Important Information

Our policies page will provide you with all of the info you need on John Paul II Center’s policies.  From absences and attendance, to religious services and school hours, it’s all here.

When a child remains at home due to illness, it is necessary that the parent/guardian of the child notify the school office by 8:30 a.m.  Direct communication with parents is specifically intended for your child’s protection. An answering machine is available for you to call at a convenient time before 7:30 a.m. It is your responsibility to call us and the Transportation Department to cancel services!

Upon returning from a day of absence, a completed Excuse for absence form issued by the school office should be returned. Additional forms are available in the school office. The child is to give this form to their teacher.

If a child is absent three or more days in a row, a doctor’s excuse must be submitted. A doctor’s excuse must also accompany the absentee note in the following situations, whether the child is absent only one day or more than one day:

Communicable Diseases – Measles, Whooping Cough, Respiratory streptococcal infections, Scarlet fever, Strep throat, Mumps, Impetigo, Pink Eye, Ringworm, Scabies, Mononucleosis.

If your child is not feeling well in the morning, DO NOT SEND your child to school. If your child has any signs of flu, a fever or cough and congestion, please keep them home. If you send your child to school and we feel they are sick and should be home, we will call you to come and pick up your child. A child must remain fever-free (100  or higher) for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Vomiting, fever and upset stomachs will not suddenly go away once your child enters the building. A sick child in school becomes more accessible to other illnesses and may spread their illness. Please be sensitive to the fact that we have some individuals with compromised immune systems.

When a child has a doctor or dentist appointment during the day, please complete an Excuse for Early Dismissal form issued by the school office. Additional forms are available in the school office. The child is to give this form to their teacher prior to the date of their appointment. Please come into the office to pick-up and sign your child out of school, and upon returning, sign in and drop your child off at the office.

– No child will be released to anyone other than the parent unless there is direct communication from the parent to do so.  If the custody or guardianship of the child is in question, please notify the principal.

– When a child is late, he/she must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the school office. The parent must sign-in for the child. Any student arriving after 8:30 a.m. will be assisted to their classroom by a staff member to avoid disrupting the class.

– If a child will be arriving late in the morning due to an appointment, please notify the school office the previous day, during the evening (please leave a message on the answering machine) or call the office before 8:30 a.m.

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires your child to attend school on a regular basis.  We ask parents to cooperate in carrying out this state regulation.

Every month a school calendar is sent home to remind and inform parents about upcoming events. The calendar is also available on this website.  We also mail a newsletter throughout the year. The newsletter includes information about past happenings and upcoming events.

If you are interested in receiving email updates from John Paul II Center, you can sign up for our newsletter by clicking here.  Each email offers unique news, information, and updates from our students and the school.  And don’t worry, we promise not to crowd your inbox (because we dislike that as much as you).

The office should receive written notice immediately of any changes of address and/or phone number for emergency purposes and so student records may be kept up to date.

Communication between school and home is of utmost importance. To insure that information reaches home, a communication folder and notebook is sent home daily from your child’s classroom with your child. In addition, communication from the school office will be included weekly (typically Thursday) with your child. Please read all information and return all papers that require a reply as soon as possible and return the envelope to school the next day. In addition, the school office will send communications via email to the email address we have on file. Please make sure to review the emails and respond accordingly. Email addresses should be kept current with the school office.

The teacher or parent may schedule conferences at any time. The schedule below gives you a timeline for Individual Plans:

September – Parent input form

I.P. Meetings are year-round

November, March, and May – Written progress report on IP sent home (parent may request a meeting if desired)

End of year conferences – optional

Parents are expected to participate in these meetings. Your input is invaluable when planning and implementing your child’s individual program.

Electronic equipment (cell phones, hand held electronic games, iPods) is not permitted in school unless the teacher has approved it. Also, please refrain from allowing your child to bring toys into school. These are a distraction and make it difficult for the teacher to focus on more important matters.

Field trips are planned so a child will derive the maximum educational value from them. The teacher plans these trips with consultation from the principal. A permission slip is sent home for each trip taken. The parent must always sign and return the form before each trip whether they are attending or not. Verbal permission is not acceptable. If the written permission slip is not turned in, the child may not attend the field trip.

Field trips are considered educational and are an important part of our program. Students are expected to attend as part of their experience at school. If a student does not participate in a field trip without a doctor’s excuse, they will receive an unexcused absence. A student can be excluded from a field trip due to behavioral issues. The principal and teacher maintain the right to determine which students will participate in each field trip.

In case of inclement weather, please check the following stations for information on school delays or cancellations:

WEEU AM, radio (830 on your dial)

WRFY FM, radio (102.5 on your dial)

WRAW AM, radio (1340 on your dial)

WPVI, television (Channel 6)

WFMZ, television (Channel 69) or the website: www.wfmz.com

We will have our own announcement on these stations. Any closings or delays will be announced under John Paul II Center. If your home school district’s schedule is different than ours, it is your responsibility to get your child to school.

Please be alert to early closings in bad weather by following the delay/closing announcement for bus riders for the school district in which you reside. Your child will be dismissed when bus transportation from your district arrives. Someone must be home to receive your child. Those who receive private transportation will be contacted by phone.

In a better effort to accommodate parents, John Paul II Center will also post a Facebook update on school delays and closings.

When a child is late, he/she must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the school office.

We currently offer lunch three days a week. Lunch is prepared by our secondary class. Tuesday and Wednesday are a variable rotation of a hot lunch and Thursday is pizza day. Menus are sent home weekly. Drinks and snacks are sold every day. Extra drinks are 35 cents each and snacks are 50 cents each. Students pay for lunch daily as they go through the line. In an emergency situation, if a child would forget his/her lunch or lunch money, the school office will give a credit to him/her and will send home an I.O.U. payment for the credit would be due the following day.

Some students are required to take medication during the school day. Please send the medication in the original prescribed bottle with no more than a week’s worth of medication. We will administer the medication and keep a log for our records.

Mass will be celebrated monthly. All school Masses are presently being held in the Multi-Purpose Room. Individual class services and Mass will be held in the chapel. Priests from various parishes are asked to celebrate Mass for us.

Penance services are held twice a year during the seasons of Lent and Advent. May procession is held during the month of May. A service, honoring Mary, is also held in October.

For students who are Catholic, sacramental preparation takes place during the school day under the direction of the student’s teacher and religion coordinator.

8:15 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Students report directly to their classroom upon arrival. Closing prayers are at 2:35 pm with dismissal immediately following from the Multi-Purpose Room. If you are picking up your child at the end of the day, please park in the back lot.  Students will be brought out into the parking lot.  No one is permitted to wait inside the Multi-Purpose Room.

All doors are locked during school hours. All visitors (volunteers, therapists, observers, parents) must enter the building by the main office and must sign in upon entering the building. All visitors must wear a badge and it must be visible at all times. The badge may be from their own work site or one that is attained from our office. Before leaving the building, all visitors must sign out.

WINTER UNIFORM – Dates:  November 1st thru April 1st

  • Black, long sleeve or short sleeve, knit polo shirt with School Logo (Must be purchased at McGinn School Apparel only)
  • Khaki pants
  • Girls may wear the Khaki skort (Must be purchased at McGinn School Apparel only)
  • Dark socks
  • Dress Shoes
  • Black cardigan sweater (optional) 

SUMMER UNIFORM – Dates:  First day of school thru Nov. 1st and April 1st thru the end of school

  • Black, long sleeve or short sleeve, knit polo shirt with School Logo (Must be purchased at McGinn School Apparel only)
  • Khaki walking shorts or Khaki pants
  • Girls may wear the Khaki skort (Must be purchased at McGinn School Apparel only)
  • White socks
  • Clean sneakers

     NOTE:  No other casual clothes may be worn.

GYM DAY UNIFORM

  • JPII T-shirts or Walk-a-thon T-shirts
  • Black knit shorts or sweat pants (can be purchased anywhere)

McGinn School Apparel Contact Information

Located at 12 South 5th Ave, in West Reading, phone # 610-939-1503.  Please park on Penn Avenue, Franklin Street, or the Rite Aid parking lot.  Please do not park in Subway’s or Von’s Café parking lot.  Website: www.mcginnschoolapparel.com.

Business Hours:
Closed Sunday and Monday

Tuesday through Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm

Any item that is not listed as “must be purchased at McGinn School Apparel” can be found at most department stores, but must be standard uniform pants and shorts.  No leggings, cargo pants, or jeans

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Hair and jewelry are not to be excessive.  Earrings are not acceptable for boys.  The last Thursday of the month generally is a dress down day.  Please remember to dress your child appropriately.  The principal has the right to deem what is appropriate.