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Code of Operation

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Codes of responsibility and rules followed at MacPherson Academy are stated and implemented at the discretion of the faculty and administration. Respect and values are based on the traditional Judeo-Christian model without bias towards individual and family choices of denominations or religions.

Decisions on admission, faculty, curricula, textbooks, field trips, guest speakers, class placements, pacing of material and other activities are at the sole discretion of the MacPherson Academy Administration. MacPherson Academy reserves the right to accept or refuse any applicant. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, or religion. For further information contact Judy Mortkowitz at (859) 619-2040 or macphersonacademy@insightbb.com. Mail to: Judy Mortkowitz, 3032 Adwalton Road, Lexington, KY 40509

Request an Opportunity to Observe:
If a parent wants to observe in a classroom they must speak to the principal to make the appointment. Approval for observations last as long as the parent does not interrupt the instruction or learning environment. The teacher has the right to end the observation at any time. The maximum observation time is 15 minutes per class.

Request an Opportunity to visit:
If a family would like to request a visit they must speak to the principal to make an appointment. All students must be accompanied by a parent and visits shall last no more than one hour.

Request a Meeting:

  1. Meeting request form must be filled out and returned to the principal.
  2. Meeting needs to be scheduled during school hours.
  3. Whether or not the meeting is approved is at the discretion of the administration and faculty.
  4. Each meeting will last no more than 30 minutes and the meeting needs to be on topic in no more than 5 minutes.
  5. Most inquiries can be handled by phone or email.

Parental Responsibilities:

  1. Parents are to actively teach and supervise 4 days a week.
  2. Parents and students are required to help support the school through participation in fund raising projects, group activities, sponsorship of clubs and field trips. The parent committee will be calling for volunteers for projects throughout the school year.
  3. All families are required to attend the Organizational Meeting at the beginning of the school year. Any parent who does not attend will need to reschedule and will be charged a fifty dollar rescheduling fee.
  4. Credit and Non-credit classes:
    1. Tuition is paid in advance and all work is completed with passing grades for a student to receive credit.
    2. Tuition is paid in advance and all work is completed but no grade is recorded for an audited class.
    3. Students may "sit-in" any class with the permission of the instructor. No fee is paid.
  5. Students are expected to attend all 36 classes. If a student must be absent and absence paid. is excused then work can be made up. If a student has 6 unexcused absences from any class, then a failing grade will be given for that class. If a student fails 2 or more subjects due to unexcused absences, then the student will be expelled.
  6. Parents accept responsibility for checking their email daily for announcements and assignment changes.
  7. Missed Classes:
    1. If Fayette County schools are closed for snow, MacPherson classes will not meet. Assignments will be given via Internet.
    2. If a teacher is absent, and no substitute is available, the teacher will contact the students with the assignments and the class will either be made up or the money refunded.
    3. If a student misses a class, the class cannot be made up, but assignments will be given.
  8. If a student is absent, it is the duty of the parent or student to find out the missed assignments.
  9. If class work cannot be presented to the teacher on time, due to excused illness, the student has one week to see that the teacher gets the work. Unless the student has made a private arrangement with the teacher, credit for the work will not be given after one week without a valid excuse such as a doctor's note.
  10. All work for the quarter is due the day the marking period ends. Teachers will try to get grades out within a week of the end of the marking period.
  11. Parents will receive grades every 9 weeks, plus a final grade for the year, either via email or a hand written note given to the student. As with homeschooling parents, it is your responsibility to keep your own records of grades. MacPherson Academy does not send out accumulated grades or transcripts at the end of the year. Parents may request an unofficial transcript that does not go to another school, for a fee of $35, paid in advance.
  12. MacPherson Academy will keep records for its graduates for five years and three years for students who leave and do not graduate from the Academy.
  13. All fees must be current before grades will be applied to the student's transcript.
  14. Due to the variations of homeschool curricula, the placement of students in MacPherson Academy curricula is at the discretion of the teachers and the administration. If a student is withdrawn due to placement issues, the parent will remain responsible for the semester tuition. Placement tests will be given as needed.
  15. Parents and students are to address the faculty and administration with respect at all times and it is the parental duty to see that their students understand this policy. Teachers will show respect for students at all times. Any person showing disrespect, including but not limited to offensive language, for a teacher, administrator, other students, church employee (such as the pastor, the secretary or the janitor) or the facility will be removed from the premises. This applies in and out of class and to any field trips. No disrespect of any kind will be tolerated.
  16. It is the responsibility of parents to keep a cumulative list of textbooks, if they choose to have one and to save report cards from year to year.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Students are expected to attend all 36 classes. If a student must be absent and absence is excused then work can be made up. If a student has 6 unexcused absences from any class, then a failing grade will be given for that class. If a student fails 2 or more subjects due to unexcused absences, then the student will be expelled.
  2. Students are required to help support the school through participation in projects, activities, clubs and filed trips and wear their school t-shirts at these activities.
  3. It is the responsibility of the student to be on time for class. No student will be allowed to make up work if the student refuses to be responsible. Habitual tardiness will not be tolerated and will be addressed on an individual level.
  4. Students are responsible for bringing materials to class, such as paper, pens, textbook, ruler, protractor, compass, etc., as the teacher requires.
  5. Each student is to realize the importance of respecting the facility property both inside and outside. They are to be only in the areas designated for MacPherson Academy. Students will not disrespect the property, the building or its contents. Students will not participate in any form of vandalism, theft, or any other activity that the administration considers detrimental to the facility.
  6. Students who exhibit disruptive behavior that interferes with the learning environment of the other students will be removed from the group.
  7. Each student, without exception MUST clean up after themselves both inside and outside. Neither the facility nor MacPherson Academy will be responsible for any items left in the building. Students must take home whatever they have brought. They should enlist their parents' help as a memory aid if necessary.
  8. All FOOD and DRINK must be confined to the designated eating area. CHEWING GUM, BUBBLE GUM and other such items are not allowed in the classrooms.
  9. All free time activity must be monitored. Students may use the time for study or quiet recreational activities. If a student has a long break they should please consider having parents pick them up and return them for the next class.
  10. Students are not to take walks outside without supervision or leave the property without permission. Parents must sign a release for any student who has permission to leave for lunch or other activities. MacPherson Academy is not responsible for students after they leave the property.
  11. Students who are present at the school but do not come to class or are late for class will not be given make-up work for the time missed.
  12. There is ZERO tolerance for guns, knives, drugs, tobacco, alcohol and any other items or substances that the administration feels is detrimental to the group or the students.
  13. There will be no smoking inside or outside on the property grounds by students. If a student smokes, then they must leave the property.
  14. Phones are to remain off during classes. If this becomes a problem, you will be asked to leave your phone at home.
  15. When students are permitted to attend MacPherson Academy, they are there for academic purposes. Gossip, rebellion, or any form of insurrection is not tolerated.
  16. There is ZERO tolerance for physical confrontations. Any physical confrontation will result in the police called. The student who instigates the fight will be immediately expelled.
  17. Any students who are caught cheating or who present work that is not their own, including plagiarism, will receive a zero. For the second offence the student will be expelled.
  18. Punishment for student misconduct, including disregard and deliberately defying the rules, will be used as the administration deems necessary. Such punishments could include but not be limited to warnings, suspension and expulsion. When a student is expelled from MacPherson Academy letter of explanation is sent to the Director of Pupil Personnel for that student.

Dress Code:

  1. Being in a school that does not have a uniform is a privilege. It is not a right. Students not following the dress code or trying to circumvent the dress code, or using it to challenge the faculty and administration will be removed from the classroom and sent home. The parents are responsible for seeing that their student(s) comes to class appropriately clothed for school.
  2. Remember that MacPherson Academy is an educational institution. Clothing should reflect this and not distract from the learning environment for you or for other students.
  3. Teachers have a right to decide what is offensive in their classroom.
  4. No printed offensive language on clothing.
  5. All shirts and dresses must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine. No tank tops for sleeveless T-shirts without another shirt with sleeves covering it.
  6. No shirts, tops, sweaters, blouses or dresses, etc. that shows cleavage.
  7. No bare midriffs. Shirts must be long enough to cover the waistband of skirts, pants and jeans, even when bending over and raising arms.
  8. Skirts must be long enough to be modest when bending over, meaning never shorter than mid- thigh when standing, but must still comply with the bending over rule.
  9. Shorts may be worn but never shorter than mid-thigh, must come to the waist and have to comply with the bending over rule.
  10. Hats and hoods should be taken off when you come inside and not be worn during class.
  11. Brushing or combing hair and / or putting on makeup in class are unacceptable and that that behavior will result in removal from the class.
  12. No flip-flop shoes may be worn to school for safety reasons.

Codes of responsibility and rules followed at MacPherson Academy are stated and implemented at the discretion of the faculty and administration.

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