Student Handbook: V – Student Services
Students may use the DLS library before school, during the lunch period, and after school unless otherwise notified. Students who wish to use the library during scheduled class periods must have a library pass. As in the school day, NO FOOD or DRINK may be consumed in the Library.
Safety of the students is a top priority at De La Salle. At 3:15 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Wednesday) students must report to the DLS Library, the commons area (under the oak tree), or the school lobby while waiting to be picked up; all of these areas have adult supervision. After 4:o0 p.m., students must report to the school lobby area until pickup in order to ensure their safety. Students found in an area outside these designated spaces must be with a teacher, coach or staff member. Otherwise, a detention will be issued.
NOTE: Students leaving at the conclusion of the school day are not allowed to return unless they are returning to participate in a school sponsored event.
In De La Salle’s library, students MAY:
- Read library books, magazines, and newspapers
- Do research for class assignments and project
- Complete classwork and homework assignments
- Study quietly for quizzes and tests
- Use computers
In De La Salle’s library, students MAY NOT:
- Talk, visit, or socialize with other students.
- Take library materials without checking them out at the circulation desk.
- Play games (cards, electronic, etc.).
- Gather in groups larger than four at any table.
- Eat food, drink beverages, or chew gum.
- Use Internet to search inappropriate sites.
- wear head/earphones of any make or model.
Students who violate the above rules will be directed to leave the library. Any further or repeated violation of the rules may result in detention and/or suspension of library privileges.
A copy machine and printer are available in the library
for student use.
COMPUTER USAGE POLICY
The computers in the Labs and Library are for student use. They are intended to provide access to educational resources in the library and on the Internet.
The Internet is a broad, unregulated network. It is important for students and parents alike to understand that not all information on the Internet is factual, appropriate, or legal to view. Many web sites contain images and text that are inappropriate for student viewing. Students are required to avoid these sites. Students are further instructed to exit immediately if a site is encountered by chance.
Faculty members monitor student access to the Internet. We rely on supervision, and all students are required to use good judgment when accessing the Internet. While faculty members monitor student access to the internet as much as reasonably possible, students also are required to independently follow all policies and rules of De La Salle High School when accessing/using the internet at school.
It is important to remember that copyright and patent laws apply to electronic media also (information viewed on the computer is protected similarly to information in printed form). Therefore, students should exercise caution when conducting research on the Internet and must give appropriate credit when material is used.
STUDENT LAPTOP/TABLET USAGE
Students at De La Salle are allowed to use personal laptops/tablets in their classes but must register these devices in order to do this. All laptop/tablet registration takes place in the Office of the Dean of Students who will issue a special decal that must be placed on the top of the computer. Students may not borrow or lend laptops or tablets. A student who fails to follow this process or who uses his/her laptop/tablet for anything other than academic purposes violates the computer usage policy and will lose this privilege.
A student who violates this usage policy will have his/her laptop/tablet taken away until the next Wednesday (same as cell phone policy). If misuse continues, the student will lose the privilege of bringing a laptop/tablet to school.
A teacher at De La Salle may ask a student not to use his/her laptop/tablet for certain assignments. A student who brings a laptop/tablet to school assumes total responsibility for the security of the device
Students are not allowed to:
• utilize any messaging service or take pictures or video
• visit inappropriate sites including but not limited to social media sites
• use school printers for inappropriate material
• change screensavers on any De La Salle computer
Laptop/Tablet Usage on Campus
Laptop/Tablet use on De La Salle’s campus is for educational purposes only. Any other use of the laptop/tablet will be considered a violation of the Technology Policy and may mean the confiscation of the laptop/tablet.
Laptops/Tablets must remain in AIRPLANE MODE when in use in the classroom unless otherwise instructed. Laptops/ Tablets not in AIRPLANE MODE in the classroom will be confiscated.
The laptop/tablet must remain FLAT on desk at all times.
Suitable uses for the laptop/tablet include all of the above and the following: use of Internet for classroom related research as well as the completion of assignments and classroom assessments.
Violations of laptop/tablet usage during class time include but are not limited to the following:
E-Mail/Internet posting and Personal Website Guidelines
- Communicate only about school matters or matters that are appropriate for discussion in school. Most especially avoid any communication that might be construed as having sexual overtones. Do not reply to any such e-mail you receive from anyone; make and keep a copy of any such inappropriate communication and notify the Dean of Students.
- Write as though you are certain that others will read what you write. Remember that anyone can share your message with others by a simple push of a button.
- Remember there is no such thing as private e-mail.
- Ask yourself, “If my principal asked to see this communication, would I be embarrassed by what I have written?” If the answer is “yes,” don’t send the e-mail or post the comment on the website.
Finally, e-mail and internet posting can be misinterpreted. Before sending an e-mail, ask yourself if someone reading it might “read something into it” that you did not intend or if your message might be misinterpreted. Communicate in person whenever possible.
Computer Use Outside of De La Salle High School
Parents should be aware that some Internet sites allow students to log on, create a personal profile and web page, post “blog,” participate in “chat room” discussions, and post messages and photos. This information is readily accessible to anyone in the public domain who logs into the site with an ID and password. De La Salle encourages parents to discuss with their sons/daughters the responsibility that comes with using the Internet and the risks of displaying personal and sensitive information as well as inappropriate material on these public sites.
Students who post, or cause to be posted, inappropriate or morally offensive material directed at De La Salle High School and/or its faculty, staff and students, in effect, jeopardize the good or safety of the school. This action constitutes a major offense. Students whose personal websites feature inappropriate material are subject to disciplinary action. Parents will also be notified that their son/daughter has engaged in this inappropriate activity.
Cyberbullying is defined for purposes of this handbook as willful and repeated harm inflicted on another through electronic media or via an electronic device. For purposes of this handbook, sexting is defined as the sending through electronic media or via an electronic device any picture of any naked body or partially naked body including genital or breast areas of the body. Any student engaging in either cyberbullying or sexting or who sends or posts inappropriate material or offensive material (including words, pictures or images) that, in the sole judgment of the Principal, constitutes an attempt to be harmful or cruel to another student may be placed on disciplinary probation, suspended from school, or dismissed from school. In addition, certain acts may have to be reported to the appropriate civil authorities pursuant to the applicable law.
Inappropriate material includes any writings or images that are determined to be morally offensive according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, and, thus, harmful or offensive to members of the De la Salle community. The Dean of Students determines the seriousness of these offenses and the appropriate consequences.
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
The Guidance department, located in the library, is staffed with a certified guidance counselor, an academic advisor and a college advisor. The guidance department is available to students and parents to assist with academic and personal concerns. It is the responsibility of the parent to contact his/her child’s guidance counselor for questions regarding classroom adjustments, which take place at school during the school day. Parents/students can request adjustments for standardized tests, which are taken outside the school day, through the appropriate testing agency. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that all evaluations for both school use and standardized testing are up to date and on file.
All De La Salle students are covered by Student Accident Insurance (under Christian Brothers Services) for the school day and for those activities supervised by De La Salle faculty and staff as a school function. School insurance is secondary coverage. Primary coverage is family insurance.
Participation in extra-curricular athletics is a privilege and is not a required part of the educational process and, thus, is not mandated by the De La Salle Corporation Board or by the Louisiana State Department of Education, Bulletin 741.
All LHSAA required medical and eligibility forms are available on both www.delasallenola.com and www.lhsaa.org. Athletic injury secondary insurance forms are available from both the Athletic Director’s Office and the certified Athletic Trainer.
De La Salle takes reasonable steps to assure that the safety of its student-athletes will be addressed by testing for any controlled-substance dependency which by its very nature would be counterproductive to the safety of the student-athlete and his/her companions.
The procedures adopted by the school are:
• a physical examination by a licensed physician,
• a medical history of the student-athlete kept in the office of the Athletic Director, and
• testing for any controlled-substance dependency.