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Dress Code

2017-2018 DRESS CODE

Student attire is primarily a matter of personal preference and family guidelines. However, clothing and accessories may not be disruptive, obscene, or promote alcohol, drug or gang involvement. Clothing which is disruptive to the educational process, is not permitted and students are subject to consequences as outlined below. Clothing must be neat and clean. School administrators reserve the right to make exceptions for specific school activities.

The following items are NOT permitted at school or school sponsored events and the list is not intended to be all-inclusive:

  • Clothing which is obscene, slanderous or which causes a disruption of the orderly operation of the campus, including but not limited to: clothing which references or implies words, symbols, or graphics of alcohol or tobacco products, drugs or violence, or which displays sexual references, sexist, racist, vulgar, or hate messages. Any derogatory message directed towards any person or group is prohibited.
  • Wearing a hat, cap or beanie on school grounds is a privilege. Hats, caps, or beanies are permitted to be worn inside a classroom or library at the school staff’s discretion.
  • Hooded sweatshirts with the hood pulled up or any other item that conceals or obstructs a person’s identity (hoods may be worn only outside when it is raining).
  • Clothing which displays gang insignia or which could reasonably be construed as gang-related, including but not limited to, initialized belt buckles, dangling belt below waist level, trench coats, ponchos, pants not worn at waist level, or which are sagging or oversized, hairnets, doo-rags, or bandanas. Long shorts (i.e. shorts to the ankles), any color t-shirt that extends past the finger tips when the hands hang down to the sides, and pulled up socks are prohibited. Any combination of clothing which law enforcement agencies currently consider gang related is prohibited.
  • Accessories, which could be considered weapons, such as spiked wrist or ankle bands, spiked rings, spiked belts, spiked gloves, oversized rings or chains of any size, and chains attached to wallets. Spikes worn in eye-brows, ears or any other body parts are not acceptable.
  • Strapless, off-the shoulder, bare midriff and/or bare backs (such as halter tops, open back tops), bandeau tops (including bandeaus under sheer tops, open back tops, large armholes), bralettes, spanx, and no swimsuits. Shorts, pants, or skirts that are torn or ripped in inappropriate places. Shorts and skirts considered to be inappropriate in length and pants worn below the hips are not permitted. Clothing which does not cover undergarments (this includes shirts with large arm holes that expose a student’s undergarments) is not permitted. Undergarments should never be exposed.
  • Students are not allowed to carry blankets or wear sleep attire, such as pajamas, slippers, bath robes, etc.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times while on campus or at any school related activity.

Note: It is in violation of the dress code, when you wear a sweatshirt or jacket over a banned item, if the sweatshirt or jacket comes off, or is open.

As trends change, administration reserves the right to amend the dress code policy as needed.

***School Administrators reserve the right to make exceptions for specific school activities***

El Toro High School asks parents to be mindful of these rules when purchasing clothing for school. We would appreciate your active involvement in supervising how your student dresses for school and ultimately dresses for success. To this end, the dress code shall be enforced and students will be subject to consequences.

In the event of a violation of the dress code policy students will be asked to turn the apparel inside out, wear PE clothes/school issued shirt, remove the item, when appropriate. If the student refuses to correct the dress code violation, he/she will face further consequences of defiance of a teacher/school administrator. Parents may be called and notation will be made in the discipline screen.

CONSEQUENCES

First Offense: Student will be asked to turn apparel inside out, or wear PE clothes, or remove the item and given a warning.

Second Offense: Student will be asked to turn apparel inside out, or wear PE clothes, or remove the item and given a detention

Third Offense: Student will be asked to turn apparel inside out, or wear PE clothes, or remove the item and given a Saturday school.

Fourth Offense: Student will be asked to turn apparel inside out, or wear PE clothes, or remove the item and given one (1) day Intervention class.

Any further violations are subject to further disciplinary consequences for defiance.

Saddleback Valley Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. The district programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on age, disability, gender, gender identity/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 equal rights and opportunities. Married, pregnant and parenting students shall have the same educational and extracurricular opportunities as all students. Expecting and parenting students retain the right to participate in any comprehensive school or educational alternative programs for which they would otherwise be eligible. The District shall promote programs that ensure that these discriminatory practices are eliminated in all District activities.

Rev. 03-15-17

Behavioral Expectations

Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) students are held to high standards of behavior at all times;

SVUSD students are to be respectful of themselves and others

SVUSD students are to be responsible for themselves, their actions, and their healthy choices

SVUSD students are to be exemplary representatives of themselves, the programs in which they participate, the schools in which they attend, and the greater community in which they thrive

We believe in a positive approach to behavior intervention and expect students to accept responsibility for their actions and subsequent consequences. SVUSD High schools and Intermediate schools use demerits to account for detention hours accrued by students for a variety of school rule violations. Seniors MUST be at 0 demerits in order to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Demerits 1 demerit = 1 hour of detention. Students can remove demerits by serving the assigned consequences through detention, Saturday school, etc. on or before the date assigned. Failure to serve the discipline consequences will result in earning additional demerits and intervention counseling as well as the loss of privileges.

One- Hour Detention A one (1) hour detention = One (1) demerit earned. One (1) demerit will be removed from the student’s record if the detention is served on or before the date assigned. Failure to serve the detention will result in one (1) additional demerit being assigned.

Two-Hour Detention A two (2) hour detention assignment = Two (2) demerits earned. Two (2) demerits will be removed from the student’s record if the detention is served on or before the date assigned. Failure to serve the detention will result in two (2) additional demerit being assigned.

Saturday School A four (4) hour Saturday School assignment = Four (4) demerits earned. Six (6) demerits will be removed from the student’s record if the Saturday school is served on the date assigned. Failure to serve the Saturday School will result in the Saturday School being rescheduled and two (2) additional demerits being assigned.

School Service Students may also recover demerits earned through hours of school service. School service must be coordinated and approved by the Assistant Principal of Supervision prior to being completed. Two (2) demerits will be removed for each hour of school service being completed.

SVUSD Privileges Program

Privileges Program

Privileges within SVUSD are defined as, but are not limited to:

Dances

Field trips

On-campus parking

Promotion & senior activities

Commencement ceremony

Students with ten (6) or more demerits will be placed on the loss of privileges list until they have zero (0) TOTAL demerits. Students that are placed on the following contracts will also be on the loss of privileges list and will remain on the list for the duration of the contract term noted below.

Tardy contract. A student is placed on a tardy contract by earning 6 tardies in a single class. The student will be placed on the Loss of Privileges list when the student reaches the 10th tardy in that class. The student will remain on the Loss of Privileges list until the end of the semester that the contract is assigned.

Attendance Contract. A student is placed on an attendance contract by getting 7 or more single period truancies throughout the school day. The student will be placed on the Loss of Privileges list when the student reaches 16 total period truancies. A student will remain on the Loss of Privileges list until the end of the semester that the contract is assigned.

Behavior contract. A student may be placed on a behavioral contract for suspendable offenses and/or inappropriate behavior in a classroom or throughout campus. A student will remain on the loss of privileges list throughout the duration of the contract.

Ethics violation. If a student violates an ethics contract by getting a third ethics violation during their probationary period, the student will be placed on the loss of privileges list for the remainder of current semester and all of the subsequent semester.

The loss of privileges list will be generated quarterly in conjunction with the co-curricular eligibility cycle. The list will also be updated prior to every school dance (when tickets go on sale). To prevent students from being placed on the loss of privileges list, students with one (1) or more demerits will receive notification from the discipline office of their demerit total two times per month.

Students will be removed from the loss of privileges list by the Assistant Principal of Supervision as soon as they have zero (0) TOTAL demerits.

Activities. Students placed on the loss of privileges list are NOT permitted to participate in any of the activities listed above until they have zero (0) TOTAL demerits.

Dances. Students placed on the loss of privileges list are NOT permitted to purchase dance tickets until they reduce their TOTAL demerits to zero (0). Students will have until the day before the last day of tickets sales to reduce their total demerits and be permitted to purchase a ticket to attend the dance.

On-campus Parking. Students placed on the loss of privileges list will have their parking pass taken away (without refund), until they reduce their TOTAL demerits to zero (0). As soon as the student is removed from the loss of privileges list, the parking pass will be reinstated.

Privileges Program

Privileges within SVUSD are defined as, but not limited to:

1. All School Dances

2. Field trips

3. On-campus parking

4. Senior Activities

5. Commencement ceremony

Students with six (6) or more demerits will be placed on the loss of privileges list until they have zero (0) TOTAL demerits. **Demerits that are not cleared will carry over from year to year** All Seniors MUST clear all demerits in order to participate in senior activities and the commencement ceremony.

Students that are placed on the following contracts will also be on the loss of privileges list and will remain on the list for the duration of the contract term noted below.

Tardy Contract - A student is placed on a tardy contract by earning 6 tardies in a single class. The student will be placed on the Loss of Privileges list when the student reaches the 10th tardy in that class. The student will remain on the Loss of Privileges list until the end of the semester that the contract is assigned.

Attendance Contract - A student is placed on an attendance contract by getting 7 or more single period truancies throughout the school day. The student will be placed on the Loss of Privileges list when the student reaches 16 total period truancies. A student will remain on the Loss of Privileges list until the end of the semester that the contract is assigned.

Behavior Contract - A student may be placed on a behavioral contract for suspendable offenses and/or inappropriate behavior in a classroom or throughout campus. A student will remain on the loss of privileges list throughout the duration of the contract

Ethics Violation - If a student violates an ethics contract by getting a third ethics violation during their probationary period, the student will be placed on the loss of privileges list for the remainder of the current semester and all of the subsequent semester.

The loss of privileges list will be generated every month and two weeks prior to school dances. Students will be notified of their demerit standings every 2 weeks. The list will also be updated prior to every school dance (when tickets go on sale). To prevent students from being placed on the loss of privileges list, students with one (1) or more demerits will receive notification from the discipline office of their demerit total two times per month. Students will be removed from the loss of privileges list by the Assistant Principal of Supervision as soon as they have zero (0) TOTAL demerits

Activities. Students placed on the loss of privileges list are NOT permitted to participate in any of the activities listed above until they have zero (0) TOTAL demerits

Dances. Students placed on the loss of privileges list are NOT permitted to purchase dance tickets until they reduce their TOTAL demerits to zero (0). Students will have until the day before the last day of tickets sales to reduce their total demerits and be permitted to purchase a ticket to attend the dance.

On-Campus Parking. Students placed on the loss of privileges list will have their parking pass taken away (without refund), until they reduce their TOTAL demerits to zero (0). As soon as the students is removed from the loss of privileges list, the parking pass will be reinstated.

Attendance

Full Day Absence Procedures – Notes from Parent or Guardian

  1. All absences from class must be cleared through the Attendance Office with a dated note before reporting to class. The note is to be written and signed by the parent/guardian and must include: the student’s name, date(s) of absence and reason for absence. Students should plan on arriving at the attendance windows early to avoid lines and avoid receiving a tardy. Clearing an absence is NOT an acceptable reason for being tardy.


An Absence note should include the following information:

* Student’s full name

* Date(s) of the absence (not “yesterday”, day of the week absent, nor the number of days absent)

* Specific cause of the absence (if the excuse is doctor—doctor verification on the note is required or a note from doctor would be sufficient),

* If student gone partial day, the note must state what period(s) are to be excused.

  1. When it is necessary for a student to arrive late and miss one or more periods, he/she should bring a note from the parent and obtain a readmit from the Attendance Office before returning to the classes that were missed.
  2. If a student forgets to bring a note clearing an absence, he/she should report to the attendance office and get a “truant pending” readmit. Beginning with the date of return, students have three (3) school days to clear a truant with a note. After the 3rd day it will be permanently recorded as a truancy, and a Saturday School will be assigned.
  3. Any student who is caught with a forged note will no longer be able to be readmitted with a parent/guardian note unless the parent has phoned about the absence first. A student forged note will result in one of the following: Saturday school/in-house suspension, or home suspension and marked truant for the absence.
  4. A student, who loses their readmit and requests a duplicate will be assigned a detention.
  5. If 11th or 12th grade students leave at lunch and do not return to class, they either need to have a parent call that day or bring a note the following day (prior to the start of the students school day) or they will be marked truant.

Excused Absences

A student’s absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

  1. Personal illness (education Code 48205)
  2. Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (Education Code 48205)
  3. Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments (Education Code 48205)4. Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family, which shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state. (Education Code 48205)Immediate family shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, or any relative living in the student’s immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)5. Jury duty in the manner provided by law (Education Code 48205)6. The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodian parent (Education Code 48205)7. Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)a. Appearance in courtb. Attendance at a funeral servicec. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religiond. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semestere. Attendance at an employment conferencef. Attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organizationg. A total of five (5) school days per year in the student’s junior and senior year may be excused for college visits.8. Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205)9. To spend time with his/her immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment (Education Code 48205)10. Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy. (Education Code 46014)A. In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day.B. The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four school days per month.Method of VerificationWhen students who have been absent return to school, they must present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence. Absences shall be verified by the student’s parent/guardian, other person having control of the minor, or the student if age 18 or older. (Education Code 46012; 5 CCR 306)The following methods may be used to verify student absences:1. Written note, fax, or email from parent/guardian or parent representative2. Conversation, in person or by telephone, between the verifying employee and the student’s parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:a. Name of studentb. Name of parent/guardian or parent representativec. Name of verifying employeed. Date(s) of absencee. Reason for absence3. Visit to the students home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated. The employee shall document the verification and include the information specified in item #2 above.4. Physician’s verification.a. When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, district staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.b. When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absences for illness shall be verified by a physician.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: go to school every day. Research has shown that your child’s attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing their academic success. As a parent/guardian making school attendance a priority sends a message to your child that going to school every day is a critical part of their educational success, that education is a priority, to be responsible, and you are supporting them and ultimately their school success!

Irregular attendance is one of the major constraints in maintaining a quality educational program for high school students. There is no more important variable than the time spent on task in the classroom under the guidance of a professional educator. Attendance is taken every day in every classroom and students are required to be to class on time.

Improving student attendance and reducing the dropout rate is a District priority. Pursuant to EC 48200, every child from the age of 6 to 18 in the District is required to attend school regularly unless otherwise provided by law in order to make a successful transition to the next grade level and to graduate with a high school diploma. All enrolled students, regardless of age, will be held to the same District school attendance rules. The Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Education recognizes that a vigilant supervision of attendance to improve attendance rates and graduation rates and to reduce truancy and dropout rates is vital to the learning and achievement of all children. Alternative Education follows a different calendar from the Comprehensive High Schools, and the following policies will be tailored to fit the alternative situation.

Definitions of Irregular Attendance

Unexcused Absence

Absent with permission due to personal reasons. Examples of unexcused absences include vacation, oversleeping, car trouble, driver test, out-of-town visitors, weddings, missed bus, personal/business reasons, out of gas, and traffic citations.

Truancy

Absent without permission, not clearing legitimate absence within three (3) school days, and leaving campus during the school day without permission.

Tardy Truant

A student who is not in class within the first 30 minutes considered tardy truant.

Tardy

A student who is not in his/her assigned seat when the tardy bell rings is considered tardy.

Unexcused Absence/Truancy Procedures

The Saddleback Valley Unified School District utilizes the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) process to address student attendance. The system below is utilized to notify parents/guardians of students who are excessively absent or truant.

Prior to referring a student and/or family to a SARB Hearing, a counselor will meet with the student and make parent contact as an intervention to address the student’s attendance issue.

If a student reaches the number of unexcused absences/truancy/tardies listed below for reasons other than an excused absence(s)/tardy, the following action will be taken:

A. FULL DAY UNEXCUSED ABSENCE/TRUANCY PROCEDURES

3 truancies/unexcused absences/tardies (30 minutes or more)

● Student is identified as a truant per Education Code 48260.

● School site sends Truant Letter 1 to the student’s parent/guardian

● Student is assigned Saturday School(s).

● Student will be referred to a counselor.

6 truancies/unexcused absences/tardies (30 minutes or more)

● Student is identified as a habitual truant.

● School site sends Truant Letter 2 to the student’s parent/guardian.

● Student is assigned Saturday School(s).

● School site contacts parent via phone to discuss the absences and/or truancies.

● The student and parent are informed that they will be required to attend a Parent/DA Meeting and may be referred to SARB.

10 truancies/unexcused absences/tardies (30 minutes or more)

● The school site sends out Truant Letter 3 to the student’s parent/guardian inviting the parent to a meeting at the school site and to spend the day with their student on campus

● The site administrator has the parent/student sign a school site attendance contract and informs them of the potential of the SARB Process and Administrative Regulation 5113 that indicates students who are absent more than 14 days of school must provide a doctor’s note for every absence

● The site administrator informs the student that they will be required to attend a Parent/DA Meeting (if they have not already done so) and may be referred to SARB if the truancies/ unexcused absences continue.

Beyond 10 truancies/unexcused absences/tardies (30 minutes or more)

● Students who fail to correct the problem and continue to have truancies or unexcused absences will be referred to a SARB Hearing. SARB Hearings are held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Substation and comprise of a representatives from Orange County Social Services Agency, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Probation Department and school site and district representatives.

● As a result of the SARB Hearing, the district may choose to file with the Orange County District Attorney or Probation against the student, the parent/guardian or both.

B. PERIOD ABSENCES (7-12 Grade): Individual unexcused, truant or tardy truant period absences accumulated throughout the school day.

1 - 3 Period Truancies

  • Parent will be notified of truancies by the automated messaging system.
  • Detention(s) or Saturday School will be assigned.4 - 6 Period Truancies
  • Parent will be notified of truancies by the automated messaging system.
  • Letter will be sent to parent from the school site notifying them of truancies.
  • Saturday School(s) will be assigned.
  • Student will be referred to Counselor to address attendance issues and parent will be notified.7 - 10 Period Truancies
  • Parent will be notified of truancies by the automated messaging system.
  • Saturday School(s) will be assigned.
  • School site administrator contacts parent via phone to discuss the absences and/or truancies and places student on a multiple period contract.11 - 15 Period Truancies
  • Parent will be notified of truancies by the automated messaging system.
  • Letter will be sent from the school site to parent notifying them of loss of privileges at 16 period truancies.
  • Invite parent to attend school with student to escort student to class.16 - 20 Period Truancies
  • Parent will be notified of truancies by the automated messaging system.
  • Letter will be sent to parent from Student Services inviting them to meet with the Orange County District Attorney- Truancy Unit as an intervention to correct the behavior.
  • Student will be added to the loss of privileges list.Any student who continues to have multiple period truancies beyond the 20 may be referred to a SARB Hearing for remediation.C. UNEXCUSED TARDY PROCEDURES (7-12 grade - per period, per semester/trimester)A student who is not in his/her assigned seat when the tardy bell rings is considered tardy. After 30 minutes, a student is considered tardy truant and must check in at the Attendance Office and receive a Re-admit Slip before going to class.NOTE: Tardies are only excused due to an illness or medical appointment.It is a reasonable expectation that in order for a learning to take place, students must arrive to class on time. Students who continually do not meet this expectation are considered to be in defiance of authority. To help insure that students arrive to all classes punctually, the following procedures have been established. These procedures are for unexcused tardies and directly involve the student, parent/guardian, teacher, and administration. Tardies are recorded every day in every class period.Tardy 1-2:
  • Teacher gives warning and notifies student of first and second tardy.Tardy 3:
  • Teacher notifies student of third tardy.
  • Teacher assigns a detention and contacts parent.Tardy 4-5:
  • Teacher notifies student of fourth and fifth tardy.Tardy 6:
  • Teacher notifies the student of the sixth tardy.
  • Teacher notifies the discipline office of the sixth tardy.
  • Administrator assigns Saturday School and places student on a Tardy Contract which states the student may lose privileges if tardies continue.
  • Parent/guardian is notified of the contract and terms.Tardy 7-9:
  • Teacher notifies student of seventh, eighth, ninth tardy.Tardy 10:
  • Teacher notifies discipline office of 10th tardy.
  • Parent/guardian notified of loss of privileges.Students who continue to have tardies may be referred to a meeting with the Orange County District Attorney as an intervention step. If there are further tardies, a student may be referred to a SARB Hearing for remediation.

Early Dismissals

  1. Requests for early dismissals must be turned-in to the Attendance office before 8:00 am and they will be processed prior to leaving. Students are never to leave class to pick-up an early dismissal, they are to pick them up at snack or lunch. An early dismissal/readmit will be issued for that day and will serve as a readmit when the student returns to school. Continued absence after the day the permit was issued requires an additional note from the parent/guardian.
  2. All early dismissals for doctor or dental appointment must be verified by the doctor or dental office (i.e., doctor’s stamp on the early dismissal form or note from the doctor’s office). The student must check back into school upon returning from early dismissal and if verification is not given the absences will remain personal unexcused.
  3. In the case of an illness during the day, the student must first report to their class, ask for a pass from the teacher to go to the health office. A students’ parent/ guardian or other responsible adult listed on the emergency card will be contacted by the office for permission to release the student from school. A student who does not get a permission to leave must return to class. No student is to leave campus at any time during the day without going through the early dismissal process from the health office or attendance office. If this procedure is not followed the student will be issued a Saturday School. We do not accept a note from home or phone call from the parent/guardian the next day to excuse an absence for leaving campus without going through the office first. NO EXCEPTIONS!

**If a student leaves campus without an early dismissal he/she will receive a truant**

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