Student and Parent Handbook
KIPP CENTRAL CITY ACADEMY SCHOOL POLICIES
Welcome Letter from the School Leader
Dear KCCA Parents & Families,
On behalf of the staff at KIPP Central City Academy, I am happy to welcome you to the 2019 - 2020 school year! We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with joy and laughter. We are looking forward to creating unforgettable memories with you this year! We are committed as ever to helping all of our students achieve their highest potential. We know a strong partnership with you matters tremendously. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success.
In addition to preparing your student(s) to success inside & outside of the classroom, please consider joining us anytime throughout the year as a school volunteer, chaperone for trips or outings, or attend school events!
We hope that you find this guide both helpful and informative. It provides you with our student expectations and additional important information for the 2019 - 20 school year. If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to contact us at (504) 609-2283.
Our incredible KCCA staff and I feel privileged to be a part of building an incredibly legacy together with you. We thank you for your support, and look forward to serving you! #TeamAndFamily.
Lauren Hammond, Principal
KIPP Central City Academy
Who to Contact
FRONT OFFICE: Contact with general questions about the school, how to enroll, daily schedule, attendance, and/or afterschool activities. Quien Nicholas, Office Manager
SCHOOL OPERATIONS LEADER: Contact with questions about school operations, food services, or transportation. Troy McCormick Jr, School Operations Leader
ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Contact with questions about school discipline. Christy Swauncy, Assistant Principal
Walter Harris, Assistant Principal, Adam Kohler, Assistant Principal
BULLYING POINT OF CONTACT: Contact with questions or concerns about incidents of bullying. Walter Harris, Assistant Principal
SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Contact with questions about services for students with disabilities including IEPs and evaluations. Rachel Smith, Dean of Special Education
NURSE: Contact for information about health services or with specific questions about dietary requirements, allergies and/or medication. Cheryl Borne, School Nurse
SOCIAL WORKER: Contact with questions about counseling and support services. Tara Mosier
SCHOOL LEADER: Lauren Hammond, School Leader
MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
KIPP Central City Academy will empower each student with the character traits, academic abilities, and self-confidence needed to excel in competitive high schools, colleges, and beyond. Our students will become leaders who positively navigate life’s challenges and who work every day to make New Orleans and the world beyond a better place.
HOURS OF OPERATION
7:35 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURE
Students arrive by bus, walking to school, or by car drop-off. When students arrive, they report immediately to their homeroom classes. If students arrive late to school, they must report to the Main Office to check-in and receive a hall pass that he/she hands to his current period’s teacher.
DRESS CODE & UNIFORM EXPECTATIONS
- Boys: Khaki pants or shorts (no cargo pants or shorts though)
- Girls: Khaki pants, shorts, or skorts;
- Boys & Girls: Polo or Oxford shirts
- Any color tennis shoes or sneakers
- No boots
- No hats or hoods on in the building
- No bonnets/ sleeping caps
- No jeans (except for on free dress days or an earned birthday privilege)
- No leggings/tights worn as pants
As a member of KCCA, we honor academic and personal integrity. We uphold the values of honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility, and our mission to instill excellence in academics.
Cheating is defined as giving or receiving, in any form, information relating to a gradable experience including the use of sources of information other than those specifically approved by the teacher, either during or outside of the class.
Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to, visual exchanges (cheat sheets, copying, open books or notes, writing on hands, shoes, or desks, calculators, etc.) and verbal, electronic or coded exchanges. Other examples include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, discussing tests with students who have not taken the test, copying homework assignments, not citing sources, etc.
When a students is found to be cheating, the teacher may issue a grade of zero for the assignment. This assignment may not be made up nor will the student be eligible for recovery. It is the responsibility of each teacher to adhere to this policy and may also contact the parent/guardian to inform them of the incident.
KCCA School students are eligible for the following academic awards during the course of the school year: A Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, and Principal’s List.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Student cellphones are not to allowed during school. Students are expected to turn their phones in upon arrival. The phone will be collected and held by one of the administrators until the end of the school day. Excessive violation of this policy will result in confiscation of the phone until parent/guardian retrieves it from the school.
SCHOOL-WIDE BEHAVIOR SYSTEM
Our PBIS system (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) is a schoolwide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting positive student behaviors to create an environment in which our students can be successful academically, socially, and emotionally. During the course of the year, the above continuum of opportunities will take place – in addition to opportunities are strategies led by individual teachers within their own respective classrooms – are provided either daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. While some opportunities are earned automatically (for example, birthday shout-outs) and some are earned by large numbers of students (for example, free dress), other opportunities are highly selective based on consistently strong behavior/conduct and/or an application process (for example, the BTW Fall Weekend Trip).