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SPUSD Code of Conduct

  • In order to best support our students’ success….
    • We treat each other with respect
    • by greeting each other upon meeting
    • by expressing ourselves with kind words
  • We practice active listening by focusing on the message we are hearing, not just the words
  • We care for and about each other:
    • by seeking first to understand, then seeking to be understood
    • by being courteous and demonstrating kind acts
 
 
SPUSD Board Policy on Bullying:
 
Skateboards, Scooters, Bikes, Roller Blades
  • All wheeled transportation must be placed in students’ lockers or locked on the racks or bike cage and cannot be carried during the school day.
  • All wheeled transportation is never to be ridden on or near the campus before, during, or after school, including evenings and weekends. Students must hold onto their skateboard on Rollin Street, Fair Oaks Blvd, and Oak Street near the campus before and after school. 
 
Backpacks/ Lockers
  • No backpacks in the classrooms/hallways.
  • Backpacks and other personal items are the responsibility of the student. They are not to be left unattended (for example: hidden in the bushes). Unattended backpacks will be taken to the office. Repeated violations will result in consequences.
  • Lockers must be locked at all times.
  • Lockers and all areas outside of the quad are off limits five minutes after the start of brunch/lunch.
 
Food and beverages
  • Food and beverages may only be consumed or eaten in the cafeteria and quad area. There is to be no food or beverages consumed anywhere else on campus.
  • No food deliveries are allowed on campus (for example Pizza Hut, Door Dash, GrubHub). Parents may drop off lunches and they will be placed on the lunch rack located in the office.  Please note we do not call out students to pick-up forgotten lunches.  It is the students' responsibility to check the lunch rack.
  • Clear water bottles (which contain only water) are allowed, except in the computer lab/library/art room/wherever liquids are not allowed.
  • Office staff cannot accept lunch money to be handed to students.
 
Morning Rules
  • Students must start reporting to class at 7:55 A.M. in order to be in class on time.
  • Students may not walk through the staff parking lot. Please use the sidewalks.
 
Homeroom
  • Students are required to attend their assigned homeroom.  However, students can attend other homerooms, clubs, activities, make-up work for a class or meet with teachers during this time.  Students must obtain a pass from their homeroom teacher, sign-out of their homeroom and sign-in to the destination homeroom.  Students are encouraged to participate in activities and complete academic work during this time.
 
Brunch and Lunch
  • All students must report to the quad for brunch/lunch within 5 minutes.
  • Food and beverages may only be consumed or eaten in the quad area. There is to be no food or beverages consumed anywhere else on campus.
  • Students are responsible for their own trash and must place it in the proper containers when they are finished.
  • Students must keep their hands and feet to themselves.
  • There is no running, chasing, or horseplay (including “play” fighting) in the quad during brunch/lunch/after school. Students may use the grass fields (when open) for exercise during lunch.
  • All athletic gear may only be used on the field.
 
After School
  • Students must leave campus fifteen minutes after the end of school. On Mondays this is 2:35, on Tuesdays through Fridays, this is 2:55. All students on campus after this time must have a pass or be part of a school authorized activity (Tiger Club, after school sports, tutoring, etc.).
 
Phone Policy
  • Phones and electronic devices that can cause a disturbance to the classroom or school environment are to be off and away during the school day.  Students are allowed to use their technology if they have the explicit permission of a staff member or through their education accommodations.  If these devices are found, they will be confiscated (parents are notified in each instance of a confiscation) and the below consequences will be enforced yearly.

 

General Rules
  • No valuable items, including money, can be dropped off at the front office.
  • Any items left in locked classrooms after school hours can be picked up the following day.
  • The office cannot call students out of class unless there is an emergency or student is being picked up by a parent.
  • Students are not allowed to sell any items during the school day.
 
Updated:  2019-2020 School Year

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PHONE AND ELECTRONIC POLICY

Cell phones, iPods, iPads, portable games, and other electronic devices that may cause a class and campus disturbance are NOT to be used on campus at any time during school hours (8:00-2:40), these electronics are off and away during the school day. Students are allowed to use their technology if they have the explicit permission of a staff member. If these items are found, they will be confiscated and the below consequences will be enforced yearly:

 

  • 1st time: 2 lunch detentions, the phone is confiscated, the student picks up the phone at the end of the day, their parent is notified.
  • 2nd time: After school detention, the phone is confiscated, parent picks up the phone at the end of the school day.
  • 3rd time: Two after school detentions, the phone is confiscated, the phone is held for 3 school days after the day it was confiscated. The phone is picked up by a parent.
  • 4th time: Student attends Saturday detention, the phone is confiscated, the phone is held for 1 week.  A Parent meeting is scheduled.
  • More than 4 times: student attends multiple Saturday detentions, the phone is confiscated, the phone is held for at least 1 month. A Parent meeting is scheduled.

 

We are NOT responsible for recovering lost or stolen electronic equipment. Students are welcome to contact parents from the main office during brunch or lunch.

 

Updated:  2018-2019 School Year

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We Recommend:

  • Wearing clothes that are appropriate and comfortable for a productive and safe learning environment.
  • Students should dress in a manner that expresses their individualism and demonstrates their desire for higher learning.
 
Students are Required to Wear:
  • Bottoms (pants, shorts, skirt, dress)
  • Tops that cover the stomach and mid-section of the body when arms are down
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Clothing that covers all private parts and is not see through
 
The Following are Acceptable to Wear:
  • Hats:
      • Inside for medical reasons
      • Allowed outside of the classroom
  • Religious headwear
  • Tops:
      • Tank tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops
  • Bottoms:
      • Leggings
 
Students Cannot Wear:
  • Underwear that is visible below the shoulders
  • Violent language, images, hate speech, profanity, or pornography
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity) or the use of same
  • Images and/or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class 
  • Hats, hoods or helmets in class or assemblies
  • Slogans, emblems or advertising on clothing which by their controversial or obscene nature disrupts the educational setting

 

 
Updated: 2019-2020 school year
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Eligib Req
All students involved with extracurricular activities must meet the requirements of this policy.  Students who are ineligible may not participate in extracurricular activities in any form beyond the class period.  Coaches, sponsors, and advisors are responsible to ensure the non-participation of ineligible students.  A student who is ineligible is considered to be on probation and may not practice or participate with the team or organization.  Students who are ineligible will receive support and intervention.  Special consideration and support will be given to students that have educational disabilities.
 
Below are the requirements for Eligibility.  If a student meets any of the below criteria during an academic quarter in a school year, they will be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities for the following quarter.  Students may be deemed ineligible immediately at the discretion of the administration due to discipline or attendance.  The criteria are as follows:
  • One F or Two D's or more in one academic quarter.
  • Two or more U's per quarter in Citizenship in one academic quarter.
  • A suspension, or receiving behavior probation or attendance probation during a given quarter.
      • For example, if a student receives two D's or an F during quarter 1 of an academic year, they will be ineligible for quarter 2, the next academic quarter.
 
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8th gr rq
 
In order for students to participate in promotion activities they must meet the below requirements, our goal is to support and ensure all students participate.  Quarter 4 grades, citizenship and discipline will be assessed 2 weeks prior to promotion for eligibility.  8th Grade students are ineligible if they:
  • Identified as "ineligible" under the "Student Extracurricular Eligibility" criteria for three (3) quarters during their 8th Grade year.
  • The Criteria is as follows:
      • One F or Two D's or more in one academic quarter.
      • 2 or more U's per quarter in Citizenship.
      • A suspension, or receiving behavior probation or attendance during a given quarter.
 
 
APPEAL PROCESS:  8th Grade Promotion
Two weeks prior to promotion, forms will be available for students that are ineligible for promotion (accumulation of 3 quarters of ineligibility).  The school will communicate eligibility in advance to students and parents.  Students will complete the appeal form by the designated date and turn into their counselor.  The form consists of their current academic, citizenship grades and a short explanation about inclusion in promotion.  Students will be given a time to meet before the appeals committee after turning in the form on time.  If an appeal form is not turned in on time, the appeal with not be considered by the appeals committee.  An accepted appeal can be rescinded if academic of behavioral infractions occur after the committee hearing.  The committee will approve appeals based on academic and behavioral improvement.  Special consideration and support will be given to students that have educational disabilities.
 
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For School Office Policies on LOST & FOUND, MESSAGES & DROPPING OFF ITEMS - click here
Parent / Student Reminder:
 
All cell phones are to be off during school hours:
8am to 2:20pm - Mon.
8am to 2:40pm - Tue. - Fri.
 
If it's an emergency and you need to reach your student you can call the school office at 626-441-5830.  We will forward a message to your student to call you back, in the office.
For Office Policies including Lost & Found, Dropping off items and Messages, click here