2016-17 SCHOOL HANDBOOK
THE ADMINISTRATION OF LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL MAINTAINS THE RIGHT TO AMEND, MODIFY, OR INTERPRET ANY AND ALL POLICIES CONTAINED WITHIN THIS 2016-17 HANDBOOK.
STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The affirmation of the spiritual nature of a person is at the base of Catholic education. Each person is unique and precious, an end unto himself. Each must mold his or her unique destiny in this life and for eternity.
Education is the right of every individual. Catholic education should offer each individual all the advantages it can give him to become all he can be. The education of youth is primarily the right and duty of the family. The role of the Catholic school is secondary to and supportive of the role of the family.
La Salle High School bases its philosophy on the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church, as grounded in the bishops' documents, including "To Teach as Jesus Did”, and on the traditions of the Christian Brothers and their founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. A school based on such beliefs and traditions must hold the person, both as an individual and in community, in special reverence. We see the person as redeemed and infinitely valuable, not only because of his or her usefulness, but because we are sons and daughters of God, our source and our goal. Every person is called to live in loving relationship with God and fellow human beings. In no way does the person's realization of his spiritual nature lead him to disparage the world in which he finds himself. Rather he must bring his vision to the world and bring the world to its own redemption by his creative involvement with it, in order to fulfill his consequences of both the freedom and the accompanying responsibility. This vision of the creative, free, and responsible Christian must bring the individual to a commitment to the entire community of persons, particularly to those in greatest need. A person, who understands the glory of who he is and who he is called to be, and who understands the glory of his fellow man, must be deeply committed to the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of all persons. All of mankind's aspirations, discoveries, visions and dreams, both past and present, are matters for investigation and vehicles for growth.
La Salle High School is a college preparatory Catholic institution guided by Jesus Christ and rooted in the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. In partnership with parents, we educate young men of all backgrounds, encouraging each student to reach his maximum potential: mind, body, and spirit. We strive to develop every student into a servant leader, equipped with the experience and confidence to lead ethically in a 21st Century environment.
We believe in the Lasallian core values of Faith, Service, Community, Scholarship, and Leadership.
BACKGROUND OF LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL
La Salle High School was a part of a large expansion program of the secondary schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Archbishop Carl J. Alter of Cincinnati asked the Christian Brothers of the St. Louis Province to establish and staff the new school. Groundbreaking for La Salle High School was March 1, 1959. On September 6, 1960, 260 freshmen were greeted with the smell of fresh paint, the sounds of bulldozers, and the sight of brand new desks and chairs all under the leadership of La Salle's first principal, Brother James Camillus, F.S.C. The school was officially dedicated Sunday, May 14, 1961.
Lancers receive a Lasallian education based on the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. He grasped the utter importance of an education and devoted his life to making schools available to young men who would have been deprived of this opportunity. St. John Baptist de La Salle perpetuated his vision that a complete education should include the person's body, mind, and spirit by founding the Brothers of Christian Schools. The Christian Brothers are the largest teaching order in the Catholic Church specifically devoted to the Christian education of youth.
Numerous capital improvements have occurred at La Salle High School since 1960. Some of these include the following events. In 1974, an annex was added to the building for the band and wrestling programs. In 1979, athletic fields were constructed behind St. Joseph Orphanage. The gym was renovated in 1986 and the computer lab in 1989. In 1991, Lancer Stadium was built. New science labs were created in 1992. New computer labs were completed in the west wing of the building in 1994. In 1997, the new De La Salle Memorial Center opened to house the Pride of La Salle Band and facilities for year-round athletic conditioning. The renovation of the original classrooms began in 2000, along with the creation of a fourth computer lab. In 2001, a fifth computer lab was added along with the renovation of the entire visual arts learning area. In 2002, the faculty room was renovated. In 2004, a new wing containing our De La Salle Chapel, science labs, and library/media center opened; other improvements in 2004 included the construction of our new wonderful courtyard, expanded parking and site work, a new educational resource center, and renovated physics labs. In 2006, major renovations to our Lancer Stadium occurred, including a new synthetic turf field named Marge Schott Field, a new track surface, five new tennis courts, and an expanded press box.
In addition to our numerous capital improvements, La Salle High School is a fully-implemented one-to- one school. Every student is issued a convertible tablet PC to take handwritten notes and further their education. Our one-to- one program gives students the tools required to learn effectively and succeed in the modern world. When the freshmen and sophomores were issued computers in the fall of 2010, it was the culmination of over five years of preparation. Since the program’s inception, we’ve built and improved upon an enterprise-level wireless network and private cloud infrastructure. All to ensure that technology could be used effectively both inside and outside of the classroom. Today, our students and parents manage assignments, view grades, and communicate directly with teachers anywhere they have an Internet connection. At school, students and teachers utilize our campus-wide wireless network and interactive classroom software to facilitate learning. In addition to their laptops, students have access to high-end computer labs built for 3D modeling, architectural design, and video production. These technologies enable our modern classroom to prepare students for success in 21 st century society. Along with our one-to- one technology program, La Salle High School in 2009 implemented the
De La Salle Signum Fidei Institute, with a focus on strengthening our school community between grade levels and enhance our school identity around the Lasallian pillars. Paralleling the creation of Signum Fidei, was the formation of an enhanced 4 year retreat program through our Campus Ministry Office. In 2010, the Lasallian Scholars Program was implemented to challenge our high-perfomring students. With a growing need to support students with a wide range of learning needs, in 2011 the Student Success program was created.
The La Salle High School administration, faculty and staff are committed to continuing the Lasallian tradition of academic excellence as the new millennium unfolds.
SAINT JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE
John Baptist de La Salle was born in 1651 into a wealthy family of Reims, France. Like most children of well-to-do parents, he received tutoring at home until the age of nine. At fifteen he inherited a position at the cathedral of Reims known as a canonry – this position, as an advisor to the archbishop, brought great honor and additional income to the family. At the age of 19 he entered the seminary, and at the age of 27 he was ordained a priest. From the outset of his career he was thrown into contact with poor children. Early on he was approached by a wealthy woman, one of his own relations, to found a refuge for orphaned boys. A lay teacher joined him and a home and school were opened. It was so successful that soon another institution of the same type was set up. Father John now saw the way clear before him – he must devote his whole energy to the cause of education. But to educate you must have teachers, and the preparation of young schoolmasters was his initial task. He invited a number of them to come and live in his own home that he might have more time to train and advise them. His family objected to the presence of these men whom they considered to be far beneath them socially, so eventually he moved his group.
Under De La Salle’s guidance, the teachers increased in competence, and requests came to open other charity schools for boys. Nevertheless, some of the teachers began to grumble about the insecurity and poor pay that came with being a teacher in such a school. De La Salle urged them to rely on God, but they reminded him that he did not have to worry if the schools failed because he was independently wealthy. After a long period of prayer, he decided to resign his canonry and give away his wealth to the victims of a famine raging through France. He became as poor and reliant on God’s help as the teachers. If God wanted the charity schools to prosper, God would see to it. Much of De La Salle’s concern for the Christian education of poor children came from his conviction that with an education, people could establish a lifestyle free from hunger and poverty. Poor people in France were oppressed, the victims of a system that kept every citizen in his or her place on the social ladder. The cheap labor of the peasants and workers supported the extravagant way of life of the rich. In providing a Christian education to poor children, De La Salle helped them learn their religion and improve their lot in life. Such a movement was sure to arouse opposition and many obstacles and protest had to be overcome. The schools for poor boys in Paris were attacked by lay teachers and tutors, who apparently felt that their own positions and livelihoods were now jeopardized; and by others who on principle did not approve of education for the lower classes. After a time, however, it became evident that, in spite of all such opposition, the schools had come to stay. After a long illness, John Baptist de
La Salle died on Good Friday, 1719. Meanwhile the Brothers of the Christian Schools had established themselves in other countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, and many other parts of the world. Their first school in the United States was founded in 1846.
LA SALLE BOARD OF LIMITED JURISDICATION
Purpose - Based on the authority granted to the Board by the Archdiocese, the Board is established to act as a decision-making group, responsible for the governance of the School in the best interests of the School and the Archdiocese.
Responsibilities - The Board shall have the following responsibilities:
1. Policy: Evaluate and approve the policies of the School and monitor their implementation in accordance with the mission statement of the School and policies of the Archdiocese.
2. Mission: Recommend to the Archbishop of Cincinnati proposed changes in the mission statement of the School.
3. Planning: Develop and recommend strategic and other short-term and long-range plans for the School.
4. School Operations: Monitor and evaluate the operation of the School, particularly in the areas of strategic planning, public relations, mission effectiveness, finance/facilities, advancement, enrollment management/marketing, and student success. Trustees are mindful of the boundaries of responsibility and limitations set forth in the code or regulations.
5. Board Operations: Establish policies and procedures for the effective operation of the Board; monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Board operating procedures and recommend changes as needed.
6. Evaluation of Head of School (Principal): Review annually the performance of the chief executive of the school and participate in the Archdiocesan assessment of the Head of School.
7. Involvement in Head of School Search Process: When necessary or in the best interest of the School, conduct a search committee and recommend appointment of the Head of School to the Archbishop.
8. Involvement in Staff Search Process: Participate in search committees for other senior staff members as requested by the Head of School or Superintendent of Schools.
9. Finance: Develop and recommend annual operating and capital budgets to the Archbishop for approval through the Superintendent of the Catholic Schools Office; initiate such programs as may be necessary to provide for the financial support and operation of the School; review and approve the School's compensation, tuition, fees and student financial aid policies.
10. Community Partnerships: Maintain connection of the School to the local community by collaborating with community partners and programs.
11. Board Positions: Recommend to the Archbishop nominations for appointment to the Board.
12. Other: Exercise all other powers and carry out all other duties and responsibilities delegated by the Archdiocese.
13. Lasallian: Assure the continued Lasallian identity of the School through means such as prioritizing ongoing Lasallian formation for the School’s stakeholders and involving the Visitor (or his designee) of the Midwest District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools as a member of the search committee for a new Head of School.
2016-17 LA SALLE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Principal – Aaron Marshall
Executive Director-Business Operations – Gregory Tankersley
Assistant Principal-Dean of Students/Director of Technology – David Volk
Director of Campus Ministry, Mission & Formation – Christopher Winiarski
Director of De La Salle Signum Fidei Institute – Steven Dalton
Athletic Director – Keith Pantling
Director of Admissions – Jacob Pucci
Business Manager – Kelly Flerlage
Director of Advancement – Matthew Dierkers
Director of Guidance – Thomas Doerger
Director of Alumni Relations – Barrett Cohen
Director of Annual Fund – William Zoz
Director of Lasallian Scholars Institute – Michael Holman
Director of Major Gifts – Dan Flynn
Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving – Don Ruberg
The school leadership organizes and directs activities within the school toward the achievement of the goals and objectives of the philosophy of La Salle High School.
HOW TO REACH US
BY PHONE AND EMAIL– complete list is available on the school website www.lasallehs.net
La Salle High School will post on our website, announce via local television/radio stations, and through mass emails and text. Please do not call the main office for delay or school closing information. Listen to the radio or watch the television reports. Students who use public school district bus transportation should check with the provider of that transportation to determine what service will be provided.
Normally, La Salle High School will not dismiss early due to weather conditions. However, if it becomes necessary, an announcement will be televised on local television and selected radio stations.
The Spirit Shop is located on the second floor of the main building near the gym. To view the hours of when the Spirit Shop is open or to shop online, visit the Spirit Shop’s website at www.shoplasalle.net. On the occasions when the Spirit Shop is open during the school day, visitors must report to the main office first.
PHONE MESSAGES TO STUDENTS
Please contact the main office at 513-741-3000 or by email at email@example.com
LA SALLE SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: The Alumni of La Salle High School dedicate their organization to St. John Baptist de La Salle. The objectives of the Alumni Association are to patronize and assist La Salle High School and to promote religious, social and athletic activities as well as fraternal educational pursuits. All bona fide graduates of La Salle High School shall be members of the association. The Alumni Association strives to involve, not only the alumni of La Salle, but also the entire La Salle community in its many activities and functions. Some of these programs include the Father/Son Mass and Breakfast in the fall and the Alumni Sports Stag in the winter. Each year, the Alumni Association presents awards recognizing the accomplishments of its alumni through the Alumni Hall of Achievement and the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Graduates of La Salle can remain active alumni by participation in our Alumni Softball League or Alumni Basketball League, or by serving as Class Representatives or Reunion Chairmen, or by their attendance at our various functions. Through the generous donations of our alumni, families, and other benefactors to our Annual Fund, considerable financial support is generated for financial aid and scholarship programs plus various improvements to the school.
LA SALLE PARENT COUNCIL (LPC): All parents and guardians of students currently attending La Salle are members of the LPC. La Salle faculty members are ipso facto members. Regularly scheduled LPC evening meetings occur bi-monthly throughout the school year, September through May. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend the meetings and special programs.
The purposes of the LPC are: to advance Catholic education and faith formation at La Salle, to promote mutual support between parents and the La Salle faculty/staff, to promote parental engagements and a sense of community in/at La Salle, to create and open forum for dialogue with the Principal and school faculty/staff, and to promote the general welfare of La Salle High School.
LA SALLE BOOSTER ORGANIZATIONS: Many co-curricular activities have their own separate booster organizations. It is the responsibility of each of these groups to build support for its activity and to raise funds to satisfy the financial needs of that activity, as well as to participate enthusiastically in events that assist with the financial expense of all co-curricular activities. If your son in involved in any activity, you will be expected to support that activity through involvement with the appropriate booster organization, in addition to supporting the various school-wide efforts that help all co-curricular programs and school initiatives.
APPLICATION, REGISTRATION & ADMISSION POLICIES
La Salle High School does not discriminate in the admission of qualified students in regards to religion, sexual orientation, disability/special needs (for which the school has programming to meet appropriately the student’s needs), race, color, ancestry, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school, to the administration of its educational policies and tuition assistance programs, and to all athletic and other school administered programs for which they are eligible. The administration reserves the right to make all final decisions on an individual basis regarding the admission of new students to La Salle.
As an Archdiocesan parochial secondary school, La Salle serves and operates in accordance with the policies of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
FRESHMAN FINAL ADMISSION: Final admission for each student is subject to several factors including, but not limited to, a final review by La Salle of his grade school records and documentation so our school can determine his acceptability, no indication that the student is in bad standing at his current school, and the student’s promotion to the ninth grade, appropriate program designed to meet the student’s needs. Also, La Salle must have space and an acceptable determination by La Salle of our school's ability to offer an appropriate program to meet the student's identified educational and special needs. This will be determined by a review of the student's records and possible interviews.
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis from the date when the registration period begins until the maximum enrollment in the class and/or academic levels have been reached. Each registration accompanied with the tablet lease fee will be numbered according to the date that the registration form and fee are received in the La Salle main office. After a date specified on the registration form, the tablet lease fee is non-refundable. Students who register after the conclusion of the registration period or who seek enrollment in academic levels that have reached capacity may be placed on a waiting list numbered according to their date of enrollment.
ENROLLMENT PRIORITY: If a need develops to further prioritize registrations, then the following enrollment priority will be used: Priority 1 - Catholic students; Non-Catholic students who attend a Catholic grade school; Sons of La Salle employees; Recipients of scholarships based on the La Salle Placement Test; Brothers of students currently enrolled at La Salle; Sons or brothers of La Salle alumni. Priority 2 - Non-Catholic students not attending a Catholic grade school; All remaining students.
ENROLLMENT OF TRANSFER STUDENTS: Enrollment of transfer students will be subject to availability of appropriate program, to the student's good standing, and to space restrictions.
The La Salle Guidance Department offices are located in the Hart & Fasnacht Media Center on the first floor.
The primary role of the counselor is to help each student with any difficulties or problems he might encounter whether they are educational, social, family, or personal in nature. By talking the problem over with his counselor, the student may solve it. In other cases, further steps will be taken to help each young man as much as possible.
It is also the duty of the counselor to help each student with his postgraduate plans. Each of the counselors will have a portion of the student body assigned to him/her, and it will be his/her responsibility to see each of these students during the school year either through individual counseling sessions or through a group presentation to a class.
Any student or parent who has concerns regarding class schedules should discuss the matter with the student’s guidance counselor.
The professionals in our Guidance Department are well trained and equipped to administer various interest surveys, aptitude, achievement, intelligence and personality tests on an individual basis with the students. The use of these surveys and tests is designed for personal exploration. They are also able to give recommendations to the parents concerning psychological testing and services, special services for the ill and handicapped, referral agencies for drug and alcoholism, etc.
If any student desires to have a private conference with his counselor, he should contact his counselor to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
Parents are encouraged to work closely with their son's counselor in order to provide the best education and development for the student.
La Salle students are able to take advantage of several special services to help them be successful. These services include speech & language services, intervention services, occupational therapy services, audiology services, and school psychology services.
ODE JON PETERSON SPECIAL NEEDS AND AUTISM SCHOLARSHIP
La Salle is approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a provider in the Jon Peterson Special Needs and Autism Scholarship programs which provide special needs scholarships for students who qualify. Each State of Ohio scholarship is used, first and foremost, to provide the student’s special needs services. What remains, if anything, is applied to educational services, as permissible by the rules of the programs administered by the State of Ohio.
NON-LA SALLE PERSONNEL
Some of the professionals working with our students are employees of Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Northwest Local School District, Catapult Learning, or other educational entities. Parents and students grant permission for these professionals and their entities to provide direct and indirect assistance to the students and to have access to school files and information.
DE LA SALLE SIGNUM FIDEI INSTITUTE
The De La Salle Signum Fidei Institute (DLFSI) is an innovative leadership program. It is at the center of student life as it is webbed into the curriculum, student activities, athletics, and campus ministry. DLFSI focuses on the five key pillars: Faith, Community, Service, Leadership, and Scholarship and challenges each student both in and out of class to grow into a servant leader.
Signum Fidei, a phrase embedded in our Lasallian tradition, means “Sign of Faith.” As part of the program, every freshman must complete a freshman transition program to graduate. The purpose of the transition program is to give every freshman the tools to be successful and opportunities to be integral parts of the La Salle community.
On an evening during the second semester of the senior year, each senior is required to present a personal, thoroughly prepared reflection, known as his DLSFI Senior Declaration.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AT LA SALLE
Since La Salle is a Catholic high school and is, therefore, dedicated by its nature to a Christian philosophy, the program of religious education is the most important, vital and, in fact, the integrating discipline in the school curriculum. Practically, this primacy should be evidenced by the time, talent, finances, ingenuity and energy devoted to La Salle's program of religious education.
Every member of the faculty and staff has a significant role in the school's program of Christian education. This role is accomplished by those faculty and staff members not directly involved in teaching religion by their Christian life and conduct, their professional competence, human qualities, and by the way they relate to each other and to the students; by these means all are called to give witness to the reality of the transformation proclaimed in the Gospel.
In the larger framework of the Church's pastoral effort, La Salle takes effective means to collaborate with and involve the parents, parish priests, and other significant members of the community in the work of educating our students in their faith.
To foster the spiritual growth and development of La Salle students, our Campus Ministry Office coordinates numerous faith experiences, including liturgies, prayer services, communion services, penance services, student retreats and days of renewal.
Prayer is the foundation of the Christian life, because this is our means of communicating with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each school day begins and ends with a school-wide prayer. Prayer is also incorporated into all classes, activities, games, practices and meetings at La Salle.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matt 18:20) Following the Lord’s decree, we come together as a school to pray as a community, usually once each month. These all-school services are most often Masses. Other Masses and communion services are scheduled on a regular basis. Para-liturgical prayers are offered on some occasions, as well as Reconciliation Services that offer the opportunity for students to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Members of the school community who wish to receive this or other sacraments apart from regularly scheduled times can contact the Director of Campus Ministry or the School Chaplain to see if this can be arranged. All are encouraged to look to their parish church as their primary dispenser of the sacraments, especially at those times when our Director of Campus Ministry is not a priest.
“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers (and sisters) of mine, you did for me.” (Matt 25:40) That is our mandate to help the poor, the unfortunate, and anyone in need. The goal of our Christian Service program is to instill in students the senses of Christian and civic responsibility that manifests them as acts of community or charitable service. While we teach our students that they should undertake their service work purely out of a spirit of generosity and love, it is important to note that La Salle does have a minimum Christian service requirement that must be completed prior to graduation.
Each student is required to perform a minimum of 60 hours of Christian service outside of regular school hours prior to graduation. In addition, each student must have accumulated at least 15 of those minimum 60 hours by the end of the third quarter of freshman year, at least 30 hours by the end of the third quarter of sophomore year, at least 45 hours by the end of the third quarter of junior year, and at least 60 hours by the end of the third quarter of senior year. Furthermore, each student is required to write an annual Christian service learning paper through his religion class.
Additional points regarding the Christian service requirement: in order to expose students to a range of service situations, La Salle requires that at least half of the minimum hours of Christian service needed for graduation must be done in service with the poor, unfortunate or disadvantaged, the infirmed or the elderly – these hours are known as Red Christian Service hours. The remaining hours may be additional Red Christian Service hours or may involve service for any church, school or civic need – these hours are known as White Christian Service Hours. The requirement of the minimum hours of Christian service is the responsibility of the student to arrange and to complete. As an assist, throughout the school year some opportunities are offered by La Salle to help students fulfill the service requirement for each type of service work. Students should listen carefully for these announcements.
Some details for all students regarding Christian service:
In addition to a service requirement, La Salle, as a school community, adopts certain projects and causes. Every week, a Lasallian Youth Mission Collection is held. The proceeds of these collections support many charitable needs, locally, nationally and internationally. These include assisting our twinning school in Africa, as well as our mission trips to such places as Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, Appalachia, New Orleans, Give Kids the World Village, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. Numerous homeless shelters, food banks, and other special causes are beneficiaries of our Lancers’ generosity. La Salle also holds an annual canned food drive in October/November to fill a semi-truck trailer with food items and conducts a Christmas Giving Tree program.
Even Jesus and the Apostles knew the need to withdraw from the business of life in order to regain their focus. “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to the apostles, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” (Mark 6:31) Retreats have been a part of Christian life ever since.
In order to encourage our students to adopt the practice of making an annual retreat, all students are required to make a planned La Salle retreat during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years: one-day retreats during freshman and sophomore years, a three-day Kairos retreat during junior year. During their senior year all students are encouraged to participate in a three-day “Called to Serve” retreat; a retreat leader for a junior, sophomore, or freshman retreat; or a service immersion trip during the summer between junior and senior years.
La Salle has made a commitment through its retreat program to peer ministry by having our retreats led by a group of seniors who have received special training to prepare them for this role. You will note that as part of the graduation requirements every student is required to make a La Salle sponsored Kairos retreat.
According to individual needs, on a limited basis, and in conjunction with other school programs (when it is appropriate), the School Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry also provide basic pastoral counseling to students, to their families and to La Salle employees. If the need for ongoing counseling is evident, a referral to an appropriate professional will be made.
The confidentiality of sacramental confession through a priest is absolute. Acceptable confidentiality is maintained for all other issues except when child abuse is occurring or is likely to occur, or when there is real and imminent danger of a suicide attempt or of harm being done to oneself or to another person. According to La Salle’s strict policy on substance abuse, students voluntarily voicing substance abuse issues will be directed to seek professional help.
HEALTH CLINIC & NURSE
A school health clinic is located on the west end of the first floor and is staffed by a registered nurse. The nurse’s normal hours are 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Any student who needs medical assistance should go to the health clinic. If there is an occasion when the nurse is not in the clinic, the student should proceed to the main office. The nurse’s duties will include, but are not limited to, maintaining students’ health records, performing drug testing duties, performing health tests and screening exercises, dispensing medications, providing first aid, attending to sick students, and communicating with parents and other medical professionals as needed.
Students are not permitted to self-administer prescription or non-prescription medication while on La Salle property. If a student must take prescription medication while at La Salle, the medication must be given to the nurse in the original container along with a completed Request for Administration of Medication form signed by both the doctor and the parents; these forms may be obtained in the main office or on the school website. If a student must take non-prescription medication while at La Salle, the medication must be given to the nurse in the original container labeled with the student's name along with a note from the parents granting permission for the nurse to administer the medication; this note must include the student's name, medication name, dosage, instructions and time of administration.
To discuss arrangements for any special needs, i.e., inhalers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact the nurse.
All requests for work permits should be directed to the main office. Students should allow one school day for processing.
HART & FASNACHT DLSFI MEDIA CENTER (LIBRARY)
The media center is open before, during and after school. The schedule changes based on activities in the center. Please see the posting outside the main doors for availability of the center.
Students are classified in accordance with the following minimum credit requirements:
Freshman = 8th grade promotion;
Sophomore = 7.0 credits; Junior = 13 credits; Senior = 19.5 credits;
Graduation = 25 credits.
ACADEMIC PLACEMENT AND COURSE LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY
La Salle is a college preparatory high school that is comprehensive in nature. Courses are assigned levels of difficulty and students are placed by the school's professional staff in these courses according to the following ability levels:
An adjustment in the level of courses being taken by a student may be initiated through the recommendation of his teachers or counselor.
LASALLIAN SCHOLARS INSTITUTE
The Lasallian Scholars Institute is a four-year program which accepts high-performing students. Scholars will be asked to complete rigorous academic demands, become leaders in the school and community, and be spokespersons for the ideals of La Salle during their four-year education. Scholars are to be emblematic of the type of men La Salle strives to develop.
The Lasallian Scholars Institute forms industry partnerships in the fields of Engineering, Global Business, Healthcare, and Information Management and Technology, to create a dynamic learning environment, develop community relationships, and mold young leaders. Students learn in-depth career information, inside information about Cincinnati-based employers, and connect with and learn from some the most qualified individuals in specific industries. The program serves as a means to engage companies, alumni, and students in a unique learning dialogue designed to increase specific student career awareness and community involvement. The above is primarily accomplished within the Institute’s Leadership Seminar, a four-year course of study.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT & OTHER COLLEGE CREDIT OPTIONS
There are several ways for students to earn college credits during their years at La Salle High School. These include AP tests; dual credit programs with universities/colleges; advanced standing credit; and College Credit Plus program.
The decision whether or not to take the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Test in any subject will be made by the student and his parents. Students are encouraged to give serious consideration to the benefits that may be derived from the self-discipline of careful preparation for an Advanced Placement Test, and also from the possibility of advanced placement in the student's freshman college program. Some of the recent AP Exams taken by students include United States History, English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Latin, Spanish Language & Culture, French Language & Culture, Government and Politics: United States, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Physics C Mechanics. Any student may take the Advanced Placement Test in any subject area for which the CEEB provides such testing and for which the student has prepared himself by completing the curriculum established by the CEEB. A fee is charged by the CEEB for each Advanced Placement Test taken and must be paid in order to take the test.
Any student who is interested in dual credit programs and the College Credit Plus program should discuss these outstanding opportunities with his guidance counselor.
JUNIOR AND SENIOR EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS
The school day for every student, including all juniors and seniors ends at 3:00 p.m. Provided a junior or senior is on a pace to earn the mandatory credits for graduation, La Salle offers him a choice of special independent study junior or senior educational options during one or two of the academic blocks of his junior or senior year. During a portion of that time, a junior or senior and his parents may choose a non-traditional path by taking seven or six classes at La Salle while pursuing some exciting educational opportunities, including some non-traditional education options beyond the walls of La Salle. The following list highlights those various options available to a senior and his parents:
For the class of 2017 a total of (28.25) credit consisting of 4 English, 4 credits in Mathematics (including Algebra II), 3 credits in Social Studies (must include American History and Government), 3 credits in Science (must include at least 1 credit each in a life science and in a physical science), 1 credit in Fine Arts, 0.5 credit in Physical Education, 0.5 credit in Health, and 0.5 credit in Ethics & Computer Literacy. Students who take HP, ACP or CP1 English are required to include at least 2 consecutive credits of the same foreign language during their freshman and sophomore years as part of their minimum graduation credits. There may be additional requirements at a specific academic levels.
Additional graduation requirements:
POST-HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS / TRANSCRIPTS
Post-high school entrance requirements vary depending upon the college and the degree program chosen by a student. Each student and parents should consult with the son's guidance counselor for advice regarding all college prerequisites and be aware of these expectations as a student selects his high school academic coursework. All requests for transcripts must be directed to the Guidance Office.
Additionally, NCAA imposes certain academic requirements in order to achieve college athletic eligibility. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the NCAA Eligibility Center through the NCAA website www.ncaa.org. Furthermore, students and parents should visit the list of La Salle’s NCAA core courses which are posted at http://web1.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction. Enter our school CEEB code 361021.
La Salle second-semester comprehensive examinations are administered in all year-long English, math, science, social studies, religion, and foreign language courses at the end of the school year. Students should realize the seriousness of these exams and plan plenty of time for extensive long-range reviewing and studying. Each exam in year-long courses counts for 1/9th of the final average for that course. Seniors only: a senior may be exempted from a La Salle second-semester comprehensive examination in a given subject if he has earned a year-to-date average of at least 89.5% through the 4th quarter and has the approval of his teacher and the administration. Even if a senior is exempt from an exam, he may still elect to take it. He must realize, however, that the exam will count regardless of the grade he earns. There is not an exemption from an end-of-the-year final exam in an AP course just because a student takes the AP exam for that course. Missed comprehensive examinations are to be made up at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Any student who deliberately skips an exam will be considered as truant (i.e., zero for exam and other possible disciplinary consequences). Any senior that is truant must take all exams.
Scheduling is a complex process involving many factors. First priority is given to core courses for all students. Electives are then scheduled with priority order given to seniors, followed by juniors, sophomores, and freshmen in that order with every effort being made to schedule students’ top choices. There is also the need to achieve a balance in the number of students scheduled in the sections of classes, in addition to the scheduling of teachers’ classes and classroom availability. At scheduling time, students are instructed to select the courses that they want and/or need, and many decisions, including staffing needs, are made based upon these requests. Therefore, schedule changes after this point are considered only when there is a need to adjust the level of difficulty for a student or due to extraordinary academic circumstances. Any student or parent who has concerns regarding class schedules should discuss the matter with the student’s guidance counselor. If a schedule change occurs, students and parents should be aware that it may result in a change of content as well as difficulty. Additionally, there may be a fee associated with a schedule change.
A = 90 - 100% indicates outstanding work.
B = 83 - 89% indicates above average work.
C = 75 - 82% indicates average work.
D = 70 - 74% indicates below average work.
F = Below 70% is considered a failing grade, and indicates that the student does less work than the minimum required in class and/or homework, or does work of very poor quality.
Incompletes are not given. At the end of a quarter, grades are determined based on work completed by that date. On rare occasions (e.g., a family tragedy or a serious illness or accident verified by a physician), a student may be granted an opportunity by the Dean of Students to complete required work resulting in a grade change, time limit for completing this work will be five school days after the end of the quarter, unless specified otherwise.
For purposes of grade averaging, each quarter grade is assigned double value and the final exam grade is assigned single value. In averaging for a semester, the total is divided by five if an exam is given or by four if an exam is not given. In averaging for the full year, the total is divided by nine if an exam is given or by eight if no exam is given. In all courses, the final average for the course will determine whether the student has passed or failed that course. Separate credit for individual semesters of full-year courses will not be granted.
The Honor Roll is published quarterly. All report card quarter grades are included in honor roll averages except classes which are graded pass/fail. Honor Roll is figured on a straight numeric average. No student can make honor roll and have a grade below 80%.
First Honors: grade average equal to or greater than 89.5%.
Second Honors: grade average equal to or greater than 82.5%.
Academic Excellence: an annual award presented to any student who makes First Honors three out of four times during that school year.
The following Honor Certificate awards are cumulative and are awarded to seniors at the Appreciation Breakfast for Seniors & Parents:
Bronze: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in any 1 year.
Silver: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in any 2 years.
Gold: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in any 3 years.
Platinum: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in all 4 years.
RANK IN CLASS
Rank in Class is one of the chief factors considered for college admission. For purpose of calculating rank in class, final averages for all courses attempted, including summer school courses, are assigned the following grade point values on a 4.5 point scale:
97-100% = 4.50 89-90% = 3.50 81-82% = 2.50 73-74% = 1.50
95-96% = 4.25 87-88% = 3.25 79-80% = 2.25 71-72% = 1.25
93-94% = 4.00 85-86% = 3.00 77-78% = 2.00 70 % = 1.00
91-92% = 3.75 83-84% = 2.75 75-76% = 1.75 69 % or below = 0.00
Course levels of difficulty are assigned the following multiplication factors:
HP: 3.5 ACP: 2.5 CP: 2.0 GEN: 1.0
To calculate rank in class, the grade point value of each course attempted is multiplied by the course level multiplication factor, and then multiplied by the number of credits for that course. These products are totaled and then divided by the total number of credits attempted. (Note: all courses that are graded pass/fail are not included when determining class rank.)
To be eligible for the distinctions of valedictorian, salutatorian, and top 10 academic seniors, a senior must have been a student at La Salle for all 16 quarters of his four high school years. Final class rank for seniors is determined only after the senior year has been totally completed. However, the valedictorian, salutatorian, and top 10 academic seniors must be identified in May before the end of the school year. Thus, the ranking for these distinctions will be determined on April 30 (or sooner if deemed necessary by the administration) of the senior year based both upon all courses previously completed and upon the year-to-date averages as of April 30 (or sooner if deemed necessary by the administration) for all senior year courses currently in progress as though those courses had fully concluded at that time.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
La Salle uses this 4-point scale for determining and reporting unweighted GPA for transcripts and other needs. However, certain agencies (e.g., some colleges, technical schools, scholarship/financial aid granting agencies, NCAA, etc.) may recalculate or request a revised unweighted GPA using a straight four-point scale (100-90% = 4; 89-83% = 3; 82-75% = 2; 74-70% = 1; 69% or below = 0).
Note: any classes which are graded pass/fail are not included when determining GPA.
In addition to unweighted GPAs, La Salle also reports weighted GPAs. For weighted GPA calculations, College Board AP courses are based on a 5.0 scale and dual enrollment (add 1.0 to each GPA on the 4-point scale); Honors courses are based on a 4.5 scale (add 0.5 to each GPA on the 4-point scale); and all other courses with numerical grades are based on the 4.0 scale. Universities, colleges, scholarship committees, and other outside entities determine which GPA they use for their needs.
REPORT CARDS AND PARENT-TEACHER COMMUNICATION
Report Cards are emailed at the end of each academic quarter. Following the fourth quarter, report cards are mailed home.
Ongoing communication regarding student progress is a shared responsibility – student, teacher, and parent. The first level of responsibility is for the student to keep his parents fully informed of his progress. Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to check Moodle daily and the parents’ and student’s responsibility to check PowerSchool daily for grades, Office Hours, and demerits posted there.
Parents are also encouraged to communicate directly by phone or e-mail with any of their son’s teachers regarding areas of concern. If a parent leaves a message for a teacher, know that the normal expectation is that the teacher will respond back by the end of the next school day.
moodle & powerschool
We use Moodle for posting course resources and PowerSchool for academic progress. When a teacher assigns homework or any other course work, it will be populated in PowerSchool by 6:00 p.m. on the day that it is assigned. The date listed in PowerSchool is the date that the assignment is due. Students who are absent should access this information and be prepared for the next class.
In PowerSchool, grades are viewable by both students and parents. Minimally, grades are updated on a weekly basis, i.e., by 3 p.m. each Monday, grades should be accurate to include everything collected through Friday of the prior week.
Access to PowerSchool is through the use of a username and password. Passwords are provided at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions regarding passwords, please call Mrs. Julie Bischoff at 513-741-2663.
Parent-teacher conferences are held two times during the year. If any student has a failing grade or demonstrates significant academic problems, these should be discussed at the parent-teacher conferences. These conferences are a responsibility for both the teacher and the parent. Further, if a student fails the first quarter of a given subject, then a second quarter parent-teacher conference is required. Similarly, if a student fails the second quarter of a year-long subject, then a third quarter parent-teacher conference is required.
FAILURE AND MAKE-UP OF ACADEMIC CREDIT
Any freshman, sophomore or junior who at the end of the school year has failed more than three credits (required or elective) is subject to not being permitted to return to La Salle for the following year. Students who, for any reason, do not qualify for promotion by earning the minimum credit requirements and passing all required (non-elective) courses needed for graduation, may be denied admission for the following year if the required credits are not made up in summer school, through private tutoring, or through other arrangements acceptable to the administration. All make-up of credit must be arranged by the student and his family with the approval of the guidance department at the student's/family's expense.
The principal reserves the right to make all final decisions on an individual basis regarding the eligibility of a student returning to La Salle following an unacceptable school year of academic performance.
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A major principle found at the basis of a Lasallian education is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to aid them in being highly successful in post-secondary educational opportunities and their chosen careers.
Grade Expectation: All students are to strive for maximum success and work hard to achieve it. It should be the goal of every student to provide his utmost effort and earn the highest academic grades possible – “A”s and “B”s. All students should not be satisfied with grades that are below an average “C” level of performance. A Faculty Review Panel may study cases of students who are exhibiting serious underachievement by having three (3) or more class failures at the end of a quarter.
Homework: We believe that homework is an essential part of the learning process. It supports and reinforces classroom activities. Homework takes many forms depending both on the subject and the academic level of the course. Students should anticipate spending a minimum of 2 hours per weekday evening and 3-4 hours over a weekend doing homework and studying.
Late, missing, or incomplete homework is not an acceptable practice. Students must submit assignments fully complete, in a manner satisfactory to the teacher, and on deadline dates as determined by each teacher. Teachers may accept work late it is at the discretion of the teacher. Any student who exhibits a habit of not submitting work fully complete when due or in a manner satisfactory to teachers is subject to additional disciplinary actions from the Dean of Students.
Advocate for self: Each student needs to be his own advocate for success. When in need of assistance, the student must take the initiative to seek help.
Part-time employment: In order to provide adequate study time on a daily basis, hours devoted to part-time employment should be strictly limited. A student's main job is his education. Excessive hours spent on jobs interfere with the educational process and adversely affect a student's performance.
CHEATING, PLAGIARISM, TESTING DISCREPANCIES
Homework, tests, and other assessments are key components in determining student GPA, class rank, and qualification for potential scholarships. Therefore, it is important that all students have an equal and impartial environment to demonstrate their abilities. Thus, any forms of academic cheating, plagiarism, copying other student’s work, passing off someone else’s work as one’s own, obtaining credit for work not completed, or permitting others to cheat/copy one’s work in any format jeopardizes the rights, academic welfare, and integrity of all La Salle students, and is contrary to many of the values that our students need to learn. Consequences due to these inappropriate actions will be determined by the Dean of Students and are subject to, but are not limited to, zero credit for the work; notification to parents; meeting involving the Dean of Students, parent, student, and/or his guidance counselor; suspension for a period of time or loss of privilege to participate in co-curricular activities or to hold certain leadership positions where integrity is a criteria; demerits; morning or afternoon detention; extended afternoon detention; probation; or suspension.
Since social and personal growth is developed not only in the classroom, but also in many activities beyond the classroom, all students are encouraged to participate in one or more co-curricular activities.
Note: Band (marching & concert band), Men’s Choir, and Vocal Ensemble are academic courses. They can be taken by any student during any year, up to a maximum of four years, for one-credit per year. Beginning Band (Music Performance) and Yearbook are also academic courses.
CO-CURRICULAR or OUT OF CLASS ACTIVITY ELIGIBILITY
Any student is fully eligible to participate in all co-curricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, unless he is ineligible for academic or disciplinary reasons or he is ineligible according to Ohio High School Athletic Association by-laws.
Furthermore, in order to be eligible to participate in any co-curricular activity, either athletic or non-athletic, a student in grades 9-12 must be currently enrolled, must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding quarter, and must have received passing grades during that preceding quarter in a minimum of 5 one-credit courses or the equivalent, each of which counts toward graduation. Summer school grades earned may not be used to substitute for failing grades from the last quarter of the regular school year. In addition, a minimum overall average of greater than or equal to 69.5% in a preceding quarter is required for students to participate in any of the co-curricular activities (athletic and non-athletic).
There are numerous additional Ohio High School Athletic Association by-laws which govern the eligibility and participation of students in interscholastic athletics. All of the OHSAA eligibility requirements can be referenced by either going to their website www.ohsaa.org or asking our Athletic Director.
Any student who is ineligible for co-curricular activities during a given quarter is also subject to being ineligible to participate in out-of-class activities unrelated to class work during regular school hours.
If a group of students is scheduled for a field trip, a teacher of a class in which a student is doing poorly may elect to deny a student permission to attend the field trip if the field trip involves the student missing that teacher’s class.
PURPOSE: Tuition and general fees are the primary source of income for La Salle High School, used to pay the expenses for providing a quality, Catholic education to our students. The purpose of these policies is to define the duties and obligations regarding the payment of tuition and other related fees.
PAYMENTS: La Salle High School offers various payment options, which permit flexibility to meet the needs of our parents/guardians. Tuition may be paid in full or using a monthly payment plan. Tuition payments are processed electronically, either charging a bank account or a credit card. The authorization to charge your account will remain valid until modified or revoked in writing. Additional payments may be paid in the business office by cash or check, or online through a secure website set up for tuition payments. Periodic payments will be due by the date specified by the administration and outlined in the payment schedule completed for each family. Payments not received by this date will be assessed a late fee. Other fees may be assessed for payments returned due to non-sufficient funds or other reasons specified by the bank and for other costs incurred in processing tuition payments.
Unless other arrangements have been made in advance, tuition payments as outlined in your payment schedule must be current at the beginning of each academic quarter. The student may not be permitted to attend classes or take part in any co-curricular activities until the tuition and any other fees are paid.
Once tuition payments are current to the agreed payment plan, readmission to classes will be at the discretion of the administration.
Periodic tuition payment plans are assessed a service charge of 2.5% on the net amount to be collected. Tuition paid in full by the June deadline are not assessed the service charge.
La Salle High School will withhold report cards, transcripts, student records and diplomas until all amounts due from tuition and other expenses charged to a student’s tuition account are paid.
TECHNOLOGY FEE: In addition to the tuition and general fee, there is a non-refundable technology fee. This fee is used to fund our technology program, which includes the student tablet. This non-refundable fee is paid by all incoming freshman at the time of registration, and then annually each January of their freshman, sophomore and junior years.
WITHDRAWALS: For students who withdraw from La Salle High School prior to the end of the academic year, all amounts due for tuition, and any refunds of tuition will be calculated on a quarterly basis. If a student is withdrawn after the start of an academic quarter, tuition and related charges will be due for the entire quarter. Any tuition assistance awarded by La Salle High School for which the student has maintained eligibility will be credited on the same basis as tuition is calculated. All report cards, transcripts and student records will be held until all amounts due and any other obligations are met. Parents are required to complete the official withdrawal form in the main office to begin the process.
ACCEPTANCE: By enrolling a student in La Salle High School, it is deemed that the parent(s) and/or other person(s) responsible for the financial obligations of the student accept the terms of these policies.
La Salle High School may change or alter this financial policies and such changes will be communicated in writing.
Every student is obligated to give his textbooks the best of care. Students are responsible for the care and return of all books that they use throughout the year. A fine of $50 will be issued for each textbook a student does not return to the teacher (or an adjusted amount for damages as determined by the Dean of Students), $25 for a reusable workbook, and $15 for a novel.
A student’s permanent academic and health records are confidential. However, these records are available to members of employees, including auxiliary service personnel, as professionally needed. Parents may request to see their son's permanent records.
A student's records will not be released to individuals outside of the school unless the parents/guardians sign a release form.All records will be sent as instructed except when financial obligations remain.
Parents/guardians and student, understand that La Salle High School is required at times to provide the student’s personal information, including, but not limited to, name, age, place of residence, e-mail address, and other pertinent academic and personal information to the student’s public school district of residence, Northwest Local School District, Catapult Learning, Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Ohio High School Athletic Association, Ohio Department of Education, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and/or elementary schools and parishes. Parents/guardians and students grant permission for this to occur.
GENERAL ATTENDANCE POLICIES
Regular attendance by all students is viewed as an essential component of La Salle’s educational program. Family vacations resulting in students missing school time are strongly discouraged due to the disruption of the academic process and will count against daily attendance.
School Day: The school day for all students, regardless of individual schedules, runs from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Parents are asked to make every attempt to avoid scheduling anything during this time.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING ABSENCES
2) Note to explain absence: When a student returns to school from an absence, he must present a written explanation from his parent/guardian or other source indicating the date and nature of the absence, before school.
EARLY DISMISSAL POLICY
Parents are asked not to make appointments or to make arrangements that would require their son to miss any class time. A student should bring a note to the attendance office before school for a dismissal slip. If a student must have an early dismissal, which requires the student to leave school prior to 2:00 p.m., he will be considered as one-half day absent.
Illness: If a student becomes ill during the school day, his classroom teacher will send him to the nurse in the health clinic. The nurse will contact the parent/guardian and inform him/her of the illness. The parent and nurse will reach a decision if the student should remain at school.
Attendance at and Participation in after-school activities: To participate in or attend any extracurricular activity in the afternoon or evening, a student must be in attendance during the regular class day on that date for a minimum of three consecutive hours. The Dean of Students must approve any exceptions. Any student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.
There are three types of absences: Excused Absences, Absences, and Truancy.
Excused Absences are instances where a student is absent from school and will be marked as “absent.” Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following circumstances:
Missing School Work Due to Excused Absences – Any student who has an excused absence is permitted to make up the missed work within a reasonable amount of time, as determined mutually by his teachers and Dean of Students, and is limited to 5 days per quarter
Unexcused Absences are instances where a student is absent from school and will be marked as “absent.” Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following circumstances:
Missing School Work Due to Unexcused Absences – Any student who has an unexcused absence may possibly be permitted, at the discretion of the Dean of Students, to make up the missed work within a reasonable amount of time, as determined mutually by his teachers and Dean of Students. More than 3 unexcused absences is subject to a parent meeting with the Dean of Students and disciplinary action may apply.
Truancy is a willful attempt, on the part of the student, to evade the attendance expectations of parent/guardian and the school administration or administrative staff. Students who absent themselves from their assigned program of studies are considered truant. Truancy is of two kinds:
POLICY FOR COLLEGE VISITS
Any student wishing to visit a college may be allowed a maximum of four (4) visits total spread over his junior and senior years providing the following is observed:
Any schoolwork missed due to the college visit must be made up by the student. The Dean of Students will oversee all attendance concerns regarding college visits and any exceptions to the above.
In accord with La Salle’s educational philosophy, compliance with attendance requirements is viewed as an important element of each student's education and growth in responsibility and maturity. For that reason, a procedure for discipline and penalties is maintained which serves not so much to punish the student, but to encourage and remind him of the need for regular school attendance.
Any accumulation of more than 3 unexcused absence day will result in a parent meeting with the Dean of Students and is subject to disciplinary action.
TARDY/LATE ARRIVAL POLICY
Every student is expected to be in his first block class when the bell rings to start the school day.
Procedures of Discipline and Penalties for Being Tardy/Late Arrival:
The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. By definition of La Salle, a student is "Tardy" if he arrives to his first block class after 8:00 and prior to 8:25 a.m., whereas he is Late, ½ day absent if he arrives after that time. Any student who is tardy or late is to report to the Attendance Office for check in.
Missing Work Due to Tardiness or Late Arrival: A student arriving tardy or late regardless of reason should contact or meet his teacher(s) of classes missed on the same day to arrange make-ups at the teacher's discretion. A student who develops a pattern (defined as more than two times per quarter) of being late and missing assignments or assessments (tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, etc.) for a particular class is subject to consequences at the discretion of the Dean of Academics working mutually with the teacher(s), including receiving a zero for missed items.
TARDINESS FOR CLASS
Every student is expected to be in class when the bell rings. The teacher will note all tardiness for class. Students who arrive tardy to class not verified by a pass from a faculty or staff member will be sent to the Attendance Office for possible disciplinary action.
Any student who needs to use the restroom will be given a hall pass by his classroom teacher. Students are required to sign-out and sign-in upon return. For all other cases, employees will use a signed, dated note system in order for a student to go to a different location. On occasions, employees may call a classroom to summon a student – that student should obtain a signed, dated note in order to return to class.
GENERAL DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES
Behavioral Expectations: An important goal of La Salle is to help the students develop a commitment to a Catholic Christian lifestyle. To achieve these ends, certain guidelines for student behavior are hereby outlined. The basic rules of common sense, of mature behavior, and of respect for other people should always be the norm for every student's behavior. The spirit that underlies all of the following rules is directed toward the growth of every student so that he will develop that kind of mature and responsible behavior that goes beyond merely keeping the rules.
When students enroll in La Salle they understand and agree that the school reserves the right to exclude them from any school function or activity at any time if their conduct, attitude or academic standing is regarded by the school administration as unacceptable.
At the end of each school year, student disciplinary and academic records will be reviewed by the following: counselors and the Dean of Academics and Dean of Students. Recommendations are made to the Principal. If a student's record is found to be unacceptable, he may not be permitted to return for the following year.
The administration reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding appropriate student conduct and consequences on an individual basis.
DEFINITIONS AND EXPLANATIONS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
The La Salle discipline system is based on a graduation of demerits, detentions, suspension, probation and expulsion that pertain to different levels of offenses.
The following is an overview explanation of La Salle’s discipline system.
1) DEMERITS – For certain actions by a student behaving in a manner inconsistent with the disciplinary code, the student will be issued a Demerit Slip by a teacher, administrator, or other school personnel. Demerits are not given lightly and should not be regarded as such. Some Demerit items are issued by teachers and other school personnel (while most of these items are normally one demerit, a single demerit slip may be assigned multiple demerits if the teacher or staff member has made multiple corrections of the student prior to issuing the demerit slip):
Students receiving an abundance of cumulative Demerits or type of offense will receive detention and other additional consequences to correct their behavior.
2) MORNING AND AFTERNOON DETENTION - the requirement of a student to be in school prior to or after the school day. It may involve either an assignment or work program. Detention is a means of alerting the student that his behavior is contrary to school policy guidelines. Morning Detention assigned by the Assistant Principal will begin at 6:30 a.m. Afternoon Detention assigned by the Assistant Principal will begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The student must be present for detention as assigned and scheduled; failure to do so will make the student subject to additional disciplinary action. Participating in a co-curricular activity does not excuse any student from serving detention on an assigned day. Students who arrive late for detention may be assigned an additional detention.
Note: In addition to demerits and detentions, teachers may require a student to stay after school for academic or disciplinary reasons, but it should not occur on the same afternoon of the day when the student was informed of the punishment.
3) FRIDAY DETENTION - is generally three (3) hours in length (3:00 – 6:00 p.m.). The student must come prepared to do silent work. It is the student’s and parents’ responsibility to arrange transportation. Absence from Detention will be permitted only in EMERGENCY situations and with prior approval of the Dean of Students and a plan to remediate the Detention. Lack of transportation, job responsibilities, and co-curricular activities are not satisfactory excuses for absence.
4) SUSPENSION - This is the temporary termination of the student's enrollment. Suspension serves as a warning that the situation is critical and behavioral change must be forthcoming. The length of the suspension is at the discretion of the Dean of Students and/or the Principal. The parent/guardian and counselor will be notified concerning the suspension. Suspension will be served off campus.
If a student is suspended, the student and a parent or guardian may be required to have a conference with the Dean of Students. Others, e.g., a teacher or the student’s counselor may be included in the conference, as appropriate. The course of action decided upon will depend on the factors involved. Suspensions may result in additional courses of action that may include, but are not limited to: hours of detention and/or service hours, referral for testing or mandatory counseling to seek professional help in order to change or modify inappropriate behavior, recommendation or requirement that parents enter the student into a rehabilitative program, disciplinary and/or academic probation, or expulsion.
Students who are suspended are not permitted to attend or participate in any school function or activity until reinstatement has taken place.
5) EXPULSION - A student may be immediately expelled for the following as well as other serious reasons not noted here: violation of La Salle's Alcohol and Drug Abuse policies, damaging school property, stealing, truancy, violation of the terms of disciplinary or academic probation, a second suspension, an act which endangers the safety of others, a consistent pattern of behavior unacceptable to La Salle High School or harmful to its reputation, or a single very grave offense. In the case of an expulsion, the Dean of Students or Dean of Academics will inform the parent or guardian that this action is being taken. The parent may request a conference with the Principal and the Dean of Students. This is the very last measure the school will take.
If a student leaves La Salle High School because of disciplinary action, he may not return to the La Salle campus for a term of no less than one calendar year for any La Salle activity, i.e. games, plays, etc. The student must return his ID before leaving the building.
A student may be placed on probation by the Principal or Dean of Students, either by their action or as a result of a recommended action from the Faculty Review Panel. Probation is due to serious, unsatisfactory non-compliance by the student in one or more areas, e.g., academics, attendance, discipline, etc. The probation may be temporary (lasting one calendar year or less) or permanent (in effect as long as the student is enrolled in the school). The administration will clearly delineate the reason(s) for the probation, any restrictions during the term of probation, the criteria for removal from probation, and the consequence of non-compliance to those criteria (including, but not limited to, disciplinary intervention, limitation of co-curricular participation or school activities, suspension, or expulsion).
FACULTY REVIEW PANEL
A Faculty Review Panel may study cases of students who are exhibiting serious underachievement in one or more areas. Some examples of benchmarks which will initiate a possible consideration for review include:
The purpose of the Faculty Review Panel is to scrutinize the entirety of a student’s case, including meeting with the student and his parents, and to make a recommendation to the administration of intervention measures necessary to correct the unacceptable situation as well as the timeline and quantifiable steps of acceptable progress.
ON OR OFF CAMPUS BEHAVIOR
Whether on or off campus certain types of behavior that are unacceptable, whether or not related to school, include, but are not limited to, those which are harmful to La Salle's reputation, which are not aligned with our school’s values or mission statement, which create unrest, discord, or discontent in the La Salle community, which affect the safety and good name of others, or which are illegal or criminal, whether or not resulting in arrest.
La Salle High School is private property; therefore, the administration of La Salle High School reserves the right to search students, their lockers, and personal property, including book bags, clothing, technological items (including, but not limited to cell phones, iPods, tablets and laptops), and any vehicle, whether owned by the student or not, parked on La Salle property. The search will be made in circumstances where the school has a reasonable belief that a crime has been or is in the process of being committed or where the school has reasonable cause to believe that the search is necessary to maintain school discipline or to enforce school policies. The student must comply, or the school will require that he be withdrawn from La Salle by his parents/guardians.
It should be understood that the school's purpose and desire in conducting a search is to investigate any suspicion and to protect the student population. This search may include, but is not limited to, the use of dogs in cooperation with local law enforcement personnel.
CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
During school days, from the time a student enters the building in the morning until 3:00 p.m., he may carry his cell phone on his person, but it must be turned off, not used, and kept in his pocket unless instructed by a teacher to do something different with it. Any use of a cell phone during this restricted time, unless instructed to use it by a school employee, including, but not limited to, texting, ringing, calling, listening to music, or playing games, shall carry detention consequences. The school employee who observes the cell phone use will confiscate and give it to the Attendance Office. The student may pick up his cell phone in the Attendance office along with a detention at 3:00pm. If a student exhibits a repetitive behavior of using his cell phone during restricted time, he may receive additional discipline consequences as determined by the Dean of Students and may lose temporarily or permanently the privilege of carrying his cell phone on his person during restricted time.
Parents, DO NOT call or text your son on his cell phone during the restricted time. If you do, he will get in trouble.
All other electronic devices, except for calculators and student tablets, are not to be used or carried any time during the school day. Any non-classroom audio, video, or photographic image recording by students is not permitted on campus or at a school event unless approved by the administration. Classroom audio, video, or photographic image recording by students is permitted only with the teacher’s consent and direction. Any violation of these policies will result in severe disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.
ELECTRONIC POSTING AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Students may not post any images, videos, or audio of students, parents or employees of La Salle High School on the Internet without the consent of that individual and—in the case of students—his parent/guardian. Any posting at any time by a student or someone associated with that student on any blogs or the Internet or electronic social media sites (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) which contain direct or implied content about La Salle High School or individuals associated with the school that the administration of the school deems inappropriate must be removed immediately and the student will face suspension with possible expulsion.
DRESS AND GROOMING POLICIES
The administration reserves the right to make all final decisions on what constitutes appropriate dress and grooming on an individual basis. The following dress and grooming code is in effect for the entire school day (defined as from the time the student enters the building in the morning until 3 p.m.), from the first day of school until the last day of school, including exam days. Therefore, students are required to arrive at school clean-shaven and properly dressed.
Pants Options - Clean and neatly pressed pants are the only acceptable pants.
Shorts: May be worn from the start of the school year until October 1, and again from April 15th until the end of the school year. Khaki, black, navy blue, gray, or olive green colored dress shorts are permitted. Shorts must be hemmed Bermuda style, no longer than knee-length. Other styles such as jean-shorts, cargo shorts, cut-offs, or athletic shorts are not permitted.
Belts & Accessories - Students must wear a belt, and the belt must be clearly visible at all times; therefore, the shirt must be completely tucked into the pants. In addition, the belt must be in to the belt loops with the end not permitted to hang down. Pants/shorts must be worn at the waist. Students are not permitted to wear their pants/shorts so that "belt" level would be below their waist. Suspenders are not permitted.
Shirt Options - All shirts must be properly fitted and completely tucked into the pants/shorts at all times. Shirts must be neat, clean and free of rips, tears and holes. The following are the acceptable options for normal daily wear:
Undershirts - Only solid colored undershirts or La Salle turtlenecks may be worn under any of the above shirt options.
Shoes - Only low cut dress shoes and normal gym shoes are acceptable. Sandals, slip-on gym shoes, moccasins, clogs, and slippers are not permitted.
Socks - Socks must be visible above the shoe top.
Outerwear Options - The following are acceptable outerwear items during the school day:
All other outerwear items, including full-length open outerwear items as well as coats and La Salle issued warm-ups & jerseys, are not acceptable during the school day, except on special occasions permitted by the Assistant Principal. A student is expected to place these items in his locker once he enters the building.
Note: Any outerwear item must be worn over an acceptable shirt option with the collar of the shirt showing.
Jewelry - Students are permitted to wear a watch or class ring as well as a small Cross or Crucifix outside the shirt. No other jewelry is permissible. No earrings or other body piercing are allowed. If the student is wearing a non-approved necklace or chain outside the shirt, or if a student is wearing a body piercing ring or rod, the item will be confiscated by an employee and turned over to the Dean of Students. This rule is in effect throughout the school day and at special events as determined by the administration.
Hair styles and facial hair -
Tattoos - If a student has a tattoo, it may not be visible during the school day and the student will have to have it covered.
Hats and Sunglasses - Hats and sunglasses are not to be worn in the school building during the school day.
Coats and Jackets - Coats and jackets are to be stored in the student’s locker during the school day. The only exception is for students going back and forth from the main building to the De La Salle building. A student should get his coat from his locker immediately prior to going to the De La Salle building and return it to his locker immediately upon his return.
Student Photo ID – A students must wear his student photo ID on a school-provided lanyard or clip from the moment when he walks in the door until 3 p.m. The photo ID and lanyard are to be worn around the student’s neck. They must be visible on the outside of his clothing and on the student’s front, located at chest height or higher. The photo ID cannot be altered in any manner. Students who are not wearing a visible photo ID will be issued a demerit. If a student loses his photo ID, a new one may be purchased in the Main Office for a $5 fee.
For Specified Days of Business Attire - All students are to wear a short or long-sleeved button-down Oxford dress shirt (any color) and tie instead of the school day polo shirt for the entire school day. All other dress code policies remain in effect.
Violations of the dress and grooming policies are subject to demerits or detentions. Students will be given appropriate dress code items if they are available or will be asked to shave. Students that violate this policy multiple times will be removed from the classroom and the parent will be required to come to La Salle to correct the situation.
Possession, Carrying or Transporting - Any student found to be knowingly carrying, transporting, or in possession of alcohol, steroids, narcotics, chemicals or other non-prescribed drugs, as well as in possession of drug-related paraphernalia, on campus, or at any school activity on or off La Salle’s campus, or during any school-organized transportation to/from school activities is subject to expulsion from school. Additionally, students found to be engaged in the distribution of alcohol, chemicals, lookalike, paraphernalia or other drugs to any person will be subject to police/legal action. Under the Safe School Zone Law of Ohio, delivery or sales of drugs in or within 1000 feet of any school or park is a felony and criminal prison terms are automatically doubled.
Under the Influence - Any student who is on campus, or at any school activity on/ off La Salle’s campus, or participating in any school-organized transportation to/from school activities and is under the influence or having used alcohol or non-prescribed drugs is subject to expulsion from school. When a student is not expelled, an alcohol/drug assessment and intervention/treatment program of mandatory counseling will be required.
If the student is required to enter an alcohol or drug intervention program in order to remain at La Salle, he must strictly adhere to the following:
Failure to comply with any or all of the above mentioned stipulations will result in expulsion. Additional consequences for violation of La Salle’s Substance Abuse Policy may include, but not limited to, the following: exclusion from graduation ceremonies, exclusion or removal from co-curricular activities, suspension.
Breathalyzer/Drug Testing - La Salle reserves the right to use a breathalyzer or a substance abuse sensor at any time an administrator believes a situation warrants, without prior warning to the student. Refusal to submit to testing with a breathalyzer or a substance abuse sensor will be viewed as an admission of guilt by the student and result in the maximum consequences. Additionally, La Salle reserves the right to require a student to submit to a drug test if the school suspects that the student is under the influence of non-prescribed drugs while on campus, or at any school activity on/off La Salle’s campus, or participating in any school-organized transportation to/from school activities.
Tobacco - The use or possession of any kind of tobacco product, e-cigarette, or look-a-like is prohibited anywhere on school premises, as well as on any street, sidewalk, or property adjacent to La Salle, and at all school-sponsored activities regardless of location.
DRUG TESTING PREVENTION/INTERVENTION POLICY
La Salle High School is committed to a drug-free environment for students, to the prevention of students beginning the use of drugs, and to the intervention and counseling for students who have used drugs. We want all La Salle students to be healthy and safe. Thus, annual mandatory drug testing is in place for all students.
Each student must respect teachers and other school employees. If a student is told to do something reasonable by a teacher or other school employee, he must do it. For example, if a teacher instructs a student to report for Office Hours, he must do it. Any situation without legitimate reason approved by the administration when a student does not obey the direction of a teacher or other school employee is considered a serious matter which will be addressed sternly with disciplinary action by the administration.
Students who attempt to intimidate, assault, or harass a teacher at any time are subject to immediate expulsion from La Salle High School and possible criminal charges.
Teachers' property - Computers, telephones, and teachers' desks/file cabinets/etc. in the classrooms are for teachers' use. These are off-limits to students and violations will result in disciplinary action that may include possible expulsion, suspension, or hours of detention to be determined by the administration.
RESPECT FOR HONESTY
Forgery - Any effort to submit false documents or to deceive parents or personnel at La Salle is a very serious matter. In cases where this occurs, the student is subject to suspension. Please note: Parental permission does not relieve the student of the responsibility with regards to forged or altered documents.
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
What are you, as a student, to do if you are the victim or witness harassment? Talk to your parents, teachers, a counselor or an administrator about what you have experienced or observed. It is important to file a verbal or written complaint with an administrator, counselor or teacher if you believe you have been harassed or witnessed the harassment of another individual. Actions taken following reported harassment: An administrator will review and investigate the complaint. Appropriate action will be taken consistent with the policies of La Salle High School and governmental laws. Students who harass other students or adults are subject to disciplinary action including possible hours of detention, suspension, probation, or expulsion to be determined by the administration.
RESPECT FOR PROPERTY
LA SALLE CAFETERIA
The cafeteria is equipped to handle over two hundred students at one time. Students may purchase hot and cold lunches. In the morning the cafeteria is open so students may purchase breakfast before school begins.
Basic regulations that must be observed by all students are:
Students with known food allergies must be proactive in the care and management of their food allergies and reactions. They should not trade food or utensils with others, should not eat anything with unknown ingredients or anything known to contain the allergen, and must notify an adult and/or nurse immediately if they eat something they believe may contain the food to which they are allergic.
Outside of the school day, students should be on campus only when attending a school related function, such as an activity, event, or meeting, under the supervision of a faculty/staff member. Certain areas on school grounds are considered non-student areas at all times. These include, but are not limited to, the south stairwell in the science/library wing, the far west stairwell, maintenance shop, custodial closets, women’s restrooms, the restrooms located between the chapel and media center, faculty/staff room, and faculty/staff mailroom. There are other areas where students are permitted only when supervised by a faculty/staff member. These include, but are not limited to, private offices throughout the campus, kitchen area, stadium concession building/garage, the art courtyard, bookroom, gym/stage, locker rooms, parking lot, and the De La Salle Memorial Center. Students are not permitted to use the school elevator unless they have received special permission from an administrator.
All locker assignments are fixed; therefore, a student must use the locker assigned to him. If a situation arises such that a locker change is necessary, the student must consult with the Dean of Students.
While a locker is provided for each student, it is recommended that students do not bring valuable items to school. La Salle High School is not responsible for the loss or damage of any item of a student's personal property brought upon school premises whether or not that item is in a locker. Lost, damaged or stolen items should be reported to the Dean of Students.
HEALTHY CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT
La Salle is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and productive environment for all individuals. To preserve that commitment numerous procedures need to be continually adhered to including, but not limited to, the following:
We enjoy and want to maintain our safe Green Township environment. Thus, parents/guardians, guests and students are always encouraged to keep a watchful eye on our school and grounds and report any suspicious or questionable activity on or near campus to appropriate law enforcement authorities and school administration.
Parents/guardians and guests need to abide by the requirement that smoking in all forms is prohibited in any of our school buildings/structures, in any vehicle owned by the school, or in the areas directly or indirectly under the control of our school immediately adjacent to locations of ingress or egress.
Parents/guardians, guests and students are asked to not idle their motor vehicle in our parking lot or drives to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the buildings through open windows and air intake points.
Except for selective pre-approved non-student-focused school functions, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any buildings on campus. Alcoholic beverages are never permitted in our stadium and on our school parking lot or drives, including personal vehicles.
Parents/guardians, guests and students are advised that La Salle uses a preventative maintenance approach which includes a focus on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable place for pests to live and breed. From time to time, it may be necessary for the school to use chemicals to control a pest problem. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic products when possible. Access to treated areas will be secured against unauthorized access for the period specified on the pesticide label. Notices will be posted at application sites and will remain there until the posted safe re-entry time is met. For your information, we have a list of pesticides and material safety and data sheets (MSDS) that may be used in the school this school year. This list may be obtained by contacting the Facilities Manager at 513-741-2353. Parents/guardians may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must annually be placed on the notification registry by submitting your name and email address to the Facilities Manager. The registrants will be notified at least 72 hours before a pesticide is applied. If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided as soon as possible after the application. Exemptions to this notification include cleaners (disinfectants), baits and gels, and any EPA exempt pesticide.
For the safety of our students, faculty and staff, several building security measures are in place:
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is committed to providing a safe workplace for its employees and all those who enter its property or premises. Accordingly, the Archdiocese has adopted the following policy on weapons in the workplace. This policy applies to all employees and other persons entering Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises regardless of whether such employee or other person possesses a valid license that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon. Unless specifically authorized in writing by the Archdiocese or its administrators, the possession, transfer or use of weapons is prohibited while on Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises, including without limitation, while in Archdiocesan/Parish-owned vehicles. Weapons prohibited by this policy include without limitation: firearms (including concealed handguns), firearm replicas, ammunition look-alikes (dummies or duds), explosives, nightsticks, spring-loaded knives, and other objects designated to intimidate or injure people. Any Archdiocesan/Parish employee who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment. Any other individual who violates this policy will be removed from the Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises and may be prohibited from future entry to the Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises.
SIGNS AND PUBLICITY
Signs, announcements and other forms of publicity may be displayed in designated areas only with the prior approval of the Dean of Students and the moderator of the activity involved. Signs or announcements posted anywhere in the building without this express approval will be removed.
AUTOMOBILES AND PARKING
Any vehicle parked on La Salle property is parked at the risk of the owner of the vehicle. La Salle is in no way responsible for vandalism or damage incurred on La Salle property.
Any student with a valid driver's license who plans to drive to school at any time during the school year in an automobile or other motorized vehicle must obtain a parking permit to be hung from the interior rear view mirror for the vehicle which he may be driving to school. Each driving student will be assigned a specific parking location, and he must park within a single parking space designated for his parking. Loitering in or around the parking area during the school day or outside school hours is not permitted. Students must drive responsibly, not recklessly. Students should not turn up the volume of their stereos excessively or honk their vehicle horns, as these activities are disrespectful and disturbing to our neighbors. Outside school hours, vehicles are to be parked in single parking spots and should not be parked in spots designated as “Handicapped” or “Reserved.”
Students who violate any of the above are subject to detentions, fines, suspension, vehicle being towed off of La Salle property at the student’s expense, or loss of driving privileges at the discretion of the Dean of
La Salle sponsors the following semi-formal dances throughout the school year: By purchasing a ticket students agree to the following guidelines:
Students and their parents/guardians accept and agree that La Salle High School is permitted to use without securing permission for each occurrence their name, photograph, likeness, voice, quotes, artwork and graphics, and written works, in all school and general media publications and other forms of communication that include, but are not limited to, printed newsletters electronic eNewsletters, alumni newsletters, school website, school sign, school newspapers, school yearbook, local newspapers, parish-generated products, TV/cable/radio, admission materials, school-generated works, forms of social media, and public relations releases/products. Any restriction of use is the responsibility of both the student and his parents/guardians to inform La Salle annually in writing. Also, students and parents/ guardians grant permission to La Salle High School to publish their names, address, and home phone number in the annual student directory unless the student and his parents/guardians inform La Salle in writing of any restrictions regarding the publication of this information.
LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY
In order to satisfy our school’s educational mission, enhance our curriculum, and maximize educational opportunities for students and teachers, La Salle High School provides students and teachers with an array of technologies and technology support. We believe that properly preparing students for college, career, and life in the digital global community requires the integration of technology in the classroom and technology training for students.
Some examples of technologies provided at La Salle High School include, but are not limited to:
This acceptable use policy applies to all students enrolled at La Salle High School and their parents. Parents and students alike must agree to support and abide by this policy in order to enroll/remain at La Salle High School.
DATA MANAGEMENT & PROTECTION
INTERNET & NETWORK USAGE
Below are some more specific guidelines on netiquette, adapted from those outlined by the Internet Engineering Task Force in RFC 1855.
Netiquette Guidelines for One-to-One Communication
Netiquette Guidelines for One-to-Many Communication
In addition to the guidelines mentioned for one-to-one communication, be sure to consider the following when dealing with one-to-many communications such as mailing lists, social networks, or online forums.
Netiquette Guidelines for Websites
In addition to the guidelines mentioned for one-to-one and one-to-many communication, be sure to consider the following guidelines when accessing websites.
USE OF SCHOOL HARDWARE
Any violation of the above policies will result in disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.
The La Salle Acceptable Use Policy is a living document and is subject to change as circumstances require, so please review the policy quarterly. When significant changes are made to this acceptable use policy, students will be notified through their La Salle High School email account and parents will be notified through the weekly Principal’s eNewsletter.
The following are items highlighted in the Acknowledgement and Agreement Acceptance Use Policy document signed by students and parents:
I understand that any violation of the above policies will result in disciplinary action as deemed appropriate be the Dean of Students.
Parent Agreement: I, __________________, the parent/guardian of _________________________________ have read and understand the La Salle High School Acceptable Use Policy and agree to support and abide by the expectations therein.
Signature: __________________________ Date: ___________________
Student Agreement: I, ________________, have read and understand the La Salle High School Acceptable Use Policy and agree to support and abide by the expectations therein.
Signature: ___________________________ Date: ___________________
The following is a continuation of LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY:
ARCHDIOCESAN RESPONSIBILE USE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY
Catholic School Office, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNET USERS: In the 21st Century Catholic schools are using new technologies, electronic resources, and Internet access to enhance student learning and to provide a quality educational experience for all students. The schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as well as the other diocesan schools in Ohio have been provided with Internet connectivity through Instructional Technology Centers located throughout the state. This project is partially funded by the Legislature of the State of Ohio. Therefore, Internet access and activities utilizing all other technologies in the schools are strictly limited to educational purposes.
In keeping with the mission of the Catholic schools, schools will monitor, instruct about, and guard against inappropriate, unethical, and illegal use of technology by the student or adult user.
AGREEMENT FORM: In order to ensure the proper use of technological resources, it is necessary that each user and parent/guardian annually sign the Responsible Use of Technology Policy-User Agreement Form. The signed form must be on file at the school before Internet access is permitted. Signing the form indicates that the user will abide by the rules governing Internet and other technology access as stated in this policy. (The wording of the Responsible Use of Technology Policy-User Agreement Form is contained in the start-of-the-year packet.)
POLICY: All schools must have on file a signed Responsible Use of Technology Policy – User Agreement Form for any student (the term student applies to any individual enrolled in the school regardless of age) and/or adult (administrators, faculty and staff members, parents, volunteers, and other school-affiliated adults) using a school’s technology resources, school’s Internet account, school-sponsored account, or personal account to access the Internet. All Internet access and use of other electronic communication technology is strictly limited to educational purposes. Students (including those 18 and over) are not allowed to access personal accounts from school. School personnel (administrators, faculty and staff members) are allowed to access personal accounts at school but are subject to responsible use provisions herein. Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati adhere to the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Individual schools may be further governed by the policies of the Instructional Technology Centers or other Internet Service Providers. The school has right of access to any electronic devices on school property. All information received or sent from school property remains the property of the school and is not considered confidential. The school reserves the right to investigate the download history of all school computers. There shall be no reasonable expectation of privacy.
SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITY: The school shall provide access to technological resources, including Internet, for educational purposes only. The school shall also provide training for students and teachers in the appropriate use of online behavior, interaction online on social networking sites, cyber-bullying awareness and reporting of misuse of technology. The school shall take measures to provide for the safety and security of minors, supervise and monitor student access to all technological resources provided by the school, and guard against the access of objectionable material, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection. Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors are forbidden.
USER RESPONSIBILITY: The user shall access the school’s technological resources for educational purposes only. Each user is responsible for information that is sent and received under his/her personal and/or school Internet account. Passwords are to be guarded and not displayed nor shared with others. The user must strictly adhere to copyright laws. In addition, unethical and/or illegal uses of electronic devices will not be allowed. Unauthorized access, including hacking or use of another person’s account, is strictly forbidden. The user agrees not to bypass the school firewall, nor to harm or alter school property. The user agrees not to pirate, nor to submit, publish, and/or display any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive or otherwise illegal material, on or off school property; nor shall the user encourage the use, sale, or distribution of controlled substances. Any use in violation of any local, state, or federal law is prohibited and is a breach of the terms and conditions of responsible use. Also, any commercial use is strictly forbidden.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION: The school may take disciplinary action against school personnel, including students, who violate the Responsible Use of Technology Policy or other school or archdiocesan policies by means of inappropriate use of technology. Disciplinary action may also be taken against those who use telecommunication devices to cause mental or physical distress to other members of the school community, whether these incidents take place on or off the school property. Disciplinary action taken by school authorities may include revocation of access to technological resources, suspension, expulsion, and/or possible legal action.
Note: The Archdiocese of Cincinnati reserves the right to modify this policy as needed.