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Attendance:

8:00 AM – 2:20 PM

 Regular attendance is mandatory and necessary for optimal student progress. Students arriving after 8:00 AM are required to bring a note signed by a parent in order to have the tardy reflect an excused status on the report card. Students who are absent are required to bring a doctor’s note in order to have the absence reflect an excused status on the report card.

Our program offers flexibility for students who are pursuing a passion such as athletics, acting, modeling, etc., and may need alternatively to attend tournaments, performances, photo-shoots, etc. during the school day. These absences must be approved prior to the date of the absence and schedules must be provided to the school when applicable. Students are responsible to complete all schoolwork missed during these absences. If at any point student progress becomes hindered by the absences, alternatives will be put in place.

School Hours:

8:00 AM - 2:20 PM
Arrival: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Dismissal: 2:20 PM - 2:30

 MCA Academy provides supervision for students through the end of dismissal at 2:30 PM only. We do not have an after school care program but do offer after school activities.

Dismissal:

Students will be released from school solely to individuals listed on the Child Pickup Authorization Form. A signed Dismissal Release Form must be on file for any student allowed to walk or bike home alone as well as drive him/herself home.

Early Dismissal:

When it becomes necessary to collect a child prior to dismissal, a parent, legal guardian, or individual listed on the Child Pickup Authorization Form must sign the child out at the reception desk and wait in the lobby area for their child. If the child is returned to MCA within the same day, a parent, legal guardian, or individual listed on the Child Pickup Authorization Form must sign the child back in at the reception desk.

Dress Code:

MCA does not have a school uniform. Students are expected to come to school with proper attention having been given to personal cleanliness, grooming, and neatness of dress. Students are required to wear items of clothing that fit, provide adequate coverage, and contain designs or text that are appropriate for school, are not distracting to self or others, and are inoffensive.

Students whose personal attire or grooming does not meet the expectations and requirements previously described, shall be required to make the necessary alterations to such attire or grooming before entering the classroom or be sent home by the principal to be properly prepared for school. Students whose personal attire or grooming repeatedly fails to meet the minimum acceptable standards as determined by the principal and as specified in this rule shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures including suspension.

Bullying and Harassment:

It is the policy of MCA Academy that all of its students and school employees have an educational setting that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. MCA Academy will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type. Conduct that constitutes bullying and harassment, as defined by the Florida Department of Education Model Policy Against Bullying and Harassment, is prohibited. Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and surrounding circumstances. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of bullying or harassment may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol:

We maintain a smoke and drug free environment. The possession or use of any tobacco product, including smokeless tobacco, is prohibited. The possession or use of illicit drugs, any medication or substance for any purpose other than that for which it is intended, or alcohol is prohibited. Use or possession by students of tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, or any other mood-altering substances during the school day, on field trips, or any special events, shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary measures including suspension or immediate expulsion

Electronic Devices:

Students may use electronic devices before and after school hours. Students are solely responsible for their electronics. During school hours all electronic devices must be turned in upon arrival and retrieved at dismissal. Students taking online courses are required to bring their own laptops and use them solely for educational purposes under teacher supervision during school hours. Use of electronics during the school day for non-educational purposes is subject to appropriate disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.   

Change of Address:

MCA must be notified in writing of any change to address, telephone and email.

Student Personal Property and School Materials:

Students are solely responsible for their personal property and school materials. MCA is not responsible for students’ personal property. The cost of any schoolbooks or agendas that must be replaced for any reason or at any point during the school year is the responsibility of the family .

Lunches:

MCA does not provide school lunch. Students are required to bring their own lunch and are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

Immunization:

It is required that the student be immunized before he/she is allowed to attend MCA. Every student must have a Physical Exam Form 3040 and Florida HRS Form #680 Part A on file according to the vaccination schedule for Miami-Dade County before or on the first day of school.

Illness:

Please contact MCA if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease.

  • A child with a fever of 100 degrees or above must stay at home. A child developing a fever of 100 degrees or above during school hours, will be sent home.
  • A child who has vomited within the last 24 hours must stay at home. A child who becomes sick and vomits during school hours will be sent home.
  • A child may return to school after they have been free from fever for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin or any other antipyretics.
  • A child with uncontrollable diarrhea (3-4 stools per hour) must stay at home.
  • A child diagnosed with Strep Throat must have been treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A child diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye) must have medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Children with viral conjunctivitis must have a doctor’s release/report before returning to school.

In order for a child diagnosed with chickenpox to return to school, the lesions must be crusted over, fading and or disappearing 24 hours prior to return to school. The child must be free of fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication. A child with head lice must have been treated with a medicated shampoo and be clear at a check at MCA before returning to class.

Students are not allowed to possess medication of any kind or take medication on his/her own. If a child must take non-prescription medication and/or has been prescribed medication, which must be administered at MCA, MCA must be notified in writing.  In the case of prescription medications, a physician’s note must be submitted to MCA and the original medication container is required.

Emergency Procedures:

Should it be necessary to close MCA because of weather or other emergencies, MCA will follow the decisions of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and a message will be placed on the school’s answering machine. If a Hurricane Warning is issued (meaning that a hurricane will strike within 24 hours), MCA will be closed in order to prepare for the storm.


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