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        Christ the King
       Catholic School
Parent and Student Handbook
      2012-2013




CKS
             52473 State Road 933
         South Bend, Indiana 46637-3894
              Phone: (574) 272-3922
                Fax: (574) 273-6707
        Website: www.christthekingonline.org
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                                                                                   August 23, 2012
Dear Families:

On behalf of our pastor, Fr. Neil Wack, CSC, the pastoral team, faculty, and support staff of
Christ the King School, I would like to welcome you to the 2011-2012 school year. This year
will be filled with many exciting events, and I hope that your families will participate in them as
much as possible.

As the new school year begins, I would like to welcome everyone back to Christ the King
School. As most everyone knows I try to visit the classrooms often during the school year. For
the safety of the students we will continue to be in the back with the students in the mornings. I
am still continuing my effort to know all of the students at Christ the King School; this is not an
easy task, as most of you know, so please bear with me. Also remember my door is always open
if you need to speak with me; please feel free to come in and talk with me.

In this ever changing world, I believe there is one constant--the importance of education.
Children need the opportunity to grow academically and spiritually so they can become well-
rounded individuals. To fulfill this need, Christ the King School has hired some of the best
teachers and staff members within the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend. Our goal here at
Christ the King is to educate each child in an academic and spiritual atmosphere conducive to
positive growth and success in life.

I believe that Christ the King School is deeply rooted in the Catholic faith and the education of
all the students. The children of today will be our future, and we, as parents and role models,
need to guide our children onto the right pathways. Throughout their formative years our
children could make bad decisions and wander from the path that we feel they should follow.
When a child makes one of these mistakes, we as a community need to help them understand
where they went astray. Then, as Catholics and Christians, we can guide them back to the
righteous path of God.

May God be with our Christ the King community and watch over us all.

                                                      Sincerely Yours,
                                                      Stephen R. Hoffman
                                                      Stephen R. Hoffman
                                                      Principal, Christ the King School
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                              CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SCHOOL
                                      PASTORAL AND SCHOOL STAFF

                                              PASTORAL TEAM

Rev. Neil Wack, C.S.C., Pastor                                frneil@christthekingonline.org
Fr. John Santone, C.S.C., Associate Pastor                    frjohn@christthekingonline.org
Rev. Ronald Tripi, C.S.C., Associate Pastor
Mrs. Teresa Oross, Sacramental Preparation Coordinator        toross@christthekingonline.org
Mr. Gregory Sweeny, Youth Minister                            gsweeny@christthekingonline.org
Mr. Stephen Hoffman, Principal                                shoffman@christthekingonline.org

                                         PRIMARY LEARNING TEAM

PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Mrs. Corinne DeTrempe                                         cdetrempe@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Julie Rolinski, Aide                                     jrolinski@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Beth Fenske                                              bfenske@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Judy Riboni, Aide                                        jriboni@christthekingonline.org

KINDERGARTEN
Mrs. Jennifer Veldman                                         jveldman@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Stacie Humes, Aide                                       shumes@christthekingonline.org
Ms. Laura Jensen                                              ljensen@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Susan Perks, Aide                                        sperks@christthekingonline.org

FIRST GRADE
Mrs. Lori Harmacinski                                         lharmacinski@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Laurie Kirkman, Aide                                     lkirkman@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Jenelle Miller                                           jmiller@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Judy Riboni, Aide                                        jriboni@christthekingonline.org

SECOND GRADE
Mrs. Patricia Blair                                           pblair@christthekingonline.org
Ms. Nancy Hanley, Aide                                        nhanley@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Kris Stone, Aide                                         kstone@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Kelly Imus                                               kimus@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Judy Szucs, Aide                                         jszucs@christthekingonline.org

                                      INTERMEDIATE LEARNING TEAM
THIRD GRADE
Mrs. Christine Nemeth                                         cnemeth@christhekingonline.org
Mrs. Jean Watts                                               jwatts@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Michele Crawford, Aide                                   mcrawford@christthekingonline.org

FOURTH GRADE
Mrs. Lee Jolly                                                ljolly@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Maureen Terry                                            mterry@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Stephanie Naticchioni, Aide                              snaticchioni@christthekingonline.org

FIFTH GRADE
Mrs. Julie Carlin                                             jcarlin@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Michelle Pawlak                                          mpawlak@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Stacey O’Neil, Aide                                      soneil@christthekingonline.org
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                                      MIDDLE SCHOOL LEARNING TEAM

LA/LIT                    Mr. Dane Whipple                   dwhipple@christthekingonline.org
LA/LIT                    Ms. Mary Gallagher                 mgallagher@christthekingonline.org
MATHMATICS                Mrs. Mary Baldinelli               mbaldinelli@christthekingonline.org
RELIGION                  Mrs. Cynthia Esch                  cesch@christthekingonline.org
SCIENCE                   Mrs. Nicole Dainty                 ndainty@christthekingonline.org
SOCIAL STUDIES            Mr. Matthew Kirsch                 mkirsch@christthekingonline.org



                                          GENERAL LEARNING TEAM


GENERAL MUSIC             Mrs. Erica Fox                     efox@christthekingonline.org
LEARNING RESOURCE         Mrs. Katie Flint                   kflint@christthekingonline.org
RESOURCE AIDE             Mrs. Stacey O’Neil                 soneil@christthekingonline.org
LIBRARIAN                 Mrs. Kathleen MacDonald             kmacdonald@christthekingonline.org
PHYSICAL EDUCATION        Ms. Jo Ann Massey                  jmassey@christthekingonline.org
SPANISH                   Ms. Tara Carey                     tcarey@christthekingonline.org
TECHNOLOGY                Mrs. Dana Dyczko                   ddyczko@christthekingonline.org
VISUAL ARTS               Mrs. Jenny Kupfer                  jkupfer@christthekingonline.org
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPARD Mrs. Joanie Rymsza            jrymsza@christthekingonline.org


                                   OFFICE STAFF AND OTHER PERSONNEL

Mr. Stephen Hoffman, Principal                               shoffman@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Maureen Janesheski, Associate Principal                 mjanesheski@christthekingonline.org
Ms. Heidi Superczynski, Administrative Assistant             hsuperczynski@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Megan Wiginton, Receptionist/Attendance                 mwiginton@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Linda Kush, Director of Food Services                   lkush@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Nicole Taulbee, Counselor                               ntaulbee@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Joni Monserez, Director of Kings Club                   jmonserez@christthekingonline.org
Mrs. Christine Germann, Bookkeeping                          cgermann@christthekingonline.org
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                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Vision/Mission Statements            6           Promotion/Retention/Graduation      24-25
                                                 FERPA                               25
Mission and Philosophy               7           Class Assignments                   25
   A Catholic School                 7
   Philosophy of Education           7       Health and Safety                      26
   Beliefs                           7          School Day                          26
   Accreditation                     7-8        Emergency Information               26
   School/Parent Relationship        8          Lunch Program                       26-27
   Notice of Implied Agreement       8          Recess                              27
                                                Bicycles/ Skateboards/Roller Blades 27
Community Relations                  9          Transportation                      27
   Office Hours                      9          Elevator                            27
   Communication Folders             9          Closed Campus                       27
   Telephone                         9          Personal Property Items             27-28
   School Support Organizations      9          Health and Safety Services          28
   Fund Raising                      9          Administration of Medication        28
   Solicitations                     9          Health and Safety Precautions       28-29
   Student Publications              9-10
   Parent Concerns Procedure         10      Student Life                             30
   Visitors                          10         Publications and Performances         30
   Use of School Facilities          10         Field Trips                           30
   Lost and Found                    10         Self-Discipline                       30
   Volunteers                        10-11      Grades Pre-K-5 Discipline             31
   Recruitment                       11-12      Bullying Behaviors                    31-32
                                                Middle School Discipline Policy       32-35
Admissions                           13         Dress and Appearance Code             35-37
   Enrollment                        13-14      Religious Issues                      37-38
   Application Process               14-15      Failure or Refusal of Parents to
   Student Transfers                 15-16      Participate in Disciplinary Procedure 38
                                                Grounds for Suspension/Expulsion 39
Attendance                           17         Disciplinary Review                   40
    Attendance                       17-18      Non-school related criminal act       40
    Family Vacation/Trip Policy      18-19      Gun-Free Schools                      40-41
    Release of/Access to Students    19-20      Substance Abuse                       41
    Tardiness                        20         Sexual/Racial Harassment              41-42
    Attendance in Religion Program   20         Locker Inspection                     42
    Community Service                20-21      Internet Use                          42-45
                                                Environmental Tobacco Smoke           45
Academics                            22
   Standards                         22      School Finances                         46
   Curriculum                        22         Tuition and Fees                     46-47
   Standardized Testing              22         Tuition Collection                   47
   Homework                          22         Assistance Plan                      47
   Make-up work                      22         Large Families Assistance            47-48
   Progress Reports                  23         Insurance                            48
   Report Cards/Grading Scale        23         Parent Responsibility                48
   Academic Eligibility              23-24
   Conferences                       24      Acknowledgement of Parent/
   Learning Disabilities             24      Student Handbook Form                   49
   Grading Modifications             24
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     CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC SCHOOL

                  Vision Statement

         Building Christ’s kingdom through
         worship, academics, and service.

                 Mission Statement

      We, as the Christ the King Catholic School
    community, seek to further God’s kingdom by
     developing spiritual and scholarly Christians
      who know, understand, and live their faith.
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                              MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

                                                       observance of the law of God and the church.
            Christ the King:                           Through witnessing the faith and working
           A Catholic School                           together, the school calls its students to
                                                       recognize the love of God in their midst and to
Christ the King School is a diocesan elementary        contribute their talents in service to others,
and middle school operated by the Pastor of            especially those in need.
Christ the King Parish in the name of the Bishop
of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The
Bishop is the primary educator of the diocese. A
                                                                           Beliefs
Catholic school finds its true justification in the
mission of the Church; it is based on an               1. Christ the King School is an evangelizing,
educational philosophy in which faith, culture,           educational      community;     therefore     it
and life are brought into harmony. Through it,            proclaims the Gospel message, builds faith
the Parish of Christ the King evangelizes,                communities, celebrates through prayer and
educates, and contributes to the formation of a           worship, and serves others, especially those
healthy and morally sound life-style among its            in need.
members.                                               2. Christ the King School is an expression of
                                                          the Catholic Church’s teachings based on
                                                          Scripture, traditions, and sacramental life.
      Philosophy of Education                          3. Christ the King School calls each member of
                                                          the school community to a personal
Christ the King School participates in the                relationship with Jesus Christ.
redemptive mission of the Catholic Church by           4. Christ the King School assists parents, who
providing faith formation for our students and by         are the primary educators of their children,
assisting them to integrate faith and values into         in meeting their responsibility of educating
their contemporary life experiences.                      their children in the teachings of the Catholic
                                                          Church and of living a Catholic way of life.
Christ the King School recognizes that each of         5. Christ the King School provides an
us is created in God's image as a unique mosaic           atmosphere that is permeated by the Gospel
of talent and potential. Called through Baptism           spirit of love which recognizes self-discipline
and incorporated into Christ's life, we embark on         and personal responsibility and affirms the
a journey of bringing God's love to the world.            dignity of all persons.
Through the ministry of education, with the help       6. Christ the King School provides Christ-like
of God's grace, we seek to accept the call of             role models who reinforce the teachings of
Christ to love and serve God and one another.             Christ and the Catholic faith.
                                                       7. Christ the King School is committed to
Christ the King School embraces all that is good,         academic excellence, which fosters the
true, and beautiful in human culture. We nurture          intellectual development of faculty and
faith, that opening of the heart and mind to              students.
God's word, and elicit each student's response         8. Christ the King School is committed to the
to Christ by providing opportunities for total            premise that all children can learn because
formation. We strive to integrate our student's           we believe that each child is uniquely
spiritual, intellectual, emotional, moral, and            created in God's image.
social lives.

Christ the King School is a community of faith
                                                                     Accreditation
with the Eucharist as its life-giving center.
Through the sacramental life and liturgical year,      Christ the King Catholic School is an accredited
love of God and neighbor becomes a focal               school with the State of Indiana and is a full
reality, transforming attitudes, actions, and          member of the NCA CASI AdvancED. The
relationships. The school continually challenges       administration, faculty, and families fully accept
its students to participate in Christ's victory over   the need for continuous school improvement.
sin and evil with lives of love, compassion, and       As part of this ongoing process, the educational
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community of Christ the King School has             the school and the parents. It is for this reason
established three goals in our School               that we ask each family to become familiar with
Improvement Plan that was adopted by our            the philosophy, policies, and procedures
faculty and school board. They are:                 developed and enforced by Christ the King
                                                    Catholic School.
1. Students will increase their knowledge base
   for developing writing skills and improve in     It may sometimes happen that a family is not
   the general skills and strategies of the         supportive of the school and its mission. Should
   writing process.                                 a manifest lack of agreement reach the point
2. Students will increase their knowledge base      where the school judges that the necessary and
   for solving mathematical problems and            appropriate relationship no longer exists, the
   increase their ability to identify the problem   family will be required to withdraw their
   and the steps necessary to solve it.             child(ren) from the school.
   Students will also continue to work on
   computation.
3. Students will increase their knowledge base
                                                       Notice of Implied Agreement
   for being respectful to others and behavior in
   a manner that is considerate of the feelings     The registration of students at Christ the King
   of others. Students will also increase their     School is deemed to be an agreement on their
   understanding of conflict, cooperation, and      part, and on the part of their parents or
   interdependence among individuals, groups,       guardians, to comply fully with all policies, rules,
   and institutions.                                and regulations of the school and the Diocese of
                                                    Fort Wayne-South Bend.         Christ the King
                                                    School reserves the right to make revisions
    School/Parent Relationship                      in these policies, rules, and regulations when
                                                    deemed       necessary      by      the     school
For any Catholic school to be effective with the    administration.
student, it is essential that a spirit of
cooperation, trust, and support exist between
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                               COMMUNITY RELATIONS

               Office Hours                                       Fund Raising
                                                              Diocesan Policy 2120
Office hours are 7:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. during the
school year and 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. during the     Fund raising is left to the discretion of the
summer. The school office will be closed during      principal and the pastor’s approval is required.
the month of July.                                   The design of the fund raising activities should
                                                     consider student safety, socioeconomic factors
      Communication Folders                          of    the    parish/school,  state    guidelines,
                                                     instructional time, state law and Diocesan
The information flow between home and school         Business Office and Diocesan Development
is a very important one. In order to expedite this   Office guidelines.
two-way process, communication folders will be
utilized. An envelope will be sent home one          During      Catholic     Schools     Week      in
Wednesday an month and the other three weeks         January/February, all area Catholic schools
it will be sent home through blackboard connect.     participate in the “You Can Lend A Hand” Burger
Contents may include any pertinent information,      King coupon book fundraiser. CKS families are
including newsletters from the office, field trip    required to sell/purchase a minimum number of
information, and details of classroom activities     books, ten per student or a family total of 24.
from the teachers.       The folder should be        Families may opt instead for a buy-out option by
returned the next day.                               making a donation to CKS. Donation amounts
                                                     are $25 for 1 child, $50 for 2 children, and $60
                                                     for 3 or more children. These amounts reflect
                Telephone                            the amount of profit the school makes on the
                                                     sale of the coupon books.
The office telephone is available to students in
case of emergency only. Forgotten supplies,
lunches, and homework are not considered
                                                                  Solicitations
emergencies. If forgotten items are brought to                Diocesan Policy 2130
school, please leave them with the secretary in
the office. She will see to it that your child       Solicitations by non-school organizations,
receives them.                                       agencies, or companies may not be conducted
                                                     in the school or at school-related events unless
The office staff is not free to run messages to      authorized by the pastor and principal.
students. Parents should make all necessary
arrangements with their child in the morning
before bringing the child to school.                       Student Publications and
                                                                Performances
Telephones in the classroom are for teacher use              Diocesan Policy 2210
only. If a student needs to use the phone,
he/she must have permission from the teacher.
                                                     I.   School-Related Publications/Web Sites

 School Support Organizations                             Student and school-related publications,
                                                          including web sites, are encouraged as a
Christ the King has two school support                    means of keeping the public informed of
organizations.     The Home and School                    current school activities. Such publications
Association (HASA) and the Athletic Association           should reflect Church teaching, journalistic
foster the attainment of the school’s goals. All          excellence, and good taste.
families are encouraged to participate in these
organizations.
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     The principal, as representative of the           school. This regulation is imposed for the
     pastor, has the responsibility for final          safety of our students.
     approval of any student and school-related
     publications.                                     Students from other schools are not permitted to
                                                       visit or sit in on classes.
II. Public Performances

     Plays and other performances by students
                                                             Use of School Facilities
     are to reflect Christian values and aesthetic
     taste.                                            Elementary school personnel shall cooperate
                                                       with the parish in establishing guidelines for the
                                                       use of school facilities. Such use by school
        Parent/Legal Guardian                          organizations or other outside agencies should
         Concerns Procedure                            never interfere with the learning process of the
                                                       students.
        Diocesan Policy 2310
                                                       Use of the facilities can be arranged by calling
To facilitate and promote the orderly and              the pastor. All activities after 3:00 P.M. must be
efficient resolution of concerns, parents/legal        approved by the pastor. Granted requests will
guardians wishing to address and/or question an        be placed on the parish calendar kept in the
academic area or situation regarding a specific        rectory office.
teacher or classroom procedure must follow the
grievance procedure below:
                                                                    Lost and Found
Step 1: Address the issues with the classroom
        teacher (or the person with whom               Parents should instill a sense of responsibility in
        he/she has the problem).                       their children for their personal belongings.
                                                       However, in the event of loss, an effort will be
Step 2: Address the issue with the Principal.          made to find the lost article. Labeling items
                                                       with the child’s name helps in this effort. A Lost
Step 3: Address the issue with the Pastor              and Found barrel is located in the school in a
        (Elementary schools only).                     designated area. Periodically, unclaimed items
                                                       are donated to charity.
Step 4: If the issue is not satisfactorily resolved,
        then the parent/guardian should place               Volunteer Applications –
        his/her concerns in writing to the person
        involved and his/her supervisors (e.g.,             Background, Training and
        pastor and principal).                                    Supervision
Step 5: Contact the Catholic Schools Office.
                                                              Diocesan Policy 2430

Parents/legal guardians should follow the steps        Volunteers are individuals who provide services
set forth in this policy, except where a situation     at a Diocesan elementary or high school on their
is specifically covered under another school or        own initiative for no compensation or payment of
Diocesan policy which provides for a different         any kind. Volunteers assisting in a school or in
reporting procedure (e.g., harassment).                any school-related or athletic-related activity
                                                       may perform any number of suitable functions
                                                       for which they are qualified based upon their
                   Visitors                            training or background.

Anyone not employed by Christ the King School          All volunteers performing services for a school
is a guest, including parents; and as such, is not     on a regular or recurring basis must have
allowed to be on any of the school’s premises          completed the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South
(including classrooms, gym, library, or other          Bend Volunteer Application Fact Sheet on file at
school areas) without first reporting to the office    the school. The acceptance, utilization, and
and being given a “Visitor’s Pass” to visit the        supervision of volunteers in a school is the
                                                       responsibility of the school principal.
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I.   Application                                              Emergency drill
                                                              Other     functions     specific   to
     The CSO will provide principals with the                  designated volunteer activities
     Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend                   C. Supervision
     Volunteer Application which all current and           Although     volunteers     should    be
     future volunteers must complete and the               supervised in much the same manner
     principal must keep on file at the school as          as other staff members, more intensive
     required by Diocesan record keeping policy.           methods may be needed when
                                                           volunteers have had little, if any, prior
II. Background Screening                                   professional training or experience.
                                                           Volunteers must be held to at least the
     A. Limited Criminal History Check                     same standard of conduct and decorum
        Under Indiana law, the Diocesan                    as required of paid staff members.
        schools have the right to obtain limited
        criminal history information about any      IV. Termination of Volunteer Service
        volunteer who will have contact with,
        care of, or supervision over enrolled           It is the principal’s responsibility to
        students. By agreeing to volunteer at a         immediately discontinue the use of a
        Diocesan       school,     a     person         volunteer’s service at the school if the
        acknowledges that he/she can be                 volunteer is no longer necessary, does not
        subject to such a criminal background           suitably perform assigned duties, or
        check.                                          otherwise engages in behavior unacceptable
                                                        in a Diocesan school.
        Before being placed in a volunteer
        position that would involve regular         V. Inquiries
        contact with children or young persons,
        the applicant must:                             Any question or concern regarding a
          Complete a diocesan Authorization            volunteer’s suitability either during the
        and Release for Background Check                application process or after acceptance
        Information                                     should be directed to the Catholic Schools
          Successfully pass the diocesan               Office for review.
        required reference and criminal history
        check process
          Complete the orientation and
                                                        Recruitment in Elementary
        training process                                 Schools and Parishes by
     B. Orientation and Training for All                  Diocesan High Schools
        Volunteers
        Well-planned orientation and periodic              Diocesan Policy 2520
        updating help ensure that volunteers are
        as well prepared as possible to meet the    High schools shall recruit students from Catholic
        demands of ministry to young people.        elementary schools based on diocesan-
        All volunteers shall receive verification   approved recruitment guidelines.
        and complete a receipt for a diocesan
        Personal Conduct and Policies Manual        A recruitment activity meets the following
        and be advised of:                          criteria:
         School mission statement                  1. Activity is targeted at a specific population,
         Classroom           and/or       group    solely (or primarily) at prospective students and
             management                             parents, and
             (playground/lunchroom)                 2. Expressed purpose of the activity is
         Appropriate discipline of and             recruitment of students.
             conduct around students
                                                    A non-recruitment activity meets the following
         Lesson planning
                                                    criteria:
         Basic first aid and safety procedures
                                                    1. Activity is targeted at the general public (e.g.,
         Child Protective Services notification
                                                    athletic competition), and
             requirements
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2. Activity is academic in nature (e.g., play, art   Marian High School: Our Lady of Hungary,
fair, musical).                                      St. Anthony, St. Jude, St. Mary, St. Matthew,
Any information distributed for solicitation of      Mishawaka Catholic, St. Thomas, St. Vincent,
students must be approved by the high school         St. John (Goshen), Queen of Peace, St. Patrick,
principal. Students residing in parishes without     St. Michael, St. Pius X.
schools may be solicited by either high school.
                                                     Eighth Grade students from Christ the King
High school personnel may perform recruitment        School will have a scheduled group visit day for
activities only in the following schools:            St. Joseph High School. Permission for
                                                     additional visit days, shadow days must be
St. Joseph High School: Christ the King, Corpus      requested through the school office. A “Request
Christi, Holy Cross, Holy Family, St. Adalbert,      for High School Visit” form must be completed
St. Anthony, St. John, St. Joseph, St. Pius X.       and signed by Administration before contacting
                                                     the high school. These forms are available in the
                                                     school office.
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                                           ADMISSIONS

                                                          records) for     enrollment    shall   also   be
              Enrollment                                  required.
         Diocesan Policy 4010
                                                      IV. Kindergarten Age Requirement
I.   School Admission Policy
                                                          Schools shall follow state law guidelines in
     Diocesan schools shall comply with state             enrolling Kindergarten students.
     laws and regulations regarding school
     enrollment and attendance to the extent              A child entering kindergarten must be five
     possible, as consistent with the teachings of        years of age on or before August 1, or a
     the Catholic Church and diocesan policy.             date set by the state.

II. Nondiscrimination Policy                              A school may choose to administer formal or
                                                          informal assessments for determining proper
     Diocesan schools shall follow and promote            placement in kindergarten.
     an open enrollment policy accepting
     students without regard to color, race,          NOTE: A child coming into a diocesan school
     gender, or national origin, and reasonably       from an out-of-state kindergarten program or an
     accommodate      the   disabled    in  the       in-state kindergarten program and who does not
     educational programs.                            meet the Indiana state age-eligibility requirement
                                                      should be admitted to a kindergarten program,
III. School Entrance Requirements                     unless it can be determined that enrollment in
                                                      such a program was intended to circumvent
     A child can be enrolled only by a person         Indiana law.
     having the legal custody of the child. A
     certified copy of the birth certificate or       V. First Grade Entrance Requirement
     baptismal certificate shall be required for
     original entrance for all grade levels. Proof        Indiana compulsory education begins when
     of legal custody may also be required in             a child is officially enrolled in school or the
                                                                                              th
     cases where a child does not reside with             school year of the child’s 7 birthday,
     both natural parents.                                whichever is earlier.

     If these required documents are not                  Students enrolling in a diocesan school after
     provided to the school within thirty (30) days       successfully attending kindergarten in
     of the student’s enrollment or appear to be          another accredited school that has different
     inaccurate or fraudulent, the school shall           age requirements shall be allowed to
     notify the Indiana Clearinghouse for                 continue in school without interruption
     Information on Missing Children (Policy              because of chronological age.
     4030) and will cooperate with local
     authorities if the child has been reported       VI. Children With Exceptional Needs
     missing.
                                                          Children with exceptional educational needs
     The custodial parents or legal guardian shall        requiring special class placement are
     provide the name and address of the school           accepted if their needs can be reasonably
     the student last attended, if any. The school        accommodated in the school.               Initial
     shall request the record from the last school        enrollment should be on a tentative basis
     the student attended within fourteen (14)            with the understanding that in the event the
     days of enrollment.                                  exceptional needs of the child cannot be
                                                          reasonably accommodated by the school,
     Written proof that the child meets state and         the custodial parents or guardians will agree
     county health requirements (immunization             to enroll their child in another school system
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     which can accommodate the special needs               having a communicable disease, a review
     of exceptional children.                              team consisting of the student; his/her
                                                           parent/guardian;      his/her   physician;   a
     Ordinarily when a diocesan school cannot              physician representing the school, parish or
     reasonably accommodate the exceptional                diocese; and school or parish administrators
     needs of a child, a recommendation for                will be established to determine whether the
     special class placement should be made to             child’s admission or continued presence in
     the custodial parent or guardian by the               the school would expose others to
     principal, after consultation with the child’s        significant health and safety risks.        In
     teacher(s). This recommendation will be               making its determination, the review team
     either for special class placement within the         will conduct an assessment of the child’s
     Catholic school or referral to a public school        individual condition.      The review team’s
     for evaluation or placement. If the custodial         inquiry will include findings of fact based on
     parent or guardian does not accept the                reasonable medical judgments given the
     school’s recommendation, it is expected that          state of medical knowledge about:
     he/she will place the decision in writing. In
     some instances the custodial parent or                A. the nature of the risk - how the disease
     guardian will be required to withdraw the                is transmitted;
     child if the child’s continued presence, in the       B. the duration of the risk - how long is the
     opinion of the school personnel, would pose              carrier infectious;
     an undue hardship on the operation of the             C. the severity of the risk - the potential
     school, or poses a threat of harm to the                 harm to third parties;
     student, other students, or school personnel.         D. the probabilities the disease will be
                                                              transmitted and will cause varying
VII. Students or Prospective Students with                    degrees of harm;
     Communicable Diseases                                 E. whether a reasonable accommodation
                                                              exists and/or is required.
     Catholic schools shall comply with all
     applicable state law and all Board of Health          The review team must also take into
     policies regarding school enrollment and              consideration the scope of the problem,
     attendance in relation to a student or                education-related civil rights, and the
     prospective student having a communicable             student’s right to confidentiality.
     disease.
                                                           The recommendation of the review team
     Prospective students who meet all entrance            and the decision of the parish and school
     requirements may not be denied admission              administrators    shall    be     considered
     solely on the basis of a diagnosis of a               confidential and will be submitted for review
     communicable disease unless required by               only to the Superintendent of Schools, Vicar
     applicable state law or board of health               of Education, and diocesan attorney.
     policy; similarly, students may not be
     excluded merely on the basis of a diagnosis           In the event it is determined that a child is
     of a communicable disease.                            unable to attend regular Catholic day school,
                                                           the parish, school and diocese will assist the
     However, as with any prospective student              parent or guardian in locating alternative
     who is diagnosed as having or is suspected            educational services and obtaining religious
     of having a communicable disease, a child             and catechetical instruction.
     with a communicable disease may be
     excluded, if after an individualized
     assessment of the child’s condition, in
                                                                Application Process
     accordance with the school’s communicable
     disease policy-procedure, it is determined        It is necessary to accurately predict enrollment
     that the child’s presence in the classroom        for the coming school year. Registration and
     would expose others to significant health         payment of fees for returning and new
     and safety risks.                                 students should be submitted to the school
                                                                  st
     Upon being informed that a child is               by April 1 for potential placement in the fall
     diagnosed as having or is suspected of            term beginning in August of that same year.
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If it is not possible to pay the school fees at          transferring to another diocesan school
registration, arrangements must be made with             except in the case of a change of residence.
the school Principal to ensure placement. The            The principal of the school from which the
following indicates the usual order of preference.       student requests to transfer should be
All decisions are subject to the discretion of the       notified immediately when the request is
Pastor.                                                  made.      It is expected that a decision
1. Registered parishioners who are active at             agreeable to both schools regarding the
     Christ the King Church with children                requested transfer can be arrived at by the
     currently in the school.                            principals involved. All unpaid bills at the
2. Preference for the following students is              original school must be satisfied before an
     determined by the date of payment of                official transcript may be sent to the
     registration and book fees:                         receiving school.
  Registered parishioners without children
currently in the school who are active at Christ     II. Accepting Expelled or Suspended Transfer
the King Church.                                         Students
  Non-Catholic families with other children             A principal may consider accepting a
currently in the school.                                 student from another school who has been
  Catholic families transferring from outside           expelled, suspended, or has been a party to
our area who have been active parishioners in            a major discipline problem as defined by the
their home parish and register at Christ the King        former school or interpreted by applicable
Church. A letter from the pastor of their former         school      operating       policies   and/or
parish is required, testifying that they have been       parent/student handbook or appropriate
active and have used their weekly envelopes.             state law only after a full and complete
  Active parishioners from local parishes who           explanation of all facts pertinent to an
have children currently in the school, and whose         individual case has been evaluated. This
pastor agrees and signs the parish subsidy form.         provision will not be followed when a student
3. Active parishioners from local parishes               has been expelled for violating the “Gun
     without children currently in the school            Free” diocesan policy, which is required by
     whose pastor agrees and signs the parish            state and federal law (Policy 4560).
     subsidy form..
4. Non-active parishioners registered at Christ          Discovery that any information provided to
     the King.                                           the receiving school was falsified will
5. Non-Catholic families who can be supportive           automatically be grounds to refuse the
     of Catholic education.                              transfer request or to immediately dismiss
                                                         the child from the school if the discovery
Applications will be accepted one year prior to          occurs after the child has been enrolled.
actual enrollment in Christ the King School.
Registrations for the following school year are          All unpaid bills at the original school must be
accepted beginning September 1st.           The          satisfied before an official transcript may be
Application process is not complete until the            sent to the receiving school. The final
child’s family has been notified of admission to         decision of accepting a transfer student
the school. Normally this happens in the spring          rests in the discretion of the principal (in
prior to the end of the school year.                     consultation with the pastor in the case of
                                                         elementary school).
All children seeking admission to Christ the
King School (grades K-8) must reapply each           III. Accepting Students from Non-Accredited
year. Pre-Kindergarten must apply by                      Private School or Home Schools
                                                          Credits from a non-accredited in-state or
                                                          out-of-state private school or home school
         Student Transfers                                shall not be accepted at face value, and
        Diocesan Policy 4020                              parents shall be notified of this at the time of
                                                          enrollment. In order to determine grade
I.   Accepting Transfer Students                          placement and/or credit, the principal may
     Once the academic year has begun,                    require a battery of tests or evidence of
     students shall be discouraged from                   equivalency. Evidence of equivalency shall
                                                          include an evaluation of the certification of
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     the instructional staff and an evaluation of
     the course of study followed from the private
     school or home school.

     If testing is required, it shall be administered
     under the auspices of the enrolling principal.
     The principal shall place the student and
     grant credit based upon the test results
     according to local school policy.

     The tests and procedures used to appraise
     eligibility for credit and/or placement may
     include, but are not limited to standardized
     achievement tests, criterion referenced
     tests, intelligence tests or another ability
     tests, departmental achievement tests, oral
     testing, teacher semester test, interviews,
     and teacher recommendation.
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                                          ATTENDANCE

                                                               candidate or political party on
             Attendance                                        Election Day with prior approval of
         Diocesan Policy 4040                                  the principal;
                                                          3.   Court appearances pursuant to a
The Diocesan schools consider the development                  subpoena;
of good attendance habits a vital and desirable           4.   Active duty with the Indiana National
undertaking for two essential reasons. First, it is            Guard for not more than ten (10)
difficult for young people to learn if they are not            days in a school year;
in class; the teaching-learning process builds            5.   Placement in a short term inpatient
upon itself. Secondly, research shows that                     treatment program which provides
educational achievement is directly related to                 an instructional program;
attendance. A student who missed a day of                 6.   Homebound instruction;
school missed a day of education that cannot be           7.   Religious observances.
retrieved in its entirety.
                                                      B. Excused Absences
Students who are not in attendance in school             1. Illness of the student (with written
are not permitted to participate in any extra               statement by parent/guardian or
curricular activities on the day of the absence.            doctor)
                                                         2. Funerals
I.   Parent/Legal Guardian Responsibility                   a. for death in the immediate
     Parent/Legal guardians are responsible for                  family
     having their children in school. Indiana law           b. for persons outside of the
     prescribes that parents must have their                     immediate family with parental
     children in public or private school from the               permission.
     age of seven (7) until the date on which the        3. Out-of-school suspension
     child:                                              4. Medical and legal appointments -
     A. Graduates; or                                       Such appointments should be
     B. Reaches at least sixteen (16) years of              scheduled after school hours when
          age or less then eighteen (18) years of           possible.
          age and:                                       5. School/college visits (2 days) –
          1. the student and the student’s parent           parents/guardians need to check
              or guardian and the principal agree           with the individual school’s policy for
              to the withdrawal; and                        arranging such visits.
          2. at the exit interview the student
              provides written acknowledgement        C. Unexcused Absences:
              of the withdrawal and the student’s        1. No parent/guardian contact with the
              parent or guardian and the school             school giving an explanation for the
              principal each provide written                absence on the day of the absence.
              consent to withdrawal from school.         2. No physician’s note to excuse an
     C. Reaches the age of eighteen (18) years.             absence once more than 5 days of
                                                            absence     has    occurred    (see
II. Absences From School                                    Frequent or Prolonged Illness
    Absences from school shall fall into one of             below).
    the three following categories:                      3. Family vacations.
    A. Absences which are counted as
        present:                                          4. Absences other than those defined
        1. Serving as a page in the Indiana                  as excused or absences counted as
            General Assembly;                                present.
        2. For students in grades 7 through 12,
            serving on a precinct election board
            or as a helper to a political
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III. Truancy                                        VI. Response to Irregular Attendance
     A student is truant when she/he is absent          If an irregular attendance pattern begins to
     form school or class without the permission        develop, the school may use the following
     of his/her parent/guardian and the school.         procedure to encourage the student’s return
     Students who are habitually truant shall be        to a pattern of regular school attendance.
     reported to the juvenile authorities in            A. Call daily from school (secretary,
     accordance with applicable state law and                principal, or attendance clerk), to the
     following diocesan procedures.                          parent/guardian to verify absence and to
                                                             determine reason.
     The following may be evidence of habitual
     truancy:                                           B. After a student is absent 6 days per
     A. Refusal to attend school in defiance of            school year, a school administrator,
         parental authority.                               attendance clerk, or counselor will make
                                                           contact       with       the   student’s
     B. Accumulating a number of absences                  parent/guardian. The date and content
        without justification over a period of             of this contact shall be documented.
        time, such as a grading period. Habitual
        truancy is not evidenced by a single            C. After the student is absent over 12 days
        isolated incident or unexcused absence.            per school year, a conference shall be
                                                           held with the parent/guardian and the
     C. Three (3) or more judicial findings of             student. An attendance contract may be
        truancy.                                           established    at     this   time    and
                                                           documentation shall be kept.
IV. Reporting an Absence
    A parent/guardian shall contact the school to       D. After a student is absent over 15 days
    report a student’s absence. Each school                per school year, a referral shall be made
    has established procedures for reporting               to the principal. If the principal is unable
    absences. Absences will not be excused                 to successfully resolve the attendance
    and the student may be considered truant if            problem, a referral may be made to the
    the procedure for reporting an absence is              intake officer of the local Juvenile
    not followed.                                          Probation Department.

     A written explanation for any absence          VII. Habitual Truancy Report to BMV
     signed by a parent/guardian is required             If a student is at least 13 years of age but
     upon the return of the student to school.           less than 15 years of age and is truant
     The school is not required to provide credit        more than 10 times in one (1) school year,
     for makeup of assigned work missed                  the student shall be designated as a
     because    the    student’s    absence    is        habitual truant and reported to the bureau
     unexcused or the student is truant.                 of motor vehicles as provided by State law.

     Christ the King School requires the
     parent/guardian to call the school office
                                                                Family Vacation/
     by 9:00 A.M. to report the absence of a                      Trip Policy
     student. If the absence continues into the
     next week, please call at the beginning of         Family vacations or extensions of family
     the week to make a progress report.                vacations during the school year are
                                                        strongly discouraged. A vacation trip, no
V. Frequent or Prolonged Illness                        matter how educational it may seem, is no
   If a student is absent for five consecutive          substitute for the learning that takes place in
   days due to illness, or has contracted a             the classroom on a daily basis.
   contagious disease, a physician’s statement
   may be required in order for the student to          If a vacation becomes necessary:
   return to school.                                    A. A letter from the parents/guardians will
                                                             be sent to the school office AT LEAST
                                                             TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE PLANNED
                                                             ABSENCE.
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B. The school will notify all teachers
                                                    Release of and Access to
   affected by family absences. Within a         Students during the School Day
   few days the school will send home a              Diocesan Policy 4050
   “Parent/Guardian Responsibility Form”,
   outlining the Family Vacation / Trip
                                                 I.   Release of Students during the School Day
   Policy, and asking parents/guardians to
                                                      School officials may permit a student to be
   sign this form, indicating they are aware
                                                      released during the school day only in
   of the policy, and take full responsibility
                                                      limited circumstances. Such release shall
   for making sure their child receives,
                                                      be only to, or at the written request of, the
   completes, and turns in, all assignments
                                                      student’s custodial parent, legal guardian, or
   and tests missed during the family
                                                      as otherwise provided by Diocesan policy or
   vacation/trip, within the specified time.
                                                      applicable law.
C. Parents/Guardians must sign and return
                                                 II. Access to Students During the School Day
   the “Parent/Guardian Responsibility
                                                     Access to a student by non-school
   Form” prior to the planned absence.
                                                     personnel during the instructional day and/or
                                                     during times that the student is in the care
D. Teachers are not required to administer
                                                     and custody of school personnel shall be
   tests, or prepare assignments for a
                                                     restricted to that access necessary and
   student in advance of his/her planned
                                                     incidental to school-sponsored activities,
   absence..
                                                     situations of an emergency nature, or
                                                     circumstances required by law.
E. Upon completion of the planned
   absence, the student and his/her
                                                      Permission of the custodial parent or legal
   parent/guardian are required to obtain,
                                                      guardian of a minor student shall be sought
   complete and turn in any missed
                                                      prior to permitting non-school personnel
   assignments within the specified time,
                                                      access to the student in all cases other then
   according to the “Make Up Homework
                                                      those necessary and incidental to school-
   Policy” of the school. (See handbook).
                                                      sponsored activities. However, such prior
                                                      permission shall not be sought when
F. The above requirements must be
                                                      directed by appropriate civil authorities in the
   fulfilled in order for students to receive
                                                      case of child abuse investigations involving
   grades for their work. The absence will
                                                      suspected members of student’s family, and
   still    be    considered     “unexcused”
                                                      is not required where such contact is an
   according to Diocesan Policy 4040.
                                                      emergency nature, necessary to prevent an
                                                      imminent threat to life or property or to pre
G. Until the missing assignments are
                                                      vent an immediate disruption of school
   turned in by the student within the
                                                      activities.
   specified time, then graded and entered
   into the computer or other record-
                                                 III. Application to Law Enforcement Officers
   keeping system by the teacher the
                                                      If a law enforcement officer request to take a
   academic and athletic eligibility of the
                                                      student into custody pursuant to a valid
   student will remain on “Hold” retaining
                                                      court order, arrest warrant, or arrest power,
   the same status prior to the
                                                      the student’s custodial parent or legal
   vacation/trip. Once the grades have
                                                      guardian shall be notified as soon as
   been entered into the computer the new
                                                      practicable.
   status takes effect with the next
   scheduled eligibility period.
                                                      A. Except in cases of emergency involving
                                                      the potential threat of harm to students,
                                                      staff, or others, or other exigent
                                                      circumstances, school officials should
                                                      request the law enforcement officer not to
                                                      take a student into custody from the school
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     until the student’s custodial parent or legal
     guardian has been contacted and consulted.
                                                                        Tardiness

     B. In cases of emergency, as referenced in        Children are tardy if they are not seated in the
     A. (above), school officials shall honor a law    classroom by 8:00 a.m. It is the parents’
     enforcement officer’s efforts to take a           responsibility to see that children arrive on time.
     student into custody pursuant to a valid          Failure to do so constitutes neglect. Excessive
     court order, arrest warrant, or arrest power.     tardiness will result in a conference with
                                                       administration. Continued tardiness will result in
     C. In the event of a request for an in-school     notification to Child Protective Services.
     interview, the school shall permit the
     interviews of a student by a law enforcement      Attendance in Religion Program
     officer during the school day only when
     interviews during non-school hours are
                                                            Diocesan Policy 4060
     shown to be impossible, impractical, or           In keeping with the philosophy and mission of
     would unduly interfere with law enforcement       the Catholic schools, it is the policy of the
     and, except as otherwise provided in this         diocese that all students enrolled in the Catholic
     Policy and Policy 3610, such interview            schools shall participate in the complete religion
     should be allowed only after permission of        program, including religion classes, and attend
     the custodial parent or legal guardian has        liturgical functions.
     been obtained.
                                                                 Community Service
     D. Unless otherwise ordered by a court of
     competent jurisdiction or requested by the        One of the primary purposes of a Catholic
     custodial parent or legal guardian, a             school is the education of young people in the
     member of the school staff shall be present       ways of the faith. This education is a process
     whenever a law enforcement officer                that begins at our baptism and continues
     interviews a student in school. The school’s      throughout our lives. As part of this process,
     staff representative may be a school              Christ the King School requires its seventh and
     administrator or a school counselor.              eighth graders to complete several hours of
                                                       community service prior to their participation in
IV. Investigation of Child Abuse or Neglect            the Sacrament of Confirmation in the seventh
    A. When a student is taken into custody            grade and graduation in the eighth grade. It is
    pursuant to a valid court order or                 the hope that this service to others will become
    prosecutor’s subpoena in connection with a         part of the way they live out their faith as
    child abuse investigation, notice to the           Christian adults.
    student’s custodial parent or legal guardian
    shall be given by school officials unless          In seventh grade, 12 hours of service are
    specifically directed otherwise by the             required before receiving the sacrament of
    officials conducting the child abuse               confirmation. These hours are divided between
    investigation. (Policy 4050)                       parish, school and the local community under
                                                       the supervision of Director of Christian
     B. If school officials are directed to not        Formation.
     provide notice, as noted in the prior
     paragraph, and if the student’s custodial         In the eighth grade, 24 hours of service are
     parent or legal guardian subsequently calls       required before participating in graduation
     or comes to the school requesting                 ceremonies.         These service hours are
     information      regarding    the     student’s   completed in a placement outside of the parish
     whereabouts, he/she will be referred directly     setting. Students should complete their service
     to the officials conducting the investigation.    hours at one site over the entire year. This will
     No other information shall be given to the        enable students to provide a theological
     custodial parent or legal guardian by the         reflection of their experience and their call to be
     school officials regarding the investigation.     evangelizers as mature Christian adults.
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Possible placements are suggested at the          by the religion teacher during the eighth grade.
beginning of the year for students, but are not   Parents are encouraged to participate with their
limited to these suggestions. All placements      children in these service projects as role models
must be approved of by either the Director of     of mature Christian adults.
Christian Formation during the seventh grade or
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                                          ACADEMICS

        Academic Standards
The students, parents and teachers at Christ the                      Homework
King School have very high expectations of each
other. The students, along with the care and         With the vast amount of material that young
guidance provided by the teaching staff, are         people are expected to master, homework is an
expected to pass all classes at the conclusion of    integral factor in the learning process. It is a part
the academic year. Special considerations and        of the curriculum and is meant to augment
modifications are made for students depending        classroom instruction. Christ the King School
upon their individual needs and their curricular     will assign homework, based on the age and the
strengths. Some of these considerations may          needs of the student.          Homework is the
include a modified grading scale, an Individual      responsibility of students, not the school.
Education Plan (IEP) and individual instruction
provided in the Learning Resource Room. Every        Each trimester, a student will receive only one
effort is made to provide the academic support       warning from any teacher for the first late
needed for a successful classroom experience.        and/or missing assignment. After that, an
We believe that all students can be successful in    assignment that is one day late will receive only
their academic pursuits if they avail themselves     50% credit. If an assignment is more than one
of all the opportunities presented to them.          day late, no credit will be given. In grades 5-8, if
                                                     missing assignments reduce the student’s
                Curriculum                           average significantly, the ineligibility rules will
                                                     apply.
Christ the King School provides for a well-
rounded curriculum in accordance with the
standards set forth by the State of Indiana and                    Make-up Work
the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The
curriculum is reviewed and updated annually by       It is the students’ responsibility to make up all
staff in relation to the direction of the Diocese,   work that is missed because of an excused
results of student standardized test scores and      absence. Upon returning, the student should
initiative from the State Department of Public       meet with each teacher to obtain necessary
Instruction.                                         assignments. A homework partner is available
                                                     to aid in this process. Work that is not made up
        Standardized Testing                         will be considered the same as work not
                                                     submitted.
Standardized tests are given to students in
                                                     The school is not required to provide credit for
grades K-2 once per year.
                                                     makeup of assigned work missed because the
                                                     student’s absence is unexcused or the student is
I Read will be given to the third grade students
                                                     truant.
once per year.
                                                     Any assignments given prior to a student’s
The ISTEP+ testing is administered to the
                                                     absence are expected to be turned in the day a
students in grades 3-8 as mandated by the State
                                                     student returns. Students who miss a test
of Indiana. Reports will be sent to parents as
                                                     because of an absence will be expected to take
soon as they are made available to the school.
                                                     his/her test on the day the student returns to
                                                     school. If a student has missed more than one
ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis Religious
                                   th    th          day prior to and including a test, ample time will
Education) is administered in the 5 and 8
                                                     be given for the student to prepare for the test.
grades.
                                                     A student has to make up missed work.
                                                     Generally that will be determined by allowing 1
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day for each day absent. This will not include
days on which school is not in session.
                                                      Grades 5-8:
                                                      GRADE            %GRADE
           Progress Reports                           A+    =          100-99
                                                      A      =         98-94
Daily work assignments and tests for grades           A-     =         93-92
K - 4 will be sent home in folders each week.         B+     =         91-90
Folders must be returned with the parent’s            B      =         89-85
signature the very next school day.                   B-     =         84-83
                                                      C+     =         82-81
Teachers of grades 5 - 8 will communicate             C      =         80-76
students’ progress to the parents electronically      C-     =         75-74
through PowerSchool. Students in grades 5 - 8         D+     =         73-72
have athletic and extra curricular eligibility        D      =         71-67
requirements that are reviewed on a monthly           D-     =         66-65
basis. These communications must be returned          F      =         64-0
with the parent’s signature the following day.

                                                             Academic Eligibility:
   Report Cards/Grading Scale
                                                           Extra-Curricular Activities
When Report Cards are distributed they should
be studied, signed, and returned within two days      Christ the King is a religiously affiliated
following distribution. An explanation of the         academic institution which is value driven. In its
marking system is found on the report card.           mission to educate the whole child, it provides a
Parents should be mindful that an equally             wide range of experience, such as competitive
important portion of the report card is the section   sports, intramurals, and clubs to enhance the
indicating the child’s work habits.                   school curriculum. The school community –
                                                      faculty, staff, students and parents – believe that
If parents question a student’s report card           participation in school-sponsored, co-curricular
grade(s), such an inquiry must be made within         activities and events should depend on the
two weeks of the issuance of the card. After that     adequate fulfillment of the primary purpose of
time, the grades remain as reported.                  the school; the religious and academic formation
                                                      of the students. To uphold this purpose of Christ
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at the        the King School, this policy on academic
end of the first grading period and optional          eligibility is followed.
conferences will be held in the spring. If
conferences are needed at other times, parents        Scope: All students in grades 5-8 must fulfill the
must call the teacher for an appointment.             academic standards adopted below in order to
                                                      participate in extra curricular functions that are
                                                      school sponsored.
The following grading scales are used:
Grades 3-4:                                           Applicability: This policy on Academic Eligibility
GRADE           % GRADE                               applies to all students in grades 5-8 in Christ the
A        =      100-95                                King School. Students in grades K-4 do not
A-       =      94-90                                 participate in competitive athletics unless the
B+       =      89-88                                 team is short of players and it is approved
B        =      87-82                                 through the ICCL and Athletic Association.
B-       =      81-80
C+       =      79-78                                 Standards of Eligibility: Students are eligible to
C        =      77-72                                 participate in athletics and other extra-curricular
C-       =      71-70                                 activities by fulfilling the standard of having an
D+       =      69-68                                 overall grade of 74% in every subject.
D        =      67-62
D-       =      61-60                                 Notice of Ineligibility: Eligibility is reviewed
F        =      59-0                                  each month, beginning in October. All students
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who do not fulfill the standards of eligibility will    5. To answer any question(s) about the student
become ineligible for two weeks. Academic                  and/or his/her progress
progress will then be rechecked after two weeks,
if the student is still below 74% they will remain
ineligible. A student can be on probation just one
                                                                 Learning Disabilities
time per School Year not per class. After that the
student will automatically be put on the                Christ the King School, in cooperation with the
ineligibility list.                                     Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend and with
                                                        the South Bend School Corporation, provides
Notice At the end of the ineligibility period,          testing for learning disabilities, speech problems,
academic progress will be rechecked. If a               and psychological problems for students
student’s average(s) continues to fall below            residing in the South Bend Community School
74%, he/she will remain ineligible. Students will       District. Christ the King School works
then be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular   cooperatively with the South Bend Community
programs, including practices or rehearsals, until      School Corporation to provide necessary
they have shown progress in improving their             learning disabilities classes and/or speech
average(s) for the subject(s) in which they were        classes for those students requiring these
made ineligible.                                        services.

****If a student falls below 74% to become                   Reporting Curriculum and
ineligible they must see the teacher in the
subject area that they are ineligible in and
                                                              Grading Modifications
meet with him/her. During this meeting the                     Diocesan Policy 4120
student must ask what they need to do to
bring their grade up. (We at CKS are not                A “Modified for Ability” label will be affixed to the
trying to punish the child if they become               front of the permanent record of any student
ineligible. We want to work with each child             receiving “Frequent Curriculum and Grading
so they become better students.)                        Modifications”. (FCGM) No modification will be
                                                        indicated on the report card, however a letter
Absence from school: Students who are not in            may be sent in advance of the report card
attendance in school are not permitted to               reminding     the     parent/guardian       of    the
participate in extra-curricular activities on           modification agreed to.
the day of the absence.
                                                        An FCGM Permanent Record Form should be
The administration of Christ the King School will       completed by the homeroom teacher each year
resolve any questions or problems regarding the         and kept in the student’s permanent record file
applicability of this policy on academic eligibility.   and an appropriate notation shall be indicated
The decision of the administration will be              on the permanent record. (Diocesan Policy
final.                                                  4120).

                Conferences                                      Promotion/Retention/
Conferences will be scheduled once yearly, at                        Graduation
the end of the first grading period. Conferences                 Diocesan Policy 4130
are not limited to this timeframe; rather, they are
encouraged whenever the parent and/or teacher           I.      Elementary Schools:
deem it necessary.                                              Each school shall develop a policy
                                                                regarding grade level promotion or
The purposes of the conference are:                             retention guidelines. The promotion or
1. To provide an opportunity for a special                      retention is the local school’s decision
   meeting of parents, student, and teacher to                  based on evaluation of the following
   discuss academic and personal successes                      factors:
2. To set goals and methods to achieve them
3. To show samples of work accomplished                      A. ability
4. To express possible concerns                              B. emotional and physical maturity
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    C. attendance                                        The principal (in consultation with the
    D. completion            of      required            teacher) may recommend that a student be
       curriculum/achievement                            retained in the present grade after
    E. testing results, review of supportive             considering the above factors.
       evidence, such as samples of student
       work, test results, progress reports,         II. The school may prepare a recommendation
       report cards, etc.                                for retention whenever practical and
    F. previous retention in a grade                     consistent   with   Diocesan     education
                                                         standards. These steps should be followed:

    A. Identification and documentation of the       attending an institution of post-secondary
       student’s severe learning problems early      education will have all access rights that his/her
       in the school year (by January)               parent or guardian would have had prior to that
                                                     time. Absent such court order or legally-binding
    B. Parent/teacher         conference      with   document, a non-custodial parent has the same
       parent/guardian       to     discuss    the   right to inspect and review as a custodial parent.
       possibility of recommending retention of
       the child and to explore assistance (e.g.,    Parents or eligible students may review copies
       educational       and/or      psychological   of the diocesan school’s policies and procedures
       testing, tutoring, etc.) and options;         for inspecting and reviewing a student’s records
                                                     and requesting amendments to a student’s
    C. Upon continuation of the learning             records.     These policies are kept in the
       problems, a written recommendation for        principal’s office of each diocesan school and
       retention providing reason for the            may be reviewed during regular school hours.
       recommendation and signed by the
       principal and teacher; and
                                                      Class Assignment of Students
    D. Signature of the parent/guardian if the            Diocesan Policy 4180
       recommendation is rejected.        The
       signed document is placed in the              The principal shall consider several factors –
       student’s permanent folder.                   class loads, scheduling ramifications, ability
                                                     levels, gender balance, physical and emotional
    E. The school retains the right not to           needs, student-teacher rapport, and peer
       accept or enroll said student for the         relationships – in determining teacher and class
       following year.                               assignments of students. Parents/guardians are
                                                     welcome to provide special insights as to which
  Family Education Rights and                        learning environment may be best for their
                                                     child(ren).
          Privacy Act
     Diocesan Policy 4170                            Our goal is always to provide the best possible
                                                     learning environment for the common good of
                                                     our students.
Access to Official Student Records
In accordance with the Family Educational            Christ the King School does not take parent
Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) of 1975, any        requests for class assignments. The only
natural parent, guardian, or individual acting as    exception to this school policy is for students
a parent in the absence of a parent or guardian      who have an Individualized Education Plan
of a student has the right “to inspect and review”   (IEP). The principal and teacher shall consider
his/her minor student’s educational records,         several factors (as stated in Diocesan Policy
unless the school has been provided with a           4180) in determining the class assignments of
court order, State statute, or legally-binding       students. The principal shall make the final
documents that specifically precludes such           determination with regard to the assignment
inspection and review. In addition, a student who    of students to teachers and classes.
has reached eighteen (18) years of age or is
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                                   HEALTH AND SAFETY

                                                       Students may also bring their lunches from
                School Day                             home. Milk is available for purchase on a daily
                                                       basis.
School staff members are not available to
supervise students before school. Therefore,
                                                       Due to new Federal guidelines, carbonated soft
students should not be dropped off at school
                                                       drinks are not permitted during lunch. We also
prior to 7:30 A.M. each day.
                                                       discourage parents from bringing in or sending
                                                       their children to school with fast food meals, and
SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE
                                                       similar items. These occasions cause a
7:30 a.m.   Teachers arrive
                                                       disruption at the lunch table.
7:45 a.m.   Students allowed to enter the
            building
                                                       Students are to behave in Christ the King’s
8:00 a.m.   Classes begin
                                                       lunch program in a manner consistent with good
11:00 a.m.  Half Day Pre-Kindergarten will
                                                       manners and Christian behavior. They are to
            be dismissed at 11AM
                                                       eat and act in a courteous and responsible
3:00 p.m.   General dismissal
                                                       manner.
Any student not picked up by 3:30 shall be
                                                                        Charged Lunches
sent to the after school care program and
                                                       When it becomes necessary to charge a lunch,
shall be charged a fee accordingly.
                                                       the lunch must be paid for within a reasonable
                                                       amount of time. Charges should never exceed
       Emergency Information                           $10. Students not complying with this procedure
                                                       will be denied opportunities to charge lunch
It is critical that we have updated and accurate       items until the account is settled.
information regarding places of employment,
phone numbers, and current addresses. In case                            Lunch Rules
of an emergency we need to be certain that             1. Listen to and follow the directions of the
someone can be contacted for assistance and                supervisors.
information. All information you provide for us        2. WALK in the lunchroom without disturbing
will be kept confidential. It is very important that       others.
we be notified of any changes in addresses,            3. Once seated, remain seated until dismissed
phone numbers, places of employment, and                   by the supervisors.
custodial rights situations, so that our records       4. Eat politely; use proper table manners.
can always be kept up to date.                         5. Speak quietly to others at the same table.
                                                       6. All food and drink is to be consumed within
                                                           the lunchroom; it may not be taken to the
             Lunch Program                                 playground.
                                                       7. Clean the eating area of all paper and trash
Each student eats lunch with his/her class. Due            and place this in the barrels provided before
to security concerns, we operate a closed                  leaving.
campus for our student lunch program.                  8. Cutting in line or saving places in line is not
                                                           permitted. These students will be sent to
With the cooperation of the federal government,            the end of the line.
Christ the King School provides a subsidized           9. Respect and obey the supervisors.
lunch program. Students may purchase lunch             10. Throwing food, making excessive noise by
on a weekly basis. Order forms for lunch are               popping bags, cans, or cartons, is not
sent home in the Communication envelope.                   permitted.
Money will be collected on the Tuesday prior to
the start of the new week. Parents are asked to                  Lunch Room Consequences
send the correct amount for each child each            Violations of the lunchroom rules will result in
week.                                                  consequences appropriate to the offense(s).
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The lunch supervisors and the administration will   parents on file in the school office. Skateboards,
determine these consequences.                       roller blades, and roller shoes are never
                                                    permitted on school property.
                  Recess
                                                                  Transportation
Children in grades Pre-Kindergarten-5 have
recess as part of their day. Therefore, they will   A detailed map of parking lot procedures will be
be expected to go outdoors when the weather is      provided for parents near the start of each
clement. If the temperature is 20 degrees (wind     school year.
chill) Fahrenheit or below, the students will not
have outdoor recess.
                                                                       Elevator
             Playground Guidelines
Students are expected to interact on the            Elevator usage during the school day is
playground in such a manner as to not cause         prohibited for all students unless approved by
harm or injury to themselves or others or disturb   the administration.
other students in the building.
                                                                 Closed Campus
1. Play in the area east of the gym. Do not
    play on the Church steps or Church lawn.        Students are not permitted to go to the stores in
    When supervised, play on the playground         the area during the instructional day or during
    equipment at the west end of school.            the after school programs. Once a student
2. Follow directions of supervisors. Speak and      leaves the property, the student MAY NOT
    act in a respectful manner toward the           return for the activity unless special permission
    supervisors.                                    is granted.
3. Use approved playground materials and
    equipment only. Return school equipment
    at the end of the recess period.                      Personal Property Items
4. Play games that are not dangerous or do not
    involve body contact.                           While it is impossible to compile a complete list
5. Remain on school property; never go into         of personal property items, the following items
    the street or off the parish grounds.           have no place at school or at school
6. Act in an appropriate manner. Fighting           functions and are to be kept at home: iPods,
    and/or pushing or contributing to fighting is   cell phones*, radios, tapes, tape players, tape
    not acceptable.                                 recorders, electronic games, CD’s, disc players,
7. Refrain from using vulgar or inappropriate       laser pointers, sport/hobby card collections,
    language.                                       toys, dolls, skateboards, roller blades, roller
8. During the winter, throwing of snow or           shoes, snowboards, stuffed animals, squirt guns
    playing on snow piles is not permitted.         (and other related similar items), martial arts
9. Wear proper attire in cold weather.              materials, hood ornaments, pagers/beepers/cell
10. Students are not to enter the school building   phones, cameras, personal athletic equipment,
    without the permission of the adult             incense, perfumes, lotions, key chains and
    supervisors.                                    make-up, or any other item which, in the
                                                    judgment of the school administration could
Violations of the playground rules will result in   have the potential to cause a disruption. If an
consequences appropriate to the offense(s).         inappropriate item is brought into the school the
The supervisors and the administration will         student will be disciplined according to the
determine these consequences.                       school rules.

                                                    A student may bring in a video camera if the teacher
  Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller                     gives his/her approval. The camera must be taken
                                                    directly to that teacher’s classroom and secured.
             Blades                                 Students may not tape or record teachers, staff
                                                    members, or others without their written permission.
Students may ride their bicycle or walk to and      *See Cell Phone/Electronic Device Use on pages 33-34.
from school if they have a note from their
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                                                     Parents who wish Christ the King School
      Health and Safety Services                     employees to administer any medication to their
                                                     child must provide written instructions and must
A registered nurse is in the school on a part-time   complete a Student Medication permit form
basis from the hours of 9AM until 2PM.               available in the office. All medication must be
Vision and hearing screenings are provided in        submitted in the original prescription bottle.
accordance with state guidelines.                    Medication will be kept in the nurse’s office and
                                                     will be administered by the office staff.
Identification tags are issued for the safety of
students. They are to be worn by the students        All permission for long-term medication shall be
during the entire school day. The identification     renewed annually. Changes in medication shall
tags are the property of Christ the King School      be documented by written authorization from a
and therefore should not be defaced or               licensed prescriber.
damaged in any way. Defacing ID tags shall be
considered destruction of school property.           In specific cases, the school may require the
Consequences for purposeful destruction of a         parent/guardian to come to school to administer
school identification tag will be a $5.00            medication for his/her child.
replacement fee and an after school detention        Over-the-counter       (OTC)       non-prescription
for the student.                                     medication may be given at school with the
                                                     parent’s written permission. The principal must
       Child Abuse Reporting                         be aware of the purpose for which a student is to
                                                     receive the medication. OTC medication shall
It is the policy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-       be brought in with the manufacturer’s original
South Bend that all diocesan priests, deacons        label with the ingredients listed and the student’s
and other personnel, lay and religious, paid and     name affixed to the original package. It will be
volunteer, must adhere to the diocese’s various      stored in the office.
policies, procedures, and guidelines designed to
provide a safe environment for children and          Christ the King School does not have any
young persons. All must report any suspected         medication (including aspirin or Tylenol)
incident of the physical, mental, or sexual abuse    available in school for student use.
or neglect of a child or young person to
appropriate civil and diocesan authorities           The parent/guardian is responsible at the end of
consistent with the Diocesan Guidelines on           the treatment regime for removing from the
Reporting Incidents of Child Abuse or Neglect.       school any unused medication which was
All priests, deacons and other personnel,            prescribed for his/her child. If the parent does
employee and volunteer, are subject to and           not pick up the medication by the end of the
obligated by this policy.                            school year, the principal or office staff will
                                                     dispose of the medication in an appropriate
                                                     manner.
     Administration of Medication
       Diocesan Policy P4210                          Health and Safety Precautions
The purpose of administering medication in
                                                         Diocesan Policy P4220
school is to help each student maintain an
optimal state of health to enhance his/her           Because we are concerned with the safety and
educational plans.      Only those medications       well being of our students, our school and the
which are prescribed as necessary by a               diocese have prepared a Safe and Secure
physician to maintain the child in school and        school plan which addresses events which may
must be given during school hours shall be           threaten our students. During the school year,
administered in accordance with the physician’s      we will conduct drills for fire and severe weather
written prescription, a copy of which must be        as well as lock down drills. In addition, the plan
provided to the school.                              provides for responding to crisis situations, such
                                                     as identifying evacuation sites and providing
support for students, parents, and staff,            school counselors or counselors on the staff at
including counseling services provided through       Catholic              Social              Services.
                                        STUDENT LIFE

      Student Publications and                      All school rules apply on a field trip, however
           Performances                             discipline is more stringent.         Behavioral
       Diocesan Policy P4310                        expectation shall be clearly defined and applied
                                                    consistently.
                                                    If the principal is not present, the teacher in
I.   School-Related Publications/Web Sites
                                                    charge of the field trip shall be the on-site
                                                    representative of the principal.
     Student and school-related publications,
     including web sites, are encouraged as a
     means of keeping the public informed of                       Self-Discipline
     current school activities. Such publications
     should reflect Church teaching, journalistic   Christ the King Catholic School promotes the
     excellence, and good taste.                    spiritual development of self-discipline, being
                                                    faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We
     The principal, as representative of the        create a community of Christian discipleship by
     pastor, has the responsibility for final       encouraging our students to know, understand,
     approval of any student and school-related     and live their faith. In doing so, students learn to
     publications.                                  reflect on their behaviors, attitudes, decisions,
                                                    and actions and align them with the Gospel.
II. Public Performances                             This mission, therefore, stimulates growth in
                                                    God’s love and service to His church.
     Plays and other performances by students
     are to reflect Catholic values and aesthetic   The central themes of self-discipline are
     taste.                                         grouped according to grade levels. Vital skills
                                                    that promote these themes are emphasized on a
             Field Trips                            daily basis in the school and classroom settings.
        Diocesan Policy P4320
                                                        Pre-K - Second Grade
School-sponsored field trips shall be limited to    Theme: Basic Self-Discipline
activities which meet Diocesan policy and
applicable law by promoting the educational         Skills-
philosophy and goals of the school and facilitate            Listening
attainment of specific education objectives in a
                                                             Following Instructions
particular course.
                                                             Asking Questions
Permission slips must be signed by parents or                Sharing
guardians and returned to school at least one                Social Interaction
day prior to the trip. This is done in order to
insure that adequate space can be provided at                  Third – Fifth Grade
the site as well as on the bus if needed. For                 Theme: Constructive
insurance and legal purposes, students travel on
school buses and must be supervised by                           Self-Discipline
teachers and/or staff members at all times.
                                                    Skills-
Because of safety and liability issues,                   Cooperation
parent chaperones are not permitted to                    Understanding and Promotion of the
bring younger siblings on field trips.                      Rules
Parent focus should be on the students                    Accomplishment
that they are supervising while on the                    Leadership
trip.                                                     Communication
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                                                   administer any of these consequences without
                                                   respect to the order in which they are listed.
            Grades Pre-K-5                         Also, administration has the right to utilize
            Discipline Policy                      additional consequences as they see fit.

All faculty and staff at Christ the King School
work with the students to make sure that the                  Bullying Behavior
rules and the reasons for them are understood
by all. Students also learn that adults may have
different routines and procedures in place to      At Christ the King School, bullying behavior
help them follow these rules.                      will not be tolerated. We are committed to
                                                   fostering a Christ-centered, harmonious
The broad rules that affect all members of the     atmosphere. Therefore, all forms of bullying will
Christ the King School community include the       be addressed, including:
following:
                                                   Verbal
                                                   Rude language, name-calling, insults, racially
     1. Show respect for self, others,             inappropriate remarks, or other behavior(s) that
        and the school environment.                would hurt another person’s feelings or cause
     2. Participate in the learning                him/her to feel badly about himself/herself
        process.                                   (spoken, written, or drawn).
     3. Follow classroom procedures
                                                   Exclusion
        and rules.                                 Exclusion of a person from an activity, group,
                                                   and/or area. Creating/spreading rumors.
These rules affect the harmony of the school
                                                   Influencing others to exclude someone.
setting on a daily basis. By promoting
adherence to these basic rules, we hope to
                                                   Physical
further God’s kingdom through worship,
                                                   Rough play; may include pushing, pulling, and/or
academics, and service.
                                                   grabbing, which may lead to a person’s harm.
                                                   Fighting; may include slapping, punching, and/or
When the harmony of the school setting is
                                                   hitting, which may also lead to a person’s harm.
disrupted, consequences for the student(s)
involved will be determined at the discretion of
                                                   Severe
the administration. Possible consequences
                                                   Profanity; racial slurs or name-calling. Violent
may include:
                                                   physical behaviors, which result in the injury of
                                                   person(s).
        Teacher/student conference
        Contact with parent (email/phone)         Consequences for the student(s) involved will be
        Notice of Concern                         determined at the discretion of the counselor
        Loss of Privilege(s)                      and administration. Possible consequences
        Lunch/Recess detention                    may include:
        After-school detention                         Teacher/student conference
        Teacher/Parent/Student conference              Letter of Apology
        Removal from classroom setting                 Contact with parent (email/phone)
        Referral to administration                     Meeting(s) with counselor
        In-school suspension                           Loss of Privilege(s)
        Suspension (1-5 days)                          Lunch/Recess detention
        Expulsion                                      After-school detention
                                                        Teacher/Parent/Student conference
If a student has broken a rule, it is generally         Removal from classroom setting
expected that at least one consequence will be          Meeting with administration
imposed. Consequences may adhere to the                 Meeting with Advisory Board
order shown, or they may be determined by the
                                                        In-school suspension
severity and/or repetitiveness of the act(s)
                                                        Suspension (1-5 days)
involved. Administrators have the right to
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       Expulsion                                     In addition to probation and/or ineligibility, the
If a student has bullied someone, it is generally     following consequences may be employed when
expected that at least one consequence will be        a student’s grade(s) fall below 76%:
imposed. Consequences may adhere to the                     Teacher/student conference
order shown, or they may be determined by the               Contact with parent (email/phone)
severity and/or repetitiveness of the act(s)                Loss of Privelege(s)
involved.                                                   Detention(s)
                                                            Academic Improvement Plan*
The administration has the right to administer              Teacher/Parent/Student conference
any of these consequences without respect to                Referral to Counselor or Administration
the order in which they are listed. Also, the
administration has the right to utilize additional    * An Academic Improvement Plan is developed
consequences as deemed necessary.                     with the Teacher, Parent and Student and
                                                      approved by the administration. If the student
             Middle School                            fails to adhere to the plan, or is incapable of
                                                      improvement, she/he must adhere to the plan’s
            Discipline Policy                         predetermined consequence(s).

         Dress Code Infractions                              Late/Missing Assignments

Please refer to the “Enforcement” and “Dress          It is the student’s responsibility to make up all
Code for All Students” sections of the Dress and      work that is missed because of an excused
Appearance Code part of the handbook; see             absence (within one day for each day absent).
page 33.                                              Upon returning, the student should meet with
                                                      each teacher to obtain necessary assignments.
Possible consequences for dress code                  Please refer to the “Make-up Work” section of
infractions may include:                              the handbook; see page 21.

       Teacher/student conference                    Each trimester, a student will receive one
       Contact with parent (email/phone)             warning from the teacher(s) for the first late
       Notice of Concern                             and/or missing assignment.         After that, an
       Loss of Privilege(s)                          assignment that is one day late will receive only
       Lunch/Recess detention                        50% credit. If an assignment is more than one
       After-school detention                        day late, no credit will be given. An assignment
       Teacher/Parent/Student conference             must be completed even after the zero for the
       Removal from classroom setting                work has been given. If missing assignments
                                                      reduce the student’s average significantly, the
       Referral to administration
                                                      ineligibility rules will apply.

                  Academics                                      Plagiarism/Cheating
The students, parents and teachers at Christ the
King School have very high expectations of each       Plagiarism
other. The students, along with the care and          Definition: Plagiarism (According       to   Encarta:
guidance provided by the teaching staff, are          http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary)
expected to pass all classes at the conclusion of
the academic year. Special considerations and         1. Stealing somebody’s work or idea: the process
modifications are made for students depending         of copying another person’s idea or written work and
upon their individual needs and their curricular      claiming it as original.
strengths.                                            2. Something plagiarized: a piece of written work
                                                      or an idea that somebody has copied and claimed
Please refer to the Academic Eligibility section of   as his or her own.
the handbook; see pages 22-23.
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Cheating                                                         Behavior/Conduct Grades
Definition: Cheating (According         to   Encarta:
http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary)                       Conduct grades are calculated each
                                                         trimester. Three (3) points are deducted
1. Deceive somebody: to deceive or mislead               from the conduct grade for each Notice of
somebody, especially for personal advantage.             Concern. Behaviors that will be cited on the
2. Break rules to gain advantage: to break the           Notice of Concern may include:
rules in a game, examination, or contest, in an
attempt to gain an unfair advantage.                            Talks excessively
                                                                Displays disrespect
Cheating constitutes:
                                                                Ignores correction
    Cheating by any means on any test, quiz,
                                                                Displays negative attitude
       and/or assignment
                                                                Repeats disruptive actions
    Copying the written work of other student(s)
                                                                Distracts other students
    Supplying other student(s) with answers
                                                                Unexcused tardiness to class(es)
Please remember to check you child/children’s                   Missing books/supplies
work. Incidents of cheating and/or plagiarism will              Eating food/chewing gum
result in consequences that are not favorable to
your child.                                              In addition to written Notices of Concern, the
                                                         following consequences for infractions may
Consequences for plagiarism and/or cheating              include:
may include, but are not limited to, the following:
                                                                Teacher/Student conference
        Points deduction for Conduct grade                     Contact with Parent (email/phone)
        Grade of zero for the test/quiz/assignment             Loss of Privilege(s)
        Contact with Parent (email/phone)                      Lunch/Recess detention
        Loss of Privelege(s)                                   After-school detention
        Detention(s)                                           Teacher/Parent/Student conference
        Meeting with counselor                                 Removal from classroom setting
        Teacher/Principal/Parent Conference                    Referral to administration
        Academic Probation and/or Ineligibility
        Suspension*                                     If a student’s conduct grade falls below 80%,
                                                         additional consequences may be employed.
* Diocesan Policy 4530                                   These may include:
Any student accused of wrongdoing in violation of a
school or diocesan policy that could result in the              Referral to counselor
student’s suspension or expulsion from the school               Referral to pastor
will be given:                                                  Parent/Principal conference
1. An explanation of what the student is accused of             Development of Behavior Contract
doing that is wrong; and                                        Probation/Ineligibility
2. An opportunity for the student, in the presence of           In-school Suspension
the student’s parents, to respond to the accusations            Suspension
before either the principal or an impartial tribunal
established by the school’s administration for the       The administration has the right to administer any of
purpose of making a recommendation on the matter         these consequences without respect to the order in
to the principal.                                        which they are listed. Also, the administration has
The principal (in consultation with the pastor in the    the right to utilize additional consequences as
case of an elementary school) shall be responsible       deemed necessary. The principal (in consultation
to make a final decision on all such matters. The        with the pastor in the case of an elementary school)
principal’s decision shall be final and binding on all   shall be responsible to make a final decision on all
parties.                                                 such matters. The principal’s decision shall be final
                                                         and binding on all parties.
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Serious infractions such as possession of           If a student has bullied someone, it is generally
drugs or weapons or severe physical or              expected that at least one consequence will be
moral misconduct could result in immediate          imposed. Consequences may adhere to the
suspension and/or expulsion.                        order shown, or they may be determined by the
                                                    severity and/or repetitiveness of the act(s)
            Bullying Behavior                       involved.

                                                    The administration has the right to administer
At Christ the King School, bullying behavior
                                                    any of these consequences without respect to
will not be tolerated. We are committed to
                                                    the order in which they are listed. Also, the
fostering   a    Christ-centered,   harmonious
                                                    administration has the right to utilize additional
atmosphere. Therefore, all forms of bullying will
                                                    consequences as deemed necessary.
be addressed, including:
                                                    As it is impossible to anticipate all forms of
Verbal
                                                    misbehavior, the school administration
Rude language, name-calling, insults, racially
                                                    reserves the right to impose disciplinary
inappropriate remarks, or other behavior(s) that
                                                    action(s,) as it sees fit, on conduct that is not
would hurt another person’s feelings or cause
                                                    specifically addressed in our discipline
him/her to feel badly about himself/herself
                                                    policies.
(spoken, written, or drawn).

Exclusion                                             Cell Phone/Electronic Device Use
Exclusion of a person from an activity, group,
and/or    area.    Creating/spreading  rumors.      At Christ the King School, possession of a
Influencing others to exclude someone.              cell phone during the school day is strongly
                                                    discouraged. Please see “Personal Property
Physical                                            Items” on pages 26-27.
Rough play; may include pushing, pulling, and/or
grabbing, which may lead to a person’s harm.        *If necessary, a student may bring a cell
Fighting; may include slapping, punching, and/or    phone to school. However, the cell phone
hitting, which may also lead to a person’s harm.    must be turned into the school office
                                                    immediately upon arrival to school. The
Severe                                              student must then pick up his/her cell phone
Profanity; racial slurs or name-calling. Violent    at the end of the school day.
physical behaviors, which result in the injury of
person(s).                                          Unauthorized Possession of a
                                                    Cell Phone/Electronic Device
Consequences for the student(s) involved will be
determined at the discretion of the counselor       Consequences for this offense may include:
and administration. Possible consequences
may include:                                               Confiscation of phone/device*
                                                           Contact with Parent (email/phone)
       Teacher/student conference                         Parent must pick up phone/device at
       Letter of Apology                                    office
       Contact with parent (email/phone)                  Points deduction (10-15) points from
       Meeting(s) with counselor                            conduct grade.
       Loss of Privilege(s)                               In-school suspension
       Lunch/Recess detention                             Suspension**
       After-school detention                             Expulsion**
       Teacher/Parent/Student conference
       Removal from classroom setting              Unauthorized Use of a Cell Phone/ Electronic
       Meeting with administration                 Device During Class/School Day
       Meeting with Advisory Board
       In-school suspension                        Consequences for this offense may include:
       Suspension (1-5 days)
       Expulsion                                          Confiscation of phone/device*
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        Contact with Parent (email/phone)            contract may be established at this time and
        Parent must pick up phone/device at          documentation shall be kept.
          office
        Points deduction (10-15 points) from
          conduct grade                               Absent 15 days
        In-school suspension                         After a student is absent over 15 days per
        Suspension**                                 school year, a referral shall be made to the
        Expulsion**                                  principal. If the principal is unable to successfully
                                                      resolve the attendance problem, a referral may
* The administration at Christ the King               be made to the intake officer of the local
school has the right to view the contents of          Juvenile Probation Department.
any confiscated cell phone or electronic
device.                                               Dress and Appearance Code
 **Diocesan Policy 4520                               Christ the King reserves the right at any time
The following types of student conduct constitute     to make adjustments in the Dress and
a non-exclusive listing of grounds for suspension     Appearance Code. Final interpretation of the
or expulsion subject to the school’s provisions       code rests solely with the school
for disciplinary review contained in P4530:           administration.
“L. Using on school grounds during school
hours an electronic paging device, mp3 player or                         Philosophy
similar device, cell phone or other mobile            There are several important reasons why Christ
message conveyance device in a situation not          the King has an established dress and
related to a school purpose or educational            appearance code. A Catholic school cannot
function.”                                            allow clothing and accessories that are counter
                                                      to religious values of modesty and self-respect.
If a cell phone or electronic device is used          We believe that uniform dress produces good
for the purpose of cheating and/or                    behavior and morale. Additionally, the dress
plagiarism, additional consequences may be            and appearance code gives each student equal
imposed. These may include:                           standing among his or her peers, regardless of
                                                      economic background. Dress code rules apply
        Grade of zero for the test/quiz/assignment   to grade K-8; free dress is allowed in the Pre-K
        Contact with Parent (email/phone)            program.
        Loss of Privelege(s)
        Detention(s)                                                    Enforcement
        Meeting with counselor                       Conforming to the dress and appearance code
        Teacher/Principal/Parent Conference          is one of the easiest ways for the students to
        Academic Probation and/or Ineligibility      show their cooperation and support of Christ the
                                                      King School. Any faculty member may cite a
           Irregular Attendance                       child for a dress code violation.
           Diocesan Policy 4040                       All students are expected to conform to the
                                                      dress and appearance code of Christ the King
Absent 6 days                                         School. In addition to improper clothing, dress
After a student is absent 6 days per school year,     code violations include, but are not limited to,
a school administrator, attendance clerk, or          absence of a belt, socks that are not visible,
counselor will make contact with the student’s        shoes purposely untied, and unacceptable
parent/guardian. The date and content of this         jewelry or other items.
contact shall be documented.
                                                               Dress Code for All Students
Absent 12 days                                        The official school outfitters of Christ the King
After the student is absent over 12 days per          School are Schoolbelles, Lands’ End, Creative
school year, a conference shall be held with the      Promotions and EmbroidMe.          Catalogs and
parent/guardian and the student. An attendance        order forms are available in the school office.
                                                      Clothing may be purchased at local area stores
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if, and only if, the style of clothing matches that                    Skirts & Jumpers
of this dress code and those sold by the above        CKS plaid apparel is available from the
listed vendors.                                       Schoolbelles Uniform Company.             Skirts are
                                                      available in four plaid styles: pleated, kick-
Students are expected to attend school in             pleated, split, and A line skirt with biker shorts.
clothing that is clean, neat, fits comfortably
(neither too large nor too tight), is not tattered,   Girls in grades 6-8 may wear a plain khaki or
ragged or torn. Clothing that displays pictures,      navy skirt, available through Lands’ End and
language or symbols that are vulgar, violent,         Schoolbelles. These skirts may not be
sexual, drug/alcohol related or in any way            purchased through any other source. White or
offensive or disruptive is not acceptable school      navy polo shirts are to be worn with all skirts.
attire.                                               (Skirt length may not be more than 2 inches
                 Pants/Trousers                       above the knee.)
Boys and girls may wear “Docker style” navy or
khaki dress pants (no cargo pants) in good            Girls may wear a white blouse (or their white
repair. They may be tapered, straight-legged or       polo shirt) with their jumper. The blouse must
gently flared (no bell-bottoms). Pants may be         have a collar, and may be long or short-sleeved.
corduroy or cotton blend. Pants must have belt        The blouse may not have any ruffles, piping or
loops and belts must be worn. They may not            embroidery trim. Blouses are only permitted for
have any exterior (stitched-on) pockets, split        wear with the jumper. Polo shirt must be worn
seams, frayed legs, excessive exterior stitching,     with all skirts.
or elastic/drawstring hems. Grades K-3 may
wear elastic-waistband, pull-up trousers that                              Shoes
conform to the above specifications.                  Durable flat-soled shoes or athletic shoes may
                                                      be worn. No style of boot (hiking, cowboy, etc.)
                    Shorts                            may be worn in school, regardless of the
Boys and girls may wear navy or khaki walking         season. Students must bring appropriate shoes
shorts of modest length; no more than 2 inches        to change into during the winter months.
above the knee. Capri pants are acceptable for
girls. These shorts may be worn from the first        Shoes must have a closed toe and a full back,
day of school until mid-October (exact date           completely enclosing the foot. Shoes must have
announced each year). Summer dress code               heels of less than one inch. Roller shoes,
begins again on May 1 (or an earlier date as          clogs, moccasins, and sandals are not
determined by the administration), and                permitted.
continues until the end of the school year.
Students in primary grades may wear pull-up                          Stockings/Socks
shorts.                                               Black, white, or navy blue stocking/crew socks
                                                      are acceptable. Girls may wear stockings,
                      Shirts                          hosiery or tights. Leggings are not permitted.
Boys and girls must wear white, navy blue or          Socks or hosiery must be worn at all times.
khaki knit polo shirts; long or short sleeves.        Socks must be visible.
The knit shirt has a sewn-in, ribbed collar, 2 or 3
button placket, and banded sleeve. There may                            Sweatshirts
be no embroidery other than the CKS logo              An approved CKS navy blue sweatshirt may be
(optional). Polo collars must be plain with no        worn throughout the year on a daily basis. All
trim.                                                 sweatshirts must have the CKS logo.
                                                      Sweatshirts are to be worn over a uniform shirt,
Students may also wear the long or short-             as described above.
sleeved CKS t-shirt on Friday of each week,
unless stated otherwise by the school                                   Sweaters
administration.                                       Navy blue sweaters and sweater vests for girls
                                                      and boys are an optional part of the dress code
Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Shirts must    ensemble. These sweaters and vests may be
be of sufficient length to remain tucked while        purchased through Schoolbelles or Lands’ End.
sitting or standing.                                  The sweaters and vests must be solid navy with
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no embellishments or logos. Cardigans, crew or                              Make-up
v-neck pullovers are all acceptable.                    Make-up, if worn at all, should be modest and
                                                        virtually unnoticeable. Only neutral colors may
Half-zip polar fleece sweaters and zip-front            be used. Sparkles or glitter are not acceptable.
fleece vests embroidered with the school logo
are permitted. All sweaters and vests must be                               Nail Polish
worn over the required dress code shirt. These          Girls may wear nail polish of all colors except
items must be purchased from Embroid Me or              Black to school. (Nails have to be all one color.)
Creative Promotions.                                    (No stencils, stickers, or glitter, just nail polish).
                                                        We request/ask that the nail polish stays neat.
                  Undergarments                         Picking at the nail polish will be a distraction (or
If an undergarment is worn beneath a uniform            considered a distraction) and the following
shirt, it must be plain white (free of writing, signs   consequences                will               apply:
or symbols).
                                                        First time:
                     Belts                              If a student starts picking at the fingernail polish
Dark brown or black belts leather are a required        during class the student will be sent down to the
part of the dress code, beginning in grade 4.           nurse’s office to take the fingernail polish off.
They are to be dress belts with no decoration.
                                                        Second time:
                Physical Education                      If the student starts picking at the fingernail
Students may wear any loose fitting shorts and          polish during class for the second time the
t-shirt that is appropriate for a Catholic school.      student will be sent down to the nurse’s office to
An optional CKS gym uniform is available for            take the fingernail polish off and receive a lunch
purchase from Embroid Me. (order forms can be           detention.
found in the school office). A separate pair of
athletic shoes that have not been worn outdoors         Third time:
is required for physical education.                     If the student starts picking at the fingernail
                                                        polish during class for the third time the student
                Jewelry/Earrings                        will be sent down to the nurse’s office to take the
Permitted jewelry includes a watch and/or a             fingernail polish off. That student then will not be
religious medal or cross on a small chain. The          able to wear fingernail polish the rest of the year.
chain     should   be    plain   and    without
ornamentation.     A religious scapular and                       Announced Blue Jean Days
medical alert necklaces (or bracelets) may also         On announced blue jean days, students may
be worn underneath a uniform shirt.                     wear blue jeans, jean skirts or jean jumpers to
                                                        school. Jeans must be loose fitting, regular cut,
Only girls may wear earrings. Post earrings are         plain colored, and exclusive of decoration. Blue
acceptable; no hoop or dangling earrings are to         jean shorts may be worn if the announced day
be worn. Only one earring in each ear is                falls during the period of summer dress code.
permitted.                                              Blue jean shorts must meet the same length
                                                        requirements as uniform shorts.
Body piercings and tattoos are prohibited.
                                                        Students must wear the long or short-sleeved
                       Hair                             CKS t-shirt, unless stated otherwise by the
Hairstyles should be neat, well groomed and not         school administration. Athletic jerseys may be
distracting to other students. Hair color should        worn when their school-sponsored team is
be the students’ natural hair color.        Hair        actively in season.
ornaments should be small in size, so as not to
be a distraction.                                       The following items are not to be worn on non-
                                                        uniform days: breakaways, cargo pants, wind
Boys’ hair may be no longer than the collar, and        pants, sweatpants and similar items deemed
not longer than mid-ear on the sides.                   inappropriate    by    school    administration.
                                                        Students have the option to wear their regular
                                                        school uniform on announced blue jean days.
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                                                                education in the Catholic school without
          Announced Dress Up Days                               interruption.
Boys may wear dress pants, dress shirts, dress
shoes and sweaters or vests of any color. For               B. Both parties, the male and female,
certain events, a tie may be required.                         should then be referred for pastoral
                                                               counseling given by a priest and a social
Girls may wear dresses and skirts, no shorter                  worker or psychological counselor. The
than three inches above the knee. Dress pants                  counseling    must    emphasize      the
may also be worn. Sleeveless and spaghetti                     teaching of the Catholic Church on the
strap garments must be covered at all times.                   sanctity of human life from the first
Clothes should be loose fitting and appropriate                moment of conception.
for a Catholic school. Blouses that are low cut
or too short to be tucked in are not considered             C. The pastor and principal must seek to
appropriate. Shoes must not have a heel more                   assist the young people to ensure that
than 1-1/2 inches high for safety reasons.                     the child is born, not aborted.
Jeans, cargo pants, wind pants, and athletic
shoes may not be worn by either boys or girls to            E. The school’s administration, after
any of the events that are announced as dress                  consultation      with     the     school’s
up days.                                                       pastor/designated priest, will decide
                                                               whether any sanctions are to be
                                                               imposed on the students. Because of
           Religious Issues                                    the public nature of the situation and the
         Diocesan Policy 4410                                  Catholic identity of the school, the
                                                               principal, in consultation with the pastor,
The teaching and traditions of the Catholic                    reserves the right to undertake whatever
Church are the guiding principles of behavior for              additional action(s) seem appropriate for
all students while enrolled in a diocesan school.              the well-being of the student(s) involved
                                                               and he school as a whole.
I.   Pregnancy – Elementary Student
     Every human being is created in the image
     and likeness of God; and his or her life must
     be respected and protected from the                II. Abortion
     moment of conception until natural death.              Every human being is created in the image
     When a student(s) becomes involved in a                and likeness of God, and his or her life must
     pregnancy, the Catholic school must act to             be respected and protected from the
     provide assistance and support for the                 moment of conception until natural death.
     students and his or her family.                        The Church views abortion as a grave
                                                            violation of this principle and the Catholic
     While the first responsibility for the pastoral,       school must convey the seriousness of this
     spiritual, and psychological care of the               act by its inclusion of this issue in its
     students involved in a pregnancy belongs to            teaching at appropriate grade levels and of
     the parents/guardians of the student(s), the           its policies.
     Church and the school also bear serious
     responsibility.                                        Therefore a student enrolled in a diocesan
                                                            school who obtains a completed and verified
     When a pastor/principal is made aware that             abortion or who aids or induces another
     a student(s) is pregnant, the following action         person in any manner whatsoever in
     shall be taken:                                        procuring such an abortion shall be
                                                            suspended immediately and may be denied
     A. The pastor and principal should meet                the privilege of continuing his or his
        with both parties, the male and female,             education in a diocesan school, as
        and     their    parents/guardians    to            determined by the Bishop.
        investigate the situation and to assure
        them, if necessary, that the young                  A confidential meeting shall be held with the
        people involved will be provided the                student(s) and parent(s) involved, the
        opportunity    to    complete    his/her            pastor, the school principal, and a person(s)
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      designated by the Bishop, if so desired. The   II. The following types of student conduct
      purpose of this meeting will be to ascertain       constitute a non-exclusive listing of grounds
      the facts relevant to the commission of the        for suspension or expulsion subject to the
      abortion, to provide appropriate pastoral          school’s provisions for disciplinary review
      assistance, and to make a recommendation           contained in P4530:
      to the bishop regarding the student’s              A. Any conduct which, in the opinion of
      suspension or expulsion.                               school officials, is contrary to the
                                                             principles and teachings of the Catholic
III. Invalid Marriage                                        Church.
     The school administration will defer the
decision regarding the disposition and continued         B. Using violence, force, noise, coercion,
enrollment of any student who has entered into              threat, intimidation, fear, passive
an invalid marriage to the Vicar of Education or            resistance, or other comparable conduct
a delegate of the Bishop.                                   constituting an interference with school
                                                            purposes, or urging other students to
                                                            engage in such conduct.
          Failure or Refusal of
     Parents/Guardians/Custodians                        C. Causing or attempting to cause damage
     to Participate in a Disciplinary                       to property belonging to any other
                                                            person, student, school employee or the
               Proceeding                                   school, stealing or attempting to steal
         Diocesan Policy 4420                               property belonging any other person,
                                                            student, school employee, or school.
The failure of parents/guardians/custodians to
participate in diocesan or school discipline             D. Intentionally causing or attempting to
proceedings concerning their student’s improper             cause physical injury or intentionally
behavior may be considered educational neglect              behaving in such a way that, in the
and the child may be considered a “child in need            opinion of school officials, could cause
of services” in accordance with I.C.31-34-1-7,              physical injury to any person.
and, in that case, the matter shall be referred to
the Child Protective Services.                           E. Threatening      or   intimidating    any
                                                            individual for whatever purpose.
      Grounds for Suspension or                          F. Violation of the diocese’s Gun-Free
        Expulsion of Students                               School Policy
        Diocesan Policy 4520                             G. Possessing, using, transmitting, or being
                                                            under the influence of any controlled
I.    The grounds for suspension or expulsion               substance or intoxicant of any kind. The
      below apply to student conduct which                  prescribed use of a drug authorized by a
      occurs:                                               medical prescription from a physician is
      A. On school grounds;                                 not a violation of this rule.
      B. Off school grounds at a school activity,        H. Engaging in the unlawful selling of a
         function, or event;                                controlled substance or engaging in a
      C. Traveling to or from school or a school            criminal law violation that constitutes a
         activity, function, or event; or                   danger to other students or constitutes
                                                            an interference with school purposes
      D. At any other time when the principal               and/or educational function.
         determines that the student’s conduct
         either causes harm or could potentially         I.   Failing in a substantial number of
         cause harm to the other students,                    instances to comply with directions of
         school employees or property, or the                 teachers or other school personnel
         reputation of the School or the Diocese.             during any period of time when the
                                                              student is properly under their
                                                              supervision.
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    J.   Engaging in any activity forbidden by the
         laws of the State of Indiana that
                                                        Student Accused of a Non-
         interferes with school purposes or             School Related Criminal Act
         educational function.                             Diocesan Policy 4550
    K. Violating or repeatedly violating any
                                                     A student accused of a non-school related
       rules that are, in the opinion of the
                                                     criminal act which does not subject the student
       school officials, necessary in carrying
                                                     to suspension or expulsion pursuant to Policy
       out school purposes and/or educational
                                                     4520 is presumed innocent and no academic or
       function.
                                                     disciplinary penalties will necessarily be
                                                     imposed regarding that alleged criminal act
    L. Using on school grounds during school
                                                     unless the student is proven guilty or admits guilt
       hours an electronic paging device, mp3
                                                     through the civil law process.
       player or similar device, cell phone or
       other mobile message conveyance
                                                     Some circumstances, such as a need to protect
       device in a situation not related to a
                                                     the safety and/or privacy of the student or
       school purpose or educational function.
                                                     others, may necessitate such student’s removal
                                                     from the normal academic setting pending the
    M. Engaging in any unlawful activity on or
                                                     outcome of the civil law process. In this case,
       off school grounds if the unlawful activity
                                                     the wishes of the student and /or custodial
       is considered by school officials to be an
                                                     parents/legal guardians will be considered, but
       interference with school purposes or an
                                                     the final decision regarding removal is the
       educational function.
                                                     principal’s after consultation with pastor and/or
                                                     Superintendent of Schools. Should such a
                                                     removal be deemed necessary, a program of
                                                     home study will be developed and implemented
                                                     for the student.



     Disciplinary Review for                                   Gun-Free Schools
    Suspension and Expulsion                                  Diocesan Policy 4560
      Diocesan Policy 4530
                                                     Students are prohibited from facilitating in any
Any student accused of wrongdoing in violation       way the delivery of a firearm, destructive device,
of school or diocesan policy that could result in    or deadly weapon to school or school functions.
the student’s suspension or expulsion from the       Further, students are prohibited from possessing
school will be given:                                a firearm, destructive device, or deadly weapon
                                                     while en route to or from school or school
1. An explanation of what the student is             activities, or while on school property or at
    accused of doing that is wrong; and              school activities. A violation of this policy carries
2. An opportunity for the student, in the            an automatic expulsion from school.             This
    presence of the student’s parents, to            penalty supersedes any penalty, which may be
    respond to the accusations before either the     attributed by a local school discipline policy.
    principal or an impartial tribunal established   The term of expulsion shall be established by
    by the school’s administration for the           the principal after consultation with the
    purpose of making a recommendation on            Superintendent      of    Schools.     Subject     to
    the matter to the principal.                     modification by the Superintendent of Schools, a
The principal (in consultation with the pastor in    student expelled for bringing a firearm or
the case of an elementary school) shall be           destructive device to school or a school activity
responsible to make a final decision on all such     or for possessing a firearm or destructive device
matters. The principal’s decision shall be final     on school property or at a school activity may
and binding on all parties.                          not return to the school until the first school
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semester after a one (1) year expulsion period.                         will, or which may be readily
Exceptions may be made to this policy                                   converted to, expel a projectile
concerning antique or ornamental firearms or                            by the action of an explosive or
weapons that are transported or possessed for                           other propellant, and which has
an authorized educational purpose, or firearms                          a barrel with a bore of more
or weapons that are used as part of an                                  than one half inch in diameter;
authorized school program or activity. Any                              or
exception must be approved, in advance and in                      I.   Any combination of parts either
writing, by the principal. A violation of any                           designed or intended for use in
limitation or requirement contained within a                            converting any device into any
policy exception that is granted by the principal                       destructive device and from
shall be considered a violation of this policy.                         which a destructive device may
                                                                        readily be assembled.
Principals will provide information to the Catholic
Schools Office annually concerning the                 VI.      For purposes of this policy, the term
following:                                                     “deadly weapon” means any firearm,
     I. a      description    of    circumstances              destructive device, weapon, taser,
         surrounding any expulsions imposed                    electronic stun weapon, equipment,
         under the policy;                                     chemical substance, or other item or
                                                               material that in the manner it is used or
     II.       the number of students expelled                 could be used, or is intended to be
               from the school under the policy;               used, is readily capable of causing
               and                                             serious bodily injury.

     III.      the types of instrument concerned.
                                                                 Substance Abuse
     IV.       For purposes of this policy the term            Diocesan Policy 4570
               “firearm” means:
            1. any weapon (including a starter gun)
                                                       The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
               which will or is designed to or may
                                                       recognizes that substance abuse (drugs and
               readily be converted to expel a
                                                       alcohol) is a disease and not a manifestation of
               projectile by the action of an
                                                       character weakness. Persons afflicted with this
               explosive; or
                                                       disease are entitled to the same compassion
            2. the frame or receiver of any such
                                                       and treatment as anyone afflicted with any other
               firearm; or
                                                       disease.
            3. any firearm, muffler or firearm
               silencer.
                                                       If a principal becomes aware of facts or
                                                       circumstances which gives the principal reason
                    V. For purposes of this policy,
                                                       to believe that a student is experiencing a
                    the    term “destructive device”
                                                       substance abuse problem, the principal and/or
                    means:
                                                       the school’s counselor shall meet with the
               A.   an explosive, incendiary, or
                                                       student and arrange a conference with the
                    poison gas;
                                                       student’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) at which
               B.   bomb;
                                                       time the underlying problem and treatment
               C.   grenade;
                                                       options will be explored, as appropriate. The
               D.   rocket having a propellant
                                                       principal reserves the right to require that a
                    charge of more than one-quarter
                                                       student see a substance abuse counselor for an
                    ounce.
                                                       evaluation at the parent/guardian(‘s) expense
               E.   Missile having an explosive or
                                                       and to require that recommendations for
                    incendiary charge of more than
                                                       treatment be implemented and followed by the
                    one-quarter ounce;
                                                       student as a condition for the student’s
               F.   Mine;
                                                       continued enrollment in the school. Should the
               G.   Device similar to any of the
                                                       student or the student’s parent(s)/legal
                    devices described in clauses;
                                                       guardian(s) refuse to cooperate, the principal
               H.   Any type of weapon by
                                                       may require the student to withdraw from school.
                    whatever name known which
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                                                            has reasons to suspect they may contain
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the principal                inappropriate or illegal materials or items.
reserves the right to discipline a student, up to           This right of inspection is effective at all
and including expulsion, for any violation of the           times while the student is on school
school’s policies or rules and regulations of               premises or at a school-sponsored event.
student behavior, regardless of whether the
violation involved was related to a substance           II. Student Lockers
abuse problem.                                              All lockers, school desks, cloak rooms, etc.
                                                            (“lockers”) made available for student use on
                                                            the school premises, including but not
     Sexual/Racial Harassment                               limited to, lockers located in the hallways,
            Prohibition                                     physical education and athletic dressing
       Diocesan Policy 4580                                 rooms, industrial education classrooms, and
                                                            art classrooms, are the property of the
                                                            school. These lockers are made available
It is the policy of the Catholic schools of the
                                                            for student use in storing personal effects
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to maintain
                                                            such as clothing, coats, etc., school
a learning and working environment that is free
                                                            supplies, and personal items necessary for
from sexual or racial harassment based on sex,
                                                            use at school, but the lockers are not to be
race, national origin, color, age, disability, or any
                                                            used to store items which cause or could
other impermissible factor that is prohibited by
                                                            cause an injury, an interference with school
law and/or the teachings of the Catholic Church.
                                                            purposes or an education function, or which
                                                            are inappropriate or forbidden by federal or
It shall be a violation of this policy for any
                                                            state law or diocesan or school policy or
employee of the Catholic schools to harass a
                                                            rules. The student’s use of the locker does
student through conduct or communications of a
                                                            not diminish the school’s ownership or
sexual nature as defined in Section I of the
                                                            control of the locker. A student may not
Procedure to this policy or on any other
                                                            expect to have privacy in a locker or its
impermissible grounds described in Section II of
                                                            contents.
the Procedure to this policy. It shall also be a
violation of this policy for any student to harass
                                                            The school retains the right to inspect the
another student or employee, through conduct
                                                            locker and its content to ensure that the
or communication of a sexual nature as defined
                                                            locker is being used solely in accordance
in Section I of the Procedure and on any other
                                                            with its intended purposes.
impermissible grounds as described in Section II
of this Procedure. The use of the term
                                                            Each school shall develop rules          and
“employee” in this policy and procedure also
                                                            procedures   for   the    inspection     and
includes non-employees and volunteers who
                                                            maintenance of school lockers.
work subject to the control of school authorities.
                                                        Searches will be conducted by the administrator
     Student Locker and Vehicle                         or administrator’s adult designee in the presence
             Inspection                                 of a witness.
        Diocesan Policy 4590                            At Christ the King, lockers have been provided
                                                        for students in grades 4-8 for their convenience
All students who enroll in a diocesan school            and use. These lockers must be kept in good
must consent to the search of their person and          order. No decals, stickers, or other types of
personal belongings, lockers, school desks,             stick-on items are permitted in/on the lockers
vehicles, etc., at any time and for any reason          unless sanctioned by the school administration.
consistent with this policy.                            Students may use commercially available locker
                                                        products that are magnetized or are stackable.
I.   Persons and Personal Belongings                    Lockers may not be locked. Teachers and/or
     The school reserves with right to examine          administrators may inspect the lockers at
     the contents of the student’s pockets,             anytime for any reason.
     purses, back packs, book bags, or other            Students are not permitted to enter another
     personal belongings when an administrator          student’s locker at any time or for any reason
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without the expressed permission of a teacher or             the Catholic schools. As such, Internet
administrator. Consequences for students who                 usage will be regulated.
violate this rule will be determined by the
administration.                                          II. School’s Responsibility

                                                             The diocesan Catholic schools will each
     Diocesan Internet Acceptable                            employ a statement of policy stating the
              Use Policy                                     Acceptable Use of the Internet in the school
         Diocesan Policy 4620                                and utilize written Internet User and
                                                             Permission Agreements.         These written
                                                             agreements are to be signed by students,
I.    Background
                                                             their parents/guardians, and teachers. They
                                                             outline the agreed to terms and conditions of
      The Internet is an “electronic highway”
                                                             Internet use and shall be kept on file. The
      connecting millions of computers all over the
                                                             policy specifically sets out acceptable uses,
      world and millions of individual users,
                                                             rules of on-line behavior, and access
      allowing students access to communicate
                                                             privileges. It also covers the penalties for
      with fellow students all over the planet.
                                                             violations of the policy, including security
                                                             violations and vandalism of the system.
      The Internet is an international collection of
      thousands of independent networks. It links
                                                             All use of the Internet must be in support of
      tens of thousands of computers with the
                                                             education and research and consistent with
      ability to communicate as if on a single
                                                             the purposes and Christian mission of
      network. The Internet provides a means for
                                                             Catholic schools. Students are responsible
      people to interact and associate with others.
                                                             for good behavior on school computer
                                                             networks just as they are in a classroom or a
      Internet access is now available to students
                                                             school hallway.
      and teachers at Christ the King School. The
      access is being offered as part of a
                                                             Communications on the network are often
      collaborative project involving the school
                                                             public in nature. General school rules for
      and a local Internet Service Provider. Our
                                                             behavior and communications apply. The
      goal in providing this service to teachers and
                                                             network is provided for students to conduct
      students is to promote educational
                                                             research and to communicate with others.
      excellence by facilitating resource sharing,
                                                             Access to the network services will only be
      innovation and communication.
                                                             provided to students after they agree to act
                                                             in a Christian, considerate and responsible
      Electronic information research skills are
                                                             manner.
      now fundamental to the preparation of
      citizens and future employees during an Age
                                                             Independent         student      use         of
      of Information. It is expected that staff will
                                                             telecommunications        and        electronic
      blend thoughtful use of such information
                                                             information resources will be permitted upon
      throughout the curriculum and assist
                                                             submission of permission forms that include
      students in the appropriate use of such
                                                             guidelines for the student’s responsibilities.
      resources.
                                                             Based upon the acceptable use guidelines
                                                             outlined   here,     the    Catholic    school
      Use of the Internet enhances the present
                                                             administrators will deem what is appropriate
      curriculum of diocesan schools.             The
                                                             and inappropriate and their decision is final.
      Internet is a tool for motivation for increasing
                                                             The administration, faculty, and staff of the
      reading and writing skills. It is a resource for
                                                             school may request the principal to deny,
      information and for classroom research
                                                             revoke, or suspend specific user accounts
      projects and other studies related to the
                                                             when violations occur.
      curriculum. It provides communication with
      professionals in every field.
                                                             The school is not liable for information
                                                             stored on school diskettes, hard drives or
      Use of the Internet is determined to be a
                                                             servers; for information retrieved through
      privilege and not a right of the students in
                                                             school computers, networks, or on-line
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   resources; for personal property used to
   access school corporation computers,                    D. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
   networks, or on-line resources; or for
   unauthorized financial obligations resulting            E. Damaging      computers,    computer
   from use of Diocesan resources and                         systems, or computer networks or
   accounts to access the Internet.                           attempting to harm or destroy data of
                                                              another user.
III. Acceptable Use
                                                           F. Violating copyright laws.
   The use of the Internet and related
   technologies must be in support of                      G. Unauthorized          use    of      another’s
   education and research and consistent with                 password.
   the education objectives, purposes, and
   mission of the Catholic schools. Use of                 H. Trespassing in others’ folders, work, or
   other organizations’ networks or computing                 files.
   resources must comply with the rules
   appropriate for these networks.                         I.   Intentionally wasting resources.

   Individual users of the computer networks               J.   Employing the network for commercial
   are responsible for their behavior and                       purposes.
   communications over those networks. It is
   imperative that users comply with the                   K. Transmission of any material in violation
   school’s    standards   and   honor   the                  of any federal, state or local law,
   agreements they have signed.                               regulation, rule or ordinance.

   Network storage areas may be treated like               Additionally, malicious use of the network to
   school lockers. School administrators may               develop programs that harass other users or
   review files and communications to maintain             infiltrate a computer or computing system
   system integrity and ensure that students               and/or damages the software components of
   are using the system responsibly and                    a computer or computing system is
   consistent with the acceptable uses outlined            prohibited.
   herein. Users should expect that files stored
   on school servers will not be private.            V. Consequences          For     Violations    of   the
                                                        Privileges
   A defined network etiquette is followed.
                                                           The faculty, staff, or parents/guardians may
IV. Unacceptable Use                                       request the administrator or designee to
                                                           deny, revoke, or suspend a specific student
   The use of the Internet connection in the               user’s access to the Internet and related
   school is a privilege, not a right and                  technologies due to unacceptable use.
   inappropriate use will result in a cancellation         Internet policy is stated in the school
   of those privileges. The Catholic school                handbook.     Additional disciplinary action
   administrators will deem what is appropriate            may be taken at the school in accordance
   and inappropriate, and their decision is final.         with existing disciplinary practice as stated
   The following are not permitted:                        in the school handbook and/or Diocesan
   A. Accessing, uploading, downloading, or                policy. When applicable, law enforcement
       distributing    immoral,     pornographic,          agencies may be involved.
       obscene, or sexually explicit materials.
                                                     VI.        Parents’/Guardians Responsibility
   B. Sending or displaying unchristian,
      immoral,        offensive,     violent,              During school, teachers will guide students
      pornographic, obscene or sexually                    in accessing appropriate materials. Outside
      explicit messages or pictures.                       of school, families must bear responsibility
                                                           for such guidance as they also must with
   C. Using violent, abusive, obscene or                   information sources such as television,
      sexually explicit language.
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     telephones, movies, radio,       and   other       students’ use of telecommunications and
     potentially offensive media.                       electronic information resources to conduct
                                                        research and other studies related to school
     It is the family’s right to decide whether or      curriculum. As much as possible, access to
     not to apply for the student’s independent         the network will be designed to point student
     access to an Internet account. The school          to resources which have been evaluated by
     administration and teachers believe that the       staff, and students shall be provided with
     benefits to students from access in the form       guidelines and list of information particularly
     of information resources and opportunities         suited to the learning objectives.
     for collaboration exceed the disadvantages.
     Parents/guardians accept responsibility for        The smooth operation of the network relies
     guidance of Internet use, setting and              upon the proper conduct of the ones who
     conveying standards for the child to follow        use it.      They must adhere to strict
     when selecting, sharing or exploring               guidelines. These guidelines include the
     information and media. Parents/guardians           responsibilities of not violating the privacy of
     will be responsible for any financial              other users, the right of free expression, and
     obligation incurred through the use of             not plagiarizing other users’ works.
     Internet and related technologies that are
     not specifically previously approved and           With access to computers and people all
     included as part of the school’s budget.           over the world also comes the availability of
                                                        material that may not be considered to be of
     Parents/guardians are required to sign a           educational value in the contexts of the
     Permission Form and an Acceptable Use              school setting and the school’s purpose and
     Policy with their child. Students may not          Christian mission. In some schools a limited
     access networked computer services such            precaution has been taken to restrict access
     as electronic mail and the Internet without        to controversial material by using special
     this express permission. Individuals and           software (for example, Surfwatch or
     families may be held liable for violations.        Cybersitter).

     Parents/guardians will be notified that their      The technology facilitator is responsible for
     children will be using school resources and        determining and uncovering incorrect usage
     accounts      to   access     the   Internet.      of the Internet and also for informing school
     Parents/guardians have the option to               authorities and the student in question. The
     request alternative activities not requiring       facilitator reserves the right to inspect
     Internet access.                                   accounts when there is suspicion of misuse.
                                                        The student is responsible for adhering to all
VII. School Professionals’ Responsibility               rules and guidelines while online with the
                                                        Internet.
     The students will, in most cases, be closely
     supervised during usage of the network.
     Precaution will be taken that they are
                                                     Environmental Tobacco Smoke
     instructed on proper usage when they are             Diocesan Policy 5430
     working independently.       Students may
     pursue electronic research independent of       All facilities (buildings which are enclosed)
     staff supervision only if they have been        where       kindergarten,  elementary,  and/or
     granted parental permission and have            secondary education or library services are
     submitted all required forms. Permission is     being provided to children shall be smoke free.
     not transferable and may not be shared.         No one, whether an administrator, an employee,
                                                     a student, or a visitor is allowed to smoke in
     Staff will provide at least two class periods   these buildings.
     of training in the proper use of the network.
     They       will   provide     developmentally
     appropriate guidance to students during
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                                     SCHOOL FINANCES

                                                              collected at the beginning of the school
       School Tuition and Fees                                year.)
I.   The financial policy of the school is
                                                          Graduation Fee      $50.00 per student
     governed by policies established by the
                                                             (This fee is for eighth graders and is
     Parish Finance Council with the approval of
                                                             collected at the beginning of the school
     the Pastor. All policies must conform to with
                                                             year.)
     the Catholic Schools Office and Diocesan
                                                          Sacrament Fee       $35.00 per student
     Business Office procedures.
                                                             (This fee is for second and seventh
                                                             graders who are preparing to receive a
II. Tuition and Fee System
                                                             sacrament.)
    Christ the King School maintains a system
    of tuition and fees which partially funds the
                                                      All fees are non-refundable.
    costs of operating and maintaining the
    school. The Per Pupil cost for the academic
                                                      III. Tuition for Active Registered Parishioners
    year of 2011-2012 is $5,100. Tuition is
                                                           The above tuition shall be offered only to
    calculated by taking Cost per Pupil minus
                                                           families that are Active Registered
    the parish subsidy which is determined by
                                                           Parishioners.           Active     Registered
    parishioner status and number of children in
                                                           Parishioners      is  defined    by    parish
    the family. Kindergarten is not required in
                                                           membership registration, regular parish
    the State of Indiana. Tuition for our half-day
                                                           financial support, and parish participation.
    Pre-Kindergarten program is $2000 and our
                                                           The amount and/or frequency of parish
    full day program is $4,000. Tuition for Active
                                                           financial support takes into account the
    Registered Parishioners in Grades K-8 is
                                                           diocesan endorsement of stewardship as an
    $3875.
                                                           appropriate approach to parish financial
                                                           support.     Based on Internal Revenue
     Fees at Christ the King include the following:
                                                           Guidelines, no specific donation amount is
                                                           stipulated.
     Pre-Kindergarten Registration Fee $100.00
     per child
                                                      IV. Tuition for Pupils from a Sending Parish
     Registration Fee $125.00 per student
                                                          A “sending parish” is defined as:
        (This      fee     includes     diocesan
        assessments that include marketing,
                                                          A. a parish without a school,
        Student      insurance,     and     other
                                                          B. a parish with a school with a waiting list
        administrative expenses.)
                                                             at a specific grade level(s), or
                                                          C. a parish in which school does not offer
     Textbook Fee       $150.00 per student
                                                             the needed grade level(s), e.g., K-8
        (This fee is for purchasing new
        textbooks every summer)
                                                          The tuition for pupils from a sending parish
                                                          shall be the same as the tuition for pupils
     Technology Fee      Due in August
                                                          from within the parish if the non-parish
         1 child - $60                                   family is able to demonstrate that it meets
         2 children - $105                               the    definition   of    Active    Registered
         3 or more children - $135                       Parishioner within the home parish. An
        (This fee covers the lease agreements             affidavit of Active Parishioner Status must
        and upgrades for computers other                  be signed by the Pastor of the sending
        technology in classrooms.)                        parish.
                                                          Any family that does not meet the definition
     Activity Fee $40.00 per student                      Active     Registered    Parishioner      under
         (This fee is for field trips, assignment         Paragraph III above shall be charged non-
         notebooks,    and     other    classroom         parishioner rate for each child as tuition.
         projects during the year. This fee is
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                                                         Christ the King Parish has a tuition assistance
V. Tuition Tiering                                       plan to assist families with payment of tuition
                                                         based on financial need.            Need-based
     Christ the King school shall tier its tuition for   application for assistance are based on need
     Active Registered Parishioner families that         and considered by the parish after the applicant
     have more than one student simultaneously           has submitted sufficient financial information.
     attending the parish school in grades K-8.          This information includes the requirement to
     Pre-Kindergarten is not included in the             submit a schedule of the family’s income and
     family rate. The tuition tiering is as follows:     expenses as well as a schedule of assets and
     A. 100% of full tuition for the first child         liabilities and support materials such as tax
     B. 75% of full tuition for the second child         returns.     Families must apply through the
     C. 50% of full tuition the third child              FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Program.
     D. 0% of full tuition for the fourth or more
        children
                                                         Tuition assistance for a child who is sent to
Vl. The final decision concerning tuition rests          school in another parish is the primary
    with the pastor in consultation with the             responsibility of the home parish.
    Catholic Schools Office and the Diocesan
    Business Office.
                                                                Financial Assistance to
                                                                    Large Families
            Tuition Collection                                   Diocesan Policy 5710
I.   Christ the King School has three methods of         I.   Families of Catholic school students meeting
     collecting tuition. The three are:                       the following criteria may be eligible for
                                                              financial tuition assistance from the Large
     A. Full payment due by August 1st.                       Family Fund administered through the
     B. VANCO payment option. Automatic                       Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of
        withdrawal on a monthly or quarterly                  Fort Wayne-South Bend:
        basis. The amount is withdrawn from a
        checking or savings account on an                     A. At least one parent must be an Active
        agreed upon payment schedule.                            Registered Parishioner, AND
     C. School Parish billing on a semi-annual
                                         st
        basis. Payments are due August 1 and                  B. Must have three or more students who
                  st
        February 1 .                                             are currently attending or would attend
                                                                 (with financial assistance) a Catholic
II. All previous tuition payments must be                        elementary and/or high school, AND
    current for the student to be considered
    eligible for re-enrollment. (Diocesan Policy              C. Must demonstrate serious financial need.
    5140)
                                                         II. A family meeting the above criteria shall first
III. Grade card or transcripts for a student will            apply for financial assistance through normal
     be withheld until all tuition and fee bills are         school procedures. A family should contact
     paid in full. Promotion to the next grade will          the school office at the elementary and/or
     not be processed. No official transcript or             high school, as appropriate, for information
     diploma will be sent from any elementary or             on such procedures.
     high school until all tuition and fees are paid
     in full. Verbal grades may be released to aid            For families seeking financial assistance
     in placement.                                            from the Large Family Fund, the completed
                                                              Facts     Grant     and   Aid     Assessment
IV. All tuition collection enforcement procedures             application will be automatically submitted to
    shall be administered only by the Pastor or               the Catholic Schools Office.
    upon consultation with the Pastor.
                                                         III. The Large Family Fund Committee
                                                              composed of the Vicar of Education, the
                                                              Superintendent of Schools, and three
                                                              persons appointed by the Bishop, shall
          Tuition Assistance Plan                             review all completed applications.
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IV. The amount of assistance will be based
    upon the availability of funds, the
    recommendation of the Committee, and the
    Bishop’s discretion. A family generally may
    not receive more than the following amount
    for a specified period of time:

    A. one-half of the total elementary tuition
       for all elementary school children
       AND/OR

    B. one-half of the total high school tuition
       for all high school children

    The Committee, in its discretion, may
    recommend to the Bishop that additional
    funds be awarded based upon extenuating
    circumstances.

V. The Bishop’s decision shall be final and
   binding.

VI. To be considered for Large Family
    Assistance, a new application must be
    submitted through Facts each school year
    regardless of whether such assistance was
    granted in a prior school.

                Insurance
All students are covered by diocesan insurance
while they are in school or are engaged in any
school-related activity that is supervised by
school personnel or their designee.

        Parent Responsibility
Parents are financially responsible for property
and/or books damaged by their children. School
property is Church property. Therefore, it is to
be treated with the same consideration. The
following rules should be observed:

1. Avoid marring or defacing in any way school
   furniture, books, equipment, or walls on the
   parish property.
2. Textbooks should be covered at all times.
3. Respect the privacy of teachers’ as well as
   other students’ desks, papers, and property.
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                 Acknowledgement of Parent & Student Handbook Form
By signing below, we acknowledge that we have reviewed the Christ the King School Parent & Student Handbook
that is posted on the school’s website. * We understand that the handbook contains important information about
the school, its administration, and the educational and disciplinary policies and procedures that the school
maintains in furtherance of its religious mission as part of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend.

We agree to follow all rules and guidelines imposed in the school by the school administration and/or the Diocese.
If we have any questions about the content of the handbook, we understand that it is our obligation to ask for
clarification. This Acknowledgement of Parent & Student Handbook Form is to be promptly returned to the school
                                                                                       th
after being signed by all parents of CKS students and all CKS students currently in 6-8 grade. Failure to read the
handbook and/or to sign and return this acknowledgement form shall not relieve us of the obligation to follow all
rules and guidelines that the school and the Diocese establish and shall not in any way impede or prevent the
school administration from operating the school consistent with those rules and guidelines.

* Families who do not have access to a computer may request a copy of the handbook from the school office.



Printed Parent Names: ____________________________________________________

                       ____________________________________________________

Parent Signatures: ________________________________________________________

                   ________________________________________________________


Printed Student Name: ____________________________________________________

Student Signature: ________________________________________________________

Printed Student Name: ____________________________________________________

Student Signature: ________________________________________________________

Printed Student Name: ____________________________________________________

Student Signature: ________________________________________________________


Date: ________________________________________

								
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