Progress Reports

Progress reports are issued between the second and the third quarters and between the third and the fourth quarters. They are to be signed and returned to school. Parents may request an appointment for a conference in the progress form or by phone. Students averaging less than 70 for the year in three (*) subjects, must attend summer school to earn promotion. Summer school students with a grade between 61 and 69 may not miss over 5 days. Students averaging 60 or below in a (*) course may not miss over 3 days. Students failing more than three core courses must repeat the grade.NO EXCUSE IS CONSIDERED VALID. A minimum score of 750 on the SAT or a 17 on the ACT must be attained in order to earn a Champagnat high school diploma. Seniors averaging under 70 in any (*) core course or with dues or assignments pending will not be allowed to wear graduation regalia to the commencement. A diploma will be issued upon completion of all requirements and payments.

Make-Up Work

A student who is absent for any reason is required to make up all work missed. All make up work must be done by the end of the quarter but before the period of preparation for or actual quarter testing time. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to obtain assignments for all make up work and to complete it as directed. An “I” will revert to an “F” if the student does not complete the required work in the allotted time.

Cheating/Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the copying of homework and reports from other students or the copying of books and magazines when the student fails to honor their source. Cheating is the exchange of information during an exam, quiz or testing procedure. Cheating and plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the work, and could further be punished at the discretion of the teacher and Principal.

Parent-Teacher Conference

Parents may request a conference with any or all teachers working with his/her child. Parents should contact the office to schedule meetings at a convenient time.

Report Cards

Report cards are either distributed to students at the end of the second and fourth marking periods or given to the parent in Open House, at the end of the first and third quarter. They are required to be signed and returned, with the exemption of the last quarter. Please notify the school if you have not received a progress or report card within reasonable amount of time as scheduled in the students’ agendas.

Examination

Student who are absent on the day of an announced examination, will not receive a grade higher than a “c” when they take the required exam. All students are given Midterms and Finals unless there is a payment due. Check the agenda for the dates.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

Students are expected to be present and on time for all school days and all classes throughout the school year. Records of student attendance (times absent and times tardy) becomes a part of the student’s file. Champagnat is not responsible for the students left at the school before 7:00 A.M., or after scheduled hours.

Change of Address and Phone

Please notify us immediately of any changes of address or phone number. This applies to both home and parent’s business, for emergencies. This can be done at the main office.

Middle School Hours

Middle school students must report to their homeroom teachers by 8 :00 a.m. Dismissal is conducted between 2:15 and 2:30 p.m. NO EARLY DISMISSAL BETWEEN 2:00 AND 2: 15 P.M. Students remaining in school after 2 :30 p.m. will be sent to Study Hall and billed accordingly.

High School Hours

High School students must report to their homeroom teachers by 7: 15a.m. Dismissal is conducted at 12:50 p.m. Students remaining on or around the campus will be summoned to the office and billed after school fees.

Tardiness, Early Dismissals and Absences

Students who arrive to school late must report to the school office for a late pass, before entering their classrooms. Students at school less than three hours in a day will be marked Absent. Three tardiness are counted as one absence. Students who are absent an excess of 18 times in the school year, excused or unexcused, may not receive credit; summer school will be mandatory. Days suspended are recorded as days absent. Students must repeat a grade if absent (40) forty days or more.

In order for a student to be allowed early dismissal, the adult removing the child will be required to produce a photo ID., and the name of such adult must show in the student’s application as a permitted ride home. Such adult must sign the student out in a record book at the office. No student will be allowed to leave with an unidentified individual. During test periods, early dismissal will be withheld. The school encourages parents to set up appointments for doctors after school hours.

Truancy

Truancy is the absence from school, class or a school activity, or leaving the school grounds without the parents’ consent, or previous written permission from parent or Principal. If you plan to leave with someone other than customary, have your parents notify the office. Truancy is a serious offense which could result in probation and may result in suspension or dismissal.

Conduct

Students at Champagnat Catholic School are expected to behave as Christian ladies and gentlemen in school and out of school.

Public Display of Affection

Public display of affection on school grounds, at school related events, or at any time is forbidden and punishable.

Quiet and Order

Classrooms:               Students should be seated and ready for work by the time the bell rings. Quiet and order in classrooms are essential for learning to take place. Consideration for the teachers and fellow students is expected at all times.

Corridors/Walkways:            It is also important that quiet and order in the corridors be maintained. Running, littering, unnecessary noise, loitering are improper behavior. Also all students outside of class should have a hall pass and/or written permission from the Principal, Administrators, Faculty or Staff. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this pass before he/she leaves the class.

Cellular Phones and Electronic Toys

Students may not carry cell phones on their person or keep them in their bags. Radios are not permitted on campus. Cell phones, electronic toys, CD players, etc. will be confiscated by the Principal, Administrators, Faculty or Personnel. Students may not bring more than $10.00 to school.

Care of School Property

In the event that a student should break school property, accidentally or willfully, the parents or guardians of such student will pay for the replacement of the piece for another of equal or higher value.

Field Trips

In order to participate, a student must have a written permission slip signed by his/her parents/guardian. Final determination as to whether or not a student may participate is made by the teachers and Principal.

Cafeteria/Lunch Period

Behavior in the lunch line should be orderly, courteous and respectful to students, teachers and cafeteria personnel. All eating areas are to be left clean. Students must remain in the cafeteria during lunch time, unless there is a special permission from the teacher. The school parking lots and classroom areas are out of bounds during the lunch period, as at all times.

Emergency Drills

When the emergency alarm sounds, everyone must evacuate the building immediately. All students must proceed to their assigned exit area, in an orderly fashion. All books and other materials are to be left in the room. During the drill all students are to be silent and to proceed in a single file as they exit the building. Red code calls for campus evacuation, blue code everyone lays on the floor quietly

Sale or Distribution of Goods

Students may not sell or distribute any item on or adjacent to school grounds, nor at school-sponsored activities without receiving the approval of the Principal.

Gum Chewing

Gum chewing is not permitted on campus. Students caught chewing gum may receive disciplinary action, such as copying pages.

Search and Seizure

School administrators may search a student’s person, belongings, and car to determine compliance with the standards of conduct established by Champagnat

Drugs and Alcohol

In order to maintain a drug-free environment, drug testing may be conducted randomly or selectively upon reasonable suspicion. Should drug testing be conducted, it will be done in a discreet manner after reasonable attempts have been made to notify the parents. The cost of such testing shall be the responsibility of the parents or guardians of the student tested.

Code of Ethical Conduct

Student Code of Honor

Established in September 2007 and modeled after the University of Miami Code of Honor

(The University of Miami is Mrs. Maria I Alonso’s alma mater and trusted source of wisdom)

This Honor Code is established for the student body, to protect the academic integrity of Champagnat Catholic School, to encourage consistent ethical behavior among students, and to foster a climate of fair competition.

Cheating implies an intent to deceive. It includes all actions, devices, and/or deceptions involved in committing the act. Examples include, but are not limited to, utilizing crib notes/cheat sheet on an exam and copying answers directly from another student’s exam.

Plagiarism is representing the words or ideas of someone else as your own. Examples include but are not limited to, failing to properly cite direct quotes and failing to give credit for someone else’s ideas.

Collusion is the act of working together on an academic undertaking for which a student is individually responsible. Examples include, but are not limited to, sharing information in labs that re to be done individually.

Lying is the act of distorting information with the intention of deceiving or confusing. Examples might include, but are not limited to, stating that a note sent to parents for a signature was lost or left behind when the truth is that the parents never read such note; another instance might be blaming someone for your own actions.

Stealing is the act of taking or using someone else’s property without the owner’s consent.

Academic Dishonesty includes any other act not specifically covered that compromises the integrity of a student or intrudes, violates, or disturbs the academic environment of the Champagnat Community. Examples are attempting or agreeing to commit, or assisting in or facilitating the commission of, any scholastic dishonesty violation, failing to appear or testify without good cause when requested by the Student Honor Councilor or Director, or Principal, failing to keep information about cases confidential, supplying false information to the Honor Council and accusing a student of a violation of this Code in bad faith.

Anyone affiliated with Champagnat Catholic School, including faculty, teaching assistants, and students, may file a complaint in accordance with this code. Upon the receipt of a complaint, an investigation is completed and, if there is enough evidence, punishment will be applied according to what is established in the school regulations section of the student’s agenda. If the accused is found not guilty, the matter is over and no record of it is retained on the accused’s record. The entire process, from complaint to hearing, takes approximately one month.

Champagnat Catholic School encourages all members of the School Community to help preserve a pleasant learning environment, with mutual respect and honorable attitude.

Bullying

Champagnat Catholic School prohibits all types of bullying and harassment.

As per FL Statue 1006.147 “’bullying’ means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on one or more students and may involve: teasing; social exclusion; threat; intimidation; stalking; physical violence; theft; sexual, religious, or racial harassment; public humiliation; or destruction of property.”

As per FL Statue 1006.147 “’Harassment’ means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal, or physical conduct directed against a student or school employee that: places a student or school employee in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of a school.”

As per the FL Statue 1006.147 the definitions of bullying and harassment include: “Retaliation against a student or school employee by another student or school employee for asserting or alleging an act of bullying or harassment. Reporting an act of bullying or harassment that is not made in good faith is considered retaliation.

Perpetuation of conduct listed [above] by an individual or group with intent to demean, dehumanize, embarrass, or cause physical harm to a student or school employee by: incitement or coercion; accessing or knowingly causing or providing access to data or computer software through a computer, computer system, or computer network within the scope of the district school system; or acting in a manner that has an effect substantially similar to the effect of bullying or harassment.”

Bullying can include: Punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically; Spreading bad rumors about people; Keeping certain people out of a “group”; Teasing people in a mean way; Getting certain people to “gang up” on others; Sending mean text, e-mail, or instant messages; Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites; or Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone.

The School Community has the right and the duty to report any instances of bullying or harassment to the Director of Academics, Isabel Alonso. It can be reported in person at the school office, over the phone at 305-888-3760, or anonymously through a sealed envelope directed to her attention.

Professional Misconduct

All Faculty and Staff have the duty to report alleged employee or administrator misconduct that affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. If any misconduct is witnessed, it is to be reported to the Director of Academics, Isabel Alonso, at 305-888-3760. The penalities for personnel and administrators who fail to report abuse or misconduct may result up to termination of employment and revocation of an educator’s certificate. Please refer to the notice below or the school office for more information.

Child Abuse Policies

All employees have a duty to report actual or suspected cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect. The statewide toll-free abuse hotline number is 1-800-96ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). Employees have immunity from liability if they report suspected cases and will have a duty to comply with all protective investigations.

Under the Florida Statue 39.293 (immunity from liability in cases of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect) any person reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any liability which might otherwise result from such action nor shall they be subjected to reprisal or discharge because of his or her actions in reporting abuse, abandonment, or neglect.