GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


1. CODE OF CONDUCT
St. Nicholas is valued as a Catholic School because students are taught respect for one another. The students must know what is expected of them, and they must be aware of what will happen if they fail to follow behavioral prescriptions. Therefore, St. Nicholas School will follow a code of conduct to serve as a mechanism for informing students, parents, and teachers about ground rules for behavior in the school setting.
2. STUDENT BEHAVIOR
a. Students are required to be respectful to those in authority, to act in a disciplined, orderly manner, and to treat each other with dignity. Parental support and encouragement is required in helping the school to develop the child’s unique personality.
b. In church, behavior must be in respect for God, and the pastor or the presiding celebrant. Sunday attendance at church reinforces what the child is taught while in St. Nicholas’ school.
3. CARE OF TEXTBOOKS
a. All textbooks must be neatly covered at all times. All books are to be
kept in good condition and carried in a book bag. If books are lost or damaged, students will be charged for lost or damaged books.
b. Lost textbooks must be replaced immediately. The cost of these books can be determined by checking at the school office, and that amount is to be paid to the office at the time of the loss.
4. RESPECT FOR SCHOOL PROPERTY & THE PROPERTY OF OTHERS
a. Students are to care for and respect school property and the property of others.
b. Care should be taken in the rest rooms to follow the rule of cleanliness. If a student is at fault and responsible for property damage, she/he will be required to pay for, or replace it.
5. CHILD ABUSE
New Jersey law requires any person who has “reasonable cause” to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuse or acts of child abuse, to report the same promptly to the Division of Youth and Family Services by telephone or otherwise.
6. SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Threats of violence and other forms of abusive expression, physical harassment, corporal punishment, use of inappropriate sexual words, actions or innuendoes and comments directed at a person’s gender are inappropriate and will not be tolerated and disciplinary actions listed below will be followed. 7. CUSTODY
Divorced or separated parents must file a court-certified copy of the custody section of the divorce or separation decree with the Principal’s office. The school will not be held responsible for failing to honor arrangements that have not been made known. Divorced parents who do not have child custody have access to pupil records, unless the school has been notified in writing, from proper authorities, that a court of appropriate jurisdiction has terminated parental rights.

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