POLICY ON ATTENDANCE/ABSENCE/TARDINESS
Students are expected to attend school regularly and punctually. If a student is ill or an emergency situation arises, (s)he must notify the school office. Unexcused absences must be made up by the student prior to graduation and student may be subject to paying additional charges. A student may also face suspension for unexcused absences. If obvious to School Administration that a student does not have enough time to makeup subject matter missed and still complete on time they may be suspended. A student suspended for unsatisfactory attendance must receive individual counseling before re-entry. If a student is more than five minutes late for class, (s)he must obtain permission from the instructor to enter class. All time missed by a student must be made up prior to graduation. Chapter tests missed must be made up at the discretion of the instructor. The student is required to obtain any and all notes for missed classes. VA students having unexcused absences exceeding three days per month will be terminated from their benefits. If their attendance improves they may be recertified after 1 month for Veteran Administration benefits. Veteran students whose benefits have been terminated may remain in school if they continue to meet all other school criteria. Students receiving Pell Grants and/or loan funding must have good continuous attendance with minimal absenteeism. Leave of absence will be granted for unusual circumstances. Class cuts WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, and will be grounds for immediate suspension. Make-up work will be given only when a student has had an excused absence. Students are allowed five minutes grace time on entering school. However if a student is more than five minutes late, he or she will be considered tardy, and will require the appropriate amount of demerits. If a student is terminated for excessive unexcused absences (three days per month for VA students), he or she must make some statement in writing to the director reaffirming a commitment to the school. Students are expected to complete their training within a reasonable period of time.
Education Privacy Act
FEDERAL EDUCATION RIGHT TO PRIVACY ACT
We protect all student records against any inquiries from any source without a students permission accept for those agencies that have a right to know. These agencies that regulate the educational quality of the school, licensing of the School and Administration of Federal Financial Aid programs. Those are the Commission for Independent Education, N.A.C.C.A.S., and the U.S. Department of Education. No other information will be released to any other sources without the student’s, or the parent or legal guardian if the student is a dependent minor, written permission for each third party request.
Pell Grants are awards of Federal aid funds ranging from $976 to $5,920. The amount is based on a determination by the US Department of Education of the students’ needs. A Pell Grant is an entitlement which means if a student qualifies for an award (s)he will receive it.
SATISFACTORY ATTENDANCE AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY
All students must maintain satisfactory progress according to the following standards:
Progress reports are given at 450 and 900 hours for Cosmetology & Barbering, and 375 hours for Massage Therapy for academic and attendance progress. This will provide for a minimum of at least one attendance and academic evaluation by the midpoint of the program. This provides that for a student to be considered making satisfactory progress as of the midpoint of the course, the student must meet both the attendance and academic progress requirements on at least one evaluation by the midpoint of the course.
Grade Scale is:
100 – 95 = Excellent
94 – 90 = Good
89 – 80 = Average
79 – 75 = Passing
Below 74 = Failing
A student must maintain a cumulative grade of 75%. Students who maintain satisfactory progress are eligible to receive title IV assistance if they so qualify. Theory and practical clinical test grades will be evaluated during academic progress evaluations. Students may access academic progress evaluations from their folder.
A student must have satisfactorily completed their program within 1.5 times the course length. For Cosmetology & Barbering it would be 1800 hours. For Massage Therapy it would be 900 hours.
INCREMENTAL COMPLETION RATE
To meet satisfactory attendance a student must have completed 66.7% of the possible hours for that period. In addition, for Massage student, a maximum of 5 absences per 4 week period will be allowed. More absence then this, and a student runs the risk of not being able to complete satisfactorily the massage curriculum. The massage curriculum is classroom intensive. Missed classroom time equates to lost knowledge which equates to not being able to pass chapter tests which equates to not passing the finals which means not passing the nationals and NO LICENSE !
SPECIAL GRADING CONDITIONS
There are no incomplete, remedial courses, or repetitions. These have no impact on Satisfactory Progress.
DETERMINATION OF STATUS
Students meet the minimum requirements for attendance and academic progress shall be considered to be making satisfactory progress until the next scheduled evaluation. If a student fails to meet these standards when checked he/she will be placed on probation for 1 month to allow time to meet these standards. If at the end of this period the student does not have satisfactory progress in grades and/or attendance, the student will be removed from financial aid until satisfactory progress has been obtained. An additional 30 days may be given to reach satisfactory progress at which time financial aid could be reinstated. This progress report will be added to the students file folder.
A student who feels that satisfactory progress was not made due to extraordinary mitigating circumstances must submit a written appeal to the school Director within two weekd of being notified that aid will be terminated. Mitigating circumstance is a situation which would require additional information. School Director will make the decision within two weeks. The written decision by the Director will be filed in the students file folder.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
When a leave is granted, the student will return in the status they left in. Their leave of absence extends the contract by the same number of days taken in the leave of absence.
A student’s aid will be reinstated only if an appeal is won or the student meets the above standards.
STUDENTS RE-ENTERING SCHOOL
Students that re-enter school in less than six months from the date of interruption will return in the same progress status as when left.