SAINT PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK
2017-2018 ( Any new edits for his year have been highlighted or in blue)
2018-2019 are in Red
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to St. Paul’s Catholic School! In choosing St. Paul’s Catholic School, you have demonstrated a commitment to the values and philosophy of a Catholic education. This handbook is a reference, covering many of the philosophies, policies, and procedures of our beloved school. Please read it and discuss the contents with your children. Your familiarity with this handbook greatly improves communication between the school and your family. Outstanding communication is a goal of every school because it maximizes the educational benefits for its students. If we work together as partners, we will empower our children to reach their highest potential and take responsibility for their behavior and learning. The faculty and staff are very excited about the new school year and look forward to working with you to promote academic excellence and spiritual development. Here’s to a school year filled with love and learning!
God Bless, Joanne Beloin – Principal
- SAINT PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL STAFF and FACULTY
Pastor: Father Timothy Naples
Principal: Joanne Beloin, M.Ed
Secretary: Cindy LaBerge
Custodian: Jeffrey Leland
Pre-K Program: Meghan Perron
Kindergarten: Carmen Tarbox
Grade 1 & 2: Stacey Lemire
Grade 3 & 4 Jen Wilson
Interventionist Kris Trevits
Grade 5/6, Science and Technology: Frank Trebilcock
Grade 5/6 LA Humanities Barb Shaffer
Math 5/6 Joanne Beloin
Grade 7/8 LA Humanities Susan Guilmette
Religion & Math 7/8 Madalyn Ledoux
Academic Assistant: Louise Raybold
Music: Chantilly LaRose
PE: Ann Howland
Art: Shelley Laber
Afterschool: Maxine Carbonneau, Juna Emrich
Soccer Coach: Steve Trombly, Glover Merged team
- PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD
__________________ – Chairman of the Board
Nella Cargioli Coe
THIS COULD BE YOU! WE HAVE OPEN SEATS
MISSION STATEMENT St. Paul’s Catholic School instills Christian values in its students and a desire to make a positive difference in the world.
VISION Through the close partnership of family, student, and our academically-enriched and emotionally safe environment we will empower our students to reach their highest potential and take responsibility for their behavior and learning.
STAFF AND FACULTY OBJECTIVES We are committed to developing in each student: •
An eternal relationship with Jesus Christ
- A sense of self worth
- A spirit of discovery and inquiry
- An enthusiasm for lifelong learning
CHALLENGE TO THE STUDENTS
- Obey the Ten Commandments –
Live the Beatitudes and Virtues •
Use your strengths to face the complex challenges of today and the future
SCHOOL PROCEDURES AND POLICIES (TOPICS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
ABSENCES AND TARDINESS
Effectively developing a student’s cognitive mind, spiritual soul and behavioral disciplines is a very challenging task if the student has excellent (3 absences or less) or perfect attendance. Trying to complete this task when the student has poor (10 absences or more) attendance makes the task extremely difficult. Why? There are three main reasons:
- Whole-Person Concept (cognitive, spiritual, behavioral) development requires the student’s presence for group interaction. Becoming a productive, values-based member of society depends on the student’s cumulative development in group interaction at home and in school. If the student’s attendance begins to drop, the student’s development suffers.
- In addition to teachers and textbooks, students develop with the help of fellow students. Whether it’s cognitive, spiritual or behavioral, development stalls when a friend or helping classmate is absent.
- Make-up work doesn’t develop a student as well as in-class work. The student misses class discussions, relevant examples on new subject materials and direct teacher assistance. There is no substitute for being in-class.
When a student will be absent unexpectedly from school, a parent/guardian should call the office by 8:30 each day of the absence. If the office does not receive a call, a parent/guardian will be contacted. This policy is for the protection of St. Paul’s Catholic School students. In the event of a planned absence from school, parents must notify in writing the front desk and all affected teachers of the dates as soon as feasible, at least two weeks in advance. Students are responsible for making arrangements with the teacher(s). Work not completed properly and handed in the required time will result in a lower grade for that marking period. While the school strives to work with families as much as possible, teachers are not responsible for the amount of work missed while the student is away and are not required or obliged to create a work study program for the determined absence. Being away from school for a week or more creates difficulties for the student as well as for the teacher responsible for your child’s academic growth. •
Ordinarily, absences are considered to be authorized in the following instances:
Death in the family
School sponsored trips
Absences which have been approved by the principal
Among the reasons for which absences would be considered unauthorized are:
- Doing errands
- Providing baby-sitting services
- Taking vacation when school is in session. (Only in extenuating personal circumstances will vacations during school be authorized. Extended time missed from school is strongly discouraged.)
Please note: Teachers are not required to provide make-up work, tests, or quizzes for unauthorized absences. Such unauthorized absences may result in a student receiving poor grades or possibly failing a subject. If a student accumulates a total of 4 absences in a trimester, the school office will send a “letter of awareness” to the parents. The purpose of this letter is to remind the parents that excessive absenteeism hinders a student’s development and performance. 5 absences in a trimester will generate a “letter of concern” from the Principal. Students arriving after 8:00 (bus students are exempt) must report to the office for a tardy slip. The student will present the slip to the primary teacher. Due to the disruptive impact of tardiness, students accumulating 4 tardy slips in a trimester will receive a “letter of awareness” from the school office. 5 tardy slips in a trimester will generate a “letter of concern” from the principal. Note: This doesn’t apply to children arriving on a late bus.
ADMISSIONS Pre-Kindergarten children must be three (2 year program) or four and for Kindergarten, they must be five years old on or before September 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling respectfully. Ages must be verified by a birth certificate. Immunization records must be complete. (See Immunization Policy). Exceptions will be made by the determination of school readiness by the Principal.
ADMISSION POLICY St . Paul’s School is open to children of all faiths and backgrounds. However, St. Paul’s Catholic School is a Catholic School and that as members of the school, non-Catholic’s receive Catholic teachings and be expected to understand the teachings of the Catholic Church. To ensure our school is capable of educating a prospective candidate, a screening process consisting of a questionnaire, interviews, student shadowing, assessments, and/or record checks will be conducted prior to official admittance and registration to our school.
If a shortage of available seats occurs in a grade, the following order will be followed:
- Present children
- Siblings of Present Children
- Catholic Parishioners
- Others St. Paul’s Catholic School will keep a list of names of families who will want information sent to them in the future about admission.
This information will be sent out before information night to invite these perspective families. No preference will be given to them, however, in acceptance of their children. They will be put into the above criteria.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS The possession, sale, or use of alcohol, drugs, or any other controlled substance, on school property or buses, is forbidden. Violation of this rule will cause immediate suspension or expulsion and will be reported to appropriate law enforcement agencies. (See Medication Policy)
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL At St. Paul’s, we work in partnership with parents to enable each child to develop as an independent learner. Parents should allow their child(ren) to enter the school building on their own each morning. It is extremely important that children be ON TIME for the start of the school day. Children who arrive after 800 will report to report to the Office. Late buses are the exception to this rule. Children should not arrive at school before 7:40 A.M. and should leave for home promptly at 2:40 P.M. They are requested to wait on the playground which is supervised from 7:40 A.M. until the start of school. Children wait indoors during inclement weather. Those who wait for a ride home must be picked up before 3:00 P.M. Note: An “After School Program” is available for students. The program runs from 2:40 – 5:00 p.m. Snack will be provided. Additional fees apply. Late charges are assessed after 5:00.
Diocesan regulations required that the annual school calendar include at least 180 days. The State of VT requires 175 student-teacher days. Regular attendance is essential to a child’s success in school. Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation. Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a child and is regarded as a very serious problem.
BREAKFAST PROGRAM The St. Paul’s Catholic School Breakfast Program provides a brief opportunity for students to eat breakfast. It is not a social event like lunch; it’s a nourishment quick stop. Everyone except late bussers may eat at 7:45 and be in their respected classrooms by 8:00. “Late bussers” will eat at 8:25 and be in their respected classrooms by 8:30. We are granted financial assistance based on the USDA free and reduced breakfast program. All families are encouraged to fill out the forms, regardless if you plan on using the program regularly.
BUS CONDUCT The following rules have been established in order to insure the safety of all students who ride buses:
- Orderly behavior is required at the bus stop.
- Remain seated, facing front, when bus is in motion.
- Talk quietly and make no unnecessary noise.
- Keep head and arms inside the bus.
- Do not litter or throw anything out the window.
- Eating on the bus is not allowed.
Infractions of the above rules can result in loss of bus privileges. Transportation to and from School will be the responsibility of the Parents.
CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL Cancellation of school takes place only during circumstances such as extreme weather, equipment failure, or public crises. School will not be canceled unless significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. The school will usually follow the decision of the Orleans County Supervisory Union during inclement weather due to the shared busing and similar safety guidelines. Every practical means is used to notify parents of a cancellation. Announcements will be made on 92 MOO , 1490 WIKE, and WCAX TV. Announcements are usually aired about 6:30 A.M. Please listen to the radio and be patient instead of trying to call the station or the school. An phone call alert will be sent out using the most current data you entered in Ren Web as soon as the cancellation occurs. In the unusual circumstance where school must be canceled during the school day, the Administration and faculty will determine that all children have satisfactory transportation and supervision at their home before releasing them from school. A school person will telephone parents or guardians. Please be sure the school has updated emergency phone numbers.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE NUMBER It is very important that every family maintain an up-to-date address and telephone number record at the Office. Please notify St. Paul’s immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number during the school year. We must also be notified if there is a change in emergency numbers.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE REQUIREMENT Students in grades 7 and 8 will be required to perform 5 hours each school year in order to successfully graduate from 8th grade at St. Paul’s Catholic School. The hours will require that the student has proper supervision from a parent or guardian and is performed outside of regular school hours. Students will also have to have their service hours documented and signed by the individual whom they are doing the work for. A short reflection paper will accompany the log of hours. This service component is in place to continue our schools mission of instilling Christian values and making a positive difference in the world.
COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET USE The Internet is a tremendous educational resource. We are pleased to be able to provide Internet access to the St. Paul’s Catholic School community and believe the Internet offers valuable, diverse and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the Catholic School setting. The faculty at St. Paul’s Catholic School has taken precautions to control access to controversial materials by being present at all times when students are on the Internet, by installing software to help block inappropriate sites and log access, and by instructing students to the proper use of the Internet and electronic mail (e-mail). However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We firmly believe, however, that the benefits of the valuable information and interactions available on the network far outweigh the risks that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of this school. Availability of the Internet to students at St. Paul’s Catholic School rests upon the proper conduct of individual students who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities your child is about to acquire. If a student violates any of these provisions, future access to the Internet at St. Paul’s Catholic School may be denied to that student. The signatures made on the agreement form indicate that you have read this document, discussed it with your child, and that you and your child understand the conditions herein. SECTION A – GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Acceptable Use.
The purpose of using the Internet in our school is to support education by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of school accounts must be in support of education and consistent with the educational objectives of St. Paul’s Catholic School. Transmission of any material in violation of school policy or any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material and threatening or obscene material.
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The faculty member in charge, or the administration, will deem what is inappropriate use and the decision of the administration is final.
- Network Etiquette
Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette as outlined in Section B.
Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette as outlined in Section B.
If your student identifies a security problem on the Internet, he or she should notify a teacher immediately. A student should not demonstrate the problem to other students. Students may not use another individual’s account at any time. Attempts to log on to the network or the Internet as anyone other than the student him or herself will result in cancellation of his or her Internet privileges. Any student identified as a security risk will be denied access to the network and Internet.
Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as, but is not limited to, malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, network, or agency that is connected to the Internet. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or downloading of any viruses, attempts to send viruses, attempts at gaining unauthorized access, attempts to change or misrepresent one’s identity online, or destruction of computer equipment.
SECTION B – STUDENT AGREEMENT This section is to be read by students in Grades Pre-K through 8 and discussed with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Both parents and students must sign this document below. Please return the signed portion of this document to school.
- Personal Responsibility As a student at St. Paul’s Catholic School, I will accept personal responsibility for reporting any misuse of the network to the teacher in charge. Misuse is considered, but not limited to, any message(s) sent or received that indicate racism, sexism, inappropriate language, etc. Misuse is also considered, but is not limited to, to be intentionally accessing any Internet site deemed inappropriate by the faculty or administration at St. Paul’s Catholic School.
- Acceptable Use My use of the Internet and e-mail will be in support of educational research and/or knowledge as defined by the teacher in charge, or by administration. I understand that “surfing” the Internet results in congestion on our school network, which slows it down for others, and will not engage in it.
III. Network Etiquette I will abide by the following rules of network etiquette at all times.
- I will be polite.
- I will never send, or encourage others to send, abusive or unkind messages.
- I will use appropriate language.
- I realize that I am a representative of our school community. While I may be alone on the computer, what I write can be viewed globally. I will never swear, use vulgarities, or any inappropriate language.
- I will abide by other rules as may be necessarily given by the teacher in charge or the administration.
- Privacy I will not reveal my home address, full name, or personal phone number to anyone at any time. I will not reveal the home address, full name, or personal phone number of any member of the St. Paul’s Catholic School community to anyone on the Internet at any time.
- Electronic Mail (E-mail), Facebook, Twitter and All Social Media Sites I understand that electronic mail and all social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are not guaranteed to be private and all material on those sites can be viewed by a staff member if the student is caught or suspected to be using it inappropriately. I will not send anything I do not want others to read.
- Security I understand that security on our network is very important. I will never attempt to guess other users’ passwords at any time. I understand that to do so is a violation of my privileges. If I identify a security problem, I will notify the teacher in charge immediate
I understand that vandalism is defined as, but not limited to, any malicious attempt to harm or destroy other people’s data within St. Paul’s Catholic School and on the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading/downloading or creation of computer viruses. I will notify the teacher in charge if I encounter vandalism of any kind. Any vandalism or failure to notify the teacher in charge of attempted vandalism will result in my loss of networking privileges.
I understand that to copy another person’s work on the Internet and call it my own is a violation of copyright law. This pertains to text, graphics, or sound. When using other people’s work, I will ask permission when possible, and will always credit the author accordingly. The use of the Internet and e-mail at St. Paul’s Catholic School is a privilege and not a right. I understand and will abide by the above Internet Use Agreement. I further understand that any violation of the above regulation is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation my access privileges may be revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken.
CONFERENCES Parents are asked to make a specific appointment with the teachers of each of their children, for the parent-teacher-student trimester conference, regardless of the progress of the child. This conference is very valuable to the overall education program. Our faculty can better teach and manage your child’s performance if they can share their understanding of the student directly with the parent. If a parent has a special concern, it is not necessary to wait until parent-teacher conference time. Conferences can be arranged at any time during the school year. Please call the school office to request a conference.
CRISIS MANAGEMENT St. Paul’s Catholic School is dedicated to the well being of its faculty, staff, students and families. This dedication extends to the management of crisis situations that may occur on or off the school campus. Crisis management is cyclical and includes the following stages:
- Recovery Training, reviewing, revising, and communicating with faculty, staff, parents, students, and local emergency officials continue throughout the school year to minimize the impact of possible crises. Teachers are required to keep a copy of the St. Paul’s Catholic School Crisis Management Reference Handbook in their classrooms, during additional duties, and off campus activities. A complete copy of the Vermont School Crisis Guide, a copy of “Practical Information on Crisis Planning”, and the crisis management reference handbook are filed in the school office.
CURRICULUM All subjects taught at St. Paul’s Catholic School meet the requirements of the Diocesan Office of Education and the State of Vermont. The school’s Curriculum is on file in the school office and is currently being aligned to the National Common Core Standards. DCF (Department for Children and Families) Vermont law (33.V.S.A. 49, § 4912) defines an abused or neglected child as one whose physical health, psychological growth and development or welfare is harmed or is at substantial risk of harm by the acts or omissions of his or her parent or other person responsible for the child’s welfare. An abused or neglected child also means a child who is sexually abused or at substantial risk of sexual abuse by any person. School guidance counselor, librarian, principal, superintendent, teacher, or other individual employed or contracted and paid by a school to provide student services for five or more hours a week during the school year are legally required as mandated reporters to report suspected child abuse or neglect to DCF within 24 hours. VT law provides the school with immunity from civil or criminal liability as long as the report was made in good faith.
DISCIPLINE Our school is participating in an important academic and behavioral initiative. It is called Responsive Classroom (RC) Principles and Practices of Responsive Classroom The Responsive Classroom approach is a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. Developed by classroom teachers, the approach consists of practical strategies for helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies day in and day out. Guiding Principles The Responsive Classroom approach is informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers. Seven principles guide this approach:
- The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what they learn: Process and content go hand in hand.
- The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
- Knowing the children we teach—individually, culturally, and developmentally—is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children’s education.
- How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.
The Responsive Classroom is a general approach to teaching, rather than a program designed to address a specific school issue. It is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies and that can be used along with many other programs.
These classroom practices are the heart of the Responsive Classroom approach:
- Morning Meeting—gathering as a whole class each morning to greet one another, share news, and warm up for the day ahead
- Rule Creation—helping students create classroom rules to ensure an environment that allows all class members to meet their learning goals
- Interactive Modeling—teaching children to notice and internalize expected behaviors through a unique modeling technique
- Positive Teacher Language—using words and tone as a tool to promote children’s active learning, sense of community, and self-discipline
- Logical Consequences—responding to misbehavior in a way that allows children to fix and learn from their mistakes while preserving their dignity
- Guided Discovery—introducing classroom materials using a format that encourages independence, creativity, and responsibility
- Academic Choice—increasing student learning by allowing students teacher-structured choices in their work
- Classroom Organization—setting up the physical room in ways that encourage students’ independence, cooperation, and productivity
- Working with Families—creating avenues for hearing parents’ insights and helping them understand the school’s teaching approaches
- Collaborative Problem Solving—using conferencing, role playing, and other strategies to resolve problems with students
As part of our RC process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:
Start each day with a morning meeting. We will share, greet, have an activity and read a community message. Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations. We will have monthly virtues to work on as a school.
Provide students with more praise than correction.
Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.
Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.
Use pre-correcting, prompting and redirecting as we teach.
Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent and explicit feedback.
The rules regarding the dress code at St. Paul School are to enhance the appearance of the school and promote self-esteem and pride in performance. Children should come to school neatly dressed at all times. The Administration reserves the right to contact the parent if it becomes necessary to question attire. The following are St. Paul’s uniform regulations:
- Navy Blue Skirt or Scooter(three-tab, flower buckle, pleated, kick-pleat, and two-tab…not fade-away, long, side-pleat, or grosgrain )
- Royal Blue, Red or White short or long sleeve polo shirt with St. Paul’s patch on the left chest (no logos or designs).
- Navy Blue Pleated Slacks • White or Navy Blue Nylon Cable Knee-High socks or anklets
- Navy Blue sweater vest or cardigan (no logos or designs). SPPA sells a Navy Blue Hoodie that may be wore.
Note: Check the St. Paul’s Catholic School French Toast dress code sheets or the French Toast website (source code QS48B8) for correct item #s
- Skirt length must be within 3 inches from the top of the kneecap to 1 inch below the kneecap
- Sneakers and shoes: rear of heel 1 3 D4 inch height maximum
- Hair: Neat, conservative highlights (no blues, greens, or blond racing stripes. If you’re not sure, please see the principal. )
Exaggerated hairstyles will not be permitted. (Mohawks, tails, etc.) If you not sure, it’s probably exaggerated. See principal if unsure. Hair will not obstruct vision. • All hair accessories: conservative design: navy blue, black, dark brown or white
- Earrings: one set in the appropriate position (ear lobe only) Flat earring for safety purposes-no loops or dangly earrings, not larger than a dime.
- Fingernails: No nail polish or no fake nails. Polish is a grade 7/8 privilege.
- Necklaces will not be visible, unless religious and blest • Bracelets: one per wrist, maximum of 1inch width
- Makeup of any kind is not permitted. Light make up is a grade 7/8 privilege.
- Undergarment tops or brassieres: White
- Socks- Must be matching, solid red, white, blue or black
Uniform items with small holes must be mended. Items with large holes or large permanent stains must be replaced.
- Hats may not be worn in school
Note: The Principal must approve uniform item substitutions.
- Navy blue pleated double-knee pant
- Navy Blue Pleated Shorts w/t crew socks may be worn Aug-Oct and May-June
- Royal blue, red or white short or long sleeve polo shirt with St. Paul’s patch on the left chest.
- Navy blue vest or sweater (no logos or designs). SPPA sells a navy hoodie that is allowed.
- Socks- Must be matching, solid red, white, blue or black
- Hats may not be worn in school
- Hair: Neat, conservative highlights (no blues, greens, or blond racing stripes please. If you’re not sure, please see the principal. ) Exaggerated hairstyles will not be permitted.
- Uniform items with small holes must be mended. Items with large holes or large permanent stains must be replaced
- Tattoos of any kind will not be permitted for girls or boys.
- Body piercing of any kind will not be permitted other than the earrings allowed for girls only as previously stated.
- Boys are expected to be clean-shaven at all times. Note: The Principal must approve uniform item substitutions.
EARLY DISMISSAL Children who require early dismissal must bring a written parental request. We ask, whenever possible, that doctor and dentist appointments be made for AFTER SCHOOL HOURS. Parents must stop at the Office and sign their child(ren) out of school.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES All electronic devices capable of making phone calls, texting, instant messaging, taking photographs, or connecting to the internet via data plan or WiFi must be put on the teachers desk upon first arriving to the classroom at the beginning of every school day. Any device that is not put on the teachers desk will not be permitted to be used at any point on school grounds during that day. If the device is seen leaving a backpack, desk, or any other unauthorized location during the school day than that device will be confiscated and given to the office where the parent or guardian will have to pick it up at the availability of the office staff. Electronic devices as described will only be permitted for use in school if it is put on the teachers desk and then the teacher authorizes the use of it during the day for reading, researching, or some other school related function that can be directly supervised. A filter called Covenant Eyes must be installed. At no point will any electronic device leave the classroom during the school day unless the homeroom teacher receives prior authorization from the teacher that the students are switching to. Any student with an electronic device that is found using it in an unauthorized location will have the device confiscated and further discipline can be administered depending on the usage. Students will use the school phone to make any necessary phone calls for schedule changes, transportation concerns, or to inform parents about any sporting event information. Having an electronic device in school is a privilege, not a right, that can be taken away if not used appropriately and according to school policy. St. Paul’s Catholic School bears no responsibility for lost or damaged electronic devices, they are brought to school at the students own risk.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION In case of an emergency each child is required to have current information recorded on the electronic student information system called Ren Web:
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) name(s).
- Complete and up-to-date address
- Home phone and parent(s) work phone
- Emergency phone number of friend or relative
- Medical alert information, including the child’s doctor’s name and phone number.
FIELD TRIP A field trip is an exciting educational experience and we believe that it plays a valuable role in the development of the children. Field trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce children to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips well in advance of the scheduled trip date and will be asked to sign field trip permission forms to be returned to the teacher. Sometimes a small amount of money may be requested for each child to help defray transportation cost. Parents are encouraged to attend field trip outings with the children. Parents who volunteer to drive on field trips must provide proof of insurance and driver’s license and also to ensure that each child is using a seat belt and or car seat in the car. All volunteers must participate in the “Safe and Sacred” online training. Note: The 8th grade field trip is the responsibility of the students and parents. Students will carry out the fund-raising; parents will supervise. This may be overnight, if approved by the Principal. If it is an educational trip, it may be taken within the school year.
FUNDRAISING St. Paul’s holds many fund-raising campaigns each year. Participation by school families is expected. The Principal will approve all class projects. The cost to educate each student is close to $8000. Our tuition is less than half that. Therefore we need your help to offset that in helping to raise the funds to operate our school either in fundraising or service to the school. 2017-2018: It is expected that each family will volunteer 60 hours of service a year, or 5 hours a month to allow the tuition to remain as low as possible. If you would like to opt out of this obligation, you can contact the office to make your payment in full.
School Fundraising Commitment to be implemented with registration agreement
|Fundraiser Obligations||Alternate fee|
|Sell 2 annual dinner tickets, or obtain 1 teacher appreciation||$100 for teacher ticket|
|Fulfill 4 Parking slots at Fair parking||$100|
|Fulfill 3 slots at the Fish Fries||$100|
|Volunteer 1 shift for golf tournament, bake, set up, tear down||$50|
|Obtain 1 annual participant in 100 club monthly ticket raffle||$100|
|One additional fundraiser – sell $100 worth of product||$50|
|$10/hour** per service hour donated **See below. Exclusive of most fundraiser obligations||$500max/family|
|Chair an established SPPA fundraiser||$200/event|
|Donate a gift or service for Golf Tournament, Annual Dinner or Lotto Calendar valued at $50+||$25/gift|
|Parish Service, Leadership, and Participation||Value set and approved by pastor|
**Volunteer opportunity: (increased value has 50 Hours Max)
Recorded in Reb Web. Ideas may include but not be limited to:
Chaperone a school field trip
School work days, special building and cleaning projects
Room parent on special events
GIFTS Students should not exchange individual gifts at school. This gesture only creates hurt feelings among other students. Invitations for slumber parties or birthday parties should be sent to the homes of students via the U.S. Mail unless an invitation is being given to every student in the entire grade. Gum, Candy, gum and soda are not permitted in school on regular days, and should be reserved for special celebrations.
HOMEWORK Homework is important as an extension of the learning that takes place in school. Homework can provide practice and drill that reinforces classroom learning and can provide opportunities for independent work, research, and creative thinking. It also helps develop a sense of responsibility. Parents can help their children by arranging a quiet comfortable place for their children to work and seeing that assignments are completed. Homework is the responsibility of your child. Parents should check assignments and completion of work. Homework assignments vary at different grade levels. Quality homework is expected from students. Homework that is carelessly done is unacceptable. Parents/guardians are expected to co-operate in this matter. Each student in Grades 1 to 8 must do assigned homework, or their grades will be adversely affected. Although the amount of homework will vary within grades and on different days, a reasonable guideline is listed below. Teachers should consider the ability of the group and the assignments of other teachers when requiring home study.
Grades 1-2 20 minutes
Grades 3-4 40 minutes
Grades 5-6 60 minutes
Grades 7-8 90 minutes
Grades K-6 may be assigned homework Monday through Thursday. Grades 7-8 may be assigned some weekend work.
Homework Policy During Authorized Absences During lengthy absences (longer than two days), a parent/guardian may call the school office before 9:30 AM to arrange for homework assignments. Homework assignments may be picked up at the school office between 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Students may also make arrangements with classmates regarding assignments. After a short absence, students should check with the teacher to determine missed work. Students will be allowed one day for each day of authorized absence. For example, a student who was absent three days should be given three school days to complete the missed work.
ILLNESS OR INJURY In case of illness or injury, parents will be notified by a member of the school staff for instructions. If emergency medical treatment is necessary, the parents will be contacted. If parents are not available, the child will be taken to the emergency room at the hospital. Please remember that an emergency telephone number where parents can be reached and the name and telephone number of the child’s doctor must be on file at the school. Please keep these telephone numbers up to date.
IMMUNIZATIONS Each child admitted to St. Paul’s must have evidence of a successful vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio. Also required is a rubella / rubeola vaccination and tuberculin skin test. Hearing and vision screening are given during the school year.
KINDERGARTEN Children entering Kindergarten are required to be five years old on or before September 1 for the school year in which they are enrolling. Preregistration takes place in the spring. Parents must bring a birth certificate and immunizations records in order to complete enrollment.
LAVATORY AND HALLWAYS To insure orderly movement and the safety of all, children will:
- Walk at all times in any part of the building.
- Receive permission for lavatory privileges from the teacher. Teachers and staff can make a check of all lavatories.
LUNCH Children will show respect for all supervising adults during their lunch period. An orderly line will be maintained to insure maximum efficiency during serving. While eating lunch, children will remain seated. Proper table manners and polite conversation are expected. When finished eating, trash and recyclables are to be deposited in the baskets provided and tables are to be cleaned. Grades 3,4,5,6,7 and 8 will be responsible for wiping down the tables and sweeping the floor. A schedule will be provided. Lunch will be served Monday, Wed and Friday. Families must preorder their choices by the month and prepay so that our volunteer kitchen staff can prepare meals accordingly. We do participate in the National School Lunch Program, so please fill out the forms to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunch. These numbers are held confidential, and are beneficial in qualifying for grants.
MEDICATIONS Medication is not ordinarily administered at St. Paul’s Catholic School by faculty or staff. No child is allowed to carry any medication during school hours. In case of chronic or emergency conditions (i.e. bee sting, allergy, asthma), parents and the child’s physician are required to sign a medication permission form. Medication will be kept in the office for the child, prescription and nonprescription. The Principal or designated adult will administer the medication and document it. It is recommended that parents notify the school if their child is on medications and what the child is being treated for. If a child must bring medication to school, the following requirements must be met: Prescription medications:
- Must be clearly identified as to the name and type of medication
- Must be in the original container
- Must carry a prescription label with the child’s name, drug identify, dosage Instructions, doctor’s name, and prescription date.
- Medication will not be self administered
- Must be in the original container
- Must be clearly identified as to the name and type of medication and dosage Instructions
- A note signed and dated by the parent giving the child’s name, dosage instructions, specific dosage times, and other necessary instructions must accompany the medication.
PARENTS Parent’s Role in Education
We, at St. Paul’s, consider it a privilege to work with parents in the education of children because we believe parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, it is your right and your duty to become the primary role models for the development of your child’s life—physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. Your choice of St. Paul’s involves a commitment and exhibits a concern for helping your child to recognize God as the greatest good in his/her life. Good example is the strongest teacher. Your personal relationship with God, with each other, and with the Church community will affect the way your child relates to God and others. Ideals taught in school are not well rooted in the child unless these are nurtured by the example of good Catholic/Christian morality and by an honest personal relationship with God in your family life. No school replaces the role of the parents. Rather it can offer a valuable partnership to them through its educational programs and governing policies. It is expected that parents take an active interest in their child’s development, and that communication with the school faculty be a constructive dialogue for the serving of individual families within our school program. Constant support from both parents and faculty is needed for our students in order to develop his/her moral, intellectual, social, cultural, and physical endowment. Students are naturally eager to grow and learn, but their enthusiasm must be guided by adults with greater understanding and discipline. The boundaries and limits that are established in our discipline policies are meant for guidance and security. Thus, with the support of parents, the school helps teach accountability and responsibility. Together, let us begin this year with a commitment to partnership as we support one another in helping your child to become the best person he/she is capable of becoming. Partnering with parents We ask parents who have chosen to partner with St. Paul’s Catholic School: To set rules, times, and limits so that your child: Gets to bed early on school nights; Arrives at school on time and is picked up on time at the end of the day; Is dressed according to the school dress code; Completes assignments on time; and Has lunch money or nutritional sack lunch every day. To actively participate in school activities such as Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences; To see that the student pays for any damage to school books or property due to carelessness or neglect on the part of the student; To notify the school with a written note when the student has been absent or tardy; To notify the school office of any changes of address or important phone numbers; To meet all financial obligations to the school; To inform the school of any special situation regarding the student’s well-being, safety, and health; To complete and return to school any requested information promptly; To read school notes and newsletters and to show interest in the student’s total education; To support the religious and educational goals of the school; To support and cooperate with the discipline policy of the school; To treat teachers with respect and courtesy in discussing student problems.
PEDICULOSIS Pediculosis (head lice) was detected in several schools last year. Due to its potential to spread among students, pediculosis is grounds for immediate notification of parents to pick up their child. The student must be treated and the pediculosis completed removed before the student may return to the school. Our school personnel will conduct monthly or after-vacation inspections throughout the school year.
PERSONAL HYGIENE Preparation for a productive school day includes personal hygiene. Students are expected to arrive properly bathed, hair washed, teeth brushed, deodorant applied if necessary, wearing a clean uniform. Lack of good personal hygiene may lead to increased sickness and absenteeism.
PETS No pets of any kind are allowed at school without permission. Teachers may give special permission for pets to be brought to school as part of a special activity.
PICKING UP YOUR CHILD AT DISMISSAL For the safety and security of our students, dismissal is a closely monitored process. Parental cooperation is critical to the safe dismissal of the students. The following steps outline the dismissal process for grades K-8 (Pre-K see note below):
- Parents or guardians will form a single-file line with their vehicles along the designated route marked by lines and cones. The first vehicle will align its bumper at the designated pick up point.
- The “pick up” students will be formed up by a teacher on-duty.
- After a vehicle arrives at the pick up point, the driver will request the student. The on-duty teacher will confirm the identity of the driver with the student and escort the student to the vehicle.
- After the student is secured in the vehicle, the vehicle will leave the area and the next vehicle will pull up.
- All Vermont laws are assumed including but not limited to seatbelt, car seats, DUI and smoking. We are mandated reporters. If we suspect that these laws are not being followed, it is required by law that we report it to the authorities.
Please note: If you wish to park and visit, please park behind the school by the playground. Maintaining a single-file line and keeping the parking lot clear will keep the students safe and enable the school buses to safely reach the pick up point at the front of the school. Pre-K note: State regulations require parents to enter the building and physically escort your child out. Please park along Route 16 or behind the school if the ground is solid. Enter through the front door.
PLAYGROUND RULES Children are to remain on the blacktop play area or on the field playground area during outdoor recess. Tackle football is not permitted. Other dangerous activities such as piggyback riding, rock and snowball throwing, pushing, kicking , shoving, dangerous climbing on slides or other equipment are not permitted. Misuse or destruction of playground equipment will not be tolerated.
PLAYGROUND SUPERVISION School staff will supervise the playground beginning at 7:40 A.M. Other supervised play times are the morning and noon recesses. An adult is on the playground during regularly scheduled breaks. After 3:00 P.M., any remaining students will re assigned to the after-school program. Playground activities are not allowed after school. Students not taking the bus are expected to leave for home immediately following dismissal.
RECESS POLICIES Weather permitting, children are given daily outside recess. Decisions to have outside recess during cold or inclement weather depends on the temperature and the wind-chill factor. Shorter inside recess times are scheduled on very cold days. Children should always dress for outside recess. All children must be on the playground during outside recess. Only children with medical excuses will be allowed to remain in the building during scheduled outside breaks. Children have their mid-morning snack during their morning recess time.
RELEASE OF RECORDS St. Paul’s Catholic School will maintain records on all children. Information included in these may not be released to another school without written parental consent.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religion is more than an academic subject at St. Paul’s. It is the foundation on which children grow as persons. It sets the tone for the unique atmosphere that we have. All students are expected to take religion class daily. All students are expected to attend religious functions scheduled during school time, however, non-Catholic students are not required to actively participate if an activity is contrary to his or her tradition.
REPORT CARDS Report cards are issued to Grades K–8 three times during the school year. First Trimester: November Second Trimester: March Third Trimester: June Additionally, progress reports will be issued during the months of October, January and April to identify any academic concerns or improvements. Kindergarten will issue report cards in March and June and progress reports in November and April. Older students will be assigned a log- in to their gradebook on RenWeb.
RULES FOR GENERAL BEHAVIOR The behavior expected from children at school is a combination of courtesy and safety considerations. The following types of conduct are never permissible and are subject to suspension or expulsion upon the principal’s discretion: 1) Fighting 2) Defiance 3) Profanity 4) Refusal to prepare assignments or to participate in class 5) Possession of dangerous objects 6) Possession or use of tobacco or other controlled substances 7) Vandalism 8) Possession of pornographic material 9) Harassment or Bullying.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INFRACTIONS OF SCHOOL RULES OR POLICIES It is our belief that by responding to a behavior problem in its early stages and bringing it to the parent’s attention that the best interests of the students and the entire school will be best served. Any failure or refusal to abide by the stated rules of general behavior after verbal warning has been given will have the following consequences:
Suspension Suspension means that a student is excluded from classes for given period of time. During this period, the student is expected to complete school assignments. A suspension may be in school or out of school, depending on the seriousness of the infraction. In the case of repeated offenses there will be a meeting with the teacher, Principal, parents and child. During this meeting, an action plan will be formulated.
Expulsion Very serious infractions could result in expulsion from St. Paul’s Catholic School. When a child is consistently disrespectful or defiant such a student is subject to expulsion. Expulsion will take place only after the Pastor, Principal and parents have reviewed the case. Misconduct resulting in the harm to a student or a faculty member is subject to expulsion.
SPORTS It is expected and understood that if St. Paul’s offers the participation in a particular sport, whether it be single gendered or co-ed, that a student enrolled at St. Paul’s will play for St. Paul’s and not another school in the students town, village or city. Any student that receives a failing grade (F) in any subject area will be ineligible for athletic participation for a four week period at which time their eligibility will be based upon the next trimester average. Any student receiving a D may return to play immediately after bringing their average to a C level. Any student who is failing (below 60% on their cumulative semester average) any subject area will, after the fourth week of any new semester, be ineligible until there is teacher notification given to the principal that the student has raised their average above 65%. Also, if you are absent from school during a semester for a total of 12 or more school days, you will lose your eligibility until you attend school for a total of 25 school days following your 12th day of absence.
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM The purpose of this program is to provide students (PreK-8) with the opportunity to make a difference in our church and surrounding communities through various service and support programs. Each grade will participate in a pre-planned fall and spring service project. A parent coordinator will be assigned to each class and oversee the organization and participation of each project. All grades have been assigned a specific area of stewardship emphasis.
- ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION (SPPA) The St. Paul’s Parent Association has been highly involved in improving our school. All parents are members and are expected to actively participate. Meetings are scheduled monthly and the dates are printed on the monthly calendar. Parents are responsible for fundraising projects.
STANDARDIZED TESTS Standardized tests are administered during the spring semester. These tests ARE NOT used for report card grades. They are an aid in determining areas of academic strength and weakness. The results of these tests will be sent to parents. Standardized tests are given to evaluate and update teaching procedures, techniques, and curriculum. We anticipate using the CTBS Terra Novas again this Spring.
STUDENT EVALUATION Grading System
1-little or no evidence of the standard
2- nearly meets the standard
3- Meets the standards
4- Exceeds the standard with honors
STUDENT PREPARATION Preparation is the key to success and the St. Paul’s Catholic School Student Council of 2007-2008 compiled the following tips to help their fellow students be the best students they can: Student Prep Tips #1 Eat healthy and don’t skip breakfast, lunch or dinner #2 Prepare your uniform before you go to bed #3 Do your homework slowly #4 If you don’t understand something, call a fellow student #5 Don’t watch more than a half hour of TV per night (only after homework and chores) #6 Drink plenty of water #7 Respect your parents and teachers #8 Pray every day #9 Say please and thank you #10 Help students in need #11 Exercise every day #12 Study and review every day
STUDENT RECORDS Specific records are kept on each child by the school. There are 5 different records which parents may need to refer to at some time during the year. The records include the student’s permanent academic record, grade report cards, daily attendance record, medical record and achievement test scores. Records are available for review by parents. Please contact the Principal if you need to see your child’s records.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS A substitute teacher will occasionally teach each child. The most common reason for using substitute teachers occurs when the regular teacher is ill. However, substitutes are also used when regular teachers are on leave for personal business, professional training, or family emergency.
TELEPHONE/CELL PHONES Cell phones are only permitted in school for those children whose parents find it necessary for them to have it. Cell phones will be turned off and stay in the students backpacks at all times during the school day. If a student is found to be talking, or texting during the school day from 7:40-2:40 (or 5:00 if the student is in our after-school program) than the cell phone will be confiscated and the parent will have to pick it up from the school office. The School telephone is a business phone. Students may use it with permission during lunchtime for the following reasons: transportation issues, medical emergencies. Calls should be kept short. Please set up a conference or appointment if you have questions or concerns that involved a lengthy conversation. Your child’s safety is our great concern. Parents or guardians should make all arrangements about dismissal and /or after school plans before the child comes to school each day. Last minute calls at dismissal time, either incoming or outgoing, present many problems at this busy time of day. Please be considerate of this matter.
TUITION POLICY In order to facilitate the collection of tuition at St. Paul’s Catholic School the board has formulated the following policy PLAN FOR TUITION PAYMENT(S) There are two accepted methods to pay tuition:
1) Full payment of tuition by July 1, 2017. This payment is made directly to the School Office. For the 2017-18 School Year, any registration form returned with a tuition paid in full by July 1, 2017, will have the registration fee waived.
2) Monthly payments through F.A.C.T.S Payment Plan. Payments are deducted from your checking or savings account to 10 months. Please inquire at the Office for information concerning this plan. Parents have found this arrangement convenient and reliable. 10 monthly payments will begin August 1, 2017 thru May 2018. Report cards will be issued at the end of the year, only when all outstanding balances in tuition, fees, lunch bills or After School Program have been satisfied. These fess will automatically be added to the FACTS charges in May. There is a 2-tier system of tuition
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT Parents who withdraw children from St. Paul’s after payment of tuition will be reimbursed on a percentage of paid tuition. This percentage will be at the discretion of the administration. Expulsion from school does not qualify for any reimbursement. If a child is expelled from St. Paul’s at any time during the school year the full yearly tuition will either be kept by St. Paul’s Catholic School or the remainder of any unpaid tuition will come due in full two weeks after the date of expulsion. PLAN 1 Parents will be returned a prorated monthly rate of the number of months that school is in session (10) starting with the first full month after they withdraw from St. Paul’s. F.A.C.T.S. Parents will be expected to pay in full the last month in which a child is in attendance. This payment is to be made by personal check or through the payment plan. Registration fees and book fees are non-refundable.
Tuition Credit for recruitment– Beginning in 2015, we encourage word of mouth recruiting. When a new family registers, we will ask how they heard of Saint Paul’s Catholic School. If they claim your family, we will reduce your tuition bill by 10% off one tuition. This credit will be applied to the last FACTS payment, if both families are still enrolled. Recruit another family and another 10% will be credited from your account. Recruit 10 new families and get free tuition! Books, registration, bus, scholarships, and other fees are not credited.
VANDALISM Willfully damaging or destroying property will not be tolerated. If a child accidentally causes damage they should report it to their teacher immediately, so that the damage is not misconstrued as vandalism. Textbooks are school property and should be treated as such. Textbooks should be covered at all times, not written in, and replaced or paid for if lost or damaged. Book bags should help keep books in good condition. Furniture or anything to do with the school building is to be kept clean. Therefore, graffiti of any type is strictly forbidden. Any deliberate damage will result in repairing or replacing damaged items by the one(s) responsible.
VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS Safety and security are priorities at St. Paul’s. To help maintain a safe and secure environment, visitors and volunteers, upon entering the school, must immediately report to the school office to sign-in and receive a visitor’s badge. This process also serves to account for all people in the result of an emergency egress of the building. Visiting parents, after signing in and receiving a visitor’s badge, are allowed only at break time or recess time so as not to interrupt the flow of learning. Visits beyond those times must be scheduled with the student’s teacher.
VOLUNTEERS St. Paul’s Catholic School considers its parent volunteers as a very special resource. Parents are encouraged to help in all classrooms, programs, and extra curricular activities. Please contact the office if you have time or skills you can share to make our school a better place for children to learn and grow. Our school is special, thanks to you. All regular volunteers within the school must pass a background check and have taken the “Safe and Sacred” online training available at “www.vtcatholic.org”. For returning volunteers, we are in third year of this program. This annual coursework is a wonderful review of best practices.
WITHDRAWALS Parents must notify the office if their child is going to withdraw from St. Paul School. Teachers and staff will summarize the child’s file for forwarding to their next school enrollment.
WEAPONS POLICY/ BULLYING No weapons of any kind (guns, knives, martial arts weapons, etc.) are to be brought to School. Any weapon found will be immediately confiscated and brought to the Principal and when necessary the police will be called. The Principal has the right to expel the child if he/she deems it appropriate after consulting with the Pastor and Superintendent of Diocesan Schools. Any child or adult who brings a weapon to School will be immediately banned from School property for further investigation. The police will be notified in the event of any weapon being found on school grounds if the Principal deems it appropriate. A student charged with a crime will be put on home study until the matter is resolved and St. Paul’s reserves the right to expel any student convicted of a crime, on or off of school grounds, that may or may not pose a dangerous or immoral situation within the school.
GUNS IN SCHOOL POLICY No gun of any type (including any type of toy gun) is allowed on St. Paul School grounds. Any guns discovered in the school or on the grounds will be immediately confiscated by the Principal, teacher or other authority figure delegated by the administration. Any student bringing a gun into the school will be referred to the Derby State Police Department and his/her parents will be immediately notified. Disposition of the gun will be made by the Principal or other authority figure designated by the administration after consulting with the Derby State Police Department and the parents of the child. The Principal will meet with the parents and discuss the incident with them. After this consultation, the student will be expelled from the School for a period of not less than 12 months from the date of the incident.
HARASSMENT AND BULLYING POLICY St. Paul School is committed to providing an environment free from all forms of intimidation. Unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, physical, written or visual conduct that creates hostile, offensive or intimidating employment or educational environment will not be tolerated. Harassment also includes slurs, jokes, and other verbal, graphic written or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, or physical or mental handicap/disability. Harassment and bullying in the educational community is against the law and St. Paul’s Catholic School Harassment and Bullying Policy. Accordingly, St Paul School prohibits unlawful harassment and bullying and will attempt to maintain a school community free from it. I. DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT Harassment means unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct of a persistent or offensive nature based on the person’s race, creed, color national origin, martial status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, handicapping condition or age, and which has a purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the person’s employment or educational performance or of creating an intimidating hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
- UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT PROHIBITED Unlawful harassment is prohibited. All persons associated with St. Paul school, including, but not limited to the School Board, Administration, staff and students, shall conduct themselves at all times to provide an atmosphere free from unlawful harassment while acting as a member of the school community.
III. RETALIATION PROHIBITED It is unlawful and shall be a violation of this policy for any person to retaliate against a person who makes a good faith complaint of unlawful harassment or cooperates in an investigation of unlawful harassment.
- DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT PROCEDURES The Principal will process all unlawful harassment complaints in accordance with adopted procedures. If a person alleges that the Principal himself / herself is engaged in unlawful harassment, the complainant may take their complaint directly to the Pastor. (Please refer to Unlawful Harassment Complaint Procedures appended hereto).
- DEFINITION OF BULLYING Bullying means any overt act or combination of acts directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:
- is repeated over time
- is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and
- occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a bus or at a school-sponsored activity.
Bullying is a form of dangerous and disrespectful behavior that will not be permitted or tolerated.
- BULLYING PROHIBITED Bullying is prohibited. All persons associated with St. Paul school, including, but not limited to the School Board, Administration, staff and students, shall conduct themselves at all times to provide an atmosphere free from bullying while acting as a member of the school community. Verbal or written threats made against the physical or emotional well-being of any individual are taken very seriously. Students making such threats (seriously or in jest or online) face detention, suspension, and/or expulsion. Harassment of any type is not tolerated. The Principal investigates all complaints of harassment. Students involved in harassing behavior face detention, suspension, and/or expulsion. Engagement in online blogs such as, but not limited to, Facebook®, MySpace®, Twitter®, Xanga®, Friendster®, etc. may result in disciplinary actions if the content of the student’s blog includes defamatory comments regarding the school, the faculty, other students or the parish.
UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
- Any member of the school community who believes that he / she has been subjected to unlawful harassing behavior by another person is encouraged to confront the offender and request that he/she stop the offensive behavior.
- A person who believes he/she has been subjected to unlawful harassment must promptly report the incident to the Principal, or to the Pastor if the Principal is alleged to be the offending person. Complaints should be filed within sixty (60) days of the alleged unlawful harassment.
- Complaints should be in writing. The Administrator to whom the complaint is made may request a person making a verbal complaint to state the complaint in writing to assist in the investigation.
- The Principal, or if the Principal is the subject of the complaint, the Pastor shall make an investigation which may include some or all of the following steps: a. The Administrator will confer with the complaining person in an attempt to obtain a clear understanding of the facts surrounding the complaint. b. The Administrator will provide the person of the unlawful harassment an opportunity to confer and to provide his/her version of the incident(s). c. The Administrator may meet with anyone believed to have witnessed the alleged unlawful harassment:
Within twenty (20) days of the filing of the complaint, the Administrator will issue a report that (1) confirms that a resolution acceptable to the parties has been reached; (2) reports the incident and transfers the investigation materials to the Superintendent of Diocesan Schools (“Superintendent”) and so notify the parties by Certified Mail:
5.The Superintendent or his/her designee shall review the investigation material and may conduct such further information as he/she deems appropriate. The Superintendent or designee shall render a written decision within fifteen (15) days after receiving the information from the Administrator. If the matter is not resolved informally and it is determined that unlawful harassment has occurred, the Superintendent or designee will take such disciplinary action as he/she deems appropriate, which may include verbal warnings up to suspension and / or recommendation to the School Board for suspension or termination/expulsion of the person determined to have engaged in unlawful harassment.
- Retaliation against a person for good faith reporting of unlawful harassment or cooperation in an investigation of an unlawful harassment complaint is unlawful. The same procedure outlined above shall be followed with regard to such claims.
- Matters involving unlawful harassment complaints shall be treated confidentially except to the extent deemed by the Administrator, Superintendent of designee to be necessary to complete the investigation.
- The Administration will maintain current listing of State and Federal Agencies available to receive complaint of unlawful harassment. BULLYING COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
- Students may report anonymously to the teachers via the “bullying box” or drawer.
- Parents/guardians may submit written reports of suspected bullying.
- Faculty and staff members who witness bullying or receive bullying reports must notify the Principal.
- Principal will investigate all reports.
- Principal will initiate intention strategy for staff to deal with bullying
- Principal will notify parent/guardian of a student with verified act of bullying of school response and consequences that may result.
- Principal will continue to collect data on the number of reported acts and make info available to the public.
RIGHT TO AMEND St. Paul’s Catholic School reserves the right to amend this Handbook. Notice of amendments will be sent to parents via the school office.
DIOCESAN POLICY In all areas not covered by a specific policy of the St. Paul School Board, a policy of the Diocesan Board of Education (if there is one) which applies to the situation shall take effect. If there is not a Diocesan policy, then the local School Board will make it a priority to formulate a policy.
PHOTO-VIDEO RELEASE To whom it may concern:
_________I hereby give permission for my son/daughter_________________
_________I hereby do not give permission for my son/daughter ___________
to be photographed or videotaped either at St. Paul’s Catholic School or during any activity in which the students are representing St. Paul’s Catholic School. I realize that the photo may be published in the newspaper, a magazine, the school website, or other publication. The video may be used for informational or educational purposes regarding the programs or curriculum at St. Paul’s Catholic School.
I have read the 2017/2018 Parent/Student Handbook and agree to follow the school policies and procedures as stated.
Parent Signature : _____________________________________
STUDENT INTERNET AGREEMENT (Please have multiple students complete if applicable) I have discussed with my parents and understand and agree to follow the Internet Use policy and rules. Student Name(s) (please print) ______________________________________________
PARENT AGREEMENT As the parent/guardian, I have read and discussed with my child(ren) the Internet Use policy. I understand that access is designed for educational purposes. However, I also recognize it is impossible for St. Paul’s Catholic School to restrict access to all controversial materials and I will not hold the faculty responsible for materials acquired on the network. I give my permission for my child to access the Internet while supervised at St. Paul’s Catholic School.
Parent/Guardian Name (please print): ______________________________ Signature __________________________________________________
RETURN TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE
Revised July 10,2018 by Mrs. Beloin