815 Fay Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13219

(315) 468-2591

FAQs

What Bishop Ludden parents need to know:

The links below answer the most common questions asked by Bishop Ludden parents.  If you can’t find an answer to your specific question, please call us at (315) 468-0053.

After School Activities
Attendance Policy
Cafeteria
Class Schedules
Closing of School
Contacting Your Child During
School Hours
Dress Down Days
Emergency Contacts
Fundraisers
Honors Assembly/Convocation
Important Phone Numbers
Parent Committees
Report Cards/Five-week Reports
Safe Homes Directory
Senior Privilege
Service Hours
Socials/Dances
Shadowing
Transportation
Uniforms


After-School Activities
If your child participates in an after-school activity, it is your responsibility to pick him or her up in a timely manner.  The cafeteria is available until 5:00 pm for students waiting for rides.  No supervision after 5:00 pm.  Students will be supervised by a school employee in the school cafeteria.  Any student who does not cooperate with the after-school supervisor will be asked to leave. 

To participate in a school-sponsored sport or academic activity after school, a student must be in attendance no later than 10:00 am on the day of the activity and remain in school for the rest of the day.  Students who leave for an appointment must return to school within a reasonable timeframe to be eligible for after-school events.

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Bishop Ludden Attendance Policy
Students must attend classes regularly and be on time to school to be successful at Bishop Ludden.  Parents or guardians are responsible for notifying the school when their children are absent from or tardy to school. 

Absence from school
A student is legally absent for one of the following reasons:

•Sickness
•Sickness or death in the family
•Impassable roads or weather, making travel unsafe
•Religious observance
•Approved school-supervised trips
•Required presence in court
•Lack of scheduled school district transportation for those who ride the bus
•Up to two college visits for juniors and seniors
If it is necessary for a student to be absent from school, a parent or guardian must call the Health Office at 468-1231 before 9:00 am on the day of the absence.  When the student returns to school, he or she must present a written note with the date of absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent or guardian.  The note must be presented to the attendance officer in the Health Office before 8:10 am no more than two days after the absence.  The note will be kept on file in the Health Office.  Failure to bring in the note will result in a phone call from the Health Office to the parents/guardians. 

Absence from class
It is necessary for students to be in attendance for each of their classes.  Class attendance is closely monitored by the Health Office.  Should attendance in any class become an issue, the teacher will call the student’s parents or guardians.  If
attendance continues to be an issue, the Counseling Office will call for a parent conference and the student will be subject to a level 2 detention (double time). 

Tardy to school
The warning bell rings at 8:00 am.  By the 8:05 bell, students must be in their House and be preparing for the start of the day.  Otherwise, they are considered tardy and must report to the Health Office.  The Health Office will
record the tardy and note the reason before issuing an admit slip for class.

Students who arrive late to school will be excused for medical, dental, eye, chiropractic and physical therapy appointments, if they present a note from the professional’s office to the Health Office upon arrival at school.  Any student who doesn’t present a note will be considered tardy.  Students are allowed nine (9) tardies in each semester.  Students who exceed 9 tardies will report for level 2 detention for each additional tardy. Level 2 detentions run from 3:00 pm to 4:30pm.

Tardy to class            
The time interval between classes allows sufficient time for students to get from one class to the next.  Students are asked to keep to the right and move quickly to their next classes. 

Students must have a written pass/passport signed by a teacher to enter class late.  A student without a pass/passport entering a class will be subject to a school detention issued by the teacher. 

Mid-day appointments
Students are expected to schedule appointments for college visits, road tests, interviews and doctor’s/dentist’s appointments outside of school time.  In the event of an extraordinary circumstance, a student may be excused from school by
presenting a written excuse, signed by a parent or guardian to the Health Office by 8:15 am.  Students must sign out at the Health Office before leaving school and are expected to return to school upon completion of the appointment.
Students must sign back in at the Health Office upon their return. 

A student may not be released from school to anyone other than a parent or guardian without explicit written consent of a parent or guardian.  This permission must be directed to the principal.  It must state the name of the person to whom
the student is to be released, the date and time this person will report to the schooloffice, and it must be signed by the parent or guardian.

Homework for absent students
Students who are absent from school for any reason are responsible for making up
any missed class work or assignments.  Students are to secure the phone number
or e-mail address of a classmate or of several classmates to find out what
assignments they have missed.

If a student is projected to be absent for more than three (3) days, parents must
contact the Guidance Office.  Because of the number of teachers each student has,
the Guidance Office needs 24 hours notice prior to the pick-up of assignments.

If a student moves out of the home at any time during the school year, it is necessary for the parent or guardian to notify the school’s administration immediately.  Upon this notification, the administration will meet with the student’s parent or guardian to review strategies to maintain communication between the school and the parent or guardian regarding the student. 


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Cafeteria
Lunches are sold daily for $2.00.  Hot lunch includes entrée, vegetable, fruit and 1% chocolate or 2% white milk.  Students are given the option of taking the fruit and vegetable.  A menu is posted in the cafeteria.  Bagged lunches are welcome.  Milk, juice, ice cream and chips may be purchased to complement a bagged lunch.

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Class Schedules
During your child’s first semester, he or she will receive a class schedule.  The schedules are broken out into a six-day rotation.  Each day, the schedule varies to accommodate study halls, gym times, band lessons, etc.  The Bishop Ludden Calendar will show you which day schedule your student will be following.

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Closing of School
Bishop Ludden will generally close due to inclement weather when either the Syracuse City School District or the West Genesee School District closes.  Radio and T.V. stations will provide notification and Bishop Ludden will be announced specifically.  Visit our Bulletins page for school closing announcements.

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Contacting Your Child During School Hours
Messages to your child cannot be relayed during class time.  However, if you need to get an IMPORTANT message to your child, simply call the Health Office or the Main Office   An announcement will be made during your child’s lunch period that there is a message to retrieve.  Messages must be called in before 10 am or 2 pm.  If your child needs to contact you during the school day, he or she may use the pay phone during lunch time. 

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Dress Down Days
Most dress down days are also fundraisers for various clubs throughout the school.  The cost to dress down is $1.  This money is collected in homeroom.  Children may choose not to participate.  However, if your child dresses down but doesn’t make the $1 contribution, he or she will receive a detention. 

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Emergency Contacts
Parents and guardians must provide the school with telephone numbers where they may be contacted in the event of unforeseen events or emergencies.  Parents are also requested to provide the name(s) and telephone number(s) of individuals who could act in your absence should the school be unable to contact you. 

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Fundraisers
The Parent Organization, booster clubs, school clubs and classes participate in several fundraisers throughout the year to help offset the costs to educate your child which are not covered by tuition. 

The Parent Organization will send home a form asking you to participate in four major fundraisers for the school year:  bottle and can redemption, candy bars, lottery calendars and Knights of Columbus tickets.  You may choose not to participate in the family fundraising program by making a monetary donation - call the Main Office for details.

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Honors Assembly/Convocation
At the end of the school year, Bishop Ludden hosts two assemblies (one for junior high, one for senior high) to honor students for academic and community service.  If your child has achieved high honors (90 average and above) for three semesters, you will be invited to attend an Honors Assembly.  Other awards for excellence in all areas of the curriculum, perfect attendance and community service are also given at this assembly.  You will receive an invitation in the mail if your child is being honored.

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Important Phone Numbers

Main Office
468-2591

Athletic Office
487-2565

Health Office
468-1231

Guidance Office
488-3237

Advancement Office
468-0053

School Fax Number
468-0097

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Parent Committees

Activities Committee – 7th and 8th grade socials
Auction Committee
Sports Booster Club Committees

•Girls Soccer Booster Club
•Boys Soccer Booster Club
•Girls Lacrosse Booster Club
•Boys Lacrosse Booster Club
•Fashion Show Committee
•Performing Arts Booster Club-Bands, Chorus, Musical
•Principal's Advisory Committee


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Report Cards/Five-week Reports
After the first five weeks of the first semester, you will receive a five-week report in the mail.  This report will include your child’s current class grade averages.  After the first semester, you will only receive a written notice if your child is doing poorly in a subject area.  Separate report cards will be sent home with your child.  Refer to the Bishop Ludden Calendar for specific dates.

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Safe Homes Directory
At the beginning of each year, Bishop Ludden asks parents to fill out a contract stating that their home will be a safe place for Bishop Ludden students to visit.  This means that there will be no alcohol or drugs served to students, and that all parties will be supervised by an adult.

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Senior Privilege
Seniors are permitted to leave school no earlier than the beginning of 12th period on a regular school day to meet work schedules, provided the student has a study hall last period.  Seniors participating in a regularly-scheduled after-school activity may not participate in this privilege. 

A form for this privilege must be obtained from and returned to the main office.  Once the form has been approved by administration, the student must sign out in the Health Office each day at the time of departure.  This privilege may be revoked due to academic or behavioral concerns. 

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Service Hours
Every student at Bishop Ludden is required to complete a set number of service hours.  Campus Ministry will visit each class with information about these hours.  The service hour requirement for first year students is generally very minimal – helping a neighbor or offering child care at no cost will usually suffice for the minimum.  Students need signed proof of hours and usually are required to write a reflection on their volunteerism. 

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Socials/Dances
Several socials and dances are planned throughout the school year.  Socials generally consist of a disc jockey and other activities such as ping pong, computer games and basketball.  Several adult chaperones are needed to oversee the event.  A concession stand selling pizza, soda and candy will also be available.

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Shadowing
Your student may volunteer to have a prospective Bishop Ludden student shadow them for a day.  Students are generally matched up with current students who have similar interests.  If you know someone you’d like to introduce to Bishop Ludden, please feel free to contact the development office to set up a shadow day.  Students MUST BE PRE-registered and can not just show up and expect to spend the day.

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Transportation
Car
If you drive your child to school, please use the parking lot entrance.  Follow the perimeter of the lot and drop off near the entrance.  If you have a complicated drop off (i.e., your student has project materials he or she needs help with, etc.) please park your car in the lot.

Bus
Your home school district is responsible for busing your child to Bishop Ludden.  Most districts require a bus pass.  It is your responsibility to contact your busing district to make arrangements. 

Centro and the City of Syracuse School District
Many students who live in the City of Syracuse ride Centro Buses.  Your student must have a bus pass photo taken over the summer at the Syracuse School North District Transportation Office (369 6th North Street).  Call the office first to make sure the application you filled out at new student registration is on file. 

The bus pass will not be ready on the first day of school, so the City of Syracuse will issue a temporary pass.  Students can ride the bus without a pass for $1 each way. 

If your student loses his or her bus pass, contact the office immediately.  It takes a few weeks to issue a new pass, so the office will provide either a daily temporary pass or daily token until the new pass is delivered. 

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Uniforms
The students at Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School follow a school uniform dress code

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