Student Handbook of St. Paul Lutheran School
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL-SERBIN
It is our pleasure to work with you on giving your child an excellent Christian education. While not all situations can be covered in any one writing, this HANDBOOK has been prepared to acquaint you with the policies and operations of ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL. Read it carefully and refer to its contents throughout the year. If further information is needed, PLEASE feel free to contact the PRINCIPAL, a member of the FACULTY, or one of the members of the BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION.
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL is owned and operated by the members of ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH of Serbin, Texas. Final authority for all decisions of policy, property and operation is vested in the voting assembly of the congregation. The daily operation of the school is administered by the Principal, under the direction of the elected members of the Board of Christian Education. The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month and holds special meetings when necessary. Any person wishing to meet with the Board should contact the Principal prior to the meeting.
This handbook will be used a guide to follow. There are items contained that are general in nature. St. Paul Lutheran School reserves the right to amend, modify, or change its contents at such time situations change.
May God grant us Wisdom and a discerning heart to administer justly according to His will.
The mission of the educational program at St. Paul Lutheran School is to educate children for life to witness the Word to the world. We want our students to be confident Christians who are Caring, Healthy, Respectful and In Service To Christ.
We believe a Lutheran philosophy of education begins with Scripture. Therefore, the educational program at St. Paul Lutheran School is to integrate Scripture in all its teachings and programs. Our school strives for the highest possible standards of education and fosters vital Christian living in the light of Scripture.
We believe that the training of the child is regarded as the JOINT responsibility of the HOME, the CHURCH, and the SCHOOL; and a definite effort is made to have all three units in a full cooperative program so that confident, caring, healthy and respectful individuals can be developed and maintained for service to Christ.
We believe the major objective of Christian Education to which all others point is to develop a devotion to God as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, whose love for us moves us to show our love for Him in every act, thought, word and deed of our daily life.
The goal of the educational program at St. Paul Lutheran in Serbin is to:
* Firmly teach the children in the truths of the Bible.
* Serve as an agency for bringing the message of salvation to other children and adults, especially the unchurched of the community.
* Teach and train the children to think of and to hold to their Christian convictions under pressure.
* Teach our Religious and American Heritage.
* Show the students their civic responsibilities and prepare them for adult citizenship.
* Teach and train the children to apply themselves to their work and to fulfill their responsibilities.
* Develop age appropriate creative skills, effective communication skills, and an appreciation for the fine arts.
* Teach and train the children to work cooperatively and independently.
* Teach wholesome recreational and physical health.
* Teach the developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills required for future study and for occupational competency.
TRAIN A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT TURN FROM IT. Proverbs 22:6
St. Paul Lutheran School was organized in 1856 as a ministry of St. Paul Lutheran Church. In its more than 158 years dedicated to excellence in Christian education, the school has continued to grow into a school that serves a variety of backgrounds and church affiliations. St. Paul is committed to the support and nurture of families, relying on God’s promise to guide us in this rapidly changing and confusing world.
As an institution of St. Paul Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the school is under the overall control of the congregation Voter’s Assembly. The Christian Board of Education provides direct management and has the primary role of establishing school policy. The Principal is responsible for daily administration of the school operation and programs.
St. Paul Lutheran School is fully accredited by the Texas District School Accreditation Commission as well as by the National Lutheran School Accreditation Commission. The Texas Public School Accreditation Commission and the Texas Education Agency recognize and approve the accredited status of St. Paul Lutheran School.
It is the policy of St. Paul Lutheran School to admit any student without regard to race, color, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or physical handicap in the administered programs.
The racial nondiscriminatory policy in no way limits or restricts the established policy of St. Paul Lutheran School of limiting admission or giving preference to an applicant in one of the following areas.
A. An applicant who is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Serbin, Texas.
B. An applicant from any member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
or a child of a person who is a member of any such congregation.
C. An applicant from a congregation of a Lutheran Church Body other than the Missouri
Synod or the child of a person who is a member of such congregation.
Prior to enrollment of students, the school must receive the following items:
1. Birth Certificate (Copy)
2. Social Security Card (Copy)
3. Current Immunization Record (Copy)
4. Medical Release Form
5. Permanent record from previous school(s), if applicable.
Until these criteria have been met, the student’s enrollment will be conditional.
Children must be:
- five (5) years old on or before September 1 to enroll in KINDERGARTEN.
- six (6) years old on or before September 1 to enroll in FIRST GRADE.
Kindergarten is recommended for all students before enrolling in first grade.
- tested if they were home schooled during the previous year in order to determine
appropriate grade level placement.
All students enrolled agree to ALL policies and conditions set forth in the
Handbook of St. Paul Lutheran School.
Regular school attendance is essential for the students to make the most of his/her education—to benefit from teacher/student led activities, to build each day’s learning on that of the previous day, and to grow as an individual. It provides continuity of learning. When this continuity is interrupted by absences, the learning process is impaired. The following are excused absences.
1. Student illness
2. Family emergency (family member in hospital, serious illness that requires student to be present, etc.)
3. Dental or Doctor appoints that could not be scheduled outside of school hours
Upon returning to school, the student must have a written note from their parent/guardian or health care professional, in order to receive missed assignments. Students with excused absences will have one day for every day absent to complete assignments, unless arrangements are made with the classroom teacher.
When possible, contact the school and teacher(s) in writing prior to absence to obtain assignments in advance. These assignments including tests and projects are expected upon returning to school. Any changes to the given assignments are also the responsibility of the student.
A student absent for any reason is expected to make up all assignments and/or complete additional in-depth study. An “I” (incomplete) will be given for a six weeks period until work for absences or a zero has been given. Time for completion of the assignments shall not exceed the number of days absent without special principal permission
Students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. Parents of a student with a communicable or contagious disease should contact the school administration so that other students who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. (The list of diseases is subject to change.) These diseases include:
* Amebiasis * Hepatitis, Viral * Rubella (German Measles)
* Campylobacteriosis * Impetigo Including congenital
* Chicken pox * Infectious mononucleosis * Salmonellosis, including
* Common cold with fever * Influenza Typhoid fever
* Fifth Disease * Measles (Rubeola) * Scabies
(Erythema Infectiosum) * Meningitis, Bacterial * Shingellosis
* Gastroenteritis, Viral * Mumps * Streptococcal disease, invasive
* Giardiasis * Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) * Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
* Head Lice (Pediculosis) * Ringworm of the scalp * Whooping cough (Pertussis)
A written certificate from a physician will be required before readmission, if a student is ill with any of the following communicable diseases: Bacterial Meningitis, Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis), Polio, Diphtheria.
Students will be counted Tardy when they arrive in the classroom after 8:15 a.m. or 5 minutes following the arrival of the bus after 8:15 a.m. Being tardy three (3) times will mandate the teacher to contact the parent/guardian A student who is more than 30 minutes late is considered absent for half a day. Students who are not present during the school day (unless representing St. Paul, Serbin) shall be considered absent for no less than ½ a day and no more than a full day if missing for 51% of the school day. The parent/guardian must sign the student in and/or out in the school office.
Several awards are presented during the year and at the end of the school year. Some of the awards are as follows:
Any student in grades (First)-eight who maintains an “A” Average for a six weeks period will receive the Distinction Award. The student must have a 90% or higher in ALL subjects to qualify.
Any student in grades (First)-eight who has no more than 2 B's and No C's in all subjects will be placed on the Honor Roll.
Valedictorian & Salutatorian
An award of Valedictorian and Salutatorian may be granted each year. The eighth grade valedictorian and salutatorian are determined by averaging the percentage grades of each eighth grade student, beginning with the sixth grade year and concluding with the fifth six week grading period of their eighth grade year. These grades are only from the core subjects (Religion, Memory, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science,). The last six weeks midterm grade or grades from their fifth grade year may be used in the event of a tie.
In the event no student attains at least a 95% over the selected time period, the award may not be given.
Grades from other schools will not be used in calculating the grade point average. (If a student attends St. Paul – Serbin during the 6th & 8th grade years but not seventh, only those two years of grades will be used.) Only those students who attend our school during 6th or 7th and all of the eighth grade year are eligible for the valedictorian or salutatorian titles.
The top two students in the Eighth Grade will be selected as the class Valedictorian and Salutatorian with the Faculty and Board of Education approval and may be asked to address the audience at the Graduation Service. (Honor Students may be recognized for obtaining 95% or higher according to the above standards and serve as pledge leaders during the service.)
There are two classifications and criteria for these awards. The awards are given in 6th grade and in 8th grade.
Grade point average - 90% - 100% in grades 4-6 or grades 6-8
Scores of 85% or higher in the Total Reading or Total Math on the ITBS for the current school year.
Principal and Teacher recommendation due to the excellent effort of the student.
Grade point average – 90% - 100% in grades 4-6 or grades 6-8
Scores of 85% or higher on any test on the ITBS for the current school year.
Most Valuable Athlete
One boy and one girl in the seventh or eighth grade will be selected at the end of the year to receive the MVA award. These students will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership qualities, Christian sportsmanship and determination to improve their athletic talent. The Athletic Director, coaches, and Principal will select the recipients.
Most Improved Athlete
One boy and one girl in the fourth-sixth grade will be selected at the end of the school year to receive the award. This student will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership abilities, Christian sportsmanship, and determination to improve their athletic talents. The Athletic Director, coaches, and Principal will select the recipients.
Various other awards will be presented during the year by the classroom teachers and for special events and activities. Individual ribbons and/or team trophies are also presented during tournaments and Field-Day-Track meets.
Children should be encouraged to strive to achieve in all areas. POSITIVE reinforcement by the teachers, parents, and classmates are essential to the Christian Day School atmosphere.
All books and workbooks issued to the children are the property of St. Paul Lutheran School. These books must be covered at all times with book covers, wrapping paper, cloth, brown paper bags or other suitable covers. NO ADHESIVE MATERIALS may be used on hard covered textbooks. The individual workbooks do not need to be covered. Adhesive book covers may be used on individual workbooks to make them more durable.
Any damaged, lost, or abused books will be assessed a value by the Principal and charges paid to the school.
A list of required school supplies is published each year in early August.
St. Paul Lutheran School owns and operates its own busses. The routes and schedules are designated by the Board of Christian Education. Bus schedules will be available prior to the beginning of the school year and also at school registration. Parents should remind their child that proper behavior on the bus is extremely important for the safe operation of the bus and for the children themselves. Children should respect the drivers and show courtesy and restraint while on the bus, waiting for the bus, or getting on and off of the bus. Any disruptive behavior will be reported to the Principal who will issue a DISCIPLINE REPORT explaining the problem.
Parents, please read and discuss these rules with your children. It would also be very helpful to review these periodically throughout the year, especially with the younger children.
The following discipline policy is in force for all students who ride the school busses at any time for any reason. Sports activities should not affect bus schedules. Busses will follow their regular schedules.
1. FIRST OFFENSE – The school will notify the parent through a written DISCIPLINE
REPORT with the behavior problem listed. Verbal warning will be given by the Principal.
2. SECOND OFFENSE – The school will notify the parent through a written DISCIPLINE
REPORT with the behavior problem listed. Verbal warning will be given to the student by
the Principal. Three day suspension from riding the bus.
3. THIRD OFFENSE – The school will notify the parent through a written DISCIPLINE
REPORT with the behavior problem listed. Verbal warning will be given to the student by
the principal. Ten day suspension from riding the bus. The Board of Christian Education
will be notified.
4. FOURTH OFFENSE – The school will notify the parent through a written DISCIPLINE
REPORT with the behavior problem listed. Verbal warning will be given to the student by
the Principal. Thirty (30) day suspension from riding the bus. The Board of Christian
Education will be notified.
5. FIFTH OFFENSE – The school will notify the parent through a written DISCIPLINE
REPORT with the behavior problem listed. The student is suspended from riding the bus for
the remainder of the school year.
Attempts will be made to contact the parents in all cases.
Students are not to arrive at school prior to 7:15 a.m. and not to remain longer than fifteen (15) minutes after the ending of school and/or extracurricular activities. St. Paul Lutheran School will not be responsible for supervision prior to 7:15 a.m. or after the 15 minute post school time. Parents should make alternate arrangements when extended time is needed. Students remaining after school to support sporting events are expected to watch the games and remain in the designated area.
In order to have a more Christ-like classroom and school, the following code of conduct has been adopted which all students are expected to follow:
** Violating either of these two items will result in immediate minimum one day suspension from school.
A special course on Christian Doctrine is taught to the seventh and eighth grade by the Pastor each day during the religion period. This course prepares the pupils for communicant membership through the Rite of Confirmation. Though students may be excused from being confirmed in the Lutheran Church, ALL are required to take this course and complete the prescribed work.
Parents are encouraged to contact the TEACHERS whenever there is a question or concern about their child. If for some reason, the concern is not satisfactorily resolved between the parents and the teacher, it should be brought to the PRINCIPAL’S attention.
A REQUIRED CONSULTATION PERIOD is scheduled early in the first semester per the school calendar between the parents and the teacher. For those parents needing to further discuss their child's progress, appointments can be made by contacting the child's teacher.
Students, parents, teachers, and administrators at St. Paul are encouraged to work in partnership toward the common goal of excellence in Christian education. This requires a climate of respect, understanding, and tolerance. When questions or conflicts arise, they should be addressed courteously and directly with the individual involved. The Biblical directive for conflict resolution at St. Paul Lutheran School is found in Matthew 18: 15 – 17.
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
It is clear from Scripture that a parent is to discuss concerns regarding a teacher’s decision or actions directly with the teacher. Other people should not be involved and the parent should avoid making negative comments to the student. The following steps should be followed for any grievance or matter of concern at St. Paul Lutheran School:
Step 1: Parent and Teacher Conference
Step 2: Parent and Principal Conference
Step 3: Appeal to the Board of Christian Education
Children are one of the most precious gifts we receive from the Lord. It is our responsibility as Christian adults to care for them physically, emotionally, and spiritually, to the best of our God-given ability. To do anything less is to deny them a life filled, with the blessing of the Lord.
Emotional Abuse: any mental or emotional injury to a child, or a substantial risk to such a child, inflicted through act or omission by a person responsible for a child's care, custody, or welfare that results in an impairment in the child's growth, development, or psychological functioning.
Physical Abuse: any physical injury, or threat of such injury, inflicted on a child by a person charged with the custody and responsibility of caring for the child, or their welfare, by means other than accidental means and under circumstances where the child would be exposed to a substantial risk of harm. This also includes the failure by a person responsible for the child's care, custody, or welfare to make reasonable efforts to stop an action by another, which results in injury to the child or exposure to a substantial risk of harm.
Physical abuse does not include reasonable discipline administered by a parent, guardian, or other person charged with caring for the child unless such action would expose the child to potential risk of harm.
Sexual Abuse: incest, rape, sexual molestation, or any other sexually oriented act or practice inflicted on or intentionally practiced in the presence of or shown to a child by a person responsible for the child's care, custody, or welfare.
Sexual abuse includes the failure by a person responsible for the child's care, custody or welfare to make reasonable efforts to stop such actions by another person which results in sexual abuse of the child or exposure to a substantial risk.
Neglectful Supervision: placing, leaving, or allowing a child to be in circumstances which require judgment beyond the child's level of maturity, physical condition or mental abilities, by a person responsible for the child's care, custody, or welfare and which results in bodily injury or a substantial risk or harm.
Medical Neglect: the failure by a person responsible for the child's care, custody, or welfare to seek, obtain, or follow through with medical care for the child which results in death, disfigurement, bodily injury or material impairment to growth, development or functioning of the child, or a substantial risk thereof.
Physical Neglect: the failure by a person responsible for a child's care, custody, or welfare to provide the child with food, clothing, or shelter necessary for the life, health, growth, or development of the child.
Texas Law requires an individual to make a verbal report to the Department of Human Services (DHS) or law enforcement agency immediately upon learning of - or suspecting - the likelihood of - abuse or neglect. Professionals must report within 48 hours.
Any person responsible for a child's care, custody, or welfare: includes a parent, guardian, managing or possessory conservator, foster parent, school personnel family or members of a household as defined in Title 4 of the Texas Family Code, or employee or volunteer of a public or private child care facility or residential institution, or employee or volunteer of any place which for all or part of a day provides child care for a child or children.
Admittedly, child abuse cannot be prevented by teachers or the school. The cause may be rooted in previous generations of abusive families. In those cases where child abuse can be prevented, the rewards are great. Since abusers were often abused as children, not only current students, but also future generations are spared the agony of abuse.
Teachers are important to students and their families. They have the potential to make a difference through individual contacts, school contacts, and parent-teacher organizations.
The staff of St. Paul Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center stand ready to speak on an individual basis with parents who wish to seek answers not only to their child's academic difficulties, but also answers to their personal problems such as: getting their feelings under control handling stress in a non-violent manner, building a self-image which does not need violence to support it, and relating to their children in a more loving way. God willing, any difficulties that might lead to any of the abuses mentioned at the beginning can be contained without them escalating to a more serious level.
Teachers shall be required to report to the principal any suspected abuse cases. A joint decision will be made as to the seriousness of the abuse. The principal shall make the initial contact with the authorities. In the event that the principal does not make the initial contact with the authorities, the teacher initiating the report shall have authority to call in the report. All teachers are required by state law to report possible cases of abuse to the proper authorities. Abuse case reporting shall be held in the strictest of confidence and no staff member shall openly discuss such reporting with anyone outside of the staff. Failure to report possible cases could result in the loss of state certification of the teacher. Legal action may also be taken against those staff members who are aware of the possible abuse but fail to take the necessary steps. The principal and teacher(s) involved shall be totally supported by the other staff members in their decision to report suspected cases of abuse. In all cases, reports will be made out of Christian love and concern for the child and the family.
If the abuse is very evident, immediate attention will be given for urgent problems such as physical injury, malnutrition, or serious neglect. The medical release signed by the parents at enrollment time gives the school the authority to seek treatment for the physical injuries.
Support services are available to anyone who feels they may be causing problems that could and may be termed abusive.
We pray that our Lord would guide parents and guardians as they bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
St. Paul Lutheran School is proud of its record for academic excellence. A complete and up-to-date curriculum has been developed and is maintained through a regular schedule of review. Textbooks, workbooks and technological means may be used in subject areas to present the materials required in the course of study prescribed for each grade level.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are taught in each grade and supplemented through the use of various educational aids.
Subjects taught may include: Religion, Language Arts (English, grammar, handwriting, phonics, reading, spelling), Math, Social Studies, Science/Health, Physical Education, Music (vocal & theory), Computer Literacy, Art and Art Appreciation.
At times a dual grade classroom learning experience is used, which combines grade levels in the same room such as third with fourth. Periodic field trips and assemblies are used to provide additional learning experiences. The majority of the subjects are taught by the classroom teacher with some departmental instruction incorporated.
The LOVE of Jesus teaches us the manner in which we should behave. All students are expected to obey their teachers, and all staff personnel, showing respect for them and providing a good example for their fellow students. The Board of Christian Education wishes to make known to all parents and children that they totally support the teachers of St. Paul Lutheran School in allowing them to maintain orderly conduct in the school. It is the Board's position that the students attending St. Paul Lutheran School are privileged to have the opportunity of a Christian Education. By enrolling children in St. Paul Lutheran School, parents give permission to the school to administer discipline.
Parents and Principal will be notified by way of a DISCIPLINE REPORT whenever there has been a behavior problem with their child. The report will detail the problem, and the punishment administered. The bottom portion of the report must be completed, signed, and returned the next day. The teacher will contact the parents if it is not returned.
Parents are encouraged to discuss problems with the teacher, as a source of mutual help and understanding. Emphasis should at all times be placed on the welfare of the child and their education.
The teachers will encourage and even specifically tell the children to tell their parents what happened in school. When children have been disciplined, they will be expected to explain the incident to their parents.
Steps to be taken in administering the Discipline Policy:
A. Matters of every day classroom and playground management will be handled by the
faculty with the child or children involved.
B. If a child's negative behavior persists, the matter will be discussed with the parents.
C. Methods of discipline which will be used by the teachers are: removal from the classroom
or activity, denial of privileges such as not participating in activities, in-house suspension, detention, and corporal punishment. The method of discipline will depend upon the offense. These methods of discipline will be implemented when the child is disobeying the rules and regulations that are set by the teacher and the school. They will be implemented in a positive manner to bring about positive results from the child.
D. If the above methods of discipline do not change the child's behavior pattern, the parents will be invited to meet with the Principal and the teacher. If a solution or change is not evident, the child will be suspended from school.
E. A child may be suspended from school for a period of up to three days upon the discretion of the Principal and the Board of Christian Education will be notified. If the child's negative behavior continues, the Board of Christian Education may expel the child from school.
F. Corporal punishment will be administered in the following manner:
1. Corporal punishment must be administered in the Principal's office or in private with an adult present.
2. Corporal punishment will only be administered to the buttocks of the student.
3. Each administering of corporal punishment will be a matter of record and placed in the child's folder.
Library - Each classroom contains several library and reference aides. In addition, St. Paul Lutheran School has a Resource Library. Books may be checked out by any student or member of St. Paul for a period of one week.
Audio-Visual– St. Paul Lutheran School uses a variety of audio-visual aids and technology as an integral part of the curriculum. St. Paul utilizes SMART BOARDS®, projectors, maps, globes, charts, and other educational materials which are provided for classroom use.
Computers- St. Paul uses computers for the instruction of computer literacy. These computers are available in the lab for instructional use by the teachers and students. Chromebook* Technology Curriculum is used in the upper grades (see also Electronic Use Policy and Laptop Code of Conduct attachment). Internet is available under Faculty supervision.
The students of St. Paul Lutheran School are considered as Christian young people. As such, the teachers expect the students to dress modestly according to the dictates of good taste.
The Dress Code applies to fieldtrips, after school activities and other school sponsored events, unless permission has been granted by the administration. Any student wearing questionable clothing not acceptable shall be required to change into proper clothing before entering the classroom. Questionable dress will be addressed by the classroom teacher or principal.
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL PROHIBITS ANY DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS THAT THE PRINCIPAL OR DESIGNEE REASONABLY BELIEVES WILL INTERFERE WITH INSTRUCTION OR CAUSE DISRUPTION OF THE NORMAL SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. THE FINAL DECISION IS LEFT UP TO THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT OF THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL.
All phones and other electronic devices are prohibited during school hours without staff approval. Loss or damage to these devices are the responsibility of the owner of the device. These devices must remain in the owners back pack or locker.
When an electronic device is confiscated, the parent/guardian must come claim the device from the school office at a cost of $15 from this owner. This fee will continue for each offense through the entire school year.
The purpose of this agreement is to outline the rules for using computers, laptops, the local area network and the internet at St. Paul Lutheran School. Internet access is available to the students, teachers and staff. The use of the network and the internet are important to prepare students for our present and future. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in our school.
With the access to computers and people all over the world, also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in a school setting. It is difficult to monitor all material; however, the staff at St. Paul Lutheran School will help determine what sites are the students are to navigate along with a currently installed firewall per our provider that will continuously supervise search engines and sites from the internet.
Local area network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files to insure system integrity and insure that students are using the system responsibly. Students should not expect that files stored on the server, hard drive, or flash drives as private.
The use of the internet is a privilege, not a right, and access entails responsibility. Inappropriate use of the internet may result in the cancellation of those privileges for those individuals. The faculty will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate material. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance when using the internet. Parents shall not hold St. Paul Lutheran School liable if their child(ren) reads, view, or hears objectionable material.
The students of St. Paul Lutheran School are expected to abide by the accepted rules of network etiquette. These included but are not limited to the following:
In case of an injury during school hours, the parents/guardians of the injured student will be notified, or alternate procedures will be followed according to the parents' instructions. A Release Form is kept on file for each child to aid the school in seeking proper medical help.
All new students and those in Kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades will be screened for vision and hearing by the school. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also have scoliosis screening. Additional immunizations, boosters, screenings, etc., will be required or performed as needed to meet state guidelines and requirements.
To claim exclusion for reasons of conscience including a religious belief, a signed affidavit must be obtained from the Texas Department of Health, Immunization Division in Austin and presented to the School Office. The affidavit will be valid for a two-year period.
If a child is sick, or is exhibiting signs of illness, they should not be allowed to attend school. A child may be sent home at the teacher's discretion. Any communicable sickness should be reported to the Principal as soon as they are confirmed by a doctor. A list of communicable disease is located in the ATTENDANCE POLICY.
Medications may be sent to school for the school secretary or, in her absence, a designated staff member, to give to students. Teachers do not dispense medication.
For the safety of our students, the school staff will follow strict policies and procedures for administration of medication. No medication is supplied by the school. Medication purchased in a foreign country will not be given. All prescription and non-prescription medication must be kept in the school office and must be registered with the secretary when a student arrives at school. A medication permission slip (either over the counter or prescription) must be completed by the parent and turned in along with the medication before it can be dispensed. These forms are available in the school office, in the back of this handbook and on the school website. (Please feel free to make copies.)
Please note that prescription medications also require the authorized signature of the prescribing physician.
Prescription medication may only be administered when a signed Prescription Medication Form with complete dosage instructions has been received from the prescribing physician or dentist licensed to practice in the United States. Prescription medication must be provided by the parent/guardian in the original container appropriately labeled with the name of the student, name of the medication, and complete dosage instructions. In cases of repeated daily doses, parents are responsible for providing a one week supply, picking up the empty container at the end of the week, and returning the container with following weeks dosage to the school office.
Non-prescription medication may be administered when a signed Over-the-Counter Medication Form with dosage instructions written specifically for your child has been received from a parent/guardian. All over-the-counter medications must be FDA-approved and must be in the original container. Only the dosage indicated on the container will be given. If there is not an age-appropriate dosage on the container, then you must have a physician complete a Prescription Medication Form with dosage instructions in order for the medication to be given.
These procedures have been implemented with the safety and protection of the students in mind. Parents are encouraged to work with the school staff to minimize any inconvenience.
All medicines (prescription or not) must be turned into the school office, if it is brought to school. If medication is to be given to the child, it must be in its properly labeled container with a signed and dated note from the parent/guardian stating:
1. To whom the medication is to be administered,
2. The quantity that must be administered,
3. The date and time it is to be given.
NO OTHER MEDICATION WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS!!
St. Paul Lutheran School does not carry health insurance covering its students. However, contact the school office at the beginning of the school year and you will be directed where this coverage can be obtained. The congregation does carry accident insurance.
A hot lunch is served every day. The cost of the meal includes a drink. Lunches will be paid for in advance. When your lunch account goes negative you will receive a notice to replenish your account. Once your account is one week over drawn, -$17.50 per child, lunches will no longer be provided. However, a peanut butter sandwich and water will be provided to students with no lunch. Menus will be published monthly. Parents or others may volunteer at any time. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.
The lunch periods are established by the staff and published in the daily schedules. Lunches should be brought to school by the children in the morning, to avoid disrupting the class during the day. All students may purchase milk or juice daily. The school will not be responsible for refrigerating or heating lunches brought from home.
Music is an important part of our worship lives and therefore takes a major role in the education of the children at St. Paul Lutheran School. A music period is scheduled weekly. Students perform periodically in the worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church and it is expected that the children attend church, especially at these times.
All absences must be excused in writing. All the children are also expected to participate in the Christmas Eve Service and in the School Closing Program.
The pupils are given opportunities during the day in school to complete the majority of the class assignments. When for some reason the student has permitted a large amount of homework to become due together, the parents should contact the teacher to work out an alternate schedule if possible. All assignments must be completed to receive credit.
Parents should check their child's work regularly for the benefit of the child. Homework is vital in developing skills of reliability, independence, and punctuality. Parents should encourage and help their children to prepare their assignments properly and neatly. If there are ever any questions about a certain assignment or a problem which needs further attention, you are always welcome to call the teacher at home or before or after school hours, which are 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Late homework will be penalized according to school policy.
Report Cards are issued each six-week period, as listed on the School Calendar. The reports should be reviewed carefully by the parents with the child, and any questions referred to the teacher.
All grades are determined by the following Grading Policy established by the Board of Christian Education:
The following policy will be in effect for grades ONE- FOUR.
Grades are determined by averaging:
Daily Grades 70% Test Grades 30%
A = 90 - 100 (A+ = 100 A- = 90-92)
B = 80 - 89 (B+ = 87-89 B- = 80-82)
C = 70 - 79 (C+ = 77-79 C- = 70-72)
F = 69% or below
I = Incomplete, no credit given until work is completed.
The following policy will be in effect for grades FIVE- EIGHT.
Grades are determined by averaging:
Daily Grades 60% Test Grades 40%
A = 90 - 100 (A+ = 100 A- = 90-92)
B = 80 - 89 (B+ = 87-89 B- = 80-82)
C = 70 - 79 (C+ = 77-79 C- = 70-72)
F = 69% or below
I = Incomplete, no credit given until work is completed.
In the instance where no Test Grades are given, grades will be determined solely by the Daily Grade.
Kindergarten Progress Reports
PROGRESS REPORTS for Kindergarten are in the form of a check list, and are determined by observation and evaluation. Some subjects taught (i.e., Music, P.E., Art, Handwriting ...) are also evaluated by observation rather than percentages in the grades.
To qualify for Pre-Algebra in the 7th grade, a 6th grade math student must successfully obtain 2 of the 3 following requirements.
Pre-registration for the Fall Term is held during early May. A yearly registration fee is charged for each pupil and is payable in full by June 1. Tuition is also charged for all students. There is a member tuition rate and a non-member tuition rate. Area Lutheran congregations also subsidize the tuition fees for their member children. These rates change from year to year. There are additional fees for Bus Service and the Lunch program.
It is understood that, while, St. Paul Lutheran School is a ministry to children and their families, operating expenses must be met. St. Paul expects parents to partner with the school in achieving the mission and goals of the school. It is therefore expected that families will treat their financial obligations to the school seriously. Families who fall behind in their financial obligations are asked to contact the Principal as soon as a problem arises. The sooner a financial is addressed, the greater the likelihood of resolving it amicably. Prayerful consideration will be given to extenuating circumstances. In some cases, students may be eligible for full or partial aid. Parents are encouraged to ensure that their financial obligations are met in a timely manner.
St. Paul Lutheran Church does not want to deny a Christian Education to any child because of inability to pay the tuition either completely or partially. As a result, a program of scholarship assistance has been established for our Day School students. Tuition Assistance Forms are available in the school office.
In order for a family to receive tuition assistance, the parent(S) and /or Guardian must complete a Tuition Assistance Application and submit the application, with a copy of that year’s tax return, to the school office by the end of May. All applications and inquiries should be made with the Principal.
After the May deadline The Principal and two congregation members appointed by the Principal will review the application. A meeting will be scheduled with the applicant to discuss their specific needs and determine a reasonable amount of tuition to be paid, with the balance owed coming from donations made to the St. Paul Tuition Assistance Fund.
St. Paul Lutheran Church has been very reasonable and loving in considering tuition assistance.
There is no financial assistance offered for Registration Fee, Lunches and Bus Services since these are self-supporting programs.
All forms and applications will be kept by the principal and remain confidential.
The principal, after completing the interview process, will enter the agreed monthly amount into the RENWEB financial system.
The principal will regularly report to the BCE the total number of students on Tuition Assistance and the total amount that will need to come from the fund.
The balance will be annually transferred from the Tuition Assistance Fund to the School Fund.
Names of students and families receiving tuition assistance are to remain confidential.
Retention is a serious matter which must be done only after very careful study by school personnel and parents. Each student must be carefully reviewed and retention must be decided upon its own merits.
The various subjects under the heading of RELIGION are the heart of the Christian Day School curriculum. Bible history, Catechism, Memory, and reading from the Bible are all part of the Religion curriculum.
In application of the many truths learned in the study of religion, opportunities for worship are provided. Daily worship, in the form of Opening and Closing Devotions, is conducted by the teachers and students in their classrooms each day. A Wednesday morning chapel service is conducted by the Pastor each week in the Church. Offerings received at the Chapel Service are designated for special projects of mission within the Missouri Synod. The Chapel Offerings are an example of Stewardship and Love for God.
In keeping with Lord's command: "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy," families are expected to attend church services and Sunday school. Sunday Church attendance and Sunday school attendance is recorded each week and appears as part of the record on the Report Card.
Parents and visitors are ALWAYS WELCOME to attend the Wednesday Morning Chapel and Sunday Morning worship at St. Paul which begins at 8:30 a.m.
St. Paul Lutheran School participates in seasonal sports and activities of Volleyball, Flag Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Soccer, Softball and Cheerleading. Participation is voluntary. We encourage all students in grades 5th through 8th to participate as long as they maintain the eligibility requirements.
A 70% AVERAGE IN EACH SUBJECT must be maintained to be eligible to participate in any extra-curricular event or group sponsored by the school (excluding choirs). Ineligibility includes games and practices.
Those students who are failing at the end of the six weeks period will be ineligible beginning on the day the Report Card is issued and until the mid-six weeks report is issued.
Those students who are failing at the end of the six weeks period will be ineligible beginning on the day the Report Card is issued. If all of a student’s averages are 70% or higher at the mid-six weeks, the eligibility is reinstated.
If any average is below 70%, ineligibility continues until the next Report Card.
A complete and cumulative record for all subjects taught is kept on file for each student. In addition to regular subject matter, Achievement Tests are administered each year. Accurate results and records are maintained on file in the school office.
Custodial parents are welcome to visit the school. For the safety and protection of everyone on the St. Paul campus, parents and other visitors are asked to sign in at the welcome center. Parents who wish to observe their child’s class or conference with a teacher or administrator should make an appointment in advance with his/her teacher.
A non-custodial parent, unless restricted by a court order, will be allowed access to all student records, report cards, and disciplinary action reports. The parent will also be permitted to participate in conferences and other routine school activities, involving parents, unless restricted by court order.
The non-custodial parent is the parent who has neither the right to designate the child’s residence nor the right to receive child support under the divorce decree or court order. St. Paul reserves the right to make the decision as to who is non-custodial for purposes of this policy.
The non-custodial parent may not visit the student on campus during the school day nor may the student be released to the non-custodial parent without written permission from the custodial parent. A certified copy of the court order restricting the rights of the non-custodial parent must be provided to the school office if the custodial parent wishes to prohibit the distribution of information to or restrict school visitations by the non-custodial parent. A student may, however, be released to the non-custodial parent if the decree specifies that visits begin at the time school is released, but only on days of possession.
St. Paul Lutheran School and the Early Childhood Center will follow Giddings Independent School District concerning any school closing because of weather / road conditions.
We value the safety of our school families. If inclement weather in your locality prevents you from attending school safely such absences will not be counted against perfect attendance and will be excused for the purpose of makeup work.
Upon withdrawal from St. Paul Lutheran School the following must be met:
2. All textbooks, workbooks, library books, and uniforms must be returned to the principal in good condition.
3. Students will be charged for missing and/or damaged property.
4. Written request for transfer of records from the new school.
Until all property of the school is returned and fines have been paid, student records will not be released to the new school.
Revised 10/ 2016