Community Relations

Civility Guidelines for a Safe Environment

Preamble: The purpose of this policy is to provide civility guidelines for parents, teachers, staff, students, and visitors ensuring a safe learning environment. It is the intent of the parish/school community to promote mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among employees, parents and the public. It is not the intent of the parish/school community to deprive any person of his or her right to freedom of expression. The intent of this policy is to maintain a safe, harassment-free environment for teachers, students, program/facility administrators, support staff, parents and members of the community. In the interest of providing a safe environment, the parish/school community encourages mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct and discourages disruptive, volatile, hostile or aggressive conduct.

1. Expected conduct:

· Parish/School personnel and students will treat parents, other members of the public,  and each other with courtesy and respect.

· Parents and visitors to St. Mary’s School will treat teachers, students, program/facility administrators, support staff, parents and members of the community with courtesy and respect.

2. Unacceptable/disruptive conduct:

o Disruptive conduct includes, but is not necessarily limited to: conduct which interferes with, threatens, or disrupts the safe environment. It also includes sport facilities and athletic fields as well as all areas that are not open to parents/guardians and the general public.

· Using threatening and/or offensive language such as swearing, cursing or an overt display of temper.

· Threatening to do bodily or physical harm to teachers, students, program/facility administrators, support staff, parents and members of the community regardless of whether or not the conduct constitutes or may constitute a criminal violation.

· Damaging or destroying institutional or personal property.

o Any conduct, active or passive, that disrupts the safe and orderly operation of a parish/school environment or any related accommodation.

o Unauthorized presence.

3. Recourse:

· Anyone who believes he/she was subject to unacceptable conduct should bring such conduct to the attention of the program/facility administrator or appropriate authority.

4. Pastor/designee or principal/designee has the authority to:

· Direct any individual who exhibits unacceptable/disruptive conduct to leave the premises.

· Implement established student management plans/policies.

· Use of an established crisis management plan and/or contact civil authorities.

Policy DIOCESE OF MARQUETTE

Adopted: February 2004 Marquette, Michigan