"The highest result of education is tolerance."
- Helen Keller
Health and Safety Policies
- a. LICENSES/INSPECTIONS: The health and safety of each child is paramount at Highpoint Academy. Highpoint has been regulated, licensed and inspected by the Dept. of Children & Families (formerly HRS), since its inception in 1976. Highpoint adheres to all safety and health standards as set forth by City, State and County regulations pertaining to Fire Department and Health Department. We are visited regularly by inspectors to ascertain compliance with all regulations.
b. SUPERVISION: Students are not to be left unattended or unsupervised at any time. Teachers cannot send students out of their class without a "Pass". Teachers are responsible to monitor the amount of time student is out of the class when being sent for an errand. In cases of accident or illness, student must be sent to the office accompanied by another student or faculty member, not alone. In the event of an emergency, teacher is required to press the intercom button and ask for assistance at the office. In event class is outdoors, teacher must locate an adult to take care of class while he/she handles the emergency, or otherwise must make sure that student is accompanied by an adult to the office and is not at risk of danger at any time.
c. STUDENT RECORDS: Detailed records are kept on each child at the office. These contain the Registration Form, Immunization records and transcripts. Forms are kept in a specially designed Fire-Proof cabinet. All students records are confidential.
d. ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS: All faculty members have Accident/Incident Reports in duplicate that they must fill out giving all details, including date, location, witnesses and brief description of occurrence. The original form is given to the parents and a copy is filed in student's file. Employees must immediately inform the office of any accident or incident and must fill out this form. All injured students must be sent to the office immediately. Depending on severity of circumstance, a parent is contacted by phone, advised of accident/incident, and either instructed to pick up child or given any other necessary instructions.
e. ILLNESSES: In case of an illness, children are to be sent to the office where it will be determined if they need to be isolated in the "First-Aid Room" until parents arrive to pick them up. All contagious diseases are reported to the Health Dept. A large number of staff members have received both child and adult CPR and First-Aid training.
f. MEDICATIONS: All medications are kept in a locked cabinet and are not accessible to the students. Medications will not be accepted without the signed "Authorization for Medication Form". All dosages given are documented by person administering it in a "Medication Chart" posted in each classroom. This indicates name of medicine, time administered and dosage given.
g. TRANSPORTATION: All Highpoint employees are prohibited from transporting students to or from any location, including field trips or their home, under any circumstances. Highpoint does not own any busses or vans. All transportation is arranged by the parents. A school bus or van will be sub-contracted for all Field trips.
h. FIRST-AID: An isolated first-aid room containing a cot and a cabinet with supplies is located in the main building. In case of illness, children are isolated in this room until parents can pick them up.
i. PLAYGROUND: Prior to registering, parents are given a tour of the school campus, including all playground equipment. Parents are asked if there is any play equipment they feel their child should not play in or that is not appropriate for them. The playground areas are all fenced in. Children are supervised by adults at all times. Only one class is allowed at the playground at any given time. Playground equipment is maintained on a daily basis and meets all standards for safety. Equipment is inspected regularly and repaired or replace as needed by maintenance personnel. All areas are kept clean and free of any potential hazard. The flooring of the playground areas are comprised of soft mulch which is replaced 2 or 3 times a year.
j. BUILDING SAFETY/BATHROOMS: Highpoint Academy's buildings are divided into three areas: The main "Pre-School Building", the "Elementary Areas" and the "Middle School Buildings". During the first week of school, students are given specific instructions as to which areas are "off-limits" to them. Students in Grades 1 thru 8 are NOT allowed to enter the main pre-school building, including the use of the bathrooms. (Only grades 2 and 4 are allowed to use the corner pre-school bathrooms). Elementary and Middle School students have a separate entrance, playground areas and after-school areas. They do not coincide with the pre-schoolers at any time during the day. Teachers are instructed to report immediately any Elementary/Middle School student observed in an unauthorized area.
k. STUDENT DROP-OFF and PICK-UP POLICIES: All driveway areas are clearly marked with directional arrows, Entrance Only, Exit Only, and Do Not Enter signage. Parking spaces are clearly marked for Visitors or Staff. Two School Guards assist with the flow of traffic and student safety. Sufficient stacking spaces and staggered drop-off and pick-up times are designed to avoid vehicle back-up and maintain easy traffic flow. All students must be driven in motorized vehicles to/from our school. Students are not allowed to walk or ride their bicycle to/from our school at any time.
l. VISITORS: For the safety of all students, parents and/or visitors are not allowed to enter the school halls or classrooms without prior special permission from the school office. All parents/visitors entering building must wear a "Visitor's Pass" badge at all times. Parents that need to speak to teachers are instructed to either send a note, or to call the school and make an appointment to meet with teacher(s). Parents are not to stop teachers in the parking lot or hallways. All faculty/staff members are instruct to immediately report any unauthorized persons observe walking inside school campus.
m. SECURITY: All gates are kept locked during the day. There is only one main door (front door) open for ingress/egress during school hours. A 12-Camera electronic surveillance system, with up to 120 hours of continuous recording capabilities and a continuous switching monitor is installed throughout all exterior areas of the school campus. This system is monitored at all times by Administration personnel. Additionally, an electronic security alarm system with an infrared detector covers all doors, windows and hallways of the school. There is a also a uniformed Security Guard that patrols the school campus 7 days a week in the evenings. Numerous doors also have security bars, in addition to the alarms. An electronic Fire Alarm system is also installed throughout the building with the required pull stations. The Alarm system is connected to the electric smoke detectors. There are emergency lights and fire extinguishers located in all required areas, per Fire Department code.
n. STAFF TRAINING: All Highpoint employees are trained in security measures. Meetings regarding Health & Safety take place several times a year, during the Faculty meetings. Teachers have the duties of a "prudent parent" when making decisions regarding the safety of each child. Teachers are repeatedly instructed to maintain constant supervision and to look out for the safety and well-being of ALL students, not only their class. They are to immediately report any hazards, broken items, students with behavioral problems or liability risks, etc. to the office immediately. Students are instructed to walk, not run throughout the school campus.
o. FIRE DRILLS: Fire Drills are conducted monthly and the results are timed and evaluated. Each classroom has an exit plan posted by the door. All teachers are responsible for practicing this exit route. Guidelines:
1. Once the fire alarm is sounded, ALL students must immediately stand up and line up in silence, leaving behind all their belongings, including handbags and bookbags. (One student may be assigned to take the U.S.A. flag out with him/her, if there is enough time).
2. Students must walk out, not run, in an orderly manner and go directly and quickly to the designated waiting area. There they must line up quietly with their backs facing the main building, or the building that is on fire. Students cannot look at the building at any time.
3. Teacher must make sure that classrooms and bathrooms are empty before leaving. Teacher must take the Attendance Record book with him/her, turn off all lights and close the door before leaving.
4. Once class is lined up outside with teacher, students must wait quietly until the Principal or Assistant Principal personally indicate that it is all right to return to class. At this time, students must once again walk in absolute silence, in line, back to the class.
p. STUDENT PICK-UP: Students are not permitted to be picked up by anyone other than those persons listed on the Registration Form, unless written permission is received from the parents or Legal Guardian. (If voice of parent is clearly identifiable to a Staff member, the person being instructed to be picked up may do so with proper identification). If there is a question concerning person(s) unknown to use who are attempting to pick up child, child cannot leave the premises until parents have been contacted personally. In cases of divorce, parent retaining custody must furnish legal document verifying their specific instructions. This confidential document is kept in students' file for reference.
q. SEXUAL HARASSMENT: All forms of sexual harassment are strictly prohibited at our school. These include: any unwanted, uninvited talk, gesture, sound, or action of a sexual nature. Staff, faculty members and students are trained and given information regarding sexual harassment at the beginning of each school year. Students are advised to stand up to the harasser, tell the teacher or staff member immediately, keep a cool head, protect themselves by avoiding situations where they are alone with the harasser, get an adult to "vouch" for their character, make the moves necessary to feel safe and to make the harassment stop, and stand up for someone else who is being harassed. Once a student is identified as a harasser, a member of our Administration will document incident, warn student or place them on probation, and commence a grievance procedure. All claims of sexual harassment will be thoroughly investigated and documented accordingly.