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Here you will find that we have answered your most frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us, as we are happy assist you directly.

What are your schools’ hours?

  • Daily Schedule:
    • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (K)
    • 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (1st-8th)
  • Early Release Wednesdays:
    • Same as regular day (K)
    • 8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. (1st-8th)
  • Minimum Days:
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (K-8th)

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Does St. Bede’s offer before/after school care or day care?

Yes, we do. Please refer to the Hornet’s Nest page of our website.

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What is your absence policy?

If your child is going to be absent, please call the school office before 9:00 a.m. on the first day of the absence. You may request homework assignments be sent to the office for your student if you call by 11:00 a.m. on regular schedule days or 10:00 a.m. on minimum days. State law requires that the parent or guardian in writing, giving the date and specific reason(s) for absence, accounting for all absences. Please give the note to the teacher when the student returns to school. We will note the absence as full or partial, depending on the number of hours the student misses.

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What is your tardy policy?

We expect students to arrive at school on time each day. Students are tardy if they arrive after the time fixed by the school policy for the beginning of the morning, afternoon, or any class session. Tardy students will report to the office for a tardy slip prior to going to class. Every three tardy slips will result in an after-school detention.

Continual and habitual tardiness will result in a parent/teacher conference to plan ways to resolve the problem. We define excessive tardiness as being late four times per trimester, for a total of 12 times per school year. Excessive tardiness, even if necessary or excused, may be grounds for decreased credit or disciplinary action at the discretion of the school principal.

Consequences for tardiness may include detention, a parent/teacher conference, and a  parent/teacher/principal conference.

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What is St. Bede’s lunch policy?

Learning to make and remembering to bring one's own lunch are useful life skills. Bringing one's pre-made lunch promotes fairness and equality among all members of a class; this is useful in communities such as St. Bede Catholic School. Bringing one's lunch in the morning reduces the front office workload at an especially busy time of day.

Accordingly, students must come to school with their lunches, or plan ahead to participate in the “Hot Lunch Program.” We communicate the hot lunch schedule via our school newsletter. We also send home prepayment menus.

  • If you need to deliver a lunch, please bring it to the office.
  • Students will pick them up from a convenient location.
  • We will not deliver lunches to the student’s classroom.
  • Please consider the message that children receive when they see a parents delivering a unique hot lunch to their student.
  • At no time may a student receive a lunch over the school fence or leave the school grounds to obtain it.

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Does St. Bede's have a uniform policy?

Yes we do. St. Bede Catholic School takes pride in its tradition of excellence. This tradition should be evident to those who come in contact with representatives of the school. The best representatives of any school are its students. Therefore, certain basic uniform regulations exist for dress and grooming.

These regulations are in the interest of creating a safe environment conducive to learning and to demonstrating pride and membership in St. Bede Catholic School. We expect the attire of our students to enhance their self-image rather than make “statements.” In sum, we have established our uniform policy in the interests of meeting students’ needs for safety, belonging, identity and dignity.

  • General Considerations: St. Bede Catholic School expects students to be in uniform every day unless excused for a special reason. If your child is not able to wear the uniform on a particular day, send a note to the teacher stating the reason. A student who is out of uniform or whose uniform has been modified out of standards deemed acceptable by teachers or the administration will not be admitted to class. Instead, he or she will be directed to call a parent to bring appropriate uniform clothing.
  • Uniform Suppliers: For most items, we use Merry Mart Uniforms, 33 Washington St., Santa Clara, CA 95050. Their telephone number is (408) 296-0423. Parents also have an ongoing uniform exchange, wherein they may exchange clean, used clothes of one size for another.

Please see our Uniform Policy document located under Quick Links/Parents on our Home page for more details regarding student dress code policies, including uniforms, shoes, grooming, and free dress.

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What is the policy for visitors on campus?

  • All visitors must sign in at the school office and obtain a visitor badge.
    • This badge must be visible to staff members at all times.
  • All volunteers must sign in at the school office prior to performing volunteer jobs and obtain visitor badges.
    • This badge must be visible to staff members at all times.
  • We do not permit any unauthorized persons in the halls, yard, and/or classrooms during school hours.
  • Loitering on campus or in the school building without a specific purpose verified by a staff member distracts employees from their duties.
  • Parents must make provisions through the principal to visit a classroom during school hours.
  • Parents wishing to meet with teachers shall enter through the office and check with the school secretary to guarantee teacher availability.
  • Parents and guardians may not “drop in” to the classroom without prior approval.
  • We encourage parents to schedule conferences with their child’s teacher(s) in advance by note or phone call to verify the appointment as well.

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What do I do if my child has a doctor or dentist appointment?

We request that parents make doctor and dentist appointments for children outside of school hours. If it is necessary for a child to keep such an appointment during school time, he/she must bring a note from home to the teacher requesting such leave. The parent or guardian must be the one to sign the child out at the office before he/she can leave school. Likewise, the parent or guardian must sign in the student upon return. If a student brings a note signed by the doctor or dentist, we will excuse him/her from tardiness.

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Do students at St. Bede’s go on field trips?

Yes, they do. All field trips must have an educational purpose. When we schedule a field trip that we do not consider a “walking” trip (see what is a walking field trip), we must use a parent permission form.

  • We allow only the St. Bede Catholic School form.
  • We will not accept a written note from the parent or guardian.
  • We will not accept a phone call from the parent or guardian in place of the signed form.
  • We will not allow any student who does not have a signed permission form to go on the trip.
  • There will be no exceptions.

All drivers and chaperones for field trips must:

  • complete the online course "Shield the Vulnerable".
  • be fingerprinted.
  • have a current and valid driver's license and automobile insurance with $100,000.00 to $300,000.00 in liability and bodily injury coverage.

The teacher and/or principal reserve the right to deny attendance at a field trip to any student for disciplinary, behavioral, or academic reasons. We expect students to show respect, attention, and behavior fitting a student at St. Bede Catholic School. Please kindly refer to our family handbook for more information. It is located under Quick Links/Parents on our Home page.

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What is a walking field trip? How do I give permission?

At the beginning of the school year, a parent or guardian fills out a “walking” permission slip. This covers local field trips for which students would walk to and from the destination. The teacher keeps these forms on file. The teacher will bring the permission forms and the health forms on the field trip.

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What is your policy regarding birthday parties in the classroom?

We celebrate and have birthday parties on a monthly basis here at school. Room parents contact parents of children having birthdays in a particular month and arrange for treats or a party. The room parent and teacher will determine the date of the party. It is the express wish of the faculty that the parities be simple. Students may not hand out invitations for private parties at school, unless each member of the class is invited. We do not allow candles as part of any birthday celebration at St. Bede Catholic School.

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What kind of basic health policies are in place at St. Bede’s?

Volunteers in cooperation with the Oakland Diocese and the Alameda County Public Health Department coordinate the school health program.

  • Children receive vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • If your child has health problems which restrict physical exertion, please inform us in writing so that we may adjust the physical education (P.E.) requirements accordingly.
  • You must have a doctor’s note if your child needs to miss P.E. class for one or more sessions.
  • Children are not to take any medication during school hours unless properly authorized. Procedure:
    • Bring the medication to the office, in the original container, with signed and dated forms stating that both you and your doctor want school personnel to administer the medication.
    • You must indicate the proper dosage and the times for taking the medication.
    • Children cannot administer their own medication.
    • We do not allow children to carry any medication on their person.
      • This includes acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol), aspirin, throat lozenges, cough drops, etc.
    • We must have on file all medications and their authorizations in the school office.
      • Only an authorized personnel member will administer medication to students.

For more information, please see the health section of the family handbook located under Quick Links/Parents on our Home page.

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