Your Child’s Safety is our Number One Priority
At Our Lady of the Rosary School, we take measures to assure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The campus perimeter is secured throughout the school day. Our Lady of the Rosary maintains a closed campus policy. All gates remain closed throughout the school day. All visitors, guests, and volunteers at Our Lady of the Rosary School are required to report to the school office, sign in and secure a Visitor Badge before proceeding to classrooms or areas of responsibility.
Fire drills, earthquake drills and intruder drills take place on a monthly safety drill schedule throughout the school year. In addition, a full school evacuation and release to parents and guardians is practiced every two years.
Our Lady of the Rosary School adheres to the mandates of the Safe Environment for Children Program of the Diocese of Oakland. Volunteers are screened according to the provisions of Megan’s Law; they are "Live Scan" fingerprinted and take on-line training through "Shield the Vulnerable", before they are permitted to volunteer in any capacity in classrooms or school-sponsored programs and activities.
In the event of an emergency or unexpected closure of the school, parents/legal guardians will be contacted through our SIS (Student Information System) PowerSchool, using SchoolReach. Our school has the ability to send instantaneous notifications to our school community. This service allows us to send alerts as needed for any incident ranging from in-school emergencies to school closings, cancellations or schedule changes.
We are able to send notifications via:
Text messages to cell phones and PDAs
Voice calls to work, home and cell phones
Emails to multiple addresses
Shield the Vulnerable is dedicated to raising awareness of abuse and neglect, and providing resources to help protect the most vulnerable members of our communities
The Safe Environment for Children Project is mandated by the U.S. Conference of Bishops and our diocese to ensure a safe environment for our children. There are several components to the program. There is a curriculum component for grades K-8 concerning child safety, with a special emphasis on child abuse and its prevention. The diocese provides materials for classroom teachers.
A Shared Responsibility
Another component is the mandatory training of all staff members, parents and volunteers each year. The training will be offered on site, at neighboring sites and online to ensure accessibility. If a parent or volunteer does not attend, s/he will be unable to work in a classroom, field trip or fundraiser where children are present. There is also a component requiring that all parents and volunteers be screened through the Megan's Law process. All staff members are fingerprinted as part of the hiring process.
Preventing & Reporting Child Abuse
In 1963, California enacted the first law in the United States requiring the mandatory reporting of child abuse. By 1967, all 50 states had similar laws. These laws seek to protect children by establishing a legal duty for individuals in certain occupations to report abuse - and imposing penalties for failing to make a report. These laws also authorize other adults to contact the authorities to report problems and establish the immunities and responsibilities of these "ethical" or "permissive" reporters.
Children in Our Lady of the Rosary School and Parish, follow the provisions of Shield the Vulnerable. This entails taking a training course and providing a certificate of successful completion.
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At Our Lady of the Rosary School we have a written discipline policy in the Family Handbook that is in keeping with our Mission Statement and Diocese of Oakland guidelines.
This policy outlines and defines harassment and consequences of any negative behavior. The principal reinforces the importance of clear behavior expectations and teachers reinforce the Family Handbook rules to students and to parents at Back to School night. Parents and students sign that they agree to abide by the rules in the handbook.
As we progress through the school year, we focus each month on a Gospel Value. Building a strong sense of positive behavior traits is singly the best way to stop “bullying” kinds of behavior in children. Teachers include lessons in the curriculum in class.
Areas of school where children may misbehave often center on the playground at recess times. There are games, play equipment and specially scheduled areas for games that are assigned. The supervising adults are assigned an area for supervision and we record incidents seen on the yard. Parents should encourage their children to find an adult if they experience a problem when on the yard.
Our Lady of the Rosary School is a K-8 school of approximately 200 students. As they move into upper elementary grades (3rd to 5th grade), we see more hurt feelings and peer pressure. Parents can help by modeling being kind and dealing with hurt feelings.
Teachers generously give of their time to help students sort problems each day as they arise. We often refer classes or individuals to the school counselor to assist them in dealing with their feelings.
The Principal spends time on the yard to watch how the students are playing. There are very few instances of bad behavior. The partnership between school and home builds a community of care for the children. We pray for children who are not so fortunate.