policies & Procedures
SES Library Mission Statement
St. Edward School library seeks to support the mission of St. Edward School. For this purpose, the library will:
*Provide a safe, nurturing, student-centered library media center.
*Assist students in achieving academic excellence and their full personal potential by developing the skills of seeking and evaluating information and ideas for their educational, informational, and recreational needs. *Promote an appreciation of literature as students become lifelong readers and learners.
* Teach digital literacy and digital safety skills to all students
*Encourage the participation of parents in the reading, learning and online lives of their children
* Instruct students in the technology skills needed for success in school and the work force
*Encourage students to embrace and model the gospel of Jesus Christ by providing materials that support the values and mission of the Catholic Church.
The leading purposes of the Library Media Program are to support the curriculum and to ensure that every student has the opportunity to become an independent, effective, responsible and creative user of ideas and information. The library media specialist works collaboratively with educators in all curricular areas.
The library media program provides the following:
1. The library media specialist assists students in defining their interest, and provides guidance in book selection and use of other media.
2. The Library Media Center offers students access to a wide variety of print resources in addition to online databases. The Library Media Center is open to students throughout the day for this purpose.
3. Every class will have a regularly scheduled weekly Media time. Your child’s teacher will let you know what day his/her class comes to the Media Center. Library skills/technology will be taught during this time frame.
4. Students will come to the media center as needed for their reading purposes and to work on various curricular related projects planned by their teachers with the help of the librarian and the technology director.
5. Every attempt is made to keep students' library records confidential.
Respect the library materials (so we‛ll have more to use)
Everything has a correct place (so we‛ll be able to find what we need)
Always share (so we‛ll return things when they are due and we‛ll put things on hold when we have to wait)
Don‛t disturb others working in the library (so we‛ll all have a special place to read and work)
Discipline for Special Area Teachers
Library, art, music, physical education, and Spanish will follow the disciplinary guidelines for each grade level as stated in the SES Student Handbook (p. 32). The Student Handbook can be found here.
We love donations! Books, audio books, videos, puppets, and literary stuffed animals that you can no longer use can find a second life here in our library. When donations come in, the librarian determines the best place for them. Sometimes that means an item will go into our library collection, to a classroom teacher, to our READ box (free books for our kids to read), or other places where they are best suited for our school's needs.
1. Pre-k-second grade may check out one book at a time for one week.
2. Third through eighth grade may check out two books at a time for two weeks.
3. Books may be renewed as needed to keep a child's account in good standing.
4. Exceptions may be made to the check out limit for class projects and research.
5. Though late books do not incur late fees, new books cannot be checked out while overdue books remain out.
6. READ Box books may only be taken by students with no overdue books. The charge is $20 for lost or damaged books.
Charges will be incurred for the following:
- Lost or damaged materials: (stained, wet, ripped, pages missing, written on, etc.) $20.00 will be charged to cover the cost of book replacement.
- Please note: Do not purchase a replacement copy of a book your child has lost or damaged. Simply write a check to St. Edward School for the replacement fee. Library bound books are purchased. Books from the bookstore or Amazon do not hold up to library use.
- Materials returned missing or damaged barcodes and/or spine labels will be charged a $5.00 processing fee.
- Report cards will be held at the end of the school year until library fees are paid or outstanding books are returned.
Request for Reconsideration of Materials Form
Students' Acceptable Use Policy for Technology
The version below is a shortened version, highlighting the most important concepts.
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The Saint Edward School Acceptable Use Policy for Technology is indicated below. It is extremely important that parents and students read, discuss and understand the policies listed concerning the use of the computers, the computer network and Internet access at school. Your signature and those of your children on the Handbook Acceptance Agreement will indicate your agreement with the following statements regarding technology and Internet usage at St. Edward School.
"We understand all the rules and guidelines contained in this policy concerning appropriate and acceptable use of the computer, the computer network and the Internet. We also understand the restrictions as outlined in this policy and the importance of adhering to them."
St. Edward School, Parish and Benefactors have made a very large investment in technology for our students, your children. We consider the use of technology at St. Edward School and access to the Internet through this technology to be a privilege. We expect that all St. Edward School students will respect this privilege and understand the value of this resource to their education.
This Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is a contract between you and St. Edward School to ensure that your child is fully trained in the use of technology and the Internet and understands and respects the benefits as well as the potential danger inherent therein. St. Edward School sees this as protecting your child rather than forbidding him/her access to technology and the Internet.
The Internet provides access to a vast amount of information and worldwide contact with people who can be invaluable sources of knowledge. This can be a marvelous enhancement to the education of our children. The beneficial aspects of the Internet far outweigh the negative.
Understanding that the use of technology and access to the Internet at St. Edward School is a privilege, we further believe that along with privilege comes responsibility. We have outlined these responsibilities as follows:
Responsibility of St. Edward School:
Provide technology and Internet access for students
Make every effort to enlighten and protect your child by teaching him/her proper use of technology and the Internet. This shall include but not be limited to:
1. The potential danger involved in sharing his/her name, address, phone number, etc. or anyone else’s over the Internet (if this is done at all it will be under the supervision of a teacher and with full approval by parents)
2. Rights of all students to equal access to Internet and technology
3. Understanding of the existence of and reason for copyright laws
4. Documentation of research sources found on the Internet
5. Identification of appropriate Internet sites
All use of technology and of the Internet at St. Edward School will be under the guidance and supervision of St. Edward School faculty. Other use of technology and the Internet at SES not sanctioned by faculty will be prohibited. 33
Responsibility of Parents:
Support the school’s policy regarding use of technology and the Internet and convey this support to your children.
Let your child know exactly what you consider to be inappropriate regarding use of technology and the Internet.
Help your child develop an appreciation for the investment in money, effort and time that has gone into the St. Edward School technology program and an awareness of the value of this investment to their education.
Continue to instill in your child the importance of the values you have taught him/her.
Responsibility of Students:
Follow St. Edward School’s instruction as to appropriate use of technology and the Internet.
Immediately tell a teacher if an inappropriate site is accessed accidentally. Internet use will be monitored, so failure to report will be assumed to indicate intentional access.
Respect the rights of other students and faculty to equal use of the Internet and technology.
Use the Internet ONLY for educational activities including research and exchange of educational information.
Understand that a person’s password is his/her personal property and should not be used – or even known by anyone else.
Use your name, address, phone number or any other information about yourself ONLY with permission and guidance from your parents and/or your teacher. And NEVER use any information about another person.
The Internet is St. Edward School’s connection with the world. Be sure you are a good representative of St. Edward School to the world.
The following activities are strictly forbidden:
Deliberate damage to any of the St. Edward School technology equipment
Deliberate damage to or malicious modification of any St. Edward School software or the network-this includes computer viruses
Deliberate access to any inappropriate Internet site or sites or those not directly related to educational activities and/or assignments
Accessing or attempting to access any other user’s personal files or the school’s administration and/or grading programs.
Use of another person’s password or impersonating another person on the Internet
Copying any St. Edward School software without permission (this is a Federal offense)
Downloading or otherwise placing any software onto any computer or the network without the permission of the technology director
Failure to abide by these restrictions will result in the student’s loss of all computer privileges for the remainder of the academic year and possible expulsion from school.
Any bragging about "exploits" on the Internet or in the use of SES technology will be assumed to be truthful and the student will be carefully watched accordingly. Unfortunately this type behavior "marks" a child and makes him/her suspect should an unacceptable incident occur.