School Policies and Services
At St. Ignatius Catholic School, we strive to create school policies and services that advance our mission and philosophy. It is important to us that our policies and programs support our ability to respect the dignity, individuality and needs of the children and families that we serve.
Philosophy of St. Ignatius Uniform Policy:
At St. Ignatius we are committed to creating a culture of unity, where students can learn without distraction in order to reach their highest potential.
- Students are encouraged to stand out with actions, not appearance
- Provides ease for families and students
- Helps students feel proud of their own appearance and their school
St. Ignatius’s dress code is intended to encourage modesty, cleanliness, neatness, and pride in one’s appearance and school community. Students are reminded that whenever they are wearing their school uniform they are representing St. Ignatius. It is our belief that students should respect each other for who they are, not what they wear. The administration and faculty will monitor student compliance with the dress code. The administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of a student’s general appearance and compliance with the code.
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated certain adjustments to our regular operating policies. A temporary adjustment to our uniform policy has been made for the 2020 school year as follows:
Uniform Provider Information
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Before and After School Care
Philosophy of St. Ignatius Before and After School Care Program:
St. Ignatius Catholic School will offer quality, safe before and after school care to St. Ignatius students to help meet the needs of our working families. Our wrap-around care is intended to assist St. Ignatius parents with the scheduling struggles faced by working families, and provide a safe, nurturing and familiar environment for our students. We try to be as flexible as possible to serve the needs of our community by allowing parents to sign up for only those days of care that they require.
Morning Drop-off Policy/ Before Care: 7:30 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Morning Drop-off policy:
School Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students may arrive at school at no additional charge as early as 8:10 a.m. Any students arriving prior to 8:10 a.m. will be placed in before care and be charged the regular before care fee.
Kindergarten – 8th grade students:
St. Ignatius will offer before care for all students, Kindergarten through 8th grade. The rate for the 2019-2020 school year is $3 per day, to be paid at the end of each month based on actual attendance for the month. Prior sign-up is not required.
Pre-K students enrolled in a full-day schedule are eligible for before care for an additional charge (please see HERE for more information on our Pre-K Plus program or contact the front office for more information). Pre-K students will attend before care in their classrooms. Pre-K students MUST be signed up for our Pre-K Plus program to attend before care. There is no drop in attendance allowed for Pre-K before care.
After School Pick-Up/ After Care: 3:45 pm. – 5:30 p.m.
After School Pick- Up Policy:
School Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Students should be picked up no later than 3:45p.m. Any students still on school grounds unsupervised at 3:45p.m. will be placed in after school care and be charged the regular after care fee.
Kindergarten – 8th grade students:
St. Ignatius will offer after care for all students, Kindergarten through 8th grade. The rate for the 2019-2020 school year is $15/day, to be paid at the end of each month based on actual attendance for the month. Prior sign-up is not required. Snacks will be included.
After care will be available for students in our full-day Pre-K program for an additional charge (please see HERE for more information on our pre-K plus program or contact the front office for more information). Pre-K students will attend after care in their classrooms. Pre-K students MUST be signed up for our Pre-K Plus program to attend after school care. There is no drop in attendance allowed for Pre-K after school care.
We will provide supervised, structured activities. Students will have snack time, play / activity time, and also plenty of time to do homework. We will ensure all food allergies/sensitivities are addressed properly.
After School Care Pick-up policy:
Please ensure your children are picked up promptly by 5:30 p.m. A staff member will stay in school until all children are picked up. A $1.00 per minute fee will apply for all students picked up after 5:30 p.m. Payment will be payable at pick up.
After care will be provided every day school is in session for a full day. After care will not be provided on half-days.
Student Accommodation Services“An education in the fullness of humanity should be the defining feature of Catholic Schools.” - Pope Francis
Philosophy of St. Ignatius Student Accommodation Plans and Special Services:
Every family who wants a Catholic education for their child should be able to receive it. St. Ignatius Catholic school recognizes that inclusive education benefits the entire community. As part of our commitment to Cura Personalis, St. Ignatius Catholic School strives to meet the needs of every individual child and recognize that each has her own unique gifts and strengths to contribute to the school community and the world.
In keeping with our Christian values, we strive to make St. Ignatius School accessible to every student that wishes to attend. While we recognize that we cannot meet all the needs of every child, and we are unable to offer the full extent of services provided by public institutions, we are committed to working with our families to provide as much accommodation to our students with needs as reasonably possible. With the collaboration of school counselor, principal, teachers and the family, we will make a working service plan to provide as many services as we can for students who need additional accommodations, and we will collaborate with families about additional resources for those services that we are unable to provide
Family Participation Program
Philosophy of St. Ignatius Family Participation Program:
The participation of families in the life of the school increases student achievement and creates a community where learning and faith-formation can thrive.
At St. Ignatius Catholic School, the growth of our students is a cooperative and collaborative effort by and among families, the school community and the church. Research shows that parental involvement is one of the top indicators of student success. In this vein, we ask the parents of our community to share their gifts and talents. We require that each family contribute at least 25 hours of assistance per year to school sponsored events and activities, including involvement in at least one fund raising event. These hours are essential in order for our school to reach its highest potential. Families that fail to complete and record 25 hours of participation will be charged $25 per hour that is not completed. (Note that families of our Pre-K students (who do not also have a K-8 student) are invited but not required to complete 25 hours of assistance.)
We hope that we can make this experience rewarding for both your family and our community, and we seek to understand the unique gifts, talents and interests of each family to best match those abilities with the needs of our community.
These hours of assistance are truly appreciated, and are essential in order for our school to reach its highest potential! As you know, the cost to educate a child at St. Ignatius is HIGHER than the collected tuition. The Family Participation Program is one of the ways we are able to keep tuition lower- because we involve the gifts and talents of the community in place of dollars spent. They are also a great way to grow stronger as a community. Most importantly, they are a critical means of modeling stewardship for your children and for showing your child your commitment to their education and growth!
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated certain adjustments to our regular operating policies. A temporary adjustment to our Family Participation Program policy has been made for the 2020 school year as follows:
In order to ensure that students are constantly growing, learning, and reaching their highest potential, and in keeping with our commitment to respect for the whole child—mind, body and spirit, St. Ignatius Catholic School recognizes the importance of promoting physical health within our community. Research indicates that regular physical activity and access to nutritious foods reduces the risk of obesity and other associated diseases. As part of ensuring attention to the whole child, we are committed to providing access to nutritious foods and physical activity that support healthy lifestyles for our students and community.