Discipline

Discipline


The goal of the La Quinta High School discipline policy is to provide a structured climate, which is safe, orderly and enables students to learn at an optimum level. La Quinta High School adopts and implements the Desert Sands Unified School District discipline policy as outlined in the Parent & Student Handbook.

La Quinta High School implements a zero tolerance policy for violence, defiance toward authority, disruption of the school process, vandalism, graffiti, tagging, and gang related activities. All students are expected to comply with school and classroom regulations and contribute to a clean, safe, and a positive campus environment.

The sequence of disciplinary consequences follows a progressive discipline model and begins with minimal actions, which can be taken and ends with maximum action, which can be administered. This does not imply that a step by step progression of increasing severity needs to be used by the school staff in dealing with the violation. Disciplinary consequences are based on circumstances unique to each individual incident of inappropriate behavior and will be dependent on such factors as:

· Severity of the incident

· The student’s discipline record

· The student’s attitude which includes a sense of ownership of the behavior and willingness to change

Consequences for inappropriate behavior may receive one or more of the following:

  1. Detention – Assigned by teachers or administrators, which may include before or after school and/or lunch time.
  2. Campus Community Service – Assigned by the administration as an after school consequence which may include campus cleanup, assisting clerical, and/or facilities set up or take down.
  3. Home Suspension – Administration may assign up to five (5) consecutive days for violation of school and district policy
  4. Saturday School – This consequence is reserved for students with truancies and will be structured to provide tutoring and make-up opportunities.
  5. Behavior/Attendance Contract – Administration may place a student on contract for excessive disciplinary occurrences.
  6. Exclusion List – Administration may place a student on an exclusion list prohibiting the student from participating in any extra or after school activity for any one of the following: suspension, attendance/behavior contract violation, and library fines.
  7. Referral to Law Enforcement – If it is determined that criminal laws have been violated, students will be referred to the appropriate authorities.
  8. Recommendation for Expulsion – When the Principal determines that a student has committed offense(s), which by Education Code 48900 can be considered for expulsion, the Principal has the authority to recommend to the Board of Education that the student be expelled.

In addition to the detention, suspension and expulsion guidelines listed above, the following guidelines are designed to help students understand the basic responsibilities at La Quinta High School. All students are responsible for understanding and following these basic rules:

  1. Students must have a pass from the teacher when leaving a classroom.
  2. Leaving class without permission is considered both truancy and an act of defiance. This could result in suspension, change of schedule, and/or detention or Saturday School.
  3. Once a student has arrived on campus by way of bus, walking, or car, he/she may not leave the campus without permission.
  4. Loitering within 500 feet of the school is not permitted. Students may not loiter across the street or in the adjoining neighborhood. We value a good relationship with our “neighbors” around the school. Please respect their property.
  5. A pass to leave school must be issued by the Attendance Clerk to any student wishing to leave campus.
  6. Smoking is not allowed on campus and may result in suspension. State law prohibits students from possessing tobacco. Matches and lighters are also prohibited.
  7. Possession/use/selling/distributing any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia is a violation of Education Code 48900 and students will be suspended and/or recommended for expulsion.
  8. Gambling on campus is not permitted and may result in suspension.
  9. Disruptive and/or defiant behavior on campus will result in immediate consequences.
  10. Electronic devices such as radios, walk-mans, Ipods, tape players, cell phones, pagers are not appropriate for school and should not be visible or activated during instruction time. Bicycles, skateboards and Rollerblades are not allowed on campus. Items that disrupt the educational process will be taken by school personnel and will require a parent to contact the school.
  11. Students are not allowed to have in their possession permanent markers, paint markers, or any item used for tagging purposes. Tagging anywhere on school grounds is strictly forbidden.
  12. Board Policy 5132, Dress and Grooming: All students shall be required to dress and groom appropriately for school with attention to and emphasis upon the following: *Neatness *Cleanliness *See enclosed dress code guidelines

Citizenship

The goal in discipline is for the students to accept responsibility for developing and demonstrating self-control and self-direction while engaging in a productive and positive academic and social environment. The classroom teacher is directly responsible for the conduct of students in the classroom. Such actions as disobedience, violations of reasonable rules, defiance of the authority of teachers, insubordination, profanity, vulgarity, fighting or any disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

Classroom Behavior

Teachers have the right to expect students to follow classroom regulations. All students are responsible to comply with class regulations and procedures.

During Class Time

All students are expected to remain in class during each period. Only authorized passes signed and dated by that period teacher will be accepted. Students out of class without a valid pass may be assigned to On Campus Suspension for the remainder of that period.

Sexual Harassment

Any behavior related to sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment can be defined as any unwanted sexual advance or other visual, verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to:

  1. Sexual advances which are unwanted, including situations which began as reciprocal attractions, but later ceased to be reciprocal.
  2. Reprisals or threats after a negative response to sexual advances.
  3. Visual conducts such as displaying sexually suggestive objects, or pictures, cartoons or posters.
  4. Leering or sexual gestures.
  5. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, sexually explicit jokes and comments, sexually suggestive letters, notes or invitations.
  6. Physical conduct such as assault, attempted rape or rape, impeding or blocking movement and touching, cornering where one or more persons prevent free movement of another person, which may include offensive touching or remarks.
  7. The victim does not have to be of the opposite gender.

Sexual harassment in the school environment refers to situations in which the acts of sexual harassment are considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive as:

    1. To have a negative impact upon harassed individuals academic performance
    2. To create a hostile, intimidating or offensive educational environment.

Please contact Ms. Amy Spears if you have concerns about Sexual Harassment or any other questions about safety on campus. She can be reached at extension 25020, office 120, or at amy.spears@desertsands.us