Parent and Guardian Support

Family involvement is a significant component in assuring that ASMS is a successful experience for each student. Parents provide security, love, values, and discipline for their student. The ASMS academic and residential programs will give the students opportunities, structure, and materials with which to learn and grow. Together, the faculty and staff work with parents to help students reach their highest potential. This is achieved by requiring a family commitment as part of the decision to attend and remain at ASMS. This commitment is enhanced by a continuing and good relationship with the home and the family.

Parents/legal guardians are fully responsible for the behavior and performance of their students while enrolled at ASMS. Important aspects of parental support include encouraging and enforcing appropriate student behavior, monitoring schoolwork and grades, and keeping up with school activities and information. Two-way communication between the school and home is critical to student success. ASMS will contact parents to keep them informed of their student’s progress and of school events. ASMS depends on parents to keep school administrators informed of issues and concerns of which they become aware.

The purpose of this section of the Handbook is to provide the expectations around the conduct of all parents and guardians connected to our school. These expectations help to clarify the types of behavior that will not be tolerated and seeks parental agreement to these expectations. These expectations also outline the actions the school can take should expectations be ignored. Families should realize that it is a privilege for students to attend ASMS, as students have a right to attend their county public schools. These Parent and Guardian Guidelines are an agreement between Parents/Guardians and ASMS. ASMS is committed to resolving difficulties in a constructive manner, through an open, honest, and positive dialogue. If parents have concerns about their student in relation to the school, they should:

  1. Initially contact the student’s teacher, hall staff, Academic Counselor, Office of Student Affairs, or Office of Academic Affairs.
  2. If the concern remains, they should contact the Director of Student Affairs or the Dean of Academics.
  3. If still unresolved, the Office of the President should be contacted.
  4. If still unresolved, follow grievance procedures outlined in this Handbook or on the school website.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior that interferes with or threatens to interfere with any of the school’s normal operations or activities anywhere on the school premises will not be tolerated. Any behavior on the school premises deemed inappropriate or disruptive by the school’s administration will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The use of loud or offensive language.
  • Damage or destruction of school property.
  • Smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco, taking illegal drugs, or the consumption of alcohol on school premises.
  • The threatening of, in any way, any students, parents, staff, faculty, administration, or visitors at the school. This includes the sending of abusive or threatening emails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communications including social media.
  • Defamatory, offensive, or derogatory comments regarding the school or any of the students, parents, staff, faculty, or administration at the school on social media platforms.
  • The use of physical, verbal, or written aggression towards another adult or student. This includes the physical punishment of a child on school premises.

Please note that approaching someone else’s child to discuss or chastise them may be considered as an assault and may have legal consequences. Should any of the above occur on school premises or in connection with school, the school may feel it is necessary to take action by contacting the appropriate authorities or consider banning the offending adult from entering the school premises. It is important for parents and visitors to make sure any persons visiting or picking up their students are aware of this policy.

Social Media

The Parent Association has a Facebook page which allows parents to receive and respond to messages about school events. The ASMS PA Facebook page also fosters a community where parents can come to find support, to answer their questions, and to discuss issues of relevance. Common sense should be used when discussing school life online. Although this is a closed group, comments made on social media should be considered public. Any comment that could be construed as incorrect, inappropriate, or infringing on a student’s privacy will be removed. Social media is not an appropriate venue for airing grievances.

Inappropriate Online Activity includes but is not limited to:

  • Defamatory or libelous comments;
  • Threatening, abusive, or personal comments about students, staff, faculty, administrators, or other parents;
  • Emails circulated or sent directly with abusive or personal comments about students, staff, faculty, administrators, or other parents;
  • Use of social media to discuss issues concerning individual students, staff, faculty, administrators, or other parents;
  • Use of offensive language; and
  • Breaching school security procedures.

Consequences for Parent/Guardian Guidelines Violation

In the event of any parent or visitor of the school breaking this code, proportionate actions will be taken as follows:

  • In cases where the unacceptable behavior is considered to be a serious and potentially criminal matter, the concerns will in the first instance be referred to the police. This will include any or all cases of threats of violence or actual violence to any student, staff, faculty, or administrator in the school. This will also include anything that could be seen as a sign of harassment of any member of the school community, such as any form of insulting social media post or any form of social media cyber bullying.
  • In cases where evidence suggests that behavior would be tantamount to libel or slander, then the school will refer the matter to ASMS legal counsel for further action. In cases where the code of conduct has been broken but the breach was not libelous, slanderous, or criminal in nature, then the school will send out a formal letter to the parent/visitor with an invitation to a meeting. The school reserves the right to have a third party at the meeting to help facilitate a positive discourse.
  • If the parent/visitor refuses to attend the meeting, then the school will write to the parent/visitor and ask them to stop the behavior causing the concern and warn them that if they do not, they may be banned from the school premises. If after this action the behavior continues, the parent/visitor will again be written to and informed that a ban is now in place.
  • Note: (1) A ban from the school can be introduced without having to go through all the steps offered above in more serious cases. (2) ASMS understands the severity of banning a parent or guardian from campus and will do so only in extreme cases. (3) If a ban occurs, ASMS will communicate how a student can be picked up by the person who has been banned.