Parents and guardians are a vital part of the FALA community and encouraged to take an active role. FALA parents participate in FALA organizations and committees, support FALA-sponsored activities, read and review the Student Handbook and communicate regularly with teachers, counselors and staff about your child. Resumes of all our current teachers and staff are available for viewing in our front office.
Responsible Technology Use Policy
Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy is committed to providing technology resources to support and enhance the school’s curriculum by promoting research, education, and the opportunity for collaborative work. These resources include use of Academy’s computer hardware, software, Network, access to the Internet, and other technology resources or devices. The use of these resources is a privilege, not a right. To ensure that technology resources are used in a manner consistent with this goal, students are required to adhere to the technology rules and regulations outlined below, as well as those given verbally by the staff. These policies are on the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy website, and all students have been informed that the policy is thus available.
All parents and students are therefore held responsible for knowledge of this computer policy and adherence to it. Students are responsible for their own individual actions, and parents are responsible for supervision of their children and for encouraging their responsible and courteous use of technology resources. Inappropriate use or violations of these policies, or any use of these resources that violates a federal, state, or local law will result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension of computer privileges, suspension or dismissal from school, legal action and/or any other disciplinary action deemed appropriate by the administration.
Be aware that the school can and will monitor electronic mail (email), laptop disk drives, and portable storage devices and receives Internet traffic reports on a daily basis. Students are expected to report any information that they may have concerning the violation of these rules to the FALA administration. In addition, the Technology User Agreement Form must be signed and returned to allow your student to use Academy’s computer resources.
RESPONSIBLE USE POLICIES
- Email, Text Messages, and Electronic Communication
Do not use the Internet, email, mobile phones, or any electronic device or equipment to be mean, rude, offensive, or to bully, harass, or in any way harm anyone or the school itself, even if it is meant as a joke. The use of profanity, vulgar, disrespectful, or threatening language is strictly prohibited.
Email and other technology devices may only be used before and after school or with the permission of the supervising teacher. Check your email daily and maintain it. Do not post chain letters or engage in “spamming” (the sending of annoying or unnecessary messages to a large number of people). Do not use the distribution list without permission.
- Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices
Use of electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, and etc. is only permitted before school, during break, during lunch, after school, or with the permission of a supervising teacher.
- Social Networking
Do not post anything that reflects negatively upon the school, other students, the faculty or the administration on social networking sites, blogs, podcasts or other web tools. Do not engage in instant messaging, forums, and/or chat rooms/services unless requested by a teacher.
Do not play computer games during the school day without the permission of the classroom teacher.
- Internet Use and Content
Do not use computing resources for commercial purposes, product advertising, political lobbying, or political campaigning.
Stay in appropriate areas of the Internet. Do not attempt to access or save inappropriate material, obscene, profane, and risqué text, lyrics, media or images on the network, computers, or any electronic devices at school or at any school related activity.
Do not disrupt the Network. Avoid wasting resources or bandwidth. This includes listening to or sharing Internet music, sending large pictures, music or video files across the network, or any process that would max out bandwidth capabilities. This also includes unnecessary printing. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network for other users. Software on the Academy network or on school computers may not be modified.
- Computers, Computer Systems or Network Damage
Do not attempt to harm or destroy data, software or hardware on any school or student owned computer or the Network, including, but not limited to, uploading or creating computer viruses. Any such malicious attempt or threat will be considered vandalism.
Establish and maintain secure passwords that protect the privacy of the information on your computer and e-mail accounts. Under no circumstances should your share your password with anyone. Respect the need for confidentiality and make no efforts to bypass security systems and gain access to information that you do not have permission to see.
- Personal Safety
Do not post personal contact information about yourself or other people. Do not agree to meet with someone you have met online. Promptly disclose to a teacher or administrator any message you receive that is inappropriate or that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
Do not take the ideas or writings of others and present them as if they were yours. This is considered plagiarism. Material you obtain through research on the Internet and then use in academic work must be properly documented. Since some material is unique to the Internet and can disappear overnight, documentation might necessitate the printing of a hard copy.
Do not reproduce a work, publicly display a work, or distribute a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner or ask your teacher for guidance.
Academic Year Calendar
Our calendar section of this website is a complete listing of all FALA events, performances, field trips, Friday designations of A or B days, staff meetings, testing dates, holidays, happenings, service learning trips and such. For a traditional calendar of our school days, grading periods and holidays, click here for our Academic Calendar.
FALA has very active volunteer corps. Follow this link for more information.
FALA charges $200 per student ($100 for a sibling) for an annual Student Activity Fee. Fees supplement basic classroom instruction materials. We use the funds to buy computers and specialized software, projectors and cameras, printers, science materials, books and movies. Fees also provide stipends for guest speakers and artists in residence, graduation ceremony costs and service learning projects. You can pay for fees here on the website by scrolling down to the Pay Student Fees orange button. Or you can download an ACH debit form and send it to our office.
Elective classes often charge an additional fee (most are $40-$50) to cover costs of dance costumes, renting performance facilities, performance rights to theatrical and musical productions, sets, costumes, musical instrument rental and equipment, sheet music and music books. Additionally, Advanced Placement (AP) classes require test fees, which cost $100 each. These fees are levied by the College Board; students may request fee reductions for the AP tests by writing directly to the College Board.
For students to participate in school field trips costing more than $250, all fees must be paid prior to departure. Some field trips have non-refundable deposits. Please refer to your student handbook for additional details.
Arizona state law stipulates that state residents can donate up to $200 per single taxpayer or $400 per household toward school experiential learning trips, science equipment and materials for our leadership advisory classes. This tax credit form explains the procedure and can be downloaded, filled out and sent to Ms. Buckley in the FALA office.
Please click HERE to find out more about carpooling.
Attendance and Tardies
Attendance is important for academic success. Follow this link for some tips and resources to help parents with school attendance. Helpful Attendance Tips
Consistent student attendance and communication with FALA regarding absences and tardiness is paramount. Our state funding relies heavily on accurate and timely attendance records sent to the Arizona Department of Education. We look to parents as our partners to help assure our records are accurate and our funding remains consistent.
To report your child’s absence or tardy, call Sara Kauppila, our administrative coordinator, at 928.779.7223. WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL MESSAGES AS VALID NOTIFICATIONS OF AN ABSENCE OR TARDY.
Attendance will be taken within the first five minutes of class. A student is considered tardy if not in his/her seat at the beginning of the school day. The following are the consequences for tardies (cumulative per quarter):
- 1st and 2nd tardy: Warning
- 3rd tardy: Letter sent home
- 4th tardy: Mandatory After School Tutoring with parent notification
- 5th tardy: Mandatory After School Tutoring and parent meeting
- 6th tardy: Mandatory After School Tutoring
- 7th tardy: In-school suspension
|ABSENCE||Short-term consequences||Long-term consequences|
|Excused Absences**||None||5 absences (excused or unexcused) in any class = Student Success Program or lunch detention until missing work is completed.10 absences (excused or unexcused) in any class = loss of credit.|
|Unexcused Absences***||Detention, in-school suspension.||10 absences (excused or unexcused) in any class = loss of credit.|
*Absences due to illness or medical appointments, family emergencies, bereavement, observance of religious holidays, adverse weather conditions, or pre-approved absences.
**Absences excused by either a note or phone call from a parent/guardian.
***Unapproved or unexplained absences.
Websites for Course Content and Grades
- Teachers maintain webpages with assignments, meetings, course updates.
- FamilyLink gives information about your student’s academic progress, assignments and attendance.
- A monthly FALA newsletter provides updates on events, performances, activities and volunteer opportunities. You can sign up for the newsletter on our subscription page.
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires local education agencies, such as FALA, to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21 years of age, located within their geographical boundaries who are in need of early intervention or special education services. Because FALA is a charter school, our geographical boundaries are defined by the state as being our current student body.
Child Find applies to children suspected of having a disability as they progress from grade to grade, high mobility children such as homeless or migrant workers, wards of the state, private school students and homeschooled students. We identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities within our population served who are in need of special education and related services.
Every year, under the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), millions of children with disabilities receive special services designed to meet their unique needs. For school-aged children and youth (aged 3 through 21), special education and related services are provided through the school system. These services can be very important in helping children and youth with disabilities develop, learn, and succeed in school and other settings.
Under the IDEA, states are responsible for meeting the special needs of eligible children with disabilities. To find out if a child is eligible for services, he or she must first receive a full and individual initial evaluation. This evaluation is free. Two purposes of the evaluation are to see if the child has a disability, as defined by IDEA, and to learn in more detail what his or her special needs are.
The IDEA lists 13 disability categories under which 3- through 21-year-olds may be eligible for services. For a child to be eligible for services, the disability must affect the child’s educational performance. The disability categories listed in IDEA are: autism; deaf-blindness; emotional disturbance; hearing impairment (including deafness); mental retardation; multiple disabilities; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; preschool moderate delay, severe delay, and speech and language; specific learning disability; speech or language impairment; traumatic brain injury; or visual impairment (including blindness).
Under IDEA, a child may not be identified as a “child with a disability” just because he or she speaks a language other than English and does not speak or understand English well. A child may not be identified as having a disability because he or she has not had enough instruction in math or reading.