Verdugo Woodlands School Rules
A. General Rules
- Students may not possess, sell, or otherwise furnish any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object. Toys or replicas that look like, or could be mistaken for and/or used as a weapon are also not allowed. Possession of such objects is grounds for suspension and/or expulsion.
- Students will respect themselves and others.
- Students will respect school and/or personal property of others.
- Students found to be cheating on any school assignment or test will be subject to both school and/or district disciplinary action, including suspension.
- Bullying, profanity, foul, racist, or sexual remarks are not allowed, including electronic acts (i.e.: email, social networking sites, cell phone “texting”, instant messaging (IM), etc.)
- Only school-approved supplies may be brought to school (no toys, balls, trading cards, electronic games or players, etc.)
- Per GUSD Board Policy, cell phones/electronic signaling devices must be turned off during the instructional school day. If used inappropriately, the item may be confiscated and disciplinary action assigned. These items are strongly discouraged at school.
- During recess, students are to remain on the playground and may not wander the hallways or enter classrooms without written permission from a teacher.
- Forgotten items & messages: During instructional time, the office will not call classrooms nor may parents enter classrooms to deliver forgotten items from home or messages for students (including homework & musical instruments). Items may be left at the office counter for students to pick-up during recess. Students will NOT be called out of class.
- Students must adhere to school standards of attire / dress code.
- Food is not to be traded, shared, or collected.
- Play equipment (balls, etc.) is not allowed in the cafeteria.
- Students must be seated while eating.
- Students must discard lunch trash before going to recess.
- Food brought from home for snack must be nutritious. No gum, candy or sodas allowed.
- Parents are asked NOT to bring lunches from fast food restaurants in lieu of cafeteria food or a sack lunch from home.
- Play inside of yellow safety lines while on the playground.
- No playing inside the cafeteria, restrooms, or on the patio, patio railing, or drinking fountains.
- No chasing, playing tag, or wrestling.
- No gum or candy allowed.
- No skateboards, skate-shoes, rollerblades, or bicycles riding on the playground.
- Respect all school property, including trees and plants.
- After freeze bell, walk directly to line.
- Students should be seated quietly at the lunch tables or in their classroom lines before school; this is not a recess/play time.
- Students are not to arrive at school before 8:00 AM (9:00 AM on Mondays) unless they are participating in the breakfast program or enrolled in the EEELP childcare program.
D. Play Equipment
- All travel on the ladders and bars is in one direction; NO “spinning” on the horizontal bars.
- A student must wait until the student ahead is halfway across before starting.
- All equipment must be used safely and correctly.
- Only appropriate equipment is allowed on playground.
Absence from School
We are required to secure an absence excuse from a parent or guardian when a child has been absent from school. If your child will be absent, you may call the school office (818-241-2433) or email Melba Atiga, email@example.com and your child’s teacher (teacher contact listing). If you have not notified the office, when your child returns to school after being absent, he/she must bring a note of explanation signed by the parent or guardian, which states the dates and reason for the absence.
When the reason for absence is illness, the specific nature must be given, such as cold, fever, sore throat, etc. According to state law, the only excused absences are for illness, medical treatment, bereavement, and some legal commitments. Family vacations, religious holidays/commitments, or “personal business” are not considered excused reasons for absence; the State withholds money from schools for these absences. See Parent Handbook for further information on Health Services.
Good Attendance and Punctuality Are a Must for a Successful School Year
The beginning of another school year means that over 800 students are returning to Verdugo Woodlands! This is a daunting number when you think about traffic and getting 800 students to school on time everyday! Verdugo Woodlands success is built on the successful partnership between our students, parents and school. One of the most important aspects of our partnership is consistent school attendance. Good daily attendance correlates directly with success in school.
Punctuality and good attendance are traits that need to be modeled by parents. Parental attitude and example have an impact on children. Parents need to let their children know how important school is to their future success. Parents in partnership with the school and community should make sure their student attends school daily, completes the academic requirements, graduates from high school, and learns the values and skills needed to be successful in the world of work.
Tardiness can be an issue, too. When a student is late to school or class, the minutes quickly add up and valuable instructional time is lost. Studies show that students who are habitually late to school or class are more likely to bring the same habits into their adult lives. We have to set an expectation for students to be on time … everyday.
Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School 20013/14 Schoolwide Disciplinary Policies
K-3 Time frame is over one trimester
4-6 Time frame is over one year
If a student violates a school rule outside of the classroom, the yard duty or noon aide will give him/her a yellow card. The yellow card will be sent tothe homeroom teacher who will then assign an appropriate consequence.
For repeated or more serious infractions, students will be given a red card and will receive detention. Parents will be notified a day in advance of the detention dates. Students in grades 1-3 will be given a “clean slate” at the beginning of each trimester. Violations for upper grade students will continue to accrue throughout the school year. For example, an upper grade student with two violations in the first trimester who receives another violation during the second trimester will have three on his/her record. A primary grade student with two violations in the first trimester who receives another during the second trimester will have one on his/her record.
First Violation = one detention periods
• 10 minutes during recess = primary.
• 15 minutes after school = upper.
• Violation slip sent home for parent signature.
Second Violation = two consecutive detention periods
• Violation slip sent home for parent signature.
Third Violation = three consecutive detention periods
• Violation slip sent home for parent signature with the signature of principal/designee.
• Parent conference by phone the same day.
Fourth Violation = one week of detention periods
• Violation slip sent home for parent signature with the signature of principal/designee.
• Parent conference will be held within the week, which may, if appropriate, include the principal/designee.
NOTE: Students who fail to complete and/or submit assignments on time may also be required to serve detention.
Severely disruptive or unsafe behavior may result in Saturday School or suspension. Dress Code, School Rules and the School wide Discipline Plan are posted in each classroom.
Grounds for Suspension
(From Section 48900 of The Educational Code)
A pupil shall not be suspended from school or be 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 any of the subdivisions (a) to (r), inclusive:
(a)(1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
(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 an object of this type, the pupil had 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, a 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.
(c) 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 either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to a person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
(e) Committed or attempted to commit 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, 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/her own prescription products.
(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
(j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell 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, teachers, 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 as to 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 a 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.
(p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing.
(r) Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
(s) 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 which 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.
(t) 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 be subject to suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to 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 or serious bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a)
(u) As used in this section, “school property” includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases.
(v) A superintendent of the school district or principal may use his or her 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.
(w) 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. (Amend. Stats. 1997, Ch. 637)
E.C. 48900.2: Suspension – 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 purpose 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 education environment. This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive. (Add. Stats. 1992, Ch. 909)
E.C.48900.3: Suspension – Act of Hate Violence
In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 48900 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 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. (Add. Stats. 1994, Ch. 11 98)
E.C.48900.4: Suspension – Intimidation
In addition to the grounds specified in sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil enrolled 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 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 reasonable 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. (Add. Stats. 1994, Ch. 1017)
E.C. 48900.7: Suspension – Terroristic Threats
In addition to the reasons specified in Sections 48900, 48900.2, 8900.3, 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. 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 the 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. (Add. Stats. 1997, Ch. 405)