Conduct slips will be issued to students for violation of school rules. Parents must sign the back of the slip and it must be returned the next day. Failure to do so will result in another conduct slip. Conduct slips will be issued for, but not limited to, the following infractions:
- Disrespect and disobedience
- Being out of school uniform
- Destruction of property (Restitution will also be required)
- Disturbing behavior during class, in the cafeteria, or at school functions
- Chewing gum anywhere or any time during the school day; eating candy or snacks during the school day
- Running in the hall
- Writing or passing notes
- Having headphones, MP3 players or CD players at school
- Writing on uniform or body
- Inappropriate play on the playground
If a student receives two or more conduct slips in a one-week period, he or she will be required to attend Detention Hall. It will be held on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15 in an assigned teacher’s classroom. Only written proof of an appointment with a doctor or a dentist will be an excuse from Detention Hall. The Detention Hall will then be made up the following week. The homeroom teacher will supply the work to be done in the Detention Hall and homework will not be allowed. For more serious offenses, an Automatic Detention slip will be issued. Suspension from athletic activities is at the discretion of the administration and may be used as a disciplinary measure.
- Using inappropriate language or making inappropriate gestures
- Talking on cell phone at school and/or texting
- Engagement in online blogs by students or parents (in school or away from school) such as, but not limited to, Myspace.com®, and Facebook.com®, etc. may result in suspension or expulsion if the content of the student’s blog includes defamatory comments regarding the school, the faculty, other students or the parish.
- Students involved in the possession or transmission of inappropriate images or text messages on their cell phones or other electronic devices face suspension and/or expulsion.
- Students should at no time be involved in texting during the course of the school day. Students involved in texting at school face detention, suspension and/or expulsion.
- Virtual Reality Sites pose a developmental and moral risk to the life of a student. Parents are cautioned to be aware of the online sites visited by their children, knowing that often predators are not living in a neighborhood, but within the home via a computer.
A student who has to serve Detention Hall more than twice in a nine-week period will be suspended in school for one day. A conference will be held with the Principal, parents, and student before he or she can return to class. Other infractions that will result in automatic suspension are:
- Fighting or hitting on campus or any school sponsored event
- Leaving campus without permission
- Being truant from school
- Cheating (student will also receive a grade of 0/F on work). This includes letting others copy work.
- Teasing, name calling, or making fun of another student or faculty member
- Engaging in online blogs (in school or away from school) where the content includes defamatory comments regarding the school, faculty, other students or the parish
- Transmission of inappropriate photos on cell phones or other electronic devices
- Any serious misconduct - judgment to be made by the administration and/or faculty
***If a student is suspended, they will not be able to participate in school related sports shuch as football, basketball, baseball & cheer for 3 school weeks from date of suspension. ALso, students who have been suspended will not be allowed to go on any field trips during that nine week period.
Expulsion from Jesus the Good Shepherd School is the responsibility of the Administration. If a student receives three suspensions in an academic year, he or she will not be allowed to return to Jesus the Good Shepherd the succeeding year, or may be subject to expulsion during that school year. Possessing/consuming alcoholic beverages, drugs, and/or cigarettes on the school grounds may result in expulsion. Students possessing anything that could be used as a weapon (gun, pocketknife, etc.) on the school grounds or at any school-sponsored function will result in immediate expulsion. A student who exhibits behavior outside of the school that does not follow the standards as set forth in this handbook and the mission of the school may be expelled. A student who continually interferes with the academic atmosphere that is conducive to learning may be expelled during the school year. A student may also be asked to leave the school if the parent(s) refuses to follow school policies as set forth in this book.
Forgiveness is a central tenet of our Catholic faith and one that Jesus the Good Shepherd School strives to carry out on our campus. Therefore, if parents of a student who has been expelled wish to have their child return to Jesus the Good Shepherd School for the academic year following the expulsion, the case will be considered by the school administration, and the child may be allowed to do so. If the student is allowed to return after expulsion, the following standard will apply. If the student receives one suspension in the academic year following his or her expulsion, he or she will be expelled for a second and final time, and will not be able to return to Jesus the Good Shepherd School at any time.