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MARITIME MUSLIM ACADEMY POLICIES AND REGULATIONS- OPERATION MANUAL

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. POLICY INTENT
  2. REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
  3. TUITION
  4. UNIFORM
  5. Evaluation and Assessment
  6. ATTENDANCE/ TARDINESS
  7. SUPERVISION
  8. TRANSPORTATION
  9. VISITORS -  COMPLAINTS – TELEPHONES
  10. PARKING
  11. WEATHER
  12. DISCIPLINE CODE
  13. SCHOOL GOVERNANCE
  14. CELL PHONE & DIGITAL DEVICE POLICY
  15. mma gymnasium rules & regulations
  16. MMA Online - Parents' Web

  

 

 

  1.  POLICY INTENT

For clarification purposes, “Parents” includes “Guardians”.

At the Maritime Muslim Academy, students are expected to exhibit a commitment to learning and to achieving success.  We have guidelines for appropriate student behavior which reflect the school’s philosophy of openness and mutual respect.  The guidelines show that one is expected to take personal responsibility for his/her behavior.  This responsibility applies not only to academic duties, but also to the moral and attitudinal behavior of the student, use and care of school facilities, equipment, textbooks and supplies.

This document should be read in conjunction with the MMA Discipline Policy.

 

2.  REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

  • Application form
  • The registration fee is 150$ for returning students that pay before June and 200$ for new students or late registrations (June 1st onward)
  • Original proof of birth date (birth certificate or passport) will be copied at the school and returned to the parents.
  • Last report card from previous schools and, where applicable, to sign MMA form for the transfer of student record and release of information.
  • Prior admission, placement tests will be given to all new students who are transferring from countries other than Canada and US.
  • Interview with the principal.
  • New students are placed in grades in accordance with their age, previous school records and placement tests.
  • Children applying to enter Grade Primary must be five years old before December 31st.
  • Due to lack of resources and specialized staff, the school regrets its inability to admit and provide services for special needs students of grades primary to 12.

3.  TUITION

  • Please note that Tuition fees are annual (for the whole year), not on a month by month basis.
  • The school year is divided into two terms, (September to January and February to June).  Before report cards are issued for any term, the fees for that term have to be paid in full. One midterm progress report will be issued in each term.
  • For students who enroll in the school in the middle of any term, tuition fees for the entire term have to be paid in full.
  • If parents choose to pay fees on a monthly basis, the monthly payment must be made no later that the third of each month.  There will be a flat administrative cost of $5 for each late payment.
  • The cost of field trips and additional items such as uniforms, school supplies, certain workbooks etc., are not included in the tuition fees.
  • MMA cannot issue any refunds.
  • Tuition fees can be paid in full at the beginning of the school year, or on a monthly basis by giving post-dated checks.  Charges of insufficient funds will be invoiced to the parents.  After an N.S.F. cheque, the school will require the tuition to be paid in cash or certified cheque.
  • MMA will not issue report cards or release records until all tuition fees and other charges are paid in full.
  • Delaying the payment of the tuition fees may cause the parent to pay late payment fees and that any failure of paying the full due amount may result in the suspension or dismissal of the children.

4.   DRESS CODE AND UNIFORM

  • School uniform policy is to be implemented by parents and enforced by teachers and staff.  Uniform information is to be supplied by the School office at the time of registration.  Students are expected to comply with the uniform in the first week of school.
  • The uniform policy is for the benefit of the student, the family and the school.
  • Socks must be worn at all times in all seasons.
  • Flip flops or sandals are not to be worn to school.
  • Nail polish and Hennah are not permitted in school.
  • We expect standard haircuts with NO half shaves or half shaven designs. A student may sent home or/and parents will be contacted.

A. Girls Uniform Grades 7 to 12

  • Navy blue long blazer
  • Navy blue pants
  • White hijab (one or two pieces hijab).
  • It is highly recommended that girls from grade 7-9 wear hijabs with no pins for safety reasons.
  • Girls from grade 7-9 are not allowed to wear scarves in school or on recess for safety reasons.
  • Other option Simple black Abaya with black blazer and white hijab.
  • (Optional) Navy blue V-neck sweater or cardigan.
  • If the cardigan has a hood attached, it is not permitted to wear in school building at any time.

B. Girls Uniform Grades Primary to Gr. 6

  • Navy blue jumper
  • White long sleeve blouse
  • Navy blue or white tights / or navy blue pants
  • (Optional) Navy blue V-neck sweater or cardigan.
  • If the cardigan has a hood attached, it is not permitted to wear in school building at any time.
  • Scarves are not allowed in school or recess for safety reasons.

 

C. Boys Uniform for all Grades

  • Navy blue dress pants
  • White dress shirt
  • (Optional) V-neck navy blue sweater or cardigan.
  • If the cardigan has a hood attached, it is not permitted to wear in school building at any time.
  • Scarves are not allowed in school or recess for safety reasons.

It is the responsibility of the teachers to follow and enforce the dress code and uniform.  

 

Consequences for not wearing the uniform,

Three warnings will be given for not wearing the proper uniform per term are allowed for each student. The fourth time, they have to be sent home and every other single time after that. If parents refuse to pick up the student for any reason, they are not allowed to attend classes or be in the classroom. Each warning will be posted to parents' web and an email will be sent after the final warning advising the parent that their child will not be allowed in the classroom if they violated uniform dress code next time.

 

5.  Evaluation and Assessment

During the course of an academic year, students from Grade Primary to 9 will be assessed academically.  Report Cards must be signed by the parents.  Grade 3-12 will write their tests on dates set by their teachers.  Students from Grades 7 - 12 on receiving an overall average of 85% or above (with no mark below 70%) will receive an Honors Certificate.  Parents are requested not to make any traveling plans prior to end of final assessment.  Parents should endeavor to attend designated Teacher/Parent interviews so as to discuss their children’s progress.

Students who are absent from assessment, without valid reason, will incur a “zero” grade.  In case of illness, upon returning to the school, a student must provide a written note for the absence from a physician.

 

6.   ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS

Please call the school office each day by 9:00 am, if your child or children are going to be absent.

Students are expected to be at the school by 8:45 AM.  The school assembly starts at 8:50 AM sharp.  At which time the main entrance of the school will be locked.  Students arriving late will be marked as TE (Tardy Excused) or TU (Tardy Unexcused) by their teacher on MMA Online info sys.  Upon receiving a 3rd TU in a calendar month; the student will be suspended for one day the next TU. Parents will receive a warning email about their child's third tardiness prior to suspension. Keep in mind that every time a teacher mark a student absence and/or late arrival it can be viewed and seen by parents on MMA Online Parents' Web

 

7.   SUPERVISION

The morning supervision starts at 8:30 am.  The school will not accept responsibility for children left unattended before this time.  After 3:40 PM, any children remaining on the school premises will be charged a minimum of $5/child per every 5 minutes.

 

8.  TRANSPORTATION

Parents are responsible for their children’s transportation to the school.  It is the responsibility of the parents whose children are taking a taxi, or private van, to make financial arrangements with the drivers.  The school takes no responsibility regarding the safety of these vehicles.

The school (when operating) will not convey messages for the drivers; parents must communicate any change of plans directly to their children or the driver.

Since the parents are not allowed in school during school hours, any one wishing to see his/her child MUST COME TO THE OFFICE.

Parents are required to pick up their children at 3:20 PM and for safety reasons, present themselves at the school door.

Parents are not allowed to enter classrooms to pick up their children, as this interferes with the routine of the class.  Parents must wait for their children outside the building except for parent of elementary students; grade primary to 6.

 

9.   VISITORS-COMPLAINTS-TELEPHONES

All parents, who wish to enter the school, must use the main entrance.  They must present themselves at the office and inform the administration of the purpose of their visit.  Any parent, who wishes to speak to his/her child or bring them something, must also inform the office.  You may also leave the message at the office.

If your child has to leave school during the day, please inform the school in advance, in writing, telling us the hour of departure.  At that time the teacher will send your child to the office where the student will await you.

Please do not go directly to the classroom as this disrupts the routine of the entire class.

Parents, who have a complaint, should first discuss it with the teacher.  If not satisfied, the issue will be referred to the Principal.  UNDER NO CIRCUSTANCES, ARE THE PARENTS AUTHORIZED TO INTERRUPT THE TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM.  For discussion with the teachers or Principal, appointments should be made in advance.

Students are not allowed to have smart/cell phones (please check policy on smart/cell phones) or use the school telephone except in case of emergency, and after permission from a member of the office staff.

 

10 PARKING

The driveway in front of the school is not a parking area.  Actually, it is a non-stop zone for all passenger vehicles. Parents are requested to use the parking spaces of the parking lot away from the school and walk to school door.

 

11.  WEATHER

Weather permitting, all students must go out at recess and lunch times.  Sick children, who wish to remain indoors, must bring a written request from their family doctor.  In case of rain, snow, bad weather or extreme cold, children will use the classrooms or indoor play area where they may play quietly.  Playing with a ball or other unauthorized objects is strictly forbidden.

Should MMA board and administration decide to close the school the following procedure will be observed and followed where by 7:30 am:

  • MMA web site and MMA online parents web will post the school closing announcement.
  • An email or text message will be sent to parents.

12.   DISCIPLINE CODE

Please refer to the Maritime Muslim Academy Discipline Policy. It is the responsibility of every parent to be aware of the MMA discipline policy that contains the following:

  • Respect for School Authority.
  • Academic Achievement and Integrity.
  • Appearance, Attire, Hygiene, Language
  • Respect for self and others.
  • Physical Violence.
  • Alcohol, drugs, tobacco
  • Vandalism and Theft.
  • Illegal Activity
  • Guidelines for teachers to follow before administering discipline
  • General Discipline Guidelines
  • 13. SCHOOL Governance

The Maritime Muslim Academy has BYLAWS  that govern the Academy.  These bylaws states that all MMA parents and/or guardians are members of the MMA Society. MMA Society meets once a year in the AGM (Annual General Meeting) that elects members to the Board of directors, which is responsible for formulating MMA policies and regulations.  Anyone wishing to contact the board can do so through the MMA web site, office manager or Principal.

 

14. CELL PHONE & DIGITAL DEVICE POLICY

The Maritime Muslim Academy’s policy on cellular telephones and digital devices is designed to ensure that the use of these devices does not interfere with teaching and learning during the school day.

 

  • The use of cell phones, tablets and digital devices for any purpose – including telephone calls, text messaging, games, and other functions – is not permitted during school hours on school grounds.
  • Cell phones must not be visible during the school day. They should be stored in a secure location.
  •  Cell phones must be turned completely off (not simply on silent or vibrate mode) during the school day.
  • The use of camera phones is strictly forbidden in private areas, such as: washrooms, classrooms, and offices at any time.
  • Any phone communication during the instructional day will take place on school telephones with permission from office personnel with the exception of emergency situations as deemed by the principal. Parents should continue to call the school for any emergency situation.
  • It is strongly recommended that ALL digital devices be left at home.

 

15. mma gymnasium rules & regulations

The staff and students at the Maritime Muslim Academy have a great responsibility of maintaining the new gymnasium facility at the Ummah Masjid.  Part of this responsibility requires students to arrive at gym class prepared and with the correct shoes.

In order to participate within the gymnasium and during PED class:

  • PROPER GYM SHOES MUST BE WORN

-A pair of indoor athletic shoes must be brought to gym class.

-These gym shoes MUST NOT be worn outdoors.

-It is imperative that gym shoes have a white or light colored bottom to avoid scuffing the gym floor.

  • NO FOOD OR DRINK IS PERMITTED IN THE GYMNASIUM

  • NO UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE GYM

-Students caught using the gym without teacher supervision will lose their privilege during gym class

*participation in PED class accounts for a large part of a student’s mark. Therefore, students arriving to class without the proper indoor gym shoes will be losing valuable marks.

16.   MMA Online Parents' Web

MMA Online Parents Web is the School Information System for the Maritime Muslim Academy; MMA Parents' web that gives you insight into your child's education.

MMA Online - Parents' Web is the School Management Information System that gives you, the busy parent, an opportunity to get more involved in your child's learning process, student performance, academic progress and future success - all via the Internet!

MMA Online - Parents' Web is a private and secure parents' portal that will allow parents to view academic information specific to their children, while protecting their children's information from others.  The privacy and confidentiality of the information is guaranteed for all parents and their children. You may view your child's grades, attendance, homework and conduct, as well as other useful school information such as School Calendar and other announcements. You can also communicate with teachers and other school staff online whenever necessary.

 

We recommend you to visit this site as often as you can in order to be informed about your child's education. Meanwhile, if you encounter any issue about this service, have concern or question; please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 
 

Violation of the above rules and regulations WILL result in cell phones and digital devices being taken from students and returned at the end of the school year.

 

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