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Benicia High School Policies & Procedures

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY  - The Benicia High School staff, administration, & BUSD School Board encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities while maintaining good scholastic habits.  Extracurricular activities help students learn the values of leadership, sportsmanship, cooperation, teamwork, and thus help them become better citizens.  Academic eligibility covers the following activities: Athletics, Band, Dances, Prom, Drama Productions and Senior sponsored activities.  The review periods for eligibility are: 1st quarter, 1st semester, 3rd quarter and 2nd semester. 2nd semester grades apply to eligibility determination for the first quarter of the following school year.  Summer school can provide an opportunity for students to clear their eligibility.    

Academic Probation – Students participating in extracurricular activities must earn a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and have passed a minimum of 4 classes/20 credits per quarter. Students who fall below a 2.0 GPA or do not pass 4 classes/20 credits are placed on probation.  Students on academic probation have one (1) quarter to meet the minimum grade point requirement for participation in extracurricular activities.  Students on probation may still participate in extracurricular activities.  

Ineligible – If a student has been placed on probation and they again earn below a 2.0 GPA or do not pass 4 classes/20 credits in the next grading period, they will be placed on the Academic “Ineligible” list.  Students who do not pass 4 classes/20 credits at any given time will automatically advance to Ineligible status, regardless of overall GPA.  There is no probationary period for this violation.

Students on the “Ineligible” list may not participate in extracurricular activities for the rest of that quarter.  Ineligibility will be re-instated at the review period if the student’s GPA reaches a 2.0 or above and they passed a minimum of 4 classes/20 credits.

Incoming Freshman & Transfer Student Eligibility – As of the first day of school, all incoming freshman with GPA’s less than 2.0 from their previous school are placed on academic probation for one quarter and will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. The eligibility of any transfer student will be based on his/her most recent grade report.  Transferring from one school to another may affect athletic eligibility under Sac-Joaquin Section, CIF and/or State CIF rules.  Please contact BHS Athletic Director Craig Holden for information regarding this rule at (707) 747-8325.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) standard for athletic eligibility states that a student must pass 4 classes and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.  Therefore, a student who fails three or more classes of a six period schedule at the quarter or semester is ineligible to participate and has NO probationary period.  New SVG image

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY  - Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, data, ideas, research, or documentation without permission or without giving proper credit to the source.  It goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for an exam/test, or using or providing unauthorized materials during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as the theft of falsification of records and files. The district considers violations of this nature to be serious offenses and has the following consequences. 

First Offense – The student will receive an “F” grade/zero credit on the assignment, exam, test or quiz based on the teacher’s grading system.  Parents will be contacted for a meeting and four detentions will be issued.  

Second Offense –  The student will receive an “F” grade/zero credit on the assignment, exam, test or quiz based on the teacher’s grading system.  There will be drop of one letter grade for the semester. Four detentions will be issued.  

Third Offense –  The student will receive an “F” grade/zero credit on the assignment, exam, test or quiz based on the teacher’s grading system.  The student will be dropped from the class for the semester and will receive an F as their semester grade. Four detentions will be issued. Illustration of a pencil


ATTENDANCE POLICY  - Students are required by law to attend school every day (Education Code 48260).   Benicia High receives funding only when students are present in school.  Students are expected to be in class on time and attend all classes daily.  Excused absences include:  illness, medical/dental/therapy appointments, death in the immediate family, absence/quarantine exclusion directed by a health officer and jury duty.  Vacations and trips out of town are not excused. 

All absences must be cleared with a written note or telephone call within 72 hours to the attendance office.  If your student’s absence is not cleared within this time, it will be converted to a cut and the student will be assigned detention.  The administration requests your assistance with scheduling appointments and meetings involving students outside school hours.  Students leaving campus or returning to campus must check out/in through the attendance office. Students leaving campus without approval through the attendance office will be issued a detention(s).  Detentions will be issued for students with excessive tardies.  

To report an absence please call: 747-8325, press 2 for attendance and follow the prompts for the correct administrative assistant.

I understand that I must clear my child’s absence within 72 hours with a written note or telephone call.  I understand that my child will receive detention if they leave campus without permission through the attendance office.  I also understand that students absent on the day of a school activity may not attend or participate in such activity unless the Principal verifies the absence as an emergency.  


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When bullying or harassment occurs on campus, students are to see their counselor or an administrator right away to make a report.  Reporters reserve the right to remain anonymous. All reports will be handled promptly while still respecting the wishes of the victim. Consequences for such behavior are confidential, progressive, and determined based on factual information in conjunction with California Education Codes.  

There has been an enormous increase in students and parents using social media to make inappropriate, offensive, or threatening comments to others. When cyberbullying occurs it is the responsibility of the parent and/or student to report it to administration and seek police guidance. As a school, we will work with the police to investigate the situation and address it on an individual basis due to the delicate nature of bullying. This is a serious concern and we want you to be aware that we will do what we can in partnership with the Benicia Police Department.  It is best to have physical evidence, so immediately print screen, save texts, and forward emails, etc.

Bullying in any form is never acceptable.

CLOSED CAMPUS-  As part of our school safety plan, we are a closed campus during school hours.  Students are not permitted to leave campus nor do we allow unauthorized visitors to campus.  All visitors are required to sign in at the main office.  The Benicia Police Department will be notified in the event that a non-student is on campus without being cleared in the main office.

DANCE MEMORANDUM  - In order to promote a healthy, safe, enjoyable evening, all students, parents and guests must read, understand, and sign a dance memorandum prior to each school sponsored dance.

DELIVERIES - To ensure a closed campus and school safety, food deliveries are not permitted during school hours; this includes delivery from a friend, family member, the use of Door Dash, and/or other food delivery apps. Students are to either bring their lunch with them when they arrive to school in the morning or purchase from our food services.  Parents can add money to student meal accounts using this link BUSD Food Service Account, hit the “My School Bucks” page.  Students purchase their meals using their school ID.  

DISCIPLINE  - To better acquaint you to the Benicia High School rules, please thoroughly read the Discipline Grid listed under Parent Resources on the website.

In general, discipline often has a few different levels.  When a situation occurs with a student, depending on the severity, you will be contacted by the teacher or staff member involved.  Teachers are encouraged to call or email parents at the first sign of something in order to proactively communicate concerns.  It is not uncommon for teachers to give students several warnings and/or opportunities to correct their behavior before they first contact a parent.  

Sometimes there are behaviors that are relatively minor yet disruptive enough to the teaching environment where the teacher may send the student out of the class just for that period of that day.  Students get escorted by a campus supervisor to Room A103.  While in the Student Supervision Room, students are to do school work or read.  They may not talk, use their phone or sleep.  

Teachers have the right to assign detentions for certain infractions they feel are disruptive or detrimental to student progress such as: not doing homework, putting their head down, not having materials, etc.  

If the behavior is severe, a referral will be written for that student and will be handled by an administrator.  The administration reserves the right to use their discretion when assigning consequences for breaking school rules.

DISCIPLINE WHILE OFF CAMPUS -  In the event a student violates a school rule while off campus participating in a school-sponsored event, the parent will be contacted as soon as possible.  The student will either be transported back by the school if the situation is deemed safe for everyone, or in the event the student needs a different type of transportation, the parent will be requested to pick up the student. Any expenses related to this will be the responsibility of the parent.  The student, parent and an administrator will meet the following school day to discuss consequences.  

DRESS CODE  - The expression of a student’s uniqueness and individuality by means of dress is sanctioned as being consistent with stated purposes of the school. Parents and students are responsible for following our school dress code. Any clothing or accessories that are deemed inappropriate for an educational environment are prohibited in order to provide a college and career preparatory environment. As it is the belief of Benicia High School that appropriate student attire is important, the following rules will be enforced during school hours, after school while on campus and during school sponsored events.

❒  All clothing and accessories should be appropriate for school.  Administrative discretion can be used at any time to determine the appropriateness of clothing.              

❒  Any clothing that exposes undergarments is not allowed.

❒  No bare feet. Shoes must be worn at all times.

❒  Articles of clothing which display profanity, obscenity, vulgarity or any other questionable printing; slogans which promote or reference tobacco, alcohol, drugs, weapons, violence or sex, or interfere with the educational process, are not allowed.

❒  No strapless tops or tops/shirts that do not cover midriff or chest area.  The chest area is considered from the armpits down.

❒  No sheer or see-through tops without an appropriate length top underneath.

❒  Shorts, skirts and dresses cannot be excessively short and should reach mid-thigh.

❒  All pants must be secure at the waist, no sagging pants.                                 

❒  No bandanas, grills (dental coverings), hairnets, doo rags, skull caps, nets, nylon headgear or gang identified symbols are to be worn.

❒  Removal of shirts/tops is not permitted at any time, including at athletic practices and events.

❒  Students are required to wear t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes for Physical Education classes.

First Offense ~ The item not following the dress code will be confiscated, the student will change into other clothing provided, and the item will be returned at the end of the day.  

Second Offense ~ Results in the item being confiscated, student to change into other clothing provided, the item returned to the parent/guardian, and one after school detention.  

Third Offense ~ Results in 1-5 days suspension due to defiance, as well as the item being confiscated, change into other clothing provided, and the item returned to the parent or guardian.


ELECTRONICS/CELL PHONE USE POLICY   

 Cell phones/electronic devices may serve as an outstanding instructional tool and learning resource if used appropriately. We encourage our staff members and our students to use electronics and other 21st century devices to supplement instruction and learning.  We ask that you do NOT call or text your student during class time as this is a disruption to instruction. In order to preserve the teaching and learning environment, this document is to clarify the cell phone/electronic devices policy for Benicia High School. The policy is:

❒ Cell phones/electronic devices may only be used for educational purposes in the classroom setting. If a student wishes to use their device for non-educational purposes, they may do so before the morning bell rings, during passing periods, snack, lunch, and after school.

❒ Cell phones/electronic devices must have sound turned OFF before entering any classroom, office, library, locker room, lab, and/or theater.

❒ Once inside any of the aforementioned locations, students must store their cell phones/electronic devices in a location that is not visible to the teacher or other students. Students may use the device with teacher approval.

❒ If a cell phone/electronic device rings, vibrates, or is used for any reason without teacher permission,  or is visible anytime during class time, or if you are caught using it on campus during class time, a staff member may confiscate the device.

❒ Refusal to surrender your phone when asked is considered defiance. Defiance may result in disciplinary consequences, including suspension. Parents will be contacted.

First Offense ~ The device will be held in the Administration office until the end of the school day and a lunch or after school detention will be issued.  Students may pick up their phone at the end of the school day.

Second Offense ~ The device will remain in the main office until the end of the school day.  The student will be issued a CPT Detention, and contact a parent for phone pick up.

Third Offense ~ The device will remain in the main office for the remainder of the week. The student will serve an in-house suspension.  Phone may only be picked up by a parent.

The staff of Benicia High requests your FULL cooperation with our policy.  Staff are also permitted to add additional policies within their classrooms regarding cell phones as long as they are communicated within their syllabi.

You can contact your child via their cell phone during snack and lunch. In the event of an immediate emergency, please call the main school line at 747-8325. BHS is not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen phones.

LOCKER USE  -  Lockers are issued for temporary storage of books and personal items.  It is suggested that students take books and valuable items home at night and on weekends.  All items placed in lockers are the responsibility of the student.  Should theft or vandalism occur, students will be fined for any damaged, destroyed or lost books. All lockers must be emptied before the last day of school and textbooks returned to teachers.  Belongings left in lockers at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.  Benicia High School assumes no responsibility for losses.  

POWER SCHOOL  - All grades are reported online through our grading and information system, Power School. Parents and students are issued different usernames and passwords.  You can log on at http://www.psbusd.org/.  Do not share your username or password with anyone.  Students and parents can check grades, assignments, and attendance.  If you or your parents need login information, please contact BHS Counseling Department for assistance.  Parents should check Power School frequently to help monitor grades and assignments, as well periodically check attendance. Your username and password do not automatically change from year to year.  Please continue to use current username and password if already on Power School.  

SOCIAL PROBATION - Students who break certain school rules that result in suspension, have chronic attendance and/or tardies may be placed on social probation.  Administration reserves the right to place students on social probation at anytime. If placed on social probation, the student may not participate in any extracurricular activities or attend any outside school events such as rallies, dances, sports, field trips or performing arts events. The first offense is 30 school days, the second offense is 60 school days and third offense is 90 school days.  For more information on what infractions result in social probation, please consult the Discipline Grid or Social Probation Form.