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Updated Class Policies Statement

By MurphyATA | In Blog | on August 18, 2014

Dear Parents and Students,

Thank you for your support of our school. We know that you have your children’s best interest in mind at all times, as do we. In an effort to improve our school and ensure a better experience for our students, we have written some new policies that will go into effect starting Saturday, June 21, 2014. These new policies will give us the opportunity to provide all of our students with the best training possible.

Class Attendance Requirements for Testing

Class attendance requirements for testing will ensure that our students have an adequate amount of time to learn their material while also giving them the opportunity to perfect their technique. The required class attendance is as follows:

Orange Belts – 14 Classes
Yellow Belts – 14 Classes
Camo Belts – 16 Classes
Green Belts – 16 Classes
Purple Belts – 18 Classes
Blue Belts – 18 Classes
Brown Belts (Rec. and Dec.) – 20 Classes
Red Belts (Rec. and Dec.) – 20 Classes
Red/Black Belts – 24 Classes

Class Tardiness

We have noticed an increase in students arriving after the class has begun. This causes a disruption for the other students as we must stop class to let each tardy student on the floor.

  • Any student signing in for class 5 – 9 minutes late will only receive ½ class credit for that class.
  • Students signing in 10 minutes late or more will receive no class credit for that class.
  • Please note that if a student forgets to sign in prior to class and does so afterwards, they will be considered more than 10 minutes late.

Proper Uniform

Like most sports, we have a required uniform.

  • During the warmer months (April – October), we allow our students to wear our “Summer Uniform” which consists of our black kick pants or the white uniform pants with a taekwondo t-shirt tucked into the pants.
  • During the cooler months (November – March), our students are required to wear the white uniform they received when signing up for class. A new white uniform is acceptable if you have replaced the original one.
  • The black kick pants and white uniform top may not be worn together.
  • A belt must be worn with each of these uniforms. A student that fails to wear their belt will be required to line up at the back of the class.
  • If a student wears the incorrect uniform to class, they will be given a warning the first time. Each additional occurrence will result in the student not being allowed to attend class.

Testing Registration

We are updating the testing registration process in an effort to give the staff an adequate amount of time to prepare the paperwork that is required for testing.

  • If a payment for Color Belt Testing (anybody that is not testing for 1st Degree or higher) is made 7 days or more prior to the testing date, the testing fee will remain $50.
  • If a payment for Color Belt Testing is made 2-6 days prior to the testing date, the testing fee will increase to $75.
  • Anybody not paying for testing more than 2 days prior to the testing date will not be allowed to test.
  • Black Belts must pay at least 7 days prior the Black Belt Testing date and have all required paperwork (curriculum book and midterm request form) turned in.
  • Any Black Belt that fails to register (turn in paperwork) and pay prior to 7 days before testing will not be allowed to test or midterm.

Testing Attendance

Testing is an important ceremony and celebration of our student’s hard work. Therefore, we feel that attendance at scheduled testings is necessary.

  • Students meeting the requirements and wishing to test must attend the scheduled Color Belt testing save for the following exceptions: school related activities, travel for work, and previously scheduled family travel.
  • Students who are sick or have family emergencies will be allowed to attend a makeup testing at a later date.
  • Black Belts that are midterming must follow the previously stated rules.
  • Black Belts who are testing for rank must attend a scheduled Black Belt Testing with no exceptions.
  • If you are unable to attend a Murphy ATA/Karate for Kids Black Belt Testing, another local Black Belt Testing may be available. See Master Hornbuckle for details.

Thank you for your cooperation as we implement these new policies. With your help, we can continue to improve the quality of our school while creating an environment of responsibility and discipline.

Thanks for all you do!

Master Hornbuckle and the Murphy ATA/Karate for Kids Staff

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