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					WELCOME                                            PROGRESS REPORTS                                         15
                                                   GRADING SYSTEM                                           15
INTRODUCTION                                       HONOR ROLL                                               15
AMENDMENT OF HANDBOOK                              HONORS                                                   15
SCHOOL HOURS                                       GRADUATION                                               16
                                                   PRE-SCHOOL, PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN RECOGNITION
MISSION STATEMENTS, HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY                                                                  16
  SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT                   2     PROMOTION AND RETENTION                                  16
  PARISH MISSION STATEMENT                   2     PARENT CONFERENCES                                       17
  SCHOOL HISTORY                             2     TECHNOLOGY CONCERNS                                      17
  SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY                          2     TESTING                                                  17
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT                              LIBRARY                                                  18
  SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE               3     TECHNOLOGY                                               18
  RELIGIOUS AND MORAL INSTRUCTION            3    GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES
  THE ROLE OF THE PARENT                     4     ATTENDANCE                                               18
  STUDENT EXPECTATIONS                       4     ARRIVAL                                                  19
SCHOOL PROGRAMS                                    TARDINESS                                                19
 EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM                       5     DISMISSAL                                                19
 SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD                       6     EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS                                     19
 HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION                 6     TRUANCY                                                  20
 NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY               6     STUDENT APPOINTMENTS                                     20
 EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES                 6     ABSENCE                                                  20
ADMISSIONS POLICIES                                AFTER HOURS CLASSROOM ACCESS                             20
 NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY                   8     ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL                                    21
 APPLICATION, TESTING, AND INTERVIEWING      8     SCHOOL VISITORS                                          21
 ACCEPTANCE                                  8     CLASSROOM VISITORS                                       21
 PROBATION                                   8     STUDENT CUSTODY AND GUARDIANSHIP                         21
 REGISTRATION AND WAITING LISTS              9     STUDENT RECORDS                                          21
                                                   CONFIDENTIALITY                                          22
FINANCE POLICIES                                   TRANSFER OF STUDENT RECORDS                              22
  SCHOOL TUITION AND FEES                     9    LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FOR STUDENTS                   22
  NEW FAMILY RECRUITMENT PLAN                10    HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS                               22
  TUITION                                    10    COMMUNICATION OF CONCERNS                                22
  TUITION AND FEE PENALTIES                  10    DISTRIBUTION OF INFORMATION                              23
  ENROLLMENT CANCELLATION                    11    TELEPHONE USAGE AND MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS                23
  TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM                 11    INCLEMENT WEATHER                                        23
  SERVICE AND FUNDRAISING OBLIGATIONS        12    MONIES SENT TO SCHOOL                                    24
  OBLIGATORY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER SERVICE PLAN   12    LUNCH AND RECESS                                         24
  FUNDRAISING COMMITMENT FEE                 12    PARTIES                                                  25
ACADEMIC POLICIES                                  CELL PHONES, ELECTRONICS, MEDIA AND TOYS                 25
 CURRICULUM                                  13    FIELD TRIPS                                              25
 SPECIAL LEARNING NEEDS                      13    PERSONAL PROPERTY                                        26
 ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS/PROBATION             13   HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES
 CLASS WORK AND HOMEWORK                     13    EMERGENCY INFORMATION                                    27
 WORK/STUDY HABITS                           14    HEALTH REGULATIONS AND IMMUNIZATIONS                     27
 REPORT CARDS                                14    BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS                                    27
 ILLNESS                                           27
 MEDICATION                                        28
 ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES                            28
 CRISIS/EMERGENCY PLANS                            28
 FIRE/CRISIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DRILLS           29
 WEAPONS POLICY                                    29
 CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT                           29
 CHILD PROTECTION POLICY                           29
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND BEHAVIOR POLICIES
  UNIFORM POLICY AND DRESS CODE                    30
  DRESS CODE                                       31
  OUT-OF-UNIFORM DRESS CODE                        32
  ENFORCEMENT POLICY FOR DRESS CODE                32
  CODE OF CONDUCT                                  32
  DISCIPLINE POLICY                                33
  CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY                          33
  CHEATING, PLAGIARISM, AND FORGERY                33
  HARASSMENT, BULLYING, CYBER-BULLYING             34
  TYPES OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION                     34
  SUCCESSIVE STAGES OF DISCIPLINARY INTERVENTION   35
  DETENTION PROCEDURES                             35
  SUSPENSION PROCEDURES                            36
  VOLUNTARY/INVOLUNTARY STUDENT WITHDRAWAL         36
  EXPULSION PROCEDURES                             36
  SEARCH AND SEIZURE                               37
  APPLICATION OF THE DISCIPLINARY CODE             37
  VALUES FIRST CODE                                38
                         WELCOME                                                              INTRODUCTION
Welcome to Mount Calvary Catholic School. We are pleased that you          The purpose of the Parent/Student Handbook is to insure that
have chosen Mount Calvary Catholic School as your partner in the           parents/guardians and students understand the policies and
educational process of your child. Your choice demonstrates a              procedures of this school and agree to be governed by them.
commitment to the philosophy and values of Catholic Education and
the mission of our school.                                                 “The education of the student is a partnership between the parents
                                                                           and the school. Just as the parent/guardian has the right to withdraw
The administration, faculty and staff looks forward to working with you    a child, if desired, the school administration reserves the right to
to help your child reach his or her potential spiritually, academically,   require withdrawal of a student if the administration determines that
socially, emotionally and physically in a Christ-centered, nurturing       the partnership is irretrievably broken.” (Shaughnessy, 2002)
environment. We recognize individual differences and place a high
priority on students being responsible for their learning and behavior     The administration reserves the right to amend any and all
through self-discipline, as modeled by Jesus Christ.                       policies or procedures at any time. The administration also
                                                                           reserves the right to rule on any issue or event that may not be
The policies and procedures outlined in the Parent/Student                 covered in this handbook, or its addendum.
Handbook exist to facilitate a mutual working relationship between the
home and school for the good of each child. They outline the               All parents and students must sign the Parent/Student Handbook
expectations and responsibilities of all who are involved in the           Agreement. This form must be returned to the school no later
educational process at Mount Calvary Catholic School.                      than the Friday of the first week of the school.

With the grace of God, and the joint efforts of the home and school,       Every attempt will be made to notify parents/guardians of changes
our work will be blessed as we carry out the mission of education and      through regular school communications such as the weekly Principal’s
evangelization for the children we serve.                                  Newsletter, the monthly calendar and official school mailings.

In Christ’s service,                                                       ** From here forward the term “parent/parents” will be used to
                                                                           refer to a student’s legal parent or guardian.

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Mrs. Darcy A. Tomko                      Ms. Cathy Ann Ziegler
Principal                                Assistant Principal
      AMENDMENT OF HANDBOOK                                                                     SCHOOL HOURS
The Administration of Mount Calvary Catholic School retains the right        Mount Calvary Catholic School is in session from 7:45 a.m. until 3:45
to amend this Handbook. Notice of amendments will be sent in writing         p.m. on full days and from 7:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on early dismissal
via the Yellow Weekly Communicator Envelope.                                 days. The main entrance doors open at 7:45 a.m. Students are to
                                                                             enter the building through the main entrance and report directly to their
All students and their parents are required to READ THE HANDBOOK             homerooms.
AND SIGN THE PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK AGREEMENT
FORM stating that they have read the policies and procedures outlined        Students are not to arrive at school prior to 7:45 a.m., or remain at
in this handbook and they agree to abide by these policies and               school after 12:45 p.m. on early dismissal days or after 3:45 p.m. on
procedures. The form must be signed and returned to the school               full days, unless they are enrolled in the Extended Care Program.
office by the Friday of the first week of school. Failure to have a signed
form on file will not prevent the school from enforcing its policies, but    **If students arrive before or remain after the specified times,
may prevent a student from enrolling (or continuing enrollment) in the       they will be placed in the Extended Care Program and the
school.                                                                      appropriate fees will be assessed at the Occasional Rates of
                                                                             $8.00/Before Care and $20.00/After Care per day. The Registration
Any section headings are for convenience of use, and shall not affect        Fee will be waived for the first time use ONLY. Parents are expected
the interpretation of any provisions. In light of the unique situations      to pay at the time of service.
which may occur in the educational process, and because it is
impossible to foresee all school issues that arise, the administration       If a family requires the use of the program a second time, they will be
reserves the right to address and to take appropriate action for             required to pay the $25.00 Extended Care Program Registration Fee
any such situations not specifically referenced in this handbook.            plus the Before and/or After Care Occasional Rate per day of use and
                                                                             complete the required paper work for student enrollment in the
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                                                                             This policy should assist families who are caught in traffic or other
                                                                             situations and are unable to arrive in time to pick up their child at
                                                                             dismissal.

                                                                             Unless enrolled in the Extended Care Program, no student may
                                                                             arrive or remain on school property before or after school hours.
                                                                             There is no provision made for supervision of these students, and
                                                                             Mount Calvary Catholic School administration, faculty and staff are not
                                                                             responsible for their safety.

                                                                             The Office is closed on days when school is closed including snow
                                                                             days and holidays. If the office is closed, we encourage callers to
                                                                             leave a message on the answering machine.

                                                                                     Phone:           (301)735-5262, Ext. 10
                                                                                     Fax:             (301)736-5044
                                                                                     E-mail:          mcoffice@mountcalvarycatholicschool.org

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                                                                          1601 students. Most of Mount Calvary’s alumni testify that in spite of
    MISSION STATEMENTS, HISTORY                                           having 90 students in a classroom, they received a top-notched
          AND PHILOSOPHY                                                  education.

                                                                          Today, the administration, faculty and staff continues the “Tradition of
School Mission Statement                                                  Excellence” by providing spiritual growth and a challenging academic
                                                                          curriculum that places a high priority on self-discipline, studious
As a mission of Mount Calvary Catholic Church, our aim is to provide      behavior and the art of “life-time” learning.        The use of the
an environment that fosters spirituality and growth in faith, an          Archdiocesan Curriculum Standards ensures strong preparation for
educational program that builds academic success, leadership that         each subsequent learning level as well as the high school experience
promotes strong character and a love for service to others.               and beyond.

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Parish Mission Statement                                                  School Philosophy
Mount Calvary Catholic Church, relying upon the dying and rising of       The goal of Catholic education is to foster the development of the
Jesus to empower us, is a diverse community of disciples of Jesus         whole child as a person in a Christ-centered environment. Mount
Christ striving to live God’s Reign of Love, by the grace of the Holy     Calvary Catholic School recognizes five dimensions of the whole
Spirit. We recognize, proclaim and preserve our Roman Catholic            person: spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.
Christian heritage through evangelization, faith formation, education,
worship, community building, service and working for social justice.      Mount Calvary Catholic School is part of a community that includes
We are committed to answer THIS call.                                     Mount Calvary Catholic Church, our regional partner parishes: The
                                                                          Church of the Holy Spirit; St. Bernadine of Siena Church; St. Teresa of
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                                                                          Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, school families, faculty, staff and
School History                                                            friends.    Our collaboration is based on the recognition of our
                                                                          interdependence, the positive role of cooperation, and mutual respect
In the late 1940’s, after 38 years as a Catholic mission church in the    in the development of children. Because a student's education is
Archdiocese of Washington, Mount Calvary was raised from mission          primarily the responsibility of the parent, we welcome their
status to an independent parish. As detailed in the publication, The      participation in every facet of their experience at Mount Calvary
History of Mount Calvary Parish: 50 Years of Worship and Service,         Catholic School. The pastoral team, school administration, teachers,
(1992), Father Peter Paul Rakowski, pastor of Mount Calvary Church        and support staff, in turn, cooperate by dedicating themselves to
in 1942, recognized the need for a larger church facility and a parish    guiding each child's discovery of his or her unique abilities.
school for the children of new and future parishioners. In a “far-
sighted decision”, all agreed that the school and a convent for the       The embodiment of the mission given to us by Jesus Christ forms the
School Sisters of Notre Dame would be built first. The cornerstone        foundation of the religious character of Mount Calvary Catholic School.
was laid that November and on September 10, 1950 the school,              The spiritual life of the students includes sacramental practices,
containing 8 classrooms, a principal’s office, a health center, a large   liturgical involvement, personal prayer and service to others. In this
“multi-purpose” room, kitchen facilities and a “temporary” Church         respect, the school community nurtures the spiritual growth of each
opened to 404 students. The first graduating class in June of 1953        individual. Each child is encouraged to develop a strong sense of
had fifteen boys and twenty girls.                                        personal responsibility and moral principles.

                                                                          At Mount Calvary Catholic School, the formation of our young people
The School Sisters of Notre Dame staffed Mount Calvary School             is carried out with care, in ways that are based on the life and
through 1991. In the peak population year, 19 sisters ministered to
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teachings of Jesus Christ. By making the educational philosophy              Religious and Moral Instruction
concrete, we hope that we will serve to form responsible, caring and
productive children, a sign that we are fulfilling our mission.
                                                                             Religious education at Mount Calvary Catholic School is directed
                                                                             towards increasing each child’s spirituality by enabling the student's
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                                                                             faith to "become living, conscious, and active through the light of
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                                                                             instruction" (To Teach As Jesus Did, 102). The religious education
                                                                             program not only reflects the priorities determined by the Archbishop
        SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT                                                of Washington, but also the larger Catholic tradition of passing on the
                                                                             faith in a school setting, as expressed in the Church's official
                                                                             catechetical documents.
Spiritual and Religious Life
                                                                             Encouraging and deepening the sacramental life of our students
Mount Calvary Catholic School strives to be a community of faith. The        stands at the center of all religious instruction at Mount Calvary
spiritual and moral development of each child is the responsibility of       Catholic School. Although the second, seventh, and eighth grades are
the parent/s through the active participation of families in parish/church   special sacramental years, Mount Calvary Catholic School considers
life. This faith journey is strengthened through formal religious            all years of a student's formal religious instruction as preparatory for
instruction in the school. The life of this school, therefore centers upon   the sacraments.
student and faculty participation in Eucharistic liturgies, seasonal para-
liturgical services, and other forms of prayer.                              Catechesis (formation in the faith) for the sacraments of the Catholic
                                                                             Church takes place within the parish community. Catechetical
It is expected that every Catholic child enrolled at Mount Calvary           programs (which include religious instruction in Catholic Schools and
Catholic School attend Sunday (or Saturday evening) Mass weekly.             Parish Religious Education Programs) support the efforts of parents
Every Catholic parent is expected to reinforce this teaching by their        bringing their children into the full sacramental life of the parish
own clear witness of faithfulness to God. This not only applies to           community. They aim to promote and strengthen the work of parents
attendance at Mass, which is the outward sign of personal conversion,        and parish members in calling children into the faith. Such programs
but also to parents' attention to all aspects of the truth that has been     alone do not provide adequate preparation for the reception of the
revealed and taught by the Holy Mother Church for our salvation. This        sacraments. Faithful attendance at Eucharist and living the life of faith
is important for many reasons, not the least of which is to avoid            is also required. In this manner, all may give glory to the Father, Son
placing children in the unfair position of having to choose between the      and Holy Spirit.
Church's values (as lived out in our school) and the example set at
home. This expectation is in keeping with the Church's unchanging            A systematic approach to sacramental preparation is included as part
teaching that parents are to consider themselves the primary                 of the overall religion curriculum of both Mount Calvary Parish
educators of their children in the faith.                                    Religious Education Programs and Mount Calvary Catholic School.
                                                                             This approach includes active participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy
Non-Catholic families are invited to attend Mount Calvary Catholic           on weekends and through special classes. Immediate preparation for
Church for Masses on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. or on Sundays at 7:00            the reception of sacraments, by members of Mount Calvary Parish, is
a.m. or 10:30 a.m. We also encourage families to regularly attend            to be done in collaboration with the school, the parish Religious
services at their own house of worship. The full involvement of              Education Program and the parents.
parents offers promise that our children will be provided with
opportunities for life-long growth in faith.                                 A yearly invitation will be extended to all families with potential
                                                                             candidates for sacraments to attend an informational meeting.
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                                                                             community must consult with their own pastor regarding sacramental
                                                                             preparation of their children. Because of the importance of parish and
                                                                             parental involvement in the life of faith, children who are not members

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of Mount Calvary Parish will not ordinarily receive First Reconciliation,     Student Expectations
First Communion or Confirmation at Mount Calvary. On those rare
occasions when permission is granted by their pastor, sacramental             Based on Catholic moral values, we express respect for God in all we
preparation will take place at Mount Calvary upon receipt of a letter of      say and do. By demonstrating loving respect for others, as taught by
permission signed by the family's pastor.                                     Jesus, students:
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                                                                                     will be honest and committed to integrity;
                                                                                     will be respectful and courteous toward all adults and fellow
The Role of the Parent                                                                students;
                                                                                     will speak respectfully to and about others;
We, at Mount Calvary Catholic School, consider it a privilege to work
                                                                                     will use appropriate language;
with parents in the education of their children. As partners in the
educational process, and to help children develop the self-control                   will refrain from harassment, bullying or fighting of any kind;
necessary to succeed to the best of their ability, we ask parents to                 will accept responsibility for their own actions;
develop in their children good habits of behavior as well as proper                  will make a sincere effort to do their best work;
attitudes toward school. To help their children in school all parents:               will obey all school and classroom rules and regulations;
                                                                                     will adhere to the dress code;
       will model Christian behavior at all times;                                  will respect all school and personal property;
       will respect the administration, teachers and support staff as               will maintain regular attendance, be punctual, and be prepared
        professionals dedicated to furthering the student's academic                  when attending classes and school functions;
        and spiritual progress;                                                      will be loyal to Mount Calvary Catholic School and live
       will teach their children respect for authority, for rules, for the           according to its values and teachings.
        rights of others, and for private and public property;
       will comply with the rules of the school;                             In accordance with the stated philosophy of the school, which
       will cooperate with the school in carrying out disciplinary           emphasizes deep respect for the human dignity and uniqueness of
        action;                                                               every individual, each student will be considerate of the rights of
       will arrange for a consistent time and place for their children to    others in all interactions. All students are expected to cooperate with
        complete homework assignments and projects and provide                the spirit and policies of the school which are designed to foster
        materials and support to complete assignments and projects;           mature development and personal responsibility.
       will volunteer for various school functions that require adult
        assistance and complete 20 hours of obligatory service;               The Pastor, Principal or the Assistant Principal reserves the right to
                                                                              determine the appropriateness of an action if any doubt arises.
       will participate fully in the Home and School Association
        activities and events;
                                                                              Items such as, but not limited to, questionable books and pictures,
       will pay all financial obligations (including but not limited to
                                                                              white-out, Sharpie® markers, knives, guns, matches, cigarettes,
        Tuition, Extended Care, Fundraising Fees, etc.);
                                                                              drugs, alcohol, radios, toys, trading cards, pagers, cell phones (see
       will insist on regular attendance;                                    Cell Phones for further explanation), laser lights, palm pilots, CDs,
       will make sure to have their children to school on time;              iPods or other mp3 players, cameras, audio recorders or anything else
       will arrange for timely transportation to and from school             that will detract from the learning situation, are not allowed at school at
       will inform the school of any special situation regarding their       any time.
        children's well-being, safety, and health;
       will work with the school in a cooperative spirit to carry out        The school Administration, in accordance with state law, will determine
        recommendations made in the best interest of their children.          appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken concerning the
                                                                              presence of these items in school.
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ITEMS TAKEN AWAY FROM STUDENTS WILL BE RETURNED TO                        Unless enrolled in the Extended Care Program, no student may
THE PARENT/GUARDIAN ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SCHOOL                         arrive or remain on school property before or after regular school
YEAR.                                                                     hours. There is no provision made for supervision of these students,
                                                                          and Mount Calvary Catholic School administration, faculty and staff
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                                                                          **There is an additional fee charged for students remaining after
                                                                          6:00 p.m.
              SCHOOL PROGRAMS
                                                                          Late charges begin at 6:01 p.m. and are charged as follows:
Extended Care Program
                                                                                  6:01 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.    $20.00
The Mount Calvary Catholic School Extended Care Program is fully                  6:16 p.m. and after      $1.00 per minute
licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education – Office of
Child Care.      The program strives to construct an enjoyable            In the event of a delayed school opening, Extended Care will have its
atmosphere with varying activities, including homework time, outdoor      opening delayed by the same amount of time. If a delayed opening
play, and indoor activities. Only children enrolled in Mount Calvary      changes to a school closing, parents must arrange for student pick-up
Catholic School and registered for the Extended Care Program will be      as soon as possible. In the event of an early school closing, parents
allowed to participate in the program. Parents are required to pay the    are to pick up their child/children as soon as possible so that everyone
Extended Care Program Registration Fee at the time of enrollment          may get home safely.
and all applicable bi-weekly/monthly/occasional charges. They are
also required to complete all paperwork as deemed necessary by            Students must be signed in and out by a parent or designated adult.
MSDE – Office of Child Care.                                              Once a child is signed out, the child becomes the responsibility of the
                                                                          parent and may not return to the program for that day.
The Extended Care Program operates only on days when school is in
session from 6:45 a.m. until 7:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and    Students who leave the Mount Calvary campus for any reason
on Early Dismissal days from 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.                   (i.e. for an appointment, etc.) and are not present at dismissal
                                                                          time may not utilize the Extended Care Program on that day.
**If students arrive before or remain after the specified times,
they will be placed in the Extended Care Program and the                  Students who participate in CYO sports activities may not utilize
appropriate fees will be assessed at the Occasional Rates of              the Extended Care Program unless they are enrolled. Parents
$8.00/Before Care and $20.00/After Care per day. The Registration         must come in and wait until the coach arrives before leaving their
Fee will be waived for the first time use ONLY. Parents are expected      child on the premises.
to pay at the time of service.
                                                                          The Mount Calvary Extended Care Program is operated under the
If a family requires the use of the program a second time, they will be   auspices of Mount Calvary Catholic School, and all policies and
required to pay the $25.00 Extended Care Program Registration Fee         procedures of the school apply. The Extended Care Program
plus the Before and/or After Care Occasional Rate per day of use and      operates in accordance with the standards and regulations set forth by
complete the required paper work for student enrollment in the            the Maryland State Department of Education.
program.
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This policy should assist families who are caught in traffic or other     Revised 07/10
situations and are unable to arrive in time to pick up their child at
dismissal.


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School Advisory Board                                                      National Junior Honor Society
The School Advisory Board is based on a belief in the importance and       The Mount Calvary Catholic School National Junior Honor Society was
power of shared leadership. Parents, faculty, administration and the       established in 2000 according to a charter granted by the National
entire community work together to set direction and determine policy in    Association for Secondary School Principals. Membership is an honor
accordance with the mission of Mount Calvary Catholic School and the       bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is based on
policies of the Archdiocesan Board of Education.                           outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and
                                                                           citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to
The purpose of the Mount Calvary School Advisory Board is to provide       continue to demonstrate these qualities.
advice and assistance to the school's administrative team in the
governance of the school. “Advisory" means that board members offer        Approved 07/09
their experience and expertise to strengthen the decision making
process. The Board fulfills its purpose and exercises its functions in     Extra-Curricular Activities
accordance with the mission and goals of the parish and with the
goals, policies, and regulations of the Archdiocese of Washington.         Participation in extra-curricular activities at Mount Calvary Catholic
Membership on the School Advisory Board is by appointment of the           School allows students to explore and use alternative learning
Pastor.                                                                    modalities. Research indicates that students tap into their multiple
                                                                           intelligences when engaged in meaningful, structured, extra-curricular
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Home and School Association                                                At Mount Calvary Catholic School, participation in extra-
                                                                           curricular activities is a privilege, not a right. In order to participate
Mount Calvary’s Home and School Association is a parent                    in ANY school extra-curricular activity, a student must maintain good
organization that supports and enhances the educational ministry of        academic standing (an OVERALL average of a “C” or “S” in all subject
the school. All parents, faculty and staff are members. General            areas). Students must also demonstrate good behavior.           Failure to
meetings provide opportunities for parents to hear speakers on             maintain expected behavior or good academic standing is grounds for
pertinent issues and to take part in business and community-related        suspension/dismissal from participation in the activity and subsequent
activities. All parents are required to attend General Meetings.           activities of interest.

A strong emphasis is placed on promoting service, volunteerism, and        Parents are required to complete all necessary paperwork and pay
fund-raising activities. Active participation of all members is required   fees where applicable.
through support of activities and attendance at meetings. All adults
who have substantial contact with children and who volunteer in            Any student enrolled in the Extended Care Program must report to
the school or for other approved school and parish sponsored               After Care before reporting to any extra-curricular activity. Parents
activities must comply with the Child Protection Policy of the             MUST also submit a note to the Extended Care Director stating that
Archdiocese of Washington.                                                 their child has permission to participate in extra-curricular activities.
                                                                           For the safety of the students, we must know the whereabouts of all
An Executive Committee of the HSA exists to help set direction for and     students at all times. Students participating in after school activities
facilitate activities and events.                                          must be picked up by their parent at the end of the activity. Students
                                                                           not picked up will be placed in the Extended Care Program and
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                                                                           **The Facilitator of the specific activity is not responsible for
                                                                           siblings of students not participating in the Extra Curricular
                                                                           Activity. Therefore, siblings of students participating in activities
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must be enrolled in the Extended Care Program or have another              school prepared with their instruments and music on the assigned day
form of transportation from school. Students registered in                 of lessons.
Extended Care may be signed back into the program if time
allows.                                                                    Approved 07/09

Some extra-curricular activities include but are not limited to:           Drama Club
Athletics                                                                  The Mount Calvary Drama Club has fostered an interest in the
                                                                           performing arts since 1971. Drama Club members have performed
The Mount Calvary Athletic Youth Organization functions under the          children’s adaptations of well known plays and musicals. Auditions for
guidance and leadership of the CYO (Christian Youth Organization of        roles in plays or musicals will be held in the Fall of the school year and
the Archdiocese of Washington) and provides the opportunity for            performances will take place in the Spring. There is a participation fee
students to participate in various sports activities such as basketball,   associated with Drama Club.
baseball, softball, T-ball, soccer, track and cheerleading. The CYO is
run by parent volunteers who serve as coaches. All adults who have         Approved 07/09
substantial contact with children and who volunteer in the school
or for other approved school and parish sponsored activities,              Other Activities
including CYO, must comply with the Child Protection Policy of
the Archdiocese of Washington.                                             Other activities that may be available to students include:
                                                                           Liturgical Dance Team (students in grades 1 – 8)
There is a fee for participation in any CYO athletic program. Students     Step Team (students in grades 4 – 8)
enrolled in Mount Calvary Catholic School are permitted to participate     African Dance (students in grades 2 – 8)
on other CYO teams if the parish does not sponsor a sport or field a       Intramural Flag Football (students in grades 5 – 8)
team.                                                                      Afternoon Tea & Book Club
                                                                           Mount Calvary Catholic Church Children's Choir
Students who participate in CYO sports activities may not utilize          Altar Servers (students in grades 4 – 8)
the Extended Care Program unless they are enrolled. Parents                Yearbook Club (students in grades 7 – 8)
must come in and wait until the coach arrives before leaving their         Engineering Club (students in grades 4 – 8)
child on the premises.                                                     Spelling Bee
                                                                           Geography Bee
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Instrumental Music Program
In conjunction with the Archdiocesan Music Program, lessons in                          ADMISSIONS POLICIES
instrumental music are offered to students in grades four through
eight. A qualified music instructor is assigned to Mount Calvary           Mount Calvary Catholic School seeks primarily to serve Catholic
Catholic School. All arrangements, lessons, and rental or purchase of      children of Mount Calvary Catholic Church and our regional partner
instruments are handled privately between the parent and the band          parishes: The Church of the Holy Spirit; St. Bernadine of Siena
instructor. The school permits students in the instrumental program to     Church; St. Teresa of Avila Church; Our Lady Queen of Peace
be released from classes for a half-hour lesson each week. It is the       Church; St. Luke Church; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, or
student's responsibility to make up the work from a missed class.          other Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Washington whose
Students participating in this program are responsible for arriving at     parents want a Catholic education for their children. The school offers
                                                                           an eleven-year program from Pre-School through eighth grade. The

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number of students accepted will be limited. There is a recommended      Pre-School must be three years old by September 1st
class limit per grade. Under special circumstances, the principal may    Pre-Kindergarten must be four years old by September 1st
approve enrollment above the recommended limit.                          Kindergarten must be five years old by September 1st
                                                                         Grade One must be six years old by September 1st.
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Revised 07/10                                                            Students seeking entrance to Mount Calvary Catholic School grades
                                                                         one through eight will be tested and interviewed.          Parents of
Non-Discrimination Policy                                                prospective new students must also interview with the principal.

Mount Calvary Catholic School admits students of any race, color,        Approved – 07/09
gender, and national or ethnic origin or disability to all the rights,   Revised 07/10
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made
available to students of this school provided the school can meet the    Acceptance
student’s needs with reasonable accommodations.
                                                                         In acceptance of new students, the period of time a family has been
Approved 07/09                                                           registered, active, and contributing members of Mount Calvary
                                                                         Catholic Church or its Archdiocese of Washington regional partner
Application, Testing, and Interviewing                                   parishes: the Church of the Holy Spirit; Our Lady of Perpetual Help
                                                                         Church; Our Lady Queen of Peace Church; St. Bernadine of Siena
Application for Pre-School through eighth grade can be made by           Church; St. Teresa of Avila Church and St. Luke Church will be
calling the school office and requesting an application form or          considered first. The presence of siblings enrolled in the school is a
downloading one from the school website. In order to be considered       consideration for reasons of maintaining family unity. Acceptance
for enrollment the parent must submit the following:                     preference is as follows:

                                                                             1.      Catholic children of Mount Calvary Catholic Church and its
       completed Application Form;
                                                                                     aforementioned regional affiliates;
       the non-refundable application fee;
                                                                             2.      Brothers and sisters of students attending Mount Calvary
       child's birth certificate;                                                   Catholic School;
       child’s current immunization record;                                 3.      All other Catholics;
       copies of the child’s report cards (grades K – 8);                   4.      Non-Catholics
       standardized testing results (grades 2 – 8);
       Principal/Teacher Recommendation Form (grades K – 8);            **No student will be permitted to start or remain in school without
       copies of all IEP/504 documentation (if applicable)              proof of immunizations.

Parents must provide the school with a record of the child’s             Approved – 07/09
immunizations on the Archdiocesan Immunization Certificate               Revised 07/10
signed by the Health Department or your medical care provider.
Maryland law requires that all students must have a second MMR
(measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination before entering
                                                                         Probation
school.
                                                                         New students accepted to Mount Calvary Catholic School will be on
                                                                         probation for one year. Students who withdraw from the school for
All students must have Hepatitis B series and Varicella (chicken
                                                                         any length of time, for any reason, and want to return must reapply
pox) immunization before entering school.
                                                                         and will be considered for re-admission.
                                                                         Mount Calvary Catholic School reserves the right to determine the
Students applying for:
                                                                         acceptance or non-acceptance and/or grade placement of each
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student. All first year students in Pre-School through eighth grade        Re-registration of currently enrolled students is contingent upon
are accepted on a probationary basis.                                      the following requirements:

**The Administration reserves the right to place any student on                   completed registration form;
probation at any time if the requirements outlined below are not                  payment of non-refundable Registration Fee;
maintained during their enrollment in Mount Calvary Catholic                      payment of non-refundable Tuition Deposit (to be applied to
School.                                                                            the first month’s tuition payment);
                                                                                  updated health records;
The probationary policy requires students to:                                     updated immunization records;
                                                                                  satisfactory academic progress in all subjects;
       maintain a “C” or “S” grade in all subjects; and                          demonstrated acceptable behavior;
       demonstrate acceptable behavior as outlined in the                        recommendation of current teachers; and
        discipline policy of the school.                                          tuition and fees for the current academic year paid in full
Any disciplinary or academic reports, which may be documented and          **No student will be permitted to start or remain in school without
held in the office, will also be used to evaluate a student’s progress     proof of immunizations.
regarding the probationary policy. If a student fails to meet the
probationary requirements, the parent will be asked to withdraw the
student from Mount Calvary Catholic School. Failure to voluntarily
                                                                           **Current students will be placed on a waiting list if the
withdraw will result in expulsion.                                         Re-registration Fee and Tuition Deposit are not paid
                                                                           by the due date and/or the tuition is not paid in full by
Approved – 07/09                                                           the last day of the current school year.
Revised 07/10
                                                                           Approved 07/09
Registration and Waiting Lists                                             Revised 07/10

Mount Calvary Catholic School has a rolling registration process that is
open throughout the school year. Re-registration and registration for
                                                                                            FINANCE POLICIES
the upcoming school year begins in January and continues until
classes are filled. Considering the class size limitations, applications   School Tuition and Fees
for enrollment in any particular grade may exceed available space. In
this case a waiting list will be established and candidates selected if    **Parents are to understand that tuition is a commitment that they
and when space becomes available.                                          are obligated to pay IN FULL each year. It is agreed that the
                                                                           tuition obligation is for the entire year. Withdrawal/termination of
Registration requirements for all new students include:                    enrollment on the part of the parent/Mount Calvary Catholic School will
                                                                           warrant consideration for release of financial obligations or refund only
       completed registration form;                                       in extreme circumstances. A refund or release from financial
       payment of the non-refundable Registration Fee;                    obligation will not be made for any quarter, or portion thereof, in which
       payment of the non-refundable Tuition Deposit (to be applied       the student has been enrolled.
        to the first month’s tuition payment);
       verification of Catholic parish affiliation (if applicable);       Prior written notification to the principal of the school is required for all
       health records;                                                    early withdrawals.
       Baptismal Certificate (if applicable);
       dates of sacraments (if Catholic);                                 The Financial Policies of Mount Calvary Catholic School were
                                                                           developed and approved by the Administrative Team and Parish

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Finance Council. All tuition rates, other fees and payment schedules         Tuition
are finalized through the Pastor. Those who are registered members
of Mount Calvary Catholic Church, its regional affiliates or another                                                     th       th
                                                                             The first tuition payment is due by July 5 /July 20 of each year.
Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington may qualify for the         Parents are encouraged to pay tuition in advance whenever possible.
Catholic Rate. To qualify, families must be active in the parish, attend     Payment is accepted at the School Finance Office located on the
Mass every weekend, and participate in the life of the community of          lower level of the school.
faith. In order to maintain the highest standards in our school and to
keep tuition affordable, each school family who is a registered              Payment in Full – Tuition Payment may be paid in full by July 5th.
parishioner of Mount Calvary Catholic Church or its regional affiliate, is   This payment may be paid by cash, check or money order made out to
required to attend Mass Sunday (or Saturday evening) and make use            Mount Calvary Catholic School. A discount of $100.00 is given for this
of the weekly contribution envelope.                                         plan.
All families desiring to enroll/re-enroll their child/children in
                                                                             Semester, Quarterly or Monthly Plan - Tuition payments may be
Mount Calvary Catholic School will be required to complete a
                                                                             made by semester (July and January), quarterly (July, October,
Registration/Re-Registration Form and a Financial Agreement
                                                                             January and April) or monthly (from July to May). A school family may
yearly.
                                                                             choose to make these payments on the 5th or 20th of the month.
**Mount Calvary Catholic School reserves the right to cancel the             These payments are made through the FACTS Tuition Management
registration of any student whose family fails to meet the tuition           System by automatic withdrawal from your bank. There is an annual
or other financial requirements.                                             fee for this service from FACTS. Payments will no longer be accepted
                                                                             in the School Finance Office for Semester, Quarterly, or Monthly
**The school reserves the right to withhold student school                   Plans.
records including report cards and progress reports when a
family fails to meet the tuition or other financial requirements.            Credit card payments will be accepted by FACTS with the
                                                                             understanding that these payments will only be accepted from families
If two or more checks are returned for insufficient funds, Mount             not experiencing present financial hardships. It is not our desire to
Calvary Catholic School reserves the right to require all payments be        add to the financial burden of interest and finance charges to those
made by cash, cashier’s check or money order. Parents will be                who are already experiencing hardships.
assessed a $35.00 charge for payments submitted to the school
which are subsequently returned for insufficient funds.                      Approved 07/09
                                                                             Revised 07/10
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Revised 07/10                                                                Tuition and Fee Penalties
New Family Recruitment Plan                                                  Returned Payments: There is a $25.00 fee for any payment returned
                                                                             to FACTS from the bank due to insufficient funds.
Currently enrolled families can receive a $500.00 tuition reduction
when they recruit a new family for our school. New families must             Dismissal: In the event of financial difficulties resulting in late
enroll and stay enrolled for the entire school year. Both the recruiting     payment of tuition and/or fees due to Mount Calvary Catholic School, a
family and the new family must meet all financial obligations according      parent must contact the Pastor/Principal to explain the reason for the
to the policies and procedures of the school and be in good                  lateness of the payment, and develop an acceptable payment
academic/behavior standing. Families can receive up to a $1000.00            schedule.
tuition reduction (maximum for recruiting up to two new families).
Tuition reductions will be granted at the end of the school year.            **If parents fail to contact the Pastor/Principal and if a
                                                                             tuition payment is more than one month overdue, the
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student(s) will not be permitted to return to school                          Enrollment Cancellation
until all delinquent payments and applicable fees have
been paid in full or a payment schedule has been                              Parents agree that in signing the yearly Financial Agreement the
approved by the Pastor/Principal.                                             financial    obligation   is     for   the    entire   academic     year.
                                                                              Withdrawal/termination of enrollment on the part of the parent/Mount
Obtaining School Records, Participating in End-of-Year Activities,            Calvary Catholic School will warrant consideration for release of
and Returning for the New School Year: Students in grades Pre-                financial obligations or refund only in extreme circumstances. A
School through Seven with outstanding financial obligations will not be       refund or release from financial obligation will not be made for any
permitted to sign a new Tuition Agreement or return to Mount Calvary          quarter, or portion thereof, in which the student has been enrolled.
Catholic School for the following year until all financial obligations have   **Prior written notification to the principal is required for all early
been met.                                                                     withdrawals.

        Eighth Grade students must have all financial obligations paid       Approved 07/09
                          th
         in full by May 15
        Pre-School – Seventh Grade students must have all financial
                                            nd
                                                                              Tuition Assistance Program
         obligations paid in full by May 22
                                                                              Mount Calvary Catholic School recognizes the significant sacrifices
Eighth grade students will not receive a diploma or participate in end-       many families make to educate their child/children in a Christ-centered
of-year activities, including graduation exercises or the class trip, if      environment. To assist those families who qualify, Mount Calvary
their account has any outstanding financial obligations.                      Catholic School is involved with programs for financial assistance.
                                                                              Applications for Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance
The school reserves the right to hold all school                              through PSAS – Private School Aid Services are available in the
records until all financial obligations have been met.                        school office, the tuition office or online at www.adw.org.

Collection of Debts: Should accounts be past due and it becomes               In order to be considered for Parish Tuition Assistance, families must
necessary to turn them over for collection, the parent is required to pay     first apply for Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance by
collection fees and court costs necessary to recover the delinquent           completing and submitting the PSAS Elementary School Student Aid
debt.                                                                         Form plus the required payment. They must also complete the Parish
                                                                              Tuition Assistance Form and submit it along with a copy of their
Returned Check Fee: Payments made by check for tuition or other               completed P.S.A.S Application, current tax return, and current pay
costs, (i.e. Pizza Lunch, Field Trips, etc.) that are subsequently            stubs. All requests for tuition assistance are the responsibility of the
returned for insufficient funds, are subject to a $35.00 Returned Check       parents.
Fee. Payments must be made by cash or cashier's check if one or
more checks are so returned.                                                  There are due date deadlines established by the Archdiocese of
                                                                              Washington for Tuition Assistance Applications. These dates are
Withdrawal Fee: When a student is withdrawn from Mount Calvary                published annually on the school calendar and referenced in the
Catholic School at the request of their parent, an additional withdrawal      Principal’s Newsletter. It is the responsibility of the parent to
fee of 2.3% of the annual tuition is assessed if the withdrawal is on or      complete the necessary paperwork and submit it by the
                 st
before August 31 .                                                            established due date deadline.

**All financial obligations are to be met before records are                  Approved 07/09
released.                                                                     Revised 07/10

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Service and Fundraising Obligations                                        substitute teaching (those qualified), teacher's aide, office aide, library
                                                                           aide, playground supervision, cleaning, health room aides, drama club
Parents are recognized as the primary educators of their children and      support people, lunch helpers, chaperones for field trips, chairpersons
are encouraged to be involved with the school in substantial ways.         and workers for fundraisers, CYO coaches, assistant coaches and
Parent involvement and volunteerism build and strengthen our school        commissioners.
community. Parents regularly help with special projects, various
classroom activities, sacramental preparation, as homeroom parents,        Parents may also be credited Service Hours by purchasing needed
and as chaperones. By becoming actively involved in Mount Calvary          supplies for the school (i.e. copy paper, tissues, paper towels, etc.).
Catholic School, parents demonstrate to their child how important          One (1) hour of service will be credited for every $8.00 spent.
school is and how important their child is to them. Our school             Receipts must be submitted to the Tuition Office for credit. The
depends on the generous giving of time and resources by our parents.       purchase of student school supplies are not considered for
                                                                           Service Hour Credit.
**All adults who volunteer and work with or around children, in
Mount Calvary Catholic School or for other approved school and             Volunteer hours must be recorded each time they are performed.
parish sponsored activities, must comply with the Child                    Playground duty hours will be recorded in the school office. All other
Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of Washington. This                   hours will be recorded by the person in charge of each service or
includes but is not limited to:                                            event, and submitted to the School Finance Office on a timely basis.

                                                                           **All school volunteers who work with or around children must
        Meeting with the school Administrative Assistant to complete
                                                                           comply with the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of
         necessary paperwork prior to registering for a VIRTUS –
                                                                           Washington.
         Protecting God’s Children Training Session or scheduling an
         appointment to be fingerprinted;
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        Criminal History Record Check by the Federal Bureau of
                                                                           Revised 07/10
         Investigations and the State of Maryland;
        Fingerprinting through the Archdiocese of Washington;
        Reading and signing the Acknowledgement Page of the Child         Fundraising Commitment Fee
         Protection Policy book;
        Attending a Mandatory VIRTUS - Protecting God’s Children          Each family is required to pay the $450.00 Fundraising Fee or earn an
         training session(s).                                              amount in profit, equal to $450.00, as stated in the tuition agreement,
        Submitting copies of the aforementioned documents to be           to support Mount Calvary School. PLEASE NOTE: Each fundraiser
         kept on file in the school office.                                has a different profit percentage that is applied to the total
                                                                           commitment fee. (i.e. 50% of the money raised from the Candy
Approved 07/09                                                             Fundraiser will be applied to your fee. If you sell $200 then $100
Revised 07/10                                                              is applied to your fee). At the start of each fundraiser the profit
                                                                           percentage that is applied to your fee will be posted. Families not
                                                                           reaching their goal level will be assessed the dollar amount necessary
Obligatory School Volunteer Service Plan                                   to reach it. This fee will be due in May on the date set in the tuition
                                                                           agreement.
Every family is required to provide the school with at least 20 hours of
volunteer service or be charged at the rate of $8.00 per hour for every    The Fundraising Commitment Fee can be paid outright at the
hour not met. For participating members of Mount Calvary Catholic          beginning of the school year, it can be added to the tuition payment
Church, the requirement is to work at least 5 hours for Mount Calvary      and paid through FACTS or a payment schedule can be arranged
Catholic Church and at least 15 hours for Mount Calvary Catholic           through the Tuition Office.
School. Parents may choose the type and time of service from a
listing provided by the school. The School Finance Office will keep        Approved 07/09
records of the hours of service performed. Some services needed are:
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              ACADEMIC POLICIES
                                                                           Academic Requirements/Probation
Curriculum
                                                                           All students are expected to work at maintaining high academic
Mount Calvary Catholic School uses the curriculum standards                standards. Student attending Mount Calvary Catholic School will be
established by the Catholic Schools Office and approved by the             required to achieve a minimum “C” or “S” overall grade average every
Archdiocesan School Board. The curriculum for the Early Childhood          quarter. Any student who falls below this requirement will be placed
Programs, including Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten          on academic probation for the next quarter and a parent conference
promote the spiritual, emotional, aesthetic, and intellectual growth of    will be convened to construct a plan to address the deficiencies. At
the young child in a thematic format utilizing the prescribed Standards    the end of the probation period, the student is required to have
of Learning of the Maryland State Department of Education. The             achieved a minimum “C” or “S” grade average. If the student fails to
course of study in grades 1 – 8 includes formal instruction in the         meet this requirement a parent conference will be convened to discuss
following: Religion, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social       withdrawal from Mount Calvary Catholic School.
Studies. Mount Calvary Catholic School also provides instruction in
the following: Art, Library, Music, Physical Education, Technology,        Re-registration for the next school year is contingent upon students
Spanish and Archdiocesan Personal Safety Education. For Eighth             achieving and maintaining a “C” or “S” average unless they attend an
Grade students who qualify, Algebra I may be provided through a            approved summer school or comparable program. Written proof of
partnership with Bishop McNamara High School.                              attendance and a passing grade are required before re-registration
                                                                           forms will be accepted.
Mount Calvary Catholic School also participates in regular, on-going
curriculum evaluation as directed by the Archdiocese of Washington,        Approved 07/09
and uses school-wide curriculum mapping and standardized testing           Revised 07/10
results to identify strengths and weaknesses in our program.
Teachers regularly assess their students’ needs in order to better
educate the whole child.                                                   Class Work and Homework
Approved – 07/09                                                           Students are required to make the most of their instructional time.
                                                                           This means they are to be on time and prepared for each class, have
                                                                           all proper materials for the class, and to follow the direction of the
Special Learning Needs                                                     teacher at all times. Students will have in-class as well as
                                                                           homework assignments.
Mount Calvary Catholic School has a philosophy of inclusion for all
children whose parents wish for them to receive a Catholic School          Homework is a part of our instructional program and it has a dual
education provided the school can meet the child’s educational needs       purpose. First, it is an extension and reinforcement of the learning
with reasonable accommodations. This philosophy is consistent with         process that has taken place in the classroom. Second, it can and
the mission of the Catholic Church in viewing children with learning       should be a preparation for the next day. Parents can help by
differences as children of God and members of the Church. Parents          providing conditions conducive to effective home study.         This
of children with learning differences are required to work                 however, does not mean that parents should complete their
collaboratively with the administration and the resource team. This        child’s homework for them. This action defeats the purpose of
includes providing the school with the child’s educational, physical and   giving homework. Basic reference books such as a dictionary, atlas,
psychological testing results, reports and recommendations and             and encyclopedia should be available at home or students should
allowing school personnel to consult with outside professionals            have supervised Internet access to complete assignments or for
regarding recommendations. Parents will also be asked to work with         research purposes.
the administration and the resource team to locate funding and
resources to provide appropriate accommodations if required.               Additionally, each student should possess a public library card.
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Parents are encouraged to assist students with gathering information        If your child consistently spends more or less than the recommended
for projects and research papers, but all work should be completed          time for homework, please contact the teacher directly. If homework
by the students.                                                            assignments cannot be completed because of home conditions, e.g.,
                                                                            sickness in the family, death of a relative, etc., please send a written
The greatest help parents can offer is to help their child become           explanation to the teacher requesting their permission for a change in
responsible for their learning and develop a positive attitude              the due date.
toward all aspects of school.
                                                                            In some curriculum areas there will be projects and reports to be done
The amount of homework assigned is based on what the average child          on a long-term basis. These may require the use of time for school
will be able to accomplish in the time prescribed.                          work over the weekend.          Also, if homework for the week or
                                                                            projects/reports for the quarter have not been completed, students will
APPROXIMATE TIME ALLOTMENT AT VARIOUS GRADE LEVELS                          be expected to complete the assignment(s) over the weekend or
(These numbers are subject to increase or decrease at the teacher’s         during the holiday times.
discretion)
Pre-K through 2nd Grade         at the discretion of the teacher            Students in grades one through eight are required to purchase a
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3 Grade                         30 minutes                                  Student Agenda (homework book) at the beginning of the school
 th         th
4 through 6                     60 minutes                                  year. These are to be purchased through their homeroom teacher.
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7 Grade                         90 minutes                                  Homework assignments should be recorded in the agenda. If the
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8 Grade                         120 minutes                                 student needs to replace the agenda, a replacement can be
                                                                            purchased through the school office.
Students need to read each night. Parents are encouraged to read
with the younger students a minimum of 15 minutes per night.                At all grade levels, homework is included in determining the subject
Independent reading is a homework requirement of students in grades         area grade on the report card. Failure to complete homework in the
4 through 8 and can be included in the suggested time allotment listed      appropriate manner, or by the date required, will result in a lower
above.                                                                      grade on the report card. When a teacher notices that a student is
                                                                            consistently missing assignments, they will notify the parents.
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Revised 07/10                                                               Students who are absent from school on the day a test is given must
                                                                            make arrangements with the teacher to take the test. Likewise, if
Work/Study Habits                                                           students are absent, they are expected to make up all missed class
                                                                            work or homework according to the direction of the teacher.
Growth in productive work/study habits is considered an integral part
of the school curriculum. Among these habits, completion of class and       Approved 07/09
home assignments, submission of required work on time, participation        Revised 07/10
in all class projects, discussion, and activities, and careful, organized
work are considered necessary for success in each academic area.            Report Cards
Failure in any of the above will seriously affect the grade received
in a subject.                                                               Archdiocesan approved Report Cards are issued quarterly for students
                                                                            in grades one through eight during the school year to keep parents
Class work assignments are to be completed in the manner and by the         informed of their child's achievement. The grade appearing on the
date required by the teacher. It is the responsibility of the student to    report card is based on the student's daily performance, class work,
take home all class work papers in order that parents may be aware of       homework, quizzes, tests, projects, reports and class participation.
                                                                                                     st
their child's progress.                                                     Report cards for the 1 Quarter are distributed at the Mandatory
                                                                                                                                 nd   rd       th
                                                                            Parent/Teacher Conference. Report Cards for the 2 , 3 , and 4


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Quarters are distributed     through   the   family   Yellow   Weekly    D =   76 – 70 (Below Average)            I   =    Improvement
Communicator Envelope.                                                                                                     Needed
                                                                         F = Below 70 (Failing)                   U = Unsatisfactory
Report card envelopes must be signed by the parent and returned to       * with accommodations                    * with accommodations
the homeroom teacher by the date requested. The signature on the
report card envelope serves only as an acknowledgment to the school      “With Accommodations” indicates a student who has a current
that the report card has been reviewed by the parent.                    documented IEP or CAP.

Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students receive a         Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
report card in January and at the close of the school year.
                                                                         +       progressing satisfactorily
**Report cards are withheld if financial obligations have not been       -       needs more time
met.                                                                     *       see comments

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Progress Reports                                                         Honor Roll
Progress reports are issued at the mid-point of each of the four         Honor Roll is a way of recognizing students in grades four through
Quarters (grading periods) detailing academic progress for students in   eight who achieve academically and model honorable behavior
all subject areas. Behavioral issues may also be addressed via the       throughout a grading period. A student will be ineligible for Honor Roll
Progress Report. Progress reports are distributed through the Yellow     recognition if, in the current grading period, they receive a negative
Weekly Communicator Envelope. The report must be signed by the           comment code (#21, #22, and #23) in three or more subject areas.
parent and returned to the homeroom teacher by the date requested.
The signature on the progress report serves only as an                           Principal's Honors is awarded to students who achieve all
acknowledgment to the school that the progress report has been                   “A’s” in Academic Subjects and nothing less than a “G” in
reviewed by the parent. If questions arise concerning the report, a              Special Area Subjects on their report card.
meeting with the teacher may be arranged.
                                                                                 First Honors is awarded to students who achieve “A’s”, and
** Progress Reports are withheld if financial obligations have not               “B’s” in Academic Subjects and nothing less than a “G” in
been met.                                                                        Special Area Subjects on their report card.

Approved 07/09                                                                   Second Honors is awarded to students who achieve “A’s” and
                                                                                 “B’s” and 1 “C” in Academic Subjects and nothing less than a
                                                                                 “G” in Special Area Subjects on their report card.
Grading System
                                                                         Approved 07/09
The Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington has
adopted a uniform grading system for use in all Catholic elementary
schools.                                                                 Honors
Academic Subjects (Grades 4-8)          Special Area Subjects            Quarterly Awards Assemblies will take place to recognize students
                                        All Subjects (Grades K-3)        who have achieved the Honor Roll in grades 4 through 8.
A = 100 – 93 (Superior)                 E =     Excellent
B = 92 – 85 (Above Average)             G = Good                         At the end of the year, students in grades 1 through 8 are recognized
C = 84 – 77 (Average)                   S =     Satisfactory             for their achievements throughout the year.

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Approved 07/09                                                               **A celebratory event for the graduates, to be determined by the
                                                                                                                        th
                                                                             administration, will be hosted by the 7 Grade students and their
Graduation                                                                   parents. Working under the direction of the seventh grade homeroom
                                                                             teacher and the administration, the seventh grade parents and
Ceremonies will be held for eighth grade students at the end of each         students are responsible for raising funds for, planning and hosting a
school year. Eighth grade students must be cleared for graduation by         graduation celebration, for eighth grade students.
the Administration in order to participate in any graduation and/or
                                                                             Approved 07/09
related activities. Participation in the “Extra” Eighth grade graduation
                                                                             Revised 07/10
activities (i.e. Field trip, etc.) is subject to the discretion of
Administration. Criteria for clearance include good standing in both
academic and behavior performance throughout the year and                    Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and
completion of Community Service Hours. Additionally, all financial           Kindergarten Recognition
obligations must be met in order for an eighth grade student to
participate in any graduation and/or related activities.                     A Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Recognition Day will
**A fee will be charged to cover some of the costs associated                be held at the end of the school year. This includes a program,
with graduation.                                                             awarding of certificates, and a small reception organized by the
                                                                             parents.
Eighth grade students must pass the basic skill subjects (Religion,
Math, and Language Arts) in order to receive a diploma. If a student
                                                                             Approved 07/09
receives a failing grade in two basic skill subjects OR in one of the
basic skill subjects plus another academic subject the student will not
                                                                             Promotion and Retention
        participate in any of the Eighth Grade Graduation activities,
         including the Graduation Ceremony; and                              Promotion to the next grade level depends on successful completion
                                                                             of all subject areas. The administration may recommend the repetition
        will not receive a Diploma, but rather a Certificate of             of a grade, tutoring, or summer school as a requirement for promotion
         Attendance. (Students who do not satisfactorily complete the        when, after conferencing with teachers and parents, it is believed that
         academic requirements will be Transferred to high school.)          such action will better prepare the student academically for the next
                                                                             grade. The summer school or tutoring program must be approved in
Eighth grade students are also required to complete Community                advance by the administration of Mount Calvary Catholic School.
Service Hours. Mount Calvary has a theme of “Opening our Hearts”             Official documentation detailing written proof of attendance and a
to those in need by way of service to the community. This is evident in      passing grade must be submitted to the principal before promotion to
the multitude of service activities the students participate in throughout   the next grade will be considered. The administration reserves the
the year (i.e. Sandwich Day, Help the Homeless Walk-a-thon, Toys at          right to make the final determination on the grade placement of
Christmas, Food for the Less Fortunate at Thanksgiving, etc.). Eighth        any student following completion of a summer school program.
grade students are REQUIRED to participate in at least three (3)
Service Opportunities of no less than three (3) hours each to their          Retention in the primary grades is normally dependent upon the
Community. All service must be approved by the Administration                development of reading and language arts skills. Retention of
before it is counted. Service hours and reflections are to be recorded       students in grades four through eight is normally dependent on
in the student’s Service Book and verified by the supervising adult.         achievement in the basic skills subjects: Religion, Language Arts and
                                                                             Mathematics. Failure in two of the basic skills subjects, or in one of
A special Eighth Grade Mass and an Awards Ceremony will take place           the basic skills subjects plus another academic subject, is a basis for
prior to graduation.     The Graduation Ceremony includes the                retention.
celebration of the Mass and conferring of diplomas.


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A student may be Transferred to the next grade. A student who is               student at dismissal. At no time during the day should a cell phone
transferred to the next grade may not be allowed to continue as a              be in a student’s locker/desk/backpack or in his/her possession.
student at Mount Calvary Catholic School.
                                                                               Items taken away from students will be returned to the
**The administration reserves the right to make the final decision             parent(s)/guardian(s) on the last day of the school year.
regarding retention, transfer, promotion, or academic dismissal
of any student.                                                                Sexting:     Students involved in possession or transmission of
                                                                               inappropriate photos on their cell phones or other electronic devices
Approved 07/09                                                                 face suspension and/or expulsion.
Revised 07/10
                                                                               Texting: Students should at no time be involved in texting during the
Parent Conferences                                                             course of the school day. Students involved in texting at school face
                                                                               detention, suspension or expulsion.
Parents are required to attend a Parent/Teacher Conference for each
child at the end of the first quarter. The first quarter report card will be   Virtual Reality Sites: Virtual Reality Sites such as, but not limited to,
reviewed and distributed to the parent during the conference.                  www.there.com®       and    www.secondlife.com®,       etc.    pose     a
                                                                               developmental and moral risk to the life of the student. Parents are
First quarter conference schedules are prepared and issued by each             cautioned to be aware of the online sites visited by their children,
teacher in advance of the scheduled date. Parents requiring additional         knowing that often predators are not living in a neighborhood, but
conferences during the school year should make arrangements with               within the home via the computer.
the teacher(s) involved. Additional conferences are by appointment
only.                                                                          Bullying and Cyber Bullying: Mount Calvary Catholic School
                                                                               attempts to provide a safe environment for all individuals. Verbal or
A Parent/Teacher Conference will be required if a student receives a           written threats made against the physical or emotional well-being of
failing or unsatisfactory grade in one or more major academic subjects         any individual are taken seriously. Students making such threats
for the second or third quarter.                                               (SERIOUSLY, IN JEST OR ON-LINE) face detention, suspension,
                                                                               and/or expulsion.
**The administration reserves the right to sit in on any Parent/
Teacher Conference.                                                            Approved 07/10

Approved 07/09                                                                 Testing

Technology Concerns                                                            Students at Mount Calvary Catholic School participate in a
                                                                               standardized testing program each year.            The Archdiocese of
Blogs/Social Networking Sites: Engagement in online blogs such                 Washington has adopted the CTB McGraw Hill TerraNova
as, but not limited to, MySpace.com®, Xanga®, Friendster®,                     Standardized Test. Students in grades two through eight will be tested
Facebook®, etc. may result in disciplinary actions if the content of the       in the spring according to the schedule set forth by the Catholic
student’s blog includes defamatory comments regarding the school,              Schools Office. Test results in the form of a Home Report will be
the faculty or administration, other students or the parish.                   distributed to parents with the final report card.

Cell Phones: Only students who walk home to or from school or who              In December, students in grade eight will take the High School
take public transportation to or from school are permitted to bring a cell     Placement Test (HSPT). Parents will receive a report of their child's
phone to school. The student is required to bring the cell phone to the        test results directly from the testing service. Mount Calvary Catholic
school office upon arrival in the morning to park the cell phone in the        School may not release test results to parents.
off position for the day. The cell phone may be picked up by the
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The Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (ACRE) Survey
will be administered to students in grades five and eight in the spring.   GENERAL SCHOOL POLICIES
Approved 07/09                                                             Attendance
Library                                                                    Regular attendance is important for good academic progress. School
                                                                           hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All students enrolled in Pre-School
Books and reference materials are available for both students and          through eighth grade are expected to attend school each day the
faculty use. Weekly library classes are scheduled for students.            school is in session.
Instruction in library use and procedure is given to all students along
with help in individual book selection. Books may be checked out for       Parents are responsible for arranging transportation to and from
one week. All library materials must be turned in before the end of the    school that allows for the child to be in their classroom NO LATER
school year. Library materials that are lost or damaged must be paid       THAN 8:00 a.m. and to be picked up NO LATER THAN 3:45 p.m. on
for by the student in whose name the material was checked out.             regular dismissal days and 12:45 p.m. on early dismissal days.

**School records, including report cards and progress reports,             **A parent conference will be required AND enrollment
will not be released if there are any outstanding library fines,           cancellation may occur for any student whose attendance record
unpaid lost book fees or damaged book fees.                                indicates excessive absences or late arrivals.

Approved 07/09                                                             Parents are to understand that a student’s attendance record is
                                                                           an official, legal document and is considered for admission into a
                                                                           Catholic High School. A student’s excessive absences and/or
Technology                                                                 tardies/early dismissals may hinder their eligibility for
                                                                           admissions to the high school of their choice.
Mount Calvary Catholic School utilizes technology systems for the
educational benefit of students. There are procedures and rules that       Archdiocesan Policy 3535: Archdiocesan School Attendance
guide the use of the school's computers, networks, and Internet            The following are valid reasons for excused absences from school (if
resources. Any student who violates the Archdiocesan Technology            properly documented by the student’s parent or guardian upon the
and Internet Usage Policy will be denied computer access for a period      student’s return to school):
to be determined by the administration.
                                                                           1. Illness of the student (after three days of illness, the student must
In accordance with Archdiocesan policy, the Archdiocesan                      provide medical documentation that indicates that the student is
Technology and Internet Usage Agreement is sent home at the                   able to return to school):
beginning of each school year. This document must be read and
signed by both student and parent and returned to the school office by     2. Death in the student’s immediate family;
Friday of the first week of school.
                                                                           3.   Necessity for the student to attend a judicial proceeding;
Parents should review the Technology Use Rules and Code of Ethics.
Parents must give permission before the student will be granted            4.   Lawful suspension or        exclusion    from   school       by   chief
access to the Internet.                                                         administrative officer;

Approved 07/09                                                             5. Temporary closing of facilities or suspension of classes due to
Revised 07/10                                                                 severe weather, official activities, holidays, malfunctioning
                                                                              equipment, unsafe or unsanitary conditions, or other conditions
                                                                              requiring closing or suspension of classes; and

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6. Other absence(s) approved in advance by the principal upon the         Approved 07/09
   written request of a parent or guardian. Sufficient notice should be
   given to the school in order to provide expected student work to be    Dismissal
   completed while absent. Failure to provide sufficient time may
   result in an unexcused absence.                                        Classes dismiss at 3:30 p.m., on full days, and at 12:30 p.m. on half
                                                                          days (every Friday). On regular dismissal days, students must be
Any absence that does not fall into one of the above categories, or is    picked up by 3:45 p.m., and on half days, by 12:45 p.m.
not properly documented by the student’s parent/guardian, is an
unexcused absence.                                                        For safety sake, students remaining after the pick-up times will be
                                                                          placed in Extended Care and the Occasional Rate of $20.00/After
Teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments            Care will be charged. Payment is due on the day Extended Care
for absences due to vacations. No assignment will be given in             services are rendered.
anticipation of the vacation.
                                                                          If Extended Care services are needed on an occasional basis,
Approved 07/09                                                            students must still be registered and a note should be sent or a
Revised 07/10                                                             phone call made to the Extended Care Office or the School Office
                                                                          BEFORE 3:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. (early dismissal days), the day the
Arrival                                                                   service is needed.

Students are to arrive at school between 7:45 and 8:00                    All parents must sign their child out in the Sign-Out Book when picking
a.m. and report directly to their homeroom.                               up their child.

Students not enrolled in the Extended Care Program are not permitted      Students are never permitted to leave school premises during school
on school grounds prior to 7:45 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. There is no       hours unless accompanied by an adult who has signed the student out
supervision during those times.      The school will not be held          in the school office. We are concerned with the safety and well
responsible for students on school property when supervision is not       being of our students, and we take this responsibility very seriously.
provided.
                                                                          Students are not permitted, at any time, to cross Marlboro Pike
Only Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students               unless accompanied by an adult.
may be escorted to their homerooms.
                                                                          Approved 07/09
Approved 07/09                                                            Revised 07/10
Revised 07/10
                                                                          Early Dismissal Days
Tardiness
                                                                          Every Friday, school dismisses at 12:30 p.m. for faculty and staff
Punctuality is of the utmost importance in child training. The school     professional development.        The school calendar indicates early
day begins at 8:00 a.m. Students not in their classroom seat and          dismissal days. It is important to note that early dismissal days are in
ready to start the day when the 8:00 a.m. bell rings will be marked       compliance with the requirement of a minimum of four and one half
tardy.                                                                    hours of instruction time in order to count as a full day. Extended Care
                                                                          is available to those registered for the Extended Care Program on
**Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in at the school       early dismissal days except where noted.
office by the person who transports them to school.                       Approved 07/09
                                                                          Revised 07/10

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Truancy                                                                    Absence
Truancy is defined as a “student who stays away from school without        When a student is absent from school, a parent must call the office by
permission or parental knowledge.” (Oxford, 1997)                          9:00 a.m. each day of absence. The school must be immediately
                                                                           notified of all infectious or communicable diseases.
**A parent conference will be required AND enrollment                      **For the protection and welfare of all students, parents are required to
cancellation may occur for any student who is truant.                      keep their children at home when they are ill. Students must be
                                                                           symptom free for 24 hours before they are permitted to return to
Approved 07/09                                                             school.

Student Appointments                                                       A written note communicating the reason for the absence must be
                                                                           given to the homeroom teacher immediately upon return to school.
In order to maintain the flow of instruction student appointments of any   The note must also specify the dates of the absence and must be
kind during class hours are highly discouraged. For the protection of      signed by the student's parent.
all, students are not permitted to leave school grounds during school      When a student has been absent from school, it is the responsibility of
hours unless they have been signed out in the school office and            the parent (primary grades) or the student to personally check with
accompanied by a parent or designated adult.                               their teachers to determine the work that has been missed during the
                                                                           absence.
Parents are requested to schedule appointments for their children
before or after school hours. In the event that it becomes necessary       Arrangements may be made for obtaining class assignments and
for the student to leave school before regular dismissal, a written        homework by contacting the school office before 9:00 a.m. for pickup
request, stating the reason, must be submitted to the homeroom             between 3:30-3:45 p.m., or for having a sibling, friend or other student
teacher and to the school office.                                          obtain assignments.

A parent requesting early dismissal for their child must report to the     Absences due to a family's extended vacation during school time are
school office and the student will be called on the P.A. system to         discouraged. If it is absolutely necessary for a student to be absent for
report to the school office. Parents are not permitted to go to the        a reason other than illness, advance assignments will not be provided.
classroom. The parent is required to sign the student out in the school    A doctor’s note will be required for student absences of three
office.                                                                    days or more.

If the child returns to school during the same school day, the parent      Teachers are not required to give make-up tests or assignments
and child must report to the school office. The parent must sign the       for absences due to vacations. No assignment will be given in
child in and the child needs a Tardy Slip to return to class.              anticipation of the vacation.

Students who leave the Mount Calvary campus for any reason                 Approved 07/09
(i.e. for an appointment, etc.) and are not present at dismissal           Revised 07/10
time may not utilize the Extended Care Program on that day.
                                                                           After Hours Classroom Access
Approved 07/09
Revised 07/10                                                              Students are responsible to have all their necessary books, materials
                                                                           and personal possessions with them once they are dismissed from
                                                                           school.    Students or parents are not permitted to return to the
                                                                           classroom to retrieve items left behind.

                                                                           Approved 07/10
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Arrival and Dismissal                                                       Classroom Visitors
In the interest of safety, anyone who transports children to and from       Parents may visit classrooms with the prior approval of the
school must observe the designated Traffic Pattern found in this            administration and the teacher. Due to insurance regulations, younger
handbook. ALL STUDENTS ARE TO BE DROPPED OFF AND                            siblings and/or non-Mount Calvary Catholic School students may not
PICKED UP ON THE MOUNT CALVARY PARKING LOT.                                 accompany parents when they volunteer in the classroom, school or
                                                                            on field trips.
It is the responsibility of the parents to communicate these
procedures to those individuals they authorize to transport their           **All school volunteers who work with or around children must
child to and from school.                                                   comply with the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of
                                                                            Washington.
**Drivers must follow the posted traffic signs, parking lot
markings and the direction of the parking lot staff on duty AT ALL          Approved 07/09
TIMES.
If someone other than the parent is to pick up a child, the school must     Student Custody and Guardianship
be informed in writing beforehand. Under no circumstances will a child
be allowed to leave school, with someone other than their                   During the time that a child is enrolled at Mount Calvary Catholic
parent/parent designee, without prior written notification.                 School, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to provide the
                                                                            administration with a court-certified, true and correct copy of the legal
Email notification, phone messages, text messages or other electronic       document for any student for whom there is a custody agreement or
messaging modes are not acceptable forms of communication for the           for any student not residing with their parent(s).
release of students. Faxed notification, with the parent’s signature will
be accepted.                                                                Approved 07/09
Approved 07/09
Revised 07/10                                                               Student Records
                                                                            Mount Calvary Catholic School complies with the provisions of the
School Visitors                                                             Buckley Amendment (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act)
                                                                            regarding access to student records. Parents must submit a written
In order to help provide a safe and well-ordered atmosphere for your        request to the principal and schedule an appointment prior to review of
child's education, any person, including a parent, entering the school      their child’s file. Mount Calvary Catholic School abides by the
must enter through the main entrance, stop at the school office, sign in    provisions of the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of the
and obtain a "Visitor's Pass". When leaving the building, visitors must     non-custodial parent. In the absence of a court order to the contrary,
sign out and return the "Visitor's Pass" to the school office.              we will provide the non-custodial parent with access to academic
                                                                            records and other school information provided they submit a written
All male visitors are asked to remove their hats/caps when they enter
                                                                            request to the principal and schedule an appointment prior to review of
the building.
                                                                            their child’s file. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be
                                                                            no information given, it is the custodial parent's responsibility to
**All school volunteers who work with or around children must
                                                                            provide the school with a court-certified copy of the court order.
comply with the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of
Washington.
                                                                            Approved 07/09
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Confidentiality                                                            vital communication tool and other correspondence.               The
                                                                           Principal’s Newsletter details pertinent school information such as
All test scores, grades, and behavior reports are considered               upcoming events, calendar changes and addendums to the
confidential, and are kept on file in our main office.                     Parent/Student Handbook.            The family Yellow Weekly
                                                                           Communicator Envelope is to be signed each week by the parent
School personnel will keep confidential information entrusted to them      and returned to the child’s homeroom teacher on Fridays. The
so long as no one's life, health or safety is at stake. Parents will be    parent’s signature verifies that they have received the information.
promptly notified of any serious concerns by the administration.           There is a $2.50 replacement charge for envelopes that are lost.

Approved 07/09                                                             Each teacher may have their own form of communication with parents
                                                                           such as Friday Folders or Classroom Bulletins. Teachers will inform
                                                                           parents of their selected communication method at the Annual Back-
Transfer of Student Records                                                to-School Night.

Parents desiring to transfer their child to another school are asked to    Additionally, all teachers post their weekly homework assignments
notify the principal in writing in advance. Parents must sign a Release    and/or other information on their individual http://new.schoolnotes.com
of Records Form giving Mount Calvary Catholic School permission to         site. Information for accessing the teacher’s site will also be provided
transfer student records to the new school. Records will be forwarded      at the Annual Back-to-School Night.
upon written request of the new school, provided all financial
obligations to Mount Calvary Catholic School have been met. Student        Approved 07/09
records must be forwarded directly to the new school.                      Revised 07/10

Approved 07/09
                                                                           Communication of Concerns
Letters of Recommendation for Students                                     In working with people, misunderstandings may arise. Parents with
                                                                           concerns regarding their child’s academic life, or concerns related to
All requests for letters of recommendation should be submitted to the      issues that impact their child’s learning, need to explain their concerns
Principal. After completion, letters will be forwarded directly to the     to the teacher before seeking intervention by the principal.
school or agency by the Administrative Assistant.
                                                                           If an agreeable solution is not reached, parents should contact the
Approved 07/09                                                             principal. A conference with the parent, teacher, principal, and student
                                                                           if necessary, may take place after the parent has first discussed the
Home-School Communications                                                 situation with the teacher.

Open communication between the home and the school is of the               Parents may request a conference with a teacher or the principal by
utmost importance in maintaining a productive relationship with all        sending written correspondence to the teacher/principal or calling the
stakeholders of the school.                                                school office to request and schedule a conference with the
                                                                           teacher/principal. All conferences will be scheduled in accordance
Official school-wide emergency communications are sent using the           with the teacher's/principal’s schedule.
SchoolReach® communication system.
                                                                           **No conference will be held before, during, or after school
In order to insure that all school families are properly informed, Mount   unless the conference is scheduled in advance.
Calvary Catholic School sends home a family Yellow Weekly
Communicator Envelope with each child every Thursday. This                 To schedule a conference with the principal, please call the school
envelope contains the Principal’s Newsletter, the school’s most            office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Important Communication Guidelines for Parents - To facilitate the             Distribution of Information
cooperation needed between home and school, the following
guidelines may be helpful:                                                     All information to be distributed to members of the school community
                                                                               must first be approved by the Administration.          This includes
1.     If your child is upset about a school situation, we ask you to          information from parents and all school-related organizations,
       listen openly to your child. We would caution you about                 regarding meetings and other events.
       offering an opinion until you have contacted the teacher
       involved in the situation. The best response is often one of            **The Administration reserves the right to edit, amend or cancel
       calm and passive listening. The time taken for communication            information distributed to the school community.
       will show interest in the child’s viewpoint and at the same time,
       demonstrates the need to view the situation as completely as            Approved 07/09
       possible.

2.     If you disagree with a teacher’s action, please express your            Telephone Usage and Messages for Students
       disagreement and concern to the teacher but not to your child.
       We ask that you express your concerns/opinions in a                     Permission to use the phone must be obtained from the teacher and/or
       courteous manner that does not offend the others involved.              the Administrative Assistant. The school office phone is a business
       Use of abusive language or gestures is not acceptable from              phone and students are permitted to use it only in the case of an
       the student and will not be tolerated from parents. Failure to          emergency. Forgotten items such as homework, band instruments,
       discuss matters of concern in a courteous, calm fashion may             athletic equipment, etc. do not constitute emergencies. Arrangements
       result in a request for immediate withdrawal of the student             for after school visits with friends must be made at home. Individuals
       from Mount Calvary Catholic School.                                     are not permitted to interrupt classes with messages or deliveries.
                                                                               Only emergency messages will be delivered by the school office staff
3.     Your cooperation and support are necessary for an effective             to students during school hours.
       discipline program. It is very possible that a misguided
       statement can undermine our program, but more importantly,              **Students are NOT permitted to bring cell phones, pagers, iPods
       it places the child in opposition to the teacher and can result in      or other personal communication devices to school. If this rule is
       defiance and disrespect.                                                violated, the particular item will be confiscated, secured in the
                                                                               school office and returned to the parent/guardian on the last day
4.     Your interest in your child reinforces his/her interest in school.      of the school year.
       If you feel that your child is not working to capacity, contact
       the teacher directly to develop a plan for intervention. The            **Special consideration MAY be given for students who walk
       most effective means of supervising your child’s academic               to/from school or take public transportation. In this case and if
       growth can be checking homework, reviewing for tests,                   permission is granted, students will be required to check their
       inquiring about test results, school activities, etc.                   cell phone in at the Main Office each day. Cell phones are not
                                                                               permitted to be used at any time during the school day.
5.     Responsibility, like respect, is something that is taught. If we
       exemplify responsibility, our children will practice it, too. Instill   Approved 07/09
       in your child the importance of bringing home every piece of            Revised 07/10
       correspondence sent by the school. Because we are not
       always able to communicate personally, we ask you to                    Inclement Weather
       read each communication and respond promptly, if
       necessary.
                                                                               Parents will receive a special emergency phone call/email message
Approved 07/09                                                                 via the SchoolReach® communication system for weather or other
Revised 07/10                                                                  emergency situations.

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For weather emergencies, Mount Calvary Catholic School follows the         If two or more checks are returned for insufficient funds, Mount
Prince George's County Public Schools with regard to closings,             Calvary Catholic School reserves the right to require all payments be
delayed opening or early dismissals.                                       made by cash, cashier’s check or money order. Parents will be
                                                                           assessed a $35.00 charge for payments submitted to the school
Exceptions:     When Mount Calvary Catholic School is scheduled for        which are subsequently returned for insufficient funds.
a 12:30 p.m. dismissal the following will be in effect:
                                                                           Approved 07/09
        If Prince George’s County Public Schools open two hours late,     Revised 07/10
         Mount Calvary Catholic School will be closed.
                                                                           Lunch and Recess
        If Prince George’s County Public Schools open one hour late,
         Mount Calvary Catholic School will open one hour late and still   Mount Calvary School contracts with a caterer to provide students,
         dismiss at 12:30 p.m.                                             faculty and staff with hot lunches Monday through Thursday each
                                                                           week. Participation in this program is optional. A monthly menu
        If Prince George’s County Public Schools have a previously        will be provided in the Yellow Weekly Communicator Envelope and
         scheduled teacher in-service/no school for student’s day          lunches must be pre-ordered and pre-paid each month.
         during a weather related emergency, Mount Calvary Catholic
         School will follow the announcement of the Archdiocese of         Students who do not wish to participate in the hot lunch program are to
         Washington for our school.                                        bring lunch from home.

Parents are also encouraged to listen to local radio or television         Students who forget their lunch will be provided with one from the hot
station broadcasts for information regarding closings, delayed opening     lunch program and parents will be billed by the hot lunch provider.
or early dismissal due to inclement weather. Parents may also check
the school website at www.mountcalvarycatholicschool.org or                On Fridays, when school is in session, students may purchase the
subscribe to www.schoolsout.com, free of charge, to receive email or       Pizza Luncheon. Order forms are sent home monthly in the Yellow
text message alerts for weather related emergencies. To subscribe go       Weekly Communicator Envelope.
to the www.schoolsout.com website and click on Maryland. Scroll
down to Public Schools and click on Prince George’s County Public          Students not purchasing lunch should bring a lunch packed in a lunch
Schools. Follow the remaining prompts.                                     box or bag and, if needed, a drink.

*Please note: Mount Calvary Catholic School will follow Prince                    Carbonated beverages and/or drinks in glass containers are
George’s County Public Schools for extreme heat emergencies                        not permitted.
since all classrooms are not air-conditioned.                                     Microwave ovens are not available for student use.
                                                                                  Students may not have lunches delivered from carry-out
Approved 07/09                                                                     or fast food restaurants.
Revised 07/10                                                                     On early dismissal days, all students should bring a hearty,
                                                                                   healthy snack.
Monies Sent to School                                                             On early dismissal days, students who stay for Extended
                                                                                   Care, should bring a lunch if not purchasing the Pizza Lunch.
All monies sent to school must be sealed in an envelope on                         Parents may also want to send extra snacks for later in the
which is written the student's name and grade, along with the                      day.
amount of money and the reason for which it is being sent and
                                                                           Students may purchase items from the vending machines during lunch
given to the homeroom teacher.                                             and after school only.



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Children need the opportunity for and benefits that outdoor play           Approved 07/09
affords. As long as the temperature is not below 32 degrees and not        Revised 07/10
above 88 degrees and there is no precipitation, all students will go
outside for recess every day.                                              Cell Phones, Electronics, Media and Toys
Students are not permitted to remain in the school building during         Students are not permitted to bring cell phones or other electronic
recess time unless they are under a doctor’s care and a Certificate of     communication devices, MP3 players, iPods, cassette or CD players,
Restriction has been received and on file in the school office.            cameras, electronic games, laptops, expensive items, and/or toys in
                                                                           general to school.
Approved 07/09
Revised 07/10                                                              If this rule is violated, the particular item will be confiscated,
                                                                           secured in the school office and returned to the parent/guardian
Milk Orders                                                                on the last day of the school year.

                                                                           If a second infraction occurs regarding this policy, automatic
Mount Calvary Catholic School participates in the School Milk Program      suspension will occur and withdrawal may be required.
which begins the second week of school. Milk may be purchased
annually at a subsidized rate. Order forms will be available at the        Video and audio tapes, CDs, or non-academic material in any media
beginning of the school year. In accordance with state regulations,        form that is brought to Mount Calvary Catholic School must be cleared
milk must be paid for in cash or through a separate check. Checks          through the administration before it is taken into the classroom, on a
should be made payable to Mount Calvary Catholic School.                   field trip or given to any other student. All materials must support
                                                                           Mount Calvary’s mission and Catholic moral teaching.
Parents will be assessed a $35.00 charge for payments submitted
to the school which are subsequently returned for insufficient             Videos or DVDs must meet Archdiocesan requirements for viewing.
funds.                                                                     “G” rated movies may be shown. “PG” rated movies may be shown
                                                                           only after parental permission is given.
Approved 07/09
Revised 07/10                                                              Approved 07/09
                                                                           Revised 07/10

Parties                                                                    Field Trips
Class parties are held for special occasions. Parties may be planned
for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and the       Throughout the school year, students may be offered the privilege of
end of the year. Room parents may assist the homeroom teacher with         educational field trips which broaden the learning experience and their
class parties.                                                             cultural, spiritual, and social growth. All field trips are academically
                                                                           related to subject matter and the need and number of field trips will
**Birthday parties in school are not permitted.                            vary from grade to grade. The classroom teacher will inform the
                                                                           parents of all field trip details at least two weeks prior to the actual
Individual birthday treats may be brought in to school to share with the   date of the field trip.
class.    They will be distributed at lunch time after permission has
been given by the student’s teacher.                                       BOTH SIDES of the official Archdiocesan Permission Form must be
                                                                           completed and signed by the parent, before a student will be permitted
**Students are not permitted to exchange birthday gifts for                to attend a field trip. Verbal permission CANNOT be accepted.
individuals at school.                                                     Students who fail to submit the proper permission form will not be
                                                                           allowed to participate in the field trip.
**Distribution of individual party invitations is not permitted
unless everyone in the class is being invited to the party.                **Payment for all field trips is non-refundable.
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Field trips, though an extension of the educational curriculum, are a           **All school volunteers, including field trip chaperones, who work
privilege, not a right. All eligible students are expected to participate       with or around children, must comply with the Child Protection
in class field trips.                                                           Policy of the Archdiocese of Washington.

**Individual teachers, in consultation with the administration,                 Approved 07/09
reserve the right to restrict or deny student participation on any              Revised 07/10
field trip due to poor academic performance and/or poor conduct.
                                                                                Personal Property
**Any student not permitted to attend a field trip may not attend school
on the day of the scheduled trip. Additional work on the topic may be           All personal property, including clothing, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.,
assigned for any student who misses a field trip due to academic or             should be clearly marked with the child's name. If lost articles are
behavior issues.                                                                found, they should be turned in to the office. Found items will be
                                                                                returned to the proper owner if labeled correctly. Items left over a long
Mount Calvary Catholic School will follow the local jurisdiction                period of time will be given to a charitable organization.
concerning cancellation of field trips or limited field trips due to national
security alerts or crisis situations.                                           Toys, electronic devices such as iPods, cell phones, electronic hand
                                                                                games, cards of any kind, etc., that are brought from home are not
Students are REQUIRED to depart from and return to Mount                        permitted in school at any time, unless specifically requested by a
Calvary with their class.            Separate transportation is not             teacher.
permissible. All students will follow general school bus rules of safety
and conduct such as remaining seated at all times, no loud                      Items such as those mentioned above will be confiscated
distractions that would affect the driver’s attention to traffic, etc.          immediately, secured in the school office and returned to the
Uniforms are to be worn on all field trips unless otherwise specified.          parent/guardian on the last day of the school year.
There are occasions when some field trips may return to school after
regular dismissal time. Parents are asked to be on time when picking            **Mount Calvary Catholic School does not assume responsibility
up their child from school after a field trip.                                  for any personal property that may be lost, stolen or damaged
                                                                                while on school premises.
The number of chaperones will be determined by the classroom
teacher. Chaperones are needed to help ensure safety and                        Approved 07/09
supervision for every child. Field trip responsibilities will be distributed    Revised 07/10
to chaperones prior to or on the day of the scheduled field trip.

An end of the year field trip is scheduled for the eighth grade. This              HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES
field trip is planned relating to subject matter that the students have
studied over the past school year. Students may be denied                       Every student enrolled at Mount Calvary Catholic School is
participation if they fail to meet behavioral requirements                      required to have health/medical and accident insurance. Parents
throughout the school year. A decision will be made at the                      are to provide insurance coverage for their children through the
discretion of the Administration. Any student whose parent has not              insurance company of their choice.
met all financial obligations for the school year will be unable to
                                                                th
participate. All financial obligations must be met by May 15 .                  Approved 07/09
                                                                                Revised 07/10
**Chaperones are NOT permitted to bring other children on field
trips.




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Emergency Information                                                     be submitted to the Director of Extended Care prior to the start of the
                                                                          school year.
**All students enrolled in Mount Calvary Catholic                         Approved 07/09
School must have a completed Emergency                                    Revised 07/10
Information Form on file.
                                                                          Blood-Borne Pathogens
At the beginning of each school year, an Emergency Information Form
will be sent home. Parents are required to complete (legibly printed or   Procedures of the Maryland State Department of Health are followed
typed) BOTH SIDES of this form and return it by the date requested.       regarding blood-borne pathogens. School personnel are trained in this
On this form, parents must designate the names and phone numbers          area on a yearly basis.
of two emergency contacts.          Emergency contacts should be
individuals with access to a vehicle in the event a student needs to be   Approved 07/09
picked up.

It is vitally important for parents to inform the school office of any    Illness
changes in home address, home phone number, parent’s work or
cell phone numbers or emergency contact people/numbers which              Parents have the primary responsibility for the health and well being of
occur during the school year.                                             their child. The school does not have the services of a nurse or health
                                                                          professional. A student who becomes ill during the school day is
**It is the responsibility of the parents to inform school personnel      to be picked up immediately. Any student with a fever must be
including the administrators, office staff, delegating nurse, and         “fever free” for twenty-four (24) hours before returning to school
the classroom and special area teachers about a student’s
serious medical condition in writing.                                     The Maryland State Health Department requires that any child
                                                                          with a rash is to be sent home immediately. The child may not
Approved 07/09                                                            return to school without a physician's note explaining the rash and its
Revised 07/10                                                             treatment, if any.

                                                                          A child who is ill or has a rash will be removed from class until the
Health Regulations and Immunizations                                      parent or the designated emergency contact can take the student
                                                                          home.
All students must submit to physical examinations and other health
measures mandated by state and local jurisdictions. The Maryland          **The school office must be notified of all infectious and
State Department of Health requires that all children be immunized        communicable diseases.
against diphtheria, polio, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. In
addition, kindergarten through eighth grade students must have            Following certain illnesses, a definite period of absence from school is
Hepatitis B series and varicella (chicken pox) immunization. Written      required. Parents should consult with their family doctor and send
documentation of current immunizations on the Archdiocesan                verification that the child is ready to return to school. An illness of
Immunization Certificate, by a licensed medical practitioner, must be     more than three (3) days will require a doctor’s note permitting the
on file with the school or the child will not be admitted to school.      student to return to school. A child who comes to school is presumed
**All students enrolled in the Mount Calvary’s Extended Care              to be well enough to go outside for recess, weather permitting, and will
Program are required by the Maryland State Department of Health           not be allowed to spend recess in the office or a classroom.
and the Prince George’s County Department of Health to have a
yearly physical examination and to have the medical practitioner          Approved 07/09
complete the Health Inventory. The completed Health Inventory and         Revised 07/10
a copy of the student’s Archdiocesan Immunization Certificate are to

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Medication                                                                  Accidents and Injuries
If a child is on medication, it is best that the parent administer the      Mount Calvary Catholic School will report any student accidents or
medication before and after school hours. Students are permitted to         injuries to the affected student’s parents as soon as reasonably
be given medication in school only when it is deemed absolutely             possible. A written record will be kept in the school office. Reporting
necessary, and only under the supervision of their doctor and of            does not constitute an acceptance of liability.
school personnel. In such cases, the Physician’s Medication
Authorization for Prescription and Non-Prescription Medication              In the event of a serious/life-threatening injury, the Emergency
must be on file for each individual situation and medication including      Information Form authorizes school personnel to call local emergency
non-prescription, over the counter medications and prescription             response personnel for assistance, evaluation, and possible transport
medications. These include but are not limited to aspirin, Tylenol,         to the hospital. Parents will be notified by telephone regarding any
Ibuprofen, Benadryl (oral and topical), cough drops, skin creams or         serious/life-threatening injury, or any head or eye injury.
lotions, lip balms, etc. Both the physician and the parent must sign
and date this form. Forms are available in the school office.               Approved 07/09
This form must identify the medication (prescription or non-
prescription), the dosage and time of distribution stipulated, as well as   Crisis/Emergency Plans
the anticipated duration of the treatment and any side effects which
may occur.                                                                  Mount Calvary Catholic School has a comprehensive School Crisis
                                                                            Plan as per the requirements of the Archdiocese of Washington Office
Medication, in the original prescription container, must be delivered       of Catholic Schools and the United States Department of Homeland
to the school by the parent or a designated adult. The container must       Security.    In the event of an emergency, we will follow
be labeled with the child's name, dosage, instructions, and expiration      announcements regarding the PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
date. (The containers, one for home and one for school, should be           PUBLIC SCHOOL.
requested from the pharmacist.)
                                                                            **If there is a localized situation, the SchoolReach®
Parents are responsible for picking up all medications at the end of the    communication system will be used to alert parents. They are
school year. All medication left in the school office/health room will be   also instructed to listen to local radio or television stations
disposed of at the end of the school year.                                  regarding Mount Calvary Catholic School specifically.
**For the safety of the children and to comply with State Health            In light of the current world situation and as per the requirements of
Regulations, no student is to have in his/her possession any                the Archdiocese of Washington, our school has established a
medication during the school day. All medication must be kept               Sheltering In Place and/or Lock Down Plan as part of the School
and distributed through the school office/health room.                      Crisis Plan.
It is vitally important for parents to inform the teacher                   In the event we need to activate one of these plans, parents must
and the administration, in writing, of any medical                          follow the directives of the public safety officials covering our
problems or allergies their child may have.                                 local jurisdiction. NO ONE will be permitted to enter or leave the
                                                                            building unless directed by the public safety officials in charge.
Feminine products must be kept in the school office/Assistant Principal
office. Students are not permitted to carry backpacks or purses at any      Approved 07/09
time during the school day.

Approved 07/09
Revised 07/10


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Fire/Crisis Emergency Management Drills                                     Policy which mandates that any suspected case of child abuse or
                                                                            neglect be reported to local Child Protective Services.
Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis in compliance with Prince
George’s County Fire Regulations. Crisis Emergency Management               If a student is left at school after Extended Care has closed, and
drills are conducted periodically as per the recommendation of the          attempts to contact the parent and the designated emergency contacts
Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington and the            have been exhausted, that child will be declared abandoned and the
Federal Office of Homeland Security. These drills are conducted to          authorities will be called. School personnel have the right to drop the
familiarize students with emergency procedures.                             student off at the local police station. School personnel shall not be
                                                                            held liable for any student who is declared abandoned.
Drills included but are not limited to the following emergencies:
                                                                            Approved 07/09
      fire drill,
                                                                            Revised 07/10
      terrorism related events,
      weather related events.
                                                                            Child Protection Policy
Instructions for the various drills are posted in each classroom. A
detailed copy of the safety plan is also kept in the front office. During   All adults who have substantial contact with children and who
drills, students are to remain silent and proceed to safety stations        volunteer in the school or for other approved school and parish
quickly and orderly. All drills are conducted as if there was an            sponsored activities must comply with the Child Protection
emergency. We do not stop for coats, sweaters, etc.                         Policy of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Approved 07/09                                                              For all volunteers working with or around children this procedure
                                                                            includes but is not limited to:
Weapons Policy                                                                     Complete the Archdiocesan Application for Volunteer Service;
                                                                                   Complete the Request for Criminal Background Investigation
No one shall bring a weapon onto school property, nor carry or keep
                                                                                    Authorization Form;
any weapon on school property or carry or keep any weapon on their
person, while attending or participating in any school activity. This              Register for an account on VIRTUS at www.virtus.org ; (make
policy shall be enforced according to the prudent search and seizure                sure you indicate which workshop you plan to attend)
procedures according to Archdiocesan policy.                                       Return the completed Application for Volunteer Services
                                                                                    and Request for Criminal Background Investigation
For purposes of this policy, a weapon is any firearm, knife, explosive,             Authorization Form to the school office for appropriate
or other object, even if manufactured for a non-violent purpose but that            signatures;
has a potentially violent use, or any “look-alike” object that resembles           Attend the Protecting God’s Children Workshop you registered
an object that has a potentially violent use, if, under the surrounding             for;
circumstances, the purpose of bringing, keeping, or carrying the object            Contact the Office of Employment and Volunteer Services to
is for using it, or threatening to use it, to cause violence.                       set up an appointment for fingerprinting;
                                                                                   Return a copy of the Acknowledgement Form from the Child
Approved 07/09                                                                      Protection Policy Booklet to the school office;
Revised 07/10                                                                      Return a copy of the Archdiocesan Fingerprint Authorization
                                                                                    Form to the school office (pink copy);
Child Abuse and Neglect                                                            Return a copy of your FBI and State of Maryland Criminal
                                                                                    History Record Check Clearance to the school office.
Mount Calvary Catholic School complies with the laws of the State of
                                                                            Additionally, school volunteers may be asked to attend a school
Maryland and with the Archdiocese of Washington Child Protection
                                                                            sponsored Volunteer Orientation Training.
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In accordance with the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese of        must be worn at all times. The shirt or blouse, when worn with the
Washington, all children and young people shall attend scheduled            Regulation uniform pants, kilt or walking shorts, must be worn so that
training sessions that include but are not limited to the following         the belt or waistband is visible. Hems in girls’ kilts and jumpers are to
subjects:                                                                   be no more than 2 inches above the knee (measured while kneeling).
                                                                            No colored and/or printed T-shirts or undergarments may be worn
        Basic safety skills;                                               under the uniform.
        Recognition of dangerous and abusive situations;
        Appropriate and inappropriate physical contact and other           Both boys and girls are required to have neat hair styles and may not
         interpersonal boundary violations;                                 have hair which hangs in or obscures the face. Extreme hair styles,
                                                                            such as change of natural hair color, bleaching, hair shaving, cutting
        Ability to say “no” to unwanted situations;
                                                                            stripes, Mohawks, “rat-tails", or unkempt braids/dreadlocks/
        Ability to identify trusting adults with whom to speak;
                                                                            cornrows/afros, etc. will not be permitted.
        Importance of disclosure if inappropriate or unwanted actions
         are directed to self or others;                                    Boys' hair must be above and not touch the shirt collar.
        Recognition that abusive situations are never the fault of the
         child.                                                             Hair ornaments for girls are limited in number and size and to uniform
                                                                            colors (green, black, white, navy blue or may be silver or gold). Hair
Instruction on these topics for students enrolled in Mount Calvary          ornaments, including but not limited to beading, may not obscure the
Catholic School will be delivered using the Personal Safety Education       student’s vision or be an impediment to teaching or learning.
Curriculum Standards developed and authorized by the Catholic               Scrunchies, hair clips, etc. must be in the hair, not worn on wrists.
School Office of the Archdiocese of Washington.
                                                                            Cosmetics of any kind, lip gloss, Chapstick, nail polish, nail
Approved 07/09                                                              ornamentation or artificial nails may not be worn or brought to school.
Revised 07/10                                                               If this rule is violated, the particular item will be confiscated,
                                                                            secured in the school office and returned to the parent/guardian
                                                                            on the last day of the school year.
 STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND
      BEHAVIOR POLICIES                                                     No visible tattoos or body piercings are permitted (with the exception
                                                                            of pierced ears for girls).
Uniform Policy and Dress Code                                               Jewelry for girls is limited to a watch, simple cross or holy medal on a
                                                                            single narrow silver or gold chain. Girls may wear one matching pair of
Students are expected to be well groomed, and attired in approved           small post/hoop earring in each ear (hoops not to exceed one half inch
clothing at all times. Research shows that wearing uniforms allows          in diameter.) Cartilage piercing is not permitted.
students to focus on learning during the school day. The official
uniform company for Mount Calvary Catholic School is Flynn and              Jewelry for boys is limited to a watch, simple cross or holy medal on a
O’Hara. All students in Pre-School through grade eight are required to      single narrow silver or gold chain. Boys are not permitted to wear
be in full uniform each school day (except special Out-of-Uniform days      earrings.
announced through the Yellow Weekly Communicator Envelope).
Uniforms must be neat, clean and in good repair.              It is the     Uniform shoes, as indicated, must be worn and tied properly at all
responsibility of the parents to see that their child conforms to the       times.
dress code.
                                                                            Students are not permitted to wear boots, clogs, sandals or flip flops of
All clothing must be the proper size and fit for the child and worn         any kind with their school uniform.
correctly. Oversized or tight clothing is not allowed. Shirts and blouses
must be buttoned and tucked in at all times. Belts, where indicated,

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Hats, head coverings of any kind and scarves are not permitted to be              Regulation school sweater or sweatshirt, may be worn over
worn with the school uniform.                                                      uniform in cold weather
                                                                                  Dark green or black socks or tights
**The administration reserves the right to make definitive                        Dirty buck soft soled shoes, black and white saddle shoes or
decisions concerning the acceptability of any items related to the                 all black, soft soled, tie dress shoes, low-heel (1” or less)
dress code. Furthermore, it reserves the right to deny access to
class or school activities to any student wearing inappropriate
clothing or not in compliance with the Uniform Policy.
                                                                            Dress Code for Girls Grades 6 – 8

Approved 07-09                                                                    Regulation Black Watch plaid kilt, to be worn no more than 2”
Revised 07/10                                                                      above the knee (measured while kneeling) or Regulation
                                                                                   Uniform green slacks
Dress Code                                                                        Plain white blouse, short or long sleeved, button-down collar,
                                                                                   must be tucked in at all times
                                                                                  Dark green or black socks or tights
Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten Boys and                               Regulation school sweater, vest or sweatshirt may be worn
Girls                                                                              over uniform in cold weather
                                                                                  Dirty buck, soft soled shoes, black and white saddle shoes or
        Regulation Mount Calvary Hunter Green PE shorts with logo                 all black, soft soled, tie shoes, low-heel (1” or less)
        Regulation Mount Calvary Gold T-shirt with logo
        Regulation Mount Calvary Hunter Green Sweat Suit with logo,        Physical Education Dress Code for All Students
         may be worn in cold weather
        Plain white socks                                                  To be worn on PE days only (unless otherwise directed)
        Soft soled gym shoes
                                                                                  Regulation Mount Calvary Hunter Green PE shorts with logo
Dress Code for Boys Grades 1 – 8                                                  Regulation Mount Calvary Gold T-shirt with logo
                                                                                  Regulation Mount Calvary Hunter Green Sweat Suit with logo,
        Regulation, dark green twill pants, must be worn at the waist             to be worn over PE Uniform on cold days
        Plain black or brown belt, must be worn at all times                     White socks
        Plain white, button down-collar shirt, long or short sleeved,            Soft soled gym shoes
         must be tucked in at all times
        Solid green tie, must be worn at all times                         Optional Fall/Spring Dress Code for All Students
        Regulation school sweater, vest or sweatshirt, may be worn
         over uniform in cold weather                                                                                                       st
                                                                            The Optional Fall/Spring Uniform may be worn during the 1
        Dark green or black socks                                                            th
                                                                            Quarter and the 4 Quarter only.
        Dirty buck soft soled shoes, or all black, soft soled, tie dress
         shoes, low-heel (1” or less)                                             Regulation Uniform green twill walking shorts (must be worn at
                                                                                   the waist)
Dress Code for Girls Grades 1 – 5                                                 Regulation short sleeve white polo shirt with logo
                                                                                  Black or brown belt, must be worn at all times
        Regulation Black Watch plaid belted tunic style jumper, to be            Dark green or black socks
         worn no more than 2” above the knee (belt is to be worn at all           Dirty buck, soft soled shoes, all black, soft soled, tie shoes or
         times) or Regulation Uniform green slacks.                                girls may wear black and white saddle shoes
        Plain white blouse, short or long sleeved, Peter Pan collar
                                                                            Approved 07/09
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The following are not permitted at any time:                                Enforcement Policy for Dress Code
        biker pants, spandex, sweat pants, tight or oversized pants;       First Infraction         Student warning and parents called to bring
        undershirts, tank tops, see-through, backless, midriff,                                     the appropriate clothing
         sleeveless, spaghetti straps, or tight-fitting tops;
        clothing displaying holograms, vulgar, obscene, sacrilegious       Second Infraction        Student detention, loss of out-of-uniform day,
         language, weapons, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco or other                                      parents called to bring the appropriate
         related items;                                                                              clothing, and written parental notification
        clothing identifiable with gang activity;
        the hem of a skirts, a dress or shorts that does not extend at     Third Infraction         Student detention(s) or suspension, loss
         least 8 inches below the buttocks                                                           of out-of-uniform day, parents called to bring
        ripped, torn or suggestive-type clothing;                                                   the appropriate clothing, and written parental
        sandals, flip flops, high-heeled shoes, or boots of any kind;                               notification
        bandannas, baseball caps or other hats (unless designated
                                                                            Fourth Infraction        Parent and student         conference with
         cap day);
                                                                                                     administrator. Further disciplinary measures
        dangling or hoop earrings (over one half inch in diameter);
                                                                                                     will be determined.
        Silly Bands®
        Holographic contact lenses;                                        Approved 07/09
        Cosmetic glasses.

If students choose not to participate in out-of-uniform days, they are to   Code of Conduct
come to school wearing the school uniform scheduled for that day.
Students may want to bring their school uniform in case there is a          In all areas of learning, discipline must be considered in the
question of appropriateness.                                                development of the whole person. The Code of Conduct is based on
                                                                            the Gospel message of Jesus which is rooted in love. This love is
07/09                                                                       translated into respect for self, respect for others and respect and
                                                                            responsibility for the learning environment. According to the Northeast
                                                                            Foundation for Children – the Responsive Classroom Approach states,
Out-of-Uniform Dress Code                                                   “Teaching the skills for discipline:
Occasionally, out-of-uniform days will be announced in the Yellow
                                                                                   contributes to a predictable and safe learning environment for
Weekly Communicator Envelope. On out-of-uniform days a casual
                                                                                    all;
look is permitted, however, attire must be in good taste. Students may
                                                                                   teaches children to value and care for themselves and others;
wear jeans in good repair, and shirts with appropriate messages or
symbols.                                                                           helps children develop skills of ethical and effective problem
                                                                                    solving and;
Any student deemed to be dressed inappropriately on out-of-uniform                 guides children in the development of self-discipline, which is
days will be sent to the office and will remain there until a change of             essential to their success in school and life.” (NEFC, 2006)
clothing is brought to them.
                                                                            Growth in self-discipline, a responsibility for Catholic moral values, and
Approved 07/09                                                              a loving respect for the rights of all persons is encouraged and
Revised 07/10                                                               nurtured at Mount Calvary Catholic School.

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Discipline Policy                                                          Cheating, Plagiarism, and Forgery
Enrollment in Mount Calvary Catholic School is a privilege, not a right.   Cheating, plagiarism, or forgery is incompatible with the Christian
By enrolling their child in Mount Calvary Catholic School, parents         nature of Mount Calvary Catholic School.
concede to the school the right to require the withdrawal of any
student, at any time it deems necessary, to safeguard the ideals of        Cheating is dishonesty in the preparation of any academic work. It
scholarship and character, and to secure compliance with its               involves not only infractions during tests (such as copying another
regulations.                                                               student's answers or using unauthorized materials during a test), but
                                                                           also use of another student's efforts in out-of-class assignments
**Behavior determined to damage the good name of the school or             (including homework). It is understood that cooperation on homework
its students, whether that behavior takes place at the school or           can be a positive learning activity, but to represent someone else's
elsewhere, will result in disciplinary consequences.                       work as one's own is unacceptable.

Disciplinary consequences will be imposed for any behavior that            Plagiarism is the claiming of another's ideas or work as one's own. In
creates a willful interference with the educational process in Mount       written, oral, or graphic work, students are expected to give credit for
Calvary Catholic School. Students and parents are expected to              material derived from other sources (including books, articles, movies,
comply with all rules and regulations of the school. Students who          television programs, computer programs, and information obtained
violate school policies and procedures can expect disciplinary             from the Internet).
consequences. Repeated infractions will result in more serious
consequences.                                                              Forgery is dishonesty in the simulated signing of another person's
                                                                           name to any writing. Forgery is a serious offense due to the willful
When a student’s actions violate civil code the school reserves the        dishonesty of the student involved. Forging a parent's signature on a
right to contact the proper authorities.                                   detention notice, quiz, test paper, quarterly evaluation, or any other
                                                                           document sent home to be signed by the parent, is punishable in the
**The principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary situations       following ways: a first offense will warrant a Saturday detention and a
and may waive any disciplinary rule for just cause at her                  second offense will result in immediate suspension, a Saturday
discretion.                                                                detention and a mandatory disciplinary conference will be held with
                                                                           the student, parent and the administration. Expulsion may also be a
Approved 07/09                                                             consequence.
Revised 07/10
                                                                           Incidents of cheating or plagiarism will be dealt with in accordance with
Care of School Property                                                    the age and grade of the student(s) involved. Any test or assignment
                                                                           tainted by cheating or plagiarism will always receive a grade of zero.
Parents of a child who carelessly destroys, damages, or disfigures         A disciplinary conference will be held with the student, parent and the
school property shall be liable to the school for full restitution.        administration. Students who choose to cheat or plagiarize will not be
Textbooks loaned to the student must be properly covered. Writing in       permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities and may also face
loaned textbooks is not permitted. Parents of a child who has              detention, suspension, and/or expulsion.
damaged or lost textbooks will pay a fine and/or replacement fee.
                                                                           Approved 07/09
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Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying                                                spreading sexual rumors or commenting about sexual
                                                                                     behavior;
Archdiocesan Policy 3543: Prevention Programming                                    physical contact, such as touching, grabbing, or pinching,
                                                                                     blocking normal movements;
All Archdiocesan schools shall prohibit acts of harassment and                      threats and demands to submit to sexual requests for certain
bullying and shall adhere to school-wide prevention programs                         benefits;
that enhance the safety of the school in accordance with the                        threats of physical sexual assault;
procedures and guidelines provided by the Catholic Schools                          retaliation for having reported sexual harassment.
Office.                                                                             “sexting,” such as transmitting pictures, information,
                                                                                     comments of a sexual nature via any electronic device (i.e.,
Mount Calvary Catholic School is committed to providing a physically                 cell phones, Internet – MySpace®, Facebook® – etc.)
safe and emotionally secure learning environment that is free from
harassment or bullying in any form, including cyber-bullying.                Verbal or written threats of any nature made against the physical or
Harassment or bullying of any student by any other student, lay              emotional well-being of any individual are taken seriously. Students
employee, volunteer, religious or priest is prohibited. All reports of       making such threats (seriously or in jest) face disciplinary
harassment or bullying will be treated seriously. The principal’s review     consequences, including but not limited to, detention, suspension,
and investigation of a credible allegation will be done in a prompt,         and/or expulsion.
confidential and through manner.
                                                                             Approved 07/09
Harassment is defined as unwanted and unwelcome behavior that                Revised 07/10
interferes with a student’s right to learn, study, work, achieve, or
participate in school activities in a comfortable and supportive             Types of Disciplinary Action
atmosphere.
                                                                             Students will be issued a verbal warning when their behavior violates
Bullying, a type of harassment, is defined as aggressive behavior with       the Code of Conduct. If they do not demonstrate improvement in
intent that is repeated over time and occurs within interpersonal            behavior, students will be issued a Behavior/Incident Referral. This
relationships by an imbalance of power.                                      documents the offensive behavior and serves as notice to the parents
                                                                             of their child’s actions. Teachers are required to call parents when
Cyber-bullying is defined as aggressive behavior with intent that is         they issue a Behavior/Incident Referral. Parents are required to sign
repeated over time and occurs within an interpersonal relationships by       and return the referral. Behavior/Incident Referrals are kept on file for
an imbalance of power on the Internet/intranet, blogs, websites, social      the remainder of the school year.
networks, Twitter or cell phones through instant/text messaging,
tweets, gaming, polling, emails or sexting.                                  A Saturday detention may be issued to a student for repeated
                                                                             breaches of classroom and/or school rules. Saturday detention will
Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted and unwelcome behavior              be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and the parents will be
of a sexual nature, which interferes with a student's right to learn,        required to pay $50.00 to cover the costs of teacher supervision.
study, work, achieve, or participate in school activities in a comfortable   Payment for Saturday detention is required on the date of the
and supportive atmosphere. Under federal and state laws, sexual              detention. Parents are issued written notification of the date of the
harassment is illegal and is prohibited in school settings. Some             detention. They are required to drop off and pick up their child at the
examples of behavior that may be considered sexual harassment are:           specified time. Late charges will incur if the student is not picked up
                                                                             on time and parents are expected to pay these charges at the time of
        staring or leering at parts of someone else's body;                 pick up. Late charges begin at 12:01 p.m. and are charged as follows:
        comments, gestures, or jokes of a sexual nature;
        display of sexual pictures or objects;                                      12:01 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.          $20.00
                                                                                     12:16 p.m. and after             $1.00 per minute
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                                                                                 1.    teacher/student conference, parental notification through
Failure to report for Saturday Detention will result in more serious                   issuance of a Behavior/Incident Referral, and student
disciplinary consequences including but not limited to suspension                      Saturday detention
and/or expulsion.                                                                2.    principal/student conference, parental notification
                                                                                       through issuance of a Suspension Notice, student on
In-School Suspension (ISS) means that a student is separated from                      ISS and/or Saturday detention
other students in a designated area. Students who are given an In-               3.    principal/parent/student conference convened, issuance
School Suspension will be required to report to school each day,                       of a Suspension Notice, student on OSS
complete all class assignments, and work with a substitute teacher               4.    pastor/principal/parent/student conference convened,
paid for by the suspended student's parents. Substitute pay is $75.00                  and withdrawal or expulsion recommended
per day. Payment for ISS is required on the date of the suspension.
Students are not permitted to participate in school activities/extra-    **Detention/Suspension takes precedence over extra-curricular
curricular activities during the time of their suspension.               activities and the student’s personal appointments.

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) means the removal of a student from       Approved 07/09
school for a specified period of time. Students who receive an Out-of-   Revised 07/10
School Suspension will not be allowed on the campus, nor allowed to
participate in school activities during the time of their suspension.    Detention Procedures
Students must complete all class work and tests from the days of
suspension. The parent or their authorized representative of any         When a student fails to follow classroom or school rules, they may be
student placed on OSS must pick up their child at the time the OSS is    issued a Saturday detention.          Parents will receive written
issued.                                                                  notification and will be responsible to pay $50.00 to cover the
                                                                         costs of teacher supervision. Payment is due on the date of
Withdrawal/Expulsion means the removal of a student from the school      detention.
permanently. Any student expelled from Mount Calvary Catholic
School will not be allowed to return for the remainder of their school   Behaviors that may warrant a detention include, but are not limited to,
career.                                                                  the following:

Approved 07/09                                                                  disrespect for authority;
Revised 07/10                                                                   disrespect for the rights of another student;
                                                                                abusive or demeaning language;
Successive Stages of Disciplinary Intervention                                  verbal or written profanity;
                                                                                class disruption;
Informal Means: All school personnel are encouraged to utilize a                fighting;
variety of developmentally appropriate logical consequences or                  chewing gum;
guidance strategies to maintain an effective learning environment.              eating at inappropriate times;
These include, but are not limited to Behavior/Incident Referrals and           vandalism;
phone calls to parents.                                                         playing or being in undesignated or prohibited areas of the
                                                                                 campus;
Formal Means: When informal means fail to correct inappropriate                 lying, cheating, stealing, forgery or plagiarism.
student behavior, successive stages of disciplinary intervention may
be implemented as follows:                                               Approved 07/09
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Suspension Procedures                                                              reasonable evidence that a student has been smoking or
                                                                                    drinking;
When a student has committed a serious offense, such as chronic or                 possession of, or trafficking in, tobacco, alcohol or other illegal
incorrigible behavior that undermines classroom or out-of-class                     drugs;
discipline, and/or impedes the academic progress of others, or when                vandalism or repeated destruction of school property
normal disciplinary procedures fail to bring improvement, it may be                 (restitution is required);
necessary to consider suspension. At the principal's discretion,                   cheating, plagiarism, or forgery;
suspensions may be ISS or OSS. During either suspension, all work                  stealing;
missed on days of suspension must be completed before the student                  sexual harassment in any form, physical or verbal;
may return to class. The procedure for suspension is as follows:                   repeated verbal, written, or gestured threats to the principal,
                                                                                    teachers, staff, volunteers, parish employees or other
         1.   The student and parents will be notified of the reason for            students;
              the suspension and its duration.                                     misuse of the Internet, which includes, but is not limited to,
         2.   The student will be given an opportunity to present their             visiting pornographic web sites. Internet privileges will be
              understanding of the situation.                                       suspended for the remainder of the school year.
         3.   An explanation of the information regarding the situation
              will be provided for the student.                             Approved 07/09
         4.   A conference date will be set with the student and            Revised 07/10
              parents to take place prior to re-admission.
         5.   A written record of each suspension will be kept on file
              for the duration of the student's enrollment at the school.   Voluntary/Involuntary Student Withdrawal
The principal of every Catholic school in Maryland, in accordance with      If a student’s academic or social behavior is such that it is detrimental
the rules of the Archdiocesan Board of Education and the Catholic           to the life of Mount Calvary Catholic School, and other disciplinary
Schools Office, shall have the right to suspend any pupil for a period of   consequences have been exhausted, the parents will be requested to
not more than five school days.                                             withdraw the student from the school. Failure to withdraw a student
                                                                            will result in expulsion.
A student may be suspended without the normal
procedural steps if the behavior of the student is so                       **A parent is not entitled to any financial remuneration or
                                                                            discount of tuition or any other fees in the event of an expulsion.
disruptive or dangerous that he or she presents a real
and immediate threat to the health and safety of others                     Approved 07/09
or self.
                                                                            Expulsion Procedures
Any student accused of a crime may be placed in a home study
program until the matter is resolved.                                       Expulsion is viewed as a radical action at which point the school is
Behaviors that may warrant a suspension include, but are not limited        saying that the student's interests would be better served in another
to the following:                                                           environment, or that the individual's behavior is a serious threat to the
                                                                            school community, or both. In the extreme case of irrevocable
        chronic or incorrigible behavior that undermines classroom or      expulsion, the primary goal is neither punitive nor deterrent in the
         out-of-class discipline and/or impedes the academic progress       criminal sense (although it may be), but rather the determination that it
         of others. Upon a second suspension, the parent will be            is counter-productive for the student to continue as a member of that
         required to provide proof of appropriate counseling or the         community. The school follows the expulsion procedures provided by
         student will be subject to expulsion;                              the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
        fighting or otherwise endangering the health or safety of
         others;
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Situations will arise in which expulsion may be merited. While it is not   Approved 07/09
possible to enumerate all cases that could arise, several categories of
cases are listed for guidance. Other problems of equal seriousness         Search and Seizure
may arise and will be treated similarly including but not limited to:
                                                                           School administrators do not need search warrants or probable cause
        three suspensions;
                                                                           to search students and their belongings if they believe the student has
        arson;                                                            in their possession an item, the possession of which constitutes a
        continued and willful defiance or disobedience of authority;      criminal offense under the laws of the state of Maryland.
        criminal activity;                                                Administrators may also search for any items previously listed in this
        extortion;                                                        handbook or its addenda that are not permitted to be in the possession
        grave defacing or destruction of property;                        of students enrolled in Mount Calvary Catholic School.
        gross disorder (inciting mob action);
        physical assault;                                                 The Principal and/or the Assistant Principal may, at any time, conduct
        possession of guns, knives, or anything that could be             a search of the physical plant of the school and every appurtenance
         considered a weapon;                                              thereof, including students’ desks and any personal computer
        serious theft;                                                    hardware or software, or information on the school’s computer
        possession of, or trafficking in, pornographic materials,         network.
         including materials obtained from the Internet;
        possession of, or trafficking in, tobacco, alcohol and/or other   Approved 07/09
         drugs;
        major vandalism;                                                  Application of the Disciplinary Code
        any serious action not in keeping with the philosophy of Mount
         Calvary Catholic School.                                          This Disciplinary Code shall be in effect before, during and after school
                                                                           hours when school personnel are responsible for students:
If the principal (after conferring with the pastor or local hearing
committee) determines that expulsion in a particular instance may be              on parish and school property;
warranted, the following procedure will be followed:                              on all school trips, including transportation to and from trips ;
                                                                                  during the Extended Care Program;
         1. The parents of the student will have a joint conference
            with the principal, teachers and appropriate personnel as             at all school functions.
            designated by the principal.
         2. Following the conference, the principal, with the pastor's     Application of these rules must always assure a fairness and remedial
            approval, will notify the family in writing of the school's    action that promotes the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional good
            decision and the reasons for the decision to expel the         of the school community.
            student.
         3. If the parent/student wishes to request an appeal of the       Approval 07/09
            school's decision, a hearing will be arranged involving the
            pastor, principal, the parents of the student and the
            student, and other appropriate personnel as determined
            by the pastor.
         4. If a student is expelled from the school, the principal must
            notify the Catholic Schools Office.

**A parent is not entitled to any financial remuneration or
discount of tuition or any other fees in the event of an expulsion.

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Values First Code
HONESTY: I will be an honest person.

RESPECT: I am respectful of others.

RESPONSIBILITY: I take responsibility for what I am supposed to do.

SELF-CONTROL: I will control my actions and words.

HARD WORK: I take pride in being a hard worker.

SELF-RESPECT: I have self-respect.

CONCERN FOR OTHERS: I will show concern for all other people.

TOLERANCE: I am tolerant of others.

COOPERATION: I will cooperate with those around me.

FAIRNESS: I show fairness to those with whom I come in contact.

FORGIVENESS: I can forgive those who do me wrong.

COURAGE: I will be brave in facing life’s challenges.

SELF-KNOWLEDGE: I will pursue knowledge of myself.




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