The Bishop Amat system of school discipline embraces a commitment to the Gospel values and the goals expressed in our philosophy. We attempt, through our discipline program, to promote genuine growth of the individual, increase the individual’s respect for duly constituted authority, foster the development of Gospel values within the individual and provide a community atmosphere conducive to learning.
Disciplinary expectations are specified in the sections to follow in an attempt to prevent situations from occurring, which are counterproductive to our goals. Should a student have difficulty meeting these expectations, we follow established disciplinary procedures. In following our procedures we try to deal with all issues constructively through our policies, Deans, Counselors, and Disciplinary Review Board. We try to address the good of the student and the family, while considering the good of the school community.
At times the school may judge that a student can no longer remain at Bishop Amat because the presence of the student is not a positive force contributing to the good of the student or the good of the school. This decision would be made only after fair and impartial procedures have been followed. In the process of helping the student grow to maturity, the student may be asked to participate in counseling, do work for the school community, or enter a period of evaluation. Through this system of discipline, we hope to reach our underlying goals of helping students to master the internal forces of their personalities and encouraging self-direction so that they will become responsible and accountable members of the community.
Code of Christian Conduct Covering Students and Parents/Guardians
The students’ interest in receiving a quality, morally based education can be served if students, parents, and school officials work together. Normally, differences between these individuals can be resolved. In some rare instances, however, the school may find it necessary, in its discretion, to require parents/guardians to withdraw their children.
It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the students and parents/guardians shall conform themselves to standards of conduct that are consistent with the Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. These principles include, but are not limited to any policies or procedures set forth in any student/parent handbook of the school.
These Christian principles further include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Parents/guardians are expected to work courteously and cooperatively with the school to assist the student in meeting the academic, moral, and behavioral expectations of the school.
- Students and parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about the school operation and its personnel. However, they may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, scandalous, rumor driven, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive.
- Any parent/guardian or other person whose conduct in a place where a school employee is required to be in the course of his/her duties materially disrupts class work or extracurricular activities or involves substantial disorder is guilty of a misdemeanor. This statement does not apply to any otherwise lawful employee concerted activity, including but not limited to, picketing and the distribution of handbills.
- Any parent/guardian, or other person who insults or abuses the principal or any teacher in the presence of other school personnel, students or parents and at a place which is on school premises or public sidewalks, streets, or other public ways adjacent to school premises or at some other place if the principal or teacher is required to be at such other place in connection with assigned school activities, risks the continuation of their child in the school.
- These expectations for students and parents/guardians include, but are not limited to, all school-sponsored programs and events (e.g., extended care, athletics, field trips, etc.).
The school reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, when conduct is of such a severe nature as to warrant immediate action without warning and/or without an intermediate step short of withdrawal.
Disruption of Disorder By Parents, Guardians, or Other Family Members
Any parent/guardian or other person who materially disrupts class work or extracurricular activities in a place where a school employee is required to be in the course of his/her duties may be guilty of a misdemeanor and risks the continuation of their child in the school. This statement does not apply to any otherwise lawful employee concerted activity, including but not limited to, picketing and the distribution of handbills. Any parent/guardian or other family member who insults or abuses any school personnel risks their child’s continuation in the school.
Any parent/guardian, or other person who insults or abuses the principal or any teacher in the presence of other school personnel, students or parents and at a place which is on school premises or public sidewalks, streets, or other public ways adjacent to school premises or at some other place if the principal or teacher is required to be at such other place in connection with assigned school activities, risks the continuation of their child in the school.
Recommended Transfer Resulting From Parental Attitude
Under normal circumstances, a student is not to be deprived of a Catholic education on grounds relating to the actions/attitudes of parents; it is recognized, however, that a situation could arise in which the uncooperative or disruptive attitude of parent/guardians as described above might so diminish the effectiveness of the education process that continuation of the student in the school may be impossible. In such a case, the student will be asked to withdraw from the school.