Compiled by the Parent-Faculty Advisory Group
- What channels are available to parents for communicating with the school?
- What are the school’s objectives regarding education and the methodologies for achieving those objectives?
- What are the school’s expectations of student behavior and responsibility?
- What are the school closure procedures?
- What measures does the school take to provide for the safety and security of the students (for earthquakes, fires, crimes, transportation, etc.)?
What channels are available to parents for communicating with the school?
We at St. Mary’s are committed to maintaining effective lines of communication to ensure a healthy school environment for our school community.
For informational questions, parents should contact the appropriate people listed below in the Specific contacts for communicating with the school section. For specific classroom concerns, it is suggested that parents follow this procedure:
- Voice the concern directly to the teacher.
- If this does not solve the problem/concern, then see the principal and/or one of the counselors.
- Unresolved issues can be discussed with the Headmaster.
- School-wide topics can be submitted for discussion at PFA meetings.
Specific contacts for communicating with the school
See listing on the Athletics page.
Please also refer to the Contact Us page.
What are the school’s objectives regarding education and the methodologies for achieving those objectives?
Information regarding all curricular subject areas can be found on the school website on the Curriculum pages for each school. A click on any Middle or High School subject area will lead to the philosophy, beliefs, essential teaching agreements and course descriptions developed by the St. Mary’s teachers. Links to elementary school grade levels lead to descriptions of each curriculum.
What are the school’s expectations of student behavior and responsibility?
The school expects all St. Mary’s students to exhibit proper behavior at all times and not only when they are on the school grounds. Our students should be proud of St. Mary’s, and the message they themselves convey by their behavior should not tarnish the school’s image.
What are the school closure procedures?
The school website will run an announcement in case of emergency school closure. Please check the home page for emergency announcements. Announcements will also be sent through the Families Mailing List.
What measures does the school take to provide for the safety and security of the students (for earthquakes, fires, crimes, transportation, etc.)?
St. Mary’s employs three full-time guards to provide 24-hour coverage of the school buildings and grounds. The school has an excellent relationship with the local police as well as with the U.S. Embassy Overseas Security Advisory Council.
Student ID Cards
Student Emergency ID Cards are sent with re-registration forms and we request that students or parents complete them and that students be required to carry this card at all times. It should be placed in a protective plastic covering in the student’s schoolbag or wallet. Students are also advised to carry a wallet-sized photo, a parent’s business card and ¥10 coins or a phone card.
Teachers discuss and remind students about the need for personal safety regularly, and we ask parents to reinforce these ideas at home. Talk to your son about the kinds of tactics that may be used by strangers. Teach him not to speak with a stranger or allow himself to be videotaped or photographed. Teach him that, if approached, he should move away from the person and seek help in a police box, public building, store, train station, etc.
Also, remind your son to travel home from school at an acceptable time daily. Our school grounds close at 4:30 and all students should return home soon after that unless they are in a designated, adult-supervised after-school activity that is scheduled to last after 4:30. Students should also travel with a friend or sibling whenever possible.
One of the biggest dangers for your son is the way he walks to and from the school to the station and vice versa. Teachers frequently remind students to walk with traffic safety in mind. Playing while walking along the street is dangerous. Another danger is when groups of students spread across the lines into the traffic lanes and ignore traffic signals. Please reinforce the importance of safety while commuting.
St. Mary’s students are expected to obey all train rules and etiquette, which include the following:
- No eating on the train.
- No loud or boisterous behavior.
- No games or running at stations or on trains.
Emergency Preparedness and Procedures
St. Mary’s is located on one of the highest points in Tokyo, on stable bedrock at an elevation that prevents flooding and landslides. The school is also located near one of the main Setagaya-ku emergency evacuation areas, the Tama River.
The school holds emergency drills for students, faculty, and staff. A full-time school nurse is employed. Training in first aid, the Heimlich maneuver, and CPR is provided for various bus drivers, faculty, students, and staff. Disaster supply sheds on the school grounds contain enough supplies to care for our students and staff for up to three days if necessary (food, medicine, water, shelter, aluminum pocket blankets, toilets, etc.). All buses have wireless radios; all drivers have mobile phones.
Further information regarding emergency procedures can be found here and in the Disaster Emergency Measures brochure.