St. James Episcopal Day School

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St. James offers a demanding core curriculum with emphasis on academic excellence and the highest standards in conduct. Students in grades three, four, and five are recognized for outstanding achievement in these areas by qualifying for the Head of School’s List or The Honor Roll. These academic honors are determined at the end of each nine-week period.

In order to qualify for either honor, students must also have a satisfactory (S) grade in all enrichment classes and a satisfactory (S) grade in conduct from their classroom teacher and all enrichment classes.

Grade Qualifications:

  • Head of School List: Students who earn an “A” or an “S” in all subjects
  • Honor Roll: Students who earn an “A”, “B”, or “S” in all subjects
  • Students with an S– and/or N during a grading period do not qualify for academic honors.

When a formal student evaluation has been performed, parents are required to provide copies of such student evaluations to the school. These formal evaluations include, but are not limited to, educational, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Failure to provide such evaluation reports will result in a lack of accommodations and individualized instruction in the classroom and on standardized tests. Failure to provide such evaluation reports could result in being released from your contract, or not receiving a contract. Evaluations 
need to be updated every three years in order for accommodations to be provided.

  • Letter grades (A, B, C, D, and F) are reported in grades three through five, and assessments of S, S-, or N in grades Pre-K through two, according to the following scale:
    • A = 100 - 94
    • B = 93 - 86
    • C = 85 - 77
    • D = 76 - 70
       
    • S = Satisfactory (consistent work)
    • S- = Satisfactory (inconsistent work)
    • N = Needs Improvement

Grade levels may use all or portions of this scale.

Report Cards are sent home with parents on the first Conference Day (end of first nine-weeks) or the next day, for students whose parents do not come for a conference. Report Cards will be sent home at the end of each nine-week period. The Report Card envelope must be returned to school with the parent’s signature after the first, second, and third grading periods.

Parents of third, fourth or fifth graders can check their student’s grades online at any time through our RenWeb application.

For a fifth grader to attend the end of the year trip and participate in graduation in May, he/she must be earning passing grades in all schoolwork.

  • Standardized testing is held each spring, in April or May. Specific testing guidelines and suggestions will be provided before testing begins. No homework will be assigned nor projects due during testing. Children are encouraged to get adequate rest, eat balanced meals, and approach the testing in a relaxed yet confident manner.
  • Non-traditional administration of tests: For parents requesting special testing procedures for students, we follow the guidelines of the Educational Records Bureau (ERB):
  • “Nonstandard administration may be granted for students who receive test accommodations under an Individual Education Plan (IEP),
or Section 504 Plan or who otherwise have a documented disability that necessitates reasonable testing accommodations.”
  • If students have been given tests in a nonstandard manner (i.e. non-timed tests or readers are used) all year, this should be an indication that they might qualify for nonstandard testing. In order to provide this, an educational assessment listing accommodations must be on file at school.

Regular class attendance is necessary for the student to gain the maximum benefit from classroom instruction. It is possible that a student who has 20 or more unexcused absences in a school year may not be given credit for that year’s work and may be retained. It is the parent’s responsibility to submit, in writing, an excuse for each absence.

The following are considered to be excused absences when accompanied by an appropriate note:

  • Illness of the student
  • Death in the family
  • Severe injury or illness in the family
  • Doctor or dentist appointment
  • Observance of religious holidays
  • Extenuating circumstances as approved by the Head of School.

A student with an excused absence will be required
to make up missed work and tests. The teacher will save the student’s work and give it to the child upon returning to class, or work can be sent home if the parent calls the office before 10:00 a.m. Requested homework/missed work assignments may be picked up in the office after 3:00 p.m. For extended illnesses or unexcused absences, it is the parent’s responsibility to make sure that all assignments are completed.

Vacations should be scheduled during school vacation times and not during the school year. Family vacations taken on school days are considered unexcused absences and the school is not required to provide work or make up missed tests.

Children may use the bathroom any time during the day. Children will always be accompanied to the bathroom, but not in the bathroom, by a staff person. We encourage children to be self-sufficient in all aspects of bathroom use and ask that you reinforce your child’s ability to undress, wipe, flush, and redress, as well as wash hands. Staff may assist children with clothing fasteners, if needed, but cannot assist with wiping.

All children entering school must be fully toilet-trained. Diapers and pull-ups are prohibited. We understand that young children may have toilet accidents, from time to time. When clothing needs to be changed, due to a toilet accident, a staff member  may be present. At no time will a child be reprimanded or embarrassed by staff for having an accident. Accidents often happen at the beginning of the school year. Your reaction to occasional accidents will be important to your child’s growing self-confidence and independence. 

If your child has two accidents within one week, he or she will be sent home for three days. If your child returns and has another two accidents within one week, he or she will be sent home for one week. If your child returns and has another two accidents within one week, we will review the child’s readiness for school and determine if the child may continue in attendance at this time.

A potty trained child is a child who can do the following:

  1. Tell the adult they have to use the restroom BEFORE they have to go. They must be able to say the words “I have to go potty” BEFORE they have to go.
  2. Pull down their underwear and pants and get them back up without assistance.
  3. Wipe themselves after using the toilet.
  4. Get off the toilet by themselves.
  5. Wash and dry hands.
  6. Go directly back to the room without directions.
  7. Postpone going if they must wait for someone who is in the bathroom or if they are outside and away from a bathroom.
  • If your child is celebrating a birthday, a treat for the class may be sent to be served at morning snack time for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, or after lunch for grade school students. Please call ahead or send a note to schedule this with your child’s teacher so we can make sure the birthday celebration will be the highlight of the day. Children with summer birthdays may celebrate with a “substitute” birthday in the spring.
  • If you are planning a party outside of school, we ask that invitations be given out at school only if all your child’s classmates are invited. This way no one will feel left out. Also acceptable is the distribution of invitations to all girls or all boys if it is a single sex party.
  • St. James Episcopal Day School strives for a minimized allergen environment. Please do not send or bring food products that contain or may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts. Check that food is labeled “Tree Nut and Peanut Free.” This is also a good policy to follow in private birthday parties involving young children who may have difficulty identifying allergen- prone foods.

Rolling book bags are not allowed for Pre-K through grade three. Pre-K students and Kindergartners are required to use an approved, personalized St. James Day School tote bag.

  • Required cafeteria fees cover your child’s lunch in the school lunchroom. Well-balanced meals are prepared daily for all grades, as well as a daily morning snack for Pre-K and Kindergarten students, with milk or juice. Except for special activities approved by the school administration, no other food or drink is to be brought on campus.
  • Students have a choice of entrees (hot lunch or sandwich choices) offered daily. A salad bar is provided for students in third through fifth grades. Milk, water, and a variety of fruit juices are also provided. See our current menu, here.
  • Students may have seconds on any entrée and/or side dishes. However, children are encouraged to eat a variety of foods, so they may have second servings on desserts only after their entrée and side dishes have been eaten. Seconds are not offered on ice cream treats. Seconds are offered on fruit, even if entrée and side dishes have not been consumed.
  • Students may have seconds of milk, juice and/or water at any time (except chocolate milk). Students may have extra bread anytime.
  • Please alert the office, your child’s teacher, the Director of Child Nutrition (and the Director of Extended Care, when applicable) if the student has any food allergies, medical, or other dietary needs. The child nutrition staff will make every effort to provide appropriate meals. Students who cannot eat food prepared by the CNP staff for medical or religious reasons may bring food prepared at home. A written request must be made annually to the Head of School for approval. A written note from a physician must be provided when a student has food allergies or medical dietary needs. No food from fast food restaurants is allowed.
  • It is the school's policy that all children eat their lunch within the confines of the school's cafeteria.  Regardless of the fact that your child may have a medical or religious reason for not eating the food prepared by the cafeteria staff, your child is required to eat in the cafeteria.  The operation of our cafeteria and the budget associated with it contemplates and considers that each child uses its resources even if bringing their own meals.  Accordingly, the cafeteria fee is charged to each and every child attending the school.  
  • St. James Episcopal Day School strives for a minimized allergen environment and avoids, as far as possible, any food containing tree nuts or peanuts.
  • Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their children on any day. Lunch menus are posted on the school web site. Adult lunches are $7.00 and child-portion lunches are $3.00. The salad bar is also offered at the cost of $7.00. Exact cash is appreciated, or multiple credits may be purchased in the amount of $35.00. Parents are asked to sit at the student tables with the appropriate class.

St. James Episcopal Day School maintains an open door policy for handling any concerns and suggestions. All concerns regarding your child’s classroom performance should be addressed to the appropriate teacher. Any remaining concerns, or concerns not related to classroom performance, should be addressed to the Head of School.

The President of the St. James Episcopal Day School Board should be contacted for any concerns not resolved after discussion with the Head of School.

Morning Drop Off - 7:50-8:10 a.m. Bell rings and class begins - 8:10 a.m.

Note: If necessary, students may arrive on campus at 7:30 a.m. but must report to the cafeteria. There are no teachers on duty on the campus until 7:50 a.m. (Parents should walk PreK-first grade students to the cafeteria.)

Afternoon Dismissal Bell - 3:05 p.m. Regular Carpool Dismissal - 3:05 p.m. Extended Care Dismissal - 3:05-5:30 p.m.

Philosophy

St. James Episcopal Day School believes that discipline is learned and, therefore, can and should be taught 
in the home, school, and community. Children also learn through experience and imitation. Discipline is a developmental process.

As children mature, they should be given increased responsibility in keeping with their developmental level and social maturity; and, every opportunity to practice self-discipline in order to positively reinforce responsible action. The ultimate goal is the internalization of discipline, so that little external enforcement is required.

The administration and staff believe that this philosophy will foster the development of happy, self-disciplined, self-reliant personalities capable of behaving appropriately as the situation demands. It is felt that this philosophy will produce individuals with social consciences, who see the good sense in acceptable behavior and who are spared the consequences of misbehavior.

St. James prides itself on working with each and every child in a positive way. Our philosophy is not that misbehavior always results in punitive actions but, instead, becomes a learning situation for a child to problem solve and learn to work with others using a variety of responses. Sometimes, however, punitive actions are necessary.

Guidelines

St. James students are expected to follow all school
rules. School rules include those rules in this handbook, classroom rules, playground rules, and cafeteria rules. In addition, students must recognize and show respect for the authority of the teachers, administrators, and staff of St. James Episcopal Day School.

St. James prohibits all forms of harassment and bullying on school grounds, through the use of any school supervised electronic equipment, and at all school-sponsored activities. It will be a violation of this policy for any student to harass or bully any other student, or any person associated with this school based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Teachers are expected to handle discipline situations in their classroom and on the playground.

Teachers are expected to keep parents informed of discipline situations with their child. If these situations occur to the point that the administration becomes involved, the teacher will supply documentation of contact with the parent. The administration will then contact the parent and make necessary decisions regarding further action. Further action can include but is not limited to suspension.

If a student’s actions are severe enough that he/she is brought to the administration immediately, parents will be contacted and further action considered. Further action can include but is not limited to suspension. Since the action was severe enough for immediate administrative intervention, teacher documentation of parent contact may or may not be requested.

Suggested steps for administrative intervention are:

  • Talk with the student(s) involved
  • Talk with the teachers and/or review any previous behavior documentation
  • Contact parents. If needed, arrange a meeting.

Consider further steps and/or consequences that may include:

  • In house punishment
  • Meetings with Guidance Counselor
  • Help from outside sources
  • Suspension — details would be decided by administration and, possibly, teachers/parents 
Any student under school suspension faces the possibility of receiving a “0” on class work and/or tests given during the time the student is out of school.

Severe or blatant disrespectful behavior toward any child, teacher, or staff member at St. James will not 
be tolerated. This type of behavior is considered grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the Head of School.

While St. James Episcopal Day School staff respects individuality and cultural diversity, it is necessary for us to maintain an environment conducive to learning. Our dress code is designed to foster this environment.

  • Uniforms are required for all students in grades Pre K-5. Refer to the uniform guide, included.
  • Clearly mark child’s last name in permanent ink all items of clothing
  • Keep uniform in good condition.
  • Periodically, we will have special dress days. 
Notification will be sent home in advance and students may wear appropriate clothing other than the school uniform.
  • All articles of clothing not a part of the St. James uniform must be removed once inside the school building or church.
  • Rolling book bags are not allowed for Pre-K through third grade students.
  • Final decisions on all areas of dress and grooming are at the discretion of the Head of School.

Shoes, Grooming, and Accessories 
Shoes and Socks (Pre-K -5):

  • Shoes with luminous lighting (light up shoes) are prohibited.
  • Open-toed or backless shoes or boots are prohibited.
  • White or navy socks required. 
Hair Guidelines (Pre-K-5)
  • Your child’s hair should be clean and properly groomed.
  • Girls may not wear hair extensions, feathers, or excessive accessories.
  • Simple bows and barrettes are acceptable.
  • Boy’s hair should be cut over the ear and above the 
eyebrow. It may not touch the collar of the shirt.
  • No lines or patterns shall be cut into hair.


Jewelry Guidelines (Pre-K-5)

  • Watches, stud or small loop earrings are appropriate for girls.
  • Boys may only wear watches.
  • Small cross necklaces may be worn
  • No other necklaces, bracelets, etc. may be worn 


Coats and Outerwear Guidelines (Pre-K-5)

  • Solid white or navy sweaters are acceptable over the uniform.
  • Navy fleece or windbreaker with the school logo. 

  • St. James Cape can be worn.
  • On days under 40 degrees, any coat may be worn.

  • Hats, gloves, and other outer wear must be removed once inside the school buildings.

Fifth Grade Graduation Dress:

  • Girls: For graduation (in May) and graduation pictures (in February or March), girls must wear their jumper with white blouse and dress shoes.
  • Boys: For graduation (in May) and graduation pictures (in February or March), a white dress shirt and navy pants are required. A tie will be supplied by the school.

Field Trips/ Parties/ Spirit Days:

  • Students are required to wear regular uniforms or uniform bottoms along with their spirit t-shirts.
  • If a grade level and/or class has a special shirt that ALL of the class is wearing, that shirt can be worn with uniform bottoms.

A written note is required when checking out a student from school prior to the end of the day. This written note should be sent to school in the morning.

Students may not be checked out after 2:45 p.m. Any carpool changers must be made prior to 2:30 p.m.

Students are not allowed to bring personal cell phones, MP3 players, electronic games, iPods, radios, or any other personal hand-held devices to school.

Educational field trips provide an additional dimension to the classroom curriculum and are encouraged at St.James as part of our program.

Parents are asked to volunteer as drivers and chaperones for many of these events. Your participation is greatly appreciated and is also meaningful to your child. Siblings may not accompany parents who are volunteering as drivers and/or chaperones. Drivers must have a rear seat belt for each child, and liability insurance.

A blanket permission slip is sent home at the beginning of the school year to be signed by a parent. This signed permission slip is required in order for a student to participate in any field trip. Notifications of field trips are sent to parents prior to each field trip.

Field trips will be planned so that departure or arrival times do not interfere with the dismissal of the student. If departure or return times vary, parents will be notified.

All students on a field trip during lunch hour will receive a lunch provided by the school. However,
on some field trips, teachers may give students the choice to bring their own lunches. The cafeteria does not provide additional beverages, bottled water, or ice, beyond those provided for lunch.

St. James Episcopal Day School strives for a minimized allergen environment. Please do not send or bring food products that contain or may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts to a school event. Check that food is labelled “Tree Nut and Peanut Free.”

Daily medication prescribed by a doctor will be given during field trips according to the doctor’s prescription.

Due to the possible danger of passenger side airbags to small children, no student shall ride in the passenger seat of a vehicle that has a passenger side airbag.

For a fifth grader to attend the end-of-the-year trip and participate in graduation in May, he/she must have passing grades in all schoolwork.

Homework plays an important role in the academic program at St. James and serves many purposes. Homework is assigned as a means of encouraging students to become responsible and independent learners, to reinforce skills learned in the classroom, to encourage the growth of good study habits, and to complete a school assignment at home.

Parents should be aware of the purposes of homework and offer encouragement and support. It is also important that students are provided a quiet and comfortable place to work.

If a parent disagrees with a homework assignment (purpose, length, etc.), concerns should be expressed to the teacher and not expressed in a negative manner to the child. Teachers will be happy to discuss homework assignments with parents at any time.

Teachers of third, fourth and fifth grades coordinate homework (and tests) in an effort to maintain compliance with suggested times allotted for homework. Homework, class assignments, and test schedules are posted on grade level web pages for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. All students are encouraged to read, or be read to, every night, in addition to any assigned homework.

Class work not completed during the school day
may be required to be completed at home. This is not considered homework. Only if the teacher feels that the class did not have adequate opportunity to complete assigned class work will that work be counted as part of the assigned homework.

St. James Episcopal Day School provides Internet access for our educational community as part of our strong foundation combining academic excellence and spiritual formation within a warm, loving, Christian environment. Electronic information resources offer vast, diverse and unique educational opportunities
for educational value and are vital in preparing your child for success. St. James supports access by students and staff to varied sources, and encourages staff and students to develop the information research skills necessary to analyze and evaluate such resources. It also provides opportunity for students and staff to collaborate, produce, publish, conduct research, and communicate with others on a school, local, national and international level.

St. James has taken reasonable steps to ensure that
the Internet is only used for activities that support the curriculum, and can monitor individual use. Rules and Honor Codes of St. James apply to the use of electronic resources in the same way that they apply 
to other resources of the school, as to both equipment and content. If a user violates any of the provisions, his or her privileges may be terminated and future access denied.

St. James Episcopal Day School is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students
and staff. Allegations of copyright infringement (plagiarism) or other civil and/or criminal statutes (stalking, cyberbullying, tampering with or theft of proprietary information) through school or school- supervised resources can and will be referred to the appropriate authorities.

Digital Readers

Personal digital readers such as the Amazon Kindle®, Barnes & Noble Nook®, and Apple iPad® may be brought to school, but should be clearly identified
as personal property. The Day School assumes no responsibility for loss or damage of personal, non- school supervised electronic equipment. Such e-readers must have cellular and network capabilities disabled (“Airplane Mode”) while the device is at the school. All other personal electronic devices are prohibited.

While acknowledging that standards of propriety regarding language, nudity, and suggestive behavior may have changed in “pop culture,” St. James Episcopal Day School continues to expect that the behavior of its community members will adhere to its traditional standard of decent behavior.

Recent developments in digital technology have created a sense of perceived anonymity which encourages some young people to engage in behavior that they would not contemplate if they thought they were being observed by the responsible adults in their lives.

St. James is convinced that in teaching standards of responsible behavior it is important for both teachers and parents to guide students to understand that our expectations of decent behavior and respect for one’s self and others apply whether the environment is virtual or real.  With that in mind, we wish to establish clearly that St. James’ behavioral expectations and sense of community values extend to the realms of internet based virtual communities.  Thus, both content posted to digital realms and personal behavior in such virtual environments will be judged against St. James’ traditional standards of decent behavior outlined above in the paragraph on STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR. This will be so whether on campus or off campus, during school hours or otherwise.

The following examples are included only to suggest the types of arenas and issues these guidelines apply to for the purpose of clarifying the applications of these standards.  They are not intended to serve as a definitive list of prohibitions.  These standards apply to, but are not limited to, online forums, social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Musical.ly, public posting sites such as You Tube and blogs, public gaming sites, email, and to activities such as texting or transmission of images via digital means. Each year the list of available and popular sites expands.  This standard is intended to cover all sites and apps as the list will evolve with time.

As members of the St. James community, individuals may well be seen by the public as representing St. James as well as themselves in any public forum whether it be digital or real.  It is expected that any digital image, or images, or content posted by, or depicting or identifying any member of the St. James community shall be in good taste.  

Posting of any digital materials which include obscene or sexual content or gestures, or which depict nudity, lewd behavior, alcohol, tobacco, gang affiliation, intoxication, or illegal acts, or which contain similarly offensive content, will be seen as a violation of the standard of decent behavior. 

Students are prohibited from recording images or audio of students or adults at school without the express permission of a teacher or administrator.  This standard also applies to any school sponsored activity regardless of whether it takes place on or off campus.

Further, this policy specifically states that no member of the St. James community shall post digital images of another member of the St. James community without their knowledge and expressed permission. 

St. James administrators and faculty will explain the provisions of this policy and discuss them with the students annually.

Additionally, faculty and staff members are prohibited from inviting or accepting current students to be personal friends on Facebook or any other social networking site.

It is expected that all St. James employee interactions with students by means of texting, instant messaging, blogs, e-mails, or chat rooms will be limited for only educational purposes.

A St. James community member who posts or sends images, audio, or text which, in the combined judgment of the Head of School and the School Counselor, is deemed to violate St. James standards of decent behavior is subject to disciplinary penalties that may extend all the way to dismissal from the school.

Books, clothing, and other personal belongings found around the campus will be put in the Lost and Found box located in the foyer between the school cafeteria and Bishops Hall. Please clearly mark all belongings with your student’s last name.

Two conference days are planned during the school year: one at the end of the first nine weeks; and, one during the second semester. Students do not attend school on these days. We also welcome parent-teacher conferences at other times during the year, as needed. If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher, please call the school office or send a note to the teacher to schedule an appointment time. Conferences will be scheduled during enrichment classes and other times during the school day the teacher may be available. Telephone conferences may also be requested.

Students will be released to their parents unless there is legal documentation on file stating otherwise. The legal documentation must state to whom the school shall or shall not release the child.

Parents are responsible for identifying to the school those adults allowed to pick up their child in an emergency. The school will only release the child to those persons. If the child is to be released to any other adult, a note or other documentation must be on file.

Each student is assessed a room fee each year to cover the cost of field trips, end-of-the-year party, student magazines, etc.

While we attempt to estimate the costs of all activities for the entire year, sometimes we find we have underestimated total expenses. When that occurs, we are forced to collect additional funds for the end-of- the-year party. Other funds, requested by individual parents or groups of parents that are in addition to end-of-the-year party expenses, are not a requirement of the school and are optional.

You will be notified in advance concerning dates for class and individual pictures. Order blanks will be sent home before those dates, and picture orders must be pre-paid.

St. James students are expected to follow all school rules at all times. School rules include those rules written in the handbook, classroom rules, playground rules, and cafeteria rules. In addition, students must recognize and show appropriate respect and cooperation towards the teachers, administrators, and staff of St. James Episcopal Day School.

General School Rules:

  • Respect the rights of others.

  • Respect school property.

  • Prepare for class with appropriate materials and homework assignments.
  • Arrive at school on time.

Cafeteria Rules:

  • Enter the cafeteria quietly.
  • Walk at all times.

  • Talk quietly or whisper.

  • Use proper manners.

Playground Rules:

  • Play only in areas supervised by a teacher.
  • 
Leave playground materials (rocks, mulch, etc.) in their intended areas.

  • Use playground equipment safely and courteously.

Students are often allowed to bring snacks as part of
a school project, classroom reward program, or other special event. Parents should be aware of the following guidelines when sending snacks to school:

  • Students should be encouraged to bring nutritious snacks.
  • Snacks allowed prior to lunch may not include soda, candy, or any non-nutritious foods.
  • Fruits and fruit juices are suggested.
  • Snack events are to be limited to no more than once a week.
  • Snack time should last no longer than 15 minutes.

St. James Episcopal Day School strives for a minimized allergen environment. Please do
not send or bring food products to school or to any school-sanctioned event that contain or may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts. Check that food is labelled “Tree Nut and Peanut Free.” 


St. James makes every effort to place students in
the most appropriate academic classroom setting. Classroom teachers and resource teachers make placement recommendations based on their educational experience, professional knowledge, and their knowledge of the individual student’s placement. The Head of School will make the final decision regarding placement. Parents are not to request specific teachers.

Non-swimmers at school swimming parties are required to wear a flotation device while in the pool. Parents are required to notify the classroom teacher if their child is a non-swimmer.

Students are expected to arrive on time and should be on campus by or before 8:10 in order to line up with their class to start their day at 8:10. Unexcused arrival after 8:15 is considered to be tardy.

Excused tardies include: doctor’s visits documented by the doctor’s office (parents must have slip in hand), illness of the student verified by a written note signed by the parent, or extenuating circumstances as approved by the administration.

All students arriving after the 8:15 bell rings must be accompanied by a parent to check in on the office foyer computer. Administration will review these records
to determine if multiple tardy arrivals have been excused (with documentation as described, above) or unexcused.

If the student has three unexcused tardies during the same nine weeks, adminstration will contact the parent to bring awareness to the situation and request an explanation about the reason(s) for repeated tardiness.

If after parent contact, a student is again tardy within the same nine weeks, administration will schedule a meeting with the parent to discuss the situation and decide on next steps. This may include, but is not limited to, disciplinary actions.

Parents and other school patrons are welcome and encouraged to visit the school. Special programs are planned throughout each year to provide opportunity for such visits. Visitors should not enter classrooms or detain teachers without first reporting to the school office and obtaining permission to enter the classroom.

All visitors must check in on the office computer and wear an issued visitor’s sticker before going on campus for any reason. All school rules apply to visitors.

All school gates will be locked during school hours. Anyone entering or leaving the campus during school hours must enter and exit through the school office.

The school office will deliver papers, books, homework etc. to students in their classroom. Please leave all such items to be delivered in the school office.

Parents should not enter classrooms during class unless previous arrangements have been made and approved by the teacher or the Head of School, and the teacher expects the parent.

The Head of School may ask a visitor or parent to leave the campus and prohibit the individual from visiting any or all areas of the school if felt to be in the best interest of St. James Episcopal Day School.

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