School Handbook Table of Contents
2020-21 SCHOOL HANDBOOK
THE ADMINISTRATION OF LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL MAINTAINS THE RIGHT TO AMEND, MODIFY, OR INTERPRET ANY AND ALL GUIDELINES CONTAINED WITHIN THIS 2020-21 HANDBOOK.
As a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition,
La Salle High School prepares young men to achieve their full potential
in body, mind, and spirit.
Students will be guided to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Lasallian core values of Faith, Service, Community, Scholarship, and Leadership.
Students will need 25 credits consisting of 4 English credits, 4 Mathematics credits (must include Algebra II), 3 Social Studies credits (must include American History and Government/ Economics), 3 Science credits (must include at least 1 credit each in a life science and in a physical science), 1 Fine Arts credit, 0.5 Physical Education credit, and 0.5 Health credit. In addition, students are required to have earned a Religion credit for every year they are a student at La Salle High School. Students who take HP and ACP English are required to include at least 2 consecutive credits of the same foreign language during their freshman and sophomore years as part of their minimum graduation credits. There may be additional requirements at specific academic levels.
A major principle found at the basis of a Lasallian education is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to aid them in being highly successful in post-secondary educational opportunities and their chosen careers.
Classes required per school day: Every student must take 6 academic classes, not including Study Hall, on the normal 7 Bell day between Bell 1 and Bell 7 classes. 0 Bell class does not count towards the 6 academic classes.
Homework: We believe that homework is an essential part of the learning process. It supports and reinforces classroom activities. Homework takes many forms depending on both the subject and the academic level of the course. Students should anticipate spending a minimum of 2 hours per weekday evening and 3-4 hours over a weekend doing homework and studying.
Late, missing, or incomplete homework: Students must submit assignments fully complete, in a manner satisfactory to the teacher, and on deadline dates as determined by each teacher. Late assignments may only be accepted at the discretion of the teacher.
Any freshman, sophomore or junior who at the end of the school year has failed more than three credits (required or elective) is subject to not being permitted to return to La Salle for the following year. Students who, for any reason, do not qualify for promotion by earning the minimum credit requirements and passing all required (non-elective) courses needed for graduation, may be denied admission for the following year.
Students who do not pass courses during the school year may be denied admission for the following year if the required credits are not made up through:
1 Remediation of the course at a school that offers “Summer School” to recover the credit.
2 Remediation of the course through a certified online school to recover the credit.
3 Remediation of the course through tutoring by a teacher holding an Ohio license in the content area with 9-12 certification adhering to the ODE requirements for credit recovery.
The credit must be recovered prior to the beginning of school the subsequent school year. All make-up of credit must be arranged by the student and his family with the approval of the counseling department at the student's/family's expense.
The recovered credit will be added to the transcript only after acceptable documentation has been received and approved by La Salle High School indicating the credit has been recovered. Both the original failed grade and the recovery grade will be included on the transcript and both grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA and Class Rank for the student.
The principal reserves the right to make all final decisions on an individual basis regarding the eligibility of a student returning to La Salle following an unacceptable school year of academic performance.
Homework, tests, and other assessments are key components in determining student GPA, class rank, and qualification for potential scholarships. Therefore, it is important that all students have an equal and impartial environment to demonstrate their abilities. Thus, any forms of academic cheating, plagiarism, copying other student’s work, passing off someone else’s work as one’s own, obtaining credit for work not completed, or permitting others to cheat/copy one’s work in any format jeopardizes the rights, academic welfare, and integrity of all La Salle students, and is contrary to many of the values that our students need to learn. Consequences due to these inappropriate actions will be determined by the Associate Principal, including zero credit for the work; notification to parents; meeting involving the Associate Principal, parent, student, and/or his counselor; denial of co-curricular activities for a period of time or to hold certain leadership positions where integrity is a criteria; demerits; morning or afternoon detention; extended afternoon detention; probation; in school alternate placement or out of school suspension.
In order to allow time for proper planning, students and parents are asked to make course choices well in advance of the next school year. These choices are finalized on the basis of thorough student, teacher and parent consultation, examination of the Course Guide booklet, and opportunities for student-counselor-parent conferences. First priority is given to the five core courses (Religion, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and English) for all students. Electives are then scheduled with priority order given to seniors, followed by juniors, sophomores and freshmen. While every effort is made to provide students with their top choices, this is sometimes impossible.
NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE FOR TEACHER OR PERIOD PREFERENCES
Once a Course has begun changes are only made when the following steps have occurred:
Any student is fully eligible to participate in all co-curricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, unless he is ineligible for academic or disciplinary reasons or he is ineligible according to Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) by-laws.
Furthermore, in order to be eligible to participate in any co-curricular activity, either athletic or non-athletic, a student in grades 9-12 must be a currently enrolled, must have been enrolled in school the immediately preceding quarter, and must have received passing grades during that preceding quarter in a minimum of 5 one-credit courses or the equivalent, each of which counts toward graduation. Summer school grades earned may not be used to substitute for failing grades from the last quarter of the regular school year. In addition, a minimum overall average of greater than or equal to 69.5% in a preceding quarter is required for students to participate in any of the co-curricular activities (athletic and non-athletic).
There are numerous additional OHSAA by-laws which govern the eligibility and participation of students in interscholastic athletics. All of the OHSAA eligibility requirements can be referenced by either going to their website www.ohsaa.org or by asking our Athletic Director.
Non-athletic co-curricular activities ineligibility may be appealed to and reviewed by the Principal and/or Associate Principal.
If a group of students is scheduled for a field trip, a teacher of a class in which a student is doing poorly may elect to deny a student permission to attend the field trip if the field trip involves the student missing that teacher’s class.
Students are classified in accordance with the following minimum credit requirements:
Freshman = 8th grade promotion
Sophomore = 5.5 credits
Junior = 11.75 credits
Senior = 18.75 credits
Graduation = 25 credits
La Salle is a college preparatory high school that is comprehensive in nature. Courses are assigned levels of difficulty and students are placed by the school's professional staff in these courses according to the following ability levels:
An adjustment in the level of courses being taken by a student may be initiated through the recommendation of his teachers or counselor.
There are several ways for students to earn college credits during their years at La Salle High School. These include AP tests; dual credit programs with universities/colleges; advanced standing credit; and through College Credit Plus. Specific details can be found in the Course Guide Booklet.
Students are encouraged to give serious consideration to the benefits that may be derived from the self-discipline of careful preparation for an Advanced Placement Test, and also from the possibility of advanced placement in the student's freshman college program. AP Courses offered are United States History, English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Spanish Language & Culture, French Language & Culture, Government and Politics: United States, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Physics C Mechanics, Chemistry, Biology, and Human Geography.
La Salle High School requires that all students enrolled in Advanced Placement course(s) participate in the related May Advanced Placement exam(s). The Advanced Placement Program is a quality one and it is believed that our students and school benefit from participation in the program. A fee is charged for each Advanced Placement Test taken.
Any student who is interested in dual credit programs and the College Credit Plus program should discuss these outstanding opportunities with his school counselor before the end of January. Ohio’s College Credit Plus can help students earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. The application process takes place during the spring semester. The acceptance decision is up to the community college or university of the student’s choice.
High school credit awarded for courses successfully completed under College Credit Plus will satisfy or exceed the graduation requirements and subject area requirements of the school district. Courses successfully completed under College Credit Plus must be listed by course title on the high school transcript. All College Credit Plus courses will be computed into the GPA using the same scale as Advanced Placement.
Student athletes must remain eligible in accordance with the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) bylaws. To be athletically eligible, students must be passing five one-credit courses or their equivalent per grading period with the high school and college courses combined. Most College Credit Plus courses taken during a semester will equal one Carnegie unit, allowing students to earn more than the required five for athletic eligibility. Students must check with their counselor to ensure that the coursework they are taking is compliant with the OHSAA.
Classes failed or withdrawn with an “F” will receive an “F” on the high school and college transcripts and will be computed into the high school and college GPA.
Incompletes are not given. At the end of a quarter, grades are determined based on work completed by that date. On rare occasions (e.g., a family tragedy or a serious illness or accident verified by a physician), a student may be granted an opportunity by the Associate Principal to complete required work resulting in a grade change. The time limit for completing this work will be five school days after the end of the quarter, unless specified otherwise.
For purposes of grade averaging, each quarter grade is assigned double value and the final exam grade is assigned single value. In averaging for a semester, the total is divided by five if an exam is given or by four if an exam is not given. In averaging for the full year, the total is divided by nine if an exam is given or by eight if no exam is given. In all courses, the final average for the course will determine whether the student has passed or failed that course. Separate credit for individual semesters of full-year courses will not be granted.
First and second semester comprehensive assessments are administered in all year courses. Semester courses will have 1 assessment at the end of the semester. Students should realize the seriousness of these exams and plan plenty of time for extensive long-range reviewing and studying.
Seniors only: a senior may be exempted from a La Salle second semester comprehensive examination in a given subject if he has earned a year-to-date average of at least 89.5% through the 4th quarter and has the approval of his teacher and the administration. Even if a senior is exempt from an exam, he may still elect to take it. He must realize, however, that the exam will count regardless of the grade he earns. Missed comprehensive examinations are to be made up at the discretion of the teacher. Any student who deliberately skips an exam will be considered as truant (i.e. zero for exam and other possible disciplinary consequences). Any senior that is truant at any time during their senior year must take all second semester exams.
La Salle uses this 4-point scale for determining and reporting unweighted GPA for transcripts and other needs. However, certain agencies (e.g., some colleges, technical schools, scholarship/financial aid granting agencies, NCAA, etc.) may recalculate or request a revised unweighted GPA using a straight four-point scale (100-90% = 4; 89-83% = 3; 82-75% = 2; 74-70% = 1; 69% or below = 0).
Note: any classes which are graded pass/fail are not included when determining GPA.
In addition to unweighted GPAs, La Salle also reports weighted GPAs. For weighted GPA calculations, College Board AP courses and dual-enrollment courses are based on a 5.0 scale (add 1.0 to each GPA on the 4-point scale); Honors courses are based on a 4.5 scale (add 0.5 to each GPA on the 4-point scale); and all other courses with numerical grades are based on the 4.0 scale. Universities, colleges, scholarship committees, and other outside entities determine which GPA they use for their needs.
The Honor Roll is published quarterly. All report card quarter grades are included in honor roll averages except classes which are graded pass/fail. Honor Roll is figured on a straight numeric average. No student can make honor roll and have a grade below 80%.
First Honors: grade average equal to or greater than 89.5%.
Second Honors: grade average equal to or greater than 82.5%.
Academic Excellence: an annual award presented to any student who makes First Honors three out of four times during that school year.
The following Honor Certificate awards are cumulative and are awarded to seniors:
Bronze: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in any 1 year.
Silver: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in any 2 years.
Gold: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in any 3 years.
Platinum: Student must make honor roll 3 of 4 times in all 4 years.
Class rank will be used for internal purposes only in determination of valedictorian and salutatorian. For the purpose of calculating rank in class, final averages for all courses attempted (including summer school courses) are assigned grade point values based on a 5 point weighted scale, and students are ranked accordingly (for weighted GPA calculations, College Board AP and College Credit Plus courses are based on a 5.0 scale (4+1); honors courses are based on a 4.5 (4+.5) scale; and all other courses with numerical grades are based on a 4.0 scale).
To be eligible for the distinctions of valedictorian, salutatorian, and top 10 academic seniors, a senior must have been a student at La Salle for all 16 quarters of his four high school years. The valedictorian, salutatorian, and top 10 academic seniors must be identified before the end of the school year. Therefore, the ranking for these distinctions will be determined by the midpoint of the 4th quarter of the senior year based both upon all courses previously completed and upon the year-to-date averages by the midpoint of the 4th quarter (or sooner if deemed necessary by the administration).
Parents are notified at the end of each quarter once quarter grades are finalized in PowerSchool. Following the fourth quarter, report cards are e-mailed home.
Ongoing communication regarding student progress is a shared responsibility – student, teacher, and parent. The first level of responsibility is for the student to keep his parents fully informed of his progress. Furthermore, it is the student’s responsibility to check Moodle daily and the parents’ and student’s responsibility to check PowerSchool daily for grades and other information posted there.
Parents are also encouraged to communicate directly by phone or email with any of their son’s teachers regarding areas of concern. If a parent leaves a message for a teacher, know that the normal expectation is that the teacher will respond back by the end of the next school day.
We use Moodle for posting course resources and PowerSchool for posting grades. When a teacher assigns homework or any other course work, it will be posted online. Students who are absent should access this information and be prepared for the next class.
In PowerSchool, grades are viewable by both students and parents. Minimally, grades are updated on a weekly basis.
Access to PowerSchool is through the use of a username and password. Passwords are provided at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions regarding passwords, please email email@example.com.
Post-high school entrance requirements vary depending upon the college and the degree program chosen by a student. Each student and parents should consult with the son's counselor for advice regarding all college prerequisites and be aware of these expectations as a student selects his high school academic coursework. All requests for transcripts must be directed to the Counselor Office.
Additionally, NCAA imposes certain academic requirements in order to achieve college athletic eligibility. Students and parents are encouraged to visit the NCAA Eligibility Center through the NCAA website www.ncaa.org. Furthermore, students and parents should visit the list of La Salle’s NCAA core courses which are posted at http://web1.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction. Enter our school CEEB code 361021.
Regular attendance by all students is viewed as an essential component of La Salle’s educational program. Family vacations resulting in students missing school time are strongly discouraged due to the disruption of the academic process and will count against daily attendance.
School Day: The school day for all students, regardless of individual schedules, runs from 8:00 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. Parents are asked to make every attempt to avoid scheduling appointments during this time.
In accord with La Salle’s educational philosophy, compliance with attendance requirements is viewed as an important element of each student's education and growth in responsibility and maturity. Failure to follow attendance policies may result in disciplinary action.
Students are marked either “present”, “absent”, or “truant” during the school day. If a student is not reported absent by a parent/guardian but is not at school, he will be considered truant.
Excused Absences are instances where a student is absent from school and will be marked as “absent.” Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following circumstances:
Missing School Work Due to Excused Absences – Any student who has an excused absence is permitted to make up the missed work. For each day of school-approved excused absence, a student is automatically granted one day for make-up work.
Truancy is a willful attempt, on the part of the student, to evade the attendance expectations of parent/guardian and the school administration or administrative staff. Students who absent themselves from their assigned program of studies are considered truant. Truancy is of two kinds:
A student who exhibits a habitual pattern of absences may receive permanent zeroes on tests, quizzes, and assignments missed (exceptions can come from the counselors or administration). A student who exhibits a habitual pattern of absences will meet with Administration. Parent meetings may also be necessary. If a student is absent due to truancy, no credit will be given for any missed work/test.
Every student is expected to be in his first block class when the bell rings to start the school day and to make transportation arrangements that will guarantee his punctuality.
Procedures of Discipline and Penalties for Being Tardy/Late Arrival:
The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. a student is "Tardy" if he arrives to his first block class after 8:00. Any student who is tardy or late is to report to the Attendance Office for check in. If a student is tardy for two classes in the quarter, the third and following tardy/absence(s) will result in the assigning of a detention. The third tardy and up to five tardies will result in a detention being assigned. If the sixth tardy occurs it will result in In School Alternate Placement being assigned. A student who misses more than 30 minutes of the first class without a parental excuse will incur an automatic Detention.
Missing Work Due to Tardiness or Late Arrival: A student arriving tardy or late regardless of reason should contact or meet his teacher(s) of classes missed on the same day to arrange make-ups at the teacher's discretion. A student who develops a pattern (defined as more than two times per quarter) of being late and missing assignments or assessments (tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, etc.) for a particular class is subject to consequences at the discretion of the Administration working mutually with the teacher(s), including receiving a zero for missed items.
Every student is expected to be in class when the bell rings. The teacher will note all tardiness for class. Students who arrive tardy to class must have a pass.
Any student who leaves the classroom during class is required to sign-out and sign-in upon return and wear the room’s Hall Pass Lanyard. For all other cases, employees will use a signed, dated note system in order for a student to go to a different location. On occasion, employees may call a classroom to summon a student – that student should obtain a signed, dated note in order to return to class.
Parents are asked not to make appointments or to make arrangements that would require their son to miss any class time. A student should bring a note to the attendance office before school for a dismissal slip. If a student must have an early dismissal, he will be considered as one-half day absent.
Illness: If a student becomes ill during the school day, his classroom teacher will send him to the nurse. The nurse will contact the parent/guardian and inform him/her of the illness. Students are not to call their parents directly. The parent and nurse will reach a decision if the student should remain at school.
Attendance at and Participation in after-school activities: To participate in or attend any extracurricular activity in the afternoon or evening, a student must be in attendance during the regular class day on that date for a minimum of three consecutive hours. The Dean of Students must approve any exceptions. Any student who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.
Any student wishing to visit a college may be allowed a maximum of four visits total spread over his junior and senior years, provided the following is observed:
Any schoolwork missed due to the college visit must be made up by the student. The Associate Principal will oversee all attendance concerns regarding college visits and any exceptions to the above.
La Salle High School will post via our website, email, social media, and app notification system. Please do not call the main office for delay or school closing information. Students who use public school district bus transportation should check with the provider of that transportation to determine what service will be provided.
Normally, La Salle High School will not dismiss early due to weather conditions. However, if it becomes necessary, an announcement will be posted via our website, email, social media and app notification system.
Each student must respect oneself, teachers, other school employees, students, and school property. If a student is told to do something reasonable by a teacher or other school employee, he must do it. Any situation without legitimate reason approved by the administration when a student does not obey the direction of a teacher or other school employee is considered a serious matter which will be addressed sternly with disciplinary action by the administration.
Students who attempt to intimidate, assault, or harass a teacher at any time are subject to immediate expulsion from La Salle High School and possible criminal charges.
Staff property - Computers, telephones, and teachers' desks/file cabinets/etc. in the classrooms are for teachers' use. These are off-limits to students and violations will result in disciplinary action that may include possible expulsion, out of school suspension, in school alternate placement or hours of detention to be determined by the administration.
Forgery - Any effort to submit false documents or to deceive parents or personnel at La Salle is a very serious matter. In cases where this occurs, the student is subject to in school alternate placement or out of school time. Please note: Parental permission does not relieve the student of the responsibility with regards to forged or altered documents.
If students are the victim of or witness any harassment, they should talk to their parents, teachers, counselor, or an administrator about what they have experienced or observed. It is important to file a written complaint with a counselor if students believe they have been harassed or witnessed the harassment of another individual. An administrator will review and investigate the complaint. Appropriate action will be taken consistent with the policies of La Salle High School and governmental laws. Students who harass other students or adults are subject to disciplinary action including possible hours of detention, in school alternate placement, out of school suspension or expulsion to be determined by the administration.
Whether on or off campus, certain types of behavior that are unacceptable, whether or not related to school, include, but are not limited to, those which are harmful to La Salle's reputation, which are not aligned with our school’s values or mission statement, which create unrest, discord, or discontent in the La Salle community, which affect the safety and good name of others, or which are illegal or criminal, whether or not resulting in arrest.
The administration reserves the right to make all final decisions on what constitutes appropriate dress and grooming on an individual basis. The following dress and grooming code is in effect for the entire school day (defined as from the time the student enters the building in the morning until 2:50 p.m.), from the first day of school until the last day of school, including exam days. Therefore, students are required to arrive at school clean-shaven and properly dressed.
Pants Options - Clean and neatly pressed pants are the only acceptable pants.
Shorts: May be worn from the start of the school year until October 1, and again from April 15th until the end of the school year. Solid khaki, black, navy blue, gray, or olive green colored dress shorts are permitted. Shorts must be hemmed Bermuda style, no longer than knee-length. Other styles such as jean-shorts, cargo shorts, cut-offs, or athletic shorts are not permitted.
Belts & Accessories - Students must wear a belt, and the belt must be clearly visible at all times; therefore, the shirt must be completely tucked into the pants. In addition, the belt must be in to the belt loops with the end not permitted to hang down. Pants/shorts must be worn at the waist. Students are not permitted to wear their pants/shorts so that "belt" level would be below their waist. Suspenders are not permitted.
Shirt Options - All shirts must be properly fitted and completely tucked into the pants/shorts at all times. Shirts must be neat, clean and free of rips, tears and holes. The following are the acceptable options for normal daily wear:
Undershirts - Only solid colored undershirts or turtlenecks may be worn under any of the above shirt options.
Shoes - Only low cut dress shoes and normal gym shoes are acceptable. Sandals, flip-flops/slides, clogs, and slippers are not permitted.
Socks - Socks must be visible above the shoe top.
Outerwear Options - The following are acceptable outerwear items during the school day:
Note: Any outerwear item must be worn over an acceptable La Salle approved branded shirt. (Ex. La Salle t-shirt, La Salle collared shirt).
Jewelry - Students are permitted to wear a non-smart watch or class ring as well as a small Cross or Crucifix outside the shirt. No other jewelry is permissible. No earrings or other body piercing are allowed unless they are clear ear studs worn for recently pierced ears. If the student is wearing a non-approved necklace or chain outside the shirt, or if a student is wearing a body piercing ring or rod, the item will be confiscated by an employee and turned over to the Administration. This rule is in effect throughout the school day and at special events as determined by the administration.
Hair styles and facial hair -
Tattoos - If a student has a tattoo, it may not be visible during the school day and the student will have to have it covered.
Hats, Durags, Headbands and Sunglasses - Hats, durags, headbands and sunglasses are not to be worn in the school building during the school day.
Coats and Jackets - Coats and jackets are to be stored in the student’s locker during the school day. The only exception is for students going back and forth from the main building to the De La Salle building. A student should get his coat from his locker immediately prior to going to the De La Salle building and return it to his locker immediately upon his return.
Student Photo ID/ Keycard – A student must wear his student photo ID/keycard from the moment when he walks in the door until 2:50 p.m. He will use his ID badge to enter the building. The photo ID/keycard is not to be shared with anyone else. It must be visible on the outside of his clothing and on the student’s front. The photo ID/keycard cannot be altered in any manner. If a student loses his photo ID, he should report to the Help Desk immediately and a new one will be purchased for a $20 fee.
For Friday/Spirit Days - A student is either to wear normal school attire or wear upper body La Salle spirit wear (including with a hood) in order to participate in the Friday Spirit Day. The spirit wear must be worn as the outermost piece of attire and must be in the condition that it was given to the student or purchased in the spirit shop without any tears, missing sleeves, or writing. All other dress code rules are in effect.
For Specified Days of Mass/Business Attire - All students are to wear a short or long-sleeved button-down Oxford dress shirt (any color) and tie instead of the school day polo shirt for the entire school day. All other dress code policies remain in effect. If a student were to forget to wear a shirt and/or tie on the specified day(s) he will have to rent the shirt and/or tie for the day.
Violations of the dress and grooming policies are subject to referrals. Students will be given appropriate dress code items for a fee if they are available or will be asked to shave. Students that violate this policy multiple times will be removed from the classroom and the parent will be required to come to La Salle to correct the situation.
COVID-19 Face Coverings- Students are required to wear a facemask or neck gaiter over the nose and mouth as outlined in the school’s COVID-19 response plan. Facemasks or neck gaiters are required to fully cover the nose and mouth areas securely. Facemasks must be solid, without pattern or print, in one of the following colors: red, black, grey, white, or blue. Any mask purchased through the La Salle Spirit Shop may be worn.
During school days, a student may use his cell phone in the spaces that are not used as a classroom during designated class times (ex. hallway, cafeteria, etc.)
Any use of a cell phone during the designated class time, unless instructed to use it by a school employee, including, but not limited to, texting, ringing, calling, listening to music, or playing games, will carry confiscation consequences. The school employee who observes the cell phone use will confiscate the phone and give it to the Attendance Office. The student may pick up his cell phone in the Attendance office at 2:50 p.m. If a student exhibits a repetitive behavior of using his cell phone during restricted time, he may receive additional discipline consequences as determined by the Dean of Students and may lose temporarily or permanently the privilege of carrying his cell phone on his person.
Parents, DO NOT call or text your son on his cell phone during the restricted time. If you do, he may be subject to disciplinary action.
All other electronic devices, except for calculators and student tablets, are not to be used or carried any time during the school day. Any non-classroom audio, video, or photographic image recording by students is not permitted on campus or at a school event unless approved by the administration. Classroom audio, video, or photographic image recording by students is permitted only with the teacher’s consent and direction. Any violation of these policies will result in severe disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students.
Students may not post any images, videos, or audio of students, parents or employees of La Salle High School on the Internet without the consent of that individual and—in the case of students—his parent/guardian. Any posting at any time by a student or someone associated with that student on any blogs or the Internet or electronic social media sites (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) which contain direct or implied content about La Salle High School or individuals associated with the school that the administration of the school deems inappropriate must be removed immediately and the student could face detention, in school alternate placement, out of school suspension or expulsion.
Behavioral Expectations: An important goal of La Salle is to help the students develop a commitment to a Catholic Christian lifestyle. To achieve these ends, certain guidelines for student behavior are hereby outlined. The basic rules of common sense, of mature behavior, and of respect for other people should always be the norm for every student's behavior. The spirit that underlies all of the following rules is directed toward the growth of every student so that he will develop mature and responsible behavior that goes beyond merely keeping the rules.
When students enroll in La Salle they understand and agree that the school reserves the right to exclude them from any school function or activity at any time if their conduct, attitude or academic standing is regarded by the school administration as unacceptable.
At the end of each school year, student disciplinary and academic records will be reviewed by administration. If a student's record is found to be unacceptable, he may not be permitted to return for the following year.
The administration reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding appropriate student conduct and consequences on an individual basis.
The La Salle discipline system is based on a graduation of Electronic Referrals, detentions, in school alternate placement, out of school suspension, disciplinary probation and expulsion that pertain to different levels of offenses. The following is an overview explanation of La Salle’s discipline system.
1) ELECTRONIC REFERRAL – For certain actions by a student behaving in a manner inconsistent with the disciplinary code, the student will be issued an Electronic Referral by a teacher or by other school personnel. Electronic Referrals are not given lightly and should not be regarded as such.
Depending on the nature of the electronic referral or the number of electronic referrals, students may be subject to further disciplinary action as determined by the Administration.
2) MORNING AND AFTERNOON DETENTION - Detention requires a student to be in school prior to or after the school day and will involve either an academic assignment or work program. Detentions are assigned by the Administration for serious or repeated infractions. Morning Detention is from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Afternoon Detention is from 2:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The student must be present for detention as assigned and scheduled; failure to do so will make the student subject to additional disciplinary action. Participating in a co-curricular activity does not excuse any student from serving detention on an assigned day. Students who arrive late for detention may be assigned an additional detention.
Note: In addition to electronic referrals and detentions, teachers may require a student to stay after school for academic or disciplinary reasons, but it should not occur on the same afternoon of the day when the student was informed of the punishment.
3) IN SCHOOL ALTERNATE PLACEMENT- In School Alternate Placement serves as a warning that the situation is critical and behavioral change must be forthcoming. The length of the In School Alternate Placement is at the discretion of the Administration. The parent/guardian, counselor and teachers of the student will be notified concerning the In School Alternate Placement. An In School Alternate Placement is considered an excused absence academically.
If a student is In School Alternate Placement, the student and a parent or guardian may be required to have a conference with the Administration. Others, e.g., a teacher or the student’s counselor, may be included in the conference as appropriate. The course of action decided upon will depend on the factors involved. In School Alternate Placement may result in additional courses of action that may include, but are not limited to: hours of detention and/or service hours, referral for testing or mandatory counseling to seek professional help in order to change or modify inappropriate behavior, recommendation or requirement that parents enter the student into a rehabilitative program, disciplinary and/or academic probation, out of school suspension or expulsion.
Students who are In School Alternate Placement are not permitted to attend or participate in any school function or activity until reinstatement has taken place.
4) OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION - Out of School Suspension serves as a warning that the situation is critical and behavioral change must be forthcoming. The length of the Out of School Suspension is at the discretion of the Administration. The parent/guardian, counselor and teachers of the student will be notified concerning the Out of School Suspension. An Out of School Suspension is considered an excused absence academically.
If a student is assigned an Out of School Suspension, the student and a parent or guardian may be required to have a conference with the Administration. Others, e.g., a teacher or the student’s counselor, may be included in the conference as appropriate. The course of action decided upon will depend on the factors involved. Out of School Suspensions may result in additional courses of action that may include, but are not limited to: hours of detention and/or service hours, referral for testing or mandatory counseling to seek professional help in order to change or modify inappropriate behavior, recommendation or requirement that parents enter the student into a rehabilitative program, disciplinary and/or academic probation, or expulsion.
Students who are assigned an Out of School Suspension are not permitted to attend or participate in any school function or activity until reinstatement has taken place.
5) EXPULSION - A student may be immediately expelled or asked to withdraw for the following as well as other serious reasons not noted here: violation of La Salle's Alcohol and Drug Abuse policies, damaging school property, stealing, truancy, violation of the terms of disciplinary or academic probation, an act which endangers the safety of others, a consistent pattern of behavior unacceptable to La Salle High School or harmful to its reputation, or a single very grave offense. In the case of an expulsion, the Dean of Students will inform the parent or guardian that this action is being taken. The parent may request a conference with the Principal and the Dean of Students. This is the very last measure the school will take.
If a student leaves La Salle High School because of disciplinary action, he may not return to the La Salle campus for a term of no less than one calendar year for any La Salle activity, i.e. games, plays, etc. The student must return all school issued property before leaving the building.
A student may be placed on probation by the Principal or Administration. Probation is due to serious, unsatisfactory non-compliance by the student in one or more areas, e.g., academics, attendance, discipline, etc. The probation may be temporary (lasting one calendar year or less) or permanent (in effect as long as the student is enrolled in the school). The administration will clearly delineate the reason(s) for the probation, any restrictions during the term of probation, the criteria for removal from probation, and the consequence of non-compliance to those criteria (including, but not limited to, disciplinary intervention, limitation of co-curricular participation or school activities, in school alternate placement, out of school suspension or expulsion).
La Salle High School is private property; therefore, the administration of La Salle High School reserves the right to search students, their lockers, and personal property, including book bags, clothing, technological items (including cellphones, tablets, and laptops), and any vehicle, whether owned by the student or not, parked on La Salle property. The search will be made in circumstances where the school has a reasonable belief that a crime has been or is in the process of being committed or where the school has reasonable cause to believe that the search is necessary to maintain school discipline or to enforce school policies. The student must comply, or the school will require that he be withdrawn from La Salle by his parents/guardians.
It should be understood that the school's purpose and desire in conducting a search is to investigate any suspicion and to protect the student population. This search may include the use of dogs in cooperation with local law enforcement personnel.
Possession, Carrying or Transporting - Any student found to be knowingly carrying, transporting, or in possession of alcohol, steroids, narcotics, chemicals or other non-prescribed drugs, as well as in possession of drug-related paraphernalia, on campus, or at any school activity on or off La Salle’s campus, or during any school-organized transportation to/from school activities is subject to expulsion from school. Additionally, students found to be engaged in the distribution of alcohol, chemicals, lookalike, paraphernalia or other drugs to any person will be subject to police/legal action. Under the Safe School Zone Law of Ohio, delivery or sales of drugs in or within 1000 feet of any school or park is a felony and criminal prison terms are automatically doubled.
Evidence of Use or Consumption - Any student who is on campus, or at any school activity on/ off La Salle’s campus, or participating in any school-organized transportation to/from school activities and has evidence of use or consumption of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs is subject to expulsion from school. When a student is not expelled, an alcohol/drug assessment and intervention/treatment program of counseling may be recommended.
Failure to comply with any or all of the above mentioned stipulations could result in disciplinary actions. Additional consequences for violation of La Salle’s Substance Abuse Policy may include, but not limited to, the following: exclusion from graduation ceremonies, exclusion or removal from co-curricular activities, in school alternate placement, out of school suspension or expulsion.
Breathalyzer/Drug Testing - La Salle reserves the right to use a breathalyzer or a substance abuse sensor at any time an administrator believes a situation warrants, without prior warning to the student. Refusal to submit to testing with a breathalyzer or a substance abuse sensor will be viewed as an admission of guilt by the student and result in the maximum consequences. Additionally, La Salle reserves the right to require a student to submit to a drug test if the school suspects that the student has evidence of use or consumption of non-prescribed drugs while on campus, or at any school activity on/off La Salle’s campus, or participating in any school-organized transportation to/from school activities.
Tobacco - The use or possession of any kind of tobacco product, e-cigarette, or look-a-like is prohibited anywhere on school premises, as well as on any street, sidewalk, or property adjacent to La Salle, and at all school-sponsored activities regardless of location.
La Salle High School is committed to a drug-free environment for students, to the prevention of students beginning the use of drugs, and to the intervention and counseling for students who have used drugs. We want all La Salle students to be healthy and safe. Thus, annual mandatory drug testing is in place for all students.
The cafeteria is equipped to handle over two hundred students at one time. Students may purchase hot and cold lunches. In the morning the cafeteria is open so students may purchase breakfast before school begins.
Basic regulations that must be observed by all students are:
Students with known food allergies must be proactive in the care and management of their food allergies and reactions. They should not trade food or utensils with others, should not eat anything with unknown ingredients or anything known to contain the allergen, and must notify an adult and/or nurse immediately if they eat something they believe may contain the food to which they are allergic.
Outside of the school day, La Salle students and students from other schools should be on campus only when attending a school related function, such as an activity, event, or meeting, under the supervision of a faculty/staff member. Certain areas on school grounds are considered non-student areas at all times. These include, but are not limited to, the south stairwell in the science/library wing, the far west stairwell, maintenance shop, custodial closets, women’s restrooms, the restrooms located between the chapel and media center, faculty/staff room, and faculty/staff mailroom. There are other areas where students are permitted only when supervised by a faculty/staff member. These include, but are not limited to, private offices throughout the campus, kitchen area, stadium concession building/garage, the art courtyard, bookroom, gym/stage, locker rooms, parking lot, and the De La Salle Memorial Center. Students are not permitted to use the school elevator unless they have received special permission from an administrator.
All locker assignments are fixed; therefore, a student must use the locker assigned to him. If a situation arises such that a locker change is necessary, the student must consult with the Associate Principal.
While a locker is provided for each student, it is recommended that students do not bring valuable items to school. La Salle High School is not responsible for the loss or damage of any item of a student's personal property brought upon school premises whether or not that item is in a locker. Lost, damaged or stolen items should be reported to the Associate Principal.
La Salle is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and productive environment for all individuals. To preserve that commitment numerous procedures need to be continually adhered to including, but not limited to, the following:
We enjoy and want to maintain our safe environment. Thus, parents/guardians, guests and students are always encouraged to keep a watchful eye on our school and grounds and report any suspicious or questionable activity on or near campus to appropriate law enforcement authorities and school administration.
Parents/guardians and guests need to abide by the requirement that smoking in all forms is prohibited in any of our school buildings/structures, in any vehicle owned by the school, or in the areas directly or indirectly under the control of our school immediately adjacent to locations of ingress or egress.
Parents/guardians, guests and students are asked to not idle their motor vehicle in our parking lot or drives to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the buildings through open windows and air intake points.
Except for selective pre-approved non-student-focused school functions, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any buildings on campus. Alcoholic beverages are never permitted in our stadium and on our school parking lot or drives, including personal vehicles.
Parents/guardians, guests and students are advised that La Salle uses a preventative maintenance approach which includes a focus on making the school buildings and grounds an unfavorable place for pests to live and breed. From time to time, it may be necessary for the school to use chemicals to control a pest problem. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic products when possible. Access to treated areas will be secured against unauthorized access for the period specified on the pesticide label. Notices will be posted at application sites and will remain there until the posted safe re-entry time is met. For your information, we have a list of pesticides and material safety and data sheets (MSDS) that may be used in the school this school year. Parents/guardians may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must annually be placed on the notification registry by submitting your name and email address to the Facilities Manager. The registrants will be notified at least 72 hours before a pesticide is applied. If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided as soon as possible after the application. Exemptions to this notification include cleaners (disinfectants), baits and gels, and any EPA exempt pesticide.
For the safety of our students, faculty and staff, several building security measures are in place:
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is committed to providing a safe workplace for its employees and all those who enter its property or premises. Accordingly, the Archdiocese has adopted the following policy on weapons in the workplace. This policy applies to all employees and other persons entering Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises regardless of whether such employee or other person possesses a valid license that permits the carrying of a concealed weapon. Unless specifically authorized in writing by the Archdiocese or its administrators, the possession, transfer or use of weapons is prohibited while on Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises, including without limitation, while in Archdiocesan/Parish-owned vehicles. Weapons prohibited by this policy include without limitation: firearms (including concealed handguns), firearm replicas, ammunition look-alikes (dummies or duds), explosives, nightsticks, spring-loaded knives, and other objects designated to intimidate or injure people. Any Archdiocesan/Parish employee who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment. Any other individual who violates this policy will be removed from the Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises and may be prohibited from future entry to the Archdiocesan/Parish property or premises.
Student Use of Tools and School Equipment
No student is permitted to be on scaffolding or any ladder taller than a 6-foot step ladder. La Salle students and students from other schools may not use any type of hoisting apparatus or power-driven machinery (other than office machines). Only adults with appropriate and current certification may use power-driven machinery (such as scissor lifts), and must wear the required safety equipment during operation. Any adult using scaffolding or extension ladders are required to use OSHA-approved safety equipment (such as harnesses and hard hats). When using certain tools (e.g., hammers) students must wear safety gear (protective eyewear, gloves, etc.), and may only use those tools under adult supervision.
Signs, announcements and other forms of publicity may be displayed in designated areas only with the prior approval of the administration and the moderator of the activity involved. Signs or announcements posted anywhere in the building without this express approval will be removed.
Any vehicle parked on La Salle property is parked at the risk of the owner of the vehicle. La Salle is in no way responsible for vandalism or damage incurred on La Salle property.
Any student with a valid driver's license who plans to drive to school at any time during the school year in an automobile or other motorized vehicle must obtain a parking permit to be hung from the interior rear view mirror for the vehicle which he may be driving to school. Each driving student will be assigned a specific parking location, and he must park within a single parking space designated for his parking. Loitering in or around the parking area during the school day or outside school hours is not permitted. Students must drive responsibly, not recklessly. Students should not turn up the volume of their stereos excessively or honk their vehicle horns, as these activities are disrespectful and disturbing to our neighbors. Outside school hours, La Salle students and students from other schools must park their vehicles in single parking spots and should not be parked in spots designated as “Handicapped” or “Reserved.”
Students who violate any of the above are subject to detentions, fines, vehicle being towed off of La Salle property at the student’s expense, or loss of driving privileges at the discretion of the Dean of Students.
La Salle sponsors several semi-formal dances throughout the school year: By purchasing a ticket students agree to the following guidelines:
PURPOSE: Tuition and general fees are the primary source of income for La Salle High School, used to pay the expenses for providing a quality, Catholic education to our students. The purpose of these policies is to define the duties and obligations regarding the payment of tuition and other related fees.
PAYMENTS: La Salle High School offers various payment options, which permit flexibility to meet the needs of our parents/guardians. Tuition may be paid in full or using a monthly payment plan. Tuition payments are processed electronically through an online tuition payment system from an account designated by the parent/guardian responsible for tuition. The authorization to charge your account will remain valid until modified or revoked in writing. Additional payments may be paid in the business office by cash or check. Periodic payments will be due by the date specified by the administration and outlined in the payment schedule completed for each family. Payments not received by this date will be assessed a late fee. Other fees may be assessed for payments returned due to non-sufficient funds or other reasons specified by the bank and for other costs incurred in processing tuition payments.
La Salle High School will withhold report cards, transcripts, student records and diplomas until all amounts due from tuition and other expenses charged to a student’s tuition account are paid.
Unless other arrangements have been made in advance, tuition payments as outlined in your payment schedule must be current at the beginning of each academic quarter. The student may not be permitted to attend classes or take part in any co-curricular activities until the tuition and any other fees are paid.
Once tuition payments are current to the agreed payment plan, readmission to classes will be at the discretion of the administration.
Periodic tuition payment plans are assessed a service charge of 2.5% on the net amount to be collected. Tuition paid in full by the June deadline are not assessed the service charge.
FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS/GENERAL FEES: Families that are awarded financial aid, scholarships, or other merit-based awards from La Salle High School may only apply awarded discounts against current year tuition balances. Awards from La Salle High School may not be used to offset tablet fees, general fees, or participation fees unless specific hardship circumstances are identified, reviewed, and approved by the Grant and Aid Committee. Awards received from third parties (such as Ohio Ed Choice, CISE, or other third-party awards/grants/scholarships) will be applied based on the rules outlined by the awarding organization. La Salle High School reserves the right to re-evaluate financial aid, scholarships, and other awards (merit-based or otherwise) made by the school both on an annual basis, and also if a family receives any additional third-party tuition assistance not currently considered within the tuition plan calculation for the year. Any changes made to third party assistance by the awarding entity will be considered the responsibility of the receiving family. La Salle’s tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $10,975 plus $400 in general fees, as well as a $600 non-refundable tablet fee scheduled as follows:
TEXTBOOKS: Every student is obligated to give his textbooks the best of care. Students are responsible for the care and return of all books that they use throughout the year. A fine to cover the cost of the book will be issued for each book a student does not return to the teacher. The cost will be determined by the Business Manager and Associate Principal.
WITHDRAWALS: For students who withdraw from La Salle High School prior to the end of the academic year, all amounts due for tuition, and any refunds of tuition will be calculated on a quarterly basis. If a student is withdrawn after the start of an academic quarter, tuition and related charges will be due for the entire quarter. Any tuition assistance awarded by La Salle High School for which the student has maintained eligibility will be credited on the same basis as tuition is calculated. All report cards, transcripts and student records will be held until all amounts due and any other obligations are met. Parents are required to complete the official withdrawal form in the main office to begin the process.
ACCEPTANCE: By enrolling a student in La Salle High School, it is deemed that the parent(s) and/or other person(s) responsible for the financial obligations of the student accept the terms of these policies.
La Salle High School may change or alter these financial policies and such changes will be communicated in writing.
SCHEDULE OF FEES
CAMPUS MINISTRY RETREATS
Freshman Retreats $50
Sophomore Retreats $70
Junior Kairos Retreat $260
Senior Called to Serve Retreat $260
Lasallian Youth Immersion Trip (fees assessed on a per trip basis)
*March for Life is contingent upon the airfare associated with the group's travel
GENERAL SCHOOL FEES
Parking - $50 per parking space
Graduation Fee (Seniors only) - $100
Scheduling Change Fee - $50
ID/ Keycard Replacement Fee - $20
Locker Cleaning Fee (locker in disrepair) - $25
Dress Shirt Rental Fee- $5
Tie Rental Fee- $5
Tablet - $10 per day
Power Cord and Brick - $5 per day
Tablet - replacement cost TBD by Business Office and Help Desk
Lost Tablet Components (i.e. stylus, case, power cord) - replacement cost TBD by Help Desk
Hardware Fine System
HARDWARE FINE WARNING (second time for negligent repair to tablet) => sent to student/parent by school email
HARDWARE FINE (third time for negligent repair to tablet) = $25
2nd HARDWARE FINE (fourth time for negligent repair to tablet) = $200
BEHAVIOR DISCIPLINE FEE(S) - $10 an hour
Occurs after a behavioral probation has been signed and documented. Reason being, we have tried going through all of our discipline process and now the student/parent is paying for our extra time allotted to continually correct behavior.
Ex. An hour detention would cost the student/parent $10. An ISS (being 7 hours) would cost the student/parent $70.
Since La Salle is a Catholic high school and is, therefore, dedicated by its nature to a Christian philosophy, the program of religious education is the most important, vital and, in fact, the integrating discipline in the school curriculum. Practically, this primacy should be evidenced by the time, talent, finances, ingenuity and energy devoted to La Salle's program of religious education.
Every member of the faculty and staff has a significant role in the school's program of Christian education. This role is accomplished by those faculty and staff members not directly involved in teaching religion by their Christian life and conduct, their professional competence, human qualities, and by the way they relate to each other and to the students; by these means all are called to give witness to the reality of the transformation proclaimed in the Gospel.
In the larger framework of the Church's pastoral effort, La Salle takes effective means to collaborate with and involve the parents, parish priests, and other significant members of the community in the work of educating our students in their faith.
To foster the spiritual growth and development of La Salle students, our Campus Ministry Office coordinates numerous faith experiences, including liturgies, prayer services, communion services, penance services, student retreats and days of renewal.
Prayer is the foundation of the Christian life, because this is our means of communicating with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Prayer is also incorporated into all classes, activities, games, practices and meetings at La Salle.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." (Matt 18:20) Following the Lord’s decree, we come together as a school to pray as a community, usually once each month. These all-school services are most often Masses. Other Masses and services are scheduled on a regular basis. Para-liturgical prayers are offered on some occasions, as well as Reconciliation Services that offer the opportunity for students to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Members of the school community who wish to receive this or other sacraments apart from regularly scheduled times can contact the Director of Campus Ministry or the School Chaplain to see if this can be arranged. All are encouraged to look to their parish church as their primary dispenser of the sacraments, especially at those times when our Director of Campus Ministry is not a priest.
“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers (and sisters) of mine, you did for me.” (Matt 25:40) That is our mandate to help the poor, the unfortunate, and anyone in need. The goal of our Christian Service program is to instill in students the senses of Christian and civic responsibility that manifests them as acts of community or charitable service. While we teach our students that they should undertake their service work purely out of a spirit of generosity and love, it is important to note that La Salle does have a minimum Christian service requirement that must be completed prior to graduation.
Each student is required to perform and document a minimum of 60 hours of Christian service outside of regular school hours prior to graduation. Additionally, each student is required to write an annual Christian service learning paper through his religion class.
Additional points regarding the Christian service requirement: in order to expose students to a range of service situations, La Salle requires that at least half of the minimum hours of Christian service needed for graduation must be done in service with the poor, unfortunate or disadvantaged, the infirmed or the elderly – these hours are known as Red Christian Service Hours. The remaining hours may be additional Red Christian Service hours or may involve service for any church, school or civic need – these hours are known as White Christian Service Hours. The requirement of the minimum hours of Christian service is the responsibility of the student to arrange and to complete. As an assist, throughout the school year some opportunities are offered by La Salle to help students fulfill the service requirement for each type of service work. Students should listen carefully for these announcements or check email.
Some details for all students regarding Christian service:
In addition to a service requirement, La Salle, as a school community, adopts certain projects and causes. Every week, a Lasallian Youth Mission Collection is held. The proceeds of these collections support many charitable needs, locally, nationally and internationally.
Even Jesus and the Apostles knew the need to withdraw from the business of life in order to regain their focus. “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to the apostles, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” (Mark 6:31) Retreats have been a part of Christian life ever since.
In order to encourage our students to adopt the practice of making an annual retreat, all students are required to make a La Salle planned or approved retreat during their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. One-day La Salle High School planned retreats are offered during freshman and sophomore years, a three-day Kairos retreat during junior year and a three-day retreat during senior year. All senior students are required to participate in one of the following senior retreat experiences: participate in a three-day “Called to Serve” retreat; act as a retreat leader for a junior, sophomore, or freshman retreat; participate in a service immersion trip during the summer between junior and senior years; participate in the 2-3 day Archdiocese of Cincinnati March for Life.
La Salle has made a commitment through its retreat program to peer ministry by having our retreats led by a group of seniors who have received special training to prepare them for this role. You will note that as part of the graduation requirements every student is required to make a La Salle planned and/or sponsored Freshmen Day of Renewal, Sophomore retreat, Kairos retreat and Called To Serve retreat.
According to individual needs, on a limited basis, and in conjunction with other school programs (when it is appropriate), the School Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry also provide basic pastoral counseling to students, to their families and to La Salle employees. If the need for ongoing counseling is evident, a referral to an appropriate professional will be made.
The confidentiality of sacramental confession through a priest is absolute. Acceptable confidentiality is maintained for all other issues except when child abuse is occurring or is likely to occur, or when there is real and imminent danger of a suicide attempt or of harm being done to oneself or to another person. According to La Salle’s strict policy on substance abuse, students voluntarily voicing substance abuse issues will be directed to seek professional help.
The La Salle Counseling Department offices are located in the Main Office..
The primary role of the counselor is to help each student with any difficulties or problems he might encounter whether they are educational, social, family, or personal in nature. By talking the problem over with his counselor, the student may solve it. In other cases, further steps will be taken to help each young man as much as possible.
It is also the duty of the counselor to help each student with his postgraduate plans. Each of the counselors will have a portion of the student body assigned to him/her, and it will be his/her responsibility to see each of these students during the school year either through individual counseling sessions or through a group presentation to a class.
Any student or parent who has concerns regarding class schedules should discuss the matter with the student’s counselor.
The professionals in our Counseling Department are well trained and equipped to administer various interest surveys, aptitude, achievement, intelligence and personality tests on an individual basis with the students. The use of these surveys and tests is designed for personal exploration. They are also able to give recommendations to the parents concerning psychological testing and services, special services for the ill and handicapped, referral agencies for drug and alcoholism, etc.
If any student desires to have a private conference with his counselor, he should contact his counselor to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.
Parents are encouraged to work closely with their son's counselor in order to provide the best education and development for the student.
The Lasallian Scholars Institute is a four-year program which accepts high-performing students. Scholars will be asked to complete rigorous academic demands, become leaders in the school and community, and be spokespersons for the ideals of La Salle during their four-year education. Scholars are to be emblematic of the type of men La Salle strives to develop.
The Lasallian Scholars Institute forms industry partnerships in the fields of Engineering, Global Business, Healthcare, and Information Management and Technology, to create a dynamic learning environment, develop community relationships, and mold young leaders. Students learn in-depth career information, inside information about Cincinnati-based employers, and connect with and learn from some the most qualified individuals in specific industries. The program serves as a means to engage companies, alumni, and students in a unique learning dialogue designed to increase specific student career awareness and community involvement. The above is primarily accomplished within the Institute’s Leadership Seminar, a four-year course of study.
La Salle students are able to take advantage of several special services to help them be successful. These services include speech & language services, intervention services, occupational therapy services, audiology services, and school psychology services.
La Salle is approved by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a provider in the Jon Peterson Special Needs and Autism Scholarship programs which provide special needs scholarships for students who qualify. Each State of Ohio scholarship is used, first and foremost, to provide the student’s special needs services. What remains, if anything, is applied to educational services, as permissible by the rules of the programs administered by the State of Ohio.
A school health clinic is located on the west end of the first floor and is staffed by a registered nurse. The nurse’s normal hours are 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Any student who needs medical assistance should go to the health clinic. If there is an occasion when the nurse is not in the clinic, the student should proceed to the main office. The nurse’s duties will include, but are not limited to, maintaining students’ health records, performing drug testing duties, performing health tests and screening exercises, dispensing medications, providing first aid, attending to sick students, and communicating with parents and other medical professionals as needed.
Students are not permitted to self-administer prescription or non-prescription medication while on La Salle property. If a student must take prescription medication while at La Salle, the medication must be given to the nurse in the original container along with a completed Request for Administration of Medication form signed by both the doctor and the parents; these forms may be obtained in the main office or on the school website. If a student must take non-prescription medication while at La Salle, the medication must be given to the nurse in the original container labeled with the student's name along with a note from the parents granting permission for the nurse to administer the medication; this note must include the student's name, medication name, dosage, instructions and time of administration.
To discuss arrangements for any special needs, i.e., inhalers, diabetic supplies, etc., please contact the nurse.
La Salle High School complies with the minimum immunization requirements set forth by R.C. 3313.67 and 3313.671. Although La Salle High School complies with those minimum immunization requirements, it also retains discretion to enforce stricter requirements at any time, for instance, by requiring vaccination even over a guardian’s conscience or religious conviction objection or by revoking a previous exception.
The media center is open each school day from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Fridays, it is generally open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. On occasion, it may be open for either limited hours or extended before/after the normal hours.
The Spirit Shop is located in the Hart & Fasnacht Media Center on the first floor of the main building near the chapel. Parking is available at the courtyard entrance with easy access to the shop. To view the hours of when the Spirit Shop is open or to shop online, visit the Spirit Shop’s website at lasallehs.net/shop.
All requests for work permits should be directed to the main office. Students should allow one school day for processing.
A student’s permanent academic and health records are confidential. However, these records are available to members of employees, including auxiliary service personnel, as professionally needed. Parents may request to see their son's permanent records.
A student's records will not be released to individuals outside of the school unless the parents/guardians sign a release form. All records will be sent as instructed except when financial obligations remain.
Parents/guardians and students, understand that La Salle High School is required at times to provide the student’s personal information, including, but not limited to, name, age, place of residence, email address, and other pertinent academic and personal information to the student’s public school district of residence, Northwest Local School District, Catapult Learning, Hamilton County Educational Service Center, Ohio High School Athletic Association, Ohio Department of Education, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and/or elementary schools and parishes. Parents/guardians and students grant permission for this to occur.
Students and their parents/guardians accept and agree that La Salle High School is permitted to use without securing permission for each occurrence their name, photograph, likeness, voice, quotes, artwork and graphics, and written works, in all school and general media publications and other forms of communication that include, but are not limited to, printed newsletters electronic e-Newsletters, alumni newsletters, school website, school sign, school newspapers, school yearbook, local newspapers, parish-generated products, TV/cable/radio, admission materials, school-generated works, forms of social media, and public relations releases/products. Any restriction of use is the responsibility of both the student and his parents/guardians to inform La Salle annually in writing.
La Salle High School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
Student and Parent use of La Salle High School technology and services must align with the Acceptable Use Policy available on our website at lasallehs.net/academics/tablet-program/acceptable-use-policy.
We, the parent(s) and student, acknowledge and agree that, as a student at La Salle High School, a student participating in a La Salle High School activity, and as parent(s) of that student, entering in the school or being on the premises, having personal contact with teachers, classmates, and other La Salle High School staff and related personnel, involves a certain degree of risk, namely of parent(s) and/or student acquiring a communicable disease, including COVID-19, and then potentially passing it on to others, including family members. Due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, the characteristics of the virus, and the close proximity of students, teachers, and staff at La Salle High School, there is an elevated risk of student contracting the disease simply by being in the building, on the premises, or at any La Salle High School function. The same is true for parent(s) of a student at La Salle High School.
By signing this Handbook below, we acknowledge and agree that after carefully considering the risks involved, and having the opportunity to discuss these risks with any healthcare professional(s) of our choosing, we voluntarily and willingly accept those risks and acknowledge that returning to in-person classes and other in-person La Salle High School functions is the choice of each family, including ours. If student or parent(s) who visit La Salle High School and/or the La Salle High School campus have underlying health concerns which may place them at greater risk of contracting any communicable disease, including COVID-19, we acknowledge and agree that we will consult with a health care professional before student or parent(s) return to La Salle High School, attend any La Salle High School function, or visit La Salle High School. Moreover, we acknowledge that while adherence to safety and precautionary measures (e.g., social distancing guidelines, facemasks, handwashing, etc.) may reduce possible exposure to the risk of contracting a communicable disease, the possibility of serious illness and death remains. We do hereby accept and assume sole responsibility for any illness acquired by student or parent(s) while at La Salle High School or any La Salle High School function, including possible infection with COVID-19.
We further acknowledge, understand, and agree that we have obligations to the school, its employees/staff members, students, and others to take certain precautions and make certain disclosures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as outlined by the State of Ohio and the applicable local public health department. By signing the La Salle High School forms and acknowledgements in FinalForms, we understand agree to this Acknowledgement.
Last Updated on July 22, 2020