Student/Guardian Handbook

2018 - 2019

Melissa Barnett
School Leader

South Pointe Junior High School

217E. Olympic Drive

Phoenix, AZ 85042

Ph. (602) 243-8496

 Fax (602) 276-5244
www.southpointejh.com

Handbook Contents

The Leona Group schools in Arizona are listed below:

School Name

Address

Telephone

Advance U

449 E. Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ  85040

602-243-8531

Alta Vista High School

5040 S. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85706

520-294-4922

Apache Trail High School

945 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ  85120

480-288-0337

Colegio Petite Elementary

850 N. Morley Ave., Nogales, AZ 85621

520-222-9312

Crestview Preparatory High School

2616 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ  85032

602-765-9555

Desert Hills High School

1515 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert, AZ  85296

480-813-1151

Discover U

13226 N. 113th Ave, Youngtown, 85335

623-974-4827

El Dorado High School

2200 N. Arizona Ave # 17, Chandler, AZ 85225

480-726-9536

Estrella High School

510 N. Central Ave., Avondale, AZ  85323

623-932-6561

Gilbert Arts Academy

862 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234

480-325-6100

Glenview College Prep

4730 W. Campbell Phoenix, AZ 85301

602-663-8606

Havasu Preparatory Academy

3155 Maricopa Ave., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

928.854.4011

Liberty Arts Academy

3015 S. Power Road, Mesa, AZ 85212

480-830-3444

Maya High School

3660 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051

602-242-3442

Mission Heights Preparatory High

1376 E. Cottonwood Lane, Casa Grande, AZ 85122

520.836.9383

Peoria Accelerated High School

8885 W. Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ  85345

623-979-0031

Skyview High School

4250 S. Miller Rd., Buckeye, AZ 85326

623-386-6799

South Pointe Elementary School

2033 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040

602.276.1943

*South Pointe Jr. High & Quest High

217 E. Olympic Drive Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-243-8496

South Pointe High School

8325 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-243-0600

South Ridge High School

1122 S. 67th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043

623-247-0106

Summit High School

728 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85006

602-258-8959

Sun Valley High School

1143 S. Lindsay Rd, Mesa, AZ  85204

480-497-4800

Vista Grove Prep. Academy: K-8

2929 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ 85213

480-924-1500

West Phoenix High School

3835 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85019

602-269-1110

Welcome to South Pointe Junior High School

Our Mission

Nurture our students academically, behaviorally, and emotionally to serve as productive and inspiring community members and leaders of positive character.  

Our Vision

Provide a seamless education and growth experience for a generation of learners.

Our Core Values

We pursue curricular and instructional choices that are academically beneficial to our students.

We encourage leadership at all levels and encourage innovation in ideas and actions.

We espouse the message of positive character and serve as models of integrity for our students.

We are a service-oriented community who believe that giving is greater than receiving.

We involve all stakeholders to serve as advocates for our students, and we take responsibility for the

whole school.

Our Instructional Philosophy/Goals

  1. To increase student academic achievement and improve standardized test scores.  To meet and exceed state-developed curriculum and standards.  
  2. To bolster each student's strengths and minimize his or her weaknesses through an individualized approach and caring environment.    


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Registration
Registration is open throughout the school year.  To enroll students, parents or legal guardians must provide:

Open Enrollment

South Pointe Junior High School (SPJHS) has an open-enrollment policy in accordance with A.R.S. § 15-184.  A copy of the full open-enrollment policy is available for your review upon request from the school office. South Pointe Junior High School 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) South Pointe Junior High School 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.

Arizona Student Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in attending a Leona Group managed school.  As a manager of public charter schools, we are pleased to offer you a free and quality educational choice in a safe, caring and respectful environment. Leona Group schools offer a rigorous education, taught by highly qualified teachers.  Once families complete online enrollment steps, they will be contacted by school personnel.  We look forward to meeting your family to answer any other questions you might have.

The following documentation is required for enrollment:

Proof of age and identity  (A.R.S. §15-828)

Any person enrolling a student (except a homeless student) must provide the school with one of the following:

Proof of residency  (ARS 15-802(b))

A person can prove his or her physical residence by completing an Affidavit of Arizona Residency (available at school offices) and submitting an original or legible copy of one of the following documents that indicates the person’s name and residence address:

The residency documentation received by the school will be maintained in accordance with Arizona Department of Education guidelines and must be updated annually.

Immunizations  (ARS 15-872)

All students entering Arizona public schools are required by law to be immunized.   If the student has, a medical condition or personal belief that conflicts with this law a waiver may be signed and presented at the time of registration.

Arizona School Withdrawal Form  (ARS 15-827 (A), (B))

A student who enters a school shall present a properly executed withdrawal form if such student previously attended another school in this state.

Student/Guardian Agreement

Upon completion of an enrollment packet, the student and parents will schedule an appointment to meet with a school representative for an entry orientation in which the student and the parent will be acquainted with the expectations and guidelines of South Pointe Junior High. During the orientation for enrollment, a student agreement/contract will be reviewed by the school designee. The Agreement/Contract must be signed by the parent and student to verify and confirm acknowledgement of all school rules.

Withdrawal from School

In the event a student needs to withdraw from school, the withdrawal must be completed by the parent or guardian of record.  The parent or guardian of record must be able to show state-issued Identification.  Each teacher and staff member indicated on the withdrawal form must provide clearance for withdrawal.  All school property must be returned before the withdrawal process can be finalized.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, or disability.  South Pointe Junior 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:

Melissa Barnett

School Leader
217 E Olympic Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 243-8496
melissa.barnett@leonagroup.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 can not 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.

Attendance

Attendance Policy

South Pointe Junior High School strongly believes that success in academics and consistent attendance go hand-in-hand.  Our daily attendance rate is a critical factor in our school, and our goal and standard is high.  We strive to reach a 96% daily attendance rate.  

Arizona State Law requires that children between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school, and that parents ensure their children attend school.  Parents will be reminded of their responsibility to ensure their child attend school.  After a student has accrued ten (10) unexcused absences, parents will be required to meet with the school to discuss their child’s truancy and how to remedy the situation.  If a student continues to be truant, both the parent and the student may be cited for truancy and referred to the court.

Absences

If a student misses one or more classes in any given day, the student is considered absent.  Excused absences are accepted with appropriate documentation.  Excused absences include illness, medical appointments, family bereavement, and court appointments.  

An absence is Unexcused when there is parental or guardian contact with school to provide an explanation of the absence;  when a student has chronic illness/absences without a doctor’s note.  

Tardy Policy

Students will be considered late after the bell has signaled the start of class.  Students who arrive 15 minutes late will be admitted into class, but will accrue an absence for that class period.  There will be no excused slip provided by the office unless the lateness is due to the school bus, the student is detained, or the tardy is approved and excused by an administrator.  

Signing Students Out

For the safety and protection of the student, students will not be released from the classroom before the regular dismissal time without a parent/guardian signing the student out through the office.

Students will only be released to persons authorized by the parent/guardian and those individuals specified on the Emergency Information Card. For a student to be released to anyone other than those listed on the Emergency Information Card, the school will require advance, specific written authorization from the parent.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm (Last 45 minutes of school) Students will not be signed out early to ensure minimal class disruption.

Supervision of Students

South Pointe Junior High School hours in which supervision is available begins at 7:45 am.  Our school day operates from 8:15 am - 3:15 pm.  Students are not permitted to be on campus before regular school hours or supervision covered times unless specific arrangements have been discussed with the school leader. Before/After school care is not offered on the South Pointe Junior High campus, therefore students are not allowed to be on campus before normal school hours or be left waiting for pickup after daily dismissal. If a student is not picked up at dismissal time or the arranged time and contact with parent/guardian can not be established, the school leader shall contact the Department of Child Safety.    

Notice for Release of Student Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or “FERPA” requires that the School obtain your written consent to release any personally identifiable information or educational records concerning your child.  FERPA provides many exceptions to the written consent requirement; one of which is an exception for information designated as “directory information.”

Directory information is information that is that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released.  Directory information can include items such as, but not limited to, names, addresses, phone numbers, honors and awards, participation in school activities and sports, and other similar information. Before the School may release directory information without your written consent, it must first inform you of those items that the School will designate as directory information, and provide you an opportunity to opt-out.   It is important to the School that it balances safeguarding your child’s information with ensuring that your child is informed of various opportunities and activities.  Therefore, the School has decided to designate the following information as “directory information” (information that can be released without your written consent):

If you opt-out of having your child’s directory information released, your child may also miss opportunities to be on vendor lists for graduation announcements, yearbook opportunities, or other student lists for participation in clubs and activities, or his/her achievements may not be publicized in School announcements. Another item to consider is that State and Federal law require that if directory information is released to persons or organizations who inform students of educational or occupational opportunities, then, the School is also required to provide the same access to official military recruiting representatives for the purpose of informing students of educational and occupational opportunities available to them in the military. However, you can request in writing that the School not release the student’s directory information without your prior signed and dated written consent.  If you do not object in writing to the release of any or all directory information, then the School must provide military recruiters, upon request, directory information containing the student’s name, address, and telephone listing.

If you do not want any or all directory information about your student to be released to any person or organization (including School groups) without your prior signed and dated written consent, you must notify the School in writing using the opt-out form located at the end of this Handbook and returning it to your student’s school, within two (2) weeks of receiving this form, or by October 31st, whichever occurs first. If the School does not receive notification from you on the form found at the end of this Handbook within the prescribed time, the School will assume that your permission is given to use the directory information as described above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

South Pointe Junior High School

School-Parent Compact

Parent/Guardian Agreement

I want my student to achieve. Therefore, I will encourage him/her by doing the following:

Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________________

Student Agreement

It is important that I work to the best of my ability. Therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

Student Signature______________________________________

School Agreement

It is important that students achieve. Therefore, we shall strive to do the following:

PARENT’S 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:
 

If you would like to receive this information, please contact the school office at 602-243-8496 to schedule an appointment with Melissa Barnett, School Leader.

School Volunteers

Parent Volunteers

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

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.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), affords families and majority age students rights to their education records.  Among these rights are the right to inspect and review a student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access, the right to an amendment of the student’s educational records that the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading and the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  If a family or majority age student wishes to file a complaint alleging a FERPA violation, he or she should first contact the principal.  If a reasonable solution is not made at the school level the family member or majority age student may contact the school’s management company, The Leona Group of Arizona.  The Vice President for Academic Services will review the complaint and attempt to resolve the situation with the complainant.  The complainant has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school concerning the FERPA.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

Child Find

In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, South Pointe Junior 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 South Pointe Junior 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 Heidi Sinkovic, Director of Exceptional Student Services at 602-953-2933.

 

ADA Section 504

Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, South Pointe Junior 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.

South Pointe Junior High 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

South Pointe Junior 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. South Pointe Junior 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

SPJH 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

ATHLETICS

South Pointe Junior High does not have it’s own competitive teams, but students are able to partner with South Pointe High School if they are an 7/8th grader.  Students are able to try out for: girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, track & field.  Students and families who are interested can speak with front office for details.

FOOD AND NUTRITION 

National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs South Pointe Junior High School provides a nutritionally based free breakfast and lunch for all students according to the National School Lunch Program. Students not eating school provided meals may bring in their own however, they must be stored and consumed during school designated meal times.  Students are not permitted to bring unhealthy snacks as a complete meal.

Notification of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

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, anti-social, 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.

South Pointe Junior 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. South Pointe Junior High School will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. South Pointe Junior 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. South Pointe Junior 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

STUDENT RECORDS AND CONFIDENTIALITY

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

South Pointe Junior 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

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

This notice is provided as required by Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

South Pointe Junior High 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.  South Pointe Junior High also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.  The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the school’s activities and programs.

 

Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be directed to the appropriate compliance officer designated by South Pointe Junior High.  The following individuals have been designated as the Leona Group of Arizona’s Compliance Officers for Title IV, Title IX, Section 504 and ADA and 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:

Heather Williams, NSLP Administrator

7878 N. 16th St., Ste. 150

Phoenix, AZ 85020

602.953.2933

heather.williams@leonagroup.com


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.

Rights of Homeless Students under the 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 educational opportunities as students who are not homeless.  This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.

A student may be considered eligible for services as a “Homeless Student 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:
As a charter school,
 South Pointe Junior High School has the obligation to enroll homeless students as a “school of origin.”  The school of origin is defined as the school that the student attended when first experiencing homelessness.  The school of residency is defined as the neighborhood school identified by the attendance area in which the student is currently residing.  Therefore, all students who present themselves as homeless students will be immediately enrolled.  When South Pointe Junior High School is the school of origin, the students have the right to remain in the School the entire time that they are homeless.  All homeless students will be allowed participate in any programs for which they are eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Even Start, etc., and remain enrolled until the end of the academic year in which they move into permanent housing.

 

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 student or youth, you may file a complaint with the school district.  The school district must respond quickly and it must be in writing.  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:

Tiffany Jeffries
Homeless Liaison

South Pointe Junior High School

217 E. Olympic Drive

Phoenix, AZ 85042

(602) 243-8496

tiffany.jeffriest@leonagroup.com

Alexis Clermont

Homeless Education Coordinator

Arizona Department of Education

1535 W. Jefferson Street

Phoenix, AZ  85007

(602) 542-4963

Alexis.Clermont@ azed.gov

Parent Involvement Policy Title I

South Pointe Junior High School 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.  South Pointe Junior High School continuously works to achieve this goal in order to meet Federal and State requirements.  South Pointe Junior High School 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 South Pointe Junior High School through:

If you would like additional information on how you can participate in any of the committees, please contact the school counselor, front office staff, or your child’s teacher.  As part of the Title I Parent Involvement Policy, South Pointe Junior High School 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.

Health and School Safety

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 South Pointe Junior High School, 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.

Medication

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:


South Pointe Junior High School reserves the right to disallow the use or administration of any medication on school premises if the threat of abuse or misuse of the medicine may pose a risk to any student.

If your child has a health condition which requires his or her own personal monitoring or awareness of risks and side effects, please be sure to have the child get the necessary information and training from a health care provider.  Please notify the school of any medical conditions we should be aware of.  

The front office carries a small supply of general over-the-counter medications such as cough drops and Acetaminophen. If the status of your child's ability to receive over the counter medication changes for any reason, please notify the school immediately.

If your child has a medical condition that requires frequent restroom usage, please have the doctor notify the school in writing of the condition and this need.  If your child has a medical condition that requires frequent liquid consumption, please send a water bottle to school with your child to minimize loss of instructional minutes.  

South Pointe Junior High School  does not have a school nurse.  If a child is too ill to be in class, the child will be sent home.  To protect the health of other children and maximize learning, sick children should not be sent to school.  Please be sure to keep sick children out of school until they have been on medication for at least 24 hours and/or they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

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.

Compliance with Required Insurance

The Leona Group, L.L.C. is in compliance with insurance as required by the Arizona Department of Education.

Student Insurance

South Pointe Junior High School  does not carry medical insurance to cover your child in the event that he or she is injured on campus.  Any medical bills are the responsibility of the student's parent or guardian.  

Emergencies

If a student is seriously injured and should need medical attention, the parent/guardian will be contacted as soon as possible. When a parent or guardian cannot be located, the school will exercise its legal right to act in the place of the parent/guardian and secure emergency treatment.

It is vital that student information be kept current in order to assist staff in the event of an emergency. Please notify the school immediately of any changes to contact numbers, addresses, guardianship, or student medical conditions.

Communicable Diseases

In the case of non-casual-contact communicable diseases, South Pointe Junior High School  still has the obligation to protect the safety of the staff and students. In these cases, the person in question will have his/her status reviewed by a panel, including the County Health Department, to ensure that the rights of the person affected and those in contact with that person are respected. South Pointe Junior High School  will seek to keep students and staff persons in school unless there is definitive evidence to warrant exclusion.

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.  

South Pointe Junior 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.

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:

Custody

In most cases, both parents shall be given reasonable access to their children at school and to their children's official school records. Exceptions to this will be made in cases where the court orders restrict the rights of one parent to access a child and/or child's record. A parent who lives out of state/country and wants student records must request these records from the School Leader in writing. In cases in which a person other than the parent has been granted guardianship, the legal guardian shall be responsible for notifying school officials of the conditions of the guardianship and for providing school officials with all pertinent written documentation of changes.

NOTE: It shall be the responsibility of the parent who has the court order restricting the rights of the other parent to notify school officials of the conditions and to provide school officials with a current copy of the court order.

Lost and Found

Found items can be turned in and retrieved from the office.  It is recommended that parents label children's clothing and personal items.  

Personal Property

South Pointe Junior High School and the Leona Group will not take responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to a student's personal property.  Students are discouraged from bringing personal items to school beyond that which is necessary to function within the course of a school day, including cell phones, tablets, or any other electronic devices.  Students should only carry their own materials, and not allow others to carry their personal property. Students who bring personal property on campus do so at their own risk.

Fire and Safety Drills

South Pointe Junior High School  has procedures in place to handle emergencies and crisis situations. The school has regular drills for students to practice lockdown and evacuation procedures, as well as bus evacuation drills. In the event of a civil emergency, we will work closely with local and state agencies to help ensure the students’ safety while on our campus. It is against the law to pull the fire alarm when there is no emergency present.  Use of electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones, during an emergency or a drill is prohibited.

Search and Seizure

South Pointe Junior High School  has the right to search and seize property, including student's personal property, when there is reasonable suspicion that a threat to the welfare, health, and safety of the school or its persons exists. NOTE: South Pointe Junior High School  may conduct random searches to maintain the safety and security of our campus.

USE OF RESTRAINT AND 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.

Student Support System

Parent –Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will be held each block.  

Books and School Property

Any materials, books, uniforms, sports equipment and clothing, as well as any other items provided to the student, must be taken care of and returned in satisfactory condition.  If an item is lost or stolen, the student is responsible for replacement of the item. If the replacement cost or other fees are a financial difficulty for a family, a payment plan can be arranged with the school.  It is the responsibility of the family to contact the school to make these arrangements.

Under Arizona law, parents are responsible for damage done by their children to school property.  Students will receive consequences for defacing school property in any way, and parents will be charged for the damages.  The safety and beauty of our school is a responsibility of all students. Please take care of our campus and furnishings.

Library Books

South Pointe Junior High School  takes pride in its emphasis on literacy.  To encourage reading and as part of our curriculum, students will be required to read novels.  We do have a collection of books available for check out by the student.  When books are checked out, it is the student and parent's responsibility to be accountable for the school library books.  Students will be asked to replace or pay the replacement cost for books lost or damaged.  Students may lose the privilege to check out books until all penalties have been satisfied.    

INSTRUCTION AND LEARNING

Assessment of Learning

Students at South Pointe Junior High School 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 with disabilities participate in all state and school assessments and may be administered more individualized evaluations or assessments by appropriate professionals for the purpose of determining eligibility and  providing specialized instruction under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

District and State Assessments

Strong academics are the foundation of South Pointe Junior High School .  To this effect, South Pointe Junior High School  participates in Arizona State Assessment. The state-mandated assessment tests children on state standards, a set of designated skills in reading, writing and math, by grade level. Students will also receive benchmark tests, diagnostic and progress monitoring tests, as well as classroom formative and summative exams.  Students are expected to participate in the tests, and respect the testing environment, and help maintain the integrity of the test. Infractions in testing situations are taken seriously.  

Tests:

AZMERIT / AIMS Science

  • 3-8th grades take AZMERIT
  • Science AIMS is given in grades 4, 8, and 10
  • To determine student growth and achievement towards state academic standards
  • To determine the promotion of 3rd graders based on their reading readiness in compliance with Move On When Reading

AZELLA

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

NWEA

  • All enrolled students Grades 3 through 12
  • To provide targeted interventions to increase student mastery of state academic standards
  • To measure individual student growth towards mastery of state academic standards

EDULASTIC

  • All enrolled students Grades 3 through 12
  • To provide targeted interventions to increase student mastery of state academic standards
  • To measure individual student growth towards mastery of state academic standards

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Report cards are issued at the end of each quarter.  Additional progress reports can be requested through the teacher.  Only semester grades are permanently recorded.  Any questions pertaining grades should be addressed through the classroom teacher first, then the School Leader.  The final level of appeal is the School Leader.  Parents can access student records and grades online 24-7. Please visit our website www.southpointejh.com click ParentVue or StudentVue or ask at the front office.

Progress Reports:

B1- Progress reports issued - September 10, 2018

B2 - Progress reports issued - November 19, 2018

B3 – Progress reports issued - February 11, 2019

B4 – Progress reports issued - April 15, 2019

Report Cards:

B1- Report cards issued - October 8, 2018

B2 - Report cards issued- December 27, 2018

B3 – Report cards issued- March 11, 2019

B4 – Report cards issued- May 27, 2019

Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance

Students who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher will be eligible for the honor roll (minimum of 3.0) or principal’s list (minimum of 3.6) at the end of each block. Students with no absences or limited tardies will be eligible for perfect attendance designation at the end of each block.

Promotion, Retention and Summer School

Any student who fails a class in any quarter must take summer school to make up for the failing mark; a student may be retained for numerous failing classes.   Any 8th grader who fails a class any quarter must take summer school in order to promote to high school. The final decision regarding summer school, participation in the promotion ceremony, and promotion to the next grade will be at the discretion of the school administration and instructional staff and as each student's academic standing is unique.

Student Code of Conduct

CHAMPS

CHAMPS is a positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) program designed to assist teachers in classroom management to create the most successful learning environment for students. CHAMPS provides clear and direct expectations for the various activities within a school or in a classroom. CHAMPS stands for:

Character Counts! (CC!)

Character Counts! A character education program focusing on the following six pillars to assist students in becoming successful young adults.  Student code of conduct and expectations are in effect in all areas of the school grounds and any school activities on or off campus, bus stops, and getting to and from school.  

Classroom/School Rules and Regulations

South Pointe Junior High School  supports the rules and procedures established by instructors.  South Pointe Junior High School  believes in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) structures.  Students are expected to conduct themselves as persons who come to school to learn. Therefore, students will follow these classroom expectations:

Display Positive Behaviors:

Respect peers, school personnel and the property of others:

NOTE: These rules will be strictly enforced. This is done to ensure that students will have the opportunity to receive the highest level of education in an atmosphere that motivates and stimulates learning.

Hall and Campus Passes

Any student out of class without his/her teacher present must have a school-approved hall pass in hand.

 

School Identification Cards

South Pointe Junior High School  will issue student ID cards.  These cards must be on the student at all times.  Replacement cards are available for $5.00 through the front office. There is a standard lanyard provided to the students upon issuing the ID.  The lanyard and card must remain free of any markings, tagging or embellishments.  Defacing the ID card or lanyard will not be tolerated.  Failure to abide by these expectations will result in a dress code violation.  

Closed Campus

For the safety of the students, South Pointe Junior High School  has a closed campus.  Students must remain on school grounds at all times.  All students must receive parental permission before leaving campus during school hours.  If a student is on campus, leaves campus, and then returns it is considered to be a violation of closed campus policy.  Student safety is paramount and violations carry consequences of out of school suspensions (1 - 10 days).  If a student becomes ill or has an emergency they need to report to the office, contact parents, and sign out before leaving the campus.

Disrespect of Staff

Insults, intimidating behavior, or verbal/physical abuse against school staff will not be tolerated. Students who violate this policy may be subject to expulsion and/or arrest.

Backpacks

Clear (transparent) or mesh backpacks only are permitted on campus, any other type of backpack will be held until a guardian picks it up. Binders, zipper pouches, and tabs are required. Backpacks (clear/transparent or mesh) are optional.  

Cell Phones 

South Pointe Junior High School  does not allow the use of cellular phones or technology during the school day, nor do we encourage students to bring such devices to school.  Cell phones and electronic devices will not be held at the front office, as they are they responsibility of the student.  If a student chooses to carry a cell phone, it must be placed in a purse, pencil case, or binder sleeve. It must not be visible or audible at ANY TIME on campus grounds or buses, or it will be confiscated.  A Parent will need to pick up the cell phone from school.  If technology is seen or viewed in pockets or jacket sleeves, this is a violation against school policy. Images taken on campus and evidenced, violates school policy and will involve an infraction against the student.  Repeated violations will result in more serious consequences.  South Pointe Junior High School  is not responsible for the loss, theft or damage of said items. In addition, South Pointe Junior High School cannot take instructional or personnel time to search for stolen or lost phones or other electronic devices. Students are not permitted cell phone use during school hours.  The school office phone number is (602) 243-8496. Please use this number in order to get an important message to your child during school hours.

Electronic Devices

South Pointe Junior High School  discourages bringing any electronic devices to school at any time.  Devices include laser pointers, personal music players, cameras, camera phones, video cameras.  In accordance with Arizona State Statute 13-3019, South Pointe Junior High School  prohibits any audio and video devices to be used for recording purposes at South Pointe Junior High School  or any South Pointe Junior High School  related function.  Images taken on campus and evidenced, violates school policy and will involve an infraction against the student.  Repeated violations will result in more serious consequences.  South Pointe Junior High School  is not responsible for the loss, theft or damage of said items. In addition, South Pointe Junior High School cannot take instructional or personnel time to search for stolen or lost phones or other electronic devices.

Disruption of the Educational Process

Distractions to the continuity of the instructional process are prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to: not performing assigned tasks, exhibiting behavior that interferes with the teacher’s instruction or other student’s ability to learn, speaking or blurting out at inappropriate times, or moving around the classroom without permission.

Respect 

Total respect is required at all times by everyone at South Pointe Junior High School .  This includes the use of respectful language, gestures, actions, and attitudes (free from communication that deliberately demean one’s racial, sexual, ethnic, religious orientation, mental and/or physical incapacity, or otherwise).  If a student anticipates a potential problem of any type, the student is expected to seek advice or counseling from staff and personnel.  The student will be held responsible for any destruction she/he does to school property.

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.”

South Pointe Junior High School 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.

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

For the purposes of this policy, drugs shall include, but not be limited to:

• Marijuana

• Prescription only drugs

• Narcotic drugs

• Inhalants/vapor-releasing substances

• Dangerous drugs – including, but not limited to the following: Hallucinogens, Stimulants, Depressants, Barbiturates, and Anabolic steroids

• Alcoholic beverages

• Drug “look a likes” or substances represented as drugs

• Any student in possession of, selling or distributing dangerous drugs or narcotics will be recommended for long-term suspension or expulsion.

Any student in possession of, selling or distributing any other substances specified in this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Dress Code

All students are expected to meet community standards and school policies with regard to health, cleanliness and appearance. All safety rules must be obeyed.

NOTE: The following are NOT permitted:

General Guidelines

Shirts

Bottoms

Shoes

Accessories 

NOTE: Head coverings worn for religious purposes are permitted.

Dress-Down Days

Occasionally, we may have a dress-down day as a special event, privilege, or fundraising event.  In such instances the student will be given advance notice.  Any designated dress-down day is at the discretion of the School Leader and must be approved in advance.  Fridays are NOT "free dress" or "dress-down" days for students unless specifically designated by the School Leader.  Fridays are regular uniform days for students.

NOTE: School administration reserves the right to restrict any other clothing that it deems inappropriate or may cause a problem to the learning environment.

Bicycles, Rollerblades, Skateboards, and Scooters

If riding a bike to school, follow all bicycle safety rules and precautions.  Lock your bike in the designated compound with a lock that you provide.  The use of skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters is not allowed on the South Pointe Junior High School  campus at any time.  

Failure to abide by these rules can result in confiscation of said items and loss of privilege to bring such items to school.  South Pointe Junior High School  is not responsible for theft or damage to bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, or other such items.

 

Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Policy

SPJH is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment where everyone is treated with respect.  SPJH expressly prohibits any acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation.  Additionally, soliciting others to engage in bullying, harassment, or intimidation is also expressly prohibited by SPJH.

All students, teachers, parents, and staff of SPJH have a right and responsibility to take reasonable measures within the scope of their individual authority to prevent violations of the bullying and hazing prevention policy and report incidents of bullying, harassment, or intimidation.  

Definitions

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).

Bullying may occur when an individual or group engages in any form of behavior or aggression that includes such acts as intimidation and/or harassment that:  

Cyberbullying is, but is not limited to, any act of bullying or harassment committed by use of electronic technology or electronic communication devices, including telephonic devices, social networking, and other Internet communications, on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists, or other District-owned property, and by means of an individual's personal electronic media and equipment.

 

Harassment is behavior by an individual or group that consists of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions, including threats and demands. Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling (e.g., bullying); graphic and written statements, which may include use of cell phones, social-media or the Internet (e.g., cyberbullying); or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating. Harassment does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Harassment creates a hostile environment when the conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by a school. Harassment based on race, disability, sex, religious orientation, sexual orientation, cultural background, economic status, size or personal appearance may violate an individual’s civil rights when such harassment is sufficiently serious that it creates a hostile environment and such harassment is encouraged, tolerated, not adequately addressed or ignored.

 

Intimidation is intentional behavior by a student or group of students that places another student or group of students in fear of harm of person or property. Intimidation can be manifested emotionally or physically, either directly or indirectly, and by use of social media.

Confidential Reporting

Students and parents/guardians have the right to confidentially report in writing to school administrators, teachers, or other staff members’ instances of bullying, harassment, and intimidation (A.R.S. § 15- 341(A)(37)). These reports will be shared with appropriate school officials so that appropriate steps can be taken to ensure that all students have a learning environment that is safe emotionally, mentally, and physically. Reports must be made within thirty (30) calendar days of the last incident.

Reporting Incidents of Bullying or Hazing

Students and others should report any incidents of bullying to a teacher, school administrator or any other school employee (i.e., educational assistant, receptionist, etc.). It is mandatory that school employees report any incidents of bullying in writing to school administration. Students who cannot immediately file a report must do so within thirty (30) calendar days of the last incident. The school employee receiving the report/complaint who believes a student has been subjected to bullying or personally witnesses bullying shall:

Procedures for Investigation of the Report/Complaint

A school administrator shall investigate the incident or the activity within ten (10) instructional school days. Extension of the timeline may only be by necessity as determined by the Vice President of Academic Support. A school administrator shall check to see if an outside agency needs to be contacted (i.e., Department of Child Safety or local law enforcement authorities). A school administrator shall complete a Student Discipline Referral form if the student is found to have violated the bullying policy.

Any student who has committed the act of bullying/harassment/intimidation, intentionally files a false report or has retaliated against another who has participated in any manner in an investigation, proceedings or hearing conducted in response to an investigation of bullying, will be subject to consequences in accordance with the school’s code of conduct and ARS 15-341(37).

All violations of this policy shall be treated in accordance with the appropriate procedures and penalties provided for in school policies related to the conduct and discipline of students, staff, and others. A complaint may be withdrawn at any time. If the person chooses to re-file the complaint, it must be refiled within 30 calendar days of the original incident

Bystanders

Any violation of school rules, code of conduct, and discipline rules will result in consequences.  Any student or students who watch, observe, have knowledge of, or otherwise passively engage in any infractions may receive the same consequences as the perpetrator of the violation.  Silence about misconduct, or serving as an audience to misconduct will add to a negative school climate among other things.  Any student who witnesses any improper conduct or discipline code violations must report the incident to school personnel.  Recording such incidents is prohibited.  Students making such reports shall do so in confidence and anonymity.  

Gangs

Any type of gang association or gang activity is not tolerated and violates the student code of conduct.  In accordance with Arizona State Statutes, indicators of gang association or activity include: self-proclamation, witness testimony or official statement, written or electronic correspondence, paraphernalia or photographs, tattoos, clothing or colors, or any other indicia of street gang membership.

Graffiti/Tagging

Students are not allowed to possess any type of markers/paints, pens, or tagging items on campus.  Permanent markers are not permitted on campus.  The only exception is if the item is school issued and used in the classroom for constructive purposes that can be verified.  

Harassment

Harassment based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability is prohibited.

Inappropriate Language/Gestures

Students are prohibited from using vulgar, profane, and/or racist language or gestures. Students are also prohibited from displaying obscene or inappropriate material.

Inciting to Riot / Unauthorized Demonstration

Students are not to incite to riot or demonstrate in a disorderly or unauthorized manner on or adjacent to school property.

Loitering

Students are prohibited from loitering in or around the school campus.

Product Sales

Any products that are sold on campus must be conducted through the written approval of the School Leader, who will also stipulate how to handle the funds from such sales.

Trash/Littering

Students will throw trash in trash cans and assist the staff in keeping the campus litter free.

Plagiarism or Failure to Follow Test-Taking Procedures

Students are prohibited from plagiarizing or failing to follow test-taking procedures mandated by the teacher or school.

Sexual Misconduct

Inappropriate public displays of affection or sexual misconduct are prohibited. Sexual harassment of or by a student is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Theft / Vandalism

Destroying, stealing, or vandalizing any school or other person’s property, including textbooks and other school materials is not tolerated.

Technology Usage Policy

The internet is a global electronic information infrastructure.  In schools and libraries, the Internet can be used to educate, inform, communicate, and entertain.  As a learning resource, the internet is similar to books, magazines, video, CD-ROM, and other information sources. Therefore, South Pointe Junior High School  offers computer usage when deemed necessary by the instructor.  Students may use the Internet to participate in distance learning activities, to ask questions of and consult with experts, and to locate material to meet their educational needs as deemed appropriate and necessary by the supervising staff member. From time to time, communication may be monitored by the school administration to assure that Internet use is in support of school goals.  Students are not permitted to use the Internet for playing games or for social networking sites.

NETWORK Etiquette

With worldwide access to computers and people also comes the availability of material that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting.  On a global network, it is impossible to control all materials, and a user may discover controversial information.  South Pointe Junior High School  believes that the educational value of information and the interaction available on this worldwide network both outweigh the risks. One of the school’s goals is to support students in the responsible use of this vast reservoir of information. As such, users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include the following:


South Pointe Junior High School has the right to restrict or terminate information network access and use of school technology.  South Pointe Junior High School 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 leader in writing.

Users are held responsible for their actions and activities, as outlined above.  Unacceptable use of the network will result in the suspension of all user privileges.  Reinstatement of privileges will be made at the School Leader and/or designees discretion.

School Bus

South Pointe Junior High School  will provide bus transportation for students to travel to and from school. It is the responsibility of parents to arrange appropriate bus transportation by ensuring they fill out the transportation release form in the enrollment packet. If the student walks or receives rides from the parent, it is the parent and student’s responsibility to promptly arrive and depart according to the student’s schedule.  Any student picked up prior to school dismissal time must be signed out in the school administration office.

It is our goal to furnish students with the safest transportation possible as they travel between home and school and school-related trips. In order to protect all students riding our school buses, safety precautions are a must! Safety is everyone’s responsibility.  All students are to understand the bus driver is in charge of the bus at all times. Any student who repeatedly violates the rules of conduct may be denied the privilege of riding the bus and is subject to other disciplinary action to be determined by School administration.

Expectations

  1. Obey the bus driver at all times.
  2. Be at assigned bus stop 15 minutes prior to scheduled pick up time before school.  Upon dismissal from school, proceed directly to the bus.
  3. Students are permitted to use only their designated bus stops.  Any changes require a parent/legal guardian’s written request, counter-signed by a school official.  
  4. Stand a safe distance from the curb or highway.
  5. Be courteous to the driver and other bus passengers.
  6. When crossing the street where the school bus is present, always walk in front of the bus.
  7. Always use steps and handrails when boarding and leaving the bus.
  8. Sit quietly and quickly.  Remain seated facing forward in your seat while the bus is moving.  The aisle must not blocked at any time.
  9. No eating, drinking, chewing gum or spitting inside the bus.    
  10. Keep hands, head, arms, and all objects inside the bus at all times.
  11. Talk in normal tones; loud, obscene, rude, or vulgar language is prohibited.  
  12. Keep the bus clean and free of damage.  
  13. Arizona statute prohibits the following items on school buses: alcohol, weapons, explosives, dangerous and narcotic drugs, glass items, fireworks, legally prohibited substances, smoke or stink bombs, tobacco, animals, insects, or reptiles, other similar or dangerous items.
  14. Only current South Pointe Junior High School  students with permission from the school to ride the bus are allowed on the school bus.  
  15. All items carried by students such as backpacks, etc., must be under their control at all times, and must be carried in the lap, between seats, or properly secured in a vacant seat.  Personal items cannot occupy a needed seating space or sit in the aisles.
  16. Skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades are not allowed on the school bus.
  17. Student IDs must be worn on the bus, and presented to driver if asked.
  18. Student must sit where directed by bus driver and respect and accept all reasonable requests.

School Bus Infractions

Level I

Infractions cause delay, inconvenience or irritation; are disrespectful or demeaning.  Intervention request is sent to school administration.  NOTE: The degree and frequency of the infraction may result in going to a higher level of consequence and/or loss of privileges.

Level II

Infractions require an immediate referral to school administration due the nature and severity of the offense.  Consequences can include loss of bus use privilege up to expulsion from school; the consequences of school rule breakage also apply. A police report will be filed when applicable.

   

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)

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.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

This grievance procedure applies to complaints or grievances under ADA or Section 504.

Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age by a student, staff member, or third party may file a grievance under this procedure.

 

Students or parents may also present a complaint or grievance regarding the following:

·         Discrimination on the basis of disability under ADA or Section 504

·         Violation of a student’s constitutional rights

·         Harassment of the student by another person

·         Intimidation by another student

·         Bullying by another student (see definition of Bullying)

·         Concern for the student’s personal safety

 

South Pointe Junior High prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.

Procedure

If the Complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, South Pointe Junior High shall provide reasonable accommodations to assist the Complainant with submission of his/her complaint.  Although we encourage individuals to submit complaints in writing, South Pointe Junior High will nonetheless provide prompt and equitable response when it becomes aware of possible discrimination.

 

The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a person from filing a complaint of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age with the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

 

South Pointe Junior High 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 Compliance Officer (or her/his designee) will be responsible for such arrangements.  Furthermore, 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 speakers concerns will be taken.

Student Incentives

Academic Student Incentives

The purpose of academic incentives is to reward students for their work, effort and pursuit of excellence.  There are a variety of incentives provided by South Pointe Junior High School  for grade levels as well as individual efforts.  

Behavioral Student Incentives

The purpose of the behavioral incentive program is to provide students with opportunities to be recognized for their citizenship.  Through our programs we provide opportunities for students to be recognized and rewarded for positive behaviors.  Behavioral incentives may be awarded by grade levels, groups or for individual students.

Discipline System

South Pointe Junior High School mission is to provide a safe, respectful and responsible learning environment. South Pointe Junior High School  believes that attaining and maintaining a positive school culture is a crucial component of a child’s success. Students need to be taught the expectations for “appropriate” behavior and they need to have this instruction regularly reinforced. Teachers have the primary responsibility for implementing classroom expectations (rules) and procedures, as well as consequences (rewards and discipline). The standard for a well-balanced and managed classroom is a teacher’s practice of being firm, fair and consistent. It is the responsibility of parents to assist classroom teachers by maintaining an open line of communication and to support the endeavors of the teacher. Teachers will address more minor infractions, and the school administrator may become involved if the infraction is more serious. Disciplinary action(s) that include suspension and/or expulsions will only be carried out by the School Leader and/or the District.

Infractions

This list illustrates the most common infractions but is not all-inclusive.

Class A

Class B

  • Verbally provoking others/coercion
  • Minor aggressive act
  • Tardies
  • Computer usage violation
  • Defiance/insubordination
  • Failure to respond to a reasonable request
  • Failure to appear for a teacher’s detention for behavior
  • Walking out of class without permission
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Dress code violation
  • Falsification of information/lying
  • Littering
  • Overt/Public display of affection
  • Profanity/vulgarity/inappropriate gestures
  • Use of electronic devices (cell phone, camera, iPod, MP3, etc.)
  • Sleeping
  • Off-task behavior
  • Failure to meet class and homework expectations
  • Unsafe behavior, routines
  • Endangerment
  • Fighting
  • Assault
  • Any related violation in regards to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and/or drug paraphernalia
  • Leaving school grounds without administrative permission
  • Bus violation (repeated Class A)
  • Refusal to go to the office when asked to by a staff member
  • Any gang related symbol or association
  • Any kind of harassment to include nonsexual, sexual, bullying, threatening/intimidating, hazing/initiation
  • Any racial and derogatory remarks, spoken/written
  • Any school threat
  • Theft/possession of stolen property
  • Extortion/coercion
  • Vandalism/graffiti
  • Any related violation in regards to weapons
  • Repeated Class A violations

Disciplinary Actions

Class “A” infractions

Consequences will be assigned and carried out by the classroom teacher; however, when this becomes a persistent issue, a formal referral will be issued and the Dean and or School Leader will assign and carry out consequences that include but are not limited to:

  1. Warning and conference with student.
  2. Parent phone call and/or meeting and choice of discipline steps.
  3. Second parent contact and choice of discipline steps.
  4. Formal referral.

Class “B” infractions

A formal referral will be issued, and consequences will be assigned and carried out by the School Leader and /or designee.  Consequences can include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Conference with student.
  2. Communication with parent/guardian.
  3. Behavior Plans.
  4. Detention.
  5. Short term suspension (1 – 5 days).
  6. Long term suspension (5 or more days).
  7. Expulsion / Loss of enrollment.
  8. Police contact and/or report.

Note: South Pointe Junior High School  does not promote any form of corporal punishment.

Behavioral Interventions

When a student does not meet the school’s behavioral expectations and is referred to the office, disciplinary actions will be determined while taking into consideration:

Conference with Student

In the process of assisting a student to change the targeted behavior, it may be necessary for the Dean and or School Leader to meet with the student to identify the reasons for the behavior and to outline behavior goals.

Communication with parent/guardian

In the process of assisting a student to change the targeted behavior, it may be necessary for the Dean and or School Leader to enlist the parent/guardian’s input and support to identify the reasons for the behavior and to outline behavior goals.

Behavior Plans

Behavior plans are daily logs of behavior and will be available for the students to pick up from the Dean and or Front Office each morning.  Students are responsible for presenting the plans to their teachers each day.  Parents/guardians are responsible for reviewing and signing the behavior plan each day and ensuring students return the signed form to the Dean and or School Leader on the next school day.

Behavior Contracts  

Behavior contracts are intended to assist the student in changing negative behavior into positive behavior that is conducive to his/her learning.  When a student is identified as needing a behavior contract, a parent and/or guardian MUST meet with the Dean and or School Leader to identify reasons for the behavior, to outline behavior goals and to develop a behavior contract to assist the student in succeeding.  A parent/guardian must also meet with the school in order for a student to be released from the behavior contract.   Behavior contracts require the student to achieve 1 passing block in order to be released from their Behavior Contract.  This is the equivalent of one full term of positive behavior.  Students’ behaviors will be monitored by the daily Behavior Plans detailed above. If students continue to experience disciplinary problems while on a Behavior Contract, the Dean and or School Leader will convene an eligibility committee to determine the future enrollment status of the student.

NOTE:  Students on behavioral contracts may, at the discretion of the Dean and or School Leader, be prohibited from participating in school functions and extracurricular activities for the duration of the contract period.

   

Detention

Detention can be held before school, at lunch, and or after school.  A letter will be sent home to the parents/guardians notifying them of the assigned detention and the infraction which resulted in detention.   Students who fail to serve detention may receive further consequences, as deemed appropriate by school administration.

Suspensions and Expulsions

The School Leader has the authority to suspend a student for up to 10 days without a hearing.  A formal hearing will be held in the event that a student is put on a long-term suspension or if expulsion is recommended.  

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

The long term suspension or expulsion of students with disabilities shall be in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and federal regulations issued pursuant to the IDEA, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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.

Zero Tolerance

South Pointe Junior High School  has a Zero Tolerance policy for certain more serious infractions.  These infractions may be reported to the Department of Education and/or law enforcement. Zero Tolerance means that when a student violates these guidelines, they must receive a disciplinary action.

Zero Tolerance Infractions:

Zero Tolerance Disciplinary Actions:

South Pointe Junior High Discipline Matrix 2018-2019 

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: Personal Conference

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

Maximum: Expulsion

Arson/Reckless Burning

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

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

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: Personal Conference

Maximum: Expulsion

Burglary

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

Minimum: Long-Term Suspension

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: Short-Term Suspension

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

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

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

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: Personal Conference

Maximum: Expulsion

Dress Code Violations

Failure to comply with school’s dress and grooming guidelines

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

Endangerment

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

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

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: Personal Conference

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: Personal Conference

Maximum: Expulsion

Fighting

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

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Expulsion

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

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: Personal Conference/Restitution

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: Personal Conference

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: Personal Conference

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: Personal Conference

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:  Short-Term Suspension (1 day)

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension (10 days)

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, biting, spitting, poking, pulling or pushing a chair out from underneath another person, or other behaviors that demonstrate low level hostile behaviors

Minimum: Personal Conference

Maximum: Long-Term Suspension

Misconduct

Failure to comply with any school rules

Minimum:  Personal Conference

Maximum: Short-Term Suspension

Negative Group Affiliation

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

the following:

• Involve themselves in others 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: Personal Conference

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

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: Personal Conference

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

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

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

Maximum: Expulsion

Tobacco

The possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco 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

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 Nun chucks, etc. – could be considered as a Threat to an

Educational Institution

Minimum: Short-Term Suspension

Maximum: Expulsion

CHAMPS School-Wide Expectations

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STUDENT/PARENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HANDBOOK AND SCHOOL RULES

The information in this handbook is very important as it outlines our policies and expectations.  Please read this handbook thoroughly and direct any questions to the school office.  All students and parents are required to sign and return this signature form to the school indicating receipt of these documents.

I, ________________________________________________ (student), and my parent/guardian, _______________________________________________________________, have received the South Pointe Junior High Student Handbook and understand and accept responsibilities outlined in this document.  

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Parent/Guardian Signature

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Date

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