School Policies

Internet Policy 

It is the goal of Burlington Christian Academy to provide a world-class education to all students. The Internet is a powerful tool to support superb learning. Our technical team has made every reasonable effort to ensure the Internet is used responsibly. BCA reserves the right to monitor network use, monitor files and file space. Students and parents should not expect their use of the Internet to remain private.  We expect all students to use the Internet in an appropriate and responsible manner for educational purposes only. Access to the Internet is a privilege. We thank our parents for encouraging their children to be respectful of themselves and others whenever they use this tool to advance their learning. Electronic Policy  Cell phones and personal audio devices are not to be used during school time and must be turned off. Cell phones must remain out of sight during school hours unless permission has been given by a teacher. If confiscated by the teacher/supervisor, they may be recovered by the student at the end of the day from the teacher. At a second removal, the parent/guardian of the student must pick up the phone at the end of the school day. Students may use their cell phone after school to call if permission is given by a teacher. 

Uniform Policy

The following items can be purchased from our uniform provider, DGN Kilters (https://dgnkilters.com/school/burlington-christian-academy/). 

Tops JK-8

• All tops worn must be crested

• Short sleeve golf shirt

• Oxford long sleeve shirt

• V-neck sweater

• V-neck vest

• Unisex cardigan

• Performance hoody

• Performance track jacket

• Soft shell jacket (outdoor)

Girls JK-8

• Navy skort 

• Navy walking shorts 

• Girls tights – navy or black

• Navy pants 

Note: Leggings are not considered pants by BCA and should not be worn as uniform pants. 

JK-3 Girls

• Navy crested tunic

Boys JK-8 

• Navy pants  (if non DGN, must be dark navy, not faded blue)

• Navy walking shorts  (if non DGN, must be dark navy, not faded blue)

Boys/Girls Grade 6-8 only

• Navy performance pants

Gym Uniform (Grades 3-8)

• Crested grey performance t-shirt

• Navy fight shorts or ATC profit shorts Footwear and Socks Socks/Leotards

• Navy, white or black ankle socks when wearing running shoes

• Navy or black socks or leotards (single colour) can be worn with skorts or tunics

• Girls may wear footed navy or black tights with a skort or tunic. If the tights are not footed then they must wear matching socks to cover the bottom of the tights, to look like footed tights

Footwear

• Shoes should be solid black, navy or dark coloured, with no colourful symbols/stripes or other markings. No boots or high top shoes should be worn indoors

• Shoelaces should be dark coloured as well

• For gym classes, any proper non-marking soled running shoe can be worn, in any colour. It is important that students have proper running shoes that can be tied (laced/velcroed) securely to avoid injury

Casual Day Dress Dress will:

• Honour and glorify the Lord

• Reflect modesty

• Not be a distraction to the learning environment

• Not advertise/promote alcohol, drugs, sex, or offensive material

• Tank top straps must be at least three fingers width (lasagna, not spaghetti width)

Health, Safety, and Illness Guidelines

How do you decide whether to send your child to school or keep them home? If a child is sick, they should not be at school. Out of respect for their fellow students and the staff, sick children should not be at the school. Before returning to school, if your child is diagnosed with a contagious disease, such as strep throat, the child should be on prescribed antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours. Your respect and cooperation is deeply appreciated.

Common Pediculosis (Head Lice)

Anyone can get head lice and young children who play closely together are susceptible. It is recommended that parents check their children regularly for itching and the presence of small whitish nits (eggs) fastened tightly on the hair shaft near the scalp, and report any occurrences to the Principal. Parents will be notified if anyone in their child’s classroom has reported head lice. If you have any questions about head lice, contact the Healthy Kids Line (905) 546-3596.

Medication 

Please administer medication at home whenever possible. No medication (including acetaminophen) will be given to a student without parents’ permission. If a prescription medication is required to be dispensed at school, please contact our office for a Medication Form. When medication must be administered by school personnel, it will be kept at the office. Permission for a student to self-administer any medication should be brought to the attention of the teacher. 

Life Threatening Allergies

BCA is a peanut/nut sensitive school. If touched or eaten, foods that contain even a small amount of nuts may be life threatening to students with allergies. We ask that students not bring any food products that contain peanut or nut products in their lunches.  If your child has an allergy and requires medication to be administered in case of an incident, please contact the office. A Medication Form needs to be completed and will be kept with the medication in a central location accessible to staff.

Medical Emergency

School staff trained in First Aid will attend to most scrapes and cuts. More serious injuries will be reported to the parents. If necessary, Emergency Services will be called. It is the responsibility of parents to provide up-to-date emergency contact information on the Student Information Form included in the Registration Form. If during the year, any of the information changes, please inform the school office. 

Immunization

The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that all children be immunized against Hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, unless exempted. Halton Public Health works with BCA to offer the required immunization clinics. Parents are informed when it is time for student immunization.

Fire Drills/Emergency Evacuation/Lockdown

Fire drills are conducted three times during the fall and three times during the spring. Lockdown drills will be conducted twice a year. Detailed plans for fire drills, lockdowns, and emergency evacuations are shared with all staff. The fire plan is posted in every room and will be taught to students before the first fire drill and reinforced throughout the year. A lockdown plan is also shared with staff and students. Adults In The School It is the policy of BCA that all visitors check in with the office staff before entering the school. Visitors are required to sign the guest book before entering any other part of the building.

School Closure Policy

If the school is closed for any reason, families will be contacted by email and the closure will be posted on our social media sites. The goals of this policy are to balance the risks associated with travel for each of the participants with the desire to maximize the instructional time for our students.  BCA will be closed when any one of the following three area Halton schools are closed: Glenview Public School, Aldershot Elementary School or Central Public School.

• If the above schools are not closed but the School Principal deems it prudent to close BCA, the School Principal may decide to close the school. It is understood that the decision to close was based on weather information that was predicted to result in seriously hazardous driving conditions for the BCA community. 

• Even when the school is open and the weather may be in some question, it is always the responsibility of the parent to decide whether it is safe to take their child to school for that particular day. The discretion for safety associated with transportation for a child is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Lost and Found

Parents are advised to clearly label all clothing items, lunch containers and footwear so we can help locate their owner if lost. Parents should check the lost and found from time to time if items are missing. Small items (e.g. watches) will be kept at the office. Unclaimed contents will be donated to charity at Christmas, March Break, and end of the school year.

Lunch Program

Monday to Thursday

BCA offers the convenience for parents to order a healthy, nut-free lunch meal made in a licensed kitchen for their child(ren) through Axxis Catering. If you are interested in ordering hot lunch for your child(ren), please follow these steps:

1. Visit https://bca.hotlunches.net in a browser.

2. Click Click here to register.

3. Use the Access Code BCHL to begin creating your account. Complete the registration form and click Register Now. 

4. Under the Students menu: 

a) Add your child’s name and homeroom.

b) Order the specific meals for your choice of days.

5. Click Save.

Fridays 

Fridays are Pizza lunch day. Order forms are distributed in September. Proceeds go to assist in paying for Grade 8 graduation and other special school programs. 

Snacks (Popcorn and Juice Boxes)

Available Monday to Friday, popcorn and juice boxes are sold during recess times, subject to availability, with proceeds going to above noted areas.

Refund Policy

Should there be a need for a reduction of services, a calculation will be made to determine the appropriate amount. When a student leaves during the school year, the refund calculation will be based on the end of the month following the month in which a student departs BCA. All refunds are subject to a 20% administrative charge. The capital levy is not refundable.

Educational Assistant Program Policy

Revised – July 2019

It is a well recognized educational reality that every student has a different approach to learning and a differing capacity for learning. Each student is created as a unique individual, a uniqueness worthy of our utmost respect and love. Some students require specialized support within a regular classroom setting. BCA has developed a program that supports these students so that they have every opportunity to maximize their learning. The goal of the program is to show deep respect for the learner and for the learner’s parents.

  1. Parents may apply to BCA through the regular enrollment process to request admission for a child who they believe would be blessed with the support of an Educational Assistant (EA).
  2. The need for assistance may be part time or full time. The amount of time required will be determined by the head of Special Education and the Principal.
  3. BCA reserves the right to limit the number of students who require the support of an EA to no more than two students per class.
  4. A signed annual contract between the parents and the school will govern the delivery of the learning support and the payment arrangements. If there are anticipated absences for the coming year, the associated hours can be deducted from the hours used to determine the amount of the annual contract.
  5. The Principal will coordinate the process that determines the EA assigned to the student. Usually the EA appointment will be determined well before the beginning of the school year. In consultation with the parents, the school reserves the right to change the EA assigned to a student.
  6. The EA is a contract employee of the school. The school determines the hourly rate of the EA based on a schedule reviewed each year. The rate is adjusted for each year of experience to a maximum of two years. After two years there is no increase in the hourly rate. The EA is paid for all statutory holidays, has access to a benefit program and is permitted up to 10 sick days per year as stipulated in the contract.
  7. If the EA is absent from the school for any reason, the school will ensure that the contracted EA services will continue by hiring a temporary replacement EA similar to supply teacher support. There will be no adjustment to the fees charged.
  8. The rate charged to parents is directly related to payments made to their Educational Assistant. The rate includes statutory costs, 25% of the benefit plan premium and a 20% administrative fee. The rate range for 2019-2020 is from $25.21 per hour for an EA with no experience to $31.51 per hour for an EA with two or more years of experience.
  9. In the realization that a full time EA can be cost prohibitive, BCA offers a graduated reduction for any amount over $15,000. There is no need to apply for this reduction, it will be calculated by staff when contract arrangements are made.

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