FAQs

Admissions & Curriculum

Is tuition assistance or payment schedules available?
Tuition assistance is offered and is generously awarded to those in need. Details on the application process are published by the school in the spring. Payment plans are available to assist families in meeting their financial obligation to St. Francis-St. Hedwig School. Payment plan options include: 1 payment, 2 payment, and 10 payment options. Please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook for additional details.

How many students are in each class?
Classes range in size from 13-20 students.

How are non-Catholic students accommodated? Must they attend Catholic Mass and Religion class?
The presence of students from other faiths provides a wonderful diversity to the school. All students, regardless of faith, must attend all Masses and Religion classes offered at St. Francis-St. Hedwig School. School Mass is held on the first Friday of every month and on holy days of obligation. Students are not required to participate in the sacraments, but they are expected to be present and respectful. Students also receive a grade in Religion class just like their other subjects.

Is the school accredited?
St. Francis-St. Hedwig School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Our most recent accreditation was awarded in 2014.

Do the children learn a foreign language?
All children in the school receive instruction in Spanish, as part of their curriculum.

How much homework do the students typically have?
Homework is given with the purpose of increasing knowledge, developing grade appropriate skills and reviewing and reinforcing daily lessons. The following are the recommended Archdiocesan homework time allotments.

• Kindergarten – 15 minutes
• Grades 1 –3 30 minutes
• Grades 4 – 6 60 – 90 minutes
• Grades 7 – 8 90 – 120 minutes

All students in grades K-8 are expected to read at least 20 minutes per day (including vacations)

Student Life

Can my child bring his/her cellphone to school? If so, what is the usage policy?
Cell phones, along with any other device that is capable of Internet downloads, are not permitted in school at any time unless requested by a teacher for instructional purposes. If, for some reason, a student must have a cell phone in school, the phone must be given to the teacher first thing in the morning. Phones will be returned to the student at the end of the school day. Please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook for additional details.

How often do the children attend Mass and what do they wear?
The school meets every Friday, at 9:30am for Mass. Parents and visitors are encouraged to attend. The students also attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation that occur during the school week. Special Masses, such as Feast Days and Sacraments are also celebrated.  The students wear their school uniform unless directed otherwise.

Is bus transportation available?
Students in Grades K-8 who are residents of Naugatuck and live within the designated limits have the option to be bussed to and from school.

Is there before and after school care?
Yes, before and after school care is offered every day that school is in session. Child care fees for students at all grade levels is $6 per hour, billed on the quarter hour.
Before Care Hours: 6:30 – 7:45am (K-8) 6:30 – 8:30am (Pre-K)
After Care Hours: 2:30 – 6:00pm (Pre-K) 2:45 – 6:00pm (K-8)

Can students buy lunch?
All students have the option to purchase hot lunch each day. Lunch menus are distributed monthly. The cost of hot lunch is $4.00 per day.

How do I make arrangements for my child to take medication during the school day?
If your child has a medical need, the nurse must be notified before any medication can be administered. A ‘Permission to Administer Medication’ form must be filled out by your doctor and on file in the nurse’s office. This includes any OTC (over the counter) medications. All medications must be brought into school by a parent or guardian and signed off with the school nurse or principal. Please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook for additional details.

School Uniforms & Dress Down Days

What is the dress code?
Girls and Boys in PK 3 and 4 wear gym uniforms each day of the school year.

FALL AND SPRING UNIFORM
Boys(K-8):
• Navy shorts* with blue or black belt
• Grey polo with embroidered school logo only
• White crew or blue socks (must cover ankle)
• Dark colored dress shoes, tied or loafers, or sneakers (parental choice)– sneakers must be plain white or black. No boots, moccasins, or sandals of any kind
Girls: (K-8)
• Navy shorts* with blue or black belt, or skorts (Rosenblatt’s only)
• Grey polo with embroidered school logo only
• White crew or ankle socks (must cover ankle)
• Dark colored dress shoes, tied or loafers, or sneakers (parental choice) sneakers must be plain white or black. No boots, moccasins, ballet flats or sandals of any kind

WINTER FORMAL UNIFORM
Boys (K-8):
• Navy slacks with blue or black belt
• White oxford, long or short sleeve shirt with uniform tie
• Grey sweater vest or cardigan sweater with embroidered school logo only
• Black or navy socks (must cover ankle)
• Dark colored dress shoes – tied or loafer. No boots, moccasins, or sandals of any kind
• Belt (velcro belts are available at Rosenblatt’s)
• Tie – grades K-4 is a plaid clip-on tie; grades 5-8 is an adult navy necktie
Girls (K-4):
• Navy/grey/white plaid jumper (PDL 76/poly/cotton A+ brand, available at Rosenblatt’s)
• Navy uniform slacks (optional)
• White Peter Pan, long or short sleeve blouse
• Grey cardigan sweater with embroidered school logo only (optional)
• White or navy ankle or knee socks, or white or navy tights
• Dark dress shoes, no open-toe shoes and must cover heel. No boots, moccasins, ballet flats or sandals of any kind
Girls (5-8):
• Navy skirt, or skorts (Rosenblatt’s only)
• Navy uniform slacks (optional)
• Blue or black belt
• White oxford, long or short sleeve, with button down collar
• Grey sweater vest or cardigan sweater with embroidered school logo only
• White or navy knee socks or white or navy tights
• Dress shoes, navy or black only, no open-toe shoes and must cover heel. No boots, moccasins, ballet flats or sandals of any kind
• Shorts for both boys and girls must be uniform shorts — knee length and loose fitting.

FALL AND SPRING GYM UNIFORM
• Navy gym shorts with silk-screened school logo only
• Navy t-shirt with silkscreened school logo only
• White ankle or crew socks (must cover ankle)
• Sneakers
• NOTE: PK students must have sneakers with Velcro closures

WINTER GYM UNIFORM
• Navy gym sweatpants with silkscreened school logo only
• Navy t-shirt with silkscreened school logo only
• Navy sweatshirt (hood optional) with silkscreened school logo only
• White ankle or crew socks (must cover ankle)
• Sneakers
• NOTE: PK students must have sneakers with Velcro closures

What are the dress down day guidelines?
In order to maintain a proper school environment, clothing for dress down days are subject to the following guidelines for both boys and girls, PK 3 through Grade 8:
• Shirts must cover the shoulders and upper arms. No muscle shirts, or spaghetti straps, or low cut neck lines; no midriff tops
• Shirts may not have inappropriate graphics or slogans
• Shorts must be knee length and loose fitting. A belt must be worn if needed to keep shorts at waist level
• Socks and shoes/sneakers must be worn; no flip-flops or other open footwear is allowed. No boots, moccasins, ballet flats or sandals of any kind. Leggings are not permitted as school wear.
• Grooming guidelines remain in effect for dress down days
• No bizarre or outrageous attire is permitted

Where can I purchase uniforms for my child?
Rosenblatt’s, located in Naugatuck, CT, is the official supplier of school uniforms for our school.

School Hours, Attendance, and Inclement Weather

What time does school start and end each day?
Students should arrive at school no later than 8:00 A.M. Students arriving after 8:00 A.M. are considered tardy and must report to the office to avoid being marked absent. Dismissal is at 2:40 P.M.

Pre-kindergarten students are to arrive at school by 8:30 AM. PK 4 students enter the building on the YMCA side; PK 3 students enter the building on the church side. Late arriving pre-kindergarten students are to report to the office and will be escorted to the classroom by the PK staff. PK dismissal is at 11:30 AM for half-day students, and 2:30 PM for full day students.

What is the earliest I can drop my child off in the morning?
Students may be dropped off at school starting at 7:45 a.m. for students in K-8 and 8:15 a.m. for students in Pre-K. Before Care is available from 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. for students in K-8 and 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. for Pre-K for an hourly fee. Please see the Before and After Care section for more details.

My child has a play date after school. What kind of special arrangements must be made?
Any time there is a change in transportation for a student, the school must be notified in writing. Email or Fax is acceptable.

How do I communicate planned (vacation) and unplanned (illness) absences to the school?
For each absence, parents must provide a written note indicating the dates and reason their child is not in school.

Unplanned Absences (illness or family emergencies): Please call the main office in the morning indicating why your child will not be in school. If you know that your child will be absent for additional days please indicate the expected date of return.

Planned Absences: Vacations during the school year are highly discouraged but sometimes are unavoidable. If you know in advance that your child will be absent please send an email to your child’s teacher as early as possible prior to absence, indicating the dates and reason for absence.

What is the school policy for inclement weather?
Cancellations or Delays will follow Naugatuck Schools and will be posted on local news stations as soon as possible. Please take the time to sign up for text or email alerts from local news stations (WFSB 3, WTNH 8, NBC 30). It is the easiest and quickest way to be notified of cancellations.

What is the policy for weather related school delays on half days?
In the event of a2 hour delay on a day that is a ½ day for St. Francis – St. Hedwig School, then school that day will be extended to a full day with normal dismissal at 2:40 p.m.

My child attends the before & after care school program. What is the policy for weather related closures?
If the school is closed for the day, there will be NO Before and After Care. If school opens one to two hours late due to inclement weather, Before and After Care will open delayed by the same amount of time. If school has an early dismissal due to inclement weather, there will be no after care.

For Parents

I’m not sure how to volunteer. How can I learn about opportunities and get involved?
There are many opportunities for you to become active in your child’s education. Please see the Parent-Student Handbook for additional details.

I was told I could not volunteer with children at school until I became VIRTUS certified. What does that mean and how do I get approved?
All volunteers and employees in the Archdiocese of Hartford who have any contact with children are required to complete the Diocesan Protection of Youth Training. Please see the Child Protection Training section for additional details.