School Hours & Days
8:00 – 11:00 am Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 4 & 5 year olds (session 1)
12:00 – 3:00 pm Monday/Wednesday/Friday – 4 & 5 year olds (session 2)
8:00 – 11:00 am Tuesday/Thursday – 3 & 4 year olds (session 1)
12:00 – 3:00 pm Tuesday/Wednesday – 3 & 4 year olds (session 2)
Classes may be added or dropped as needed
Kindergarten – Grade 8
8:00 – 3:10 Monday – Friday
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 in grades K-5 arriving prior to 7:45 am shall report to the school cafeteria until released by the supervising teacher. Students in grades 6-8 arriving prior to 7:45 am shall report to Miss Divelbiss’ classroom in the Junior High Building.
The school year is approximately one hundred and eighty days and is divided into four quarters. Sts. Peter and Paul School follows the USD #442 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.
Sts. Peter and Paul School (Grades K-8) is accredited according to
the standards of the Kansas State Department of Education and The North Central
Association. 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.
K – 8 Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for Sts. Peter and Paul School are the same
as those of the local school district and Archdiocese of Kansas City in
Kansas. Any child who attains the age of five (5) years on or before
August 31 shall be eligible to enter kindergarten.
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
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
For the 2010-2011
school year, the requested school support per family will be $1550. 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
Families that qualify for Reduced Lunches can receive up to $500 in scholarship
Larger scholarships will be available on an individual basis.
For more scholarship information and guidelines, please contact the school
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
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 be charged a reduced
K – 8 Fees
Book Rental: Book rental fees will be set on an annual basis. In
addition, the PTO requests each family to pay annual dues of $2 at the time of
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.
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
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.
Each Archdiocesan School, 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 comes first.
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 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 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 Service or the County/District
Excused absences: Personal illness – Death in the Family – Emergency
situations. 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.
Leaving School Grounds
Sts. Peter and Paul School is responsible for the education and
safety of all students during the time school is in session or while a related
activity is in session. It is necessary for the staff to be aware of the
students’ well being. Therefore, students are not allowed off the school
grounds without the permission of the Faculty.
Students should spend some time each evening doing class
assignments or engage in profitable reading, study flash cards, and spelling
words. 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. 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.
The following is a suggested time allotment (per night) for home
study or independent reading, drills, etc.
Grade Five 50 minutes
Grade Six 60 minutes
Grade Seven 70 minutes
Grade Eight 80 minutes
Sts. Peter & Paul School uses the Archdiocesan report card and
grading scale. Report cards for each student shall be issued
quarterly. These reports provide the parents with valuable and pertinent
information about student performance. Each quarter represents approximately
nine weeks of class work and quarter grades are averaged along with semester
examinations to produce semester grades. Semester grades determine
passing or failure of a subject.
Archdiocesan grading scale:
A 94% to 100%
B 87% to 93%
C 75% to 86%
D 68% to 74%
F below 68%
Parents are reminded that the Christian home is the first school
where discipline, values, prayers, religious ideals, accountability and manners
are taught. The religious formation of each child depends on the modeling
and nurturing begun at home by the parents. The Gospel values and virtues of
Jesus are incorporated throughout the entire curriculum and each school
day. In accordance with Diocesan policy, Sts. Peter and Paul School
students are required by Church law to have a basic understanding of these
sacraments before being permitted to receive them. We encourage parents
to participate in the School Eucharistic celebrations and other para-liturgical
celebrations in which the students have special roles.
school counselor will be present for consultation by parents or individual students
on Thursday of each week. Classroom presentations centered on developing
friendships, improving communication skills, expressing feelings and building a
Christian community will also be presented.
General Appearance and Dress Code
Sts. Peter and Paul School has adopted a dress code that stresses
cleanliness and neatness and reflects the ideals of Christian values. The
purpose of the Dress Code in our school is to help define an environment of
respect, purpose, and self-discipline. We hope that being neatly dressed
will instill a spirit of confidence within the student, a confidence in self
and abilities. The length of boys’ hair should not be below the collar.
Excessive and inappropriate jewelry and make-up are out of place and considered
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. 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. All students are
encouraged but not required to dress up on these days.
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.
that is not appropriate:
All sleeveless shirts including tank tops
Clothing Items in which the midriff area is exposed
Frayed (ragged) shorts, jeans or skirts
Mini-skirts or 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.
Hats/caps and coats should not be worn during class time. At
the discretion of the teacher, coats or jackets are allowed in extreme
Clothing should be appropriate for the season. Students will
not be allowed to play in the snow at recess unless they have snow boots.
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 at Sts. Peter and Paul School include
football, volleyball, basketball, track, cheerleading, pep club, scholar’s
bowl, 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).
Eligibility will be determined each Monday. Letters of notification will
be sent to parents in regard to probation and/or ineligibility.
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
- 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
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
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
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.
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 Behavioral Expectations
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
- 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
- Listen to those in charge
- Follow directions
- Treat other’s belongings with respect
- Treat your own belongings with respect
- Care for school property
Excessive talking or disruptive behavior to students or teachers
Talking back, arguing, showing disrespect
fun of, “put downs,” ridiculing students or teachers
Profanity, inappropriate language
Dishonesty, excessive roughness and anger
action that interferes with the student’s right to learn and teacher’s right to
Cheating on daily work, tests, or in games
Chewing gum on school premises
Throwing objects i.e. pens, rocks, snowballs, etc.
We are implementing the Second Step: Student Success Through
Prevention Program. This program will be
implemented in all grade levels with grade level appropriate lessons presented
by Mrs. Karen Melster and the classroom teachers.
as a parish school, wish to reflect the community’s commitment to maintaining a
safe, secure environment centered on Gospel values. This environment is
to be free from any type of harassment. Harassment of any kind is totally
inconsistent with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ; therefore it cannot be
tolerated in a Catholic education setting.
to law, harassment is defined as any unwanted and unwelcome behavior that
interferes with a student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive learning environment. This harassment includes physical, visual
and verbal behavior. Instances of harassment should be addressed using
appropriate disciplinary consequences, counseling methods, and
parental/guardian contact and involvement in accordance with the nature and
frequency of the offense.
Before disciplinary action is taken, an immediate assessment of the situation
will be held with the individual teacher, student(s), and principal.
School administration and teacher will determine whether or not behavior(s)
involve harassment. In all instances, conflict resolution will be a
primary tool in seeking a positive solution to the situation. If further
action is necessary, the following procedures will occur:
First Offense: Teacher-student-principal conference. (Parent will
be notified of the confer-
Depending on the severity of the offense, the parent may be requested to
Second Offense: Teacher-student-parent-principal conference.
(Depending on the severity
the offense, a one to three day in-school suspension will occur.
Third Offense: Same procedure as above, but pastor is included.
Automatic three-day sus-
with counseling required; certified proof of counseling must be shown and
If no cooperation is attained, expulsion from school becomes a
Specific procedures must be followed when a complaint
arises. All problems should be brought to the right person at the time of
complaint. Any person having a complaint will first contact the teacher
with the complaint. If the problem is still not resolved with the
classroom teacher, the complaint should be brought to the 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
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.
Discipline is attained and maintained in a classroom or school
when pupils work cooperatively and happily with the faculty, staff, students,
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
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 7
& 8 must serve detentions before they are allowed to participate in
extracurricular activities. The maximum time length of a detention is one
Teachers in grades K-4 will send home a discipline slip for
conduct that is not acceptable.
Isolation, Suspension and Expulsion
A student may be suspended or expelled for the following offenses
if they occur during school time, on school property, or during school
– Carrying or using weapons (this includes laser pointers,
pocket knives, large scissors, etc.)
– Carrying or using matches or lighters
– Possession or use of cigarettes, narcotics or alcoholic
– Willful defacing or damaging school property, e.g. books,
– Habitual or continued possession or use of tobacco
– Forged notes for excuses for absences
– Profanity or vulgarity on playground, classroom, or
– Commission of serious acts of defiance against a teacher
either in actions or words
– Continued willful disobedience
– Direct and intentional verbal abuse towards other
children, in school or on the playground
– Possession or use of pagers or cell phones
A short-term isolation or suspension may be imposed on a student
only after giving the student oral or written notice of the charges against
him/her and affording the student an opportunity to tell his/her side of the
charges to the Principal. 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 may suspend the
student forthwith without being heard for a term not to exceed five (5) school
days. (Excerpted from Archdiocese Handbook 6110.1)
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.
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.
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 charges 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. The notice shall also
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. “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 or his/her parents/guardian are
present. Written notice required by this policy shall be delivered or
mailed no later than twenty-four (24) hours 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 the Pastor (or his
designee) and at least two other regional Catholic school certified personnel
who are not employed at the school the student attends. If the student
and his/her parents fail to attend the hearing, the student ‘s opportunity for
hearing shall be considered waived. (Excerpted from Archdiocese Catholic
School Policies and Procedures Handbook #6120.1)
Grounds for Long-Term Suspension/Expulsion:
A student may be suspended or expelled for:
– willful violation of any published regulation for
student conduct adopted or approved by the
– 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 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: 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 or e-mailed.
A student shall not possess weapon(s) at school, on school
property or at a school supervised or sponsored activity. Any student
knowingly possessing a weapon or any explosive device shall be expelled from
school for not less than one calendar year. The student shall also be
reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and 1) if a juvenile, to
the Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS) of the state of Kansas, and 2) if age
13 or older, to the division of vehicles of the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Sts. Peter and Paul School students at other campuses (i.e. Seneca
Grade School, NVJH, 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 # 442
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. This
penalty may include a suspension from riding the bus for one week for the first
violation, up to one month for the second violation and for the remainder of
the school year for the third violation.
The following are the rules of student conduct while on a school
- Scope. The requirements of this regulation shall apply to
all passengers when
transported in a school bus.
- The bus driver shall be in charge of all passengers while
they are riding, loading
on or unloading in a school bus.
- The bus driver shall have the authority to assign a seat to
each passenger and
to issue directives to students to insure orderly conduct.
Students shall not stand in the traveled portion of a roadway
while waiting for a bus.
Students shall not extend any part of their body out of bus windows.
Students shall not get on or off the bus or move about while the
bus is in motion.
- Smoking inside a bus in prohibited.
- Intoxicating liquor or alcohol, or illegal drugs shall not
be consumed or carried in
- Animals shall not be transported in
No weapons of any type, except side arms carried by a law
shall be transported on a bus.
Students shall obey any directive of the bus driver pertaining to
(Authorized by K.S.A. 1980; supp. 8-2009)
Local District Policy That Concerns Sts. Peter and Paul School – Student bus
transportation is provided through a contract with School Services and Leasing,
Inc. by U.S.D. # 442. The bus driver is completely in charge of all
discipline on the bus. Serious problems will be referred to the building
principal. Repeated discipline problems may result in loss of the
privilege to be transported. If you are new to the district and expect
transportation, notify the USD #442 office at 318 Main Street, Seneca (785-336-6101).
If there is misconduct on the bus, there are FOUR discipline
First Warning: A discipline form explaining the problem is given to the
student which the
parents sign and return to the school.
Second Warning: A discipline form is given. There will be a
conference with the student,
parents, and Principal.
Third Warning: A discipline form is
given. The student will be off the bus for 3 school days.
Fourth Warning: A discipline form is given. The student will be
off the bus for the rest of
Daily Student Dismissal
Students riding buses will be expected to wait in orderly lines
for buses to arrive. Students walking home should proceed to the
appropriate crosswalk immediately. 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 preferably in
writing before dismissal time.
The Principal and faculty may exercise the right of inspection of
students and his/her personal belongings in the interest of health and safety
of all children and school maintenance. The School will employ every
safeguard to protect the well being of the children.
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.
Textbooks are the property of Sts. Peter and Paul School. Textbooks
will be provided by the school and must be kept properly cared for, covered,
etc. Covers are available at school, although grocery sacks or other
materials are very suitable. No contact paper please. The student
is responsible for those books assigned to him or her. Fines will be
imposed for excessive wear on the books as well as those textbooks that are not
covered by the student. There is a book rental fee placed on all
textbooks for the school year. Parents will, for the most part, supply
general student supplies such as pencil, paper, notebooks, and rulers. A
list of supplies for each child is available at the school office.
Technological resources, including the Internet, are provided to
support and enhance educational goals and objectives. Internet access
is a privilege, not a right. Sts. Peter and Paul School provides
guidelines for Internet and computer use. All users will be provided with
a written copy of the guidelines and must give written agreement to the terms
and conditions as stated. Parents must acknowledge in writing that they
have received the guidelines.
Gum and Candy
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.
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.
Sts. Peter and Paul School must adhere to the medication policies
approved by the Archdiocese of Kansas City (School Policies and Procedures
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
Medications – Dispensing: All medication, prescription and nonprescription, is to be
brought to the school office immediately upon arrival at school. The
school office shall keep and dispense medications. No medication may be
kept in the student’s possession except inhalers as authorized by a physician.
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: The medication must be labeled clearly with the name of
product and dosage recommendation or quantity of product to be given and time
interval. All medication must be accompanied by written permission from
parents allowing the school to dispense the medication.
If any child is diabetic, hypergloxemic, epileptic, asthmatic, or
highly allergic to bee stings, etc. or has any 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.
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.
Parents – Visitors
Parents and visitors are always welcome at Sts. Peter and Paul
School. All visitors need to call for an appointment to visit classrooms
and are required to report to the office before proceeding to the classroom.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be scheduled at the end of the
first quarter for all students. These conferences provide parents and teachers
with the opportunity to discuss and explore various aspects of the student
growth and development. Additional conferences throughout the year will
be scheduled as needed and as requested by teacher or parents.
Conferences with the classroom teachers may be arranged by calling the school
for an appointment. We encourage close communication between parents and the
school for the benefit of our students.
A permanent file containing your child’s health and immunization
records, semester records, and achievement test scores is maintained at the
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 fee
requirements of the sending institution have been met.
Rights and Privacy of Parents and Students
In compliance with section 438 of the General Provision Act
regarding privacy rights of parents and students, Sts. Peter and Paul School
shall provide access to official records of current and former students to all
who legitimately apply under terms of this act, including parents.
Telephone Calls/Cell Phones
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. Parents are urged to contact teachers whenever they feel the
need to discuss their student’s progress. In addition, cellular phone
use by students is not permitted during school hours.
The Sts. Peter and Paul School Council is composed of eight
members, the Pastor and Principal and six members who are appointed by the
pastor. The six appointed members serve three-year terms and may serve a
maximum of two terms (6 years). Extended terms are permissible at the
discretion of the Pastor. The following policy concerning schools
councils is the official policy of the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools of Kansas
City in Kansas. “School Advisory Councils, by Canon Law, 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.
Policy gives direction; it does not tell how to get there. 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.”
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 $2.00 to the PTO. In
accordance with the Archdiocesan Catholic School policies and procedures, “Parent-Teacher
Organizations are designed to assist the school Principal with community
building and stewardship efforts for the school parishes. 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 are often called upon to assist
with fundraising events and activities. Fundraising efforts should be
consistent with those noted in Archdiocesan Guidelines for School Fundraising.”
School accident insurance is mandatory for all students in the
Archdiocesan schools. The policy pays usual and customary charges.
It picks up benefits other policies do not include and pays the deductible of
other policies. This is secondary insurance only. It covers
school activities including field trips. Sts. Peter and Paul School pays
the sum of $5.00 per child for this insurance. Any student who attends
preschool, kindergarten or elementary school is eligible.
Any teacher or other school employee that 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 an Archdiocesan 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 Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS), or appropriate
law enforcement agency, if the SRS office is not open for business. Such report
may be made orally or, on request of SRS, 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. (Archdiocesan Catholic
School Policies and Procedures Handbook #6330)
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.
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 School
Cafeteria. 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.
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
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.
The policies contained in this handbook are in accordance with
those of the Archdiocesan School Office. Not all incidents and issues
that may arise are addressed in this handbook. 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,
Pastor and the school council retain the right to amend this handbook.
The Most Important Priority In Our Schools is Our Students
Thank you for your support to provide the opportunities for
spiritual growth and academic excellence in a cooperative and safe environment.
and Paul School
(SPPS) adheres to the Archdiocesan of Kansas City in Kansas Acceptable Use
Policy outlined below and requires parents/guardians and students to agree in
writing to the terms and conditions of the policy.
will be allowed to use the SPPS computer network, this agreement must be signed
and returned to school. Parents and students are responsible for any
monetary expenses incurred by intentional or negligent damages to computer
hardware or software caused by the students.
Archdiocesan of Kansas City in Kansas
Acceptable Use Policy for Computers
used to support learning and to enhance instruction. Computer networks
allow people to interact with many computers and people. It is a general
policy that all computers used through SPPS are to be used in a responsible,
efficient, ethical, and legal manner.
The use of
computers is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation
of those privileges. The administration, faculty and staff may deny,
revoke, or suspend user accounts at any time. The System Administrator
will deem what is inappropriate use and may close an account as required.
All students are
expected to abide by basic rules of computer etiquette. These include but
are not limited to the following:
B.Use appropriate language
C.Always cite your source when
using electronic resources
D.Keep all computer areas clean
and free of food and drink
E.Never use a computer to harm
other people, or enter into their files
F.Treat computer hardware or
software with respect
G.Do not give out personal
students to adhere to computer policy and guidelines for the use of SPPS
computers, as described below, will result in the loss of individual access
privileges. Unacceptable uses of computer hardware and software are:
A.Copying commercial software in
violation of federal or international copy write laws.
B.Using profanity, obscenity, or
other language that may offensive to other users.
C.Using SPPS’s computer network
for commercial gain or illegal activity.
D.Users giving their password to
alteration, deletion, publication, copying, or tampering with files.
F.Use or downloading of any
software, online service, or other media, without the permission from the
teacher or network administrator.
G.Removal of any piece of SPPS
computer equipment, hardware or software, from its designated
place without permission.
H.Intentional access of an
inappropriate web site.
A.Students will follow teacher
directed procedures at all times.
B.The person to whom an account
is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use.
C.Vandalism will result in the
cancellation of all privileges. Vandalism is defined as a malicious
attempt to harm
or destroy data of another user, computer or network attached to the SPPS
All terms and
conditions as stated in this document are applicable to Sts. Peter and Paul
School. These terms reflect the agreement and understanding of all
parties. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in
accordance with the laws of the State of Kansas and the United States of
Before students will be allowed to use Sts Peter and Paul School’s
computers, a copy of this policy document must be read, signed and returned to
the school. This document will be kept on file throughout the school