St. Anthonys Academy 2021-22 Handbook
Succulents

I. TECHNOLOGY POLICY

AT SCHOOL

We want our students to be actively engaged with the real world around them, speaking with their fellow students & teachers, & developing healthy brains.

Faculty & Volunteers are to model a lack of reliance on their phones (& other such technology) as we strive to inspire the students to connect to the real. 

Faculty/Volunteer cell phone usage is limited to dealing with emergency situations and taking pictures of the students at work.  Cell phones may not be used for personal use or to Google information when with the students, inside or outside. Occasionally a short video demonstration (for example, a YouTube clip) may be shown by the Guide to the class

Faculty are asked to deposit their cell phones in the lock box upon arrival at school or leave them in their cars. If the students are all adequately supervised at lunch by another Guide/Assistant/Volunteer, messages may be quickly checked or brief, necessary calls made.

The Directress & the Practical Arts Program Director will keep cell phones on their persons to be used only for immediate access in case of emergency or to quickly snap photos of the students at work. If parents need to contact the school in case of an emergency, they should contact the Directress or Practical Arts Program Director.

Volunteers are asked to keep their cell phones in their pocket/purse/car where students cannot access them.

Students are not permitted access to cell phones at any time. If a student is ill, a Guide will contact her parents. If a student forgets something at home, she must deal with the consequences of having left it (sitting out, having to re-write an assignment, etc.).

 

If a Guide/Volunteer needs to print something for his/her class/work, he/she may do so before the students arrive in the morning, quickly at lunch (if the students are adequately supervised), or after the students have left for the day.

Students are not allowed access to any phones, tablets, televisions, video games or computers at any time during school hours or functions, including when traveling in vehicles.

In situations where it is not a distraction from the class, and it may be pleasant to listen to music while working,  music (classical, swing, or folk) may be played by the teacher over a radio or phone. Students are not allowed to touch the device or tamper with the music in any way.

When traveling in vehicles of teachers, classical, swing, or folk music or approved audiobooks may be played.

 

AT HOME

​Our hope is that families who join SAA will be aligned with our mission & cheerfully embrace a serious limitation of technology in the lives of our students - we seek out families who are willing & happy to put aside phones, tablets, computers, video games or any social media accounts for the good of the student. We ask that families encourage their students to spend their time engaging with people, nature, and in healthy activities and that any home screen time be had on the weekend and as a family, such as a family movie night.

All families and students agree to abide by the technology policy for the duration of the student's enrollment in St. Anthony the Great Academy. If even one student is watching TV, playing video games, and getting caught up in pop culture at home, it brings a disturbing attitude & worldliness that effects the entire class negatively, and we also want to guard against the invasive onslaught of pornography.

Students pledge to not own a smartphone while enrolled at St. Anthony the Great Academy. Students who drive may own a dumb phone/ Gabb phone for emergencies, but it must be left in the care of the Directress during school hours, functions, and trips.

All students pledge to not have social media accounts of any kind while enrolled at St. Anthony the Great Academy.

​High school students may choose to type their papers at home, print them out, and bring a paper copy to school to go through with a Guide; the Guide will make corrections in pen, and the revisions may be made in type at home. The student is responsible for remembering to bring her paper to and from school.

"For desire of the real to rise up, there must be something real to arouse it, and gadgets, computers, and gimmicks used to hold attention, all taking place in the classroom environments technologically insulated from reality, are simply parts of the generally unlovable atmosphere of modern education - unlovable because they are all efficiency, utility, and no longer beautiful." - James S. Taylor, Poetic Knowledge​

 

II. PLAGIARISM POLICY

Plagiarism is considered a very serious offense at every academic institution. It is a form of lying.  At the 1st offense, there will be a phone call from the director and a meeting with the director, parent, teacher and student to discuss the seriousness of this offense.  At the 2nd offense, the student will be removed  from the school for the remainder of the year with no refunds and the usual payment schedules will apply, depending on the time of year. In general, be aware that plagiarism includes knowingly:

·         turning in someone else's work as your own

·         copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit 

·         failing to put a quotation in quotation marks

·         giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

·         changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

·         copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

 

​III. STUDENT ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE POLICY

If a student needs to miss school or will be late for some reason, parents should text the Directress & the Teachers as soon as the need for the absence is known out of courtesy to the faculty and staff.

Absent students are to be marked as absent in the Attendance binder. 

Students must be picked up/depart the premises on time.  If you are running late, please text the Directress & the Practical Arts Program Director.

If you are consistently late, a meeting will be called to discuss a solution.

 

IV. ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL POLICY

DROP-OFF/ARRIVAL: 8:115-8:30 am

Full Program/Arts & Life Skills Program: Parents drop students off or students arrive in their own vehicles and they enter through the North door.  Guides are responsible for signing the students in & for inviting students into the environment in the attendance binder - making eye contact, shaking hands, and greeting them.

 

Afternoon Track/Athletic Club/Language Club: Parents drop students off  in front of the North door or students arrive in their own vehicles. The Assistant &/or Guide is responsible for signing the students in & directing them through the hall to the outdoor environment.

 

PICK-UP/DISMISSAL: 3:45-4:00pm

Full Program/Afternoon Track/Arts & Life Skills Program: Parents will pick up in front of the North door and students who drive will leave in their own cars. Guides are responsible for signing the students out in the attendance binder, making sure that those who do not drive are picked up by an adult designated on the student’s release form, and wishing them a pleasant afternoon. Assistants are responsible for restoring order to the environment if anything is lacking after chore time, especially by sweeping, straightening tables and chairs, and making sure all materials are put away and locked up.

 

Students must only be released to adults on the student’s release form found in the Attendance binder.   If an adult not on the list intends to take a child home, we must have verbal or written approval from the parent.

Unknown but authorized guardians must have a Driver’s License to show to the Faculty. 

 

V. PROCEDURES FOR LATE STUDENTS

Students arriving after the scheduled drop-off time will come in quietly through the North door and the Assistant will sign them in.  

 

VI. NUTRITION & FOOD ALLERGY POLICY

Students and Faculty/Volunteers are responsible for packing a nutritious lunch. No junk food or candy is allowed at school. Students should bring water bottles to school every day or have a water bottle that they keep at school.

If a parent knows that his/her student needs to have a snack during the day, the student may bring a simple snack that requires no preparation - an apple, orage, banana, or granola/power bar. The student may eat the snack while he/she continues working if the snack is not disruptive.

Filtered water will be available from the Berkey. 

No consumption of soda pop is allowed. 

Faculty/Volunteers may help themselves to coffee throughout the day.

Seniors may have a cup of coffee from the kitchen during lunch hour.

If a student has a peanut or other serious allergy, please inform the Directress so that she can make guidelines for snacks/lunches & inform the other parents. This will be on a year to year basis, depending on the student body, but it is the parent’s ultimate responsibility to oversee this concern

 

VII. DRESS & PERSONAL APPEARANCE POLICY

The beauty and attractiveness of the environment, including our personal appearance, are important. What one wears influences how one thinks and feels. We dress in uniform and look sharp because we want to have sharp minds, and we want to show respect for the school, our work, one another, and ourselves. We also present as a unified, dignified, respectable group to others.

 

Faculty/Volunteers are expected to dress in a manner that is worthy of emulation and to model how one should dress in a professional work environment. They must be appropriately modest, clean, and neat. They should be able to move comfortably and modestly around the students.  

Please read about our uniform guidelines on the Uniforms page on our website. Uniforms must be worn each day. If a student arrives out of uniform, he/she will be given a uniform to borrow for the day & fined $5.00. 

For the academic environment & indoor Practical Arts: school trousers/bermuda shorts with a collared polo shirt. In cool weather a school cardigan or sweater may be worn.

For the Outdoor Practical Arts environment: neat coveralls over the school uniform. In cool weather, a school sweatshirt may be worn under the coveralls.

 

VIII. INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

In the case of school closing, an email/text message will be sent out by the Directress.​

 

IX. ILLNESS POLICY

STUDENT ILLNESS

The following are signs and symptoms that should alert you to the possibility of a contagious disease. Please consult your child's physician as appropriate, and do not bring your child to school until an infectious cause has been ruled out. 

If you visit a doctor's office, please wait 24 hours without symptoms before returning to school.

1) A fever over 100 F on the ear thermometer, under the arm, oral, or rectal. 

2) Any type of rash or questionable bumps, and/or red spots. (Contagious infections frequently first manifest themselves as rashes in children.) 

3) Green/Yellow/Brown Mucus coming out of the nose, mouth, or eyes. (As with rashes, allergies, viruses, or bacteria can cause nasal and conjunctival discharge. The viral contagions are easily spread by children and therefore should be quarantined quickly.  Resolution of symptoms is generally when the child is no longer contagious.) 

4) Uncontrollable coughing with or without congestion. 

5) Loose stool or diarrhea more than once in a day. (The child should not come back to class until they have gone 24 hours without diarrhea. As long as the child has diarrhea they should be considered contagious). 

6) Vomiting or stomach flu of any kind. (The child should not come back to class until they have gone 24 hours without vomiting. As long as the child is vomiting, they should be considered contagious). Please do not bring your child to school if he or she exhibits any of these symptoms. If you bring your child with these symptoms, you will be called to pick him or her up. 

Please remind your student to practice good hygiene at home, as we will do at school, for the sake of us all:

- wash hands thoroughly using soap and water for 30 seconds

- cover mouth with the inside of the elbow when coughing or sneezing

- bolster the immune system, eat a healthy diet, and get sufficient sleep

IMPORTANT:

It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the Director and Tutors if your student will be absent. Please text as soon as illness is known. 

If your student requires any medication, please inform the Directress personally.

 

TEACHER/VOLUNTEER ILLNESS

In the case of a teacher who is ill or who must stay at home with ill children, the teacher will: 

- text the Directress as soon as the illness is known

- Find a substitute teacher for her/his classes (the teacher will pay the substitute)

- provide a plan for the substitute to follow

Volunteers who are ill should contact the Directress as soon as they know they will be absent/unable to work at that time.

 

X. PROCEDURES FOR SANITATION & CLEANLINESS

Students & faculty should wash their hands before eating, after using the restroom, after outdoor activities, after playing in the sand, after handling an animal, or any other time one has reason to believe the student has come in contact with substances that could be harmful to the student. 

 

Faculty/Volunteers/students must sanitize the equipment that comes in contact with bodily fluids and table-tops.  Sanitizing involves a four step process:  1) washing with water and soap 2) rinsing with clear water 3) soaking in or spraying on the disinfectant solution; rinsing if the item will be placed in the mouth and 4) allowing the surface or item to air dry.  Putting items through the dishwasher suffices as the sanitation process.

XI. VACCINATION POLICY

​We believe that vaccinating one's children is a personal decision that should be left to the informed judgment of the parents.

Vaccinations are not required to attend St. Anthony the Great Academy. In accordance with state law, if you choose not to vaccinate, please turn in a copy of your Texas State exemption form with your application. 

 

XII. SAFE ENVIRONMENT POLICY

The safety of all our students, employees, & volunteers is a priority.

To this end, all employees and volunteers must complete a safe environment training through a Catholic parish of their choosing or the training offered by Texas Child Protective Services (https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Reporting/default.asp) and a criminal background check through the state of Texas. Certification of completion for both must be on file with St. Anthonys before paychecks can be issued.

 

Safe Environment Procedures include:

  • A faculty member/volunteer may not be alone in the building with any minor, for the protection of both.

  • Two minors may not be left alone at any time.

  • If any faculty member/volunteer is working with a student in a classroom while others are working in the hall, the door of the classroom must be left open. 

  • If a faculty member/volunteer is working alone with a minor in the outdoor environment, both must remain publicly visible.

  • If a student needs to enter the building (to use the restroom or retrieve something) during Practical Arts when everyone else is working in the outdoor classroom, he or she must be accompanied by the Assistant and one other student.

  • All Faculty must know where the students’ records are located & how to access a key to the file lock box. 

  • The Directress and the Practical Arts Program Director will keep keys to the lock box, storage cupboards, and school building on their persons during school hours.

  • All faculty are requested to keep a cell phone in the cell phone lock box or in his/her car and his/her car keys on one’s person at all times in the event of an emergency. 

 

XIII. PROCEDURES FOR IDENTIFYING WHERE STUDENTS ARE AT ALL TIMES

In the morning, full program students will be in the great hall at all times, unless granted permission by the Guide or the Assistant to go briefly to the restroom or bookshelves.

Vocational Arts students will remain with the Guide at all times, in the indoor or outdoor environment.

At lunchtime, students may eat/relax/play indoors or outdoors, as long as they are accompanied by at least one adult and one other student. No student is ever to be left alone, alone with an adult, or alone with another student.

Periodically, over the course of the day, Assistants and Guides will take head counts of the students.  Students may not go anywhere by themselves in the school building or outside, with the exception of going to the bathroom in a timely fashion during indoor academic time.    

 

XIV. VISITOR/VOLUNTEER/GUEST SPEAKER PROTOCOL

Any visitor to the school (parent, guest speaker, or volunteer who is not present on a daily or weekly basis as part of the regular SAA schedule) must sign in & out on the Visitor Page in the Attendance Binder. The Assistant will make sure the visitor signs in and out. 

No visitor is to be alone with any student unless the visitor is the parent of a student, in which case the parent and child may be left alone together if necessary for some reason.

 

XV. PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH LOST, MISSING, ILL, OR INJURED STUDENTS AND MEDICAL/GENERAL EMERGENCIES

In the case of a lost or missing student, the parents of the student will be called immediately.  The Guide will search for the student, while the Assistant will remain with the other students, fill out an Incident/Illness form to submit to the parents and file, and contact DFPS & the police department.

 

In the case of an ill student, parents will be called to pick her up. If the student drives, the parent will be called and consulted as to whether the student should drive herself home or wait for the parent to pick her up. If the parent is picking up the student, the student will wait in a secluded but supervised area until the parent arrives so as not to contaminate the other children.  An Incident/Illness form will be submitted to the parents and filed in the student’s file.

 

In the case of a serious injury, parents will be notified immediately.  Appropriate medical help will be given. In case of a serious medical emergency, the Directress or, in her absence, the Practical Arts Program Director will call emergency medical staff. An Incident/Illness form will be submitted to the parents and filed in the student’s file. 

 

The Guides will be CPR and First Aid trained in order to be able to provide appropriate care for the students.  All faculty is highly encouraged to be CPR and First Aid certified.  

 

If a student receives a minor injury at SAA, the Faculty must complete an incident report, give it to the parent at the end of the day and file it in the student’s file.  For major or severe injuries, illness requiring hospitalization, or communicable diseases, the parents & Directress should be notified immediately and an Incident form must be completed and filed.  Both the Directress and the Parent must sign the form the same day for major incidents.  Any damage to equipment or property must be reported to the Directress immediately and a behavioral/property incident form given to the parent and filed.

 

XVI. PROCEDURES FOR NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS

Fire –Fire alarm will sound.  The Assistant will stand at the main exit and take a quick head count while the students line up.  The Guide(s) will check the bathrooms if a student is missing. When all the students are in line, the Assistant will lead the students to the designated area. The Directress or, in her absence, the Practical Arts Program Director will grab the file lock box, close the doors, and call 911.  When all are gathered at the designated area a child and adult head count will take place. The Directress or the Practical Arts Program Director will immediately notify all the students’ parents.

In the case of fire, evacuation will be to the far side of the parking lot that runs along Sower Dr.  

High Winds/Tornado – In the case of a tornado, shelter in place, or disaster, the students and faculty will move with the file lock box & emergency bag(s) to the restrooms in the school building.

Bomb Threats –The Assistant will stand at the main exit and take a quick head count while the students line up.  The Guide(s) will check the bathrooms if a student is missing. When all the students are in line, the Assistant will lead the students to the far side of the parking lot that runs along Sower Dr. The Directress or, in her absence, the Practical Arts Program Director will grab the file lock box, close the doors, and call 911.  When all are gathered at the designated area a child and adult head count will take place. The Directress or the Practical Arts Program Director will immediately notify all the students’ parents.

Threatening Person—The Assistant will take the students into the restroom.  Parents will be notified immediately.

General Incident Reports must be filed in the case of any of the above.

Fire drills will be conducted once per month; severe weather drills once per semester; lockdown or “Mother Duck” twice per semester.  The Directress or designee will monthly check the fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide sensor on the day of the fire drill.

 

XVII. PROCEDURE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION, SUNSCREEN & BUG REPELLENT

St. Anthonys Academy does not administer medication as a policy.  In the case of a headache or allergies, faculty must have written parent approval in order to give a student an over-the-counter drug such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen. 

Emergency medication such as Epi-pens are permitted with parental instructions on file.

Students may bring their own sunscreen and insect repellent if they choose.

 

XVIII. PROCEDURE FOR SAFETY & INJURY PREVENTION

SAA has a commitment to the prevention of student injury. Faculty will implement the following to help avoid injuries. 

 

Indoor Learning Environment Care:

  1. We will ensure that students are unable to autonomously leave the facility.

  2. We will ensure that students that pose a legitimate risk of physical harm to other students are not permitted to remain in the environment.

  3. We will ensure that students are adequately monitored at all times.

Outdoor Environment & Activities Care:

  1. We will ensure that the area is free from unnecessary tripping hazards.

  2. We will ensure that students do not use machinery that can pinch, cut, or crush bodily tissues in an unsafe way; all students must have safety training before using any tools/machinery, and all tools/machinery must only be used with permission, supervision, and in accordance with the safety guidelines. If a student uses a tool in an unsafe manner, he/she will be unable to use the equipment again for a period of time determined by the Directress and will have to undergo further safety training.

  3. We will try to ensure that children do not come into contact with protruding nails, bolts, or other components that could entangle the clothing or snag skin.

  4. We will ensure that students do not come into contact with hazardous materials; if they will be near hazardous chemicals/gases, we will ensure they have the proper safety training, safety equipment, and ventilation to use them appropriately.

  5. We will ensure that students are not able to leave the designated outdoor activities area.

  6. We understand that careful monitoring is essential to preventing injury and will ensure that the students are carefully monitored at all times.

 

XIX. FIRST AID PROCEDURE

First aid kits will be available in both the indoor and outdoor environments.

Employees will be trained in CPR, Concussion Management Protocol, and Stop the Bleed through certified training programs.

 

XX. FIELD TRIP & TRANSPORTATION PROTOCOL 

Parents will sign a general transportation permission slip to cover all local field trips and weekly travel.

Students must stay with the Guides/Assistants/Volunteers at all times when on a field trip and may not leave the group.

Students will be put in teams of two or three on field trips. Each team will stay together for the duration of the field trip.

At least one Guide/Assistant/Volunteer must remain with the students at all times.

 

Each student must have a Transportation Permission Slip signed by a parent or guardian and an Emergency Contact Form in the Transportation Binder, which must accompany the Guide/Assistant/Volunteer who is driving on all field trips and at the time of any local transportation.

 

All Employees or Volunteers who drive students either locally (to volunteer work, Liturgy, etc.) or on field trips must have proof of Bodily Injury Liability insurance that covers up to $300,000/500,000 per person/per accident & Injury coverage that will protect people who are injured while riding in his/her vehicle on file with the Directress. 

 

Each Employee or Volunteer who will drive the students must have a signed Driver’s Agreement on file stating that he/she knows he/she may not use his/her cell phone or text message while driving the students, and verifying that he/she has an acceptable Motor Vehicle Record (see guidelines below). 

 

An acceptable MVR includes the following:

  1. Valid driver’s license for the state in which the driver resides.

  2. At least five years of driving experience.

  3. An acceptable MVR based on the table below using the most recent (three or five) years’ experience. Any serious violation during the time period of the MVR is considered unacceptable. Serious violations may vary by state. Typically these include:

    1. Excessive speeding. This may vary by state from 15+ or more over the speed limit.

    2. Operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, or refusal of chemical test.

    3. Driving with a suspended, revoked or invalid license.

    4. Reckless driving or negligent driving.

    5. Speed racing or drag racing.

    6. Hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident.

    7. Refusing to stop or fleeing from a law enforcement officer.

    8. Vehicular homicide, manslaughter or assault with an automobile.

  4. Drivers that fall into the Borderline category may be deemed acceptable subject to management discretion based on specific circumstances involved with the violation or accidents. In these cases, a provisionary Driver Authorization may be granted with appropriate documentation of the facts supporting the decision.

  5. Driving records must remain “acceptable” no more than 3 minor driving violations and/or accidents combined within the last 3 years as shown in the table below.

 

  

XXI. SMOKING, DRUGS, & ALCOHOL POLICY 

SAA is a smoke free facility and campus.  Faculty/Volunteers/Students may not smoke on the premises or at any school event or function.

 

Faculty members/Volunteers/Students are required to report to work/school drug-free and in appropriate mental and physical condition for work/school.  The use, possession, sale, transfer, purchase or being under the influence of intoxicating alcohol, illegal drugs, or other intoxicants by employees at any time while on duty, on school premises, on school business, or during professional development activities is prohibited.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in discipline, up to and including immediate termination of employment and/or immediate expulsion from the grounds of the school or school event.

 

The only exception to this policy is the reasonable consumption of alcohol available at St. Anthonys events by adults over 21  years of age.

 

XXII. ASSESSMENT POLICY

A focus on exams and grades alters the way students learn, so we are striving to find a balance between avoiding a commercially-driven, standards-based education and determining what a student has grasped and where she needs additional instruction in a healthy way. 

Students may be given quizzes (oral or written) or exams to assess their knowledge in a subject area, but we refrain from using letter grades with them or allowing students to compare results. Emphasis is placed on honest, diligent work to the best of one's ability and the excitement of discovery; quizzes and exams are primarily for the Guide to know how to best direct her students.

Rather than grades & report cards, Parent-Teacher-Student discussions & progress reports will be scheduled quarterly. Each Guide will pay careful attention & make notes on the progress of each student throughout the quarter, and then thoughtfully fill out a progress report for each student before each of the parent-teacher conferences. Because the Guides know each student and where she is on her educational journey, the Guides can easily translate this information into letter grades if a transcript is needed for University applications or to transfer to another school.

We also partner with Classical Learning Test (CLT)* to assess the students and to mark their progress at the beginning/end of each year. We will not, however, be "teaching to the test". Through the CLT, parents can also see how their students are doing compared with other students across the nation.

*The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is the new standard for college entrance assessments. It is designed for high school juniors and seniors. The CLT takes two hours, and tests for grammar, literary comprehension, and mathematical and logical reasoning; it also contains an optional, ungraded essay portion.

The CLT10 is the official preparatory exam for the CLT. It is designed for high school freshmen and sophomores. The exam takes two hours and tests for the similar content as the CLT, at an age-appropriate level and with fewer questions of the highest difficulty.

 

XXIII. STUDENT BEHAVIOUR POLICY

Faculty/Volunteers must ensure that each student is provided with a positive model of acceptable behavior. 

Certain behaviors are not acceptable at SAA; they include the following: biting, kicking, hitting, spitting, verbal abuse, verbal threats, inappropriate sexual touching, inappropriate language (swearing or sexual), weapon play, abuse of materials or plants or animals, disrespectfulness, and excessive repetitive noise making that disturbs others.  Faculty/Volunteers must treat students considerately and justly, regardless of students’ behavior.  For serious and/or recurring incidents, the Directress must be notified the same day.

 

STUDENT RULES OF CONDUCT

- RESPECT all people, property, & creation.

If there is any questions as to what this means in practice, please see the Directress.

- NO COMPLAINING - it poisons the environment for everyone. Any complaining will be balanced by a gratitude assignment.

- HAVE INTEGRITY - Students should be absolutely honest in word and in action

DISCIPLINARY ACTION POLICY   

  1. The Guide will address the issue with the student

  2. An email will be sent to the parent

  3. Parent conference with the Directress/Disciplinary head

If repeated infractions of the code of conduct occur, the student's desire to participate in the mission of the school will be discussed, resulting in possible dismissal from the school for the remainder of the semester or the year if compliance is not forthcoming. At the discretion of the Directress, some offenses may result in immediate dismissal from the school, with no refund of tuition or fees. The Directress reserves the right to make final decisions.

The family would still be responsible for the rest of the semester's/year’s tuition.

 

XXIV. BEHAVIOUR GUIDANCE POLICY

SAA uses the positive choice of work as the major method of behavior guidance.  If a student is using materials in a destructive manner or disturbing other students with loud and unruly behavior, the student is spoken to quietly & privately and, if necessary, asked to take a few minutes to collect herself.

 

When a student’s behavior becomes an issue, faculty have a number of options, depending on the specific circumstances, including, but not limited to the following. 

·        Explain acceptable behaviors to the students.

·        Redirect students away from problems toward constructive activity.

·        Show students how to use acceptable alternatives to problem behavior.

·        Role-play acceptable alternatives to problem behavior.

·        Teach students to use their words to assert themselves and express their wishes and needs.

·        Teach students that if words alone are not effective, the student should seek assistance from a Guide/Assistant.

·        Remove the student to a quiet area of the environment to give the student a chance to regain control.

·        Provide immediate and directly related consequences for the behavior.

·        Request a meeting with the Directress who will then contact the parents to discuss discipline and consistency in the home and Montessori environments.

 

PERSISTENT UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR POLICY

For persistent unacceptable student behavior, faculty must:

·       Observe and document the behavior of the child and adult response to the behavior with using incident reports, to be filed in the student’s file.

·       Develop a plan to address the documented behavior, in consultation with the parent and other faculty and professionals when appropriate.

 

PROHIBITED ACTIONS BY FACULTY

Faculty members/Volunteers are prohibited from taking the following actions:

·       Corporal punishment, including, but not limited to, rough handling, shoving, hair pulling, ear pulling, shaking, slapping, kicking, biting, pinching, hitting, and spanking.

·       Emotional abuse, including but not limited to, name calling, ostracism, shaming, making derogatory remarks about the student or the student’s family, and using language that threatens, humiliates, or frightens the child.

·       Separation of a student from the group, unless less intrusive methods have been ineffective and the behavior threatens the well being of the student or other students.  Any separation from the group must be noted on an incident form that includes the student’s name, faculty member’s name, time, date, and information indicating what less intrusive methods were used and how the student’s behavior continued to threaten the well-being of the student herself or others.

·       Withholding food, light, warmth, clothing, or medical care as punishment.

·       Use of physical restraint other than to physically hold a student when containment is necessary to protect the student or others from harm.

·       Use of mechanical restraints, such as tying.

 

All Faculty/Volunteers must sign a DFPS Discipline Policy form & have it on file with the Directress.

 

XXV. DISCLAIMER

The contents of this Handbook are compiled for informational purposes only.  This Handbook is not a contract of employment and nothing in this Handbook is intended to create or imply a contract for employment or for any employment benefit.  St. Anthonys Academy reserves the right to change or eliminate any or all matters contained in this Handbook and all other policies, rules, and procedures at any time, without prior notice.

 

St. Anthonys Academy is a non-profit corporation dedicated to Montessori & John-Senior-inspired education for twelve to eighteen year olds.  St. Anthonys Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.

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