Students attending St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School are expected to behave in a Christian and courteous manner, treating each other and the staff with the respect that each person is due.
Parents are expected to support the staff and cooperate with the school in its efforts to provide a safe and respectful environment for each and every student and staff member.
At St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School we believe discipline is an attitude and a response cultivated in a climate characterized by respect, which is conducive to positive self-growth and dynamic learning. The school’s standard of behavior code is further shaped and defined by the following Archdiocesan statements on Harassment and Violence and the Threat of Violence:
Catholic schools shall maintain a learning environment that is free from all forms of harassment. No student in the school shall be subjected to any type of harassment. Catholic schools forbid harassment because it is not in keeping with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Harassment is defined as any unwanted and unwelcome behavior that interferes with a student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment. Harassment includes conduct that is verbal, physical, or visual.
Each Catholic school investigates every harassment complaint thoroughly and promptly. All investigations will be conducted in a sensitive manner and, to the extent feasible, confidentiality will be honored. The investigations and all actions taken will be shared only with those who have a need to know. If, after investigation, the school determines that a student has engaged in sexual or other forms of harassment, appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion, will be taken.
Violence and the Threat of Violence (4303.3)
Catholic schools shall provide a safe learning environment for all members of the school community. The climate of the Catholic schools shall reflect Gospel values including an emphasis on the dignity of all persons which is necessary for respect, the interdependence of all persons that is the basis of community, and the rights and responsibilities of all persons which are the foundation of justice.
Violence is inconsistent with the unity and peace, which are essential to living the Catholic faith in community. Violence also inhibits human development and successful learning. Therefore, violence is not tolerated in Catholic schools. Violence consists of words, gestures, and actions that result in or have the potential to result in hurt, fear, or injury. Violence includes threats of injury, harassment; assault, possession, and/or use of a weapon; and theft or vandalism of property.
A weapon is anything used or intended to be used to threaten, intimidate, and/or harm persons. The possession or use of firearms, other weapons, or explosive devices on school/parish premises is not permitted.
All reported or observed instances of threatened or actual violence must be addressed by the school administration. Appropriate actions may include parent/guardian conferences, mandatory counseling, suspension, withdrawal for cause and legal action depending on the severity of the incident.
Drug, Alcohol & Substance Use and Abuse (4303.2)
The use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs poses a threat to the health of young people and creates an obstacle to their full development as Christian persons. In addition, under present federal and state laws, the possession and use of certain unprescribed drugs, including narcotics, depressants, stimulants, marijuana, and hallucinogenic drugs are illegal. Therefore, the possession, use, or transfer of unprescribed or illegal drugs, or the use, possession of, or being under the influence of alcohol on the school premises or at school-sponsored functions are not permitted. Students violating this policy will be subject to suspension and/or withdrawal for cause from school. In addition, civil authorities may become involved.
Individual classroom and Middle School Standard of Behavior expectations and general consequences are included in the teachers’ introductory letter, which is sent at the beginning of the school year.
Infractions involving drugs, alcohol, weapons, smoking, truancy, leaving school grounds, or any other more serious misconduct will be handled directly by the principal and pastor.
A student-parent-principal-pastor conference will occur to discuss the incident and course of action.
In accord with Archdiocesan policy and procedure, appropriate actions taken by the principal and pastor may include:
* additional parent/guardian conferences,
* mandatory counseling,
* probation, Probation is the continued enrollment of a student, but with specified conditions. (4302.2)
* suspension, Suspension is the removal of a student from all classes for a specified period of time. (4302.1)
* withdrawal for cause, Withdrawal for cause is the permanent end of enrollment of a student from a school. (4302.3)
* legal action depending on the severity of the incident.
A student may be immediately suspended or withdrawn for cause if deemed a threat to self or others. Repeated failure to comply with discipline policies and procedures could become a factor in determining a student’s continued enrollment in the school.