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RTCS Handbook

 

Disclaimer

The guidelines set forth in this handbook are not exhaustive,

and the Administration reserves the right to make changes

as deemed necessary.

            

Our Core Values

The foundation of Robinson Township Christian School is the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments, the infallible Word of God, as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith.  On this basis, we affirm the following principles for Christian education:

1.     Scriptural Truth--Scripture is the revealed Word of God and is taught as truth.

Students are taught that:

·      They are created in the image of God.  (Genesis 1:26–27)

·      They must confront the issues of sin and redemption.  (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:9)

·      They can know God as revealed in Christ and made present through the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 11:13, John 20:22)

2.     Integration--Every element of the curriculum is permeated with God’s Word.

Learning includes an understanding of:

·      Christ as our Creator, Sustainer, and Lord.

·      Knowledge as dependent on God’s revelation in His creation and in His Word.

·      Human history and God’s providential activity in it.

·      Humanity, its cultures, and how ideologies have shaped people and their institutions.

·      How Christians are called to respond to and engage the world.
 

3.     Christian Personnel--The board, administration, and faculty of the school are evangelical Christians of Reformed convictions.

All school personnel:

·      Know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

·      Model Christ in their teaching and leading.  (Matthew 10:24)

·      Exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control.  (Galatians 5:22–23)

·      View children as image-bearers of God, and encourage students to develop
 talents and gifts to God’s honor.

·      Reflect and support the School’s foundation, vision, mission, and core values.

 

4.     Student Potential--Every learning experience aims to engage students toward their full potential in Christ.

Learning will focus on:

·      The individual’s relationship and contribution to society.

·      Encouraging students to use their minds to the best of their ability in service to God.

·      Making competent and responsive disciples of Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 28:19–20)

·      Preparing for works of service.  (Ephesians 4:12–13)

·      Developing an eternal view of life.

 

5.     Operational Practice--All the School’s practices are grounded in Biblical norms and principles.

Biblical standards permeate:

·      Governance.

·      Business/Finance.

·      Development/Marketing.

·      Human resources.

·      Governmental relations.

·      Classroom management.

  References

Evearitt, Timothy. 1996. Leading a Christian School: A Book for Administrators and Board Members. The Center for the Advancement of Christian Education, Covenant College: Lookout Mtn., GA.

  DeWitt, John, R. 1981. What is the Reformed Faith? Polton Press: Scotland.

Graham, Donovan, L. 2003. Teaching Redemptively: Bringing Grace and Truth into Your Classroom. Purposeful Design: Colorado Springs.

Van Brummelen, Harro. 2002. Stepping Stones to Curriculum: A Biblical Path. Purposeful Design: Colorado Springs.

 

History

Robinson Township Christian School was organized in 1978 by individuals dedicated to Christian education from Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, and Providence Presbyterian Church in Robinson Township.  The classes that year enrolled a total of 15 students in kindergarten and first grade. 

 

Milestones

·      1978—School opens with 15 students K–1st

·      1983—New educational wing built by PPC accommodates growing school

·      1985—10 students graduate from 8th grade

·      1999—High school program begins

·      2002—Building additional classrooms for high school begins

·      2003—The first senior class graduates

·      2013—Began transition to the Classical Model of Education

 

Government

Robinson Township Christian School was formed by a group of individuals dedicated to the purpose and goals of Christian education.  These founders formed a Corporation in 1978 by adopting Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to direct the course of the School.

 

Corporation

Steps to Becoming a Corporation Member

·      Do you have a commitment to Christian education, love of covenant children, and a desire to see a Christ-centered worldview taught in a nurturing educational environment?

·      Do you believe in the infallible and inerrant Word of God set forth in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments?

·      Do you hold to the system of Biblical doctrine summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms?

If so, you can request to become a member of the RTCS Corporation by submitting a letter or notifying the Board President of your interest.  Nominees to the Corporation are reviewed by the School Board.  If eligible, the Corporation will vote on your acceptance at the next scheduled Corporation meeting (fall and spring).  Corporation members may vote on school issues at the following corporation meeting.  In addition, a $25 ($50 per family) yearly fee is required for membership.  Any parent/guardian of a Robinson Township Christian School student is not required to pay the $25 fee.

The Corporation elects from its members a rotating Board of Directors, charging them with the responsibilities of administering the policies and bylaws of the School.

 

Professional Accreditation and Associations

Robinson Township Christian School is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide daily instruction.  The teachers at Robinson Township Christian School are dedicated Christians who have received degrees in education from accredited colleges and universities and are either certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or are working toward that certification.  They are selected on the dual criteria of Christian commitment and exceptional competence in teaching.

 

Our School is a member of Christian Schools International (CSI), located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  These organizations were founded to accomplish the purpose of promoting, establishing, and equipping Christian schools.

 

Attendance

After-School Hours

Under normal circumstances, the School will be locked after 4 p.m. After-school activities—such as detention, sports, drama, clubs, academic games, and student council—have scheduled activity times.  No students are to remain in the School or on School property unattended. Parents/Guardians who abuse this policy will be fined and may be required to face the Board of Directors.

 

Arrival and Early-Morning Procedures:  K–6th Grades

Students are to enter the School immediately through the main school doors. No one will be let off the bus anywhere other than the front of the School.* Students are to go immediately to their grammar school homeroom and follow the guidelines established by their teachers. 

 

Arrival and Early-Morning Procedures:  7th–12th Grades

Students are to enter the School immediately through the main school doors.  No one will be let off the bus at any other place than the front of the School.*  The time before the first bell for homeroom should be used to gather materials for the day’s classes, turn in attendance excuses to the main office, settle business with the Principal or teachers, etc. At the sound of the bell, students should report to homeroom quickly. They should be attentive and cooperative during the morning exercises, including devotions and prayer. They should respond verbally when their names are called for attendance and listen carefully to any announcements for the day. Students should participate reverently in morning prayer and devotions.

Students arriving after school begins must sign in at the office and receive a tardy slip.

Attendance

Daily attendance for class is required for students of compulsory school age in Pennsylvania.  Absence from school is recorded daily.  A written excuse from a parent/guardian stating the reason for the absence must be presented after the absence, when the student returns to school.  If a written excuse is not received by the end of a marking period, the unexcused absence will remain on the student’s record.  All absences and tardy arrivals are recorded in the permanent record for lifetime referral.

Absence is excused in case of illness, death in the family, and other grave reasons or where explicit permission is given.  Absence is unexcused if a written excuse is not presented or for unapproved activities.           

A student is responsible for making up work when absent from school, and for completing satisfactorily the courses of study prescribed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Robinson Township Christian School.

If there is a serious attendance problem, the information will be documented and presented to the Education Committee.  The school district truancy authorities will be contacted in accordance with Pennsylvania law, and the student may face possible expulsion.

 

Students must follow the procedures below when absent:

1.     Have parent/guardian call the School on the morning of absence between 8–9 a.m.

2.     Provide a written excuse to the teacher the morning of returning to school. Pennsylvania mandates that a written excuse be on file for each absent day.

3.     Complete all missed work according to each teacher’s requirement.

4.     Students arriving after school begins or leaving before 3 p.m. must sign in or out at the office.

 

Students will be allowed a maximum of 10 absences without a doctor’s excuse.  Absences beyond 10 days are subject to review and action of the School Board.

A student who misses more than 20 days of a school year, excused or unexcused, may be required to repeat the year, or individual courses, at the discretion of the School Board.
 

Bell Schedule:  7th–12th Grades

Period

Begins

Ends

Length in Minutes*

Homeroom/1

8:20

9:04

44

2

9:06

9:46

40

3

9:48

10:28

40

4

10:30

11:10

40

5

11:12

11:52

40

6

11:54

12:24

30

LUNCH

12:24

12:48

24

7

12:48

1:28

40

8

1:30

2:10

40

9

2:12

2:52

40

Lockers/Homeroom

2:53

 

 

*Two minutes are given between classes.

 

Cancellations, Two-Hour Delays, Mandatory Days

Pennsylvania state law requires that all students in elementary through high school attend school 180 days.  A two-hour-delay day constitutes a school day and need not be made up.  The school year may be extended to accommodate missed days in elementary through high-school grades.  Inclement-weather days and two-hour delays will cause cancellations to morning programs.  These cancellations are an unavoidable circumstance.

Daily Schedule and Change of Classes:  7th–12th Grades

The usual daily program consists of nine class periods with a two-minute change of classes.  Lunch is
24 minutes.  Special schedules are used for two-hour delays, half-days, group testing, assemblies, and other special events.  These are noted in advance.

 

During change of classes, students are to proceed quickly and quietly.  Traffic in the hallways is two-way.  Keep to the right at all times and in single file.  This will ensure the safety and speed for all.  At no time is running in the hall permitted.

 

Students should remember that school hallways are often used by visitors to Providence Presbyterian Church.  Students are expected to exercise courtesy (e.g., opening doors, greeting people, permitting them right-of-way in the hallway) toward adults in the hallway. 

 

Time does not permit going to lockers for books between classes.  Students are responsible for being on time for all classes.

 

Dismissal Procedures

 

Vehicles

Authorized drivers picking up students should enter the upper school parking lot and proceed down to the lower lot and wait in line for students to be called out to the vehicle by the appointed teacher. Students who are driven to school (1st–12th grade) are dismissed from the south side doors (“Car Room”) as each vehicle pulls in the lower parking lot. Morning kindergarten is dismissed from the school entry doors. Exercise caution as you enter the school parking lot.

 

Drivers are to adhere to the following guidelines:

1.     Speed limit in parking lot is 5 mph.

2.     Do not leave vehicle unattended in circle.

Student drivers must:

1.     Have a completed RTCS Parking Permit Form on file in office.

2.     Follow same guidelines as other drivers.

3.     Have written parental consent to drive other students.

4.     Pick up students in front of Car Room area only.

5.     Not drive for school field trips.

 

Students who are designated to be picked up at dismissal will be released only from the Car Room area.  If you are walking, pick up your student in this designated area.  Submit a written note or call the school office by 1 p.m. with any change in transportation plans.


Inclement Weather

News of cancellation or delay will be heard/seen on these radio/TV stations:   KDKA Radio 1020, KDKA-TV, WPXI-TV, WTAE-TV, or their respective websites.  Listen/watch for our school name.  You should listen for your own school district’s closing or delays so you know when your children will be picked up by the school bus.  If your school district cancels and you decide not to bring your child, he/she is legally excused from attending RTCS that day.  Numerous news sites offer signup for text alert messaging; you will automatically receive a text message if RTCS appears on a delay or cancellation list. You also may call the school office to hear a message on the school voice mail if there is a change in the school day.

 

If your child is in morning kindergarten and we have a two-hour delay, kindergarten will be held from
10:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  All students should pack a lunch, and parents are responsible for transportation home. 

 

School Hours

School is in session from:

8:20 a.m.–2:55 p.m.  Grades 1–6

8:20 a.m.–2:55 p.m.  Grades 7–12

8:20 a.m.–Noon         Morning kindergarten

8:20 a.m.–Noon         Half-day dismissal

           

All students are expected to attend school regularly and punctually.  Students should be in the building in time for homeroom period but not before 8 a.m.  At the end of the school session, students are to be picked up no later than 3:10 p.m. (or 12:10 p.m. for morning kindergarten session) unless there are unavoidable circumstances for which you should call to explain.

Tardiness— K–6th Grades

Students are considered tardy for school if they are not in their homerooms at 8:20 a.m. A student who comes late to school must present a written excuse to an office staff member or have a parent/guardian sign him/her in at the office before going to class. A Tardy Slip should be shown to the teacher whose class the student is entering. 

Students are not responsible if the buses on which they ride arrive late to school. This is considered excused tardiness. In this event, the student still must report to the office before going to class.

Tardiness— 7th–12th Grades

Students are considered tardy for school if they are not in their homerooms when the door closes after the 8:20 a.m. bell rings, even if they are in the building, unless their absence from class is authorized by the Principal.

A student who comes late to school must present a written excuse to an office staff member or have a parent/guardian sign him/her in at the office before going to class.  A Tardy Slip should be shown to the teacher whose class the student is entering.

Unexcused tardiness and frequent tardiness, even with parental excuse, may result in disciplinary action (i.e., detention, suspension, etc.).  Students who are detained by a teacher after class should receive an admit slip from that teacher to present to the teacher of the next class.