Student & Parent Handbook
Rules & Expectations for 2020-21
Mercy High School places the highest priority on fostering students’ spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical development by providing various opportunities for personal growth, self-reflection, service learning, academic rigor, and athletic and co-curricular programs. Students, parents and guardians, and the faculty and staff of Mercy High School are called to create a community and climate that are defined by respect, personal integrity, pride in one’s work, and achievement. By registering at Mercy High School, students and their parents/guardians indicate their willingness to accept and observe the school’s policies and all addendums shared and posted during the school year.
Please read the Handbook thoroughly, and submit the acknowledgement form at the bottom of the page.
Educating a young woman can only be accomplished through the purposeful partnership between the parents/ guardians and the school. The administration, faculty, and staff of Mercy High School strive to work closely, honestly, and cooperatively with our students’ parents/ guardians in support of their educational goals. In order to accomplish this, the relationship requires regular communication between school and home that is characterized by mutual trust, respect, and honesty. To honor this partnership Mercy High School will notify parents/ guardians about any academic, disciplinary, and personal concerns that have to do with their daughters. Parents and guardians, in turn, are expected to reciprocate the relationship by replying in a timely manner to all communication that the school initiates. Should a parent or guardian do something to harm this partnership, the child could be asked to leave Mercy High School as it is our expectation that parents/ guardians uphold the same Code of Conduct that is expected of our students.
Parents and guardians of Mercy High School students are encouraged to share their concerns with appropriate Mercy High School personnel. They are asked to first address any issues they may have with the person with whom there is a misunderstanding or conflict. Should the parent or guardian not be satisfied after going directly to the source, they are then asked to speak to that employee’s immediate supervisor. Though the administration welcomes conversations and concerns, it is the expectation that parents and guardians first go to the people noted above before the concern is brought to them. Grade issues should be discussed with teachers, department chairs, and counselors before escalating to administration if a resolution is not achieved.
Parents are asked to treat all Mercy faculty and staff as well as other Mercy parents and students with respect. If conversations and interactions take place in a discourteous, disruptive, threatening, hostile, or divisive manner, Mercy High School will not host the conversation and will ask the parent or guardian to leave the campus or venue in which the conversation is taking place.
Mercy High School reserves the right to determine which actions fail to meet the Mercy High School Code of Conduct and the Christian philosophy that is encouraged within our mission statement. Failure to act in a way that is suitable of a Mercy High School parent may result in a warning, revocation of a parent/ guardian’s privilege to attend or participate in school activities or student and family dismissal from the school depending on the severity of the offense.
Students of Mercy High School are expected to be women of character who exhibit and uphold the Christian values set forth in our mission statement at all times. Students of Mercy act as ambassadors of Mercy High School 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and they are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with school policy at all times, regardless of whether they are on or off campus. Students are expected to refrain from activities that can be defined as illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate. Students will be held responsible for all of their actions that contradict either the values set forth in our mission statement or the policies and procedures set forth in our student/parent handbook. Students will be held accountable for their actions and words, both written and verbal, through consequences deemed appropriate by the school’s administration. These consequences can include, but are not limited to: a Reading and Reflection Group session, suspension, removal from school extracurricular activities, and expulsion.
The intent of Mercy High School’s Code of Conduct is to encourage students to develop themselves as women of character and integrity who live their lives displaying the same Christian values that Catherine McAuley originally built her mission upon.
Mercy High School administration will render the final decision on the interpretation of the Code of Conduct.
- Student Responsibilities and Expectations
- Conduct Away From School
- Security and Search of Personal Property
- Student Lockers
- Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco, Substance Use Policy
- Reading and Reflection Group
- Prohibited Behaviors
- Cyberbullying and Harassment Policy
- Use of Cell Phone
- Respect for Campus Grounds
- School Attendance, Arrival, and Departure on Days of Extra-Curricular Activities
- Admit After Absence
- School-Sponsored Trips, Field Trips, and Kairos
- College Visitation
- Family Vacations
- Early Dismissal
- Contacting a Student During the Day
- Parking Lot and Vehicles
- Graduation Requirements
- Grading Scale
- Report Cards
- Make-Up Work/Test Policy
- Dropping A Course
- Accommodations for Students in Crisis
- Final Exams
- Incomplete Grades
- Advanced Placement Exams
- Academic Grievance
- Field Trips
- Withdrawal from School
- Tri-School Courses