Table of Contents
- Vision Statement / Department for Catholic Schools
- Mission of School
- Philosophy and Belief Statements
- Middle States Accreditation
- Cathechetics (Religious Education)
- Admissions/Registration Policies
- Early Dismissals
- Lost and Found
- Detentions/Suspensions (in-School/Out-of-school)
- Field Trips
- Party Invitations
- Rights of Non-Custodial Parents
- School Supplies
- Student Activities
VISION STATEMENT / DEPARTMENT FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
The Vision for the Department for Catholic Schools is to promote and to sustain Catholic Schools of unparalleled quality, which integrate faith into every aspect of life and culture, producing graduates who continually strive for human and Christian perfection.
MISSION OF SCHOOL
It is the mission of Madonna Catholic Regional School to provide a Catholic, educational setting in which our students and their families can integrate Gospel values in daily living. We strive to create a climate in which each child can develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially, and in turn, enhance the world.
PHILOSOPHY AND BELIEF STATEMENTS
Each child will develop an understanding of Catholic Doctrine, Liturgy, the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, and Personal Prayer to build a personal relationship with Christ and His Church.
All children will be provided with challenging, yet realistic goals to achieve their full potential. Individual learning styles and rates of achievement will be recognized.
Each child will receive guidance in developing sound attitudes and habits for both mental and physical health.
Each child will develop a Christian awareness of responsibility to God, family, parish, community, nation and world.
MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Madonna Catholic Regional School. Middle States accreditation is an expression of confidence in Madonna Catholic Regional School’s mission, goals and objectives, performance and resources and validates publicly the excellence in education.
The Middle States Evaluation is an ongoing process requiring the submission of updated plans every three years. After ten years the school is re-evaluated for continued accreditation. We were re-accredited in May 2001. During the 2010-2011 school year, we will continue working on a self-study entitled “Designing our Future.” A visiting team will be evaluating Madonna Catholic in the Fall of 2011.
CATECHETICS (Religious Education)
Catechetics is the center of the Catholic school. A conscious effort is made to create a Christ-centered atmosphere by stressing Christian values and morality in the classroom as well as throughout the school. A deliberate attempt to integrate Catechetics into every aspect of the school curriculum is made by all faculty members.
Our belief in Jesus has drawn us to this school community. Our beliefs are expressed in and strengthened by daily communal prayer. Students develop skills and a love for the Church’s daily worship. Prayer includes a prayer service each morning with simple prayers for before and after lunch and at the end of the day.
An introduction each morning briefly sketches the saint or feast of the day or some aspect of the liturgical season. Attention is also given to the seasons of the year, to the anniversaries of historical figures and peacemakers of our time, and to the civil holidays that have significance for our children.
Faith experiences are an integral part of Catechetics. Opportunities for Eucharistic Liturgies, Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, the Rosary, and other Catholic prayers, classroom prayer and service to others are to be included. Community is at the heart of Catholic education, not simply as a concept to be learned, but as a reality to be lived.
The principal, in conjunction with the Pastors and the Catechetical Administrators, work with the teachers in the Religious development and sacramental preparation of the students.
Parent Preparation Programs for Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation are held during the year at each individual parish. These are parish programs and involve all eligible children and parents of the parish.
II . DAILY PRACTICES AND POLICIES
Madonna Catholic Regional School admits students of any race or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students formally accepted into the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race or national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, athletic or other school administered programs. Children who are not Catholic are expected to participate in religion classes and to attend all religious functions of the school/church.
A student entering Kindergarten must be five years of age by September 1. Official certificates of birth and baptism are required at the time of registration. Students entering Grade 1 are required to take a readiness test and must be six years of age by September 1. Those registering for grades 1-8 must fulfill the age requirement for the desired grade. A mini-battery will be administered to all new students to verify placement. Grade level and academic group determinations are made on the basis of school records. Immunization records must be complete before any child may enter school.
The requirements are as follows:
- 1 dose of chicken pox vaccine
- 4 doses of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (one dose must be after the fourth birthday)
- 3 doses of oral polio vaccine
- 2 doses of measles vaccine after the first birthday
(or proof by blood test of having had measles)
- 1 dose of mumps vaccine after the first birthday(or proof by physician’s letter of having had mumps)
- 1 dose of rubella vaccine after the first birthday (or proof by blood test of having had German measles)
- 3 properly spaced doses of hepatitis B vaccine (K-4)
The Pennsylvania Public School Code addresses compulsory attendance. The state places on parents the responsibility for student attendance, and assigns enforcement responsibilities to the schools. Madonna Catholic Regional School will apply this policy to all students in the school – those who attend by state law or those who attend by choice must follow the following regulations.
Regular attendance at school is a major factor in determining academic success. It is the responsibility of each parent to send their child(ren) to school so as to attend all classes daily, on time, and participate in class activities and discussions.
Parents should call the school office each day that a child is absent from school. Kindly call the office during the first ½ hour of the school day. Give the child’s name, homeroom teacher, and reason for absence. Homework requests can be taken at that time or before 10:00 A.M. in order to give the homeroom teacher ample time to get assignments ready.
Students who are absent will be required to make up work missed in each class. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all work from the teachers. Failure to obtain make up work is not an excuse for not doing the work that has been missed.
Upon returning to school from an absence, a student must submit a written excuse signed by a parent stating the reason for absence. This excuse must be presented to his/her homeroom teacher on the day of return. These excuses will be kept on file as required by state law. If this excuse is not submitted within three days following the absence, the absence will be classified as Unexcused.
Absences from school are defined as either Excused or Unexcused according to guidelines from the Pennsylvania School Code. Excused absences include illness, quarantine, impassable roads, recognized religious holidays, and urgent reasons, such as a death in the family or a court appearance. The state guidelines also permit an Excused Absence for Educational Trips if a request is sent to the school prior to the dates of the trip. If no prior notice is received, the absence is classified as Unexcused. The mere fact that a parent has sent a written explanation to the school does not necessarily mean that the absence is “excused”. Please note that no excused absences may be granted during the Terra Nova Standardized testing period.
According to the Pennsylvania School Code, Section 1332, “The absence of any pupil who remains out of school with or without his parent’s permission, and is not absent because of illness or for other urgent reasons, as defined in the School Code, shall be unexcused. Such absence will be recorded as ‘unlawful-unexcused’ for a pupil who is under the compulsory attendance age.” Section 1333, “Any such child who has been absent three days, or their equivalent, during the term of compulsory attendance, without lawful excuse…shall be given written notice. If, after such notice is given…, attendance is again violated by the person, such person shall be liable… for referral to the magistrate.” Therefore, three unexcused absences will result in a truancy citation being filed with the magistrate.
Parents and guardians of students who acquire excessive absences may be required to provide documentation from a physician indicating that the absences are relating to an existing medical condition. Any student missing more than twenty school days in any given year due to a chronic health condition may petition the school for a waiver to the attendance policy. Without this waiver on file, any student absent for more than thirty school days may be denied academic promotion.
Madonna Catholic Regional School requires all students to be prompt at the beginning of the school day. We believe that consistent tardiness not only disrupts classroom procedures, but also creates a negative impact on the student’s general welfare and development.
Students should arrive no earlier than 8:15 A.M. and no later than 8:30 A.M. Students are considered tardy if they report to school after these times. He/she must report to the office with a written excuse. The process for determining whether tardiness to school is excused or unexcused is identical to that for excused and unexcused absences.
If a child arrives after 10:30 A.M., he/she will be considered absent for ½ day. If a child leaves before 1:30 P.M., he/she will be considered absent for ½ day.
Sometimes it becomes necessary that a child be taken out of school early due to a dentist or doctor appointment. If a child is to be dismissed early for any given reason, it is the parent/student responsibility to do the following:
- Send a written note to the teacher and the office indicating the reason for early dismissal, what time the child is to be dismissed, and who will be picking up your child. This person is to report to the office and sign out his/her child. Please do not call the school office with such information unless it is an emergency appointment.
- It is again the child’s responsibility to obtain make up work from each teacher. Work not made up will be considered an infraction of the teacher’s homework policy.
To reiterate: a written excuse should be given to the teacher/principal for the following reasons:
- Following an absence
- Excused from gym class
- Permission for out of school appointments (child is expected to return when possible)
- Attending funerals
- Educational Trips
- Change of plans in leaving school (bus, ride or walk)
- Early Dismissal
Madonna Catholic Regional School participates in the National School Lunch Program to provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfast and lunches to children each full day of school. All students must bring or buy a lunch. Those bringing lunch may purchase milk. “Fast Food” lunches are not permitted.
Rules: The use of good manners is encouraged and, therefore, the following cafeteria rules are to be observed:
- Remain seated unless disposing of garbage, etc.
- Refrain from abusing food; your own or that of others.
- Always walk while in the cafeteria.
- Refrain from shouting or screaming; enjoy the company of those nearby.
- Be courteous and respectful to all those helping during the lunch period.
- Do not take food from the cafeteria.
The cafeteria is operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, handicap, religion, or national origin.
LOST AND FOUND
Parents are strongly urged to mark their children’s personal belongings with their names. Since children do not readily claim lost items, proper identification helps us to find the owner and save parents the cost of replacement. Parents and children are encouraged to look for lost clothing items in the lost and found located in the office. Items that are not claimed by the end of each school year are donated to charity.
Discipline is the key to good conduct and to respecting the rights of others and is essential to learning. Classroom standards and expectations for student behavior vary according to age and are determined by the individual teacher. If behavior warrants action, a student may be issued detention by any member of the faculty. Depending on the severity, this detention may be served either during recess or after school hours. If the detention is after school, parents are responsible for transportation. (See DISCIPLINE)
In the event of a serious act of misbehavior or repeated acts of misbehavior, a student may serve either an in-school or out-of-school suspension. If misconduct continues, a student may be asked to leave the school. These decisions rest with the administration and may be necessary for the benefit of the total program.
At the beginning of each school year, parents are required to complete a Student Emergency Card. It is imperative that the school be able to reach you to inform you of illness or an emergency situation. It is also important to list the names of others who can be contacted should you be unavailable. Please keep the card updated by notifying the office.
Emergency Closings and Delays
If inclement weather or some other emergency requires that the school be delayed or closed, this information will be announced on the three major television stations, WTAE, KDKA, and WPXI. Because of the number of public districts represented in our school, it is important that you listen for an announcement that identifies Madonna Catholic Regional School. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR RECTORIES FOR THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE NOTE: Because our attendance registers are legal indicators of a child’s presence at the times we are in session, children who arrive late or are absent because of busing when school is in session will be marked as an Excused Tardy or Excused Absence.
In the event that we would be required to dismiss school early, that information will be announced on the same stations noted above. Homeroom coordinators will initiate a phone chain to notify parents as soon as possible. However, because phone service may be interrupted in the school, some emergency situations may not allow for this option. Children will be dismissed as parents are notified and transportation is arranged.
Every class is permitted field trips during the year. Each student must have a signed permission slip before he/she is permitted to participate. Transportation, in accordance with diocesan directives, is provided by bus, and a fee is charged to cover costs. No 8th grade students may participate in the end-of-year field trip unless tuition is paid in full.
Guidelines for both students and chaperones are in effect for each field trip. The teacher will send a copy of the student guidelines home so that the parent may help reinforce the guidelines presented.
The Diocesan policy for funding elementary Catholic schools calls for each school to have fundraising activities to generate at least 15% of their total operating budget. School parents are expected to participate in these fundraising activities through monetary donations, purchases and/or volunteer work. Each family is responsible for meeting a set amount called the “Fundraising Assessment” as well as to volunteer in at least two fundraising events each year. A full menu of all fundraising opportunities is available in the school office and is distributed to all families at the beginning of the school year. Quarterly fundraising updates are provided to each family.
A reasonable amount of homework, according to grade level, is of great educational value and so is assigned every day. Assignments are not always written. Study and memory work are frequently assigned.
Homework is assigned on a regular basis to:
- enrich school experiences
- provide practice and review
- develop good study habits
- teach responsibility
- foster originality
Parents can assist students with home assignments in the following ways:
- Provide a quiet spot away from the television, telephone, or other distracting elements.
- Check to see what was accomplished during the designated study time regarding completeness, neatness, and correctness.
- Be willing to listen to reading, spelling, and math facts and to explain procedures, but never to do the assignment.
- Consult the teacher if the child uses the excuse “no homework” too often.
- Check the homework link on our website at www.madonnacatholic.com
If for some reason the child cannot complete an assignment, the parent should inform the teacher by a written note stating the reason. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible to make up incomplete assignments.
The Diocese recommends the following time schedule for home study:
- Primary (levels 1-3) 30 minutes
- Intermediate (levels 4-5) 45 minutes
- Upper Elementary (levels 6-8) 1 – 1-1/2 hours
At the discretion of the teacher, homework is not generally assigned on weekends
The PTO sponsors parties for special occasions during the school year. No other instructional time should be used for parties without the principal’s permission. Birthday treats should be distributed during the last ½ hour of the day. A note should be sent to the homeroom teacher the day before the treat will be sent to school. Guidelines should be adhered to for birthday treats.
Please do not send party invitations to school to be distributed for your child’s birthday. The only exception to this is if all students in your child’s class are invited.
RIGHTS OF NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act gives full rights to each parent, unless the school has been provided with evidence that there is a court order, State’s statute or legally binding document relating to such matters as divorce, separation or custody that specifically revokes these rights. Such an order is to be on file in the school and those persons responsible for the children are to be informed of the circumstances. Every effort is made to keep the non-custodial parent apprised of the progress of the children through reports, report cards and parent/teacher conferences.
Madonna Catholic Regional School participates in Pennsylvania’s Act 195/90 whereby the state purchases textbooks and instructional materials of non-religious items. A parent form with permission to have their child use these books is kept on file in the school office. All books are to be covered at all times. Students are responsible for the condition of the books given to them at the beginning of the year. Students will be required to pay for the book if it is damaged or lost. Books taken to and from school are to be placed in a book bag or backpack.
Students provide their own school supplies but are expected to comply with individual teacher requirements. A small number of basic items may be available for sale during morning homeroom period.
Standardized tests, textbook tests, and teacher-made tests are administered to students throughout the year. These assessments require students to synthesize information, apply what they have learned and demonstrate their understanding of what has been taught.
Readiness Test: Students entering Kindergarten and first grade are administered a Readiness Test to determine school readiness.
Achievement Tests: Students in grades 2-8 are administered a standardized test to measure progress from one year to another. A component of the standardized testing program is an aptitude test that helps to define the ability of a student in relationship to the results of the standardized test. If a child should be absent due to illness, every attempt will be made to enable the child to make-up the tests. However, since the tests must be mailed on the last scheduled test day, make-up testing often necessitates taking more tests daily than is ideal. To prevent this, we ask that you do not schedule trips or appointments during the time of standardized testing.
Benchmark Assessment: Each child in grades K-8 participates in benchmark assessments provided by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in both Math and Writing. These tasks allow students to respond to open-ended questions and to demonstrate their ability to use higher order thinking skills.
Teacher-made: Tests that are constructed by teachers to measure, evaluate, and determine what students have learned.
Textbook Tests: Tests that accompany textbooks adopted for use with students in a particular area and are administered at the conclusion of a chapter and/or unit.
It is important that we know the ordinary means by which each child arrives and departs daily. A note is to be sent when a change is necessary. For reasons of safety and insurance, each child is to ride his/her assigned bus.
Students who live more than a 1.5-mile radius from Madonna Catholic Regional School are eligible to be bused to the school. Those who live along a route that has been declared “hazardous” are also eligible for busing. The Board of Education Transportation Division determines “hazardous route” claims. The student transportation policies and procedures of the local educational agencies responsible for busing students are applicable to all students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Students are expected to maintain appropriate behavior while in route on the bus. Every bus follows the guidelines that are within our own discipline code. Students are expected to remain in their seats at all times. This insures their safety and the safety of others. If improper conduct occurs, the driver prepares a report that is sent home to alert the parents to the problem. If the behavior persists, the bus company has the right to ask the school district to suspend the student’s privilege of riding the bus, temporarily or permanently. If the bus driver/company recommends that a student be removed from the bus, the principal will support it. The student/parent will then be responsible to make other arrangements for transportation.
The following bus rules are to be obeyed:
- Remain seated at all times until the correct stop has been reached. If the driver has assigned seats, these seat assignments are to be honored.
- Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
- In vehicles where seat belts are available, use them properly.
- Do not ask to ride a bus other than the one to which you have been assigned or ask the driver to let you off at another stop. Only the Department of Transportation can authorize such changes.
- Observe the same conduct as in the classroom. Quiet talking is permitted. Loud talking, etc. may distract the driver, prevent students from hearing instructions, or prevent the driver from hearing signals from emergency vehicles.
- Be courteous; use no profane language.
- Do not eat, drink, or chew gum on the bus.
- Keep the bus clean.
- Cooperate with the driver.
- Do not put anything out the window of the bus.
- Do not be destructive
- The driver is in charge. Any directives of the bus driver in addition to the above are to be followed.
At dismissal, students walking or riding in cars are dismissed shortly after the bus riders. Parents and students are asked to use common sense and caution at dismissal. Students are to walk to the dismissal door. Children are not to run or play games on the school grounds, but leave immediately with their parents after dismissal. Parents are reminded not to park along the yellow line or interfere with buses. Please follow the crossing guard’s instructions.
Assemblies are held for children throughout the school year. The assemblies are planned in conjunction with the principal, faculty, and the PTO with a focus on education.
Students in grades 3 – 8 have the privilege of serving on the altar. Students who choose this privilege are expected to fulfill assigned responsibilities and to be on time.
Athletics is offered for students in grades 2-8 to participate in the Diocesan Leagues. Boys and Girls Basketball / Girls Volleyball / Co-ed Soccer / Cheerleading are currently offered. The Varsity teams are composed of students in grades 7 and 8, and the Junior /Varsity students from grades 5 and 6. Grades 2-4 are part of the Developmental programs. Fundraising is provided for all teams through refreshments sold at games and several smaller activities throughout the year. A general organizational meeting is held to acquaint parents and students with the athletic program.
All sport programs are the responsibility of the Principal. The Athletic Director is accountable to the Principal. Coaches are selected by the Athletic Director, approved by the Principal, and serve on a volunteer basis. The Diocesan Guidelines for Elementary Catholic Schools Sports programs guides the policies. Parent interest and willingness to serve on the Athletic Association are vital to the continued success of the program. Bylaws of the Athletic Association are made available to all parents on our website.
Band instruction is available for a fee for interested students in grades 4-8. The Diocesan Program dictates the monthly fee annually. The instruments are rented with the option to buy. Small group lessons are provided one period a week and practice is held once a week. The periods are rotated so the same classes are not missed too often. However, it remains the responsibility of the student to make up missed work. A meeting is held at the beginning of each school year to provide more information for interested parents.
A packet of school information will be sent home each week with the youngest child in every family. Parents are asked to initial this folder and return it to school the next day. Any information or fliers, etc. that a parent may want to distribute must be approved by the principal. Parents may return any necessary forms in the folder.
The school newsletter is published in the family folder each Thursday. Our monthly calendar and monthly hot lunch menu are also included in the family folder. This information may also be found on our website, www.madonnacatholic.com.
Parents are informed of the student’s progress and other school information as follows:
- Interim Reports
- Quarterly report cards
- Parent/student/teacher conferences
- Conferences on request
- Conduct referrals
- School Newsletter
- Curriculum Nights
- An online grade book was introduced during the 2005-2006 school year. Parents and students receive passwords and may check their progress via the Internet. Access to the online grade book may be found at www.rvsgradebook.com or through the link on our school website.
Madonna Catholic Regional School administration and faculty are committed to teach and model Gospel values to encourage students to live their lives as a reflection of Christ. The philosophy of the school strives to recognize and respect the dignity of each person and to offer a positive, Christ-centered, safe learning environment based on the Social Teachings of the Church. Discipline is considered an element of moral guidance, not as a form of punishment.
Every teacher and staff member shares the responsibility to model appropriate behavior and to support the structure necessary for learning self-discipline. Students are encouraged to assume responsibility for their actions, develop self-control, and accept responsibility and consequences for inappropriate behavior.
A Christ-centered school environment fosters the following behaviors:
- Recognizing and fostering the uniqueness and dignity of each individual.
- Nurturing respect in all relationships involving school and parish community.
- Developing a sense of rights and responsibilities and commitment to the entire school and parish community.
Social skills, both interpersonal and intrapersonal, are taught, modeled, practiced, and infused into the daily life and experience of the school family.
The following seven principles are the basis of Catholic Social Teachings and are the principles that guide us in all of our interactions.
- We believe in the life and dignity of the human person. Each person is sacred.
- We believe we are called to family, community, and participation. It is our duty to support eachother by our actions.
- We believe that we have rights and responsibilities. Every person has the fundamental right to life and responsibility to and for one another.
- We believe that we have an obligation to the poor and vulnerable. We are called to put the rights of others before our own.
- We believe that we are called to care for God’s creation. We are all stewards of the earth.
- We believe that solidarity is our call. We are one family regardless of our differences.
- We believe that workers have rights and that work has dignity. Work is a form of participating in God’s creation.
As a matter of safety, students are expected to behave in the following manner:
- to go directly to homeroom or assigned area upon arrival
- to walk quietly through the halls
- to use proper language at all times
- to follow the dress code for school days and dress up/down days
- to respect school property and the property of other students
- to have a note from their parent/guardian if they change their mode of school transportation
- to not chew gum
In the classroom:
- to follow the classroom rules of each teacher
- to be responsible for submitting homework on time and making up assignments missed within a reasonable amount of time
- to have a respectful attitude toward teachers and one another
- to be responsible for appropriate supplies
- to be honest in all communications
- to use computers and school equipment appropriately
- not to remain in or enter a classroom at any time without a teacher or designated adult present
- not to reenter the building unless for an emergency
- to display good sportsmanship and exercise self-control
- to play in assigned areas only
- to stay on school grounds at all times
- to obey the directives of playground monitors, courteously and promptly
- to stop playing at the first bell and walk quietly to their designated line when the second bell rings
- to remain seated until finished eating and dismissed
- to clean up, pick up all papers, scraps of food, etc., and dispose of them properly
- to obey supervisors at all times
- to follow dismissal procedures
At athletic events and assemblies:
- to practice good sportsmanship as spectators and participants
- to show respect towards coaches, referees, and visiting teams
- to maintain an appropriate silence during special performances
- to behave responsibly off school property (If the principal is made aware of misconduct off school property of a child recognized to be a student in Madonna Catholic Regional School, parents may be contacted; however, it is important to note that the school is not responsible for student’s actions that occur off school property)
- Principals will forward disciplinary notices given by public school bus drivers to parents to support the disciplinary report of the bus driver. (See Bus Expectations.)
Please be aware that any disrespect, destructive act, or inappropriate behavior will be dealt with accordingly. If an individual student does not meet his/her personal responsibility for good conduct, the school may discipline the student.
The severity or repetitive nature of non-compliance to the above expectations will determine the appropriate consequences. To remediate unacceptable behavior, the following actions may be taken:
- Teacher/student conference to develop a plan for remediation
- Notification to parents
- Administrative referral
- Referral to the E-SAP Team
- School service required
- Loss of recess
- Denial of participation in school activities, including sports
- School probation
The following behaviors will result in immediate administrative referrals and can result in referrals to law enforcement or other government agencies:
- Violations of weapons policy
- Violations of the drug/alcohol policy
- Any purposeful action that results in bodily harm to another
V. Guideline for “Internet Use Policy” Implementation and Practice
This guideline is established to ensure understanding and application of Madonna Catholic Regional School Internet Use Policy. Madonna Catholic Regional School reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time. It is understood that the administration of Madonna Catholic Regional School will inform parents/guardians of any changes made in these Guidelines via the school’s weekly newsletter.
Students’ parents and/or guardians are required to review these guidelines with their child(ren) and complete and return the attached parent/guardian consent form.
This guideline includes, but is not limited to, the following areas:
- Information and news from a wide variety of sources and research institutions
- Public domain and shareware software of all types
- Discussion groups
- Access to any educational institutions and libraries
- Be polite when sending written messages to others.
- Appropriate language is expected in all messages.
- Anything pertaining to illegal activity is expressly forbidden.
- Do not reveal access information, personal or otherwise.
- Do not disrupt others’ use of the internet access.
- All users should remember that deleted materials can be retrieved.
The following actions, which are not inclusive, are considered unacceptable actions by the administration of Madonna Catholic Regional School:
- Placing unlawful information on the Internet.
- Using the Internet for non-school related activities.
- Sending messages that are likely to result in loss of the recipients work or systems.
- Using the Internet for commercial purposes.
- Using the Internet for political lobbying that does not support the expressed philosophy and tenets of the Catholic Church.
- Sending or receiving copyrighted material without permission.
- Using Internet access to send or retrieve pornographic material, inappropriate file text, files dangerous to the integrity of the system, violent or threatening material or messages.
- Circumventing security measures on school or remote computers or networks.
- Falsifying one’s identity.
Supplies needed by students vary at each grade level and are determined by the needs of the subject. Teachers will inform students of specifics during the first week of school.
No child is permitted to use the phone, including cell phones, except for emergencies. Forgotten homework, books, lunch, gym clothes or changes in afternoon plans are not necessarily sufficient cause to call home. In all cases, the office will make the phone call home. All cell phones must be kept in a book bag or locker at all times. Possession of cellular phones at inappropriate times warrants confiscation by teachers and/or administrators.
When a student transfers to another school, parents should notify the school office as soon as possible. Academic records will not be forwarded until all financial obligations to the school have been met.
Parents who register a student in the school enter into a contractual obligation with the school. The first tuition payment is due in July of the upcoming academic year; subsequent payments are due the first of each month, with the full payment due by April 30. Parents are reminded that the operational budget of the school is dependent on timely fulfillment of this obligation. Parents whose tuition is in arrears will receive a notice indicating the past due amount. Registration for the next school year, final grades, and transfers of academic records will not be processed if there is an outstanding balance.
Scholarship monies are available for eligible families. The Private School Aid Service (PSAS) application is used. An independent evaluator assesses these applications. This one application is used for Scholastic Opportunities Scholarships, Bishop’s Education Fund and all other financial aid opportunities and must be filed by March 15th. Application forms are available in the school’s office.
The help of volunteers is always needed in the school and at school-sponsored events. Please consider using some of your time and talent to help enhance our quality program. At Madonna Catholic Regional School, parents play an integral role in the education of their children through the PTO, Parent Advisory Council, athletics, fundraising activities, homeroom parents, playground/lunchroom monitors and field trip chaperones. This partnership is invaluable to the success of our school.
VII. HEALTH AND SAFETY
It is often difficult to decide if your child should stay home from school when complaining of illness. An objective sign is an elevated temperature. It is recommended that a child be kept home from school until the temperature has remained normal (below 100°) for 24 hours.
If a child has a temperature of 100° or more, skin rash, diarrhea/vomiting, strep throat, or evidence of lice, the child will be sent home. Parents are asked to use discretion in sending their children to school if they display any of these symptoms. Please inform the school office if your child becomes sick with a contagious illness. Notes may be sent home with the other children to warn parents of contact and incubation of some communicable diseases.
Accident and Injury
In the case of accident or illness at school, parents are contacted to take the child home, to the doctor, or hospital. It is important for your child’s safety and comfort, as well as the effective operation of the office that emergency information needed to locate parents is available for each child and that this information is kept up-to-date by parents.
Parents of children who have any type of physical disorder should contact the principal, school nurse, or teachers to make them aware of the problem. All cases of head lice should be reported immediately.
Whenever possible, medicine is to be given at home, and parents are to request the physician to adjust the schedule for administration so that it can be given before and after school hours.
If medicine must be administered at school, the following guidelines apply:
- The medication must be delivered to the school by a responsible adult along with a physician’s written request for distribution by school personnel.
- Medication brought to school must be in a container labeled by a pharmacist or doctor. The label must include the student’s name, the name of the physician, date of prescription, dosage, and frequency of administration.
- Parents must sign an Indemnity Agreement, which has been prepared by the Legal Office and distributed through the school office.
Fire drills are held monthly. Exit directions, which are posted in prominent places in each room, are to be followed. No one–teacher, student or other personnel–may remain in the building during fire drills. When the students hear the bell, they are to leave the room quickly and quietly in single file. Students remain outside until summoned back to class.
Students are to remain in absolute silence during all fire drills. Misconduct of any nature is to be reported to the principal. This is a very serious offense and will be dealt with immediately.
Weather Emergency Drills
Weather emergency drills are practiced each year. Teachers follow the policy governing weather emergencies for student safety. Students must maintain silence at all times during a weather emergency drill. Staff members assist handicapped students.
For security reasons, anyone entering Madonna Catholic Regional School is to report to the office or secretary regardless of the purpose of the visit. Parents and visitors must use the buzzer on the main school door to gain entrance to the building. Communication with teachers and students will be handled by the school office and will be done in a manner that does not disrupt the educational process in the school.
Any articles or items to be left for a student will be left in the school office. This will eliminate any unnecessary interruptions to classes and instruction.
Every school day, weather permitting, the students enjoy an outside break supervised by staff members. Organized play is encouraged. Rough games and snowballs are not permitted.
Students are never to leave the designated recess area without the permission and the knowledge of the playground monitor. In case of illness or accident, the student is to report to the school office.
Lunch monitors have the responsibility of enforcing rules. They are to be obeyed and treated respectfully. When the bell rings to end the playground session, the students will be met by their homeroom teacher and brought to their classrooms in silence.
The following rules are to be observed on the playground:
- Not to reenter the building unless for an emergency.
- Display good sportsmanship and exercise self-control.
- Play in assigned areas.
- Stay on school grounds. This includes not retrieving a ball that has gone off school grounds.
- Obey the directives of the playground monitors, courteously and promptly.
- Stop playing at once when the bell rings and walk quietly to the appropriate line.
If inclement weather makes it necessary to stay indoors at recess, classroom rules are to be observed:
- Stay in seat.
- Engage in quiet activities.
School Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
One school nurse from the Ringgold School District is assigned to Madonna Catholic Regional School every year and is available in any emergency situations. The responsibilities of the school nurse include:
- Keeping updated health records for all students.
- Screening students for hearing—grades K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 7th.
- Assuring the completion of a physical examination before entrance to school and in the 6th grade
- Screening students for vision—yearly.
- Scoliosis screening—grade 7.
- Recording height and weight for students—yearly.
- Recording required immunizations. (Seventh grade: Hepatitis B and 1 dose chicken pox vaccine.)
The Dentist/Dental Hygienist makes routine visits to our school and is responsible for maintaining all dental records. The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires dental examinations for students entering grades K, 3rd and 7th. These grades were selected because they represent critical periods of growth and development in a child’s life. We recommend that your family dentist do these examinations. School dental health evaluations will be provided for students who do not furnish proof of a private dental examination within the last six months. These forms are given out to the students before school ends so that appointments can be scheduled over the summer.