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Family Handbook

Our Mission

St. David's is an independent school in the Episcopal school tradition that prepares young men and women for college and life by challenging them to excel in the vital areas of faith, virtue and knowledge.


What we hold about God, Creation and Being Human

St. David's upholds the truths of Christianity as revealed by God in Holy Scripture, maintained by the Church, summarized by the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, and articulated in the historic Books of Common Prayer. While St. David's employees work and teach in accordance with these truths, the school welcomes students and their families of all backgrounds and beliefs.

As the Nicene Creed affirms, we believe that all things were created by the triune God with a personal and parental love. This means that the universe was created good and contains meaning and purpose that can be discovered; the world is "charged with the grandeur of God." Created male and female in God's image, human beings are also endowed with meaning, purpose and inherent dignity--and are thus worthy of respect--with enormous potential to wonder, work, worship, know, and create. Each has a valuable role and contribution to make to the common good. Furthermore, humans are communal as well as bodily creatures, called to make culture and enjoy right relationships with God, others and the rest of creation. The Creed points to Jesus Christ as fully human and fully divine, who rescues fallen creation, reconciles us to God, and reveals what it means to live a life of perfect faith, virtue and knowledge. Under his lordship, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, life together in redeemed community has been made possible, and we strive in hope toward the goal of participating in its final consummation.


Our Vision for the St. David's Community

We envision a learning community that together loves what is beautiful, pursues truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. Rather than simply mastering information, our hope is for students to think critically and creatively; in addition to being prepared for future study and work, we desire students to flourish emotionally, spiritually physically, and in rightly-ordered relationships; and in addition to being equipped for college and career success, we seek to inspire students for faithful, humble service to God and others according to their calling.


Our Guiding Commitments

Given our convictions about what it means to be human, St. David's is committed to cultivating the mind, heart and soul of each student, encouraging them to contribute to a healthy learning community to the best of their ability. This learning community includes parents, who bear primary responsibility for their children's formation and who are crucial partners with the school in their child's education. Made in the image of God who is Love, we place a key focus on shaping students' loves and forming their imaginations in the direction of what is true, good, and beautiful. We therefore provide a safe, supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to deep study and patient exploration. Furthermore, because the human body was created good and is worth of respect, we seek to protect its true value and meaning as well as promote its physical and athletic development. And because we are communal beings within a cultural and historical context, St. David's immerses students in the ideas, discoveries, books, and lives from the Western intellectual tradition. We educate in a way that awakens wonder and curiosity, fosters critical thinking and discernment, welcomes questions and different perspectives, challenges students but affords them a healthy overall rhythm of life, and encourages a sense of responsibility for the common good. As fellow pilgrims "on the way" to the virtuous life, we seek to cultivate habits that help students:

  • identify the good (prudence)
  • pursue the good amidst challenges (courage)
  • take appropriate pleasure in the good (temperance)
  • pursue and enjoy the good with regard to their neighbor (justice)
We also prioritize virtues that help students to
  • trust the truth of God’s call (faith)
  • act with confidence in God’s goodness (hope)
  • live sacrificially for God and others (love)

Communication

We envision a learning community that together loves what is beautiful, pursues truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. This learning community includes parents, who bear primary responsibility for their child's formation and who are crucial partners with the school in their child's education. To achieve this vision of parent-school partnership, St. David's strives to communicate consistently and effectively with families.

Parent-School Communication

Parents will receive communication regarding behavior and academic progress, along with information regarding school events and important dates via emails, parent-teacher conferences and the parent portal.

1. Veracross Parent Portal: This is our primary communication platform and your one-stop-shop for all the information you need from St. David's.

Content on the Parent Portal includes:

  • All School Calendars and Household Calendar
  • My Children: Classes and Reports, Daily Schedule, Recent Updates and Assignments
  • News & Announcements
  • My Household: Email Messages, Family Profile, Tuition Payments
  • Quick Links to SAGE Dining, Magnus Health Care
  • Directories

Training for new families is offered at New Parent Orientation. Additional school-wide training dates available at the start of the new academic year.

A user "How To" guide to your Veracross Parent Portal can be found here. (Add link to screen shots for logging in)

2. Email: St. David's School sends emails when appropriate. Email is the primary way that communication is distributed to the St. David's community whether school-wide, at the division level, or from faculty or staff.

  • School-wide emails include:
    • Monthly "Headmaster's Update"
    • Monthly "A Look Ahead" Calendar of Events
  • Division level emails include:
    • Emails from the Division Principal's office

3. Social Media: St. David's manages three social media accounts to keep families up-to-date with the daily on-campus events and activities.

Follow us on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @stdavidsschool (for all three)

4. Text: Texting is reserved for severe weather alerts and emergencies. If your cell phone number has changed, or you believe your number is missing from your family profile in Veracross, please log in and update your profile.

A text alert through Veracross is in place to contact the entire St. David's community. Alerts include delayed starts, early dismissals, school closures or other emergencies where information needs to be disseminated quickly. See Severe Weather and School Closings for more information.


Teachers can be contacted by email or by calling the relevant division's administrative assistant. Teachers will aim to respond before the end of the next school day. Because we recognize that our faculty have family obligations, we generally discourage them from responding over the weekend and during vacation time; however, we understand that it is appropriate to contact teachers in certain extenuating circumstances (including class trips scheduled during a weekend, emergencies, crises, etc.)

Whether on campus or communicating with a St. David's employee by phone or email, parents should always conduct themselves in a civil manner. Hostility, disrespectful speech, and vulgarity will not help to achieve the best outcome for the student.


Upper and Middle Schools

Parent-Advisor Communications

The advisor is the primary contact between parents and the school. Parents should feel free to solicit the advisor's perspective on how their child is doing. Good communication will head off a host of problems and help ensure that the school best serves your child's needs.

Questions or Concerns

To ask questions or raise concerns, parents and students should be sure to address the correct person. This structure ensures clearest and most effective communication. A more detailed description of the roles and responsibilities of different positions at St. David's can be found here.

  • Curriculum: Teacher first, then Department Chair, then Division Principal
  • Student performance (Academic): Teacher first, then Grade Chair, then Division Principal
  • Student performance (Behavior): Teacher first, then Grade Chair, then Dean of Student Affairs (and Division Principal as necessary)
  • Teacher: Teacher first, the Department Chair, the Division Principal
  • Daily operations: Division Assistant first, then Division Principal
  • Athletics: Coach first, then Athletics Director, then Division Principal

Please note: Parents are welcome to contact either the Welcome Center Coordinator (ext. 221), the Assistant to the Middle School Principal (ext. 309) or the Assistant to the Upper School Principal (ext. 262) to communicate important messages to their children.

A more detailed description of staff roles and parent organizations can be found here.

Lower School

In addition to information provided in emails, parent-teacher conferences, and the parent portal, all parents will also receive a "Friday folder" at the end of each week, which will include the student's weekly work and other pertinent information.

Parent-School Questions and Resolution

St. David's School encourages parents to ask questions and gain as much information as possible regarding a situation. Therefore, our school's policy in dealing with these situations is:

  1. All questions, problems or concerns should first be brought to the attention of the homeroom or enrichment teacher.
  2. If the situation is not resolved or clarified at this point, then please contact the Lower School Principal.

Academics

We envision a learning community that together loves what is beautiful, pursues truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. This learning community includes parents, who bear primary responsibility for their child's formation and who are crucial partners with the school in their child's education. To achieve this vision of parent-school partnership, St. David's strives to communicate consistently and effectively with families.

Upper and Middle Schools

Assessments, Grades and Academic Standing

St. David's strives to be a community that pursues a deeper understanding of the truth. We view assessments and grades as ways to evaluate and track progress toward this end and to communicate such progress to students and parents.


Graduation and Promotion Requirements

The Upper School Curriculum Guide describes graduation requirements. The Middle School Curriculum Guide describes promotion requirements for each grade level.

Grading Scale

A

100-90

B

89-80

C

79-75

74-70: Deficient

F

Below 70: Failing







Grading Periods

The academic year is divided into four grading periods, after which report cards are published on the web portal: Quarter 1 (at the midpoint of Semester 1), Quarter 2/Semester 1, Quarter 3 (at the midpoint of Semester 2), Quarter 4/Semester 2 (including final exams). Transcripts display grades for only semesters and the academic year, not quarter grades.

Grades Online

Students' grades for all core subjects, including tests, quizzes and homework, will be posted and updated on the school’s website at scheduled intervals.

Dropping or Adding a Class

In order to drop or add a class, a student must complete this form [INSERT LINK] within the first week of the start of the class. Thereafter, dropping a class can only take place under special circumstances and may result in a WF (withdrawal failing) or a WP (withdrawal passing) being noted on the transcript.

Final Assessment Pieces

Each teacher will determine the nature of assessments to give in the fall and spring semesters, which may include a summative, in-class final test near the end of the fall semester. At the end of the spring semester, all students in grades 7-12 will be assessed by an exam for each core class that will be given during two-hour blocks of time, with one or two exams per day. AP classes will give a class exam in preparation for the AP exam. The scheduled date of an exam may only be moved if the relevant division principal considers there to be an emergency and gives written approval.

Grades below 70

To earn credit in a year-long course, students must earn a two-semester average of 70 or above. A student who fails more than two classes for the year may be required to repeat the grade or dismissed from the school.

Credit Recovery

Students who fail a course necessary for graduation must retake the class. Whether replacement credit comes from St. David’s or another school, the original grade will remain on the transcript.

  • Grades received from courses retaken at St. David’s will replace the original grade in GPA calculations.
  • Courses taken for credit recovery at other schools must first be approved by the division principal. Upon successful completion of a course at another school, the student will be required to take an assessment, designed by St. David’s School, and achieve a specific grade, determined by the school, in order to be allowed to advance in the curriculum. The student’s original grade from St. David’s will be averaged with the new grade from another school in GPA calculations.

Academic Standing: Eligibility for Co-Curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities are activities sanctioned by St. David’s School outside of the course of study in the classroom, including but not limited to athletics, the fall play and spring musical, clubs, service organizations, and positions of leadership. To participate in a co-curricular activity at St. David’s, students must maintain passing grades in all courses and fulfill any other academic requirements necessary for the particular activity. Students’ grades and the completion of their other academic requirements will be assessed every half a quarter, and students who do not maintain passing grades or who earn a grade of incomplete will be placed on Academic Review and follow the schedule below. Students on Academic Review, Academic Probation, or Academic Ineligibility will be required to meet with the teacher of the course they are failing and to establish a plan for improvement.

  • Students on Academic Review are notified of their status, required to meet with the teacher of the relevant course, and encouraged to improve their academic standing to a standard set by the relevant teacher before the end of the next half quarter. They retain co-curricular eligibility.
  • If students who have been placed on Academic Review are still not achieving a satisfactory academic standard at the end of the next half quarter, they are placed on Academic Probation. Student-athletes may practice but they may not play in games, dress in the uniform, travel with the team, or miss classes for the sake of the sport. Students may not represent the school in any co-curricular activity, as determined by the relevant division principal. When students have demonstrated satisfactory academic improvement in all classes at the end of the next half quarter, they regain full co-curricular eligibility. If students fail to achieve a satisfactory academic standard again at the end of a future half quarter, they return to Academic Probation.
  • If students who have been placed on Academic Probation are not achieving a satisfactory academic standard in all courses at the end of the next half quarter, they are Academically Ineligible and may not participate in any co-curricular activities.When students are achieving a satisfactory academic standard in all classes at the end of the next half quarter, they regain full co-curricular eligibility.

Students who have been on Academic Probation three times or a combination of Academic Probation and Academic Ineligibility for a total of three times may lose co-curricular eligibility for the rest of the school year.

Students who are ineligible to play may participate in tryouts, in hopes of joining the team when eligible. Coaches will take students’ academic standing into consideration when selecting a team.

Community Service

All Upper School students are required to perform a minimum of 80 hours of community service (or 20 hours for each Upper School year at St. David’s School) before graduation. Please see Community Service in School Life.

Homework

St. David’s seeks to educate in a way that challenges students but also affords hard-working students a healthy overall rhythm of life. Toward this end, St. David’s invites families to focus weekend preparation for the school week ahead to just one day, and to protect breaks and holidays for celebration and rest.


Homework will be posted on the Academic Pages of the online student portal for each course. Copying homework is considered a violation of the Honor Code.

In order to foster a day of Sabbath rest for families each weekend, St. David’s teachers will not generally schedule tests or set major assignments (e.g. large research papers and major projects) for Mondays. Likewise, teachers are encouraged not to give major assignments over Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Winter Break, and Easter Break, or on other occasions specified by the division principal. There will be some cases when it is better for all parties that a test or major assignment should fall on a Monday—or reasonable work may be assigned over a break—and we trust our teachers to make this determination freely and independently in the interest of student wellbeing and learning goals.

Academic Support and Summer Enrichment

St. David’s is committed to cultivating the mind, heart and soul of each student, encouraging them to contribute to the larger learning community to the best of their ability. Recognizing that different students have different needs, St. David’s seeks to provide the support necessary to help each student make their unique contribution.


Academic Support Program

Participation in the Academic Support Program requires a diagnosis of a learning disability or ADHD by a physician or licensed psychologist and the approval of the Director of Academic Support. Documentation must be current within three years. There is an additional fee associated with this program.

Accommodations for Special Needs

St. David’s offers a limited selection of accommodations based on the documented need of the student. These accommodations are decided upon each year after a careful review of the student’s psychological or educational testing on file at the school, and, where applicable, the student’s use of the accommodation in the classroom during the previous year.

Summer Enrichment

  • Students who wish to take courses outside of St. David’s School in order to advance in a department’s sequence over the summer, must obtain prior permission, in writing, from the relevant department chair and division principal.
  • The department chair will inform the student about the class size and availability of the course the student desires to advance into after the summer, as well as any possible social/emotional implications that may be connected to such a decision.
  • The department chair will also inform the student about the date on which the student must take an assessment designed by St. David’s School to test mastery of the material in the relevant subject.
  • Advancement into the desired course is conditional upon the student achieving a specific grade, determined by the department chair, on this assessment.
  • Although department chairs cannot be expected to review every possible external course a student may consider taking, students and parents are encouraged to consult department chairs about what kind of course may be best.
  • Classes taken outside of St. David’s can only serve to advance a student in the department’s sequence of courses; they cannot take the place of those courses through transfer of credit.
  • To graduate from St. David’s, students who pursue summer enrichment courses must still complete the minimum number of St. David's courses in each subject (depending upon the year of their enrollment at the school) as listed in the curriculum guide.

Library

St. David’s aims to shape students’ loves and form their imaginations in the direction of what is true, good, and beautiful. We therefore provide a supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to deep study and patient exploration. Toward this end, we want to surround students with books and encourage the habits of reading, studying and researching. We are also committed to immersing students in the ideas, discoveries, works, and lives from the Western intellectual tradition, and we educate in a way that awakens wonder and curiosity, fosters critical thinking and discernment, and welcomes questions and different perspectives. The St. David’s Middle and Upper School Library is a wonderful venue for equipping students for all of these habits and forms of knowledge.


The St. David’s Upper/Middle School Library serves the students, faculty, and staff of the Upper and Middle Schools.

The library is open Monday through Friday during the academic year. Upper School students may visit the library before school, after school, and during the school day with permission from their classroom teachers.

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7:35 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday (and on days before holidays) 7:35 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Upper School students’ check-out period for library books is two weeks. Material may be renewed for another two-week period if it is not reserved for others. Should an item be lost or damaged, the replacement cost of the item will be charged to the person who checked out the item. Because the library purchases library-bound books and incurs extra costs associated with replacing a book, a replacement fee will be charged for lost or damaged books, rather than requiring the student to replace a copy of the book.

St. David’s School respects the intellectual property of authors, composers, and other copyright owners, and obeys federal copyright laws.

For more details about the library and its wonderful collections and programs, please visit the library page.

Honor Code

St. David's believes that every student has a valuable contribution to make--and thus a responsibility--for the good of the larger learning community. The St. David's Honor Code is an opportunity for our community to promote and enjoy relationships built upon trust, respect, honesty and integrity. Dishonesty, academic or otherwise, fundamentally undermines the teacher-student, and parent-student relationships. To lie, steal, or cheat others is to treat them as well as one's own self with disrespect, even in cases where the other may consent to have his/her work copied. By maintaining high standards and honorable behavior, an individual contributes to the greater good of the school culture. Furthermore, abiding by the Honor Code is excellent training and habituation for college and life, where dishonorable actions can result in severe consequences.


A successful Honor Code requires students as well as the administration, faculty, and staff to seek its enforcement. Reporting an honor code violation can be an act of care that presents a fellow student with the opportunity to learn from his or her mistake and to build stronger moral character.

Honor Pledge

During St. David's annual Honor Ceremony, students pledge and sign the following:

I do solemnly pledge my honor that as long as I am a member of St. David's School, I will faithfully uphold the principles of the honor code, will cherish and guard its traditions, and will respect and observe its requirements. I make this pledge in view of God and the pledges of the students and faculty, which signifies our mutual Trust and Resolve to keep our honor secure.

By making this honor code pledge, students promise not to cheat, lie, steal, or plagiarize.

  • Cheating is giving or receiving unauthorized or improper assistance on any assignment.
  • Lying is providing false information with the intent to deceive, which can include providing specific but incorrect information in order to avoid punishment, telling falsehoods to implicate or exonerate a fellow student, or embellishing the trust with the intent to deceive.
  • Stealing is not only taking someone else's personal property, but also borrowing either school property or someone else's property or someone else's personal property without permission.
  • Plagiarism is cheating by stealing another person's words, ideas, etc. and passing them off as one's own (lying).

Citing Others' Work

Whenever a student copies the exact words of any source, the copied words must by marked by a quotation marks, and the source must be cited. The procedures for citation vary, depending on the type of assignment, from a simple reference in the text to a fully documented citation. The teacher will give specific instructions in this regard. Modern Language Association (MLA) style will be followed in papers, unless specified otherwise.

In addition, it is important to remember that the ideas of an author, when they are paraphrased and not quoted verbatim, must be cited and attributed to their author. Reckless, improper, or omitted documentation of sources, even if unintentional (this is one exception to the first sentence of the definition of cheating in the Honor Code), will be punished. Ignorance of the Plagiarism Policy may not be used as an excuse.


Honor Code Violations

In both the Middle and Upper Schools, non-academic violations of the Honor Code will be addressed by grade chairs, the Dean of Student Affairs, and (in series cases) the division principal.

In the Middle School, academic violations of the Honor Code will be addressed by the Division Principal and the Honor Council Faculty Advisor.

In the Upper School, academic violations of the Honor Code will be addressed by the Division Principal, the Honor Council Faculty Advisor and members of the Honor Council.

The Honor Council is run entirely by students. The Council renders verdicts on possible violations of the Honor Code and makes recommendations for consequences to the Upper School Principal. The Upper School Principal will take the Council’s recommendations into consideration and make final decisions about consequences. The Faculty Advisor to the Honor Council serves to advise the Council throughout the entire process, to communicate with parents, and to ensure that the Council conducts itself without prejudice or any other partiality. Grade chairs may assist the Faculty Advisor and the Council at any point, but all official communication must be approved by or come directly from the Faculty Advisor. The Assistant Headmaster of Academic Affairs hears appeals.

For details about the selection and requirements of Honor Council members, as well as the procedures regarding reports, inquiries, and hearings regarding Honor Code violations, see here. [PROVIDE LINK TO “HONOR COUNCIL”]

Consequences for Honor Code Violations

A violation of the Honor Code is considered academic misconduct. Therefore, St. David's will report to colleges if a student has received probation, suspension, or dismissal resulting from an Honor Code violation.

The following shall be used as a guideline by the Honor Council to determine the consequences of Honor violations. Each offense committed while a student is enrolled in the Upper School is considered by the Council and counted as a first, second, or third offense. Offenses committed as a Middle School student do not affect a student’s Upper School record.

First Honor Offense

  1. Written or verbal apology.
  2. Detention and/or community service.
  3. For cheating: Either a zero on the assignment or the opportunity to retake the assignment. If the case warrants that work may be re-submitted, the student should expect to receive a significant grade penalty determined by the Honor Council.
    For stealing: Restitution of property.
  4. Possible academic probation, in which case additional penalties (such as co-curricular ineligibility) may apply.
  5. In egregious cases, the school reserves the right to suspend the student up to 3 days.

Minor First Offense: If the Council recommends that an offense should not warrant academic probation (because of the insignificance of the offense and the cooperative and forthright behavior of the defendant), a warning will be recommended. In the case of a warning, the offense would not be reported to colleges, although one or more of the above penalties (short of suspension) may still apply. However, a second Honor Code violation, even after a warning was given for the first, will be considered as a second offense and punished and reported to colleges as such.

Second Honor Offense

  1. Minimum of one-day suspension, maximum of five-day suspension.
  2. A meeting with parents and administration to discuss conditions for the student’s continued enrollment.
  3. Written or verbal apology.
  4. Detention and/or community service.
  5. For cheating: Either a zero on the assignment or the opportunity to retake the assignment. In some cases, the student will not be allowed to resubmit plagiarized work. This determination is left to the judgment of the honor council and is part of the sanctioning process. If the case warrants that plagiarized work may be re-submitted, the student should expect to receive a significant grade penalty. The extent of this penalty is to be determined by the Honor Council. For stealing: Restitution of property.

Third Honor Offense

Expulsion.

Lower School

Assessments and Grades

Grading Scale

St. David’s Lower School uses an expectation-based grading scale for both academic and enrichment subjects:

  • E = Exceeding Expectations – Student independently demonstrates exceptional understanding of material and outstanding ability to apply knowledge consistently
  • M = Meeting Expectations – Student independently demonstrates sound understanding of material and proficient ability to apply knowledge consistently
  • P = Progressing Towards Expectations – Student demonstrates partial understanding but requires some additional time or support to maintain independent, proficient ability consistently
  • N = Needs Improvement – Student demonstrates insufficient understanding and additional time and support are consistently needed from teacher

A student who receives an “N” for the year in two or more core subjects for the year will be may be required to repeat the grade.

Homework

St. David’s believes that work done independently is a crucial part of the learning process. Review of class notes, reading, and written assignments and exercises are all important in the mastering of concepts. The goal of homework in the Lower School is to engage the students’ minds through developmentally appropriate exercises designed to further increase the students’ understanding of concepts taught in the classroom. However, St. David’s also seeks to educate in a way that affords hard-working students a healthy overall rhythm of life. Toward this end, St. David’s invites families to focus weekend preparation for the school week ahead to just one day, and to protect breaks and holidays for celebration and rest.


Homework

Homework can be a graded part of the curriculum.

In the lower elementary grades, we recognize that parents may play a bigger part in guiding and helping a child with homework. As students progress through the Lower School, we want them to begin taking more ownership over their work and for it to ultimately represent the students' efforts. Students should not share homework unless specifically permitted in certain cases of group work assigned by teachers.

Assignments are not given over Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Winter Break or Easter Break.

Extra Help

St. David’s is committed to cultivating the mind, heart and soul of each student, encouraging them to contribute to the larger learning community to the best of their ability. Recognizing that different students have different needs, St. David’s seeks to provide the support necessary to help each student make their unique contribution.


Extra-Help Period

Extra help can be scheduled at the discretion of the teacher or the parent and will be scheduled from 3:00-3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday. While this is a good opportunity for students to take initiative in asking teachers for help and questions, students not using the time appropriately will be escorted back to the carpool area.

Library

St. David’s aims to shape students’ loves and form their imaginations in the direction of what is true, good, and beautiful. We therefore provide a supportive atmosphere that is beautiful, joyful, orderly, and conducive to deep study and patient exploration. Toward this end, we want to surround students with books and encourage the habits of reading, studying and researching. We are also committed to immersing students in the ideas, discoveries, works, and lives from the Western intellectual tradition, and we educate in a way that awakens wonder and curiosity, fosters critical thinking and discernment, and welcomes questions and different perspectives. The St. David’s Lower School Library is a wonderful venue for equipping students for all of these habits and forms of knowledge.


The St. David’s Lower School Library serves students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. The Middle & Upper School Library also has collections that are available to Lower School students.

The Lower School Library is open Monday through Friday during the academic year.

Lower School classes are scheduled to come to the library throughout the year to enjoy reading enrichment activities, learn library skills, and check out library material. Additional times are scheduled during the week to give students as-needed access to the library. A librarian also works in collaboration with classroom teachers to integrate research, information literacy, and technology skills into the curriculum.

St. David’s School respects the intellectual property of authors, composers, and other copyright owners, and obeys federal copyright laws.

For more details about the Lower School Library and its wonderful collections and programs, please visit our website page.

Daily Schedule and Attendance

St. David's encourages students to contribute to the larger learning community to the best of their ability, and to demonstrate respect to others. Attendance and active participation in class, chapel services, class trips, and other activities of the school day are important ways to enable this contribution and to show respect to teachers and fellow classmates. Therefore, St. David's requires students to be present and on time to all scheduled activities, to communicate when they plan to be absent, and to make up whatever class work or assessment they miss.



Upper and Middle Schools

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

The academic day normally begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, school normally begins at 9:00 a.m. On occasion the daily schedule will be modified for special events. Students and faculty will be notified in advance of such changes. A link to the daily schedule can be found here. [Provide working link to daily schedule here].

Office Hours

Students may obtain additional help from teachers from 7:35-8:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If a student requires more than one session per week in a given subject, we encourage outside tutorial help or, if approved, inclusion in our Academic Support Program. Private tutors and coaches, who are not St. David’s employees, are not allowed to tutor on campus.

If a student is unable to schedule a meeting with a teacher during office hours, he or she should talk with the teacher to schedule an appointment during another time, such as during study hall, lunch, or after school. Students scheduling after-school appointments should contact the teacher via email at least 24 hours in advance to ensure teacher availability.

At the teacher’s discretion, a student may be required to attend office hours. Any student earning a grade below 75 is strongly encouraged to attend office hours.

Any student placed on academic probation is required to attend office hours. Failure to attend required sessions while on academic probation will be treated as skipping class and will result in a student automatically receiving 5 demerits (see Conduct).

Study Hall (Middle School)

All Middle School students have a study hall built into their daily schedule. During the study hall period, core teachers are available to assist a student with questions concerning assignments, quizzes or tests.

Seventh and eighth grade students may request permission to enroll in a study hall from the division principal. Students allowed to enroll in a study hall will be expected to utilize the entire period for studying; those failing to do so will lose the privilege and will be required to take an elective class. Study hall request forms are available in the Registrar's office.

Flex (Upper School)

Flex period is a period of time that Upper School students can use to relax with friends, meet with teachers, pursue other academic interests, form study groups, organize clubs, etc. Non-educational digital games and non-educational videos are not allowed during this time. The personal choice of how to use Flex is a privilege and may be taken away as a disciplinary consequence.

After-School Care (Middle School)

After-School Care is provided for Middle School students on school days from 3:15-6:00 p.m. Fifth through eighth grade students who are not enrolled in After-School Care or attending an after-school activity should not be on campus after 4:00 p.m. Please check with the Director of After-School Care for pricing and availability.

Attendance

Excused Absences

Absence from school will be excused for:

    1. Illness
    2. Family emergency
    3. Death in the family
    4. Professional appointment (e.g.medical, dental, clinical)
    5. Court appearance
    6. Religious observance
    7. Funeral
    8. School-sponsored activity such as sports or fine arts (for participants only)
    9. Pre-approved college visit days
    10. Family discretionary days (e.g. graduation, wedding of family member). These days may not be taken during exams, standardized testing, or class trips

* Please note: If a student has accrued nine (9) absences in one semester of a particular course, family discretionary and college visit days will not be approved as excused absences.

Absence due to illness or emergency

If the student is ill or absent due to an emergency, the parent must contact the relevant administrative assistant by 7:50 a.m. on the morning of the absence. In the case of a prolonged, recurring illness, the school will require a medical explanation from the physician.

College Visits

Seniors, juniors, and sophomores are encouraged to visit colleges to which they are interested in seeking admission. To avoid absences from class, families are encouraged to schedule college visit days for vacation times and weekends, and collaborate in advance with the Director of College Counseling about the visits.

Students who miss classes for college visits must make up their schoolwork according to the Pre-planned Absence policy. These absences are considered as part of the total allowable absences for a given semester. Please note: if a student has accrued more than nine (9) absences in one semester of a course, additional college visit days during that same semester will not be considered excused.

Pre-planned Absences

At least 24 hours prior to a pre-planned absence, students must contact their teachers and use the Pre-planned Absence Form to inventory all academic work they will miss. The completed form must then be submitted to the relevant division office and approved by the division principal in order for the absence to be considered excused.

When having Pre-planned Absence Forms signed, students must make arrangements with their teachers to make up any missed tests, quizzes, or other in-class assignments. Unless students are asked to complete certain assignments before they leave, all missed assignments will be due the day the student returns to campus. Students will receive a maximum grade of 80% on any assignment not made up according to this procedure.

Unexcused Absences

Absences for any reason other than those listed in the “Excused Absences” section of this handbook, or for which appropriate documentation has not been received by the relevant division office, will be considered unexcused. There will be an academic penalty for unexcused absences. Students will be allowed to make up work missed during the absence in a reasonable amount of time, but any unexcused absence will result in a zero for daily class participation and a maximum grade of 80% on all assignments, including tests, papers and projects.

Excessive Absences

If a student misses more than nine (9) classes in any one subject in the first semester or nine (9) classes in any one subject in the second semester, for excused or unexcused reasons or a combination thereof, the school may take action that includes, but is not limited to, loss of academic credit, assignment to a supervised study hall before or after school, and loss of privileges such as class trip participation, off-campus lunch, free periods, and co-curricular participation (including athletic and performing arts). The administration reserves the right to utilize discretion in responding to each case. In cases where the school decides that excessive absences are detrimental to a student’s education, a conference between school administration, Grade Chair, School Counselor, and the parents may take place to determine if the student willearn credit in the subjects missed.

Parents who know of a pre-scheduled reason that their child may miss more than nine (9) days a semester (such as planned surgery or special family circumstances) are asked to let the relevant division principal know at the outset of the semester, so that a plan may be devised regarding how to accommodate the circumstance.

Excessive absences (other than those directly related to a school-approved co-curricular activity) may be reported according to state truancy laws.

Class Trip Attendance Policy

Attendance on class trips that are scheduled during the academic year is required. However, if a student is unable to attend the class trip, he or she will be required to be at school for regular school hours. The school administration may disallow a student's participation on a class trip if a student is on probation for academic or behavioral issues, or if a student's number of absences (excused or unexcused) exceeds the allotted number of days (see Excessive Absences), or if a student's tuition balance is delinquent (see Tuition Payments).

Physical Education Absence

A student must have a note signed by a parent or a doctor stating the reason the student may not participate in a P.E. class. If the student cannot participate for more than one day, the note should indicate approximately when the student may return to full participation. Students will be required to complete written assignments given by the relevant P.E. teacher to take the place of physical activities missed.

Skipping Class

Skipping a class is strictly prohibited. Arriving to a class later than 15 minutes after the class begins without a valid written excuse is considered skipping class and will be recorded as an unexcused absence. A student skipping class will receive 5 demerits. If the student skips a class he or she will receive a zero on that assignment.

Make-up Work Policies

All work missed because of an absence must be made up to the satisfaction of the teacher. The student is responsible for making up missed work and asking peers for notes. Teachers can use their discretion concerning whether to grant an extension or reschedule an assessment. In the case of an unexcused absence, the student will receive a zero for daily class participation and a maximum grade of 80% on any assignment missed.

Leaving School Early

If a student needs to depart school early on a particular day, the following procedure should be followed: Out of courtesy to the school and so that the school can assist each family in a timely fashion, one of the student’s parents must inform the relevant Division Assistant, either in person or through a written note, phone call, or email at least 2 hours prior to the departure time. The Division Assistant will contact the relevant teacher and document the early departure in the portal. The student should remind the teacher before class begins about the time that he/she will need to leave. Except in emergency situations, classes should not be interrupted to inform or remind students to depart. Students leaving early because of an illness need to receive permission from the school nurse, who will note the permission in the Veracross portal. A Middle School student leaving campus for any reason may not sign themselves out but must be signed out by a parent. In all circumstances, the student must be signed out at the Welcome Center desk before leaving campus early.

Study Hall/Free Period Policy (Upper School)

Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and second semester freshmen will be permitted to drop a study hall and use it instead as a free period if they meet the following criteria in their core classes (English, History, Math, Science, and Languages) after each interim semester grading period:

  • Second semester freshmen must maintain a numerical average of 90 with no class grade under 90.
  • Sophomores must maintain an 85 average with no class grades under 85.
  • Juniors and seniors must maintain an 80 average with no class grades under 80.

During a free period, students may use the library as well as the Mac lab (if another class is not present) for individual studying and research. Students in a free period should not loiter in the academic hallways.

Please note: If the free period is during the first period of the day, eligible students are not required to be on campus for this first period. When students arrive to school, they must sign in at the Welcome Center. Likewise, a student who has a free period that falls at the end of the day has permission to leave school early, but must sign out at the Welcome Center.

Once they are at school, Upper School students may not leave campus during a free period that occurs in between the first and last period of the day. The media lab may also be used for research and work on assignments when a class is not present. Students in a free period should not loiter in the academic hallways.

Tardies

All students must arrive on time for their first class of the day. Students who come to school or class up to 15 minutes late without a valid excuse will be marked as tardy unexcused. Tardiness will be excused for vehicle breakdowns and other reasons mentioned under “excused absences.”

All students arriving late must:

  • Sign in at the Welcome Center
  • Provide a parental note stating the reason for the tardiness and receive a tardy slip from the Welcome Center Coordinator. (In lieu of the parental note, parents may either call or send an email to the Welcome Center Coordinator (ext. 221/broof@sdsw.org) to communicate the reason for a student’s tardiness.)
  • Enter class with a tardy slip.

The accumulation of unexcused tardies to school and to class will result in the following consequences:

  • 5 Tardies – student will serve a detention
  • 10 Tardies – student will serve a detention and Grade Chair will contact parents
  • 15 Tardies – student will serve a two-day detention and Grade Chair will contact parents
  • 20 Tardies – student will serve a detention for one week and a parent meeting with the Grade Chair, and/or the Division Principal will be required.

Co-Curricular Eligibility

A student must be present for the academic day no later than 10:30 a.m. in order to participate in the day’s co-curricular events. Students who attend school all morning and check out for a previously scheduled, non-emergency dental or medical appointment after 12:30 p.m. may participate in the day’s co-curricular activities. [Scott will provide language]

Lower School

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

Lower School Office7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Kindergarten Half Day8:00 a.m. - noon
Kindergarten Half Day 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Full Day (all grades PK-4)8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays (delayed start)9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
After-School Care3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Lower School students may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and are to go directly to the gym. No Lower School student is allowed on campus earlier than 7:30 a.m. unless supervised by an adult.

Attendance

The Lower School does not track or categorize absences based on excused or unexcused reasons. If a student is ill or otherwise absent, their parent should call or email the Lower School Administrative Assistant (lmccall@sdsw.org or 919-782-3331 ext. 222) or the classroom teacher as soon as possible on the morning of the absence and keep the classroom teacher informed of any long-term absences.

We also believe that class attendance is essential for academic growth for students to feel a part of their classroom and school community, preparing them for the rest of their educational journey. To that end, the administration reserves the right to discuss possible retention for students who miss more than nine (9) days a semester during the school year for any reason. This does not include days where a student may report late, but a high accumulation of late arrivals may also result in a discussion between the parents and the classroom teacher and the principal.

Planned Absence

If a student has a pre-planned engagement, we feel it is best for the student to remain engaged with the curriculum as much as possible, being mindful of the nature of the engagement and the activities to which they are committed. We ask that parents notify the teacher at least one week in advance of a planned absence in order to give the teacher time to gather materials and directions for the student to complete.

Class Trip Attendance

The purpose of class trips is to enhance student life, encourage the development of peer relationships and complement the curriculum. Students are expected to attend all class trips throughout the year.

Make-up Work Policies

All work missed because of an absence must be made up to the satisfaction of the teacher. If a student is absent for one day and has a scheduled test, project, or paper due on that day, he or she should be prepared to discuss with the teacher a reasonable make-up work plan the day he or she returns to school. The timeframe and workload of the make-up plan will also be communicated to the parents.

Tardiness

We do recognize that there are circumstances that arise where a student may be tardy, but we encourage all students to be in class on time to help them prepare better for the day ahead and to cut down on class distractions. Any student entering the classroom after 8:00 a.m. will be counted as tardy. The student should go directly to class and parents need to sign their child in at the Welcome Center.

Leaving School Early

If a student needs to depart school early on a particular day, the following procedure should be followed: Out of courtesy to the school and so that the school can assist each family in a timely fashion, one of the student’s parents must inform the relevant Division Assistant, either in person or through a written note, phone call, or email at least two hours prior to the departure time. The Division Assistant will contact the relevant teacher and document the early departure in the portal. The student should remind the teacher before class begins about the time that he/she will need to leave. Except in emergency situations, classes should not be interrupted to inform or remind students to depart. Students leaving early because of an illness need to receive permission from the school nurse, who will note the permission in the Veracross portal. A Lower School student leaving campus for any reason may not sign themselves out but must be signed out by a parent. In all circumstances, the student must be signed out at the Welcome Center desk before leaving campus early.

Excused from Physical Education

Students who are not able to participate in physical education because of a minor illness or injury should have a written note or email from the parent/guardian. A doctor’s note is needed for anything longer than three days. Students excused from P.E. will remain with their class but will not participate.

Conduct

St. David's strives to provide a safe, supportive atmosphere that is conducive to the flourishing of each member. Toward this end, students are held to a standard of relating to each other, in word and deed, with respect, honor, integrity, and charity. Furthermore, they are expected to contribute to an environment that fosters deep study and careful attention, and that honors the law of the land as well as the dignity of their own bodies and those of others.



Behavior

Inappropriate Speech and Conduct

Students at St. David’s School are bound by the commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself” and are expected to celebrate and safeguard the inherent dignity of all people by treating them, in word and deed, with respect, hospitality, compassion, forgiveness, and honor. Any behavior contrary to these principles is considered inappropriate, and subject to a disciplinary response, including:

  • ineligibility for: co-curricular activities, honors, off-campus privileges, and leadership positions
  • demerits, detention, suspension, and expulsion (see Forms of Discipline section)

Although not an exhaustive list, the following behaviors constitute at least (and perhaps more than) inappropriate speech and conduct:

  • Name calling
  • Making up stories to get someone in trouble
  • Hitting, kicking, tripping, pushing another student
  • Telling other people not to talk to or be friends with someone
  • Damaging another student’s property
  • Making unwelcome sexual comments or advancements
  • Intentionally excluding one or a few people from a group activity (such as class assignments, lunch table, etc.)
  • Intentionally blocking another student’s locker
  • Threatening harm to someone, even if in a joking way (we must address all statements that call safety into question)

Severe or repeated cases of inappropriate speech and conduct can be considered either harassment or bullying.

Harassment

The school takes seriously and defines harassment as speech or conduct that is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile environment.

Examples of harassment include but are not limited to:

  • obscene or suggestive remarks or jokes, verbal abuse and insults
  • displays of explicit, offensive or demeaning materials
  • physical or verbal hazing
  • threats
  • comments which are demeaning with respect to race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, or disability

Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • making unwelcome sexual advances
  • engaging in improper physical contact
  • making improper sexual comments
  • thereby creating an intimidating, hostile educational environment

These activities or similar activities may also be a violation of federal law.

Bullying

The school defines bullying as conscious, willful, malicious and/or deliberate activity intended to exclude, harm, or induce fear through the threat of further aggression or create distress.

This behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • verbal abuse
  • physical bullying or the threat of physical bullying
  • cyber-bullying (including but not limited to the Internet, smartphones, e-mail, instant messaging, blogging, websites and photography)

which is intended to create distress and affect any member of the community’s behavior or performance in school.

If the administration determines a student is using cyber-bullying against another student, he/she could be charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor.

It is important to note that not all aggressive behavior is harassment or bullying. Some students, without the intention or awareness that it causes distress, may exhibit behaviors that appear to be harassment or bullying. However, all perceptions of bullying will be taken seriously.

Reporting Inappropriate Speech and Conduct, Bullying, and Harassment

All students who think they are victims of inappropriate speech and conduct, harassment, or bullying should immediately report the incident to their parents as well as their Advisor, Grade Chair, School Counselor, Coach, Athletic Director, or Division Principal. School authorities will investigate all such reports. Students and parents should refrain from discussing such situations or complaints with other students in order to maintain the privacy of all parties involved. All such reports will be handled discreetly to maintain confidentiality in order to protect the student making the report.

Civil authorities will handle criminal charges.

MS & US Social Media, Vandalism, Weapons, & Illicit Substances

Social Media

While St. David’s recognizes that texting and social media activity outside of school is under the authority and supervision of parents, we also recognize that there can be an effect on the school environment and educational experience. When we deem that the student’s experience at school has been seriously affected by texting or social media activity, we reserve the right to address the issue, which can include informing parents and treating the activity according to the school’s behavior policy. Activity deemed harmful toward peers or St. David’s School, its members, or its policies includes, but is not limited to:

  • defamation
  • slander
  • offensive comments

Vandalism/ Destruction of Property

Vandalism of school property is considered a severe offense and will be handled by the Discipline Committee. Students destroying or injuring school property will be required to pay for repairs.

Weapons

Weapons are not allowed on campus. The school reserves the right to immediately suspend any student bringing a weapon to school, and the suspension will most likely become an expulsion.

Illicit Substances

Students are not permitted to use, purchase, contribute to the purchase of, transport, conceal, sell, distribute, display for sale, provide to another, provide a place for the use or concealment of, or possess alcohol and illegal drugs (including tobacco and vaping products).

This regulation applies to the entire school year, beginning when the enrollment contract for the upcoming school year is signed, whether on or off campus, whether during school hours or not, whether at a St. David’s sponsored event or not.

  • Off-campus use or possession is defined as use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or tobacco or vaping products off school property and at activities not sponsored by St. David’s.
  • On-campus use or possession is defined as use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or tobacco or vaping products within the physical confines of the school campus, on a bus to a school-sponsored activity, or at any school-sponsored event held on or off campus.

While this policy doesn't address the use of legal substances, in situations where a student engages in such behavior, St. David's will try to direct them towards receiving proper help.

Alcohol and Vaping/Tobacco Products—Reasonable Suspicion of Violation

  1. If there is a reasonable suspicion, based on evidence, that this policy has been violated, then even if the student was not caught in the act of using alcohol or a vaping/tobacco product, he/she can be noted for being present in a “first instance under question”. St. David's reserves the right to search the student's locker, belongings, and person.
  2. If there is a reasonable suspicion, based on evidence, that this policy has been violated a second time within the same three-year span, then even if the student was not caught in the act of using alcohol or a vaping/tobacco product, St. David’s can require the student to complete an off-site alcohol or nicotine test within 24 hours.
    1. If the results of the test are negative, the student will revert to the status of having been present in a “first instance under question.”
    2. If the results of the test are positive, the student or their parents must reimburse the school for the cost of the test, and the student will be treated under the 1stoffense category of the “Observed Violation” section.
    3. If a student refuses to get tested within the designated 24 hours, they will be treated under the 1stoffense category of the “Observed Violation” section.

Alcohol and Vaping/Tobacco Products—Observed Violation

Anyone observed to have violated this policy may be subject to the following disciplinary actions which include:

  • First offense (no minimum amount; possession or a sip is treated the same as consumption of a larger quantity):
      1. Students involved may not represent the school in any co-curricular activity for one month following the date of the offense.
      2. Students holding student-elected offices must vacate them for the rest of the school year.
      3. Five demerits & detention
      4. Students may be subject to suspension (in-school or out of school) or expulsion in egregious cases (e.g. distribution or selling)
      5. Students must be assessed by a qualified professional at the parents’ expense and begin treatment, if necessary. Written confirmation is required within 30 days of offense from the assessor to the Division Principal, stating that assessment has occurred.
      6. Students may take part in any suitable projects/programs determined by the school administration (i.e., research paper, work, video, and visits to emergency room or AA meetings).
  • Second offense:
      1. Out-of-school suspension
      2. Students may be suspended from all co-curricular activities for the remainder of the school year and are ineligible for awards, letters, or certificates for those activities.
      3. Students are subject to expulsion in egregious cases.
      4. Punishments other than expulsion will not carry over into the next academic year. Summer work projects may be required.
  • Third offense:

Expulsion. Note: If an illegal drug is used in a vaping device, the offense will be treated under the Illegal Drugs policy.

Illegal Drugs: Penalties for off-campus offenses

  • First offense (no minimum amount; possession is treated the same as consumption of a larger quantity)
      1. Assessment by a qualified professional at the parents’ expense; begin treatment, if necessary; written confirmation within 30 days of offense from the assessor to the Division Principal, stating that assessment has occurred.
      2. Students may take part in any suitable projects/programs determined by the school administration (i.e., research paper, work, video, and visits to emergency room or addiction meetings).
      3. Students involved may not represent the school in any co-curricular activity for one month following the date of the offense.
      4. Students holding student-elected offices must vacate them for the rest of the school year.
      5. Students are subject to suspension (in-school or out-of-school) or expulsion in egregious cases.
  • Second offense (with no previous on-campus incident)
      1. Assessment by qualified personnel (as in first offense).
      2. Students are subject to suspension from all co-curricular activities for the remainder of the school year and are ineligible for awards, letters, or certificates for those activities.
      3. Punishments other than expulsion will not carry over into the next academic year. Summer work projects may be required.
      4. Students are subject to suspension (in-school or out-of-school) or expulsion in egregious cases.
  • Third offense

Expulsion

Illegal Drugs: Penalties for on-campus offenses

  • First offense (with no previous off-campus incident)
    Automatic out-of-school suspension plus the same consequences as a first off-campus offense.
  • Second offense
    Expulsion


Upper and Middle School Discipline

At St. David's, we view appropriate discipline not only as a vehicle for administering justice but also as a form of care. When rules and policies are enforced consistently, fairly, and in love, they can help clarify the distinction between right and wrong and motivate students to improve their behavior, where necessary.


Any behavior contrary to the principles promoted by St. David’s, which are articulated at the beginning of this handbook [LINK BACK TO MISSION STATEMENT], are subject to a disciplinary response, including:

  • Ineligibility for: co-curricular activities, honors, off-campus privileges, and leadership positions
  • Demerits, detention, suspension, and dismissal/expulsion

Demerits (grades 6-12)

In general, a single demerit will be given for:

  • Dress code violation
  • Chewing gum
  • Bringing food or drink (other than water) into class (or other non-restricted areas during lunch)
  • Mild disruption of a student’s learning

More serious infractions will warrant multiple demerits, including (but not limited to):

  • Behavior that disrespects or dishonors another person
  • Moderate or severe disruption of a student’s learning
  • Destruction of private property
  • Leaving campus without permission
  • Misuse of electronic devices

Teachers will notify any student who earns a demerit. The accumulation of demerits will result in the following consequences, in addition to loss of privileges at the discretion of the Upper School principal:

  • 5 Demerits – Working detention
  • 10 Demerits – Working detention and parent conference with grade chair
  • 15 Demerits – In-school detention and parent conference with grade chair and the Upper School principal
  • 20 Demerits – Parent conference with the grade chair and the Upper School principal and the development of a behavior contract ADD LINK

Note: Demerits may be accumulated throughout the school year, i.e., a student’s demerits are not reset to zero at any point during the school year. However, they are reset from school year to school year.

Detentions

Working Detention
Working detentions are times before, during, or after school when a student is removed from the school community to serve the community. For example, a student receiving a working detention may be given the task of cleaning the dining hall for an entire week after lunch; they may come to school early to clean the teacher’s classroom in preparation for class or held after school to pick up litter and trash left on campus throughout the day. Students serving a working detention may also lose their privilege of participating in co-curricular activities for that day.

In-Class Detention
Students serving an in-class detention will attend all normally scheduled classes but will forfeit all free time during the day and may be barred from participation in school co-curricular activities during the detention. In-class detentions may be prescribed for a single day or up to a week.

Behavior Contract

A behavior contract is a document that defines the school’s expectations for the student’s future behavior and the consequences to the student for failing to meet those expectations.

Behavior contracts may be written for a student before 20 demerits have been reached if an offense warrants immediate strong action. Students on a behavior contract will not be re-enrolled until the school year has been completed satisfactorily and the discipline issue has been resolved in the judgment of the relevant principal.

Suspensions

In-school and out-of-school suspensions remove students from the normal life of the school for a period of time. Students receiving a suspension of either variety will not be allowed to participate in or watch any athletic or co-curricular events or represent the school in any manner during the term of the suspension. Students who have earned a suspension will not be re-enrolled for the following school year until the current school year has been completed satisfactorily in the judgment of the administration.

If a senior is required to serve a suspension after application materials have been sent to colleges, St. David’s will send a letter to the colleges informing them of the change in the student’s status. St. David’s may request that the student write a letter of explanation and apology to the colleges.

In-School Suspension
Students receiving an in-school suspension will report to the division office at 7:50 a.m. and will be isolated from the school community. They will work on academic assignments given to them by their teachers and they may also be asked to perform manual labor for the school at the discretion of the administration. In order to receive full credit for missed assignments, students must submit the completed assignments when on time.

Out-of-School Suspension
Students serving an out-of-school suspension will not be allowed on campus during the term of their suspension without the express permission of the school administration. In order to receive full credit for missed assignments, students must submit the completed assignments when on time. The only exception is that group projects or papers that were assigned prior to the suspension may be given partial credit for work completed. The student is responsible for collecting and keeping up with missed assignments while suspended. The student should work out a plan with his or her teachers for making up any missed tests. The student must not wait until the end of the suspension period to contact teachers about missed work.

Expulsion/Withdrawal

A student who commits a major disciplinary infraction (including an Honor Code violation) or repeatedly refuses to live up to the standards of a St. David’s student may be asked to withdraw or may be expelled. After a period of time the student may apply for consideration for re-enrollment.

Lower School Classroom Expectations

Classroom Expectations

Though each teacher may provide the students with additional classroom responsibilities, there are certain expectations in each classroom:

  • Proper respect should be shown to other students and adults. Listen without speaking when another person is speaking. Never put down another student for an opinion, question, or answer.
  • Show proper respect for all property. Whether it is a student’s personal property or the school’s property, respect should be paid to everything that does not belong to you. Pick up papers and trash both in the classroom and anywhere on the school grounds; take pride in and care of the school and the facilities with which the Lord has blessed us.
  • No food or drink, except for water, is allowed in the classroom except for authorized snack times. Chewing gum is not allowed during the school day.

Lower School Pledge

The Lower School also has a division-wide pledge that is made during the first Chapel service of the year and is something to which we want our students to aspire and strive to demonstrate throughout the school year.

I pledge, to continually try my best, to respect and make peace with others, to lead and to serve, to apologize and to forgive, and to work together to show the fruits of the Spirit and be true Warriors for Christ.

Dress Code

Upper and Middle Schools

Dress serves utilitarian purposes, but it is also a form of communication through which people can convey certain assumptions about their bodies and the work in which they engage. St. David's desires student dress to communicate a sense of not only school unity and pride, but also an appropriate value and significance to the activity of study and learning. Education is serious business, and we should dress accordingly. Furthermore, dress can contribute to a shared environment that either upholds or undermines the meaning and value of the human body. The way we dress should not contribute to a culture in which bodies are viewed as objects of consumption; rather, our clothing choices should contribute to a positive environment in which all members are protected and respected. In short, dress at St. David's to be a means of speaking the truth and loving our neighbor.


General Attire

All students are required to dress neatly and modestly and in a manner that is not distracting or offensive but rather appropriate for a serious academic environment. General attire at St. David’s consists of:

  • Dress shirt (blouse, polo, or collared shirt)
  • Dress pants or shorts
  • Dresses or skirts
  • Sweater, quarter-zipped fleece and/or jackets
  • Non-athletic shoes (grades 5-6 may wear athletic shoes)
  • Canvas shoes, such as Vans, Toms, Converse, and Sperry may be worn on days other than Chapel Day as long as they are clean, neat, in good condition, and not distracting

The following attire should not be worn:

  • Excessively tight pants, including leggings (without a skirt), Spandex, jeggings, yoga or exercise pants
  • Athletic wear, including hats, athletic shorts, and t-shirts; leggings worn as pants (without a skirt), Spandex, jeggings, yoga or exercise pants; mesh shorts; sweatshirts (without the St. David’s logo); strapless tops or tops with straps less than two inches wide, or apparel that leaves uncovered the midriff, buttocks, chest, or other areas of the body protected by modesty.
  • (For ladies) Hemlines of skirts more than three inches above the top of the knees and straps less than two inches wide; (for ladies and gentlemen) hemlines of shorts more than three inches above the top of the knees; (for gentlemen) untucked shirts and pants without a belt. When selecting their dress for the school day, students should take into consideration how their articles of clothing look, move, and fit not only when standing but also in all other postures, such as sitting, lifting or bending over.
  • Blue denim or pants with holes or distressed appearance.

Chapel Attire

Gentlemen:

  • Khaki dress pants (khaki color only)
  • White button-down shirt
  • St. David's tie or a solid navy tie
  • Navy or white sweater or navy blazer
  • Dress shoes

Ladies:

  • Navy skirt or navy dress pants. Note: Leggings worn as pants (without a skirt), Spandex, jeggings, yoga and exercise pants do not constitute proper chapel attire.
  • White, off-white or cream button-down shirt or dress blouse (not a white T-shirt)
  • Navy or white sweater or navy blazer
  • Dress shoes
  • Moderate accessories

P.E. Uniforms (Middle School)

P.E. uniforms consist of a gray, St. David’s School T-shirt and navy blue athletic shorts. Appropriate athletic shoes and athletic socks are also required.

Personal Hygiene and Grooming

  • Natural hair colors only
  • Gentlemen: Hair length should not touch the collar or fall below the brow; no facial hair is allowed
  • Earrings are allowed for girls only and limited to two per ear lobe
  • Piercings on visible places on the body other than the ear are prohibited
  • Tattoos are prohibited

Themed Dress Day Attire

Periodically there will be themed dress days (such as School Spirit Day, Pajama Day, WinterFest, Spirit Week, etc.) when students have the option of dressing according to the designated theme (and following the specifications for that day) or abiding by the St. David’s dress code for general attire.

Consequences for Inappropriate Dress (Upper School)

  1. A student in violation of the dress code will be sent to the Upper School office and parents will be notified.
  2. The student will be expected to change into appropriate attire. Clothes will be loaned to the student if necessary, or parents may bring them from home.
  3. The first violation of the dress code will be recorded as a warning.
  4. Upon the second and third violations of the dress code, the student will be given a demerit.
  5. Chronic dress code violations will result in the student’s loss of privileges such as class trip participation, off-campus lunch, free periods, and co-curricular participation (including athletic and performing arts).

Please note: If students are unsure whether or not a particular outfit adheres to the St. David’s dress code, they should ask an advisor or grade chair before wearing the clothing to school.

Consequences for Inappropriate Dress (Middle School)


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Please note: If students are unsure whether or not a particular outfit adheres to the St. David’s dress code, they should ask an advisor or grade chair before wearing the clothing to school.

Lower School

St. David's strives to be a community of learning that together loves what is beautiful, pursues the truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. A sense of unity in community can be fostered by sharing common rituals, vocabulary, and songs; and it can also be cultivated by shared dress. By minimizing individual distinctions in dress, uniforms can not only help develop school unity and pride, but can also lessen the likelihood of distraction. Furthermore, neat, simple and attractive uniforms can convey a sense of significance to the activity of study and learning. Education is serious business, and we should dress accordingly. Finally, uniforms in the Lower School can prepare students to think about how clothing choices can and should contribute to a positive environment in which all members are protected and respected.


Lower School Dress Code

The following dress code has been established for the Lower School to promote unity among the students and the foundation for a neat and clean school appearance.

  • School uniforms must be worn each day, with the exception of approved themed dress days
  • Closed toe and heel shoes are required
  • Tennis shoes and socks must be worn or brought for PE
  • Hooded St. David’s sweatshirts are not to be worn during Chapel services
  • Non-St. David’s jackets, zip-ups or pull-overs are permitted on cold days but must be taken off inside or replaced by a St. David’s jacket, fleece or sweater
  • Non-St. David’s sweatshirts are not permitted at anytime except on approved themed dress days
  • All shorts, regardless of type, must be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee and/or t-shirts must not come down below the bottom of the shorts, even on themed dress days, unless otherwise approved.

Boys Attire

  • All shirts must be properly tucked in and buttoned
  • Only white, blue, gray, brown and black solid color socks, with an approved emblem, may be worn with the uniforms
  • Belts should be worn at all times (excluding Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students)
  • Hair must be neatly trimmed above the collar, the ears and the eyebrows
  • Earrings are not to be worn during school hours or school activities

Girls Attire

  • All blouses must be properly tucked in and buttoned
  • Belts should be worn with pants (excluding Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students)
  • Skirts/jumpers may be no more than 3 inches above the top of the kneecap
  • Bike shorts are required to be worn underneath all skirts and jumpers
  • Hair must be neat and clean and hairbands must be modest and undistracting (ie. no cat ears, puff balls, etc. unless on an approved themed dress day)
  • For leggings and long socks/knee socks, only solid colors are to be worn with the uniform - white, navy blue, gray and black

If a student is out of dress code, alternative items will be given to them from the Lower School office to be returned by the next school day.

Technology and Social Media

St. David's is committed to creating an atmosphere that fosters deep study and patient exploration; we aim to cultivate habits of attention, focus and discernment, and the ability to track an argument well. We therefore encourage the use of technologies that can enhance these ends and discourage technologies that undermine them. Because different subjects lend themselves to different approaches to teaching, each teacher determines the kind of technology used in his or her classroom, within the broader pedagogical commitments of St. David's School.

Responsible Use Policy

The Responsible Use Policy can be found online on the Back-to-School Information Resource Board and the Student Resource Board.

All Students must read and sign the Responsible Use Policy before using technology on the St. David's School campus. This is done by signing the Handbook at the beginning of the year; by agreeing to sign the handbook, students are held to agree with the Responsible Use Policy as well as all relevant intellectual property and copyright laws.

Violation of the Responsible Use Policy may incur network account restrictions, loss of technology and network privileges, and disciplinary action. Students are expected to inform faculty and staff of any technology-related privacy or security problems they observe. State and federal laws also apply to certain activities involving information and telecommunications technologies, and, when the school deems necessary, it will report violations of these laws to the proper authorities.

Middle and Upper School Technology

iPads and Computers

Students in grades 8-12 who desire to use an iPad or laptop and connect to the St. David's IT infrastructure may choose from the following devices: iPad (version 3 or later Apple iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini with a minimum of 32 GB) or a laptop (e.g., MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface) running a Mac or Windows operating system. All laptops must have anti-virus software installed, enabled and regularly updated.

Parents and students are responsible for the care and maintenance of their student's device. St. David's technology team supports students in ensuring their St. David's email and Box accounts are functional and accepts student connections. However, the use of, repair and troubleshooting of student-owned devices is not supported by the St. David's technology team.

Electronic Devices and Assessments

All assessments will be taken without any electronic device in use or visible, unless explicitly permitted by the instructor. Unpermitted use during an assessment is a violation of the Honor Code.

Phones

Middle School: The use of cell phones during the school day (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) is not necessary or permitted. If a student needs to use a phone during school hours, phones are available in all classrooms and in the division office. Therefore, the school discourages students from bringing cell phones to school. If students do bring phones to school, they must leave the cell phone with their advisor at the beginning of the da. Students may pick up the phone when the day has ended. Failure to follow the cell phone policy will constitute an Honor Code violation and result in disciplinary action.

Upper School: Unless otherwise directed by a teacher, the use of cell phones is prohibited during the school day (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) with one exception: students may check their phones during Flex in the Commons. Phones visible or heard elsewhere will be confiscated and taken to the Upper School office.

Unintentional sounds from an electronic device result in the following consequences:

    1. In the first instance, the device will be confiscated and taken to the Upper School office, and no demerits will be given.
    2. In the second instance, the device will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent in the Upper School office. The student will receivetwo demerits.
    3. In the third instance, the device will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent, and three demerits will be given, resulting in a detention.

For phones visible or otherwise in use outside of Flex time:

  1. In the first instance: the phone will be confiscated and taken to the Upper School office. The student will receive five demerits, resulting in a detention.
  2. In the second instance, the phone will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent in the Upper School office. The student will receive five demerits, resulting in a detention.
  3. In the third instance, the phone will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent in the Upper School office. The student will receive five demerits, resulting in a detention. After the third instance, the student may no longer bring a phone to school.

During school hours, the use of any device to play non-educational games or non-education videos on school property is prohibited (including during Flex time).

Social Media

While St. David's recognizes that texting and social media activity outside of school is under the authority and supervision of parents, we also recognize that there can be an effect on the school environment and educational experience. When the school deems that the student's experience at school has been seriously affected by texting or social media activity, it reserves the right to address the issue, which can include informing parents and treating the activity according to the school's behavior policy.

Activity toward peers or St. David's School, its members, or its policies deemed harmful includes, but is not limited to:

  • Defamation
  • Slander
  • Offensive comments

The school advises that students carefully check the privacy and security policies of each technology and social media platform they use before adding content they may not wish to be viewed by others, either now or in the future.

Lower School Technology

Electronic Devices

Lower School students should not bring electronic items such as cell phones, iPods, electronic games, personal CD players , smart watches, etc. to school. These items are an unnecessary distraction to the academic and social atmosphere at school. Important messages will be delivered to students via the division office or parents can email the classroom teacher. With prior approval, students may bring academic electronic devices, such as calculators, dictionaries, translators, laptop computers, iPads, etc. which are necessary for their classes. These devices should not be taken out or used during carpool or lunch.

Additionally, other non-school related items, such as toys, fidget spinners, sports trading cards, etc., may not be brought to school without prior approval from a teacher or the division principal.

Campus and Facilities

We envision a learning community that together loves what is beautiful, pursues truth, and embodies the virtues needed to live life well. This learning community includes parents, who bear primary responsibility for their child's formation and who are crucial partners with the school in their child's education. To achieve this vision of parent-school partnership, St. David's strives to communicate consistently and effectively with families.

On-Campus Visitation

For the protection of St. David's students and staff, ALL visitors must report to the Welcome Center. Students who wish to host a student visitor on campus must complete a visitation form and submit it for approval by the division principal at least 24 hours before the proposed visit. Forms for these visits are available in the Upper School office.

Parking

During the school day (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), parents and guests are asked not to park in numbered spaces or spaces designated by signs; these are reserved for faculty and staff. Parking can be accessed in visitor's spaces or areas on the streets that are marked on the adjacent map.

Dining

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Lost and Found

Lockers

Lockers are the property of St. David's School and are subject to search at any time. Students are not allowed to exchange lockers without the permission of the grade chair. Students should never open the locker of a classmate without the permission of the student to whom the locker is assigned. Any student who has something taken from his or her locker should notify his or her grade chair as soon as possible.

Bicycles, Skateboards and Scooters

Students are allowed to ride bicycles to and from school. During school hours, bicycles are to be stored in the designated area between the PAC and the Upper School building. Under no circumstances may students ride bicycles on campus between the beginning and end of the school day. The use of skateboards or scooters in not allowed on the school property.

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School Life

We envision a learning community that together embodies the virtues needed to live life well. In addition to being equipped for college and career success, we seek to inspire students for faithful, humble service to God and others according to their calling. To that end, St. David's provides opportunities for students to grow in leadership, service character, and healthy relationships through participation in student life and student government, and it honors those who excel in these virtues.

Dances and Parties

All school dances and parties will be sponsored and planned by the Upper/Middle School Student Council. A calendar of social events for the school year will be made available at the beginning of the school year.

Fundraisers

In order to focus our efforts as a community on several large fundraisers, including the school's Annual Fund, other fundraisers, by classes, clubs and sports teams, for example, are not permitted without prior approval. Proposals for school-endorsed activities need to be submitted to the Dean of Student Affairs and the Division Principal by the end of March to be implemented for the following school year.

Student Government

Upper School Prefect Offices, Student Council and Honor Council Offices

Prefect positions, Student Council and Honor Council offices both require students to have passing grades and to maintain good standards of personal behavior. receiving an honor code violation will require forfeiting leadership in any of these offices for one year, whereupon eligibility will be reconsidered. The decision regarding a student's eligibility to serve as a class officer, student council member, or honor council member, or other student leader ultimately rests with the Upper School principal and the respective faculty sponsor.

Middle School Student Council Offices

Student Council offices require students to have passing grades and to maintain good standards of personal behavior. The decision regarding a student's eligibility to serve as a class officer, student council member, or other student leader ultimately rests with the grade chairs and division principal.

Honor Societies

Upper School National Honor Society

Membership in the St. David’s local chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) (https://www.nhs.us/) is reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors who have already demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership, admirable character, and service to others. Selection for membership is by a faculty council that meets twice per year to review procedures of the chapter, select members, and consider dismissal, disciplinary actions, and warning cases. Candidates for the NHS must have been in attendance at the school a minimum of one semester. An induction service for NHS candidates is held twice a year. Candidates will be notified regarding selection or non-selection prior to the induction service.

Scholarship

Candidates must have a non-rounded, cumulative numeric non-weighted average of at least 90%, or a 3.70 weighted GPA. Candidates that are eligible based on scholarship shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character.

Service

Candidates must have documented community service which shows that they are keeping pace or exceeding the school service hour requirements. St. David’s School requires a total of 80 hours of community service for all graduating students.Sophomore candidates inducted in the spring will need to have completed 40 hours of community service by February 1 in order to be eligible. Junior candidates need 50 hours by September 1 for the fall induction and 60 hours by February 1 for the spring. Seniors inducted in the fall require 70 hours by September 1. Students who enroll in St. David’s after the fall semester of their freshman year will need to complete 10 service hours per semester for which they have been at St. David’s to be eligible (e.g. a student who misses fall semester of his/her freshman year will need 30 (not 40) service hours to be inducted as a sophomore).

NHS members will be required to serve a minimum of 90 hours of service in order to graduate with the distinction of being a NHS member.

Leadership

Candidates must be recognized by the Faculty Council for exercising leadership in student government, in the classroom, on the athletic field, or in other school or community activities.

Character

Candidates must be recognized by the Faculty Council as being persons who demonstrates respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Students must not have had an honor code violation within the last year to be eligible.

Dismissal

After induction in the NHS, failure to keep a cumulative unweighted average of 90% or 3.70 may result in dismissal. Members who fall below the standards which are the basis for their selection shall be promptlywarned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of timeto correct the deficiency, except in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law. NHS members who have had an honor code violation will be dismissed for one year before their eligibility is reconsidered.

Activities

Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in a service project that reflects his or her particular talents and interests. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. Refusal to participate in the NHS projects also leads to a written warning and, if not corrected, dismissal from the organization.


Middle School National Junior Honor Society

To be eligible for membership consideration, Middle School students must have a cumulative numerical grade average of 94 or above. Grade point average will be calculated based on core curriculum classes only (history, math, science, English, language arts, and modern and classical language). Sixth grade students must have completed three consecutive middle school semesters at St. David’s School before being considered. Seventh and eighth grade candidates must have attended St. David's School for at least one semester. Potential members must also meet high standards of character, citizenship, and leadership in the areas of faith, virtue, and knowledge.

Leadership is also measured by the student's participation in two or more community and/or school activities. To meet service requirements, the student must have been active in at least one school or community service project.

Citizenship and character are measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethical conduct, and cooperation with both students and faculty. Faith, virtue, and knowledge are considered to be a vital part of leadership, character, and citizenship.

Students who are eligible for membership based on their GPA are invited to complete a student information survey that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate's leadership and service. In addition to this survey, the Faculty Council will review school disciplinary records and solicit members of the faculty regarding their professional observations of each candidate. The Faculty Council, consisting of five members of the faculty chosen by the Middle School Principal, will carefully review all information to determine membership. A majority vote of the council is needed for selection. Candidates will be notified regarding selection or non-selection prior to the induction service held in the spring.

Dismissal

All members are expected to keep a cumulative average of 94% after induction in the National Junior Honor Society. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the National Junior Honor Society. Members who fall below the standards which are the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the chapter adviser and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law.

Upper School Community Service Requirement

St. David’s encourages a sense of responsibility for the common good, and we desire to help students live for God’s glory and the good of their neighbors (love). The Community Service Program challenges students to invest in their community by giving of their time and resources in a manner that is meaningful and long-lasting. By exposing students to people with various forms of need, we hope to expand their moral horizons and foster in each student a spirit of self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.


Requirements

  • All Upper School students are required to complete at least 80 hours of meaningful community service in order to graduate from St. David’s School.
  • At least 10 hours of community service are required each year (inclusive of community service day and other St. David’s sponsored service events).
  • Additional hours earned in any year will be applied to the 80-hour requirement.
    • A student may perform the minimum 10 hours each year prior to their senior year and then complete the service requirement by performing 50 hours in his/her senior year.
    • A freshman may perform 80 hours of service in his/her freshman year, but would still be required to perform at least 10 hours of service during his/her sophomore, junior, and senior years.
  • St. David’s recommends that students strive to serve an average of 20 hours each school year. Any hours logged in addition to the required 80 will be included on a student’s transcript.
  • Students who enter St. David’s School after their freshman year will have to complete at least 20 hours of service for each year remaining in their upper school career. For example, students matriculating as a sophomore will need to complete at least 60 hours of community service.

For the purposes of this policy, a year is considered to begin the first day of summer break and ends the last day of school. Therefore, a student may begin to accumulate community service hours in the summer before entering his or her freshman year. Failure to earn the required ten hours of service in a given year will result in the withholding of the final grade reports until the hours are completed. Community service forms must be submitted to the Assistant to the Upper School Principal.

Acceptable forms of Community Service

Students should seek opportunities for service that benefit the many communities in which they live: school, church, neighborhood and town as well as outside communities. In most circumstances community service should be given in cooperation with nonprofit entities whose primary mission is charitable service. As a rule of thumb, service that directly, or in some significant way, benefits the individual or the individual’s immediate family will not count as community service.

Examples of acceptable community service:

  • Serving at a homeless shelter, rescue mission, or any organization serving members of the community in need
  • Serving as a volunteer at the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, United Way, public library
  • Serving at your church (teaching Sunday school, serving in the nursery, etc.)
  • Service projects for nonprofit clubs and organizations (e.g., Boy Scout Eagle Project, Girl Scout Gold Award, Rotary, Kiwanis)
  • Official St. David’s School service opportunities, e.g.:
    • Community Service Day
    • Lower School International Night
    • Any service given managing St. David’s School athletic teams (up to 15 hours may be awarded per team per season/up to 50 hours may be awarded toward the total graduation requirement)
    • Service given by managing A/V during morning prayer, chapel, assemblies, and special events
    • Other service opportunities on the St. David’s campus will be considered by the Upper School principal on a case-by-case basis.
  • Mission Trips (Mission trips must be through a non-profit organization such as a church, youth ministry, or non-governmental organization.) Up to 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week may be awarded for overnight/extended missions trips.
  • Camp Counseling (Camp counselor service hours may be awarded if the student did not receive any remuneration for his/her service.) Up to 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week may be awarded for overnight camps.

Supervision Outside of School Hours

The health and well-being of your student is our goal--therefore, we request that families provide supervision for students on campus before 7:30 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m. (unless they are enrolled in After-School Care or attending another St. David's-sponsored event). Outside of school hours, St. David's is not responsible for unsupervised students on campus.

Emergency Procedures

Health, Safety and Security

Campus Boundaries

Other than leaving for approved reasons, all students must remain on campus during the school day. During the school day, students may not go into the wooded areas, the parking lots, the Lower School playground, or athletic fields without faculty supervision. Students who drive and park off-campus may not return to their vehicles during the school day without the permission of the administration (their grade chair or the Upper School office). Students leaving campus boundaries without permission is prohibited. Students who do so will go before the principal/discipline committee.

Health

Magnus Health: Student Medical Records

St. David's School is pleased to partner with Magnus Health to offer a secure, online database for all medical record completion, submission and maintenance. All documents are uploaded into the Magnus Health System. This can be completed by logging in to the St. David's portal (add hyperlink) on the school's website. Magnus allows the school nurse to look up vital information, chart visits to the nurse, and keep track of medical issues, immunizations, medications and trends.

Annual Physical and Immunization

Nut Policy

Lice

Concussion Management Plan

Student Illness

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Medication

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Blood-borne Pathogens

First Aid

Transportation of Ill Students

HIV Policy

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Asbestos

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)

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Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Policy

Safety

St. David's aims to provide a safe atmosphere in which all members of the community feel prepared for certain emergencies.

In the event of an emergency during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., contact the school office by calling 919-782-3331.

Fire/All-Weather/Lockdown Drills

Fire, all-weather, and lockdown drills will be conducted periodically throughout the year. The school reserves the right to perform these drills unannounced, so parents should adequately prepare their student, as necessary. Students should take drills seriously, remain calm and orderly, and follow directions from faculty and staff members.

Severe Weather and School Closings

In the event of inclement weather, school officials will make every effort to publish an announcement the evening prior or by 6:30 a.m. Information will be posted on the school's website and all families will be contacted via text message, making it imperative that contact information is kept current in the portal. Additionally, St. David's will contact WRAL-TV to post closing information.

Security

Campus Visitors

For the protection of St. David's students and staff, ALL visitors to campus must first report to the Welcome Center. Students who wish to host a student visitor on campus during lunch must complete a visitation form and submit it for approval by the Division Principal at least 24 hours before the proposed visit. Forms for these visitations are available in the Division offices.

Ministers who wish to visit with a student on campus during lunch must receive approval from the Chaplain at least 48 hours before the proposed visit. Forms for these visitations are available from the Chaplain.

Tuition Payments

For your convenience, and as outlined in the Enrollment Contract, St. David’s has three tuition plans, each offering payment options beginning in the month of June prior to the start of the coming school year:

  • One-Pay Plan: One payment due on June 1 or upon enrollment.
  • Two-Pay Plan: Two equal payments due on June 1 and September 1.
  • Ten-Pay Plan: Ten equal payments due each month – June 1 to March 1.

Enrollment or re-enrollment at any time after June 1 requires that accounts must be current to complete the enrollment and registration process.

All notifications and billing of tuition and incidental charges from the Business Office are generated online via My BackPack. Paper invoices are not issued and online payments through My BackPack are encouraged. Please allow 5-10 business days for online payments to be processed.

Your prompt and timely payment of tuition is greatly appreciated and necessary as tuition is the operating capital the school uses to fund all programs and expenses. Accordingly, any tuition paid after the tenth of the month is subject to a late fee of 18% APR (1.5% monthly) on the outstanding balance.

Tuition insurance is mandatory on the ten-month payment plan and for one and two-pay plans if a balance is outstanding after September 1. Tuition accounts are required to be current upon the start of the academic year.

Families 30-days delinquent will be contacted by the Business Office. The Business Office will notify families their account is past due and request payment within 10 days. Any applicable late fee will apply.

Any family 60-days delinquent will be placed on financial hold status. Financial hold status will result in the following per the enrollment contract and school policy:

  • Participation in overnight field trips and sporting events that require additional payments will not be permitted until tuition accounts are current. Payments made to the school for such events will be applied to the outstanding tuition balance.
  • Grades and end-of-year transcripts will be held until tuition accounts are current.
  • Students may not resume classes following fall break, Christmas, winter break, and Easter until payment has been made to release the financial hold.
  • All accounts must be current before re-enrollment for the following academic year can occur.
  • All accounts must be paid in full two weeks in advance of the school registration date in order to participate in the open house/registration process.
  • For Seniors, account balances must be paid in full to participate in the senior trip, graduation activities, and to receive final transcripts.
  • The school reserves the right to restrict a student from returning to school at any time if a balance is past due.

Non-Discrimination Policy

St. David’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies.