The purpose of outlining conduct expectations and discipline procedures is to shepherd all students, holding them consistently accountable to Godly conduct. We maintain Scripture as the center of our program and as the standard by which we educate and train our students. We highly value, and desire to preserve, the friendly and orderly environment that characterizes our program, allowing each student to pursue quality learning and develop Godly character while on our campus.
Students shall not:
1. Bring and/or possess a weapon on church grounds, have involvement with alcohol or illegal drugs, or any other flagrant act in clear contradiction to scriptural principles.
2. Chew gum on campus.
3. Bring skateboards or rollerblades to the church.
Students are expected to:
1. Display consideration, kindness, and compassion. (Ephesians 4:32- Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you).
It is expected that students will treat others with kindness in speech and in action. Harsh words and harmful behavior will be immediately addressed. We are committed to treat each other with dignity and respect. We assume an environment free from all forms of intimidation including, but not limited to bullying, exploitation, and harassment (including sexual harassment).
2. Display self-control in attitude and action. (Proverbs 25:28 - A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. 1 Corinthians 14:40 - But all things should be done decently and in order.)
It is expected that students will control our tongues and actions. Students will be encouraged to speak at appropriate times and to control their bodies. We will demonstrate orderly behavior when in groups and in the classroom. This includes church property and classroom materials. Students will respect the learning environment and not cause disruptions in class.
3. Resolve conflict in a biblical manner. (Matthew 18:15-16,20. 15 - If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 - But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 - For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.)
These scriptures will be our guidelines for dealing with all disputes and problems. If you have a problem with someone, go directly to that person. Talk to the person, not about the person. If the problem is not resolved, then the people involved need to go together, not separately, to the director (Kathy Anderson). Each person should come to the meeting in a spirit of prayer and humility, willing to submit to reproof and correction, if needed. An open and honest discussion among people who are sensitive to godly principles will most often reach an agreeable solution.
4. Dress Modestly. (1 Corinthians 10:31. So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Romans 12:2a Do not be conformed to this world 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 13 Therefore, let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother).
Clothing should be neat, clean, and without holes. Undergarments may not show and clothing should fit properly (not excessively baggy or too tight). Hats may not be worn indoors. Body piercing will remain unadorned except earrings for girls. Young ladies: Yoga pants and leggings may only be worn under skirts/dresses or shorts. Dresses and skirts must cover ¾ of the thigh. Shirt necklines should not allow cleavage to show and should be long enough to cover stomach and back when arms are raised. No extreme hair cuts or color.
Students who disregard these expectations will require discipline and restoration. Master’s Hand handles each situation on a case-by-case basis, maintaining equitable standards while walking the student through a process of full restoration as a preferred outcome. As needed, the director and/or board members of Master’s Hand will work with and support all parties involved. Parents will be informed at each stage of the disciplinary process and their supportive involvement is integral to success.
The following consequences are used as steps in the course of discipline and restoration:
1. Student warning
2. Student conference
3. Parent meeting
4. Opportunities for seeking and granting forgiveness
7. As a last resort, expulsion.
* Additional disciplinary measures may be added as deemed necessary by the Master’s Hand board.