ONLINE STUDENT HANDBOOK 3

 

SCHOOL VISITORS


Any individual, parents or otherwise, visiting the school for any reason must first report to the Headmaster’s office.  The office will make arrangements for all visits.  It is extremely important that classroom activities be interrupted as seldom as possible.




STUDENT SIGN-IN AND SIGN-OUT POLICY


          Laurence Manning Academy requires all students late to school or leaving early from school to sign-in or sign-out at the front.  Students that do not sign-in after coming to school late will be considered absent for the day.  Students that do not sign-out before leaving school grounds will be considered as cutting.  Disciplinary action will be administered in both cases as to the discretion of the administration.  



DRESS AND GROOMING


Laurence Manning is a conservative school with a keen awareness of the visible, as well as the invisible, characteristics associated with being a lady or gentleman.  Students are expected not only to be neat and clean at all times, but also to reflect either a feminine or masculine identity in their appearance.  Extreme fashions in clothing and grooming have no place at Laurence Manning.  Please be aware that the administration has made some changes in the dress code for all grades.


Our young ladies must reflect a lady-like modesty and dignity in their appearance.


1.  Pants and/or jeans may be worn with the following stipulations:  no hip huggers, pants with patches, tight

     fitting pants, frayed pants/skirts, culottes, sweatpants or mini skirts will be allowed.

2.  No bare skin is to be seen at any time between the pants/skirts and the blouses.  No skin is to be seen

     when arms are raised.

3.  No see through blouses, tank tops, midriffs, or extremely tight fitting blouses.  Sheer clothing must

     be worn with appropriate, modest garment underneath.   No spaghetti straps on

     blouses or dresses.  Dresses, skirts, and tops worn with leggings cannot be more than 3 inches above

     the top of the kneecap.  No off the shoulder or low cut blouses, or halter tops. 

4.  ALL shirts worn by young ladies can be either plain or have only an LMA, Christian, College or

     Collection Logoed related statement on the front or back of the shirt.  An example of a collection logoed

     t-shirt would be: UnderArmour, Nike, Polo, Guy Harvey, Southern Tide, Southern Marsh, Carolina

     Girl,etc. No other forms of writing on the front or back of the shirt will be permitted.  Name brand logos

     (no advertisements) will be allowed as long as the logo is no more than several (2 to 3) inches square.

     This policy includes long-sleeve t-shirts, pullovers, sweaters, and jackets as well.

5.  T-shirts for young ladies cannot extend below 3 inches below the belt line.  Otherwise, the t-shirt must

     be tucked in.  Shirts that the faculty and administration deem need to be tucked in, will be tucked in.

     This policy includes long-sleeve t-shirts as well.     

6.  Undergarments must be worn.

7.  Shoes must be worn at all times.  Most sandals are permitted; however, molded rubber athletic sandals

     and other “beachwear/shower wear” are not permitted.  Flip-flops may be worn, but not the

     shower/beachwear.

8.  No body piercing or visible tattoos.

9.  Sweatshirts and winter dress follow the same restrictions as the t-shirt policy



Our young men must reflect a manly like appearance.



1.  Hair must be kept above the eyebrows, and above the collar, and cover not more than half of the ear.

     Beards, mustaches, and sideburns which extend below the ear are not acceptable.

2.  Shoes must be worn at all times.  Most sandals are permitted; however, molded rubber athletic

     sandals and other “beachwear/shower wear” are not permitted.  Flip flops may be worn, but not

     shower/beachwear.

3.  All shirts must be collared.  Exceptions are t-shirts with Laurence Manning, Christian, College and

     Collection Logoed T-Shirts.  An example of a collection logoed t-shirt would be: Underarmour, Nike,

     Polo, Guy Harvey, Southern Tide, Southern Marsh, etc.  No other t-shirts will be allowed. 

     All shirts, including t-shirts must be tucked in.  This policy includes long-sleeve t-shirts, pullovers,

     sweaters, and jackets as well.

4.  ALL shirts worn by young men can be either plain or have only an LMA, Christian, College or

     Collection Logoed related statement on the front or back of the shirt.

     No other forms of writing on the front or back of the shirt will be permitted.  Name brand logos (no  

     advertisements) will be allowed as long as the logo is no more than several (2 to 3)  inches square.  This

     policy includes long-sleeve t-shirts, pullovers, sweaters, and jackets as well.

5.  Pants and shorts with belts must be worn in the appropriate manner. Shorts/pants cannot be baggy or

     sagging.  Shorts/pants may not be frayed, have holes, or be cut off.  Sweatpants are not allowed.

6.  Undergarments must be worn. 

7.  No earrings, body piercing or visible tattoos.

8.  Sweatshirts and winter dress follow the same restrictions as the t-shirt policy


Shirts or pants with objectionable writing or pictures will not be allowed.  Shirts, hats, or pants bearing advertisement for alcoholic beverages, drugs, drug related slogans, sexual innuendos or political slogans will not be allowed.


Students in the fifth grade or below may wear child appropriate clothes.


Students in grades 6-12 will be allowed to wear dress shorts during the school year.  Tight fitting shorts, cut-off shorts, spandex shorts, nylon shorts, and shorts that are more that two inches above the knee cap are not allowed.  Students who wear inappropriate shorts (too short, wrong type, etc.) will lose the privilege of wearing shorts for the remainder of the school year.


Hats are not to be worn in the building or on the school ground during school hours (8:00-2:30).


Christian t-shirts must have either biblical scripture or a cross on the shirt to be allowed.


No gothic or gang related apparel allowed.


The administration reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is and to deviate or change the dress code as needed. 


         Students who arrive at school functions dressed inappropriately will be subject to disciplinary procedures.



DRESS CODE VIOLATION


First Offense - Administrative reprimand accompanied with a formal notification to the parent, which has to be signed. The student will be asked to change his/her clothing. If the student is unable to change his/her clothing, the student will be placed in administrative detention for the remainder of the school day. Any absences from class will be unexcused and the student must take the semester exams for the class (es) missed


Second Offense – The student will be sent home to change his/her clothes. After school detention will be assigned to the violators of the school dress code. Any absence from class will be unexcused and the student must make up all work as well as lose any exam exemptions. Additional offenses may result in Wednesday detention or possible suspension.


*Please note that the opening day assemble will constitute a verbal warning.  Therefore, any subsequent dress code violation will automatically forgo the first offense category and go directly to the second offense category.  Students consistently violating the dress code will lose dress privileges in addition to administrative discipline.



UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL


The students of Laurence Manning Academy shall have representation on the Student Council as follows:


5 Seniors elected by the Senior class

4 Juniors elected by the Junior class

3 Sophomores elected by the Sophomore class

2 Freshmen elected by the Freshman class



In addition to the above members, a president shall be elected from the senior class, a 1st vice-president from the junior class, a 2nd vice-president from the senior or junior class, a treasurer from the sophomore class, a secretary from the freshman class, and a historian from the 9th through 12th grade.  These officers are to be elected in a general election in May.  The eligible voters will be from the rising 9th through 12th grades.  In order to be eligible to run for any of the offices a student must present to the Headmaster a petition approving his/her candidacy, consisting of at least 10 eligible voters and 3 teachers, and must be in good academic standing and approved by the Headmaster.  He/She must have an academic average of 85 or above and must have a good disciplinary record.  Additional non-elected Student Council offices of Upper School are Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain, which will be appointed from students in Upper School by the Student Council Advisor and LMA Administration.  



FUNCTIONS OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL SHALL BE:



1.To promote the general welfare of Laurence Manning

2.To represent the student body to the faculty and administration

3.To make recommendations to the administration on such things as school clubs, extra curricular activities, senior privileges, etc.

4.To develop and present assembly programs

5.To encourage honesty, loyalty, scholarship, neatness, congeniality, and school spirit of Laurence Manning.


The student Council will have a faculty advisor appointed by the headmaster.


Student council members who fail to attend meetings and to assist with projects will be removed from the council by the headmaster upon request of the faculty advisor or a majority of the student council members. Rules governing attendance and procedure will be adopted by each student council each year and be presented to the Headmaster for approval.


A student may hold only one major office during the school year. Major offices are: Yearbook Editor, Newspaper Editor, Student Body Officer, Class Officer, School Chaplain, or Club President.


JUNIOR-HIGH STUDENT COUNCIL


The middle school students of Laurence Manning Academy shall be represented by the Junior-High Student Government of Laurence Manning Academy. There will be an executive council of four elected representatives: a President and Vice-President elected from the rising eighth grade class and a secretary and Treasurer elected from the rising seventh grade class. These elections will take place no later than May 15 each year. Executive council officers must be passing all subjects, must maintain an overall average of no less than 80, must have an unblemished disciplinary record, and must have administrative approval to run for and to hold an office.


Each grade shall be represented by a class president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer to be elected no earlier than May 15, but prior to the end of school, these representatives shall be nominated and elected from the rising sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in an organized meeting presided over by the homeroom teacher(s). Class representatives must be passing all subjects and have an unblemished disciplinary record.

  A simple majority of votes will determine all elections.

  All council member are subject to a demerit system and may be suspended or removed from Council for academic or disciplinary reasons

   The Purposes of the Junior-High Government of Laurence Manning Academy shall be:


to promote school spirit

to stimulate a desire to render community service

to promote worthy leadership

to create a spiritual environment

to be a voice for the students

to encourage cooperation between pupils and administration, faculty and staff

to provide appropriate school activities for the middle school student body, grades six, seven and eight.




The activities for the Student Body and the Student Council of the Laurence Manning Academy Junior-High shall be subject to approval by the headmaster and conducted under the direction of the faculty advisor appointed by the administration.


STUDENT PROJECTS


1.All class projects and other fund raising activities must be approved by the student council and the office.

2.There will be no school-sponsored class trips except the senior trip and educational trips as approved by the administration.

3.No class parties will be allowed during school hours except the senior trip and educational trips as approved by the administration.

4.Students are not to leave school early to work on jobs, and permission for such cannot be granted.


DEVOTIONS


Devotions will be held each morning in all classrooms.  Chapel programs will be held each Wednesday.


LIBRARY


We are proud of our library and encourage students to make full use of this fine facility.  Library rules and regulations are posted in the library and copies may be obtained from the office.  Library fines will be administered for books not returned in a timely manner.  Fines will be posted in the library for delinquent books.  The library will be used for study hall and all students are expected to utilize their study hall time to study or read.  Rules concerning study hall procedure are also posted in the library.


LUNCH


Light lunch, sandwiches, and snacks will be available.  Milk, fruit juice, and soft drinks will also be available.  A price list will be give to lower school students each month.

Handbook Part 1
(Forward, Academics, Curriculum, Grade Advancement)Online_Handbook.html
Handbook Part 2
(Cell Phone Policy, Alcohol/Illegal Drugs Policy, Discipline)Online_Handbook_2.html

Handbook Part 3

(Visitor Policy, Dress Code, Student Councils)

Handbook Part 4
(Severe Weather Policy, Media Policy, Library, Beta Club, Awards, PAT, Booster Club, Athletics, Finances)Online_Handbook_4.html
Handbook Part 5
(PAT By-Laws)Online_Handbook_5.html
LMA Athletic HandbookLMA_Athletic_Handbook.html