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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 (no oversized 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.  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. 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

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.

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.  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   Khaki uniform walking shorts with a belt
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) Belt – black or brown
Uniform Shoes (black or brown)
Girls K-1st Grade     Girls 2nd-8th  Grade
Khaki uniform Shorts or Skort Khaki Uniform Skort or Shorts with a belt
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) Belt – black or brown
Uniform Shoes (black or brown)

                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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

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.

If a student needs a cell phone after school for safety, he/she MUST bring the cell phone to the office upon arrival in the morning and park the cell phone in the off position for the day. The cell phone may be picked up by the student after dismissal. At no time during the day should a cell phone be in a student’s backpack, desk, or in his/her possession, or in the possession of another student.  CELL PHONES WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM STUDENTS WHO VIOLATE THIS POLICY.

Consequences:

➢   1st Offense:  Cell phone will be returned to the student at the end of the day

➢   2nd Offense:  Cell phone will only be returned to the parent/guardian

➢   3rd Offense:  Cell phone will only be returned to the parent/guardian and cannot be brought to school for the rest of the year.

 Smart watches/Apple watches are NOT TO BE WORN to school as these are communication devices as well.

Homework is an extension of learning that takes place in school.   It provides practice and drill that reinforces classroom learning.   Homework will be given four (4) days per week.  Homework may be assigned over the weekend in all grades.   The approximate times below, which include studying and memorizing, serve as a guide:

  •  Kindergarten:  15 minutes
  • Grades 1-2: 30 minutes
  • Grade 3: 45 – 60 minutes
  • Grades 4-5-6:  1 to 2 hours
  • Grades 7 & 8:  1-1/2 to 2 hours

Guidelines for Written Assignments

The students in grades 1-8 at St. Joseph School are expected to follow these guidelines to demonstrate pride and care in the work they do.  Academic work that does not meet these standards will receive point deductions.  Classroom teachers will explain grade level expectations for written assignments.

ONLY THE FOLLOWING WILL BE ACCEPTED:

➢   Neat, clean and carefully written work

➢   Legible handwriting in grades K-2

➢   Legible cursive writing in grades 3-8

➢   Correct spelling on all assignments

➢   Correctly copied words that appear in tests, questions, or textbooks

➢   Correct beginning capitalization and end punctuation of sentences

➢   Proper use of grammatical rules at each grade level

➢   Well-developed sentences according to grade level

➢   Indented paragraphs that adhere to paragraph construction according to grade level

➢   In Grades 6-8 handwritten assignments are done in blue/black ink on white lined paper, require a full heading (see format below), and 1/2 inch red line margin on the right side.

Student’s Name                                                          Date (September 1, 2017 or Sept. 1, 2017)

St. Joseph School                                                       Grade

Teacher’s Name                                                         Subject

Assignment and Page Number(s)

Incomplete Homework

If an assignment cannot be completed for the day it is due because of unforeseen circumstances (medical emergency, death in immediate family, accident), a signed note by the parent must be submitted to the teacher and the student will be given one day to complete the assignment.

Late Homework

In Grades 1 through 3 students who have unexcused late homework will get a Late Homework Notice. The notice must be signed by the student and the parent and returned to the teacher the next day with the completed work.

In Grades 4 through 8, homework is a significant part of student assessment.  Students who do not complete homework assignments will receive a zero for the missed assignment.  Additionally, an Unexcused Homework Notice will be given, and the student must complete and submit the missed assignment.

Students are required to record their daily assignments in their assignment pad. This is not the teacher’s responsibility. Teachers will make daily homework assignments and extended time assignments available on the board for students to copy into their assignment pads.  Students are expected to demonstrate responsibility by recording the assignment(s) in their assignment pad when and as given by the subject teacher during class.

IN GRADES 6-8 THE “HOMEWORK BOARD” IS NOT THE OFFICIAL SOURCE OF HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

Homework posted on the Parent Portal may also be viewed in the free Headmaster phone application.

Make-up Work

The school calendar provides for extended weekends throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a child’s learning process.

Missed assignments are the student’s responsibility. Teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments for absences due to family vacations. No assignment will be given in anticipation of the family vacation.

Students who are absent due to illness have one day for each day of absence to make up the missed assignments, quizzes or tests. For example, a student who was absent three days would be given three school days to complete the missed work beginning on the day the student returns to school.  If the work is not done by the required time, credit will not be given.

A parent/guardian must contact the school office before 12:00 p.m. to obtain homework, notes and collect books for pick-up in the office.  Materials must be picked up no later than 3:30 p.m.

Upon returning to school, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the teachers for making up assignments and tests.

Parents’ Homework Responsibility

Homework teaches responsibility and self-discipline and involves the parents in the learning process. It is a parent responsibility to see to it that students complete all written assignments and studies to the satisfaction of the respective teacher giving the assignment. Parents’ homework responsibilities include:

➢   Providing adequate time and space to complete assignments;

➢    Showing interest in the child’s work;

➢   Checking for neatness and completion of work;

➢   Giving guided help to a child that is struggling, always remaining patient and understanding;

➢   Encouraging the child to do his/her own work rather than doing it for him/her;

➢   Supporting the educational expertise of the teacher who assigns the work.

Returning to School to Retrieve Homework

Developing personal responsibility is one of the 3 R’s at St. Joseph School.  Students are expected to pack all needed materials for completing homework assignments before dismissal.  Should it be necessary to return to the classroom after dismissal, the student must report to the school office first. A faculty member will escort the student to the classroom to retrieve any items left behind.  Please note that the school office closes at 3:30 p.m.  This policy applies to ALL STUDENTS including those who attend the After-School Program or other after-school events.

Technology

Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Use of technology at St. Joseph School is not a right but a privilege that is extended to all students as a means of enhancing students’ learning experiences. If a child violates any of these provisions, his or her access to the Internet or use of computers will be suspended and future access may be denied.

Acceptable Use:  Students may access the Internet with the permission of teacher or other school personnel for purposes related to the child’s work at school. Students are bound by all state and federal laws as well as school policies and rules designed to promote ethical and responsible behavior. Be polite and show respect. When using the computer to write, send or retrieve messages or information, always use proper language. Treat others and equipment with respect. You may be alone in your use of the computer, but what you write or receive may be viewed by others with or without your knowledge.

It is advised that students not tell or show others any personal or family information over the Internet, such as: home address, phone numbers, passwords, personal photos when used with names, or Social Security numbers.

Unacceptable Use:  Internet access may not be used for nonacademic purposes. Students may not view, publish or send any obscene materials. All communications are to conform to the school’s policies against cyber-bullying and harassment and shall comply with the spirit of a safe school.

Students shall not interfere with the network or computer performance by altering any system or server files or programs and shall not attempt to circumvent security measures that have been installed on school computers. This includes changing computer settings (screen saver, colors, etc.).

Without the express permission of a sponsoring teacher, students may not use the Internet to access services for which a fee is charged, e.g. commercial databases or software services. Students accessing such services or downloading such information will be responsible for all charges and/or fines.

File Privacy:  The files kept on the school computers or servers are not private. The network administrator and school administrators reserve the right to inspect or edit the files to monitor appropriate use of the computers and network.

Computer Use:  Any intentional destruction or alteration of another person’s files or system folder shall be considered to be an act of vandalism. Students who engage in such vandalism will be subject to disciplinary measures and may be responsible for reimbursing the school for cost associated with restoring any corrupted computer files or systems.

United States Federal Laws Regarding the Use of Technology

Copyright Violations – Academic exceptions apply solely to properly cited references and displays within academic papers only.

Software Piracy – Selling, copying or distributing illegally. If you buy one program it should be loaded onto only one hard-drive. If you didn’t buy the program then it shouldn’t be on your hard-drive.

Plagiarism – Using others’ ideas as your own. If you use someone else’s idea, you need to properly credit that person. You should also have the original author’s permission to share the idea, if the idea has not already been shared publicly.

Images – It is illegal to copy another work of art without express permission from the original creator. It is also illegal to use another artist’s work as the starting image for your own creations.

Libel Laws – Publicly defaming people is illegal, especially when what is said is either untrue or unsubstantiated. You could be held accountable in a court of law for violating libel laws. It is also possible that the school could be sued for your actions.  Several computer providers are currently defending themselves because of users who have publicly defamed other people and institutions.

Hacking – is logging into a computer system where you are not invited. Generally, this involves disabling parts of the security system. Some hackers are destructive, they disable the computer system. Some hackers are also thieves; they steal money or services from computer systems.

Computer Stalking – is continually sending uninvited or threatening messages after you have been asked not to send these messages. Stalking also includes using computers and computerized information to find and visit a person when you are not invited.

Sexually Explicit Materials – may not be sold, distributed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Internet. As is this law prohibits serious discussion of sexuality and sexual issues. Even in private e-mail messages.

Parents and Students can be held accountable in a court of law for violating any of these laws. The school condemns all such activity and any violation of these laws is a major violation of the school rules.  The school has no jurisdiction over any activity that occurs outside of the school.  These incidents should be reported to local law enforcement.

Honesty in all academic work is expected of every student.  This means submitting one’s own productivity and/or responses in all class work, quizzes, and examinations.  To encourage students to think clearly and to discipline their self-expression, students are expected to demonstrate, in all forms of communication such as in writing and in speech, that they have assimilated the information and ideas presented.  Academic dishonesty is not tolerated.   A dishonest student will face a failing grade, detention, suspension, and/or expulsion.

The consequences of academic dishonesty are:

➢   1st Offense:       Warning and failing grade for the assignment/test/project

➢   2nd Offense:      Detention and failing grade for the assignment/test/project

➢   3rd Offense:       Suspension (1 day) and failing grade for the assignment/test/project.

Re-admittance only after meeting with parents/guardians and administration.

➢   4th  Offense:      Expulsion

A student-athlete who is involved in academic dishonesty will be unable to participate in sports or any other school-sponsored extracurricular activity.  The consequences for a student- athlete, including those listed above, are:

➢   1st Offense:  An athlete cannot participate in practices and cannot play in games for 1 week.

➢   2nd Offense: Suspension from the team for the season.

➢   3rd Offense:  Suspension from the team for one calendar year.

St. Joseph School Anti-Bullying Code

  1. Bullying is not allowed in our school.
  2. We don’t tease, call names, or put people down.
  3. We don’t hit, shove, kick, or punch.
  4. If we see someone being bullied, we speak up, stop it (if we can), and report the behavior to school staff.
  5. When we do things as a group, we make sure everyone is included and no one is left out.
  6. We make sure new students feel welcome.
  7. All students have the right to feel safe at all times.

St. Joseph School Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

Bullying Awareness and Prevention is an integral part of the Social Skills Development Program at St. Joseph School. This program continues during the entire academic year geared to all students in grades K-8. Pre-school youngsters participate in social skill development activities, including bullying awareness on a monthly basis.

The School’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan outlines procedures for reporting and investigating incidents of Bullying and Retaliation.

Reporting an Incident of Bullying or Retaliation

Incidents of Bullying and Retaliation are to be reported immediately to the Principal, or in his absence the Dean of Students.  In the event that neither are available, the report should be made to the Principal. Reports can be written or oral, but oral reports must be documented in writing. Parents and students may be file a report anonymously.

The following process is followed by the School in responding to reports of Bullying and Retaliation.

Report received from Victim/Other Student, Bystander/Witness, Faculty or Staff member, or Parent/Guardian, Community Member/Agency;

Prior to beginning an investigation, the investigator will determine if a student is injured and requires immediate medical attention.  If medical attention is required, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Provide medical treatment and call 911 if situation warrants;
  2. Notify parents/guardians of the Victim and alleged Perpetrator if the perpetrator is a student;
  3. Document the incident and treatment provided.

The Administration will conduct an investigation including, but not limited to:

  • Interviewing the Victim, Witnesses, and the alleged Perpetrator;
  • Reminding the alleged Perpetrator, Victim, and Witnesses that Retaliation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action;
  • Reviewing security camera video (if applicable);
  • Reviewing documents including those in electronic format or otherwise, photographs, voice mails, e-mails, telephone records, or other items that may be relevant to the allegations of Bullying or Retaliation and which the investigator has access to.

Based on the findings of the investigation, the Administration will make a determination regarding Bullying using the following criteria:

Is there severe or repeated behavior that has the effect of:

  • Harm/reasonable fear of harm or damage to property? or
  • Hostile environment at school for victim? or
  • Infringement on student’s rights at school? or
  • Material/substantial disruption of education/operation of the school?

If it is determined that the incident constitutes Bullying and/or Retaliation, the following steps will be taken:

  • Notify parents/guardians of Victim and Perpetrator;
  • Counseling/Referral (if suitable);
  • If the behavior is determined to be criminal, the School will notify the Webster Police Department, the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, and Diocesan Legal Counsel (if so directed by the Superintendent);
  • Develop and implement a Follow-up Plan with all parties involved.

At the beginning of each academic year, parents/guardians are asked to review the School’s Plan with their student(s)and complete the Acknowledgement of Receipt form that must be signed by the parent/guardian and student(s), dated and returned to the School Office as a record of notification.

Discipline is an essential element in teaching.  Without it, little can be accomplished for the good of the students.  The discipline we hope to impart to our students is aimed at leading them to self-discipline, toward being able to set their own direction in life, especially their life in the Lord.

This discipline is not that of a teacher-controlled behavior.  It is a teacher motivating students’ behavior, leading the students to develop within themselves self-discipline, and a self-direction, from which will come discipleship. A disciple is a learner; one who is learning about Jesus Christ.  Our students are disciples, learners of the Catholic Christian faith and way of life.

Our students have many opportunities to display the qualities of religion, respect, and responsibility. Students are expected to practice the 3 R’s in a positive manner contributing to an atmosphere which fosters Christian behavior.

St. Joseph School Students are expected to:

➢   be prompt and remain for the duration of the school day;

➢   comply with the spirit, as well as the letter, of the uniform code;

➢   be prepared for class with adequate supplies;

➢   complete all assignments on time;

➢   keep books covered and in good condition;

➢   promptly return all notices, tests, permission notices, detention notices, missing homework notices requiring a parent/guardian signature.

Discipline Policy

St. Joseph School strives to provide a positive school environment in the classroom and in the Before- and After-School Programs where students learn respect for self and others through the practice of self-control.  The purposes of all disciplinary measures at St. Joseph School are to:

➢   help students develop responsibility, self-control and respect for themselves and others;

➢   promote an atmosphere for teaching and learning at St. Joseph School;

➢   encourage behavior in accordance with the values and virtues of our Faith.

WARNING/DETENTION NOTICES MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PARENT/GUARDIAN AND RETURNED ON THE NEXT SCHOOL DAY.

Warning notices will be given for inappropriate behavior including:

➢   Lack of cooperation

➢   Lack of compliance with classroom/school rules, including but not limited to missing materials required for class (Grades 6-8); repeated calls home for band instruments, etc.

➢   Academic Dishonesty (cheating and/or plagiarism) – 1st Offense

➢   Gum chewing

➢   Uniform or Dress Code violations

➢   Late/Missing Homework

Consequence: Three warnings = one hour detention

Detention notices will be given for:

➢   Forging of parent/guardian signature

➢   Academic Dishonesty (cheating and/or plagiarism) – 2nd Offense

➢   Warning Notices not returned

➢   Lack of respect for another student’s property/possessions

➢   Destruction of/defacing school or another student’s property

➢   Fighting

➢   Stealing

➢   Disrespect to teachers or school personnel

➢   Defiant attitude

➢   Obscene language or gestures

➢   Possession of matches, lighters, firecrackers, laser pointers, etc.

➢   3rd Warning Notice, 3rd Tardy Slip, 3rd Late Homework Notice

Consequences:

➢   Detentions will be served on the next school day or as scheduled by the teacher.

➢   2 detentions:  Parent/Teacher/Principal conference required

➢   3 detentions:  a one day in-school suspension

➢   4 detentions: a one day in-school suspension with parental supervision

Further detentions may result in suspension or expulsion.

Suspension

When serious disciplinary action is necessary the principal may give an out-of-school suspension. The following situations are cause for immediate suspension from St. Joseph School:

–     physical altercations (fighting)

–     destruction and/or defacing of property at school sponsored or school-related events.  This includes, but is not limited to, athletic games and extra-curricular activities.

The principal will decide the length of the suspension.  The student will be responsible for completing all school work assigned during the suspension period. Prior to an actual suspension, the Principal will arrange a conference with the parent/guardians, school personnel, and the student. All suspensions will be recorded in the student’s permanent record file.

Expulsion

The termination of a student’s enrollment at St. Joseph School is a very serious matter. The following situations are cause for immediate expulsion:

Drug/Alcohol Use

The use and /or possession of any alcoholic beverage or non-prescription drug are strictly prohibited.  Any student dealing in drugs will incur an automatic recommendation for expulsion by the Principal to the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools.

Any student who has consumed or is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at school or at a school function is not permitted to remain on school property or at the location of the function. This is sufficient cause for immediate expulsion with the approval of the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools.

In the event that illegal drugs/substances are involved, the Webster Police Department will be notified.

Possession of or Use of Weapons

In order to protect the students of St. Joseph School, any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife (regardless of the size of the knife) or other device or object that could be used as a weapon, will be subject to expulsion from the school by recommendation of the principal. The procedure below will be followed when a weapon, or any other device or object that could be used as a weapon, is brought to school:

➢   The Webster Police Department will be notified.

➢   The student’s parents/guardians will be contacted.

➢   The student may be suspended immediately.

➢   A professional assessment will be required to ensure that the student is not a threat to himself/herself or others.  A copy of the assessment must be received by the principal before the student is allowed to return to St. Joseph School.

➢   Sanctions, including expulsion from school, contained in the Diocesan Policy Book will apply in the case of possession/use of an actual weapon.

➢ The Diocesan Superintendent’s Office will be notified.

Students whose parents have violated the Parents as Partners Agreement in this handbook may also be expelled from St. Joseph School.

Off-Campus Conduct

The administration of St. Joseph School reserves the right to discipline its students for off -campus behavior that is not in line with behavior expectations of its students during the course of the school day.

OFF-CAMPUS BEHAVIOR INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, CYBER-BULLYING. 

THE PRINCIPAL IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY IN ALL DISCIPLINARY SITUATIONS.

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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