A parent/guardian should not be in the classroom after 7:50AM. A teacher needs this time to make connections with the students and to do the immediate preparations for the beginning of school. This is not a parent/guardian conference time.
Instruction (Grades 1-8) starts promptly at 8:00AM (8:00AM for KAM and 10:45AM for KPM). Students should be seated and ready to begin. The school day begins with class prayer. Tardiness is a serious disruption to the prayer and instructional times.
If a student is going to be absent from school her/his parent or guardian must phone the school by 8:00AM on the day of absence. A phone message may be left on voice mail. If necessary, an e-mail may be sent to
Upon returning to school, a dated note signed by the parent/guardian, stating the reason and date(s) of absence must be given to the homeroom teacher. Email is not acceptable.
Since school is in session for 180 days and extended absences may seriously jeopardize a student’s progress, absences during the school year for famil vacations are not encouraged. The school is under no obligation to provide class work, tutoring, make-up work or special testing schedules for such a period of absence. Some assignments or class work may not be able to be made up.
Whenever possible, medical/dental appointments should be made after school hours.
If a student is absent 20 days or more in a trimester, he/she will receive a progress report instead of a report card. During school hours, a parent/guardian’s permission is required for her/him to leave the school grounds. A note should be brought in the morning indicating a need to leave early. When picking up the student, the parent/guardian goes to the front office at the prearranged time to sign the student out. The office will notify the teacher to send the student to the office. Students will be picked up at the office, rather than the classroom. If a student returns to school, she/he must check in at the school office before returning to class.
A student is considered tardy if she/he is not seated at his/her place and ready for instruction after the starting bell (8:00AM KAM, 10:45AM KPM, and 8:00AM Grades 1-8).
A written note stating the reason for tardiness and signed by the responsible adult is required following a tardy. Email is not acceptable. If a student does not bring a note on the day she/he returns from being absent or tardy, the student will be given a one-day warning. On the following day, the student will not be allowed back in class if she/he does not have a note. Verification of appointments is required from the medical or dental office. Absence/tardy notes may be faxed to the school office (258-5997). Detention will be given to a student who is tardy three (3) times within a four week period.
Since safety and proper supervision of the students is a prime concern of St. John Vianney School, the schoolyard will not be open for unsupervised students before 7:40AM or after 3:15 PM. Students may not be on the schoolyard before 7:40AM or after 3:15PM unless they are participants in Extended Care, in an official after-school program or supervised by an adult. For the safety and convenience of our families, students who are not picked up will go to Extended Care 15 minutes after dismissal or after extra-curricular activities. The charge for this supervised time is $7.25/hour per student. Parents/guardians will be charged for this service if students are consistently not picked up in a timely manner and/or are left in Extended Care for long periods.
No parent, guardian, or sibling should be waiting at the classroom door at dismissal. A teacher is responsible for doing many last minute things to get the class ready for leaving. To “hang” at the door or call in to a student are not respectful actions.
Phone 408.258.7677 • Fax 408.258.5997
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