Your Child’s Safety is our Number One Priority
At Saint Joseph Elementary School, we take measures to assure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The campus perimeter is secured throughout the school day. Saint Joseph Elementary School maintains a closed campus policy. All gates remain closed throughout the school day. All visitors, guests, and volunteers at Saint Joseph Elementary School are required to report to the school office, sign in and secure a Visitor Badge before proceeding to classrooms or areas of responsibility.
Fire drills, earthquake drills and intruder drills take place on a monthly safety drill schedule throughout the school year. In addition, a full school evacuation and release to parents and guardians is practiced every two years.
Saint Joseph Elementary School adheres to the mandates of the Safe Environment for Children Program of the Diocese of Oakland. Volunteers are screened according to the provisions of Megan’s Law; they are "Live Scan" fingerprinted and take on-line training through "Shield the Vulnerable", before they are permitted to volunteer in any capacity in classrooms or school-sponsored programs and activities.
In the event of an emergency or unexpected closure of the school, parents/legal guardians will be contacted through our SIS (Student Information System) PowerSchool, using SchoolReach. Our school has the ability to send instantaneous notifications to our school community. This service allows us to send alerts as needed for any incident ranging from in-school emergencies to school closings, cancellations or schedule changes.
We are able to send notifications via:
Text messages to cell phones and PDAs
Voice calls to work, home and cell phones
Emails to multiple addresses
Shield the Vulnerable is dedicated to raising awareness of abuse and neglect, and providing resources to help protect the most vulnerable members of our communities
The Safe Environment for Children Project is mandated by the U.S. Conference of Bishops and our diocese to ensure a safe environment for our children. There are several components to the program. There is a curriculum component for grades K-8 concerning child safety, with a special emphasis on child abuse and its prevention. The diocese provides materials for classroom teachers.
A Shared Responsibility
Another component is the mandatory training of all staff members, parents and volunteers each year. The training will be offered on site, at neighboring sites and online to ensure accessibility. If a parent or volunteer does not attend, s/he will be unable to work in a classroom, field trip or fundraiser where children are present. There is also a component requiring that all parents and volunteers be screened through the Megan's Law process. All staff members are fingerprinted as part of the hiring process.
Preventing & Reporting Child Abuse
In 1963, California enacted the first law in the United States requiring the mandatory reporting of child abuse. By 1967, all 50 states had similar laws. These laws seek to protect children by establishing a legal duty for individuals in certain occupations to report abuse - and imposing penalties for failing to make a report. These laws also authorize other adults to contact the authorities to report problems and establish the immunities and responsibilities of these "ethical" or "permissive" reporters.
Children in Saint Joseph Elementary School and Parish, follow the provisions of Shield the Vulnerable. This entails taking a training course and providing a certificate of successful completion.
Click to go directly to the Shield the Vulnerable website.
In our school, as in our community, we work together. The code of conduct for our students is based on our philosophy of providing a quality education in the framework of our Catholic tradition. Each component of our school community, in conjunction with the families, is committed to the welfare of the children, their growth in our faith, and their academic achievement.
This code of conduct is based on the Gospel values, respect for each other and the dedication of each person with the goal of contributing to an environment conducive to learning. We hold to the principle that each member of our school has the responsibility to come prepared to learn and to facilitate the learning of others. The success of this code will allow our school to maximize the education of the students and reinforce the values to which we are dedicated.
Each teacher outlines his or her class rules and policies, and shares these rules with parents at Back-to-School Night. Our efforts are designed to foster in our students those behaviors that will contribute to a safe and positive learning environment for all students. Parental support of the classroom rules and regulations is key to a successful school year.
Littering and Gum Chewing
Students are expected to be respectful toward all persons at all times. Inappropriate behavior includes physical aggression and disrespectful responses to teachers, staff, classmates, or supervisory personnel. Foul language is not accepted anywhere on the campus.
Also, please note the specific rules regarding the following topics:
Cell Phones/Pagers/Electronic Devices
If parents deem it necessary for their children to carry cell phones, it is understood that the cell phone will NOT be used, seen, or heard during the day or on school property, including the yard and the pick-up line.
Other than stated above, students are not permitted to bring cell phones, pagers, walkie- talkies, CD players, i-Pods, MP3 players, video games systems, or other related electronic devices to school.
F ailure to follow these rules may result in in-school suspension and/or confiscation of electronic devices, which will only be returned to the parent/guardian.
Neatness, cleanliness, and strict adherence to uniform regulations are expected from all students. There will be no exceptions to any part of the uniform requirements and violations will be subject to disciplinary action. Students who arrive at school inappropriately dressed may be sent home or parents may be notified to bring a change of clothes.
The use, possession or exchange (whether or not for sale) of illegal substances on or near school premises or at school sponsored activities, including but not limited to tobacco, drugs, alcohol, and various types of inhalants is prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
Leaving School Grounds During School Day
No student may leave the school grounds during school hours for any reason without the written authorization of parent/legal guardian. No child may leave the school grounds during the school hours unless accompanied by an authorized adult. The parent/legal guardian’s authorization to release a student to a non-parent/guardian must be in writing. A student who is ill will be released only to a parent or authorized person as listed on the Emergency Information Card.
Students must be signed out at the school office before they leave for appointments and signed back in at the office upon their return.
Students may not leave the school grounds after school to go to the store, and then return to school for Extended Care or other after school sponsored activities.
As responsible members of the community, students are expected to take pride in and participate in maintaining the cleanliness of the school grounds.
Gum chewing is prohibited on school property. Sunflower seeds are also prohibited.
Returning to the Classroom After Dismissal
Students are not allowed to return to the classroom after dismissal to retrieve forgotten items without permission from the classroom teacher.
Please do not allow your child to bring valuable items or large sums of money (over $5 excluding fundraising returns) to school. St. Joseph Elementary School will not be responsible for loss or damage of any items.
St. Joseph Elementary School is not responsible for lost articles; however, proper labeling facilitates prompt return of lost items. Any unclaimed items will be taken to the Lost and Found. Any unclaimed items will be given to St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Students and their parent/legal guardian are liable for all damage to equipment or school property.
Children must be held responsible for their actions, therefore they will be charged for damage done to school property, equipment, books, etc. In the case of major damage, the principal will be notified. A new textbook will be purchased by the student’s family if the book is written in or defaced in any way.