Serving Preschool 3 - 8th Grade in Fort Worth, Texas  

Saint Andrew Catholic School Advisory Council
Policies & Procedures

#1 ADMISSIONS

 

In any grade in which applications exceed available openings, admission will be determined and children admitted on the basis of the following priority grouping:

  1. Children of full-time faculty members;
  2. Returning students;
  3. Siblings of returning students;
  4. Children of active Saint Andrew Catholic School families who do not have a child or children in any other grade of the school;
  5. Children of an active Catholic family who are members of a parish with a school;
  6. Children of an active Catholic family;
  7. Children of non-Catholic families who share our values.

 

3/22/71

Revised 1/10/94

Reviewed 11/9/98

Revised 1/9/12

 

In keeping with our belief about the dignity and worth of each person, no child shall be admitted to Saint Andrew Catholic School in order to avoid integration in the public schools.

 

3/13/89

Reviewed 11/9/98

Revised 1/9/12

 

#2 REGISTRATION FEES

Registration Fees are not refundable unless the school advises the family that the child is not accepted or the family relocates outside the reasonable attendance area prior to Final Registration.  In such a case, the entire fee will be refunded.

 

Revised 3/22/88

Revised 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

#3 TUITION POLICY

 

1.   Tuition is due on the 1st of each month.  There will be a $10.00 late charge on tuition payments received after the 10th of the month in which it is due, plus an additional $10.00 for each succeeding month.  Arrangements can be made with the office to pay regularly on a particular day after the 10th of the month, based upon individual need.  In this case, no late charge will be due unless the arrangement is not kept.  Post-dated checks will be credited only after they have cleared the bank and will be subject to late charges unless prior arrangements have been made. 

 

2.   If a financial problem arises, the office must be contacted immediately to make special arrangements about the payment of tuition.  If the office is contacted prior to the 10th of the month in which payment is due, there will be no late charges if an arrangement to pay on a later date is kept. 

 

3.   There will be a $15.00 charge for any check that comes back marked insufficient.  A returned check must be redeemed with cash or money order.  If the school receives two (2) returned checks, all further payments must be made in cash or money order.

 

4.   If an account is habitually late (4 or more times), or if it is more than 45 days delinquent, it will be turned over to the Finance committee for collection and review.  It is possible that the remainder of the tuition will be required immediately before the child(ren) may return to school.

5.   All accounts (including fundraising) must be paid in full by the 10th of May.  Failure to do this will result in children not participating in any school activity until these accounts are paid.  This would include such activities as the 8th grade class trip, end-of-the-year filed trips, filed day, and graduation.  All payments made after May 10th must be made in cash or by money order. 

 

Effective 1/1/88

Revised 5/11/92

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

#4 POLICY FOR NON-CATHOLIC STUDENTS

 

All students attending Saint Andrew Catholic School will attend Mass and all other religious functions during the class day and participate in religion classes regardless of religious affiliation. 

 

3/22/76

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

#5 PRE-SCHOOL

 

1.   There shall be established a pre-school as part of Saint Andrew Catholic School.

 

2.   A child must have reached his or her third or fourth birthday before September 1st of the year they are admitted to pre-school.

 

3.   Administration of the school shall be under the control of the duly appointed principal of Saint Andrew Catholic School.

 

Revised 3/13/88

Revised 5/15/95

 

Revised 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

#6 PERSONNEL

 

  1. Upon appropriate request, an unpaid leave of absence may be granted for a period of one year at the discretion of the Administration upon a finding by the Administration of one of the following:
    1. Attendance by the teacher as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution and registered in a field reasonably calculated to improve the teacher’s expertise or qualifications.
    2. Illness of the teacher or an immediate family member or other significant family conditions involving the teacher or an immediate family member which condition requires the teacher’s attention.
    3. Travel which is considered a beneficial experience for the teacher and is equivalent to an educational pursuit.
    4. Relocation resulting from the employment or occupation of the teacher’s spouse.

 

Such leave of absence shall not be interrupted by gainful employment in the capacity of a teacher and may be extended for a period not to exceed one year, upon appropriate request by the teacher to the Administration. The teacher shall be entitled to return to the staff subject to availability of an appropriate position and at the Administration’s discretion.  Upon return to the staff, the teacher shall be entitled to the salary scale to which the teacher was entitled on the effective date of departure.  After re-employment, additional tenure shall accrue in accordance with the policy governing computation of service for raise qualifications.

 

6/24/74

Revised 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

2.   A teacher will be paid his/her salary when on jury duty.

 

3/24/75

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

3.   Part-time teachers shall meet the same requirements academically as full-time teachers and shall be paid proportionately according to the time they teach.

 

2/23/76

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

4.   A teacher with an advanced degree and/or special qualifications shall be eligible for increased salary over base salary.

 

2/22/82

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

5.   A teacher salary scale will be approved each year by the Advisory Council.

 

11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

6.   The principal’s and assistant principal’s salaries are determined by the Pastor of Saint Andrew Catholic Church in consultation with the Advisory Council.

 

11/9/98

Revised 1/9/12

 

#7 DISCIPLINE

 

Verbal abuse or any kind of disruptive or disrespectful conduct to a teacher by a student or his/her parents will under no circumstances be tolerated.  Such behavior will result in the school asking the parents to withdraw their child and/or refusing readmission to school.  Any student or his/her parents not willing to follow the rules or the conduct and discipline guidelines contained in the Student Handbook will likewise result in the parents being asked to withdraw their child or children from school.

 

1/24/77

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

Discipline guidelines for the school year will be developed by the principal and the faculty at the beginning of each academic year.  These guidelines will be explained to the students and the parents in the Student Handbook.  In all disciplinary situations, the administrative staff and the faculty will use reasonable and professional judgment and under such circumstances can expect the support of the Advisory Council.  Corporal punishment is not to be administered by faculty or staff.

 

2/25/80

Revised 3/13/89

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

#8 HEALTH

 

Possession of alcoholic beverages or drugs (not prescribed by a physician) or the use or possession of tobacco is expressly forbidden on church, school or athletic properties.

 

2/28/72

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

 Only emergency medications such as that needed for diabetics, asthmatics, etc. may be given at school.  The nurse or other school authority may give this only if the school has written directives from the doctor stating the name of the medication, dosage, and time to be given.  For recurrent chronic problems, at the doctor’s direction, medications for more than one day may be kept on hand.

 

11/25/75

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

Only medications in a container properly labeled and dispensed by a registered pharmacist and/or physician, may be administered at school.

 

11/26/79

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

 A registered professional nurse shall be employed at St. Andrew School.

 

2/22/82

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

 A student will be subject to expulsion from Saint Andrew School if, while on school premises or at other school sponsored functions, the student is found to be in possession of or using a narcotic or other controlled substance not prescribed by a licensed physician.  The dispensing or selling of any narcotic or other controlled substance or the use of alcoholic beverages on school premises or at school sponsored functions will subject the student to expulsion.

 

9/26/83

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

Every student enrolled in Saint Andrew Catholic School shall be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases caused by infectious agents in accordance with the immunization schedule adopted by the Texas Department of State Health Services. A student who fails to present the required evidence shall not be accepted for enrollment. The only exception to the foregoing requirement is a medical exemption signed by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) authorized to practice in the State of Texas.

 

Adopted 1/9/12

 

#9 HOLY DAYS

 

When a Holy Day falls on a school day, there will be a special liturgy for all students.  The theme of the Holy Day will be emphasized throughout the school day.

 

10/27/80

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

# 10 FIELD TRIP POLICY

 

Field trips are considered part of the curriculum.  The number, length of time and place will be determined by the meaningfulness of the trip, circumstances and age of the pupils.

 

Transportation other than carpools may be used.  Pupils will be required to pay a fee for transportation and/or admission where this applies.

 

Private vehicles are required to have operable seat belts for each passenger.

 

Private vehicles are required to have booster seats for all children younger than eight (8) years old, unless they are already 4’9’’ or taller.

 

All drivers of private vehicles must show evidence of current liability insurance.

 

No pupil may attend a Field Trip without a signed waiver from the parent.

 

Field Trips are a privilege, not a right.  If a child has given a teacher reason to believe that he/she may require more than an ordinary amount of supervisions, the child may not be permitted to participate in the trip. 

 

10/23/78

Revised 3/13/89

Revised 11/9/98

Revised 1/9/12

 

#11 SUPERVISION OUTSIDE REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS

 

St. Andrew School, its faculty and staff, are not responsible for the safety and welfare of children who are present on the school property before the hour of 7:30 a.m. and after the hour of 3:30 p.m. on regular school days.

 

The sole responsibility for the safety and welfare of the children prior to and after these times must be that of the individual parents or guardians.  On days after early dismissal, the faculty is not responsible beyond 20 minutes after dismissal. 

 

1/28/86

Reviewed 11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

#12 ADMISSIONS

 

Application to St. Andrew School does not guarantee admission.

 

11/9/98

Reviewed 1/9/12

 

 

 

#13 FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

 

The following will govern school sponsored money-making projects for Saint Andrew Catholic School:

 

  1. In September, any group wishing to raise funds during the school year must present its annual projects with proposed dates to be approved by a committee of three (3) members of the current Advisory Council.

 

3/26/84

Revised 3/13/89

Revised 5/15/95

Reviewed 11/9/98

Revised 1/9/12

 

#14 SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

 

All employees are required to be fully compliant with the Safe Environment Program.  This program mandates that the following requirements be met:

 

  1. Satisfactorily passing a criminal background check at the beginning of employment and every 3 years thereafter; and,
  2. Satisfactorily completing training in safe environment policy, procedures and practices at the beginning of employment (generally within first 30 days) and every 3 years thereafter.

 

Saint Andrew Catholic School retains the right to conduct background investigations on prospective and current employees to obtain criminal conviction records.  Conviction of a crime is not an absolute bar to employment and will not automatically eliminate an individual from consideration for or continuation of employment.  All relevant circumstances, such as how long ago the conviction occurred and the crime involved, will be considered in relation to specific job requirements.  Conviction of a crime that is related to the job the individual is expected to perform may be cause for denial of employment.  Arrest records alone will generally not be considered in determining an individual’s eligibility.

 

Saint Andrew Catholic School explicitly prohibits any type of sexual misconduct.  Sexual misconduct is defined as any of the following:

 

  1. Sexual Abuse -- Sexual contact between an adult and a minor as defined by the laws of the State of Texas;
  2. Sexual Exploitation – Sexual interaction between an employee and a person receiving church-related assistance, whether initiated by one or the other; and,
  3. Sexual Harassment -- Unwanted sexual advances, conduct or language between persons in the work environment of a parish, school or diocesan agency.

 

All three forms of misconduct are addressed simultaneously since they cause injustice by the abuse of authority and are contrary to the doctrines, moral teaching, and law of the Catholic Church.

 

Civil law requires any person who has cause to believe that a child has been or will be abused or neglected to file a non-accusatory report to Child Protective Services (CPS).  Saint Andrew Catholic School will cooperate with civil authorities and will follow the reporting requirements of Texas law.

 

Your first obligation is to report child abuse to CPS (always ask for a case number when you file the report).  If you have cause to believe that a church minister, employee, or volunteer is involved in sexual misconduct (including but not limited to sexual abuse), then you are required to report the person to your supervisor (if applicable and not the suspect), the Pastor of your parish, the Principal, the Director of Human Resources, or the Chancellor/Moderator of the Curia.  The report may be made by telephone, electronic messaging, or in writing.  If you have reported the matter to CPS, then immediately send a copy of your written report, with the CPS case number, to the Chancellor/Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese.

 

Saint Andrew Catholic School will respond immediately to any accusation of sexual misconduct.  This response is not a judgment of the person being accused.  It is important for members of Saint Andrew Catholic School be sensitive to those who allege sexual misconduct.

 

Sexual misconduct by anyone who serves Saint Andrew Catholic School is a serious violation of a sacred trust.  Proven allegations of sexual misconduct will result in termination of employment.

 

Adopted 1/9/12

 

#15 DETERMINATION OF CATHOLIC STATUS FOR SCHOOL TUITION RATES

 

A Catholic is defined, for purposes of determining what tuition rate will be applied for a student, as someone who is baptized Catholic, has received their age-appropriate sacraments and is registered and participating in a Catholic parish. 

 

 Adopted 1/9/12