Student Handbook: VII – Various Rules of Good Order
SECTION VII VARIOUS RULES OF GOOD ORDER
- All rules in this handbook, especially those concerning behavior, are applicable when wearing the uniform in the neighborhood, around the school, at extracurricular activities, or whenever the student is identifiable as a member of the De La Salle community.
- The greatest courtesy must be extended toward faculty and other adult personnel of the school, fellow students, and visitors. This shall also be the case when using public and private transportation, including the school bus system.
- Students are responsible for the cleanliness of De La Salle. This includes all grounds, classrooms, lockers, school buildings, and all school property.
- The Saint Charles Avenue entrance to the school is reserved for the use of visitors to the school, the faculty, adult staff, and parents. Students are not to use this entrance at any time. The Valmont and Leontine Street entrances of the school are the ordinary entrances for students. Students who are dropped off and picked up are not to use Saint Charles Avenue. To assure their safety, they are to enter or exit through the Valmont and Leontine entrance.
- Eating and drinking are only allowed in the school Cafeteria, Lobby and Commons. No food or drink is to be taken from the Cafeteria or brought into the school building. Students are never allowed to walk around the school displaying drinks or food. Exceptions to this rule are at the discretion of the Administration.
- During the lunch periods, students are allowed only in the cafeteria, commons, playing field, library, and school lobby.
- In the Arsenius Center, the only stairwells that may be used are the stairwells on the Saint Charles side of the Arsenius Center. THE ELEVATOR MAY BE USED ONLY WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS.
- Entrance to the gymnasium is to be made through the schoolyard.
- Cellular phones must be turned off during the school day and kept out of sight. They may not be used in any way, text messaging or otherwise. They are not to be seen at any time on campus during the school day, unless such use is directed by the Administration. Cell phones can be used in the building after the dismissal bell. However, they cannot be used to take pictures or videos during this time.Any student who refuses to give a cellular phone to faculty/administration/staff is subject to dismissal.
SPECIAL NOTE: If cell phones are used on campus or if they are visible or in use, they will be confiscated. Cell phones must be picked up by the offending student’s parent or guardian and will be returned once a week – only on Wednesdays – from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. from the office of the Dean of Students. There are NO exceptions to this rule. For example, if a cell phone is taken away on a Wednesday, the phone will not be returned until the following Wednesday.
*Any and all emergency calls or messaging (incoming or outgoing) must go through the Attendance Office. After school, students may use their cell phones outside of the building to call a parent to pick them up. After 3:15pm, students will be allowed to use their cell phones in the building.
- Bus Service – Parents are expected to be responsible for their children at the “stops” in the morning and afternoon. The bus drivers will not be able to wait until the student is picked up from the stop in the afternoon. We are not responsible for the students once they are dropped off. If you cannot meet the bus at the arrival time, please consider after school Study Hall for your child until you are able to pick him/her up from school. All rules from the De La Salle handbook apply to the students while they are riding the buses. Any reported problems from the bus driver can result in disciplinary action, non-refundable removal of student from bus service, and eventually possible dismissal from De La Salle. Each Cavalier is expected to represent De La Salle positively and be respectful to the bus drivers and other students on the bus.
- Chewing gum is not allowed on campus at any time.
- A student who damages school property (including school books) will be required to pay for the damages and will be subject to disciplinary action.
- If a student injures another student or damages the property of a student or faculty or staff member, on or off campus, such actions will be reviewed by the Dean of Students in accord with this handbook.
- Public displays of affection are not appropriate student behavior and are not allowed.
- In order to ensure proper safety precautions, students are never allowed to loiter or sit in the stairwells.
- DLS students display school spirit by taking pride in their appearance and by being courteous to teachers, staff and one another.
- DLS students always demonstrate good sportsmanship as a player or spectator at all school events.
- DLS students are always polite and respectful toward their teachers.
- DLS students honor their parents by exhibiting appropriate behavior.
- DLS students respect their peers, treating them with dignity, courtesy and friendship.
At all times, all students must show respect for our nation, our nation’s flag, all of our political beliefs (though they may be different) and all of our religious beliefs (which may be different). Examples of showing such respect include but are not limited to standing for prayers and/or the Pledge of Allegiance, engaging only in reasonable, respectful discussion of political beliefs and attending and showing respect for any and all Roman Catholic activities that students are required to attend, including but not limited to the celebration of Mass and/or participation in religion classes. Failure to abide by the foregoing may result in disciplinary action.
CONDUCT TOWARD TEACHERS AND STAFF
- Always address staff members and teachers as adults. Use the deferential title proper to them (Miss, Mrs., Mr., Dr., Sister, Father, Brother).
- Say “Yes, (title)” and “No, (title)” to answer a question. Never say “Yep,” or “Nope,” or “Uh-huh.”
- Say “Thank you, (title)” every time a staff member or teacher helps you.
- Say, “Excuse me,” when you don’t understand something and want an adult to repeat something for you. Do not say “What?” or “Huh?”
- Excuse yourself when you want to interrupt an adult who is busy. Wait your turn when an adult is talking to someone else.
- Say “Yes, (title),” or, “Surely, (title),” when an adult asks you to do something. Do not say, “Okay,” or “All right,” or “I guess so.”
NOTE: De La Salle students speak to one another in a proper tone using standard acceptable English and avoid all yelling and loud talking in respectful exchanges with one another.
- To enter a classroom while a teacher is teaching, knock gently, excuse yourself, and ask permission to enter the room.
- Step aside and let an adult pass when both of you are going through a doorway at the same time. Hold the door open for an adult if you are only a step ahead.
- When an adult corrects you for some fault:
- Be quiet and listen until the adult is finished talking.
- Answer all questions politely.
- Do what you are told to do right away.
- If you have something to say, wait until the adult is finished speaking and ask permission to speak.
- Accept the adult’s decision. Don’t argue, make faces, or walk away while the adult is talking.
- Student grievances against an adult member of De La Salle should be brought to a member of the administration or the student’s guidance counselor.
CONDUCT IN THE CLASSROOM
A respectful atmosphere of calm is essential to learning. Things to avoid:
- Talking to others while the teacher is talking
- Answering out loud without being recognized,
- Leaving your desk without permission,
- Making faces or noises that distract the class,
- Sleeping during class,
- Placing your head on the desk,
- Coming to class without proper materials,
- Sitting on top of desks or furniture,
- Talking during announcements,
- Tampering with bulletin boards or with the the teacher’s materials,
- Writing on or defacing desks and school property,
- Eating or drinking in classroom,
- Using cellular phones, MP3, iPods or having them visible during the school day (including but not limited to texting, taking pictures and making phone calls), and
- Illegal usage of laptop or tablet (see Student Laptop/Tablet Usage section).
CONDUCT OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Things to avoid:
- Running in the School,
- Making noise in the hallways or immediately outside a classroom,
- Arguing with, grabbing, and shoving others,
- Yelling at or intimidating other students,
- Making rude or inappropriate comments to other students,
- Slamming doors of classrooms or lockers,
- Littering the halls, buildings or grounds,
- Showing poor sportsmanship during PE classes
- Using inappropriate language or gestures,
- Getting into fights or encouraging others to fight,
- Talking back to adults,
- Walking away when a member of the school’s adult community is talking to you,
- Placing yourself in an area that is off limits during school or after school activities,
- Using cellular phones or having them visible during the school day and/or refusing to immediately hand a cell phone over to an adult faculty or staff member or tampering with that phone once the request is made,
- Leaving campus without permission,
- Posting signs or messages in the school without approval from administration,
- Engaging in or participating in any gossip or rumors is not appropriate and repeated instances will lead to further disciplinary action,
- Posting, text messaging or emailing inappropriate pictures, messages or information on any website or including inappropriate pictures, messages or information in personal emails and blogs, and
- Any negative electronic communication (including, but not limited to threats, comments, videos, or pictures) 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 by the Dean of Students, will result in further disciplinary action and could result in a student being asked to withdraw from De la Salle.
SOCIAL NETWORKING POLICY
De La Salle High School understands the popularity and at times the usefulness of social networking sites. This policy outlines the rules and regulations for participating in these sites both on and off campus. Students must be aware that when using social networking sites, there is no privilege of confidentiality and that any student found in violation of any provisions of this handbook is subject to discipline. Social networking is to be used with care and in compliance with the teachings of the School. Students have an obligation to treat others with respect, both online and in person, so as not to negatively impact the learning environment. Students also have ethical and legal obligations to protect and keep from disclosure personal and confidential information about De La Salle and its students.
*(See Conduct Outside Classroom)*
DEFINITIONS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING Social networking is defined as a means of communicating and sharing information between two or more individuals of an online community. It includes but is not limited to of texting, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, MySpace, LinkedIn, and/or websites (i.e., youtube.com). Blogging consists of written postings or other content on a publicly available internet site (i.e., www.nola.com) by an individual. The information posted is usually in the form of written comments. However, in this instance, it can also include photographs, drawings, video, or other graphic and audio information that is posted. USE OF SCHOOL RESOURCES De La Salle’s property, including but not limited to Internet access, computer hardware and software, may not be used by a student for social networking or blogging without the express consent of the Administration. Students may not include images of school property or projects in blogs or social networking material without the express consent of the school Administration. Although De La Salle does not block access to these sites on campus, it is the expectation that students adhere to these guidelines and when permitted use these sites for their educational and not recreational purposes. RULES AND REGULATIONS At no time may a De La Salle student post by way of social network or blog, whether during school hours or elsewhere, comments or images that are:
- Violent, threatening, discriminatory, or harassing;
- In violation of De La Salle’s policies pertaining to violence, threats, discrimination, harassment, hazing, or bullying;
- Unlawfully defamatory of the School, its employees, other students or their family members including written comments, photos and videos;
- Reproductions or transmissions of the School’s logo or other identifying marks; or
Students who blog and participate in social networking assume full responsibility and liability for the content contained in their blog, post, etc. It is never acceptable for students to use online tools to mistreat anyone, hurt their feelings, embarrass them or treat them in a rude fashion. Students are expected to remain courteous and polite and never post anything that one would not want posted about them. Students, who use social networking to intentionally mistreat, embarrass or fail to respect other students, faculty or members of the school community, may be subject to discipline. If a student finds himself/herself the subject of inappropriate behavior, he/she has an obligation to alert either a member of the Guidance Department, Administration, or the Dean of Students. Students and parents cannot create or manage any De La Salle based page without the express permission of the School Administration. No communication should occur between students/parents and De La Salle employees through social media. Approved means of communication include:
- Faculty/Staff De La Salle e-mail addresses
- School Phone
- Face to face
De La Salle reserves the right to search anything brought onto campus and students must follow the proper procedures for bringing electronic devices to campus. IMPACT OF SOCIAL NETWORKING Students should keep in mind that even when using these sites, they are De La Salle students at all times, day and night, and whether on or off campus. As such, students are representatives of De La Salle High School and are in the public eye. The following must be kept in mind when participating on social networking sites:
- Before participating in any online community, understand that anything posted online is available to anyone in the world. Any text or photo placed online becomes the property of the site(s) and is completely out of your control the moment it is placed online – even if you limit access to your site.
- You should not post any information, photos, or other items online that could embarrass you, your family, your friends, your athletic team, or the De La Salle community. This includes information that may be posted by others on your page.
- Never post your home address, local address, phone number(s), birth date, or other personal information. You could be a target of predators.
- School administrators, teachers, and coaches may monitor these web sites to the extent permissible by law.
- Students could face discipline and even dismissal for violations of this school policy.
De La Salle High School and local law enforcement agencies may monitor these websites regularly as well as colleges and universities, potential employers, and internship supervisors as a way of screening applicants. In addition, scholarship committees also search these sites to screen candidates. De La Salle students should be very careful when using online social networking sites and keep in mind that sanctions may be imposed, including suspension and expulsion, if these sites are used improperly or depict inappropriate, embarrassing, or dangerous behaviors, or are hurtful or harassing to others.
Pranks and all forms of “horseplay” associated with the initiation of newcomers or pledges into any club or organization at De La Salle are strictly prohibited. Initiation into clubs or organizations affiliated with De La Salle will always be marked by a regard for the dignity of the person involved. Any type of threats or intimidation on or off campus is prohibited and disciplinary action will be taken; this includes inappropriate e-mail or voice mail that contains gossip or threats, since such inappropriate actions are a flagrant violation of the school’s mission statement.
COURTESY TO NEIGHBORS
De La Salle High School is part of the New Orleans Uptown neighborhood community. Relationships between De La Salle students, staff, and neighbors must always be marked by courtesy and consideration.
- Students must not loiter in the neighborhood. They must respect traffic regulations and speed zones.
- Students must respect all driveways in the neighborhood. They must assist neighbors in keeping the neighborhood clean and trash-free. They are mindful that many of the families in the area have younger children who are of impressionable ages.
- Students must always use language and actions which are courteous and appropriate—especially to our neighbors.
- Students must do all in their power to promote and continue good relations with our neighbors.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
Students should never be dropped off on Saint Charles Avenue. The designated area for drop off and pick up is Valmont Street or Leontine Street. All students wishing to drive to school must obtain a DLS parking decal annually from the Discipline Office for a nominal fee. Any vehicle owned or operated by a student will be subject to the school’s search and seizure policy when the student is under the jurisdiction of De La Salle High School. This is a condition for allowing a student to drive a vehicle to school or to a school function. Students should not park on the block which houses the Jewish Community Center. Parking on this block is reserved for clients of the Community Center. Students and visitors must not park on Blanc Place (the street perpendicular to Valmont and Dufossat Streets). Also, students are asked not to park on Leontine Street between St. Charles Avenue and Prytania. These spots are reserved for the Jewish Community Center staff and visitors. It is required that students drive carefully and quietly in the vicinity of De La Salle. Parking regulations furnished by the Dean of Students must be observed. Students driving inappropriately, carelessly, or with loud music near the school will face disciplinary action which may include loss of driving from school privileges. The areas adjacent to the main school building on Valmont Street, Saint Charles Avenue, and Leontine Street are reserved parking areas for faculty and staff, as is the parking lot near the gymnasium. Students are not allowed to park in the Faculty designated areas. All cars parked in the Faculty designated area must have a Faculty sticker. Students parking in the neighborhood will always respect the rights of our neighbors living near De La Salle. Any exchanges between students and De La Salle’s neighbors will always be marked by calm, respectful courtesy.