Parent-Student Handbook

Table of Contents


I. Introduction
II. Administrative Policies
III. Attendance Policies
IV. Communication Policies
V. Dress Code Policies
VI. Academic Policies
VII. Policies for Conduct
VIII. Discipline
IX. Elementary Philosophy
X. Conclusion
Appendix I. Be a Knight!
Appendix II. Diocese of Manchester Bullying Policy
Appendix III. Human Sexuality Policy


I. Introduction


Dear Families,

Welcome to Mount Royal Academy North! It is an extreme honor to spread the noble mission of educating the whole person, one student at a time here in the North Country. We are blessed to have you join our school community. 

Here at MRA North we are proud to offer a safe learning environment while implementing a rigorous academic curriculum. Students are inspired to grow in their knowledge of and love for God, enabling them to love and serve those around them. Our focus is on educating the whole child, empowering them to reach their full spiritual, academic, and physical potential. Through implementing this educational philosophy our students will develop a profound love for learning and a great desire for Heaven! 

I feel truly blessed and am extremely grateful for those families starting this beautiful journey with us. I have no doubt that our little school will quickly become a well-respected and positive presence within our community. Together, our staff and families will bring such joy to our student’s lives through this wonderful educational experience. Again, I thank you for placing your trust in us to educate the most precious souls in existence; our children. 

Yours Truly In Christ,
         Jill Colby
         Head of School

Office Hours

The school office will be open each day from 8:00-2:30 and by appointment with the headmaster.


School Hours

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Morning classes begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.  A student arriving after this time will be marked tardy.  No students will be allowed in the building before 7:45 a.m. (unless enrolled in beforecare). On scheduled half days, dismissal will be at 11:15 a.m. 


Visitors

All visitors to the school must sign in at the office.  Visitors include parents, guests, and prospective families. Once the school day officially begins at 8:00 a.m., all visitors must enter the office and sign in.  If you would like to meet with the headmaster or a teacher while school is in session, please call to schedule an appointment prior to your visit.


Weather Information and Emergency Alerts

School cancellations and emergency alerts are announced by email or text through Alma, as well as on the Facebook website.

Only families and staff members can control the notification preference for emergency alerts on Alma via their own profile settings. The school cannot change nor control the manner in which families or staff members are notified. Please note that the system automatically defaults to a phone call, unless the settings are changed by the user on the Alma profile.

The emergency notification settings can be changed by clicking 'settings' on the top right hand corner of the dashboard. Inactive profiles (for example, one parent has never logged into Alma) default to phone notification. If you are still receiving phone calls at your home, it is likely because one parent has not activated his or her account and changed the settings, or the active user never adjusted the settings. 


Administration, Faculty and Staff

Chairman of the Board
Rosemary Rancourt

Board of Directors
Mandy Scott
Mary Rouillard
Victor Prieto
Lewis Cassady
Mathew Forest

Headmaster
Jill Colby

Faculty Members
Jean Colby
Mandy Scott
Helen Martin
Sabrina Rines


Mission Statement

Mount Royal Academy North provides a Catholic education that empowers students to reach their full spiritual, academic, and physical potential. Our aspirations direct all temporal efforts toward our Father’s eternal Kingdom.


Educational Philosophy

Mount Royal recognizes each student’s dignity as a child of God, uniquely created with their own strengths, weaknesses and “calling”.   Our curriculum is classical in that we appreciate the developmental stages of our students and use that understanding when making important curriculum decisions.  In the elementary years, the focus is on developing a strong foundation in phonics, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, penmanship, grammar, composition, math concepts and math facts.  We believe it is important for our students to learn about our world through religion, science and history and have a strong foundation in the arts.  

Mount Royal Academy North’s Catholic faith is central in our educational philosophy.  As stated in our mission we are called to inspire students to grow in their knowledge of and love for God, which will enable them to love and serve those around them.  To accomplish this mission we look to Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, as both our model and our means.  We also acknowledge the vital witness of our parents, teachers, administrators, board of trustees and priests, as they reveal the Christian message, not only by word, but also by their example.  We understand that the teaching of our Catholic faith is not limited to religious instruction in the classroom or during liturgical celebrations throughout the year but includes modeling Christianity as a comprehensive way of life.  It should animate our attitudes and be integrated into all our activities as we strive to create an environment in which students’ faith and virtue will gradually mature.  

* Adapted from The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB 


Virtue Formation

Virtue formation remains a critical component of the mission of Mount Royal Academy North. Powerful cultural forces run contrary to the Christian moral principles this school aims to uphold and teach. Children need a constant reminder that true happiness is acquired through the pursuit of virtue. Based on the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, this program helps students form the habits and dispositions necessary in order to truly flourish and become ideal leaders in their communities.

The Education in Virtue 
website has excellent support info for each virtue, such as, scripture quotes and saints’ lives. We have ordered a copy of the Educator’s Guide for each teacher as well. We want to continue our concerted effort in all grades this year with the virtue program. Each teacher will be expected to participate in the program. All members of the school will be expected to strive for the virtuous life.


II. Administrative Policies


AAdministrative Organization

Mount Royal Academy North’s  governing body is its school board.  These school board members are ultimately responsible to maintain Mount Royal Academy North’s Catholic identity and to approve the school’s budget, policies, staff, curriculum, and facilities.  The school board hires a Headmaster to oversee the day-to-day running of the school.  


B. Admissions Procedure

  1. Application Forms
    The application can be completed online, and the remaining documents are sent to the headmaster.

  2. Meeting with Headmaster

  3. Student is either accepted, placed on the waiting list, or denied acceptance.

  4. Registration forms (for students who have been accepted) completed

  5. Enrollment contract completed and signed

Mount Royal Academy North  welcomes and does not discriminate against students of any race, creed, color, or national/ethnic origin. Each student is entitled to the same rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to all students of the school.


C. Financial Policies

Each year our school board prepares a Tuition and Fee Schedule for the following school year.  Families are asked to register their students and sign their financial agreement form in January and February.  They may also apply for financial aid at this time.  FACTS TUITION manages our three payment plans:

  1. Tuition may be paid in full in August.
  2. Half of the tuition may be paid in August and the other half in January.
  3. Tuition may be paid over a ten-month period (August through May).

If a family becomes unable to pay their tuition, the parents should make an appointment with the Headmaster to discuss the situation. Students will not receive their report cards if their tuition has not been paid. Students will not be allowed to re-enroll for the next academic year until all account balances are paid in full, or a payment plan is established.   

All families are required to sign and return enrollment contracts for the upcoming school year by June 1st.


D. Registration Procedures

Each year in January and February families need to re-register their students for the next school year.  This helps the school board appropriately and prudently plan for teachers and classrooms.  

Families must also submit all of the required paperwork, including the parent authorization form, emergency contact information card, and health immunization records. This needs to be completed before the start of school. 

For more information, please consult the enrollment contract and/or tuition schedule. 

The registration of a student at Mount Royal Academy North is deemed to be an agreement on his or her part and on the part of the parents or guardians to comply fully with all policies, rules and regulations of the school as outlined in this handbook. 


E. Transfer/Withdrawal

To withdraw a student during a school year, parents will:

  1. Meet with the Headmaster.
  2. Conduct an exit interview. 
  3. Pay all outstanding fees and tuition.


F. Student Records

Unless otherwise specified by parent(s)/guardian(s), a student’s records will be made accessible to all Mount Royal Academy North faculty and administration. Information from a student’s records will not be made available to outside agents without the written permission from a parent/guardian or if required to do so by court order. 

This school abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of non-custodial parents. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, the school will provide the non-custodial parent with access to academic records and other school-related information regarding the child. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no information given, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with a court-certified copy of the court order.


G. HEART

This will be a program for parents that are willing to be involved with the school’s activities.

HEART Mission Statement: HEART (Hospitality, Education, and Recreation Team) is an organization that facilitates parents, faculty and administration working collectively on behalf and in support of the school. The organization is committed to enhancing the school experience for our children and families through enriching academic, social, and extracurricular activities. 

HEART works closely with the school’s administration and staff to organize and support many of the fundraisers, programs, activities, parties and class trips throughout the school year. The organization facilitates collaboration between faculty and parents to enhance the mission of the school. 

All parents are part of the HEART organization – you are truly the heart of our wonderful school.


I.  Ski Program

TBD


III. Attendance Policies


A.  Arrival and Dismissal

Morning arrival takes place between 7:45 - 8:00 a.m.  Children dropped off before 7:45 a.m. will be charged for before school care.  Arrival later than 8:00 a.m. is considered tardy.  The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal is at 2:30pm.


B. Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance is essential. If a student is consistently late or absent from school, valuable class time is lost.  Toleration of this behavior also gives the student the impression that school is not important.  Mount Royal Academy North grants excused absences for illness, or doctor/dentist appointments.  When the student returns to school, parents are required to send a note or email to the office explaining what days have been missed from school and the reason they should be recorded as an “excused absence.”  It is the student/parent’s responsibility to find out the missed assignments/tests and to complete them in a timely manner.  


C.  Tardiness

All students arriving late for school must report to the main office. For tardiness to be excused, notification from the parent is required.  


D.  Early Dismissal

If a student needs to leave school early, the parent must inform the teacher and headmaster stating the date, time, and reason for early dismissal.  The student must report to the main office before departure.  


E.  Excessive Absence

Students who are absent ten (10) days need to have a meeting with the Headmaster.  Special circumstances may be reviewed by the Headmaster.


F.  Injury/Sickness 

Students who become sick or injured during the school day are asked to notify their teacher, who will in turn notify the office/headmaster.  The office will inform the student's parent and, if necessary, the parent may pick up the child.  

If emergency care is required, and the parents or family physician cannot be contacted, the school will obtain the necessary treatment by utilizing the parental authorization for emergency care form which is on file in the office.


G.  Medication

According to state law, students may not have any type of medication (prescription or “over the counter”) in their possession at school.  No medication will be dispensed unless the medication is delivered to the school in the original pharmacy container, along with written parental permission and dosing instructions.  The medication will be kept under lock in the office and will be administered to the student by a faculty member. The administration of Tylenol also requires a special parent permission form to be completed at the beginning of each school year. Students who carry inhalers, Epipens or insulin are required to submit the same written authorization.

Mount Royal Academy North is a drug-free school zone.  Alcohol, tobacco, and all illicit drugs are prohibited on the grounds and in the buildings of MRA North.  This applies both when the school is in session and out of session.


H.  Before/Aftercare

The school offers a before/aftercare program in order to accommodate after school child care needs of Mount Royal families.  The cost is $2.50 per child, per hour.  The morning session runs from 7:00am-8:00am, and the aftercare session is from 2:30pm-5:00pm. Students must be picked up by 5:00pm in order to avoid a late fee.  Activities for aftercare include snack time, time for homework, indoor and outdoor play (weather permitting), and occasionally a movie.  Please contact the headmaster to schedule aftercare for your student. This service is paid separately from tuition and is due monthly.

All elementary school students remaining after school must be checked in to aftercare; students are not to be unsupervised on campus after dismissal.


I. Lice

Head lice commonly occur nationwide at the beginning of a school year.  Please know that we take it very seriously.  In an effort to avoid a lice outbreak, we kindly ask each parent to review the CDC information online.  Any student who contracts lice cannot return to school until they have been completely treated including the full removal of ALL nits.  Once all nits have been removed and the student has returned to school, it is imperative that daily combing sessions and head checks continue at home for two weeks to verify that all nits have been removed.   Parents are responsible for screening and treating their children. 


J. Immunizations 

Any child being admitted to Mount Royal Academy North must present proof of meeting immunization requirements.  Failure to comply with this provision may result in exclusion from school for the child.  The headmaster is responsible for documenting that all students have been immunized prior to school entrance in accordance with RSA 141-C:20-a.

School administration will notify parents/guardians at the earliest possible date, so that the necessary plans can be made with the family physician or other medical resources to accomplish this standard prior to a child being admitted to school.

A student shall be exempted from the above immunization requirements if he/she presents written documentation in accordance with RSA 141-C:20-c from his/her physician that immunization will be detrimental to his/her health.  A child will be excused from immunization for religious reasons, upon the signing of a notarized form by the parent or guardian stating that the child has not been immunized because of religious beliefs.  The link for the immunization waiver will be  available on the parent portal section of the school website.

In the event of an outbreak, students who have been exempted from immunization requirements will be excluded from school for a period of time, to be established after consultation with the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, if such students are considered to be at risk for the disease that they have not been immunized against.


Legal References:

RSA 141-C:20-a, Immunization
RSA 141-C:20-c, Exemptions
RSA 141-C:20-d, Exclusion During Outbreak of Disease


IV.  Communication Policies


Teachers, parents, and administrators need to communicate openly on a regular basis regarding individual student progress.  Newsletters, conferences, telephone calls, and various notices are all part of the effort to provide productive communication.


A.  Written Communication from the School

A weekly newsletter will be sent home via email.  Updates and announcements are also communicated to parents via email. Some types of communication from the school, such as permission slips, may require a parent’s signature and must be returned to the school.  


B. Printed Material or Posters

Distribution of printed matter or posters must receive administrative approval before being circulated or posted. Once approval has been given, students are responsible for posting signs only on designated areas. All signs and posters are to be removed immediately after the event announced.


C.  Morning Assembly

Each morning begins with an assembly promptly at 8:00 a.m. with the teachers and students gathered for a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and announcements.  These announcements often include important information such as upcoming events, cancellations and reminders. Please have the students at school early enough so that they are ready to listen to these announcements.  


D.  Phone Calls (incoming)

Please feel free to call the school to set up a conference, ask questions, and/or relay a message to a student or a teacher (preferably before 2:00 p.m.).  Except in emergencies, teachers will not be interrupted during the school day and students will NOT be excused from class to take phone calls. 

 

E.  Phone Calls (outgoing)

The school telephone may only be used with permission from a teacher (such as calling a parent to tell them soccer practice was cancelled because of bad weather). 


F.  Parent/Teacher Conferences

It is important for parents to become acquainted with their child's teachers and work closely with them.  Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at the end of the first and third quarters, but it is not necessary to wait for a scheduled parent-teacher conference day or for the teacher to initiate the conference.  Parent-teacher conferences may be arranged by emailing the teacher.


G.  Cell Phones

Elementary students are not allowed to bring cellphones to school.


H.  Emailing Faculty

Email has become a helpful and easy means of communication. Teacher email addresses are available on the Alma directory. Parents are strongly encouraged to discern whether or not an email is the most effective and appropriate form of communication. If the nature of the content is serious enough, please schedule a meeting or make a phone call. We strongly discourage sending emails regarding content that is more suited for a direct conversation. Tone, tempo, and other factors are simply indiscernible in an email.  Depending on schedule and responsibilities, teachers may or may not respond to an email the day it was sent.


I. Grievance Procedure

Mount Royal Academy North will work with families to resolve any concerns they may have about policies, school events, and situations as they arise.  In the event a student or parent disagrees with a school policy or with a situation that has occurred during a school-related activity, the parent will set up a time after or before school to meet with the teacher to discuss the problem.  If the parent is dissatisfied with the outcome of the meeting with the teacher, he/she should make an appointment with the Headmaster to discuss the issue.  Please indicate the nature of your concern to the Headmaster prior to the meeting.  In the event the parent is still dissatisfied after meeting, a formal letter describing the nature of the grievance should be sent to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors will address the letter at the next board meeting and respond appropriately.


V.  Dress Code Policies


Please refer for Lands’ End store for specific uniform options.   

GIRLS: Jumper/skirt length must fall at or below the knee. Shirts must also fit appropriately; no excessively tight, transparent or low- cut blouses. Jewelry, hair styles, and hair accessories should not be distracting or showy. Girls cannot come to school with hair that is dyed with an unusual color scheme (for example, red, yellow, green, blue, or purple tints or tips). Girls in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade may not wear makeup. Girls in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade must wear navy or black shorts underneath their jumpers every day for modesty. Only white blouses may be worn with jumpers and only blue shirts may be worn with khaki pants. The blue shirt is not required to be tucked in. Only shoes with low-heels, and closed-toes/heels, such as “Mary-Janes,” are acceptable. Dress shoes may be brown, black or navy. No sandals, slippers, clogs, high heels, or chunky heels are permitted.

BOYS: Boys must always have shirts tucked in, with a conventionally colored belt (brown, black or navy), appropriate fitting pants, and dress shoes (brown or black). Boys cannot come to school in black or brown sneakers. All collars must be kept neatly in place. If boys are going to wear a t-shirt underneath the uniform shirt, it must be a white t-shirt. Boys cannot come to school with an eccentric hairstyle that distracts other students. Boys cannot come to school with hair that is dyed with an unusual color scheme (for example, red, yellow, green, blue, or purple tints or tips). 

All MRA North spirit wear can be worn on Fridays. 


All embroidered items must be purchased through Lands’ End. Purchasing non-sanctioned clothing and asking other companies to embroider the clothes is a violation of the dress code. Sweaters or fleeces are not mandatory, but if worn in class during the school day must be purchased through Lands’ End.  Students are not allowed to wear non-sanctioned sweatshirts on campus during the school day.   Please refer to the Lands’ End link on the Parent Portal of the school website for the item numbers, prices, and company phone number. 


A.  Dress Code Enforcement

The enforcement of the dress code is primarily the responsibility of the parents.  However, if the student still does not follow the dress code, it becomes the responsibility of the teachers and administration.  A student who does not obey the dress code will be reminded verbally.  If the student continues to come to school dressed incorrectly, the parents will be contacted in person, by phone or email. Ongoing failure to comply with the dress code represents a violation of the enrollment contract, and will require additional action by the school administration.

Teachers will notify administrators of dress code infractions. Students not in dress code will not be allowed to report to class, as this is a cause for distraction. 


B.  Formal Co-Curricular Events

Throughout the school year, Mount Royal hosts “formal” events, such as school concerts, awards night, etc. Students/parents will be informed whether the students should wear their school uniform or the following dress code: 

          Boys: Dress pants, dress shirts, ties, and dress shoes  

          Girls: Modest dresses or skirts/blouses and dress shoes


C.  Informal Activities/Sports Practices 

All clothing worn by students for  informal co-curricular activities, on/off campus, must obey the following guidelines:


Do's:

  • Jeans, cargo pants, casual pants, or shorts if it is 50 degrees or warmer.
  • All pants and shorts must rest at the waist.
  • Shorts must reach at least mid-thigh.
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, flannel shirts.
  • Sneakers, boots, clogs, or sandals.

Don’ts:

  • No baggy/saggy pants or pajama pants
  • No low-rise pants/shorts
  • No short shorts or mini skirts
  • No sleeveless shirts, midriff-revealing shirts, tight-fitting, transparent or low-cut shirts
  • No offensive advertisements/cartoons/skulls

Students wearing clothing for after school activities that do not meet the above criteria will be asked to change back into their uniforms or their parents will be called to bring a different outfit.


E.  Lost and Found

Please clearly mark all clothing items with each student's name so that they may be returned if misplaced.  If your student has lost any clothing, lunch bag or books, please check the lost and found.  At the end of each school-year, all remaining items will be distributed to local charities.


VI. Academic Policies


A.  Book Care

Stewardship (the proper care for what we have been given) of our textbooks, workbooks, and school supplies is very important.  Students should not write in textbooks or fold down the corners of pages. Students should treat the books carefully and return them in good condition when the class has finished using them. Parents will be contacted if a student repeatedly abuses textbooks or school materials.  Students/parents will be charged the additional cost of texts lost or ruined by students.  Proper book usage will allow texts to be reused for multiple years and will keep the book fees from increasing.


B.  Class Time

Most of the student's time in school is spent in the classroom.  The quality of the education each student receives depends on his/her attention and effort in class and  study outside of class.

The following habits will help make each student's class time more effective:

  1. Be on time for class.  Students should be at their desk with their books and other materials ready before class. A pattern of tardiness will be addressed with parents.
  2. Students should treat their teachers with respect.
  3. Small class size encourages students to ask and answer questions.  Students should raise their hand until recognized by the teacher. Students should not interrupt others.
  4. Students should work quietly; chatting with friends during class time is not appropriate.
  5. Homework should be completed on its assigned day.
  6. If a student needs to leave the room during class, they must obtain permission from the teacher.
  7. At the end of the day, students should help neaten the classroom. 
  8. If a student misses a class, it is the student’s (and for younger students their parent’s) responsibility to find out what was missed and make up the work.


C.  Homework

Homework can be used by a teacher to prepare students for class. It may include reading a section of a textbook/novel/hand-out, preparing for oral presentations, or studying for a test/quiz. Homework may also be used to practice specific skills and concepts learned in school to produce mastery. Long-range assignments, such as book reports and science fair projects, are also scheduled to develop organization and independent study skills.

Due to the need for balance between school, leisure, and family time, homework should not regularly exceed the following limits:

K
10-20 minutes
1st & 2nd
20-30 minutes
3rd & 4th
30-40 minutes
5th
40-50 minutes


If a student’s homework is steadily taking longer than these suggested limits, the parent should set up a parent-teacher conference to discuss possible problems/solutions.

Late homework assignments may result in a lower grade. Teachers should inform parents when assignments have been skipped. Students on sports teams may also be asked to sit-out games if they fail to complete their homework.


D.  Testing

Tests are used to analyze individual student’s mastery on a specifically defined unit, such as 20 spelling words, or chapter 18 in a history text. Although tests are often a helpful and important tool, they should not be the only way subject grades are determined.  Student’s daily work, class participation, projects, written assignments, etc. should also be used to assess student learning.  Students will be notified of the date for a test.  Tests may be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances or due to the teacher’s decision that more student comprehension is required before the test.  However, tests should not be postponed often, or it will discourage the students who have worked hard to prepare for the test on the assigned day.


E.  Cheating

Cheating is violation of one's own integrity and should never occur.  If a student is caught cheating, the teacher will contact the student’s parents and the Headmaster within 24 hours. An appropriate and formative consequence will be given to ensure the child understands the seriousness of dishonesty.


F.  Report Card Grades

Report cards will be issued four times throughout the school year through Alma.  Grading scales are below.

Preschool:
NW=Needs Work

IP=In Progress

DA=Developmentally Appropriate

 
Grades K-2:

Excellent
90-100
Good
80-90
Satisfactory
70-80
Needs Improvement
0-70



Grades 3-5:

A+
97-100
A
93-97
A-
90-93
B+
87-90
B
83-87
B-
80-83
C+
77-80
C
73-77
C-
70-73
D+
67-70
D
63-67
D-
60-63
F
0-60


H. Failure Policy

Students who receive a failing final grade in a subject must complete an action plan developed by the administration, teacher, parents, and student.


VII. Policies for Conduct

A.  General Guidelines for Conduct

Mount Royal Academy North strives to develop a high standard of morals and virtues in our students.  We believe God has set this standard and will help us grow in it when we seek His aid.  Some of the virtues which we practice daily in the classroom include: charity, obedience, humility, self-control, responsibility, honesty, moderation, courtesy, patience, respectfulness, kindness, forgiveness, gratefulness, and perseverance.  The following rules help us work on these virtues:

  1. Students should make eye contact, smile, and greet teachers, visitors, parents, and fellow students.
  2. Students will give their undivided attention to others when speaking or listening; they should look them in the eyes and avoid interrupting them.
  3. Students will exercise courtesy in speech at all times.  The use of "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" are especially encouraged.  Foul language, improper tone of voice, rudeness, sarcasm, gossip and slander will not be tolerated.
  4. Students should exercise proper posture and appropriate body language (e.g., no hands in pockets, slouching, or tipping chairs).  Proper posture is especially important during prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. Students should avoid pushing or unnecessary roughness.
  6. Students should show respect for people’s belongings, the building/grounds at all times.  They should help keep their desk, classroom, hallways, and coat-area neat and clean.  Vandalism will be punished.
  7. Occasionally students will be asked to help with small cleaning jobs.  These might include wiping off tables, emptying trash baskets, sweeping/vacuuming, shoveling a snowy walkway, etc.
  8. Older students will strive to be good examples to younger students.


B.  Catholic Masses, Prayers, and  Religious Education

Mount Royal Academy North is a Catholic school, and we welcome students of all beliefs.  Students may not be excused from religious services, classes, etc. Students are not required to actively participate, but must maintain a respectful demeanor. Catholics believe that Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, resides in the Holy Eucharist (John 6: 47-66).


C.  Cell Phones and other Electronic Equipment

Cell phones may not be used at Mount Royal Academy North.  If your student owns one, please keep them at home.  Please do not bring electronic music players or electronic gaming devices to Mount Royal.  If any type of electronic equipment is being used by a student during the school day, it will be given to the Headmaster and parents will be notified to pick it up in the office.


D.  Field Trips

Occasionally, Mount Royal North brings its students on field trips.  These may be educational, religious, community service, or recreational outings.  During a field trip, students will wear seat belts when traveling in cars.  Students should only eat in the car if the teacher has asked permission from the drivers ahead of time.  Students should follow all school rules, including Mount Royal’s dress code.  Students should stay with their teachers and chaperones, and follow their instructions.  

Parents who are volunteer drivers must provide the office with a copy of a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.


E.  Fire Drills

The procedure for fire alarms is as follows:

  • Walk. DO NOT RUN.
  • Do not talk.
  • Do not take books or other items.
  • Follow the route posted in classrooms.
  • Should an alarm occur during lunch or between classes, leave by the nearest exit.
  • Classroom groups should stay together so that teachers can identify all their students after the building is evacuated.
  • All doors in hallways should be closed.
  • All windows should be closed.


F.  Personal Relationships

Charity toward our “neighbor” is the greatest proof of God’s transforming renewal in our lives. Mount Royal Academy North is one place where we put our faith into action.  Friendliness and inclusiveness should be attributes of all students.  Students are encouraged to develop healthy friendships with both boys and girls.   Recess, group social events, and sports provide fun, informal settings for students to become lifelong friends.


VIII. Discipline


Mount Royal Academy North’s goal is to develop Christian virtues in every student, but sometimes humans fail to obey the rules.  In all matters of correction, charity and respect for the offender are important.  The teachers and administration are there to help the student. Verbal correction always begins the process, privately if possible. In each case, it is important for the wrongdoer to apologize to the offended party, ask forgiveness, and state that they will try not to do it again.

If disciplinary action becomes necessary to motivate change in behavior, they must be appropriate; neither harsh nor permissive.  Younger children typically break small rules and therefore require smaller penalties.  True correction can often be achieved with logical consequences.  Students will be warned and informed of the consequences.  The following are some examples:  If a child is disruptive during class, they may be placed in a time-out for a few minutes until they are ready to participate appropriately.  If a child has not finished their assigned work, they may be retained during free-time or co-curricular activities to work on the assignment.  If a student refuses to come inside from recess on time one day, they may have a shortened recess the following day.   If a child forgets their work regularly, a plan may be developed between the teacher and parents to improve the student’s organization.  The teacher will determine the consequences as necessary, and may request parental participation.

A suspension is a more severe punishment, requiring the student to either stay home, or to be at school but separated from all the other students, depending on the nature of the infraction, for one or more days. Expulsion is the official dismissal of a student for extreme forms of misconduct or continual neglect of basic rules and expectations.


Fighting Policy

Individuals involved in a fight resulting in physical contact will be immediately removed from the school activity, parents will be called to come and get the students, and the students will not return to school until decided upon by administration.


Weapons

Absolutely no weapons are allowed on campus, included but not limited to pocket knives, knives, box cutters, guns, crossbows, bow and arrow, sling shot, and BB guns. This applies to students and guests. Teachers may use specific instruments for academic activities, but any sharp object must be secured on campus.


Right to Search Policy

All wall lockers, desks and storage cubbies are the property of Mount Royal Academy North, not any individual student, and are therefore subject to search at the discretion of school administration and faculty at any time.

A request may be made by school administration or faculty to search personal property such as bags, pocketbooks, backpacks, pockets, etc. upon the establishment of reasonable suspicion that items of contraband (including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, any form of drug paraphernalia or illicit drugs) or any items potentially injurious to the health and safety of students or faculty may be found on the student’s person or in their possession.

School administrators have the right to question a student regarding suspicion of possession of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, any form of drug or tobacco paraphernalia, illicit drugs or any items potentially injurious to the health and safety of students or faculty.

Failure to comply with a request to search or answer cooperatively will result in a call to the parent or guardian of the student.  School administrators may choose to send the student home immediately in the event of a failure to comply.

If the situation is of an emergency nature, Mount Royal Academy North reserves the right to conduct such searches without prior permission from the student.


IX. Elementary Philosophy


Elementary classes at Mount Royal Academy North understand that each child is a unique person created by God – bearing gifts, facing challenges and possessing an immeasurable, innate desire to learn.

By providing a stimulating and structured academic environment, combined with quality instruction in an atmosphere of encouragement and mutual respect, we aim to promote the intellectual, spiritual and physical growth of each child who comes to our school.  By guidance and example, we seek to foster the development of skills, strong values, and a desire to make good choices. This cultivates within each child both ability and a sense of responsibility, which together result in true freedom and happiness.

Each classroom serves for the child as the heart of the larger Mount Royal Academy North community, a community that further inspires and guides the child’s growing awareness of God’s creation, and of the needs of others around them. Holiday celebrations, liturgical observances, community prayer and service projects, art, fun and games are all opportunities to learn with and about others.  Through these shared experiences with the larger school community, compassion, understanding and a desire to participate in service beyond our community may result, calling each of our students to fulfillment by doing all things for the greater glory of God.


X. Conclusion


Mount Royal Academy North  affirms the Church’s teaching that parents are the primary educators of their children.  For this reason we seek parents’ close cooperation and responsible participation in the implementation of the Parent/Student Handbook.  We ask all parents and students to please sign below indicating that you have carefully read and discussed the Parent/Student Handbook and that you understand all expectations held within.

Please tear out the following and send it to the school office by the first week of school.




Appendix I


Be a Mount Royal Knight!


Mount Royal Academy North are the Knights of our Lady.  Knights during the Middle Ages followed a code of law called “chivalry.”  Students at Mount Royal Academy North will work to develop the following habits (or code) of study which will enable them to be successful and foster a positive learning environment in the school.

Kind and thoughtful participation: Good students are not passive creatures who are simply present and merely attend class. They come prepared with homework completed, ready to contribute to class discussion, and attentive to the teacher’s instruction.

Noble and professional work ethic: Students are expected to contribute to the serious, dignified activity of learning by their proper conduct.

Industrious:  They need to inform themselves of homework assignments, consult with teachers about completing missing work, and taking tests.

Gratefulness: Education is a gift and a privilege, and the proper response to a gift is gratitude and appreciation—to cherish the gift and use it wisely, not waste it. In the words of Leonardo da Vinci, “Lord, you give us all things at the cost of an effort.”

Honesty: Copying another student’s homework, lending one’s own homework for other students to copy, and attempting to write an essay on a book a student has not read are dishonest acts, forms of deception that amount to lies.

Timeliness: Students who miss the deadline and turn in late work of any kind must provide a note from a parent explaining the reasons (if any) for tardy work.

Steadfast attendance:   Students who are absent for various reasons have an obligation to complete all homework and take missing tests.




Appendix II


Bullying Policy


As Catholics, we believe that everyone is created by God and loved by God. As followers of Jesus, we are called to value other people’s dignity and to treat them with respect just as Jesus did. Bullying of any kind goes against our call to be like Jesus and it is never acceptable.

Mount Royal Academy North is committed to providing all students with a safe school environment in which all members of its community are treated with respect. The school believes that protecting against and addressing bullying is critical for creating and maintaining a safe, secure and positive school climate and culture; supporting academic achievement; increasing school engagement; respecting the rights of others; and upholding our Christian values.

The Headmaster is responsible for ensuring that the Anti-Bullying Policy is implemented.


  1. Definitions

    Bullying means a single, significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another pupil which:

    - Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
    - Causes emotional distress to a student; or
    - Interferes with a student’s educational opportunities; or
    - Creates a hostile educational environment; or
    - Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

    Cyberbullying means bullying conduct (as defined above) that is undertaken through the use of electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones, computers, pagers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, electronic readers, video games, and websites.
     
  2. Statements of Prohibition

    Bullying and cyberbullying shall not be tolerated and are hereby prohibited.

    Mount Royal Academy North reserves the right to address all forms of prohibited conduct and, if necessary, impose discipline for such misconduct that occurs on or is delivered to school property or a school-sponsored event on or off school property; or occurs off of school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity or event, if the conduct interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school-sponsored activity or event.

    False Reporting- A student found to have knowingly made a false accusation of bullying may face disciplinary or remedial action within the discretion of the Headmaster.

    Retaliation-   Retaliation or false accusations against a victim, witness, or anyone else who in good faith provides information about an act of suspected bullying or cyberbullying is prohibited. Any student found to have engaged in retaliation against those described above shall be subject to disciplinary action.

    If an alleged victim or any witness expresses to the Headmaster or other staff member that he/she is fearful of retaliation, the Headmaster shall develop a plan to protect that student from possible retaliation.

  3. Reporting Incidents of Bullying

    Note: The identity of the reporter will be protected unless otherwise required by state or federal law.

    Reporting During School Hours

    Reporting by Students-

    Any student who believes that he/she has been the victim of bullying should report the act immediately to a teacher or to any other school employee.

    Any student who has knowledge of or observes bullying of another student is encouraged to report the bullying to a teacher or to any other school employee. If a student is unsure whether an incident learned of or observed may constitute bullying, the incident should be discussed with a teacher or another school employee.

    Reporting by Parents/Guardians and School Volunteers-

    Any parent, guardian, or school volunteer who suspects, has witnessed, received a report of, or has information that a student may have been subjected to bullying is encouraged to promptly report such incident to a teacher, a school employee, or the Headmaster.

    Reporting by School Employees-

    Any teacher, staff member, or school employee who suspects, has witnessed, received a report of, or has reliable information that a student has been subjected to bullying or suspected bullying as defined above shall promptly report such incident to the Headmaster.

    Reporting Outside of School Hours

    The diocese will make available a phone number to be used by those who wish to report suspected incidents of bullying outside of school hours. Reports made by this method will be recorded and forwarded to the appropriate school the following business day. Reporters will be encouraged to provide their names, but anonymous reports will be accepted.
     
  4. Response to Reports

    Investigation

    The Headmaster shall promptly (within 2 business days) initiate an investigation into any report of bullying or suspected bullying.

    Initial Notice to Parent/Guardian

    The Headmaster shall promptly (within 2 business days) notify the parents/guardians of the reported victim of bullying and the parents/ guardians of the reported perpetrator of bullying of the incident. Such notification may be made orally or in writing. A waiver of this notification may be granted by the Board of Directors if such waiver is deemed to be in the best interest of the victim or perpetrator.

    Timeline for Investigation

    The investigation will be concluded within 5 business days. An extension may be granted by the Board of Directors if necessary.

    Notification to Parent/Guardian Upon Completion of Investigation

    Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the Headmaster shall promptly report the findings of the investigation to the parents/guardians of the reported victim of bullying and the parents/guardians of the reported perpetrator of bullying. Such notification may be made orally or in writing. The notification must comply with school policy and rules of confidentiality.

    Written Record

    A written record of any substantiated act of bullying shall be maintained by the school.
     
  5. Disciplinary Action for Substantiated Bullying

    If an investigation concludes that a student has engaged in bullying conduct prohibited by this policy, the Headmaster shall determine the consequences on a case-by-case basis. Bullying behavior can take many forms. Accordingly, there is no single, appropriate response to substantiated acts of bullying.

    When acts of bullying are identified early and/or when such acts do not reasonably require a severe disciplinary response in the judgment of the principal or designee, students should be counseled as to the definition of bullying, its prohibition, and their duty to avoid any conduct that could be considered bullying.

    While bullying, as defined above, will generally warrant disciplinary action against the student responsible for the bullying, whether and to what extent disciplinary action is required is a matter for the discretion of the Headmaster. The goal is for the child responsible for the bullying to receive redemption, learn, and refrain from bullying others in the future. Any disciplinary or remedial action shall be designed to correct the problem behavior, prevent future occurrences of such behavior, protect the victim, provide support and assistance to the victim and perpetrator, and prevent the likelihood of retaliation.

    Nothing in this policy prevents the school from taking disciplinary action against a student for conduct that does not meet the definition of bullying or cyberbullying but nevertheless is inappropriate for the school.
     
  6. Notification

    Handbooks- Mount Royal Academy North will provide notice of this Policy to students, staff, parents/guardians, and volunteers via student and employee handbooks.

    Training- Students shall participate in education programs which set forth expectations for student behavior and emphasize an understanding of bullying, the school’s prohibition of such conduct, and the reasons why the conduct is destructive, unacceptable, and shall lead to discipline.

    Parents- Periodically, the Headmaster shall provide parents/guardians with information about bullying.

    Staff and Volunteers- The Headmaster shall develop appropriate methods of discussing with staff and volunteers the meaning, substance, and application of this Policy and the importance of promoting a positive school climate to minimize the occurrence of bullying.




Appendix III


Human Sexuality Policy


All members of the school community are expected to strive to live a life of virtue guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church in all aspects of their lives. Our school’s pastoral and policy practices are written in fidelity to the moral guidance and teachings of the Catholic Church in all areas that touch on human flourishing. The school establishes an environment of encouragement, mercy, healing, and love to accompany its members as we journey on the path toward holiness.

Since true education must strive for complete formation of the human person that looks to his or her final end as well as to the common good of societies, children and youth are to be nurtured in such a way that they are able to develop their physical, moral, and intellectual talents harmoniously, acquire a more perfect sense of responsibility and right use of freedom, and are formed to participate actively in social life.

Because our efforts at integral formation include the integrity of body, spirit, and moral development, our school has a proper concern for each student’s behavior and development in the complex area of human sexuality. As a Catholic institution, we believe that human bodies are gifts from God and temples of the Holy Spirit. All men and women are called to a life of chastity appropriate to their vocation as single, married, or consecrated religious. The Church defines chastity as “the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being”.

The Church also teaches that “sexuality, in which man’s belonging to the bodily and biological world is expressed, becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one person to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman”. We believe that human sexual behavior is only properly oriented to the ends of love and life in the context of Holy Matrimony.

The proper understanding of human sexuality requires personal integrity and full integration of body and soul as created by God. According to the Church, “the chaste person maintains the integrity of the powers of life and love placed in him. This integrity ensures the unity of the person; it is opposed to any behavior that would impair it. It tolerates neither a double life nor duplicity in speech.”
We believe that the body and soul are intimately united: the body does not contain the soul like water in a glass, but the two are intimately dependent upon each other to express man as the highest order of creation. We believe that the sexes are complementary and that as “male and female he made them”. Our given biological sex is part of the divine plan. The Church teaches that sexual identity is “a reality deeply inscribed in man and woman,” it constitutes but is more than one’s biological identity, and a person “should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity”.  One’s biological sex and gender expression are not to be disaggregated, but should be seen in harmony, according to God’s plan.

As a Catholic educational institution, we understand truth to be the correspondence of mind to reality: a reality which is created by and held in existence by God and which entails the fullness of God’s creation and divine plan. We also affirm that reality is knowable through the use of properly functioning senses and reason, as well as through the aid of divine revelation and the teaching of the Church.

We believe that man and woman share the same humanity and “inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator.” We believe “they are equal as persons (“bone of my bones…”) and complementary as masculine and feminine.” Therefore they are deserving of respect, and no harassment, violence, or discrimination because of one’s sex will be tolerated.

Offenses against chastity and marriage, including those described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, will not be tolerated. Members of the school community may not advocate for such behaviors, share conversations or publications of a prurient nature, or otherwise impede chastity in the context of our Catholic school classes, activities, or events.

Behaviors that are contrary to Catholic morality and the expectations of this school include but are not limited to: vulgar language and gestures of a sexual nature, immodest dress or deportment, expressions of lust, masturbation, pornography, fornication, homosexual activity, expressing a gender that is discordant with one’s biological sex, adultery, cohabitating in a sexual relationship outside of marriage, voluntary sterilization, artificial contraception, in vitro fertilization, procuring an abortion, and sexual harassment or abuse.


Bullying Policy

The common good and Christian justice and charity demand a school environment that is safe and affirming of the dignity of all persons. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. For more information, please consult the bullying policy.


Chastity

All members of this Catholic school community are called to a life of chastity appropriate to their vocation as single, married, or consecrated religious. This requires modesty in language, appearance, and behavior.


Dress Code

In order to maintain uniform appearance and proper comportment throughout the school day and at school events, all students, staff, and faculty must follow the dress code expectations of their biological sex from birth while on campus and while representing the school at outside functions. Modesty is expected at all times.


Facilities Use Policy

Chaste behavior and modesty in dress and deportment is expected at all times on school property and at school events. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are to observe modesty when using restrooms and may only use facilities that conform to the individual’s biological sex from birth. The latter policy applies in any state of undress in front of others.

School facilities are dedicated to the mission of Catholic education and may not be used by any member of the school community or any external organization or individual for any purpose or cause that is contrary to Catholic teaching or otherwise opposed to the Catholic Church.


Formal Titles and Names

Students will address all adults by their proper titles as based on school employment documents (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss, Dr., Sr., Brother, etc.) and surname (last name). School personnel will address students by the original name with which the student was registered (or its common derivative) and correlating pronouns.


Gender Identity

The school will interact with students according to their biological sex as based upon physical differences at birth. A member of the school community who wishes to express a gender other than his or her biological sex is understood as operating outside of the “reality deeply inscribed” within. Assisting the person in his or her disconnect with this reality, however sincerely experienced, by agreeing to participate in any efforts to change natural gender expression is contrary to the pursuit of the truth. Authentic love, a gift of the self for the good of the other, requires that we compassionately dwell in the truth and assist those we love to do the same.

The school recognizes that occasionally there may be instances where young people experience dissonance between their biological sex and the roles and norms advocated by society. Some young people might feel drawn to dress, act, and even manipulate their physical bodies in ways contrary to God’s plan. The school advocates that young people, working with their parents, bring these types of issues to their pastor as well as to other trained professionals who might best assist them in clarifying and defining issues of self (and sexual) identity in accord with Catholic teaching and God’s natural plan.


Mission Integrity

The school joyfully exercises its responsibility to teach Catholic faith and morals in all fullness and especially as expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Parents or guardians and non-Catholics whose religious practices and beliefs run counter to Church teaching might experience possible conflicts as we maintain mission integrity. Sincere questioning of the practices of the Catholic faith in order to more deeply understand them are welcome, but openly hostile, public defiance and challenge of Catholic truths or morality, are signs that a student, parent, staff or faculty member may not be a fit for our school’s primary evangelical mission and, thus, may be denied admission or may be asked to leave the school.

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