St. Vincent School
2333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90007
Phone: (213) 748-5367 Fax: (213) 748-5347
St Vincent School, in partnership with parents, will provide a transformative education embodying the Vincentian Charism of Service, to foster curious and resilient learners.
St. Vincent Parish School is a Catholic educational institution which pursues the development of the total person
within the environment of a faith community. Those who form this community
recognize the need to cooperate with one another by accepting their appropriate responsibilities.
Thus, the teachers support parents who are the primary educators of their children. Likewise, the parents support the teachers who are the facilitators
of their children’s education.
Together they form a learning , loving, and worshiping community that seeks to nourish the students at every level:
body, mind, and spirit.
In the pursuit of excellence at each of these levels the school provides the environment and motivation
to acquire skills that allow the students to reach their greatest potential and lead them to be active members of Church and society.
“Consider yourself happy that God has given you charge of these little children, amongst whom there may be many who will render great glory to God.”
St. Vincent de Paul
“We must act on our own and teach by our actions, otherwise our advice has little effect.”
St. Louise de Marillac
“Our God loves us; that is our comfort. ”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
In order to develop the Schoolwide Learning Expectations, parents, students and staff looked at academic life-skills and character goals. The word “SERVE” was purposely used in listing these expectations. The examples of Jesus and St. Vincent are always our model and guide. As their followers, we must serve and care for one another.
To prepare for the future, the graduate of St. Vincent School will be a person who is:
Educated for life by:
Respectful of others by:
Vincentian-Spirited Catholic by:
Excellent in academics by:
“Welcome everyone, speak to the poor with both kindness and dignity, do not make them wait. Treat them as you would treat your father, your brothers, and your sisters.”
Blessed Rosalie Rendu
"Lord, I am here. Tell me what you would have me do."
St. Catherine Laboure
This handbook is for the information and use of the parents and students of St. Vincent School. The principal reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time. Prompt notification of changes will be communicated to the parents in writing.
Parents and child/ren are expected to read and abide by the policies in this handbook. By their signatures on the tear-out sheet of this handbook (last page), they agree to uphold and cooperate with its policies. Parent meetings explaining these policies will be held each school year. Teachers will explain and discuss the policies in this handbook with their students each school year.
St. Vincent School is fully accredited by:
Western Catholic Education Association & Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation renewal, 2016.
In 1911 the Vincentian Fathers discontinued St. Vincent College and the college buildings became the home for St. Vincent Parish School. At the time, the school was located at Washington Boulevard and Grand Avenue.
In 1923, at the same time ground breaking began for a new parish church, a new school building opened. It was located on Flower and West Adams Street; one block east of what was to be the new church.
In 1951 the state Highway Department proposed building the Harbor Freeway through the school area.
The existing school was built in four and a half months, establishing an all-time record for such a type of building. It was blessed in the late spring of 1954 by Cardinal McIntyre.
Occupied since the spring of 1954, the present school consists of nine classrooms, a library, two office areas, a kitchen, cafeteria, auditorium, computer lab and tutoring space.
In the 70’s the government passed the Title I bill, which gave aid to private schools by giving them a public school teacher, who would supplement what is being taught in the classroom. St.
Vincent received this aid in the late 70’s and the government built a bungalow in the yard. This bungalow belongs to the Los Angeles Unified School District.
In the spring of 1987, a new room was added to the school to house a computer lab. There was no space to build a new room so a computer lab was built in the cafeteria area to house the IBM Writing To Read program.
St. Vincent Parish had more plans to expand, by adding a new building on the school grounds. The plans were to build the St. Vincent Center. The building opened in the spring of 1996. The USC sponsored Head Start was housed in the lower level of the St. Vincent Center “Esperanza Community Housing Corporation” is leasing space on the second floor.
In the winter of 1997 the school was the first in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to adopt the computer program “Futurekids”, now EdTecTrain This program is currently being housed in what used to be the Writing to Read Lab.
In the summer of 2007, the USC sponsored Head Start relocated, providing much needed space for the school’s expansion. The relocation of the Kindergarten to the St. Vincent Center has provided space for a school library, office, and Accelerated Math Classroom on the second floor of the school.
St. Vincent School office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 7:30am-2:30pm
Parents will be notified if school is not in session or if there is a change in schedule.
School Office: 213 748-5367 (#163)
Church Office: 213 749-8950 (#120)
PSRE 213 741-9347 (#115)
School Fax: 213 748-5347
TK : #170
1st Grade: #172
2nd Grade: #173
3rd Grade: #174
4th Grade: #175
5th Grade: #176
6th Grade: #177
7th Grade: #178
8th Grade: #179
P.E. Teacher: #100
Accelerated Math #180
Sr. Linda #183
Mr. O’Neill #164
Mrs. Cardenas #166
School Counselor #194
Family Counselor #184
Nurse Celia #182
Remedial English #185
Speech Therapist #181
Brian Grassman #155
FACULTY AND STAFF E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Principal: Mrs. Avila-Auzenne firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Principal: Mrs. Logan email@example.com
Co-Vice Principal: Mr. O’Neill firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Manager: Mrs. Cardenas email@example.com
Receptionist: Brenda Angel firstname.lastname@example.org
Transitioal Kinder: email@example.com
Kinder Teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Grade Teacher: email@example.com
2nd Grade Teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Grade Teacher: email@example.com
4th Grade Teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Grade Teacher: email@example.com
JH Religion & SS Teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
JH Math & Science: email@example.com
JH ELA: ELA@stvincentla.net
Mrs. Mullins – JH ELA ELAspecialist@stvincentla.net
Ms. Aguilar - 4-8 Math firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette Cardamone - STEP email@example.com
Sr. Linda – Religion/Faith Faithministries@stvincentla.net
P.E. Instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Tech: email@example.com
Vincentian Volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Resource Counselor: email@example.com
6:45-7:15 Morning Daycare
7:48 SCHOOL STARTS
9:45-10:00 TK—2nd Recess
10:05-10:20 3rd---5th Recess
10:30-10:45 6th ---8th Recess
11:30-12:10 TK---2nd Lunch Wednesday 11:30-11:50
12:00-12:40 3rd-5th Lunch Wednesday 11:50-12:10
12:30-1:10 6th- 8th Lunch Wednesday 12:10-12:30
3:00 DISMISSAL Wednesday 12:30
EXTENDED DAY CARE PROGRAM:
Morning Day Care 6:45-7:15 $2.00 a day for 1 child
$3.00 a day for more than 1 child
The extended Day Care Program is for the children of working parents who do not have a suitable adult to care for them after school. Parents must enroll their child/ren and pay the following fee:
$5.00 a day for one child
$10.00 per day for more than one child
After school care is provided each day from 3:15 until 6:00 pm.
If a child is not picked-up on time, There will be a charge of $25.00 for every 5 minutes after 6:00 p.m.
Children who are not picked up within 15 minutes after dismissal will be sent to the Day Care Program and Parents will be charged for Day Care . Day Care students may not leave the school grounds until the parent/guardian has signed them out.
California law states that children must be in school and on time every day. The law does not exempt private, charter, or religious schools.
Students must be in their classrooms or lined up for prayers at 7:48 A.M. Students arriving after 7:48 A.M. must go to the office for a tardy slip. If a student comes after 8:20 or leaves before 2:30 P.M., he/she is marked absent half a day. If a student arrives up to a half hour after the bell rings he/she is considered tardy. If a student leaves up to a half hour before dismissal he/she is considered an afternoon tardy. A record of all attendance will be kept on Jupiter Grades.
PROCEDURES FOR TARDY STUDENTS PER TRIMESTER:
A student who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year or is tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance office or superintendent of the public school district.
In the event that a school suspects that a student is truant (absent from school, without a valid excuse), the school administration should first contact the parent or guardian. If the school suspects that the student is a habitual truant (absent three times in a school year, without a valid excuse) and all resources at the school level have been exhausted, the school principal should notify the local public Child Welfare and Attendance authorities.
A student who has been reported once as a truant and who is absent again from school one or more days, or is tardy on one or more days, without a valid excuse, should be reported again as a truant to the attendance office of the local public school district. A student who has been reported as truant three or more times is considered a habitual truant and is subject to dismissal.
If a student has been absent without excuse, and it is impossible to contact the parent or guardian within 24 hours after repeated attempts, the attendance office of the local public school district, the local police department, Child Protective Services or all of those agencies should be notified.
EMERGENCY // EARTHQUAKE CARDS:
These cards, sent home on the first day of the school year, are the MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF INFORMATION WE HAVE REGARDING YOUR CHILD. It is extremely important that these cards be filled out completely and returned to school immediately.
Four Earthquake cards MUST be filled out for each child. They must be kept updated throughout the school year.
Parents, or a designated adult, must sign their child out at the school office. If anyone besides the parent will be picking up the child, this MUST be indicated in a note sent to the school office.
The school will NOT release a child to anyone except the parent or legal guardian unless instructed to do so in writing from the parent.
Students will not be given permission by the school to go home with another student, nor will they be allowed to use a cell phone for this permission. This type of arrangement should be made between parents outside of school hours. A note should be given to the Homeroom Teacher and the Vice Principal verifying the arrangement.
ALL NOTES MUST BE DATED AND SIGNED IN ORDER TO BE VALID AND SENT
TO THE HOMEROOM TEACHER AND THE VICE PRINCIPAL FOR APPROVAL
ANY CHILD THAT WALKS OR TAKES THE BUS MUST HAVE SIGNED
PERMISSION FROM A PARENTS OR GARDIAN. THIS PERMISSION WILL BE
KEPT ON FILE BY THE CLASSROOM TEACHER.
Parents are asked not to interrupt a teacher during class time. Teacher conferences can be arranged through the school office or by note. PLEASE do not visit teachers before or after school without an appointment. Teachers are eager to keep you updated on your child's progress but wish to do so in a meaningful time and setting that is planned to assist you. Parents are welcome to visit classrooms by making prior arrangements with the teacher and with the principal’s consent. IN THE INTEREST OF SECURITY, ALL PARENTS OR VISITORS MUST SIGN IN AT THE OFFICE BEFORE GOING TO A CLASSROOM. Parents will receive a visitor’s pass and MUST wear it at all times during their visit.
If a parent or an adult designated by the parent needs to bring a lunch, book, assignment, backpack etc, for the child, IT MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE, NOT THE CLASSROOM. All items are to be marked with the child's name and grade. Parents are asked NOT to walk their children to the classrooms in the morning or wait in the hall at the end of the school day.
If your child celebrates a birthday during the school year and you wish to provide a treat for the class, please check with the teacher first. Check at the school office before delivering treats.
We encourage simplicity in order not to disrupt learning. Holiday celebrations are handled by the individual teacher, but we do request that celebrations be kept simple and in keeping with the spirit of the celebration. Healthy treats are encouraged.
If there are special custody arrangements the school must have a copy of the legal documents. The school cannot be responsible for monitoring court restrictions without the proper documents on file. This information must be given to the school principal.
CELL PHONE USAGE:
Only students who walk or take the bus to or from school may have a cell phone in their backpack. Cell phones must be kept in students backpacks at all times and remain OFF while the child is on school grounds. Students must have permission from a staff member in order to use his/her cell phone while on school grounds. No cell phones may be used for picture taking. No harassment or threatening of persons via the cell phone is permitted. Cell phones may not be used for game playing, internet or e-mail access, gambling, or making purchases of any kind. Texting during school time and day care is not permitted. Cell phones will be confiscated if any of the above rules are broken. If a cell phone is confiscated it will not be returned until the last day of school.
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & SNACKS:
Government breakfast and lunch programs are available to those students who qualify. All snacks taken outside at recess must be eaten in the designated area under the canopy. Children may play when these snacks are finished. NO FOOD OR DRINK MAY BE TAKEN IN THE
RESTROOMS AT ANY TIME. Snacks may be taken away from children at the discretion of the school staff, if rules are not followed. Water may be purchased throughout the day.
Snacks or drinks other than WATER may only be purchased between
4:30 pm & 5:00 pm. Only designated healthy snacks maybe purchased by ADULTS and CHILDREN. The decision as to what snacks are healthy will be made by the principal.
Registration for NEW students is held in the spring. New students include transitional kindergarten students and any other student that did NOT attend St. Vincent School last year.
ALL FAMILIES MUST REGISTER EACH YEAR THROUGH TADS.
Neither race, religion, nor health prevents a child from being accepted. Children are accepted in the following order: families registered at St. Vincent Parish, Catholic families in other parishes, and non-Catholic families as "space becomes available.” Parents who register their children must believe in our PHILOSOPHY of education, ACCEPT the values, and COOPERATE with the school in its policies and discipline standards. The annual signing of the parent contract shows that parents agree to comply with school policy and discipline standards.
A BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE is required when a child is registered for the first time. For non-Catholic families, a birth certificate is required.
All new students will be tested before being accepted into St. Vincent School. Personal interviews will be conducted at the discretion of the principal.
ALL NEW STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED PROVISIONALLY.
If either the family or the school feels that the child is not able to adjust to the curriculum, guidelines, or behavior norms, the child will be asked to transfer. An evaluation of the child will be made at the time of the 1st progress report. Decisions will be made based on effort and motivation.
SCHOOL STUDENT NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
The school, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation.
While the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.
Through the mission of the Archdiocese, our schools strive to serve children with varied learning needs. All educators in Archdiocesan schools follow “Directions for the Inclusion Process in
Catholic Schools: Support Team Education Plan Process (STEP) and Minor Adjustment Plan
Process (MAP)”. Parents or guardians who feel that their student may need a minor adjustment to enable him/her to participate in the general education curriculum of the school should consult the student’s teacher and principal to determine how best to meet the students needs. Parents or guardians may request the “Disability Discrimination Complaint Review Process” from the principal to address unresolved issues.
Tuition and fees: For a total of all fees and tuition for one year refer to the parent contract.
Tuition Collection: Tuition and fees are paid to TADS Management System
PAID OVER 11 MONTHS
Service Hours: 15 hours
Each family is required to complete Parents are required to do the hours themselves. No one under the age of 18 may do the hours.
They can be completed in any of the following ways:
At the end of the school year $ 10.00 will be charged for each hour not completed.
Family Fundraising Pledge of $200.00:
St. Vincent School is dependent upon parent, family and community support to remain fiscally secure. In an effort to offset these costs and ensure our sustainability, we are asking every family to make a pledge of support either through cash or fundraising. Our future depends on it.
Fundraising at St. Vincent Catholic School is a means of keeping tuition costs as low as possible. Throughout the year we will have several fundraising events to give parents the opportunity to complete the family fundraising pledge of $200.00. You are required to EITHER participate in any fundraisers to add up to $200.00 or pay the $200.00 up front.
Parents are required attend ALL meetings called by the Principal. Parents are asked to notify the school if an emergency will prevent them from attending. A $ 20.00 fee will be charged for not attending meetings and the Parent-Teacher Conferences in November and March.
If a child is transferring to another school, the school secretary must be informed at least one week in advance. This will allow time to gather necessary information for the transfer.
Student Transfers and Graduation
Whenever a pupil transfers from one school to another, a copy of the Cumulative Student Report and the original Health Record shall be transferred by the former school upon a request from the school where the pupil intends to enroll. The original Cumulative Student Report will remain at the school.
A record of the transfer, the reason for the transfer, and the name of the school to which the student is transferring or entering after graduation should be entered on the original copy of the Cumulative Student Report and in the Student Attendance Register.
Official transcripts are not given to students or parents.
Damaged or Loaned Property
Under California law, a private school cannot refuse to provide student records to a requesting school because of any charges, including tuition or fees that are owed by the student or parent. However, the school may withhold from parents/guardians the grades, diploma, or transcripts of a pupil pending payment of certain amounts for damaged property, or the return of loaned property, in accordance with school policy.
The student insurance program is provided for all full time students in Archdiocesan schools. This program assists only with medical expenses incurred because of accidental bodily injury sustained by students while attending school, while traveling to or from school or while participating in a school sponsored and supervised activity, including school sponsored sport and extended day program
It is expected that each Catholic elementary school will establish a Executive Board and a Advisory Consultative Board. Both groups exist to support the school and are critical to the school’s viability, but they have very different functions.
The main function of the Executive Board is to raise funds for the school’s current operational expenses, to promote parental support for the school program, and to increase mutual understanding between school and parents. The membership of the board shall include the pastor, the principal, the parents or legal guardians.
Financial operation of an Executive Board shall be governed by the regulations for financial operations as found in the Bylaws (see Administrative Handbook).
Children are NOT ALLOWED to come to the Parent Guild meetings. Parents must make arrangements for babysitting. If a child must accompany a parent because of an emergency situation; the child MUST sit next to the parent throughout the meeting. In compliance with the directives of the Arch Diocese of Los Angeles NO CHILD MAYBE WITHOUT ADULT
SUPERVISION DURING ANY AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITY OR MEETING.
Advisory Consultative School Boards
The general responsibilities of the Advisory Consultative School Board are in the following areas: strategic planning; policy development; resource development; institutional advancement; advice and counsel with regard to financial planning, management and reporting; marketing of the school and evaluation of the board’s goals and activities.
The membership of the Advisory Consultative School Board should include the pastor, principal, parents (no more than one-third of the total membership), alumni parents, parishioners, members of the civic and local business community, and area educators. Under Canon Law and Archdiocesan guidelines (see Administrative Handbook for Bylaws), the members advise the administrative team (pastor and principal) and cannot make decisions binding for the parish education program without the approval of the administrative team (A Primer on Educational Governance in the Catholic Church, the CACE/NABE Governance Task Force, NCEA, 1998).
The regional supervisor at the Department of Catholic Schools is available to assist and guide schools in the implementation of a Advisory Consultative School Board.
The school year is divided into 3 parts, with a progress report given mid-way in each trimester. Formal parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at the end of the 1st trimester and as needed for the 2nd trimester. Conferences with the teacher can be arranged at any time if there are questions or concerns. Conferences can be scheduled by writing a note to the teacher or calling the school office and leaving a message for the teacher. If a parent fails to come to the report card conferences, a $20.00 fee will be charged and the child may not return to school until the parent has met with the teacher.
PROCESS FOR COMMUNICATION:
If you feel there is a problem at school PLEASE attempt to confer with your child's teacher BEFORE making an appointment with the principal. Much good will and understanding can be accomplished by open and honest communication. Make an appointment with the principal if more clarification is needed. St. Vincent School will be using School Reach as a means of communicating via email, text, cell phone home phone.
PRIVACY AND ACCESS TO RECORDS
Maintaining confidentiality is the legal, ethical and professional responsibility of every member of the school community, including students, parents/guardians, teachers, aides, and all other employees. Every member of the school community must respect the privacy of all students, families, employees, the principal and the pastor.
“Pupil records” means any record related to a student that is maintained by a school or one of its employees. It includes health records. It does not include “directory information” or a school employee's informal notes, if the notes remain in the sole possession of the maker and are not made available to others, except to a substitute.
Only the principal, as custodian of the records, authorizes the release of pupil records. Only teachers or administrators charged with pupil oversight have the right to view or use pupil records. A teacher’s aide may view or use pupil records only with direct teacher supervision.
Pupil records may be released by judicial order such as a subpoena or a search warrant. In specific cases, such as suspicion of kidnapping, police officers may be given access to records.
Parents and legal guardians of minors have the absolute right to access their child’s pupil records in accordance with the school’s reasonable procedures for providing such access. Parents or legal guardians may grant any specified person written consent to access specifically identified pupil records. In cases of legal separation and/or divorce, California state law gives the custodial parent and a non-custodial parent with visitation rights, the right to access and examine pupil records. However, only the custodial parent may consent to the release of records and has the right to challenge the content of the records and to write responses to information regarding disciplinary action. A non-custodial parent without visitation rights has no right of access to records of any kind.
"Directory information" means one or more of the following items: pupil's name, address, telephone number, date / place of birth, major field of study, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous public or private school attended by the pupil.
The school will, to the extent possible, minimize access to student telephone numbers or personal email addresses, unless the parents or legal guardians consent to broader access. To the extent possible, users should try to minimize access to or distribution of student telephone numbers or personal email addresses, unless the parents of legal guardians consent to broader access.
Room parent rosters, class lists, telephone numbers, email address lists or any other personal information about families and students are considered confidential and may be used only for the purposes specified. No commercial enterprises are given access to Directory Information.
VERBAL / WRITTEN CONFIDENCES POLICY
Confidential information may be provided by students or parents/guardians to school employees in many ways. Students may confide in staff verbally, in writing, such as a note or a writing/journal assignment. All school employees must respect the verbal or written confidences of adults and students, except in cases where the health or safety of the student or others is involved. If the confidence received relates to a health or safety issue, the pastor, principal or other person in charge or appropriate authorities must be notified promptly, keeping in mind the rights of privacy that apply. Archdiocesan policy on reporting suspected abuse of children or vulnerable adults must be followed when applicable.
Concern for the dignity and rights of each person are intrinsic to the Church’s mission as a true witness to the spirit of the Gospel. Circumstances may give rise to conflicts among students, parents and school staff. All parties are encouraged to use every available means to resolve these conflicts when they occur. However, if the involved parties are unable to resolve their conflicts, families may use the Parent/Student Complaint Review Process for additional assistance. All those participating in the Complaint Review Process are responsible to strive toward reconciliation and act in good faith. Legal representation is not permitted during the Complaint Review Process. Any person filing a complaint is to be free from restraint, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal in any form.
The person bringing the complaint is encouraged to try to resolve the complaint by discussing it with the persons directly involved.
If resolution is not achieved, the complaint should be discussed with the principal (or the pastor, if the principal is the subject of the complaint).
For elementary schools, if the principal is unable to resolve the conflict, the principal will bring the pastor into the process as appropriate.
After reviewing the facts and facilitating discussion of the problem the principal will respond to the person bringing the complaint.
Department of Catholic Schools Level
If the complaint is not resolved at the school or parish level, the complaint may be submitted in writing to the supervisor at the Department of Catholic Schools, outlining the concerns and reviewing the local process.
The supervisor will review the complaint (with such consultation as may be appropriate) in a timely fashion and will endeavor to mediate and resolve the matter.
However, if no agreement can be reached, the supervisor will make a final determination concerning the resolution of the complaint, based on the application of Archdiocesan and school policies and/or regulations, and communicate that determination, which will be final and binding, in writing to all parties.
UNIFORM & DRESS CODE
Students who choose not to abide by the uniform code will be charged $5.00 per violation. Parents will be notified in writing the same day. This fine must be paid the next day. Students who fail to pay the next day will receive a mark on the Conduct Card until the fine is paid. A note, approved by the Administration, maybe written for noncompliance to the dress code however, THE NOTE WILL ONLY BE GOOD FOR ONE WEEK.
Part of the Catholic tradition of education has been the "equality of person" proclaimed in the message of Jesus. This value is the underlying purpose of our school uniform; a reminder of our "oneness in Jesus" and our unity in Faith. The uniform is simple and practical. All students are expected to wear the uniform with respect and pride. The school dress code emphasizes good taste, neatness, cleanliness, and modesty. If a pupil frequently offends against normal standards of dress, grooming or hygiene, and has been corrected in this regard, the cooperation of parents will be sought to correct the problem. Lack of improvement in personal appearance is grounds for dismissal of a pupil during the school day. The principal makes the final judgment on what is appropriate based on the school guidelines.
All uniforms are to be purchased from Michael’s Uniform, the company that services St. Vincent School. Backpacks on wheels maybe used with a signed written note from a physician. Backpacks may not have graffiti, or gang language on them.
Girls Uniform: TK-5th
TUCKED IN AT ALL TIMES
P.E. Uniform to be worn ONLY on P.E. day
Boys Uniform: TK-5th
TUCKED IN AT ALL TIMES
SVS Sweat Shirt
P.E. Uniform to be worn ONLY on P.E. day
Girls Uniform: 6th-8th
TUCKED IN AT ALL TIMES
Boys Uniform: 6th-8th
TUCKED IN AT ALL TIMES
P.E. Uniform to be worn ONLY on P.E. day
P.E. Uniform to be worn ONLY on P.E. day
FREE DRESS: Free dress will be announced in writing by the principal or delegated by the classroom teacher. No baggy clothes, excessive jewelry, or open-toed or platform sandals (for safety reasons) may be worn. No tank tops, short shorts, low-cut tops, or fad “torn” clothes may be worn. No bare midriffs. Socks must be worn and shoes must be secured and fastened. No inappropriate pictures or sayings on shirts will be allowed. The principal and teachers reserve the right to decide what is appropriate.
SAFETY / DISASTER
When an earthquake occurs, teachers will direct pupils to:
C Clasp one hand firmly behind the head, cover the neck, bury the face in arms to protect the head, close eyes
When the safety of a student or staff member becomes evident, the principal, or designee in her absence, retains the right to lock all gates, doors, and passageways. Students will remain inside the locked building until safety has been established.
PARKING, DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP:
Children are to be dropped off in the schoolyard. All students and parents MUST use the crosswalk. No child is to be dropped off or picked up on Figueroa Way. Parents must park their car and come into the school building to pick up and sign out their children. ANY CHILD THAT WALKS OR TAKES THE BUS MUST HAVE SIGNED
PERMISSION FROM A PARENTS OR GARDIAN. THIS PERMISSION WILL BE KEPT ON FILE BY THE
Animals on Campus
Animals are not allowed on the school campus without special written permission from the principal. If permission is granted, the animal(s) must be confined or on a leash to ensure safety.
The California Penal Code requires that any teacher who suspects from observation of a student that the child may be a victim of neglect must report such suspicions to the proper county authority. The school principal must also be informed of suspected cases of physical or emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, or at risk of abuse or neglect. Reports must be made within thirty-six hours of a suspected incident.
All teachers sign the child abuse acknowledgment form at the beginning of each school year.
ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES "ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY"
Under the "Zero Tolerance Policy" of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, any person guilty of sexual misconduct with a
minor under the age of 18:
Any parent or guardian who is a registered sex offender must contact the principal to discuss the requirements in order to assure compliance with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Zero Tolerance Policy.
As members of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles community, we want to assure that we are in compliance with both Megan's Law and our "Zero Tolerance Policy."
A nurse employed by St. Frances Medical Center is usually on campus one day a week. If a child shows signs of illness, do not send him/her to school. If the child is running a temperature above normal, he/she should be kept home until the temperature has remained normal (98.6) for a day. The school office must be notified by 9:00 a.m. if the child is ill.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPT. OF HEALTH SERVICES:
The school follows all guidelines from the State Department regarding admission to school following communicable diseases. Please call the school office if your child is absent due to a communicable disease.
California State law requires schools to administer vision, hearing, scoliosis, height and weight screenings free of charge.
It is recommended that all screenings be conducted within the first quarter of the school year or by December 1st.
Los Angeles Department of Health Services states that anyone attending school in California MUST have the required immunization. Proof of immunization MUST be provided at the time of registration. Students must be in compliance within 15 days of entering school or they will be excluded from class.
HEAD LICE are NOT an indication of poor hygiene but are as contagious as the common cold. They can only be avoided by educating children NOT to borrow combs, hats or hair ornaments. INFORM THE SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY if you discover lice in your child's hair. KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME. The child will be checked when he/she returns to school and will be readmitted if there are NO LICE present in the hair. If a student has lice, the parent will be called and the student will be sent home.
Only minor and very basic first aid will be administered to students. Disposable gloves will be used in dealing with blood or other body fluids. No medicine of any kind, including aspirin and over the counter drugs, will be given to students without a special permission form signed by parents/guardians and the doctor. Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately regarding the seriousness of any school injury.
If a child must keep an inhaler with them, the parent needs to sign a form that will be kept in the child’s school file. Parents may request this form in the school office.
Medications shall not be furnished by the school. No medication of any kind can be administered by school personnel without appropriate consent forms. If a pupil must have medication during the school day, the following procedure is to be followed:
The mission and purpose of the school is education. Schools do not assume the responsibilities proper to the family and to society. Schools may not assume the responsibility for psychological counseling or therapy because they are not qualified or licensed to provide such counseling or therapy. However, through the children’s counseling center at St. Francis Medical Center, counseling services are available for St. Vincent students. Parents must sign a permission slip for these services.
Schools may engage in the following activities in addition to providing classroom instruction:
In cases of actual or suspected child abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults, the Archdiocesan Victims’ Assistance Ministry is available as a resource. The Victims’ Assistance Ministry provides outreach and guidance to those suffering from abuse; sponsors a faith-based trauma recovery program; and assists in informing parish, school, archdiocesan and governmental authorities of the allegations of abuse. Referral to the Victim’s Assistance Ministry is not a substitute for mandated reporting of suspected
St. Vincent School curriculum is designated by the Archdiocesan Office of Education in compliance with state requirements. It includes a sequential program of learning in Religion/Family Life, Reading, English, Handwriting, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health/Physical Education, Music, and Art. Children who do not complete the curricular requirements for their level may be considered for retention, after parent-teacher consultation. Students are strongly encouraged to use the public library on a regular basis. Students are encouraged to read daily. At various times during the school year, students have the opportunity to participate in classroom and outside contests and other mind and spirit-building activities.
HOMEWORK POLICY: STUDENT PLANNER AND HANDBOOK:
All students receive a student planner, containing the parent/student handbook. Special events calendars, a study guide, reference section, weekly planning calendars for student assignments, and parent/teacher communication are also part of the handbook. A tear-out sheet, signed by both parent and student, MUST be signed and returned to school within the first week of class. If this handbook is lost, the replacement cost is $5.00. Please review the student planner on a regular basis and use it to communicate with classroom teachers. Both parents and students are responsible for being knowledgeable about all the policies in the handbook.
In order to develop strong study habits and to reinforce learning and responsibility, homework is assigned. Homework includes study as well as written work. In all grades homework is due at the start of the school day. No homework can be done during class time. This includes homework from another class. If homework is being completed at an inappropriate time, the assignment will be taken away, and not returned. No late homework will be accepted in any subject for credit.
If your child struggles to complete assignments or exceeds the recommended time allotment, provided they are working and not wasting time, the teacher should be notified and an individual homework plan will be made. Homework should NOT be a disruptive element in your home. Please confer with your child's teacher if homework becomes a problem.
Homework may not be done before school or during morning/lunch recess. Students may not give their homework to another student to copy unless authorized by their teacher.
Students MUST have all they need for daily homework before dismissal. Students, who forget part of their homework or materials, may go after school with a staff member to get it. Ordinarily, homework is not assigned on weekends.
TK TO 3RD GRADES:
E = Exceeds grade level expectations
M = Meets grade level expectations
T = Time needed to meet grade level expectations
4TH TO 8TH GRADES:
A = 93 – 100%
B- = 85 – 86%
C- = 70 – 74%
B+ = 90 – 92%
C+ = 80 – 84%
D = 65 – 69%
B = 87 – 89%
C = 75 – 79%
F = 64% and below
All students are given the STAR will be administered once each trimester. This is prescriptive testing in order to assist parents and teachers in assessing individual strengths and areas of concern so that effective curricular programs can be planned to meet the needs of individual students. The Assessment of Catechesis Religious Education (A.C.R.E.) is administered to the fifth and eighth grade students in January of each school year.
Students have the opportunity for computer instruction from teachers’ integrating instruction in the classroom. Guidelines for computer use / internet access and videos will be sent to parents at the beginning of each school year.
GUIDELINES FOR PUBLISHING STUDENT WORK ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB
As part of your child’s educational program, he/she will have the opportunity to publish documents and participate in projects on the World Wide Web. These documents might include a personal web page, a story or poem, a graphic, a science or research project, a group photograph from an activity or club, or a collaborative project with other students locally or internationally.
By signing the school contract you have agreed to the following guidelines.
School Web Publishing Guidelines:
Ordinarily, pupils who satisfactorily complete the eighth grade curriculum participate in a simple graduation ceremony at the parish school. Graduation usually takes place the week preceding the last day of the school year. A simple, but dignified, Graduation Liturgy is celebrated with the conferring of diplomas at the end of the Liturgy. The graduates wear a graduation gown, but are encouraged to dress appropriately for a liturgical celebration in the church. The use of limousines is completely unacceptable.
NO STUDENT may attend a field trip without a SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP by the parent. TELEPHONE CALLS DO NOT MEET LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PERMISSION! Children are not allowed to stay home if they are not participating in the field trip. Grouping on fieldtrips will be left to the discretion of the teacher.
The decision to promote a pupil to the next grade or to retain him/her in the present grade should be based upon consideration of the overall welfare of the pupil, i.e. made by carefully weighing academic, emotional, and social factors. In the event that retention is under consideration, the following guidelines will be applied:
In the case of a pupil with a severe learning problem, it may be necessary to recognize that the parochial school is not equipped to meet the needs of every pupil and that a recommended transfer might be necessary.
Students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities may choose from the following opportunities:
Student Council is under the direction of a Faculty/Staff Moderator.
In order to remain on Student Council a student must have a “C” average in Academics and a “B” average in Conduct. If a student council member receives disciplinary action, he/she will be placed on probation for two weeks. This will be followed by a conference with the student’s teacher and the faculty advisor. A second incident will result in removal from office.
Students who wish to run for office must carefully follow the guidelines given in the spring of each year.
ST. VINCENT SCHOOL EXTRA-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION POLICY:
In order for students to participate in any extra-curricular activity including try-outs or practice, they must have a participation slip signed by all of their classroom teachers parent/guardian, and the principal.
Students may not have a “D” or “F” in academics or conduct. The teacher will monitor the student’s progress. The classroom teachers or principal can suspend participation privileges at any time during the trimester if that student’s academic performance is below level or if their behavior is inappropriate.
Discipline is an aspect of moral guidance and not a form of punishment. The purpose of discipline is to provide a school climate conducive to learning and one that promotes character development.
Discipline is maintained in a classroom or school when students work cooperatively with the principal, the teachers, and their classmates towards the attainment of the class and school objectives. However, it should be noted that the legitimate interest of the school extends beyond the school day and beyond the school hours.
CONDITIONS OF SUSPENSION
Reasons for expulsion are, but are not limited to, the following offenses committed by students:
Procedure for Expulsion
When the reasons for expulsion are purely disciplinary, i.e., when serious moral reasons are not involved, the following steps must be taken:
A written record of the steps leading to expulsion must be kept on file with copies of all communications and reports.
Cases Involving Grave Offenses
Time of Expulsion
Reporting of Expulsions
Right to Make Exceptions
The principal, in consultation with the Administrative team, retains the right to make exceptions in cases where mitigating circumstances call for a different response than policy suggests.
CLASSROOM CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOR:
Classroom conduct and behavior will be communicated to parents on a regular basis.
Cheating and/or plagiarism is not tolerated. If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing, the student will receive an “F” on the assignment and a conference with parents. In grades 3rd-8th they will also receive an “F” in conduct for the week.
Rules are made for the efficient and effective running of the school program as well as for the safety and protection of the students. Students are expected to KNOW and KEEP these rules. "NOT KNOWING" a rule does not exempt a student from consequences.
ST. VINCENT STUDENTS WILL:
Students who choose to chew gum before, during, or after school will be charged a fine of $5.00 payable the same day or at the latest the next day. Failure to pay the following day will result in suspension from school until the fine is paid.
Occasionally, continued misbehavior will necessitate a conference including the student, his/her parents, teachers and the principal. The purpose of the conference is to determine whether the student will continue at St. Vincent School and, if so, what good faith commitments will be required.
Issues to be discussed or decided:
If a student has been suspended from school and accumulates additional referral forms, the following may result:
Students enrolled at St. Vincent School accept the consequences for their inappropriate behavior.
Parents are expected to support the teachers and staff of St. Vincent School in their efforts to provide a safe, healthy and effective learning environment for their children. Parents who feel they cannot support school policy should consider an alternative educational setting for their children. Lack of support demoralizes the teachers and weakens their ability to provide quality education for children.
GANGS: MEMBERSHIP / INVOLVEMENT
A gang is defined as “three or more persons having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts.” (A Primer on Law for Administrators and Boards, Commissions & Councils of Catholic Education, Shaughnessy, Mary Angela, NCEA, 2000.) Membership, active involvement, or affiliation in a gang or group responsible for threatening or violent activity is grounds for expulsion.
In order to discourage the appearance of graffiti on campus and school property, the principal of St. Vincent School will have it removed immediately whenever it appears. Penalties will include restitution as well as the possibility of expulsion. Students are expected to respect their school and the property surrounding it and keep it clean.
HARASSMENT, BULLYING AND HAZING STATEMENT OF POLICY:
St. Vincent School is committed to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment that respects Christian values and is free from harassment, bulling, or hazing in any form. Harassment, bullying or hazing of any student by any other student, lay employee, religious, clergy, or school volunteer is prohibited. The school will treat allegations of any such conduct seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner. This policy shall be clearly communicated to faculty, staff, volunteers, parents/guardians, and student.
Substantiated acts of harassment, bullying or hazing by a student will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of the student. Students found to have filed false or frivolous charges will also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. For students in grades K-3, this disciplinary action shall depend on the maturity of the students and the circumstances involved. For students in grades 4 through 8, the disciplinary action may include suspension or dismissal.
Harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or a school environment that is hostile or intimidating based upon a legally protected class, such as race, sex, ethnic origin or religion. It includes, but is not limited to, any or all of the following:
Bullying is the habitual harassing, intimidating, tormenting, browbeating, humiliating, terrorizing, oppressing and/or threatening of another person. Bullying typically consists of direct behaviors, such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting, shoving, and stealing that are initiated by one or more students against a victim or victims. In addition to direct attacks, bullying may also be indirect, such as spreading rumors that cause victims to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion. Whether the bullying is direct or indirect, the key component of bullying is physical or psychological intimidation that occurs repeatedly over time to create an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse.
Hazing is any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to these organizations which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any student or other person.
Students also may be involved in cyber bullying, which occurs when they bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include, but is not limited to:
It is the student’s responsibility to:
All threats by students to inflict serious harm to self or others, or to destroy property, will be taken seriously. Whoever hears or becomes aware of any threat made by a student should immediately report it to the pastor, principal, or a teacher. The principal will notify the police and the Department of Catholic Schools immediately.
The student who has made the threat will be kept in the school office under supervision until the police arrive. The parents/guardians of the student who has made the threat will be notified. Any adult or student who has been identified as the potential victim, or mentioned in writing as a potential victim, will be notified immediately.
The student who has made the threat will be suspended until the investigation by the police and school has been completed.
The decision to re-admit a student who has made a threat will be made by the principal and pastor on a case-by-case basis.
Practical jokes or offhand comments of a threatening nature will be taken seriously and will be investigated. The police may be notified and these actions may result in suspension or removal of a student from school.
A student’s legitimate expectation of privacy in their person and in the personal effects they bring to school must be balanced against the obligation of the school to maintain discipline and to provide a safe environment for the school community. Accordingly, school officials may conduct a search of the student’s person and personal effects based on a reasonable suspicion that the search will disclose evidence that the student is violating or has violated the law or a school rule.
School officials do not need a warrant or a parent’s permission to conduct a search of the student and/or the school’s or a student’s personal property, as long as they have a reasonable suspicion that a law or school rule is being or has been violated. Whenever a school principal conducts a search of a student’s person or personal effects, an adult witness should be present.
Students do not own their lockers or other school property. Lockers are made available to the student by the school. The student does have some expectation of privacy in his/her locker from other students. However, a student may not exclude school officials if the school official has a reasonable suspicion that a law or school rule has been violated.
A student has a greater expectation of privacy concerning his/her backpack, purse, clothing and other personal effects. A school official who finds it necessary to conduct a search of a student’s backpack, purse, clothing or personal effects, must have a reasonable suspicion that the student is violating or has violated a law or school rule. The student’s parents should be notified of any such search.
An alert from trained and certified detector dog is sufficient to allow the school official to have a reasonable suspicion and to conduct a warrantless search of the student’s locker, car or his/her personal property and effects. In addition to this policy on searches by the school, every student is subject to the Archdiocesan and school use and privacy policies concerning cell phones and other electronic devices, whether the devices belong to the school or to the student.
If a student refuses to cooperate in a reasonable search of the school or student property (including electronic devices), the student’s parents and/or the police may be called for assistance or referral.
In the event that any items belonging to a student are confiscated, the principal should document that fact and, when possible, take a photograph of the place where the confiscated object was found and of the object itself. It is also recommended that the school obtain a signature from the student acknowledging that the item was in his or her possession at the time it was found.
Mixed parties involving pupils of the upper grades even when they are held at home are strongly discouraged. Parents are asked to cooperate with this regulation, even though, strictly speaking, the matter of parent-sponsored parties is under parental control and not that of the school.
A primary purpose of Catholic Education is to guide our students' growth in Catholic values and moral conduct. It stresses that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and that the sanctity of family life is enhanced through fulfillment of God's plan as expressed by a loving and permanent commitment. Premarital sexual activity is contrary to these values. However, when pregnancy occurs outside of marriage, the total school community should seek to offer support to a pregnant student and/or the student father so that the pregnancy can be brought to term. This situation is to be treated in a Christian manner.
When pregnancy is known to school personnel by whatever means, the principal must meet with the girl and her parents/guardians. The student will be encouraged to begin appropriate professional counseling consistent with Catholic teaching to assist with the circumstances of the pregnancy and with making choices for the future of both parents and new born child. If the father is identified, and if he is a student in a Catholic school, the principal of that school must meet with him and his parents and require that he be involved in a counseling program similar to that provided to the mother. The school should assist the pregnant student to make arrangements for continuing her education by referring the student to an alternate program. The principal, in consultation with the superintendent and the pastor, shall review all aspects of each case and make a determination based upon its unique circumstances as to the date when the young mother/father are to leave the school.
The teaching of the Catholic Church is clear regarding the right to life of all human beings, the reverence and respect owed to each person including those conceived and not yet born, and the immorality of abortion.
Abortion, which disregards innocent human life, is incompatible with and contradictory to the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church and the mission of Catholic education. Catholic teaching does not accept that anyone may justifiably arrange for or procure an abortion for oneself or for another person, be forced or pressured into having an abortion, or influence or coerce another person to have an abortion. Moreover, given the already existing network of prenatal programs and pregnancy counseling available in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, there is no acceptable reason why any student should be coerced into having an abortion. Therefore, the involvement of any student in procuring or assisting in
the procurement of an abortion is cause for such student to be dismissed from school. Furthermore, if any student's parent or guardian coerces and/or assists in the procurement of an abortion for his or her daughter or any other student, that parent or guardian's son or daughter will also be dismissed.
Suggested Procedural Guidelines: In accord with the above policy, each situation regarding abortion will be handled on an individual basis, applying these guidelines.
Without jeopardy to the above guidelines, the school retains the right and the responsibility to promulgate and implement disciplinary measures, including expulsion, for public and overt breaches of Catholic moral teaching.
CODE OF CHRISTIAN CONDUCT COVERING STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
The students’ interest in receiving a quality, morally based education can be served if students, parents, and school officials work together. Normally, differences between these individuals can be resolved. In some rare instances, however, the school may find it necessary, in its discretion, to require parents/guardians to withdraw their children.
It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the students and parents/guardians shall conform themselves to standards of conduct that are consistent with the Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. These principles include, but are not limited to any policies or procedures set forth in any student/parent handbook of the school.
These Christian principles further include, but are not limited to, the following:
Parents/guardians are expected to work courteously and cooperatively with the school to assist the student in meeting the academic, moral, and behavioral expectations of the school.
Students and parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about the school operation and its personnel. However, they may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, scandalous, rumor driven, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive.
The school reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, when conduct is of such a severe nature as to warrant immediate action without warning.
Recommended Transfer Resulting from Parental Attitude:
Under normal circumstances a pupil should not be deprived of Catholic education on grounds relating to the attitude of parents; nevertheless, it is recognized that a situation could arise in which the uncooperative or destructive attitude or
abusive behavior of parents might diminish the effectiveness of the educational process of the school in acting in loco parentis (in place of the parents) that continuation of the pupil in school might be impossible. In such a case, the regulations governing recommended transfer would then be applicable. The decision will be made with the consultation and advice of the pastor.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Each school and religious education program must establish an ongoing safe environment training program for the children at its site. Home-based materials must be provided to all parents to help them understand and support their children's education regarding child sexual abuse. The approved programs include Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® and
VIRTUS® Teaching Touching Safety (Mandated September 1, 2006).
Good-Touch/Bad-Touch is being implemented in Grades K-9 in Catholic elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The program is designed to be age-appropriate, to support children in understanding occasions of abuse, and to give them confidence in reporting and asserting themselves in situations where they feel unsafe.
VIRTUS® Teaching Touching Safety is a K-12 program being implemented in religious education programs and Catholic schools. This program is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, catechists and youth ministers give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them.
The Archdiocesan Office of Safeguard the Children will work with principals at the schools and Directors of Religious Education in the parishes to establish these programs. Questions concerning this program can be forwarded Joan Vienna, Coordinator of Safe Guard the Children at (213) 637-7227.
GUIDELINES FOR ADULTS INTERACTING WITH MINORS AT PARISH OR PARISH SCHOOL
ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS
Revised August 20, 2007
Adults acting in a staff, faculty, ministerial or other paid or volunteer position in the Archdiocese are role models who are called to treat each minor with respect and care. Staff members, faculty or volunteers serving either in a paid or volunteer position need to maintain professional relationships with minors whether on or off parish or parish school locations.
Please review the following guidelines and sign the "Acknowledgment of Receipt" for the file at the parish or parish school where you work or volunteer.
BOUNDARY GUIDELINES FOR JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH WORKING OR
VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN OR YOUTH
Revised August 20, 2007
To ensure the safety of the children in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, all youth volunteers, both junior high and high school students, including students who are already 18, who work or volunteer with children/youth in school or parish settings must receive training on these boundary guidelines before undertaking their ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and must sign this Code of Conduct form to verify that they understand their obligations.
PARENT’S AUTHORIZATION TO USE CHILD’S IMAGE, NAME, VOICE AND/OR WORK FOR NON-COMMERCIAL PURPOSES
This section to be completed by Archdiocese/School/Parish
The Archdiocese/School/Parish intends to use your child’s image, name, voice and/or work for the following non-commercial purposes (describe class/activity, date(s) if applicable):
The following person(s)/entity not connected to the Archdiocese/School/Parish will be involved in the class/activity:
This section to be completed by Parent/Legal Guardian:
(name), am the parent or legal guardian of
(child’s name), a minor. I hereby
authorize the Archdiocese/School/Parish to use the following personal information about my child:
Please initial the applicable boxes
I understand and agree that my child’s image, name, voice and/or work (the “Personal Information”) will be used for the particular reasons identified above. I further understand and agree that the Archdiocese/School/Parish may use the Personal Information for other non-commercial purposes, including, but not limited to, publicity, exhibits, electronic media broadcasts or research. I understand and agree that the Personal Information of my child may be copied, edited and distributed by the Archdiocese/School/Parish in publications, catalogues, brochures, books, magazines, exhibits, films, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, email messages, websites, or any other form now known or later developed (the “Materials”).
The Archdiocese/School/Parish may use the Personal Information at its sole discretion, with or without my child’s name or with a fictitious name, and with accurate or fictitious biographical material. The Archdiocese/School/Parish will not use the Personal Information for improper purposes or in a manner inconsistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
I waive any right to inspect or approve any Materials that may be created using the Personal Information now and in the future. While the Archdiocese/School/Parish will take care to maintain the particular intents and purposes of the photographs or electronic recordings, editing may be necessary to obtain the best results. I release and discharge the Archdiocese/School/Parish and its employees and agents from any liability that may arise out of the making or editing of the photographs or electronic recordings, including but not limited to, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical or auditory illusion or use in composite form.
In exchange for the Archdiocese/School/Parish’s giving my child an opportunity to participate in the class/activity, I hereby agree that neither I, nor my child, will receive monetary compensation, royalties or credit for use of the photographs or electronic recordings by the Archdiocese/School/Parish. I understand and agree that the Archdiocese/School/Parish shall be the owner of all right, title and interest, including copyright, in the photographs, electronic recordings and Materials. If the Archdiocese/School/Parish intends to use the Materials for a commercial purpose, I will be provided at that time with information about the terms of the commercial use.
I hereby waive, release and forever discharge any and all claims, demands, or causes of action against the Archdiocese/School/Parish and its employees, agents, contractors and any other person, organization, or entity assisting them with the photography, electronic recording or Materials, for damages or injuries in any way related to, or arising from the photography, electronic recording or Materials, or the use of the Personal Information, and I expressly assume the risk of any resulting injury or damage.
I further understand and agree that this Authorization remains in effect until it is withdrawn in writing. I understand that if I change my mind about this Authorization, that I will submit another, new authorization form to the Archdiocese/School/Parish. However, my new authorization will not have the effect of revoking this Authorization, and the Archdiocese/School/Parish will have no duty or obligation to make any changes or alterations to any Materials that may have been prepared based on this Authorization.
I represent that I have read this Authorization, understand the contents and am able to grant the rights and waivers it contains. I understand that the terms of this Authorization are contractual and not mere recitals. I am signing this document freely and voluntarily.
Print Name: Relationship to Child:
Name of Child: Age:
PARENT AND STUDENT COMMITMENT PAGE
ACCEPTANCE OF PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK
Our family has received and read the _________________________________ School Parent/Student Handbook. We understand, and agree to follow the policies and procedures stated in the Handbook. We acknowledge that the school has the right to amend the Handbook during the school year as needed and we agree to follow the policies and procedures as may be added or amended.
We understand that we may be asked to withdraw our child(ren) from the school or our child(ren) may not be invited to return the following year, if we fail to fulfill our responsibilities under the Handbook and any additions and amendments that may be made. Our signatures below indicate our commitment to fulfill our obligations according to the requirements of the Handbook.
I agree to:
1- Support the faith development of my children and attend Sunday Mass at St.Vincent Church.
2. Make payments on time.
3- Provide a suitable learning environment at home, monitor and sign all homework assignments and tests.
4- Participate in all fundraising events and complete the service hours.
5- Support the school philosophy, mission, values, and policies as defined in the Parent Student Handbook.
6- Assist the teacher in helping my child achieve.
7- Attend all meetings called by the Pastor, Principal, Teacher, or Parent Organization.
Father’s Signature __________________________________________ Date _________________
Mother’s Signature __________________________________________ Date _________________
Print student names and grades:
Student’s First Name
Student’s First Name
_____________ Grade __
Student’s First Name
Student’s First Name
_____________ Grade __
Please return this signed form promptly to the School Office.
This form will be placed in the students’ permanent files.
“Educating through Christ to lead and to serve.”
St. Vincent de Paul
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