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Valley Center High School

Handbook Addendum 2021-22

Valley Center High School

31322 Cole Grade Road

Valley Center, CA 92082

Phone: 760-751-5500

TABLE OF CONTENTS

MISSION AND GOALS        5

ALMA MATER        5

MISSION STATEMENT        5

VALLEY CENTER HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT SONG        5

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES        5

SCHOOL INFORMATION        6

CONTACT INFORMATION        6

BELL SCHEDULE        7

ALTERNATIVE BELL SCHEDULE        7

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES        7

DISTRICT INFORMATION        7

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY        7

ASB CARD        8

ATTENDANCE POLICY        8

ABSENCES        9

VCPUSD PROCEDURES FOR RELEASING STUDENTS - Closed Campus        9

LEAVING CAMPUS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY        9

VISITORS TO CAMPUS        10

COUNSELING SERVICES        10

COUNSELING STAFF        10

GRADING POLICIES        10

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)        10

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS        11

CHALLENGING STUDENT RECORDS        11

HOW COUNSELORS HELP STUDENTS        11

HOW COUNSELORS HELP PARENTS        11

SCHEDULE CHANGES        12

UNSCHEDULED PERIODS        12

CREDITS        12

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSES        12

VALEDICTORIAN CALCULATION        12

VCHS MEDIA CENTER/LIBRARY        13

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION  AND HOURS        13

DEVICES / TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER MATERIALS        13

MEDIA CENTER USAGE        13

PRINTING POLICIES        13

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS        13

ATHLETICS        13

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY        14

BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES        14

HOLDING VALLEY CENTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO A HIGHER STANDARD        14

DRESS CULTURE        15

ELECTRONIC DEVICES        15

CELL PHONES        15

OFF LIMIT AREAS        16

AFTER SCHOOL HOURS        16

SENIOR PRIVILEGES        16

BICYCLES & SKATEBOARDS        16

STUDENT PARKING        16

ID CARDS        16

CLASSROOM PASSES        16

SPORTS EQUIPMENT/TOYS, ETC.        17

UNSAFE BEHAVIOR        17

OBSCENE ACTS, PROFANITY OR VULGARITY        17

SMOKING        17

THEFT        17

CHALLENGE OF AUTHORITY        17

GRAFFITI/VANDALISM        17

DISCRIMINATION, BULLYING, AND/OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT        17

ASSAULT/BATTERY VERBAL OR PHYSICAL THREAT        18

FIGHTING        18

WEAPONS/DANGEROUS OBJECTS        18

DANCES AND OTHER EVENT GUIDELINES        18

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE        19

CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE SYSTEM        19

JAG TIME-OUT        19

LUNCHTIME DETENTION        19

PARENT CONFERENCE        19

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL REFERRAL        19

SATURDAY SCHOOL        19

NON-PRIVILEGE LIST        20

CLASS SUSPENSION        20

SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL        20

STUDENT TRANSFER        20

EXPULSION        20

SUSPENDABLE OFFENSES        21

EXPLOSIVE DEVICES        21

DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR DRUG RELATED OFFENSES AT VCHS        21

NON-PUNITIVE SELF REFERRAL        22

ACADEMIC HONESTY        22

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty        22

SAFE PLACE TO LEARN        23

VCHS ASSURANCE OF NONDISCRIMINATION        23

SEX DISCRIMINATION/ SEXUAL HARASSMENT (TITLE IX)        23

DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, BULLYING, RETALIATION        24

CONCERN / COMPLAINT PROCEDURES        24

DISCIPLINARY APPEAL PROCESS        24

PROCESS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS / COMPLAINTS        25

MISSION AND GOALS

ALMA MATER

Valley Center Alma Mater loyal, strong, and true, proud students and alumni honor you with gratitude, for the lessons we have learned here, for the will to live our dreams, Valley Center loyal Jaguars, we shall ever be!

MISSION STATEMENT

Valley Center High School is committed to providing outstanding educational programs and developing a positive attitude toward lifelong learning for all individuals. Valley Center High School will reflect a collaborative effort by students, staff, parents, community and businesses as we prepare our diverse population for the future.

VALLEY CENTER HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT SONG

Fight on and on ye Jaguars win

Onward into battle we will win again

Keep your spirits high never bow a knee

We won’t stop ‘til victory.

Fight on and on ye Jaguars win

Proudly raise your banners high

For it’s the black and teal

Hail to our team Valley Center Jaguar High!

V-C-H-S GO, FIGHT, WIN!

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Valley Center High School will prepare its graduates to be:

SCHOOL INFORMATION

CONTACT INFORMATION

31322 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA 92082

Phone -  (760) 751-5500        Fax - (760) 751-5509

http://vchs.vcupsd.org

Administration 

Principal

Principal’s Secretary

Secretary/Receptionist

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal’s Secretary

Mark Hailwood

Robin Macomber

Diana Ruiz

Norma Carrillo

Nicole Clymer

Sandra Mendez

(760) 751-5502 -  hailwood.ma@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5503 - macomber.ro@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5500 - ruiz.di@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5521 - carrillo.no@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5531 - clymer.ni@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5530 - mendez.sa@vcpusd.org 

Counseling Office 

Counselor

Counselor

School Psychologist

Registrar

Guidance Technician

Guidance Technician

Susana Cook

Leigh Dick

Flora Howe

Christine Stolec

Socorro Ruiz

Ginny Davis

(760) 751-5519 - cook.sa@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5522 - dick.le@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5535 - howe.fl@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5523 - stolec.ch@vcpusd.org   

(760) 751-5598 - ruiz.so@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5517 - davis.gi@vcpusd.org 

Attendance Office 

24 hr. Attendance Hotline

Attendance Technician

Attendance Technician

Mary Ann Godfrey

Jenni Hakes

(760) 751-5512

(760) 751-5513 - godfrey.ma@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5511 - hakes.je@vcpusd.org

Health Office 

Health Tech

Estella Serrato

(760) 751-5515 - serrato.es@vcpusd.org

Athletic Office

Athletic Director  

Athletic Secretary

Mike Cummings

Jenni Hakes

(760) 751-5554 - cummings.mi@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5500 - hakes.je@vcpusd.org

Finance Office

Student Finance Services and ASB Bookkeeper

Silvia Favela

(760) 751-5516 - favel.si@vcpusd.org 

Library & Media Center

Library Technician

TBD

(760) 751-5540

Workability and TPP

Student Employment Coordinator

Career Services Specialist

Wendy Doria

Stephanie Tarantino

(760) 751-5500 Ext. 2807 - doria.we@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5500 Ext. 2811 - tarantino.se@vcpusd.org 

BELL SCHEDULE

Traditional Days (Monday, Tuesday, Friday)

Block Days (Wednesday, Thursday)

Perod 0

Period 1

Period 2

Break

Period 3

Period 4

Lunch

Period 5

Period 6

  6:36 - 7:32

  7:37 - 8:36

  8:41 - 9:40

  9:40 - 9:49
 9:54 - 10:52
 10:57 - 12:00
 12:00 - 12:34
 12:39 - 1:37

  1:42 - 2:40

Period 0

Block A

Break

Block B

Lunch

Block C

6:36 - 7:32

7:37 - 9:29

9:29 - 9:38

9:43 - 11:38

11:38 - 12:12

12:17 - 2:07


ALTERNATIVE BELL SCHEDULE

Traditional Bell Schedule on Block Day

Minimum Day / Final Exam Schedule

Pep Rally

Teacher Collaboration / Early Release

Perod 0

Period 1

Period 2

Break

Period 3

Period 4

Lunch

Period 5

Period 6

6:36 - 7:32

7:37 - 8:30

8:35 - 9:28

9:28 - 9:38

9:43 - 10:36

10:41 - 11:34

11:34 - 12:11

12:16 - 1:09

1:14 - 2:07

Period 0

Block A

Break / Lunch

Block B

Buses Depart

6:36 - 7:32

7:37 - 9:42

9:42 - 10:12

10:17 - 12:22

12:27

Perod 0

Period 1

Period 2

Break

Period 3

Period 4

Pep Rally

Lunch

Period 5

Period 6

6:36 - 7:32

7:37 - 8:33

8:38 - 9:30

9:30 - 9:40

9:45 - 10:36

10:41 - 11:32

11:37 - 12:11

12:11 - 12:47

12:52 - 1:43

1:48 - 2:40

Perod 0

Period 1

Period 2

Break

Period 3

Period 4

Lunch

Period 5

Period 6

6:36 - 7:32

7:37 - 8:22

8:27 - 9:12

9:12 - 9:21

9:26 - 10:11

10:16 - 11:03

11:03 - 11:33

11:38 - 12:23

12:28 - 1:13

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

DISTRICT INFORMATION

VCPUSD Superintendent of Schools - Ron McCowan

School Board of Trustees 

President - Craig Adams     Vice President - Julie Stroh      Clerk - Mary Polito      

Member - Paul Behneman        Member - Wendy Heredia

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY

The ASB Class is Committed to Encouraging School Spirit and Pride!

The Associated Student Body (ASB) is the student government class responsible for putting on the many activities at VCHS. ASB is governed and operated by dedicated students, for the benefit of the entire student body, within the guidelines of the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and the California Education Code.

ASB Activities Director - Rob Gilster
ASB President – Raina Ghosh
ASB Vice-President –
Malaya Pojas
ASB Secretary –
Brenlyn Green
ASB Treasurer –
Emily Sabbara 

ASB CARD

ASB cards are available from the Cashier for $40.00, price includes a spirit shirt. The ASB card entitles the member to discounted admission to home athletic events and dances. Besides savings, which average over $100, ASB membership also supports athletic teams, lunchtime activities, assemblies, homecoming events, varsity letters, and awards.  ASB cards will be available permitting campus reopening and an updated VCHS event schedule.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District has instituted changes to attendance procedures and policies. Please note the following:

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District is dedicated to your child’s academic achievement and success; however, we do need your help. Please support your child, as well as our efforts, by getting your student to school on time, every day. By understanding that Every Day Counts, together we can give your child the opportunity to access his/her academic potential.


ABSENCES

Daily attendance is one of the most important factors in students’ success at Valley Center High School. Compulsory attendance laws require that parents send their children to school. The state no longer funds schools for days on which a student is absent, even if the absence is legitimately excused.

VCPUSD PROCEDURES FOR RELEASING STUDENTS - Closed Campus

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District has a closed campus policy. Students may not leave the school grounds without special permission from the office. In the event that it becomes necessary for a student to be taken out of school, the parent must call for the student at the office and sign the student out.  Students will only be released to persons listed on the Emergency/Disaster Contact Information form. Emergency contacts may be updated by parents/guardians online through the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus or by written request to the school office.

No student is to leave campus directly from a classroom without being signed out by the parent/guardian. (Refer to Visitors to Campus)

LEAVING CAMPUS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

TARDY POLICY

VISITORS TO CAMPUS

COUNSELING SERVICES

Valley Center High School counselors, Susana Cook and Leigh Dick, assist students with high school and post-high school planning, with selecting necessary classes to meet graduation requirements, as well as with testing, scholarships, college admissions, financial aid and career exploration. Counselors are available to meet with students before school, after school, during breaks or lunch or by appointment. Students are assigned a counselor based upon an alphabetical breakdown of last names.

COUNSELING STAFF

Counselor (A-L and ELD)

Counselor (M-Z)

School Psychologist

Registrar

Guidance Technician

Guidance Technician

Susana Cook

Leigh Dick

Flora Howe

Christine Stolec

Socorro Ruiz

Ginny Martineau Davis

(760) 751-5519 - cook.sa@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5522 - dick.le@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5535 - howe.fl@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5523 - stolec.ch@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5598 - ruiz.so@vcpusd.org 

(760) 751-5517 - davis.gi@vcpusd.org 


GRADING POLICIES

Five, 10, and 15 week progress reports and semester grade reports are on Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Only semester grades are shown on the transcript.


GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

A student’s grade point average will be computed on a scale of 4 points, where an A = 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, F = 0 points.

Courses designated as Honors (H) or Advanced Placement (AP) will be weighted and awarded an extra point for a grade of A, B, or C. Therefore, an “A” in an Honors course will be awarded 5 points, where a B = 4 points, C = 3 points. Pre-AP courses will not receive an extra point.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete 230 credits in specific subject areas.

CHALLENGING STUDENT RECORDS

When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a school district, the grade given to each pupil shall be the grade determined by the teacher of the course and the determination of the pupil’s grade by the teacher, in the absence of clerical or mechanical mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence, shall be final. (ED Code 49066)

The governing board of the school district and the Superintendent shall not order a pupil’s grade to be changed unless the teacher who determined the grade is, to the extent practicable, given an opportunity to state orally, in writing, or both, the reasons for which the grade was given and is, to the extent practicable, included in all discussions relating to the changing of the grade.

Following an inspection and review of a pupil’s records, a parent may challenge the content of any pupil record. (ED Code 49070) The parent/guardian of any student may submit to the Superintendent or designee a written request to correct or remove from his/her child’s records any information concerning the child he/she alleges to be:

Within 30 days of receiving the request, the Superintendent or designee shall meet with the parent / guardian and with the employee who recorded the information in question. The Superintendent shall sustain or deny the allegations. If the allegations are sustained, the Superintendent shall order the correction or removal and destruction of the information.

HOW COUNSELORS HELP STUDENTS

HOW COUNSELORS HELP PARENTS

SCHEDULE CHANGES

Schedule changes may be made the first 10 days of the semester. Requests for changes after the first 10-day period will only be made with administrative approval. We are unable to honor requests for specific teachers.


UNSCHEDULED PERIODS

Seniors with sufficient credits and a rigorous course load may request an unscheduled period.  Seniors must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 classes.   The request for an unscheduled period will be allowed pending approval by the Counseling Department.  

CREDITS

Check all semester report cards. Students should have a grade in each class, plus five credits for each course in which they earned a grade of A, B, C, or D.


HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSES

Students may begin to take community college courses while still in high school. Students will need to have a K-12 form signed by their counselor in order to take a community college course. Students will receive college credits for successful completion of the course. Valley Center High School will allow students to take a community college course for high school credit under limited conditions. Students must first seek prior approval from their counselor.

The college units will be converted to high school credits, using the following formula:

VALEDICTORIAN CALCULATION

Any student whose overall cumulative grade-point average (GPA) in grades 9-12 places him/her among the top ten individual students in the graduating class will qualify to be included in the pool from which the valedictorian and salutatorian will be selected.

The student with the highest GPA who has taken the most rigorous academic program shall be named as valedictorian. The student with the second most rigorous program shall be designated the salutatorian. Rigor will be determined by but not limited to the following:

Courses taken at any institution other than Valley Center High School will not be included in determining students’ overall GPA or rigor of the academic program. Students transferring to VCHS will be evaluated and can be considered for the valedictorian pool as long as the student is enrolled at VCHS at the start of 12th grade.

In the event that two or more students qualify as valedictorians, no salutatorian will be selected. The valedictorian pool will be selected by the VCHS principal.

VCHS MEDIA CENTER/LIBRARY

MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION AND HOURS

Library Media Technician - TBD                Monday - Friday,  7:00am to 3:30pm

(Closed one Wednesday a month after school for Staff Meetings)


DEVICES / TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER MATERIALS

MEDIA CENTER USAGE

During class time, students are required to have a pass from their teacher to use the Media Center. We will try to accommodate students but due to the scheduling of classes, this is not always possible.

PRINTING POLICIES

Five pages are free per school assignment; $.10 cents per page after that due to the cost of paper and printer supplies.

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

ATHLETICS

Fall Sports
Cross Country Boys/Girls

Football

Field Hockey

Girls Golf

Girls Tennis

Girls Volleyball

Boys Water Polo

Winter Sports
Basketball Boys/Girls

Soccer Boys/Girls

Girls Water Polo

Wrestling Boys/Girls

Spring Sports
Baseball

Softball

Boys Golf

Girls Lacrosse

Swimming Boys/Girls
Boys Tennis

Track and Field Boys/Girls

*Athletics may be postponed until further notice depending upon local and state health requirements.

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

Athletes must have a current sports clearance packet on file with the athletic director. Athletic eligibility is checked every grading period. An athlete must maintain a 2.0 GPA and pass four classes during any single grading period.

BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES

HOLDING VALLEY CENTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO A HIGHER STANDARD

The entire Valley Center High School staff is committed to establishing and maintaining appropriate student behavior. The staff values our safe orderly environment because it allows a focus on student learning. A warm social climate is established because staff members treat students as individuals while supporting their academic and extracurricular activities.

DRESS CULTURE

VCHS’s Dress Culture is designed to promote student safety and ensure that students are free from the threats of harmful influence of any groups or gangs that advocate drug use or disruptive behavior. The administration at VCHS, therefore, prohibits the wearing, use, possession, distribution, display, presence of any apparel, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, accessory, manner of grooming, or notebook that by its arrangement, color, trademark or any other attribute, is recognized or in any way denotes membership or affiliation with any gang.

The following types of attire may create a safety hazard or disrupt the educational process at Valley Center High School and are prohibited:

ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION - Students improperly dressed will be disciplined, loaned alternative clothing and/or request for a parent to bring a change of clothing. Consistent defiance of dress standards will result in detention, Saturday School assignment, parent conference, or if the problem persists, suspension.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

It has been the experience at school that electronic devices such as cell phones and smartphones are a distraction to the education process.  Any item that causes a disruption on campus will be confiscated and a parent will need to pick up these devices at the Assistant Principal’s Office.

CELL PHONES

PLEASE NOTE: VALLEY CENTER HIGH SCHOOL PERSONNEL WILL NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ITEMS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL THAT ARE CONFISCATED.


OFF LIMIT AREAS

Students are expected to remain in areas on campus where adequate supervision is provided by the staff. Although students have access to almost any area on campus, the following areas are considered off limits:

AFTER SCHOOL HOURS

No student shall come onto campus after school hours unless participating in school sponsored activities. Students may be suspended for being on campus after hours.


SENIOR PRIVILEGES

Seniors will lose the right to participate in senior events/activities including the graduation ceremony, for participation in pranks, coming on campus after hours or other inappropriate behaviors.


BICYCLES & SKATEBOARDS

Skateboards, scooters or carts are not allowed on campus at any time.  If you ride a bike, please lock your bike in the bike rack near the Cashier’s Window.  You must walk your bike on campus, do not ride it in order to ensure student safety.


STUDENT PARKING


ID CARDS

Students must be in possession of their ID cards at all times.  The ID card must be presented when requested by staff.  A VCHS ID card is required for admittance to athletic events, dances, school-sponsored activities, and Saturday School.


CLASSROOM PASSES

Students are required to have an approved VCHS classroom pass in their possession any time they are outside of the classroom during class periods.


SPORTS EQUIPMENT/TOYS, ETC.

UNSAFE BEHAVIOR

OBSCENE ACTS, PROFANITY OR VULGARITY

Obscene acts, profanity, obscene or pornographic material, or vulgarity are not allowed on campus or at school-sponsored events.  Disciplinary action will result should a student engage in this type of behavior.


SMOKING

Smoking or possession of tobacco or tobacco products including electronic smoking delivery systems is not permitted on the Valley Center High School campus at any time.

THEFT

Stealing from VCHS or any persons on campus will not be tolerated.  Students are required to report all incidents of theft whether you are the witness or the victim.  Students found to have stolen items will be held responsible for making restitution.

CHALLENGE OF AUTHORITY

All school staff members are in positions of authority on campus and at all school related activities. Direct challenges or verbal abuse toward a staff member can result in suspension.  If the challenges or verbal abuse are considered a threat of bodily harm to a staff member, the result of such action can be arrest and possible expulsion from the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.


GRAFFITI/VANDALISM

Graffiti is a form of vandalism and removal is costly.  Students are prohibited from having markers, spray paint, or etching tools in their possession. Students are prohibited from scrawling graffiti, defacing, or destroying school property and will be held liable for damages.  Parents are liable for expenses resulting from vandalism.


DISCRIMINATION, BULLYING, AND/OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

VCHS does not tolerate discrimination, bullying, or sexual harassment.  Any victim or witnesses of discrimination, bullying, or sexual harassment should report these instances to school personnel. Students who engage in discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation in violation of law, Board Policy, or Administrative regulation shall be subject to appropriate discipline up to and including counseling, suspension, and/or expulsion.  For additional information, including reporting procedures, please refer to the “Safe Place to Learn” section of the Addendum.

ASSAULT/BATTERY VERBAL OR PHYSICAL THREAT

Any incident involving an assault and/or battery on another person occurring at the school site or in transition to school will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The student also will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion.

FIGHTING

Most fights on campus can be prevented by a simple conference beforehand with a counselor or administrator. The staff is concerned with the safety and welfare of all students and, therefore, fighting is not tolerated. Students will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including suspension / expulsion and referral to law enforcement.

WEAPONS/DANGEROUS OBJECTS

Any object or device, which in the judgment of a school official could be used as a weapon, will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be taken.  Possession of knives, clubs of any length or size, chains, canes, pepper spray, rocks, or any type of missile on school property is prohibited. The student will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including suspension/expulsion and referral to law enforcement.

DANCES AND OTHER EVENT GUIDELINES

Upon Entering:

Dress:

While attending event:

Guests:

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE

CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE SYSTEM

Valley Center High School teachers hold and communicate high behavioral, academic, and attendance expectations for all students. Classroom rules, procedures and consequences for misbehavior are made clear to students. Teachers enforce rules promptly, consistently and equitably. Teachers do not allow behavior that violates school or classroom policies to go unchecked. Teachers contact parents as academic, attendance, and behavioral concerns arise.

JAG TIME-OUT

Teachers occasionally send students to the Assistant Principal’s Office for a timeout as a misbehavior consequence or chance to ‘cool down’. Students are to do schoolwork and remain quiet while on a Jag Time-Out.

LUNCHTIME DETENTION

School Detention is held daily during lunchtime (detention rooms are posted in AP Office). Students are assigned detention for tardies and class/school rules violations. Attendance staff, teachers and administrators can assign detentions. Students must take personal responsibility in attending their detentions. Detentions not served within 7 days of being assigned will result in the student being placed on the Non-Privilege List. If at any time a student has accumulated 3 or more detentions that need to be served, a Saturday School will be assigned. To successfully serve a detention, students must arrive within 5 minutes of the beginning of lunch. Students are to bring their own lunches, or when they arrive at detention, they may arrange with food service for delivery. Students should bring study materials as no talking is allowed.  

PARENT CONFERENCE

A teacher can initiate a conference with the student and Parent/Guardian(s) to discuss classroom concerns. The purpose of the conference will be to discuss the individual student and develop a plan to improve behavior and student learning outcomes. An individualized contract can be developed to include home consequences and rewards for classroom behavior.

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL REFERRAL

When the above consequences fail to correct misbehavior or a more serious problem exists, teachers will send a student to the office with a referral. The assistant principal, building upon prior interventions, will counsel the student and determine an appropriate course of disciplinary action. The Assistant Principal will be fair, firm, and consistent in working with students.

SATURDAY SCHOOL

Saturday Schools are normally held at least twice a month from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Saturday School will be assigned for unexcused absences, truancy, failed attendance to detention, and other serious infractions. The student will remain on the Non-Privilege List until the Saturday School is served.

NON-PRIVILEGE LIST

The school’s Non-Privilege List will be updated weekly. Students on this list will not be able to attend school dances, extra-curricular activities, nor walk in the graduation ceremony. Students will be placed on this list for the following reasons:

Students who are placed on the list may exit the list just as soon as they take care of the underlying problem. However, students who are placed on the list for at-home suspensions will remain on the list for six weeks commencing the first date of the suspension unless otherwise stated.  Students must take personal responsibility in attendance, punctuality and attention to their assigned consequences.


CLASS SUSPENSION

Teachers may suspend students from their classrooms for the remainder of the period and/or the next period. This consequence will be used for serious behavior problems within the classroom. The student will report to the Assistant Principal’s office. Per California Education Code, the teacher must contact the parent to discuss the class suspension.

SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL

For serious disciplinary infractions outlined in California Education Code 48900, a school administrator may suspend a student from school. Such home suspension means the student will not attend school for the length of the suspension. The student is to remain at home during school hours and may not attend any school-sponsored activities such as sporting events, dances, plays, etc. All schoolwork missed during this time may be made up.  Parents are notified annually in the district K-12 handbook about due-process rights. A suspended student will be placed on the Non-Privilege List for six (6) weeks commencing on the first date of the suspension.

STUDENT TRANSFER

A student may be involuntarily transferred to an Alternative Placement for the remainder of the current semester and the next semester. Students who continue to have discipline problems will be considered for this type of action. An involuntary transfer to an Alternative Placement may be imposed if the Principal determines that the student’s presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process.

EXPULSION

Expulsion means that the student is removed from the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District. Students who are awaiting an expulsion hearing due to extremely serious disciplinary infractions will be suspended from school pending the hearing. This suspension can exceed five days when the expulsion process has been initiated. Parents will be notified by the school of the intent to seek an expulsion. The district will notify the parents of their Due Process Rights.

SUSPENDABLE OFFENSES

The following are offenses for which a student may be suspended (Ed Code 48900)

EXPLOSIVE DEVICES

DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR DRUG RELATED OFFENCES AT VCHS

Valley Center High School Policy - Disciplinary action and grounds for involuntary transfer related to drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol; possession, use, or sale.

For a substantiated drug or alcohol offense, a student who is under the influence, or who unlawfully possesses or uses drug paraphernalia, a controlled substance, drugs or alcohol (Health and Safety Code, Section 11053-11058) at a school or district site or while participating in school sponsored activities will be involuntarily transferred to an alternative program.  This policy applies to both “first time” and subsequent “offenders”.  In some cases, an involuntary transfer may be deemed by the principal as an inappropriate consequence for a “first time offender.”  In these specific cases, the student shall be required to participate in and complete a specified intervention program for chemical dependency as determined by the school. Refusal to participate in such a program shall result in an involuntary transfer for the student.

The alternate placement shall last no longer than the semester in which the event occurred and the following semester. Students who are transferred to an Alternate Placement are ineligible to attend VCHS events and participate in VCHS extracurricular activities during the time they are non-VCHS students as deemed appropriate by the VCHS Principal.

Any request for a return to the original school site must be referred to a district APC (Alternative Placement Committee). Before the student returns to the original campus, verification of participation in a specified intervention program for chemical dependency and related counseling will be required.

NON-PUNITIVE SELF REFERRAL

Valley Center High School strongly encourages any student who is using alcohol or drugs to discuss the matter with his/her parent/guardian or any school staff member. Students who disclose past use of alcohol or other drugs when seeking help from an intervention or recovery program shall not be punished or disciplined for such past use. This does not include a student who at the time of reporting this information is in possession of alcohol or other drugs, under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or involved in a current school investigation related to drug or alcohol use or possession.  Students seeking help are advised to go to their counselor or one of the assistant principals.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Honest behavior is an expectation for all students in the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District. The purpose of the following guidelines is to create and maintain an ethical academic atmosphere. Academic honesty is applicable to all course work that is done in any class and applies to in-seat and online classes.

Specific types of academic dishonesty, which will not be tolerated, are defined below:

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Depending on the severity of the offense one or more of the following consequences may occur:

SAFE PLACE TO LEARN

VCHS ASSURANCE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

VCPUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on the actual or perceived characteristics including immigration status, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, and/ or sexual orientation.  This policy applies to all acts both on school campus as well as during school-sponsored activities.

While a student or witness to discrimination can report the incident to any school personnel, the following person has been designated to address inquiries regarding the Nondiscrimination policy:

Dr. Mel Robertson

VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent

(760) 749 0464

robertson.me@vcpusd.org

SEX DISCRIMINATION/ SEXUAL HARASSMENT (TITLE IX)

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education and associated activities.  Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded for participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  Sex Discrimination includes sexual harassment, equal access to athletic opportunities, sex-based discrimination in any school program, course of study, and/or other school-associated activity both on and off the physical campus.

While a student or witness to discrimination, sex discrimination or sexual harassment can report the incident to any school personnel, the following person has been designated to address inquiries regarding the Sex Discrimination (Title IX) policy:

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Mel Robertson

VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent

(760) 749 0464

robertson.me@vcpusd.org

DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, BULLYING, RETALIATION

Every student at Valley Center high school is entitled to equitable access to a broad range of academic and extracurricular opportunities in a safe and supportive school environment free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, intimidation, bullying, and retaliation.

VCHS and VCPUSD is committed to maintaining a safe school environment for both students and staff that is free of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying on both the physical campus and at school-sponsored or school-related activities. VCPUSD also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who reports, files a complaint or testifies about, or otherwise supports a complaint. The school district strongly encourages any student who feels that they are being, or have been discriminated against, bullied, or sexually harassed on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity by another student or an adult immediately contact their teacher, the principal, or any other available school employee. Any employee who receives a report or observes an incident of discrimination, bulling, or sexual harassment shall notify the principal or the district Title IX Coordinator listed below as soon as possible. Once notified, the principal or district Title IX Coordinator shall take the steps to investigate and address the allegation, as specified in VCPUSD board policy and administrative regulation.

For any concerns regarding discrimination, harassment, bullying or equity in educational programs or activities, contact the following:

Site Administrator

Mark Hailwood

VCHS - Principal

(760) 751 5500

hailwood.ma@vcpusd.org

Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Mel Robertson

VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent

(760) 749 0464

robertson.me@vcpusd.org

CONCERN / COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

VCHS encourages students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, and administration to work cooperatively to resolve any concerns.  Students or parents/guardians with general concerns or complaints should notify the site administration at (760) 751-5500.  If a concern or complaint relates to the VCPUSD Non-Discrimination Policy or the VCPUSD Sexual Harassment/Title IX Policies found in this handbook, please see the information listed in the applicable area for specific resolution procedures relating to those complaints.

DISCIPLINARY APPEAL PROCESS

Students and parent(s)/guardian(s) wishing to appeal disciplinary decisions and resulting actions should contact the Principal for information on specific procedures.

PROCESS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS / COMPLAINTS

  1. Items related to a specific class should be directed to the appropriate teacher to set up a mutually agreeable time for discussion. Items related to school operations and procedures should be brought to the VCHS site administration.
  2. As needed, concerns should be brought to the attention of the site Assistant Principals office. An assistant principal may call or set up a meeting to discuss and address items.
  3. Items relating to site administration and operation of VCHS may be discussed informally with the site principal (or designee). If items cannot be resolved with the principal (or designee), the information can be brought to the office of the VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent for discussion.
  4. If contacting the office of the VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent does not provide resolution, concerns can be provided, in writing, to the VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent.
  5. The VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent will determine if the matter will be handled directly or appropriate designee due to the specifics provided. The Assistant Superintendent (or designee) will follow VCPUSD procedures to determine how to best provide resolution for the matter.
  6. This process is intended to provide prompt and effective resolutions to items that relate to VCHS. VCHS/VCPUSD may utilize more formal procedures such as those under the Uniform Complaint Procedures (“UCP”) depending on the nature of any concerns or complaints received.

Site Administrator

Mark Hailwood

VCHS - Principal

(760) 751 5500

hailwood.ma@vcpusd.org

District Administrator

Dr. Mel Robertson

VCPUSD Assistant Superintendent

(760) 749 0464

robertson.me@vcpusd.org


VCHS HANDBOOK ADDENDUM: Holding VCHS Students to a Higher Standard

Student ID Number  __________________________             Student Name _____________________________________________

Grade __________ English Teacher _____________________________________________________________ Period ______________

Parent/Guardian and Student please initial each line item below, remember to sign and date at the bottom of this form.

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Parent   Student

Initials   Initials

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Parent   Student

Initials   Initials

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Parent   Student

Initials   Initials

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Parent   Student

Initials   Initials

Valley Center High School has implemented a Non-Privilege List. A student on the list will not be able to attend dances, extra-curricular activities, nor walk in graduation. The Non-Privilege List will be updated weekly. The following are reasons a student may be placed on the Non-Privilege List:

  • Detentions not served (1 or more)
  • Saturday Schools not served (1 or more)
  • Five or more unexcused absences
  • Any at-home suspension
  • Any outstanding school fees/ fines

Absences must be cleared within 72 hours by a parent/guardian. Parent/Guardian must call the Attendance Hotline or provide a written note. After 72 hours, an absence not cleared is considered unexcused and cannot be cleared.

Per Education Code,
five (5) unexcused absences will result in the student being declared a habitual truant. The student will be assigned a Saturday School for each subsequent unexcused absence thereafter.

Cell phones will be turned off and put away during class time. This includes the time when a student is out of class with a pass. If a cell phone rings during class time, or a student uses the phone during class time without prior teacher approval, the cell phone will be confiscated and sent to the AP’s office for the remainder of the school day. In the event of a
2nd occurrence a parent/guardian will be required to pick up the cell phone/electronic item at the AP’s office.

Valley Center High School Policy - Disciplinary Action and Grounds for Involuntary Transfer Related to Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, Alcohol; Possession, Use or Sale

_______    _______
Parent   Student

Initials   Initials

For a substantiated drug or alcohol offense, a student who is under the influence, or who unlawfully possesses or uses drug paraphernalia, a controlled substance, drugs or alcohol (Health and Safety Code, Section 11053-11058) at a school or district site or while participating in school sponsored activities will be involuntarily transferred to an alternative program.  This policy applies to both “first time” and subsequent “offenders”.  In some cases, an involuntary transfer may be deemed by the principal as an inappropriate consequence for a “first time offender.”  In these specific cases, the student shall be required to participate in and complete a specified intervention program for chemical dependency, as determined by the school. Refusal to participate in such a program shall result in an involuntary transfer for the student to an Alternate Placement.

The Alternate Placement shall last no longer than the semester in which the event occurred and the following semester. Students who are transferred to an Alternate Placement are ineligible to attend VCHS events and participate in VCHS extracurricular activities during the time they are non-VCHS students, as deemed appropriate by the VCHS Principal.

Any request for a return to the original school site must be referred to a district APC (Alternative Placement Committee). Before the student returns to the original campus, verification of participation in a specified intervention program for chemical dependency and related counseling will be required.

I have read and understand the VCHS policies outlined in the VCHS Handbook Addendum.

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Parent Signature                                                        Date

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Student Signature                                                        Date