- Bullying Policy
To reflect Gospel values and to ensure a positive and safe learning climate, the schools of the Diocese of Baton Rouge do not condone harassment, hazing, or bullying of any kind. All school community members are to treat everyone with dignity and respect. In that spirit, the prohibition against acts of harassment, hazing, and bullying applies to all Catholic school students, both on and off campus.
- Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely poisonous and can kill within minutes. In the US each year, nearly 500 die while as many as 20,000 visit emergency rooms for exposure primarily from poorly-maintained heating systems or gas stoves and gas-powered generators used for heat or power during storms.
- Connect with Kids
Connect with Kids Education Network supports students, educators, and parents by providing multimedia programs and services on student behavior and achievement. Connect with Kids offers the most comprehensive, evidence-based instructional media resource and the largest, non-fiction video-on-demand library focused exclusively on issues like bullying, substance abuse, academic achievement, character development, career readiness, digital citizenship and health and wellness.
- School Supplies
All of you are aware of the potential of a flu outbreak as school brings children together and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated one targeted group is school age children. As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu at St. John Primary and St. Theresa School. We want to keep the school open to students and functioning in a normal manner during flu season. But, we need your help to do this.
We are working with the Diocese of Baton Rouge, the information through the CDC updates and our local and state health departments to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. We will be posting valuable information on our website soon.
If flu becomes more severe, we may take additional steps to prevent the spread such as:
- conducting active fever and flu symptom screening of students and staff as they arrive at school,
- making changes to increase space, where possible, between people such as moving desks farther apart, postponing class trips, and/or ballgames,
- dismissing students from school for at least 7 days if they become sick.
For now we are doing everything we can to keep our school functioning as usual. Here are a few things you can do to help.
- Teach your children good hand hygiene. We will reinforce this at school. Students should wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective. When washing hands, the students need to wash for 20 seconds, about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.”
- Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way the flu spreads is from person to person in the droplets produced by coughs or sneezes, so it’s important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder (the material of your clothes), not into your hands.
- Staying home if you are sick. Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others. The students with flu-like symptoms must stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of fever. The determination of fever should be without the use of feverreducing medications (any medication that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
- Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
We will be vigilant in following steps to keep students and staff from getting sick with flu. We will encourage respiratory etiquette and have easy access to tissues and places to wash hands or have alcohol-based hand cleaners available. Posters reminding students about washing hands and respiratory etiquette will be posted. We will send sick students and staff home. We will clean surfaces and items that are more likely to have frequent hand contact with cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas, for example we called the Ascension Parish Health Department to ensure what we are using to clean our water fountains is acceptable and were given clearance to continue the use of a mixture of bleach and water. The fountains are cleaned daily. Students are being encouraged to use alcoholbase hand cleaners before and after computer use. We will encourage students and staff at a higher risk of complications from flu to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible. Taking antiviral medicines early might prevent severe complications from flu.
For more information, visit www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov for the most current information about the flu. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu.
Mrs. Kim Naquin, Principal of St. John Primary
Mrs. Chris Musso, Principal of St. Theresa School
You should examine your child’s head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for nits and lice if your child exhibits symptoms (primarily itching) of a head lice infestation. If nits or lice are found, all household members should be examined for nits and lice every 2-3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within 1/4 inch or less of the scalp should be treated.
To eliminate head lice successfully, it is very important that all treatment instructions and steps are carefully followed and completed. Please see our Treatment page for more information.
If your child has an active lice infestation, you should notify the school. Students with evidence of head lice or nits may not attend school for at least 24 hours after the last sighting of evidence.
Below are links to receipts that can be used for tax purposes.
The 4th grade students of St. Theresa made their very own video to get the student body excited about the upcoming TerraNova testing. Check out the latest from our talented crew!
- Title 1
The Ascension Parish School Board recognizes that parent/family involvement is essential as we partner to educate our District’s students and to prepare them for lifelong learning. This responsibility is shared by the family, school, district and community who must work together as knowledgeable and collaborative partners. It is the intention of the district to cultivate and support active family involvement that supports student learning. To learn more about this policy and the Ascension Parish School Board Standards and Quality Indicators for Family Involvement, as well as Complaint Procedures, please review the Title 1 document.
- Voter Voice
Citizens for Educational Choice is the voice of nonpublic schools at the Louisiana Legislature. It represents the interests and concerns of nonpublic schools in legislative or policy matters that could impact the mission of those schools.
Voter Voice Electronic Legislative Advocacy Software
Please make your voice heard at the State Capitol on Catholic legislation by signing up for Voter Voice, our new electronic advocacy software system. It will only take you 5 minutes to register by going to the Citizens for Educational Choice (CEC) website at: www.louisianacec.org. Simply provide your name, address, and email address.
Here’s how the system works. Danny Loar or Rob Tasman, our lobbyists at the State Capitol, will send you 5-6 emails during the course of the legislative session alerting you to the fact that a key bill is coming up for a vote. You click on the link in the email. It takes you to a screen where you enter your email address, and you are into the system. You are then provided talking points to use in an email to your local state representative or Senator. You can just use Danny or Rob’s language, which most people do, or you can modify it a bit with your own personal comments, especially if you know the legislator. The system automatically fills in the email address of your legislator based on the zip code you have provided; the “Dear Senator X” salutation at the beginning of your email, Danny or Rob’s suggested wording, and your name and street address at the bottom of the letter. If you wish you can spell check what you’ve written. Then you just hit the send button. It’s really fast and easy to do this. Many people complete this entire process in literally 3 minutes. If you decide to change the verbiage to the Senator or Representative, it will take you a total of 7 minutes. And you will have made a difference in the debate!
These emails DO have impact. Legislators often comment on the floor of the House and Senate chambers about how they are getting a large number of emails about a particular issue. Legislators want to know that the email is coming from a voter who actually lives in their district; otherwise they will likely ignore it. They know the streets in their district, having walked them when they knocked on doors and sought votes. This system makes it clear that you are a voter in the legislator’s district.
Please make a difference on private school issues and sign up today for Voter Voice at: www.louisianacec.org. If you are interested in Catholic Pro-Life and Social Justice issues, please sign up at our Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops website at: www.laccb.org.