MARQUETTE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Table of Contents
A. MISSION STATEMENT OF THE EDUCATIONAL APOSTOLATE - ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBUQUE:
The mission of the Educational Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is to guide individuals to:
- respond to God's call to personal conversion to Jesus Christ
- form and be formed in a Christian community life
- grow in knowledge of faith
- participate in liturgical celebrations and prayer
- collaborate in the Church's mission of evangelization.
B. MISSION STATEMENT OF THE MARQUETTE CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM:
Marquette Catholic Schools’ mission is to encourage lifelong learning that challenges and empowers students to become academically-driven leaders; independent, responsible contributors; and active stewards of the Christian faith.
II. CATHOLIC DIMENSION / UNIQUENESS
A. CATHOLIC ATMOSPHERE:
Religious education at Marquette Catholic Schools occurs in two major areas: the study of the Catholic faith and integrating faith experiences into the life of each student.
B. PRAYERS, PRACTICES, AND BELIEFS:
A list of prayers and other basic beliefs and practices for students has been developed. Prayers may be introduced at one level and students may not be expected to have them memorized until the next year. However, students are expected to have an understanding of these prayers and they will be a part of our prayer at school. We encourage you to also pray with your child at home and at weekend masses.
C. SPIRITUAL PROGRAM:
The spiritual program of the school recognizes that “to provide a sound academic program which includes emphasis on Catholic teachings within the atmosphere of Christian living” cannot be gained in the formal classroom only. The formal classroom learning is the beginning.
Every Christian has the responsibility to use ones gifts for the good of the community and to minister as Jesus did. This is the core of the Christian life.
1. Sacramental Preparation - preparation for the first reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist will be given in the second grade. Parents/guardians should be directly involved in the religious education of their children. Meetings are held to inform and assist parents/guardians in the sacramental preparation for their children.
2. Liturgical Celebration - Students and teachers plan and participate in liturgies. Parents/guardians are always welcome to attend. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is provided during Advent and Lent.
III. ATTENDANCE POLICIES:
A. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
Marquette Catholic is an equal opportunity employer and school. No student will be discriminated against because of his or her race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability. However, students are required to meet the school’s academic and financial requirement(s). As a bona fide religious institution, educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education may consider a student’s religion, sexual orientation and/or gender identity a qualification for enrollment when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose.
- Children who are 5 years of age by September 15 are eligible to enroll for entrance into kindergarten.
- Children are charged a tuition. Marquette Catholic School System will accept students of any religious conviction. However, as a student, everyone is considered a part of the total school community and will be included and expected to participate in all activities scheduled as a part of all required classes even those of a religious nature.
C. STATE LAW:
In general, students are to attend all scheduled classes and activities promptly and regularly. All students are required by state law to attend school unless they are over the age limit. Consequently, the school has no authority to excuse a student from attendance.
The current Iowa Code puts it concisely: "Children between the ages of 6 and 16 are compelled to receive education, and each child's parent, guardian, or legal custodian is the person held responsible in the law for compelling the child's education" (Iowa Code 299.1).
Kindergarten: A special registration is held in the spring of each year for those students who will be entering kindergarten at Marquette Catholic School System the following year. At this time, school records are prepared. Notice of the completion of all required immunizations is also necessary. Final Registration: The regular registration at Marquette Catholic School System is held in late summer. At this time, pertinent information is made available, schedules are shared, and tuition payments are arranged.
E. SCHOOL CALENDAR:
The Marquette Catholic School System adheres to the Bellevue Community School calendar with the approval of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The calendar is issued each year and conforms to the Iowa State Laws.
Students living more than two miles from Marquette Catholic School System are bused to school free because of an Iowa law. If you are interested in such services, contact the bus garage at 563-872-4058. For students living outside the district there is the option of mileage reimbursement. Contact the Director of Business and Finance at 563-872-3356 for more information.
Safety of the children is a major concern and therefore misbehavior on any bus will not be tolerated. Courtesy, promptness, and good behavior are necessary for the safety of all who ride the bus.
For insurance purposes, a permission slip, signed by a parent, is presented to the school office if your child is to ride on a bus other than his/her regular bus. This will authorize the office to write out an official bus pass. If your child is not a bus rider, but wishes to ride a bus, a permit is also necessary.
G. EMERGENCY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Marquette Catholic School System follows the Bellevue Community School District calendar and schedule. The School Reach program is used to contact parents by voice message, text, or email to inform families of school closing and delay announcements. Signing up for this program occurs during the e-registration process. Official announcements will also be given via WMT, KMAQ, and KDTH radio stations or KWWL and KCRG on the television.
When a student transfers out of Marquette Catholic Schools, parents are asked to sign a permit slip at the receiving school. The slip gives permission to transfer your child's permanent record to the receiving school. The permanent record folder includes the following information: Scholastic ratings of each subject from first through eighth grade; results of standardized tests; attendance; health records giving information regarding communicable diseases: special help given to the student by the classroom teacher or tutor: promotion or retention. A high school transcript of the student's credits and other materials will be sent upon request but they will not be forwarded until all remaining obligations at Marquette have been fulfilled.
IV. ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND POLICIES
A. STUDENT RECORDS:
A permanent record of each pupil is kept on file at school. These records are private property and are submitted only when lawfully requested. Should parents/guardians wish to see the records of their child, they should contact the principal. (Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5125)
According to the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974, parents have the right to see their child's permanent record upon request. Anyone over the age of eighteen has the right to see his/her records. If you wish to view the records, please notify the office prior to your arrival.
B. PARENTAL NOTIFICATION:
Parents have the right to school information (newsletters, report cards, parent teacher conferences, etc.) In the case of a student whose parents' marriage has been dissolved or a separation of a parent from the home, the name and address of both parents should be on file. Unless otherwise decreed by a court order, information commonly made available to parents of any student in attendance at Marquette Catholic School System (notice of school functions, progress reports, newsletters etc.) will be made available to both parents. The parent with physical custody of the child is responsible for tuition payments and fees unless other written arrangements have been made with the school. (AFFC/ACSB policy 5124)
C. STUDENT PRIVACY ACT:
Marquette Catholic School System does not send out student/graduate information to any outside organizations without written authorization of the student/graduate. (Student Privacy Act, AFFC/ACSB policy 5125)
Guidance services are available to every student in the school. These include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, career information, help with school, home, or social concerns, or any question the student may want to discuss with the counselor.
E. SPECIAL SERVICES:
The services of a psychologist, school nurse, social worker, speech therapist and diagnostic testing for learning disabilities are available through AEA 9. Requests for these services are made by parents, or by teachers in agreement with parents and the school principal. All parental rights are strictly maintained.
When your child has been referred for special education services, federal and state laws give you certain rights. Some of these are:
- The right to be contacted and told what the school plans to do about your child’s educational program. This must be done before your child is tested or placed in a program.
- You have the right to consent. This means the school must have your permission prior to placing your child in a special education program.
- The right to a full evaluation of your child’s needs. If you do not agree with the school’s findings you may request an outside evaluation.
- The right to see your child’s records kept at school.
- The right to privacy of information. With a few exceptions, no one may see your child’s record without your permission, given in writing. Exceptions are people such as your child’s teacher, or other school officials engaged in planning your child’s education program.
- The right, as much as possible, to have your child in classes with children who are not in special education programs.
- The right to be involved in the development of your child’s IEP (individual education program).
- The right to have someone present to help you in the development of your child’s IEP. This could be another parent, a teacher, a lawyer, or an advocate.
- The right to appeal decisions made by the school regarding your child’s diagnosis or placement.
If you desire additional information, please contact your child’s principal.
F. PROGRESS REPORTS:
Parents and students in grades 6 through 12 all have the capability to check grades using the online student database, PowerSchool at any time. In addition, parents may choose to have daily or weekly progress reports sent to their email account. If a parent does not have internet access, other accommodations can be made.
G. PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES:
Individual conferences are held during the months of October and March. Students are invited and encouraged to attend these conferences. Adequate and clear communication between school and home is essential for the success of the children. Other parent-student-teacher conferences can be scheduled by either parents or teachers as the need is recognized.
Students in grades 7 and 10 take the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) test. Students in grades 3-11 take the Iowa Assessments in the fall. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing is given to students in grades 1 - 11 in the fall and the spring.
When test results have been returned and analyzed, parents/guardians will receive appropriate information. In addition, personal conferences are available with parents to go over the results in more detail.
I. MULTI-CULTURAL / NON-SEXIST / GLOBAL EDUCATION:
Marquette Catholic School System offers a global, multi-cultural, gender fair approach to the educational program. Marquette Catholic School System is committed to a curriculum that fosters respect and appreciation for cultural and racial diversity and an awareness of rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a multicultural, gender fair society. The education program is one of permeation and action for the implementation of the global, multicultural, and gender fair elements of the students’ education. (Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 6144.2)
J. HUMAN SEXUALITY PROGRAM:
Human sexuality instruction is integrated into the religion/guidance programs depending on the grade level and is presented from the Catholic perspective in the context of total growth. Parental/guardian support and involvement is an essential component of this program. Information will be sent to parents/guardians as the time for this program approaches. An option is provided for students whose parents/guardians do not want them to participate in these classes. A request for exemption must be sent in writing to the principal. Parents are permitted to review course materials at any time. (AFFC/ACSB policy 61411.11)
K. SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION:
A substance education program is one component of the guidance program. It includes basic student education reinforcing activities/events, family education, and utilization of appropriate community agencies.
L. PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS:
Each child has a scheduled time for P.E. class each week. On P.E. days, all students are expected to have tennis shoes (not black bottoms), and grades 6-12 will change to sports/gym clothes. Students will change from the dress code to gym clothes before P.E. class. Students may not wear the same shoes for gym as they do for regular school activities.
M. PHYSICAL EDUCATION WAIVER:
A student shall not be required to enroll in either physical education or health courses if the student’s parent or guardian files a written statement with the school principal that the course conflicts with the student’s religious beliefs. (State Standard 12.5(6), AFFC/ACSB policy 6144.3).
N. CHEATING POLICY:
Honesty is a Gospel value and is expected at Marquette Catholic Schools. Cheating is not tolerated at any time. Cheating refers to any deception regarding the student's work and/or knowledge of the course material. Plagiarism is considered a serious violation of academic integrity however, it is understood that plagarism is sometimes not an intended attempt to claim another’s work as one’s own. If a teacher notes a concern of plagiarism, the information will be presented to the principal and recorded in the student’s school records. Depending upon the seriousness of the offense and the number of previous plagiarism violations, consequences may range from an alternative assignment being issued, a significantly reduced grade, or a zero on the particular assignment. The student will be informed of the infraction and of the issued consequences.
It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education that all employees, volunteers, and students will abide by federal copyright laws. Employees, volunteers, and students may copy print or non-print materials allowed by copyright laws, fair use guidelines, specific licenses or contractual agreements, and other types of permission. Employees, volunteers, and students who willfully disregard copyright law are in violation of Archdiocesan policy and are doing so at their own risk and assuming all liability. (AFFC/ACSB policy 2510)
It is the policy of educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education to require the ethical use of the Internet and related technologies by all employees, volunteers, and students. Access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action taken for any violations that are unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. (AFFC/ACSB policy 2511 & 5144.3)
Q. MEDIA CENTER:
The Media Center serves as a learning environment. Books housed in the Media Center are the property of Marquette Catholic Schools. Students who misuse materials are subject to restricted access and may lose access privileges. Financial obligations may also apply.
The following policies of the Archdiocesan Board of Education should be followed when dealing with complaints - copies can be obtained from the Administrator, board of education chairperson, or the Office of Educational Services: Instructional Materials and Activities (policy 1312), Complaints Against Teacher/Employee (policy 4119.4g), Complaints Against Administrator (policy 4119.4h), Complaints Against Board Members. (policy 8252)
A. TUITION PAYMENTS:
All Marquette Catholic School students will be registered and attend the school pursuant to a tuition contract which is to be signed by at least one parent or guardian of the student, and, if applicable, the student.
- Changes in payment schedules on tuition contracts may be made by the school business office and the parent, guardian, or student at any time, but only written modifications shall be effective and binding on the parties. All changes are subject to approval by the School Board. The School Board delegates its approval authority to the Finance committee.
- In the event of delinquent tuition/fees, the procedures adopted by the Office of Educational Services are to be followed.
B. TUITION TAX CREDITS:
Expenses incurred by parents may qualify for tuition tax credits. Information is distributed annually, usually at the end of the calendar year.
C. TUITION GRANTS:
Educational grants shall be established locally to make the program available to those who are committed to a Catholic education but who may be precluded from participation for economic reasons. In addition, the School Tuition Organization (STO) and Marquette Tuition Orgnization (MTO) provide funds for families who fill out the required application and meet guidelines for assistance.
VI. DRESS CODE
The dress code strives to reflect modesty, good taste, neatness, and cleanliness, while avoiding seasonal trends and fads. Students reflect pride in their school by the way they dress. Parents, cooperating with the school, are expected to oversee dress in accordance with these regulations. The administration reserves the right to interpret the dress code. Their decision is final.
B. DRESS CODE SPECIFICS:
- Pants are to be solid colored, in one of the following colors: black, brown, khaki, navy or gray.
- Pants are to be bootcut, straight leg, or flare leg.
- Pants are to be full length (ankle), have a finished hem (no raw edges), have logos no more than 8 square inches**, and are to be worn at the waist.
- Unacceptable pants: “jegging” or other tight-fitting pants, denim, baggy, or wide leg.
- Teachers may address the situation directly with the student, but may also choose to contact the parents before addressing directly with the student.
- Shirts are to be a polo or dress shirt with a front button closure, turned down collar, and sleeves. Turtlenecks are acceptable. School t-shirts may be worn with collars and tucked in anytime during the year.
- Logos are to be no more than 8 inches square**.
- Shirts are to be worn with no more than two buttons open from the top and tucked in (no midriff skin or undergarments should be visible).
- Unacceptable shirts: mock turtlenecks, soccer shirts, and zipper shirts.
- A dress code shirt is required for all students at all times. Students may elect to wear dress sweaters, dress jackets, fleeces, or crewneck sweatshirts over a dress code shirt. Logos are to be no more than 8 inches square**. Hoods are not permitted.
- Hooded sweatshirts are allowed only if they display a Marquette Catholic logo, shared-time activities (worn only by the participant), Iowa high school sanctioned activities, and Archdiocesan affiliated activities. Logo requirements are waived on the aforementioned hooded sweatshirts. A collared shirt is required under a hooded sweatshirt.
- Uniform Skirt/Skort:
- Girls may wear school issued uniform skirts/skorts in the colors black, brown, khaki, navy or gray.
- Skirt/skort must be between knee length and 4 inches above the knee.
- The pants or shorts must be in the same colors and following the same criteria as the slacks.
- Girls: Inseam is a minimum of 6 inches or longer for grades 4-12 and 4 inches or longer in grades K-3.
- Boys: Dress or cargo shorts 2 inches above or below the knees and must be worn at the waist.
- Unacceptable: tight fitting, spandex, biking, baggy wide-legged or athletic shorts.
- Students may wear shorts from the start of the year until October 15 and from April 15 until the end of the school year.
- Hats, Caps and Outerwear:
- Hats, caps, and coats are not to be worn in the classroom and must be stored in designated areas or lockers.
- All footwear is to be worn with socks.
- Sandals may be worn but must have a back or back strap. (Clogs are not permitted in grade K-5 because of recess safety.)
- Unacceptable: turf, cleated, or hiking shoes, flip-flops, or shoes that leave black marks or inflict damage to the floor.
- Hairstyles are to be neat and well groomed.
- Boys are to be clean shaven. Facial hair is not permitted. Sideburns are to be no longer than the bottom of the earlobe.
- Extreme hairstyles or hairstyles that are distracting to the learning environment are not allowed.
- Earrings may be worn only by females. No other visible body piercing is allowed.
- School Spirit Days:
- A Marquette t-shirt or sweatshirt must be worn.
- Red, white, gray or black pants or sweatpants must be worn - with or without a Marquette logo. Brand logos are restricted to 8 square inches or less**, and there is to be nothing written on the seat of the pants.
- No disfigured clothing may be worn.
- Students not observing School Spirit Day must be in regular dress code.
- Dress-up Day:
- Periodically, throughout the year, there will be special days designated as dress-up days. Dress must be consistently appropriate for an environment that fosters Christian respect, modesty, and learning. Accordingly, on dress-up days students will be expected to be in apparel that while 'dressier' than regular school wear, would be more appropriate for a job interview rather than a prom or other purely social occasion. This dress is also appropriate for occasions, such as, the Academic and Athletic Awards evenings.
- Shoulders and the chest region must be covered.
- Dresses and skirts may not be shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
- Visible tattoos are not allowed.
- Clothing advertising tobacco products, taverns, alcoholic beverages, liquor stores, or bearing immodest slogans or design are not allowed.
**One example of 8 square inches is shown below. Dimensions of 1 by 8, 2 by 4 and 3
by 2 2/3 would all be acceptable.
An excuse from home is necessary to be out of dress code. A permission note will be issued during homeroom by the junior high and high school homeroom teachers. The administration and/or Board reserves the right to exercise judgment/revision on all aspects of the dress code.
D. OUT-OF-DRESS CODE PENALTY:
Dress code compliance is checked each morning in homeroom and throughout the day. Out-of-dress code violations result in a demerit for students in grades 6 through 12. After three dress code violations, each additional violation will be issued a detention for the remainder of the year. Violations in grades K through 5 result in written parental notification.
E. DRESS CODE REVIEW:
Review of the entire dress code will take place every five years. Next review is scheduled for the 2019-2020 school year with implementation in the 2020-2021 school year.
F. ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
Any device, other than the school issued Chromebooks, computers, or iPads, having the ability for communication through internet or cellular networks is prohibited from use during class and at lunch and should either be left inside lockers or should be left at home. This includes “Smart” watches and glasses being worn in the classroom during the academic day.
VII. HEALTH / SAFETY ISSUES
A. HEALTH SERVICES:
Vision and hearing tests are routinely conducted by Area Education Agency personnel. On occasion, other health related services are made available to Marquette students. All students are to have an immunization card on file in the office. Any medical emergency (for example, an injury) will be referred to the school nurse (if on campus) or to the office of the Medical Associates Clinic in Bellevue for initial treatment. It is desirable that the school have on file the names and locations of people to contact in the event of an emergency.
- Prescription Drugs: Dispensing of prescription drugs will be administered by a nurse or designated party with training and with the written consent of parent(s). A physician’s signed, dated authorization including the name of the student, physician, medication, dosage, and medication schedule must be given to the school on or with the original container. A record of each dose of medication administered will be documented in the pupil’s health record. Contraceptives will not be dispensed.
- Nonprescription Drugs: Dispensing nonprescription drugs may occur, provided the parents have signed and dated an authorization identifying medication, dosage, and time interval to be administered.
C. BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN DISEASE:
Children diagnosed as having any bloodborne pathogen disease, or with laboratory evidence of infection with a bloodborne pathogen associated virus (HILV-III/LAV) and receiving medical attention may attend classes in an unrestricted educational setting. (AFFC/ACSB policy 5141.2)
D. OLWEUS BULLYING PROGRAM:
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a program designed to prevent or reduce bullying in schools. A student is being bullied or harassed when he or she is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more students. Bullying implies an imbalance in power or strength. The student who is bullied has difficulty defending himself/herself.
- Reduce existing bully/victim problems among school children.
- Prevent the development of new bully/ victim problems.
- Improve peer relations.
- Improve school climate.
- Elementary Rules:
- We will not bully others.
- We will help students who are bullied.
- We will include students who are easily left out.
- When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and/or at home.
- Junior High Rules:
- We will not bully others.
- We will help students who are bullied.
- We will make it a point to include all students.
- If we know that somebody is being bullied, or if I am being bullied, it is our/my responsibility to tell a teacher and to tell an adult at home.
- High School Rules:
- We will not bully, haze, or harass others.
- We will help students who are bullied, hazed, or harassed.
- We will work to include students who may feel left out.
- We will report bullying to a responsible adult.
- Aggressive Behavior Consequences for grades K-8 are listed in the St. Joseph's Elementary School Disciplinary section of this handbook. Aggressive Behavior Consequences for grades 9-12 are listed in the Marquette High School Disciplinary section of this handbook.
E. HARASSMENT / BULLYING OF STUDENTS:
- Purpose: The Archdiocese of Dubuque and the State of Iowa are committed to providing all students with a safe educational environment in which all students of the community are treated with dignity and respect. A safe educational environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve at high levels. Harassing and bullying behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of employees and volunteers to maintain a safe environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed.
- It is the policy of the Archdiocesan Board of Education to maintain a learning environment that is free from any type of harassment/bullying. No student associated with the educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education shall be subjected to any type of harassment/bullying while on school/parish property, at any school/parish function, or at a school/parish sponsored activity regardless of location.
- It shall be a violation of this policy for any school employee, volunteer, or student to harass/bully a student through conduct or communications as defined in Section III below.
- Each administrator shall be responsible for promoting understanding, acceptance and compliance with local, state, and federal laws and board policy and procedures governing harassment/bullying within the educational program.
- Violations of this policy will be cause for disciplinary action.
- “Harassment” and “bullying” shall be construed to mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment that meets one or more of the following conditions: 1) places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property; 2) has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health; 3) has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance; 4) has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the educational program. It includes but is not limited to: 1) epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; 2) written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is circulated within or placed on walls, bulletin boards, or elsewhere on premises where the educational program operates; and 3) name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, excessive teasing, and hazing.
- "Trait or characteristic of the student" includes but is not limited to age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability, or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or family status.
- "Electronic" means any communication involving the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means. "Electronic" includes but is not limited to communication via electronic mail internet-based communications, pager service, cell phones, and electronic text messaging.
- "Volunteer" means any individual who has a regular, significant contact with students.
- Standard: The standard for determining whether verbal or physical conduct is sufficiently severe or persuasive to create a hostile or abusive environment is whether a reasonable student in the same or similar circumstances would find the conduct intimidating, hostile, or abusive. It is not necessary to show the victim was psychologically harmed.
- Prevention: Prevention is the best tool for the elimination of harassment. An educational program governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education will maintain an environment free of harassment/bullying. Harassment/bullying conduct may be challenged even if the complaining person is not the intended target of the conduct.
- Any school employee, volunteer, parent, guardian, or student who witnesses or becomes aware of conduct in violation of this policy should file a complaint in writing directly to the victim's or perpetrator's teacher, immediate supervisor, principal, C/DRE, Director of Catechetical Services, or the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The complaint shall describe the perceived violation, name the perpetrator and the victim, and identify any potential witnesses to the incident.
- A school/parish employee, volunteer, student, or student's parent or guardian who promptly, reasonably, and in good faith reports an incident of harassment or bullying, in compliance with the procedures in this policy, to the appropriate school/parish employee shall be immune from civil or criminal liability relating to such report and to participation in any administrative or judicial proceeding resulting from or relating to the report.
- In the case of a student who threatens physical harm to another student for any reason, a "no-tolerance" stance will be taken. The perpetrator will be suspended from the educational program immediately. Reentry will be contingent upon a report from a competent mental health professional that the perpetrator is not perceived to be a threat to self or others. It may also be contingent upon a program of continued counseling.
- The filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting of harassment or bullying will not reflect upon the complainant's status nor will it affect future employment or work assignments. School employees, volunteers, and students shall not engage in retaliation, reprisal, or false accusation against a complainant, victim, witness, or an individual who has reliable information about such an act of harassment or bullying.
- The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected to the extent possible. Confidentiality may be sacrificed, however, in light of the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action when such conduct is found to have occurred.
- The local Catechetical leader (principal, C/DRE, youth minister) designated by the Superintendent of Schools (for schools) or Director of Catechetical Services (for parish education programs) shall investigate a complaint to determine if, under the totality of the circumstances presented, the conduct in question objectively constitutes harassment or bullying under this policy. A written summary of the investigation and its findings will be developed. If charges are substantiated, the investigator should contact the Office of Educational Services (for schools) and the Office of Catechetical Services (for parish education programs) for counsel.
- Local education programs should develop programs consistent with this policy to eliminate harassment and bullying from all educational programs in the Archdiocese.
- Annually, the School Improvement and Advisory Committee (SIAC) for school programs and/or the C/DRE in charge of religious education programs must present recommendations to the local Board of Education and Formation on preventing harassment or bullying, to include goals, programs, training, and other initiatives.
- A substantiated charge against a student in any educational program governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education will subject that student to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion. (See also AFFC/ACSB policy 5144.1)
- A substantiated charge against an employee or a volunteer will subject that individual to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.
- Notice of this policy will be circulated to all educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education. This policy will be incorporated in employee, volunteer, and parent/guardian/student handbooks.
- Training sessions on this policy and the prevention of harassment shall be held for employees, volunteers, and students in all educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education.
- School programs are required to develop and maintain a system to collect harassment and bullying incidence data. This information is to be reported annually to the local community as part of its Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.
F. HARASSMENT OF EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS:
- It is the policy of the educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from any type of harassment. No employee or volunteer associated with these programs shall be subjected to any type of harassment.
- It shall be a violation of this policy for an employee, volunteer, or student to harass any employee or volunteer through conduct or communications as defined in Section II below.
- Each administrator shall be responsible for promoting understanding and accepting of and assuring compliance with local, state, and federal laws and board policy and procedures governing harassment within the educational program or office.
- Violations of this policy or procedure will be cause for disciplinary action.
- Definition of harassment:
- Harassment may be on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability. If so, it also constitutes discrimination and, such as, violates civil law and the policies of the Archdiocesan Board of Education. Harassment may also occur without regard to any of the above categories. It also violates the policies of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
- Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual. It may be, but does not have to be, because of one's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability, or that of one's relatives, friends, or associates, that: 1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; 2) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance; or 3) otherwise adversely affects an individual's opportunities. Threats to injure or kill another person or threats to do harm to another's property constitute harassment.
- Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following: 1) epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; 2) written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is circulated within or placed on walls, bulletin boards, or elsewhere on premises where the educational program operates; and 3) bullying which may be physical, emotional, racist, sexual, or verbal( e.g. name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, excessive teasing); 4) hazing.
- The standard for determining whether verbal or physical conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile or abusive environment is whether a reasonable student or person in the same or similar circumstances would find the conduct intimidating, hostile or abusive. it is not necessary to make a showing that the victim was psychologically harmed.
- Prevention is the best tool for the elimination of harassment. An educational program governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education has an affirmative duty to maintain an environment free of harassment. Harassing conduct may be challenged even if the complaining person is not the intended target of the conduct.
- Any person who alleges harassment by an employee, volunteer, or student of an educational program governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education should file a complaint in writing directly to his or her teacher, immediate supervisor, principal, C/DRE, Director of Catechetical Services, or the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The complaint shall describe the perceived violation, name the perpetrator, and identify any potential witnesses to the incident.
- In the case of someone who threatens to injure or kill another person for any reason, or who threatens to do harm to another's property, a "no-tolerant" stance will be taken. The perpetrator will be suspended immediately. Reentry will be contingent upon a report from a competent mental health care professional indicating that the perpetrator is not perceived to be a threat to self or others. It may also be contingent upon a program of continued counseling.
- The filing of a grievance or otherwise reporting of harassment will not reflect upon the complainant's status, nor will it affect future employment or work assignments. Retaliation against a complainant is strictly prohibited.
- The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and of the accused, will be respected to the extent possible but consistent with legal obligations and with the necessity to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action when this conduct has occurred. The person receiving the complaint shall investigate the matter to determine if the charges are substantiated, after which a summary of the investigation will be developed. If charges are substantiated, contact should be made with the Office of Educational Services for counsel.
- A substantiated charge against an employee or a volunteer will subject such employee or volunteer to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.
- A substantiated charge against a student in any educational program governed by the Archdiocese Board of Education will subject that student to disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion, consistent with the student discipline code. (See also ABE 5144.1)
- Notifications: Notice of the policy will be circulated to all programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education and incorporated in employee, volunteer, and parent/guardian/student handbooks. Training sessions on this policy and the prevention of harassment shall be held for employees, volunteers, and students in all educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education.
If a student is suspected or identified as being a member of a gang, initiates or participates in any gang related activity, or is actively involved in recruitment for a gang, any or all of the following steps may be taken:
- Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately and appropriate intervention initiated.
- A behavior contract will be prepared stating the conditions for the student remaining in the school.
- Students may be referred to counseling (personal and/or family).
- Students may be referred to the Department of Human Services or other welfare or child care agencies of the respective county.
- Students may be referred to outside agencies or programs for treatment when use of drugs and/or alcohol is involved.
- Students may be referred to the Task Force on Violent Crime if applicable.
- Police, Juvenile Court, and other appropriate authorities will be notified of violence and/or illegal activities.
- Students may be suspended and/or expelled as outlined in the school/program/Archdiocesan discipline policies.
- Parent/students will be held liable and financially responsible for all forms of vandalism.
(AFFC/ACSB policy 5133)
In compliance with School Laws of Iowa and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy, any certified or licensed employee of Marquette Catholic School who has a reasonable belief that a child under the age of 18 has been abused by the person responsible for the care of the child, as defined by law shall report the suspected abuse verbally to the Department of Human Services (DHS) within 24 hours and follow the verbal report with a written report on the appropriate forms.
Employees will not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, toward students. A level-one investigator will respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by employees by investigating or arranging for full investigation of any allegations. The Office of Educational Services will appoint the level-one investigator (the principal) and alternate (Associate Directors of Educational Services), and will contact a trained, experienced professional to serve as a level-two investigator. (State of Iowa Code 280.17, School Rules of Iowa 281-102.1-.15(208), AFFC/ACSB policy 4116.3a&b)
I. HELP FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE:
The Archdiocese of Dubuque has established a program of pastoral assistance to people who believe they or those in their care have been sexually abused as minors by clergy or other Church personnel. This assistance will include help in informing civil and Church authorities. Victim Assistance Coordinators are trained to facilitate access to appropriate professional mental health services, social service agencies, support groups and/or individuals who can provide spiritual care. Any individual desiring help from this program is invited to call toll free (800) 803-6758 or (866) 319-4536 to report an allegation or receive assistance. This program is part of the new "Policy for the Protection of Minors."
J. SMOKE FREE ZONE:
Marquette Catholic School System has been designated a Smoke Free Zone. At no time during the school day will smoking be permitted within the buildings or on the school grounds.
K. SEARCH AND SEIZURE:
It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to operate its educational institutions in a Catholic, orderly environment. Recognizing that the presence of contraband on school\catechetical program property or on the person of a student attending the school\catechetical is not consistent with the above policy, the Archdiocese of Dubuque hereby adopts the following rules relating to periodic inspection, to the search of students, and/or to protected student areas:
- Search of student and/or protected student area by school/program official
- The Board of Education of the school/program shall establish and may search a student or protected student area pursuant to a student search rule. The student search rule shall be published in the student handbook of the school/program. A school/program official may search individual students and individual protected student areas if both of the following apply:
- The official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will produce evidence that a student has violated or is violating either the law or a school rule or regulation.
- The search is conducted in a manner which is reasonably related to the objectiveness of the search and which is not excessively intrusive in light of the age and gender of the student and nature of the infraction.
- If a student is not or will not be present at the time a search of a student protected area is conducted pursuant to paragraph 1, the student shall be informed of the search either prior to or as soon as is reasonably practical after the search is conducted.
- Under no circumstances may a search be made which is unreasonable in light of the following:
- The age of the student;
- The non-seriousness of the violation;
- The nature of the suspected violation;
- The gender of the student;
- A school/program official shall not conduct a search which involves
- A strip search;
- A body cavity search;
- The use of a drug sniffing animal to search a student's body;
- The search of a student by a school\program official not of the same gender as the student.
- School\program officials may conduct periodic inspections of all, or a randomly selected number, of school/programs lockers, desks, and other facilities or spaces owned by the school/program and provided as a courtesy to a student. The furnishings of a school/program locker, desk or other facility or space owned by the school/program and provided as a courtesy to a student shall not give rise to an expectation of privacy on a student's part with respect to that locker, desk, or other facility or space. However, each year when the school/program begins, the school/program shall provide written notice to all students and the student's parents/guardians, or legal custodians that school/program officials may conduct periodic inspections of school/program lockers, desks, and other facilities or spaces owned by the school/programs and provided as a courtesy to a student without prior notice. Such an inspection shall either occur in the presence of the student's whose lockers are being inspected, or in the presence of at least one other person. School officials shall notify a student if a search is conducted of a protected area.
- Student Search by Peace Officer The search of a student or of a protected student area by a peace officer who is not a school/program official, or by a school/program official at the invitation or direction of a peace officer who is not a school/program official, shall be governed by the statuary and common law requirements for police searches.
- Marquette Catholic School authorities may, without a search warrant, search a student, student lockers, personal effects, desks, work areas, or student vehicles based on a reasonable suspicion that a board of policy, school rule or law has been broken. The search shall be in a manner reasonable in scope to maintain order and discipline in the schools, promote the educational environment, and protect the safety and welfare of students, employees and visitors to the Marquette Catholic School facilities. Periodically, in conjunction with law enforcement officials, the Marquette School System will conduct canine maintenance searches. Student lockers, desks, the parking lot, and other storage areas owned by the school and used by students can and will be inspected. Trained law enforcement officials will conduct these inspections.
- Marquette Catholic School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in the search. Items of contraband may include, but are not limited to: nonprescription controlled substances, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, apparatuses used for controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, weapons, explosives, poisons, and stolen property. Such items are not to be possessed by a student while they are on school property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school system: while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the Marquette Catholic School System. Possession of such items will be grounds for disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement officials. The Marquette Catholic Board of Education believes that illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors on the school premises or property within the jurisdiction of the Marquette Catholic School System.
L. WEAPONS / DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS:
It shall be the policy of the Marquette Catholic School System Board of Education that weapons, look-a-like weapons, and other dangerous objects be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school grounds. Parents/guardians of students found in possession of a weapon or a dangerous object shall be notified. Confiscation of the weapon or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials and the student will be subject to disciplinary action. Students in possession of a firearm while on school property or participating in any school related activity away from school premises shall be expelled for not less than twelve months. (AFFC/ACSB policy 5137.7A)
M. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, RESTRAINT, AND PHYSICAL CONFINEMENT AND DETENTION:
State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.
State law also places limits on a school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. The laws limit its why, how, where, and for how long a school employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent/guardian.
N. TOBACCO / ALCOHOL / DRUG POLICY:
Students are not to use, possess, sell, or be under the influence of drugs, beer, or other intoxicating beverages on school grounds anytime or while they are on a school sponsored activity off campus. The use and possession of tobacco on school grounds is prohibited.
These are matters of state law and cannot be permitted in the school, in the immediate school area, at school related activities, or on school buses. Possession of tobacco, drugs, and/or alcoholic products by a student in school or at school activities will result in confiscation and discipline.
The Marquette Catholic School Board of Education developed guidelines that are in accordance with Archdiocesan Board of Education policies on student responsibility and discipline. Students, who self-refer for drug and/or alcohol treatment to any member of the faculty, will not be subject to the disciplinary code as long as treatment is ongoing and positive. (AFFC/ACSB policy 5131.6,5131.61, 5144 & 5144.1)
O. FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS:
Unannounced drills are conducted at various times during the year in accordance with Iowa codes. Students are expected to leave in an orderly fashion, without talking, according to the directions of the teacher and return the same way. State law requires four tornado drills each year.
P. LEAD IN THE DRINKING WATER:
All schools of the Archdiocese were tested for lead in the drinking water. The test results indicated the lead levels were below the established safety levels. Based upon these results and the rules of the Iowa Department of Public Health no additional testing for lead needs to be done at this time.
Federal regulations and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy require us to inform you that there is asbestos in the Marquette Catholic School System buildings. The buildings have been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector and all the asbestos found has been sealed and encapsulated. (AFFC/ACSB policy 7113)
R. RADON TESTING:
All schools of the Archdiocese were tested for radon. The test results indicated the rooms were below the established safety levels. Based upon these results and the rules of the Iowa Department of Public Health no additional testing for radon needs to be done at this time.
S. CHEMICAL RIGHT TO KNOW:
The Chemical Right to Know Law requires that all schools in the nation prepare a list of chemicals that are known to be present in their buildings and to maintain material safety data sheets (MSDS) on them. The law further states that all chemicals are to be appropriately labeled, storage areas are to be posted for the hazardous chemicals, and employees that work with the chemicals are to be trained in the safe handling of these chemicals. The school is also to acquaint the local fire department with the location of hazardous chemicals in the school. If you want to know what chemicals are used in the school and where they are stored please contact the principal.
Any person other than a Marquette student or faculty member in the Marquette building is regarded as a visitor and must stop at the office before going anywhere else in the building. Parents/guardians who wish to the visit the school should call ahead to arrange a time. Any student who wishes to bring a guest to school for the day must obtain permission from the principal in advance.