School Info

James Madison Elementary School opened in September, 1990, under the direction of Principal Larry Taylor. The school was formally dedicated in November of the same year. Originally built to service 650 students, Madison has served as many as 1,113 students at its peak. The current population hovers around 560 students. Of this total, approximately one-third are English Language Learners (ELL) students. Eighty Eight percent of the student body takes part in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. James Madison has strong parent support and involvement, including an active Parent-Teacher Club. (See P.T.O. page.)

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

Desert Sands Unified School District

Every student is entitled to a safe school environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

The Desert Sands Unified School District’s Policy on Bullying can be accessed on the DSUSD website. Copies are available ­­­at each school site.

1. Desert Sands Unified School District prohibits bullying. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on the actual or perceived characteristics set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 and Education Code section 220, and disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Bullying is defined in Education Code section 48900(r).

2. School personnel must immediately intervene if they witness an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, provided it is safe to do so.

3. Acts of discrimination or bullying should be brought to the attention of the principal or designee.

4. You may make an anonymous complaint online by going to www.PSSTWorld.com. Students and parents may also report bullying to any Desert Sands Unified School District employee. If there is sufficient corroborating information, the school/district will commence an investigation.

5. Complaints of bullying or discrimination will be considered confidential. However, it may be necessary to disclose certain information in order to effectively investigate.

6. Students who violate Desert Sands Unified School District’s policies on bullying or discrimination may be subject to discipline, including suspension and expulsion.

7. Desert Sands Unified School District prohibits retaliation against individuals who make complaints of bullying or provide information related to such complaints.

8. Students and Parents may also contact the Nondiscrimination/Anti-Bullying Coordinator – the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance at 760-771-8612.

DISCIPLINE CODE

We believe that good discipline is a solid foundation for building an effective school with a warm, caring atmosphere. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to learn self-discipline through a system of consistent rewards and consequence for their behavior. We believe in teaching children to be responsible and preparing them to make their own choices. Positive reinforcements are issued frequently to reward students for good citizenship and achievement, including monthly recognition assemblies, trimester awards, super-you slips and year-end awards.

School rules and policies are shared with parents and students at the beginning of the school year. Students will receive a handbook that includes all school and district guidelines. All rules will be fairly and consistently administered. Students who are regularly disruptive and who commit certain violations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion.

To create a peaceful learning environment, decrease violent and disruptive behavior, and encourage positive behavior, Madison Elementary has implemented a character education program. The program is designed to create a respectful, caring environment throughout the school, benefiting students, staff and parents. Students are encouraged to communicate positive feelings, seek guidance from adults and treat themselves and others with respect at all times. Positive character traits are highlighted with signs and posters throughout campus and classrooms and each will be explained during the daily morning announcements.

Madison implements a zero tolerance policy for violence, defiance toward authority, disruption of the learning environment, vandalism, graffiti, tagging, and all gang related activities. All students are not only expected to comply with school and classroom regulations but to contribute to a clean, safe, and positive campus environment.

The sequence of disciplinary consequences follows a progressive discipline model and begins with deterrence and ends with maximum actions up to and including suspension or expulsion. Disciplinary consequences are based on circumstances unique to each individual incident of inappropriate behavior and will be dependent on such factors as: the severity of the incident, the student's discipline record and the student's attitude which includes a sense of ownership of the behavior and willingness to change.

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

 Detention - held during one or more consecutive recess breaks

 Campus Community Service - which may include campus clean up, assisting a staff member, and/or facilities set up or take down.

 On Campus Suspension - student will not be able to participate in classroom instruction

 Home Suspension - administration may assign up to five (5) consecutive days

 Referral to Law Enforcement - if it is determined that criminal laws have been violated, students will be referred to the appropriate authorities

 Recommendation for expulsion - when the 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 a student be expelled from the school district.

DRESS CODE

James Madison Elementary School values an environment which fosters academic and personal growth.

Appropriate dress and proper hygiene contribute to a productive learning environment. Students should give appropriate attention to personal cleanliness and wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. The following dress code has been adopted for the benefit of our students.

School officials have the responsibility to determine what constitutes a dress code infraction. Students who violate the dress code will be required to change into clothes from home which you will be required to provide, or could possibly be sent home for the day.

Board Policy 5132, Dress and Grooming:

All students shall be required to dress and groom with attention to and emphasis upon the following: Neatness, cleanliness, modesty, decency, safety, personal and public health. If a student's clothing and/or grooming attract undue attention to him/her or cause a distraction to others within the school, the student may be sent home to be properly prepared for school or shall be required to prepare himself/herself for the classroom before entering.

The following clothing is not permitted:

• Clothing with printing or pictures that are sexually suggestive, crude or vulgar, contain gang-related names or symbols, promote use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs, or racially inflammatory material

• Apparel where undergarments are showing

• Dresses, skirts or shorts that are shorter than mid thigh

• No bare-midriffs will be permitted

• Low cut, off-the-shoulder tops, backless tops, halter tops, one-strap tops, cutoff, ragged or torn garments are not permitted. Tanks tops with "spaghetti straps" will be permitted as long as the front is cut high

• Excessively "baggy" pants are not allowed. Pants must stay up around the waist without the use of a belt

• Wallet chains and/or decorative jewelry that can be considered dangerous such as spikes

• Sandals and "flip-flops"; all students must wear closed-toed shoes only

• Any type of shoes with "wheelies"

• Sunglasses, hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors

• Hats worn backwards

• Other clothes deemed inappropriate by school administration

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