2019-2020 bishop gorman high school
Integral Student Outcomes A Bishop Gorman graduate is an individual formed as a disciple of Jesus Christ who possesses attributes of the values shared by all GAELS, which are:
G A E L S
Embraces and lives the Gospel of Jesus Christ as articulated by the Catholic Church, and discerns paths to serve God and others.
Takes responsibility for acting in an ethical manner respectful of the truth while considering different perspectives in a global society.
Strives for exemplary performance; engages in lifelong learning; communicates effectively; and thinks critically, creatively, and collaboratively.
Serves as a positive, hardworking role model who promotes individual growth in others and the development of community relationships.
Respects the dignity and diversity of all; utilizes unique gifts to serve others; and demonstrates the connection among faith, charity, and justice.
Teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Prepare students for higher education. Create a community where service is valued and celebrated.
Bishop Gorman High School
5959 S. Hualapai Way Las Vegas, NV 89148 702.732.1945 phone | 702.732.2856 fax | www.bishopgorman.org Introduction & Chapter 1: The Gael Tradition ..................1 Welcome Chapter 2: Catholic Identity & Spiritual Formation .........2 Formation of the Heart Sacraments | Community and Personal Prayer | Retreat Program Formation of the Hands Christian Service Checkpoints Formation of the Mind Chapter 3: Parents as Primary Educators .......................4 Commitments from BGHS to Parents/Parents to BGHS Parental Interference Communication and Concerns The Chain of Responsibility | Exception to the Chain of Responsibility Media Release Chapter 4: The Academic Program ..................................6 Admissions General Entrance Requirements for: Freshmen | Transfer International Students | Tuition Assistance Academic Program..............................................................7 Graduation Requirements |Transfer Students Required Credits Credit & GPA Requirements to Remain at BGHS | Summer Enrichment Program | Grades and Grade Points | Incomplete Grades | Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) | Honor Roll Grade Disputes & Academic Review | Valedictorian and Salutatorian | Blackbaud | Semester Exams | Academic Honor Code | Academic Integrity | Extra Credit | Mandatory Homework Session | Academic Contract | Academic Dismissal | Course Change Procedure | Standardized Testing Program Information Media & Educational Technology (IMET) Center Library .............................................................................13 lMET Policies | Use of Multimedia Presentations in Class GAELS Period Chapter 5: Regulations for Student Conduct ...............14 Attendance Policies Validating Absences | General Absence Policies | Tardiness Tardy Policy | Attendance on Mass Days & Days of Recollection | Part Day Absence and Effect on Co-Curricular Activities | Excessive Absence / Irregular Attendance | Denial of Credit Appeal Medical Withdrawal | Planned Absences Assessment after Absences | Assignments after Absences | Obtaining Assignments for Absences
Dress Code Policies ...........................................................17 Overall Appearance | General Dress Code | Injuries and Uniform Expectations | Mass Uniform | Spirit Friday | Co-Curricular Dress-up Spirit Weeks and â€œFree Dressâ€? Day Student Regulations and Disciplinary Responses...................20 Serious Infractions Prohibition of Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Reporting | SafeVoice | Investigation of Reports | Reporting to Authorities | False Reports Other Infractions Gum Policy | Public Displays of Affection | Cell Phones & Electronic Devices | Driving and Parking Policies Disciplinary Response Definitions | Levels of Disciplinary Response Privacy and Searches .........................................................26 Drug, Alcohol and Nicotine Policy Assistance for Drug/Alcohol/Nicotine Abuse | Random/Behavior Drug/Alcohol/Nicotine Test | Consequences for Positive Test Result | Illegal Possession, Use, Sale or Delivery
Chapter 6: Student Support Services .............................28 Student Support Team | Campus Ministry | Guidance and Counseling | Wellness Counselor The Learning Center Eligibility Health Services .................................................................29 Requirement for Parents | Medication Policy | Medication Administered by School Personnel | Allergies | Injury and Transportation Policy | Child Abuse/Neglect | Legal Issues FERPA/ HIPAA Issues of Sexuality ............................................................30 Early Marriage | Pregnancy | Abortion Chapter 7: Guidelines for Acceptable Technology Use....31 Specific Policies Chapter 8: Other General Information ............................34 Advancement Office | Athletic Policies & the NIAA | Athletic Training Center | Bell Schedules | Campus Hours | Campus Store | Clubs, Honor Societies & Organizations | Dance Policy Deliveries to Campus | Emergency Response Plan | Exempt Status | Financial Obligations | Food Service | ID Cards Insurance | Lockers | Non-Discrimination Policy | Personal Property/Valuables on Campus | School Sponsored Trips/Field Trips | Security Cameras | Solicitation | Transportation Policy Visitor Check-In
Introduction Bishop Gorman High School is a four-year, Catholic college preparatory high school operated under the auspices of the Diocese of Las Vegas. The regulations and procedures are determined by the administration under the guidance of a President and a Principal. The operating principles are consistent with the policies of the Diocese of Las Vegas. All policies and rules apply to the entire student body, including those who have reached 18 years of age. The Bishop Gorman Parent and Student Handbook outlines the policies and procedures that apply to parents and students while a student is enrolled at the school. A handbook cannot reasonably address all foreseeable academic, disciplinary, or other school situations. Certainly, there are many common sense policies that will not be included in its pages. Therefore, the administration reserves the right to rule on any individual situation(s) surrounding student academic performance, student behavior, or other school-related issues that are explicitly or implicitly stated or implied in this handbook. The administration reserves the right to rule on any situation that is not explicitly addressed in this handbook or in which there is a perceived ambiguity. The decisions of the administration are final. In order to serve the needs of the Bishop Gorman community, the administration reserves the right to amend regulations and procedures in this handbook at any time with reasonable notice to the families of students enrolled at Bishop Gorman High School. If changes are made, written and/or electronic notification will be provided.
Chapter 1: The Gael Tradition Welcome For 65 years Bishop Gorman has been building a tradition of excellence. The administration, faculty, students and parents are integral contributors to that tradition. In order to continue with excellence there are principles that a student must observe in order to obtain the most out of the educational experience. The following principles will increase your opportunities for success and help make Bishop Gorman an excellent school. • Believe in God, yourself and others. • Accept responsibility for your education, decisions, words, and actions. • Act in a way that best represents your school, parents, community and self to promote a safe, healthy environment in which to learn. • Be a leader or a good follower. • Be active in the school and community. • Maintain a balance between academics, co-curricular activities, and community projects, continually giving your best effort to each. • Support your fellow students and their activities. • Respect the faculty, staff and fellow students. Respect the rights of others. • Communicate with others in a respectful way. These principles are the cornerstone of a student’s success at Bishop Gorman. Follow these principles and success will be yours during your four high school years. The classroom is the heart of the Bishop Gorman experience. Certain expectations of behavior are required in the classroom. By following these expectations, the learning environment will be enhanced: • Arrive on time to all your classes. • Be prepared for class by completing all assignments and having a fully charged iPad. • Be respectful of your teachers and fellow students. • Work diligently throughout the entire class period. • Respect all property of Bishop Gorman.
Chapter 2: Catholic Identity and Spiritual Formation “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 Bishop Gorman takes pride in its primary mission, which is the education of young people in the Catholic faith in the context of a college preparatory program. The religious and spiritual formation of the students (and faculty) is of paramount importance. Teachers, coaches, and moderators are instructed to make clear and explicit connections to the lived faith of the Church in their courses, sports, and co-curricular activities.
Formation of the Heart
Students are formed in their personal relationship with God through the Sacraments, Community and Personal Prayer, and the Retreat Program. Sacraments The school celebrates the Eucharist as a community on a monthly basis. All students are required to attend; reverence, respect, and participation are expected from all students. Additionally, the school typically has an optional Mass on Friday mornings before school during the academic year and occasionally during GAELS Period. The school offers a communal Penance service with a chance for individual confession at least once a year, usually during Advent or Lent. Students are encouraged to partake of the Sacrament of Reconciliation more frequently throughout the year in their own parishes. Bishop Gorman offers students a broad spectrum of liturgical participation opportunities. Students may assume responsibility for planning a Mass or serve as: • Lectors • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion • Ushers • Altar servers • Worship Choir members Community and Personal Prayer The Chapel is open to all for personal prayer and reflection. The Blessed Sacrament is present and a respectful attitude is expected from those entering the Chapel. The Chapel is typically open from 6:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for those who wish to pray. Students are encouraged to stop by the Chapel before school, during lunch, or after school to spend a few moments with the Lord. The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed before school for those who wish to pray in community. The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto is also open to all for personal prayer and reflection. Those wishing to do so may light a candle for a particular prayer intention, pray the rosary, or simply sit and listen to the contemplative music while meditating or praying. The Grotto is open whenever the school is open, including evening events. Retreat Program The retreat program serves to provide a spiritual presence at Bishop Gorman through prayer and worship. Retreats Available: Day Long Retreats: Freshman Day of Recollection Sophomore Day of Recollection Junior Day of Recollection Senior Day of Recollection
Overnight Retreats: Quest – Freshmen and Sophomores Kairos – Juniors and Seniors The Senior Retreat
Formation of the Hands
The letter of James clearly indicates that our faith must be lived and demonstrated: “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17) The hallmark of a caring community is service to one another. Bishop Gorman strongly emphasizes the Catholic commitment to outreach through Matthew 25 Board – Overseen by students, Campus Minister/administration to raise and allocate funds to aid families in financial distress. Students contribute to this fund through the weekly Mite Box collection. Because of the Gospel mandate to love and serve our neighbors, Bishop Gorman requires its students to participate in acts of service to the community. The following Christian Service requirements are for all students. Students who do not fulfill all graduation requirements, including the fulfillment of all Christian Service requirements, may not be permitted to participate in Commencement Exercises. 1. All students are required to complete 100 approved and verified hours of Christian Service in order to graduate. A minimum of 25 hours per year is required. Students who are deficient in service hours may be denied re-enrollment for the following school year. Service hours earned that exceed the 25 per year count toward the 100 hour cumulative total. It is expected that all 100 service hours will be completed no later than March 15th of the senior year. 2. All Christian Service hours must be approved by Campus Ministry in advance. Campus Ministry maintains a list of pre-approved opportunities/locations on the website. Students must sign in and sign out at these locations. 3. Students must complete their Christian Service hours according to the directives and limits set by Campus Ministry. Furthermore, students are expected to track their hours using the x2VOL system. For more detailed information, please see the service page on the website or stop by Campus Ministry. 4. Christian Service Hours cannot be earned during the school day when school is in session. 5. Falsification of Christian Service Hours will result in disciplinary action. Christian Service Checkpoints In order to attend the Homecoming Dance in the fall, seniors must have 75 approved and verified hours; juniors must have 50 approved and verified hours; sophomores must have 25 approved and verified hours. In order to attend Prom seniors must have 100 approved and verified hours; juniors must have 62.5 approved and verified hours; sophomores must have 37.5 approved and verified hours; and freshmen must have 12.5 approved and verified hours. In order to attend the Senior Trip and any Graduation/Commencement activities, seniors must have 100 approved and verified hours. Students who are not current on their service hours at the beginning of an academic year may be denied participation in co-curricular activities (all non-classroom activities including but not limited to athletics, clubs, performances, field trips, etc.) until the required hours are submitted, verified, and approved. Parents agree to be responsible for arranging transportation as necessary for their student to complete his or her service hours. Because many service opportunities take place at local charitable agencies in which Bishop Gorman personnel are not present, parents assume responsibility for the participation of their child in such service opportunities.
Formation of the Mind
Students are formed in mental and academic pursuits of God through their Theology courses. Bishop Gorman requires all students to take Theology while they are enrolled at the school. The aim of Bishop Gorman Theology courses is to impart to every student the message of salvation through Jesus Christ who perfectly reveals to us the love and plan of God the Father. Our task is to deliver intact to each student the truths of the Catholic Faith that have been handed on to us. By our teaching we hope to develop student understanding of the Christian faith and bring it to maturity. The handing on of truths of the faith is a stage in the process of evangelization, so our goal is not only to bring clarity to student understanding of doctrine, but also to encourage an active life of faith. It is our conviction that we are teaching the person of Jesus Christ, with whom we are invited to share a relationship. Theology courses at Bishop Gorman should be regarded as fully academic and college preparatory. The statement of Saint Peter, “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you,” (1 Peter 3:15) requires both fervent prayer and scholarly study. The school has implemented the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) revised curriculum based upon the document “Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age.” This new curriculum has been designed to be more explicitly Christocentric in its approach.
Chapter 3: Parents as Primary Educators “This responsibility applies chiefly to Christian parents who confide their children to the school. Having chosen it does not relieve them of a personal duty to give their children a Christian upbringing. They are bound to cooperate actively with the school – which means supporting the educational efforts of the school and utilizing the structures offered for parental involvement, in order to make certain that the school remains faithful to Christian principles of education.” The Catholic School, 73. As is evident in Scripture, Church teaching, and common sense, parents are an important, and in fact, irreplaceable component of a child’s successful education. The most successful students tend to be those whose parents are actively involved in their children’s education. Bishop Gorman expects the cooperation and assistance of the parents to provide the best possible educational experience for each student. Commitments from Bishop Gorman to Parents – Parental Expectations Because parents are the primary educators of their children, they are entitled to certain rights. The school recognizes the following rights of parents and expectations they should have of Bishop Gorman. Bishop Gorman will: • Provide authentic and Catholic religious and spiritual formation for the students • Provide the best possible Catholic, college-preparatory education to each enrolled student • Provide guidance and counseling about the college admissions process and will provide assistance regarding collegiate financial aid where possible • Communicate with parents in a timely fashion if a student is experiencing academic challenges, personal difficulties, or serious disciplinary sanctions • Keep parents apprised of school happenings through G-Blasts, Sharing the Pride, Blackbaud, the school website, the school Facebook page, and other forms of communication • Respond to parent e-mails/phone calls within one business day Commitments from Parents to Bishop Gorman – Parental Responsibilities In order for the school to function effectively and efficiently, parents are charged with the following responsibilities. Bishop Gorman expects the full cooperation of parents in all of these areas. 4
Parents of Bishop Gorman students will: • Cooperate with and publicly support the school’s mission, vision, policies, and regulations • Support the moral, ethical, and spiritual formation of their child, which includes monitoring of behavior both in and out of school to ensure alignment with moral and legal principles. • Communicate with faculty and staff members in a respectful and professional manner. • Assist in teaching their children professional behavior by supporting the policies of the school on attendance, punctuality, dress code, and work ethic. • Actively participate in the educational process of their child by monitoring academic progress on Blackbaud and communicating with teachers as necessary. • Use the chain of responsibility (see page 5) when they have a concern that they would like to address. • Keep current and updated all demographic and contact information with both the registrar and Blackbaud. • Submit all required forms and paperwork in a timely fashion. • Pay tuition and any other financial obligations in a timely fashion. • Participate in the school community by attending mandatory parent meetings, reading school publications, and attending school functions where possible. Parental Interference Normally, a student is not to be deprived of a Catholic education or otherwise penalized for actions of parents. However, parents may so significantly reduce the school’s ability to effectively serve its students that the parents may be required to remove their student(s) from the school for any of the following reasons: • Refusal to cooperate with school personnel • Repeated instances of disrespect or insubordination to school administration • Refusal to adhere to school policies, procedures, and regulations • Interference in matters of school administration, discipline, or finance • Refusal to accept administrative decisions surrounding academic or disciplinary matters • Refusal to accept Ddiocesan policies • Advocating positions that are in conflict with Catholic moral and/or doctrinal definitions as related to the operations of the school Communication and Concerns Bishop Gorman High School encourages open and positive communication between the home and the school. From time to time, parents may have a concern regarding their student’s progress in an academic course or co-curricular activity. When this happens, parents are asked to address their concern to the appropriate person respecting the chain of responsibility, in a respectful and professional manner. The Chain of Responsibility This is the expected procedure to address concerns. Student self-advocacy is an important skill that must be learned and practiced; therefore, it is always the first level of addressing a concern. Academic Concern
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Parent addresses concern with teacher
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Parent addresses concern with Department Chairperson
Parent addresses concern with Dean of Students
Parent addresses concern with Director of Student Activities
Parent addresses concern with Head Coach (where applicable)
Parent addresses concern with Guidance Counselor
Parent addresses concern with Assistant Principal for Student Services
Parent addresses concern with Assistant Principal for Student Services
Parent addresses concern with Athletic Director
Parent addresses concern with Assistant Principal for Academics
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Parent addresses concern with President
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Exception to the Chain of Responsibility: it is always appropriate to call any administrator when there is a concern regarding student safety, abuse, neglect, or any imminent threat to student or school safety. The audio or video recording of conversations either in person, by telephone, iPads, or by other electronic means by or among students, parents, teachers, or school administrators on school property or involving the use of school communication devices is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of the school administration.
There are many opportunities and occasions before, during and after, our school year to photograph, film, or otherwise capture students’ images and/or opinions, both inside and outside of our school. Bishop Gorman reserves the right to use such materials in ways deemed appropriate by the administration to help promote the school and publicize its accomplishments. Parents must submit to the administration, in writing, any objection to the use of their student’s likeness for such purposes.
Chapter 4: The Academic Program Admissions
All students are accepted into Bishop Gorman High School on a probationary status for the duration of the first semester of their enrollment. Space is limited. Please submit application, documents and fees in a timely manner. Prospective parents and students are expected to be honest and forthright in their admission application, disclosing all relevant and pertinent information to the school. This includes information on any special needs, including chronic illnesses or other medical situations, or learning services received or expected. It also includes explaining any difficulties with the law requiring involvement in the Juvenile Court System. Withholding any relevant information may lead to immediate dismissal of the student. General Entrance Requirements for Freshmen Students 1. Completed application with nonrefundable application fee 2. 2.00 GPA or better in the previous school year 3. Successful completion and graduation from an accredited 8th grade program with good disciplinary record and good attendance record; may not have been expelled or in the process of expulsion from their present school 4. Entering freshmen may be required to take a departmental exam to enter upper level courses Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and are evaluated based upon a review of the student’s records, in addition to available space in a student’s required classes. Students taking the scheduled Placement Exams will be given first consideration for acceptance into 9th grade of the coming school year. The placement test is necessary for admission. Students accepted are prioritized by: 1. Catholic grade school graduates 2. Partner school graduates 3. Families in which either the parents or siblings of the prospective student have been, or are, in attendance at Bishop Gorman 4. Catholic families who participate in a parish and who have children in public schools 5. Non-Catholic and non-active Catholic families with no previous connection to Bishop Gorman
General Entrance Requirements for Transfer Students Transfer students to Bishop Gorman will be required to provide an official transcript from an accredited school or accredited home school of grades, health records and discipline reports from their present school. Entrance requirements for transferring students are the following: 1. 2.75 GPA in core subjects (English, Foreign Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Theology if coming from a Catholic school) 2. Good disciplinary record and good attendance record 3. May not have been expelled or in the process of expulsion from their present school 4. Transfers from local high schools are not ordinarily admitted for the senior year. Students transferring from Catholic high schools outside of Las Vegas may be admitted as seniors. 5. Students must have sufficient credits in place to meet Bishop Gorman graduation requirements upon entrance to the school. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee once all information is compiled. Applications will be evaluated based upon a review of the student’s records and available space. Notification of status of admission is given shortly thereafter. Students who are expelled from Bishop Gorman High School or withdraw for disciplinary reasons may not be considered for re-acceptance to Bishop Gorman. General Entrance Requirements for International Students A high school student coming from another country seeking admission to Bishop Gorman must have attended an English speaking school for at least one year prior to applying. In addition, the applicant must provide the following information:, • A notarized copy of the student’s current high school transcript, translated into English • A telephone number and website address for the high school in their country • Information on the length of the classes (how many minutes in duration) • Information on how many times a week each class met • The length of the school day, including the start time and the finish time • The length of the school year • A copy of the student’s immunization or health records The Admissions Committee will make a determination on a case-by-case basis as to whether or not an international candidate will be accepted. Tuition Assistance Information regarding tuition assistance is posted on the website at www.bishopgorman.org. All families who feel they need assistance to afford the cost of education are strongly encouraged to apply.
A student’s registered status in a given school year does not automatically entitle one to continue as a student in subsequent years. Every school year implies mutual agreement to a new contract. At its discretion, the administration may refuse to accept or cancel a student’s registration for the following year. Bishop Gorman challenges students to meet the demands of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. All students, including seniors, must take 6 courses every semester during regular school hours. The Course Guide contains a detailed synopsis of all the courses in the curriculum. The Course Guide is published on the Bishop Gorman website and Blackbaud. Graduation Requirements Seniors must meet all Bishop Gorman requirements in order to receive a diploma and final transcript. The following is a check list of obligations that every senior must fulfill. Seniors must: • Pass all courses necessary for graduation and not be credit deficient • Fulfill attendance requirements • Fulfill all discipline requirements and not have any pending discipline 7
• Return all library materials and sports equipment/uniforms, and school iPad/accessory materials • Pay all fines and tuition • Fulfill Christian Service Hour requirements Once enrolled, all core graduation requirements must be taken at Bishop Gorman High School unless prior approval is granted by the Assistant Principal for Academics. Participation in Commencement Exercises is a privilege and not a right. This privilege can be revoked at any time. Required courses and number of credit hours for graduation follow below: Disciplines
College Prep Program (required credits)
Honors Program (required credits)
Scholars Program (required credits)
* 4 years of mathematics required for the millennium scholarship To graduate with an Honors Program Diploma, students must successfully complete 8 Honors, Scholars, and/or AP courses during their four years, which must come from the approved list found in the Bishop Gorman Course Guide to graduate with a Scholars Program Diploma, students must successfully complete 12 Honors, Scholars, and/or AP courses during their four years, which must come from the approved list found in the Bishop Gorman Course Guide. Please note that students must have a minimum of 4 scholars courses during their freshman and sophomore year in order to obtain the Scholars Program Diploma. Transfer students at the sophomore level or above are ineligible for the Scholars Program Diploma. Students must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA to graduate with an Honors or Scholars diploma. Transfer Students Required Credits for Graduation along with the regular senior graduation requirements: • Transfer students are responsible for any credit deficiencies. • Transfer students must take 0.5 credits of Theology for every semester in attendance at Bishop Gorman. The transcripts of all transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis. The GPA will be recalculated based upon BGHS course offerings and weightings. Credit and GPA Requirements to Remain at Bishop Gorman Bishop Gorman is a college preparatory school with high academic expectations for our students. Students must remain on track for graduation in order to maintain enrollment. Students who fail a required course, including Theology, must make up that required course in the summer or have a “remediation plan” approved by both the Guidance Department and the administration within two weeks of the end of the semester. All course failures must be made up at Bishop Gorman prior to returning for the fall semester. Students who do not have the following minimum number of earned credits as listed below may be denied re-enrollment for the fall semester. August of Sophomore Year
August of Junior Year
August of Senior Year
Students who do not maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 may lose the privilege of being a student at Bishop Gorman. 8
Summer Enrichment Program Students can select from a wide range of academic disciplines that challenge and stimulate academic curiosity while fulfilling graduation requirements. The Summer Enrichment Course Guide is published on the Bishop Gorman website and Blackbaud during the Spring Semester. Grades and Grade Points Grade A+
Incomplete Grades Incomplete grades (INC) must be made up within 10 school days after the end of the quarter (10 summer business days for the fourth quarter). Incomplete grades may revert to a grade of F after 10 days. Exceptions may be granted only by the administration. Students who fail to sit for a required final exam will have a grade of “incomplete” recorded until the final exam is taken. Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Cumulative GPA is computed on all courses that receive high school credit toward graduation taken during the 8-12 grade levels. • GPA is computed only at the semester grading period. • GPA is weighted by credit. • Honors courses receive an extra .125 points per year, and AP/ Scholars courses receive .25 points per year to determine the weighted GPA and class rank Honor Roll Honor Roll is calculated at the end of each semester, and it is a semester based award. Principal’s List 4.0 weighted GPA
First Honors 3.5 weighted GPA
Second Honors 3.0 weighted GPA
Grade Disputes and Academic Review Students and parents have the ability to challenge or dispute a grade issued in a course should they believe there is an error in grading or calculation. However, such challenges must be addressed within 10 school days from the time the student receives the grade on any given assignment. Neither individual instructors nor the school are compelled to review grades outside of this window, and grades are considered to be final and locked at such a time. Furthermore, the professional expertise of the instructor of record and the administration is the final determining factor in the issuing of grades. Outside sources, including, but not limited to, teachers outside Bishop Gorman, tutors, college students, college professors, etc., have no standing to provide input on student grades.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian The Valedictorian is the student with the highest weighted GPA (to the fourth decimal point) at the end of the 7th semester. The Salutatorian is the student with the second highest weighted GPA (to the fourth decimal point) at the end of the 7th semester. The GPA calculation will include all courses with the exception of: • • • •
Weight Training Office Aid Drivers Education Principles of Leadership/Leadership Seminar
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Any Physical Education Class Assistants Internship Program Academic Seminar
In the event of a GPA tie at the Valedictorian/Salutatorian level, a tie-breaking procedure will be progressively applied to determine a higher ranking candidate: • The highest number of AP courses taken through six semesters of high school. The student with the higher number of AP courses will be the ranking candidate. • If a tie still exists, the scores of the AP exams will be averaged through the six semesters. The student with the higher average will be the ranking candidate. • If a tie still exists, there will be co-Valedictorians (or possibly co-Salutatorians) The Valedictorian will give the Valedictory Address at Commencement. The Salutatorian will give the Salutatory Address during Awards Night. In the event of ties, the administration reserves the right to determine speaking responsibilities and privileges. Blackbaud Blackbaud is a vital communications link. The school regularly sends e-mails through Blackbaud to keep parents and students up-to-date regarding school news. Parents and students are expected to immediately activate their accounts and provide an active e-mail address. Blackbaud is a computer program that provides: • Assignments • Up to Date Grades • Report Cards • Attendance/Discipline Reports
Semester Exams To prepare our students for the experience of final exams in college, Bishop Gorman requires that instructors give a comprehensive performance assessment at the end of each semester, most often a final exam. The instructor is required to provide for adequate preparation and review for this assessment. Students who are absent and miss the review are responsible for taking the assessment at the assigned time unless other arrangements are made with the administration. This assessment constitutes 20% of the student’s semester grade. The only excused absences permitted during final exam days are for illness (with a physician’s note), death in the family, or court summons. No finals are given before the regular exam dates. For extraordinary reasons, students may appeal to the Assistant Principal of Academics to take one or more finals after the end of the semester. Graduating seniors may be exempt from the final exam in a second semester course if the following conditions are met: • For seniors enrolled in an AP course: – Not be absent (excused and unexcused) more than 5 days from the course. (The only exception to the absence rule is for students who miss a class for a sponsored school activity, such as a field trip, retreat, or athletic contest.) – Not receive a suspension during the second semester or be on disciplinary contract or probation at the time of the final exams. – Sit for the AP Exam. Graded coursework will continue until the end of classes. • Seniors enrolled in all other courses wishing to earn the exemption must meet the following requirements during the second semester: – Not be absent (excused and unexcused) more than 5 days from the course. (The only exception to the absence rule is for students who miss a class for a sponsored school activity, such as a field trip, retreat, or athletic contest.) 10
– Not receive a suspension during the second semester or be on disciplinary contract or probation at the time of the final exams. – Have a cumulative semester grade of 85% or higher. The final semester grade for seniors who exempt their second semester finals will be calculated as 100% of their semester grade. Academic Honor Code It is expected that all Bishop Gorman students conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the philosophy of the Catholic Church. We encourage our students to meet their individual potential and, upon graduation, become citizens who incorporate high ethical standards and Christian values into their daily lives. Adherence to the Academic Honor Code promotes the level of academic integrity required within the school and assures that student work is judged fairly when evaluated against curricular standards. The Honor Code reminds students of their obligation to pursue honesty and academic integrity in the learning process. Violations of the Academic Honor Code may be reported on college application forms. Students who violate the Academic Honor Code are also subject to disciplinary sanctions, including the possibility of dismissal from the school. Academic Integrity Academic integrity is a fundamental value upon which education is built. Acts of academic dishonesty compromise these core values and undermine the process by which knowledge is created, shared and evaluated. Repeated offenses cast suspicion not only upon the integrity of individuals, but also damage the reputation of Bishop Gorman High School. Academic dishonesty or cheating includes acts of plagiarism, forgery, fabrication or misrepresentation, whether through traditional or digital means such as the following: • Claiming the work or thoughts of others as your own • Copying the writing of others into your written work without appropriate attribution • Writing papers for other students or allowing them to submit your work as their own • Buying papers and turning them in as your own • Having someone else write or create all or part of the content of your assignments • Submitting the same paper for more than one class without explicit permission from the faculty members • Making up or changing data for a research project • Fabricating and/or altering documents and /or information • Violating test taking procedures or test security • Possession of a teacher edition of any school textbook or resource Enabling or helping others to cheat is also cheating. This includes allowing one’s work (homework, quiz, exam, or any other assignment) to be copied and/or submitted by another student. It also includes sharing unauthorized information with students who have not yet taken assessments . Note: Turnitin.com is a web-based plagiarism prevention system used for detecting plagiarized work in term papers and essays. It is currently in use by the faculty to ensure that students learn to use sources as educational tools appropriately while promoting adherence to the Academic Honor Code. Extra Credit A student’s grade should be an accurate reflection of achieved academic performance. Therefore, extra credit is strongly discouraged in all disciplines. If extra credit is offered, it must clearly relate to the academic objectives of the course and be available to all students in the course.
Mandatory Homework Session Bishop Gorman students are required to complete their assignments on time and to the best of their ability. Students are not permitted to abuse late work policies or simply not complete assigned work. As such, a teacher may assign a student to a Mandatory Homework Session (MHS), which occurs after school on the next school day (Monday-Friday) and is a 45-minute session (2:15-3:00 p.m.). Students who are assigned to the MHS will complete the missing assignment or alternatively, should they have completed the assignment in the interim, they will work on current homework assignments. Students who have a legitimate excuse for missing (e.g. illness, doctor’s appointment, etc.) must reschedule with an administrator prior to 12:00 p.m. the day of the MHS assignment. Failure to appear for a Mandatory Homework Session is treated in a similar manner to skipping a class with the commensurate disciplinary response. Students who accrue multiple MHS assignments may be subject to disciplinary sanctions for failing to follow school expectations to complete work. Academic Contract A student who receives 2 F’s, 1 F and 2 D’s, or 5 or more D’s in one semester will be placed on Academic Contract. This contract means that the student may not receive an F or D- the following semester. Students on Academic Contract may be assigned to a mandatory GAELS Period Study Hall for the next grading period. If the student fails to adhere to the contract, he/she may be dismissed from school. Academic Dismissal Bishop Gorman has high academic standards and expectations for its students. Attending our school is a privilege, and any student who attends Bishop Gorman High School is expected to achieve academically based upon the student’s willingness to learn. A student may be academically dismissed from Bishop Gorman for poor academic performance if: • Student has failed to fulfill the conditions of an academic contract. • Student has accumulated 3 F’s in one semester. • Student has failed to earn the required total credits needed to move to the next grade level. • Students who do not maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 may lose the privilege of being a student at Bishop Gorman. Course Change Procedures Courses changes will be limited. All students speak with their counselors regarding course selections. Students then bring home a carbon copy of the selections for parent review and signature. The master schedule is built and teachers are hired based on the course selections of the student. Changes thereafter may not be possible. There will be no changes made for teacher preference. Any change in course(s) after the 10th day of a semester must be initiated by the Administration. Standardized Testing Program • The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The PSAT/NMSQT is designed to identify academically talented eleventh-grade students as well as give them exposure to a test similar to the SAT. • We encourage all juniors and seniors to take the SAT twice. Juniors should take the exam in the spring of their junior year. The same students should take the exam again in the fall of their senior year. • Bishop Gorman administers the ACT exam to all junior students in the spring. Students who can improve their scores are encouraged to take a second ACT off site in the fall of their senior year. • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are administered in May
Information Media & Educational Technology (IMET) Center Library
The Bishop Gorman IMET Center Library supports all aspects of the instructional goals of Bishop Gorman. The IMET Center houses books and provides access to electronic resources. The Library subscribes to several online databases for access to reference material, as well as magazine, journal and newspaper articles; students have access to this material wherever they are connected to the internet. The library catalog is also accessible online. Students may use the IMET Center before and after school, and during their lunch periods, for research and studying. Students may use the Center during class time when classroom objectives and activity warrant such use, with a valid library pass from the teacher. During the academic year, the operating hours for the IMET are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hours may be adjusted as necessary (e.g. extended hours prior to final exams). IMET Policies The following policies are in place during ALL IMET Center Library hours, including students’ free or study periods, and before and after school hours: • All students must sign in when entering the IMET Center and sign out when leaving. • Students must be engaged in study, research, or school-related computer activity when in the IMET Center Library. • Use of personal electronic devices and accessories is limited to school-related use, and subject to approval by the Librarian. • Cell phone use is NEVER permitted in the Center. Phones must be turned off before and during the school day; phones must be set to vibrate or silent after school, and students must exit the library to use their phones. • Food and drink are not permitted in the Center. • Limited printing of assignments is available in the IMET outside of instructional time (before school, after school, GAELS Period, some lunch periods). The IMET Center closes occasionally for special events and meetings. If possible, announcements will be made about such closures. Use of Multimedia Presentations in Class: In principle and as a rule of procedure, it is against the policy of Bishop Gorman to use any presentation that contains or promotes profane language, violence, promiscuity or values which are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the values it embraces. Generally, only films rated PG and PG-13 will be shown and only with administrative approval. Only those films that have educational value within the approved curriculum will be acceptable for classroom use.
Bishop Gorman High School is committed to meeting the needs of all of our students. In order to meet students where they are academically, it is vital that we have opportunities to meet on occasions outside of regularly scheduled instructional time. Too often, because of the demands of a comprehensive high school and the commitments of our students, we are not able to use before or after school time effectively. Therefore, we have developed the GAELS (God, Activities, and Enhanced Learning Sessions) Period that provides students and teachers extra opportunities to meet and extend their experiences beyond what they may have already received during the regular instructional time while still in school. The GAELS Period allows for remediation, intervention, enrichment, study time, makeup work, club and Campus Ministry meetings, and other school programs. The GAELS Period is to actively engage in school and is not to be used to simply “hang out.” Failure to appear for an assigned GAELS Period is treated in a similar manner to skipping a class with the commensurate disciplinary response. Parents and students should be aware that due to the limited time available during GAELS Period, most makeup work for assessments should be completed before or after school.
Chapter 5: Regulations for Student Conduct Attendance Policies
Bishop Gorman High School is required by the state of Nevada and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)/ AdvancED, and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) to provide the appropriate number of instructional days. Students are expected to be present and punctual for assigned classes and all other required events. It is virtually impossible for the faculty to work with or give credit to students who are excessively absent. Validating Absences Parent must notify the Attendance Officer for each day of absence via a phone call, e-mail, or fax. Phone: (702) 476-4049 E-Mail: email@example.com Fax: (702) 732-2856 General Absence Policies • Students are required to make up all class work missed during an excused absence. • Students who are 18 years old are still required to have a parent verify all absences. • All absences must be validated by the parents within 3 school days. Parents who have not validated the absence will be contacted by the school the day of the absence. Students who return to school after an absence without parental validation will be considered truant. • Truancy is a non-validated (by parent) absence for all day or part of a day and it is subject to disciplinary action. • Students are required to make up class work assignments for full credit for most absences. One notable exception is that if students are truant, then the work will be scored at 80% of its actual earned value. • Students who miss more than five minutes of a class are considered absent from that class. Tardiness Punctuality is an essential characteristic of a responsible person. Any student not in an assigned room when the bell rings to begin class is tardy. Students who are more than 5 minutes late to class will not be admitted without an admit slip. Students who are more than 5 minutes late to class will be counted as absent. Students who are late to the first period of a school day (late to school) will be admitted to class for the first 15 minutes without required parental validation; however, they must check in with student services. Students who are more than 5 minutes late to the first period of the school day, but less than 15 minutes late will be coded “A15.” The accumulation of A15s will result in the following consequences: • 3 – meeting with Dean and parent phone call • 4 – 2 Hour Detention • 5 – Saturday School • 6 – meeting with Dean and parent • 7 – In-School Suspension Tardy Policy Students under 5 minutes late to any class are considered tardy. An accumulation of five unexcused tardies to any combination of classes is a set that results in the following actions (notwithstanding the late to school “A15” code as mentioned earlier in the handbook): • 1st set – Referral • 2nd set – One hour detention and notification on Blackbaud • 3rd set – One hour detention • 4th set – Two hour detention and phone call to the parent • 5th set – Saturday School and meeting with the Assistant Principal of Student Services Note: The cumulative tardy count resets at the beginning of each semester; furthermore, referrals for tardies do not contribute to the overall referral count listed below. On occasion, there is a need to remind students of the necessity of punctuality. After the bell rings, the faculty locks all classroom doors. Students who are tardy during a tardy sweep will receive a one-hour detention. 14
Attendance on Mass Days We are a community of believers. We believe that our Catholic faith informs and enlivens all aspects of our lives. Thus, we are called to full, active, and conscious participation in the Mass. Students are expected to be in attendance on days when Mass is celebrated as a whole school or in smaller settings. Students will not be allowed to miss Mass unless the absence has prior approval from the Assistant Principal for Student Services. Please check the school calendar to ensure that medical or personal appointments do not conflict with these dates, as they are considered unacceptable reasons for missing Mass. Attendance on Class Days of Recollection As indicated above, we are a community of believers and understand that our Catholic faith impacts all aspects of our lives. In addition to Mass Days, students are required to be in attendance on days where their grade level has a class day of recollection. Students who are absent on such days for any reason (excused, unexcused) will be required to make up the day of recollection, which may be on a Saturday. Part Day Absence and Effect of Absence on Co-Curricular Activities Please do not make appointments during school hours, such as: medical, dental, driving tests. Students on campus who leave for a class period or more are responsible for turning in assignments to their teacher before they leave for the day. Bishop Gorman High School has a closed campus. Students may not leave campus for any reason without approval from Student Services or the Nurse’s Office. Permits to leave campus are only given with a valid note from a parent - note must be turned in before school. Generally, phone calls will not be accepted as calls into the classroom disturb/undermine the teaching/learning environment. Students may not leave campus during school hours with persons other than parents/guardians or police officers with the proper warrants and with the permission of the administration. Divorced or separated parents must file a court-certified copy of the custody section of the divorce or separation decree with Student Services. Bishop Gorman High School will not be held responsible for failing to honor arrangements that have not been made known. Students participating in co-curricular activities must: • Be present at the start of the school day / all day. • May not be absent from school or leave school due to illness. • May not be allowed to try out or audition on the day of an absence or the day of leaving school. • Exceptions to the above policy are: o Written medical appointment o Funeral o Court Appearance Please note that students who have excessive absences may not be permitted to miss school for co-curricular activities. Excessive Absence/Irregular Attendance Students who are absent from individual classes for more than ten (10) days in a given semester, even with a medical excuse, may lose credit for the classes missed. These ten days include excused absences and unexcused absences; however, school events (field trips, sports contests, etc.) do not count toward the accumulated absence total. When credit is to be denied, the following procedures will be followed: • Student with an “F” in a class and 11 days of absence: The “F” is computed in the student’s GPA and posted on the transcript. • Student with a passing grade and 11 days of absence may receive a WA (withdrawn due to attendance) and will not be computed in the student’s GPA.
Denial of Credit Appeal When credit is to be denied to a student as a result of excessive absences, the student and parents may appeal by appearing before the administration. The primary reason for granting an appeal is a student’s verifiable medical illness. Family emergencies or other situations are evaluated on an individual basis. The student’s parent must notify Student Services immediately of an extended illness or hospitalization. Factors that will contribute to the denial of the appeal are: • Student is considerably over the limit of 10 absences. • Student has made appeals previously. • Student is appealing truancies acquired during the semester. Students who accumulate more than 15 absences in a semester will be denied credit, regardless of the reason for the absences. The school reserves the right to deny credit due to excessive absences/irregular attendance. Administrative decisions on credit appeals are final. Medical Withdrawal If a student is in jeopardy of losing credit due to poor attendance for medical or health reasons, the family or school may initiate a medical withdrawal. Students who take a medical withdrawal will continue their studies through an approved and accredited program outside of Bishop Gorman and will be permitted to return for the next semester provided the student’s health has improved and they remain academically on track for graduation (credits and GPA). Before returning, the family must meet with a counselor and administrator to ensure appropriate re-entry. Note that medical withdrawals cannot be granted during the second semester of the senior year as all graduates must be taking courses at BGHS to participate in Commencement. Planned Absences Parent must notify Student Services in advance of a planned absence. Assessments after Absences Students who are absent for only the day or period of an assessment are expected to take the assessment the next school day. Students who are only absent the class period prior to an assessment in which no new material is taught (review day) will be expected to take the assessment on its assigned day. Students who are habitually absent on assessment days (defined as more than two times for any class) may receive an academic penalty for makeup exams in that class for the remainder of the semester. Students who are absent on the day of a major assessment (e.g. test, quiz, etc.) will be given a makeup assessment; however, they will lose the right to retest. Students who have extended absences (defined as 3 or more consecutive classes), will be given as many days as absent to make up the assessments. Students who fail to adhere to the permitted time for makeup may be penalized and earn only 80% of the earned score. Assignments after Absences • Students who are absent for only the day or period of that an assignment is due are expected to submit the assignment the next school day. • Students who are absent for only the day or period that an assignment is given will have as many days to make up the assignment as he/she had absences. Students who fail to adhere to the permitted time for makeup may be penalized and earn only 50% of the earned score. • Teachers reserve the right for long term assignments (defined as one due 2 or more weeks after it is assigned) to insist that the assignment be turned in on the due date even if the student is absent on the day the assignment is due. Students who fail to submit the work will face an academic penalty. • Students are expected to check Blackbaud and Showbie daily.
Obtaining Assignments for Absences Students are encouraged to have contact information of at least two students in each of their classes. Class assignments are available on Blackbaud and/or Showbie.
Dress Code Policies
The appearance of Bishop Gorman students rests on the philosophy that as members of a Catholic School, students show respect for themselves and their school by being appropriately dressed. Bishop Gorman requires that all students dress appropriately while on campus and during all school sponsored activities and events. Attire should demonstrate that the student has a sense of personal dignity, modesty, and decorum. The administration reserves the right to make individual judgments as to the appropriateness of dress and grooming. The decision of the administration is final. Special note: Hooded sweatshirts (hoodies) are not permitted during the school day, whether under dress code or “free dress” days, without explicit administrative approval. Overall Appearance Expectations The overall appearance of students at Bishop Gorman should be neat, clean, modest, and appropriate for learning. The following are guidelines that must be observed: • Nothing in a student’s appearance will be permitted that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Dress should correspond to the student’s biological sex as based upon physical differences at birth. • Tattoos must be covered. • Men must shave all facial hair – sideburns length may not exceed earlobes. Men with facial hair must see nurse to shave and pay the fee. Warning – first offense; $25.00 second offense; $25.00 and detention for third and subsequent offenses • No extreme hairstyles (including but not limited to mohawks, fauxhawks, etc.) or extreme combination of contrasting colors as judged by the administration. Students with extreme hairstyles, as judged by the administration, may be subject to disciplinary sanctions. • Hair must be tapered on the back and side of the head, from the top of the head to the neck and along the neck. • No shaved heads – (no less than a #2 blade). • Haircuts may not have numerals/designs/lines. • Men’s hair may be no longer than the top of the shirt collar and may not cover the eyebrows. Men’s hair not meeting dress code – student will be given a deadline to cut the hair – after deadline student will be sent home until hair is cut. • Only the ears may be pierced (piercing may not be larger than the diameter of a needle.) All body piercing jewelry will be confiscated by the Deans. Men may wear stud earrings only. • No excessive jewelry or ear piercings. • Men are prohibited from wearing makeup as well as nail polish. • Backpacks or binders may not display liquor logos or obscene, vulgar, distasteful phrases or pictures. • Sunglasses may not be worn inside buildings. • Clothing that distracts the learning/teaching environment as judged by the administration must be changed prior to the student resuming classes. • No caps, hats or head coverings are permitted. Male students are not permitted to wear headbands. • Slacks may not be frayed, torn, ripped or altered. • Headphones/earphones/etc. may not be used or worn in the Commons, hallways, or outdoor areas during school hours. They may be used in the classrooms only with teacher permission.
General Dress Code Expectations The dress code is designed to reflect a business casual appearance. All clothing line items are to be purchased in the Campus Store. Daily attire consists of: • School approved slacks or knee-length shorts which may not be form fitting. • School shorts and pants may not be rolled. • School shorts may not be hemmed without permission of the Deans. • Polo Shirts and zippered shirts (Men must tuck their shirts in). Note that polo shirts must be worn under all full-zip jackets. • All undershirts must be Bishop Gorman white, royal blue, orange or gray and must be tucked in. • All men must wear a belt and the belt must be visible at all times. Men without a belt must rent one from Student Services for $5.00 and return it at end of day. A cell phone will be collected for collateral. • Closed toe shoes with heel – boots are acceptable with slacks but not with shorts; slippers or flip flops are prohibited. Shoes with fur on the interior are prohibited. • Jackets purchased in Campus Store may be worn during the day as well as Bishop Gorman approved full zip team jackets and Letterman Jackets in school colors only. • Other jackets may be worn to and from school but must be removed during the school day. • Bishop Gorman approved appropriately fitting sweatshirts sold in the Campus Store. For final exams and standardized testing days, the regular uniform dress code applies unless announced otherwise. NOTE: If a student is out of dress code, the student is required to change inappropriate clothing by getting it from home or purchasing it from the Campus Store. Repeated violations of the dress code will incur further disciplinary action. Injuries and Uniform Expectations Students are required to wear their uniforms even when injured. A doctor’s noted DOES NOT automatically guarantee the right of a student to circumvent the dress code. Even if it is medically requested to be out of uniform, the student must follow dress code with allowances only as granted by the school administration. (No flip flops, no slippers etc.) Each instance of a request to be out of uniform will be determined on a case by case basis with the overwhelming factor of medical necessity as opposed to student convenience. A note from a parent is not an excuse to be out of uniform. Only the administration/ health office may give permission for any student to be out of uniform. The health office and/or administration reserve the right to verify any medical excuse if deemed necessary. Mass Uniform Expectations When students participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, the expectation changes and requires appropriate clothing to reflect the occasion. The Mass Uniform is also worn for special school occasions as determined by the administration, and is worn for the entire school day. The attire consists of: • White Oxford Shirt with Bishop Gorman logo; the shirt must be tucked in for all students. • Royal Blue Vest with Bishop Gorman logo • School approved slacks/shorts Students not in Mass attire will be required to have parent bring proper dress attire or purchase missing components of attire from the Campus Store prior to the beginning of Mass or the formal event. Students who are unable to meet these requirements will be issued a detention.
Spirit Friday Dress Code Expectations Unless explicitly stated by the administration to the contrary, all Fridays during the academic year are designated as Spirit Fridays that permit a relaxed dress code. The attire consists of: • T- shirts in Bishop Gorman white, royal blue, orange and gray with the Bishop Gorman logo - no other colors are acceptable. • Bishop Gorman sport/club/organization jackets, fleeces and parkas may be worn but only in the school colors of white, royal blue, orange or gray. • Dress code slacks/shorts must be worn. • Only Bishop Gorman approved appropriately fitting sweatshirts sold in the Campus Store may be worn. • Students participating in a Friday game or extracurricular activity may wear their team jerseys (provided they are modest) or shirts on that Friday. Co-curricular Dress-up Expectations All students must have permission from the coach/moderator and administration to participate in the co-curricular dress up days. This means that students should look better than the normal dress code. At no time are any sweatshirts, hoodies, or anything made out of sweatshirt material or denim allowed. The attire consists of: • Men: Dress shirts and ties are a must. Men should wear dress pants and shoes. • Women: Any choice of dress slacks, blouses, and/or skirts may be worn provided that they are modest as determined by the administration. For safety reasons we recommend closed toe, closed heel, flat shoes. Spirit Weeks and “Free Dress” Day Expectations On occasion, special dress days are permitted. Dress is according to the themes dictated by the special day or week. During Spirit Weeks, students are required to wear the appropriate themed attire; students who choose not to participate in the theme are expected to wear their regular dress code attire. The expectation for students is to dress in theme “tastefully” and NOT offensive, while abiding by the spirit of our regular rules. There may also be “free dress” days determined by the administration. In all cases, students are expected to be neat and well-groomed, following the standards of safety, modesty, and good taste. Specific requirements: • No sleeveless attire or spaghetti straps • Slacks may not be frayed, baggy, or made out of spandex • Shorts must meet administrative standards of modesty in type and length (no Soffees, etc.) • Students are not permitted to cross dress and dress should correspond to the student’s biological sex as based upon physical differences at birth. • Pajamas and nightgowns are prohibited • Slacks may not be form fitting, including but not limited to yoga pants and “jeggings” • No bare midriffs • Jewelry must be neat and not excessive • Shoes with closed heel and toe (no slippers, or shoes with fur on the inside) • Tattoos must not be visible • Hair color/length, etc., must meet daily dress code requirements • Men must be clean shaven • No caps, hats or head coverings are permitted
Student Regulations and Disciplinary Response
Students at Bishop Gorman are expected to adhere to the Roman Catholic principles of moral conduct whether in school or in the community. The following section details a list of student infractions as well as consequences for failure to adhere to the expectations of the school. However, any violation of these infractions is taken in context, and disciplinary action can range from a warning to dismissal at the discretion of the administration. Disciplinary action may vary at times due to a previous negative disciplinary report or other mitigating circumstances. A handbook cannot reasonably address all foreseeable disciplinary situations, and therefore the administration reserves the right to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Bishop Gorman High School has a concern with students who engage in behavior which is in opposition to our Catholic philosophy and moral standards. Engaging in such behavior on or off campus, school-sanctioned events, or non-school events may result in a disciplinary sanction up to dismissal from the school. Action that occurs on or off campus that brings scandal to the school may result in a disciplinary sanction up to dismissal from the school. Such incidents will be dealt with on an individual basis as discerned by the administration. The policies and procedures relating to students and parents at Bishop Gorman Catholic High School are governed by the Parent/Student Handbook and the Diocese of Las Vegas. As such, outside counsel is not permitted to participate in the disciplinary procedures of the school. The school expects the complete cooperation of students and parents as related to disciplinary investigations. Failure to cooperate in an investigation may lead to a decision being made based upon information the school already has. SERIOUS INFRACTIONS: Serious infractions are those offenses that affect the good order of Bishop Gorman High School that warrant an immediate action, resulting in Disciplinary Probation, Disciplinary Contract, Suspension or Dismissal. This includes but is not limited to the following: 1. Possession / knowledge / of weapon or facsimile and/or accessories on campus or at a school event 2. Gang membership / gang-like activity / criminal activity 3. Violation of State or Federal laws 4. Insubordination, verbal or physical abuse towards a Bishop Gorman faculty/staff member/volunteer 5. Drug Related Violations a. Possession, use, or distribution of (at any time on or off campus while enrolled as a student) i. Alcohol ii. Tobacco, including vaping devices iii. Illegal drugs or controlled substances, including medial or recreational marijuana iv. Any substance represented to be a drug or a synthetic drug, including vaping substances v. Drug paraphernalia or any vaping devices, components, or paraphernalia b. The Metropolitan Police Department will be consulted (see page 26). c. Distribution occurs when a student or students provide any of the aforementioned items to another student, regardless of whether or not money is exchanged. d. Notwithstanding Nevada law, the use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, dissemination or being under the influence of medical marijuana or recreational marijuana is prohibited. 6. Physical assault / battery or threat of endangerment of another student/faculty/staff/volunteer or the school 7. Bullying, harassment, intimidation: (See below) 8. Theft - Factors considered include: collusion, planning and forethought, selling the item for personal gain, entering and stealing from the locker rooms and restrooms where video surveillance is not allowed. Consideration will also be given to the value of the stolen item and the truthfulness regarding the incident. 9. Trespassing 10. Vandalism
11. Knowledge, possession, setting off / planting or ignition of bombs / fused devices or incendiary devices such as fireworks, stink bombs, etc. 12. Initiating a food fight and/or causing its continuance 13. Conduct and/or inappropriate materials, whether inside or outside school, that is in violation of the philosophy and standards of Bishop Gorman High School 14. Fighting 15. Hate Crime 16. Disrespect for Academic Integrity 17. Truancy 18. Sexual Misconduct: Any sexual behavior that contradicts the teachings of the Catholic Church is prohibited and in some instances it may be against the State/Federal laws. Examples include, but are not limited to: a. Sexting – Sexting is the sending/receiving of unsuitable text/pictures with explicit sexual language/pictures. All electronic devices that contain inappropriate subject matter will be confiscated by the administration and parents will be notified. b. Bathrooms and Locker rooms – Bathrooms and locker rooms are gender specific designated areas. Students may not enter in the opposite sex bathroom/locker rooms. 19. Serious violations of the Acceptable Use Policies regarding school iPads and school or personal technology PROHIBITION OF BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND/OR INTIMIDATION Bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation of any student on school property, at school-sponsored functions or through electronic means (on or off campus) are prohibited. Bishop Gorman High School is committed to each student’s successful education within a safe and respectful atmosphere. Violation of this policy is considered a serious infraction. Behavior that may not qualify as bullying, intimidation or harassment may nevertheless be inappropriate and subject to disciplinary action. Definitions: • “Bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation” means unwelcome, intentional conduct that is not authorized by law which is either severe or is repeated over time in a situation where an imbalance of power exists between those involved. Bullying, harassment and/or intimidation can take various forms, including, but not limited to physical, verbal (including emotional) or social, oral or written (including electronic writings). Harassment may be motivated by an actual or perceived personal characteristic, which may include, without limitation, race, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion or other applicable protected categories. • “Intentional conduct” means the act or conduct is done willfully, knowingly, and with deliberate intention to hurt or harm a person or a person’s property. • An “imbalance of power” can exist when students use their power—such as, but not limited to, physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people. • “Cyber-bullying” means bullying, harassment and/or intimidation through the use of an electronic device, including, without limitation, a telephone, a cellular phone, a computer or any similar means of communication, and includes any written, verbal or pictorial information. Reporting Bullying, Harassment and/or Intimidation Bullying, harassment and/or intimidation should be immediately reported to Student Services using the official Bishop Gorman Bullying Reporting Form (A sample form can be obtained at www.bishopgorman.org). Students or parents may present this form to any Dean of Students or the Assistant Principal for Student Services.
SafeVoice Students, parents and faculty throughout Nevada now have access to SafeVoice, an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety or well-being of students. SafeVoice was established by the Nevada Department of Education under SB 212 in 2017 to protect student wellness, prevent violence and save lives. In partnership with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the SafeVoice program provides students a safe place to submit tips concerning their own safety or that of others. A fully trained professional team of experts responds in an appropriate manner 24/7/365. Tips always stay anonymous. Students have the SafeVoice app loaded on their iPads; reports may also be made by calling 1-833-216-SAFE (7233) or at http://safevoicenv.org/makeareport. Investigation of Reports Within one school day of the receipt of a report, Bishop Gorman High School will commence a preliminary investigation into the allegation to obtain further information and to ascertain whether the allegation has merit, which may include speaking with the alleged bully(ies), the alleged victim(s), and any witnesses as well as reviewing social/electronic media regardless of the location from which any social/electronic media was sent or received (e.g., off school campus transmissions may also be reviewed). If, after our initial investigation, we feel there is substance to the allegation, we will contact the parent(s) of the alleged victim as soon as possible, but in no event later than the next school day. Additional investigation may also ensue. Reporting to Authorities During the course of any investigation of alleged bullying, harassment and/or intimidation, should the school discover student engagement in actions or activities that are in violation of the law, the school may report (and, in some instances, must report) these to the appropriate authorities. False Reports/Reports Not Made in Good Faith Falsely reporting bullying, harassment and/or intimidation, and/or the making of such reports that are not, in Bishop Gorman High School’s sole opinion, made in good faith are also a violation of this policy. This would include reports of bullying, harassment and/or intimidation that are knowingly false and/or done for retaliatory purposes. Students who make false reports are subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including the possibility of dismissal from the school. OTHER INFRACTIONS: Gum Policy Gum is banned due to the destruction it causes on campus. Gum removal takes many hours and is damaging to desks, floors and sidewalks. The following is a schedule of fines which will be collected from students who violate the “No Gum” rule. Fines must be paid within one week. • 1st violation – $10.00 • 3rd violation – $50.00 • 5th violation – $200.00 • 2nd violation – $20.00 • 4th violation – $100.00 Failure to pay fines within the allotted time may result in further disciplinary action. Public Displays of Affection Policy Public displays of affection (PDA) are not appropriate for the school’s teaching / learning environment. Such gestures include, but are not limited to, holding hands, kissing, and inappropriate touching. Students engaged in PDA may receive a range of consequences including but not limited to warning, parent contact, or Disciplinary Referral.
Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices Students are permitted to use cell phones and other electronic devices before and after school, provided there is nothing illegal or immoral in the context of use. During the school day, students are only permitted to use cell phones and other electronic devices for educational or study purposes with the permission of and under the supervision of the teacher or administration. During the school day, cell phones must be off unless in use as described above. No cell phones or electronic devices may be used in locker rooms, dressing rooms, or restrooms. Any use of cell phones or electronic devices that is in violation of the above policies or in violation of the technology Acceptable Use Policy is subject to the device(s) being confiscated and the following fines (Fines must be paid within one week. • 1st Violation – $50.00 fine • 2nd Violation – $100.00 fine • 3rd Violation – $200.00 fine, student must leave the cell phone or electronic device in Student Services in the morning and get it after school for the duration of the school year Failure to pay fines within the allotted time may result in further disciplinary action. The use of cell phones or other electronic devices to create hotspots, internet connections, or networks not managed by BGHS is strictly prohibited on campus. Driving and Parking Policies All students, who park a vehicle on campus, must obtain and display a Bishop Gorman Parking Permit. Students will receive one decal for their designated parking space and must park only in that space. The decal must be placed in the lower left corner of the inside of the windshield (driver’s side). Students, who already have their driver’s licenses, must obtain and complete a Parking Permit Application form during the first week of school. The Parking Permit Application must be returned to Student Services prior to receiving a parking space. Parking space priority will be determined by grade level seniority and completion of required annual Christian Service hours. Students, who obtain their driver’s licenses during the year, must complete the Parking Permit Application and return the completed form to Student Services within one week of driving to school and parking on campus. Bishop Gorman enforces a closed campus policy. This applies to students and their vehicles. Vehicles must be parked on campus in their assigned parking space. We believe this policy protects the students as well as their vehicles. Vehicles parked on campus in violation of the policies may be fined or, as a last resort, towed at the owner’s expense. Fines would be as follows: • 1st Violation – $25.00 fine • 3rd and all subsequent violations – $100.00 fine • 2nd Violation – $50.00 fine Fines must be paid within one week. Failure to pay fines within the allotted time may result in further disciplinary action. Students may not go to their vehicles during the day without permission from a dean or administrator. Students are prohibited from parking off-campus, including adjacent neighborhoods. Students who choose to park off campus are subject to the fines above. Trading spaces between students will not be allowed. Any parking spaces that are not used on a regular basis, as determined by the administration, may be re-claimed by the school and assigned to another student. Bishop Gorman is concerned for the safety of our students. Speeding, exhibition of power, reckless driving, distracted driving, and failing to yield to pedestrian traffic are not acceptable. Students violating and endangering others by the infractions will be assessed the following fines (Fines must be paid within one week.): • 1st Violation – $50.00 fine • 3rd Violation – $100.00 fine • 2nd Violation – $75.00 fine • 4th Violation – Will result in loss of parking privileges Failure to pay fines within the allotted time may result in further disciplinary action. Lesser driving and parking offenses may result in less severe consequences. NOTE: If there is reasonable suspicion that a vehicle driven by a Bishop Gorman student might contain materials that may endanger the safety of the school (weapons, facsimiles, drugs etc.), the vehicle will be searched in the presence of the student whenever possible and all of the above mentioned materials will be confiscated and turned over to Metropolitan Police Department when warranted. 23
DISCIPLINARY RESPONSE Definitions • Referral – a written statement of an infraction of school policy that is submitted to a Dean for action. • Disciplinary Fine – a monetary consequence for violation of school policy. All fines incurred for infractions must be paid/satisfied each semester. • Detention – a disciplinary action for inappropriate or habitual behavior. A detention may be one, two or four hours. All detentions are mandatory. Detentions must be served on the next scheduled detention day. If the student misses the detention, the student is not allowed to practice or participate in games/clubs/organizations until the detention has been served. A detention has priority over other activities, rehearsals, and practices. At the discretion of the administration, students may be assigned a task such as cleaning the lunch room, scraping gum from beneath tables etc. During detention students must: o Be seated at desk at the given time o Be in dress code o Not bring anything in to the detention – reading material will be available and provided during detention o Not sleep, talk or disrupt the detention through unwarranted behavior o Not leave campus during breaks • Saturday School - a Saturday school is a four-hour detention. o Saturday school is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. o A student must pay a $25.00 fee to Student Services o Missing a four-hour Saturday school results in a day of In-School Suspension, however the student is still responsible for the $25.00 fee. • Peace Agreement – a written agreement between students in conflict which identifies inappropriate behavior and by which students must agree to certain condition/actions, which rectify the behavior. A copy of the Peace Agreement is sent to the parents which must be signed and returned to the administration. • In-School Suspension (ISS) – is a corrective measure for inappropriate behavior that was not altered by previous disciplinary measures. In some instances, a Serious Infraction may require the removal of the student from the student population for a designated time. For in-school suspension a student must: o Arrive in Student Services 30 minutes prior to start of school o Be in dress code and have iPad and all materials necessary to do class work/homework for the entire day – failure to do school related work will incur additional discipline o Not leave the in-house area for any reason without permission o Be responsible for all assignments for the next school day o Give cell phone to Dean o Students may not participate in/attend athletic events, school-sponsored or co-curricular activities on the day of the suspension. o Student must remain in Student Services for 30 minutes after the conclusion of the school day. • Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) – is the loss of the privilege of attending Bishop Gorman for a period of time of one day to five days depending on the severity of the infraction as discerned by the administration. o Students are expected to complete all work and assignments that are due during the term of the suspension; however, the grade will be recorded at 80% of the actual earned grade. o Students on suspension may not participate in/attend athletic events, school sponsored or co-curricular activities for the days of suspension. o Students who are suspended must meet with a member of the administration prior to being re-instated. • Discipline Board – a review panel that consists of the Principal, the two Assistant Principals, and two other administrative personnel (usually Deans). This board is convened to review all the situations that may result in dismissal. The student and his/her parent or guardian may appear before the Board to plead the case to remain at Bishop Gorman. All decisions of the Discipline Board are final and may not be appealed. The Discipline Board is a closed and confidential hearing between the school and the family. Outside counsel is not permitted. • Dismissal – A student who does not live up to the standards of Bishop Gorman may be expelled from the school. A student who is expelled or has withdrawn from Bishop Gorman due to disciplinary infractions is barred from attendance at activities on campus as well as to home athletic events. The student may be noted as “trespassed,” in accordance with the policy of the Metropolitan Police Department. 24
Levels of Disciplinary Response The following levels of disciplinary response are to be considered normal response procedures. However, any violation of school rules and regulations is taken in context; disciplinary response can range from a warning to dismissal at the discretion of the administration. Level 1 Disciplinary Response The first level of disciplinary action is given for minor infractions that impede the educational process or the social order of our community. Students are expected to model proper behavior within the academic, social, and spiritual environment. Infractions range from violating the dress code policy to leaving class without permission. Corrective action: May result in a referral with warning, a one-hour detention, or a disciplinary measure that corresponds to the infraction for inappropriate behavior. Level 2 Disciplinary Response The second level of disciplinary action is given for inappropriate or habitual behavior that has previously resulted in a referral, a more serious first offense, or an accumulation of four referrals. Level 2 Response also includes Serious Infractions that are deemed less tolerable because they infringe on the rights of others. Infractions range from inappropriate classroom behavior to disrespect toward faculty/staff. Corrective action: A two-hour detention. Level 3 Disciplinary Response – Disciplinary Probation: Disciplinary Probation is the result of an accumulation of eight referrals or a single Serious Infraction. Included are Serious Infractions that violate the moral and ethical laws that govern good order and academic integrity. Infractions range from violation of the Academic Honor Code, fighting, or altering documents (including electronic documents and records). Corrective action: • Student remains on Disciplinary Probation for 9 weeks after the infraction(s). • Student must attend a scheduled four hour Saturday School and pay $25.00. • When the 9 weeks of Disciplinary Probation ends during the school year, the student is removed from probation. However, all referrals accrued beyond Disciplinary Probation are retained. • Students on Disciplinary Probation at the conclusion of the second semester may be removed from probation in order to grant a fresh start for the new school year. Level 4 Disciplinary Response – Disciplinary Contract: Disciplinary Contract is the result of an accumulation of twelve referrals, a second Serious Infraction that merits Disciplinary Probation, or a Serious Infraction that is deemed so severe and/or premeditated that the first infraction merits serious and immediate consequences. Examples of such first infractions are violation of a Peace Agreement, theft or vandalism. Corrective action: • Depending upon the nature of the offense(s), the student must attend Saturday School and pay $25.00 OR serve In-School Suspension OR serve Out-of-School Suspension. • Student remains on Disciplinary Contract for 18 weeks after the infraction(s). • In the event of a major violation that places the student on contract status, the dean contacts the parents. The parents and student must sign a contract and return it to Student Services • When the Disciplinary Contract ends during school year, the student is removed from status. However, all referrals accrued beyond Disciplinary Contract are retained. • Students on Disciplinary Contract at the conclusion of the second semester will not be removed over the summer. It will continue into the following school year, if applicable. The 18-week term must be fulfilled during the academic year only; Summer Enrichment does not fulfill these requirements. Additional Consequences for Being on Disciplinary Contract: • The student will not be allowed to run, be elected or remain in office, nor be a candidate for school honor. The student may not run for or participate in Homecoming Court or Prom Court. • Students involved in athletics, clubs or organizations must advise coach/moderator of the Disciplinary Contract. • Failure to live up to the specific terms of the contract may lead to suspension or the dismissal of the student from Bishop Gorman. • Students on Disciplinary Contract may have their financial aid revoked. 25
Level 5 Disciplinary Response – Discipline Board: The Discipline Board is convened when a student faces the possibility of dismissal from the school. Students who accumulate sixteen referrals during an academic year, who further impede the learning process or violate the social/ spiritual order of Bishop Gorman while on Disciplinary Contract, who violate the terms of the Drug Policy, who commit such an egregious offense as to threaten the safety and well-being of the school community, or who commit such an egregious offense as to destroy the trust between the student and the school will face the Discipline Board. Certain egregious offenses as verified by the administration may result in immediate expulsion without a Discipline Board hearing. Students who are retained after a Discipline Board hearing who commit an additional major infraction, which would result in a Level 3, 4, or 5 response, may be dismissed from the school without a hearing. (As a reminder, outside counsel is not permitted to participate in the disciplinary procedures of the school.) Corrective action: • When it is determined that a Discipline Board hearing will be convened, the student will be suspended (OSS) through the complete day of the hearing. • The Discipline Board will review the complete performance of the student at Bishop Gorman. The family will appear before the Board. The student will answer the questions of the Board. Parents may also comment and make statements. • The Discipline Board will reach a conclusion as to the final disciplinary response. Responses could include, but are not limited to, additional suspension, contractual obligations to remain at the school, counseling, professional support, suspension or removal from co-curricular activities, or dismissal from the school. • As mentioned previously, all decisions of the Discipline Board are final and may not be appealed.
Privacy and Searches
No one has a right of privacy in lockers, bags, backpacks, computers, or in any property belonging to Bishop Gorman High School/Diocese of Las Vegas, or that is brought onto the property of Bishop Gorman High School/Diocese of Las Vegas or at any Diocesan event. Property belonging to Bishop Gorman High School/The Diocese of Las Vegas includes, but is not limited to: lockers, desks, storage areas, computers, networks, and/or other work and educational space. Personal property brought onto the Diocesan/Bishop Gorman High School premises, includes, but is not limited to: backpacks, purses, bags, computers, iPods, iPads, tablets, cellular telephones, other electronic devices, and vehicles. Bishop Gorman High School/The Diocese of Las Vegas reserves the right to search any and all such property at any time, without warning, to ensure compliance with our policies, including, without limitation, policies on safety, theft, drug and alcohol use/possession, etc. Accordingly, no student or other person on the Bishop Gorman High School/Diocese of Las Vegas premises should have an expectation of privacy while on Bishop Gorman High School/Diocesan property or while attending a school event at another location. Failure to cooperate in searches or inspection may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Drug, Alcohol, and Nicotine Policy
Bishop Gorman adamantly opposes the possession, use, abuse, sharing, distribution and sale of drugs/alcohol/nicotine or any substance represented to be a drug (legal or illegal), drug paraphernalia or alcohol by students. The main goal of Bishop Gorman’s drug/alcohol/nicotine screening program is to ensure that the school is a safe learning environment. Without announcing the dates in advance, a Metropolitan Police K-9 (dog) Unit may arrive and search the campus for drugs and firearms. Spot checks by the dogs may include but are not limited to: classrooms, backpacks, lockers, hallways and, if necessary, cars. The school also reserves the right to use passive alcohol sensors and/or breathalyzers at school functions. Student Seeking Assistance for Drug/Alcohol/Nicotine Abuse Before Detection It is the student’s responsibility to seek help for drug/alcohol/nicotine-related problems and to assist other students to do the same. Any student (or any person on behalf of a student) who seeks assistance for, or who acknowledges a drug/alcohol/ nicotine problem to a school official prior to detection or before being randomly selected for testing, will not be dismissed from Bishop Gorman, but the student and parents must agree to the consequences imposed by the administration. However, this problem cannot be used as an excuse for future infractions.
Random/Behavior – Drug/Alcohol/Nicotine Test During the school year, students will be screened for drug/alcohol/nicotine use when warranted by behavior or knowledge of drug use is communicated to faculty/staff/administration as well as on a random basis, through a computer program designed for random selection. The collection process uses urine and/or hair samples and/or saliva. • Test will be done on site. • Student must take the test as prescribed by the collection agency. • Failure to comply with any portion of the test may result in immediate dismissal from Bishop Gorman. • A student who has been tested is returned to the collective pool for further random selection, or when warranted by the administration. • A student whose name has been called for the random drug test must be tested at that time and may not claim to have a drug/alcohol/nicotine problem in order not to incur Disciplinary Status. NOTE: If an additional drug/alcohol/nicotine test is required, the parents will assume the cost of the test. Any student who produces a sample that does not register at the appropriate temperature as determined by the lab technician or nurse or is in possession of or uses any substance to falsify the results of a Drug/Alcohol/Nicotine test may be immediately dismissed from Bishop Gorman. Consequences for Positive Test Results The following consequences will occur if a student tests positively: • Parents are notified with test results. • For a Nicotine violation o 1st offense – suspension and Disciplinary Contract o 2nd offense – suspension and Discipline Board Hearing • For an Alcohol violation o Suspension and Discipline Board Hearing • For a Drug violation o Suspension and Discipline Board Hearing In the case of a positive drug test, we have no way of determining whether such activity occurred on campus (absent the discovery of the substance itself) or when the activity may have occurred. As a result, a report to the authorities would not be made in this instance (other than to the NIAA or other regulatory bodies as is required within the educational community). Illegal Possession, Use, Sale or Delivery State and federal law prohibit the possession, use, sale or delivery of alcohol to persons under 21 or of controlled substances to persons of any age, without a prescription. The school will consult law enforcement agencies when an alcoholic or controlled substance violation occurs on campus or comes to the attention of the school on school property or at a school event. In cases where sale or possession is verified, school administrators follow these procedures: • Confiscate all physical evidence obtained as a result of the investigation by sealing the evidence in a container bearing the date and the time of confiscation, the name of the student from whom it was confiscated, as well as the signature of the person(s) who confiscated it. • Consult with police. The degree of involvement by the police will be determined in each case by those authorities. If a student involved does not have a history of substance abuse or significant delinquent behavior, the police may determine that no further involvement by a law enforcement agency is necessary.
Chapter 6: Student Support Services Student Support Team
The Student Support Team (SST) is comprised of administrative, disciplinary, guidance, wellness and ministerial personnel who meet every two weeks to discuss issues that impact student learning and participation in the Bishop Gorman community. Serving as a vehicle of communication, advocacy, and action, the SST develops intervention plans to help individual students succeed in school while working through the various challenges that emerge in the life of an adolescent. Parents or students who have any concerns may report them to any member of the SST, and the topic will be brought to the group for consideration.
The Office of Campus Ministry serves to support the spiritual formation of the students, faculty, staff, and parents. Students may speak with a Campus Minister to discuss spiritual matters or to request spiritual support. However, the Campus Ministers are not counselors, and will make referrals for any situation that requires more professional support and intervention to the guidance counselors or the wellness counselor.
Guidance and Counseling
The Guidance and Counseling Department works to assist students with their academic success at Bishop Gorman. Counselors are tasked to ensure that each student is achieving at expected levels and is enrolled in the most appropriate coursework possible. Furthermore, the department assists with the college planning and application process to ensure that education will continue beyond high school. The Guidance Counselors are not personal counselors. Serious student issues, family problems, or psychological issues will be referred to the school’s wellness counselor, who may also refer the student for outside professional assistance. In order to ensure accurate and full reporting to colleges and testing services, communications, whether electronic, written, or verbal between guidance personnel, the wellness counselor, the learning specialists, teachers, and school officials and colleges/universities and testing services is confidential and not subject to student or parent review.
In the school context, wellness counseling, focuses on creating a safe place where students can talk openly about their personal issues or challenges, and get support and assistance in problem solving. It is important to distinguish school counseling from psychotherapy. Students who may require individual or family therapy will be referred to outside agencies for assessment and possible on-going therapy. Meanwhile, the wellness component of our counseling program provides: • Education, resources, and support that foster healthy lifestyles throughout high school. • Short-term individual counseling for personal issues. • Referral information on services available in the local community. • Education on mental health issues.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center was created in response to a growing need to extend additional educational and support services to students with diagnosed learning disabilities and attention problems. The program is unique in that services are offered in a rigorous college preparatory setting, whereby students with learning difficulties are competing and succeeding with their non- learning disabled peers. Bishop Gorman provides accommodations, but does not modify the college preparatory curriculum. The Learning Center offers an adaptive, comfortable learning environment for individual/small group instruction, test taking, and quiet study. It also provides professional development for Bishop Gorman faculty and information for parents. In addition to support services for students formally enrolled in the program, the Learning Center administers and oversees special accommodations such as extended time tests, and makes recommendations relating to special needs and special services for all Bishop Gorman students. Learning Center services are available during the academic year and are not available during Summer Enrichment.
Eligibility Services and classes available through the Learning Center will be extended only to students formally diagnosed with a learning difference and currently enrolled in the Learning Center program. In order to enroll in the Learning Center, an application should be completed with an attached documentation of the student’s learning problems. Enrollment in the Learning Center is limited, and placement will be determined based upon availability and review by the Learning Center Admissions Committee. Documentation consists of a written report of assessment by a qualified licensed clinician/psychologist. The assessment should be two years current, and must specifically demonstrate the presence of a learning issue. This evaluation is the cornerstone to an effective plan of supportive education for the students as well as the operation of a focused, successful program.
Health Services is staffed by a licensed nurse who evaluates students’ medical complaints as well as: • Keeps a daily account of student visits to Health Services • Contacts parents of student with frequent need of a nurse’s attention • Provides hygiene products for emergency use only • Provides medication permission forms • Provides health literature and information Health Services is open during school hours. Students who do not feel well can obtain a pass from a teacher and go to Health Services. If the nurse is not at the school, the student reports to Student Services. If the student fails to do this, the absence will be recorded as a truancy, and penalized accordingly. Students are not to stay out of class or remain in a restroom. The student is marked absent for that period if he/she stays in Health Services for longer than 5 minutes. In the event that the student needs to be sent home, the nurse will call the parent or the emergency contact person. A student who, for any reason, must contact a parent/guardian during the school day is to do so from the Student Services or Health Office. A parent who comes to pick up a student as the result of a text message or unauthorized call does not exempt his/ her son/daughter from the disciplinary process. Requirements for Parents • •
Complete Health Inventory Card Provide immunization record. Any updated current immunizations must be reported to the Health Office. Parents who exercise a religious right to not immunize must inform health services in writing of this decision. • Notify nurse regarding serious illnesses, accidents or changes in health status of students. • Failure to have updated information submitted in a timely fashion may result in disciplinary sanctions. The parent/guardian of any student who suffers from a chronic illness or condition must submit a doctor’s letter which includes a diagnosis, prognosis and any additional medical information deemed necessary to the School Nurse at the beginning of each school year. Medication Policy Students must bring all medication (over-the-counter and prescription) to the School Nurse and the following conditions must be met: • Parent has signed student’s health card indicating permission to take the medication at school. • All medication is kept in its original labeled container. • Parent has read the Diocesan Liability Waiver (see below) regarding the administering of medication. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by Health Services, the administration, and the Diocese of Las Vegas. Medication Administered by School Personnel For any over-the-counter or prescription medications to be administered by the school nurse or school personnel, there must be a signed by parent Authorization Form on file in Health Services. • Medical Injection Release and Waiver Form – In the event that a student needs medicine that must be injected, the form from the Diocese must be signed by a parent. • The Medical Injection Release and Waiver Form is located in Health Services. 29
Allergies Some students may have severe, life threatening allergies, such as a peanut allergy. While the school will make reasonable efforts to prevent or minimize an allergic student’s contact with allergens, the school cannot promise an allergy-free environment. A Food Allergy Management Plan should be on file for every student with food allergies. This document outlines recommended treatment in case of an allergic reaction, includes emergency contact numbers and is signed by the student’s physician. Because of the risk of students sharing medications, students may not carry medication of any kind to be self-administered at school. However, if a student is at serious risk without an immediate dose of medication, such as epinephrine, consideration will be given for a variance of this policy so the student may carry such life-saving medication on their person at all times. The parent or guardian must sign the Consent/Release Forms and other appropriate medication permission forms and return them to the school. Additional information from the student’s health care provider may be necessary. Students affected with such allergies may be required to demonstrate (to the school nurse) their own ability to not only detect the onset of an event, but the ability to self-administer medication. Injury and Transportation Policy In the event of an injury / illness that needs immediate medical attention, this procedure is followed: • Call to 911 • Parents are notified by phone. If parents are not available, a decision by emergency personnel prevails. • Student is transported to the nearest medical facility accompanied by a member of the faculty / staff or administration. Child Abuse/Neglect According to Nevada State Law, Bishop Gorman is required to notify the proper authorities if any case of child abuse and/or neglect is suspected. Parents will not be notified of this action. Legal Issues – Rights of Parents to Access Information About Their Student Unless altered by the court, both parents have rights. Parents are required to furnish Bishop Gorman with a court-certified copy of the custody section of the separation agreement or divorce decree. In the absence of any of the above, the administration assumes that both parents have custodial rights. A parent who wants the other parent to have no contact with the student must have a court-certified document stating that the other parent is not to be given access to the student and information concerning the student. The Buckley Amendment states that the non-custodial parent has access to information concerning the academic performance of their children. Unless a court has ruled otherwise, non-custodial parents have the right to copies of their students’ academic records, although addresses and other identifying information can be excluded. FERPA / HIPAA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act give parents certain rights with respect to their student’s educational and health records. Records are released in accordance with these policies.
Issues of Sexuality
Bishop Gorman follows the Human Sexuality Policies for The Diocese of Las Vegas. The Catholic Church teaches that sexuality is a gift from God. It is in the context of marriage that sex can be expressed in a healthy, holy, and wholesome manner. Sexual activity outside of marriage is contrary to this gift and to the dignity of life itself. Early Marriage The Sacrament of Matrimony is a life-long commitment intended for mature adults. The school strongly discourages early or student marriage precisely because many of these marriages end in separation or divorce. Bishop Gorman’s programs are designed to serve the formation needs of single young men and women rather than married couples. Therefore, student marriage is strongly discouraged and may result in discontinuance of studies. In the event that a student from Bishop Gorman intends to marry or is married, it is required that the student and his/her parents meet with the administration regarding the feasibility of continuing their studies at Bishop Gorman. 30
Pregnancy In the event of a student pregnancy, Bishop Gorman will make every effort to provide support, understanding, and compassion. In consultation with parents and students, the administration, guidance counselor, and wellness counselor will decide upon the appropriate manner for continuing with an uninterrupted high school program of studies. If a decision is made to temporarily continue education apart from the school, a student may return and receive a diploma at graduation provided that all necessary requirements are met. The same support, understanding and counseling provided to our young women will also be provided to a Bishop Gorman young man who has brought about a pregnancy. Counseling will be provided in an atmosphere of respect, trust, and confidentiality. Abortion Bishop Gorman strongly opposes abortion, the deliberate destruction of human life. The school will provide all available resources and nurturing support for a pregnant student out of respect for the absolute dignity of human life. In the event the school becomes aware, despite its support, that one of its students has willfully chosen to obtain an abortion, the student is liable for dismissal from Bishop Gorman. For the same reason, other members of the Bishop Gorman student body, including the father, are liable for dismissal if they have helped procure an abortion.
Chapter 7: Guidelines for Acceptable Technology Use Students are informed of their rights and responsibilities by reading this Acceptable Use Policy prior to gaining access to computer networks or websites, or using technology, either as individual users or as members of a class or group. Students are responsible for proper conduct on the school’s computer networks; when using computers and equipment, including personal devices; and when using network and online information resources. Due to continuous advancements in technology, additional restrictions and use guidelines may be instituted at any time and throughout the school year. If it becomes necessary to amend the Acceptable Use Policy, parents and students will be notified of the amendments via normal communication channels, such as Blackbaud. Any amendment instituted will also be visibly posted in the IMET Center Library and on the school’s web site. Bishop Gorman students agree to abide by the rules and regulations listed regarding the use of computer networks, computers and equipment—including personal devices brought on campus—and access to Internet resources. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal from school, and the loss of the privilege of using computers, and other equipment or technology services, and/or accessing the Internet at Bishop Gorman. Students and parents also agree to abide by the 1:1 iPad Program Policies and Procedures. Students will be required to use the school assigned e-mail account as the Apple ID. Generally, students will be required to log in to Apple Classroom for each of their classes. Furthermore, the school reserves the right to suppress apps that interfere with the educational environment. SPECIFIC POLICIES Parents and students must be aware of the following: Responsible Use of Technology • Access to iPads, computer labs/library labs and computer network information is available to all students provided they comply with the rules and regulations established in this policy. • Bishop Gorman may limit technology and/or Internet access to students who use resources inappropriately or violate any local, state or federal laws or ordinances. • Students who choose to use technology in an inappropriate manner may face disciplinary sanctions ranging from a warning to dismissal from the school. 31
Legal/Ethical Considerations • Students must respect and adhere to the laws of the United States of America, concerning copyrighted material; threatening, violent or harassing material; obscene material; and material protected by trademark or trade secret. • Students must adhere to ethical and responsible behavior when using computer network information resources. • Students must adhere to Catholic principles when using technology No Expectation of Privacy/Search Protocols • All electronic devices brought on campus may be subject to search • The school maintains the right to monitor student use of all technology on campus, including personal devices. • Files stored by users on the school’s file servers are not private; system operators and administrators may review users’ files to maintain system integrity in accordance with this Acceptable Use Policy. Networks/Wireless Internet/Filtering • The setup and use of personal internet cellular connections (“tethering”), personal cellular data connections (e.g. “3G” and “4G” and “5G”), and peer-to-peer networks is strictly prohibited on campus. • Students will not attempt to circumvent the school’s security and filtering systems. • Students may not use the network in a way that hampers its use by others. • Students will not partake in video/audio streaming of any kind without specific permission from the school’s administration. • Students will not use the school’s network, computers, or their own devices to play any electronic games unless such game playing has educational purpose, and is specifically approved and directed by the supervising faculty member. Appropriate School Use • Student use of school and personal computers, laptops, devices, printers, and all other equipment and related services is limited to school-related activities. Any use other than that related to, or designated by, the school is prohibited and enforced by the guidelines of the parent student handbook. E-mail and Social Networking • Student use of e-mail at school is limited to school-related matters only and must be approved by school personnel. • Instant messaging is prohibited. • Access to any blog (“web log”), forum, or “social network” web site of any kind is restricted to school-related use only, as approved by school personnel. “social network” web sites include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, SnapChat, Xanga, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Problems/Issues With Technology • Students must report any problems with technology, computer networks, computers, laptops, devices, or any other equipment or electronic resource immediately upon becoming aware of it to the IT staff or supervising faculty member. • Students will not take apart or remove any school computer, laptop, device, or any other equipment without specific permission from the administration and IT staff, or their designated representative. • Students may troubleshoot their iPads with a reboot (hard or soft). • Students will not attempt to troubleshoot, service, reboot, reset, or shut down school computers, laptops, devices, or any other equipment without specific permission from the Technology Support Center staff or the supervising faculty member. Security • Students may not use others’ computer accounts or passwords under any circumstances. A student may not allow any other student to use his/her account or password under any circumstances. • Students may not impersonate another’s identity on the school’s computer networks, virtual networks, electronic resources, or websites. • Students will not make any changes to settings, programs, applications, or files on school computers, laptops, or equipment without consent of the supervising faculty member or IT personnel. 32
Damage/Disclaimers/Release of Liability for Inappropriate Use • Students or parents will reimburse the school or other individuals for any damage to school or other individuals’ computers, laptops, devices, or any other equipment that occurs as a result of malicious or negligent actions. The school or its designee will carry out the necessary repair or replacement of equipment in such situations. • Students are responsible for improper care and handling of, or damage to, hardware, software, peripherals, or networks. Students will be liable for the cost of replacement or repair and will lose access privileges. • The IT personnel and/or administration have the authority to override a supervising faculty member if network integrity could be impaired or compromised by any action. • Access to resources that have not been reviewed and evaluated may be restricted or prohibited. • Content of online databases to which Bishop Gorman subscribes is determined and controlled by the publishers of those sites, and not by the school or its employees. • Efforts to monitor and regulate student Internet access do not guarantee full compliance with the school’s policies and standards; appropriate use is the student’s responsibility. • Parents and guardians of minors, in conjunction with Bishop Gorman, are responsible for setting and conveying the standards their children should follow when using media and information sources, including access to the Internet. • Bishop Gorman is not legally liable for a student’s inappropriate use of the Internet. Violations of Technology Policy Users may be disciplined for improper use of technology on or off campus, regardless of whether or not the technology is school property or student property. Unacceptable Use of Outside Technology The school expects students to use information technology (including but not limited to the Internet, e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging) in a responsible and ethical fashion in compliance with all applicable laws and with Catholic moral principles, both in and out of the school setting. Accordingly, students may not post, place, upload, share, or communicate any images, photographs, statements or inferences relating to or including weapons/firearms, profanity, vulgarity, indecency, illegal use of drugs, illegal use of alcohol or other illicit activities. Additionally, students may not use information technology for the purpose of defaming, threatening, teasing or harassing any other student, staff member, parent, faculty member, or other person. This includes, but is not limited to, communications on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Students are responsible for all materials and communications made on personal websites and social networks and the materials and communications should be consistent with Catholic moral principles, including any materials or communications posted on their sites by other individuals. Moreover, any unauthorized use of the school’s name (or common names associated with the school) or any likeness, image, audio recording or video recording of the school or its employees is strictly prohibited. Users may be disciplined for improper use of school or personal technology. Monitoring of Technology / Technology Resources The school and its authorized personnel may monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that users are secure and in conformity with this policy. The school reserves the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found in order to further the health, safety, discipline or security of any student or other person or to protect property. Bishop Gorman may also use this information in disciplinary actions and may furnish evidence of a crime to law enforcement.
Chapter 8: Other General Information
The following is a listing of other school information that is useful for parents and students to know.
The office of Advancement works with our dedicated and generous parents, alumni and friends to advance the mission of Bishop Gorman High School and preserve our legacy. Advancement is responsible for fostering stewardship through the Gael Force annual appeal, capital campaigns and special events, including the Knight of the Gael, Passport and Bishop Gorman Golf Classic. Also included in the Advancement Team are Admissions, Alumni and Parent Relations, Communications and Database Management. We strive to foster and cultivate a common bond of pride, affinity and connectivity among alumni, students, parents and friends of Bishop Gorman High School through quality programs, services and events. We encourage all parents and alumni to get involved, whether by attending events, volunteering, making a gift or participating with students in a service project. A strong community is one of the distinguishing qualities of Bishop Gorman High School. Make the most of your Bishop Gorman experience and get involved today! Contact the Advancement Office at (702) 476-4032 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Athletic Policies and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA)
All students who participate in activities governed by the NIAA or the Bishop Gorman Athletic department and their parents are responsible for following the policies and procedures outlined in the Bishop Gorman Athletic Handbook as well as all rules and regulations of the NIAA.
Athletic Training Center
The Athletic Training Center (ATC) is available for strength training and cardiovascular conditioning to in-season athletes first, out-of-season athletes second, and all students and faculty third. For more information about hours, policies and procedures, and safety expectations, please see the ATC coordinator.
Bell schedules are disseminated from the Assistant Principal for Student Services. Various schedules will be posted online.
If you are visiting, you must stop at the Reception Desk in the Administration Building to obtain a Visitor’s Badge. You must present a government issued picture ID. The Visitor’s Badge must be worn at all times while on campus. • The Reception Desk hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Fridays, the office closes at 2:45 p.m.. • Classroom instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. on most school days. • Students who remain on campus after school must go to either the Commons or the IMET Center (Library). The Commons and IMET Center are closed on In-service afternoons. • The Commons is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. • IMET Center hours for study and research are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. • On Faculty In-service days instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. The campus closes at 12:00 p.m. No supervision is available after the school closes.
Serves the students with all the dress code apparel, spirit items and school related needs. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.The Hammes Campus Store is normally closed on the afternoons of faculty in-service.
Clubs, Honors Societies, and Organizations
There are several clubs, honors societies, and organizations available for student membership. Some of these are open to all students; some are invitation only. A complete list can be obtained from the Director of Student Activities (DSA) or on the BGHS website. Students who wish to organize a new club or organization should complete the application process outlined by the DSA who will then present it to the administration for consideration of approval. Proposals for new organizations may only be submitted during the first three weeks of each semester. All clubs must align to Catholic doctrinal and moral standards. 34
Typically, the school has a Homecoming Dance and Prom. Other dances may be scheduled. Additionally, the school sponsors after-game social dances from time to time. The following policies are applicable to Bishop Gorman dances: • School dances are open to all Bishop Gorman students. A freshman or sophomore must be invited by a junior or senior to attend Prom. • Non-Bishop Gorman students are admitted only to dances for couples (with approval). Non-Bishop Gorman students are prohibited from attending the after-game socials. • Dances may not be held on nights before school days without administrative approval. • Dances are chaperoned by faculty members, administrators, and police. • Students who are expelled or voluntarily withdrawn (with disciplinary issues) from Bishop Gorman may not attend any function sponsored by Bishop Gorman. • Student I.D. must be presented for entrance. • Students leaving the dance may not return. • A lock in is in effect for all dances. Students must arrive by a certain time and may not leave any earlier than a half hour before the dance ends. There are no exceptions, such as “show tickets” to this policy. • All students attending a dance, including non-Bishop Gorman students, are subject to security procedures that include, but are not limited to: o Wanding or other metal detectors o The use of a breathalyzer or passive alcohol sensor o Search of bags, backpacks, etc. • Bishop Gorman reserves the right to deny a student entrance (or to ask a student to leave) whose dress is deemed inappropriate. Students’ dress is expected to comport with standards of their biological sex as based upon physical differences at birth.
Deliveries to Campus
Because of the disruption to the academic setting, deliveries (flowers, gifts, school assignments, lunches, etc.), must not be made to students on campus. The only acceptable delivery is the student iPad or medically necessary items. All other deliveries will be refused by Reception and/or Student Services.
Emergency Response Plan
Bishop Gorman maintains an Emergency Response Plan to respond to emergencies or disasters that occur when school is in session. The following guidelines are to be followed: • Go to our website at www.bishopgorman.org, or tune to local television/radio media for emergency announcements. • The school’s social media platforms will also be updated when possible. • Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines may be used by emergency personnel. • Students will be released when any imminent danger has passed, the roads are passable and the streets in the Bishop Gorman area are open. • In the event that the roads accessing the school area are blocked by emergency personnel, please plan to meet your student in a previously designated area. • The media will be notified if a situation mandates the departure of all students/faculty/staff from the school. Bishop Gorman conducts emergency drills on a monthly basis both in conjunction with the Las Vegas Fire Department and independently as needed. These drills include evacuation, earthquake, shelter-in-place, and lockdown. If the administration must cancel school or dismiss school early because of an emergency or bad weather, an announcement will be made on www.bishopgorman.org as well as through the local media. The school will also update Blackbaud and social media platforms.
Bishop Gorman “is operated as an exempt school under the provision of NRS 394.211 and as such is exempt from the provisions of the Private Elementary and Secondary Education Authorization Act.”
By enrolling a student in Bishop Gorman, the parents/guardians of the student agree to complete and sign the Enrollment Agreement and the Tuition Fee Addendum. The financial commitments are explained below. • To receive the parishioner rate, a Parish Affidavit must be obtained by the parents/guardians from their pastor and turned in by September 1st. Any received after this date will have the parishioner discount prorated. An affidavit must be submitted for each new student from a parish in the Diocese of Las Vegas. The criteria for qualification for the parishioner rate are set by each pastor. Bishop Gorman is not involved in the approval or denial of the Parish Affidavit nor will the parishioner rate be granted without the pastor’s approval. • It is the goal of Bishop Gorman to provide a quality Catholic education at a cost that is reasonable to all participating families. The major source of revenue for Bishop Gorman is generated through tuition. The first tuition payment is due on August 1st. Billing cycles cannot be changed after the August billing. For your convenience, payments can be made: o Semiannually in two (2) equal installments o Quarterly in four (4) equal installments, or o In ten (10) equal installments Tuition assistance is available for families that qualify. Awards are based on demonstrated need and the availability of funds. Information regarding tuition assistance is posted on the school website under the Admissions/Financial Information tab. At times, families experience financial difficulty. We encourage parents/guardians to contact the Finance Office immediately. The Tuition Assistance Committee assesses hardship cases on an individual basis. Parents/guardians of students who are dismissed, or leave during an academic school year are financially obligated to pay the amount of tuition and fees due up to and including the end of the month in which the student leaves. All financial obligations under the Enrollment Agreement and the Tuition Fee Addendum must be met prior to transferring to another school. Transcripts and grades will not be provided to the school until all of the financial obligations are met. In the case of graduating seniors, the diploma and final transcripts will also be withheld until all financial obligations are satisfied.
The Student Commons is on a card-based payment system. Methods of payment in the Student Commons are student ID card, credit card, or a debit card. A cash line is available for those who do not have a card on a given day. Parents/students can load money on the student ID card in the Student Commons utilizing the PHIL Station or online under the tab “Student ID Card.” The balance and summary of activity can be accessed online under the student’s account. Each student’s specific login has been provided at the beginning of the school year via mail to the home. The Campus Store can provide student’s access information, if needed. All students are required to register their ID cards and parents are responsible to add money to their child’s ID card.
Student ID cards must be carried at all times and presented for verification when requested by faculty/staff. • Students will not be allowed to attend a school trip without an ID • Student may be refused admittance to Bishop Gorman activities without a valid school ID • Students who lose or misplace a card will be responsible for the cost of a replacement card ($20). • Student or parent is responsible for notifying the Campus Store when a card is lost/stolen to freeze the account until a new card can be issued. • Student withdrawing from Bishop Gorman must return school ID to Student Services. • The ID card is property of Bishop Gorman and must be surrendered upon request by a school official or their designee. Students are able to use their ID cards to purchase items in the Student Commons, Campus Store, and at the concession stands. Money can be loaded on the ID card in the Student Commons utilizing the PHIL Station or online under the tab “Student ID Card.” At the time of graduation or withdrawal, if the student ID Card has a balance, the graduating student or parent has until June 15th to request a refund in writing to the Finance Office (withdrawing student requests must be made in writing at the time of withdrawal). All unclaimed account balances will be donated to the Mite Box fund, which assists local families in need of support.
Bishop Gorman does not carry accident/liability insurance upon which a student may make a claim. Students participating in football must purchase additional coverage.
Lockers are issued to students upon request. • Students are responsible for assigned lockers, and must maintain it in a neat and clean manner inside and out. • No locker sharing • Students are prohibited from giving their locker combinations to other students. • Students are not to access lockers during class time without permission. • Lockers in the locker room are made available for students taking PE • Lockers in the men’s and women’s locker rooms will be assigned by their respective team coaches based on availability. • Lockers intended for use by physical education students will by clearly marked DAY USE ONLY. The P.E. teacher will monitor the use of these lockers ensuring that all students have access to a locker. • If a locker does not have a lock built in to the door, then it is the responsibility of the student to provide their own lock. It is mandatory that the student secures their valuables in a locker with a lock. • Temporary decorations on the outside of the locker (birthday, sporting events, etc.) are permitted provided the decorations are affixed with blue “painter’s tape” and removed in a timely fashion. REMINDER: All lockers are the property of Bishop Gorman and are subject to search as noted in Chapter 5, under Privacy and Searches. Bishop Gorman and the Diocese of Las Vegas are not responsible for the safety, security, etc. of any personal instrument(s) or item(s) left on campus. This includes books, clothing, electronic items and other school materials, etc. This covers items left in lockers (locked or unlocked) or elsewhere on campus/parking lots. Bishop Gorman and the Diocese of Las Vegas are not responsible for replacement costs for any lost or stolen articles/items.
Non-Discrimination Policy •
The Diocese of Las Vegas complies with all applicable state and federal law with regard to the administration of its educational policies including, without limitation, the admission of students and administration of all other schoolrelated programs.
Personal Property/Valuables on Campus
Bishop Gorman is not responsible for personal property or valuables students bring to school or school events. Students are responsible for the security and monitoring of their own items. As a reminder, lockers are provided upon request. Students are not permitted to leave bags, backpacks, or other personal items in bathrooms or locker rooms unattended. Items found on campus must be turned into Student Services, a Dean, Security, or Administration as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the school day
School Sponsored Trips/Field Trips
The faculty, moderators and the administration, prior to a school trip, evaluate students regarding their Disciplinary History. Students on Disciplinary Probation or Disciplinary Contract may be restricted from attending a school sponsored trip. Students must: • Be current in all school work. • Be current with at least the annual Christian Service requirements. • Have a picture ID. • Adhere to all rules and regulations pertaining to lodging and restaurants, as well as, all directives given by the moderators from the time the group departs, until its return. • Violation of Bishop Gorman discipline policies or violations regarding any aspect of a student’s safety is an issue of trust, and the student may be sent home and all expenses will be assumed by the parents. Students are liable for disciplinary penalties as outlined in Chapter 5. • Participation in field trips is a privilege and not a right; participation can be revoked at any time. • Be present at the start of the school day and all day thereafter. • Not be absent from school or leave school due to illness.
School cameras are monitored by the administration and are the property of the Diocese of Las Vegas. The protection of student privacy/confidentiality mandates that the viewing of cameras be restricted to school or diocesan officials.
Bishop Gorman has a policy of no solicitation. Fliers, etc. may not be distributed on campus property without the permission of the administration. At times, fliers are dropped on campus/parking lots advertising parties, etc. These are non-Bishop Gorman sponsored functions. Parents are always made aware of Bishop Gorman sanctioned activities.
Bishop Gorman does not ordinarily provide transportation to games, practice or any other events. • Students must arrange their own transportation without approval or guidance/supervision from employees of the Diocese of Las Vegas. • Parents picking up students are to do so immediately after the school event. • Exceptions to this policy are determined by the administration of Bishop Gorman and are conveyed to parents/guardians.
All visitors (including parents and alumni) to the campus must check in at Reception to receive a Visitor’s Badge. The receptionist will require the visitor to produce a valid government issued picture ID. The visitor must wear a Visitor’s Badge which displays name, reason for visit and date and time. Entering the school grounds through any location other than the reception area is not allowed.
THE ALMA MATER AND FIGHT SONG Students should take pride in their school by learning the Alma Mater and Fight Song, which are sung at pep rallies, during many athletic contests, and Commencement.
BISHOP GORMAN ALMA MATER By Brother Drolet, CSV, 1955
Here’s to our friendship ever so true Dear Alma Mater, here’s to you. Your noble spirit, may our hearts imbue While pledging faithfulness anew. Hail to you! BISHOP GORMAN FIGHT SONG Tune: The Notre Dame Victory March, Michael and John Shea, 1905
Cheer, cheer for old Gorman High, Stand up and cheer as our team goes by! Get together, hit ‘em hard. Come on and tackle, center and guard. We’ve got the spirit, we’ve got the fight; We’re gonna win with all of our might. We’re the team that’s always best The Gaels of BGHS.
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Bishop Gorman High School 2019-2020 Parent/Student Handbook