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Pensacola Catholic High School 2018-2019 PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK This Handbook Belongs to: Name: ______________________________________________________ 3043 West Scott Street Pensacola, Florida 32505 (850) 436-6400 / FAX (850) 436-6405 www.pensacolachs.org School Motto: Pro Deo et Patria which translates "For God and Country" School Mascot: Crusaders Accredited by THE SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS Member of THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION Principal – Sr. Kierstin Martin, A.S.C.J. Assistant Principal – Mr. Jim Edler Athletic Director – Mr. Richard LaBounty Director of Facilities and Events – Mr. Matt Adams Dean of Students – Mr. Troy Faucheaux *** 2018-2019 STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS General Representatives President - Christian Dukes Senior: Caroline Buer, Ryan Campion Vice President – Makenna Thorsen Junior: Tinley Bailey, Noah Brady, Nicholas Dimitroff Secretary - Mary Wolff Sophomore: Nicole Hoppe Clayton Meyers Treasurer - Abigail Remke Senators: Azriel Boles, Braden Ball, Tommy Frosch, Mary Galloway, Perter James Mougey, Lauren Garrett President: Vice President: Secretary: Treasurer: 2018-2019 CLASS OFFICERS Senior Junior Michael Eddins Madeleine Leidner Ansley Majewski Faith Fell Gramm Talbert Elizabeth Manning Ally Sullivan Olivia West Sophomore Darcy Sullivan Emily Young Kinsey King Claire Allison

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Philosophy and Objectives Mission Statement Finance Information School Organization Academics School Policies and Regulations Dress Code PTA Student Activities Athletic Program Religious Programs Student Accident Insurance Standardized Testing School Services/Facilities Expected Standards of Behavior The Discipline Process Level of Offenses Definition of Terms Technology Acceptable Use Policy Social Media Policy Substance Abuse Policy School Map Parent/Student Consent Form Vehicle Registration Form Consent to Release Records Form Student Hall Pass 3 4 5 6 7 10 14 15 15 16 18 18 18 18 19 22 23 24 24 27 30 34 35 35 35 37 PENSACOLA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER To raise up sterling people of God, Oh Catholic High, Catholic High, To love our country everyone, Oh Catholic High, Catholic High. This is thy aim, thy noble role: To lead us on to reach our goal. God bless thee always through the years, Our thanks to thee; Catholic High. THE PENSACOLA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL LOGO The official Logo of Catholic High embodies in its symbolism the ideals of Christianity and patriotism. Central to the Logo is the school mascot, The Crusader, holding a shield which is significant of faith in God and His protection. Christ, symbolized by His Cross contained on the shield, suggests the sacrifice demanded of His followers. The Motto of the school, striped across the banner, indicates that our philosophy promotes service and allegiance to God and country. The motto is the focal point to which all our activities are directed. 2

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PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34) is the command of Jesus Christ to those who follow Him. Pensacola Catholic High School believes this command is a mandate for Catholic education. The school philosophy is based on a desire to understand and follow the Scriptures and Tradition of the Catholic Church. The school desires to lead students in the development of a value system which will prepare them for the challenges of life with its hope and promise. To enable students "to reach full maturity in Christ" (Ephesians 4:13) -- spiritually, intellectually, culturally, socially and physically -- the school strives to help them realize their place and role as Christians in an increasingly interdependent global society. Love must be the central theme of the students' development in order for them to understand this interdependence since God calls everyone to respond to His vision of peace and justice. In the light of the call from the Lord, Pensacola Catholic High School sets the following objectives: SPIRITUAL 1. To lead students to a deeper personal relationship with God through opportunities for worship and prayer; 2. To teach by word and example the Gospel values and the Tradition of the Catholic Church in a sound religious curriculum; 3. To foster a community of faith and hope to meet the challenges and difficulties that are experienced in the world; 4. To promote projects of service as a means of developing leadership and commitment to the school, community and society; 5. To continue the formative process of developing self-awareness and self-esteem in all aspects of human relationships and values. INTELLECTUAL/CULTURAL 1. To stimulate a desire to learn; 2. To strive for academic excellence; 3. To provide a basic curriculum stressing fundamental academic skills; 4. To provide an academic program which will prepare each student for college and/or a career; 5. To cultivate an understanding and appreciation of cultural and historical heritages, particularly the impact of Christianity on Western society. SOCIAL 1. To further the development of a social consciousness which will inspire students to act for peace and justice; 2. To provide extracurricular activities that promote interest and involvement in all aspects of human development; 3. To provide opportunities for leadership and service within and beyond the school community; 4. To maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning through consistent standards of discipline; 5. To challenge students to a Christian response to today's social, economic and ecological problems. PHYSICAL 1. To provide a physical education program designed to develop and maintain the optimum physical condition of students; 2. To provide a program of extracurricular athletic activities; 3. To provide for health education in related subject areas. 3

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Mission Statement Our Mission is to develop responsible Christian individuals by providing the finest in Catholic education. Vision Statement Pensacola Catholic High School is a vibrant Christian community offering quality education while emphasizing the teachings of the Gospel, the intrinsic value of the individual and commitment to service. Core Values Selfless Love We recognize and accept the uniqueness of every individual. God calls us to love one another. Selfless love involves respecting life as a gift from God, loving your enemies, and giving unconditional love to your fellow man. -Treat others the way you want to be treated. -Be sensitive to the feelings of others. -Respect someone else's opinion even if it differs from yours. -Help others who are in need of your help. -Respect one another. Commitment to Excellence We strive for excellence in the spiritual, intellectual, physical development of the whole individual. -Constant effort towards continuous improvement. -Complete assignments promptly and to the best of our ability. -Maintain a positive mental attitude. -Accept responsibility. -Maintain a high standard of academic excellence. -Maintain self discipline and perseverance. -Establish goals and work towards them. Personal Integrity We recognize the importance of being honest and Christ-like in making decisions and in the way we conduct ourselves. -Tell the truth at all times. -Do what you say you are going to do. -Do not gossip and spread rumors. -Accept responsibility and consequences for your actions. -Live the Gospel message. -Conduct yourself in an ethical manner. -Always do the right thing. Commitment to Service We believe that to serve others is to serve God and that serving God is the greatest thing that we can do in our life. -Give willingly of your talents to others. -Give witness to the Gospel. -Help others who are in need of help. -Contribute to the betterment of the school by being involved outside of the classroom. -Tutor someone who needs help in a subject in which you do well. -Volunteer for community service. 4

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Additional policies, not contained in this Handbook, related to standards of ethical conduct for administrators and instructors are available on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee website at www.ptdiocese.org. Catholic High School reserves the right to interpret the following rules and policies as individual situations and needs arise. FINANCE INFORMATION TUITION Tuition payment may be made according to several available payment plan options: annual, semi-annual, quarterly, or monthly over 12 months. All families will be enrolled in a FACTS Tuition Payment Plan. The following are the tuition rates, which include the discounts for multiple students**: TUITION RATES Family Plan for those affiliated with and supporting a Catholic Deanery Parish: Annual Semi/Ann. Quarterly Monthly* Discount** 1 Student $ 5,952 $2,976 $1,488 $ 496 2 Students $11,220 $5,610 $2,805 $ 935 $ 684** 3 Students $16,488 $8,244 $4,122 $1,374 $1,368** Family Plan for those non-affiliated with and non-supporting of a Catholic Deanery Parish: Annual Semi/Ann. Quarterly 1 Student $ 7,728 $ 3,864 $1,932 2 Students $15,012 $ 7,506 $3,753 3 Students $22,296 $11,148 $5,574 Monthly* Discount** $ 644 $1,251 $ 444** $1,858 $ 888** *Monthly payments for all students begin in May, 2018, and end in April, 2019. All tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year must be paid in full by April 10, 2019. Personal or company checks will not be accepted after April 1, 2019. Payments made after this date must be in the form of cash, cashier's check or money order. Two month's tuition is not refundable. Prior to the beginning of the school year, if two or more month's tuition is not paid the student's registration at CHS is automatically terminated and the student's position is relinquished to another student. If a student withdraws from school once classes have begun, tuition up to and including the quarter in which the student withdraws is non-refundable. At any time during the school year, if a family is delinquent in tuition payments by more than one month, the student may not attend school until payments are made current. Additionally, the family must establish a FACTS automatic payment plan for the student to return to class. **These amounts include a discount for families with more than one student enrolled at CHS. Tuition rates indicated above do not include the laptop lease fee, which was signed at the student’s original registration. The lease fee varies by grade and payment of these fees coincides with and are in addition to tuition payments. PARTIAL YEAR TUITION PAYMENT POLICY If a student withdraws from school prior to the beginning of the school year, two months of tuition is non-refundable. If a student withdraws from school once classes have begun, tuition up to and including the quarter in which the student withdraws is non- refundable. If a student enrolls at any time during the ten-month school year when classes are in session, his/her tuition will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. DELINQUENT TUITION AND FEE PAYMENTS The school administration recognizes the fact that unexpected extenuating circumstances may cause a family to be unable to meet their financial obligations. In this event, communication must be directed to the Principal so that arrangements may be made in such circumstances. All tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year must be paid in full by April 10, 2019. Personal or company checks will not be accepted after April 1, 2019. Payments made after this date must be in the form of cash, cashier's check or money order. At any time during the school year, if the administration has not been advised and the tuition and fee payment becomes delinquent by more than one month, the student(s) will not be allowed to attend school or to take mid-term or final exams until payments become current. Additionally, the family will be required to establish a FACTS automatic payment plan. Delinquent is defined as not making a payment by the tenth of the month in which payment is due. If the tuition installment is not received in the month due, the family will receive a reminder notice. A $10 late fee is charged for each tuition installment not received by the tenth of the month in which the payment is due. RETURNED CHECKS All returned checks will result in a service charge of $15. The first returned check may be replaced by another check. After the second returned check, the family MUST establish a FACTS automatic payment plan. PARISH VERIFICATION Following the registration process, which is completed in February, a list of Catholic families with children who are incoming 9th-12th graders who identified themselves as members of a given parish is prepared by CHS and forwarded to the pastor of that parish along with the request that each family's status as an affiliated/supporting member be verified. Those not verified have the opportunity to visit with their parish priest to seek a change in their status. CHS requires that a Parish Verification Form then be signed by the priest and sent to the school. FEES* A non-refundable, registration fee is due at the time of registration. Additional fees, some of which are paid in conjunction with the new book payment, which is due in August, are: Parent/Student Handbook Freshman Class Dues Sophomore Class Dues Junior Class Dues Senior Class Dues PTA Dues (per family) Day of Recollection Fee (9th-11th grades) Retreat Fee (12th) PSAT 8/9 PSAT MAP Testing Fee (9th grade) Testing Fee (10th grade) Testing Fee (11th grade) $ 7.50 $ 7.00 $ 9.00 $ 12.00 $ 13.00 $ 20.00 $ 25.00 $ 110.00 $ 10.00 $ 15.00 $ 12.50 $ 25.00 $ 30.00 $ 30.00 5

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Testing Fee (12th grade) $ 13.00 Lanyard/ID Badge Fee $ 5.00 Learning Management System Fee $ 15.00 Graduation Fee (Seniors only - due in April) $ 200.00 No Red Ink Fee $ 15.00 AEP Fee (for AEP students only - per semester) $ 200.00 Athletic Fee (Families with athletes must assume responsibility for buying/selling one Booster Club ticket @ $100 for each sport student participates in [limit 3] or the amount will be added to the tuition) (minimum) $ 100.00 * A lock replacement fee of $5.00 is required of any student who loses their school-issued lock at any time during the year. Damage to or defacement of a locker will merit a $10.00 repair fee from the student to whom the locker was assigned. The Graduation Fee covers all costs of graduation including keepsake cap. Gown, and tassel, diploma insert and cover, decorations, music, facility rental and a portion of Project Graduation. This fee is payable in the Spring. Instructions will be sent to all Senior class parents explaining the details of this obligation. The purpose of class dues, which are paid in conjunction with the new book payment due in August, is to support individual class activities. All class dues for any class stay with that class and are carried forward from year to year. Club dues, as applicable, will be collected by the moderator and turned in to the Finance Office. All class & club dues are the property of the students and are maintained in their own account. BOOKS AND SUPPLIES Following course registration in the Spring, a list of books required for each course will be provided to the students. The book and fees invoice will be mailed to each family in April. This invoice may be paid in the months of May – August, but must be paid in full by Orientation Day in August. Families will be notified of exact dates, and times, as Orientation Day approaches. The Bible purchased at the beginning of the 9th grade will be used all four years and should be retained. FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM It is the hope of Catholic High not to deny a Catholic education to families who want to send their child(ren) to the school and cannot afford the full tuition. Funds for financial aid are available, but they are limited. Financial Aid Applications are available to anyone who has a registered student at Catholic High School. All financial aid granted to a CHS student (for tuition and laptop assistance) is granted solely on the basis of the family’s financial need. Full particulars are contained in the application, which is available in the school Finance Office by January 9, 2019. Catholic High School uses the services of FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to assess the level of financial need. The assessment is via an application process by which the family provides the needed information so that their ability to contribute towards private school educational expenses (tuition & laptop lease amount) is computed. CHS attempts to assist families whose ability to invest in private school education is less than their incurred costs. Eligibility is determined by a completed FACTS Grant & Aid application accompanied by a copy of your 2017 or 2018 IRS Form 1040 with all schedules and your 2018 W-2 forms and an application fee. The annual deadline for filing with FACTS Grant & Aid is March 1, 2019 unless the family registers at a later date. For returning students, Financial Aid application forms are available in January. For incoming Freshmen the application forms are available at the time of registration. A new application must be submitted each school year. Parents must use the FACTS Grant & Aid Application Form to apply for Tuition and Laptop Assistance. Using the information gleaned from the FACTS Grant & Aid Application, the CHS Finance Office will inform parents of the amount of tuition/laptop assistance to be granted by the middle of April. These amounts are determined by the difference between the tuition/laptop lease amount and the Effective Family Contribution as determined by the FACTS application. Tuition/laptop assistance is granted for a given school year. Parents must re-apply by March 1 of each year at the FACTS Grant & Aid website in order to obtain tuition/laptop assistance for the following year. STUDENT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES Because class activities are an integral part of student life at Catholic High, and because the philosophy of Catholic High is to educate the whole person, the following policy regarding student financial obligations must be observed: no student will be allowed to take mid-term or final exams or be issued a report card at the end of a quarter or at the end of the school year unless all financial obligations have been met. These obligations include student club dues, the return of athletic equipment and uniforms, payment of all fines, and any damage to school or property. SCHOOL ORGANIZATION DAILY SCHEDULE On Tuesday-Thursday and Fridays that have an assembly/pep rally block, the official school day extends from 7:45 a.m. to approximately 2:50 p.m. when afternoon announcements are completed. On all Mondays and those Fridays which do not have Mass, an assembly or pep rally, dismissal is at 1:50 p.m. Classes are scheduled on a rotating basis according to the following plan: Period 1 7:45 - 8:40 Homeroom 8:45 - 9:05 Period 2 9:10 - 10:05 Period 3 10:10 - 11:05 Period 4 Mon Al B1 C1 D1 Tue Wed Thu A2 A3 A4 Fri-am Assem. C4 Fri-pm Assem. C4 D4 ++ 8:45-9:40 B2 B3 B4 Hmrm. 9:45- D4 10:05 C2 C3 D3 Assembly Block** E4 D2 E2 E3 E4 F4 11:05 - 11:35 11:40 - 12:40 1st Lunch Class 11:10 - 11:40 11:40 - 12:10 12:15 - 12:40 Class 2nd Lunch Class 11:10 - 12:10 Class 12:10 - 12:40 3rd Lunch Period 5 E1 F1 F2 F3 12:45 - 1:40 1:40 - 1:45 Announcements F4 G4 Period 6 Meeting * G1 G2 G3 1:50 - 2:45 2:45 – 2:50 End of Day Announcements 2:50 Dismissal G4 Assembly Block*** [The letters A-G represent a class that will be taught on days indicated on chart above. Student's individual schedules will clearly correlate with those letters.] 6

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* Early dismissal for Teacher meetings (1:50 p.m.) ** Morning Mass or Assembly Schedule *** Pep Rally or Afternoon Assembly (There will be 1:50 p.m. dismissal when there is neither Mass, Pep Rally or assembly.) ++There will not be a Homeroom period on Noon dismissal days. Homeroom will begin with the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Morning Prayers, general announcements and culminates with the viewing of Channel One. [Channel One is a daily 12-minute news and information program designed to offer students a regular opportunity to view the events of the day and connect the significance of those events to their own lives.] Student Council and class business will be conducted during this time. Students are to remain in Homeroom until the conclusion of the morning announcements and Homeroom business. STUDENT SCHEDULES/SCHEDULE CHANGES In scheduling students for courses, required courses take precedence over elective courses. The students' schedules are determined by the courses selected at the time of registration. Schedule changes are made only according to the following procedures and policies: 1. No request will be honored which involves a change from one section of a course to another section carrying the same course number. 2. No course can be substituted for a course requirement in a particular year. 3. Written permission from parents on forms procured from the Scheduling Office must be presented. 4. Consultation with and signature of the faculty member from whose class the student is withdrawing must be obtained. 5. A $25 fee for course registration change must be presented in all cases except where this change was initiated by administrative decision. 6. Any student-initiated change must be formally requested on or before the completion of the first week of classes in the first semester. Second semester schedule changes must be initiated by the deadlines established in the first semester. 7. Course change requests will be honored only if space exists in the desired course. ACADEMICS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Students must carry a minimum of 6 credits per year, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, and earn 26 credits in order to graduate. Specific graduation requirements are summarized as follows: CHS REQUIRED CREDITS DEPARTMENT # OF CREDITS Digital Literacy I & II 0.5* English 4 Fine Arts Math 1 4.5* P.E. 0.5 Personal Fitness 0.5 Religion 4 Science 3 Social Studies 3.5 ELECTIVES 4.5 TOTAL 26 * Begins with the Class of 2021 All required courses must be fulfilled during the school year at Catholic High. A student must earn one credit in Religion for each year of attendance at Catholic High. The entire Religion service requirement must be completed in order to qualify for graduation. Incoming Seniors who have achieved college admissions test scores and cumulative GPA's which qualify them to earn a Florida Academic/Florida Medallion/Florida Undergraduate Scholarship are responsible for consulting their guidance counselor when registering for courses in order to guarantee the appropriate curriculum to complete their qualifications. The first attempt of any graduation requirement must be taken at CHS with credit issued by CHS. PROGRAM PLACEMENT Students entering Catholic High are placed in one of several different ability levels for courses in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies based upon their previous academic achievement, standardized testing, and an administered placement test. The primary placement test for incoming freshmen is held in November. The fee for the placement test is $15.00 and is due at the time the test is administered. Placing students in courses according to ability attempts to ensure that students are being challenged and also have the potential to be successful. By grouping students in this fashion, they are presented with course material that can be most effectively comprehended. Additionally, by grouping students of similar ability, the teacher is better able to set an appropriate pace for the class and to meet their needs in terms of reading materials and learning activities. LEVELS Catholic High provides a multi-level academic program with the challenge levels: Honors, Accelerated College Prep, College Prep, and General Studies. Specific course offerings are described in the annual Course Description booklet that is published in January. DUAL ENROLLMENT/AP COURSES Eligible students may dual enroll in Pensacola State College (formerly PJC) advanced college credit courses offered at Catholic High. In this program a student enrolls in a college level course taught at Catholic High and simultaneously receives credit at CHS and the cooperating college. The student receives a report card from the college upon successful completion of the course. After graduation from Catholic High the student has already accumulated these credits toward college studies and/or (with a minimum grade of C) may transfer these credits to another college or university. In order to be eligible to register for these courses students must demonstrate the required score on the Post-Secondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT), the PSC screening instrument, and be approved by the appropriate Catholic High instructor. The family is responsible for the per semester fee required by PSC for all dual enrollment courses. Qualified students who have received the needed teacher recommendation may enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Optional AP tests will be administered at CHS in May at the student’s expense. ADAPTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM The Adaptive Education Program (AEP) provides special support services to students who have difficulty functioning in the standard curriculum due to an identified learning disability or a significant learning discrepancy. Enrollment is limited. Students who qualify on the basis of psychoeducational test results and personal interviews and who are accepted into the AEP, may enroll in a 7

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Learning Strategies Class. This class combines a learning strategies and tutorial approach to developing learning and study skills which can be applied in all other curriculum areas to enhance academic performance there as well as in real life situations. There is a registration fee for AEP of $200 per semester or $400 for the year, due by Dec. 1 and May 1 of each semester. GRADING SYSTEM Catholic High uses the grading scale mandated by the State Legislature for all schools which are FHSAA members. The current grading system, adapted in May, 2000, is: Letter A B C D F I X NG Numerical Equivalent 90 - 100 80 - 89 70 - 79 60 - 69 Below 60 Incomplete Attendance Failure No Grade Grade Point Equivalent 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 Unweighted Grade Point Averages (GPA's) will be used for all official academic reporting with the exception of determining the class rank for which a weighted GPA scale is utilized according to the Escambia County formula: 1. The student's unweighted GPA for the current quarter is computed by dividing the sum of the grade point equivalents (quality points) by the number of courses. The cumulative average may differ due to adjustments for single semester and full year courses. 2. For each honors course taken and passed, a factor of 0.025 per semester is added to the unweighted GPA that is earned by the student according to the above grading scale. 3. The weighted GPA is cumulative -- that is, the 0.025 factor is added for each honors course each semester. 4. For transfer students, honors courses accepted from another school are listed on the CHS transcript, but are not computed for class rank purposes unless the same course was offered the same year at CHS. CLASS RANK Each student is ranked in class in relation to all of the other members of his/her class on the basis of weighted GPA's. The ranking is done each year at the end of the year through the Junior year and, for Seniors, at the end of the first and second semesters. A student's class rank is determined by the cumulative average of the grade point equivalents for each course taken with a factor of 0.025 added for each honors course per semester successfully passed. Quality points are assigned by the grade earned in any course according to the grading system described above. Final averages below 60 receive 0.0 quality points. GRADING PERIODS Grading periods are nine weeks in length. The 180-day school year is divided into two semesters of approximately 90 days each. Letter grades are used. Incomplete grades are permitted for serious reasons, to be determined by the principal. Incomplete grades become failing grades if the grades are not made up before the next marking period ends. No incomplete grades are permitted for the final marking period. MID-TERM AND FINAL EXAMS All students are required to take mid-term exams. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are required to take final examinations. Exams account for 20% of the semester grade. All students must take exams at the scheduled time. If a student MUST be absent for a semester exam due to the student’s health or an unavoidable family emergency, the student will be allowed to make up the exam. If a student CHOOSES to miss a regularly scheduled exam for a discretionary purpose (trips, etc.), the student will not be allowed to make up the exam and will receive a zero for each exam he/she misses. In either instance the parent(s) must make the Administration aware of this absence as soon as possible. If students do not report for exams, they will receive a zero. Students may not take semester exams if they are not current financially. Students who are in violation of the dress code on exam days will not be allowed to take their exam. They will be removed from the exam room and can begin the exam only when appropriate dress is obtained. HOMEWORK POLICY Homework provides an extension of the learning process begun in the classroom. Homework is normally given daily in the core subject areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion; and, two to three times weekly in elective courses. All homework will be posted on PowerSchool Learning. MAKE-UP WORK The students are responsible for material taught during an absence. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with individual teachers for make-up work within three days of the student's return to school. This does not mean that all work must be completed in three days. Each teacher will establish the deadline for the completion of the make-up work for his/her course. In the case of prolonged absence due to illness, parents are encouraged to use PowerSchool Learning to obtain assignments in order to enable students to complete work as much as possible before returning to school. MAKE-UP TESTS At the beginning of each school year, one day each week is established as a Make-Up Test day. Tests missed due to excused absence must be taken, under faculty supervision, during the make-up test time which immediately follows afternoon dismissal. Students must be in the Make-Up Test room by 3:00 p.m. in order to make up a missed test. Students may take a maximum of two major tests during this time. Students must present their student ID in order to take a Make-Up Test. Under no circumstances are make-up tests administered during class time. It is the student's responsibility to confer with teachers regarding tests and quizzes missed the day the student returns after the absence. 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REPORT CARDS All financial, academic, and disciplinary obligations must be met before report cards are issued. Student absence is noted for each course. Appropriate comments are also noted. Report cards are issued at the conclusion of each 9-week period to the parents directly at PTA meetings with the exception of the final report card which is mailed to the home. APPOINTMENTS AND PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES Parent-Teacher conferences are held three times each year on the evenings of the PTA meetings when report cards are distributed. At that time, parents will be informed, on the report card, if any teacher requests a conference with them. Likewise, all teachers are available throughout these evenings for conferences with any parents who wish to obtain further information regarding their child's progress. Parents who would like to schedule conferences with the principal or teachers at any other time are requested to call the School Office to arrange for them. ACADEMIC/ATTENDANCE FAILURE Students failing a course, for academic or attendance reasons, are required to attend an approved summer school. A failed subject that is not offered in summer school must be substituted by a related subject course. If this is not possible, special arrangements for make-up of the failed course must be made with the principal. Students who have failed a core subject must complete credit recovery through an approved school to make up that course. Catholic High provides summer school for Religion only. The cost of religion summer school at CHS is not part of the total tuition. Special instructions and fees for summer school will be issued, on an individual basis, at the end of the school year. It is the responsibility of the student completing credit recovery for a failed subject(s) to have an official transcript of the course sent to Catholic High at the completion of the course. Students who fail Religion must make up the course at Catholic High during the summer. Once a student is enrolled at CHS, credits earned on first attempt from any credit-issuing institution anywhere other than CHS do not count toward the 26-credit graduation requirement nor are the grades earned on first attempt outside of CHS computed in the GPA. The grade earned in an approved credit recovery program for a course failure will be averaged into the GPA along with the initial F earned in the course at CHS. Additionally, students may opt to utilize credit recovery programs to improve upon a final grade of D in a course. In this case the grade earned in summer school for the course will be averaged into the GPA by along with the D originally earned in the course at CHS. A grade of C or better, earned at CHS, may not be improved upon by completing a “second attempt” credit recovery program. Summer school grades as well as the original grade earned in the course at CHS will be posted on the transcript. An improved grade earned through summer school in a prerequisite course may be used to revise the academic placement recommendation for the following school year. If the student wishes to revise his/her placement for this reason it is his/her responsibility to contact the CHS Scheduling Office to make this request. Those students who are required to complete a credit recovery program for attendance purposes must successfully complete the full course term in order to receive credit for the course. An attendance failure must be restored by the end of the fall academic semester following the failure or it will become an academic failure. They may not be made up at Catholic High School. Those who fail three or more required courses (Religion, English, Math, Language, Social Studies or Science) in grades 9, 10 and 11 may be asked to repeat the grade or withdraw from school at the discretion of the administration. Seniors with less than 3 unremediated failures will receive a blank diploma at the graduation ceremony. Seniors with 3 or more unremediated failures may not participate in graduation activities. All courses required for graduation must be made up before the senior receives a diploma. In order to receive a Catholic High diploma all failures must be remediated within one calendar year of the date of graduation. Students planning to take any summer school course (including a Driver's Education course) in the public system's summer school program must obtain the necessary form required by the State of Florida from the school Guidance Office. (See Item #8 under ATTENDANCE) ACADEMIC PROBATION A student whose GPA for the school year falls below 2.0 may be asked to leave CHS at the end of the year. A student is placed on Academic Probation if his/her quarter GPA falls below 2.0 and is provided with Academic Support Services. The goal of Academic Support Services is to provide the needed assistance so that the student may succeed academically. Academic Support Services begins with the Guidance Counselor seeking input from the student's teachers and holding a conference with the student at which specific recommendations to improve academic achievement are considered (e.g., tutoring, weekly progress reports, additional testing). Parents are informed in writing of the student's deficient GPA and of the school requirement to maintain a GPA of 2.0. If the student's quarter GPA falls below 2.0 a second time during the school year further teacher input it sought, a conference with parents is held and a Memorandum of Agreement is signed. On a continuing basis the Guidance Counselor will consult with teachers and parents, confer with the student and monitor the student's progress. At the end of the school year the Administrative Team reviews the final record of any student who has entered Academic Probation to determine if the student has earned the required GPA of 2.0. HONOR ROLL Academic honors are awarded at the end of each quarter on the basis of the student's average as follows: 1. First Honors: Students attaining a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.83 2. Second Honors: Students attaining an unweighted GPA between 3.429 and 3.82 Awards of Excellence and Merit for the year are bestowed at the Academic Awards Ceremony in May according to the following criteria: Awards of Excellence: A student must achieve first honors for three quarters of the school year Awards of Merit: A student must be on the Honor Roll for the first three quarters of the school year. 9

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REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING STUDENTS Registration of returning students for the following academic year is held annually in January. At this time students are assigned faculty advisors who meet with the student in order to determine the most appropriate curriculum. Students are encouraged to match their abilities with the challenges of a course in a realistic manner. Student/advisor pre-registration meetings provide faculty input and assistance in course selection. Following registration, the administration reserves the right to cancel any course that does not satisfy the minimum class enrollment. REGISTRATION FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN Prospective incoming Freshmen are administered a Placement Test and are required to present academic records from 6-8 grades in order to be considered for admission. Once accepted, they are registered by appointment, beginning in late January, according to the priorities for admission established by the School. Once maximum enrollment is reached, prospective students are placed in a "waiting pool" in the event that an opening develops for which they are qualified. GRADUATION Catholic High requires a minimum of 26 credits for graduation. The Religion Service Requirement and the Senior Retreat are required for graduation. Exceptions to this policy may be made in special circumstances as judged by the administration. One credit is to be earned in Religion for each year the student attends Catholic High. All student obligations must be met before diplomas, transcripts or final report cards will be issued. Seniors must be present for the Baccalaureate Mass and all Baccalaureate/graduation practices in order to take part in the formal graduation exercises. Graduates will be advised of the appropriate attire required for participation in these ceremonies. Baccalaureate Mass is held for the members of the Senior Class, their families and friends. Before graduation, the weighted GPA for all Seniors after four years of high school is computed and rank in class is assigned. Graduation honors will be bestowed accordingly: Valedictorian-student with the highest weighted GPA after eight semesters who has attended CHS for at least two years, one of which was the senior year. The Valedictorian delivers the farewell address at the Commencement Ceremony. Salutatorian-student with the second highest weighted GPA after eight semesters who has attended CHS for at least two years, one of which was the senior year. The Salutatorian delivers the welcome address at the Commencement Ceremony. In the event that students tie for either honor above when the GPA is computed using semester course grades, the overall GPA will be re-computed utilizing quarter grades and exam grades earned throughout the four years of high school. HALL OF FAME The CHS Hall of Fame inducts Senior students each year from the Senior class who prove to be exemplary Crusaders. Each class, sport, and organization has the opportunity to nominate candidates. After nominations are compiled by the Hall of Fame Committee, the faculty/Senior Class makes the final selection. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those students who show outstanding personal achievement through their attitude and service. Criteria for nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame are: 1. An unweighted GPA of 2.0 or higher 2. Good conduct and good citizenship 3. Performs service to school and community 4. Displays leadership; displays positive attitude 5. Actively involved in school organizations GRADUATION AWARDS THE PRO DEO ET PATRIA AWARD Each year this award is bestowed upon the graduate(s) who is a member of the Catholic Religion, who has attended CHS for four full years, and who best exemplifies the spirit and principles of the Catholic High Motto, "For God and Country," The recipient will be chosen through consultation with the administration, faculty, and senior class. THE CHRIS GALLMAN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD Each year, an award of recognition, bestowed in honor of Chris Gallman's spirit and sportsmanship in athletic competition, is presented to the graduate who has attended CHS for four full years and who best exemplifies the ideals of good sportsmanship. The recipient will be chosen through consultation with the faculty, coaches, and participating athletes. SCHOOL POLICIES AND REGULATIONS ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS Students who have a satisfactory academic, attendance, and disciplinary record from their previous school, satisfactory scores on standardized tests, and at least an average aptitude for learning are considered for admission to Catholic High. This Admissions Policy is implemented in the following fashion for transfer students: 1. An Application Questionnaire is completed by the parent and the student in order to obtain a profile of the student's academic, disciplinary, attendance, and family history. 2. At this time the parent(s) are required to provide an unofficial transcript and/or current report card demonstrating the student's academic record in secondary school to date as well as any available standardized test information. 3. In the event that an opening occurs, an introductory interview with the parent(s) and qualified student is held. Interview notes and any records provided are submitted for review to the Admissions Committee composed of members of the school administration. The Admissions Committee confers and makes the final decision on the student's application for admission. 4. If the applicant has participated as an athlete in his/her former school and wishes to do so at Catholic High, the principal of the former school is contacted by the CHS administration prior to the decision of the Admissions Committee. The purpose of this contact is to verify the student's athletic participation, inform the principal of the student's desire to transfer to CHS, and to ensure that no improper contact with the athlete has occurred. 5. Any student with substandard academic achievement, disciplinary compliance, and/or attendance may be admitted on a probationary basis with full terms of the probation in a letter that must be signed by the student, parent(s), and administration. 6. 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STUDENT RESIDENCE POLICY A student is expected to live with parent(s) or legally appointed adult guardian(s) while attending Catholic High School. A change in residence which does not meet this requirement may lead to the termination of his/her enrollment at Catholic High. WITHDRAWAL FROM CHS Only a parent or guardian who has enrolled the child can withdraw a student from school. A 24-hour notice is required. The Withdrawal Form should be obtained by the parents from the Guidance Office. When students have withdrawn from Catholic High, they will not be considered for readmission until the completion of one full semester at the transferred school. Once a student withdraws from Catholic High School, he/she may attend CHS extracurricular events only with the prior permission of the administration. PERMANENT RECORDS AND TRANSCRIPTS All permanent records are kept in the Guidance Office in a locked vault. These records include the scholastic and attendance records of the student during the four years of high school. They also include rank in class, standardized tests scores, and student activities. These records are important in the post-graduation period as they form a basis for recommendations requested by colleges and universities. RIGHT OF PRIVACY AND ACCESS Because of the federal law regarding the protection of the rights of privacy of parents and students, the Guidance Department does not release transcripts and records to other school systems, colleges, universities or prospective employers without an authorized "release" form from the parents unless the student is over the age of 18. Access to records is governed by the same regulations. The right of privacy clause includes legal guardians. PREGNANCY POLICY Catholic High School in no way condones premarital sexual activity. However, it believes unequivocally in the sanctity of human life and in the need to offer viable options to encourage a young woman to continue her pregnancy rather than consider the possibility of abortion. Thus, every possible means of support is offered in order to ensure the continuation of a pregnancy to full term. Each case of student pregnancy represents a unique situation that requires specific consideration and action. Therefore, after consultation among all concerned parties (students, parents, school and medical personnel), the decision as to the method and schedule for continuing education rests with the administration. While a possible alternative may be the continued attendance of classes at Catholic High through at least part of the pregnancy, the student will be offered the benefit of completing requirements for and participating in graduation exercises at Catholic High. ATTENDANCE The school year consists of 180 student days. Regular school day attendance is from 7:45 a.m. to approximately 2:45 p.m. except on Mondays when dismissal is at approximately 1:45 p.m. The school building is open for student entrance as early as 6:30 a.m. although official supervision of students begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and at 1:45 p.m. on Mondays, with the exception of those students involved in authorized and supervised extracurricular activities. Attendance is taken during each period of the school day. Missing more than 20 minutes of a class constitutes absence from that period. Parents are asked to attempt to arrange doctor, dentist and orthodontist appointments after school hours unless it is of an emergency nature. Punctuality and regularity of attendance are indispensable for success in a student's schoolwork. The following are Catholic High's policies on attendance: NON-DISCRIMINATORY NOTICE It is the policy of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee to admit students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, and athletic and other schooladministered programs. 1. Any student who is found to be truant (failure to attend a class without a valid excuse; leaving school property without the permission of the Principal) may not make up any test(s) that were given on the period(s) or day(s) absent. A zero will be given for these tests and/or any work missed on these days. 2. Students participating in school-sponsored events or practices must be in school by 11:00 a.m. and remain until the end of the day in order to be eligible to attend/participate in any event or practice that day. Students who are absent or leave school before dismissal will be ineligible to attend a school-sponsored event or practice later that day. 3. When athletic teams must leave school early to travel to competitions, all student athletes must attend all classes until the scheduled departure time. 4. Each time a student is absent from school (unless it has been predetermined that the student has permission for special absence), one of the student's parents or guardians must notify the school office by telephone between the hours of 7:30-9:00 a.m. AND in writing upon the student's return to school. By calling, parents inform the school that they are aware of their son/daughter's absence. A written excuse note is required upon return so that formal record of the parent's knowledge of the absence may be kept on file in the school's records. Before 7:45 a.m. on the day they return to school, students must present this written note from a parent or guardian to the school office. The excuse should include: a. The student's full name and grade b. All of the dates covering the period of absence c. The valid signature of a parent or legal guardian If a student does not present this parent note, the absence remains unexcused and the student may not receive credit for any work missed that day nor can he/she make-up any work missed. 5. When a student is absent and parents have not contacted the school office by 9:00 a.m., the office reserves the right to call home or place of work to ensure that the parent/guardian is aware of the student's absence. 6. In the case of an extended illness or hospitalization, a note or receipt from a doctor will be required on the day the student returns to school. 7 Students who are unable to attend school due to illness will not be able to attend school-sponsored or endorsed functions later in the same day. 11

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8. During any given semester, if a student accumulates more than 10 absences (excused or unexcused) from any classes, he/she is subject to receiving no credit for the course(s) for that semester. Consideration will be given to extenuating circumstances as adjudicated by the administration. 9. The parent of any student needing an extended absence (more than 5 days) due to illness must contact the Administration as soon as the need becomes apparent. The CHS Administration will work with the parent(s) of a student who is seriously ill to establish a course of action to allow the student to continue learning during his/her absence. The inability to make a timely return will result in the need for modification to the student’s graduation timeline. 10.Students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch or at any other free time during the school day. EXCUSED ABSENCE Excused absences are those for which the student is granted the privilege of making up the work that was missed while out of the classroom and for which the school has been properly informed by the parent both by telephone and in writing on the CHS Excuse Note Form that is available on the school website. "Excused" absences include: a. Sickness b. Medical or dental appointments of an emergency nature c. Serious emergencies (death in the family, serious illness, or some unpredictable event which makes it necessary for the student to remain home) d. Approved Senior college days Authorized school-sponsored trips or activities UNEXCUSED ABSENCE If the student does not present a written excuse from the parent or guardian within three school days after his/her return, the absence will be considered "unexcused." An unexcused absence is one for which the student is not allowed to receive credit for the work missed. The student will receive a zero for all missed tests and assignments during an unexcused absence. REQUEST FOR PARENT-INITIATED ABSENCE Written notification for special absences of more than one day, such as out-of-town trips, family activities, etc., must be obtained from the office prior to the absence. Failure to meet this requirement will result in an unexcused absence. The deadline for special absences will be the first week in May. Attendance requirements should be kept in mind when requesting special absences. Students should make every effort to complete the work missed during the absence before returning to school. TARDINESS The warning bell, which rings five minutes before the first period begins, is the notice to enter the classroom. If a student is not in the classroom when the 7:45 a.m. bell rings, the student is tardy. Students should be seated, in desk, ready to begin when the bell rings to start a class. If students arrive late for school, they must report to the office and receive a tardy slip. No distinction is made between excused and unexcused tardies. A Disciplinary Referral (resulting in Central Detention and notifying the parent of the tardies) will be completed by the Dean of Students on the fifth and ninth tardies to a given class within a semester. The tenth tardy will merit a Saturday detention. If more than ten tardies per semester in a class are accumulated, every tardy after the tenth will merit a suspension. If a student accumulates five or more tardies in three classes during a semester, the student is immediately placed on a Tardy Contract. This Contract elevates the consequence for the 5th, 9th, and every tardy thereafter, in any course, to a day of suspension. Excessive lateness indicates a lack of responsibility on the part of the student and is a distraction to the teacher and the class. A student who is repeatedly tardy to a first period Study Hall will receive a schedule change at administrative discretion. No students shall be in the halls during class hours without a pass. Three tardies to any class within a semester will be treated as an absence from that class in terms of receiving credit for the course. Students who must leave campus during school hours must first obtain permission from the School Office where they will receive an off-campus slip. Students are not permitted to check out during the day without a signed and dated note from their parent or guardian indicating the time of departure and the destination. There should be a telephone number of the parent signing the note in order that the note might be verified. Upon receiving permission to leave, students must sign out in the Office and, if applicable, sign in upon returning. The school reserves the right to refuse students early dismissal. Students will not be allowed to check out for the sole purpose of missing assemblies, pep rallies, study halls, or other scheduled school functions unless determined an emergency. Students leaving without signing out in the Office will be treated as truant. PARENTAL VISITS/CHECK-OUT OF STUDENTS The administration of CHS considers itself authorized to release a student from school or permit visits to students during the school day only to/by the custodial parent. Previous permission must be granted, in writing, by the custodial parent in the event that the noncustodial parent will visit the student at school or check him/her out during the school day. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to inform the school if any limitations exist with regard to the noncustodial parent’s right to visit or remove the child from school. All visitors to the campus must enter by the Front Office Entrance and be granted admittance by the receptionist. Upon admission to the Front Office, all visitors must present an approved photo ID that will be scanned against a sexual offender database to ensure the safety of CHS students. Upon being granted admittance, the visitor is given a formal visitors’ badge and must relinquish the photo ID until their departure which, again, must take place through the Front Office. STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOLSPONSORED EVENTS Club moderators, teachers and coaches are responsible for filing an official list of those students who will be absent from class(es) for school-sponsored functions at the beginning of an athletic season and/or at least two days prior to a school-sponsored event. If students are representing Catholic High in an academic or athletic function, this absence will be annotated accordingly. COLLEGE VISITS Seniors and Juniors are permitted two excused absences from school for the purpose of visiting out-of-town colleges prior to making their final college choice. 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per semester. In order to arrange for these days, a letter of permission from parents must be brought to the Guidance Office at least two days prior to the desired absence so that a College Visit form may be issued. These excused absences are provided for visiting out-of-town colleges only and are not available after Spring Break. Exceptions to this can be made with administrative discretion. STUDENT GUESTS/VISITORS As a general rule, students are not allowed to have visitors in the school building or on the grounds during the school day. Students who wish to bring a guest on campus during school hours must request permission for the visit from the Office prior to the visit. Student visitors from the Pensacola area who are seriously considering transferring to Catholic High must have their parent(s) contact the school administration in order to be allowed to visit during the school day. Guests are invited to attend Catholic High only once during a school year. Students will not be allowed to have guests on campus during exams or during the week prior to exams. Guests may not visit CHS students during lunch or assemblies. MORNING/AFTERNOON ANNOUNCEMENTS All announcements should have the approval of the school administration. Special announcements will be read by means of the public address system. Announcements take place during the morning Homeroom period and at the beginning of the period immediately after the last lunch period each day. Only those announcements that pertain to the majority of the students should be made on the P.A. system. TELEPHONE USAGE Students are allowed to use the Office telephone to call a parent or guardian in case of illness or for school business. Students will be called to the phone only in emergencies. Only messages of an urgent nature will be delivered to students. Students may use cell phones before school, between classes, during lunch, and after school. Cell phones may be used during class ONLY when directed by the teacher to do so. Students may not use phones to take photos/videos at any time on the school property without permission from a teacher/administrator. If a student is found to have a cell phone or a smart watch on their person during an assessment they will receive a zero (0) and will be subject to the appropriate disciplinary action. Students must have cell phones turned off or on silent during the school day. Inappropriate use of a cell phone (including but not limited to, ringing inside the building) will lead to confiscation of the phone (which will be kept for a period of 1 calendar day) and Saturday Detention. After the first such offense, further incidents of cell phone misuse will lead to the student being suspended and parents being required to claim the phone after a period of 1 calendar day. During a lock-down, students must immediately turn their cell phones completely off so no audible sound or light might alert an intruder. Neither smart phones nor smart watches may not be worn on the students’ person during assessments of any type. LITURGICAL FUNCTIONS AND PRAYERS All students, regardless of religious affiliation, must attend liturgical functions. These include class Masses, large group Masses, Adoration, retreat days, paraliturgical functions, etc. No exceptions will be made. Each class will begin with a prayer. The day will begin with a schoolwide prayer during Homeroom and will be ended with a prayer to be said at the conclusion of afternoon announcements. There is a special dress code for liturgies. Boys should wear dress, button shirts with ties and girls should wear appropriate length dresses or dress pants. No hooded sweatshirts or jackets of any type are allowed to be worn by students during Mass. LOCKERS Individual lockers are provided for the convenience of students (unless the student has indicated their desire to have no locker assigned). Only locks issued by the school may be used on student lockers. In the event of loss, replacement locks must be purchased from the school office. Students will be assessed fines for damage to lockers. Locker problems should be reported to the appointed faculty moderator. Students are required to lock their lockers at all times. The school is not responsible for lost articles. It is further suggested that students not give their combination to friends or share lockers. Student athletic bags and book bags are not to be left in the school halls at any time. CHS is the co-tenant of all lockers and reserves the right to search them at any time without notice. POSTERS Only posters approved by the administration may be posted in designated areas of the school. Signs should be removed the day after the advertised event is concluded by the student or organization responsible. FLOWER/BALLOON DELIVERIES Flowers or balloons sent to students during the school day will be kept in the Office until dismissal. The student to whom they are sent will be notified of their arrival. AUTOMOBILES AND PARKING Students are permitted to drive cars to school provided the following conditions are met: 1. Students must possess a valid driver’s license and register their vehicle plate number and car description with the school. 2. All student parking must be within the designated parking area behind the school building or in the West Parking Lot. No students are to park in the East Parking Lot during the school day unless directed to do so by the Administration. 3. The school speed limit of 10 m.p.h. must be observed as well as all other rules found in the Florida Motor Vehicle Code. 4. Students driving cars or riding as passengers must enter the classroom buildings as soon as their vehicles are parked. No student is to return to his/her car at any time during a school day. Students who are in the parking area during the school day without prior administrative authorization are subject to suspension. 5. Catholic High assumes no responsibility for vehicle damage occurring in the school parking lots. Individuals park at their own risk. 6. Violations of any of the above and/or the reckless or unauthorized use/parking of a car could result in the loss of driving/parking privileges or other disciplinary action. 7. Students found parking in the areas reserved for faculty parking will lose school driving privileges. 13

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DRESS CODE In the area of personal dress and grooming appropriate for school, the student must assume prime responsibility. Since fashion and styles change rapidly, the school reserves the right to determine whether students’ dress and appearance satisfy the school’s policy. The following Dress Code is in effect at Catholic High during formal school hours: Male Students Shirts --Decent dress, sports, or polo-type shirts with collars and sleeves are acceptable. The shirt must be tucked into the trouser at all times so that the belt is completely visible. Sweatshirts or sweaters may be worn as long as the shirt underneath has a collar and is fully tucked into the pants. Hooded pullover sweatshirts may be worn with a collared shirt underneath. Hoods may not be worn up inside at anytime. Pants --“Cords”, regular trousers, and dress slacks are acceptable. The hem of the pants must touch the top of the shoe to be appropriate length. A belt must be worn with all trousers/slacks. Yoga pants, lounge pants, sweatpants, or athletic pants are not acceptable. Other --All male students must be clean-shaven each day. Hair length will be maintained above the shirt collar and may not be worn in a ponytail. Sideburns may be no longer than the earlobes. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain hair length within the stated guidelines. Males may not wear facial make-up. Female Students Shirts --Girls’ shirts must meet these requirements: --They must come to and cover the collarbone and cover the midriff fully. --They must have sleeves. --They must ensure that no cleavage or skin in the midriff area is visible. Female athletes must wear shirts to the waist to any athletic practice and/or competition. Dress --Skirts to the knee, blouses, full-length pants, dresses and jumpers to the knee are acceptable attire. Skirts/dresses may not have slits higher than the bend of the knee. Belts are not required on girls’ slacks/skirts. If leggings or tights are worn, skirts, dresses or other appropriate tops must come to the knee. Pants --Yoga pants and lounge pants are not acceptable; Capri pants (not made of spandex) that reach mid-calf are acceptable. SHORTS of any type are not acceptable. No “jeggings” or “skinny jeans” are allowed. All Students Shoes --Regular shoes, tennis shoes, and sandals with straps or a band over the arch and an attachment on the back of the heel which will keep them from slapping the floor or foot, are acceptable. Athletic Attire – P.E. clothing and athletic attire are permitted only in the gymnasium or on the playing field. Pants --Students will be allowed to wear blue denim pants to school only on special “Jeans Days” granted by the administration. Torn, ragged jeans are not acceptable. Yoga pants, lounge pants, sweatpants, “jeggings,” or “skinny jeans” or shorts are not acceptable. Jeans of other color than blue are acceptable, provided they are in appropriate condition. Hair -- Hair should be neat, clean, well groomed, and not past the eyebrow. Bizarre colors and styles will not be allowed. Headgear --No headgear of any type is allowed on a student’s person during school hours. P.E. Clothing—T-shirts and soccer/basketball-style shorts are acceptable; no spandex is allowed. P.E. clothing must be washed at least once a week. P. E. clothing may not have offensive logos or artwork. I.D. Badges—CHS-issued Identification tags/lanyards must be worn by students at all times while on campus during school hours. The name tag may not be altered or defaced in any way. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in an escalating scale of disciplinary actions that may result in suspension. In addition to the above, the following examples of dress, considered inappropriate for school wear, are prohibited: 1. Clothing determined by the school administration to be revealing, bizarre or disruptive to the educational process. 2. Bareback or bare midriff tops or dresses, crop-tops, tank tops or layered tank tops; blouses/tops without sleeves or collars. 3. Tee-shirts of any type. They may not be worn alone or over collared shirts. No Beach Week T-Shirts. 4. Low-cut apparel or any apparel that allows for visible cleavage. 5. Net or see-through tops. 6. Shirts with open sides (arms to waist). 7. Cut-offs (on days when jeans/shorts are allowed). 8. Sunglasses cannot be worn anywhere on the person. 9. Clothing with profane, obscene or abusive language. 10. Clothing that advertises or advocates products that are illegal for student consumption. 11. Clothing with suggestive words, statements or pictures. 12. Objects in any part of the body that is pierced (other than earrings for girls). 13. Male students: Earrings and facial make-up. 14. Dog chains, wallet chains, or leashes. 15. Shorts for males and females 16. No underwear is to be visible on male or female students. 17. Blue jeans 18. Hoodies can only be worn before/after school, not during class or Mass. Hoodies can be worn on dress down days. Students are expected to wear professional dress for all schoolwide Masses. Girls should wear a maxi dress or dress pants; boys must wear a dress, button shirt with a tie. Students arriving at school in violation of any aspect of the Dress Code will be sent to the Office and the parent is contacted in order to provide appropriate clothing. If appropriate clothing cannot be delivered, the student is given a school-owned “cover-up” to wear for the day, wash, and return. A Saturday Detention is also assigned. Any further Dress Code violation in the same semester will result in a suspension. This process begins anew at the beginning of the second semester. FRATERNITIES/SORORITIES Membership in and/or formation of fraternities or sororities are forbidden by Diocesan policy. 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FUND RAISING/SALES All fund raising activities and/or the sale of any items/services on campus must be approved in advance by the school administration. UNSCHEDULED SCHOOL CLOSINGS In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, delayed starting time or early dismissal will be announced over radio station WCOA and WEAR-TV (Channel 3). MEDICAL CONDITIONS/MEDICATION POLICY Parents of students with chronic medical problems should report this information to the administration. Any temporary illness that might warrant periodic medication during school hours must be reported to the administration. No medication of any kind will be dispensed at school without written permission from the parent or guardian on a form provided by the school. If a student needs to receive prescription medication during the school day, he/she must bring the medication in the original safety bottle, clearly marked and identified. Any administration of medication, prescribed or over-thecounter (OTC) must be given at the dosage listed on the container. Any dosage of medication that is to be different from the listed dosage must be documented with written notification from a physician. The note will be kept on file in the Office and medication will be dispensed only by a staff member who is properly trained. Unless authorized by a doctor (via prescription bottle) or parent (written note for OTC medications), no medication may be dispensed by school personnel. PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION The Catholic High P.T.A. is governed by a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and a Board made up of approximately 12 current parents. They are nominated by a committee and the Principal and elected at the final meeting of the year. There are numerous standing committees that seek the involvement of the entire parent population. Report cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters will be issued to parents at P.T.A. meetings and the faculty will be available for brief one-onone conferences. There are four P.T.A. meetings held each school year always on Wednesday nights. Parents are required to attend but in the event that it is impossible, report cards can be obtained by the parent or guardian through the School Office following the meeting. STUDENT ACTIVITIES STUDENT COUNCIL The Student Council consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as class officers, general representatives (who also serve as homeroom reps), and senators. The principal purposes of the Student Council are: 1. To develop the attitude and practice of good citizenship 2. To promote harmonious relations throughout the school 3. To promote strong student-teacher relationships 4. To promote school spirit 5. To provide a forum for student expression 6. To provide orderly direction of school activities 7. To promote the general welfare and good order of the school Various activities are undertaken by the Student Council to benefit the school and promote unity and cooperation between the faculty and students. All Student Council activities must be first authorized by the school administration. The Student Council meets on Monday afternoons. All Crusaders are invited to attend these meetings. The faculty must approve student officer nominees. The general representatives and sophomore, junior and senior class officers are elected in the spring. Ninth grade class officers are elected in September. Members of the Student Council must maintain at least a 2.0 average. Those members who abuse school rules and regulations will be removed from office. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY The National Honor Society Chapter of Catholic High, the Aquinas Chapter, is open to qualified Juniors and Seniors for induction. Membership is not only an honor, it is a commitment by which a student assumes various responsibilities and obligations. Membership in N.H.S. is an honor bestowed by the NHS Faculty Council on behalf of the school faculty. All senior members of the National Honor Society, in good standing, will wear Honor Cords at graduation. To maintain membership, students must abide by all CHS and NHS rules. Membership Eligibility The N.H.S. Constitution provides eligibility for juniors and seniors. Membership is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The scholarship requirement is a weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher and an unweighted GPA of 3.50 or higher; however, character, leadership and service are considered to be equally important. Qualified students are selected by a majority vote of the Faculty Council on the basis of these four criteria. To maintain membership students must abide by all CHS and NHS rules. ASSEMBLIES Assemblies are scheduled as part of the curriculum and as such are designed to be spiritual, educational or entertaining experiences. Regardless of the type of program, courtesy demands that the student body be respectful and appreciative. Students are required to sit in homeroom sections during assemblies. Parents are asked to please not remove students from school during assemblies. FIELD TRIPS No group will be permitted to make school-sponsored field trips without adequate planning and supervision. All field trips must be approved by the Principal well in advance. The students and their parent must complete the Diocesan Field Trip Form before going on a field trip. No field trip may be taken prior to or during major test weeks or after March 15 DANCES All school dances, unless otherwise announced, are open to Catholic High students and their dates. Faculty sponsors are to ensure adequate adult assistance for all school dances. A minimum of six adults are required to be present at all times. For dances that require tickets to be purchased in advance, the administration will establish mandatory admission and departure requirements. Students who arrive after the established admission time will not be admitted. Students and their dates/escorts may not leave before the established departure time. Once students leave a dance, they will not be re-admitted. All dances will conclude by 15

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