2022 – 2023

St. Francis of Assisi 

Catholic School

Parent/Student Handbook

Dear Parents and Students,

“What greater work is there than training the mind and forming the habits of the young?”
St. John Chrysostom

Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School!  In choosing St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, you have demonstrated a commitment to the values and philosophy of a Catholic education.

The Parent/Student Handbook reflects the policies of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Please read this document carefully as there have been a number of updates to policies and procedures.

The faculty and staff of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School look forward to working with you to promote academic excellence and spiritual development in the context of the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Julie Manion, Sr. Ngan Do, Sarah Schimmoller, and Malie Ball

Administrative Team



St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is a Catholic Preschool through Grade 8, Elementary and Middle, Parish School. It is a ministry of the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish under the Bishop of the Diocese of Baker.

The curriculum stresses academic achievement within a Christian community where the child feels that he/she is loved and respected by his/her peers as well as the teacher.  The Diocesan curriculum guidelines, consistent with State of Oregon guidelines, are followed for the teaching of all secular subject areas. The curriculum is marked by current content and fresh approaches to methodology. There is emphasis on principles. reasoning, and learning through problem solving.. We strive to offer a program which makes use of many sources of reading material, a wide variety of audio-visual and technology tools and a multi-text approach to the content areas. 


On August 8, 1936, Sister Mary Margharita and Sister Catherine Mary, Sisters of the Holy Names came to Bend to develop plans for a convent and school. Funded by the parish families, St. Francis School opened its doors on September 21, 1936. The original building consisted of four rooms of equal size. There were two classes in a room and a lunchroom in the basement. The school was heated by a wood furnace. Today, the school sits on a 17 acre campus on the east side of town and serves 153 students. The school official colors are blue for peace and gold for success.  


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership, and academic excellence. 


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School endorses the call of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to express its educational ministry through the objectives of personal spirituality, social justice, and a strong academic program in accord with the Diocese of Baker. 

  1. To develop the total Christian personality by instilling in the students a respect for life and reverence for Christian living.
  2. To develop within the school, a strong religious education program based on Catholic Theology, Scripture, Liturgical experience, and service so that each child will grow and develop a Christian way of life.
  3. To facilitate the intellectual, social, and physical development of each child through a variety of instructional methods such as small and large group instruction, departmental classes, and other tools for basic knowledge and formation.
  4. To aid students in evaluation of their own capabilities and vocational possibilities.

It is the consensus of the faculty that every human being has a right to pursue knowledge corresponding with his/her dignity and God-given ability, regardless of background or sex. In the early years, education is often of the utmost importance because through education and guidance the children of today become the Catholic citizens of tomorrow.


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School inspires academic scholars motivated to serve and lead the world with Faith and moral character.  

St. Francis School Values: Faith. Compassion. Excellence. Integrity. Perseverance. Joy.


St. Francis is fully accredited by Cognia. In the spring of 2016, a team formerly known as Northwest Accreditation Commission visited our school. Based on self-study, student work and observations in our classrooms, they validated our school’s accreditation.

St. Francis strives for continuous school-wide improvement and believes that it is an ongoing, collective responsibility, and obligation.  The standards of St. Francis School are commensurate with, or exceed those in public education with respect to length of school year, instructional time, student/teacher ratio and curriculum. Faculty members are certified by the State of Oregon and licensed in the areas they teach. A high percentage of our teachers have earned master’s degrees. The overall goal of the accreditation process is to positively impact St. Francis stakeholders which includes students, teachers, administration, parents, and parishioners.  


St. Francis is a STREAM school which stands for the inclusion of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics into all classroom teaching.  STREAM is the collaborative blending of 6 concepts through the platform of the Catholic faith in an exploratory and inquiry-based learning environment.  Saint Francis School in Bend offers rigorous academic standards. We provide access to technology for our students, including SMART boards in the classrooms and a chromebook for each student.Through Science and Engineering, students enjoy learning about Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Along with meeting and exceeding the Oregon State Standards for each discipline, a special emphasis is placed on using the Scientific Method to complete activities. St. Francis has also been appointed as a Stewardship School through Oregon State University’s Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP). Through the Stewardship program, St. Francis teachers access ongoing professional development opportunities in the natural sciences, curriculum, and support from Oregon State University.  Each year, students compete in the Bend Research Inventerprise Contest to engage in the Engineering Design Process. Sixth- eighth grade students attend OMSI Outdoor Science Schools to experience hands-on, interactive learning. 

Students practice service and social justice in relationships, from the donation of the garden proceeds, to grade level service projects. Respect for others, morals, and virtues are all practiced at St. Francis School. Prayer is taught as the development of a personal relationship with God finding His beauty in the world around us.

St. Francis’ curriculum provides differentiation for student needs with multiple options for acquiring information and making sense of ideas. The primary way of achieving this is through the study of universal concepts. Teachers provide students with deep and complex learning experiences, challenging them at all levels. Teachers use a dynamic blend of whole group, small group and individual instruction. Flexible grouping allows students to interact with others to develop new ideas. Students are encouraged to question the reasoning and assumptions behind ideas, and student-led inquiry is embraced. Differentiation recognizes student background knowledge, readiness and preferences in learning and interests.

Faith Development

The heart of who we are at St. Francis School is rooted in the practice, tradition and philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church. We teach children to live out the Gospel.  Religion is a cherished core component of our weekly curriculum. Students in Grades Preschool-8 begin their school day with prayer and once a week the children attend Mass or a liturgical celebration.

  1. Reconciliation:  Catholic students enrolled in second grade at St. Francis School will be prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Children should be 7 years of age or older in order to prepare and receive the Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered to students once a term.
  2. Eucharist:  Catholic students enrolled in second grade at St. Francis School will be prepared for their First Holy Communion. Children should be 7 years of age or older in order to prepare and receive the Eucharist. Eucharist can then be received at weekly Mass.
  3. Confirmation:  Catholic students enrolled in sixth grade at St. Francis School will be prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation. The sacrament will be administered in May. All youth preparing to receive this sacrament must meet all the requirements set forth by the parish. 

Curriculum of the Disciplines


Catholic doctrine and tradition, Bible study, Catholic Social Teaching, preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, and Eucharist are all part of our religion classes. We invite children to develop personal faith, discipline, and moral judgment. Religion classes are an important part of the curriculum at St. Francis School. All students regardless of religious affiliation are expected to participate in religion classes, religious services, and celebrations.

Language Arts

The Language Arts Program reflects the inter-relatedness of the communication process. Specific topics and units of study vary between classrooms and grade levels. St. Francis School adopted McGraw Hill’s Wonders 2020 for K-5. The program encompasses grammar, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, literature, writing and speech.  The preschool and pre-k classes use Handwriting Without Tears, a developmentally appropriate, brain research based approach to initial instruction. Middle School uses Both an english language arts series and novel studies to prepare our students for highschool.


The mathematics curriculum at St. Francis Catholic School focuses on the fact that mathematics is evident in all aspects of human endeavor. Competencies to be developed include understanding number, measurement concepts, facility in computational and graphing skills, understanding of geometric relations, the use of effective problem solving processes and data management.  Kindergarten through sixth grades use Saavas Mathematics. Preschool uses hegerty Mathematics themes. Seventh and eighth focus on algebraic knowledge and geometry skills.  Advanced Math in eighth grade can include attending classes at Mountain View Highschool.


Process and content are taught within the framework of an activity based experiential program that actively involves students in science. The science curriculum places emphasis on lifelong skills such as data collection, observation, making logical inferences and drawing conclusions. Preschool through fifth grade have access to ONREP lessons, Mystery Science online, and grade level F.O.S.S. kits. Middle School uses an online platform to meet Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS).

Social Studies

Social Studies teaches students to explore and resolve social issues that are of public and personal concerns. Students at St. Francis School study a wide variety of topics specifically related to grade level. Equal emphasis is placed on skills, values and attitudes. Problem solving and decision making methods are taught as an integral part of the curriculum.  Saint Francis Middleschool has adopted the McGrawHill 6-8 2018 Social Studies Curriculum.  This program has a book and online version so that education can continue if distance learning is required. The topics include World Geography, World History, and U.S. History.  


Students in grades K-8 have Spanish classes two times a week. The curriculum includes language acquisition and exposure to Spanish-speaking cultures with an emphasis on conversation.  Kindergarten through fifth grade instruction comes out of the Calico Spanish program.  Middle school is using the McGraw Hill Asi Se Dice curriculum.

Physical Education and Health

All students at St. Francis School participate in Physical Education and Health programs to improve their health and wellbeing. We hope to inspire our students to stay committed to lifelong healthy choices.  


The Art program for Grades Kindergarten-8 stimulates creative exploration through innovative projects using a variety of mediums and materials. 


The St. Francis School music program includes movement, dance, drama, song, improvisation, and playing instruments.  Student participation in all school wide music performances is expected and is 50 percent of overall music grade. Middle school is offered a choice between Band and Music to meet their required credit hours.

Computer Technology

Technology enriches classroom studies, develops critical thinking, and allows students to become computer literate. The school computer network has a fiber optic internet connection. St. Francis School has SMART BOARDS or Promethean in every classroom. We have a one to one Chromebook program for Kindergarten through Middle School.


The St. Francis School library is available to students from Preschool-Grade 5. Library skills are taught and time is allowed for book selection as well as storytime. Our school library contains a variety of classics, fiction and nonfiction, as well as reference materials in hardback and paperback.  Borrowed books are to be returned on time and in good condition.  A fine of one canned good is required for overdue books.  (Canned goods are donated to local food banks).  Damaged or lost books must be paid for by the student before any other materials may be checked out.  

Academic Assessment

St. Francis School students in grades K through 8 will be administered Renaissance Place Assessments and EasyCBM assessments. Individual scores are kept on file and are available for parents. These assessments are primarily used for guiding future instruction and in comparative analysis to meet our continuous improvement goals.

Testing and Diagnostic Services

St. Francis School offers a part-time special education or learning specialty teacher.  With this support we are able to develop Resource Plans/Student Service Plans in house and implement strategies that assist students with learning needs.  St. Francis cannot serve all students but strives to accommodate and be of service to those within our ability.  

The High Desert ESD and Bend La-Pine School District (upon request) assists school families in diagnosing learning and behavior disorders. Testing is done on a referral basis by family request and assisted by the teacher, principal, and special education teacher. Teachers and parents work together with the ESD or school district to determine the intervention necessary for the academic success of the child. 

Extra-Curricular Programs 

Student Council

The Student Council and Leadership electives give students a share in the management of the school by acting as a planning board for student activities and school-wide events. Members of the council are representatives of the student body and work closely with faculty representatives.  

“Kids Club” – Before/After School Daycare Program

The staff of Kids Club is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of the individual child by guiding spiritual, social, academic and physical growth through challenging and nurturing activities in a Christian atmosphere. The Kids Club program follows the school calendar which operates Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm. The Kids Club will be closed on all days that school is not in session.

The goal of Kids Club is to provide a safe, Catholic enriching, recreational program conducive to learning with a minimum of formal structure. Children are encouraged to develop friendships, pursue their interests and to gain a sense of independence and confidence.

St. Francis School Athletics

Athletics, whether a part of the curriculum or extracurricular, helps the school live out its Gospel mission. Athletic programs that successfully integrate the Gospel message produce faith- filled individuals who respect others, value human life, and will sacrifice for those in need.

Teamwork, honesty, cooperation, self-sacrifice, dedication, obedience, hard work, goal setting, respect, self-discipline and mutual encouragement are the goals for young people who participate in sports.

Excellence is the standard for any team or program. Excellence in a Catholic school means that the team has reached its full potential individually and as a team. While winning is important, it is not the most important thing. Winning should be a part of the mix which includes competition, participation, hard work, coping with disappointment and enjoying victory.

Students in Grades 6-8 may also participate in afterschool sports programs at their local public Middle School.

St. Francis offers the following co-curricular program:  (might not be available during 2021-22)
Fall: Boys and girls cross country
Winter: Boys and girls basketball 

Spring: Boys and girls track and field 

When registering for any Bend Parks and Rec. Team we invite you to indicate Saint Francis School so that classmates will
be placed together and possibly have their own team.

Please refer to our athletic policy handbook for more information.

Chess Club and Drama Club

Are available when parent volunteers are available.

Daily School Schedule  (subject to change)

7:30-7:45Teacher Work Time in Classroom
7:45 – 8:00Student Arrive
8:00-8:10School Begins
11:00-11:30Middle SchoolRecess
Middle School
3:00 – 6:00After School Care

Regular attendance is extremely important to academic success.
Parents must check students out at the school office when taking their child out of school for an appointment.  Doctor’s appointments should be made after school hours, if possible.**All students must be signed out at the office by a parent/guardian before leaving the school.



Registration begins in February for children already enrolled at St. Francis School. Early enrollment lasts two weeks before enrollment is opened for new families. Families on our waitlist will be contacted for open enrollment. Waitlists are maintained for all grades and families are informed of openings as they occur.

Returning families must be up to date with financial requirements before registration will be approved.

The Registration fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable. Registration will not be accepted until all accounts are in good standing.

Age Entrance Requirements

St. Francis admission requirements are:

  1. Preschool and Pre-K students must be 3 or 4 years of age respectively, and potty-trained, by September 1st.
  2. Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age, and potty-trained, by September 1st.

Non-discriminatory Policy

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School admits students of any sex, race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

As openings become available, the following priorities will be used to accept students to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School:

  1. Members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish
  2. Members of other parishes
  3. Non-Catholic students

At the time of registration, all new students seeking admission to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School are evaluated on the basis of current standardized test scores, screenings, and report cards.  

Requirements include:

+All students entering St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School must have current immunization records. 

  1. Birth Certificate copy
  2. Baptismal Certificate (Catholic applicants only)
  3. Immunization Records
  4. Records Release Form (for 1st and up only)
  5. Report Cards (for 1st and up only)
  6. Standardized Test Results (for 1st and up only)
  7. Record of IEP

Students applying for Admission in Grades 1-8 must present a copy of the current report card and standardized test results. These will be reviewed to determine whether the program at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will meet the educational needs of the students. An introductory meeting and administration of academic screening with the student is part of the admission process.  Testing in some academic areas may be held for new incoming students. 

All new students will be given a trial period in which to prove himself/herself both socially and academically. If during this trial period there are any problems, a student may be asked to withdraw his/her attendance at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. The recommendation and decision of the school is final. St. Francis is limited in its human capital resources and will make reasonable accommodations for learning differences when possible. St. Francis cannot accommodate students who have extraordinary learning differences. If after admission, the educational and/or behavioral needs of a student exceed what would be considered reasonable, the student may need to be separated from St. Francis School. This decision will be made in order for the student’s educational and/or behavioral needs to be fully met in another educational setting. If the decision to separate the student from St. Francis School is made by the school, the student’s tuition due would be prorated.

Non-Catholic students whose parents accept the philosophy of St. Francis School will be accepted on a space available basis. Non-Catholic students are expected to attend all religious observances.

A child may be admitted to St. Francis School when the following information and documents have been received by the school:

  1. Records Release Form
  2. The child’s current report card
  3. Reason for transfer to St. Francis School

Immunizations and Health Records

The state of Oregon requires full immunization for all children (ages 5-14) who are entering school for the first time. Verification of all immunizations, required by Oregon law, must be presented before entrance to school. For non-vaccinated students, Medical and/or Non-Medical Exemption Certificates must be presented. Records should be brought to school on or before the first day of school.


In early January, teachers will meet with parents of children who may need to repeat a grade. Teachers will express concerns and reasons for considering the possibility. At the time of registration, the child will be placed on two grade lists: one if the child needs to repeat a grade and another if the child is promoted in June. Teachers and parents will meet in May to make the final decision regarding retention or promotion. The child will be placed on the appropriate class list in June.

Waiting Lists

St. Francis School will maintain waiting lists for classes that have reached the enrollment maximum. Priorities for admission will be used in placing names on the waiting list:

  1. Children who have siblings enrolled at St. Francis School will be accepted first.
  2. Children who were on last year’s waiting list will be placed next if they re-register by March.
  3. Parish families and non-parish families will be accepted after sibling and prior wait-listed students have been accepted.

Tuition and Fees

Preschool Tuition 2022-2023(3 yrs. of age by September 1, 2021)M-F 8AM-3PM $8,400.00MWF 8AM-3PM $5,981.00
Prekindergarten Tuition 2022-2023
(4 yrs. of age by September 1, 2021)
M-F 8AM-3PM $8,400.00TWTH 8AM-3PM $5,981.00

Parents have a half day option, however, St. Francis School does not offer a half day rate.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade Tuition 2022-2023 (Students must be 5 yrs. of age by September 1, 2021 to be eligible for Kindergarten)$7,000.003rd Child Discount 25%
4th & 5th Child Discount 50%
6th – 8th Grade Tuition 2022-2023$7,500.003rd Child Discount 25%
4th & 5th Child Discount 50%
Registration on or before 2/28/2022$250.002 or more students$500.00
Registration after 2/28/22 $350.002 or more students$700.00

-No discounts are available for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students regardless of siblings.                                        -2% Discount if Total Tuition is paid by CASH OR CHECK ONLY in full by September 1, 2021.

Additional Family Obligations
Mandatory Parent Volunteer Hours
(20 hours per year per family, if not receiving financial aid)          OR        $25/hour buyout      
(40 hours per year per family, if receiving financial aid) 

Auction Obligations(Procurement $100/Raffle $100)                    OR      v $200 buyout

Tuition Payment Policy

Parents and Guardians should be apprised of the following tuition policies that have been established at St. Francis School:

  1. Tuition and fee payments are due on the tenth of the month indicated. Payments are late after the 10th and a late fee of $25 will be applied.
  2. Tuition accounts must be current by the last week of the trimester in order to be enrolled in the following trimester. Tuition accounts will be checked several weeks prior to the end of the trimester to confirm the student’s eligibility for the following term.
  3. All changes to scheduled payment dates must be made with the school office prior to scheduled dates of payment. Such arrangements must then be submitted in writing to the principal.
  4. The fee for checks returned by your bank is $30.00
  5. Tuition for the current year must be current before the registration deposit for the next school year will be accepted. The registration deposit to enroll your student is non-refundable.
  6. The non-refundable registration deposit for the next school year is due and payable on the announced date. Students whose deposits are not received in the St. Francis School office by the due date will not be considered registered. Arrangements for late payments due to extraordinary circumstances should be made before the due date; late payments are still subject to late fees.

As a school community, St. Francis continues to thrive and to grow with the continued financial support of all our families. Tuition payments are due on the 10th  of each month. Tuition payments must be paid current or written arrangements made with the principal. Arrangements must be made in writing to the principal or a student may be dismissed from school. Under no circumstances will a student with outstanding tuition payments be allowed to re-enter St. Francis the following year.

Collection Policy and Handling of Delinquent Accounts:

Hardship can happen to anyone. If this should strike your family, PLEASE inform the Principal so arrangements can be made to assist you in whatever intervention is necessary.

If a tuition payment is late, a letter will be sent notifying the parent/guardian that tuition is overdue and to please bring their account current, a late fee will be assessed. In the cases of a  hardship request, a conversation with the principal is required.

When the second payment is missed without communication from the parent/ guardian, the Principal or School Finance Committee will contact the parent/guardian to ask for a meeting to resolve the delinquency.

If the parent/guardian fails to make arrangements or to abide by the ones made they will be asked to remove their child or children from St. Francis School.

Withdrawal Policy

Families must notify the school in writing if a student is withdrawn from the school. 

Registered students who enter any given trimester, are responsible for the entirety of the trimester’s tuition amount.

St. Francis Financial Aid Procedure

  1. Financial Aid packets will be available in the school office.
  2. Complete and submit the packet to the school office no later than the date on the financial aid application.
  3. Families will be notified of their financial aid.  Financial aid will be granted according to need and funds available.

Parents as Volunteers

Partnership between parents and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School to provide excellent educational opportunities for the children. This policy provides support services and a distribution of the parent workload which is needed to operate the school at a reasonable cost. We value the participation and appreciate the commitment and contribution that volunteering requires. Without parent involvement our children would lack those special opportunities that parent/school interaction gives to the entire school.


In 1994, the Auction Committee began a raffle to raise funds for the St. Francis of Assisi School Auction. This raffle has become a successful part of our yearly Auction for the children and the school.

Each family agrees to be responsible for a minimum of $100 procurement obligation for the Auction and

$100 in raffle ticket sales. If raffle tickets are lost or families do not want to sell tickets, parents are responsible to pay for the cost of the tickets.

Annual Giving Campaign 

The primary focus of this fundraiser is 100% participation of all school and Parish families. No minimum contribution is suggested and all contributions are voluntary. Proceeds from this fundraising drive support the annual budget. The Annual Giving Appeal funds are necessary to remove a burden from the auction proceeds.

SCRIP Program

The School Advisory Council created the SCRIP program in June, 1997. Every purchase through the SCRIP program provides a small donation to the schools operating budget. You get to spend your entire purchase and the participating vendor gives a percentage back to the school.

Parents for St. Francis (PSF)

The mission of PSF is to enhance the overall educational, spiritual, recreational and social experience for our children, parents and staff. The objectives of PSF: 

  1. To promote understanding, communication and cooperation between parents, school, parish and community.
  2. To support and encourage the teachers, administration and staff of St. Francis School in their pursuit of academic excellence and spiritual education.
  3. To develop and coordinate parent education programs, social, and service activities for parents, students, families and those who support the school.


School Advisory Council

St. Francis School Advisory Council is advisory and consultative in nature. It consists of nine members in addition to the pastor and principal. Each member of the Advisory Council shall serve a term of three years. Members include two parishioners and four school parents. The School Advisory Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month. All members of the parish and school are welcome to attend open scheduled meetings of the School Advisory Council.

The School Advisory Council is established by the pastor in accordance with diocesan policy to assist him and the principal in the governance of the parish school. The SAC is consultative and gives advice on:

  1. Development – PR, Marketing, and Strategic Planning
  2. Finance – School Budget Development and Fiscal Management
  3. Governance – SAC Bylaws, Policy, and SAC Membership

The 2021-2022 President of the SAC is Kevin Riley. Parents can find his contact information in FACTS.

Home / School Communication

St. Francis News Notes

A weekly school-wide newsletter is sent home electronically on Sundays and Wednesdays which includes activities, information and calendar changes. Please be sure to closely review the News Notes as it contains important dates and information.

Back–to–School  Nights

New parent orientation is the first meeting of the evening.  The principal’s presentation is followed by classroom orientations for parents. Parents are invited to visit their children’s classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn more about curriculum, classroom procedures, etc. for the upcoming year. Teachers will also distribute copies of their individual classroom handouts. If children accompany parents to Back-to-School night they must remain with their parents. We are unable to provide evening child care due to our Daycare licensing.  Children may not be unsupervised outside.

FACTS-Student Information System

Information regarding the yearly calendar, newsletters, student supply list, handbook, etc. can be found at  


Staff Mailboxes

Each member of the staff has a mailbox. Office personnel will be glad to forward any written correspondence to the appropriate mailbox.

Staff E–Mail

Any staff member can be reached via e-mail by using the first initial of their first name and their full last name @saintfrancisschool.net.

Appointments for Teachers

Parents who wish to set up an appointment or leave a message for a teacher should call the office at (541) 382-4701 or email the teacher directly. The teacher will call or email the parent back as soon as possible. Remember their first responsibility is classroom supervision. Do not stop in to see the teacher before school starts or after school. This is their time to get ready for their students.

Attendance Policy


Tardiness is unfair and discourteous to the teacher and other students in the classroom. Instructional time is most important and interruptions of any kind disrupts the learning process. Students who arrive late will have to be signed in at the school office, these students miss important instruction, announcements and learning time.

Students who arrive after 8:05 am are marked tardy.  After 8:05am for any reason, students must be signed into the school office by a parent.  Parent contact will be made when a student has excessive tardies. If you know your child will be late, please call the office and let us know. Excessive tardies at the start of the school day or during the school day will be treated as a disciplinary matter. After the third tardy as well as every tardy after your child will receive lunch detention.  The running total does restart at the beginning of each term.

Before School

Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1-8 should arrive at school between 7:45 am and 8:00 am. There is no supervision before 7:45 am. Students must report to their classroom upon arrival.  All children arriving after 8:05 am need to stop in the office to sign in. If needed please pre-arrange for a.m. or p.m. care with the office.

After School

Students waiting for parents will proceed to the designated area at 3:00 pm.  If your child is to be picked up after school by someone other than the “regular” person, please send a note with your child.

Students signed-up for After-Care will go to classroom E-1 at 3:00 pm. If another person will be picking up your child, please send a note with your child to E-1. Preschool and Pre-K student attend in room E-2.


If your child will be absent, please notify the school before 8:30 am. If you would like school work and/or homework for your child, please call the office in the morning or email the teacher. Teachers need time to prepare materials.  If the office is not contacted, the absence will be marked as unexcused and a parent will be contacted.

Students who have flu or upper respiratory flu symptoms must stay home. Students must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students with two or more Covid related symptoms will be sent home. (Cough and runny nose, cough and loss of smell, runny nose and sore throat, sore throat and fever, etc. ) Students who are sent home during the school day with a fever will not be allowed to return to school the next day as this would not allow for the 24 hour protection of the entire school community. Students who are ill on Friday will not be allowed to participate in sports/extracurricular/school planned social events on Saturday.

Covid positive students must stay home for 5 days from start of symptoms. On the sixth through tenth day they may return wearing a tight fitting mask indoors and out provided they have been fever free for over 24 hours.

Vacations: Assignments and Homework

Regular attendance is a positive force in your child’s academic performance. Vacations should follow the school calendar.

The school calendar provides for extended weekends throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a child’s learning process. Missed assignments are the student’s responsibility. Families who take additional vacations during the school year should give teachers sufficient notice but should not expect school work and/or homework assignments to take with them on their vacation. School work and homework assignments flow from how well the class has learned a lesson. Therefore, it is very difficult for teachers to include all assignments and lessons for families taking extra vacations.  

Students who are absent due to illness have one day for each day of absence to make up the missed assignments, quizzes or tests. For example, a student who was absent three days would be given three school days to complete the missed work.

Field Trip Procedures

Class visits to places of cultural or educational significance give enrichment to the lessons of the classroom. Permission slips are sent home to parents at least one week prior to the field trip. If a trip poses some risks such as being near a lake or walking through woods where poisonous plants might be found, these should be noted on the parent form. The mode of transportation should also be noted and parents must sign that they accept that decision. Parent and teacher drivers are asked to provide proof of auto insurance along with proof of a current drivers license .

  1.  Field trips are re-evaluated each year to determine the compatibility of the field trip with curricular goals.
  2. A field trip is a privilege and not a right.
  3. There are no “traditional” field trips. Class participation in a particular field trip over consecutive years does not mean that this trip has become a school tradition.
  4. All grades do not always have the same number of field trips.
  5. Field trips are permissible for all grades when advanced planning, location, and the experience insure a successful learning opportunity.
  6. Individual teachers, in consultation with the Administration, reserve the right to restrict or deny student participation on any field trip due to, but not limited to, poor academic performance and/or poor conduct.
  7. A written official permission slip, signed by the parent, is required before a child will be permitted to attend a field trip activity. Verbal permission cannot be accepted. .
  8. A telephone call will not be accepted in lieu of the proper field trip permission slip.
  9. Parents may refuse to permit their child from participating in a field trip by stating so on the proper form.
  10. Students who do not attend a field trip will remain at home with the parent and will be marked absent for the day.
  11. All monies collected for the field trip are non-refundable.
  12. Cell phones are not allowed on field trips unless otherwise directed by the teacher and/or administration.
  13. Parents who chaperone a field trip may not bring preschool or school-age siblings on the field trip.
  14. A student who does not have a permission slip will not be allowed to go on the trip.

The following requirements must be verified by the driver or chaperone:

  1.  A chaperone is required to complete 4 things:
    1. Diocesan Background Check
    2. Online “Safe Environment” training
    3. Online “Defensive Driving” training
    4. State Senate Bill 155 Check
  2. The driver must be 21 years of age or older.
  3. The driver must have a valid, non-probationary driver’s license and have no physical disability that may impair the ability to drive safely.
  4. The vehicle must have a valid registration.
  5. The vehicle must be insured for minimum limits of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence.
  6. All children must be individually buckled into a seat belt or carseat during transport.
  7. No child shall sit directly in front of an airbag.
  8. The driver shall not partake in any activity while driving that would jeopardize the safety of the children (e.g. talking on a cell phone).
  9. The driver WILL NOT make undesignated stops. 
  10. Siblings shall not accompany their parents acting as chaperones.
  11. All rules that apply at school for adults and children apply during the field trip (e.g. no smoking).
  12. Encourage everyone to be safe, responsible and be respectful.

The ratio of children to chaperones should be stated. The general rule is the younger the children are, the greater the standard of care. For trips other than interscholastic athletics, supervision of one (1) adult per ten (10) students is recommended. This ratio should be lower for very young children.

Student Health and Medications 

(2021)All students K-8 and staff must wear face coverings according to state guidelines. 

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School recognizes that an allergy is an important condition affecting many school age children and positively welcomes all pupils with allergies. This school encourages children with allergies to achieve their potential in all aspects of school life by having a clear policy that is understood by school staff and pupils. Teachers and new staff are also made aware of the policy. The school does all that it can to ensure the school environment is favorable to children with asthma or allergies.

Any student who requires the dispensing of medication at school must comply with the following State of Oregon requirements:

  1.  At the beginning of each school year, or when a child joins St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, parents are asked to submit a child’s medical record through FACTS.  From this information the school keeps its asthma/allergy registry which is available for all school staff.  If medication changes in between times, parents are required to inform the school.
  2. A permission form to administer all prescription and non-prescription medication must be completed. Forms are available in the office.
  3. St. Francis School is not allowed to take verbal orders or phone orders to dispense medication to any child.
  4. Children are not allowed to use other children’s medication supply even if they use the same medications.
  5. Prescription and nonprescription medication must be brought to school by the parent in its original container. (Please request this from the pharmacy) A physician’s order is to be included on the prescription label or on the medication consent form if a medication is by prescription.
  6. Self-administration of prescription inhalers requires the Diocese of Baker form completed by parents or guardians. Immediate access to reliever inhalers is vital. Children are encouraged to carry their reliever inhaler.  All inhalers must be labeled with the original prescription.  
  7. A locked storage area shall be provided for the safekeeping of the medication.
  8. Parents shall be notified concerning any possible side effects from the medication, failure of the student to be responsible about taking the medication, and the need to replenish the medication.

Physician’s Note

Students must have a note signed by a physician in order to be excused from outside recess or gym class.

Child Abuse Laws

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School abides by the Child Abuse laws of the State of Oregon. This law mandates that all cases of suspected abuse and/or neglect be reported to Child Protective Services.  All teachers are mandatory reporters.

Office Telephone

Students may use the telephone in case of an emergency. In an on-going effort to help them become independent, we urge them to take responsibility for remembering their own lunch and homework. Students are not allowed to call home for permission to go to a friend’s house. Student cell phones must be silenced and stored in back packs until they are picked up..

Leaving the School Grounds

No student may leave the school grounds during the day without permission from their teacher and written authorization from their parent or guardian.

Visitation During School Hours

Parents are welcome to visit classes during the school day if you have completed the required background checks.  All parents need to stop in the parish or school office for a “visitor” pass. Please contact the teacher for arrangements if volunteering, Parents are always welcome to have lunch with their child.

Complaint Procedure for Parents

If a parent has a complaint about the school’s policies, procedures or employees, the following steps may be taken:

Speak with your child’s teacher first. In most cases getting the facts and discussing the matter in a kind and constructive manner helps to solve the problem.

Speak to the administration.  If you have not spoken to the teacher, the administrator will ask you to do so.

  1. The administrator will involve the teacher in the discussions.
  2. The administrator may request at any time during the process that your concerns be put in writing.
  3. The administrator may involve at any time during the process others who may be helpful in resolving concerns.

Buckley Amendment 

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School adheres to the Buckley Amendment (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) in regard to privacy of student records and the rights of noncustodial parents. It is the responsibility of the parents to share any official custodial information decided through the courts. Official custodial agreements will be kept in a confidential file in the office of the principal. In the absence of any court document, the school will view each parent as having full legal custody of his/her child. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, non-custodial parents have the right to receive records about their child’s academic progress or lack thereof. The school reserves the right to charge a shipping and processing fee for extra records sent to more than one home address.

Be advised that if a teacher is subpoenaed to testify in a child custody case, the parent will need to pay the cost of a substitute teacher and any other costs associated with the testimony (mileage, parking, food, etc.)

USDA Compliance 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax:  (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Parking Lot Etiquette

We must stress the importance of ALL parents following the guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and parishioners. Our situation is unique because we have very limited parking lot space in order to drop off and pick up our children. The parking lot is small and it becomes congested and dangerous. The speed limit everywhere on the property is 20mph. If you enter the lot, we ask that you abide by  following rules to ensure safety for all:

  1.  It is too dangerous to allow children to cross between vehicles, please have them exit your vehicle on the passenger side.
  2. If you are a driver, please do not:
  • Do not get out of your vehicle in the drop off line. If your child needs assistance getting out of your vehicle or getting their items, please park in the designated parking lot and assist them safely.
  • Pass cars in the drop off line, please wait until the car in front of you moves forward.
  • Put your car in reverse, a small child could have gotten behind your vehicle. 
  • Double park or drop children off in the parish parking area.
  1. Inclement weather creates a greater degree of difficulty on our streets, sidewalks and parking lot. In these conditions please be courteous as many of our parents are uncomfortable in these conditions and need additional patience.
  2. Students must enter the school at the east parish entrance.  
  3. Please slow down, children do not always watch for moving vehicles (or listen to their parents). 
  4. Please remember it is against the law to leave children unattended in your vehicle.  
  5. If you need to walk your children in, or if your child is in preschool, please park in the designated parking lot and do so safely.  
  6. The front of the school office entrance is intended for 5-minute parking. This area is not for dropping students off before 8:05am, but is reserved for parents who need to conduct business in the school office, check in a student after 8:05, or to check a student out early from school.
  7. Do not park vehicles or drop off children at any entrance other than the front parish and school office.

It is everyone’s goal to ensure a safe environment for the children. Thus we need patience, cooperation and understanding to help make our parking lot safe. “Choose safety over convenience.”


It is the parent’s responsibility to keep current information on file at the school office and in the FACTS database. Please update changes of address, changes in insurance, phone numbers or emergency contact numbers when they occur during the year.

Weather Delays and Closure

St. Francis School declares delayed starts based on Bend School District’s delayed start information. When the School District has a two hour delay, St. Francis School will also delay for two hours. We do this because Bend School District employs transportation personnel who drive out to each site and assess conditions. On delayed start days, St. Francis School will notify parents via TV channel KTVZ21. We will also post the news on FACTS, send out an email, and a text alert.

If there is a delay, there is no child supervision until school starts. St. Francis staff members will not arrive until 9:45 a.m. Your child must remain in your care until 15 minutes before delayed start time.

If the Bend-La Pine School District closes due to weather conditions, then St. Francis School is closed.

If the Bend-La Pine School District has a late opening of two hours, then St. Francis School opens two hours late.

In case of early closure or evacuation, parents will be notified by email and text alert.


It is the parent’s responsibility to keep current information on file at the school office and in the FACTS database. Please update changes of address, changes in insurance, phone numbers or emergency contact numbers when they occur during the year.

Weather Delays and Closure

St. Francis School declares delayed starts based on Bend School District’s delayed start information. When the School District has a two hour delay, St. Francis School will also delay for two hours. We do this because Bend School District employs transportation personnel who drive out to each site and assess conditions. On delayed start days, St. Francis School will notify parents via TV channel KTVZ21. We will also post the news on FACTS, send out an email, and a text alert.

If there is a delay, there is no child supervision until school starts. St. Francis staff members will not arrive until 9:45 a.m. Your child must remain in your care until 15 minutes before delayed start time.

If the Bend-La Pine School District closes due to weather conditions, then St. Francis School is closed.

If the Bend-La Pine School District has a late opening of two hours, then St. Francis School opens two hours late.

In case of early closure or evacuation, parents will be notified by email and text alert.

Emergency Evacuations and Disasters

Emergency evacuation and disaster plans are posted in each classroom. All posted procedures are followed by school staff. Should an emergency situation call for the evacuation of children from the school building, they will be taken outside until the school is deemed safe by appropriate authorities. Parents may contact the Parish Center (541-382-3631) in the event that no one can be reached in the school building. Parents or other family members may not interfere with emergency or rescue personnel or equipment in an emergency, but should wait patiently until the child is accounted for in the proper safe location and can be released. Fire/Earthquake drills are performed once a month and lockdown drills are performed two times a year as preparation for emergencies.

Emergency Information

In an emergency, information may be released to appropriate persons if it is necessary in the judgment of the Principal or his/her designee to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.

Emergency Care Information

Each parent is responsible for providing current information for emergency use. Please update your family information annually and when family situations change. You can edit this information in the FACTS family portal.

  1. The name of the student, his/her home address, telephone and birth date;
  2. The business addresses and telephone numbers of the parents/guardian, and the hours during which they will be at their place of work. If applicable, the cell phone and/or pager numbers of parents should be recorded.
  3. The name of the family physician, office address and telephone number;
  4. The name of the medical insurance company and identification number;
  5. Special health conditions or allergies to which the student is susceptible; the emergency measures to be applied, and any current medication;
  6. The parents’ approval to send the student to a medical facility for emergency treatment should this be necessary;
  7. Parent approval for in school rapid covid testing.
  8. The names of the persons to whom the student may be released;
  9. The signature of the responsible parent(s) or legal guardian.

Crisis Plan 

In some situations it may be necessary to have a school lockdown. As per police recommendations, the following procedures will be implemented for a school lockdown:

  1. Doors and windows will be locked;
  2. No one will be permitted to enter or leave the building;
  3. Lockdown will continue until the school receives an “all clear” signal from emergency personnel.
  4. If necessary, students may be evacuated and moved to another location which will be communicated to parents by emergency personnel. 

Parents should not call the school. The phone must be available to emergency personnel.  Parent should not call the teacher, their attention needs to be on the situation and students at hand.

Fire and Other Emergency Alarms

When the alarms are sounded, evacuation is required of everyone. Students are to follow their drill routine and to follow the teacher’s direction:

  1. Walk quickly in line to the designated area.
  2. No talking or loud noises.
  3. Form a line and respond to roll calls.
  4. Return to class in a line and in silence so directions can be heard.


Be SafeBe ResponsibleBe Respectful WWJD
HallwaysWalk at all times.Keep hands and feet to yourself.Follow adult directions.Stay to the right.Stay with your class or group.Help others when needed. Watch for others. Follow the flow of traffic.Keep hands and feet to yourself.Walk quietly.Be aware of others and surrounding areas. Keep hands off walls and bulletin boards. Keep floors picked up, all coats and packs in the lockers. 
Community Center (AM)Walk at all times. Sit in assigned spots and designated areas. Balls or toys are not permitted. Follow adult directions.Use indoor voices. Stay in the CC room. Sit down on the floor.Keep hands and feet to yourself. Talk nicely to others. Be respectful of adult directions. Help others when needed.
OfficeWalk to the office. Have someone walk with you only when needed. Students must have permission. Students must have an appropriate reason to be in the office. Use kind words and actions. Wait patiently for help.Say “please” and “thank you.”
BathroomsKeep feet off toilets, stalls and walls. Keep water in the sink. Wash hands with soap and dry after each use.Put paper towels in the wastebasket and toilet paper in the toilet. Flush after each use. Report any problems to your teacher. Do not crawl on the floor.Wait quietly. Knock on the stall door. Give others privacy. 
LunchroomWash hands and table before lunch. Walk at all times. Keep hands and feet to yourself.Stay in your seat. Raise your hand if you need an adult.Wash your table after eating.Be waste free. Use good manners. Say “please” and “thank you.”Follow adult directions. Wait your turn. Use inside voices. 
PlaygroundKeep hands and feet to yourself. Follow adult directions. Play only safe games. Stay within playground limits. Get adult permission to leave the playground with a buddy when appropriate. Be responsible for the equipment you are using. Follow adult directions.Take turns. Include everyone in games. Play fair.Help others if they are hurt. 
ClassroomsWalk at all times. Students must be supervised by an adult.  Keep hands and feet to yourself. Keep feet and chairs on the floor. Try your best at all times. Be prepared for class. Follow adult directions. Listen when others are talking. Raise your hand to be called on. Monitor your own speaking time, give others a chance to share their ideas.
P.E.Wear tennis shoes. Keep hands and feet to yourself. Follow adult directions. Play with kindness.Follow the rules of the game. Listen carefully to the instructions. Be prepared for class. Dress in your P.E. uniform (Middle School Only). Use kind words and actions. Play fair. Help others when needed. 
AssembliesWalk at all times. Keep hands and feet to yourself. Remain seated until you are excused. Sit on your bottom. Listen attentively. Use good listening skills.Use appropriate response to the speaker: only clapping. Use indoor voices. 
UniformsWear closed toed shoes. Wear the appropriate clothes (approved in the dress code). Tuck in your shirt for Mass.Follow the uniform policies. Listen to adult directions. 


Walk with your class and teacher to the designated pick up spot. Stay on the sidewalk with your class and teacher until your ride picks you up. Enter the car from the curbside. 

avoid other class areas.Walk to your car. Stay with your class. When picked up, your parents are responsible for you; stay with them. 

Listen to adult directions. Follow the rules. 
LibraryWalk at all times. Keep hands and feet to yourself. No climbing on chairs, bookshelves or tables. Treat books properly and return books on time. Clean up after yourself and recycle paper. Push in your chair. Come in quietly and sit down ready to listen. No talking or looking at books during story time. Do not bring food or toys into the library. Use quiet voices during free times. When the bell rings, listen and follow directions.
ChurchWalk at all times.Keep hands and feet to yourself.Stay with your class. Follow adult directions.Voices are off once you are in the Church.Hooded Sweatshirts and shorts are not permitted  at Mass.Shirts are to be tucked in.Get adult permission to leave the Church.Use the restroom before going to Mass.Walk quietly.Bless yourself with the Holy Water.Genuflect before entering and exiting the pew.Bow in front of the altar.Be prayerful.Do not leave during the consecration.
Fire DrillsBe Safe.Walk at all times.Keep hands and feet to yourself. Follow adult directions.Voices off.Stay with your class. Follow the flow of traffic.Line up in your designated area.Listen CarefullyWait patiently. Voices off.Listen when others are talking.Walk.

All students make many daily choices in deciding to act in a responsible manner. Usually they respect school rules, adult authority, and the rights of others. We will have many celebrations to support and encourage this responsible behavior throughout the year.

We believe that irresponsible behavior can be defined as either minor infractions or severe behavior problems. All teachers create their own classroom management programs and plans that are approved by the principal. Teachers will provide parents with their classroom management policies.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Remember the 3 W’s: Watch your distance, Wash your hands, Wear a mask. 
  2. Children will be treated with gentle respect, and are to respond respectfully to all children and adults in the school.
  3. Talking back and arguing are not acceptable.
  4. Hurting another person, either physically or with words, is not acceptable. Keep hands to yourself. Fighting, wrestling, piggyback rides, or roughhousing is not permissible. 
  5. Children are to follow playground safety rules at all times. Playground rules will be taught and consistently reinforced by staff.
  6. Children will be expected to walk in the hallways. Walking through the halls quietly shows respect for others who are studying.
  7. Children will be encouraged to use appropriate language at all times. Swearing and/or inappropriate gestures are not acceptable.
  8. Children will be expected to keep our school looking attractive and free of vandalism and/or graffiti.
  9. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco and weapons are strictly forbidden on the St. Francis School campus. Violation of this rule will result in immediate suspension or expulsion.
  10. We ask that hats be removed when entering the building.
  11. Telling, not tattling, will be encouraged. Students will be trained in KELSO choices to differentiate between big problems and small problems. 
  12. Line up immediately when the bell rings.

General Rules for Recess

  1. Play safely and fairly; listen and follow directions.
  2. Children must be seen at all times, and may not go down the hill on the North end of the field.
  3. Children must receive permission from a supervising adult in order to:
    1. leave the playground for a ball or piece of equipment outside the fence
    2. enter the school during recess time
    3. leave the school grounds for any reason
  4. Children should approach and depart from the playground quietly when classes are in session.
  5. Children should not play near the school building/windows because it disturbs students inside.
  6. Line up quickly when recess has ended.
  7. Collect equipment, jackets and lunch gear.
  8. Snowy Day Activities:
    1. Children may make snowmen and climb snow hills.
    2. Throwing snowballs or kicking snow into the air is not allowed. If a child throws a snowball, the result can range from detention to suspension from school.

Inclement Weather

We have outdoor recess weather permitting throughout the school year. Children are expected to participate in outdoor recess. In extreme weather conditions (e.g. below 20 degrees, air pollution over 151 AQI), recess will be indoors. In the event of serious illness, when a physician advises the child against outdoor play, the parent must send a note of explanation, with the anticipated time your child should stay indoors. If you have a situation not covered by these statements, please contact your child’s teacher to explain your problem so that the best arrangements can be made.

Children are expected to come to school prepared for the weather. In the winter, children should wear waterproof boots, warm coats, waterproof bibs/pants, hats and mittens/gloves.  There is a high probability that your child will be playing in snow.  

Indoor Recess

The children will stay inside if the weather is not advisable for play. This decision is made before morning recess and again before the lunch period. If PE is not in session, the teacher on duty may take the children to the Community Center.

Equipment from Home and Inappropriate Items Are Not Allowed

  1. Permission from a teacher is required for personal equipment for PE.
  2. No toys should be brought to school unless arranged with the teacher for sharing purposes ONLY.
  3. Students are not permitted to wear smartwatches while school is in session. Smartwatches are to remain in the locker/backpack during school hours. 
  4. Cell phones are to remain in lockers/backpack on silent and vibrate settings turned off.  
  5. Items such as, but not limited to, e-cigarettes, questionable books and pictures, knives, guns, matches, cigarettes, toys, trading cards, laser lights, CDs, cameras, or anything that will detract from a learning situation are not allowed at school at any time. 
  6. Teacher permission must be obtained to use a cell phone at school. 
  7. The school administration, in accordance with state laws, will determine the appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken concerning the presence of these items in the school. Items taken away from students will be returned to the parent(s)/guardian(s) at the end of the school day. 

Kindergarten — Fourth Grade Discipline Procedures 

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Redirect 
  3. Classroom Consequences 
  4. Behavior Improvement Sheet- student is sent to POD (doors open) to complete the form, then takes home for parent signature
  5. Sent to the office with documentation that shows what misbehavior was and all the steps (above) that were already taken. Teacher will call the office to say a student is coming.
  6. Exception consequence: Severity of actions may be an instant #4 or #5.

**Specials Teachers will do #1, and then send the student to the office. Specialist will call the teacher to say the student is returning.The Student will write an apology letter to the specialist.

**Parents will be emailed to inform of the Behavior Improvement Sheet that needs to be signed and returned the next day. 

Fifth Grade — Eighth Grade Discipline Procedures 

  1. Warning
  2. Redirect
  3. Behavior Improvement Sheet- student is sent to POD (doors open) to complete the form, then takes home for parent signature
  4. Lunch/Recess/After school detention, 3:00-3:30pm
  5. Office referral

Two exceptions to these rules are insubordination and bullying.

Minor Infractions

These are normal discipline problems which will be handled by the staff member on duty at the time of the problem. Classroom teachers will have a plan to handle all minor problems that occur in their classrooms. At the discretion of the supervising staff member, students who are involved in repeated minor problems could receive a Behavior Referral.

Severe Behavior Problems

Severe behavior problems are unacceptable at St. Francis School. Some examples of severe behavior are:

  1. Fighting
  2. Bad Language
  3. Vandalism
  4. Verbal Threats 
  5. Stealing
  6. Drug/alcohol/tobacco/weapons
  7. Disrespect/harassment/relationship issues
  8. Repeated minor problems
  9. Bullying and cyber-bullying
  10.  Covid-19 teasing

Physical violence or the threat of physical violence is referred to as assault, menacing or bullying. Included is fighting in a school building, on the school grounds or nearby vicinity, or at school-sponsored activities. “Menacing” is willfully threatening to assault a fellow student or a faculty member. “Bullying” is any behavior that contributes to a hostile educational environment, including “cyber bullying”.

We do not attempt to list every behavior because we expect common sense and conscience to be a student’s major guide. If a student destroys school property, writes on walls, leaves the playground, or some other obvious violation of trust, it WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE to say, “It wasn’t listed in the handbook, and therefore, I didn’t know it was a rule.”

Office Managed- Consequences

All severe behavior problems will be sent to the Administration. The consequences steps for such infractions are:

  1. Detention 
  2. In-school suspension
  3. Out-of-school suspension
  4. Expulsion

Any work that a student misses due to in-school or out-of-school suspension must be made up. The administrator will call the parents and fill out a referral form to send home with the student.The form must be signed by the parent and returned the following day before the student will be allowed back into class.The administration reserves the right to jump to steps that are appropriate for the severity of the infraction


Detention may be issued for a breach of classroom and/or school rules. Parents are provided with a Behavior Improvement Plan Form with written notification of the detention. The day, date, and time of the detention are at the discretion of the Principal who monitors the detention. Detention takes precedence over appointments, practices, lessons, tutoring, ball games, etc.


Issues with behavior that are serious infractions of rules and unacceptable behaviors, depending on the circumstance could result in suspension of the student(s) involved. Suspension of a student may be decided as a necessary means of discipline by the administrator after consultation with the teacher and/or investigation of the situation. The parents will be notified before the student is suspended, and the suspension may vary from one to three days. If sent home, the student may return to school only after school and parents confer. During the suspension period the student is marked absent. Students must complete all classwork and tests from the days of suspension.


Expulsion is an extremely serious matter. Students who pose a threat to themselves or to others may be expelled from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Students who have been expelled will not be allowed to return to the school for any reason without prior permission from the Principal.

Students whose parents have violated the Parents as Partners agreement in this handbook may also be excluded from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.

Expulsion will occur when:

  1. The student has been suspended three times during one school year.
  2. The student refuses to follow the School Behavior Plan or displays consistent disruptive behavior.
  3. The student has committed a serious offense against the state, city or school regulations.

The principal will arrange for a conference with the parents. They will be informed and given written notification of the reasons for expulsion. The student’s records will be mailed to the new school chosen by the parents.

Drugs and Alcohol

Students who possess drugs and/or alcohol at school or at any school function face suspension and/or expulsion.  

Policy to comply with Senate Bill 197

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School operates with the understanding that every human being has a right to pursue knowledge corresponding with his/her dignity and God-given ability, regardless of background or sex in a safe, supportive learning environment. In the early years, education is often of the utmost importance because through education and guidance the children of today become the Catholic citizens of tomorrow. To this end, Saint Francis School administrators, staff, teachers, volunteers, parents and students find any harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying, teen dating violence, gender harassment or abusive behaviors unacceptable and prohibited.  

The prohibition against abusive behaviors includes anyone who is:

  •  on or immediately adjacent to school grounds or school or district property,
  •  at any school-sponsored or district-sponsored activity or program,
  •  off school or district property, if a student or staff member acts toward the person in a manner that creates a hostile environment for the person while at school or a school-sponsored or district-sponsored activity or program.

“Cyberbullying” means the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate, or bully.

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that:
Substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance;
Takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided or parent transportation or at any official school bus stop;

“Interfere” means to interpose in a manner that would reasonably be expected to hinder or impede a person in the petitioner’s situation.

Has the effect of:
Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;

Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; or creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well-being of a student; and may be based on, but not be limited to, the protected class status of a person.

“Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished, or perceived to be distinguished, by race, color, religion, sex, gender orientation, national origin, marital status, familial status, source of income or disability. (ORS 339.351 to 339.364)

 Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic school will not tolerate: 

  • Sexual harassment of students by staff members or other students.
  • Sexual harassment of staff members by students or other staff members.

Sexual Harassment is defined as…

  • A demand or request for sexual favors in exchange for benefits,
  • Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is physical, verbal or nonverbal and that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment,
  • Assault when sexual contact occurs without a person’s consent because the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is unconscious or is pressured through physical force, coercion or explicit or implied threats.

Specific examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to the following:
• Making unsolicited sexual advances and propositions
• Using sexually degrading words to describe an individual or an individual’s body
• Displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures
• Telling inappropriate or sexually related jokes
• Making reprisals, threats of reprisals, or implied threats of reprisals following a negative response to sexual advances
• Offering employment benefits such as promotions, favorable performance evaluations, preferred duties or shifts, recommendations, reclassifications, etc., in exchange for sexual favors
• Persistent and unwelcome flirting, kissing, massaging, leering, or intimate touching

Specific examples of children’s harassment include but are not limited to the following:

Poking, Tripping, moving chairs, throwing food, 
Name calling, insulting, Using degrading words to describe an individual or an  individual’s body
Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, drawings
Passing Intimidating notes
Excessive emails
Inappropriate emails

“Cyberbullying” means the use of any electronic communication device to harass, intimidate, or bully.

“Teen dating violence” means:

  • A pattern of behavior in which a person uses or threatens to use physical, mental or emotional abuse to control another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age; or
  • Behavior by which a person uses or threatens to use sexual violence against another person who is in a dating relationship with the person, where one or both persons are 13 to 19 years of age.

Behavior Code: All students, teachers, and members of the community of Saint Francis of Assisi School are expected to treat all other persons with who they come into contact with respect, safeguarding their dignity as children of God.

All employees of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School are mandatory reporters.  Nothing in this policy precludes or prohibits them from their duty to contact the Department of Human Services if they suspect child abuse. A mandatory reporter’s failure to report bullying, teen dating violence, sexual harrassment, harassment, or abuse can lead to reprimand, removal from your position, loss of license, court imposed fines and/or imprisonment.

When a staff member becomes aware of behavior that may violate the policy, the staff member shall report to the principal, superintendent, or pastor so that the official and the staff member may coordinate efforts to take any action necessary to ensure the student is protected, and to promote a non-hostile learning environment, including:

Providing resources for support measures to the student; and taking any actions that are necessary to remove potential future impact on the student, but that are not retaliatory against the student or the staff member who reported to the principal, superintendent, or pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic School.

Action Steps for the report of abuse:

 Anyone can create an abuse report: Please fill out the Red Flag Warning Reporting sheet available on the school’s website, available in FACTS:family documents, or from the school office.  A small child can be assisted to fill out the report with the help of a trusted adult.  Reports can be made anonymously or verbally.
*False reporting can be prosecuted.

Step 1: The principal, superintendent, or pastor will write a notice of the complaint and the initiation of the investigation to the complainants parent and any other person needed for  participation in the investigation within 24 hours.  The investigation will begin within 5 days. The principal will coordinate with local education authorities for services to the affected child, children, or employee. A written notice will be sent to the concerned parties at the completion of the investigation noting the steps to be taken to remedy the situation and create a safe and supportive learning environment for the complainant.

Step 2 The principal will act to protect the complainant from the offender during and after the investigation, support the complainant’s learning, and restore the educational atmosphere. 

Consequences for the offender are possible but not limited to

1. Removal from the classroom to office
2. Loss of extra-curricular privileges
3. In school suspension
4. Suspension
5. Expulsion
6. Visit from Public school officials/counselor
7. The requirement of counseling
8. Acts of retaliation are grounds for expulsion

Step 3 The principal shall contact the families involved in writing to explain their right to a hearing, to counsel, and to supportive services offered through the public schools. If the matter is not resolved within ten days families may appeal to the superintendent.  The complainant’s right to privacy shall be safeguarded but complete privacy is not a guarantee.

Step 4 If the complainant is not satisfied with the superintendents answer they may 

Appeal to the Pastor.  The pastor has 20 days to investigate and respond.  He may conduct hearings, allowing both sides to tell their story separately.

Step 5 If a complainant is still unsatisfied the family may appeal to the Bishop who will have final say on the issue.

 Civil and criminal remedies that are not provided by the school or district may be available to the student, student’s parents, staff member, person or person’s parents through the legal system and that those remedies may be subject to statutes of limitation. 

 The policy can be found in the staff handbook, parent and student handbook, the athletic handbook, the online handbooks, in FACTS Family Documents and in the school office.

Off-Campus Conduct

The administration and teachers of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School reserves the right to discipline its students for off-campus behavior that is not in line with behavior expectations of its students during the course of the school day.  This off campus behavior includes, but is not limited to cyber-bullying.


Each student is assigned a locker or cubby in which to store clothing and textbooks in their backpacks. In order to maintain a quiet atmosphere for class, students are allowed to go to their lockers only at specified times.  The school reserves the right to inspect lockers at any time.  


The children are permitted to eat snacks on the playground at recess/break. Please deposit your paper in the garbage can.

Lunch Guideline

(2021-22)Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Students will eat outside,with their class, weather permitting.  We will make use of the gym as needed.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School offers a daily hot lunch program through the Bend Lapine school district.  Students may choose to bring their lunch each day.  Milk/juice can be purchased in the lunchroom for $.50. Students may pay with cash or parents may put money on their “account” in the school office. Students should not bring glass containers, soft drinks, caffeinated drinks,  or excessive amounts of candy. Students are expected to use the same manners required in the classroom during lunch.  Courtesy toward other students and cooperation with lunch monitors are in order at all times.  The children say “Grace” together in the cafeteria, (or classrooms.)

Homework Policy

Homework is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities and further educational growth. Parents and teachers working as partners can provide assignments, direction, encouragement and good study conditions, but it is the student who must complete the assignment and do the learning. Planning for a consistent homework study time allows students to practice, apply, extend, and enrich classroom learning. The teaching partnership of home and school will give students the clear message that educational excellence is a high priority goal, not only during school but at home as well.

Online Work ~ Student  Responsibilities

  1. Plan their time wisely. 
  2.  Look at all of your assigned tasks in Google Classroom.
  3. Share your Google Classroom with your parents.
  4. Take responsibility for his/her own learning.  Make use of office hours for teacher support. 
  5. Follow all homework directions and explanations.
  6. Ask questions. 
  7. Begin assignments promptly, and turn them in when they are due.  
  8. Ask the teacher for extended time if needed.
  9. Always do their best.
  10. Take the initiative in making up any missed work. 
  11.  Let the teacher know why you were absent.
  12. Persevere to assure that difficult tasks get accomplished.
  13. Show effort.

Middle School Responsibilities

The middle school years call for more student responsibility as they work with different teachers daily, with a variety of assignments and projects with a variety of timelines. This is also a time when students begin to transition from nightly assignments to extended assignments, necessitating that they develop the skill of allocating their time throughout the week. Contact individual teachers to schedule conference appointments. 

Teacher Responsibilities

Online ~Teacher Responsibilities

  1. Post all assignments in Google Classroom
  2. Set up office hours and a conference schedule for each family.
  3. Keep various lines of communication open to parents.
  4. Be available 7:30-3:30 for instruction with time set aside for conferences.

In assigning homework, teachers can help students and parents by:

  1.  Giving assignments during class and making sure materials and objectives have been fully explained.
  2. Establishing timely and effective home/school communications concerning homework assignments when appropriate.
  3. Being certain that students have the skills needed to complete a task before it is assigned.
  4. Estimating the length of the assignment for the average student so that the task does not exceed the maximum time allotted for homework.
  5. Assigning homework on a regular basis and relating it to what is being taught in the classroom.
  6. Avoiding homework as punishment or disciplinary action.
  7. Being sure homework is reviewed.
  8. Providing feedback to students in a timely manner on work that is turned in. 

Parent Responsibilities

Online~ Parent Responsibilities

  1. Check in on your child’s Google classroom for assignments, expectations, and events.
  2. Do not leave underage children in the home unattended while online for school.
  3. Schedule a time during the teacher’s working hours for conferencing if needed.
  4. Provide a quiet background so your child can fully participate in Google Meets
  5. Provide a designated work space for your child.

The best way for parents to help a child learn is through example, guidance, and support. It is important that parents listen and express their interest in class work activities when children talk about school. In establishing an effective and pleasant homework time parents can help by:

  1. Setting aside a regular time each school day during which your child will be involved in some kind of homework activity.
  2. Providing a favorable study environment free from distractions and equipped with necessary materials.
  3. Encouraging your child and providing help when appropriate, but insisting your child does his or her own work.
  4. Providing a reading time even if no specific homework has been assigned.

Grade Level Guidelines

These may vary according to student needs, classroom subject/assignments, ans special education considerations.

Online~ Instruction 

  1. K-3  2 hours and 20 minutes of instructional time per day.  50% direct instruction.
  2. 4-8   2 hours and 30 minutes of instructional time per day.  50% direct instruction.
  3. Off Line 20 – 45 minutes per subject taught that day, to finish tasks or work on projects.

In Person Homework Expectations

  1. Elementary K-3: 30-45 minutes a day, not more than 150 minutes a week
  2. Intermediate 4-5: 45-75 minutes a day, not more than 225-450 minutes a week
  3. Middle School: 60-90 minutes a day, not more than 20-30 minutes per core subject daily, with general understanding that projects require extended time.

General Dress and Grooming Code

Dress Code Philosophy

In keeping with St. Francis School mission statement, the dress code has been designed to promote total education and social integration of the individual. We believe that there is a definite correlation between an individual’s personal appearance and self-esteem. When a student is appropriately groomed, and dressed comfortably, he/she feels confident. A positive self-perception in turn affects other dimensions of the individual, such as behavior. Good Rule:  If you think you shouldn’t wear it, you shouldn’t.


  1. Pants/slacks/shorts may be purchased from our recommended vendors. Recommended vendors are: Educational Outfitters, Land’s End and Gap Kids Uniform (see also at Gap stores – ask for their dark khaki uniform pants.) Occasionally Old Navy has the correct color of Khaki.  Scrip for Land’s end can be purchased through the school office. Call for information.
  2. Color: Dark Khaki or navy blue (no stone or light khaki color)
  3. Pants must be straight legged and trim fitting (no skinny jeans, jeggings, overalls, carpenter, cargo, capris, drawstring, hip huggers, or flared-leg pants allowed.)
  4. Material: Twill or corduroy.
  5. No shorts on Mass days. 

Jumpers, Skirts, and Skorts

  1. Skirts/skorts/jumpers may be purchased from our recommended vendors. Recommended vendors are: Educational Outfitters, Land’s End and Gap Kids Uniform
  2. Color: Dark khaki, navy blue, or classic navy large plaid (only available through Land’s Ends.)
  3. Material: Twill or corduroy
  4. Tights are not required with skorts.
  5. Length of jumpers, skirts, and skorts must be a maximum of 3.25 inches from the top of the knee cap.  This rule applies even when a student is wearing leggings or tights.  
  6. Jumpers are solid blue or the school plaid only. 


  1. Color: Solid navy blue, white or red (not maroon or any other shade of red); no stripes or logos other than our school logo.
  2. Style: Polo,  No T-shirts. 
  3. Shirts must be tucked in.

Sweatshirts and Sweaters

  1. Color: Solid navy blue, red or white
  2. Style: Crew-neck pullover sweatshirts (plain or with school logo), Crew/v-neck pullover, cardigan or vest sweaters (plain or with school logo), hooded sweatshirts with the St. Francis logo. St. Francis Team Sport sweatshirts may be worn.

Gym Clothes

  1. Grades PK-4 wear the school uniform and tennis shoes to gym class.
  2.  Grades 5-8 bring their gym clothes to school. The gym uniform will be purchased through St. Francis School. Students will change into their gym uniform before class.


Belts are optional but are encouraged if belt loops are seen. Belts must be either dark brown or black with no decoration (i.e. studded or decorated in any way).

Socks, Knee high socks and Tights

  1. Only solid white, solid black, khaki (tan), navy, and red are allowed.
  2. Socks must be worn and need to be visible above the shoe.
  3. Tennis socks are allowed.
  4. Girls have the option of wearing socks, leggings or tights with their winter uniform. It is suggested that girls wear bike shorts under their jumpers or skirts if they choose not to wear tights.


  1. Boys Shoes:  Black, Brown, Tan, Navy, White, Red or Grey Oxfords, Loafers, Boots or Boat/Deck style.  Athletic shoes must follow the required uniform colors above.
  2. Girls Shoes: Black, Brown, Tan, Navy, White, Red or Grey Mary Jane, loafer style, or boots.  Athletic shoes must follow the required uniform colors above.
  3. Footwear shall consist of clean shoes in good repair with a maximum one-inch heel. Students must have athletic shoes with them at school on PE days. Shoelaces must be kept tied. Boots without traction soles are not permitted.  On inclement weather days when snow boots are worn, it is highly recommended that a second pair of shoes for indoor wear are available at school.

Fall and Spring Uniform

Students are permitted to wear shorts September through October, April through June excluding Mass days.

Free Dress Days

Non-uniform days are observed throughout the school year. On non-uniform days, students are expected to be in modest and appropriate attire. Students are not allowed to wear tank or spaghetti- strapped tops, t-shirts with inappropriate logos, tops that reveal the wearer’s midriff, biker shorts, skirts or shorts shorter than with fingertips extended at their side, baggy pants, or clothes with tears/holes.  If students choose to wear leggings, spandex or tights, the top or dress must be a maximum of 3.25 inches from the top of the knee cap. 

Make-up, nail polish and dangly earrings

Make-up and dangly earrings are not part of the school uniform and should not be worn to school. Nails must be natural for PK-8th grade.  Middle School girls will be allowed to wear clear nail polish. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings to school at any time including “Out of Uniform Day”.


Hair should be well groomed, conservatively styled and appropriate for academic purposes. The following are not permitted: dyed hair, spiked hair, tails, shaved heads, or any hairstyles that are disruptive to the learning environment as determined by the principal.

  1.  Boys: Hair should be trimmed above the collar, out of the eyes, with ears at least partially visible.
  2. Girls: Hair should be away from the eyes. Feathers. glitter, or other additions are not permitted.

General Dress Code Guidelines 

Any issue related to the cleanliness or neatness of the uniform, hairstyles or general appearance of the students not specifically addressed in the school dress code, can be judged appropriate or inappropriate by administration. If administration determines that a student is not in uniform or their appearance is distracting to the educational process or diminishes the reputation of the school, the principal will request that the student make modifications.

Identification of articles 

Please label articles of clothing such as hats, sweaters, jackets, shirts, boots /gym shoes, gloves and mittens. Lunch boxes and playground equipment brought from home should also be labeled.

When the weather gets warm, the children tend to take off sweaters or jackets at recess time. In the winter months, many articles of clothing are lost at recess. Having your child’s personal property labeled facilitates the process of returning lost items. 

Consequences for Students not in Uniform

  1.  First Offense – A note will be sent to parents indicating the child is out of uniform. The student will be instructed to change into a uniform from Sister’s Closet Uniform Exchange if available.
  2. Second Offense – A parent will be called to bring a change of clothing.

Parent’s compliance with (enforcement of) the dress code is very important. It eliminates conversations at home about why “I can’t wear such-and-such because so and so had it on.” It also teaches children the importance of abiding by policies, a necessary skill as they prepare for their futures in school and the workforce.

Lost and Left 

Any items left in the school building or on the school grounds should be given to the school receptionist to be placed in the Lost and Left basket.  Items placed in the Lost and Left remain there for 10 days.  After 10 days, items are donated to charity.  Parents are to be advised that many items are actually placed in the Lost and Left by the student when the student would like a different item.  Parents are encouraged to look for their child’s item in the Lost and Left box. Due to Covid-19 Pandemic labeled items will be returned to the students classroom unlabelled items will be discarded.

Academic Policies

The St. Francis faculty and principal believe in academic honesty and the principle of the honor code. Students are expected to do their own homework, to test without external resources, and to submit original work for all assignments. St. Francis students are also expected to deny all requests to copy from their work. Violation of this principle is subject to both disciplinary and academic penalties.


PLAGIARISM:  “Fundamentally, plagiarism is the offering of the words or ideas of another person as one’s own”.  Plagiarism includes:

  1. The use of another person’s work, in part or in full. This includes copying homework.
  2. The use of material without documentation, in part or in full.
  3. Paraphrasing original material without documentation.

CHEATING: Cheating is an attempt to improve one’s score or to help to improve someone else’s score through dishonest means. Cheating includes:

  1.  The use of another person’s test/answers either before or during the exam.
  2. The use or possession of notes, answers, cheat sheets, or other sources not approved by the teacher during the exam.
  3. The stealing/receiving of test papers prior to the test.
  4. The giving/receiving of specific test information.
  5. Marking answers after the test period is over.

Academic Probation 

A student whose academic performance indicates serious deficiencies may be placed on academic probation.  Academic probation is for students who can learn, but choose not to learn.  Students on academic probation will be placed on a two week improvement plan.  At the end of the two week period, the student’s academic progress will be assessed.  Students whose average is an F will not be allowed to participate in any sports, extra curricular activities associated with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School or academic competition until the grade has improved to a passing grade of D (70% or higher).  

General Testing Procedures For All Classrooms

In order to reach consistency in our teaching of academic ethics at St. Francis, the faculty agrees to a set of general procedures for all testing situations at St. Francis. While each teacher has the professional right to adopt additional rules consistent with his/her philosophy, all students can expect to follow the testing procedures:

  1. Students must follow teacher directions.
  2. Students cannot talk to other students during the examination period.
  3. Students must keep their eyes on their own paper during the exam. Students must cover their answers to the test.


PLAGIARISM:  The academic penalty for plagiarism is a zero (0) on the assignment and referral to the principal for all students involved.

CHEATING: The academic penalty for cheating is a zero (0) on the test or quiz and referral to the principal for all students involved.

SHARING HOMEWORK: The academic penalty for sharing homework is a zero (0) on the assignment for the student(s) giving and/or receiving the homework, and a referral to the principal.

VIOLATING TESTING PROCEDURES: Violations of testing procedures are usually referred to the principal. The penalty for violating testing procedures will be determined by the principal in consultation with the teacher.  A student athlete or student involved in extracurricular activities who is involved in cheating will also be unable to participate in sports/extracurricular competition.  

St. Francis Pledge

At St. Francis School we pledge to provide:

  1. A school atmosphere free from disruption and conducive to the educational process.
  2. Information to parents/guardians about your child’s educational program.
  3. Information about your child’s progress or lack of progress.
  4. Access to your child’s records.
  5. Information to parents of rules and regulations. 
  6. Opportunities for meetings with teachers to discuss grades or concerns.
  7. A school where teachers and administrators fairly and consistently enforce rules and regulations.

Because a child learns best by the reverent, responsible and respectful example of the parents, we ask in return that Parents/Guardians:

  1. Reinforce good Christian values.
  2. See that your child attends school regularly, on time, and in appropriate dress.
  3. Emphasize discipline and responsibility.
  4. Supervise the completion of homework.
  5. Demonstrate respect for the learning environment and adults in authority.
  6. Be an example of reverence during prayer time.
  7. Stop rumors and gossip, and go through the proper channels when a problem arises.
  8. Notify the school of your child’s absence by 8:30 each morning.
  9. Understand that the good of all children comes before your child’s needs or wants.

Right to Amend

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School reserves the right to amend this Handbook.  Notice of amendments will be sent to parents’ e-mail communication.