Diversity encompasses all those differences that make community members unique, including but not limited to race, color, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age and physical and mental ability.
Equity ensures fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all.
Inclusion describes a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people.
Bullying and Harassment
Bullying and harassment are any action or actions that may provoke an emotional or violent response or inflict distress. Bullying and harassment can come in many forms whether it is gossiping, teasing, rude gestures, name-calling, using threats, or verbal or physical intimidation. Bullying or harassment that occurs on school premises or off school premises at a school-sponsored activity will result in disciplinary action as recommended by St. Mary’s School and may include suspension or expulsion.
Racial Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Gender/Identity Harassment, Religious Harassment, or Harassment based on any other legally protected status are all condemned by the staff and administration of St. Mary’s School.
Harassment in any form, verbal, physical, or electronic (including text messages, digital images, social media posts, etc.) is prohibited. St. Mary’s students are expected to interact with peers, staff, faculty, and campus visitors in keeping with school practices to respect others.
Any incident of bullying or harassment is to be reported to the Principal, Vice Principal of the High School, or Vice Principal of the Middle School, as appropriate. Reports will be investigated and violations of this policy will be treated as serious disciplinary infractions. Normal disciplinary procedures will be followed in determining the appropriate consequences. To the extent possible, all reports of bullying and/or harassment will be kept confidential. The school reserves the right to pursue claims or suspicions of bullying/harassment on campus or at school-related activities without prior or continued consent or approval from those involved.
Threats or implied threats, either verbal or written, are taken very seriously at St. Mary’s and will result in disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion. In addition, incidents of this nature may be reported to law enforcement authorities if deemed appropriate by the school administration.