School Policies

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A Few Things to Think About When Considering Enrollment at CIJS

We are delighted you have chosen CIJS to fulfill your child’s educational needs. Educating your child is a responsibility we take very seriously.  It is our goal to provide a loving atmosphere that emphasizes development of the whole child.  We have qualified staff who are dedicated to providing quality education for your children. 
We encourage you to become an active participant in the school activities and programs we offer.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to talk to your child’s teacher or Principal.  We want the best for you and your child.

Parent Handbook & Behavior Policies

Please take the time to read our policies and procedures and review our “Will My Child Thrive at CIJS” page to determine if CIJS is a good fit for your student. While many children thrive at CIJS, it may NOT be the best option for EVERY child.  You will also find more information regarding our approved contracted charter school environment on this page as well. It is located under the EXPLORE CIJS tab on the header of the website and on the link below. 
Please consider all the schools in the area and choose the best option for your child based on environment, policies, curriculum etc.  
Many, but not all of our policies are below.  These can also be found in the parent portal during your registration process AFTER you have been accepted in the lottery. Parents who have not been accepted in the lottery will not have access to these documents in their portal.
Please Note: CIJS is not a district school, we only reside in Osceola County.  Therefore, we have our own board and our own policies which are approved by our CIJS board based on a combination of state statutes and CIJS policies. This can be confusing for parents sometimes, because we reside in Osceola County.

Behavior Policies

While CIJS is not a district school and is not affiliated with the district, we agreed on our charter contract to follow the Matrix of Infractions for suspensions and Code of Conduct for Osceola County Schools with a few caveats which are included in our attached policies.
Please understand that we are not at liberty to discuss another student or their consequences with you, but you are welcome to view the school policies to help determine what a potential course of action may be.


CIJS does not tolerate aggressive, offensive or abusive behavior and follows the "Matrix for Consequences & Suspensions". Click on the pictures below for more details.

Parent Handbook

Discipline, Behavior & Code of Conduct

CIJS follows Conscious Discipline strategies as much as possible, but there are times when other policies & procedures take precidence such as the Matrix of Infractions for incidents that occur.   

Matrix of Infractions

Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory by law. See Florida Statute § 1003.26-Enforcement of School Attendance.  In addition to the state law, CIJS has implemented a policy that states, upon the accruement of fifteen (15) absences per year students may potentially not be re-enrolled the following academic year at CIJS. CIJS does consider excused absences as long as they are not excessive. However, excessive excused absences fall under the same category as an unexcused absence. Click on the Attendance Policy on the picture below for details.
CIJS also reserves the right to remove any enrollment preferences for the student in the event the student accrued fifteen (15) absences in any given academic school year. Additionally, the student’s grade level promotion may be in jeopardy. He/she may not be promoted or graduate to the next academic grade for violation of CIJS’ and/or State law absence policies.
Please send any correspondences regarding attendance to  

Please allow 24-48 business hours to respond


Resolution Process

CIJS is committed to providing the best possible conditions for our parents and students and we encourage parent communicaton as we  want to be proactive about problems that may arise. If on the rare occasion a concern arises, we want to resolve the issue as soon as possible.  Part of this commitment is encouraging a frank and open atmosphere in which any problem, complaint, suggestion, concern or question will receive a timely response from CIJS supervisors and management.  It is the sincere intent of CIJS to be fair and reasonable with all parents/students at all times; therefore, any person who believes that he or she has been treated improperly or unfairly has recourse for resolution of such a complaint.

***With that being said, please be reminded that we request 24-48 business hours to return calls.  We DO NOT respond on evenings or weekends and we are NOT able to meet “on demand” as we have many prior obligations with other staff, students and parents.   We want every person at CIJS to feel heard and valued 100% . Therefore, we will not cancel meetings with other people to attend an “on demand” session.  Please call the office and schedule a meeting with the Principal during a time that is convenient for BOTH PARTIES. 

Please follow the proper procedures for concerns which is notated below. 

  1. All complaints should be initially reported to the teacher (if applicable) as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
  2. If the situation is unresolved, the Principal should be contacted. A written report of all complaints should be submitted soon after the initial notification. Within any dispute resolution situation, all parents/students shall approach the facts and issues surrounding these matters in a discreet and confidential manner.
  3. If the Principal is unable to resolve the situation within established policies and to the satisfaction of the parent/student, then IPS shall be notified promptly. Please present the problem, in writing, to senior management (Patty Marquis). At that time, she will consult with the other members of senior management for a resolution.
  4. If a resolution is not reached with the management team (IPS), then the parent/student shall promptly notify the President of the Governing Board, in writing.
  5. Please feel free to contact the CIJS Parent Liaison with any concerns if you prefer. She can facilitate communication between you and your teacher, principal, management team, governing board etc.  However, she will refer you back to the resolution process if that has not been followed. Hanadi can be contacted at
CIJS prides itself on communication and we will make every effort to problem solve in a quick, efficient manner, but please note resolutions are not always able to have an immediate solution.
We look forward to a great year!! 

***CIJS reserves the right to request that any party leave the premises at any time if we become uncomfortable.  CIJS also reserves the right to trespass any party who does not abide by the Civility and Orderly Conduct Policy (9.63) that CIJS has adopted. 


CIJS is NOT an Osceola County District School. While we reside in this county, we have our own School Board and Policies.  Any concerns are required to go through the CIJS Resolution Process. If you call the District, we will request that they direct you back to us!!
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