General Information

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones that are brought to school MUST remain in the off position during school hours, MUST be put away and MUST not be seen by any school personnel. If a cell phone is not put away and is seen by any school personnel it will be taken away and returned to the student at the end of the school day. The school claims no liability for any lost or stolen cell phones. All other electronic devices are not to be brought to school. This includes "Game Boy" etc. Parents are urged to help children understand why these items are not to be brought to school and why. If any electronic devices are brought to school they will be taken away and returned to the guardian. If there is a repeated violation of the cell phone policy, the incident will be treated as a Category II offense.

Articles Not To Be Brought To School

Objects which create a safety hazard or which interfere with school procedure should not be brought to school. Undesirable objects will be confiscated if brought to school without the teacher's permission. Any money sent to school with your child should be kept to a minimum. The school is not responsible for any money that is sent to school with your child.

Search and Seizure

Desks, lockers, and storage spaces provided to students without charge are the property of the school. The Principal or designee may conduct general inspections on a periodic basis and may open desks, lockers, or storage spaces in the presence of a witness and examine the contents, including personal belongings of students, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they contain illegal drugs, contraband,, weapons, or stolen property, or the student has violated or is violating state or federal law, city codes or board of Directors' policies and regulations provided the search is conducted primarily for enforcing order and discipline in the school and not for criminal prosecution. Reasonable efforts to locate the student shall be made prior to seizure of the objects that the official believes the search may disclose. If the student is not resent, he/she shall be informed of the search. Stolen items and items that are specifically prohibited by law, Board of Directors' regulations, city codes or school regulations will be impounded. The student shall be given a receipt for any items impounded by school authorities, and parents shall be notified of items impounded.

Marking Clothing

Articles of clothing, boots, tennis shoes and lunch boxes should be marked with the child's name, and grade, or room number so they may be returned if lost.

Personal Appearance

All students are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner that will not be disruptive to the educational process, constitute a health or safety hazard or violate civil law.

Cafeteria Procedures and Behavior

Breakfast is served 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM.

  • Cafeteria rules:Students are to remain seated at their tables and use good table manners.
  • Food is to be eaten only in the designated area.
  • Students are to remain in designated area until dismissed by supervisor.
  • Students are responsible for the proper disposal of container and food leftovers.
  • Students are expected to talk in a conversation voice.

Promotion and Sales

Students and parents are not to participate in any fund raising activity without the expressed approval by the Board of Directors and School Principal. Students selling candy, toys, or related items while at school will face disciplinary action.

Pesticide Use

The school may periodically use pesticides. This happens one Friday evening each month. If you wish to be notified of such a schedule, please contact our office.

Tobacco and Smoke Free Policy

Charter School of the Dunes is a tobacco free and smoke free facility. Use of tobacco products is forbidden on school grounds.

The Pro-Children Act of 1994, reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, prohibits the use of tobacco in any form in facilities where federally funded educational, health, library, daycare, or child development services are provided to children under the age of 18. (Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. §6081-6084, 1994. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law No. 107-110,115 Stat. 1773, §4301-43-4, 2001).

Charter School of the Dunes

7300 Melton Road in Gary, IN 46403

Phone 219.939.9690 - Fax 219.939.9031

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