Discipline The system of discipline in a Catholic school has as its basic purpose the teaching of responsibility to God, to self, and to others. An effective discipline code contributes toward establishing a proper educational atmosphere in the school. While the Assistant Principal for Student Services is directly responsible for overseeing and coordinating all discipline efforts. Discipline is the responsibility of everyone: students, parents, administration, faculty, and staff.
Note to Parents: Good discipline originates in the home; therefore parents should: Recognize that the teacher takes the place of parents while the student is in school.Continue to reinforce respect for the law, the rights of others, and for private and public property. Arrange for prompt and regular school attendance and comply with attendance rules and procedures. Work with the school in carrying out recommendations made in the best interests of the student, including discipline. Parental interest and support at home are important to the child and greatly appreciated by our teachers. Teachers have the authority to assign reasonable and just punishments. In this code, a single demerit – even one – is cause for concern for both the parents and the students. The School Administration, however, will make the final decision regarding sanctions and applications. The school and parents are partners in the education of our students. If, in the opinion of the Administration, that partnership is no longer viable, the school reserves the right to require the parent to withdraw the student from the school.
YOUR SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY Any student acting inside or outside of school in a manner, which is alien to our Catholic philosophy or in a way that would cast shame or cause embarrassment or be detrimental to the reputation of Bishop McDevitt High School is liable for suspension, expulsion, or both.
Identification Cards Students will carry the official school identification card with them at all times. This ID card is needed to obtain a corridor pass, to vote, to attend McDevitt social and athletic events, and to enter the building. If an ID card is lost, the student must pay an I.D. replacement fee in order to obtain a new I.D. Freshmen and juniors will be issued new ID cards in September. Students will be charged for lost or damaged ID’s. It is a matter of safety that we, as a school, know and recognize a Bishop McDevitt student. Therefore, if a student refuses to give their identification to a teacher or staff member, he or she will be suspended and will be issued demerits. Replacement ID Cards will cost $20.00.
Septa Transpasses Transpasses are issued to students once a month in homeroom. Only students who are Philadelphia residents are eligible. If a student is not in homeroom when Transpasses are issued, they must retrieve their transpasses from the Student Services Office only during their lunch period. Any student who comes to the office to receive a transpass at any time other than their lunch period may be issued detention/demerits. Please note; transpasses are nontransferable. Students who lose their transpass will not be issued another.
Internet and Computer Use Computers are a valuable tool for education and one of this school’s purposes is to encourage the proper use of computer related technology including the Internet. Students and all users of computer technology have a responsibility to use these tools properly. All students and parents are required to sign the Computer Technology Contract for Bishop McDevitt High School. Violations of these rules will be dealt with by the administration of Bishop McDevitt High School.
Universal Search Policy To protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel, school authorities may question and search a student, his/her personal effects, lockers and vehicles used by the student and may seize any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered in the search. Searches conducted by school authorities may include, but not limited to, utilization of certified drug detection dogs or any devices used to protect the health, safety and welfare of the school population. A student’s refusal or failure to permit such searches and seizures as provided in this policy will be considered grounds for disciplinary action.