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Family Visits



During the session, we strongly discourage family and friends from visiting students and taking them off campus. Weekend time allows students to establish friendships and become fully involved in residential life. (In fact, homesickness is often intensified by visits from parents.) However, the Academy recognizes the vital importance of parental involvement in a student’s academic and social growth and to that end allows visitation only on the third Sunday of the Academy during the following times:

Third Sunday – 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. OR 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: The third Sunday of each session, students are taken as a group for off-site recreation.  Families may visit from 8:00 am – 10:00 am or you may check out your student for the day (8:00 am – 5:30 pm).  The staff and students will not return to campus until 5:30 pm.  Students who are checked out with their parents for the day instead of attending the field trip must be checked back in at the dorm by 5:30 pm.

For security reasons, JBA staff must be aware of any visitors on campus, including parents;  we also must know of any plans to take students off campus.  While visiting students, parents are ONLY permitted to be in the main lounge of the residence hall and may not visit students’ rooms. This provides all students with a higher level of security because they know to contact a staff member immediately if they see someone they do not know in the student housing section of the building. Students who wish to leave during the times listed above must sign out and notify a staff member at the JBA Hall Desk. Upon return, students must sign back in at the JBA Hall Desk.  Students will be allowed to leave the Academy only with their parents/guardians and only during these allotted hours. The only exceptions granted will be for medical or family emergencies. If parents wish for a student to leave campus with someone other than a parent/guardian at anytime during the Academy, we must have a completed “Authorization to Visit/Take Student Off Campus” form on file and they must be 18 or older.  In addition, parents, guardians or anyone checking a student out of the residence hall must provide the staff member with a photo I.D.

Custody Issues

Please indicate any issues you believe we should be made aware of on the Authorization to Visit/Take Student Off Campus Form, and attach copies of pertinent legal documentation.