2017-18 Saint Joseph Catholic School Handbook

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Founded 1847

745 Ezzard Charles Drive

Cincinnati, Ohio 45203

Telephone: 513-381-2126

Fax: 513-381-6513

2017-2018 Scholar and Parent/Guardian Handbook

MISSION STATEMENT

The community of St. Joseph Catholic School accepts the challenge to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY OF ST.

JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL WITH RELIGIOUS AND MORAL VALUES, AND THE ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, AND CIVIC SKILLS NECESSARY TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE AND LITERATE CITIZENS. We place an emphasis on developing the cultural heritage of each individual within the multicultural framework of our world.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL & PASTOR ……………………………………………

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SCHOOL HISTORY/PHILOSOPHY………………………………………………………

 

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SCHOOL POLICIES

 

 

ADMISSION

 

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READMISSION

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TIME INFORMATION ………………………………………………………………………

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ABSENCE / TARDIES ………………………………………………………………………

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MORNING CARE/LATCHKEY……………………………………………………………..

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BREAKFAST/LUNCH ………………………………………………………………….…..

 

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CURRICULUM

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BOOKS/EQUIPMENT ……………………………………………………………………...

 

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HOMEWORK/PLANNERS ..……………………………………………………………

 

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SCHOLAR FOLDERS

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SUPPLY LIST ………………………………………………………………………………

 

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OPTION C

 

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GRADE SCALE…………………………………………………………………………...…

 

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GRADE PLACEMENT ……………………………………………………………………

 

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COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL .………………………………………………………

 

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PARENT/GUARDIAN CONFERENCE ……..…………………………………

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ROOM VISITATION ……………………….…………………………………

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EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION……….……………………………….…..

 

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DISPENSING MEDICATION ………………………………………………………….

 

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PARKING

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TRANSPORTATION BY YELLOW BUS…………….…………………………………..

 

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ELIGIBILITY POLICY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS ……………..…

 

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MASS/SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION ……………………………………………..

 

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CELL PHONES/ ELECTRONIC ITEMS ………………………………………….……

 

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TUITION

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PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION & VOLUNTEER HOURS…………………

 

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EMERGENCY CLOSING ………………………………………………………..…….

 

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UNIFORM POLICIES …………………………………………………………………

 

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BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS /SCHOOL CONDUCT POLICY ………..…………

 

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

This handbook has been prepared and updated to clarify questions parents/guardians sometimes have regarding the school’s philosophy and

procedures. Your attitude toward our parish school is most important. Your child will absorb the respect you manifest for St. Joseph Catholic School and our faculty and staff. Only if your child respects the mutual authority of the parents/guardians, teachers, administration and staff members, will he/she be able to make a success of his/her education here at our school. Although we do not foresee changes being necessary, the principal and/or pastor has the ability to make changes to the handbook throughout the school year. Everyone will be made aware of such changes.

We hope this handbook will be of assistance and that it will serve as a link in the cooperation between home and school. Please review this handbook with your child(ren) and keep it handy for reference. If you have any questions please bring them to our attention so that we may address them in a timely fashion.

In His Service,

 

Ms. Dionne Partee

Reverend Reynaldo S. Taylor

Principal

Pastor

SCHOOL HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY

St. Joseph Catholic School is the oldest operating grade school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati with a founding year of 1847. We are celebrating our 170th Anniversary this school year, 2017-2018. The faculty and staff of St. Joseph believe that each child has unique talents and gifts given by God. Our educational goal is to use those gifts and talents as well as to help each child intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually.

We are committed as the educators of these scholars to develop a loving Christian atmosphere, to meet the diverse learning needs of these scholars, and to foster a positive and healthy self-image.

While the parents are viewed as the primary educators of their children, our responsibility is great. We are stewards entrusted with leading and guiding our youth during this period of growth. Our focus is on the scholars as we assist them in charting their future.

St. Joseph Catholic School is ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE WHILE SERVING CHRIST!

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SCHOOL POLICIES

ADMISSION

St. Joseph Catholic School has an open admission policy and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry.

NEW SCHOLARS: Before admission to pre-kindergarten through grade eight, Scholars must successfully complete a screening process and must have the following on file in the school office:

ØCertificate of Birth

ØCertificate of Baptism (if applicable)

ØSocial security card

ØLast report card (grades 1 - 8) only

ØHealth record

ØResults of achievement tests (if applicable)

Scholars entering grades K-8 must have a satisfactory report from the previous school. Scholars new to the school are on a 9-week probationary period. Any Scholar who does not meet St. Joseph Catholic School’s criteria either academically or behaviorally, during the first (9) weeks of school, may be asked to withdraw. At the Principal and Pastor’s discretion, an extension to the probation may be offered if reasonable improvement is apparent, along with parent cooperation.

RETURNING SCHOLARS: EVERY SCHOLAR MUST BE RE-REGISTERED FOR RE-ADMISSION EVERY SCHOOL YEAR. An application for re-admission of a scholar for the next school year may be denied if there is consistent unacceptable behavior during the present school year that is deemed detrimental to the best interest of the class or if there is a learning difficulty, which requires special educational or psychological services not available in the normal classroom situation. The final decision of acceptance is the responsibility of the principal and/or pastor who will consider the intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs of the scholars and how the programs of the school can meet those needs.

TIME INFORMATION

Arrival Time:

Prekindergarten: Scholars enrolled in the prekindergarten program are not to arrive to school before 8:00 am unless enrolled in the Morning Care Program. A parent/guardian or an adult over 18 must report to the office to sign the scholar in for the school day.

Grades K-8: Scholars in grades K-8 are not to arrive to school before 8:30 a.m. unless they are enrolled in Morning Care. Our supervision of children begins at this time. All scholars report to the designated areas (Playground, Cafeteria and/or Classroom). Cars are to enter through Ezzard Charles Drive driveway (drop off child) and exit through the rear parking lot onto Hopkins/ Linn St.

Dismissal Time: There will be a carline with cars entering through the Ezzard Charles Drive driveway (pick up child) and exit through the rear parking lot onto Hopkins/ Linn St. These (2) gates will be closed during school hours, and will be reopened at dismissal.

During your arrival and departure, we are asking that you conduct yourself as positive role models and be respectful of our community and not play loud music, not double park, block the driveway and remain cooperative of the faculty, staff and volunteer directing traffic and monitoring scholars in transition.

Daily School Schedule:

 

7:00-8:30 am

Morning Care (pre-kindergarten through grade 5)

8:00 am

Prekindergarten Scholars arrival (PLEASE SIGN IN)

8:30-9:05 am

Prekindergarten (classroom)/Kindergarten through 8 (Fr. Rivers’ Hall)

9:15 am

Morning Prayer & Daily Announcements/ INSTRUCTIONAL TIME BEGINS

11:30 am

Prekindergarten LUNCH

12:00–1:30 pm LUNCH PERIODS FOR SCHOLARS, K-8 (except Thursdays)

2:00 pm

Prekindergarten Snack

4:10 pm

Prayer/Bus Dismissal for scholars in grades K-8

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4:15 pm

Dismissal for scholars in grades Pre-K-8

4:15-6:00 pm

Latchkey

ATTENDANCE - ABSENCE /TARDINESS

According to State Bill 321, parents/guardians are required to notify the school when a child is absent. Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all scholars.

ABSENCE: Whenever scholars are absent, they must bring a signed note from home the day they return, explaining the reason for the absence. However, parents need to call school by 9:30 a.m. to report if their child is going to be absent. Scholars who are absent from school MUST bring a note signed by a parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. After two (2) consecutive days of absence the child MUST have a Doctor's note. Scholars enrolled in the Prekindergarten program may lose their space should attendance become an issue. Under the law, if a child is absent for more than five (5) consecutive days, seven days in a month or 12 days in a year without a valid excuse the child is considered a habitual truant. Those who have been absent without an excuse for seven (7) consecutive days, 10 school days in a month or minimums of 15 days in a school year are considered chronic truants. The law allows for the possibility of the child being removed from the home, sent to a juvenile correction facility, being ordered 30 days on house arrest or to participate in probation. Parents may also receive a $500 fine and 30 days in jail. A scholar who is absent for more than (2) hours of a school day, that scholar will be considered to be absent ½ day.

TARDY/EARLY DISMISSAL: Scholars who are late to school must report to the office to receive an “Admit Slip”. Scholars are not to go directly to their rooms if they are late. Scholars MUST bring a note from home explaining why they are tardy should their arrival time be after 9:30 AM. This same concept will also apply for scholars being picked up early from school often.

The school day ends at 4:15 pm. Parents/guardians who wish to have children dismissed early from school must send a signed note indicating the time and explanation for the early dismissal. Early dismissals are also considered “TARDY”. Children who are being dismissed early are to be picked up and signed out from the office by the parent unless the parent/guardian indicates in writing some other arrangements; such as the child is to walk home.

Scholars are not permitted to leave the school grounds after school and return for after school activities such as Homework Club, sports, etc.

MORNING CARE/LATCHKEY

Morning Care and/or Latchkey are offered to all scholars in grades Pre-kindergarten through 5 unless otherwise approved by the principal. Morning Care is held Monday through Friday from 7:00-8:30 a.m. on days that school is in session. Latchkey is held from 4:15-6:00 p.m. on days that school is in session. Fees do apply for these services. Hamilton County Voucher may be accepted for payment. For more information, please call Mrs. Baskin, School Business Manager, at 513-381-2126 ext. 20.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH

Breakfast and lunch are served during school days. Scholars who received free or reduced meals during the 2016- 2017 school year will remain eligible until August 31, 2017. A Direct Certification Process will be done to receive the names of family members receiving services through the Hamilton County Job & Family Services to gain eligibility for the 2017-2018 school year. If families qualify, an application DOES NOT need to be submitted. For all other families, an application must be completed to determine if scholars will receive free, reduced, or full priced meals.

Monthly breakfast and lunch menus will be sent home nearest to the first (1st) of each month. If there is a medical or religious reason why a child cannot eat what is listed on the menu, please send a statement from the child’s doctor or a note from the parents. Certain small restrictions can be accommodated. When restrictions cannot be accommodated, we ask that parents pack the child’s lunch for that day.

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Scholars are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the lunch period or receive meals purchase from a fast food restaurant.

LUNCHROOM EXPECTATIONS:

Scholars who receive a hot meal must wait in the line quietly.

Scholars are not to “share their lunch”.

Raise their hands for permission to leave the lunchroom table.

Clean their places and plates, and throw away all trash before leaving the lunchroom.

Speak quietly

Scholars may bring a bagged lunch from home. We are asking that the lunch being brought from home is nutritious. A nutritious lunch should include: a sandwich, small drink, fruit and snack. Scholars are not to bring in snack items to pass off as a lunch. If this should occur, the scholar will receive a hot lunch provided by the school. Candy, sunflower seeds, SODA or “hot chips” should not be included. Lunch from restaurants are also discouraged.

Scholars are not permitted to bring food of any kind that needs to be warmed up in the oven or the microwave.

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is in compliance with the Archdiocesan Graded Course of Study, which aligns with the Ohio Department of Education Common Core Standards. Our remedial services department accommodates the special needs of our scholars by providing reading and intervention specialists, a speech pathologist, a school psychologist, a school nurse, and services rendered through St. Joseph Orphanage. However, these services are with limitations. Our school is constantly striving to “make a difference” and advancing in education is a top priority.

St. Joseph Catholic School adopted a blended learning program through Seton Education Partners in 2014. Blended learning combines small group instruction with computer based individual work to allow each scholar to learn at his or her own pace. It collects information about scholar progress and produces data that teachers can use to tailor lessons for each scholar. This benefits scholars dramatically regardless of their skill level. Based upon results from other schools using blended learning, benefits are seen through standardized tests. We expect similar results through standardized tests such as IOWA, CogAT, NWEA MAP, and OAA, which scholars take to evaluate their progress.

BOOKS/EQUIPMENT

Scholars who damage or lose books and/or equipment belonging to the school will pay a fine to repair or replace the book/equipment. All equipment, textbooks or library books should be handled carefully.

Lost textbooks and library book fines, as well as tuition, must be paid before report cards or records are released.

HOMEWORK/PLANNERS

Homework is given as a help to the Scholars and should be written daily in their folders/Planner for grades 3-8, supplied with payment of the School Supply Fee. Assignments evolve out of class experiences. One of the values of homework is to help scholars acquire good study habits and discipline. Homework is given everyday except Friday and MUST be returned completed and on time. Scholars in grades 4-8 may receive homework over the weekend.

Homework does not necessarily have to be a written assignment. Scholars in the upper grades should review notes taken in class. Working on projects, reading books, watching a special TV program, memorizing needed facts, or studying for a test can all be part of the assignments. The time spent on homework per day varies from scholar to scholar and from class to class. Scholars in grades 4-8 who miss any assignment will receive a Homework Notice. Any missing assignment negatively affects grading and if a scholar receives 3 or more missing assignments in a week’s time, a detention will be assigned. Parents/Guardians should view their scholar’s planner daily.

SCHOLAR FOLDERS

Scholars in primary grades (prekindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grades) folders will go home daily to give important information regarding school functions, graded papers and your child (ren) progress to collate with the

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Ascend Program. Folders for scholars in intermediate grades (2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades) will go home on Thursdays, weekly. Folders for scholars in junior high (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades) will go home on Fridays. Parents are expected to review the folder contents in order to stay informed and return to school the following day signed.

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SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Pre-Kindergarten: 3 boxes of Kleenex 4 fat pencils

1water-color paint set (8 colors)

1roll of masking tape

1roll of scotch tape

2boxes of Clorox wipes

3boxes of Baby wipes

2 –Hand sanitizers (8 oz)

1pack of multi-color construction paper

2Dry Erase markers

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten scholars: An additional change of clothes for your child in case of an accident or illness must be at the school: 1 pair of underwear, 1 pair of uniform slacks/skirt, 1 pair of socks and 1 uniformed shirt/blouse.

Kindergarten:

2 tubs of Baby wipes

2 boxes of Zip Bags (1 lg. & 1 sandwich) 3 boxes Kleenex

Book Bag

4 fat pencils

1 pair of scissors

3 boxes of Clorox wipes

2 large erasers

1Clipboard (8-1/2” x 11”)

1Dry erase marker

1pack construction paper Crayons

Grade 1:

Pencil Zip bag (soft sided) Scissors

1 box of markers

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

1 large pink eraser – no pencil cap styles Backpack

1 box snack size Ziploc bags *

1 box quart size Ziploc bags *

1 box baby wipes

1 box Clorox wipes

2 boxes of Kleenex

24 Count Crayons

2 Red Pocket folders Flash Drive (2GB)

24 count No.2 Pencils

Grade 2:

2 spiral notebooks (wide ruled, 1 subject)

3 dozen plain #2 pencils

2 large erasers – pink (no pencil cap kinds)

Scissors

2 boxes of baby wipes Backpack

1 box of quart size Ziploc bags

1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags Pencil box (8” x 5” only)

1 pack of color paper

2 boxes of Kleenex

1 large bottle of hand sanitizer

1pack of wide ruled loose-leaf paper (200 count) Flash Drive

2Folders (1 Yellow & 1 Blue)

Grade 3:

4 dozen pencils (plain #2)

3 large erasers

1 pair scissors 1pencil box Construction paper 1 pack of markers

1 large box of baby wipes

1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags

1 Back pack

1 wooden ruler

2 boxes of Kleenex

2 boxes Clorox wipes

5 Single subject notebooks

2 Pocket Folders

Flash Drive (2GB)

Grade 4:

20 lead pencils

1 Filler paper

10 blue/black pens (erasable)

1 pair scissors

2 boxes of baby wipes Erasers

1 large Ziploc bags

5 dry erase markers

2 boxes of Kleenex

1 pencil bag with zipper

3-1 inch binders

6 notebooks

3 highlighter markers

3 packs of filler paper (wide-ruled)

Grade 5:

Grades 6, 7 & 8:

20 lead pencils

5

Blue/black pens (Erasable)

10 blue/black pens (erasable)

Pencils

Filler paper – 2 packs

3

Filler paper (wide ruled)

Scissors

Flash Drive (2 GB)

1 tub of baby wipes

5

Composition Book

5 red pens/pencils

5 packs of note cards

Dry erase markers

10 folders (2 pockets, w/ prongs)

3 boxes of Kleenex

*2 red/2 yellow/2 green/2 blue/2 black

Zipper pencil holder

5– 1-subject notebooks

8 Notebooks:

*2 red/2 yellow/2 green/2 blue

2 green, 2 red, 2 blue & 2 yellow

*2 black

1 Box of Ziploc Bags (Gallon)

2 yellow highlighters

1 pack of multi-color construction paper

Clear plastic shoebox (6th grade only)

1 composition book

Dry erase markers-1 box

Flash Drive (2GB)

1 box of colored pencils

 

1 pack of multi-color construction paper

 

5 boxes of Kleenex

 

1 bottle of White-Out

 

2

Hard Binder Construction paper

 

2

Boxes of Clorox Wipes

 

1

Bottle of Hand sanitizer

 

2

Packages –Dividers for Binder

Combination locks must be in original package.

OPTION C

Option C is a web-based program that will be used to notify parents/guardians of their scholar’s assignments, grades and behavior for scholars in all grades. This program is used to improve the communication between the teacher and the family. The data for your child will be updated Monday through Friday. Please make sure that all contact information (home address, telephone numbers, email address(es), etc) is updated throughout the school year. Parents/guardians are asked to check their scholar’s progress daily.

GRADE SCALE

The grading scale suggested by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati School Office is used.

KINDERGARTEN: Standard-based report cards will be used.

PROGRESS CODE

SUBHEADINGS

S - Satisfactory progress

+ Area of Strength

N - Needs further help / experience

- Area Needs Growth

X - Not observed

I - Improving

PRIMARY (GRADES 1 -3):

No Mark - Satisfactory

 

PROGRESS CODE

SUBHEADINGS

S+ - Strong Progress

+ Area of Strength

S - Satisfactory Progress

- Area Needs Growth

N- Needs Time / Experience/ Improvement

I - Improving

U - Unsatisfactory Progress

No Mark - Satisfactory

+ - Ability Adjusted Curriculum

 

 

SUBHEADINGS:

Below 70

F - Failing

+ Area of Strength

- Area of Concern

*Ability Adjusted Curriculum

No Mark – Satisfactory

GRADE PLACEMENT

1. Promotion: Scholar has successfully completed the requirements for promotion.

2.Placed: A Scholar has failed one or two major subject areas and placement may depend upon successful summer tutoring by a professional teacher. Primary grades major subject areas are: Language Arts and Math.

3.Retention: This means a Scholar failed two or more major subject areas for the academic year and must repeat the entire year. Before a child is retained, his/her age, maturity and total achievement are considered in the decision. A pupil is only retained in the same grade when there is positive indication that he or she will benefit from the retention. Because of the adjustment and other psychological difficulties, which arise for a scholar in the upper grades, the Principal may request that such a child repeat the grade in another school. The final decision about a grade placement belongs to the school.

Scholars in the third grade MUST pass the Third Grade Reading Guarantee to be promoted to the fourth grade. Several opportunities will be given throughout the school year to improve the chances to pass.

COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL

To facilitate better communication between home and school, parents/guardians should follow the following procedure when there is a concern involving a Teacher or Class. Parents/guardians should first address their concern directly to the Teacher. It is here that clarification can be given and miscommunication handled. If after speaking with the teacher, the parents/guardians are not satisfied with the results, they should then address their concern to the Principal. The Principal will listen to the concern of the parent, talk to the teacher involved, and then facilitate a meeting between the parents/guardians and teacher to resolve any issue that may still exist. After this meeting if there are still unresolved issues, a meeting will be arranged between the Principal, the Pastor (or his designate), and the parents to determine next steps.

PARENT/GUARDIAN/SCHOLAR CONFERENCES: Conferences with teachers may be arranged by sending a note, calling the teacher, or by calling the school office at 513-381-2126 and are to be held before or after school at a mutually convenient time. Two evenings and one full day during the school year are designated

specifically as Parent-Teacher/Scholar Conference Days. Parent-Teacher/Scholar Conferences are MANDATORY for all scholars for the 1st and 2nd quarters. The parent, school & teacher conference days are: Tuesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 19th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on both days for the 1st quarter and day, January 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for 2nd quarter. Report cards may only be picked up during conferences for the first and second quarters.

ROOM VISITATION: Parents/Guardians wishing to visit the school or observe classrooms may make arrangements by contacting the office at 513-381-2126. Parents/Guardians arriving early to pick up scholars are NOT to go to the classrooms, but are to report to the office. Arrangements should be made to meet the scholars at the appropriate outside exit at dismissal.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION must be updated in the office at ALL times. During the year, please notify us of any changes as soon as possible. If your child becomes ill or injured at school, we will make every effort to contact the parent/guardian and will consult with your child’s EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION and follow the directions you have indicated. Ohio State Law requires that this information be on file for each scholar.

DISPENSING MEDICATION TO SCHOLARS

The school office may administer a dose of medication to a pupil according to the following guidelines:

1.The medication must be prescribed by a physician and in pill, capsule or liquid form.

2.The doctor and the parent MUST sign a statement giving the school permission to administer the dose of prescribed medication.

3.The parent must bring the medication to the office in a container clearly marked by the pharmacist giving the name of the child, dosage directions, and name of physician and prescription number.

SCHOOL PERSONNEL ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GIVE ANY OTHER MEDICATION TO SCHOLARS. NO SCHOLARS MAY HAVE ANY OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION WITH THEM AS WELL AS ANY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, (I.E., RX’S).

PARKING

Parking in front of the school at any time between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. is PROHIBITED. PLEASE DO NOT park your vehicle in front of the school. There are parking spaces provided in the rear of the school for parents picking up and dropping off their child(ren). Please do not double park in front of the school.

TRANSPORTATION BY YELLOW BUS

Riding the school bus is a privilege. Scholars may talk quietly or read a book. Any Scholar who does anything that distracts the driver or jeopardizes the safety of other scholars may lose this privilege.

Scholars who ride the yellow bus to school are required to obey the rules while riding to and from school, or on a field trip. CONSEQUENCES FOR MISBEHAVIOR ON THE SCHOOL BUS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRINCIPAL AND MAY INCLUDE: A WARNING, CONFERENCE WITH SCHOLAR AND/OR PARENT, OR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION FROM THE YELLOW BUS. During the time a scholar is suspended from the bus, parents must provide transportation to and from school. Scholars are not to be allowed to stay at home or out of school during a bus suspension.

Continued misbehavior on the bus could result in the child losing the privilege of being transported. NO VULGAR OR OBSCENE LANGUAGE, BULLYING, OR THREATS TO SCHOLARS OR BY SCHOLARS WILL BE TOLERATED. Supervision of scholars during the loading and unloading of buses is provided by the faculty and staff of the school.

NO CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION FOR DISMISSAL TIME WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 3:30 P.M. A written note or phone call regarding transportation or to pickup of a scholar, from the parent/guardian is acceptable.

Scholars who miss the bus at the end of the school day should report to the office where the responsibility will be assumed by the office staff to make contact with the parents/guardians. It will be the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to provide transportation from school.

Should a parent/guardian have issues/concerns with the yellow bus, they are contact Ms. Partee, the Principal, at 381-2126 ext. 18. No adult should EVER board the yellow bus to address the driver or other scholars. This is a breach of security and may be subject to legal actions being taken against that person.

ELIGIBILITY POLICY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS

Your child’s academic performance is paramount. To be eligible to participate in any extracurricular program a child must be a scholar and/or parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and/or School. If a scholar is failing two or more subjects at the time of a grading notice (either an interim report or end of a quarter report card), then the scholar is ineligible to participate in any activity until there is evidence which indicates the necessary improvement are being made. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! Parents/guardians are expected to keep this in mind and be open to recommendations by the faculty. Some of the programs being offered this year are: Girls Scout, Boys Scout, Girls

&Boys Basketball, Girls’ Volleyball, Squash Academy, Chess Club, Homework Club, St. Peter Claver Boys’ Leadership Academy, St. Josephine Bakhita Girls’ Leadership Academy, Home Economics, Yearbook Club, and more.

MASS/SACRAMENTAL PREPARATIONS

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL supports the Christian values of your home and church. It is expected that your child(ren) worship with you at your church. However, if your family does not have a home church, you are invited to attend Mass at St. Joseph each Thursday at 12:30 pm, Friday at 12:30 pm, and Sunday (9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.). Although we proudly teach Christianity in our Catholic tradition, we do not attempt to “change” religious beliefs and affiliations. If any child or family wishes to consider becoming Catholic, we would encourage you to talk to call 513-381-4526 ext. 11. Someone will be assigned to coordinate the process for those

interested in deepening their Christian faith. There are 3 times a year that we especially expect all scholars to attend St. Joseph Catholic Church. These dates are:

Blue N Gold Back to School Events

** August 20, 2017

Catholic Schools Week

** January 28, 2018

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony

** May 20, 2018

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC ITEMS

Electronic items, including cell phones, are to be left home, as they are not needed at school nor will the school be responsible for their safety. Any scholar, who violates this, will surrender the item to the principal, teacher or staff and it will be kept in the office until the end of the school year. NO EXCEPTIONS! Scholars calling each other, friends, or text messaging during school time i.e. from arrival on school grounds to departure can expect serious consequences, which may include suspension.

PAYMENT OF TUITION/ED CHOICE

The tuition payments spread over a 10-month period beginning July 2016 and ending April 2017. Payments are to be made in the school office by the 10th of the month without incurring a late fee. The late fee is $35. If you have any questions, please phone Mrs. Baskin at 381-2126 ext. 20 during regular school hours. All tuition must be paid for your child(ren) to remain enrolled and to receive their report card each quarter. Should you not have received or signed a contract regarding you tuition; please call Mrs. Baskin immediately at 381-2126 ext. 20. Payments are to be made to St. Joseph Catholic School in cash, check or money order. Credit card payments may also be made.

HAMILTON COUNTY VOUCHER may be used to pay for fees for prekindergarten and Latchkey. ANY CO- PAYMENT MUST BE PAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE VOUCHER PERIOD!!! Hamilton County Vouchers can NOT be used to pay regular school tuition for grades K-8.

OHIO ED CHOICE VOUCHER PAYMENT:

Scholars in grades K-8, receiving the Ohio Ed Choice Scholarship will have voucher payments sent in (3) installments. Parents/guardians are to sign the checks within a week’s period after receiving notification of its arrival. Failure to sign may result in scholars not receiving their report card and a bill will be invoiced to responsible parties, as the voucher is a form of tuition payment. In participating in the EdChoice Scholarship, families are committed to, but not limited to, the following:

*I have supplied the chartered nonpublic school with a certified copy of the student’s birth certificate, copies of all custody/guardianship documentation for the student, and proof of my address.

*I have submitted only one EdChoice Scholarship application for the student. The scholarship amount shall only be applied to the tuition of the enrolling school and I may be required to pay other fees and costs as prescribed by the policies of the school.

*I will sign all scholarship checks received by the private school for my student in a timely manner. I understand that if I fail to endorse the scholarship checks to the school, I will be responsible for paying the student's tuition.

*If I transfer my scholarship to another participating chartered nonpublic school, I will notify the school of my intent to withdraw and I will return to the original school to sign any remaining checks.

*I will apply for any and all financial aid or tuition discounts and adjustments made regularly available to the students attending the school in which the student is accepted for enrollment.

* I will abide by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) dispute resolution process outlined in Ohio Administrative Code Section 3301-11-14.

* If I am not a low-income parent or did not complete the income verification process, I will be responsible for paying any difference between the scholarship amount and the tuition of the chartered nonpublic school.

*I must inform ODE and the chartered nonpublic school of any change in the student’s residential address or custody status

I will not be able to renew my child’s scholarship if; our family has moved to another city school district and our new neighborhood public school is not a designated EdChoice school, my child fails to take each state achievement test required for his/her grade level, my child has more than twenty unexcused absences during the school year, or I fail to complete the renewal process. If my child has received an EdChoice Expansion Scholarship I must maintain Ohio residency and verify my income annually.

*I have received and understand the policy handbook of the chartered nonpublic school and will abide by its provisions.

*I understand that if my child’s scholarship has been awarded in error, it will be terminated immediately and I would then be responsible for paying the tuition if I decide to keep my child at the private school.

PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION

Every parent/guardian is a member of the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). There are many fundraisers, concerts, and other events that will call for your participation. 5 Meetings are held this year: September 12th, October 10th, January 9th, February 6th and March 13th from 6:00-7:15 pm. Please refer to Weekly Family Newsletter for more information.

PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS

Each family is required to volunteer hours to the school/parish. Each family with 1 scholar will be expected to complete 15 hours of volunteer service, families with 2 scholars - 20 hours, and 3 or more scholars - 25 hours. There ware many opportunities throughout the year to offer your time and talent: Family Orientation, Movie Nights, Fish Fries, PTO Meetings, Father/Daughter Dance, morning duty, playground duty, classroom helper, cafeteria help, just to name a few. (Some volunteer opportunities, which involve working with children, requires a background check.) Hours will be tracked throughout the year. If you, yourself, cannot volunteer for an activity, an adult may work some or all of your required hours. This must be indicated at the time the hours are being worked. If two adults work at the same time, you can claim double the hours. (I.e.: Two adults work the same event for two hours earns four hours total.) An adult is defined as eighteen years of age or older and not in high school. Any unworked hours will be charged to the tuition balance at $5.00 per hour. Hours will start accumulating right away for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you for your commitment to St. Joseph Catholic

School. We are looking forward to a fantastic school year and recognize that the school wouldn’t be successful without your support!

SCHOOL CLOSING/DELAY - BAD WEATHER/EMERGENCY CLOSING

In the event school needs to close due to an emergency, the announcement on Channels 5, 9 or 12 will be: “St. Joseph Catholic School – CINTI”, followed by any needed details.

In the event school needs to close or is delayed due to inclement weather, the plans may include:

1.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL – CINCINNATI

CLOSED

NO SCHOLARS, FACULTY, OR STAFF ARE TO REPORT

 

2.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL – CINCINNATI

PLAN A – 2-HR DELAY

2-HOUR DELAY, BUSES ARE ON A 2-HR DELAY, NO MORNING CARE, PRE-KINDERGARTEN

STARTS AT 9:00 AM, SUPERVISION OF SCHOLARS IN KDG–8TH STARTS AT 9:00 am

3.

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL – CINCINNATI

PLAN B

NO SCHOLARS, STAFF REPORT AT 11:00 AM

PLEASE WATCH CHANNEL 5, 9 OR 12 FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANY SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAY.

UNIFORM POLICY

Our Dress Code ensures a professional appearance of scholars during school hours. Therefore, scholars need to be in dress code at all times on any part of school property, including arrival and dismissal. Parents/Guardians are asked to assist the scholar to be in proper uniform daily. Scholars out of uniform will be asked to call home for a necessary uniform item. Under rare circumstances, an emergency may occur. This requires a note or phone call from home. The principal and staff reserve the right to prohibit any type of dress or “fad” not specifically mentioned in this policy, if they do not feel it is appropriate for the school. If a parent/guardian is unsure about whether an item is a part of uniform, feel free to call the office to speak with a Staff Member BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THE ITEM(S).

EVERYONE

NO clothes containing holes, rips, or missing buttons

No missing belts.

NO oversized, baggy or skintight clothes.

Undergarments: Only solid white, black or navy blue t-shirts under shirts may be worn.

Shoes: Black, light brown, chocolate brown or navy rubber-soled shoes MUST be worn daily except for scholars in Pre-Kindergarten.

Shoes not to be worn: BOOTS, sandals, flip-flops, clogs, backless shoes, heels or platform shoes. Shoelaces are to be kept tied and straps to be kept fastened.

Belt -Solid black, light brown, chocolate brown, or navy blue belts with a standard buckle must be worn through belt loops with belt-looped pants/shorts/skirts. Lost belts are to be replaced within (3) school days.

Sweaters- Navy blue, monogrammed Cardigan, v-neck, or crew neck, with or without sleeves, may be worn over collared shirt with collar showing for all girls and boys in grades PreK - 4. Must be waist-level. (MUST BE PURCHASED AT SCHOOLBELLES) Coats and jackets may not be worn in the classroom.

Earrings, Jewelry, Hairstyles, Hats, Fads, Etc. NO JEWELRY except stud earrings for the girls. Scholars are also not permitted to wear makeup or lip-gloss. No teeth jewelry and caps are allowed.

All haircuts and styles must be deemed “school appropriate”. No changes in natural hair color in any way are acceptable. No streaking, highlighting or alteration to natural color or weaved hair. Boys may not have Mohawks or other designs in their haircuts.

No hats, hoods, sweatbands, headbands (including those worn across the forehead), bandannas, or do-rags are permitted.

No purses, cologne or scented lotions may be worn. We have many scholars with allergies or asthma: scents may trigger an asthma attack of those scholars. Unscented lotion is permitted.

Most regular uniform items may be purchased at Schoolbelles located on Harrison Avenue. Other items may be purchased at, but are not limited to: Wal-Mart, Sears, Dillards, JCPenny, etc. Regular school uniformed shirts/blouses, sweaters, sweatshirts, ties, etc. for scholars MUST BE PURCHASED AT SCHOOLBELLES.

GYM DAYS

Gym Days are on Mondays and Wednesdays for all scholars. However, the kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes will have gym during the 1st and 2nd quarters, beginning August 21, 2017. The prekindergarten, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes will have gym classes for the 3rd and 4th quarters beginning January 3, 2018.

Pre-kindergarten & 1st grades (ONLY) may wear “gym attire” and appropriate gym shoes (solid white, black or navy blue) to school on those designated days.

The gym attire must be ordered and purchased through the school.

BIRTHDAYS

Scholars may be out of uniform for their birthday, except on Thursdays. Should their birthday fall on a Thursday, the scholar may observe the out of uniform on that previous Wednesday or following Friday. Birthdays that fall over the weekend, scholars may observe the out of uniform on that Friday or upcoming Monday. The dress attire still must be conducive for school.

UNEXCUSED UNIFORM VIOLATIONS

1st offense – warning

2nd offense – isolated lunch

3rd offense – 2 isolated lunches

4th offense – morning detention/2 demerits

5th offense - 2 morning detentions/4 demerits

6th offense – one Saturday detention/5 demerits

7th offense – two days suspension/7 demerits

FOR PRIMARY SCHOLARS - GIRLS

Blouses:

1.White or navy blue MONOGRAMED polo, short or long-sleeved. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked

in, and sized to fit. Only solid white, black or navy blue undergarments under blouse may be worn. MUST BE PURCHASED AT SCHOOLBELLES ONLY.

2.White or light blue Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt can be worn. Plain, all white traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Girls must wear a tie (cross-tie – plaid or plain

navy) with these types of blouses. Ties for boys, regular or bow), need to be solid.

Jumper/Skirt/Skort: Uniform plaid, navy blue, black or khaki jumper, skort or skirt. Must be no more than 2 inches above the knee. Plaid jumpers or skirts can only be purchased at Schoolbelles.

Socks: Plain white, black, or navy blue socks or non-sheen tights (no lace or ruffles, etc.) Leggings in solid white, black, or navy blue, (tight fit) may be worn in the winter months under uniform jumper or skirt (i.e., no sweats, warm- ups, etc.)

FOR PRIMARY SCHOLARS - BOYS

Shirts:

MONOGRAMED white or navy blue polo or button-down collared shirt. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit.

White or light blue Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt can be worn. Plain, all white traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Boys must wear a tie with this type of shirt.

Ties may be purchased anywhere.

Pants: dress, solid navy blue, khaki or black, twill or poly-cotton blend. Non-faded, no pockets below the hip, hemmed to a respectable length. NO jeans or jean-like material or pants worn below waistline.

Shorts: Uniform shorts may be worn only in August, September, and May. They must be navy blue, khaki or black twill or poly-cotton, non-faded. Shorts must be at or no more than 2 inches above the knee and styled to fit. Socks: Solid color black, navy blue or white.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOLARS - GIRLS

Blouses:

White or navy blue MONOGRAMED polo, short or long-sleeved. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit. Only solid white, black or navy blue undergarments under blouse may be worn. MUST BE PURCHASED AT SCHOOLBELLES.

White or light blue Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt can be worn. Plain, all white

traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Girls must wear a tie (cross-tie – plaid or plain navy) with these types of blouses. Ties for boys, regular or bow), need to be solid.

Jumper/Skirt/Skort:

Uniform plaid, navy blue, black or khaki jumper, skort or skirt. Must be no more than 2 inches above the knee. Plaid jumpers or skirts can only be purchased at Schoolbelles only.

Socks - Plain white, black, or navy blue socks or non-sheen tights (no lace or ruffles, etc.) Leggings in solid white, black, or navy blue, (tight fit) may be worn in the winter months under uniform jumper or skirt (i.e., no sweats, warm- ups, etc.)

INTERMEDIATE SCHOLARS - BOYS

Shirts:

MONOGRAMED white or navy blue polo or button-down collared shirt. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit.

White or light blue Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt can be worn. Plain, all white

traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Boys must wear a tie with this type of shirt. Ties may be purchased anywhere.

Pants: Dress, solid navy blue, khaki or black, twill or poly-cotton blend. Non-faded, no pockets below the hip, hemmed to a respectable length. NO jeans or jean-like material or pants worn below waistline.

Shorts: Uniform shorts may be worn in August, September, and May. They must be navy blue, khaki or black twill or poly-cotton, non-faded. Shorts must be at or no more than 2 inches above the knee and styled to fit. Socks: Solid color black, navy blue or white.

JUNIOR HIGH - GIRLS

Blouses:

White or navy blue MONOGRAMED polo, short or long-sleeved during August, September, and May. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit. Only solid white, black or navy blue undergarments under blouse may be worn. MUST BE PURCHASED AT SCHOOLBELLES.

White or light blue Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt can be worn during October through April. Plain, all white traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Girls must wear

a tie (cross-tie – plaid or plain navy) with these types of blouses. Ties must be purchased at Schoolbelles. Jumper/Skirt/Skort:

Uniform plaid, navy blue, black or khaki jumper, skort or skirt. Must be no more than 2 inches above the knee. Plaid jumpers or skirts can only be purchased at Schoolbelles.

Socks - Plain white, black, or navy blue socks or non-sheen tights (no lace or ruffles, etc.) Leggings in solid white, black, or navy blue, (tight fit) may be worn in the winter months under uniform jumper or skirt (i.e., no sweats, warm- ups, etc.)

JUNIOR HIGH - BOYS

Shirts:

MONOGRAMED white or navy blue polo or button-down collared shirt during August, September, and May. It must be clean, pressed look, tucked in, and sized to fit.

White or light blue Oxford button-down collar, short or long sleeved shirt can be worn. Plain, all white traditional, tucked in, sized to fit, clean, with pressed look. Boys must wear a tie with this type of shirt.

Ties may be purchased anywhere.

Pants: Dress, solid navy blue, khaki or black, twill or poly-cotton blend. Non-faded, no pockets below the hip, hemmed to a respectable length. NO jeans or jean-like material or pants worn below waistline. Shorts –Uniform shorts may be worn in August, September, and May. They must be navy blue, khaki or black twill or poly-cotton, non-faded. Shorts must be at or no more than 2 inches above the knee and styled to fit.

Socks: Solid color black, navy blue or white.

SCHOOL CONDUCT/DEMERIT POLICY

The staff is committed to providing a Christian learning environment in which all scholars can learn and achieve success in the academic expectations of their grade level. This environment will be safe and free from distractions and disruptions. Faculty and staff of scholars in primary intermediate classes will use Class Dojo and junior high will use Live School, in conjunction with the school-wide Disciplinary Procedures/Demerit System.

Our goal is for ALL scholars to become self-directed and self-disciplined young citizens in our school and our community. To ensure the fulfillment of this goal, we will (1) teach and model the necessary skills and strategies to the scholars, (2) provide ample opportunities for them to practice, and (3) then hold them accountable for making appropriate decisions about their behaviors throughout the school day. We will positively reinforce appropriate Christian behaviors and intervene when inappropriate behaviors occur. We believe that most common forms of scholar misbehavior can be effectively dealt with by the use of preventive measures and intervention strategies. We believe that disciplinary action when necessary should be used as a toll for positive learning.

EXPECTATIONS

We have three basic Christian behavior expectations of the scholars in our school. We expect ALL of our scholars, and yes even our staff, to: BE SAFE, BE KIND & RESPECTFUL, and BE PRODUCTIVE AT ALL TIMES. Clarification of these expectations will be specified in the School Conduct Policy, but will not be limited to what is listed. Expectations will be taught, practiced, modeled and reinforced consistently with scholars.

A) BE SAFE:

1.Walk inside the school and in high traffic areas on the school grounds in an orderly fashion.

2.Stay within the designated play areas during recesses.

3.Learn and follow the accepted game rules.

4.Carry all equipment in a safe manner, and use it properly.

5.Take turns and share equipment with others.

6.Keep your hands and feet to yourself, do not fight or use unnecessary roughness.

7.Follow the bus rules and the reasonable instructions / directions of the bus drivers.

8.Follow the reasonable instructions / directions of the crossing guards and the school safety aides.

9.Learn and follow the emergency procedures for fire drills, tornado drills etc.

10.Follow the reasonable instructions / directions of the adults at all times.

B)BE KIND / RESPECTFUL:

1.Behave appropriately at all times; treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.

2.No yelling or loud talking.

3.Show respect for the feelings, rights, and property of others.

4.No name calling

5.Speak respectfully to others, always using language appropriate for Catholic/Christian school scholars – no usage of profane language (cursing).

6.Follow the teachings of the Church.

7.Come to school in the appropriate uniform.

8.Be respectful of the learning environment that is shared by all.

9.NO BULLYING OF ANY KIND

C)BE PRODUCTIVE:

1.Come to school prepared to learn.

2.Be prompt. Report directly to the cafeteria in the morning.

3.Have all the books and supplies that you need for learning with you each day.

4.Participate actively in all the learning activities.

5.Each scholar is expected to do his / her very best at all times.

6.Leave toys, chewing gum and cell phones, electronic devices or other objects that distract or disrupt the teaching and/or learning activities at home.

In addition to these general school rules, the teachers and their scholars may develop and post rules specific to their individual classrooms that support these three behavior expectations. Our specialists, playground supervisors, and lunchroom supervisors will do likewise for their particular area of the school program.

Proper behavior at school is required for scholars to be eligible for field trips. FIELD TRIPS ARE A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A SCHOLAR’S RIGHT.

Classification of Offenses

1.Minor Offenses –

2.Major offenses, i.e. severe verbal or physical acts against another scholar or a staff member, insubordination/overt defiance of authority, and continuous disruptive behavior.

Inappropriate behaviors in this category are referred to the dean and/or principal. The scholar will first be given an opportunity to regain his /her composure and self-control. With the assistance of a staff member, or the principal, the scholar will develop a written plan of action, designated to help the scholar change his/her inappropriate behavior by stating what needs to be done immediately, and what will be done if a similar situation occurs in the future. The scholar will then be returned to his/her classroom. The teacher or the principal will meet with the scholar to go over the plan and make any necessary revisions or changes. The plan will be signed and distributed to the scholar, the teacher, the principal, and the parents.

A second major offense is handled in a similar way. If a scholar commits a third major offense during any one school year, a parent conference will be set up to generate other strategies to assist the scholar and / or additional consequences. This conference will include the scholar, his/her parents, the teacher, the principal, and any other staff members involved with the scholar.

Illegal activities such as, but not limited to bullying; harassment; threatening; assault; truancy; vandalism; stealing; possession of, use of dangerous objects; weapons; or false firearms, possession and or use of, and/or selling of illegal substances, or look - alike substances could result in immediate suspension or expulsion.

Inappropriate behaviors in this category are immediately referred to the principal. The principal will determine appropriate disciplinary action such as in-house suspension, short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion from school in accordance with the policy of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The parents will be notified of the incident and a conference will be arranged. When appropriate, law enforcement agencies will be contacted.

As always, we want parents to be involved in this area of their children’s spiritual, intellectual and physical growth. Therefore, we are making you aware of our expectations and procedures through this written communication. Our staff will focus on teaching these expectations and procedures during the first weeks of the school year. The maintenance of these expectations and procedures will continue throughout the school year. We hope that you will sit down as a family and go over this important information during the first week of school. We will also keep you informed of your children’s progress throughout the school year. If for some reason, your child encounters reoccurring difficulty in making appropriate decisions, you will be contacted by his / her teacher and asked to help set up a plan of action.

Possible immediate consequences:

ØTIME OUT

ØISOLATED LUNCH

ØFIELD TRIP PRIVILEGES REVOKED

ØEXCLUSION FOR SCHOOL EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

ØMORNING OR AFTERSCHOOL DETENTIONS - Detentions may be given by teachers and will be served on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings from 8:00 – 8:30 am or afternoons from 4:15–4:45 p.m.

ØSATURDAY DETENTION - May be assigned by the dean and/or principal. A dean and/or principal will available on 2 designated Saturdays of the month from 9:00 – 12:00 noon.

ØSUSPENSION

ØEXPULSION

DEMERIT ACCUMULATION

ØAn accumulation of 10 demerits will result in a one-day suspension and a mandatory parent conference with the level dean.

ØAn accumulation of 15 demerits will result in a three-day suspension and a mandatory intervention conference with the Administrative Team and the principal.

ØAny scholar accumulating 25 demerits during the course of the school year will be asked to withdraw or expelled from St. Joseph Catholic School.

ØIf you have questions, or concerns about our behavior expectations and procedures, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, dean, or the principal. We appreciate your understanding and support in this important area of our school policy.

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