Handbook & Policies2018-09-07T11:32:01-04:00

During the 2018-19 school year, parents should familiarize themselves with the following important items.  More detailed information can be found in the Parent-Student Handbook.  Please contact the school office with any questions.

Safety
Children spend the day in a safe environment – school doors are locked, children are supervised at all times, and visitors MUST sign in at the school office. It is the policy of the Diocese of Worcester that ALL employees and volunteers who work with or supervise children in any of the schools or parishes must complete a C.O.R.I. check, participate in a Safe Environment Workshop, and be familiar with the Diocesan Code of Ministerial Conduct. All Safe Environment requirements must be completed no later than September 15th for Fall activities and February 15th for Spring Activities. 

Contact our Safe Environment Coordinator

Mrs. Sylwia Kohut
Mrs. Sylwia KohutSecretary
Children of working families may be dropped of at the school as early as 7:00am and should report immediately to the Morning Care room.  All children are expected to arrive by 8:00am. School begins at 8:10am.  Children in Pre-K – Grade 3 eat a mid-morning snack.  Lunch is served from 11:00am – noon, depending on your child’s grade.  Dismissal is at 2:15pm for Pre-K and Kindergarten students.  Pre-K students exit through the rear entrance of the school on Lincoln Street.  Kindergarten students exit through the side door into the main parking lot.  Students in Grades 1 – 8 are dismissed at 2:20pm and also exit through the side door into the main parking lot.  ALL children are released only to those persons listed by the parents.  If after-school care is needed, children have the opportunity to be supervised in our After School Program from 2:15-5:30pm.  All children must be picked up by 5:30 pm.
The arrival procedure is in effect from 7:30am to 8:00am daily.  Parents who drive children to school must drop-off students at the side door of the school.  Please enter through the Lincoln Street gate and proceed to the side entrance.  In the interest of students’ safety, all students must exit on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.  Parents/drivers may not leave their car.  Students should not leave the vehicle until the side entrance door is reached.  One member of the Morning Duty team will assist your child(ren) when he/she exits your vehicle.  All students including Pre-K will enter the building through the side entrance and report to the school cafeteria.

In the event of bad weather, school closings or delays will be announced on The St. Joseph School Facebook Page and website, radio stations WSRS (96.1 FM) and WTAG (580 AM), and local television channels. Information will also be available on the local access channels on TV.

  • Follow Webster Public School closings.

In the case of an early dismissal due to inclement weather:

  • We contact parents to inform them of the time, so be sure that your emergency card at school has current phone contact information.
  • Early dismissal information can also be heard on the above-mentioned radio and television stations as well at the St. Joseph School Facebook page and website.
  • DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL TO ASK ABOUT EARLY DISMISSAL – This ties up our school phone line which is needed for important contacts.

In the case of a delayed opening:

  • 1 hour delay- students should be dropped off at 8:40 a.m.
  • 2 hour delay-students should be dropped off at 9:40 a.m.
  • Please note that there is no morning care on days when a delayed opening is called for school.
The school has implemented an online parent portal call Headmaster.  It is utilized for electronic and mobile communion.  Upon registration, parents/guardians will receive a user name and a temporary password.

Log in to your Headmaster portal to monitor your child’s educational progress, homework assignments, pre-order lunch, view class schedule, view and pay your tuition/after-care/cafeteria fees, and more.

For the first time users – if you don’t know your log-in credentials, please contact the school’s Business Manager at emamro@sjs-webster.com.

For a Parent Reference Guide please click here

Headmaster Training Videos:  www.headmasteracademy.com/parentportal

Headmaster offers a free app where you can access all the above information on the go.

You can be download it here:

For Android Phones:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acstechnologies.headmaster&hl=en

For Apple Phones:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/headmaster/id912486212?mt=8

Dress Code

Parents are responsible for making sure that students adhere to the proper dress code.   Parents will be called to bring a change of clothes if the student is not dressed appropriately.

To minimize loss, all items must be clearly marked with the student’s name.  Please mark the inside tag with the student’s name.  The uniform should be clean and pressed with all buttons attached and hems intact. Shirttails are to be tucked in while a student is at school. Belts may be brown or black. STUDENTS MAY ONLY WEAR PLAIN WHITE T- SHIRTS under their blouses or shirts.  STONE COLOR PANTS, SHORTS, SKIRTS, AND SKORTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND UNIFORM VIOLATION WARNING NOTICES WILL BE ISSUED.

St. Joseph School Uniform Guidelines Pre-K to Grade 8

All students should have hair that is neat and clean with bangs above the eyebrows. Boys’ hair should be above and not touch the shirt collar and trimmed around the ears. Extreme hair coloring (not the student’s natural color) and bleaching and hair extensions are not permitted.

➢   No beads or scarves should be worn in the hair. Girls may wear simple barrettes, the uniform plaid headband or scrunchie, or plain headbands that are no more than 2” wide. (no oversized bands, flowers, bows or beading).

➢   No cosmetics, lip gloss, colored Chapstick, nail polish, or artificial nails may be worn.

➢   No visible tattoos of any kind;

➢   No Hologram contact lenses;

➢   No body piercing except pierced ears.  Girls may wear one pair of stud earrings not larger than a dime. Hoops and Dangling Earrings ARE NOT permitted as they present a safety hazard.   Boys may not wear earrings of any type.

➢   Jewelry should be limited to one watch, one ring, one bracelet and simple crosses or holy medals on a narrow silver or gold chain. Smartwatches and Fitbits are not jewelry and are not to be worn in school.

The COMPLETE UNIFORM IS WORN TO AND FROM SCHOOL.  Belts must be worn by students in grades 2-8 when wearing uniform pants or shorts.  Uniform shirts and blouses can be either short-sleeve or long-sleeve.  Uniform shirts, blouses, and polo shirts are to be tucked in at all times. Sneakers are worn ONLY on gym days.  Uniform jumpers, skirts and skorts should be proper the proper length, which is no more than three inches above the knee.  Cargo pants/shorts, non-uniform sweatshirts, snow boots or fashion boots are not to be worn in the classroom.

Uniform clothing is purchased from J.B. Pride.

65 Southbridge Street          

Auburn, MA                        

Phone:  508-792-2071

http://www.jbprideuniforms.com

Uniform items can also be purchased from the school’s Uniform Exchange for a nominal fee.

Uniform Shoes

All students:  Uniform shoes should be solid color dress shoes (black or dark brown only).  Oxfords, loafers, Docksiders, and Mary Jane styles are acceptable. In addition to brown or black dress shoes, students may wear solid black leather/synthetic leather uniform sneakers.  Please note that the ENTIRE sneaker must be black.  This includes any logos on the sneaker as well as its sole.  They also must have non-marking outsoles.  The following is not allowed:

  • High-top sneakers
  • Tennis sneakers
  • Sneakers that convert to roller blades
  • Sneakers that light-up
  • Canvas or mesh sneakers
  • Hiking shoes

Click HERE to view an example of a boy’s uniform sneaker.

Click HERE to view an example of a girl’s uniform sneaker.

The following footwear is not permitted: ballet flats, sandals, open-back shoes, any type of shoe that resembles a tennis shoe, boots, “Uggs”, hi-top shoes, sneakers, or shoes with a heel over 1 ½ inches (measured from the back exterior of the shoe).

Formal Uniform

The Formal Uniform is worn for church services and special events.   If a student is not in formal uniform on these days, a Dress Code Violation notice will be issued and parents will be called to bring the appropriate uniform to school.

Boys’ Grades K-8:    white shirt, khaki pants and a belt, wine tie, uniform dress shoes, white or

Girls’ Grades K-4:     white blouse, jumper, wine tie, uniform dress shoes

Girls’ Grades 5-8:      white blouse, plaid skirt, sweater vest, wine tie, uniform dress shoes

Gym Uniform

The Gym Uniform is always worn by ALL students for gym class, field trips, and special events at the discretion of the principal. The school gym uniform consists of gray t-shirt, wine gym shorts, wine sweatshirt and wine sweatpants. All items must be imprinted with the school logo. Any sneaker can be worn for outdoor gym classes.  However, ALL students are required to have a separate pair of sneakers for indoor gym classes. These sneakers MUST have non-marking soles. The sneakers will be stored at school and used during gym classes that are held in our new gymnasium. For younger students that are unable to tie their own shoes, we recommend Velcro sneakers to expedite the changing process.  No street shoes will be allowed on the new gymnasium floor.

Gym uniform socks must be white or black crew socks.  No-show socks should not be worn.

Pre-K Uniform

The Gym Uniform is always worn by ALL Pre-K students. The school gym uniform consists of gray t-shirt, wine gym shorts, wine sweatshirt and wine sweatpants. All items must be imprinted with the school logo. Any sneaker can be worn EXCEPT those that light-up or flash. Please refer to the Uniform Guidelines on the previous page regarding accessories.

Warm Weather Uniforms

Warm weather uniforms are worn from the first day of school through October 31st and from April 1st  through the last day of school.  DURING WARM WEATHER, SWEATERS, SWEATSHIRTS, JACKETS, AND/OR FLEECE ARE NOT WORN IN THE CLASSROOM; STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO REMOVE THEM.

Boys K-1st Grade   Boys 2nd-8th Grade
Khaki uniform walking shorts or pant Khaki uniform walking shorts or pant with a belt
Wine Polo Shirt with school logo  

White Oxford Shirt                                                                      

Wine Polo Shirt with school logo

White Oxford Shirt

Crew Socks – khaki or white Crew Socks – khaki or white
Uniform Shoes (black or brown) or black

leather/synthetic leather sneakers

Belt – black or brown

Uniform Shoes (black or brown) or black

Leather/synthetic leather sneakers

Girls K-1st Grade     Girls 2nd-8th  Grade
Khaki uniform Shorts or Skort

Plaid jumper (K-4th)

White round collar blouse (Peter Pan style) (K-4th)

Wine Snap Tie   

Khaki Uniform Skort or Shorts with a belt

Plaid or grey skirt (5th-8th only)

White Oxford Blouse (5th-8th only)

Wine Snap Tie   

Wine Polo Shirt with school logo   Wine Polo Shirt with school logo
Crew Socks – Khaki or white    Crew Socks – khaki or white
Uniform Shoes (black or brown) or black

leather/synthetic leather sneakers

Belt – black or brown

Uniform Shoes (black or brown) or black

leather/synthetic leather sneakers

                                 

Cold Weather Uniforms:  NOVEMBER 1ST to MARCH 31ST

ONLY THE SCHOOL SWEATER or FLEECE MAY BE WORN IN THE CLASSROOM.

Boys K-1st Grade      Boys 2nd-8th  Grade
Khaki uniform pants   Khaki uniform pants with a belt
Wine Polo Shirt   Wine Polo Shirt with school logo       
White Oxford Shirt   White Oxford Shirt
Crew Socks – khaki, black or brown   Crew Socks – khaki, black or brown
Uniform Shoes (black or brown)    Belt- black or brown
Wine Fleece with school logo   Uniform Shoes (black or brown)
Wine Sweater Vest with school logo Wine Fleece with school logo
Wine Sweater Vest with school logo
Girls K-4th Grade   Girls 5th-8th Grade
Plaid Jumper   Plaid or Gray Skirt
White round collar blouse (Peter Pan style) White Oxford Blouse
Wine Snap Tie    Wine Cardigan with school logo
Gray or Wine knee socks or tights    Wine Snap Tie
Khaki uniform pants with a belt   Wine Sweater Vest with school logo
Wine Polo Shirt with school logo Gray or Wine knee socks or tights
Uniform Shoes (black or brown)   Khaki uniform pants with a belt
Wine Polo Shirt with school logo       
Belt – black or brown
Uniform Shoes (black or brown)

Warning notices will be issued for uniform or dress code violations.

3 Warning Notices = 1 hour Detention

Out of Uniform Policy

The opportunity to come to school out of uniform is a privilege that should be respected. At the principal’s discretion, certain days throughout the school year may be designated as “Out of Uniform” days (examples: student’s birthday, SJS Spirit Day, New England Professional Sports Championships).

PARENTS WILL BE CALLED TO BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES AND ANY STUDENT WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE OUT OF UNIFORM GUIDELINES STATED BELOW WILL LOSE THE PRIVILEGE OF OUT OF UNIFORM DAYS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Students may wear:

✓   leggings only if worn with a tunic length top providing appropriate coverage

✓   jeans only if neat and clean, have no holes, are not too baggy/too tight

✓   tennis shoes

✓   short socks

✓   uniform length** shorts or capris

✓   uniform length** skirts/skorts

**Please note that uniform length is no more than three inches above the knee.

Students may not wear:

clothing that is extremely tight low cut blouses/tops or v-neck tops
tank tops or scoop neck tops    skinny jeans or jeggings
bike shorts T-shirts with inappropriate writing
pajama pants   flip-flop sandals
open-back shoes    tennis shoes that convert to roller skates
no visible undergarments allowed make-up
No boots of any kind

Good Rule of Thumb: If you think you shouldn’t wear it, DON’T!!

ALL UNIFORM REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES

ARE SUBJECT TO THE PRINCIPAL’S DISCRETION.

2017-2018 Parent & Student Handbook

St. Joseph School reserves the right to amend/revise this handbook at any time for just cause.

Parents will be notified when changes/revisions are made.

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