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					PARENT/STUDENT
   HANDBOOK
               2012-13

        St. Andrew School
395 Anton Street Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606
  Phone: 203.373.1552 FAX: 203.396.0378
        www.standrewbridgeport.org




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August 2012

Dear Parents and Students,

                “What greater work is there than training the mind and
                         forming the habits of the young?”
                                St. John Chrysostom

Welcome to the 2012-13 school year at St. Andrew School! In choosing St. Andrew
School, you have demonstrated a commitment to the values and philosophy of a Catholic
education.

The faculty and staff of your school look forward to working with you to promote
academic excellence and spiritual development in the context of the teachings of the
Catholic Church.

Together let us pray that God, who has begun this good work in us, may guide us to carry
it through to completion.


Sincerely,



Mrs. Maria J. O’Neill
Principal
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                                               St. Andrew School
         St. Andrew School is a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade Catholic Elementary School under the
Diocese of Bridgeport.
         St. Andrew School is one of six schools in the Cathedral Education Cluster. Students enter our
school from all areas of the City of Bridgeport and with unique educational needs. Our goal is to deepen
our love of God and develop a mutual respect for each other. St. Andrew School emphasizes the teaching
of Christian Doctrine to students and provides a wide range of experiences for parents, students and staff to
explore their living faith. The teaching staff accepts the responsibility to instruct and to provide
opportunities for each student to grow academically and spiritually. A wide range of programs, teaching
techniques, co-curricular and extracurricular activities are utilized to challenge and meet the needs of
students. Parents, students and staff working together as “God’s children” strive to achieve the very best
education for all students of St. Andrew School.
         The curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where the child feels
that he/she is loved and respected by his/her peers as well as the teacher. At St. Andrew, we are attempting
to "teach as Jesus did."
         The Diocesan curriculum guidelines and curriculum maps are followed for the teaching of all
secular subject areas. The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology.
We strive to offer a program which makes use of many sources of reading materials, a wide variety of
audio-visual and technology tools and a multi-text approach to the content areas.

St. Andrew Mission Statement
          The Mission of St. Andrew School is to provide students with a sound academic foundation rooted
in a strong Catholic tradition to enable them to develop, grow and succeed. We strive to instill Christian
values so that students may respect and care for each person and nature as God’s gifts. St. Andrew School
offers opportunities to explore physical, intellectual, social and spiritual selves so that students can take
their places as contributing members of the local and global communities.


Accreditation
        St. Andrew School is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Admission Information
Nondiscriminatory Policy
          St. Andrew School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the
rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its
educational policies, admissions policies, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
          As openings become available, the following priorities will be used to accept students to St.
Andrew School:
          1. Siblings of current students
          2. Members of St. Andrew Parish
          3. Members of other parishes
          4. Non-Catholic students

         Children entering Pre-K must be four (4) years of age by December 31st of the year they are
         beginning school.
         Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years of age by December 31st of the year they are
         beginning school.
         Students will be conditionally accepted into Pre-Kindergarten with full acceptance contingent on
         displayed readiness on the Pre-Kindergarten Brigance screening.
         Students will be conditionally accepted into Kindergarten with full acceptance contingent on
         displayed readiness on the Kindergarten Brigance screening.
         At the time of registration, all new students seeking admission to St. Andrew School are evaluated
on the basis of current standardized test scores and report cards. Students entering grades 5-8 may be asked
to supply letters of recommendation from their current school.


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Requirements include:
          *Verification of active parish affiliation/stewardship
          *Health Records
          *Birth Certificate (original)
          *Baptismal Certificate (Catholic applicants only)
          *Report Cards
          *Standardized Test Results
          *Record of IEP (if applicable)
          Students applying for Admission in Grades 1-8 must present a copy of the current report card and
standardized test results. These will be reviewed to determine whether the program at St. Andrew School
will meet the educational needs of the students. An interview with the student is part of the admission
process.
          Testing in some academic areas may be held for new incoming students in Grades 3-8.
          All new students will be given a trial period (one month) in which to prove himself/herself both
socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a parent may be asked to
withdraw his/her child’s attendance at St. Andrew School.
          Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of St. Andrew School will be accepted
on a space available basis.
Application Fee: (non-refundable)…………….$300.00


Parents’ Role in Education
           We, at St. Andrew School, consider it a privilege to work with parents in the education of children
because we believe parents are the primary educators of their children. Therefore, it is your right and your
duty to become the primary role models for the development of your child’s life---physically, mentally,
spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. Your choice of St. Andrew School involves a commitment
and exhibits a concern for helping your child to recognize God as the greatest good in his/her life.
           Good example is the strongest teacher. Your personal relationship with God, with each other, and
with the Church community will affect the way your child relates to God and others. Ideals taught in
school are not well rooted in the child unless these are nurtured by the example of good Catholic/Christian
morality and by an honest personal relationship with God in your family life.
           Once you have chosen to enter into a partnership with us at St. Andrew School, we trust you will
be loyal to this commitment. During these formative years (Pre-K to 8), your child needs constant support
from parents and faculty in order to develop his/her moral, intellectual, social, cultural, and physical
endowment. Neither parents nor teachers can afford to doubt the sincerity of the efforts of their educational
partner in the quest of challenging, yet nourishing, the student to reach his/her potential. It is vital that both
parents and teachers remember that allowing oneself to be caught between the student and the other partner
will never have positive results. To divide authority between school and home or within the home will only
teach disrespect of all authority. If there is an incident at school, you as parents must make investigation of
the complete story your first step. Evidence of mutual respect between parents and teachers will model
mature behavior and good relationships. If a problem surfaces, parents are requested to go to the teacher
first. If satisfaction is not achieved or further action needs to be taken, only then will the principal be
involved.
           Students are naturally eager to grow and learn. However, sometimes in the process of maturation
new interests may cause them to lose focus. As this natural process occurs, the students need both
understanding and discipline. At times, your children may perceive discipline as restrictive. However, it is
boundaries and limits which provide young persons with both guidance and security.
           It is essential that a child take responsibility for grades he/she has earned and be accountable for
homework, long-term assignments, major tests, service projects, and all other assignments. This
responsibility also extends to times of absence.
           Together, let us begin this year with a commitment to partnership as we support one another in
helping your child to become the best person he/she is capable of becoming.

Parents as Partners
         As partners in the educational process at St. Andrew School, we ask parents:
To set rules, times, and limits so that your child:


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      Gets to bed early on school nights;
      Arrives at school on time and is picked up on time at the end of the day;
      Is dressed according to the school dress code;
      Completes assignments on time; and
      Has lunch money or nutritional lunch every day.
To actively participate in school activities such as Parent-Teacher Conferences;
To support the policies addressed in this handbook as well as future amendments;
To keep the School informed, in writing, of changes pertaining to the child’s dismissal from school;
To see that the student pays for any damage to school books or property due to carelessness or neglect on
the part of the student;
To notify the school with a written note when the student has been absent or tardy;
To notify the school office of any changes of address or important phone numbers;
To meet all financial obligations to the school;
To inform the school of any special situation regarding the student’s well-being, safety, and health;
To complete and return to school any requested information promptly;
To read school notes and newsletters and to show interest in the student’s total education;
To support the religious and educational goals of the school;
To support and cooperate with the discipline policy of the school;
To make doctor/dental appointments out of school hours;
To treat teachers and staff with respect and courtesy in discussing student problems.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
        St. Andrew School Parent Teacher Organization is a vital part of the school’s mission. This
organization works to support and enhance the educational program of the school. Fund-raising, parent
education, and building community through social events for children, adults and families are goals of this
organization.

General Information
School Hours
       Pre-K – Grade 8:              7:45 am – 2:00 pm. Students not in their homeroom at 7:45 am are
                                     considered tardy.
         At St. Andrew School, we work in partnership with parents to enable each child to develop as an
independent learner. Parents should allow their child(ren) to enter the school building on their own each
morning. Parents must check in with the School Office if they wish to enter the school.
         The school doors are opened for students at 7:00 am. Students arriving at that time will go to the
Morning Program until 7:30 am when supervision begins. Families are billed weekly for this program.
         Regular dismissal time begins at 1:55pm with Pre-Kindergarten followed by the upper grades and
ends with bus riders. Early dismissal is usually 12 noon. Please check the school calendar and weekly
newsletter for early dismissal dates.
         Parents are to make arrangements for their child(ren) to arrive at school on time and be picked up
at dismissal time.
         St. Andrew School offers an After School Program from dismissal time until 5:30 pm and on
certain half days until 5:30 pm. Students not picked up by 2:15 pm will be sent to the After School
Program. Parents will be charged for using this program. Parents picking up after 5:30 pm are subject to
late fees. Failure to keep current with After- and Before-School Program fees may result in a loss of
privileges.

School Office Hours
        The school office is open on all school days from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. Summer hours will be
published at the end of the school year. Although the administration has an ‘open door’ policy, parents are
requested to make appointments to ensure proper time is allotted for a meeting.




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 Attendance
          A student’s absence from school interferes with his/her academic progress.
 Absence
          When a student is absent from school, a parent should call the office by 9:00 am each day of
 the absence. If the office does not receive a call, a parent will be contacted. This policy is for the
 protection of the St. Andrew students.
          Students may not attend any extracurricular activities or participate in any school events on the
 day of an absence. If a child goes home from school because of illness, he/she may not return to
 participate in a school sponsored event.
          A written statement giving reasons for the absence must be brought to the student’s teacher upon
 the student’s return. Should absence for any reason other than illness seem imperative, parents are
 requested to consult with the Principal and present a written reason for the absence.
          The school calendar provides for extended weekends throughout the school year. Parents are
 encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a
 child’s learning process. Missed assignments are the student’s responsibility.
          Students who are absent due to illness have one day for each day of absence to make up the
 missed assignments, quizzes or tests. For example, a student who was absent three days would be given
 three school days to complete the missed work.
          Students must be ‘fever-free’ for 24 hours before returning to school.
          When a student is absent for three or more days due to illness, a doctor’s note is required before
 the student may return to school. Parents may call the school office before 9:30 AM to arrange for
 homework assignments. Homework assignments may be picked up at the school office between 2:00–
 3:30 pm.
          For short absences, students should make arrangement with classmates regarding assignments.
 Students may also receive missed assignments from their teacher when they return to school.
 Arrangements for regular classroom tests missed because of an absence are to be made with the individual
 teachers. These tests must be taken within one week of the original test date.
          Teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments for absences due to
 vacations. Teachers are not obligated to provide assignments in anticipation of the vacation.
          Excessive absences (20 days) may be cause for a student to be retained in the current grade
 for another year.
          Students are marked TARDY if they enter the school after 7:45 am. Tardiness interferes with the
 beginning of the school day and every effort should be made for a child to report to school on time.
 Excessive unexcused tardies may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to: detention,
 Saturday School and DCF reporting.
*Students who enter the school building after 7:45am must be walked in by their parents/guardians who
need to sign them in.
If a student is tardy four times within a marking period, he/she will be given a Saturday School detention.
 *Revised 1/09


Absence During the School Day
         Students needing medical appointments during school hours require a written note by the parent.
 Parents are required to sign out their child. If the child returns to school during the same school day,
 he/she must be signed back into school in the office. Students who are away from school for an
 appointment for 3 hours or more will be counted as absent for the day. Parents are encouraged to make
 appointments outside of normal school hours.

Academic Information
Curriculum
        The Diocesan curriculum guidelines are followed for the teaching of all subject areas.
        St. Andrew School offers students opportunities for growth in the following major subjects:
Religion
        Catholic doctrine and tradition, Bible study, Social Justice, preparation for the reception of the
Sacraments of Reconciliation, and Eucharist. Masses are held on the First Friday of each month for the




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 entire school community as well as other published times. Parents are invited to attend. Students in Grades
 5 and 8 take the ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis of Religious Education) Test in May.
 Literacy
          Reading, English, Spelling, Vocabulary, Composition, Library Skills, and Appreciation of
 Literature.
 Mathematics
          Mathematics Skills, Concepts, Estimation Problem Solving, and Algebra I for selected eighth
 grade students.
 Physical Education
          Students are offered Gym each week. Students wear their gym uniforms on their specified gym
 days. Students in Grades 5-8 travel to the Shehan Center on Mondays. Students in Grades Pre-K – 4 have
 gym here at school on Tuesdays.
 Spanish
          Students are offered Spanish once each week in grades PK-5 and twice each week for grades 6-8.
 Vocabulary, common expressions, grammar, conversation, and culture are presented at an age-appropriate
 level.
 Social Studies
          History, Geography, Economics, Connecticut History, and Current Events are all components of
 the curriculum.
 Science
          General Sciences and Laboratory Experiences with practical applications are the emphasis of the
 science program.
 Handwriting
          Students in Grades 3 through 8 are expected to submit all handwritten work in cursive. Students in
 Grades 1 through 5 receive a Handwriting grade on their report cards.
 Fine Arts
          Music and Art are offered on a weekly basis. Band is offered as an additional program and carries
 a fee.
 Computer Literacy
          Microsoft Office, Graphic Arts, Internet Research and Integration with Curricular Subjects are the
 goals of the Computer Literacy program.
 Grading Scale
The grading system for the Diocese of Bridgeport shall be as follows:
                                A      94-100         D       66-69
                                A-    90-93
                                B+     87-89          F       65 and below
                                B      84-86
                                B-     80-83          S       Satisfactory,
                                                         all factors considered.
                                C+     77-79
                                C      74-76          U       Unsatisfactory,
                                C-     70-73             all factors considered.

Report Cards/Progress Reports
        Report Cards are important tools for communication. Report Cards will be given four (4) times
during the academic school year or every ten (10) weeks. Students in Pre-K receive a progress report two
times during the school year. Students in Kindergarten receive three Report Cards, beginning in January.
Students will not receive a report card if the family’s tuition balance is two or more months behind or an
outstanding Before- or After-School Program balance.
        Progress Reports will be given mid-way between each ten-week grading period. All students in
Grades 1-8 receive Progress Reports.

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
        Two Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are held each year. Conference schedules are prepared
and issued by the school office well in advance of the scheduled date. Parents requiring additional
conferences during the school year may make arrangements with the individual teachers.


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Student Records
        St. Andrew School adheres to the Buckley Amendment (Family Education Rights and Privacy)
regarding access to student records. Parents requesting records/transcripts/recommendations must make a
written request to the School Office. Please allow three school days for the request. All forms should be
submitted to the St. Andrew School Office for distribution. Completed forms will be sent via the U.S.
Mail. Special handling will require that all postal fees be paid by the parents.
No records will be sent to transferring schools of students whose financial commitment is in arrears.

Testing
      The Terranova tests will be given to students. Further information will be sent to parents. The
ACRE Test (Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education) is given to students in Grades 5 and 8.
      Students in Grades 6-8 may be given a maximum of three quizzes or tests per day.

 Awards
GRADE REPORTS AND HONORS*
- High Honors: (Grades 6-8) No grade lower than an A- including 1’s and 2’s in conduct and effort. All
   subjects are included in calculating High Honors.
- Honors: (Grades 6-8) No grade lower than a B- including nothing lower than a 2 in conduct and effort.
   All subjects are included in calculating Honors.
*D.O.B. Policy 7/03
- Good Work Awards: (Grades 1-3) For any student achieving A’s and B’s and 1’s and 2’s in conduct
   and effort and Skills.
- Achievement Awards: (Grades 4 and 5) For any student achieving A’s and B’s and 1’s and 2’s in
   conduct and effort and Skills.


Bus Policy
         St. Andrew School students are subject to the rules and regulations issued by the Bridgeport Board
of Education. Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned. No requests for bus transfers will
be honored. If a bus returns to school because of a child’s behavior, he/she will AUTOMATICALLY be
suspended from the bus for 5 (five) school days. The administration reserves the right to suspend bus
privileges at any time for misconduct or conduct that jeopardizes the safety of the children.

Counselor
        St. Andrew School does not employ a school counselor. Recommendations for counseling may be
 made from the administration.

Promotion Policy and Retention Policy
         Advancement to the next grade in St. Andrew School is based on a student’s daily performance,
test results, recommendations of teachers, and the student’s ability to complete work successfully on a
more advanced level.
         Promotion to the next grade depends on successful completion of all subject areas. If the child has
failed one of more subjects for the year, the administration will require remediation. Remediation may
include counseling, the repetition of a grade, tutoring, or summer school as requirement for promotion
when, after conferences with teachers and parents, it is believed that such action will better prepare the
student academically or emotionally for the next grade.
         Students may also be ADVANCED to the next grade. A student who is advanced to another grade
may or may not be allowed to continue as a student at St. Andrew School. This determination is made by
the administration on a case-by-case basis.


Academic Probation
        A student whose academic performance indicates serious deficiencies may be placed on academic
probation for a period of time determined by the administration. Student progress will be tracked and




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weekly communication will be sent home. Students on probation may not participate in extra-curricular
activities.

 Homework
          Homework enriches the knowledge of the subject. It develops in students a sense of responsibility
and reinforces what has been accomplished in the classrooms. Parents are expected to make a plan of home
study conducive to their child’s needs. Nightly homework is the policy of St. Andrew School. The
following guide is based on time needed for both written assignments and studying. Departmental teachers
should confer so that homework, tests, and long-range assignments are coordinated. Weekend assignments
are at the discretion of each teacher. Students enrolled in Algebra may expect weekend assignments.
                                               Grades Pre-K and K – As necessary
                                               Grades 1 and 2 – 30 minutes
                                               Grades 3 and 4 – 1 hour
                                               Grades 5 and 6 – 1 ½ hours
                                               Grades 7 and 8 – 2 hours
- In grades 1-8, each teacher decides on his/her own policy for missed homework. Repeated offenses
     may result lower grades, suspension or recommendation for expulsion.
- Papers and/or assignment notebooks to be signed will be determined by the individual teacher.

Homework Policy Due to Illness
         Students are responsible for all missed work due to absences. When a student is absent for three
or more days, a parent may call the school office before 9:30 am to arrange for homework assignments.
Homework assignments may be picked up at the school office between 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.
         For short absences, students should make arrangements with classmates regarding assignments.
Students may also receive missed assignments from their teacher when they return to school.
         Students will be allowed one day for each day of absence due to illness. For example, a student
who was absent three days should be given three school days to complete the missed work.

Library
         The school has a well-equipped automated library. Students are encouraged to use the library for
curricular enrichment and pleasure reading. Borrowed books are to be returned on time and in good
condition.


Field Trips
    1. Field trips are designed to correlate with teaching units and to achieve curricular goals.
    2. All grades do not always have the same number of field trips.
    3. Field trips are permissible for all grades when advanced planning, location, and the experience
         insure a successful learning opportunity.
    4. Individual teachers, in consultation with the Administration, reserve the right to restrict or deny
         student participation on any field trip due to, but not limited to, poor academic performance and/or
         poor conduct.
    5. Students not participating are expected to attend school or will be marked absent.
    6. A written official permission slip, signed by the parent, is required before a child will be
         permitted to attend a field trip activity. Verbal permission or a letter from parent cannot be
         accepted.
    7. A telephone call will not be accepted in lieu of the proper field trip permission slip.
    8. Parents may refuse to permit their child from participating in a field trip by stating so on the
         proper form.
    9. Students who are participating in the field trip must ride the bus to and from the field trip with
         their class. Students not on the bus may not participate in the field trip and will be counted absent
         for the day.
    10. All money collected for the field trip is non-refundable.
    11. Cell phones are not allowed on field trips unless otherwise directed by the teacher and/or
         administration.
    12. Money raised toward a trip will not be refunded if a student does not participate.


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    13. Parents are expected to be on time for pick-up at the conclusion of the field trip.
    14. Parents may be invited to chaperone if they are Virtus trained and there is room on the bus.
        Chaperones are expected to assume supervision for children assigned to them. Parents are strongly
        discouraged from driving to a field trip to accompany the children.
    15. Siblings not enrolled in St. Andrew School may not participate in field trips.

 Sacramental Program/Weekly Mass Participation
          The sacramental life of the children of the Catholic tradition is an important component of the
religion program at St. Andrew School. Preparations for two sacraments, Reconciliation and Eucharist,
form the core of our efforts in Grade 2. However, parents must have the child registered in the parish in
which the sacraments are received. In accordance with the diocesan guidelines, candidates for First
Eucharist will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist.
          Parents are required to be active partners in the preparation of their children for these sacraments.
The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are only conferred to students baptized in the Roman
Catholic tradition.
          Our school community attends Mass every Friday morning. Following guidelines from the
Church, only children who have received their First Holy Communion will receive the Body of Christ.
Parents are asked to discuss this with their children. Teachers are provided with a list of students who are
able to receive Communion. Students who choose to receive the Body of Christ and have not received their
Communion, will be counseled by the parish priest and the administration.

Lunch Program
         Saint Andrew School offers a hot lunch program every day. Meals are prepared through the
services of outside vendors. All lunch orders are made in advance. The Snack Bar is open daily and offers
snacks, ice cream and beverages. Students may choose to bring their lunch each day. We are not able to
heat up lunches brought from home. Students should not bring glass bottles, soft drinks or candy. Parents
should not bring lunches from carry-out restaurants.
         Due to serious allergies among our students, St. Andrew School is NUT FREE. Food items
containing nuts or prepared in a facility in which nuts are used are not permitted to be brought to school.
Your cooperation and adherence to this policy is expected and appreciated. Students are expected to use the
same manners required in the classroom during lunch. Courtesy toward other students and cooperation
with lunch monitors are in order at all times. Students are not permitted to bring food outside.

Uniform and Dress Code
          Uniform components (pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, blouses, shirts, vests, and sweaters) may be
purchased through Blake’s Uniform in Stratford.
          All students (K through 8) must be in uniform every day. Kindergarten students wear the gym
uniform every day. There will be out-of-uniform days which will be announced during the course of the
school year (a dress code for such days is included in this section). If there is a time when the prescribed
uniform cannot for some legitimate reason be worn, a note from the parent/guardian must be written to the
Principal. Students who are out of uniform may be sent to the office and the parent may be called to bring
the proper clothing.
          St. Andrew School gym clothes are ordered through the school only. Gym uniforms are offered for
sale on the first Sunday of each month in the school library.
          Students are not permitted to deface their uniforms.


Uniform Guidelines
          Dress shoes (navy, black, or brown) are required at all times except for P.E. classes. No sandal,
no open-back shoes, or any type shoe which resembles a tennis shoe, no boots or hi-top shoes, and no
shoes with a heel over 1 and 1/2 inches (measured from the back exterior of the shoe) are permitted.
          All students – hair should be neat with bangs above the eyebrows. Boy’s hair should be above
and not touch the shirt collar and trimmed around the ears. Scrunchies, hair clips, rubber bands, etc. must
be in the hair, not worn on wrists. Hair coloring, bleaching, decorative or extreme styles are not
permitted.




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          No cosmetics, lip gloss, colored chapstick, nail polish, or artificial nails may be worn. No tattoos
of any kind. No Hologram contact lenses.
          No body piercing except pierced ears. Girls may wear one pair of post earrings. Boys may not
wear earrings of any type. Jewelry should be limited to one watch, one ring and simple crosses or holy
medals on a narrow silver or gold chain.
          Watches with a beeping device should be disconnected during the school day. Watches that beep
will be taken away and may be claimed on the last day of the school year.
          During the winter months girls may wear their gym sweatpants under their uniform during arrival,
recess, and dismissal. However, pajama style pants may not be worn at any time.
          The uniform should be clean and pressed with all buttons attached and hem intact. Shirt tails
should be tucked in while a student is in school. Belts must be worn at all times when a shirt is tucked into
pants or shorts with belt loops. Belts may brown or black.
          Brownie/Scout Uniforms – Students may wear the scout uniforms on meeting days.
          Students who repeatedly violate the uniform policy will be denied participation in the next
out-of-uniform day or will serve a detention.

St. Andrew School Dress Code

Kindergarten:              Students wear the St. Andrew Gym Uniform* and sneakers every day.

Grades 1-4:                Boys:              Navy Pants
                                              Yellow polo shirt (long or short sleeve)
                                              Solid black or brown shoes
                                              Gym Uniform* and sneakers on Tuesdays
                                              Navy walking shorts (from Blakes) for Summer Uniform
                           Girls:             Plaid jumper
                                              Yellow polo shirt (long or short sleeve)
                                              Solid black or brown shoes (no heel)
                                              Gym Uniform* and sneakers on Tuesdays
                                              Navy walking shorts (from Blakes) for Summer Uniform
Grade 5:                   Boys:              Navy Pants with solid black or brown belt
                                              Navy polo shirt (Summer Uniform only)
                                              Light Blue/White Oxford shirt and tie**
                                              Solid black or brown shoes
                                              Gym Uniform* on Mondays
                           Girls:             Plaid skirt
                                              Navy polo shirt (Summer Uniform only)
                                              Light Blue/White Oxford shirt
                                              Navy pants (Nov – Feb only)
                                              Solid black or brown shoes (no heel)
                                              Gym Uniform* on Mondays
Grades 6-8:                Boys:              Khaki or Navy dress pants with solid black or brown belt
                                              Light Blue polo (Summer Uniform only)
                                              Light Blue/White Oxford shirt and tie**
                                              Solid black or brown shoes
                                              Gym Uniform* on Mondays
                           Girls:             Plaid skirt/Navy skort/Khaki skort
                                              Light Blue polo (Summer Uniform only)
                                              Light Blue/White Oxford shirt
                                              Khaki/Navy pants (Nov- Feb only)
                                              Solid black or brown shoes (no heel)
                                              Gym Uniform* on Mondays
*Gym uniforms sold on the First Sunday of each month in the school library or request an order form
through the office. Only St. Andrew t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts and sweatpants permitted for gym.

**School tie required for boys in Grades 5, 6 & 7. Boys in Grade 8 may wear any appropriate tie.


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All pants must be dress pants. “Cargo” style pants are not permitted. Shorts are not part of the uniform for
students in Grades 5-8, except as part of the gym uniform.

All boys wear dark or solid white socks. Girls wear solid white or navy ankle or knee socks. Girls in Grade
8 may wear any appropriate socks.

Out-of-Uniform Guidelines (Dress Down Days)
Students may wear:
*jeans
*tennis shoes
*short socks
*shorts no shorter than three inches above the knee
*skirts no shorter than three inches above the knee
*skorts
*sweatshirts
*jogging suits
*jewelry (uniform rules apply)
*dresses
*slacks
Students may not wear:
*flip-flop sandals
*open back shoes
*tank tops
*T-shirts with inappropriate writing
*tennis shoes that convert to roller skates
*biker shorts
*pajama pants
*make-up
*hats
*tight or revealing clothing

Good Rule: If you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t.
ALL UNIFORM REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO THE DISCRETION OF
                                       THE PRINCIPAL.

Medication
         If a child must take any medication in school which is prescribed by a doctor, we must have the
authorization form signed by the doctor and the medication must be sent to the School Nurse in the
container received from the pharmacy and must have on its label the following information:
     a. Child’s name
     b. Name of doctor prescribing the child’s medicine
     c. Frequency
     d. Dose
     e. Date
     All non-prescription medication (cough drops, lip balm, etc.) should be taken to the School Nurse
     with the following information:
          a. Child’s name
          b. Frequency
          c. Dose
          d. Date

Gifts/Invitations
         Students should not exchange individual gifts at school. This gesture only creates hurt feelings
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       Invitations for slumber parties or birthday parties should be sent to the homes of students via the
U.S. Mail unless an invitation is being given to every student in the entire grade.


Birthday Observances
         Students in Grades K through Grade 8 may come to school dressed out-of-uniform on their
birthday or half-birthday. In addition, birthday treats may be brought to school for students. ‘Goodie
Bags’ are not permitted. Parents are not encouraged to be present to distribute treats. Parents are to contact
the classroom teacher prior to sending anything to celebrate a child’s birthday.

Conduct
          In accordance with the stated philosophy of the school, which emphasizes deep respect for the
human dignity and uniqueness of every individual, each student will be considerate of the rights of others
in all interactions. All students are expected to cooperate with the spirit and policies of the school which
are designed to foster mature development and personal responsibility. This requires courtesy in all
personal relationships, promptness in fulfilling obligations, concern for the environment, and many other
factors which the students’ sense of appropriateness will indicate to them. The use of profanity is
prohibited.
          The Principal reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of an action if any doubt arises.
          Items such as, but not limited to, questionable books and pictures, white-out, knives, guns,
matches, cigarettes, radios, toys, trading cards, pagers, laser lights, palm pilots, CDs, iPods or other mp3
players, or anything that will detract from a learning situation, are not allowed at school at any time. The
school Administration, in accordance with state laws, will determine the appropriate disciplinary measures
to be taken concerning the presence of these items in the school. Items taken away from students will
be returned directly to the parent(s)/guardian(s).


Please see attached Code of Conduct for additional information.

General Regulations
At all times and in all places, students are expected to be respectful and polite. Demonstrations of negative
attitudes toward adults or other students will not be tolerated.

In addition, students are expected to:
     1. Follow directions the first time they are given;
     2. Keep hands, feet, and belongings to oneself;
     3. Raise one’s hand to speak, and wait for the teacher to respond;
     4. Walk;
     5. Speak in quiet tones;
     6. Pick up after oneself, putting trash and belongings where they belong;
     7. Behave appropriately in the bathrooms.

Detention
        Classroom Detention, one half hour in length, may be given for:
            1. Being unprepared for class/not having the necessary supplies;
            2. Failure to return signed papers/forms/weekly mail envelopes;
            3. Violation of classroom routine, as determined by the teacher.
        School Detention, one half hour in length, will be given for:
            1. Violation of the dress code;
            2. Chewing gum;
            3. Eating in class or at inappropriate times;
            4. Wandering the building without a pass;
            5. Violating school rules
        School Detention, one hour in length, will be given for:
            1. Showing defiance or disrespect toward any staff member;
            2. Showing disrespect toward another student;


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             3. Creating a disturbance in the classroom or anywhere on school property;
             4. Repeatedly not completing classwork
             5. Throwing a temper tantrum.
School detentions will be held each Wednesday.

Any student receiving a detention will receive a Detention Notice and at least 24 hours’ notice. The
parent/guardian is required to sign the Detention Notice and return it to the issuing teacher the following
school day. The issuing teacher is required to follow up on any Detention Notice s/he gives. Verbal
permission is NOT acceptable for a student to stay. The parent/guardian is responsible for the
transportation of the student serving detention. If the student is not picked up promptly after detention, s/he
will be sent to the After School Program and the parent/guardian will be assessed the appropriate fee.
Failure to serve a detention will result in a conference with the Principal, the issuing teacher and the
parent/guardian. The student will then be assigned double the detention time.

*Detention
Any student who skips two school detentions will be referred to the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Office for
Education.
Any student who receives four school detentions or two Saturday School detentions will receive an out-of-
school suspension for one day.
*Revised 1/09

Conduct Referral
For more serious infractions, or a pattern of non-compliance, the student will receive a Conduct Referral.
The Conduct Referral will include an automatic one hour School Detention, will be sent home to be signed
by the parent/guardian, and will be returned the following day to the issuing teacher. A copy of the Conduct
Referral will be placed in the student’s file.
A Conduct Referral will be given for:
     1. Continued disrespect or defiance toward any staff member;
     2. Bullying behavior;
     3. A second School Detention offense in one month;
     4. Defacing school property or the property of others (Restitution will be required);
     5. Cheating, stealing, lying, forging a parent/guardian/teacher signature;
     6. Leaving school premises without permission;
     7. Misbehavior during Church services/prayer or assemblies;
     8. Using profane language or gestures;
     9. Threatening another student through the computer;
     10. Possession or use of laser pointers or other dangerous items;
     11. Possession or use of personal electronics in the classroom without teacher permission (such items
         will taken away from the student and returned only to the parent/guardian).
If and when warranted, a student will be removed from the school pending a meeting with the
parent/guardian.

Saturday School
Saturday School will be held on designated Saturdays, 9 am– 10 am. Students will be required to attend
Saturday School, in uniform, for:
     1. Any physical violence towards another student, including defense;
     2. A pattern of bullying behaviors;
     3. A pattern of disrespect toward other members of the school community;
     4. A second Conduct Referral within a marking period;
     5. Three detentions for the same offense in one month;
     6. Multiple detentions in one week.
Should a second Saturday School attendance be necessary, a parent/guardian will be required to attend with
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Suspension
When situations occur which are detrimental to the safety of the children, or hinder the learning process
and growth and development of Christian values, suspension from the school/classroom becomes
necessary.

Suspension at St. Andrew School will be held out of school. Parents/guardians will be notified of the
offense and punishment in writing, and will be required to meet with the Principal to discuss the situation
and its resolution. Students who receive an out-of-school suspension will not be allowed on school property
or attend school events during the time of their suspension. Students must complete all class work and tests
from the days of suspension but failing grades will be recorded for this work. Out-of-school suspensions
will last from one to three days, dependent upon the offense.

Discipline                                                                    4016
(Practices/Procedures)
    The primary goal of any disciplinary code is self-discipline: enabling the student to internalize
 Catholic values and principles and to behave in accordance with those values and principles. Each
 student has the right to learn in a safe, caring, Catholic environment. This right must be respected
                                             and safeguarded.
  The Diocese of Bridgeport has a published Student Code of Conduct (Practices/Procedures) which
     outlines specific behavioral expectations and consequences to be used as a guideline for each
     individual school’s own discipline policy. Additionally, the following guidelines apply to all:

    1.   A teacher should never dismiss a pupil from the classroom for a disciplinary reason without
         notifying the principal.

    2.   A student must be accompanied by school personnel when dismissed from class.

    3.   On the rare occasion when it is necessary to remove a student from the school for part of a school
         day, the principal will resolve the situation and notify the parents/guardians.

    4.   Direct supervision of a pupil who is being disciplined is the responsibility of the teacher or
         principal and is required in all cases. Placement in corridors, closets, or corners is never
         acceptable.

    5.   The use of corporal punishment is forbidden.

    6.   Discipline records shall be maintained.                          (Practices/Procedures)

    7.   Bullying of a student by another student is forbidden. (Practices/Procedures)


Bullying Policy
Bullying is prohibited in all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. It must not be tolerated during
the school day nor during any school sponsored activities on or off the school grounds. Bullying and
intimidation are actions that are contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ. This behavior is against the
fundamental tenet of “love your neighbor as yourself,” and destroys respect for the dignity of the student,
undermines the Christian atmosphere of the school and deprives the student of a safe and caring learning
environment.

Bullying is defined as any overt acts by a student or a group of students directed against another student
with the intent to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate the other student while on school grounds or at a school
sponsored activity where acts against are repeated against the same student over time. Bullying includes
physical intimidation or assault, extortion, oral or written threats, teasing, putdowns, name calling,
threatening looks, gestures or actions, cruel rumors, false accusations, and social isolation.




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    1.   Students may report acts of bullying anonymously and each school shall set up a procedure for
         such reporting and publicize the procedure. Each school shall also set up a procedure so that
         parents/guardians of students may make written reports of acts of bullying.

    2.   Any school that receives an anonymous report from a student, or a written report by a
         parent/guardian shall investigate such report. Any student who retaliates against another for
         reporting bullying may be subject to the consequences listed below.



Investigation Procedures
Upon learning about a bullying incident, the administrator or his/her designee shall thoroughly investigate
the circumstances. This investigation may include interviews with students, parents, and school staff,
review of school records, and identification of parent and family issues.

Bullying incidents that demand in school/out of school suspension shall be reported to the respective
Deputy Superintendent (elementary schools) or Superintendent (high schools).


Consequences/Intervention
If it is concluded that an act of bullying has occurred, the parents/guardians of the student who committed
such acts, and the parents/guardians of students against whom such acts were directed shall be notified.
Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the result of the investigation and may include
a parent conference, professional counseling, detention, suspension, and expulsion. Depending on the
severity of the incident, or the series of incidents, the administrator may also take appropriate steps to
ensure student safety. These may include implementing a safety plan, separating and supervising the
students involved, providing staff support for students when necessary, reporting incidents to law
enforcement if appropriate, and developing a supervision plan with the parents.

Off-Campus Conduct
         The administration of St. Andrew School reserves the right to discipline its students for off-
campus behavior that is not in line with behavior expectations of its students during the course of the
school day. This includes, but is not limited to, sports events and social activities.

Cheating/Forgery
        Cheating of any type will not be tolerated. Students who choose to cheat face a failing grade,
detention or suspension. Students who allow another student to cheat are also subject to a failing grade,
detention or suspension. Internet plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Students who forge their parents’
signatures will be subject to detention or suspension.

Detention
        Detention may be issued for a breach of classroom and/or school rules. Parents are provided with
a Detention Form with written notification of the detention. The day, date, and time of the detention are at
the discretion of the teacher who monitors the detention. Detention takes precedence over
appointments, practices, lessons, ballgames, etc.

Expulsion
       Expulsion is an extremely serious matter. Students who pose a threat to themselves or to others
may be expelled from St. Andrew School. Decisions for expulsion are made following consultation with
the Superintendent of Schools.

 Returning to School After Dismissal
         Students are not permitted to return to the school building after dismissal unless accompanied by a
teacher. Students who choose to return to school after dismissal without a teacher face detention,
suspension, or expulsion.



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School Safety/Harassment or Bullying
         St. Andrew School provides a safe environment for all individuals. Verbal or written threats made
against the physical or emotional well-being of any individual are taken very seriously and will be
reported to proper authorities. Students making such threats (seriously, in jest, or online) face detention,
suspension, and/or expulsion.
         Harassment of any type is not tolerated. The Principal investigates all complaints of harassment.
Students involved in harassing behavior face detention, suspension, and/or expulsion.
         Engagement in online blogs such as, but not limited to, Facebook, MySpace.com®, Xanga®,
Friendster®, etc. may result in disciplinary actions if the content of the student’s blog includes defamatory
comments regarding the school, the faculty, other students or the parish. No pictures depicting the school
or school uniform may be posted on these sites. The administration reserves the right to monitor
student activity on these sites.
         Irresponsible horseplay (or ‘fooling around’) will be treated as violations of school policy.

Drugs and Alcohol
        Students who possess drugs and/or alcohol at school or at any school function face suspension
and/or expulsion.

Title IX
         St. Andrew School adheres to the tenets of Title IX: “No person in the United States shall, on the
basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination
under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Child Abuse Laws
       St. Andrew School abides by the Child Abuse laws of the State of Connecticut. This law
mandates that all cases of suspected abuse and/or neglect be reported to the Department of Children and
Families.

Volunteers
         Volunteers are welcome to participate in all activities. All volunteers MUST have Virtus
certification and provide the school with a copy of their card. Volunteers have an obligation to respect the
privacy of students and staff and observe the confidential nature of school business.

Home-School Communication
        In order to insure that all communication from school reaches home in a timely manner, St.
Andrew School email weekly communication to an email address provided. Parents are required to view
the materials weekly. If you need hard copies of the mail, please request that in the office. Non custodial
parents may request this information to be mailed to them. Parents are responsible for the information that
is made available to our school families.

School Property
         Students are expected to respect all property. The parent of a child who carelessly destroys or
damages any furniture, equipment, buildings, or anyone’s personal property will be obligated to pay the
full amount of repairs and labor or replacement. Textbooks distributed to the student must have a proper
book cover. No writing in textbooks is permitted. Students in grades 3 – 8 must have a Textbook
Inventory on file. The student will pay a fine or replacement for damaged or lost texts before any final
reports, transcripts, or diplomas are presented.

Lockers
        Each student is assigned a locker or cubby in which to store clothing and textbooks. In order to
maintain a quiet atmosphere for class, students are allowed to go to their lockers only at specified times.
The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time. Lockers may not be decorated inside or out.
Locks are not permitted. The faculty and administration reserve the right to inspect the contents of any
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Transfer of Students
       Notice of withdrawal of a student should be made by the parent in writing to the Principal in
advance of the withdrawal date. This enables the school to prepare necessary information and settle
accounts. No student records will be forwarded to another school until Business Office accounts
have been settled. (See previous section on Student Records for transcript information.)

Office Records
        Parents/Guardians are required to notify the School Office in writing of any change of address,
home telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, business phone numbers and/or phone numbers of
emergency contacts. This will guarantee that office records are accurate, complete, and up-to-date.

Telephone
         Permission to use the telephone must be obtained from the school secretary. The office phone is a
business phone and students are permitted to use it only in case of an emergency. Forgotten homework,
athletic equipment, etc. do not constitute emergencies. Arrangements for after-school visits with friends
should be made at home. Students will never be denied access to a telephone and therefore cell phones are
not permitted during the school day or on school property.

Cell Phones/Electronics
         Students must register their cell phones with the school office. All phones and electronics are to be
off and turned into the office during the school day. Students may not use their cell phones or electronics
at any time while in school, including dismissal time. Students who disregard the policy and use their
phones or electronics during the day face disciplinary action, will have them confiscated, and the phones
or electronics will be returned only to the parent. Students who text during school will automatically
receive a Conduct Referral.

 Service Projects
         All grades participate in service projects throughout the year. The purpose of this program is to
provide students with the opportunity to make a difference in our school and surrounding communities
through various service and support programs. Students in Grade 8 must complete fifteen (15) hours of
community service as a graduation requirement. Students may complete their hours with school personnel
and must make those arrangements directly with the person with whom they are working.

Emergency Drills
        State Law requires that fire drills be held periodically. During the fire drills, students should
follow these regulations:
     1. Rise in silence when the alarm sounds;
     2. Close windows and doors;
     3. Walk to the assigned place briskly, in single file at all times, and in silence;
     4. Return to building when signal is given.

Crisis Plan
        St. Andrew School has implemented a “crisis plan” in case of a lockdown emergency. All
teachers and staff are aware of the procedures to follow to keep your children safe. In the event of such an
emergency, circumstances permitting, the building will be evacuated and students will be moved to one of
two secure designated locations:
             1. St. Andrew Church
             2. The athletic fields behind the rectory.

Weather Emergencies
       If it should be necessary to close the school because of weather conditions, an announcement will
be made over local television and radio stations. St. Andrew School follows the decisions made by the
Bridgeport Public Schools. If school is delayed, we begin at 9:15 am.




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Lost and Found
        Any items found in the school building or on the school grounds should be given to the school
secretary to be placed in the Lost and Found. Items placed in the Lost and Found remain there for 30
days. After 30 days, items are donated to charity. Please put your child’s name in every piece of
clothing!!!


Food Allergy Policy
         St. Andrew School recognizes that life threatening food allergies are an important condition
affecting many school children and positively welcomes all pupils with food allergies. St. Andrew School
is NUT FREE. In order to minimize the incidence of life threatening allergic reactions, St. Andrew School
will maintain a system-wide procedure for addressing life threatening allergic reactions and maintain an
Emergency Action Plan for any student(s) whose parent/guardian, and physicians have informed the school
in writing that the student(s) has a potentially life threatening allergy.

Training
         In order to minimize the incidence of life threatening allergic reactions, St. Andrew School will
provide training and education for all St. Andrew School staff. In conjunction with the student’s
parent/guardian and primary care provider and/or allergist the school will maintain an Emergency Action
Plan for any student identified with a potentially life-threatening allergy.
         The training will be provided to ALL school employees (including office staff, food service staff,
etc.), and will include (but not be limited to):
A description/definition of severe allergies and a discussion of the most common food, medication, latex
and stinging insect allergies.
The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.
The correct use of an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen).
Specific steps to follow in the event of an emergency.
Activating Emergency Medical Response - Dial 911.
Location of emergency EpiPen.
Policy and procedure will be reviewed at the beginning of every school year.

Procedures for Life Threatening Allergy Issues

Notifications
The school nurse will be responsible for notifying classroom teachers about the nature of the life
threatening allergies faced by students. This notification will include an explanation of the severity of the
health threat, a description of the signs and symptoms to be aware of and what allergen (food, materials,
etc.) to avoid.

Classrooms
         Teachers must be familiar with the Emergency Action Plan of students in their classes and respond
to emergencies as per the emergency protocol documented in the Emergency Action Plan.
         In the event of a suspected allergic reaction (where there is no known allergic history), the school
nurse will be called and the school’s Emergency Response Plan activated. The emergency medical
services will be called immediately.
         The classroom will have easy communication with the school nurse by such means as functioning
telephone, walkie-talkie or cell phone.
         Information will be kept about students’ food allergies in the classroom and in the substitute
emergency folder, accessible by teachers, substitutes or other responsible adults.
         All teachers, aides and substitutes will be educated about the risk of food allergies.
         A parent or guardian of a student with food allergies is responsible for providing all food for
his/her own child. Snacks will be kept in a separate snack box or chest provided by the parent or guardian.
         Tables will be washed with soap and water following any food related events held in the
classroom.
         Sharing or trading food in the class will be prohibited.




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             Proper hand cleaning techniques will be taught and encouraged before and after the
     handling/consumption of food.
             In the classroom, a “nut-free” table will be established and maintained as an option for students
     with peanut allergies.



     Right to Amend

             St. Andrew School reserves the right to amend this Handbook. Notice of amendments will be sent
     to parents via the Wednesday email communication.
                                       Docese of Bridgeport
                                     Student Code of Conduct

            Behavior                                          Grades K - 8 Consequences
Any Behavior That Communicates         1st and Subsequent Offenses:
a Failure to Give Due Honor to               parent or guardian notification with consequences determined on a
God, Holy Persons, and Holy                     case-by-case basis
Things

Misbehavior at Mass or Other           1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Liturgical Functions                         disciplinary conference with administrator with consequences
                                                determined on a case-by-case basis
                                             potential suspension
                                             parent or guardian notification
                                             exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                                period of time determined by administrator
Sacrilege, Including Blasphemous       1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Speech, Actions, Entertainment,              disciplinary conference with administrator, consequences determined
Etc.                                            on a case-by-case basis
                                             potential suspension
                                             potential expulsion
                                             parent or guardian notification
                                             Superintendent notification
                                             exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                                period of time determined by administrator
Failure to Respect Religious           1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Differences                                  parent or guardian notification with consequences determined on a
                                                case-by-case basis
                                             exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                                period of time determined by administration




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Bus Misconduct                      1st Offense:
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator
                                          potential bus seat assignment
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                    2nd Offense:
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          bus seat assignment
                                    3rd and Subsequent Offenses:
                                          potential suspension of bus privileges for up to 5 days
                                          potential disciplinary action
Inappropriate Physical Contact      1st Offense:
(Pushing, Shoving Another Student         disciplinary conference with administrator
– no “serious” physical injury            parent or guardian notification
occurs)                             2nd and Subsequent Offenses:
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          loss of privileges up to 3 days (recess, co-curricular activities, field
                                             trips, etc.)
                                          potential detention, conduct referral
Verbal Assault or Threatening       1st Offense:
Physical                                  disciplinary conference with administrator, consequences determined
Harm                                         on a case-by-case basis
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                    2nd and Subsequent Offenses:
                                          potential suspension
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                             period of time determined by administrator

Possession and/or use of Tobacco,   1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Smoking Paraphernalia                     parent or guardian notification with consequences determined on a
                                             case-by-case basis
Hazing                              1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator with consequences
                                             determined on a case-by-cases basis
                                          potential up to 2 days suspension
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                          potential expulsion
                                          exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                             period of time determined by administrator
Bullying                            1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator, consequences determined
                                             on a case-by-case basis
                                          potential suspension
                                          potential expulsion
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          Superintendent notification
                                          exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                             period of time determined by administrator




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Sexual Harassment/Sexual              1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Misconduct                                  administrator investigation as per diocesan policy
                                            potential suspension
                                            parent or guardian notification
                                            potential expulsion
                                            Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                            exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                               period of time determined by administrator
Fighting                              1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                            disciplinary conference with administrator
                                            potential suspension
                                            parent or guardian notification
                                            exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                               period of time determined by administrator

False Alarm/Bomb Threat               1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                            potential suspension
                                            parent or guardian notification
                                            Superintendent notification
                                            exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                               period of time determined by administrator
                                            police/fire referral
Assault                               1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Premeditated violence, planned              potential suspension
attack                                      parent or guardian notification
                                            Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                            exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                               period of time determined by administrator
                                            potential expulsion
                                            police referral
Controlled Substances: Use /          1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Possession or Sale (Drugs, Alcohol,         parent or guardian notification
Inhalants)                                  Superintendent notification
                                            administrator/parent conference with consequences determined on a
                                               case-by-case basis
                                            referral to social agency and/or DCF
                                            police referral
                                            potential expulsion
Arson                                 1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                            potential suspension
                                            parent or guardian notification
                                            exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                               period of time determined by administrator
                                            Superintendent notification
                                            potential expulsion
                                            police/fire referral




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Weapon Possession and/or             1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Facsimile or Replica (including            potential suspension
fireworks)                                 potential expulsion
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                           exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                              period of time determined by administrator

Hate Crimes                          1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                           potential suspension
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                              period of time determined by administrator
                                           Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                           potential expulsion
                                           police referral
Criminal Mischief                    1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                           potential suspension
                                           exclusion from all co-curricular and extracurricular activities for a
                                              period of time determined by administrator
                                           Superintendent notification
                                           administrator/parent conference with consequences determined on a
                                              case-by-case basis
                                           reasonable restitution
                                           police referral
Violation of Fire/Lock Down Drills   1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           determined on a case-by-case basis and may lead to suspension
Other Serious Misconduct as          1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Determined by the School                   determined on a case-by-case basis and may lead to suspension or
Administrator                                 expulsion
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                           police/fire/DCF referral
Student Dress Code Violation         1st and Subsequent Offenses:
                                           parent or guardian notification and change of clothes
                                           additional loss of privileges levied by administration

Academic Integrity: Cheating         1st Offense
                                           disciplinary conference with teacher
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           loss of credit
                                     2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                           disciplinary conference with administrator
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           loss of credit




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Academic Integrity: Plagiarism      1st Offense
                                          disciplinary conference with teacher
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          loss of credit
                                    2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                          teacher written disciplinary referral to school administrator
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          loss of credit
Refusal to Adhere to Staff Member   1st Offense
Directive: Open Defiance of a             disciplinary conference with teacher
Teacher or Any School Employee            parent or guardian notification
                                    2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                          removal from class
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator with consequences
                                             determined on a case-by-case basis
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          potential suspension
                                          exclusion from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a period
                                             of time determined by administrator


Obscene, Vulgar, Abusive,           1st Offense
Inflammatory or Disrespectful             teacher written disciplinary referral to school administrator
Language, Gestures, or Behavior           parent or guardian notification
Directed Toward any Adult or              disciplinary conference with administrator with consequences
Student                                      determined on a case-by-case basis
                                    2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                          potential suspension
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          exclusion from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a period
                                             of time determined by administrator
Inappropriate Behavior: Minor       1st Offense
Breaches of Student Conduct Not           staff discussion with student
Covered Explicitly in Conduct             parent or guardian notification
Behaviors                           2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          disciplinary conference with administrator with consequences
                                             determined on a case-by-case basis
Racial or Other Discriminatory      1st Offense
Slurs                                     disciplinary conference with administrator with consequences
                                             determined on a case-by-case basis
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                    2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                          potential suspension
                                          parent or guardian notification
                                          potential Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                          exclusion from all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a
                                             period of time determined by administrator




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Possession of, Posting, or           1st and Subsequent Offenses
Distributing Libelous, Obscene, or         confiscation of materials
Defamatory Materials or                    consequences to be determined on a case-by-cases basis and may lead
Literature                                    to suspension or expulsion
                                           potential Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                           potential police referral
Other Serious Misconduct as          1st and Subsequent Offenses
Determined by School                       consequences to be determined on a case-by-case basis and may lead
Administrator                                 to suspension or expulsion
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           potential Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                           potential police referral
Inappropriate Use of School          1st and Subsequent Offenses:
Technology                                 disciplinary conference with teacher
                                           parent of guardian notification
                                           loss of privileges
                                           potential suspension
                                           teacher written disciplinary referral to school administrator
                                           disciplinary conference with administrator; consequences determined
                                              on a case-by-case basis
                                           exclusion from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a period
                                              of time determined by administrator

Inappropriate Use of Technology      1st and Subsequent Offenses
in Extended School Community               loss of privileges
(Cyberbullying)                            parent or guardian notification
                                           disciplinary consequences determined on a case-by-case basis
                                           potential Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                           potential police referral

Misconduct Out of School/Conduct     1st and Subsequent Offenses
Leading to a Felony Arrest or              refer to consequences for relevant behavior(s) listed in other sections in
Class A                                       this document
Misdemeanor/Adjudication as a              potential Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
Delinquent or Youthful Offender            potential suspension/expulsion
Falsifying Signatures, Excuses or    1st and Subsequent Offenses
Other School Documents, or Any             parent or guardian notification
Deliberate Statement Whether               teacher written disciplinary referral to school administrator
Written or States                          loss of privileges
Graffiti                             1st and Subsequent Offenses
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           restitution and/or clean up required
                                           teacher written disciplinary referral to school administrator
                                           disciplinary conference with administrator
                                           parent or guardian notification
                                           potential police referral




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Vandalism                         1st Offense
                                        teacher written disciplinary referral to school administrator
                                        parent or guardian notification
                                        Superintendent notification
                                        restitution required
                                  2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                        parent or guardian notification
                                        suspension
                                        Superintendent notification
                                        restitution required
                                        disciplinary conference with school administrator
                                        exclusion form all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a
                                           period of time determined by administrator
                                        potential police referral
Tampering with School Records     1st and Subsequent Offenses
                                        disciplinary conference with school administrator with consequences
                                           determined on a case-by-case basis
                                        parent or guardian notification
                                        Superintendent notification
                                        potential suspension/expulsion
Theft or Possession of Stolen     1st and Subsequent Offenses
Goods                                   disciplinary conference with administrator
                                        parent or guardian notification
                                        restitution required
                                        exclusion from all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a
                                           period of time determined by administrator
                                        potential suspension
                                        Superintendent notification
                                        potential expulsion
                                        potential police referral
Borrowing, Taking, or Receiving   1st and Subsequent Offenses
Any Item (including money) by           parent or guardian notification
Force, Threat or Intimidation           exclusion from all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for a
                                           period of time determined by administrator
                                        restitution required
                                        potential Superintendent notification
                                        potential suspension
                                        potential police referral
Other Serious Misconduct as       1st and Subsequent Offenses
Determined by School                    consequences to be determined on a case-by-case basis and may lead
Administrator                              to suspension or expulsion
                                        parent or guardian notification
                                        potential Superintendent/Office of Safe Environments notification
                                        potential police referral
Trespassing and Violations of     1st and Subsequent Offenses:
School Suspensions                      written/verbal warning and removal from premises
                                        parent/guardian notification
                                        potential police referral




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Truancy: Unauthorized Absence      1st and Subsequent Offenses
from School                              parent/guardian notification
                                         superintendent notification
                                         promotion may be withheld
                                         social/legal agencies notified as appropriate

Cafeteria/Dining and Assembly      1st and Subsequent Offenses
Hall Misconduct                          parent/guardian notification
                                         loss of privileges


Unauthorized Use of                1st and Subsequent Offenses
Telecommunication Devices Such           confiscation of device
As, But Not Limited To: Beepers,         parent/guardian notification and pick-up
Cellular Phones, I-Pods, Palm
Pilots, Video Games or Other
Electronic Communication Devices
Use of Laser Pointers              1st and Subsequent Offenses
                                         confiscation of device
                                         parent/guardian notification and pick-up
Tardy to School: Ten (10) Times    1st Offense
on One Quarter                           written notification from school administration
                                   2nd and Subsequent Offenses
                                         parent or guardian meeting with administrator
                                         possible referral to DCF/legal agencies and/or retention
Leaving School Grounds             1st and Subsequent Offenses
                                         parent or guardian notification with consequences determined on a
                                            case-by-case basis
                                         police notification
Being Outside the School/In        1st and Subsequent Offenses
Unauthorized Area Without Prior          parent or guardian notification with consequences determined on a
Approval                                    case-by-case basis
                                         possible police notification
Failure to Serve Detention/In-     1st and Subsequent Offenses
School Suspension or Misbehaving         parent or guardian notification with consequences determined on a
During Detention/In-School                  case-by-case basis
Suspension
Other Serious Misconduct as        1st and Subsequent Offenses
Determined by School                     consequences to be determined on a case-by-case basis and may lead
Administration                              to suspension or expulsion
                                         notification including, but not limited to: parent or guardian,
                                            Superintendent, Office for Safe Environments, DCF, police and/or
                                            other social/legal agencies




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                            ST. ANDREW SCHOOL

                     CODE OF ETHICS/
        ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR INTERNET ACCESS

Internet/Network Administration Policy

Computers are used to support learning and enhance instruction. Computer networks
allow students to interact with many computers. The Internet allows students to interact
with hundreds of thousands of networks. It is a general policy that all computers are to
be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. Failure to adhere to the
Policy and the Code of Ethics will result in the suspension or revocation of the user’s
access privilege by the administration of St. Andrew School and possible suspension,
expulsion and/or criminal prosecution.

St. Andrew School has actively taken steps to block access to unacceptable websites, files
and chat rooms by installing blocking software. However, there is no blocking software
that is 100% successful. Therefore, students are not permitted to access the Internet
without the permission and presence of a teacher. Teachers will try their best to monitor
and supervise each student’s use of the Internet. Any student who accesses the Internet
without the presence and permission of a teacher will lose his/her privilege to use a
school computer to access the Internet. Students will lose the privilege to use a school
computer to access the Internet if they knowingly and intentionally stay on a website or
chat room that slipped through the blocking software and is considered unacceptable.

There are commercial services on the Internet. Students are prohibited from using them
or making purchases from them. Parents will be responsible for any fees your child may
incur.

The sending of e-mail, materials, communications which may be considered defamatory,
threatening, harassing, or inappropriate to a computer at St. Andrew School by a student
will result in disciplinary action which may include suspension, expulsion and/or criminal
prosecution. Should such information be sent by an adult, criminal prosecution will be
pursued.

St. Andrew reserves the right to log Internet usage and to monitor filesaver space utilized
by users.

St. Andrew School reserves the right to deny a student access to the Internet/network.

St. Andrew School reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.




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              ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY AND
           CODE OF ETHICS FOR INTERNET ACCESS


1.   Be Safe. Do not give out personal information or password. Be sure to log off,
     disconnect correctly at end of session. Never give out your own or another’s
     personal information, name, home address, phone number, or social security
     number over the Internet or any computer network.

2.   Be Honest. Observe copyright laws. Do not transmit false information, attempt
     to read or steal anyone else’s e-mail or work. Do not transfer commercial
     software. Not properly citing another person’s work is plagiarism. Any use of
     the Internet/network to facilitate illegal activity is prohibited.

3.   Be Polite. Do not insult anyone or use obscene or offensive language in your
     communications, even in e-mail. Hate mail, harassment, threatening material,
     discriminatory remarks, insulting, obscene or sexual language and other
     antisocial behaviors are prohibited. It may be considered harassment and against
     the law.

4.   Be Considerate. Do not waste on-line time. Do not send unwanted or
     unnecessary e-mail to anyone who has not asked you to. All communication and
     information accessible via the Internet/network is considered private property.
     No trespassing into others’ folders, work or files.

5.   Be Careful. Equipment, both hardware and software, shall not be abused,
     modified or damaged in any way. Students will be held financially responsible
     for all damage. The installation or downloading of copyrighted software is
     prohibited. Do not download or transmit any file that may have a computer
     virus. This, along with hacking, is a very serious violation and may result in
     suspension and possible dismissal from St. Andrew School.

6.   Be Alert. Report any problems or abuses to teacher or system administrator.

7.   Be Fair. Network use is for curriculum projects or school business only. No
     commercial use is permitted. Internet/network use shall not disrupt use by
     others.

8.   Be Moral. All use of the Internet/Network must be consistent with the
     philosophy of St. Andrew School as stated in the Parent/Student Handbook. Any
     other use is strictly prohibited. Use of the Internet/network to access, send or
     display any pornographic/obscene material or material that could be considered
     illegal, or dangerous is prohibited.




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                         ST. ANDREW SCHOOL
                 ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY AND
              CODE OF ETHICS FOR INTERNET ACCESS


I have received a copy of and read the Acceptable Use Policies and Code of Ethics for
Internet Access. I agree to abide by the conditions of the Policy and Code of Ethics. I
further understand that access to the Internet is limited to academic purposes and I will
not seek to access inappropriate resources as stated in the Policy and Code. Failure to
follow the conditions of the Policy and Code of Ethics will result in the loss of computer
privileges and possible administrative and/or disciplinary action.




___________________________________                 ______________________________
Student Signature                                   Parent/Guardian Signature

Grade: _____________________________

____________________________________                ______________________________
Date                                                Date




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        ST. ANDREW SCHOOL
     PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK
                 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM
                        2012-2013


                      Please complete form and
                  return to your homeroom teacher.




________________________________              ___________
Student Name (please print)                   Grade



             Our signatures indicate that we have received,
     read, and understand the 2012-2013 Parent/Student Handbook.



________________________________              ____________
Student Signature                             Date


________________________________              ____________
Parent/Guardian Signature                     Date




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