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Religious Instruction Guidelines

Catholic educators throughout the nation identify the uniqueness of the Catholic schools as one of the prime reasons for their existence. Uniqueness, in this context, centers on the religious instruction, the value system and the climate in the schools for the religious and moral development of its students.


Our teachers are involved in an on-going process of religious education themselves in order to provide your children with instruction in our faith. This is provided by the Diocese, Saint Joseph Educational Center, by our local parish, and in conjunction with other Catholic schools in the area. The six year plan for professional development for our staff is the Echoes of Faith program. This six year plan was developed by the superintendent and administrators.


The text we use in grades K-8 is the Call to Faith series published by Harcourt Brace. Textbooks are only guides for learning and are most effective when combined with an active faith life. Hopefully, along with practicing our faith; you, as your child's primary educators, are discussing with your children what they are doing in their classes.


The importance of prayer is recognized and reinforced here at school, and again is most effective when practiced in the home. Our school day begins and ends with prayer, along with prayer before lunch.
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are prepared for in second grade. Confirmation is prepared for in eighth grade.


Students attend Mass with their classmates on a weekly basis. All School Mass will be held each Wednesday at 8:30 am in the church, unless an exception must be made due to Holy Days or dismissals. They also attend special prayer services and Reconciliation several times a year. Students plan and participate in these liturgies. An all school Rosary is held each month in the church.

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Grievance Procedure

​1. Contact the teacher involved with the problem.

2. Call the principal if the problem is not resolved.

3. If not satisfied, contact the President of the Board of Education. The Board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If you wish to speak at a Board meeting, you need to contact the Board president or the principal at least 10 days prior to the meeting date to be placed on the agenda.

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Emergency Drills

Fire & Tornado Drills

Fire drills will be held monthly in accordance with the laws of the City of Des Moines. Students are required to move quickly and quietly to their assigned destination.


Tornado drills are also conducted on a regular basis as directed by the Department of Education. The fire department and police have a copy of our evacuation plan. Students are to move to the cafeteria area and library area when the severe weather storm alarm is given. The signal for tornadoes will be the continual ringing of a hand bell. This pattern will continue until all students are evacuated. Saint Joseph School's tornado plan is included in this handbook.

Tornado Plan

This plan has been approved by a representative of the Area School Branch, a Civil Defense Department.

The motto, "Be Prepared" is put forth in the following plan in case a tornado should ever hit this area during school hours. The Civil Defense Department recommended a copy of the plan be sent to parents to inform them that protective measures have been put into place.


The representative from Civil Defense assured us that the structure of Saint Joseph School is very good and it would serve as a suitable shelter in case a tornado should strike.


The teachers and students are aware of this emergency procedure as well as the fire drill procedure.


I. Manner of receiving warning: System of communication from Diocesan Office, radio, assigned emergency informers.

II. Signal to teacher and students: Announcement over the public address system directing all to go to "tornado warning drill" position. In case of an electrical power shortage a large hand bell will be sounded.

III. Positions (as practiced): It is necessary that each individual proceed to assigned area in silence.


KINDERGARTEN: Boys' restroom, new hallway

GRADE ONE: Boys' restroom, new hallway

GRADE TWO: Girls' restroom, new hallway

GRADE THREE: Hallway going to gym

GRADE FOUR: Hallway going to gym

GRADE FIVE: Hallway going to gym

GRADE SIX: Hallway going to gym

GRADE SEVEN: Girls' restroom (by Middle School)

GRADE EIGHT: Girls' restroom (by Middle School)


Students are to carry a textbook to cover their heads. Teachers are to maintain order and remain alert to take measures to insure the welfare of all.

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Extracurricular Activities

Various extracurricular activities are available at Saint Joseph School. These activities include scouting, sports and music. Many of these activities are possible because of volunteers. The school is always looking for assistance from interested adults.

Students are attending school primarily for an education.

Extracurricular activities are a privilege. If a student is not working to his/her ability, the parent and activity leader will be notified. Students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must maintain a C average. If improvement is not made, the student will be suspended from the activity until progress is noted. Final decisions concerning participation in these activities is up to the Administrator.

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Discipline Policy Guidelines

Discipline is as fundamental in Catholic education as it is in Christian life. The purpose of the discipline policies at Saint Joseph School is to ensure the maximum educational benefits for all students.

It shall be the policy of the Saint Joseph Board of Education that Saint Joseph School Discipline policies will apply to all school related activities.


In the application of the policies and regulations the rights of students will be respected and due process will be applied.


A. Possession or use of a controlled substance or mood altering drug on parish grounds is prohibited. This policy will be enforced on parish grounds which includes all parish property, school bus, school sponsored or related activities.


1. Parents will be notified as soon as possible. A meeting with the student, parent/guardian, and administrator will be held.

2. The administrator will determine the necessary referral or follow-up.

3. In the case of an illegal substance, the police will be notified.

B. Any behavior which is potentially harmful to self or others will not be tolerated.

1. The administrator or designated person will be notified. The student will be removed from the situation by the designated person.

2. The student's parent/guardian will be notified as soon as possible.

3. The administrator will determine the necessary referral or follow-up.

C. Suspension, expulsion, emergency removal, and/or physical restrain may be consequences of any breech of the discipline policies.

1. Restraint is the act of physically controlling or directing the actions of a student. School personnel and/or supervising parties may use reasonable and appropriate means of restraint as deemed necessary to prevent a student from harming self or others.

2. Deliberately striking a student is specifically prohibited. The use of reasonable force in self-defense or defense of another may be warranted.

3. Suspension is the removal of a student from the classroom, either in school(the parent/guardian will be notified) or out of school under the direction of the parent/guardian.

4. Expulsion will be determined by the Board of Education as a result of a recommendation from the administrator. Re-admittance must also be approved by the Board of Education.

(Policies #505-#530, adopted or revised, May, 2003.)

Breach of Discipline

(Any conduct of students which interferes with the maintenance of school discipline.)

Acts of behavior which tend to conflict with the educational program or which are antagonistic to the welfare of other students, staff, or anyone who happens to be with our students at school, cannot be tolerated. Examples of different

classifications of breach of discipline are:

1. Temper tantrums which disrupt a class;

2. Bully type behavior (defined as behavior that continues over an extended period of time);

3. Open defiance involving refusal to conform to the rules and regulations, profane or obscene language, obscene gestures, loud and boisterous conduct which disturbs others, refusal to comply with request or direction of teachers, administrators, other school personnel, or others involved with our students;

4. Willful disobedience;

5. Continuous breaking of school rules;

6. Physical attack on others, threats of physical attack, physical violence or other threats;

7. Racially or sexually harassing or abusive behavior or language;

8. The use, possession, purchase or sale of alcoholic beverages, drugs or drug paraphernalia;

9. Possession of weapons such as guns, knives, fireworks, or other dangerous objects;

10. Personal misbehavior such as extortion or intimidation;

11. Violation of the Criminal Code of Iowa;

12. Willful destruction of parish/school property, or personal property of teachers or students;

13. Setting fires or false alarms;

14. Possession and/or use of tobacco products.

CONSEQUENCES OF BREACH OF DISCIPLINE:

The following possible actions may be taken in cases of breach of discipline:

1. Detention;

2. Exclusion from class or activities with the approval of the principal;

3. In-school suspension, out of school suspension, expulsion as outlined in C;

4. Fines may be collected for infractions of some rules;

5. A conference may be required involving parent/guardian, teacher, and/or administrator.

CONFRONTATION, DISRESPECT, OR DEFIANCE

to a staff member is an automatic removal from the room and student will be sent directly to the administrator who, in consultation with that staff member, will decide the appropriate consequences.

WEAPONS

will not be tolerated at school. An automatic suspension will occur if a student is found to be in the possession of any type of weapon. Possession of a weapon may result in expulsion.

The following is taken from the Diocesan Board of Education policy (517, adopted 11/21/94) on weapons:

STUDENT PERSONNEL

School

Weapons

It shall be the policy of the Diocesan Board of Education that weapons and other dangerous objects be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school property or from students who are participating in any school-related activity away from school premises. Parents of students found in possession of a weapon or dangerous object shall be notified. Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects may be reported to law enforcement officials and the student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.
Students in possession of a firearm while on school property or participating in any school-related activity away from school premises shall be expelled for not less than twelve months. Readmission of the student at the end of the expulsion period will be based on the recommendation of the principal to the local board of education.

The following is the St. Joseph's Board of Education Policy (509.1, adopted 9/9/99) on violence:

PROTOCOL FOR THREATS OF VIOLENCE

​It shall be the policy of the St. Joseph's Board of Education to respond to all threats of violence as serious in intent. All threats will be investigated by the program administrator, counselor and/or designee.
The threat will be reported to and a meeting will be conducted with the student's parents. St. Joseph's will take disciplinary action to include a recommendation for professional counseling. The incident may be reported to law enforcement officials for further action. The Board of Education, Diocesan Superintendent, and pastors will also be notified and consulted.

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Abuse Policy Guidelines

Child Abuse

It is the policy of the Des Moines Diocesan Board of Education, in keeping with the Iowa Code, that all certified employees of schools of the Diocese of Des Moines are mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and must report suspected abuse to the Department of Human Services. Mandatory reporters are required to file a report when the person "reasonably believes a child has suffered abuse." Within 48 hours of the oral report, a written report must be forwarded to the Department. Each report should contain as much of the following information as can be obtained within the time limit:


1. Name, age, address of the suspected abused child.


2. Name, address of parents, guardian or persons legally responsible for the child's care.


3. Description of injury/ies, including evidence of previous injuries.


4. Name, age, and condition of other children in the home.


5. The child's whereabouts if different from parents, guardian, or persons legally responsible for the child.


6. Any other information considered helpful.


7. Name, address of person(s) making report. The law specifies that a report will be considered valid even if it does not contain all of the above information.

It is not the responsibility of the Diocesan school employee to prove that a child has been abused or neglected, and Diocesan school employees shall not take it upon themselves to investigate the case or contact the family of the child to ask questions or make any kind of judgment. School administrators are to be notified about all reports submitted to the Department of Human Services.

Child Abuse Allegations of Abuse by School Employees

​St. Joseph employees are prohibited from being physically abusive to students (striking a student, sexual abuse). Students, or their parents, who allege abuse from a St. Joseph employee should report the alleged abuse to any of the following individuals: Phyllis Konchar, Principal, or Carie Kremer, Administrative Assistant at 515-266-3433.

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Attendance & Absence Information

Regular attendance and punctuality are expected of all students. This is necessary for the student to receive the maximum benefits from the instructional program and to develop firm habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. It is the parents' responsibility to see that the child attends school as required by Iowa's compulsory attendance statute.


As a safeguard and a check, parents are asked to phone the school before 8:30 a.m. if a child is to be absent that day. If the school has not been notified, the office will contact the parents. The student needs to bring a written excuse to their classroom teacher when they return after an absence. These notes should give the dates of the absence and the specific reason for the absence, especially in regard to the type of illness.
Pupils must be present at least three-fourths of a morning or afternoon session in order to be counted present for the half-day.

Fifteen (15) days in one school year (defined as 5 days each trimester) will be considered excessive absenteeism. Students who reach 15 days (5 in a trimester) of absenteeism will place themselves in jeopardy and may have certain academic consequences as outlined below.

1. On the fourth day of absence in one trimester, the Principal will notify the family. The student, along with parents/guardians and the student's teacher, may be required to attend an administrative staffing. This staffing serves the purpose of notification and dialogue, and a proper course of action will be outline for future success.


2. If a student reaches the fifth day of absence for the trimester, the parents will be notified by the Principal that the possibility exists for loss of academic credit for the trimester's work and that summer school may be a necessity for the loss of instructional time.

As you look at the diocesan calendar in this handbook, you will note our scheduled vacation/in-service days. Please try to arrange your family vacations and activities so that your child/children will not miss school.

Absence

Valid reasons for student's absence from school are as follows: personal illness, death or serious illness in the immediate family, suspension from school, other reasons that can be justified from an educational standpoint may be approved in advance by the Principal, other verified emergencies.

All school work missed because of absence needs to be made up within the number of school days which are double those of the absence, up to a total of six (6) make-up days. Extension of time will be considered for extended valid absence. If a student is to be gone from school for a vacation the teacher must be informed at least one week ahead of time to arrange schoolwork and tests.

Excused form School

​If a child is to be excused from school during the school day, s/he must bring a written note from home; the student must be picked up in the school office. The office must be notified when the student leaves and when they return. Please consult the school calendar when planning appointments, etc. so as to minimize the number of days your child needs to be excused.

Tardiness

​The following action(s) may be taken when dealing with student tardiness without a written excuse or acceptable reason: warning by teacher, parent contact, detention assigned by teacher or administrator; students who are continually tardy to school will be subject to Administrator and possible Board of Education action. Excessive tardiness shall be defined as five (5) times tardy in a trimester. Students will not be marked as tardy when late due to weather related reasons, or circumstances beyond their control, such as conditions which may cause a bus to be late.

Truancy

​Parents will be notified whenever a student is found to be truant from school. The truant student will make up the time absent. Continued truancy will result in additional disciplinary action.

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Conferences for Parents or Guardians

Regular conferences will be scheduled for all parents/guardians having children attending this school. The purpose of these conferences is to promote better understanding and cooperation between teachers and parents for the good of the child. These will be held twice a year, typically at the end of October and February. All parents are expected to attend both conferences.


Either a teacher or a parent may request a conference at any time which is convenient for both the parent and teacher. Parents are asked to make an appointment for such a conference by note or by telephoning the school at least one day in advance.

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Dismissal Due to Storms

For announcements concerning school closings due to storms, snow or extreme heat, listen to KRNT or WHO radio. If such an announcement does not come, parents may use their own judgment about an early pick-up. A call to the school regarding this will help us to have your child/ren ready for you.


If there is an emergency early dismissal, homeroom/volunteer parents will be responsible for contacting each child's family. If they are unable to contact either the parent or the emergency contact person, the child will remain at school until someone can be reached. If you wish your child/ren to use another means of transportation home in an emergency situation, please contact the school office personally. Please give written instructions to the school office if there is a certain procedure you wish followed in the event of an emergency early dismissal and instruct your child/ren as to what this procedure involves. We need to keep phone calls to a minimum at these times so any prior directions would be most helpful.

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Guidance Program

Our guidance counselor will be at school each day of the school week this year. Our developmental guidance program provides each student the opportunity to attain his or her maximum potential. The goal of the guidance program is to assist the child in learning acceptable behavior and to develop a responsible attitude toward one's self, school, home and social environment by establishing a climate of warmth, understanding and concern. To obtain this goal, the program takes a multi-faceted approach:


1. Guidance provides classroom and small group sessions that help students develop skills of communication and acceptance of others.


2. Counseling may be done on a one-to-one or small group basis.


3. Consulting is done with the administrator, teachers, specialists, and parents.


4. Emotional and academic testing or further evaluation of past test data may be requested by parents or guardians.

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Health Record

​Certificates of immunization are required of every new student before entrance into school. Students are expected to have a physical examination before entrance into kindergarten, grade 4, and grade 7. Examination report forms are available from the school office.

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Homework

We recognize that school is only a part of a child's learning process. Therefore, we encourage reading, family discussions, critical selection of television viewing, listening to good music and attending cultural activities.


Homework should not be busy work, but an extension of the learning process in the classroom. Homework can enhance the study skills of the student and reinforce concepts learned during the school day.
Parents are encouraged to provide their child/children with a suitable atmosphere, specific time and regular location in which to study.

Television, radio, and extended phone conversation are highly discouraged while a student is studying. Parents should take an active interest in their child's work. Parents are encouraged to regularly ask about homework and to check to see if assignments have been completed. This does not mean doing it for them. Giving the child too much help may destroy the spirit of independence, creativity, perseverance, and initiative which are necessary in the child's scholastic training.

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Illness or Injury Guidelines

If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, the parents will be notified unless we have been directed to inform a neighbor or guardian instead. At no time will a child be sent from the school premises without the parent's or guardian's consent.


Please keep your child home if he/she is sick. If there is a fever make sure your child's temperature is normal for twenty-four (24) hours before permitting his/her return to school. We need to be informed if your child develops a contagious disease.

We would appreciate hearing if your child is hospitalized, has surgery, etc.
Students will be allowed to remain indoors for recess or P.E. only for serious reasons---Doctor's orders, taking medication, etc. Generally, if they are not well enough to go out and play, they are not well enough to be in school.

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Liturgies

All students plan and participate in prayer services and liturgies. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend individual class and all-school liturgies.

The school is an extension of the parish and it is our expectation that all families will be active participants in the liturgical and sacramental life of their parish each weekend. Most of what we do here at school is meaningless if parents aren't modeling an active faith life in the home. You are the example your children will follow.

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Lunch Information

Hot lunches are provided for the students of Saint Joseph School. Students may also bring a sack lunch. Students in grades 2-8 are able to purchase ala carte items.

Lunch times are as follows:

Grades K and 1, 11:20-11:40, recess from 11:00-11:15.

Grades 2-4, lunch from 11:45-12:05, recess from 11:20-12:4.

Grades 5-8, lunch from 12:15-12:45.


Mrs. Angie Pauscher is our hot lunch program manager. The cost for each lunch is $2.60. You may purchase either a five-meal ticket sold for $12.50 or a twenty-meal ticket sold for $52.00. Milk is provided with the meal, extra cartons are sold for 25¢. Parents are welcome to eat with their child any day. The cost of the adult lunch is $3.50. Please call the office at 266-3433 prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day you wish to come.


Parents are encouraged to apply for free or reduced lunches if there is a need. The forms for this program will be sent home the first week of school or are available in the school office. All applications and results are confidential. We stongly urge you to apply as this information is used to determine our eligibility to receive Title I services ( reading and math resource services provided by our Title 1 teacher) from Des Moines. If you were on the program last year, your status stays the same for 30 days so that you may reapply. Lunch payments that are 30 days in arrears will be forwarded to the Business Manager.

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Medication

​Medications brought to school and administered by certified school personnel must be prescribed by a licensed physician or physician assistant. Over the counter medications may also be dispensed by authorized school personnel. Medication must be in a pharmacy-labeled container. Parents must also complete the "Parent's Request for Giving Medication At School" form which is included in the appendix of the handbook. Parents may come to school and administer medications at school to their children at any time.

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Playground Rules

1. Touch football may be played, no tackle football. No kicking the footballs when playing on the back parking lot. Playing in an unsafe manner will result in the immediate loss of the football.

2. Dodge ball may be played, but ball must be thrown below the waist.

3. Jump ropes are to be used only for jumping rope.

4. When playing tag, pulling on clothes is not permitted.

5. The first time a ball goes in the street is a warning, the second time will result in the loss of the ball.

6. Students may bring balls, toys, etc. to play with at recess, but the students alone are responsible for loss or damage.

7. No Gum or Candy is allowed on the playground.


Back Parking Lot Rules

1. The parking lot is the only area for play.

2. Students may not be twirling on any the railings around the parking lot or steps.

3. Students may not play on the steps.

4. Students may not climb on the wall outside the gym door or play on the grassy area above the wall.

5. Students may not go behind the freezer or dumpsters.

6. The garage, the Reading Recovery building, and the preschool classroom are off limits to all students.

7. If a ball goes into the street for K through third graders only an adult or patrol may get the ball from the street. Fourth through eighth graders may get the ball after getting permission from the playground supervisor.


Park Rules

1. Students may not play behind the shelter, by the pool area, or in the tennis courts.

2. The baby swing may not be used by any of the students.

3. Only a playground supervisor may get a ball that goes in the street.


Winter Rules

1. Students may play in the snow if they are wearing snow pants, boots, and gloves. Students may build snowmen, snow forts, etc.

2. Throwing snow or sliding on the ice is not permitted.

3. Students will go outside for recess unless the temperature is zero or below. The following guidelines will be utilized;
30 degrees or above- full recess time
20 degrees-29 degrees- 15 minutes
1 degrees- 19 degrees- 10 minutes


Consequences of Misbehavior/Breaking above rules

1. 1st offense - 5 minutes time out

2nd offense - loss of recess

2. Swearing, spitting, and fighting (physical contact) will not be tolerated. Students will be sent to the office.

3. Arguing and/or being disrespectful to playground supervisors will not be tolerated. Students will be sent to the office.

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Pupil Services

Pupil services are available to all school age children through the Des Moines Public School System, Heartland Education Agency, and Polk County. These services include psychological testing, hearing testing, speech testing, and learning disability program. For further information contact the school principal.

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Harassment, Bullying, and Hazing Policies

The following is the Diocesan Policy on Harassment, Bullying and Hazing by Students

Policy 579


Diocese of Des Moines


Student Personnel

Harassment, Bullying and Hazing

It shall be the policy of the Diocesan Catholic Schools Board that all schools maintain an
environment free from unlawful and undesirable verbal and physical harassment, bullying and/or
hazing. Schools should develop and incorporate programs to eliminate harassment, bullying and
hazing from all student and school personnel.


For the purposes of this policy harassment, bullying and hazing shall mean any electronic,
written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or
perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school
environment that meets one of more of the following conditions:


Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or property;

Has a substantially detrimental effect on the student's physical or mental health;

Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's academic
performance; or

Has the effect of substantially interfering with the student's ability to participate in
or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.
"Electronic" shall mean any communication involving the transmission of information by wire,
radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. "Electronic" includes but is not
limited to communication via electronic mail, internet-based communications, pager service, cell
phones, electronic text messaging, or similar technologies.


The phrase "trait or characteristic" of the student as used in this policy includes, but is not limited
to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party
preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.


The term "sexual orientation" means actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality
or bisexuality. The term "gender identity" means the gender related identity of a person,
regardless of the person's assigned sex at birth.


Harassment, bullying and hazing may include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors and
circumstances:

Verbal, nonverbal, or physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other
victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or
suffering to the victim;

Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing
injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;

Implied or explicit threats concerning one's grades, achievements, property, etc.
that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to
the victim;

Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities directed at the student that have the purpose
or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or

Unreasonable interference with a student's performance or creation of an
intimidating, offensive, or hostile learning environment.
This policy shall be in effect while students are on school property, while on school-owned or
school-operated/leased vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and
while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient
management and welfare of the school.


Students who believe they or another student or students are the victim of bullying, harassment or
hazing should immediately report their concerns to the school principal or the principal's
designee. The school must promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of bullying,
harassment and hazing. The principal or the principal's designee will be responsible for handling
all complaints by students alleging bullying, harassment or hazing.


If a staff member believes she/he is or has been bullied, harassed or hazed by a student, the staff
member should contact the principal who must investigate the matter. If the staff member
chooses, the matter may be reported to legal authorities.


Retaliation against a person because the person has filed a bullying, harassment or hazing
complaint or assisted or participated in an investigation or proceeding is prohibited. An
individual who knowingly files a false complaint and a person who gives false statements in an
investigation shall be subject to discipline by appropriate measures, as shall a person who is
found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy. A student found to have
retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension
and expulsion.


The principal shall ensure that the anti-harassment, anti-bullying and anti-hazing policy and
procedures are printed in the Handbooks and integrated into the school's Comprehensive School
Improvement Plan (CSIP). The principal or the principal's designee is responsible for collllecttiing
data relating to incidents of harassment, bullying and hazing. This data must be reported in the
spring Basic Education Data Survey (BEDS) and to the local public annually.


Nothing in this policy shall be construed to impair the school's ability to educate and administer
consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church. Nothing in this policy is intended to condone
behavior or lifestyles that are inconsistent with Catholic teachings.


Policy Adopted: January 31, 1994
Policy Revised: April 25, 2000
April 7, 2004
May 21, 2007
January 21, 2008
May 19, 2008
November 17, 2008
November 15, 2010

Sexual Harassment

The following is the Diocesan Board of Education policy on sexual harassment:It shall be the policy of the Diocesan Board of Education that educational programs maintain a learning and working environment free from sexual harassment.Prohibited ActsSexual harassment is strictly forbidden in diocesan education programs. For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:A. submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual's employment or status in a class, program, or activity;B. submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for an employment or educational decision affecting an individual; orC. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educational performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.Examples of Sexual HarrassmentSexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted. Examples of the verbal or physical conduct prohibited include, but are not limited to:A. physical assault;B. direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, promotion, education, grades or letters of recommendation;C. direct propositions of a sexual nature;D. subtle pressure for sexual activity, an element of which may be conduct such as repeated and unwantedgestures;E. a pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to the subject matter of a course if one involved) intended to discomfort or humiliate, and/or that includes one or more of the following: (1) comments of a sexual nature; or (2) sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes;F. a pattern of conduct that would discomfort and/or humiliate a reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed that includes one or more of the following: (1) unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person's clothing or body; (2) remarks of a sexual nature about a person's body or clothing; or (3) remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience.Isolated and Inadvertent OffensesA. Staff and students, who without establishing a pattern of doing so, engage in isolated conduct of the kind described in items E. and F. above or who exhibit a pattern of engaging in such conduct but fail to realize that their actions discomfort and/or humiliate, demonstrate insensitivity that necessitates remedial measures. When program administrators become aware that such activities are occurring in their areas, they should discuss such conduct those involved and, where appropriate, recommend that person take an educational program designed to develop understanding of the harm being done.B. If, after participating in the educational program or for failing to participate after being recommended to do so, a person continues to engage in the conduct described in items E. and F. above, he or she will be deemed to have engaged in a pattern of conduct intended to discomfort or humiliate the one at whom the actions or statements are directed.It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the Diocesan Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment and/or harassment of any type. No employee, volunteer or student associated with these programs shall be subjected to sexual harassment or harassment of any kind. Any person who alleges harassment by any employee, volunteer or student of an educational program governed by the Diocesan Board of Education may complain directly to his/her teacher, immediate supervisor, principal, Mrs. Phyllis Konchar at 266-3433, or the superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Des Moines. Detailed procedures to be followed are outlined in Diocesan Board Policy 336 (sited above) and Regulations 337 and 570; copies are available in our school office.PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE IF YOU WISH FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

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Student Council

The purposes of this organization are to promote better relations between the student body and the administration, to serve as a means of presenting problems of the student body to the administration, and to promote better citizenship and school spirit. Members are elected by each classroom and meetings are held regularly. Officers are elected by the 5-8th grade student body at the beginning of the school year.

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District Contact

Phone: 515-266-3433
Fax: 515-266-2860
Address:
2107 E. 33rd St
Des Moines IA 50317