junior high
STUDENT HANDBOOK

WELCOME

This handbook has been designed as a tool to help familiarize you with our school and specific policies pertaining to Kindergarten through 6th grades. Please read it carefully and be sure that you understand the guidelines which we have established with the student’s best interest in mind. We want you to understand what Calvary Murrieta Christian School (CMCS) offers and what is expected in return.

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junior high STUDENT HANDBOOK 

Our Philosophy

The foundation of our philosophy is based on our belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit as our guide, and the Bible as God’s Word. We believe in the authority, authenticity, and reliability of the Bible as the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters in faith, truth, and practice. All our goals and objectives are based on the underlying principles in the Bible which include:
  1. Assuring the salvation of all of our students. (Matthew 28:19-20)
  2. That all of what we do in word and deed is to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  3. Promoting the maturity of our students in doctrine and practice. (Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 1:28-29)
  4. Training our students in Christian service and ministry. (2 Timothy 2:2)
  5. Teaching our students a sound mastery of basic learning skills, self-discipline, and good work habits. (2 Timothy 2:15)
We believe that the knowledge of the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ is essential to the development and growth of each individual student in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas. All staff and faculty have a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to minister through them as they affect the lives of their students. We believe that our priorities and the priorities of those we teach should be in the following order:
  1. Commitment to Christ
  2. Commitment to family
  3. Commitment to school
Our belief is that God is sovereign now, in the past, and in the future. We believe we have been created in God’s image and the Bible gives us the moral principles by which we should live.

Our Purpose

In today’s world of tumult and shifting values, it is imperative that our children be given the best opportunities to develop strong intellectual and moral character. CMCS is a Christ-centered, spiritual and academic environment that seeks the best education and the richest fulfillment of potential for each student. Our purpose and desire is to train the whole student so that he or she will develop according to the example of our Lord Jesus Christ; a godly influence in the world. Our goal is that each student will experience the full, regenerating power of Jesus Christ and the Word of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. At the same time, we expect each student to strive for the highest development of each of his or her God-given gifts and talents. Functioning as an extension of the Christian home, CMCS supports parents who seek to obey biblical instruction which gives them ultimate responsibility for the education of their children (Deuteronomy 6:7-8). Because the Christian approach to learning differs significantly from the secular viewpoint, CMCS offers a curriculum rooted in a God-centered view of life. This view holds that God’s Word is the standard for all truth. The curriculum, taught by a qualified Christian faculty, allows parents to provide their children with academic instruction consistent with the Christ-centered teaching received at home and at church.

Our Living Curriculum

The teaching staff at CMCS is highly qualified and thoroughly dedicated to helping each student toward positive spiritual, mental and physical growth. We believe that the knowledge of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ are essential to the development and growth of each individual student in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas. All staff and faculty have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and they allow the Holy Spirit to minister through them as they affect the lives of their students.

Our Instructional Program

Our desire is to see each and every student strengthen his or her relationship with Jesus Christ. We also desire that they have a sound mastery of basic learning skills, and acquire self-discipline, good work habits, and biblical social values. The Bible – God’s Word – is carefully and purposefully integrated into all curriculum as well as being a dynamic course of study by itself.

School Colors

Royal blue, black and white

"Warriors" - Our School Mascot

As Warriors of the Lord, we strive to put on the whole armor of God. We chose our mascot in 1993 from Ephesians 6. Our prayer is to see our students rise as Warriors for Christ as they shine their lights brightly in our dark world. 

Admission & Employment Policy

CMCS makes no distinction concerning an individual’s race or ethnic background because we acknowledge that there is no preferential treatment with God (Romans 2:11).

General Information

School Hours
7th-8th Grade: 8:00am - 2:40pm
Half-Day Dismissal Times
7th-8th Grade: 12:00pm
  • Junior High students are discouraged from being on the school grounds prior to 6:45am or lingering after 3:15pm, unless they are involved in school-related activities. 

Library Rules & Guidelines

All students are expected to follow the library rules and regulations.
Check-Out Limit: Initially, all students in 7th – 8th may check out one book. A student may check out additional books after presently checked-out books have been returned. Students working on special projects may check out additional books with the librarian’s permission.
Time: Two weeks for 7th – 8th. Books may be renewed once. Additional renewals may be available with the permission of the librarian. The due date is to be stamped on the book and students are responsible for knowing when their books are due and returning them on time.
Fines: Fines are 10 cents per day per book. Student absences due to illness are exempt from fines. A fine of $5.00 will be assessed for any item returned with a missing or damaged barcode label.
Payment of Fines: A student may not check out any additional books until all fines have been paid.
Lost Books: Students are to notify the librarian of any lost materials immediately. Students will be advised in writing of the replacement fee. If the lost material is found, the student will still owe overdue fines, but these will not exceed the price of the material.
Damaged Materials: The amount of damage will determine the fee. The librarian makes this determination. If a student notices damages to any materials before check-out, he/she must notify the librarian in order to avoid fees incurred under his/her name.
Outstanding Materials: Students who have materials that are not returned or paid for by the end of the school year will not receive diplomas until their accounts are clear.
Conduct: The behavior rules will be explained to each class at the beginning of the school year. Parents and students are expected to be considerate of both people and materials at all times. Access to the library may be limited or withheld at the librarian’s discretion to any student whose behavior is unacceptable while visiting the library.
7th – 8th Grade School Books: Books will be handed out on Orientation day.  The curriculum provide to the student is property of Calvary Murrieta Christian School and should be treated in the same manner that one would want their personal property treated. All curriculum will be returned at the end of the school year.
Recommended Textbook Instructions:
  • Take proper care of your textbook.
  • Do not write in your book
  • Cover and protect your books. Books with missing covers or pages and/or books damaged by liquid will need to be replaced by the family.
  • Keep your books secure. Make sure your name is on the inside front cover of all your books. Keep your books locked in your locker or with you to avoid theft.
Lost books are not the responsibility of CMCS. Families need to replace books if they are lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair.

Donations & Gifts

CMCS is a non-profit entity. The tuition is kept as low as possible to make Christian education available to those who desire such for their children. Because the tuition and fees may not cover all of the operating expenses, gifts are welcomed. All cash gifts and gifts-in-kind are income tax deductible, as long as they are not designated for an individual.

Admissions Procedures

Step 1:  Apply Online
  • Complete the Online Application. Create an account and log in. Complete a New Student Application and submit the $99 application fee (non-refundable). Each student applying will require a separate application and fee. Before beginning the process, please have the following documents available to upload into the application: birth certification, immunizations, and current & previous year's report card.
  • Please Note: This site (FACTS) is not optimized for mobile devices. Please use a full-size computer to view the complete information.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    • All prospective students, including incoming Kindergartners, are required to have up-to-date immunizations and birth certificates on file prior to school beginning.
    • All 1st grade students are required to have a physical on file prior to school beginning .  A "grace period" of 30 days is allowed for transfer students.  When the school receives a student’s record and the "Report of Health Examination for School Entry" is included, there is no need to repeat the examination.
Step 2:  Complete an Entrance Assessment
  • After the completion of the online application, a member of our admission team will reach out to you to schedule a time for your student to visit the school for an in-person entrance assessment. 
Step 3: Receive an Acceptance Decision
  • Following the completion of the online application and entrance assessment, an offer of admission will be given based on class availability, student's academic progress and compatibility with CMCS values.
Step 4: Enroll
  • View the Final Enrollment Steps email. Pay the SEF and registration fee and select your tuition payment plan. 
  • After the student has been officially enrolled and your registration is complete, we will request the cumulative file from the school previously attended.
Step 5: Receive a Welcome Letter
  • After enrollment is complete, a Welcome Letter will be sent out detailing information regarding student's official start date, teacher, and list of supplies for their first day of school.

Student Enrollment Requirements

Personal Faith: Prospective students must possess a genuine desire to grow in their Christian faith.  Because of our strong commitment to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, it is expected that a parent and their children have a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Academics & Attitude: Students must demonstrate the ability to succeed academically as evidenced by a Student Entrance Exam, transcripts, and report cards. Additionally, students must show a willingness and desire to be enrolled in our school. New students will automatically be placed on a six to twelve-week probation.
Parent Qualifications: We believe the Bible mandates that the primary responsibility of each student’s education rests with the parents, and we view the school’s role as one of partnership with the parents in this endeavor. In order to establish and maintain a successful partnership, it is essential that parents are in agreement with the philosophies and intentions of the school. We recognize that parents alone have the single greatest impact on their children’s lives and serve as a role model to their children.
Church Requirements: We require that at least one custodial parent is born again and is in attendance at a Christian church on a regular basis. Regular church attendance by parents and students goes hand-in-hand with church and school goals.

Withdrawal Procedures

A student who is transferring from CMCS to another school must inform the Registrar’s Office at least one week prior to withdrawal.  This will help expedite the transfer of appropriate files to the next school. Once notice of leaving has been received, you will be responsible for an additional 60 days of tuition from that date. A CMCS Withdrawal Form will be given to the student, officially completing the withdrawal process.

Tuition

Every family is required to sign a financial contract, which states the total amount of tuition due for the entire school year. Parents have the option of paying in full or electing a payment plan. Tuition payments will be handled by the CMCS Accounting Department. We offer several payment plans.
  1. ACH is an automatic withdrawal system, processed through the CMCS Accounting Department. You will need to provide your banking information to set up your account for the ACH withdrawal process.
  2. Cash, checks, money orders, cashier checks, and credit cards are also accepted. 
Calvary Murrieta strives to keep tuition rates as low as possible, yet high enough to secure quality teachers, staff, and educational materials.
Payments
ACH: 
ACH is more cost effective and is collected on the 5th or the 20th of the month. Tuition payments are based on a 12-month payment plan.
  • FAMILIES ON 5TH ACH PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins July 5 and continues every month on the 5th through June 5, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on July 5, October 5, January 5, and April 5. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on July 5 and January 5. If the 5th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
  • FAMILIES ON 20TH ACH PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins June 20 and continues every month on the 20th through May 20, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on June 20, September 20, December 20, and March 20. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on June 20 and December 20. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
By choosing either of the ACH payment plans, you authorize CMCS to withdraw all school related fees including, but not limited to tuition, daycare, field trips, etc. thru ACH transactions using the banking information provided. This authorization will remain in effect thru the duration of your child attending CMCS or until you cancel in writing. If your account information changes or you wish to terminate this ACH authorization, you must inform CMCS in writing at least 15 days prior to the next billing date. 
MONTHLY CASH/CHECK: 
Payments are due by the 1st of each month starting July 1 through June 1. All payments are considered late if not received by the 5th of each month and a $25 late fee will be applied to your account. If you are planning to pay in full, the full payment is due on or before July 1st.  If your payment is not received by then, your account will be set-up at a higher monthly rate.
  • FAMILIES ON 5TH CREDIT CARD PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins July 5 and continues every month on the 5th through June 5, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on July 5, October 5, January 5, and April 5. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on July 5 and January 5. If the 5th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
  • FAMILIES ON 20TH CREDIT CARD PAYMENT PLAN: The first monthly withdrawal begins June 20 and continues every month on the 20th through May 20, a total of 12 payments. For the quarterly payments, withdrawals take place on June 20, September 20, December 20, and March 20. For semi-annual payments, withdrawals take place on June 20 and December 20. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, withdrawals will take place the next business day.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS: 
There is a 2.6% fee on the amount charged for a credit card payment. If the payment dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the payment will be withdrawn the next business day. By choosing the credit card payment plan, you authorize CMCS to withdraw all school related fees including, but not limited to tuition, daycare, field trips, etc. thru credit card transactions using the credit card information provided below. This authorization will remain in effect thru the duration of your child attending CMCS or until you cancel it in writing. Termination of this authorization or any changes to the account must be received at least 15 days prior to the next billing date. All payments are considered late if not received by the 5th of each month and a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
Late Charges
All payments are considered late on the 5th day after the scheduled due date that you have chosen. On the 10th or the 25th day of the month, a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
NSF Fees
RETURNED CHECKS: Returned checks are not resubmitted by our bank.  If your payment is returned, the Accounting Office will notify you by telephone and/or email.  CMCS will expect payment for the returned check, along with an NSF fee of $25.00.  If CMCS receives two or more returned checks, the payer will be required to make all further payments by cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card.
ACH REJECTIONS: You will receive a courtesy call and/or email if CMCS receives an ACH rejection and you will be charged a $25 fee. Then CMCS will reprocess the ACH and there will be an additional $25.00 fee for each attempt returned NSF. If CMCS receives 3 or more ACH rejections, you will be removed from ACH payments and you will be charged the Non-ACH Tuition Rate. All further payments must be made by cash, cashier’s check, money order, or credit card.
CREDIT CARD REJECTIONS: You will receive a courtesy call and/or email if CMCS receives a Credit Card rejection and you will be charged a $25 fee and request a different credit card number for processing.
DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS: Tuition payments are due on the first of each month and are considered late after the 5th of each month.  If your account is unpaid by 8:00am of the last day of the month, your account will then be suspended, your student’s status will change to non-attendance, and he/she will not be permitted to return to class until the balance is paid or payment arrangements have been accepted by the Accounting Department.
SUSPENDED ACCOUNTS: An account can become suspended as a result of more than two returned checks/EFTs, or after an account has become 30 days delinquent and no payment arrangements have been made with the Accounting Department. Once an account has been suspended, payment arrangements must be made and agreed upon for the child(ren) to remain in school.
If a payer defaults on any portion of the payment arrangements:
  1. The arrangement becomes null and void
  2. The balance in full becomes due and payable
  3. The student will not be permitted to attend school until the account is brought current.
If no payment arrangements have been made, CMCS reserves the right to withdraw the student(s) from school. Delinquent accounts can be sent to collections at anytime.

Student Enrichment Fee (SEF)

  • STUDENT ENRICHMENT FEE (SEF)
    • Student Enrichment Fees (SEF) are fees collected to support programs which enhance or support the core instructional programs provided through tuition dollars. Generally, they are programs which are provided for the benefit of the entire school or campus, and not specific to any one grade level or class. Your child’s individual participation, or lack of, in any of these programs is not what substantiates the fee, therefore, no participation is not grounds for a refund. In fact, no refunds will be given for SEF fees. These programs are budgeted, and spending is based on funds availability. SEF fees must be paid to ensure your student’s enrollment and class placement. Furthermore, since these programs are ongoing (from one school year to another), based on funds availability (actual cash in the bank), and are program specific (not school year specific), fees are due for an entire year regardless of when you enroll. Funds, if unused from a prior year, would be directed to future years’ programs, and once again, for the benefit of the entire school or campus.
      • Elementary Student $500.00 per student
      • Junior High Student $750.00 per student
You receive a family discount on your SEF when more than one child from a family is enrolled (including preschool). The way this works, is that a Full SEF is charged for the youngest child, and $250.00 is deducted from the SEF amount for each additional sibling. When making your payment please don’t forget to reduce your fees with the discount if it applies to your family.

Course Selections

A. Prerequisites
  • The student should check to make certain that courses are taken in the proper sequence and that the necessary prerequisites have been met. The following prerequisites for math are required in order to be enrolled into the class:
    • Pre-Algebra – All incoming 7th grade students will take Pre-Algebra. Any student who does not pass with a “C-” or better will repeat Pre-Algebra in 8th grade.
    • Algebra 1 – Student must have earned a “C-” or better for the second semester in Pre-Algebra. They must not have failed the first semester.
Note: Students failing the first semester may be taken out of the class at the semester break. This will be done at the recommendation of the teacher and/or administration.
B. Schedule Changes
  • Requests for schedule changes (including adding and/or dropping classes) are honored for the following reasons only and must be completed within the first two weeks of each semester.
1. A required course was omitted from the schedule.
2. Failed prerequisite course.
3. Academic misplacement (approved by counselor and administration).
4. Rare or unusual circumstances.
  • After the two week period, students may not change classes. Please select your electives carefully. We will work very hard to provide you with the support to be successful in every class. If there is an extreme or unusual circumstance past the two week period, a meeting with the student, teacher, parent, and counselor must take place prior to a change (no exceptions). The final decision will be made by school administration.
  • The procedure for requesting a class schedule change is as follows:
    i) The student must fill out a “Change of Schedule” form which is available in the front office.
    ii) No program changes will be made without the written consent of the student’s parents, Academic Dean and the Administrator.
    iii) The Administrator will review for approval: If approved, the student can pick up the copy of the Change of Schedule form in the school office. This form must be initialed by all teachers involved in the change. If declined, the Administrator will notify the student of the reason.
    iv) The student must continue attending classes as scheduled until he/she receives a copy of the Change of Schedule form, approving the change.
    v) A student dropping a class after two weeks will receive an “F” for the semester and “0” credits in that class.
    vi) Any schedule change prompted or approved by administration for academic or social reasons may be made at any time.
Class Leveling: The master schedule assigns a maximum number of students for each class. Class numbers are assigned to accommodate both facility and learning conditions. Class size is one factor in creating a positive, functional learning environment. Students may be switched from their existing class(es) in order to balance class size. Students who can make the necessary change without altering their entire schedule will be selected first. We will also randomly select students for this process in the interest of fairness. Administration makes every effort to ensure class sizes are conducive to a productive learning environment.

Other Pertinent Information

Emergency Preparedness: The action taken during any type of emergency situation depends a great deal on the specifics of the incident. CMCS may evacuate, lock-down, or initiate a shelter-in-place response, according to the nature of the threat. The main objective is the protection of the students and staff members. CMCS conducts various types of crisis response drills throughout the school year and works in collaboration with our local public safety agencies. If you are on campus during a crisis response drill, you are required to participate and to report to the command post. In the event of an actual crisis, parents/guardians should report to the school command post where they will receive instructions on where to pick up their child. Students will not be released until student accounting is complete, so please do not attempt to take your child without proper authorization from CMCS staff. Your child will only be released to the individuals designated on your child’s emergency form. For this reason, it is imperative that you keep your child’s emergency information accurate and up-to-date. The individual picking up your child should be prepared to provide our staff with photo identification.
Emergency Forms: In order to properly care for your student and notify parents/guardians when a student needs to go home, California Education Code 49403 requires that all parents submit emergency forms with their home phone, work phone, cell phone, and emergency contacts. CMCS requires that each student have an emergency form on file; one form is kept on file in the office and one copy is kept on file in the classroom. It is imperative that we receive this information at the start of each school year.  If your student is injured or ill, and we do not have an updated emergency form, we may have to call 911 for treatment at the parent’s expense. Please include at least two or three local numbers of people who could care for your student if you are not available. The information on the emergency forms must be kept up to date throughout the school year.
Emergency Kits: CMCS has a comprehensive disaster plan. This plan will provide for the safety and welfare of each child in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, lockdown, or fire. An important area of our plan deals with providing food and water should students be required to remain at school for an extended period of time. Our school is equipped with emergency kits for each student.
Food Service: Students may bring their own lunches from home or buy lunch from the CMCS Kitchen. For your convenience, lunch cards are available for purchase in the school office or online at our school website. (Please make your checks payable to Calvary Café.)
Lost and Found Procedures: All personal belongings that have been turned in as lost will be kept in the Lost & Found. Small items such as jewelry can be claimed in the office. Please label all articles of clothing, as items that are marked with a name will be returned. You may check Lost & Found daily, if needed. At the end of the month the Lost & Found cart will be placed near the school office so that you may check for your child’s possessions. Every two months, unmarked, unclaimed items will be donated.
Telephone Policy: The use of personal devices during school hours is prohibited for students. Personal devices include cell phones, watches with messaging and calling capabilities, and smart glasses. Students must ensure that their devices are silenced and stored out of sight during school hours. Student cell phones are not to be used on field trips unless given permission. Office phones are available for student use with permission. Administration reserves the right to evaluate and determine the appropriateness of all matters relevant to this policy.
Cell Phones: With advances in technology, cell phones, smart watches, and smart glasses, etc. offer students access to a wide variety of information. This information can be helpful, but is many times harmful and inappropriate; thus this policy applies to devices of this type. Junior High students may only use their devices: 
  • Prior to the first bell
  • After school
Use of personal devices during school hours is strictly prohibited for students. Students must ensure that their devices are silenced and stored out of sight during non-use times. Students who use their devices in a manner counter to Christ-like behavior, in accordance with the heart of the Student Code of Conduct, will have the privilege of possessing their device on campus revoked. Examples of inappropriate use of devices can include, but are not limited to: viewing or sharing pornographic material, sexting, misuse of camera and video functions, music with obscene or offensive lyrics, cyberbullying, or any form of academic dishonesty, etc. Faculty/staff observing a violation of this policy will confiscate the respective device, turn it in to the front office where a discipline form will be generated. Only a parent will be allowed to retrieve the confiscated item. The Administration reserves the right to evaluate and determine the appropriateness of all matters relevant to this policy. The rules regarding the possession and use of devices on school sponsored trips may vary from the normal school policy but will always be fully explained and presented in writing for both students and parents.
Transportation: CMCS does not provide a bus system for the students.
Lockers: The students are issued a locker (and lock) that is property of the school. We reserve the right to check a locker, if we deem necessary for the safety of other students. There will be a fee of $5 to replace a lock. 

Harassment Policy 

Sexual Harassment Policy: Calvary Murrieta Christian School, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Murrieta, in compliance with the California Education Code, is required to develop and distribute a policy regarding sexual harassment. CMCS is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each student has the right to learn in a professional, caring atmosphere that promotes equal educational opportunity, and is free from discriminatory practices. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Sections 210 through 214, inclusive. Therefore, CMCS strongly condemns, opposes, and prohibits sexual harassment of individuals, whether verbal, physical, or environmental, by anyone. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to, and including, expulsion. Staff members will model appropriate forms of addressing other students and teachers. Curriculum will include books, music, and activities that demonstrate respect for others. Teachers will be alert to gender biased comments and attitudes. Teachers will engage students in discussions that illustrate that both men and women are successful at a variety of occupations and pastimes. Classroom activities and lessons will be developmentally based so that students will not be presented with concepts that are beyond their capabilities. If parents or staff members become aware of comments or behaviors on the part of staff or other students that could be considered sexual harassment, the parents or staff members are requested to bring their concerns to the Principal (hereafter referred to as “the administration”). After talking with the administration, the written complaint may be filed with the School Board. A confidential investigation of the matter will be conducted. The intent of the procedure is to insure prompt recourse, fairness and equity to the family alleging sexual harassment, to the student, and to the witness. The investigation will be conducted by one administrator and one board member: One male and one female. The family will be notified as to the determination of the investigation. If it is found that unlawful harassment has occurred, effective remedial action commensurate with the severity of the offense will be taken. CMCS will not retaliate against the person or the child making the complaint and will not knowingly permit retaliation by any CMCS employee or other child or family member.
Obligations of All Employees: Employees shall report to the administration any conduct on the part of other employees or non-employees, such as representatives or service vendors, who sexually harass any student enrolled at CMCS. Teachers in a classroom setting shall take action to stop any harassment of students, including discipline of students involved and notification of the administration. The employee shall submit, in writing, a detailed and specific account of the incident, which will be used in investigation and allegation. No employee of CMCS shall take action to discourage a victim of harassment from reporting such an instance.
State-Mandated Harassment Policy: In order to be in full compliance of state law, CMCS must distribute the following Student Harassment policies to each family enrolled.
CMCS is committed to providing an academic environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect and which is free from all forms of intimidation, exploitation, bullying, verbal and electronic harassment, and sexual harassment. This policy prohibits such acts. CMCS believes that students have the right to learn in an atmosphere, which is most conducive to the achievement of their fullest potential. As such, guidelines have been established to help students discern when the line between playful interaction and disrespectful behavior has been crossed. A student who feels they have been harassed should immediately contact a school employee or administrator. Students who observe harassing conduct are encouraged to report the matter to a school employee or administrator promptly. All complaints will be investigated promptly and appropriate corrective action will be taken. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in any complaint. However, the school reserves the right to fully and completely investigate every complaint, and to notify the student’s parent/guardian and appropriate law enforcement agencies as the circumstances warrant. It is against the school’s policy to discriminate or retaliate against any person who has filed a complaint. 

Academics

Junior High Promotion Requirements: In order for a 7th grade student to be promoted into the 8th grade, they must not have received more than one “F” in a core/academic class during each semester. In order for an 8th grade student to be promoted into high school, they must not have received more than one “F” in a core/academic class during each semester. Students in grades 7th and 8th must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for the entire year in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
Note: Any exceptions to the above criteria would be made by the school administration and Academic Advisor after meeting with the parents, student, and teacher(s). The number of times placed on academic probation as well as social behavior will be taken into consideration when making the decision.
Progress Reports: Progress Reports are not sent out by the school; rather, parents and students may check student grades on FACTS at any time. Parents and students are encouraged to pay close attention to comments that teachers post for individual assignments. If students have below a “C-” in a class, the classroom teacher will contact parents at the end of each week to explain the situation.
Report Cards: At the conclusion of each semester (approximately 18-20 weeks), an evaluation of the student’s progress for an entire semester will be recorded on the student’s report card found in FACTS.
Semester Grades: Semester grades are an evaluation of the student’s work for an entire eighteen to twenty week period, which includes final exams. These grades are recorded on the report card that becomes part of the permanent record. It is on the basis of semester grades that a student earns credit and grade points.
Grading Policy: Exams are a regular part of academic measurement. An unexcused absence will result in one-half credit on the finals. Make-up tests are set by the teachers at their discretion.
Letter grades are defined as follows (grade points are based on a 4.0 scale):
A = Excellent
B = Above Average
C = Average
D = Below Average
F = Failure
Academic Probation: Academic probation is invoked when a student has a serious academic problem. It is intended to give notice to the parent and student so that a mutual effort on the part of both the school and home may be made to correct the academic deficiency. Hopefully the deficiency will be improved to a satisfactory or passing level. If not, Administration will decide if the student will be able to continue at CMCS. Academic probation will be invoked in the following manner:
  1.  A student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below 2.0 at the 9 week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation. The student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities during this time.
  2. Parents will be notified.
  3. A conference will be held with the student and administration to give an explanation of the probation and suggestions for remediation. The parent will be given an opportunity to be part of this conference.
  4. The academic status of the student will be reviewed by the administration at the end of the next assessment period (semester final or 9-week progress report). If the student has raised their G.P.A. to a 2.0 or higher, they will be removed from probation. Extracurricular activities may be resumed. However, if the student’s G.P.A. is still below a 2.0, the Administration will then decide if they will be allowed to remain in school.
Following removal or withdrawal from the school for academic reasons, a student may apply to be re-enrolled on academic probation if the following conditions are fulfilled:
  • The student has attended another school for one full year.
  • The student has completed a full academic load for the year.
  • The student has received no grade lower than a “C” in any subject.
  • The student can satisfactorily pass the Entrance Exam/Placement Test.
Standardized Tests: Achievement tests are administered to students (grades 7-8) each year in order to help parents and teachers evaluate their progress. These tests are mandatory.
Student Eligibility in Extra-Curricular Activities: The objective of Calvary Murrieta Christian School is to develop the student in areas of Christianity, academics, social skills, and responsibility. Therefore, it is important that those students that represent this school be in “good standing” with the school. To be in good standing with the school, all junior high students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in their studies (the average of all class grades). The student must also be of good character and not a discipline problem in the school. Any junior high student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 2.0 at the end of a 9-week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation and becomes ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities (athletics, fine arts performances, etc.) until the end of the following next assessment period (semester final or 9-week progress report). The administration has the option of placing a student on probation for such problems as attitude, behavior, and homework. Final decisions concerning probation and eligibility will be made by the administration.
Homework Policy: Homework is considered to be a valuable tool in properly teaching and preparing our students within the subject matter. Therefore, it is expected of each student to complete all of their assignments and turn them in on the day and time they are collected.
Late Work Policy: Assignments must be submitted in class on the due date. If students do not submit the work it will result in zero credit.  Teachers may allow students to turn in the assignments by the following calendar day for partial credit.
Absent Work Policy: All assignments which are due or collected on the day of the student’s absence must be turned in by the end of the next attended school day; anything submitted after that will result in zero credit. Students must turn in all work assigned during their absence within two calendar days of returning to school. (Based on the nature of the work, teachers may extend due dates.) Anything submitted after that will result in zero credit.
Academic Awards:  At the completion of each semester, a list of the students who have achieved academic distinction will be calculated. Students who have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in all classes will be listed on the Honor Roll. Individual Honor Roll awards will be distributed as follows:
Principal’s Award ~ 4.0 (all grades are an “A”)
High Honors ~ 3.7 – 3.9
Honor Roll ~ 3.0 – 3.6
Note: GPA’s will be rounded to the nearest tenth to determine awards. Students with “Ds” or “Fs” in any class will not be eligible for an award.
Cumulative Records (CUM File): Pursuant to the Education Code of California, Chapter 1.5, Article 3, Section 49063, you are hereby given notification of privacy rights of parents and students. Federal and state laws grant certain rights of privacy and rights of access to students and their parents. Full access to all personally identifiable written records maintained by CMCS must be granted to natural parents, adoptive parents, or legal guardians of students under the age of 18. Parents may review individual records by making a request to the administration. The administration will see that explanations and interpretations are provided, if requested. Information, which is alleged to be inaccurate or inappropriate, may be removed upon written request by parents and reviewed by the administration. Parents may also receive a copy of any information in the records at a reasonable cost per page. Policies and procedures relating to types of records, kinds of information retained, persons responsible for records, directory information, access by other persons, review, and to the challenge of records are available through the administrative office. When a student moves to a new school, records will be forwarded upon the request of the new school. All unpaid balances must be paid in full prior to the transfer of records. At the time of transfer, the parent may review, receive a copy (at a reasonable fee), and/or challenge the records.

Chapel  (Square One)

Weekly Square One Chapel is an important part of life at Calvary Murrieta Christian School. It is an opportunity for students to hear truth about Jesus from outstanding speakers and worship God together with their teachers and peers. Students are required to attend Chapel and refrain from distracting those around them. It is our hope that they come expectantly, looking for God to use the time to help them grow.

Attendance

Attendance at school provides a student with classroom experience. This experience is composed of participation in class activities and direct instruction conducted by the classroom teacher. The instructional program designed by each teacher is a progressive and sequential experience. It is generally impossible for that experience to be “made up”. Attendance at CMCS is broken down into three categories: absences, extended absences, and truancy.
Absences: There is no distinction between excused and unexcused absences. A student’s failure to attend class will be considered an absence for that class. The maximum number of allowable absences in any one semester is eight (8) days. Attendance is recorded on a class-by-class basis; this applies to all junior high classes. As we are aware that there are unavoidable situations such as medical and dental appointments, personal illnesses, and funerals, we are allotting 8 absences per semester.
Consequences for Absences:
  • Absences  1-8: No academic consequences if classwork is turned in according to homework policy.
  • Absences 1-7: Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call.
  • Absence   8: Last absence without consequence, parent/guardian alert via email or phone call.
  • Absence   9: 1st consequence – Student meeting with administration, student’s class grade will be lowered by 10% (one letter grade). Email to parent/guardian.
  • Absences 10 &11: Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call, no academic consequences.
  • Absence  12: 2nd consequence – Student meeting with administration, student’s class grade will be lowered by an additional 10% (totaling two letter grades).  Email to parent/guardian.
  • Absences 13 &14: Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call, no academic consequences.
  • Absence 15: Letter from the guidance department informing parents that their student will be withdrawn from the class in question with no credit given. Student will be assigned to a no-credit study hall in the Library.
School Sanctioned Events: The following CMCS events will be authorized for absence from school with no negative attendance consequences:
  • Calvary Athletics
  • Calvary Fine Arts
  • School Sanctioned Field Trips
  • Calvary ASB Events
  • Calvary Outreach Trips
Students who are involved in any of the above activities must meet with their teachers prior to leaving for these events to obtain homework and/or set up times to make up class work, activities, or tests. Failure to comply will result in application of the late work policy as outlined below.
Extended Absences: When a student will be out of school for an extended period (a planned absence of 4 days or longer), it is important that our partnering relationship continues.  Parents will need to inform administration in writing at least 14 days in advance of the absence. With chronic illnesses, documentation is vital.  A letter from the student’s physician will need to be submitted to administration upon the returning to school.  This letter needs to include the days that the student missed school, prescribed limitations, and an explanation for the extended absence.  These absences will be recorded, yet no disciplinary measures will be taken. After parents obtain notification from the principal, the student must then contact the teachers and obtain all assignments for the period of absence. All work must be completed and turned in to the teachers prior to the student’s absence or, with teachers’ permission, turned in after returning to school. If the teachers are not contacted beforehand, the late homework policy will then be put into effect.
Truancy: “Truancy” is an absence without the knowledge and consent of parents and /or school staff. This includes leaving school without permission before the end of the school day, or staying out of a scheduled class or activity without permission. Such action will not be tolerated. Possible consequences of being truant will include:
1st time – 1-day suspension. Parents are notified.
2nd time – Meet with administration and parent. 1 to 3-day suspension.
3rd time – School Board review for possible expulsion
Tardies: Tardies affect not only the tardy student, but disrupt students in the class. It is the parent and student’s responsibility to be at school and in class on time. The bell schedule allows sufficient passing period between classes. All students are expected to be in class at the time the bell rings at the start of the class. If a student arrives after the bell has rung, they should assume they have been marked tardy. Students are considered absent if they are more than fifteen (15) minutes late. Each teacher keeps a daily record of tardies. Students are permitted four (4) tardies each semester without discipline. The fifth (5) tardy, and each additional tardy, will result in a demerit. From that point on the schools policy on demerits will fall into play (i.e. four (4) demerits equals a Saturday school and $25 fee).

Special Events & Trips

Outreach Trips: Our motto here at Calvary Murrieta Christian School is “Equipping for Today and for Tomorrow.” Part of that preparation is in fulfilling the great commission of Jesus, “… you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” These were Jesus’ last words to His disciples; His first words to His disciples were similar, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The outreach trips at CMCS are designed to allow our students an opportunity to practice those lessons taught each day in class and at home. James exhorts us, “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). He then goes on to remind us, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” We encourage all students to pray about being involved in one of these trips offered throughout the course of the year. If interested in serving, they can contact the school office for an application and more information on each trip.
Field Trips: Field trips of an educational nature are vital to the curriculum enrichment emphasis at CMCS. The teaching staff will make every effort to supplement their teaching curriculum with meaningful field trips. School-sponsored field trips are established for the specific grade and class levels. Therefore, it is the policy of CMCS to limit field trip participation only to the students of the class. Please be advised that siblings are not allowed to attend school-sponsored field trips.
  • Details:  Please remember that both students and parents need to abide by the dress code while on field trips and school activities. Students will not be permitted to attend a field trip or school-sponsored event without a signed permission slip from parents or guardians. Parents serving as chaperones and/or drivers should check in at the school office and arrive in their child’s classroom 15 minutes prior to departure time. If you will be delayed or have any change of plans, please call the school office immediately.
Parent/Guardian Drivers: If a parent or guardian wishes to serve as a driver, the following items must be completed and approved through the school office:
  • Submit a completed driver application form annually.
  • Submit a copy of your valid California Driver’s License.
  • Submit a copy of your current proof of insurance.
  • Parents serving as drivers will be assigned several children to their vehicle, and at times another adult passenger. The driver and adult passenger will serve as chaperones for the children in their vehicle and will be responsible for their care during the entire field trip/activity. The purpose is to serve as a chaperone and assist the teacher in the supervision, care, and transportation of the students.
Driver Policy: Calvary Chapel Murrieta and Calvary Murrieta Christian School require anyone driving students or children under the age of 18, to any Calvary Chapel function, whether in our Church/School vehicles or in their own personal vehicle, to be in compliance with these policies:
  • The non-staff drivers must be at least 25 years old, but not more than 70 years old to drive students or children of our Church, unless they are their own children or grandchildren.
  • The driver must have and provide proof of a valid California Driver’s License.
  • The driver must have and provide proof of Liability Insurance on the vehicle to be driven.
  • The driver must submit a completed Driver Application annually.
  • The driver must adhere to designated driving speeds and DMV driving laws at all times.
  • The driver must have a required seat belt for each passenger in the vehicle, and is responsible to be sure that each person wears his/her seatbelt properly.
  • The driver must adhere to DMV car seat requirements when driving young children.
  • If you have a first aid kit, please bring it with you in your vehicle.
  • Please be sure you understand the route to be taken. A map and/or directions will be provided by the teacher. Please stick to the assigned route to and from the field trip.
  • Please call the school office right away if you experience car trouble or become lost. If someone has been hurt or is ill, and the teacher is not readily available, please call the school office for instruction.
  • Children must enter and exit vehicles from the curbside unless the vehicle is in a protected parking area or driveway.
  • Children must not be left unattended in a vehicle at any time.
  • Students should not eat or drink in your vehicle without your permission.
  • You may only play rated “G” movies/DVD’s in your vehicle.
  • Please use discretion when choosing music to play in your vehicle when transporting students.
The teacher will make vehicle assignments for students. If you have a suggestion or preference please let the teacher know in advance so this can be taken into consideration. Teachers sometimes have special reasons that they may not be free to explain for assigning specific seating arrangements. You will be provided with a list of names of the children being transported in your vehicle. Copies of the permission slips and emergency forms for all students will be with the teacher.
If there is a change in your insurance or driver’s license status, you must notify the School Office immediately.
Driver and Chaperone Instructions: Our school greatly depends on the involvement of parents for transportation and chaperoning of field trips and other off-site events. We really appreciate you taking the time to support your child’s school and its activities. The following are guidelines that we ask all drivers and chaperones to follow:
  • If you own or have access to a cell phone, please bring it with you on the trip for safety reasons. In case of illness or an emergency, notify the school office immediately. Please do not use a cell phone while driving, unless an emergency arises.
  • It is important for volunteers to realize that they are acting as Christian role models for our students. Please be an example by demonstrating maturity in actions, attitudes, and dress. A classroom teacher will be in charge of each field trip and will direct the chaperones as to what is expected of them.
  • Only those parents who have signed up in advance as drivers or chaperones may attend. No last minute sign-ups.
  • Only children enrolled in the class or activity may attend the event. Under no circumstances may guests or siblings attend a field trip or school event unless the trip is announced as a special family event and other siblings are specifically invited. Many of our field trip destination institutions, especially commercial businesses, will not allow smaller children to accompany the field trip. Please do not make arrangements for someone else to meet you at the field trip or event site with siblings. The first responsibility of each volunteer is to the students being supervised. Thank you for understanding our priorities.
  • Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of those students in their care. The driver is responsible for children’s behavior. If you are experiencing difficulties, please report the problem immediately to the teacher or other supervising adult. Do not allow rowdiness, disrespect, inappropriate voices, etc. Do not allow dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior on the trip.
  • Chaperones should make it a special point to remain with the students for whom they are responsible. They should keep the student who rode with them close to them. They should resist the temptation to group with other adults while allowing the students to “do their own thing.”
  • Enjoy the students! However, if you have a problem with any student, take him/her to the teacher or supervising adult.
  • Know exactly how many students are in your group and count, count, count all day! Keep roll if necessary. Be sure that all are present before moving from one place to another (especially when heading home).
  • Students are to return with the same person and vehicle that transported them for the event. Exceptions to this can be made only by an administrator or the teacher. Usually, exceptions are reserved for emergency situations only.
  • Drivers and chaperones should refrain from purchasing special treats for the children they are supervising.
  • Please do not purchase food items for students.
If you have questions about any aspect of the field trip, expectation of drivers or chaperones, or expectation of student behavior, please ask for assistance from the teacher or person in charge.

ASB Events

CMCS ASB hosts four events throughout the year for our students
  • Fall Off Campus Event
  • Winter On Campus Event
  • Spring Off Campus Event
  • End of year party On Campus Event
The costs for these events differ from year to year. Once a ticket is purchased a full refund for personal “change of plan” cannot be given. Students who invite a guest from outside of CMCS to these events must have a visitor’s pass filled out completely and approved by administration. The visitor’s pass can be obtained through the ASB teacher. PLEASE NOTE, students may not participate in any of the above events if:
  • They have a failing grade in any subject.
  • They are on academic probation.
  • They are on social probation.

Health Policy 

In order to minimize the spread of illness, CMCS expects you to keep your child home when ill. The following are guidelines as to when your child should be kept home or will be sent home:
  • Fever
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rash of unknown cause (If a doctor or health department staff member can identify the rash as not being contagious, we will admit the child providing the rash is not making the child sick and excessively uncomfortable)
  • Suspected conjunctivitis (pink eye: symptoms include red, itchy eyes, with crusts that form on the eyelid)
  • Contagious conditions such as untreated ringworm, head lice, impetigo, etc.
  • Significant symptoms of respiratory illness (thick colored mucus from eyes or nose, serious cough, wheezing, red runny eyes or crusty eyes, sore throat, or earache)
  • Any suspected fracture
  • Head injury with any brief loss of consciousness, severe headache, or visual disturbances (otherwise 911 will be called).
  • Cuts or gashes that appear to require medical attention or visible bleeding that cannot be controlled within 5 minutes.
For infections requiring a doctor’s prescription, please keep your child home 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic. For all other illnesses, the child must be symptom free for 12 hours before returning to school. 
Emergency Forms: We recognize that students may become ill or injured at school. An updated Emergency Form must be on file for all students with means for calling parents and designated emergency contacts. This form must be updated prior to the start of each new school year. When a student becomes ill or injured, the parent is called. After attempting to contact the parents with no success, the persons designated as emergency contacts will be called. If the parent is reached via phone, they may designate someone other than who is listed on the emergency form to pick up their child. An emergency contact cannot designate someone to pick up the student other than those listed on the form. If the parent and emergency contacts are unable to be reached and it is a non-emergency situation, school administrators will determine the appropriate action. Please be sure the student’s emergency form has names and current phone numbers of persons who have agreed to pick up your child if you cannot. Please list any cell phone numbers available for parents and emergency contacts. It is very frustrating for both the child and the office staff when a child is not feeling well, or there is an emergency situation, and employees are unable to contact an adult.
Communicating Health Conditions: In order to ensure your student’s health and safety, it is important for us to be made aware of any health conditions or allergies the student may have. Please note ANY health problems in the appropriate space on the emergency form. This information is not only necessary for us to address students’ health and safety, it is also necessary for any emergency personnel who may be called in to care for your child. Students’ health information is confidential and will only be shared with staff on a need-to-know basis. Contact the school office immediately if your child contracts a communicable disease. Please bring a doctor’s release when the child returns to school. The school follows District Public Health regulations as to when a child may return to school after a communicable disease. Students returning to school after being treated for head lice must be examined in the health room prior to returning to class. The child must be free of all lice and “nits” before being re-admitted to school. All persons, including volunteers, who are in regular contact with the children shall be in good health and free from communicable disease.
Administration of Medication Policy: No student shall be given over-the-counter medication during school hours except with written request from the parent/guardian. Written permission is given on the student’s emergency form. No student shall be given prescription medication during school hours except with written request from a licensed physician/healthcare provider who has the responsibility for the medical management of the student. All such requests must be signed by the parent/guardian. These authorizations must be renewed whenever the prescription changes and at the beginning of each new school year. All medication, prescription and over-the-counter, must be stored and dispensed in the health office. All medication must be provided in the container in which it was purchased. If it is a prescribed medication, it must be in the original container with the prescription label attached and must be prescribed to the student to whom it will be administered. School personnel cannot give medication brought to school in a plastic bag, plastic ware, or any other repackaging. Out-of-date medication will not be given. An adult must bring the medication to the school along with the completed authorization form. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession at school. This practice allows for the safety of all students on campus. The only exception to this policy is if the student’s well-being is in jeopardy and the medication, such as an inhaler for asthma, is carried on his/her person. The appropriate release forms can be obtained from the school office and must include a statement from the physician that the student’s well-being is in jeopardy unless he/she carries the medication.
Responsibility of the Parent or Guardian: Parents/guardians shall be encouraged to cooperate with the physician to develop a schedule so the necessity for taking medication at school will be minimized or eliminated. Parents or guardians will assume full responsibility for the supply and transportation of all medications to and from school. For over-the-counter medication to be administered, parents or guardians must complete the medication section on the student emergency form, which gives written authorization for school personnel to administer over-the-counter medication. Parents or guardians may pick up unused medications from the school office during and at the close of the school year. Medication remaining after the last day of school will be discarded.  A request for administering prescribed medication must be completed by the parent or guardian and filed with the school office. The container must be clearly labeled by the physician or pharmacy with the following information:
  • Student’s name
  • Physician’s name
  • Name of medication
  • Dosage, schedule and dose form
  • Date of expiration of medication
Each medication is to be in a separate pharmacy container prescribed for the student by a physician.
Responsibility of School Personnel: The school health aide will assume responsibility for placing medication in a locked cabinet. Students will be assisted with taking medications according to the physician’s instructions and the procedure observed by a school staff member. Each administration of medication will be recorded on a medication log immediately following the time of its administration by the individual who gave the medication and an email notification will be sent to the parent or guardian through FACTS notification system.
Immunizations: Children must have their immunizations up-to-date and submitted to the school. The only exception being that a child has a medical exemption authorized by a physician. Written statements by the physician must be submitted. 

Emergency Procedures

Health Emergencies: Although we do not have a certified nurse on staff, our staff has been certified in First Aid and CPR. When a child has been injured, we evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis. When appropriate, we apply ice packs to bumps, topical ointment and band-aids to cuts and scrapes, etc. If more serious, we will notify the parent and complete an Accident Report.
  • If a student is injured on campus, the student should report the injury to a teacher, administrator, or staff member.
  • If a student becomes ill, he/she should notify a staff member, and proceed directly to the health room.
  • If a student is advised to leave campus, the parent will be contacted. When the parent or other authorized adult comes to pick up the student, they will be asked to sign the student out in the office.
Fire & Disaster Drills: It is required by law that schools conduct fire drills. In keeping with recommended civil defense procedure, disaster drills also may be conducted. Instructions for these drills will be read over the school intercom and reinforced by the instructor. Students are expected to become familiar with these instructions so that all drills can be conducted with a minimum of confusion. CMCS has a comprehensive disaster plan. This plan will provide for the safety and welfare of each child in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, flooding or fire. An important area of our plan deals with providing food and water should students be required to remain at school for an extended period of time. Our school is equipped with some stored emergency items. Kits have a shelf life of 5 years and will be stored for use in the event of an emergency.

Closed Campus Policy 

We are a closed campus. This means that no student is to leave the school grounds during the regular school day for any reason unless an authorized parent or guardian comes to the office to sign them out. If leaving early for an appointment, please call the office the morning of the appointment so that the teacher can be notified ahead of time and missed work can be prepped. 

On Campus Visitors

All visitors are required to check-in with the school office upon entering the campus. Those wishing to volunteer in classrooms must have prior approval from the teacher and  administration. Visitors are required to sign in and out, and to wear a visitor name-tag during their entire visit. Identification may be requested of visitors. We follow these procedures as a precaution for our students, as we feel it is essential to identify all adults interacting with the students.

Volunteers

Calvary Murrieta Christian School has many opportunities for parents to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer at CMCS, we ask that you complete the following items and follow our volunteer requirements:
  • Complete a Volunteer Application Form and attend a mandatory Parent Volunteer Meeting annually.
  • Read and comply with our volunteer requirements and dress code.
  • Arrange a volunteer schedule with your student’s teacher.
  • Sign in at the office and pick up your name tag, which must be worn at all times while on campus.
  • Sign out in the office when you are done volunteering.
Volunteer Dress Code: We ask that while on campus, field trips and school events that you follow the volunteer dress code:
  • No tight fitting tops
  • Halter, off-the-shoulder, strapless, and backless tops or dresses are not permitted.
  • Short tops, which expose any part of the midriff skin, are not permitted.
  • No part of the undergarments should be visible.
  • Tops or dresses with shoulder straps less than 2 inches will need a shirt underneath or a jacket or sweater worn over it at all times.
  • Sleeveless blouses and dresses may be worn only if the armholes are not so large as to show any portion of undergarments.
  • The neckline of dresses, blouses, and tops must be modest. Cleavage cannot show when standing or bending over.
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts should not be higher than 3 inches above the knee.
  • Sweat-type pants or skirts with writing across the rear end are not allowed.
  • Clothing that displays words with suggestive double-meanings are not allowed.
If you are out of dress code, the staff has been instructed to offer you an appropriate item to wear while on campus. Please help us avoid this uncomfortable situation by complying with the dress code.
Siblings: We ask that you not bring your student’s siblings with you when you volunteer or while chaperoning on field trips.
Volunteer Schedule: Once you have completed the volunteer requirements, you must arrange a schedule with your student's teacher. Please adhere to this schedule. Teachers count on you to be there on your scheduled day/time. If for some reason you are unable to make it on your scheduled day, please notify the teacher as soon as possible.
Confidentiality & Impartiality: It is important to remember that your capacity in the class is that of a volunteer. Please do not show favoritism for your student and please do not show any judgment against other student’s behavior, attitude, etc. Please do not speak to anyone but the teacher about what you observe in the classroom, student’s grades or student behavior. It is the teacher’s responsibility to handle any concerns you may have. Please be especially sensitive to this by not taking it home and discussing it with other family members. Your student could pick up on this and kids could get hurt.
Special Privileges: Being a parent volunteer does not avail you to any special privileges, except that of being able to volunteer in your child’s classroom so we ask that you not pick your student up early when volunteering or drop in on other classes unexpectedly.

PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship)

The CMCS teachers and staff encourage you to become a part of our Parent-Teacher Fellowship. It is a wonderful way to become a part of our school through events such as our Jog-a-thon, Staff Appreciation Week, and special family events.
PTF Mission Statement: The purpose of this organization shall be, in prayerful dependence upon God:
  • To establish a fellowship between home and school.
  • To work together as parents and staff to coordinate school events and activities.
  • To encourage and strengthen the parents in fulfilling their God-given responsibility in the training of their children in the Lord.
  • To bring families and staff into a closer relationship where they may cooperate intelligently in the activities and education of the students.
  • To provide a channel through which the physical and financial needs of the school can be made known and through which the members and friends can help in supplying these needs.

School Rules

The following school rules have been established to maintain and promote the safest and most effective environment for learning. These school rules will be enforced at all times and are in addition to individual classroom rules, which may vary. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the rules of the school, treat others as they would want to be treated, and do nothing to interfere with the learning, safety, and well-being of other individuals.
  • All students are to be respectful and obedient to staff members and faculty at all times.
  • All classroom and homework assignments are to be completed and turned in as assigned.
  • Students are to be good examples of Christian young people both on and off campus.
  • Students are to show respect for the rights and feelings of others. Fighting, cheating, using bad language, etc., are not examples of Christian conduct.
  • Students are to be courteous and respectful to others and to personal and school property.
  • Playground rules must be obeyed at all times.
  • Electronic devices and/or toys of any kind are not allowed on campus. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: iPod, iPad, electronic games, lasers, or equipment. Students found with these items will have them confiscated and they will only be returned to the parent/guardian.
  • Cell phones may be carried but must be turned off and kept in the student’s backpack. If used during school hours, the phone will be confiscated. Cell phones may only be used outside campus before and after school and may not be used during breaks or lunch. They may only be used during school hours with prior permission from the administration.
  • Gum is not allowed.
  • Students are not allowed to leave campus during the school day except with parent permission and office approval.
  • No inappropriate roughhousing or touching.
  • Bullying is taken very seriously at CMCS and will not be tolerated. A student who is bullying another student and refuses to stop may be asked to leave the school.
Student Technology Use Policy: Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools (CMCS) have an exciting opportunity to expand learning access through Internet for students and staff.  With this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use.  All Calvary Murrieta Christian School personnel accessing the Internet will comply with the CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act). At CMCS, students will have the opportunity to use PC laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads.
  • Internet Warning: With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. There may be some material or individual communications, which are not suitable for school-aged children. CMCS views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as reference materials. Specifically, the school supports resources that will enhance the learning environment with directed guidance from the faculty and staff. However, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network and inappropriate material may inadvertently be viewed. At school, student access to and use of the Internet will be monitored and controlled by web filtering software as well as under teacher direction and will be monitored as any other classroom activity. CMCS, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals, and policies of CMCS.
  • Student Office 365 Accounts: Students will be given a logon and password for their Microsoft 365 account. Students are not to share their network password with another person. This will protect students from others using their computer accounts in unacceptable ways. Passwords are always changed at the beginning of each school year and other times upon request. Within their 365 account, students are able to share their homework or documents with their teacher. Each teacher will share his/her classroom expectations regarding submitting online work with his/her students.
  • Flash Drives: With the use of Sharing Files through Office 365 – bringing a flash drive is no longer a necessity. However, students may bring in USB Flash drives to transfer documents for use at home if they have limited internet access or connecting through 365 has problems.   Flash drives brought to school with inappropriate content for school will be confiscated and a parent notified for pickup. Student may not run any programs from their flash drives.  If students need to print out homework, there is a 5 cent per page, 15 page limit of school related material only.
  • Netiquette: Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of online etiquette.
    • Be polite.
    • Do not use vulgar or obscene language.
    • Do not reveal your address or phone number or those of others.
    • Do not delete or manipulate any work which is not your own (i.e. plagiarize materials, edit journalistic articles, change photos or artwork)
    • Do not disrupt the network or the data of other users.
    Each student and their parent or guardian must sign a contract prior to Computer access.  Failure to follow this contract will be considered a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and will result in stated punishment. As a computer user, students agree to the following rules of the Acceptable Use Policy for the Computer Network and the Internet at CMCS. Students will recognize that all computer users have the same rights to use the equipment; therefore,
    • Students will not play non-academic games or use the computer resources for non-academic activities when others require the system for academic purposes.
    • Students recognize that software is protected by copyright laws; therefore, 
      • Students will not make unauthorized copies of software found on school computers by copying them onto my own media or onto other computers through electronic mail or bulletin boards.
      • Students will not give, lend, or sell copies of software to others unless I have the written permission of the copyright owner or the original software is clearly identified as shareware or in the public domain (freeware).
      • Students will not install any unauthorized software on any school computer system.
    • Students recognize that the work of all users is valuable; therefore,
      • Students will protect the privacy of others’ areas by not trying to learn their passwords.
      • Students will not copy, change, read, or use files in another user’s area without that user’s permission.
      • Students will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to system programs or computer equipment.
      • Students will not create or introduce any virus, which may destroy files or disrupt service to other users.
      • Students will not download, store, or print any files or messages that are profane, obscene, or that use language that offends or tends to degrade others.
      • Students will not share my password with other users.
    • Students recognize that security on any computer system is a high priority; therefore,  
      • Students will not attempt to bypass the security built into the system, and I recognize that doing so will result in immediate cancellation of my privileges.
      • Students will not alter or manipulate grades, transcripts, report cards and/or schedules (whether for myself or others) within the Net Classroom website.
    • Students recognize that vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to alter, harm or destroy data or any computer hardware; therefore, 
      • Students will not vandalize any machine or related materials.
      • Students will not vandalize any work belonging to any other person.
    • The use of the Internet is not a right, but a privilege and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of that privilege.  Each individual who will have access to the Internet will receive information pertaining to the proper use of the network.  Any violation of the above rules will result in:
      1st Offense: Loss of all computer privileges for 9 weeks
      2nd Offense: Loss of all computer privileges for 18 weeks
      3rd Offense: Loss of all computer privileges for 36 weeks
      In addition, the administration will have the right to add additional punishment as deemed appropriate.  The administrator(s) shall cause the termination of individual student access if a student graduates, transfers from the school, drops out of school, or violates the acceptable use policy.
An agreement form is to be distributed to all Calvary Murrieta Christian School students.  A signed agreement form must be on file for each student who wishes to use any computer at CMCS.  In order for a student to be allowed access to the Internet, the student must also have the form signed by a parent//guardian.  A list of students allowed to use the Internet will be distributed to all teachers. No signed agreement form: Student will not have access to the CMCS computer network or system. Student signature only: Student will have access to CMCS computer network and agrees to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy. Student signature plus parent/guardian signature and sponsoring teacher signature: The student will have access to the CMCS computer network and the Internet.  The parent/guardian agrees to take responsibility for his/her child’s behavior regarding the use of the CMCS computer network and the Internet.  The parent understands that any rule that his/her child breaks will result in loss of computer privileges and possible disciplinary action as stipulated above.

Animals on Campus 

Dogs are not allowed on campus. A child wanting to share a pet must have prior consent from the teacher and administration. If permission is given, the animal must be caged or on a leash and supervised at all times. Animals within the classroom environment and under teacher supervision are to be respected by all.

Physical Education

All junior high school students are required to dress for Physical Education. P. E. clothes must be purchased from the Athletic Department. It is our desire that all P. E. clothes are uniform, and therefore, clothes sold through the CMCS Athletic Department will be the only acceptable clothing for Physical Education. Each student will be issued a P. E. locker in the locker room and a lock. Students are not to switch locks with their hall locks. Students must use only the P. E. locker assigned to them. If there are problems with the lock or locker, students are to report to the teacher.

Conflict Resolution

To encourage healthy relationships within our community, CMCS encourages all students, parents, and staff members to seek healthy resolution to all conflicts. CMCS desires to handle all concerns in a Biblical manner, through the principles of Matthew 18:15-17 and Philippians 2:14. Please help us handle concerns effectively and in a Christian manner by following these scriptural guidelines. We want to satisfactorily handle each problem, and we realize this can only happen through proper communication and support. When we follow these procedures, it effectively builds positive relationships and communication. In the event of a concern, problem or misunderstanding, here is the step-by-step procedure to follow:
  1. After a concern or complaint has arisen, all concerns should go directly to the Teacher, Coach or Staff member involved. If the situation persists, approach that individual a second time; sometimes issues and concerns need clarification and time.
  2. If attempts to resolve the issue with the appropriate personnel are unsuccessful, contact the next person in the chain of command to schedule a meeting with all parties involved.
  3. The Principal bears responsibility for resolving conflicts that occur within his/her school. A letter may be sent to the Head of Schools and the School Board only after the Principal has been given an opportunity to address the concerns.
  4. If the Superintendent is unable to resolve the situation, the concerns may be submitted to the School Board in a letter specifically stating the issues and the individuals involved. The Board, at the next regularly scheduled meeting, will consider the written correspondence and a response will be provided accordingly.

Athletics

Sports activities are an integral part of character development at CMCS. Christians are commanded to be different from the normal world around them and this includes athletics (John 17:14, 17). The reason is that we have a different perspective from which to work. Jesus Christ is to be the center of all our attention, both on and off the athletic field. We are to have His attitude, actions and mind set (Philippians 2:5, Romans 8:29). We are to do everything as unto the Lord and not as unto men (Colossians 3:23). In other words, we are to perform as if Jesus were the only one watching. Jesus loved us so much that He gave Himself up for us (Philippians 2:8). It is only natural then that we should give all we have to Him in return. In order to be like Christ, we need to study Scripture and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us. Remember, however, we are developing eternal values!! (Hebrews 12:2)
Athletic Fees: An athletic fee per sport will be charged to everyone who desires to play sports at CMCS. This fee will help defray the expenses (protective equipment, official fees, tournament entry fees, etc.) related to running an athletic program. The cost of the fees will be found on the school’s website under Athletics – Sports Fees. The athletic fee will be due at the start of each sport’s season AND will cover a student’s participation for that season only. The athletic fee should be made payable to “CMCS.”
Athletic Eligibility: To be in good standing with the school, all junior high and high school students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in their academics (the average of all class grades). The student must also be of good character and not a discipline problem in the school. Any junior high student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 2.0 at the end of a 9-week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation and becomes ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities (athletics, fine arts performances, etc.) until the end of the next assessment period (semester final or 9-week progress report). The Administration has the option of placing a student on probation for such problems as attitude, behavior, and homework. Final decisions concerning probation and eligibility will be made by the Administration.

Discipline 

Spiritual Life and Conduct: One of the unique purposes of CMCS is to prepare Christian young people for effective service for Christ wherever He leads them. Since effective Christian service can be performed only by those who are truly Christian, CMCS expects the following traits and behaviors for each student:
  • A vital, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstration by attitude and behavior, of a life committed to following Christ. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Timothy 4:12)
  • A sincere desire to mature intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
  • A growing concern for the welfare of others.
  • Responsibility for his/her own behavior and its effect on others.
Spiritual growth is never the result of superimposed rules; therefore, CMCS expects each student to adhere to conduct in accordance with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and love as set forth in Scripture. Each student should understand that attending CMCS is a privilege granted to those who will demonstrate a spirit of harmony with the philosophy and goals of the school. By applying for admission to CMCS, the student agrees to obey the rules both of an academic and non-academic nature and to observe the standards of conduct set forth by the school board.
Christian Lifestyle: As Christians we seek to live our lives out of the positive law of love in obedience to God’s commandments. It is further recognized, however, that our love is imperfect, fragmentary, and deficient. It is in recognition of this fact that this conduct code seeks to assist the students and parents by prohibiting certain actions or behaviors that are in conflict with a Christian code of conduct. Negative behavior lessens academic performance, causes difficulty in managing emotions, affects personal relationships, heightens the potential for damage to property, injury, or illness, and infringes on the rights of others. Therefore, students must at all times (365 days of the year, both on and off campus), while enrolled at CMCS refrain from the following):
  • The use of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or any form of tobacco, smoking, or vaping.
  • Involvement in immoral activities.
  • Swearing, telling dirty stories or using language unbecoming to a Christian.
  • Disorderly conduct (on and off campus).
  • Acts of plagiarism or dishonesty, such as cheating, lying or stealing.
Statement on Plagiarism: Plagiarizing encompasses, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Presenting as one’s own, the works or the opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgement.
  • Borrowing of the sequence of ideas, the arrangement of materials, or the pattern of thought of someone else without proper acknowledgment.
Some examples are: having a parent or another person write an essay or do a project which is then submitted as one’s own work; failing to use proper documentation and bibliography. Plagiarism is scholarly theft, and it is defined as the unacknowledged use of secondary sources. More specifically, any written presentation in which the writer does not distinguish clearly between original and borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. Because students, as scholars, must make continuous use of the concepts and the facts developed by other scholars, plagiarism is not mere use of another’s facts and ideas. However, it is plagiarism when students present the work of other scholars as if it were their own work.
Statement on Cheating: A core value of an institution that seeks to maintain high moral and ethical standards is the intolerance of cheating in any form. Cheating undermines both the integrity of the perpetrator as well as that of the school. The following will be considered cheating:
  • The willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage in academic work over other students.
  • The above may be accomplished by any means whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the following: fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, signs, gestures, copying from another student, unauthorized collaboration, and the unauthorized use of study aids, memoranda, books, electronic programs, data or other information. 
Attempted Cheating: Some examples are: deception; the use of talking, signs, or gestures during a quiz; copying from another student or allowing the copying of an individual assignment; passing test or quiz information during a class period or from one class period to members of another class period with the same teacher; submission of pre-written writing assignment at times when such assignments are supposed to be written in class; illegally exceeding time limits on timed tests, quizzes, or assignments; unauthorized use of study aids, notes, books, data, or other information; computer fraud; sabotaging the projects or experiments of other students. If a student cheats or plagiarizes, she/he may receive a zero for the entire assignment and may not qualify for make-up of the assignment subject to the teacher’s discretion. The school reserved the right to assign additional penalties based on the severity of the offense up to and including suspension or expulsion.
General School Rules:  The following School Rules have been established to maintain and promote the safest and most effective environment for learning. These school rules will be enforced at all times and are in addition to individual classroom rules, which may vary.
  • All students are to be respectful and obedient to staff and faculty members at all times.
  • Students are to be good examples of Christian young people both on and off campus. Students are to show respect for the rights and feelings of others.
  • Students are not allowed to display on their clothing or personal property such items as pictures or emblems that exalt groups or movements which are contrary to biblical standards.
  • Students are not allowed to bring or possess on campus fireworks, firecrackers, matches or other flammable materials.
  • Weapons of any kind are not allowed on campus.
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or vaping instruments are not allowed on campus.
  • No Cell Phones (See Cell Phone Policy)
  • No gum is allowed on campus at any time.
  • Students are not allowed to leave the campus during school hours except with written parent permission and office approval. Students are not allowed to leave campus without a parent coming into the school office and signing them out.
  • Tampering with or taking items from another student is not allowed.
  • Demonstration of personal affection (i.e., familiar touch, holding hands, full frontal embraces, kissing, etc.) is not allowed.
Classroom Environment: In order to maintain a classroom environment which allows for maximum learning, teachers establish those standards they deem necessary and will inform each students of their classroom standards of behavior at the beginning of the school year.
How Misconduct is Handled: When a student’s behavior or attitude is in conflict with the standards of the school, every effort will be made to encourage the student to demonstrate the change and improvement necessary to comply with these standards. As much as possible, misbehavior in the classroom will be handled by the teacher. Methods of maintaining student discipline at CMCS include the following:
  • The teacher and student will have a meeting regarding the misbehavior.
  • The teacher will make telephone contact with the parents.
  • The teacher may assign a consequence/demerit(s) to the student.
  • The teacher may request a conference to include the parent, teacher, student and administration.
If, after a reasonable amount of time, the teacher feels that there is a continuing problem in behavior or attitude, he will refer the student to the administration for further disciplinary action. In certain serious misbehaviors, such as disrespect to teachers, student fighting or violations of the Christian lifestyle standards, students will be referred immediately to the administration. Probation or suspension may be used as part of the discipline procedure. Students may be expelled (withdrawn from enrollment in the school) for continued violations of school standards or if a single offense is particularly serious.
Consequences/Demerit System: A demerit is a “point” on the student’s record. In the event that multiple demerits are given or accumulated, certain consequences will be handed out by administration (see student conduct form below for demerit levels and correlating consequences below). In the event that a demerit is given to a student, that demerit will remain on the student’s record for the school year. Student’s are given the opportunity to “work off” any demerit they receive. Also. if they do not receive another discipline report and/or demerit within 1 calendar month or 30 days (including weekends and holidays), 1 demerit will be removed from the student’s record. Misconduct has been classified and divided into three categories, depending on the severity of the violation.
Saturday School Policy: Students that reach demerits 4, 8, and 12 will receive Saturday School(s). There is a $25 fee for Saturday School. Students will be required to come to school on a predetermined Saturday for the hours of 8:00-11:00 AM. They will be required to work on campus; picking up trash, scraping gum, cleaning classrooms, bathrooms, etc.
Social Probation: A student who is placed on Social Probation will have a designated period of time to demonstrate the ability to perform satisfactorily at CMCS. During the period of probation, a student is expected to improve his conduct to the extent necessary to satisfy the faculty and administration that he will benefit from continued enrollment at CMCS. During the probation, the student will meet with the administration on a regular basis to discuss progress. Definite, individualized goals will be established for each student in the following areas:
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Academic Progress
  • Attitude
  • Citizenship
Social Probation should be viewed as a time when the school and the family can work closely together to encourage growth and improvement in the life of the student. It should be a positive experience for everyone involved. However, if the student fails to respond positively to these efforts, and adequate progress is not shown, the student may be asked to withdraw from the school.
Suspension Policy: A student may be suspended from school for any serious offense such as those listed on the Discipline Report Form. Very specific changes in attitudes and actions will be expected prior to re-admission. Work missed during any suspension will be treated as a non-school sanctioned absence and a grade no higher than a 60% will be given on any assignment, quiz, or test conducted on that day. Any additional suspensions will result in a zero for all classes and a required meeting with the Administration. The administrator has the authority to suspend a student. The length of suspension will be 1-3 days, as determined by the administrator.
Expulsion Policy: Expulsion will be recommended if it becomes apparent that the student will not be able to meet the requirements of the school, or the student has reached the maximum number of demerits. Expulsion may also be recommended for violation of Category III rules, unresolved academic or disciplinary probation, or failure to correct the deficiencies specified in probationary admissions. When expulsion is recommended, a date of withdrawal from the school will be set and the withdrawal procedure followed. The expulsion date may be immediate. Recommendations for expulsion will require the approval of the School Board. A student may be expelled from school for a serious breach of conduct, and/or repeated problems with behavior or academic performance. Procedure:
  • In the case of such an offense, the matter will be referred to the Calvary Murrieta Christian School’s School Board.
  • The Board will review the matter and advise the administrator concerning expulsion.
  • The School Board has the authority to expel any student for non-compliance with the rules and regulations of the school.

Dress Code

Purpose and General Guidelines: Calvary Murrieta Christian School has been established as a discipleship based learning environment. We partner with you, our parents, to care for the adornment and decorum of each student as we teach and enforce godly dress. It is important that our school standards for clothing and general appearance are understood and supported by all of our parents so we can provide a clear and united teaching for our youth. The fashion world is developing new styles all the time, and the styles are not always right or wrong; however, in a day of constantly deteriorating cultural styles, we feel we must set a minimum standard which will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ. If there is any question in your mind regarding what your students want to wear, the best thing to do is either not let them wear it, or have them get permission ahead of time. It is our prayer that you will have godly discernment as you and your child select clothes in line with the school’s guidelines. We do expect a willing spirit of cooperation from students and parents, and the Administration reserves the right to make the final decision in matters of judgment.
In the beginning... Since each of us are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) we need to see ourselves as He sees us. Our outward appearance is a reflection of the way we view ourselves and how we think God sees us. We want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex. It all starts with our self-image. Do we see ourselves as God sees us?
What is modest?: Clothes were given by God to cover the body (Genesis 3:21), particularly so that our thoughts would remain pure. Adam and Eve thought they knew what was best to wear, but God showed them a better way. People who dress in a seductive manner are doing what they think is best according to their own standard. Asking for attention from the opposite sex through your dress is neither holy nor godly. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty, describes the reason we desire to instill modesty in our students, whether male or female. “Both (male and female) need to understand that our beauty comes from within, not from our outward appearance. Lack of modesty is rampant in churches. I believe churches need to explain “why” modesty is so important, and “why” immodesty is so dangerous. Dressing modestly is a heart issue. The Christian faith does not condemn beauty. Fashion is okay, but God wants us to be more concerned with our inner beauty than our external beauty.”
Importance of Purity: Everywhere our students look, even walking past popular clothing stores, something is teaching them to grow up as quickly as possible. True purity is freedom: freedom from anything that debases, corrupts or pollutes. This can relate to many areas of our students’ lives but in terms of their dress, we want them to realize how crucial that freedom of purity is. We are to glorify Him in all we do, including the way we choose to dress. It is our deep desire that each student who graduates from Calvary Murrieta Christian School leaves with their purity intact.
Dress Code Standards: Modesty is our hope, and our desire is to encourage students to make choices based on that hope. If you are in need of specific details on how the school views modesty, please see the guidelines, below.
  • Tops (i.e. shirts)
    • Standard Tops: Tops should be of a fabric (not a sheer fabric) and a fit that does not reveal undergarments. Extra tight fitting tops that cling to the body (like Lycra or Spandex) are not permitted. If any part of the midriff shows when the arms are raised fully above the head or the student is leaning over, then the top is too short. If any cleavage shows, the top is too low.
    • Sleeveless Tops: This is very difficult to manage here at school. Although some sleeveless shirts are modest, others are not. In order to avoid the uncomfortable situation in which a judgment call (which may be perceived as unfair) regarding a shirt must be made by the teacher and/or administrator, sleeveless shirts or tank tops cannot show any part of a student’s undergarment. The top also must not be designed as an undergarment. Please understand our heart is to encourage modesty, and tank tops or sleeveless tops  are very difficult to keep in this realm. Here are some key parameters: Two inch straps, Small arm holes, Loose fitting around the chest.
    • Slogans: While many articles of clothing advertise messages that are not contrary to the mission and purpose of Calvary Murrieta Christian School, in order to avoid the making of value judgments by school personnel regarding messages conveyed on clothing: Any article of clothing (including Christian apparel) that initially seems to advertise a message contrary to the mission and purpose of CMCS may not be worn (example-“B-Wiser” t-shirt with the Budweiser look). In addition, clothing with slogans written on a student’s bottom is not permissible.
  • Pants, Shorts, Skirts, or Dresses
    • Fitting: No oversized, baggy, or extra long pants or jeans that drag on the floor will be permitted. Extremely tight-fitting (skin-tight) pants or jeans are also not permitted. (Avoid materials like Lycra or Spandex.) We want to promote a learning environment. Proper fitting clothing must be worn so that students are not distracted by their own clothing (pulling up or down on a garment) or another students clothing.
    • Length: The length of clothing is also a very intricate subject within the school modesty regulations. We would like to allow students the freedom to enjoy fashion, but help them understand when it is compromising their purity and modesty. Together we (school and parents) must make teachable moments. We need to help students make a good clothing choice while shopping, always keeping in mind that they are followers of Christ. When we start saying, “These are good school clothes, and these are ok to wear outside of school” we are encouraging two lives, or as we would say Biblically, “two masters”. Here are some key parameters to go by if you struggle in this area: No undergarments should be visible; Length: 50% from hip to knee must be covered; Shreds, rips, or holes are not allowed above the knee. None of our parameters are all inclusive but they are in place to help encourage modesty so that we stop drawing attention to our skin and start drawing others to The Spirit.
  • Shoes: Appropriate shoes are important for various activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. or breaks for safety reasons. Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities. If the student’s flip flops become a distraction in the classroom (sometimes it’s hard to have or “wear them” and not play with them), the teacher may ask the student to change them. This, as are all of our dress code parameters, is a responsibility, and as such, if we as a school feel you are not able to handle that responsibility, it will be taken away.
  • Make-up: Girls may wear light, modest make-up.
  • Hair: Hair is to be neat, clean, combed; natural in color and not covering the face.
  • Jewelry: Students may wear modest jewelry, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (girls only). Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
  • Tattoos and Body Piercing: Tattoos and body piercings (other than earrings) are not permitted. Because of the permanence of piercings or other bodily alterations, we will ask you to wait until you have turned 18 to make that choice. Please don’t cause us to enforce this section of the dress code. Because it is a permanent alteration to your body, the consequences, unfortunately, will be equally permanent.
  • Swimsuits: If swimsuits are worn for any school function they need to be modest. Boys must wear knee-length shorts, and girls must wear a modest one-piece suit. Or if two pieces, the suit must be completely covered by a dark colored t-shirt and shorts that follow the standard dress code. Again, we are focusing on modesty and doing our best not to draw attention to our skin but to our spirit.
  • Practice Apparel for Sporting Events: Athletic apparel for a sporting event will be unique to each team. Teams will determine (with Athletic Director approval) their own needs for practice and game apparel. They will, however, need to stay within our school dress code with the following exception: Shorts (these cannot be lycra or spandex) may be slightly shorter than stated in our dress code as long as they are no shorter than the length of their team uniform.
  • Safety: Some of our dress code is a result of concern for our students’ safety during school and school activities.
Please remember, we want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex. It all starts with our self-image. Do we see ourselves as God sees us? If we do, then we should dress with Him in mind.
Dress Code Violations: Once a student has received two dress code violations, parents will be notified through a Discipline Report with a warning or possible demerit.