• General Information

    Letter from the Superintendent of Schools

    Dear Parent(s): 

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  As we begin our year-long effort at teaching and learning for our children. I encourage you to read this Guide carefully.  Our district’s discipline plan has been adopted using a model master plan from the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), and in it you will find the answers to many of your questions regarding school procedures, guidelines, and policies of the St. Bernard Parish School Board, the Louisiana Legislature, and our federal government.  We work hard to consistently apply procedures, guidelines, and policies contained within this document for all students, and we appreciate any concerns you may have regarding their application. 

    We ask that if you have any questions during the school year regarding the operations or procedures within your child’s classroom that you contact his/her teacher.  If you have questions regarding the operations or procedures within your child’s school, please contact the principal.  If you have questions regarding the school district, please do not hesitate to call the appropriate individual listed on page 50 of this Guide.  We want you to understand and be comfortable with whatever policies and procedures are in place; therefore, please call us if you have concerns.

    I hope this is a good year for your child. If he/she anticipates in class, completes assigned homework daily, and attends school regularly, we are confident he/she will be successful.  Let’s work together to make this a productive school year for your child.

    Sincerely,

    Doris Voitier, Superintendent


    Vision of the St. Bernard Parish School Board

    The St. Bernard Parish Public Schools will be recognized as a premier school district, evoking pride within an involved community and empowering staff to meet the needs of all students through state of the art educational programs and facilities.

    Mission of the St. Bernard Parish School Board

    The mission of the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools is to provide quality educational instruction so that our students are responsible, productive citizens, and life-long learners.

    Beliefs of the St. Bernard Parish School Board

    • Given a safe and supportive environment, all students can learn.
    • Our school system is an integral part of the larger community.
    • Expectations for learning must be high in order for students to think critically and produce quality work.
    • Given a vision, an extraordinary effort, will result in extraordinary

    Purpose of the Guide to Student Conduct

    • Create a consistent set of expectations for student behavior in St. Bernard Parish
    • Reinforce positive behavior and provide students with opportunities to develop appropriate social skills
    • Outline the interventions and consequences for students who engage in inappropriate behavior
    • Explain the rights and responsibilities of all members of the school community
    • Engage students in a respectful, responsible, positive, and safe learning environment

    St. Bernard Parish School Board District-Wide Behavioral Expectations

    • Be respectful
    • Be responsible
    • Be positive/safe

    Responsibilities of Parent, Student, Teacher, School and District Administrators

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARENT/GUARDIAN

    • Read this Guide to Student Conduct with your child and support him/her in following its provisions.
    • Recognize that school personnel will enforce the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • Expect your child’s teacher to assume the authority of the parent while the child is in school.
    • Teach the child to respect law, authority, others, and property through strong, consistent discipline at home and encouragement/ rewarding of good behavior.
    • Get your child to school every day, in proper dress, on time and ready to learn.
    • Become actively involved in your child’s academic, physical, emotional, social, and behavioral education.  Maintain a positive attitude about school and school officials.  Your child’s attitude usually reflects that of his/her legal guardians.
    • Accept ultimate responsibility for your child’s conduct.

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STUDENT

    • Read, know, and follow the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • Obey all school expectations, rules, dress code and procedures *(see pages 7-20).
    • Ask parents/guardians, teachers, social worker, counselor, and/or administrators for help to solve problems.
    • Recognize that school personnel will enforce the Guide to Student Conduct and that while he/she is in school, the teacher will assume the authority of the parent
    • Get to school every day, in proper dress, on time, and be ready to learn.
    • Accept responsibility for his/her actions, and maximize educational opportunities.
    • Respect the property of others and return and found articles to a teacher so that they may be returned to their rightful owner.
    • Treat all fellow students and staff members with respect.

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TEACHER AND CERTIFICATED PERSONNEL

    • Read, teach, and positively reinforce the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • Maintain regular and consistent communication with parents/guardians.
    • Use appropriate classroom management strategies, including the use of a reward system, to maintain a positive learning environment that supports academic success.
    • Use professional judgment to prevent minor incidents from becoming major challenges.
    • Provide a variety of interventions such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Support to students who demonstrate inappropriate behaviors.
    • Hold students accountable for their actions at school, any school function, meeting or program (R.S. 17:416) * (See page 41).
    • Attend additional training or staff development as needed and/or requested.

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

    • Distribute the Guide to Student Conduct to all students, parents/guardians and all school personnel.
    • Implement the Guide to Student Conduct in a fair and consistent manner.
    • Provide appropriate training and resources to all school personnel required to support PBIS and the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • Support all school level PBIS initiatives.
    • Use professional judgment to prevent minor incidents from becoming major challenges.
    • Review discipline referrals to determine appropriate interventions and consequences.
    • Review and analyze discipline data to determine school building needs.
    • Be an active and visible part of school and school activities.
    • Provide additional training to staff as provided by La R.S. 17:252.

    RESPONSIBILITIES OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS

    • Review and revise the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • Insure the implementation of the Guide to Student Conduct and PBIS in a fair and consistent manner.
    • Provide appropriate training and resources to all school personnel.
    • Support all school level PBIS initiatives.
    • Assist parents/guardians who are unable to resolve issues at the school site.
    • Conduct expulsion hearings and review suspension appeals.
    • Provide additional training to staff as provided by La. R.S. 12:252

    Procedures for Students/Parents when Sharing Concerns

    If a student feels that he or she has been treated unjustly, the matter may be appealed to the following people in the order listed below:

    (1)  The teacher or staff member concerned

    (2)  Counselor

    (3)  Assistant Principal

    (4)  Principal

    At each level of appeal, a decision will be made.  Should that decision be unacceptable to the student, he or she may appeal to the next level of authority.

    Students are advised not to argue or escalate the matter.  If they disagree with the staff member, they should do so courteously. 

    The most effective way for parents (legal guardians) with questions or concerns to get an answer is to ask the person closest to the answer.   At each level, a decision will be made.  Should that decision be unacceptable to the parent (legal guardian), an appointment may be made with the next level of authority.  The following steps listed below are to be followed for:

    1. Questions about your child, call the school and make an appointment to see the appropriate teacher or staff member (the counselor or the principal).
    2. Questions about the school, call the school secretary who will answer your questions or direct you to the school principal for an appointment.
    3. Questions concerning the school system in general, call the School Board office at (504)301-2000 where you will be directed to the proper department or personnel.

    Any other concerns, complaints, or requests for information about your child’s school should be first directed to the principal of that school using the contact information listed on Page 49 of this document.