Guidelines

Communications A.    Newsletters will be sent home with the youngest student in each family on the last Friday of each month that school is in session. It is important that both parents and students read…
Middle School Expectations The 5th , 6th, 7th and 8th grade years are important transition years in the academic life of a student.  It is during this time that he/she needs to develop the self-discipline,…
Volunteer Information We need all parents to contribute their time and talents in service to Saint Joseph's School.  Without the help of volunteers our school could not operate as well and efficiently as it does. …
Visitor Information Parents and other guests are welcome to visit the school.  We ask that the principal and teacher be informed of this visit at least one day ahead of time.  Parents and guests are…
Talented & Gifted Program “Blast” is our program for gifted and talented students.  It provides opportunities and experiences for students that extend beyond the regular classroom curriculum in order to meet their needs.  This group…
Uniforms & Dress Code Students are expected to come to school neatly dressed, clean and well-groomed.  Students are to wear their uniforms each day unless otherwise stated.  Uniform checks will be conducted on a daily…
Testing Program Information The Iowa Assessment (formerly the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills) are given to students in grades 3-8 in October of each year. CRS (constructed response survey for reading) will be administered to…
Student Records Information In order to facilitate the educational process of the student, records on each student are kept by the school.  Questions regarding student records should be directed to the principal’s office. The records…
Student Insurance The school is not responsible for medical expenses relating to a school injury.  A student accident insurance program is available as an option for parents.  Information concerning this coverage will be sent home…
Student Council Information 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,…
Harassment 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…
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…
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…
Medication Information 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…
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…
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…
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…
Homework Guidelines 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…
Health Record Information 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…
Guidance Program Information 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…
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…
Conferences Information 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…
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,…
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…
Discipline Policy Saint Joseph Board of Education  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…
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…
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…
Grievance Procedure for Parents 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…
Religious Instruction 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…