High School Behavioral Expectations
- 1 Our Life Together
- 2 A Welcoming Campus
- 3 Appropriate Behavior at School
- 4 Commuting to School
- 5 Conflict Resolution: What do you do when there is conflict with others in the community?
Our Life Together
Whenever people gather together as a community they tend to establish ways to get along with each other and function as a group. At Christian Academy in Japan, our goal is to learn and grow together in truth as a community, reflecting God’s image individually and as a group. At times we all fall short of loving each other as we ought. We desire for reconciliation and recognize that these are essential skills not only for our life together here at CAJ but also for our lives outside of school as well.
Expectations of Each Community Member
In our life together at CAJ we expect
- For students
- To be responsible to the CAJ community as well as the greater Japanese community.
- To make choices that promote a safe, healthy environment in which they fully participate.
- To be respectful to God, self and others in all circumstances.
- To know and abide by the expectations outlined in the handbook.
- For parents
- To know, understand and support the Parent Responsibility agreement. (Link to form)
- For staff
- To provide diligent, responsible, caring attention to the needs of the whole child
- To communicate with students and parents regarding academic and or behavioral progress.
- To model a Christ-like lifestyle.
When and if these expectations are not met or broken, we at CAJ will always try to follow the teachings from the Bible when we need to address issues with each other, as well as following the Child Protection Policy. We would like to see and support the growth and a heart change in the behavior of the person(s) involved.
Disciplinary Terms Defined
- Monitoring: a status most commonly used for new admissions, whereby the student is observed to ensure s/he can succeed academically, behaviorally and socially at CAJ.
- Detention: when a student is asked by their teacher or the principal to come before or after school for up to 30min. for disciplinary reasons.
- Probation: a status in which a student is placed for a specified period of time, because of misconduct or lack of achievement. This may result in suspension or expulsion, if no improvement is made.
- Suspension: a penalty under which a student is not permitted to attend classes for a specified period of time.
- Expulsion: the exclusion of a student from the school with no credit being given for that semester’s work.
- Withdrawal: an action taken by the parents to remove their child from school.
- Denial of Re-enrollment: the student is allowed to finish the school year but is not allowed to return.
Due Process and Appeals
- Parents of students who are placed on probation or are suspended will be notified in writing.
- Parents will be notified in person and in writing of the head of school’s recommendation for expulsion prior to board action on this recommendation.
- All disciplinary actions may be appealed using the Grievance Policy.
A Welcoming Campus
To keep our campus safe and a welcoming place, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
- Greet people when you see someone. When people say hello, look them in the eye and say hello back. Smile. Even when people do not greet you, greet them first.
- This is a K-12 school, which means there are a lot of people younger than you watching what you do and what you say. Be a good example to them.
- Do not bring any dangerous items such as guns, knives, fireworks, lighters, etc. If you need to bring a toy weapon for a skit or play, you must first receive permission from your teacher and only use it during the specified time.
- Do not bring or use tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs on or near school grounds, at any school-sponsored events, or anywhere within the jurisdiction of the school. Any student who is found to possess, sell, give away, or use any illegal or harmful substance such as drugs (including alcohol and tobacco) will be in "serious trouble."
- Do not litter. Please put trash in the appropriate trash can. If you see trash on the ground, please pick it up and throw it away.
- Do not damage property. Writing on things on the wall, breaking things, and even taking things off the wall that is not yours, etc. are all considered vandalism.
- Do not steal. It’s not “borrowing” if you haven’t asked the owner if you can borrow it. If it’s not yours to take, don’t take it unless it’s offered to you by the owner.
- At CAJ, we value community. Physical contact other than friendly behavior generally excludes other people and can make others feel uncomfortable. We encourage warm friendships and relationships between students, but we ask that students do not engage in physical demonstrations of affection during school hours and school-related activities.
Apparel and Gear (School Spirit)
Students, teams or groups that wish to purchase custom and non-CAJ provided apparel (including t-shirts) or gear for their own group must follow this process.
Note: Items that are to be sold as a fundraiser must be approved by the divisional principal and the head of school. All fundraising must be approved separately.
Students must first get written permission to purchase and distribute the item from the team coach or sponsor, and the divisional principal using this form: Apparel Approval Form.
- The design must also be approved by the coach or sponsor, the athletic or fine arts director, the divisional principal, and the head of school.
- The overall design must include CAJ branding in most cases: CAJ, Christian Academy in Japan, and/or Knights.
- The purchase process should be discussed with the CAJ purchasing manager or CAJ business manager before proceeding.
- In most cases the items should be ordered by CAJ and the families billed by the school. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the business manager.
- Students and parents must be contacted before the items are ordered, and provided the price, the design when possible, and clearly told that the purchase is voluntary.
- There can be no pressure or expectation put on purchasing non-uniform or non-required gear or items.
- Students and parents must indicate before the items are ordered that they are committed to the purchase by signing this form: Parent Permission to Purchase Form.
- The student organizer(s) should fill out all information on the parent permission form except student name, parent signature, and dates.
- It is ok to put the same information into an email and print parent responses that indicate they understand the type of item being purchased, the approximate cost, and that their account will be billed.
- Students will submit the signed purchase forms and complete the ordering process with the business office purchasing manager.
Appropriate Behavior at School
Bullying, Harassment, Abuse, and Harmful Behavior
One of CAJ’s core values is that of community. As members of a community, we take care of each other. We want every student to feel safe and protected at CAJ, so we put structures in place to make sure our community is a secure place for everyone. We will not tolerate bullying, harassment, or disrespectful behavior between students, and we will not allow any adults in our community to treat students in a way that is threatening, abusive or disrespectful.
If students feel they have been a victim of bullying, harassment, or abuse (see definitions); if they suspect another student may be a victim of bullying, harassment, or abuse or if they or another person are dealing with self-harmful behavior or suicidal thoughts, they should report this to an adult member of the CAJ community immediately. This could be a teacher, counselor, principal, or other staff member. The staff member will immediately report this to CAJ’s Child Safety Team and they will do their best to take care of the matter appropriately, taking care to protect the privacy of everyone involved.
In cases where a student has been in some way harmed by another student, our desire is for reconciliation and for relationships to be restored, although realistic consequences will follow. These could include suspension or expulsion. Because we value the privacy of all students, it is possible that one student may not be aware of the consequences another student receives, but any student is welcomed to talk about their concerns with his or her principal.
The campus is private property, reserved for the use of CAJ community members and others by invitation.
- Official supervision by teachers on campus begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. CAJ assumes no responsibility for students on campus before 8:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. or on weekends. It is the parents’ job to monitor the whereabouts of their children and exercise appropriate intervention if the parents’ wishes are not obeyed. School buildings will be closed after 4:30 pm. Offices will be closed at 5:00pm.
- Once students have arrived on campus in the morning, they may not leave until the school day is over.
- At no time should students be inside any facility without the permission and supervision of an adult. Students who want to use a facility outside of school hours must ask a supervisor to complete and submit a Facilities Request Form at least one week in advance.
- CAJ holds students accountable for appropriate behavior to and from school. Any misbehavior before, during, and after school hours (including smoking, drinking, stealing, vandalism and other disrespectful behavior) will be handled by the principal as if it had occurred on the campus.
- When there are events being held on campus after school and you are on campus during those hours, we expect you to be at the event, not anywhere else where there is not supervision.
All students are expected to attend chapel. Students should arrive to chapel ready to participate and engage with the speaker. Expectation during chapel are:
- Take your hat off and hood down when entering chapel
- Stay awake
- If you need to leave to go to the bathroom or get a drink, you can do that quietly, but when you enter back in, you need to sit at a seat closest to the door, and not return to your seat
- Pay attention. Do not talk to the people around you or distract them.
Cheating and Plagiarism
Students who have been caught cheating will automatically receive a zero on the assignment and parents will be notified. Cheating is defined as copying someone else’s work. Students who knowingly allow another to cheat or copy their work may also face similar consequences.
High school students are responsible to understand the issue and consequences of plagiarism. CAJ's curriculum requires that teachers teach and remind students about the illegality of using someone else's ideas or words without giving credit. Teachers do so before students work on assignments that require documentation. Therefore, plagiarism in high school is a serious offense; it is a form of stealing, and, if intentional, is cheating. The fact that we value collaboration does not imply that all work may be collaborative, and it is important for students to recognize when work must be completed independently. Ignorance about plagiarism is not an excuse.
- Click here for a tutorial on how to avoid plagiarism
- CAJ subscribes to turnitin.com to help educate students about plagiarism and to help with enforcement.
- CAJ uses the Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation format, which requires that students complete and hand in a works cited list whenever a student has quoted or paraphrased ideas or words from another person. Students are responsible to use the proper format both in their parenthetical references and in the works cited list.
- Exception: AP Psychology/Psychology class may be required to use APA (American Psychological Association) format. Some science classes may choose this format as well. This can also be found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/research/r_apa.html.
Computer and Technology Usage
- Within existing school policy, including Standards of Conduct, technology and digital resources are to be used to support, advance, and enhance learning and productivity in order to achieve CAJ's mission.
- All computer and digital device use is covered by this policy, including (but not limited to) school laptops (see One-to-One Laptop Program), personal computers (see Personal Device Policy), tablets, cell phones, etc.
- Appropriate use extends to social media, email, chat, and other online activities. (see also Online and Digital Behaviors)
- Appropriate behavior is expected at all times, including outside of class and off campus.
- Users will demonstrate discernment and caring for others when using computers. Do not use technology in ways that are objectionable, obscene, offensive, or harmful to yourself or others. Students and staff are required to report concerns in accordance with our Mandated Reporting Policy.
- Users will respect others’ privacy. Do not access or use another’s account or open, read, modify or remove another's files, postings or emails. Do not post pictures or make comments about others online without their permission.
- Appropriate use includes only using computers, digital devices, and the CAJ network for legal activities. If you have a question about whether an application or activity is legal, please consult with the technology team.
- Computers and other digital devices may only be used for school work during class, unless the teacher specifically allows an exception.
- Users are responsible for the safety and security of their account and computer.
- Users are responsible for properly saving and backing up their files.
- Users will be good stewards of computer resources. Do not abuse, damage, or disrupt computers, networks, or other related technology. (see also Graffiti and Vandalism)
- Authorized staff will access student accounts (including data on the server, on the computer or other devices including cell phones, or online) and monitor usage when deemed necessary.
- Violations of this policy will be reported to the appropriate authority and may result in discipline including the loss of computer privileges.
- Acceptable Use and Care
- Students are expected to follow the Computer and Technology Acceptable Use Policy at all times, both on and off campus.
- Students (or families) will be responsible for a ¥5,000 deductible for any charges associated with repair of the student laptop.
- Irresponsible damage and destruction of a student laptop will be brought to the principal and school leadership for consideration in line with our vandalism and restitution policies.
At CAJ, we try to make a positive impression on each other and on those outside our community. We also do whatever we can think of to provide an environment that promotes learning. In order to do these two things, we need to decide on a standard of what is appropriate in many areas, including dress. Students are here voluntarily, which means that their parents choose to enroll them. Consequently, as a school, we assume students have agreed to dress appropriately, according to the school’s definition of appropriate dress and /or according to the principal’s interpretation of this definition.
Dress code is a school function code. It applies whenever a staff member or student is on campus for school events (either as participants or spectators) or off campus and representing the school (either as participants or spectators) on school functions (field trips, concerts, games, etc.).
We try to be positive when stating rules, but the following guidelines are listed negatively to make them as clear as possible.
As a community of people, we do not want to see:
- Completely bare shoulders (this means no strapless tops without some sort of cover-up)
- A bare midriff exposed when standing, walking, or sitting
- Excessively ripped or torn clothing
- Skirts and shorts may be up to fingertip length. This is approximately 10 - 15 cm above the knee. Final decisions about length may still be made by the principal, since skirts and shorts vary in style.
- Leggings or other form-fitting pants should be worn with a top that covers the buttocks.
- Clothing, hairstyles, or body accessories that might distract, intimidate, or leave a negative or misleading impression with fellow students, younger children, guests at our school, or with the outlying Japanese community of which our school is a guest (this includes areas through which our students commute)
- Footwear must be worn at all times.
- There is a supplemental athletic handbook dress code.
Dress code violations: Violations of the dress code will be handled as follows:
- First violation
- change of clothes (supplied by principal)
- violation is recorded
- Second violation
- change of clothes (supplied by principal)
- warning note home to parents
- Third violation
- change of clothes (supplied by principal)
- one-hour detention arranged by the principal
- Fourth violation
- change of clothes (supplied by principal)
- parents contacted
- students and parents will sign a letter of compliance
- Fifth violation
- change of clothes (supplied by principal)
- possible out-of-school suspension assigned by head of school
- meeting with parents must take place to discuss the status of the student at the school before student will be allowed to return to school
Lockers and property
- Lockers and other property (personal and school) A fundamental principle for our life together is respect for each other, which includes each other's property. We expect that everyone who shares the use of school facilities will help to take good care of them as part of our desire to be good stewards of the resources God has given us to use. Those who are disrespectful will make restitution with their time and their yen. There is no insurance to pay for personal or school property that is abused.
- CAJ provides storage space for every student for personal items.
- Students in Grades 6-12 are assigned school and PE lockers. Students are expected to keep their lockers locked at all times.
- All lockers and school desks are school property loaned to students. Principals may inspect lockers and desks at any time.
- Damage to lockers (which includes anything students stick on that won't come off) will be repaired and students billed for the cost.
- Unfortunately, occasionally a member of our community does not respect the property of others. Don't leave money or things of value where others may take them. If you must take something valuable to school, ask a teacher or someone in the office to keep it for you until you need it. Report suspected thefts immediately to the academic office.
- P.E. lockers, which are especially vulnerable to theft, must be locked at all times (except, obviously, when you are placing or removing items).
- Lost and Found items are kept in the library and the gym. Please check in each location when looking for a lost item. Unclaimed items will be donated or thrown away.
Students in grades 6-12 are issued two combination locks without charge when they are admitted.
- These locks will remain the property of CAJ, but students are responsible for them - including over summer breaks.
- Students must use the locks issued by the school and may not substitute other locks, even if they are the same brand and type.
- Students will turn these locks in to the academic office when they graduate, leave CAJ, or go on leave or furlough.
- Students are responsible for keeping their gym and school lockers locked with an approved padlock at all times the student is not present.
- Students should never enter another student's locker without permission.
- Students should never borrow textbooks, locks, etc. without permission.
- CAJ cannot be responsible for replacing stolen, misplaced or borrowed items.
- If students believe their combination number has been compromised (someone else knows their combination), they may request a new combination or lock and they will not be charged for the replacement.
- If a lock is lost, stolen or damaged through neglect, whether during the school year or during summer break, student accounts will be charged ¥1000 per lock for replacement.
- Textbooks are bar coded and electronically checked out to students (like a library book).
- Textbooks are loaned to students by CAJ and should be returned showing reasonable wear. Therefore we encourage students to cover textbooks with sturdy paper or plastic covers. Some teachers may require students to cover books.
- Students who lose textbooks will be charged a replacement fee; students who damage books will be charged a damage fee.
- Some AP classes require purchasing texts.
Personal Device Policy
We value communication and interactions that happen between all members of the CAJ community. Although we acknowledge that technology can help us communicate and interact with others, we believe that this cannot replace what we gain through face-to-face interactions. Therefore, to encourage healthy communication and interactions, we are implementing the following guidelines:
- Cell phones or other personal electronic devices (including the Apple Watch, personal computers, or similar communication devices) may not be used on campus during school hours by middle/high school students. (“School hours” begin when a student passes through the gate.) Students must keep personal devices in their bags or lockers during school hours, not in their pockets. Students may not have ear buds or other headphones (unless they have permission) in their ear during school hours unless in study hall or during lunch in the designated area (see below). Students may not use their devices during break even if they are off campus. Chromebooks may not be used in-between classes for non-educational purposes.
- Exceptions to this are the following situations:
- High School students may use personal devices in the cafeteria and on the cafeteria porch during high school lunch hours.
- Teachers may give permission to use personal devices for educational purposes during class. (If students are working outside of the classroom, they need to have a device pass.)
- Middle and high school students may use their personal devices after the last block, but not in the academic building.
- Students may listen to music during study hall or in class if the teacher allows, as long the personal device is kept in bag.
- Consequences: Cell phones and other electronic devices used inappropriately will be confiscated and must be reclaimed from the principal at the end of the school day.
- Consequences are the following:
- First offense: warning
- Second offense: parents notified
- Third offense: parents notified and 1 hour detention
- Fourth offense: conference with parents and contract issued
- Fifth offense: in-school suspension, conference with parents, discussion of future
- If a cell phone or other electronic device is confiscated because certain types of inappropriate behavior are suspected (harassment, cheating, pornography, illegal activities, etc.), the principal may examine the contents of the device. At least one other staff person will be present during the examination.
- Consequences are the following:
- Students may be required to provide access and show the administrator what is preserved in the memory.
We encourage you to get out and move around during break or before and after school. Please be mindful of the people around you as you play on the playground, the courts or the play structure, especially those kids who are younger than you.
- Soccer play is to be only in the large open area (not on the tennis court) unless with a coach or teacher who is supervising an activity.
- No food on the playground or courts.
- Snacks should not be eaten while running around or playing on the playground equipment.
- Dispose of trash properly.
- Sharing of food is discouraged.
- Any form of glass, such as glass bottles, is not allowed on the playground.
- Throwing stones are prohibited.
- Hard baseballs are not allowed except for during PE.
- If a ball goes over the fence onto the tracks, do not go and get it. Let the office know.
- The outdoor washrooms are not to be used for getting water for play.
Commuting to School
Bicycles and motorized vehicles
Bicycle Safety Laws in Japan (Click to view)
- Bicycles must be used according to the laws of Japan.
- Students are not allowed to drive motorized vehicles to campus including scooters, motorcycles and cars.
- All bicycles should be parked in the designated parking areas and should be kept locked.
- All bicycles must be identified with a CAJ sticker.
- Bicycle stickers identifying CAJ community member’s bicycles are available at the business office.
- To protect pedestrians, bicycles should not be ridden on the campus outside the designated parking areas and should not be used during the school day. Bicycles are not to be used in the plaza area when school is in session or an event is taking place.
- The playground is off-limits to bicycles at all times to protect the play surface.
- All bicycles riders are urged to wear helmets when riding.
- Bicycles are personal property and should not be borrowed without the owner’s permission.
Trains are used by many people here in Japan as their main source of transportation. When you misbehave on the train, it reflects poorly on CAJ. Here are some guidelines you should follow when you are riding the trains here in Japan:
- Avoid speaking loudly
- Avoid running around or playing
- Avoid eating
- When sitting, sit properly (don’t put your bag on a seat from preventing others to sit)
- Avoid sitting in the priority seating area
- If you see an elderly person or a pregnant woman, a handicaped person or someone holding a child, give up your seat for them.
Students are not allowed to bring a skateboard to school and should not use a skateboard as a means of transportation to school.
Conflict Resolution: What do you do when there is conflict with others in the community?
CAJ emphasizes the practice of first using one-to-one interactions. This practice covers a wide variety of situations where open communication offers each of us the opportunity to interact in mature and responsible ways. It provides opportunities to hear each other and to respond to differences of opinion while seeking to resolve conflict. A model for this can be found in Matthew and is often referred to as the "Matthew 18 principle." While the verse uses the context of sin, it also works as a sound communication principle for other situations.
- 15 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that "every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses." 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. (NIV)
In some situations some members of our community may have questions, misunderstandings, and/or feelings of disappointment about another person. Or there might be an area of conflict between any individuals or groups at CAJ. It is important to follow appropriate procedures and institutional hierarchy when addressing concerns.
- If there are problems, if possible, please first talk directly with the person concerned. Both parties should attempt to listen to one another to determine clearly what the facts are regarding the areas of concern.
- If you have concerns about your ability to deal directly with the other party, please consult with your teacher, your principal or another staff member you feel comfortable talking to.
- If, after meeting together, the issue cannot be resolved, the school principal or other administrator should be contacted to become involved in mediating.
- If this does not bring resolution, the head of school should be contacted.
- A more detailed description and the steps to a final resolution can be found in our Grievance Policy.
- CAJ's Child Protection Policy has its own process to protect all parties including the mandated reporter.