All students begin each quarter with 100 merits. Students will be notified by school personnel when they are issued a behavior slip. Notice of rule infractions will be forwarded to the office on the proper form. Loss of merits will be recorded in the student’s behavior file. Specific merit losses can be found on page 21.
Citizenship marks are determined as follows:
F 59 and below
Loss of all quarterly extracurricular activities will result if the current quarter merit status falls below 80 merits.
Loss of the eighth grade promotion dance and water park trip will result if merit status falls below 305/400 merits for the entire eighth grade year. Eighth grade students must maintain 80 or more merits during the last quarter or lose the dance and water park trip privileges.
If there is any question regarding merit standing, please see an administrator to review the student’s records.
THIS MERIT SYSTEM IS ONLY A RECORD KEEPING SYSTEM. DISCIPLINARY ACTION WILL BE TAKEN IN ADDITION TO THE RECORDING OF MERIT LOSS. GOOD CITIZENSHIP IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.
Merit Retrieval Contract
Students who have lost merits may complete a Merit Retrieval Contract. A Merit Retrieval Contract requires pre-approval of the Merit Retrieval Advisor and/or Assistant Principal for community service hours completed by the student at an approved location. Merits may only be retrieved for one incident per semester and may not be retrieved for incidents resulting in out-of-school suspension. One hour of community service is required for each ten merits retrieved. For complete details of the Merit Retrieval Contract Program, contact Student Services.
Positive Behavioral Support
Each academy will establish and review disciplinary policies and procedures with students at the beginning of the school year and with parents at back-to-school night. This policy will be reviewed periodically throughout the year in each academy.
• Warning - Teachers have established a warning discipline procedure to be taken prior to issuing behavior/detention slip. These procedures will be outlined in the academy discipline policy. Teachers work with students to modify inappropriate behavior and reinforce behaviors which enhance student success.
• Behavior Slip - If inappropriate behavior continues, parents will be notified and students will be issued a behavior slip. If a student fails to serve detention, parents will be notified and students will receive a 10 merit loss and three lunch detentions.
•Behavioral Support Contract
A conference with teachers, parent/guardian and student will be scheduled to establish a Positive Behavioral Support Contract. The behavioral support conference will determine whether to refer the student to the administration or to continue to deal with problems within the academy detention system. A Positive Behavioral Support Contract will be established and signed with student and parent guardian. Student and parent/guardian will be informed if the student will be placed on direct referral to the administration.
•Referral to Assistant Principal - Students who are referred to the assistant principal are subject to merit loss, lunchtime detention. If a student receives 10 days of lunchtime detention the student may be assigned on campus suspension, off campus suspension, independent study, or expulsion from school.
•Lunch Detention Consequences:
Miss 1 day of lunch detention = add 1 day
Miss 2 days of lunch detention = 2 days and 10 merit loss
Miss 3 days of lunch detention = on campus
suspension/Saturday School/suspension and 15 merit loss
A student will only by given OCS twice for failure to serve their lunchtime detentions, on the third time the student will be suspended for violating Education Code 48900 (K): Disrupting school activity or willfully defying the valid authority of school personnel. This will be a five day suspension.
•Alternative Education Placement - Students who have had multiple assignments for on campus suspension, suspensions, or who have had multiple merit losses during the year are subject to placement in the Independent Study program.
Merit Loss Unacceptable Behavior
10 Failure to follow staff instruction
10 Unsafe actions (throwing objects, running, or rough-housing in class, etc.)
10 Cutting class
10 Classroom or campus disruption
15 Partial day truancy
15 Severe classroom or campus disruption
15 Destruction of personal or school property
15 Defiance to any school employee
15 Cheating, copying
15 Habitual profanity or vulgarity
15 Rudeness or disrespect to any school employee, volunteer, or substitute teacher
20 All day truancy
25 Sexual harassment
25 Fighting or encouraging bodily harm to another person
25 Possession or use of weapons or dangerous objects (including pocket knives)
25 Possession or use of fireworks or explosives
25 Being under the influence of, use of, in possession of, distribution or sale of alcohol or drugs, including paraphernalia
25 Possession or use of tobacco or tobacco products
25 Extortion or robbery
25 Stealing, receiving stolen property
25 Intimidating/harassing behavior/hazing
25 Hate motivated behavior
25 Sexual assault/battery
25 Harassing, threatening or intimidating a pupil who is a complaining witness to a school disciplinary proceeding
25 Terroristic threat
Students involved in any act of misconduct listed as grounds for disciplinary action may be assigned detention, on campus suspension, suspension, Saturday school, Independent Study, or expelled from school. These penalties are imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct. However, a student may be suspended or expelled upon a first offense for violations of Education Code, Section 48900, 48915 or whenever it is determined that the student’s presence in school causes danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process.
Grounds for Suspension/Expulsion (Board Policy 5144.1)
Education Code Section 48900
A pupil may 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 committed an act as defined pursuant to one or more of subdivisions (a) to (o), inclusive :
a. Causing, attempting or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
b. Possessing, furnishing or selling a firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object.
c. Possessing, selling, furnishing, using or being under the influence of any illegal drug, controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
d. Offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any controlled substance, look-alike drug, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind.
e. Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
f. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or to private property.
g. Stealing or attempting to steal school property or private property.
h. Possessing or using tobacco or nicotine products.
i. Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
j. Possessing, offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any drug paraphernalia.
k. Disrupting school activities or willfully defying the valid authority of school personnel.
l. Knowingly receiving stolen school property or private property.
m. Possessing an imitation firearm.
n. Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or sexual battery.
o. Harassing, threatening or intimidating a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
p. Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
q. A pupil may not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent or principal or occurring within any other school district. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(1) While on school grounds.
(2) While going to or coming from school.
(3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.
(4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.
r. A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person may suffer suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to the provisions of this section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the victim suffered great bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).
s. As used in this section, “school property” includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases.
t. A superintendent or principal may use their discretion to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion, including but not limited to, counseling and an anger management program, for a pupil subject to discipline under this section.
u. It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspensions or expulsion be imposed against any pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities.
(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 643, Sec. 1.5)
Education Code Section 48900.2 Suspension for Sexual Harassment
In addition to the reasons specified in Section 48900, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment as defined in Section 212.5.
For the purposes of this chapter, the conduct described in Section 212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.
48900.3 Suspension for Hate Violence
In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 45900 and 48900.2, a pupil in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 33032.5.
48900.4 Suspension for Harassment
In addition to the grounds specified in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil enrolled in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, maybe suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against a pupil or group of pupils, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of that pupil or group of pupils by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.
48900.7 Suspension and Expulsion
(a)In addition to be reasons specified in Sections 48900, 48900.2, 48900.3 and 48900.4, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has made terroristic threats against school officials or school property, or both.
(b) For the purposes of this section, “terroristic threat” shall include any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person, or property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000), with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, or for the protection of school district property, or the personal property of the person threatened or his or her immediate family.
Misconduct on the school bus will be dealt with by the bus driver. A “Bus Conduct” report or verbal notification will be given to the student indicating that the student will receive a CITATION FOR MISCONDUCT. A citation will be mailed to the student’s parent(s) indicating the misconduct and the action taken by the Transportation Department. Copies of the citation will be sent to the school. Following are the merit losses given for each citation.
First citation 5
Second citation 10
Third citation 10
Fourth citation 10
Fifth citation 10
Tampering with Equipment 25
Damaging Bus 25
Denial of transportation includes ALL school bus transportation (including field trips, sporting events, etc.).