STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR 5218 NORTH BROAD STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19141 215-219-3943 http://www.cristoreyphiladelphia.org
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS Congratulations and welcome to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School! This is a very exciting time for our administration, faculty, and staff as we continue to build on this journey together. It is my pleasure to present to you our Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Student Handbook for the 2013-14 school year. At Cristo Rey Philadelphia, we hold our students to high expectations for behavior, character, and habits of study. As the Dean of Students, my goal is to guide our students toward becoming responsible young men and women for others by holding them accountable for their actions as well as recognizing their achievements. My office is dedicated to the development of our students both inside and outside the classroom. To ensure a positive experience, all students, and their parents/guardians are expected to know, understand, and comply with the policies of this handbook. A copy of the Statement of Agreement is distributed to the students and parents/guardians. It is required that the students and parents/guardians sign this statement. These signatures indicate that the handbook has been read, is understood, and that the students and parents/guardians agree to abide by the rules, regulations, and policies outlined in this handbook. We BELIEVE our commitment to God, character building, education, hard work, and team will make for a successful school year! I look forward to working with you.
Yours in Education, Mr. Suni K. Blackwell, M. Ed. Dean of Students Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School
MISSION Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for student of all faiths grades 9-12. Cristo Rey Philadelphia nurtures and challenges young women and men to recognize and realize their full potential as they grow to love God, respect others, and serve their community. Cristo Rey Philadelphia is endorsed by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The school utilizes a longer school day and year, structured academic assistance, and counseling support to prepare students for college. All students enrolled in the school participate in a unique Work-Study Program through which they develop important skills and finance the majority of the cost of their education. The Cristo Rey Philadelphia Work-Study Program provides students the opportunity to build core skills that will help them succeed in college and the modern workplace. Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is based on a proven model of success and is a member of a network of 26 Cristo Rey schools around the country that empower young students to achieve their full potential. Cristo Rey schools offer a unique curriculum that combines academics, extracurricular programs, and professional work experience to prepare students for success in college and beyond. This model works, with 100% of graduates being accepted into college. NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Cristo Rey Philadelphia does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or national or ethnic origin in its student admission process; faculty and staff hiring practices; educational policies; scholarships; athletics; or other schooladministered programs.
CRISTO REY PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL TEAM Ms. Barr Assistant to the Principal B.A. Villanova University Ms. Bassett School Counselor B.A. East Stroudsburg University, M.S. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Mr. Blackwell Dean of Students B.S. West Chester University, M.Ed. Temple University Ms. Boccuzzi Director of Pathways to Success in College B.S. Fairfield University, M.S. Chestnut Hill College Sister Nancy Bradbury, IHM Academic Support Coordinator B.S. Immaculata University, M.S. University of New Hampshire Mr. Coles Executive Chef Ms. D’Emma Faculty, English B.A. and M.Ed. Rosemont College, M.A. Villanova University Mr. Enriquez Director of Admissions B.A. Georgetown University Mr. Fabiszewski Director of Work-Study Program B.S. LaSalle University Mr. Fest Faculty, Physical Science / Director of the Tiger Woods Center B.S. Salisbury University, M.S. University of Nebraska Sister Regina Flanigan, IHM School Administration B.A. and M.A. Immaculata University, M.A. Millersville University Mr. Glennon Assistant Principal B.A. and M.P.P. Georgetown University, Ed.M. Harvard University Dr. Gomez Principal B.A. Providence College, M.A. SUNY at Binghamton, M.A. Columbia University, Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania Ms. Green Director of Development Mr. Holtshouser Teaching Fellow, English B.A. University of Pennsylvania, ACESJU
Ms. Iafrate Faculty, English B.A. Fordham University, M.A. University of Newcastle upon Tyne Mr. Kelly Work-Study Program B.S. The University of Scranton Ms. Kochersperger Assistant Business Manager PHR Villanova University Mrs. Lally Business Manager B.S. LaSalle University Mr. McConnell President B.S. and B.A. Georgetown University, M.B.A. University of Pennsylvania Mr. McDevitt Faculty, Geometry B.S. Taylor University Mr. Mirarchi Faculty, Algebra B.S. St. Joseph’s University Mr. Murray Faculty, Theology B.A. University of Scranton, M.S. Villanova University Ms. O’Connor Faculty, Theology B.A. Boston College, M.Ed. University of Notre Dame, M.S. Villanova University Ms. O’Neill Work-Study Program Coordinator B.S. University of Scranton Ms. Pinkney School Administration B.S. and B.A. LaSalle University Mrs. Porter Faculty, Biology B.A. Manhattanville College, M.S. Fordham University Mr. Pugh Director of Campus Ministry and Student Activities B.A. St. Joseph’s University, M.A. Villanova University Mr. Rothenberg Faculty, World History B.A. Dickinson College Mrs. Royo Faculty, Latin B.A. Boston College, M.S. University of Scranton
Ms. Santiago School Administration B.S. Interamerican University Ms. Saunders Admissions Coordinator B.A. Seattle University Mr. Schifano Jesuit Volunteer Corps Gonzaga University Mrs. Schmidt School Counselor B.A. and M.S. Villanova University Sister Janice Shaw IHM Faculty, Physical Science B.S. and B.A. Immaculata University, M.S. Villanova University Ms. Whalen Development Associate B.A. Rockhurst University Mrs. Winter Coordinator of Marketing, Public Relations, Executive Administration B.A. The Pennsylvania State University Ms. Zeiset Faculty, Health and Fitness B.S. Eastern University
ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND EXPECTATIONS CULTURE OF HIGH EXPECTATIONS Cristo Rey Philadelphia has high expectations for behavior, character, and habits of study. Every student at Cristo Rey Philadelphia has the right to an excellent education. We are establishing an environment that will foster maximum learning and mutual respect while staying free of distractions and negative influences. Students are expected to be respectful of the educational process and to take responsibility for their own learning. At Cristo Rey Philadelphia, we believe that consistently strong effort, professional demeanor, and distinguished academic performance lead to success in college and beyond. This is why we will recognize students who: • • •
Achieve Honor Roll status; Attain perfect attendance; Demonstrates good character (No detentions);
Cristo Rey Philadelphia will recognize students when they make good choices and act in accordance with the spirit and mission of the school. Classroom Behavior and Requirements Students are expected to come to class with a positive attitude and strong desire to learn. Students are required to be prepared for their classes by having the required materials that include paper, a writing instrument, necessary notebooks, textbooks, and any other materials required by the teacher. Students are also expected to act in a manner that fosters the classroom learning experience by showing respect to the teacher and other students. For example, students should utilize the skill of active listening when a teacher or student is speaking. When students are redirected (corrected for misbehavior), the response required of them is to conform to the expectation of the teacher without argumentation or justification. Class time is not to be wasted challenging a teacher’s disciplinary action. In class, we expect students to be active, cooperative learners who listen, ask, and answer questions. Dismissal from Class If a student is dismissed from class, he/she will be sent directly to the Dean of Student’s office. Successive dismissals will result in disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion. Homework/Study Time Homework is given so students have the daily opportunity to review, reinforce, and increase their ability in a certain subject or skill. All students will receive homework assignments from their teachers throughout the school year. Students are expected to complete all assignments by the due date assigned. Students will be held accountable for missed homework. Students failing to complete homework assignments may receive homework detention or other consequences administered by their teachers. Students are expected to complete their homework every night including the nights before and after work. In addition to written work, homework may include reading, reviewing class notes,
studying for tests and quizzes, etc. Students are expected to use all available resources to enhance their education, including their teachers, teacher assistants, tutors, and school library/media center. While students will ultimately be their own judge of how much homework time is appropriate, a good starting point would be approximately two hours per night. Failure Policy/Summer School In order to continue at Cristo Rey Philadelphia the following year, students must pass all courses with a grade of 70% or better. Students that fail any subject during the course of the academic year MUST attend summer school for credit recovery. Failure of more than two courses during the academic year may result in dismissal from Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Course Requirements for Graduation Students looking to graduate Cristo Rey Philadelphia must complete: • English (4 years) • Mathematics (4 years) • Theology (4 years) • Science (4 years) • Latin (3 years) • World History (4 years) • Health and Fitness (2 years) Grade Scale A) 94-100% A-) 90-93% B+) 87-89% B) 83-86% B-) 80-82% C+) 77-79% C) 73-76% D) 70-72% F) 0-69% Grade Point Averages
The GPA is calculated as follows: A) 4.0 A-) 3.67 B+) 3.33 B) 3.0 B-) 2.67 C+) 2.33 C) 2.0 D) 1.5 Honor Roll (Per Trimester) Honorable Mention: 3.0-3.32 GPA Second Honors: 3.33-3.66 GPA First Honors: 3.67-4.0 GPA
ACADEMIC HONESTY Cristo Rey Philadelphia is committed to every student understanding the values of honesty and integrity in their academic pursuits. No grade, test, or paper is worth compromising one’s integrity. Each student has the responsibility to submit work that is uniquely his/her own. All work must be done in accordance with established principles of academic integrity. Infractions/Violations Cristo Rey Philadelphia considers cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information in examinations, tests, quizzes, reports, papers or projects as a violation of academic honesty. Some examples of theses violations include: • Leaving books or notebooks open during a test; • Writing answers on desktops, hands, legs, arms or any part of the body; • Looking at another student’s test or quiz; • Talking with another student during a test period; • Copying answers from another student when tests are being handed in; • Talking with students from previous class periods in order to give/receive test information; • Copying answers verbatim when working on a project together; • Copying another students homework; • Giving and/or receiving answers during examinations, tests or quizzes using unauthorized technology including cell phones and programmable calculators; • Leaving the classroom during exams, tests, or quizzes to gain or provide answers. There are clearly dishonest actions on written/creative assignments such as: • Turning in a paper/project that has been composed/created by another student; • Submitting a paper or assignment in Latin class that has been translated by another person or any electronic device (internet websites, pocket translators, etc.); • Handing in a paper/project for credit that has already been graded in another class, without the approval of both teachers. Plagiarism Plagiarism is a violation of academic honesty at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. It is intentional or unintentional appropriation of information, ideas, or the languages of other persons or writers as the submission of one’s own. Such instances of plagiarism include: • Papers or passages of papers that are copied verbatim from primary and/or secondary sources • Papers that are copies of a fellow or former student’s work Both the complete documentation (a bibliography of sources) and the specific documentation (citation/footnote) are essential to avoid plagiarism.
If a student quotes a source word-for-word, he/she must attribute the quote to its source by identifying the author, work, publisher, date, and location of the quote through documentation (e.g. in-text citation, footnote). To clarify, Cristo Rey Philadelphia defines plagiarism as the use of words, ideas, or information of another without informing the reader/listener of the source of these words, ideas, or information. He/she must document all sources used in composing a paper, report, or presentation and within that paper, report or presentation acknowledge when a particular idea stems from another source. Stealing a copy of a quiz, test, or exam without the teacher’s knowledge of permission is a serious offense. It will automatically be considered a second infraction. Consequences of Academic Dishonesty In cases of academic dishonesty, the student will be referred to the Assistant Principal. Cristo Rey Philadelphia wants to support the student and help him/her learn from the experience while still holding him/her accountable to the seriousness of cheating. The consequences of the infractions are: First Infraction Academic: The student will receive a zero for the assignment, quiz, test or examination. Disciplinary: Depending on the severity of the situation, which will be determined by the Assistant Principal, the student’s disciplinary consequence will include up to three days of outof-school suspension. Counseling: The Assistant Principal will meet with the student and his parent(s)/guardian(s) and attempt to learn the cause of the dishonesty and set up a plan to try to ensure that the infraction does not happen again via tutoring, extra help from teacher, etc. The student will meet his/her counselor to continue the reflection on the experience. Second Infraction Academic: The student will receive a zero for the assignment, quiz, test or examination Disciplinary: After consulting with the Assistant Principal, the Principal will decide, depending on the severity of the two infractions, whether or not the student should remain at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. If the student is allowed to remain as a member of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia community, he or she will face serious disciplinary consequences that may include multiple days out-of-school suspension and additional suspension from all extra-curricular activities. Counseling: If the student remains at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, the Assistant Principal will work with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and try again to learn the cause of the dishonesty and set up a plan to try to ensure that the infraction does not happen again via tutoring, extra help from the teacher, etc. The student will meet with his/her counselor to continue the reflection on the experience.
SCHOOL POLICIES ATTENDANCE POLICY One goal of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is to help our students have a successful educational experience. School attendance is an essential part of students’ educational experience and community building at Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Students should work to ensure that absences are nonexistent or rare. Every second, minute, and hour of class time missed is detrimental to a student’s academic success. One of the most important ways that parent(s)/guardian(s) can help a student succeed is by supporting this philosophy. Daily Schedule The Social Hall opens at 7:15 a.m. while the main school building opens at 7:30 a.m. The school day begins promptly at 7:55 a.m. Students attending academic classes (non-workdays) must report to their first period classrooms no later than 7:55 a.m., or they will be considered tardy. Work-Study students report to the Social Hall by 7:55 a.m., or they will be considered tardy. On regular academic days, school ends at 4:15 p.m. At the conclusion of the workday, all students must return to school for academic assistance, clubs, activities and sports. Students absent from school or work may not participate in any school activity held the day of the absence, including sports or other extra-curricular activities and programs. Reporting an Absence When a student is absent, a parent or guardian must phone the school at 215-219-3943 before 7:45 a.m. on the day of absence. If no call is made, the school’s Attendance Office will attempt to call the student’s home ASAP in order to ensure the student’s safety. If the school does not hear from a parent or guardian of the student who is absent, the absence will be considered unexcused. Unexcused Absence Once a student accumulates (5) excused absences, an official doctor’s note must be provided in order for a medical or dental absence to be marked excused. Without an official doctor’s note, all absences for illness will be marked unexcused even if parents call or send a note in to report a student sick. Once a student accumulates (5) unexcused absences, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be called to meet (in person) with the Dean of Students to discuss the student’s attendance problem. Once a student accumulates (7) unexcused absences, he/she will make-up the missed school days in summer school. If the days are not made-up, the student may be up for dismissal from school. Returning to School Following an Absence When returning to school following an absence, the student must report to the Attendance Office with a note written by a parent or guardian stating the dates and the reasons for the absence. This note must be presented before 7:55 a.m. on the day that the student returns to school. If a student is absent on three (3) consecutive days, a doctor’s note must be submitted to the Attendance Office on the day the student returns to school.
Missing Academic Work Due to an Absence At the start of the school year, all students will receive a “Course Description” document that will have a list of expectations, procedures, and grading policies for assignments and assessments. Some teachers may also provide a website for students with specific information about their courses that could be used as a resource when students are absent. Students should be aware of class policies regarding absences for tests, absences on days when tests are announced, and on making-up work missed during an absence. The primary responsibility for work missed during an absence rests with the student. Teachers will be willing to provide reasonable assistance to students who request help after an absence. Missing Trimester Exams Due to an Absence Any student who misses a trimester exam must present a doctor’s note to be able to receive full credit for that exam. Any student who returns to school without a doctor’s note will not receive full credit for the exam. Extracurricular Participation on Days of Absence Students who are absent, excessively late for school (after 9:00 a.m.) or who go home sick on a given day are not allowed to attend or participate in any after-school or evening activity sponsored by the school on that day. Students failing to adhere to this policy may be suspended or jeopardize their participation in future activities. Dismissal/Illness During the School Day A student who becomes ill during the school day is to report to the Dean of Students’ Office with the permission of his/her teacher only. Students should not report to the Dean of Students’ Office without reporting to his/her scheduled class first. The school will contact a parent or guardian who may then come to the school to sign the student out. Students may not contact parents from their cell phone to ask parent(s)/guardian(s) to pick them up early. No student will be released from school unless signed-out by a parent or guardian. If a student becomes ill at work, the student should inform both their direct supervisor as well as the staff from the Work-Study Office who will arrange pick-up for the student. Students who leave work early may be responsible for the time missed. Professional Appointments • Students must be signed-out by a parent/guardian at the time of release for the appointment. • Students returning from an appointment must check-in at the Attendance Office with a parent/guardian. • Students arriving to school late due to professional appointments must present the school with an official doctor’s note before going to class. Parents should also contact and inform the school about the appointment. • All efforts should be made to schedule appointments around school days and workdays.
Tardiness It is imperative that students arrive on time to school, work, and class. If a student is late to school (report after 7:55 a.m.), he/she must check in with the Attendance Office for a tardy slip. Two (2) tardies will result in administrative disciplinary action, which may include serving a detention. Five (5) tardies in a three-month period will result in a meeting with the Dean of Students and possible further consequences. Truancy A student is truant if he/she: • Is absent from school without the permission of a parent or guardian. • Leaves the school grounds once he/she has reported for classes without the permission of the Administration. In case of truancy, the parent or guardian will be notified immediately. Truant students are subject to suspension and other disciplinary action. Repeated truancy is cause for expulsion. • Cutting class (Unexcused without permission of teacher). Consequences for cutting class: 1st Offense: ISS (In-School Suspension) 2nd Offense: OSS (Out-of-School Suspension) 3rd Offense: Dismissal Meeting with Principal and Dean of Students Severe Weather and School Closings In cases of severe weather conditions, Cristo Rey Philadelphia will follow the plan of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Families should watch local news programming for school closings or delay updates. Holidays and Vacations Cristo Rey Philadelphia does not support or encourage vacation outside of defined school breaks. Such absences will be considered unexcused. If a student misses school beyond the allotted school vacation time, they will be subject to consequences as described in the attendance policy, including loss of credit. The student is responsible for any missed work and will be expected to make-up missed workdays. BACKPACKS/BOOK BAGS Backpacks/book bags are to be used to help students transport their textbooks and other learning materials to and from home. Book bags will not be carried in the school building during the school day. Students are to place their backpacks/book bags in their assigned lockers. BUILDING AND GROUNDS Students must demonstrate respect for any property/building where school activities are conducted, including off-site, athletic, and campus ministry activities. Proper care of the building, as well as the furniture at these sites, is a direct responsibility of each student. Any student who defaces and/or damages property (such as computers, phones, machinery, walls, lockers, desks, chairs, table, or windows) is required to PAY for the damage. The school may prosecute graffiti and vandalism offenders to the fullest extent of the law.
Students are to remain on school property at all times, even during a student’s fifteen-minute recess break. Students should not congregate on the steps of the rectory at any time or on our neighbors’ property (steps, yards, etc.). CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cell phones and other electronic devices (e.g. iPads, cell phones, digital music players, etc.) are NOT TO BE SEEN, HEARD, OR USED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY or else they will be confiscated. Students may retrieve their confiscated items by meeting with the Dean of Students. It is strongly recommended that cell phones and electronic devices be kept in the student’s locker at all times. Any student who fails to turn over his/her cell phone or electronic device when requested by an administrator or employee of Cristo Rey Philadelphia is subject to disciplinary action. In addition, the student must relinquish his/her cell phone with SIM card and battery for an entire week to the Dean of Students. Parents/guardians are required to help enforce this school rule by supporting all policies and procedures related to this rule. Parents/guardians are advised that any evidence indicating that the student has been using his/her cell phone during the school day will result in the cell phone being confiscated and held by Dean of Students. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Students always have access to calling a parent/guardian from the Main Office, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Attendance Office, or the office of any other administrator with permission. Parents/guardians who need to contact their son/daughter during the school day are to call the Main Office for emergency purposes only. We follow a strict three-strike rule with electronics: •
1st Offense: The phone/device along with the SIM card and battery are brought to the Dean of Students and kept for the remainder of the day and until the end of the following school day. The student will be required to serve ONE detention.
2nd Offense: The phone/device will be kept for ONE school week. The student will be required to serve ONE ISS (In-School Suspension). A parent/guardian will have to pick the phone up from the Dean of Students after school on the fifth day.
3rd Offense: The phone/device will be kept for TWO weeks, and the student will serve ONE day of OSS (Out-of-School Suspension). The student will also have to check the phone in at the beginning of the school day with the Dean of Students and receive it at school dismissal for the remainder of the year. Students are to focus on their studies and school goals while attending their classes rather than being distracted by an electronic device.
* Note: Cristo Rey Philadelphia is not responsible for any lost or stolen phones and/or electronic devices that are brought on campus or confiscated.
DRESS CODE Cristo Rey Philadelphia maintains a code of dress and grooming consistent with its character as an independent, Catholic, college-preparatory school and with the professional workplace. This code contributes to a seriousness of purpose, a constructive learning atmosphere, and the development of sound personal habits and a positive self-image. The overall dress code requires that all students look professional, neat, and appropriate in order to be a positive representative of Cristo Rey Philadelphia at all times. Students are expected to maintain a neat and clean appearance. Attention should be paid to proper hygiene: showering, using deodorant, brushing teeth, combing hair, and ironing clothes. Students are expected to follow the same dress code for work as they do for school, regardless of the dress code enforced at the workplace. The school reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate dress. In all cases, the school has the final say. Proper uniform attire for MALE students is as follows: Pants/Belts Only charcoal gray dress slacks will be worn with a black or dark brown leather or synthetic leather belt at all times. No Dickies, baggy pants, cargo pants, pants with extra pockets, or jean-like fabric pants will be permitted. No large belt buckles are permitted. Shirts Only white button-down dress shirts are permitted and must be tucked-in at all times. All buttons must be buttoned at all times, including the top-most and collar buttons. Undershirts should be white with no writing, images, and/or designs. Ties Uniform tie MUST be worn at all times, cinched at the collar. Socks Dress socks of an appropriate solid color, such as, black, khaki, navy or white are permitted. Designs/stripes are not permitted. Shoes Only black leather or synthetic leather dress shoes are permitted. Sneakers, boots, Vans, (or Van-like shoes), UGG boots/slippers or sandals are not permitted. Jewelry Jewelry is limited to an appropriate necklace worn underneath the shirt and a single watch. No earrings or piercings are permitted. No silicone bracelets with inappropriate printed comments or images are permitted. All jewelry must be appropriate for Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Vest A dark blue sweater vest with the school emblem is optional to be worn during the summer and spring, for work, on days of worship, and for special occasions to be announced. Students are required to purchase the schoolâ€™s sweater vest.
Hairstyle Hair is to be neat, clean, properly combed of modest and professional length, and a natural color (No Mohawks, afros, baldheads or designs). Moustaches and goatees may be worn if they are cut close, neat and properly groomed. Sideburns must be above the earlobe. Make-up/Cologne Make-up and nail polish are not allowed. Minimal or no cologne use is suggested. Tattoo No visible tattoos are permitted. Sweaters School sweaters are optional during summer and spring. Student should wear sweater in the winter. No other jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, Cristo Rey Philadelphia sweatshirts or other pieces of outer clothing are permitted inside the school or workplace. Students are required to purchase the school’s sweater. Hats/Sunglasses Hats, caps, visors, headbands, scarves and sunglasses are not permitted Proper uniform attire for FEMALE students is as follows: Skirts A plaid skirt will be worn and purchased from Flynn & O’Hara Uniform Company with modesty shorts. Skirts must be no shorter than the top of the knee when standing. Charcoal gray dress pants are optional during the winter. Shirts Only a white button-down shirt or blouse is permitted. All buttons must be buttoned at all times, only with the exception of the top button. Undershirts should be white with no writing, images, and/or designs. Undergarments should not be able to be seen. Tights/Socks Solid tights (no shine) in navy, gray, black or white may be worn. Solid navy, grey, black or white knee-high socks are permitted in excessive hot weather. Designs/stripes are not permitted. Shoes Only black leather or synthetic leather dress shoes are permitted. No open-toed or high-heeled shoe. Sneakers, boots, Vans, (or Van-like shoes), Ugg boots/slippers or sandals are not permitted. Jewelry Jewelry is limited to one pair of tasteful earrings worn on the ear lobe (no larger than a quarter and no name earrings), an appropriate necklace worn underneath the shirt and a single watch or bracelet. No nose, tongue, eyebrow, lip or any other facial piercings are permitted. No silicone
bracelets with inappropriate printed comments or images are permitted. Costume jewelry (thick metal bracelet) will not be permitted. All jewelry must be appropriate for Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Make-up/Perfume Make-up should be appropriate, modest, and tasteful. Excessive make-up is not permitted. No dark or bright colors or designs are permitted. This includes eye shadow and nail polish. Red, pink, and French-nail are generally considered acceptable. Fingernail length should be kept at a moderate size. Minimal or no perfume use is suggested. Tattoos No visible tattoos are permitted. Vest A dark blue sweater vest with the school emblem is optional to be worn during the summer and spring, for work, on days of worship, and for special occasions to be announced. Students are required to purchase the school’s sweater vest. Hairstyle Hair is to be neat, clean, and properly combed of modest and professional style (no Mohawk, shaved sides or pin curls), and a natural color (hair must be one solid color). Hair should not cover a student’s eyes. Hair bands, bows or ribbons are permitted. Hair accessory colors can vary, but should not cover the entire head. Netted, or bandanna designed hair bands/bows are not allowed. Sweaters School sweaters are optional during summer and spring. Student should wear the sweater in the winter. No other jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, Cristo Rey sweatshirts or other pieces of outer clothing are permitted inside the school or workplace. Students are required to purchase the school’s sweater. Hats/Sunglasses Hats, caps, visors, headbands, scarves and sunglasses are not permitted. Consequences for violation of dress code: 1st Offense: After-School Detention 2nd Offense: 2 After-School Detentions 3rd Offense: In-School Suspension 4th Offense: Out-of-School Suspension EATING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS Food and beverages are to be enjoyed in the Social Hall and students are expected to clean up after themselves. In the main building, eating and drinking will be restricted to students during school hours. Consumption of outside snacks (soda, chips, etc.) will not be permitted in the school. Students should eat breakfast before arriving to school or eat breakfast provided in the Social Hall. Great efforts are made to maintain a clean school environment.
MORNING BREAK Students will receive a morning break during the school day. This time will be used for students take bathroom breaks, see teachers, report to lockers, and prepare for next period classes. Students will not use this time to horseplay in the classrooms/hallways, eat food, or use cell phone/electronic devices. Morning break is a privilege, not a right. LOCKERS Lockers are the property of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. They are provided to ensure the safe keeping of students’ school materials and personal belongings. Students are expected to keep their lockers neat and orderly. Administrators may conduct locker inspections at any time. If a student’s locker is messy, she/he will be required to clean and organize their lockers. No pictures or stickers are to be affixed to the lockers on the outside. Nothing permanent may be put on the inside. No adhesive may be used to attach pictures and such to lockers; only magnets may be used. Only items of an appropriate nature will be allowed in lockers. No food or personal items of great value should be kept in a locker overnight. The school does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen items. Each student must ensure that his/her locker is closed, locked, and secure. Students may only use the locker assigned to him/her. Using another student’s locker may result in disciplinary actions. Only school-issued locks may be used on lockers. If a lock is lost, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the administration immediately. Unapproved locks will be removed from school lockers. A replacement fee of $5.00 will be charged for lost locks. MEDICATION POLICY It is the policy of our school that students carry no drugs or medication. All medications are to be administered by the principal or his/her designee only. If it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, it must be in the original container and must be accompanied by a school medical form completed by the parent/guardian specifying the time for the medication to be given. Medications not accompanied by the proper medical form completed and signed by the parent/guardian will not be administered. Only medication approved by the parent/guardian on Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s official medical release form will be given to the student. STUDENT SEARCHES Students may be subject to a search of the belongings on their person. School authorities at times may search places such as lockers, desks, and other school property, as well as personal effects left in those areas by students without notice to or consent of students and without search warrants. Inappropriate items will be confiscated at the discretion of school officials and disciplinary consequences may be given. All lockers and other school areas provided for student-use on school premises remain the property of the school and are subject to inspection, access for maintenance, and searches. School authorities are allowed to search any area of the school.
TECHNOLOGY/INTERNET USE Cristo Rey Philadelphia provides Internet access to students as a research tool and means to communicate. Information gathered from the Internet is viewed as another reference material in school. School officials may monitor any use of the Internet. All students are expected to conduct themselves via the Internet in a manner appropriate of Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Any student whose behavior on the Internet demonstrates either a serious disregard for the dignity of self and others or the reputation of Cristo Rey Philadelphia may be subjected to disciplinary action. Students will be held responsible for material posted on the Internet (blogs, webpages, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) regardless of whether the student used a school, work, home, or other outside computer or when the material was posted. The failure to follow the terms of this policy will result in the loss of privileges or disciplinary action. Unacceptable Internet Use The following are considered unacceptable uses of the internet/computer: • Using the network for non-school related activities (gambling, inappropriate violent games, etc.); • Destroying or vandalizing computer equipment; • Deleting resources intentionally; • Violating the privacy of others; • Using someone else’s account; • Using abusive language or profanity; • Spreading computer viruses; • Posting other’s material; • Sending or retrieving inappropriate material; • Visiting social network sites such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. • Accessing areas that would be offensive to students, teachers or parents/guardians because of pornographic content; racial, ethical or minority disparagement; advocacy of violence or illicit/illegal content; • Posting personal information that would jeopardize a student’s own safety or the safety of another member of the Cristo Rey Community; • Illegal use of software, freeware, or shareware or use of any software without the approval of the school; and, • Filming or taking pictures of faculty and staff without proper permission.
SCHOOL DISCIPLINE SYSTEM CODE OF CONDUCT The code applies to any student who: • Is on school property; • Is engaged in any school activity; • Affects through his/her conduct at any other time or place the order and discipline of the school, the safety and welfare of others, or the good reputation of Cristo Rey Philadelphia. R.E.S.P.E.C.T Students at Cristo Rey Philadelphia have been admitted because they have expressed a strong desire to work hard and be responsible, thoughtful individuals. As a member of the Cristo Rey Philadelphia Community, our students are committing themselves to:
R - READY to LEARN when entering the classroom. • • • • •
Students take their seats when they enter the room. Students take out needed materials for class. Students review white board for instructions. Students begin DO NOW activity before the bell rings. Students work silently when the bell rings.
E - ENGAGED and ACTIVE during the lesson. • • • •
Students ask questions. Students participate while working in groups. Students actively listen and contribute to classroom discussion with positive input. Students volunteer to answer questions and respond when cold called.
S - SILENT and ATTENTIVE when a speaker is talking. • • •
Students sit up quietly in their seats when someone (video, movie clip, tape recording, etc.) is speaking. Students listen and make eye contact with the speaker. Absolutely no side conversation during a presentation. One person speaks at a time.
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Students must be in full uniform when entering classroom.
E - EMBRACE REDIRECTION with a positive attitude. • • •
Students receive redirection (correcting misbehavior) when needed. Teachers and students work together to build positive relationships. Students should not talk about redirections with teachers during class-time. Students should listen and continue with class assignment. Meet with teacher after class, school or during break.
C - COME ON-TIME to class. •
Students are in their assigned classrooms and seats when the school bell rings.
T - TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for my actions and learning. • • • • •
Students complete and turn in assignments. Students take pride in the work they do. Students take initiative to seek out teachers for missed assignments when absent and make up work and assessments in a timely fashion. Students ask for extra help in subjects when needed. Students leave the classroom in an orderly fashion.
GANG MEMBERSHIP We strongly believe that gang membership is dangerous for students, harmful to the safe learning environment of the school, and destructive to the community and families we serve. Therefore, students may be subject to immediate expulsion for gang membership, affiliation, or behavior, which can be defined in many ways, including, but not limited to: • Gang graffiti and/or tagging; • Representation of gang affiliation by way of colors, symbols, signs, clothing, etc. at any time or place, including online; • Recruitment of students for participation; • Violence of any kind, including verbal threats or physical harassment; • Membership in gang-like crews; • Tattoos of affiliation; and, • Shaved brows. BULLYING, HARRASSMENT, HAZING, AND INTIMIDATION Any form of bullying, harassment, hazing, and intimidation is prohibited in Cristo Rey Philadelphia. Finding that a student is in violation of this rule may result in immediate suspension or expulsion from Cristo Rey Philadelphia. For the purposes of this code of conduct, bullying is the intentional use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target (person) that: • Causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property;
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Places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his or her property; Creates a hostile environment at school for the target; Infringes on the rights of the target at school; or Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
These acts include, but are not limited to: Direct Bullying Physical: hitting, kicking, punching, shoving, and spitting. Verbal: using a racial or sexual comment, name-calling, teasing, taunting, threatening. Non-verbal: obscene gestures, stalking. Indirect Bullying Physical: getting another person to assault someone. Verbal: spreading rumors, gossip. Non-verbal: cyber-bullying Cyber Bullying This happens when a student(s) send or post text and/or images intended to hurt or embarrass another student(s) by use of electronic devices through means of email, instant messaging, text messages, blogs, mobile phones, telephones, pagers, social websites (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), two-way pagers, or through use of YouTube video, or any other electronic means. LEVEL I OFFENSES The student may be subject to a teacher’s detention for the following classroom infractions: • Disrupting class time (excessive talking); • Challenging a teacher (argumentative/talking back) • Drinking or eating in class; • Missed homework assignments; • Sleeping in class; • Throwing objects in class; • Not being prepared for class (lack of materials); • Anything a teacher describes as disturbing the educational process. LEVEL II OFFENSES The student may be subject to immediate detention or other disciplinary actions by the Dean of Students for the following actions: • Late for school 2 or more times in a trimester; • Missing classroom detentions; • Gross disrespect (argumentative) towards an adult; • Disrespect (aggressive) towards another student; • Being removed from class for an entire period; • Excessive or repeated disturbance of class time;
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Using foul language; Cell phone or electronic device violation; Dress code violations; Late for class; Cutting class; PDA (Public Display of Affection); Horseplay; Fighting; Running or Yelling in the hallways.
LEVEL III OFFENSES The student may be subject to immediate suspension or expulsion for the following actions: • Gross disrespect, defiance and insubordination to a faculty/staff member or guest of the school; • Vandalism and destruction of school property; • Possessing, supplying, or using tobacco or paraphernalia (lighters, matches); • Gambling; • Fighting; • Unacceptable internet usage; • Cheating (Academic Dishonesty); • Stealing; • Forgery; • Dismissal with cause from work; • Chronic tardiness or absence; • Disregard for school expectations; • Bullying; • False alarms, tampering with fire equipment, or arson; and, • Intoxication (drugs or alcohol). LEVEL IV OFENSES The student may be subject to immediate expulsion for the following actions: • Possession of weapons, firearms, or explosives; • Possessing, supplying, or buying alcohol or other drugs; • Repeated bullying, intimidating, hazing or harassing another student; • Indecent exposures and inappropriate touching; • Assault on school personnel; • Sexual assault; and, • Voluntary sexual acts. School officials shall report weapon violations to the Cristo Rey administration team immediately. The local police will be contacted. The definition of weapons for which students can be expelled may include, but not limited to: knives, firearms, brass knuckles, box cutters, billy clubs or any other item (such as bats, pipes, sticks, etc.)
PDA (PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION) Public displays of affection are believed to be distracting to a school setting. Considered acts of PDA are hugging, kissing, and inappropriate touching of body parts or taking part in sexual activities. Hugging in particular interferes with the flow of students through hallways. PDA is not accepted in the school setting because of the negative effects it has on the school and a student’s reputation. Cristo Rey says no to PDA! Any student failing to adhere to this may be subject to a detention or other disciplinary action by the Dean of Students.
DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES Detentions Students are expected to follow the behavior guidelines and directions stated by the teacher. Teachers will handle Level I offenses that take place in the classroom. Please see Level I infractions listed on page (). The teacher may warn the student to correct her/his behavior or may require the student to serve a classroom detention if the teacher thinks it is warranted. Students who receive a classroom detention must report as directed. If the student misses one detention given by a teacher, he/she matter will be reported to the Dean of Students. Administration will handle Level II offenses. Please see Level II offenses on page (). If the Dean of Students, adult staff member, or administrator believes it is warranted, he or she may give a student detention. A student demonstrating inappropriate behavior will be given a detention slip. A student will receive a copy of the detention slip and the Dean of Students will keep a copy for school records. Detention Process Detentions will be held daily immediately after school DURING EXTENDED DAY HOURS (starting at 4:15pm). The Dean of Student’s detention will take place in a designated Detention Room. A teacher’s detention will be held with the teacher in her/his classroom. Detentions take precedence over any other school activity. Students may NOT reschedule a detention to attend a school event or extra-curricular activity (including sports events). Detentions will be served either the afternoon of or the afternoon following the infraction as determined by the Dean of Students or Teacher administering the detention. For example, if a student receives a detention on Monday the detention MUST be served either that day or on Tuesday. Students are expected to make whatever changes are necessary in their schedules so that the detention will be served accordingly.
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One infraction = one detention, unless otherwise determined by the Dean of Students or Teacher. At the discretion of the Dean of Students or Teacher, the detention may be served in silence, a written assignment, dialogue, or a school community project that may include helping with the maintenance of the school. Additional detention days will be assigned if a student misses his/her detention without rescheduling it. Students with chronic detentions or continues to fail to report to detention will be assigned additional consequences that may include Out-of-School suspension. The Dean’s Office will address chronic detentions (usually more than 5 in a trimester). Chronic inappropriate behavior forfeits a student’s privileges, which may include but are not limited to: sports, extra-curricular activities, field trips, class trips, dances and graduation.
In-School Suspension (ISS) The Dean of Students will inform students whether they must serve an ISS of one to three days. Students are then required to do the following: • Schedule a meeting with the Dean of Students to discuss the incident, why it was inappropriate, and the choice(s) that could have been made leading to a better outcome. • A written apology is to be written when appropriate. • Student must come to school. • Student must complete all assignments given during his/her ISS. • Students may NOT attend any school activities, extra curricular activities (including sport events) while serving an ISS. • •
During ISS, students are required to sign a Student Disciplinary Contract when needed. The student, his/her parent/guardian, and Dean of Students must sign the contract. ISS will go in a student’s record.
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) Out of School Suspension is reserved for severe infractions. The Dean of Students will inform students that they are required to serve an Out of School Suspension (OSS) as well as the number of days that they will be suspended. Once informed, the following actions are required: • The student calls his/her parent/guardian to notify them of the suspension in the presence of the school Dean of Students. • The student informs the parent/guardian to pick him/her up immediately. The student must leave the school property as directed by the Dean of Students. • He/she is not allowed to participate in any school functions, nor is he/she allowed on the school grounds without prior permission from the school administration. • Student must complete all assignments while out of school on suspension. Students who do not complete work must complete the work during after school hours. • A conference must be held with the Dean of Students and the student and his/her parent before the student is permitted to return to school.
Students are required to sign a “Student Disciplinary Contract” stating the mutually agreed upon steps that will be put in place to support the student’s growth and character formation. The student, his/her parent/guardian, and Dean of Students must sign the contract. Student understands that repeated OSS will lead to his/her expulsion. An OSS becomes part of the student’s permanent record.
Disciplinary Probation A student who consistently breaks the school rules or who fails to live up to the clear expectations set for his/her conduct may be put on Disciplinary Probation and placed on a contract established by the Dean of Students. Most likely, any student who receives five detentions, one ISS or one OSS for more serious disciplinary actions within a trimester is automatically put on disciplinary probation. The contract will clearly outline steps the student must take to repair the breach he/she has caused to the school community. The contract can last up to thirty school days. The Dean will meet with the student and faculty on a regular basis for the period of the contract and help assess the progress the student is making toward meeting the provisions of the contract. • Students on disciplinary probation may forfeit the privilege of participating in any extracurricular activity or sport and may not attend any special school events, such as performances, games, or dances for the entire period of the contract. • TEACHER REVIEW: At the end of the contract period, all faculty members who teach the student will review the student’s effort to satisfy the contract and make a recommendation to the Dean of Students. • If the student receives a satisfactory assessment, he/she will be deemed once again a satisfactory student and will enjoy all the rights and privileges of a Cristo Rey Philadelphia student. • If at the end of the contract period a student receives an unsatisfactory assessment, the parent/guardian will be called and the student will be up for dismissal from the school. Expulsion Expulsion is the loss of one’s privilege to attend Cristo Rey Philadelphia. A student may be expelled for repeated violations of Cristo Rey Philadelphia expectations. The Dean of Students will present the recommendation to the Principal, who will then render the decision. The student or his/her parents/guardian has the right to appeal this decision to the President of Cristo Rey Philadelphia. The appeal must be made directly to the President within (2) days of dismissal.
WORK-STUDY PROGRAM (WSP) OVERVIEW This section of the Student Handbook outlines the philosophy, general policies, procedures and expectations for students as they participate in the WSP. The Work-Study Program is integral to the student’s educational experience at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, enabling students to work in entry-level positions at Philadelphia-area companies. In return, the companies contribute approximately 60% of the student worker’s annual educational costs to the school. The companies that provide work-study jobs are known as “Job Partners.” In order to participate in the WSP, students are required to commit themselves to high standards of responsibility and behavior. Students are employees of the WSP. Students are not direct employees of Job Partners. Students are not eligible for Job Partner employee benefits. However, the WSP asks its Job Partners to treat the student workers as they would any other worker, with respect to the company’s stated workplace rules, regulations, policies, and procedures during their day-to-day work activities. To ensure that each member of the student team receives the same introduction and initial training, students will attend an employee orientation meeting at their host company before they officially begin their job.
PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY The objective of the WSP of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is to help students envision a future that includes a college degree and a successful professional career and to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to realize that vision. This is accomplished through a deliberate plan of on-the-job learning that increases in responsibility and accomplishment as students progress through high school. As freshmen, student workers are introduced to the basic skills needed to participate in entrylevel, corporate, office-style jobs. Students will then increase their understanding of the general office culture, professional skills, daily responsibilities, and credibility with their supervisor and colleagues as sophomore students. When students reach their junior and senior year, we envision that jobs will increase a student’s learning curve substantially, with a focus toward professional work interests and skills, as the job placement begins to mirror a college-level internship experience. Moreover, as students move into their junior and senior years, the WSP encourages Job Partners to assign tasks that will allow the development of job skills and work knowledge that will be valuable to students as they graduate from college four years down the road. As they progress through the program, students will be increasingly exposed to continuing education opportunities, in-house training, business meetings, and personal presentations.
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS All students are required to work at their assigned job in order to continue enrollment at the school. Daily, on-time attendance is extremely important for both the student’s success and for the success of the school’s WSP. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature manner consistent with the expectations of the Job Partner’s workplace, as well as Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School’s code of conduct. If a Job Partner finds that a student’s performance does not meet expectations, then the Job Partner is encouraged to follow WSP’s Three Strike discipline protocol outlined in the section of this handbook on Student Performance. Specific key expectations: • • • • • • •
Students must complete a minimum of 290 (minus holidays) work hours each school year. Students must make up missed work hours. Students must attend work on their assigned day in order to continue enrollment at the school. Students will bring their lunch to work. Students must be on time for transportation to and from work. Students must abide by Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School’s code of conduct and dress at all times, including only wearing school uniforms to the workplace. Students must abide by the specific rules and regulations of the company where the student works. Students are expected to demonstrate motivation, an interest in learning, and a positive approach to work, through their behavior and performance.
PREP FOR SUCCESS BOOT CAMP Prep for Success Boot Camp is a program that runs prior to the start of the school year and prepares students to be successful in school and in the workplace. This program is presented in two parts: Academic and Business Boot Camp. Business Boot Camp is designed to introduce all students to workplace skills, including, but not limited to, communication skills, Microsoft Word and Excel and office skills such as handling confidential documents, business ethics, filing, copying and taking notes. During Business Boot Camp, students will be matched up with Job Partners and all students will visit their new job workplace, receive a general orientation to the Job Partner company, meet co-workers, and have an actual “test drive” of their new job – prior to the first day of work on September 3rd. The attendance policies of the school will be observes during Boot Camp. STUDENT WORK ASSIGNMENT PROCESS Based upon Job Partner needs, the students’ interests, and their skill sets, the WSP matches student work teams to each Job Partner. Students are expected to accept their work assignment and to complete the daily work responsibilities of their job to the best of their ability. STUDENT PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS & RECOGNITION PROGRAM In December and June, WSP will work with supervisors to complete a brief student performance evaluation form. WSP will send a link to the evaluation via email and ask that supervisors complete an evaluation on each student. Every student will be provided with a copy of the evaluation. Students who receive a “Meets Expectations” or “Exceeds Expectations” will receive
a copy of the evaluation. Members of the WSP Office will schedule an appointment with the student and parent if a student receives a “Does Not Meets Expectations” rating. If a student receives two “Does Not Meets Expectations” ratings, then the student may be terminated from work. Job Partners should feel empowered to share feedback directly with a student, after discussion and coordination with WSP. Students are evaluated on: • • • • • • •
Initiative & attitude Punctuality Computer skills Quality and quantity of work Professionalism Approach towards learning Relationship with supervisors and peers
Exceeds Rating on Performance Evaluation Students who are rated “Exceeds Expectations” on a performance evaluation will be recognized on a designated school day. Employee of the Month Nominations WSP seeks to recognize exceptional performance by student workers with the Employee of the Month Award program. An Employee of the Month will be recognized from each class: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. Job Partners can nominate students by contacting the WSP Office with their nomination(s). WORK PERMITS The WSP and students must comply with all State and Federal Department of Labor Laws, including mandatory completion of the Federal I-9 Form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) on the first day of work. An original copy of proof of U.S. citizenship status is required to be presented by each student to the WSP Office on the first day of work, as instructed by the WSP Office. All Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School students employed by the WSP must be at least fourteen years old. Students under the age 16 are required to obtain a Pennsylvania Department of Labor Work Permit on their own. The official PA State Work Permit form and instructions will be delivered to students and their families by the WSP Office. The Cristo Rey Network abides by Federal Department of Labor requirements by requiring that all students, their families and the WSP sign a “Student/Parent Work Agreement” explaining and acknowledging terms and conditions of the WSP prior to a student beginning work. A copy of the “Student/Parent Work Agreement” will be delivered to the student and families by the WSP Office for execution prior to the beginning of school and work.
WORK STUDY JOURNAL Each student will receive a Work-Study Journal at the beginning of the school year. The purpose of this journal is to be: A resource of information (contact information, work schedules, list of Job Partner stakeholders, transportation routes and schedules); A centralized place to take and retain notes about the company and about work assignments, instructions, and objectives; and a place to write journal entries about the job, note the people met through the job and experiences along the way. STUDENT WORK SCHEDULES The work year follows the same calendar as the school year; it begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 and ends on Friday, June 20, 2013. WEEKLY WORK SCHEDULES Each student works at least one day per week. Four students share one job and make up Job Teams. On the fifth day of the week the students rotate, such that every four weeks all students work five total days. A typical monthly work schedule may look as follows: Student A = Monday Worker Student B = Tuesday Worker Student C = Wednesday Worker Student D = Thursday Worker
DAILY WORK SCHEDULES All students require prompt attendance. Absences from work for any reason are very serious and will carry penalties. A pattern of absence or lateness is cause for termination of the student from the job. Student workers are expected to work a full day, approximately 7 to 8 hours, on the respective day of the week to which they are assigned to work. WSP will organize transportation for students to and from the workplace for freshman and sophomore students. Daily transportation to work: students will report to school each day, in proper dress code, at the normal school starting time (7:55 a.m.). At approximately 8:00 a.m., daily work transportation will be organized in the Social Hall. Prior to students’ departure for work, attendance will be taken and uniforms will be checked. Detentions will be distributed for non-compliance with school dress code. If dress or appearance is deemed inappropriate for work and cannot be made satisfactory prior to transportation departure, the student will be kept at school and will be considered absence from work that day. If a student is not present when the transportation departs for work, the student will be kept at school and will be considered absent from work that day. Transportation to work will depart from school according to the transportation schedule, which will be established by the WSP and may be adjusted from time to time. Students will be provided with a “student pass” for public transportation, which they will use for workday transportation. Student workers will be accompanied by adult chaperones during their transportation routes to work that are between school and a pre-arranged meeting location for both morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. At the end of the workday, students are required to return to the appointed meeting pick-up location to join their transportation chaperone for the return trip to school. ARRIVAL TO/DEPARTURE FROM WORK Student workers are responsible for watching their own time. They are responsible for getting to the Job Partner’s office from the transportation drop off location and for returning there for pickup each workday. Students should allow themselves enough time to checkout properly from work and walk to the appointed meeting place to arrive at the pick-up location on time. Upon arrival back at school in the afternoon, students must report to the Social Hall to be checked-in to assure safe arrival. Depending on their transportation schedule, student workers are expected to be dropped-off at their workplace between 8:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and are expected to be picked up between approximately 3:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Students are required to log into the WSP time-sheet system from their work computer and to verbally check-in, in-person with their work supervisor when they arrive at work each day. They are also required to log out of the WSP time-sheet system and to notify supervisors in-person when they leave work each day. Supervisors are requested to approve the student worker’s time sheet, provide electronic survey feedback, and (if desired) they may also include comments on the student’s work habits on a daily basis. Each student’s work schedule will be verified and documented in order to track the number of hours worked and ongoing, historical student job performance. Supervisors and students each have unique login IDs for this system.
STUDENT WORK PERFORMANCE Student workers will produce measurable work results and contribute to the overall goals and objectives of the Job Partner’s business, growing in skill and responsibility over time. To measure productivity, each student job will have stated job objectives and measures of productivity that will help in determining a student’s job performance at the end of each semester. In the event that a student’s assigned work cannot be completed by the end of the workday, students should anticipate this outcome and notify their supervisor well in advance (2 to 3 hours) of the end of the workday. Giving supervisors enough notice of a potential problem assists him or her in managing workflow and deadlines by possibly adjusting the work approach or to make alternative arrangements to have the work completed, if necessary. Good communication with one’s supervisor is a mature worker’s responsibility and promotes trust and credibility between worker and supervisor. However, a pattern of not completing work assignments can become a problem and cause for corrective action. If it becomes a problem, the student will be notified in writing. If it remains a problem, it can result in cause for terminating a student from the job.
WORK-STUDY PROGRAM POLICIES WSP ATTENDANCE POLICY Each student worker is expected to attend work each and every workday they are assigned. The WSP has strict rules and penalties when student workers miss work. Patterns of lateness or absence can be cause for termination of a student from the job. If a student is not present when his/her transportation route departs, the student will not attend work that day, will receive a detention and it will be considered a “workday absence.” If a student worker is tardy to work, the Job Partner is asked to notify the WSP, and the subject will be addressed with the student worker by WSP Office and coordinated with the Job Partner. Patterns of lateness or absence can be cause for termination of a student from the job. Student workers are expected to make-up any missed workdays prior to the end of the same semester in which they occurred, if possible. Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School holidays and breaks will be the most likely time when student workers will make-up missed workdays. If a student worker will miss work, the student worker is required to: 1. Prior to the start of the school day (7:45 AM), call school and notify the WSP Office at the school that she/he will be absent, consistent with school policy. 2. Prior to the start of the workday (9:00 AM), call her/his workplace and notify the supervisor that she/he will not be coming to work. 3. Schedule a date with her/his supervisor to make-up the missed day, as soon as possible, when they return to work. The WSP Office will notify a Job Partner in the event that one of its student workers is not on the morning transportation route to go to work on a particular day. WSP ABSENCE MAKE-UP DAYS There are no excused absences from the WSP for any reason. Job Partners pay a fee in return for work hours, so an absence from work must be made-up to fulfill the WSP’s commitment to Job Partners. Make-up days will be scheduled at the convenience of their supervisor and will be coordinated and approved by WSP staff. The student workers are responsible for bringing an Absence MakeUp Form to their supervisors, filling it out with the supervisor, and returning it to a member of the WSP Office for approval. The student is responsible for obtaining signatures from the supervisor, the parent or guardian, and the WSP. This form is available on our website. If a student is absent for a scheduled make-up day, then a) he/she is required to serve a two-day detention and b) a charge of $100.00 will be added to the family's tuition bill. The student will have another opportunity to make-up the day, as described above. If the student makes-up the
missed day, the $100.00 charge will be removed from the family's family contribution bill. If a student misses make-up days two times during the work year, the student may be terminated from work. WSP DRESS CODE All student workers are required to arrive at work in complete school uniform (outlined above p.16-18) Prior to departing from school for work in the morning, WSP staff members will be responsible for evaluating the students’ attire and general compliance with Code of Conduct to ensure a neat and professional appearance. Supervisors are instructed to notify the WSP Office if a student is not dressed appropriately, and WSP will address the issue with the student as a violation of the school’s code of conduct. The Dress Code and Code of Conduct policies of the school will also be observed during workdays. The following items are not considered to be professional; therefore, they are prohibited at work: Non-compliant footwear including but not limited to UGGs, moccasins, sneakers, hoodies, flashy jewelry, visible tattoos, hats, dyed hair color, friendship bracelets, bright hair bands, colored shoe laces other than black or brown, facial piercings other than ear piercing for girls only. EMPLOYER REQUIREMENTS Student Background Checks Sometimes Background Checks are required on student workers by Job Partners. The student and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to cooperate and provide any needed information and signatures to comply with internal Background Checks conducted by the Job Partner. Student Drug Tests Some Job Partners may require drug testing of student workers. If the Job Partner Company would like to perform its own testing, students and parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to cooperate with such a request and sign the proper permission from parent(s)/guardian(s). Non-Disclosure & Confidentiality Agreements Some Job Partners require student workers to complete standard confidentiality, nondisclosure and intellectual property agreements. Student workers, parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to cooperate with the signing of any such agreements/documents that are required by Job Partners in connection with student’s job at the company prior to beginning the school and work year. WSP will assist in completion of such agreements. HOLIDAYS: SCHOOL The WSP and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School will follow the same calendar of holidays during the school year. Students will not report to school or to work on school holidays unless it is on a pre-approved Work-Study Make-Up Day or if a Job Partner specifically requires the student to work on a school holiday.
HOLIDAYS: JOB PARTNER (EMPLOYER) Students will not report to work on a Job Partner holiday. Students will report to school and perform job duties in the school on their assigned workday if it is a Job Partner holiday and it is also not a school holiday. Holiday Work Request Cristo Rey Philadelphia encourages their students to work during holidays. Therefore, Cristo Rey Philadelphia students may be hired on a year-round basis with the prior approval of WSP. During the school year, students are subject to the WSP Agreement under which Job Partners pay a fee that offsets a large portion of the cost of each student’s education. During school holidays and summer holiday breaks, students may be hired by the Job Partner and paid directly for their work hours at the normal hourly rate paid by the respective company for intern services. If a student works during breaks from school and is paid directly by the Job Partner, then they will be considered outside contractors or interns and may not be included under any insurance coverage that is in place under the WSP during the school year. Further, the company and student are responsible for employment taxes, on their own, without the involvement of the WSP. During holiday work, students will provide their own transportation to and from work. Student workers are required to follow the behavioral expectations that are consistent with WSP rules and regulations during any break/holiday work, including the school’s Code of Conduct. ILLNESS AT WORK If a student worker becomes ill at work, the student should immediately notify their supervisor of the situation. The student worker may also directly contact the WSP Office by phone. The supervisor is asked to call the WSP Office and the WSP staff will arrange for pick-up of the student worker. Students are not permitted to leave the workplace until the end of the workday unless a special pick-up plan is confirmed with the WSP Office. When a student becomes ill at work and leaves early, that student will be required to make-up the full day. The policies and procedures of the school will also be observed during workdays.
UNSATISFACTORY JOB PERFORMANCE This section of the handbook addresses incidents of unsatisfactory job performance and misconduct by student workers. The WSP has a vested interest in both the continued satisfaction of its Job Partners and the continued success of its student workers. The WSP Office will act as mediator in difficult situations between the Job Partner and the student worker. MISCONDUCT Job Partners are requested to notify the WSP Office as soon as possible regarding any incident of misconduct involving a student worker. The WSP expects student workers to conduct themselves in a mature, professional manner. Incidents of misbehavior by student workers in the workplace are treated very seriously. Student behavioral problems occurring at work will be dealt with on an individual basis. However, if a Job Partner requires that a student is removed from his/her job, then the WSP will comply with the Job Partner’s request and promptly remove the student from the job. If a student is removed from a job then WSP will endeavor to replace the student with a new student as soon as possible but in no less than ten business days from the time the removed student last worked. The WSP may choose to remove a student worker from the workplace at any time if it reasonably deems a student unable to satisfactorily fulfill the work required by the Job Partner in its sole discretion. If this occurs, the WSP will coordinate with the Job Partner to replace the removed the student as soon as possible. THREE STRIKE SYSTEM If disciplinary action is needed, the WSP Office will generally follow the procedure below: First Infraction: The supervisor notifies the student and WSP Office of the first unsatisfactory incident. The WSP Office will first understand and document the issue, then schedule an immediate meeting with the student to assist with issue resolution (the “Understanding Process”). The WSP Office will then work with the supervisor to discuss resolution and next steps; a detention or other disciplinary action may be deemed appropriate. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be notified of the situation. Second Infraction: The supervisor informs the student and WSP Office of a second unsatisfactory incident. The WSP Office will complete the issue Understanding Process described above (under the First Infraction), as well as issue a mandatory detention or other disciplinary action deemed appropriate. The WSP Office will then work with the supervisor to discuss resolution and next step. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be notified of the situation and reminded of the Three Strike System. Third Infraction: The supervisor informs the student and WSP Office of the third unsatisfactory incident. The student is removed permanently from their current job and receives an In-School Suspension (ISS). An in-person parent conference is required. The WSP Office will select a new student for the Job Partner to employ as soon as possible. After the first time a student is removed from their job due to non-performance, they will receive
“Job Re-Training” in preparation for returning to work. After the second time a student is removed from a job, they will most likely be required to end their enrollment at the Cristo Rey Philadelphia. SEXUAL HARASSMENT The WSP requests and expects that all Job Partners treat its student workers with respect. For the safety of its student workers, and in conjunction with the Job Partner’s own policies, the program is very sensitive to matters involving sexual harassment, discrimination or other inequitable treatment of student workers based on gender, race, culture or religious beliefs and reserves the right to remove student workers if necessary. Student workers have very specific and clear procedures for reporting incidents of inappropriate behavior at the school and at work. If a student worker reports any incident, the WSP Office will contact the Job Partner to evaluate and discuss the situation. The policies and procedures of the school will also be observed during workdays. ITEMS PROHIBITED AT THE WORKPLACE Student worker use of personal cell phones, video games, iPods, iPads, CD players, radios, headphones, video games, backpacks or sunglasses are specifically and strictly prohibited at the worksite. Job Partners are asked to help to enforce this policy. Please inform the WSP Office if student workers use any of the aforementioned items. Notwithstanding the rule above, with their supervisor’s prior approval, students may use personal cell phones during the workday to contact the WSP Office to coordinate transportation or concerning a problem or issue at the workplace (e.g. student illness, etc.). Student workers are held to high standards of honesty and integrity by the WSP. The WSP has instructed student workers that the use of a Job Partner’s telephone, Internet, office equipment, office services or office materials for purposes other than the completion of their specific job duties is strictly prohibited.
ADDITIONAL WORK-STUDY PROGRAM POLICIES ITEMS REQUIRED AT THE WORKPLACE Job Partners may require students to carry a security badge, card or key with them to work on their workday. Generally, the Job Partner issues such security items and students have the responsibility to safeguard them from loss. If a security item is lost (for any reason) by the student, he/she shall comply with the Job Partner policy for the replacement of such item. If there is a cost associated with replacement, this cost will be added to the family's family contribution bill unless it is paid directly to the Job Partner by the student. INTERNET POLICY Internet usage at the workplace may be necessary for students to accomplish tasks given to them by their supervisors. Social media websites are not to be accessed during the workday, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, except as specifically required in connection with the student’s work duties. Only websites approved by the supervisor may be accessed at the workplace. The policies and procedures of the school will also be observed during workdays. Job Partners will track students’ Internet usage in accordance with the company’s Internet policy. Improper Internet usage by student workers is cause for termination of the student(s) from the job(s). JOB ASSIGNMENTS The WSP determines all job assignments for student workers based upon Job Partner needs, the students’ interests, and their skill sets. If necessary, from time to time, the WSP will find it necessary to make changes in student work assignments with best efforts toward providing consistent service for the Job Partner. Changes will only be made after consultation and agreement with the Job Partner. WSP LUNCH POLICY Student workers are allowed to take lunchtime and breaks according to the Job Partner’s preference and schedule. Students will bring their lunch to work each day. Job Partners are encouraged to instruct the student workers about the lunch schedule on the first day of work. The WSP expects that most student workers will take a lunch break at some point between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Generally, students will not expect more than 30 minutes for a lunch break. Students may not make arrangements to intentionally miss lunch in order to leave work early. If a student worker abuses the schedule to the dissatisfaction of the Job Partner, the Job Partner is requested to notify the WSP Office as soon as possible. Students leaving the workplace or building during their lunch break is prohibited. Students who do not comply with WSP Lunch Policy are subject to disciplinary action. First violation requires two detentions and second violation requires five detentions. Successive violations may result in a student's removal from his/her job and/or suspension. The WSP recognizes that lunch periods can help build the team spirit and generate good dialogue in a relaxed setting with co-workers. The WSP recognizes that departmental lunches will further foster student learning, improve their communication skills, and build rapport within the Job
Partner workplace. In instances where there is a group lunch off-site, please give the WSP Office advance notice and the WSP staff can authorize permission for the student worker to leave the premise for this occasion. MEDICATION AT WORK The policies and procedures of the school will also be observed during workdays. Job Partners do not administer medication at work. All medications, including over-the-counter medications, (e.g. Tylenol®, Advil®, acetaminophen, ibuprofen) must be approved by parent(s)/guardian(s) and by the school. Any student requiring emergency rescue medication, such as asthma inhalers or Epi-pens, should be allowed immediate access for use. If you have questions, please contact the WSP Office or the school (215-219-3943). OFFICE PARTIES & GIFTS TO STUDENTS Some Job Partners request student workers to participate in office parties or celebrations. The WSP will work with individual Job Partners to determine student worker availability, but student workers are not permitted to miss class to attend office parties. Additionally, student workers may not, under any circumstance, attend any office gatherings that include alcoholic beverages. The WSP has a no gift policy. Job Partners are discouraged from giving gifts to students. Appreciation for a job well done can be recognized through student evaluations and student worker recognition programs of the WSP. PARENTS/GUARDIANS Because the Job Partner signed a contract with the WSP, it does not directly employ students. Therefore, the WSP Office is the primary point of contact between students and parent(s)/guardian(s) concerning any job related concerns. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must contact the WSP Office to address any questions or concerns they may have about a student’s job. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must not contact Job Partners directly. TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES The WSP is an educational internship program that is part of a student's Cristo Rey curriculum. Students are considered to be "at school" during their participation in the WSP. Accordingly, if from time to time students require alternate transportation, a written communication from a parent/guardian is required. For safety and communication purposes, students are required to provide current cell phone numbers to the WSP Office. WORK-STUDY CHECK-IN: On workdays, students are required to check-in with the WSP Office at 7:55 a.m. or a time specified by the WSP Office. Prior to check-in, students must be in full school uniform. Students are required to wear their full school uniform (including approved school shoes) from the time they depart for work transportation in the morning, until students are dismissed from transportation at the end of the workday. From time to time, Job Partners may require students to wear a Company uniform, which must be approved in advance by the WSP Office. The WSP does not allow students to participate in Company "Dress-Down" days. Generally, check-in occurs daily in the Social Hall. On Fridays, due to assemblies in the Social Hall, check-in occurs in a classroom in the school building.
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Students must depart from Cristo Rey Philadelphia and commute together in their designated transportation groups, accompanied by a chaperone. Students are required to abide by the Code of Conduct throughout daily Work-Study transportation. Students are required to abide by all rules and regulations posted by the Subway Authority at all times. Students are required to be courteous and respectful to all other people during WorkStudy transportation. Students are not permitted to invite non-Cristo Rey people to join them during WorkStudy transportation.
Altercations During Subway Transportation: No Cristo Rey Philadelphia student shall engage in or instigate an altercation in any way. Should, from time to time, altercations with non-Cristo Rey people occur during WorkStudy transportation, students may not engage and/or escalate the interaction in any way. Students are required to move their location away from the altercation and engage the Work-Study transportation chaperone. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disciplinary action.
CONCLUSION It should be understood that some situations may take place that go beyond those immediately covered in this Handbook. Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, reserves the right, therefore, to respond appropriately to those situations, especially to any that contradict the philosophy and values held sacred by the school. Cristo Rey Philadelphia reserves the right to dismiss at any time any student whose effort or conduct (even off of school property) is considered being inconsistent with the ideals and goals of the school. Our students are to represent Cristo Rey Philadelphia in a positive manner twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week. Parents are expected to cooperate with the school in teaching those human and moral values which lie at the basis of the school’s guidelines.
STATEMENT OF AGREEMENT Failure to read the material contained in this fact does not excuse the student from observing the information and regulations stated. The Principal and/or Dean of Students retain the right to amend the Handbook if necessary. If this occurs, parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive written notice. Student Acknowledgment: I have read the Student/Parent Handbook for the school year 20132014. I understand the rules and will cooperate with the school in this regard. Additionally, I hereby consent to the use of my image, likeness, name, schoolwork, and/or work product, in whole or in part, in any and all media worldwide at any time now or in the future for purposes of advertising and promoting Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School and/or the Cristo Rey Work-Study Program without additional compensation. I release Cristo Rey Philadelphia from any liability or claims arising out of the use of my image, likeness, name, schoolwork, and/or work product, and I hereby waive any right that I may have to review or approve the form and use of any such materials. __________________________________ Student Signature
_____________________________________________________________________________ Printed Student Name Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment: I am the legal parent or guardian of the student signed. I have received a copy of the Student/Parent Handbook to use as a reference at home. I understand the rules and will work with the school to support these policies. Additionally, I hereby give my permission and grant all rights necessary on behalf of my daughter/son to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, the Cristo Rey Work-Study Program, their respective agents and anyone authorized by them for the following. Please initial each: • ______________Take my daughter/son to and from work on their scheduled days on school-provided transportation; •
______________ Allow my daughter/son to be interviewed or participate in surveys or written/verbal tests generally related to either work or school;
______________ Take my daughter/son to and from retreats, class trips, service opportunities, athletic/extra-curricular events, and physical education classes off campus on their scheduled days on school-provided transportation.
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