Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Morning Drop Off

  1. During the school day (7:30-2:50PM), only buses are allowed to drive or park directly in front of the school.
  2. Based on the school handbook, the school is providing supervision for children in the gym beginning at 7:30AM. This includes car riders. This additional time for car rider drop offs should serve to spread out the number of drop offs at any one time. However, usually, students are not expected to arrive before 7:30AM. The children begin going to their classrooms at 7:50AM.  The tardy bell rings at 8:00AM.
  3. When dropping off, use the lane closest to the church.  Please have your children ready to get out of the car before you arrive at the crosswalk. Getting their jackets and books ready (and even good-bye kisses) while waiting in line will reduce the time to drop off.
  4. Our drop off area is the “cone zone.”  The first car should drive a car-length beyond the crosswalk (north); the next cars can stop just before the crosswalk (south).  Five cars can drop off children within the coned area at the same time.  Encourage children to walk to the crosswalk.  Crossing guards will help the children cross safely. Children should exit the cars from the doors closest to the school not the church. No car should stop in the crosswalk.
  5. All children should use the crosswalk, even if you choose to let them out at some other point. Parents who walk their children into the school are asked to model safe behavior by using the crosswalk and follow the direction of the crossing guards.
  6. If you are interested in volunteering to be a crossing guard from 7:30-8:10AM one day a week, please call the office.
  7. If your child is a car rider who arrives at school before 7:30AM, please adjust your schedule or use the BASE program.

Afternoon Dismissal for Car Riders

This year, buses will pick students up behind the school; however, parents still need to be aware of children walking in the parking lot.  Faculty and Staff have been asked to park as far south in the lot to provide ample room for parents.

  1. Car riders will be dismissed at approximately 2:50PM - prior to buses. Students will exit from the south school door.
  2. Parents will meet their children at the south entrance to the school. If your child is in grade K-4 you must come to the building to pick him/her up.  Students in grades 5-8 will be dismissed to find their parents in the parking lot.
  3. Please pull in or back into a space which will allow you to drive forward into the driving lane nearest to the church so that you can see the children walking on the parking lot.
  4. Use the lane closest to the church and the north parking lot exit.  Please drive slowly as you leave the school lot.  We are all responsible for each child’s safety.
  5. Students who are not picked up on time by 2:55PM will be taken to the office to wait and call to confirm their rides.

Harassment and Bullying Policy

Bullying

Our Lady of Perpetual Help school follows the Diocesan bullying policy.  Copies of this policy are available for viewing in the school office during normal business hours.  (Diocesan policy 5140.02, September 2002)

  1. The Diocese of Columbus Schools and their staffs shall not tolerate any bullying on school grounds or at any school activity on or off campus.
  2. Bullying is a pattern of abuse over time and involves a student being “picked on”. 
    Bullying includes physical intimidation or assault; extortion; oral or written threats; teasing; putdowns; name-calling; threatening looks, gestures, or actions; cruel rumors; false accusations; social isolation; and cyberbullying.
  3. Consequences for students who bully others may include counseling, parent conference, detention, Saturday detention, suspension and/or expulsion depending on the results of the investigation.

Harassment Policy

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School follows the Diocesan harassment policy.  Copies of this policy are available for viewing in the school office during normal business hours. (Diocesan policy 5140.05, December 1998; Reviewed 8/01)

  1. Harassment can take many forms.  Harassment can occur at any school activity, and/or can take place in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, or even at programs sponsored by the school at other locations.  It does not include compliments of a socially acceptable nature.  Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that embarrasses, denigrates, or shows hostility toward a person because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, age or disability or other protected characteristics.
  2. It is the policy of the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Columbus to maintain a working and academic environment, in all programs and activities, free of all forms of harassment and intimidation.  No student, teacher, or other staff member – male or female – should be subject to unlawful harassment in any form, and specifically not to unsolicited and/or unwelcome sexual overtures or conduct, either verbal or physical.
  3. Conduct which constitutes sexual harassment is prohibited. Sexually harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Offensive sexual flirtations, advances, propositions;
    • Continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual or gender-based nature;
    • Explicit or degrading sexual or gender-based comments about another individual or his or her appearance;
    • The display or circulation of sexually explicit or suggestive writing, pictures or objects;
    • Any offensive or physical conduct which shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of gender or sex;
    • Graffiti of a sexual nature;
    • Fondling oneself sexually or talking about one’s sexual activity in front of others;
    • Spreading rumors about or categorizing others as to sexual activity.

Sexual harassment is not limited to conduct that is sexual in nature – it also includes harassment that is based on gender. Gender-based harassment, which is also prohibited, is conduct that would not occur except for the sex of the person involved.  An example would be referring to a woman by or as a female body part, or a demeaning sex-based term, or treating people differently because of their gender. The same prohibitions apply with regard to inflammatory or offensive comments or conduct which is based upon race, color, age, religion, disability, or national origin.  In short, working relationships between employees must be based on mutual respect.
Sexual harassment also includes the taking of, or refusal to take, any personnel or academic action on the basis of a person’s submission to or refusal of sexual overtures.  No person should so much as imply that an individual’s “cooperation” or submission to unwelcome sexual activity will have any effect on the individual’s employment, assignment, compensation, advancement, development, academic evaluation, participation in school programs or activities, or any other condition of employment or academic achievement.
Not all physical conduct is necessarily considered sexual in nature.  (For example, a coach hugging a student after an accomplishment, a teacher consoling a child with injury or physical conduct during athletic events would not be considered sexual conduct.)  However, peer-based sexual harassment is a form of prohibited conduct where the harassing conduct creates a hostile environment.

  1. A sexually hostile environment can be created by a school employee, volunteer, student, or visitor to the school.
  2. Any person who believes he/she is subject to unlawful harassment or intimidation must contact either the principal, assistant principal, or pastor at the elementary level.  A complaint must be filed in writing.   In the event that an individual alleges harassment by a principal, assistant principal, or a pastor, the individual may file the complaint with the superintendent.  All complaints will be promptly investigated, and the person initiating the complaint will be advised of the outcome. A student who believes he or she has been sexually harassed (or a parent who believes that their child has been harassed) should immediately report it to a responsible school official.
  3. Where it is determined that harassment has occurred, the appropriate authority will take immediate disciplinary action against any administrator, teacher, staff or student engaging in harassment. The response shall take into account the individuals and circumstances.  Such action may include, depending on the circumstances, disciplinary measures up to and including termination of employment.
  4. No retaliation against anyone who reports harassment will be tolerated.  The Diocese prohibits such retaliation and will take appropriate responsive action if retaliation occurs.

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