Academic Policies

Formation and School Policies

The true Christian, product of Christian education, is the supernatural man who thinks, judges, and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ; in other words . . . the true and finished man of character. Pope Pius XI

The education that Regina Angelorum Academy provides to children and their parents has, at its center, the formation of future Catholic men and women, mature in Faith, prepared to be leaders. By cultivating an atmosphere of respect, the Academy creates a nurturing environment where children can learn and grow as individuals and as members of a community. At the Academy, the student will be encouraged to develop the qualities of leadership, service, integrity, diligence, perseverance and self-sacrifice.

 

Student Discipline

In order for our children to develop a truly Christian character, discipline at home and at school must be similar, consistent, and unified.  It is fundamental to the philosophy of Regina Angelorum Academy that the atmosphere in school be respectful and orderly.  Student cooperation and self-control are expected in order to uphold the dignity of the academic setting and the spiritual nature of the Academy.

The student of Regina Angelorum Academy exhibits the following behavior and attitudes:

  • Knows, understands, and abides by the rules of the Academy;
  • Maintains a modest, neat, and well-groomed appearance in accord with the dress code;
  • Acknowledges the skill and talents of others;
  • Addresses adults with respect, (e.g. Mr. Smith, or, in the event the name is not known,);
  • Stands to greet the Headmaster, Priest or visitor whom the teacher introduces;
  • Greets Headmaster, faculty, parents and visitors properly when meeting them in the hall;
  • Uses proper English, not slang, when speaking in school;
  • Gives assistance to other students when appropriate;
  • Is punctual in attendance and assignments;
  • Cares for his own possessions and those of others, keeping the building neat and clean;
  • Apologizes for inappropriate behavior.


Student Agreement of General Principles

Every student of the Academy commits himself to the Academy general principles of responsibility and decorum by signing the agreement below prior to admission. The agreement also indicates acceptance of the terms of this handbook.
If accepted as a student of Regina Angelorum Academy I agree to the following:
To behave in a manner that is respectful to God, others and myself;
To be responsible for my own belongings and respectful of the belongings of others;
To be a serious participant in the community of learners at the Academy; and
To be respectful and obedient to those who have legitimate authority over me.

 


The Student Uniform

One appearance is the first statement one makes about one identity.  Regina Angelorum Academy students dress modestly and in good taste.  Students are always neat, clean, and well groomed at school and at all school-related functions.  It is important that students keep in mind that they are ambassadors of Regina Angelorum Academy to the larger society.
05510005The entire uniform of Regina Angelorum Academy, except shoes and belts, are to be purchased through Flynn & O”Hara School Uniform Company.  Flynn & O”Hara can be contacted at 1-800-441-4122 or online at www.flynnohara.com. On regular school days, every student is expected to wear the appropriate uniform as described below. Gym clothes are to be worn on gym day throughout the day.PreK and Kindergarten uniform throughout the year:
Gym uniform.

 

 

Girls Grades 1-5:  Winter Uniform

  • Blue plaid jumper
  • Blue blouse
  • Dress shoes:  Oxfords, loafers, or saddle shoes. Brown, black or dark blue only
  • Navy nylon or orlon knee-high socks or navy tights
  • Navy blue V-neck button-up school sweater

 

Girls Grades 6-8:  Winter Uniform
  • Blue plaid kilt
  • White long or short sleeved button-down collar or blouse.
  • Dress shoes:  Oxfords, loafers, or saddle shoes. Brown, black or dark blue only
  • Navy nylon or orlon knee-high socks or navy tights
  • Navy blue V-neck pullover school sweater or sweater vest

Girls Grades 1-8:  Summer Uniforms

  • Grades 1-4 plaid  jumper, Grades 5-8 plaid kilt
  • White short sleeve Polo shirt
  • Brown Shoes
  • Navy blue knee socks

Boys Grades 1-6:  Winter Uniform

  • blue pants and black belt
  • Shirt: white long or short sleeve button-down collar shirt.
  • Dress shoes:  black oxfords, saddle shoes or loafers
  • Socks:  navy crew socks
  • Navy blue v-neck school pullover sweater or sweater vest

Boys Grade 7-8:  Winter Uniform

  • Blue  pants
  • Black belt
  • White Oxford with school tie .
  • Dress shoes:  black oxfords, saddle shoes or loafers
  • Socks:  navy crew socks
  • Navy blue v-neck school pullover sweater or sweater vest may be worn after the 1st period of the day

Boys Grades 1-8:  Summer Uniform

  • White short sleeve Polo shirt
  • Blue  pants
  • Dress shoes: black oxfords, saddle shoes or loafers
  • Socks: navy crew socks

General Standards of Dress and Grooming

  • Girls hair shall be neat and combed.  Extreme hairstyles and coloring are not permitted.
  • Boys hair shall be neat and combed.  It should be trimmed, above the collar, ear, and eyebrows.  Extreme hairstyles are not permitted.
  • Makeup is not permitted.
  • Finger nails shall be clean and of modest length.  Only clear or light nail polish may be worn.
  • Girls may wear single stud earrings in the traditional place on the earlobe. Necklaces are limited to one single religious item.
  • Boys are not permitted to wear earrings and visible jewelry.
  • Socks or tights are to be worn at all times.
  • Athletic shoes, sandals, clogs, boots are not permitted. Athletic shoes may be worn on gym days.
  • Boys must wear a belt with pants that have belt loops.
  • Blouses and shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • Girls jumpers and kilts must be below the knee.

 

The Academic Environment and the Common Good
Shouting and Horseplay: In the words of St. Augustine: Peace is the tranquility of order.  A peaceful atmosphere where tranquil order ensues is essential for learning.  Shouting, screaming, and horseplay are never permitted inside the building.

05260007Cheating and Dishonesty: Cheating (including plagiarism), lying and stealing are violations of the general principles of the Academy and undermine the basic trust upon which the academic community is built.  A student who has cheated on any assignment or test will receive a zero for the assignment or test and will be punished appropriately by his parents.  A second offense will normally result in expulsion from the Academy.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism presents the work of another as one”s own and is a form of cheating.  Failure to cite the source(s) of quoted, paraphrased or summarized material, whether published or not, is plagiarism.

Inappropriate Language:
Blasphemy, profanity, obscenity, vulgarity and the like in word, writing, gesture or action is unacceptable in Christian society.  Use of such language demeans the speaker and the community.

Radios and Electronic Equipment:
Radios, walk-men, MP3 players, beepers, cell phones, and other electronic equipment are not permitted and are not to be brought to school without the prior permission of the Headmaster.

Food and Drink: Students may bring a snack from home.  Snacks and lunch should be eaten outside or in the lunchroom  not in the classrooms.  Snacks for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten or students with special needs will be regulated by their teacher in agreement with their parents and the Headmaster.  Beverages should follow the above guidelines and especially should not be carried around in the hallways or classrooms.  The water fountains should be kept clean and manageable.  Faculty will need to be attentive in making the water fountains accessible to the smaller students.  If beverages are brought from home they should be consumed during recess and/or lunch.
Respect for School Property: Students are expected to be considerate in their use of school property.  Parents are financially responsible for their child”s actions.
Safety: The safety of our students is a priority. Students are not permitted to bring dangerous objects such as matches, penknives, etc. to school. Any language or behavior that can endanger another person will result in immediate contact with parents, and appropriate action will be taken. Students are not permitted to leave school property without permission.

Field Trips:
All field trips must be approved by the Board of Directors of Regina Angelorum Academy.


Discipline Procedures

 

The normal sequence of correction for minor offenses is the following:

  • First offense:  verbal admonition to the student.
  • Second offense:  phone call or written notice to parents and some form of punishment (e.g. detention after school, a written assignment, work duty, cleaning, etc.).  At this level, the matter should be remedied quickly and effectively, with an apology to the teacher immediately forthcoming from the student. Any faculty member may detain students after school for up to one hour for infractions of discipline in or out of class. These detentions are held on the next school day. It is the student”s responsibility to make all necessary arrangements to assure his presence at detention. Failure to attend may result in suspension.
  • Third offense:  a parent conference is held.  A pattern of chronic misbehavior is incompatible with attendance at the Academy.

More serious offenses result in immediate contact with parents followed by immediate corrective action, suspension, and/or expulsion.
Regina Angelorum Academy prohibits corporal punishment.
Final evaluations and disciplinary decisions rest solely with the administration of Regina Angelorum Academy.


Miscellaneous Policies

1. Attendance Requirements
Attendance is mandated by State law.  Attendance and active participation are expected and are important for scholastic progress.  The Academy discourages students from missing class for family vacations or for medical or dental appointments (et. al.) that can be made after school hours.
2. Absence and Missed Assignments
When a child is ill or an emergency necessitates absence, parents are to call the Academy before 8:00 a.m. on each day of absence, giving the student”s name and reason for absence. Upon return the student must bring a note from the parent stating the date(s) of and reason for absence.
Arrangements should be made by the family directly with the child”s teacher to obtain assignments.  The student is responsible to make up all class work and assignments missed due to absence. Normally, upon return to school after illness, the student has the same number of days to make up work and turn in assignments as the days he was absent.
3. Class Schedule
Students should arrive no later than 8:30AM and enter through the cafeteria door and proceed to their assigned table.  Morning prayer and assembly begin promptly at 8:30 each day.  The students will then proceed to their homeroom and classes will begin at 9:00AM.  Dismissal for K through 8th grade is at 3:15 PM.  The  half-day pre-kindergarten 4 and kindergarten students will be dismissed at  12:15 PM. and the Pre-K 3 students will be dismissed at 11:30AM.   Supervision is provided fifteen minutes before and after school only.  Parents are asked to be prompt in picking up their children at dismissal time.
4. Tardiness
The first bell rings at 8:30AM.  Any student arriving after 8:30AM is considered tardy.  Therefore, students must enter through the main office door in the rear of the school building, sign-in on the attendance log, state the reason for being late, and receive a late pass.
5. Early Dismissal or Partial Absence
A note is required for early dismissal or absence giving the student”s name, the date and time of the dismissal, the reason for the dismissal, and the parent”s signature. The note must also include the name of the person picking up the student if it is someone other than the parents or pre-arranged car-pool driver. The parent must sign the student out; the student must sign-in upon return.
6. Academic Probation
If a student consistently fails to work to his potential, he may be placed on academic probation after consultation of the Headmaster with faculty, parents, and student. If, at the end of the probationary period, improvement has not been satisfactory, the student may be asked to withdraw from the Academy.
7. Chain of Command
All personnel, students and families are requested to follow the proper channels when raising questions and airing concerns. Respect for others and concern for the common good require that the principle of subsidiarity be observed in the life of a community. This principle, enshrined in Catholic social teaching, requires that decisions and issues be handled at the lowest appropriate level. Questions or issues should first be addressed to the faculty member concerned. If unresolved, the issue should be brought to the attention of the Headmaster for final resolution. Any matter that does not concern a faculty member but rather school policy or administration should be directed to the Headmaster.
8. Emergency School Closings
The KYW emergency school closing code for Regina Angelorum Academy is 1156. Please tune to KYW 1060 AM for school closing information or go online at www.kyw1060.com. One can also call the KYW News Radio School Closing Line at 1-900-990-1060 for $0.95.

9. Medical Records and Health Policies

A copy of up-to-date immunizations is required by the State to be kept on file for every student. In addition, the Academy requires that every family complete an emergency information card at the start of the school year.  This information must be updated as soon as any change occurs.
10. Medication
For the safety of all concerned, students may not carry or personally keep medicines at school. Any student who is required to take prescription medication while in school must keep the medication in the administrator”s office. Written permission from the parent and instructions from the physician as to its administration must accompany the medication. The student will sign the medication log for each dose. All medicines must be clearly labeled with the student”s name and must remain in the original container.

11. Telephone Calls, Computers, Photocopiers, and Microwaves

Student use of office telephones is limited to emergencies. Schoolwork left at home does not constitute an emergency. Phone messages for students will not be delivered to students in class.  Every effort will be made to relay non-emergency but important messages (e.g. transportation changes) to students before dismissal, but this cannot be guaranteed. Students do not have access to computers, photocopy machines and microwaves at the school.

12. Textbooks and Personal Effects

All books, with the exception of those purchased by the students, are loaned to the student by the Academy for use during the year.  All books must be covered and labeled with name.  Books must be properly cared for and may not be left unattended. No writing is permitted in books and a fee will be charged for any lost or damaged books. All personal effects (sweaters, coats, lunch boxes, book bags, etc.) should be labeled with the student”s name.
13.  Visitors
Visitors to the Academy must enter through the main office door in the rear of the school  building and sign in and receive a visitor pass with your name on it.  Upon leaving you will need to sign out and return your visitor pass then exit through the main office door.   No visitor, excluding parents and members of the Board of Directors, are permitted to enter classes or other rooms without the permission of the Headmaster. Parental visitation, so long as it is not disruptive to the learning environment, is encouraged.

14. Harassment and Abuse and its Reporting

Regina Angelorum Academy has a written policy prohibiting all forms of harassment at the school and a policy regarding physical abuse and its reporting according to state law. The policy is available for parental review in the office.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We are grateful to the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS), Holy Family Academy, Walsingham Academy, and Ancillae-Assumpta Academy for the resources they provided in the development of this handbook.
DISCLAIMER
The administration reserves the right at any time to revise, modify, delete or add to any and all policies, procedures and work rules stated in this Handbook or in any other document. These policies and procedures establish guidelines only. The interpretation of this handbook is the responsibility and right of the administration.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
Regina Angelourm Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.