St. Patrick’s School
MISSION OF ST. PATRICK SCHOOL
St. Patrick’s School is a Catholic community committed to the ongoing
promotion of spiritual, academic, and personal excellence.
VISION OF St. PATRICK’S SCHOOL
St Patrick’s will provide a quality Catholic education and carry out this vision by . . .
- Providing opportunities for prayer, liturgical services, and service projects that integrate the teaching values of Jesus and in all aspects of life.
- Maintaining an open partnership with parents through written and personal communication and by welcoming families and the parish community in the school environment.
- Employing a qualified staff that models and teaches a solid Catholic curriculum.
- Helping students reach their individual academic potential and by developing a sense of respect
and responsibility for themselves and others.
St Patrick is a Catholic School in the Diocese of LaCrosse. As a Catholic School we will teach and advocate our Catholic Faith. All students are welcome in our school, and all parents and legal guardians must understand that Catholic Doctrine will be taught. The passing on of our Catholic Faith is our number one priority.
The purpose of this handbook is to make you aware and familiar with the policies, regulations, and requirements of St. Patrick Catholic School. By understanding and being familiar with this handbook, we will be able to work together as a team to help your children in their spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth.
St Patrick School was founded in 1879 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The old school building was built in 1932. The new school building was built in two sections with the completed building done in 2009. Today, St Patrick’s school maintains an enrollment of around 130 students. The average class size is 14 students. We have 9 classroom teachers (4K-8), and part-time music, computer and physical education teachers.
We exist to create a unique environment in which learning and practicing the truths of the Catholic faith are central to the development of each child. We provide faith development and academic instruction in many areas to meet the needs of all students. St. Patrick School is supported through tuition and also St. Patrick’s Parish. Our goal at St. Patrick’s School is to assist parents in education their children in faith and academics. It is the combination of home and school that helps our students to become well rounded individuals. Upon completion of eighth grade, we believe students are prepared for higher education and a lifetime of service to the church.
St. Patrick students often go beyond the classroom by performing community service projects. Some of these activities include: performing service work within the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) project, helping the PCCW, visiting the elderly, giving food to the local food pantry, raising money for the American Heart Association, and raising money for the Lenten Missions. It is in serving that our students grow in their faith and commitment to the Catholic Faith.
General Admission Procedures
St. Patrick's School 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 creed, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school administered programs.
Every Catholic School respects the dignity of each person and therefore will not bar admission to any child because of race or nationality. Furthermore, the creed of any child will not bar admission to a Catholic School unless this would hinder the unique philosophy of the school.
All incoming Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1 of the current school year. Exceptions will only be made if parents apply for early admission with the principal, have potential student tested by an approved testing authority, and results show academic readiness and maturity readiness. Parents assume financial responsibility for testing process. The final decision to admit a student younger than 5 years old by September 1, lies with the principal.
Kindergarten Admission Procedures
Criteria for enrolling 4 year old kindergarten students
- Students must be 4 years old by September of enrolling school year.
- Families that currently have students enrolled at St. Patrick’s have first priority.
- Families that are active parish members have second priority.
- Non-parish Catholics and non Catholics have third priority and will be accepted by date that the registration form and payment is received.
- Students that are not 4 but have “close” birthdays will only be accepted if the student passes a screening and if there are any open spaces.
"Any grievances by or on behalf of the students shall be resolved through Diocesan Administrative Recourse. Diocesan Administrative Recourse shall constitute the exclusive method for resolving such disputes and all employees, students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are bound by its determination as final and binding upon them. No dispute shall be submitted to Diocesan Administrative Recourse unless, within 30 days of the occurrence giving rise to the dispute, the first step of the Diocesan Administrative Recourse is commenced by or on behalf of the student." DSP 5901, DSP 1391
"Outline of the chain of authority to be followed in resolving disputes:
1. Teacher or other school employee
3. Area Administrator (if there is one)
4. Pastoral Authority
Procedure in the Diocese of La Crosse DSR 1391 DSP 1392
When one of Christ's faithful judges himself or herself injured by the decision or action of a person exercising pastoral or administrative authority in the Diocese of La Crosse, he or she, first, is to confront the person in question with the grievance and seek reconciliation with the person.
If the party who judges himself or herself injured is not able to achieve reconciliation by conversation with the authority involved, he or she may present the grievance to the pastors of the Church within thirty calendar days of the time of the alleged injury. The recourse is to be made in writing and is to state the facts of the conflict, and the reason or reasons why the party judges himself or herself injured. The response to the recourse also is to be made in writing and is to state the reasons for the response given.
If the grievance is against an authority in the parish, the appeal first is to be made to the pastor who is to seek to reconcile the two parties. At this level and at the successive levels, the pastor may seek the assistance of others, especially those respected for their ability to reconcile; but in the end the pastoral authority remains responsible for seeking the resolution of the conflict. No consultative body as such or members of consultative bodies, in virtue of their membership, should be given the pastoral responsibility or resolving such conflicts. The consultative body, e.g., the parish pastoral council, has responsibility for assisting the pastor in clarifying policies in cases of conflict of interpretation. It does not, however, engage in the administration of the policies. The pastor is obliged to respond to the recourse within fifteen calendar days from the time he receives it. Once the pastor has given his response to the recourse, the conflict is considered reconciled, unless the pastor's response is appealed to the dean within fifteen calendar days from the date parties in conflict receive the response.
If reconciliation is not achieved with the pastor's help or if the grievance is against the pastor himself, the appeal is to be made to the local dean who by office has special responsibility for promoting harmony of pastoral action and unity of Church life in his deanery. (cf. Can 555, 1, lo: 2, 20) If the grievance is against the pastor, and the pastor is the local dean, then the appeal is to made to the dean of the closest neighboring deanery, with the consent of the diocesan bishop. The dean is obliged to respond to the recourse within fifteen calendar days from the date he receives it.
If reconciliation is not achieved on the deanery level, or if the grievance is against the dean in the exercise of his office of dean, then the appeal is to be made to the diocesan bishop directly. The diocesan bishop may carry out the work of reconciliation himself or he may name another to act for him in the matter. In the latter case, the diocesan bishop makes his own response to the person named. The diocesan bishop is obliged to respond to the recourse within fifteen calendar days from the date he receives it.
If the grievance is against the diocesan bishop, the legislation is the Code of Canon Law is to be followed. (cf Cann. 1732-1739)
It should be kept in mind that the Code of Canon Law requires a special procedure to be followed by the diocesan bishop in the case of removal of a pastor (cf. Cann. 1740-1747) or the transfer of a pastor unwilling to be transferred. (cf. Cann. 1749-1752)" DSR 5901,
"The penalty for a violation of a school or diocesan policy or regulation is to be enforced during the recourse procedure. However, a request can be made to the diocesan director of schools to speed up the recourse procedure. This request can be granted or denied."
The purpose of St. Patrick’s aftercare program is to provide a safe environment for students until parents are able to pick them up from school. Students will be given time to play and interact with students from multiple grades. Students will have time to play outside and/or in the gym on most days. Older students will have an opportunity to receive homework help from grandparent volunteers on most days. St. Patrick’s School rules are still in effect during this time.
We are open on school days from the end of the school day until 5:30 PM (including ½ days) for students enrolled in grades 4K-4 at St. Patrick’s School
· Light snacks are provided everyday
· Current cost is $7 per day, per student
· A late fee of $5 per 10 minutes will be charged past 5:30 PM
· Fees must be paid on a weekly basis – account updates can be found on Sycamore
· Students must be signed up to attend – in an emergency, parents may call an inquire for daily availability
· Parents must complete an after-care information and pickup form prior to students attending the program
· Parents should use the Main Street entrance door to pick up students from after care
· St. Patrick’s teachers and staff will supervise the program
After School Hours
Students are asked to leave school grounds after the final bell. Staff will remain outside until the last bus has picked up students (generally around 3:15 PM). There is NO supervision for the playground area and students can only play on the playground if a parent or other adult is present for supervision. Students waiting for pick-up are to wait on the benches in front of school. Younger students (4K-5) will be placed in after-care if they are not picked up by 3:15 pm.
St. Patrick’s School is in compliance with federal and state laws regarding asbestos. At this time there is no known asbestos in the current St. Patrick’s School building. St. Patrick’s School is in compliance with Diocesan policy.
Regular school attendance is required by law. Students should be kept at home only in case of sickness, serious injury, or contagious illness. Teachers will take attendance at the start of the school day. Parents should call school before 8:30 AM giving the reason for the absence. If no parent call is made, the school will call home and notify the parents of the absence. If a child becomes ill at school or is injured while at school, parents will be contacted before the child may leave school. A written request from parents, approved by the principal, is necessary if a child must leave school before dismissal. Without permission from the principal or his delegate, no child may leave the school premises during class hours, at recess, or during the noon hour. Children may leave school grounds only if they go home for lunch (provided they have written permission from their parents on file in the office) or when they receive special permission from the principal. Children that are picked up after school by someone other than a parent must have a signed note from the parent to do so. Students will have one day per each day of absence to make up work without penalty or reduction of grade. If there are extenuating circumstances additional time will be granted.
After three consecutive absent days (due to illness), a doctor’s note will be requested.
Appointments with the doctor, dentist, etc. should be made after school hours, if possible.
St. Patrick School offers an inter-scholastic athletic program for students in grades 5-8 for girls volleyball. Teams will be fielded only if we have enough student participants, coaches, and games available. All sports are governed by the following School Athletic Policies:
1. Students in grade 5-6-7-8 are eligible to participate in the program.
2. All students who wish to participate in a sport and meet the minimum requirements shall have the opportunity to be on the team and playing time should be ample so as to give the student sufficient opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the team. The emphasis is on participation and the learning experience.
3. All students participating in athletics at St. Patrick School are required to supply the following -
a. A physical examination card signed by his/her doctor every other year prior to the first practice.
b. A permission slip signed by his/her parents or guardian.
c. Purchase, or show proof of, adequate insurance in case of injury.
d. A signed concussion form required by the State of Wisconsin.
4. Each student’s eligibility for athletics is governed by academic performance, student conduct, and student attitudes and cooperation with all school personnel.
a. Academic performance - A participant must maintain a satisfactory level of performance in academic work. Satisfactory performance includes completing all assignments, class participation, and maintaining passing grades.
b. Conduct - Responsible behavior and proper conduct must be shown at all times. This includes the classroom, recess, Masses, athletic events, and field trips.
c. Attitude and cooperation - A positive attitude towards learning, teachers, other students, and all school personnel, including volunteer personnel, must be evident with all students showing respect for, and cooperation with, all personnel. Respect must be shown at all times for other students, the building, and school equipment.
5. No student will be cut from an athletic team. But violation of any of the following will result in automatic suspension or dismissal from the teams -
a. Failure to supply the necessary permission slips.
b. Failure to attend regularly scheduled practices.
c. Failure to show proper respect for teachers and coaches.
d. Failure to follow school policies.
6. No practices are to be held, or equipment used, without the members of the coaching staff present.
7. All coaches in the program are to be approved by the principal and pastor and must be at least 18 years of age.
8. Practice and games shall be scheduled, if at all possible, so as not to conflict with the formal school day.
9. The Diocese of La Crosse policies shall govern the athletic program.
10. Any student participating in school programs will be required to sign the Concussion Information sheet prior to the season.
Students who ride bicycles to school must park them in the designated areas. Students are not allowed to ride bicycles on the school playground before, during, or after school.
Students in grade 6-7-8 are eligible to participate on the Brains Team. Students must not have D’s or F’s to be considered. If more than ten students wish to be on the team, the teachers/principal will make the final decision based on testing and/or student grade.
St. Patrick’s School strives to provide a safe, secure and respectful learning environment for all students.Bullying is unchristian behavior and will not be tolerated. Bullying has a harmful social, physical, psychological and academic impact on bullies, victims and bystanders. We define bullying as an act which: repeatedly hurts another individual through physical, verbal, indirect, direct, and/or use of technological means. This act is deliberate and sustained, is intended to isolate, hurt, or humiliate another individual, and is unprovoked. The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, such as, but not limited to: age; national origin; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; physical attributes; physical or mental ability or disability; and social, economic or family status.
Bullying behavior can be:
1. Physical (e.g. assault, hitting or punching, kicking, theft, threatening behavior)
2. Verbal (e.g. threatening or intimidating language, teasing or name-calling, racist remarks)
3. Indirect (e.g. spreading cruel rumors, intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and sending insulting messages or pictures by mobile phone or using the internet – also known as cyber bullying)
Bullying behavior is prohibited in the school building and grounds and at all school-sponsored activities. St Patrick School reserves the right to address bullying that occurs outside of these venues if it affects or is likely to affect the learning environment. Any school staff member or individual who observes or become aware of acts of bullying shall report these acts to the principal. Students who are either a victim of bullying or are aware of bullying involving another student are encouraged to report the conduct to the principal. Reports of bullying may be made verbally or in writing and may be made confidentially. All such reports will be taken seriously and will be investigated. If it is determined that students participated in bullying behavior or retaliated against anyone due to the reporting of bullying behavior, the principal may take disciplinary action, including, but not limited to: detention, suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement officials.
The goal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School's anti-bullying policy is to ensure that all students experience a safe, Catholic environment that is conducive to learning.
Children who ride the bus are required to board the bus at the school they attend. They are not to meet the bus at another school or at any place other than St. Patrick School. According to the bus company, parents may not write a note to the school to have students ride a different bus or ride with a friend. Bus students are required to stay on the bus until they arrive at school/home.
Sparta Public School Bus Rules
The following rules will be posted in each district bus, in student handbooks, and brought to the attention of students by the bus driver.
1. Follow directions and cooperate with the driver.
2. Do not throw objects out, at or on the bus. Keep all body parts inside the bus.
3. When the bus is in motion, remain seated facing forward at all items. Driver may assign seats.
4. Respect the school bus and personal property. Report damage to the bus driver.
5. Use appropriate and respectful language. No bullying or teasing.
6. Discard trash in provided container as student (s) are exiting the bus.
In addition to the above rules, we expect our students to conduct themselves properly and abide by these additional rules.
1. Board the correct bus upon leaving St Pat’s School and use proper behavior when switching buses at the Middle School.
2. Respond courteously and obey the requests of the bus driver.
3. Talk in a conversational tone---loud talking or shouting distracts the driver,
4. Refrain from eating and drinking on the bus.
5. Remember that school books, and other supplies are educational materials and should be treated properly.
6. Cross about 10 feet in front of the bus in full view of the driver when leaving the bus.
Students having different school transportation arrangements must have an official request form completed and it must be accepted by the designated public school bus company. A note signed by a parent will not be accepted by the bus driver. St. Patrick’s School cannot give permission for students to switch busses.
Students who are unable to conduct themselves properly will lose their transportation privileges. Misconduct on buses will be reviewed by the principal and consequences will be set forth accordingly.
Students may not leave school grounds once they have been dropped off by the bus or by parents.
St. Patrick’s School follows the public school calendar closely. The Diocese of La Crosse provides Inservice (2) for all teachers in the Diocese during the year. On these days, school will be closed.
Parents are asked to drop off on Oak or “L” Street. Please do not park in front of the school building; this area is reserved for the buses. Kindergarten students may be dropped off on Main Street and may use the doors near the Kindergarten rooms. Fifteen minute parking signs have been installed near the Main Street. Students should use crosswalks.
Students may not leave school grounds once they have been dropped off by the bus or by parents.
Catholic Faith and Moral Standard
As a condition of initial and continued enrollment as a student of St. Patrick School, a student's conduct must be consistent with Catholic faith and morals. Conduct which is inconsistent with Catholic faith and morals, which is a threat to health, safety, and welfare of other students and/or which causes scandal, impairs or threatens to impair the reputation of the Church or School, is grounds for disciplinary sanctions up to and including immediate expulsion. This includes before and after school, on or off school grounds.
Students may not carry a cell phone during school hours or at school events. Students that carry a cell phone must keep the phone in their locker or other specified teacher spot during the school day. Cell phones must remain off during school hours unless teacher directed use is given.
Child Abuse and Neglect
As educators, all teachers are required by law to report abuse and/or neglect. The La Crosse Diocese has a policy in place to handle these situations.
Enrollment in each grade is limited to 28 students. Kindergarten is limited to 22 students. Under special circumstances, and at the principal's discretion, classroom enrollment in grades 4-8 may be expanded to a maximum of 30 students.
Conferences DSP 5205
Conferences are to be scheduled at least twice a year, once during or shortly after the first quarter and once during or shortly after the second or third quarter.
Course of Study
In all grades the following subjects are taught: religion, reading, math, language arts (grammar, spelling, handwriting), art, music, science and health, social studies, and physical education.
Formal religion classes are held four times a week. Attention is given to the sequence of doctrinal content, scripture, liturgy, and everyday Christian living. The Celebration of the Eucharist will be at 8:15 AM on Thursdays for all grades, K-8. In order to develop a greater appreciation for this celebration, they student body will take an active part in the Liturgy. They will introduce the Liturgy, proclaim the scripture readings, make the intercessory prayers, present the offerings, and pray the thanksgiving prayers.
Instruction in preparation for the Sacrament of Holy Communion takes place at the second grade level. Parents are expected to participate fully. The entire Parish community shares in the celebration of the reception of the Eucharist.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is received by children in the second grade also. Parents are involved with their child's preparation through adult education classes.
Dances and Parties
“Schools are not to sponsor mixed parties and dances for grade school students when they are such as to promote premature dating exclusive and particular boy-girl associations and the pairing off of couples. School activities which are well supervised and which are instructive in the social graces and productive of mature and wholesome relationships are encouraged.” DSP 5790
Diocesan Standardized Testing Program
The Standardized Testing Program utilized is uniform throughout the La Crosse Diocese. The testing program (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) includes tests in ability and achievement areas. Grades 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be tested. Results of the tests are sent home at spring conferences or earlier. Parents may contact the school for any explanation they may need. Results enable parents and teachers to compare strengths and weaknesses in student achievement with other students at the same grade level nationwide. These results also enable the school to study strengths and weaknesses in the curriculum. The type and testing company may be changed by the Diocese of La Crosse after review.
As a Catholic school we need to help students develop a respect for themselves and others. This includes developing an inner discipline: which motivates them to relate in a respectful Christian way, gain a sense of order and value: that helps them to make prudent and mature Christian decision, and accept, in a responsible way, the consequences for these decisions.
The following guidelines have been established:
1. To foster habits of self-discipline and personal responsibility, students will -
a. Consistently be on time.
b. Develop good work and study habits.
c. Consistently work up to their abilities.
2. To foster a respect for others and their rights, students will –
a. Respect others in words and actions.
b. Respond to teachers and volunteers with courtesy and respect.
3. To provide the best possible learning environment, students will –
a. Avoid disrupting any class with unnecessary noise or unacceptable behavior.
b. Learn the art of discussion without argument.
c. Leave the classroom only with permission of a supervisory adult or teacher.
d. Refrain from disrupting any other student, their work, or work space.
4. For reasons of health and safety, students will –
a. Play in specific areas on the playground.
b. Use proper precautions with athletic equipment.
c. Refrain from physical and verbal fighting.
d. Comply with bike safety regulations.
e. Comply with bus rules.
f. Walk on stairways and in halls.
5. To show respect for material gifts and that of the environment, students will –
a. Take precautions to avoid unnecessary damage to school equipment and books.
b. Use material belonging to others only with their permission.
c. Dispose of scrap paper in proper containers and pick up any litter in school or in play area.
In addition, the following actions/behaviors are not acceptable:
6. Use of foul language, written or oral.
7. Disrespect or destruction of school or personal items.
(taking/removing/stealing school or others property, vandalism, etc.)
8. Disrespect in word or gesture to a teacher and/or volunteer.
(talking back, name calling, discourteous language, etc)
9. Inappropriate physical contact intended to hurt, distract, or annoy others.
(kicking, hitting, pushing, pinching, grabbing, biting, throwing objects- including snowballs/ice, etc)
10. Inappropriate verbal conduct intended to upset, distract, or annoy others. (name calling, teasing, bullying, etc)
11. Repeated inappropriate behavior that upsets the learning environment.
12. Inciting others to act inappropriately or disobey authority.
13. Wearing inappropriate clothing.
14. Using or being under the influence a controlled chemical substance, (cigarettes, alcoholic beverage, etc.) on school property or near the school.
Consequences for Unacceptable Behavior
The principal and/or parish priest (lead teacher in case of principal’s absence) are responsible for the final decisions regarding the consequences for disciplinary action. Age, maturity, severity, and intent may all be considered while administering consequences for inappropriate behavior. In the case of a severe discipline problem some steps in the following procedure may be skipped.
Teacher correction may involve verbal correction, assigned tasks appropriate to the age and maturity of the student, and/or a violation notice. The teacher and student should attempt to resolve conflict within the classroom. Continued unacceptable behavior/action after this point will result in a violation slip. Students are not to be withheld from Art/Music/Physical Education, etc, classes as a form of punishment.
A violation slip may be given for any of the previous stated reasons. All violation slips require a parent signature and a copy returned to school the next school day.
Three violation slips in a quarter will result in a detention. Detention will consist of 30 minutes after school from 3:00-3:30 PM on the following day or as arrangements are made through the principal. Written notification with unacceptable behavior/action will be given to parents. All detention slips require a parent signature and a copy returned to school the next school day. An automatic detention may be given due to the severity of the discipline issue.
A third detention within a school quarter and every detention thereafter will result in a conference with the student, parents, teacher, and administrator. A plan will be set in place to bring about an understanding and a change in behavior. An in school suspension could result.
Students may be placed on disciplinary probation for misconduct by the principal. Probation is intended as a warning that unless conduct is improved, suspension or expulsion is a definite possibility. Written notice of probation is to be given.
Suspension is a temporary removal, which must include notice given by the administrator to the parent stating reasons, effective dates(s), and manner of re-entry. A parent conference with the principal is a prerequisite to the re-admission of a suspended student. Suspension will not exceed five days. Suspension is a disciplinary action to be used in more serious or in continued infractions of the behavior code. In either case, all class work assigned must be completed.
In School – under supervision of school personnel but isolated from other students and school activities.
Out of School – temporary removal from school and school activities.
Expulsion/Dismissal DSP 5115
“The expulsion of a student from a Catholic school is a very serious matter and should be invoked only in extreme cases. Care should be taken that fundamental fairness is offered the students in the process of expulsion. All expulsions are to be approved by the diocesan director of the Office of Catholic School.”
Any of the following are reasons for expulsion-
1. Insubordination or failure to comply with the instructions or directions given by a member or members of the school staff.
2. The use of indecent or abusive language to any staff member or student.
3. Behavior that deteriorates the moral of other students or school staff.
4. Conduct that adversely affects the status of the school and causes unfavorable criticism of the school by the community it serves.
5. Destruction of school property.
Dress Code DSR 5691
STUDENTS: Elementary Students: Dress
Minimum standards for dress in all of the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of La Crosse are as follows:
1. No T-shirts are permitted as primary wear during the school day.
2. Sweatshirts, if worn, shall be plain or have the school logo only.
3. No outerwear is to be worn within the school building during the regular school day without special permission of the
administration. This includes, but is not limited to, jackets, windbreakers, ponchos, etc.
4. Hairstyles must be clean, cut to a reasonable length and be a reasonably natural color.
5. Shirts that are made to be tucked in, are to be tucked in.
6. Shorts are seasonal wear and are to be worn, if a allowed at all, only when the administration determines the weather warrants it,
which is generally between May 1 and October 1. When shorts are worn, they must be dress shorts and comply with all other
aspects of the dress code.
7. The following types of pants/slacks are not permitted: oversized or ill-fitting pants, sweat pants, athletic wear, leisure wear,
pajama bottoms, or any similar wear. Pants must be in good condition and are not to have holes or patches or be frayed. Denim
jeans may be worn at the discretion of the pastor (or dean in a unified system). They must be in good condition and not have any
holes, ragged edges, or bleached-out or tie-dyed markings. Denim jeans must fit properly.
8. Shoes must be worn during the school day. The type of shoe is not to pose a safety hazard. Any type of footwear that is
considered beachwear is not permitted. Shoes that have laces are to be tied.
9. Any accessory that draws undue attention to a student is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to makeup, hairstyles,
long looping chains, all unreasonable body jewelry, including that worn in but not limited to the tongue, nose, lips, eyebrows,
excessive piercing in the ears, etc.
10. Body art (tattoos) is not to be publicly visible.
11. Shirts that can be buttoned are to be buttoned appropriately. In most cases this would mean up to the second to the top button
on a normal shirt or blouse. Shirts or blouses must cover the midriff during all movement and activity.
12. Hats, caps, bandanas or other types of headwear are not to be worn in the school building during the regular school day.
13. Skirts, skorts, shorts, etc. are to be nor more than two to three inches above the knee.
14. When there is a need for special occasion dress, all dress must fit within the school’s local guidelines for modesty and safety.
The school administration reserves the right not to allow participation in these activities if, in the judgment of the administration,
dress does not measure up to the school’s own standards of modesty and safety.
15. At all times, there is not to be any saying, picture, or reference on clothing that is inconsistent with Catholic faith and morals.
Items which reference drugs or alcohol, songs or musical groups whose lyrics have content inconsistent with Catholic teaching,
are inappropriate for wear.
16. These directives apply to all students for the entire school year. Exemptions are not to be granted for special groups.
Schools should begin implementation of the above dress code as soon as possible. All schools must be in compliance starting with the 2004-2005 school year.
In addition, St. Patrick’s School has put the following definitions into place:
School Shirts (long sleeve, short sleeve, sweatshirts) Authorized school spirit shirts may be worn during the school day. This includes the school sponsored t-shirt. Older versions of school t-shirts, archery shirts, etc, may be worn on spirit days.
Shirts Short and long sleeve shirts must have a collar. Examples: polo shirts, collared dress shirts, and turtlenecks. Shirts may have a logo in the upper corner no larger than 2 x 3 inches. (about the size of a teacher name tag) Shirts must be worn at all times while on school property. If a collared shirt has buttons, it must be buttoned up even if another t-shirt or “tankini” is underneath. (the top one or two may be left undone)
Sweatshirts/Hoodies Sweatshirts may have a logo in the upper corner of the shirt no larger than 2 x 3 inches. Sweatshirts must be solid in color with no writing on them. Sweaters, hoodies and fleece sweatshirts do not count as a collar.
Pants NO yoga pants, sweatpants or athletic pants/running will be allowed on any day unless specifically OK’d by the principal. Holey, (fake or real) tattered or frayed pants will not be allowed.
Leggins - Students in grades 3 and lower may wear leggings. Students in grade 4-8 must may wear leggings under appropriate length dresses/skirts. (This does not include long shirts - only dresses or skirts)
Skirts, skorts, and shorts Shorts may be worn before Halloween and after Easter. Skirts, skorts, and shorts length will be measured by the student standing up straight. Clothing is to be longer than the student’s arms/hands when standing straight.
Church Dress Student may not wear blue jeans or shorts to Mass. (Many students find it convenient to leave a pair of dress pants at school in their locker.)
Shoes Tennis shoes are required for physical education class. No flip flops or other beachwear sandals are allowed to be worn during the school day. Tennis shoes with “wheels” will not be allowed.
Winter Clothing Students in grades K-4 must have coats, boots, hats, and mittens during the winter months. Students in grades 5-8 must have coats, hats, and mittens during the winter.
Hair Unnatural hair coloring will not be allowed. (Special arrangements can be made with the principal during special all school events.)
Facial Hair Boys must be clean-shaven.
Make-up Students in all grades will not be allowed to wear makeup during school hours. This includes mascara, eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick .In addition, face paint of any kind will not be allowed without principal approval. Chapstick and clear lip gloss are acceptable.
Body Piercing Body Piercing (other than ears) will not be allowed.
Team Shirts Students may wear their team jersey on game day or one day prior if the game is on Saturday. Students are asked to give the office a schedule of game days.
Field Trips Spirit day attire is appropriate for field trips. No short shorts or tank tops will be allowed. Swim suits may be worn only on designated/approved field trips.
Physical Education Regular t-shirts may be worn for PE class. All shorts must meet regular shorts dress code length requirements. No skin tight or short shorts are allowed.
Students not following the school dress code will be given appropriate clothing, or parents will be called to bring in another set of clothes.
Doors of the School
The front outer doors will be open at 7 AM. Students may stand inside the entryway until 7:30 AM when the rest of the school is opened. The front and Main Street entrance will be open from 7:30 AM until 8:05 AM. The doors will re-open at 2:45 until 3:30 PM. All doors will remain locked during school day. Please use the buzzer on the front door to gain admittance during the school day.
Parents need to check the school calendar for early dismissal dates and times. All students must be picked up within 15 minutes after early dismissal times. Aftercare will be available on early dismissal days. Teachers are required to stay until 3:20 PM or when dismissed by school principal.
Drugs and Alcohol Policy DSP 5508
“Every individual, precisely by reason of the mystery of the Word of God who was made flesh (ct.Jun1:14) is entrusted to the maternal care of the Church. Therefore, every threat to human dignity and life must necessarily be felt in the Church’s very heart; it cannot but affect her at the core of her faith in the Redemptive Incarnation of the Son of God, and engage her in her mission of proclaiming the Gospel Of Life in all the world and to every creature: (cd MK 16:15). (Evangelium Vitae, Introduction, Section 3; paragraph 1)
The Catholic schools of the Diocese of La Crosse are Christ-centered educational communities, which proclaim the Gospel of Life and recognize the human dignity of each person. Therefore, it is the mission of each Catholic school to provide a Christian environment in which each member is able to develop his/her special talents and gifts to achieve his/her greatest potential.
The presence and abuse of drugs and alcohol presents a clear and present danger to the health, safety, and welfare of all pupils in our schools. Therefore, the Diocese has a paramount obligation of protecting its students from the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Additionally, as Catholic institutions, our schools must provide an environment and opportunities for redemption, rehabilitation, and reform for those students who abuse drugs and alcohol.
RECOGNIZING the difficult and sometimes conflicting choices that our schools face in addressing drug and alcohol abuse;
RECOGNIZING the need to articulate strong, clear, and consistent policies and procedures in this area;
RECOGNIZING its obligation to set the moral and ethical standards we expect from our schools and pupils;
The Diocese of La Crosse adopts the following Drug and Alcohol Policy for all our Diocesan Schools.
The phrase “drugs or alcohol” includes, but is not limited to:
A. Illegal drugs;
C. Illicit drugs (legal drugs used for an illegal or improper purpose); and
D. Look-alike drugs (substances represented as illicit or illegal drugs or alcohol).
The term “expulsion” is:
Termination of pupil as a student from the school permanently (no opportunity for reinstatement.)
The term “dismissal” is:
Termination of a pupil as a student from the school less than permanently (indefinite or for a given term).
The term “suspension” is:
Temporary removal of a pupil from school, either as a punishment or as a precautionary measure during investigation and/or assessment.
1. No student may distribute, offer and/or conduct any transactions leading to the use, possession, distribution or exchange of drugs or alcohol on school property, within 1000 feet of school property, at or in route to school-sponsored or approved activities, functions, or events, and/or on school buses, rental vehicles or school-sanctioned vehicles.
2. No student may possess or use drugs or alcohol on school property, within 1000 feet of school property, at or in route to school-sponsored or approved activities, functions, or events, and/or on school buses, rental vehicles or school-sanctioned vehicles.
3. No student may be under the influence of or knowingly remain in the continued presence of (except at school sanctioned adult functions), drugs or alcohol on school property, within 1000 feet of school property, at or in route to school-sponsored or approved activities, functions, or events, and/or on school buses, rental vehicles, or school-sanctioned vehicles.
REQUIRED MINIMUM SANCTIONS
1. For students who have violated Category 1 Prohibitions - immediate expulsion.
2. For students who have violated Category 2 Prohibitions - suspension, dismissal or expulsion.
3. For students who have violated Category 3 Prohibitions- suspension or dismissal.
The local school authorities are charged with the responsibility of justly and equitably applying the required sanctions within each category. However, they may not fail to apply the required minimum sanction of each category.
In determining within each category which sanctions to apply, at least the following factors shall be considered:
the nature of the substance,
the amount of the substance,
the age of the student,
the degree of risk posed to other students,
the cooperation or lack of cooperation of the student; and
the student’s prior record.
Nothing contained herein shall require or imply that a school may not impose more severe sanctions if the totality of the circumstances dictates.
The decision of the local school authority is final. If there is any disagreement with the decision of the local school authority, the student and/or parent has the right of administrative recourse.
INVESTIGATORY AND/OR REMEDIAL MEASURES
1. The students and parents/guardians shall meet with school authorities.
2. Students suspected of violations of this policy may be required, as a condition of continuing as a student, to submit to Diocesan
approved drug and alcohol testing.
3. The student shall be suspended pending completion of the investigation and may be suspended during the assessment.
4. The student will be required to cooperate with and undergo an immediate assessment/evaluation by an approved licensed agency
or professional approved by school authorities and without cost to the school.
5. The student and his/her parents or guardian shall sign a release authorizing the school to contact, speak with, and receive the
results of the assessment and/or evaluation.
6. Following the receipt of the results of the assessment/evaluation, the minimum required sanctions shall be imposed on the student.
7. For students suspended or dismissed, before any student may be readmitted and continue as a student, the following minimum
conditions must be met and consistently maintained:
a. The student must provide the school with a written statement from a licensed professional certifying that the student has and
is fully cooperating with treatment and that the student presents no danger to other students.
b. The student must cooperate with any and all recommended actions and conditions of his treatment.
c. The student must refrain from any future drugs or alcohol offense.
d. The student and his/her parent or guardian must authorize local school authorities to communicate with and receive
information from the student’s licensed professional and/or agency to monitor compliance with these conditions.
e. The student must cooperate with local school authorities.
Drug and alcohol offenses are serious matters. They involve complicated and at times contradictory and conflicting interest. They always implicate legal issues. Therefore, local school authorities shall immediately report and seek consultation from the Office of Schools when implementing and enforcing this policy, including approval for any dismissals or expulsions.
Electronic toys, (i.e. DS) and musical equipment (i.e. ipods) will not be allowed to be used during the school day (7:30 AM-3 PM). If these items are brought to school, they must be put in the locker at 7:30 and may be taken out after the last bell. Individual teachers may allow students to take electronic equipment on field trips on a case by case basis.
Internet capable devices (phones, ipads, kindles etc) may be utilized during the school day with teacher permission and supervision. Devices must remain in locker when not in use. The usage of these devices can be revoked by the classroom teacher or principal at any time.
Electronic devices are NEVER allowed in the bathroom or locker room.
St Patrick’s School is not responsible for any damage or loss of personal property.
All parish families are expected to financially support the parish through envelope usage. These envelopes are mailed to families every other month.
Private schools are required to display a United States flag in the school room or from a flagstaff on the school grounds during school hours on each school day. (s.118.06) Every private school must offer the Pledge of Allegiance in grades one through eight at the beginning of the school at least once a week, but no student can be required to recite the pledge. (s.118.06). (Religious beliefs in the Catholic school require students to recite the pledge.)
On occasion, field trips are planned as an integral part of the educational program. No student will be allowed to participate in a field trip without the written permission of a parent or guardian. Students that are failing courses may be excluded from field trips. School attendance is required on those days and students will be given the opportunity to complete missing or late work.
All families are expected to participate in St. Patrick’s two main fundraisers; the Magazine Drive/Calendar Raffle and the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The school office sends home yearly information and sign-up sheets regarding these fundraisers.
St. Patrick’s School has a uniform grading scale for Grades 3-8. Grades K-1-2 will use a modified grading scale.
A+ 100 B+ 91 C+ 80 D+ 69
A 93-99 B 82-90 C 71-79 D 61-68
A- 92 B- 81 C- 70 D- 60
F 59 and under
Guest Speakers, Programs, Movies DSP 6410
All outside speakers, programs, AV materials and literature used in the school are to have prior approval of the school administrator. Care should be taken to see that movies, videos, and literature are appropriate for the grade level and age of the student and the values of Catholic schools.
The USCC movie rating guide is to be followed for all movies and videos shown in schools or reviewed by students in another location or those recommended by school personnel. If the rating of a movie or video cannot be found, the Diocesan Office for Catholic Schools should be called to find out the rating. For purposes of classification, an adult is considered to be 18 or older.
St. Patrick’s School will also use the standard rating scale. PG-13 movies will not be shown without written parental permission.
Handbook - Family
The student handbook is revised each year and can be found on the Sycamore site. A paper copy can be requested from the school office.
It is sometimes difficult to decide when and how long to keep an ill child home from school. The timing of the absence is often important in order to decrease the spread of disease to others, and to prevent your child from acquiring any other illnesses while his/her resistance in lowered. The following guidelines represent the more common childhood illnesses and the usual recommendations of the School Nursing Services. Please use these guidelines for sending your students to school.
COMMON COLD: Irritated throat, watery discharge from the nose and eyes, sneezing, chills and general body discomfort. Your child should remain home if symptoms are serious enough to interfere with your child’s ability to learn. Medical care should be obtained if symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, fever develops, or discharge becomes yellow to green.
FEVER: If your child’s temperature is 100 degrees or greater (or 1-2 degrees above the child’s normal temperature) he/she should remain home until he/she has been without fever for a full 24 hrs. Remember, fever is a symptom indicating the presence of an illness.
FLU: Abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and sore muscles. Runny nose, sore throat, and cough are common. Your child should remain at home until symptoms are gone and the child is without fever for 24 hrs.
PINKEYE (CONJUNCTIVITIS): A viral or bacterial infection of the eye causing redness and swelling of the membranes of the eye with burning or itching, watery or thick drainage, or crusting on the eyelids. Your child should remain home from school until receiving 24hrs of antibiotic therapy and discharge from the eye has stopped. In the case that your physician believes it to be a viral infection and no antibiotic therapy is prescribed, your child is still contagious and should remain at home until drainage has ceased. Spread of the infection can be minimized by keeping the hands away from the face, good hand washing practices, and not touching any part of the eye with the tip of the medication applicator.
SKIN RASHES: Skin rashes of unknown origin should be evaluated by a physician before your child goes to school. Assuming that a rash is not contagious can lead to the spread of the condition to others.
STREP THROAT AND SCARLET FEVER: Strep throat usually begins with fever, sore and red throat, pus spots on the back of the throat, and tender, swollen glands of the neck. Scarlet fever is indicated when a red skin rash and/or strawberry appearance of the tongue are present along with the other symptoms of strep throat. High fever, nausea and vomiting may also occur. Your child should remain home from school until receiving a full 24 hrs of antibiotic therapy and until without fever or vomiting for 24 hrs. Most physicians will advise rest at home for 1-2 days after a strep infection. Antibiotics ordered for strep infection should be taken for 10 days or until the medication is gone. Only when these directions are followed correctly is the strep germ completely eliminated from the body, no matter how well the child feels after the first few days of receiving medication.
VOMITING AND DIARRHEA (INTESTINAL VIRAL INFECTIONS): Stomach ache, cramping, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea, possible fever, headache, and body aches. Your child should remain at home until without vomiting, diarrhea or fever for a full 24 hrs. If your child has had vomiting, diarrhea or fever during the night, he/she should not be sent to school the following day.
Students found to have evidence of head lice will be excluded from school immediately. The following policy is used if students are suspected of having head lice:
1. A student is identified as having head lice by phone call, teacher referral or class check.
2. The student is then checked by the school staff. If nits or lice are found, the student is sent directly to the office. A home contact is made requiring the parent/guardian to pick up the child. A letter accompanies the child that provides treatment information.
3. A total class check can be made in the student's class as well as siblings of the infested student.
4. To return to class, the student must present proof of treatment.
5. The child is checked before returning to the classroom and then rechecked each day for ten days.
6. All families within the classroom will receive notification if a classmate has head lice.
You are encouraged to regularly screen your child for the presence of head lice. Should you find evidence of head lice, please call the school so that a proper check can be made. If your child is sent home for head lice, the child may return to school as soon as a treatment has been administered. If you have further questions, please contact Monroe County Health Department at 269-8666.
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who maintain an average of all A's and B's and have no more than one C grade in a subject which is raised by an A grade in another subject during a quarter will achieve honor roll standing for that quarter of the school year.
The hot lunch program will be in operation on all school days. These lunches are well-balanced, wholesome meals prepared for our students on the premises. Further information is sent to all parents about costs and reduced rates. Families are encouraged to complete the federal financial assistance form. The cost for lunch is $2.55 for students. Adult lunch costs $3.26 and can be paid directly to the school office. Students with food allergies must provide documentation from a doctor for special food arrangements.
Wisconsin's Immunization Law: The immunization Law, s. 252.04 Wis Stats., is intended to protect students and children in day care centers from vaccine preventable diseases-measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, varicella and whooping cough. Often more dangerous than the diseases themselves are the damaging complications which can result in blindness, hearing loss or deafness, mental retardation, and even death.
Another purpose of the law is to eliminate these vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization, just as smallpox has been eliminated from the world. Since this law went into effect May 20, 1980, cases of all vaccine-preventable disease in Wisconsin have dropped significantly. In May 1990, the law was changed to allow schools to exclude non-compliant students.
The Wisconsin Immunization Law requires students through grade 12 and children in licensed day care centers to be immunized according to their age/grade level by the beginning of the school year. Students must present written evidence of completed basic and booster immunization, including the day, month and year. Student immunizations are required to be in compliance within 30 school days of admittance or exclusion is mandatory.
Students must meet these immunization deadlines, and notify their school regarding any additional vaccines they receive. Exemptions may be obtained for medical, religious and/or personal convictions must be signed by a parent, guardian or adult student. In the event of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease, the Department of Health and Family Services may direct schools to exclude un-immunized students and those who have waivers on file. Students may remain excluded until the outbreak subsides.
Parents are to have their own medical insurance to cover accidents. There is NO insurance that the school has that covers incidents unless negligence is proven.
Students will be supervised at all times when they are on the Internet system. Permission forms signed by the parents/guardian and student, are required for the students to use the Internet. Students will lose the privilege of access if it is inappropriately used.
Teachers will schedule library times for their classes. Teachers are responsible for checking students out on the library computer. Volunteer help will sometimes be available to help. Students may check out books for two weeks. Library skills are taught within the English program. Students in grades 6-8 may check out books during specified time from their classroom teacher. Each student will receive a password to log-on to the Follett on-line library. https://wbb12218.follettshelf.com
Students will attend Mass weekly as scheduled. Liturgies are prepared by individual classes as scheduled. Each class is responsible for preparing the Mass on a rotating basis. Mass preparation includes choosing and preparing the readers and gift-bearers, writing the petitions, selecting altar servers and choosing the music (in conjunction with the musicians). No blue jeans, sweatpants, or shorts are to be worn to Mass. During Lent the students will attend The Way of the Cross. Times will be announced.
Medical Information DSP 5505
“The state legislature has provided for administration of drugs to students who must have medication while attending school. Any private school employee or volunteer authorized in writing by the private school administrator or principal, as well as any licensed school bus operator authorized by the proper school authority may administer certain drugs to students. No employee, except a health care professional, may be required to administer a drug to a pupil under this law by any means other than ingestion.
Any drug which may lawfully be sold over the counter without a prescription may be administered in compliance with the written instructions from a physician, dentist or podiatrist and written consent from the pupil’s parent or guardian.
The party authorized to administer the drug and the school principal or administrator are immune from civil liability for their acts or omissions unless there is a high degree of negligence.”
The medication is to be kept in the principal's office and administered by the Principal or his/her delegate. A written dated authorization with instructions from the parents permitting the principal, or delegate, to dispense non-prescription (over the counter) medication is also required. Medication forms will be sent home with the child the first week.
St. Patrick’s School accepts donations and memorials throughout the year. If there is a specific request for funds to be used for a particular event or purchase, these directions should be included when the donation is given.
Non-Catholic Student Participation DSP 6225
“Non-Catholic students fully enrolled in a Catholic School are required to participate to the same extent in all school activities (both curricular and extra-curricular) and courses of study as Catholic students, provided such activity is permitted by Catholic Church law.”
Non-Discrimination DSP 5795
“Every Catholic school in the La Crosse Diocese respects the dignity of each individual and, therefore, will not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality or sex in regard to enrollment. The Diocese of La Crosse has the obligation to publicize its nondiscrimination policies.”
All groups and committees are consultative. The pastor has the final decision making power in all groups and organizations according to Diocesan policy.
- Classroom Organizations - - Grade pairing will be as follows: Grades 4K and 7, Grades 5K and 8, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3 and 4, Grades 5 and 6. These groups will meet at least 2 times during the year. They will also attend events together and work on group projects throughout the school year.
- School and Home - - This group is made up all all parents in the school. Meetings are held five times per year. This organization raises money through pie sales, recycling materials, calendar raffle, etc. This group funds many special school projects.
- Education Committee -- This groups meets at least 8 times per year and discusses a variety of topics at school. Personnel issues are not discussed within this committee.
- Finance Council - - This is a parish run committee that consults with the pastor on all financial matters of the school.
- Parish Council -- This is a parish run committee that discusses mainly parish events, but sometimes includes school issues.
Birthday treats and simple classroom parties for special occasions are permitted (no candles allowed). Please inform your students classroom teacher of any such activities. To avoid hurt feelings, invitations to parties scheduled during non-school hours are to be mailed and are not to be given out at school unless all students or all same sex students are invited. Students must have a signed note from their parents if they are making different transportation arrangements due to a party. These notes must be sent through the school office. Any balloon/flower or similar birthday delivers will be given to the students after 2PM.
Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences DSP 5205
“Conferences are to be scheduled at least twice a year, once during or shortly after the first quarter and once during or shortly after the second or third quarter.”
While pupil progress reports are given four times a year, conferences are held after the first and third quarter. The Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences make it possible for the parent to play a more integral part in the child's school training. The contact can result in greater understanding of the child and a feeling of greater security on the part of the child to know that their parents and teachers are a team working together. Conferences with a teacher can be held at any time. Parents should feel free to contact teachers promptly concerning problems, should they arise.
The following procedure has been adopted by the St. Patrick School's Education Committee to improve communication and maintain positive rapport between St. Patrick's parents and the school as well as to help foster the continuous formation of confidence and trust within our school community of parents, student, and faculty.
1. Parents are requested to contact their child's teacher first regarding questions or concerns they may have about their child or the school.
2. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved via the above process, then the parents and/or teacher are to contact the principal.
3. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved via the above process, then the parents and/or teacher are to contact the Pastor.
4. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved via the above process, then the parents, teacher, and/or Pastor are to contact the Dean.
5. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved via the above process, then the parents, teacher, Pastor, and/or Dean are to contact the Diocesan Bishop.
Payment of Fees
Tuition Policy for St. Patrick’s School Adopted: May 1, 2006 Updated: July 2011
1. Yearly tuition will be set by the parish priest and school administrator in consultation with the Finance and Education Committee.
2. Non-registered parish families are invited to enroll at St. Patrick’s School. A separate tuition schedule will be given.
3. Five percent of the total TUITION may be deducted if paid in full by September 15 of the present school year.
4. The registration fee of $75 for each child is to be paid by May 15 prior to the start of the school year. Students will not be admitted
to St. Patrick’s School without the registration fee paid. Registration is $100 after May 15.
5. Families who refer another family, and they enroll, will receive $100 off their tuition.
6. All tuition payments are to be made according to the payment schedule as indicated on the family agreement plan.
7. Payment plans are as follows:
a. In full before September 15 (5% Discount)
b. Monthly – paid by 15th of month
c. Quarterly – due on first day of quarter
d. Bi-annually - September 15 and January 15th
e. Special payment plans may be set up by contacting the principal
8. If financial circumstances change, the parent or guardian is responsible to pay tuition up until the time they contact the principal
and discuss their change in financial need.
9. All accounts must be kept up-to-date at the end of each quarter, unless other arrangements have been made with the principal.
If no arrangements are made, the children will not be allowed to continue in school.
10. The following procedure will be followed for past due accounts:
a. A monthly statement (around the 15th of each month) will be sent to each parent with an overdue account indicating the amount overdue.
b. If no contact is made, the principal will be responsible for contacting the family by mail, phone, or registered mail.
c. If no response has been made from the family, the principal may set a date when the students will not be allowed to return to school until the tuition is up-to-date.
11. If financial assistance is requested, a family must fully complete a Tuition Aid Application. The parish priest and school administrator will then determine the amount of assistance the family will receive. No full scholarships will be given. All families will be asked to pay an arranged amount. If the arranged amount is not paid, families may be asked to leave St. Patrick School. The Tuition Aid Application may be picked up from the school office.
12. All tuition should be paid by June 30 of the current year. If the family tuition account is in arrears, the family will not be able to register for the following school year until the account is paid in full.
13. No discounts will be given for a partial enrollment of a four year old kindergarten student. Full tuition is required.
Since outdoor exercise is conducive to good health, the students are expected to go outside at scheduled times. If for some reason a child cannot go outside, a written explanation from the parent or legal guardian is required for each day that the student is to remain inside. Proper clothing and footwear is to be worn in inclement weather. It is up to the discretion of St. Patrick’s Staff to decide what type of clothing is required to go outside - age appropriateness will be considered. Students in grades 6-8 may eat a snack at the morning recess. This privilege may be taken away if inappropriate actions occur.
General Playground Rules
1. The playground supervisors are to be treated with respect and obeyed.
2. Respect for the games others are playing is to be a norm during playtime.
3. No gum chewing is allowed on the playground.
4. No snowballs are to be thrown on the playground.
5. No hard baseballs are allowed to be used on school property.
6. Spitting is not allowed on the playground.
The consequences for unacceptable behavior on the playground will be the same as those listed under Discipline in this handbook.
Proof of Guardianship
In any situation where there is a custody agreement, St. Patrick School needs the portion of that agreement that stipulates custody and any other information pertinent for the school. The parents are to notify the school immediately of any change in the agreement.
Retention/Acceleration DSP 5210
“The school is responsible for making the decision to retain a child or to accelerate a child to another grade. The decision to retain or to accelerate should be made only after serious reflections and evaluation and consultation with the teacher and parents. The school administrator is the individual responsible for making the final decision.”
Safe Environment Program
The Diocese of La Crosse Safe Environment Policy mandates that all volunteers submit to a criminal background check: review the Revised Policy and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct for the Diocese of La Crosse and the Revised Policy and Procedures on
Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse (Commonly referred to as the “Red” and “Green” books.); view the Safe Environment Training Video; and complete the Confidential Employee and Volunteer Questionnaire. On the Diocesan website (www.dioceseoflacrosse.com) are both the policies and procedures for the Red (On Sexual Misconduct for the Diocese of La Crosse) and the Green (Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse) books. They are also located as Appendix A and B in this handbook. The video is posted on the Diocese website. If you do not have internet availability, please contact the school office. The Safe Environment sign-off form must be completed on the yearly Family update form.
The safety patrol is a service that is provided by the school to ensure the safety of the students primarily in crossing the street. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are eligible to participate in safety patrol. A trip to Wisconsin Dells will be available fourth, fifth and sixth grade students upon completion of a successful year. Sixth graders will be eligible for the Washington DC trip upon completion of a successful year and teacher approval.
It is the responsibility of each student to obey the Safety Patrol. Failure to do so will result in being reported to those in authority and disciplined for disrespect and disobedience. This may include detention.
Safety To and From School
Children are expected to abide by all safety rules incoming to and going from school. This includes:
1. Walking on the sidewalks and crossing only at crosswalks.
2. Cooperation with the obeying the student safety patrols.
3. Riding bicycles in single file on the right side of the street and not riding double.
4. Walking bikes onto the playground and parking them in an orderly fashion in the bike rack.
5. Students making different arrangements from their usual departure must have a signed parent note stating the transportation change.
6. Students may not leave school grounds once they have been dropped off.
School and Home Association
Every parent of a child in St. Patrick School is automatically a member of the School and Home Association. The Association’s purpose is five-fold:
1. To act as a support group for the school, its faculty and students.
2. To offer through well-planned programs, information of special interest to parents which will assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities in the Christian formation of their children.
3. To provide opportunities to build community among parents, students, faculty, and the pastor through various types of
activities that contributes to the development of a faith community.
4. To provide a setting in which parents may be of service to the school and when faculty may be of service to the parents.
5. To offer a limited number of fundraising activities for the support of the school.
When school is closed, it will be announced over radio WCOW, WKTY, and WIZM and over television, WKBT. Note that whenever buses are not running for the public school system, St. Patrick's also is not in session.
School Hours 7:55 AM - 2:50 PM
Pupils walking should not arrive at school before 7:30 AM and should leave the school grounds promptly after dismissal. All students should be off the school grounds by 3:15 PM. Supervision will begin at 7:40 AM and conclude at 3:15 PM.
1. SCRIP can be purchased during regular school hours and after Masses on the weekends.
2. Families will receive ½ the SCRIP profit for use toward school accounts.
3. SCRIP will be credited to accounts in January and July.
4. Undesignated SCRIP profits will be used for scholarships.
5. If a family leaves St. Patrick’s School, the accrued SCRIP credit will be put into the scholarship fund.
6. According to Diocesan policy, SCRIP credit cannot be banked for future use by a family.
7. At no time will cash be given out to families. Any remaining accrued credit will go to the scholarship fund.
Diocesan SCRIP Policy - Effective September 1, 2013
Net proceeds from the sale of Scrip are to be used for two purposes:
1. To lower the tuition and Scrip fees charged to families of students currently enrolled in the school/system
2. To help cover the cost of school/system operations
(1) Schools/systems may choose to apply a percentage of Scrip profits toward the tuition or Scrip fees of currently enrolled students in the school/system. Those purchasing Scrip may identify the currently enrolled student who will benefit from the Scrip purchase. If no currently enrolled student is identified at the time of the Scrip purchase, the profits will help cover the cost of school/system operations.
(2) Schools/systems may use all the profits from the Scrip program to help cover the cost of school/system operations.
Sexual Harassment DSP 5512
All students of the Catholic schools of the Diocese of La Crosse are entitled to learn in an atmosphere free from sexual harassment.
1. Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. “Unwelcome verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature” includes, but is not limited to, “the deliberate repeated making of unsolicited gestures or comments, or the deliberate, repeated display of offensive, sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for school purposes.”
2. No student shall be subject to sexual harassment as a Catholic school student.
3. Any student or employee who engages in sexual harassment shall be subject to severe disciplinary measures.
4. Any student who believes that he or she is being sexually harassed shall report immediately such information to the school principal. Any information reported shall be treated as confidential. All claims of sexual harassment shall be thoroughly investigated by the school principal after consultation with the diocesan director of schools.
5. No student shall receive any retaliation or disciplinary action for reports of sexual harassment, made in good faith.
St. Patrick’s School will provide a healthy snack each morning. Parents are asked to make a monetary donation to this program. Additional information will be sent home in the welcome packet at the open house. Milk break will be available to all students in the morning.
Student Medication (Based on DSP 5505)
Whenever possible, medications should be administered at home rather than at school. Students requiring medication at school must be identified by their parents/guardians to the school office. Medication sent to school must be accompanied by written directions for use and given to the teacher. The office shall assume responsibility for involving designated school personnel in administration of the medication. This does not prohibit students from assuming this responsibility him/herself with the approval of his/her parents(s)/ guardian and physician.
Non-prescription medications will be administered only after the following criteria are met: (cough drops are not included)
1. The Parental Medical Consent form is completed and signed by the parent/guardian;
2. The office has checked the medication to assure appropriate dose, medication, and frequency;
3. School personnel are instructed in method, dosage, and time of administering the medication.
The physician prescribing the medication has the power to direct, supervise, decide, inspect, and oversee the administration of the medication. No medication will be given to a student by any school personnel unless the following are completed:
1. Written and signed instructions from the prescribing physician. This statement should include:
a. The specific conditions and circumstances under which contact should be made with the physician in relation to the
condition and reactions of the student to the medication;
b. A statement by the physician of his/her willingness to accept direct contact from the person administering the
2. A written statement from the parent/legal guardian including:
a. An authorization from the parent/legal guardian to administer the medication as prescribed by the physician;
b. An authorization for school personnel to contact the physician directly. (The parental medication consent form and
physician order for medication shall be used for this.)
Parents are required to inform St. Patrick’s School of all student allergies. This includes medications, food, and others. According to state law, a completed written doctor form must be provided to the lunch program for food/lunch modifications.
For Either Prescription or Non-Prescription Medication
1. Medication must be in properly labeled container, including:
a. Child’s full name;
b. Name of drug and dosage;
c. Time to be given;
d. Physician’s name (prescription only);
2. Medication will be kept in a secure location.
3. Only limited quantities of medication will be kept at school
4. It is the responsibility of the student, if appropriate, NOT school personnel, to get his/her medication at the designated time.
5. A record of the drug, dose, and time given will be kept by the individual administering the medication.
6. All written consent forms will be on file in the office.
7. School personnel will record unusual behavior of the student on medication.
8. Under no circumstances will Tylenol, aspirin or other medications be provided unless the criteria are met.
Students with Special Needs
If a student with special needs (categorized such EMR, EEN, or other similar classification, or having a serious physical disability) applies for admission or is in need of special placement, the administrator is to immediately consult the Director of Catholic Schools so that all necessary accommodations can be made in order to meet the needs of the student and to help make a judgment as to whether or not, indeed, that is possible. Wherever possible, accommodations are to be made to meet the total needs of the student. (DSP 5104).
Teachers in the upper grades may hold study group time after school. This study group time is a privilege and students may be asked to leave the group if disciplinary problems occur or misuse the time. This is a study time and younger siblings need to find other after school care locations. Students need to provide their own transportation home. If students need to wait for transportation, they will be required to wait near the after-care supervisor.
Students will be marked tardy if they arrive between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM. Five or more tardy days in a semester is considered truancy. City and or county official could become involved in truancy situations.
Teacher-in-Charge (DSP 2310)
All schools are to have a teacher-in-charge who is to function with the assigned job description in the absence of the principal. If a teacher-in-charge is responsible for the school for a prolonged period of time, there should also be a second teacher-in-charge.
The teacher-in-charge becomes responsible to the pastor (or president in joint-parish schools) in the following cases:
1. Prolonged absence of the principal.
2. The ability of the parish/school system to hire a principal due to lack of acceptable candidates.
3. A period between the resignation of a principal and the hiring of a new one.
In cases where a pastor assumes the principal duties for a temporary period of time, he is to be considered the "acting principal". (DSP 2311).
It is our policy not to disturb teachers or children during school hours. If it is necessary to reach someone during school hours, a message will be given to them.
Textbooks are supplied by the school on a loan basis. Since the books are the property of the school, children should be careful in handling them and should keep them covered. If a book is lost or damaged beyond repair, proper payment for the book is expected. Students (Gr 6-8) and parents will be asked to sign a “textbook condition – check out” sheet at the beginning of the school year. Replacement fees will be assessed for damaged books at the end of the school year.
Students are permitted the use of supplementary books, music books, library materials and equipment. Likewise, they will be held responsible for any of these materials which are lost or damaged through careless use.
In order to qualify for free bus transportation, students must live one mile or more from school. Any information you need for transporting your child can be received by telephone the Sparta Area Schools Transportation Office, 269-6750.
Regular attendance is critical to academic success and is required by state law. A frequent absence of students from regular classroom learning experiences disrupts the continuity of the instructional process and has a very negative effect on the overall academic achievement of a student.
According to Wisconsin state law, Act 239, 118.16(1)(a) “habitual truant “ is a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse under sub. (4) and s. 118.15 for part or all of 5 or more days on which school is held during a school semester. Under the law, guardians are responsible for their children. 118.5 states that “any person having under control a child who is between the ages of 6 and 18 years shall cause the child to attend school regularly during the full period and hours, religious, holidays exempted, that the public or private school in which the child should be enrolled is in session until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which the child becomes 18 years of age.”
Unexcused absences/tardies begin after 5 unexcused absences/tardies. Your case may be turned over to county authorities if the 5 absences/tardies are exceeded. A court appearance and/or fine are possible.
1. Three unexcused absences/tardies will result in a phone contact from the school office. Parents will be made aware of the
concern and offered support and problem–solving solutions.
2. Five unexcused absences/tardies will result in written notification from the principal.
3. Additional unexcused absences/tardies will result in a conference held with parents and the school principal.
4. If the truancy issue is not resolved within the school, the case may be referred to county authorities.
For registered members of St. Patrick's Parish, the tuition for the school year 2017-18 is:
$1850 For one child
$1850+1650 =$3500 For two children
$1850+1650+1600= $5100 For three children
$1850+1650+1600+1550=$6650 For four children
+$1500 additional children
$2600 non parish families (per child)
Five percent of the total TUITION may be deducted if paid in full by September 15 of the present school year. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $75 for each child to be paid by May 15 prior to the start of the school year. The registration fee increases to $100 anytime after May 15 and is non-refundable.
Families who refer another family, and they enroll, will receive $100 off their tuition.
If there is a hardship, the principal should be contacted and informed so that an arrangement may be made. It is the policy of St. Patrick's that no child be deprived of a Catholic education because of financial difficulty.
If financial assistance has been granted by school administration, the family must pay their arranged amount in a timely manner. If the arranged amount is not paid, families may be asked to leave St. Patrick School.
Parents/guardians are always welcome to visit the school, but are to make arrangements with the classroom teacher and principal beforehand. No parent/guardian visits are encouraged during the first two weeks of school. Anyone entering the school building must stop at the school office to identify themselves and state their business at school. St. Patrick School must have 24-hour notice for student visits. This must be approved through the principal’s office. All visitors must comply with student regulations (i.e. dress and discipline code).
Volunteers are an important and necessary part of the school staff. They are needed for help in the classroom and library, typing, chauffeuring, coaching, as teacher's aides, recess supervisors, and lunchroom supervisors.
Each family is required to donate 25 hours per year to St. Patrick’s School. Each family must keep track of their volunteer hours on the Sycamore site. An additional fee ($5 per hour) will be added to your tuition bill if the 25 hours are not met by the end of the school year. Donating items to school or the School and Home Association counts towards volunteer hours. Each $5 donated is equivalent to 1 hour. Service hours over 25 hours do not qualify for a tuition reduction.
St Patrick School's Wellness Policy concerning physical activity, nutrition, wellness and smart snacks may be found in the Appendix C of this document.
Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures
Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the
Diocese of La Crosse
A Pastoral Letter to Christ’s Faithful
The Diocese of La Crosse
On the Promulgation of the
Revised Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures
of the Diocese of La Crosse
William Patrick Callahan - Bishop of LaCrosse
By the Grace of God and the Favor of the Apostolic See
Promulgating the Policy and Procedure
Of the Diocese of La Crosse
Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy
From the time my appointment as Bishop of La Crosse was announced, one of my stated priorities has been to learn more about the issue of child sexual abuse and to ensure a safe environment for all minors and vulnerable persons in the Diocese. With this in mind it is my duty to see to the full implementation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons. Happily the Diocese of La Crosse has been found to be in compliance with the aforementioned Charter through the audits conducted by the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. However both of these documents have been revised since the promulgation of the Revised Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse by my predecessor then – Bishop Raymond L. Burke on February 5, 2003, and have been in effect since May 15, 2006. Furthermore our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, on May 21, 2010, revised the Normce de gravioribus delictis reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In light of these more recent documents, I have undertaken a review of our diocesan policies and procedures. Having completed this review with the help of the Diocesan Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board at its meeting on August 3, 2011, I hereby promulgate the revised Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy, including the “Norms Governing the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board.” These revised policies and procedures are to take effect immediately, and are to be published and disseminated as quickly as possible.
Given at La Crosse, on the fourth day of November in the year of Our Lord 2011, the memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop.
Signed William Patrick Callahan, Bishop of La Crosse
Fr Francis Abuah Quansah, J.C.D. , Chancellor.
POLICY AND PROCEDURES
OF THE DIOCESE OF LA CROSSE
REGARDING THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CLERGY
1. The Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy govern priests and deacons while they are performing the work of the Diocese with the permission of the Diocesan Bishop.
2. The policy and procedures are not intended to cover other moral transgressions or matters involving other violations of the Code of Canon Law.
Minor: A person below the age of 18 years. A person who habitually lacks the use of reason 1 is to be considered equivalent to a minor.2
Diocesan Priest or Deacon: A priest or deacon, whether secular or religious, appointed to serve in the Diocese of La Crosse by the Diocesan Bishop.
Sexual Abuse of a Minor: Sexual molestation or sexual exploit Sexual Abuse of a Minor: Sexual molestation or sexual exploitation of a minor and other behavior by which an adult uses a minor as an object of sexual gratification. Also to be considered as serious is the acquisition, possession or distribution by a cleric of pornographic images of minors for purposes of sexual gratification, by any means or technology.3
Any conduct of a sexual nature involving persons under the age of 18 which violates any federal or state statute also constitutes sexual abuse of a minor under these policies. This includes, but is not limited to:
1. Sexual assault of a child 4;
2. Repeated acts of sexual abuse of a child 5;
3. Sexual exploitation of a child 6;
4. Causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity 7;
5. Child enticement 8;
6. Exposing a child to harmful materials 9 ;
7. Possession of child pornography 10;
8. Sexual gratification involving children 11;
9. Sexual intercourse with a child 16 years or older 12;
10. Possession or use of Internet child pornography 13;
11. Invasion of privacy by video surveillance 14;
12. Sexual exploitation of children by manufacturing pornography 15;
13. Taking, possessing or distributing nude pictures in locker rooms 16;
14. Sending obscene or sexually explicit electric/electronic messages 17;
15. Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. 18
1. Sexual abuse of a minor is a crime and “an appalling sin in the eyes of God.” 19
2. Sexual abuse of a minor by any Diocesan priest or deacon is contrary to Catholic faith and morals, is outside the scope of his duties and responsibilities, and is absolutely prohibited.
3. No minor shall be subjected to sexual abuse by any Diocesan priest or deacon.
4. All Diocesan agents shall comply with all federal, state or local, civil and criminal laws prohibiting sexual abuse of minors; all laws requiring the reporting of known or suspected instances of sexual abuse of minors; and all requirements, procedural and substantive, set forth in this policy.
1. All allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against a Diocesan priest or deacon shall be immediately reported to the Diocesan Bishop. All such reports are confidential.
2. The Diocesan Bishop shall meet with the Diocesan Attorney and may meet with others to assess initially the nature of the allegations and the appropriate response to the allegations. This initial assessment will address issues of the possible risks to the accuser and potential victims; reporting requirements; possible risks to the accused; the selection of the persons to represent the Diocesan Bishop to the accuser and the accused (see Paragraphs 7 and 8 below); and the investigative protocol.
3. The Diocesan Bishop and/or his designee shall promptly respond to the accuser/reporter, acknowledging the allegations and providing the accuser/reporter a copy of the Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy. The accuser shall be advised of any civil or criminal law reporting requirements and shall be assisted in such reporting, if the accuser desires.
4. The Diocesan Bishop and/or his designee shall notify the accused that an accusation has been made and provide the accused with a copy of the Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse Regarding the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy. If the accused is a cleric of another diocese, or a consecrated person of an institute of consecrated life or society of apostolic life, the ecclesiastical superior of the accused shall also be notified. The accused shall be informed of the nature of the accusation and of any civil or criminal law reporting requirements, and shall be advised to retain the counsel of both a civil/criminal lawyer and a canon lawyer before making any statements.
5. The Diocesan Bishop shall take immediate steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all persons, which may include a leave of absence for the accused; reports to the appropriate authorities; notice to the insurance carriers; and/or referral to professionals (medical, psychological or legal).
6. The canonical preliminary investigation shall be carried out in a timely manner.
7. The Diocesan Bishop shall appoint a person to act as a liaison between the Diocesan Bishop and the accuser/reporter to represent the compassionate pastoral presence of the Diocesan Bishop; to gather detailed facts, including written statements from the accuser/reporter, documents, witness statements and records (releases); to submit written reports to the Diocesan Bishop; and ultimately to facilitate reconciliation and healing. All documents and all communications with the accuser shall be confidential.
8. The Diocesan Bishop shall appoint a person to act as a liaison between the Diocesan Bishop and the accused to represent the compassionate pastoral presence of the Diocesan Bishop; to gather detailed facts, including written statements from the accused, documents, witness statements and records (releases); to submit written reports to the Diocesan Bishop; and ultimately to facilitate reconciliation and healing. All documents and all communications with the accused shall be confidential.
9. When appropriate, the Diocesan Bishop may request a mutually-acceptable third-party assessment of the accused and/or accuser, including independent medical, psychological or other examinations at Diocesan expense, provided this does not interfere with the investigation by civil authorities. All documents and all communications shall be confidential.
10. If the accusation is not admitted, the matter will be referred to the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board.
11. After the canonical preliminary investigation and the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board process have been followed, the Diocesan Bishop shall make a determination of whether or not the accusation is sufficiently confirmed.
12. If the accusation is not admitted or sufficiently confirmed, the Diocesan Bishop, with the respective liaisons to the accuser/reporter and the accused, shall communicate such determination to both parties. In addition the Diocesan Bishop shall assist the parties to achieve reconciliation. A written statement shall be made, and shall be placed and recorded in the confidential records of the Diocese. Every step possible will be taken to restore the good name of the priest or deacon.
13. The following will apply if the accusation is either admitted or sufficiently confirmed in the judgment of the Diocesan Bishop.
A. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith shall be notified.
B. The perpetrator shall be permanently removed from ministry. He will not be permitted to celebrate Mass publicly, to wear clerical garb or to present himself publicly as a priest or deacon.
C. The Diocesan Bishop shall take reasonable immediate steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the victim and others involved, and to prevent sexual abuse of a minor from being repeated.
D. At the sole discretion of the Diocesan Bishop, when appropriate, the Diocese may make assistance available to the victim. The nature and extent of the assistance will depend upon each case. Factors to be considered include the nature of the offense; the harm caused by the offense; the degree of culpability of the Diocese; the financial and professional resources available to the Diocese; and what canon law, civil law and contractual agreements of the Diocese permit.
E. At the sole discretion of the Diocesan Bishop, when appropriate, the Diocese may make professional resources available to the perpetrator. The nature and extent of the assistance will depend upon each case. Factors to be considered include the nature of the offense; the harm caused by the offense; the degree of culpability of the Diocese; the financial and professional resources available to the perpetrator and the Diocese; and what canon law, civil law and contractual agreements of the Diocese permit. F. Confidential written records concerning any accusations of sexual abuse shall be maintained by the Diocese. All records of the canonical preliminary investigation and of the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board process are confidential.
14. In any case involving canonical penalties, the processes provided for in canon law must be observed.
15. When it is apparent that the accusation of sexual abuse has caused hurt and scandal in the communities in which it is alleged to have occurred or did occur, the Diocesan Bishop shall direct the local Dean to assess the nature and degree of the harm caused, and recommend and implement a plan of community healing and reconciliation.
NORMS GOVERNING THE DIOCESE OF LA CROSSE
CLERGY CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE REVIEW BOARD
1. Composition and Appointment. The Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board shall consist of at least six (6) persons appointed by the Diocesan Bishop and who serve at the pleasure of the Diocesan Bishop. All persons must be of outstanding integrity and good judgment. At least five (5) of the persons must be in full communion with the Catholic Church.
2. Qualifications. No less than four (4) of the members shall be adult lay persons not in the employ of the Diocese of La Crosse, one of which, at least, shall have particular expertise in the treatment of the sexual abuse of children. In addition one experienced and respected pastor of the Diocese shall be appointed to advise and consult with the Board. Three (3) ex officio nonvoting members shall be appointed by the Diocesan Bishop: the Vicar for Clergy, a knowledgeable canon lawyer and the Diocesan Attorney.
3. Term. The term for each Review Board member shall be five (5) years, which can be renewed.
4. Purpose. The purpose of the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board shall be:
A. To assist the Diocesan Bishop, at his request, in assessing specific allegations of sexual abuse of minors by a priest or deacon, when the allegations have not been admitted.
B. To review regularly the Diocesan policy and procedures for dealing with sexual abuse of minors by a priest or deacon, and to recommend to the Diocesan Bishop any modifications; and
C. To render such other advice and counsel regarding sexual abuse of minors when requested by the Diocesan Bishop.
5. Confidentiality. All matters submitted to and all proceedings of the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board are confidential. The procedures constitute part of the process to assess the fitness for assignment and the assignment of clergy. The process is therefore privileged under the First Amendment. The procedures may require the examination of documents and records which are privileged. That may require seeking and hearing legal advice which is privileged, and may require review of privileged communications between priests, doctors, psychologists, social workers and lawyers. By its very nature the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board’s proceedings involve matters of a highly personal nature, protected by the Wisconsin Privacy Law. Therefore all of its communications, proceedings and records are confidential and may not be disclosed or made public.
6. Norms Governing the Assessment of Allegations.
A. Issue: “Is the allegation sufficiently credible to recommend to the Diocesan Bishop that the case be advanced?”
B. Burden of proof: the accuser carries the burden of proof, consistent with concepts of fundamental fairness.
C. Standard of proof: corroborating evidence from witnesses, documents or other sources.
(1) The accuser may be represented by a civil and/or canon lawyer at his or her own expense.
(2) The accused may be represented by a civil and/or canon lawyer at his own expense.
(3) When necessary the Diocese will supply canonical counsel to a priest or deacon.
(4) The Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board shall be represented by the Diocesan Attorney.
7. Record. There shall be no record made of the proceedings of the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board.
8. Rules of Evidence. Adherence to the application of the strict rules of evidence shall not be required.
9. Discovery. There shall be no discovery by any party before the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board.
10. Nature of the Proceeding. Initially the Diocese of La Crosse Clergy Child Sexual Abuse Review Board shall review the records submitted to it by the Diocesan Bishop. If testimonial proof is necessary, the Review Board shall secure sworn statements from witnesses. If the record review and written testimonial proof is insufficient to make a recommendation to the Diocesan Bishop, oral testimony may be obtained.
1 Canon 99 of the Code of Canon Law states: “Whoever habitually lacks the use of reason is considered not
responsible for oneself (non sui compos) and is equated with infants.”
2 Pope Benedict XVI, Revised Normæ de gravioribus delictis Reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Art. 6, §1, 1° (May 21, 2010).
3 Cf. Ibid., 2°. 13 Sec. 948.012 Wis. Stat. and 18 USC Sec. 2252.
4 Sec. 948.02 Wis. Stats. 14 Sec. 942.08 Wis. Stats.
5 Sec. 948.025 Wis. Stats. 15 18 USC Sec. 2251 Wis. Stats.
6 Sec. 948.05 Wis. Stats. 16 Sec. 942.09 Wis. Stats.
7 Sec. 948.055 Wis. Stats. 17 Sec. 944.25 Wis. Stats.
8 Sec. 948.07 Wis. Stats. 18 Sec. 948.075 Wis. Stats.
9 Sec. 948.11 Wis. Stats. 19 Address of Pope John Paul II to the Cardinals of the
10 Sec. 948.12 Wis. Stats. United States (April 23, 2002).
11 Sec. 948.10 Wis. Stats. 20 Except for paragraphs 1 and 2, these procedures
12 Sec. 938.09 Wis. Stats. are not necessarily listed in the order followed in each case.
The safety of minors is the paramount concern.
Child Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures
Sexual Misconduct Procedures (Red book)
A Pastoral Letter to Christ’s Faithful of The Diocese of La Crosse
The Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke
Bishop of La Crosse
October 18, 1997
Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist
On the Promulgation of
The Revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures
For the Diocese of La Crosse
To Christ’s Faithful of the Diocese of La Crosse:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Church is our second home. Each of our individual homes is meant to be a small Church which finds its spiritual birth and growth in the larger Church, our parish. Our participation in the life of the Church is, therefore, our greatest treasure after the gift of life itself. It is sacred to us, for it unites our individual lives to God, the source of all life, and to one another, the family of God’s children.
Those who serve us in the Church represent, in one way or another, our Lord Jesus Christ as He shares His divine life with us in the Church. Priests and deacons, consecrated persons and laity who serve us in the Church, also as volunteers, are therefore held to the highest standard of moral conduct. Any breach of moral conduct on their part carries an additional burden of responsibility, for it betrays the trust which the Church places in them.
Sexual misconduct, because it is a violation of a person in his or her intimate being, always inflicts a most severe wound in the victim. When the act of sexual misconduct is carried out in the context of the Church’s work, the wound is even more severe, for it touches upon the victim’s faith in God and in His love for us. For that reason the Church, together with society in general, has become increasingly aware of the nature and gravity of acts of sexual misconduct, and desires to address such acts committed by agents of the Church with all of the spiritual remedies at her disposal.
The revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of La Crosse indicate the practical ways by which our Diocese will continue to address the situation of sexual misconduct by those who serve God’s people in the name of the Church. First of all, they mandate ongoing education for all agents of the Church regarding proper conduct, especially in the delicate area of human sexuality. In the sad case of an act of sexual misconduct, they aim to do what is just for all involved: the victim, the perpetrator and the whole body of the Church. What is more, they aim to bring the love of God to those who suffer the terrible wound inflicted by acts of sexual misconduct.
I take the occasion of the promulgation of the revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures to invite all who have suffered the severe wound inflicted by sexual misconduct on the part of an agent of the Church to seek the healing and reconciliation which our Lord Jesus Christ alone can provide. The holy Gospels attest to the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ. I invite you to place your trust in the Lord and in the grace of healing which He continues to pour out for us in the Church.
Saint Luke, who feast we celebrate today, tells us that our Lord Jesus sent forth the Twelve on their mission “to proclaim the reign of God and heal the afflicted.” (Lk 9,2) Let us pray that the revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures will be a fit instrument to assist in healing the terrible affliction of sexual misconduct. Let us invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, to bring health and healing to all in the Church.
Invoking God’s blessing upon you and your homes, I remain
Yours sincerely in Christ
(Most Rev.) Raymond L. Burke
Bishop of La Crosse
Promulgating the Revised
Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures
for the Diocese of La Crosse
The Diocese of La Crosse has had, for a number of years, a policy and procedures to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of Diocesan employees and agents. In order that the policy and procedures might respond more fully and effectively to such allegations, in the light of up-to-date knowledge in the matter and the Church’s experience, it has been necessary to undertake their revision. For this reason a committee was convened and, as a result of its work, this revision of the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures for the Diocese of La Crosse has been formulated.
I hereby decree that the Revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures for the Diocese of La Crosse is to be published and to become effective today.
Given at La Crosse this eighteenth day of October in the year of Our Lord 1997, the Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist.
(Most Rev.) Raymond L. Burke
Bishop of La Crosse
Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck, F.S.P.A.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
1. Sexual misconduct by any Diocesan agent, while performing the work of the Diocese, is contrary to Catholic faith and morals, is outside of the scope of his or her duties and responsibilities, and is absolutely prohibited.
2. No person shall be subjected to sexual misconduct by any Diocesan agent, including clergy, consecrated persons, employees or volunteers of the Diocese of La Crosse.
3. All Diocesan agents shall comply with all federal, state or local, civil and criminal laws, prohibiting sexual misconduct; all laws requiring the reporting of known or suspected instances of sexual misconduct; and all requirements, procedural and substantive, set forth in this policy.
Sexual Misconduct Procedures
1. To convey the message by word and deed that sexual misconduct is a moral outrage; that it will not be tolerated or condoned in the Church, regardless of the status of the offender; and that the time and resources of Church authority are committed to a just, pastoral response to all involved.
2. To provide a prompt, compassionate and appropriate response to reporters of sexual misconduct.
3. To respect the canonical and civil rights of the parties involved.
4. To provide a confidential procedure to gather all relevant facts which respects the privacy of the reporter and of the accused.
5. To provide a mechanism, when appropriate, to make available competent and supportive professional resources to victims, perpetrators and the accused.
6. To provide and develop a climate and opportunities for remediation, reconciliation and forgiveness.
7. To provide a process which seeks to restore trust.
1. All allegations of sexual misconduct against Diocesan agents (clergy, consecrated persons and/or lay persons) shall be immediately reported to the Diocesan Bishop. All such reports are confidential.
2. The Diocesan Bishop shall meet with the Diocesan Attorney and may meet with others to assess initially the nature of the allegations and appropriate response to the allegations. This initial assessment will address the issues of possible risks to the accuser and potential victims, possible risks to the accused, reporting requirements, the selection of the persons to represent the Diocesan Bishop to the accuser and the accused (see Paragraphs 7 and 8 below), and the investigative protocol.
3. The Diocesan Bishop and/or his designee shall promptly respond to the accuser/reporter acknowledging the allegations and providing the accuser/reporter a copy of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Procedures.
4. The Diocesan Bishop and/or his designee shall notify the accused that an accusation has been made and provide the accused with a copy of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Procedures. If the accused is a cleric of another Diocese or a consecrated person, the ecclesiastical superior of the accused shall also be notified.
5. When necessary, the Diocesan Bishop shall take immediate steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all persons, which may include a leave of absence for the accused, reports to the appropriate authorities, notice to the insurance carriers and/or referral to professionals (medical, psychological or legal).
6. The investigative protocol shall be carried out in a timely manner.
7. The Diocesan Bishop shall appoint a person to act as a liaison between the Bishop and the accuser/reporter; to represent the compassionate pastoral presence of the Diocesan Bishop; to gather detailed facts, including written statements from the accuser/reporter, documents, witness statements and records (releases); to submit written reports to the Diocesan Bishop; and ultimately to facilitate reconciliation and healing. All information and communication with the accuser and to the Diocesan Bishop shall be confidential.
8. The Diocesan Bishop shall appoint a person to act as a liaison between the Bishop and the accused; to represent the compassionate pastoral presence of the Diocesan Bishop; to gather detailed facts including written statement from the accused, documents, witness statements and records (releases); to submit written reports to the Diocesan Bishop; and ultimately to facilitate reconciliation and healing. All information and communications with the accused and to the Diocesan Bishop shall be confidential.
9. When appropriate, the Diocesan Bishop may request a third-party assessment of the accuser and/or accused, including independent medical, psychological or other examinations at Diocesan expense. All documents and/or reports are confidential.
10. After the investigative protocol is completed, the Diocesan Bishop shall make a determination whether or not the accusation is sufficiently confirmed.
11. If the accusation is not sufficiently confirmed, the Diocesan Bishop, with the respective liaisons to the accuser/reporter and the accused, shall communicate such determination to both parties. In addition, the Diocesan Bishop shall assist the parties to achieve reconciliation. A written statement shall be made, placed and recorded in the confidential records of the Diocese.
12. The following will apply if the accusation is sufficiently confirmed:
a. The Diocesan Bishop shall take reasonable immediate steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the victim and others involved and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated.
b. At the sole discretion of the Diocesan Bishop, when appropriate, the Diocese may make assistant available to the victim. The nature, content and extent of the assistance will depend upon each circumstance. Factors to be considered include the nature of the offense; the harm caused by the offense; the degree of culpability of the Diocese; the financial and professional resources available to the Diocese; and what canon law, civil law and contractual agreements of the Diocese permit.
c. At the sole discretion of the Diocesan Bishop, when appropriate, the Diocese may make professional resources available to the perpetrator. The nature, content and extent of the assistance will depend upon each circumstance. Factors to be considered include the nature of the offense; the harm caused by the offense; the degree of culpability of the Diocese; the financial and professional resources available to the perpetrator and the Diocese; and what canon law, civil law and contractual agreements of the Diocese permit.
d. No cleric, consecrated person or lay person who has engaged in sexual misconduct may be assigned in the future, if ever, to any Diocesan position, unless and until he or she has successfully completed any and all recommended assessment and initial therapy, is professionally deemed as presenting no unreasonable risk of reoffense, has had a prolonged period without recidivism, is reasonably monitored and supervised, and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Diocesan Bishop that he or she presents no reasonable risk of harm.
e. Confidential written records shall be maintained by the Diocese concerning any accusations of sexual misconduct. All records of the investigative protocol are confidential and shall be kept in the secret archives.
13. When it is apparent that the accusation of sexual misconduct has caused hurt and scandal in the communities in which it is alleged to have occurred or did occur, the Diocesan Bishop shall direct the Dean to assess the nature and degree of the harm caused, and recommend and implement a plan of community healing and reconciliation.
Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures
1. These Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures govern all Diocesan agents, including clergy, consecrated persons, employees and volunteers, while they are performing the work of the Diocese.
2. The Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures are not intended to cover other moral transgressions or matters involving violations of the Code of Canon Law.
St. Patrick’s School
100 South L Street
School Wellness Policy
- St. Patrick’s School’s purpose and rationale for school wellness policy.
- Provide nutritious meals following the United States Government Nutrition Standards.
- Promote an active lifestyle for students and staff.
- Enhance Curriculum to provide students with nutrition education.
II. St. Patrick’s Policy Goals
- Nutritional Education Goals.
- Ensure that all students have access to adequate and healthy food and beverage choices on scheduled school days at reasonable prices.
- Provide fresh salad (at most if not all) school lunches.
- Provide all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make nutritious food choices through school curriculum.
- Allow for water breaks during the school day.
- Allow for at least 20 minutes of meal time.
- Parents will be encouraged to send healthy snack alternatives such as fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, dairy products, or healthy granola type snack bars for snack.
- In-service teachers and staff on nutrition and wellness.
B. Physical Activity Goals
- Provide recess activity time during school day.
- Four year old kindergarten through eighth grade will be provided two scheduled recess times at least 15 minutes in length.
- Provide grades four year old kindergarten through eighth grade two physical education classes per week, ranging from 25-35 minutes per class.
- Have a written physical education curriculum.
- Classroom randomly use websites (GoNoodle, ect.) to provide additional movement within in the classroom.
- Promote physical activity by informing families of extra curricular activities sponsored by local Boys and Girls Club.
- Work cooperatively with local public schools so that students in grade six through eighth grades can participate in organized sports at the local middle school.
III. St. Patrick’s nutrition guideline.
- St. Patrick’s School serves food and beverage in the school lunchroom and in classrooms.
- Nutrition standards and guidelines that will be applied to all foods and beverages.
- No pop is sold at any time.
- Students are provided with ample water breaks during the school day.
- Students are allowed to bring personal water bottles to use during class time.
- Milk break is provided daily for grades four year old kindergarten through fifth grade.
- Juice content (if served) is aligned with state guidelines.
- School lunch program will meet nutritional guidelines set by the United States Government Nutritional Standards.
- Staff will encourage consumption of nutrient dense foods: whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables.
- The school administrator may deviate from guidelines for special occasions. (ie. Halloween, Valentine’s Day)
C. Nutritional standards and guidelines will apply during the school day only.
IV. St. Patrick’s assurances for reimbursable school meals.
St. Patrick’s School will provide reimbursable school meals that meet minimum requirements outlined in federal laws and regulations applicable to child nutrition programs including minimum nutritional standards.
V. St. Patrick’s implementation Plan.
- The school administrator (with consultation and input from teachers) will be responsible for overseeing the School Wellness Policy.
- The school administrator will report annually to the school education committee the compliance of the School Wellness Policy.
- St. Patrick’s School will review and make necessary changes to the School Wellness Policy annually during the first quarter of each year.
- St. Patrick’s School action steps will be:
Nutritional education goals
- Continue to serve adequate and healthy food and beverage choices on schedule school days at reasonable prices.
- Teach students to make nutritious food choices through classroom lessons.
- In-service teachers and staff on nutrition and wellness with assistance from Monroe County Health Department.
Physical activity policy goals
- Continue to provide recess activity time during school days for all students.
- Continue to provide all students with physical education classes per week.
- Continue to promote physical activity by informing families of extra curricular activities sponsored by local boys and girls club.
- Continue to work cooperatively with local public school with regards to organized sports at the local middle school.
Other nutritional policy goals.
- The full meal program will follow the United States Government Nutritional Standards.
- A la carte items are not for sale at St. Patrick’s School (except cold lunch milk).
- No vending machines are or will be located at St. Patrick’s School.
- Fundraising of food items will be limited to home sales.
- Families will be encouraged to send healthy snacks for break time.
- Continue to provide morning milk break for lower grade students.
E. St. Patrick’s School will continue to phase in nutrition information and training during the school year.
F. The School Wellness Policy will be communicated to:
- Staff through curriculum additions
- Students through classroom lessons
- Parents through school website.
G. Wellness Policy will be updated every three years or earlier if needed.
St. Patrick’s School Staff
Principal Jean M. Suttie
Bachelor of Science from University of WI Whitewater
Masters of Education from University of WI Superior
Kindergarten Anna Fleming
Bachelor of Science from State University New York Brockport
Masters of Education from University of Hawaii
Specialist Degree from Winona State University
Bachelor of Science from Winona State University
Grade 1 Brenda DeGroot
Bachelor of Science from Edgewood College, Madison
Grade 2 Lori Lazzari
Bachelor of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Lake Superior State Univ, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Grade 3 Rita Hirsch
Bachelor of Science from University of WI Eau Claire
Grade 4 Mary Sullivan
Bachelor of Science from Viterbo University
Grade 5 Sadie Williams
Bachelor of Science from Viterbo University
Grade 6-PE Janelle Frank
Bachelor of Science from University of WI LaCrosse
Grade 7-8 Charles Burnett
Bachelor of Science from University of WI Eau Claire
Bachelor of Science from University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein
Masters of Education from University of WI Superior
English Linda Richmond
Bachelor of Science from Mount Mary College
Math-Computers Linda Frei
Bachelor of Arts from Ripon College
Music Jennifer Warthan
Bachelor of Arts from University of WI LaCrosse
Reading Assistant Alissa Thompson
Bachelor of Science from University of WI LaCrosse
School Secretary Jody Amundson
Custodian Pete Steinhoff
Head Cook Jennifer Warthan
Assistant Cook Linda Svoboda, Rocio Rosales, Rachel Tehoke