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 interact courteously and cooperatively with the school to assist students in meeting the academic, moral, and behavioral expectations of the school. Parents/guardians may not display disruptive behavior which interferes or threatens to interfere with the operation of a classroom, office, office area, athletic event, campus facility or any other school-sponsored program or activity. Any threat to do actual bodily harm to an administrator, teacher, coach, staff member, security officer, fellow parent or student regardless of whether the behavior constitutes a criminal offense warrants immediate withdrawal of the family from the school.
- Parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about school operations or personnel by following the protocol described on page 34 of this handbook. They may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, scandalous, rumor-driven, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive. This includes the use of loud or offensive language, swearing/cursing, using profanities or displaying temper outside of Christian character in addition to sending abusing or threatening emails, phone messages or other written communications to any Bishop Amat High School employee, security personnel, or volunteer.
- Parents/guardians are expected to model appropriate behavior by not utilizing social media platforms to post defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments regarding the school, administrators, teachers, coaches, staff members, security personnel, fellow parents, or students. Concerns expressed by a parent/guardian regarding school operations should be made via the appropriate channels described on page 34 of this handbook. In the event any parent or guardian is found to be posting libelous or defamatory comments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media outlets, the school will expect that the parent/guardian remove such comments immediately as a condition of the student’s continued enrollment. Additionally, the use by parents/guardians to publicly humiliate another by inappropriate social media postings, group texts, or online chat platforms will not be tolerated as per the school’s discipline code.
- Parents/guardians are to refrain from smoking (cigarettes, vape/juuling devises, legalized cannabis) and from consuming and/or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on campus. This includes while in attendance at extracurricular activities (i.e. athletic events, performance, etc.)
Under normal circumstances, a student is not to be deprived of a Catholic education on grounds relating to the actions/attitudes of parents/guardians. However, 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 from Bishop Amat.