POLICIES OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL
Our Lady of Lourdes School provides the highest quality religious and
secular education. In order to continue to provide such quality
education, we must have not only dedicated and committed personnel but
generous and charitable parishioners, complete cooperation from those
involved in the school, and a full understanding of the economics which
are part of the school operation. Those factors have made our parish
school one of the best in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and we intend
to continue in this tradition. Consequently, the following policies and
requirements for admission and continued enrollment in Our Lady of
Lourdes have been established.
PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS
Parents should understand that regular Mass attendance is the most
fundamental public sign of a person's commitment to the Catholic faith
and union with Jesus.
B. Finances (applicable in grades N through 8)
1. Past Obligation
Tuition and general fees for the past school years must be paid in full or the student will not be admitted to class.
2. Present Obligation
In order for a student to be enrolled in the school at the beginning of a new school year, the family must be current
in all their financial obligations. This includes tuition, fees, church
envelope obligation, raffles, and Scrip ($1000.00/year).
3. Conditions for Continued Enrollment
a. Tuition must be paid on the due date.
b. The student must meet the academic requirements of the school and must conform to the Discipline Code.
4. Registration Fee
A non-refundable $150.00 fee, per child, is required at the time of registration.
5. Church Envelope System
School families agree to use the church envelope system to make a
parish contribution of at least $500.00 a year. The rectory receptionist
will inform the school office of the school families who do not fulfill
C. ABSENCES AND LATENESS
Regularity of attendance is vital to the academic progress of a
student. Every effort should be made by parents and guardians to ensure
their children do not miss school except for reasons of health and
family emergencies. After an absence, upon the student's return to
school and before attending any classes, a written excuse from home must
be presented to the teacher. IF YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL, YOU
MUST CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 9:00 A.M. TO REPORT
THE ABSENCE. The school will contact the family in the case of an
unusual number of absences, especially if they are illegal absences such
as for vacations (see below). Excessive absences will require a
conference with the parents/guardians and the teacher, social worker or
psychologist, and the principal. Strategies to improve attendance will
be presented and discussed with the families. Excessive absences may
result in the inability of the child to progress to the next grade at
the completion of the school year. The principal and designated teachers
will review attendance records.
A student arriving after 8:00 A.M. must report to the office for a
late pass. Lateness is disruptive to the classroom routine and habitual
lateness cannot be tolerated. After the third lateness, students will
receive a detention. Please try to schedule all medical and dental
appointments outside of school hours.
The objective of our attendance policy is to impress upon the
parents/guardians and students, the importance of regular attendance in
promoting academic and character growth and responsibility in their work
and study habits.
The school calendar provides time for vacation. Family vacations or day
trips during school days are recorded as illegal absences. The school
will not give permission or excuse an absence for these days. Teachers
will not prepare work for children who are being taken out of school
for additional vacation. The child is responsible for the material
taught in his/her absence.
D. PTL Obligations
Each family must help with lunch duty once a month and
either chair a PTL function or participate on two committees. There is a
lunch fee of $200.00 for anyone who can not do lunch duty, an opt-out
fee of $300.00 for anyone who can not participate in any PTL functions,
and a $100.00 opt-out fee for Scrip.
E. Soliciting Monies
Soliciting money for any outside organization will not be permitted
in our school by our students except instances where such solicitations
have been approved and/or recommended by the Diocesan Education
Department and after consultation with the principal of the school
concerning the wisdom of any given solicitation in the context of the
present prevailing parish economy.
F. Testing Results
School parents will be sent the results of their children's IOWA and
CogAt tests as well as the results of their New York State tests.
School parents will be sent the results of their children's IOWA and
CogAt tests as well as the results of their New York State tests.
The principal reserves the right to speak to and/or call to her
office any student, without prior notification to the parent/guardians,
who has broken any school rules or is suspected of breaking any school
rules or suspected of being involved in any un-Christian-like or
inappropriate behavior either in school or while representing the school
in any capacity as deemed as such by the principal and/or pastor.
SCHOOL BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES
According to the Diocesan Guidelines, the School Board is to develop
policies that are compatible with the school's philosophy and that will
enable the school to reach its goals, to formulate the annual budget, to
help determine the sources of funding, and to represent its
constituency. The function of a parish school board is not to administer
the school, but to recommend policy to the pastor and principal.
The School Board will adopt an annual agenda, suggested by the monthly
agendas, to serve as a guide to all school board members as to the
events for which they are responsible. They will annually review said
agenda for any change deemed necessary.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL COMPUTER POLICY - Technology Use & Student Behavior Policy
The student agrees never to use the
school's computer resources to gain unauthorized access to another
computer network (hacking). The student agrees never to transmit
(download or upload) any computer file, application, or other computer
resources to or from the school's computer network. This includes the
unauthorized installation of software from a floppy disc, CD-ROM or
other media. The student agrees never to use inappropriate, obscene,
profane, rude, inflammatory, threatening or disrespectful language or
visit inappropriate websites. The student agrees never to post false
information or engage in personal, prejudicial or discriminatory
attacks. The student agrees never to harass another person by use of any
of the school's resources. Harassment is defined as any action that
distresses or annoys another person. The student agrees to stop
immediately any and all behavior that is construed by another as
unwelcome. The student agrees never to plagiarize. Plagiarism is defined
as taking the idea or writing of others and presenting them as one's
own. The student agrees to respect the right of intellectual property of
other people and to respect all copyright laws. The student agrees that
if he or she is unsure whether copyright law is being respected, he or
she will bring this question to the attention of a staff member. The
student agrees never to participate in illegal activity using the
school's computer resources. The school will cooperate fully withy
local, state or federal officials in any investigation related to any
illegal activities conducted through the school's resources. Our Lady of
Lourdes School will not be held responsible for the actions of a
student who is in violation of any of the terms of this policy. This
responsibility is extended to, but not limited to: the loss of data or
interruptions of service; the accuracy or quality of information
obtained through the unauthorized use of the school's computer
resources. Our Lady of Lourdes School reserves the right to establish
rules and regulations regarding the use of the system. A student found
in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline including, but
not limited to, temporary removal from the school's system, permanent
removal from the system or other appropriate disciplinary action in
accordance with the rules and regulations of the school, including
suspension or expulsion.
Bring Your Own Device Policy (BYODP)
This is an addendum to the Technology Use and Student Behavior Policy
Our Lady of Lourdes School has the right to protect its network and
technical resources. Thus, any network user who brings his/her own
personal device into the school building is required to adhere to the
Technology Use and Student Behavior Policy.
-The student takes full responsibility for his or her personal devices. The school is not responsible for the security or care of personal devices.
-The student is responsible for the proper care of his or her personal
devices, including any costs of repair, replacement, or any
modifications needed to use the device at school.
-The school reserves the right to inspect and/or confiscate a student's
personal devices if there is reason to believe that the student has
violated school policies, has used such devices in connection with any
inappropriate conduct, or in any way poses a danger to himself, herself,
-The student will comply with any teacher's request with regard to
personal devices and will only use devices in an area that is visible to
and under the supervision of a school faculty and/or staff member.
-The student may not use the devices to record, transmit, or post photos
or video of a person or persons on the school campus. Nor can any
images, audio and/or video recorded at school be transmitted or posted
at any time without being reviewed by and with the permission of the
administrator (principal) at the school.
-Students are not to call, text message, email, or electronically
communicate with others from their personal device, including other
students, parents, guardians, friends, and family during the school day.
Cell phones may only be used by students in an emergency with the
consent of the responsible adult in charge.
-Students will only use appropriate educational applications on their
devices under the direction and supervision of a teacher and/or staff
-Personal devices shall be charged prior to bringing it to school and
shall be capable of running off its own battery while at the school.
-Cell phones and other devices will be taken from the student if used
without permission of the responsible adult in charge, and will be held
in the office until picked up by the parents/guardian of the student.
COMPREHENSIVE ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL
- Statement of objectives to be accomplished
Lady of Lourdes School establishes this policy to ensure the
maintenance of an adequate record verifying the attendance of all
children at instruction in accordance with Education Law Section 3205.
The policy is designed to ensure sufficient pupil attendance at all
scheduled periods of actual instruction or supervised study activities
to permit such pupils to succeed at meeting the State learning
- Description of the specific strategies to accomplish each objective
- Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each school day prior to the first period of instruction.
- Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each scheduled class period when pupils move freely between classes.
- Attendance will be taken after the pupils return from lunch
- Attendance will be taken on class and/or school field trips
of the kinds of absences, tardiness and early departures that will be
excused and those that will not be excused; and a list of excused and
unexcused absences and tardiness to illustrate each (see below).
- A pupil is considered absent if not present when attendance is taken.
- A pupil who arrives after the time fixed by school policy for the beginning of the morning or afternoon sessions is tardy
- A pupil is absent for part of day if present when attendance is taken and then leaves school.
of absence and tardiness will be classified as either excused or
unexcused. An excused absence/tardiness is one recognized by the
Education Department and the school administrators as valid and
unavoidable. An unexcused absence/tardiness occurs when the reason
offered does not show unavoidable circumstances or necessity.
- Truancy is the willful violation by a student of the compulsory attendance provisions of Education Law.
The following reasons for absence or tardiness may be considered excused.
The following reasons for absence or tardiness would ordinarily be considered unexcused.
- scheduled medical appointments
- sickness or death in family
- day of religious observance
- bad weather; impassable roads
- court appearance
- family emergency
- district bus problem
- college interviews (limit 2)
- other school activity
- Music lessons
- Take child to work
- High school visits
- Family trips
- CYO trips
- Didn’t have a ride
of the coding system used to identify the reason for pupil’s absence,
tardiness or early departure, recorded in the register of attendance
The following coding will be used. Marginal notations may be made for clarification.
Trip/vacation (family, CYO, etc.)
Medical appointment (limited hours)
Take child to Work day
Visit to high school
Problem with car/ride
Other (not deemed acceptable)
Other School Activity
Medical Abs. Home Tutoring
Out of school suspension
In school suspension
- Description of school’s policy regarding pupil attendance and a pupil’s ability to proceed to the next grade:
attendance is a critical factor in school success for pupils.
Therefore, both pupils and their parents must view regular attendance as
the most effective way of meeting school requirements. Promotion is
awarded based on satisfactory completion of grade requirements. It is
the responsibility of the parent to notify the school administration of
an attendance concern.
- Description of:
- incentives to be used to encourage pupils to attend school
- disciplinary sanctions to be used to discourage unexcused absences, tardiness and early departures
Our lady of Lourdes School will identify those incentives and sanctions that will promote regular attendance.
of students who are absent or late for ten days of school within a
semester will be invited for a conference with the school
The school has established a policy to recognize perfect attendance.
The absence/tardiness could preclude participation in extra-curricular activities on that day.
A parent/student conference would be required.
An erratic or irregular attendance pattern puts a student in jeopardy of retention in the grade.
of the notice to be provided to the parents of a pupil who is absent,
tardy or leaves school early without an acceptable excuse:
of a pupil who is absent, tardy, or leaves school early without an
acceptable excuse will receive verbal notification from the attendance
of the process the schools of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will use
to develop specific intervention strategies to address attendance
a child has been absent, the school must require a written excuse from a
parent. These notes must be kept on file for one year. If a pupil is
absent without an excuse, or if the school has reason to suspect the
validity of the excuse, the principal should investigate the situation.
- It is the responsibility of the teacher to make the parents and administration aware of any attendance problems
- After ten days, parents will be asked to come in for a conference to address attendance concerns.
- If necessary an outside agency/proper authority will be notified.
- Identification of the person(s) designated in each school building who will be responsible for:
- reviewing attendance records
- initiating appropriate action to address unexcused pupil attendance according to the comprehensive attendance policy
- The principal has full charge of the internal administration of the school.
principal may designate a school administrator or teacher to assist
with implementation of the comprehensive school attendance policy. Such
designee will be identified for the beginning of the school year.
principal and/or designee will review attendance data to look for
patterns of unexcused absences and will initiate interventions to reduce
such unexcused absences.
- The Attendance Secretary is the one responsible to identify and follow up on attendance concerns.
- School policy includes guidelines for teachers and for the school nurse.
The New York State Dignity for All Students Act
New York State Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) was
signed into law in September, 2010 and will become effective July 2,
2012. All children have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming,
and caring environment free from harassment and discrimination. The
Dignity Act ensures this for all New York State public school students.
Although religious and private schools are exempt from the Dignity law,
much of what has been signed into the Dignity Act has been and continues
to be practiced in our Diocesan Schools.
Codes of conduct exist for students, staff and volunteers and policies
are in place to create a safe environment in our schools free from
harassment, discrimination or, any form of abuse. Awareness and
prevention training is mandatory for all staff and volunteers in our
schools, and all students are provided with age appropriate instruction
that 1) defines abuse, 2)makes clear how to report abuse, and 3)
provides training on personal safety skills.
The school curriculum and programs are built on strong Catholic
principles that underscore the goal for our students to be more like
Christ in their thoughts, words and deeds. Instruction in civility,
citizenship and character education is standard curriculum in our
schools, with a strong emphasis on principles of honesty, tolerance,
personal responsibility, respect for others, observance of the laws and
rules, courtesy, and dignity and respect for all.
Faculty, staff, and student behavior is expected to conform to values consistent with the Catholic Faith.