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Student Policy Handbook 21-22
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Student Policy Handbook

2021-2022

Principal 

Crystal Lopez

Assistant Principals

Theo Dykzeul

Cheri Flohr

Andrew Goff

3000 Newell Drive, American Canyon 94503

Telephone: (707) 557-8300

Absence Line: (707) 557-8321 or amcanhsattendance@nvusd.org

Fax: (707) 644-1139

 www.achs-nvusd-ca.schoolloop.com

Students are accountable for the information in the handbook.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS:

All students are required to properly wear face coverings while indoors at school. The cafeteria is the only exception, and only while eating.

Students who fail to wear face coverings properly will be placed on Independent Study after warning and parent meeting. Please see the image below for properly wearing your face covering. All face coverings must cover the nose, mouth and chin.

 CHANGES IN CLASS SCHEDULES AND COURSE DROPS

Students should take great care in selecting classes for the upcoming year. If a class change is desired, an email must be submitted to the student’s counselor by the first week of the semester, and no course changes will be made after the second week of the semester.  Teacher requests will not be granted. Classes may be dropped with no penalty within the first four weeks of the semester, as long as scheduling can accommodate the change. (See AP and Honors Schedule Change Policy below) No grade or credit will be received. If a student drops beyond four weeks, a teacher may give a “NM” grade or an “F,” and the grade will be reflected on the transcript.

AP, Honors and CCAP Schedule Changes

Students who enroll in a yearlong Advanced Placement, Honors and/or NVC CCAP courses are expected to remain in that class for the year. The schedule that is created is based on the classes you request when you fill out the Course Selection Card and there are only certain opportunities throughout the school year that you will be able to drop the class:

After the first two weeks of school, students who experience difficulty with the course content MUST complete the following steps prior to requesting a change:

After the first progress report, no class changes will be made until the semester and only if the student continues to experience difficulty with the course content and has made a concerted effort to seek assistance from the Honors/AP teacher to improve. At that time schedule changes will be with administration approval.

TEACHER CHANGE REQUESTS

We believe all of our teachers have something very positive to offer and have the best interest of students in mind. We understand, however, certain circumstances and situations arise such as personality conflicts and different teaching/learning styles, that may create a difficult environment for the student and/or the teacher. It is our intention to help students work through these challenges rather than avoid them. We have a formal policy regarding teacher changes, outlined by our administration, which we must follow precisely:

ACHS Student Cell Phone Policy

The State of California has passed AB272, which has been adapted into the California Education Code. This addition to the Ed Code allows for restrictions on the use and availability of smartphones in classrooms and at all school sponsored events.

American Canyon High School has developed this Student Cell Phone Policy and Restorative Practices to align with  California Education Code. (48901.7)

ACHS students may not have access to their personal cell phones in any classroom or school facility at any time during the normal school day, unless permitted by the classroom teacher or school administration for educational purposes. This restriction may also apply to some specific school sponsored events held on our campus. Students may use their cell phones during established break lunch periods only.

Consequences:

· First Offense: Violation on record/ Device confiscated until the end of the day.

· Second Offense: Violation on record/Device confiscated until the end of the day. Parent will be notified. Devices will not be returned until contact has been made with parent.

· Third Offense: Parent/student conference with an administrator. Detention will be assigned. Device will be returned at the conference and student will not be allowed to use device during the school day until the end of the semester.

· Additional Offenses may result in loss of eligibility and/or suspension.

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Academic honesty is an expectation for all students at American Canyon High School. The purpose of this policy is to establish and maintain an ethical academic atmosphere.
Some Examples of Academic Dishonesty (but not limited to):
        
1. Cheating
                a. Giving or using of external assistance (including electronic devices)
                relating to an assessment without expressed permission of the
                teacher.
                b. Copying any work (including taking pictures of work) or allowing
                another student to copy one’s work. All work submitted must be that
                of the individual student.
                c. Falsifying any academic work.
                d. Having another student, parent, or other adult write or make major
                changes to student work.
        
2. Unauthorized Collaboration - Collaborative work will be at the direction of the
                teacher and be documented according to assignment guidelines.
        
3. Plagiarizing - Presenting another's ideas, words, or work as one's own.
                Unauthorized altering, taking or publishing of any student, teacher, or school materials.

Academic Honesty Policy Violations:

First Violation:
                
1. Teacher notifies the student and the parent/guardian of the violation.
                2. Teacher notifies the site administrator and student’s counselor.
                3. Students lose all credit for the assignment or test with no makeup permitted.
                4. Violation is documented in the student discipline file.
                5. Counselor meets with students.
                6. Student may be dropped from Academic Honor Societies and/or Clubs

 (such as Mu Alpha Theta, and NHS) 

In addition, for the first violation in one course, the site administrator gives the student a Saturday School and notifies parent/guardian.

Second Violation: (in the same course)
                Student may receive an "F" as the final grade
                Site administrator will assign social probation as a disciplinary consequence that is reflected in

the student’s record and notifies parent/guardian.
        Site administration notifies all of the student’s current teachers about the

incidents.


        
Second Violation: (same year in a different course)
                Site administrator will assign social probation as a disciplinary consequence that is reflected in the

student’s record and notifies parent/guardian.
        Site administration notifies all of the student’s current teachers about the incidents.


        
Three or more violations: (same year in any course)

Students may receive an "F" as the final grade.
        Site administrators will assign social probation as a disciplinary consequence that is reflected in the

student’s record and parent/guardian.
        Site administration notifies all of the student’s current teachers about the incidents.

*Administration may administer additional consequences for first violations depending on
the severity of the violation.

ACHS Eligibility Criteria for Extracurricular & Co-curricular Activities

At ACHS we believe that attending extra-curricular or co-curricular school events is a privilege reserved for students in good standing at school. There are three criteria that determine if a student is in good standing. They include:

At ACHS we believe that our students are active learners and will continue to develop. We believe that having a system in place that allows for students to restore their eligibility is an important component of an effective restorative school program. The matrix below outlines how students may earn back their eligibility.

Criteria

Eligible

Not Eligible

Steps to Earn Eligibility

Academics

GPA of 2.0 or higher during enrollment at ACHS

GPA below 2.0

  • Student meets with the teacher of any class that the student is earning a grade lower than a C.
  • During this meeting the teacher and student outline in writing an academic plan to raise the student’s grade to the “C” for that course.
  • Academic plan is shared with the student's parents/guardians all of the student’s teachers, their assigned school counselor and administrator.
  • Students must maintain a grade of a C or higher in all courses until the next scheduled grade reporting event  before earning back eligibility.(Grade reporting occurs every six weeks.)

Attendance

Less than 15 period truants and/or less than 3 whole days or truants.

Average less than 3 or more tardies a week during the current school year.

15 or more period truants and/or more than 3 whole day truants

Average 3 or more tardies a week during the current school year.

  • Attending a whole session of Monday School 3:35 PM - 5:30 PM, will replace three period traunts. (Processing time for replacement of truants is 10 school days)*
  • Participation in Campus Beautification (1 hour sessions) can replace 5  tardy occurrences. (updated with grade reporting cycle)

** Monday School dates are posted on the ACHS Activities Calendar and on amcanhs.org

Behavior

Student must have no suspensions and less than three school based referrals for Disrespect/Defiance or violation of school rules.

Student has been suspended and/or has three or more school based referrals to administration

  • Students must complete all components of the Restorative Practices Contract or Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco and Vaping Progressive Response Matrix
  • Minimum requirement is two weeks of non-participation in any school based activities.

Final Exams

No final shall be given early/prior to the date on the finals schedule. If a student is leaving school early before the final, they must wait until they return to school to take their final (after winter break). They will be given a letter grade that reflects a zero on the final. Any student who has an “excused” absence during finals will arrange their make-up with their teacher upon return to school within 10 school days. Teacher(s) will submit a grade change request if needed when the student has made up the exam. 

Tardies

Tardy to Classes Consequences

Every three tardies (per class period) = a lunch detention, assigned by the classroom teacher to be served by the student at lunch time. Students must check-in with their Assistant Principal within the first 5 minutes of lunch.  

Twelve tardies = referral to administrator for progressive intervention

*Students placed on Social Probation/Ineligible List will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities, including athletics, until their probation is cleared.

STUDENT PARKING ON CAMPUS

Parking on the school campus will be permit parking only. Permits will be awarded on a yearly basis. All students applying for permits must have a valid driver’s license. Automobiles without a permit may be ticketed. Vehicles without parking permits hanging from the rear view mirror, parked in red zones, occupying more than one space, or otherwise parked illegally will be ticketed and/or towed. In addition, repeat offenders will lose their privilege to use ACHS parking facilities. All students are expected to drive safely and to follow parking rules at all times. Students driving unsafely will have parking privileges revoked and unsafe driving incidents will be referred to the police. Additionally, students may face disciplinary action. ACHS Parking Permits are only valid on campus.

STAFF SPACES 

All parking is carefully monitored. Students who park in staff spaces will have their vehicles towed and/or ticketed. Visitor parking spaces are off limits to students. Parking facilities for all types of vehicles are provided for students, parents, staff members, and visitors solely as a convenience. The school district assumes no liability for damages.

ACHS Professional Dress Policy  Code Guidelines

Be Responsible. Professional Dress Guidelines to follow:


Be Safe. Shoes must be worn at all times.

Be Respectful. Excessive bareness is not permitted.

Be Respectful. Clothing that is profane, obscene, degrading to others, gang-related, features weapons, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco are not permitted.

Be Respectful. Underwear may not be exposed.

Be Respectful. Follow classroom and athletic/gym dress guidelines during class and break times.  

*Failure to comply with ACHS dress code can lead to detention and/or social probation

Students Selling Food on Campus

Selling food of ANY kind, outside of an ASB approved fundraiser, is strictly prohibited.

Closed Campus

ACHS is a closed campus for ALL  grades. Any students found off campus, or to have left campus without Permission to Leave Campus slip will be referred to administration for detention and/or social probation. If a student has a free period they are required to either leave campus or go to the school library. No students are allowed to hang around campus during their free period.

*FOOD DELIVERY SUCH AS DOOR DASH AND UBER EATS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON CAMPUS.

Student Item Drop Off

ACHS does not hold items for students. Please leave items for students on our drop off shelf outside of the A building office. Items are not supervised and left at your own risk.

Student IDs

All  students are required to have in their possession their current school ID when on campus attending classes or when attending or participating in any school functions or events. Students without their current school ID will be refused entrance or not allowed to participate.

Work Permits

During the school year, students requesting a work permit can send an email to achsworkpermits@nvusd.org .

While on Summer Break, work permit requests will be referred to this NVUSD Work Permits webpage link

Students Nondiscrimination

The Board of Education desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district's academic, extracurricular, and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Any complaint regarding discrimination must be filed in accordance with the district’s Uniform Complaint Procedures.  BP 5145.3, BP 1312.3.

 

Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities  

 The Napa Valley School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals and does not allow discrimination, intimidation, harassment, including sexual harassment, or bullying based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality/national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification/ethnicity, age, religion, marital status/ pregnancy/ parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, medical information or association with a person or group with one of more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For questions or complaints, contact our District Equity Compliance Officer and Title IX Compliance Officer for Adults: Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, 2425 Jefferson St., Napa CA 94558, 707-253-3571, HR@nvusd.org; and/or our Title IX Compliance Officer for Students: Director of Student Services, 2425 Jefferson St., Napa CA 94558, studentservices@nvusd.org, 707-253-3815.

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