The behavior of the students on and off campus, prior to, during, and after school hours, is a matter relevant to the whole Christian life fostered at the Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy. Students are required to conduct themselves in a Christian manner that is appropriate to the situation at hand (see also our expectations of proper etiquette). Failure to behave accordingly will result in disciplinary measures up to expulsion. This includes behavior outside of the school campus. Students in grades nine and above are required to sign the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy Solemn Pledge to Live by the Virtues of Temperance, Chastity, Integrity and Joy, which includes the promise not to partake in alcohol, tobacco, or drugs on or off campus during the entirety of their time as students of St. John's, including all vacation periods.
In the classroom setting, students will participate fully in all class activities. Rude, disobedient, and disruptive behavior (during class or otherwise) is inappropriate and will result in disciplinary action and notification of parents. Behavior that disrupts the learning progress will not be tolerated. The instructors will establish classroom regulations according to the instructors' discretion and will make these regulations known to the students on the first day of instruction.
Any changes to the rules of classroom decorum will be given to the students as the need arises. In addition, the following rules will be strictly enforced:
Any behavior that can be construed to be vandalism will not be tolerated. Any property damaged by such action will be the responsibility of the student's parents.
Saint John's students are expected to show respect and act responsibly. Students will keep the school grounds clean and will dispose of all litter properly. Food will only be permitted during lunch and during authorized snack times. Eating in classrooms, gum chewing, and littering will result in detention. The lunch area must be kept clean at all times. Clean-up crews will be assigned and all dining areas must be clean following the after-meal prayers. Crewmembers will not be dismissed for noon recess until their duties are complete. Students who break these regulations will be assigned to extra clean-up duties and may be given detention.
Field trips, Church services, and off-campus activities are scheduled to enhance the students' academic, spiritual and social development. Inappropriate behavior or disruptive actions will be referred to the Dean of Students. When participating in any school activity, the following guidelines will be observed:
These guidelines are intended to aid the students and staff to ensure the well-being, safety and general good of the entire school community. The faculty and staff of the Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy reserve the right to amend and to adapt these guidelines according to their good judgment to accommodate extenuating circumstances.
When any student submits work claiming it to be their own but has borrowed the wording, ideas, etc. from any other source without attribution, the student is guilty of plagiarism. Sadly, with the availability on the internet of term papers on all subjects, this issue has now become a concern, which we must address at our school.
Students who are found guilty of plagiarism or of cheating will be suspended for one day upon the first offense. They will also receive an "F" for the assignment or test. Upon the second offense, the student will be suspended for one week and will receive an "F" in that class for the trimester. The third offense will result in expulsion.
Students may not use cell phones or other electronic devices at any time during school hours, nor are they permitted to have them on their persons during the school day. All mobile phones and any other electronics must be handed in to the school office at the start of the day, and collected at its end. If a student is caught with a cell phone or any other electronic device on his/her person, in a locker, etc, the device will be confiscated and returned only to the parent of the student, and the student will be suspended for no less than one day. If such an offense is repeated, the student may be expelled from the school.
Should there be an emergency or some need for telephone contact during the school day, students may request to make a telephone call from the school office.
Parents and family should not attempt to contact students via their cell phones during the school day. If contact with a student is required, please contact the school office in order for a message to be passed to a student or (in emergencies) to have them brought to the office telephone.
St. John's Academy follows the practice of including records of serious behavioural infractions in the student reports delivered to colleges and universities to whom students and/or parents request that we send transcripts and/or other materials in support of an application for further education.