CCSMS Family Resource Manual and Scholar Code of Conduct
As we navigate this school year, CCSMS is committed to:
- Making decisions grounded by the best science-based information at the time with our first priority being the health and safety of CCSMS scholars and employees along with their families.
- Developing, implementing, and refining plans based on the academic and developmental needs of our scholars.
- Coming out of this extraordinary experience a stronger school than when this began by taking time to reflect, realign our collective work, and grow together.
Our high expectations at CCSMS for academics and behavior will be consistent, regardless of the location or delivery method for learning.
How to use this Document:
The CCSMS Family Resource Manual and Scholar Code of Conduct is a guide to help our scholars and families understand the basic expectations and operations of our school.
This resource manual and scholar code of conduct is for informational purposes only and is not intended to create, nor does it create, a contract between you and CCSMS. Nothing in this handbook legally binds CCSMS to any specific procedures, policies, or privileges.
Our objective for this school year is to be successful in all areas of our school life. Each of us should strive to do our best every day.
This handbook – if read and used – will be a valuable guide for scholars and parents/guardians.
Please note, this document will be maintained on the CCSMS website with the potential for frequent updates based on the rapidly changing information concerning health and safety while the Charleston, SC region works together to lower the spread of Covid-19.
CCSMS reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time.
Masks Required during Covid
The following information can be found in the Family Resource Manual and Scholar Code of Conduct
Masks and Face Coverings (Temporary During Covid-19)
To reduce the spread of the Covid-19 during the pandemic, CCSMS will require face masks on campus. This is to be effective until further notice and will align with or supersede CCSMS and district policies, including, but not limited to, scholar dress codes. For clarification on potential conflicts between policies, the interpretation of the Executive Principal her designee is final.
The school may amend these requirements as necessary to meet health and safety guidelines.
A face covering is a piece of fabric, cloth, or other material that covers the wearer’s nose, mouth, and chin simultaneously and is secured to the wearer’s face by elastic, ties, or other means. Acceptable face coverings may be homemade, and they may be reusable or disposable. Neck scarves, bandanas, gaiters and masks with exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable face coverings and shall not be used.
All scholars will wear face coverings while on CCSMS and CCSD district property, on CCSMS transportation, or attending a school related activity (e.g. athletic events, field trips, etc.). Certain classes or activities may be granted a limited exception to this requirement at the discretion of the CCSMS administration. If scholars need a disposable mask for the day one will be provided prior to boarding the bus or coming into the building.
Exceptions for wearing a face covering (both faculty and students) may include, but are not limited to, the following activities:
- outdoor recess where students can maintain a physical distance of at least six (6) feet
- administration of medication
- planned and socially distanced mask breaks
Requests for exceptions under this policy for health or developmental conditions or religious exemption will be considered by the superintendent or his/her designee, who may request documentation justifying the exception. The wearing of a face shield or other PPE may be required.
Students (or parents/legal guardians) who request to be exempted from wearing a face covering for other than a health or developmental condition or religious exemption will be offered virtual learning for the period that face coverings are required on district property.
Harassment and Bullying
CCSMS will not tolerate harassment of anyone wearing face coverings or those with recognized exemptions to the face covering requirement and will appropriately discipline students, staff, or visitors who engage in behavior that interferes with any student or staff member’s ability to comply with this policy.
Failure or refusal to wear a face covering by a staff member or student may result in discipline in accordance with CCSMS and district policy and codes of conduct, as applicable.