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Student Handbook and Course Catalog

510 N. Central Ave Avondale AZ 85323

(p) 623-932-6561 (f) 623-932-1263

www.estrellahs.com

Laura Perry, School Leader

 

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents        2

Student Calendar        5

Greetings from Estrella Administration        6

Vision        6

Mission        6

Student Enrollment        7

Transfers and Withdrawals        7

Admission        7

Classification of Student        7

Open Enrollment        7

Rights of Homeless Students:        8

Equal Educational Opportunity        9

Procedures for Filing Complaints        9

Procedures for Investigation of the Report/Complaint        9

Investigative Findings        9

Enrollment Process        10

Class Schedule        10

Supervision of Students        10

Student Attendance Requirements        10

Student Attendance Policy        11

Absences        11

Curriculum        11

Uninterrupted Instructional Time        11

Homework        11

Progress Reports        11

Grade Report Cards        12

Honor Roll Guidelines        12

Academic Probation        12

Assessment of Learning        12

Parent Involvement        13

Parent-Student-School Compact        14

Parents Right To Know        15

School Volunteers        16

Parent Volunteers        16

Community Volunteers        16

Conduct of Visitors/General Public on School Property        16

Insurance        17

Student Records and Confidentiality        18

Right to Inspect and Review        18

Right to Amend Education Records        18

Right to Consent to Disclosure        18

Right to File a Complaint        18

Directory Information        19

Notification of Rights        19

Service Animals        21

Instruction and Learning        22

Assessment of Learning        22

Graduation        22

School/Community Service        23

Work Experience        23

School Technology        23

Technology Use Guidelines        24

Health Information        24

Immunizations        24

Medications        25

Hearing and Vision Screenings        25

Chronic Health Conditions        25

Exceptional Student Services        25

Child Find        25

ADA Section 504        26

Grievance Procedure under ADA Section 504        26

Special Education Services        26

Special Education Records Retention Notice        27

Procedural Safeguards        27

Referral and Evaluation        27

English Language Acquisition Services        27

General School Information        27

Food and Nutrition        27

Bus Transportation        27

Consequences of Misconduct on the Bus        28

Bus service is offered:        28

Driving Code of Conduct        29

Student Code of Conduct        29

Student Expectations        29

Categories Of Misconduct and Range of Possible Consequences        34

Due Process        40

Informal Due Process        40

Short-Term Suspension        41

Long-Term Suspension        41

Expulsion        41

Student Rights        41

Discipline of Students under ADA §504 and/or IDEA 2004        41

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING        41

Use of Restraint or Seclusion        41

Reporting and Documentation Requirements        42

Law Enforcement        43

School Safety or Crisis Intervention Plans        43

Non-Discrimination        43

Grievance Procedure        43

Sexual Harassment        44

STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM        47


Student Calendar

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Greetings from Estrella Administration

Hello,

Welcome to Estrella.  We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming event on or off campus. You have made a great decision to enroll your child in a school that cares about all. It is our goal to have every child graduate from high school, and have a little fun along the way.  We here at EHS want to prepare students for the journey after high school called…adult life.  Adult life can be much more stressful and regimented than high school life.  We encourage you to take advantage of all of the opportunities presented to you here at EHS.  We will see you around campus.  Our doors are always open to speak with students, parents, and guardians. Have a great school year.

Sincerely,

Estrella High School Administration

Laura Perry                                Jennifer VanDerNaalt        

School Leader                                 Assistant School Leader

perry@estrellahs.com                                vandernaalt@estrellahs.com

(P) 623-932-6561 Ext. 126                        (P) 623-932-6561 Ext. 125

Kendra Baker                                  Angela Garcia                        

Instructional Support Specialist                 Office Manager

baker@estrellahs.com                                garcia@estrellahs.com

                (P) 623-932-6561 Ext. 122                        (P) 623-932-6561 Ext. 120

                                           

        

                                                        

Vision

The vision of Estrella High School is to create a safe place in the local community that provides students and their families with a series of stepping stones to a higher level of education while establishing their position as contributing and productive members of society.

Mission

The mission of Estrella High School is to:

Student Enrollment

Students who wish to enroll in EHS may go to www.estrellahs.com and click on the enroll button to complete the enrollment form.  The form can be completed on campus or at any location with an internet connection. Once the online form is completed, a visit to the office with required documentation must be made and an interview will be scheduled. Once the interview is complete, the enrollment process is complete.  Students/parents are responsible for obtaining all of the necessary documents. The purpose of the interview is to acquaint the student and the parent with the rules and expectations for Estrella students.  

 

It is the responsibility of the parent and guardian to keep the school informed of the current address and phone number. If you change your address or phone number at any time during the year, please notify the school.

 

Transfers and Withdrawals 

If you plan to move let the school know at least three days in advance. The school will prepare transfer materials to help you get started at the new school. Withdrawal paperwork will not be completed over the telephone.  

  

Admission

Admission to EHS is open to all students ages 14 through 21 with documentation that they have completed the 8th grade. Students unable to provide 8th grade documentation shall be referred to the school leader’s office for an interview and consideration. Every attempt will be made to accommodate students seeking admission. However, due to the capacity of the school’s physical plant, Estrella High School is limited in its morning and afternoon sessions. When that limit is reached; a waiting list is established based on the students’ pre-enrollment date.

Classification of Student

Students in grades 9-12 shall be classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors depending upon the year they entered the 9th grade.

2017-2018 school year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Freshman

2016-2017 school year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sophomore

2015-2016 school year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Junior

2014-2015 school year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior

Prior to 2014-2015  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . Senior

Open Enrollment

EHS has an open-enrollment policy in accordance with A.R.S. § 15-184. EHS does not discriminate in its admissions or enrollment practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, gender, income level, disability, English proficiency or athletic ability.  Failure to disclose accurate, complete, and truthful information on the enrollment application may result in revocation or removal from enrollment.  Pursuant to A.R.S 15-184(F), EHS may refuse to admit any pupil who has been expelled from another educational institution or who is in the process of being expelled from another educational institution.

Rights of Homeless Students:

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

This school shall provide an education environment that treats all students with dignity and respect.  Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and appropriate education opportunities as students who are not homeless.  This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth, applied to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.

A student may be considered eligible for services as a “Homeless Child or Youth” under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if he or she is presently living:

According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, eligible students have rights to:

Immediate enrollment: 

Documentation and immunization records cannot serve as a barrier to the enrollment in school.

School Selection: 

McKinney Vento eligible students have a right to select from the following schools:

Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon which they are permanently housed.

Participate in programs in which they are eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Even Start, etc.

Transportation Services: 

A McKinney-Vento eligible student attending his/her School of Origin has a right to transportation to and from the School of Origin.

Dispute Resolution: 

If you disagree with school officials about enrollment, transportation, or fair treatment of a homeless child or youth, you may file a complaint with the school district.  The school district must respond quickly and it must be a written response.  During the dispute, the student must be immediately enrolled in the school and provided transportation until the matter is resolved.  The Homeless Liaison will assist you in making decision, providing notice of any appeal process, and filling out dispute forms.  You have the right to appeal a decision to the state level.

For more information, refer to http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/homeless/ or contact:

Jennifer VanDerNaalt

Homeless Liaison

Estrella High School

510 N. Central Ave

Avondale, AZ 85323

623-932-6561

Alexis Clermont, M.Ed.

State Coordinator for Homeless Education

Arizona Department of Education, Bin #2

Office of Communications & Community Outreach

1535 West Jefferson Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 542-4963

Alexis.Clermont@azed.gov

Equal Educational Opportunity

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, or disability.   Estrella High School provides a nondiscriminatory learning and work environment ensuring that all students and staff are free from unlawful discrimination.   A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the education programs of the school.  This commitment extends to all school programs and school sponsored events.  A full copy of the grievance procedure is available from the school leader.

In the event a student experiences discrimination, the student should report the incident to the school leader within ten (10) school days.  The inability of a student to speak English should not prevent the student from reporting a violation.  Every reasonable measure to interpret a non-English speaker’s concerns will be taken.

The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

        

        Laura Perry, School Leader

        510 N. Central Ave

        Avondale, AZ 85323        

        623-932-6561

        perry@estrellahs.com

Procedures for Filing Complaints

Any person who believes he/she has been the subject of or is a witness to discrimination or harassment shall immediately notify any teacher, office personnel, or the school leader.  Complaints that cannot be reported immediately must be reported within thirty (30) calendar days.  The school employee receiving the report or complaint, or who personally witness discrimination or harassment, shall immediately inform the school leader of the report or complaint and complete a Statement of Facts form.  

Procedures for Investigation of the Report/Complaint

The school leader will investigate the incident personally, or designate another school employee to conduct the investigation at the school leader’s discretion.  The alleged victim or witness will be required to complete a Statement of Facts form, or if a Statement of Facts form is not available, set forth in another written form all information relevant to the complaint, including a description of the conduct alleged (i.e., specific words, statements, or actions), names of perpetrator and victim, places, times, and other witnesses.  The school leader shall contact an outside agency (i.e., Department of Child Safety or law enforcement) as required by statute or when otherwise deemed appropriate by the school leader.

Investigative Findings

In all cases, regardless of whether a violation of school policy is found or a complainant no longer wishes to pursue his/her complaint, the investigation shall conclude with a written investigation report.  The report shall include findings, conclusions and any possible recommendations, including any discipline referral resulting from the alleged conduct, to be prepared by the individual who conducts the investigation.   The report shall be drafted as soon as possible after the investigation is closed.

Enrollment Process 

New student enrollment is open throughout the school year conditional upon a student/parent interview by an administrator, and completion of a student file with the items listed below:

Class Schedule  

Classes are 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday.  Student can start any period as long as they take three consecutive classes. Teachers are on campus Monday through Friday to assist students with tutoring when necessary and appointments can be set up with each individual teacher. Morning and afternoon sessions are closed campus.         

                                

M-Th Daily Schedule                                           Friday Flex Schedule

Period 1           8:00 am - 9:45 am                                 Period 1        9:800 am - 9:10 am

Period 2           9:49 am - 11:34 am                                 Period 2        9:10 am - 10:20 am

Lunch                11:34 am - 12:04 pm                                Period 3        10:20 am - 11:30 am

Period 3            12:08 pm - 1:53 pm                                Lunch                11:30 am - 11:50 am        

Period 4            1:57 pm - 3:42 pm                                Period 4        11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Supervision of Students

Students may be on the Estrella High School campus during business hours or special events. Students must be in a supervised area which may be limited to the office before and after scheduled classes. Office hours are:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am-5:00pm, Friday 7:00am-4:00pm. The office will be open from 7:30am - 4:00pm during breaks.

Student Attendance Requirements 

EHS operates on a block schedule. Each block consists of approximately 34-38 days. Arizona law, as interpreted, suggests that a student attend a set amount of time to receive credit. Therefore, if a student accumulates more than one absence during the block, the student may receive a letter grade of an “F” for that class. Any absences accumulated during the week must be flexed by the end of the day on Friday of the same week the absence occurred.  All absences are encouraged to be phoned into the office on the day of the absence. At the end of the block, the earned credit is then applied to the transcript. This system offers the student the motivational advantage of being able to earn a positive reward in a shorter amount of time. It also allows the student who has fallen behind to catch up and graduate before the end of the school year.

 

Student Attendance Policy

In order to receive credit for a course, the student must attend class and complete all required work. Attendance is mandatory.  An excused absence requires the student to bring in a doctor's note from a health care provider to the attendance clerk to be put in that student’s file.  Excused absences still must be flexed.  If an illness or emergency occurs that keeps the student from attending school, the parent or guardian must contact the school and explain the reason for missing classes.  When the student returns, she/he is responsible for completing all work and time missed, which is called flexing an absence.  Flex opportunities are available on designated Fridays listed on the school’s calendar.  In the event of a hospitalization or doctor’s appointment, EHS requires an original signed note from the healthcare provider.  If an extended absence should occur, the student must arrange a meeting with parents and teachers to discuss the coursework and class time missed prior to returning to school.   All absences should be phoned into the office on the day of the absence.  EHS will call home for all absences – regardless of the reason. All coursework must be made up within the week the absence occurred whenever possible.

Absences

If an illness or emergency occurs that keeps the student from attending school, the parent/guardian must contact the school daily and explain the reason for missing classes.  If the school does not receive a call by the parent/guardian regarding the student’s absence, then the school may contact the parent/guardian to verify the absence. When the student returns he/she is responsible for completing all missing work in a timely manner.  Automated phone calls are made for each period missed.   If a student reaches between 6-10 absences then a “Demonstration of Mastery” form, provided by the instructor, must be completed in order for said student to receive credit for his or her class.  If a student reaches 11 or more absences that student will not receive credit for the course.

Curriculum

EHS has designed a student curriculum that is based on the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.  Objectives are taught using a variety of learning activities and addressing multiple learning modalities.  Reading, writing, and technology skills are integrated throughout the curriculum and are an integral part of all content area classes.  Textbooks and all other instructional materials are selected on the basis of their alignment with the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

 

Uninterrupted Instructional Time

We believe in providing uninterrupted learning time.  Class time is a period of time when the student can concentrate on academics and not be distracted. When you have messages, materials, lunch money, etc, for a student, please bring it to the school office and the school personnel will deliver it to the classroom.  Please schedule appointments outside of the instructional day so that students are not missing valuable class time.

 

Homework

The purpose of homework is to provide additional practice on previously introduced skills or to enrich classroom experiences.  Because of the extended learning time during the day, the majority of learning activities will be completed during class time where the teacher is available to assist the student.  Teachers may require additional homework or research to be completed outside of class.  Each teacher will provide guidelines for homework in their syllabus.

 

Progress Reports

The primary function of a progress report is to communicate information to parents/guardians about their child’s current achievement status in regard to specific learning objectives in each curriculum area. Each student’s progress is reported to parents/guardians four times a year mid-point through the block. All grades are posted on ParentVue/StudentVue online. These dates can be found on the school calendar. The issuance of progress reports indicates progress from one assessment period to the next.

 

It is the belief of EHS that an open line of communication between home and school should be maintained at all times to increase the likelihood of student growth and success.  Parents may request a conference at any time.  Feel free to contact your child’s teachers if you would like a progress report more frequently.

 

Grade Report Cards

A grade report card is NOT mailed home throughout the school year. All grades are posted on ParentVue/StudentVue online. This grade report will reflect the grade and credits earned for the courses that the student completes for each block.

 

Students and family members have the right to question grades, and grading procedures.  The student should first consult with his or her teacher and attempt to resolve the matter.  If a question still remains the student should address the matter with the school’s administration. Students who show mastery on the course pre- assessment (90% or higher) may earn credit for the course, and be issued a P on their transcripts. Also, students who show mastery on the course post-assessment (90% or higher) are eligible to earn credit in the class, regardless of the current standing grade. Issuance of grades and grading procedures are local school matters and every attempt to remedy the situation at the school level should be made.

Honor Roll Guidelines

Eligibility: Students who meet the academic and citizenship standards described below will be eligible for honor roll recognition.

  1. G.P.A. of 3.5 or better (Principal’s List 4.0, Honor Roll 3.9-3.5)
  2. Must be enrolled in 3 or more classes which count toward honor roll for the entire block. 
  3. Cannot have any D’s or F’s on report cards.
  4. Student Aide or Office Aide grades will not count toward honor roll.
  5. Incomplete grades must be cleared from the record before a student can qualify for honor roll.

 

Academic Probation  

The intent of academic probation is to alert the student and parent and/or guardian that satisfactory expectations are not being met. The student as well as the parent will be notified in writing regarding the terms of academic probation. The parent and/or guardian and student will be requested to attend a conference to discuss the terms of probation and to develop a plan for improvement. The initial probationary period will be for the duration of one block. As part of academic probation a student may be required to change from morning to afternoon session and vice versa. Probation may extend beyond one block if deemed appropriate by the Administrator. After appropriate intervention and probation as described within these guidelines, the student will be withdrawn from EHS if the student does not meet academic expectations. NOTE: New enrolling and/or returning students can be placed on Academic Probation based on records from the previous school(s).

Assessment of Learning

In order to ensure that EHS students are being challenged academically, their performance in reading, mathematics, and writing is assessed continuously using a variety of measures. In addition, the State of Arizona requires the following tests:

 

 

Parent Involvement

EHS welcomes and encourages parent involvement. We recognize and value a variety of ways that parents can be meaningful partners in the education of their children. There are many opportunities for you to be involved in your student’s education. Meaningful parental involvement is achieved when parents participate in supporting student learning at home, are involved in school-related decision making, and parents support school-related activities. EHS continuously works to achieve this goal in order to meet Federal and State requirements. EHS has developed a Parent Involvement Policy in collaboration with parents. This policy is available for your review upon request at the school office and on the school website.

 

Opportunities for meaningful parent involvement are provided at EHS through:

If you would like additional information on how you can participate in any of the committees, please contact the School Leader, front office staff, or your child’s teacher.  

As part of the Title I Parent Involvement Policy, EHS has developed a compact outlining how parents, school staff, and students will share responsibility for improving student achievement. School compacts will be reviewed and revised annually, as necessary.

EHS and the parents of students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help students achieve the State’s high standards. This compact is in effect during the school year.

 


Parent-Student-School Compact

The following Parent/Student/School Compact, developed through the combined efforts of the parents, students, and staff of Estrella High School, outlines the goals, expectations, and shared responsibilities for the success of all our students.

 

School Environment

The School Will:

The Parents Will:

The Students Will:

Behavior and Participation

The School Will:

The Parents Will:

The Students Will:

Academics and Curriculum

The School Will:

The Parents Will:

The Students Will:

Goals and Achievement

The School Will:

The Parents Will:

The Student Will:

 

Parent Meetings

      Parents will attend Open Houses to meet teachers, gain insight into the curriculums offered, verify correct contact information and gain information on their student’s credit analysis statement. 

Parents Right To Know

You have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teacher.  Specifically, you may request the following:

 

You also will receive timely notice if your student, for whatever reason, is being taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. A highly qualified teacher is defined by state law as a teacher who is certified/licensed and teaching in the grade level or subject area of certification/license.

If you would like to receive this information, please contact the school office at 623-932-6561 to schedule an appointment with Laura Perry, School Leader.

School Volunteers

Parent Volunteers

Outline the rules that you want to apply to your parent volunteers at your campus.  For sustained volunteer activity or for volunteers who will be unsupervised, it is in your best interest to require parents to have a fingerprint clearance card or complete an attestation.  Contact Teri Knick for assistance in drafting this area.

Community Volunteers

Community Volunteers are required to have a valid AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card prior to volunteering in our programs.  For more information on becoming a community volunteer, contact the school leader.

Conduct of Visitors/General Public on School Property

The definition of general public is anyone who does not come under the definition of student, faculty member, staff member, or employee.

No person shall engage in conduct that may cause interference with or disruption of an educational institution. Interference with or disruption of an educational institution includes any act that might reasonably lead to the evacuation or closure of any property of the educational institution or the postponement, cancellation or suspension of any class or other school activity. For the purposes of this policy, an actual evacuation, closure, postponement, cancellation or suspension is not required for the act to be considered interference or disruption.

A person commits interference with or disruption of an educational institution by doing any of the following:

The above identified acts need not be directed at a specific individual, the School, or specific property of the School to constitute a violation of this policy.  Restitution for any financial loss caused by a violation of the policy may be required.  Furthermore, an individual who interferes with or disrupts an educational institution is subject to misdemeanor or felony charges as provided in A.R.S. § 13-2911.

A person may also interfere with or disrupt the operation of the School by committing any of the following:

 

Insurance

EHS and The Leona Group are in compliance with insurance as required by the Arizona Department of Education. The school does not carry insurance for students' medical or dental costs if they are injured during school activities.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide insurance for their student.

Student Records and Confidentiality

(Annual Notification of Confidentiality Rights Regarding Education Records of Students with Disabilities and Their Parents)

Estrella High School has established written policies regarding the collection, storage, retrieval, use and transfer of student educational information collected and maintained pertinent to the education of all students to ensure the confidentiality of the information and to guarantee parents’/guardians’ and students’ rights to privacy.   These policies and procedures are in compliance with federal and state laws.  

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords families and majority age students rights to their education records.   These rights are as follows:

Right to Inspect and Review

Parents have the right to inspect and review a student’s education records within 45 days from the day the school receives a request for access.  Requests should be submitted in writing to the school leader and identify the records to be inspected.  The school leader will make arrangements for access and notify the parent of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

Right to Amend Education Records

Parent may request to have their student’s educational records amended if they believe the information is inaccurate or misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  The request should be made in writing to the school leader, clearly identifying the part of the record the parent(s) want changed and specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading.  If the School decides not to amend the record as requested, the parent(s) will be notified of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

Additional information regarding the hearing procedure will be provided to the parent(s) when notified of the right to a hearing.  After the hearing, if the School still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view regarding the contested information.

Right to Consent to Disclosure

Parent(s) or eligible students have the right to require their consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records by the prior written consent of the parent(s) or eligible student(s), except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as  an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Right to File a Complaint

A parent or eligible student has the right to file a complaint with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office in Washington D.C., if they believe that the district has violated the provision of FERPA.  If a family or majority age student wishes to file a complaint alleging a FERPA violation, he or she should first contact the school leader.  If a reasonable solution is not made at the school level the complainant has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.  

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202

Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that EHS, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your student’s education records.  However, EHS may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the EHS to include this type of information from your student’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

 

 

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. [1]

 

If you do not want EHS to disclose directory information from your student’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the School Leader in writing.  

Notification of Rights

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98) affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas ("protected information survey") if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED):

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent;
  2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family;
  3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
  4. Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
  5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
  8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:

  1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
  2. Any nonemergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
  3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use -

  1. Protected information surveys of students;
  2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
  3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

These rights transfer to from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.

Estrella High School has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. Estrella High School will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. Estrella High School  will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. Estrella High School will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the school has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:

Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

Service Animals

Service animal means any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.  Service animal does not include other species of animals, whether wild or domestic or trained or untrained.  

Estrella High School does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities who use service animals if the work or tasks performed by the service animal are directly related to the individual’s disability.  Work or tasks include assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities and helping individuals with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.  The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship do not constitute work or tasks.

Individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to be accompanied by their service animal in all areas of the School’s facilities where members of the public, participants in services, programs or activities, or invitees are allowed to go.  A service animal may be excluded from the School if one or more of the following apply:

A service animal shall be under the control of its handler.   A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash or other tether or use of the harness, leash or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be under the handler’s control. The School shall not be responsible for the training, feeding, grooming.  The School must approve any person who is authorized by the owner to assist in care and supervision of the service animal while on school property.

A request for an individual with a disability to be accompanied by a service animal must be submitted to the school leader at least three (3) school days prior to bringing the service animal to school or to a school function.  Forms are available by contacting the school office.

Service dog requests must provide proof of the following vaccinations: DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, paroinfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus) bordatella, rabies.  Miniature horse requests must provide proof of the following vaccinations:  Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins Test), rabies, tetanus, encephalomyelitis, rhinoneumonitis, influenza, and strangles.

All service animals must be: spayed or neutered; treated for and kept free of fleas and ticks; and kept groomed to avoid shedding and dander.  Owners of the service animal are liable for any harm or injury caused by the animal to students, staff, visitors, and/or property.

Instruction and Learning 

Assessment of Learning

Students at EHS are assessed to ensure that they are acquiring skills and being challenged academically. To measure the achievement of all students, school-wide assessments are administered throughout the year.  Each student’s performance on the school-wide assessments is measured against his/her own previous performance. Results of these assessments in language arts and mathematics are used to make needed programming changes and provide additional support to students through intervention programs. Results are also made available to teachers, parents, and students so that everyone can work together to help ensure that all learning goals are met for every student. Students requiring special education are administered more individualized evaluations by appropriate professionals for the purpose of providing specialized instruction under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

 

The state of Arizona requires AIMS science testing in grade 10 and AZMerit Reading, Writing, or Math assessment.

The following outlines our school-wide assessments:

TEST

WHO IS TESTED:

WHAT IT IS USED FOR:

AZMerit

  • All students enrolled in a “.2” course, which are considered the end of a course sequence. This includes English 9.2, 10.2, 11.2 and Algebra 1.2, 2.2, and Geometry 2.
  • To complete EHS performance-based teacher and leader evaluations
  • To demonstrate growth to AZ Charter Board

AZELLA

  • All English language learners
  •  To identify students for English language services, measure their growth, and exit them out of the program

ATI/GALILEO (reading and math)

  • All enrolled students Grades 9-12  for all benchmark test dates
  • To predict how students will perform on AZMerit and provide targeted interventions to increase AIMS achievement
  • To measure growth of students in our school compared to other schools in Arizona

Additional Formative Assessments

  • Targeted students are tested regularly to measure progress and guide intervention efforts.
  • Classroom teachers can test their classes at will to drive whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction
  • To guide instructors and interventionists toward benchmark growth in GALILEO and AZMerit
  • To measure classroom learning and inform re-teaching and tutoring

 

Graduation

Class of 2018 Graduation Requirements

General Required Courses 

 English                          

Math                        

Science                            

    Social Studies  

Fine Arts/Vocational  

           Required Credits:     Elective Credits:

Total:  

Credits

4.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

15.0

7.0

22.0

   Arizona University Requirements*

                                          English                                                       Math                                                                Science

Social Studies

                Visual/Performing Arts    

                           Foreign Language                     Required Credits:

                  Elective Credits:      

               Total:                  

Credits

4.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

2.0

17.0

5.0

22.0

*All four-year state universities require students to take the ACT or SAT examination.  Colleges and Universities may differ in their requirements for admission.

School/Community Service

½ Credit                 Prerequisites:  None

Students volunteer their services at selected non-profit community sites and receive elective credit.  Course requirements include:  65 hours for ½ credit per block; limit of 2 credits possible per student; descriptive journal entries must be kept and relate to volunteer’s perspective of personal benefits from on-going site experiences; and a final typed report submitted to the Office Manager (content will consist of analysis of research as related to the volunteer’s actual experience).

Work Experience

½ Credit                 Prerequisites:  None

Student must be enrolled as a full time student (3 classes), be 14 years of age, receive a C or better in all classes.  The student must be able to verify 130 hours of paid employment.

At EHS, students have the opportunity to receive credit toward graduation if they have a job.  Every 130 hours worked or 65 hours volunteered will count as one-half of an elective credit. Students must provide original receipts or pay stubs to verify hours worked. A maximum of two elective credits may be earned through work experience.  In order to receive one-half credit for the block, the student must be enrolled as a full time student (3 classes) at EHS, complete 130 work hours or 65 community service hours during a block period after enrolling in EHS and pass all classes with a C or better.

School Technology

Technology is a wonderful tool to assist our students in learning, researching, and preparing to participate fully in a technology rich society.  While the internet and other technology resources provide significant opportunities for teaching and learning, they must be used responsibly.  EHS provides protection from harmful material through filtering software but the teacher and student have the ultimate responsibility for using the Internet and technology according to school policy and guidelines.

 

The following assurances are made when the Internet is in use during instruction:

 

Technology Use Guidelines

The use of technology at EHS is welcomed and encouraged. Students must however never use school technology for the following:

 Consequences of violations include, but are not limited to:

EHS has the right to restrict or terminate information network access. EHS has the right to monitor network activity to ensure school policy for acceptable use is followed. If you do not want your student to have access to the internet, please notify the school office in writing.

Health Information

Immunizations

Arizona law ARS §15-872 requires that parents provide an up-to-date record of immunizations prior to enrolling in school.  The record must include the month, date, and year of your student’s immunizations.  Students without proof of immunization will be excluded from school.  The following immunizations are required for enrollment at EHS, contingent on age:

 

Please inform the school of any immunizations that your student receives throughout the year so that immunization records are kept current.

 

Arizona law ARS §15-872 provides exemptions from immunization requirements for the following:

Although the law allows exemptions, if an outbreak of any of the diseases covered by required immunizations occurs, the Maricopa County Health Department may require that students who are not immunized be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak.

Medications

Students are not permitted to carry prescription or over-the-counter medication to and from school or to keep it on their person while at school or when participating in any school-related activities.  The school office will accept up to a 30 day supply of medication for students to treat an existing condition.  Parents/Guardians or Adult Students must complete a Medication Form with the school office prior to any medication being administered at school.  The following is required for all medications stored and administered by the school office:

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Hearing and Vision screenings are given to selected groups of students per Arizona mandate under the guidelines of the Arizona Department of Education and Arizona Department of Health Hearing Conservation Program.  For more information on these screenings, please contact the school office.

Chronic Health Conditions

A chronic health condition is one that is not curable and/or requires continuous treatment.  If your student has a chronic illness or health condition that will cause him/her to miss school, please inform the school office.  School staff will develop a Chronic Illness Plan to ensure that absences due to the chronic condition are not subject to school attendance policies and to provide ways to furnish missed work or instructional materials during your student’s absences.

 

Exceptional Student Services

Child Find

In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Estrella High School is required to locate and provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for all enrolled students with disabilities.  

The following child find activities are conducted by Estrella High School to locate enrolled students with disabilities:

  1. Review of school records (from prior schools and school of current enrollment).
  2. Screening within 45 days of enrollment in the following areas: vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, cognitive ability, academic, and social emotional development.
  3. Refer children suspected of having a disability age birth to three years to Arizona Early Intervention Program and children age three to five years (not yet enrolled in school) to the appropriate state or community agencies.
  4. Provide information about concerns and student progress to parent(s) in writing.
  5. If appropriate, refer the child for evaluation and/or other appropriate services.

All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost.  The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.  

A free appropriate public education with a full continuum of services is available for eligible students with disabilities. If you suspect that your child has a disability and is eligible for services under ADA Section 504 or IDEA or have questions about child find activities, please contact the school’s exceptional student services coordinator or the school leader.  You may also contact the Heidi Sinkovic, Director of Exceptional Student Services at 602-953-2933.

ADA Section 504

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Estrella High School has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities.  For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible students, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the school leader or Heidi Sinkovic, Director of Exceptional Student Services at 602-953-2933.

Grievance Procedure under ADA Section 504

Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability by a student, staff member, or third party may file a grievance under the grievance procedure outlined in this handbook. Examples of disability discrimination can include, but are not limited to, disability-based harassment; limiting or denying a qualified individual with a disability in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others receiving an aid, benefit or service; and failing to make non-fundamental, reasonable modifications of "policies, practices or procedures" when such modification is necessary to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Estrella High School will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that disabled persons are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing audio material for the blind, providing a scribe for submission of the complaint, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The school leader will be responsible for such arrangements.

Special Education Services

Estrella High School makes available special education and related services to all students.  

Our teachers are trained to teach to diverse learning styles and ability levels. Estrella High School believes in close collaboration between general education teachers, special education teachers, staff, and parents. This produces the best possible learning outcomes for our exceptional students.  For more information about our special education programs, please contact the school’s special education department.

Special Education Records Retention Notice

Pursuant to A.R.S. 41-1351, special education records including placement records, referrals, evaluations, and testing data, will be destroyed seven years after the student’s last fiscal year of enrollment. A permanent record of a student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record, classes attended, grade level completed and year completed, may be maintained without time limitation.

Procedural Safeguards

Parents of a student with a disability (or suspected of having a disability) are entitled to a Procedural Safeguards Notice, which explains the rights of the parent and student to ensure they are protected through the special education process. A copy of the procedural safeguards notice is offered to parents once annually and in specific instances; however, copies are always available by contacting the School Office and on the school’s website.

Referral and Evaluation

Students suspected of having a disability may be referred to the school’s exceptional student services coordinator, school leader, or the Director of Exceptional Student Services by the parent or school staff for further evaluation.  Evaluations will be conducted pursuant to the requirements under ADA Section 504 and/or IDEA.  

For information on the school’s evaluation procedures under Section 504 or IDEA, contact the school leader or Heidi Sinkovic, Director of Exceptional Student Services at 602-953-2933.

English Language Acquisition Services

Estrella High School offers programs that meet the diverse needs of English Language Learners by offering programs that meet the Arizona requirements under A.R.S.15-756.01.  The programs are designed to provide equal educational opportunity and access to curriculum while developing English language skills to students for whom English is not the primary language.  Parents have the right to refuse participation in these services.  For more information, contact the school ELAS coordinator, school leader or Stacy Hoffman, Director of ELAS at 602-953-2933.

General School Information

Food and Nutrition

EHS is pleased to offer the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) for the 2017-2018 school year. The NSLP and SBP are Federal Programs that provide nutritious meals at a minimum cost to school children. Families may apply for the programs by submitting a Household Income Application which is provided by the school. For assistance please contact Jennifer VanDerNaalt, School Meals Coordinator. Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. “In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Bus Transportation

EHS provides transportation to and from predetermined bus stops throughout the southwest valley. Service is limited to the seating capacity of the school bus and will only service specific scheduling options and pickup locations. All school rules apply while riding the school bus.  Once dropped off at EHS in the morning, students are not allowed to leave campus for any reason. The schedule for the current bus route can be found at www.estrellahs.com.  

Consequences of Misconduct on the Bus

The safety of students is a priority to EHS.  Students must adhere to bus rules.  Students not adhering to bus rules will be disciplined and may have their bus privileges suspended or revoked.  All students who ride buses are subject to rules and consequences designed to provide safe transportation. Any behavior which distracts the driver is considered a serious hazard to the safe operation of the bus, and as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers, the driver, and others. Please remember that riding the bus is a privilege, not a right, and as such the consequences of misconduct could result in your child being denied transportation. Furthermore, be advised that a student suspended from riding the bus is also prohibited from riding buses on field trips and for other activities, and may therefore be denied the opportunity to participate on such trips. Suspension of bus riding privileges does not relieve parents of the responsibility of sending a child to school. Each of these rules is considered extremely crucial to the safe operation of our school buses, and has been established as a way to protect all children. It is therefore imperative that your child follow these rules.  School administration will work in collaboration with the bus driver to discipline students for misconduct on the bus.  Please review the bus rules with your student.

Bus service is offered:

Monday through Thursday Period 1-3 (8:00am-1:53pm);

Friday Period 1-3 (9:00am-1:00pm) 

1. It is a privilege to ride the school bus.

2. Obey the driver at all times.

2. All Student Code of Conduct  expectations apply on the bus.  Any infraction could result in the loss of bus privileges or suspension.

3. Any student not present at their bus stop for (3) consecutive days will lose their privilege of transportation.

4. Student identification cards must be worn by the student and be visible while on the bus.

5. Pick up times and assigned stops may change each block.

6. Students must arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. The times given for the   bus stop are the times that the bus leaves the bus stop.

7. Students must wait at their bus stop location for 10 minutes before calling the school to inquire about the bus.

8. Students brought to school must go to class.  If a student is found “skipping” they will not be allowed to ride the bus home the same day.

9. Horseplaying, loud talking, littering, or fighting is not permitted at bus stops.  Please respectful of the communities where our bus stops are located.

10. While the bus is in motion, students must remain properly seated keeping aisles and exits clear. Backpacks must be held in laps.

11. Keep hands, arms, feet, legs and head inside the vehicle.

12. Keep windows up at all times unless instructed otherwise by the driver.

13. Do not throw anything at the bus, inside the bus or from the bus.

14. Maintain orderly conduct at bus stops or other designated loading/unloading spots

15. Horseplaying, loud talking, littering, or fighting is not permitted on the bus. No verbal or visual profanity, no gang signing and no screaming while on the bus. Unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and could result in a serious accident.

16. Students/parents will be liable for any vandalism of any school property including graffiti, ripped or torn seats, or broken or etched windows.

17. Students may not chew gum, eat or drink (only water) on the bus except as required for medical reasons.

18. Students may not bring weapons, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, laser pointers, balloons of any kind on the bus.

19. Glass items, large items or sharp objects are not to be transported on school buses.

No cell phones or cameras may be used or out of backpacks at any time on the bus. These items may be confiscated if seen. The school is not responsible if these types of items become lost or stolen. (You may listen to music at a reasonable volume, with headphones only.)

20. Parents and other persons who are not students of EHS are prohibited from entering the bus.

21. Students may not get picked up or dropped off at other stops besides their designated stop unless their is prior approval from parents and/or guardians and approval from administration in emergency situations only.

22. All other school rules are enforced on the school bus.

 

Driving Code of Conduct

EHS is not responsible for vehicles stolen or damaged on campus.  The owner assumes all risks for personal property brought to school.

  1. Student driving to school must provide the office with a driver’s license and proof of insurance. A copy will be placed in their file.
  2. Once students have submitted the appropriate documentation, they will be issued a parking permit which must be displayed in order to park in the parking lot. Parking passes are available for $5.00.

      3.        Failure to display parking permit could result in up to loss of parking privileges or being towed at the

owners expense.        

      4.  Students who display erratic driving behaviors will not be allowed to drive on campus and could face

        Suspension.  (Examples: squealing tires, speeding, reckless driving, parking outside of the lines, etc.)

      5.  Student parking is located in the west parking lot only.

Student Code of Conduct

Respect and mature conduct in the school is of primary importance to staff members, parents/guardians, and other students. The maintenance of orderly conduct of students is necessary in every school situation to ensure the health and safety of all and to maximize learning. Effective discipline is a necessity for quality education. EHS’ fundamental philosophical basis of effective discipline is that students are responsible for their own actions and are expected to show respect and consideration for the right of others. These expectations are the basis upon which our EHS Bill of Rights and Responsibilities is formulated. In addition to appropriate behavior at school, students are expected to exhibit proper behavior on their way to school, on their way home from school and when participating in school activities.

 

Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

During the interview for enrollment, a student agreement/contract will be reviewed by the school designee and signed by the parent and student to verify that they have been made aware of the rules of the school.

Student Expectations

The following rules and procedures are enforced at EHS for the purpose of maintaining a safe, drug-free learning environment:

 

  1. Fighting, Threats, and Intimidation:  Estrella strictly enforces a discipline program on any fighting, threats, or intimidation. Students who participate may face suspension.  
  2. Gang Association and Gang Activity:  “Tagging Crews” and “Party Crews” are considered gangs by local law enforcement agencies and are considered such by EHS. This includes hand gestures/signs, language, clothing, tattoos, belt buckles, writing, numbers, and color combinations. Students are not allowed to wear any outfit is one solid color.  Students violating this policy will face immediate suspension or expulsion. Students are not allowed to possess any type of marker on campus.  
  3. Illegal Substances and Weapons:  Any involvement with the possession, use, or sale of any type of illicit drug, synthetic drug, placebo drug, prescription drug, alcohol, or other controlled substance will result in notification to the authorities. Weapons or any other dangerous items are not permitted on campus.
  4. Abuse of Staff:  In order to maintain a safe, orderly school environment, the authority of school staff members acting in their official capacity must be respected.  For this reason, any form of verbal or physical abuse of staff will be treated as a serious offense warranting suspension or expulsion.  If concern about a staff member’s exercise of authority cannot be satisfied in direct, appropriate discussion with the individual, that concern should be brought to the attention of the administration.
  5. Students must attend school and arrive promptly:  EHS operates on a block schedule. Each Block consists of 34-38 days. Arizona law requires that a student attend a set amount of time to receive credit. Therefore, if a student accumulates more than one absence during the block, the student may receive a letter grade of an “F” for that class. Any absences accumulated during the week must be flexed by the end of the day on Friday of the same week the absence occurred. When arriving on campus, students should report immediately to the school courtyard. Any student who has excessive tardies and/or absences may be switched to a different session and/or be suspended or expelled from school. (ARS 15-841)  
  6. Respect must be shown to teachers, staff members, other adults and students at all times: Respect is required at all times by everyone at EHS.  This includes the use of language, gestures, actions, and attitude.  If a student anticipates a potential problem of any type, the student is expected to seek advice from an administrator, the school counselor or, appropriate school personnel.  This rule prohibits fighting, threats, and other acts of violence and vandalism.  Additionally, the student will be held responsible for any destruction he or she does to school property.
  7. Closed Campus Policy:  For the safety of the students, EHS has a closed campus.  Students must remain on school grounds at all times, including the break between classes.  Students who become ill or have an emergency must report to the office, meet and acquire administrative permission, obtain parental/guardian permission (if under the age of 18) and, and sign out before leaving the campus.   The office may deny permission to leave campus.   A student being 18 years of age does not excuse he or she from obtaining administrative permission in order to leave campus.  Failure to obtain permission to leave campus will be considered an unexcused absence or truancy and will result in disciplinary action.
  8. Telephone Calls:  Students may not receive or make phone calls during class hours.  A phone is available for student use during non-class hours. If you need to contact your son/daughter, please phone the front office and the front office personnel will get a message to the classroom teacher.  Emergency calls from parents will be taken by the front office and the student will be informed immediately. Teachers are available for phone calls before or after school time.
  9. Electronic Devices:  To prevent disruption of the learning environment, students will not be able to use cell phones, personal electronic games, portable radios, iPods, etc unless allowed by individual teachers. Violation of this policy will result in discipline. If a student has a need for a recorder in class, a note will be obtained from the teacher and the recorder checked in through the Assistant Principal’s office. EHS is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.
  10. Appropriate Attire is required:  Students are expected to wear appropriate attire during the school day and at all school sponsored activities. These guidelines should be followed:
  1. Profane or disrespectful writing on clothing or jewelry is not acceptable.
  2. Pictures and/or words on any garment or tattoo must not be obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, or promoting an illegal activity. A student will be asked to cover their tattoo if it is deemed to be inappropriate for a school setting. EHS will not provide materials to cover tattoos.  
  3. The body shall be adequately covered. Short shorts, bathing suits, bare chests, white undershirts, low-cut shirts, halter tops, tube tops, bare midriffs, bare backs, mesh or sheer garments, etc. are not allowed to be worn.
  4. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must extend beyond fingertips when arms are straight at the side. Tank tops will be 3 inches in width on the shoulder. (ID width)
  5. Hats of any kind may not be worn in the classroom. Hairnets and bandanas are not allowed to be worn on campus.  
  6. Sunglasses may only be worn outside of school buildings.
  7. Students will refrain from wearing clothing with the following numbers:  13, 14, 69, 420, and 602 and 623. Additionally, any bracelets or jewelry with profane, sexual or drug related words will be confiscated from the student. (Parents must pick these up from a school administrator).
  8. Pajama tops and/or bottoms, boxers, lingerie, lounge pants, and any other type of sleepwear, house or bedroom slippers are not allowed.
  9. See-through clothing is prohibited.  Undergarments are not to be seen at all.
  10. School administration has the sole discretion to determine attire that is inappropriate.
  11. Students will not be allowed to attend class until appearance is modified.  Student will be required to flex all assignments and time for absence.  
  1. Academic Honesty:  Students are expected to complete their own work on any assignment.  Any instance of cheating or plagiarism will be referred to school administration and will result in disciplinary action from up to warning or loss of credit.  
  2. Backpacks:  Students are expected to assume full responsibility for the contents of their backpack.  Backpacks may be subject to random search at any time.
  3. Drug Free School: A Drug Free School Zone is defined in A.R.S. 3411 as “the area within 300 feet of a school or its accompanying grounds, any public property within one thousand feet of a school or its accompanying grounds, a  school bus stop or on any bus contracted to transport students.
  1. EHS is designated as a Drug Free School Zone. Any person who violates this designation by possession, distribution, solicitation, manufacturing, or sale of drugs is subject to school disciplinary action and criminal prosecution in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes.
  2. The use, possession, distribution, manufacturing, or sale of drugs on or near school property, on the way to and from school, at a bus stop, or on a bus is prohibited. This includes an individual defined in section 36-2801 as a cardholder or any other individual lawfully possessing or using marijuana as outlined in A.R.S 15-108
  3. For the purposes of this policy, drugs shall include, but not be limited to:
  1. Marijuana
  2. Prescription drugs
  3. Narcotic drugs
  4. Inhalants/vapor-releasing substances
  5. Dangerous drugs – including, but not limited to the following: Hallucinogens, Stimulants, Depressants, Barbiturates, and Anabolic steroids
  6. Alcoholic beverages
  7. Drug “look alikes” or substances represented as drugs
  1. Any student in possession of, selling or distributing any other substances specified in this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
  1. Bullying and Hazing Prevention Policy: EHS expressly prohibits any acts of bullying or hazing.  Additionally, soliciting others to engage in bullying or hazing is prohibited. Aiding and abetting other persons engaged in hazing or bullying is also expressly prohibited by EHS.  This prohibition applies even if the victim of bullying or hazing consents to or acquiesces in the bullying or hazing activity. All students, teachers, and staff of EHS will take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of the bullying and hazing prevention policy.
  1. Bullying is defined as a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful student or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying can be physical in form (e.g., pushing, hitting, kicking, spitting, stealing); verbal (e.g., making threats, taunting, teasing, name-calling); or psychological (e.g., social exclusion, spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships).
  2. Hazing is defined per A.R.S. 15-2301 as any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply:
  1. The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution.
  2. The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation.
  3. Students, teachers and staff can report violations of the bullying and hazing prevention policy by filing a complaint for a violation following these steps:

  1. Grievances should be submitted to the school leader or designee within 60 days of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged action.
  2. A complaint should be in writing, containing the name and address of the person filing it. The complaint must state the problem or action alleged and the remedy or relief sought.   If the Complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, EHS shall provide reasonable accommodations to assist the Complainant with submission of his/her complaint. Although we encourage individuals to submit complaints in writing, EHS will nonetheless provide prompt and equitable response when it becomes aware of possible bullying or hazing.
  3. The school leader (or her/his designee) shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint, including the opportunity to present witnesses. The school leader will maintain the files and records of EHS relating to such grievances.
  4. The school leader will complete the investigation and issue a written decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after its filing, unless extenuating circumstances require an extension of the 30 day timeline.  In such a case, the school leader (or her/his designee) will communicate with the Complainant concerning the need for an extension.
  5. The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision of the school leader or designee by writing to the Board of Directors of American Charter Schools Foundation within 15 days of receiving the school’s decision. The Board of Directors of American Charter Schools Foundation shall issue a written decision in response to the appeal no later than 30 days after its filing.
  6. If it is determined that bullying or hazing occurred, EHS shall take the appropriate steps to prevent the recurrence of such action and correct the effects on the complainant and others through disciplinary or other measures.
  7. EHS shall maintain confidentiality as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  8. EHS will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that disabled persons are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing taped cassettes of material for the blind, providing a scribe for submission of the complaint, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 504 Coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements.Complaints/Grievances may be withdrawn at any time.  False or unproven complaint documentation will not be maintained by the school. Knowingly submitting a false report under this policy shall subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion. Where disciplinary action is necessary, relevant school policies shall be followed.
  1. Use & possession of tobacco on campus:  Possession of tobacco products on campus, parking lots, playing fields, vehicles, and at off campus school sponsored events are petty criminal offenses.  Tobacco products’ include: smoking tobacco (e.g. cigarettes, cigars), smokeless tobacco (e.g. snuff, twist), cigarette papers, e cigarettes, and pipes.  
  2. The “Good Neighbor Policy” – Student conduct within the school community:  School rules and other reasonable expectations for student behavior are extended to include student conduct while going to and from school.  This includes the responsibility to observe traffic and pedestrian laws and the responsibility to act as a good neighbor, respecting the safety, welfare, and property of others while going to and from school.  Failure to act as a good neighbor within the school community may result in disciplinary action. (ARS 13-201)
  3. Off Campus Events:  Off campus events are considered an extension of the EHS campus and any violation at an off campus event will be treated as if the violation occurred on campus.
  4. School ID Cards:  Students are required to wear and display a school issued ID around the neck, on campus at all times. It is not allowed to be worn around the waist or hanging from a pocket. Students are not allowed to modify the images on the ID at any time. If the picture on the ID is obscured it will be confiscated and students will be required to purchase a new ID. Violations of the above or other activities considered inappropriate may result in disciplinary action. Replacement IDs can be acquired in the front office for a fee of $5.00.
  5. Ordering Food/Food in the classroom: Food delivered to Estrella High School will not be allowed unless authorized by administration. Student will be subject to further discipline if not in compliance.  

 


Categories Of Misconduct and Range of Possible Consequences

Misconduct or Violation /Definition

Consequence

Assault

Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; intentionally

placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury or knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke the person

Minimum: Short-Term suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Aggravated Assault/Assault on a Staff Member

An assault in which a person causes serious physical injury to another or an assault on a peace

officer, teacher, or other employee of the school district - could be considered as a Threat to an

Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

Arson/Reckless Burning

Attempting to or intentional burning of a building, structure, or property

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion, Criminal Charges

Bomb Threats

Threatening to cause harm using a bomb, dynamite, explosive, or arson-causing device –

could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Bullying

Bullying is a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful child or group showing

either passive or direct aggression toward those who are less powerful. Bullying can be physical in

form (e.g., pushing, hitting, kicking, spitting, stealing); verbal (e.g., making threats, taunting,

teasing, name calling); psychological (e.g., social exclusion, spreading rumors, manipulating

social relationships); or through the use of electronic devices or other social media communication.

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Burglary

The act of entering a building or other premises with the intent to commit theft

Minimum: Long-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Cell Phone Disturbance

Any use of cellular phone during the school day (e.g. incoming/outgoing phone calls, text

messaging, taking photos, music, etc.)

Minimum: Personal Conference, Confiscation of Item

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Cheating

Wrongfully securing and/or using information or assisting another to do so

Minimum: Personal Conference, Parental Involvement

Maximum: Expulsion

Chemical or Biological Threat

Threatening to cause harm using dangerous chemicals or biological agents – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Classroom Disturbance

Any act which disrupts the normal educational process or violates any rules or

procedures of a classroom

Minimum: Personal Conference, Loss of Privileges

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Combustible Items

Possession of substance or object that is readily capable of causing bodily harm or property

damage, i.e., matches, lighters, firecrackers, gasoline, and lighter fluid

Minimum: Personal Conference, Confiscation of Item

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Contraband/Inappropriate Items

Items which may disrupt the learning environment

 

Minimum: Personal Conference, Confiscation of Item

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

Criminal Involvement

Criminal involvement in an off-campus offense indicating that the offender is likely to pose a threat to the safety or welfare of students or staff members, or impair the normal educational process or educational climate

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Dangerous Situation, Failure to Report

Failure to report any knowledge or suspicion of a potentially dangerous situation

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Defiance/Disrespect Towards Authority, or Non-Compliance

Student engages in refusal to follow directions, talks back, or delivers socially-rude interactions

Minimum: Personal Conference, Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Disorderly Conduct

Behavior which is disruptive to the orderly education process of the school; this includes disruptive behavior in a class or activity, unreasonable noise, offensive language or gestures, horseplay, roughhousing, sustained out-of-seat behavior, refusing to obey a request

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Dress Code Violations

Failure to comply with school’s dress and grooming guidelines

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Endangerment

Recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent physical injury

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Ethnic/Racial Slurs/Hate Speech

Any communication which disparages a person or group on a basis of some characteristic such as

race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

Extortion

Demanding money or something of value in return for protection or in connection with a threat to

inflict harm

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

Fighting

Mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence, where there is no major injury

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion, Criminal Charges

Fire Alarm, Dialing 911

Setting off the fire alarm or dialing 911 when no indication of emergency

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

Forgery

Falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document, writing or using the signature or initials of another person

Minimum: Parental Involvement/Restitution

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension/Restitution

Gambling

To play games of chance for money or to exchange money or property

Minimum: Personal Conference, Confiscation of Items

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

Gang Activities or Associations

Gang-related dress, verbal or written language, or behavior

Minimum: Personal Conference, Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

Graffiti or Tagging

Writing on walls, drawing or words that are written scratched, painted, or sprayed on walls or other

surfaces

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension, Restitution, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion/Restitution

Harassment, Nonsexual

Non-sexual harassment includes communication with another person anonymously or by verbal,

electronic, mechanical, telegraphic, telephonic or written means with the intent to harass

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

                                  

Inappropriate Language

Verbal or written messages or physical gestures that include swearing, name calling, or use of

words in an inappropriate manner

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Indecent Exposure or Public Sexual Indecency

The intentional exposure of one’s private body parts to others

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Hazing/Initiation

Any activities that can be considered any type of initiation of another student

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Incitement

Transmission of information with the intent to inflame a situation

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Interference with the Peaceful Conduct of an Educational Institution

Disrupting the lawful use of any school property, including uninvited student presence on campus

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Leaving School Grounds without Permission

Leaving school grounds or being in an unauthorized area during regular school hours without permission of the principal or principal designee

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

 

Lying

To make an untrue statement with the intent to deceive, to create a false or misleading impression

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Minor Aggressive Act

Non-serious but inappropriate physical contact, i.e., hitting, poking, pulling or pushing a chair out from underneath another person, or other behaviors that demonstrate low level hostile behaviors

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Misconduct

Failure to comply with any school rules

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

Negative Group Affiliation

Specific attitudes and actions of a student affiliated with a negative group typically include some of

the following:

• Involve themselves in other’s problems

• Confront authority as a group when one member has been disciplined

• Act in an uncooperative and/or hostile manner as a group

Minimum: Personal Conference/Loss of Privileges

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

 

Plagiarism

To steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own

Minimum: Personal Conference/Parental Involvement

Maximum: Personal Conference

Pornography

Possession, distribution, or sale of any pornographic materials

Minimum: Minimum: Short-Term Suspension 

Maximum: Expulsion

Public Display of Affection

Holding hands, kissing, sexual touching or other displays of affection

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

 

Recklessness

Unintentional, careless behavior that may pose a safety or health risk for others

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

 

Selling/Trading

The selling, buying, or trading of any item on school property that is not sponsored by the school (for example, gum, money or candy, etc.)

Minimum: Personal Conference / Confiscation of Items and/or Money

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension/ Confiscation of Items and/or Money

Sexual Harassment

Contact District Compliance Officer.

Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or to receive benefits, services, or opportunities in the school’s program. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including unwanted physical contact. Does not include legitimate nonsexual touching or other non-sexual conduct

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Sexual Conduct

Engaging in sexual conduct

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

Solicitation/Facilitation/Conspiracy

Encouraging, requesting, commanding or assisting another person in the violation of a school rule or in the commission of a criminal act

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Tardiness

Unexcused lateness to class

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

Technology Violations

Failure to comply with laws, rules, or guidelines for use of technology resources

Minimum: Parental Involvement/Loss of Privileges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Theft

Taking property, items, or services from another person or from the school without permission, copying of copyrighted material

Minimum: Personal Conference, Restitution

Maximum: Expulsion/Restitution, Criminal Charges

 

Trespassing

To enter or remain on a school campus or District property without authorization or invitation and with no purpose for entry

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

 

Truancy/Unexcused Absence

Any absence that has not been excused by a parent or legal guardian (includes leaving class without permission)

Minimum:  Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Referral to Outside Agency

 

Unauthorized Areas

Being in any area considered off-limits to students, including teachers’ lounge, teachers’ work areas, off-limits campus areas, etc.

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

 

Vandalism of Personal or School Property

Willful destruction or defacement of personal or school property

Minimum: Personal Conference, Restitution, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion/Restitution

Verbal Provocation

Use of language or gestures that may incite

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

Alcohol

Being under the influence of, and/or the use, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale

of an alcoholic substance

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Look-A-Like/Over-The-Counter Possession

The distribution, sale or use of imitation, look-a-like, prescription or over-the-counter medicine

or drugs

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Drug Violation – Possession

The unlawful use or possession of any controlled drug or narcotic substance or equipment and devices used for preparing or taking drugs or narcotics. Includes being under the influence of drugs at school, school-sponsored events and on school-sponsored transportation

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Drug Violation – Distribution

The unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, transportation or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance

Minimum: Long-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Tobacco

The possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco products or e-cigarette products.

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

THREATS

 

Threats/Intimidation/Verbal Abuse of a Staff Member

Statements (verbal or written) or actions, which attempt to threaten or intimidate a staff member

(ARS§ 15-507: a person who knowingly abuses a teacher or other school employee on school

grounds or while the teacher or employee is engaged in the performance of their duties is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor). Could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Threats or Intimidation

Communication by word or conduct the intent to cause physical injury or serious damage to a person or their property – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

 

Threatening An Educational Institution

To interfere with or disrupt an educational institution through threatening statements

1. Threatening to cause physical injury to any employee of an educational institution or any

person attending an education institution

2. Threatening to cause damage to any educational institution, the property of any educational institution, the property of any employee of an educational institution or the property of any person attending an educational institution

3. Going upon or remaining on the property of any educational institution for the purpose of interfering with or disrupting the lawful use of the property or in any manner as to deny or interfere with the lawful use of the property of others

4. Refusing to obey a lawful order to leave the property of an educational institution

A student who is determined by the administration to have threatened an educational institution shall be recommended to the Governing Board for expulsion of at least one year except that the administration may modify this expulsion recommendation requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis, in the sole discretion of the administration, if the student agrees to participate in mediation, community service, restitution or other program(s) established by the administration in which the student takes responsibility for the threat and for the results of the threat. The administration may reassign a student who is subject to expulsion to an alternative program and may require that the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) participate in the mediation, community service restitution or other programs in which the parent or guardian takes the responsibility with the student for the threat.

WEAPONS

 

Deadly Weapon

The possession, sale, use or distribution of a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon is anything designed for lethal use, including a firearm or destructive device – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Long-Term Suspension, Criminal Charges

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Dangerous Instrument

Anything that, under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Simulated Firearm

Possession of “look-alike” items, which have the appearance of or are represented to be a real weapon – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Threatening or Intimidating

Threatening or intimidating another person with a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or simulated weapon – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Long-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Destructive Device

The possession, sale, use or distribution of any device other than a firearm that will, or is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by any means of propulsion,

such as a BB/pellet gun, slingshot, bow, or crossbow – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Long-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

Other Weapon

The possession, sale, use or distribution of other weapons such as a Billy Club, Brass Knuckles, knife, or Nunchucks, etc. – could be considered as a Threat to an Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

 

 Due Process

Informal Due Process

The student will receive verbal notice of the alleged misconduct and the evidence that exists to support the allegation. The student will be provided with the opportunity to explain his/her version of the facts. The administrator(s) involved will make reasonable efforts to verify facts and statements prior to making a disciplinary recommendation.

Short-Term Suspension

Short-term suspension means the temporary withdrawal of the privilege of attending school for a period of ten or fewer consecutive school days. The authority to impose short-term suspensions rests with the school leader or designee. The student will receive verbal notice of the alleged misconduct and the evidence that exists to support the allegation. The student will have an opportunity to explain his/her version of the facts.

The leader or designee may then suspend the student for ten days or fewer, choose another disciplinary alternative, or exonerate the student. A written record of the decision will be kept in the student’s file. There is no right to appeal a short-term suspension. In addition to imposing a short-term suspension, the school leader or designee may recommend that a long-term suspension or expulsion be imposed.

Long-Term Suspension

Long-term suspension means the withdrawal of the privilege of attending school for a set period of time of eleven or more consecutive school days. After following Informal Due Process, the school leader or designee may choose to recommend long-term suspension, choose another disciplinary action, or exonerate the student. If a long-term suspension is recommended, a written Notice of Intent to Impose a Long-Term Suspension will be mailed or hand-delivered to the parent. This letter will explain the offense, the recommendations, and the rights of the parent to request a formal hearing.  All documentation will be recorded in the student’s file.

Expulsion

Expulsion means the permanent withdrawal of the privilege of attending school unless the Governing Board reinstates that privilege. The student and parents/guardians will be informed when a student is subject to expulsion from school.

Expulsion requires official action of the Governing Board or a Board-appointed hearing officer. Formal notification will include instructions regarding EHS’s due process procedure. All documentation will be recorded in the student’s file. 

Student Rights

Students shall have the right to receive annually, at the opening of school, a publication listing the rules and regulations to which they are expected to comply. Student behavior expectations shall be clearly defined, reasonable and relevant to the educational process.

Although an attempt has been made to include all rules and expectations, this handbook should be viewed as a guide since it would be impossible to list all situations.

Discipline of Students under ADA §504 and/or IDEA 2004

Students are afforded protection under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and/or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. EHS adheres to federal and state requirements as they pertain to the discipline of students with disabilities.

 

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING

Per state law, school employees must report reasonably suspected cases of child abuse, neglect, non-accidental injury, or sexual offenses against children to the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and/or local law enforcement agencies. (A.R.S. §13-3620)

Use of Restraint or Seclusion

Restraint  

The term "restraint" means any method or device that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move the student’s torso, arms, legs or head freely, including physical force or mechanical devices.

The term “restraint” does not include any of the following:

Seclusion 

The term "seclusion" means the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room from which egress is prevented (i.e. the student is prevented from leaving the room).

The term “seclusion” does not include the use of a voluntary behavior management technique, as part of a student’s education plan, individual safety plan, behavioral plan or the use of an individualized education program that involves the student’s separation from a larger group for purposes of calming.

 

Persons Authorized to Use Restraint or Seclusion Techniques

Restraint or seclusion techniques must be used only by school personnel who are trained in the safe and effective use of restraint and seclusion techniques, unless an emergency situation does not allow sufficient time to summon trained personnel.

Use of Restraint and/or Seclusion  

Restraint and/or seclusion shall not be used as punishment for misconduct.  Restraint or seclusion techniques may only be used on a student if both of the following apply:

1.        The student’s behavior presents an imminent danger of bodily harm to the student or others; and  

2.        Less restrictive interventions appear insufficient to mitigate the imminent danger of bodily harm.

If a restraint or seclusion technique is used on a student:

Reporting and Documentation Requirements

School personnel must follow the reporting and documentation requirements set forth below when a restraint or seclusion technique has been used on a student. The procedures shall include the following requirements:

Law Enforcement

If school personnel summon law enforcement instead of using a restraint or seclusion technique on a student, school personnel shall comply with the reporting, documentation and review procedures established in this Policy. Notwithstanding this Policy, school resource officers are authorized to respond to situations that present the imminent danger of bodily harm according to protocols established by their law enforcement agency.

School Safety or Crisis Intervention Plans

The school leader is authorized to establish policies and procedures for the use of restraint or seclusion techniques in a school safety or crisis intervention plan.

Non-Discrimination

EHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

 

Title II, Title IV, Title IX:

Mary Berg, Vice President of Academic Support

7878 N. 16th St., Ste. 150

Phoenix, AZ 85020

602.953.2933

mary.berg@leonagroup.com

Section 504:

Heidi Sinkovic, Director of Exceptional Student Services

7878 N. 16th St., Ste. 150

Phoenix, AZ 85020

602.953.2933

heidi.sinkovic@leonagroup.com

National School Lunch Program:

Juan Delgado, Food Service Manager

7878 N. 16th St., Ste. 150

Phoenix, AZ 85020

602.953.2933

juan.delgado@leonagroup.com

Grievance Procedure

Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability by a student, staff member, or third party may file a grievance under this procedure. Examples of disability discrimination can include, but are not limited to, disability-based harassment; limiting or denying a qualified individual with a disability in the enjoyment of any right, privilege, advantage, or opportunity enjoyed by others receiving an aid, benefit or service; treating a student differently on the basis of disability; denying a student with a disability a free and appropriate education; and failing to make modifications of "policies, practices or procedures" when such modification is necessary to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

 

EHS prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.

 

Procedure:

  1. Grievances should be submitted to the Section 504 Coordinator within 60 days of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discriminatory action.
  2. A complaint should be in writing, containing the name and address of the person filing it. The complaint must state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the remedy or relief sought.   If the Complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, EHS shall provide reasonable accommodations to assist the Complainant with submission of his/her complaint. Although we encourage individuals to submit complaints in writing, the Academy will nonetheless provide prompt and equitable response when it becomes aware of possible discrimination.
  3. The Section 504 Coordinator (or her/his designee) shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint, including the opportunity to present witnesses. The Section 504 Coordinator will maintain the files and records of EHS relating to such grievances.
  4. The Section 504 Coordinator will complete the investigation and issue a written decision on the grievance no later than 30 days after its filing, unless extenuating circumstances require an extension of the 30 day timeline.  In such a case, the Section 504 Coordinator (or her/his designee) will communicate with the Complainant concerning the need for an extension.
  5. The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision of the Section 504 Coordinator by writing to the Board of Directors of American Charter Schools Foundation within 15 days of receiving the Section 504 Coordinator’s decision. The Board of Directors of American Charter Schools Foundation shall issue a written decision in response to the appeal no later than 30 days after its filing.
  6. If it is determined that discrimination occurred, EHS shall take the appropriate steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination and correct the discriminatory effects on the complainant and others.
  7. EHS shall maintain confidentiality as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  8. The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination on the basis of disability with the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
  9. EHS will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that disabled persons are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing taped cassettes of material for the blind, providing a scribe for submission of the complaint, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 504 Coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements.

Sexual Harassment

All members of the school community are expected to conduct themselves so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment. Any staff member violating the personal rights of another through sexual harassment is subject to discipline, including but not limited to, written reprimand, suspension without pay, reassignment or dismissal.

 

Students engaging in sexual harassment of a staff member and/or another student are subject to discipline under the student code of conduct.  Any student seeking relief under this policy should make a timely oral or written report of the incident to any administrator or other staff member. Under this policy, sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constituting sexual harassment when such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s academic experience or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

 

Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to sexual harassment by a student, staff member, or third party may file a grievance under the procedure discussed above.

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EHS is proud to be managed by The Leona Group.  The Leona Group is a private company that owns and manages schools throughout Arizona.  The Leona Group was developed and is run by educators and business people with decades of experience in both fields and a commitment to all children.  The group believes more opportunities should be available to parents and children.  By allowing parents choices, more students will have access to a high quality education.

The Leona Group was chartered by the Arizona State Charter School Board in 1997.  Its purpose as a public school organization is to provide an educational program for students in grades K through twelve.  The curriculum consists of coursework that is aligned with Arizona’s State Standards.

The Leona Group Mission Statement

The mission of the Leona Group is to provide all students with an education that incorporates the principles of inter-disciplinary learning in a safe environment where excellence is expected and cultivated.

The Leona Group is currently approved for twenty-four school sites in the following locations in Arizona:

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EHS is a proud member of The American Charter School Foundation.  ACSF was organized in 1998 as a Michigan non profit corporation. ACSF operations as a non profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

The Philosophy of the Foundation is to emphasize academic course work designed to address each student's individual needs and involvement in a learning environment that encourages respect, responsibility, choice, service and high expectations.  The mission of the ACSF is to promote the charter school movement in the United States with the goal of improving the public school system by creating a more competitive environment, providing parents and students with freedom of choice, and striving for higher academic standards. To assist in the accomplishment of this goal, the ACSF will do any or all of the following:  Apply for charter school applications, provide supplemental educational services, operate as an educational management company, serve as a governing body for charter schools, acquire property for school sites and facilities, and provide startup funding and capital investment.

Notes Section

 STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

Please read the following information carefully.

Parents and student must sign this form.

I understand and consent to the responsibilities outlined in Estrella High School Student Handbook. I understand and agree that my child/self will be held accountable for his or her behavior and consequences as outlined in this document. They will be held accountable at school, school-sponsored and school related activities, including school-sponsored travel. I understand that any student who violates the code of conduct is subject to disciplinary action as outlined in this Student Handbook and which may include personal conference to expulsion and criminal prosecution. I further understand and consent to my parental responsibilities as outlined in this handbook. Failure to sign this form does not remove my child’s responsibility to abide by the stated policies.

We acknowledge that we received a copy of the Student Handbook & Course Catalog, and that we have reviewed and discussed key concepts, and agree to comply with all rules and policies.

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Print Parent/Guardian Name                                        Parent/Guardian Signature                        Date

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Print Student Name                                                Student Signature                                Date

EHS Office Hours:

 

Monday – Thursday

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Friday

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring Breaks

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM