Policies & Procedures

Drop-off & Pick-up Procedure

Safety is our number one priority. The Holy Spirit Parking Lot Task Force developed these procedures to address safety and efficiency when dropping-off or picking-up students. We respectfully ask that these procedures are maintained and followed.

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Attendance Policy

Student attendance is essential and it is the parent's responsibility to ensure that his or her child is present. If a student will be absent for any reason, the Holy Spirit office must be notified via a phone call (507) 288-8818, email to the school office and teacher, or a written note. The school will contact parents if notice has not been received. This policy ensures both parent and school staff that children are in safe care.

Tardiness 
The first bell rings at 8:50 a.m. and students are expected to be in their homerooms at 8:55 a.m. Students will be considered tardy if after a five minute grace period they are not in the classroom by 9:00 a.m. If students arrive after 9:00 a.m. they must report to the office before going to the classroom. Students delayed because of late buses or appointments will not be considered tardy. If a student's absence lasts half a day or more, the student shall be considered absent.

Illness
Absence due to illness prohibits a student from participating in any extra-curricular practice or event for that day. If a student is absent from 50% of classes for reasons other than illness on any given day (excluding dental appointments, etc.) students are not allowed to participate in the practice or event. Exceptions to this would be absences from school due to participation in a school-related activity (i.e.: SEMYO, or Regional Science Fair).

Appointments
If appointments must be made during school hours, a written or verbal request from the child’s parent/guardian is required in advance. Adults are asked to meet students in the office and then sign them out for early dismissal or appointments. If someone other than a parent will be picking up a student for early dismissal, the office must be notified. No student may leave the school premises at any time without authorization of the parent/guardian and approval of the principal. The school does not accept responsibility for any student who leaves the premises without permission.

Student Lunches

Policy for negative lunch balance

Students are allowed to charge five meals. Once five meals (-$12.50) have been charged to a student’s account without reimbursement, they will be provided with a cheese sandwich and milk until payment is received. Students will not be allowed to purchase any a la carte items if the account is negative. This policy is not intended to 'identify’ or make an example of children whose parents have not kept their child’s lunch account current, but simply a way to keep Holy Spirit Catholic School financially strong while still providing a meal for the child.  


Policy for NSF (not sufficient funds) checks
You will be advised, by letter, if a NSF notice is received. The service charge from the bank will be added to the NSF debt. Holy Spirit Catholic School will accept cash only for all NSF checks. If the debt is not paid in full within five days, the student’s lunch account will be closed until the balance is paid in full. If not resolved, the debt will be turned over to a collection agency and the collection agency fee will be added to the NSF amount.

Applications for Educational Benefits
Applications for free or reduced priced school meals are available and can be filled out any time throughout the school year. Children can receive free or reduced price school meals if the total household income is within the limits shown in the letter that is with the application for Educational Benefits. Children in households receiving SNAP, MFIP, and FDPIR benefits and foster children can receive free meals regardless of income. Contact student nutrition (phone or email)

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