The word discipline
comes from the word disciple. Christ told us how to look and
recognize his followers. At St. Jerome School this is a place
Every person is
respected regardless of age.
teachers and administration work to help each other.
All exhibit the
love and concern in Christ Himself, for Christ is very present
in our school today.
short, our school should be a community of faith, whose bond of
unity is shared by the presence of God in each one of us present
here today. In order to create the atmosphere where such values
and attitudes can grow, it is necessary that all students fulfill
their responsibilities also. Children must have respect for
themselves first, one another, and for the adult members of this
Expectations: Give a good example to fellow students
self-discipline and developing a sense of responsibility
established by the school and the classroom teacher
and property in a respectful manner.
faculty and reinforce the ideals and goals of the school in
your home and by encouraging your children in their efforts to
conscientious role in your childís development by being
aware of his or her academic or social needs.
and polices fairly and consistently
parents any significant changes in their childís behavior,
academic or social being.
Achievement: There is close connection between discipline and
academic achievement. This achievement demands self-control on
the part of the student, mutual respect and cooperation on
part of the teachers and students and creating a learning
environment that is orderly, peaceful and purposeful.
Improvement Process: Self-control is a learned process and it
takes time and effort to develop. Much unacceptable behavior
occurs because children make mistake in their journey of
becoming young adults. This usually means that the school
needs to be that environment that will help the student
develop a sense of self-control. The teacher, the principal or
a phone call can do this through a talk to the parents,
isolation from their peers, detention, suspension and even
expulsion if necessary.
ordinary disciplinary means fail to convert a student to the point
of unreasonable behavior, and then extraordinary means must be
employed. This would include the following:
student, parent teacher and principal
Out of School
Privileges and denial of class activities.
placement, following an exit conference with student, parent,
teacher and principal.
Behavior: Some examples of behavior unacceptable in a
Christian educational community and requiring the use of
extraordinary discipline measures are:
Chronic lack of
effort and work
school and classroom regulations
of School Property
Disruption of Classes
Violations of Dress Code
toward any staff member of the school community
students feelings, bullying them or calling them names
Fighting or Verbal
abuse of students
behaviors merit immediate SUSPENSION from school. Among these are:
and drug use in school or on parish grounds
of a staff member
Causing harm or
injury to another through fighting or carelessness
Possession or use
of a weapon
which threatens the health, safety, or welfare of the school
Any other serious
PRINCIPAL IS THE FINAL RECOURSE IN ALL-DISCIPLINARY SITUATIONS AND
MAY WAIVE ANY DISCIPLINARY RULES OR PROCEDURES FOR JUST CAUSE AT
HIS OR HER DISCRETION.
When a student receives a detention, the student must get
their parent to sign it and return it to school the next day. The
cost for the detention will be $15.00 per detention. Detentions
will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30. Detentions can be
given to any student from grades Kg-8th. Failure to
return the detention the next school day will result in another
detention and additional fee of $15.00. Detentions can be given
from any teacher or staff. There will be automatic detentions for
tardiness and not following the uniform code. The premise is that
if you follow the rules, you wont get a detention.
Free Policy: All students have a right to attend
school in an environment conducive to learning. The use of alcohol
and drugs are illegal and interfere with an effective learning
climate and healthy development of children. St. Jerome School has
a legal and moral obligation to maintain a drug free and smoke
free educational environment. Schools must provide drug education
that is integrated within the curriculum at all grade levels, to
prepare students for decision-making against drug and alcohol use.
At St. Jerome School the students are not allowed to smoke in
school, on school grounds or at any school sponsored events.
Furthermore, no alcohol beverages may be served if students are
present at any school event. If a student is found in possession
of any type of drug, they will immediately be suspended until
further notice. Parents will be called and a meeting between the
parents and principal will take place. The principal will give
parents a variety of resources that they can use to help their
child. After parent meeting, counselor meeting with both student
and parents; then the student might be readmitted based on a
meeting with the parents and the counselor.
and Seizure: The Archdiocese of Chicago and the
Office of Catholic Education mandated that school personnel are in
charge of protecting the health and safety of all students.
Fulfillment of these duties may conflict with a student right for
the need for privacy. There needs to be a balance between the
studentsí rights and protection of society.
lockers, desks, and other storage areas are provided by the
school, the school retains the control and access to all lockers,
desks and storage areas. These areas are assigned to students
based on the premise that they will be used for school use. School
personnel at anytime can inspect these areas with or without the
of School Property: All property of the
school including studentsí desks and lockers as well as content
may be searched and/or inspected at any time without any notice.
Authorized school personnel have an unrestricted right to search
these structures as well as any containers, book bags, purses, or
articles of clothing that are left unattended on school property.
of Studentís Person and Personnel
Property: The search of a student or personal property
currently being carried is permissible when there is any suspicion
that a student may be carrying contraband.
When conducting a
search at least one other authorized school personnel must be
present. Where possible one person must be of the same gender
of the student.
The principal must
always have another school authority present when a search is
If a weapon or
other substance is suspected, the school will call the Chicago
Police Department immediately.
If the weapon or
illegal drug is seized, the principal will call the police and
report the incident to the police, diocese and rectory and
then hand over contraband when the police arrive.
parent/guardian must be informed of the situation as soon as
If a student
refuses to voluntarily empty his or her pockets, open a school
bag or purse, the student will be detained under supervision
until the parents arrive.
Rule and Regulation
to school on time
Wear appropriate uniform at all times.
Quiet in the halls, your body to your self, dispose of litter
in the appropriate places and walk in the halls.
your feet, hands, and objects to yourself, follow directions,
clean up after yourself, and stay at assigned tables.
respect property, keep feet, hands and objects to yourself,
stay in assigned area, follow directions, no name calling, and
use playground equipment properly. Fighting with a student is
an automatic school suspension for both parties. St. Jerome
School has a Zero Tolerance Policy for fighting.
Harassment Policy: Sexual harassment by one employee
of another or by a student is unacceptable. Employees or students
engaged in any type of harassment will be subject to appropriate
discipline, including suspension and or dismissal.
in any form against an employee or student exercises their right
to make a complaint under this policy and strictly prohibited and
will itself be cause for appropriate disciplinary action.
employee or student who knowingly make false charges against an
employee or student in an attempt to demean, harass, abuse or
embarrass that individual shall be subject to sanctions for
misconduct set forth above.
Jerome School will gather all the facts regarding any allegations
and appropriate action will take place.
in dealing with Behavior
These are suggested guidelines, but at any time a student can move
down the list depending on the rule violated.