In order to maintain a Christian learning environment it is necessary to have a set of student discipline guidelines. St. Apollinaris Catholic School’s disciplinary guidelines and procedures are in compliance with Diocesan policies and procedures.
Should a disciplinary issue arise between a staff member’s child and another student enrolled at St. Apollinaris Catholic School, it is the responsibility of the staff member to bring the situation immediately to the attention of the administration, and the staff member, will not act in response to the concern or issue.
General School Rules
- Respect themselves and the rights and feelings of others.
- Respect all property.
- Obey classroom, schoolyard, and Church rules.
- Observe rules and regulations for health and safety.
- Not use electronic devices during the school day or on school grounds without permission.
- Observe regular attendance and be punctual for school and class.
- Be responsible for all communication forwarded home.
- Walk to and from classrooms, schoolyard, and other parish buildings in a quiet and orderly manner.
- Behave in an appropriate manner when using bathrooms and water fountains.
- Observe traffic regulations in schoolyard and follow directions of the Junior Traffic Patrol and yard supervisors.
- Remain on school grounds during the school day.
- Arrive on campus no earlier than 7:55 A.M. unless on Traffic Patrol duty or enrolled in the Extended Care program.
- Leave campus by 3:20 P.M. unless enrolled in Extended Care, Traffic Patrol or other authorized school activities under proper adult supervision.
- Observe uniform regulations and non-uniform dress code.
- Not have gum or sunflower seeds on campus.
- Not be dismissed from class without prior notification and permission from teacher in charge of student at the time.
- Be honest and trustworthy.
- Respect themselves and the rights and feelings of others.
- Respect school and classmates’ property.
- Be prepared for class.
- Behave appropriately.
- Be punctual.
- Show reverence.
- Participate during all religious services (responses, singing, etc.)
School Yard Rules
- Line up quietly when school bell rings.
- Be kind, respectful and charitable toward one another.
- Stay in designated areas during recess and lunch.
- Stay seated while eating lunch and snacks until dismissed.
- Leave area clean- Deposit your trash in containers
- Follow yard duty supervisors’ directives.
- Be responsible for school/classroom playground equipment.
- Observe health and safety rules in yard.
- Keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.
All teachers have a conduct book in which they log exemplary behavior and/or misbehavior for each report card period.
Some examples of minor misconduct include but are not limited to:
- Tardiness to class.
- Improper uniform or non-regulation dress (automatic detention grades 6-8).
- Disruptive behavior during class time or assemblies.
- Chewing gum or eating sunflower seeds (automaatic detention).
- Failure to follow the “Electronic Devices” policy regarding cell phones, etc.
- Failure to follow yard duty supervisor’s directives.
- Other actions that violate the philosophy and mission statement of St. Apollinaris School.
- Inappropriate language (automatic detention).
Disciplinary Actions for Minor Misconduct
- 1st – Notification to student of inappropriate behavior and reminder of expected behavior. Recorded in Minor Misconduct book.
- 2nd – Notification to student of inappropriate behavior and reminder of expected behavior. Recorded in Minor Misconduct book.
- 3rd – Communication sent home
- 4th – After school detention (see page 17) followed by a Parent/Teacher/Student conference. After school detention will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:10-4:00 P.M. in the seventh grade classroom.
- If a student misses a detention without prior notice the student will have to serve two detentions.
- After two detentions, per report card period (8 minor misconducts), a Student Study Team (SST) conference will be scheduled. An SST is comprised of parent(s), teacher(s), principal, student and SST coordinator who meet to discuss student’s strengths, area of concerns, and make recommendations for helping student’s change their behavior. A follow-up meeting will be scheduled later in order to assess the implementation of the SST action plan.
- In the case of a student not meeting the school’s SST expectations of the action plan the following may result:
a. A grade of “4” in effort or conduct or in K-3 a “U”
b. Extended detention
e. Recommended transfer
Major Misconducts will be recorded by the homeroom teacher as a disciplinary action in the progression of misconducts in the conduct book, along with the disciplinary action(s) for a major misconduct as established by the administration.
Some examples of major misconduct include but are not limited to:
- Physical, verbal or written abuse or disrespect to any religious, teacher, staff member, student or other person
- Stealing other people’s property and/or school property physically or by electronic means
- Harassment of students – physical, verbal, written, sexual or by electronic means
- Fighting between students
- Cheating on assignments, which include quizzes, tests, projects, essays, etc.
- Plagiarism (see Academic Integrity Policy)
- Falsification or alteration of school records, failure to deliver, return, or interception of any communication between home and school
- Continued willful disobedience or non-compliance
- Use, sale or possession of narcotics, alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco
- Vandalism or misuse of school property
- Habitual truancy
- Assault or battery or any threat of force or violence directed towards any school person or their property
- Possession of any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil at school or at a school activity off school grounds
- Any other willful conduct or behavior, which in the opinion of the school administration disrupts or threatens any member of the school community
Disciplinary Actions for Major Misconduct
Depending on the severity and circumstances of the major misconduct, the administration may enforce one or more of the following:
- Arrange a conference with the student, parent and teacher.
- Serve an after school detention.
- Impose an immediate suspension of student (in-school or out of school suspension).
- Establish probationary terms.
- Recommend transfer.
- Expel the student.
St. Apollinaris Catholic School’s Procedures for Detention, Suspension, Recommended Transfer and Expulsion
Students who violate school rules and policies may be put on detention. In such an instance:
- The teacher or administrator will determine date and time of detention.
- Parents will be notified 24 hours in advance of date and time of detention.
- Detention notices are to be signed by the parent and returned to the teacher or administrator who issued the detention on the day following their issuance. If the notice is not returned, additional consequences may be enforced (see #7 above).
- When a student does not serve the detention on the assigned date the amount of detention time will be doubled.
- Parent must notify teacher or administrator if date and time of detention needs to be changed due to a conflict, such as a family emergency, medical appointment, or car pool arrangement. Parent, teacher, and/or administrator will establish a subsequent date and time.
Suspension is an action taken by the school, which prohibits a student from attending or participating in school instruction or events for a period of not more than one week at a time. Suspension can occur out of or in school.
- A decision regarding suspension will be made by the administrator after consultation with teacher and student.
- The parents will be notified whenever suspension occurs.
- A conference with the principal, parent, student and teacher will be held to discuss the suspension.
Students who do not follow the disciplinary rules and guidelines of St. Apollinaris Catholic School, or who do not obey teachers or staff promptly and courteously, will be required to transfer elsewhere. The principal makes the decision in consultation with the Pastor. Ordinarily, the transfer is to take place at the end of a grading period.
Recommended transfer on grounds of parental behavior
It is expected that parents and teachers work together by encouraging and supporting school programs, personnel and policies. Christian courtesy and respect is to be given to all school employees. The principal may recommend transfer of a student when parents manifest any of these behaviors:
- a behavior towards school personnel is not respectful or is viewed as intimidating
- are non-cooperative or insufficiently cooperative regarding a reasonable request by the principal in a serious matter concerning their child
- have been persistently and/or overtly uncooperative with school staff, policies, regulations, or programs
- have interfered in matters of school administration or discipline to the detriment of the school’s ability to serve their own or other children
- have represented themselves to the school in a manner that contradicts Catholic principles
- have not satisfied the requirements of their tuition contract with the school
Any of these behaviors is deemed to be a serious breach of the partnership.
Expulsion means action taken by the school to prohibit an enrolled pupil from further attendance at the school. It is an extreme but sometimes necessary disciplinary measure for common good.
Harassment is defined as the willful and repeated act of debasing or degrading another person or student. The schools of the Diocese of Santa Rosa shall not tolerate the harassment, exploitation, or abuse of any person by any student and shall insist that all persons are treated with dignity and respect. Harassment is unacceptable conduct that is severe and deliberate.
Any student found guilty of harassment, exploitation, or abuse, shall be subject to appropriate discipline including suspension and or expulsion.
Any student, who considers themselves a victim of harassment, exploitation, or abuse, should immediately report the matter to the appropriate school authority. Every reported incident of harassment shall be thoroughly and promptly investigated in a way which reasonably ensures the privacy of all parties concerned.
Neither the school’s network nor the broader Internet (whether accessed on campus or off campus, either during or after school hours) may be used for the purpose of harassment. All forms of harassment in cyberspace, often called cyber bullying, are unacceptable. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images or Web site postings (including blogs). Often the author (sender or poster) of the inappropriate material is disguised (logged on) as someone else.
Members of the school community who feel that they have been the victims of such misuses of technology should not erase the offending material from the system. They should print a copy of the material and immediately report the incident to a school official (the director of technology, principal of the school). Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the loss of computer privileges, detention, suspension, separation or expulsion from the school.
Electronic Devices Policy
Any electronic music, video game system and/or toy, lasers, recording or playback equipment (audio, video, and still photography) are not allowed. Cell phones or other communication devices are strongly discouraged at St. Apollinaris Catholic School. If a student is allowed by the family to bring a cell phone or other electronic communication device to school it may not be used, made operable or have the power switched on anywhere on the school property during school time until 3:15 P.M. or 1:00 P.M. on minimum days. It is the responsibility of the student to store the cell phone in their backpacks in the homeroom and they are prohibited in other classrooms, bathrooms or any other school location throughout the school day. Students, not the school, are responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen personal property. Cell phones may be used after school in the
homeroom with the permission of the homeroom teacher. Cell phones use on school property after 3:15 P.M. or 1:00 P.M. on minimum days is subject to the discretion of the activity director or coach in charge at that time. At no time should a student using a cell phone on school property be unsupervised.
Communication devices brought to school require a parent permission slip to be on file. Permission slips are available in the school office.
Students are prohibited from taking still photographs or video recording on school property at any time without permission from the school administration.
Any student found in violation of this policy will have the electronic device confiscated, forfeit their electronic device privilege and may be subject to a full range of disciplinary action. The return of electronic devices will be to the parent/guardian only.
Exceptions to this policy are allowed for instructional purpose with permission of the teacher in charge.