Policies
Admission Policy
Our Lady of the Angels School is open for admission to all, regardless of race, religion, sex or national origin. Siblings of enrolled students, parishioners of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, and Catholics of other parishes in the Worcester Diocese are given preference for admission in that order.
- Students must be three years of age by December 31st and be fully toilet trained to be eligible for Pre-School.
- Students must be five years of age by December 31st and all candidates must pass the screening placement of the school to be eligible for kindergarten.
Child Custody Policy
Divorced or separated parents must file a court-certified copy of the custody section of the divorce or separation decree with the administration of the school. The school will not be held responsible for failing to honor arrangements that have not been made known to the school administration.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Weapons Policy
Any student on school grounds with alcohol, drugs, or weapons of any kind will be suspended immediately and may be expelled at the discretion of the administration of the school.
Visitors Policy
All parents and visitors must sign in and out at the school office. Visitor badges must be worn. No parent or visitor to the school may go to classrooms or other areas of the school without permission from the office. Only the administrator may give permission for photographers or reporters to visit our school. Photography and videography require the administration’s permission.
Before and After School
Students wait outside until 7:50 A.M. when the bell rings and they enter the building. Supervision is not provided for early arrivals unless they are enrolled in the Before School Program, which opens at 7:10 A.M. Students whose rides have not arrived by 2:35 P.M. are required to report to the After School Program. Parents will be billed at the end of the month at $6.00 per hour.
Attendance
Regular, punctual attendance is the key to success. Irregular attendance plays havoc with the student's academic achievement. Every effort should be made by parents to see that the child is in school each day. Parents of absent children must call the school office by 8:30 A.M. each day that the child is absent and follow-up --when the child returns-- with a written note to the homeroom teacher explaining the absence.
Absence and Grade Retention
Students who accrue more than fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be considered for retention in the current grade. Absences are excused only in the event of serious family emergencies or on receipt of a physician’s note. Vacations are not considered excused absences. All vacations should coincide with the school calendar. Appointments with doctors should be made after school hours or during vacations. Early dismissals should not be requested except in the case of emergency. Late arrival or early dismissal is considered an absence if the child is not present for at least half the school day. Report cards will indicate the total number of all tardies and absences whether or not they are excused
Make-up Work
It is the student's responsibility to contact teachers to arrange to make up assignments, quizzes and tests. All assignments, quizzes and tests must be made up within one week of the student's return to school, the general rule being one day for each day absent. Special arrangements can be made in the event of prolonged illness.
Absence from the classroom deprives students of direct instruction as well as interaction with teachers and classmates. Material which has not yet been taught cannot be "reinforced" by written assignments; therefore it is not always possible to give out assignments in anticipation of a planned absence. Such advance assignments are made at the discretion of the individual teacher. Homework for absent students will be ready for pick-up at the end of the day, provided it has been requested by 8:30 in the morning. When possible, homework will be given to a sibling of the absent student.
Tardiness
Tardy arrivals distract classes and form poor habits. Students are tardy if they are not in their classrooms, ready to begin the day by 8:00 A.M. On those rare occasions when a tardy arrival is unavoidable, parents are required to call ahead or send a note explaining the reason for the late arrival. Parents must also come into the building to sign the child into school. Any three unexcused tardies per child per quarter will result in an after school session.
Transportation
Students being dropped off by car in the morning are expected to walk up the driveway to the school. Vehicles are not permitted to drive up either driveway after 7:30am. This policy was formulated as a measure to ensure our children‘s safety. At the end of the day, parents who arrive before 2:25 may drive up the Main Street driveway and park in the church parking lot, facing the Holland Road driveway, to wait for their children. Drivers are not to move their cars until foot traffic has died down. All traffic exits via the Holland Road driveway. Parents must meet their children as they are dismissed from the rider line. Please refer to the "Signature Page" for further information about dismissal procedures.
No-School Announcements
Our Lady of the Angels School follows "Worcester Public and Parochial" announcements for school cancellations and delays. When there is a delayed opening of two hours, morning sessions of pre-school do not meet. When there is a two hour delay, full-day pre-school meets with a two-hour delayed opening. Notification of early dismissals due to weather will be made using the school wide email system, Blackboard Connect. The After-School Program does not meet when school has been dismissed early due to weather conditions.
Dismissal
Parents or other authorized persons calling for children who are being dismissed early must report to the office and wait in the foyer for the child. No one may go directly to classrooms without permission from the office. In the event that a student becomes ill during school hours, parents will be notified by telephone to arrange for the child's dismissal. Parents requesting an early dismissal are required to send a note to the teacher in the morning to advise the school of the arrangement, and then come personally to the office at the time of dismissal to sign the child out. Parents are required to send a note informing the school of any changes in the child's transportation plan as described on the "Signature Page." Students may not leave the building with anyone not pre-authorized in writing by their parents. Please try to foresee occasions such as medical emergencies and snow days when another adult may need to bring your child home and list by name on the "Signature Page" anyone you authorize in that category.
Report Cards and Progress Notes
Report cards are issued quarterly for grades 1-8 and twice a year for kindergarten. Report cards are our formal means of providing information on the student's progress. Halfway through each quarter, progress reports are issued for students in grades one through eight whose productivity has fallen below average. Progress reports and report card slips are to be signed by parents and returned to the homeroom teacher.  Progress reports and report cards can be viewed daily for 4th - 8th grade students using their account at Edge2Day.com.
A parent-teacher conference may be scheduled when a student receives two or more Ds or Fs in any marking period. At this conference teachers and parents will help the student form an academic plan which may include extra help sessions, the use of an outside tutor or referral for evaluation by specialists outside the school through the local public school system.
Grading System (Grades 4-8)
A+ 95-100 B+ 85-89 C+ 75-79 D 65-69
A 90-94 B 80-84 C 70-74 F below 65