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Student Life Handbook

Boarding Program

2013-2014

Campus Phone Numbers


High School Office: Sheri Zagata (803) 807-4141 School Receptionist: Tracey Ramos (803) 807-4000 Boarding Program Director: Eric Needham (803) 807-4113 Boarding Program Assistant: Debbie Austin (803) 807-4145

Other Important Numbers


Admissions Day Students: Kelly Adams (803) 807-4110 Admissions Boarding Students: Debbie Austin (803) 807-4145 Athletics: Christy Lambert (803) 807-4197 Boarding Program: Debbie Austin (803) 807-4145 Bus/Transportation: Christy Lambert (803) 807-4197 Campus Wear: Sheri Zagata (803) 807-4141 College Planning and Placement: Terry Stoker (803) 807-4108 Events: Kelly Davis (803) 807-4144 FACTS and Tuition Payments: Susan Carpenter (803) 807-4129 Financial Aid: Sheri Burchill (803) 807-4103 Fundraising: Bonnie Spacek (803) 807-4114 Guidance Counselor: Chris Brink (803) 807-4121 Guidance Director: Linda Dixon (803) 807-4119 Health Services: Michelle Harris (803) 807-4126 Lost and Found: Contact School Office Marketing and Communications: Kyndra Bremer (803) 807-5510 RenWeb: Contact School Office

Office Hours
8 a.m. 4 p.m.

School Hours
Monday: Tuesday Friday: 9:10 a.m. 3:15 p.m. 8:10 a.m. 3:15 p.m.

Ben Lippen has late start for all students every Monday. School begins one hour later and ends at the regular time. This allows the faculty and staff time for professional development.

Table of Contents

Mission Statements 3 Introduction 4


The Perfect System of Governance Boarding Director Comments

Primary Expectations of a Ben Lippen Student 6 The Green and Gold System 7 Discipline Structure and Administrative Prerogative 8 Guidelines 9

Housing Arrangements English Language Use TOEFL Requirements for Junior and Senior Status ESL Placement Campus Limits House Telephones and Parent Communication Dress Code Policy Safety Concerns Room Regulations Food In-House and Student Cooking Domestics After-School Study Hall and Evening Quiet Hours In-House and Lights Out Student Visits to Other Resident Houses Boarding Program Visitors Socializing and Dating Harassment Meals Sunday Morning Church Attendance Sunday Night Meetings Technology (including Video Games, Television/Movies/ and Music) Vehicle Guidelines Weekend Shopping Trips and Other Activities Overnights Off Campus School Breaks and Arrival/Departure from Campus Health Requirements and Services Athletic Requirements Boarding Program General Daily Schedule

Summary of Chart of Gold/Green Differences Forms Required for New Boarding Students Forms Required for All Boarding Students Annually Forms Required for Student Athletes Annually

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Ben Lippen School Mission Statement


Ben Lippen School seeks to glorify God by assisting the family and church in equipping students spiritually, academically, and socially under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Ben Lippen School High School Mission Statement


Within a culturally diverse learning community, Ben Lippen High School prepares young adults to be stewards of the gifts God has given them in preparation for the calling of God in their lives by training them as independent Christian scholars who seek God, love all people, demonstrate a zeal for learning, think analytically, and communicate effectively.

Ben Lippen Boarding Program Mission Statement


The Ben Lippen Boarding Program is a global learning community built around personal integrity, responsibility, and respectfully honoring one another that seeks to complement Christian scholarship by providing love, discipleship, discipline, and care to each boarding student in a home-like atmosphere.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy Ben Lippen School admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship program, athletic or other school-administered programs.

Introduction
The Prefect System of Student Governance The Ben Lippen School (BLS) boarding program student government is composed of prefects. In the prefect system of student governance, the student body selects by popular vote five Ben Lippen faculty and staff members to serve on the Prefect Selection Committee. The Prefect Selection Committee then considers applications of students interested in serving in the prefect position and selects three junior or senior boarding students to serve as prefects in three separate areas: Admissions, Events, and the Boarding/Day Bridge program. Each of these prefect areas are more specifically expanded below. 1. Boarding Admissions Prefect - Works in conjunction with the Admissions office, especially the Boarding Admissions Coordinator. This prefect is involved in communicating with potential Ben Lippen boarding students, planning and executing New Boarding Student Orientation, and assisting new students in acclimating to BL when they first arrive on campus and throughout their first semester. The admissions prefect also works to maintain the BLS website with current boarding program information. 2. Boarding Events Prefect - Works with the boarding director and houseparents in planning, organizing, and executing boarding program activities and events throughout the year. This prefect serves as the student-manager at boarding events and is expected to attend all boarding events. 3. Boarding Bridge Prefect - Works in conjunction with the day student Bridge Prefect to promote day student and boarding student community. This prefect is also be responsible for organizing a committee to plan and execute international week. Prefects carry considerable responsibility in setting and maintaining the direction of the Ben Lippen boarding program. Prefects are responsible for maintaining high student morale and school spirit as well as setting an excellent example of what it means to be a Ben Lippen student in both life and academics.

Boarding Director Comments


I am very glad that you have chosen to study at Ben Lippen School. I trust your time at Ben Lippen will be marked by excellence in your academic work and memorable experiences with your friends. Your time here will be important for your future. Ben Lippen offers you many opportunities in its unique Christian environment to experience new things and be challenged to expand your worldview. While at Ben Lippen, you will engage with American culture and education, but we also hope you grow in your understanding of Jesus Christ and His love for each of us. Boarding students at Ben Lippen School are encouraged to demonstrate respect, responsibility, and integrity in their lives. These values are important for the success of any individual. In community, these values will promote a positive and healthy lifestyle and trusting relationships. This handbook contains guidelines that each student is expected to know and live by while here at Ben Lippen. These guidelines are intended to provide a fair environment where respect, responsibility and integrity can be practiced and where each student understands what is expected of them. I hope you find the academic and student life at Ben Lippen to be an excellent and memorable experience where you will be prepared for your next steps in life. Boarding students must know and follow the guidelines in this Boarding Student Life Handbook as well as the Ben Lippen High School Student Life Handbook, which contains guidelines applicable to both day and boarding Ben Lippen students. Parents and boarding students must sign and return the last pages of this Boarding Student Life Handbook containing the Boarding Student Emergency/ Medical Information Form, Boarding Student Medication/Immunization Form, Boarding Student Parental Permission Form, and Boarding Student Handbook Commitment Form. Additionally, any student participating in athletics must submit four SCISA forms: Pre-Participation History & Health Assessment, Agreement for Participation, Warning of Inherent Risk, and New Student/Transfer Student Form. Again, we are very glad to serve you during your time here at Ben Lippen School. I hope your time is full of great experiences, and that you are able to develop deep and lasting relationships. Sincerely,

Eric Needham, MDiv Interim Boarding Director

Primary Expectations of Boarding Students


Ben Lippen students RESPECT others, authority, self, and property. Ben Lippen students are open to differences in others (cultural, age, gender, religion, etc) and purpose to interact with all types of people while taking care to communicate respectfully. (Philippians 2:3) Ben Lippen students are personally RESPONSIBLE for their own behavior and learning, exercising self-control over their actions and words. Ben Lippen students voluntarily follow Ben Lippen rules, willingly devote themselves to learning, and fulfill their household responsibilities without being asked or reminded regardless of whether they will be held accountable for their actions. Ben Lippen students respond to both correction and consequence with a repentant attitude when correction is necessary. (2 Timothy 1:7) Ben Lippen students demonstrate personal INTEGRITY by pursuing a wholeness of character, action, and thought, filtering personal choices through the lens of what is morally and justly right in Gods eyes. Ben Lippen students do not lie, cheat, or steal, and they show moral integrity in their relationships with others including matters of sexual purity and propriety. (Proverbs 22:1)

The Green and Gold System


Ben Lippen on-campus boarding students are classified within one of two living systems. Students living in the gold system consistently demonstrate the Primary Expections (respect, responsibility, and integrity) in all areas of their life, so they are afforded greater privileges and freedoms. Students who do not consistently live out the Primary Expectations in all areas of their life - as judged by the expectations and guidelines in this Boarding Student Life Handbook, the Ben Lippen High School Student Life Handbook, and the decisions of BLS staff - live in the green system. The green system affords fewer privileges and less freedom because students in the green system are still developing the necessary character and maturity to successfully handle greater freedom and responsibility. New Ben Lippen boarding students typically begin life at Ben Lippen in the gold system. If a student makes choices that cause Ben Lippen staff to reclassify the student to the green system, the student will be given a review date when the gold/green status will be reconsidered. A new review date (in addition to other consequences) can be issued by Ben Lippen staff if the student makes additional poor choices while being classified as green that do not demonstrate student compliance with the green system or the Primary Expectations. Anytime on or after the review date, students classified as green may submit a letter of at least three paragraphs/statements to the boarding director describing: 1. the specific behavior, attitude, etc. that led them to being classified as green; 2. what the student learned through the discipline process; and 3. how the student plans to avoid similar behavior, attitude, etc. in the future. A student unsure of how to compose a letter should seek assistance from a BLS staff member. The boarding director will consider the students letter and may additionally desire to meet with the student and seek the opinions of the students houseparents and/or other BLS staff before making a decision. After considering the students request, the boarding director will either maintain the students green status and issue a new review date or reclassify the student as gold. A students green status does not automatically expire on any given review date; a student must write an appeal letter as described above and wait for the decision of the boarding director. While waiting for the decision from the boarding director, the student remains on green status.

Discipline Structure and Administrative Prerogative


Obedience to boarding program rules and respectful compliance to the direction of Ben Lippen staff is expected at all times from Ben Lippen students. As much as possible, consequences for any misbehavior will be naturally related to the offense. Boarding program consequences are meant to be formative, not punitive, in nature. Common consequences include loss of privileges, restriction from activities or interaction with others, work penalties, and/or behavioral probation. The BLS administration retains at their sole discretion the prerogative to assign specific consequences up to and including suspension/expulsion for boarding-related offenses. However, in cases warranting expulsion, the administration may, again at its own prerogative, choose to allow a student to withdraw in lieu of expulsion if circumstances warrant. The formal discipline process to address disobedience or non-compliance in a particular area typically follows the four steps outlined below: First offense: BLS faculty/staff will counsel with the student regarding incorrect behavior. Student may be placed on green status depending on the circumstances. Certain offenses, such as excessive lateness to school and technology offenses, carry an automatic penalty of at least one week on green status even at the first offense. Second related offense: BLS faculty/staff will contact the students parent(s) - usually via email or phone - to inform them of the incorrect behavior and request their support in working with their son or daughter. Student will be placed on green status for a minimum of two weeks. Third related offense: BLS administration will counsel with the student regarding incorrect behavior and the students parent(s) will be contacted again. The serious nature of the repeated offense will be clearly explained to both student and parent(s), and a formal behavioral contract may be written. Student will be placed on green status for a minimum of three weeks. Fourth related offense: Fourth offenses in one general category are considered serious violations of school policy illustrating a students inability or unwillingness to follow BLS rules and respond to correction. Fourth offenses often result in suspension, expulsion, or other serious consequences. If a student is allowed to stay in the BLS boarding program despite a fourth similar offense, the student can expect to be placed on green status for at least four weeks.

Guidelines
Housing Arrangements
Unless special permission is granted by the BLS administration, all BLS students are required to live throughout the school year with at least one parent or legal guardian as a day student, in BLS resident houses on campus as a boarding student, or with an approved BLS homestay family as a boarding student.

English Language Use


Most international students enrolled in the BLS boarding program desire to improve their English language skills to some degree. For this reason the BLS boarding program requests that students use English as much as possible while at BLS (except when studying or practicing another foreign language studied by the student). The following chart contains a general schedule of times when English is expected to be exclusively used. Monday through Friday ENGLISH ONLY ALL LANGUAGES ALLOWED 8:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. 9 p.m. - Lights-Out Saturday -Sunday 8:10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

All Day

9 p.m. - Lights-Out

Regardless of the time or day, BLS students are always expected to be respectful in their use of language. This means that when people are in a group where everyone does not speak the same non-English language, English should be the language used by all members of the group. During times designated as All Languages Allowed, students may congregate by language groups for discussions, study groups, games, etc in a language other than English. However, English should still be used if a group member from another language background or BLS staff is part of (or becomes involved in) the discussion or activity. All Languages are always allowed on school buses, during gym/field activities, and at the cafeteria for meals (both CIU and BLS), so long as all members of the group speak the same non-English language (maintaining respect). During English Only times, students may ask BLS staff for permission to use another language briefly to aid in communication or understanding, but students who are heard by BLS staff speaking nonEnglish without specific permission will be required within 24 hours to create a number of vocabulary notecards according to the students ESL level. The English-only policy applies to all areas of campus except those listed above. English must be spoken throughout the boarding houses, including student rooms. The vocabulary will be provided by the houseparents. An offending student must study the cards until he or she knows the vocabulary to the satisfaction of the houseparents.

5 cards Vocabulary Cards 5 cards

7 cards 7 cards

10 cards 10 cards

15 cards 15 cards

Accumulated Cards in one Academic Quarter 25 50 75

Consequences Parent Notification Parent Notification + 1 week on green status. Behavioral Contract + 2 weeks on green status.

A student who is uncooperative with the English language learning culture in the Ben Lippen boarding program may be asked to leave Ben Lippen.

TOEFL Requirements for Junior and Senior Status


In order to track student achievement and help the BLS guidance office with college and university placements, all international students are required to officially submit their TOEFL scores to Ben Lippen School (TOEFL Code Number 3307) each time a student takes the TOEFL exam. Furthermore, in an effort to realistically inform BLS international students of their progress toward college readiness related to English proficiency, BLS has adopted the specific standards outlined below for grade level determination. The reasoning behind these standards is simple: colleges and universities that consider the TOEFL in their admissions process will generally only consider admitting international applicants with TOEFL scores at or above 79. Students may appeal for an exception to the standards given below through the guidance office. Before a student can register for classes classified as a grade level listed below the student must (1) provide evidence that he or she has attained at least the minimum TOEFL score AND (2) provide official transcripts from the students prior school(s) demonstrating coursework that would allow a timely completion of BLS graduation requirements. Students may obtain information on specific graduation requirements from the BLS guidance office. Grade Level* Senior (12th grade) Junior (11th grade) * ** Minimum TOEFL -iBT Score 70** 60

BLS reserves the right to classify a student below the grade level indicated in the above chart if a students credits toward graduation will not fulfill specific graduation requirements before the students projected graduation date. A TOEFL iBT score of 80 is highly recommended before beginning senior level coursework.

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement


Placement in the Ben Lippen ESL program is determined by TOEFL-iBT score*. All BLS English Language Learners (ELLs) are required to take the TOEFL-iBT at least once per year to document student progress in language development and to ensure proper ESL placement. ELLs may advance in their ESL level** at the beginning of each semester by providing a TOEFL-iBT score that demonstrates the levels listed in the chart below. TOEFL-iBT Reading Beginning Intermediate Advanced 0-10 11-18 19+ on both TOEFL-iBT Writing 0-10 11-18 TOEFL-iBT Listening 0-10 11-18 on both 19+ on both TOEFL-iBT Speaking 0-10

No ESL Support Required***

Overall score of at least 80 (on one TOEFL-iBT test) AND 20+ on all sections (at any combination of test administrations)

* If a TOEFL-iBT score is not available for a new student, the student must take the TOEFL-iBT within one semester at Ben Lippen, and that TOEFL-iBT score will be used to validate the students provisional placement OR re-place the student in the appropriate ESL level. ** ELLs who are not satisfied with their ESL class placements may appeal to the ESL department chair. In such cases, the students English language progress will be reviewed holistically, taking into account the students TOEFL-iBT scores, past grades in ESL and non-ESL courses at Ben Lippen, the total number of credits the student has earned at Ben Lippen, age, teacher recommendations, summer school course work, motivation, work ethic, student goals, desire, and attitude. *** ELLs may place out of either Advanced Reading & Writing OR Advanced Listening & Speaking by achieving at least a 22 in the respective sections of the TOEFL-iBT, but students must remain in at least one ESL class until they have achieved an overall score of a 80 at one test administration and at least a 20 on each section (not necessarily at one test administration).

Campus Limits
Ben Lippen School is located on the 400-acre campus of Columbia International University (CIU). Unless granted an exception by BLS staff, BLS students may only be on the CIU campus for meals offered to BLS boarding students in the CIU cafeteria, class(es) a student is taking that meet(s) on the CIU campus, use of the CIU library for students on gold status, or the use of the CIU gym when it is open to BLS boarding students and a BLS staff member is supervising. Students may not leave the BLS/ CIU campus for any reason without houseparent permission. All lakes and rivers are off-limits without direct BLS staff supervision. Wading or swimming in the BLS resident house lake is not permitted under any circumstances. Sunbathing is allowed only behind house 3B for girls and behind 3A for boys. Swimsuits must be modest. Girls are permitted to wear onepiece suits or tankinis. BLS boarding students are expected to stay at school throughout the school day. If it is necessary for a BLS boarding student to return to a resident house before school is out, the student should first seek

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permission from the high school administrative assistant who will contact houseparents to see if it is possible for the student to return home at that time. Students are not allowed to be in the resident housing area during school hours without special permission.

GOLD
Seniors on gold status who have a first block study hall may choose to stay in their resident house during first block and go to school at the beginning of second block. More than one lateness to second block can result in the loss of this privilege. Juniors and seniors on gold status may use the CIU library to study with houseparent permission. Students on gold status and at least 18 years of age may use the CIU gym without a supervising BLS staff member by signing the Moore Fitness Center Waiver and obtaining houseparent permission. Students on gold status may use a taxi service to leave campus. The use of a taxi service must be approved by BLS staff before a taxi is called. Dating guidelines are applicable when mixed gender groups of students leave campus in a taxi. Students on gold status must check in with their houseparents in their resident house before 4 p.m. on school days unless they are required to be elsewhere because of specific activities such as an organized athletic practice or an offcampus field trip.

GREEN

Students on green status may only leave campus: (1) accompanied by BLS staff attending BLS activities and events. OR (2) with their parent(s)/guardian(s).

Students on green status must check in with their houseparents in their resident house before 3:30 p.m. on school days unless they are required to be elsewhere because of specific activities such as an organized athletic practice or an off-campus field trip.

House Telephones and Parent Communication


Student telephones are few, so calls from house telephones should be limited to 15 minutes except when talking with parents. It may become necessary to limit conversations with parents if a student ties up the house phone too often. Students are encouraged to use internet based calls to communicate with parents. Students need a calling card if they plan to make long distance or international telephone calls from the house phone, and students are responsible for purchasing this card. Non-emergency calls are not allowed after lights out or during house meetings, and house phones are not allowed in student rooms after lights out. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by BLS staff, but students should inform parents of appropriate times to call.

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Resident House

Student Telephone Lines (803) 8074911 or 4912 4921 or 4922 4931 or 4932 4941 or 4942 4951 or 4952 4961 or 4962

Houseparent Apartment (803) 8074910 4920 4930 4940 4950 4960

House 1A House 2A House 3A House 1B House 2B House 3B

In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for BLS to directly contact a students parent(s)/ guardian(s). As a result, boarding students must provide direct contact information (e-mail, phone number, and address) for their parent(s)/guardian(s) to BLS for emergency contact purposes, and this contact information must be updated immediately if it changes. If desired, students may also provide the contact information of an agent or friend available on the parents or guardians behalf, but direct contact information for each students parent(s)/guardian(s) is required for all BLS students.

Dress Code Policy


BLS boarding students should dress and present themselves in a modest and neat manner. BLS staff has the authority to disallow boarding students from wearing a specific item of clothing or dressing a certain way. The Ben Lippen High School Student Life Handbook contains additional information on the dress code during school hours.

Safety Concerns
Boarding students are not permitted to possess weapons of any form (e.g. knives, guns, martial arts implements, etc) in the resident houses. This includes decorative weaponry, recreational weaponry, and non-lethal weaponry such as pellet, BB, or paintball guns. Weapons are prohibited on the BLS campus except when carried by a professional law enforcement or CIU security officer. Under the organized direction of BLS faculty and staff, however, students may participate in airsoft or paintball activities on or off campus, but all airsoft or paintball guns must be stored in a location where students cannot access them without a supervising faculty or staff member. Appropriate eye protection must be worn during any airsoft or paintball activities. Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, and bicycles may only be used with written parental permission and proper safety equipment. Properly fitted and secured safety helmets must be worn when riding, and students must have their own equipment to participate. When going to and from the CIU campus for an approved purpose (see Campus Limits section in this handbook), male and female students should walk in groups of three or more. BLS maintains a drug (including tobacco products) and alcohol free campus. Regardless of age, possession and/or use of drugs (including tobacco products) and/or alcohol is strictly prohibited on the BLS campus. While the BLS boarding program and personnel will make every effort to preserve student dignity and protect general student privacy, students cannot expect absolute privacy in the resident houses. BLS

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reserves the right to search the resident houses including student rooms and student personal belongings (e.g. bags, car, computer files, etc) if BLS staff believe there is reason to suspect contraband (e.g. tobacco products, weapon(s), pornography, etc) and/or any materials, substances, or information that could pose a safety risk to students. Additionally, a students electronic devices may be scanned randomly and without warning for inappropriate material. Every effort will be made to have the student present during any search, and at least two non-related BLS employees will be present during a formal search.

Room Regulations
Ben Lippen is not responsible for a students personal property. Students are encouraged to keep valuables in a lock box or with the houseparents for safe keeping. Students should keep money in their personal checking accounts rather than cash in their rooms. BLS staff are available to help new students establish a student checking account during New Student Orientation. Students are responsible for maintaining a balanced account and paying any banking fees they may incur. Any electrical appliance not provided by the school must be approved by the boarding director, and all electrical items and lights should be turned off when students are out of the room. Additionally, since room temperatures are controlled by central thermostats, windows may not be opened without BLS staff permission. Thermostatic controls should be regulated by BLS staff only. If students desire a temperature adjustment, they should see their houseparents. All decorations are subject to BLS staff approval and must be in good taste and of high moral standard. No items should be displayed which advertise tobacco, alcohol, drugs, the occult, or sentiments associated with social or spiritual rebellion. Posters or any other type of picture of nude or scantily dressed men/women are not allowed. A student should obtain his roommates or fellow students permission before borrowing or lending any of his possessions. Also, roommates should seek mutual agreement before decorating the room. Sports and rough play are not permitted inside the resident houses. Students are responsible for the condition of the walls, floor, furniture, appliances, and other items in the common areas of the houses. Each student is also responsible for the condition of the walls, ceiling, floor, and all the furniture and fixtures in his or her room and bathroom. Additional furniture (other than what is provided by the school) or removal of furniture that is provided by the school must be approved by BLS staff. Rooms should be kept clean and orderly. Rooms will regularly be inspected by BLS staff who have the authority to require a student to clean or re-clean his or her room. Houseparents will inform students of expectations for checkout procedures at the end of the year. Students should expect to have a final common area domestic, a final bathroom domestic, and a final room inspection.

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Food In-House and Student Cooking


All student cooking in the resident house must be done in the student kitchenette/laundry room, and all cooking appliances including hot water pots and rice cookers must be stored (and used) in the kitchenette/laundry room. Students may not cook in their individual suites or rooms, and all studentprovided cooking appliances must be approved by BLS staff before use. Hot plates and any appliances with a heating element, but no automatic shut-off, are prohibited due to the potential risk of fire. Cooking is not permitted after lights out. Clean-up must occur immediately after meals. Clean-up includes washing, drying, and putting away cooking utensils, cleaning the counter, sink and floors (if necessary), cleaning the inside and outside of the microwave (if used), and hanging any towels to dry. Food kept anywhere in the resident houses must be kept in sealed packages or containers with tight lids.

Domestics
Each student is responsible for specific chores called domestics. All students are responsible for straightening their own room and for cleaning their shared bathroom. Houseparents will assign specific, rotating bathroom domestic duties and train students in how to clean the bathroom. Domestics will also be assigned in the common area of the resident house. A students domestics change periodically according to a schedule set by BLS staff.

After-School Study Hall and Evening Quiet Hours


Study-Hall Requirement Students are not required to attend after-school study hall and may use their after school time as they see fit, making sure to obtain permission from their houseparents and let their houseparents know their physical location at all times. Students are required to attend a formal, supervised, 90 minute after-school study hall. Students are required to study for the entire 90 minutes. Students are responsible for bringing enough work to study hall to fill their time. If they do not have assigned work from their BLS courses, then they should bring a book to read or test preparation materials for upcoming standardized tests (e.g. SAT, ACT, TOEFL). Graphing calculators and BLS-provided iPads are the only screened technology allowed during study hall, and they are only allowed for academic purposes during study hall. Students using their graphing calculator or BLS-provided iPad for non-academic purposes (e.g. gaming) during study hall will lose the privilege of using their technology during study hall for four weeks or the remainder of the academic quarter, whichever is longer. This consequence will be levied for the first discovered non-academic use of technology during study hall.

Students achieving all As and Bs (85 or above) during the previous BLS academic quarter

(1) New students AND (2) Students earning at least one previous BLS quarter grade at or below a C+ (84 or below)

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Athletics

Athletes who would normally be required to attend study hall are permitted to miss study hall for athletic practices or contests, but athlete grades will be regularly evaluated according to a schedule produced by the boarding director to ensure that athletes are fulfilling their academic responsibilities. At any evaluation, athletes with grade(s) in the D or F range (grades of 76 or below) will be placed on probation for a length of time decided by the boarding director in conjunction with the teacher(s) of the subject(s) in which the student is receiving a D or F. Grades will be re-evaluated at the end of the probation, and any athletes who still have grade(s) in the D or F range will be removed from athletics for the remainder of the season and required to attend after-school study hall. Athletes may only go on probation in this manner once during a given athletic season. Grades warranting a second probation during one athletic season will result in immediate removal from athletics for the remainder of the season and placement in after-school study hall.

In addition to after-school study hall, every Monday through Thursday preceding a school day, the resident houses are quiet zones from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to allow all students an appropriate study environment. Use of technology for recreational purposes (e.g. video games) is not allowed during this time.

In-House and Lights-Out


In-house and lights-out times in the following chart are enforced. In-house is the time when students must be physically located inside their own resident house. Students should be at their houses one hour before lights-out and begin preparing for bed 30 minutes before lights-out so that all students are in bed with the lights out at the time given in the chart below. In-House Nights prior to a school day (generally Sunday through Thursday) Nights with no school or church following (generally Friday) Saturday (preceding Sunday morning church services) 10 p.m. Prepare for Bed 10:30 p.m. Lights-Out 11 p.m.

11 p.m.

11:30 p.m.

12 midnight

10 p.m.

10:30 p.m.

11 p.m.

Though it may be occasionally necessary for students to spend some extra time in the evening completing assignments or studying for a test, students should not develop a habit of staying up to study after lights-out.

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GOLD
Students on gold status may occasionally request additional study time after lights-out from their houseparents, but a student staying up to study may not affect another students ability to sleep, and responsible usage of time throughout the day is a prerequisite to receiving additional time at night.

GREEN

Students on green status must go to bed at the lights-out time in the table above.

Student Visits to Other Resident Houses


A student who wishes to visit another resident house must obtain permission from (1) his or her own houseparent or assistant houseparent on duty and (2) the houseparent or assistant houseparent on duty in the house the student wishes to visit. Students of the opposite gender should wait outside the house next to the houseparent apartment, not the glass doors on the lakeside of the house, until they have received permission to enter the house. Students of the opposite gender should not, under any circumstance, enter a house of the opposite gender without the direct permission of the houseparent or assistant houseparent on duty. Additionally, students of the opposite gender should only visit in the main common area of the house or the back porch in groups of three or more students (one-on-one mixed gender socializing or studying on the back porch is not allowed). Students of the opposite gender should never be in a student room or suite.

Boarding Program Visitors


An overnight visit to a boarding student by a friend can be approved directly through the houseparents. Male and female students are not permitted to visit together overnight under any circumstances on or off campus. If a friend wants to visit the BLS boarding program on an extended basis (for more than one night), the request to do so should be initiated through the boarding director, and three tasks must be accomplished before the visit is allowed: 1. 2. 3. Basic information must be collected, including name, home address, home telephone number, and other pertinent emergency and health data. Any financial obligations must be finalized in advance. Class visitation approvals must be made through the principal. Visiting students are required to attend classes during the period of time they are living in the boarding program.

Socializing and Dating


BLS requires a no-touch policy between the genders at all times. This applies to hand-holding, kissing, hugging, etc. Additionally, students should maintain proper postures and positions while standing, sitting, or leaning in each others presence so as not to reveal themselves to the opposite gender. Any non-boarding student socializing with or dating a boarding student must abide by the following boarding program guidelines.

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Socializing is a description for anytime a group consisting of both male and female students hang out together whether simply talking or participating in an activity. All socializing after dark must be in well-lit, public areas, and it is not a time for male and female students to be alone together. Students are accountable to their houseparents regarding the amount of time spent with the opposite gender, and houseparents have the authority to limit a students socializing time when appropriate. Dating is any kind of formal, planned socializing involving students of both genders. Boarding students age 16 and younger are limited to dating in group-type activities where five or more students meet somewhere such as a park, a restaurant, an approved activity, or a school-sponsored function. Students are not granted the privilege of non-group dates simply because of their age. Each student must earn this privilege by demonstrating responsibility in the area of relationships.

GOLD
Large group dating and double-dating is still encouraged, but non-group dating is allowed for students on gold status age 17 and older with parent and BLS staff approval.

GREEN

Dating is not allowed for students on green status.

In addition to gold/green status, all dating is subject to the Parental Permission Form at the end of this handbook.

Harassment
The BLS boarding program protects the right of every student to have an environment that respects human dignity. Harassment and/or abuse of students is contrary to biblical principles, morally wrong, and illegal. The boarding program expressly forbids sexual harassment (opposite or same-gender) and any threatening/offensive conduct or expressions with respect to gender, race, color, national origin, disability, or age. Harassment can include a pattern of remarks, gestures, jokes, physical contact, teasing, excessive attention, bullying (including cyber-bullying), and/or pictures or written material that a person finds personally threatening, derogatory, offensive, or unwanted. Sometimes individuals responsible for these actions may not know that they are offensive. A student should tell the person responsible for the harassment and a BLS staff member if the student feels that he or she is being harassed. Any student initiating or persisting in any form of harassment and/or abuse (verbal, physical, or visual) is subject to immediate discipline by BLS staff. If a student finds the BLS boarding environment hostile or offensive, if a student believes he or she has been harassed and/or abused by another student or person, or if a student knows someone who has been harassed and/or abused, a prompt report of the harassment and/or abuse to BLS staff is expected. All reports will be promptly and thoroughly reviewed and investigated in as confidential a manner as circumstances permit, and the appropriate action will be taken. If a student is dissatisfied with the investigation or action taken, he or she should bring the matter directly to the boarding director.

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Meals
Meal times and locations are in the chart below. Houseparents will communicate any exceptions to these times and locations (e.g. CIU school breaks) in advance to their students. BLS School Days (generally Monday-Friday) BLS Cafeteria 7:35 - 7:55 a.m. (8:35 - 8:55 a.m. on late start days) BLS Cafeteria (time varies with student schedules) CIU Cafeteria 5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Non-School Days (generally Saturday and Sunday) CIU Cafeteria 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Monday - Friday 8:30 - 9 a.m. Saturday Resident House 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sunday CIU Cafeteria 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Monday - Friday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday CIU Cafeteria 5:30 - 6 p.m. Saturday 5 - 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

In an effort to encourage a punctual arrival at school in the morning and healthy eating habits, all students are encouraged to attend breakfast. Breakfast opens on school days at 7:35 a.m., but students are not admitted to the cafeteria past 7:50 a.m. (8:35 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. respectively on late start days). Houseparents on duty will select students on green status to wipe down the cafeteria tables beginning at 7:55 a.m. (8:55 a.m. on late start days). As a courtesy to students who have the responsibility to wipe down the tables, students must leave their tables by 7:55 a.m. (8:55 a.m. on late start days).

GOLD
Students on gold status are not required to sign-in at breakfast on school days, but if a gold student is late to his or her first class two times, the student will automatically be re-classified as green for at least two weeks. Punctual arrival at breakfast is expected during those two weeks.

GREEN Students on green status must arrive and sign-in at breakfast on school days by 7:45 a.m. (8:45 a.m. on late start days) at the latest.

When eating at BLS or CIU, cafeteria guidelines must be observed, and students must respect cafeteria personnel. There should be no running or horseplay, and shoes must be worn at all times. Meal manners should show respect for others, and a quiet, calm atmosphere free of disruptive behavior and loud noises is expected. Everyone should be included in conversation. Students should plan to eat meals at BLS or CIU according to the above chart. Houseparents or assistant houseparents may grant interested students the privilege of staying in the resident house during meal times and ordering food (at student expense) on occasion, but in general the resident house is locked during meal times and all students are expected to attend meals.

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Sunday Morning Church Attendance


Weekly church attendance is required of all BLS students. A student in Beginning or Intermediate ESL will attend a Christian church that operates in the students primary language if such an approved Christian church is within a reasonable driving range from BLS and transportation is available. A student in Advanced ESL or not enrolled in ESL may choose an approved English speaking Christian church or attend an approved Christian church in the students primary language. Students not required to attend an available non-English speaking church are given several weeks to attend a variety of churches at the beginning of the year, but after that time students are expected to commit to attend a specific Christian church for the remainder of the year. Transportation is provided to a number of local English-speaking churches, and students may arrange their own transportation to other Christian churches with BLS staff approval.

Sunday Night Meetings


There will be regular Sunday night meetings. Student attendance at these meetings is required.

Technology
BLS embraces the benefits - while at the same time recognizing the dangers and potential inappropriate uses - of modern technology. For example, organization and communication allowed by modern technology enhances the BLS high school experience, but pornography (including suggestively dressed men or women not necessarily portraying actual nudity) and online gambling are explicitly prohibited in the BLS boarding program. In addition to content concerns, BLS believes that healthy living requires limiting time absorbed in technological devices. All student Internet access while on campus must be through the BLS-provided WiFi network. Devices that can access the Internet through another network (e.g. a cell phone or other device with Internet access) should be set to use the BLS WiFi network while on campus. Devices with no other functionality other than to specifically allow access to the Internet through another network (e.g. MiFi) are prohibited in the resident houses. If a students network username and password are used to access inappropriate online materials, all technological devices belonging to that student that can access the internet or store digital files will be taken to an external computer service to be searched for inappropriate materials at the students expense (regardless of whether inappropriate materials are found on the students devices). Other consequences, including green status, may also be levied. It is each students responsibility to keep his or her username and password secure so as to avoid being falsely flagged for inappropriate use. Also, using another persons username and password to access the BLS network is considered a major integrity violation. Such behavior will merit significant consequences. The following three technology regulations have been adopted by Ben Lippen: 1. Students must provide their houseparents a list of all technological devices in their possession capable of accessing the internet (e.g. iTouch, iPad, computers, etc) or storing electronic files of any type (e.g. external hard drives, thumb drives, etc). Students must update their list whenever they obtain a new technological device. Students discovered with an unregistered technological device will be classified as green, and the unregistered device may be confiscated. 2. In each Ben Lippen resident house, technological devices having a screen that can display photographs or video (e.g. computers, iTouch, iPod, iPad - including the school-provided iPad, many handheld gaming systems, many cell phones, etc) are only allowed in the common areas of each resident house unless specific houseparent permission is obtained.*

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Additionally, student computer use is limited to the times listed in the chart below. Technology use is further restricted for students on green status; see the gold/green chart below. *Students on gold status who have successfully completed a full academic quarter at BLS may request occasional permission from their houseparents to use their own screened technology in their rooms for academic or parent communication purposes only so long as the room and suite door remain open and any screen being used in the room remains directed at and in full view of the door. It is the students responsibility to maintain the screen in full view of the door. This is not a privilege that will be automatically granted on student request; the student must justify the use of technology in his or her room as well as provide an estimated time of completion. Also, qualified students may only request permission to use technology in their rooms when houseparents are on duty; student use of technology in student rooms is not allowed when the assistant houseparent is on duty. Finally, students in their first quarter at BLS are not allowed to use technology in their rooms under any circumstances, regardless of their gold/green status. 3. For safekeeping and accountability, all electronic devices having a screen and all cell phones (regardless of whether the cell phone has a screen) must be placed in the resident house computer closet at or before the check-in time noted in the table below. This rule is enforced to encourage sleeping during nighttime hours so that students can be awake and fully engaged in academic or other activities the following day. Failure to turn in all electronic devices each night will result in a student being classified as green. Check-out Days prior to a school day except Sunday (generally Monday through Thursday) Days with no school or church following (generally Friday) Saturday Check-in

6 p.m.

10 p.m.

4 p.m.

11 p.m.

10 a.m.

10 p.m.

Sunday

3 p.m.

10 p.m.

Upon special request, houseparents may permit individual students to use their technology outside the times outlined above, especially for academic reasons. Except for a personal computer, students may check out their screened technology each morning before they go to school. Students must bring a note from a teacher outlining an academic need for a computer in order to bring a personal computer to school. If a student takes a personal computer to school at a teachers request, the computer must be turned in to a houseparent immediately upon the students return from school.

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GOLD

GREEN Students on green status may only use technology under direct BLS staff supervision (except for the BLS-provided iPad during the school-day) and only for academic purposes or for communication with parent(s)/guardian(s). Students on green status may bring only their BLS-provided iPad to school each day for academic use, but green students must turn their BLS-provided iPad in to their houseparents when they return from school and obtain specific permission each time they wish to use it or any other technology for academic or parent communication purposes outside of school hours. The BLS-provided iPad is the only technology that students on green status are allowed to bring to school.

Students on gold status may check out their BLS-provided iPad and any other non-computer technology to bring to school each morning, and they do not have to check them in with the houseparents again until the evening check-in time in the above chart.

Video Games Electronic games with mature or content warnings, suggestively dressed characters with full or partial nudity, graphic violence, or demonic or satanic content are not allowed. Appropriate recreational video gaming is allowed in the BLS boarding program, but time devoted to this activity should be limited. Students are accountable to their houseparents for the amount of time they spend playing video games. Houseparents have the authority to limit a students video game use if it is excessive. Additionally, from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday preceding a school day, technology may be used only for academic purposes; video games and other non-academic uses are not permitted in order to promote an atmosphere conducive to studying for all students. Television, Videos, DVDs, Movies, etc. Television programs viewed in the house lounge area are monitored by the houseparents. Students should limit their time engaged in television viewing. General viewing times include Friday after school until 11 p.m. and Saturday all day until 10:30 p.m. Other days and times are subject to houseparent approval. Students may not have personal television sets. DVDs and other visual media disks viewed in the resident house must be appropriate and approved by the houseparents prior to viewing. All video and movie viewing is subject to the Parental Permission Form at the end of this handbook, and television and/or video viewing during English only times must be in English using English subtitles if subtitles are utilized. Music Students may not play music in the resident houses after lights out without houseparent permission or during evening quiet hours in the resident houses. Earphone use is permissible during the above time periods, but regardless of whether a student is using earphones, the volume of a students music should never disturb other students. BLS staff may monitor student music for both content and volume.

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Vehicle Guidelines
Boarding students must have specific permission from their houseparents each time they ride in any vehicle as either a passenger or the driver, and when students of the opposite gender request to ride together, dating guidelines are applicable.

GOLD
Juniors and seniors on gold status who have (1) a valid driving license and (2) proof of insurance may have a car on campus with the boarding directors permission. First year drivers are only permitted three passengers. Any student with more than a years experience driving may have as many passengers as seat belts in the vehicle. Boarding students are only permitted to drive their own vehicles.

GREEN

Student vehicles are not allowed for students on green status. The keys to any student-owned vehicle on campus must be surrendered to the boarding director.

All driving and riding guidelines are subject to the Parental Permission Form at the end of this handbook.

Weekend Shopping Trips and Other Activities


Some academic classes may be scheduled on the weekend, individual houses sometimes plan weekend trips and activities, and the BLS boarding program sometimes plans activities for the entire boarding student body. Student participation in these events is expected unless they are clearly publicized as optional events. Most weekends, generally on Saturdays, transportation is provided to a local shopping center so that students may purchase necessary items. Students should stay in groups of at least two when shopping. These shopping trips are optional, but students in need of necessities (e.g. school supplies, soap, etc.) must take advantage of these trips to buy needed items. Students should not expect their houseparents or assistant houseparents to provide transportation for shopping needs on the weekend other than the shopping bus provided.

GOLD
Students on gold status who go on the weekend shopping bus may choose to return to BLS on the shopping bus or return to BLS later by hiring a taxi (if they have obtained prior houseparent permission).

GREEN Students on green status may not go on the weekend shopping bus. Students on green status with shopping needs should ask their houseparents for assistance.

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The shopping bus schedule is posted on the online calendar, and the bus will leave and return promptly. If a student misses the bus returning to campus from the shopping center, a BLS staff member will pick up the student, but the student will be charged $1 per mile and $10 per hour for the driver.

Students may also plan trips or weekend activities themselves. In such circumstances, if Ben Lippen provided transportation is required and available, students will pay $1 per mile to defray fuel and vehicle maintenance costs and $10 per hour for the driver. Students are responsible for planning and scheduling any trips or activities well in advance and finding their own driver. Trip plans should be submitted well in advance to a houseparent or the boarding director for consideration.

Overnights Off Campus


The privilege of leaving campus can be given to students who have built a level of trust by acting responsibly, respectfully, and with integrity.

GOLD
Students on gold status may submit specific overnight plans to their houseparents at least a week in advance for approval to stay overnight off-campus. Plans should include the overnight location (address), the telephone number of an adult who will be in charge during the overnight, and a list of all people going to be present at the overnight. All people present at the overnight age 18 and over (except current Ben Lippen students) must pass through a background check before an overnight is allowed. Houseparents must be contacted before plans are changed or when problems arise during the overnight. Overnights are allowed for a student on gold status to go home for a weekend, to stay with relatives or friends, or to be guests in another students home.

GREEN Overnights off campus are only permitted for a student on green status to visit parent(s)/ guardian(s), and the request for the overnight must be initiated by the parent(s)/guardian(s) to the houseparents.

Male and female students are not permitted to visit together overnight under any circumstances. In an effort to encourage all students to engage fully in boarding life initially, overnights are only allowed after a student has lived on campus for at least thirty days. The frequency of overnight visits to another students home is determined on a case-by-case basis. Overnight host families are asked to uphold BLS policies while hosting a student in their homes. Frequent overnights are subject to special approval from the boarding director. Overnights are not allowed when there is a required event on campus, the student has an academic, athletic, or social obligation to fulfill, and/or the student has a disciplinary restriction. On a weekend overnight, the student should attend church services on Sunday, and students should arrive back on campus and check in with their houseparents no later than 5:45 p.m. on Sunday. All off-campus visits are subject to the Parental Permission Form at the end of this handbook.

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School Breaks and Arrival/Departure From Campus


During official BLS school breaks - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring/Easter, Summer - the resident houses are closed. There is no houseparent supervision, school provided activities, or on-campus food service available. Students may make arrangements to stay off-campus or return home during school breaks. However, if all personal resources are exhausted or plans fall through, BLS will provide for the student in an appropriate way. A $25 per day payment will be taken from the students emergency fund for a host family during school breaks (including any portion of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring/Easter, and/or Summer Break). House opening and closing dates and times are on the online BLS calendar. Students wishing to travel on their own or in groups during a BLS break (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter) instead of living in a BLS host home must submit a Parental Permission Form at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the BLS break. Parental permission forms may be faxed to BLS at (803) 744-1387 or emailed to the students houseparents from the parent communication email address on file. Students can download the Parental Permission Form here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/18465067/PPT.pdf. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus at or near the time that the resident houses re-open after school breaks. This is essential in order to maintain continuity within the academic classrooms, and it can be very difficult for a student to catch up academically if he or she is late returning to BLS after a school break. All classes missed due to late arrivals or returns will be recorded as absences, and after a two day grace period a fine of $100 per day will be assessed. For example, a student arriving late enough after a break to miss four class days would receive absences in all classes during those four days and be assessed a $200 fine. Students may appeal the fine to the boarding director within one week of arriving on campus if the late arrival is attributable to extenuating circumstances beyond the students control. At the end of a semester, students are not allowed to reschedule semester exams in order to leave earlier. Semester exams must be taken at the scheduled time. Students who feel that there are extenuating circumstances that make it necessary for them to leave earlier than their last exam at the end of a semester must seek an exception to this policy from the high school principal. Such an exception is the only method by which a students final exam may be rescheduled. Ben Lippen Break Begins (Departure Days) Ben Lippen Break Ends (Arrival Days) New Students: August 6 Returning Students: August 10-11

2013 Summer Break Thanksgiving Break (Local host families available)

May 24-25, 2013

November 26 (School in session until 3:15 p.m. on November 26; Housing closes at 5 p.m.)

December 1 (Housing opens at 6 p.m.)

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Christmas Break - End of First Semester (Local host families available) Easter Break (Local host families available)

December 20 (Housing closes at 12 noon)

January 6 (New and Returning Students)

April 11 (School in session until 3:15 p.m. on April 11; Housing closes at 8 p.m.) Graduation: May 23 Underclassmen: Flights must be scheduled after 3 p.m. on May 22 through noon on May 24. Seniors: Due to the graduation schedule, flights should be scheduled May 24 before noon. Housing closes for the summer at noon on May 24, 2014.

April 21 (Housing opens at 6 p.m.)

2014 Summer Break - End of Second Semester

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Transportation to and from local bus and train stations and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) will be provided for students who arrive on arrival/departure days at the beginning of a term or the end of a school break. Student arrival/departure days are listed on the chart above. Transportation to and from other transportation centers (e.g. Charlotte, Atlanta, etc) are not provided and are the students responsibility. Returning BLS students arriving on days other than BLS arrival/departure days listed above may request a BLS pick-up at a local transportation center, but the student will be charged $1 per mile to defray fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.

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Health Requirements and Services


All new boarding students must submit a health physical, including a vision and hearing screening, given on or after April 1 prior to the start of the new school year. The BLS Health Assessment and Physical Examination Form is provided near the end of this handbook. Students must provide documentation signed by a doctor of a negative tuberculosis (TB) PPD skin test within three (3) months before arriving at Ben Lippen School. If the skin test is positive, then documentation of a negative chest x-ray is required. All new students must also submit official vaccination/immunization records signed by a doctor and documenting all shots received since birth. The required immunizations are listed in the chart below: Four (4) doses of any combination of DTP, DT, DTP-Hib, DTap, Td or Tdap vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday, and there must be one Tdap on or after the seventh birthday Three (3) doses of any combination of oral or inactivated Polio vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B vaccine Two (2) doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine received on or after the first birthday and separated by at least one month, OR a positive history of disease with written documentation signed by a physician. One (1) dose of the Menactra (Meningococcal ACYW135) vaccine Two (2) doses of Rubeola (Measles) vaccine with both doses received on or after the first birthday and separated by at least one month * One (1) dose of Mumps vaccine received on or after the first birthday * One (1) dose of Rubella (German Measles) vaccine received on or after the first birthday * * Two (2) doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) meet the requirements for the last three vaccines, each marked with an asterisk, listed in the table above. After the student arrives on campus, the school nurse will arrange for the administration of any undocumented but required vaccinations/immunizations at student expense. Health physical forms and immunization records must be sent to the school nurse at least four (4) weeks prior to the start of school. All boarding students (new and returning) must annually submit an Emergency Medical Information Form and a Medication/Immunization Consent Form. Failure to submit these forms will result in restriction to on-campus events; students without both of these current medical forms on file will not be allowed to leave the BLS campus for any reason. All boarding students must also purchase health/ accident insurance through BLS or request an exemption to this policy by providing proof of other comparable coverage (at least $500,000 USD in coverage per illness or injury). When a student is sick in the morning before school, the student must personally notify his or her houseparents. The houseparents will decide whether the student should go to school. Students who are allowed to stay home due to sickness will remain in their rooms. They are not allowed to leave their house for the entire day except to see the nurse or doctor. If sickness occurs during the school day, a boarding student should notify a BLS faculty or staff member in direct authority over the student at the time the student feels sick or is in need of medical aid. Usually this means that the student should notify a classroom teacher, the high school office

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secretary, or the nurse directly if the student is in need of medical attention. No boarding student should leave school to go to his or her house due to sickness without the nurses permission. If a student is in need of medical attention during non-school hours, the student should first seek aid from a houseparent or assistant houseparent. The houseparent or assistant houseparent will contact the on-call nurse and/or arrange for medical treatment as needed. No student should possess any medication without the nurses approval. All medications should be kept and dispensed by the houseparent or the assistant houseparent on duty. Prescription medications must be prescribed for the specific student and should be in clearly labeled (in English), original pharmacy packaging. A physician letter explaining the reason for the medication is required before medication from home can be given to a student. The letter should include the diagnosis and the treatment plan. Antibiotics will not be dispensed unless prescribed by a local medical doctor and filled by a local pharmacy. In the case of a life-threatening or potentially life-threatening medical emergency, the telephone number for ambulance response is 911. Anytime 911 is called in reference to a boarding student, the houseparents, nurse, and boarding director must be notified as soon as safely possible.

Athletic Requirements
All BL boarding students who participate in athletics must submit to the athletic department a yearly health physical given on or after April 1 prior to the start of the new school year and signed by a physician. Two forms required for this purpose, the SCISA Pre-Participation History and Health Assessment and the SCISA Medical Examination Form, can be found near the end of this handbook. In addition to an annual physical, BLS students are not permitted to participate in athletic practices or contests without submitting the SCISA Agreement for Participation and the SCISA Warning of Inherent Risk, also located near the end of this handbook. Further, in order to participate in athletic practices or contests, new BLS students must first submit to the athletic department the New Student/Transfer Student SCISA Form which is also printed near the end of this handbook. Boarding student athletes must also keep all their grades up to a minimum level of a C in order to remain on a BLS athletic team. Specifics regarding this standard and procedures related to this standard can be found elsewhere in this handbook in the section entitled after-school studey hall and evening quiet hours.

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Boarding Program General Daily Schedule


Monday - Friday 6:30 - 7:35 a.m. 7:35 - 7:55 a.m. 8:10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 - 8:00 p.m. 10 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 11 p.m. Rising, dressing, cleaning Breakfast at the BLS cafeteria Academic School Day (lunch included) Sports, Study Hall, other extracurricular activities Dinner at the CIU cafeteria Computer Check-Out Resident House Quiet Hours (Monday - Thursday) Screened Technology Turn-In; In-House (11 p.m. on Friday) Students begin getting ready for bed (11:30 p.m. on Friday) Lights-Out (12 midnight on Friday)

Saturday 8:30 - 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. 10 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 11 p.m. Breakfast in the CIU cafeteria Computer Check-Out Lunch in the CIU cafeteria Shopping Bus Dinner in the CIU cafeteria Screened Technology Turn-In; In-House Students begin getting ready for bed Lights-Out

Sunday 8 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (in-house) 10:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Participate in a local Christian church 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch in the CIU cafeteria 3 p.m. Computer Check-Out 5 - 5:30 p.m. Dinner in the CIU cafeteria 6 - 7:30 p.m. Sunday Night Groups 10 p.m. Screened Technology Turn-In; In-House 10:30 p.m. Students begin getting ready for bed 11 p.m. Lights-Out

Exceptions to the above schedule frequently occur. BLS staff will inform students of changes to the normal schedule above when necessary. The above schedule is provided as a general sample only.

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Summary Chart of Gold/Green Differences*


GOLD
Seniors who have a first block study hall may choose to stay in their resident house. Students may use the CIU library. Students at least 18 years of age may use the CIU gym. Students may use a taxi service to leave campus. Students must check in with their houseparents in their resident house before 4 p.m. on school days. Students may request additional study time after lights-out. Dating is allowed with parental permission. Students are not required to sign-in at breakfast. Students may keep their BLS-provided iPad after school until evening check-in time. Students meeting qualifications may have a car on campus. Students may go on weekend shopping and activity outings. Assuming proper procedures are followed, students may stay off campus for an overnight. Students may only leave campus for BLS activities and events accompanied by BLS staff OR with their parent(s)/guardian(s). Students must check in with their houseparents in their resident house before 3:30 p.m. on school days. Students must go to bed at lights-out. Dating is not allowed. Students must sign-in at breakfast by 7:45 a.m. on school days (one hour later on late start days). Students may only use technology under direct BLS staff supervision. Students may not have a car on campus. Students must stay with the bus driver during weekend shopping outings if they have a need to attend. GREEN

This chart is a summary only and does not contain complete information regarding the privileges of students on gold status or the restrictions of students on green status. More detailed explanations and requirements can be found throughout this handbook in similar gold/green text boxes for each of the differences listed above.

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Forms Required for New Boarding Students


1. Health Assessment and Medical Examination

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2013-2014 Immunization Requirements


for Boarding Students

To be enrolled, ALL new boarding students must meet the following requirements. Please email proof of all requirements to debbie.austin@benlippen.com at least four (4) weeks before August 1, 2013. Students must bring the original documents with them to Ben Lippen School. 1. The school must be given a complete official record of immunizations from birth which shows that the student has received all the required vaccinations listed below. The supplied record of immunizations MUST be in English and have a physicians signature. a. Four (4) doses of any combination of DTP, DT, DTP-Hib, DTap, Td or Tdap vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday, and there must be one Tdap on or after the seventh birthday b. Three (3) doses of any combination of oral or inactivated Polio vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday c. Two (2) doses of Rubeola (Measles) vaccine with both doses received on or after the first birthday and separated by at least one month *** d. One (1) dose of Rubella (German Measles) vaccine received on or after the first birthday *** e. One (1) dose of Mumps vaccine received on or after the first birthday *** f. Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B vaccine

g. Two (2) doses of Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine received on or after the first birthday and given at least one month apart if student had the chicken pox, written documentation from a physician is required h. One (1) dose of the Menactra (Meningococcal ACYW135) vaccine ***Two (2) doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) meet requirements c-e

2. Students must have a negative PPD skin test within three (3) months before their arrival at Ben Lippen School. The school must be given official written documentation of the negative PPD skin test. If the PPD test is positive, documentation of a negative chest x-ray must be supplied. The PPD skin test documentation MUST be in English and have a physicians signature. INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY: Michelle Harris, RN, School Nurse Ben Lippen School 7401 Monticello Road Columbia, SC 29203 (803) 807-4126 michelle.harris@benlippen.com

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Health Assessment and Medical Examination


Required for all students participating in athletics and all new boarding students Student Name Grade Date of Birth

Health Assessment To Be Completed by Student and Parents Yes No (Check one give details for all YES answers and include date of occurrence) Did your grandparents, parents, brothers or sisters have heart problems or high blood pressure before the age of 50? Heart murmur, high blood pressure, extra heartbeats, or heart abnormality? Concussion or problem passing out? Significant illness, condition, or injury?

Have you ever had OR do you presently have: Current medications? Allergies? Name: Hospitalization or surgery? Why? Chickenpox? (list year): A dental appliance? Contacts or eyeglasses? Need to stop while running around a quarter mile track twice? An illness or injury that caused you to miss a game? Congenital absence or loss of function of one organ (eye, ear, kidney, etc.)?

Headaches (frequent)? Asthma? Current treatment: Convulsions (seizures)? How many? Neck or spine injury? Broken bones? Sprains or dislocations? Sickle Cell Disease or Trait? Tested positive for Tuberculosis (TB)? Date Treatment FEMALES: Have you had a period in the last six months? How many? FEMALES: Do menstrual cramps keep you from your regular activity?

I certify that the above medical history is correct to the best of my knowledge. Parent Signature

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PLEASE HAVE YOUR PHYSICIAN COMPLETE AND SIGN THIS PAGE Student Name Grade Date of Birth

Medical Examination To Be Completed by Physician VITAL SIGNS (REQUIRED) Height Weight Blood Pressure Heart Rate Respiratory Rate Vision R20/ L20/ Corrected R20/ L20/ PHYSICAL Appearance Pupils EENT Dental Heart Lungs Abdomen GU Skin Lymph MUSCULOSKELETAL C Spine T Spine LS Spine Shoulders Elbows Wrists Hands Hips Knees Feet

Notes:

Cross out any sport in which the student is not able to compete Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Football Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Weightlifting Wrestling

I certify that I have, on this date, examined this student and find him/her physically able to compete in the Ben Lippen P.E./sports program. Physicians signature Print Physicians Name Phone Date

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Forms Required for All Boarding Students Annually


1. Boarding Student Emergency/Medical Information 2. Boarding Student Medication/Immunization Consent 3. Boarding Student Parental Permission Form 4. Boarding Student Handbook Commitment Form

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Boarding Student Emergency/Medical Information


Student Name Grade EMERGENCY CONTACTS Fathers Information Name: Contact Phone: Contact Email: English Speaking: Yes/No If no, please list primary language: Mothers Information Name: Contact Phone: Contact Email: English Speaking: Yes/No If no, please list primary language: Date of Birth

ALTERNATE EMERGENCY CONTACT(S) WITHIN THE UNITED STATES (OPTIONAL) Other Emergency Contact Name: Contact Phone: Contact Email: Other Emergency Contact Name: Contact Phone: Contact Email: MEDICAL INFORMATION Please complete all four boxes below. Allergies List any allergies (to food, insect stings, latex, medication, other): Prescription Medications List all current prescription medications (including inhalers):

NOTE: If your student has a life threatening allergy (e.g. bee stings), be certain that the school is provided with an emergency kit.

Please initial or sign in the box to the left if your child has no known allergies. Chronic Health Conditions List current and/or chronic health conditions (such as ADD, ADHD, asthma, depression, diabetes, heart problems, migraine headaches, seizure disorders, etc.):

NOTE: Prescription medications will be dispensed by school personnel only when the medication is in the original prescription container with clear instructions.Students may not carry medications except EpiPens, insulin, and asthma rescue inhalers.

Please initial or sign in the box to the left if your child uses no prescription medications. Authorization for Medical Treatment
In the event of an illness or injury, I hereby authorize Ben Lippen School to act on my behalf for the student named above in the securing of medical, surgical, and/or dental treatment. In the event of an emergency, I hereby give my permission to the physician selected by Ben Lippen School to hospitalize, secure proper treatment for, and to order injections, anesthesia, or surgery for the student named above. If such an event occurs, I understand that every effort will be made to contact me as soon as possible. I certify that I am the parent/guardian or have the legal ability to sign these authorizations on behalf of the student named above. I understand I am responsible for all expenses that my students insurance does not pay.

Please initial or sign in the box to the left if your child has no current and/or chronic health conditions.
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Parent/Guardian Signature

Date

Boarding Student Medication/Immunization Consent


Students Full Name List any major illness/injury/operation in the past year: Confidential Medical Information: Date of Birth

Authorization for Medication/Immunization Administration: I hereby authorize the school nurse to administer or oversee the administration of the following to my student who is named above: 1. Over-the-counter medications (including, but not limited to, those used for pain, allergies/colds, stomach/intestinal upset, and topical ointments/creams) as specified in written protocol approved by the Ben Lippen physician consultant. 2. Prescription medications as prescribed by a physician. 3. Any immunizations of which I have not provided documentation that are required by the state of South Carolina for school attendance and any recommended booster immunizations. 4. Any influenza vaccines as recommended. Please list any medications you desire NOT to be given to your student:

Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian: Print Name of Parent or Legal Guardian: Date

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Boarding Student Parental Permission Form


Students Full Name Date of Birth

Parents: Read carefully and initial or sign in each box beside the statement that has your approval, or write your own guidelines on the back. Parent Initials Off-Campus Visits (Including Overnight) My student may visit any off-campus home with the approval of Ben Lippen. My student may NOT visit any off-campus home without my specific permission. Vehicles My student may ride with Ben Lippen approved drivers, including student drivers. My student may only drive with drivers I personally approve. Please list any such drivers on the back of this form. Parent Initials Bicycles and Scooters My student may ride his or her personal bicycle or scooter with a helmet. My student may NOT ride a bicycle or scooter. Parent Initials Parent Initials Parent Initials Dating Guidelines My student may date within Ben Lippen Boarding Program guidelines. My student may NOT date at Ben Lippen.

Parent Initials

Parent Initials

Movie Viewing My student may view Ben Lippen approved PG and PG-13 movies. My student may view G rated movies.

Skateboards and Rollerblades My student may use his or her personal skateboard or rollerblades with proper safety equipment. My student may NOT use a skateboard or rollerblades.

Field Trips My student may participate in any Ben Lippen sponsored on- or off-campus activity or trip. I further understand that I may still need to sign a liability waiver and fax it to Ben Lippen for certain activities or trips when such a waiver is required by an organization outside of Ben Lippen. I understand that there are inherent risks in all activities and that injuries can occur. I agree not to hold Ben Lippen School or any of its agents, members, employees, or affiliate organizations responsible in the event of an accident or injury. I understand that this form is considered to be a binding contract. My student may NOT participate in any school-sponsored on- or off-campus activity or trip unless I personally give permission via email and/or fax a liability waiver as needed for every school-sponsored activity or trip.

Parent Signature:
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Date:

Boarding Student Handbook Commitment Form


PARENTAL COMMITMENT Please initial or sign next to each statement indicating agreement, and sign where indicated. As parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a Ben Lippen School student, I (we): Commit to support Ben Lippen policies as set forth in the Ben Lippen School High School Handbook and the Ben Lippen Boarding Handbook. Commit to communicate directly with Ben Lippen houseparents, teachers, and/or administrators in the event of conflict or disagreement before involving other parties. Approve participation in various forms of support services designed to help each student achieve his or her academic, personal, spiritual, and social potential. These support activities may include advising groups, study skill groups, orientation programs, social skills groups, mentoring, individual advising, personal and spiritual counseling, etc. Approve the publication of pictures of our son/daughter during the year. Approve establishing a Ben Lippen computer account for my student(s). Fathers or Guardians Printed Name Date

Fathers or Guardians Signature Mothers or Guardians Signature

Mothers or Guardians Printed Name Date

STUDENT COMMITMENT Please initial next to each statement if you agree, and sign where indicated. As a student at Ben Lippen School, I: Commit to do my best in all my studies.

Commit to obey the biblical and community standards set forth in the Ben Lippen School High School Handbook and the Ben Lippen Boarding Handbook without complaint. Commit to maintain a high standard in accordance with the social life guidelines and entertainment standards outlined in the handbooks. Agree to participate in various forms of support services designed to help each student achieve his or her academic, personal, spiritual, and social potential. These support activities may include advising groups, study skill groups, orientation programs, social skills groups, mentoring, individual advising, personal and spiritual counseling, etc. Agree to follow the rules contained in the handbooks regarding computer usage.

Students Signature
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Students Printed Name

Date

Forms Required for Student Athletes Annually


1. SCISA Pre-Participation History & Health Assessment 2. SCISA Medical Examination Form 3. SCISA Agreement for Participation 4. SCISA Warning of Inherent Risk 5. SCISA New Student/Transfer Student Form (only New Student Athletes)

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THE SOUTH CAROLINA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

Pre-Participation History & Health Assessment


Name __________________________________ Date of Birth: _____________________ Grade: _________ School: _________________________________ Sex: F ____ M ____ Sports: _________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Personal Physician: ___________________________________________ Phone: ________________________ In Case of an Emergency Contact: __________________________________ Relationship: ________________ Home Phone #: _______________________ Cell #: _______________________ Other: ________________
Attention parent or guardian and athlete: answers to the following questions are very important! Please take the time to answer each question to the best of your knowledge.

General Medical History:


Yes No
1. Do you have asthma? ..... ___ 2. Do you have diabetes? .... ___ 3. Do you have high blood pressure? .. ___ 4. Do you have seizures? . ___ 5. Do you have sickle cell trait? . ___ 6. Do you have any other major medical problems? ___ 7. Have you ever been hospitalized or had surgery? ___ 8. Do you cough, wheeze or have trouble breathing with exercise? ..... ___ 9. Do you use an inhaler? .... ___ 10. Do you have a single organ, testicle or kidney? ___ 11. Are you currently taking any medicines on a regular basis (prescription or over-the-counter)? ___ 12. Have you ever taken supplements or vitamins to help with weight loss, weight gain or improve performance? .. ___ 13. Do you have any allergies (seasonal, insects, Food, latex or medicines)? .. ___ 14. Have you ever had a rash or hives develop during or after exercise? .. ___ 15. Do you have a skin problem other than acne?. ___ 16. Have you ever had a head injury, been knocked out, lost your memory, had your bell rung or a concussion? . ___ 17. Have you ever had numbness or tingling in your arms, hands, legs, or feet? .. ___ 18. Have you had a stinger, burner or pinched nerve? ___ 19. Have you ever become ill from exercising in the heat? ___ 20. Have you had mononucleosis or any significant illness in the last 60 days? ___ 21. Do you have trouble with your eyes/wear glasses?___ 22. Do you have trouble with your hearing/wear hearing aids? . ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

General Medical History:


Yes No
23. Do you want to weigh more/less than you do now? 24. Do you lose weight regularly to meet weight requirements for your sport or other reasons? . 25. Do you feel stressed out, tired or depressed? .. 26. Are there any issues that you would like to discuss with the doctor? ... 27. Are your immunizations up to date? ... ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Females Only
28. Are your periods regular (every month)? ... ___ ___ 29. Are your periods heavy? ..... ___ ___

Cardiac History
1. Have you ever passed out during or after exercise? 2. Have you ever been dizzy during or after exercise? 3. Have you ever had chest pains or chest pressure during or after exercise? . 4. Do you tire easily or more quickly than your friends during exercise? .. 5. Have you ever had racing of your heart or skipped heartbeats? . 6. Have you been told you had a heart murmur? 7. Have you ever been told that you had an enlarged or weak heart? . 8. Has any member of your family: ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Died of heart problems or sudden death before age 50? ... ___ ___ Been told they had a serious heart problem before age 50? ___ ___ Been told they had Marfan Syndrome?............................ ___ ___

9. Has a physician ever restricted your participation in sports? ___ ___

Orthopedic History
1. Have you ever broken or fractured any bones? .. ___ ___ 2. Have you ever dislocated any joint? .. ___ ___ 3. List any other problems with neck, spine, back, shoulders, elbows,
wrists, hands, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, feet or toes

Explain Yes Answers on another page (put date of injury if known)

Parents Permission & Acknowledgement of Risk for Son or Daughter to Participate in Athletics
As the parent or legal guardian of the above named student athlete, I give my permission for his/her participation in athletic events and the physical evaluation for that participation. I understand that this is simply a screening evaluation and not a substitute for regular health care. I also grant permission for treatment deemed necessary for a condition arising during participation in these events, including medical or surgical treatment that is recommended by a medical doctor. I grant permission to nurses, trainers, coaches, doctors or those under their direction who are part of the athletic injury prevention or treatment, to have access to necessary medical information. I know that the risk of injury to my child/ward comes with participation in sports and during travel to and from play and practice. My signature indicates that to the best of my knowledge, my answers to the above questions are complete and correct.

Signature of athlete ________________________________________________________ Date ________________________ Signature of parent/guardian _________________________________________________ Date ________________________

SOUTH CAROLINA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION


Please Print

Medical Examination Form


__________________________ Date of Birth Grade: ________

_____________________________________________________ Last Name First Name Middle Initial Gender: ___ M ___ F Age: _______

PHYSICAL EXAM - To Be Completed By Physician or trained medical personnel under the supervision of a physician. Height ___________ Weight ___________
Normal 1. Eyes (vision) 2. Ears, Nose, Throat 3. Mouth & Teeth 4. Neck / Lymph Nodes 5. Cardiovascular 6. Abdomen 7. Chest & Lungs 8. Skin 9. Genitalia-Hernia (male) 10. Heart (squatting to standing &
supine)

Pulse ___________

Blood Pressure ___________


Initials

Abnormal Findings

Musculoskeletal: ROM, strength, etc.


Neck Spine/Back Shoulders/Arm Elbow/Forearm Wrist/Hand Hip/Thighs Knees Leg/Ankles

____ Cleared without restriction ____ Cleared, with recommendations for further evaluation or treatment for: __________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ ____ Not Cleared: ___ All Sports ____ Certain Sports: _________________________________

I certify that I have examined this athlete on this date and found him/her medically qualified to participate in sports. I also certify that I am a licensed physician or work directly with a licensed physician. Physicians Signature: _______________________________________ Date: ____________________

Physicians Address: ___________________________________________________________________

THE SOUTH CAROLINA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION 2013-14


1. STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The primary purpose of school is education. The participation in athletics is a privilege for those students who are eligible according to rules and policies of the SCISA.

2. SUMMARY OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT:


All fans, spectators, coaches, and student-athletes are encouraged to enthusiastically support his/her school and team. We all must realize that the athletic arena is an extension of the classroom. Valuable lessons other than winning and losing are taught. The safety and well-being of students, coaches, and officials is of utmost importance to us all. Athletic events shall be conducted in accordance with the policies, rules, and regulations of the South Carolina Independent School Association. Participants, coaches, and spectators shall at all times conduct themselves in a reasonable and sportsmanlike manner. A participant, coach or fan will be violation of the Code of Conduct upon any one or more of the following actions: - By making any degrading remark about any fan, official, coach, or athlete during or after a game, either on or off the field/floor of play. - By arguing with an official or going through motions indicating dislike or disdain for a decision. - By using any foul, abusive, or profane language at any time. - By entering the playing area or field to protest, question, or object to a call or play. - By hitting, shoving or striking any official, coach, athlete or fan at any time (or attempting to do so). - By being ejected/removed from any contest. - By detaining an official following the contest to request a ruling or explanation. By following/chasing after the official after a game to express your displeasure or opinion with a call or result of a play or game. - By the use or display of alcohol, tobacco or an unauthorized drug. Violations of the Code of Conduct could result in a school, player or fan being fined, suspended or placed on probation. The school shall be notified of the action taken by SCISA and will be responsible for the enforcement of the action.

3. WARNING OF INHERENT RISK/DANGERS OF ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION


Participation in athletics includes the risk of injury which may range in severity from minor to disabling to even death. Although serious injures are not common in supervised programs, it is impossible to eliminate the risk. Participants can and do have a responsibility to help reduce the chance of injury. Participants must obey all safety rules, report all physical problems, follow guidelines for safe play and inspect his/her own equipment and report any problems.

4. SUMMARY OF STUDENT ELIGIBILITY RULES


Eight Semester Rule: A student has Eight (8) Consecutive Semesters of eligibility from the time he/she first enters the ninth (9th) grade. Academic Requirements: A student in grades 9-12 must take and pass at least four (4), one unit CORE courses or any five (5), one unit courses each grading period/semester. Students below the 9th grade must pass four (4) subjects each grading period/semester. A senior who has met or is meeting all requirements for graduation must pass four (4), one credit courses each marking period/semester. Note: a student must have earned at least four (4) core units or any five (5) units of credit to be declared eligible at the start of a school year. Also, credits or courses taken by the Home School method during the school year are not eligible for athletic eligibility determination. Any student who did not receive credit for at least 50% (one-half) of all courses taken the previous school year cannot be declared eligible for athletic participation until the successful completion of the first semester. A student who is academically ineligible to participate is also prohibited from practicing with the team until the time he/she is academically eligible to participate. Grade Level Requirements/Restrictions:
Varsity Teams: Eligible students in grades 8-12 may participate on varsity teams in baseball, basketball, soccer, football and softball. Eligible students in grades 6-12 may participate on all other varsity teams. Note: To address
player safety, coaches and parents must carefully evaluate the skill level and physical competitiveness of students below the 9th grade before permitting participation on any varsity team. Junior Varsity Teams: Eligible students in grades 5-10 may participate on junior varsity teams. See sport

specific requirements/restrictions. except football. Junior Varsity Football: Eligible students in grades 6-9 may participate in junior varsity football.
Note: To address player safety, coaches and parents must carefully evaluate the skill level and physical competitiveness of students below the 9th grade before permitting participation on any junior varsity team .

Grade Level Requirements/Restrictions:

AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION

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B-Teams: Eligible students in the 5th-8th grades may participate on B-Teams in all sports except football. B-Team Football: Eligible students in the 5th-7th grades may participate on B-Team football. Note: To address player safety, coaches and parents must carefully evaluate the skill level and physical competitiveness of students below the 6th grade before permitting participation on any B-Team.

Age Requirements/Restrictions: Note: There are no exceptions to the age standards.


A student is INELIGIBLE to participate in athletics if his/her 19th birthday is before July 1, 2013. Junior Varsity: In order to participate in junior varsity athletics a student must not have reached his/her sixteenth (16th) birthday before July 1, 2013. B-Team: In order to participate in B-Team athletics a student must not have reached his/her fifteenth (15th) birthday before July 1, 2013. Exception: B-Team Football: In order to participate in B -Team football, a student must not have reached his/her fourteenth (14th) birthday before July 1, 2013.

TRANSFER RULES:
A student who transfers after having: A. attended one class or B. filed the Agreement for Participation during the defined sports season or practices with team on or after first official practice date must wait sixty (60) days to become eligible. This may be waived for a bono fide change in residence. The Sixty Days may be waived following league/ Committee review if all of the following conditions are met to the satisfaction of the Committee at its sole and absolute discretion for a non-member to member transfer: A. The student has completed a Transfer Form; B. The parents provide a statement detailing the reason for the transfer; C. The student enrolls in the SCISA member school on or before: 1. September 15th for fall sports; 2. January 8th for winter sports. D. If approved, a transfer must participate in ten (10) days of practice before he/she is allowed to participate in a game. Second semester transfers are subjected to the Sixty Day Rule (transfers after January 7th/end of 1st semester). The following additional policies are also in effect:
A transfer must have attended classes for thirty days prior to the start of the play -offs to be eligible to participate in the play-offs. An academically eligible transfer student (school year transfer as defined above) must have been eligible to represent his/her former school under any school, student, or athletic policy that was in place when the student transferred or the student must wait for ninety (90) calendar days to become eligible. The Committee reserves the right to extend this period if conditions so warrant. A student who transfers before the start of the school year ( has not attended one class and has not practiced with the team on or after the first official practice date) and has met all eligibility standards is eligible for athletic participation.

RECRUITING:
A student must not have transferred as a result of recruiting or undue influence. Refer to SCISA Blue Book for clarification of recruiting.

GUARDIANSHIP:
A student must reside with his/her parent(s) to be eligible for athletic participation. Refer to the SCISA Blue Book for a clarification of a legally appointed guardian.

Medical Insurance Coverage Statement


It is important for a parent to understand his/her schools medical insurance coverage policy. SCISA requires that each school participate in the associational catastrophic plan which provides coverage in the event of a catastrophic injury.

New Student / Transfer Student


Any new to your school or transfer student who plays a varsity sport must complete a New Student/Transfer Student Form ( Parent Form and School form).

Participant and Parent/Legal Guardian Permission


____________________________________ (students name) has my permission to participate in athletics. We have read and understand the philosophy of the SCISA, the Code of Conduct, and the Summary of Eligibility Rules. We understand that there are inherent risks in all athletics and that injuries do occur. The South Carolina Independent School Association may examine school records of the student whose name appears above in order to verify eligibility. I understand that this form is considered to be a binding contract. The student whose name appears above may only participate in athletics for the school named below. Transfer to another school after this form has been filed will subject the student to the Sixty Day Rule. I also agree not to hold the South Carolina Independent School association or any of its agents, members, employees or affiliate Organizations responsible in the event of an accident or injury. I further authorize any and all emergency medical treatment for the student named and will be responsible for any and all such cost. _______________________________________________ Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian _______________________________________________ Name of School __________________________________________ Signature of Student __________________________________________ Date

The South Carolina Independent School Association

Warning of Inherent Risk Minor Waiver/Release


RELEASE OF LIABILITY FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS READ BEFORE SIGNING

IN CONSIDERATION OF (name of student participant) _________________________, my child/ ward, being allowed to participate in any way in the related events and activities of the SCISA Athletic Association and this schools athletic program, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:
1. The risk of injury to my child/ward from the activities involved in athletic programs exist, including the potential for permanent disability and death, and while particular rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and, 2. I FOR MYSELF, SPOUSE, AND CHILD/WARD, I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, and assume full responsibility for my child/wards participation; and, 3. I willingly agree to comply with the programs stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If I observe any unusual significant concern in my child/wards readiness for participation and/or in the program itself, I will remove my child/ward from the participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and, 4. I for myself, my spouse, my child/ward, and on behalf of my/our heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS The South Carolina Independent School Association, this school (_____________________) and its directors, officers, officials, agents, employees, volunteers, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the Event, WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property incident to my child/wards involvement or participation in these programs.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS,


_________________________________________ __________________________________ (PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE) Date Signed:

Student Participant Understanding of Risk


I understand the seriousness of the risks involved in participating in an athletic program, my personal responsibilities for adhering to rules and regulation, and accept them as a participant. __________________________________________ ___________________________________ (PARTICIPANT SIGNATURE) Date Signed

The South Carolina Independent School Association

Form 3 - New Student / Transfer Student Form


Students Name: ____________________________________ Date of Birth:___________________ Age: ______ Grade: ______ Date Student Applied: ____________________ Date Student Enrolled: _____________________ SCISA School Transfer Form filed by (school student has enrolled in): __________________________________ School student transferred from: _________________________________________________________________
New Student / Transfer Student: This form must be completed on all new to your school students who play a varsity sport.

Summary of Transfer Rules


A student who transfers after having: A. attended one class or B. filed the Agreement for Participation during the defined sports season or practices with team on or after first official practice date must wait sixty (60) days to become eligible. This may be waived for a bono fide change in residence. Bona fide means: The move must be with the intent of being permanent. The entire household must be moved
into the new residence. The original residence must be clearly closed as the residence of the family and must not be used by the family.

The Sixty Days may be waived following league/Committee review if all of the following conditions are met to the satisfaction of the Committee at its sole and absolute discretion for a non-member to member transfer:
A. The student has completed a Transfer Form; B. The parents provide a statement detailing the reason for the transfer; C. The student enrolls in the SCISA member school on or before: 1. September 15th for fall sports; 2. January 8th for winter sports (the end of the first semester). D. If approved, a transfer must participate in ten (10) days of practice before he/she is allowed to participate in a game. E. Second semester transfers are subjected to the Sixty Day Rule ( transfers after January 8th/end of the 1st semester).

A transfer must have attended classes for thirty days prior to the start of the play -offs to be eligible to participate in the play-offs. An academically eligible transfer student (school year transfer as defined above) must have been eligible to represent his/her former school under any school, student, or athletic policy that was in place when the student transferred or the student must wait for ninety (90) calendar days to become eligible.

Recruiting and Financial Assistance


The recruiting or proselytizing of student athletes shall be considered a violation of the spirit and philosophy of the rules and regulations governing SCISA Athletics and considered unsportsmanlike conduct. A student should not be subjected to undue influence or any special inducement by any person or group in an attempt to entice the student to transfer primarily for athletic purposes. Recruitment in this manner shall cause the student to be ineligible upon transfer and shall jeopardize the standing of the school in the Association.

Recruitment & Financial Assistance Questionnaire: To be completed by the parents/guardian


1. Were you initially contacted by a member of the school or coaching staff about transferring? __Yes ___ No If Yes, who contacted you: _________________________________________________________________ 2. Are you receiving any financial assistance? ____ Yes ____ No Source of Aid: School ____ Family _____ Other _____ If Yes, is this assistance based on: ___ academic merit ___ financial need ___ athletic merit ___ Other (specify) __________________________________________________ 3. Did you complete any type of SSS Financial Aid Evaluation form? ____ Yes ____ No

Change To A New School Questionnaire: To be completed by the parents/guardian


1. Has a bono fide change in residence occurred? ____ Yes ____ No If Yes, please provide your former address. (Former Address): ___________________________________ (New Address): __________________________________ 2. Is your new residence closer to the school than your former residence? ____ Yes ____ No 3. The reason for the change in schools: ____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. Could your son/daughter, return to his/her former school and participate in athletics? ____ Yes ____ No If no, explain why: __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________
I verify that I have read the Summary of Transfer Rules and the Recruiting/Financial Assistance Policy and that the information that I am providing is true and accurate.

Parents Signature _____________________________________ Date _________________________ Students Signature ____________________________________ Date _________________________

The South Carolina Independent School Association

Form 3 - New Student / Transfer Student Form Admission Information For Athletic Eligibility
New Student / Transfer Student: This form must be completed on all new to your school students who play a varsity sport.

Section I Students Name: __________________________________ Date of Birth:___________________ Grade: ______ Age: ______ Date Student Applied For Admission: ________________________ Date Student Enrolled: ____________________________________ School student transferred from: __________________________________ Section II
1. Is the student receiving any financial assistance? ____ No. The student/family pays full tuition. (skip the remainder of Section II) ____ Yes 2. If Yes, is this assistance based on: ___ academic merit ___ financial need ___ athletic merit ___ Other (specify) __________________________________________________ 3. Did the family complete any type of SSS Financial Aid Evaluation form? ____ Yes ____ No If Yes, what service is used: _____________________________________________________________________ What was the recommended financial award? _______________________________________ If No, who made the determination and what information was this determination based upon: __________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. The amount of Financial Assistance awarded to this student: ______________________ 5. The total school tuition and fees charged for a student in this grade for a school year: ______________________

Section III
1. Academic Status: ____ Student is in good academic standing PSAT / SAT / ACT Score ___________ Special academic consideration/course adjustment made

Explain any special academic considerations: _________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Eight Semester Status: _____ The student is on track and should be eligible throughout his/her high school career. _____ The student and family has been notified that he/she will be ineligible for his/her senior year due to the Eight Semester Rule. This Form must be filed by the Head of School and approved by SCISA prior to the students athletic participation. ____________________________________ Signature, Head of School ____________________________________ Date _________________________________________ Name of School _________________________________________ Date Approved by SCISA

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