Your Child’s Safety is our Number One Priority
At St. Paul, we take measures to assure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. The campus perimeter is secured throughout the school day. St. Paul maintains a closed campus policy. All visitors, guests and volunteers at St. Paul are required to report to the school office, sign in and secure a Visitor Badge before proceeding to classrooms or areas of responsibility.
Fire drills, earthquake drills and intruder drills take place on a monthly safety drill schedule throughout the school year. In addition, a full school evacuation and release to parents and guardians is practiced every two years.
St. Paul adheres to the mandates of the Safe Environment for Children Program of the Diocese of Oakland. Volunteers must take on-line training through "Shield the Vulnerable" before they are permitted to volunteer in any capacity in classrooms or school-sponsored programs and activities.
In the event of an emergency or unexpected closure of the school, parents/legal guardians will be contacted through our SIS (Student Information System) PowerSchool, using School Reach. Our school has the ability to send instant notifications to our school community. This service allows us to send alerts as needed for any incident ranging from in-school emergencies to school closings, cancellations or schedule changes.
We are able to send notifications via:
Text messages, voice calls to work, home and cell phones, and emails to multiple addresses.
A Shared Responsibility
The Safe Environment for Children Project is mandated by the U.S. Conference of Bishops and our diocese to ensure a safe environment for our children. There are several components to the program. There is a curriculum component for grades K-8 concerning child safety, with a special emphasis on child abuse and its prevention. The diocese provides materials for classroom teachers.
d the Vulnerable is dedicated to raising awareness of abuse and neglect, and providing resources to help protect the most vulnerable members of our communities
Another component is the mandatory training of all staff members, parents and volunteers each year. If a parent or volunteer does not attend, s/he will be unable to work in a classroom, field trip or fundraiser where children are present. All staff members are fingerprinted as part of the hiring process.
Preventing & Reporting Child Abuse
In 1963, California enacted the first law in the United States requiring the mandatory reporting of child abuse. By 1967, all 50 states had similar laws. These laws seek to protect children by establishing a legal duty for individuals in certain occupations to report abuse - and imposing penalties for failing to make a report. These laws also authorize other adults to contact the authorities to report problems and establish the immunities and responsibilities of these "ethical" or "permissive" reporters.
Children in St. Paul and Parish, follow the provisions of Shield the Vulnerable. This entails taking a training course and providing a certificate of successful completion.
Click to go directly to the Shield the Vulnerable website.
At St. Paul we have a written discipline policy in the Family Handbook that is in keeping with our Mission Statement and Diocese of Oakland guideline.
This policy outlines and defines harassment and consequences of any negative behavior. The principal reinforces the importance of clear behavior expectations and teachers reinforce the Family Handbook rules to students and to parents at Back to School night. Parents and students sign that they agree to abide by the rules in the handbook.
As we progress through the school year we focus each month on a gospel value. Building a strong sense of positive behavior traits is singly the best way to stop “Bullying” kinds of behavior in children. Teachers include lessons in the curriculum in class.
Areas of school where children may misbehave often center on the playground at recess times. There are games, play equipment and specially scheduled areas for games that are assigned. The supervising adults are assigned an area for supervision and we record incidents seen on the yard. Parents should encourage their children to find an adult if they experience a problem when on the yard.
Teachers generously give of their time to help students sort problems each day as they arise.
The Principal spends time on the yard to watch how the students are playing. There are very few instances of bad behavior. The partnership between school and home builds a community of care for the children. We pray for children who are not so fortunate.