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          Students are expected to conduct themselves in harmony with the standards and spirit of the school at all times.  This demands that a wholesome attitude be maintained toward the school faculty, other students, and the school facility.  A student whose progress or conduct is unsatisfactory, or whose attitude is not in harmony with the standards or principles of the school, or whose influence is found to be detrimental, will be disciplined although there may have been no specific violation of any regulation or rule.
          The following regulations apply to all students and are for the purpose of honoring Christ.  The safest guide to follow is to ask this questions, “Would Christ do what I am doing or wear what I am wearing?”  Those who oppose such high standards will be asked to examine their motives, their ideals, and their attitudes before being permitted to continue in school.
          Principles of Christian conduct are upheld at  Yakima Adventist Christian School.  Honesty, courtesy, reverence, purity, and obedience are emphasized.  The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy counsels form basic standards maintained in this school.  Actions taken by the board or faculty will have the same authority as those published in this handbook.
 
Personal Conduct
All students are expected to abide by guidelines for good conduct.  A student who engages in any of the following jeopardizes his or her privilege of entering or continuing in school:
 
1. Undermining the religious ideals, displaying a detrimental influence or spirit out of harmony with the standards or basic philosophy of Yakima Adventist Christian School such as atheistic, agnostic, or spiritualistic ideas.
 
 2. Uncooperative or disrespectful attitude displayed by the student or parents regarding school rules and principles.
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3. Using profane language, possessing or displaying obscene or pornographic literature or pictures, or indulging in lewd conduct or suggestions.
 
4.  Participating in hazing, initiations, or deliberately committing any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces a fellow student.
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5.  Bullying through looks, actions, or words in person or online.
 
6.  Stealing, any form of cheating, willful deception, or dishonesty.
 
7.  Possessing or using knives, firearms, firecrackers, or incendiaries of any kind.
 
8. Gambling with playing cards, or other gambling devices.
 
9. Using alcoholic beverages,  tobacco, unprescribed narcotics, or harmful drugs, in any form or having them in one's possession.  A student may be required to submit to a drug test after incidences or behaviors suggest drug abuse.  If the student tests positive he is responsible for the cost of testing.  Failure to submit to the test will result in dismissal from school.
 
10. Violation of the student agreement signed on his application to attend Yakima Adventist Christian School.
 

Social Standards
A friendly, wholesome association between young men and women is expected.  Students will maintain Christian standards of morality in their relationships.
 

School Property
Our school is a gift from God through our constituent churches, members, and friends.  Students, parents, and visitors are to treat the school property with care and respect.  The following behaviors are not allowed:

1. Entering locked buildings, rooms, or vehicles:picking or breaking locks, doors, or windows, duplicating school keys, or using unauthorized keys.
 
2. Tampering with school lights, wiring, unauthorized use of fire alarms, equipment, ladders, or fire escapes.
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3. Damaging or defacing school property (including books).
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4. Chewing gum on school property (including school busses)
 


STUDENT SAFETY POLICY
          Yakima Adventist Christian School is committed to making the safety of our students a priority.  Teachers and administration strive to help students grow up with their wholeness and sexual boundaries intact.  
          As part of this policy the school will endeavor to minimize situations where students could be in a situation where abuse could occur.  We will also reinforce the concepts of personal boundaries, personal value, that each of us has the choice about how others treat us, and how to say NO.   

Bullying
          Yakima Adventist Christian School is committed to providing a school environment free of bullying.  This includes bullying through looks, actions, or words, at school as well as through the use of the internet (cyber bullying) which is sending hurtful messages through blogs, message boards, chat rooms, social network sites, e-mail, instant messaging (IM), text messaging, or cell phones. Bullying should be reported as soon as possible in accordance to the procedures outlined, so school authorities may take appropriate action.
 
Physical/Sexual Abuse
          As required by law and by the North Pacific Union K-12 school board:  if a staff member has a reasonable suspicion of abuse it will be reported to the school principal, the Upper Columbia Conference Education Superintendent, and the Child Protective Services office.

Sexual Harassment
          Yakima Adventist Christian School is committed to providing a school environment free from sexual harassment for all students.  Incidents of harassment should be reported in accordance to the procedures outlined, so school authorities may take appropriate action.  Students who sexually harass others are subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. 
          School staff and other representatives who engage in sexual harassment are subject to discipline up to and including termination.  Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances or requests and other offensive conduct of a sexual nature.  It can be spoken, written, or physical behavior.  It includes offensive pictures, graffiti, jokes, gestures and physical contact.

 
Reporting Procedures:  Students who experience bullying or sexual harassment should report the incident to school authorities as soon as possible.  If the bullying or harassment is between students, the student should report the incident to the classroom teacher.  The student may also report the incident to the principal or any school board member.  If the harassment comes from an adult, the student should report directly to the principal or another responsible adult.