Student Handbook 2017-2018

I. Forward IX. Attendance XVII. Extracurricular Activities
II. Philosophy X. Care of School Property XVIII. Medical Policies
III. Mission Statement XI. Change of Emergency Information XIX. Religious Education
IV. Belief Statements XII. Communications — Conferences XX. Transportation
V. Important Notice XIII. Curriculum XXI. Tuition
VI. School-Community Philosophy XIV. Custody Issues XXII. Uniform/Dress Code
VII. Admission Policies XV. Christian Learning Environment Process XXIII. Visitors
VIII. Academic Policies XVI. Emergency Closings XXIV. Withdrawals

 

2017 – 2018
PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

922 EAST LANDIS AVENUE
VINELAND, NJ 08360
856-691-4490

FAX:  856-691-5579

WWW.BSRSCHOOL.US

 

2017-2018 School Year

 

Dear Parents:

We appreciate the cooperation from our parents regarding our Handbook. Please read the Handbook and sign below. Send this form in to the main office. Keep the Handbook in a safe place for easy reference.

I understand that I must withdraw my child(ren) if I do not agree to follow the policies contained in this Handbook.

Name of child(ren)_________________________________________     Grade ______

 

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Parent(s)/guardian signature(s):                                              Date: _______________

 

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Note: Please return this form to the youngest child’s homeroom teacher by

October 9, 2017.

 

FORWARD

The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint students and parents with helpful information about the school and to provide for its smooth operation. Parents are asked to read it thoroughly, discuss it with the student, and keep it handy for reference. Your support and cooperation, as parents, are vital to the successful implementation of these policies.

It is our sincere hope that this handbook will encourage the student to develop an inner pride in himself and in his school. We want his years at Bishop Schad Regional School to be among the happiest and most productive of his life. The student who does less than his best cheats himself. The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to helping the student to do his very best in developing his God-given talents.

  • Introduction:

Catholic schools serve a vital role in the Church’s mission of providing young people with a strong formation in the Faith; they have a particular goal in helping Catholic children and young people grow in faithfulness and apostolic zeal. Bishop Schad Regional School is open to all who wish to learn in a Catholic environment. By our works and example, we evangelize our students, their families, and the broader school community.

Since humankind is created in the image and likeness of God, all human activity is to image His likeness, and is to be undertaken in an honest and human way, always expressing the will of the Creator. Such activity includes work, sports, hobbies, social interactions and interpersonal relationships. Catholic schools, like all human activity in which the Church participates, should reflect the faith which the Church has received from her divine founder.

  • Catholic School Environment:

As a community whose primary mission is the teaching of the Faith, Bishop Schad Regional School maintains an environment that is true to the teachings of the Church, and it is important that parents/guardians understand this and accept this. By choosing a Catholic school, parents/guardians recognize that they are enrolling their children in a school environment that is shaped by the teachings of the Catholic church and governed according to those religious beliefs. Parents/guardians must accept that certain standards of behavior and comportment are expected, and agree to support these standards and the mission of the school.

If parents/guardians or students oppose Church teaching publicly, or in a way that disrupts or interferes with the Church’s teaching mission, they will be engaged pastorally in an attempt to resolve the differences by explaining the Church’s teaching and the reasons for the teaching, and kindly encouraging the parent or student to respect such teaching. Parents/guardians are advised that continued opposition may result in disenrollment of the student from the school.

 

PHILOSOPHY

BSRS seeks to present a clear vision of our faith, worship, and daily living. Our message is the “Good News of Jesus Christ.” All students are encouraged to blend Christian values into their spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth.

The goals of the priests, administration, faculty and staff are to help each student:

  •   Develop a positive self-concept.
    • Foster a concern and love for each other.
    • And, through personal involvement, develop mutual respect, support, and cooperation for others.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Bishop Schad Regional School, in the presence of Jesus, provides an academic environment promoting life-long learning with Gospel values for the development of intellectually mature and Catholic responsible people of faith, vision, and purpose.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

  • We believe all children within our school family are valuable individuals and capable of learning.
  • We believe it is our responsibility to meet the individual needs of all our children within a safe and secure environment.
  • We believe in our ability to create programs and secure resources required to meet the needs of our school community.
  • We believe in developing problem-solving and critical thinking-skills among all stakeholders.
  • We believe in relevant instruction for students and the creative expression within each.
  • We believe all children should be mature and morally responsible Christian people of faith, vision, and purpose.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The principal has the absolute discretion to interpret and apply any and all of the rules and provisions in this handbook in the manner the principal believes to be correct. Nothing this handbook says limits the principal’s authority to interpret and apply the rules.

Even though this handbook explains penalties that can be imposed for certain types of misconduct or prohibited behavior, you should be aware that the principal has the right and the authority to impose different or additional penalties and to impose penalties for offenses that are not specifically listed in this handbook, if the principal concludes that the conduct or behavior is harmful to the good order and discipline of the school, its religious mission or its educational objectives. This includes disciplinary action for conduct that occurs on the school premises or at other locations. The penalties may include suspension and/or expulsion.

The principal reserves the right to amend this handbook and the school policies and procedures without prior notice. Every effort will be made to advise students and parents of such changes.

As a condition of enrollment, parents and guardians agree to encourage their children to respect and obey school policies and school officials. If a child should become involved in any difficulty at school, his or her parents or guardians are to register the necessary complaints with the appropriate teacher and /or administrator and to cooperate in the school’s procedures for addressing and resolving such complaints.

The school reserves the right to dismiss any student whose parent or guardian refuses to cooperate with the policies established in this handbook or engages in conduct that is detrimental to the school.

 

SCHOOL-COMMUNITY PHILOSOPHY

We strive to provide a nurturing environment in which all children can flourish and grow, and enhance self-worth.

  • We care about all children within our school family.
    • We strive to meet the individual needs of all of our children.
    • We believe in our ability to create programs and secure the resources needed to meet our needs.
    • We believe in our ability to solve problems.
    • We respect one another and believe in setting and modeling appropriate behavioral standards for all students.

We strive for academic excellence in a stimulating school environment.

• We try to instill in all children a love for learning.
• We value problem-solving skills and critical-thinking skills.
• We value creative expression in all hearts.
• We believe instruction should be relevant to children’s lives.
• We value bright, attractive, inviting and stimulating classrooms.
We continually examine our curriculum and instructional practices to ensure educational growth and the best possible program for children.

We value close ties among children, staff, parents, and the community.

  • We value frequent contact between parents and staff to ensure a connection with all aspects of school life.
    • We value the mutual sense of appreciation within the school community.
    • We work together and plan whole-school experiences as well as activities across grade levels.
    • We strive for mutual understanding and respect between the school, the parishes, and the community.

We all share a sense of pride in being associated with our school family.

 

ADMISSION POLICIES

BSRS admits students of any race, color, nationality or ethnic origin. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, athletic and/or school-administered programs.

A letter from a pastor stating that the family is registered in the parish must be presented when enrolling the first child of the family.

Non-Catholics are admitted if there are openings, with the understanding that the students will participate in religion classes and religious activities.

ELIGIBILITY

Bishop Schad Regional School is the parish school for Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Divine Mercy Parish Vineland, and The Parish of the Holy Cross, Bridgeton. Students from any parish or religion may apply for admittance. Students must meet the age cut-off date of Sept. 30.

 

1st grade                   6 yrs. old by Sept. 30

Kindergarten             5 yrs. old by Sept. 30

Preschool                  4 yrs. old by Sept. 30

Preschool                  3 yrs. old by Sept. 30

 

Age does not guarantee acceptance into our full-day academically oriented kindergarten program. Our school reserves the right to refuse acceptance of a child for kindergarten based on the result of the kindergarten screening. Grade placement for all students transferring into Bishop Schad Regional School is determined by the principal.

Required Certificates:
Birth certificates, Baptismal certificates, and immunization records must be presented at
the time of enrollment.

Transfer Students:
A transfer card, report card, and medical record must accompany the admission of a child
to grades 1-8.

 

ACADEMIC POLICIES

GRADING SYSTEM

Honor Roll

Honor Roll recognition will be given in grades four through eight. Students must receive a Satisfactory (S) or better in Conduct to qualify for recognition.

 

Principal’s List:     97 average or better in major subjects;

S or better in minor subjects; no NI’s or U’s.

First Honors:                     93 average or better in major subjects;

S or better in minor subjects; no NI’s or U’s.

Second Honors:    89 average or better in major subjects;

                                    no U’s in minor subjects.

 

The interpretation of letter grades, set by the Diocesan Office of Education is as follows:

A+ 97-100
A 93-96
B+ 89-92
B 85-88
C+ 81-84
C 77-80
D+ 74-76
D 70-73
F Below 70

The following honors are awarded with each graded report card to students in grades 4-8:

• Principal’s List —– A+, A
• First Honors —– A, B+
• Second Honors —– B or higher

Marks must be attained in all major subjects:  Religion, Reading/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science.

Marking Code and Scale for Minor Subjects

Note that all the minor subjects will be written on the report card with a letter using the E, S, N, NI, U code. Minor subjects that can be measured by an actual numerical average shall be given the correct letter determined by using the following scale:

E          Exceeds grade level expectations

S          Satisfactory

NI        Needs Improvement

U         Unsatisfactory

 

Conferences:

Parent/teacher conferences are held every year.  The purpose of these conferences is to foster communication between the family and the school regarding the progress and well being of the student. All parents/guardians are encouraged to take part in these conferences.  Additional conferences may be set up at the request of either the parent or the teacher regarding specific concerns.  Please contact the teacher at school to set up an appointment.

Homework:

Teachers of all grades are required to assign homework. Homework is essential for the maximum academic achievement of the

child. Study and reading assignments are just as important as written assignments. Written assignments must be done very neatly.

Homework reinforces the skills taught in the classroom. Therefore, the student should be able to do the homework independently. Clear and precise instructions will be given by the teacher to the students for completing and turning in assignments.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification when necessary, and complete and turn in homework on time. This assigned work may be on a daily basis or in the form of long-term projects. At times, the upper grade assignments will require research and the use of the library.   Homework may be assigned on weekends.

Each student is required to have an assignment notebook in which to write homework assignments. Parents should check it daily, discuss the assignments with the child, and make sure that all work is

completed. Homework will provide parents with evidence of what students are accomplishing at school. Parents should insist on a regular period of study at home each school day.

A zero (0) grade is given if the student fails to turn in homework.   An adjusted grade may be given, not to exceed 80, when the student turns in an assignment late.

Detention slips may be issued for homework assignments not completed. The parents must sign the slip and return it to the teacher the following day.

The students have the number of days absent to make up the work the teacher judges should be made up. Students will be given the opportunity to make up tests missed due to an excused absence.

Time Allotment for Homework

Pre-K                           Occasional Activity

Grades K-3:                30 min. to 1 hr.

Grades 4-5:                1 hr. to 1 hr. 30 min.

Grades 6-8:                1 hr. 30 min. to 2 hr. 30 min.

 

If your child has not completed the assigned work within the maximum time, please advise the teacher by indicating this at the top of the paper.

 

Class Work

 

Class Work

Teachers make a clear distinction between class work and homework assignments, in both grading and the time/place of completion of each. Class work is done during school hours in class; homework is to be done after school hours at home.

 Provisions will not be made for parents to pick up homework during the school day.

Making Up Assignments

Class work, as well as homework, missed during a student’s absence must be made up. Teachers are not to prepare assignments in advance for families who take a vacation. In grades 4 to 8, it is the responsibility of the student to approach the teacher to see what work was covered during the period of absence. An absence is NO EXCUSE for not completing previously assigned work.

Promotion and Retention:

Promotion and retention are based on the academic, physical, emotional, and social growth of the student. When retention of a student is being considered, the parent must be notified by the second progress report. Final decisions for retention are decided by the principal, and will be forwarded to the parents by the principal no later than May 15th.

School Records:

The permanent record of a student is open to the parent and student.  If parents/guardians would like to view the records of their child, they must send a written request to the school office for an appointment. School records are forwarded to another school, if officially requested by the parent/guardian.

ATTENDANCE

School attendance is an integral component of student success and growth.  In accordance with Diocesan policy:

  • 10 cumulative days of unexcused absence will result in a written warning notice being sent to the parents. It is expected that the parents will respond to the principal as a result of the warning
    • 18 cumulative days of absence will result in a parent/counselor/principal conference to discuss the situation and resulting consequences.

Arrival:

Schoolyard coverage begins at 7:15 A.M. Students are admitted into the school building at 7:25 A.M. Students are expected to be in their classroom prior to 7:40. Opening prayers begin at 7:40. Students arriving after 7:40 will be marked tardy unless this occurs due to a problem with a school bus.

Students arriving at school between 7:15 and 7:40 must enter the building in the morning through the Myrtle Street entrance. Students arriving after 7:40 must enter the building through the Landis Avenue entrance, accompanied by a parent. We ask that you explain the reason for the late arrival.

Tardiness:
When a student is tardy (arriving after 7:40), a parent must accompany the student into the office through the Landis Avenue entrance.

Absences:
If a child is to be absent, the parent/guardian must notify the school by 9:00 A.M. Please follow the telephone prompts to leave a message reporting the absence. If the school has not heard from the parent/guardian by 9:00, the school will call the parent/guardian at home or work for verification.

The student must bring a note to the homeroom teacher when returning to school.

Dismissal:
Regular daily dismissal is at 2:10pm

Early Dismissal:
Regular attendance has a marked influence upon scholastic achievement. Therefore, doctors’ appointments should be made outside of school hours when possible. Parents should notify the office in advance if their child will be picked up early. The student must be “signed out” by the parent/guardian in the attendance record book. If the child returns to school before the regular dismissal time, he/she should return to the office and sign-in before returning to classes.

Vacations:
Parents are asked to honor the school calendar and plan vacations to coincide with school holidays. If a family does decide to take additional days of vacation, the faculty and administration will not be held responsible for class work, homework, and tests missed by the student. Teachers are not obligated to provide tutorial help for the time missed. The parents or child will contact the teacher(s) after the vacation to get the work missed during the vacation time. Work will be completed within one week of the student’s return unless other arrangements are specifically made with each teacher.
Parents are asked to honor the school calendar and plan vacations to coincide with school holidays. If a family does decide to take additional days of vacation, the faculty and administration will not be held responsible for class work, homework, and tests missed by the student. Teachers are not obligated to provide tutorial help for the time missed. The parents or child will contact the teacher(s) after the vacation to get the work missed during the vacation time. Work will be completed within one week of the student’s return unless other arrangements are specifically made with each teacher.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Your child’s birthday is a special day! In celebration of your child’s birthday, you may send in non-edible items such as pencils, stickers, or goodie bags (with non-edible items). You may donate a book in your child’s name to the library, purchase ice cream or pretzels from the cafeteria to be eaten during lunch, or make a poster highlighting his/her talents and activities, to share with the class.

Please do not send in any food.

Food and drinks will not be allowed in the classrooms for individual student parties. This is due to food allergies, the school’s nutrition philosophy, and an attempt to keep things fair and safe for our students.

ANTI-BULLYING

Bishop Schad Regional School strives to create a positive learning climate for all students.

Bullying is determined as any words, looks, signs, or acts that inflict and/or threaten to inflict physical or emotional injury or discomfort to another student including a person’s body, feelings, or possessions.

In order to effect a school environment, which is bully free, we pledge to:

~ See Christ in all

~ Act in a Christian manner toward all

~ Respect each other and their belongings

~ Treat all with respect and dignity

~ Empower all students

~ Report bullying

~ Enforce school and classroom rules

~ Continue to present anti-bullying programs to all stakeholders

BSR provides an environment of faith within the love of God. Bullying is defined and can occur as:

~ Physical–use of violence, forcing to do something;

~ Verbal–threatening, teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors;

~ Indirect–excluding, tormenting, hurtful gestures or written words; and,

~ Through technology–cyber bullying on email, cell phones, cameras, text messaging, e-mail, chat rooms.

Additionally, bullying must be:

~ Deliberate and sustained;

~ Intended to isolate, hurt, or humiliate another student; and

~ Is unprovoked

In order to ensure that students experience a Christian environment conducive to learning the following will steps will occur when dealing with bullying:

~ Behaviors which constitute bullying should be reported immediately to the teacher, in charge at the time of the incident. The teacher will deal with those involved in the incident.

~ Students who are found to be bullying will be disciplined according the guidelines set forth in the Handbook.

~ If bullying continues after the student has been disciplined, parents will be notified and further action will be taken according to the school discipline policies.

~ Depending on the length and severity of incidents, the parents will be notified.

 

  • Staff members of BSR will:

~ Watch for signs of bullying and respond promptly.

~ Report continued or severe bullying to the parents and principal.

~ Support and encourage student that have been bullied.

~ Encourage students to avoid bullying behavior, and encourage students to report any and all bullying    behaviors they observe.

 

  • Parents of BSR will:

~ Report bullying concerns to the appropriate teacher as soon as possible following an incident. If concerns are not handled sufficiently a report should be made to the assistant principal and/or principal.

~ Support the anti-bullying policy of the school.

 

  • Students at BSR will:

~ Report any and all incidents of bullying to the teacher in charge, immediately.

~ Not support bullying behaviors;

~ Support the person being bullied; and,

~ Treat everyone with respect and love.

 

 

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

Respect for property is considered an important characteristic of a student’s development. All textbooks are to be covered. Students are required to carry books to and from school in a book bag/backpack. School property that is lost, damaged, or destroyed will be repaired or replaced at a cost to the parents.

 CHANGE OF EMERGENCY INFORMATION

 Parents are requested to notify the office whenever there is a change in emergency information. It is extremely important for your child’s well being that this information, especially phone numbers, is kept updated. Please keep us informed of any medical problems and present appropriate physician documentation. Also, we should be notified about any legal agreements regarding your child. Copies of these agreements should be given to the school.

CUSTODIAL AGREEMENTS AND STUDENT ACCESS

It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to present to the school a notarized copy of the court order determining custody agreements.  The copy will be kept in a confidential file.

The school abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment. Thus, non-custodial parents will be given access to academic records and to information regarding the academic progress of

their children, unless there is a court order specifically stating that a non-custodial parent is denied access to that information.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Communication between school and home is essential. A large, blue, plastic envelope will be sent home on Thursdays containing any handouts, newsletters, announcements and PTA information.

CONFERENCES

Parent/teacher conferences are held every year.  The purpose of these conferences is to foster communication between the family and the school regarding the progress and well-being of the student. All parents/guardians are encouraged to take part in these conferences.  Additional conferences may be set up at the request of either the parent or the teacher regarding specific concerns.  Please contact the teacher at school to set up an appointment.

 

CURRICULUM

The academic program offered at Bishop Schad Regional School follows guidelines recommended by the Diocese of Camden. Textbooks and supplemental materials that contain the main goals and objectives of the diocesan guidelines are chosen by the faculty and administration. Library, health, physical education, Spanish, computer literacy, music and art are regularly taught.

  • Grades K-5 are self-contained classes
  •  Grades 6-8 are departmentalized classes

The religious curriculum is of primary importance and its spirit permeates the day. We begin our day in prayer that includes a gospel reading with reflective questions along with responses to petitions and the Lord’s Prayer. Our school day ends with the students and faculty/staff once again coming together in prayer. Students attend Mass on every Friday and on Holy Days of Obligation. Prayer services are incorporated throughout the year in addition to Penance services, which the classes develop with the aid of a deacon or priest.

Religious instruction includes special preparation for the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Parents of students being prepared for the sacraments are required to attend meetings in their parishes to assist their children in their preparation. Students receive the sacraments of First Penance, First Eucharist, and Confirmation in the parish in which the family is registered.

The religion program is enhanced by a special family life program that discusses such topics as drug abuse, AIDS awareness, and sexual growth and development.

Physical education, art, music, library, and foreign language are scheduled weekly for students. Computers are also used in the classrooms for the reinforcement and enrichment of curriculum. Additionally, a computer lab is available for classes. Students and parents will sign Internet Contracts.

ADVANCED MATH AND ADVANCED LANGUAGE ARTS PLACEMENT:

Bishop Schad Regional School provides an Accelerated Math Program and an Accelerated Language Arts Program for students in grades 6-8. Students are selected at the end of fifth grade. Selection is based on IOWA Test scores which should be at least in the 90th percentile (or other standardized tests), Math/Language Arts grades and teacher recommendation. Students who do not maintain a minimum B+ average at all times and/or cannot keep up with the pace of the course will be dismissed from the group. Students in this courses may not be tutored in the subject in order to maintain their placement. Placement in the advanced programs is not a parental choice. Students who previously have been enrolled in an advanced program class at another school must pass a diagnostic test to enter the advanced Math/Language Arts class after 5th grade. A student may be placed in Advanced Math/Language Arts on a probationary basis after test scores and a diagnostic test have shown it may be beneficial. The decision to admit a probationary student to the program lies with the principal.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:

All students are required to participate in the Physical Education program unless a written excuse from a parent or guardian is presented to the Physical Education Instructor on that particular day. If a student is to be excused for more than two days, a written excuse from a physician must be presented in the principal’s office stating the specific time period the student is to be excused. A written assignment may be given to a child if he/she is not permitted to participate in gym. This is done to allow the student to learn and demonstrate her/his knowledge of a pertinent topic and to provide a basis for grading the student.

Proper gym uniform must be worn on gym days. Points will be deducted from a child’s grade for the following reasons: Improper uniform (including but not limited to sweatpants, shirt or socks), lack of participation, lack of attention, unwillingness to participate in any activity prescribed as part of the physical education class. Physical Education Class also includes instruction in nutrition and health awareness.

SPECIAL SERVICES:

  1. Children may also receive the following services, if they qualify:
  2. Corrective speech therapy
  3. Examination and classification of students with special needs in the areas of academics, behavior, or physical condition
  4. Home instruction in case of prolonged absence
  5. Compensatory education

LIBRARY:

The school library is opened to students in grades K-5 at a specified time during school hours. Grades 6-8 will use the library under the direction of the classroom teacher for projects designed by the teacher if necessary. The student who signs for a book is responsible for it; that student cannot lend it to another for any reason. Library books can be kept for a week. They must be returned when due in the same condition as when issued. Silence is to be observed in the library at all times.

If a library book is not returned when due, it should be returned the next school day. Every library book must be returned or its replacement cost must be paid. Any child who does not comply with this request will not be permitted to take out books the rest of the year.

READING MATERIAL:

Children should have a book to read at all times. The books/magazines should be on the child’s reading level. Nooks, Kindles or other electronic books are permitted at the discretion of the teacher and principal. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged electronic devices. Books with excessive violence, obscene language, sexual innuendoes, or matters against the Catholic faith and morals will be confiscated. Inappropriate material in school is considered a serious offense.

 

CUSTODY ISSUES

If there is a family situation, which limits or forbids access to a child by the non-custodial parent, the custodial parent should provide a copy of the court order to the main office.

CHRISTIAN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT PROCESS

Student Code of Conduct: The essence of Christian discipline is self-discipline. The rules of conduct for BSRS students aim at developing an inner discipline that will be shown by respect for authority and by recognition of the rights of all members of the school community. The following code of conduct is mandated:

  1. Students should be aware that their first obligation is to give service to God and others.
    2. Students should cooperate with all school personnel by following directive willingly and by offering service.
    3. Students should give proper respect and courtesy to all school personnel: faculty/staff, aides, and volunteers.
    4. Students are required to wear the complete school uniform unless permission is given, such as during Scout Week or dress-down days.
    5. Students should be on time for school; students may not leave the school premises once they have arrived.
    6. Students should try to use class time as effectively as possible by taking pride in doing their best and helping to provide an atmosphere in which real learning takes place.
    7. Students are responsible for the completion of all homework assignments and projects, and for turning them in on time. Failure to do so will adversely affect the academic grade and conduct record.
    8. Students should obey all the rules and regulations of the school and their individual classroom.
    9. Students are required to take care of the things given them for their use. Textbooks are to be covered and given proper care.
    10. Students may not chew gum anywhere on school property.
    11. Students should walk through the building and maintain a quiet atmosphere so that classes are not disturbed.
    12. Students are expected to show a Christian attitude toward one another. Therefore, fighting, abusive/foul language, obscene gestures, roughness, excessive taunting, or any similar conduct is forbidden and will have serious consequences.
    13. Students may play with balls made of soft material; violent games are not permitted.
    14. Students must keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves.
    15. While it is not possible to list every type of conduct that may require correction, the following is a list of some types of behavior that are not acceptable in a Catholic School and which may warrant suspension, expulsion, and in some cases civil prosecution:
  • Gross insubordination and/or showing disrespect to teachers and other persons of authority by word, gesture, or action
    • Falsification of parent signature.
    • Stealing, cheating
    • Cutting classes, truancy
    • Damaging property or defacing school property or the property of others
    • Bringing weapons or instruments that could be used as weapons to school
    • The possession or association with pornography, alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs on school property, or in any activity connected with the school in anyway, including but not limited to Internet websites, dances and sports.

INTERNET AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION:

The use of the internet and all forms of social communication (written or verbal) not only must be ethical but follow Catholic/Christian norms. No parent, student or teacher has the right to violate the rights of another person by improper use of any type of social communication.

All parents must sign an “Acceptable Use Policy” for each child before their child will be permitted to use the internet in school. The Acceptable Use Policy is signed only once and is in effect until the child graduates or leaves Bishop Schad Regional School. No student may bring to school personal electronic devices including but not limited to tablets, laptops, iPods, ipads, etc. without prior permission from the principal.

CELL PHONES:

Cell phones are permitted for security purposes. However, if a cell phone is brought to school, it must be kept off and in the student’s book bag at all times. If the cell phone, rings or goes off, is out of the book bag, or being used in any manner, it will be confiscated by school personnel and returned to the parent. Should a second offense occur, the phone will be confiscated and returned to the parents at the end of the school year.

RATIONALE FOR SCHOOL RULES AND STUDENT BEHAVIOR:

• The right of the student to be taught
• The right of the teacher to teach

The school and classroom rules provide an environment in which these two rights are respected. Therefore, observation of the stated rules is mandatory for all students.

Teachers are the primary persons responsible for promoting a respectful and creative classroom atmosphere where the right to teach is observed by students. The school rules and subsequent classroom rules are established to:

• Promote the living of Jesus’ message
• Provide the best possible learning environment
• Protect the physical safety of all students and staff

The observance of school and classroom rules is necessary and mandatory. The consequences for disregarding them will be promptly and strictly enforced.

Positive Reinforcement:

Most students realize the need for school and classroom rules and appreciate a positive and disciplined learning atmosphere. The staff will establish positive reinforcement awards to encourage this attitude.

Process for Enforcement of Rules:
BSRS will employ various disciplinary measures including suspension and expulsion for behavior that is not consistent with the proper atmosphere for a Catholic school. This section of the handbook explains the types of disciplinary action typically imposed for various types of misconduct and prohibited behavior. Please be aware that similar disciplinary action may be taken for violations that are not listed if the conduct or behavior is harmful to the good order and discipline of the school, its religious mission or its educational objectives. In addition, while this section explains typical disciplinary procedures, the principal and the pastor have the authority to alter these procedures as they determine warranted in a particular process.

Effective discipline requires a cooperative effort between parents and teachers. When school and classroom rules are disregarded by students, specific consequences will result. The following is representative of the disciplinary process:

1. The teacher issues a warning
2. The parent is notified with a possible conference requested
3. An after-school detention is assigned
4. A conference is held with the teacher, parent, student and principal in order to remedy the situation
5. Suspension ( in-school or out-of-school) of the student.

Process for Enforcement of Rules:
BSRS will employ various disciplinary measures including suspension and expulsion for behavior that is not consistent with the proper atmosphere for a Catholic school. This section of the handbook explains the types of disciplinary action typically imposed for various types of misconduct and prohibited behavior. Please be aware that similar disciplinary action may be taken for violations that are not listed if the conduct or behavior is harmful to the good order and discipline of the school, its religious mission or its educational objectives. In addition, while this section explains typical disciplinary procedures, the principal and the pastor have the authority to alter these procedures as they determine warranted in a particular process.

Effective discipline requires a cooperative effort between parents and teachers. When students disregard school and classroom rules, specific consequences will result. The following is representative of the disciplinary process:

  1. The teacher issues a warning
    2. The parent is notified with a possible conference requested
    3. An after-school detention is assigned
    4. A conference is held with the teacher, parent, student and principal in order to remedy the situation
    5. Suspension (in-school or out-of-school) of the student.

If the above steps are not effective in changing the negative behavior, a conference will be held with the parent, teacher, student, principal and pastor to consider expulsion.

Grave and serious offenses may warrant immediate suspension and/or expulsion at the discretion of the principal and/or pastor.

 

DETENTION:

For a minor violation of school regulations, such as failing to complete school and home assignments, disregard for student responsibilities, disregarding teachers’ warnings, chewing gum in school, public display of inappropriate affection, and so forth, the offending student will be detained in school from 2:30 until 3:30 PM on a date determined by the teacher in charge. Three repeated detentions form grounds for suspension or dismissal from school, depending on the circumstances. The school is not responsible for your child after they have served their detention. Parents must provide transportation at the appropriate time.

Detentions will be issued for:

  • consistent tardiness
    • disrespect
    • incomplete homework
    • failure to comply with the dress code
    • improper written or verbal language
    • any and all violations of school regulations

Notice will be sent home at least one day ahead of the detention date in order that parents may arrange transportation if needed.

Cheating Policy:
BSRS strongly stresses the importance of doing your best rather that the grade. If a student chooses to cheat on a test or assignment, the student will receive a zero on the test or assignment. If another student is actively involved in the cheating, he/she will also receive a zero.

Physical Fighting:
BSRS does not permit any physical fighting. Any student involved in a physical fight will be suspended immediately and will not be readmitted to class until the parent and student have a conference with the principal or delegated authority.

Suspension:
The principal has the right to suspend a student for consistent or grave infractions of the school and classroom rules. The school will notify the parents/guardians if a suspension is warranted. There are two forms of suspension: in-school suspension and home suspension. In-school suspension removes the student from his/her classroom for a specified period of time. The suspension is served in another classroom or in the office. Students are separated from their peers, eat lunch in the office and lose their recess time. Home suspension has the student remaining at home for a specified period of time. The following offers some of the offenses committed by a student that may warrant suspension or expulsion while under the jurisdiction of the school:

• willful disobedience to authorized personnel
• vandalism, which includes damage, destruction or defacing school property
• arson
• unauthorized entry to or use of school facilities or materials
• stealing
• possession, distribution or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, or drugs
• possession of tobacco
• possession of weapons or use of objects as weapons
• continued possession of cell phones or camera cell phones
• possession or distribution of pornography or inappropriate written materials (emails, text messages, books, magazines, notes, letters, etc.)
• Threatening the well-being of another child or any type of harassment
• fighting
• harassment toward others for the purpose of intimidation or coercion
• forgery of documents and/or signatures of parents or school personnel
• repeated disruption of the learning environment
• disrespect shown toward school volunteers or personnel, verbally or by actions
• repeated violations of any school rules
• conduct, whether inside or outside of the school that is detrimental to the reputation of the school
• inappropriate representation of the school while on the internet
• for any federal offense.

Cafeteria Rules:

  1. Walk at all times; do not push.
  2. Form a single line at the counter and say thank you to the food servers.
  3. Take your place at the assigned table.
  4. Observe good table manners.
  5. Speak in low and polite conversational tones.
  6. Leave the table free of waste and push in the chair.
  7. Eat in the cafeteria only (no food may be taken outside).
  8. Remain seated until directed by the teacher or aide on duty to dispose of waste or leave the cafeteria.
  9. Ask permission to use the cafeteria lavatory.

Rest Room Behavior:

Behavior in the restroom must be exemplary, in order and decency. No student should be in the lavatory without permission. Students should not waste time or play but quickly use the rest room and return to the classroom promptly.

Students should not be wasteful with soap and paper products and should keep the lavatory free of litter. Students must flush toilets/urinals after use and wash their hands carefully. Writing and drawing on walls and stalls should NEVER be found in a Catholic school rest room!

The need for cleaning, repairs, products, and order in a lavatory should be reported to the school office by the first person to see the need.

Hallway Behavior:

Students are to be silent when entering and leaving the building, changing classes, using the lavatory, and walking through the halls. Running, loud talking, and shouting in the school building are forbidden at all times.

Playground Behavior:

Once a student has arrived at school, he may not leave the school grounds at any time during the day without the proper permission. On the playground, all students must obey the supervisors on duty.

After leaving the cafeteria to go out on the playground, students must line up where assigned until the playground is clear of students returning to class. Students must play in designated areas. When the bell rings to signal that recess is over, the students go immediately to their assigned lines and proceed to their classrooms in silence when told to do so.

Students are not allowed to engage in rough play or contact sports. Students are not to push, hit, argue, fight, use bad language or call names.

Sport equipment and toys may not be brought from home. The school has its own playground equipment.

 

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

 BSR will be closed for inclement weather conditions when the Vineland Public School District announces a closing. Please do not call the rectory to find out whether the school will open or close due to the weather. Announcements will be made through Community Safe and the BSR website newbsrschool.org.  If, during the school day, an emergency causes an early closing, announcements will be made on our Community Safe phone messaging service and the website. Rest assured, the students will be held in school and safely monitored until a parent or guardian is able to pick them up.

 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 The following is a list of extracurricular activities. Please note these are subject to change with additions and deletions as warranted:

  • Altar Servers—grades 4-8
    • CYO sports including soccer, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and track
    • Student Council

• Safety Patrol
• Yearbook Staff
• National Junior Honor Society
• Art Contests
• Spelling Bees
• Presidential Academic Fitness Award
• Presidential Physical Fitness Award
• Jump Rope and Hoops for Hears
• Talent Show
• Christmas Program

Enrichment program may include a variety of activities. Past activities have included: Drama, Cooking, Choir, Cheer Leading, Art, Crafts, Story Time, Career Exploration, Building with Food, Helping Hands, Newspaper, Lego Engineering, This Land, Broadcasting, Origami, Needlecraft, Authors & Illustrators, Team Building, Road Trip, Create Your Own Business, CPR and others
• After School Program running until 5:30.

Field Trips:

Field/class trips are extensions of curriculum and lessons within a classroom. They are an outgrowth of the curriculum contributing to the total education of the student. Parents will be notified of such trips in advance and will be required to sign a permission slip for the trip. No phone permissions will be granted, however, last minute permissions may be faxed. Students are required to travel to and from their class trip on the school bus. This is in accordance with Diocesan policy. Field trips are a privilege and students may be prevented from attending for disciplinary reasons.

 Students who do not join their class on the field trip, for whatever reason, are expected to be in school. Academic arrangements will be made in school. Students are not permitted to stay home in lieu of going on the field trips.

Parents on field trips attend to serve as chaperones and their help is needed and very much appreciated. The teacher is the person in charge of the field trip. Chaperones and students are expected to follow all directions given by the teacher.

Chaperones ride on the bus and are assigned certain students to supervise by the teacher. Chaperones do not select which students they will supervise. Chaperones make sure the assigned students stay with the group, conduct themselves in the proper manner, and return to the bus at the designated time. Chaperones never allow students to go anywhere by themselves, as for example, to the restroom.

Chaperones are not allowed to follow the bus, to meet the group at the visit site, to bring other children or any other individuals, and to buy treats or souvenirs for students. Chaperones do not give students permission to go any place or vary in any way from the teacher’s planned schedule, without first consulting the teacher.

PTA:
The purpose of the PTA is to aid the advancement of Catholic education and the welfare of school children, to promote school activities, and initiate fundraising activities. Annual dues are collected at the beginning of the school year. All families are encouraged and expected to join.

MEDICAL POLICIES

Health regulations: The school office/nurse must be notified of a child’s allergies.

Any pupil who is suspected of having a communicable disease shall be excluded from school. Any pupil retained at home or excluded from school due to a communicable disease will not be readmitted to the classroom until he/she presents a written note of good health from the physician.

If a student sustains a physical injury (inside or outside of school), a note is required by a physician stating the nature of the injury, any physical limitations, and when the student may return to the normal school routine.

Health Appraisals: The primary responsibility for the health of the child rests with the parent or guardian and primary care provider. A comprehensive health appraisal should be completed prior to the entrance to the school. In addition to the pre-entry health appraisal, the pupil should be scheduled for a medical examination at approximately the fourth or fifth grade and again at the seventh or eighth grade.

Home Injuries: School personnel (nurse) will not treat home injuries. If your child requires medical care for an injury or accident that occurred at home, please make the necessary medical arrangements to have this taken care of before the child comes to school.

Hospitalization: The principal should be notified if a student is hospitalized and if the student will require a homebound tutor. A student will not be re-admitted to school without a physician’s certificate stating that he/she is able to return to school.

Illness: If your child is ill, has a fever or has vomited—your child belongs at home. Please do not send your child to school with the following message: “If you don’t feel any better, call me.”

Illness/Injury while at school: In the case of illness or injury during the school day, the student will be cared for by the school nurse. If emergency medical treatment is necessary, the parent will be contacted.

In cases of extreme emergency, should school personnel be unable to reach a parent/guardian or other designated person(s) on the school emergency form, the school, acting in the place of the parent, will arrange for supervised transport to a source of medical attention.

Immunization: BSRS follows the immunization requirements applicable to children in all New Jersey schools. Notices are sent to parents/guardians regarding the immunization deficiencies.

Parents of students are required to maintain up-to-date immunization standards. Current policy for the Diocese of Camden states that only students with medical exemptions verified by the family physician may be accepted. Religious exemptions of any kind are not accepted.

Medications: Only prescribed medications that must be administered during school hours are permitted in the school building. Prescribed medications may be given at the written request of a doctor. The medication should be brought to the school by the parent in the original, properly labeled, container and given to the school nurse.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 The purpose of Catholic Education as stated by the American Bishops in “To Teach as Jesus Did” embraces four interlocking dimensions of Message, Community, Service and Worship. Religious Education at BSRS strives to awaken students to a growing awareness of the values they hold and enable them to internalize a Christian value system.

Parents play a key role in the religious development of their children, primarily by the strong influence of their Christian witness. As the first religious educators, parents are also involved in the sacramental preparation of their children through special meetings and evenings of prayer preceding the reception of Penance and Eucharist.

We believe that Gospel truth and values should be integrated throughout the entire curriculum. Students are provided with frequent liturgical experiences adapted to their age level and designed to foster spiritual growth. Dialogue with God, with each other, with their teachers, and with their families is used to help students come to a genuine lived faith response. The message they receive, the fellowship they experience and the skills they develop in school should enable students to grow in their commitment to service of God, one another and the local and world community.

Of the educational programs available to the Catholic community, Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the threefold purpose of Christian education among children and young people. Our religious education curriculum helps our children to form a sound basis for moral and ethical decisions and helps them to acquire an understanding of their relationship with God and each other. Some of our religious activities are:

Weekly Mass                                                Service Projects/reaching out to the community

Reconciliation                                              Advent Para-liturgies

Lenten Para-liturgies                                  Rosary/May Crowning

Vocation Awareness                                   Mission Awareness

Food/toy collection                         Veteran’s Prayer Service

AVAILABILITY OF THE SACRAMENTS:

Children have the opportunity for confession and Mass as a regular part of their religious instructions. Class Masses and para-liturgical services are planned throughout the year. Preparation for First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation take place over a two-year period, including meetings for parents. The normal time for the reception of First Penance and First Communion is in Grade 2, and Confirmation in Grade 8.

 

Students are required to receive their sacraments in the parish community in which the family is registered. All immediate sacramental preparation takes place within the parish community setting.

TRANSPORTATION

Busing: The Vineland public school districts provide busing. Applications must be filled out at the time of registration and at the end of each school year to request this service. Districts, which do not provide transportation, give a reimbursement to the parent. Application for these funds is required.

Car Riders: All students who arrive by car must be dropped off on Myrtle Street, only. Students must be dropped off at school no later than 7:35 to provide adequate time to prepare for the school day. Teachers and safeties are available until 7:40 to monitor and assist students. If you park your car in the church parking lot and walk your child(ren) across Myrtle, please say good-bye at the fence.

Parents picking up their children must park in the church parking lot and walk across Myrtle Street in order to pick up their children in the area between the church and the school. Do not park in the handicapped areas, unless you are handicapped, do not double park and do not pull into the parking area directly in front of the school.

Walkers: Students who walk home or to the library must obey the crossing guards and follow traffic signals. Students may not deviate from their path without the direct permission from their parents and a note to the school.

TUITION

Tuition rates are based on the projected school budget for the coming year. Tuition must be current in order to receive report cards. At the end of the school year, all tuition must be paid in full in order to participate in graduation ceremonies, receive a report card, register for the following year or be provided with a transfer card.

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Parents see that their children come to school:

~bathed, combed, and in clean, pressed clothes,

~in complete approved school uniforms, and

~in keeping with the Student Dress Code.

The principal determines what is appropriate school dress. Parent cooperation in enforcing the dress code is expected. The homeroom teacher checks for proper dress daily during opening exercises.

Other Requirements

The following are not allowed:

~Faddish haircuts/styles, as for example: Hair coloring/bleaching, shaved heads, mushroom cuts, spiked tops, rat tales, long hair (boys), and slicked-down, wet or greased look, boys’ hair must not extend over the back collar

~Body piercing, boys’ earrings, large and/or distracting jewelry

~Long nails, sculptured nails, nail polish; Girls that come to school with nail polish will be sent    to the school nurse to have the polish removed.

~Tattoos (permanent and removable)

~Make-up; Girls who come to school with make-up will be sent to the nurse to wash her face.

~Non-regulation sweaters

~Flannel shirts and sweat shirts in lieu of jackets/coats

~Hoodies-hooded zippered sweatshirts

~Hats indoo

Jewelry

One necklace with a small religious medal is allowed.

Girls only are allowed to wear post or stud earrings.

No dangling or multiple earrings are permitted.

General Information:

SHOES WHICH WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN SCHOOL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

Adio, Etnies, DC Shoes, 1-Path, Circa, Vanns, ‘ES, DVS; Sneaux, Emerica, Lands End summer mocs and all weather mocs, and any other shoe that may be of the same style as the ones listed above.

  • Boots:Boots may be worn during inclement weather; however, shoes should be brought to school to wear throughout the day.
  • Shoes:Students must wear the approved styles of school shoes listed on the website as both the uniform and gym shoes.
  • Enforcement:The uniform policy will be strictly enforced. Students not conforming to this policy will receive a uniform code violation notice requiring a parent signature. Detentions will be administered for continued violations.

Please refer to the Cheryl’s Uniforms link to view the school uniforms.

The summer uniform should be used only if weather permits. It may be worn from the first day of school through October and beginning May through June, except on picture days, school Mass days, and on special occasions, as indicated on the monthly school calendar
SHOES WHICH WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN SCHOOL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Adio, Etnies, DC Shoes, 1-Path, Circa, Vanns, ‘es, DVS; Sneaux, Emerica, Lands End summer mocs and all weather mocs, and any other shoe that may be of the same style as the ones listed above.

• Boots: Boots may be worn during inclement weather; however, shoes should be brought to school to wear throughout the day.

• Enforcement: The uniform policy will be strictly enforced. Students not conforming to this policy will receive a uniform code violation notice requiring a parent signature. Detentions will be administered for continued violations.

Please refer to the Cheryl’s Uniforms link  to view the school uniforms and accepted colors for polo shirts.

Summer Uniform for Boys K-8:

~ Pants or shorts: Navy

~ Polo Shirts: short sleeves: Red with BSR new logo & black or navy belt

~ Navy blue socks

Winter Uniform — (Must wear winter uniform every Friday for Mass all year and/ or any other special celebration)

Boys (Kindergarten through eighth)

Navy blue dress pants

            Belt, black or blue

White Oxford shirt (long or short-sleeves)

School tie

Navy blue socks

Navy blue v-neck sweater vest and/or v-neck pull-over sweater with school logo and red            stripes

Black dress shoes

Summer Uniform for Girls K-4th:

~ Jumper with white dress shirt (peter pan collar) long or short sleeve & tie

~ Skort: Navy, Polo Shirt: short sleeves: Red with BSR school logo

Winter Uniform — (Must wear winter uniform every Friday for Mass all year and/ or any other special celebration)

Girls (Kindergarten through fourth)

Red plaid jumper with school Logo

White blouse with Peter Pan collar (short or long sleeves)

Button down Navy blue sweater with school logo

Red tie

Navy blue knee socks or navy blue tights

Summer Uniform for Girls 5th– 8th:

Red plaid skirt

Polo Shirt: short sleeves: Red with BSR school logo

Winter Uniform — (Must wear winter uniform every Friday for Mass all year and/ or any other special celebration)

Girls (sixth through eighth)

Red plaid skirt

White Oxford blouse (short or long sleeves)

Navy blue v-neck sweater vest and/or v-neck pull-over sweater with school logo and red

stripes tie; tied or self-tied

Navy blue knee socks or tights

Note: Skirts, jumpers, and skorts shall not be worn shorter than 2 inches above the knee.

ALL UNIFORM SHIRTS FOR BOTH GIRLS AND BOYS ARE TO BE TUCKED IN NEATLY.

Gym Uniform for k-8 Boys and Girls – Gym uniforms are worn on gym days-

Gray tops with BSR logo

Navy blue sweatpants with elastic at the ankle (winter)

Navy blue sweat shirt

Navy blue shorts with BSR logo (summer)

Navy or white crew socks, no “footies” are acceptable

Yoga pants are not permitted

DRESS –DOWN DAYS CODE

These days must still follow the rules and guidelines under general information, especially those pertaining to shoes, jewelry, and make-up. In addition, students may not wear tank tops, muscle shirts, skimpy and/or see-through tops. Students may come to school in jeans, shorts (no short-shorts), these must not be ripped or torn in any way, and a T-shirt or other similar comfortable clothing. None of these clothing should have any offensive writing on them. Clothing, while comfortable, should still be appropriate for young men and ladies. Shoes must be closed toe and flat-heeled; they may be sneakers. No sandals, flip-flops or slippers are permitted.

 

VISITORS

Visitors are always welcome at BSR. Visitors must report to the Main Office upon arrival. Parents who need to pick up their child(ren) during school hours must wait in the office while a staff member calls the student to the office. If your child forgot something and you are bringing it to the school, please drop it off in the office and the office will see to it that your child receives it. Your compliance with these regulations avoids interruptions to the instruction program and maintains building security.

WITHDRAWALS

A STUDENT TRANSFERRING FROM BSR TO ANOTHER SCHOOL MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE:

 1. Call and inform the school office.

2. Return all textbooks and school materials belonging to the school.

3. Pay all debts including but not limited to tuition, textbook, library or cafeteria charges.

4. Obtain a transfer car from the school once debts have been settled. There is a $5.00 transfer fee.

5. Provide the office with the name and address of the new school to which you are transferring your child.

6. Sign a permission slip from the new school for the release of school records.

7. After all routine matters are satisfactorily cleared; the secretary will forward the records upon request of the receiving school.

The principal has the right and the authority to impose different or additional disciplinary penalties and to impose penalties for offenses that are not specified in this handbook, for the sake of the safety and good order of the school, and its religious mission and educational objectives. 

Continued Enrollment

Continued enrollment in any given school year, and re-enrollment in any subsequent years is based on the parents’/guardians’ and student’s continued support of the mission of the school as documented in the Parent/Student Handbook SCHOOL RULES and the maintenance of a demonstrably effective and supportive relationship between the school and the parents/guardians. Re-enrollment in any subsequent year is subject to mutual agreement. That agreement may be withheld by the parents or the school administration with or without cause.

 

Principal’s Blessing

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JhsFor by God’s grace we are all children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.

 

1 THESSALONIANS 5: 5-6

Dear Student:

May God give you thankful joy in the bright times and put songs into your soul in the dark times. May you glimpse God’s love every day and apply his truth in your daily living. And, may your school days be grace-filled and unfold for you in wisdom and peace. Amen.

Love,

Sister Rosa Maria Ojeda, MDPVM

Principal

A.M.D.G.