Section 1 – Introduction
Mission of Bishop Chatard High School
To Provide a Catholic Education
The School Coat of Arms
The School Cross and Miter
The School Motto
School Fight Song
Section 2 – Admissions
Admissions Preference Policy
Transfer Student Admission Policy
Section 3: Academics
Summa Cum Laude Distinction
Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Courses
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Add/Drop Course Policy
PowerSchool/Progress Report Nights
Academic Support Program
Section 4 - Campus Ministry
The Service Program
Service and Outreach Defined
‘Service’ versus ‘Outreach’ Examples
Information Regarding Service Hours
Where To Go For Help
Due Date For All Service Hours
Recognizing “Above and Beyond” Service
Section 5 – Guidance and Counseling
Section 6 – Attendance Information
How to Report an Absence
Late to School
Tardy to Class
Absences and Extracurriculars
Student’s Illness or Incapacity to Attend School
Section 7 – Student Life Substance Abuse Policy
Drug and Alcohol Use
2nd Offense: (No self-report available)
3rd Offense: (No self-report available)
Section 8 – Random Hair Follicle Testing Policy
Testing for Drug Usage
Drug Testing Method
Notification of Test Results
False Positive Results
Section 9 – Student Behavior & Code of Conduct
Minor Violations - Category I Offenses
Serious Violations - Category II Offenses
Major Violations - Category III Offenses
Cheating – Plagiarism (1)
Living Outside the Parents’ Home – Cohabitation
Academic & Discipline Review Board
Threat Assessment Team
After-School Detention (ASD)
Friday Night School (FNS)
In-School Suspension (ISS)
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)
Appeal of Dismissal
Readmission to the School
Section 10 – Athletic Code of Conduct
Section 11 - Uniform Dress Code Policy
The Bishop Chatard School Uniform
Dress Code Specifications for School Dress-Up Days
School-Sponsored/Spirit Day Events
Section 12 – General School Information
Car Searches and Personal Belonging Searches
Search by Police Dogs
Cars and Parking
Lost and Found
Visits and Visitors
Accidents – Injuries During School
Parental Release of Photographs for Media Use
Cancellation of School
Seclusion and Restraint
Section 13 – Technology: Responsible Use Policy (RUP)
School is NOT responsible
Irresponsible Use – Students prohibitions
Cell Phone Policy
The student handbook is intended to serve as a guide to help students and their families learn about programs and opportunities at Bishop Chatard High School as well as to set forth basic expectations for students. It is the expectation of Bishop Chatard High School that students and families take time to familiarize themselves with the contents of the handbook. We are hopeful that the handbook will answer many questions students and families may have about academics, athletics, cafeteria service, transportation, community involvement, health, safety, conduct and other day-to-day aspects of school life.
No set of rules or guidelines can cover every conceivable situation that may arise. The rules, policies and procedures set forth in the student handbook are intended to apply under normal circumstances. From time to time there may be situations that require immediate or nonstandard responses. This handbook does not limit the authority of the administration of Bishop Chatard High School to deviate from the rules and procedures set forth in the student handbook. The administration reserves the right to handle individual circumstances as they arise in the manner it deems most appropriate, taking into consideration the best interests and safety of the school, its faculty, staff, students and the overall school community.
These policies, guidelines and rules may be revised or updated periodically, without notice, throughout the school year. Routine updates will be posted online as they occur. If a major policy, guideline or rule revision is made, it will be communicated by email to all parents and students. If parents or students have questions about information contained in the handbook, they may contact the school to speak with the Principal or Vice Principals.
The purpose of these regulations is to achieve the following:
• Foster the health, safety, social and emotional well-being of students
• Support the establishment and maintenance of a civil, safe, secure, supportive and disciplined school environment conducive to the development of the whole person
• Promote the achievement of high academic standards
• Prevent the occurrence of problem behaviors
• Establish parameters for school responses to violations of the student code of conduct that take into account, at a minimum, the severity of the offenses, the developmental ages of the student offenders, and each student’s history of inappropriate behaviors
• Promote responsibility and school citizenship of students
• To communicate to students about appropriate behavior and citizenship in society.
The mission of Bishop Chatard High School, a dynamic educational environment for young men and women with different life experiences, is directed to the success of each student, focused on the growth of the whole person, and modeled on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
Bishop Chatard High School prepares students for a life-long commitment to faith, learning, leadership and service.
To achieve the mission of Catholic Education as stated by the United States Catholic Bishops (1972) “To Teach As Jesus,” the school strives to provide a comprehensive religious program. Read the National Standards and Benchmarks for Catholic Schools for further information.
Bishop Chatard High School respects the personal conscience of individual students and their families. The Catholic Church recognizes this freedom. However, as a Catholic school it cannot relinquish its own freedom to proclaim the Gospel and to offer a formation based on the teachings of the Catholic faith and the values to be found in Christian education. All students are expected to participate in religious instruction and Catholic formations, including Christian service, offered at the school, except those that are intended only for Catholics (e.g., reception of the sacraments).
The school crest is our coat of arms based on symbols that represent the four foundational principles of the mission of Bishop Chatard High School – Faith, Learning, Leadership and Service.
The cross and miter consists of a Benedictine Cross that symbolizes Bishop Chatard’s continuous staffing by the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Beech Grove and a miter for Bishop Silas Chatard.
FESTINA LENTE, is Latin for Saint Paul’s plea: “Make haste, slowly,” meaning that we hurry to join our Lord, but we take the time to live our lives well.
Cheer to her name
Hail to victory
Trojans we will be. Rah! Rah! Rah!
Active and game
Ready to fight
Defending her colors, three cheers for the blue and white. Fight!
Here's to Chatard our Alma Mater
Proud are we of her sons and daughters
Loyal and true we'll always be
Standing as Christians for all to see.
Laud and Glory we give to you
Heralding your colors of white and blue.
All through our life we'll always guard
Our love of dear Chatard
Our love of dear Chatard!
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Bishop Chatard accepts students provided that:
Bishop Chatard accepts transfer students provided that:
Admissions Preference Policy – Enrollment Priorities & Voucher/Tax Credit Scholarship
This policy proposed herein shall serve as an amendment to the North Deanery Board of
Education Policy adopted in 1987 and amended by the Bishop Chatard High School Board of Regents in 1999, June of 2011, March of 2012, and October of 2016.
Each year, prior to the registration process for incoming freshman students, the Board of
Regents shall, with the recommendation of the school administration, set the maximum
enrollment for each of the four classes for the succeeding school year. In the event that
registration for any particular class exceeds the maximum enrollment number established by the board, the Admission Preference Priorities will be implemented. These are as follows:
Admission Preference Priorities:
1st Returning Students
2nd Catholics who are participating members of a North Deanery Catholic parish and have attended the parish elementary school for no less than the sixth, seventh and eighth grades unless they moved into the Indianapolis area during those three years. Participation is defined by each parish.
3rd Catholics who are participating members of a North Deanery Catholic parish and have attended the parish elementary school for less than the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Participation is defined by each parish.
4th Non-Catholic students who have attended North Deanery Catholic elementary schools for no less than the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades unless they moved into the Indianapolis area during those three years.
5th Catholics who are participating members of a parish of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis outside of the North Deanery or in the Diocese of Lafayette.
6th Non-Catholics who have not attended a Catholic elementary school.
All students seeking admission must register by the published registration deadline to be
eligible for acceptance under the priorities listed above. If the number of first, second, and third category students, who registered prior to the deadline, exceeds the maximum enrollment numbers, the school will make all reasonable efforts to admit all qualifying North Deanery Catholic students. No students from the remaining preference categories would be admitted.
In the event that the number of students from the first, second and third categories does
not meet the maximum enrollment number and the number of applicants from the fourth,
fifth, and sixth admission categories, who registered before the deadline, causes the
maximum enrollment number to be exceeded, the Admission Preference Priorities will be
implemented as stated above. If, within any of the Admission Preference Priority
categories, there are more applicants than seats available, there will be a lottery
conducted to determine which students within the given Admission Preference Priority
category will be admitted.
In the event that the maximum enrollment number has not been met by students from all
the admission preference categories, all registrations received subsequent to the
registration deadline will be considered in order of receipt of registration (with no
preference accorded as above) and space available in the grade level.
Each year it is anticipated that some non-North Deanery Catholic students, who have
registered before the published deadline, will qualify for a school choice voucher and/or tax
credit scholarship. If Bishop Chatard has established a maximum for voucher/tax credit
scholarship seats in a particular class and, in the event that there are more voucher/tax
credit scholarship applicants than voucher/tax credit scholarship seats available,
acceptance of these grants as payment toward the student’s tuition obligation will be
determined as follows:
Voucher/tax credit scholarship applicants, who fall in the fourth, fifth or sixth category, will be placed in a lottery. The lottery will take place within one week after the posted registration deadline. Those selected will be permitted to apply the voucher/tax credit scholarship grant toward their tuition obligation. Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the event that selected voucher/tax credit scholarship applicants decline acceptance to the school or that the school chooses to increase the maximum number of voucher/tax credit scholarship seats available. In this event, the remaining voucher/tax credit scholarship seats will be filled in the order of registration.
Students who qualify for a school choice voucher and/or tax credit scholarship and have
registered after the published registration deadline, will be accepted based on a first-come first-served basis so long as there are still voucher/tax credit scholarship seats available.
Each student receiving a state voucher/tax credit scholarship, who wishes to receive
additional financial aid from the school, must apply for such aid through the financial aid
process utilized by the school at that time. The financial aid awards granted by the school
to students who received a voucher for the school year will be revisited each succeeding
year. Consideration will be given to these families’ changing financial situations and the
school’s available resources for that same school year.
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Bishop Chatard High School operates on a flexible schedule, which incorporates a traditional seven-period day into 60-minute blocks of time, with each class having four periods per week.
We offer nearly 140 different courses, including general and honors courses, 20 AP courses, five dual credit courses and academic support for students with special needs. On completion of the required courses, Bishop Chatard students can earn one of two different diplomas:
In order to receive a diploma from Bishop Chatard High School, a student must:
Students may opt out of the Core 40 requirements and receive a general Indiana diploma, but only with an approval and recommendation from a parent/student/counselor conference.
Core 40 Diploma
Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma
8 credits or 2 for each school year in attendance at BCHS
8 credits or 2 for each school year in attendance at BCHS
8 credits: English, Literature, Composition
8 credits: English, Literature, Composition
6-8 credits: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Students must take a math course each year.
8-10 credits: Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Students must take a math course each year.
6 credits: 2 Biology; 2 Chemistry, Physics or Integrated Chemistry-Physics; and 2 additional credits from any Core 40 science course.
6 credits: 2 Biology; 2 Chemistry, Physics or Integrated Chemistry-Physics, and 2 additional credits from any Core 40 science course.
6 credits: 2 U.S. History, 2 Government/Economics, and 2 World History or 2 World Geography/History of the World.
6 credits: 2 U.S. History, 2 Government/Economics, and 2 World History or 2 World Geography/History of the World.
5 credits total
8 credits total
World Language: 6-8 credits in 1 language or 4 credits each in 2 different languages
48 credits minimum
55 credits minimum
GPA of 3.0 or above
No semester grade below C-
Students must complete ONE of the following:
Selected members of each graduating class will be invited to participate in the Summa Cum Laude program. This academic program of studies is open to students who have achieved a cumulative 3.85 GPA by the end of their freshman year. Students will be invited to apply at the beginning of their sophomore year and must achieve a 4.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the sophomore year in order to continue. This program is designed to challenge students who desire a more rigorous course of studies than the one provided by the state’s academic honors diploma. Interested students should talk to their counselor regarding eligibility requirements or visit the BCHS website for instructions on how to apply.
Students who participate in athletics and/or extracurricular activities must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the end of each quarter to fully participate in extracurriculars. A student will regain eligibility at the end of the next quarter if the student’s GPA is above a 2.0. Read the full academic eligibility policy Academic Eligibility Standard in Section 10: Athletic Code of Conduct.
The honors program is designed to meet the needs of students who are willing to challenge themselves in order to achieve higher academic goals. At the level of honors courses, students have the opportunity to do college-level study in many subjects. Students are selected for admission to honors courses on the basis of aptitude, motivation, teacher recommendations and prior evidence of academic achievement.
Honors courses are weighted courses, which mean that a grade achieved in an honors course has a higher grade point attached to it than that of a regular course. This "weighting" recognizes that much more is expected from the student. The weighted average is then used in the calculation of the GPA. Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and ACP core dual credit courses receive a weighted grade.
Students enrolled in an AP course are required to take the AP exam in the spring. Only seniors enrolled in four or more AP classes are allowed to opt out of an AP exam. Seniors who opt out still must take at least three of the exams. AP exam scores range from 1 through 5, and students who receive a 3 or higher may receive college credit.
Dual credit courses are available and are taught by BCHS high school teachers, but they are based on the curriculum of the university awarding the college credit. Students who successfully complete a dual credit course will receive high school credit as well as college credit. Students are beginning a college transcript with dual credit courses.
The GPA is a cumulative average of the previous semesters. All courses taken at Bishop Chatard, except driver's education, are included in the GPA. All credits earned in night school or summer school for credit recovery are also included in the student GPA. Students who transfer from other schools are given grade points on the basis of how those courses transfer into the Bishop Chatard grading scale and attempted credits.
NOTE: The course semester grade is calculated based on 40% of quarter 1, 40% of quarter 2, and 20% of the semester exam. The same calculation is used with quarters 3 & 4 to determine the second semester grade.
Bishop Chatard High School does not publish or release class rank. The valedictorian and salutatorian, along with the top 10% of each class, will continue to be recognized after the first semester of senior year (seventh semester, cumulatively).
Grade points are the basis for computation of the honor roll. The quarter honor roll is computed on the basis of the course work for that nine weeks' grading period only. For a student to be eligible for the honor roll, he or she may not have received any grade lower than a C. The honor roll is published each quarter and is computed in the following manner:
Principal’s Honor Roll: GPA 4.00 - 4.00+ (All A’s)
First Honors: GPA 3.50 - 4.00+ (All A's and B's)
Second Honors: GPA 3.00 - 4.00+ (All A's, B's and C's)
*All courses, with the exception of driver's education, are included in the calculation of the honor roll.
Students who fail a required course at Bishop Chatard are required to make up that credit in an approved summer school program. Grades for courses taken in summer school are calculated into the student’s GPA. Summer school classes may make up no more than two failures in any given summer. The grade earned will not replace the original Bishop Chatard grade on the student transcript.
If a student fails the first semester course in math, world language or science, he or she may earn that first semester credit by earning a C- or higher on the year-long course. The F will remain on the transcript for the first semester, but credit will be given.
The master schedule and teachers’ schedules are made based on student course selections. Once the school year has begun, a student may change or drop a course only by recommendation and approval of the teacher and guidance counselor. Any student who changes a course without the teacher recommendation will be given a WF (withdrawn failing) and a grade of F will be calculated in the student’s GPA.
If a student has an extended absence near the end of a quarter or semester, he or she may be granted an incomplete until all work can be made up. The Vice Principal of Academics, the student’s guidance counselor and teacher of those courses must approve incompletes.
Bishop Chatard uses PowerSchool as its student management/grading program. Parents will receive logins at the beginning of their student’s freshman year and can access grade information and teacher contact information for each course. Progress report nights are conducted once a year. Parents are encouraged to check PowerSchool often and stay in contact with their student’s teachers. Report cards are emailed to parents at the end of each quarter and semester.
As part of its mission to the students of Bishop Chatard High School, the school offers academic support services that address a range of student needs. The educational services are planned and directed by a full-time Director of Academic Support.
Bishop Chatard’s Academic Support Program includes:
• BCHS education plan: the preparation of an individualized BCHS education plan for academic accommodations and services is created from a current psycho-educational evaluation with school-based recommendations, an Individual Educational Plan/Individual Service Plan and/or a current medical diagnosis from the student's physician.
**Temporary medical conditions, such as concussion status, allow for academic and student-life support protocols if documented by a physician.
• Academic Resource Center (ARC) is available for extended-time exams, audio text and/or dictation for assessments and notetaking service.
• Application for testing accommodations for state and national standardized tests.
• Any student who does not pass all required courses will not be permitted to participate in Commencement.
• Any student who successfully completes the required courses, but has not passed the ECAs (or qualifies for a waiver) will be permitted to participate in Commencement, but will receive a certificate of completion instead of a diploma. As soon as the school receives official notification that the student has passed the ECAs, the school will send a diploma.
• A student who is withdrawn or suspended from the school for major disciplinary infractions or excessive absence from school may not participate in Commencement.
• Unless excused by the Principal, any senior who does not attend the graduation practice or Baccalaureate may not participate in Commencement. He or she may attend Baccalaureate Mass with the approval of the Principal. Bishop Chatard High School reserves the right to establish policies to decide whether or not a student may participate.
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The purpose of campus ministry at Bishop Chatard is to provide a true Catholic environment of ministry that empowers the school community, especially students, to grow as disciples of Christ. The Eucharist is at the heart of everything done in the campus ministry department.
Under the direction of Bishop Chatard’s Vice President of Mission and Ministry, the Director of Campus Ministry oversees a program that focuses on the areas of faith formation, Christian leadership and service. All adult members of the Bishop Chatard community (administrators, teachers, parents and staff) are part of campus ministry.
Campus ministry focuses on individual faith formation by providing weekly Mass and Reconciliation, daily prayer opportunities, liturgical events, retreats and individual pastoral guidance for students and faculty. The liturgical seasons of the Catholic Church year are incorporated into all of the school liturgy planning. The importance of individual participation and Christian unity among school community members is promoted. In order to encourage a connection with the wider Catholic community, the North Deanery pastoral leaders are invited to all campus ministry events.
Campus ministry is designed to encourage students to embrace leadership from the perspective of being a Christian role model. Students are an integral part of all campus ministry activities, especially with the school’s liturgical events. A core team of juniors and seniors are trained to serve as team members for the underclass retreats. Campus ministry is responsible for organizing and training adults and students to share their faith and gifts in order to create a sense of Christian community at Bishop Chatard.
Campus ministry provides a structured retreat program designed to enable students at every grade level to reflect on God’s presence in their everyday lives and how they might bring God’s presence to others through discipleship. The retreat experiences allow the students an opportunity to connect their knowledge of faith and Christian values with actual life situations. The goal of each retreat is to bring the students to Christ in order to reiterate the importance of having Christ at the center of one’s life.
Freshmen will attend a day of reflection during the school day. Sophomores will attend one of three one-day retreat experiences at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. Juniors have the opportunity to attend an overnight retreat. The retreat program culminates with the Christian Awakening Retreat, an extended retreat experience that occurs during senior year.
The Bishop Chatard Campus Ministry Office assists students in fulfilling the minimum service hour requirements by informing students of opportunities for service, as well as tracking the number of service hours completed. However, the true success of the service program rests on the shoulders of the students.
The goal of the Bishop Chatard Service Program is to foster the development of empathy, awareness, social responsibility and Christian community.
Our mission sends us into every kind of work, reminding us once again that the further we go in giving, the more we stand to receive.
“We come not only to serve the poor, but also to be with them.” Our concern for the dignity of every human being as God’s cherished child directs our attention to the disadvantaged.
The objectives of campus ministry at Bishop Chatard are to:
*All outreach is service, but not all service is outreach*
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Service is any type of work we do, outside of our normal responsibilities, to benefit others while receiving no pay or other benefit ourselves. (Note: An example of ‘our normal responsibilities’ would be babysitting a sibling or taking our grandmother to the grocery. These are not service; they are responsibilities that come along with being the member of a family.)
Outreach is service during which we have direct, person-to-person contact with the disadvantaged.
Service: Working at St. Vincent de Paul warehouse by sweeping the floors or stocking shelves.
Outreach: Working at St. Vincent de Paul warehouse, helping clients choose the food and supplies they want, and helping them load them in the car.
Service: Working at one of the BCHS summer athletic camps.
Outreach: Working at a summer camp for disadvantaged youth at a place such as Miracle Place or St. Mary’s Center.
Freshman year: Participate in Community Service Day, complete 15 hours of service.
Sophomore year: Participate in Community Service Day and complete 15 hours of service, 3 hours of which must be outreach.
Junior year: Participate in Community Service Day and complete 15 hours of service, 6 hours of which must be outreach.
Senior year: Participate in Community Service Day and complete 15 hours of service, 10 hours of which must be outreach, and write a year-end reflective essay on the total high school service experience.
Information regarding service can be found on Canvas, in the student course, “Service Program.”
In this course file, students will find:
If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by and see Mrs. Wagner, Director of Campus Ministry, or email her at email@example.com.
All service hours must be completed and documented no later than May 1 of each school year.* For seniors, the essay must be completed by May 1 as well.*
*Failure to complete the required number of service hours will not impact GPA. However, it will result in the student earning an Incomplete, which will be recorded on the permanent records of the student – both the report cards and cumulative final transcript.
St. Francis Assisi Award: Awarded at one all-school Mass each month to a student or staff member who is living out the mission of service.
Blessed Mother Teresa Distinction: Medallion given to any student who has completed 75 hours or more of service during a given school year.
St. Lawrence Honor Cord: Honor cord to wear at graduation given to those seniors who have completed 200+ hours in their four years at Bishop Chatard. (Note: First students eligible for this award will be the members of the Class of 2018)
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All students are assigned to a counselor according to their year of graduation. Counselors assist in identifying problems, gathering information and looking for solutions in the following areas:
Career and College
National Honor Society
National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes students who have excelled in their academics, service, leadership and character. Juniors who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above will be invited to apply.
Bishop Chatard High School provides a zero period Study Table on Tuesday through Thursday and an After-School Study Table on Monday through Thursday. Students who fail to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or who fail to complete their assignments may be assigned to these study tables. Failure to attend an assigned study table will result in further consequences such as a Friday Night School or loss of athletic eligibility.
Parents, guardians, school staff, and students may refer someone to the school social worker, Becky Wilde. Please be aware that students may refer themselves to the social worker without prior consent of a parent or guardian.
Parents or guardians will be notified if a referral is made by the school staff or if a referral relates to a serious nature. Parents or guardians may also contact the school directly if the parent or guardian does not want his/her child to receive those services.
An exception is made if child abuse or neglect is suspected or if the child appears to be in crisis. In this situation, Becky may meet with the student one time without parental or guardian consent to assess the situation.
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Since experience and research have proven a direct relationship between attendance and academic excellence, Bishop Chatard considers attendance an important matter. Research shows that even small improvements in attendance
yield large test-score gains. Students who scored in the 85-100 percentile on state exams attended school 93% of the time, whereas students in the 65-to-84 percentile attended only 91% of the time.
When your child misses a day of school, he/she also misses out on all of that day’s learning. Our goal is for all students at Bishop Chatard High School to attend school 100% of the time. As a guideline, students who miss more than 10 days of school a year are considered to be excessively absent (an average of one day per school month). Ten days absent equals a 94.4% attendance rate.
Obviously, we do not want you to send your child to school when he or she is truly sick. And, in some cases, there are true medical reasons or an abnormally high number of legitimate minor illnesses or other factors that may have contributed to your child’s attendance. If you fall into this category, please know that we sympathize with you.
Proactive communication by the parents with the school is essential with regard to student attendance. The Principal may have a student withdrawn from Bishop Chatard High School for excessive attendance issues.
Parents/guardians are required to report an absence, late arrival or early dismissals at any time, 24 hours a day by calling the attendance hotline number (251-1451 Ext. 5005) and recording the following at the prompt:
If a student is absent from school because of illness or an emergency, a parent/guardian is required to notify the school office before 8 a.m. on the day the student is not in school.
Notification – Parents will be notified by 10 a.m. if their student is not present and/or late to school if a call was not received.
Unless the student has been hospitalized or has an extended illness, the school must be notified each day of the absence. Failure by the parent/guardian to call the school office on the day of the absence may result in an unexcused absence for the day.
If a student is absent for any reason listed below, that absence will be recorded as an excused absence. Proper documentation will be required upon return to school. School-sponsored activities do not count toward the absence total.
The following absences are considered excused, according to Indiana Code:
1. Work rendered on an Election Day or examination for the military – documentation required.
2. Court-mandated appearances or jury duty – documentation required.
3. Duty with the Indiana National Guard – documentation required.
4. Work as a page in the Indiana legislature or the United States Senate – documentation required.
The following absences are considered excused, according to Bishop Chatard:
1. Short-term illness, doctor appointment, or injury – A doctor’s note is required for any student who misses more than three consecutive days due to illness - documentation required to be turned in at the next day of attendance.
2. The death and/or funeral of an immediate family member (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin). If absence extends beyond two days, documentation is required.
3. A limited number of college visit days for juniors and seniors with the approval of the administration – proper documentation required.
4. Planned family absence that has an educational purpose – school form required 48 hours prior
5. Administration pre-approved special circumstance absence – school form required 48 hours prior
****Failure to provide documentation will result in an unexcused absence.****
Should a student’s absences be deemed excessive by administration, a letter will be mailed home, and a conference with the student and parent will be held to discuss the following:
1. Loss of field trip or retreat privileges
2. Academic probation
3. Possible withdrawal from Bishop Chatard.
If a student is absent for any of reasons including, but not limited to, those listed below, that absence will be recorded as an unexcused absence.
Examples of absences that will be considered as unexcused, according to Bishop Chatard:
Students who accumulate unexcused absences will will be subject to a meeting with school administration and/or face disciplinary consequences according to Category II offenses.
The school vacation periods are published at least a year in advance. Student absences or early dismissals are not permitted one day prior to or immediately following a scheduled school vacation or the week of semester final exams. Final exams will not be moved to accommodate family vacations. Students who are absent prior to or immediately following a scheduled school vacation will be considered unexcused. It is an absolute requirement for parents of students who are ill for those days, prior to or after vacation periods, to provide a written explanation to Mr. Reilly and Mr. Hansen.
We understand that traffic, car issues, ride-sharing and other situations outside of a student’s control may cause that student to be late to school. Our policy allows two late-to-school infractions per quarter to accommodate those types of situations. Students are to report directly to the main office if they arrive late to school. Families will receive an automated phone call should their student be marked as Late To School (LTS).
After the second late to school per quarter, the consequences are as follows:
Any student who arrives after 11:30 a.m. without a doctor’s note will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular or school event on that day or evening including athletic practices and rehearsals. Students absent on Friday may not attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities occurring that weekend without permission from the administration. An email will be sent prior to the end of the school day notifying all coaches and sponsors of students not eligible to participate that day.
It is the responsibility of the students during their absence to request from their teachers any missed assignments and/or notes from each class and to check Canvas. When students are absent for one or two days, it is recommended that assignments and homework be obtained first through Canvas and/or from a classmate and then communication with their teachers. If the absence is for a period of three days or more, students and/or parents should contact teachers and continue to check assignments on Canvas.
The general rule is that a student has one day for each day missed to submit completed assignments. However, to insure fairness to all students teachers may require the submission of assignments on the published due date. Students absent on the due date may be instructed to make arrangements to have the assigned work delivered to the teacher.
Students who are not in attendance the day before a scheduled test/quiz will take the test/quiz the first day they return to class unless otherwise arranged with the teacher. If absences are due to extraordinary circumstances, students will discuss the absences with the student’s guidance counselor who will help coordinate their makeup work with their teachers. Teachers shall not be required to provide makeup work prior to a scheduled student absence.
By law, when a student is absent from school due to illness or mental or physical incapacity for an extended period of time, the school may require parents to provide documentation of the illness or incapacity. An Indiana physician, an individual holding a license to practice osteopathy or chiropractic in Indiana, or a Christian Science practitioner who resides in Indiana and is listed in the Christian Science Journal, may provide the certificate of illness or incapacity. If the school requests that the certificate be provided, the parents must provide the certificate within six days after the school requests it. The Vice Principal of Student Services will provide the form.
Skipping class is considered an unexcused absence. Any class work missed while skipping class is required to be made up, and the student will receive partial credit. A student who skips class will receive a Friday Night School. Additionally, students who are caught skipping a second time (and each additional violation) will receive an in-school suspension (ISS).
If a student chooses to cut more than one class, he/she will be required to meet with Mr. Reilly and Mr Hansen to examine the behavior that is leading he/she to skip class, and the possibility of exclusion from enrollment.
If the school verifies a student is not where he or she is supposed to be, a parent will be contacted.
Bishop Chatard operates under the principle of a closed campus, which means that students may not leave the property and return unless a specific request is submitted to the main office in writing noting the departure and return times and the reason.
Students must get permission from an administrator to go to their car during the school day.
Every senior should try to take advantage of the opportunity to visit a college when the underclassmen take the PSAT exam. Seniors may choose to use additional days for college visits according to the following guidelines:
Juniors are permitted a limited number of college-visit days. Students must be in good standing with a satisfactory attendance record and adhere to the above guidelines regarding visits.
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It is the expectation of Bishop Chatard High School that all students refrain from using alcohol, prescription drugs (not currently prescribed by a doctor), narcotics, controlled substances, or other illicit drugs. The use of drugs and/or alcohol during school, school events or on campus is considered a Category III offense as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. It is intended that students who make a conscious decision to take drugs and/or alcohol and attend school or school functions, or be on campus under the influence, be disciplined according to the consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
All Bishop Chatard High School students are required to comply fully with federal, state and local laws regarding the use of prescription drugs, illegal drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages and other dangerous substances.
No student may use, be under the influence of, or possess alcoholic beverages or drugs on school grounds. This rule applies at all times, including before, during and after a school-sponsored or sanctioned activity.
It should be understood that drugs in this policy also refers to the abuse or misuse of prescription medication. Any student found using, possessing or aiding in the distribution of drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages and/or related items on campus or at school-sponsored activities is subject to severe disciplinary action.
Students who choose to commit a Category III violation will face the following consequences:
**Self-Report - Offense must be reported by the student to the school administration (Vice Principal for Student Services) within 48 hours of the student’s poor choice (not applicable to on-campus or during school-sanctioned events).
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Bishop Chatard High School has a very simple philosophy in randomly drug testing our students. First and foremost, we want to provide a reason for students to say “no” to illegal and harmful substances. Second, if a student is choosing to take illegal or harmful substances, we want to provide him/her and his/her family the support needed to fight addiction or identify a possible situation where addiction is possible and put that student on a different, more healthy course for his/her life. And finally, it is used as a tool for Bishop Chatard and families to openly talk about drug use, addiction and the dangers drug use can pose.
This policy is not intended to be academically punitive, but to serve as a diagnostic tool in identifying drug and/or substance abuse among BCHS students. The parents of a student with a positive test will be notified in order to help guide their child toward a healthy, safe and drug-free life. It is not intended that students testing positive be treated or disciplined in the same manner as students who make a conscious decision to take drugs and/or alcohol, and attend school or school functions, or be on campus under the influence.
Attendance at Bishop Chatard High School comes with certain responsibilities. We hold students, parents, faculty, staff and administration to a high standard of behavior in areas that affect the health and safety of all students. As a result, parents/guardians of incoming students must sign the Hair Follicle Testing Permission form before the student can be admitted. Parents/guardians of returning students must likewise sign this form in order for their student to return to Bishop Chatard.
The policy applies to every BCHS student, from the day of freshman orientation until the student’s last school-affiliated event is completed as a senior. The policy applies at all times and in all places, throughout the student’s enrollment at BCHS. There are no times, no days, no places and no circumstances in which the policy does not apply.
A student’s behavior away from school and in the school can affect the safety of the student or others. It can also be a sign of a significant issue in the student’s life and can affect the overall well-being of the school community. For this reason, all students and parents are required to consent to participation in all aspects of this policy as a condition of the student's continued enrollment at Bishop Chatard High School. As well, parents agree that BCHS has full and complete discretion to impose discipline or take other action, as the administration deems appropriate, for behavior occurring at and/or away from school.
Students will be tested for drug usage in the following manner:
Random Screening: On an annual basis, approximately 20% of the students enrolled at Bishop Chatard High School will be subject to screening for drug usage on a randomly selected basis. Consequently, some students may be tested more than once a year.
For-Cause Screening: Any student who displays behavior that may be related to the use of prohibited substances, or is otherwise demonstrating conduct that may be in violation of this policy, will be required to submit to screening. A student may be directed to submit to screening based upon their behavior before, during or after the school day or at a school-sponsored activity. This also includes any student found to be in violation of this policy due to previous screenings.
Any student who tests positive in a screening may be subject to follow-up screenings, at the parent's expense of $60, approximately every 100 days for the remainder of the time he/she is a student at Bishop Chatard High School.
Transfer Students: As part of the application process, all transfer students shall submit to a screening for drug usage on a date no more than 15 days from his or her first day of school. Admission is probationary until the screening has taken place and results showing the absence of drug usage are obtained.
Bishop Chatard High School has entered into a contract with Omega Laboratories, a licensed clinical laboratory, to do the analysis of all hair samples. The test will screen for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines (both ecstasy and methamphetamines) and phencyclidine (PCP). Additionally, the test will identify a range of use (light, moderate or heavy), and it can also provide the window of time when the substance was used. Trained school personnel will collect a small sample of head hair from the students. However, if a sample of head hair cannot be obtained, body hair from the arm or leg will be used for the drug screening method. If it is determined that a student has shaved his body hair in an attempt to avoid being drug tested, it may be considered as a positive analysis and the school will move the student through the appropriate consequence listed below.
When screening for alcohol use, school officials or local law enforcement will utilize a device to measure blood alcohol levels.
Notification of test results will be kept confidential and will only be given to the Principal, Vice Principal of Student Services, and the Director of Safety and Wellness by the drug testing company. The Director of Safety and Wellness will notify the parents, guardians and student of a positive or negative test result as soon as possible. Test results from For-Cause screenings will also be shared with the appropriate personnel.
Consequences for Positive Test Results
If a student has tested positive for a banned substance, an administrator will inform him/her in person. As soon as possible, the administrator will notify the student’s parents. A letter will be used if the parents cannot be reached by telephone. The parents will be asked to come to the school at the first mutually convenient time. The following will take place for each positive test:
First Positive Test Result:
• Meet with school administration to discuss report
• Review results and define future positive tests
• Student will complete pre-approved drug assessment and allow school access to their attendance with a counselor
• Be subject to hair follicle testing every 45 days for the next 3 months at the family's expense.
Second Positive Test Result:
• Discuss the results
• Suspended 50% of Student Life Activity, including athletics
• Required completion of a drug assessment, proof of ongoing counseling, and complete transparency of needed modifications during the school day at the family’s expense
• Be subject to continued hair follicle testing at the family’s expense.
Third Positive Test Result:
• Discuss the results
• Suspended for one full year from all Student Life Activities
• Appear before the Discipline Review Board
• Possible Expulsion.
Fourth Positive Test Result:
If a student tests positive for a prescription drug, his/her parents will be asked to provide the Principal with the original container for the drug with the label intact and containing the prescribed dosage. If the parent no longer has the original container, a signed statement from a doctor verifying the prescription and dosage shall be provided. A student who abuses or misuses prescription drugs will be in violation of this policy.
Omega Laboratories uses a method that rarely allows a false positive result to occur. If a student or parent suspects that the drug test result is in error or the result of a false positive sample, the student/parent may request that the test be repeated. The repeat test shall be done by the same lab and collected in the same manner as the initial test. The cost of the retest shall be borne by the student/parent. If the testing lab confirms a false positive, the cost of the retest will be reimbursed to the parents.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this policy, BCHS retains full and complete discretion to impose any discipline or take any other action, or decline to take action, as it deems appropriate for any student behavior occurring anywhere at any time.
All appeals of decisions made under the policy shall be made to the Principal of Bishop Chatard High School.
Students and adults have an obligation to join in our effort to help keep all students safe and free from drugs and alcohol. With this obligation comes the responsibility to report any unsafe, illegal and/or dangerous activities involving students.
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All students are expected to uphold the dignity of the human person and behave accordingly. Any action that violates that dignity will be considered outside the appropriate code of conduct and will result in (and is subject to) consequences as directed by the administration of the school. The code of conduct applies to all school activities, on or off property, on school property at any time, or while traveling to or from school or a school activity.
In accordance with the stated philosophy of the school, which emphasizes deep respect for the human dignity and uniqueness of every individual, each student will be considerate of the rights of others in all interactions. All students are expected to cooperate with the spirit and policies of the school which are designed to foster mature development and personal responsibility. This requires courtesy in all personal relationships, promptness in fulfilling obligations, concern for the environment, and many other factors which the students’ sense of appropriateness will indicate to them. The Principal or Vice Principal reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of an action if any doubt arises.
Definition of Offenses Referenced:
Cheating – Plagiarism (1)
Cheating is defined as any intentional deception by which a student passes off someone else's academic work as his/her own. Students giving or receiving any academic information are equally guilty.
Harassment – Threats (2)
Harassment can result from a single incident or from a pattern of behavior in which the purpose or effect is to create a hostile, offensive or intimidating environment. Harassment among students encompasses a broad range of verbal or physical behavior.
Cyberbullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including use of Internet, cell phones, and other forms of digital technology; committed by a student or group of students against another person with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, defame or harm the other person or group.
Sexting involves the possession or transmission of inappropriate photos on a cell phones or other electronic device.
Fighting is described as any type of physical altercation of a violent manner.
Category I offenses are the least serious infractions of the school code:
Category II offenses are very serious and result in more serious disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, Friday Night School, in-school suspension and/or out-of-school suspension. If the offense is repeated, a Discipline Review Board hearing may be deemed necessary.
Category III offenses are those which constitute an extremely serious violation of the school code and/or the laws of the state of Indiana. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, loss of student life activity (game suspensions, social probation, etc.), suspension pending a Discipline Review Board hearing, and dismissal and/or criminal prosecution.
Cheating in any form is a serious offense that will not be tolerated at Bishop Chatard. Cheating is defined as any intentional deception by which a student passes off someone else's academic work as his/her own. Students giving or receiving any academic information are equally guilty. Please understand that sharing answers via technology (texts, photographs of completed work, etc.) is considered cheating.
For clarity, the following represent some, but not necessarily all, examples of cheating:
At the beginning of each semester, individual classroom teachers will also specify any other instances of cheating which they will not permit in their classes. All cheating incidents must be reported to the Vice Principal of Student Services.
To emphasize the seriousness of cheating, the consequences of cheating are as follows and are cumulative during the student's four years at the school:
1. Teacher documents the cheating and speaks with the student
2. Student receives a zero for that instance
3. Vice Principal of Student Services is informed of the incident
4. Vice Principal of Student Services confers with student and records incident
5. Classroom teacher informs parents (with or without student present) and reviews school policy in this matter
6. Immediate notification of extracurricular sponsors and/or the Director of Athletics and the implementation of appropriate consequences
Steps 1 - 4 above plus:
7. Student phones parents in presence of teacher and Vice Principal of Student Services about the second incident.
8. Notification of the Discipline Review Board.
A third offense will result in a three-day in-school suspension and appearance before the Discipline Review Board.
Harassment – Threats (2)
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Bishop Chatard High School are committed to providing a safe environment for all individuals. Verbal or written threats made against the physical or emotional well-being of any individual are taken very seriously. Students making such threats (seriously or in jest or online) face detention, suspension and/or expulsion.
Harassment can result from a single incident or from a pattern of behavior in which the purpose or effect is to create a hostile, offensive or intimidating environment. Harassment among students encompasses a broad range of verbal or physical behavior that can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Any student who believes that a person’s conduct toward him/her is improper or offensive generally has the obligation to ask that person to stop the behavior before making a report.
*NOTE: Unwelcome touching does not include legitimate non-sexual physical contact such as the physical restraint of a student to avoid harm to persons or property as allowed by Indiana law, an administrator or teacher’s consoling hug, or physical contact associated with sports, etc.
Cyberbullying is defined as overt, repeated acts or gestures, including use of Internet, cell phones, and other forms of digital technology; committed by a student or group of students against another person with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, defame or harm the other person or group. Examples of digital technology that may be used for cyberbullying include, but are not limited to, email, text and voicemail messages; and Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat, kik, Facebook and other forms of digital or social media. Comments made or items created at home and/or off school grounds that adversely affect the educational environment will be handled according to these guidelines and the BCHS Code of Conduct.
Students involved in possession or transmission of inappropriate photos on their cell phones or other electronic devices face immediate suspension from school and/or expulsion.
Bishop Chatard does not condone any type of physical fighting or physical altercation. We hold students to a high standard and require self control in emotionally charged events. In any case where punches are thrown in a violent manner, whether in self defense or not, students will be suspended from school pending a meeting with the Discipline Review Board.
The school administration reserves the right to bypass normal protocols and move directly to the dismissal of a student should the behavior of that student be of an egregious nature or pose a serious threat to the safety and security of the school community.
Any incidence of harassment (2) can be reported to any adult in the building. The adult will then follow through with a report to the Director of Discipline, Wellness and Safety.
Any complaint involving an administrator should be made to the President. Any complaint involving the President should be made to the Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools. Complaints should be in writing. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent practical and appropriate under the circumstances.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has a Misconduct Hotline. It provides guidelines on how anyone can report misconduct or suspected misconduct in the Archdiocese. Information can be found at the following website:
The school administrator or a representative from the Archdiocese may take immediate steps at its discretion to protect students and employees pending completion of the investigation including the immediate removal of persons from the school property. Once the investigation is complete, the school administrator or the representative from the Archdiocese will take appropriate action and complete a written report. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension, expulsion, referral to law enforcement and or mental health authorities, remediation, and termination or contract non-renewal. All due process procedures shall be followed.
Appropriate disciplinary and legal action may be taken against any student, employee or other person who retaliates against any person who reports alleged harassment or violence or any other person involved in the investigation and subsequent actions. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.
This statement or appropriate parts thereof is to be published in student/parent and faculty/staff handbooks, discussed with staff and students (at an age-appropriate level) at least annually, and reviewed periodically for compliance with state and federal law, etc.
Although the school does not assume responsibility for a student's conduct when the student is outside the school's jurisdiction, students must remember that they are Bishop Chatard students and what they do wherever they are is a reflection of themselves, their family and their school.
The Principal may extend the jurisdiction of the school in imposing sanctions to include these off-school activities if the conduct is harmful to the good name of the school and its students. The school reserves the right to investigate illegal behaviors that occur out of school and, after a due process hearing, impose sanctions that it sees fit. These sanctions could include placing a student on disciplinary probation, extended suspension or expulsion from school.
Archdiocesan policy #5447 "allows pregnant students to continue their Catholic education provided they and their parents receive appropriate prenatal counseling and respond in a way that is consistent with the values and teachings of the Catholic Church regarding the sanctity of life and procreation."
Bishop Chatard High School strives to be an extension of the family and works to cooperate with parents to optimize the potential of each student. Therefore, any student who has not reached the age of majority (18) and does not live at home or with a legal guardian could forfeit his or her right to attend Bishop Chatard. Furthermore, because cohabitation, instead of marriage, is against the beliefs of the Catholic Church, any student who is living with another without being legally married could forfeit his or her right to attend BCHS.
Failure to comply with these sanctions will result in a Discipline Review Board hearing, which could include punishment up to and including expulsion.
Bishop Chatard High School operates under the principle of administrative law and not the rules of evidence used in a court of law. This means that the school may take disciplinary action based on the report of an administrator or teacher. Before imposing any sanction other than an infraction or detention, the student is entitled to fair process which shall consist of no less than:
1. a thorough investigation of the violation
2. oral or written notice to the student of the nature of the offense and the possible sanctions
3. an opportunity for the student to explain his/her actions and learn the reason for possible sanctions
4. Notification to the parents, noting the reasons and conditions for the sanction imposed.
For more serious violations, an Academic Board and/or a Discipline Review Board hearing will be convened. The student may request that a guidance counselor be present for support, not to act as an advocate of the student. Parent(s) must attend the hearing.
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Teachers may assign detentions to students for minor infractions if they so choose. Students must serve the detention on the assigned day. If student fails to serve the detention, teachers will write up infraction to the Director of Discipline. Length of time of detention is up to the discretion of the teacher up to one hour.
After-School Detention (ASD) is Monday through Thursday from 3:15 to 4:15 P.M. (in a designated room) and takes priority over any activity, appointment (except scheduled medical appointments), work or extracurricular event. Any student who misses a scheduled ASD will serve a Friday Night School. The rules for ASD are:
Friday Night School will start at 2:15 P.M. and end at 5:15 P.M.; students must serve the entire block of time.
Students will remain at school during the school day but be isolated from the general student body. They will be provided their schoolwork and access to the guidance counselor. They will also remain isolated for lunch.
Students may be suspended out of school. While suspended, the following rules apply:
Dismissal is the removal of the student from the school and is an action that may be taken only by the Principal upon the recommendation of the Discipline Review Board or student behavior that meets Category IV violations.
The Principal of Bishop Chatard High School will consider an appeal only if there is reason to believe that the student was not afforded due process or evidence has been found subsequent to the hearing which points to innocence of the charges made against the student. The Principal will not consider an appeal if the only reason is that student/parents do not agree with the decision. The appeal letter must contain clear and specific indications that one of the above was not present during the process. If the Principal decides that a review is in order, he/she will appoint a committee to review the case.
Any student who is dismissed from the school for disciplinary reasons, or is withdrawn from the school by his or her parents prior to imposing disciplinary sanctions may not be readmitted for the next school year. Students may also not attend any school-sponsored activity either on or off campus without the specific written permission from the Vice Principal of Student Services. After a year, the student may reapply for consideration if he or she can show a transcript and letters of recommendation that indicate strong academic, discipline and attendance records.
A student may be placed on probation for discipline and attendance issues. Parents and students will be notified by an official school letter and a phone call by the principal or his/her designee, of the terms and conditions of the probation. Further violations could result in, but not limited to, suspension and/or expulsion pending a Discipline Review Board hearing.
Dances are school-sponsored activities and all school rules, particularly those related to smoking, drugs, and/or alcohol applies.
1. Students must check in within 30 minutes of the scheduled beginning of the dance unless prior arrangements have been made with the Director of Student Life. No one will be admitted after that time. All students must have a valid school ID to enter a dance.
2. Some dances require the student to sign up and purchase a ticket prior to the dance. Non-BCHS guests are permitted as long as they obtain the approval of the Vice Principal of Student Services or his designee. Former BCHS students who have been withdrawn from the school are not permitted to attend dances or any other school-sponsored activity. Other dances are for BCHS students only and students are admitted at the door with a valid student ID. Students should check which type of dance is scheduled.
3. Students are not permitted to gather and remain in the parking lot.
4. Students are not permitted in any other parts of the building.
5. Once a student enters a dance, he or she is expected to remain until the end. If a student has to leave before the end of the dance, an administrator must have verbal confirmation from the parent.
6. Dancing with any kind of inappropriate body contact is not permitted. Students who are asked to leave the dance due to inappropriate body contact will have their parents informed and face probable disciplinary action.
7. Freshman students are not permitted to attend the junior-senior prom.
8. Alcohol breathalyzers may be used at school events. If students are found in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, parents will be called. Student will leave with the parents and will be disciplined according to our Substance Abuse policy. When this occurs near the end of the school year, participation in graduation events will be in jeopardy.
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Participation in athletics at Bishop Chatard is not a right, it is a privilege. Student-athletes make a commitment to their teammates and coaches to pursue academic achievement and to follow training rules in order to be able to perform at their best at all times. In addition, they have a responsibility to serve as role models for other students in the school, as well as for grade school children in the community. Student-athletes, whether in or out of uniform, carry with them not only their own reputations, but that of their families, their teams and their school.
We are first and foremost an academic institution. Students are expected to strive for excellence in their studies. Underachievement (as defined below) could result in athletic ineligibility.
The use of alcohol and tobacco products can harm a student-athlete’s physical and mental health, athletic and academic performance, and personal reputation. Use of these items is both illegal and dangerous. The safety, health and well-being of a student-athlete is the top priority of the athletic department and its programs.
Discovery of illicit drug usage by our student-athletes is governed under the Student Life Substance Abuse Policy, which all students must adhere to and accept.
The conduct of a Bishop Chatard student-athlete should be consistent with the mission of the school, and the behavioral policies of the athletic department shall reflect appropriate values and attitudes.
With these things in mind, there are certain types of conduct that will not be tolerated from a Bishop Chatard student-athlete. The following rules are in effect year-round, whether on or off school grounds. The consequences are cumulative.
IMPORTANT: Bishop Chatard is not asking student-athletes to make sacrifices. Sacrifice implies giving up good things. We are asking our student-athletes to do the opposite: live clean, think clean and do things that will make them better people.
Rule #1: Academic Eligibility Standard -- To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, a student must maintain a quarterly grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0, and also pass at least five classes. For the purpose of this standard, the GPA will not be rounded. Eligibility is based on quarter grades and determined based only on courses offered through Bishop Chatard High School during the regular school year. There will be no eligibility exceptions for any student with a quarterly GPA below a 2.0.
Any student who fails to meet this Academic Eligibility Standard will not be allowed to participate in athletic contests or club-sponsored events during the next grading period. During this time, participation in practices, tryouts or meetings is at the discretion of the administration and outlined in the Academic Plan. Eligibility begins and/or ends one week from the end of the grading period. Underclassmen who fail to meet the Academic Eligibility Standard in the last grading period of a school year will be ineligible for the first grading period of the next school year. Coursework completed over the summer does not change a student’s eligibility for the first grading period of a school year.
Each student who fails to meet the Academic Eligibility Standard in a grading period will be required to meet with the principal and/or his/her designee to discuss his/her eligibility status. The student’s parents will be informed of his/her eligibility status via written communication.
All ineligible students will be required to meet with their counselors to develop an Academic Plan in collaboration with the students’ teachers and the administration. An Academic Plan will be based on the individual needs of each student and will outline a course of action and expectations for each student. The student, a parent and the principal or his/her designee must agree to and sign the Academic Plan.
Rule #2: A Bishop Chatard student-athlete shall not use, consume, possess, buy or sell alcohol, tobacco products or illicit drugs.
Consequences of a violation of Rule #2
A. 1st offense:
(1) The student-athlete must attend a one- to two- hour class aimed at educating the violator as to the dangers and long-term health concerns resulting from the use of tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs.
(2) The student-athlete must complete 12 hours of pre-approved community service. The hours must be completed within a 30-day time period and will not satisfy any of the required school service hours.
(3) If “self-reported” within 48 hours of the incident to the Principal, Director of Athletics or Assistant Director of Athletics (NOT to a coach), then the student-athlete will be suspended from 25% of the contests from his/her most immediate season. If the offense is not self-reported, then the suspension will be 50% of the contests from his/her present or most immediate season (IHSAA season).
For sophomores, juniors and seniors, the suspension must be served in a sport in which the athlete competed the prior school year. A student-athlete serving first-offense sanctions may practice or condition with the team. At the coach’s discretion, a student-athlete ending the season in good standing is eligible for all athletic department awards.
B. 2nd offense:
(1) The student-athlete must be evaluated by a pre-approved agency for placement in an education/rehabilitation program. The recommended program must be completed at the expense of the student-athlete.
(2) The student-athlete will be suspended from all athletic contests for one calendar year. At the coach’s discretion, the athlete may practice or condition with the team. A student-athlete serving second-offense sanctions is not eligible for any athletic awards for a year.
C. 3rd offense: The student-athlete loses all privileges of participation, both practices and contests, for the remainder of his/her high school career. He/she will be offered direction in seeking further evaluation and/or rehabilitation.
Rule #3: A Bishop Chatard student-athlete shall not exhibit behavior that is inconsistent with the mission of the school or the intent of the Athletic Code of Conduct.
Consequences of a violation of Rule #3
When inappropriate behavior by a student-athlete is brought to the attention of the administration, said student-athlete is suspended immediately from all athletic contests pending his/her appearance before the Athletic Council. The Athletic Council meets as needed. The Council will determine the sanction based on the severity of the violation. Any athletic contest(s) missed in the interim will be considered a completed portion of the sanction levied. If any inappropriate behavior is deemed reviewable by the Bishop Chatard Discipline Review Board, that board’s conclusions and/or consequences supersede Athletic Council or Department actions.
NOTE: The Athletic Council will be convened to consider Rule #3 violations (behavioral issues) only.
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The uniform dress code of Bishop Chatard High School is based on the belief that students should present an image that reflects a sense of pride in themselves, their families and their school. Students are expected to dress and carry themselves in a manner that upholds their dignity as a child of God.
SchoolBelles is the official provider of Bishop Chatard school uniforms. SchoolBelles is located on the north side of the Glendale Mall on 62nd Street.
Specific uniform rules include, but are not limited to:
With regard to attending school-sponsored activities where non-uniform dress is permitted, students must adhere to the following guidelines listed below.
School-wide dress-up days: including, but not limited to, liturgies, honors night, National Honor Society induction, athletic banquets:
- Must meet the stated expectations of administration
- Length must be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee
- Must not be skin-tight or form-fitting
- No bare shoulders
- No sheer, transparent, low-cut or form-fitting tops
- Low-heeled shoes required
If you are in doubt with what is appropriate or acceptable, bring your school uniform with you to school.
Uniform and dress code check will be conducted on a regular basis. Any student who does not meet uniform standards will be required to remedy the issue. If it is deemed that the clothing is too distracting to be worn throughout the school day, the student may be asked to change into a school uniform. Any student not adhering to the dress code will receive a warning the first time. After the second violation, the privilege of dressing up or being out of school uniform will be taken away.
Modest dress is required when attending school-sponsored events. Because students represent BCHS, the following apparel is not allowed:
Any decision as to conformity with the dress code shall be up to the Vice Principal of Student Services or another administrator.
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Students are not allowed to have backpacks or large purses in classrooms unless an administrator gives special permission. This promotes a safe, unobstructed environment, encourages self-discipline and organization, and controls food and drinks in the classrooms. Bags that contain books may be brought to school but must remain in lockers during the school day. Small drawstring bags are acceptable. Gym bags must also remain in lockers during the school day unless students are moving to and from physical education class.
The school day begins with a prayer over the PA system and each class begins with a prayer.
All lockers and locks are the property of Bishop Chatard High School. Each student is provided a locker and a lock for storage of books and personal items. Students are required to keep their lockers neat and in good working order. Lockers are cleaned prior to Christmas break and at the end of the school year. Students should not share lockers. Only school locks may be used. Students who lose their locks will be charged a $5 replacement fee. Lockers must be locked at all times when the student is in class or at home.
Indiana Law (I.C. 20-8.1-5-7) indicates that a student using a locker on the premises of the school “is presumed to have no expectation of privacy in that locker or its contents." Bishop Chatard High School considers lockers on the school premises to be the property of the school; therefore, a locker may be searched by appropriate school authorities at any time with or without the presence of the student. The search will be conducted by an administrator in the presence of another administrator or faculty-staff member. Bishop Chatard also reserves the right to initiate searches by dogs for illegal substances without prior notification. This includes any and all student possessions inside the building as well as the students’ cars.
School authorities will make every reasonable effort to enlist the voluntary cooperation of the student with regard to the search of his or her car or personal belongings. A search of a student’s car or personal belongings not in a locker may be conducted only if there is "reasonable suspicion" that the student may have a weapon, drugs, alcohol or some other item which is a serious violation of the school code in his or her possession. School authorities will normally call the police to conduct such searches, but they may proceed if there is the apparent danger that the student may be able to destroy or transfer the suspicious article to another person. Such searches will always be conducted in the presence of two administrators or appropriate personnel and in the presence of the student.
Each school year, Bishop Chatard High School will periodically conduct searches of the school building and parking lot by use of police dogs. This is one way the administration of Bishop Chatard High School can help to provide a safe environment for all students.
All students who drive cars to school must register the vehicle stating the make, model, color and license plate number with the Vice Principal of Student Services. The car must have the appropriate tag displayed from the rearview mirror. Failure to register a car or to display the tag may result in the loss of driving privileges.
All students must park in the assigned school parking spaces in the Bishop Chatard parking lot. Any unapproved student parking or reckless driving on the way to school or school activities, in the parking lots, or on the way home from school or school activities could result in loss of driving privileges, loss of a spot on the paved lot, and/or assignment to detention or Friday Night School.
Cars are parked at the owner's risk. Students are not allowed to park in the neighborhood around Bishop Chatard or in the Christ the King Parish and School parking lot. Students who have too many tardies to school may lose their assigned spot on the paved lot.
Students must have their school ID with them while in the building and at school-sponsored activities. The ID is used to activate the keyless entries to the building doors. If a student loses his/her ID, he/she should report to the Vice Principal of Student Services for replacement. There is a $10 fee for all replacements.
Students who lose an article should check with the main office or bookstore. Students who find articles should bring them to the main office or bookstore.
Bishop Chatard students are permitted to visit other schools, including their former elementary school, only if they obtain the written permission of that school principal and it is part of a visit where the school is open to the public.
Bishop Chatard operates on the principle of a closed campus, which means that any person, including parents and relatives, must sign in at the main office. This applies to any person on school grounds before or during school hours. Students may have a family member bring them lunch with the permission of the Director of Safety and Wellness prior to the day of the visit. This does not apply to potential eighth-grade students on a scheduled shadow day.
No student may have lunch delivered by an outside food service provider. Should students order food and have it delivered to school, the food will be kept in the main office and disciplinary actions will take place.
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Bishop Chatard issues work permits to its students under the rules and guidelines established by the Indiana Department of Labor. Work permits are issued through the Director of Wellness and Safety and that office’s designees. Dates and times for the issuance of work permits will be established and communicated to students on a year-to-year basis and are subject to change.
Revoke a work permit if:
If a student is injured or becomes ill during the school day, the administration will immediately attempt to inform parents. It is essential that the emergency information contain all the possible phone numbers where parents can be reached and the name and phone number of someone other than parents who will be authorized to make a decision if parents cannot be contacted.
In the event of an extreme emergency, the school will not wait for parents to be contacted but take immediate steps for treatment. In order to treat the student effectively, parents must ensure that the medical information cards contain complete and accurate information as this information will be given to the medical technicians and accompany the student to the hospital.
In the event of a minor illness, the student will not be permitted to leave the school until a parent has been contacted and authorizes the school to release the student.
All students who must take medications on a regular basis during the school day must have a completed Medical Permission Form on file and keep those medications in the nurse’s office. Students must come to the office and take the required dose in the presence of the nurse or staff member designated by the Principal.
In emergency situations, students should use the phone in the main office to make phone calls. Telephone messages to students will not be delivered during the day except in cases of a real emergency.
Student images are used on the school’s website, in newsletters and publications, and in social media to promote student activities and celebrate student work. Parents who do not want their child(ren)'s photograph used in school marketing/ promotional materials, publications and/or media outlets must notify Kelly Lucas, Director of Marketing and Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org AND Ben Reilly, Vice Principal of Student Services, at email@example.com.
If the decision is made to cancel school due to winter weather conditions or other emergencies, the announcement will be broadcast over television stations including Channels 4, 6, 8, 13 and 59. In addition, it will be posted on the school website; sent via SchoolMessenger to all provided parent contacts, including email, home and cell phone numbers; and posted on the BCHS Twitter account @BishopChatardHS and on the school’s Facebook page.
The decision to close or stay open on a delayed schedule is normally made before 6 A.M. and announcements begin immediately. Parents and students should wait for a specific announcement for Bishop Chatard and should not assume that there is a change in schedule because public school districts or other Catholic schools have announced closings. Failure to come to school because the student assumed the school was closed is an unexcused absence.
Bishop Chatard has a Seclusion & Restraint Policy, as required by the Department of Education, and follows guidelines of the Office of Catholic Education. To request a copy of these guidelines, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Technology resources are an essential part of the learning environment at Bishop Chatard High School, and are a key enabler of academic success for students. Access to technology comes with a responsibility to use it in a safe, effective way that is aligned with our Catholic values and mission. The use of technology on campus is a privilege, not a right, which everyone must take seriously.
If a person violates any of the user terms and conditions included, but not limited to this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied. The BCHS Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to student infractions. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension / expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies will be involved.
This policy covers a wide variety of technology accessible to students and staff. The school is responsible for the safety of our students and staff while on campus, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and other federal and state law. The school actively manages its network and all devices connected to it, regardless of ownership. Internet safety is a major concern for our school and families, and is taken seriously. Our technology assets include:
All technology users are expected to abide by school rules and policies as described in the Student Handbook and staff guidelines. All staff and students are also expected to use technology in ways that align with our school’s mission and with our Catholic values. Key principles for technology use include:
BCHS reserves the right to review, monitor, and restrict information stored on or transmitted via the iPads or other electronic devices used at BCHS, at any time, and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.
BCHS is not responsible for any family-owned electronic devices brought by the student on campus.
Prohibited uses of technology include, but are not limited to:
BCHS, its employees and agents, make no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, concerning the network, Internet access and electronic resources it is providing. Furthermore, BCHS is not responsible for:
Bishop Chatard High School makes a major investment in its student device program, as a key part of its learning environment. Currently, the school provides Apple iPad tablet computers for every student. These iPads are essential to the student’s learning experience at BCHS. Our intention is to deliver a high percentage of our educational content (textbooks, notes, projects) on the student’s iPads. Students will also take quizzes and tests on their iPads, and may use them for major assessment tools such as ACRE, NWEA, and ISTEP.
Our student device program is fully aligned with our mission to form the whole person: understanding how to use technology in daily life is an essential part of modern education. Using computers in education has operational and cost advantages for the school, but its primary purpose is to it give our students daily experience in every aspect of technology usage. It also provides opportunities for our teachers and staff to guide the proper moral formation of our young people with respect to appropriate Internet content, copyright law, effective and safe digital communications, and proper care for technology equipment under their stewardship.
BCHS owns the equipment, apps, and software that it purchases for students. The students are stewards of the equipment while they attend BCHS. This includes the iPad, but also the case, keyboard, and any other equipment provided by the school This means students have full responsibility to take care of the equipment, keep it in good repair, and avoid damaging it. We want students to think of it as their iPad, and to take care of it as well as they do their smart phones.
Students may provide their own iPads and keyboards, provided they match the models that the school is currently providing for its students. Please consult the Tech Counter for approval of family-owned devices before bringing them to school. Family-owned tablets and computers are still subject to management by the school, and may be reimaged or have software installed on them for this purpose. Families are responsible for all repair and replacement costs for their equipment, BCHS assumes no liability for this.
Student’s iPads become the property of the student only on graduation. Seniors must pay all outstanding fees, including tech repair fees, before participating in commencement exercises. Seniors need to return the devices prior to graduation to have them reimaged, or they will not function properly after they are taken home.
Students who withdraw, are expelled or terminate enrollment at BCHS for any reason must return his/her school-owned iPad, adapter and any other technology equipment on the date of termination. If the family has purchased optional upgrades for the student, the additional costs may be refunded, or the family may pay for the residual value and keep the equipment, at the discretion of the business office.
BCHS purchases all the iPads for the incoming Freshman class before summer school. The iPads, cases, keyboards, and any other equipment is handed out to the Freshman families before summer school. The families are expected to set up the device based on the school’s instructions. Help is available at the Tech Counter if needed. The student is to show up on the first day of summer school, and the first day of Freshman year, with their devices fully set up, charged and ready to go. The teachers expect everyone to be ready to learn, and iPad setup is part of being ready.
Students keep the same iPad throughout their time at BCHS. They are responsible to:
BCHS will lead the students through iOS and app updates in the Spring, to prepare for the next school year. Homeroom teachers will inspect devices periodically and help students get any needed repairs at the Tech Counter.
BCHS collects iPads during the summer to keep them safe and secure for the following school year. Students may sign a form to check them out for the summer. Students are then responsible to take care of them over the summer and make sure they are ready to go in the Fall. All stored iPads are handed out at Orientation in August; students are to follow instructions to get them ready before the start of school.
Student iPads are primarily for learning. Students may have access to the Apple App Store, entertainment websites, and other sources of apps. Student use of our iPads must focus on learning – not on entertainment. We want students to be able to explore the digital world, but in a safe and responsible way. Don’t load up your machine with video games and other distractions. Focus on learning while at school, and be responsible about times and places to check social media and YouTube. This applies to student smart phones too.
We install software on every student device to manage it. This software gives the school control over features and apps on the device, including the operation of cameras and network access. These tools are in place to protect our students and our school. No student is authorized to remove this software or “jailbreak” the iPad.
BCHS provides every student with a Google G Suite account. This includes a Google Mail, or Gmail account. This account is restricted to the bishopchatard.org domain, which means that the student’s email address (email@example.com) cannot receive email from outside of Bishop Chatard. BCHS will use this account to communicate with the student – for both administrative purposes and in the classroom. This account will be deleted when the student leaves the school at graduation.
We encourage students to set up their own personal email accounts. These will be needed by Junior year for college communications and other needs. Students may add their personal accounts to the mail settings on their iPad. A personal email account should be used for the student’s Apple ID, which is then used to set up their ICloud account and other features with Apple.
Our preferred method for families to communicate with their students during the school day is email to the student’s personal accounts. Cell phones may not be accessible to the student, so texting is discouraged. Personal emails should be visible on student iPads without being a distraction from learning.
Bishop Chatard operates a Tech Counter to assist staff and students with their devices. The Tech Counter helps people learn to solve their technology problems, and can manage repairs and replacement when needed. The Tech Counter should be your first stop when something is wrong with your iPad. Its hours are set to match students’ needs, currently before school, during homeroom and lunch. Families may direct questions to the Tech Counter by phone during its open hours.
The Tech Counter facilitates repairs to school-owned equipment. iPads are sent to Apple if they are under warranty, or to local repair vendors if they are not. We have negotiated volume discounts with local vendors for this work. Families may take iPads under warranty directly to the Apple Store in the Fashion Mall for repairs, or go to the Tech Counter. Beginning with the Class of 2021, all BCHS iPads come with AppleCare+, a 3-year extended warranty from Apple. This covers student’s repairs through the first half of their Junior year.
Students are not permitted to perform any repairs to their iPads – this can void the warranty and injure the student. Take them to the Tech Counter.
Families are responsible for all repair costs. We pass along the actual repair costs from our vendors. For iPads under warranty, this nets to a $49 charge from Apple for most services – see the Apple Web site for terms of their warranty. For out-of-warranty repairs, costs typically range from $75 to $200, depending on the issue. The most common damage is a cracked screen, which is 80% of our repairs. iPad repair costs have been increasing over time, as the devices become lighter and more sophisticated. This makes Apple’s extended warranty an even better deal.
Students are responsible for the full cost of replacement of any school technology that they lose or destroy. iPad replacement costs range from $450-700 currently, depending on the model. Because of the importance of the student iPads in learning at BCHS, immediate replacement is required.
Every year, student iPads are stolen from cars, homes and school. Students damage their iPads so badly that repair is not an option, and they must be replaced. Don’t let this happen to you: keep your iPad safe. Keep it out of sight in risky places.
If you misplace your iPad, go to the Tech Counter as soon as possible. We can help you find your iPad, especially if it’s still on campus. This is why it’s critical for you to turn on the Find My IPad feature under Settings.
BCHS no longer provides “insurance” on iPads, other than the Apple warranty coverage on the device. Prior arrangements were not cost-effective for the school or for our families.
You may be able to file a claim for equipment damages under your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. In the event of a loss, please consult your insurance agent for help. You may be required by your insurance company to file a police report in some cases.
If repair/replacement costs are a financial hardship, please discuss your situation with the business office. Our goal is to provide every student with the tools needed to learn and grow at Bishop Chatard.
Nearly all students at Bishop Chatard have cell phones. We consider them a family-owned student device, and when on campus they are subject to all the same policies and rules as other student devices. Possession of a cell phone on campus is a privilege, not a right, and students are expected to behave responsibly with them at all times.
Learning is our focus on campus. Students may carry their phones during the day in school, but they are not to distract the student from learning, or disrupt learning for others. This means:
Teachers and staff have authority to impound phones and take other disciplinary steps as needed.
Teachers have the option to engage student smart phones in the learning process. This applies on campus, on a field trip, or when the student is at home. Smart phones can be a powerful learning tool, and part of student formation is learning how to make appropriate use of their phone. This is at teacher discretion, and the teacher sets the rules for student phone use in their instruction.
BCHS provides a guest network for all visitors to campus, and for staff and students to connect personal devices to the Internet. Students are encouraged to connect their smartphones to the BCHS guest network when on campus. This helps improve network performance on campus. The guest network password is available at the Tech Counter.
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