Please review the Holy Family School Handbook for specific details
If a student is ill, parents are to call the school absence line ext. 321 by 8:45 a.m. Upon return to school after any absence, the student must submit a written excuse from parent(s) or guardian(s) explaining the reason for the absence. Students are not to return to school after an illness unless they are able to participate in the full school program including recess and physical education class. Parents are not to send notes requesting students to stay in from recess as there is no inside/classroom supervision available during recess.
Arrival At School
Students are supervised beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the breezeway. Students are to wait very quietly in the breezeway, as not to disturb Mass. Middle school students in grades 6 to 8 will be dismissed to their designated meeting location at 8:10 a.m. by the morning carpool and breezeway supervisor. At 8:20 a.m. the morning carpool and breezeway supervisor will dismiss the remaining students to the classrooms in an orderly manner. Students arriving after 8:20 a.m. and before 8:30 a.m. are to walk directly to class. Students in grades Pre-K to 3 are to enter through the east entrance. Students in grades 4 and 5 are to enter through the west entrance. Students are not to be on campus before 8:00 a.m. unless they are enrolled in morning Extended Care. There is no supervision before 8:00 a.m. except for students in morning Extended Care.
All bikes must be parked in the racks on the playground. Lock bikes and do not leave overnight. For safety, bicycle riding is not permitted on the school premises. Walk bicycles on and off the school grounds.
Students are responsible for all damaged and/or lost textbooks, workbooks, and library books. Parents will receive written notice of fines and/or replacement fees. Students are to keep textbooks covered. Do not tape covers to text books or use “stick on” type book covers.
The carpool procedure has been designed with the help of the Auburn Police Department for your student’s safety. Parents are to follow the carpool diagram carefully.
* Do not pick up or drop students in front of the school on 17th Street.
* Do not leave your vehicle in the carpool line if you come into the school.
* Parents are requested to stay in their vehicle in the carpool line. If a student is unable to get in or out of the vehicle, special arrangements must be made with the school administration to ensure student safety during carpool.
* Students may not cross the carpool line at any time.
* Pull forward only after your students have loaded into your vehicle.
* The street between the Parish Center (former convent) and the parish hall is one way in the eastbound direction only.
* Our school Administrative Assistant will be glad to assist you by providing phone numbers of other students who live in your area to help you carpool. Parents may call the school office if they need assistance.
Cell Phones are not to be used by Holy Family Students at school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Consequences for Misbehavior
The Student Conduct Guidelines, Anti-bullying Policy, Harassment Policy, and Dangerous Weapons Policy apply to all grades at Holy Family School. These guidelines and policies are detailed in the Holy Family Handbook. Violations will be cause for discipline and will be dealt with according to the consequences explained in the Handbook.
Parental cooperation with the school administration, faculty and staff is essential to the school’s ability to fulfill its mission and goal. If in the opinion of the administration parent behavior seriously interferes with the teaching/learning process, the school environment or the school community, the school may require parents to withdraw their children and sever their relationship with the school.
Each teacher will establish a classroom discipline plan. This plan will have a warning for the first offense. This plan will be reviewed with the students and parents. Usually the classroom discipline plan will be implemented before the school wide plan. Please review the Holy Family School Handbook for specific details and the school wide plan.
Early Dismissal will be granted by the principal only at the written request of the parent. The written note must indicate the time of dismissal and the reason for it. Children dismissed early must be picked up at the school office by the parent and signed out by the parent on the Student Check Out Log.
Field trips must have a clearly established educational objective and purpose. Parents will be notified in writing by the teacher when a field trip is planned. Parents must complete, sign and return theParental/Guardian Consent Form and Liability Waiver to school before a student may participate in a field trip.
Volunteer field trip drivers are required to have an up-to-date Driver Information Form completed and on file in the school office before they may drive students on a field trip. Drivers must understand that their insurance is primarily liable in the event of an injury or accident while they are driving students. Field trip chaperons and drivers are greatly appreciated. Please understand, however, that there are often times when we must limit the number of chaperons and/or drivers attending field trips. For this reason, there may be occasions when some who wish to chaperon and/or drive will not be able to do so.
Field trips are a special privilege afforded to students, not an absolute right. Students may be denied participation in field trips if they fail to meet academic or behavior requirements.
Seatbelts and Booster Seats
Holy Family School policy requires all passengers in private vehicles 6 years old or 60 pounds and greater to wear seat belts. Children between 4 years of age or over 40 pounds and 6 years of age or under 60 pounds traveling in a private vehicle must be restricted in an approved booster seat with a lap and shoulder belt. Students under 13 years of age are not permitted to ride in the front seat.
School forms such as medication authorization and field trip forms may be downloaded from the HFS web site or requested from the school office.
Each teacher will inform parents regarding homework policy. If problems are apparent about your child’s homework procedure, such as staying up late at night, never having homework, or not understanding assignments, please contact the teacher. We ask parents to reinforce responsibility for self by not sending oral or written excuses for a student’s failure to do or complete assignments unless there is a serious reason. Please review the Handbook for specific details.
Parents/guardians are to send a note informing the classroom teacher If a serious injury limits your students’ ability to participate in physical education class or recess. Students may not be excused from recess or physical education class without a note from the parent. Please contact the Principal if you have a special circumstance.
Label All Personal Items
All uniforms, coats, book bags, lunch boxes, etc. must be marked with the student’s name. You may check in the school office for lost items.
All students left at school after carpool at 3:00 p.m. will be placed in Late Carpool Extended Care and parents will be charged.
To assure student safety, it is the policy of Holy Family School to require the administration of all medicine, including non-prescription medicine, to students by adults during school hours. Holy Family School requires an Authorization For Administration Of Oral Medication form completed by the physician/dentist and the parent/guardian. Bring the medication to the school office in the original pharmacy container with pharmacy label stating the student’s name, doctor’s name, medication, and dosage. If for some reason you do not have a doctor’s signature, you may come to the office and administer the medication yourself. Most medication can be scheduled for administration before and after school.
Milk and Hot Lunch
Milk and hot lunch forms are sent home once a quarter in the Wednesday envelope. Cost of milk and/or hot lunch will be on the form. Forms must be returned by the due date. Please write two separate checks for hot lunch and tuition. Hot lunch is offered to all students almost every Thursday. The menu varies each week between Arby’s, Pizza, and Hot Dog. The menu can be found on the monthly calendar and the HFS web site in the calendar section.
It is expected that parents will become actively involved in their student’s progression through school. This would include some involvement in the school programs, conferring regularly with the student’s teacher, and active participation in the Holy Family School Parent Teacher Organization. It is expected that parents will become actively involved in their student’s progression through school. This would include some involvement in the school programs, conferring regularly with the student’s teacher, and active participation in the Holy Family School Parent Teacher Organization.
Request for Faculty to Complete Consultant Forms
Parents requesting faculty to complete consultation forms for medical, counseling or other professionals must first complete a release form. Release forms are available on request in the school office or theHFS web site All forms completed by faculty will be sent directly to the professional listed on the release forms. Forms will not be given to parents to hand carry to the professional.
Tardiness is disruptive to the learning process and negatively affects student learning and progress. Parents must make every effort to have students at school by 8:30 a.m. Any student not in the classroom by the 8:30 a.m. bell is tardy. Tardy students must report to the school office to obtain a tardy slip to enter class. The classroom teacher will notify you when your student’s tardiness is excessive. Tardiness is excused only for medical and/or dental appointments. The Principal may make allowances for serious emergencies.
Vacations During School Time
There is no way to make up for missed instruction. School work will not be given to students in advance. Parents who schedule vacations while school is in session must be prepared to assist students in making up missed instruction and school work. Parents are to inform the teacher and principal prior to leaving on a vacation in which students will miss school days.