish
certain rules and regulations not inconsistent with those established by the Board and the
Superintendent.
Any conduct that causes or creates a reasonable likelihood that it will cause a substantial disruption in
or material interference with any school function, activity, or purpose, or that interferes or creates a
reasonable likelihood that it will interfere with the health, safety, or well-being or the rights of other
students is prohibited.
All students who participate in athletics or other extra-curricular activities are subject to the rules and
consequences in this student code of conduct in addition to any rules formulated by the coach or
coordinator of the activity.
A teacher may send a student to the Dean of Students for one of the following reasons below:
1. The student has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher’s
ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the
student’s classmates to learn; or
2. The teacher determines the student’s behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it
seriously interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in
the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn.
The Board of Directors has authorized detention, suspension, and expulsion as methods of disciplining
students. The Board of Directors has also given authority to the Superintendent or designee to use any
of these disciplinary actions which, in his or her judgment, is appropriate for the violation. The
Superintendent may assign responsibility to a district-level staff member to address any student code
of conduct case on his/her behalf.
The LISA Academy Student Code of Conduct includes a minimum consequence of a student warning and
a maximum consequence of long-term suspension or expulsion. Suspensions on the basis of
accumulated Level 0 and Level I Offenses cannot be appealed.
When students participate in student activities, they will also be expected to follow the guidelines and
constitutions that further specify the organization’s expectations, student behavior and consequences.
Jurisdiction
The school may discipline a student for any violation of the Code committed while a student is:
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1. On school property;
2. In transit to and from school;
3. Attending any school-related or school-sponsored activity, so long as the student is under the
direction of a school employee;
4. On the school property of another school district during a LISA Academy event;
5. Attending another district’s school-sponsored or school-related activity when student is
sponsored or authorized by LISA;
6. When a school employee or volunteer is a victim of retaliation no matter when or where it
takes place;
7. When convicted a felony;
8. When cyber activity of a student directly affects the education environment of LISA Academy
students.
Note: In addition to disciplinary consequences, misdemeanor and felony offenses committed on campus
will be reported to an appropriate law enforcement agency.
Standards for Student Conduct
Classroom Rules
Students shall
 Be in the assigned seat and ready to work before the tardy bell rings;
 Bring pencils, pens, paper, books and all assigned materials to class;
 Not disrupt classroom activities;
 Follow instructions and directives immediately;
 Not bring food or drink in the building, except in designated food service areas;
 Not leave class without permission. Any student leaving class must have a hall pass.
School-Wide Rules
Students shall
 Demonstrate courtesy at all times;
 Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline and control;
 Attend all classes, regularly and on time;
 Be prepared for each class;
 Meet school standards for grooming and dress;
 Obey all campus and classroom rules;
 Respect the rights of others, including property and facilities of the school;
 Cooperate with and assist school personnel, including volunteers, in maintaining safety, order
and discipline;
 Adhere to all requirements of the currently-adopted Code.
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians
Parents are expected to
 Serve as a model for students by showing respect for themselves, students, teachers, other
parents, and school staff;
 Ensure their student’s compliance with school attendance requirements and promptly report
and explain absences and tardiness to the school;
 Assist their student in being properly attired;
 Take an active interest in the overall school program;
 Communicate regularly with the school concerning their student’s conduct and progress;
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 Discuss report cards and work assignments with their student;
 Bring to the attention of school authorities any problem or condition which affects their
student;
 Maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers at the school;
 Cooperate with school administrators and teachers in their efforts to achieve and maintain a
quality school system;
 Respond promptly when notified by campus to pick up student due to medical or disciplinary
problems; and
 Respond promptly when notified of student disciplinary matters.
Positive Reinforcement System (PRS)
PRS is specially designed to give students the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for positive
behavior beyond minimum expectations.
Each time a student is observed performing a random act of kindness, helping a classmate, or assisting
a teacher, he or she will be rewarded with a PRS point. (In addition to these examples, there are
several other ways to earn PRS points.) Points are accumulated throughout the school year, and are
used to reduce DPS points.
Please help us encourage your child to earn PRS points. A full listing of PRS-eligible behavior can be
found in the chart below.
CASE POINTS
PRS-Serving Saturday Detention 5
PRS-Serving In-School Suspension due to DPS 5
Positive behavior with substitute teacher 5
PRS-Academic Improvement 3
PRS-Helping a fellow student 3
PRS-Volunteering 3
PRS- Leaving clean area in cafeteria/classroom 3
PRS-Participation improvement 2
PRS-Behavioral Improvement 2
PRS-Being a positive role model 2
PRS-Helping put away materials in class or gym 2
PRS-Helping Teacher without being asked 2
PRS-Honesty 2
PRS-Random act of Kindness 2
PRS- Consistently on task 2
PRS- Demonstrating outstanding leadership 2
Behavior Management Plans
LISA Academy is committed to providing assistance to students who have received disciplinary
consequences. Behavioral strategies listed below may be implemented.
 Behavioral contracts or individually developed behavior management plans.
 Cooling-off time or “time-out.”
 Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel.
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 Parent/guardian conference with teacher or Campus Principal.
 Seating changes within the classroom.
 Verbal correction.
 Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities and eligibility for
seeking and holding honorary offices, and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs or
organizations or field trips.
 Parent/guardian contracts.
 Peer Mediation, or other developmentally appropriate plans.
Discipline Point System (DPS)
LISA Academy has implemented a Discipline Point System (“DPS”) in which students are given “DPS
points” for unacceptable behavior. All teachers and staff will use this system. All parents are able to
monitor DPS/PRS via the online tracking software as well as periodic discipline reports presented there.
Rules of Discipline Point System
1. Minor behavioral infractions are assigned numerical points.
2. Each teacher is required to implement and enforce the DPS system.
3. The teacher shall fill out a Discipline Referral Form and contact an Assistant Principal if
misbehavior continues after points are assigned.
4. An accumulation of 15 points within a semester will result in attending Saturday Detention.
5. An accumulation of 30 DPS points within a semester will result in assignment to an additional
session of Saturday Detention. Students required to attend Saturday Detention are rewarded 5
positive points for attending and obeying the rules of conduct for Saturday Detention. Students
may receive more DPS points, however, for unwilling behavior. Failing to attend a Saturday
Detention without any confirmed excuse may result in a one day out of school suspension.
6. Accumulation of 45 DPS within a semester will result in a one day suspension. Student may be
referred to school counselor or a behavior management plan may be implemented.
7. Accumulation of 60 DPS within a semester will result in two days out of school suspension.
8. Accumulation of 75 DPS within a semester will result in a three days out of school suspension.
9. Accumulation of 90 DPS or more within a semester may result in long-term suspension or
expulsion.
10. Suspensions due to detention points are not eligible for an appeal.
Level 0 - Discipline Point Cases
The following is a list of student conduct that will result in the accumulation of discipline points.
CASE POINTS
Warning 0
Not turning in assigned work or homework 0
Lack of materials 1
Backpack or purse in the classroom 1
Not on assigned task 2
Being in the hallway without a pass 2
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Passing Notes 2
Inappropriate cafeteria/ hallway behavior 2
Antagonistic behavior 2
Excessive talking 2
Leaving paper/trash on the floor/desk/table 2
Lack of Cooperation 2
Not being in the assigned location / seat 3
Inappropriate behavior towards another student 3
Dress code violation 3
Eating/drinking except during breakfast or lunch time 3
Trading or sharing lockers 3
Having food/drink outside of the food serving areas 3
Horse-playing 3
Disturbing class 3
Throwing things in class/hallway/cafeteria 3
Tilting back in chair/desk 3
Possession of inappropriate item(s) 3
Unauthorized use of elevator 3
Accessing unassigned website during class 5
Unauthorized personal electronic device (e.g., cell phones,
head phones, ear buds) in sight
5
Disrespectful behavior/comments to teacher
5
Lying to Administration/Teacher 5
Using profane/vulgar language (not directed at a person) 5
Non-authorized buying/selling/trading items (minor infractions) 5
Lack of cooperation with substitute teacher/volunteer 5
Offenses and Consequences
Corporal punishment is never an acceptable disciplinary measure.
Level I Offenses
The following behaviors are prohibited at all School and School-related activities.
1. Accessing restricted areas including staff restrooms, elevators or teachers’ lounge without
permission.
2. Engaging in behavior that causes damage to school property in an amount less than $50. The
student will be responsible for the cost of the damage;
3. Computer system violations and/ or violations of the school’s Acceptable Use Policy, including
an offensive profile picture. (See “Student Acceptable Use Policy”)
4. Failing to comply with directives of school personnel.
5. Failing to comply with the school’s guidelines for student conduct in the cafeteria. (See “Lunch
Periods”)
6. Failing to comply with the school’s guidelines for student conduct in public areas. (See “Public
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Areas”)
7. Inappropriate physical contact not defined as a Level II or Level III offense.
8. Failure to report to class, tutorial sessions, lunch, or assigned activity without excuse.
9. Entering or interrupting another classroom without permission, or failing to or refusing to
return to assigned location.
10. Failing to report to assigned after-school club activity or after-school care.
11. Violation of any school dismissal policy.
12. Leaving classroom without permission.
13. Academic dishonesty. (See “Academic Dishonesty”)
14. Any deliberate behavior intended to intimidate, embarrass, harass or otherwise disrespect a
faculty or staff member.
15. Parking infractions or violations of vehicle operation regulations on campus.
16. Possessing and/or selling look-alike drugs. Dispensing OTC medicine.
17. Unauthorized use of any electronic and/or telecommunication devices during school hours or
after school programs in school building.
18. Posting published materials or holding demonstrations or meetings on school property without
school approval. (See “Distribution of Published Materials”)
19. Profanity and/or obscene gestures toward other students.
20. Scuffling, escalated horseplay.
21. Intentional misuse of bodily fluids.
22. Disruptive behavior, including non-compliance and insubordination.
23. Throwing or use of objects not considered an illegal weapon that can cause bodily injury or
property damage.
24. Unruly, disruptive, or abusive behavior that interferes with the teacher’s ability to effectively
communicate with students.
25. Possession or use of a skateboard, scooter, and/or roller blades while on school property.
26. Offensive language, orally or in writing; verbal or written abuse such as name-calling, racial or
ethnic slurs, or derogatory statements that may disrupt the school environment;
27. Public displays of affection not defined as Level II.
28. Non-authorized buying/selling/trading items.
29. Violating any prescribed district testing procedures or disrupting the district testing
environment
30. Possessing a laser pointer on school property or at school-sponsored events. Device will be
confiscated.
31. Failure to comply with prescribed emergency drill procedures.
Level I Disciplinary Consequences
1st Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. Saturday detention.
2
nd Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. One to two days suspension. Possible implementation of
behavior management plan(s).
3
rd Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. Three to four days suspension. Possible referral to outside
support services.
4
th and Subsequent Offenses: Level II consequences will begin.
Level II Offenses
Violations of Level II Offenses that are felony offenses or serious, violent misdemeanors will may be
reported to the local police department, if appropriate.
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The following behaviors are prohibited at all school and school-related activities:
1. Abusing prescription drugs, giving a prescription drug to another student, or possessing or being
under the influence of another person’s prescription drug on school property or at a schoolrelated event (except the possession of asthma or anaphylaxis medications, as allowed by
“Administration of Medication”.)
2. Intentional planning or act of physical harm towards another.
3. Being a member of, pledging to become a member of, joining, or soliciting another person to
join, or pledge to become a member of a public school fraternity, sorority, or gang, or secret
society. Gang activity.
4. Bullying and/or cyber-bullying as defined by the Student Handbook and/or Board policy (see
Amended “Freedom from Bullying and Cyber-bullying” portion of the Handbook), as well as
conduct including verbal or physical harassment or threat thereof, taunting, hazing,
intimidating or any other action whereby one or more individuals deliberately single out
another student for cruel, mean and/or humiliating treatment.
5. Engaging in behavior that causes damage to school property in an amount equal to or greater
than $50. The student will be responsible for the cost of the damage.
6. Crafting a “hit list,” meaning a list of people targeted to be harmed.
7. Dating Violence or Retaliation. (See “Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and
Retaliation”)
8. Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable cause to believe that such
conduct will substantially disrupt any school program or incite violence.
9. Engaging in conduct similar to prohibited discrimination or harassment, even if that conduct
does not rise to the level of harassment prohibited by law or school policy. (See “Freedom from
Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation”)
10. Failure to comply with school guidelines regarding suspension and/or missing more than one
scheduled suspension assignment without a confirmed excuse.
11. False accusation of the commission of a misdemeanor or felony.
12. Falsification and/or forgery of school records and/or intentionally providing incorrect
information.
13. Fighting or arranging a fight, or recording a fight. All students involved in fighting may, at a
minimum, be sent home for the remainder of the day.
14. Flagrant violations of the LISA Acceptable Use Policy or other actions that corrupt the
educational value of the school’s computers or Internet service. (See “Student Acceptable Use
Policy”)
15. Gambling, including but not limited to card playing, dice shooting and/or sports pools and
involves the transfer of money or other personal belongings or assistance from one person to
another.
16. Harassment as defined by Arkansas Code Section 5-71-208.
17. Hazing as defined by Arkansas Code Section 6-5-201.
18. Indecent exposure.
19. Inappropriate public displays of affection, including kissing or physical contact of a sexual
nature.
20. Engaging in any verbal or written communication of a sexual nature, directed toward another
student or any other person.
21. Possession of a knife not defined as a weapon according to Arkansas law.
22. Leaving a school campus, or event without written permission from an administrator.
23. Misdemeanor vandalism and/or criminal mischief.
24. Possessing a razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object that could threaten or inflict bodily
injury to another person.
25. Possessing, distributing, exhibiting, and/or transmitting obscene materials, including
pornography.
26. Stealing/Theft, and/or possession of stolen property.
27. Possession or use of fireworks or other explosive devices.
28. Possession of matches or lighter.
29. Profanity/obscene gestures toward school personnel.
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30. Refusal to follow directions from a school administrator.
31. Showing, sending or posting illegal, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening,
harassing, defamatory written or electronic messages or pictures.
32. Threats against school personnel and/or other students in verbal or written communication, or
using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten, or cause disruption to the
school program.
33. Violating any prescribed state testing procedures or disrupting the state testing environment.
34. Arranging or attempting to arrange to distribute, sell, or purchase controlled substances or
alcoholic beverages.
35. Possessing a laser pointer on school property or at school-sponsored events.
36. Lying to an administrator.
Level II Disciplinary Consequences
1st Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. Two to four days out-of-school suspension and parent
conference.
2nd Offense: Parent/Guardian contacted. Five to seven days out-of-school suspension. Possible
referral to outside support services or law enforcement agencies as required by law.
3rd Offense: Expulsion recommendation. *Confiscation of any prohibited article – returned only to
parent. Possible referral to law enforcement agencies as required by law.
Level III Offenses
Students who commit Level III Offenses may receive an expulsion recommendation. The local police
department will be immediately notified, and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
law (Arkansas Code Annotated 6-18-502 and 6-17-113).
The following behaviors are prohibited at all school and school-related activities:
1. Aggravated assault.
2. Aggravated kidnapping.
3. Aggravated robbery.
4. Aggravated sexual assault.
5. Assault or attempted assault of a faculty or staff member.
6. Arson.
7. Burglary of a motor vehicle on campus.
8. Commission of a felony offense.
9. Conduct punishable as a felony.
10. Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
11. Criminally negligent homicide.
12. Death threats.
13. Deliberate destruction or tampering with school computer data or networks.
14. False alarm or report.
15. Felony criminal mischief against school property, another student, or school staff.
16. Gang activity (violent).
17. Engaging in any sexual act.
18. Indecency with a child.
19. Manslaughter.
20. Murder.
21. Possessing, selling, distributing, or being under the influence of inhalants.
22. Selling or distributing a counterfeit controlled substance.
23. Public lewdness.
24. Engaging in actions that require registration as a sex offender.
25. Retaliation against any school employee or volunteer at any time or place.
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26. Setting or attempting to set fire on school property.
27. Sexual abuse of a child or children.
28. Sexual assault.
29. Targeting another individual for bodily harm.
30. Use of the school’s Internet access to engage in conduct that constitutes felony criminal
mischief and/or deliberate attempts to bypass installed computer security software.
31. Use, exhibition, or possession of a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon.
32. Possession of ammunition
33. Use, sale, possession, distribution, or being under the influence of any controlled substances or
illegal drugs, or alcoholic beverages on school premises or during any school activity, regardless
of location.
34. Possessing a stun gun, mace, or pepper spray.
35. Possessing, exhibiting, or threatening with a look-alike weapon, including without limitation,
BB guns, CO2 guns, air pistols or rifles, pellet guns, or any other device designed to appear to
be a firearm or other weapon.
36. Possession or use of alcohol on school property or at school-related events.
37. Possession, use, sale or distribution of tobacco or related items/products, vaping devices, or ecigarettes on school property or at school-related events.
38. Possession of any drug related paraphernalia.
39. Any discretionary or mandatory expulsion violation in accordance with Arkansas law.
40. Crime of video voyeurism under Arkansas Code Annotated 5-16-101.
41. Terroristic threatening.
Level III Disciplinary Consequences
Law enforcement contacted. Parent/Guardian contacted. Expulsion recommendation.
Explanation of Consequences and Rules
Saturday Detention
Saturday Detention serves as an alternative to in-school suspension for violation of school rules, and
prevents students from losing instruction time. During the hours of detention, students will be
supervised by a teacher and may be involved in completing school assignments or community service
activities. Parents will be notified of the requirement for a Saturday Detention. This notification lists
the cause for and date of the detention.
Rules
1. Saturday Detention will be held 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. in the school cafeteria. Parents are
expected to provide transportation to and from detention, and students are required to wear
their school uniforms.
2. Should a student arrive late for a Saturday Detention, he or she will be assigned the next
scheduled Saturday Detention. A second late arrival to an assigned Saturday Detention will
result in one day of out-of-school suspension.
3. If an emergency arises and the student cannot attend, the parent must contact the Dean of
Students before the end of the next school day. If the reasons are acceptable, the detention
will be rescheduled. If a student does not participate in scheduled Saturday detention without
any confirmed excuse, the student will receive one day of out of school suspension.
4. Students left at the school after 11:15 A.M. will be unsupervised. The school is not responsible
for students who are left after 11:15 A.M.
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5. Students will be asked to bring appropriate materials with which to work.
6. No electronic devices, food, beverages, candy, comic books, etc. are allowed during Saturday
Detention.
7. Students will be expected to work the entire time while at Saturday Detention. Any student
not working must be picked up by parents immediately and will be referred to the Dean of
Students. Any student acting disruptively will be removed from Saturday Detention and be
referred to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action and may not receive PRS for
his/her attendance. Parents will be immediately notified of the infraction.
8. No student is permitted to sleep during Saturday Detention.
9. Restroom privileges will be at discretion of the Saturday Detention administrator.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in one day of out of school suspension.
Friday Detention
In addition to Saturday Detention, Friday Detention may result when a student accumulates 6 or more
tardies in a week. The time period is from dismissal until 5:00 p.m. During the hours of detention,
students will be supervised by a teacher and may be involved in completing school assignments or
community service activities. Parents will be notified of the requirement for a Friday Detention. This
notification lists the cause for and date of the detention. Students are expected to adhere to the same
behavioral guidelines as Saturday Detention rules. Failure to attend Friday detention may result in one
day out of school suspension.
Out-of-School Suspension
Notice of suspension and the reasons for the suspension will be given to the student by the Dean of
Students or designee after a Discipline Committee meeting. The student shall receive credit for work
missed during the period of suspension if the student makes up the work missed within the same
number of school days the student was absent on suspension. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain
all make up work from teachers.
Disciplinary Process
The Principal will designate a Dean of Students. If the Dean of Students is unavailable another staff
member will serve as representative. A Discipline Committee may be formed as needed to review
decisions regarding student discipline. The committee will be comprised of faculty and staff members
appointed by Administration. The committee will review offenses under the Code of Conduct. The
Principal or his/her designee will review the Discipline Committee’s recommendations and will issue an
appropriate consequence under the Code of Conduct.
Process for Short-Term Suspensions
The Administration may suspend a student for up to 3 school days following an offense for any of the
following reasons:
-The need to further investigate an incident;
-A recommendation to expel the student; or
-An emergency constituting endangerment to the health or safety of students or school personnel.
After disciplinary review, Administration may suspend a student for up to 9 days for offenses under the
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Code of Conduct.
Prior to any Short-Term suspension, an administrator will attempt to hold an informal conference with
the student to:
-Notify the student of the accusations against him/her;
-Allow the student to relate his/her version of the incident; and
-Determine whether the student’s conduct warrants suspension.
Notification to Parents/ Guardians
If it is determined that the student’s conduct warrants suspension during the school day,
Administration will make a reasonable effort to notify the student’s parent/guardian that the student
has been suspended before the student leaves school. The Dean of Students will notify and confer
with the Parent/Guardian of a suspended student regarding the grounds for the suspension and the
period of the suspension.
Appeal of Short-Term Suspension
If a student or parent/guardian wishes to appeal a short term suspension, the Principal must be
notified in writing within 1 school day of the notification of the suspension. Within 2 school days of
the appeals request, the Principal will call a meeting of an Appeals Committee, comprised of teachers
and staff not involved in the original Discipline Committee hearing. The committee will review the case
to determine whether or not due process has been followed. The Appeals Committee will not hear the
case de novo, but will only determine due process. If the Appeals Committee determines that due
process has not been upheld, the case will be referred to the Principal for comprehensive review. The
student and parent/guardian will be notified of the decision of the Appeals Committee within 1 school
day of the decision. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.
Saturday detentions and short-term suspensions due to detention points are not eligible for an appeal.
Process for Long-Term Suspension and Expulsion
When the Discipline Committee and/or the Administration determine that a student’s conduct warrants
expulsion or suspension for more than nine days, the building administration (via the Dean of Students)
will make a good faith effort to inform the student and the student’s parent/guardians of the time and
place for the meeting within three (3) days. This notification will include, but is not limited to,
providing the student and the student’s parent/guardian with written notice of the reasons for the
proposed disciplinary action and the time and date of the meeting. If the student and the
parents/guardians forfeit the opportunity to attend the meeting the school administration will proceed
with enforcement of the disciplinary action.
The notification shall further state that at the meeting the student
 May be present;
 Shall have the opportunity to present evidence;
 Shall be informed of the school’s evidence; and
 May be accompanied by his/her parent or guardian.
Following the meeting (or the designated time/date of the meeting if the meeting opportunity is
forfeited by the student and/or the parents/guardians.) Administration will notify the student and the
parents/guardians in writing of the discipline decision within one (1) school day. The decision shall
specify
 The length of the suspension or expulsion, if any;
 Whether or not the expulsion is permanent, and in the event that the expulsion is not
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permanent, the procedures for re-admittance at the end of the expulsion period; and
 The right to appeal the initial decision to the Principal, unless it is based on DPS.
Appeals Process for Long-Term Suspensions and Expulsion
If a parent/guardian wishes to appeal a long-term suspension or expulsion, the Principal must be
notified in writing within one (1) school day of the notification of the suspension. Within two (2)
school days of the appeals request, the Principal will call a meeting of an Appeals Committee,
comprised of teachers and staff not involved in the original Discipline Committee hearing. The
committee will review the case to determine whether or not due process has been followed. The
Appeals Committee will not hear the case de novo, but will only determine due process. If the
Appeals Committee determines that due process has not been upheld, the case will be referred to the
Principal for comprehensive review. The student and parent/guardian will be notified of the decision of
the Appeals Committee within 1 school day of the decision.
If the student or parent/guardian wishes to appeal the Appeals Committee’s decision, a written
request must be submitted to the Superintendent within 2 school days of notification of the Appeals
Committee’s decision. The Superintendent will review the case and will notify the student and his or
her parent(s) of his/her decision, in writing, within 1 school day of the decision.
If the student or parent/guardian wishes to appeal the Superintendent’s decision to the Board of
Directors, a written request must be submitted to the Superintendent within 2 school days of
notification of his/her decision. The Board will review the case at the next regularly scheduled Board
meeting. The Board will notify the student and his or her parent(s) of its decision, in writing, within 5
school days of the meeting. The decision of the Board is final and may not be appealed.
Discipline consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of an appeal of an expulsion to the
Board.
Long-term suspensions due to detention points are not eligible for an appeal.
No Credit Earned during Expulsion
Except when required by law, students will not earn academic credit during a period of expulsion.
Disciplining students with disabilities within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
(IDEA) Guidelines
The individualized education plan (IEP) team for a student with a disability should consider whether
particular discipline procedures should be adopted for the student and included in the IEP.
A student with disabilities who engages in misbehavior and disciplinary infractions is subject to normal
school disciplinary rules and procedures so long as such treatment does not abridge the right to a free
and appropriate public education. Care should be taken that any disciplinary action does not
constitute a unilateral change in a student’s receipt of special education and related services. For a
student with disabilities, an exclusion from school for more than ten (10) consecutive school days or a
series of removals totaling more than ten (10) school days in a school year constitutes a change in
placement and is subject to procedural safeguards.
If a student with a disability receives an exclusion from school for more than ten (10) school days (long‐
term exclusion) or an expulsion recommendation is recommended, the team must complete a
functional behavioral analysis and a manifestation determination review before any disciplinary action
can be completed. At this point, a Special Education Supervisor must be involved in
the process. Contact the Special Education Supervisor at your child’s campus, if assistance is needed.
Policy and regulations for students under IDEA can be found at: https://arksped.k12.ar.us
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Disciplining students with disabilities within the Section 504 Guidelines
When appropriate, a student under Section 504 should have as a part of his/her accommodation plan
a component that addresses a pattern of behavior.
A student with a disability who engages in misbehavior and disciplinary infractions is subject to normal
school disciplinary rules and procedures so long as such treatment does not abridge the right to a free
and appropriate public education. Specific procedures have been developed and must be used when
determining the type of disciplinary action(s) for these students and for students suspected of having a
physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity under Section 504.
For a student under Section 504, an exclusion from school for more than ten (10) schools days (long‐
term exclusion) constitutes a change in placement and is subject to procedural safeguards. If a long‐
term suspension or expulsion recommendation is made, the student’s 504 team must complete a
manifestation determination review conference before any disciplinary action can be completed. The
purpose of this conference is to determine if the student’s behavior has a direct relationship to their
physical or mental impairment identified under Section 504. At this point, the campus Section 504
coordinator must be involved in the process. Contact the Special Education Supervisor at your child’s
campus, if assistance is needed.
The District not prohibited from reporting a crime committed by a child with a disability to appropriate
authorities or to prevent state law enforcement and judicial authorities from exercising their
responsibilities with regard to the application of federal and state law to crimes committed by a child
with a disability.
Gun-Free Schools Act
In accordance with the Gun-Free Schools Act, the school shall expel from the student’s regular program
for a period of one calendar year, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm, as defined
by federal law, to school. The Superintendent may modify the term of expulsion for a student or
assess another comparable penalty that results in the student’s expulsion from the regular school
program on a case-by-case basis.
For the purposes of this law, “firearm” means:
1. Any weapon – including a starter gun – which will, or is designed to, or which may readily be
converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive from the frame or receiver of any
such weapon;
2. Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer;
3. Any destructive device. “Destructive device” means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas
bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an
explosive or incendiary charge of more than 1/4 ounce, mine, or device similar to any of the
preceding described devices. It also means any type of weapon by whatever name known
which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an
explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than 1/2 inch in
diameter; and any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any
device into a destructive device as described, and from which a destructive device may be
readily assembled.
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SECTION VII: MISCELLANEOUS
Cash Policy
LISA Academy does not accept cash for most transactions. Any exceptions will be announced by
campus administration.
Student Fees
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at no
charge to a student. Students are expected to provide their own consumable items, such as pencils,
paper, pens, erasers, and notebooks. Students may be required to pay certain fees or deposits,
including the following:
1. A fee for materials for a class project that the student will keep, if the fee does not exceed the
cost of materials.
2. Membership dues in voluntary student clubs or organizations and admission fees for
extracurricular activities.
3. A security deposit for the return of materials, supplies, or equipment.
4. A fee for personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel, although a student
may provide his or her own equipment or apparel if it meets reasonable requirements and
standards relating to health and safety.
5. A fee for voluntarily purchased items, such as student publications, class rings, pictures,
yearbooks, and graduation announcements.
6. A fee for a voluntary student health and accident benefit plan.
7. A reasonable fee, not to exceed the actual annual maintenance cost, for the use of musical
instruments and uniforms owned or rented by the school.
8. A fee for items of personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that become the property
of the student.
9. A parking fee
10. A fee for a replacement identification card.
11. A fee for an optional course offered for credit that requires the use of facilities not available
on campus or the employment of an educator who is not part of the school’s regular staff.
12. A fee for lost, damaged, or overdue books.
13. A fee for a new hall pass.
14. A fee for damaged school property (including lockers, Chromebooks, textbooks, calculators,
etc.).
15. A fee specifically permitted by any statute.
16. Clubs or aftercare in which a student is enrolled.
17. Late pick up beyond dismissal times.
18. Additional diploma fee. Students will be given an additional diploma after a written request
based on the availability of blank diplomas.
Under certain circumstances, students with demonstrated need may qualify for waiver of particular
fees. Details for the fee waiver are available in the front office. LISA Academy reserves the right to
remove a student from his/her club or aftercare for non-payment. The school further reserves the right
to report unpaid fees to a collection agency for recovery of fees.
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School Fundraisers
LISA Academy-approved fundraisers are optional for students to participate in. Any student choosing
to participate must adhere to the agreement outlining regulations for said fundraiser. Students
accepting goods without payment of the goods will be held financially responsible for items.
Participants failing to follow regulations will be barred from future participation.
Textbooks and Curriculum Materials
State-approved textbooks and additional curriculum materials are provided free of charge for each
subject or class. Materials must be used by the student as directed by the teacher. A student who is
issued damaged materials should report the damage to the teacher.
Students must return all textbooks and supplemental materials to the teacher at the end of the school
year or when the student withdraws from school.
Lost and Found
Anyone who finds books, clothing or other personal items left unattended should bring these items to
the front office/lost and found area. Students who have lost these items should check at the
designated area. Items will be kept in lost and found for up to seven days. The hallways are
inspected each evening and all unsecured items are placed in the front office. Students should label
all books, uniforms and other personal belongings with their name to ensure the prompt return of an
item that has been misplaced. Unclaimed items in lost and found will be donated to charity.
Meals
LISA Academy participates in the National School Lunch Program. Guidelines set by the United Stated
Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) are followed to meet the nutritional needs of all students. Menus
may be obtained at the school office.
Charge Policy for Meals
School meals should be purchased in advance. The price for school breakfast is $2.50 and $3.50 for
lunch. Students who are approved for reduced meals by the school nutrition office, the price is $.30 for
breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Checks, money orders, and debit/ credit cards are accepted as payment—
cash will not be accepted. NSF Checks are reported to Check Alert. You may also register your
student’s account at EZSchoolPay.com to set up an easy, convenient and secure way to pay for school
meal, aftercare and other school fees on-line for a small processing fee. Any money left on a student’s
meal account at the end of the school year will be carried forward to the following school year.
Charging meals to a student’s meal account is a courtesy extended to the student when money is
unavailable and the student would otherwise have to miss a meal. Charging meals should not occur on
a regular basis. Households are responsible for all charges and are expected to pay all outstanding meal
charges in a timely manner.
Parents/ guardians will be notified of meal balances by mail, email, and/ or phone calls. However,
parents/ guardians are responsible for regularly checking meal account balances through
ezschoolpay.com and keeping them current. Students denied meal service due to excessive meal charges
are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meal benefits.
Our purpose is to serve the students nutritious meals. Please keep your student’s meal account current
so he/she can enjoy convenient nutritious hot meals at school.
State-Mandated Nutrition Guidelines
The state of Arkansas places strict limits on any food or drink provided or sold to students other than
through the school’s food and nutrition services. More detailed information may be obtained at the
school office.
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Free and Reduced-Cost Meals
The school provides applications for free or reduced-cost meals at the beginning of each school year.
Applications must be completed, listing all members of the household and family income. Should
family income status change, assistance may be requested at any time during the school year. Only
one application for each household is required. Completed applications should be returned to the
office.
Lunch Periods
All students will remain on-campus during the lunch period. Students may buy lunch at school or bring
a packed lunch. During the lunch period, students are expected to display good manners and
courtesy. Students may eat only in the lunch area, and must clear their place and dispose of all trash
appropriately. The lunch area will be monitored by teachers or staff.
The following guidelines apply to the cafeteria.
 Students must dispose of plates and utensils in garbage bins.
 Students must keep tables, seats, and floors clean.
 Students must talk in a normal voice. No shouting is allowed. Students must use appropriate
language at all times.
 Students must keep cafeteria lines orderly; no pushing, running, horse playing or cutting in
lines.
 Students may not loiter in the cafeteria and hallways during lunch. Students must remain
seated unless otherwise instructed.
 Students must keep hands, feet, personal belongings and food to themselves.
 No backpacks are allowed in the lunch area.
 Students may not order food from outside LISA Academy without approval from an
administrator.
 Students may not leave campus to purchase food for themselves or for other students.
 Students may not have outside food delivered to the school for themselves or for other
students.
 Parents/ guardians may not bring or have delivered food for other students.
 If parents bring food for their own students, the parents must come inside the building and
check in at the front office.
 Students are not allowed to have visitors during school meal times.
 Students may not share food.
Students who do not follow these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action under the Student
Code of Conduct.
Public Areas
Hallways, stairways, the cafeteria, and restrooms are used by all students and school employees. The
following rules of conduct apply to all students:
 Students may not loiter in hallways, stairways, the cafeteria, or restrooms.
 Students may not eat in these areas except in the cafeteria.
 Students may not run in these areas.
 Students may not use any profane or vulgar language while in these areas.
 Students may not yell, scream, hit lockers or otherwise make excessive noise while in these
areas.
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 Students may not draw graffiti, post fliers or write on walls, bulletin boards, doors, desks,
books or any other school property.
 Students must keep these areas clean and safe.
 Students may not leave belongings on the floor, outside of, or on top of lockers.
 Students must clean up after themselves and properly dispose of all trash.
 Students must immediately report any leaks, spills or other problems in the restroom to a
teacher or the office.
 Students may not roughhouse, wrestle with, or trip others in these areas.
Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods or during the lunch hour unless they are
accompanied by a teacher or have a hall pass from an authorized staff member. Students who are
found in the halls without passes or who violate the guidelines listed above will be subject to
disciplinary action.
Additionally, teachers have the authority to submit referrals to administration for the following student
conduct:
 Use of a classroom without teacher permission.
 Using or removing any item from a teacher’s desk.
 Using laboratories when no teacher is present.
 Using the gym/playground without permission.
 Presence in construction areas or any other area deemed “off limits” by the Principal or
Assistant Principals.
 Use of the phone during the day without permission from authorized school personnel.
Closed Campus
The school operates a closed campus. Students are not allowed to leave the building for any reason
during the school day without properly checking out in accordance with campus rules and procedures.
Media Center
The media center is a resource center used by all students for class assignments and for leisure-time
reading of appropriate materials. The resources of the media center are available to support and
enhance student learning and understanding and to encourage students to become independent, lifelong learners. Students may use the media center with staff approval and supervision. Books and
other items may be checked out for varying times. Students may perform group work for class if they
work quietly. School policy does not allow students to bring food or drink into the media center. The
total number of students who may use the media center at any one time will be limited.
Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Possession and use of cell phones, computers, and other devices capable of electronic communications
at school is a privilege and not a right. Possession and use of such devices at school or school-related
events or activities shall be subject to school approval and regulations.
All cellular phones, cell phone accessories, and electronic devices must be turned off and kept in the
locker during school day and while in school building. The school will not be responsible for damage to,
loss or theft of any cellular phone or electronic device a student brings to school. If a school employee
observes a student using any cell phone or other telecommunication device during the school day, the
school employee shall report it to the Assistant Principal.
School administrators shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate use of phones for students
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or off school property.
The use of camera phones for recording is strictly forbidden on the school premises at any time.
The school further prohibits students from possessing other electronic devices – including but not
limited to radios, CD players, iPods, iPads, tablets electronic games and other similar devices – on
school property during the school day. These devices disrupt classes and distract others from learning.
If a school employee observes a student using any electronic device during the school day, the school
employee shall report it to the school administration. Any such device may be confiscated, powered on
and searched by school officials if there is a reasonable cause to believe that the device has been used
in the transmission or reception of communications prohibited by law, policy, or regulation. The school
administration will return confiscated items to the parent. The school will not be responsible for
damage to or loss or theft of confiscated items. Any student refusing to give a cell phone or other
electronic device to school staff shall be subject to disciplinary penalties in accordance with the
Student Code of Conduct.
The school principal reserves the right to approve certain electronic devices for specific classes for
instructional purposes only pending completion of necessary forms.
Phone Messages
During school hours, parents should not try to reach a student’s cell phone. Parents should call the
main office in emergency situations. The school will then notify the student of any emergency.
Distribution of Published Materials
School Materials
Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed with prior approval by the
Principal and teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, murals, etc.
Non-School Materials
Students must obtain express prior approval of the Principal before distributing, posting, selling, or
circulating written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes, posters, or other
visual or auditory materials on campus.
Non-school literature shall not be distributed by students on school property if:
 The materials are obscene, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate for the age and maturity of the
audience.
 The materials endorse actions endangering the health or safety of students.
 The materials promote illegal use of drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances.
 The distribution of such materials would violate the intellectual property rights, privacy rights,
or other rights of another person.
 The materials contain defamatory statements about public figures or others.
 The materials advocate imminent lawless or disruptive action and are likely to incite or
produce such action.
 The materials are hate literature or similar publications that scurrilously attack ethnic,
religious, or racial groups or contain content aimed at creating hostility and violence, and the
materials would materially and substantially interfere with school activities or the rights of
others.
 There is reasonable cause to believe that distribution of the non-school literature would result
in material and substantial interference with school activities or the rights of others.
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Any student who posts material without prior approval will be subject to disciplinary action in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Materials displayed without approval will be removed.
Fundraising
No person may solicit contributions or collect funds for any purpose from students or school personnel
on school property, at school-sponsored events, or on school transportation unless he or she has the
written permission of the Principal or Superintendent.
Sales
Advertising may be permitted for approved school-related activities. This may include school
newspapers, yearbooks, and other fundraising projects. Advertising material that promotes the use of
alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco is strictly prohibited. No person may display, solicit, or sell any item or
service to students or school personnel while on school property, at school-sponsored events, or on
school transportation without the written permission of the Principal.
Demonstrations or Meetings on School Premises (Non-School Sponsored)
Any student who wishes to promote, organize or participate in a non-school sponsored demonstration
or meeting on school premises must obtain prior written approval from the Principal at least three days
prior to the requested activity. This three day period does not include the day of the request or the
day of the activity. The school may prohibit demonstrations or meetings that materially and
substantially interfere with school activities or the rights of other students or teachers; are vulgar or
profane; might reasonably be perceived to advocate drug or alcohol use, irresponsible sex, or conduct
otherwise inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized order; inappropriate for the maturity level
of the audience; associates the school with a non-neutral position on matters of political controversy;
and/or the school demonstrates reasonable cause to believe that the expression would create material
and substantial interference with its educational program.
Bulletin Boards
Students must obtain permission from teachers to post materials on classroom bulletin boards and from
the Principal to post materials on hallway bulletin boards. Materials should not be taped to glass
surfaces, and students should not damage any surface by using tacks, pins or staples to post materials.
Deliveries
Flowers, balloons, food items etc. should not be delivered to the school for students. These will not
be delivered to the classroom. Students may not receive any form of delivery (balloons, food, flowers
etc.) except by any parent/guardian in person and as necessary for the school day. Food items,
including but not limited to, fast food, pizza, cakes, etc. will not be accepted for delivery to the
students.
Student Parking
Student parking is a privilege. Students shall acquire authorization from the school administration
before parking a vehicle on school property. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owner’s
expense. Students driving on school property must follow all posted speed limits and comply with
traffic laws. Unsafe operation of a vehicle on campus (speeding, improper parking, etc.) or any
disruption in the parking lot may result in disciplinary action and/or removal of parking privileges.
Students must follow all rules provided in the driving forms and any other directives from school
administration. Students will be governed by the Student Code of Conduct the moment they arrive on
campus. Parking permits are available based on first come first serve with senior priority.
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Students are instructed to leave their vehicles immediately after parking. Under no circumstances will
students be allowed to sit in their vehicles.
Pledge of Allegiance
Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. A parent may
request that his or her child be excused from participation in the daily recitation of the pledge.
Students may choose not to participate by remaining silent and respectful.
Prayer and Meditation
Students have a right to individually, silently, and voluntarily pray or meditate in school in a manner
that does not disrupt or interrupt instructional or other school activities. The school will not require,
encourage, or coerce a student to engage in or refrain from such prayer or meditation during any
school activity.
School Facilities
Damage to School Property
Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property belonging to or used by the
school, including furniture and other equipment, textbooks, and library books. To ensure that school
facilities can serve those for whom they are intended – both this year and in coming years – littering,
defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. In addition to disciplinary sanctions under the
Student Code of Conduct, parents or guardians of students who are guilty of damaging school property
shall be liable for damages in accordance with state law.
Use by Students Before and After School
Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific purposes.
Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take place. Unless the
teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be permitted to go to
another area of the building or campus. After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved
in an activity under the supervision of a teacher, students must leave the campus immediately.
School Activities
All school activities are subject to the provisions of this Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct
whenever the students are under the direct supervision of a school employee. School activities
include but are not limited to field trips, after school clubs, science fair, and camps.
Athletics
Good sportsmanship is strongly encouraged and expected from participants and fans at all athletic
events.
Contact the Athletic Coaches concerning sports.
Arkansas Activities Association Eligibility Requirements
Pass four (4) academic core classes the previous semester and either:
1. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 based on the previous semester, OR
2. Be enrolled and attending SIP, which is tutoring, of at least 100 minutes duration each week
within the regular school day in the subject areas where inadequate performance has occurred,
AND
a) Have no unexcused absences for the current semester, AND
b) Have no school disciplinary actions for the current semester, AND
c) Have no known felony convictions during a semester in which the student is in the SIP.
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A student must raise the semester GPA by 0.10000 in order to be eligible for a second consecutive
semester of SIP. No student may attend SIP for more than 2 consecutive semesters. After 2 consecutive
semesters of SIP, the student must have a GPA of 2.0000 to regain eligibility.
Further Eligibility
ADE Rules (Arkansas Department of Education) and AAA Rules (Arkansas Activities Association); physical
examination; initial drug screening; adherence to rules, regulations as presented at the onset of the
sport; must have passed four (4) academic core courses the previous semester; and minimum GPA of
2.0000 for previous semester. A student with a GPA below 2.0000 should see the Athletic Director for
requirements needed to meet eligibility. Sponsors/teachers of extracurricular activities (such as band,
choir, DECA, etc.) must check grade points of all students in the particular activity each semester.
The following points will be used by staff in determining whether or not students may participate in
extracurricular and interscholastic programs:
 That participation in the activities will not deprive students of the instructional time
needed to successfully complete academic course work.
 That students’ and/or organizations’ activities may be curtailed or modified due to those
activities’ infringements on the instructional time needed by students to perform their
academic work to satisfaction.
 That practice, games, and competitions will not be played on days when school has been
dismissed due to inclement weather or other unscheduled closures.
Failure to Attend School
Any student who fails to attend every class at school (excused or unexcused) on the day of a schoolsponsored activity is not eligible to participate or compete in any extracurricular activity scheduled
after school hours. This also includes practice sessions.
The Athletic Coach may approve an exception to allow participation on a case-by-case basis.
A student who participates in any practice session in violation of this procedure shall be suspended
from participation in the next scheduled practice.
Any student who participates or competes in a game, competition, or other school-sponsored activity in
violation of this procedure shall be suspended from participation in the next scheduled game,
competition, or activity (other than practice).
Beginning of Semester
Students must be in compliance with AAA requirements, LISA Academy rules, and the Athletic Coach’s
rules. Students who are not eligible may practice, but may not travel with the team or dress out at
home or away games.
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Sportsmanship Policy for Fans at Athletic Events
Sportsmanship is a general way of thinking and behaving. Good sportsmanship includes the following:
 Be courteous to all participants, coaches, officials, staff, fans, and spirit groups.
 Know the rules; abide by and respect the officials’ decisions.
 Win with character and lose with dignity.
 Display appreciation for good performance regardless of the team.
 Exercise self-control and reflect positively upon yourself, your team, and your school.
 Exhibit only positive behavior to reflect on your school and its activities.
 Fans are not at a ball game to intimidate or ridicule the other team or its fans, but to
support and cheer for their team and to enjoy watching the skills and competitiveness of
the teams.
Specific Prohibitions
 Students or spectators who wear extreme or unusual clothing to the game or who paint
their faces or bodies will not be allowed in the game (gym or stadium). (Examples: Togas,
bandannas, cowboy hats, gang colors, wigs, costumes, etc.)
 No fog or air horns.
 Negative, demeaning, or obscene yells will not be permitted at any athletic event while
teams are being introduced, or when teams, cheerleaders, or drill teams are performing.
 Students will not be allowed to turn their backs, hold up posters, signs or newspapers while
teams are being introduced, or when teams, cheerleaders, or drill teams are performing.
 Students and fans are prohibited from being on the athletic field or playing court during
games.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Eligibility Requirements
For student athletes considering participating in college athletics, the NCAA has certain eligibility
requirements.
Contact the athletic coach, counseling center, or scholarship director for the current NCAA procedures
and regulations concerning student athletes’ eligibility.
Homecoming Requirements for Elected Representatives and Other Student Participants
1. Must maintain a 2.00 GPA.
2. Must have attended LISA Academy High School one semester prior to election.
3. No expulsions (9th-12th grade).
4. No OSS (out of school suspensions) during the current school year.
5. No more than 1 Saturday Detention offense.
6. Eligibility will be verified according to the above rules.
7. Homecoming election will be held no more than 11 (eleven) days prior to the Homecoming event.
8. Homecoming attire must be appropriate, and must be approved by the Homecoming sponsor.
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SECTION VII: ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS
Your Involvement as a Parent
A student’s education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a
partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership may include:
1. Encouraging your student to put a high priority on education and working with your student on
a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides.
2. Becoming familiar with all of your student’s school activities and academic programs, including
special programs, offered in the school. Discuss with the teacher or Principal any questions
you may have about the options and opportunities available to your student.
3. Monitoring your student’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed.
4. Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed.
5. Becoming a school volunteer or participating in campus parent organizations. Family members
are encouraged to register through VOLY.org, an online system that takes care of background
checks, tracking volunteer hours and posting available volunteer opportunities.
6. Parents should regularly check their child’s grades and behavior on the appropriate online
portals.
7. Encourage reading daily for all students.
Research indicates that the level of parent involvement is directly related to improvements in student
performance, both academically and socially. Parents may be recognized for their efforts. Activities,
such as chaperoning field trips and working booths at open houses count towards volunteer hours,
which will be logged in the front office volunteer sheet.
Surveys and Activities
Students will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or
evaluation – funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education – that concerns:
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent(s).
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
3. Sexual behavior or attitudes.
4. Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior.
5. Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship.
6. Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians and ministers.
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents.
8. Income, except when the information is required by law and will be used to determine the
student’s eligibility to participate in a special program or to receive financial assistance under
such a program.
Parents will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructional materials used in
connection with such a survey, analysis or evaluation.
“Opting Out” of Surveys and Activities
Parents have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for their child’s participation in:
1. Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding.
2. School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered
from your child for the purpose of marketing or selling that information.
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3. Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of
attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to protect
the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis
screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law.
Communication
Communication between parents and school staff is a key component of student success. Parents are
responsible for notifying the school of any change of address, telephone number, or e-mail address.
Parents may contact school staff by using several methods, including
 Calling a teacher to leave a message during school hours (8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.). If
the teacher is conducting class, the teacher will respond as soon as possible.
 Sending an e-mail to teachers. Teacher e-mail addresses are available on the Home
Access Center (HAC)
 Checking a student’s progress and conduct on-line by viewing the discipline tracking
website and reviewing the periodic discipline reports available there.
Computer Resources
To prepare students for an increasingly computerized society, the school has made a substantial
investment in computer technology for instructional purposes. Use of these resources is restricted to
students working under a teacher’s supervision and for approved purposes only. Students with access
to the school’s computers and their parents are required to sign and follow the Student Acceptable Use
policy found at the back of the Handbook. Violations of this agreement may result in withdrawal of
computer privileges and other disciplinary action. Electronic communications, such as e-mails sent
from or received on school computers and within the LISA domain are not private and may be
monitored by school staff.
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians
Parents are expected to:
 Serve as a model for students by showing respect for themselves, students, teachers, other
parents, and school staff;
 Ensure their student’s compliance with school attendance requirements and promptly report
and explain absences and tardies to the school;
 Assist their student in being properly attired;
 Take an active interest in the overall school program;
 Communicate regularly with the school concerning their student’s conduct and progress;
 Discuss report cards and work assignments with their student;
 Bring to the attention of school authorities any problem or condition which affects their
student;
 Maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers at the school;
 Cooperate with school administrators and teachers in their efforts to achieve and maintain a
quality school system;
 Respond promptly when notified by campus to pick up student due to medical or disciplinary
problems; and
 Respond promptly when notified of student disciplinary matters.
 Follow Arkansas Clean Indoor Act of 2006.(Arkansas Annotated Code 20-77-1801)
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 All concerns regarding students that are not your child must be directed to local administration
and refrain from addressing the student directly.
Conflict Resolution
LISA Academy administration works hard each day to build a cooperative team approach with families
throughout the district. Through this relationship it is expected that when a concern arises the
administration will be alerted quickly so appropriate action can be taken. If it is determined that
more investigation is needed, LISA Academy may choose to utilize the following conflict resolution
procedure.
Student and/or parental complaints shall be submitted in writing. Copies of documents that support
the complaint shall be attached to the complaint form or presented at the Level One conference.
After the Level One conference, no new documents may be submitted unless their existence was
unknown to the complainant before the Level One conference. A complaint that is incomplete may be
dismissed.
For purposes of this conflict resolution policy, “days” shall mean school days and announcement of a
decision in the student’s or parent’s presence shall constitute communication of the decision.
Level One
The student or parent/guardian shall request in writing a conference with the appropriate Assistant
Principal within three days from the time the event(s) causing the complaint were or should have been
known. Following a conference, the appropriate Assistant Principal shall have seven days to respond.
Level Two
If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the Level One decision, or if no decision is
provided, the student or parent/guardian may request in writing a conference with the Principal or
designee. The request must be filed within seven days of the Level One decision or the response
deadline if no decision is made. The Principal or designee shall hold the conference within seven days
of the request.
The student or parent/guardian shall submit a signed statement of the complaint, any evidence
supporting the complaint, and the date and results of the conference with the Principal. The Principal
or designee shall have seven days following the conference to respond.
Level Three
If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the Level Two decision, or if no decision is
provided, the student or parent/guardian may request in writing a conference with the Superintendent
or the Superintendent’s designee. The request must be filed within seven days of the Level Two
decision or the response deadline if no decision is made. The Superintendent or designee shall hold
the conference within seven days of the request.
The student or parent/guardian shall submit the documentation submitted to the Principal, and the
date and results of the conference with the Principal. The Superintendent or designee shall have
seven days following the conference to respond.
Level Four
If the student or parent/guardian is not satisfied with the Level Three decision, or if no timely decision
is provided, the student or parent/guardian may submit to the Board of Directors in writing a request
for a hearing before the Board of Directors. The request must be filed within seven days of the Level
Three decision or the response deadline if no decision is made. The student or parent/guardian shall
be informed of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
The Board of Directors shall hear the student or parent/guardian complaint, and may set a reasonable
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time limit for presenting the complaint. Only written documentation and issues previously submitted
and presented by the student or parent/guardian and the school will be considered.
The Board of Directors shall communicate its decision, if any, orally or in writing before or during the
next regularly scheduled Board meeting. If no decision is made by the end of the next regularly
scheduled Board meeting, the Level Three decision shall be upheld. The Board may not delegate its
authority to issue a decision, and any decision by the Board of Directors is final and may not be
appealed.
If the complaint involves concerns or charges regarding an employee, it shall be heard by the
Superintendent in closed meeting unless the employee to whom the complaint pertains requests that it
be heard in public.
Chaperone Responsibilities
LISA Academy encourages all family members to be involved in all school activities. However, as
chaperones LISA Academy has certain expectations of these adults.
1. No use of recreational drugs, tobacco, vaping or alcohol. Follow Arkansas Clean Indoor Act of
2006.(Arkansas Annotated Code 20-77-1801)
2. Dress code for chaperones will be the same as LISA Academy Staff dress code (see
www.lisaacademy.org for more details)
3. Chaperones must remain with assigned students during all scheduled times.
4. All behavior infractions must be reported to the LISA Academy staff member, not addressed by
chaperone directly.
5. All chaperones with students will be subject to a preliminary background check (sex offender
registry and public records) prior to leaving campus.
6. Before driving students, a copy of valid car insurance and driver’s license must be submitted to
the front office.
7. If chaperones need to leave before the assigned time, it is their responsibility to contact the
front office and lead teacher for notification of departing as well as to accompanying students
for check out.
8. Only LobbyGuard verified and school approved chaperones may join LISA Academy field trips.
Traffic Regulations
On school campuses all traffic regulations will be provided. The following regulations are important
for safety and security of all students and staff.
1.) Follow indicated traffic patterns
2.) No cell phone use on school property while driving;
3.) No smoking/vaping on a school campus
4.) Speed limit must remain 10mph or lower
5.) Parking only in designated areas
6.) Respectful behavior at all times when on school property
7.) Other regulations as directed by school administration
Violators of these regulations may be banned from school property or referred to appropriate law
enforcement officials.
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SECTION IX: IMPORTANT NOTICES
Student Rights
The school pledges to allow all students to
 Feel safe in the school environment;
 Take full advantage of learning opportunities;
 Work in an environment free from disruptions and chaos;
 Express opinions, ideas, thoughts and concerns;
 Have a healthy environment that is smoke, alcohol and drug free;
 Use school resources and facilities for self-improvement;
 Expect courtesy, fairness and respect from all members of the community;
 Be informed of all expectations and responsibilities;
 Take part in a variety of school activities.
Annual Notice of Parent/Guardian and Student Rights (Annual FERPA
Confidentiality Notice)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents/guardians and students over 18
years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records. These
rights include the following:
The Right to Inspect and Review
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s
educational records within 45 calendar days of the day the school receives a request for access.
Parents/guardians or eligible students should submit to the Principal a written request that identifies
the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school will make arrangements for access and notify the
parent/guardian or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
If circumstances effectively prevent the parent/guardian or eligible student from exercising the right
to inspect and review the student’s educational records, the school shall provide the parent/guardian
or eligible student with a copy of the records requested or make other arrangements for the
parent/guardian or eligible student to inspect and review the requested records.
The school shall not destroy any educational records if there is an outstanding request to inspect and
review the records under this section. The school may charge a reasonable fee for a copy of an
education record that is made for the parent/guardian or eligible student, unless the imposition of a
fee effectively prevents a parent/guardian or eligible student from exercising the right to inspect and
review the student’s education records. The school will not charge a fee to search for or to retrieve
the educational records of a student.
If the educational records of a student contain information on more than one student, the
parent/guardian or eligible student may inspect and review or be informed of only the specific
information about that student.
The Right to Seek Amendment of the Student’s Educational Records
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is
inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student. Such a request
must be made to the Principal in writing, clearly identify the part of the record the parent/guardian or
eligible student wants changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. The school will decide
whether to amend the record as requested within a reasonable time after the school receives the
request. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian or eligible
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student, it will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their
right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
If, as a result of the hearing, the school decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading, or
otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student, it shall amend the record accordingly and
inform the parent/guardian or eligible student of the amendment in writing.
If, as a result of the hearing, the school decides that the information in the educational record is not
inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the student, it shall inform the
parent/guardian or eligible student of the right to place a statement in the record commenting on the
contested information in the record or stating why he or she disagrees with the decision of the school,
or both. If the school places an amended statement in the educational records of a student, it is
obligated to maintain the amended statement with the contested part of the record for as long as the
record is maintained and disclose the statement whenever it discloses the portion of the record to
which the statement relates.
The Right to Consent Prior to Disclosure
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally
identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that
FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate
educational interests. A “school official” is a person employed by the school as an administrator,
supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement
unit personnel); a person serving on the Board of Directors; a person or company with whom the school
has outsourced services or functions it would otherwise use its own employees to perform (such as an
attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); a parent or student serving on an official
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent/guardian, student, or other
volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education
record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another openenrollment charter school, school district, or private school in which a student seeks or intends to
enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
The Right to File a Complaint
Parents/guardians and/or eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department
of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
These complaints should be addressed as follows:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Access to Medical Records
Parents/guardians are entitled to access their students’ medical records.
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Notice for Directory Information
Under FERPA, the school must, with certain exceptions, obtain written consent prior to the disclosure
of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records. However, the school may
disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless a
parent/guardian or eligible student has advised the school, in writing, to the contrary. The primary
purpose of directory information is to allow the school to include this type of information from a
student’s education records in certain school publications.
The school has designated the following categories of information as directory information:
Student’s name.
Parent/Guardian name.
Address.
Current campus of attendance.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of
privacy if released, can also be released to outside organizations without prior written consent.
Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or
publish yearbooks and/or businesses or members of the public seeking information about a student
under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. In addition, two federal laws require the school to
provide military recruiters, upon request, with student names, addresses and telephone listings, unless
a parent or eligible student has advised the school that they do not want the student’s information
disclosed without prior written consent.
Any parent/guardian or eligible student who does not want the school to disclose directory information
from the student’s education records without prior written consent must notify the school in writing by
completing and returning the “Use of Student Photos and Directory Information Opt Out Form” no later
than the end of the first week of instruction after the student is enrolled.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Use of Student Photos and Directory Information Opt Out Form
You have the right to choose whether your student’s information is released or not. Please check a
box in the appropriate column below and return this form to your student’s school no later than the
end of the first week of instruction after the student is enrolled. Parents, guardians, or eligible
students who do not check a box, or who do not return this form, give their implied consent for release
of directory information, consent to student photographs, and consent to release directory information
to the military (grades 9–12 only). If you do not wish to allow disclosure of this information, please
return this form directly to the school either in person or by U.S. mail. If you have more than one
student enrolled, you must complete a separate form for each student.
Information about Military
The military requests, and is entitled to, the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of high school
juniors and seniors, unless the parent, guardian or eligible student checks Box C in the high school
portion of this form. The military typically requests this information in the fall semester of each
academic year. If you do not want information to be released to the military, you must return this
form by October 1st in order to ensure that your preferences are entered in time. Parents, guardians
and eligible students are encouraged to remember that checking Box C means that the school will not
release student information to the military, but it does not mean that the military might not gather
student information from other sources not affiliated with the school.
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ALL STUDENTS
PLEASE MARK EACH APPLICABLE SPACE:
A. _____ I do NOT consent to the release of
directory information about the student named
below outside LISA Academy to sources such as an
institution of higher education or newspapers and
other media, except as authorized by law.
B. _____ I do NOT consent to the release of
photographs or directory information within LISA
Academy such as yearbooks, rosters for sports
information, programs or articles.
ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 9–12
RELEASE TO MILITARY:
C. _____ I do NOT consent to the release of the
above directory information to the military about
the student named below.
________________________________________ ______________________________________
PRINT Student’s Full Legal Name Student’s Date of Birth (month/day/year)
________________________________________ ______________________________________
PRINT Parent/Guardian/Full Legal Name Parent/Guardian Signature
________________________________________
Date (month/day/year)
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Student Acceptable Use Policy
Technology Mission Statement
The school is committed to utilizing the maximum potential of technology to enhance student learning
and increase teacher effectiveness by providing students with technology-related experiences.
Recognizing the ever-changing influences of technology on all aspects of our lives, the school is
dedicated to providing an integrated technological curriculum for all students and staff members.
Students will have access to the technology necessary to produce, manage, communicate and retrieve
information in an efficient manner for educational use. In the attainment of both present and future
goals, the school will provide a continually evolving staff development program oriented toward the
integration of technology in areas of curriculum.
Instructional Resource
The school is proud to bring network and Internet access to school employees and students, and
believes the Internet offers many diverse and unique resources to both students and staff. The
school’s goal in providing this service to staff and students is to promote educational excellence in
schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovative teaching, and communication skills.
Students and staff have access to numerous research oriented and instructional resources via the
Internet. On-line encyclopedias, professional journals, and databases filled with timely information on
thousands of topics are just a few of the resources provided. On-campus computers have the
technology necessary to support student research and to promote academic achievement.
Student Safety
The school is aware that resources that are inappropriate or not designed for use in the educational
setting may be accessed on the Internet. To protect students and staff from such inappropriate
material, the school’s Internet access is filtered with one of the highest-rated Internet filtering systems
available. However, users must recognize that it is impossible for the school to restrict access to all
controversial material and individuals must be responsible for their own actions in navigating the
network.
Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to ensure school-level compliance with all procedures and regulations
regarding the local area network and Internet usage. All students, parents, teachers, administrators
and school employees who obtain their Internet access through the school are expected to use these
services appropriately.
User Responsibilities
The use of the Internet is a privilege. Abusive conduct will lead to the privilege being revoked. The
school is providing Internet resources for educational purposes only. Student/staff use of Internet
resources must be related to an expressed educational and/or administrative goal or objective.
1. The use of the school’s Internet and computer network must be in support of educational goals,
research, and class assignments and be consistent with the educational objectives of the
school.
2. Users must have a valid, authorized account to access the network, and use only those
computer resources that are authorized. Accounts may be used only in accordance with
authorized purposes.
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3. Individual accounts may be used only by the owner of the account except where specifically
authorized by the school administration. In the case of class accounts, all use must be under
the supervision of the sponsoring teacher/supervisor.
4. The user is responsible for safeguarding the computer account. Users are expected to protect
access to accounts by periodically changing the password and keeping it confidential. They
must respect the privacy of others by not tampering with their files, passwords or accounts.
5. Users are responsible for inspecting all technologies prior to use and reporting any irregularities
to staff immediately prior to use.
6. Any damage incurred to the technologies while in the care of the students will be the student’s
responsibility and therefore the student will be subject to disciplinary measures as well as
monetary damages.
Policy – Terms and Conditions
Acceptable Use
Users are to properly use school network resources for educational and/or administrative purposes.
Respectful and responsible network etiquette and behavior should be in keeping with the school’s
mission statement. Students and staff are expressly prohibited from accessing obscene, profane,
vulgar, or pornographic sites or materials.
Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene,
sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation or illegal. This prohibition
applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational
environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring or sharing obscene, sexually oriented,
lewd or otherwise illegal images or other content will be disciplined according to the Student Code of
Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.
Monitored Use
Electronic mail transmissions and other use of the electronic communications system by students and
employees shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated school
staff to ensure appropriate use for educational or administrative purposes. Forgery or attempted
forgery of electronic mail messages is prohibited. Only the school’s authorized IT Manager may read,
delete, copy or modify the electronic mail of other system users.
Vandalism
Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, disrupt or destroy data of another user of the
school’s network or any other agencies or networks that are connected to the Internet. This includes,
but is not limited to, the uploading or creating of computer viruses. Any of these actions may be
viewed as violations of school policy, administrative regulations and, possibly, as criminal activity
under applicable state and federal laws. Users must respect the privacy of other users, and will not
intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify any file, data, or password belonging to
another user, or represent themselves as another user unless explicitly authorized. Deliberate
attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance and/or degrade, disrupt or bypass system security
are violations of school policy and administrative regulations, and may constitute criminal activity
under applicable laws.
Any prohibited behavior under this policy will result in the cancellation of technology privileges. The
school will, in accordance with school policy, cooperate with local, state, or federal officials in any
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investigation concerning or relating to misuse of the school’s network.
Network Etiquette
Each network user is expected to:
 Be polite (i.e., an all-caps message implies shouting);
 Use appropriate language;
 Refrain from any activity that may be considered “cyber bullying,” including but not limited to
threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing messages, harassment, stalking, child
pornography, and sexual exploitation;
 Maintain confidentiality of the user, colleagues, and students;
 Respect copyright laws; and
 Be respectful in all aspects of network use.
Consequences
Violation of the school’s policies and procedures concerning use of the computer on the network will
result in the same disciplinary actions that would result from similar violations in other areas of school
policy, including the Student Code of Conduct. Any or all of the following consequences may be
enforced if a student violates the terms of this policy:
1. Loss of computer privileges/Internet access, with length of time to be determined by campus
administration.
2. Any campus-based disciplinary consequence, including suspension, as deemed appropriate by
the administration.
3. Suspension may be considered for flagrant violations or violations that corrupt the educational
value of the computers or the Internet.
4. Expulsion may be considered in instances where students have used the school’s Internet
access to engage in conduct that constitutes felony criminal mischief, and/or have deliberately
attempted to bypass installed security software or copy/modify another student’s work files.
5. All illegal online activity will be reported to law enforcement as necessary
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LISA Academy Acceptable Use Agreement Acknowledgment Form
I have read and agree to abide by the LISA Academy Student Acceptable Use Policy. I further
understand that any violation of this policy may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any
violation, my Internet and computer access privileges may be revoked, and school disciplinary action
and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.
(If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must also read and sign this agreement.)
As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the LISA Academy Student Acceptable Use
Agreement. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes. LISA Academy has
taken precautions to eliminate controversial material. However, I also recognize it is impossible for
the school to restrict access to all controversial materials and I will not hold the school responsible for
materials transmitted on the network. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when
my child’s use is not in a school setting. I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and
certify that the information contained on this form is correct.
LISA Academy Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form (Regulation of
Electronic Communication Devices)
Electronic communications at school and at school-related functions are subject to regulation by the
school.
This Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form grants authority and permission to the school
to regulate electronic communication devices when these devices are brought to and/or used while on
school property or when attending school related functions and events. Such communication devices
include but are not limited to cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, and pocket computers. These regulations
are made necessary in light of the unique opportunities these devices create for violations of law,
school policies and to perpetrate conduct disruptive of an educational environment essential to the
school’s educational program. These concerns are exacerbated by electronic security protections and
the personal size of these devices which are often carried concealed in pockets and purses.
Therefore, all students who would possess or use such devices on school property or at school-related
activities are required to sign this form together with their parent, guardian or other adult person
having the authority of a parent for school purposes.
Each of you, by your signature below, agrees to the following:
1. All cellular phones, cell phone accessories, and electronic devices must be turned off and kept
in the locker during the school day and while in a school building.
2. School administrators shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate use of phones for
students participating in extracurricular activities or attending school-sponsored or schoolrelated activities on or off school property.
3. The school administration is authorized to confiscate, power on or off, manipulate and do all
things necessary to search my device and recover or intercept communications (including but
not limited to text messaging) when reasonable suspicion exists that such device has been used
to transmit or receive communications in violation of law, the Student Code of Conduct, school
policy or regulation.
4. I further understand that an electronic communication device used or possessed in violation of
law, the Student Code of Conduct, school policy or regulation is subject to confiscation and
may cause the loss of the privilege to possess and use such devices on school property and at
school-related events for an indefinite period of time.
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LISA ACADEMY
2019-2020 School Year
Acknowledgment and Approval of Acceptable Use Agreement Acknowledgment Form
and Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form
By signing below I agree with and will comply with the contents of the above-mentioned “Acceptable
Use Agreement Acknowledgment Form” and “Electronic Communication Device Commitment Form
(Regulation of Electronic Communication Devices).” In addition this form indicates that I and my child
agree to comply with privacy and use policies in accordance with the school issued Google Chromebook
as set forth by Google.
Student’s Printed Name: _______________________________________ Grade: _____________
___________________________________________ ___________________________
Student’s Signature Date
_________________________________________________________________________________________
Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature Date
Please return this page to the front office upon completion. Electronic version of this form will be
available at check-in.
Thank you for allowing our staff the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your child.
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LISA Academy Student Handbook Receipt Form
LISA Academy has made the Student/Parent Handbook(s) available online for viewing and downloading.
The handbook is available on our websites at www.lisaacademy.org. Once on our website, click on the
tab labeled “Student”
By signing this form, I acknowledge that I have been informed that the LISA Academy Handbook is
located online and available to me for viewing and downloading. I have also been informed if
circumstances warrant, a section of the handbook can be printed by the school.
Student’s Printed Name: ___________________________________ Grade: ____________
____________________________________________________________ ___________________________
Student’s Signature Date
_________________________________________________________________________________________
Parent’s/ Guardian’s Signature Date
Please return this page to the front office upon completion.
Thank you for allowing our staff the opportunity to partner with you in the education of your child.