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General School Rules and Expectations

Progressive Consequences

Progressively intensive consequences will be enforced should misbehavior continue.  All students are expected to follow the campus rules and school behavior standards.  Any employee of the school district may issue students not following rules a Discipline Referral.  Discipline referrals will be sent home to inform parents of the problem and resulting action.  Acts of sexual harassment, assault, or racism will not be tolerated.

Classroom Rules

The classroom teacher using Individual Discipline Plans handles classroom problems.  Students may be referred to the office if a teacher or other staff member feels it necessary.  A student sent to the office will be counseled, will review the rules, and will receive appropriate consequences.  The teacher and/or and administrator usually contacts parents by phone, note, and/or discipline referral.  For extremely serious behaviors, students may be sent home, suspended, or expelled from school.  See Consequences for Behavior.

Consequences for Behavior

Students who choose to break classroom or school rules may face one or more of the following consequences:

  1. Referral to the office
  2. Student conference
  3. Reflective writing on what happened, student part, what could have been done differently, life skills that could have been used, what can be done differently next time.
  4. Apology Note
  5. Detention (before or after school, recess, lunch) 
  6. School Service
  7. In-School Suspension
  8. Home Suspension
  9. Shortened or modified schedule
  10. Recommendation to the School Board for expulsion

Personal Property

Student are discouraged from bringing personal items of significant value to school.  The school cannot be responsible for these items.

Electronic Equipment:  Electronic games such as Nintendo, IPods, IPads, virtual pets, cameras, etc, are not allowed at school at any time.  These items interfere with class, can be easily broken, and are expensive.  We will not be responsible for replacing these items. Students who bring cell phones to school need to have the cell phone turned off upon entering the campus. Cell phones must remain turned off and in student backpacks at all times so as not to interfere with the learning process/safety of all students. Students may turn their phones on after exiting the campus after dismissal, in order to call home for safety reasons, etc. as directed by parent. However, all cell phones must be turned off during the school day and kept in backpacks. Please keep in mind that the school is not responsible for the loss of these items, and discourages students from bringing such personal items of significant value to school.

Discipline Philosophy

Our discipline philosophy at Almond Grove School has two main goals.  First, we want to maintain a safe, fair, and respectful environment for all students by correcting any inappropriate behavior.  Second, we want to help children learn to take responsibility for choosing appropriate behavior.  School personnel recognize their responsibility in helping children learn and grow, not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.  Every attempt is made to resolve behavioral difficulties children may be having by providing guidance for their acceptance of responsibility for their behavior.  In the event of misbehavior, time is taken with the child to discuss his/her actions, why they are inappropriate, and what actions might be taken to correct the behavior.  Appropriate consequences are implemented.

Note: Conflicts between students are handled through conflict resolution strategies.  Students work with an adult to listen to both sides of the story, come to a common agreement as to what the problem is, and suggest solutions that can be used to resolve the problem.  The focus is on the resolution of the problem.  The adult will make disciplinary consequences, if deemed necessary, after hearing the story of all students involved.

The following rules and expectations are intended to provide a safe, secure learning environment for all of our students.  Therefore, Almond Grove students are expected to behave in a manner conducive to the learning process.  Almond Grove community members are expected to:

Act in a Safe and Healthy Way
Use all school and private property appropriately, walk on campus, follow playground rules, keep hands and feet to self.  Fighting, horseplay, tripping, hitting, etc. is never tolerated.

Respect the Rights and Needs of Others
Work without disruption; be kind, courteous, and respectful to others, cooperate to help others learn, use appropriate language, and feel good about who you are.

Take Responsibility for Learning
Strive for excellence, work hard to do your best, come to school prepared to learn, do your assigned work, keep track of your materials, and set a good example for others.

Dress and Personal Appearance
Appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The school board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for school activities. Students clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process. The following guidelines shall apply:

  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. Flips flops or backless shoes/sandals are not acceptable.
  2. Clothing, jewelry, and personal items shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, weapons, violence, drugs or racial, ethnic or religious prejudice or which an administrator deems to be  inappropriate.
  3. Hats shall not be worn indoors. Students may wear sun protective clothing, including hats for outdoor use.
  4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, crop tops, tube tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs, thin or spaghetti straps shall not be worn. Straps must be at least two fingers in width and bra straps must be covered at all times. Shirts with straps must be worn under tops with cut-outs or oversized arm holes to conceal undergarments and/or bare skin.
  5. Short shorts are not allowed, they must be at least 3 inches from the inseam. Inappropriately short shirts or dresses are also not allowed.
  6. Boy’s undershirt tank tops are not allowed.
  7. No baggy style pants that expose undergarments are allowed. Wallet chains and bandanas are also not allowed.
  8. Pajamas, nightgowns, curlers, and slippers are not allowed unless as part of a spirit week or other such activity approved by the site administrator.
  9. Long dangling earrings may not be worn at they get caught easily in hair.

Site administrators reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of student attire.

Students not following school dress code will be asked to call home for an appropriate change of clothing.

Suspensions and Expulsions Information

Reason(s) for suspension: California Educational Code section 48900:

(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 a 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 from the school principal.

(c) Possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, a controlled substance/alcoholic beverage/intoxicant.

(d) Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell a controlled substance, 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) Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.

(h) Possessed or used tobacco.

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

(j) Possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia. (Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code)

(k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority.

(l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

(m) Possessed an imitation firearm.

(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault.

(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for purposes 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.

(r) Aided or abetted as defined in Penal Code section 31, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person.

(s) Committed sexual harassment, except for pupils enrolled in Kindergarten and grades 1-3, inclusive. (Education Code sections 48900.2;212.5)

(t) Intentionally create a hostile or intimidating educational environment directed at either school district personnel or pupils. (Education Code section 48900.4)

(u) Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence. (Education Code 48900.3)

(v) Made terrorist threats against school officials and/or school property. (Education Code section 48900.7)

(w) Engaged or attempted to engage in hazing.  (Education Code section 32050)

The above-mentioned behavior (Suspension and Expulsion Reasons) can form the basis of a suspension and/or expulsion so long as the misconduct is related to school activity or school attendance.  This means pupils may be disciplined for conduct including but not limited to that on school grounds at any time, while going to or coming from school, during lunch whether on or off campus, and during, or while going to or coming from school-sponsored activities.

During the suspension, supervision of the pupil is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.  During the period of his/her suspension, the student may not be on or about any Oakley Union Elementary School District campus.