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Attendance

Regular school attendance is essential for a student to experience success in school. When a student is absent, a parent or guardian must telephone the school before 9 a.m. on the day of absence.

On returning to school, the student must present to the office a note signed and dated by his parent. When he is absent, the student is responsible for contacting his classmate(s) about tests and class work missed.

A student who is absent from school is not eligible to participate in any school activity that day unless approved by the principal and/or athletic director.

He is also responsible for all tests and/or assignments on the day of return. Students who are absent fifteen (15) or more days are subject to possible loss of academic credit and/or dismissal from St. Peter’s.

Dress Code

Students are expected to enter school property in full, proper dress code. Arriving and changing at lockers is NOT acceptable.

Winter Dress Code

  1. School sweater.
  2. Solid white or light colored dress shirt with a sensible tie in place.
  3. Clean, neatly pressed pants (No jeans, patch pocket, cargo, jogger or athletic pants.) Acceptable pants are Docker style pants or those that would normally be worn with a suit jacket.
  4. Belts (solid brown or black dress belt) are required to be visible and worn properly. No visible labels or designer buckles.
  5. All students are required to wear school shoes purchased at Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms.
  6. Hair professional and neatly groomed and should not extend over the collar. No dyeing, bleaching of hair and/or cut designs of hair. Messy, unkempt hair will not be permitted. Height and length of hairstyles will be left to the discretion of the dean.
  7. Faces must be clean-shaven with sideburns trimmed. Mustaches are not permitted.
  8. No piercings, including earrings, are acceptable at any time before, during or at any after-school St. Peter’s function.

Summer Dress Code

  1. Authorized school shirt in lieu of school sweater, dress shirt and tie.
    – Must be tucked in at all times and belt displayed properly.
    – If worn, undershirts should be plain white only.
    – Undershirts with lettering, etc., that can be seen through summer dress code shirts will not be permitted at any time.
  2. Numbers 3-8 above remain in effect for the summer dress code.

Note: Dress Code is required for school exams and Regents.

The faculty and administration feel very strongly about the need for enforcing the dress code. Students will be issued detention and/or suspended at the discretion of the Dean of Discipline for violations of it. Students requesting an excused dress code must present a note signed by their parent. Medical excuses (allowing sneakers for foot injuries, etc.) must be requested in writing by a physician.

We are asking for the support and cooperation of students and parents in adhering to these regulations. Please remember, students in non-compliance of the dress code will be issued detention and/or sent home.

The St. Peter’s shirts, which are required for summer dress code, are available at the school during July and August (9 a.m.–1 p.m.). We suggest that all students (or their parents) come in to purchase the shirts prior to the start of the school year. All students must wear these shirts for summer dress code starting the first day of school.

Colors: Blue with logo (Seniors – white with logo)
Sizes: Men’s Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, XXX-Large
Cost: $30 each

Tuition
  1. Tuition/fees are due on the 1st of each month and/or according to the printed payment schedule.
  2. Any student whose tuition/fees are two months in arrears will not be admitted to classes.
  3. All tuition/fees for a student who transfers or is dismissed before the end of the academic year are due up to and including the month in which he transfers or is dismissed. Refunds are not issued for students who transfer mid-month.
  4. If a student transfers before the first day of school, the only tuition required will be the August payment in full.
  5. No student will be permitted to take midterm or final examinations unless all tuition/fees are paid in full up to and including January/May, respectively. Failure to take an examination will result in loss of credit and summer school.
School Closings
  1. School closings due to inclement weather will be announced beginning at 6 a.m. on the school’s website, the school’s mass notification system, and/or by WCBS-880AM. Failure to properly activate student/parent portal accounts or to enter contact information into the portal may result in not receiving mass communication messages.
  2. To ensure the safety of every child, any day in which school is in session and a parent deems it necessary for a student to be released, due to inclement weather, the following procedure must be followed: (a) A parent must personally come to school to pick up the student; or (b) A parent must send a signed note with the name of the adult to whom the student can be released on said day.

NO STUDENT WILL BE RELEASED BASED ON A TELEPHONE MESSAGE!

Media Authorization and Waiver

Parents and students must be aware that attending St. Peter’s Boys High School includes the parents’ and students’ agreement and consent to be photographed. They consent to the taking of photographs, movies, videos, and images capable of reproduction in any medium by the school, its agents, the Department of Education or the Archdiocese of New York.

Parents and students grant the School the right to edit, reproduce, use and reuse the images for any and all purposes including, but not limited to, advertising, promotion and display in any and all media, including, but not limited to, video, print, television, internet and podcasts.

Parents and students transfer the School any right, interest, and they have in any image taken of the students or parents. They also release, indemnify, and hold harmless the School in any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, loss, liability, damage, or cost arising from this authorization.

Computer and Internet Use

The school has an Internet Acceptable Use Policy which each student, along with a parent or guardian, must sign before a student can access the Internet at school.

The Internet Acceptable Use Policy governs the conduct and responsibilities of each student while they are at school and/or utilizing school computer facilities, codes or sites. It is the expectation of the school, however, that student behavior when using the Internet will be exemplary both on and off school grounds.

A Catholic school student always represents his school and the school community. Accordingly, students will be subject to disciplinary action by the school for acts such as, but not limited to, harassment or any other type of threatening, sexual or otherwise inappropriate communication that is conveyed via the Internet (or other technological method or device) regardless of the time of day of the student’s location.

Such misconduct could result in any number of punishments including the possibility of suspension or expulsion. Additionally, any student who is found to have authored or contributed to a website/blog/wiki/etc. that is of a nature which is threatening, profane, obscene, sexual, illegal or contrary to the Catholic mission of the school, will be subject to disciplinary action by the school.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are to be turned off and put away so they are not visible during the hours of 8:10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for all underclassmen, or 8:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for seniors.

The exception to these times would be the Wednesday schedule when cell phones for all would be turned off at 9 a.m. Cell phones should not be out or visible for any reason during the hours listed above. Students may use their cell phones during extra-curricular activities and outside the hours listed.

Students violating this policy will face the following correction:

  1. Student sent to the office to have their phone confiscated during school hours for a period of one week. Immediately after surrendering his phone the student will return to class. The phone will be returned to the student at the end of each day.
  2. Detention will be assigned as per the assistant principal.
  3. Student must pay a mandatory $25 fine.
General Behavior Guidelines

At St. Peter’s a student is expected to behave in a way that respects the persons and property of the school community. The purpose of school discipline is to guarantee every student and teacher an opportunity to experience a satisfying and productive life.

Procedural Steps

  1. Immediate conference with the Dean of Discipline.
  2. Written note to parents.
  3. Immediate student suspension and interview with parents.
  4. Indefinite detention (2 weeks or longer).
  5. Prohibition to participate in any interscholastic competition for an indefinite period.
  6. Any offense occurring after the signing of two disciplinary contracts with the Dean of Discipline automatically subjects a student to expulsion.
  7. Expulsion.
Specific Discipline Regulations

Misconduct in any of the following will mean automatic after-school detention:

  1. Lateness for homeroom.
  2. Lateness for school after homeroom.
  3. Dress code violation.
  4. Smoking violations/Smoking is not permitted on school grounds.
  5. Noisy or disruptive behavior in corridors or between periods.
  6. Littering or failure to keep cafeteria area clean or eating above the first-floor cafeteria.
  7. Use of cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, iPads, etc. during the school day.
  8. Use of foul language.
  9. Gum chewing/gum is not permitted in the school.

The following behavior is of a more serious nature. The number of procedural steps utilized in dealing with these offenses will depend on the seriousness of the matter and the discretion of the administration:

  1. Disrespect – Failure to comply with a reasonable teacher request/Failure to report to a teacher after school.
  2. Behavioral problem or expulsion from a classroom or Library.
  3. Truancy from a school/a class/assembly or detention.
  4. Intimidation or fighting with fellow students.
  5. Frequent detentions for minor offenses.
  6. Complaint from bus company/neighbors about conduct.
  7. Possession or use of drugs/alcohol in or out of school.
  8. Possession of a book not personally assigned.
  9. Vandalism or marking up of desks, lockers, walls, textbooks, etc.
  10. Leaving school grounds without permission.
  11. Excessive lateness for school (normal lateness number should not exceed five (5) per year).
  12. Theft is grounds for immediate expulsion.
  13. Chewing gum will result in a $25 fine and indefinite detention.

Disciplinary Action Involving Student Grades

  1. Cheating in any form may result in failure in a course
  2. Absence from a final exam deserves a failure in that course unless verified by sickness and a telephone call from a parent on the same day.
  3. Removal from a course by an administrator will result in a failure in that course.
A Word About Detention

We would like to clarify and state a firm administrative position regarding detention. Although we greatly encourage our students to assume a sense of responsibility and maturity regarding after-school employment, Detention will never be excused or postponed due to this factor. Detentions, hopefully few, must be served on the day assigned.

Policy on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

A student may be involved with drugs/alcohol in several ways. In case the student is discovered to be involved with drugs/alcohol in any way in the school environs, St. Peter’s Boys High School will follow these specific procedures: Policy on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Smoking Policy

The non-smoking policy was revised to emphasize the health risks associated with smoking and to ensure a healthy, smoke-free environment for all our students, faculty and staff.

Students who are found smoking will be encouraged to quit and we will help them in that process by requiring them to read a small book from the American Cancer Society called Kicking Butts. Effective September 5, 2006 the following policy regarding smoking was enacted at St. Peter’s Boys High School:

1) Students found smoking in the neighborhood or on school grounds will be subject to (a) Indefinite detention, (b) $25 fine, (c) Read and be tested on the book Kicking Butts

2) Students found smoking in the school building will be subject to:

(a) First Offense (i) Suspended from school, (ii) meeting of student and parents with the Dean for Discipline, (iv) Indefinite detention, (v) $25 fine, (vi) Read and be tested on the book Kicking Butts

(b) Second Offense (i) Same as above, (ii) Fine doubles to $50

(c) Third Offense – Student is now subject to expulsion.

Any money collected from smoking fines will be donated to charity. During the first semester the money will be donated to the school’s Toys for Tots program and during the second semester the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society. We realize that these measures may seem harsh, but we hope that this policy will help to make our students aware of the dangers of smoking, deter them from smoking and create a healthier and safer environment for all. We are sure you will support our efforts to make St. Peter’s a healthier environment for all.

Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

New York Archdiocesan Policy Statement

Once students have met the necessary admission requirements and have been accepted into St. Peter’s Boys High School, the school warmly welcomes these students for the coming school year and will strive to provide them with a solid Catholic spiritual and academic education in a supportive learning environment. Read more about St. Peter’s New York Archdiocesan Policy Statement.