Student Policies & Regulations
Moreau Catholic High School has selected SportPacks as the official vendor for Marinerwear, where parents can purchase the new “Appearance Code Approved” apparel. *
* Students are allowed to wear previously purchased outerwear with the Moreau Catholic logo, including Class of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 sweatshirts.
10.1 APPEARANCE CODE
In keeping with its mission statement, Moreau Catholic High School expects its students to demonstrate good taste and modesty in their appearance, as appropriate to an educational environment.
School approved apparel fosters the idea that a student’s uniqueness derives from within, not from his or her appearance. In addition, dress regulations contribute to a positive school learning environment and lend dignity and pride to the school community.
The school administrators, in consultation with the Principal, have ultimate responsibility and authority for all issues pertaining to the appearance code.
Apparel choices for all students:
1) SHIRTS: Approved unaltered polo shirts with the Moreau Catholic logo. Color options include dark green, black, grey, and cream. Polos must be buttoned to four inches from the top of the shirt collar and fall below the waistband when seated. Approved unaltered long-sleeve polo shirts with the Moreau Catholic logo are optional.
2) PANTS: Cotton twill long or corduroy pants fitted at the waist. Pants that are “sagging” are not acceptable. Shorts must be cotton twill and fitted at the waist and must fall four inches above the middle of the knee or lower. No clothing that has the appearance of jeans (for example: denim and spandex blends) is allowed.
3) SKIRTS: Cotton twill skirts fitted at the waist and must fall four inches above the middle of the knee or lower. Leggings and tights under skirts are acceptable if the skirt is four inches above the knee. Approved polo must be worn with the skirt.
4) OUTERWEAR: Only approved, unaltered Marinerwear sweatshirts and hoodies are allowed in the school building.
5) SHOES: Shoes must have backs or back straps. No “slides,” slippers, backless shoes, or heels above two inches allowed.
6) HAIR must be well-groomed and no inappropriate hairstyles will be allowed. If any question, a Dean will decide whether a particular style or hair color may be worn. Male students are allowed neatly trimmed beards and/or goatees.
School Day Absence
In the event of an absence:
1. Call the School:
A parent or guardian must call the school before 9:30 a.m. on each morning of the absence. A message can be left on the phone mail system of the Attendance Office by calling (510) 881-4340. E-mails and/or faxes are not acceptable substitutes for a call.
A tardy at the start of the school day is defined as arriving at the attendance office before 8:15 a.m. Late arrivals are defined as arriving at the attendance office between 8:16 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Absences are defined as arriving at the attendance office later than 8:45 a.m. on a regular school days. The sixth time a student is tardy to the first period, a detention will be issued for each tardy thereafter. After the tenth time tardy a student will be placed on tardy probation. Please see the student-parent handbook for more information on the Tardy Policy.
Leaving School During the Day
Procedures: A student may not leave campus for any reason without specific approval through the Attendance Office. An absence is considered excused only for the following reasons – medical or dental appointments, personal family matters, court appearance, illness of the student or serious illness or death in the family, or Department of Motor Vehicle appointments. Medical or dental appointments should be scheduled during vacations or after school whenever possible.
Any student needing to leave campus for any reason will be cleared through the Attendance Office if the following procedures are followed:
1. Written Requests
A written request must be brought to the Attendance Office before school begins that day. Upon return to school, students must submit a doctor or dentist slip note.
2. Dismissal Pass
A student will be issued a pass that should be shown to the teacher when the student leaves. The student must check in through the Attendance Office and provide the appointment verification card upon returning to school.
3. Early Dismissal
A student must bring a note signed by a parent/guardian or a parent phone contact must be made stating the reason and the time it will be necessary to leave school. Leaving school grounds without informing the attendance office will result in a “cut” detention.
Absence during Final Exam Week
Any student who is absent during final exam week, other than those students who do not have final exams for certain classes, must have his/her absence verified by a doctor’s note. Students are not allowed to miss final exams for any reason other than a medical illness or an extreme extenuating circumstance. Any student who anticipates that he/she may miss school during final exam week must contact the Assistant Principal of Instruction.
In the event of a need for an extended absence, parents must contact the attendance office one week prior to the anticipated absence. The attendance office will give the student a form to be completed by his or her teachers, counselor and assistant principal regarding homework and possible effects of the absence. If a student will be absent due to a retreat or field trip, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the teachers of the absence.
Moreau Catholic considers preparation for all matters of emergency of paramount importance in ensuring the safety and security of all faculty, staff and students. Each year, the school community engages in a review of the plan and has specific dates to practice evacuation procedures. The school has developed plans for a variety of school emergencies, including but not limited to fire, earthquake, and an intruder. Should you have any further questions, please contact our Dean of Students, Colleen Galloway ’77.
In the case of a campus-wide emergency, we will utilize our automated phone/email message system, along with our school’s website, to communicate information to parents and guardians.
Q: What is the dress code?
A: See School Appearance Code webpage for details.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: The school building is open every morning from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students may be dropped off at 7 a.m., and can access the Ivaldi Student Center, and the outdoor plaza areas. The Library is open almost every day after school until 5:30 p.m. On early dismissal days, the student center is open to provide students an on-campus lunch option.
Q: How does the school ensure the safety of students?
A: The campus perimeter is secured throughout the school day, and visitors are strictly monitored. Moreau Catholic maintains a closed campus policy, and students from other schools are never permitted entry during the school day. The school has three campus supervisors who patrol the campus from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and during any after-school co-curricular events. Hayward School Resource Officers are also on campus for after-school co-curricular events to support maintaining a safe environment for all students and visitors.
Q: What is the procedure for collecting homework when my student is sick?
A: When a student is absent, the parent should contact the Attendance Office every morning of his/her absence. The student is encouraged to email teachers and check class websites for homework. If the student is absent for an extended period of time, the student’s counselor can assist in the coordination of missing homework assignments. Please see the Attendance web page for more information.
Q: How do I get a message to my student? (urgent/non-urgent)
A: The Main Office will deliver messages to students only for family emergencies. A parent may also leave a message on his/her student’s cell phone, or via email. The student can turn the cell phone on at the end of the school day to check for any messages.
Q: What if I schedule an appointment for my student during the day that he/she does not know about?
A: All absence notes should be delivered to the Attendance office by 7:45 a.m. If there is an extenuating circumstance that requires a last-minute change in plans, please come to the Attendance Office, to pick up the student with a note excusing him/her from school. We cannot contact a student during lunch, so please let us know ahead of time if you are coming in.
Q: Where do I drop off items for a student? (lunch, money, homework, etc.)
A: All items for students must be delivered to the Main office.
Q: What is the cell phone policy?
A: When students arrive on campus, cell phones are to be turned off and kept out of sight. Students may turn their phones on at the end of the school day.
Q: What is the procedure if my student comes to school late?
A: Your student must report to the Attendance Office to check-in as soon as he/she arrives on campus. When a student misses more than 50% of the period, this is an “absence” and will require a parent note. Students are not to report to the classroom until they have checked in with the Attendance Office.
In August, students received a copy of the Student-Parent Handbook and Planner. The Handbook and Planner allow students to stay abreast of all current school policies and provides a helpful reference for questions regarding school procedures. The School Planner is also a tool to help students stay organized with academic and co-curricular activities.
Replacement copies of the planner are available from the Director of Students Activities Nichole McGowan for $5.
Below you will find a PDF copy of the Student-Parent Handbook. Every student is required to submit the Student Parent Acknowledgement Form (found on page 3 of the handbook) at the beginning of the school year to their homeroom teacher.