St. Bernadette School
80 University Blvd East
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Tel: (301) 593-5611
Fax: (301) 593-9042
In accordance with the mission and core values and beliefs of the school, which emphasizes deep respect for human dignity and uniqueness of every individual, each student will be considerate of the rights of others in all interaction. All students are expected to cooperate with the spirit and policies of the school which are designed to foster mature development and personal responsibility. This requires courtesy in all personal relationships, promptness in fulfilling obligations, concern for the environment, and many other factors which the students' sense of appropriateness will indicate to them. St. Bernadette School is committed to create an environment in which everyone feels emotionally and physically safe.
The principal reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of an action if any doubt arises.
The purpose of discipline in a Catholic school is to bring about the self-disciple of each student and of the school community as a whole in order to promote the Christian development of each member and thereby enhance the community as the People of God. (Archdiocese of Washington Administrative Regulation 5150, Attachment B)
Behavior at all times should reflect courtesy, respect and consideration toward all students, school personnel, parents, volunteers, and visitors.
If children are to learn, then discipline is absolutely necessary. When students misbehave, they not only disturb the teacher, but also deprive the other students of valuable class time.
According to St. Bernadette’s code of discipline, each student is expected to do the following:
- Accept responsibility
- Respect people
- Respect property
- Accept correction
- Exhibit self-control
- Follow the uniform policy
Grades K-8 will follow the school discipline code found in our school handbook under "Resources".
When it becomes evident that suspension of a student is the appropriate disciplinary action, the student's parent or guardian will be notified and a conference with the principal is required. A record of the student's suspension will be kept on file throughout the student's enrollment at St. Bernadette School.
School Safety/Harassment: St. Bernadette School provides a safe environment for all individuals. Verbal or written threats made against the physical or emotional well being of any individual are taken very seriously. Students making such threats (seriously or in jest) face detention, suspension, and/or expulsion.
The student is a St. Bernadette student at all times. A student who engages in conduct whether inside or outside the school that is detrimental to the reputation of the school may be disciplined by school officials.
The principal is the final recourse in all discipline matters and may waive disciplinary rules for just cause at her discretion.
Search and Seizure: If the principal, or one of who takes her place officially, has information that a student has in his/her possession an item, such as drugs or a weapon, that constitutes a criminal offense in the State of Maryland, the principal, or her designee, reserves the right to conduct a reasonable search of a student on the school premises in the presence of a third party.
Due Process: The student is told what he/she did that was wrong, and is given a chance to be heard. Administration has the responsibility to listen to all sides of the "story".
The guiding principle in any discussion of the discipline and due process is the desire to act in a Christian manner characterized by fairness and compassion.