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Saint Anne School

4040 Willow Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15234

2011-2012

STUDENT "HANDBOOK

www.saintanneschool.org


Saint Anne School 4040 WlllolV .Avenue P1ttsburg/l. 'P.A. 15234

Dear Parents and Friends of Saint Anne School, Saint Anne School administration and faculty are committed to teach and model Gospel values to encourage students to live their lives as a reflection of Christ. The philosophy of the school strives to recognize and respect the dignity of each person and to offer a positive, Christ足 centered, safe learning environment. Our goal is to make your child's educational experience both meaningful and productive. To accomplish that goal, every family must be informed of school policies and procedures. This handbook serves as the primary reference source for questions about the operation of Saint Anne School. We ask that you read the handbook thoroughly and keep it accessible. Of course, should you still have questions after referring to this handbook, the staff and I are available to assist you. Blessings!

t~: (Mrs.) C . Jakubowski Principal

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INTRODUCTION VISION STATEMENTIDEPARTMENT FOR CAmOLIC SCHOOLS The Vision for the Department for Catholic Schools is to promote and to sustain Catholic Schools of unparalleled quality, which integrate faith into every aspect of life and culture, producing graduates who continually strive for human and Christian perfection.

PHILOSOPHY OF SAINT ANNE SCHOOL TH IS WE BEll EVE Go~ create~ each ot us with bo~y, min~, an~ sour.

We are all blesse~ with the gifts of

human ~jgnity an~ potential for achievement.

In Catholic E~ucation, it is our goal to ~evelop the whole person.. bo~y an~ spirit..

through an~ aca~emic program

enriche~ with Christian values.

We ma ke every effort

to teach ou r stu~ents the GospeL message,

to buil~ the community ofthe faithful,

an~ to be ofservice to our neighbors.

We believe that the young men anct women

entrustecl to our care will learn

through practice an~ goo~ example

to be goo~ Christians an~ goo~ citizens.

MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION The Middle States Association of colleges and Schools accredits St. Anne School. Middle States accreditation is an expression of confidence in St. Anne School's mission, goals, and objectives, performance and resources and validates publicly the excellence in education. The Middle States Evaluation is an ongoing process requiring the submission of update plans every three years. After then years the school is re-evaluated for continued reaccreditation. We were re-accredited in May 2010.

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Mission Statement Founded in 1894, Saint Anne School is a faith community grounded in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. It is our mission to assist the parents in the total development of the child - body, mind, and soul. We strive to form students who will become active members of the Church, life­ long learners, and responsible citizens oftoday's global society.

We believe that ... • Every child is created with unique, God-given talents and with the potential to learn. • Students should be nurtured to develop a personal relationship with God through prayer, service, and knowledge of the Gospels. • Students should learn to honor diversity and to respect themselves and others as children of God. • Students should be guided to develop well-formed moral and social conSCIences. • Students have the right to learn in a safe and secure environment. • Instruction should be designed to accommodate various learning styles while engaging students in meaningful activities. • We are stewards of the earth's resources.

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Daily Schedule 8: 10 Arrival 8:20 Tardy Bell 8:30 Period 1 9: 10 Period 2 9:50 Period 3 10:30 Period 4 11: 10 Period 5 (4-8) K-3 Lunch 11:50 Period 5 (K-3) 4-8 Lunch 12:30-12:45 HOlneroom 12:45 Period 6 J :25 Period 7 2:05 Period 8 2:45 HOlneroom 2:55 Bus Disn1issal 3:00 Walkers, Drivers Dismissal

11:15-11:45

11 :55-12:25

Half Day Schedule 11:30 Dismissal 8: 10 8 :20 8:35 8:55 9: 15 9:35 9:55 10:15 10:35 10:55 11 :15 11 :25 11 :30

Arrival Tardy Bell Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period6 Period7 Period 8 Hon1eroon1 Bus Dismissal Walkers, Drivers Dismissal

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ILLNESS DURING SCHOOL HOURS Should your child become ill during the school day, the secretary or nurse will phone you. Children are not pennitted to leave the school until an adult comes to the office and signs the dismissal log. In case of an accident or emergency, every attempt will be made to notify parents immediately. The school will, if necessary, call for emergency services, but state law requires the presence of a parent or guardian before medical treatment is given. It is necessary that the school be able to reach a parent or guardi~ at all times. Correct phone numbers and extensions must be on file in the office at all times.

IMMUNIZATIONS Students entering kindergarten are required by state law to have completed a full series of specific immunizations. Parents must submit the child's immunization record at the time of registration. The school nurse will review the record and notify parents of any deficiencies before the beginning of the school year.

LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS Students are not pennitted to leave the school grounds during the school day without the pennission of the principal.

LIBRARY Classes are regularly scheduled for the library and children may borrow books for outside reading. There is a charge for late returns and parents are responsible for lost or damaged books.

MASSES Daily Masses in the school chapel, Monday and Friday at 9:10, are an integral part of the school day. Parents and other visitors are always welcome to join in these celebrations. However, because the schedule may change because of the availability of the priests, it is important to check the parish bulletin. Special celebrations for the entire school are held either in the gym or in the church. Please check the school calendar or parish bulletin for these announcements. Again, everyone is welcome to participate in these celebrations.

MEDICATIONS Medication should be given at home and physicians should be asked to adjust schedules to allow this to be done during non-school hours. A legal opinion of the Pennsylvania Department of Justice states, "Except in truly emergency situations, teachers may not administer individually prescribed medications." However, when medication MUST be administered during school hours in an emergency situation, the policy enclosed must be followed.

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PARENT ORGANIZATIONS Athletic Association: The sports program is under the direction of the Athletic Association Board, elected parents who are responsible for maintaining the program .. Coaches are selected by the Board and serve on a volunteer basis. Parent interest and willingness to serve on the Board are vital to the continued success of the program. Currently, the Association sponsors basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, track, and volleyball teams. PTG: The Parent Teachers Guild is an active parent organization that works to provide a variety of instructional programs and activities for the school. The direction of the PTG is through an elected Board, serving two year terms. All parents are encouraged to join and actively participate in the activities of the Guild. PARTIES

The PTa sponsors parties for special occasions during the school year. No other instructional time should be used for parties, then, without the principal's permission. Birthday treats should be distributed during lunch or recess times; a note should b~ sent to the homeroom teacher the day before the treat will be sent to school. PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Unless excused by a physician, all students must participate in gym class. Dress for gym is included under the DRESS CODE section. POLICIES

The school follows the policies of the Department for Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In addition, Guidelines for Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities are in effect. POP MACHINES

Students are NOT permitted to use the machines during school hours. PROGRESS REPORTS

Parents will receive a progress report through each grading period. Parents should sign the report to indicate that it was received and have the student return it to the issuing teacher the next day. If the student is experiencing acadenlic difficulty parents should contact the teacherls of the subjects of concern.

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Religious values and truths are an integral part of the education of children. Our religion program, therefore, is a combination of intellectual concepts with faith experiences. Daily prayer and religion classes make up the basic curriculum and priority is given to participation in liturgy on a weekly basis. The children also participate in preparation for the reception of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade and Confirmation in grade nine. Parental participation in sacramental preparation programs is a vital part of the process.

REPORT CARDS Report cards are distributed four times during the school year. These dates are indicated on the school calendar. Parents should sign the report card and have the child return it to school the next day. In addition, parents have access to the on-line grading system throughout the year and may monitor progress regularly. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this easy access and to contact teachers if there are concerns about progress.

SCHOOL PICTURES All children will have school pictures taken early in the school year. The prices and packages available are determined by the photographer. Yearbooks are available in the spring.

SUPPLIESffEXTBOOKS The supplies needed by the students vary at each grade level and are determined by the needs of the subject. Teachers will inform students of specifics during the first week of school. Most of the textbooks used in the school are on loan from the state and students are responsible for their care. Parents are required to pay for lost books or for unnecessary damages. All books must be covered and book bags are required to take books to and from school.

TARDY Children who arrive after the 8:20 bell will be marked Tardy; children who arrive after 11 :00 a.nl. will be marked absent in the morning.

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TELEPHONE

Students are not permitted to use the office phone unless there is an emergency. If after-school activities necessitate that a student bring a cell phone, the phone must be off and kept in the student's backpack throughout the school day. Students who do not follow this directive will have phones confiscated. The phone will be returned to the student's parent.

TESTING All students in grades 2 through 8 participate in Terra Nova testing in April. Also in May, a writing assessment is done for students in grade 5. The ACRE test for knowledge of religion is given to students in grades 5 and 8 in March.

TUITION \

Parents who register a student in the school enter into a contractual obligation with the school. The first tuition payment is due June of the upcoming academic year; subsequent payments are due the tenth of each month, with the full payment due by May 10. Parents are reminded that the operational budget of the school is dependent on timely fulfillment of this obligation. Parents whose tuition is in arrears will receive a notice indicating the past due amount. Participation in activities, registration for the next school year, final grades, and transfers of records will not be processed if there is an outstanding balance.

TUITION ASSISTANCE Families who are in need of tuition assistance may seek this aid by completing an application for financial assistance that is distributed by the diocese and must be filed by mid-March. These applications are assessed by an independent evaluator and the determinations are sent to the school in June.

VISITORS While visitors are always welcome in the school, parents and other visitors should first report to the school office. Messages and deliveries from home should be left at the office. No one is permitted to enter a classroom without the permission of the office.

VOLUNTEERS Parent help is always needed in the school and at school sponsored events and strong parental involvement is one of the hallmarks of an outstanding school. Please consider using some of your time and talents to help us to maintain our quality program. Volunteers who work with children must have the appropriate clearances and have signed the Pastoral Code of Conduct.

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HOMEWORK HOTLINE

The homework hotline service will be in operation approximately 3:30 p.m. each school day. To use the service, call the school at 412-561-7720. The phone will be answered by an auto-attendant. After the phone is answered, press the two digit number of your child's grade/roomand the assignments will be read.

General School Announcements 8th GradelRoom 305

40

t h GradelRoom 303

39

6th GradelRoom 302

38

5th GradelRoom 306

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GradelRoom 304

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3 rd GradelRoom 103

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2nd GradelRoom 102

34

1st GradelRoom 205

33

KindergartenIRoom 201

32

4th

43

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ABSENCES Regular attendance at school is a maj or factor in determining academic success. Students who are absent for more than thirty days during the academic year may be denied academic promotion. Absences from school are defined as either Excused or Unexcused according to guidelines from the Pennsylvania School Code. Excused absences include illness, quarantine, impassable roads, recognized religious holidays, and urgent reasons, such as a death in the family or a court appearance. The state guidelines also permit an Excused Absence for Educational Trips if a request is sent to the school and approved prior to the dates of the trip. If no prior notice is received, the absence is classified as Unexcused. Parents should call the school office on the first day that a child is absent from school. Give the child's name, homeroom teacher, and reason for absence. Unless the absence will be for an extended period of time, please make arrangements with another child to have assignments brought home. Upon returning to school from an absence, a student must submit a written excuse to hislher homeroom teacher as required by state law. If this excuse is not submitted within three days following the absence, the absence will be classified as Unexcused. According to the PA School Code, Section 1332, "The absence of any pupil who remains out of school with or without his parent's permission, and is not absent because of illness or for any other urgent reasons, as defined in the School Code, shall be unexcused. Such absence will be recorded as 'unlawful-unexcused' for any pupil who is under the conlpulsory attendance age." Section 1333, "Any such child who has been absent three days, or their equivalent, during the term of compulsory attendance, without lawful excuse... shall be given written notice. If, after such notice is given ...attendance is again violated by the person, such person shall be liable... for referral to the magistrate." Parents and guardians of students who acquire excessive absences may be required to provide documentation from a physician indicating that the absences are relating to an existing medical condition.

ADMISSIONS A child entering kindergarten must be five years old by September 1 of the entering year. Every child must have proof of immunization against communicable diseases. Official certificates of birth and baptism are also required. Students transferring from another school should have academic records forwarded as soon as possible.

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ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL Children should not report to school before 8:10a.m. unless they are entered into the morning care program or arrive on early buses. Students who walk or are driven should assemble on the Plaza and will enter the building with their class. Please remember that the school is not responsible for children left on the Plaza before 8:10.

Parents who drive children to school are reminded that Castle Shannon Borough does not permit stopping at the Willow Avenue entrance. Children should be dropped off at the Plaza and dismissal will be at this same entrance. Also, when parking in the lot, the lane beside the fence must be kept open for buses. In order to ensure the safety of all students, please exercise extreme caution when driving in the lot. Any change in your child's normal dismissal routine must be noted in writing to your child's homeroom teacher. To avoid any confusion, parents are asked to please keep such changes to a minimum.

BUS TRANSPORTATION Several districts provide transportation for our students. Parents are notified of scheduling arrangements from their public district of residence before the first day of school. All children who are assigned to a bus are expected to be on that bus when it leaves school. Should you wish to drive your child home, please notify the homeroom teacher in writing. Discipline on the bus is the responsibility of the driver. Should (s)he refer a student to the principal, parents will receive a copy of the incident report. Subsequent reports may result in suspension of bus privileges by the district. Please review the following rules with your child(ren): 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Be at your appointed stop on time. Approach the bus only after i t is

completely stopped.

Board one person at a time Obey the directions of the bus d r i ve r at a II

times.

Remain in you r seat wh ile the bus is moving. Keep arms and hands inside the bus. Keep conversation at a low volume; avoid unnecessary noise. When exiting, move away from the bus promptly.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those students assigned to a bus by the district are permitted to ride the bus. Requests to allow another student who is not scheduled on that bus to accompany your child cannot be honored.

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CAFETERIA

Saint Anne cafeteria offers a hot lunch program and monthly menus are posted on our website. Free or reduced price lunches are available for qualifying families. Lunches may be paid in advance and orders will be taken on the day of service. Also, students without pre-payment or money will be given lunch on that day. However, this outstanding balance must be paid before the student is given another non-paid lunch. Parents will be called to bring a lunch to school if this situation arises. Lunch time should be a pleasant experience for children; it is a natural time for them to relax and socialize. However, because so many children are eating at the same time, it is important that we have some guidelines to maintain a safe environment. Important: Because of the nurrlber of different food allergies, students are never permitted to "share" food. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Stay in a single line; no cutting in front of others. Walk at all times; once seated, remain seated. Speak softly. Do not throw or pass food around to others. Make certain the table and floor around you are clean before leaving. The bell is the signal for silence and prayer time.

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COMMUNICATIONS

The monthly newsletter and menu are available on our website, www.saintanneschool.org. Other school information is regularly sent home through the envelope system on Wednesdays of each week. Please review the enclosed materials, sign the envelope, and respond, if necessary, as soon as possible. Signed envelopes should be returned the next day. General information is sent home ONLY with the oldest child in each family. In addition, information about school operations can be obtained by dialing 43 when the automatic phone answering menu is in service. Parents may be kept informed about academic progress by logging onto the grade book. Access requires a school-issued User ID and Password.

CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences are regularly scheduled at the end of each grading period.

All parents are expected to attend the first conference held in November. Subsequent

conferences will be scheduled depending on parent or teacher requests.

Parents who wish to confer with a teacher at other times during the school year are - asked to schedule an appointment with the teacher either by note or by calling the school office. Because of other commitments, teachers may not always be available after school without an appointment

DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE PROGRAM At Saint Anne School, we value the social and emotional development of your child as much as their academic growth and success. Throughout the school year, counselors from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will be visiting classrooms to present lessons on topics including character education, conflict resolution, anger management, feelings, social skills, etc. The topics and grade levels chosen will be based the needs of the building by the administrator and counselor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your building administrator.

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DRESS CODE Appropriate dress helps students foster a positive attitude about themselves and about school and learning. The uniform dress code is followed by all students in grades 1 through 8. Our uniform provider is Educational Outfitters located at 1910 Cochran Road (Behind Max & Erma's). The phone # is 412-973足 7187 and the web address is www.EducationaIOutfitters.com. Girls in grades 1 through 4 wear either the blue plaid jumper or the navy uniform shorts with a long vest. Girls in these grades wear light blue or white blouses with Peter Pan collars. Girls in grades 5 through 8 wear either plaid skirts, plaid split-skirts or navy uniform shorts with a long vest. Girls in these grades wear either oxford or pointed collars blouses in light blue or white. Navy slacks (neat and well-fitting, not corduroy) may also be worn with the long vest. Sweaters are to be the uniform varsity sweater in navy. Girls are expected to wear the vest, sweater, or sweatshirt at all times. If the sweater is worn as "outside" clothing and will be removed during the day, students must have a vest available. Boys wear dark pants, either black or navy with a belt and light blue or white shirts with collars. Boys may also wear the llIliform shorts. Polo shirts are permitted. Cargo pants or cargo shorts are not permitted. Sweaters are to - be'either solid navy or white. Boys must wear crew socks with a cuff. Girls may wear navy or white knee socks or crew socks with a cuff. Please pay special attention to the length of skirts and shorts. They should be no shorter than two inches above the knees and the waistbands should not be altered. All clothing should be in good condition. In colder weather, students may wear the school logo sweatshirts (only) in place of sweaters. Over-sized clothing is NOT permitted. Make-up is not permitted and no piercing other than earrings. Students-boys and girls-may wear either dress shoes or low-cut tennis shoes (in good condition) in solid white, black or navy, excluding minimal trim. High tops may NOT be worn - including boots; shoes must be completely tied. (When looking for shoes, please keep in mind that sturdy tie-ons are best suited to the playground. Sandals, clogs, high-heeled shoes are not permitted.) For gym classes, students may wear sweat pants or gym shorts, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Children will not be permitted to participate without gym clothes. Tank tops and shorts other than gym shorts are not permitted.

PLEASE NOTE: We have a number of uniform jumpers and lots of blouses that have been gently worn. There are also some boys pants and shirts. If you'd like to see what's available, please call the school office and arrange a time. There is no cost for these items; all we ask is that you return the favor if you have anything usable that has been outgrown!

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DRESS DOWNIDRESS UP DAYS On special occasions, the school will announce days when uniforms need not be worn. If children are permitted to dress up or dress down, parents are reminded that the clothing worn should be appropriate to school. Sundresses, halter, midriff or tank tops, short shorts or tight clothing are not acceptable and parents will be called to bring appropriate clothing before the child may attend class. The decision of propriety is the authority of the school.

DISCIPLINEIDETENTION Please see the Discipline Code contained in the policy section.

EARLY DISMISSALS Parents should make every effort to schedule appointments at a time that school is not in session. However, if a child must have an early dismissal, (s)he must have a written note for the principal's approval. For these dismissals, parents or an authorized adult must meet the child at the office and sign himlher out at the authorized time. Children who arrive later than 11 :00 a.m. will be marked as absent in the morning. \ Children who leave school before 1:00 p.m. will be marked absent in the afternoon.

EMERGENCY CARDS At the beginning of each school year, parents are required to complete a Pupil Emergency Card. It is imperative that the school be able to reach you to inform you of illness or an emergency situation. It is .also important to list the names of others that can be contacted should you be unavailable. Please keep the card updated by notifying the office.

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EMERGENCY CLOSINGS AND DELAYS If inclement weather or some other emergency requires that school be delayed or closed, this information will be announced on KDKA, WTAE, WPXI, and WWSW. Because of the number of public districts represented in our school, it is important that you listen for an announcement that identifies Saint Anne School. This information is also usually available on Ext. 43 of our automated answering service. In the event of a two hour delay, specifically named at Saint Anne School, all children should report to school at 10: 10 a.m.; there is no morning care when there is a delay. Preschool will begin at 10:30 and end at 1:00 for 4 year olds. The 3 year olds will finish at 12:30. Because some public districts do not provide busing outside the normal times, children from those districts will be picked up at a normal times and will be admitted into the building to wait for the scheduled start. If the announced delay does not specifically mention Saint Anne School, but does name one of the public districts that service our school, only those children WHO ARE REGULARLY BUSED should follow the announcement. Children who ride the buses of other districts who are not delayed or who walk or are driven should arrive at the normal time PLEASE NOTE: Because our attendance registers are legal indicators of ~ child's presence at the times we are in session, children who arrive late or are absent because of busing when school is in session will be marked as Excused Tardy or Excused Absence.

EMERGENCY DISMISSALS In the event that we would be required to dismiss school early, that information will be announced on the .same stations noted above. Homeroom coordinators will initiate a phone chain to notify parents as soon as possible. However, because phone service may be interrupted in the school, some emergency situations may not allow for this option. Children will be dismissed as transportation becomes available. If you work or are not at home when the dismissal occurs, it important that your child be informed on where to go in such situations.

ENDOWMENT FUND Parents are encouraged to make contributions to the Fund as gifts or memorial donations and Fund Acknowledgement cards are available through the school office.

EXTENDED CARE Morning care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after school care begins at dismissal and ends at 5:30 p.m. The direction and payment for the program are the responsibilities of the caregivers. There is no morning care when school is delayed and there is no after school care when school is dismissed early.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES GUIDELINES Students with a failing grade in one or more subjects will be ineligible to participate in sports or any school-sponsored activity for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the student may be reinstated if improvement has been made. Evaluations or grades will be made at the midpoint and end of each grading period. Additional restrictions on eligibility will be determined by a students adherence to school practices and policies. In cases of serious misconduct (for example, fighting, repeated disregard of school rules, or the destruction of property), these offenses require no repetition and will be dealt with immediately and appropriately. If any behavior is so severe that it would require SCHOOL SUSPENSION, this would automatically lead to a suspension of activities until administrative approval is given. PLEASE NOTE: Tuition payments must be kept cu"ent (or a child to participate in extra-curricular

activities.

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FAMILY DIRECTORY Each year, the PTO prints a directory of addresses and phone numbers for those parents who give permission to be included. If you wish to be included, please return the information sheet by the date indicated. You will receive the directory when PTO dues are paid.

FIRE DRILLS State law requires that all schools participate in regular fire drills. Students are expected to leave the building quickly and silently. Because it can affect the safety of others, misbehavior during fire drills is a serious offense. FORENSICS Students in grades 5 through 8 may participate in a forensics program that is part of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Forensics League. Placement on the team is determined through a judging program and chosen students represent the school in regional competitions.

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GUM CHEWING Gum chewing is not permitted at any time or at any place in the school building or on the school grounds. It is frequently the cause of damage to property. Gum should not be brought as a birthday or holiday treat. Disregard of this directive will result in consequences to the students.

HEALTH SERVICES A registered nurse from the Keystone Oaks School District is in the school one day a week. During this time, she is responsible for the state mandated health screenings and for maintaining student health records. It is the parents responsibility to notify the nurse of any health problems your child may be experiencing.

HONOR ROLL Students in grades 6 through 8 are eligible will be recognized at the end of each grading period if they achieve a Quality Point Average of3.67 or higher in the core subjects (religion, reading, math science, social studies, and English), have acceptable grades (C or higher) in other subjects, and have maintained the standards of acceptable behavior of the Catholic School philosophy. The categories are: Highest Honors High Honors Honors

4.00 (all A's) 3.83 (5 A's, 1 B) 3.67 (4 A's, 2 B's)

HOMEWORK To develop good habits of independent study, homework is very much a part of the school experience. Assignments help to supplement the daily class work and to provide practice and review in both the day's lessons and the long range plan of the subject. Parents can help by: ... providing a place to study 路 .. verifying assignment on the Homework Hotline 路 .. checking to see if the work is well done and complete 路 .. contacting a teacher if a question arises

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POLICIES

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St. Anne School

4040 Willow Avenue

Pittsburgh, P A 15234

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Policy Statement

Medication should be given at home and physicians should be asked to change the schedule for the administration of medication so that it can be given before and after school hours. (A legal opinion of the Pennsylvania Department of Justice states, "Except in truly emergency situations, teachers may not administer individually prescribed medications.") However, when medication ll1lJ.S1 be adnlinistered during school hours in an emergency situation, the following policy statement is in effect:

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Students are .n.e.yer permitted to carry any type of medication prescribed or over-the-counter into the school. This includes pain relievers, cough medicine, lozenges, and other such medications. (Cough drops will be permitted with written parental permission.) If a student is found to have unauthorized medications, parents will be notified immediately, the mediations will be confiscated, and disciplinary action, including possible suspension/expulsion, will follow.

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Necessary medication must be delivered to school by a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult along with a physician's written request for distribution by school personnel. (This request must be on the form provided by the diocesan legal office and can be obtained at the school office.)

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Medication brought to school must be in a container labeled by a pharmacist or doctor. The label must include the student's name, the name of the physician, date of prescription, dosage, and frequency of administration.

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Parents must sign an Indemnity Agreement which has be prepared by the Legal Office and is distributed by the school office.

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Only those medications which absolutely must be administered during school hours should be brought to school for distribution by school personnel.

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FORMA PHYSICIAN'S INSTRUCTIONS

CONCERNING MEDICATION GIVEN AT SCHOOL

It is required by School that the attending physician fill out the following form for all medications to be given during school hours.

Date - - - - -

Student's Name

Medication and Dosage

(Date Name

to Date) (Duration of Medicaiton)

Condition for Which Medication is Requested

Possible Side Effects

Physician's Phone No.

Physician's Signature

Please send the medication to school in the prescription bottle with this form and deliver

it to:

Name: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - School Address:

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PARENT REQUEST FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

AND

AGREEMENT OF RELEASE AND INDEMNITY

We request that school personnel School administer medication per attached Physician's Form A to our child, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, according to the direction of our attending physician. In making this request, we acknowledge that we have been advised that no physician will be present or available during the administration of medication, that a school nurse will not be present or available for this purpose, and that medication will be administered by a person with no medical training. We acknowledge our awareness that the administration of medication under the anticipated circumstances might pose a substantial risk of injury to, including death of, our child. On behalf of ourselves and our child, we hereby exonerate, release and discharge School andlor parish, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, and their agents and employees, from any and all claims, causes of action and liability whatsoever in respect of any injury to, including death of, our child which may result at any time in the future by reason of any action taken, in good faith, pursuant to this request. We further agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless _ _ _ _ _ _ __ School, parish, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, and their agents and employees from and suit or proceeding brought to enforce any such clain1, cause of action or liability. We enter into this agreement of release and indemnity voluntarily and without coercion for the purpose of inducing the employees School to administer medication to our child.

Date

Parent/Guardian

Parent/Guardian (Signatures of all parents/guardians required)

THIS DOCUMENT IS A CONTRACT WHICH AFFECTS YOU AND YOUR CHILD'S LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU SHOULD READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY. IF YOU DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND, YOU MAY SEEK INDEPENDENT LEGAL ADVICE BEFORE SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT.

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630 WEAPONS POLICY

Any person carrying a weapon onto school property, including, but not limited to, a school building, outdoor areas, outdoor facilities, vehicles used to transport students, or school related activities poses a clear and present danger to other students and staff. For the purpose of this policy, a weapon is defined to be a gun, knife or any other article which could be used to cause injury. Such person in possession of a weapon violates state criminal statutes and school regulations and shall be subject to the following discipline and penalty:

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Parents will be immediately notified

2.

Local police will be called

3.

The student will be expelled

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Internet Use Policy Saint Anne School This policy is established to ensure understanding and application of Saint Anne School Internet Use. Saint Anne School reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time. It is understood that the administration of Saint Anne School will inform parents/guardians of any changes made in thispolicy via the school's monthly newsletter. Students' parents and/or

guardians are required to review these guidelines with their child(ren) and complete and return the attached parent/guardian consent form. This guideline includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: . 1. 2. 3. 4.

Information and news from a wide variety of sources and research institutions Public domain and shareware software of all types Discussion groups Access to any educational institutions and libraries.

Etiquette 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Be polite when sending written messages to others Appropriate language is expected in all messages Anything pertaining to illegal activity is expressly forbidden Do not reveal access information, personal or otherwise Do not disrupt others use of the internet access All users should remember that deleted materials can be retrieved. I

The following actions, which are not inclusive, are considered unacceptable actions by the administration of Saint Anne School: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Placing unlawful information on the Internet Using the Internet for non-school related activities Sending messages that are likely to result in loss of the recipients work or systems Using the Internet for commercial purposes Using the Internet for political lobbying that does not support the expressed philosophy and tenets of the Catholic Church Sending or receiving copyrighted material without permission. Plagiarism Using Internet access to send or retrieve pornographic material, inappropriate file text, files dangerous to the integrity of the system, violent or threatening material or messages Circumventing security measures on school or remote computers or networks Vandalism Falsifying one's identity.


DISCIPLINE

Introduction Saint Anne School administration and faculty are committed to teach and model Gospel values to encourage students to live their lives as a reflection of Christ. The philosophy of the school strives to recognize and respect the dignity of each person and to offer a positive, Christ-centered, safe learning environment based on the Social Teachings of the Church. Discipline is considered an element of moral guidance not as a form of punishment. Every teacher and staff member shares the responsibility to model appropriate behavior and to support the structure necessary for learning self-discipline. Students are encouraged to assume responsibility for their actions, develop self control, and accept responsibility and consequences for inappropriate behavior. A Christ-centered school environment fosters the following behaviors: 1. 2. 3.

Recognizing and fostering the uniqueness and dignity of each individual Nurturing respect in all relationships involving school and parish community Developing a sense of rights and responsibilities and commitment to the entire school and parish community.

Social skills, both interpersonal and intrapersonal, are taught, modeled, practiced, and infused into the daily life and experience of the school family.

Guiding Principles The following seven principles are the basis of Catholic Social Teachings and are the principles that guide us in all of our interactions. • We believe in the life and dignity of the human person.. Each person is sacred. • We believe we are called to family, community, and participation. It is our duty to support each other by our actions. • We believe that we have rights and responsibilities. Every person has the fundamental right to life and responsibility to and for one another. • We believe that we have an obligation to the poor and vulnerable. We are called to put the rights of others before our own. • We believe that we are called to care for God's creation. We are all stewards of the earth.. • We believe that solidarity is our call. We are one family regardless of our differences. • We believe that workers have rights and that work has dignity. Work is a form of participating in God's creation.

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Expectations As a matter of safety, students are expected to behave in the following manner: Before school 1. to arrive after 8: 05 except to attend the extended care program or if bused 2. to gather in the designated area 3. to engage in quiet conversation 4. to line up quietly when the school bell rings In school 1. to walk quieti y through the halls 2. to use proper language at all times . 3. to follow the dress code for school days and dress up/down days 4. to respect school property and the property of other students 5. to have a note from their parent/guardian if they change their mode of school

transportation

In the classroom 1. to follow the classroom rules of each teacher 2. to be responsible for submitting homework on time and making up assignments missed within a reasonable amount of time to have a respectful attitude toward teachers and one another 3. 4. to be responsible for appropriate supplies 5. to be honest in all communications 6. to use computers and school equipment appropriately 7. not to chew gum 8. not to remain in or enter a classroom at any time without a teacher or designated adult present During recess 1. not to re-enter the building unless for an emergency 2. to display good sportsmanship and exercise self control 3. to play in assigned areas only 4. to stay on school grounds at all times (This includes not retrieving a ball that has gone off school grounds.) To obey the directives of playground monitors, courteously and promptly. 5. stop playing at the first bell and walk quietly to their designated line when the second bell rings During lunch 1. to remain seated until finished eating and the "recess" bell rings 2. to clean up, pick up all papers, scraps of food, etc., and dispose of them properly 3. to obey playground supervisors at all times

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After 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

school to follow dismissal procedures to walk to assigned place to wait until bus or car ride arrives not to run or play games on the school grounds to leave the school grounds immediately to sign in at the extended care program if not picked up by 3: 10

At athletic events and assemblies 1. to practice good sportsmanship as spectators and participants 2. to show respect towards coaches, referees, and visiting teams 3. to maintain an appropriate silence during special performances Outside school 1. to behave responsibly off school property (If the principal is made aware of misconduct off school property of a child recognized to be a student in Saint Anne School, parents may be contacted; however, it is important to note that the school is not responsible for students actions that occur off school property.) 2. Principals will forward disciplinary notices given by public school bus drivers to parents to support the disciplinary report of the bus driver. (See page 10 for Bus Expectations.) \

Consequences Please be aware that any disrespect, destructive act, or inappropriate behavior will be dealt with accordingly. If an individual student does not meet his/her personal responsibility for good conduct, the school may discipline the student. The severity or repetitive nature of non-compliance to the above expectations will determine the appropriate consequences. To remediate unacceptable behavior, the following actions may be taken: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Teacher/student conference to develop a plan for remediation Notification to parents Administrative referral Referral to the E-SAP Team School service required Loss of recess Detention Denial of participation in school activities, including sports School probation, or Suspension.

The following behaviors will result in immediate administrative referrals and can result in referrals to law enforcement or other government agencies: violations of weapons policy, violations of the drug/alcohol policy, any purposeful action that results in bodily harm to another.

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601.1 RACIAL DISCRIMINATION POLICY Policy Statement There shall be no racial discrimination in our schools. Procedures for Implementation of Policy 1.

This policy applies to all school personnel.

2.

When a complaint of racial discrimination is received at a school, the Principal should ask that it be submitted to him/her in writing, and the Principal should prepare a written report of the complaint. The written complaint and the Principal's report should be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools for investigation.

3.

After obtaining all of the facts relating to the complaint, the Superintendent of Schools will appoint an "Investigative Team." The Team shall consist of three members selected from the approved list. One Team member shall be appointed chairman of the Investigative Team.

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The Superintendent of Schools shall notify the party filing the complaint, the accused party, the pastor, and the principal that an Investigative Team has been appointed.

5.

The Investigative Team shall meet with the parties filing the complaint, the party accused of the discrimination, the principal, pastor, witnesses, and any other individuals who have information relative to the complaint in question.

6.

After gathering all of the necessary infonnation, the Team shall prepare a report with a recommendation, and submit the report and recommendation to the Superintendent of Schools.

7.

After reviewing the report and recommendation, the Superintendent of Schools shall consult with the Secretary for Education, Black Catholic Ministries and/or the Legal Department, if necessary.

8.

If it is deemed necessary, the Superintendent of Schools shall meet with the complaining parties.

9.

The Superintendent of Schools shall make a recommendation concerning the resolution of the matter, and shall advise the complaining parties of their right to a Diocesan due process hearing.

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602 CHILD ABUSE POLICY

This policy approved by the Diocesan School Board concerns the reporting of child abuse and neglect in accordance with the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Act No. 124 of 1975 and the Regulations thereunder. It is the purpose of the Act and this policy to encourage and foster more complete reporting of suspected child abuse so as to ensure the child's well-being and to preserve and stabilize family life wherever appropriate. Policy Statement Any employee of the Schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including Principals, Educational Consultants, Teachers and other professional staff including Federal or State Government personnel who have reason to believe that" a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is an abused child shall immediately report such case to the Chlld Abuse Hotline. (800-932-0313) It is not the responsibility of any employee of the Catholic School or Federal or\ State Government personnel to prove that the child has been abused or neglected or to determine whether the child is in need of protection. The responsibility is to report the suspected case to the Abuse Hotline! .

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In situations involving the investigation of alleged child abuse by Children and Youth Services caseworkers, it shall be our policy to permit the Children and Youth Services caseworker to interview the student at the school without the parents being present. (please note that this is the only situation in which a student may be interviewed by anyone at the school without a parent being present.)

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March 1990

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603.1 SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, AND PROCEDURE FOR REVIEW

Rationale and Procedure for Suspensions A student may be temporarily suspended by the principal for a serious infraction of school regulations or for repeated detentions. Suspension may vary in length from one to ten days. However, no prior notice is needed. The principal shall meet with the parents and the parents shall receive a written Notice of Suspension. The Notice of Suspension is kept on file in the principal's office and a copy is given to the parents. This document will not only explain why the student was suspended but will contain an agreement between the student/parents and the principal describing the student's future cooperation in a program designed to resolve the student's problems. Suspensions should be held in school, and the student not marked absent, unless the offense is particularly egregious, in which case, out-of-school suspension is the remedy. Out-of-school suspensions follow the same guidelines as in-school suspensions except assignments are given in the various subject areas for home study. The parents will meet during this period with the principal and teachers to defme expectations upon the student' s retum~.

Rationale and Procedure for Expulsions An expUlsion is a severe punishment and should only be applied in very serious circumstances. Every attempt should be made during earlier offenses, if any, to provide guidance and counseling to the students and parents under the direction of the principal and pastor. An expUlsion may be necessary for persistent and willful disregard of school rules and regulations. The following examples are illustrative but not exhaustive:

chronic undesirable conduct detrimental to the physical and/or moral well-being of self or other students

continued malicious disobedience or disrespect for school authority

continued refusal by parents and/or students to comply with school policies.

An expUlsion may also be necessary for a single serious incident or event or situation involving disregard for or a clear violation of a school rule or regulation. The following examples are illustrative but not exhaustive: •

selling or using drugs or alcohol

violation of the Weapons Policy, #633

physical abuse of other students or staff

indecent behavior

arson

theft

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POLICY STATEMENT Substance Abuse Policy The Department for Catholic Schools recognizes that chem~cal abuse is a serious problem. Our poJicyis based on the ~eIief that chemical dependency is n life threatening Hincss Hwt ~ljrects • 'Iv. soirituaUv. intellectuallv and sociall "' ___ " -_._- --, , -- --- -- -- .. --­ ~~

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1. A staff member is concerned about possible D/A abuse.

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Refer to Core Team for appropriate investigation.

Contact will be made.

2. Student is currently under the influence of drugs andlor alcohol.

Report to administrator who will call parents and the nurse. Student is searched.

The administrator will request that the student empty all pockets andlor purse. The student's locker, desk and all personal property will be searched. The student will not be len alone for any reason.

Parents are contacted and asked to come to school inunediately.

"'" 3. A student is caught with

Notify Police

Notify Parents

Parents are contacted.

Student Disposition

Discipline

Substance Disp!'Jsitiotl

Refer to Core Team for appropriate referral and recommendation. In accordance with the law, proper authorities will be contacted when: -a substance is located -a deal is witnessed - notes relating to sale of drugs is found.

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policy with possible request for immediate withdrawal from school. 2. Arrangements for an assessment with a licensed drug and alcohol agency will be made within five days. 3. Students and parents must comply wUh the reconunendations of agency prior to student's readmission. 4. There will be follow-up consultations between agency and school (0 detennine compliance with recommendations. S. Refusal to compty with school's reconuncndations may result in immediate withdrawal. Same.

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I. Immediately take the substance to tlie I administrator. 2. Place the silb~:ance ii, i! sealed bag 2nd latel w:ti! Inc date and time ofday. 3. Place the bag in 3 locked cabinet. 4. Police should immediatc!), II be called bv the II administraior.

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School personnel will confiscate the substance. Summon the administrator or escort the student to the administrator's office.

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4. A student is found using, in possession of, or suspected to be under the influence at any school event.

The group sponsor or administrator will be notified. An anecdotal written report is filed.

Same.

Parents are contacted and will be requested to transport student home. If unwilling, police or emergency personnel witl transport student.

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5. A student is found in possession of any apparatus connected with the use of drugs (i.e., papers, pipes).

Refer to situation 3.

Same.

Parents are contacted.

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Same.

6. A student is caught in process ofdistributing drugs to anyone.

Refer to situation 3.

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611 CLARIFICATION OF FINANCING POLICY

For clarification and response to recent but ongoing questions about some of our approved fmancing policies for elementary schools, you are reminded that: Catholic children must meet three criteria to be eligible for the Catholic tuition rate: a) they are baptized, b) the family is registered in a Catholic parish, and 3) the family is practicing their faith through regular Mass attendance and regular use of the parish envelope system. (Policy 4.4) Thus, as described in Policy 4.4, children must attend the school of their home parish. If the local parish does not have a school, the children may attend a Catholic school by following its registration process for non-parish children. In cases such as this, Policy 4.2 applies as follows: All Catholic children in a given Catholic elementary school (i.e. both parish children and non-parish children from a non-school Catholic. parish) will be charged the same tuition rates. (Policy 4.2) However, children from parishes with a school cannot be accepted in other Catholic schools without written permission from their pastor. These children are to be charged the non-Catholic tuition rate as well.

From Dr. Robert Paserba, Superintendent of Schools, to all Pastors and Elementary School Principals

May 1, 1997

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