Major Policies

Blended Online Learning Policy

To further Chaminade College Preparatory’s Mission to form morally aware and academically capable people to be outstanding contributors to the future and to underscore the importance of the Marianist Characteristic of educating for adaptation and change as a standard of excellence in education, the Board of Directors adopts a policy of Blended Online Learning as an additional way of instructional methodology. Such an experience will enhance the innovative and creative curriculum already a hallmark of the Chaminade College Preparatory education by providing scheduling flexibility to meet the individual needs of students while affording the same educational opportunities and the Chaminade experience to all students enrolled in the blended program.

Chaminade College Preparatory Blended Online Learning is defined as a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online learning with some element of student control over time, place, path and/or pace, and at least in part in the traditional campus classroom. The modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

The four year implementation plan will begin immediately and put an emphasis on personal contact and meaningful interaction with the school environment to ensure all students receive the full Chaminade experience. The program will be evaluated on a regular basis by the administration who will report its findings to the Board of Directors.

Approved by Board of Directors 1/22/14 



Allowing Additional Terms for Former Directors

It is in the best interests of Chaminade College Preparatory that new individuals be elected to serve on its Board of Directors.  This allows new ideas to be brought to the Board and allows additional constituencies to be represented.  At the same time, former directors can bring rich perspective and experience to the Board.

Therefore, a former director, or any member of the director’s immediate family, shall be eligible to be nominated by the Nominating Committee of the Board to serve two consecutive terms as a director of Chaminade as long as one year has passed since the former director completed his or her most recent term.  Additionally, not more than one family member may serve as a director on the Board at the same time.  For the purposes of this policy, “family member” is defined as parents, siblings, children, spouse and those related through marriage (in-laws).

Approved by Board of Directors 3/21/12



WHISTLEBLOWER and NON-RETALIATION POLICY

General
The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines to prevent retaliation against any person who, in good faith, reports suspected ethical, policy, legal, accounting, or auditing violations as set forth below. This policy also sets forth procedures for reporting such concerns, including good faith requirements and confidentiality.

Reporting Concerns
For the purposes of this policy, a whistleblower is defined as any person who reports (to one or more of the parties specified below) an activity that he or she considers illegal or dishonest. The whistleblower is not responsible for investigating the activity, for determining fault or proposing corrective measures; such matters are the responsibility of the appropriate School or law enforcement officials.

Examples of illegal or dishonest activities include suspected violations of federal, state or local laws; billing for services not performed and other fraudulent financial practices.

Any person who has knowledge of, or a concern about, potentially illegal or fraudulent activity, should contact Human Resources. If the Department of Human Resources is the object of the concern, the concern should be brought to the attention of the President. If the person reporting the information does not believe that these channels of communication can or should be used to express his/her concerns, the person should contact the current chairperson of the Audit Committee of Chaminade's Board of Directors. Whenever practical, reports should be in writing.

No Retaliation
The School will not retaliate against a whistleblower who is acting in good faith. This protection from retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of an adverse employment action such as suspension, discharge, compensation decreases or threats of physical harm. Any whistleblower who believes he or she is being retaliated against, should contact Human Resources immediately.

Human Resources will submit promptly all reports of potentially illegal and dishonest activities to the President, who will be responsible for coordinating an investigation and corrective action.

Acting in Good Faith
Anyone reporting a concern must act in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the matter raised is a serious violation of law or policy. For employees, any such allegation that proves to be to have been made maliciously, recklessly, with gross negligence, or with the foreknowledge that the allegations are false, will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense and may result in discipline, up to and including termination of employment.

Confidentiality
To the extent possible, the identity of any person reporting illegal or dishonest conduct will be kept confidential. However, the school may be required to disclose the identity of the whistleblower in order to conduct a thorough investigation, or to comply with lawful process.

Approved by Board of Directors 5/19/10

 

 

Financial Aid Policy
Chaminade College Preparatory strives to provide an environment rich in diversity as an important aspect of educating the whole child in the Marianist tradition. In light of this, the Board of Directors has determined that financial aid is an important tool to developing and maintaining a diverse student population.

Financial aid is awarded for two primary purposes:

To permit the development of a richly diverse student population by making a Chaminade education accessible to students from varying economic backgrounds, and

To allow for the continued enrollment of students whose families experience economic reversals arising from events such as a death in the family, sudden medical issues or unemployment.

Financial aid may be awarded annually to assist with the payment of tuition, fees and books. Normally, aid will not be awarded for 100% of tuition as each family is expected to make an appropriate contribution based upon its ability. As long as a family continues to demonstrate a need and their student maintains an acceptable grade point average (normally 2.0), the school will continue to attempt to meet the need during their student's time with Chaminade College Preparatory.

Financial aid is awarded based upon an evaluation of each individual situation. Chaminade College Preparatory recognizes that each family's situation is unique and must be subject to both objective and subjective analyses in reaching a decision as to any amount awarded. Awards of aid will be based primarily upon a family's financial situation. Other factors may include years associated with Chaminade, parental and student involvement in school activities, academic performance, student character and consideration of the greater Catholic community. Financial aid shall be awarded without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sex.

A committee appointed by the President will employ a system to award aid that is designed to maintain confidentiality of applicant information. An appeals process will be in place should a family wish to have their award decision re-evaluated.

Approved by Board of Directors 5/17/06

 

Conflict of Interest – Board of Directors
A Director of Chaminade College Preparatory shall not hold a position as an officer or member of an executive committee in any Chaminade College Preparatory parent support group. This policy is to avoid any conflict a Director may have with the interest, agenda or decision making processes of the Board.

Approved by Board of Directors 5/17/06

 

Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

Chaminade College Preparatory has a Drug and Alcohol Testing program for all students in grades 9-12.  The program is mandatory and primarily random. The goals of the Drug and Alcohol Testing program are to deter drug use/abuse by students, to motivate students to resist negative peer pressure and to protect an enriched student learning environment consistent with a college preparatory school. Students who test positive will be referred to appropriate programs and services. Exclusion of a student from Chaminade College Preparatory as a result of this drug testing policy will be considered only when reasonable efforts to improve behavior are unsuccessful.

Students in the eighth grade may be included in this program in future years if their participation is deemed beneficial by the Chaminade administration.

The school administration will provide information about the program to current and prospective parents and students. The Drug and Alcohol Testing program in its entirety is included in the Parent/Student handbook and is incorporated by reference in the enrollment agreement.

In harmony with the school’s Marianist philosophy, the implementation of this policy will respect the privacy and dignity of students.

Approved by Board of Directors 1/18/06
Amended by Board of Directors 5/16/12

 

Uniform/Dress Code Policy

Chaminade College Preparatory requires students at both school campuses to dress in an approved uniform. Uniform dress is in effect during regular school hours and for most school-sponsored field trips taking place during regular school hours. The primary underlying rationale for the program is to emphasize dress for students that elevates their self-esteem and is sensitive to gender equity.

Approved by Board of Directors 5/19/04
Amended by Board of Directors 5/16/12

 

One School Policy

Chaminade Middle School and High School provide our families with a 7-year experience of Catholic education in the Marianist tradition.  To enhance that experience, the staff of both campuses shall make every effort to mold both campuses into one, unified, cohesive school. 

Therefore, the administration, faculty and staff of Chaminade College Preparatory will strive to achieve consistent communication between the middle school and the high school with regard to curriculum and student expectations ("One School"). The goal is for both campuses to engage in a process that will open up additional avenues of cooperation, collaboration and collegiality to achieve the One School relationship. School administrators have a special responsibility for the leadership of an ongoing process that will support our students' total experience throughout their years at Chaminade.

Approved by Board of Directors 1/22/03
Reviewed by Planning & Policy Committee 1/17/07
Amended by Board of Directors 5/16/12



Performance Based Initiative

The Administration, after receiving sufficient faculty input, will continue to implement a varied faculty compensation package that provides appropriate emphasis to performance based incentives. The implementation of the initiative will be incremental, acknowledge and respect the existing culture of the school, and provide for education of the faculty. This resulting program will be financially neutral and progress shall be reported to the Board on a periodic basis.

Approved by Board of Directors 3/20/02
Amended by Board of Directors 1/24/07

 

Parent Role Policy
Upon securing legal input and appropriate consultation with parent and faculty representatives, the administration will develop and promulgate a Parent/School Covenant that is consistent with the mission and philosophy of Chaminade College Preparatory.

This Covenant will articulate the reasonable expectations we have of each other, to confirm and clarify a partnership between the school and the parents of its students. In addition, the school administration will work with the Chaminade Parents Association to institute parent education programs that explain and reinforce the Covenant.

Approved by Board of Directors 3/21/01

 

Capital Project Policy
From time to time, the School may initiate significant capital projects. Significant capital projects are typically paid with funds from one or more potential sources: (1) debt issuance, (2) operating funds, and (3) capital campaign donations.

For capital projects in excess of $200,000, the Board of Directors will approve benchmarks in advance to guide the School through the process – from the incurring of initial expenditures through the completion of such projects. The Board of Directors will consider all pertinent factors such as expenditure, donation and financing cash flows.

Normal benchmarks may include: a. Debt issuance amount and time line b. Capital campaign pledge and gift amounts received in the form of cash or cash equivalent gifts (i.e. stock) c. Amount of funds available from operations d. Phasing of multiple projects

Approved by Board of Directors 3/15/00
Revised by Board of Directors 11/18/09

 

"Naming" Recognition Policy Statement
The Chaminade College Preparatory Board of Directors has established the following guidelines for "naming" of buildings in recognition of the generosity of individual donors, foundations, and corporations/businesses as well as those individuals who have made significant contributions of merit to the School.

Naming opportunities for new buildings are generally reserved for donors who make a minimum contribution of $1,000,000. Naming opportunities for facility components (new and existing) are generally reserved for donors who make a minimum contribution of $25,000. Capital campaigns may publish naming opportunities appropriate to the campaign.

All "naming" considerations for capital contributions will be reviewed by the Board Development Committee and submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval. All "naming" considerations to honor individuals for contributions of merit must be submitted to the President/CEO, to be forwarded to the Board of Directors for review and final approval.

Approved by Board of Directors 3/15/00

 

Safety Policy
The Administration will have a plan to enhance the safety and security of the two Chaminade campus sites. This plan will be based upon a thorough review of current safety practices and with the input and professional expertise of appropriate consultative services. The plan will address safety in a number of areas including safety from hazards, violence, natural disasters, drugs, alcohol and other harmful substances. The plan will be completed as soon as possible, but no later than December 2000 and will be reviewed annually.

Approved by Board of Directors 1/19/00

 

 

Identity Theft Prevention Program

Chaminade College Preparatory is committed to preventing identity theft regarding any personal information we may collect related to our students, employees, and/or persons and firms with whom we do business. Therefore, Chaminade has adopted an Identity Theft Prevention Program (the “Program”) to comply with regulations issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), known as the "Red Flag Rules".

The purpose of the Program is to identify activity that signals a possible identity theft, to detect these Red Flags as they occur, to respond to Red Flags to prevent and mitigate identity theft, and to periodically update this program to maintain its relevancy and compliance with government regulations.  The Program also identifies procedures to help prevent and mitigate identity theft for areas of potential concern, including, but not limited to, new student accounts, existing account information, credit card activity, financial aid applications, new employee information, and third party service providers.

Employee Training
School employees who handle personal data will be regularly trained to identify and appropriately respond to activities that may signal possible identity theft.  Employees will also be trained to immediately notify the Vice President of Finance and Operations or the Chief Information Officer regarding any suspicious activity involving requests for the personal information of a student or employee.

Program Administration
The Chaminade Board of Directors will review this policy periodically to assess its compliance with law, applicability and effectiveness. The Vice President of Finance and Operations is responsible for the administration of this policy and maintains all related procedures in the Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual.

Approved by Board of Directors 11/18/09
Amended by Board of Directors 5/16/12

 

Marianist Commitment Policy
Chaminade College Preparatory was founded as a Catholic School in the Marianist Tradition. That rich and valued tradition is the foundation and cornerstone of the school's philosophy and mission. The Board of Directors, school administration and the faculty and staff are committed to the implementation of the five Characteristics of Marianist Education. All necessary steps will be taken to see that they are fully implemented in all relevant areas of school life and for all the major stakeholders of the school.The five

Characteristics of Marianist Education are:

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice and peace
  • Educate for adaptation and change

Approved by Board of Directors 5/19/99

 

Admissions Policy
The admission policy at Chaminade College Preparatory seeks to be in concert with the Mission statement and the Marianist principles upon which the school was founded.The school does not discriminate on the basis of gender, color, race or ethnic origin with regard to its education policies, admission policies and financial aid program.

Chaminade College Preparatory, reflecting the religious tenets upon which it was founded and the tradition of the Marianists, gives priority in admissions to qualified Roman Catholic students, to members of Chaminade families and to children of alumni. Final admission decisions will be based on available student space, an assessment of the student's ability to complete the academic program of Chaminade College Preparatory, and the student's capacity to live out the mission, values and vision of the institution.

Approved by Board of Directors 3/24/99 - Amended by Board of Directors 10/9/02

 

Student Population Policy

Chaminade College Preparatory maintains a total annual student population that shall not exceed limits established by each school’s applicable conditional use permit.

Ordinarily the average academic class size for both campuses will not exceed 28 students. Ordinarily the maximum class size on each campus will not be more than 32 students in core subjects.

Approved by Board of Directors 5/20/98
Amended by Board of Directors 5/19/04
Amended by Board of Directors 11/15/06
Amended by Board of Directors 1/24/07
Amended by Board of Directors 11/14/07
Amended by Board of Directors 5/16/12

 

Special Needs Students Policy
Students, who are identified as special needs learners through professional diagnosis, and who are qualified for a rigorous college prep curriculum, will be served in a way the provides for compatibility between campuses and appropriate consistency within each campus.It is important that a structure is in place that ensures opportunities for high levels of communications and cooperation within the school environment and between school personnel and the student's family and appropriate professional support personnel.

Within the current scope of classroom, curriculum, and financial resources available, the administration and faculty will take reasonable steps to meet the needs of the identified students.

Opportunities will be provided for in-service and support to assist administration and faculty in the implementation of this policy.

Approved by Board of Directors 5/20/98

 

Conflict of Interest Policy for Employees
Employees of Chaminade College Preparatory may not, ordinarily, personally profit from students, parents, or other employees by offering a product or service for a fee to these named groups. Employees may not advertise products or services to students, parents, or other employees on school property, through regular school communications, or through the use of the confidential school roster of names. Employees who have approval to operate legitimate business interests, may provide services or products to employees, students, and parents when the above conditions are not violated. Academic tutoring of students by teachers is a separate issue and is covered by an administrative directive.Approved by Board of Directors 3/19/97

Disqualification from Participation in Decision Making Process for Conflict of Interest
A director or employee of Chaminade College Preparatory may not participate in the making of any decision when it is reasonably possible that the individual or a member of their immediate family may benefit financially from the decision.

Approved by Board of Directors 3/19/97

 

Teacher Compensation and Salary Schedule Policies
Chaminade College Preparatory shall maintain a just and competitive compensation/benefits package, designed to attract and retain highly qualified teachers. Such a package shall be constructed in a manner to significantly encourage faculty members to acquire and maintain teaching credentials and/or advanced degrees in relevant subject areas, while recognizing the need for administration to have reasonable flexibility in obtaining the best possible teachers.

Chaminade College Preparatory will implement changes to the compensation structure in a manner which endeavors to ensure, (to the extent possible,) that no current employee will suffer a loss of income as a result of such change. Additionally, changes will be implemented over a practical period of time to effectively manage the impact on the school's budget and tuition rates.

The Chaminade College Preparatory salary schedule for faculty will apply to all faculty positions. However, the Principal at each campus, with the approval of the President, may recommend that teachers in certain academic fields be placed on the scale at a salary necessary to attract and retain quality teachers.

Approved by Board of Directors 11/13/96 - Amended 3/24/99

 

 

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