Saturday, October 23, 2021

Handbook & Policies

The word discipline is derived from the word "disciple": a pupil, a follower, a learner. Discipline is guiding and directing children towards acceptable behavior both individually and collectively.

It is on this principle that the Code of Behavior for St. Elizabeth Elementary School has been developed.



The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are committed to teaching the Gospel values which help our students live their lives as a reflection of Christ. The philosophy of our schools calls us to recognize and respect the dignity of each individual and to offer a Christ-centered, safe learning environment based on the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church.

Discipline is a necessary element of the learning process. The purpose of this code is to foster the growth of self-discipline enabling students to eventually assume responsibility for their own actions. 

All members of the faculty and staff share the responsibility to model appropriate behaviors and maintain these standards throughout the school community.

The Code of Behavior for St. Elizabeth Elementary School students has been developed to foster appropriate social skills and promote a positive learning climate that is characterized by respect, responsibility and Christ-like relationships. The responsibility for monitoring appropriate behavior rests with all adults present to the students during the school day (PA School Law, Sect. 1317).


Guiding Principles

Social skills, both personal and interpersonal, are taught, modeled, practiced, and infused into the daily life and experience of the school family and community.

The development of appropriate social skills is an unfolding continuum of learned behavior unique to each individual. The foundation is laid by parents and reinforced by Catholic education. All instruction is based on the following seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Each person is sacred.
  • Each person is social.
  • We care for creation.
  • All people have rights and responsibilities.
  • Solidarity is one call; we are our brothers' and sisters'   keeper.
  • Workers have rights; work has dignity.
  • We take care of the poor and vulnerable.


Implementation by Instruction

St. Elizabeth Elementary School's pro-active approach to discipline includes instruction based on, but not limited to, the following programs:

  • Religion Curriculum - Preschool through 8th grade
  • Catholic Vision of Love
  • AIDS Curriculum of the NCEA
  • Virtues in Practice
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program


The Code of Behavior addresses the following areas of behavior:

General Behavior

  • All behavior must be Christ-like.
  • Bullying or fighting of any kind will result in a thorough investigation of all parties involved after which consequences will be determined.
  • Social Media
    • When outside actions effect academics, social welfare, and safety, parents will be notified and asked to check their child's account activity with the possibility of parental contact of local authorities.
    • Electronic device consequences are addressed in our Acceptable Use Policy which is read and signed at the beginning of each year.
  • Cheating
    • Sharing/copying of any school work will result in a demerit for all students involved.
    • Signing a parent's name to any paper will result in a demerit.
  • Compliance with St. Elizabeth Elementary School policies.
  • Compliance with all Diocesan policies. 


  • Homework policies will be established by each department and distributed the first week of school.
  • Students and parents will be responsible to review the policy and indicate the reading and understanding of the policy on the signature checklist in the first day packet.
  • Failure to follow homework policies will result in one demerit. Demerits may come from more than one teacher, since it is possible for a student to violate the homework policy in more than one classroom.


Consequences for Violations of the Code of Behavior

  • A demerit will be issued. 
  • Three demerits of any kind will warrant one after-school detention.
  • Detention is from 3:00-3:45p.m.
  • A Saturday detention with the principal 
  • An in-school suspension
  • An out-of-school suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Parents are responsible to arrange for student's transportation home promptly at 3:45 from the school office.
  • Two detentions in any grading period will warrant an in-school suspension.
  • Any detention not served on the scheduled date may result in an in-school suspension.
  • Serious or repeated infractions to the Code of Behavior will be dealt with on an individual basis by referral to the office.