ACA 2022-2023 Parent and Student Handbook – Updated 9/21/22
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Parent Information & FAQ
To Order Uniforms Click link below
Order shirts here: Land’s End
Other uniform options for embroidery: You can purchase your own shirts and have them embroidered. The two local businesses with the logo are Stitch and Embroidery in Dunn (919) 943-7123
and Southern Creations Embroidery in Lillington (910) 814-8399
Students are required to wear the ACA school uniform daily, starting with the first day of school. Students’ uniforms should be clean, neat, and worn in the correct size. ACA uniforms should be well kept, with
no holes, marks, or tears.
PE does not require an additional uniform. Please purchase bottoms that are comfortable and allow for movement. No athletic shorts, sweats, or jeans please.
ACA Uniform Policy:
Approved uniform bottoms: Students may wear weather appropriate shorts, pants, skirts, or jumper dresses, in the following colors: navy, black, or khaki. Jeans are not considered part of the approved ACA dress code.
K-1 students can wear a more comfortable, less fitted style of bottoms, as they are still learning to use the buttons and zippers on more structured pants and shorts. Examples of this include leggings or relaxed pants. No sweatpants, please.
Approved uniform tops: All students will wear the ACA logo polo to school daily. The ACA polo will be offered in navy blue, white, and grey.
ACA knows that children learn and grow in different ways, and we want to reflect that in our uniform policy. Polos may be worn tucked, or untucked, to provide comfort to the student. Belts are optional as well, if pants and shorts are well fitting, comfortable, and a good representation of the ACA community.
Sweaters and long sleeves worn under the ACA polo should be navy, white, or gray, to keep a consistent and identifiable look to the student body.
There is no restriction on coats to be worn outdoors. Please always send your child to school in weather appropriate clothing, as we go outside daily, weather permitting. Gloves, scarves, and hats for colder weather will be kept in backpacks or lockers/cubbies.
Boots may be worn in colder months, as necessary.
Hats and head coverings are to be worn outdoors only, unless worn for a religious purpose.
Children at ACA are active learners and need shoes that support activity!
ACA students should wear athletic shoes that encourage movement, provide adequate tread for playground equipment, and allow for comfort and functionality for PE, outside learning, and choice time activities.
ACA students should wear closed toe shoes, no sandals, crocs, or flip flops.
As stated in the cold weather section of our policy, winter boots may be worn in the colder months, as deemed necessary by school administration.
Our uniform policy is designed to help families and students. We always encourage you to reach out with questions and suggestions.
Thank you for being part of the Achievement Charter Academy family!
The school administration reserves the right to the final approval of dress code attire.
*Website to order uniform shirts will be posted in July.
If you are unable to purchase a shirt due to financial reasons, please email Tracy Dent at firstname.lastname@example.org and ACA will make sure you have uniform shirts for your child.
Free & Reduced Lunch Program
For students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), ACA will provide $60 gift cards each month from Food Lion OR ACA will purchase meals for students catered by MyHotLunchbox (4 days per week). All other students will have the option of purchasing the catered lunch or bringing their lunch. To provide parents autonomy in food choice, ACA will purchase $60 gift cards from Food Lion.
Parents should complete a Free/Reduced Application available from the school office or email Tracy Dent at email@example.com.
All parents have the option to pack lunch and order catered meals.
A snack period will be offered daily. Students must bring their own snacks from home as they are not provided by the school. Snacks should be nutritional (e.g., fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers). Candy, pop/soda, and sweets are not acceptable.
Nut Free Policy
Achievement Charter Academy adheres to a NUT FREE policy throughout the entire school. This includes school camps and all other school-related activities, field trips, etc. When we say “NUT FREE” or “NUTS”, we are referring to peanuts (even though they aren’t technically a nut) and tree nuts (Almond, Beech nut, Brazil nut, Butternut, Cashew, Chestnut, Chinquapin, Coconut, Filbert/hazelnut (like in NUTELLA), Ginkgo nut, Hickory nut, Lichee nut, Macadamia nut, Pecan, Pine nut, Pili nut, Pistachio, Shea Nut, Walnut).
Parents and children need to be mindful of any products containing peanuts and nuts when preparing lunches or snacks. Parents of children who have suffered any anaphylactic reaction to ANY foods or insect bites, need to provide the school with an up-to-date medical action plan, signed by their doctor. Our school community has made a commitment to follow nut-free guidelines for the safety and health of all our students. We need each student, teacher, and parent to help us make ACA a safer place for kids who have food allergies.
ACA does not allow food or candy for celebrations. Parents who wish to bring gift bags for birthdays or holidays can bring other non-food related items to distribute (ex: pencils, stickers, etc.). If there is a school sponsored activity that involves food, it must be approved by the DOE and parents will be notified. Examples of a food related activities are making gingerbread houses, serving popcorn and hot chocolate for Polar Express day, and Choice Time cooking activities. School related activities involving food will consider all student allergies to ensure all students are able to participate.