STUDENT HANDBOOK 2018-2019

 Dear Students, Parents/Families, Community Partners and Visitors,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year and to what I believe is the best middle school in the state of New Mexico. 21st Century Public Academy is dedicated to providing outstanding educational opportunities for all our students and are proud to welcome you back to another school year. This year is a fresh opportunity for our schools, students, parents, and community to work together for the success of our students. Our teachers, administrators and staff are dedicated to ensuring an inclusive and positive climate and culture at our school. We work diligently to provide an educational program for each and every student that is rigorous, challenging, engaging and supportive. Parents, students, family members and the school are partners in this journey to provide a quality education for our students. The 21st Century Student Handbook provides information about the rights, responsibilities and expectations for our students. We hope you find it informative and helpful. Please visit our website, www.21stcenturypa.com, for more information and current information and activities. We appreciate your involvement in your student's education and you have our commitment to prepare our students to be productive, responsible citizens for the 21st century.

Sincerely,

Mary Tarango,
Principal

Governance Council
Virginia Trujillo, President

Art Silva, Vice President

Kathy Webb, Secretary Phillip Sapien, Member

Evelyn Dow, Member

Elizabeth Piazza, Member

Victoria Tafoya, Member 

ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS GOALS


Goal One: Academic Achievement
21st Century will implement an academic plan aimed at improving achievement for all students with an intensified focus on closing the achievement gap. The Governance Council is committed to providing a safe, respectful and nurturing environment for all members of the school community including students, staff, parents, community partners and visitors. This handbook is an official policy statement of the 21st Century Public Academy Governance Council. Students and parents should review and be familiar with this handbook, as well as, the handbook given out at school with a shorter review of the policies. The Student Handbook will be reviewed by the Governance Council on an annual basis. Suggested changes should be submitted to the Principal (505-254-0280) at mtarango @21stcenturypa.com by the end of the first semester for consideration for inclusion in the following year's handbook. A shorter version of this handbook will be made available to students the first week of school or upon enrollment. It will also be posted on the website at www.21stcenturypa.com.

Goal Two: Financial Stewardship
21st Century Public Academy will maintain a transparent, sound, and responsible financial plan that focuses resources to the classroom and advances student achievement, supports family/community involvement, and promotes school safety.

Goal Three: Family & Community Involvement
21st Century Public Academy will meaningfully eng
age families and enhance partnerships with the community to maximize student achievement.

Goal Four: School Environment
21st Century Public Academy will provide a safe and supportive climate for learning and working that maximizes student achievement.

MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of 21st Century Public Academy to continually search for positive learning experiences that enrich students and staff. Whenever possible. these lessons will take place in the arena in which they are practiced.

VISION STATEMENT

21st Century Public Academy will provide experiences, situations, and opportunities for students to develop talents and to understand their role in the community. The body, niind, and spirit of each person will grow through lessons learned at school. Students will acquire a sense of personal responsibility, independence, and community interdependence.



STUDENT HANDBOOK 2018-2019 Table of Contents


Non Discrimination Policy ………………………………………………………………        4

School District Authority and Jurisdiction …………………………………………….        4

Expectations of Students ………………………………………………………………        4

Student Rights and Responsibilities ………………………………………………….        5

Dress Code ………………………………………………………………………………        5

Out of School Instruction (OSI) …………………………………………………………        7

What to do if you believe your rights have been violated …………………………....        8

School Attendance Guidelines ………………………………………………………….        12

Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct ……………………………………………        17

Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy ………………………………………………..        19

Discipline Matrix …………………………………………………………………………        20

School Alternatives for Handling Unacceptable Conduct ……………………………        22

Disciplinary Considerations for Students with Disabilities Under IDEA ……………        23

Disciplinary Considerations for Students Under Section 504 ……………………….        25

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ……………………………………….        28

Student Records …………………………………………………………………………        29

Child Custody Issues …………………………………………………………………....        31

Glossary of Terms ………………………………………………………………………..        32

21st CENTURY PUBLIC ACADEMY STUDENT HANDBOOK

This Student Handbook states guidelines for student rights and responsibilities and is not intended to provide legal advice. It does not create any contractual rights, and the school has the discretion to modify the provisions of this handbook at any time. The school's handbook supplements the Student Handbook and should be referred to for more specific guidelines. If a provision of the school's handbook is inconsistent with this Student Handbook, this handbook will supersede.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

21" Century Public Academy affirms its' commitment to the rights of students, parents and employees, as set forth in Federal and State Statutes, for nondiscriminatory treatment in relation to disability, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, religion, age, veteran status, HIV status and/or any other protected status as defined by law, in all its programs and activities. Nondiscrimination shall include freedom from harassment and retaliation based on disability, race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation; national origin or ancestry, religion, age, veteran status, HIV status and/or any other protected status as defined by law.

School District Authority and Jurisdiction The provisions of the Student Handbook are in effect:

Additionally, the principal, any public school official or designated chaperone is authorized to take administrative action when a student's misconduct away from school during a school activity may have a detrimental effect on the other students, staff or on the orderly educational process.

The principal has the responsibility to take discretionary action any time the educational process is threatened with disruption. Nothing in the following is intended to prevent a staff member, teacher, principal or other administrator from using his/her best judgment with respect to a particular situation.

EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS ATTENDANCE: It is essential for students to attend school daily in order to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to become college and career ready. Regular student participation in daily classroom activities plays a significant role in student’s school success.  Students are expected to attend school regularly and on time. State Law requires daily school attendance for those between the ages of 5 and 18, or until graduation from high school.

ACHIEVEMENT Students are expected to achieve academically. They are expected to:

Social Responsibility: Students are expected to be good members of the community. They are expected to:

Every student is responsible for helping maintain a safe, orderly and educationally focused learning environment. Students are expected to:

PARENTS & FAMILIES: School officials are partners with parents and families in educating all children. Every parent, guardian and family member of the school community shares in the responsibility for educating children in a safe and productive environment. You share in this responsibility when you:

Attendance - Make sure your student(s) attend school, on time, every day.

Achievement

Social Responsibility

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

EXPRESSION AND ASSOCIATION

PUBLICATIONS

ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS

DRESS CODE

OUT OF SCHOOL INSTRUCTION

Out of School Instruction (OSI) is an integral part of the educational experience for students and is required. An OSI is considered an instructional day and failure to attend is considered an absence and will be considered truancy without a proper written excuse. Students may not participate in Out of School Instruction (OSI) unless a parent permission form has been signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the school by the designated deadline.

SCHOOL/STUDENT DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATIONS QUESTIONING A STUDENT

SEARCH OF PERSON

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED

21st Century Public Academy does not discriminate nor condone discrimination by students, employees, or third parties on the basis of ethnic identity, religion, race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, mental or physical disability or serious medical condition, spousal affiliation or pregnancy in any program or activity of, or sponsored by the school/district. The following department has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Equal Opportunity Services and Title IX Section 504
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 240 East
PO Box 25704 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125-0704
(505) 855-9853 or (505) 855-9855 (505) 872-6815

REPORTS

DENIAL OF RIGHTS

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

VIOLATION OF STUDENT RIGHTS

INTERNAL COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

WHO MAY FILE A COMPLAINT

HOW TO FILE

RETALIATION

WHERE TO FILE

APPEAL PROCESS

HEARING PROCEDURE

HEARING AUTHORITY AND RECORD

DECISION OF HEARING AUTHORITY

APPEAL TO THE SUPERINTENDENT/PRINCIPAL

TIME LIMITS

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

New Mexico law dictates that:

ATTENDANCE POLICY

MAKE-UP WORK

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES

Interventions for Students with Excessive Absences

TARDY

STUDENT DROP OFF/PICK UP/VISITS

DISRUPTION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

School is a place to learn and to be a part of a community. If a student is behaving in a way that does not allow other children to learn, school staff will need to intervene with the child. Students, whether receiving general or special education services, may need to receive interventions for disruptive behavior.

Acts of misconduct are subject to the disciplinary action by appropriate school personnel. Unacceptable conduct is defined as whether or not it disrupts or has the potential to disrupt the educational process. Consequences will result for cases such as bullying, fighting, harassment, inappropriate use of cell phones or other electronic devices, use or possession of e-cigarettes and other forms of disrupting the educational process, or violation of laws, rules and regulations. This handbook follows 21st Century Public Academy, APS, State, and Federal guidelines. See the Glossary of Terms at the back of this handbook for definitions of acts of misconduct.

PHYSICAL MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES

In order to provide safe and effective management of students who are demonstrating dangerous behaviors, physical management may be necessary at times. See the Glossary for the definition of Physical Management. Physical management may be indicated when a student's behavior is dangerous to self or others or results in property damage likely to result in harm to self or others. Physical management is always a last resort, used only after all other less restrictive interventions have been exhausted or ruled out due to significant safety concerns. 21st Century Public Academy staff should follow all Policies and Procedures with regard to student safety. A hierarchy of non-physical interventions must be used prior to the initiation of physical management, except in emergency situations.

CONSEQUENCES FOR UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

SUSPENSION

SHORT-TERM SUSPENSION

LONG-TERM SUSPENSION (LTS)

EXPULSION

FIREARMS

REFERRAL FOR LEGAL ACTION

SUSPENSION OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR PRIVILEGES

DISTRICT WIDE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TOBACCO POLICY

Albuquerque Public Schools and Charters support a safe and healthy learning environment for all students which is free from alcohol, tobacco, and drug use and abuse.

Substance Abuse Policy 21st Century Public Academy prohibits the sale, use, possession, transfer of, or being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco, e-cigs, narcotics, hallucinogens, inhalants, or drugs, look-alikes or possession of drug paraphernalia on district property or at any district-sponsored activity. Any student found to be engaging in any of the above behaviors shall be subject to appropriate interventions and/or disciplinary measures. Students who are involved in extracurricular activities are subject to additional consequences for violating the Substance Abuse Policy.

EXTRACURRICULAR SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TOBACCO POLICY

Extracurricular activities are an integral part of the educational process, providing students with opportunities to further develop their unique capabilities, interests and needs beyond the classroom. Participation in extra-curricular activities is a PRIVILEGE offered to and earned by students. Because participants are representatives of their school and community, their conduct is expected to exemplify high standards at all times. The Extra-Curricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy is in effect twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at all times/locations from the first day of fall sports practices to the end of the school year.

The definition of alcohol and controlled illegal substance possession is extended to include circumstances where substances covered under the policy are nearby and available (i.e. parties, gatherings, etc.).

Criteria for application of sanctions would include, but not be limited to:

SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED/ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE

SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES FOR HANDLING UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

CONTRACTS

REFERRALS

REMOVAL FROM CLASS

DISCIPLINARY CONSIDERATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATIONAL ACT (IDEA)

WHAT IS SECTION 504?

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR STUDENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION?

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IF YOUR STUDENT HAS A DISABILITY BUT IS NOT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION?

HOW DOES THIS PROCESS WORK?

WHAT HAPPENS IF PARENTS/FAMILIES BELIEVE SOME PART OF SECTION 504 IS NOT BEING FOLLOWED?

DOES EVERY STUDENT WITH IMPAIRMENT REQUIRE A 504 PLAN?

WHERE DO I CALL TO ASK ABOUT A 504 PLAN?

DISABILITY HARASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION

DISCIPLINARY CONSIDERATIONS FOR STUDENTS UNDER SECTION 504

TITLE IX OF THE EDUCATION AMENDMENTS OF 1972 GENDER DISCRIMINATION

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

SEXUAL HARASSMENT IS CONSIDERED TO HAVE OCCURRED WHEN:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

VIOLATION OF STUDENT RIGHTS

STUDENT RECORDS

THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

POLICY REGARDING RECORDS

CHILD CUSTODY ISSUES

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

* Any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverageor intoxicant of any kind. ** "Look-alikes" are specifically included whether or not they are capable of producing a change in behavior or altering a state of mind. *** "Possession." as used herein, includes not only possession on one's physical person, but also custody and control. Thus, a student may be found in possession of any item if the item is in the student's backpack, locker, or elsewhere, if subject to the student's custody and control.