The purpose of the service hours program is to encourage participation of all families in the school community. All families are required to fulfill and serve for a minimum of 20 hours during the school year. Service hours are administered by the HSA and may be satisfied in a variety of ways. The HSA will be provided a list of creditable service hours by the St. Mary’s School Advisory Board which qualifies for completing service hour’s requirements. This list is posted/updated regularly on the School website.
Families not fulfilling their service hour’s program for 20 hours by May 31st will be charged $20 per hour not worked. Hours worked after May 31st will or may elect to be credited towards the next school year. Families may opt to pay $300 to satisfy their service hour’s program. This fee is subject to change based on recommendations from the School Advisory Board.
Creditable Service Hours, determined by the SMA SAB, are awarded to families for HSA approved activities. Service hours must be approved & validated by the committee chair person or school staff. Credit is given on the basis of hour for hour worked.
Examples of creditable services include: technology support, library assistance, office assistance; building maintenance, bingo support (hours approved by bingo manager) and service on an HSA committee.
Example of activities for which service hours are not awarded include: selling tickets, baked goods, chaperoning field trips, assisting with class parties, playground duty or parish functions such as church picnic or CCD.
To encourage leadership the following activities can be exempt from hour-for-hour accounting: