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DUNCAN-RUSSELL

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

Tracy Unified School District

 

 

 

 

Student Handbook 2010-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

 

Duncan-Russell High School, where everybody is somebody, it is to empower students to reach their fullest potential, to achieve excellence, to attain their goals and to become compassionate, confident, honest, responsible and open-minded citizens.

 

Tracy Joint Unified School District Board of Education

 

Bill Swenson, President

Walter Gouveia, Vice President

James Vaughn

Gregg Crandall

Ted Guzman

Kelly Lewis 

Jill Costa

 

 

Tracy Joint Unified School District Cabinet

 

Dr. James Franco, Superintendent

Ryan Davis, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Dr. Sheila Harrison, Assistant Superintendent Educational Services

Dr. Casey Goodall, Associate Superintendent for Business Service

 

 

Duncan-Russell High School Staff

 

Dave Pickering    Administrator

 

Joan Check    Counselor

 

Yvette Spencer    Secretary

 

Theresa Peltz    Teacher

 

Esmerelda Mota    Para Educator

 

 

Office Hours

The Duncan-Russell High School administrative office is open Mon-Fri 7:30am to 4:00pm.  Principal, Attendance, Registrar, Teacher: 830-3357 (Phone), 830-3358 (Fax)

 

 

School Hours

8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.  Morning Session

11:30 p.m. - 2:30  p.m.  Afternoon Session

 

 

 

 

 

The Six Pillars of Character

Adopted by Tracy Unified School District

 

Trustworthiness

·        Be honest.

·        Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.

·        Be reliable-do what you say you’ll do.

·        Have the courage to do the right thing.

·        Build a good reputation.

·        Be loyal-stand by your family, friends, and country.

 

Respect

·        Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule.

·        Be tolerant of differences.

·        Use good manners, not bad language.

·        Be considerate of the feelings of others.

·        Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone.

·        Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.

 

Responsibility

·        Do what you are supposed to do.

·        Persevere; keep on trying!

·        Always do your best.

·        Use self-control; be self-disciplined.

·        Be accountable for your choices.

 

Fairness

·        Play by the rules.

·        Take turns and share.

·        Be open-minded; listen to others.

·        Don’t blame others carelessly.

 

Caring

·         Be kind.

·         Be compassionate and show you care.

·         Express gratitude.

·         Forgive others.

·         Help people in need.

 

Citizenship

·        Do your share to make your school and community better.

·        Cooperate.

·        Stay informed; vote.

·        Be a good neighbor

·        Obey laws and rules.

·        Respect authority.

Program Description

 

Duncan-Russell High School is an alternative educational program that has been an integral part of educational services in Tracy since 1969. Students earn credits toward a high school diploma and are prepared for entrance into community college, an occupational training program, the military or a job.  The curriculum at Duncan-Russell stresses the acquisition of skills and credits through electronic learning. Students must complete requirements in all subject areas, pass all district assessments and all state requirements in order to graduate from their attendance area high school, Stein Continuation High School, or the Tracy Adult School.

 

Our academic program is designed to provide the maximum flexibility possible in order that a student who enters Duncan-Russell to work toward a high school diploma, set individual goals, and become responsible for the future.

 

Duncan-Russell High School is different from the comprehensive high school.  The primary difference lies not in what is taught, but in how it is taught. Students and parents develop a plan to recover credits to earn a diploma and to prepare for after high school.

 

The alternatives offered at Duncan-Russell include:

 

            1.         On-Line learning that allows for students to earn credits incrementally.

 

            2.         Learning in a safe and secure environment free of violence, drugs and fear.

 

            3.         Individual counseling that prepares students to complete the high school diploma from other Tracy Unified School District Schools and other institutions.

 

            4.         Opportunity to attend a morning or afternoon session dependent upon student needs.

 

5.                  Individual attention in smaller classes.

 

6.                  In special cases, participation in ROP classes at the high schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are Students Enrolled into Duncan-Russell High School?

 

Students attend the program on a voluntary basis.  Referrals are made after the parent and student attend a consultation with the counselor at the comprehensive high school. A decision is then made as to whether the student meets entrance criteria and if Duncan-Russell High School program is the best program for the student. The advisor then issues a referral to the continuation program. Students 16-18 years of age, living in the Tracy Unified School District, who have not completed a high school education, are eligible for enrollment in Duncan-Russell High School.

 

Students wishing to return to the comprehensive high school from Duncan-Russell must transfer back at the semester. Students earning 110 credits at the beginning of their senior year or 150 credits at second semester may be able to transfer to George and Evelyn Stein continuation high school.

 
Attendance

 

Absences from School

Excused:

            Excused absences will be granted for the following reasons:

            A.        Personal illness; a doctor's note is required if over 5 days.

            B.        Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services. Students are strongly urged to make appointments during non-school hours.  Students checking out for medical appointments must bring in a doctor’s verification upon their return to school.  Five or more medical appointments during school hours and within a semester are considered excessive and may require further doctor’s verification.

            C.        Attending funeral services of an immediate family member.

            D.        Jury duty

E.                 Exclusion for not having been properly immunized; these absences will not be excused for more than 5 days.

F.                  Quarantine

 

Unexcused:

            Listed below are the most common reasons given for absences, which will be considered unexcused.  This list is not all-inclusive; therefore, if you have specific questions regarding unexcused absences, please contact the school secretary.

 

            A.        Unapproved family vacations and extended weekend trips.

            B.        Oversleeping

            C.        Cutting

            D.        Car trouble

            E.         Court appearances (other than jury duty) or probation department appointments (but does count against attendance agreement with court verification) or any other personal business.

            F.         Any absence considered excused which is not cleared by a parental or doctor's note within 48 hours of returning to school.

 

Attendance, Performance and Behavior

All students are advised of Attendance, Performance and Behavior standards.  Students are encouraged to attend school on a regular basis and meet weekly credit requirements as well as have no incidents of suspension.  If the student fails to meet the conditions of the agreement, he/she may be transferred from Duncan-Russell and placed in an alternate educational program which better meets his/her needs and interests.  Students who have work permits fall under more strict attendance guidelines.  See Work Experience page 12 and Work Permits page 13 in handbook.

 

Attendance Procedures

It is the student and parent/guardian responsibility to verify an absence and this must be done within 48 hours upon returning to school.

1.      Parents are responsible for notifying the school between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. whenever their student is absent.  A message recorder will take calls at any other time.  All calls and notes must contain the following information:

-name of student

-date of absence

-specific reason for absence

-daytime phone number where a parent may be reached

In addition to the above information, all notes must be signed by the parent/ guardian and state the relationship of the signatory to the student.

2.      If it becomes necessary for a student to take medication at school, we must have our medical form completed by a parent and the doctor prior to bringing the medication to school.  You may obtain this form from the principal's office.  You should return the signed form and the medication to the principal's office right away.  Do not keep medication with you.

 

 

Tardy Policy

A student arriving after the tardy bell at 8:00 A.M. for the morning session and 11:30 P.M. for the afternoon session will report directly to the office. Students accumulating tardies will be assigned detention after school or receive a suspension if behavior continues.

 

Truancy Policy and Procedures

1. Education Code 48260 -- Any pupil subject to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three (3) days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each or more than three (3) days in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the Superintendent of the school district.  See Disciplinary Violations and Consequences, Miscellaneous School Rules, Section Q.

 

2. Education Code 48261 -- Any pupil who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without valid excuse one or more days, or tardy on one (1) or more days, shall again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the Superintendent of the district.

3. Education Code 48252 -- Any pupil is deemed an habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three (3) or more times per school year, provided that no pupil shall be deemed an habitual truant unless an appropriated district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent/guardian of the pupil and the pupil himself, after the filing of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261.

 

3.      Education Code 48263 -- If any minor pupil in any district of a county is an habitual truant, or is irregular in attendance, as defined in this article, or is referred to a school attendance review board, the supervisor of attendance, or such other persons as the governing board of the school district or county may designate, making such referral shall notify the minor and parents/guardians of the minor, in writing, of the name and address of the board to which the matter has been referred and of the reason for such referral.  The notice shall indicate that the pupil and parents/guardians of the pupil will required, along with the referring person, to meet with the school attendance review board to consider a proper disposition of the referral.

 

1st STEP         Teacher - When a student accumulates three (3) or more unexcused absences, cuts, or tardies, a advisor/student conference will be held to discuss his/her truancy.  The school will also notify the parent or guardian that the student has been declared a truant.

2nd STEP        Principal - After a student has once been reported as a truant and then accumulates a minimum of two (2) additional unexcused absences, a parent/student conference will held by the principal and the student's advisor to discuss his/her lack of attendance in school.  The school will again notify the parent or guardian that the student has been reported as truant.

3rd STEP        Child Welfare & Attendance Officer - A student will be classified as an habitual truant who has accumulated a minimum of six (6) unexcused absences and has been reported as a truant three or more times per school year.  Upon being declared a habitual truant, a parent/student conference will be held with the District Child Welfare and attendance Officer.

4th STEP         SARB Hearing - If the student continues to accumulate unexcused absences after meeting with the District Child Welfare and attendance Officer, then he/she will be referred to the District Attendance Review Board (SARB) for appropriate action.

5th STEP         District Attorney Hearing - If the student or the student's parent or guardian fail to follow the directives of the Attendance Board (SARB), then the district may refer the case to the District Attorney for appropriate legal action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academics

 

Credits Allowed Through Testing

Students who challenge and pass the California High School Proficiency Examination will receive a high school equivalency diploma and receive a total of 75 credits, which can be applied to the Duncan-Russell transcript.  The 75 credits are not transferable to another high school except to Stein Continuation High School. Credits will only be applied to English, mathematics and electives.  All students must take and pass Algebra I or Integrated Mathematics I (IMP) to fulfill district requirements. For information regarding registration, please call the CHSPE office at 866-342-4773 M-F from 8am-5pm or visit their website at www.chspe.net, email: chspe@scoe.net.  There is a $92.00 non refundable registration fee.

 

Credit System                                                     

Students are assigned an on-line course, defining the work they are expected to complete.  Course Units are equal to 5 credits, representing a semester's worth of work. Each test is given a credit value.  Students receive credit based on passing the assigned tests.  The student’s teacher will calculate the number of credits per week that the student needs to make progress on their academic recovery plan.  A minimum of 2 credits must be earned each week, or students may be terminated from the program and returned to the home school.

 

Graduation Requirements

Duncan-Russell High School does not offer a high school diploma. Duncan-Russell High School is designed to allow students to recover credits and then transfer to the comprehensive high school, Stein Continuation High School, the Tracy Adult School, or a opportunity to earn a GED through another program.

 

Weekly and Quarterly Reports

One of the major responsibilities of the teacher is to keep the student and parent updated on the student's academic progress at Duncan-Russell.  A Weekly Report is usually given to students each Thursday.  The Weekly Report shows the number of credits a student earned in each subject area the previous week. Quarter Reports show the number of credits earned during the quarter, and the number of credits a student must earn in order to graduate on schedule and the student's attendance record.

 

Eligibility for Activities

Duncan-Russell High School students are not eligible to participate in other high school activities. Students in good standing may be eligible for being guests at the comprehensive high school for the events listed below only. Approval from the Duncan-Russell principal and the assistant principal of the comprehensive high school are required.

 

Dances & Proms at THS & WHS

Duncan-Russell High School students who transferred from Tracy High School may attend Tracy High School's Girl’s Treat, and Junior/Senior Prom.  Duncan-Russell students must be currently enrolled and are responsible for adhering to all dance requirements as outlined in the Tracy High School student handbook, including owing no fines and no more than 15 hours of Saturday school at THS. Request a permission form from the DRHS office.

 

 

 

Duncan-Russell High School students who transferred from West High School may attend West High School's Winter Ball and Junior/Senior Prom.  Duncan-Russell High School students must be currently enrolled* and are responsible for adhering to all dance requirements as outlined in the West High School student handbook, including owing no fines and no more than 15 hours of Saturday school at WHS. Request a permission form from the DRHS office. 

*Students can not purchase a dance bid but may go as a guest if the student meets the above criteria.

 

Winter Ball, Girl’s Treat and Prom Requirements for DRHS student and guest:

1)                  Both dances are from 9:00pm to midnight.

2)                  Students must have a current student picture ID card.

3)         Guest must have a picture I.D. with date of birth. Guests must be in good standing: no more than 15 hours of Saturday School, all fees cleared, and good citizenship.

4)            No guests over the age of 20 will be allowed.

5)            Students must leave by 12:15 a.m.

6)            Students may not have more than 15 hours Saturday School by

             1pm on the Wednesday before the scheduled dance.

7)            Students must not owe any fines or fees.

8)            No students will enter dances after 10:45 p.m.

 

Guidelines for School Dances

1)                  Dance moves may not imitate any overt sexual action.

2)                  Any individual removed from the dance will not receive a refund of their money.

3)                  Students are to conform to the school dress code at regular dances.      

4)                  Students who fail to follow guidelines may be exempt from dances.

5)                  Students removed from a school dance for extreme defiance may be prohibited from attending all school dances for the remainder of the school year, including Winter Ball, Girl’s Treat and Junior/Senior Prom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Information

 

Closed Campus

 

Duncan-Russell High School is a closed campus.  Upon arriving at the campus in the morning, students are to enter and remain on school grounds.  Students should plan to arrive on campus approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of first session, and refrain from loitering in the residential and business areas adjacent to the school.  Students may not leave campus unless they have checked out through the office  Failure to check out and receive an off-campus pass through the attendance office will result in being considered truant.  Appropriate consequences will be assigned.

 

            Consequences for exiting campus without a pass:

            1) First Offense:          Warning/Parent Contact

            2) Second Offense:     One-day suspension

            3) Third Offense:        Two-day suspension/Parent Conference

4) Fourth Offense:      Three-day suspension

 

Entering Other School Campuses

 

Any Duncan-Russell High School student on or near another school’s campus without a written pass from the principal’s secretary, before school, during the day, at lunch, or after school, will be referred to the Duncan-Russell staff for disciplinary action.  The first offense will result in a referral for discipline, additional violations will result in a 1-5 day suspension and/or arrest for trespassing.

 

Intradistrict Transfers

 

Voluntary Transfer to Duncan-Russell

1.         A student must be a junior or senior to be allowed to transfer to Duncan-Russell High School.

2.         A voluntary transfer may not occur without prior consultation first with the comprehensive high school counselor who will contact Duncan-Russell administration.

3.         A student under eighteen (18) years of age who volunteers for the program must have parental permission.

4.                  A student who is referred to the program may be given priority over a student who volunteers.

5.                  A student who has voluntarily transferred to Duncan-Russell shall have the right to return to the comprehensive high school at the beginning of a semester. A sutdent with the consent of the Director of Student Services, may return at any time. If the student was placed at Duncan-Russell through the DART agreement, the student can not return without meeting the criteria set on the DART agreement. Students not allowed to transfer back to the comprehensive high school can appeal to the Director of Student Services.

 

 

 

 

 

Transferring a Duncan-Russell Student to a Traditional High School

 

Before being transferred to one of the District's comprehensive high schools, a student who has transferred to Duncan-Russell High School must attend at least one (1) quarter at Duncan-Russell and meet the following conditions:

 

1.         Average at least 2 credits worth of work per week for the entire quarter.

2.         Not accumulate more than five (5) attendance violations during the quarter.

3.         Not accumulate more than (1) suspension during a nine (9) week period.

4.         Earn appropriate credit to graduate with their class.

5.          Return at a semester break.

 

Involuntary Transfer to Full Time Tracy Adult School Classes

 

Students under the age of 18 who have not complied with the attendance, performance and behavior agreement may be involuntarily transferred to Tracy Adult School as a full time student.

 

Required Information

 

Individual student office records must be kept accurate.  Current telephone numbers, including home, place of employment of parents and physicians names are all necessary in case of an emergency.  Please update the telephone numbers and address changes with the school office.

 

Visitors

Persons who are not students at Duncan-Russell High School, who are not school employees and who do not have official business at school are not to be present on or near campus during school hours, including break time and after-school program.  All visitors must sign in at the office and pick up a guest identification badge.

 

School Rules

1)     Students are expected to be responsible individuals in the residential neighborhood

        surrounding the school.  This includes driving carefully and quietly and respecting the

        private property rights of neighbors by refraining from loitering and littering. 

 

        Students who endanger the lives of others by speeding or reckless driving are subject to

        citation by local police and disciplinary action from the school administration. The

        speed limit is 5 mph in the parking lot.

 

2)         All students have the right to concentrate on learning activities without being disrupted by other students, radios, CD players, and other electronic communication devices are prohibited.  Pagers and cell phones must be turned off and out of sight on campus.

 

3)     Gum chewing is not allowed on campus. Drinks, with the exception of water, are not 

         allowed in the classroom.   In order to maintain high academic standards and clean

         classrooms, food and drink are not to be brought into the classroom without prior

         permission from a teacher.

 

4)       No one may smoke on school premises or in areas adjacent to campus, or in a car     parked near campus at any time, including the normal school day as well as at school-sponsored activities.  Possession of tobacco products by students is not permitted.

 

5)      While on campus students are expected to remain in properly designated areas.  Off        limits area include, but are not limited to, the following:

a.       behind buildings and other out of sight areas.

b.      in the student or staff parking lots except during teacher organized times

c.       loitering in the hallways during break or before and after school

 

6)      Students are expected to be properly prepared for each class and to work, according to

each teacher’s standards, for the entire period.  Students are expected to work in each class all period long.

 

7)      Students are to use the restroom only with teacher permission.  Students who request frequently to use the restroom during class time may be required to provide medical proof  of physical problems that constitute emergency use.

 

8)      Public displays of affection shall be kept reasonable and proper.  Hand holding is

allowed.

 

Confiscated Items

 

Confiscated items must be picked up on or before the last day of school.  Confiscated items not picked up will be discarded.

 

Work Experience

 

  • Limited to T.U.S.D. high school enrollment area
  • Outside of area, requires prior approval by the site principal or designee (work experience coordinator)

 

Work Permits

 

  • Students must be in good standing to earn and/or maintain a work permit.
  • The work experience coordinator will notify the employer if the work permit is suspended and advise them that the student is not allowed to return to work without a NEW work permit from the school.
  • If there are any problems with the employer, they will be referred to the work experience coordinator.
  • The reissue process will only be done one time per student.
  • The student must be in school and attend the morning or afternoon session. Work is only allowed outside of the morning or afternoon session.
  • Student must maintain eligibility by earning 1 credit per week.  If this issue is raised, students may be given a reasonable amount of time (one week) to improve their grades before pulling the work permit.

 

 

 

Dress Standards

 

The primary responsibility for student dress and appearance rests with the parents.  The primary purpose of school is education.  Therefore, all aspects of school must be considered with that objective in mind.  As a guide, students should be dressed in clothing that would be appropriate in the workplace.  Students are required to adhere to the Duncan-Russell dress as follows:  All clothing should be of solid color; black, white, tan or gray.

 

Wearing apparel shall be neat, clean, and safe and not disrupt the instructional activities.

All students must wear some form of shoes, sandals, or moccasins. Crude or vulgar commercial lettering or printing, and pictures depicting occult messages, drugs, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, racial/ethnic slurs, gang affiliation, or that are sexually suggestive, on shirts, sweatshirts, and other wearing apparel are not acceptable. Such items as beach attire, nightwear, bedroom slippers, short shorts/skirts, or unsafe accessories are not allowed.  No spandex or lycra material shorts, skirts or dresses.  No bottoms or splits are to be shorter than where the student’s fingertips reach when the arms and fingertips are fully extended on the sides.  Any clothing/accessory that may be deemed dangerous, i.e. chains, steel-toed boots, items with spikes or studs etc. are unacceptable.  Clothes, apparel or attire must be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.  Clothing, apparel or attire that fails to provide adequate coverage of the body, including but not limited to, see-through, fishnet fabrics, tops that do not touch the top of the pants/skirts, tank tops with straps less than 2” wide, tube tops, halter tops, off the shoulder or low cut tops or dresses, tank style undershirts and sagging pants are not allowed. No holes or tears that are revealing.  Tank tops or t-shirts with cut outs under the arms are not allowed.  Clothing must fit or may be no larger than one size bigger.  Pants must be worn at the waist, not at the hips.  No hair rollers, shower caps, bandannas, hairnets, skull caps, wave caps, cut off shirt sleeves, or other such grooming items are allowed. Tattoos must conform to the dress code.

 

Gang Apparel and Gang Gestures is Prohibited

Jewelry, accessory, notebook or manner of grooming (including haircuts) which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute denotes membership in a gang or group is prohibited.  No clothing or articles of clothing (including but not limited to gloves, bandanas, shoestrings, wristbands, belts, jewelry) related to group or gang that may provoke others to acts of violence are prohibited.  Belt buckles with initials or red, blue, or brown web belts, belts hanging down front of pants, red, blue or other colored shoelaces, bandanas of any type of color, either worn in hair or displayed in clothing, gloves, towels, suspenders or other items of predominately one color, old English style writing on clothing or notebooks are prohibited.

 

If a student is determined to have violated the dress code by wearing gang colors or makes gestures that symbolize gang membership, consequences are as follows: Parent/guardian will be contacted, student will be sent home to change clothes or provided with alternative clothing, confiscation of gang-related jewelry accessory, notebook, etc, and possible 1-5 day suspension, report to law enforcement agency, possible recommendation for expulsion. He/she will be banned from wearing specific colors or any gang related apparel.

 

Sunglasses are not to be worn in the classroom.  Any student who deviates from the accepted standards set forth in this policy will be required to prepare properly for the classroom before being admitted.  Refusal to cooperate will result in disciplinary action.

 

Liability for Use of School Property, Books, Equipment

 

According to Education Code 48909, Liability of parent or guardian for pupil willful misconduct: The parent or guardian of a minor shall be liable to a school district for all property belonging to a school district loaned to the minor and not returned upon demand of an employee of the district authorized to make the demand.  Students must pay for damaged or lost textbooks, software and equipment.   The school is not responsible for personal property brought to school that is lost or stolen.

 

Student Conduct Code

 

Students in Duncan-Russell High School have both rights and responsibilities.  It is the obligation of all school staff members and the Board of Trustees to protect student rights and to insist upon the fulfillment of all responsibilities.

 

Clarity of expectations and equality of treatment of students are essential.  The Duncan-Russell High School staff and the Board of Trustees must clarify what is expected of students, help students develop their own sense of responsibility, assist them in understanding their own rights and clearly establish the consequences for misbehavior.

 

Each student is expected to cooperate with the teachers and his or her peers to maintain a healthy learning environment.  In addition to the general rules of behavior for the school, the student is expected to comply with the guidelines established by each teacher for his or her classroom.

 

The staff will make every reasonable effort to insure each student's success at Duncan-Russell High School.  A cooperative effort, between the school staff and parent/guardian, will attempt to bring about a student's satisfactory adjustment to the academic program and social life at the school.  Typically, alternatives to suspension and/or expulsion will be used when establishing and maintaining proper student conduct.  However, when a student's behavior continues to be disruptive to the instructional process, is in defiance of the authority of staff members, or threatens the safety of staff members, or threatens the safety or well-being of others, then appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

 

Student Rights

 

The Right to an Education: Duncan-Russell High School will maintain an atmosphere in school and at school activities which enhances the potential for the success of every student.

The Right to Receive Instruction: Students are the primary clients served by the school.  The purpose of the school is to identify the individual needs of the student and then develop an educational program, which meets these needs.

The Right to be Heard: Students are encouraged to voice constructive criticism through available channels of communication (student government, conversations with teachers, counselors, and administrators) as long as this process does not disrupt the orderly operation of the school.

The Right to Fair Treatment: The right to fair, consistent and respectful treatment by staff members and other students.

The Right to Due Process: The right to a hearing before a penalty is imposed.  A student who is referred for a violation of the student conduct code will be afforded the opportunity to offer his/her version of the incident to school authorities.

The Right to Seek Redress: The right to pursue remedies, through established district procedures for alleged misapplication of the student conduct code.

 

Student Responsibilities

 

Obey School Rules: Reasonable school rules and regulations are designed and enforced by Duncan-Russell High School so that a productive school environment that is conducive to effective teaching and learning can be preserved.

Courteous Treatment of Others: Students are expected to respect the rights of others to learn and teach in a setting that is free of fear and violence.

Respect for School and Personal Property: Students are expected to show respect for school and personal property and to contribute to the maintenance of a clean school environment.

Attend School Daily: All students are required to attend all classes each day.  In addition, students may lose the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities due to unexcused absences, cuts or tardies.

Be on Time and Come to Class Prepared: Students who enter a classroom after the final bell or students who delay class activities because they do not have necessary books and materials are interfering with the right of others to learn.

Completion of Assigned Coursework: Students are expected to assume the responsibility for being productive in their classes and performing at the highest level of personal proficiency in pursuing activities and objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

Suspensions and Expulsions

Ground for Suspension and Expulsion

 

E.C. 48900

 

A pupil shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the superintendent or the principal 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, or (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 has 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 an 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 the 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, 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 own 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, teacher, 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.

 

48900.2; 212.5

Sexual Harassment in which the conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment.

48900.3; 233

Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 233.

 

48900.4           Harassement

 

48915 (a) (1)

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

 

48915 (a) (2)

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

 

48915 (a) (5)

            Assault or battery upon any school employee.

 

48915 (c) (1)

            Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.

 

48915 (c) (2)

            Brandishing a knife at another person.

 

48915 (c) (3)

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

 

48915 (c) (4)

Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or committing a sexual battery.

 

48915 (c) (5)

            Possession of an explosive

 

            The Student Conduct Code provides an indication of the types of violations and potential consequences that may apply to students whose behavior is related to school activity or attendance which occur at any time, including but not limited to the following:

 

            (1)        While on school grounds.

            (2)        While going to or coming from school.

            (3)        During the lunch period, or nutrition break.

            (4)        During the period that school is in session when the student is truant from school.

(5)               During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.

(6)               During any school function at any school.

 

Procedures for Suspension

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

 

Teacher Suspension of a Student

 

A teacher may suspend, for any of the reasons contained in Education Code Section 48900 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 or the principal's 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.

 

(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 or the principal's designee.

 

Principal Suspension of a Student

 

The principal or the principal's designee may suspend and/or place a student on probation for any of the reasons contained in Education Code Section 48900.  The suspension shall be limited to five (5) consecutive days.

 

(1)        Suspension shall be preceded by an informal conference between the student, the principal, and whenever practicable, the teacher or school employee who referred the student to the principal.  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 of the incident.

 

            The conference may be omitted if the principal or the principal's 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, the principal or the principal's designee shall make a reasonable effort to contact the student's parent or guardian in person or by telephone to explain the reason(s) for the suspension and the date that the student is able to return to school.  (A school employee shall also report the suspension of the student to the district superintendent.)

 

(3)        The parent or guardian will be requested to come to the school to pick up the suspended student.  (In cases where the parent or guardian is unable to come to the school, the principal or the principal's designee, with parental permission, may transport the student home or to an appropriate community agency.)

 

(4)        A notice of the suspension will be mailed within one (1) school day of the beginning of a suspension, which will contain:

 

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

            (b)        The date and time when the student will be allowed to return to school.

            (c)        A statement of the right of the student or parent to request a meeting with the superintendent or the superintendent's designee.

            (d)       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.

            (e)        A request that the parent or 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.

 

(5)        While the parent or guardian is 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 or guardian to attend such conference.  In addition, the student's re-admission shall not be contingent on the attendance of the parents or guardian at such conference.

 

Appealing a Suspension

 

The student or the student's parent or guardian may appeal the suspension imposed by the principal to the superintendent or the superintendent's designee. A meeting if requested, may be held within three (3) days of the time that the superintendent or the superintendent's designee receives the request for an appeal.  An appeal must be made within ten days of the infraction.

 

At the meeting, the superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall review the case, determine if there was sufficient evidence that the violation occurred, and decide whether the penalty was appropriate for the violation.  In addition, the student and student's parent/guardian and representative shall have an opportunity to inspect all written documents, question any of the evidence presented, and the appropriateness of the penalty.

The superintendent or superintendent's designee shall make a decision within five (5) school days.  If the superintendent or the superintendent's designee determines that no violation occurred, all records regarding the suspension shall be destroyed and no information regarding the meeting shall be placed in the student's permanent record or file.  If the superintendent or the superintendent's designee determines that the penalty imposed was inappropriate for the violation, all records concerning the suspension shall be revised to indicate only the facts leading to the penalty imposed by the superintendent or the superintendent's designee.

 

Suspension and Disciplinary Action by the Governing Board

 

The governing board may suspend a student from school for any of the reasons contained in Education Code Section 48900 for not more than twenty (20) days in any school year, unless the student enrolls in or is transferred to another school, opportunity school or class, or a continuation education school or class.  Then, the student may be suspended for not more than a total of thirty (30) days in any school year.  Suspension of a student by the governing board may include probation or other disciplinary action, except expulsion.

 

The governing board shall, unless a request has been made to the contrary, hold closed sessions when considering the suspension of a student, conditions of his/her probation or other disciplinary action, except expulsion.

 

Written notice of the closed hearing shall be forwarded by certified mail to the student at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the hearing.  The notice shall include:

 

(1)        the date, time, and place of the hearing.

 

(2)        statement of the specific facts and charges upon which the proposed disciplinary action is based.

 

(3)        a copy of the disciplinary rules of the district and student conduct code which relate to the alleged violation.

 

(4)        the opportunity of the student and the student's parent or guardian to:

 

                        (a)        appear in person or to employ and be represented by counsel;

 

                        (b)        inspect and obtain copies of all documents to be used at the hearing.

 

                        (c)        confront and question all witnesses who testify at  the hearing; and

 

                        (d)       question all evidence presented, and present oral and documentary evidence on the student's behalf, including witnesses.

 

 

The decision of the governing board regarding the suspension of a student, conditions of his/her probation, or any other action, except expulsion, shall be final.  The student or the student's parent or guardian may, or course, seek relief through the judicial system.

 

Expulsion

 

The staff at Duncan-Russell will make every effort to utilize alternatives to suspension or expulsion in maintaining proper student conduct.  However, a recommendation for expulsion will occur when:

            (1)        the student accumulates three (3) suspensions in any one quarter; or

           

            (2)        the student accumulates a total of ten (10) suspended days during the school year; or

 

            (3)        the student continues to create a situation which endangers the safety of others; or

 

            (4)        the student attempts to cause, or threatens to cause physical injury to a staff member.

 

Definition and Length of Expulsion

 

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 under 48915, 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 is required to recommend expulsion for the following acts (Education Code 48915):

 

(a) 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 in-appropriate, due to the particular circumstance:

           

            (1) Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense.

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

            (3) 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.

            (4) Robbery or extortion.

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

(b) 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:

 

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

            (2) Due to the nature of the act, the presence of the pupil cause 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:

 

            (1) 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 an employee of a school district verifies the possession.

            (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) or Section 48900 or committing a sexual battery as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900.

 

(d) 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:

 

            (1) Is appropriately prepared to accommodate pupils who exhibit discipline problems.

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

            (3) Is not housed at the school site attended by the pupil at the time of suspension.

 

(e) 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), or (m) of Section 48900, or Section 48900.2 or 48900.3, 48915 and either of the following:

 

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

            (2) 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.

 

 

District Disciplinary Review Board

 

Rather than conducting an expulsion hearing itself, the governing board may appoint an impartial hearing panel composed of three (3) or more certificated personnel of the district, none of whom shall be on the staff of the school in which the student is enrolled.  Tracy Public Schools has elected to establish the District Disciplinary Review Board to serve as a hearing panel on expulsion referrals; serve as a review board on requests for reinstatement; and serve as a review board on disciplinary referrals from school administrators.

 

Procedures for Expulsion

 

Expulsion Recommendation by Principal or Principal’s Designee

 

When the principal or the principal's designee determines that a student should be recommended for expulsion, the student will be suspended utilizing the regular suspension procedures.  The principal or the principal's designee will then prepare a report of the case to include:

 

(1)        The student's academic and attendance records.

 

(2)        A chronological account of the development of the case and a statement of the conduct, which led to the decision to recommend expulsion.

 

(3)        A description of actions taken by the school to correct the student's previous misbehavior when the expulsion recommendation is based on violation of subdivision (f), (g), (h), or (k) of Section 48900.

 

(4)        Any record of contacts with other agencies and the results of such contacts.

 

Pre-Expulsion Meeting

 

The student and the student's parent or guardian will be given an opportunity to meet with the superintendent or the superintendent's designee prior to the expulsion hearing to discuss the facts and charges upon which the recommended expulsion is based and review required expulsion procedures and due process regulations.

 

The superintendent or the superintendent's designee may also extend the suspension until the governing board has made a decision regarding the recommended expulsion if he/she determines that the presence of the student at the school would cause a danger to persons or property or a threat of disrupting the instructional process.

 

Written Notice of Hearing

The student and the student's parent or guardian shall be entitled to a hearing before the District Disciplinary Review Board to determine whether the student should be expelled.  Written notice of the hearing shall be forwarded by certified mail to the student at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the date of the hearing.  The notice shall include:

 

(1)        The date, time, and place of the hearing.

(2)        A statement of the specific facts and charges upon which the proposed expulsion is based.

(3)        A copy of the disciplinary rules of the district and student conduct code which relate to the alleged violation.

(4)        The opportunity of the student or the student's parent or guardian to:

            (a)        appear in person or to employ and be represented by counsel;

            (b)        inspect and obtain copies of all documents to be used at the hearing;

            (c)        confront and question all witnesses who testify at the hearing; and

(d)               question all evidence presented, and present oral and documentary evidence on the student's behalf, including witnesses.

 

Decision to Expel

 

If the District Disciplinary Review Board decides not to recommend expulsion, the expulsion proceedings shall be terminated and the student shall be immediately permitted to return to school. The decision not to recommend expulsion shall be final.

 

If the District Disciplinary Review Board recommends expulsion, findings of fact in support of the recommendation shall be prepared and submitted to the governing board.  If the governing board accepts the recommendation for expulsion, acceptance shall be based either upon a review of the findings of fact and recommendations or upon the results of any supplementary hearing that the governing board may order.  The decision of the governing board to expel a student shall be based upon substantial evidence relevant to the charges given at the expulsion hearing or hearings.  The final action to expel a student shall be taken only by the governing board in a public session.

 

Appealing an Expulsion Action

 

If a student is expelled from school, the student or the student's parent or guardian may file an appeal with the county board of education within thirty (30) days of the board's decision to expel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncan-Russell High Student Conduct Code Disciplinary Violations and Consequences

 

Please Note: All school rules are enforceable on the way to school, leaving school, during the period that school is in session when the student is truant from school, and at school activities.  The area of school supervision includes: the campus itself, the perimeter of the campus and sidewalks on both sides of the streets adjacent to the school.  All school rules are also in effect at ALL SCHOOL events and activities.

 

The Student Conduct Code provides an indication of the types of behavior violations and potential consequences that may occur.  Also, in rare instances, the consequences outlined in the Student Conduct Code may be modified due to unusual circumstances.  Please be aware that behavior consequences incurred at any of the Tracy Unified School District Schools are cumulative, regardless of the fact that they pertain to different offenses.  Consequences and infractions incurred at one school will be implemented at Duncan-Russell High School and carried out at any of the other Tracy Unified School District High Schools in case of student transfer.  Each student behavior as well as their academic record will follow the student’s if, and when, they change schools in the Tracy Unified School District. Serious violations or violations of different sections of the Education Code can lead to maximum consequences on the first offense.

(Disciplinary infractions and consequences are outlined on the next page)

 

Gang-related Conduct/Activity on all school campuses and/or adjacent to the campus, during all school-sponsored events is a threat tot the safety of others and is strictly prohibited.

 

Education Code 48900

 

Subsection (a):           (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person, or (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.

A. Battery (EC 48900(a); P.C. 242)

Willful and unlawful use of force or physical violence upon another person.

Five (5) day suspension, recommendation for expulsion, and referral to appropriate law enforcement agency

B. Threats of Violence (EC 48900(a)

Expression of an intention to harm other students.

First and repeat offenses = Administrative decision:

·         Counsel student

·         Detention

·         Parent conference

·         One (1) to five (5) day suspension from school

 

C. Physical Injury

Physical injury to staff members including verbal threats to person, family or property.

Parent conference, five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion, and referral to appropriate law enforcement agency.

D. 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.

Five (5) day suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion

E. Continue to engage (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.

Five (5)  day suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion

F. Third party student (EC 48900(a))

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

Five (5)  day suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion

G. Agitation (EC 48900(a))

Inciting violence.

Three (3) to five (5)  day suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion

H. Running to fights or crowding around a fight,

or falsely reporting a fight

Intentionally running to, moving toward, or gathering

around fights, or falsely reporting fights that impede

the ability of supervisors to control the situation and

maintain a safe school

Warning, parent contact and/or 1-5days suspension and/or possible expulsion

I. Hazing, Initiation or Intimidation (EC 32051,                                                                            48900)

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

One to five (5)  day suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion

 

 

 

J. Sexual harassment (EC 212.5)

Unwelcomed sexual advances; verbal, visual or physical.

Warning or one to five (5) day suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion

K. Gang/Group Related Violence/Physical Injury

      to a Student 

When a student causes, attempts to cause, or threatens to cause physical injury to another student as part of any group or gang activity.

a.  Parent/guardian contact.

b. A five (5) day suspension and recommendation for an expulsion for a minimum period of nine (9) weeks.

c. 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: (1) A minimum of eighty (80) hours of community service; (2) A minimum of nine (9) weeks of counseling; (3) Prohibited from violating any one of the subsections (a) through (l) contained in Education Code 48900 associated with school attendance.

d. A recommendation for an extension of the suspension to the expulsion hearing date.

L. Gang/Group Related Violence

When a student causes, attempts to cause, or threatens to cause physical injury to a classified or certificated staff member as part of any group or gang activity.

a. Parent/guardian contact.

b. A five (5) day suspension and recommendation for an expulsion for a minimum period of the balance of the semester in which the violation occurred plus an additional semester.

c. 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: (1) A minimum of eighty (80) hours of community service; (2) A minimum of nine (9) weeks of counseling; (3) Prohibited from violating any one of the subsections (a) through (l) contained in Education Code 48900 associated with school attendance.

d. Contact with law enforcement agency.

M. Unprovoked Attack

Use of physical violence without provocation

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion; report to a law enforcement agency

 

Subsection (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 has 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.

 

A.   Possession of Any Firearm, Knife, Explosive, or other Dangerous Object

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

Five (5) day suspension from school and recommendation for expulsion unless the principal determines and reports to the governing board that expulsion is inappropriate due to the particular circumstances in the incident.

B. Possession of Pepper Spray and/or Irritant of Any Kind

Warning and confiscation, parent contact, and/or one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

 

Subsection (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 an intoxicant of any kind.

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

A.      Alcohol

Unlawfully furnished, possessed, used, or been under the influence of alcohol.

FIRST OFFENSE: Five (5) day suspension,

probation #1, and possible recommendation for expulsion.

SECOND OFFENSE: Five (5) day suspension, probation #2 and recommendation for expulsion.

THIRD OFFENSE: Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

MAXIMUM: Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

B.      Drugs

Unlawfully possessed, used, or been under the influence of any controlled substance (drugs).

FIRST OFFENSE: Five (5) day suspension,

probation #1, and possible recommendation for expulsion.

SECOND OFFENSE: Five (5) day suspension, probation #2 and recommendation for expulsion.

THIRD OFFENSE: Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

MAXIMUM: Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

C.      Drug/Alcohol/Intoxicant Sales

Unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell or furnish any controlled substance (drugs), alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

 

Probation for Drug/Alcohol Violations

 

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 thirty (30) hours of community service and a minimum of nine (9) week restriction from all social and extra curricular activities.  The student will not be permitted to participate, practice, or play in any extra/co-curricular activity.  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 community service and social restriction the following regular school year. Counseling would 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 forty (40) hours of community service and a minimum of eighteen (18) weeks restriction from all social and extra-curricular activities.  The student will not be permitted to participate, practice, or play in any extra/co-curricular activity.  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. Counseling will also be a condition of the student's probation.

 

NOTE: Violations for drugs, alcohol and drug paraphernalia are cumulative throughout a student’s high school career.  If a second offense occurs less than 12 months from the 1st offense expulsion may be recommended.

 

Important Note to Seniors:  Any senior on Probation #1 or #2 may NOT participate in any senior activity, including but not limited to, the following:

                                c) Senior Trip

a)       Junior/Senior Prom                                                      d) Senior Breakfast

 

Subsection (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 the 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.

 

A. Represented Drug/Alcohol/Intoxicant Sales

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

 

Subsection (e)             Committed robbery or extortion.

 

A. Robbery /Extortion

Theft of personal property accomplished by means of force or threat of force.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

 


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

               

A.      Property Damage

Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or         private property.

One to five (5) day suspension, restitution, and recommendation for expulsion.

 

Subsection (g)                        Stealing or attempted to steal school property or private property.

 

Subsection (h)                        Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

 

A.      Theft

The taking of, or knowingly receiving, stolen school or

private property without permission.

One to five (5) day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion

 

Subsection (i)             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 own prescription products.

 

A.      Tobacco

Student possession or use of tobacco on school premises or at or at school-sponsored events is a violation of law and  School Board policy and is not permitted.

Warning; parent/guardian contact; one to five (5)

day suspension.

 

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

A. Pornography/Vulgarity/Profanity/Obscene Acts

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

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion

B.      Verbal Abuse

Student use of abusive language, profanity, or vulgarity

One to five (5) day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion

 

Subsection (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.

 

A.      Drug Paraphernalia

Unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

 

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

 

A. Academic Honesty

Claiming credit for work that is not the product of one’s own honest effort. Providing unwarranted access to materials or information so that others may dishonestly claim credit. Representation of another person’s words, ideas, as your own by not properly citing the source and giving the author credit. Copying off the internet.  Knowledge and tolerating of the foregoing circumstances.

No credit given for work; parent contact; one to five (5) day suspension.

B. Bicycles/Skateboards

Bicycles shall be walked while on campus.  Bikes must be locked with a secure mechanism. Skateboards shall be carried on campus and parked in the office.

Warning; parent must contact principal; one to five (5) day suspension

C. Closed Campus Policy

Consequences for exiting campus without a valid pass (see closed campus policy)

Warning; parent contact; one to five (5) day suspension

D.Unauthorized Presence on a School Campus

Defiance of authority: unauthorized presence on a school campus

First Offense: Warning, Parent Contact

Second Offense: Warning, Parent Contact OR 1-3 day suspension

Third Offense: Report to School Resource Officer,

1-5 day suspension

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

E. Defiance of Authority

Refusal to follow school’s rules and regulations or take directions from a staff member, security or other responsible adult such as horseplay

Administrative decision which would include one of the following:  Parent conference; one to five (5) day suspension

F. Disruptive Devices

Any student who possesses and/or throws any disruptive objects such as eggs, tortillas, other foods, water balloons, poppers, silly string, shaving cream, matches, lighters, etc.

One to five (5) day suspension, restitution, and possible recommendation for expulsion.

G. Dress Code

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 under dress standards in the Student Handbook.

*Note: Bandannas are prohibited at all times.

Warning; change clothes; one to five (5) day suspension

H. Explosives

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 or assistant principal 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 person or the county jail for up to one year.

 

Subsection (k) continued

I. Fire Alarms

Tampering with a fire alarm or giving false alarms.

 

Five (5) day suspension and recommendation for expulsion.  In addition, the principal or assistant principal 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.”)

J. Forged I.D. Card/Off Campus Pass

Any document, note, I.D. card or Off Campus pass that is altered, contains false information, has a forged signature or picture or has not been officially issued.

One to five (5) day suspension.                                    

K. Gambling

The playing of a game of chance for stakes

One to five (5) day suspension.

L.Gang Symbols

When a student wears or carries any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook, or makes gestures that symbolize gang membership.

Parent/guardian contact; one to five (5) day suspension.

M. Identify Oneself to a School Employee (failure to)

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

N. Impedance of Directives

Obstructing, delaying, impeding or failing to follow the directives of school personnel who is engaged in the performance of their duties.

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

O.  Out of Class (without permission)

 

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension.

P. Electronic Devices

Students are allowed to have cell phones and pagers while on campus.  However, they must be turned off and out of sight.  Students are not to check voicemail or turn phones on during the school day.

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. 

First offense: Warning and unit confiscated by school personnel and returned to the owner via the principal at the close of the school day. Second Offense: Unit confiscated and parent must pick up phone from office. Third Offense: Unit confiscated, 1-3 day suspension and parent must pick up phone from office. Maximum: One to five (5) day suspension.

Q. Photography and Video Taping

A student who photographs, videotapes, records, reproduces or posts images of violations of school rules

Unit confiscated by school personnel and parent must contact principal, Warning, or 1-5 day suspension, or possible recommendation for expulsion

R. Pets

No pets or other animals are allowed on campus.  This includes but is not limited to reptiles, birds, insects and fish.

Warning and animal removed from campus

S. Rollerblades

Rollerblades are not permitted on campus.

Warning and unit confiscated by school personnel and returned to the owner via the principal at the close of the school day; parent must contact principal; one to five (5) day suspension.

T. Vehicle Violation

Operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe fashion (reckless driving, speed contest, speeding, burning rubber, donuts)

Warning; parent/guardian conference; one to five (5) day suspension.

U. Violation of Suspension

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.”

One to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

V. Usage of Computers

Any unauthorized 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 or altering files or programs.

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension.

 

Subsection (k) continued

W. Usage of Computers

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

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

*As per the District Acceptable Use Agreement, cancellation of user privileges will be at the discretion of the staff after application of due process.

X.  Water guns, toy guns, laser pointers

Water guns, toy guns, and laser pointers are not permitted at any time

Unit confiscated; one to five (5) day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion.

Subsection (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.

 

A. Look-alike Guns

Look-alike guns are not permitted on campus at any time.

Unit confiscated and possible one to five (5) day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion.

 

Subsection (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.

 

A. Sexual Assault

Parent conference; five (5) day suspension; possible recommendation for expulsion.  Report to a law enforcement agency.

 

Subsection (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.

 

A. Witness Intimidation

Administrative decision may include the following:  Parent/guardian conference, one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

 

Miscellaneous Education Code Sections

 

A. Felt Pens, Markers; Sunflower/Pumpkin Seeds

Not permitted at school.

Confiscation of item; one to five (5) day suspension.

B. Littering

Leaving trash, wastepaper, or garbage scattered on or adjacent to campus.

Campus clean up.

C. Loitering

Present near schools or in congested areas at school with no apparent business.

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension.

D. Lying

Deliberate attempt to mislead.

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension.

E. Inappropriate Displays of Affection

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

1stOffense:Warning; or suspension and parent contact

2nd Offense: Parent contact and 1-5 day suspension

F.Unauthorized Visits to Other School Campuses

Warning; one to five (5) day suspension.

 

Education Code 48900.2

 

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

 

A.      Sexual Harassment

See District’s Sexual Harassment Policy, pg 40

Administrative decision may include the following:  Parent/guardian conference, one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

 

Education Code 33032.4, 48900.4 Penal Code 422.6

 

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

Hate Violence/Hate Bias Incident/Bullying/Harassment

Administrative decision may include the following:  Parent/guardian conference, one to five (5) day suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.