Nuts and Bolts for Parents 2016-10-12T12:54:44+00:00

Nuts and Bolts for Parent

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YOUR CHILD SHOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING FORMS COMPLETED AND ON FILE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF ATTENDANCE:

  1. Virginia School Entrance Physical Examination and Immunization Certificate (required by the Virginia State Department of Health)
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Original Social Security Card
  4. Permission form for physical education
  5. Field trip permission form
  6. Emergency Information Card

Please be sure all of these forms have been completed and returned to St. Andrew’s.

St. Andrew’s discourages the administration of medication during school hours and requests that whenever possible, medication doses be scheduled at times other than during school hours. The school recognizes that this is not always possible and will cooperate in administration of medication that must be given during school hours.

The following guidelines must be followed:

For prescription medication:

  • Written orders from a physician using the form on page 38 detailing the name of the drug, dosage and time interval the medication is to be taken and physician’s signature must be sent to the school. Permission forms are also available in the school office.
  • The signature of a parent or guardian requesting that the school comply with the physician’s order must be on this form.
  • A permission form must be completed whenever a change is made in dosage or frequency of medication.

For over-the-counter medication:

  • A written note from the parent specifying time, dosage and duration as well as permission for the student to take the medication must be provided.
  • All medication must be brought to school by a parent or guardian in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician as to content and dosage. Do not send prescription or over-the-counter medication to school with your child.
  • Whenever medication is changed or discontinued, the school should be notified immediately.

Medication will not be administered at school unless the above guidelines are met.

Medication or medical appliances (inhalers, epi-pens, etc.) will remain at school for the duration of the physician’s written order. Medication cannot be transported to and from school on a daily basis. Please provide the proper amount of medication for administration at school only. Students will not be permitted to transport medication in backpacks.

It is the responsibility of the parent to remove all prescription and over-the counter medications from the school office at the end of the school year. Medications remaining in the office at the end of June will be disposed of in an appropriate manner. No medication will be held at the school from one school year to the next.

Parents must keep children home if there is evidence of illness. Children who have had fevers may not return to school until they have been fever-free for twenty-four hours.
A child can be highly contagious with no fever present. For example, a child with a cold, whose nose is profusely running, is highly contagious to all those the child comes in contact with and should be kept at home.
Should a child become ill at school or show signs of an illness that is contagious, parents will be notified so that they may take the child home.
Children who have a fever will be sent home immediately and must remain home until they have been fever-free for twenty-four hours. A fever is defined as a temperature of 100º F or above when taken orally.

Students having or suspected of having any contagious or infectious disease or infestation that might adversely affect the health of other persons with whom they might come into day-to-day contact will be excused from the school community until it is determined that the disease or infestation no longer presents a danger to the health of others. Verification by a physician of the absence of such a contagious or infectious disease or infestation may be required. Although parents of other students may be notified of such a condition, the student’s right to privacy shall be upheld.
It is the responsibility of the Head of School to carry out the provisions of this policy, and in the case of chronic health conditions, to determine when the criteria for readmission have been adequately met. Should a grievance arise concerning the implementation of this policy, a Health Committee made up of members of the St. Andrew’s Board of Trustees would convene to determine whether or not adequate measures have been followed.

Parents will be informed by telephone of any injuries requiring more than simple first aid.

Emergency: In case of serious injury, the school will call the parents and the Newport News Emergency Medical Services. If hospitalization is necessary, the child will be taken to the closest hospital. If the parent cannot be reached, the doctor listed on the Emergency Information Card will be contacted. Please keep the information on this card current and accurate.

Parents must notify the school by note or phone call when there is to be any change in the child’s regular method of transportation home. Requests must be made by 2:15 p.m. This is essential in helping us provide for your child’s safety.
St. Andrew’s currently operates three 22-seat buses offering limited bus transportation within certain areas. Because of scattered population, some areas may require central pick-up points. Transportation to certain areas is contingent upon sufficient demand.
Due to limited seating and safety factors, we cannot allow extra riders on the school buses or the switching of buses or drop-off points without permission from the school. Occasional riders will be charged a one-way fee of $5.00 per trip.

Please be sure that we have your correct and current home, work, and cell phone numbers (and pager numbers, if applicable) in the school office. Send any address and/or phone number changes to the school office immediately.
When it is necessary to pick up your child during the school day (for illness, dental or medical appointments, etc.), please come to the school office. Please allow sufficient time to pick up your child prior to any appointments. Students will remain with their class until parents arrive to pick the child up (unless the student is ill). Due to limited space, children will not wait in the office for parents to arrive during the school day. We cannot allow any student to wait alone at the front door or outside the school building prior to being picked up. Individuals picking up students may be asked for identification before the school will release the student.
Students are allowed to ride their bicycles to school, but must assume responsibility for them. A bicycle rack is located on the playground. Bicycles should be locked to the rack.

IN KEEPING WITH THE MISSION OF ST. ANDREW’S – EDUCATING THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT – WE ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO MAKE HEALTHY, BALANCED CHOICES IN THE FOODS THEY EAT AS WELL AS MAKING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY A PART OF THEIR DAILY ROUTINE. TO THAT END, PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PROVIDE HEALTHY, BALANCED, NUTRITIONAL SNACKS AND LUNCHES FOR STUDENTS. SIMILARLY, WHEN PROVIDING CLASSROOM TREATS, HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO SWEET TREATS SHOULD BE OFFERED. HEALTH CLASSES CONDUCTED AS A PART OF THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM INCLUDE UNITS ON NUTRITION AND WELLNESS. THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION ADDRESS SNACKS AND LUNCH:

Snack: A mid-morning snack period is scheduled for each class; children are encouraged to eat a healthy snack, such as cheese, fruit, or crackers brought from home. Please do not allow your child to bring drinks of any kind or sweets/desserts for mid-morning snack. Water is readily available at this time. Carbonated soft drinks are not allowed at any time during the school day. The school reserves the right to prohibit certain foods within a classroom for the protection of children with severe allergies.

Lunch: Lunch may be purchased from the school or children may bring their own lunches. Although lunches purchased from the school are nutritious, they are not complete meals. Parents should supplement lunches with fruit and/or vegetables. Please refrain from sending candy or sweet treats.

  • Lunch items are provided by outside food vendors. A complete listing of  daily food items will be available on the first day of school.
  • Lunch and ice cream tickets may be purchased through the school office. The cost is $100 for 25 lunches and $20 for 25 ice creams.  Prices are subject to change if the cost of providing lunch or ice cream rises.
  • Students must use tickets to purchase lunch and/or ice cream at school.
  • Children may bring their own lunches from home whenever they do not wish to order lunch at school.
  • The deadline for placing an order for lunch each day is 9:15 a.m. If your child is late and must arrive after 9:15 a.m., please be sure you provide a lunch for the day or call the school office before 9:15 to order a lunch.
  • If you desire to purchase milk, orange juice or water through the school, it must be purchased on a yearly basis through the school office. Cost is $80.00 per year. Orange juice, low-fat or regular milk, chocolate milk, and spring water are available.
  • Children are not allowed to bring glass containers or carbonated drinks to school.
  • Parents are invited to join their children for lunch in the lunchroom any day. You may bring your own lunch, or you may call the school office before 9:15 a.m. and place a lunch order. We encourage you to come and join us often for lunch this year.
  • Food cannot be heated in the microwave at school due to the number of potential requests on any given day and the time constraints of lunch periods.
All students participating in after-school activities and clubs must have a written permission note from a parent for each individual meeting or activity. This enables the school staff to send children home from school by the proper method and ensures the safety of our students.
Children attending evening activities at school must be accompanied by a parent. Please do not drop your child off and leave the student unattended at any school function. Parents must assume responsibility for their children at school social gatherings where parents and children attend together after regular school hours.

In order to pass out invitations or flyers regarding activities at school:
a. every student in the class must receive an invitation and/or flyer, and
b. all party invitations or flyers must be given to the classroom teacher for distribution at school and must include all students in the classroom.
Please do not send party invitations to school if every child in the class is not included. The Directory has a list of every student’s home address for mailing party invitations.

Textbooks and equipment are the property of the school. Parents will be billed for loss or misuse.
The Lost and Found basket is located in the lunchroom. Please label lunch boxes, bookbags, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and other items of clothing. This will enable us to return lost articles to the children. Any unclaimed items at the conclusion of each semester will be discarded or donated to local charities.

Report cards are sent home every nine weeks for grades one through five. Pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners receive report cards twice a year (in January and June). Resource teachers will send comments in the report cards on a regular basis, which will report on the material taught during the grading period.
The following grading scales are used at St. Andrew’s for academic subjects. (Numerical grades are not used in resource classes and grades in those classes are a reflection of attitude, effort, and class participation.):

Pre-K, K, and Grade 1:
S – Satisfactory progress
I – Improvement needed
U – Unsatisfactory progress

Grade 2:                               Grades 3 through 5:

O         93-100                             A     93-100

S+        85-92                               B     85-92

S          77-84                               C     77-84

I           70-76                               D     70-76

U         below 70                          F      below 70

Students who perform well academically in third, fourth and fifth grades achieve Honor Roll recognition. Students receiving Highest Honors for a grading period must obtain A’s on all academic subjects and must achieve nothing lower than “S” on all resource subjects, conduct and work habits. Students achieving Honors must obtain a combination of A’s and B’s or all B’s along with nothing lower than “S” on all resource subjects, conduct and work habits. Names of students achieving Highest Honors and Honors will be listed in the Newsletter, and students will be recognized at the Honors Assembly in Chapel at the end of each grading period.

Promptness is essential to the learning process and a value we strive to practice and instill in our students. It represents a sense of personal responsibility, a respect for the academic process and a spirit of concern and consideration for those around us.

Students may begin arriving at 8:00 a.m. All students must be in their classrooms by 8:15 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. are considered tardy. The Chapel bell rings at 8:20 a.m., Monday through Friday. Pre-kindergarten students and kindergarten students in the half-day program are dismissed at 12:30 p.m. each day. Kindergarten students in the all-day program as well as the students in grades one through five are dismissed by 2:55 p.m. Bus riders are dismissed at 2:50 p.m. and car poolers are dismissed at 2:55 p.m.

Students who arrive after 8:20 a.m. must be accompanied by their parents and taken to the duty teacher in the front hall or to the office after the Chapel service has concluded.

School-wide half-day schedule:
When a half-day schedule for the entire school is followed, all bus riders are dismissed at 12:00 noon. Students who car pool are dismissed at 12:05 p.m.

St. Andrew’s believes that a positive and constructive partnership between the school and a student’s parent/guardian is essential to the accomplishment of the school’s educational mission. The school accordingly reserves the right to terminate or not renew a student’s enrollment contract if the school reasonably concludes that the actions of a parent or guardian make such a positive and constructive partnership impossible or otherwise seriously interfere with the school’s accomplishment of its educational purposes.
The Extended Day Program is provided as a service to those parents who need care for their children outside the normal school hours. The program is intended to be an extension of the school day, and provides children with opportunities for educational, social, and physical development. Time is provided for snacks, free play, and outdoor activities. The program hours are 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on most school days. Please see the extended day handbook for specific information about this program.

The school communicates with parents through notices, telephone calls, e-mail, conferences, reports and the weekly Newsletter. Parents may also check the school’s website, for postings of pertinent information.
In pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade, papers are sent home daily. Student papers for grades two through five are sent home on a weekly basis, with teacher comments as needed.
Mid-term progress reports are sent home in the middle of each marking period for grades one through five. Formal report cards are sent home every nine weeks for grades one through five; in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, formal reports are sent home twice a year (January and June). Parents are asked to sign and return report cards promptly. The grading scales used at St. Andrew’s are given on page 19.
Twice a year, parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for all grades. Additional conferences may be called as deemed necessary by parents, teachers, and/or the Head of School. Telephone calls and notes are also used whenever necessary. Parents requesting a conference with a teacher or the Head of School are asked to make this request through the school office. Please call (596-6261) or visit the school whenever there are questions or concerns regarding your child and/or the school.
Conference days: Parent/teacher conference days for the 2010-2011 school year. On these two days, conferences with parents will be scheduled. Children will not attend school on these two days.

All parents must sign a permission form for their children to participate in physical education classes at school and at the YMCA. No student will be allowed to participate in physical education without a signed permission slip and a completed physical examination form on file in the school office.
If your child has any health problems or should not participate in a sport/activity, please explain the condition on the physical education permission form. The school office should also be informed in writing. For illness and other medical problems that arise during the school year, parents are required to send a note to school in order to have students excused from physical education.

Appropriate Dress for Physical Education

Students in grades two through five are required to “dress out” for physical education at the YMCA in the following:

Shirts: solid white, navy or red T-shirts (without logos) or white, navy or red St. Andrew’s T-shirts (polo shirts or Field Day t-shirts should not be worn on YMCA days).

Shorts: solid white, navy or red shorts (the St. Andrew’s logo is the only acceptable logo). School uniform shorts are acceptable.

Sweat pants: solid white, navy or red sweatpants (without logos) or white, navy or red St. Andrew’s sweatpants. School slacks are not acceptable for boys or girls for the YMCA.

Sweatshirts: solid white, navy or red sweatshirts (without logos) or red, white or navy St. Andrew’s sweatshirts

Socks: solid white, navy or red (white is preferred). White socks may have navy or red athletic stripes.

Shoes: athletic shoes with shoelaces and/or velcro straps or slip-on type (securely fitting). No backless athletic shoes are permitted.

All clothes must be marked with your child’s name to enable us to return any lost items.

Failure to “dress out” will result in a resource subject slip for that day. Three slips in one marking period will result in an “S-“ on the report card for physical education. A child may also receive a special slip for inappropriate behavior on the bus, at the YMCA or in P.E. classes at school, or for a lack of participation. The student will be given the slip to take home to parents. The form should be signed by a parent and returned to school the next day. The physical education instructor will schedule a conference whenever it is deemed necessary by the parents or the instructor.

Parents who would like to purchase athletic apparel or sweatshirts for their children from the Parents’ Council should contact the Athletic Wear Committee.

Kindergarteners and first graders meet with the physical education teacher three times a week on the playground or in the school auditorium. Prekindergarten students have physical education twice each week. The students must wear athletic shoes (lace-up or velcro style) for these physical education periods.
Students in grades two through five are taken to the YMCA by school buses once a week for a one-hour physical education period. The gymnasium, track, outdoor facilities and tennis courts at the YMCA are used during the course of the school year. The students have additional physical education activities at school.
Students in grade five who plan to join the St. Andrew’s Track Team are required to provide a current (within the last month) physical release form signed by their physician and a parental permission form in order to participate.

A request for withdrawal from the school must be made in writing to the Head of School and hand-delivered or mailed to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. The school requires one month’s notice for withdrawals from school. Application, registration, capital improvement and activity fees are non-refundable. For withdrawal after June 1, one full year of tuition is due in full.
When withdrawal is necessary due to the student moving from the area, tuition due shall be only that portion of the semester that the student actually attends St. Andrew’s School. Tuition will be pro-rated from the beginning of the semester to the last day of attendance for the student (subject to the one month notice required). For purposes of this clause, relocation is defined as moving to a residence located more than fifty (50) miles from the school.
When withdrawal is recommended by the school, the Head of School, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, will consider each case on its merit and may modify any of the above conditions.

Parents are requested to read carefully and observe the following guidelines for car pool safety.

  • The buses will be loaded near the playground entrance on River Road at 2:50 p.m.
  • All car pool students should be picked up promptly at 2:55 p.m. Car pool times are from 2:55 to 3:15 p.m. Any child remaining after 3:15 p.m. will be checked in to the Extended Day Program; parents will be billed accordingly for this service. All pre-kindergarten and half-day kindergarten students should be picked up promptly at 12:30 p.m.
  • The normal routine for afternoon dismissal is that students will be dismissed to the auditorium with their teachers. Staff members will call for students as the parent arrives in carpool or walks to the front door of the building. All parents are asked to wait outdoors for their children. This procedure is for the safety of our students and to allow for an orderly dismissal from school.
  • The first car in the car pool line should pull all the way up to the corner of Main Street and River Road. This will provide one entire block for waiting cars.
    The Police Department will not allow parents to double park on Main Street when waiting in line to pick up students. This is due to the hazard it presents to other drivers who must go around the double-parked cars in order to continue down Main Street.
    When the block in front of school is filled, parents should park in any remaining parking spaces along Main Street. Hazard lights should be used as an indicator to other car pool drivers that you are in line and awaiting an opportunity to pull forward to pick up your children. Park in an available space, use your hazard lights and wait your turn to move forward.
  • Another option when the school block is filled is to drive around the block and return. You will be surprised at how quickly the cars move along.
  • Do not leave your car unattended in the school block at dismissal time. Please stay in your car in order to keep the car pool line moving smoothly. If someone in your car pool is not ready, please move around the corner to wait.
    In order to keep traffic moving, please do not attempt to talk to teachers from your car.
  • Do not park across the street and walk through the line of waiting cars to pick up your child. If you must park, rather than stay in the car pool line, be sure to cross at one of the two corners when picking up and leaving with your child. Students will not be allowed to cross between moving cars in the car pool line.
  • Do not make a U-turn on Main Street when picking up or leaving your child at school. This creates a safety hazard.

Cars will be loaded three or four at a time at dismissal. Patrols and teachers will assist the students entering cars. Students must not put themselves in cars without patrol or teacher supervision.
The driver is concerned first with the safety of all of the passengers. If a child’s behavior presents a continual problem, parents will be notified by the bus driver and the child may be suspended from the privilege of riding the bus.

St. Andrew’s school buses are used for field trips and transportation to the YMCA, as well as providing transportation to and from school for bus riders. The following rules have been established in order to insure the safety of children while on the school bus. Please read over these rules and discuss them with your child. In this way, we may be certain that each child is aware of the appropriate behavior while on the bus.

  1. Take seats quickly and quietly according to the driver’s instructions.
  2. Fasten seat belts and keep them on until ready to leave the bus.
  3. Remain seated at all times.
  4. Do not change seats.
  5. Never put heads, arms, or anything else out the window.
  6. Quiet conversation is fine. Do not yell or make loud noises that may startle the bus driver.
  7. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
  8. Throwing things or shouting out of open windows or throwing things inside the bus will not be tolerated at any time.
  9. Be polite and respectful to the bus driver and fellow riders.
  10. Projects, pets or glass may not be transported in the bus.
  11. Arguing, teasing or fighting with fellow riders will not be tolerated.
  12. No littering the bus floors or seats.
  13. Keep feet and backpacks out of the aisles of the bus.
  14. Good conduct is the first rule of safety. Each student is expected to be responsible, respectful and courteous at all times to each other and to the bus driver.
  15. Students may not have electronic games, portable radios, tape or CD players, cell phones, or pagers on the bus unless given permission by the school.

The driver is concerned first with the safety of all of the passengers. If a child’s behavior presents a continual problem, parents will be notified by the bus driver and the child may be suspended from the privilege of riding the bus.

Students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School are encouraged to strive for excellence in all areas of study. In the primary grades (K-2), students are encouraged to engage fully in the process of learning, achieving satisfactory progress in math, reading and language arts. It is expected that a student achieve a minimum grade of “S” in math, reading and language arts. For students in grades three through five, a minimum average of 77 should be maintained in all academic courses.

Should a student’s average in grades three through five drop below the minimum average of 77 in three academic subjects during the same marking period, the teacher will request a conference with the parents of the student and the Head of School to devise a plan of action for academic improvement. Based on a student’s academic history over three marking periods in an academic year, the teacher will make a recommendation to the Head of School regarding the placement of the student for the next academic year. Should there be no exhibited improvement in academic performance, retention may be recommended if it is seen to be in the best interest of the child.

In order to be promoted to the next grade level in third through fifth grade, a student should have an average of 77 for the year in each of the core subjects of math, English and reading with a passing grade in all other subjects for the year.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is an accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is recognized as an accredited school by the Virginia Board of Education. The school is also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Daily attendance is essential for academic progress and success. Therefore, students are expected to attend all classes and school functions within the school day. In order to achieve the best educational experience possible, students must attend school regularly and must be on time. Attendance patterns formed during school years are often the habits our young people maintain throughout their lifetime. Field trips and other functions sanctioned by the school are normal school activities and students are considered absent when they do not attend these events.

Parents should notify the school by 9:30 a.m. whenever their child will be tardy or absent for the day. Students who have been absent for fifteen (15) consecutive days or for forty-five (45) days during the school term without special arrangements with the Head of School will be retained.

As a courtesy, parents are requested to send a written note with their child when he/she returns to school following an absence.

Students at St. Andrew’s are expected to conduct themselves as young ladies and gentlemen by being respectful of other people and their property, by being truthful, by acting responsibly and by striving to achieve their best in both academic and non-academic tasks. Members of the faculty have full responsibility and authority for all activities during the school day; however, parents must assume responsibility for their children at school social gatherings where parents and children attend together after regular school hours. Children will be expected to adhere to the same school rules as those followed during the school day.

Students are expected to treat one another with kindness, respect and compassion. Students should always speak to each other in a polite way. Rudeness, aggressive behavior, name-calling, or intentional exclusion by a student or group of students toward another student will not be tolerated.

Honesty and trust in community are values upheld on all levels at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Principles of truthfulness, honesty, integrity, respect for property and responsibility for one’s work are reinforced in Chapel, in the classroom and through monthly virtues classes. Adherence to these principles is expected to be honored by all students on all grade levels. In this regard, lying, cheating, stealing and plagiarism will not be tolerated at St. Andrew’s School. Consequences for these behaviors will be age-appropriate, based on the recommendation of the teacher and at the discretion of the Head of School. Repeated cases of lying or stealing may result in a “U’ on conduct on the next report card. For grades kindergarten through second grade, repeated cheating on tests, quizzes or class work will result in a “U” on the assignment and a “U’ on work habits on the next report card.  For third through fifth grades, cheating will result in an automatic zero on the assignment and a “U” on work habits on the next report card. Parents will be notified of any such offenses and a conference may be scheduled at the discretion of the Head  of School.

We believe that appropriate discipline of a student can be carried out when parents, teachers and the Head of School work in a partnership to encourage the child to behave in an appropriate manner. Behavior that disrupts the learning process will not be permitted. A student may be required to withdraw if his/her attitude toward his/her schoolwork or his/her teachers and/or fellow students shows that he/she is not cooperating with what the school wishes to accomplish.

Resource subject slips are given for inappropriate conduct in Music, Art, French, Physical Education, Library and Computer classes. The accumulation of three slips in any one of these resource subjects within a grading period will result in an automatic “I” on the report card.

Students are not allowed to have electronic games, portable radios, tape or CD players, cell phones, or pagers at school or on the school buses.

Possession of weapons: The possession of real or toy guns, knives or weapons of any kind will not be permitted on school grounds or on the school buses.

Homework is assigned in order to:

1.      Reinforce what has been presented in class

2.      Provide drills to ensure pupil’s mastery of skills taught

3.      Teach students to work independently

4.      Teach students responsibility

Homework often consists of work begun in class to be completed later. There are daily assignments and long-term assignments. Students are given ample notice of due dates for book reports, projects, reports and other outside work requiring more time. These long-term assignments teach children to work independently and to pace themselves. There will be times, of course, when no homework is given and other times when children finish the work in school. On Fridays, no homework is assigned; however, any incomplete classwork or homework should be made up over the weekend.

Approximate times for average work per night in each grade are:

Pre-Kindergarten – no homework

Kindergarten – no homework (if extra help is needed teachers will call parents)

First grade – 15 to 30 minutes

Second grade – 20 to 30 minutes

Third grade – 30 to 60 minutes

Fourth grade – 1 to 1½ hours

Fifth grade – 1 to 2 hours

Students are given adequate notice of upcoming tests, reports and projects. When working on long-term assignments, students may decide to work longer one night than another. They may also elect to work over the weekend on these long-term assignments.

Parents of first graders should encourage some daily reading. Assignments in all other grades should be done entirely by the student. Until parents are sure the student has accepted responsibility for doing homework carefully, we request that parents check to see that all work is done, not necessarily correctly, but in a complete and presentable fashion. All homework and school projects should be a reflection of the student’s work, with assistance given only as directed by the teacher.

In order for students to learn to be responsible for their work, homework assignments or homework sheets faxed between students are not permitted. Homework assignments should be brought to school in the morning by the student.  Completed homework assignments may not be faxed to school.

Completion of homework is required. If there is a valid reason for your child not finishing his/her homework, please send a note to the teacher.

Signed papers: All students in grades two through five take their papers and periodic progress report home on Fridays. Parents are asked to review the papers and periodic progress reports. Periodic progress reports should be signed in the appropriate space and returned to the teacher. Each grade level teacher will outline communication procedures at the beginning of the school year. This procedure will help us keep you better informed of your child’s progress.

Make-Up Work:

Parents should notify the school by 9:30 a.m. on the morning of an absence and allow the teacher time to prepare a list of assignments and books to be picked up at 3:00 p.m. Teachers cannot do this on a drop-in basis as they are in the middle of teaching their classes. If you would like to have another child take the assignments home, please notify the teacher through the school office early in the day. Teachers will not provide make-up work ahead of time for any student taking vacation while school is in session. Work and instruction missed for vacation will be made up at the teacher’s discretion when the student returns to school.

The law of the Commonwealth of Virginia requires that school personnel report suspicions of child abuse to designated authorities.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School expressly prohibits any form of unlawful harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or status in any group protected by federal, state, or local law. Improper interference with a student’s ability to meet his or her educational responsibilities will not be tolerated.

With respect to harassment, the school prohibits the following: 1) offensive jokes, comments, innuendos and sexually oriented statements, and 2) unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and all other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or otherwise offensive nature.

Every member of the school community is responsible for creating an atmosphere free of discrimination and harassment, sexual and otherwise. Students are expected to treat one another with kindness, respect and compassion. Students should always speak to each other in a polite way. Rudeness, aggressive behavior, name-calling, or intentional exclusion by a student or group of students toward another student will not be tolerated.

Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to any form of harassment is expected to promptly report such conduct to his or her teacher or the Head of School. The report will be investigated promptly and confidentiality will be maintained as much as possible, consistent with a thorough investigation. Retaliating or discriminating against a student for making a harassment complaint or for cooperating with an investigation is strictly prohibited.

If the school determines that a teacher or student is guilty of harassing another student, age appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the offending party, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion from school.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School seeks to embrace and promote diversity among our students, faculty members, administration and Trustees. Our learning community encourages our members to respect and recognize the diversity of our society by providing our students with opportunities to gain exposure to a multicultural curriculum that celebrates individual differences. To this end, our school will become a community leader in producing students who are lifelong learners, critical thinkers and open-minded citizens. In addition, all qualified applicants are considered for application without regard to gender, race, religion, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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