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Extracurricular Programs (Extended Day/Clubs)
 

Mount Paran Christian School is proud to offer a wide variety of activities for students to get involved before and after the regular school day. Our extended-day programs include Early Care, Eagle Adventure Zone (EAZ) extended-day program, The Zone for middle schoolers, Conference and Holiday Camps, as well as Summer Programs.

In addition to after-school arts lessons, shows, and sports teams, students may participate in many grades K-12 clubs and groups.

To learn more about all options for families, please click here. 

 

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School Clinic

The school clinic is available to your child in case of emergencies and ongoing conditions requiring daily administering of medications. Our registered nurses provide a safe, loving environment for students who need medical care.

Because the clinic keeps a record of all students, please remember to contact the clinic with any medical updates for your child, such as:

  • changes or developments in existing medical or psychological conditions;
  • newly diagnosed illness requiring medication or special diet;
  • recent surgery or hospitalization;
  • broken bones or severely sprained limbs;
  • any contagious illnesses such as COVID-19, chicken pox, strep throat, flu, head lice, etc.;
  • any major events in your child's life that may affect his/her ability to have a successful school day.

As a reminder, if your child has been ill, prior to returning to school, students must be fever-free without aid of medication for 72 hours, free from vomiting for 72 hours, and/or on a newly prescribed antibiotic for 24 hours.

The nurses will keep parent consent information (provided via the school admission/re-enrollment application or through forms below) on file for reference, should your student need to visit the clinic during the school year. This consent allows nurses to dispense parent-approved over-the-counter medications kept in the clinic (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Benadryl, Tums, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, cough drops, Sting Stop swabs, Loratadine (grades 6-12), and Phenylephrine PE (grades 6-12).  

In accordance with current CDC recommendations, MPCS nurses will not be administering nebulizer treatments in the school clinic this year. We will continue to administer inhalers with appropriate spacers as needed.

 

Healthy Kids, Healthy School

MPCS will be vigilant in taking temperatures and screening students and staff every morning during carpool drop-off. Remember, if your child is sick or has a fever above 99.9°F, do NOT send them to school. If your child is experiencing symptoms from seasonal allergies, please keep them home until the symptoms are well-controlled.

If your child(ren) are absent for any reason, please be sure to fill out the MPCS Student Absence Form so nurses can determine if your child should move to virtual learning.

 

Medications in the Clinic

If your child will have MEDICATIONS IN THE CLINIC (prescription or over-the-counter), the nurses must receive a Medication Authorization Form in order to dispense it. Please provide all medications in their original container. Prescription medications must be labeled by the pharmacist with the student and medication name, dose, physician name, date filled, and expiration date. Over-the-counter medications must be in the original packaging and include manufacturer's dosing instructions. No medications will be given from a baggie or envelope. Whenever possible, medications should be given at home. If a medication needs to be taken during the school day, it is the student's responsibility to come to the clinic at the appropriate time. Remember to include the Medication Authorization Form if we will be keeping any medications (prescription or over-the-counter, e.g. Epipens, Inhalers) in the clinic.

Please note: Students are not allowed to self-carry medications while at school and must come to the clinic to receive all medications from the nurse. The only exceptions are life-saving medications for children who have been trained to self-medicate (e.g. insulin, epipens, inhalers). Please notify us if you would like your child to self-carry any medication, as we will still need the appropriate paperwork on file in the clinic.

 

Questions?

As mentioned in our MPCS Family Reunion Plan to get back to campus, MPCS has now hired two additional nurses and created an additional clinic space! Click here to read the clinic COVID-19 protocol. Email nurse@mtparanschool.com if you need assistance or would like to arrange a special meeting. 

Julie Baute, R.N.
Alex Sullivan, R.N.
Ashlea Shumpert, R.N.
Tonya Westmoreland, R.N.

 

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MPCS Uniforms

Mount Paran Christian School instills an organized classroom environment with the use of school uniforms. Our students are presentable, unified, and ready to learn each day.

Please remember that daily-approved outerwear must be adorned with a full MPCS square logo, MPC over eagle head logo, academic seal logo, or Arts logo. Outerwear MUST be SOLID black, navy, or royal blue quarter or full zip jackets with NO hood and large color panels.

This visual MPCS UNIFORM GUIDE is provided to help choose from the many uniform options available for students in K/TK through grade 12.

*NOTE: A new crewneck sweatshirt with pocket-area logo has been approved for uniform daily outerwear. These are available in the Eagles Nest and at Land's End.

MPCS approved uniform vendors are

 

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Textbook / E-book Purchasing

Students in grades 6-12 are required to pre-purchase e-books and/or textbooks needed for each course. In keeping with the committment to provide MPCS with financial savings, our book partner, eCampus, has developed a variety of services designed specifically for our families.

Student schedules are released mid-July via email to each family with individual student log-in information. Once you recieve this email, you may log onto eCampus and begin your order. Your bookshelf will already be populated with your child's course book/e-book requirements, and you can make your selections for purchase. 

A textbook buy-back program during the summer months is offered to help family budgets. Click here for instructions on selling back your books.

The eCampus service team is ready to answer your questions. Call 1-844-523-8980.

 

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Connected Learning Program

All middle and high school students recieve a school-issued Microsoft Surface Pro device at the beginning of each school year. Upon admission (whether new application or re-enrollment), parents agree to the requirements of the Connected Learning Program guidelines. Optional device insurance is available for purchase at the start of each school year. Contact the EagleTech (IT Services) department with any questions. Click below to read details concerning student devices:

 

If you have questions for EagleTech or need tech support, feel free to call 678-504-7020. 

 

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PlusPortals

MPCS makes it simple to access the online Student and Parent PlusPortals! Parents in grades PK3-12 receive an e-mail with instructions on how to set up your personal login as a parent (different than the student login information). Once your credentials are entered, it's easy to sign in via the homepage of the main MPCS website.

 

 

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PlusPortals Sign In

 

 

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Parent-Student Handbooks

To access the MPCS General Parent, Student, and Volunteer Handbook, as well as each of the division handbooks, parents and students must sign in to PlusPortals first. To keep handbooks secure, they are hidden behind your student or parent PlusPortals login.

You can find the link and generic Email/Password for access under the "school links and files" PlusPortals home dashboard.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to access the handbooks. 

Once you are logged in to the online handbooks, you will see:

  • 2020-2021 MPCS General Handbook for Parents, Students, and Staff
  • 2020-2021 MPCS Volunteer Handbook
  • 2020-2021 MPCS Preschool Handbook
  • 2020-2021 MPCS Lower School Handbook
  • 2020-2021 MPCS Middle School Handbook
  • 2020-2021 MPCS High School Handbook

 

*Note: Staff may access all handbooks plus the Employee handbook in Eaglenet under the HR Employee Information tab.

 

PlusPortals Sign-In

 

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Security and Key Fob Access

The safety and security of your family while on campus is a top priority for MPCS. We keep all building entrances locked during the school day. Cameras are installed at each of the main school building entrances as an added security measure. The front desk will grant visitors access and "buzz" them in during regular school hours. We appreciate your support of our efforts to enhance security for the increased and utmost safety of all students and staff! 

Key Fob Access for Students

MPCS will issue all middle and high school students a personal key fob for entry to the buildings required for their classes. The fobs are for use during school hours only. As in the past, all teachers have key fobs to each entrance access point. 

Frequently Asked Questions about student fobs:

Q. What hours will the building entrance doors be locked?

A. 7:50 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

 

Q. When will my middle or high school child receive their fob?

A. Students will be issued individual fobs soon after the start of school.

 

Q. What do the fobs look like? 

A. Middle school students will receive a bracelet-style fob, and high school students will use a keychain fob.

 

Q. How will my child keep track of their fob?

A. We advise that your student keep the fob on their keychain or wear it daily like a watch. **The Eagles Nest School Store has great new options in stock for attaching them to backpacks, computer sleeves, belt loops, or bracelets.

 

Q. What happens if my child loses their fob?

A. Report lost fobs to John Sess, Director of Operations, for deactivation and replacement. E-mail jsess@mtparanschool.com

 

Q. If my child loses the fob, are we required to get another one?

A. Yes

 

Q. How much does it cost to replace the fob for my child?

A. $10

 

Q. Who do I contact about replacing a lost fob or fob that is not working correctly?

A. The Director of Operations

 

Q. Do we have to return the fob at the end of the year?

A. No, the fob stays with the student while enrolled at MPCS, except for seniors and non-returning students.

 

Q. Are parents also issued a fob?

A. No

 

Q. Can friends or family use or borrow the fob?

A. Fobs are not to be used by anyone other than the student it has been issued to. The fob is registered by name and number to each student. The fob tracks each time a student enters the buildings. 

 

Q. If my child forgets a book, can they use their fob to get into the school to access their locker?

A. No, the fob only unlocks the doors during regular school hours from 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m. However, you may contact security at 770-843-3938 to help after hours.

 

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Late-Start Wednesdays

Late-Start Wednesdays are when students, staff, and faculty begin their normal school day at 8:35 a.m. instead of 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. This delayed start provides dedicated time for many more opportunities for professional development of faculty and staff, multi-grade level teacher collaboration, and parent or student-led Bible studies.

Instructional time is maximized. This model is a proven best-practice, enabling ongoing teacher training, which leads to higher student achievement across all levels.

Students may be dropped off during late-start Wednesday morning carpool from 8:15–8:35 a.m. The official school day will begin with the morning devotion and announcements at 8:35 a.m. Bus route pick-up times will remain the same every day.

If needed, parents may still drop off students at 7:00/7:20 a.m. for morning early-care sessions. Any students arriving on campus before 8:15 a.m. must attend the monitored, early-care areas.

Wednesday Mornings Schedule:

7:00 a.m. — Early Care, Myrick Media Center

7:20 a.m. — Buses begin arriving

Early student drop-offs to early-care areas:

  • Preschool students report to Sewell Cottage
  • Grade 1 students report to Mrs. Brown’s classroom
  • Grade 2 students report to Mrs. Jadlocki’s classroom
  • Grade 3 students report to Mrs. Robillard’s classroom
  • Grade 4 students report to Mrs. Ewell’s classroom
  • Grade 5 students report to Mrs. Condra’s classroom
  • Middle school students report to dining hall
  • High school students report to dining hall
  • Students involved in Bible studies will report to designated classrooms

8:15 a.m. — Carpool drop-off begins

8:35 a.m. — School day begins with morning   
    devotion and announcements

*Please Note: Chapel is now on TUESDAYS for grades K-12 and continues to be on Wednesdays for preschool.

 

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SAGE Dining Program

MPCS is blessed to offer a catered lunch service as part of your tuition. SAGE Dining has partnered with our school to provide the finest meal service available. From protien-rich menus for athletes, soup/salad/deli bars, to gluten and allergy free options, there is something for everyone in the MPCS dining hall.

We encourage parents to bookmark the daily menu as well as download the SAGE app. Use the links below as resources

 

Download the "Touch of Sage" mobile app to favorite and recommend menu items, create a custom allergen profile, plan meals, provide feedback, view events, and more.

 

MPCS Students Walking on campus

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Parent Access to Campus

There may be times during the school day when, as a parent, you need to come onto campus—lunch with your student, checking out a sick child, appointments with staff members, volunteer work, or other meetings. Entry to campus during the school day is only through the main Stanley Road entry gate.

As a part of our security program, all parents are issued annual car security decals (one per parent). These decals should be displayed in the driver’s side lower corner of the windshield. Parents or other visitors who come to campus without a decal between 7:50 a.m.-2:40 p.m. should be prepared to stop and sign in at the security office at the main entrance to campus.

We request parents refrain from checking students out after 2:00 p.m. due to carpool traffic.

 

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Bus Transportation

MPCS offers bus transportation from several locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, which include the following cities: Buckhead, Vinings, Smyrna, Canton, Woodstock, West Cobb, and East Cobb. To learn more, please click here for Bus Transportation information.

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Carpool

Carpool Cards and Decals

A carpool card and an MPCS security decal is provided to our families before the start of school. If changes are needed, please feel free to e-mail carpool@mtparanschool.com.

Group Carpools

A zip code list of MPCS families is available in the front office if you are interested in being a part of a carpool group. Sign up for a group carpool by clicking here to inform us so your cards may be prepared.

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Drop-off and Pick-up

Student morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will be at the same locations, as indicated on your carpool card. Students may be dropped off each morning after 7:20 a.m.

*Remember, this year all students and staff entering buildings will have their temperature taken during morning carpool drop-off. We are also requiring face coverings during carpool. Please be patient as we navigate this new protocol to keep everyone safe. After the entrance gates are closed, anyone visiting campus will have their temperature screened at security. 

Specific instructions for your carpool color assignment are printed on the back of your carpool card. Please read these instructions carefully. High school carpool is separate from the other lines, and we do not combine younger students with high school. (See note on sibling drivers.) Other approved individuals may pick up students in the carpool line with a school issued carpool card provided by the parent to the individual.

PLEASE do not pull into any handicap parking spots or "thou shalt not" reserved parking spots, even if you are only dropping off your child. These should remain open and available at all times.

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Sibling Drivers

If your high school student has a younger sibling who rides with them, please complete the Student Sibling Driver form here.

Student drivers who take middle school or lower school siblings home from school will need to walk over to their sibling’s assigned carpool pick-up location immediately following the high school dismissal at 3:15 p.m. to pick up their sibling. They will then walk with the sibling to the high school parking area.

 

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Student Driver Parking

Licensed high school drivers will be assigned a specific parking space through the high school office prior to the start of school.

A student driver application is available by clicking here. The application is required for all parking spot requests and must be signed by a parent. A parking space will be assigned and a security parking decal issued. These decals must be displayed on the windshield at all times.

The Senior Spots tradition of painting parking spots takes place at the start of the school year and is reserved for seniors only. Look for information during the summer concerning Senior Spots and parking spot distribution for student drivers.

 

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Walkers and Bike Riders

If your child plans to walk or ride a bicycle to/from school, a Student Walker Permission Form must be signed and returned to the office before this routine begins. Any students going home with walkers/bikers must also have a permission form on file.

Student walkers/bikers will also be assigned a carpool card to be used on inclement weather days. Parents should take time to review this procedure with their children so there is no confusion when weather prevents them from walking or riding their bike home.

Got a "guest" student walker with you? Please complete the Student Walker Guest form here.

 

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