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 Sts. Peter and Paul School

Mission Statement

We are working to become literate, responsible, independent, problem-solvers with Christ Jesus’ attitudes and beliefs.

We, the students, families, and staff of Sts. Peter and Paul School, unite in the pursuit of a personal relationship with Christ. With a positive attitude, successful learning experiences, and respect for all persons and their cultures, we accept the responsibility and challenge of life-long learning.  Together we will work to enable one another to become literate, independent, communicative, responsible, problem-solving adults with Christian attitudes and beliefs to guide us in our decisions through life, so that we can become healthy, active, successful citizens of our communities and churches.

The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools

Mission Statement

Be it known

to all who enter our Schools

that Christ is the reason

for these Schools,

the unseen but ever present

Teacher in our classes,

the Model of our faculty,

the inspiration of Our Students.

 

Section 1 – Admission and Enrollment

School Hours & Days

KindergartenGrade 8

8:00 – 3:10  Monday – Friday

Preschool

8:00 – 11:00 am   Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 4 & 5 year olds

8:00 – 11:00 am  Tuesday/Thursday – 3 & 4 year olds

Afternoon sessions (12:00 – 3:00) may be added or dropped as needed

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.  Students may enter the building beginning at 7:45 am.  Students arriving prior to 7:45 am shall report to the school cafeteria until released by the supervising teacher.

The school year is approximately one hundred and eighty days and is divided into four quarters.  Sts. Peter and Paul School follows the USD #115 school calendar as close as possible in order to facilitate bus service.  There may be a few days throughout the year in which bus service is not provided.  Students who live in Bern will receive transportation provided by Sts. Peter and Paul School.

Accreditation

Sts. Peter and Paul School is accredited by the State of Kansas as well as by the NCA AdvancEd model.  Sts. Peter and Paul School meets the guidelines established by the Archdiocesan Office and operates under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocesan School Offices in Kansas City, Kansas.  The school is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

The AdvanceEd model involves a 5-year, school improvement process based on five research-based standards of school performances. At the conclusion of this cycle, ER (External Review) team evaluates the five standards and provides commendations and recommendations.

Archdiocese Guiding Principles on Admissions

The student is a reflection of God’s love…the child is made in the image of God. Every measure must be taken to respect and nurture the dignity and potential of each child and young adult in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Students are expected to treat one another and all those with whom they come in contact in a manner consistent with the teachings of our faith. Any measures taken by adults in a school community to ensure this student behavior must be done so in the loving spirit and model of Jesus. 

K – 8 Admission Requirements

Except in unique and unusual circumstances, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas shall follow the age requirements for entrance into school that are established by the State of Kansas. Any child who attains the age of five (5) years on or before August 31 shall be eligible to enter kindergarten. Any child who attains the age of six (6) years on or before August 31 of any school year shall be eligible to enter grade one. Any child who has completed kindergarten in an accredited school district shall be eligible to enter first grade regardless of age. Exceptions to these age requirements can only be made after the principal consults with the Superintendent of Schools.

The following information is required prior to admission:  1) a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate; 2) social security number; 3) an official state record of immunization; 4) a current health assessment; 5) a copy of the student’s baptismal record.

The parents of transferring new students should meet with the principal prior to enrollment.  A transcript request form will be filled out and signed by the parent.  This will allow the student’s previous school to release and forward your child’s records to Sts. Peter and Paul School.

Preschool Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for Sts. Peter and Paul Preschool are the same as those of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.  The following information is required prior to preschool admission:  1) a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate; 2) Social Security Number; 3) an official state record of immunization; 4) a current health assessment.  In addition, all preschool students must be potty-trained prior to the first day of class.

Classroom Placement Policy

If a grade level has more than one classroom, parent requests for teacher selection are discouraged.  Parents may present, in writing to the school office, the strengths and needs of their children.  The decision of placement will be based on the professional discretion of the school’s principal in conjunction with teacher input.

School Support (K-8)

For the 2013-2014 school year, the requested school support per family will be $1600. The actual per pupil cost for educating one student at Sts. Peter and Paul School is approximately $4,500.  The following guidelines will be used to distribute the available scholarship funds.

*  Families that qualify for Free Lunches can receive up to $750 in scholarship funds.

*  Families that qualify for Reduced Lunches can receive up to $500 in scholarship funds.

*  Larger scholarships will be available on an individual basis.

*  For more scholarship information and guidelines, please contact the school office.

 

K – 8 Fees

Book Rental:  Book rental fees will be set on an annual basis.  The book fees for 2013-14 are $80 for grades K-6 and $90 for grades 7-8.  In addition, the PTO requests each family to pay annual dues of $5 at the time of registration.

Lunch Prices:  All students may participate in the hot lunch program.  Prices are set on an annual basis.  Information on free and reduced lunch prices will be sent to all families prior to registration.  Each family will be billed monthly for every child in the family who eats lunch at Sts. Peter and Paul School.  Every month, the school will send a billing for the following month for the entire family.  If a student is absent any day during the month, that amount will be subtracted from the billing for the following month.  

Afternoon Break Milk Prices:  $20 per semester  

 

Preschool Fees

Registration Fee:  The preschool registration fee is set on an annual basis and is due at the time of registration.  The fee covers the yearly snack fee, liability insurance, etc.  For the current fees, contact the school office. The 2013-14-registration fee for preschool is $35 for MWF classes and $25 for T/TH classes.

Monthly Fee:  The monthly preschool fee is set on an annual basis and is due at the beginning of each month during the school year.  Families with more than one child attending Sts. Peter and Paul School will receive a $10 per month rate reduction.  The 2013-14 MWF monthly fee is $60 and the T/Th monthly fee is $45. For scholarship information and guidelines, please contact the school office.

 

Section 2 – Academics

Curriculum

Sts. Peter and Paul School follows the curriculum standards set forth by the Archdiocese.  The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Catholic Schools curriculum is aligned with Kansas State Department of Education standards as well as infused with Catholic faith/values.  Each school strives to provide learning experiences that enable all students to master the curriculum outcomes and maximize their God-given talents.  All subjects taught in the Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas shall be in conformity with Catholic Church teachings, standards, and values.

Curriculum guides for all subject areas can be found on the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools website: 
www.archkckcs.org.

Religion Classes are part of our regularly scheduled curriculum.  Religious instruction has the same systematic demands and the same rigor as other disciplines. It must present the Christian message and the Christian event with the same seriousness and the same depth with which other disciplines present their knowledge.

Religious Education and Responsibilities

The primary faith development of a child takes place in the home and is the responsibility of the parents and family. Sts. Peter and Paul School has the responsibility of supporting and nurturing this development. The school is first and foremost a school of religious education. Therefore, it is our goal that all students will have a clear and concise understanding of the Catholic faith and awareness that the Catholic experience is an encounter with Christ through and with each other. Through this they will come to know that the gospel message must be more than a lesson; it must be a way of life.

The study of religion is part of the school curriculum in every grade. Using the Bible and approved religion texts, the teachers conduct classes in Catholic doctrine, morals and the application of Catholic Christian principles, values and virtues in daily life. Parents are an integral part of the religion program and should discuss the lessons with their children. The teachings of the Catholic Church are infused in all curriculum areas and in all parts of the day.

At school, children participate in various worship activities including Masses, prayer services, reconciliation, Benediction, Eucharistic Adoration and other forms of worship. When possible, students are given leadership / ministry roles in liturgical services. These roles may include ministries such as altar server, cantor / choir member, lecture, usher, etc. Students are also involved in planning Masses and other liturgical services.

Prayer is part of daily school activities. Traditional and spontaneous prayer are practiced in school and encouraged in the students’ prayer life outside of school.

The atmosphere and environment of the school is to be one of the real Christian community. Students are expected to apply the Christian principles learned at Sts. Peter and Paul School in their interactions with classmates, teachers, parents, visitors and all others they meet.

The school shall be responsible for preparing Catholic children for their First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation with the support and assistance of the parents. It is essential that parents play an important, participatory role in these processes. Attendance at school Masses during the week does not in any way relieve parents of their children’s obligation to attend Mass on Sunday. Our Sunday Mass obligation is a Catholic doctrine to be applied to all Catholic school children and a primary responsibility of all parents.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist: In accordance with church decree and archdiocesan policy, reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation precedes First Eucharist. The preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist will occur during 2nd grade. Programs will be offered to assist parents in preparing their children for the first reception of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Confirmation: The preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation occurs during the 7th or 8th grade year. Specific guidelines for Confirmation preparation will be made available to parents and students during the 7th or 8th grade year.

Other Sacramental Preparation: If a child has not been baptized or has not received the sacraments of First Reconciliation or First Communion by the time he/she has completed second grade, sacramental preparation is available. Parents should contact the school office for information

Grading

Sts. Peter and Paul School issues the Archdiocesan Report cards for each student quarterly.  These reports shall provide the parents with valuable and pertinent information about student development and performance. Students are graded on mastery skills and outcomes as demonstrated through written work, class participation, projects, activities and tests.

Grades K-2

+ = Consistent Performance

S = Satisfactory Performance

/ = Needs Improvement

Blank = Skill not taught during the current grading period

Grades 3-8

            A          94% to 100%

            B          87% to 93%

            C         75% to 86%

            D         68% to 74%

            F          below 68%

 

Homework

Homework is an opportunity for a student to become proficient in the skills and concepts presented in the classroom.  Parents should provide a quiet atmosphere, free from the distractions of the television and radio for homework.  When a student is unable to do assigned work, he/she should be encouraged to ask the parent or teacher for help.  Homework is a required part of the educational program of Sts. Peter and Paul School.  The amount and frequency varies with grade level and subject area.  A general guideline for homework is roughly 10 minutes per grade level.   If a student never has homework, it would be appropriate for the parents to check with the teacher.  Adequate sleep, 8 to 10 hours, plus a nutritious breakfast assists students to be awake and alert during class time.

Make-Up Work

Students absent from school due to illness or family emergencies are required to make up missed homework assignments. Students are allowed two days for each day absent. Parents whose children are absent due to a prolonged illness are encouraged to contact the school for homework assignments.

We strongly encourage all families to schedule vacations on days when school is not in session. Teachers are not required to prepare work in advance for students who will be absent due to family vacations. The decision to provide work in advance is solely up to the discretion of the teacher. Teachers are not responsible for re-teaching material covered while a student is gone on vacation; this becomes the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Upon the return of the student, the teacher will discuss the assignments missed and decide upon a completion deadline.

Missing/Late Work

Generally speaking, missing/late work is a behavioral issue and is therefore dealt with through the discipline policy. When missing/late work is determined to be an issue of learning difficulties, the problem will be dealt with through our Student Improvement Team process and/or individual accommodations and interventions. 

Promotion Policy

Students of Sts. Peter and Paul School should progress through school one grade per year. However, a child may be retained, if it is the best judgment of the parent, teacher and administrator that a child will profit from repeating a grade. The principal shall have the final decision-making authority in matters of grade placement. A student who fails one or more classes in one or more semesters may be required to complete summer course work approved by the school administration in the area of failure before moving on to the next grade.

Graduation

Students are eligible to receive a diploma from Sts. Peter and Paul School after satisfactory completion of the required studies.  Students participate in graduation exercises and activities planned by the administration and parent committee.  

Students with Special Needs

It is the goal of Sts. Peter and Paul School to meet the learning needs of all our students through differentiated instruction and through the efforts of the Student Improvement Team. However, when necessary, we may decide to refer a child to the Nemaha-Marshall Special Education Cooperative for evaluation for special education. The Nemaha-Marshall Special Education Cooperative provides services in gifted education, speech therapy and learning disabilities for students who qualify. This type of referral is only made with parental permission and the decisions based on the subsequent evaluation are made in conjunction with the parents. Special Education services through the public school districts are designed to address the needs of students who are significantly discrepant from their peers. [Note: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) contains special provisions related to children with disabilities enrolled by their parents in private school.]

Counseling

The school has a counselor available to work with students, staff and parents. Our counselor is contracted through Catholic Charities and is available two days a week.  If you wish to speak to the counselor, you may call the office and leave your name and number. You may also leave a message on the voice mail system or contact the counselor via email. The counselor will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Attendance

There is definite relationship between the quality of a student’s work and regular attendance at school.  Absence not only hinders the student’s progress but also places an additional burden on the student and teacher.  For these reasons, Sts. Peter and Paul School discourages the absence of any student from class for any reason other than that of a serious nature.

Procedure when absent:  Parents are asked to notify the school office between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on the morning of the absence or tardiness, or when known, on the day before the absence.  Any child coming late or leaving before dismissal time must check in and out through the office.  Homework for any child who is absent may be picked up at the office after 3 p.m.  Please make arrangements with the office or homeroom teacher to do so.

As soon as students return to school they are asked to contact teachers about assignments and work missed.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher.  For each school day the student is absent, he/she is allowed two days to finish and turn in the assignments missed.

Excessive absenteeism:  Excessive absenteeism is defined as more than ten (10) absences per nine weeks for any reason other than school-sponsored activities.  Medical excuses with a doctor’s statement will be required if more than 10 days are missed.

Compulsory attendance is a statutory requirement in Kansas for all children who are seven (7) or more years of age but less than eighteen (18) years of age, who have not attained a high school diploma or equivalent. Under certain statutory conditions, children age 16 and 17 may be exempted from compulsory attendance. Each Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, through its designated reporting officer, shall report any child who is enrolled and is inexcusably absent from all or a significant part of a school day on either three consecutive school days or five school days in any semester or seven school days in any school year, whichever occurs first, as follows:

Age 
Seven (7) but under Thirteen (13)   Report To 
Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Service

Thirteen (13) but under Sixteen (16)     Report County/District Attorney (or Designee)

Before any report is made that a child is not attending school as required by law, the Principal shall serve written notice thereof, by registered mail, upon a parent or guardian of the child. The notice shall inform the parent or guardian that continued failure of the child to attend school without a valid excuse will result in a report being made to the appropriate law enforcement official.

If the child does not begin attending school, or if the parent or guardian does not present an adequate response, as determined by the Principal, within five (5) days after the registered mail receipt has been returned, the matter shall be reported to the Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services or the County/District Attorney, as specified above.

Excused absences:  Personal illness – Death or Serious Illness of a family member – Emergency situations – Wedding of a family member – A request in writing and approved in advance by school administration – Doctor or dentist visits that cannot be scheduled outside of school hour.  We understand the difficulty in scheduling doctor and dental appointments outside of school time, but we encourage parents to attempt to have these scheduled after school hours.  If appointments are scheduled during the school day, students must be picked up by parents, or bring a written note of authorization that includes the time and destination.  Parents must always report to the office to pick up their child.

Tardies:  The arrival of a student after 8:00 am constitutes being tardy. Tardiness interferes with a student’s progress and is disruptive to the classroom. A student should never stay home to avoid being tardy. A student may be required to stay after school after repeated tardiness. Excessive / chronic tardiness will be reported to the appropriate authority.

Checking In and Out / Student appointments:  When a student must leave school for any reason, they must be checked out of the office personally by their parent. Students are NOT permitted to leave the school grounds for lunch or other reasons without written parental permission, and they must be accompanied by an adult.

Section 3 – Policies & Procedures

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 

Arrival

Students may enter the building beginning at 7:45 am.  Students arriving prior to 7:45 am shall report to the school cafeteria until released by the supervising teacher.

School Dismissal Procedures

If a student wishes to change their way of leaving school at the end of the day, (e.g. not riding the school bus or going to someone else’s home), parents must notify the school before dismissal time.

Bus Riders

*  Bus riders will assemble in the cafeteria following dismissal for the day. 

*  A teacher will lead students out to the buses when they arrive.

Students being picked up by personal vehicle or attending the after school program

*  Students in grades K – 5 will line up in the main entry hallway following dismissal. 

*  A teacher will then lead all students across the street to the sidewalk by the playground. (Those students who will be attending the after school program, will be released to the youth center.)

*  Students will be released to the person who is picking them up.  This person (parent, grandparent, etc.) will need to meet the student or students that they are picking up.

*  Vehicles may exit the parking lot if the buses have not arrived. Please exit to the west, once the roadblocks have been removed. If the buses have arrived, all vehicles are asked to wait for the buses to leave before they exit the parking lot.

*  Students will not be permitted to play on the playground until released to an adult.

Bike Riders

*  Bike riders will be lead across the street with students being picked up by personal vehicle.

*  Bike riders will walk their bikes to the edge of the school or parish property before the may ride their bikes.

Junior High Students

Those junior high students who will be riding the bus or going over to the grade school building will cross the street using the cross walk between the junior high building and the youth center.

If a student wishes to change their way of leaving school at the end of the day, (e.g. not riding the school bus or going to someone else’s home), parents must notify the school before dismissal time.

Bicycles, Roller Blades, Scooters, and Skateboards

Students should park bicycles in the parking area on the grounds.  Students may not use another student’s bicycle, roller blades, scooter, or skateboard during the day.  Bicycles, scooters, and skateboards must be walked on the school and church premises and across the street.  Students must obey all traffic laws when going to and from school.  Sts. Peter and Paul School is not responsible for bicycles, roller blades, scooters, and skateboards when brought or left at school.

Birthday Treats, Gum and Candy

Students may provide treats for their classmates on birthdays. However, the treats should be simple. Balloons, flowers, etc. will be kept in the office until dismissal time. Birthday treats should be given close to dismissal time. Individual juices, popsicles, cookies are acceptable treats.  Please make arrangements with the classroom teacher.

Students are not allowed to have candy, gum, or any other sort of food during class unless it is provided by the teacher or correlates with their studies, i.e. foods from countries studied in Social Studies.

Cancellation of School

In the event that school is cancelled due to inclement weather, Sts. Peter and Paul School will follow the cancellation of school by USD 115 Nemaha Central Schools. An announcement of this closing will be aired on all major TV and radio stations. A notification will be sent through Textcaster.

Cell Phones, Other Personal Electronics and Telephone Calls

Cell phone use by students is not permitted during school hours.  Students who bring cell phones to school must keep them in their locker or book bag and turned OFF.  If a cell phone is seen or used during the school day, the phone will be sent to the office and can be picked up in the office after school.  If a second offense occurs, a parent will be required to pick up the phone in the office.  During a school-sponsored event, (field trips, sporting events, etc.) students must have direct permission from their sponsor to use their cell phone.  Any time a cell phone is used or seen by an adult without permission, it will be confiscated and disciplinary action may follow.

Other electronic items, including, but not limited to: I-Pods, I-Pads, MP3 players, PSP, DVD’s, etc. should not be brought to school. In the event these items are in the book bags, the school will not be responsible for damage or theft to them. If such a device is used during the school day, the teacher may confiscate the item, which can be picked up in the office by a parent.

Parents and others are unable to speak to children and teachers during class time unless it is an emergency.  If you leave a message your child may return a call at recess or after school.  Unless incoming calls are of an urgent nature, the students’ classes will not be interrupted.  Parents are asked not to call teachers out of class except in case of an emergency.  Faculty will be available before and after school or by appointment.

Communication

Take Home Family Envelope Communications

Communications from the school will include School Newsletters and Memos, Permission Slips, Monthly Calendar and Monthly Lunch Menu. Teachers will also send papers and notes home as needed. It is the responsibility of the children to take the letters home in the Family Envelope and give them to parents. Parents should consistently check book bags, sign and return the Family Envelope.

Communication with Teachers

We encourage good communication between parent, teacher and child. Parent-Teacher Conferences take place every fall after the close of the first quarter. Additionally, parents may request a conference with a teacher anytime. Contact the teacher via phone message or email to request an appointment. In order for a teacher to provide you with the time and attention deserved, please set up a specific conference time. Please do not ask teachers to discuss your child at dismissal or during the school day during the teacher’s instructional and supervision duties.

When you have a concern, it is usually most appropriate and effective to first contact the teacher directly involved. If, after working with the teacher, the concern still exists contact school administration.

Communication with Administration

In the event that you need to speak with the principal, please call the office or contact the principal via email to request a meeting. When contacting the office it will be helpful for you to indicate the topic you wish to discuss so you can be appropriately directed.

Guidelines for electronic communications

By policy, teachers may not discuss student academic or behavior information via email. In order to provide parents with the most accurate information and to avoid misunderstandings, teachers are required to speak to parents in person, via telephone or send home information in writing about these topics. Teachers may communicate general classroom information (such as field trip reminders, homework assignments, classroom newsletters) via email or on a web site.

All communications between parents and staff should be respectful and reflective of our Catholic values and virtues.

Parental Concerns

Both teachers and parents must maintain a strong support system in order for the educational process to be effective and worthwhile. Cooperation and communication between the home and school is vital in providing quality education. In order to maintain this communication between parents and teachers, the following steps will be taken: If the concern involves a child, a conference with the teacher and parent is held. Then if there are still concerns, a conference is held with parent, teacher, and principal. In the event that the incident is not resolved, the principal will refer the complaint to the pastor.  The pastor will confer with the parties involved and make formal recommendations.  If the incident still has not been successfully resolved, a conference will be scheduled with the pastor and all parties involved.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality of student records and information is a priority of Sts. Peter and Paul School. Only teachers and staff working with a student will be provided with information regarding a child’s educational status or medical condition. Due to our efforts to maintain student confidentiality, we may restrict what our parent volunteers are able to do in the classroom setting. School directory information is only made available to Sts. Peter and Paul School staff and families. Directory information, such as names and addresses of students and their parents, shall not be released to an unauthorized person or agency. Please contact the office if you wish to have your contact information excluded from the school directory. 

Dress Code

Dress for students should be neat, clean, and appropriate for school and weather conditions.  Shorts are allowed prior to October 1 and after May 1.  At the discretion of the Principal, these dates may be modified.  If a modification is made, parents and students will be given proper notice.  Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be loose fitting and the length just above the knee. As a general rule, the fingertip test will be used to determine if clothing length is appropriate and it is at the discretion of the principal to determine if the length of clothing is appropriate and acceptable.  No torn clothing should be worn.

Dress up Days

All Fridays and special event days are considered dress up days.  Students wear their SPPS polo shirts with dress pants.

Special Clothing Policies:

Capri Pants:  When shorts are not allowed, Capri pants must be at least mid-calf length.  When shorts are allowed, shorter Capri pants will be allowed.

Low Rider Jeans (Hipsters) – Shirts must be tucked in at all times or a length in which the midriff area is not exposed.

Clothing that is not appropriate:

            All sleeveless shirts including tank tops

            Boxer shorts

            Biking shorts

            Clothing Items in which the midriff area is exposed

            Cropped shirts

            Frayed (ragged) shorts, jeans or skirts

            Torn clothing

            Short dresses

            T-shirts and other clothing with inappropriate language, statements or symbols

            Other Items at the discretion of the Principal

Shoes and socks must be worn at all times for safety reasons. Sandals are allowed, but they must have a back strap and socks must be worn.  Middle school aged students (grades 6-8) may wear sandals without socks but sandals must have a back strap.  NO FLIP FLOPS!

Hats/caps and coats should not be worn during class time.  At the discretion of the teacher, coats or jackets are allowed in extreme conditions. 

Clothing should be appropriate for the season.  Students will not be allowed to play in the snow at recess unless they have snow boots.

Make-up and jewelry is allowed in moderation for girls and must not be excessive or distract from the learning environment.  Guidelines are at the discretion of the Principal.

It is up to the discretion of the teachers and Principal to determine the appropriateness of clothing items.  The Principal has the final decision on questionable clothing items.   In most cases, students will be given a warning the first time a violation occurs.  For additional violations, parents will be notified and students will be required to change into appropriate clothing.

If you are in question regarding the dress code, please call the school before granting your child permission.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities at Sts. Peter and Paul School include football, volleyball, basketball, track, cheerleading, pep club, scholar’s bowl, science olympiad, student council, school paper, team managers for sports, and any other activities approved by the administration, faculty, and School Council.

Extracurricular activities are an important part of a total and comprehensive education.  Students at Sts. Peter and Paul School are encouraged to be well-rounded individuals, and extracurricular activities give students an opportunity to explore creative and athletic abilities as well as academic.  All extracurricular activities are open to each student who has an interest and is willing to practice and cooperate during activity.

Students must maintain academic requirements to continue in any extracurricular activity.  If any student does not maintain academic or disciplinary standards, he/she may be excluded from an activity.

Eligibility Policy for Extracurricular Activities

Each 7th and 8th grade student athlete and team manager must be passing all subjects.  Students NOT passing all subjects will be on probation for one week.  Each subject (science, math, etc.) will be allowed one week of probation.  When a student is on probation, they are still allowed to practice and participate in extracurricular activities.  If the grade remains failing or becomes failing again during the season, the student will NOT be allowed to participate in practice or in games until the grade becomes passing (passing is 68% D- or higher).    

Extra School Activities, Field Trips, Off Campus Activities, Extra Events in School

Extra school activities, field trips, off campus activities, and extra events in school are school-sponsored events, which should be extensions of the instructional process.  Such activities are encouraged provided that these guidelines are followed:

            – The field trip shall have stated educational outcomes.

            – The students shall be prepared for the observations they will make on the trip.

            – Instructions are given to volunteers that describe their responsibilities.

            – All applicable Archdiocesan policies are followed.

 

Field Trips:  Sts. Peter and Paul School faculty recognizes the opportunity to reinforce classroom concepts by the use of field trips to appropriate locations both in and outside the boundaries of the school. Entry fees or meals may need to be provided by the parents/child.  The following procedure is used for field trips:

- Students will be given a note each time explaining the details of the field trip.  The note will give the location, time and date of the trip.

- Parents should notify the school, in writing, if they object or refuse permission for their child/ren to attend a scheduled field trip during the year.

- School officials will not allow any child/ren to participate in a field trip unless a signed form is on file or they have received notification from the parent that the child may participate in a particular field trip.

- The student is under school supervision, however, the school and those in charge will not be held responsible in case of an accident.

Permission Forms:  In order to participate in school sponsored field trips; students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.  A Request for Participation Form signed by parent and teachers must be on file in the office for each school-sponsored trip.   

If private vehicles are used to transport students, only those personally owned vehicles whose owners carry liability insurance for a minimum of $100,000 to $300,000 shall be used.  Confirmation of this insurance should be on file in the Principal’s office.  Drivers must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid drivers license.  If you would like to volunteer to chaperone a Field Trip you must be VIRTUS trained.

Inspection Policy

The principal and faculty may exercise the right of inspection of student backpacks, and his/her personal belongings in the interest of maintenance, health and safety of all children. The school will employ every safeguard to protect the well being of the children. Students should not keep valuable items or large amounts of money at school.

Lost and Found

The school is not responsible for any losses of personal property. We highly recommend that students not bring money or other valuables to school. All items should be clearly marked with the student’s name. 

Medications Policy

Sts. Peter and Paul School must adhere to the medication policies approved by the Archdiocese of Kansas City (Archdiocese Policy#7200 – 7200.9).

The school will cooperate with parents in circumstances when a student MUST take medication during the school day when properly authorized to do so.  When possible, medications should have the dosage intervals adjusted so that the routine time for taking the medication will come outside school hours.

Medications – Dispensing:  All medication, prescription and non-prescription, is to be brought to the school office immediately upon arrival at school. The school office shall keep and dispense medications. Kansas law describes different procedures of self-medication for students being treated for anaphylaxis or asthma. It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to comply with Kansas law in these matters. (Archdiocese Policy #7200.4).

        Prescriptions:       

  • If the medication has been prescribed, it must be in a pharmacy container which clearly states the child’s name, dosage, prescription number and physician’s name;
  • All medication must be accompanied by written permission from parents allowing the school to dispense the medication.

Non-Prescriptions: 

  • Unless otherwise stipulated by local policy, annual written permission from the doctor must be on file in the school office if a child is to receive any over-the-counter medications;
  • Annual written permission from parents allowing the school to dispense over-the-counter medications must be on file in the school office.
  • The medication must be in its original container with the label clearly identifiable.

 Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications:

Students enrolled in kindergarten or grades 1 through 8, who meet each of the requirements described below, may self-administer medication for the treatment of anaphylaxis or asthma prescribed by or required by written order of a health care provider.  Before a student will be permitted to self-administer medication or the treatment of anaphylaxis or asthma, each of the following requirements must be met.

The parent or guardian must submit a written request asking that the student be permitted to self-administer medication under this policy.

 The student’s health care provider must prepare a written statement providing the name and purpose of the medication, the prescribed dosage, the time the medication is to be regularly administered, any special circumstances under which the medication is to be administered and the length of time for which the medication is prescribed.

The student must demonstrate to the health care provider or such provider’s designee and the school nurse or such nurse’s designee the skill level necessary to use the medication and any device that is necessary to administer such medication as prescribed. If there is no school nurse, the school shall designate a person for this purpose. The health care provider or its designee must provide the school with written notice that a student possesses the skill level necessary to administer the medication.

The student’s health care provider must prepare a written treatment plan for managing asthma or anaphylaxis episodes of the student and for medication use of the student during school hours. A copy of this treatment plan must be given to the school.

The parent or guardian of a student must complete and submit any written documentation required by the school pursuant to this policy.

The parent or guardian shall sign the statement authorizing self-medication and acknowledging that and the school is not liable for any damage, injury or death resulting directly or indirectly from the self-administration of the medication.

 If a parent wishes to leave back-up medication for treatment of asthma or anaphylaxis, the Procedures set out in Policy #7200.2 must be followed.

If any child has health problems that could affect school activities, please inform the teacher/principal and school secretary.  This information will be kept on file.  Parents and or guardians are called immediately in the event of a serious accident or illness.  It is imperative that the school has current home and work phone numbers on the emergency form.  The physician’s name and phone number should also be listed on the emergency form.

Movies

All movies shown in the classroom will have an educational value, and the lessons being taught will be made clear to the students. Movies may be shown as part of a unit, a special time of the year, or in culmination of a project. They will be used as tools to teach and will relate to the curriculum.  As a general rule, teachers will use movies that are age appropriate.  In the event a teacher plans to show a movie with a “PG” or “PG-13” rating, parents will be informed of the showing in advance, and a permission slip will be sent home. If the student does not return the permission slip he/she will be given an alternate assignment. 

Outside Recess

All children will participate in outside recess unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your child has a health condition requiring him/her to stay indoors at recess, contact your child’s teacher and the school office. Weather can change rapidly and unexpectedly. With this in mind, always send your child to school dressed in appropriate clothing for outside recess. Weather conditions may prohibit students from outside play.

Photograph and Liability Waiver

Parents will be asked to sign a Consent Form for Photographs and Liability Waiver annually permitting representatives of Sts. Peter and Paul School and the Catholic Education Foundation to take photographs of their children during school and school-related activities.  These photographs may be used in Sts. Peter and Paul School and Catholic Education Foundation advertisements, publications and websites.  A parent may withdraw consent at any time by notifying Sts. Peter and Paul School in writing. 

Policies of Non-Discrimination

The Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas welcome students of every race and admit them to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students in these schools.  The school Principal is responsible for implementing the policy and using curriculum that promotes respect and harmony.  The procedures should prohibit discrimination and disrespectful behavior based on prejudice (e.g. toward any race, gender, age, color, or national origin) among students, faculty, staff, and volunteers in school and in school sponsored activities.

School Property

Students are responsible for all school property and that which is checked out to them.  This includes desks, lockers, textbooks and library books.  Students will be assessed a fine for lost or damaged property for which they are responsible.  The school and students are jointly in control of lockers and desks.  These are subject to check and search at anytime for any reason.  We ask all students to show their proud ownership of the premises by their responsible respect for the entire premises.

Student Records

Cumulative Records:  Schools shall maintain a cumulative record for each pupil. This record extends from his/her entrance into school through the twelfth grade. The cumulative record includes the following:  Data including certification of name and date of birth; current legal guardian/s/custody orders; standardized test data; 
 medical reports; 
 all achievement records; information regarding sacraments received. 
  All material in each cumulative record shall be treated as confidential and accessible only to the professional staff of the school and to the student’s parents and/or guardian. (Archdiocese Policy 7500)

Request For Records:  Official student records may be released to other educational institutions upon written request of a parent or guardian, or upon the written request of the student when 18 years of age, or upon the written request of the receiving educational institution, only after all tuition and fee requirements of the sending institution have been met. Upon compliance with an institutional request, the parent must be notified in writing that the records have been transferred. Records may be released to other agencies or institutions upon written request of the parent or guardian, upon written request of the student when 18 years of age, or upon receipt of a court order.  Records may be released to parents but should be stamped that the documents were “Released directly to parents.”

All permanent records of students shall be kept in the inactive file of each school. Student records reflecting courses taken, grades and credits received, sacraments received, standardized test results, and attendance data will be retained permanently. (Archdiocese Policy 7510.1).”

Section 4 – Code of Conduct

Students are expected at all times to conduct themselves in keeping with the expectations of a Catholic school. Schools reserve the right to address student behavior that does not comply with expectations, regardless of whether that behavior occurs in or out of school.

Anti-Bullying Policy

I give you a new commandment:  love one another.  As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  John 13:34 Sts. Peter and Paul School is committed to providing a Catholic, faith-filled environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons in which Christ-like behaviors are ever present.  This Catholic environment will be free from harassment, intimidation or bullying.   If any such behaviors do occur, all community members will be able to tell and know that the incident is unacceptable and will be dealt with effectively in a Christ-like way. Definition:  “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act: physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendo’s, demeaning comments, drawing cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, cyber-bullying or other written, oral or physical actions. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s). Counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator and remediate the impact on the victim. This includes appropriate intervention(s), restoration of a positive, Christ-like environment, and support for victims and others impacted by the violation. False reports of or retaliation for reporting harassment, intimidation or bullying also constitutes violations of this policy.

Kansas Bullying Law

According to Kansas Law for an act to be considered bullying it must meet the following criteria:

        *Intentional act (gesture; verbal or electronic communication; physical act; or threat)

        *Severe, persistent or pervasive

        *Creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational 
environment

        *Results in one or more of the following: actual physical or 
mental harm, reasonable fear of physical or mental harm, actual damage to property, reasonable fear of damage to property

 

Prevention

  1. Sts. Peter and Paul School will communicate with all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons that bullying behaviors will not be tolerated. 
  2. Bully prevention lessons will be taught regularly through counseling and classroom activities.
  3. School rules are posted, and students/parents will sign a behavior contract.
  4. Religion classes will support the teachings of Jesus and Christ-like behaviors.

Procedures

  1. Report of incident is made to a trusted adult. We encourage immediate reporting of bully behaviors. We are not able to help resolve issues when we don’t know about them.
  2. Upon receiving a report, our staff immediately assesses the situation for safety and then gathers information from the bullied student, the student who engaged in the bully-behavior and any bystanders.
  3. The incident is reviewed, and appropriate measures are taken to correct the situation.  
  4. Reconciliation of students is the goal.  Individual coaching and follow-up conversations are initiated with both the student who was bullied and the student 
who engaged in the bully-behavior.
  5. Each incident will be monitored to ensure repeat offenses do not occur.
  6. If such incident reoccurs, measures taken are at the discretion of the school’s principal.

Sts. Peter and Paul Behavioral Expectations

1.  Be ready to learn / Be prepared

            – Come with necessary materials

            – Have a positive attitude about learning

            – Complete and hand in all assignments on time

            – Keep desk and work area organized; stay on task

            – Ask for help when needed

2.  Respecting Others

            – Look at and listen to the person speaking

            – When directions are given – follow directions in a timely fashion

            – Be honest and responsible for your actions

            – Use a pleasant voice and language

            – Wait your turn to speak

            – Interact with others appropriately

3.  Respect Authority

            – Listen to those in charge

            – Follow directions

            – Take responsibility                                                               

4.  Respect Property

            – Treat other’s belongings with respect

            – Treat your own belongings with respect

            – Care for school property 

Unacceptable Behavior

- Excessive talking or disruptive behavior to students or teachers

- Talking back, arguing, showing disrespect

- Making fun of, “put downs,” ridiculing students or teachers

- Profanity, inappropriate language

- Dishonesty, excessive roughness and anger

- Any action that interferes with the student’s right to learn and teacher’s right to teach

- Cheating on daily work, tests, or in games

- Chewing gum on school premises

- Throwing objects i.e. pens, rocks, snowballs, etc.

Discipline

Discipline is attained and maintained in a classroom or school when pupils work cooperatively and happily with the faculty, staff, students, and Principal.

The teacher through positive-action planning, positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior, time-out practices, student-teacher conferences, parent-teacher communications, and referral to the Principal handle individual classroom discipline.

Discipline in the school, good planning, varied teaching techniques and projects, and student involvement minimizes discipline problems.  Good discipline begins first in the home and is carried into the school and classroom.  All disciplinary action should be geared to help the student grow in understanding of himself/herself and of his/her Christian responsibilities to others.

Parents and students should be aware of classroom expectations.  The teacher is not allowed to use corporal punishment under any circumstances.  If however, the behavior of the student is so disruptive it reduces the teacher’s effectiveness and assistance to the rest of the class, the student will be removed from the classroom.  A conference will then be scheduled for parents and faculty to discuss appropriate strategies for improving student behavior.  If the disciplinary problem continues, there is a possibility that the student will be suspended from the class.  The Archdiocesan policy will be observed in the case of suspension or expulsion.  Out-of-school expulsion will be considered only in the most serious cases.

Cheating/Stealing

Enrollment in a Catholic School implies a desire and commitment on the part of the students and parents to live a true Christ-like life.  Any student who is caught cheating and/or stealing shall be subjected to necessary disciplinary actions following a conference with students, parents, faculty member, and administration.

Detentions/Discipline Slips

Teachers in grades 5-8 may assign a detention for conduct that is not acceptable.  A detention form will be given to the student stating the reason for the detention.  This form must be signed by the parents and returned to school the following day.  The detention will be served after the parents have been notified and a time arranged.  Students in grades 6, 7 & 8 must serve detentions before they are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities.  The maximum time length of a detention is one hour.

Teachers in grades K-4 will send home a discipline slip for conduct that is not acceptable.

Short-term Isolation/Suspension

Short-term isolation or suspension is a temporary withholding, up to five (5) days, of the privilege of attending class or any school-sponsored activities.  A short-term isolation would be conducted in a supervised area of the school, in which case the student would be admitted to school but would not be allowed to attend class or to participate in school-sponsored activities. A short-term suspension would be served out of school, and the student would not be allowed to attend or participate in school-sponsored activities.  A conference with teacher, student, parent, and administration must be held before the student returns to school. (Archdiocese Policy 7110)

A short-term isolation or a short-term suspension may be imposed on a student only after giving the student and/or parents oral or written notice of the infractions affording the student an opportunity to explain his/her behavior to the Principal/designee. However, if the presence of the student endangers other persons or property or substantially disturbs, impedes or interferes with the operation of the school, the Principal/designee may suspend the student forthwith without being heard for a term not to exceed five (5) school days.  (Archdiocese Policy 7110.1)

Long-term Suspension/Expulsion

Long-term suspension that is not an expulsion is an out of school suspension imposed on a student for more than five (5) school days. While on long-term suspension, including any intervening weekends and holidays, a student shall not attend or participate in school sponsored or supervised activities. Expulsion is the removal of a student from school for the remainder of the school year, for one calendar year or permanently.  (Archdiocese Policy 7120)

Procedure (Archdiocese Policy 7120.1)

Long-term suspension/expulsion shall be imposed on a student only after the student has been afforded an opportunity for a formal hearing. In all cases that might result in a long-term suspension or expulsion, a student shall immediately be suspended for a term not to exceed five (5) school days.

A written notice of any intent to impose a long-term suspension/expulsion and the infractions upon which the intent is based, shall be delivered in person, by mail or e-mail to the parents/guardian of a student 17 years of age and younger. Certified mail, return receipt requested, is helpful to be sure that a letter is delivered.

For a student 18 years of age and older, a written notice of an intent to impose a long-term suspension or expulsion and the charges upon which the intent is based, shall be delivered in person or by mail to the student and to his/her parents/guardian.

The notice also shall contain the date, time and place that the formal hearing will be conducted. The hearing shall be conducted not later than the last day of the five (5) school days suspension, except for “good cause,” as determined in the sole judgment of the Hearing Team. A “good cause” for delaying the hearing generally exists only in cases of serious illness or deficiencies in the notice that would compromise the conduct of the hearing. Absent good cause, the hearing will be conducted as set forth in the notice, regardless of whether the student, his/her parents/guardian are present.

Regardless of the age of the student, the written notice required by this policy shall be delivered or mailed no later than one school day after the student has been suspended.

In elementary schools, the formal hearing specified in this policy shall be conducted by a Hearing Team composed of at least two other regional Catholic school principals.            

If the student and his/her parents fail to attend the hearing, the student’s opportunity for hearing shall be considered waived.

Grounds for Long-Term Suspension/Expulsion  (Archdiocese Policy 7120.)

 
A student may be suspended or expelled for:

  • willful violation of any published regulation for student conduct adopted or approved by the school;
  • conduct which substantially disrupts, impedes or interferes with the operation of the school;
  • conduct which substantially impinges upon or invades the rights of others;
  • disobedience of an order of a teacher, school security officer or other school authority, when such 
disobedience can reasonably be anticipated to result in disorder, disruption or interference with the operation of the school or substantial or material impingement upon or invasion of the rights of others. 


Notice (Archdiocese Policy 7120.3)
 Whenever any written notice is required to be given to the parents/guardians of a student, it shall be sufficient if the same is mailed to the residence of such parents/guardians at the address on file in the school records of such student. In lieu of mailing such written notice, the same may be personally delivered.

Weapons Possession

A Student shall not possess weapon(s) at school, on school property or at a school supervised or sponsored activity.

If it is determined in accordance with the Policies concerning long term suspension/expulsion that a student knowingly possessed a weapon at school, on school property or at a school supervised or sponsored activity, the student shall be expelled from school for not less than one calendar year. The Principal of an elementary school has sole discretion to modify such expulsion.

A student expelled from school for weapon possession shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and (1) if a juvenile, to the Child Protection Services (CPS) of the state of Kansas, and (2) if age 13 or older, to the division of vehicles of the Kansas Department of Revenue. (Archdiocese Policies 7140 – 7140.2)


Students Attending Community Events and School Activities

We give witness to our Christian principles by our behavior at all events in all places.  Parents are encouraged to accompany their students to these events and remain with them at these activities for proper supervision.  This will permit everyone to enjoy the events without worrying about students who are misbehaving.  Together we can help our children present themselves as good examples of our School and Parish.  Sts. Peter and Paul School students at other campuses (i.e. NVEMS and NVHS) are to follow the rules of said campus.  Students must be mindful of their representation of Sts. Peter and Paul School and parish both at school and elsewhere.

Student Conduct on School Buses – USD # 115 and SPPS Buses

The bus driver shall report students who fail to follow the district regulations regarding conduct while riding a school bus to the director of transportation. The director of transportation shall report such incidents to the building Principal of the student.  The penalty for violating such rules shall be determined by the building Principal. Student bus transportation is provided by USD 115 and through a contract with Durham School Services and Leasing, Inc. The bus driver is completely in charge of all discipline on the bus. Serious problems will be referred to the building principal.  Students suspended from bus transportation are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from school.

Technology Use Agreement

Students and parents must sign the Technology Use Agreement before the student will be allowed to use Sts. Peter and Paul School technology.  Sts. Peter and Paul School adheres to the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Acceptable Use Policy.  Parents and students prior to the beginning of each school year must sign this policy.  If the guidelines are not followed the student will lose computer privileges.

Monitoring of Activity:  Students should not expect privacy when using any technology at Sts. Peter and Paul School (including, but not limited to computers, network access, internal communications, telephone). Administration can and will monitor student activity.

Section 5 – Parents

Parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children (Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education). Today, more than ever, the Catholic School is in a position to assist parents in fulfilling their sacred duty of the Christian education and formation of their children.

It is important that parents cooperate closely with the school and that teachers collaborate closely with parents.

Catholic schools are called to become communities of faith within the school, parishes and the local communities, reflecting the acceptance of Jesus Christ and His teachings. Principals, teachers and parents shall work together to make the Catholic school, whether elementary or secondary, an integral part of the parishes communities. Parents of both elementary and high school aged students shall strive to ensure that their children are active in their parishes as age-appropriate.

Parental Conduct Expectations

Parents shall:

  • model Catholic behaviors and attitudes, including fulfillment of the Sunday obligation and 
active participation in the Sacraments and in ongoing faith formation;
  • support the efforts of the schools in the education of their child(ren);
  • share talent, time and treasure with their parishes and schools;
  • as their child(ren)’s first teacher, encourage and help them to learn;
  • promote regular attendance and punctuality;
  • provide an appropriate environment and schedule adequate time for completion of school 
work at home;
  • maintain Christian decorum in all manner of communication with school personnel and other 
members of the school community.

Principals and teachers shall, with continuing information, assist parents in understanding the approach, content and methods of Catholic education and school matters.  Schools may reserve the right to reevaluate a student’s enrollment based upon parental behaviors that violate this policy.

(Archdiocese Policy 6010) 

School Council

The Sts. Peter and Paul School Council is composed of eight members, the Pastor and Principal and six members.  In accordance with the Archdiocesan Catholic School Policies, School Advisory Councils exist at the discretion of the Pastor and Principal and are designed to be of a strictly consultative nature. The Council is designed to serve as a sounding board to the Principal. When called upon, the Council gives feedback to the Principal and Pastor regarding policy and standards for the school. Administrators are responsible for developing methods and programs to implement policy. Matters involving curriculum, personnel, and individual student concerns of a confidential nature are solely the purview of administrators and pastors and are not appropriate topics for school council consideration. School council members are appointed by the pastor in consultation with the principal.  (Archdiocese Policy 6010.1)

Parent-Teacher Organization

Four officers, three of whom are appointed annually by the Parent-Teacher Organization, guide the Sts. Peter and Paul School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). A fourth officer holds a two-year term, as the Vice President moves to the President’s position in the second year of office.  Other officers are the Secretary and Treasurer.   It is requested that each family pay annual dues of $5.00 to the PTO. 

In accordance with the Archdiocesan Catholic School policies and procedures, Parent-Teacher Organizations are designed to assist schools with community building and stewardship efforts. To this end, these organizations usually plan social activities for school families and coordinate volunteer efforts for both in-and-out-of-school service programs. In addition, the organizations may be called upon to assist with fund-raising events and activities. However, fundraising should not be the primary function or responsibility of the organization and fund-raising efforts should be consistent with those noted in Archdiocesan Guidelines for School Fund-raising. (Archdiocese Policy 6010.2)

Child Abuse

Any teacher or other school employee who has reason to suspect that a child has been injured as a result of physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse shall report such belief to and consult with the Principal as soon as practicable. Kansas Law requires a teacher, principal, or other employee of a school who has reason to suspect that a child has been injured as a result of physical, mental or emotional abuse, or neglect or sexual abuse report the matter promptly to the State Department of Child Protection Services (CPS), or appropriate law enforcement agency, if the CPS office is not open for business. Such report may be made orally or, on request of CPS, in writing.

For incidents of suspected sexual abuse of a child by an employee, affiliate or volunteer of the Archdiocese, all requirements of the Archdiocesan Policies and Procedures concerning sexual misconduct shall be followed. (Archdiocese Policy 7340)

Child Custody

In cases in which a student’s parents are divorced, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide to the school copies of the most recent custody agreements. The school will abide by such agreements and shall not deviate from any specified procedures unless both parents indicate (in writing) agreement to a change (e.g. the school will only release a child to the parent whom the custody orders designate unless both parents authorize in writing a change).

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas shall be diligent in remaining neutral in child custody situations. The school should not become involved in volatile or conflict situations between parents. Unless other wise specified by court documents, the school shall communicate with both parents regarding matters involving the child.

In addition, in difficult custody situations, school administrators should refer parents to their pastors for pastoral care and/or pastors to the family situation. (Archdiocese Policy 7350)

School Visitors

Parents are always welcome to visit the school. Anyone desiring to visit a classroom should make advance arrangements with the principal and classroom teacher. Visitation by a non-enrolled student unaccompanied by his/her parent(s) or legal guardian is prohibited unless the principal has granted prior approval.

ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE BEFORE GOING INTO ANY OTHER PART OF THE BUILDING.

Section 6 – Safety

Safety Plans:  Each classroom will have designated routes and directions to follow for fire drills, tornado drills, and other events of immediacy.  The students and teachers will practice these on a regular schedule as a provision for total school safety.

Emergency Action Plan:  The goal of the Sts. Peter and Paul School Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is to provide a plan that is used for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents and possible terrorist acts.  The purpose for the EAP is the safety and accountability of the students, faculty, and visitors.  The staff will rely on crisis preparedness training, the EAP, their leadership and problem-solving skills in responding to a variety of emergency situations.  Each emergency incident will involve a multitude of factors.  The staff will be flexible and adaptable in developing and implementing response strategies.

In case Sts. Peter and Paul School must be evacuated, the following procedures will be enacted.  The primary evacuation site will be Sts. Peter and Paul Church.  In case that site is inappropriate, the students, under the supervision of their teacher, will walk to the Sts. Peter and Paul Youth Center.  If the entire campus/parish grounds must be evacuated, the students under the supervision of their teacher or an assigned faculty member will walk to the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Students will be dismissed from the designated site or the school only to their parent/guardian or other relative/friend/daycare provider designated on the school emergency form.  Each child will be signed out through the designated representative of Sts. Peter and Paul School (i.e. Principal, Secretary, Teacher).  The decision to dismiss students for bus transportation or to whom the student(s) are released to is at the discretion of Sts. Peter and Paul School personnel.

In cases of critical medical emergency at school, the Principal (or his designee) will call 911.  To the best of our ability, we will follow your predetermined wishes on the emergency form.  It is imperative that the emergency form be kept up-to-date.  Therefore, please inform the office of any changes.

Parents should know that access to school during an incident might be restricted for a variety of reasons beyond our control   In such instances, parents should remain aware of public notices on radio, television, and the internet about emergency procedures and updates.  In any case, student and staff safety is our first priority.  All procedures are designed for their protection.

Asbestos Materials

As required by 40 CFR Article 763, parents and students are to be notified regarding asbestos in the school.  There are areas in the Sts. Peter and Paul School buildings that contain asbestos.  These areas are checked periodically.  The Principal maintains the Asbestos Management Plan.

        Child Protection – Virtus Training for Adults and Volunteers

        The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is committed to the protection of children and has adopted the Virtus program for use in all parishes and schools. As required by the Code of Ethical Standards and Child Protection Policies of the Archdiocese, all employees, volunteers, and students are to be trained. (Archdiocese Policy 9060)

Child Protection – Virtus Training for Students

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas annually are required to teach lessons to students regarding appropriate behavior of adults toward students as well as students toward each other. Schools must document when these lessons have been taught. (Archdiocese Policy 9070)

 

School Documentation of Student Lessons:  School principals document the administration of student safe touch lessons each year. The website for this documentation is www.virtus.org under Educators/Record training. (Archdiocese Policy 9070.1) 

The Most Important Priority In Our School is Our Students  

Thank you for your support to provide the opportunities for spiritual growth and academic excellence in a cooperative and safe environment.

The Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools serves as a consultant to the administration of Sts. Peter and Paul School.  Canonical authority for the school rests with the pastor.

 

This Parent/Student Handbook is intended to be in compliance with the policies of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.  If the Archdiocese changes policy during the course of the school year, Sts. Peter and Paul School will implement those changes effective immediately.  Sts. Peter and Paul School recognizes the authority of the Archdiocese in setting policy for the administration of Catholic schools. Therefore, incidents that arise and have no formulated policy addressed in this handbook will be left to the discretion of the principal and pastor The principal holds the right to amend any policy stated within this handbook.