Conduct (BP# 5131)
All students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. Students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program while on school grounds, while going to or coming from school, while at school activities, and while on district transportation.
Prohibited student conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Conduct that endangers students, staff, or others
- Conduct that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment
- Harassment of students or staff, including bullying, intimidation, so-called "cyber bullying," hazing or initiation activity, ridicule, extortion, or any other verbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause bodily harm or emotional suffering (See Bullying/Cyber bullying)
- Damage to or theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the district
- Possession or use of laser pointers on school premises, unless used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose, including employment (Penal Code 417.27)
- Use of profane, vulgar, or abusive language
- Plagiarism or dishonesty in school work or on tests
- Inappropriate attire (See Dress and Grooming Code) Tardiness or unexcused absence from school (See Absences and Excuses)
- Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules (See Open/Closed Campus)
School support staff may assign detention/campus beautification activities to deal with minor school infractions. After-school detention is limited to not more than ninety minutes at the end of the school day. Parents must be notified, using the phone messaging system, 24 hours prior to serving the detention. A student may also be given a lunchtime detention. Failure to attend detention will be cause for additional consequences and/or intervention program.
An administrator or designee may conduct a reasonable search of a student’s person, personal items, locker or vehicle when there are facts to support a reasonable suspicion that he/she has violated a criminal law or school rule or possesses illegally obtained items. These may include illegal substances, drugs, weapons, or other objects or substances, which may be injurious to students and others. Canine searches of classrooms, personal items, lockers and cars are conducted periodically.
Academic Counseling Services
Counseling services are available to all students. Students are encouraged to seek individual assistance through counseling when they feel it is necessary. The coordinating staff is willing and ready to help students in any way possible and hope that students will feel free to use the services provided. Information provided include: graduation, selection of courses, administration and interpretation, on scholarships and grants, registration, grades and grade point averages, vocation and of courses, administration and interpretation, on scholarships and grants, registration, grades and grade point averages, vocation and career guidance, personal counseling, transcripts, and attendance.
Grades serve a valuable instructional purpose by helping students and parents/guardians identify the student’s areas of strength and those areas needing improvement. Parents/guardians and students have the right to receive course grades that represent an accurate evaluation of the student’s achievement.
The teacher of each course shall determine the student’s grade. The grade assigned by the teacher shall not be changed by the Board or the Superintendent except as provided by law, Board policy, and Administrative Regulation. Teachers shall evaluate a student’s work in relation to standards, which apply to all students at his/her grade level and provide appropriate accommodations and modifications to insure students have access to the course content and standards in which the grade is based upon. Teachers shall inform students and parents/guardians how student achievement will be evaluated in the classroom.
Grades should be based on impartial, consistent observation of the quality of the student’s work and his/her mastery of course content and objectives. Students shall have the opportunity to demonstrate this mastery through a variety of methods such as classroom participation, homework, tests, and portfolios.
Promotion (Board Policy 5123)
The Superintendent or designee shall identify students who are performing below the minimum standards for promotion, but are enrolled into 9th grade at the high school (Education Code 48070.5).
Fines and Fees
Students are responsible for all textbooks, library books, materials; equipment and facilities assigned to them or provided for their use, and may be charged fines or fees for damage or lost items. Fines for book damage are assessed at the time of check-in. Any student not returning textbooks or other materials will be charged replacement cost. Please note; students who have outstanding delinquencies may not be allowed to participate in any school extracurricular or reward activities or events.
The school does NOT provide accident insurance for students for any injuries that might happen while a student is at school or participating inschool activities. A health release form must be signed before a student can participate in after-school co-curricular/athletic programs. Students may purchase student health and accident insurance for a low cost. Information is available in English and Spanish at the school office.
Changing Classes/ Withdrawal from Classes
A high-school student requesting to drop a course or change a course during the first two weeks of the semester must have prior parental approval and then may do so without any entry on his/her permanent record card. A student who drops a course at the third week of the semester shall receive an "F" grade on his/her permanent record, unless otherwise decided by the principal or designee because of extenuating circumstances.
A student whose family leaves the district three weeks or less before the end of the school year may be promoted to the next grade or awarded academic course credit only if they demonstrate mastery of grade level or course standards as determined by the classroom teacher in consultation with the principal or designee. If students leave at any other time throughout the school year, progress report grades will be provided to the student/parent to bring to their new school. Student records will be forwarded upon request by the parent.