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2018—2019 PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

3000 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32935 (321) 254-1595 FAX (321) 259-0993 http://www.ascensioncatholicsch.org

Dear Parents and Students, Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Ascension Catholic School! The legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded this school over 50 years ago, will guide our work as we assist all students to grow to be the persons God intended them to be. Our school is one known for developing students who reach high academic standards, who learn to be of service to others, including the less fortunate, and who develop a passion for life-long learning. In my role as principal, I hope to be able to work with the faculty and staff as we together, seek to provide the best possible educational experience for your child. Thank you for choosing Ascension Catholic School for your children. This promises to be a great year! Peace and blessings, Anita Brady Principal

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TABLE OF CONTENTS PRINCIPAL’S RIGHT TO AMEND HANDBOOK ............................................................................ 3 DIOCESAN MISSION STATEMENT.............................................................................................. 4 ASCENSION CATHOLIC CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT ........................................................... 4 ASCENSION CATHOLIC SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT ............................................................ 4 ASCENSION CATHOLIC SCHOOL BELIEFS ................................................................................... 4 PARENTS AS PARTNERS ............................................................................................................. 5 PARENT ORGANIZATIONS ......................................................................................................... 5 HOME & SCHOOL ASSOCIATION ............................................................................................... 5 SCHOOL BOARD ........................................................................................................................ 5 SCHOOL FINANCE COMMITTEE ................................................................................................ 5 GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION—Alphabetical Order of Topics.......................................... 6 ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY ........................................................................................................ 47 E-READER USE POLICY ............................................................................................................. 56

TRAFFIC FLOW DIAGRAM........................................................................................................ 59 ACS SERVICE UNIT “POINT CARD” PROGRAM ....................................................................... 60 LETTER TO PARENTS FROM OFFICE OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ................................................. 62 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PAGE (must be signed and returned) ................................................. 64

RIGHT TO AMEND HANDBOOK Because it is impossible to foresee all problems which arise, this clause empowers the faculty and administration of Ascension Catholic School to take disciplinary action against any behavior which violates the spirit and philosophy of ACS, even though it is not specified in this handbook. Additionally, the school administration retains the right to amend the handbook for a just cause.

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Ascension Catholic School is a member in good standing of the following professional organizations, which keep our faculty and staff informed in the latest trends in education. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) National Association of Student Councils (NASC) National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Middle School Association (NMSA)

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS MISSION STATEMENT Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Orlando proclaim the Gospel message within an academic environment of excellence that challenges students to be creative and critical thinkers who integrate faith, moral leadership and compassionate service in order to create a more just and humane world. ASCENSION CATHOLIC CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Ascension Catholic Church is to develop a praying, caring and learning Catholic Community. ASCENSION CATHOLIC SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT AND BELIEFS: Ascension Catholic School is committed to maintaining a Catholic community of companions on the journey toward academic excellence, global service, and life-long learning. We live this out by showing respect to all people, by being responsible for our actions, by showing reverence and by making right choices. BELIEFS: 

Each student is a unique child of God.



A healthy learning environment is everyone’s responsibility.



Catholic education is an integral part of the Church’s mission to proclaim the gospel message of Jesus, to build faith communities, to celebrate through worship and to serve others without distinction.



Students learn in a variety of ways.



Each student is recognized and valued as a unique child of God in his/her social, emotional, and academic needs.

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PARENTS AS PARTNERS As partners in the educational process at Ascension Catholic School, we require parents to provide support and to set rules, times, and limits so that their child(ren): 

Goes to bed early on school nights;



Arrives at school on time and is picked up on time at the end of the day;



Is dressed according to the school dress code;



Completes assignments on time;



Has lunch money or a nutritional sack lunch everyday.



To see that the student pays for any damage to school books or property due to carelessness or neglect on the part of the student



To meet financial obligations to the school;



To inform the school of any special situation regarding the student’s well-being, safety, and health.



To complete and return to school any requested information promptly;



To read school notes and newsletters and to show interest in the student’s total education;



To support the religious and educational goals of the school;



To support and cooperate with the discipline policy of the school;



To treat teachers with respect and courtesy in discussing student problems.



To actively participate in school activities such as parent-teacher conferences;



To notify the school with a written note when the student has been absent or tardy;



To notify the school office of any changes of address or important phone numbers.



To not post negative comments about students, teachers, or the administration on social media.

PARENT ORGANIZATIONS HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION A very active Home and School Association is working for the benefit of Ascension School and we request that every family become an active member of this organization. We need everyone to share time and talent in the great work of Catholic education. We ask that every family be represented at the meetings which are held four times a year on the first Tuesday of September, February, and May. A newsletter is sent home every Thursday, via email. A calendar listing the month’s activities and important dates is emailed home on the last Thursday of the month within the emailed newsletter. At times, hard copies of additional information is sent home throughout the year as needed. SCHOOL BOARD The School Board at Ascension is not a policy-making organization. Its role is to advise and support the administration in the work of the school. The Board meets monthly regarding current issues concerning Ascension School. The members are appointed by the Pastor to advise him regarding the operation of the school. SCHOOL FINANCE COMMITTEE The School Finance Committee is composed of eight or more members, who are appointed by the pastor and principal for the purpose of providing advice concerning financial matters of the school and for reviewing the financial status each month, to ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability. 5

GENERAL INFORMATION SECTION

A ACCREDITATION AND AWARDS ACCREDITATION Ascension School is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference in Tallahassee. This accreditation ensures that the school meets the high standards specified with regard to teacher qualification, curriculum, library media services, student services, and facilities.

AWARDS In 2003 Ascension Catholic School was designated by the United States Department of Education as a No Child Left Behind — Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 1986 the United States Department of Education awarded Ascension Catholic School with the U.S. Department of Education School of Excellence Award. Both selections validated how well Ascension Catholic School carried out its mission of furthering the intellectual, social, and moral growth of its members.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION The curriculum followed at Ascension School is in accordance with the diocesan curriculum guide and includes:



Religious education. Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the ACRE (Assessment of Catechesis of Religious Education Test in February).



Language arts: (reading, including phonics, English grammar and usage, vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, composition, listening skills)



Mathematics , including Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry



Social studies (American or world history, geography, map skills, Florida history)



Science, including earth, life and physical science



Music, including musical instruments



Art



Physical education



Guidance



Computer education, including computer coding



Library and media skills



Foreign Language (Spanish grades K-8) REPORT CARDS

Report cards are distributed three times per year, as noted on the school calendar. Parents may check on their child’s progress daily through the online, Parent Portal. Teachers are required to post grades online by the end of the day on Thursday. Checking the Parent Portal on Friday should provide parents with a good picture of the student’s academic progress, including missing assignments. If you are unsuccessful in viewing the online information, please email the teacher right away. Please notify the administration if necessary. Parents are encouraged to confer with teachers by appointment whenever the need arises. Communication between parents and teachers is essential. GRADING SCALE Students in grades Prek have skills based report cards. Students in grades K-2 receive standards based report cards. Students in Grades 3-8 receive a standard grade. (see scale below). All students in grades K-8 receive the Diocesan of Orlando report card which is used throughout the entire diocese. 6

Grade K-2: P—Proficient: Student work is Secure and meets grade level expectations for this trimester with accuracy DP—Developing Proficiency: Student work is developing but is not consistently meeting grade level expectations with accuracy for this trimester. EP—Emerging Proficiency: Student work is beginning to show progress/understanding but is not yet meeting grade level expectations for this trimester. IP—Insufficient Proficiency: Student work shows insufficient progress/understanding and is significantly below grade level expectations for this trimester. N/A—Not taught OR Not Assessed during this trimester. AP—Advanced Proficiency: Student work consistently surpasses grade level expectations for this trimester with independence and accuracy. Grade 3-8: Academic Grading Scale: A—90-100 B—80-89 C—70-79 D—60-69 F—Below 60 Descriptions of Learner Behaviors: Responsibility: Student successfully adapts to classroom practices and routines Participation: Student actively participates in classroom discussion and activities Assignment Completion: Student completes assigned tasks within the assigned tiem limits Interpersonal Skills: Student displays respect for others; interacts appropriately in cooperative group, classrooms and school settings Behavior Scale: 1—Student consistently demonstrates this behavior 2—Student sometimes demonstrates this behavior 3—Student seldom demonstrates this behavior Kindergarten and eighth grade students receive diplomas at the end of the school year.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY Academic Dishonesty shall be defined as any cooperative, collaborative or solitary attempt to represent the work of any other person as one’s own. Examples include, but are not limited to, copying homework, sharing information on test questions (both in and out of class), plagiarizing, direct copying from the Internet, logging into another students account or otherwise misappropriating the intellectual property of others. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and may result in disciplinary action, including suspension.

ACADEMIC PROBATION A student whose academic performance and/or work and study habits indicates serious deficiencies may be placed on academic probation. The student may be required to have formal evaluation at the parents’ expense, in order to remain enrolled. Specific conditions of the academic probation will be determined by the administration in collaboration with the Pastor, parents, and school counselor.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS All students are required to comply with state and local laws regarding use of illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages. Any student found using, possessing or aiding in distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages on campus or at school-sponsored events, is subject to severe disciplinary action, up to, and including dismissal.

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ALTAR SERVERS Interested Catholic boys and girls from grades five through eight are taught to serve Mass and take turns serving on weekends according to a pre-arranged schedule.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION Please encourage your child to be responsible for the materials needed for his/her day at school. Messages to students and teachers will be relayed only during transition times throughout the day. Student can only use the telephone in the school office. In these incidents, student will use the office phone after obtaining written permission from their teacher and the school office staff. The school office is open daily during school hours. At no time should parents or visitors go directly to a classroom during class time. A parent can leave forgotten items in the office. Students can check with the office when the teacher permits. Students should put their names and grades on all belongings so that they may be easily returned. All unlabeled articles not claimed will be taken to the thrift shop at the end of the month. All outside doors, except the school office door, will be locked daily at 8:05 a.m. During school hours, all visitors and volunteers must enter the school through the main office door and obtain a badge before entering the school building. Only family members may visit students during school lunch time. Any students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or have prior approval from the school administration. OFFICE RECORDS Parents and guardians are requested to notify the school office, in writing, of any change of address, home, business or cell phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for themselves and any emergency contacts. This will guarantee that office records are accurate, complete and up-to-date. SCHOOL HOURS The first bell rings at 8:00 am and morning prayer, the school mission statement, and the Pledge of Allegiance begin at 8:05 a.m. School is dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Children should be picked up at dismissal time and not later than 3:25 p.m. unless authorization has been given for them to stay for extra-curricular activities. The school doors open at 7:40 a.m. Those arriving earlier must use Ascension’s Extended Care Program. The Extended Care Program begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 7:40 a.m. This is a service for which there is an additional fee. The first bell rings at 8:00 a.m. and all children should be in school at this time. If your child arrives after 8:05 a.m., you and your child must come to the school office to sign in and obtain a late pass to the classroom. Parents of students in grades PK-1 will escort their children to class, but are asked to allow them to enter the classroom and unpack their belongings by themselves. This practice, after the first two weeks of school allows children to become self-sufficient, independent, and self-confident. The rules about unpacking backpacks also apply to older siblings. SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS The school office is open on all school days from 7:40 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. TRANSFER OF STUDENTS Notice of withdrawal of a student should be made by the parent in writing to the principal in advance of the withdrawal date. This enables the school to prepare any necessary information and settle accounts. No student records will be forwarded to another school until Business Office accounts have been settled. It is the policy of Ascension School to complete only the objective sections of an academic reference for a school transfer. No subjective information about students will be completed by school administration or faculty. All academic references must be submitted to the school administration for review.

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION POLICY OF NON-DISCRIMINATION Ascension School admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities which are made available at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admission policies, subsidy programs, and athletic and other school administrative programs. No student shall be refused admission due to the marital state of his/her parent or the suggestion 8

or belief that the parent is not living in accordance with the teaching of the Church. AGE CRITERIA A child may enroll for the pre-kindergarten 3 year old program if he/she will be 3 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year. A child may enroll for the pre-kindergarten program if he/she will be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year. A child may enroll for the kindergarten program if he/she will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year. A child may enter the first grade if he/she is 6 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year and has satisfactorily completed the kindergarten program in a public or non-public school from which the district school board accepts transfer of academic credit. ADMISSIONS As openings become available, the following criteria will be used to accept students to Ascension Catholic School: 1) currently enrolled students 2) siblings of Catholic enrolled students 3) staff member's children 4) registered supporting* parish members 5) siblings of non-Catholic enrolled children 6) registered members of other Catholic parishes 7) **others *Supporting means a registered parish member who attends Mass regularly and is involved in the parish stewardship program of time, talent, and treasure. Treasure means the regular use of envelopes (identifiable contribution). **Students with special needs, will be accepted following the guidelines above IF there are resources available in the needed support programs. School admission policies are determined by the pastor and school principal in consultation of the local school board and in accordance with Diocesan Policy. Students who transfer from home schooling must provide evidence of academic achievement. If the student cannot provide adequate evidence, the school shall administer appropriate testing to determine grade level assignment. All students are admitted on a probationary basis of one trimester. Ascension is a private, Catholic School, that you chose to enroll your child in. Therefore, the philosophy and discipline of our school must be accepted if a child is to remain a student. We reserve the right to request that your child pursue an education elsewhere if he/she refuses to accept our rules and regulations. Tuition for a student who has been asked to withdraw will be prorated and any tuition paid by the family in advance will be refunded. Other fees, including registration will not be refunded. DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS Documentation for admission includes:

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Verification of active parish affiliation/stewardship Use of weekly envelopes or automatic deposit Health Records Birth Certificate (original) Baptismal Certificate (Catholic applicants only) Report Cards Standardized Test Results Record of IEP or 504 plan, if applicable Record of Immunizations and proof of health examination (must be presented by the first day of school)

All children entering public or private schools in Florida for the first time must be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, 9

tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubella and rubeola, and HIB. All students must be in compliance with all Brevard County health department regulations before they can enter the school. If a child is not in compliance with the health and immunization requirements by the first day of school, the principal shall exclude the child from school until the child presents proof of having had the health examination and presents proof of having received required immunizations. The Diocese of Orlando does not grant religious exemptions. All students with a medical exemption must submit a DH-640 to the school which is then sent to the diocese for approval and will be verified with the State of Florida. The written objection to immunization must be sent to the Superintendent of Schools so a determination can be made as to whether the objection is valid under Florida law. MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS Tuition for McKay Scholarship students is $7,700, not including registration fees and uniforms. To determine the financial obligation of the family, one must subtract the McKay scholarship amount. The difference, called “the GAP” between $7,700 and the scholarship amount, becomes tuition owed by the family for that student. Scholarship students are required to use the FACTS Tuition Management Program. The Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando requires that, prior to admission of a McKay Scholarship student, the Admissions Committee must determine if the school can meet the applicants teaching and learning needs, considering the capabilities and limitations of the school staff. Since it would be unethical to admit students who have needs greater than the school’s ability to provide for them, McKay students maybe accepted on a provisional basis. Provisional admission means that the school will admit the student, but reserves the right to require withdrawal if the school determines that the students’ needs have proven to be greater than the school can properly address. It is very important that McKay Scholarship recipients refrain from using any public school service, such as summer camp, or more than two courses of Florida Virtual School per year. Doing so will cause the scholarship to be forfeited. McKay Scholarships must be renewed each year, prior to the first week in August. STEP UP FOR STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICANTS The Step Up for Students Scholarship does not always cover the entire financial obligation. To calculate a scholarship recipient’s tuition obligation one must determine the tuition discount, such as the in-parish, or out-of-parish or non-Catholic sicounts. Once that amount is determined, one must subtract the Step Up for Students Scholarship grant to reveal the per student “gap” obligation. All families requiring tuition assistance must fill out FACTS tuition assistance paperwork. (See school business manager) All Step Up for Students recipients must use the FACTS Tuition Management Program. Step Up for Students Scholarships can be used in grades K-12. They must be renewed each year. The state of Florida performs an audit. Students must comply with the school attendance policy or risk losing their scholarship.

Scholarship Checks Step Up for Students and McKay Scholarships The following dates are the dates the checks are mailed to the school (4 times a year): (These will be updated when the dates are available) Step Up Checks Sept.

McKay Sept. 1

Dec.

Nov. 1

Feb.

Feb. 1

May

Apr. 1

It is the parents responsibility to sign the checks in a timely manner. As a courtesy, the school will notify the parents when the checks arrive. A $25 late fee will be deducted through FACTS if the check isn’t signed within 10 calendar days of notification.

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ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL Unless students are checked in to Morning Care in the Ministry Center, which opens at 7:00 a.m., they should not be on campus, as there is no supervision available until 7:40 a.m. Punctuality is an essential life-skill for the workplace. Punctuality habits are formed early in life. Therefore it is critical that students arrive and depart on time. All students are expected to be in their seats and ready to begin the school day promptly at 8:00 a.m. (See Attendance and subsection Tardiness for consequences) MORNING DROP-OFF Beginning at 7:40 a.m. students are dropped off in front of the two story building in the curb-side drop off lane, closest to the school. The school Safety Patrol and duty teachers will assist students in opening and closing car doors. Children must not depart the vehicle from the street-side doors, as cars will bypass to the left. Under no circumstances should drivers leave their cars unattended in the drop off lane. Any driver who needs to accompany a child/ren should park his/her car in a parking space and carefully escort the child/ren to the building, using designated crosswalks. Our primary concern is the safety of children. AFTERNOON PICK-UP All parents are asked to use the name and grade cards and place them on the dashboard or clip them to the visor. We ask that all parents remember that carline is NOT a time to talk to teachers. If you need to speak to the teacher, please arrange another time to do so. Students in Grades PK-K and those who carpool with them may be picked up on the west side of the cafeteria. Parents should pull all the way up the sidewalk to the end of the cafeteria so that more than one car can be loaded at a time. Once students are loaded, parents should pull away to allow the next students to be picked up. We ask that parents DO NOT park and walk through the carline. This is dangerous and slows the flow of traffic. Students in grades 1-3 will be picked up from the carline that runs next to the ministry building and school doors. Students will be kept inside and teachers will call students to the car s. All parents should use the carline and we ask that you do not park and walk through the carline to pick up your child. No child will be released from the building while the cars are moving in the carline. Students in Grades 4-8 may be picked up in the church parking lot. Parents must stay in their cars in the pick-up line and should not park and walk through the line. Please do not park and wave your child toward the car. This is unsafe and will not be allowed. Any child who is present in the school building or on the grounds after 3:25 ,will be placed in the after-school program, and their parents will be billed for the service. Parents are charged the daily rate of $4.00 an hour for using this program. A fee of $4.00 per 10 minutes is charged for students remaining beyond 6 p.m. This does not apply to those students staying for supervised extracurricular activities. There are no other exceptions to this policy. If a genuine emergency should occur, and parents realize that students will not be picked up on time, please notify the school office before the end of the school day since it is not safe for children to be left alone on the school grounds. EARLY DEPARTURE When a child departs school early for an appointment or due to illness, the parent must come to the office to sign out the child. The school office will call the child’s teacher and the child will be sent to the office to meet his/her parent. Please do not arrange to pick up your child between 2:30 pm and the end of the day as the teachers are trying to finish up the day, pack the students up, go over homework and other last minute details. Parents may be asked to present identification in order for the child to be released. This measure is designed to ensure the safety of the children. Children will not be permitted to wait in the office until the parent/guardian arrives. CHANGES IN PICK-UP PLANS Teachers cannot accept verbal authorization for changes in after-school arrangements. If a child is going home with someone other than the regular carpool, written permission must be sent to the teacher that morning. The office will accept last minute phone calls for TRUE emergencies, such as car trouble, for alternate arrangements. Parents must notify the office of changes in pick up plans prior to 2 p.m. We cannot guarantee that changes made AFTER 2 p.m. will be communicated to the student prior to dismissal. All students who are not picked up by 3:25 p.m. are sent to the After Care Program. RAINY DAY PICK-UP PROCEDURES 11

In the event of severe weather, that might possibly cause bodily harm, students will be kept safely inside the school building. Parents may come into school to pick up students. Staff will direct parents where to go.

ATHLETICS AND SPORTS Students in grades K-8 participate in extracurricular sports offered through The Catholic Youth Sports and other schoolsponsored teams. The Athletic Director organizes and operates the program. ACS fields teams in soccer, volleyball, flag football, basketball, tennis (when possible), and cheerleading. All fees go toward athletic uniforms, facility maintenance, officials and equipment. Students are responsible for lost or damaged equipment entrusted to their care. Any and all concerns or questions regarding the sports programs should be addressed to the Athletic Director. If the athletic director is unavailable, please contact the administration. Whenever possible, concerns should be in writing, if initially unresolved. All student athletes represent Ascension Catholic School, and are expected to be of exemplary conduct, both on and off the field. Appropriate dress/uniform is required at games and practices, as announced by the coach. A student must attend three periods of instruction on the day of a scheduled or make up athletic event. Any student who is absent from school on the day of a game, or who checked out of school due to illness, is not eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity later that same day.

ATHLETIC PROBATION Students must earn a minimum of 70 GPA (overall) on each report card, and have no more than one failing grade in order to participate in school sports programs. Failure to do so will result in the student’s being placed on athletic probation. During the period of probation, the student is ineligible to participate in practices and games, until the next progress report is issued. Students can regain eligibility once the deficiency is corrected. To participate in extracurricular activities, a student must ordinarily maintain a C cumulative average, as well as an S in all other areas including conduct. Any student who receives a grade other than an S on an interim report or a report card will not be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities for two weeks. At that time a student may rejoin the team based upon academic and behavioral improvement and teacher recommendation. The administration has the right to waive this rule if a student with learning disabilities is working up to his/her potential but still not maintaining a C average or in other exceptional circumstances as determined by the school administration.

ATHLETICS Ascension athletics are meant to provide an alternative environment for children to enter athletics without the pressure of having to be “number one” or “the best.” Ascension athletics emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship above winning. With that, we ask that all players and their parents/guardians please read and acknowledge the following information.

PLAYERS AND PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT PLAYERS 1. 2. 3. 4.

I will treat my teammates, opponents, coaches, parents, referees, and all others involved with respect at all times. I will give my full attention to my coach and always follow instructions. I will always try hard to do my best, both in practice and during games. I will encourage and help my teammates regardless of their athletic ability.

PARENTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

I will support my child unconditionally regardless of how well he/she performs. I realize that who wins or loses is of little consequence. I will not place pressure on my child to win. I will support the coach in his/her efforts to teach skills, teamwork, and good sportsmanship to the players. This includes ensuring that my child attends all practices and games. I will not seek special treatment nor ask for special privileges for my child. I will applaud the efforts of all the players in the games. I will never criticize another player. I will not embarrass my child, my school, or myself by criticizing or yelling at officials, coaches, players, other spectators, or athletic directors. All forms of hostility toward an official, coach, child, opposing team parent, or league director are unacceptable and have no place in this league. 12

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I will help the team whenever possible by providing my services as requested by the coach or team parent. I understand that if a question or concern about a coach or other player or parent arises during a game, I will not address the issue with the coach or other parents during or after the game. I will set up a meeting by e-mailing or calling the athletic director. If a meeting needs to be set up, the athletic director (and possibly administration) will be present. Ascension Catholic School understands that in the heat of competition, emotions might tempt spectators to forget that they are role models of propriety, sportsmanship, and fair play to our students, as well as members of the community. Spectator conduct must reflect the values, traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church at all times. Specific examples of unacceptable spectator conduct include, but are not limited to:

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foul or abusive language

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repeated taunting of opposing players, fans, coaches or officials

threatening or abusive behavior towards coaches, officials, players, fans, or supervising persons entering the field of play during a game without permission disregard or ignoring warnings by officials destruction of facilities, equipment or other property

COACHES’ PHILOSOPHY AND PRINCIPLES 1.

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I understand that as a coach, I must be a positive role model for the players and parents, and that I will exert a tremendous influence, either good or bad, in the education of the players. I will strive to instill in every child a sense of self-esteem, responsibility, confidence, dignity, and self-discipline, through an emphasis on fair play, teamwork, leadership, scholarship, and respect. I will never place the value of winning, or my own personal satisfactions, above the value of instilling the highest desirable ideals of character and Christianity that is consistent with a Catholic School Education. As a coach, I will devote time, thought, planning, and study to the rules of the game. I will prepare a practice and game plan realizing that this will best enable me to teach team sports. I agree that Ascension sports are intended to be enjoyable experiences for everyone involved, and as a coach I will set a fun tone for both practices and games. I will also strive to create an environment that eliminates a child’s fear of failure and promote the challenges of learning new skills. As a coach, I am totally responsible for my teams’ players, staff, and spectators. I am also responsible for instructing everyone on the league’s expectations for game behavior. All forms of hostility toward an official, coach, child, opposing team parent, or athletic director are unacceptable and have no place in this league. I will take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, and under no circumstances will partake or allow these activities to occur during practices or games. As an example to the children, before and after the game, I will establish a Christian tone by exchanging friendly greetings. I will teach the children that both teammates and opponents are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity, and if my team should lose, then their focus is to be on improving on the teams’ performance and not on what the other team, coach, or official did. Officials will have the total respect and support of the coach. I will not indulge in conduct that will incite players or spectators against the officials. Public criticism of officials or touching of the officials is unethical and will result in disciplinary action. I will ensure that I have been FBI fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando and completed online Safe Environment Training through the diocese website, and that if I am unable to be present at a game or practice, that at least one other coach/parent volunteer is present.

10. I understand that should my behavior violate this code of conduce, I will accept any disciplinary action as determined by the athletic director and/or administration.

ATTENDANCE School attendance is directly related to school achievement. All students are required to attend 181 days of school. It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure their children attend school everyday and arrive promptly. No student can be absent in excess of 30 days, excused or unexcused, without an academic progress plan approved by the school administrator. If number of days are exceeded, the student may be asked to withdraw or be retained because of impact to academic progress. 13

In situations where the student exceeds 30 days (excused or unexcused) without an approved academic progress plan, the school is obligated to report the attendance issue to the appropriate scholarship organization. This may result in the loss of annual scholarship and/or a request that the student be withdrawn from the school. When a student is absent from school parents should call the office by 9:00 a.m. each day of the absence. If the office does not receive a call, the parent will be contacted. This policy is for the protection of Ascension School students. Teachers will

inform the principal when a students is absent more than 10 days a trimester without notes from a medical provider. In cases where students are absent more than 10 days without a note from a medical provider, the principal will contact the parents or guardians. The final authority for determining acceptability of the reason for the absences shall rest with the principal. If attendance does not improve after the principal has contacted the parents or guardians, the student maybe asked not to return the next year. Please ensure that your child’s attendance practices are in accord with the

policy. Excessive absence undermines the academic progress of our students. Should the administration determine that absences are excessive and adversely affecting the student’s progress, the classroom environment, or the school, the student may be asked to withdraw. This policy includes VPK students. MAKE UP WORK WHEN ABSENT Students will be allowed one day for each day of absence due to illnesses for make up work. If the absence is prolonged special arrangements may be made with the teachers involved to make up the work within a reasonable time. Parents should contact teachers to arrange to pick up any missed work. Extended periods of absence interfere with the continuity of student learning and are discouraged. When students will be absent due to extended trips, makeup work may not always be available before they leave. Students will be required to do makeup work upon return either before school or after school, but not during classroom time. WRITTEN NOTES Written notes are required for:



absenteeism



permission to leave school early or stay after school for any activity



incomplete work or homework not done



permission to walk or ride a bike to or from school



permission to go home with another student who is not in his/her normal carpool



not wearing proper uniform



field trips

These permissions will not be granted over the telephone. TARDINESS A child is considered tardy if not present in class when the second morning bell rings at 8:05 a.m. Tardiness interferes with the student’s academic progress, morning work routines, disrupts the teacher and the class, makes unnecessary work for the office staff, and sets a negative tone for the student’s day. Tardiness also affects the student’s attitude towards the importance of school and can instill an attitude of “the rules do not apply to me.” In young children, it sometimes creates feelings of embarrassment and discomfort, as they walk into class late, under the eyes of their peers. It is also contrary to school policy, and may result in disciplinary action, up to, and including suspension or, in extreme cases, dismissal. Chronic tardiness may constitute a legal requirement to inform the Florida Department of Children and Families, per Florida law. Students, who accumulate an excessive amount of tardies each trimester, will be subject to disciplinary action. Families should work together to ensure that students arrive on time. A meeting with the principal may be needed to discuss solutions to the problem.

B BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL AND PRE-K EXTENDED CARE POLICY Our Pre-K Extended Care and before/After School Care Programs are operated for the convenience of our families at a cost of 14

$4.00 per hour. It is important that we collect fees on a regular and timely basis. The following policy has been established to address accounts for before and after program care: Pre-K Extended Care (PK and VPK 12:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.) fees will be collected on a monthly basis and are payable through the office upon receipt of the invoice. Before (7:00 a.m.—7:40 a.m.) and After (3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.) School Care fees will be collected on a weekly basis. Please pay the staff directly when you pick up your child from the Ministry Center. Given our requirement to staff the program sufficiently for the numbers of students attending, we must know by Monday of the week, who will be attending for that week. Since we pay hourly, funds must be collected to compensate for those hours. As in the past, some leeway can be given to accommodate parents in emergencies, however, it is expected that account obligations are settled monthly. Recent history has shown that some accounts have been allowed delinquent for a variety of reasons. While we desire to be compassionate and understanding, we can no longer permit students with delinquent accounts to attend either Pre-K Extended Care or Before and After School Care. In the event a negative balance exceeds $25.00, participation privileges will be suspended until the obligation has been removed. Should special circumstances arise, the principal should be contacted.

BEHAVIOR Ascension Catholic School constantly strives to provide a safe, secure environment for all students in an atmosphere of mutual respect, as cited in the Golden Rule. Since Christ is the center of our school, students are expected to refrain from disruptive, disrespectful or disobedient behavior and should take responsibility for their own actions.. Students should practice good health habits and be honest and polite. Students who are expected to always keep their hands to themselves. Students should not be being overly affectionate with other students or show public displays of affection when inappropriate at school. Students who have academic, social and/or emotional concerns should talk to a teacher or the guidance counselor. Students maybe asked to work through a decision making process with the staff to explore alternative behaviors which are acceptable and more appropriate. The Principal and/or Assistant Principal reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of an action if any doubt arises. Verbal or written threats, demeaning comments or actions, which affect the physical or emotional well-being of any individual, are taken seriously. Students making threats (seriously, in jest, or online) face detention, suspension, and/or expulsion. Similarly, harassment of any type is not tolerated. The principal investigates all allegations of harassment. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken, as appropriate. Students are expected to know and understand the rules and consequences for classroom, school, and public behavior, as stated in the Parent Student Handbook. They are expected to arrive on time, prepared for class, and in possession of homework assignments or other work due on that day. Disruptive, disrespectful, or grossly inappropriate behavior is unacceptable. Such disruptions adversely affect the learning environment, and will not be tolerated. Ascension generally subscribes to a “three strikes” policy, insofar as suspension from school, unless the behavior is of such a degree as to make immediate dismissal necessary. Students who display conduct, whether in or out of the school community, that reflects negatively on the Church or Catholic Schools, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including required withdrawal, particularly when the name of the school, its teachers, or students are impacted by the behavior of the student. Students will be subject to disciplinary action for: 1.

Actions gravely detrimental to the moral, spiritual and physical welfare of other students;

2.

Actions which are detrimental to the schools reputation;

3.

Grave offences which may include a violation of criminal law;

4.

Actions so outrageous as to shock the conscience or behavior of the community.

5.

Off campus behaviors which include inappropriateness toward teachers, students, or the school, or in the presentation of themselves in the realms of social media as well as other public forums.

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The following behaviors can lead to immediate required withdrawal: 1.

Disobedience, insubordination, or disrespect for authority;

2.

Language or behavior which is immoral, profane, vulgar, or obscene;

3.

Use, sale, distribution, or possession of drugs, alcohol, or any other legally controlled substance;

4.

Injury or harm to persons or property or serious threat of same whether in person or by electronic communication, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying;

5.

Unauthorized absence or continued tardiness;

6.

Assault with, or possession of, a lethal instrument or weapon;

7.

Theft or dishonesty;

8.

Outrageous, scandalous, or serious disruptive behavior;

9.

Habitual lack of effort leading to academic failure in classroom work;

10. Conduct at school or elsewhere which would reflect adversely on the Catholic school and the Church; 11. Cheating; 12. Consistent disrespect for other students such as sexual harassment of another student; or 13. Violation of Diocesan Network Acceptable Use Policy. Ascension Catholic school has a very limited tolerance policy towards any bullying behavior. Bullying happens when someone with more power unfairly hurts someone with less power over and over again. Power may be physical strength, social skill or influence, verbal ability, or any other source of power over another. At the elementary and middle school levels, bullying behaviors are predominantly verbal taunting, physical intimidation and exclusion from social groups. ACS does not tolerate such behavior, and will address it when it is reported or observed. Many of us experienced bullying behaviors in school. The outlook of society was that it was all part of growing up, and that students must “learn to deal with it.” Times have changed in a big way. We now recognize that bullying behavior can have serious life-long impact and may drive students to extreme measures. Therefore, we consider true bullying behavior to be a serious offense. If a student is confronted with a bullying situation, they are to tell the person to stop. If that does not have the desired effect, they are to tell an adult, who will address it with the student and the administration. Detailed instructions are listed under “Bullying Policy” in this handbook.

BEHAVIORAL PROBATION Should a student demonstrate severe behavior problems or a pattern of misconduct, as determined by the administration, he or she may be placed on Behavioral Probation. Subsequent misbehavior may require student withdrawal. The administration shall determine the specific conditions on a case-by-case basis.

BIRTHDAYS Each student gets a free NUT day on his or her birthday. If a student’s birthday falls on a weekend day or on a school holiday the birthday NUT day will be scheduled for the last school day before the student’s birthday (usually that will be a Friday). Students who have birthdays in the summer, will receive a “half-year birthday” NUT day exactly six months before their actual birthday. For example, a birth date of June 10th would result in a NUT day birthday on December 10th. If the “half-year birthday” NUT day falls on a weekend or a holiday, the NUT day will be scheduled for the last school day before the half year birthday. BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS Birthday party invitations may be distributed at the school under the following conditions:  the whole class is invited  a female student invites all the girls in the class  a male student invites all the boys in the class SCHOOL BIRTHDAY SIGN 16

For a $10 donation, your child's name can appear on the school marquis sign to celebrate their birthday. Birthday names will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. We will try our best to meet your requested date for your child's name to appear. However, due to school announcements or multiple birthdays this may not always be possible. Any conflicts will be settled based on the discretion of the school office staff.

BULLYING POLICY The bullying policy is nearly a verbatim adaptation of the Brevard County Schools’ policy, which reflects federal and state law. As a member of the body of Christ and part of the community of Ascension Catholic School, each person has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. No student has the right to treat another in any way that will cause physical or emotional pain. The school is committed to providing a positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The school encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse. The school will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities, including activities on school property or while en route to or from school-sponsored activities and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school's control, or where an employee is engaged in school business. AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR, by students or adults, is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student's educational, physical, or emotional well being. This type of behavior is a form of intimidation and harassment, although it need not be based on any of the legally protected characteristics, such as sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, or disability. It would include, but not be limited to, such behaviors as stalking, bullying/ cyberbullying, intimidating, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing. ANY STUDENT WHO BELIEVES S/HE HAS BEEN OR IS THE VICTIM OF AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR SHOULD IMMEDIATELY REPORT THE SITUATION TO THE ADULT IN CHARGE OR THE PRINCIPAL. THE teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator. Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required, to report any situation that they believe to be aggressive behavior directed toward a student. Reports may be made to those identified above. All complaints about aggressive behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. If the investigation finds an instance of aggressive behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial and/or disciplinary action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, up to exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers, and contractors. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. RETALIATION against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of aggressive behavior is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of school policy and independent of whether a complaint is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as aggressive behavior. Making intentionally false reports about aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above. The following definitions are provided for guidance only. If a student or other individual believes there has been aggressive behavior, regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it and allow the administration to determine the appropriate course of action. "BULLYING" is defined as a person willfully and repeatedly exercising power or control over another with hostile or malicious intent (i.e., repeated oppression, physical or psychological, of a less powerful individual by a more powerful individual or group). Bullying can be physical, verbal (oral) or written), electronically transmitted, psychological (e.g., emotional abuse), through attacks on the property of another, or a combination of any of these. Some examples of bullying are: A.

Physical - Repeated hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling, taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact

B.

Verbal - Repeated taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats

C.

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Emotional/Psychological - Repeatedly spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, blackmailing, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, terrorizing or intimidation

E.

"Cyberbullying" - the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal web sites, and defamatory online personal pooling web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to threaten or harm others, or which substantially disrupts or interferes with the operation of a school or an individual student's ability to receive an education

F.

Sexual — exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault, sex-ting, unwanted touching, inappropriate social networking;

The school recognizes that cyberbullying can be particularly devastating to young people because: 1.

Cyberbullies more easily hide behind the anonymity that the Internet provides;

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Cyberbullies spread their hurtful messages to a very wide audience with remarkable speed;

3.

Cyberbullies do not have to own their own action, as it is usually very difficult to identify cyberbullies because of screen names, so they do not fear being punished for their actions; and the reflection time that once existed between the planning of a prank - or a serious stunt - and its commission has all but been erased when it comes to cyberbullying activity.

Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to the following: 1.

Posting slurs or rumors or other disparaging remarks about a student on a web site or on a web log;

2.

Sending e-mail or instant messages that are mean or threatening, or so numerous as to drive up the victim’s cell phone bill;

3.

Using a camera or phone to take and send embarrassing photographs of students;

4.

Posting misleading or fake photographs of students on web sites.

"HARASSMENT" includes, but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written, or physical nature on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability (sexual orientation, physical characteristic, cultural background, socioeconomic status, or geographic location).

"INTIMIDATION" includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to tamper, substantially damage or interfere with another's property, cause substantial inconvenience, subject another to offensive physical contact, or inflict serious physical injury on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

"MENACING" includes, but is not limited to, any act intended to place a school employee, student, or third party in fear of imminent serious physical injury.

"HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, ASSAULT OR BULLYING”

means any act that substantially interferes with a student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation or at any official school bus stop, and that has the effect of: A.

Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;

B.

Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student's property; or

C.

Creating a hostile educational environment.

If a student feels that he/she is being bullied, he/she should follow these three steps: 1.

Tell the person doing the bullying to stop. Clearly state, “I don’t like what you are doing (saying), please stop” or report the incident to the teacher or adult supervisor.

2.

If the behavior is repeated on another occasion, again tell the person doing the bullying to stop. Clearly state, “I don’t like what you are doing (saying) to me. Please stop” and report the incident to the teacher or adult supervisor.

3.

The next time the same student bullies you, report the incident to the teacher or adult supervisor.

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Incidents of repeated bullying or harassment will be addressed by the teacher with the students and parents.

2.

Repeated incidents of this behavior will not be tolerated. Administration reserves the right to take any disciplinary actions as they deem appropriate, which may include conferencing, suspension and/or expulsion from Ascension Catholic School.

Listed by grade levels are some of the offenses that are considered harassment or bullying. They are listed in the grade level where they are thought to be most common but are considered bullying at any grade level on which they occur. These lists are samples and are not all-inclusive. Examples of Bullying by Grades (not all-inclusive) Primary Grades K – 2: • Continuous name calling / teasing (This includes reference to grades, appearances or any other topics which are offensive.) • Taking and/or hiding another student’s possessions • Invading personal space • Starting or spreading rumors / gossip • Continuous hitting, pushing • Writing unkind notes / pictures • Disrespect to another person’s belongings • Falsely accusing another student Intermediate Grades 3 – 5: • Continuous name calling / teasing (This includes reference to grades, appearances or any other topics which are offensive.) • pushing, poking, belittling, put downs • writing and/or passing unkind notes, pictures, cartoons • electronic messaging that is disrespectful, hurtful, vulgar, and/or threatening – not necessarily on school property • lying about another student • negative gestures and facial expressions • insults of any kind • starting or spreading rumors / gossip • retaliating • falsely accusing another student • demanding another’s possessions, food or money Middle School Grades 6 – 8:



Continuous name calling / teasing (This includes reference to grades, appearances or any other topics which are offensive.)

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lying about another student starting or spreading rumors / gossip physical threats intimidation writing and/or passing unkind notes, cartoons or drawings electronic messaging that is disrespectful, hurtful, vulgar, and/or threatening – not necessarily on school property negative gestures and facial expressions insults of any kind demanding another’s possessions, food or money 19

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sarcasm with intent to hurt another taking and/or hiding another student’s possessions falsely accusing another student Objects that are offensive

All student misbehaviors cannot be classified as bullying. A student being mean to another student is not acceptable but it is not bullying unless it is a repeated pattern of behavior. All students are taught to be kind, empathetic and forgiving. This does not mean they should tolerate being mistreated. If a student asks another student to stop being mean to them and they do not comply, it should be immediately reported to a teacher or supervising adult.

C CAFETERIA (Also see LUNCH) The cafeteria is considered a proper setting for promoting good eating habits and decorum. All students eat lunch in the cafeteria, unless otherwise approved by the administration in the event of special activities or incentives. Students are expected to behave in a respectful manner at all times. The following is a schedule of lunch times: Everyday: Grades 6-7-8 Grades 3-4-5 Grades K-1-2

11:45 – 12:15 11:00 - 11:30 12:30 - 1:00

CATHOLIC IDENTITY All students, including those of other ecclesial communities and religious faiths, must participate in the entire religious education program of the school. No school activities may begin before 1 PM on a Sunday.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES Students are permitted to bring a cell phone to school to be used for emergency situations. Cell phones must be kept in the student’s school bag or in the Main Office. The phone must be turned off while the student is on campus or risk being confiscated. If a cell phone is confiscated due to inappropriate use, the parent must come to the office to pick it up. If students need to make a phone call during school hours, they must use the school office phone. The same restrictions apply to iPods or other music players, DVD players and other similar electronic items. Please refer to the Acceptable Use Policy for more detailed information. If students are using an electronic device to read with, the student is not allowed to activate or use the 3G/4G wireless capability unless directed to do so by the teacher. Any electronic device that a student brings to school, must be free of offensive games, apps, and videos. Students must fill out and turn in a signed Electronic Reader Policy prior to using the device at school. Ascension School is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen electronic devices. Parents are asked to refrain from using cell phones in the traffic pattern for pick up and drop off, as such use may cause unsafe conditions for children.

CHEATING (See Academic Dishonesty) CHILD ABUSE POLICY The directive to report any suspected abuse is a clear mandate from the bishop. He has directed each one of us to cooperate fully with the investigation of any lawful authority - the Department of Children and Family Services or local law enforcement agents. We are not to interfere or hinder their investigation. All school employees who are responsible for care of children are mandatory reporters under Florida Statute 39.201. Teachers are required to report to the principal all suspected cases of child abuse or molestation, of child sexual misconduct, 20

of substance abuse, and of continued student harassment. It is the teacher's responsibility to follow up on all reports of student's harassment of one another when they are made known to them. The Diocese of Orlando, along with the bishop and the US Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has set new guidelines for both employees and volunteers of the Church and School for safety training. All employees and volunteers, both current and new to ministry working with children, will now be required to complete the Safe Environment Training provided by the Diocese of Orlando. To comply, volunteers and employees must either attend one of the “live” group sessions facilitated by a representative of the diocese and then complete the required form at the end of the training or complete the online training and quiz. More information is available at the school or church office.

CLASS ASSIGNMENT POLICY Ascension School has more than one class of students at most grade levels. Our goal in assigning a student to a class is to maintain equal class sizes within each grade and to maximize learning for ALL students. This process begins when our teachers of the current grade meet and collaborate on giving the administration input for assignments for the next year's classes, based on their observations, evaluations, and experiences with students and parents over the course of the current school year. For example, our first grade teachers meet with the administration to recommend assignments for Second Grade, and so on. The criteria, assigned by the administration, for teacher input is to, insofar as possible:

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divide classes into equal numbers of boys and girls;

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consider parental support issues and divide accordingly;

divide the students (equally) by demonstrated levels of academic ability and achievement; assign equal numbers of students with challenges, such as those presented by behavior, learning, attending, or other situations; separate known “oil and water” social situations; evenly divide students by their ability to function independently;

consider math group assignment, where appropriate (middle school) From time to time, the administration receives a request from a parent , alerting us to situations that may affect class assignment for their students. Our practice is to follow the procedure outlined above, then review all requests, to see if the requests have been satisfied through our process. For example, at times it is in the student’s best interest to be separated from another student, when possible. Requests based on wanting to keep friends together, for example, are not given the same weight as situations in which it is in the student's best interest to be separated from another student. Naturally there can be no guarantees that requests can be honored, but only that such requests will be given due consideration. As professional educators, we take great interest in what we feel is best for our students, based on daily observation, evaluation, and interaction with them. We ask that you trust our collective professional judgment in determining the best placement for your child. We hope we have effectively communicated our standard procedures and that all understand how our process works.

CLASS PARTIES Students from other grades, siblings or other guests may not attend class parties. If one class at a certain grade level hosts a party, BOTH classes must experience the same level of snacks, etc.

CLINIC The school clinic is not staffed by a nurse, but is staffed by school employees, entitled the Health Care Coordinator. First aid is administered in case of an accident. Children who become sick may be allowed to rest in the clinic. In the case of absence due to a communicable disease, a release card from the board of health or a letter from the family physician indicating that the board of health regulations have been fulfilled must be presented when the student returns to school. Our specific policy regarding returning to school after a general illness is:



Students may not return to school until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours. This means they need to be fever free WITHOUT the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Our policy is that any child with a temperature of 99.6 or higher is considered to have a fever. 21



Students who are vomiting or who have diarrhea may not return to school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.

The Health Care Coordinator may administer medication, but only as specifically directed in writing. Parents must fill out the proper clinic form, and medication must be in its original container and properly labeled. There shall be no liability for civil damages as a result of the administration of such medication when the person administering such medication acts as a reasonable, prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances. Florida Statute 232.46 establishes rules governing the administration of medications. The following rules and procedures must be followed:



Parents must fill out the medication permission form, which is available on the school website, and return it to the school office.



A separate authorization form must be filled out for each medication.



Prescription medication must be received in the original container, labeled with the student’s name, name of the drug, directions concerning dosage, time of day to be administered, name of the physician and date of the prescription.



Non– prescription medication must be brought to school in its original packaging and be labeled with the student’s name and specific directions for administration and dosage.



Students cannot keep the medication with them. In cases where the student is able to self-medicate, the Health care Coordinator will supervise. A student may self-administer medication at school if so ordered by his or her licensed prescriber per the student’s current and completed Medication Authorization Form. Students who suffer from asthma, allergies, diabetes or other conditions that require immediate use of medication shall be permitted to carry such medication and to self-administer such medication without supervision by school personnel only if the school has on file for the student a current and completed Medication Authorization Form permitting self-administration. In appropriate circumstances, a school may refuse to allow a student to self-administer medications.



No more than one week’s supply of medication will be accepted.



The student is responsible for coming to the health room to receive medication.



Parents are expected to provide a measuring device for all liquid medications.



When medication is not in use, it will be stored in a locked receptacle.



Changes in medication require a new authorization form to be filled out and signed.



For student safety, a responsible adult must deliver the medication to the health room.



When medication is discontinued, or when the school year ends, all unused medicines must be picked up within one week. Unclaimed medication will be destroyed at the end of two weeks.



A student may not share medications.

Children may not keep prescription or over-the-counter medication with them during the school day under any normal circumstances. This policy will only be altered in the case of potentially life-saving medications. Teachers or volunteers are not permitted to administer medication to the students. Parents are urged, with the help of the family physician, to plan a schedule of giving medication outside school hours. If this cannot be arranged, please notify the school office. The school retains the right to deny requests to administer medication. If the school denies a request for the administration of medication, parents/guardians must make other arrangements for the administration of medication to students. Emergency phone numbers for parents must be on file. If you change your address or phone number during the year, please notify the school. Any physical disability, including allergies, that might interfere with a student's learning should be made known to the teacher and the clinic staff, so that proper consideration should be given to the problem. Administration, clinic staff, and staff members should be notified if a child has any serious medical or emotional problem.

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Only officially sanctioned clubs are permitted. Every club must have a faculty sponsor or facilitator. Formation of informal “clubs” by students is prohibited, as such entities may appear to be exclusionary.

CONCERNS, QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS PROTOCOL From time to time, parents, students, teachers and other stakeholders may have concerns regarding school situations. The Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of subsidiarity, which calls for all of us to resolve differences at the lowest levels. For example, if a parent has a concern about a student, the very first step is to reserve judgment, contact the teacher and listen to both sides of the issue. If the parent still has concerns that have not been resolved, after discussing the issue with the teacher, the principal should then be contacted. In serious or complex situations that may result in severe consequences for any party concerned, then concerns may need to be placed in written form, such as letters, memos or email. The purpose of written correspondence is to clearly identify the specific concern, with sufficient details, so the concern may be thoroughly addressed.

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS Our Behavior Policy is intended to create a learning environment that allows all students to be safe and successful. The Diocese considers it a privilege for a student to attend a Catholic School and the student and parents should understand that the students represent the school to the community in a very unique way. Students who display conduct, whether in or out of the school community, that reflects negatively on the Church or Catholic Schools, may be subject to disciplinary action, up and including required withdrawal, particularly when the name of the school, its teachers, or students are impacted by the behavior of the student. In order to maintain a Christ-centered environment, all students have the responsibility to:



attend school regularly and be on time for all classes and school activities;



be obedient and respectful to all staff, both in and out of school;



wear proper uniform attire;



treat others and their property with respect, both in and out of school



display appropriate Christian principles of good behavior;



refrain from leaving the school grounds without permission;



refrain from using foul or abusive language on the school campus or at school sponsored activities;



refrain from chewing gum on the school campus;



refrain from remaining on school grounds after school unless participating in a supervised activity;



refrain from bringing obscene pictures or literature to school;



unless allowed for a special event by the teacher, refrain from bringing radios, video games, toys, cameras, pets, skateboards and music players of any type. School authorities reserve the right to confiscate such articles if brought to school without permission of the teacher or the administration;



students attending after school care may bring in extra items, when permitted by after care authorities, however such items must be kept out of sight during the day. ACS is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

CONDUCT REFERRAL In the event that a student does not adequately respond to a teacher’s correction or for more serious disciplinary infractions, a conduct referral may be issued. Referrals may be sent directly to the parents by a staff member, to the guidance counselor or to the principal. Conduct referrals are a quick, concise means of informing parents that a disciplinary situation requires parental action. Conduct referrals must be signed by the parent and returned to the originator the following day. A conduct referral may lead to further disciplinary action depending upon the severity of the offence. Any consequences will be determined by the administration and may take into account prior conduct infractions or referrals.

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CONDUCT OF PARENTS AND GUARDIANS The Diocese of Orlando recognizes that parents/guardians are the primary educators of their children. Parents and guardians in the local school community are expected to demonstrate respectful behavior at all times with faculty, administration, support staff, students, and volunteers, whether on or off school grounds or at school-related events. Parents should demonstrate support of the school’s and Diocesan educational mission, personnel, policies, and procedures. Inappropriate behaviors on the part of a parent may result in the parent being barred from attending school sponsored activities and sporting events. inappropriate behavior or failure to support the school policies and mission may result in the student’s exclusion from the school. Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to harassment, verbal abuse, assault or threats to the faculty, administration, staff, students, and volunteers of the school. Ordinarily a student is not to be deprived of a Catholic school education on grounds relating to the actions/attitudes of parents or guardians. When, in the judgment of the president, principal and/or the pastor, the behavior of a parent/guardian seriously interferes with teaching, learning, and a positive school environment, the administrator may: 1. Inform parents that the right of the parent/guardian to be present on school grounds is temporarily or permanently suspended. 2. Require withdrawal of the children of the parent/guardian temporarily or permanently from the local Catholic school. 3. The Catholic Church’s principle of subsidiary should be adhered to throughout any differences of opinion between the parent and the school.

COURTESY Courtesy is the mark of a well-educated person. The following rules are to be observed by students:



Students stand to greet all visitors to the classroom.



Students should remember to greet teachers or other adults in a friendly manner.



Children should not intrude upon the conversation of adults in order to give a message. Phrases such as "Please," "Excuse me," and "Thank you" should be in frequent use by students.



Students are to be respectful and reverent while in church.

CRISIS PLAN Ascension School has implemented a “crisis plan” in case of a lockdown or evacuation emergencies. All teachers are aware of these procedures to follow to keep your children safe. In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation of the building, students will be moved to the Ascension Catholic Church.

CHILD CUSTODY Access to the child, student records, and other confidential information shall be granted to parents and legal guardians unless stated otherwise in court-ordered documents. It is required that the custodial parent provide the principal with an official, updated copy of the custody order. Before accepting a student for admission, school personnel must verify that the person enrolling the child is the legal parent/guardian.  Before accepting a student for admission, school personnel must verify that the person enrolling the child is the legal parent/guardian. If someone other than the parent/guardian seeks to enroll a child, the Office of Catholic Schools should be contacted to review the situation. 24

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The school may not release a child, to a non-custodial parent unless court-ordered documents state in writing that said parent is permitted to have access to the child or such release is authorized in writing signed by and delivered to the school by the custodial parent. It is required that the custodial parent provide the principal with an official, updated copy of the custody order. If a school has on record a court order indicating that one parent has limited visitation rights or no visitation rights, and such parent makes an application to volunteer in the school, the principal need not accept the volunteer services of the parent. If the principal determines that such a parent is volunteering in order to increase contact with the child, the principal shall notify the custodial parent and have him/her settle the issue (if they can). If they cannot amicably settle the issue, volunteering may be denied. In the absence of a court order, a school should provide the non-custodial parent the opportunity, upon request, for a parent-teacher conference or to view student educational records. Likewise, the school should share pertinent information with the non-custodial parent in a timely manner.

D DEMERITS Demerits are assigned in grades 6-8 for relatively minor infractions of school rules. Upon receiving a demerit an email will be sent to the parents by the issuing teacher explaining the reason. Accumulating 5 demerits will earn a student a detention. The detention notice must be signed by the parents and returned to the teacher. Major infractions will be handled by the office.

DETENTIONS For students in grades 6—8, detentions will be served from 3:05 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. each Tuesday.

DISCIPLINE Approved methods of student correction will include, but are not limited to, the following:



check mark system



student conferences



parent conferences



administrative conferences



behavior contracts



loss of privileges



detention



suspension



expulsion

In addition to the discipline policies outlined above, students at any grade level may be subject to immediate required withdrawal for:



Disobedience, insubordination, or disrespect for authority;



Language or behavior which is immoral, profane, vulgar, or obscene;



Use, sale, distribution, or possession of drugs, alcohol, or any other legally controlled substance;



Injury or harm to persons or property or serious threat of same whether in person or by electronic communication, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying;



Unauthorized absence or continued tardiness;



Assault with, or possession of, a lethal instrument or weapon;



Theft or dishonesty;



Outrageous, scandalous, or serious disruptive behavior; 25



Habitual lack of effort leading to academic failure in classroom work;



Conduct at school or elsewhere which would reflect adversely on the Catholic school and the Church;



Cheating;



Consistent disrespect for other students such as sexual harassment of another student; or



Violation of Diocesan Network Acceptable Use Policy.



Accumulation of three (3) suspensions within one school year



Other situations or circumstances deemed unacceptable by the administration

DROPPED OFF ITEMS If there is a need to get an item to a student during the school day kindly mark the item with the student’s name, and the teacher’s name, and deliver it to the school office. Teachers are notified of the items and then send the students to the office to pick up missing items that are dropped off.

E E-MAIL E-mail address for members of the faculty and staff of ACS is first initial last [email protected] Example: [email protected] All users of e-mail correspondence are reminded of the limitations of e-mail, such as the fact that one cannot adequately convey “tone of voice,” “body language” and other indicators of compassion or concern, when using e-mail. Therefore, we should all assume the best of each other when using e-mail.

EMERGENCY DRILLS Security is taken very seriously. The school’s security plans have been evaluated by the police department, sheriff’s department and an outside security firm. The school conducts a variety of emergency drills, including evacuation for fire and other emergencies as well as tornado and lock down situations and has a crisis management plan in place.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION Ascension School follows the Brevard County Schools’ recommendations for school closings in the event of an emergency, such as a hurricane. If the public schools close due to an impending storm, the diocese mandates that we must close. We may follow the reopening schedule of the public school district or we may not. Keep in mind that they may only reopen some of their schools, or that we may not be ready to reopen when they do, the following procedures will be followed:



A message will be recorded on the school answering machine.



A message will be posted on the school website.



Local media will be notified (radio and television).



In some cases, a phone, email or text message will be sent.

Please bear in mind that all of the above are dependent upon the availability of electricity, phone service, the willingness of local media to broadcast our announcements, and the availability or accessibility of the necessary people. Our goal will always be to get the students back into the ordinary routine of school, once we feel the buildings and roads are safe.

AFTER AND EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM After care encompasses both before and after school care. After school care is available from 3:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on school days. Sometimes, if the school is closed there is no after school care available. Before school care is available from 7:007:40am. After care is provided in the classrooms located in the Ministry Center and involves an additional fee. All students 26

must be signed in at the beginning of the session and signed out by the parent, guardian, or designated adult before leaving. For more information, please contact the office or the Director of After School Care. The phone number for more information is (321) 254-1595 x. 3041. Extended care for students who are dismissed at noon is available in the school building from noon to 3 pm. Parents are asked to let the preschool staff know if students will be staying so that a proper number of staff are scheduled to work.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Ascension offers a wide variety of activities after school hours. Students participating in such activities must be under adult supervision at all times. Should coaches be delayed or time gaps arise between dismissal and various activities, students must report to Extended Care.

F FIELD TRIPS Field Trips are a privilege, not a right. Students can be denied participation if they fail to meet behavioral or academic requirements as determined by classroom teachers or school administration. Students are required to turn in the Diocesan Standard Permission Form as well as the Diocesan Medical and Emergency Notification Information and Authorization for Medical Treatment Form, which are required by diocesan policy, by the stated deadline. These permission forms cannot be altered or added to in any way. If this permission form is not signed by the parent/guardian then the school will not permit the child to participate in the activity. The school cannot accept letters stating that the child may go on the field trip. Phone calls cannot be accepted in lieu of the diocesan permission slip form. All forms must be turned in on or before the deadline. All adults chaperones must complete all applicable diocesan forms, including but not limited to, Adult Consent Form Liability Waiver, Adult Driver Information sheet, Parental Guardian Consent Form Liability Waiver, and Parental/Guardian Medical Information Consent Form. All volunteer drivers are required to submit, at least two weeks in advance of the field trip, a copy of a valid driver's license. In addition, a copy of their insurance policy declaration page listing the type and amount of coverage. The required diocesan coverage amount of 100/300/50 must be submitted at the same time. Diocesan regulations require that all volunteer drivers must complete the Orlando Diocesan Safe Environment Training and comply with the Diocesan Fingerprinting Policy and must be 25 years of age or older before being permitted to drive students. (see Fingerprinting). If parents, guardians, or other adults transport their own children, relatives, or other children in the school to a field trip, athletic event or co-curricular activity, and they are using their own vehicle or a vehicle that is not owned by the school or the Diocese of Orlando, they are doing so on their own and not as an agent of the school and the school or the diocese are not responsible and the vehicle owner’s auto insurance is primary and the Diocese of Orlando does not provide insurance for any such driver. Only students enrolled in the class which is participating in the field trip may accompany the class on the trip. Parents who are chaperoning field trips may not bring siblings, relatives, friends, etc. as companions for either themselves or their child (ren). Chaperoning a field trip is a serious responsibility and every care must be taken so that parents who take on this responsibility are able to discharge their responsibility in the most competent manner possible. All chaperones must be at least 21 years of age and have completed the Orlando Diocesan Safe Environment Training and comply with the Diocesan Fingerprinting Policy. If bus transportation is provided for a field trip, all students must ride the bus to the event but may return home with their parent. This is permissible only if the need arises. In cases in which students are transported to and from field trips on a bus, the following code of conduct must be followed: 1.

2.

The parents/guardians shall ensure that when the physical disability of the student renders the student unable to get on and off the bus without assistance, the parent or guardian shall provide the necessary assistance to help the student get on or off at the bus stop, as required by district policy or the student's individual education plan. (ref. FAC 6A-3.0121) The driver is in full charge of the bus and students. STUDENTS MUST OBEY THE DRIVER AT ALL TIMES AND FOLLOW THE POSTED RULES FOR RIDING THE BUS. 27

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Enter the bus in an orderly manner, and sit in assigned seat if designated by the teachers or driver. Remain seated and facing forward at all times when the bus is moving. Keep all portions of the body inside the bus. No eating, drinking, smoking, or tobacco is allowed on the bus. No glass or breakable containers, reptiles, bugs, animals or marine life are allowed on the bus. Absolute silence is required at railroad crossings. It is a felony to throw any items out of the windows of the bus. Parents and students will be held responsible. No littering or throwing objects inside the bus is allowed. Parents and students will be held responsible for all vandalism to the bus by students. Restitution will be required. No obscene language or gestures will be permitted on the bus. No posters or signs will be displayed from the bus. Bulky or objectionable articles, including large musical instruments that cannot be held in the student’s lap will not be permitted on the bus. No objects may block the aisles or emergency exits.

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS The financial obligations incurred by a student attending ACS must be fully satisfied in order to receive the final report card. The school will take whatever steps are deemed legal and necessary to collect delinquent accounts. In addition to the payment of tuition, parents are required to volunteer for 100 units of service or donate an additional $200. The Home and School Association issues a list of ways in which parents may earn these units of service. At year’s end, any unsettled service accounts will result in the unfulfilled amount being added to the tuition account. TUITION OBLIGATIONS Tuition obligations are taken care of in accordance with the written information each family receives from the school office. School tuition may be discounted for families who are registered in the parish, attend Mass regularly, are involved in the parish stewardship by time or talent, and financial support of the parish through the regular use of parish envelopes at the Saturday evening or Sunday Masses as well as family needs. All new families must meet with Fr. Tobin to see if they qualify for discounts. TUITION SUBSIDIES Applications for subsidies are online through FACTS, under the “Grants and Aid” tab. Applications are reviewed by the FACTS company. The deadline for submission is May 15th. REGISTRATION FEES are non-refundable. Parents sign an enrollment form indicating the planned method of tuition payment, i.e. two payments in July and November or monthly FACTS payments collected on the 1st or 15th of each month. If a different date is needed, please contact the financial manager. BOOK FEES are included in the tuition payment. NSF CHECKS - Any check returned to ACS shall incur a $25 fee. STUDENT TRANSFER AND TUITION REFUND Students will not be permitted to register or attend another Catholic school within the Diocese until all financial obligations at their current or previous Catholic school within the Diocese have been met. If a student transfers to another Catholic school in the Diocese one month prior to the first day of school opening, any prepayment of tuition or registration fees shall transfer to the new school. If a student transfers to another Catholic school in the Diocese, any less than one month prior to the first day of school opening, any registration fees or prepayment of tuition shall remain with the original school. If a student transfers out of a Diocesan school, the amount owed will be based upon the number of months the student attended school. No official transcripts will be transferred for students whose tuition is in arrears. DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS Accounts are considered delinquent after the last day of the month. A late fee will be assessed on all accounts not paid 28

before this date. Accounts that remain delinquent past 60 days will result in termination of access to the parent portal site until the account is brought current. Accounts that remain delinquent past 90 days are considered to be in default of contract and may be turned over to an attorney or collection agency for final resolution. Any additional expenses incurred as a result of the collection will become the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Student may be excluded from school. No student will receive a diploma and no transcripts will be sent for students whose tuition is in arrears. Students may not register/re-register in any Diocesan school the following year until all accounts are paid in full. Official student records, including diplomas and report cards, will not be released until all financial obligations are met.

FINGERPRINTING Diocesan regulations require that all volunteers must complete the Orlando Diocesan Safe Environment Training and comply with the Diocesan Fingerprinting Policies Volunteers are expected to pay for the cost of fingerprinting. This procedure must be repeated every five years. For more information on how to complete the training, visit the school website: www.ascensioncatholicsch.org and click the “Fingerprinting/Safe Environment Training” link.

FOOD PANTRY The Ascension Catholic School families help our less fortunate neighbors each year by donating food and supplies to the parish food pantry. Non-perishable food items will be collected every Wednesday throughout the school year at the weekly school Mass. Suggested items include:



Canned: tuna, beef stew, Spam, spaghetti sauce, chili, ravioli, fruit, vegetables, juice, soups, and beans.



Other foods: instant coffee, peanut butter, jelly, Jello, cereal, macaroni & cheese, pasta, pancake mix, rice, sugar, flour, cake mix, muffin mix, powdered milk, and Kool-aid.



Non-food: dish soap, laundry soap, bathroom tissue, hand soap, baby diapers, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste.

H HARASSMENT/ DEMEANING BEHAVIORS (See Bullying Behaviors) HOMEWORK It is our policy at Ascension School to give homework Monday through Thursday. Sometimes students will be asked to do work over the weekend, especially if work given during the week has not been completed. The type and length of homework assignments vary from teacher to teacher. Ordinarily, the amount and complexity of homework will increase as the student advances. The following guidelines suggest the approximate time an average evening of homework might require of a typical student: Grades K-2

10—30 minutes

Grades 3-5

20 - 40 minutes

Grades 6-8

60—90 minutes

Long-term projects and test preparation are exceptions to this general policy. If a student frequently needs more time than indicated then a parent-teacher conference is recommended. No homework will be given on scheduled Home and School Meeting days to students in grades K-5.

HONOR ROLL Honor roll requirements for 6th, 7th and 8th grades are as follows: FIRST HONORS: 1.

A cumulative average of 94% or above in the academic subject areas excluding P.E., art, music and Technology. (Cumulative averages are not rounded).

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Students cannot have any grade below an 83%, in any subject including PE, art, music, and technology.

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Students must have satisfactory conduct grades and no suspensions for the trimester.

4.

Students must have met their Reading Renaissance goals for that trimester.

SECOND HONORS: 1.

A cumulative average of 90% - 93.9% in the academic subject areas excluding P.E., Art, music and Technology. (Cumulative averages are not rounded).

2.

Students cannot have any grade below an 83%, in any subject including PE, art, music, and technology.

3.

Students must have satisfactory conduct grades and no suspensions for the trimester.

4.

Student must have met their Reading Renaissance goals for that trimester.

I INCLEMENT WEATHER Announcements regarding school cancellations are made via the local TV news channels and radio stations. ACS will abide by the emergency weather/school closings ( although we may reopen before they do) of Brevard County Schools.

INSURANCE All enrolled Ascension students are covered under a supplemental insurance program. The policy covers students attending any scheduled school activity. Please ask the office or clinic for forms if your child is injured at school and requires medical attention. This policy is supplemental to a child’s own insurance coverage. Where a child is not insured, this insurance still covers the bills.

INTERNET Ascension’s website is www.ascensioncatholicsch.org Engagement in e-mail, texting or other social media, such as, Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat etc. may result in disciplinary actions if the content of the student’s or parent’s social media include defamatory comments regarding the school, the faculty, other students or the parish. No parent should open a Facebook® or other social media account under the name of the school or a particular grade or organization. The only official Ascension Facebook® page is the one created and monitored by Ascension School. A parent who chooses to create such an account may subject his/her child(ren) to separation from the school.

L LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER The library/media center will be open to all students during the school year. A schedule of times for students to visit the library will be posted near the library door at the beginning of the school year. Lost or damaged books are the financial responsibility of the parents of the students who check them out. Fines may be charged for overdue books. Report cards and transcripts may be withheld for outstanding library fines. For returning families, the fees and fines will be added to the tuition invoice for the following year, if the obligation has not been resolved prior to the end of the school year.

LOST AND FOUND The Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria. Tables are set up at the rear of the cafeteria for reclamation of lost items. Items not claimed are donated to charitable organizations at the end of each semester.

LUNCH Student lunches from home cannot be heated in the school cafeteria. Please do not send food and have your child ask someone to microwave it for them. 30

Students may purchase lunch in the cafeteria or bring it from home. Milk is available and recommended as part of a healthy lunch. We discourage soft drinks from home as a lunch time beverage. A balanced selection of luncheon foods, with minimal sugar content is recommended. The school provides hot lunches, using some volunteers, and prepares menus to satisfy the proper nutrition needs of our young people. Questions regarding the lunch program should be addressed to the cafeteria coordinator. Maintaining a positive account balance and controlling the purchases of their students is the responsibility of the parents. Parents are expected to monitor the status of their children’s account on a weekly basis, so that sufficient funds are available for them to purchase lunch. Parents are responsible for maintaining a valid email address in the Lunchtime Account System as well as setting up an automatic notification email for when their child’s balance falls below a certain level. Parents may set up automatic account replenishment if so desired. Students will not be refused food services if there is a positive balance or if the negative balance is less than $10.00, however, once a negative balance reaches $10.00, students will only receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, as a stop-gap measure, for three days, or until the account has been replenished. If the account is not replenished, we have no choice but to refuse service to the student. To avoid embarrassment of the students or their family, we encourage all parents to devote the necessary time and attention to this obligation. Parents are welcome to have lunch with their students on any day. Visitors must sign in in the office prior to proceeding to the cafeteria. We do ask that all refrain from bringing in fast food, as it does cause problems for the other students, especially those at lower grades, should we not offer similar items on that day’s cafeteria menu.

M MASS All students will attend school Mass each Wednesday morning. Students are encouraged to bring food items forward at this Mass during the presentation of the gifts. Parents and friends are invited to assist in the celebration with faculty and students. Each class in turn prepares the liturgy for the Mass. Students attend Mass on Holy Days. During the week in which a Holy Day occurs, there will not be a Wednesday liturgy.

MORNING ROUTINE Our morning routine begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Parents are asked to be clear of the classrooms by the 8:00 a.m. bell, so that our teachers and students can begin the morning board work and other important routines.

MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY REQUIREMENTS Tri-M is the international honor society recognizes music students for their musical ability, academic excellence, school involvement, and community service. To be eligible for selection a student must meet the following criteria:



be in the eighth grade and



have 3 years of active Band membership, which includes weekly attendance at rehearsals, participation in performance venues at school and within the community, as well as competition experience via the Music Federation organization.



have a "B" average or better.

N NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY (NJHS) The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premiere organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Service, Scholarship, Character and Leadership. The NJHS is open to all 7th and 8th Grade students, when the application is made available each year, Successful applicants will meet and maintain the following criteria:



Demonstrate and maintain active participation in all school and community service functions, as determined by the 31

faculty and administration



Maintain a minimum of a 92 cumulative GPA at the time of selection and thereafter



NJHS members are expected to act as models of propriety at all times, adhering to all aspects of ACS standards of conduct, as published in the handbook, in letter and spirit. Any suspension level violation of the standards of conduct will result in denial of admission or dismissal from the NJHS, once inducted.

Members demonstrate leadership by attendance at meetings, and/or taking leadership roles in school or community activities, both curricular and extra-curricular.

NUT DAY NUT (No Uniform Today) Days are held throughout the year. Students will be notified of any special occasions when they are allowed to wear NUT day clothing. Some days are given for special occasions. For others, students donate $1.00 to participate. NUT days are run by the Student Service Council, and the fees collected go to a wide variety of charitable causes or for student projects. Students are expected to make good decisions when choosing NUT day attire as NUT days are a privilege and not a right. The administration reserves the right to request a change of clothing for inappropriately dressed students or to ask a student to wear a loaned a school uniform. Each student gets a free NUT day on his or her birthday. Please adhere to the following guidelines: Students may not wear: · Sandals- only closed toes and heels permitted. FOR SAFETY: Tennis Shoes are the preferred shoes as many students have PE and recess as well as stairs to negotiate. No shoes that convert to skates. · Clothing you can see through or with open tears that show bare skin · tank tops, all shirts should have sleeves · t-shirts with inappropriate writing · short shorts, (shorts should be mid-thigh) biker shorts, skin tight leggings or yoga pants are only allowed with a long shirt that covers the entire hips and comes down past buttocks · pajamas, or pajama shorts or pants. · hats All school uniform policies concerning hair, make-up, jewelry, nail polish, hats, roller skate shoes, etc. still apply Good Rule: If you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t. Repeated offenses of the dress code will cause the student to lose NUT day privileges. Parents, please use your good judgment. ALL UNIFORM REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE PRINCIPAL AND ASISSTANT PRINCIPAL.

P PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES AND COMMUNICATION There is one scheduled conference time during the school year. If parents would like to conference with a teacher at any other time they should call the school office and leave a message for the teacher. The teacher can then contact the parent and both can arrange a mutually agreed upon time. If a parent has a problem or a concern regarding their child's work or behavior, the teacher must be consulted first before contacting a school administrator. If the problem cannot be resolved with the teacher, then it can be arranged for a school administrator to be present at another conference with the parent and teacher. Teachers have been asked to avoid holding impromptu conferences in settings outside the school house or classroom. Concerns involving our students are too important to be addressed casually and outside the appropriate atmosphere. Therefore, we ask our parents to respect the need for professionalism that we require of our teachers. E-mail addresses and other information can be found on the school web site: http://www.ascensioncatholicsch.org. Additional information can be found on the parent portal. 32

PHOTOGRAPHY As part of our public relations efforts, we routinely photograph faculty, staff, parents and students involved in school-related activities. Should you desire to NOT participate in such activities, please sign the form during registration.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION All students are required to take physical education at Ascension School unless a doctor's certificate is furnished in case of any prolonged illness or injury. Students are required to dress out for class in the Ascension PE uniform.

POTTY TRAINING All students, including all Prek3 and VPK students, must be toilet trained prior to entering school.

PROMOTION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS In order to be promoted to the next grade, students must have a C average or a grade of 70% in the basic skills - Language arts and mathematics. In some cases a teacher may promote a student conditionally. This decision is up to the classroom teacher and the administration.

R RADON/ASBESTOS/MOLD TESTING Ascension Catholic School is in compliance with all current federal and state regulations regarding testing for asbestos and radon. The final inspection was completed in October 2004 and reports are available for examination in the school's administrative office. Please make an appointment with the school office if you would like to view the plan. In February 2005, the school was inspected and found to be mold free.

RAINBOWS RAINBOWS is a school-sponsored support group for students, who have experienced a change in their family due to divorce or loss of loved one. The program is operated by the school counselor and qualified staff. For more information, please contact the guidance office.

RECORDS Accurate and current files for each student are maintained in the school office. Ascension School adheres to the Buckley Amendment regarding access to student records. Access to these files is limited to the diocesan Superintendent of Schools, the professional staff of the school, the parent or guardian of the student, a court of competent jurisdiction, and to such other persons as the parent, guardian, or principal may authorize in writing. If a parent or student wishes to view a record, the request should be made in writing, giving 24 hours notice to the school. Records show a student's legal name. If a student has his/her name changed, the parent or guardian must present a legal document for the name change to be placed in the student's file. Divorced/separated parents MUST furnish the office with a copy of the custody section of the divorce or separation decree, in order to receive multiple copies of academic records, or to have the school enforce court decrees. The school cannot restrict mutual access without official court documents, so stating. This information will also help the school in determining when, if ever, the child can be released to the non-custodial parent. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no information given to the non-custodial parent, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with an official copy of the court order. Ascension will not be held responsible for failing to honor arrangements that have not been made known to the school. In accordance with diocese of Orlando’s policy, no records will be sent to transferring schools of students whose financial commitment is in arrears. Report cards may be withheld for non-payment of tuition or fees. In addition, accounts must be cleared, before one Catholic school can accept a student from another Catholic school. Records— School Transfer: It is the policy of Ascension School to complete only the objective sections of an academic reference for a school transfer. No subjective information about students will be completed by school administration or 33

faculty. All academic references must be submitted to the school administration for review. Once an official record request has been received, a student’s records are transferred directly to the school.

RELEASE OF A STUDENT TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY Ascension School will comply with authorized local law enforcement and child protection agencies when they request protective custody of a student and will follow the direction of the law enforcement agency with regard to notifying the parent/guardian when a child is taken into protective custody. The police or DCFS agent is not required to wait for the arrival of the parent/guardian and may leave immediately with the child. Neither the police or DCFS agent needs the others presence to take protective custody. Either entity can do so independently of the other agency.

RETENTION POLICY The goal of Catholic education is to focus on the needs of the individual child and to ensure that they meet the established curricular and developmental objectives for each grade level. Sometimes, students have not demonstrated sufficient mastery of the academic or developmental objectives to move on to the next grade level.



If a student fails to make sufficient progress, as determined by the teacher and the administration, parents will be notified as soon as possible, so that the school and home may cooperate in helping the student achieve greater success.



Retention decisions are made through a collaborative effort by the educational team, comprised of the teacher, parents, counselor and administration. The administration reserves the right to make the final decision.



Most retentions should be at primary level, however older students may be considered, if it is in their best interest, as determined by the educational team.



No student should be retained for more than one year, unless considered absolutely necessary.



Light’s Retention Scale shall be used to assist in the evaluation process.



The teacher is to discuss the possibility of retention with the principal prior to contacting the parent.



Parent notification of the recommendation to retain, or accelerate is to be given as early as possible in the school year, but no later than the end of the second reporting period. Notification of possible retention is to include a note on the report card. Exceptions must be approved by the principal.

S SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM The sacramental life of the children in the Catholic tradition is an important component of the religion program at Ascension School. Preparations for two sacraments, Reconciliation and Eucharist, form the core of our efforts in Grade 2. In accordance with the diocesan guidelines, candidates for First Eucharist will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to First Eucharist. Parents are required to be active partners in preparation of their children for these sacraments. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are only conferred to students baptized in the Roman Catholic tradition.

SCHOOL PROPERTY The parent of a child who carelessly destroys or damages any furniture, equipment, buildings, or anyone’s personal property will be obligated to pay the full amount of repairs and labor or replacement. Textbooks rented by the student must have a proper book cover. No writing in rented textbooks is permitted. The student will pay a fine or replacement for damaged or lost texts before any final reports, transcripts, or diplomas are presented.

SCOUT UNIFORMS Scout uniforms may be worn on scheduled meetings days.

SEARCH OF STUDENTS AND THEIR PROPERTY The Diocese of Orlando affirms that, consistent with the Diocesan Mission Statement, each Catholic school has a special responsibility for the conduct of students and for ensuring the right of teachers to teach and students to learn in a safe and 34

caring Christian environment. Given the Diocese’s dedication to create and maintain a safe environment, students will not have any expectation of privacy with respect to any and all property brought on school grounds or to school events. The search of a student’s person or any item carried by the student is permissible when there is any suspicion that the student may be carrying contraband. Contraband is defined as any weapon, dangerous object, illegal drug, drug paraphernalia or other item prohibited by law or by school policy. All property of the school, including student desks and lockers, as well as contents, may be opened, searched or inspected at any time without notice. School personnel have an unrestricted right to search this property as well as any containers, book bags, purses, or articles of clothing that are left unattended on the school campus. Searches may be conducted by authorized school personnel, police, or other appropriate officials with the approval of the principal, including random searches. Ascension Catholic School will follow all federal, state and local laws in respect to any students involvement in illegal activities and will cooperate with all law enforcement personnel. The administration does not need to notify parents prior to the questioning of a student by law enforcement, however, the administration may ask to notify the parents/guardians if permissible.

SOARIN’ PROGRAMS SOARIN’ I is a school-wide enrichment approach to challenge all students to reach their highest potential. It includes talent assessment, classroom enrichment, grade-level enrichment clusters, and extracurricular opportunities. The entire Ascension family is part of our efforts to continually improve opportunities for our children to develop their God-given gifts and talent.

ENRICHMENT CLUSTERS (EC) Students needing enrichment beyond the classroom may participate in Enrichment Clusters, which will be scheduled by grade -level. Selection may be initiated by nomination of a student by a teacher or parent. Students of high-potential will be identified through assessment of achievement, creativity, intelligence, and task-commitment, using the following criteria. Criteria Indicating High-Potential (Renzulli SEM) a.

High Intelligence (must meet one) i. previous GSP qualification; OR ii. KBIT 2: IQ Composite of 125 or greater; OR iii. ITBS or Otis-Lennon: national percentile rank of at least 98% in Core.

b.

Creativity (must meet all) i. Soarin'1 Behavioral Characteristics Checklist: scores in the 3rd or 4th quartile when evaluated by at least two teachers (Academic and Fine Arts), AND ii. Soarin'1 Parent/Guardian Report: at least 7 behaviors observed often by rater

c.

Task Commitment (must meet all) i. teacher recommendation: positive recommendation by at least 2 teachers; AND i.cumulative file review: no unaddressed issues indicating poor task commitment.

If all three criteria are met, and space is available, the student will be invited to participate in their grade-level Enrichment Cluster. Continued participation is contingent upon maintaining high levels of achievement in the classroom and in the cluster. Soarin II is a school wide program that exists to assist students who may need additional learning support. Student selection and inclusion in this program is based on individual qualifications, which are determined by test scores, grades, and academic performance as well as other screenings and assessments, if warranted. For more information, please contact Ms. Carroll through the school office.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY The Spanish Honor Society membership is offered to students who have completed eighth grade and meet the following 35

criteria:



Have maintained an excellent academic record.



Have scored a 94% or above on any assignment during the eighth grade year of study.



Have no grade lower than 85% in any other subjects.



Have satisfactory conduct.

STANDARDIZED TESTING It is the diocesan and school policy to administer the Terra Nova to students in grades two through eight in the spring. Make every effort to have children attend school during the entire testing period. Doctor and dental appointments should not be made during this week. When children are ill, we do not expect them to take the tests. We trust that the parents will make the right decisions with regard to their children's physical condition for testing. There is a limited period of time in which to make up any testing that is missed because a student was absent. Standardized Testing in the Diocese of Orlando All schools in the Diocese of Orlando are required to administer standardized testing as an integral part of the total instructional program. This testing, however, is not “high-stakes” – the results are not used to determine teacher efficacy, nor are they used solely to determine a child’s promotion or retention. Test results/scores are simply one measure of the total composite of a child’s individual academic progress; thus, the information is used to assist teachers in meeting the specific and targeted learning expectations for a child’s appropriate developmental level. This information is critical in helping our teachers provide the best educational opportunities for our students. Given the number of benefits derived from the standardized testing, the Diocese of Orlando does not allow a parent or a student the choice of “opt-out” of testing. Students who are absent for any reason, including medical absences, during the school’s designated testing window will be rescheduled for testing upon his/her return to school at the discretion of the school’s administration. Students will not be exempted from taking standardized tests. Accommodations or modifications will be offered as required to meet the qualified child’s learning needs. This means accommodations or modifications are allowed only when specifically indicated through testing via a professional evaluation completed as part of the IDEA Child Find process by the public school District, or through a private psychological-educational evaluation approved by the Office of Catholic Schools. In addition, Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando do not write 504 Student Disability plans. Accommodations or modifications are offered at the sole discretion of the school staff and must be based on an evaluation of the documentation provided and other factors deemed relevant by the school staff.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES Altar Servers

Grades 5 - 8

interested Catholics

Art Fairs and Exhibits

Grades K - 8

by selection

Basketball — Competitive league (girls & boys) Grades 6 - 8

by tryouts

Basketball, Recreational

Grades K-5

interested students

Band

Grades 4-8

by audition

Band Academy

Grades 7-8

performance, academics

Bell Choir

Grades 6-8

by audition

Cheerleading

Grades 5-8

by tryouts (girls)

(girls & boys)

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(Other ages as coaches are available) Chess Club

Grades K-8

interested students

Choir

Grades 3-8

by selection

CyberPatriots

Grades 6-8

by interest and selection

Drama Club

Grades 4-8

interested students, by tryouts

Essay Contests

Grades vary

participation

Flag Football

Grades 6-8

interested boys

Geography Bee

Grades 6-8

by tryouts

Lego League

Grade 5-8

interest

Liturgical Ensemble

Grades 6-8

by audition

Music Federation Club

Grades 3-8

by audition

National Junior Honor Society

Grade 7 & 8

by selection

Orff Ensemble

Grades 5-8

by audition

Rainbows for All God's Children

Grades K - 8

parental request

Recorder Ensemble

Grades 5

level 3 instruction

Science Fairs

Grades 4 - 8

all students

Science Research

Grades 6-8

interested students

Soccer (girls & boys)

Grades 6-8

interested students

Soccer (girls & boys)

Grades K-5

interested students

Spanish Honor Society

Grade 8

by selection

Spelling Bee

Grades 5-8

by tryouts

State Music Competition

Grades 5-8

by tryouts

Student Service Council

Grades 6-8

interested students

Tennis (girls & boys) (when available)

Grades 4-8

interested students

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Grade 8

by selection

Volleyball (boys and girls)

Grades 6-8

interested students

All qualified students may try out for membership on sports teams and in extracurricular activities. Ascension is committed to providing everyone with a fair chance to participate. Unfortunately, not everyone who tries out can be accepted. The decision of the coach or moderator is final. The principal will not ordinarily intervene in non-selection decisions. Parents are encouraged to help their children understand that not everyone will be selected. If a sports team has a “no-cut” policy, this may limit the amount of time a student gets to play during games. In middle school, teams are competitive and better players will get more play time. Parents should not sign their students up for teams without considering this issue. Students who participate in multiple extracurricular activities may experience scheduling conflicts during the school year. If you make the parental decision to allow your child to participate in multiple activities please be advised that your child may 37

not be eligible for participation in some activities which require attendance at all practices and/or meetings. To participate in extracurricular activities, a student must ordinarily maintain a C cumulative average, as well as an S in all other areas including conduct. Any student who receives a grade other than an S on an interim report or a report card will not be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities for two weeks. At that time a student may rejoin the team based upon academic and behavioral improvement and teacher recommendation. The administration has the right to waive this rule if a student with learning disabilities is working up to his/her potential but still not maintaining a C average or in other exceptional circumstances as determined by the school administration. On days when students do not attend school they may not participate in extracurricular activities. Any student not picked up on time from an after-school activity held on Ascension’s campus on Monday—Friday will be sent to the after-school care program and parents will be billed for the cost. Students waiting for activities to begin must be supervised by an adult or report to After School Care immediately.

SUBTANCE ABUSE POLICY—(DIOCESE OF ORLANDO POLICY FOR ALL SCHOOLS) The Diocese of Orlando affirms that, consistent with the Diocesan Mission Statement, each Catholic school has a special responsibility for the conduct of students and for ensuring the right of teachers to teach and students to learn in a safe and caring Christian environment. The definition of terms for this policy is as follows: “Controlled Substances” are defined as illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, anabolic steroids, performance enhancing drugs, tobacco, restricted or controlled chemicals, alcohol, inhalants, restricted or controlled solvents, and prescription or over-the-counter drugs used by someone other than the prescribed or intended user or used for purposes other than those for which they are indicated or in a manner or in quantities other than directed by a physician or an authorized medical prescriber. “Abuse” or “Substance Abuse” means the consumption or use of any substance for purposes other than the treatment of sickness or injury as prescribed or administered by a physician or an authorized medical prescriber, including, but not limited to the possession, use, delivery, transfer, or sale of Controlled Substances, chemicals or any substance or material designed to look like or be represented as such by students, on school premises, in school buildings, or at school-sanctioned events. It is illegal and unacceptable for students to use, abuse, misuse, distribute, or sell Controlled Substances on campus or at any school-sponsored event. A student found to be engaging in Substance Abuse, in possession or under the influence of a Controlled Substance of any kind, at school, on school property, or at a school-sponsored event shall be subject to discipline up to and including possible required withdrawal from school. Substance Abuse, regardless of where such Abuse takes place, also may warrant discipline up to and including required withdrawal. The following process will be followed if there is a student suspected of being under the influence of Controlled Substances while at school, on school property or at a school-sponsored event: 1.

The student will be required to take a drug test performed at the school’s discretion, whether a rapid drug screen or reference lab of the school’s choice. No chain of custody is required.

2.

Parents will be contacted before and after the drug test is taken.

3.

If parents refuse a rapid drug screen performed at school, they are required to immediately (within two hours) take their child to a school-approved lab for screening with MRO (medical review officer) accepted results sent to the school administrator required.

4.

If a student is non-negative for any drugs tested, parents will immediately pick up the student and be required to participate in a follow-up program and/or counseling.

5.

In a subsequent meeting with the parent, make suggestions for a follow-up program or counseling for the student. Follow-up counseling is required for re-admittance to the school, and the school has the right, even on a first offense, 38

to expel the student if circumstances warrant. 6.

Refusal to follow the recommendation for the drug test or to participate in follow-up counseling may result in required withdrawal.

7.

Repeated instances of the student being found to be under the influence of Controlled Substances will result in required withdrawal.

SUSPENSIONS During an in-school suspension, the student will be required to complete all work assigned by his/her classroom teacher. Students who serve an out-of-school suspension will be required to makeup the school work they missed. In addition, a student who serves an in-school suspension or an out-of-school suspension will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities the day or days of the suspension period. Student who have been suspended cannot make the Honor Roll for that quarter.

T TELEPHONE Permission to use the telephone must be obtained from the school office staff. Students must submit a note from a teacher. The office phone is a business phone and students are permitted to use it for necessary incidents. The telephone in a teacher’s room is for the use of the teacher only. Forgotten homework, athletic equipment, etc. do not constitute emergencies and do not require a phone call. Arrangements for after-school visits with friends should be made at home.

TEXTING TEACHERS If you have a teacher’s cell phone number, do not text them during the day and expect a reply. If a child’s dismissal plans change, please notify the school office at least 30 minutes prior to dismissal. All students who are not picked up by 3:25 pm, will go to aftercare. TRAMPOLINES OR TRAMPOLINE LIKE DEVICES No one affiliated with a Diocesan related activity can use trampolines or trampoline like contraptions including indoor trampoline facilities. Youth, employees, and parents or guardians of any youth enrolled or involved in any Diocesan related field trip or activity cannot participate in activities at any business or any location offering trampoline like experiences, including indoor trampoline facilities.

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U Uniform Requirements for Boys and Girls Grades VPK-8 The purpose of wearing a uniform is so that clothing is not a distraction from academics and social growth. Changes have been made to the uniform policy so that it is easier to follow and enforce and to address several safety issues. The school uniform is compulsory. Parents and students are responsible for compliance with uniform requirements. The problem of children out of uniform must be solved by the parent. At Ascension, we believe good grooming is a vital part of a child’s education. Students who are not wearing the proper uniform, will be subject to consequences as detailed below. The uniform policy and grooming standards for Ascension were developed in a collaborative effort by parents, teachers, administrators, the school board, and the Pastor. The most commonly expressed parent/teacher concern is the fairness issue. All the stakeholders in our school community want the uniform regulations to be adhered to by the students, the parents, and the teachers. Students who are not properly complying with the uniform policy will be issued a uniform notice. In grades 1-5, after 3 no-

Options / Specifications

Uniform Tops

VPK, Pre-K, Kindergarten: ACS logo PE shir t Boys Grades 1-5: ACS logo w h ite polo sh ir t Girls Grades 1-5: ACS logo w h ite polo shirt Boys Grades 6-8: ACS logo navy blue polo sh ir t Girls Grades 6-8: ACS logo navy blue polo sh ir t

Uniform Bottoms

VPK, Pre-K, Kindergarten: ACS logo PE shor ts Boys Grades 1-5: Sir W alter navy blue shorts or pants Girls Grades 1-5: Sir W alter navy blue shorts, plaid jumper, plaid skirt/skort, pants. Skirt/skort length is no more than 3” above the knee. Boys Grades 6-8: Sir W alter kh aki sh orts or pants. Girls Grades 6-8: Sir W alter kh aki sh orts, skort/skirt or pants. Skort/skirt length is no more than 3” above the knee. 40

Undershirts/Undergarments



Only solid white, short sleeved undershirts may be worn under uniform tops, including PE days.



All undergarments should be white or flesh colored when worn under white clothing. Belt



Brown, black, or blue leather or leather-like belt with no other colors or designs on them are allowed.



Belts are required with shorts/pants/skorts (with belt loops) for grades 3-8. Socks/Tights

Socks: (m ust be visible for all gr ades, heel m ust be covered)



Solid white must be worn. White knee-high socks are optional for girls.



Socks may not have any picture, logos (ex. Nike, Polo, etc.), or colored designs.

Tights: for girls (optional on cold days)



Solid white or navy blue grades 1-5, navy blue only grades 6-8.



(Cable or flat knit tights only - Leggings and pantyhose are not allowed) Winter Clothing



Sir Walter supplies ACS logo long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets. This should be all that is needed most of the time in Florida.



During the rare occurrence of extremely cold weather, additional coats or jackets may be worn outside if needed.



Hooded jackets should be worn appropriately and hoods are not worn inside. Students should not keep items in the pockets. (i.e. cell phones, etc.) Shoes

No lights on any shoes should ever be worn to school in any grade, including PE days. VPK, Pre-K, Kindergarten: Sneakers are worn to school each day. While wearing the yellow tee shirt and black shorts, shoes maybe of any color. Velcro closures preferred and strongly encouraged. 41

Shoes should not light up. These are a distraction to the students.

Item

Shoes

Options / Specifications



Solid, single color black, navy blue, brown, or tan leather or clean canvas shoes are acceptable. Shoes should not have colored logos or markings or color combinations. They may have white soles, but high top sneakers are not acceptable. Mary Jane style shoes are acceptable for girls. Vans/Keds styles are acceptable.



No ballet slippers, or slip on shoes that slip off easily, or boots. The back of the shoe must stay on the foot. This change is being made for safety reasons. Students have accidently stepped out of shoes on stairs and walkways.



Solid black athletic type shoe may be worn.



Shoes must be properly tied with laces showing – laces must match the color of the shoe



Shoes containing Velcro fasteners must be properly secured.



No boots, sandals, flip-flops, open toes, open backs, open sides, wedges, platforms, or narrow or high heels.



Shoes must fit well and be appropriate for walking about the campus, on stairways, and on the playground.



Shoes must stay tied!

Examples of appropriate styles of dress shoes are pictured here.

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Item

Outerwear

Options / Specifications



Uniform outerwear may be worn inside during the school day.



No other outerwear may be worn inside or outside. The only exception is for unusually cold weather. Additional outwear may be worn OVER the uniform while outside only.

 PE Day Uniform

All uniform outerwear must bear the ACS logo.

Boys and Girls Grades 1-8



Gold t-shirt with ACS logo



Sweatshirt with ACS logo may be worn over the ACS t-shirt on cold weather days.



Black gym shorts with logo sold through Sir Walter only



Solid navy blue sweatpants on cold weather days – when sweatpants are worn, PE shorts are not to be worn over them.

Shoes—Grades 1-8: 

Sneakers required for PE . Any color/type acceptable with the exception of sneakers with wheels.



Shoe type must be appropriate for all athletic type activities.

Shoes– PK3, VPK, Kindergarten

Scout Uniforms



Any color/type of tennis shoes/sneakers are acceptable with the exception of shoes with wheels or lights.



Girl/Boy Scouts are permitted to wear their scout uniform or vest to school on day they have their meeting. Shoes must still meet the uniform requirement.

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Hair

All Students:



Hair should be neatly groomed and combed away from the face so as not to cover the face.



No unnatural colors of hair dying including, but not limited to, chunking, tips, streaking, etc.



No shaved or intentionally bald heads.



No designs should be shaven into the hair.



No extreme styles including, but not limited to, "skater cuts", spiked hair, or tails

Boys:



Natural hair length must not extend more than halfway over the ears (earlobes must be visible), must not extend below the eyebrows, and must not extend below the top of the collar of a properly worn and buttoned uniform shirt



Sideburns are not permitted



Male students must be cleanly shaven every day.



For very curly hair, the length must not exceed two inches from the scalp

Girls: Conservative hair clips are allowed for the purpose of keeping hair out of the face; excessive ribbons, bandanas, and extra large bows, etc. are not permitted. Avoid headbands with large attachments. These are distracting to student learning. Students who violate this uniform hair policy will be made to return their hair to a more natural state, and will not be allowed on campus until the problem is corrected. Hair styles should comply with school rules from the first day of school. The principal and/or administration reserve the right to judge the appropriateness of hair length and style. General Dress



The dress code applies to all students as long as they are on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities; including field trips unless otherwise stated.



Students should present a neat appearance; No sloppy dress permitted.



Shirts MUST be tucked in at all times.



Clothing should be clean, unwrinkled, devoid of holes, etc.



Pants, shorts, skirts and skorts are worn above the hips, fitted properly at the waist. No undergarments of any kind should be showing.

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Skirt length will be no shorter than 3 inches above the top of the kneecap. 44 No baggy, oversized, or excessively tight clothing is allowed.

Sweatshirts, hoodies and jackets should be worn appropriately and not around the waist.

Item

Options / Specifications

No hoods or hats may be worn indoors All students should take pride in their appearance and are required to wear the uniform properly when on campus or when representing the school elsewhere. Repeated uniform infractions constitute a defiance of authority which may warrant a detention and/or suspension from school.

General Dress (continued)



NUT Days (No Uniform Today)

NUT (No Uniform Today) Days are held throughout the year. Students will be notified of any special occasions when they are allowed to wear NUT day clothing. Students donate $1.00 to participate. NUT days are run by the Student Service Council, and the monies collected go to a wide variety of charitable causes and to enhance the operation of the school. Students are expected to make good decisions when choosing NUT day attire as NUT days are a privilege and not a right. The administration reserves the right to request a change of clothing for inappropriately dressed students or to ask them to wear a loaned school uniform. Each student gets a free NUT day on his or her birthday. Please adhere to the following guidelines: Students may not wear: 

sandals—only closed toes and heels permitted. Tennis Shoes are the preferred shoes as many students have PE and recess as well as stairs to negotiate. No shoes that convert to skates are ever allowed.



clothing you can see through or with open tears that show bare skin



tank tops, all shirts should have sleeves



t-shirts with inappropriate or inflammatory writing



short shorts, (shorts should be mid-thigh) biker shorts, skin tight leggings are only allowed with a long shirt that covers the hips and buttocks



pajamas, or pajama shorts or pants.



hats

All school uniform policies concerning hair, make-up, jewelry, nail polish, hats, roller skate shoes, etc. still apply. Good Rule: If you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t. Repeated offenses of the dress code will cause the student to lose NUT day privileges. ALL UNIFORM REGULATIONS AND 45 GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE

Jewelry / Piercings/Tattoos:



One small cross, or religious medal, and a watch are permissible. Fitbits can be worn so long as they are not a distraction. Smart watches should not be worn and watches should not make noise.



Only necklaces with a religious medal/theme or cross may be worn, unless they are for medical identification purposes. These should be on a thin gold or silver tone chain. Large, oversized necklaces should not be worn to school.



No bracelets or rings.



No body piercings - except girls are allowed a single stud earring in each ear lobe. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings.



No large hoop or dangling earrings are permitted.



Visible tattoos are prohibited.



If students are playing with jewelry or are distracted by it, the student will be asked to Makeup / Nail Polish



No makeup - this includes foundations, powder, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, etc.

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Fingernail polish is not permitted. No artificial fingernails or tips are allowed.

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Diocese of Orlando / Office of Catholic Schools Student Technology Responsible Use Policy June 20, 2017 1.0 Introduction Ascension Catholic School recognizes that access to technology in school gives students greater opportunities to learn, engage, communicate, and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life, and citizenship. We are committed to helping students develop 21st-century technology and communication skills. To that end, we provide access to technologies for student and staff use. This Technology Responsible Use Policy outlines the guidelines and behaviors that students are expected to follow when using school technologies or when using personally-owned devices on the school campus.  The Ascension Catholic School network is intended for educational purposes.  All activity over the network or when using school technologies may be monitored and retained.  Access to online content via the network may be restricted in accordance with our policies and federal regulations, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  Students are expected to follow the same rules for good behavior and respectful conduct online as offline.  Misuse of school resources or personal devices while connected to the school network can result in disciplinary action.  Ascension Catholic School makes a reasonable effort to ensure students’ safety and security online, but will not be held accountable for any harm or damages that result from use of school technologies. Users of the school network or other technologies are expected to alert Administrator, Technology staff or teacher immediately of any concerns for safety or security. Definitions 2.1 Authorized Users:  Student: any child 18 years or younger enrolled in Ascension Catholic School Faculty/Staff: any person who is employed by Ascension Catholic School, whether part-time or full-time, who provides instruction to students 47

School Network: communications systems connecting two or more computers and their peripheral devices to exchange information and share resources, it includes wired and wireless Internet: includes both external and internal access of communications and data storage equipment, either owned or reserved for use by Ascension Catholic School. Technologies Covered: Ascension Catholic School may provide Internet access, desktop computers, mobile computers or devices, videoconferencing capabilities, online collaboration capabilities, message boards, email, and more. Also, Ascension Catholic School may allow students to bring their personal devices which will also be covered by this policy. As new technologies emerge, Ascension Catholic School will attempt to provide access to them. The policies outlined in this document are intended to cover all available technologies, not just those specifically listed. 3.0 Usage Policies All technologies provided by the school are intended for education purposes. All students are expected to use good judgment and to follow the specifics of this document as well as the spirit of it: be safe, appropriate, careful and kind; don’t try to get around technological protection measures; use good common sense; and ask if you don’t know. In the event that the inappropriate behavior happens outside of the school and it is brought to the principal’s attention, Ascension Catholic School will investigate and may have disciplinary repercussions at the discretion of the school according to the Code of Conduct. Web Access Ascension Catholic School provides its students with access to the Internet, including web sites, resources, content, and online tools. That access will be restricted in compliance with Diocesan Social Communication Policy, CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) regulations and school policies. Web browsing may be monitored and web activity records may be retained indefinitely. Students are expected to respect that the web filter is a safety precaution, and should not try to circumvent it when browsing the Web. If a site is blocked and a student believes it shouldn’t be, the student should follow school protocol to alert Technology staff or submit the site for review. Email 48

Ascension Catholic School may provide students with email accounts for the purpose of school-related communication. Availability and use may be restricted based on school policies. If students are provided with email accounts, they should be used with care. Students should not send personal information; should not attempt to open files or follow links from unknown or untrusted origin; should use appropriate language; and should only communicate with other people as allowed by the school policy or the teacher.

Students are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Email usage may be monitored and archived. Social/Web 2.0 / Collaborative Content Recognizing the benefits collaboration brings to education, Ascension Catholic School may provide students with access to web sites or tools that allow communication, collaboration, sharing, and messaging among users. Students are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as offline. Posts, chats, sharing, and messaging will be monitored by teachers and the sites will be protected from outside viewers. Students should be careful not to share personally-identifying information online. The use of personal social media sites for enjoyment is prohibited on campus during instructional hours. Students must refrain from taking and posting pictures and videos of themselves, other students or teachers at school during instructional hours. Mobile Devices Policy

Ascension Catholic School may provide students with mobile computers or other devices to promote learning outside of the classroom. Students should abide by the same responsible use policies when using school devices off the school network as on the school network. Students are expected to treat these devices with extreme care and caution; these are expensive devices that the school is entrusting to the student’s care. Students should report any loss, damage, or malfunction to the Technology staff immediately. Students may be financially accountable for any damage 49

resulting from negligence or misuse. Use of school-issued mobile devices off the school network may be monitored. Personally-Owned Devices Policy Ascension Catholic School may allow students to bring personally owned devices to use in the classroom after it has been approved by the Technology staff. Students should keep personally-owned devices (including laptops, tablets, e-readers, smart phones, cell phones, and smart watches) turned off and put away during school hours unless as instructed by a teacher or staff for educational purposes or in the event of an emergency. Because of security concerns, when personally-owned mobile devices are used on campus requiring the use of data, these devices must only be on the school network, data services must be disabled and permission from the Technology staff is required. For the Technology staff to grant permission, students need to submit the required paperwork with the appropriate information such as MAC address and serial number. In some cases, a separate network may be provided for personally-owned devices. Students must to follow the same code of conduct for use of personally owned devices on Ascension Catholic School campus or at other functions, whether on or off property, related to the Ascension Catholic School. Security Students are expected to take reasonable safeguards against the transmission of security threats over the school network. This includes not opening or distributing infected files or programs and not opening files or programs of unknown or untrusted origin. If the student believes a computer or mobile device the student is using might be infected with a virus, IT must be alerted immediately. The student must not attempt to remove the virus or download any programs to help remove the virus. Downloads Students should not download, attempt to download, or run .exe programs or any other executable programs over the school network or onto school resources without express permission from the Technology staff. Students may be able to download other file types, such as images of videos. 50

For the security of our network, download such files only from reputable sites, only for education purposes, and following copyright laws. Netiquette Students should always use the Internet, network resources, and online sites in a courteous and respectful manner. Students should also recognize that among the valuable content online is unverified, incorrect, or inappropriate content. Students should use trusted sources when conducting research via the Internet and follow copyright laws for their use. Students should also remember not to post anything online that they wouldn’t want parents, teachers, or future colleges or employers to see. Once something is online, it’s out there—and can sometimes be shared and spread in ways it was never intended. Plagiarism Students should not plagiarize (or use as their own, without citing the original creator) content, including words or images, from the Internet. Students should not take credit for things they didn’t create themselves, or misrepresent themselves as an author or creator of something found online. Research conducted via the Internet should be appropriately cited, giving credit to the original author. Personal Safety Students should never share personal information, including phone number, address, social security number, birthday, or financial information, over the Internet without permission from a parent or legal guardian. Students should recognize that communicating over the Internet brings anonymity and associated risks, and should carefully safeguard the personal information of themselves and others. Students should never agree to meet someone they meet online in real life without parental or legal guardian permission. If you see a message, comment, image, or anything else online that makes you concerned for your personal safety, bring it to the attention of an adult (teacher or staff if you’re at school; parent or legal guardian if you’re using the device at home) immediately. 5.0 Cyber Bullying 51

Cyber bullying will not be tolerated. Harassing, dissing, flaming, denigrating, impersonating, outing, tricking, excluding, and cyber stalking are all examples of cyberbullying. Don’t be mean. Don’t send emails or post comments with the intent of scaring, hurting, or intimidating someone else. Engaging in these behaviors, or any online activities intended to harm (physically or emotionally) another person, will result in severe disciplinary action and loss of privileges. In some cases, cyberbullying can be a crime. Remember that your activities are monitored and retained.

Sexting Any student taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content, commonly referred to as “sexting,” will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct, may be required to complete an educational program related to the dangers of this type of behavior, and, in certain circumstances, may be reported to law enforcement. This type of behavior needs to be immediately reported to the parent/guardian, and if it involves other students in the school it should be reported to the teacher or principal.

7.0 Examples of Responsible Use The student will: Use school technologies for school-related activities. Follow the same guidelines for respectful, responsible behavior online that I am expected to follow offline. Treat school resources carefully, and alert staff if there is any problem with their operation. Encourage positive, constructive discussion if allowed to use communicative or collaborative technologies. Alert a teacher or other staff member if I see threatening, inappropriate, or harmful content (images, messages, posts) online. Use school technologies at appropriate times, in approved places, for educational pursuits. Cite sources when using online sites and resources for research. Recognize that use of school technologies is a privilege and treat it as such. Be cautious to protect the safety of myself and others. Help to protect the security of school resources. 52

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Students should use their own good judgment when using school technologies. 8.0 Examples of Irresponsible Use I, the student will not: Use school technologies in a way that could be personally or physically harmful. Attempt to find inappropriate images or content. Engage in cyberbullying, harassment, or disrespectful conduct toward others. Try to find ways to circumvent the school’s safety measures and filtering tools. Use school technologies to send spam or chain mail. Plagiarize content I find online. Post personally-identifying information, about myself or others. Agree to meet someone I meet online in real life. Send or distribute obscene, lewd or sexually explicit images. Use language online that would be unacceptable in the classroom. Use school technologies for illegal activities or to pursue information on such activities. Attempt to hack or access sites, servers, or content that isn’t intended for my use. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Students should use their own good judgment when using school technologies. 9.0 Internet Safety Plan Ascension Catholic School implements an effective internet filtering and reporting solution Sonic Wall that monitors internet activity, detects inappropriate usage and blocks and/or filters visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic or in any way harmful to minors as defined in CIPA The internet filtering solution controls access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and the World Wide Web and restricts access to materials that may be harmful to minors Policies and procedures are in place that covers category blocking, automated weekly reports on internet activity, and identification of emerging threats 53

School network is secure with {Name Solution} from unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities by minors online Faculty provides internet safety instruction integrated in their curriculum or as part of a technology class that covers appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying Technology Responsible Use Policy and Internet Safety Plan will be published in the parent/student handbook and Ascension Catholic School will hold an informational meeting to address the policy. 10.0 Limitation of Liability Ascension Catholic School will not be responsible for damage or harm to any personal devices, files, data, or hardware brought to the school by students. While Ascension Catholic School employs filtering and other safety and security mechanisms, and attempts to ensure their proper function, it makes no guarantees as to their effectiveness. Ascension Catholic School will not be responsible, financially or otherwise, for unauthorized transactions conducted over the school network. 11.0 Violations of this Responsible Use Policy Violations of this policy may have disciplinary repercussions at the discretion of Ascension Catholic School, according to the Code of Conduct, and including but not limited to: Suspension of network, technology, or computer privileges Notification to parents Detention or suspension from school and school-related activities Legal action and/or prosecution 12.0 References Children’s Internet Protection Act – http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ consumerfacts/cipa.html , http://ifea.net/cipa.html Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act - http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/ coppa1.htm 54

Protecting Children in the 21st Century - http://www.ntia.doc.gov/legacy/ advisory/onlinesafety/BroadbandData_PublicLaw110-385.pdf Consortium for School Networking – http://www.cosn.org

I understand that inappropriate and irresponsible use and conduct while using the device and/or other technology resources and/or school network shall result in appropriate disciplinary action. I agree to be a responsible digital citizen and user and will conduct myself appropriately while online. I have read and understood this Responsible Use Policy and agree to abide by it:

__________________________________________ (Student Printed Name) __________________________________________ __________________ (Student Signature) (Date)

As a parent/guardian, I will or have discussed Responsible Use Policy, user guide, and all other policies with my child and will support the school in guiding my child in using the device at home as an educational tool. I understand that I am responsible for monitoring and guiding my child’s activity while he/she is not at school.

__________________________________________ (Parent/Legal Guardian Printed Name)

__________________________________________ __________________ Guardian Signature)

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Ascension Catholic School Policy for use of an E-Reader

Examples of approved devices include e-readers: Nook, Kindle, PanDigital Reader Purpose: The use of a digital reading device is a privilege, not a right and should be treated as such. The rules and limitations set forth in this policy are in addition to all existing policies including the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), student code of conduct, and individual classroom and school rules. This policy governs the use of these devices during school hours. Devices used during after-school care, extra-curricular activities, or other events that occur after school hours are subject to the rules and limitations set forth by the governing adult. Risks In an active classroom environment, these devices are vulnerable to loss, theft, and breakage. Ascension Catholic School accepts no responsibility for personal property brought to school. Students who bring a reading device to school assume total responsibility for their devices. Lost, stolen, or damaged devices are the responsibility of the student and of his/her parent/guardian regardless of how the device was lost, stolen, or damaged. Students MUST take all necessary precautions. The following are MINIMUM requirements of protection for personal computing devices. 1. The student must read and understand the E-Reader Policy, and return the signed permission form and waiver. 2. The personal computing device must be labeled with the student’s name. 3. The personal computing device should have a protective case. A screen protector is also suggested. 4.

The personal computing device must be properly stored when not in use.

General Rules for Usage · Students MUST comply AT ALL TIMES with all rules and limitations outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy in addition to this policy as well as any verbal instructions or limitations set forth by the governing staff member. All devices must be charged and run off of their own batteries while at school. · Student use of personal computing devices must support educational activities currently occurring in the instructional environment. 56

· As always, use of these devices is at the sole discretion of the classroom teacher. · Playing games, listening to music, or other activities engaged in for the sole purpose of entertainment are prohibited. ·

Files must be appropriate in nature.

These files must only be used for the specific purpose outlined by the classroom teacher. No other use is permitted.

Internet capability (3G, 4G, cellular broadband, or Wi-Fi connectivity or any other connection network) on personal computing devices must be switched off. Books must be purchased and downloaded at home. Electronic communications are strictly prohibited unless explicitly approved by the classroom teacher for the purpose of an educational activity. Electronic communications include: o Text messages o Instant messages o E-mail o Chat o Phone or Skype type Calls o Blogs o Facebook or other social network · Any screensaver, wallpaper, pictures, videos, or other media on any device must not violate the limitations outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy as well as the teachings of the Catholic Church. · Classroom teachers and administrators have the right to view ANY and ALL files on a personal computing device regardless of suspicion of appropriate or inappropriate use.

· Devices that emit sound must be muted during classroom use unless explicitly approved by the teacher. ·

Headphones are NOT permitted during instructional time.

· If asked to turn off and store a device by a classroom teacher or administrator, the student MUST comply with these instructions immediately. · Students may not loan or share devices with other students and are responsible for all liability or inappropriate use. ·

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wirelessly or by using a cable unless specifically approved by the Technology Staff. · Ascension Catholic School staff will not provide technical support for personal computing devices.

Privacy Policy Students shall have no expectation of privacy once they have been authorized to use their device on campus or at school events. Teachers, Administrators, and other school Personnel, may examine the device and search its contents at ANY time. Consequences of Misuse First offense device confiscated until the end of the day Second offense student is confiscated until the end of the day and is banned from bringing the device to school for 14 days from date of offense. Third offense, student’s mobile computing device is confiscated until the end of the day and privileges are revoked for the remainder of the school year. This policy is implemented in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher.

Ereader Policy I have read and agree to abide by the Ascension Catholic School E-reader Policy: Student name: ______________________________________ Student Homeroom: ________ Reader Type or Brand: ____________________________________________ Serial Number: ________________________________________________

Student Signature__________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signture____________________________________________________

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LETTER TO PARENTS FROM THE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE: Dear Parents: Over the years, the Diocese of Orlando and the Office of Schools have taken steps to ensure the safety of your children. We continually review the measures we have in place to protect your children, and we oftentimes ask for your support in implementing new measures and procedures designed to make our schools a safe haven for your children. To this end, we hope you will share the following with your children to help us ensure that wrongful conduct does not occur in our schools. The intent of this letter is not to alarm you, but rather to help all of us understand the limits of proper conduct we expect in our schools. While we hope never to have these problems in our schools, we want it clearly understood that the Diocese does not condone or authorize its employees, volunteers, coaches, or students to engage in any of the following activities: Threatening or causing personal harm or injury Threatening or causing damage to school or Diocesan property Providing medical advice Conducting physical examinations of or providing shots to students (other than schoolsponsored or sanctioned exams for scoliosis, vision, hearing, athletic fitness, diabetic treatments, or other medical treatments, all of which require written permission from a parent or guardian) Administering drugs, including any over the counter medication, in the absence of express written permission from a parent or guardian per Diocesan policy Providing Massages or other physical therapy Taking blood samples or performing any other medical procedure Examining the genitalia of any student, for any reason

Touching an individual inappropriately Smoking, or encouraging smoking, on school property Asking a student to undress or observing a student while he or she is changing clothes at school or a sporting event, other than necessary supervision in a locker or approved changing area Denigrating or abusing any child, volunteer, or employee We also ask you, as parents, to help us identify these and any other inappropriate activities that take place in our schools. Please report them immediately to the Principal or the Office of 62

Schools. Similarly, if your child observes or experiences these or similar activities, he or she should feel comfortable telling you, the Principal, or the Office of Schools. Our experience and that of experts, particularly in the area of school violence, is that tell-tale signs (e.g., severe mood changes, emotional outbursts or irrational conduct, fascination with guns or incidents of violence, indirect and direct threats) usually exist before the actual violent act occurs. Early intervention, therefore, is the key to avoiding a tragic situation. We cannot possibly identify all the improper conduct that might occur, but we ask you as parents to use your common sense and report anything that you believe is inappropriate. Your cooperation in enforcing these guidelines is greatly appreciated. Working together, we can continue to provide your children a caring, loving environment, and the best Catholic education. Please call me if you have any questions or concerns about this letter. Sincerely Yours in Christ, Anita Brady Principal FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT

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I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ THE CONTENTS OF THE ASCENSION SCHOOL PARENTS/STUDENT HANDBOOK.

________________________________________________________ Student Name (PRINT)

__________________________________________________________ Student signature (Grades 1-8)

RIGHT TO AMEND HANDBOOK Because it is impossible to foresee all problems which arise, this clause empowers the faculty and administration of Ascension Catholic School to take disciplinary action against any behavior which violates the spirit and philosophy of ACS, even though not specified in this handbook. Additionally, the school administration retains the right to amend the handbook for a just cause.

________________________________________________________ Parent Name (PRINT)

________________________________________________________ Parent signature

________________________________________________________ Date

Please sign and return this page to the homeroom teacher by August 31, 2018

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