Discipline is geared to help the student grow in the understanding of self and of Christian responsibilities to fellow students and others. Well-ordered classes, which create an atmosphere conducive to learning, will lead to an effective School Program. Good discipline aids in the development of students who respect themselves, other persons and duly constituted authority.
Nativity School is a Christian Community based on respect for the individual. However, there are times when it may be necessary to keep a child after school. In grades 1-5, the parents will be given reasonable notice and are expected to handle transportation and consult with the teacher.
In the junior high a detention system has been established. Detention is held on Mondays from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Students can be detained for being late to class, skipping class, disrupting class, being disrespectful to peers or faculty, use of profane language, failing to complete assigned work and other violations of school and classroom rules. Parents are notified by a detention slip via mail.
In all cases, parents must provide transportation, as there is no late bus.
Serving a detention takes precedence over any after-school activity.
Serious disciplinary infractions constitute grounds for suspension or expulsion.
- Delinquency and immorality, which constitutes a definite menace to other students in the school community.
- Chronic and incorrigible misbehavior which undermines the classroom discipline and impedes the academic progress of the other students.
- Persistent defiance of the authority of the teacher or principal
- Assault or battery, or any threat of force or violence directed toward other students or school personnel.
Suspension is a drastic punishment that will be used rarely and only after all remedial measures have been employed without success. The school authorities, the Superintendent of Schools, or the District Superintendent of Schools may suspend the following minors from required attendance upon instruction:
- A minor who is insubordinate or disorderly.
- A minor whose physical or mental condition endangers the health, safety, or morals of himself or other minors.
The permanent dismissal or involuntary transfer of a student for disciplinary reasons is an extreme measure and will be enacted only as a last resort. There may be expulsion or involuntary transfer when crime, scandal, immorality or disruption constituting a threat to the physical or moral welfare of other students is involved.
Substance Abuse: Any student in an elementary school of the Diocese who is detected using, selling, giving, dealing, possessing or under the influence of drugs or alcohol in school or at a school-sponsored event is liable to expulsion. The student will be suspended immediately and a conference will be held with the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) and including the Principal and Pastor. If not expelled, the student will be put on probation. In that case, a second serious offense against any school rule will result in the expulsion of the student. In addition to recommending counseling, the Principal will invoke suitable penalties and procedures to ensure the terms of the probation.
Any student in an elementary school of the Diocese who has drug or alcohol paraphernalia in his or her possession in school or at a school-sponsored event will be assigned a suitable punishment by the Principal. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified of the incident and the disciplinary actions.
Tobacco Use Restrictions: Any tobacco use, including cigarettes, pipes, snuff and chew is NOT PERMITTED on school grounds during school and student activity hours. School grounds include ANY BUILDING STRUCTURE and surrounding outdoor grounds within the school’s legally defined boundary.
School hours include student activities supervised by the faculty, staff or parents or any other school event such as dances, clubs, sporting events and practices, field trips, etc. Tobacco use is disallowed for students, visitors, repair and construction workers, chaperones, faculty, and other staff. [Federal Pro Child Act of 1994- Goals 2000 Educate America Act]
Search and Seizure: Catholic School officials are free to enter a student’s locker or desk at any time to search for questionable items. Searches can be unannounced and selective, and carried out even if there is no report of wrongdoing. If items found are illegal (i.e. Nonprescriptive drugs, alcohol, weapons), they will be turned over to Law Enforcement Authorities. If they violate school rules, school authorities will keep them.
Any student found in possession of a weapon on school property will be immediately expelled from school.
Zero Tolerance and Due Process: Nativity School will not tolerate or ignore any acts or threats of violence against the school faculty, staff and students in school or out of school. If a student does violate the “Zero Tolerance Policy,” due process will immediately go into effect. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- The pastor or canonical administrator will be immediately notified. In the event that the pastor or canonical administrator is not available, the principal will have the authority to proceed with disciplinary measures.
- The parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student committing the violation will be called immediately and the student will be placed on an out-of-school suspension, which could lead to expulsion pending further investigation.
- A conference with the parent(s) or guardian(s) will include a written statement by the principal and possible consequences pending further investigation.
- Students who have teased or bullied other students causing an outburst of violence will also be placed on disciplinary action. Parents will be called, come in for a conference and a decision made as to the consequences for these students.
- The local police will be notified.
- A letter of explanation to all parents will be sent home as soon as possible assuring them that the safety of their children is a priority and proper measures have been taken to ensure the school is safe.
Sexual Harassment: It is the policy of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Buffalo that all students have the right to be free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment, in the school environment. Sexual harassment may take different forms. The following acts, although not automatically sexual harassment, may constitute sexual harassment under certain circumstances:
- Verbal- Sexual innuendoes, jokes of a sexual nature, and sexually degrading language to describe an individual;
- Nonverbal- Displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, leering, and making obscene gestures;
- Physical- Unwanted physical contact or touching, brushing up against the body and any type of coerced sexual activity.
Sexual harassment does not refer to behavior or occasional compliments of a social nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome, that is personally offensive, or that fails to respect the rights and dignity of others.
The principal will thoroughly and immediately investigate all claims of sexual harassment. Parents will be notified and the pastor and principal will determine punishment in accordance with due process.