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Student Expectations and Policies

Student Expectations and Policies

Attendance Policy

 When a student is absent, the school should be notified as to the reason for the student's absence.  Students are expected to be in school every day that school is in session.  Legal excuses for being absent from school in California are illness, doctor or dental appointments, jury duty, religious observances, or attending the funeral of an immediate family member.

 Leaving school grounds

Upon written request of student's parent or guardian, a student may be granted clearance to leave campus. Permission must be secured in the school office and students must sign out and have a secretary call the parent prior to the time of leaving.

 

Tardies

Reducing tardies will be an area of focus this year.  Tardies are an enemy of learning.  Tardy students not only impact their own learning, but the learning of other students in their classes.  Don’t be tardy.  You should anticipate that EVERY tardy will result in a consequence.  Get to class on time every period…every day.

 

Cuts-Truancy

 A "cut" is a truancy or willful absence from class or classes without the knowledge of the parents and without the approval of the school administration. Any student who does not attend class or classes or who leaves campus without proper authorization (signing out in the office before leaving school and having a secretary call the parent) will be considered truant. Students who cut school or class do not have the right to make up work missed while they were truant.  Consequences for truancy may include detention, ISAP, loss or denial of work permit and referral to SARB.

 

Warriors Citizenship Plan

 The Warriors Citizenship Plan is intended to improve student academic success by encouraging good behavior and attendance.  It is essentially a merit/demerit system. A student who engages in negative conduct or demonstrates poor attendance receives demerits.  After being assessed 30 demerits, the student is no longer eligible to participate in Warriors Citizenship Activities for the rest of the semester. The activities to which the Warrior Citizenship Plan applies but are not limited to are as follows:

 

Warrior Citizenship Activities                             Demerits assessed as follows

  • Powder Puff Football                               Missed detention & Dress code = 3
  • Night Rally                                               ISAP & PE non-dress (3)  =   5                    
  • Prom                                                          Referrals          =   5
  • Fair Events                                                Suspension      =  10
  • Field Trips                                                 Tardies (3)      =   10
  • Homecoming Activities                            Truancy letter  =  10
  • Gradnight                                                  Academic Dishonesty  =  10
  • Informal Dances                                       Merits are awarded as follows:
  • Rally events                                              Recognition Award         =  5
  • Mr. Warrior                                              Campus Service        = variable
  • Senior Trip                                               Perfect Attendance    =  5
  • Winter Ball                                              Senior of the Week     =  5
  • School events                                           Student of the Week   =  5
  • Athletics attendance                                Community Service     = 5
  • Spring Dance                                          (approved voluntary)
  • Student Government                              Rotary Student of the Month    = 5

Contact any administrator about the possibility of earning merits. Earning merits is a privilege that may be denied at any time by an administrator for continued negative conduct.

 

Dress Code

Apparel that disrupts or distracts from the learning environment is not permitted.  Consequences for violation of the dress code can be found on our website in the Discipline Guidelines. While administrators may exercise discretion in determining the appropriateness of dress, the following guidelines might be helpful:

  • Clothing should cover the student from the mid sternum to the mid-thigh and should be sufficient to cover undergarments at all times.
  • See through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder, strapless, or low-cut tops, spaghetti straps, muscle under-shirts, exposed cleavage, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than the mid-thigh are prohibited.
  • To ensure the safety of all students without causing a distraction in class all clothing should be appropriately sized.    
  • The exposure of underwear is prohibited.     
  • Straps on overalls must be attached, not hanging down.
  • Belts must be in belt loops and not hanging down in front of pants.
  • Hats will not be worn inside school classroom (unless it is permitted by the individual teacher). 
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • No sagging.
  • Clothing, jewelry and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures or symbols which make reference to the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and which display profanity, vulgarity, violence, illegal behavior, gang affiliation, or any offensive reference. 

 

Dance Policy

School dances are school functions, and as such, students are expected to dress and behave in ways that are appropriate for the school setting. All school rules are in effect during school dances.

 

  1. No inappropriate or suggestive dancing will be allowed.
  2. No simulated sex acts.
  3. No bending over or squatting down to the floor.
  4. All students must be upright at all times with both feet on the floor.
  5. No straddling legs or wrapping legs around another person or object.
  6. No “sandwiches”.
  7. No lap dancing.
  8. No dancing which could cause harm to one’s self or others including, but not limited to, “slam dancing” or “moshing”.
  9. “Front to back “dancing may be banned during any dance at the discretion of administration.

 

School personnel and dance supervisors will make the final decisions concerning appropriate dancing. No re-entries are allowed into dances, once you leave the dance you may not come back in.

 

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)

All PEDs must be turned off and stored out of sight during class time. Violation of this policy will result in the confiscation of the PED and consequences according to the Discipline Guidelines. If a student refuses to surrender a PED to a requesting staff member, the student will receive additional consequences for defiance which may include suspension.  Please note: Students may be suspended or expelled from school for harassing activities committed by means of an electronic device or for recording other students or staff without their consent. Please refer to School Board Policy.

Locker Policy

Lockers are provided to students as a convenience.  The school does not assume responsibility for the damage or theft of personal property of a student's locker.  The school recommends students to leave their valuables at home.

Standards of Student Conduct

California Law holds the students responsible for their behavior and attendance from the time they leave home in the morning until they arrive home in the afternoon.  We expect our students to show common sense in addition to the following guidelines:

1. Be on time and enter and leave the classroom in an orderly manner. It is expected that students will be ready to learn at the beginning of each period, which includes having all necessary materials with them.

2. Class time is for instruction and students are expected to attend to all personal needs during passing periods, break, or lunch. Such needs may include: eating, drinking, use of the restroom, making phone calls, locker use, etc.

3. Respect the property and person of others.  No fighting.

4. Meet each teacher's standards concerning class procedures; treat and address all school personnel in a respectful manner.  No profanity.

5. Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, or    drugs on campus or at school sponsored activities is prohibited.

6. Articles that are unnecessary and/or dangerous to the welfare of other students are not permitted at school, Examples include: matches, lighters, weapons, firecrackers, and lasers.

7. Help keep your campus clean.  Deposit all litter in trash cans.

8. Sexual harassment, either verbal or physical, will not be tolerated and will result in severe disciplinary action.

9. All confiscated electronic devices (including cell phones) will be given back to parents/guardians or kept in our safe until the end of the school year.

 

Harassment

 Harassment is not a laughing matter. Any action (written, verbal, electronic, physical etc.) that discriminates against, degrades or intimidates an individual on the basis of his/her actual or perceived race, ethnicity, cultural, heritage, gender, sex, sexual orientation, physical/mental attributes or religious beliefs/practices is a violation of school rules. The consequences for this type of behavior are serious and include possible suspension and/or expulsion.

 

Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is the pursuit of learning conducted in a fair and ethical manner. Teachers, students, administrators and parents share responsibility for creating an environment in which academic integrity is expected. Ultimately each student should be able to proudly state of each assignment: This is my own work I have not used, received, nor given unauthorized aid in its completion. Students who engage in academic dishonesty will face consequences outlined in the Discipline Guidelines that can be found on our website. Students should also be aware that many teachers and administrators have indicated that they will not write letters of recommendation for students guilty of academic dishonesty and will rescind letters already written. Students will receive more information about Academic Integrity throughout the school year.

 Internet Use Policy

Winters High School is connected to the Internet and students are able to use it once you and your parents have signed a use agreement.  The agreement is your contract with the school.  In it, you promise to use the Internet in a responsible way.  Our filter system will prevent you from looking at certain types of sites; it will also report to us if you have tried to look at them and it will lock you out of further use.  Anyone can occasionally innocently try to get to a site that is inappropriate.  If this happens to you, we will restore your account.  If it is clear that you have intentionally tried to access the site(s), the account will be revoked for the remainder of the school year and your parents will be notified.  Most students use the Net responsibly and agree that it is one of the best resources for research and personal enjoyment at WHS.

 Hall Passes

 Any student who is out of class for any reason during the period must have a hall pass (their planner).  If you have to go anywhere, including the office, your locker, or the restroom, you must have permission from the teacher responsible for you that period and your hall pass planner. If a student is caught out of class without a signed planner they will be assigned detention.

Detention

The school may detain a student after school for sixty minutes. Students who are assigned detention must bring study material so as to make good use of the time. Absence from detention without making prior arrangements will lead double detention or In School Alternative Placement and/or additional detention time.  When a student is assigned detention, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide transportation.

 In School Alternative Placement (ISAP)

This program is intended as an alternative to suspension out of school.  When a student is assigned to this program, he/she will report to the ISAP room at the beginning of the day and will spend the entire school day there.  Requests will be sent to the student's teachers for work, but it is ultimately the student's responsibility to have the materials that he/she will need.  During the time the student is assigned to this program they will be required to work quietly.  No eating, drinking or sleeping will be allowed.