In striving to create a Christian environment, we as members of the administration and faculty of Our Lady of Sorrows School work hard to ensure academic success in our classes. We also uphold a philosophy rooted in Catholic values. Therefore, it is most important that the responsibility policy reflect both factors on a daily basis.
The goal of the Responsibility Plan is to help students develop into responsible and successful learners. Teachers are ultimately responsible for helping students achieve this goal, and will make classroom rules and guidelines to assist them. Teachers may also find it helpful to make adaptations to the following program based on individual student/class needs. The program is designed to reward responsible behaviors and help correct areas needing improvement.
The follow list of responsibilities is to be followed by each student at Our Lady of Sorrows School:
1. to behave respectfully towards others at all times;
2. to respect your own property, the property of your church and school, and the property of others;
3. to be responsible for your own actions;
4. to be responsible for your own homework;
5. to exercise self-control and express feelings in a proper manner;
6. to act in a courteous and polite manner at all school gatherings;
7. to speak in a kind manner and at the right times;
8. to display proper playground behavior and safety;
9. to enter and leave a classroom in an appropriate manner;
10. to move from one place to another in a quiet and orderly manner; and
11. to follow any and all individual classroom rules established by teachers.
Responsibility Cards: Each student receives a different Responsibility Card each month. It is the student’s responsibility to carry the card with them at all times. Whenever a student shows a lack of responsible behavior, it will be recorded as a mark on the card. At the end of the day, the card will be collected by the homeroom teacher. If the card is lost, damaged, or forgotten, the student must pay $.50 for a new card and will receive an automatic mark for a lost card, as well as marks already written on the lost card. At the end of the month, the student is given a new Responsibility Card with no marks.
- Marks on cards: Marks are given as warnings/reminders that students must display responsible behaviors or they will have the consequence of a detention. (Note: A more severe violation may result in more than one (1) mark, such as bullying, deliberate destruction of school property, etc.)
- Missing Assignments: Every missing assignment will be recorded as a mark on the card in order to promote student responsibility for homework.
- Tardy Policy: In each quarter, a student is given three incidents of tardiness before marks are given. Any additional times of tardiness will result in a mark on the card for each time the student is tardy in the quarter.
- Uniform: Students will receive a mark if the student is not in complete proper uniform.
- Automatic detention: Cheating (on homework, test, etc., includes changing or copying one or more answers, etc.), lying, fighting, and inappropriate language are some of the offenses that will cause a student to receive an automatic detention.
- Automatic in-school suspension: Stealing will result in parents being notified and the student will be sent home immediately. A conference with the parents will then be held to discuss disciplinary actions.
- Record of detentions: Detentions will be recorded on report cards each quarter.
- Exceptions to policy: The administration has the discretion to adjust the Responsibility Plan to fit the needs of individual students. Any other unusual disciplinary situations will be handled by the administration.
- Two marks on card: The student will be given a note to give to parents to be signed and returned the next day. If the note is not returned, the principal will follow up with a phone call.
- Four marks on card: The student will serve an after-school detention the following Tuesday. The student will immediately leave the classroom upon receiving the fourth mark and show their card to the principal at the office. The student notifies the parents by phone to inform them of the detention. A letter stating the details of the detention will be given to the student to take home that same day. A copy of the card is also sent home with the student. The letter must be signed by the parents and returned to school the following day.
Detention will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 PM on Tuesdays. Teachers supervise detention on a rotating basis. The detention times are as follows:
Gr. 1 15 minutes 3:00 – 3:15 PM
Gr. 2 & 3 30 minutes 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Gr. 4 & 5 45 minutes 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Gr. 6 – 8 60 minutes 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Students will be dismissed from the back door on Rhodes. During detention, the students sit quietly, write out of packet describing why the marks were received and how the student will change their behavior. The students may not do homework or other activities.
Not reporting for detention on the assigned date will result in an in-school suspension. The student must still serve detention the following Tuesday. A detention may be rescheduled because of illness or previously scheduled medical appointments. Absolutely no exceptions will be made for athletic games, practices, or extracurricular activities. Missed detentions because of illness/medical appointments must be made up the next week.
Misbehavior during detention will result in another detention. This misconduct detention will count as another detention on our records.
Any student receiving three detentions in one quarter will receive a one-day, in-school suspension from classes, consisting of some supervised schoolwork during the school day. This schoolwork is prepared by the administration and/or the student’s teachers, and is supplementary to regular schoolwork. The student must complete all schoolwork assigned. Before leaving school, the student must report to the homeroom to get missed assignments, which will be due the next day. Work not completed on time will receive a failing grade and will count as a missing assignment.
Three in-school suspensions in a school year will result in the removal of the student from classes until a conference is held with the parents, administration, teacher, and possibly pastor. At this time, the student’s behavior will be evaluated to determine a plan of action (i.e., either probation or permanent removal), and the student and parents will be required to sign a contract stating requirements that must be met in order for continued enrollment at Our Lady of Sorrows School.
Developing responsibility is an intrinsic reward, and students should be commended for keeping Responsibility Cards free of marks.
A card with no marks an entire month will serve as “a ticket” to a special reward held during school each month (examples: dress down; extra recess; hat day; etc.)
Students with four (4) or less marks for the entire school year will be given a special reward at the end of the school year.