Student and Parent Handbook

Frequently referenced selections of the handbook are available for you to view quickly on this page. Non-discrimination Policy: Pope John Paul II High School admits students of any sex, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other school-administered programs.  Download the full handbook for more details.


Every school day is an important academic time.  Students and parents/guardians must accept full-shared responsibility for regular school attendance.  Parents should make every effort to schedule doctor and dental appointments, family vacations and other absences around the academic calendar. Students are required to attend assigned classes and to be in class before the final bell.

It is the teacher's legal responsibility to maintain accurate attendance records.  Teachers’ records are the official records maintained by the school.

Teachers will supply reasonable assistance in helping students to keep pace with their studies. Parents can call the office and request homework assignments to be picked up at the end of a school day in the office or families can email faculty to obtain assignments. Email addresses can be found on the school website and on the faculty page of this handbook.

A minimum of 24 hours notice is necessary in order to contact teachers to secure assignments in the case of pre-planned absences. In cases of excused absence, the faculty will assist students with homework assignments, make-up exams and after-school tutoring in order to assist a student with makeup work.

Process for Necessary Excused Absence:
    •    All students absent from all or any part of the school day must have a parent call by 9:00 AM. A note from a parent to the school office upon the students return is required. Please call between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Partial absences on any school day must be excused in the school office on the same day as the absence. Failure to notify the school office of an absence will result in an unexcused absence.
    •    Following the date of the absence, necessary absence due to illness or injury, doctor /dental appointments or death in the family will be excused upon receipt of a written note from the parents/guardians. Extended medical absences require a note from the doctor.

Process for Planned Absences
    •    Students need to pick up a planned absence report form from the school office at least five (5) school days prior to the intended absence.
    •    Students need to have teachers complete the form, including current grade, attendance in class and work to be completed, with due date.  Once the form is complete, students then seek final approval from the administration.
    •    If the absence is approved, faculty will be informed. Teachers are not expected to prepare an alternate to their classroom preparation, class discussions, testing, etc. Ordinarily, it will be the responsibility of the family to acquire tutoring when a student falls behind because of planned absence.
    •    When a planned absence is not approved, it is considered an unexcused absence and therefore, teachers will not accept any work missed. The administration will contact the family if the absence is not excused. In order for students and faculty to maintain academic quality, JPII will not provide special assignments and examinations for students not in attendance because of family vacations.

Parents and students especially need to understand that any choice to extend vacation times, whether at the start of school, in October, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring Break, will bring about serious issues regarding attendance. Students and parents who choose to extend vacation periods could be jeopardizing the student’s grade because of absenteeism and should seriously consider those choices ahead of time.

Class time is immeasurably valuable.  Missing a class to study for a test or complete an assignment for another class is not acceptable.  Students choosing skip a class will receive an unexcused absence for the missed class and 3 hours of detention for every class period missed. 

Early Dismissal
Sometimes travel and special scheduling needs necessitate early dismissal for participants in an activity. It is the responsibility of the participant to inform the teachers in advance, discuss the procedure for make-up work and obtain the homework assignment. Communication on the part of the participant is essential to limiting the academic disruption of early dismissals. Planned absence report forms are required.

Closed Campus
Pope John Paul II High School is a closed campus. This means that students may not leave campus unless they have a written request from parents to do so and that request is approved by the administration. Students who leave campus without permission will receive 3 hours of detention for every class period missed.

Policy on Absenteeism
When a student misses six (6) class periods, excused or unexcused, (not including (SR) school related absences), a letter will be mailed home outlining our process for reviewing the student’s attendance and academic status. The student’s attendance and academic progress will be monitored weekly by a committee.  Following (8) missed classes, a letter will be mailed home stating the student may be dropped from the class(es) with a failing grade at nine (9) missed classes. Chronic illnesses will be reviewed individually and every attempt will be made to assist the student academically.

Unexcused Absence
An Unexcused Absence is any absence that is not approved or authorized by the school. This includes, but is not limited to, oversleeping, truancy, leaving campus without permission, failure to complete the planned absence process, and/or failure to contact the school office when a student is absent (parental contact required).

Any work missed as a result of an unexcused absence will not be accepted for credit.  This includes the unexcused absences noted below.
    •    Unauthorized absences such as oversleeping, leaving campus without permission, more than 15 minutes late for class, and/or failure to complete the planned absence process will result in 1 hour of detention for the 1st offense; 3 hours of detention for the 2nd offense; 1 day suspension for the 3rd offense; and short term suspension with discipline board of review for the 4th offense.
    •    Students will have three (3) days to verify the reason for the absence. If not cleared within three (3) days, the absence will remain unexcused and may be treated as truancy. 1st offense of truancy is 5 hours of detention; 2nd offense 1 day of suspension and 3rd offense is short term suspension with a discipline board of review.

Tardy Policy
A student is tardy when the student arrives to the classroom after the final bell. A student arriving late to class is to report to the attendance office. If more than fifteen (15) minutes late, the student will be marked absent. See absenteeism policies above.
    •    Tardies will be noted as excused only when accompanied by a medical note.
    •    Five (5) hours of detention will be assigned by the attendance officer at the fourth (4th) tardy during a semester.
    •    At the fifth (5th) tardy, parents are contacted by the administration.
    •    The sixth (6th) tardy results in suspension.

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Dress Code

Pope John Paul II High School believes that student dress does affect the learning environment and educational process.  All student dress should emphasize modesty.  We believe all of our students are beautiful individuals from the inside out and do not need to wear specific fashions to make that point.  Additionally, we will not promote advertising and/or social commentary through dress.  To this end, there should be no words on any clothing unless it is approved Pope John Paul II clothing or educational/collegiate clothing.

The administration reserves the right to make individual judgments regarding the appropriateness of dress and appearance.  As fashions change, the administration may communicate specific interpretations of the dress code as it will apply to the new fashion. 

We expect our students to dress in clean, modest clothing at all times.  This means no excess skin showing for either male or female students.  Skirts and shorts are to be no more than three inches from the center of the kneecap.  Shirts must not show cleavage and must have at least short sleeves.  Pants must be hole-free, correctly sized and correctly worn.  Sweat pants and shirts are not allowed with the exception of JPII sweatshirts.  Denim is allowed on regular school days if they meet the above pants requirements.  Shoes must promote student safety and for that reason, “flip-flops” and extremely high heels are not appropriate for school.  Shoes must be worn at all times.

Hair must be neat, clean and cannot be distracting.  Headwear is not allowed on campus during school hours unless for religious purposes.  Facial jewelry, other than earrings, is not allowed.

In addition to these requirements, there will be specific occasions or situations that will require more professional/dressed-up attire.  Students dress-up as an expression of respect and support for the values of the school community.  Liturgy days will require more dressed-up attire.  On these days and for other occasions that the administration deems appropriate, jeans and t-shirts will not be allowed.  School sweatshirts are not allowed on dress-up days. 

Different standards for different events may be deemed necessary and appropriate.  In such cases, the dress code for the event will be set by the administration for school-wide events.  The faculty/coach for a special event will set the dress code for the event.  All participants in the special event are required to follow the specified dress code.  Any violations will result in disciplinary action.

Enforcement of Dress Code
Students who violate the dress code may be subject to discipline at the School’s discretion, including, but not limited to, detention. In addition, students who are not properly dressed will be asked to change into appropriate attire.  If unable to do so, they may be sent home or to the office. Repeated violations of the dress code will be considered acts of insubordination and will be treated accordingly.

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Campus & Safety Policies

Periodically, students will participate in school assemblies and Masses as part of the school program.  Students are expected to act appropriately during the assemblies and to show courtesy and respect for guests.  No backpacks, food or drink is to be brought to assemblies.  Students attending all school assemblies and masses are asked to leave backpacks in their previous period’s classroom.

Bulletin Announcements
All student announcements are to be approved by an appropriate faculty member and submitted to the office staff by 1 p.m. on the day prior to publication in the bulletin.  Announcements are restricted to school-related activities or events.  Announcements will be read daily and will be available on the school website.

Change of Address or Phone Number
The office of JPII should be notified immediately of any change of address or phone number.  This is essential to keep school records and mailing lists accurate and to enable the school to contact parents or guardians in the case of an emergency.

Hall Passes
Students are to be in their assigned class or study areas during the entire class period.  Hall passes are required for those who have a legitimate reason to be out of the classroom during class time.  The bell schedule includes between-class breaks of sufficient length to allow students to visit the restroom.  Therefore students will not be released from class to go to the bathroom except in the case of obvious emergency.

All students and staff members must comply with state regulations concerning immunization for infectious diseases.  Registration is not complete without providing the appropriate documentation.

Infectious Diseases
Parents, students and employees are encouraged to report to the school when a student is diagnosed with a known communicable disease for the well being of the community.  Confidentiality will be maintained as to the identity of the source, but the administration will inform the school community that there has been exposure to a specific disease at the direction of the public health authority.  “Communicable disease (contagious disease)” includes, but is not limited to, an illness caused by an infectious agent which can be transmitted from one person, animal, or object to another person by direct or indirect means including transmission via an intermediate host or vector, food, water, or air. Communicable (contagious) diseases include, but are not limited to: Chickenpox, Conjunctivitis (viral or bacterial); Diphtheria; Giardiasis; Hepatitis A; Invasive Haemophilus influenza disease (excluding otitis media); Measles; Meningitis (bacterial); Mumps; Pediculosis; Pertussis; Rubella; Salmonellosis; Shigellosis; Tuberculosis; MRSA.

Inspection of School Property
In order to safeguard JPII and its employees and students, and to prevent the possession, sale and use of alcohol or weapons and the possession, sale and illegal use of drugs, JPII reserves the right to question employees, students and other persons entering and leaving the School premises, and to inspect any packages, parcels, purses, bags, backpacks, cars, cell phones (including telephone voice messages, text messages and photographic images) and other electronic devices (including student computers), or other possessions carried to, from, on or in School property. JPII also reserves the right to search any employee’s office, desk, files, lockers, etc. located on School property. All offices, desks, files, computers (including software and e-mail systems), telephones, cell phones (including telephone voice mail files and photographic images), lockers and other property owned, leased or used by JPII and provided for use by its students or employees are property of the School and are subject to inspection at any time in the School’s sole discretion.

The following procedures will be implemented for school lockdown:
    •    Doors will be locked;
    •    No one will be permitted to enter or leave a building;
    •    Lockdown will continue until the school receives an “all clear” signal from emergency personnel;
    •    The use of cell phones is prohibited; and
    •    School phone lines will be kept clear so they will be available to emergency personnel.

Lost and Found
The lost and found is located in the office.  Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the office where the owner can claim them.  Unclaimed articles are donated to local charities after a two week notification.

Medical Emergency Procedure
In case of a medical emergency, the first and foremost concern should be the safety and well being of the individual. A student who feels that the safety and/or well being of an individual is or has been compromised, should immediately report this information to the nearest adult employee. An adult   employee (typically an administrator or the school secretary) should determine if the condition requires medical support. If it does, the adult should call 911 immediately. If there is any doubt about the severity of the situation, 911 should be contacted. If the condition does not require immediate medical support and the ill/injured person is a student, the parents/guardians or emergency contact should be consulted. It will be incumbent upon the parent/guardian or designee to determine if the student should be picked up for medical attention, taken home, or return to the school activity.

In the case of physical injury that requires a student to leave the school activity, the adult who is responsible for supervision at the time of the injury should complete an Incident Form, giving three copies to the school secretary. One copy should be placed in the student's file, one in the 3-ring binder in the main office and one copy should be given to the Principal.

Policy on Dangerous Weapons
Any student who brings a dangerous weapon will be dismissed. “Dangerous weapon” includes, but is not limited to, (1) any device commonly known as "nun-chu-ka sticks", consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope, or other means; (2) any device, commonly known as "throwing stars", which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; (3) any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle, designed to propel a BB, pellet, or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas; (4) any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as sling shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement; a dagger, dirk, or pistol or (5) other dangerous weapons; or uses any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm, RCW 9.41.250; RCW 9.41.280.

Students who bring pocket knives, squirt guns, paint ball guns, chains, incendiary devices, or look-a-like weapons to school shall also be subject to suspension in the School’s discretion.

School Dances
All school rules and regulations apply at dances. Only JPII students, their guests, and chaperones will be allowed to attend. Guests: Each student is allowed one guest. Guests must be signed up on the list in the office no later than 3:00 pm two days prior to the dance. No guests under high school age or over 20 years of age are permitted. Guests must leave a photo ID card with the person in charge of the dance when they arrive. The ID will be returned when the guest leaves the dance.

Students or guests who appear to have used any type of illegal drugs or alcohol will not be admitted to the dance and they will be detained until they leave in the company of their parents. Consequences, as listed under the substance abuse policies, will be determined by the administration.

Once inside the dance students will not be permitted to leave and return. The doors of the dance will be secured and no students will be admitted thirty (30) minutes after the scheduled beginning of the dance. Students must enter the dance upon arrival. The parking lot is not to be used as a meeting place for students or non-school friends. Students are not allowed to go to their lockers during the dance. Backpacks will not be allowed into the dance.

Please remember that the JPII dress code is in effect for all dances. All dancing must be appropriate. Students will receive one warning for inappropriate dancing. After the warning the student may be asked to leave the dance. Inappropriate dancing includes anything deemed inappropriate by the chaperones. Please remember to respect the order and cleanliness of the school. Also respect the faculty, parents and security people who are chaperoning the dance.

School Property
Students are responsible for school property (books, uniforms, etc.) that are issued to them.  In addition, they are expected to respect the rights and possessions of others.  Restitution is required if property is damaged, stolen or destroyed.

School Sponsored Activities
School sponsored activities are listed on the official school calendar and described in the Parent Newsletter. Students are required to have a parent(s)/guardian(s) sign permission forms for participation in off campus, school sponsored events. These permission forms are printed on official JPII letterhead. Other activities that involve JPII students that are NOT school sponsored activities are not to be supervised by JPII faculty and staff.

Student Handbook and Agenda
The agenda is distributed at the beginning of the school year to all students.  Additional copies are available for sale in the office at the cost of production.

Student Guests
Guests are allowed only when they are prospective students seriously considering attending Pope John Paul II High School.  Arrangements for prospective students to visit must be made by the visiting student’s parent or parents with the administration at least two school days prior to the visit.  The student’s teachers must sign a form acknowledging the guest visit prior to the visit date.

Student Messages
Students may be given a message during school hours through the office.  Parents, please do not call student cell phones during the school day as it is disruptive to the educational process.  If there is an emergency, call the office and contact will be made with your student.  Flowers, balloons and treats will not be delivered to the classroom.

Student Safety and Supervision Procedure
JPII is a closed campus.  Students are to remain on campus throughout their entire school day.  In the event of school sponsored off-campus activities such as community service etc, parent/guardian permission in the form of a signed note or field trip permission form must be obtained.  Students violating the closed campus policy are subject to the discipline codes found previously in this document.

JPII does not offer before or after school supervision of students. Usually the doors are unlocked from 6:30am through 3:30pm. All students who are on campus past 3:30pm and who are not directly participating in a school-sponsored activity will be required to report to the office.

Students who are returning from an extracurricular activity or practice should be monitored by the adult in charge until students are picked up. Parents should arrive within 15 minutes after the students return to school. It is essential that students be picked up within that time. Parents that cannot pick up their students within the prescribed time must make alternative arrangements for their student to get home.

Teaching Assistants
Teaching assistants are expected to stay with their assigned teachers for the entire class period unless prearranged.

Any vehicle that a student may drive to school needs to be registered with Pope John Paul II High School through the office.  Students who drive to school must purchase and display a parking tag on their vehicle windshield and park in student designated areas.  Students who do not adhere to this policy are subject to disciplinary measures.  Unsafe driving practices may result in detention.  It is strongly suggested that student keep all personal items left in the car out of sight.

Parents visiting the school should park in the designated visitor parking spaces.

Visiting Campus
All visitors to campus must first sign in at the office and receive a visitor pass before proceeding to any other building.

All volunteers working with or around students must first complete the Called to Protect - Safe Environment Program through the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Withdrawal of Family
Extreme situations, for example, intimidation of school employees, interference with the effectiveness of the school or impeding school operations, may result in asking a family to withdraw from JPII.

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Discipline/Student Code of Conduct

Philosophy and Expectations for Student Behavior
JPII is a Catholic community whose purpose is education. All members of the community are expected to work toward this goal. At JPII, we seek to create a healthy moral environment and to build a school community reflecting Gospel values and the spirit of Jesus' love as defined by the Grad at Grad document. We wish to protect members of our school family from injury or malicious harm, to safeguard both private and school property, and to develop an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Accordingly, the rules of the school seek to achieve an atmosphere in which students can learn and teachers can effectively facilitate learning.

Our goal is to aid our students in growing into mature and responsible Christian adults. We believe firm and sound discipline of the individual is basic to this development. Furthermore, we know that correct behavior must be taught, learned and practiced. As a starting point in creating a Christian community and cultivating habits of responsibility, we agree to comply with the following rules and regulations.
    •    A respectful and businesslike tone should pervade the School. Students are expected to follow the rules of common courtesy demonstrating individual responsibility and contributing to a positive community environment.
    •    Demonstration of affection between students determined to be inappropriate by the School (e.g., prolonged hugging, kissing, inappropriate touching) is not reflective of the professional school environment we seek. This list is not exhaustive.
    •    As a Catholic school community, opportunities to gather in prayer are especially important. Student behavior during liturgies and prayer services should be exemplary. Students are to participate during all masses and prayer experiences including prayer or song as appropriate. Non-Catholic students are expected to participate as fully as possible and to remain respectful.
    •    We expect students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff, to treat all others with respect. Courteous behavior and respect for the rights of others are expected of all students both on and off campus. Any conduct that reflects negatively on JPII, including the posting of degrading, unkind or offensive statements or other representations using technology (e.g., MySpace, Facebook, etc.), can be grounds for school disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, expulsion at the School’s sole discretion.

Administration and Review of Behavior Policies
The administration will be in charge of administering the behavior and discipline procedures and expectations. Teachers or staff may assign detention or other consequences for violations of rules. In matters serious enough to warrant suspension and/or expulsion, the Principal will make the final decision.

Disciplinary Sanctions/Description of Offenses
Examples of inappropriate behavior are included below. JPII reserves the right to discipline students for inappropriate behavior, including, but not limited to, reprimand, social probation, detention, suspension, or expulsion. Such action is in the School’s sole discretion. Nothing in this Handbook should be construed to guarantee use of any specific disciplinary procedure or to otherwise limit the School’s sole discretion in such circumstances.

Absence Without Notification – Parent failing to respond to the attendance offices’ request for verification.

Assault – Assault is defined as a crime of violence against another individual. All acts of violence will be reported to the police. See policy on harassment.

Cell Phone Use – Cell phones can only be used in the main office during school hours. Cell phones can never be used in the library, nor can they be used during before or after-school probation tutoring or detention.

Cheating – Cheating is defined as giving or attempting to give or receive any aid unauthorized by the instructor. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is defined as passing off another person’s work as one’s own.  Paraphrasing without acknowledgment of authorship is also plagiarism. Borrowing another person’s work is another form of cheating.  Cheating (including the aiding and abetting of cheating), plagiarism, or copying on tests, exams, papers, or other schoolwork is considered a serious moral and academic offense and will be dealt with by the faculty or administration in its sole discretion. Generally, if a student is found to be cheating:
    •    The assigned schoolwork involved in the cheating, copying, etc. will be graded zero and the student should receive no credit for that assignment. The student’s parents may be notified in writing by JPII.
    •    A copy of the notification should be placed in the student’s file as well as a copy to the administration.
    •    A second cheating incident will result in the student receiving a grade of F for the current grading period in that subject and may lead to suspension or expulsion at the School’s discretion.

JPII reserves the right to discipline students for cheating, plagiarism or copying on tests, exams, papers or other schoolwork in its sole discretion. Nothing in this policy or Handbook should be construed to guarantee use of any specific disciplinary procedure or consequence or to otherwise limit the discretion of the JPII in such circumstances. The penalties are enforced throughout the student’s 4 years at JPII and are accumulative. 

Disruptive Behavior – Disruptive behavior is any behavior that interferes with the learning environment. One (1) hour detention for any infraction. Repeated offenses will result in a parent conference.

Dress Code – The purpose of the dress code at Pope John Paul II High School is to lend dignity to both the individual and the school; and to enhance the learning environment. See page 7 for the dress code guidelines.

Eating or Drinking in the classroom - Drinking or eating food, including chewing gum, in classrooms is forbidden.  Water is acceptable.  The only exceptions will include special events for special classroom activities, which should be cleared through the administration.  Teacher and students are responsible for necessary cleanup after such a special circumstance.

Extraordinary Parental Conduct (Including off-campus behavior) – Membership in the Pope John Paul II High School community is a privilege and requires a commitment from all to the furtherance of the School’s mission. In this respect, if a parent or guardian’s conduct interferes with the full development of a student’s intellectual, emotional, spiritual and/or physical formation, it is deemed detrimental to the furtherance of the School’s mission and therefore is unacceptable. Parents or guardians who do any of the following acts are considered to be acting contrary to the school’s mission and policy as reflected in this handbook:
    •    Intentionally providing tobacco, alcohol or other mind-altering drugs, except where such drugs are prescribed, to any JPII student or students.
    •    Knowingly providing a location where any JPII student or students consume or ingest tobacco, alcohol or other mind-altering drugs, except where such drugs are prescribed.
    •    Any other intentional act or failure to act which has the effect of assisting or enabling any JPII student or students to engage in conduct that violates the drug and alcohol and/or extraordinary conduct provisions of this handbook.
As a consequence of any parent or guardian engaging in any of the acts or failure to act identified above, JPII shall have the right to suspend or expel any or all of that parent or guardian’s student or students from the school community.

Parental cooperation is essential for the welfare of students. If, in the opinion of the administration, parent behavior seriously interferes with the teaching/learning process, the school may require parents to withdraw their children and sever the relationship with the school.

Extraordinary Student Conduct - Usually the school does not involve itself in student conduct apart from school or school events. However, there may be an occasion when student conduct, whether on campus or separate from the school, will be of such a nature as to negatively reflect on the school and will call into question the student's continuance as a member of the Pope John Paul II Community.

Any student who hosts or facilitates a party or gathering at which alcoholic beverages or other illegal drugs are used by minors, or provides or procures a facility for any such party or gathering, has seriously violated the kind of behavior expected by members of the school community. The student(s) will be suspended pending an investigation.

Forgery – It is considered forgery if a student falsifies any signatures other than their own whether written or electronic.

Gambling – If money is exchanged during any activity, the student is considered to be gambling. This includes bets on games, etc.

Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying - Harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or to a school environment which is hostile or intimidating because of the individual's race, creed, color, national origin, physical disability, gender or sexual orientation. Harassment can occur at any time during school-related activities or from home in the form of cyber- bullying.

Improper Public Display of Affection – Public displays of affection are inappropriate and not acceptable.

Initiating a false alarm – is when a student purposefully and inappropriately engages an alarm of any kind.

Insubordination – A student will be charged with insubordination when the student fails to cooperate with an adult’s request to follow policy and/or procedure.

Language – Profanity and derogatory language is not allowed on campus or at school events.

Leaving campus without permission – Students must provide parental permission and check out with the office.

Loitering – Students are not allowed in unsupervised areas. This includes the parking lot during lunch hours. Students must receive permission from the office or the administration to go to the parking lot during school hours.

Parking lot conduct – Students can only park in their assigned area during school hours. Safety rules must be adhered to at all times.

Physical Violence/Fighting - A student shall not intentionally threaten, cause or attempt to cause physical injury to anyone on or around the school grounds at any time. This includes any school event at home or away.

Skateboards - Skateboards, roller or blade skates are not allowed on campus. Any of these items brought to school will be confiscated and returned only to the student's parents.

Stealing - Stealing school or private property of any kind makes a student liable for expulsion. Selling and buying goods between students in the school without prior authorization is not allowed and calls for suspension from school. If articles bought and sold are stolen, the transaction makes one liable for expulsion. This includes incidences occurring while attending/participating in a school sanctioned event.

Use of Electronics – JPII strongly recommends that students NOT bring hand-held electronic devices other than student laptop to campus. The school will not accept any responsibility for theft or loss. Students are not allowed to use or visibly display any electronic devices at any time except lunch during school hours. However, teachers reserve the right to allow students to use iPods or similar device at their discretion. Use of hand-held electronics is not allowed in the library at any time. (See the technology policy on hand-held electronics page 29 of full handbook)

Use/Possession of Weapons - Weapons of any type are strictly forbidden on school property and call for immediate suspension and liable for expulsion. This includes any threats, verbal or written, involving weapons or anything that can be perceived as a weapon. Cigarette lighters and matches are considered weapons and are not allowed on campus.

Vandalism - Students who deface or damage school property will be charged with vandalism and further, they will be subject to restitution and/or punishment by law.
To emphasize, there are certain actions which threaten the safety or security of members of our community that are strictly prohibited.  Such actions include, but are not limited to:
    •    possession of potentially lethal weapons or substances;
    •    violence or assaultive behavior;
    •    harassment, intimidation or bullying of individuals within or outside of the school community;
    •    possession or use of drugs or alcohol;
    •    theft of personal or school property;
    •    vandalism or destruction of property; and
    •    electronic, written, verbal or physical threats towards students, faculty or staff.

These behaviors not only violate JPII rules, but may also violate the law. Engaging in any of these actions may result in immediate dismissal from JPII and may also lead to an individual's arrest.

Students may be assigned to detention for violating school or classroom rules. Detention will be held after school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:40 to 4:00 and will be supervised by the Assistant Administrator or their designee. Detention takes priority over all other activities (e.g., athletic practices, games, jobs, etc.). During detention, a student may be required to do cleaning or maintenance work at the school. This provides an opportunity for the student to make up for the harm his/her violation caused to the school community. Students assigned to detention, who fail to report as assigned, will have an additional day of detention.

Repeated violations or a more serious offense may lead to a student being suspended from school classes.

A student may be suspended from attending classes as a result of their misconduct. Suspension prohibits the student from the school grounds or any school activity for the duration of the suspension.  Absences because of suspension are not excused. However, suspended students must complete all work assigned during the suspension and make up missed tests within one (1) week of their return. Students on suspension may not participate in athletics or any co-curricular activity.

Parents will receive written notification of a suspension.  The student must confer with the administrator in charge before the student will be readmitted to classes. After a suspension, a probationary contract may be developed that must be signed by the student, his/her parent(s), and an administrator.

If a student officer is suspended during the course of the year, he/she will be removed from office for the remainder of the academic year. A student officer suspended during fourth quarter will be removed from office for the remainder of the academic year and will be ineligible to run for either class or executive council positions during the following school year.

Occasionally, the nature of the offense is such that the school feels that the student is in need of medical intervention.  If the school deems it necessary that a student is in need of medical intervention, the school can require the student to see a mental health professional.  An evaluation/risk report must be provided with recommendations before the student is admitted back into school.

When a student is found guilty of a dismissible offense, the following sequence will occur.
    •    The Assistant Administrator will consult with the Principal in all cases of dismissal.
    •    Notification of incident is made to student’s parents and counselor.
    •    Students who are dismissed for disciplinary reasons have the right to appeal this decision (unless otherwise stated) before the Disciplinary Appeal Board.  If the student is dismissed, the financial policies as outlined in the Student & Parent Handbook will be in effect
    •    The dismissed student shall return his/her ID card to the Assistant Administrator and return all library books and rented textbooks.
    •    The dismissed student will have her/his parent or guardian make the necessary arrangements with the Registrar for transferring records to a new school.
    •    The dismissed student shall not be allowed back on the Pope John Paul II High School campus for any reason.
    •    The dismissed student will not be allowed to attend any function that is the sole activity/event of JPII High School whether on campus or away.
    •    Permission for exceptions to any of the above may be granted upon written request to the Assistant Administrator.
    •    The student may appeal for re-admission.

Appeals Process
The Disciplinary Appeal Board is composed of the Assistant Administrator, three faculty members, and another faculty member who is chosen by the student to guide them through the appeal process.  The Board will hear all requests for appeal when a student is dismissed, and render recommendations to the Principal.

    •    Students who are dismissed for disciplinary/academic reasons have the right to appeal this decision before the Disciplinary Appeal Board.
    •    The student, parent(s) and a student-selected advocate present their case for review to the Disciplinary Appeal Board.
    •    Following this meeting, each faculty member on the Board votes independently on the status of the student.
    •    The Assistant Administrator will review this meeting and the results of the vote with the Principal, who makes the final decision in all cases of dismissal.
    •    The Assistant Administrator will inform the parents and student of the final decision.
    •    If the student is dismissed, she/he must follow the dismissal check out procedures as outlined in the dismissal section.
    •    If the student is readmitted, the Assistant Administrator will set the length and terms of the probation based on recommendations from the Disciplinary Appeal Board.
Interpretation of Behavior Policy

Pope John Paul II High School reserves the right to clarify and interpret all policies and regulations.

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Policy on Acceptable Technology Use

Pope John Paul II High School's goal in providing technology access to teachers, staff members, and students, is to promote educational excellence at the school by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Technology is provided for educational and professional or career-development activities.  The following policy governs use of computers and the Internet at JPII High School.

Acceptable Use
JPII High School recognizes the need to educate young men and women in the ethical and effective use of technology.  Computers, software, technology devices, Internet access, and technology support services are available to students to support the accomplishment of educational goals.  With this opportunity comes responsibility.  Students must know and agree to follow the school’s policy regarding the use of technology.  Students must complete the following clearance process before using any computer at JPII High School:
    •    Read and sign a copy of the Acceptable Use of Technology Student/Guardian Agreement Form.
    •    Return the signed Agreement Form to a librarian on or before the first day of school.  At this time the student’s account will be enabled allowing access to computer resources available at JPII.  
    •    Register all personal laptops with the school to ensure network security and to enable wireless connectivity.

Unacceptable Uses
1. Illegal or Destructive Activities
    •    Users will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt any computer system performance or destroy data.
    •    Users will not use the school network or computer resources to engage in an illegal act.
    •    Users may not connect personal laptops without technology director clearance.
    •    Users may only run programs provided by the system administrators on school equipment.  Users may not install/download programs or other executable files.
    •    System Security
    •    Users are responsible for the use of their individual accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from accessing their resources.
    •    Users will immediately notify the faculty member in charge if they have identified a possible security problem.
    •    Users will not attempt to circumvent JPII’s security policy to gain unauthorized access to technology resources.
    •    Unacceptable Conduct
The following restrictions apply to the use of any technology device, including personal and school provided technology.
    •    Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
    •    Users will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage to people or property, or could create a substantial disruption of the school environment.
    •    Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
    •    Users will not harass other individuals. If the user is asked to stop sending messages to them, they must comply.
    •    Users will not post false or defamatory information about individuals or organizations.
    •    Users will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming" or “phishing”.
    •    Users may not visit on-line social networking sites such as FaceBook and MySpace while on campus.
    •    Students may not attempt to circumvent JPII’s network policy access through the use of proxies or other methods.
    •    Students may not engage in financial transactions when using a school computer.
    •    Users may not use another’s account or password.
    •    Users will not play unauthorized games or visit game sites while on campus.
    •    Users will not use the school network to gain access to material that is obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards others (hate literature).
    5. Plagiarism and copyright infringement
    •    Users will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet and other electronic media.  Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user whether intentional or not.
    •    Users will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright.  If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirements.  If users are unsure whether or not they may use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner or consult the faculty member in charge for guidance.
    •    Students will follow the Acceptable Internet Use document for Internet research at JPII High School

Computer systems and the information, including electronic files and email contained on them, are the sole property of the school.  The school may monitor the use of the computer network, Internet, and email at any time in the school’s sole discretion.

Web Pages  
    •    Pope John Paul II High School retains ownership of the name and its logo.  Any unauthorized use, even on a personal web page, is prohibited.
    •    School Web Pages: The school is responsible for managing all school-related Web pages.  All official material originating from the school will be consistent in style and content and approved through a process.
    •    Student Web Pages: Students may create a Web page as part of a class activity under the supervision of their teacher.  Material presented on a student class activity Web page must meet the educational objectives of the class activity.  Students will be required to remove material that fails to meet established educational objectives, school’s mission or goals, or that is in violation of a provision of the school’s technology use regulation or student disciplinary code.
    •    Co-curricular Organization Web sites outside of the JPII web page are not permitted.  

In the event a student has violated the school’s Computer or Internet use Policy and Agreement, computer privileges will be suspended until further notice.  The administration will define disciplinary actions that will be tailored to address specific concerns related to the violation.  If the violation also involves a violation of other provisions in the Student and Parent Handbook, the violation will be handled according to the disciplinary procedures described in the Handbook.

No warranties
JPII does not make any warranties for the computer service provided. Students should evaluate information gained through electronic sources in the same manner they would evaluate all other information used for their work. Data safety is the student’s responsibility. Stored files may be deleted without notice and data may be lost for other reasons including a system failure. Individual user files are not backed up; users are responsible for providing backup data security for their own computer data.

Students shall not attempt to vandalize school property, including computers and related equipment. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, a malicious attempt to harm or destroy the data of another user or to disturb the computer services at the School or on the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, exercising security holes, creating, accessing or spreading computer viruses, or any other activities designed to disrupt the computer system.

Hand-Held Electronic Devices
The on-campus possession and use of hand-held electronic equipment (i.e. cell phones, MP3 players, iPods etc.) is permitted only outside of class unless part of an authorized class activity.  Students making or receiving calls, text messages, or photos during class will have their device confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day.  If there are additional violations, the item(s) will be returned to the parent(s)/guardian(s) and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken at the School’s discretion.

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