I know that Jesus is present in each of my classmates and all of my teachers; therefore, all my actions will show my respect for Jesus.
We base our conduct code on the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". We are a community dedicated to the teachings of Jesus Christ and living His message; therefore, we must work together to insure that everyone with whom we come in contact feels accepted, included, respected, and welcomed. We are called to be "instruments of His peace".
Being faithful to our Catholic tradition, we promote acceptance and practice of the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes as laws for living. We strive to guide each child in a positive manner, affirming the good that is done in an effort to encourage positive behavior.
It is our prayer that each student will come to accept rules and regulations as a necessary part of our society and understand that these are in place to promote the general well-being of all in the Saint Dorothy school/parish community.
The code of conduct applies to students and parents/guardians in school and at school-sponsored events, as well as in the school/parish community where the behavior is contrary to Catholic teachings or could bring disrepute or embarrassment to the school/parish community.
All students at Saint Dorothy are expected to:
Be aware that their first responsibility is to serve God and others.
Cooperate with all school personnel by following directives willingly.
Give proper respect to all school personnel: administration, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
Accept correction graciously as that which makes one learn and grow.
Respect schoolmates and the individuality of each student.
Use class time as effectively as possible, taking pride in their contribution to the learning
Be responsible for the timely completion of all assignments and projects.
Take pride in their school, caring for the building, equipment and supplies at their
Respect the dignity of human life by avoiding illegal substance use, fighting, foul
language, and abuse of any kind.
Display the characteristics of patriotism and citizenship, while at the same time, honoring
the cultural diversity that makes America great.
Classroom discipline is handled by the individual teachers. Some consequences for students’ failing to follow school policies and procedures include: demerit, after school detention, conduct referral. Some infractions include: violation of dress code, failure to complete homework and/or assignments/ projects, lateness, invading the privacy of another’s desk, failure to return tests and/or have them signed, excessive talking or misbehavior in class. Students who receive threedemerits for any of these types of misbehaviors will be required to remain for a Friday detention. Demerit slips are to be signed by the parent and returned to school. Parents will be notified of the detention via a note on the third demerit.
Misbehaviors involving disrespect of adult authority figures or other students, and ridiculing or harassing others will warrant an immediate Friday detention upon reception of one demerit. Again, parents will be notified of the detention via a note on the demerit. Demerits will also affect the conduct grade on the report card. Three demerits given for these types of behaviors will result in the issuance of a Conduct Referral.
Conduct Referral forms will be issued for serious and/or repeated infractions of our conduct code, and they must be signed by the parent and returned to the homeroom teacher. The issuance of these forms will result in an automatic drop in the conduct grade on the report card.
Some reasons for the issuance of a Conduct Referral are: inappropriate/irreverent behavior in church, fighting, hitting, ridiculing students, abusive/obscene language and/or gestures, cheating or plagiarism, forgery, stealing, misbehavior on bus, failure to observe playground rules, blatant and consistent disrespect of an authority figure, failure to return promptly to class, damaging/defacing any school, church, personal property, or damage to neighborhood property on the way to and from school.
The reception of three Conduct Referral forms will be grounds for a suspension, and the recipient may lose the privilege of participating in a class trip.
Just, appropriate disciplinary policies are essential educational processes and procedures which are more remedial than punitive, yet include the necessary provisions that protect the common good of the school community.
The principal will inform the parents/guardians of the seriousness of suspension and seek their immediate cooperation in a corrective program designed to resolve the student's problem, if possible.
SOME GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION
1. Verbal or physical abuse toward authority (administration, faculty, lunch room monitors, parent volunteers).
2. Possession and/or use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, inhalants, cigarettes
4. Leaving the school grounds without permission, or leaving the school prior to dismissal 5. Harassment of students (verbal, physical, sexual)
6. Destruction/vandalism of school/student property
7. Violent/threatening/harassing actions
8. Fighting with/ hitting students
9. Infractions of a serious nature, as determined by the school
10. Cell phone/Internet –unacceptable use of cell phones or the internet (including email and text messaging) both on and off school property and outside of school hours.
To be a member of St. Dorothy's Athletic Program is a privilege and represents a long-standing parish tradition. Students are expected to represent the parish in a Christian manner both on and off the playing field, honor the school code of conduct and comply with CYO and St. Dorothy guidelines.
A student who is suspended from his/her school will be suspended from participating in an Athletic Association activity for the day(s) he/she is suspended from school. In the event the suspension runs from Friday to Monday, the student will be suspended from all weekend activities, including, but not limited to, games, practices, tryouts, and All-Star games.
A student who is expelled from his/her school will not be eligible to participate in St. Dorothy's Athletic Association Sports Program for that school year. The student must apply to the St. Dorothy Athletic Association Board prior to the start of the following school year in order to regain his/her playing status. The Board reserves the right to decline this application.
Grounds for Dismissal
After two (2) formal suspensions, a student may be dismissed. Students who are dismissed may apply for readmission after one full year. The school will determine whether re-admittance is appropriate.
In certain instances the infraction may warrant immediate dismissal. The school reserves the right to dismiss any student at any time where the school considers the conduct of the student or parent/guardian to be inconsistent with school policy, the good of the school community, or Catholic teachings. Parents/Guardians of the student will be informed in writing of the dismissal as soon as practicable.
PROTOCOL FOR HANDLING STUDENTS WHO EXHIBIT VIOLENT AND/OR THREATENING BEHAVIOR
Violent and/or threatening behavior (verbal and/or physical) will not be tolerated and the following protocol will be followed:
1. Student will be immediately removed from the site where behavior (verbal and/or physical) occurred.
2. Parents will be notified.
3. Police will be contacted.
4. An investigation by school personnel will take place, and students or adults who were present during incident will be questioned.
5. Disciplinary action, ranging from suspension to expulsion from school, will occur dependingon severity of incident. If student is suspended, counseling to determine if student is a threat to himself/herself or others will be required before student is re- admitted to school.
6. If guns, knives, or any type of weapon was involved in the incident, and/or infliction of physical harm resulted, police will be contacted and the student will be expelled immediately.
Any threatening, harassing, or violent acts by parent(s)/guardian(s) would constitute grounds for immediate dismissal of the child. Any student whose behavior, on or off school premises, brings disrepute to St. Dorothy School will face consequences ranging from the reception of demerits to dismissal.
The School follows the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Policy prohibiting harassment, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment refers to any unwelcome sexual attention, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and will not be tolerated. Any student or parent/guardian who is determined to have violated this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of the student.
Cell phones/ Electronic Devices/ Handheld Electronic Games
Handheld electronic games, personal CD players, iPod/MP3 player or iTouch, and any other items that, in the view of the school, may be distracting or disruptive to the learning environment, are not permitted in the school. Kindles, Nooks, Netbooks and iPads are permitted for educational use only. The school however, does not take responsibility for such items in the event they are damaged, lost, or stolen.
While we do not encourage carrying cell phones, we do respect the right of each parent to provide one for emergency use only. This is indeed a privilege and any abuse will not be taken lightly. A child who comes to school with a cell phone must keep it in his/her school bag and in the off mode. Any phone in view and/or in use for calling, text messaging, or gaming during the course of the day, will be confiscated. The parent of the child will be required to come to the school office to retrieve the phone.
Please note: The school reserves the right to search anything brought on school premises.