Savannah River Academy Family Handbook

School Hours

Savannah River Academy school hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Monday through Friday. If you
would like to speak with any faculty or staff member, please feel free to call the main number.
For faculty members who are in class, we will be happy to deliver a message. Incoming
messages for a child or a teacher will be delivered at a convenient time. Except in cases of
emergency or sudden change of plans, please make after-school arrangements with your child
prior to the start of the school day.

Emergency Closings

When weather or other conditions indicate the possibility of a change in the normal operation of
Savannah River Academy, parents, teachers, and students receive information by several
means:

  • Bloomz: In the event of a school closure or opening delay, a Bloomz message will reflect
    the most current information.
  • Facebook: Closures will be posted on our Facebook page.
  • Savannah River Academy Website: www.savannahriveracademy.org
  • Local Media: Savannah River Academy will also attempt to notify local radio and
    television stations in the event of school closure or opening delay. You may tune in to
    the following stations for details: WJBF Channel 6 ABC, WRDW Channel 12 CBS,
    WAGT Channel 26 NBC

Savannah River Academy will generally follow the emergency closing and delayed opening
schedules of the Columbia County Public Schools.

School Visitors

Parents and all other visitors are welcome to be a part of our school day. Visitors must sign in at
the office desk.

Lost and Found

Please label all personal items, especially all outer wear such as coats, jackets, and sweaters,
so they can be claimed if lost. If an item with no name is found, it will be placed in the Lost and
Found in the school office. Unclaimed items are donated to a charitable organization at the
holiday break and at the end of the year.

Tuition

Annual tuition charges are set each year by the Savannah River Academy Board of Trustees.
Tuition may be paid annually or in three installments by arrangement with the school. Questions
concerning your account may be directed to the main school email address:
savannahriveracademy@gmail.com.

In times of financial distress, special arrangements
concerning tuition may be made in order to allow a student to complete the entire school year. If
tuition payments become more than one month overdue, the school will contact the responsible
party. Any further delinquency may jeopardize a student’s enrollment at the school.

Withdrawal from School

All students are accepted for a complete school year. No refund of tuition will be made because
of withdrawal, absence, or dismissal, unless a family is transferred outside of the Augusta area.
In case of withdrawal, notice should be made in writing to the school office.

Re-Enrollment

In January, re-enrollment forms will be sent to parents. Parents may reserve a place for
returning students by completing and returning the form and re-enrollment fee by the
announced deadline. Priority registration is given to returning Savannah River Academy
students and siblings.

Student Records

A permanent file for each student is kept in the school office. Records can be sent to parents or
schools with a written request from parents or legal guardians.

School Attendance

Students are expected to be at school by 8:30 a.m. Students arriving between 8:00 and 8:30
should proceed to the gym where they will be supervised until time for class. Students will be
greeted from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. at the Savannah River Academy main entrance. Upon dismissal
at 3:15 p.m. all students will report to carline. Faculty members will be on duty to supervise the
loading of cars at dismissal. If your child must be picked up by someone other than those
authorized by you, you must provide prior written consent. If there are any custody restrictions
regarding who may pick up your child, please be sure that a copy of the relevant court order is
on file in the office.

Absences

Absence from school is sometimes unavoidable due to illness, medical appointments, family
commitments, or emergency. Parents are requested to notify the school office when a student
will not be reporting to school. If an absence is anticipated, parents should notify the school as
soon as possible. Upon their return to school, students will be allowed to make up work in the
same number of days that they were absent. In the case of excessive unexcused absences, the
school may elect to decline re-enrollment.

Early Dismissal

If a student must be dismissed early due to an illness, a medical appointment, or an emergency,
a parent must come to the office to sign the student out. If it is known in advance that the
student will need to be dismissed early, a written note should be sent to the school. If medical or
dental appointments must be scheduled during school hours, please make every attempt to
schedule the appointment after 12:30.

Late Arrival

Prompt arrival at school allows students to begin each day with their best foot forward. Students
are considered tardy if they are not in the gym by 8:30. In cases of excessive tardiness, the
school reserves the right to decline re-enrollment.

Carline Procedure

Morning Carline – 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Parents enter in front of the church and turn right. Pull up in
front of the building in the rear of the church. Children may exit cars on their own in front of the
school door or wait until a teacher opens their car door. If a parent prefers to park and walk their
children into the building, they may do so, but we ask that your parked car does not block the
flow of the carline traffic. To exit, keep driving past the school door and turn left at the church to
exit onto Fury’s Ferry.

Afternoon Carline 1:00-1:10 and 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Parents should line up in front of the school
building in two lines. Teachers will escort students to cars. NOTE: Please display your student’s
carpool number in the passenger side window to help expedite car line. If your child will be
picked up by someone other than those authorized by you on the Student Information form, you
must provide prior consent. If there are any custody restrictions regarding who may pick up your
child, please be sure that proper documentation is on file in the school office.

Technology

Technology and Acceptable Use Policy

Before using technology, Savannah River Academy students will be instructed on the
appropriate use of technology and information. Infractions against the policy will be considered
a serious disciplinary issue. The guidelines provided are:

  • I will use the technology provided at Savannah River Academy only with a teacher’s
    permission and only for school purposes.
  • I will not download or install software on school devices.
  • I will only log on to the networks and applications using my own username and
    password, and I will access only my own files.
  • I will not reveal my username or password to anyone else.
  • I will access only internet resources which are appropriate and relevant to my work.
  • I will not browse, download, upload, or forward material which is offensive or illegal. If
    such material is accidentally accessed, I will report it immediately to my teacher.
  • I will not communicate personal information such as name, phone number, or address
    on the internet.
  • Images of students and/or staff will be taken, stored, and used only for school purposes
    and may not be distributed outside of the school.
  • I will ensure that any online activity, both at school and away, will not cause harm or
    distress to my school, the staff, the students, or anyone else.
  • I will not attempt to bypass internet firewalls or network security.
  • I understand that my internet use could be monitored by school staff.
  • I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe and to protect the safety and
    security of the Savannah River Academy community. Infractions will not be tolerated and
    will be met with disciplinary action.

Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access/Malicious Use

Students are prohibited from:

  • trying to gain access to another student’s accounts, files, or data
  • attempting to destroy hardware, software, data, or to circumvent the screening tools
  • use of any form of anonymous and/or false communications or spamming

Savannah River Academy Academic Policies

Conferences

Formal conferences are scheduled twice each school year, once in the fall and once in the
spring. Conferences may also be requested by teachers or parents at any time throughout the
year.

Intent to Homeschool

For all grades other than kindergarten, you will need to file an intent to homeschool if your child
is not participating in the entire program (i.e., Monday through Friday 8:30-3:30). The link to do
so is:
https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Study-DOI.aspx

Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is administered to students in grades 3, 5, and 8 each school year. The
instrument for testing is the Iowa Basic Skills Test.

Textbooks/Other Books

Textbooks and other non-consumable books are loaned to each student. At the end of the year,
the books must be returned in the condition in which they were issued, allowance being made
for normal wear. A charge will be made for books which are lost or damaged.

Savannah River Academy Student Health and Safety Emergency Preparedness

Student safety is paramount at Savannah River Academy. Savannah River Academy works
closely with local emergency authorities in an effort to insure the highest level of protection
possible for the students in the event of an emergency at the school. All faculty and staff receive
training specific to assigned duties and responsibilities. Each month students participate in a
fire, tornado, or lockdown drill to ensure knowledge of all safety procedures in the event of a real
emergency. We understand that parent communication is critical during a school emergency.
Should an emergency occur at Savannah River Academy, pertinent information and instructions
will be provided on our website (www.savannahriveracademy.org) and via email and Bloomz.

Medications and Illness

School policy requires that a child remain at home when ill for the benefit of the child and the
protection of the other students. Children who have had a fever greater than 100°F or who have
been vomiting or exhibiting other contagious symptoms within the preceding 24 hours may not
be sent to school. When prescription or non-prescription medication must be given to a child at
school, a Permission for Medication form must be submitted to the office with the medication.
The school will not give any medication, including over-the-counter medication, without prior
written permission. An adult must take the medication in its original container to the office; the
container label must indicate the patient name and dosage. Under no circumstances should the
child keep medications in his/her possession, including backpack. A child who becomes ill at
school will be sent to the school office and should be picked up from school as soon as
possible. Should a child contract a communicable disease, parents of the child’s classmates will
be notified. Please contact the office if your child contracts a communicable disease.

Infectious Diseases

Employees or students must report to the school the occurrence of all serious infectious
diseases that may be transmitted in casual settings. To protect the school population, people
with infectious diseases are required to report that information to the school as soon as possible
so that steps may be taken to avoid further transmission and to assure prompt treatment of
others who may be affected. Georgia Law 20-2-771 requires that all children submit Certificates
of Immunization. All students must have the Georgia Certificate 3231 form signed by a licensed
health-care provider or the county health department. For students entering from out-of-state
schools, please contact the Georgia Health Department or a Georgia licensed physician to have
immunizations transferred to the Georgia Certificate (Form 3231). You need to have your
immunization record from your state in order to transfer immunizations to Form 3231. All
requirements apply to students transferring from out-of-state schools to Georgia schools.

Mandated Reporting

Savannah River Academy faculty and staff are required by law to report suspected child abuse
and/or neglect. Savannah River Academy provides a safe and nurturing environment in which
children may strive to realize the best of their capabilities. In providing such an environment, the
faculty and staff are required to monitor the well-being and safety of all students. The policy of
Savannah River Academy states that all Savannah River Academy staff members are required
to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Professionals and non-professionals must report
evidence of non-accidental physical abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional (or
mental) maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for the child’s welfare. When reports are
made, they are done first and foremost “in good faith” with the safety and wellbeing of the child
in mind. All reports issued to Child Welfare Agencies and/or Law Enforcement Agencies are
made with the cautious review of the Savannah River Academy administrative staff.

Dress Code

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Savannah River Academy instituted a mandatory
uniform policy. The goal of SRA’s dress code is that students present themselves in a clean
and neat manner, to see ourselves as a team of learners, and to focus on our learning instead
of our attire. While we recognize the uniqueness of each student and seek to develop
individuality, it is also important for each student to understand the concept of appropriate dress
for particular situations. All clothing should be free of holes and other defects. Families may
choose to order any of the approved items from our Lands End school page or they may choose
to independently purchase items that meet the following requirements:

TOPS AND OUTERWEAR

Solid orange, white, navy, or gray polo style shirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt, vest or sweater with SRA
school logo. (This includes any SRA t-shirts purchased through the school.)

PANTS/SHORTS/SKIRTS/JUMPERS/DRESSES

Solid navy, khaki, orange, blue denim, or gray. No patterns, with the exception of SRA plaid
items from Lands End.

SHOES

No flip flops. Tennis shoes must be worn for PE.

UNIFORM LOGO EMBROIDERY

Embroidery file for the SRA logo will be emailed to all families and is also available for
embroidery by Sew It Stick It VIP group on Facebook or at Stitches Unlimited on Davis Road in
Augusta.

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE

For performances, all students will be required to wear collared shirts with SRA logo and khaki,
SRA plaid, or navy shorts/pants/skirts/jumpers/dresses.

Please keep in mind that we may eat lunch and play outside if it is not raining and if the heat
index is not over 95 or the wind chill is not below 32. We recommend having your child wear
athletic shoes every day since that will be the safest footwear for recess, PE, and play time.

Lands End Uniforms:
http://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=9001877
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SRA hair accessories can be purchased at:
https://www.holditflowers.com/collections/savannah-river-academy

Savannah River Academy Code of Conduct

We believe children thrive in an environment where clear and consistent expectations and
mutual respect are the norms and where rules are discussed and consistently reinforced. While
children will make mistakes, our goal is to help students learn as they grow in self-awareness
and self-control. While it is impossible to write guidelines that will cover every possible situation,
the general expectations of student behavior while on school property or engaged in
school-sponsored activities are outlined in our Code of Conduct. The school rules may be
altered at any time to handle an unforeseen situation.

Home and School Cooperation

Savannah River Academy believes that a positive and constructive working relationship
between the school and a student’s parents/guardians is essential to the accomplishment of the
school’s educational mission. Should questions arise regarding academic progress or
classroom policies, a parent or guardian may send a note to the teacher or may contact the
school office to request a phone call from the teacher. This should always be the first step in
communication. In the rare instance when the school is not being supported by a student’s
family, the school reserves the right to terminate the student’s contract.
In order to help children learn, it is essential that parents and teachers work together as a team.
We recommend that parents follow the following steps:

  • Contact your child’s teacher to gain a better understanding of the situation.
  • Work as a team to brainstorm solutions.
  • Provide your child with tools to successfully navigate future situations.
  • When discussing events with your child at home:
    • Remind yourself that your child’s telling of an event may be a small part of a
      bigger story and perceived differently than it was by others.
    • Help broaden your child’s perspective and problem-solve.
    • Ask questions such as: “What was your role in the situation?” “How would the
      teacher or a friend describe what happened?” “Why do you think it happened?”
      “What could you have done differently?” “Who can help you at school?” “What do
      you think you will do next time?”
  • Please keep us informed if there are changes at home that might affect behavior at
    school. Events that go on at home can have an impact on a child’s ability to function at
    school.

Critical Infractions

All members of the Savannah River Academy community are expected to adhere to all federal,
state, and local statutes. Should SRA become aware of a student receiving a citation from any
state or municipality, the student may be subject to disciplinary consequences as a member of
the SRA community. Certain actions are so severe that they may warrant immediate dismissal
from Savannah River Academy. A student who is involved with a critical infraction will be
assigned out of school suspension until a Faculty Review Board meets and makes a
determination regarding the specific consequences. If dismissal is not the case, the student will
receive a behavior contract that will specify certain expected behavioral changes as well as the
immediate consequences. Students shall refrain from the use, possession, and transmission of
alcoholic beverages or drugs not prescribed by a registered physician on school premises, in its
immediate vicinity, in school vehicles, or at any off-campus school-sponsored activities.
Furthermore, students shall not attend school or any school-related activities after having
consumed alcohol, illegal substances, or tobacco. Any such items should be reported
immediately to a faculty or staff member who will confiscate the item(s). The school reserves the
right to search lockers, backpacks, vehicles, and other personal belongings at any time.
Possession or use of alcohol, illegal substances, or tobacco will be subject to severe disciplinary
action which includes suspension or dismissal. If the school suspects that a student is using
drugs, the school reserves the right to have the student tested for drugs. All faculty, staff,
students, and visitors have the right to feel safe at school. Students will not be allowed to carry,
possess, handle, or create any object that could be considered a weapon. Any such items
should be reported immediately to a faculty or staff member who will confiscate the item(s). The
school reserves the right to search lockers, backpacks, vehicles, and other personal belongings
at any time. Possession or use of weapons on school premises or at any school-related activity
will be subject to severe disciplinary action which includes suspension or dismissal.

Major Infractions

The student who violates a major rule may receive a behavior contract that will specify certain
expected behavioral changes as well as the immediate consequences. Subsequent major rule
violations in the course of a student’s tenure at Savannah River Academy may be considered
critical and could also be grounds for dismissal. Students shall show respect for teachers, fellow
students, and their belongings at all times. Faculty and staff expect polite and respectful
behavior in the classroom and in all school-related activities. Relational aggression, bullying,
and inappropriate physical contact will not be tolerated. Relational aggression becomes bullying
when it is repetitive, intentional, and power related. Both relational aggression and bullying can
be subtle or obvious, in person or online, and involve, but are not limited to, the following
behaviors: • gossip • exclusion • taunting • racial or gender slurs • exclusive alliances • physical,
verbal, emotional or technological abuse. If a student believes he/she is the target of
harassment, the incident(s) should be reported to parents and school authorities. An
atmosphere of trust is a vital element of any school community. Faculty, staff, students, and
parents must be able to trust one another in all aspects of their interactions. All members of the
Savannah River Academy community will refrain from dishonorable behavior including lying,
cheating, stealing, and plagiarism. A first offense will result in disciplinary action which may
include afternoon detention and/or a zero on the work in question. A second offense may result
in in-school or out-of-school suspension or dismissal.

Academic Integrity

The faculty of Savannah River Academy is committed to helping students understand and avoid
academic dishonesty. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the
following: • plagiarism • cheating on assignments, quizzes, or examinations • buying academic
papers or teacher materials online or from other students • giving another student questions or
answers to a test, quiz, or homework • turning in another student’s homework as your own •
doing another student’s homework • unauthorized collaboration on academic assignments •
unauthorized use of material provided by a language translator (human or electronic) • violation
of copyright laws • taking, using, and/or distributing academic material (e.g. exams, class notes,
teacher editions of texts) without permission • fabricating or falsifying data, research, or analysis
• using academic work submitted for one class in another class without permission of the
teacher • sabotaging a fellow student’s work. Plagiarism is defined as the use of another
person’s ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source. A writer who
fails to give appropriate acknowledgement when repeating another’s wording or particularly apt
term, paraphrasing another’s argument, or presenting another’s line of thinking is plagiarizing.
Faculty are expected to enforce these guidelines, and any student who plagiarizes is subject to
discipline.

Homework

Homework is assigned beginning in grade 5. It is an important part of the learning process and
reinforces the formal activity that takes place during the school day. In addition, homework
builds organizational and study skills and teaches responsibility. Students are expected to do
assignments in a conscientious manner. Having a suitable time and place to study is important.
Homework is not intended to be burdensome in time or quantity. Please contact your child’s
teacher if you have concerns about the content or amount of homework.

School Property

School facilities, equipment, and textbooks are provided for student use throughout the school
year. Students shall treat school property with care. Replacement costs for damaged property or
lost or damaged books will be billed to the family.

Electronic Communication Devices (ECD)

Students may not bring to school any items which would interfere with the learning process.
These items include, but are not limited to, cell phones, electronic games, radios, CD or MP3
players, and trading cards. All forms of social networking and messaging are prohibited during
class time unless it is part of the lesson and sanctioned by the teacher. Students may not
access games, music, and other apps during class time which are not intended for educational
use by the teacher. If students must bring a cell phone to school, it must remain off and in a
backpack for the school day.

**Savannah River Academy reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time as needed
for the wellbeing of the school.