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					                  Ss. Peter and Paul School
                       801 State Street
                       Alton, IL 62002

Rev. Delix Michel, SSL             Pastor

Mr. Harry Cavanaugh                Principal

Mrs. Sandy Duty                    Secretary

Telephone Numbers                  465-8711 (school)

                                   465-6405 (fax)

                                   531-7570 (after school
                                   program)

                                   6:45 – 7:45 a.m.
                                   2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Office Hours:                      7:30 – 3:00

Website:                           www.ssppsch.com

Email:                             hcvngh@yahoo.com

School Colors:                     Blue & Gold

School Team:                       The Royals
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                           TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction                                   5
Section I:    Policy and Information           5
Section II:   Mission State/Philosophy
       Ss. Peter and Paul                      5
       Educational Philosophy                  6
Section III: Admission Policies
       Non-Discrimination Policy               6
       Admission                               7
       Priority of Admission                   7
       Age Requirements                        8
Section IV: Attendance
       Attendance                              8
       Truancy                                 9
       Arrival                                 9
       Dismissal                               10
       Early Dismissal                         10
       Extended Day Program                    10
       Emergency Closing Procedures            11
Section V: Academic Policies                   11
       Curriculum                              11
              Books                            11
              Assignment Books                 11
              Religion                         11
              Art Education                    12
              Computers                        12
              Handwriting                      12
              Language Arts                    12
              Mathematics                      12
              Music                            12
              Physical Education               12
              Science                          12
              Social Studies                   13
       Class Size                              13
       Homework                                13
       Honesty in School Work                  13
       Grading Scale                           14
       Special Services                        14
Section VI: Records                            15
       Birth Certificates                      15
       Records                                 16
       Sacramental Records                     16
       Inactive File of School Records         16
       A Parent’s Right to Change a Record     16
       Non-Custodial Parents                   16
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Section VII: Promotion and Retention                           17
       Report Cards and Progress Reports                       17
       Graduation                                              17
Section VIII: Testing                                          17
Section IX: Communication
       Administration                                          18
       Ladder of Communication                                 19
       Parent-Teacher Communication                            19
       Crisis Management Plan                                  19
       Visitors’ Policy                                        20
       Website Information                                     20
Section X: Discipline                                          20
       Classroom Cycle                                         20
       Suspension                                              21
       Expulsion                                               22
       Harassment                                              22
       Conduct Whether Inside or Outside of School             23
       Substance Abuse                                         24
       Weapons                                                 24
       Appeals                                                 24
       Student Grievance                                       24
       Student Situation – Adult                               24
Section XI: Extra-curricular Activities
       Extra-curricular Activities                             25
       Academic Probation                                      25
       Conduct Standards                                       25
       Annual Physical                                         25
       Proof of Insurance                                      25
Section XII: Field Trips                                       26
       Certification and Authorization for Background Checks   26
       Chaperones                                              27
       Protecting God’s Children                               27
       Sexual Misconduct Policy                                27
Section XIII: Financial Policies                               28
       Financial Assistance                                    28
       Registration Fees                                       28
       Tuition                                                 28
Section XIV: Health Policies
       Accident/Illness                                        29
       Student Accident Insurance                              29
       AIDS                                                    29
       Communicable Diseases                                   30
       Immunization/Physical Requirements                      30
       Dental Requirements                                     30
       Eye Examinations                                        31
       Medications                                             31
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       Vision and Hearing Screenings                 31
Section XV: School Uniforms
       Uniforms and Dress Code                       32
       General Dress Code Guidelines                 32
              Boys                                   33
              Girls                                  33
       Non-Uniform Days                              34
       Halloween Costumes                            35
Section XVI: Miscellaneous Policies and Procedures
       Asbestos Management                           35
       Internet Policy                               35
       Parent Organization (PSA)                     35
       Police Questioning                            36
       Student Pictures/Information – Use of         36
       Right to Amend                                36
Section XVII: Parents as Partners                    36
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Ss. Peter and Paul School, on the campus of Ss. Peter and Paul Church
in Alton, Illinois, is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Catholic
Elementary and Middle School under the Diocese of Springfield in
Illinois.

      The curriculum stresses high academic achievement while never
forgetting the true reason we exist. Everything we teach is set in a firm
and unyielding foundation of faith and tradition so as to allow our
students to take seriously their mission of Catholic, Christian service
throughout their entire lives.

       Ss. Peter and Paul School is fully recognized by the State of
Illinois. Our curriculum guidelines are consistent with the state of
Illinois guidelines and are followed for the teaching of all secular subject
areas. The curriculum is updated and kept current on a yearly basis.
We strive to offer a challenging program with an emphasis on meeting
the needs of each individual student, both academically and spiritually.

             SECTION I: POLICY AND INFORMATION

       This booklet contains Ss. Peter and Paul School policies and some
of the important areas of operation of our school. We ask that you read
this carefully and keep it for reference during the school year. Policy
statements are necessarily general and the administration reserves the
right to make specific applications as circumstances arise. The pastor
and principal can and may waive any policy with just cause.

      Letters will continue to come home to you throughout the year.
We cannot pinpoint all events and happenings, so please check with
your children during the year for these notes. Additional information is
available on fast direct on the bulletin board.

       SECTION II: MISSION STATEMENTS/PHILOSOPHY

Ss. Peter and Paul School

Ss. Peter and Paul School’s priest, faculty, students, and parents are living
witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Students participate in liturgy
planning, missions, and various charitable activities. Accredited personnel
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teach structured religious and sacramental programs. Students learn a
Christian value system through their academic curriculum, and from faculty
who help them deal with problems.

The educational program has a strong emphasis on the basics using modern
technology and current materials. Ss. Peter and Paul School, certified by the
Illinois State Board of Education, promotes high standards. Degreed
teachers extend warmth and individualized care towards students. The
parish and school strive for excellence in education and development of
study skills through small classes, a structured grading scale, competitive
test scoring and fine arts classes.

Ss. Peter and Paul School graduates will have internalized academic,
Catholic and personal values appropriate to their age level. Graduates will
have acquired an eighth grade level of academic skills and knowledge in all
graded subjects. Their Catholic training includes the first celebration of the
Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation, enabling them to practice their
faith and continue to be good citizens of the community and church of which
they are a part.

Educational Philosophy

The philosophy of Ss. Peter and Paul School flows from the educational
ministry of Ss. Peter and Paul Church. All of us recognize that each child is
unique and has the right to reach his/her potential as a knowledgeable person
and a responsible adult. Our task is to prepare our students so they will
proclaim and live the message of the Gospel to others, and to plant the seed
of Christian fellowship which will grow into service to the community. The
staff will provide spiritual growth through participation in the liturgy,
example, and worship of God, as well as providing an effective and
excellent academic situation.

                SECTION III: ADMISSION POLICIES

Non-Discrimination Policy

Ss. Peter and Paul School admits students of any sex, race, color,
national and ethnic origins, to all rights, privileges, programs, and
activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the
school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national
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and ethnic origin in its administration of its educational policies,
admission policies, scholarships, and loan programs, and athletic and
school-administered programs.

Admission

Ss. Peter and Paul School is a parish elementary school. Parishioners
are those persons registered in the parish, who faithfully participate in
the sacramental life of the church and who assume responsibility for the
ongoing support of the parish through stewardship of time, talent, and
treasure.

The parish school serves the parish families who have children of
elementary school age as classroom size permits. This doesn’t preclude,
however, a recommendation by the principal or pastor that a special needs
students enroll elsewhere. Non-parishioners who qualify for a regular
academic program are welcome to apply for admission to the school. Before
an agreement is reached, the principal reserves the right to review previous
school records, interview the parents and child, and arrange for a screening
with a teacher in the school to determine placement of the child. The
principal then recommends admission to the pastor. Conditional admission
may be recommended, if appropriate.

Priority of Admission

ORDINARILY, NON-PARISHIONERS ARE ADMITTED FOLLOWING
THE REGISTRATION OF PARISHIONERS IN THE SPRING.
PRIORITIES ARE USED TO ACCEPT STUDENTS TO Ss. PETER AND
PAUL SCHOOL.

Guidelines for priority of admission: Pre-school

      1.   Parishioners with siblings in the school
      2.   Non-parishioners with siblings in the school
      3.   Parishioners
      4.   Catholic non-parishioners
      5.   Families of other faiths

Guidelines for priority of admission: Kindergarten – Eighth grade
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      1. Students enrolled the previous year
      2. Parishioners with siblings in the school
      3. Non-parishioners with siblings in the school
      4. Parishioners
      5. Transfer students from other Catholic schools who are parishioners
         of other parishes
      6. Transfer students from other Catholic schools who are not Catholic
      7. Transfer students from public or private schools who are Christian.

Age Requirements

To enter Preschool or Kindergarten at Ss. Peter and Paul School, a
child’s age should comply with the Illinois State Regulations.

    To enter Kindergarten, children must be five years old by September
     1.
    To enter four-year old Preschool, children must be four years old by
     September 1.
    To enter three-year old Preschool, children must be three years old
     and toilet trained.

                      SECTION IV: ATTENDANCE
Attendance

Regular attendance is important for both the individual student as well as the
smooth functioning of the school.

When a student is absent from school, a parent should contact the
office) by 9:30 a.m. each day of the absence. If the office is not notified, a
parent will be contacted. This policy is for the protection of the students
of Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school
without fever reducing medications (Tylenol, ibuprofen). A written
excuse from the parent(s)/guardian of the student is required for each
absence. If the student is absent without an excuse for more than one day
and the school has reason to suspect the validity of the excuse, the principal
shall investigate the situation. In persistent cases of absence or tardiness, the
services of the State shall be enlisted.
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After 3 days of consecutive absenteeism, a student will not be admitted
without a doctor’s excuse.

Parents should try to arrange medical and dental appointments after school
hours, on free days, or during school vacations. Students who must be
excused for medical or dental appointments or other reason during school
hours should bring a note to school prior to the appointment. If the student
misses one hour or less of instruction time, he/she will not be considered
absent or tardy. If the time a student misses exceeds one hour of
instructional time, the student will be counted as ½ day absent.

All work missed under these circumstances, including tests and/or quizzes,
must be made up at the discretion of the teacher and is the responsibility of
the student.

*Excessive absences (40) days or the equivalent of 40 days including
tardies, can be cause for a student to be retained in the current grade for
another year. Excessive tardies and/or absences will be reported to the state

Truancy

Students who are excessively absent will be called into a conference with
their parents, the Pastor and the Principal. If the problem continues, a
referral to a truancy officer will be made.

Arrival

Safety patrols for walkers will be on duty at State Street from 7:40 a.m. until
7:55 a.m. and from 2:25 p.m. until 2:40 p.m. each school day.

The school building will be opened at 7:30 a.m. each morning. You are
asked to keep your child at home or send your child to the Extended Day
program in the cafeteria prior to 7:30 a.m. A fee is charged for the use of
this program, and the parents are responsible for payment. Neither the
parish nor the school will accept responsibility for any child who arrives
before 7:30 a.m. or remains beyond 2:45 p.m.
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Dismissal

Students must leave the school/parish ground when school is dismissed at
2:30 p.m. Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. and are brought
outside by their 8th grade buddies who walk them to their cars or to the after
school program. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide
transportation when school is dismissed.

Early Dismissal

A written request from parent(s)/guardian is required for a student to leave
school before the time of dismissal. The request must state the reason for
the early dismissal and should be brought to the school office. Parents must
sign out students in the school office before any child is permitted to leave
the building.

Extended Day Program

BEFORE SCHOOL PROGRAM: Ss. Peter and Paul School offers a before
school program each day from 6:45 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. in the Community
Center. Students are not to be dropped off prior to 6:45 a.m. and are not to
be left at the Community Center without an adult present. There is a fee for
each child for before school care and is in addition to after school care fees.
No snack or breakfast will be served. Students may bring breakfast food to
eat as long as it does not require any preparation by the staff member.
Students will be dismissed from the Community Center at 7:45 a.m. to enter
the school building.

AFTER SCHOOL CARE: The After School Care Program operates each
school day from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Care is
given on early dismissal days from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. and there is an
additional registration fee of $25 due at the time of the application. There is
an additional fee for any student who remains beyond 6:00 p.m.

Students who remain at school beyond 2:45 p.m. dismissal time will be sent
to the after school program. The parent will be assessed a fee to be paid to
the after school program when the student is picked up.
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Emergency Closing Procedures

When weather conditions necessitate the closing of school, the decision is
made as early in the morning or the evening before as soon as possible. All
school closings are broadcast on the following stations:

      WBGZ 1570 AM radio                        Please do not call the rectory or
      Channel 2 Fox   TV                        the school.
      Channel 4 KMOV TV
      Channel 5 KSDK TV
      Channel 11 KPLR TV

                  SECTION V: ACADEMIC POLICIES

Ss. Peter and Paul School endeavors to provide an appropriately
challenging program for its students. Student achievement is monitored
and communication between home and school is ongoing. Every effort
is made to recognize the effort and achievement of all students.

Curriculum

Books: Student use books owned by the school. Care must be taken to keep
the books in good condition so they may be used for a number of years.
Books must be covered at all times. No tape, contact paper, or other self-
adhesive materials may be used on any book. All books must be kept in a
book bag when being transported to and from school. Lost or damages
books must be paid for by the student based on the cost to replace the book.

Assignment Notebooks: Students in Grades 3-8 will be issued assignment
notes that are to be signed by the teacher and the parent/guardian on a daily
basis.

Religion: As a Catholic School, the task of Ss. Peter and Paul School is to
help children develop a relationship with God as well as a faith commitment
in their daily lives, to pass on to our children the basic tenets of the faith, and
to engender habits of active participation in the Mass and the Sacraments,
daily prayers, and spiritual growth.

Catholic doctrine and tradition and the Sacraments will be taught at the
appropriate grade levels. As part of the Confirmation preparation, the
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confirmand will be expected to complete a certain number of service hours.
This service requirement must be fulfilled before a student can be
confirmed.

Art Education: Art classes are taught to increase our students’ awareness
of the different types of art, and to introduce the seven elements: line, shape,
color, value, texture, form, and space. This is done through large group and
independent projects. We encourage students to explore materials and
techniques, not just to complete projects.

Computers: Word processing, data base, spread sheets, literacy in
computer terms, keyboarding, PowerPoint, the use of technical tools, and
integration with curricular subjects are taught throughout the various grade
levels at Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Handwriting: Students in grades 3-8 are expected to submit all handwritten
work in cursive. Cursive is first introduced in the second grade.

Language Arts: Reading, English, spelling, vocabulary, composition,
library skills, and appreciation of literature are taught in grades K-8.

Mathematics: mathematics skills, pre-algebra, and algebra are taught.
Using math skills in everyday living is emphasized.

Music: Our music program is taught in Grades K-8. Students have music
twice a week. It focuses at the different levels in music literacy,
appreciation of music, the interrelationship between music and history,
different instruments, church music, music as an expression of many
cultures, and working together in order to perform at different events
throughout the year.

Physical Education: The students have physical education twice a week.
We stress physical fitness programs which are appropriate for each
individual grade level.

Science: General science and laboratory experience are covered in grades
K-5. Earth science is taught in Grade 6, life science in Grade 7, and physical
science and forensics in Grade 8. All students in Grades 5-8 are required to
participate in the school’s science fair.
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Social Studies: History, geography, Illinois state history, current events,
and community living skills are taught throughout K-8. Students must pass
the U.S. Constitution test and the Illinois Constitution test prior to
graduation.

Class Size

The capacity of each room is 25 students. If one child in a family is
accepted, siblings by their admittance may extend the capacity in order to
keep children in a family together in one school.

Homework

A reasonable amount of homework is assigned to students at each grade
level. Assignments are designed to reinforce daily lessons, to supplement
and enrich classwork, to promote good study skills, and to prepare for
certain lessons through various experiences. Homework, as a general rule, is
not given on weekends or over holiday breaks. Long range assignments,
extending over weekends or holidays, may be given. Careful planning
eliminates the need for using these family times for this school work.
Incomplete work must be made up. Teachers assess a penalty for each day
an assignment is late. A zero (0) will be issued for any work that is not
turned in after three days.

Parents requesting homework for students who are ill must contact the
school office by 9:30 a.m. Homework assignments must be picked up in the
office. Teachers do not have to give assignments to students ahead of time
when they are leaving school for a trip or a long weekend. That is at the
discretion of the teacher. Homework must be made up after returning to
school. A student is allowed one day for every day they are absent to turn in
their work.

Honesty in school work

Students are expected to be honest about all classroom work. Students who
use the work of others on assignments or tests will not receive credit for that
assignment or test. Students who prevent others from working on
assignments or tests or who create other distractions will not receive credit
for their work.
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Grading Scale

Students receive an A – F for academic performance. A scale of 1-5 is used
for both effort and conduct. Please keep in mind that EFFORT is the
primary factor to be considered and should receive particular attention
by the parents.

Ss. Peter and Paul has a challenging grading scale. This should be
considered when reviewing your child’s letter grade:

A+    99 – 100                 C+     85 – 86
A     95 – 98                  C      78 – 84
A-    93 – 94                  C-     76 – 77
B+    91 – 92                  D+     74 – 75
B     89 – 90                  D      72 – 73
B-    87 – 88                  D-     70 - 71
                               F      Below 70

Effort/Conduct     1 – Excellent      3 – Satisfactory
                   2 – Very Good      4 – Needs Improvement
                                      5 – Little or No Effort

Honor Roll – Certificates are awarded to students in Grades 4 – 8.

      High Honors – All A’s and one B in each major subject areas.
                    Effort grades of 1, 2, or 3.

      Honors -        All A’s and B’s in major subject areas
.
                       Effort grades of 1, 2, or 3.

      Honorable Mention – All C’s with no D’s in major subject areas.
                          Effort Grades of 1, 2, or 3.

Special Services

Students who are eligible for speech services may receive such services once
a week at West Elementary by a speech professional from the Alton School
District. In addition, students who are eligible for other special services
identified through the public school district may be offered a modified
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program at SSPP school; however, this is dependent on the degree of the
disability. Discussion of whether our school is the best situation for the
student will occur after such testing.

Ss. Peter and Paul School assists parents in placing children where their
needs are best served. The school does not have the personnel to handle
certain students with special needs. At times, this means that the students
will be asked to seek placement in a school other than SSPP. Ordinarily, the
decision follows educational testing requested by the parent or the school.
For Ss. Peter and Paul to keep a child who cannot be served adequately
would be a disservice to that child.


                        SECTION VI: RECORDS

The permanent record includes the registration form(s), academic records,
transcripts and testing information. It does not include discipline reports or
correspondence. The pastor and the principal are the staff members who
release records to parents. Please make a written request to the principal for
records at least 24 hours prior to the time you wish to view or receive
unofficial copies. The original permanent record may not be taken from the
building. Official records are not to be released to parents for the purpose of
transporting them from one school to another school because the receiving
school will not receive them in that manner. A process is in place among
schools for the official transfer of copies of records. Unofficial records are
provided by the school if the receiving school needs basic information.

Official school records do not have to be released until all fees and other
obligations are satisfied.

In the event Ss. Peter and Paul School closes, all permanent records will be
kept at Ss. Peter and Paul Church.

Birth Certificates

In accordance with state law, any new student entering Ss. Peter and Paul
School must bring a certified copy of his/her birth certificate so the school
may photocopy it and keep it on file.
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Records

The most recent health examination and immunization records are part of
your child’s permanent cumulative record. You will be asked periodically to
revise your child’s record.

Sacramental Records

Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation information is entered on each
child’s permanent record. When entering school at Ss. Peter and Paul,
Catholic children who have not been baptized at Ss. Peter and Paul must
present a copy of their baptismal record as well as any other pertinent
sacramental certificates.

Inactive File of School Record

When a student graduates or withdraws from school, the permanent
cumulative record is placed in an inactive file. It contains attendance
records, standardized tests, health and immunization, promotion/retention
information, and other pertinent information. Nothing disparaging is
recorded on the permanent record.

A Parent’s Right to Change a Record

Parents have the right to request that statements be changed or deleted. If
the administration refuses to change or delete the statement in question, the
parents or student have the right to add their own statements to the
permanent record.

Non-Custodial Parents

Ss. Peter and Paul School abides by the Buckley Amendment regarding the
rights of non-custodial parents. In the absence of a court order to the
contrary, a school will provide the non-custodial parent with access to the
academic records and to other school-related information regarding this
child. If there is a court order specifying that no information is to be given,
it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with an
official copy of the court order.
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           SECTION VII: PROMOTION AND RETENTION

It is the hope and goal of the staff that all students will experience success in
our school program. It is the aim of the staff to meet the individual needs of
the students equally rather than to approach all children as having equal
kinds of needs. Ss. Peter and Paul School does not provide special education
programs. Advancement to the next grade is based on a student’s daily
performance, test results, recommendation of teachers, and the
student’s ability to complete work successfully and one time. Promotion
to the next grade depends on successful completion of all subject areas. The
administration may recommend the repetition of a grade or tutoring as a
requirement for promotion. The school makes the final decision regarding
retention. Should the school recommend a second year in a grade for a
child, but the parent insists that the child should proceed to the next grade,
the teacher will indicate a “transfer” rather than a promotion to the next
grade. A student who transfers to the next grade will not be allowed to
continue at Ss. Peter and Paul School. If this should occur following the
eighth grade year, a certificate of attendance will be issued in place of a
diploma.

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Progress reports are provided to parents at mid-quarter. These serve as an
indicator of the progress each student is making midway through each
quarter.

Report cards are issued four times a year at the end of each quarter for
students in Grades K-8.

Graduation

In May of the eighth grade year, we hold our graduation ceremony. Students
who have completed their eighth grade year, and have met all the
requirements of Ss. Peter and Paul School receive a diploma at their
graduation ceremony.

                        SECTION VIII: TESTING

Students will not be permitted to retake a quiz or a test in order to improve
their academic standing.
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Kindergarten students are given a placement test at the end of the year to
determine their readiness to be promoted to first grade.

The Terra Nova testing program is used by Ss. Peter and Paul School.
Students in grades 3, 5, 7, and 8 take these tests every September.

Students in grades 5 and 8 take the ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis of
Religious Education) test in February.

    In addition to weekend worship with their families, all SSPP students
     participate in the Liturgy each week at an all-school Mass. The
     children take active parts as lectors, singers, and gift bearers. Students
     of other faith traditions who attend SSPP attend the Liturgy with the
     Catholic students. They are expected to respect Catholic religious
     practices, just as our Catholic students are expected to be tolerant of
     and respect other faiths.
    During Advent, the students participate in a weekly Advent prayer
     service. All students are expected to participate in this prayer service.
     During Lent, the students attend the Stations of the Cross.
     Throughout the year, we have various prayer services. All SSPP
     students attend these and participate enthusiastically.
    Each month, a Children’s mass is held. A different classroom is
     responsible for all aspects of the mass.

                  SECTION IX: COMMUNICATION

Administration

A parent letter is sent via Fast Direct each week. A hard copy may be
requested if necessary. This letter has relevant information concerning
school activities for the week. Parents are responsible for reading the
newsletter so as to keep themselves informed of important upcoming events.

Parents are welcome to use the newsletter as a means of communicating
SCHOOL-RELATED information to other parents.

Any parent who needs to communicate a problem, concern, suggestion, or
compliment to the principal is welcome to come to the school office to do
so. If the principal is available, a conference can take place immediately.
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By calling the school office first, you can insure that a time is set aside
for communication between you and the principal. For an appointment,
please call the office between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (the least busy
time for school staff)

Ladder of Communication

If a parent has a concern with a teacher or class, the proper lines of
communication should be used. These steps should be followed:

      1. Contact the teacher first.
      2. If, after making contact with the teacher, a parent feels the problem
         has not been solved, contact the principal.
      3. If the problem still has not been resolved after contacting both the
         teacher and the principal, the pastor should be contacted.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Many problems can be solved or avoided if parents and teachers
communicate in a timely fashion. If a parent wishes to speak with a teacher,
the parent is asked to contact the school office to leave a message for the
teacher to return the call. The parent can also send a note in the morning
asking the teacher to contact him/her. Teachers may not be disturbed during
teaching time so as to interrupt the learning process. The ideal situation
would be to set up an appointment with the teacher so as to conduct a
meaningful interruption-free conference.

Teachers have a variety of methods for communicating with parents. Many
times teachers communicate through the assignment book or Fast Direct
Information System (www.fastdir.com/ssppsch). Lower grade teachers send
home a weekly note telling all that will be happening that week. We look at
parent-teacher communication as crucial to the learning process. Parents, as
well as teachers, must keep the lines of communication open at all time.

Crisis Management Plan

A crisis management plan is in place in the school. The faculty/staff reviews
the plan on a regular basis. Should a crisis arise involving the entire school,
parents coming to school will meet in the church basement (Sloan room).
Students will be brought to the Sloan room to meet the parents. If there is a
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school evacuation, students in Grades Pre-K through 4 will evacuate to the
Children’s Library downtown. Students in Grades 5-8 will evacuate to the
Adult library.

Visitors’ Policy

Parents/Visitors must report to the office to meet a child or to bring
something for a child. Parents should NEVER go to a classroom during
school hours without reporting to the office first. For safety and security
reasons, each person is required to get a visitor’s pass from the office before
proceeding to a classroom or anywhere else in the building. Parents who
volunteer in any capacity and are in the building for that reason may not
drop in to a classroom to see their student during the day. This is an
interruption to the teacher and to the educational process as a whole.

Website Information

Our school has a website where valuable information can be found.
Announcements, the weekly school newsletter, school information, sports,
and activities can be found at www.ssppsch.com.

                        SECTION X: DISCIPLINE

Self-discipline is the essence of Christian discipline. Self-discipline is
developmental and involves the whole person: physical, social, spiritual,
moral, intellectual, and emotional. Our aim is to assist the students in
exhibiting respectful and courteous behavior not only during school and all-
school related activities, but also in their dealings with others outside the
school atmosphere. The aim of Ss. Peter and Paul School’s disciplinary
policy is to help the students grow in an understanding of themselves and
their Christian responsibility to others. This is best achieved when the
principal, teachers, and parent(s) or guardian(s) cooperate in guiding the
students’ growth in Christian attitudes, values, and behaviors. Under no
circumstances is corporal punishment used.

Classroom Cycle

Opportunities to teach children the 15 self-discipline skills which abound
within any school day. Because teachers believe that confrontation (coming
face to face) is part of their task as disciplinarians, they welcome
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opportunities to help children help themselves. All disruptive behavior is
routinely handled on the spot by the adults in the school.

Broad rules of order that affect the daily living together of all members of
the school community include these:

      1. Respect yourself and others as a child of God and respect
         things.
      2. Contribute to the learning environment.
      3. Follow school and classroom procedures.
      4. Practice self-discipline skills.

Each classroom teacher has adopted some version of these four rules. The
teachers work with the children to make sure the rules of order are
understood and the reasons for the rules are taught. Children learn that each
adult may have additional procedures of helping them follow the rules.

In addition, each classroom teacher has an established discipline cycle that
list consequences for not following the rules. Detentions will be issued
accordingly. Corporal punishment is not used under any circumstances.

Homeroom teachers will write detentions and check that the detention is
signed and returned. The child will call home if the detention notice is
not signed and returned.

Suspension

In-school: Length of the suspension may range from a portion of the day up
to three days. The student is assigned to another classroom or detention
room. After a student accumulates five detentions in the quarter, he/she will
serve an in-school suspension.

The principal, teacher, and parent will meet to discuss the next course of
action. The student will not return to class until there has been a conference.
All assigned work must be completed and accepted by the teacher(s) prior to
the student’s return to regular class.

Out-of-school: Length of suspension is determined by the severity of the
offense and the student’s current disciplinary standing. Generally, the
suspension is one to three days, but may be longer. All assigned work must
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be completed and accepted by the teacher(s) prior to the student’s return to
class. The principal, teacher, and parent will meet to discuss the next
course of action. The student will not return to class until there has
been a conference.

A student serving a suspension may not participate in any extra curricular
activities until the terms of the suspension are satisfactorily completed.

A student who is accused of a serious wrong may be placed on a home-study
program pending the outcome of adjudication or investigation.

Expulsion

A student is required to transfer to another school. Expulsion is evoked
rarely and then only as a last resort. When all other means have failed
and/or a grave offense has occurred and expulsion is being considered, the
following steps will be followed:

    The student is suspended for a period not to exceed a week.
    The parents are granted a conference with the principal and pastor in
     the hopes that a solution to the problem will be found that will
     eliminate the necessity of expulsion.
    The pastor, not the principal, is to make the final decision and will
     communicate this to the parents. If expulsion is necessary, the pastor,
     if possible, will help the family find another Catholic school that
     would accept the child on a probationary basis.

Harassment

Parish elementary schools and parish schools of religion shall maintain a
learning environment that is free from harassment. No student in the school
or PSR shall be subjected to any type of harassment.

Harassment is defined as any unwanted and unwelcome behavior that
interferes with a student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive learning environment. Harassment includes physical, visual, and
sexual forms of behavior. Instances of harassment should be addressed
using appropriate disciplinary consequences, counseling methods and
parental/guardian contact and involvement in accordance with the nature and
frequency of the offense.
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All threats and dangerous behavior will be taken seriously. This
includes all forms of bullying and cyber bullying. Students making
threats (seriously or in jest online) face detention, suspension, and/or
expulsion. Diocesan policy and procedures will be followed.

Students of Ss. Peter and Paul School are prohibited from engaging in any
conduct which could be reasonably construed as constituting harassment on
the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age, religious beliefs, ethnic
background, or disability. This policy applies to all conduct on the school’s
premises and at school-sponsored events that has an adverse effect upon a
student’s educational environment.

Conduct Whether Inside or Outside of the School

The student is a Ss. Peter and Paul student at all times. A student who
engages in conduct, whether inside or outside the school, that is detrimental
to the reputation of the school, may be disciplined by school administrators.

Items such as, but not limited to, questionable books and pictures, knives,
guns, matches, cigarettes, radios, laser lights, palm pilots, CD’s , or anything
that will detract from a learning environment 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 when the parent/guardian comes to the school to get the
item(s).

If a student must bring a cell phone to school, the cell phone is to be turned
off before entering the school building, and remain off until the child leaves
school property at the end of the day, or whenever the child leaves school.
Cell phones are not allowed in pockets, purses, or lockers. They are to be
kept in the student’s book bag. If a cell phone rings during school, or if a
child is found using his/her cell phone, the phone will be given to the
principal. The cell phone will be returned when the parent/guardian comes
to the school to retrieve it. If a cell phone is taken from a child three times,
that student forfeits the right to keep the cell phone in his/her book bag. The
cell phone will be turned into the office upon the student entering the school
every morning from the third confiscation on. If a cell phone is lost, broke,
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or comes up missing, Ss. Peter and Paul School is not responsible in any
way.

Substance Abuse

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

Weapons

Students who possess a weapon of any kind at school or at any school
function face suspension and/or expulsion.

Appeals

When parents are concerned about a disciplinary action taken regarding their
child, they have the right to first go to the teacher with their concern. If they
are not satisfied, they should take their concern to the principal. If after
consulting with the principal, parents are still not satisfied with the result,
the pastor will become involved in the situation.

The pastor is the final authority in disciplinary matters. The pastor and
principal can waive any policy with just cause. The administration reserves
the right to waive and/or deviate from any and all disciplinary regulations
for just cause at his/her discretion.

Student Grievance

Students will be told by the person in authority what he/she has done wrong
and will always be given a chance to be heard.

Student Situation - Adult

Ss. Peter and Paul School affirms the moral teaching of the Catholic Church,
including teaching of holiness and the giftedness of life. We equally assert
the values of forgiveness and compassion. A conference will be held with
the student, his/her parent, the principal and the pastor to determine
arrangements for the student’s completion of his/her education and
maintenance of his/her well-being.
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         SECTION XI: EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extra-curricular Activities

Interested students who meet the age/grade/conduct requirements may
participate in extra-curricular activities at Ss. Peter and Paul School. These
include all sports, Student Council, School Choir, and Movie Nights. All
school rules of conduct are in place during these activities. A student who is
not present at school on the day of an activity may not attend practice or
participate in that activity that evening.

Academic Probation

A student whose academic performance indicates serious deficiencies may
be placed on academic probation. Academic probation impacts a student’s
ability to participate in extra-curricular activities. Any student who has an F
at the end of any given week will not be allowed to participate in any extra-
curricular activity until grades are once again checked the following week.

Conduct Standards

Students of Ss. Peter and Paul School are expected to follow the rules of
conduct/behavior of the school. Students who constantly break these rules
or cause other students not to learn because of constant classroom distraction
face the possibility of being prohibited from extra curricular activities.

Annual Physical

All students who participate in extra-curricular activities must have an
annual physical on file before they will be allowed to practice and /or
participate in an athletic activity.

Proof of Insurance

All students who participate in extra-curricular athletics must present proof
of insurance before they will be allowed to participate.
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                       SECTION XII: FIELD TRIPS

Ss. Peter and Paul School provides appropriate educational field trip
experiences for the students.

Field trips are a privilege, not a right. No student has an absolute right to a
field trip. If a student fails to meet academic or behavioral requirements,
that student may be denied a field trip. Ordinarily, each class has the
opportunity to take at least one field trip during the school year. Students
may be asked to pay the cost of the field trip including admission to the
educational experience and the cost for the bus.

    All grades do not have the same number of field trips.
    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.
    A written official permission slip (available on the Links page of
     Fast Direct), signed by the parent, is required before a child will be
     permitted to attend a field trip. Verbal permission cannot be
     accepted. Permission slips are due in the office before the field trip
     takes place.
    A phone call will not be accepted in lieu of the proper field trip
     permission slip.
    Parents may refuse to permit their child from participating in a field
     trip by stating so on the proper form. Students who do not attend a
     field trip will remain at home and will be marked absent for the day.
    All monies collected for the field trip are non-refundable.

   No electronic devices may be used on field trips. All devices must
   remain at home or in the child’s book bag at school.

Certification and Authorization for Background Checks

All employees, volunteers, and parents of Ss. Peter and Paul School who are
involved in any program or activity involving school children must sign
statements of certification and authorization for background checks. In the
event a parent or volunteer does not have the necessary forms on file or has
not attended a PGC workshop, he/she will not be allowed to chaperone or be
around the school children at any school-sponsored event.
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Chaperones

When children are involved in a function at Ss. Peter and Paul School, there
must be two adults supervising at all times. This includes, but is not limited
to, such things as scout meetings, athletic practices and games, and service
projects. Adults must be careful not to pick up another family’s child in
their arms, hold them on their laps, or touch them unnecessarily.

Chaperones of school-sponsored activities and field trips are greatly
appreciated by the teachers and students. It is the responsibility of
chaperones to assist the school staff in maintaining good order, encouraging
polite responses, and monitoring for safety. Therefore, chaperones may not
bring other children with them for most field trips.

Appropriate dress and behavior is a good example for the students.
Refraining from the consumption of alcoholic beverages (including samples)
while supervising or attending a school-sponsored activity is required of
chaperones.

Protecting God’s Children

Volunteers at all levels of service are required to attend a session of
“Protecting God’s Children.” This includes, but is not limited to, coaches,
chaperones, librarians, playground workers, and scout leaders. Volunteers
are also required to sign an authorization for a criminal background check
and the diocesan forms relative to the policy regarding Child Sexual Abuse
and provide personal references.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

A pastoral policy regarding sexual misconduct with minors was promulgated
in our diocese several years ago. It intends to explain the action of the
diocese when an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor by parish
personnel is received; to assure a proper pastoral response to those allegedly
offended, to their families and the alleged offenders; to establish policies to
screen out prospective new employees and volunteers with a history of prior
sexual misconduct; and to educate the church community on this policy. A
copy of this policy is available in the school office.
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                SECTION XIII: FINANCIAL POLICIES

ALL PARISH SCHOOLS SHALL BE SUPPORTED BY A FINANCIAL
PROGRAM CONSISTING OF A REASONABLE BALANCE OF
TUITION, FEES, GENERAL PARISH FUNDS, DEVELOPMENT
INCOME AND FUND RAISERS. (Policy 2311, Handbook of Educational
Policies, Springfield)

It is intended that school parents who are registered members of the parish
will support the parish in addition to meeting their set tuition
responsibilities. Non-contributing members of the parish and non-
parishioners are expected to pay the full tuition costs for education their
children.

Financial Assistance

Ss. Peter and Paul School has a financial assistance program available to
parishioners. An application is submitted to the business office that reviews
it and makes decisions regarding financial assistance based upon proven
need.

Registration Fees

There is a registration fee for each child’s educational materials and books.
There is also a technology fee for each child to cover the cost of computer
upgrades, repairs, licensing, and software

Tuition

Ss. Peter and Paul Parish is committed to offering a Catholic school
education to all of the parish children. No child will be denied a Catholic
education solely because of a parent’s inability to pay. Parents are expected
to pay the full amount of tuition in monthly, semi-annual, or annual
payments.

There are thee available payments plans:

    One annual payment directly to the parish
    Semi-annual payments directly to the parish
    Ten monthly payments using SMART (automatic withdrawal)
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Questions regarding school accounts are made at the parish business office.
Generally, tuition is refunded when a student transfers to another school if
tuition has been paid for days following the transfer. The registration
fee/technology fee is not refunded.

Official records will not be transferred to another school until all financial
obligations have been met.

                   SECTION XIV: HEALTH POLICIES

Accident/Illness

All student accidents, injuries, or illness happening on parish/school
property during educational activities shall be reported to the principal or
designated authority as soon as possible. An effort will be made to contact
the parent(s) or guardian for information and instructions. If parent(s) or
guardian cannot be contacted, and the illness or injury is believed to be
serious enough to require medical attention, the student will be taken to the
doctor or hospital for treatment. This action by the educational personnel
does not obligate the person, parish, or school to assume financial
responsibility for the treatment of the student.

Student Accident Insurance

Ss. Peter and Paul School sponsors a Student Accident Insurance plan. It is
recommended that parents/guardians take out a student accident policy.
Whether the insurance is purchased or not, all forms must be signed by the
parents or guardians and returned to the school office.

Ss. Peter and Paul School’s staff is committed to meeting the needs of all
students, in as far as possible. There are some conditions, however, for
which the school cannot provide the necessary resources.

AIDS

Ss. Peter and Paul School follows the Diocesan Policy regarding the
administration of a student with AIDS (#4715, Handbook of Catholic
Education Policies).
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Communicable Diseases

The principal will notify the Department of Public Health when a student is
sent home because of suspected communicable disease.

In the case of an absence due to a communicable disease, a release card
from the Department of Public Health or a letter from the family
physician indicating that the Department of Public Health regulations
have been fulfilled must be presented when the student returns to
school.

Immunization/Physical Requirements

Students entering preschool, Kindergarten and sixth grade, or any NEW
student to our school must have a current health examination and up-to-date
immunizations on the first day of school.

Ss. Peter and Paul School requires the exclusion from school on October 1
of any student not presenting evidence of meeting the requirements of
physical examinations and immunizations.

All children entering school below the Kindergarten level or fifth grade and
above are required to have proof of three doses of Hepatitis B vaccination
series being started or completed.

The Haemophilus influenza Type B (HIB) vaccination is also required from
children two years of age or older entering school below the Kindergarten
level.

Any student entering Preschool through seventh grade will additionally have
to be immunized for Varicella (chicken pox) or provide proof of having had
the disease.

Dental Requirements

Dental examinations are now required for students entering Kindergarten,
second, and sixth grades. Written documentation of the dental exam must be
provided by October 1 of the school year.
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Eye Examinations

All Illinois school children in Kindergarten or upon first entry into an
Illinois school beyond Kindergarten, are required to have an eye
examination by the first day of school. Effective January 1, 2008.

Medication

In accordance with Illinois law, Ss. Peter and Paul School staff members do
not dispense any medication unless a staff member has been trained due to a
student in his/her class who may be severely allergic or has a life threatening
asthma attack or other disorder. The principal or secretary dispenses a
medication in the office. This medication must be received in the
prescription container from the parent or guardian of the child. The
prescription bottle must contain the following information: name of the
student, name of the drug, dosage, and time interval the medication is to be
taken. The parents must provide a written request and permission that the
school may comply with the physician’s orders. (Forms are available in the
school office.) It requires the signature of the physician as well as the
parents. No over-the-counter medicine may be given to the student by a
faculty/staff. In the event that a student needs over-the-counter
medicine (aspirin, cough medicine, cough drops, etc.), the parent or a
person designated by the parent mush come to the school office to
dispense it. Benadryl and epi-pens are allowed when necessary to
ensure the safety of the child.

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Students in Grades Pre K, K, 2, 3 and 8 are required to b e screened for
either hearing and vision or both. A licensed technician performs the tests at
school early in the school year. Results are sent home if further testing is
required.

The Alton Public Schools will conduct speech and language screenings for
all new students and for any students referred by the teacher. These
screenings will take place in September and transportation to and from
speech class is the responsibility of the parent.
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                  SECTION XV: SCHOOL UNIFORMS

Uniforms and Dress Code

Uniforms are a tradition in Catholic elementary schools. In addition to
providing a sense of group identity and self-discipline, they reduce
distractions, eliminate competition for attention, minimize social differences,
and make it easier for parents to get their children out the door on time in the
morning.

Uniforms may be purchased through Fischer’s Parochial Uniforms in
Florissant, Missouri. In addition, many of the items for the school uniform
may be purchased at local department/retail stores provided they are of the
same color and style. However, Fischer’s Parochial Uniforms is the official
carrier of the navy blue plaid jumper, skirt, and culotte.

All students must be in uniform everyday. There will be out-of-uniform
days from time to time which will be announced during the course of the
school year. If there is a time when the prescribed uniform cannot for some
legitimate reason be worn, a note from the parent/guardian must be sent to
the principal. Students who are out of uniform without an excuse will be
sent to the office. The parent will be called to bring proper clothing.

General Dress Code Guidelines

It is expected that all students maintain a neat, attractive, youthful
appearance at school or in any situation which is an educational extension of
the school day. Thus, uncombed hair, oversized sweatshirts or blouses,
flapping shirt tails, faded or low-riding pants, jeans with holes in them, torn
hems, inappropriate short skirts, short shorts, or short culottes, skorts, cut-
offs, sundresses, spaghetti straps, tank tops, sheer clothing, untied shoelaces,
make-up, or hair colored in any unnatural color and excessive jewelry are
not appropriate for school and are not allowed.

Clothing that advertises alcohol or tobacco or values not in keeping with
the Catholic values or tradition may not be worn at any time in or
around school or at school-sponsored functions.

Tattoos, writing on the body or clothing is not allowed.
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Earrings must be unobtrusive and worn in both ears with the limit of two
earrings per ear. No hoop earrings are permitted.

Hair must be neat and clean. Bangs must be above the eyebrows and are
not permitted to be in the eyes. Boys’ hair must be cut around the ears
and above their collars. No extreme hair styles and colors are permitted.

Uniforms
                                    Boys

Pants must be navy blue plain pants and fitted to the waist. (If they are not
purchased at Fischer’s, pants must be the same style as those sold at
Fischer’s.) Navy blue walking shorts fitted to the waist may be worn at any
time. Belts must be worn with pants or shorts that have belt loops.

Shirts must be basic/plain polo-style or turtleneck in white or hunter green.
Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Any clothing worn under the shirt must
be white, gray or navy and should not show nor have sleeves longer than the
sleeve of the shirt.

Sweaters may be plain pullover (crew or V-neck), cardigan or sweater vest
in navy blue or white. Ss. Peter and Paul school sweatshirts may be worn in
navy blue or gray; navy Marquette sweatshirts may be worn. No stripes,
prints or trim are allowed on sweaters or sweatshirts. Sweaters and
sweatshirts may not have hoods or hand warmers in grades K-4. Jackets or
coats may not be worn in the classroom.

Socks must be white or navy blue.

Shoes must be tennis shoes or dress shoes. They must be in good condition
and shoelaces must be tied. Athletic shoes must be worn on PE days. Snow
or rain boots may be worn outside the building in poor weather, but not
inside the school.

                                    Girls

Grades K-5: Navy blue plaid jumper, culotte, or walking shorts. All must
be worn to the knee and fitted to the waist. Navy blue slacks fitted to the
waist may also be worn. Belts must be worn with slacks and walking shorts
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that have belt loops. (5th graders may also wear the uniform skirt.) Navy blue
leggings may be worn.

Grades 6-8: Navy blue plaid skirt, culottes, or navy walking shorts must be
worn to the knee and fitted at the waist. Navy blue slacks fitted to the waist
may also be worn. Belts must be worn with slacks and shorts that have belt
loops. Navy blue leggings may be worn. Note: spandex and knitted pants are
not part of the SSPP uniform and may not be worn at any time.

Blouses must be basic/plain polo or turtleneck style in white or hunter green.
All blouses or turtleneck shirts must be tucked in. Any tops worn under the
blouse should neither show nor have sleeves longer that the sleeve of the
blouse.

Sweaters must be plain pullover (crew or V-neck), cardigan or sweater vest
in navy blue or white. Ss. Peter & Paul school sweatshirts in navy blue or
gray may be worn; Marquette sweatshirts may be worn. No stripes, prints, or
trim may be worn on sweaters or sweatshirts. Sweaters and sweatshirts may
not have hoods or hand warmers in Grades K-4. Jackets or coats may not be
worn in the classroom.

Socks must be navy blue or white.

Shoes must be tennis shoes or dress shoes. They must be in good condition
and the shoelaces must be tied. Athletic shoes must be worn on PE days.
Snow or rain boots may be worn outside the building in poor weather, but
not inside the school.

Non-Uniform Days

Students may be allowed to come to school out of uniform for certain school
experiences or other days designated by the school office. When these days
are announced, the following dress code will be in effect: dressy slacks,
dressy jeans, dressy shorts or skirts. Shorts and skirts must be to the knee.
Tops must be in good condition and modest. All clothing must adhere to the
general dress code guidelines mentioned earlier.
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Halloween Costumes

Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes on the day of the Mission
Carnival. Students are encouraged to wear costumes that display a positive
role model such as a saint, a hero, or a literary character. Costumes cannot
display any violence, gore, or blood, or anything not in keeping with
Catholic traditions or values. Students in inappropriate costumes will be
asked to change or be sent home to change clothing.

SECTION XVI: MISCELLANEOUS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Asbestos Management

Ss. Peter and Paul School has an asbestos management plan which is on file
in the principal’s office and is available during normal business hours in
accordance with federal regulations. Asbestos is located in the floor tiles of
the school which are contained and nonfriable.

Internet Policy

Students in grades 3 – 8 and their parents area asked to sign an internet
agreement that is kept on file. The use of the internet at school is a
privilege. Students who do not abide by the terms in the agreement will lose
the privilege of using the internet at school. A copy of this agreement is in
the back of this booklet.

Parent Organization (PSA)

The Board of Education of Ss. Peter and Paul School serves the parish by
promoting the faith development of its members and the educational mission
of the Church through creative visioning for the future. The Board is to
ADVISE and counsel the pastor and principal.

The Parish School Association of Ss. Peter and Paul School was established
to develop and deepen a greater partnership between the school
administration and faculty and all interested members of the parish. The
PSA works to support and enhance the educational ministry of the school
through fund raising, parent education, and building community.
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Police Questioning

If a properly identified DCFS worker comes to the school to question a
child, school personnel must allow the child to be interviewed. The
principal arranges these meetings which take place at school.

If a properly identified law enforcement officer comes to question a child,
the parents are called so that they may be present for the interview. If
parent(s) cannot be reached, the child may not interviewed unless there is a
warrant or if the parents are reached but are unable to be present; the
principal or his/her designee should be present for the interview.

Student Pictures/Information – Use of

In the registration packet that parents receive each year, there is a form for
parents to give permission for the student’s picture, name, and/or other
information to be used in parent letters, internet, newspapers, and other
forms of media. Before the registration process is complete, this permission
form must be signed by the parent. If a parent does not wish to give
permission for the student’s picture, name, and/or other information to be
used in the media, THE PARENT MUST WRITE THIS ON THE FORM.

Right to Amend

Ss. PETER AND PAUL SCHOOL RESERVES TH RIGHT TO
AMEND THIS HANDBOOK AT ANY TIME. NOTICE OF
AMENDMENTS WILL BE SENT HOME TO PARENTS VIA THE
WEEKLY PARENT LETTER.

              SECTION XVII: PARENTS AS PARTNERS

As partners in the educational process at Ss. Peter and Paul School, we ask
parents:

   A. To set rules, times, and limits so that their child:

          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,
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       completes assignments on time, and
       has lunch, purchased or brought from home, everyday.

B. To actively participate in school activities such as the Parent-Teacher
   Conferences;

C. 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;

D. To call the school office first thing in the morning when your child
   will be absent or tardy;

E. To notify the school office of any change of address or important
   phone numbers;

F. To meet all financial obligations to the school;

G. To inform the school of any special situation regarding the student’s
   well-being, safety, or health;

H. To promptly complete and return to school any requested information;

I. To teach at home and reinforce what we teach about respecting and
   tolerating ALL students, and to be willing to work with the school
   when situations arise where this may not be happening;

J. To read school notes, the weekly parent letter, and to show interest in
   the student’s education. Use Fast Direct Information System for
   communication and grades.

K. To support the religious and educational goals of the school;

L. To support and cooperate with the discipline policy of the school;

M. To treat teachers with respect and courtesy in discussing student
   problems.
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     Ss. PETER AND PAUL SCHOOL INTERNET USE POLICY

This is to be signed by all students and parents before a student is
allowed to uses the computers at Ss. Peter and Paul School.

The internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all
over the world and millions of individual subscribers. The term “internet”
will include net, any network, or any information via the computer.

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the
availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value
in the context of the school setting. On the global network, it is
impossible to control all materials and a user may find controversial
information.
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1. Privileges: The use of the internet is a privilege, not a right, and
   inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges
   after the FIRST offense.

   As a user of the internet, you may be allowed to access other
   networks. Each network or system has its own set of policies and
   procedures. Actions which are routinely allowed on one
   network/system may be controlled or even forbidden on other
   networks. It is the user’s responsibility to abide by the policies and
   procedures of their other networks/systems. THE FACT THAT
   YOU, THE USER, CAN PERFORM A PARTICULAR ACTION
   DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THAT
   ACTION.

2. Netiquette: You are expected to abide by the generally accepted
   rules of network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the
   following:

      a. Be polite. Do not become abusive in your messages to
         others. Be careful with sarcasm and humor. What you think
         is funny may offend someone else.
      b. Always use appropriate language. Do not swear, use
         vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language.
      c. Never reveal your personal address and telephone number,
         or anyone else’s.
      d. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt
         the network for other uses.

3. Ss. Peter and Paul School, the Illinois State Board of Education,
   the Springfield Diocese, or any other provider will not be held
   responsible for any damage you suffer. These include loss,
   misdeliveries, or service interruptions.

4. Security: Anyone trying to alter computer hardware or software
   will immediately lose internet privileges.

5. Vandalism: Vandalism will result in immediate cancellation of
   privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm
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   or destroy data of another user of the internet. This includes, but is
   not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

6. Inappropriate Use: The following are some examples of
   inappropriate use. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:

      a. Using the network for any illegal activity, including
         violation of copyright laws.

      b. Using the network for financial or commercial gain.

      c. Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.

      d. Wastefully using resources (paper/ink).

      e. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.

      f. Posting anonymous messages.

      g. Publishing on or over the system any information which
         violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person, or
         information which would be abusive, profane, or sexually
         offensive.
      h. Sending letters or broadcasting messages to individuals, or
         any other types of use which would interfere with the work
         of others.

      i. Ordering material to be sent to your home and billed to the
         school.

      j. Using personal software on school computers.

      k. The use of inappropriate emails, including jokes, or any type
         of email that is not school/educationally appropriate.


      NOTE: STUDENTS AGREE NOT TO ACCESS
      INAPPROPRIATE SITES. THESE INCLUDE ADULT
      MATERIAL. ALL STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THAT
      ACCESSING SITES, WHICH INCLUDE INSTANT
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          MESSAGING, EMAIL, MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, ANY
          BLOGGING, OR ANY OTHERS WHICH ARE
          INAPPROPRIATE, WILL RESULT IN THE
          IMMEDIATE LOSS OF THEIR INTERNET
          PRIVILEGES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE
          SCHOOL YEAR.

          THE INTERNET PERMISSION SLIP IS ON THE NEXT
          PAGE.




  Ss. PETER AND PAUL INTERNET PERMISSION SLIP

Use of Internet Permission Slip: No child will be allowed to use
the internet unless this signed permission slip is on file in the
school office.

I have read the terms and conditions of the Acceptable Use
Policy and agree to abide by it.

Student signature ___________________________________

Date_______________________________________________

As the parent/guardian of this student, I have read the terms
and conditions for internet use. I understand that his/her
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access is provided for educational purposed, and that it is
impossible for Ss. Peter and Paul School to restrict all
controversial materials. I will not hold Ss. Peter and Paul
School faculty/staff responsible for materials acquired on the
internet.

_____     My son/daughter may have access to the Internet.

_____     My son/daughter may not have access to the
          Internet.

Parent/Guardian signature____________________________

Date________________________________________________

				
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