Addendum No. 2 to the
Statute of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie
Polish School in Park Ridge
Rules and Regulations for Parents and Students
Parents of students enrolled in the School participate in maintaining the school community, contributing to its development and success.
1. Parents work with teachers on issues of education and discipline, including:
- meeting with teachers or the School Director,
- meeting with teachers on certain open house days,
- meeting individually with teachers and students in a particular class, and
- participating in meetings of the Parents’ and Teachers’ Council.
2. Parents have the right to:
- know the goals and teaching objectives of the School,
- receive detailed knowledge of the basis of assessment, grading and promotion of students,
- receive reliable information about their child’s behavior and progress in class,
- receive information and advice about performance and future educational matters regarding their child, and
- articulate and deliver their opinion about the School to the school supervisory authority.
3. The duties of parents include:
- punctual arrival (within 10 minutes before the start of class) and pick-up at the school,
- monitoring students’ homework,
- maintaining contact with teachers,
- assisting in organizing school events,
- coverage of losses caused by children,
- providing assistance to the teacher to complete the work assigned to students, and
- participating on assigned school service days in particular capacities according to the agreed timetable established for all parents.
4. Parents or guardians of a child who registers for school must:
- ensure regular attendance of the child at school,
- provide justification for a child’s absence, and
- create a home environment that prepares the child for school.
5. Acceptable forms of justification for absence include:
- a written statement by the parent taking responsibility for the child’s absence at the school,
- a telephone conversation with the parent’s class teacher, or
- an oral explanation of the absence of a child by a parent at the next class meeting or meeting with the class teacher.
Parents who on a given day cannot pick up their child from school, must provide the child’s teacher written authorization for another adult to pick up the child. Such authorization should include the names and telephone numbers of the authorized person and of the parent. Any such authorization must be signed and dated by the parent.
Children should be accompanied by an adult into the school building, and picked up from the building after classes. Children must not wait for pickup in the parking lot or in the school building without an adult.
Without knowing it, each student carries their family atmosphere to the school. We ask that parents pay attention to how they speak to and with their child. The topics of conversation, word choice, and personal attitude of adults to certain topics are important (e.g. how a teacher conducts class or the current political situation.)
Overly critical or emotional comments are received by vulnerable children as threatening and affect their emotional attitude to the Polish culture in general, including the Polish language. Negative emotions are not conducive to effective study and education.
Obligations of Parents During School Service Days
On the days designated for in-school service parents, as instructed by the Director, must:
- arrive at the school 15 minutes prior to the start of classes
- monitor the school grounds during classes
- monitor the lunchroom during mealtime
- help teachers in matters with which they ask assistance
- arrange tables and chairs in the cafeteria
- monitor the front door of the school so that only authorized persons connected with the School have access
Regulations for Students
- Children aged 3 to 5 years have class in the nursery, while children aged 6 participate in pre-school class (the “zerówka” or “zero” class).
- Primary school students generally attend classes from 7 to 15 years of age, and students aged 16 to 19 years attend high school classes.
- Students begin to attend primary school classes in the calendar year during which they attain the age of 7 years.
- At the Director’s discretion and after obtaining the opinion of the class teacher regarding readiness, a child who is 6 years old before September 1 may participate in first grade classes, upon written request of the child’s parent or guardian.
- Students have the right to:
- know their rights; every child has a right to know to what their rights are, and who they may ask for help in case of any problems,
- equal treatment by everyone,
- education, free access to all classes intended for a particular grade,
- care and understanding of the teaching staff,
- safe and hygienic school conditions,
- protection against all forms of physical and psychological violence,
- protection from bullying,
- privacy of personal information, and privacy of correspondence,
- appropriate and subjective treatment in the teaching and educational process,
- aid in case of difficulty in learning,
- protection of their health,
- respect for their human dignity,
- express their opinion, freedom of expression of thought, conscience and expression, as long as this does not affect the welfare of other people; their views and opinions will not affect their grades in particular subjects,
- freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and
- the free exchange of information.
- Student rights:
- familiarity with the curricular content and objectives and educational requirements,
- familiarity with the School Statute and School Rules as well as this document; the right to examine these documents at any time,
- explicit and reasoned assessment of progress in their studies and behavior; any information conveyed to students will be tailored to their age and level of understanding,
- free access to classrooms and the use of the available school facilities,
- individual and compensatory assistance in the event of difficulty in learning,
- a well organized educational process, taking into account the physical and psychological needs and capabilities of students at a given stage of education,
- an appropriate organization of the school day allowing for preservation of balance between schoolwork and the possibility to develop and satisfy their own interests,
- the ability to pursue their own interests, abilities and talents,
- participation in class and school ceremonies,
- organization of cultural activities, according to the needs and organizational possibilities of the school, in consultation with the School Director, and
- organization of student government activities, editing and publishing a school newspaper.
- Student Entitlements:
- the ability to notify the school authorities and teachers as well as representatives of the Parents’ Committee about the nature of all student issues and needs,
- to receive information about changes in the organization of the School,
- to participate in trips and events organized by the School,
- to participate in cultural extracurricular events,
- to participate in School subjects and themes organized by the School or other organizations,
- to participate in class activities and events,
- to participate in individual activities, and
- to attend class unprepared, i.e. lacking completed homework, without giving a reason, once per semester.
8. Student Obligations:
- to systematically and actively participate in classes,
- to speak only in Polish while in school – in class and during breaks,
- to participate in school life,
- to arrive punctually for class,
- to have the necessary textbooks, workbook and school supplies,
- to sit in a place designated by the teacher,
- not to interfere with the classroom teacher and other students,
- to prepare assigned homework regularly,
- to abide by the rules of good manners, cultural coexistence in relation to peers, teachers and other school staff,
- to resolve any disputes with the teacher or principal,
- to take care of the health and safety of themselves and their colleagues, refraining from any behavior that leads to
to violence, refraining from use of illegal drugs,
- to uphold law and order in the assigned classroom,
- not to destroy the school equipment,
- to be responsible for material damage to school grounds (legal guardians or parents are obliged on behalf of a student to repair any damage),
- to observe good personal hygiene, and take care of dress and appearance,
- to come to school dressed in a modest, tidy manner worthy of a student,
- to carry out the directives of the school director,
- to show respect to teachers, school staff, parents and colleagues, and
- to be tolerant towards people of other religious views and beliefs.
9. Students are entitled to receive awards: for hard work, exemplary conduct, scholarship, and in particular for:
- achieving high marks at the end of the school year,
- exemplary behavior,
- participation and achievements in competitions,
- distinguishing social work for the class and school, and
- perfect attendance.
10. Students may receive the following types of awards:
- praise from their class teacher in front of the class (in-class recognition)
- praise from the school, in oral or written form to the parents of a student (a letter of congratulation)
- a certificate (recognition in the presence of other school students)
- books (recognition in the presence of other school students)
- a prize awarded by the Teachers’ Council, or at the request of the school principal, class teacher or another teacher (recognition in the presence of other school students)
- the title “Subject Master,” announced during the school forum.
11. For non-compliance with the provisions of the Statute of the school, students may bear the following penalties:
- a verbal warning to the class
- an oral or written warning made by the class teacher including an entry in the student’s workbook,
- a written notice to the parents by the class teacher,
- a written request for conference with the parents,
- a written reprimand, and lower personal evaluation of deportment,
- a request to the parents to transfer the student to another school.
12. The school applies penalties sequentially. In certain cases, a procedural violation penalty can be applied without the prior penalties having been previously applied.
13. Students are not allowed to:
- run along the corridors of the school,
- bring balls, games, cards, and other items not related to study at school (teachers and chaperoning parents have the right to confiscate such items)
- leave the school building itself during class hours.
14. The School Director will ask parents to transfer a student to another school when, despite the implementation of lower-level penalties, a student does not express a desire to improve deportment and continues to violate the rules of conduct established in this document. Such occurrences would include:
- knowingly endangering human health and life,
- intentionally damaging or ruining school property
- allowing the theft of private or public property
- drinking alcohol (attendance while intoxicated), or using drugs on school premises, during trips, or at other school extracurricular activities,
- creating or participating in situations that threaten the social order.
15. Based on the circumstances outlined above, the School Director, in conjunction with the recommendation of the School Board, makes a decision whether to request the parents to transfer a student to another school.
16. Offences against the law committed outside of school cannot be the sole basis for requesting a student’s transfer to another school. Such occurrences do, however, mandate systematic educational work with such students while on school premises.
17. The student and his parents (guardians) have the right to appeal any penalty to the School through the class teacher within 7 days of receipt of the student’s punishment.
18. In the event of an appeal, the Director of the School examines the procedure and circumstances for issuing the student the penalty and decides:
- if the penalty was issued correctly under the established protocol, after examining all the factors affecting issuance of the penalty, the punishment is affirmed, or
- if the penalty was not issued correctly under the established protocol, or if all of the factors affecting the evaluation of the student’s act were not considered, the punishment is repealed.
19. The student and his parents (guardians) have the right to appeal the punishment of requesting the student to transfer to another school to the School authorities within 14 days of receipt of the student’s punishment.
20. The school shall notify in writing the parents (guardians) of all penalties administered to pupils.
(Sign below and cut along line to detach and return to school)
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I hereby declare that I have read and accept the Rules and Regulations for Parents and Students of the Marie-Curie Skłodowska Polish School in Park Ridge as set out above.
Printed Name of Parent or Guardian:
E-MAIL ADDRESS: ……………………………………….
Date Parent/Guardian Signature
Thank you for your cooperation!