Dear Students and Parents, We start with the powerful presupposition from a founder of the Adventist movement: that every human being is created in the image of God, and each is endowed with a power like God â€“individuality, the power to think and to act. To carry out this vision is Rio Lindo Adventist Academyâ€™s mission. Our boarding school is driven to educate the whole person. We believe learning takes place not only in the classroom, but also in dorm rooms, at spiritual activities, in social interaction, and even it quiet solitude. We desire that young people grow as a whole person; heart, head and hand. We want them to be ready for the life beyond high school, and the life beyond this present age. To help students successfully navigate the Rio Lindo experience, we have developed this handbook of guidelines. As you read through the handbook, you will find many items discussed that are for your safety and peace of mind. Some items will guide students in the proper respect shown to our Creator in worship as understood by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Others are included to help students succeed socially and academically. There will be situations and circumstances that are not specifically addressed in the following pages, but every effort will be made to meet the needs of each student as well as the community as a whole. Choosing the school you will attend for your high school years is an important decision that requires much thought and prayer. We pray that God will lead you to the school in which you will be most successful. Thank you for considering Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely,
Lyle Bennett Vice-Principal
Rio Lindo Adventist Academyâ€™s Mission
We commit to reflect Christ, cultivate the relevancy and excitement of learning, and impact the world through service.
Our students grow to be spiritually mature, socially compassionate, intellectually competent, and independently capable members of society. We achieve this vision by guiding our students to:
Live a life based upon a personal relationship with God by
Experiencing God through prayer, Bible study, nature, and human relationships; Celebrating God’s love through community worship and service; Appreciating the Christian heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; Developing a belief system based upon Biblical principles.
Experience the excitement and relevancy of education by
Developing the ability to learn independently; Learning through curiosity, exploration, and creativity; Demonstrating competency in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and technology; Achieving the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and the workplace.
Apply Christian principles for service by
Accepting a personal responsibility for others; Identifying and meeting the needs of others through service; Valuing and appreciating human rights and diversity;
Utilizing social skills and leadership to enhance the community.
Refine and use independent living skills by
Developing effective social and communication skills; Recognizing personal responsibility for healthy living; Demonstrating a superior work ethic; Enriching life with standards of morality, integrity, and accountability.
Navigate a successful high school experience by
Understanding the importance and power of choice; Creating and following individualized learning goals; Establishing a balanced approach to life.
Student Pledge It is understood that when a student enrolls at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, the student pledges to observe all of the school’s printed and announced regulations and to uphold the Christian principles upon which the school is operated.
Student Participation Students should arrange their schedules so that full participation in all planned and prepared programs is possible. Boarding students are expected to attend dormitory worships and all Sabbath religious services and activities. Saturday night programs and entertainment are also part of the program. Residence hall students are expected and day students are encouraged to attend and take part in these activities. Scheduled conflicts need to be discussed with the appropriate administrator before an appointment is missed.
Parent–School Relationship Rio Lindo Adventist Academy values parental input because strong parental involvement strengthens the school program. Parents of Rio students are always welcome on campus. Guestrooms are available for a small fee but should be arranged for in advance with the deans. Parents are strongly encouraged to communicate with the school administration regarding any area of concern. Parents are also encouraged to communicate with their student’s teachers, work supervisors and deans. All phone numbers and email addresses can be found on the school website: www.riolindo.org. RenWeb is the online program Rio uses to inform parents about their student’s daily attendance and academic progress. Parents may sign up for a RenWeb account on Registration day or by contacting the Registrar.
Health Records State law requires that health records must be complete before a student can attend classes. Each student is required to have a complete medical examination at least once during their high school years. If a student has an examination after enrolling in high school, the results should be forwarded to the registrar’s office. All new students must have a complete physical examination. If the school determines that a student is not current with any required immunizations, the student’s records will be considered incomplete. The records must be complete by the first home leave or the student may not return to school. A student will not be asked to provide immunization information if he/she submits a written statement from a physician stating that the student is medically exempt or if the parents of the student submit a signed statement indicating that the student is exempt because of personal beliefs.
Illness Policy If a student should have an extended illness or a communicable disease of an acute or serious nature while at Rio, the student will be allowed to remain at school only temporarily, pending other arrangements for care for the duration of the illness. If a student becomes ill with a non-serious illness, the student can be cared for in the residence halls. Any illness should be immediately reported to the dean in order for proper arrangements to be made for care, and so absences can be excused.
Transcripts Transfer students must submit transcripts from their previous school before they are given official class standing at Rio.
Business Items Refund Policy If a student must leave school before the end of the year, the school reserves the right to withhold adjustment of the account until the end of the following month in order to allow time for any charges or credits to be processed. Credit balances on any scholarship account will be transferred back to the school scholarship fund. Transfer Students Accounts from other schools must be cleared before a student enrolls at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Exam Arrangements The student’s account needs to be current before he/she will be allowed to take quarter/semester examinations. A review of the account will be made at the end of each quarter. It is the policy of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy to work with the parents in regards to student accounts. Parents will be notified the week before exams if their student’s test permit is being held for financial reasons. Students will be notified of exam ineligibility by the business office one week prior to the quarter/semester exams. Senior Accounts Accounts must be current for seniors to participate in weekend graduation services. Returned Checks A charge of $25.00 will be assessed for each returned check. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy reserves the right not to accept any further checks as payment if a check has been returned. Collection Policy All accounts are either to be paid in advance or by the first of the month. Student labor earnings are applied to their account as time cards are available. Accounts are considered delinquent when they continue unpaid past the first of the month. A service fee of 1% (12% annually) will be assessed on the unpaid balance. Social Security Number Students who wish to be employed at Rio must have their Social Security number on file with Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. If a student doesn’t have a number, he/she should apply for one immediately, (a birth certificate and another piece of identification are required at your local Social Security Administration Office). Processing time is six to eight weeks. The school cannot employ students without a Social Security number. I-9 Forms I-9 forms are required by the government for each student employed at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. The I-9 form is sent to students when they are accepted. Please note the required documentation and bring this form to registration. Emergency Loans The Business Office does not loan money. Transfer of cash ($100.00 maximum) to a student can be done with a credit card for a $5.00 convenience fee. Key Charges If a residence hall room key is lost, a new tumbler and key will be made for a charge of $50.00.
Meals The yearly charge for residence-hall students includes meals provided in the school cafeteria during the entire school year from registration to the close of school. Day students have two meals a day included in their tuition. No food is to be taken out of the cafeteria without permission. Guest Meals Guests may purchase meals with cash at the cafeteria. Meal tickets may be bought in advance for guests who plan to visit on Sabbath. These tickets may be used anytime during the school year. Transportation The school is not responsible for transporting students to regular medical appointments during the school year. Doctor and dentist appointments should be made during scheduled home leaves. At the beginning and end of home leaves, transportation is provided to the airport shuttle and bus service in Santa Rosa. Rio also provides transportation to and from Sacramento for $20.00 oneway or $30.00 round trip and Manteca for $25.00 one-way or $40.00 round trip. Textbook Rental Textbook rental is included in the tuition package. Workbooks, magazine subscriptions, and other consumable items are charged to the studentâ€™s account at the time the materials are issued or used. Students must return textbooks to their teachers prior to taking semester exams. A $50.00 cash replacement fee is required prior to taking semester exams for lost or misplaced textbooks. Student Accident Insurance Plan Students are covered under a 24-hour accident insurance plan. The plan provides coverage for any injury while the student is under the care and direction of the school. This insurance is primary for the first $500.00 of loss. Since the policy is an economical student accident insurance policy, there are limitations on the insurance coverage available for student accident claims. Parents will receive a statement of coverage at the beginning of the school year. Parents need to review the statement for claim filing procedures, policy limitations, and policy exclusions. Students are responsible for promptly reporting any injury to the dean and then to the business office within 24 hours. Required claim forms must be completed. Compensation Insurance Compensation insurance coverage is provided for all students and faculty members while at work. To be eligible, the injured person must report any injury first to the supervisor and then to the business office within 24 hours. Tithe Students are encouraged to set aside ten percent of their earnings as tithe. Tithe may be withheld from student earnings only if the student or parent requests it in writing. This can be done in the school application packet or at the business office. Bank Students are encouraged to open a bank account locally for their banking needs. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy cannot be responsible for lost or stolen cash. Transportation will be provided to Bank of America for opening of student checking accounts. Weekly town trips allow adequate access to funds.
Attendance Policy Importance of Regular Attendance Student attendance not only affects the student’s academic achievement, but his/her standing with the school: A. Eligibility to hold student government offices, class offices, or play sports B. Recommendations for work or college C. Class grades - a teacher may implement a program where class grades may be adjusted downward when unexcused absences occur D. Continual absenteeism may result in a student’s termination from school Tardiness Each student is expected to meet each appointment on time. Students not present and in their place at the beginning of a class are tardy. Three tardies equal an absence. Students significantly late (10 minutes or more) will be marked absent. Students have one week to clear, at the Attendance Office, any unexcused tardy. Unexcused tardies not resolved within one week will not be reversed. Absences One absence is given for each class period or chapel missed. Students who are late to chapel will be given an unexcused absence and a chapel fine. (See Chapel Fines under Discipline section). Students have one week to clear, at the Attendance Office, any unexcused absence. Unexcused absences not resolved within one week will not be reversed. Unexcused Absences An unexcused absence is defined as any missed classes or chapels due to invalid excuses or lack of prior arrangements. Unexcused Disciplinary Absences In the event of continued unsatisfactory conduct in the classroom, a student may obtain an unexcused absence from a teacher. The student will be sent to the Principal, Vice-Principal or the Dean. Excused Absences Excused absences are those occasions when a student has received advance approval to miss a class or work appointment. Absences considered excused are those due to illness or death in the family. Approvals for other emergencies will be handled on an individual basis. An excused absence does not relieve the student from meeting the teacher’s requirements for the schoolwork missed. Excused absences count against perfect attendance unless they are considered Administrative Absences. Prior to leaving campus, any student whether a day or dorm student who will be missing classes and work for personal reasons must obtain a Campus Leave Slip from the Principal or VicePrincipal’s Office. Written permission from parents is required before the leave slip will be given to the student. The slip must be completed by the student, signed by work supervisors, dormitory deans, and Vice-Principal or Principal before the student leaves campus. Failure to follow this procedure will result in the student obtaining unexcused class and chapel absences for the time the student is off campus. Excused Administrative Absences Absences in this category are absences due to academic field trips and tours by performing organizations or sports teams. These are administratively excused and do not affect a student’s Perfect Attendance eligibility. Students should contact their teachers for assignments and work supervisors to make arrangements for missing work before leaving campus.
Dropping a Class A student who is no longer attending a class that he/she plans to drop must contact the registrar to fill out a drop slip and obtain needed signatures. It is important to return the completed drop slip to the registrar as soon as possible. Until the slip is returned to the registrar, the student will continue to receive unexcused absences in that class. Consequences of Absences A. Nine unexcused absences in one quarter will result in an ―F‖ attendance grade. B. According to state policy, students are allowed to miss up to 15% of any one class. This 15% includes excused or unexcused absences and tardies and family leaves/vacations. If a student misses 15% of any one class, they may be dropped from that class and a withdraw-fail grade will appear for that class on their permanent record. Administrative absences are not included in the 15% excused absences such as field trips, tours, or varsity sports events, etc. C. Six unexcused absences or equivalent from one class will result in a withdraw-fail from that class for that semester. This holds true for the 40 minute class where twelve absences or equivalent are the same as the six absences in the block schedule class. If a student loses credit for the first semester, he/she may be reinstated in that class for the second semester after first speaking with the registrar. D. Unexcused morning chapel absences will be fined and the fine will double with each unexcused absence beginning with $1.00 for the first unexcused absence. (See fine/consequence schedule on page 23.) Teacher Tardy If a teacher is late to class, students are to check with the principal’s office. Students who leave class without permission may receive an unexcused absence. Perfect Attendance Students who have no absences or tardies, other than administratively excused, for a nine week grading period will be eligible for an award of $25.00. Attendance Information Collection Each teacher will take attendance at the beginning of each class. This record is accessible to parents and students on RenWeb.com. Absence or Tardy Appeal Process A. Any reason for absences or tardies must be stated in writing for each class period missed. If a staff member can verify a student’s reason, they should sign their name to the excuse slip with the reason stated on it. Excuse slips will be accepted for review only if the staff member requesting the excuse and the staff member affected have both signed it. B. If a student becomes ill, he/she must notify the dean on duty. A student on sick list must stay in their dorm room for the rest of the day. Only the dean may grant them permission to become involved in school activities again that day. Any departure from this procedure will result in unexcused absences. C. Day students living at home should have their parent call, email or send a note to the attendance office in order to have their absences excused. D. All appeals must be filed with the Vice-Principal within a week of the offense, or it will remain unchanged. Attendance Notification A. Every student or parent/guardian may view daily attendance records by accessing RenWeb, the online grading/attendance program. B. An attendance grade will appear on each quarter and semester grade report. This attendance grade reflects class attendance. C. If a student is in jeopardy of losing credit in a class due to attendance the student and parents or guardian will be informed in writing or by phone. D. Student/Parents get emails daily if a student is marked tardy or absent from class.
Attendance Grading System Unexcused tardy = 1 point. Unexcused absence = 3 points. Three unexcused tardies = one unexcused absence. A quarter attendance grade is determined using the following graduated scale:
* The average of the two quarter grades will determine the semester grade which will be included on the student’s official transcript.
Work Program Student labor is an integral part of the total school program at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. It not only helps to defray the costs of the student’s account, but more importantly it helps to teach responsibility, selfreliance, work ethics, and the value of a job well done. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy will do all it can to find employment for all students who want to work. Work opportunities are provided on campus. If students wish to work off campus, they must have their own transportation and parental permission. Before a Student Can Work on Campus The student must have his/her original social security card available at registration. The school cannot employ students without a Social Security number. In addition to submitting a social security card, several forms must be completed and signed by the student and/or parent. These forms are sent to the student when he/she is accepted. a. The government requires I-9 forms for each student employed at the academy. Please note the required documents and bring them to registration. b. A W-4 form is to be completed. c. A ―Permit to Employ and Work‖ form must be completed. d. A ―Request for Work Permit and Statement of Intent to Employ Minor‖ is to be signed by the parent/guardian. Job Assignments Job placement will be decided based on age, ability, availability and experience. Job assignments, transfers and terminations are to be made through the student labor office.
Job Changes Students are strongly encouraged to stay with their job for the school year. If a change in job is made, the student must fill out a Job Change form. The Job Change forms are available in the student labor office. Both the new and previous work supervisors must agree upon any job changes. Termination If a student is terminated from his/her job or transfers without authorization, they will severely jeopardize their work grade and work experience credit as well as future ability to receive positive job recommendations. In the event of termination, a student will not be guaranteed employment immediately in a different job and may have to wait for 30 days before another job becomes available. Students on the Three-way Scholarship Plan Students receiving financial aid must meet work requirements, or they will be in jeopardy of losing some or all of their financial aid. Work Grade Work grades will be given each nine-week grading period and will be based on attendance, performance, and attitude. The work supervisor will fill out the work evaluation. Work supervisors will go over the evaluation form with the student before it is given to the student labor office. This form will be turned in to the student labor office and work grades will be reported to the registrar by the labor office. Work Attendance Attendance is an important part of the work experience. Each student is responsible to inform and clear with his/her work supervisor any and all absences from work. Unexcused absences will affect the studentâ€™s work grade and may lead to termination. The student labor office will be in contact with the parents of students who have excessive unexcused absences from work. Age Requirements State and Federal laws state that students 14 and 15 years old may work a limited schedule, not more than 3 hours a day and not more than 15 hours during the school week. Students over 16 years of age may be allowed to work more hours but not more that 4 hours during a school day. Grievance Policy Students are encouraged to work with their work supervisor to achieve a mutually satisfying work environment. If this cannot be done, the student can see the labor office for third party intervention.
Guidance Counseling Rio Lindo Adventist Academy provides a qualified mental health professional to be available for students struggling with lifeâ€™s issues. It is recognized that the teen years can be challenging as students navigate their way to adulthood. Issues can cover anything from help with study skills to more serious help with depression, anxiety and other major mental health problems. Having a person available who will maintain confidentiality and provide guidance is a real advantage. Students may be asked to meet with the counselor when dealing with discipline issues. Safety This professional will also deal with all situations where a student may be so severely depressed that they consider suicide. This person will conduct a mental health assessment and make a plan
with the student. If not enough protection can be provided by the school, appropriate referrals will be made to ensure the student’s safety.
Residence Hall Students Our residence halls provide a comfortable atmosphere away from home. Residence hall living develops a purposeful sense of direction through self-reliance and self-control. Students should be good neighbors. Students should not enter another person’s room without an invitation or invite overnight guests without making prior arrangements with the appropriate dean. Students of the opposite sex should never be in or around the opposite sex dorm day or night without permission from the deans. Being around the opposite sex dorm area, entering, or helping someone enter will be subject to expulsion. The deans and administrators reserve the right to enter and examine student rooms and contents whether or not the student is present. Deans do random room checks throughout the week for cleanliness and order. Room Condition/Furnishings The administration of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy has established the following guidelines in regards to residence hall rooms. It should be understood that all residence hall rooms are the property of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Each room is carpeted and furnished with blinds, two single beds, two study desks, two chairs, two built-in wardrobes and dresser units, and a sink. A. The furniture in a residence hall room should not be altered, removed, or exchanged without permission from the dean. B. Students are expected to leave the walls of the room the standard color. Wall painting is not allowed in dorm rooms. C. Room doors may not be removed and/or cut. D. Plumbing and electrical may not be altered. E. Curtain rods must be pre-approved by the deans. F. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy reserves the right to charge a student’s account for any abusive wear or damages to the student’s room, including but not limited to a room left dirty or unauthorized moving of furniture. G. Posters and other decorations used in a dorm room should be approved by the dean and be in harmony with the Christian principles of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. H. Any damage will be charged to the student’s account at replacement costs. I. Nothing is to be attached to doors or any other woodwork in the room. J. Nothing is to be hung on windows or in windowsill area. Laundry Before coming to Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, students should clearly mark their full name on each item of clothing. Printed nametapes are recommended. When using a marking pen, it should be permanent-ink made for laundry marking. Washers and dryers are provided in each dorm for student use. The charge for the use of these machines is included in the student’s total fees. Students may use these machines as they need. Laundry rooms will be closed from Friday sundown until Saturday sundown.
Roommates The deans have the final word in the assignment of roommates. The deans also reserve the right to change a roommate assignment at any time as they see necessary. Students may not move without the dean’s approval. New international students will be placed with an English speaking roommate to promote English language skills. Single room occupancy will be charged an extra $100.00 per month unless they have earned the right to be on Honor Hall. Students must have a 3.25 G.P.A. to be placed on Honor Hall.
Sign-Out A. Students must receive a dean’s permission and complete appropriate forms for any campus leave, town trip, faculty home visit, ride with parents, walks, home leaves, etc. Signing out at the front desk is only a record of a student’s plans; permission is needed from the dean to authorize those plans. B. If a student leaves the campus without permission, his/her parents will be notified and the school no longer assumes responsibility for the student. C. Students may not sleep in another room without first making arrangements with the dean. Absence from the residence hall after rec without permission is considered a serious violation of the regulations of the school. D. Students may not ride in any vehicle without permission from deans or administration. E. Consequences for violation of any of the above may include, but are not limited to: $50.00 fine, campus restriction, community service, etc. F. A fax or handwritten permission note from a parent or guardian is required if student is leaving for overnight. A fax or handwritten invitation note must be obtained from host family if student is going to another student’s home. G. Parents/guardians are to give the deans a list of persons their student may leave campus with during a day excursion. If names need to be changed, parents must fax or provide a handwritten note listing those changes. Phone calls will NOT be accepted. Students may not leave with persons that are under age 21 other than family members or if they are on the senior privilege driving list. Home Leaves or weekend leaves require a current note or fax. Study Period A. Each evening, Sunday through Thursday, a study period is provided in the residence halls. B. Committee meetings, rehearsals, practices and all other activities are strongly discouraged during study time. C. Room lights are turned off at 10:30 P.M. Sunday – Friday. Lights are left on until approximately midnight on Saturday nights. Mail Student’s mail should be addressed to the student in care of: Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, Men’s Residence Hall or Women’s Residence Hall, 3200 Rio Lindo Ave., Healdsburg, CA 95448. Scheduled Leaves Students need to make their own arrangements to travel home. In order to visit the home of a student’s roommate, friend or family member, the following must be complete: 1. A written invitation from the host family on file. 2. Written permission from the visiting students’ parents for the specific occasion. Phone calls will not be accepted. All leaves and vacations begin at 12:00 noon on the designated days unless otherwise indicated. Dorms will be closed at 3:00 P.M. on leave days and will re-open at 3:00 P.M. Sunday or the day the leave ends. Students who cannot meet these hours and have not made prior arrangements will be assessed a $10.00/hour supervision fee. Students should return to the dorms by lights out on the day the leave ends. Parents should work out transportation arrangements. Rio provides bus transportation to Manteca, and Sacramento (and points en route) on home leaves and vacations at a moderate cost to cover expenses (see Transportation under Business Items). Student-drivers of carpools and occupants must have written parental permission. Other Leaves A. The student’s attendance record will weigh heavily in the consideration of these requests.
B. Leaves during weeks of spiritual emphasis or closed weekends will be considered with parental permission for special circumstances. Those requests must be processed through either the Principal’s or Vice-Principal’s office. C. Pre-arranged class absences must be pre-approved by the Principal or Vice-Principal. D. A parent must arrange the leave with a dean in writing or fax, and the dean must have the opportunity to talk with the parent over the phone to discuss and arrange necessary details. E. A leave slip must be completely filled out and turned in by Friday noon. If a student does not go to the approved and designated destination or if information is misleading or false or if the student’s conduct violates school policy he/she may lose leave privileges, be suspended, or expelled from school. Visitors A. Arrangements for visitors must be made with the dean before inviting guests. To avoid embarrassment, inform guests of school regulations and dress policies. B. The presence of a student’s parent does not give him/her the special privilege of visiting the room of a student in the other residence hall, even though they may be related. C. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy reserves the right to revoke the privilege of being a guest. If adequate arrangements are not made ahead of time, there will be a $30.00 fee charged to the room where the guest stays.
School Property A. Service rooms, tunnels, storage rooms/closets, or any building that is not opened by a staff member and properly supervised is off limits. B. Students may not use maintenance/grounds tools and machinery unless directed and authorized by a staff member. C. If school property is accidentally damaged, the student will be charged the actual amount of repair. Any damage must be reported immediately or an additional penalty will be added. Deliberate damage is vandalism and will incur a minimum $250.00 fine plus damages.
Library A. B. C. D.
The library facilities are for study and research. The library is not a place to visit with friends. Students will be charged $.50 per day for overdue books. A $50.00 fine is charged for materials taken without authorization. If a student fails to return a book, the student will be charged the actual replacement cost of the book plus shipping. E. The library has computers with internet access for academic research only. With arrangements through the librarian, students can access the Sonoma County library system online. F. If a student wants to renew a library book, the book must be brought back to the library to be renewed. G. Library books and magazines are not to be removed from the library unless checked out by the librarian.
Electronic Media Policy In the context of rapidly changing technologies, Rio Lindo promotes the conscientious use of media. Responsible use of all electronic devices is an encouraged privilege. With this privilege comes the responsibility of living a balanced lifestyle, of respecting others, and of seeking to fulfill Christian standards (including Sabbath observance – see Sabbath Observance p. 20). For students, the potential benefits of having personal electronics are tremendous, but there are also potential downsides as well, such as: Used primarily for entertainment and not for learning Growing evidence that overuse diminishes thinking and creativity
Robs users of time for academic and social learning Degrading and inhuman content Forming of dangerous personal relationships Expensive waste of pursuing the ―latest‖
The skills, based on Christian principles that Rio Lindo Adventist Academy desires to develop in its students are: Positive social interaction Making wise choices Priority use of time Maximizing learning potential Being safe To ensure safety and a positive learning environment, the school reserves the right to have electronic media of any kind searched. Guidelines 1. The use of any electronic medium should not violate Christian principles. 2. The use of any electronic medium should promote student learning. 3. The use of electronics should be regulated by the Academy to promote a positive school environment. Policies 1. Computers—research, word processing, and student academic projects are the main purposes for computers. Other uses are restricted. 2. Content of personal communication or any media, whether voice, text, music, picture or something else, is to be consistent with Christian principles. 3. Movies and electronic games are only allowed with the staff permission. 4. Headphones. When electronic media use has been approved by staff, it is to be enjoyed with HEADPHONES ONLY. Speakers of any kind are not allowed and will be confiscated and returned to the parents at the end of the year. 5. Internet Use On campus: Internet access for other approved sites will take place in the computer lab in the Ad Building, Monday – Friday. In the dorms: Dorm-provided internet usage will be limited to approved educational sites in the evening, Sunday – Thursday; and on Sundays at the deans’ discretion. Electronic Media Violations (except phoning/texting) 1. 1st time: $50.00 fine and loss of electronic device for 2 weeks. 2nd time: $50.00 fine and loss of electronic device for 9 weeks. 3rd time will be dealt with as insubordination 2. Group fine—when groups of students violate the policy together each participant will receive a $50.00 fine. 3. All electronic media violations will be subject to the school-wide referral/discipline policy.
Cell Phones On campus: Cell phone usage (including texting) is not to be done outside the dorm from the beginning of the first class period until the last class period time is finished. In the dorms: During the school day cell phones may be used in the dorms. During the evening cell phones may be used to communicate only with family and only after 8:30 pm on school nights. Cell phones are not to be used after 10:30 PM on school nights without the deans’ permission. Cell Phone Violations Failure to comply will result in the loss of the device for one week. Repeated offenses will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Behavioral Principles A violation of any of the following regulations may forfeit a student’s enrollment, incur a minimum of a $50.00 fine, and/or involve other disciplinary action: A. Betting and/or gambling is not allowed. B. Possession or use of occult and satanic items is not allowed. C. Use of profane language is not allowed. D. Dishonesty, theft, lying or willful deception regarding violation of school regulations is not allowed. E. Cheating on examinations, class work, time cards, or any phase of school life is not allowed. F. Vandalism is not allowed. G. Conspiracy to or participation in hazing, initiation, or any act that injures, degrades, intimidates, or disgraces a fellow student is not allowed. H. Making or possessing unauthorized keys for academy buildings, vehicles or equipment is not allowed. I. Disrespect shown to teachers, staff members, work supervisors, fellow students or tampering with their personal property is not allowed. J. Meeting a member of the opposite gender in any unsupervised area is not allowed. K. Male and female students must limit physical contact to holding hands. L. Male and female students are not to go to the opposite dormitory area (includes surrounding area and sidewalks) except by express permission of both deans in advance. M. Inappropriate literature and other printed material should not be brought onto campus. N. No mixed gender groups at the river without staff supervision. O. Bikes, skateboards, in-line skates, scooters, etc. are only to be used on roadways, not sidewalks. Helmets must be worn and fastened at all times. P. Guns of any type and knives are not allowed on campus or in a student’s car at any time and will be confiscated. Q. Unauthorized entry of any of any area, room, or building is not allowed. R. Entering into a room through a locked door or window, etc. is not allowed. S. Students are not allowed in any unsupervised rooms or buildings on campus at any time. T. Male and female students will be separated according to gender after sundown on all off campus bus trips. U. Males are allowed on the east side of the cafeteria only. They should not go on the outside of the west or north sides. V. Females are not to walk past the boys’ dorm. They may use the south science building breezeway to the gym. They may access the science building through the north entrance.
Safety Fire Safety A. Tampering with building wiring, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and door alarms is not allowed. B. High wattage appliances are not permitted in residence hall rooms (heaters, irons, waffle-irons, toasters, popcorn poppers, etc.). C. Flammable articles and fluids (candles, kerosene/gas lamps, incense, lighters, matches, firecrackers, smoke bombs, etc.) are not allowed. D. Violation of any fire safety policy will result in a $500.00 fine and other disciplinary measures. Water Safety A. Students may be allowed to go to the river in same-sex groups of at least 3, but are not allowed to swim in the river without a certified lifeguard and/or staff. Students are to be at either Boyâ€™s or Girlsâ€™ beach, not at the Point. All students must receive clearance from the dean before going to the river. B. Students are not to be within the swimming pool area without a certified lifeguard present.
Policy for Use of English Rio Lindo Adventist Academy recognizes students with a language other than English as their first language as an integral part of the community. The diverse backgrounds of our students add to the quality of education for everyone. This same diversity of background, however, can lead to a community that is segregated by differences. To minimize this segregation and, more importantly, to help the English language learner to excel, Rio Lindo Adventist Academy expects that only English is to be spoken from 1st period through 7th period. The purpose of this expectation is not to value any one language or cultural background above another, but simply to encourage interaction and sharing among the diverse members of our community. It is detrimental to the community and impolite to speak a language when those present donâ€™t understand it. There are, of course, situations where it would not be rude, e.g.; in urgent or emergency situations or in translation to aid a fellow student. There will be many opportunities for students who share a language to converse together.
Dress/Appearance Sabbath Dress The following should be worn to all services/meetings held in the Church and to Sabbath lunch. Non-dress jackets should be left on a coat rack in the foyer of the church. Sweatshirts/hoodies of any type are not allowed in the church sanctuary. Women All garments should be modest in appearance. Care should be given to fit and appropriate style (no cleavage showing). Dresses, skirts and dress slacks with a nice sweater or blouse are appropriate choices. Shoes must be worn at all times and must be in the dress category. Sleeveless dresses and blouses must be checked by a dean. Jeans or pants made to look like jeans are not appropriate styles for worship. Men Dress shirt, i.e. business collared button-up shirt, turtleneck or sweater, dress pants and dress shoes are appropriate church attire. Sweats, jeans, or sports pants; sandals, flipflops, tennis/sport shoes are not appropriate styles for church attire.
School Dress Rio Lindo Adventist Academy encourages students to express their individuality within the bounds of attire that is appropriate to the guidelines of the Seventh-day Adventist standards. Appropriate clothing will be modest, respectful and well-kept. The following should be worn during the school day. The school day is from 1 st period or chapel, depending on the student’s first appointment on campus, until dinner, regardless of class schedules (PE, Art and Industrial Arts instructors may require different dress for their classes). Women A. Dresses/skirts’ length should be no shorter than the top of the knee. B. Shirts/sweatshirts/tops should not be too tight, sheer, off-the-shoulder, low back, low-necked (no cleavage showing, no bra parts should be visible) or too short (midriff should not be visible). They should not be patched, frayed, torn, stained (bleach or otherwise) or have holes. They may be sleeveless but must have close fitting underarms so that no undergarments are visible. Tank tops/t-straps are not allowed on campus at any time including sports practices. Men A. Shirts should not be too tight, sheer, too short (midriff should not be visible), or sleeveless. Shirts should not be patched, frayed, torn, stained (bleach or otherwise) or have holes. Women and Men A. Footwear is to be worn at all times during the school day. B. Graphics on shirts must be appropriate. Examples of inappropriate shirt graphics include music bands, alcohol or other drugs, suggestive/disrespectful phrases or pictures, etc. C. Pants and jeans must be clean, neat, modest (well fitting) and worn properly. They should not be patched, frayed, torn, stained (bleach or otherwise) or have holes. There should not be any words or phrases on the backside of the pants. Pajama pants, slippers, sweat pants, etc. are not acceptable as school attire. D. Shorts must adhere to the pants rule as mentioned above regarding the state of the pair of shorts (clean, neat, not torn, frayed, etc.). School length shorts must be to the top of the knee. Athletic shorts or cut-offs are not acceptable school attire. E. No caps, hats or hoodies are to be worn during the school day in the administration, science, music or cafeteria buildings. F. Pajamas may not be worn to any meals. Work Attire Students who are clocked in for work should wear ―school‖ attire while working in any office, dorm reception area, or classroom. Cafeteria, shop, grounds, and cleaning services may require dress other than school day attire. Shoes must be worn at all times while at work. Recreation Girls’ tops should not be too tight, sheer, low backed, low-necked, or too short (no cleavage showing, no bra parts should be visible, no midriff visible). Boys must wear shirts at all times. Recreational shorts must not be shorter than the edge of the outstretched fingertips when standing erect. Swimsuits are to be modest, one-piece for girls; if a two-piece swimsuit is worn, a colored tee-shirt must be worn over the top. Cutoff shorts are not acceptable swimwear. Athletic shoes must be worn while participating in recreation activities. Banquet/Class Night/Performance Dresses A. All girls, boarding and day students, must have dresses approved by the dean.
B. Dresses with a two-inch strap must be worn with a sheer shawl or jacket. Dresses with less than a two-inch strap must wear a pinned non-sheer shawl or jacket. C. Dress backs need to be above the natural bra line. D. No cleavage should be showing. E. Slits must not go higher than the knee. Jewelry, Cosmetics and Grooming Body piercing ornaments, jewelry or studs may not be worn. Necklaces, bracelets (including plastic friendship, cause, etc.) earrings, rings, leather bands, toe rings, anklets, identity bracelets (except those for medical purposes), and other ornaments may not be worn on campus, during any school sponsored activity or in the dorms. If seen, any of the above will be confiscated and held in the school vault until the end of the year. The school is not liable for any lost or stolen items. Cosmetics should present a natural appearance and must avoid extreme colors. Hairstyles should give a clean, neat, well-groomed, conventional appearance. Hair dying is not allowed on campus. If a student demonstrates a lack of modesty in his/her appearance, he/she will be asked by the dean or a staff member to return to his/her room or home and change. The administration has the final say when questions arise concerning the appropriateness of a studentâ€™s appearance.
Day Students As a rule, all school policies and regulations apply to day students as well as residential students. However, the following items are areas that specifically apply to day students. Day students include all students of faculty and staff enrolled at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy.
Chapels and Assemblies Day students are expected to meet all chapel and assembly appointments scheduled during the school day. If a day student has a work appointment which conflicts with school meetings, he/she should contact the Vice-Principal and provide a written excuse from his/her work supervisor. Evening Visits in Dormitories Day students may visit in the residence halls; however, after 7:30 P.M. specific permission from the dormitory dean is required for such visits. During such visits, all dorm policies (worship attendance, study-hall rules, etc.) apply to visitors. Overnight Stay in Residence Halls Day students wishing to occasionally stay in the dormitory overnight must make arrangements with the respective dean. They are expected to comply with all dorm regulations. Failure to make prior arrangements will result in a $25.00 per night guest fee. Weekend Services Day students are encouraged to attend weekend services. When day students are on campus, they are to be present and participate in the services or activities that are planned for residence hall students. Day students will be expected to comply with the dress code and other regulations, as are residence hall students. Motor Vehicle Rules and Regulations Driving to and from school is a privilege, not a right. Privileges are never denied when students assume the necessary responsibilities that are a part of these privileges. In addition to adhering to California State traffic laws, they are expected to comply with the following school regulations.
A. Regulations governing the vehicle: 1. All vehicles must be registered in the Vice-Principal’s office. This includes studentowned vehicles as well as family cars that students may be driving to school on a parttime basis. 2. Each vehicle must be currently licensed and insured to meet the minimum liability standards of the state of California. Proof of a current driver’s license is also required. 3. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy cannot assume liability for cars while parked on campus. B. Regulations governing the driver and the use of the vehicle: 1. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is a closed campus, which means when non-resident students arrive at the academy, they are to stay on campus until leaving for the day. The Principal or Vice-Principal must approve any exceptions. 2. Upon arrival, students are to drive directly to their parking space and park the car. 3. If there is a vehicle accident on school premises, it must be reported to the Principal or Vice-Principal immediately. 4. Students may not transport other students at any time without specific, prior permission by the Principal or Vice-Principal. Residence hall students see dean for driving privileges. 5. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy’s student accident insurance does not cover injuries sustained while riding a two, three or four-wheeled ATV motor vehicle. Therefore, students riding motorcycles to and from school should not plan on benefits provided by this type of insurance in case of an accident. Also, they may not transport fellow Rio Lindo Adventist Academy students as passengers on their motorcycles or scooters. C. Regulations governing the parking lot: 1. The speed limit in the parking lots and on campus is 25 miles per hour. 2. All cars should be parked in their designated place upon arrival at school. 3. Students are not allowed to sit or lounge in cars in the parking lot once they have arrived at school. 4. If a student’s assigned parking space is occupied by another vehicle he/she should notify the Principal or Vice-Principal immediately. D. Regulations governing off-campus school functions: Day students must use school transportation for all school sponsored activities; they may not drive their own vehicles.
Sabbath Observance The seventh day of the week is observed at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy as a day of worship, set apart to celebrate our Creator and Savior. It is observed by special services, conduct, thought, and attire. Time with God and nature is encouraged on this day. The church is a place to worship God with respect, honor, and reverence. Students are encouraged to have rooms clean before sunset worship takes place on Friday evening. All secular activities should cease well before sunset on Friday afternoon. Students should plan for their own appropriate Sabbath activities or participate in school sponsored Sabbath activities such as outings, service endeavors, etc. Proper Sabbath Service behavior includes sitting upright with feet on the floor, keep talking to a minimum and being respectful to those who are leading out in the service. Restroom and/or drinks should be cared for before or between services. Cells phones, school books or other reading materials should remain in dorm rooms. Students are encouraged to bring Bibles to Sabbath meetings and are expected to participate with singing, activities, prayer or other audience requests by the leaders.
Substance Abuse Rio Lindo Adventist Academy will dismiss, suspend and/or fine (up to $500.00) those who violate any part of the substance abuse policy. Rio Lindo Adventist Academy reserves the right to administer random drug testing at any time. Students must not possess any illegal drugs, narcotics, inhalants, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco in any form. If a student is suspended or fined for substance abuse, he/she is placed on probation and must submit to an on campus substance abuse evaluation. The student must agree to faithfully carry out the recommendations of the professional evaluator, which may include attendance at meetings and counseling sessions. If it is found that a student needs additional counseling or treatment, he/she will have their enrollment terminated. Completion of all recommended treatment must be complete before Rio Lindo Adventist Academy will consider a studentâ€™s re-admission. School authorized evaluations and on campus Drug/Alcohol Education is given at no cost to the student, additional treatment or counseling, if it is necessary, is the familyâ€™s responsibility. If a student supplies any illegal drug, narcotic, inhalant, alcoholic beverage or tobacco in any form, he/she will be dismissed from school.
Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It can be verbal, written or physical behavior. It can include but is not limited to graffiti, text messaging, email, jokes, derogatory comments, slurs and gestures. This applies to same sex as well as opposite sex. Incidents of sexual harassment from another student should be reported to the Principal, Vice-Principal, Dean and/or any staff member. Students who sexually harass other students or adults are subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from school. If a student is harassed by an adult, the student should report the incident to the Principal, staff member, or the Superintendent of Education for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Employees who engage in sexual harassment are subject to discipline up to and including termination.
Learning Environment Experience has shown that the best conditions for a learning environment include minimum distractions in and around classrooms. There is a five minute break between classes which gives ample time for students to get textbooks, use the restroom and travel to their next scheduled activity. During the times that classes are in session the hallways should be clear of students and staff except for those individuals in transition from the classrooms to the office or restroom. Students should not be in the hallway area until five minutes before class is to begin. This is especially important during the lunch break since lab classes start 15 minutes before class time. Students not involved in the classes that begin early should be outside the buildings, in the student center, or in the lobby of the administration building until five minutes before their class begins. At that time students may enter the classroom area hallways of the administration and the science buildings.
Faculty Sponsors A faculty sponsor must coordinate and be present at all student committees, officers’ meetings, and group music practices. All clubs and classes have assigned faculty sponsors. Any activity or program must be planned in conjunction with the faculty sponsors. Activities not done in a routine manner must be approved by the administration after the student leaders and sponsors for the organization have developed their ideas.
Eligibility to Hold Office To hold an office at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy, students must be recognized as a loyal supporter of the ideals of Christian education and must meet the following requirements: Student Association (SA) 1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have no failing/incomplete grades from the previous semester. 2. Have a minimum of a B- in attendance from the previous semester. 3. Must maintain a lifestyle that is in harmony with the standards of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. Class Offices & Clubs 1. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and have no failing/ incomplete grades from the previous semester. 2. Have a minimum of a B- in attendance from the previous semester. 3. Must maintain a lifestyle that is in harmony with the standards of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy. If, after election, a student falls short of these requirements, their position as an officer is in jeopardy. Class officers will be elected by the end of the first quarter. Students are permitted to hold a maximum of one major office or two minor offices at any one time. Positions considered major offices are: presidency or vice-presidency of all classes, or any S.A. office. All other offices are considered minor.
Athletic/Club Varsity Eligibility (The guidelines listed below apply to all C.I.F. sports in which a Rio student participates) A. Students entering Rio Lindo Adventist Academy from an Elementary School, Jr. High School/Academy or as a transfer student must meet the following requirements: 1. 2.0 GPA with no F’s and I’s from the previous grading period. 2. Students who do not meet this requirement may be put on probation and allowed to participate in interscholastic sports after a satisfactory mid-term report. B. Continuing Eligibility 1. The student must be enrolled in at least 25 semester credits of course work. 2. The student must maintain a 2.0 GPA and have no F’s or I’s. 3. The student maintains minimum progress toward meeting the high-school graduation requirements as given by the governing board. 4. The student must maintain a C or better in attendance. 5. If a student athlete is suspended from school, he/she may lose the privilege of participating in the sports program for the remainder of the school year and possibly into the next year if deemed necessary by the administration. 6. All C.I.F. (California Inter-Scholastic Sports Federation) eligibility policies apply for students who wish to continue varsity sports participation.
C. Procedures 1. Probation If, at the end of any grading week, the student athlete is not meeting the above requirements, he/she will be placed on probation and will not be permitted to participate in any home games, or travel with the team to away games. 2.
Reinstatement A student athlete on probation is eligible for reinstatement at the next grading week provided they meet all the requirements stated above.
Discipline Cheating Policy Each teacher has different requirements and expectations regarding group/cooperative-learning experiences. However, at a minimum, all teachers at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy define cheating as follows: A. Plagiarism or copying. B. Obtaining or giving answers on quizzes or tests. C. Changing scores or grades in any way. The first violation of any of the above will result in a loss of credit on the assignments and will be reported to the administration. Second violation will be reported to Deanâ€™s Council and will result in one of the following: A. Academic probation, which will include loss of office and eligibility for sports. B. Loss of credit in the class. C. Expulsion from school. If, on the second violation, Deanâ€™s Council chooses not to expel the student from school, subsequent violations may result in expulsion from school.
Chapel Fines Students who receive an unexcused tardy or absence to chapel will be fined each quarter. The amount doubles with each additional tardy/absence. All fines must be paid to the Head Deans before exams are taken. Number of tardies/absences Fine 1 $1.00 2 $2.00 3 $4.00 4 $8.00 5 $16.00 6 $32.00 Etc.
Social Conduct Policy Rio Lindo has an appropriate social conduct policy. This includes refraining from prolonged hugging, kissing, or inappropriate touching or being alone together without supervision. Students who display inappropriate social conduct may be placed on social by any Rio faculty. The time of social begins immediately and remains until the following conditions are met. A. Students meet with the School Counselor who documents to the Head Deans that the meeting has occurred.
B. Cell phones are given to the Deans and will remain in the Dean’s possession until the conclusion of the social term. Phone calls may be made and/or received from home from the Dean’s office. C. The length and terms of Social will be determined by the Dean’s Council. Minor Discipline – Fine/Consequence Schedule Number of Referrals Fine/Consequence 1 $10.00 & parents/guardian notified 2 $20.00 & parents/guardian notified 3 $40.00 & 2 day suspension – parents/guardian notified/phone or personal conference 4 $80.00 & 1 week suspension – personal conference with parents/guardian 5 $160.00 & review of student standing – parent/guardian notification of decision This is a cumulative scale based on any and all infractions of the guidelines outlined in this handbook. Specified items in the handbook may be accompanied by other penalties as well.
Major Discipline Some of Rio Lindo Adventist Academy’s disciplinary procedures include, but are not limited to, loss of privileges, special duty, detention, fines, confiscation, restitution, reassignment, suspension and dismissal from school. If a student is dismissed or asked to withdraw from school, he/she is required to make advance arrangements before visiting the campus within the current school year.
Rio Lindo Adventist Academy reserves the right to update, change or delete this handbook without notice. Any announcements made by the Principal or Vice-Principal regarding school policies are the same as posted in this handbook.