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					     STUDENT HANDBOOK




  OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL
      1531 East Grandview Boulevard
         Erie Pennsylvania 16510


PHONE: 825-2822
FAX: 825-7437
KITCHEN: 825-7911

Veronica Antoske, Principal
Mary Carroll, Secretary
Fr. Raymond Hahn, Pastor      Revised: August, 2009
                       TABLE OF CONTENTS

MISSION STATEMENT                                 2
PHILOSOPHY                                        2
SPIRITUALITY AND SELF ESTEEM                      2
ACCREDITATION                                     2
REGISTRATION AND ENTRANCE POLICY                  3-4
       REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
       IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
       RE-REGISTRATION
       TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID
SCHOOL HOURS                                      5
SCHOOL WORK                                       5
       HOMEWORK
       REPORT CARDS
       GRADING SCALE
       HONOR ROLL
ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS                          6
       ABSENTEEISM
       EARLY DISMISSAL FOR APPOINTMENTS
       TARDINESS
       VACATIONS
SEVERE WEATHER – CLOSING                          6
       PARENT BROADCAST
TRANSPORTATION AND THOSE WALKING                  7
       BUSES
       CAR RIDERS
       BICYCLES
       WALKERS
PARKING LOT PROCEDURE MAPS                        8-9
DISCIPLINE CODE                                   10
COMPUTER RESOURCE AND SOFTWARE USE                10
SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY                             11
SPECIAL SERVICES                                  12
       READING SPECIALIST
       MATH SPECIALIST
       SPEECH THERAPIST
       PUPIL SERVICES
       BUILDING LEVEL SUPPORT TEAM (BLEST)
CONFERENCES                                       12
LUNCHROOM                                         12
LIBRARY                                           13
DRESS DOWN PASSES                                 13
STANDARDIZED TESTING                              13
TEXTBOOKS                                         13
ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS                          16
HEALTH AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES    15-16
       HEALTH ROOM PROCEDURES
       HEALTH RECORDS
       HEALTH SCREENINGS
       DENTAL EXAMS
       PHYSICAL EXAMS
       SCHOOL MEDICATION POLICY
       MEDICATIONS FOR FIELD TRIPS
SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS                              17-18
       SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD
       PARENT TEACHER COUNCIL (PTC)
       MOUNT CARMEL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (MCAA)
IMPORTANT NOTICE                                  18
                                  MISSION STATEMENT
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a Catholic Christian community that exists to proclaim the Good
News of Christ. The family environment of the school, permeated with the Spirit of the Gospel, allows
each student the opportunity to grow and develop by sharing in a wide variety of experiences, from
liturgical worship to community service.

                                         PHILOSOPHY
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a student-centered environment that meets the needs of the whole
child as they grow and develop, not only spiritually and intellectually, but also socially, emotionally, and
physically. Its academic purpose is involvement in a wide variety of curricular experiences. The faculty
and students integrate into their lives a sense of respect, social justice, peace, and compassion of the
renewal of humanity. Students are provided with experiences, which reflect global concerns. The faculty
encourages a life long pursuit of education and establishes a supportive, caring, shared atmosphere.
Learning is valued and respected for itself as well as for the rewards it brings.

                       SPIRITUALITY AND SELF ESTEEM
At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we place great emphasis on the spiritual growth of our students and offer:

       Prayer for each school day that reflects the spirit of the Church's seasons and feasts
       Daily Religion Class
       Weekly Mass
       Participation in the Sacraments
       Community Service

                                      ACCREDITATION

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is accredited by the “Middle States Association of College
and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools.” The accreditation period is effective from
April 28, 2006 – May 30, 2013. Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has demonstrated to
evaluators of the Commission on Elementary Schools that it is effectively advancing the quality
of education it offers its students and meets its responsibilities to the public and to the
profession of education.




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                REGISTRATION AND ENTRANCE POLICY
Registration is held at during Catholic Schools’ Week for new families enrolling children in Kindergarten
through grade 5. Any parent wishing to enroll students for grades 6 through 8 must make an appointment
with the principal prior to acceptance into the school.

Enrollment is open to parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, as well as, non-parish families.
A parishioner's status is those families who contribute a minimum of $10.00 weekly to the parish and
become involved in some aspect of parish and/or school life.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

       Birth Certificate
       Baptismal Certificate
       Student Social Security Number

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that all children in the Commonwealth schools have written
proof submitted by their physician, that they have received:

       4 doses of DPT – with one dose after age 4
       3 doses of oral polio vaccine
       2 dose of live measles vaccine*
       2 dose rubella vaccine*
       2 dose of mumps vaccine*

* Usually given as MMR vaccine. The MMR must be administered AFTER THE FIRST BIRTHDAY. A
second dose of measles vaccine is now required.

New students entering the school for the FIRST time will need:

       3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine
       2 doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or have had the disease itself.

RE-REGISTRATION

A re-registration form will be sent home mid-February to each family with students at Our Lady of Mount
Carmel School. At that time parents are asked to:

       Re-register their children for the upcoming school year
       Fill out a tuition preference form
       Submit the designated registration fee

Students entering Kindergarten and/or Pre-School must be registered in the school office.




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TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

Families sign a tuition contract during the spring preceeding the upcoming school year. The tuition
contract clearly indicates the financial requirement for enrollment at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
each year. There are a number of payment options from which to choose in paying tuition. An option
must be chosen and included in your signed contract.

F.A.C.T.S. is available for each school year. This is a tuition management program whereby tuition
payments are deducted from your personal checking account on a monthly basis. The tuition clerk will
answer any specific questions you may have regarding this payment option.

Those families experiencing financial difficulties, who are parishioners (for a minimum of 3 months prior to
enrolling), may apply for financial assistance through the Reverend Joseph T. Scheffner, Founding
Pastor, Endowment Fund. Applications can be obtained through the school office and rectory. All forms
are due by APRIL 15 of each year.

Applications for STAR Foundation grants are also available in the school office. They are due March 1 of
each year.




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                                       SCHOOL HOURS
Grades K-8               8:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Preschool                8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The building is open at 7:45 a.m. and students are to report to the gym for supervision. Students arriving
before 7:45 a.m. will have to register for the Before School Program. There is also an After School
Program for Our Lady of Mount Carmel students. Registration forms are available in the school office.
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There is an early dismissal on the 2 Wednesday of each month (unless otherwise noted on the school
calendar) at 1:30. EMTA is the only bus providing pick-up on these days.

                                        SCHOOL WORK
HOMEWORK

Homework is given to all students; however, it is not always given daily. Homework is an extension of the
learning that takes place in school. Homework assignments will be considered a part of the student's
grade based upon:

       Completion
       Neatness
       Accuracy
       Punctuality

If a student is absent for an extended period of time, parents are requested to either send a note to the
homeroom teacher or contact the school office in the morning. All homework will be picked up in the
school office at 2:45 p.m. only unless it is sent home with another student.

REPORT CARDS

Students in Grades 1-5 receive report cards four times a year. Grades are based on test scores,
participation, and assignments, including homework. Progress reports are sent home mid-quarter with
students in grades 4-5 who are deficient in any subject area. Parents are expected to sign the mid-
quarter report and return it to the teacher within three days. Middle school, grades 6, 7 and 8, follow a
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trimester reporting period. All 6 , 7 and 8 grade students receive an interim report via mail each
trimester. These reports must be signed by parent (guardian) and returned to the homeroom teacher
within three days upon receipt. If a question should arise regarding grades, test scores, homework or any
other classroom concern, please contact your child’s teacher/s first. If the matter is not resolved, the
concern may then be brought to the attention of the principal followed by the pastor.

GRADING SCALE

        Achievement                               Effort
        A 93-100                                  1 excellent
        B 85-92                                   2 steady progress
        C 76-84                                   3 needs improvement
        D 69-75
        E 68 and below (U grades 6, 7 and 8)
        Kindergarten receives a checklist three times during the school year

HONOR ROLL

The Honor Roll is a special recognition for academic achievement in the intermediate grades 4 & 5. It is
based on the previous quarter grades and is published four times a year. The Honor Roll is published
three times a year for Middle School. A (3) in any subject or conduct mark can keep a student off honors.

       First Honors             All A's, 1's, and 2's
       Second Honors            All A's, B's, 1's, and 2's


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                          ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS
ABSENTEEISM

Each day a student is absent, the parent or caretaker for the student must call the school office in the
morning to explain the reason for the absence. A written excuse is required upon return to school.
Children should be kept home until they have totally recovered from their illness. Frequent absences may
result in a conference between the principal and parents.

A student is considered 1/2 day absent if he/she arrives after 10:45 a.m. or leaves before 12:20 p.m.
Doctor appointments should be made outside of school hours. If this is not possible, a note is required.

EARLY DISMISSAL FOR APPOINTMENTS

We will honor requests for students to leave the building for appointments during school hours. Please
submit requests, in writing, the day before the appointment. Ask your student to meet you in the school
office. If someone other that a parent is picking up your child, please identify that person in the note. NO
STUDENT IS TO WAIT AT THE DOOR OR OUT IN THE PARKING LOT. No student is permitted to walk
to his/her appointment.

TARDINESS

A pupil is tardy if they arrive in homeroom after 8:25 a.m. A student must stop in the office for a late slip
for permission to enter homeroom. We encourage students to be punctual. This is a courtesy to the
teacher and their classmates. It also develops a sense of responsibility in the child.

VACATIONS

Vacation during the school year is strongly discouraged. If however, a student does leave for an
extended trip, assignments will be given upon return. They will then have one week to make up
assignments. Students will be held accountable for missed work. A written excuse is required upon
return to school.

                           SEVERE WEATHER - CLOSING
In cooperation with the Millcreek Township School District, Our Lady of Mount Carmel observes a two-
hour delayed starting time when severe weather conditions exist. The delayed starting time will permit
school district officials to evaluate road and weather conditions before making a decision on closing
school for the day. When the delayed start time is initiated all starting times are delayed by two hours.
Because of the short morning session, there will be no morning Preschool when the school opening is
delayed. Before Care is also cancelled. The school day will end at the regular time.

During the winter season, parents are encouraged to listen to local radio, news websites and television on
days of inclement weather. There is often information regarding school delays, closings, or early
dismissals. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.

PARENT BROADCAST

Parent Broadcast is an automated telephone relay system that allows the school principal, as well as,
various organization chairs and coaches to contact parents with pertinent information during the course of
the school year.




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                TRANSPORTATION AND THOSE WALKING
BUSES

Bus riding is a privilege to those who abide by the rules for bus safety and courtesy. The following rules
have been established in order to ensure the safety of all students who ride buses.

       Orderly behavior is required on the bus and at the bus stop.
       Remain seated, facing front, when the bus is in motion.
       Talk quietly and make no unnecessary noise.
       Do not talk to the driver unless it is necessary.
       Keep head and arms inside the bus.
       Do not litter the inside of the bus or throw anything out of the windows.
       NO FOOD OR DRINK PERMITTED.

Infractions of the above rules will be brought to the attention of parents. Continual abuse of the bus
privileges will result in the denial of transportation. Incident reports are placed in student's file with copies
sent to parents.

CAR RIDERS

Car riders are to enter the school at the back door and walk through the gym. When driving on the
school/church grounds, PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION, 10 M.P.H., to insure the safety of all those on the
property. Students are not permitted to walk out into the parking lot without being escorted by an adult.
Students are to be picked up no later than 3:00 p.m. Students cannot be left in the parking lot
unsupervised. Parents will be required to enter the school gym for pick up.

BICYCLES

The school does not assume liability for the safety or security of bikes on the property. A bike rack is
provided. The school does not have adequate space to store bikes in the event of rain. Fire regulations
prevent us from having bikes in the halls. Bicycle safety laws will be enforced, including wearing of
helmets and single riders only. Students will walk bikes to East Grandview Boulevard at dismissal.

WALKERS

Walkers are dismissed when the traffic from car riders has subsided. The city of Erie provides a crossing
guard to cross the students at the corner of Davison and East Grandview Boulevard. Students are
expected to follow the same behavior rules that apply in school. Any student breaking school rules on the
way to or from school will be subject to disciplinary action.


PLEASE CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE PARKING LOT PROCEDURE MAPS ON PAGES 9-10 FOR THE
SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS.




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PARKING LOT PROCEDURE MAPS




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                                    CODE OF CONDUCT
The essence of Christian discipline is self-discipline. The student must be free to choose one form of
behavior over another to deal with the consequences of that behavior. We encourage our students to be
loving, respectful, and responsible members of family, church, community, and world.

All policy is developed and enforced with this in mind. School rules apply on the school grounds, going to
and from school, and at any event where the school is represented, regardless of the location.

Students are expected to be respectful in Church; to all adults they meet, to their peers, and to our school
building. Causing physical or verbal harm to their peers or an adult will result in a disciplinary action.

Minor infractions are handled with a verbal correction or detention. Repeated infractions or a major
infraction may result in "In School Suspension" and a conference with parents/guardian. If the behavior
does not change or a major problem erupts, the parents/guardian will be requested to withdraw their
student from Our Lady of Mount Carmel. A student's continued presence depends on his/her ability to
abide by the routine of the school and to help contribute to the Christian climate of the building.
Harassing or bullying behavior will not be tolerated.

Students are under the supervision of many teachers during the day. Each will have his/her own
requirements and students should understand these expectations and abide by them. Teachers will
handle minor disciplinary offenses with private conferences, corrective assignments, make up work, home
calls, after school detention, and/or a referral to the principal.

The purpose of any punishment is to help the student understand and accept the responsibility for making
poor choices. It is always meant to be corrective not punitive. A copy of the discipline code is sent home
in September for parent/guardian signing.

Verbal or written THREATS will be taken seriously and will result in an immediate phone call to parents
informing you of the situation until a decision is made regarding further disciplinary measures.

Please note:    No electronic devices such as cell phones, i-pods, etc. are allowed during school hours.
Students must leave cell phones in the school office until dismissal.

The Principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary situations and may waive any disciplinary rule
for just cause at his/her discretion. The Principal may also involve the School Advisory Board in
rendering final decisions.

            COMPUTER RESOURCE AND SOFTWARE USE
It is the policy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School to protect the computing resources under its
management from unauthorized use, access, modifications, copying, and destruction. The school will
take appropriate disciplinary action when any person breaches this policy. Such action may include up to
and including immediate dismissal from school.




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                              SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY
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All students Kindergarten through 8 grade wear the school uniform.

Boys:
        Navy trousers (no jeans, cargo, low slung, or baggy pants)
        Red button polo shirt (K-8) (shirts are to be tucked in with a white undershirt worn underneath)
        Navy sweaters (crew or cardigan)
        Red turtlenecks
        Navy, red, or gray sweatshirts with OLMC logo may be worn over polo shirt
        Black, navy, or white crew or ankle socks (no logos)
        Brown or black leather shoes (dress, tie or loafer style) (no sneakers, work boots, or hiking boots)
        Brown, black or Navy belts are to be worn (2-8)
        Kindergarten students may wear sneakers all year with their uniform

Girls:
        Plaid jumper (K-3)
        Plaid skirts (4-8) (no more than two inches above the knee)
        Navy uniform slacks (brown, black or navy solid belts worn in grades 2-8)
        Red button polo shirt (K-8) (shirts are to be tucked in unless banded)
        Navy sweaters (crew or cardigan)
        Red turtlenecks
        Navy or white crew/ankle/knee socks (tights in winter)(no logos)
        Navy, red, or gray sweatshirts with OLMC logo may be worn over polo shirt
        Buckle, tie or loafer style shoe with heels of appropriate height (1-2 inches) (no sneakers,
         platform shoes, sandals, ( including flip-flops) work boots, or hiking boots)
        Kindergarten students may wear sneakers all year with their uniform

Warm Weather Uniform (Worn in August, September, May, and June)

        Navy walking shorts
        Uniform polo shirt
        Girls may wear plaid or navy skorts (K-3)
        White crew or ankle socks only (does not include "no show" socks or logos)
        Sneakers (only black, red or predominantly white) (no high tops)

Gym Attire

        T-shirts (except those judged by school personnel to be in poor taste)
        Shorts
        Sweats
        Sneakers
        Socks must be worn at all times (does not include "no show" socks or logos)

If students forget their gym clothes, they are NOT permitted to call home for them. The gym instructor
provides alternative gym class.

NOTE: The following are not permitted as part of the uniform:

        Tattoos (real or otherwise)
        Dyed, bleached, or extreme hair styles (boys must keep hair off collar and above ears and
         eyebrows)
        Makeup (including nail polish and appliqués)
        Jewelry (watches and medals are exempt from this)
        Hair ornaments

The school reserves the right to deem what is extreme or excessive Infraction notices will be sent home.


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                                       SPECIAL SERVICES
READING SPECIALIST

State funds under Act 89 provide a reading specialist for those students in need of remediation.

MATH SPECIALIST

State funds under Act 89 provides a math specialist for those students in need of remedial or enrichment
services.

SPEECH THERAPIST

Act 89 provides a number of auxiliary services to students enrolled in nonpublic schools. At the beginning of each
school year, the speech clinician conducts a brief group speech/language screening involving the following:
        All students in kindergarten and first grade
        Students requiring follow-up from previous screenings
        Students enrolled in the therapy program from the previous year
        All students new to the building

PUPIL SERVICES

Act 89 also provides the services of a school psychologist and learning disabilities consultant. Should a
parent or teacher express a concern about a student's learning ability or learning rate, a referral may be
filled out and sent to Pupil Services. The school psychologist will contact the school and review the
student's permanent record. The psychologist will also contact the parents for their input. A meeting will
be held with teachers and parents to discuss the findings and make recommendations. The
recommendations will help all involved to increase the student's success in school. The learning
disabilities consultant is brought in to assist parents and the classroom teacher with utilizing appropriate
materials and approaches for the child who has a defined learning disability.

BUILDING LEVEL SUPPORT TEAM (BLEST)

A Building Level Support Team is in place to aid teachers in dealing with student or class academic and
behavioral concerns. This team is made up of the Principal, academic specialists when needed, as well
as teacher representation from various grade levels. The Building Level Support Team meets weekly
throughout the school year.

                                           CONFERENCES
Parent/Teacher conferences are held at the end of the first quarter. This gives both the teacher and
parent the opportunity to exchange information that will benefit the child. Attendance at this conference is
required of all families. Additional conferences may be scheduled throughout the year at the discretion of
either the parent and/or the teacher. An end-of-the-year conference is held for all Kindergarten students.
Middle School students are required to attend Parent/Teacher conferences.

                                             LUNCHROOM
Students bring a bag lunch with them to school. Milk tickets are sold weekly in the homerooms. There
are a variety of foods that may be purchased on Friday for the following week. These items are listed on
the school calendar, along with prices.

Students are to conduct themselves in the lunchroom as they would in their own dining rooms. Please
discuss with your children the appropriate manners and courtesies that should be extended to other
children and to those adults who help in the cafeteria.




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                                              LIBRARY
The Library at Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the resource center for both teachers and students. The
collection includes books, periodicals, encyclopedias, and reference materials. The purpose of the library
is to support the school curriculum and motivate students to read for information, inspiration, and
recreation. Each student receives instruction in library and research skills during scheduled library
periods.

Late Fees:

       $.05 per school day

Lost books:

       Replacement charge is a minimum of $5.00.
       If the book is later found, it becomes the property of the student.

                                 DRESS DOWN PASSES
Dress down passes are available for students under the following guidelines:

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        Sold the 1 day of each month
       Cost of $.50
       K-5 may purchase one per month
       6-8 may purchase two per month

Dress down passes may not be used in the following instances:

       In place of gym clothes
       On a field trip
       Mass days
       Special dress up days (i.e. school picture day, last day assembly, etc.)

                               STANDARDIZED TESTING
Diagnostic tests in the main subject areas of reading language skills, mathematics, science, social
studies, and study skills are included in the Diocesan testing program. Students in grades 2-8 are tested
on their achievement each year. Students in grades 3 and 6 are also administered the Cognitive Abilities
Test which measures the student's ability to perform schoolwork. Students in Kindergarten and grade 1
are administered the Dibels Benchmark Assessment (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Learning Skills)

                                           TEXTBOOKS
The Pennsylvania Textbooks and Instructional Materials Act allow all textbooks except Religion texts and
those with religious themes to be purchased at the state's cost. All parents are asked to sign a form
provided by the school allowing your children to use the government property.

Our allotment is based on school enrollment. These books and materials, unless consumable, are to be
used a minimum of seven years before discarding.
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Hard cover books must be covered by the 2 week of school. Students whose books are not covered
and found to be in poor condition will be assessed a fee at the end of the year.




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                            ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS
Our school strives to enhance self-esteem in our students and to help them to become well-rounded
students. To that end we offer the following activities:

       Alter servers
       Band
       Boys and girls basketball
       Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Brownies
       Cheerleading
       Boys and girls cross country
       Educational and creative arts/assemblies
       Field trips
       Football
       Instrument lessons
       Math 24 challenge game and math counts
       Spelling and geography bees
       Mission club
       Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)
       Remedial reading and math
       Safety patrol
       Boys and girls soccer
       Speech and language development
       Student council
       Boys and girls swim team
       Yearbook
       OLMC Singers
       Newsletter Staff

Sign ups for these activities are provided throughout the school year and available at school and through
the various sponsoring organizations.

Following is the eligibility policy for all school sponsored activities, including Jr. Varsity and
Varsity athletics for the school year 2009-2010*

       Students must maintain a C average in all subjects and all homework must be up to date.
       (2) check marks in effort on the report card or interim report results in a Warning form.
       (2) check marks in conduct on the report card or interim report results in a Warning form.
       Students have one week to show improvement or a Suspension form will be sent home.
       The Suspension form indicates that the student may NOT participate in the activity or sport for 2
        weeks.
       If improvement is NOT shown during this two week period, the student may no longer participate.

*The principal reserves the right to interpret this policy based on individual cases and circumstances.




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             HEALTH AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS AND
                         PROCEDURES
HEALTH ROOM PROCEDURES

A Certified School Nurse from the Millcreek School District will service Our Lady of Mount Carmel each
year, and a Medical Assistant will be available most days to perform first aid. Please help us keep Our
Lady of Mount Carmel healthy by NOT sending children to school if they have:

       Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
       Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
       A communicable disease such as conjunctivitis (pink eye)
       Head lice
       Impetigo
       Chicken pox

Please call the school nurse for guidelines as to when children may return to school.

HEALTH RECORDS

Immunization and health records are maintained for each student. Please let us know in the health room
if your child is under care for any medical condition or is taking long-term medication (even if it is not at
school) so that we can keep your child's medical records current.

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Each student will have a vision screening and height and weight measurement each year. Students in
grades K-3 and grade 7 will have their hearing checked. Results of these screenings will be sent home.
If you have any questions about these or wish to have your child's vision or hearing checked at another
time, please call the school nurse.

DENTAL EXAMS

All students are required by Pennsylvania State Law to have a dental exam upon entry into school and in
grades 3 and 7. These exams are best completed by your family dentist. Forms will be given at
registration and also sent home in report cards at the end of the year in grades 2 and 6. If a private
dental report is not returned, the school dentist will schedule your child for an exam.

PHYSICAL EXAMS

All students are required by Pennsylvania State Law to have a physical exam upon entry into school and
in grade 6. These forms are best completed by your own physician, and private exam forms will be given
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at registration and in the report cards at the end of the year in 5 grade. If a private physical report is not
returned, the school physician will schedule your child for an exam.




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SCHOOL MEDICATION POLICY

If at all possible, medication should be administered at home. Medications will be administered during
school hours only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of a student and he/she
would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available. All medications are
dispensed from the Health Room. Students are not to have medication with them during school hours.

In order for school employees to dispense medication, both parent/guardian and physician must sign an
authorization form. This includes non-prescription medication. All prescription medication must be
brought to the nurse's office, or the school office, in a properly labeled current prescription bottle with:

        Student's name
        Doctor's name
        Name of medication
        Dosage
        Time to be administered

Your pharmacy can give you a separate bottle for school. Non-prescription medicine must be brought in
the original bottle, with only a limited supply to give in school. Each change in medication (dosage, time,
or kind) throughout the year requires a new authorization form signed by both parent/guardian and
physician. Forms must be renewed annually. Students are responsible to report to the health room to
receive their medication at the proper time.

BEFORE medication can be given:

    1. Permit form signed by parent/guardian AND physician.
    2. Medication in a current, properly labeled prescription bottle or original container.

MEDICATIONS FOR FIELD TRIPS

If your student is going on a field trip, please make arrangements for him/her not to take medication. If it
is necessary for him/her to take a daily medication, put the dose in a clearly marked envelope with:

       Student's name
       Name of medication
       Time to be administered

Seal the envelope and make sure the teacher receives it. Also notify the nurse or medical assistant so
they know not to administer the medication for that day. Do not ask the nurse or medical assistant to take
a dose from your child's supply at school to send on the trip. This constitutes "re-labeling medication" and
is against nursing practice regulations.




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                             SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD

The School Advisory Board is comprised of individuals elected for one, two, or three year terms by school
parents from open nominations. The School Advisory Board, established by the Pastor, assists him and
the Principal in an advisory capacity, overseeing the governance of the school and in all matters
pertaining to its stated purpose and philosophy.

The School Advisory Board consists of:

       Pastor
       Principal
       Faculty Member
       Elected PTC Representative
       Seven appointed school parents

Offices held by the School Advisory Board members consist of:

       Chair
       Vice Chair
       Secretary
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The School Advisory Board meets the 2         Tuesday of each month at the school from September though
June.

PARENT TEACHER COUNCIL (PTC)

The purpose of the PTC is:

       To promote a working relationship between school and home whereby parents are made aware
        of needs for the school and help raise funds for these needs.
       To present programs helping parents understand and deal with the concerns of our children.
       To encourage and facilitate communication between the faculty, parents, and students.
       To form a community spirit among school families through social gatherings and working
        relationships.
       To promote the welfare of children and youth at home, school, and community.

PTC sponsors many activities and programs throughout the school year including, but not limited to:

       Room Parents
       Birthday/Bereavement Book Club
       Cash Raffle
       Campbell Labels
       Book Fair
       Christmas Shopping Days
       Grandparents’ Day
       School Picnic
       Kindergarten Graduation
    
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        8 Grade Graduation Reception
       Back to School Picnic
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Meetings are held the 3 Thursday of September, November, and April.




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MOUNT CARMEL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (MCAA)

The primary purpose of MCAA is to promote, finance, and encourage the students and coaches
participating in school athletic activities.

Membership in the MCAA is open to any member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish who is 18 years or
older. Students wishing to participate in any of the sports programs offered by Our Lady of Mount Carmel
School will be charged a yearly pre-determined fee.

Sports offered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School include:

       Girls and boys JV and Varsity basketball
       JV and Varsity cheerleading
       Cross country
       JV and Varsity football
       JV and Varsity swimming
       Girls and boys golf
       Girls and boys JV and Varsity soccer
       Co-ed JV and Varsity soccer
       Intramural soccer (no charge)

MCAA is monitored by a board of directors consisting of the following:

       Pastor/Representation
       Principal
       Chair
       Vice Chair
       Secretary
       Treasurer
       Two Directors
       Immediate Past Chair
       Athletic Director

The membership and board meet on the second Monday of each month to discuss all business pertinent
to the organization. The association also sponsors many activities including the annual golf raffle, adult
dances, and tournaments.



                                   IMPORTANT NOTICE
Although Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has attempted in this publication to anticipate all
eventualities, it is obviously impossible to touch upon or address all areas which may be affected. Those
subjects and/or concerns of a material influence not specifically addressed herein will be addressed on an
individual basis with the best interests of the student and the school in mind.




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