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NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL — MISSION, VISION, VALUES

                                 OUR MISSION

To inspire academic excellence, nurture personal growth and foster integrity and
compassion in young men of diverse talents, backgrounds and beliefs through our
Catholic, Holy Cross tradition.

                                  OUR VISION

To be a transformative leader in educating the hearts and minds of young men by
maximizing innovation, tradition and the strength of our community to empower every
Notre Dame student to realize his full potential.

                             OUR CORE VALUES

Tradition:​ Notre Dame High School remains anchored in the Holy Cross mission to
educate the hearts and minds of young men.

Innovation:​ We embrace innovative teaching practices and support diverse learning
styles to help students become flexible, independent, 21​st​-century thinkers.

Transformation:​ We help develop each Notre Dame student into a young man of
character, compassion and confidence who is college- and life-ready.
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          OBJECTIVES OF NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL
Academic and Spiritual Objectives On Behalf Of Students
  ● To offer opportunities for each student to have a greater appreciation of his
     own worth and dignity as a creature of God as well as the equality of all human
     life.
  ● To reach out toward a diverse population of students, welcoming young men of
     all races, nationalities, and religious traditions.
  ● To prepare each student to enter college as a responsible adult with a sense of
     personal accountability.
  ● To foster within our students, personal commitment to society in general.
  ● To offer a holistic approach to education that promotes within our students the
     qualities of integrity, independence, leadership, and values.

Objectives in Relationship to Parents and Guardians
  ● To give support and aid to parents and guardians in fostering the social, spiritual,
      intellectual, emotional, and physical development of their sons.
  ● To inform parents and guardians consistently of their sons’ academic and
      personal progress and to encourage parents and guardians to remain in close
      contact with Notre Dame High School.

Objectives for the Entire Notre Dame Community
  ● To provide an environment wherein all members of the community labor
      together toward faith development, moral self-discipline, and academic
      excellence.
  ● To create an atmosphere conducive to the personal fulfillment, responsibility,
      and professional development of the staff and faculty members.
  ● To support our alumni through various opportunities to reunite, reconnect, and
      remember their role in Notre Dame High School’s history and enlist their
      participation and support in our continued mission.

    GENERAL ACADEMIC OUTCOMES FOR GRADUATION
   ●   To be able to read, write, listen, and communicate effectively.
   ●   To be able to incorporate technology into their learning and daily life.
   ●   To be able to demonstrate a knowledge of a language other than English and
       understand the culture of that language.
   ●   To be able to use problem-solving techniques.
   ●   To be able to live a healthy lifestyle and respect both self and others.
   ●   To be able to demonstrate the ability and maturity to make decisions as a
       faith-filled person in the light of the Christian vision of redemption.
   ●   To be able to demonstrate the qualities of an active and informed citizen who
       understands historical information.
   ●   To be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the arts.
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   ●   To be able to develop the skills needed to be a lifelong learner.

                          THE NOTRE DAME CODE
        The Notre Dame Man is an exemplar of healthy Christian life. He takes the time
to read and reflect on the Good News, and frequents the Sacraments. The Notre
Dame Man is sensitive to the needs of those less fortunate than he, and he transforms
this concern into action. He is generous with his time and his possessions.

         Openness and honesty are the hallmarks of the Notre Dame Man, because his
life is guided by principles. He strives to know himself and to know others, and in doing
so, searches out the Truth that is God.

        The Notre Dame Man takes proper care of his body, for God has given it to
him. He keeps himself fit, and engages in some sport or exercise to maintain his health
and train himself in the qualities of good sportsmanship.

        Socially, the Notre Dame Man is always a gentleman. He cultivates genuine
friendships with good companions. He is a worthwhile citizen who strives to promote
the common good by serving his God, his country and his community.

        In a word, a man of faith and honesty, of strength and character through
self-mastery, of respect for the Christian family and lawful authority, of leadership in the
pursuit of good - that is a ​NOTRE DAME MAN​.

       THEMES OF A HOLY CROSS SPONSORED SCHOOL

   ●   Being Family-Brotherhood (School Year 2019-20)
   ●   Bringing Hope (School Year 2020-21)
   ●   Educating Minds and Hearts (School Year 2021-22)
   ●   Respect (School Year 2022-23)

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          NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

                                    Mr. Robert Curis, P
                                                      ​ resident
Mr. Tim Kwong, ​Vice President for                   Mr. Ruben Valencia, Vice President for
        Finance and Operations                         Academic Affairs
Mr. Joseph Ramirez, ​Vice President for              Mrs. Kathleen Wielk, V
                                                                          ​ ice President for
        Student Success                                 Community Relations and Leadership Giving
Mrs. Emily Brady, D
                  ​ irector of Development           Mr. Glenn Xavier, ​Dean of Students
        and Alumni Relations

                                 PROGRAM DIRECTORS

 Mr. Pasquale Izzo ‘00, ​Director of                     Mr. Brian Footit, ​Director of Instructional
 Enrollment Management                                   Technology

 Mrs. Sue Bonaventura, D
                       ​ irector of Digital              Mr. Jason Shea, D
                                                                         ​ irector of Athletics
 Marketing

 Mr. Michael Abbott ‘95​, Director of Mission            Mr. Stephen Kirck ‘88, ​Director of Sports
 Effectiveness                                           Information

 Br. George Schmitz ‘65, CSC, D
                              ​ irector of               Mr. Glenn Evans ‘09, Information Technology
 Planned Giving                                          Specialist

 Mrs. Rachel Blessing​, Senior Accountant

                                                 STAFF
Mrs. Elaine Durso, RN S​ chool Nurse

Mr. Mark Hyduk, Administrative Assistant​, Attendance Officer

Mrs. Adrienne Morello, ​Administrative Assistant to the School and College Counseling
Department

Mr. Nick Defeo, ​ Admissions​ Counselor

Ms. Marissa Landino,​ Communication Specialist

Ms. Hanqing Yang​,​ ​International Student Coordinator

Mrs. Joan Shumaker, ​Main Office Coordinator & Executive Assistant

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Mrs. Joanne Tonelli, ​Administrative Assistant for Advancement

                       FACULTY AND DEPARTMENTS

Academic Center
   ●   Mrs. Kathleen Matthews,​ Coordinator
   ●   Mr. Dennis Yacono ‘07

Business/Technology
   ●   Mr. Brian Footit
   ●   Mr. Joseph DeCaprio

English
   ●   Mrs. Lucy Abbott, ​Chairperson
   ●   Mrs. Kimberly Butz
   ●   Mr. John Fallon
   ●   Mrs. Martha Giammatteo
   ●   Dr. Sean Gleason ‘03
   ●   Mr. Jason Kern
   ●   Mrs. Betsy Whittaker

Fine Arts
   ●   Mrs. Christine Evans, C
                             ​ hairperson
   ●   Mr. Jason Arnold
   ●   Mrs. Judith Doherty

Foreign Language
   ●   Mrs. Carmen Gunneson, C​ hairperson
   ●   Mr. Omar Espinosa ‘97
   ●   Dr. Sean Gleason ‘03
   ●   Mrs. Loredana Lawrence
   ●   Mrs. Dacia Mirabelle

Mathematics
   ●   Mr. Christopher Smith ‘04, C
                                  ​ hairperson
   ●   Ms. Rachael Dolan
   ●   Mr. Kwesi Koomson
   ●   Mr. Christopher Porto ‘06
   ●   Ms. Natalie Valla
   ●   Mr. Dennis Yacono ‘07

Physical Education:
   ●   Mr. Anthony Mortali

Religious Studies:
   ●   Mr. Michael Abbott ‘95, ​Chairperson
   ●   Mr. Michael Celentano ‘86
   ●   Mrs. Erin DaCosta
   ●   Mr. Ryan Stewart

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Science:
   ●   Ms. Elizabeth Coluccio, ​Chairperson
   ●   Mrs. Carella Barrett-Rafala
   ●   Mr. Shannon Copeland
   ●   Mrs. Susan Dalo
   ●   Mr. Donald Martone ‘87
   ●   Mr. John Warrick

School and College Counseling
   ●   Mrs. Jennifer Johnson
   ●   Mr. Dominick Mastriano ‘86

Social Studies:
   ●   Mr. Timothy Furtak ‘02, ​Chairperson
   ●   Mr. John DeCaprio
   ●   Mrs. Casey LaMonaca
   ●   Mr. Adam Laput ‘89
   ●   Mr. Matthew Milano ‘07

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                                    SCHEDULES

                                 DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE
                        WARNING BELL             8:05 AM
                        PERIOD 1                 8:10 – 9:05
                        PERIOD 2                 9:10 – 10:05
                        TEACHER ADVISORY         10:10 - 10:20
                        PERIOD 3                 10:25 – 11:20
                        COMMUNITY PERIOD         11:20 - 12:35
                        PERIOD 4                 12:35 – 1:30
                        PERIOD 5                 1:35 - 2:30

                                 LATE OPENING SCHEDULE
                        TEACHER ADVISORY         10:10 - 10:20
                        PERIOD 3                 10:25 – 11:20
                        COMMUNITY PERIOD         11:20 - 12:35
                        PERIOD 4                 12:35 – 1:30
                        PERIOD 5                 1:35 - 2:30

The following is a list of policies, practices, and procedures to create a safe and supportive
learning environment at Notre Dame High School. The administration reserves the right to
waive and/or deviate from any and all regulations for just cause at the administration’s
discretion. The school and the parents are partners in the education of their sons. Notre Dame
High School reserves the right to require the parent to withdraw the student from the school if,
in the opinion of the administration, that a partnership is no longer viable.

1. ACADEMIC POLICIES, CURRICULUM, AND EVALUATION

A. CURRICULUM
   Notre Dame High School is fully accredited by the Connecticut State Department of
Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The curriculum fulfills the expectations of the National Catholic Education Association and the
educational mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Its values are clearly expressed in the
Mission Statement at the beginning of this Handbook. The curriculum also fulfills the diploma
requirements for secondary schools in the State of Connecticut.

B. COURSE LOAD
   Each student must take a minimum of six courses per semester. In all cases, four (4) courses
must be from Level I to Level IV and the remaining may be from any of the five levels.

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Class of 2022 and Class of 2023
The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2022 and
2023 from Notre Dame High School are:
              Religious Studies             4 credits
              English                       4 credits
              Social Studies                3 credits
              Math                          4 credits
              Science                       3 credits
              Foreign Language              2 credits
              Fine Arts                     1 credit
              Life Skills                   0.5 credit
              Physical Education            1 credit
              Experiential Learning         2 credits
              Electives                     1.5 credits
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 26

Class of 2021
The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2021
from Notre Dame High School are:
              Religious Studies             4 credits
              English                       4 credits
              Social Studies                3 credits
              Math                          4 credits
              Science                       3 credits
              Foreign Language              2 credits
              Fine Arts                     0.5 credit
              Life Skills                   0.5 credit
              Physical Education            1 credit
              Experiential Learning         1.5 credits
              Electives                     3.5 credits
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 27

Class of 2020
The minimum course requirements to be eligible to receive a diploma for the Class of 2020
from Notre Dame High School are:
              Religious Studies             4 credits
              English                       4.5 credits
              Social Studies                3.5 credits
              Math                          4 credits
              Science                       3 credits
              Foreign Language              2 credits
              Fine Arts                     0.5 credit
              Life Skills                   0.5 credit
              Physical Education            1 credit
              Experiential Learning         1 credit
              Electives                     3.5 credits
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TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION ARE 27.5

C. CHRISTIAN SERVICE
   Our Christian faith requires that we immerse ourselves in our world. The tradition of all
schools founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross expects an effort on the part of all students
to respond to the Gospel mandate that we love and serve our neighbor. The Service Program at
Notre Dame High School is a response to this Holy Cross tradition. The goal of this program is
to help students become aware of and put into action a lifestyle of these Christian values of love
and service.

The program begins with the premise that Christian Service is an inherent part of God’s call to
enter into a relationship with us, and in doing so we should enter into relationship with our
brothers and sisters.

In this program, service is implemented on the freshman level and continues through the four
years of study at Notre Dame. Student participation in retreats and service is required for
graduation from Notre Dame High School. Sophomores and junior service requirements can be
completed during the summer months.​ (​ See Appendix A)

D. TRANSCRIPTS
     The Notre Dame transcript includes final grades, credit granted, the overall average,
attendance, and the weighted overall average. The overall average is the cumulative average of
all his courses taken on a 100-point scale. The overall weighted average is based on a 4.0 scale
and the level of difficulty factored in for all courses Level 4 through Level 1. ​(See Appendix B)

E. HONORS
   The Honor Roll is calculated on a simple average of the end of each quarter grades of all
courses which have a numerical grade.

   First Honors:​ a student has achieved an average of 90% or better.

   Second Honors: ​a student has achieved an average of 85% to 89%.

   In each case, no individual grade may be below 78%, nor may grades be incomplete in a
course for credit.

Students that have an incomplete for their service requirement will also be ineligible for the
honor roll.

Students with honors may apply for membership in the ​National Honor Society​.
Membership is granted by a Faculty Review Committee. Selection for membership is based on
outstanding scholarship and demonstrated character, leadership, and service. (​ See Appendix C)

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F. ACADEMIC HONESTY
Statement of Purpose
    Notre Dame High School is an academic community of lifelong learners. Its fundamental
purpose is the pursuit of knowledge. Like all communities, the school can only function properly
when its members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Essential to the fundamental
purpose of the school is the commitment to the principles of truth, integrity, and academic
honesty.

Notre Dame students are required to submit all formally graded writing assignments to
Turnitin.com​ and ​Grammarly.com​ websites that allow teachers to reinforce proper writing,
research, and citation methods. Each student receives ONE ​Turnitin.com​ license which can
ONLY be registered with a Notre Dame address. All students will also have access to
Grammarly.com.

iParadigms, the company that provides ​Turnitin​, states the following:
Students agree that by using ​Turnitin​ that “all formally graded writing assignments will be subject
to submission for textual similarity review to T ​ urnitin.com​ for the detection of plagiarism. All
submitted formally graded writing assignments will be included as source documents in the
Turnitin.com​ reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.
Use of the T
           ​ urnitin.com​ service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the ​Turnitin.com​ site.”

Academic dishonesty is a corrosive force in a school’s academic life. It jeopardizes the quality of
education and deprecates the genuine achievements of others.

Expectations
• Each student is assumed to be an honorable person.
• Each student is a person who can be trusted at all times.
• Each student is forthright under all circumstances.
• Each student is a person who, if he says he will do something, will do it because he is giving his
word.
• Each student is expected to help others achieve their personal best. Students will always be
ready to judge honorable and dishonorable behavior when they see it around them. Students
must neither permit behavior of a dishonorable type, nor must they accept anything that results
from dishonorable behavior.

What is Academic Dishonesty?
Cheating: Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study
aids in any academic exercise. E​ xamples:
• Looking on someone’s paper or using a “cheat sheet” while taking a test.
• Turning in a research paper that you bought from a service or received from some other
source.
• Submitting your same work more than once for credit without the teacher’s permission.
• Using someone else’s answers for a lab/homework assignment.
• Using electronic devices to share or copy information.

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Fabrication: Intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation
in an academic exercise. E​ xamples:
• Making up data on a lab assignment.
• Making up a source to use as a citation in a paper.

Facilitation: I​ ntentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student violate any
provision of the Academic Honesty Policy.
Examples:
• Giving another student one’s homework so that he can copy the answers.
• Letting someone copy one’s answers during an exam.
• Giving test information/answers to students in other sections of the same class.
• Using some form of technology to share work.

Plagiarism: Intentionally or knowingly representing the word or ideas of another as one’s own
in any academic exercise. Methods of avoiding plagiarism and Notre Dame’s policy will be
reviewed in all English classes each academic year.
Examples:
• Quoting a source (copying information word for word) and failing to give the proper citation.
• Putting a source’s text into one’s own words (paraphrasing) and not citing the source.
• Copying someone else’s computer storage device for a project and submitting it as one’s own.
• Downloading information without proper citation from the Internet.

Consequences for F
                 ​ irst Offense:
            •   For ​cheating, fabrication, or facilitation of dishonesty for an assignment, project,
                 paper, report, quiz, test, or exam:
                    1. "0" grade assigned.
                    2. Detention issued.
                    3. Teacher will notify parent(s) by telephone and the Dean of Students in
                        writing detailing the offense and conversation with the parent(s).
                    4. A record of the offense is placed in a student file in the Dean of
                        Students office.
                    5. The school counselor is informed and an appointment is scheduled
                        between the student and school counselor.
                    6. In the case o  ​ f plagiarism on a research/term paper or major project, t​ he
                        student will be required to re-do the assignment or similar assignment
                        for a maximum of 50% of the original points. An incomplete grade is
                        given in the course if needed to complete the assignment.

Consequences for S
                 ​ econd Offense:
            •   For ​cheating, fabrication, or facilitation of dishonesty for an assignment, project,
                paper, report, quiz, test, or exam:
                    1. "0" grade assigned.
                    2. Three-day detention issued.
                    3. Teacher will notify parent(s) by telephone and the Dean of Students in
                        writing detailing the offense and conversation with the parent(s).

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                   4. A record of the offense is recorded in the established file in the Dean of
                      Students office.
                   5. An appointment is scheduled with the Dean of Students to discuss
                      continued enrollment in the class or suspension.
                   6. In the case o​ f plagiarism on a research/term paper or major project, t​ he
                      student will be required to re-do the assignment or a similar assignment
                      for a maximum of 25% of the original points. An incomplete grade is
                      given in the course if needed to complete the assignment.
                   7. Student is disqualified from the honor roll for the quarter, regardless of
                      overall average.

Consequences for T
                 ​ hird Offense:
           •   For ​cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or facilitation of dishonesty for an
               assignment, project, paper, term/research project, report, quiz, test, or exam:
                    1. "0" grade assigned
                    2. Teacher will notify the Dean of Students in writing detail the offense.
                    3. The Dean of Students will notify the parent(s) of the offense.
                    4. One day suspension from the class or for a full day is issued.
                    5. A record of the offense is recorded in the established file in the Dean of
                       Students office.
                    6. Automatic failing quarter grade of "63" for the course if this is the third
                       consecutive time in the same class that semester.
                    7. Student will be removed or disqualified from any honor societies he is a
                       member of or potential member.
                    8. Student is disqualified from the honor roll for the quarter, regardless of
                       overall average.
                    9. The Dean of Students informs the parent(s) and student that a Board of
                       Discipline meeting will be scheduled and the student will be required to
                       attend to discuss potential expulsion from Notre Dame High School.

G. COLLEGE CREDIT
   ​Advanced Placement Courses: Presently, Notre Dame High School offers the following
Advanced Placement courses: Calculus AB, Biology, English Language and Literature, English
Composition and Literature, Government & Politics, Spanish, U.S. History, and Physics.
Additional A.P. courses are also available in the Virtual High School. The Advanced Placement
examinations are offered in May by the College Board. Students who do well on these exams
may receive college credit from the college they eventually attend. Students enrolled in
Advanced Placement courses are ​highly encouraged​ to take the AP exam.

     College Credit Courses: ​Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take college credit
courses at Albertus Magnus College, Gateway Community College, University of New Haven,
and Southern Connecticut State University. Courses are offered in all academic areas.
Approval of the School Counselor and ​Vice President for Student Success is required to take
these courses during the school day. The student has the option of including these courses on
his permanent record.

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      University of Connecticut Early College Experience: The UConn Early College
Experience (ECE) provides academically motivated students the opportunity to take university
courses while still in high school. These challenging courses allow students to preview college
work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both
an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree. ECE instructors, who are certified as
adjunct professors by UConn faculty, create a classroom environment fostering independent
learning, creativity, and critical thinking – all pivotal for success in college. Notre Dame offers
ECE courses in English, foreign language, math, and science. To support rigorous learning, the
University of Connecticut library resources are also available to students. ECE students must
successfully complete the course with a grade of C or better to receive university credit.
University credits are usually transferable to other universities. Students are charged a per
credit fee in the fall by the University of Connecticut. For additional information visit:
www.ece.uconn.edu​.

I. HOMEWORK/STUDY
    All courses will have a one page list of ​guidelines that will be posted or distributed for
students by the first week of the semester. The ​guidelines ​will state the course goals,
objectives and expectations, homework policy, grading policy, late assignment regulations,
make-up work, notebook requirements, and extra help sessions.

All courses have homework at night. This homework could include: study and review of the
day’s work, and written and/or reading assignments. At times, long range assignments are given.
Parents/guardians should always check with their sons or online to see that homework is being
done.

Teacher guidelines will provide clarification as to what is required for each individual class.

J.​ ​EVALUATION
      Report cards will be posted at the end of each quarter. Parent/Teacher/Student
Conferences are held in October. ​Students are expected to accompany parents to all
conferences ​for clarity of communication, and appropriately placed responsibility.

An ​incomplete grade ​is usually given when a student has missed a significant number of
assignments, tests and course work because of illness or similar circumstances. Students who
have received an incomplete will be responsible for completing the necessary requirements
within 10 days after the incomplete is received. Students are responsible for contacting the Vice
President for Student Success to determine the limitations of the incomplete grade.

A ​failing grade is any grade or average below 65 percent. ​Failed courses ​must be made up
in an approved summer school for a student to return to Notre Dame High School for the next
academic year. Any student who loses ​three credits ​will normally be asked to withdraw from
Notre Dame. If a student fails a required course in summer school, he may be asked to
withdraw from Notre Dame.

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Student-Athletes must pass four courses per grading period in order to be eligible to
participate on an athletic team at Notre Dame High School per the CIAC rules. Failure of two
courses at the end of the marking period will result in game suspension lasting 20 days at which
time the student’s eligibility will be re-accessed and he can be fully reinstated if the academic
requirements of Notre Dame are met. If the student is still failing two or more classes he will
continue on game suspension for another 20 days and repeat the above process for
reinstatement to full participation.

    ●   Student-Athletes may participate in practices. However, if a student fails to show
        improvement in his courses after 20 days, he will no longer be eligible to practice with
        his team.
    ●   Student-Athletes who do not meet the CIAC standard for eligibility at the end of a
        grading period will not be eligible to participate in athletics during the next marking
        period.
    ●   Once reinstated the player is eligible for the rest of the marking period

    A student who fails two or more courses based on the quarter grade will be placed on
Academic Probation and be required to attend quiet study during the Community Period. Any
student who receives an incomplete grade for any courses during a quarter may not participate
in any co-curricular activities until the course work has been completed.

Academic Detention is given to any student who returns an incomplete assignment or is missing
an assignment. Students report to either their teacher or Community Period Detention to
complete or make up all their assignments. If a student fails to complete their assignment during
community period they will complete the assignment in the Dean of Students office at the end of
the day. Academic Detention is served before disciplinary detentions. Students will receive a
minimum of 50% of the assignment’s value for successfully completing it in detention. Failure to
serve the detention without the permission of the Dean of Students, may result in an in-school
suspension.

A student may be placed on Academic Probation at any time at the discretion of the Vice
President for Student Success.

2. PUPIL SERVICES
    Notre Dame has a staff of specialists in various areas of pupil services. These special areas
include personal counseling, behavioral assessment, career-college-academic counseling, and
physical health. The school is also served by psychological and nursing services from the West
Haven Board of Education. When difficulties arise, parents or students should seek assistance
from someone in pupil services.

A. CAMPUS MINISTRY
    Campus Ministry at Notre Dame seeks to serve the human and spiritual growth needs of
the whole community—students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration. This happens
through daily prayer, regularly scheduled liturgies, prayer services, and retreats.

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B. PEER COUNSELING PROGRAM
    This program involves selected seniors who go through an intense training process which
begins in the summer and continues into their senior year. The focus of the training and the
program is to enable and encourage our students to lead by serving—​living the Christian ideal as
a way of life.

Peer Counselors at Notre Dame serve in a variety of ways throughout the school year, including
Freshmen Orientation, the Big Brother Program, and in the Retreat Programs.

Many members of the senior class apply for this program but because of its special training
requirements, numbers remain limited and not all those who apply are accepted. The
application process usually takes place before courses are selected for senior year
(February/March).

C. DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL AND COLLEGE COUNSELING
     The School and College Counseling Department helps students acquire skills in the social,
personal, educational, and career areas necessary for living in a multicultural society.
Counselors accomplish this by employing such interventions as guiding and counseling students
individually or in small groups; by providing information through group guidance; by contributing
to the development of effective learning environments; through student advocacy; by consulting
with others. The philosophy of the department is to help students develop themselves to their
fullest potential. The staff achieves this by enabling students to understand themselves better,
clarifying their goals, and growing in their educational, spiritual, vocational, personal, and social
lives.

All students are assigned to a school counselor according to their last names. Counselors assist
students to identify a problem, gather information, and look for solutions.

D. A​ CADEMIC CENTER
    The Notre Dame High School Academic Center provides limited academic support services
that are available to students. It is important for all students to learn skills necessary for
academic success and students are encouraged to utilize programs and services offered by the
Academic Center. Group workshops may be offered on topics such as time management,
organizational skills, study techniques, and test preparation strategies.

Students with documented learning disabilities may receive services during regularly scheduled
sessions that meet during the student’s study periods. The academic support services are
designed to help students become confident, independent learners with a solid foundation of
21st-century skills required to achieve educational success.

E. TEACHER ADVISORY PROGRAM

Teacher Advisory Mission Statement:
The Notre Dame Advisory Program fosters a mentor /mentee relationship that helps to
encourage academic excellence, personal growth, integrity and compassion in each individual
student.

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The goals of the Teacher Advisory Program:
   ● Provide the students with a meaningful relationship with an adult
   ● To have a teacher monitor the student’s progress both academically and socially
   ● To personalize the educational experience the student is receiving
   ● To help build a positive school culture and community

The Teacher Advisory Period will meet every school day for ten minutes. During the Teacher
Advisory Period, the mentor will meet with the advisory group, read the daily prayer and
announcements. This period should be used as a daily check-in for the students with their
mentor.

The mentor will meet twice privately during a quarter with each student assigned to his/her
advisory group. This meeting can occur before or after school, during the community period or
during the student’s study hall, This meeting will be used to build rapport and to set academic,
co-curricular and social goals. ​The advisor period is required of all students and is considered a
very important part of the school day.

F. HEALTH SERVICES ​(SEE APPENDIX E)
     ​The ​school nurse is available every day. She is available to assess unexpected illness and
injuries and to make appropriate referrals, as well as supervise authorized medications. If a
student is to be released from school because of illness, parental permission is required through
the school nurse and attendance office. Students SHOULD NOT call a parent before they see
the school nurse. Students will receive a detention if they do not follow the process.

The school nurse screens all medical and parental excuses from gym.

Medical issues requiring medication and/or supervision by a health care professional must be
reported to the school nurse.

Connecticut State Law requires that no medication, prescription or non prescription, be taken
by or given to any student unless ordered, ​in writing​, by a physician. Such order must be signed
by both parent and physician and must be on file at school.

Students who carry doctor required Epipens and inhalers must have them on them at all times
and may be asked to show them to a teacher or the school nurse. A student will be given a
detention if they are not carrying them on their person.

A ​physical examination, ​(performed in the year of entry) listing ​all immunizations, is
required of all students entering Notre Dame High School. A student may be excluded from
school if he does not meet the State regulations on physical and immunizations.

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All candidates for sports teams are required to obtain a yearly physical. The physical covers all
sports for the entire year and must be submitted to the nurse prior to participation. The state
health assessment form must be used and all physicals are kept on file by the school nurse. All
new entry forms are sent to parents in April or can be accessed from the Admissions office
after June. Medication and health assessment forms can be accessed through the Notre Dame
High School website under the Admissions tab.

New federal regulations on privacy prohibit faxing medical information. Parents
will need to drop them off personally or mail them. If parents wish to receive
copies of a physical form and/or immunizations, the same regulations apply.

3. CAMPUS

A. PARKING
     Parking on school property is limited. An online application must be completed to be
eligible to park on campus. Parking spaces in front of the building are reserved for visitors. All
other spaces are assigned through the Dean of Students. Each student is required to have the
issued parking tag on the rear view mirror of his car. Parking on school property is at a
student’s own risk. Cars assigned to parking near the athletic fields must be moved immediately
after school. Students are not allowed to loiter or go to parked cars before, during or after
school. Any vehicle is subject to search by school authorities. Such a search may be conducted
without warrant for any reasonable purpose. A student who is irresponsible with his car in any
way will be forbidden from driving a car on school property. ​Notre Dame High School is
not responsible for off-campus parking.

B. BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL
    Students are expected to enter the school building immediately upon arrival at school.
Loitering in the immediate vicinity of school is prohibited. This includes 7-11, McDonalds,
Dunkin Donuts, UNH property, and local neighborhood.

This is a time for students to complete business they may have before classes begin. It is a good
time to receive extra help, and arrange appointments with your counselor, school nurse, and/or
teachers. ​The athletic locker rooms will not be accessible before school or during the
school day. The locker room will be unlocked by a coach at 2:30. Students who have
equipment to be stored, will be given an alternate location until the locker room is
opened at 2:30pm. No student will be allowed to be in the locker room without
supervision.

     Ordinarily, classrooms are available by 8:10 each morning. For the security of each student,
it is necessary for a teacher to be in each classroom before students enter the room.

Students who are still in the building after 3:30 pm should be in the Cafe. All students should
make plans to be picked up by 4:00 pm. There will be no direct adult supervision in the building
after 4:00 pm.

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C. DAILY
    Ordinarily, students remain in the building throughout the duration of their schedule.
Permission from the President, Vice President for Student Success, Vice President for Academic
Affairs, or Dean of Students is necessary for a student to go to a parked car. Permission is
likewise required for a student to leave the campus.

Students generally require permission to be in the corridors during scheduled classes. Students
should expect to be questioned about their presence in corridors during scheduled class time.

For reasons of good order, safety, legal responsibilities, and the well being of each student, use
of areas listed below require specific teacher supervision, and observance of the rules for the
use of that space.
        Art Room                                Student Success Center         Auditorium
        Music Room                              Locker Rooms                   Chapel
        Stage in Gym                            Stage in Auditorium            Gymnasium
        Technology Rooms                        Storage area below stage       Weight Room
        Projection Booth in Music Room          Team Room                      Wrestling Room

If a Junior or Senior has last period study, he may leave early unless the school is notified in
writing by a parent or guardian that they do not wish him to be dismissed early.

D. CAFETERIA
     The cafeteria is a place where students may gather to relax and to have breakfast or lunch.
It is a social place designed to allow the student body a break from its daily schedule. The basic
requirements of good order and consideration of other students apply here as well as
throughout school. In addition, the moral responsibilities of food consumption and wasting of
food are the serious obligation of each student. Students are always expected to discard refuse,
recycle, and assist in keeping the cafeteria clean and in good order for the benefit of all who use
the facility. The cafeteria is managed by a food service company in cooperation with Notre
Dame High School.

E. LIBRARY/MEDIA
    STUDENT COMPUTER USAGE
    Notre Dame provides ample time and opportunity for students to utilize the computing and
printing capabilities found at Notre Dame High School.

If students wish to utilize the computers before or after school, the computers in the library
media center are available for ACADEMIC work. To use the Student Success Center, a student
first reports to their study hall in the cafeteria, attendance is completed and the proctor will
dismiss students to the Student Success Center.

Computers in the Student Success Center are available for ACADEMIC use during a student’s
regularly scheduled study hall. The purpose of the technology is to complete assignments and
research. Students are NOT ALLOWED to play games on the computers even if they have
finished all of their assignments, homework, and research.

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It is necessary that students read and follow the ​“Acceptable Use Policy for Computer,
Network, Internet, and Email Services” ​(Appendix H) in order to protect from the misuse
of these resources and protect the school’s computer equipment from abuse.

F. ​Spirit Store
     The Notre Dame Spirit Store provides official Notre Dame High School merchandise and
appearance code products. The store is available online at​ ​www.NDHSspirit.com​ and is open
daily on campus. Specific hours may change during the course of the year, depending upon the
availability of parent volunteers to help in the Spirit Store.

G. LOCKERS
    Each student is assigned a locker, which he is expected to keep in good order throughout
the year. ​LOCKERS MUST BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES.

Athletic lockers are assigned through the Office of the Director of Athletics. All Athletic
lockers are to be secured by a combination lock purchased from the school Bookstore. The
use of any other locking device is prohibited.

Valuable items should never be left in any locker. The school is not responsible for lost or
missing valuables.

Lockers are the property of Notre Dame High School and are liable for inspection at any time.

Students are not allowed access to athletic lockers during the school day and are not to be in
the locker room area at any time without supervision.

H. ELEVATOR USAGE
    Students are only allowed to use the elevator for medical reasons. These students will need
to see the school nurse for permission and a special medical pass. Any student utilizing the
school elevator without permission will be issued a detention.

I. SAFETY
    Notre Dame High School has a safety and crisis intervention plan outlining procedures for
various situations that might put the school or a member of our community at-risk. Students
and faculty are made aware of these procedures and practice safety drills.

All visitors must be buzzed in, report to the main office, and identify themselves with a picture
ID during school hours. Visitors will also be required to sign in/out and be given a lanyard to
identify themselves as a visitor.

Additional security procedures are in place through the use of 24-hour filming by both internal
and external cameras. Notre Dame High School attempts to create a safe learning environment
and does not allow weapons of any kind on our property except for members of law
enforcement.

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4. ATTENDANCE

A. CALENDAR
    A school calendar is posted online indicating all school days, school holidays, recess, and
early dismissal as well as all major events and regular meetings. ​Extended vacations or other
outside school appointments that require absences from regular instruction are strongly
discouraged. If absences are anticipated, students and parents must contact, in writing at least
one week in advance, the Attendance Office to receive written authorization and instructions.
Students are responsible for all missed class work and related assignments. Teachers are not
required to give extra help for extended vacations.

B. SCHOOL ABSENCE
      Attendance is ​recorded by class, and, therefore, students must be very conscious of the
number of days they are absent from school. There is often a misunderstanding that certain
days are considered “excused” and others are “not excused.” The only excused days are those
that involve missing school when students are on a school sponsored trip (retreat day, class
trip), when there is a death in their immediate family, or when they are under a doctor’s care
for an extended illness. It is recommended that family vacations and personal days be taken or
scheduled around the school’s days off and school vacations. Parents can track absences and
lates by class through PowerSchool. Parents must communicate with the school an absence in
order for students to return to classes upon their return.

Classroom attendance is an integral part of the student’s course of study and is a requirement
for earning course credit. A student will lose credit for courses when his cumulative absence
record exceeds five classes per semester.

The Dean of Students will review the information pertaining to the student’s absences at the
hearing. The following are the possible outcomes:
    1. The student will be allowed to remain in the class under conditions outlined at the
        attendance review hearing.
    2. The student will be required to make up hours. Hours would range from a minimum of
        five to a maximum of ten to complete course requirements.
    3. The student will receive an “F” for the class and not receive credit toward graduation.

When a student is absent from school, his parents must call the school by ​9:00 am​, give the
student’s name, year of graduation and reason for absence. ​(203-933-1673 ext. 218)

When a student returns to school after an absence, he reports to the Attendance Office with a
written note explaining reasons for absence. A student who has been absent for 3 consecutive
days must return to school with a note from a doctor that will be kept in his file.

Absence from school or class without permission is serious, considered ​truancy​, and may lead
to serious disciplinary action. Unexcused absences will result in loss of credit for missed
assignments or tests.

Student absence during the day requires written permission at least 24 hours in advance,
including a telephone number where a parent may be reached immediately for verification of
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permission request. The Dean of Students determines if reasons are legitimate. A note for an
absence or for a doctor’s appointment should include the name and phone number of the
doctor.

A student will need a note from a parent or guardian when he is leaving school early. This note
must be turned into the Attendance Office with the date, time, and who the student will be
leaving school with that day. The person that will pick the student up must come into the main
office with a picture I.D. and sign out the student.

Unusual circumstances surrounding absences should be made known to the Attendance Office.
Student absence from class for purposes of family travel or vacation results in a loss of valuable
instructional time. If circumstances demand that students accompany their parents/guardians on
travel or vacation during the school year, disciplinary action will not be taken. However, the
number of school days missed as a result of family travel or vacation will be counted toward the
total number of class absences for the semester in determining course credit. Parents should
carefully consider the negative effects that absence from school may have on their son’s total
educational progress. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with teachers
regarding the loss of instruction time and make-up work.

All students are responsible for meeting with their teacher to arrange for learning and testing in
the missed areas of instruction. To participate in after school activities, including athletics, a
student late for school must arrive by 10:00 am. A student leaving early cannot leave until 12:00
pm if he wishes to participate in after school activities, including athletics. The number of whole
periods attended will determine issues of attendance for course credit. A student may not be
allowed to participate in after school activities if the Vice President for Student Success or Dean
of Students notices a student habitually arriving to school at 10:00 am.

Absence from school excludes a student from participation in any ​co-curricular activity ​or
attendance at a co-curricular activity on the day(s) of absence.

C. LATENESS FOR SCHOOL AND CLASS
          Almost always, being late for school or lateness for class is unexcused, and a detention
will be issued. A student who arrives to school after first period begins must receive a late pass
from the Attendance Office, and will normally be issued a late detention. The legitimacy of
written excuses will be determined by the Dean of Students.

If a student is late to class, the teacher will issue a late detention if appropriate. If a teacher
detains a student after class, the student should receive a note from that teacher to bring to his
next class.

D. SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND WEATHER EMERGENCIES
    In the event of weather related school closings, TV Stations WFSB-3, WVIT-30 and
WTNH-8 will carry news for Notre Dame High School as soon as the decision is made. Parents
and students who register through PowerSchool will receive a call, text, and/or email through
Alert Solutions. The news will also be carried on the Notre Dame High School Web Page
(​www.notredamehs.com​) and Twitter account. Homework assignments will be posted for each
class in Google Classroom by 10:00 AM and are expected to be completed. When there is a
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delayed opening, students are expected to arrive at school on time for the late opening
schedule.

E. SCHOOL SPONSORED FIELD TRIPS
     ​Administrative approval must be received in advance for all school sponsored field trips.
Parental permission in writing is also required. Field trips are an extension of the school day
and all school rules apply. The administration reserves the right to revoke field trip privileges
for any student not in good academic, attendance, or behavioral standing. The student is
responsible for notifying his teachers BEFORE the activity. It is the student’s responsibility to
get the class work, notes, and homework assignments. School work due on the day of the field
trip must be submitted prior to the field trip.

5. STUDENT LIFE

A. STUDENT I.D.
    Each student will receive a picture identification card. It is expected that this student
identification, “I.D.” be carried by students at all times while at Notre Dame or at Notre Dame
sponsored functions.

B. BEHAVIOR
    A Notre Dame High School student is expected to conduct himself within the classroom in
a manner that allows each student to receive the benefits of classroom instruction. It is to be
understood that a student is responsible for his personal actions and decisions.
    At any school function or any activity in which a student participates as a Notre Dame
student, the student will be subject to school regulations. It is important to note that negative
behavior, whether inside or outside the school or program, which is detrimental to the
reputation of the school can result in the student being disciplined. These actions may result in
the student being asked to withdraw or being dismissed from Notre Dame High School.

C. APPEARANCE CODE
All students are expected to comply with the Appearance Code beginning the first full day of
classes. The Appearance Code helps a student maintain a sense of respect for himself as well as
for the school community. Students should plan to purchase new clothing during their four years
to ensure a proper fit. Students’ appearance should be ​neat and clean​.

Summer Dress Code:
(First day of school to September 30th and May 1st to end of school) or deemed by the Dean of
Students
     ● Green or White Polo shirt with the Notre Dame (new) logo
             ○ No long sleeve shirt can be worn under the Polo shirt
     ● Any color dress or cargo shorts - No athletic or denim shorts
     ● Belt and socks
     ● Casual/dress shoe or athletic sneakers
             ○ Flip-flops, slipper-like footwear or moccasins are not permitted
             ○ Shoes with any fur are not permitted

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Fall/Spring​ ​Dress​ ​Code:
Before​ ​November​ ​1st and after March 31st or deemed by the Dean of Students
    ● Green or White Polo shirt with the Notre Dame (new) logo or any collared, full
         button-down Oxford style dress-shirt with collar
             ○ No long sleeve shirt can be worn under the Polo shirt
    ● Any color dress pants, Dockers, or chinos
             ○ Pants should not be ripped as a matter of style
             ○ Pants must not in any way resemble cargo pants, have elastic cuffs, and cannot
                 have more than 4 pockets (2 in front and 2 in back)
    ● Belt and socks
    ● Casual/dress shoe or athletic sneakers
             ○ Flip-flops, slipper-like footwear or moccasins are not permitted
             ○ Shoes with any fur are not permitted
    ● Notre Dame grey sweater fleece with the new logo or Sport-Tek Sport-Wick Stretch
         1/2-Zip Pullover with the new logo (not required) Green or White Polo shirt with the
         new Notre Dame logo or any collared, full button-down Oxford style dress-shirt with
         collar must be worn underneath

Winter Dress Code:
(Starts November 1st and ends March 31st) or deemed by the Dean of Students
    ● Any collared, full button-down Oxford style dress-shirt with collar
    ● Tie
    ● Any color dress pants, Dockers, or chinos
            ○ Pants should not be ripped as a matter of style
            ○ Pants must not in any way resemble cargo pants, have elastic cuffs, and cannot
                have more than 4 pockets (2 in front and 2 in back)
    ● Belt and socks
    ● Casual/dress shoe or athletic sneakers
            ○ Flip-flops, slipper-like footwear or moccasins are not permitted
            ○ Shoes with any fur are not permitted
            ○ Winter boots are not allowed
    ● Notre Dame grey sweater fleece with the new logo or Sport-Tek Sport-Wick Stretch
        1/2-Zip Pullover with the new logo (not required) - full button-down Oxford style
        dress-shirt with collar and tie must be worn underneath

Students must purchase the Notre Dame polo shirt, the grey sweater fleece and Sport-Tek
Sport-Wick Stretch 1/2-Zip Pullover through the Notre Dame school store or online at the
school’s website: ​www.NDHSspirit.com

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The administration reserves the right to hold students out of class or be sent home for flagrant
or repeated violations of the dress code. All students are expected to comply with the
Appearance Code beginning the first full day of classes. Students are not permitted to wear
earrings. Hats​ are not to be worn or carried during the school day. Tattoos​ must be covered at
all times during the school day. Hair ​must be of a reasonable length and must be neat. No
bizarre hairstyles are permitted, such as lines/designs in the hair or mohawks. Hair must be
clean and not covering a student’s eyes or face. The administration will define terms such as
“neat” on an individual basis. No headbands are allowed. In addition, all​ ​students​ ​with​ ​facial​ ​hair​
​must​ ​keep​ ​it​ ​well-groomed.

D.  ATHLETIC DRESS POLICY DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Members of ​varsity athletic teams may wear designated team clothing on game days during
their season. The team captains will designate the apparel and ALL team members can wear
after it is cleared with the Dean of Students. The athletic gear should be worn over the school
polo or shirt and tie. If teams have a polo shirt, this can take the place of the school polo on
game day only during the season. Violation of this policy may result in the loss of this privilege.
Freshman athletes do not have permission to wear athletic gear at anytime unless they are
members of a varsity team.

E. USE OF NOTRE DAME LOGO
          In order to maintain consistency with the use of ND logo(s), the Board of Directors has
established a policy that requires an official written request be made to use the two school
approved logos (shield and interlocking ND athletic logo). This written request is to be made to
and approved by the Director of Digital Marketing before any team, school group or other
affiliated persons have their job printed. This includes printed material (stationery and
envelopes), clothing merchandise (shirts, shorts, hats, etc…) and any other items not covered in
the wording above.

The rationale behind the implementation of this policy is to provide a consistent visual image
that makes it easy to clearly identify the ND logo(s) as representing Notre Dame of West
Haven for the wide range of audiences that will view this printed material.

Please submit all artwork to Mrs. Sue Bonaventura, Director of Digital Marketing, at
sbonaventura@notredamehs.com. A style sheet with logo specifications (color, size, font etc.)
may be obtained in the Digital Marketing Office.

Artwork must be submitted ​at least two weeks in advance of your printing needs, so it can be
reviewed, approved or changed if needed.

F. PHOTOGRAPHY/QUOTATIONS
      Photos and quotations from students may be taken for use in school publications or for
distribution to local press. The purpose of the photo/quote would be to recognize students for
honors and awards or highlight Notre Dame High School. It is understood that Notre Dame
may transfer, use, or cause to be used these photos/quotes in school brochures, newsletters,
advertising, posters, displays, slide shows, videotapes, commercials, catalogs, website, and like
publications or literature without limitations or reservations. Parents authorize and give full
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consent to Notre Dame High School to publish or quote their child unless a signed letter is on
file with the President that states a student cannot be photographed or quoted.

G. TELEPHONE USE
    Students need permission to use school telephones and may do so in the Main Office.
Students can only make a cell phone call with a faculty members permission.

H. SCHOOL DANCES
    Admittance to any school dance is contingent upon presentation of a current ND student
I.D. card. Only ND students and female guests will be admitted. Once a student leaves the
dance, he/she may not return. Students are not to loiter in parked cars or on school grounds.

I. ​LOST AND FOUND
     Notre Dame High School is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. All lost and found
articles are handled in the Dean of Student office. Students are required to have their names on
all books and belongings.

J. KNAPSACKS, BOOKBAGS, ETC.
    Knapsacks, bookbags, and outerwear are to be stored in lockers. They are not to be
carried through halls, to the cafeteria or into classrooms during the day.

K. ​FIRE DRILLS
     Students follow emergency exit directions posted in each room. The school is exited in a
quiet and orderly fashion.

L. SCHOOL EMERGENCY/EVACUATION
     Should a school-wide emergency occur, students will be directed to the University of New
Haven. If necessary, pick-up and bus service would be from there. Parents would be informed
of this via email, ND’s website, Alert Solutions or the media.
      All students in the main building who are restricted in their mobility should be directed to
the stairwell near Room 009, 110, or 210 and remain on the landing until emergency personnel
have arrived. This would include students on crutches and/or in wheelchairs. All doors in the
stairwell close automatically and are fireproof. The stairwell that the students will report to has
the largest landings and is also covered by the sprinkler system.

M. PROHIBITED
   Gambling ​is prohibited in the school building.

    Hazing or initiations are absolutely prohibited. Hazing includes any activity expected of
someone that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers a person’s physical or emotional health
for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization, regardless of
the person’s willingness to participate.

    Physical violence ​is prohibited. It is a serious matter and is reason for immediate
suspension of a student. Physical violence can be reason for dismissal. Any threat of physical
violence toward another student or faculty member will be treated as a serious matter resulting
in suspension and/or dismissal.
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