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BOARD POLICIES

Instructional-Students Section 5000

Program Purpose Statements 5100 - 5199

5110 KINDERGARTEN

The Kindergarten program shall provide initial learning experiences in language development, number concepts, creative skills, and social and physical growth. Using concrete experiences, pupils are to be given the building blocks for perceiving, thinking, and problem solving. Educational experiences shall provide balance and variety among physical, mental, spiritual, and social activities as the child's world of awareness is extended from the home to the classroom.

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5120 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The Elementary School’s biblically-integrated curriculum shall provide a continuum in each core content area as the basis for the development of perceiving, thinking, and problem solving skills. In this curriculum continuum, the child moves from concrete experiences while beginning to develop abstract critical thinking. Skills related to each area should be built upon previous learning and measurable performance objectives.

Since students come from a variety of educational backgrounds, effort should be made to identify the instructional level of each student in relation to the subject continuum, including alternative instruction, if necessary, which will motivate the pupil to achieve at an optimum level.

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5130 MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Middle School shall provide a learning environment and experiences that bridge the gap between the self-contained structure of the elementary school and the departmental structure of the high school. It will assist the student in making the transition from childhood to adolescence.

Through a balanced curricular and co-curricular program, there will be continuing emphasis on the spiritual, academic, social, aesthetic, and physical development of students. Students will be helped to develop a personal identity based on a proper understanding and acceptance of themselves as unique individuals, created in the image of God, to nurture interpersonal relationships, and to acquire a Christian world view integrating life with the Bible. Therefore, all programs will emphasize participation.

Biblically-integrated curricular programs will emphasize the natural relationship among academic disciplines that facilitate cohesive learning experiences for middle school students. The academic program will emphasize skills and a well-defined continuum will be used as the basic guide in each curricular area. Exploratory opportunities will be provided through special interest quarter courses.

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5140 HIGH SCHOOL

Morrison Academy shall provide a four-year university-preparatory high school program. Morrison shall also seek to provide programs for students with diverse learning needs as resources are available. The ultimate purpose of the Morrison Academy high school program is to provide a biblically-integrated curriculum that balances and facilitates the student's spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth so that each student can glorify God. This comes from providing opportunities to integrate Biblical truth with educational knowledge and apply the synthesis to life situations.

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5145 ACCREDITATION

Morrison Academy shall maintain joint accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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5150 SATELLITE SCHOOLS

The requirements for establishing a satellite school include:

  1. A written request from a recognized Member Mission organization to start a school in a given area where there is currently no Morrison campus.
  2. The request must be submitted no later than January 1st of the year in which the school is to be established.
  3. There must be at least seven students Grades 1-6, at least four of whom are children of missionaries. In satellite schools, non-missionary children will be admitted on the basis of normal Morrison Academy admission requirements as well as their potential for contributing to the Christian, social and learning climate of the school. Students in Grades 7 and 8 may be admitted on the approval of the Superintendent, upon recommendation of the coordinating Principal.
  4. There must be available building space in a location that will give the largest potential enrollment to the proposed school.
  5. There must be an available, qualified teacher.
  6. There must be an agreement by parents of the children involved to provide volunteer help as aides in the instructional process.
  7. There must be a firm commitment at the time of the request from all parents who will have children in the school.
  8. If the proposed budget deficit is greater than NT$500,000, tuition discounts may be reduced in order to reduce the proposed deficit to below NT$500,000. When missionaries are unwilling to pay the increased tuition cost and/or when reduced tuition discounts are unable to keep the proposed budget deficit below the NT$500,000, the Board of Trustees will determine if the school will remain open.

The continuation of a satellite school will depend on the ongoing needs of the missionary community.

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Admissions 5200 - 5299

5205 ENROLLMENT LIMITATIONS

Enrollment in Morrison Academy is restricted to students that meet the ROC requirements for enrollment in international schools.

The Board shall set enrollment limits according to the space available in the physical plant, as well as other considerations which will protect the integrity of the school's primary purpose of educating the children of missionaries throughout Taiwan.

During any school year in which the number of missionary and Christian worker’s children on any campus falls below 20% or the number of missionary and Christian worker children in the Morrison system falls below 30%, the Superintendent must present a report to the Board of Trustees by the second Board meeting of the fiscal year. This report should provide evidence that each campus which falls below these enrollment minimums contributes to the fulfillment of the position statements of Morrison Academy. The report will include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. A projection of the number of missionary and Christian worker’s children which are likely to be enrolled in the coming years
  2. Evidence to show that the Christ-centered Core Values are not adversely affected
  3. Evidence of the strategic impact of the campus on mission outreach in Taiwan
  4. Strategic rationale for maintaining the current enrollment
  5. Effect on the overall system

Following this report, the Board will take appropriate action.

Grade Level Enrollment Limits
Enrollment in each grade level shall be maintained within the following limits:

Grade Level Maximum Size Minimum Size LN and ELL Students
Kindergarten 20 students 8 students 50%
First Grade 22 students 9 students 40%
Second Grade 23 students 9 students 40%
Third Grade 24 students 10 students 30%
Fourth - Fifth Grade 25 students 10 students 30%
Sixth - Eighth Grade 25 students 10 students 20%
Kaohsiung and Taipei 9th – 12th Grades 25 students 5 students 10%
Taichung 9th Grade 45 students 5 students 10%
Taichung 10th – 12th Grades 65 students 5 students 10%

When enrollment numbers do not exceed 70% of the “Maximum Size”, initial applications for Long Term Financial Aid grants may be considered. These grants may be used to assist students that will contribute to the school culture and will comply with POLICY#4285 FINANCIAL AID.

The addition of Grades 10-12 in Kaohsiung and Taipei is intended to provide parents and students a choice of quality, biblically integrated high school programs offered in Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei. Grade Level Enrollment Limits are established in order to preserve the Christian ethos in student peer culture so as to be in line with our position statements.

In split grade level classrooms, Grades 1-8, classes shall be limited to a maximum of 20 students. In multi-level (three or more grade levels) classrooms, Grades 1-6, classes shall be limited to 12 students. Kindergarten through Grade 8 shall be limited to one section per grade level on each campus.

These enrollment limits may be exceeded in order to include additional newly enrolled children of missionaries. Enrollment shall be brought back in line as soon as possible by normal attrition. The Superintendent, after consultation with or upon request from a Principal, may make an exception to these Grade Level Enrollment Limits. The Superintendent shall report all exceptions at a meeting of the Board of Trustees.

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5210 ADMISSION PRIORITIES

Each application for admission to the school will be considered on an individual basis. Where it is considered that an applicant is unlikely to comply with Morrison Academy’s standards of conduct, then the applicant may be denied admission. (See Policy # 5400 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT).

Any applicants who fulfill the requirements specified in the admissions policies (Policy #5200 through Policy #5299) will be admitted according to the following admission priorities:

FIRST PRIORITY - Children of missionaries (see definition in Policy #1613 MISSIONARY)

SECOND PRIORITY - Children of Christian workers (see definition in Policy #1614 CHRISTIAN WORKER)

THIRD PRIORITY - Other children. The following factors will be given consideration in making enrollment decisions:

  • The applicant's parents demonstrate an alignment with Morrison Academy's Core Values Statement.
  • Morrison is able to meet the educational needs of the applicant.
  • The applicant has the potential for making a positive contribution to a Christian environment.
  • The applicant has brothers or sisters currently enrolled in Morrison Academy.
  • The applicant's parent(s) attended Morrison Academy.
  • The applicant used to attend Morrison Academy.

Any applicants who are unable to fulfill the requirements specified in the admissions policies (Policy #5200 through Policy #5299) will not be eligible for admission.

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5220 AGE FOR ENTRANCE

Kindergarten
Children must be five years old by September 1 of the year they wish to enter kindergarten. The Principal may deny enrollment if it is determined by standardized testing that sufficient maturity is lacking for the students who meet the age criterion.

First Grade
Children must be six years old by September 1 of the year they wish to enter first grade, and have been promoted from a kindergarten recognized by Morrison Academy. The Principal may waive the kindergarten promotion requirement providing that the child is ready for the first grade, as determined by standardized testing.

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5230 GRADE PLACEMENT

Students are ordinarily placed into the appropriate grade indicated by their school records as confirmed by the Principal.

In cases of high achievement, students normally will not be placed ahead of their age appropriate grade.

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5235 TRANSFER

Students will normally be allowed to transfer to another Morrison campus, provided that they meet the criteria established in Policy #5205 Enrollment Limitations, Policy #5240 Learning Needs Program, Policy #5290 Students' Living Arrangements and Policy #5351 Continuing Enrollment.

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5240 LEARNING NEEDS PROGRAM

Definitions
Students with Learning Needs (LN) are those students who require special educational accommodations and curricular modifications and/or related support services in order to allow them to function at an age/grade appropriate level. These students must have been identified as having physical, mental, behavioral, or sensory characteristics that deviate from the norm.

Admission
Students who have been identified as having learning needs beyond what the school has adequate resources to address will be ineligible for admission to the school.

Missionary children with Learning Needs will be considered for admission to the school. Normally, LN students who are not children of missionaries will be ineligible for admission to the school, though exceptions may be made by the Superintendent, provided that the school is capable of meeting their educational needs.

In addition to normal admission procedures, the Principal will determine eligibility for ad-mission using the following criteria:

  1. The ability of the school to provide qualified personnel and appropriate resources beyond the year of admission.
  2. The school's potential for helping the family meet their educational goals for the student.
  3. The results of screening, interviewing, and testing procedures.
  4. Adherence to enrollment limitations as stated in Policy #5205 ENROLLMENT LIMITATIONS.
  5. The strengths of the teacher(s).

If admission to the school is contingent upon participation in special needs classes and/or related support services, then parents will be notified in advance of the cost of such services.

Grade Placement
The Principal, when possible, will consult with appropriate staff members regarding grade placement of special needs students. The Principal will make the final decision regarding grade placement after appropriate testing and consultation.

The major factors in determining grade placement are age, maturation, academic ability, and past school performance. In most cases, LN students will be placed no lower than one grade below his/her expected grade level, as determined by chronological age. The Superintendent, after consultation with or request from the Principal, may approve the placement of a student lower than one grade level below his/her expected grade level.

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5250 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Definitions
English Language Learners (ELL) are those students who require extra language support in order to function at an age or grade appropriate level.

Admittance
ELL students may be admitted if there is a reasonable probability that they will be performing at their appropriate age/grade level within three years of admittance. Those students who have significant ELL needs at the 6-12 grade levels will be ineligible for admittance. Exceptions may be made by the Superintendent for the children of missionaries.

In addition to normal admission procedures, the Principal will determine eligibility for admission using the following criteria:

  1. The ability of the school to provide qualified personnel and appropriate resources beyond the year of admittance.
  2. The school's potential for helping the family meet their educational goals for the student.
  3. The results of screening, interview, and testing procedures.
  4. Enrollment limitations as stated in Policy #5205 Enrollment Limitations.
  5. The strengths of the teacher(s).

Parents will be notified if admittance is contingent upon participation in the ELL program and will be notified of the cost of such services.

Grade Placement
The Principal, when possible, will consult with appropriate staff members regarding grade placement of ELL students. The Principal will make the final decision regarding grade placement after appropriate testing and consultation.

The major factors in determining grade placement are age, maturation, academic ability, and past school performance. In most cases, ELL students will be placed no lower than one grade below his/her expected grade level, as determined by chronological age. The Superintendent, after consultation with or request from the Principal, may approve a placement of a student lower than one grade level below his/her expected grade level.

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5270 SPECIAL CASES

Students who are married, pregnant or have children, or other special cases, will be considered for admission on an individual basis.

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5290 STUDENTS' LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

During the school calendar year, students enrolled at Morrison Academy must live with a parent, guardian, or an adult designated by a parent or guardian. Any designated adult must be approved by the School Principal. Failure to abide by this regulation will result in the student's termination of enrollment from Morrison Academy. For all students not living with their parents, a form must be submitted by the parent to the Principal designating a legal guardian for the student.

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Instruction 5300 - 5399

5300 SCHOOL GOALS

Morrison Academy will endeavor,

  1. In working with students, to
    1. Incorporate Christian faith and learning into the biblically-integrated curriculum.
    2. Seek to actively engage students in learning.
    3. Strive to adapt instruction to the experiences, the maturation, the abilities, and the learning styles of each individual student.
    4. Maintain curriculum standards acceptable for entrance into universities and colleges of high academic standing, particularly in the United States,
  2. In working with families, to
    1. Cooperate closely with parents regarding the student's progress.
    2. Seek to understand the parents' educational expectations for their children.
    3. Help parents to understand the school's purpose and program.
    4. Help parents of non-American heritage to understand the effects of the school's culture on their children.
  3. In working with students of many cultural heritages, to
    1. Provide supplemental instruction for students who are identified as English Language Learner.
    2. Encourage understanding of religious, cultural, and national customs and values.
    3. Help students acquire a sense of ownership in their own language and culture.
  4. In working with missions and missionaries serving in Taiwan, to
    1. Provide Christian educational opportunity for K-12 students based on a USA model.
    2. Provide regional campuses
    3. Provide satellite school educational opportunities
    4. Provide assistance to parents who are home schooling their children

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5330 INSTRUCTIONAL TIME REQUIREMENTS

The school year shall provide 180 plus/minus 2 instructional days. To be counted as an instructional day, a minimum of 180 minutes of instructional time shall be provided.

The first day of the school year will normally be the second Monday of August. Student vacations will include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Fall break (5 week days)
  • American Thanksgiving (2 week days)
  • Christmas break (10 week days)
  • Chinese New Year break (5 week days)
  • Easter break (5 week days)

The starting and closing times for each school will be established by the Principal, with the approval of the Superintendent.

A normal school day, including lunch and passing time, will be:

  • Kindergarten - not less than 180 minutes
  • Elementary/Middle School - not less than 330 minutes
  • High School - not less than 360 minutes

The Superintendent and/or Principal may order the closing of school in an emergency. Days lost will be made up as recommended by the Superintendent.

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5335 CRISIS CONTINGENCY

Should Morrison Academy be forced to close its physical campuses due to any reason such as epidemic, political instability or military action, the school shall maintain a crisis contingency plan for online learning that would enable the students to finish their studies for the current semester.

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5340 STUDENT RECORDS

The school will maintain educational records for each student that reflect the academic, physical, emotional, and social aspects of the child's development in the educational process. Administrative guidelines shall be established to insure that records are kept in a fair, accurate, and appropriate manner.

The school recognizes the individual's right to privacy and the right of students, parents, or guardians to review school records in the presence of appropriate professional staff. Parents or guardians of minor students also have the right to obtain copies of educational records pertaining to their child.

Students over eighteen and parents of minor students have the right to challenge contents of school records to insure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student.

A student’s records will be sent to another educational institution when requested by the student who is eighteen years of age or older or by the parent when the student in question is a minor.

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5351 CONTINUING ENROLLMENT

Students are granted continued enrollment if all of the following conditions are met.

  1. Compliance with policies and procedures regarding passport requirements
  2. Age-equivalent academic progress, or enrollment in a modified instructional program
  3. Conduct or influence which is consistent with Christian principles and school policies and procedures (See Policy # 5400 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT)
  4. Compliance with policies and procedures regarding students' living arrangements
  5. Availability of programs and resources which meet the educational needs of the student

When one or more of the above mentioned conditions are not met, enrollment may be discontinued by the Superintendent (see Policy #5540 TERMINATION OF ENROLLMENT).

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5352 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Twenty-four (24) units of high school credit are required for graduation. These credits shall include the following:

0.5 credit of Bible for each semester enrolled in
the high school at Morrison Academy
4 credits of English
3 credits of Social Studies
(required courses are: World History, US History
(or substitute), and Government)
1.5 credits of Physical Education
2 credits of Science
3 credits of Mathematics
0.5 credit of Health
1 credit of Visual and Performing Arts (effective 2021)

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credits each semester. Credits will be granted on the basis of acceptable grades for class time spent. Any exceptions to this policy will be made by the Principal with the Superintendent's approval.

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5353 COMMENCEMENT

The Board is responsible for maintaining the graduation requirements and officially conferring the diplomas to our graduating students. The responsibility for the graduation ceremony will rest with the principal of each high school. A board member will present the diplomas to the graduates.

The local high school principal will also be responsible for any school-sponsored senior reception. The members of the Board of Trustees are to be invited to both events.

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Students - Standards of Conduct 5400 - 5499

5400 STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT

Morrison Academy is committed to the Word of God and its authority regarding all matters of Christian faith and living. The school promotes biblical standards of Christian conduct, including a loving and respectful attitude toward God and others, honesty, respect for other's property, and high moral standards. Students are expected to adhere to the laws of Taiwan.

While on campus or at school-sponsored functions the following activities are prohibited:

  • Bullying
  • Profanity
  • Provocative sexual behavior
  • Premarital sex
  • Promotion of or involvement in unbiblical sexual conduct
  • Harassment (See Policy #1650 HARASSMENT)
  • Child abuse (See Policy #1651 CHILD ABUSE)
  • Possession or use of pornographic materials
  • Promotion of or involvement in the occult
  • Promotion or use of excessive violence
  • Possession, use, or promotion of unauthorized controlled substances, illegal drugs, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages.
  • Possession or use of potentially dangerous items including, but not limited to, fireworks, knives, guns, and other weapons. The Principal may grant exceptions for adult-supervised use of potentially dangerous items.

Involvement in any of these activities off campus may result in school probation.

Sending or forwarding messages, photos, or images that violate this code of conduct via cell phone, computer, or other digital devices is also prohibited.

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5420 DRESS CODE

Administrative regulations should outline dress codes that are appropriate for each campus. Clothing should not be revealing, bizarre, or bear offensive slogans. Cleanliness, neatness, good grooming, and respect for host country cultural customs are standards Morrison Academy desires to uphold.

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5450 SEARCH AND SEIZURE

School lockers and desks are the property of Morrison Academy and are available to the students for their convenience. Administrators reserve the right to search a student's locker, without permission of the student, whenever it is reasonable to assume that the locker contains items which may be hazardous, illegal, in violation of school rules, or stolen.

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5470 GRIEVANCES - STUDENT/PARENT

The administration will follow established grievance procedures based on the principles of Matthew 18:15-17, ensuring that proper due process and documentation standards are observed. The Morrison Academy Organizational Chart will serve as a guide to the appeal process of a grievance.

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5480 DANCE

Morrison Academy does not permit any form of dance that is inconsistent with Policy #5400 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT. The Principal may allow some forms of dance, with a focus on education, exercise, performance or celebration. While on campus or at school authorized events, forms of dance that are sexually provocative or promote exclusive pairing are prohibited.

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Students - Discipline 5500 - 5599

5510 PHILOSOPHY OF DISCIPLINE

The administrative procedure manual shall establish clear standards in accordance with Taiwan law and the following guidelines:

  1. Means that will help children be responsible for their own actions.
  2. Fairness and equity based upon due process and established guidelines.
  3. Pertinent and frequent communication to parents regarding issues of discipline.
  4. Settling of discipline issues promptly at the lowest appropriate level of control.

More serious offences could result in probation (see Policy #5351 CONTINUING ENROLLMENT) or suspension.

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5540 TERMINATION OF ENROLLMENT

The Superintendent, after referral from the Principal, may terminate a student's enrollment for the reasons outlined in Policy #5351 CONTINUING ENROLLMENT. The administration will insure that all aspects of termination of enrollment proceedings will be properly documented and will follow proper due process procedures. The Superintendent will report to the Board any student whose enrollment has been terminated. Parents may appeal to the Board of Trustees in writing within one week after official notification of termination of enrollment.

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Student Activities 5600 - 5699

5610 STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Consistent with its stated philosophy, goals and objectives, and in accordance with established regulations, Morrison Academy will provide a variety of athletic, social, cultural, and recreational activities for the development of students. Any school-sponsored student activity that includes a Sunday or falls on a Sunday must follow these Biblical principles: fellowshipping with God and other Christians, preserving adequate time for rest and renewal. The Superintendent is authorized to make exceptions that are deemed valuable to the spiritual life of students.

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Students - Health and Safety 5700 - 5799

5700 ABDUCTION AND RANSOM (STUDENT)

Every reasonable effort shall be made to maintain the safety of Morrison Academy students. In the event that any member of the Morrison Academy student body should be abducted, and a ransom be demanded of the school, it is the policy of Morrison Academy not to accede to such demands.

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5705 CHILD PROTECTION

Child abuse is defined in Policy #1651 CHILD ABUSE.

Morrison Academy is committed to protecting all children within the Morrison Academy community from abuse experienced at home or within the academic, boarding or co-curricular environment of the school. Such abuse may include staff/student, student/student, non-staff adult/student, parent/child, or sibling/child. Morrison Academy is prepared to investigate all reports or allegations of child abuse and to take corrective action within the limits of its organizational jurisdiction. It will comply fully with the laws of the ROC with regards to any suspected case of child abuse. Violation of this policy or the related administrative procedures by anyone associated with Morrison Academy will result in discipline, up to and including termination of employment or enrollment. It is the responsibility of all employees, adult volunteers and students to report any suspected cases of child abuse.

In every confirmed case of sexual abuse committed by an employee the Board of Trustees will dismiss the employee with no possibility of reinstatement. Likewise, if any information unknown to Morrison Academy at the time of employment comes to light regarding prior conviction or confirmation through an investigation of child sexual abuse, the employee will be dismissed with no possibility of reinstatement. The Superintendent will report these cases to their certification agency and appropriate government agency in their passport country. Furthermore, the Superintendent may inform the school community.

Morrison Academy will appoint one or more trusted and reliable adult confidants to receive complaints from individuals who believe that their child abuse report was not addressed. Confidants shall not have formal responsibilities at Morrison Academy. Confidants will report complaints to the Superintendent, who shall investigate the complaints. Confidants may also serve as independent observers of the process and findings of any extended investigations of child abuse.

The administrative procedure manual shall establish clear standards for the following programs in accordance with CSPN standards:

  • screening employees and volunteers in child safety prevention
  • written Code of Conduct for volunteers and employees
  • training of students, employees and volunteers in child safety
  • staff handbook guidelines for child care specific to each program and age group
  • reporting and investigating of child abuse
  • follow-up programs
  • receiving and reporting allegations
  • child abuse investigation procedures and possible outcomes

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5740 AIDS/HIV-POSITIVE STUDENTS

Morrison Academy views infection with the AIDS/HIV (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome/human immunodeficiency virus) as a deep personal tragedy deserving of community support, understanding, and confidentiality. It also believes that the contagion factor of AIDS/HIV is often greatly exaggerated, but is nevertheless a matter which requires care and discretion. Therefore, the school must be informed of any student tested HIV-positive, and will maintain procedures which are appropriate for the general welfare of all students and staff and of the infected student. Morrison Academy will abide by the laws of the Republic of China regarding foreigners with AIDS/HIV. The school may require an AIDS/HIV test of any student at any time he or she has been ill with symptoms which may indicate infection with AIDS/HIV or when it is suspected that he or she has been exposed to AIDS/HIV infection.

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