Mountain House High School  

Student Handbook

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2018-19

1090 S. Central Parkway     ●     Mountain House, CA  95391


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Lammersville Unified School District Mission and Beliefs

Mission:

The mission of the Lammersville Unified School District is to prepare students to become responsible decision makers who, as lifelong learners, are college and career ready and are productive contributors of their local and global community.

Beliefs:

 We believe that:

            


Mountain House High School Mission and Values

Mission:

Empower. Personalize. Innovate. Collaborate.  (EPIC)

Vision:

Mountain House High School is a recognized leader in innovative teaching and learning that leads to personalized, diverse and inclusive learning opportunities for all.    

Values:

Mountain House High School’s values are guiding principles that provide an understanding of what we expect from ourselves, parents, students and community partners.  Our district and school strive to model these characteristics in leadership and share ownership and accountability with all constituents.

  1. Communication:  Students will be effective communicators.
  1. Recognizing that communication is a two-way event; therefore, speak thoughtfully, listen actively, and accept feedback and critique openly. Take appropriate action on feedback.
  2. Write and speak language appropriate to the audience
  3. Be respectful of differing points of view
  4. Be able to understand and follow directions
  1. Critical thinking: Students will be critical thinkers, problem solvers, users of information and technology.
  1. Define and analyze problems both independently and collaboratively
  2. Determine solution options based on research and analysis
  3. Ability to prioritize tasks and use time to meet prioritized needs
  4. Be able to analyze and evaluate information from various sources
  1. Citizenship: Students will become effective and responsible citizens of their communities.
  1. Develop social awareness and responsibility
  2. Have the ability to be both a leader and a follower
  3. Possess the interpersonal skills that allow them to interact and collaborate with authority figures, adults, peers, and younger people
  1. Character: Students will develop positive skills and traits that will lead to their academic, personal, and post-secondary success.
  1. Exhibit resilience, perseverance, and adaptability in the face of opposition
  2. Be able to accept responsibility, learn from mistakes, and use failures for personal growth
  3. Be self-motivated and able to regulate personal actions
  4. Develop social/emotional intelligence

Philosophy:

All programs at Mountain House High School offer each student the opportunity to develop strengths and capacities in intellectual, physical, emotional, and social domains. Upon graduation, each student is equipped with the academic experience, social knowledge, life skills and strength of character required to achieve success in college and in their life pursuits.

Click here to access the Mastery Based Learning Document.


 Lammersville Unified School District Governing Board

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Matt Balzarini

Board President

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Sharon Lampel

Clerk

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David Pombo

Anne Goodrich

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Colin Clements

Simran Gunsi,

Student Board Member

Lammersville Unified School District Administration

2018-19

Kirk Nicholas, Ed.D.,

Superintendent

Thorsten Harrison,

Associate Superintendent

Heather Sherburn

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Technology Integration

Julie Corona,

Director of Special Education

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Alvina Keyser,

Chief Business Officer

James LeGrand,

Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation

Superintendent’s Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The start of the 2018-19 school year is here and we are excited about the year to come. Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 8th and our amazing teachers and staff are ready. Over the summer our district finished construction of our seventh school, Peter Hansen Elementary. The student population in our district has continued to grow and we believe that our total student population is approximately 5,100 students.

We have many exciting learning opportunities planned for this school year. On top of the excellence already established in our District, we are continuing to implement new Common Core based curriculum and improved student access to in-class technology and computers. We will continue to seek ways to increase Project Lead the Way electives and expand music opportunities to all students. Our high school program will continue to develop extracurricular academic and athletic programs and our fourth cohort of students are entering the Early College Pathway Program with San Joaquin Delta College. These are just a few of the efforts being made by our staff.

Our district will continue to develop programs with the intent of providing a well-rounded, 21st Century experience to all of our students. Our teachers, staff, and administrative teams will work exceptionally hard to continue to provide an excellent learning environment for your children. Their dedication and commitment to the children of this district is amazing and it is this commitment that will lead us and our students into the future. We look forward to all of the amazing stories of success that we will experience together in the 2018-19 school year.

 

Dr. Kirk Nicholas

Superintendent


MHHS Administration

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Ben Fobert,

Principal

Joni Hellstrom,

Associate Principal

Athena Duran,

Vice Principal

Adrianna Dooner,

Head Counselor

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Glenna Kiswani,

Office Manager

Jessica Libbee,

Vice Principal

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LeVinia Woods

Athletic Director

Principal’s Message

I extend a warm and exciting welcome to all of the students at Mountain House High School, home of the Mighty Mustangs!  We are excited to welcome you to this new school year, and look to work together to make this high school experience positive, challenging, and fun.  

We are excited for this coming school year where we will be celebrating our 5th birthday.  In addition, our campus construction is finally complete with a fully functional performing arts facility complete with theater, and performing arts classrooms to house our Band, Orchestra, Choir, Dance, and Drama classes.  In addition our new Learning Commons is a place where students will be able to study, collaborate, check out books, and learn about video productions and digital art.  We’ll also be adding a Career Technical Education Building to include multiple labs that will house our Engineering, Biomedical, Culinary, CCNA, Computer Science, and traditional art programs.  With the these academic facilities, and the addition of a competitive swim pool, snack bars in the stadium, and storage facilities and restrooms on our back fields, we are finally complete with our construction!

As we refine our practices this year as students, teachers, and as a community of learners, we hope to achieve our mission of preparing students to be responsible decision makers, and contributors to society.  We will continue refining our use of our SUCCESS! period to intervene with students who need additional academic assistance, and we will continue to implement learning and grading practices that ensure that all of our students can demonstrate mastery of the content being learning in their courses.  

We welcome all of our students and families back to school this year, and hope that our fourth year in operation is a positive and productive one.

Sincerely,

Ben Fobert

Principal

Mountain House High School


Associated Student Body (ASB)

Abigail Buena,              

 ASB President

Clarisse Banci,

ASB Vice President

Angelina Trinh,      

 ASB Secretary

Hannah Ye,            

 ASB Treasurer

Jaylen Jefferson,

ASB Athletics Commissioner

Alexis Villena,                

ASB Publicity Commissioner

Ruksaar Mohammed,

ASB Academics Commissioner

Ashley Bautista,

Social Media Commissioner

Reyna Bei

Activities Commissioner


ASB President’s Message

I want to give all students, new and returning, a warm welcome to this new school year. On behalf of the Associated Student Body, we want to proudly welcome everyone to Mountain House High School the home of the Mustangs. We look forward to be working with all of you to ensure another memorable year of positivity, spirit, and collaboration. Having a fairly young school like ours that is still evolving, allows for us as students, to creature an environment open to input and traditions. ASB’s main goal this following school year is to further develop and establish our school’s culture.

With many construction improvements such as the finished theater, Learning Commons, Career Technical Education Building, pool and more, our school has been able to continue the growth and nourishment of our students. This, in fact, has to be one of my favorite aspects about MHHS. Here, you are encouraged to reach towards all interests, no matter how diverse, because there is always an opportunity to seize growth. Therefore, I want to personally challenge each mustang to accept every single opportunity in order to make your voice be heard, to devote yourself in your passions, and to grow proudly with the blue and silver spirit. Not only for this school year, but future years and beyond. Our culture begins with the unification of all students, and we welcome all to join the family we have bonded here over the years.

This year being Mountain House High school’s fifth year in action, many practices and programs have been settled. Nonetheless, each year are we inching towards fulfilling our missions to positively impact all communities. I can already sense another hopeful year for our students. We are excited to announce the start of the 2018-19 school year, and are even more excited to be welcoming students and their families back home.

Sincerely,

Abigail Buena

Associated Student Body President

Mountain House High School


MHHS Grading Policy and Redo/Retake Policy

Click here to access the Mastery Based Learning Document.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used at MHHS differs in the percentage breakdown from some more traditional grading scales used at other schools. The purpose for this is to more closely match the levels of the 4 level evaluation rubrics that are used to evaluate most student work. In a mastery based assessment system students must demonstrate at least minimal skill or understanding before moving on.

Grading @ MHHS

Weight of Grades

A = 90% - 100%

B = 75% - 89%

C = 60% - 74%

D = 50% - 59%

F = 0% - 49%

90% Mastery on Collaboratively Developed Assessments

10%  Based on Mastery Assessment Preparation (Homework, Quizzes, etc.)

50% Mastery of Concepts Required to Pass a Course

High quality, collaboratively developed, tests and assessments used to determine 90% of a student’s grade.

Appealing a Grade

If a student or parent feels that a grade on a mastery assessment incorrectly represents the student’s mastery of the content, they must email or speak to the subject teacher as soon as the grade is received.  If a resolution is not achieved with the teacher, the student/parent may appeal the assessment grade in writing to the principal or school designee within 10 business days of the date the grade was given.

The appeal must be based on a concern consistent with California Education Code 49066 (a): "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 incompetency, shall be final."


Redo-Retake Policy at MHHS

Mastery Assessment Preparation (MAP)

Mastery Assessments

  • MAP assignments are not eligible for redo or late turn in.
  • MAP assignments not turned in by the due date shall receive zero points.
  • Teachers may choose to include the completion of MAP assignments as part of an error analysis prior to a redo/retake of a mastery assessment.  If all MAP assignments must be completed before redo/retake of a mastery assessment, teachers must publish this procedure in their syllabus.
  • If a student gets an A on a mastery assessment, they are not allowed to redo/retake it.  Students may redo/retake a mastery assessment once within a specified time period (after it is graded and posted).  The retake period of time will be determined by departments and published in teachers' syllabi.  The highest percentage a student may earn on the redo/retake is 90%. If a student has a D or F after the one redo/retake, the teacher will find alternate assessment/intervention/remediation to support mastery.
  • If a student does not submit a mastery assessment by the due date, the non-submission is their first submission of the mastery assessment.  Students may turn in a mastery assessment once within the redo/retake submission deadline.
  • Highest grade from the redo/retake is the one that is recorded
  • Any exceptions to the redo/retake window or number of attempts (i.e. through an IEP, 504, or other extenuating circumstance) does not need to be explicitly stated in the school-wide grading policies.
  • Mastery assessments are not available for redo/retake after the final semester deadline set for all assignments to be turned in.  Mastery assessments are not available to be redone or retaken after the end of the semester.
  • The final mastery assessment(s) in a semester are not available for redo/retake.  This includes but is not limited to: the final exam, final project, final essay, and/or final performance task.

MHHS Schedule Change Policy

SCHEDULE CHANGE WINDOW

Students may request schedule changes during the first two weeks of each semester. Click HERE to request a schedule change (this form is also available on the counseling website during the schedule change periods and may only be opened by users with lammersvilleusd gmail accounts). A digital signature from a parent/guardian is required to complete the form.

During the schedule change window, students may submit a request to change levels or electives. Schedule change requests may take up to 10 days to process and may cause other aspects of a student’s schedule to change in order to accommodate the request. Class changes are not guaranteed. Students should continue to complete all work for their current class after submitting a change request. All schedule change requests are subject to counselor approval and space available. Teacher/period changes cannot be accommodated.

While students may petition for changes at the beginning of second semester, many of our year-long courses cannot accept new students at that time. Options for changes may be very limited.

DROPPING A CLASS

Students may petition to drop a course through the end of the first grading period (progress report) of each semester. If a course is dropped before this deadline, it will not appear on the transcript.  When dropping a course after the close of the schedule change window, students may replace it with a flex period, a TA period, or a study skills class, depending on space available. 9th-11th grade students are required to maintain a minimum of 6 periods at MHHS and 12th grade students must maintain a minimum of 5 periods. Credit deficient students may be required to take up to 7 periods. Drops are subject to counselor/administrator approval and space available. Any classes dropped after the petition deadline will appear on the transcript with a grade of F.

SCHEDULE CHANGE DATES FOR 2018-2019

OPENS

CLOSES

1st SEMESTER

Schedule Change Window

August 8th

August 22nd @ 3:30PM

Petition to Drop

August 23rd

September 7th @ 3:30PM

2nd SEMESTER

Schedule Change Window

January 7th

January 22nd @ 3:30PM

Petition to Drop

January 23rd

February 6th @ 3:30PM


MHHS Bell Schedule

Click here to access the current version of the MHHS Bell Schedule

Academic Integrity Policy

 

Per Board Policy 5131.9, personal integrity and academic honesty are fundamental components of a student’s education. Thus, the Lammersville Unified School District and Mountain House High School are committed to reinforcing the values of our democratic society, teaching citizenship and providing an environment conducive to ethical behavior. We strive to maintain a climate in which honesty, courtesy, consideration, integrity and concern for others are highly valued.  Academic dishonesty is an assault upon the basic integrity and meaning of an educational institution. Cheating, plagiarism, and collusion in dishonest activities are serious acts, which erode an institution’s educational role and deny the value of education not only for the perpetrators, but also for the entire community. It is expected that Mountain House High School students will understand and subscribe to the idea of academic integrity and will bear individual responsibility for their work.  Materials (written or otherwise) submitted to fulfill academic requirements must represent a student’s own efforts.  A student who tolerates, promotes or engages in academic dishonesty of any kind will be subject to the consequences outlined in the Guidelines for Student Disciplinary Actions.  The purpose of this policy is to emphasize that any act of academic dishonesty attempted by any Mountain House High School student is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

 

Homework Policy

 

HOMEWORK  AND ASSIGNMENTS

Pursuant to Administrative Regulation 6154, Mountain House high school establishes this Homework plan to satisfy the requirements of the regulation which includes “a school-site homework plan which includes guidelines for the assignment of homework and describes the responsibilities of students, staff and parents/guardians.  For more information about what this regulation requires please refer to LUSD Administrative Regulation 6154 found here:  CLICK HERE

After School Activities, Commitments and Overall Student Well-being:

In addition to providing a rigorous and accessible curriculum for all students, Mountain House High School has defined goals to increase student, staff, and community understanding of student stress.

Stressors associated with academic success, and often the time commitments and pressures associated with extracurricular activities, can have a significant (negative) impact on a student’s social, emotional, and physical health.

An important part of student health includes rest and “unscheduled” down time. A balance between school, extracurricular activities, family commitments, and other obligations should be monitored by parents on a regular basis. Parents are encouraged to play an active role in having students keep a healthy balance in their lives.

If parents, students or teachers experience concerns about the assigning of homework, they are encouraged to communicate directly with one another to address these concerns. If issues still remain, school administration should be consulted for assistance in addressing any remaining areas of concern.

Responsibilities:

Students are responsible for:

  1. asking for clarification on the specifics of the assignment or help with the academic content from the teacher when needed
  2. completing homework in a timely manner, including making up missed homework assignments when absent from class
  3. managing time by staying focused, on task, and planning effectively for projects and assignments
  4. bringing home all necessary materials
  5. putting forth their best effort to produce quality work
  6. completing or making up assignments and tests when suspended from school if provided by the teacher (Ed Code 48913) (cf.5144.1 – Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
  7. taking responsibility for ethical practices in completing homework  assignments
  8. seeking a study buddy/partner or group for each class if needed
  9. understanding that the selection of Honors and AP courses, which are higher-level and college- level classes respectively, often requires an additional workload and more homework (depending on subject and ability level)

Parents/guardians are responsible  for:

  1. encouraging the child to advocate for himself/herself, and when needed, advocate for their child
  2. encouraging reading at all grade levels
  3. providing an appropriate environment for homework to be done including monitoring and limiting television viewing, telephone usage and social  networking
  4. providing a healthy balance between homework, extra and co-curricular activities, and family commitments
  5. contacting the teacher (prior to contacting administration) if their child is consistently unable to do the homework by himself/herself within the time guidelines, or if challenges or questions arise
  6. guiding their child as they choose classes and schedule activities, keeping in mind the homework load and time commitment for each program
  7. discussing that Honors and AP classes will require additional study time and homework

Teachers are responsible for:

  1. ensuring that all homework assigned is directly related to the classroom instruction and consists of clear, purposeful, and relevant activities
  2. sharing expectations for homework with students and parents early in the school year and on an ongoing basis -- opportunities to share this information include Back to School Night, teacher websites and newsletters
  3. communicating individual homework assignments in a consistent and timely manner
  4. designing homework assignments that clearly articulate their objectives, purpose and expected outcome, allowing for student questions and planning
  5. returning graded/marked homework in a timely manner to assist students with their studies
  6. assigning homework that is appropriate and differentiated as needed, based on the needs of students who struggle with assignments, as well as the needs of high-achieving students who demonstrate mastery of concepts
  7. teaching the skills necessary for the students to complete the homework and become successful independent learners
  8. encouraging/assisting students in finding a study partner or group
  9. developing a partnership with students and their families that promotes timely communication and supports families in the homework process
  10. coordinating test days and major projects with the use of a master projects and tests calendar that includes other major site events
  11. avoiding mandatory assignments over weekends and school vacations; long term projects should not be due immediately following vacation periods
  12. working with students, parents and administrators to modify assignments as needed
  13. meet annually with grade level/department team to review quality and quantity of homework assignments

Site administrators are responsible for:

  1. implementing and enforcing district policy and regulations
  2. supporting professional dialogue
  3. coordinating teacher collaboration within and across departments and grade levels for tests, projects and major assignments
  4. monitoring homework quality and quantity
  5. communicating homework expectations with  parents
  6. facilitating interventions and support  programs
  7. communicating with coaches and leaders of extracurricular activities that daily workouts/practices should be limited to help students ensure that academic success and health are not compromised

Makeup Work

Students who miss school work because of an excused absence shall be given the opportunity to complete all assignments and tests that can be reasonably provided. As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence. Students shall receive full credit for work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable (equal to the number of days of the absence) period of time. Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s teachers if their child experiences difficulty completing assignments following an illness. (cf.5113 – Absences and Excuses)

Teachers are not obligated to permit make-up work for unexcused absences.  A pupil with an unexcused absence from school under this section may receive a grade of “zero” for assignments in class for each day of unexcused absence.

When students miss school work because of suspensions, teachers may, but are not required to, give students the opportunity to make up missed work. Teachers shall assign such makeup work as necessary to ensure academic progress and not as a punitive measure.

Extended absences from school, including vacations, are discouraged and are unexcused.  In order to have an absence for vacation excused, parents must receive prior approval from an administrator. When these absences are necessary, all work that is assigned must be completed and turned in on the first day back to class.

48205 Absences for personal reasons

48913 Completion of work by suspended student 48980 Parent notifications

58700-58702 Tutoring and homework assistance program; summer school apportionment credit

Instruction Homework

Homework can be an integral component of education that deepens student learning and understanding. Students will be given homework that is meaningful, purposeful, and appropriate.

Guidelines For Time Spent On Homework

  1. The guidelines of this policy are intended to apply to the needs of all students, but time allocations are targeted toward the average student. The amount of time a student spends on assigned homework depends on many factors such as the student’s needs, learning ability, achievement levels, subject, school schedule, testing schedule and assigned homework due dates. Time spent on homework should be balanced with the importance of personal and family well-being and the wide array of family obligations.
  2. Parents and teachers should make students aware that learning occurs at home, in school, and in the world around them.
  3. Homework should be the result of collaborative efforts with the intent to improve student learning. There are times, particularly in high school, when students will need to study beyond the assigned number of minutes. Students, working with teachers and parents, will need to determine these needs.
  4. Departments and grade level teams should work together and across departments/grade levels to ensure consistency of length and difficulty, and timing of major projects and tests as needed and examine the quality of homework on an ongoing basis.
  5. Homework should be purposeful and meaningful to students. The objectives of the assignment shall be clearly communicated to and understood by students. Legitimate purposes for homework include practicing a skill or process that students can do independently but not fluently, elaborating on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students’ knowledge, reading materials or watching instructional video ahead of time to prepare for instruction, and providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest. Time spent on homework needs to be focused and on task without the distractions of social networking and other media.
  6. Reading is an integral part of learning and is a regular part of homework.
  7. Homework will reflect the accommodations and modifications of curriculum that are stated in a student’s IEP or 504 plan. Modifications should also be considered for English learners as appropriate.
  8. Assigning homework over weekends, holidays and vacations should be a rare occurrence and is strongly discouraged.
  9. Assigning homework is optional and at the discretion of teachers.

High School expectations

  1. As a guideline, total homework assignments should have an estimated completion time of 20 minutes or less of on-task homework per school night, per class, five nights per week. Long-term projects should be included in this time frame.
  2. Guidelines:

9-12 - no more than 20 minutes per class period Monday-Friday on average.  There may be times when reading assignments extend beyond the minutes assigned for some classes.

  1. Some elective classes such as, but not limited to, drama, speech and debate, music and athletics, may require additional practice  opportunities.
  2. In order to coordinate due dates and balance the workload, teachers should meet on a regular basis to collaborate and be aware of homework, projects, assignments, and testing schedules in all curricular subject areas.
  3. When assigning group projects, teachers should allow in-class collaboration time with specific tasks to be completed independently; however, these tasks should not require assistance from parents or costly materials.
  4. Though weekend homework is strongly discouraged, students should be encouraged to use this time for review, voluntary work, or completion of makeup assignments.
  5. AP and Honors courses will require additional study time and homework. Homework expectations for these courses will be made available during the registration process and must be considered by parents and students when students sign up for these courses.

Notification of Progress

Teachers will give students timely feedback concerning homework which has been returned to the teacher. Teacher shall notify parents/guardians when students are not meeting requirements.

Attendance Policy

 

Absences

 

In keeping with Lammersville Unified School District Board Policy (BP) 5113(a), Mountain House High School believes that regular attendance, punctuality and participation in school are directly linked to student achievement.  California Education Code 48205 states that absences from school may only be excused for the following reasons: illness, quarantine, medical/dental appointments, jury duty, attendance at the funeral of an immediate family member, or other justifiable reasons approved in advance by administration. Because family vacations are not considered excused absences, we encourage you to schedule them outside of the regular school year.

 

 

 Verification of Absences

 

All absences must be excused by a note or phone call from the parent/guardian as listed on the registration form. These absences must be cleared within 72 hours (3 school days) of the student’s return to campus. It is the student’s responsibility to clear all absences in the proper amount of time and to arrange for all make-up work with teachers. These absences cannot be cleared after 72 hours, at which time they will be documented as unexcused absences. Students and parents may check their attendance via Aeries or by contacting the attendance office.

 

Mountain House High School is a closed campus.  Students may not leave campus without checking out.  If a student needs to leave school during the day, the parent/guardian must call the Attendance Office before the time that the student needs to leave campus.  A pass will be written and ready for the student to pick up in the office prior to leaving.  If the student becomes ill during the day, he/she needs to check out through the Attendance Office. Classrooms cannot be interrupted to notify a student of an appointment.  If a student is expecting an early dismissal, he/she should come to the Attendance Office throughout the day to confirm that it has been arranged.  Leaving campus without prior parental permission or checking out through the office will result in an unexcused absence. 

 

Only parents or legal guardians can excuse the absence of a student who is younger than 18 years of age. Older brothers, sisters, relatives, or neighbors cannot legally excuse a student’s absence. Only a parent/guardian may excuse absences and request an off campus pass.  A student who is over the age of 18 may excuse absences or request off campus passes;  however, the student must fill out an off campus form and, as a courtesy, the student’s parents will be notified of the excusal or release from school by administration.

 

Per LUSD Administrative Regulation (AR) 5113(c), after a student has had 14 absences verified by a parent in the manner described above, any further absences must be verified by a physician.

Attendance for Finals

It is essential that students be present on the first and last day of the school year. Students who are not present will be dropped and must re-enroll when they return.

Students MUST be present for finals in December and May.  Early finals will not be provided for students to leave school early.  If a student is absent for finals, they will receive a zero on their final and their semester grade will be calculated accordingly.  There will be no makeup for missed finals.

Tardiness/Class Cuts

 

Mountain House High School utilizes a computerized period-by-period attendance system.  Students are accountable for punctual attendance in every class and are marked tardy if they are not in their seats when class begins.  If, after 30 minutes, a student is not in class, the absence may be considered a class cut and documented as a truancy.

 

 

Makeup Work--Excused Absences

 

A pupil with an excused absence from school shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments that are reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed.

 

 

Makeup Work--Unexcused Absences

 

Teachers are not obligated to permit make-up work for unexcused absences.  A pupil with an unexcused absence from school under this section may receive a grade of “zero” for assignments in each class for each day of unexcused absence.

 

 

Makeup Work--Suspensions

 

The teacher of any class may require the suspended pupil to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension.

Attendance and Grading

 

According to Administrative Regulation 5121(c), a teacher may assign a failing grade or no credit to any pupil deemed to have excessive unexcused absences from that teacher's class pursuant to Education Code 48260.

School Consequences for Unexcused Absences

Saturday School will be assigned to students who have 1 or more unexcused absence or who repeatedly choose to violate school or district policies as set forth in this handbook. Saturday School does not remove the infraction from the student’s record.

A student assigned to Saturday School must serve the Saturday School on the date assigned. Email notifications will be sent home with the details of the Saturday School and reason for the assignment prior to the Saturday School date. Failure to attend Saturday School after assignment will be considered defiance of authority (Education Code 48900) and will result in a day of Reflection Room. Continued failure to attend Saturday School will result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

 

Failure to serve an assigned Saturday School will be considered Defiance of Authority (Education Code  48900) and appropriate consequences will be administered which may include Reflection Room and/or suspension from school.  Please note that pre-approved absences, illness verified by a doctor’s note, or verified family emergencies are the only acceptable excuses to miss

Saturday School.

Saturday School

 *Students will be notified if they have earned Saturday School and parents will be contacted by email.

Truancy Notification and Consequences

 

In adherence to Administrative Regulation 5113.1(b) and Education Code 48260, a student will be identified as truant when the student accrues three full days of unexcused absences from school or eighteen single period absences.  At this point, a student enters the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process:

Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) Process

    SARB is a strategy that utilizes school and community resources to help students improve their attendance. At the SARB hearing, the panel will decide which intervention they would like to implement in order to help resolve the students’ attendance issues.

Number of Unexcused Absences

Notification and Consequence

3 days/18 periods of unexcused absences

  • Student is identified as truant
  • SARB 1- Letter sent home

6 days/36 periods of unexcused absences

  • SARB 2- Letter sent home with meeting notification
  • Parent/Guardian and student meet with MHHS administrator
  • Attendance contract signed
  • Parent/Guardian is obligated to compel student to attend school.

9 days/54 periods of unexcused absences

  • SARB 3- Letter sent home with meeting notification
  • Parent/Guardian and student meet with District administration.  Possible outcomes of the meeting:
  • Student placed on district attendance contract
  • Student referred to alternate placement at another school
  • The parent/guardian may be guilty of an infraction of the law and subject to prosecution pursuant to Education Code 48290-48296
  • The student may be subject to suspension, restriction or delay of his/her driving privilege pursuant to Vehicle Code 13202.7

 

Definition of a Chronic Truant

Effective January 1, 2011, EC Section 48263.6: Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory education who is absent from school without a valid excuse for ten percent or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant, provided that the appropriate school district officer or employee has complied with EC sections 48260.5, 48261, 48262, and 48291.

 

The Governing Board expects all students to be present and ready to work each day that school is in session. The State has implemented an “in-seat” attendance policy for claiming state school apportionment. This means every time a student is absent, for whatever reason, we lose funding for that day. Besides the loss of state funding, all absences create an additional workload for the teacher and student. Your student loses valuable instructional time when the teacher provides make-up work. This literally doubles the work for all involved. Absences from school should be taken very seriously and used only when absolutely necessary. The District needs your support for school attendance.

Temporary Disability/Home Hospital Instruction

 

Pursuant to Education Code 48206.3 and Administrative Regulation 6183, a student with a temporary disability which makes school attendance impossible or inadvisable shall receive individual instruction in the student's home or in a hospital or other residential health facility, excluding state hospitals. This instruction applies to students incurring a physical, mental or emotional disability after which they can reasonably be expected to return to regular day classes or an alternative education program without special intervention. It does not apply to students identified as individuals with exceptional needs pursuant to Education Code 56026. (Education Code 48206.3)

Parents must submit a request for home hospital instruction to the school and include the following information:

Short-term Independent Study

If a student will be out of school for more than five (5) days an Independent Study contract may be available so that the student is still able to earn credit. Parents must apply for short-term independent study and the application must be received by the school office at least 10 school days prior to the absence. This allows the teacher time to gather work and the parent and student time to sign the contract. All work must be completed and turned in the FIRST day that the child returns to class, or the contract will be invalidated and the absences will become unexcused. Please contact the school office for more information.  The following conditions must apply in order to be granted a request for short-term independent study:

 

  1. A student must be absent from school for five (5) consecutive school days in order to qualify for short-term Independent Study.
  2. The short-term Independent Study contract may not extend for a period longer than ten (10) school days.
  3. The student/parent must notify the school administrator of intentions to go on a trip or to be absent for other non-medical reasons at least ten school (10) days prior to the absence.
  4. Students whose achievement is below grade level standards, based on multiple measures, in Language Arts or Math may not be eligible for short-term Independent Study.
  5. Students may not be on short-term independent study more than three times while in grades K-12.
  6. Students who have previously been granted an Independent Study Agreement and have not successfully completed a previous Independent Study agreement are not eligible for any subsequent short-term Independent Study agreements.
  7. There are no Short Term Independent Study agreements issued the first twenty (20) school days of the year.
  8. No Short-Term Independent Study agreements will be given for any of the last twenty (20) days of the school year.

 

Tardy Policy

 

Mountain House High School considers punctuality an important life and career habit.  For this reason, students are expected to arrive to all classes on time.  A student must be in their seat when the bell rings to be considered on time.  Students who arrive to class after the bell rings need to go to the attendance office to receive a tardy slip prior to entering class.  Students who are more than 30 minutes late to class will be marked absent.  

Tardy Consequences

Number of Tardies

Notification and Consequence

1st-6th Tardy

  • Parent contact via auto dialer

7th-9th Tardy

  • Parent contact via auto dialer
  • Student meets with Vice Principal
  • Vice Principal calls home
  • Detention is assigned

10+ Tardies

  • Parent contact via auto dialer
  • Saturday School assigned, parents contacted by email
  • 20 Days LOSP

Dress Code

 

Pursuant to Board Policy 5132, Mountain House High School holds that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment and are important life and career skills.  Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate personal cleanliness and wear clothing that is suitable for the school activities in which they participate.

 

Clothes must be neat, clean, and appropriate for school, according to the guidelines below.  No items shall be worn to school which are distracting to the learning environment, revealing, obscene, vulgar, related to tobacco, drugs or alcohol, or related to any unauthorized group which may provoke others to acts of violence or cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence as determined by school administrators and other school staff.  Please refer to Administrative Regulation 5132(a).  When dressing for school, students should be aware of the following:

 

a. No hairnets, do-rags, wave caps, gang-related hats, bandanas (any color) or any item that depicts gang affiliation. This includes and is not limited to towels, shirts or other items placed on the head. Hats and caps are not to be worn indoors.  All hats and caps must be worn facing the front and may not be worn to the back or to the side.  Hoods and sunglasses may not be worn in classrooms.

 

b. No clothing that has been altered in such a way as to identify students with a gang including and not limited to, sagging/baggy pants, cut off shorts with knee high socks, hanging belts, suspenders off the shoulders, or gang-related initials on belt buckles.

 

c. Students must wear their pants on their hips.

 

d. Sexually suggestive attire (including playboy items) or extremely short or revealing attire is prohibited on campus. This includes, but is not limited to, low-cut garments, strapless, tube tops or off the shoulder tops. Undergarments may not be visible. Tops must have two (2) straps no less than one (1) inch in width. No bare midriffs or backs, or muscle shirts, undershirts, and fishnet or sheer tops. Shirts must be worn with both arms through the sleeves - not over one shoulder.  Shorts that are shorter than knuckle length with the hands relaxed to the sides or skirts which are shorter than fingertip length are not allowed. Ripped jeans or pants may not have holes above knuckles with the hands relaxed at the side.

 

e. Shoes must be worn at all times.

 

f.  No clothing or other accessories (such as chains, spiked collars, wristbands, jewelry or rings), which present a safety hazard may be worn.

g. A school issued ID must be worn and visible on the upper part of your person at all times.

Unauthorized Group-related Conduct/Activity

 

Education Code 35183 gives site administration the authority to take measures to suppress unauthorized group-related conduct, activity and apparel on and adjacent to all school campuses during all school sponsored events.  Such activities are a threat to the safety of others and are strictly prohibited. 

Student ID Policy

 

ID badges are essential for student safety and aid to security personnel and administrators in identifying students who belong at the school and visitors who are not part of the school community.

 

ID cards are to be carried by all students on campus between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Students are required to wear their student ID badge visibly, outside their clothing, around their neck on a lanyard or clipped to their shirt collar at all times.

 

ID badges that are broken or defaced, that have damaged photos, names, or barcodes, or that are unreadable, are invalid and must be replaced.

 

Students are required to wear their ID badge at school and to carry their ID badge at all school-sponsored functions.

 

An ID badge is also required to obtain Chromebooks, borrow library materials, and to gain access to the Library Media Center and to other school functions and activities. Pictures for the card are taken during Walk-Through Registration and on a makeup picture day in the fall.

 

Students who lose their ID badge must purchase a replacement in the Student Service Center between 7:00am and 3:30pm for $5, which includes the lanyard.  A lanyard may be purchased as a single item for $2. Students who go to the office proactively for a replacement ID badge before their first period will be required to purchase an ID and lanyard for $5, but NO additional consequences will be enforced.

 

Students who are sent by staff to the office for failure to wear their ID badge, or go in after their first class, will be required to purchase a replacement for $5, and may be subject to disciplinary actions as outlined in the Guidelines for Student Disciplinary Actions.

Dress Code/School ID Consequences

Number of Violations

Notification and Consequence

1st Offense

  • Warning
  • Change Clothes/New ID with a $5 replacement charge
  • Email to Parents

2nd Offense

  • Detention assigned
  • Change clothes/New ID with a $5 replacement charge
  • Email to Parents

3+ Offenses

  • 1 day of Reflection Room/LOSP for up to 20 days
  • Change clothes/New ID with a $5 replacement charge
  • Call home to parents by VP
  • VP Will meet with the student to assign consequence.

Cars and Parking Permits

 

Any student bringing a car to school and parking on campus must have a valid parking permit.  Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors may purchase their parking permits through the ASB office, online at the webstore, or in the Student Store.  Questions regarding parking policies may be addressed to an administrator.  Students should be aware that they are subject to citation for violation when they fail to display a parking permit.

 

 

Closed Campus

 

Students are NOT allowed to leave campus during the school day.  The parking lots are off limits during the school day.  For a student to leave campus, a parent/guardian must contact the Attendance Office to arrange for an off-campus pass.  It is the student’s responsibility to pick up his/her off-campus pass before leaving campus.  If a student needs to retrieve an item needed for school, the student must request a parking lot pass in the office.

Seniors may earn the privilege to leave campus for lunch after the first grading period ends.  Seniors must submit an application to the office with parent signature to apply for off campus privilege.  Seniors will be notified by email with the determination of their ability to leave campus for lunch.  The off-campus lunch privilege for seniors is based on grades, attendance, and behavior.  A student who has earned off-campus lunch may have the privilege suspended or revoked because of grades, attendance, or behavior.

Food Delivery

The delivery of food to students by outside vendors is NOT allowed during the school day. Students may not call and order food to be delivered to campus. Outside vendors including food trucks are off limits to students during the school day. Seniors with off campus privileges may not bring back food for other students. Any food brought to campus should be for an individual and not intended for a group.

If parents would like to deliver lunch for their child, they may leave the items in the administration office and inform their student via text to pick up the meal after fourth period.  Our goal is to preserve the instructional time of all teachers and students by avoiding disruptions to the educational process.

Selling Food and Merchandise

All fundraisers that take place on campus must be formally approved through the LUSD school board. Students are NOT allowed to sell food, candy, beverages, or other merchandise for individual profit on campus. All club and sports teams that intend to hold fundraisers must initiate the formal approval process through their faculty sponsor.

Recording Devices

Education Code 51512 states that, “The Legislature finds that the use by any person, including a pupil, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom of the elementary and secondary schools without the prior consent of the teacher and the principal of the school given to promote an educational purpose disrupts and impairs the teaching process and discipline in the elementary and secondary schools, and such use is prohibited.”

Students may NOT record other students, teachers, administrators, or any other staff or visitors on campus without the prior consent of all parties. Any student found in violation is subject to appropriate discipline.

 

Visitors on Campus

 

PURSUANT TO STATE EDUCATION CODE, ALL VISITORS MUST REGISTER AT THE OFFICE BEFORE ENTERING A SCHOOL CAMPUS.

We are proud of the educational program being carried out at Mountain House High School. Parents are encouraged to visit classrooms and volunteers are especially welcome. In order to maintain a safe learning environment all volunteers need to complete a volunteer application request. Please visit http://www.lammersvilleschooldistrict.net/for_parents/volunteer_information for more information on this process. Once you are approved to volunteer or visit, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

 

1. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) before planning a visit. This will enable the teacher(s) to arrange a time to meet your needs.

 

2.  When coming for a classroom visit, parents must check into the office and obtain a visitor’s badge. It is important that, as a safety precaution, the office be aware of the identity and locations of anyone on the school campus when classes are in session.

 

3.  As small children are often distracting to regular classroom work, parents are requested to see that younger brothers or sisters are not included in these visits.

Head Injury/Concussion

 

EC 49475 

(a)  If a school district elects to offer an athletic program, the school district shall comply with both of the following:

 

  1. An athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in an athletic activity shall be immediately removed from the activity for the remainder of the day, and shall not be permitted to return to the activity until he or she is evaluated by a licensed health care provider, trained in the management of concussions, acting within the scope of his or her practice. The athlete shall not be permitted to return to the activity until he or she receives written clearance to return to the activity from that licensed health care provider.

 

  1. On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be signed and returned by the athlete and the athlete’s parent or guardian before the athlete’s initiating practice or competition.

 

(b)  This section does not apply to an athlete engaging in an athletic activity during the regular school day or as part of a physical education course required pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 51220.

 

Consent to Medical Care

 

AB499

Existing law allows a minor to consent to specified forms of medical or dental treatment.

FC 6922. (a) A minor who is 12 years of age or older and who may have come into contact with an infectious, contagious, or communicable disease may consent to medical care related to the diagnosis or treatment, if the disease or condition is one that is required by law or regulation adopted pursuant to law to be reported to the local health officer, or is a related sexually transmitted disease, as may be determined by the State Public Health Officer.

 

(a)  A minor who is 12 years of age or older may consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease

(b)  The minor’s parents or guardian are not liable for payment for medical care provided pursuant to this section.

Medication Policy

 

Per Board Policy 5141.21, school personnel may sometimes need to assist students in taking prescription medication as required by a parent or physician.  In such instances, the parent or guardian must provide written notification of the student’s need for said prescription during the school day along with a copy of the doctor’s note.  Arrangements can also be made for students who need to self-administer a prescription medication per a doctor’s orders.  Parents or guardians must notify school administration of this need in advance and provide documentation in the form of a doctor’s note.

 

 

Dance Policy

 

The Lammersville Unified School District and Mountain House High School are committed to providing students wholesome educational, social, athletic and extracurricular activities to support the personal growth and development of students. School dances are an important component of students’ high school experience.  In regards to school dances, parents and students should be aware of the following policies:

 

1.        Dances are a privilege. All school rules apply.

 

2.        Dance tickets are non-transferrable and will be honored for only the person whose name they are in. The student must be present at the time of purchase.

 

3.        No dance shall start until all assigned chaperones have arrived.

 

4.        Mountain House High School dances are closed to non-students with the exception of the Winter Formal and the Prom. Guest passes must be completed and turned into administration one week prior to the last day of dance ticket sales. Guests may be no older than 20 years old.

 

5.        All students must show their current MHHS ID to be admitted to all dances.

 

6.        Admission to a dance will be allowed for only one hour after the dance has started unless the student has made prior arrangements with administration.

 

7.        Appropriate attire will be worn all evening.  Students must adhere to the MHHS dress code during the dance.

 

8.        A student who leaves a dance before it is over will not be readmitted.  Parents will be called if a student needs to leave before the dance is over.

 

9.        Inappropriate or other sexually suggestive dancing will not be allowed. Students must face each other while dancing.  Students who dance in inappropriate ways will be required to leave the dance.  Ticket fees will not be refunded.

  1. Inappropriate displays of affection are prohibited.  Students engaged in such behavior will be asked to leave the dance.  Ticket fees will not be refunded.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

 

Each spring, most students in California participate in the statewide testing program, which is the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. In grades three through eight and grade eleven, most students take the Smarter Balanced online tests for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. However, students who have a significant cognitive disability (as designated in their individualized education program) are eligible to take the California Alternate Assessments (CAAs). In grades five, eight, and ten, students are also tested in science.

 

Pursuant to Education Code section 60615, parents have the right to exempt their children from State CAASPP and CST testing.  Please provide written notification to your site principal if you wish to exercise this option.

 

If you would like more information about the CAASPP System, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE’s CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr.

Contraband-Sniffing Dogs

 

Dogs trained in detecting contraband may be allowed on campus for the safety of students and staff. All classrooms, lockers, backpacks and vehicles on or within 1000 feet of the campus may be subject to search. Once a dog has alerted, the school has an obligation to investigate if there is a weapon, dangerous or unsafe object present. Students whose backpacks and/or lockers are searched and in which an illegal substance or weapon is discovered will be considered to be in possession of that item and will face disciplinary action as outlined in the Guidelines for Student Disciplinary Actions. Students who drive a vehicle to school are fully responsible for the contents of that vehicle, even if the vehicle or its contents actually belong to someone else.

 

School Safety and Security (Cameras On Campus)

 

Cameras are installed at the school site for safety and security. Information will be shared with the law enforcement agencies for any violations of the law. 

Mountain House High School

Code of Conduct

 

 

Lammersville Unified School District Policy AR 5142(a)

 

Each Principal or Designee shall establish school rules for the safe and appropriate use of school equipment and materials and for student conduct consistent with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

 

 

California Code of Regulations (C.C.R.) Title 5, Sec. 300

 

Every pupil shall attend school punctually and regularly; conform to the regulations of the school; obey promptly all the directions of his/her teacher and others in authority; observe good order and propriety of deportment; be diligent in study; be respectful to his/her teachers and others in authority; be kind and courteous to schoolmates and refrain from the use of profane and vulgar language. (Reg. 77, No. 39)

 

 

Education Code (E.C.) 48908

 

All pupils shall comply with the regulations, pursue the required course of study, and submit to the authority of the teachers of the school.

 

 

Right to Safe Schools

 

According to the California Constitution, Article II, Section 28 (c) – All students and staff of public, primary, elementary, junior high and senior high schools have the inalienable right to attend campuses that are safe, secure and peaceful. 

 

 Purpose and Philosophy

 

In accordance with the California Constitution and Code of Regulations, California Education Code and Lammersville Unified School District Governing Board Policy 0450(a), Mountain House High School will provide students with a safe, secure, and positive educational atmosphere.  The purpose and philosophy of the Mountain House High School Code of Conduct is to outline practices, policies, and procedures that will help students to behave as law-abiding, productive citizens of their community both now and in the future. To assure this, Mountain House High School, Lammersville Unified School District and California Education Code policies are in effect during the regular day, as students travel to and from school, and at all school related events and activities.

 

Mountain House High School is accountable for creating and maintaining safety and we devote considerable resources and attention to developing, modeling and leading a transparent, safe school environment.  All community members hold physical, social/emotional and curricular safety as key elements of our school culture.

 

Physical safety - Everyone is free from physical harm and structures and systems are in place to prevent danger.

 

Social/Emotional safety - We work diligently to prevent and protect from harassment, bullying, and personal attack.  We hold a commitment to peaceful conflict resolution, mutual respect and accountability for all.

 

Curricular safety - We have an on-going, comprehensive support plan for all as reflected in our Master Counseling Plan and integrated into the total high school learning experience and culture.  Our beliefs about school culture and safety consistently shape our definition of “The Mustang Way.”

Student Acceptable Use Policy and Computer Use Agreement

The Lammersville Unified School District and the San Joaquin County Office of Education Data Processing Joint Powers Authority, hereinafter referred to as the “district”, authorizes students to use technology owned or otherwise provided by the district as necessary for instructional purposes. The use of district technology is a privilege permitted at the district's discretion and is subject to the conditions and restrictions set forth in applicable policies, administrative regulations, and this Acceptable Use Policy and Computer Use Agreement. The district reserves the right to suspend access at any time, without notice, for any reason. The district expects all students to use technology responsibly in order to avoid potential problems and liability. The district may place reasonable restrictions on the sites, material, and/or information that students may access through the system. Each student who is authorized to use district technology and his/her parent/guardian shall sign this Acceptable Use Policy and Computer Use Agreement as an indication that they have read and understand the agreement. Definitions District technology includes, but is not limited to, computers, the district's computer network including servers and wireless computer networking technology (Wi-Fi), the Internet, email, USB drives, wireless access points (routers), tablet computers, smartphones and smart devices, telephones, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, pagers, MP3 players, wearable technology, any wireless communication device including emergency radios, and/or future technological innovations, whether accessed on or off site or through district-owned or personally owned equipment or devices. Student Obligations and Responsibilities Students are expected to use district technology safely, responsibly, and for educational purposes only. The student in whose name district technology is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Students shall not share their assigned online services account information, passwords, or other information used for identification and authorization purposes, and shall use the system only under the account to which they have been assigned. Students are prohibited from using district technology for improper purposes, including, but not limited to, use of district technology to:

  1. Access, post, display, or otherwise use material that is discriminatory, libelous, defamatory, obscene, sexually explicit, or disruptive.
  2. Bully, harass, intimidate, or threaten other students, staff, or other individuals ("cyberbullying").
  3. Disclose, use, or disseminate personal identification information (such as name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other personal information) of another student, staff member, or other person with the intent to threaten, intimidate, harass, or ridicule that person.
  4. Infringe on copyright, license, trademark, patent, or other intellectual property rights.
  5. Intentionally disrupt or harm district technology or other district operations (such as destroying district equipment, placing a virus on district computers, adding or removing a computer program without permission from a teacher or other district personnel, changing settings on shared computers).
  6. Install unauthorized software.
  7. "Hack" into the system to manipulate data of the district or other users.
  8. Engage in or promote any practice that is unethical or violates any law or policy, administrative regulation, or district practice.

Privacy

Since the use of district technology is intended for educational purposes, students shall not have any

expectation of privacy in any use of district technology. The district reserves the right to monitor and record all use of district technology, including, but not limited to, access to the Internet or social media, communications sent or received from district technology, or other uses. Such monitoring/recording may occur at any time without prior notice for any legal purposes including, but not limited to, record retention and distribution and/or investigation of improper, illegal, or prohibited activity. Students should be aware that, in most instances, their use of district technology (such as web searches and emails) cannot be erased or deleted. All passwords created for or used on any district technology are the sole property of the district. The creation or use of a password by a student on district technology does not create a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Personally Owned Devices

If a student uses a personally owned device to access district technology, he/she shall abide by all applicable policies, administrative regulations, and this Acceptable Use Policy and Computer Use Agreement. Any such use of a personally owned device may subject the contents of the device and any communications sent or received on the device to disclosure pursuant to a lawful subpoena or public records request.

Reporting

If a student becomes aware of any security problem (such as any compromise of the confidentiality of any login or account information) or misuse of district technology, he/she shall immediately report such information to the teacher or other district personnel.

Consequences for Violation

Violations of the law, policy, or this agreement may result in revocation of a student's access to district technology and/or discipline, up to and including suspension or expulsion. In addition, violations of the law, policy, or this agreement may be reported to law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Guidelines for Effective Communication

When you have a question or concern regarding your child or a class, please...

1.        discuss matters with your child’s  . . . . . .                        TEACHER(S)

        . . . if questions or concerns remain,

2.        discuss matters with the . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 SCHOOL COUNSELOR

        . . . then, if you wish,

3.        discuss matters with your child’s  . . . . . .                        VICE PRINCIPAL

        . . . if questions or concerns remain,

4.        discuss matters with the school’s  . . . . . .                PRINCIPAL

        . . . then, if you wish,

5.        discuss matters with the . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 DISTRICT OFFICE

        . . . and then, if you wish,

6.        request through the Superintendent

               to meet with the . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        GOVERNING BOARD

Rights and Responsibilities Related to Discipline for Students, Parents, Classified Staff, Teachers,Administrators, School Board Members, and Parent Volunteers

EACH STUDENT HAS A RIGHT TO . . .

EACH STUDENT HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO . . .

As a part of the High School’s discipline policy, all students will be informed of their teacher's individual classroom rules and expectations.  These will be discussed thoroughly at the beginning of the school year.  If students break these classroom rules, each teacher will have the option to handle the situation according to his/her professional judgment, which may include after-school detention.  In serious cases and/or repeated offenses, the consequences can include a disciplinary referral to the office.

The Principal/Designee will talk with the pupil about the problem and, if the problem is serious enough, the pupil's parent will be contacted.  Occasionally a pupil will be suspended from school if other means of discipline fail to improve conduct.  Most of the students at the High School rarely have any serious problems, but if they feel that they might have trouble, it is much better to see the Principal/Designee BEFORE problems actually happen, rather than wait until they are in trouble.  Additionally:

EACH PARENT HAS A RIGHT TO . . .

EACH PARENT HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO . . .

EACH TEACHER HAS A RIGHT TO . . .

EACH TEACHER HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO . . .

EACH ADMINISTRATOR HAS A RIGHT TO . . .

EACH ADMINISTRATOR HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO . . .

THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS A RIGHT TO . . .

THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO . . .

 

Disciplinary Violations and Consequences

 

Due Process

 

Students facing major disciplinary action (such as suspension, expulsion or transfer to another school) have a right to a fair hearing.  The process requires that procedures be established to guarantee that penalties which deny access to educational opportunity are administered for good and just cause.

 

Due process procedures entitle students to:  1) oral or written notification of the charges; 2) explanation of the evidence; 3) opportunity to present his/her side of the story; and 4) a right to appeal decisions resulting in major disciplinary action to the next higher authority.

 

The procedures are designed to ensure that corrective action, if any, is taken only after a thorough examination of the facts.  The nature of the corrective action must be reasonably related to the nature and circumstances of the violations.

 

It is hoped that students will never place themselves in a situation requiring the protection of due process.  However, if a student does become involved in a situation in which a suspension, expulsion, or transfer might result, both the student and his/her parents will be given a more detailed description of the due process procedures.

  

Detention

 

Students may be assigned detention as a part of the Student Conduct Code.  Detention can be assigned by the teacher or site administration.  The detention can involve doing school work or community service for the school.  Detention may be assigned at lunch, or after school.  

 

Failure to serve a teacher's assigned detention will be considered Defiance of Authority (Education Code 48900) and appropriate consequences will be administered which may include Administrative Detention, On Campus Suspension and/or suspension from school.

 

 

Search and Seizure (BP 5145.12)

 

Board Policy 5145.12 explains district policy and procedures on search and seizure, including the use of Breathalyzers and metal detectors.

 

The Governing Board recognizes that incidents may occur which jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of students and staff and which necessitate the search and seizure of students, their property, their lockers and/or vehicles by school officials.

 

School officials may search individual students and their property when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence that the student is violating the law or the rules of the district or the school. The Board urges that discretion, good judgment and common sense be exercised in all cases of search and seizure.

When possible, staff may use a metal detector when searching an individual for weapons.

 

The parent/guardian of a student subjected to an individualized search shall be notified by the district as soon after the search as possible.

 

Suspension from School

 

Definition: Suspension means removal of a student from ongoing instruction for disciplinary purposes.

  

Teacher Suspension of a Student

 

A teacher may suspend, for any of the reasons contained in Section 48900 of the Education Code, any student from his/her class for the day of the suspension and the following day.

1.  When a teacher suspends a student for any of the reasons contained in Section 48900, the teacher shall immediately report the suspension to the Principal/Designee for appropriate action.

2.  As soon as possible, the teacher shall ask the student's parent/guardian to attend a parent/teacher conference regarding the suspension.  A counselor should attend the conference if it is practicable, and a school administrator may attend if either the parent/guardian or teacher so requests.

3.  A suspended student shall not be returned to class during the period of suspension without the approval of the teacher of the class and the Principal/Designee.

 

 

Principal/Designee Suspension of a Student

 

The Principal/Designee may suspend and/or place a student on probation for any of the reasons contained in Education Code Section 48900 and/or 48915.  The suspension shall be limited to five (5) consecutive school days per offense.

1.  Suspension shall be preceded by an informal conference between the student, a certificated school employee and whenever practicable, the teacher or supervisor who referred the student to the Principal/Designee.  At the conference the student shall be informed of the reason(s) for the disciplinary action and the evidence against him/her and shall be given the opportunity to present his/her version and evidence in support of his/her defense.  The conference may be omitted if the Principal/Designee determines that an emergency situation exists, in that there is a clear and present danger to the lives, safety or health of students or school personnel.  If the pre-suspension conference is not held, then a meeting shall be held as soon as practicable, but not later than two (2) school days from the day the suspension is ordered unless the student is physically unable to attend due to hospitalization, incarceration, etc., in which case the conference will be held as soon as the student is physically able to return to school unless the student waives the right to the conference.

2.   At the time of suspension, a school employee shall make a reasonable effort to contact the student's parent/guardian in person or by telephone.  A school employee shall also report the suspension of the student to the Director of Student Services.

3.   A notice of the suspension shall be mailed by a school employee to the parent/ guardian in the primary language of the parent/guardian; if practicable, containing each of the following:

a.        A statement of the facts leading to the decision to suspend.

b.        The day and time the student will be allowed to return to school.

c.        A statement of the parent's or the student's right to have access to the student's record as provided in Education Code 48914.

d.        A request that the parent/guardian attend a conference with school officials regarding the student's behavior, including notice that State law requires parents or guardians to respond to such request without delay.

4.  While parents or guardians are required to respond without delay to a request for a conference regarding their child's behavior, no penalties may be imposed on the student for the failure of the parent/ guardian to attend such conference.  In addition, the student's readmission shall not be contingent on the attendance of the parents or guardian at such conference.

5.  The pupil is in the complete custody and jurisdiction of his/her parents or legal guardian during the entire period of suspension.

6.  The pupil is not to loiter on or near any school grounds at any time, or attend any school activities, no matter where such activities may be taking place.

7.  The teacher of any class from which a student is suspended may require the suspended student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension.  In addition, a suspended student may be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the suspension which can be reasonably provided, and upon satisfactory completion, given full credit therefore.  (Education Code 48913.)

8.  Completion of Assignments:   The teacher of any class from which a pupil is suspended may require the suspended pupil to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension (Education Code 48913).

Administrative Detention

Administrative Detention will be assigned as specified in the Guidelines for Student Disciplinary Actions (see below).  

Administrative Detention will be held every day afternoon from 3:35 to 4:05

Depending on the infraction committed to warrant assignment to Administrative Detention, students may be assigned to perform campus clean up or other maintenance duties.  Practices, after school sports or extracurricular activities will not be accepted as excuses for not attending Administrative Detention.  Administrative Detention may be assigned at an administrator’s discretion in lieu of suspension.

 

 

Loss of School Privileges (LOSP)

 

Loss of school privileges (LOSP) prohibits performance, competition, or participation in school extracurricular activities.  Practice, tryouts, and game play may be affected by LOSP.  The loss of school privilege will be based on calendar days. If LOSP occurs during the last weeks of school for a senior, it may include restriction from all graduation and senior class activities.  Certain severe violations of the school discipline policy will also result in LOSP (see Disciplinary Violations and Consequences).

Students who have been suspended from school receive 10 calendar days LOSP for each 1 day of suspension.

Reflection Room

 

Reflection Room is a classroom learning center where students are required to work independently. Reflection Room is used as an administrative placement in lieu of suspension. Students with excessive days of Reflection Room placements are subject to suspension. Students may request to make up work missed due to placement in Reflection Room. The teacher shall provide all assignments and tests that the pupil will miss while in Reflection Room (Education Code 48911.1).

 

Appealing a Suspension and/or Conditions of Probation

 

When a student receives a suspension, the student or the student's parent/ guardian may appeal the suspension and/or loss of school privilege to the Principal.  This appeal must occur within ten days of the incident.  If the appeal is not resolved at the school site by the Principal, then the student or the student's parent/guardian may appeal the suspension and/or conditions of probation to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's Designee.

 

Under the provisions of Education Code 48914, the District has established the following procedures for appealing a suspension taken by the school:

1.  The student or student's parent/ guardian may appeal a suspension.  The appeal shall be filed within ten (10) days of the time that the suspension and/or other disciplinary action took place.  A meeting, if requested, may be held with the Principal for the appeal.  The Principal shall make a decision regarding the appeal in a timely manner.

2.  If the appeal is not resolved at the school site by the Principal, then the student or the student's parent/guardian may appeal the suspension to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's Designee.  The appeal shall be filed within ten (10) school days of the time that the Principal renders his/her decision.  A meeting, if requested, may be held with the Superintendent or the Superintendent's Designee.  The procedure shall be as follows:

a.  The Superintendent or Superintendent's Designee shall determine if there was sufficient evidence to find that the alleged violation occurred, and whether the penalty was appropriate for the violation.

b.  The student may designate a representative to be present with him/her at the meeting, but the representative shall not serve as legal counsel unless the district has a legal counsel present to represent the school district.

c.  At the meeting the Superintendent or Superintendent's Designee shall review all written documents in the case; and the student's parents or guardian and/or representative address the Superintendent or Superintendent's Designee on the evidence or the appropriateness of the penalty.

d.  The Superintendent or Superintendent's Designee shall make a decision and inform the parent(s).  If the Superintendent or Superintendent's Designee determines that no violation occurred, all record and documentation regarding the disciplinary proceedings and suspension shall be immediately destroyed and no information regarding the meeting shall be placed in the student's permanent record file.  If the Superintendent or Superintendent's Designee determines that the penalty imposed was inappropriate for the violation, all records and documentation concerning the suspension and/or other disciplinary action shall be revised to indicate only the facts leading to the penalty imposed by the Superintendent or the Superintendent's Designee.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)

 

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed for students experiencing behaviors that result in serious barriers to learning. The primary focus areas of concern are: attendance, academics, behavior and health.  SAPs are designed to provide an intermediate level of intervention when classroom and school site interventions have not been successful.  Parent and student involvement in the SAP intervention process is critical. The goal of SAP is to prevent further loss of classroom time due to behaviors that may lead to suspension and/or expulsion.

Progressive discipline/intervention may include a SAP referral prior to a DART.

 

Student Success Team (SST)

 

A Student Success Team (SST) meeting may be held, which is aimed at improving student’s academic and behavioral functioning.

 

 

Discipline and Attendance Review Team (DART)

 

Discipline and Attendance Review Team- a DART is utilized at 10 days of suspension.  It is used as a means to develop a plan regarding student’s discipline and behavior. 

 

 

Expulsion from Lammersville Public Schools

 

Expulsion means the removal of a student from the immediate supervision and control, or the general supervision of school personnel for more than five (5) consecutive school days.  The expulsion shall remain in effect until the governing board orders the readmission of the student.  At the time of the expulsion, the governing board shall set a date, not later than the last day of the semester following the semester in which the expulsion occurred unless expulsion under 48915 which may include a full year expulsion, when the student may apply for readmission to school.

 

 

Authority to Expel

 

The governing board may expel students for any of the reasons contained in Education Code 48900 and/or 48915.  Such action, except for single acts of a serious nature, is usually reserved for application where there is a history of misconduct and where other forms of discipline, including suspension, have failed.  The Principal or designee  is required to recommend expulsion for the following acts (Education Code 48915):

Mandatory Expulsion Guidelines

 

1.  Except as provided in subdivisions (c) and (e), the principal or the Superintendent of schools shall recommend the expulsion of a pupil for any of the following acts committed at school or at a school activity off school grounds,  unless the principal or Superintendent finds that expulsion is inappropriate, due to the particular circumstance:

a.  Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense.

b.  Possession of any knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil.

c.  Unlawful possession of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, except for the first offense for the possession of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis.

d.  Robbery or extortion.

e.  Assault or battery, as defined in Sections 240 and 242 of the Penal Code, upon any school employee.

2.   Upon recommendation by the principal, Superintendent of schools or by a hearing officer or administrative panel appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 48918, the governing board may order a pupil expelled upon finding that the pupil committed an act listed in subdivision (a) or in subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e) of Section 48900.  A decision to expel shall be based on a finding of one or both of the following:

a.  Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct.

b.  Due to the nature of the act, the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others.

c.  The principal or Superintendent of schools shall immediately suspend, pursuant to Section 48911, and shall recommend expulsion of a pupil that he or she determines has committed any of the following acts at school or at a school activity off school grounds:

d.  Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.  This subdivision does not apply to an act of possessing a firearm if the pupil had obtained prior written permission to possess the firearm from a certified school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the Designee of the principal.  This subdivision applies to an act of possessing a firearm only if the possession is verified by an employee of a school district.

e.  Brandishing a knife at another person.

f.   Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code.

g.  Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in subdivision (n) or Section 48900 or committing a sexual battery as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900.

3.  The governing board shall order a pupil expelled upon finding that the pupil committed an act listed in subdivision (c), and shall refer that pupil to a program of study that meets all of the following conditions:

a.  Is appropriately prepared to accommodate pupils who exhibit discipline problems.

b.  Is not provided at a comprehensive middle, junior, or senior high school, or at any elementary school.

c.  Is not housed at the school site attended by the pupil at the time of suspension.

4.   Upon recommendation by the principal, Superintendent of schools, or by a hearing officer or administrative panel appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 48918, the governing board may order a pupil expelled upon finding that the pupil, at school or at a school activity off of school grounds, violated subdivision (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l),(m), or (o) of Section 48900, or Section 48900.2 or 48900.3, and either of the following:

a.  That other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct.

b.  That due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others.

 

         

Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion from Mountain House High School

 

A pupil shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the Superintendent or the Principal or Principal Designee of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has:

 

(a)(1)   Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

(a)(2)   Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self defense.

(b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any such object, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the Principal or the Designee of the Principal.

(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.

(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.

(e) Committed robbery or extortion.

(f)  Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.

(g) Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.

(h) Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clover cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel.  However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her  prescription products.

(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

(j) Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.

(k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

(l)  Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

(m) Possessed an imitation firearm.  As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.

(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.

(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.

(p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.

(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 245.6 of the Penal Code.

(r)  Engaged in an act of bullying, including but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.

(s)  A pupil shall not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated in this section, unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of the school district or Principal or occurring within any other school district.  A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including but not limited to, any of the following:

1.  While on School Grounds.

2.  While going to or coming from school.

3.  During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.

4.  During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.

(t)   A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the

Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical

Injury to another person may be subject to suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to this section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).

Grounds for suspension and/or expulsion also include Education Code Sections:

 

48900.1

a.        The governing board of each school district may adopt a policy authorizing teachers to require the parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher pursuant to Section 48910 for reasons specified in subdivision (i) or (k) of Section 48900, to attend a portion of a school day in the classroom of his or her child or ward. The policy shall take into account reasonable factors that may prevent compliance with a notice to attend. The attendance of the parent or guardian shall be limited to the class from which the pupil was suspended.

b.        The policy shall be adopted pursuant to the procedures set forth in Sections 35291 and 35291.5. Parents and guardians shall be notified of this policy prior to its implementation. A teacher shall apply any policy adopted pursuant to this section uniformly to all pupils within the classroom.  The adopted policy shall include the procedures that the district will follow to accomplish the following:

1.        Ensure that parents or guardians who attend school for the purposes of this section meet with the school administrator or his or her Designee after completing the classroom visitation and before leaving the school site.

2.        Contact parents or guardians who do not respond to the request to attend school pursuant to this section.

c.        If a teacher imposes the procedure pursuant to subdivision (a), the Principal shall send a written notice to the parent or guardian stating that attendance by the parent or guardian is pursuant to law. This section shall apply only to a parent or guardian who is actually living with the pupil.

d.        A parent or guardian who has received a written notice pursuant to subdivision (c) shall attend class as specified in the written notice. The notice may specify that the attendance of the parent or guardian be on the day the pupil is scheduled to return to class, or within a reasonable period of time thereafter, as established by the policy of the board adopted pursuant to subdivision (a).

 

48900.2    In addition to the reasons specified in section 48900, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the Principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment as defined in Section 212.5.

 

For the purposes of this chapter, the conduct described in Section 212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.  This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.

 

48900.3   In addition to the reasons set forth in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil in any grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the Principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of section 233.

 

48900.5  

a.        Suspension, including supervised suspension as described in Section 48911.1, shall be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct. A school district may document the other means of correction used and place that documentation in the pupil's record, which may be accessed pursuant to Section 49069. However, a pupil, including an individual with exceptional needs, as defined in Section 56026, may be suspended, subject to Section 1415 of Title 20 of the United States Code, for any of the reasons enumerated in Section 48900 upon a first offense, if the Principal or Superintendent of schools determines that the pupil violated subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e) of Section 48900 or that the pupil's presence causes a danger to persons.

b.        Other means of correction include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.        A conference between school personnel, the pupil's parent or guardian, and the pupil.

2.        Referrals to the school counselor, psychologist, social worker, child welfare attendance personnel, or other school support service personnel for case management and counseling.

3.        Study teams, guidance teams, resource panel teams, or other intervention-related teams that assess the behavior, and develop and implement individualized plans to address the behavior in partnership with the pupil and his or her parents.

4.        Referral for a comprehensive psychosocial or psychoeducational assessment, including for purposes of creating an individualized education program, or a plan adopted pursuant to Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794(a).

5.        Enrollment in a program for teaching prosocial behavior or anger management.

6.        Participation in a restorative justice program.

7.        A positive behavior support approach with tiered interventions that occur during the school day on campus.

8.        After-school programs that address specific behavioral issues or expose pupils to positive activities and behaviors, including, but not limited to, those operated in collaboration with local parent and community groups.

9.        Any of the alternatives described in Section 48900.6.

 

48900.7        (a) In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 48900, 48900.2, 48900.3, and 48900.4, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the Principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has made terroristic threats against school officials or school property, or both.

 

For the purposes of this section, "terroristic threat" shall include any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person, or property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000), with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety, or for the protection of school district property, or the personal property of the person threatened or his or her immediate family.

 

48903

a.        Except as provided in subdivision (g) of Section 48911 and in Section 48912, the total number of days for which a pupil may be suspended from school shall not exceed 20 school days in any school year, unless for purposes of adjustment, a pupil enrolls in or is transferred to another regular school, an opportunity school or class, or a continuation education school or class, in which case the total number of school days for which the pupil may be suspended shall not exceed 30 days in any school year.

b.        For the purposes of this section, a school district may count suspensions that occur while a pupil is enrolled in another school district toward the maximum number of days for which a pupil may be suspended in any school year.

 

48911.1

a.        A pupil suspended from a school for any of the reasons enumerated in Sections 48900 and 48900.2 may be assigned, by the Principal or the Principal's Designee, to a supervised suspension classroom for the entire period of suspension if the pupil poses no imminent danger or threat to the campus, pupils, or staff, or if an action to expel the pupil has not been initiated.

b.        Pupils assigned to a supervised suspension classroom shall be separated from other pupils at the school site for the period of suspension in a separate classroom, building, or site for pupils under suspension.

c.        School districts may continue to claim apportionments for each pupil assigned to and attending a supervised suspension classroom provided as follows:

1.        The supervised suspension classroom is staffed as otherwise provided by law.

2.        Each pupil has access to appropriate counseling services.

3.        The supervised suspension classroom promotes completion of schoolwork and tests missed by the pupil during the suspension.

4.        Each pupil is responsible for contacting his or her teacher or teachers to receive assignments to be completed while the pupil is assigned to the supervised suspension classroom. The teacher shall provide all assignments and tests that the pupil will miss while suspended. If no classroom work is assigned, the person supervising the suspension classroom shall assign schoolwork.

d.        At the time a pupil is assigned to a supervised suspension classroom, a school employee shall notify, in person or by telephone, the pupil's parent or guardian. Whenever a pupil is assigned to a supervised suspension classroom for longer than one class period, a school employee shall notify, in writing, the pupil's parent or guardian.

e.        This section does not place any limitation on a school district's ability to transfer a pupil to an opportunity school or class or a continuation education school or class.

f.         Apportionments claimed by a school district for pupils assigned to supervised suspension shall be used specifically to mitigate the cost of implementing this section.

 

48915 (c) The Principal or Superintendent of schools shall immediately suspend, pursuant to Section 48911, and shall recommend expulsion of a pupil that he or she determines has committed any of the following acts at school or at a school activity off of school grounds:

1.        Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.

2.        Brandishing a knife at another person.

3.        Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code.

4.        Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in subdivision (n) of section 48900.

5.        Possession of an explosive.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION POLICY  BP 5138

 

The Lammersville Unified School District believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment.  Part of a healthy environment is the freedom to openly disagree.  With this freedom comes the responsibility to discuss and resolve disagreements with respect for the rights and opinions of others.

To prevent a conflict, each school within the Lammersville Unified School District will incorporate conflict resolution education and problem solving techniques into the curriculum and campus programs.  This is an important step in promoting respect and acceptance, developing new ways of communicating, understanding, and accepting differing values and cultures within the school community and helps ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.

The Lammersville Unified School District will provide training to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that students will need to choose alternatives to self- destructive, violent behavior and dissolve interpersonal and intergroup conflict.  Lammersville Unified School District will adopt a Student Code of Conduct to be followed by every student while on school grounds, when traveling to and from school or at a school-sponsored activity, and during lunch period, whether on or off the campus.

The Student Conduct Code includes but is not limited to:

 

a.           Students are to resolve their disputes without resorting to violence.

b.          Students, especially those trained in conflict resolution and peer mediation, are encouraged to help fellow students resolve problems peacefully.

c.           Students can rely on staff trained in conflict resolution and peer mediation strategies to intervene in any dispute likely to result in violence

d.          Students needing help in resolving a disagreement, or students observing conflict may go to the office to contact an adult, or to set up an appointment with peer mediators.

e.           Students involved in a dispute will be referred to a conflict resolution or peer mediation session with trained adult peer mediators.  Staff and mediators will keep the discussions confidential.

f.           Conflict resolution procedures shall not supplant the authority of staff to act to prevent violence, ensure campus safety, maintain order, and discipline students.

Lammersville USD   Board Policy

Uniform Complaint Procedures

BP 1312.3  Community Relations

 

 

The Governing Board recognizes that the district is primarily responsible for complying with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The district shall investigate complaints alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging discrimination and shall seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with the district's uniform complaint procedures.  (5 CCR 4620)

 

The district shall follow uniform complaint procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, or mental or physical disability, or age, or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any district program or activity that receives or benefits from state financial assistance.  (5 CCR 4610)

 

Uniform complaint procedures shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in adult education programs, consolidated categorical aid programs, migrant education, career technical and technical education and career technical and technical training programs, child care and development programs, child nutrition programs, and special education programs. (5 CCR 4610)

 

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

(cf. 6200 - Adult Education)

 

Complaints related to sufficiency of textbooks or instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health or safety of students or staff, and teacher vacancies and misassignments shall be investigated pursuant to the district's Williams uniform complaint procedure (AR 1312.4).

 

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

 

The Board encourages the early, informal resolution of complaints at the site level whenever possible.

 

The Board acknowledges and respects every individual's right to privacy.  Discrimination complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the parties and the integrity of the process.  This may include keeping the identity of the complainant confidential, as appropriate and except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Superintendent or designee, on a case-by-case basis.

 

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

 

The Board prohibits any form of retaliation against any complainant in the complaint process, including but not limited to a complainant's filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of discrimination.  Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades, or work assignments of the complainant.

 

Any complaint that the district has not complied with legal requirements pertaining to the LCAP may be filed pursuant to AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.  (Education Code 52075)

 

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

 

The district shall use the uniform complaint procedures to resolve any complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in district programs and activities based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

 

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment)

(cf. 4031 - Complaints Concerning Discrimination in Employment)

(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

200-262.4  Prohibition of discrimination

8200-8498  Child care and development programs

8500-8538  Adult basic education

18100-18203  School libraries

32289  School safety plan, uniform complaint procedure

35186  Williams uniform complaint procedure

41500-41513 Categorical education block grants

48985  Notices in language other than English

49060-49079  Student records

49490-49590  Child nutrition programs

52160-52178  Bilingual education programs

52300-52490  Career-technical education

52500-52616.24  Adult schools

52800-52870  School-based coordinated programs

54000-54028  Economic impact aid programs

54100-54145  Miller-Unruh Basic Reading Act

54400-54425  Compensatory education programs

54440-54445  Migrant education

54460-54529  Compensatory education programs

56000-56867  Special education programs

59000-59300  Special schools and centers

64000-64001  Consolidated application process

PENAL CODE

422.6 Interference with constitutional right or privilege

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3080  Application of section

4600-4687  Uniform complaint procedures

4900-4965 Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6301-6577  Title I basic programs

6601-6777 Title II preparing and recruiting high quality teachers and principals

6801-6871 Title III language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students

7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

7201-7283g  Title V promoting informed parental choice and innovative programs

7301-7372  Title V rural and low-income school programs

52075 LCAP

 

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA:  http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education:  http://www.cde.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:  http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

 

Policy  LAMMERSVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Adopted 03/19/2014 Mountain House, California

 

Homework in Lammersville Unified School District

 

Homework

The Governing Board believes that homework serves many purposes. Research supports that homework is an essential part of a student’s academic achievement.  Through their homework, students can reinforce academic skills taught in school, learn how to conduct research effectively, develop ideas creatively and become life-long learners.

The Board believes that homework is the responsibility of the student. It is the student’s job to develop regular study habits and to do most assignments independently. The Board encourages teachers at all grade levels to use the parent as a contributing resource and to structure homework assignments so as to involve the parent to help oversee homework without diminishing the student’s sense of responsibility. To be effective, homework assignments should not place an undue burden on students and families. Homework should reinforce learning objectives and state standards.

 

 

REQUEST FOR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS &/OR COPIES OF RECORDS

 

Click here for the online transcript request form.

LAMMERSVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

NOTICE TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS

 

As required by law (Education Code Section 49063) you are hereby notified that you have a right to permit or to refuse to permit your student to engage in the school activities listed below. NOTE: Complete policies and excerpts from the Education Code are available in the office of each school.

 

1.  Sex education courses, venereal disease education or family life education and AIDS education in which reproductive organs and their functions are described, illustrated or discussed. If such a course is planned at some future time, you will be notified of your rights to inspect and review pertinent written or audio-visual materials prior to the holding of the course (written consent is not required but objection shall be honored for your child). A student shall be excused from attending that part of any instruction in health, family life education, and sex education courses which conflict with the religious training, beliefs, or personal moral conviction of the parent or guardian of the student, if the parent or guardian requests such exemption in writing. (Ed. Code 51240, 51550, 51201.5, 51820, 51553, 51555).

2.  Immunization for communicable disease control may be consent to in writing by a parent for a licensed physician to administer an immunizing agent. Immunizations shall not be required for admission to district schools or programs if an affidavit signed by a parent or guardian states that such immunization is contrary to his/her beliefs. (Health and Safety Code, Section 3385; Ed. Code 49403)

3.  Administration of medication prescribed by a physician for a child during the school day may be done by a nurse, or other designated school personnel if the school district receives a written statement from such physician detailing the method, amount, and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken and a written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil indicating the desire that the school district assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the physician's statement. (Ed. Code 49423)

4.  Any mental examination or physical examination may not be given to a child whose parent has filed an objection. However, the child may be sent home, if for good reason, he is believed to be suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease. (Ed. Code 49451)

5.  Evaluation of vision of a child, including tests for visual acuity and color vision by the school nurse, or teacher if authorized, upon first enrollment and at least every third year thereafter. The vision evaluation or any hearing examination or scoliosis screening may be waived upon presentation of an appropriate certificate from a physician or optometrist and upon written parental request. (Ed. Code 49451, 49452, 49452.5)

6.  Medical and hospital services for pupils injured at school or school sponsored events or while being transported may be insured at district or parent expense. (Ed. Code 49472)

7.  Corporal punishment. Lammersville Schools has a policy not to utilize corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure. (Ed. Code 49000, 49001)

8.  Education Code Sections 49065-49078 - Student Records: Parents have the right to review any records, relating directly to the child, that the school may have on file; i.e., attendance, achievement, conduct, test scores, et al. The principal or designee of each school is responsible for supervision of maintenance of such records. The Certificated staff and Health Department personnel have similar access to such records. Reproduction of records for parents to be charged at rate of 10 cents per page.

9.  Directory information. The following items are considered directory information: A student's name, home address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in activities and sports officially recognized by Lammersville Public Schools, dates of attendance at school, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous public or private school attended. The weight and height of members of officially recognized athletic teams are also considered directory information. Upon receipt of a written request, direction information may be released to the following official organizations:

  1. parent-teacher organizations;
  2. employers and prospective employers of the student;
  3. representatives of the news media.

10.  Education for Handicapped Children: Lammersville Unified School District will provide a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children between the ages of 3 years and 21 years. The school district will arrange for free evaluation services for any child who is suspected of having a handicap and of needing special education and related services. The Director of Special Education coordinates education for the handicapped.

11.  Section 504: Lammersville School District will identify, evaluate and provide a free, appropriate public education to students who are handicapped within the meaning of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Director of Student Services is the compliance officer.

 

12.  Confidential Reporting: Students reporting any weapons seen on a school campus or at a school-sponsored event will have the right of confidential reporting to the extent permitted by law.

13.  Confidential Medical Services: School authorities may excuse any student, grades 7-12, from school to obtain confidential medical services without the consent of the student’s parent/guardian. (Education Code 46010.1)

14.  Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process: District regulations concerning student discipline and due process is available in school handbooks and upon request at the Principal’s office in any district school. (Education Code 35291)

15.  Home/Hospital instruction is available for students with temporary disabilities.

16.  Excuse From School: Notwithstanding Section 48200, a pupil shall be excused from school for justifiable personal reasons, including but not limited to, an appearance in court, observation of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or an employment conference, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board. A pupil shall also be excused from school when he or she is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours.

 

A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence which can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion, shall be given full credit therefore. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine, pursuant to the regulations of the governing board of the school district, what assignments the pupil shall make up and in what period of time the pupil shall complete those assignments. The tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments which the pupil missed during the absence.

 

For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.

 

 

 

 

 

e.           Absences pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments, except as otherwise provided by Article 1 (commencing with Section 46000) of Chapter 1 of Part 26, including, but not limited to, an absence for the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of a pupil’s immediate family. (Amend. Stats. 1994, Ch. 134)

17.  Early Release Days are staff training and work days. Early Release Days are on Fridays in all schools in Lammersville. On Early Release Days students will be released at 1:30pm. Minimum Days are for parent teacher conferencing. Your student’s school will notify you through school handbooks or newsletters on upcoming minimum days.

 

18.  Release of Information: Student record information will be released upon request to a judge or probation officer for conducting a truancy mediation program or for presenting evidence at a truancy petition.

 

19.  Management Plan for Asbestos: The district’s complete updated management plan for materials containing asbestos in school building shall be available for inspection in district and school offices.      (40 CRF 763.93)

 

20.  Professional Qualifications: Parents have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher and paraprofessional. (Section 1111 P.L. 107-110)

 

AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF PUPIL INFORMATION

This school does not release information or records concerning your child to non-educational organizations or individuals without your consent. The release of certain information would benefit your child such as information on athletic or academic awards, or other such information for press releases. If your child is eligible for a work permit, such information as age, scholastic records and school staff employment recommendations may be of use to an employer or potential employer. Federal Law includes the release of student directory information to military recruiters.

 

Your consent is required for the release of such information. Such consent may be revoked by you at any time by notifying the principal of your child’s school in writing. You may receive a copy of the information released by submitting your request in writing to the school office.

 

CONSENT TO RELEASE PUPIL INFORMATION

Information concerning my child’s participation in school events and information concerning any scholastic or athletic awards that my child may receive may be released to the news media upon their request. If my child is eligible for a work permit, information such as age, scholastic records and school staff recommendations may be released to an employer or potential employer. Directory information may be released to federal, state and local agencies, military recruiters, and non-profit youth organizations.

 

PERMISSION FOR STUDENT NAME ON SCHOOL/DISTRICT WEB PAGES AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA

Web pages are published on the Internet and are, therefore, available world-wide to anyone browsing the Internet.  Student information on District Web Pages: 1) For K-8 students—only first names can be used with written permission of parent. 2) For 9-12 students—both first and last names can be used with written permission of parent.

 

 

 

 


 Discipline Plan

 

 Guidelines for Student Disciplinary Actions

 

Definitions:

 

1.  A Controlled substance means any drug or alcoholic substance listed in the Health and Safety Code.

 

2.  A Day means calendar days (with beginning date set by administrator) except for suspensions. Days for suspensions are weekdays that students would normally be expected to attend if they had not received a suspension.

 

3.  An Expulsion means removal from school of attendance and placement in an alternative setting, possibly outside of Mountain House. The severity of the violation determines the duration of the expulsion.

 

4.  Harassment means to torment, annoy, or intimidate another person that causes physical or mental anxiety or creates a hostile environment.

 

5.  An Imitation firearm means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude the replica is a firearm (Education Code 48900 (m)).

 

6.  A Knife means a dirk, dagger, or other weapon with a fixed, sharpened blade fitted primarily for stabbing, a folding blade that locks into place, a razor with an unguarded blade or a weapon with a blade longer than 3.5 inches. Education Code 48915 (g).  KNIVES OF ANY KIND ARE NOT ALLOWED ON CAMPUS.

 

7.  A Serious physical injury means serious impairment of physical condition including loss of consciousness, bone fracture, loss or impairment of any body part, a wound requiring stitches, or a serious disfigurement per Penal Code 243(5).

 

8. On-Campus suspension means removal of a student from one or more classes during the regular school day and assignment to the On-Campus Suspension room.  In On-Campus Suspension, a staff member will provide a structured, quiet academic environment for students who violated school rules to work on regular class assignments.

 

9. Home Suspension means temporary removal from school for a maximum of 5 days per incident/20 days per school year except in cases of expulsion or special education students.

10.  Terroristic Act includes, but is not limited to bomb threats, threats of mass violent acts or other threats intended to cause widespread fear or panic.

 

 

MHHS Discipline Matrix

 

The following is a listing of expected student conduct, as well as inappropriate student behaviors, and the guidelines for disciplinary actions. The application of the di sciplinary action is at the discretion of the Principal or Designee, depending on the individual circumstances and the student’s disciplinary history.

 

In the event of extreme or repeated offenses, any misconduct may result in loss of school privileges (LOSP), On-Campus Suspension (OCS), exclusion from school and/or extracurricular activities, Saturday School, suspension, notification of law enforcement agencies, and/or recommendation for expulsion.

48900(a)(1): Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

48900(a)(2): Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

1. Agitation: EC-48900 (a)

Inciting Violence- Subject but not limited to: Threats, verbal, written or physical, possession or creation of slam books, participation in birthday punches or other such inappropriate hitting or touching, pictures, poems or stories depicting bodily injury towards students or staff.    

Conference with student; Parent/guardian contact,

Detention, Administrative Detention or 1-5 day suspension.

Administrative Detention or 1-5 day suspension.

2-5 day suspension.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion, police contact.

2. Continuing to Engage in Combat: EC-48900 (a)

A student who continues to engage in combat and causes, attempts to cause, or threatens to cause harm after being directed to stop and/or being separated by school personnel.

5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

3. Fighting: EC-48900 (a)

Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the situation by verbal and/or physical action; or when a fight has been provoked by one person. Physical injury to another student.

1-5 day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion and possible police contact.

2-5 day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion and possible police contact.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

 

5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

4. Hazing, Initiation and/or Intimidation: EC-48900 (a)

Participating in or conspiring to engage in harassing acts that injure, degrade, or disgrace.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

5. Physical Injury: EC-48900 (a)

Attempts to injure or threats of force or injury to school personnel, their family or their property.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

6. Third Party Engaging in Combat: EC-48900 (a)

A third party student who attempts or threatens to cause harm to one or all of the students involved in Combat (fight).

Five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

7. Threats of Violence Expression of an intention to harm: EC-48900 (a)

Counsel student, Parent conference, Administrative detention, or 1-5 day suspension and/or possible recommendation for expulsion.

Counsel student, Parent conference, Administrative detention, or 1-5 day suspension and/or possible recommendation for expulsion.

Counsel student, Parent conference,

Administrative detention, or 1-5 day suspension and/or possible recommendation for expulsion.

Counsel student, Parent conference, Administrative detention, or 1-5 day suspension and/or possible recommendation for expulsion.

8. Unprovoked Attack :

EC-48900 (a)

Use of physical violence without provocation.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

9. Unauthorized Group Related: EC-48900 (a)

Violence/Physical Injury to a Student.

When a student causes, attempts to cause, or threatens to cause physical injury to another student as a part of any unauthorized group activity, the following shall result in:

  • Parent/guardian contact.
  • A five (5) day suspension and recommendation for an expulsion for a minimum of nine (9) weeks.
  • A requirement that the student must apply for readmission to school after he/she has served the minimum expulsion period.
  • A recommendation for a rehabilitation program that is subject to review at the time of application for readmission. The plan shall include, but is not limited to: community service; 2) a minimum of nine (9) weeks of counseling; 3) prohibited from violating any one of the subsections (a) through (q) contained in Education Code 48900 associated with school attendance; 4) prohibited from participating in unauthorized group -related activities; 5) prohibited from flying colors or displaying unauthorized group paraphernalia.
  • A recommendation for an extension of the suspension to the Discipline Review Board Hearing.

48900 (b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, unless in the case of possession of any such object of this type, the pupil had previously obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.

First  Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

1. Possession of Any Firearm, Knife, Explosive, or other

Dangerous Object: EC-48900 (b)

Possession, use or sale of any

firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police notification.  The Principal may determine and report to the Governing Board, that suspension and/or expulsion is inappropriate due to the particular circumstances in the incident and has met with the parent/guardian explaining such.  Known possession of a firearm at school or at school activities off school grounds verified by a school employee is a required recommendation for expulsion (E.C. Sections 48915, 48915.7).

2. Stink Bombs/Pepper Spray:

EC-48900 (b) Discharge of, sale of, possession of.

1-5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension.

Five (5) day suspension. Possible recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension; recommendation for expulsion.

48900(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of a controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

NOTE: Students are prohibited from using any drugs or consuming any alcohol or being under the influence of any drugs or alcohol or intoxicant of any kind while on school property, during school-sponsored activities and under school jurisdiction.  Possession of drugs and/or alcohol or intoxicant of any kind, either actual or constructive, by students on school property, during school-sponsored activities, or under school jurisdiction is also expressly prohibited.  Possession of drugs, alcohol or intoxicant of any kind includes, but is not limited to, actual physical possession or control of such substances, possession of such substances in a student’s car, locker, desk, backpack or other container or being in close proximity to such substances with the intent to use or possess such substances.

NOTE: Violations for drugs, alcohol and drug paraphernalia are cumulative throughout a student’s school career.  If a second offense occurs less than 12 months from the first offense, expulsion may be recommended.

NOTE: Failure to complete ALL conditions of Probation will result in reinstating the expulsion or a referral for a possible expulsion.

NOTE: Violations for drugs, alcohol and drug paraphernalia are cumulative throughout a student’s school career.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

1. Alcohol: EC-48900 (c)

Unlawfully furnished, possessed, used, or been under the influence of alcohol.  Unlawfully sold an alcoholic beverage.

A minimum five (5) day suspension.  Social Probation I, possible recommendation for expulsion and police notification.

Five (5) day suspension, Social Probation II and recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension

and recommendation for expulsion.

2.  Drugs: EC-48900 (c)

A.  Unlawfully possessed, used, or been under the influence of any controlled substance as defined in Section 11503 of the Health and Safety Code

B. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell or furnish any controlled substance (drugs), alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind. If this occurs on campus, or at a school activity, student may be charged with 48915c3.

A minimum five (5) day suspension, Social Probation #1 and possible recommendation for expulsion; police notification.

A minimum five (5) day suspension, Social Probation #2 and recommendation for expulsion; police notification.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

Conditions of Probation #1

(Failure to complete any of the conditions of probation, including mandatory counseling, will result in referring the student to the District Disciplinary Review Board for appropriate action.)

The conditions of probation shall include a minimum of nine (9) weeks restriction from all social and extra-curricular activities.  The five day suspension is counted toward the nine weeks of restriction from social and extra-curricular activities.  The nine weeks of social and extra-curricular activities are counted only during regular school calendar weeks and include counting Winter and Spring break.  The student will not be permitted to participate, practice, or play in any extra/co-curricular activity.  Students can participate, practice, and play during the summer break.  The student's probationary period shall extend from one school year to the next when needed to complete the prescribed amount of community service and social restriction.  For example, if a student violated the Drug Code during the last week of school, he/she would be required to complete the social restriction the following regular school year.  Counseling will also be a condition of the student's probation.

Conditions of Probation #2

(Failure to complete any of the conditions of probation, including mandatory counseling, will result in referring the student to the District Disciplinary Review Board for appropriate action.)

The conditions of probation shall include a minimum of eighteen (18) weeks restriction from all social and extra-curricular activities.  The five day suspension is counted toward the eighteen weeks of restriction from social and extra-curricular activities.  The eighteen weeks of social and extra-curricular activities are counted only during regular school calendar weeks and include counting Winter and Spring break.  The student will not be permitted to participate, practice, or play in any extra/co-curricular activity.  Students can participate, practice, and play during the summer break.  The student's probationary periods shall extend from one school year to the next when needed to complete the prescribed amount of community service and social restriction.  The student will be recommended to a substance abuse treatment program.

48900(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of the Health and Safety Code, all alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

EC-48900 (d)

Represented Drug/Alcohol/Intoxicant Sales

Five (5) day suspension from school and recommendation for expulsion.

48900(e): Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Extortion: EC-48900 (e)

Acquisition of property from another person by using threatening or forceful behavior.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

48900(f): Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Property Damage: EC-48900 (f)

Cause or attempt to cause damage to school or private property including graffiti.

Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5,

Restitution and detention, Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

1-5 day suspension, restitution; possible police contact; possible recommendation for expulsion.

3-5 day suspension, restitution; possible police contact; possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion, restitution and police notification.

48900(g): Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Theft: EC-48900 (g)

The taking of school or personal property without permission.

Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5 Possible Citation/Arrest by the police.

2-5 day suspension, restitution, and recommendation

for expulsion; Possible Citation/Arrest by the police.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion, restitution and police notification.

5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion, restitution and police notification.

48900(h): Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her prescription products.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Tobacco: EC-48900 (h)

Possession or use of tobacco.

Alternative Intervention as per 48900.5, possible restitution and detention, Administrative Detention, One (1) day suspension

One (1) day suspension, restitution, recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

Three (3) suspension, restitution, recommendation for expulsion; police contact.

Five (5) day suspension.

48900(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

1. Vulgarity/ Profanity / Obscene Acts: EC-48900 (i)

Detention, Administrative Detention or suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

2-5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

2. Pornography/Vulgarity/

Profanity/Obscene Acts

Possession of or displaying of pornography, language or gestures that are not publicly acceptable.

(EC 48900 i)

Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5

In-House suspension; placed in Pro-Social Behavior Program

1-5 day suspension

3. Verbal Abuse

Students use of abusive language, profanity, or vulgarity

(EC 48900 i)

Parent Contact; Alternative Intervention as per EC48900.5

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

48900(j) Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.

First Offense

Second Offense

Maximum

Drug Paraphernalia: EC-48900 (j)

Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.

Parent conference; Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5; Possible six week substance abuse counseling program.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Minimum five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

48900(k): Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

NOTE: Students may be suspended from school when they have willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

1. Bicycles: EC-48900 (k)

Bicycles shall be walked while on campus. Bikes must be locked with a secure mechanism.  Helmets must be worn while riding bikes to and from school.

Warning.

Parent contact, Warning.

Suspend riding/parking on campus for five school days Warning.

Suspend riding/parking on campus from five (5) to twenty (20) school days.

2. Computer Usage:

EC-48900 (k)

Any use of computers in violation of the District Acceptable Use Agreement such as accessing inappropriate websites, music, pictures, and/or sending or receiving emails, etc. that are offensive threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

3. Detention: EC-48900 (k)

Failure to serve detention without valid written excuse.

Failure to serve administrative detention or violation of administrative detention rules and regulations.

Administrative Detention or 1 day suspension.

1 day suspension.

Administrative Detention or 1 day suspension.

1 day suspension.

Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension.

1-2 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

1-3 day suspension.

4. Defiance of Authority:

EC-48900 (k)

  1. Refusal and/or repeated failure to follow school rules and regulations and/or severe disruption of school activities.
  1. Refusal to take direction from a staff member or other responsible adult, including substitutes.
  2. Extreme defiance of authority and/or verbal abuse towards an adult.
  3. Unauthorized presence on a school campus.

Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5 , Detention, Administrative Detention

Administrative decision which could include one of the following: warning,  Parent Conf. Administrative detention,

Reflection Room, or 1-5 day Suspension or teacher suspension

Administrative decision which could include one of the following: warning,  Parent Conf. Administrative detention,

Saturday School,

Reflection Room, or 1-5 day Suspension or teacher suspension

Administrative decision which could include one of the following: warning,  Parent Conf. Administrative detention,

Saturday School,

Reflection Room, or 1-5 day Suspension or teacher suspension and  possible recommendation for expulsion.  

5. Disruptive and/or Safety Items: EC-48900 (k)

Including but not limited to: rubber bands, matches, balloons, squirt guns, toy guns, electronic devices, laser lights, sunglasses in class, felt marking devices, cap guns, poppers, correction fluid, marking devices, aerosol cans, glass bottles, lighters, hats, radios, tape recorders, noise making devices, skateboards, roller blades, dice, gum, shoe skates, sports gloves, scooters, etc.

Unit confiscated by school personnel, warning, possible detention, and parent may have to pick up item.

Parent Conference; Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5

Unit confiscated, possible detention, and parent must pick up item.

1-5 day

suspension, restitution, and possible

recommendation for expulsion.

Confiscation and parent must pick up item, Administrative Detention or 1-5 day suspension.

See:  “Defiance of Authority.”

3-5 day

suspension, restitution, and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Confiscation and parent must pick up item.

See: “Defiance of Authority.”

Five (5)day

suspension, restitution, and

recommendation for expulsion.

6. Dress Code: EC-48900 (k)

Parents are responsible for sending their child to school dressed in a fashion which does not distract from the instructional process. Students are expected to dress within the guidelines outlined in the Student Handbook.

*Note: UGAP clothing is prohibited at all times.

Warning/change clothes.

Change clothes, parent contact, Administrative detention.

Change clothes; Administrative Detention,

and/or 1-5 day

suspension from

school.

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation

for expulsion.

7. Electronic Devices: EC-48900 (k)

Radios, cameras, IPods, MP3 players, laser pointers, CD players, and tape recorders, but not limited to, are NOT allowed on campus unless authorized by the school administration. Students are allowed to have cell phones while on campus.  However, they must be turned off and out of sight in order to avoid consequence.  Students are not to check voicemail, text messages, or turn on phone during the school day.

Unit confiscated by school personnel and returned to the owner via the Principal/Designee at the close of the school day.

Unit confiscated; Parents must contact the Principal/Designee’s office.

Unit confiscated; 1-3 day suspension and Parent to contact the Principal/

Designee.

1-5 day suspension from school.

NOTE: Students are allowed to have cell phones while on campus.  However they must be turned off and appropriately out of sight.  Students are not to check voicemail, text message, or turn on phones during the school day. With school personnel’s permission, students may use the cell phones or other electronic devices for education purpose only.

8. Explosives: EC-48900 (k)

Maliciously informing any other person that a bomb or other explosive has been or will be placed, knowing that such information is false.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.  In addition, the principal/designee shall report the incident to the police department for appropriate legal action.  (Per Penal Code 148.1: “Any person who maliciously informs any other person that a bomb or other explosive has been or  will be placed in any public or private place, knowing that such information is false, is guilty of a felony and may be incarcerated in a state prison or the county jail for up to one year.”)

9. Fire Alarms: EC-48900 (k)

Tampering with a fire alarm or giving false alarms.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.  In addition, the principal/designee shall report the incident to the police department for appropriate legal action.  Per Penal Code 148.4: “Any person who tampers with a fire alarm or gives false alarms, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine.”

10.  Forgery: EC-48900 (k)

Parent Contact; Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5

1 day In-House suspension or

1-5 day

suspension

1-5 day

Suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 day suspension, recommendation for expulsion.

11. Food Fight: EC-48900 (k)

1-5 day suspension, Social Probation (9 weeks).

Five (5) day suspension, Social Probation (9 weeks) possible recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension; recommendation for expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion.

12. Food Throwing, littering, cafeteria misbehavior:

EC-48900 (k)

1-5 day detention and campus/cafeteria clean-up.            

Administrative Detention and campus/cafeteria clean-up, and possible 1-5 day suspension.

2-5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

13. Unauthorized Groups EC-48900 (k)

Wearing or carrying any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, drawing, or making gestures that symbolize unauthorized group membership.

Referral to administration.

Sent home to change or given clothes to change into. Confiscate items. Parent/Guardian contact.  Documented Counseling with a “No Unauthorized Group Contract” and Law Enforcement contact.

Parent/guardian conference.

1-5 day suspension

Parent/guardian contact. A minimum 5 day suspension.

Contact with law enforcement agency.  Possible recommendation for expulsion.

Fourth Offense

Parent/guardian contact.  A minimum 5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

Contact with law enforcement agency.

14.  Gambling: EC-48900 (k)

The playing of a game of chance for stakes.

Detention, Administrative Detention or 1 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

2-5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension.

15. Impedance of Directives: EC-48900 (k)

A student, who obstructs, delays, impedes or fails to follow the directives of school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

Warning Parent Contact; Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5, possible contact Sheriff.

Warning; In-House suspension; 1-5 day suspension, and possible recommendation for expulsion

1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

1-5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

16. Inappropriate Displays of Affection: EC-48900 (k)

Physical, verbal, or written contact between students that is not appropriate for public places.

Warning, parent contact or administrative detention and possible suspension.

Parent contact or administrative detention and possible suspension.

Parent contact, 1-3 day suspension.

Parent contact, 3-5 day suspension.

17. Leaving campus without permission: EC-48900 (k)

Administrative Detention and/or suspension.

Administrative Detention and/or suspension.

Administrative Detention and/or suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

18. Loitering: EC-48900 (k)

Loitering in or about restrooms and/or locker room, doorways or anywhere else on campus.

Administrative Detention.

Administrative Detention, Administrative Detention or 1-5 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

2-5 day suspension.

19. Loitering on or around other school campuses:

EC-48900 (k)

Warning/detention, Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension.

Administrative Detention or 1-5 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

20. Misbehavior during assemblies, rallies, dances: EC-48900 (k)

Removal from activity; detention, Administrative Detention or 1-5 day suspension.

Removal from activity, Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension.

Social and Activity Probation (9 weeks), 2-5 day suspension.

Social and Activity Probation (9 weeks), 3-5 day suspension.

21. Out of class without an acceptable hall pass during class time: EC-48900 (k)

Administrative Detention; 1-5 days detention.

Alternative Intervention as per EC 48900.5

Administrative Detention or 1 day suspension.

Administrative Detention or 1-2 days suspension.

Possible referral to SARB Social Probation, and Administrative Detention, or 1-5 days suspension.

22. Roughhousing, wrestling, chasing, running in the halls, etc.: EC-48900 (k)

Detention, Administrative Detention, or possible 1 day suspension.

Detention, Administrative Detention or possible 1-5 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion.

23. Tardies: EC-48900 (k)

30 minutes or less.

1st-6th Tardy

Parent contact via auto dialer

7th-9th Tardy

Parent contact via auto dialer,

student meets with Vice Principal,

Vice Principal Calls Home, Detention is assigned

10+ Tradies

Parent contact via auto dialer,

Saturday School assigned, parents contacted by email,

20 Days LOSP

24. Truancies or tardies to classes for more than 30 minutes: EC-48900 (k)

NOTE: Truancy is defined as an unexcused absences in one or more class periods.

Saturday School

Saturday School

Saturday School

Saturday School

Excessive unexcused absences will result in the SARB process.

25. Violation of Suspension:

 EC-48900 (k)

Physically present on the school campus at any time, in the immediate vicinity of school premises, or at a school - sponsored activity while suspended from school.

NOTE: Per Penal Code 626.2:

“No student can be on campus during suspension.”

1-5 day

Suspension.

 2 -5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension.

 3 -5 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

26. Videotaping fights: EC-48900 (k) or other violations of school rules.  A student who photographs, videotapes, records, reproduces, posts or possesses images of violations of school rules.

Unit confiscated by school personnel and parent must contact principal/designee;

warning, or Support Room, or 1-5 days suspension, or Possible recommendation for expulsion.

27. Computer Usage:

Any unauthorized and without permission personal/disruptive use of computers such as playing games, listening to music, sending or receiving emails, posting messages to message boards or message centers, or downloading files or programs.

(EC 48900 k)

Parent Contact; Alternative intervention as per 48900.5. Computer privileges revoked as per LUSD User Agreement policy.

Possible 1-2 days In-House suspension and loss of privileges for the remainder of the quarter.

1-5 day suspension from school; possible expulsion and loss of privilege for remainder of school year.

27. Cheating (e.g. giving or receiving answers, non-authorized possession of teacher materials, answer key.)

Plagiarism of any type

(EC 48900 k)

Parent/teacher contact

Zero credit on assignment or test

Parent/teacher/student/

admin. conference

Zero credit on assignment or test

Reflection Room

 

1-5 day suspension from school; possible expulsion and loss of privilege for remainder of school year.

28. Unauthorized presence on a school campus (EC 48900 k)

Warning

Parent Contact; Trespass letter home. Alternative intervention as per EC 48900.5

Warning

Parent Contact Or 1-3 day suspension

Report to School Resource Officer, 1-5 day suspension.

Report to School Resource Officer, 3-5 day suspension, or possible expulsion

30. Videotaping fights or other violations of school rules.  A student who photographs, videotapes, records, reproduces or posts images of violation of school rules.

(EC 48900 k)

Parent Contact; Alternative intervention as per EC 48900.5; Unit confiscated by school personnel and returned to parent.

Parent Contact; Unit confiscated; In-House suspension.

Parent Contact; Unit confiscated; 1-5 day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion.

31. Roughhousing, wrestling, chasing, running in the halls, etc.: EC-48900 (k)

Detention, Administrative Detention, or possible 1 day suspension.

Detention, Administrative Detention or possible 1-5 day suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

3-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion.

32. Inappropriate Symbols

Wearing or carrying any apparel, jewelry, accessory or notebook with crude or vulgar lettering, printing pictures, symbols that depict drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or are sexually suggestive

(EC 48900 k)

Student sent home to change clothes or provided with alternative clothing.

Confiscation of jewelry, accessory notebook, etc.

Parent/guardian conference,  In-House suspension or 1-5 days suspension.

1-5 day suspension.

Five (5) day suspension

48900(l): Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Theft: EC-48900 (l)

The taking of or knowingly receiving stolen school or private property without permission.

1-5 day suspension, restitution, and possible police contact.

2-5 day suspension, restitution, recommendation for expulsion, and possible police contact.

3-5 day suspension, restitution, recommendation for expulsion, and possible police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, restitution, recommendation for expulsion, and possible police contact.

48900(m) Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Look-Alike Guns:

EC-48900 (m)

Possession of a look-alike gun.

Possible 1-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.  (E.C. 48900(m)).

48900(n): Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Sections 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Sexual Assault: EC-48900 (n)

Parent conference, five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.  Report to a law reinforcement agency.

48900(o): Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Witness Intimidation: EC-48900 (o)

Administrative decision may include the following: Parent conference, Support Room or suspension from school for 1-5 days and recommendation for expulsion.

48900 (p): Unlawfully offered, arranged a sale, negotiated a sale, or sold the prescription drug Soma.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Drug Soma: EC-48900 (p)

Unlawfully offered, arranged a sale, negotiated a sale, or sold the prescription of drug Soma.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

48900(q): Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this subdivision, "hazing" means a method of initiation or pre-initiation into a pupil organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective pupil. For purposes of this subdivision, "hazing" does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Hazing and Harassment EC-48900 (q).

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion and police contact.

48900(r): Engaged in an act of bullying, including but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel. As defined by 322.61, “Bullying” means one or more acts by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4. An “electronic act” means the transmission of a communication, including, but not necessarily limited to, a message, text, sound or image, or a post on a social network Internet Web site, by means of an electronic device, including, but not necessarily limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Bullying: EC-48900 (r)

Please refer to LUSD Board Policy 5131.2

Warning, detention, Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact.  Harassment agreement with

students involved.

1-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact.

2-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact.

5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact.

48900.2 Sexual Harassment: A substantiated charge against a student shall subject that student to student disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Sexual Harassment

Penal Code 212.5

Education Code 48900.2

Warning, detention, Administrative Detention, or 1-5 day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact and/or Child Protective Service Referral.

1-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact and/or CPS referral.

1-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact and/or CPS referral.

1-5 day suspension, possible recommendation for expulsion, police contact and/or CPS referral.

Education Code 48900.3, and 48900.4 & Penal Code 422.6        

Hate Violence/Hate Bias Incident/Bullying/Harassment: A substantiated charge against a student shall subject that student to student disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Hate Violence/

Hate Bias/Bullying/

Harassment

First Offense  

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

Harassment or slurs included but not limited to ethnicity, religion, or any handicapping condition.

Parent contact, administrative detention or suspension from school for 1-5 days and possible recommendation for

expulsion.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for

expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for

expulsion.

Education Code 48900.7 Terroristic Threats

(a) In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 48900, 48900.2, 48900.3, and 48900.4, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has made terroristic threats against school officials or school property, or both.

 (b) For the purposes of this section, "terroristic threat" shall include any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person, or property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000), with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety, or for the protection of school district property, or the personal property of the person threatened or his or her immediate family.

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Maximum

48900.7:  

Terroristic Threats

Administrative decision which would include one of the following: Parent conference, and/ or suspension from school for 1-5 days and possible recommendation for

expulsion.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

3-5 day suspension and possible recommendation for

expulsion.

Five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for

expulsion.

Lammersville USD

Board Policy

Bullying

 

BP 5131.2

Students

 

 

The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm.  District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student.

 

No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

 

Cyberbullying includes the transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device.  Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person's electronic account and assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation.

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

 

Strategies for bullying prevention and intervention shall be developed with involvement of key stakeholders in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation governing the development of comprehensive safety plans and shall be incorporated into such plans.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

 

Bullying Prevention

 

To the extent possible, district and school strategies shall focus on prevention of bullying by establishing clear rules for student conduct and strategies to establish a positive, collaborative school climate. Students shall be informed, through student handbooks and other appropriate means, of district and school rules related to bullying, mechanisms available for reporting incidents or threats, and the consequences for perpetrators of bullying.

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

 

The district may provide students with instruction, in the classroom or other educational settings, that promotes effective communication and conflict resolution skills, social skills, character/values education, respect for cultural and individual differences, self-esteem development, assertiveness skills, and appropriate online behavior.

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6142.94 - History-Social Science Instruction)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

 

School staff shall receive related professional development, including information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors and effective prevention and intervention strategies.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

 

Based on an assessment of bullying incidents at school, the Superintendent or designee may increase supervision and security in areas where bullying most often occurs, such as classrooms, playgrounds, hallways, restrooms, and cafeterias.

 

Intervention

 

Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized.  In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop means for students to report threats or incidents confidentially and anonymously.

 

School staff who witness bullying shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so.  (Education Code 234.1)

 

When appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of victims and perpetrators. He/she also may involve school counselors, mental health counselors, and/or law enforcement.

 

Complaints and Investigation

 

Students may submit to a teacher or administrator a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying.  Complaints of bullying shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with the district's uniform complaint procedures specified in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

 

When a student is reported to be engaging in bullying off campus, the Superintendent or designee shall investigate and document the activity and shall identify specific facts or circumstances that explain the impact or potential impact on school activity, school attendance, or the targeted student's educational performance.

 

When the circumstances involve cyberbullying, individuals with information about the activity shall be encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated.

 

When a student uses a social networking site or service to bully or harass another student, the Superintendent or designee shall file a request with the networking site or service to suspend the privileges of the student and to have the material removed.

 

Discipline

 

Any student who engages in bullying on school premises, or off campus in a manner that causes or is likely to cause a substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline, which may include suspension or expulsion, in accordance with district policies and regulations.

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 6159.4 - Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students)

 

 

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

200-262.4  Prohibition of discrimination

32282  Comprehensive safety plan

35181  Governing board policy on responsibilities of students

35291-35291.5  Rules

48900-48925  Suspension or expulsion

48985  Translation of notices

PENAL CODE

647  Use of camera or other instrument to invade person's privacy; misdemeanor

647.7  Use of camera or other instrument to invade person's privacy; punishment

653.2  Electronic communication devices, threats to safety

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 47

254  Universal service discounts (e-rate)

COURT DECISIONS

J.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, (2010) 711 F.Supp.2d 1094

Lavine v. Blaine School District, (2002) 279 F.3d 719

 

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Addressing the Conditions of Children: Focus on Bullying, Governance Brief, December 2012

Safe Schools: Strategies for Governing Boards to Ensure Student Success, 2011

Providing a Safe, Nondiscriminatory School Environment for All Students, Policy Brief, April 2010

Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2008

Bullying at School, 2003

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS PUBLICATIONS

Dear Colleague Letter:  Harassment and Bullying, October 2010

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Cybersafety for Children: http://www.cybersafety.ca.gov

California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: http://cyberbully.org

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

National School Safety Center: http://www.schoolsafety.us

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:  http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr

 

Policy  LAMMERSVILLE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved:  November 6, 2013                Mountain House, California

Mountain House High School website: mhhs.lammersvilleusd.net