Helias Catholic Parent/Student Handbook 2021-22
Building a Community of Saints and Scholars for Christ
Helias Catholic High School is committed to providing excellence in education as established on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church for students in grades 9-12. Working in partnership with families, we are dedicated to providing a disciplined environment where Christ and His graces in each person are recognized, respected, and fostered. As a teaching institution in the traditions of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the La Salle Christian Brothers, we challenge our students spiritually, academically, and physically as we help to form them to be active, lifelong, enthusiastic participants in the Church.
Onward we march together,
Faithful may we ever be.
No thought of time or weather,
Hearts filled with hope and ecstasy.
Bravely we’ll fight our battles;
Happily we’ll meet success.
For the things for which we stand
Are honor and happiness.
Cheer, cheer for Helias High!
We’re out to win or fight ‘til we die
Send a cheer for school’s dear name,
We’re out to fight and win the game.
We never falter, we never fall!
Helias High will win over all
While our loyal teams are marching
Onward to victory.
State! State! State!
ROSARY / PRAYERS
Mysteries of the Rosary
Joyful Mysteries Sorrowful Mysteries
- Annunciation 1. Agony in the Garden
- Visitation 2. Scourging at the
- The Nativity of Jesus 3. Crowning with Thorns
- The Presentation 4. Carrying the Cross
- Finding Jesus in the temple 5. Crucifixion
Glorious Mysteries Luminous Mysteries
- The Resurrection 1. The Baptism of Jesus
- The Ascension 2. The First Miracle at Cana
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit 3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
- The Assumption of Mary 4. The Transfiguration
- The Coronation of Mary 5. The Institution of the Eucharist
I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.
On the third day, He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are you amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Your mercy. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended You. I know I should love You above all things. Help me to do penance, to do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayer for Vocations
Father, You call each one of us by name and ask us to follow You.
Bless Your church by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve Your people as priests, sisters, and brothers. Inspire us as we grow to know You, and open our hearts to hear Your call. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
In accepting students, we desire to serve young people who can benefit and contribute to the educational and Catholic mission of Helias Catholic High School. We do not discriminate based on race, color, or national/ethnic origin. We give enrollment priority to those families who have supported our school and Catholic education in general and to the students of faculty and staff.
The education of a student is a partnership between the parents and the school. We expect parents to cooperate with the teachers and administration in the spiritual, mental, and physical development of their students! Families must meet all financial obligations associated with attending Helias Catholic High School. Just as a parent has the right to withdraw a child if desired, the school administration reserves the right to require the dismissal/expulsion of a student if the administration determines that the partnership is irrevocably broken.
We also expect all parents to volunteer at various events when volunteer assistance is needed. Each family is expected to work one event as members of the Parents Club. Finally, parents who enroll their students at Helias Catholic High School agree to and abide by the Covenant of Trust as set forth by the Diocese of Jefferson City.
Covenant of Trust
The Church identifies three authors of education: parents, the community, and the Church. Parents have the most serious obligation to provide the first knowledge of God and to lead their child to a knowledge of the wider community. The community has certain rights and obligations in the education of youth for the common good of society. The Church has a duty to “promote for all people the complete perfection of the human person, the good of earthly society and the building of a world that is more human” (Declaration of Christian Education 3).
At Baptism, parents accept the responsibility of training their child in the practice of the faith. Godparents promise to assist them, and the whole community also promises to assist with this responsibility. “Catholic parents also have the duty and right of choosing those means and institutions through which they can provide more suitably for the Catholic education of their children…” (Canon 793.1)
Catholic schools are in partnership with the family in proclaiming and witnessing to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. They assist parents in fulfilling their responsibility as the primary religious educators of their children. This partnership works best when parents respect the beliefs of the Church and live lives in a manner that reflects these beliefs. If parents reject the beliefs of the Church or live lives in conflict with these teachings, catechizing young people becomes very difficult.
“Parents must cooperate closely with the teachers of the schools to which they entrust their children to be educated moreover, teachers in fulfilling their duty are to collaborate very closely with parents, who are to be heard willingly…” (Canon 796.2)
Parents at Helias Catholic High School, aware then of the dignity of the holy parental call and with reverent awe for that responsibility which is theirs, commit themselves in word and example, to be the first and best teacher of their children in the faith. Practically, this means they will:
- Understand that the authentic teachings of Jesus as taught by the Catholic Church will be part of their child’s education and formation.
- To the best of their ability respect the teachings of the Church and help their children respect the Church and its teachings.
- Regularly participate in the Sunday Eucharist with their family (if not Catholic, support their children’s participation in the Church of Baptism), include prayer in their daily life, and form their children in the faith.
- Commit to speaking frequently with their children about God and to include prayer in their daily home life.
- Participate in and cooperate with Helias Catholic High School programs that enable them as parents to take an active role in the religious education of their children, including sacramental preparation for Catholic children.
- Support the moral and social doctrine of the Catholic Church to ensure consistency between home and school.
- Teach their children by word and example to have love and concern for the needs of others.
- Practice stewardship of time, talent, treasure, and meet their financial responsibilities in support of the school.
Helias Catholic High School enters into a covenant of trust with each school family. This handbook provides the school’s framework for this trust relationship, setting policies and regulations for the orderly, safe, and effective spiritual and academic formation of children.
POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
Implicit in the enrollment of a student at Helias Catholic High School is the acknowledgment and understanding of the parent(s)/guardian(s) and student that they accept and agree to abide by the regulations and policies of Helias Catholic High School and the Diocese of Jefferson City. The administration has the right and authority to determine policy and make decisions determined to be in the best interests of Helias Catholic High School and its student body.
All students are expected to be good citizens. Conduct outside school may be a determining factor in the acceptance or retention of students. Helias partners with parents in their children’s education. We notify parents of concerns about student life or behavior, even when it occurs off-campus and/or outside of school. In their first semester of enrollment, all students are enrolled on a probationary basis with the expectation that to maintain enrollment students must adhere to the expectations of the Helias Catholic community.
COMMUNITY AND EXTERNAL OPERATIONS: Parent Communication Agreement (DSP 1810)
Enrollment in a Catholic school is a privilege, not a right. Especially in the Catholic schools, an expectation of a child’s enrollment is the support and close cooperation of the parent(s) or guardian(s). Should disagreements, problems, or criticisms arise, all informal efforts between the parent(s)/guardian(s) and school(s) are to be used to resolve the concern.
If informal efforts are unsuccessful, the Diocese of Jefferson City and the school have a fundamentally fair, formal process to resolve differences. It is called Administrative Recourse, and details of the process can be found in this handbook. (Schools are to indicate the page number on which this is found in their parent/student handbook.) A summary of the Administrative Recourse is: set up a face-to-face meeting with the teacher, and if unsatisfied, meet face to face with the school administrator/principal, and if unsatisfied, meet face to face with the pastor.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) are requested and expected to communicate any concerns they have directly to school administration and not to express them through social media or broadly distributed email. If parent(s) or guardian(s) use any form of electronic media to defame or denigrate the school or any of its personnel, or use electronic media to post inappropriate negative statements about the school or its personnel, all as determined by the school in its discretion, this could be cause for the school to immediately end the enrollment of the child(ren) or ward(s) of the parent or guardian who has done so. By enrolling children in this private, Catholic school, parents are agreeing to abide by this policy as well as all other policies and regulations of the school.
STUDENTS: High School Admission Priority (DSP 5107)
Ordinarily, families who reside in the following communities or send students to the following Catholic parish schools will enroll students in the designated diocesan Catholic high school. In case of special circumstances, families may appeal this designation to the Catholic School Office. Families in the “Choice of School” column may attend the high school of their preference.
Helias Catholic High School
Holy Family, Freeburg
Immaculate Conception, Jefferson City
Immaculate Conception, Loose Creek
Our Lady Help of Christians, Frankenstein
Our Lady of the Snows, Mary’s Home
Sacred Heart, Eldon
Sacred Heart, Rich Fountain
St. Andrew, Holts Summit
St. Anthony of Padua, Folk
St. Francis Xavier, Taos
St. George, Linn
St. Joseph Cathedral, Jefferson City
St. Joseph, Westphalia
St. Margaret Antioch, Osage Bend
St. Martin, St. Martin
St. Michael, Russellville
St. Peter, Jefferson City
St. Stanislaus, Wardsville
St. Thomas, St. Thomas
Tolton Catholic High School
Immaculate Conception, Montgomery City
Our Lady of Lourdes, Columbia
Sacred Heart, Columbia
Ss. Peter & Paul, Boonville
St. Brendan, Mexico
St. Joseph, Martinsburg
St. Pius X, Moberly
St. Thomas More, Columbia
Choice of School
Sacred Heart, Sedalia
St. Andrew, Tipton
St. George, Hermann
St. Peter, Fulton
STUDENTS: Catholic Faith and Moral Standard (DSP 5305)
As a condition of initial and continued enrollment as a student in schools that are part of the Diocese of Jefferson City, a student's conduct, both in and outside of school, must be consistent with Catholic faith and morals. Conduct which is inconsistent with Catholic faith and morals, which is a threat to the health, safety, reputation, and welfare of other students or employees and/or which causes scandal, impairs or threatens to impair the reputation of the Church or its schools, is grounds for disciplinary sanctions up to and including immediate dismissal/expulsion.
Students may not advocate, celebrate, or express same-sex attraction in such a way as to cause confusion or distraction in the context of Catholic school classes, activities, or events. All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their biological gender.
If a student chooses to continually profess to be an agnostic or atheist or hostile to the teachings of the Catholic Church in a manner that is belligerent and harmful to the institution’s Catholic identity and promotion of the Catholic faith, this student may be expelled from school.
INSTRUCTION: Non-Catholic Student Participation (DSP 6235)
Non-Catholic students enrolled in a Catholic school are required to participate to the same extent in all school activities (both curricular and extracurricular) and courses of study as Catholic students, provided such activity is permitted by Catholic Church law.
STUDENTS: Student Pregnancy (DSP 5552)
If it is found that the student is pregnant, the school needs to immediately respond in a Catholic, pastoral way. It is to be the intent of the school to be supportive and not to interrupt the education of the student. The pregnant student and the father of the child are in need of the kind of reaching out that a Catholic school can provide, including love and understanding. Therefore, procedures are to be put into place to help the student within the context of the Catholic school environment.
STUDENTS: Student Abortion (DSP 5550)
If it is found that a student has had an abortion, or has helped in obtaining an abortion, acts contrary to Catholic teaching, the school needs to immediately respond in a Catholic, pastoral way. The hurting individual is in need of the kind of reconciliation and reaching out that a Catholic school can help to provide. The student, at this point, does not need rejection, but rather love and understanding. Therefore, procedures are to be put into place to bring about reconciliation, if that is possible.
STUDENTS: Proof of Guardianship (DSP 5201)
The school presumes that each parent has the authority to enroll the student, consent to various activities and programs, have custody of the student, or discontinue enrollment.
In any situation where there is a custody agreement, the schools are to obtain the portion of that Agreement that stipulates custody and any other information pertinent for the school.
Schools are to indicate in their registration materials that this is a condition of enrollment. This is also to be stated in the parent/student handbook along with a statement that indicates the parents are to notify the school immediately of any change in the agreement.
When consent by both parents is required by court decree in any/all matters relating to school, the consenting parent represents that the other parent has been consulted, and he or she consents to this registration.
The school administrator/principal will release the child(ren) according to the court documents and visitation documents the school has on file.
Any non-parent having custodial rights must supply the school with complete documentation evidencing such rights.
The safety of the students of Helias Catholic High School is a high priority. Any hazard to the safety and well-being of students and staff must be reported to the administration immediately. This includes perils created by damage to buildings and grounds, spills, threats from students, and all other circumstances that could lead to injury. Any threat of physical harm, even if done in a joking manner, is to be reported. All accidents/injuries that occur at school or as part of any school activity are to be reported to the administration within 24 hours. An accident report must be completed for any injury.
For security purposes, only the front doors, the main fieldhouse entrance, the Commons entrance on the west side of the building, and the Science Center breezeway are available as student entrances to school in the morning. When the first period begins, all exterior doors to the building are locked, and entrance is granted at the main entrance. Because the doors need to remain closed at all times, students should never open a door for anyone or place an obstacle in a door to hold it open. Security cameras record activity throughout the building and are always operational to further ensure student safety.
It is imperative for both students and faculty to not prop doors open, to not let outsiders into the building, and to enter only through unlocked doors. The person who breaks a lock by forcibly pulling open a locked door will pay for damage caused by the action, in addition to the disciplinary consequences.
In the event of an emergency at school, instructions for the handling and conduct of students will be provided over the PA.
Periodically throughout the year, emergency drills will be held for cases of fire, tornado, earthquake, and intruder. Instructions for each emergency are posted in every classroom. Students are expected to comply with all teacher directives during emergency drills.
INSTRUCTION: Chaperones and Drivers for Field Trips,
Athletic Events and Other Off-Campus School Activities (DSP 6305)
Schools should take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of students when they are being transported for educational field trips, athletic events, and other off-campus school activities.
An adequate number of responsible adult chaperones are to accompany the students. Ordinarily, at least one adult will accompany every five students in the lower grades and every 10 students in the upper grades - but some situations or younger students may require more. Trips involving a great deal of travel should be discouraged.
When appropriate, schools should use bus transportation by an insured carrier for off-campus school-sanctioned events. There are circumstances for which a school administrator may determine that transportation in private passenger vehicles is appropriate. These circumstances could include the fact that there is a small number of students involved in an activity and the cost of commercial transportation. If a private passenger vehicle is to be used, the following criteria shall apply:
- Drivers must be a parent/guardian of a student;
- Drivers must be experienced drivers over the age of 25 and demonstrate the maturity necessary to provide for the safety of those they are transporting;
- Drivers must have a valid, non-probationary driver’s license and no physical disability that may impair the ability to drive safely;
- Drivers must sign a driving policy acknowledgment form agreeing to abide by certain safety practices; (appendix 6305: agreement to transport students);
- Regular drivers (those transporting students three or more times in one school year) must complete the protecting God’s children program and read and sign the code of ethical conduct for clergy, employees, and volunteers working with minors;
- The vehicle must have a valid registration and meet state safety requirements; and
- The vehicle must be insured for minimum limits of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence.
All drivers should be given a copy of the above criteria.
Volunteer drivers must provide the school with copies of a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance coverage. The documents shall be kept on file by the school. The school shall also maintain a record of each event and date when each volunteer driver transports students.
INSTRUCTION: Educational Outings, Field Trips, 8th Grade and Senior Trips (DSR 6301)
All field trips and outings must be pre-approved by the local school administrator/principal. The written consent of parents must be obtained for every child participating in a field trip or outing. The consent is to include the basic information on the trip, such as where they are going, times, chaperones, and mode of transportation.
No student may participate unless a signed parental permission slip for the specific event is on file with the school administrator/principal.
Travel & Transportation
Helias Catholic High School cannot and will not provide regular transportation to practice sessions that occur off-campus. It is the responsibility of each athlete and his/her parents to arrange transportation to the practice facilities which are provided to Helias by youth and community-minded individuals and organizations. Staff should never provide one-to-one transportation to any student, nor should he/she arrange transportation of one student by or with another. Waivers may be used to seek permission for a student to ride with staff or parent, but never to ask permission for a student to ride with another student.
The above-stated policy does NOT apply to student spectators who may wish to travel to games. As such, students who are not “participants” in the activity, and Helias will not provide or supervise their transportation to or from events. The decision to permit a student to drive to an activity, or to ride with another student to an activity, must be made by the student and parents and is not the responsibility of Helias.
On occasion, efforts may be made to offer a bus for students to travel to games, but that is done sporadically and by student requests. When Helias participates in state tournament games on school days, Helias may dismiss students who wish to attend as an excused absence from school. In that case, the student must have the signature of his/her parent on a permission form provided by Helias specific to the occasion (Handwritten notes will not be accepted.) and the student is responsible to make up all work missed.
In case of an emergency, the faculty member must first seek parental and administrative permission to transport a student.
All Helias students are covered by a student accident policy that is included in the tuition costs. This policy is secondary insurance to the parent/guardian health plan. Injured students or their parents are to contact the activities director to report all pertinent accidents/injuries. All accidents/injuries that occur at school or as part of any school activity are to be reported to the administration within 24 hours. An accident report must be completed for any injury.
To graduate from Helias, each student must complete a minimum of 26 credits.
|English Language Arts.........................................||4 credits|
Civics (counts towards Social Studies).........
Personal Finance/Consumer Ed (counts
|Fine Arts...............................................................||1 credit|
|Physical Education ..............................................||1 credit|
Electives................................................................. n 5.5
Service Hours………………….................................. 50 hours
Students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the entrance requirements of the colleges or universities they may be interested in attending. Those requirements may dictate how all of the elective units are utilized.
To earn a diploma, students must complete 26 credits in the combination listed above. To participate in the graduation ceremony, students must complete these 26 credits by the last attendance day before graduation. This includes any in-school or online coursework. Due to extenuating circumstances, the administration may waive this requirement if the student is in previous academic good standing.
A student must complete four semesters at Helias to be eligible for academic awards given by Helias at graduation.
Credits will not be awarded unless tuition is paid up-to-date.
Helias operates on a quarterly grading system with each quarter, consisting of nine weeks. Parents may monitor their student’s progress via the parent link on FACTS. Grade point average (GPA) is based on a 4.00 point system. All classes, including those from Nichols Career Center, are equally weighted in determining GPA.
Helias Grading Scale:
|AP Grading Scale:|
Semester grades are determined by using the raw (unrounded) percentages of the quarters and the semester exam. The quarters count for 40% each, and the exam for 20%.
Two honor rolls are recognized: ‘A’ Honor Roll requires a GPA of at least 3.833; ‘B’ Honor Roll requires a GPA between 3.00 and 3.832 with no grade lower than a C. All classes, including those from Nichols Career Center, are considered in determining the honor rolls.
Helias Catholic High School chooses not to issue class ranks. Valedictorian(s) will be the student(s) who have the highest GPA in the class and have taken at least 4 AP credits.
Helias Catholic High School requires that each student complete 50 hours of service to pre-approved non-profit agencies by December of senior year. Students are required to turn in service hours completed by May 1 of each school year. Hours will not be accepted if they are not turned in during the same school year in which they were completed. There is no minimum number of hours each year. It is recommended that students turn in their hours as they are completed.
Service hours are now being logged, tracked, and verified at mobileserve.org, which can be downloaded as an App or accessed through a web browser. Directions to use the App are available on the Campus Ministry page of the school website under Service. Opportunities for service are promoted on MobileServe, the website, and daily announcements.
Students must verify service hours in one of 3 ways:
- MobileServe email verification
- MobileServe signature verification AND geo verification
- Signature and contact info on Service Form
Students who fail to fulfill these requirements will not be allowed to participate in graduation and will not receive a diploma until all service hours have been turned in.
Students in grades 9-12 who complete 100 hours or more of service in one year will receive the Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger Service Award. Seniors who complete 500 hours or more of service throughout their 4 years will receive the St. John Baptist de la Salle Award and will wear a white cord at graduation.
If a student wishes to change a course, he/she must see a school counselor. There is a $25 fee for all course changes made after the last day of school in May and prior to August 1. After August 1, students must pay a $50-course change fee.
|From June 1st-July 31st—$25 fee|
|Any first-semester schedule changes after Aug. 1—$50 fee|
|From Dec. 1st—end of first semester—$25 fee|
|Any first-semester schedule changes after Jan. 1—$50 fee|
Course changes will only be allowed during the first 10 school days of each semester. If a student chooses to drop a course at the end of the 1st or 3rd Quarter, he/she can only take a study hall. Students are not permitted to take more than one study hall per semester. Freshmen and sophomores are only allowed to take a study hall with approval from the administration.
Permission to graduate in seven semesters may be granted for health reasons, college attendance, or as deemed appropriate by the administration. A student must have earned all 26 graduation credits by the end of the first semester to graduate early. Students requesting early graduation must submit an Early Graduation Application Form to the administration by October 1. This application should include any documentation necessary to prove the student has a plan for the future. The administration will approve or deny the application. Any student who leaves Helias early: 1) will not receive his/her diploma until the regularly scheduled date of graduation; 2) may not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony; and 3) may, even as a guest of a current Helias student, be ineligible to participate in student activities.
The administration will grant permission to take the HiSET only as of the date that the student would have graduated from Helias. A student who has reached the age of 17, and been out of school for six months may take the HiSET without administrative approval.
As part of the process of continuous school improvement, Helias implements the following assessment system to monitor and document student performance: ACT® (Grades 11-12), PSAT/NMSQT (Grades 10-11), ASVAB “Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery” (Grades 11), Pre ACT (Grade 10), and the Iowa Assessment (Grades 9).
All textbooks and supplementary materials are provided by Helias Catholic High School. Students will be charged replacement value for any books not returned with normal wear and tear. Some courses require additional materials to be purchased as stated in the Course Description book.
If approved, a student may earn credits outside the regular school day by taking distance learning classes or summer school, that are not offered within the Helias curriculum. Students with extenuating circumstances may seek an appeal. In-seat summer school classes are counted in the student’s GPA; online classes are not.
For a student to remain at Helias Catholic High School, consistent effort must be made each year to earn credits towards graduation. To graduate, a student must earn 26 credits and complete the appropriate number of service hours. To ensure consistent progress, a student must have earned the following number of credits before the beginning of the next academic year.
Freshmen—6 credits; Sophomores—13 credits; Juniors—19 credits
A student is required to pass 4 credits of Theology and 4 credits of English to meet graduation requirements. If a student fails to complete one credit of Theology and/or English each year, his or her status at Helias will be evaluated. If the credits mentioned above are not met, a student may be asked to withdraw from Helias. If classes were not available at some point in a student’s high school career, approval may be granted for extenuating circumstances.
Credit Recovery Courses
Helias Catholic utilizes E20/20 for students who need to earn a credit in a course they have previously failed. A student must earn at least 55% in the failed class or on E20/20 to be eligible for Credit Recovery. If a student fails to earn at least 55% in a course, he/she must repeat the entire semester of the course. Students enrolled in Credit Recovery will have the following semester plus the summer to complete the required online course work. The cumulative exam must be taken at Helias, and the student must achieve a passing grade on all quizzes, tests, and exams. For example, if a student fails a course in the 1st semester, he/she has until the first day of school the following year to complete the course. If a student fails a course in the 2nd semester, he/she has the summer through the last day of the 1st semester to complete the course. If a student fails to complete the required online course, he/she will be enrolled to repeat the failed class. Additional fees may apply. The administration may require the student to attend after-school sessions or summer school sessions to complete the E2020 credit recovery.
Online courses can be taken through the University of Missouri, Brigham Young University, or through E20/20. To take an online class, students must submit a request to the counseling department detailing the reasons for taking the online course. Courses normally offered within the normal Helias curriculum are not approved. Online credit will only be approved if a student can prove that the course does not fit into his/her schedule. Theology classes are not allowed to be taken online. Grades received through online classes are not calculated in the student’s GPA. Online classes are taken at the student’s expense.
STUDENTS: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences (DSP 5405)
It is highly recommended that each school plan to have conferences at reporting time at least once a year. These conferences provide the opportunity to discuss and explore various aspects of the student's growth and development.
STUDENTS: Promotion and Retention (DSP 5410)
All promotions, regular and special, are decided by the school administrator/principal in light of the teacher’s recommendation and in consultation with the parents and with the child, if appropriate. Such decisions are based on a total evaluation of a student’s growth in all areas of development.
If a student’s progress is unsatisfactory and the teacher believes the student may not satisfactorily complete the present grade, the teacher shall discuss alternatives with the school administrator/principal. As soon as possible, the teacher and/or the school administrator/principal shall talk with the parents/guardians and, as appropriate, with the student. Although the school administrator/principal always acts in consultation with the student’s teachers and parents, the final responsibility for a student’s promotion or retention rests with the school administrator/principal.
During conferences and in a follow-up letter, the parents/guardians and the student are informed of the pending decision at least six weeks before it is finalized. The decision, with its rationale, is to be communicated to the parents/guardian. If the parents/guardians do not agree with the school administrator's/principal's decision, the school administrator/principal and the parents/guardians shall meet to discuss the rationale for the decision. While parent/guardian input is valued, it is ultimately the school administrator's/principal's decision whether to promote a student.
If a student with special educational needs is accepted in a school that does not offer a special education program, at the request of parents who are aware that a special education program is not offered, the school administrator/principal and parents sign a written agreement concerning promotion and retention procedures for the child as well as the type of diploma to be awarded upon termination of attendance.
High school students who satisfactorily complete a program that includes a modified curriculum or significant accommodations for special needs will receive a diploma that indicates the modified nature of the curriculum, i.e., Modified Diploma.
STUDENTS: Students with Special Needs (DSP 5701)
If a student with special needs (categorized such as EMR (Educable Mentally Retarded), EEN (exceptional educational needs), or other similar classification, or having a serious physical disability) applies for admission and/or needs special placement and admission is going to be denied, or a current student is being asked to withdraw, or being referred to another school, the administrator is to immediately consult the superintendent of Catholic schools so that all necessary accommodations can be made to meet the needs of the student and to help make a judgment as to whether or not, indeed, that is possible. Whenever possible, accommodations are to be made to meet the total needs of the student. A review committee can be convened by the Catholic School Office, if deemed necessary, before a final decision is made. The review committee can include, but not be limited to, the superintendent of Catholic schools, the local administrator(s), parent representative, counselor, pastor, and other designated professionals. It will be the purpose of the review committee to help the school make a local decision. This review committee can also be convened or reconvened by the superintendent of Catholic schools, if deemed beneficial when a parent disagrees with a local school decision.
INSTRUCTION: Athletics (DSP 6610)
All athletic programs offered through Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Jefferson City shall reflect the values of, and be consistent with the mission and principles of the Catholic Schools and the Diocese.
All athletic programs offered through Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Jefferson City (referred to collectively as “Catholic Schools”) will participate in the Play Like a Champion Today program.
The Play Like a Champion Today program is an initiative of the University of Notre Dame focused on promoting a positive sports culture for all young people. The program focuses on:
- Athletics as ministry to children and families.
- Building teams as moral communities.
- Promoting moral growth and gospel-oriented character development on and off the field.
- Spiritual development linking play to prayer.
All coaches and assistant coaches, whether paid or volunteer, in programs sponsored by Catholic Schools will participate in at least one Play Like a Champion Today coaches workshop. Coaches will also need to actively promote the values and philosophy of the program through their coaching.
Physical education teachers in Catholic Schools will participate in the Play Like a Champion Today coaches workshop to foster the same values and philosophy in their teaching.
At least one parent of any student who wishes to participate in any athletic team will participate in a one-time parent training session prior to their child being allowed to participate in athletic programs. Parents will be required to participate in training only once.
Principals of each Catholic School that offers athletic programs will be responsible for overseeing the Play Like a Champion Today program, assuring that all coaches, physical education teachers, and parents take part in the required training programs. Evaluation of coaches and physical education teachers by principals will assure that these coaches and teachers are integrating the goals of the program into their ministry of coaching/teaching. Principals may delegate responsibility for various aspects of the program to other employees (i.e. assistant principals, athletic directors, or secretaries), but will retain overall responsibility for the implementation of the program in their schools.
The Catholic School Office will work in conjunction with Catholic Schools to provide training opportunities for coaches, physical education teachers, and parents as well as to maintain a comprehensive database of coaches, teachers, and parents who have participated in the training.
Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities
Students who are participating in extracurricular activities are representatives of Helias who have earned that privilege by meeting academic and behavioral standards. Academics come first. Students suspended from school are ineligible to participate in activities until the assigned suspension and all accompanying discipline have been served. All students must comply with MSHSAA requirements stating that at least 3.0 credits must have been earned the previous semester for the student to be eligible. Failure to do so results in ineligibility for the entire semester.
Students who are participating in any extra-curricular or co-curricular activities and are failing two courses after the first three weeks of a quarter will be required to attend study hall on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for one hour after school. Students who fail to attend study hall will not be allowed to practice or compete in their respective activities. Grade checks will be completed on Monday, and the following guidelines are as follows:
If a student has two F’s
- Study Hall required
- One hour study hall in the conference room in main office-Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- May still practice and compete in competition
If a student has three or more F’s
- Study Hall Required
- One hour study hall in the conference room in the main office—Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- May still practice, but cannot participate in competition
Any student involved in MSHSAA activities must be a good citizen. If a student is arrested or detained by the police, he/she becomes ineligible until the case and all accompanying punitive measures have been resolved. That same student, or his/her parents, is required to contact the activities director on the next school day.
MSHSAA Sponsored Sports/Activities
Track and Field
Triple H Award
The Triple H Award is a distinctive honor for athletes who letter in 3 MSHSAA varsity sports. The Triple H Award recipients will be recognized at the awards assembly at the end of the year.
Clubs and Organizations
Campus Ministry Crew
Ping Pong Club
Shot Gun Club
Young Republicans Club
Helias Household System
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
Helias cultivates a school-wide Household System, which exists as a means of engaging all students–body, mind, and spirit–and fostering meaningful relationships. The Household System exists to further the Helias Catholic High School mission to build a community of saints and scholars for Christ!
Each student is placed in a single-gender, multi-grade “Family,” consisting of one faculty member and approximately twenty students. These Families meet weekly and provide an opportunity for community-building in a smaller setting. All Families are grouped with five other Families to create a six-Family “Household.” While each Family is single-gender, Houses consist of three female and three male Families. These Houses meet weekly during “House Time,” to create an opportunity to broaden relationships.
Goals of the Household System:
- Help each student know and love Jesus and the people in the Helias community more deeply
- Foster a feeling of belonging to the Helias family
- Provide faith, service, and social opportunities outside of standard instructional time
- Create opportunities to grow and support students’ natural gifts and talents
- Ensure the care of all students by providing each student with an adult mentor
Household System Saint Patronage:
- Evangelists House – St. Teresa of Calcutta and Pope St. John Paul II
- Explorers House – St. Cecilia and St. Sebastian
- Missionaries House – St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi
- Scholars House – St. Scholastica and St. Benedict
- Stewards House – St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Padre Pio
- Warriors House – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and St. Maximilian Kolbe
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society recognizes seniors and juniors who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. As its name implies, NHS is a nationwide organization under the auspices of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Earning this distinction denotes excellence.
Each participating school is given considerable leeway in the formation of its NHS chapter. To Develop a selection process that is as objective and equitable as possible and to honor those students who have distinguished themselves, Helias has formulated the following method for considering senior and junior applicants for NHS:
- Scholarship: To qualify for admission or retain membership in the NHS, a student must have a cumulative 3.75 or higher GPA. If a student fails to maintain the GPA requirement at the end of any semester, he/she will be placed on probation. A second semester below 3.75 would result in dismissal. All seniors and juniors who qualify with a 3.75 GPA are welcome to complete the membership application. That application will include an essay explaining why the student believes he/she should be inducted into the National Honor Society at Helias Catholic. The application will also include a $25 membership fee to cover the cost of the induction certificate, membership pin, and graduation honor cord.
- Leadership: The leadership section of the application will evaluate student involvement at Helias Catholic High School. Students will be asked to list the school activities/organizations in which they participate(d). For the purposes of this process, each Helias school club, organization, and activity carries a point value of one. Completion of an activity for the school year earns the student one point. To be considered for NHS membership, a student must have earned a minimum of 4 points and be currently enrolled in a minimum of 1 activity (in addition to NHS). The application form will require the signature of the activity sponsor to verify that the student was/is a member in good standing for the duration of the activity.
- Service: To qualify for admission to the NHS, a student must have completed and submitted a minimum of 30 of the 50 hours of service that are required for graduation. After being selected into the NHS, all members, as a condition of membership, will be required to assist at a minimum number of diocesan, Foundation, or school events, as specified by the NHS adviser.
- Character: The character evaluation is based on evaluations by the faculty. Each faculty member is asked to rate the character of each applicant of whom he/she has personal knowledge on a 1 (low) to 4 (high) scale. To be eligible for NHS, a student must have an accumulative character rating of 3.5 or higher. Students who receive a rating between 3.0 and 3.5 will be further reviewed by a designated faculty committee. In addition, any student who accumulated 3 or more minor discipline referrals or 1 major discipline referral resulting in suspension in the previous school year will be disqualified from applying. A student found guilty of cheating by the honor council is disqualified from applying for membership in the National Honor Society for his/her first year of eligibility. A second guilty finding by the honor council will result in permanent ineligibility for application to the NHS. If, in the opinion of the administration, a cheating incident is flagrant, the principal may declare a student, on a first offense, permanently ineligible for NHS. Any current NHS member found guilty of cheating by the honor council will be dismissed from the NHS. Finally, a student who has been arrested or referred to the juvenile authorities resulting in punitive measures for anything other than minor traffic violations or tested positive for drugs will be eliminated from consideration.
Causes for Probation of NHS Members:
- Failure to maintain the required minimum GPA
- Failure to complete service requirements as explained above
- Failure to attend service commitments unless excused in advance by the NHS adviser
- Violation of Helias’ expectations for honorable, ethical, Christian behavior
- Accumulating 3 or more minor discipline referrals during any year that the student is an NHS member
On the first violation of conduct unbecoming an NHS member, the student will be notified in writing that the student is on probation. If no other offenses occur within the probationary period, the probation will be lifted and the student will once again be in good standing at graduation. A second violation will result in permanent dismissal from the NHS. A student on probation at the time of graduation will not be permitted to wear the honor cord at graduation.
Causes for Dismissal of NHS Members:
- Violation of the Helias honor code
- Major discipline referral resulting in suspension
- Possession, use, or distribution of illegal or illicit drugs
- Guilty of a legal offense excluding minor traffic violations
- Violating Helias policy regarding alcohol possession or consumption
- Failure to maintain the required minimum GPA for a second semester
- Repeated failure to complete NHS service requirements
- A one-time egregious violation of Helias, Catholic, or societal standards so serious as to bring embarrassment upon Helias or the National Honor Society
The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools. To be eligible, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen, or lawfully present in the U.S.
- Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years prior to graduation
- Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12
- Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing (Tutoring hours are not permitted to be completed with or approved by an immediate family member, and job shadowing hours can not be completed within an individual's family business)
- Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol. Any infraction must be reported to the A+ Coordinator in a timely manner. Students who have an infraction of this nature are ineligible to apply.
- Achieve a combined ACT math subscore and high school GPA in accordance with the following scale:
|MATH ACT||High School GPA|
|17||and||2.5 of higher|
|16||and||2.8 or higher|
|15||and||3.0 or higher|
In addition, to be eligible to participate in the A+ Schools Program requires certain behaviors and attitudes. Specifically, students who participate in the A+ Schools Program must be good citizens and in good standing with the law. Students who have an infraction of any nature listed below are ineligible to apply, or their A+ status will be revoked if they have already applied.
- Out of School Suspension: Any violation that results in suspension will cause a student to lose eligibility in the A+ Program.
- Criminal Activity: Students who are convicted of a felony will not qualify. Any infraction must be reported to the A+ Coordinator the next school day.
- Substance Abuse: Students shall not possess or use alcoholic beverages or controlled substances. Any violation (possession, use, manufacture, sale, or transportation) will result in loss of eligibility for the A+ Program. Any infraction must be reported to the A+ Coordinator the next school day. Note: An MIP charge (Minor In Possession), whether a student is drinking or not, will result in ineligibility.
- Violations of the Safe Schools Act: Students who are disciplined in accordance with the Safe Schools Act of 1996 will lose eligibility for the A+ Schools Program. These violations include, but are not limited to assault, weapons possession, and drug distribution.
- Due Process: Students who feel that they have been declared ineligible for the A+ Program unfairly may appeal to the A+ Schools Appeals Committee. In cases of appeal, the student/parent/guardian must notify the A+ Schools Coordinator in writing of his/her intent to appeal. The A+ Schools Coordinator shall then convene a committee for consideration of the appeal. The committee shall hear the appeal and return its decision to the student. The A+ Coordinator will facilitate the appeal and will not be involved in the voting process.
Helias views the daily classroom activities, lectures, and discussions as valuable components of the educational process. Attendance at each class is important to academic success. In the absence of direct instruction, the student’s lack of interaction with instructors and classmates substantially compromises the quality of the education the student is receiving. That said, it is always the parents’ decision whether or not their child will attend school on a particular day. When a parent believes that road or weather conditions are unsafe for his/her child and school will be in session, the parent must make that decision and keep his/her child home if concerned for his/her safety.
Any custodial parent can choose to have his/her son or daughter miss school for any reason. However, Helias must be notified of all absences, as it is our responsibility to know the whereabouts of all students. If a student is unable to come to school, his/her parent or guardian must call (635-6139), e-mail (email@example.com), or fax (635-5615) Helias between 7:00 a.m. and 15 minutes after the school start time to give the student’s name, year in school, and that he/she will not be at school. The school should not have to call the parent.
Parents and students are highly discouraged from skipping school-related assemblies. Signing out to avoid an assembly contradicts the very mission of Helias Catholic. Students who repeatedly violate the spirit of our school by leaving prior to assemblies will face disciplinary measures.
STUDENTS: Absence and Tardiness (DSP 5210)
Excessive absenteeism may be indicative of educational neglect by the parent or guardian. Such neglect might warrant reporting in compliance with child abuse laws of the State of Missouri. (Refer to #5810.)
An absence of more than two hours is recorded as a half-day absence.
Excessive tardiness may be indicative of educational neglect by the parent or guardian. Such neglect might warrant reporting in compliance with child abuse laws of the State of Missouri. (Refer to #5810.)
The school handbook specifies times for the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions. Any pupil who arrives after either of the stated times is considered tardy.
Regularly missing an all-school Mass because of arriving late or leaving early may affect whether or not a student may continue to be enrolled at Helias.
STUDENTS: Release of Individual Students from School (DSP 5370)
Extraordinary care is taken in regard to early dismissal of individual students. Parents presume their child is under the care of the school during school hours. Consequently, an elementary student is never released early without explicit knowledge of his/her parent or legal guardian. Under no circumstance may a child be released to anyone other than the parent or guardian who is listed on the child's registration form or another person explicitly authorized in writing by the parent or guardian.
In the case where only one parent has custody of the child, the school must be apprised of any existing court order that would affect the release of the student from school. The school personnel must follow the most recent written agreement/order regarding custody.
A student may never be sent home for assignments, books, or disciplinary reasons without parental communication, nor may any student be sent on errands outside the school and parish grounds for anyone.
STUDENTS: Written Excuses (DSP 5211)
When a child has been absent, the school requires a written excuse from his/her parent or guardian. All notes concerning absence are kept on file until the end of the school year. If a pupil is absent without an excuse or if the school has reason to suspect the validity of the excuse, the principal or dean may investigate or delegate someone to investigate the situation.
In addition, schools are encouraged to establish or continue procedures whereby a parent is expected to phone the school if a student will be absent. This call, however, does not replace the written excuse as a matter of record.
All students are allowed to make up work in accordance with the classroom make-up policy unless otherwise informed by the administration. It is up to the student to make arrangements for make-up work with all teachers. Unexcused students may not be allowed to make up work at the discretion of the administration.
STUDENTS: Requests for Family Reasons (DSP 5220)
Parents occasionally wish to take their children out of school for several days because of family plans. The school principal and teacher(s) should discuss the child's progress and make recommendations to the parent. The school principal keeps a record of the recommendations made to the parent. The final decision, however, is the responsibility of the parent. Conditions, procedures, and time limits for making up work are to be specified in writing.
Helias strongly believes in the importance of regular attendance. We also believe in the importance of honest communication between the school and parents and the parents and the school. When a child will be absent, assuming that absence is approved by the parent and proper procedures are followed, students will be permitted to make up the missed work. Teachers may choose to have the students make up the work in a different format, but they will have the opportunity to earn the credit.
Students may miss up to 10 class days per semester; this does not include any Helias-related events. On the 5th absence, parents will receive mail notification of their student’s attendance. Students whose attendance rate drops below 90% will be put on an attendance plan for the next semester. If the student does not meet the 90% attendance rate for two full semesters, he/she may be asked to un-enroll, per administrative request.
On the 10th day of absence, a conference will be called between parent(s), appropriate staff, and, if possible, the student. After the conference, the student may be placed on an attendance plan and/or may be referred to the appropriate juvenile authorities.
OSS/ISS days will count towards the total number of missed days in accordance with the attendance policy. Students in OSS/ISS will be allowed to make up their work.
We recommend that routine visits to doctors or dentists should be scheduled to avoid missing school. When visits during school time are necessary, the student is to present the school office with a note from his/her parents/guardians detailing the appointment. It is assumed that the student will be away from school only for the interval of time at the doctor/dentist’s office and will return immediately to school. Absences for doctor or dentist appointments are excused allowing for makeup privileges if the student brings a note or completed appointment card from the physician when he/she returns to school or such a note is brought or faxed to Helias (635-5615) within two school days.
Students may, after properly notifying Helias in advance, correctly completing the college visit form provided by Helias, and being accompanied by a parent, make multiple college visits. The college visit form requires the signature of both the parent and an official representative of the said college. Upon his/her return to school, the student must bring this signed confirmation of the college trip to be eligible to receive a make-up work permit. College visits made unaccompanied by a parent are not permitted during school time and would be considered unexcused absences. For a student to visit a school with another student and that student’s parent, arrangements for consideration must be made with the administration ahead of time.
Special circumstances (e.g. an official NCAA college visit) that do not include a parent may be considered excused if the visit is verified by the parent in writing and presented to the administration prior to the visit.
Field Trips/Activities during the School Day
Permission to participate in a field trip or activity during the school day may be denied by the administration based on a student’s attendance, academic performance, or behavior.
Attendance Related to Athletics/Activities
Occasionally parents call to excuse their children to participate in a non-school sport. It is imperative that the parent and student understand the MSHSAA rules regarding this. Simply put, a student may never participate on a non-school team at the same time he/she is participating on the Helias team in the same sport. A student may not miss school to participate in a non-school competition without the approval of the principal or the activities director. If the student is doing well academically and not, at that time, participating in a Helias sport, permission is likely to be granted. However, if the student is struggling academically or currently participating at the varsity level in a Helias sport during the same season, permission will not be granted to miss school. If the student elects to go anyway, this will constitute a violation of a MSHSAA by-law, which we are required to report. The offending student would likely be declared ineligible for a period not to exceed 365 days. Students participating at the sub-varsity level may participate in non-school competitions in a different sport but may not miss practices or games in the Helias sport in which they are currently involved.
Any student who fails to attend 4 classroom hours of school may not participate in or attend any extracurricular activities that day. Students may seek administrative approval in extenuating circumstances.
Per MSHSAA by-law 212.0, “If a student misses class(es) without being excused by the principal, the student shall not be considered eligible on that date. Further, the student cannot be certified eligible to participate on any subsequent date until the student attends a full day of classes (or has an excused absence(s) from class) without an excused absence.”
Helias Catholic High School believes in the enforcement of a student appearance code for several reasons:
- A uniform appearance gives students a feeling of equality, provides a visible sense of school unity and identity, and contributes to the professional atmosphere that should exist in a school;
- School is not a recreational or social activity. The appearance and clothing of our students should reflect the seriousness of the educational process;
- What students wear and how they look speaks of the pride they take in themselves and Helias;
- Respect for oneself and others is shown through personal appearance and neatness;
- Abiding by the appearance code creates self-discipline.
With this in mind, Helias has a uniform dress code that lists specifically what may be worn to school.
All school uniform tops are embroidered with the Crusader horse logo, shield logo, or Helias script. To purchase approved uniform items, go to: https://heliascatholic.com/student-life/uniforms/.
Any clothing not listed on the website under uniforms is considered “spirit wear” and is not approved to be worn during the school day. Samples can be found in the Uniform Shop.
Definition of the School Day
Students are expected to abide by the appearance code throughout the school day. The time from the bell to begin the first period, until the bell to end school for the day is defined as the “school day.”
General Points Applicable to All Students
- Students are to be neatly dressed and well groomed during the school day.
- Students are expected to be in the school dress code by the beginning of the first hour.
- Extremes in personal appearance are not permitted.
- Decisions on the acceptability of student appearance will be made by the administration.
- All clothing is to be modest, of proper fit, neat, clean, and worn as designed at all times.
- If an item of clothing is not mentioned within this handbook as being allowed, it should not be worn.
- Visible tattoos and body piercings, other than girls’ earrings, are not permitted.
- Hats may not be worn in the building during the school day.
- Polo shirts in both long and short sleeves in navy, white, and sunflower
- Long-sleeved button-down collar dress shirts in white and light blue
- A tie may be worn any time with an appropriate shirt
Either the polo or the button-down collar dress shirt must be worn under the sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and pullovers described below. All uniform shirts must be tucked in during school hours. Undershirts/undergarments must be white, navy, or gray and no printing on the t-shirts may be visible through the uniform shirt.
Sweaters & Sweater Vests
- Navy blue V-neck pullover sweaters and sweater vests with Helias logos (for boys and girls)
- Navy blue cardigans with the Helias script (for girls)
Sweatshirts & Quarter-zips
- Navy blue crew neck sweatshirts
- Navy blue or white quarter zips with Helias logos, which may include activities’/athletics’ name
- Specific gray, navy, white, gold plaid skort/culotte
The length must come within 3” of the top of the knee. The skirt/skort/culotte may not be rolled at the waist to shorten it, and it may not be shortened after manufacture.
With the skirt option, gray or navy modesty shorts must be worn.
- Solid navy blue blazers
- Khaki colored dress pants
The material must appear pressed, and pants that are manufactured to have a wrinkled look are not permissible. Patch pockets (sewn to the outside), rivets, and any frayed material on the pants are prohibited.
- Black or brown leather belt with no adornments
If pants have belt loops, a belt must be worn. Large/decorative belt buckles are not permitted.
- Sturdy (closed heel and toe and substantial sole) dress shoes of smooth, black, brown, or cordovan leather
- Leather deck shoes/topsiders that are primarily shades of brown with small amounts of other neutral fabric
Shoes are to be kept clean, and dress shoes polished. Suede shoes, boots, and athletic shoes are not permitted.
If a student is injured and wearing tennis shoes is indicated, it may be approved for up to two days with a parental note brought to the business office. Notes must be taken to the business office and approved before school. If approved, the student will be given a tennis shoe permit or be subject to a dress code fine. If tennis shoes are medically necessitated for a longer period, a note from a licensed healthcare provider will be required. A new provider’s note and a written explanation of why the tennis shoes are necessary must be provided each quarter by those who need to wear them long term. Orthotics not fitting in Helias-accepted shoes is an invalid excuse and will not be accepted. Tennis shoes worn long-term as a result of a doctor’s recommendation must be in good condition in keeping with the dressier look of the Helias appearance code.
Boys and girls must wear socks which must be visible at all times. If a girl chooses the skort/culotte option, she must wear crew or knee-length solid white, gray, or navy socks or tights.
Hair must be neat, clean, and combed. The appropriateness of hairstyle and coloring will be determined by the administration. Hair must be a natural hair color. If a student’s hair color or style is deemed inappropriate or extreme, he/she is subject to an appearance code fine each day until the hair can be dyed back to an acceptable, natural color.
Shaggy hair will not be permitted. Those determinations will be made by the administration. For boys, hair must be off the eyebrows; at least half of the ears must be visible; hair length in the back may not overhang the collar. Ponytails or any type of headband are not allowed. Unless special permission is granted by the administration to the contrary, students must be clean-shaven; no beards or mustaches are allowed. Sideburns may not extend below the ear lobe.
Accessories (scarves, bandannas, etc.) are not permitted. Jewelry must be simple and appropriate for school.
Girls: Girls may carry purses/handbags only large enough to accommodate personal hygiene items, a calculator, and a wallet. Purses may not exceed 12” in length or 8” in height. Large purses/bags must be left in the locker during the school day.
Boys: Earrings are prohibited, as are the studs which are worn when ears are newly pierced. Covering studs with tape or a Band-Aid is not permitted.
The administration may designate a day as a casual dress day when students may wear blue jeans and casual shoes. Jeans may only be blue and may not have cargo pockets. On such days only clean blue jeans may be worn. No holes, tears, frayed bottoms, or overalls are permitted. Casual shoes must be closed-toe, clean, and without holes. Sandals are not permitted. Visible socks are required. Regular school shirts are required unless otherwise specified. Under no circumstances may a shirt/top from another high school be worn. Students in violation of the dress code on casual dress day will be fined.
The casual dress code is acceptable for summer school classes at Helias.
House T-shirt Days
On days designated by the administration, Houses may wear their house t-shirts and casual shoes with uniform bottoms. A student may choose to wear a solid navy, gray, or white long sleeve t-shirt underneath the t-shirt. Only Helias sweatshirts or uniforms may be worn with them.
Dress Code for School Dances
Throughout the school year, Helias sponsors student dances, such as Homecoming and Prom, for which girls dress formally or semi-formally. For these activities, students must keep in mind that attire must be appropriately modest for a Catholic high school event. A student dressed inappropriately may not be allowed to enter the event until the parent can provide more suitable clothing.
Formal Dances (Homecoming/Prom)
Girls: Formal dress which must be in good taste, modest, and appropriate.
- Dresses may not be low cut and must cover the entire front of the body. Explanation: if you place your thumb in the soft spot in your throat between the clavicles and form a fist, the dress may be no lower than the bottom of your fist. All skin below the fist on the front of the body (all the way to 4” above the knee) must be covered with solid (not sheer or see-through) material. Further, if you take the side seams on a regular shirt (from armpits to the waist), all skin on the front of the body between those seams must be covered.
- Dresses may be backless to the waist.
- There are no restrictions on shoulders or shoulder straps.
- Dresses may be no shorter than four inches above the top of the kneecap.
- Slits in the dress may be no higher than mid-thigh.
- Girls not in compliance may not be permitted to enter the dance, and parents will be called.
- Non-Helias student guests must also comply with Helias Catholic dance dress code.
Boys: Suit or tuxedo preferred; sport coat, dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, dress shoes, and socks are required. No head covering.
Semi-Formal Dances (Sadie Hawkins)
Girls: Dress or skirt and blouse must be in good taste, modest, and appropriate. Girls who choose to wear formals have the same rules as for formal dances (above). Shoes are required.
Boys: Sport coat, dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, dress shoes, and socks required. No head covering.
Casual Dances (Back-to-School, After-Game Dances, etc.)
It is required that Helias students and their guests (when permitted) will dress modestly and appropriately for all dances. Failure to do so will result in calling the parents.
Girls: No backless or strapless blouses or dresses, halter or tube tops, shorts, or bare midriffs
Boys: No cut-off shirts, bare midriffs, head coverings, or shorts
Appropriate decorum is required of Helias students at all times. While there is no attempt in this handbook to list every contingency, Helias guarantees a disciplined environment conducive to learning.
Any student who poses a danger to persons or property is a continuing disruption to the academic process, continually disobeys school rules and policies, whose behavior and/or actions in or out of school seriously conflict with Catholic values, or whose conduct in or out of school is detrimental to the reputation of Helias Catholic High School is subject to suspension, dismissal, or expulsion.
All teachers are responsible for enforcing the policies set forth in this handbook at all times. Teachers will handle typical classroom disruptions and are authorized, within guidelines provided by the administration, to determine their own disciplinary policies and practices in the classroom.
The administration reserves the right to waive and/or deviate from any disciplinary regulation for just cause.
After having attempted some form of disciplinary action to no avail, parents will be notified by the teacher when students continue to create disruptions in class. After such notification (or if a student’s behavior is grossly inappropriate prior to parental notification) students may be removed from class if they continue to distract others involved in the learning process. Work done during the suspension will be evaluated at 75% credit. The hours of class time missed must be made up in detention. After returning to class following the suspension, if a student is asked to leave again, he/she may be permanently removed from the class and given a grade of F.
STUDENTS: Prohibition of Corporal Punishment (DSR 5310)
Corporal punishment is not used under any circumstances in diocesan schools. The school principal or administration/athletic director is responsible to report immediately to the superintendent of Catholic schools any violation of this prohibition. Any extreme or unusual form of punishment or any touching of a child in a manner that is considered punitive is to be avoided.
School Disciplinary Steps
It should be understood by all, that disciplinary matters deemed grave enough to require the involvement of the administration, are quite serious and a process begins which may ultimately result in the student having to leave Helias. When a student is sent by a teacher for school discipline, the administration will dispense corrective measures as deemed appropriate. Helias generally utilizes a progressive discipline plan, but flagrant violations of school policy, gross disrespect for the staff or school property, behavior that threatens the well-being of any other person, or extreme belligerence may result in severe punishment up to, and including, expulsion. There are multiple forms of discipline to which a student may be assigned.
Generally, the first step in the school disciplinary process is supervised detention that is served for one hour before school begins, typically from 7:00 to 7:55 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Students may be required to assist with school cleanup projects, but usually will be permitted to use the time for quiet study. Students may be assigned one or more hours depending upon the violation.
If a student fails to report to detention as assigned, he/she will meet with the administration and will be given two detentions. If he/she again fails to report, his/her detention time will be increased and/or he/she will be assigned a more stringent step in the disciplinary process.
All detentions must be served before a student will be permitted to take semester exams. Any student owing detention hour(s) will receive a grade of F on any exam missed.
Students may be assigned one or more workdays. Workdays are days when classes are not in session at Helias. A student must work with the maintenance staff for all, or part, of a workday.
Suspension is the temporary removal of a student from class(es) or school either as a punishment or as a precautionary measure during an investigation and/or assessment.
Students who have been consistently in ISS, who have missed assigned detentions, or whose behavior is flagrant, may be assigned one or more days of In-School Suspension. At this step in the process, the student is separated from other students for the day but is sent assignments to complete work missed (except for hands-on class projects such as labs). Students in ISS are ineligible to participate in activities until the assigned suspension and accompanying discipline have been served.
A student who, within the same school year, has received his/her second Alternative Educational Placement will be placed on probation.
Out-of-school suspension may involve one or more days during which the student is not permitted on campus. The ability to make up missed classwork is left at the discretion of the administration.
A student who, within the same school year, has received his/her first Out-of-School Suspension will be placed on probation.
Probation—Special Behavioral Agreement
A student may be placed on probation for a grossly inappropriate act or for an accumulation of actions that demonstrate his/her unwillingness to abide by Helias regulations. When a student is placed on probation, the student and parents will be notified and will have the student’s situation fully explained. Probationary status is one significant mistake away from being asked to withdraw from Helias. A student placed on probation is expected to have no disciplinary or academic problems for the period designated in the probationary notice.
All transfer students are accepted with a one-year probationary status.
STUDENTS: Dismissal and Expulsion (DSP 5360)
The dismissal or expulsion of a student from a Catholic school is a very serious matter and should be invoked only in extreme cases. Care should be taken that fundamental fairness is offered to the student in the process of expulsion or dismissal.
The term "expulsion" is: Termination of a pupil as a student from the school permanently (no opportunity for reinstatement).
The term "dismissal" is: Termination of a pupil as a student from the school less than permanently (indefinite or for a given term).
In cases of serious misconduct that could lead to expulsion, the parents are so advised immediately and in writing. They are urged to take advantage of assistance from the school, parish, or social service agencies which can help the student with his/her difficulties. Careful documentation must be kept of all disciplinary proceedings.
In extreme cases of incorrigible behavior or when conduct threatens the physical or moral welfare of anyone in the school community, the school administrator/principal can immediately suspend a student until a final decision is made. (See DSP #5355.) After the school has exhausted all avenues of assistance for the student, a recommendation may be made to the president regarding the dismissal or expulsion. All dismissal and/or expulsions must be reviewed with the superintendent of Catholic schools for compliance with the law and diocesan policies and regulations. A statement of dismissal or expulsion is made in writing, including the reasons for the dismissal and a complete listing of dates and efforts made to help the student to avert dismissal.
If a dismissal or expulsion is pending, the Catholic School Office is to be notified immediately. The Catholic School Office will review the case, consult legal counsel if necessary, and make recommendations back to the school administrator/principal and/or pastor of the school.
“Dismissal” is the termination of a student from Helias with reinstatement possible.
“Expulsion” is the termination of a student from Helias permanently with no opportunity for reinstatement.
If a student refuses to voluntarily withdraw, commits an offense so grievous that his/her presence is no longer in the best interests of the school, or has proven conclusively that he/she will not abide by Helias rules and regulations, the administration will expel the student and such action will be duly noted on his/her transcript.
When a student has proven that he/she will not comply with Helias directives, is not a serious student, or has not responded favorably to previous disciplinary efforts, he/she may be allowed to withdraw. Disciplinary withdrawal is a permanent decision. If a student/parent elects to withdraw, that student may not apply for readmission to Helias Catholic High School.
Parental Involvement in Student Discipline
The administration of Helias Catholic High School believes in the necessity of keeping parents informed about their student’s progress, including his/her behavior. The parent(s) will be notified by the teacher or administrator when serious or repeated misbehavior is noted.
STUDENTS: Confidentiality (DSP 5260)
Rather than strict confidentiality in regard to student-school employee communication (verbal and written), the schools in the Diocese of Jefferson City operate under a “spirit of confidentiality.” This means that outside of the seal of confession between priest and penitent, strict confidentiality cannot be promised to the student if the information disclosed by the student includes, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:
- Information that concerns violation of the law
- Matters involving the health and safety of the student or any person
- Serious moral issues
- Any other matter that raises serious enough concern in the mind of the employee that he or she believes it is important to share the information with the school administrator.
The school administrator/principal, after consultation with the Catholic School Office, may choose to disclose the information to parents, legal authorities, medical personnel or other deemed necessary personnel.
COMMUNITY AND EXTERNAL OPERATIONS: Grievance (DSP 1901)
Any serious grievance that cannot be solved through an informal process using the local chain of command (teacher, school administrator/principal, pastor) shall be resolved through the Administrative Recourse Procedure. Since the school advisory board is advisory, it is not part of the process of reconciling differences, unless a pastor decides to consult some or all of the board for advice on a serious issue. The Administrative Recourse Procedure shall constitute the exclusive method for resolving such disputes after informal attempts at reconciliation have failed. The parties are bound by its determination as final and binding. The Administrative Recourse Procedure is specifically limited to “Grievances” as defined within the Administrative Recourse Procedure policy and regulation.
COMMUNITY AND EXTERNAL OPERATIONS: Administrative Recourse (DSR 1901)
A “Grievance” is a formal complaint about any serious issue regarding a school or its personnel that needs a formal process of reconciliation in order for it to be resolved.
The primary purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible administrative level, equitable solutions to problems that may from time to time arise affecting the welfare or working conditions of persons associated with the school.
C. Basic Principles
- Informal attempts using the local chain of authority (teacher, school administrator/principal, pastor) have failed to resolve the grievance.
- Since grievances must be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered a maximum and every effort should be made to expedite the process. The failure of a grievant to act within the time limits will act as a bar to any further appeal and an administrator’s failure to give a decision within the time limits shall permit the grievant to proceed to the next step. (By mutual written agreement, however, the time limits may be extended.)
- The grievant agrees that discussions during the procedural stages of a grievance shall be kept confidential.
- There is to be no retaliation against any party or participant in the grievance procedure.
- Meetings held pursuant to this procedure shall be conducted by mutual agreement at a time and place that will afford a fair and reasonable opportunity for all persons, including witnesses to attend.
- Records of formal proceedings at every Level shall be kept and made available to all parties involved.
- Informal Attempts at Resolution: Before differences become formal grievances, every effort shall be made to resolve local-level disputes by way of a free and open discussion between the parties involved in the grievance. Accordingly, a party may not pursue a grievance through the formal procedures outlined in this policy unless the party has first engaged in informal attempts with the local chain of authority to reconcile the difference beginning with the person whom the grievance is against. The normal chain of authority is: (1) teacher, (2) school administrator/principal, (3) pastor. The school administrator/principal or pastor may ask a third party to attend and assist the discussion.
- Formal Grievance Procedures: In the event that informal attempts at resolving the dispute have been unsuccessful, the formal grievance procedure outlined below shall be observed. For complaints to be resolved through the Formal Grievance Procedures, the following shall apply: (i) if the complaint relates to a school administrator/principal, LEVEL ONE will not apply, and the grievant will begin with LEVEL TWO; and (ii) if the complaint relates to a pastor, LEVELS ONE AND TWO will not apply, and the grievant will begin with LEVEL THREE.
LEVEL ONE: SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR/PRINCIPAL
The grievant shall reduce the complaint to writing and submit it to the school administrator/principal within fifteen (15) days following the occurrence of the event. In the complaint, the grievant must specifically request resolution through the Administrative Recourse Procedure. The school administrator/principal will hold a meeting within seven (7) days following receipt of the written statement of grievance. The school administrator/principal, a grievance representative designated by the pastor, and the grievant shall be present for the meeting. Within seven (7) days following the meeting, the school administrator/principal shall provide the grievant with a written decision.
LEVEL TWO: PASTOR
If the grievant is dissatisfied with the school administrator's/principal’s written decision, the grievant may appeal the decision in writing within five (5) days to the pastor. If the Formal Grievance Procedure begins with LEVEL TWO, the grievant shall reduce his/her complaint to writing and submit it to the pastor within fifteen (15) days following the occurrence of the event. The pastor will hold a meeting within seven (7) days following receipt of the written statement of grievance or the appeal, as applicable. The pastor, a grievance representative designated by the pastor, and the grievant shall be present for the meeting. Within seven (7) days following the meeting, the pastor shall provide the grievant and the school administrator/principal with a written decision.
LEVEL THREE: CATHOLIC SCHOOL OFFICE
If the grievant is dissatisfied with the pastor’s written decision, the grievant may appeal the decision in writing within five (5) days to the Catholic School Office. If the Formal Grievance Procedure begins with LEVEL THREE, the grievant shall reduce his/her complaint to writing and submit it to the Catholic School Office within fifteen (15) days following the occurrence of the event. The Catholic School Office or a designated representative of the superintendent of Catholic schools will hold a meeting on the matter within ten (10) days following receipt of the appeal. The Catholic School Office will render a decision in writing stating findings of fact and conclusions within ten (10) days of the hearing and a copy of the decision shall be delivered to the grievant, the pastor, and the school administrator/principal.
LEVEL FOUR: DIOCESAN SCHOOL RECOURSE COMMITTEE
If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at LEVEL THREE, a written appeal may be made within five (5) days to the Diocesan School Recourse Committee (DSRC), a committee composed of three members appointed by the bishop. The committee will review the entire record relating to the grievance and thereafter hold a meeting which shall not be later than fifteen (15) days after receipt of the written appeal. The grievant is entitled to attend the meeting. Evidence relevant to the grievance may be offered by interested parties, and questions may be asked pertaining to the cause by committee members as well as the interested parties. The DSRC will render and communicate its recommendation to the bishop who will notify the Catholic School Office and the grievant of his ruling. The decision of the bishop will be final and binding.
COMMUNITY AND EXTERNAL OPERATIONS: Penalty Status During Administrative Recourse (DSP 1902)
The penalty for a violation of a school or diocesan policy or regulation is to be enforced during the recourse procedure. However, a request can be made to the pastor to speed up the procedure. Either the person(s) registering the complaint or the person(s) to whom the complaint is registered can make this request. The request, in consultation with the Catholic School Office, can be granted or denied.
Helias Catholic High School strives to develop the qualities of self-discipline and personal responsibility in its students. Any violation of school rules and expectations is significant because it indicates a lack of respect for the personal decorum required of Helias students and a failure on the part of the student to be fully accountable for his/her decisions and actions.
The Parent/Student Handbook is not merely a book of rules but instead a guide to help build a life of virtue. Virtues are good habits that help us toward our ultimate goal of becoming saints. As a school committed to a Community of Saints and Scholars for Christ, we take this goal seriously. When practicing these rules, our goal is to build a life of virtue. In the chart below you will find the specific virtue being strived for by following the stated rule.
- Prudence is the virtue that disposes of practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; "the prudent man looks where he is going." (CCC 1806)
- Justice is the moral virtue that consists of the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. (CCC 1807)
- Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. (CCC 1808)
- Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will's mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. (CCC 1809)
|Detention for each class period missed||1 ISS||2 ISS||Parent Conference/Possible Disciplinary Withdrawal||Prudence/
|Unexcused Tardies -
Every 3 per Semester
|2 Detention||3 Detentions||ISS||Prudence/
|Failing to Sign In/Out at the Office||1 Detention||2 Detentions||3 detentions||Prudence/
|Skipping All-School Mass||5 Detentions||5 Detentions||Parent Conference||Prudence/
|Away from Assigned Area||2 Detentions||3 Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS||Prudence/
|Detention||$10 & 2 Detentions||$10 &3 Detentions||ISS||Prudence/
Food/ Unapproved Water Bottle or Drink
|Detention||$5 & Detention||$10 & Detention||Move to step 1 for Disrespect/ Defiance||Prudence/
|Electronic Devices (Cell Phones, Smart Watches)||$25 & Detention||$50 & Detention||$50 & 2 Detentions & office drop-off for 10 school days||Move to step 1 for Disrespect/ Defiance||Prudence/
|Honor Code Violation (Cheating & Plagiarizing)||3 Detentions||5 Detentions||ISS||Fortitude/
|Display of Affection||Warning||1 Detention||2 Detentions||2 Detentions & Parent Conference||Fortitude/ Temperance|
|Refusal to Cooperate||2 Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS||1 OSS & Parent Conference||Prudence/
Defiance by Word or Action to Staff
|Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS & Parent Conference||2 OSS||Justice/
|Profanity Towards Staff||3 OSS & Parent Conference||5 OSS & Parent Conference||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Justice/
|1 Detention||2 Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS & Parent Conference||Justice/
|Unacceptable Language or Gestures||Remainder of Day in ISS & 2 Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS & Parent Conference||2 OSS||Justice/
|School Disturbance||2 Detentions||3 Detentions||1 ISS & Parent Conference||2 OSS & Parent Conference||Justice/
|Play Fighting||Warning||3 Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS & Parent Conference||Justice/
|3 OSS & Parent Conference||5 OSS & Parent Conference||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Justice/
|1 ISS||2 ISS & Parent Conference||2 OSS & Parent Conference||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Justice/ Fortitude/
Helias/Staff via Social Networking
|5 OSS &
|10 OSS & Parent Conference||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Justice/
|Inappropriate Sexual Conduct||5 OSS & Parent Conference||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Prudence/
|Vandalism||Restitution & 2 ISS||Restitution & 2 OSS||Restitution & Disciplinary Withdrawal||Prudence/
|Theft||Restitution, 3 ISS & Parent Conference||Restitution, 2 OSS & Parent Conference||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Prudence/
|Weapons/ Dangerous or Forbidden Item||Admin. Discretion||Prudence/ Temperance|
|Dangerous Driving/ Pkg.||1 Detention||2 Detentions||Loss of parking lot privileges.||Prudence/ Fortitude|
|Parking Violations||$10 & Detention||$25 & 2 Detentions||Prudence/ Justice|
Use of Tobacco Products/Vaping Device
|2 ISS, 5 days of Detention||4 ISS, 5 days Detention & Parent Conference||2 OSS & Parent Conference/ Possible Disciplinary Withdrawal||Prudence/ Temperance|
|Under Influence/ Possession/ Sale/ Purchase/
Distribution of Illegal/ Unauthorized Rx Drug or Alcohol
|10 OSS & Parent Conference & subject to drug testing for remainder of school year||Disciplinary Withdrawal||Prudence/ Temperance|
|Failure to Serve Detention||2 Detentions||5 Detentions||1 ISS||2 ISS||Prudence/ Justice|
The administration reserves the right to modify these consequences to best meet the needs of the students and staff at Helias.
A student is truant when he/she is absent from school or class without the knowledge and/or consent of parents/guardians or school officials. Truancy is against the law! Schoolwork missed during the truancy may not be made up. Parents will be notified. At their request, a conference may be held with the parents, student, and administration to discuss continued enrollment at Helias.
If a student arrives after the bell beginning the school day, he/she is to go to the office for a tardy slip, which must be presented to the teacher for admission to class. Excused tardies to school include only doctor or dentist appointments with appropriate verification or an occasional traffic problem when traffic tie-ups are verifiable. All other tardies to school, even with the approval of the parent, may be considered unexcused. For every three unexcused tardies to school or class in the same semester, students will serve a detention.
Away from Assigned Area
All students are responsible to be in the assigned classroom or with the assigned instructor at all times. If a student is going to be anywhere other than as scheduled/assigned, he/she must have the hall pass of the teacher to whom that student is responsible at the time. This includes all students in the hallways at any time (including trips to the restrooms, office, counselors, etc.) and in any classrooms other than as assigned. If a student is not feeling well at school, he/she must see the school nurse to be evaluated, and then a phone call will be made to parents if the student needs to go home. Students not where they are supposed to be will be considered Away from Assigned Area.
Dress Code Violations
Students not in compliance with the dress code will receive consequences (see chart). Repeated dress code violations could move to discipline considered as defiance. At the discretion of the administration, a student may not be permitted to attend class. With parental and administrative approval, a student may be permitted to drive home to change. Students with facial hair will be required to shave before returning to class and will be charged $2 for the razor and shaving cream. It is possible to receive multiple consequences simultaneously if in violation of two or more appearance code rules.
Gum, Snacks, Drinks
Gum chewing is not permitted during the school day, including at lunch. Snacks, candy, drinks, etc. may be eaten only before school or during lunch in the cafeteria. Chewing gum and eating or drinking at any other place in the building during the school day is subject to discipline.
Students may carry water bottles to classes to use throughout the school day. The water bottle must be the approved Helias water bottles sold in the Sader Shop. Students should write their name on the bottle. No other water bottles/ soda bottles will not be allowed into the school building. Styrofoam cups, coffee cups, tumblers, etc. will not be allowed to enter the school building. Students will be requested to throw out the contents and turn in the cup or simply throw it away.
Students may be in possession of their electronic devices before and after school and during the passing periods between classes. Students may not use their electronic devices during any assembly or class (including study hall and at the hall runners table), unless instructed by the teacher to do so. Students may be in possession of their smart devices during lunch, but they may not be in use or visible.
Each classroom will have a phone caddy, where each student will place all of his/her smart device(s) for the class period. All rules that apply to cell phones equally apply to student use of all other smartwatches and devices.
All phones must be kept on silent throughout the school day. A student whose phone creates a disruption, even if it is in the classroom caddy or the student’s locker, is subject to being fined.
If a student has a phone in hand during a test, the student will receive a zero on the test. For this offense students will not be granted an honor council hearing; if the teacher sees the phone in a student’s hand during the testing period, including after the student has turned in his/her paper but while others are still testing, the result will be a zero on that test.
If a student is suspected of using his/her cell phone to cheat, (examples: using information on the phone during a test, providing or receiving answers or other information about tests), the teacher will complete the Honor Code Violation form and the Honor Council will determine guilt or innocence.
Student use of a phone or tablet for taking pictures or videos during the school day is prohibited unless as part of an assignment. Students who are found taking unauthorized pictures or videos of other students and/or faculty members and/or emailing such images or posting them to any form of social media will be considered in violation of our diocesan school policy regarding social media (DSP 6425) and will be subject to disciplinary measures.
Students may not use headphones or earbuds in the hallways or at lunch. Headphones are only permitted at teacher discretion in the classroom or during study hall.
There may be circumstances in which it is in the best interest of Helias Catholic High School to conduct a search of the contents of a phone. In that scenario, the parent/guardian will be contacted to ask for permission to search the contents of the phone and invited to be present when that occurs. If the parent refuses to provide consent, school administrators will evaluate whether the situation presents an emergency in which safety concerns are present or whether the phone contains information or photos implicating violation of the Catholic Faith and Moral Standards, child abuse, bullying, or harassment. If it is determined that any of these concerns exist, the phone may be searched by any member of the administration with at least one other member of the staff as a witness.
Helias Catholic High School promotes and requires character and honesty of its students. All Helias students must demonstrate righteousness and integrity and earn their grades based upon the quality and consistency of their personal effort. As a condition of attendance at Helias Catholic High School, it is required that students conduct themselves honestly.
Cheating deprives the offending student of the learning experience, but it is also grossly unfair to the students who work hard and do their best to make their grades fairly and morally.
While all of the following constitute cheating, it is important to note that this list is neither all-inclusive nor absolute. Other dishonest behaviors that do not fall into one of these domains are still cheating and will be dealt with as such:
- Use of “cheat sheets” or other fraudulent contrivances to enhance grades
- Copying or receiving test answers from or giving test answers to another student in any form
- Plagiarizing or turning in the work of another as your own
- Use of a cell phone or other technology to transmit questions or answers
- Having a smart device visible during any test
- Acquiring or attempting to acquire a copy of, or the answers, to a test ahead of time
- Use of prohibited technology that does homework for a student (e.g. translation devices in foreign language courses)
- Copying the work of another or permitting other students to copy one’s work
Any alleged violation of the honor code is to be documented in writing by the teacher and given to the administration for delivery to the honor council advisor. In addition, the teacher will inform the student’s parent(s) that their son/daughter is being accused of cheating and that honor code violation paperwork is being submitted. At the discretion of the administration, the offending student either appear before the Student Honor Council, an elected committee of National Honor Society members, to answer questions and explain his/her behavior or, for a first-time offense only, may be permitted to admit guilt and not be required to meet with the honor council. In the later scenario, the administration will assign consequences and the situation will be documented as an honor code violation. In the former, in conjunction with the administration, the Honor Council will determine the guilt or the innocence of the alleged cheater. If found guilty, the negative effect on the student’s grade and additional sanctions as appropriate for the offense will be determined by the administration. The administration will keep records of situations involving violations of the honor code and will notify everyone concerned, including parents. Punishments will increase in severity as subsequent violations are committed. Honor code offenses are cumulative for a student’s career at Helias, and previous violations will be considered in determining appropriate disciplinary measures.
Displays of Affection
Displays of affection by students at school or school activities are not allowed.
Students involved in fighting, defined as pushing, shoving, slapping, throwing a punch, or any other action that could endanger the physical welfare of another whether initiated or in retaliation, at school or at a school function will be assigned discipline. Parents will be notified, and legal authorities may be called.
STUDENTS: Harassment/Bullying (DSP 5820)
Policy: All Catholic schools part of the Diocese of Jefferson City shall maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment. No student in any school shall be subjected to any type of harassment/bullying.
Harassment is defined as any unwanted and unwelcome behavior that interferes with the student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment. Harassment includes physical, visual, verbal, and sexual forms of behavior. Instances of harassment should be addressed using appropriate disciplinary consequences, counseling methods, and parental/guardian contact and involvement in accordance with the nature and frequency of the offense.
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets.
Every school is to have a comprehensive anti-bullying program that is consistent throughout the school. This program is explained and enforced by the administration, teachers, parents, and students. This program will also be available in the school office for parents to refer to if they have questions.
- Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. “Unwelcome verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature” includes, but is not limited to, “the deliberate, repeated making of unsolicited gestures or comments, or the deliberate, repeated display of offensive, sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for school purposes.”
- No student shall be subject to sexual harassment as a student.
- Any student or employee who engages in sexual harassment shall be subject to severe disciplinary measures.
- Any student who believes that he or she is being sexually harassed shall report immediately such information to the school administrator/principal. Any information reported shall be treated as confidential. All claims of sexual harassment are to be immediately reported to the Catholic School Office and/or chancellor and/or review administrator and shall be thoroughly investigated by the school administrator/principal after consultation with and direction from the Catholic School Office.
No student shall receive any retaliation or disciplinary action for reports of harassment made in good faith.
Students may not act in ways that could be perceived as threatening, harassing, or bullying either in or outside of school. Any demeaning behavior (physical, verbal, relational, or sexual) is prohibited. This includes harassment using technology (cyberbullying, texting, sexting, social media, or other postings, etc.). Words and actions that demonstrate intolerance and disrespect of others based on differences (appearance, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.) will be dealt with severely, including possible expulsion.
Disrespect towards Helias/Staff via Social Networking
Any use of social media that disparages or defames the character and integrity of Helias Catholic and/or its employees and students is an affront to the Church's teaching to uphold the dignity of human persons and institutions of ministry. All Helias students and families are expected to uphold standards that reflect Gospel values.
INSTRUCTION: Student Internet, E-mail and Other Technology Use (DSP 6425)
- Internet, e-mail, and other technology access and use in school is a privilege, not a right.
- The use is always to be consistent with Catholic teaching, doctrine, morality, and values.
- Users shall not use the Internet, e-mail or other technology for the purpose of transmitting or receiving illegal, illicit or obscene materials, or other materials in conflict with our Catholic mission.
- Users shall not use the Internet, e-mail, or other technology for the purpose of violating copyright law. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted software, text, graphics or music. Such action will be considered theft and is in violation of Catholic and legal standards.
- Users shall not use the Internet, e-mail or other technology for the purpose of plagiarism.
- Users shall not attempt to gain access to resources belonging to others. This includes, but is not limited to: passwords, e-mail, personal files, and restricted or secure Internet sites. This will also be considered theft and in violation of Catholic and legal standards.
- Users shall not use the Internet, e-mail, or other technology to transmit information about the school or the school-governed facilities, other than their own email address. This includes, but is not limited to, school personnel names and addresses.
- The school reserves the right to review any materials (e-mail, files, other correspondence) sent or received via the Internet, e-mail, or other technology for their appropriateness in light of legal, ethical, and Catholic standards.
- Any violation of this policy is also considered a violation of the general school discipline code and is subject to school disciplinary action.
- The privilege of the Internet, e-mail, or other technology use can be suspended or revoked at any time.
In addition to the above, the school, after consultation with the Catholic School Office, can take disciplinary action against any student who, either within or outside school hours and/or on or off school grounds, uses technology to defame, bully, or assault the character or being of the school, diocese, any of its employees and/or students. This includes any such negative postings, verbal or pictorial, on such websites as Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networking sites, etc. This includes any activity that would violate DSP 5305, Catholic Faith and Moral Standard.
Internet and Electronic Communications Conduct
A safe environment for all members of the school community should be a hallmark of a Catholic school. This is accomplished, in part, by fostering a climate based on Gospel values that emphasize the dignity of and respect for all persons. Words, actions, or depictions, which violate the privacy, safety, or good name of others, are inconsistent with that goal. Whether occurring within or outside of school, when students jeopardize the safe environment or act contrary to those Gospel values, they are subject to disciplinary action by the school.
This policy applies to communications or depictions through e-mail, tweets, text messages, or web site postings, electronic social networking, and other related electronic communications whether they occur through the school's equipment or connectivity resources or through private communications, which: (1) are of a sexual nature; (2) threaten, libel, slander, malign, disparage, harass or embarrass members of the school community or (3) in the principal’s sole discretion, cause harm to the school, or the school community (collectively referred to as “Inappropriate Electronic Conduct”). Inappropriate Electronic Conduct will be subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences, including immediate dismissal/expulsion. The school will cooperate with law enforcement personnel, as appropriate.
Misuse of Technology
In conjunction with diocesan school policy 6425, Helias Catholic High School will take additional action with students who violate the policy and participate in extracurricular activities. Violation of this policy includes, but is not limited to, being on Internet photos or videos in situations that conflict with the values of Helias, the Catholic faith, and the law. For example, students seen smoking, posing with alcohol or what could be perceived to be alcohol, bullying, or inappropriate sexual situations, or using inappropriate language will be considered as violating this policy. In this case, in addition to any regular school consequences, students will also be disciplined within the extra-curricular activity they participate in, as appropriate to the specific extra-curricular activity. This would include, but is not limited to, suspension from the activity, practices, etc. for a certain number of days or events or permanently.
STUDENTS: Non-Discrimination (DSP 5101)
Every Catholic school in the Diocese of Jefferson City respects the dignity of each individual and, therefore, will not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, sex, or any other basis that is prohibited by law, in regard to enrollment.
STUDENTS: Sexual Abuse of Minors (DSP 5825)
PASTORAL POLICY REGARDING ALLEGED CASES OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CLERGY OR OTHER CHURCH PERSONNEL OF THE DIOCESE OF JEFFERSON CITY
Since 1990, the Diocese of Jefferson City ("the Diocese") has had a policy and procedures to give guidance to its employees, volunteers, religious and clergy in the Diocese on the subject of child abuse and to address the needs of persons affected by child abuse. The following policy and procedures have been adopted to address the particular situation in which a member of the clergy, or an employee, volunteer or religious working in the Diocese or in any parish, school or agency of the Diocese (the latter hereinafter referred to collectively or individually as "church personnel") is accused of sexual abuse of a minor. (1) For the purpose of this policy, any person under 18 years of age is considered a minor. An allegation of this type of abuse has serious consequences for the person alleged to have been abused and his/her family, for the person accused, and for the larger community.
It is the policy of the Diocese that no person with a substantiated allegation (2) of sexual abuse of a minor will serve as a member of the clergy in active ministry or hold a position working in proximity to children as an employee or volunteer in the Diocese or in any parish, school or agency of the Diocese. All priests, deacons, and other church personnel who minister in the Diocese are expected to be familiar with this policy and to comply with the procedures adopted to implement the policy. The Diocese will make available the resources required to implement the policy and procedures. By following this policy, the Diocese hopes to offer spiritual and psychological assistance as needed to any victim/survivor and to respect the civil and canonical rights of the accused while seeking to assist him or her. Proceedings pursuant to this policy shall be conducted in compliance with civil law and in accordance with ecclesiastical law; in particular the motu proprio, Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela of Pope John Paul II, the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons of the USCCB, and the Code of Canon Law.
A. BRINGING AN ALLEGATION
1. A person may bring an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor by a member of the clergy or other church personnel by calling the Chancery Office and asking to speak with the Review Administrator or by writing to the Chancery Office. The address and telephone number are as follows:
Mrs. Connie Schepers, Review Administrator
Diocese of Jefferson City
Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center
2207 W. Main
P.O. Box 104900
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900
Telephone: 573-635-9127 (ext. 224)
The possession of sexually explicit images on any device is prohibited regardless of whether any state laws are violated. All involved in sexting are subject to disciplinary measures. If the recipient fails to delete the images immediately, he/she is involved. When sexting is discovered, parents will, and law enforcement may be, contacted. Helias Catholic High School could search student cell phones or other devices if there is probable cause that a criminal violation has occurred or if reasonable suspicion exists that the device contains evidence of a violation of school policy. This policy explicitly prohibits harassment and bullying related to sexting incidents. The distribution of sexting images constitutes sexual harassment and will be dealt with very seriously. Sanctions for violation of this policy range from a minimum of one-day in-school suspension to expulsion.
Any damage caused by a student, accidental or not, to the property of Helias Catholic High School, to the personal property of any member of the Helias staff, or while the student is representing Helias at an extracurricular activity is the financial responsibility of that student, who will pay the cost of repair or replacement as well as face extra disciplinary consequences.
Students involved in theft at school or at a school event will be assigned discipline deemed appropriate for the offense. Parents will be notified. Legal authorities may be contacted. Restitution must be made by the student or parent.
Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, and Vaping
Smoking, chewing/spitting tobacco, using e-cigarettes, vaping, juuling, or possessing any of these products are not permitted by students at any time on or around the school grounds (including inside vehicles) or at school activities, functions, or events.
Alcohol & Drugs
“Alcohol & drugs” includes, but is not limited to, illegal drugs, alcohol, legal drugs used for illegal or improper purposes, prescription drugs not used as prescribed, and look-alike drugs.
A. Prohibitions and Minimum Sanctions
- No student may distribute, offer, and/or conduct transactions leading to the use, possession, distribution, or exchange of drugs or alcohol on or within 1,000 feet of Helias property, at or en route to school-sponsored or approved functions.
- Sanction: dismissal (with appropriate assessment and follow-up as described in Section C) or expulsion.
- No student may possess or use drugs or alcohol on or within 1,000 feet of Helias property, at or en route to school-sponsored or approved activities, functions, or events.
- Sanction: detention, suspension, dismissal, and appropriate assessment, and follow-up as described in Section C, or expulsion.
- No student may be under the influence of, or knowingly remain in the continued presence of (except at school-sanctioned adult functions) drugs or alcohol on or within 1,000 feet of Helias property, at or en route to school-sponsored or approved functions.
- Sanction: detention, suspension, or dismissal and appropriate assessment/follow-up as in Section C.
In determining within each category which sanction to apply, at least the following factors shall be considered: the nature of the substance, the amount of the substance, the age of the student, the degree of risk posed to other students, the cooperation or lack of cooperation of the student, and the student’s prior record.
Nothing contained herein shall require or imply that Helias may not impose more severe sanctions if the circumstances dictate.
B. Investigatory and/or Remedial Measures
The student and parents/guardians shall meet with school authorities. The student shall be suspended pending completion of the investigation and may be suspended during the assessment.
The student will be required to cooperate with and, at his/her own expense, undergo an immediate assessment/evaluation by an approved licensed agency or professional approved by school authorities. The student and his/her parents shall sign a release authorizing the school to contact, speak with, and receive the results of the assessment and/or evaluation after which the minimum required sanctions shall be imposed on the student. In addition--and as a condition of continued enrollment--the student will, at his/her own expense, immediately enroll in an “Early Interventions Program” as designated by the school and will sign a release authorizing the school to be made aware of the student’s continued participation.
For students suspended or dismissed, before being readmitted and allowed to continue as a student, the following minimum conditions must be met and consistently maintained:
- If requested, the student must provide Helias with a written statement from a licensed professional certifying the student has and is fully cooperating and that the student presents no danger to other students.
- The student must cooperate with all recommended actions and conditions of his/her treatment.
- The student must refrain from any future drug or alcohol offenses.
- The student and his/her parents or guardians must authorize Helias authorities to communicate with and receive information from the student’s licensed professional and/or agency to monitor compliance with these conditions.
- The student must continually and consistently work toward the completion of assigned detention hours as explained and required by the administration.
Students suspected of violations of this policy may be required, as a condition of continuing as a student at Helias, to submit to drug and alcohol testing if and when deemed necessary by the administration.
C. Reporting Requirements
The conduct prohibited by these policies may be illegal or may give rise to a reasonable belief that minor students at Helias may be the victims of abuse. In such cases, law enforcement authorities may be contacted and appropriate reports filed.
D. Drug and Alcohol Testing
Helias students are subject to breathalyzer and/or other detection testing for alcohol at school or school activities based upon reasonable suspicion or at random. Refusal to comply with a request to be tested for the presence of alcohol is considered an admission of guilt. If a student is found to have alcohol in his/her system, the parents will be called to pick up the student and disciplinary measures, as described above, will be determined on the next school day.
Throughout the school year, Helias students will, at Helias’ expense, be randomly tested for drugs. After testing, all names will be placed back into the pool for future random test groups. All results will be confidential. If a student tests positive, the administration will meet with the parent(s) to inform them of the result. The student will be required to cooperate with and, at his/her own expense, undergo an immediate assessment/evaluation by an approved licensed agency or professional approved by school authorities. The student and his/her parents shall sign a release authorizing the school to contact, speak with, and receive the results of the assessment and/or evaluation after which the minimum required sanctions shall be imposed on the student. In addition--and as a condition of continued enrollment--the student will, at his/her own expense, immediately enroll in an “Early Interventions Program” as designated by the school and will sign a release authorizing the school to be made aware of the student’s continued participation. After testing positive, the student will be, at his/her expense, tested again at least 100 days later and periodically up to three times per school year as requested by the administration for the remainder of his/her time of enrollment at Helias Catholic High School. During a student’s tenure at Helias, a violation of Helias’ drug policy or a positive test may result in expulsion. A second violation of Helias’ drug policy and/or a positive test will normally result in expulsion.
Any parent who wishes to have his/her child tested in addition to the random testing program at his/her expense may make arrangements to do so by contacting the administration.
Helias Catholic High School may require students to, at personal expense, provide urine test results from an accredited lab. Helias reserves the right to do drug testing over and above the regular procedure for random drug testing.
STUDENTS: Alcohol Use at School-Related Events (DSP 5545)
No alcohol may be present or consumed at events where children and youth are the primary focus, e.g., field trips, school carnivals, school picnics, school-sponsored athletic events, etc.
STUDENTS: Drug/Medication Administration (DSP 5520)
Any drug that may lawfully be sold over the counter without a prescription may be administered in compliance with the written instructions and consent of the student's parent or guardian. Administration of a prescription drug requires written instructions from a physician, dentist or podiatrist and written consent from the student's parent or guardian.
Each school must have a written policy regarding oral medication administration. The policy shall include procedures for obtaining and filing in the school or other appropriate facility, the written instructions and consent required. There must be procedures for the periodic review of the instructions, for the storing of the drugs, for record keeping and for the appropriate instruction of persons who may be authorized to administer the drugs. (For the proper protection of students and faculty, schools are required to keep medication in a locked cabinet.)
All types of non-prescription medications (Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, etc.) that a student wishes to bring from home will be kept with the school nurse at Helias Catholic High School, and a signed Medication Form must be on file in order for the nurse to administer any medications to the student. If a Medication Form is not on file for the student, the nurse must contact a parent before medication can be given.
All medicine must be in the original and current prescription bottle and kept with the school nurse. The pharmacist can provide a labeled prescription bottle for school usage. The prescription label must contain the student’s name, name of medicine, dosage, and directions. Any changes to the dosage must be submitted in writing to the school nurse.
STUDENTS: Weapons and Dangerous Instruments (DSP 5315)
The possession, conveyance, use, or storage of weapons or look-a-likes on school property, at school-sponsored events, or in or around a school vehicle is prohibited. This ban applies to students, employees, and visitors, except for those acting in a law enforcement capacity. This prohibition expressly includes those persons licensed to carry concealed firearms. Schools are to formulate specific local policies regarding reporting weapons and dangerous instruments to law enforcement.
Items Forbidden On Campus
Possession of weapons (as defined in the Missouri Safe Schools Act), fireworks, lighters, matches, and laser pointers on campus is forbidden. Any student who brings such items to school is subject to disciplinary measures up to expulsion.
Parking spaces in Helias lots are rented for the school year with seniors having the first opportunity to rent a space. After seniors are assigned, the remaining spots are randomly drawn from the junior class. Some of those students will be assigned spaces in the lots on Carter St. If a student assigned to a Carter St. lot does not want the spot, he/she may decline when the offer is made. However, if a student accepts and pays for the spot and then does not use it (periodic checks are done to see when spaces are open), that spot will be reassigned, no refunds will be given, and he/she forfeits a spot in a prime lot as a senior.
Parking tickets will be given to anyone illegally parked. After multiple parking tickets have been issued to the same vehicle or student, an illegally parked vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Driving recklessly in a lot may be cause for immediate loss of parking lot privileges and other disciplinary action.
Students should come into school when they arrive in the morning; no sitting in cars or loitering near streets or in the lots. The administration has the right to inspect all cars parked on school property at any time without the owner’s permission. Students are encouraged to lock their vehicles and to not have anything of significant value inside a vehicle when it is parked at or around school. Students are permitted to go to their vehicle during the school day only with permission granted at the business office.
Students are reminded that Helias is surrounded by residential areas and are expected to conduct themselves courteously and appropriately when they park in those neighborhoods: park legally, do not block driveways or park where the curb is painted yellow, drive cautiously, no loud or inappropriate language, no littering, etc.
Off-campus activities/events are considered Helias events (i.e. away basketball games, concerts, etc). School rules will be enforced at such events including all student discipline code provisions. Also, the school reserves the right to refer to law enforcement and to expel from such activities/events any person who fails to demonstrate appropriate behavior or conduct suitable for a school activity and/or who is disruptive to the activity or event.
Student visitors are expected to wear jeans without holes or khaki pants and a collared shirt. Students should not invite others to meet them in the building nor should non-Helias friends be in the building at any time without administrative permission.
Guests from elementary schools can visit as participants in the “Crusader for a Day” program. That requires completion of a form available through the admissions office and does not require the signatures of the host student’s teachers.
All visitors must check in at the main office. Visitors will be given a “Visitor’s Pass” to wear while in the building. All visitors must check out in the main office before leaving the building.
Morning Mass is celebrated in the Chapel; students are ALWAYS welcome! All are asked to be quiet and respectful in the hallway outside the Chapel when Mass is in progress. All-school Masses are generally held monthly and all students are required to attend Mass. Students found skipping an assigned Mass will be subject to detention(s). Boys are encouraged to wear a tie on Mass days.
Arrival Before School
When students arrive in the morning, including those who will attend Nichols Career Center, they should come immediately into and remain in the school building. Teachers are required to be in their rooms 15 minutes prior to the start of school, so students have time to visit with teachers prior to the school day.
Student Lockers/Personal Belongings
Each Helias student is assigned and responsible for a locker. Students should make every effort to keep their combination secret to ensure security. A student who believes someone knows his or her combination needs to see the assistant principal to arrange for a combination change. If the locker does not open or lock properly, see the assistant principal to arrange the repair.
Students are strongly discouraged from bringing valuable items to school or keeping valuable items (jewelry, cash, cell phones, etc.) in lockers. Students are not permitted to wear headphones or earbuds in the hallways or common spaces. They can only be used at teacher discretion.
Food and/or drink, except daily lunch, are not permitted in student lockers. Lockers should be kept clean and organized.
Tape will not be permitted on the lockers. If attaching something to the lockers, magnets must be used. Anything hung with tape will be removed. The administration has the right to inspect any lockers at any time without informing the student.
Students in physical education classes and/or athletics may use the lockers provided in the dressing rooms during their participation. Students are responsible to provide a lock and to remove the lock and all contents at the end of the semester or season. If a lock is not available, physical education students should give valuables to the teacher to be secured during the class. Students should not leave valuables unattended in the locker room. Again, the security of items left in the locker is the responsibility of the student, and storing valuable items is discouraged. Students are discouraged from leaving calculators or other items of value lying around unattended (for example, in the cubbies by the cafeteria during lunch). The security of such items cannot be guaranteed.
Students who use backpacks, gym bags, book bags of any kind, or large purses must store them in their locker during school hours. They may not be taken to any classes (including study hall) except physical education. Violation of this rule is punishable as a dress code fine.
All study halls should be quiet. Students will be required to put all electronic devices, besides personal laptops, in the cell phone caddy when they arrive at Study Hall. Only students who arrive at Study Hall with a pass from the librarian, counselor, or teacher will be allowed to leave the designated study hall area. Study hall moderators are authorized to administer discipline as necessary to ensure the proper use of the time by all students.
Library & Computer Lab Policies
Students must have a library pass signed by the teacher who issued the assignment for which the library is necessary. Students from study halls must be checked in at the library with their pass and must check out and return to study hall before the end of the period.
Each student using the computers in the library or computer labs must have signed a computer lab and Internet Acceptable Use Policy forms. All items on those policies apply even if not repeated herein.
It is expected that each student will use the labs quietly and courteously following the directives of the librarian or lab monitor. The computers at Helias are to be used for educational purposes only.
Failure to abide by the above rules and those on the lab and Internet policies will result in loss of computer privileges, financial charges for repairs or correction of problems, detention, suspension, or a combination of these. It is possible that expulsion could result in case of severe abuse of computer privileges, malicious conduct, or intent to damage.
Students should proceed to and from lunch in an orderly fashion. Any student caught running to lunch is subject to the consequences of refusal to cooperate with school rules. All students are expected to be in the Commons when the second bell rings and to remain there until the lunch period ends. Students may not go to the band room, art room, or elsewhere in the building during their assigned lunch period. Students must stay in the cafeteria or the courtyard area and may not go to the fieldhouse or locker room without permission.
It is not permissible for students to have lunch delivered to school by a commercial vendor, to leave campus to get food, or to pick up lunch. Students are expected to take care of the facilities, return trays and utensils to the dishwashing room window, and dispose of trash properly.
Students may pay for lunch using cash or funds that have been placed in their lunch account. Account funds are accessed by the student presenting his/her ID card to the cashier in the lunch line. Students not in possession of their cards will be required to go to the back of the line.
All students are given a Helias student ID when student pictures are taken at the beginning of the year. That ID entitles students to free admission to many school activities including athletics. Every student is required to show the ID to be admitted. Without the ID, even if the gate personnel know the student, the regular admission price will be charged. If a student loses his/her ID card, it may be replaced at the business office for $5.
The elevator may be used by students during the school day only when the student has a medical issue, temporary or permanent, which impedes mobility. It is also permissible for one student to accompany the physically challenged student to help with books, etc., or for students, under the direction of a faculty member, to use the elevator to move heavy objects. Otherwise, student use is prohibited.
Instructions will be given over the PA for dismissal to assemblies. In some religious scenarios, we ask for and expect silence on the way to the gymnasium or fieldhouse. Students should leave their books, cell phones, and all other personal belongings in the classroom, which the teacher will secure; students should not go to lockers before going to the assembly or Mass. Conduct at assemblies must be appropriate to the occasion. Courtesy is required. After the assembly/Mass, students will remain seated until dismissed.
When an entire school day is canceled or when school is dismissed due to inclement weather, then all practices, meetings, performances, service projects, etc., will also be canceled. Events involving competition with other schools may be held with the permission of the administration if weather and road conditions improve.
Dismissal of the Building
All students must leave Helias by 3:20 P.M. Students may not linger in the hallways or the Commons without supervision. Students not in compliance will be considered “Away from Assigned Area.”