Policies & Procedures

Behavioral Consequences/Consecuencias de Comportamiento

Behavioral Consequences

BULLYING/HARASSMENT

Detention

Intervention Class

Saturday School

1-5 day suspension

*Conflict Mediation

BUS CITATIONS

See District Guidelines

CHEATING/ETHICS

See District Guidelines

CLASS DISRUPTION

Detention

Intervention Class

Saturday School

Suspension

DANGEROUS OBJECT (POSSESSION OF)

(Laser pointer, lighter, shock pen, etc.) Intervention Class

Saturday School

Suspension

*Law enforcement notified

DANGEROUS OBJECT (USE OF)

(Laser pointer, lighter, shock pen, etc.)

1-5 day suspension

*Law enforcement notified

DEFIANCE

Detention

Intervention Class

Saturday School

Suspension

DETENTION Late/disruptive

Given additional detention

DRESS CODE

(Change into loaner PE clothes)

1st         Documented warning

2nd        After school detention

3rd        Intervention Class

4th         Saturday School

ELECTRONIC DEVICES/

CELL PHONE MISUSE

1st         Documented warning

2nd        After school detention

3rd        Sat School

4th         Intervention Class

FIGHTING

1st         1-3 day suspension

2nd        3-5 day suspension

FOOD/DRINK

1st         Documented warning     

2nd        School service

3rd        After school detention

4th         2 after school detentions

5th         Saturday School

6th         Intervention Class

FORGERY

Saturday School

Intervention Class

GUM

1st         Documented warning

2nd        School service

3rd        Lunch detention

4th         After school detention

5th         2 after school detentions

6th         Saturday School

INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE/

PROFANITY

Detention

Intervention Class

Saturday School

MISSED SATURDAY SCHOOL

Reschedule

Intervention Class

NO SHOW

Original plus one

PANTSING

Intervention Class/Saturday School

Suspension

PHYSICAL AGRRESSION

Intervention Class

Saturday School

Suspension

POSSESSION/USE OF

DANGEROUS OBJECT OR WEAPON

5 day suspension

90 Day Behavior Contract/

Online Quick Class

Recommended for expulsion

*Law enforcement notified

POSSESSION/USE OF

CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, ALCOHOL/MARIJUANA

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

5 day suspension

90 Day Behavior Contract/

Brief Intervention Counseling

Recommended for expulsion

*Law enforcement notified

RAPID EXIT FROM SUB

Referral to office for AP Action

STEALING/THEFT

(Depending on degree)

Intervention Class

Saturday School

Suspension

*Law enforcement notified

TAGGING/GRAFFITI

Saturday School

1-5 day suspension

*Law enforcement notified

TARDIES (To school)

School service during lunch

TARDIES (To class)

1st         Documented warning

2nd        Lunch detention

3rd        After school detention

4th         2 after school detentions

5th         Saturday School

6th         Intervention Class

10 tardies to any class period: loss of privileges

THROWING OBJECTS/LITTERING

School service

Detention

TOBACCO/ECIGS/NICOTINE PRODUCTS (POSSESSION/USE OF)

1st         Brief Intervention Counseling

Saturday School

Intervention Class

2nd        Suspension

Referral to cessation program

            *Law enforcement notified

TRUANCY

(Period/multiple periods/all day)

Detention

Saturday School

Intervention Class

VANDALISM (Depending on degree)

Intervention Class

Saturday School

Suspension

*Law enforcement notified

CONSECUENCIAS DE CONDUCTA de la ESCUELA INTERMEDIARIA SERRANO

INTIMIDAR/ACOSAR

Detención

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

1 a 5 días de suspensión

*Mediación del conflicto

CITATORIOS DEL AUTOBUS

Ver las normas del Distrito

COPIAR/ETICA

Ver las normas del Distrito

DISTURBIO EN LA CLASE

Detención

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

OBJETOS PELIGROSOS

(POSESION DE)

(Apuntador láser, pluma de toques, encendedor, etc.)

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

*Notificación a la policía

OBJETOS PELIGROSOS (USO DE)

(Apuntador láser, pluma de toques, encendedor, etc.)

1 a 5 días de suspensión

*Notificación a la policía

DESAFIO

Detención

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

DETENCION tarde/disturbio

Detención adicional

CODIGO DE VESTUARIO

(Cambiarse a ropa de Educación Física o prestada)

1Advertencia documentada

2Detención después de la escuela

3a Clase de Intervención

4a Escuela del Sábado

MAL USO DE APARATOS

ELECTRONICOS/TEL. CELULAR

1Advertencia documentado

2Detención después de la escuela

3a Escuela del Sábado

4a Clase de Intervención

 

PELEAR

1a 1 a 3 días de suspensión

23 a 5 días de suspensión

COMER/BEBER

1Advertencia documentada

2Servicio en la escuela

3Detención después de la escuela

4a 2 detenciones después de la escuela

5a Escuela del Sábado

6Clase de Intervención

 

FALSIFICACION

Escuela del Sábado

Clase de Intervención

CHICLE (GOMA DE MASCAR)

1Advertencia documentada

2Servicio en la escuela

3a Detención en el almuerzo

4a Detención después de la escuela

52 Detenciones después de la escuela

6Escuela del Sábado

LENGUAJE INAPROPIADO/OBSCENIDADES

Detención

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

FALTAR A LA ESCUELA DEL SABADO

Reprogramarla

Clase de Intervención

NO SE PRESENTO

La original más una

BAJAR LOS PANTALONES

Clase de Intervención/Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

AGRESION FISICA

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

POSESION/USO DE UN OBJETO

PELIGROSO O ARMA

5 días de suspensión

Contrato de 90 días

Clase Quick en línea

Recomendación para expulsión

*Notificación a la policía

POSESION/USO DE DROGAS, ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA, PRESCRIPCION MEDICA

5 días de suspensión

Contrato de 90 días/

Intervención con un consejero

Recomendación para expulsión

*Notificación a la policía

SALIDA INMEDIATA DE UNA CLASE CON SUPLENTE

Referencia a la oficina del Asistente del Director para acción

ROBO/HURTO

(Dependiendo del grado)

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

*Notificación a la policía

ETIQUETADO/GRAFFITI

Escuela del Sábado

1 a 5 días de suspensión

*Notificación a la policía

RETARDOS (a escuela)

Servicio en la escuela durante la hora del almuerzo

 

RETARDOS (a clase)

1Advertencia documentada

2Detención en el almuerzo

3a Detención después de la escuela

4a 2 detenciones después de la escuela

5Escuela del Sábado

6Clase de Intervención

10 retardos a una clase: pérdida de privilegios

TIRAR OBJETOS/BASURA

Servicio en la escuela

Detención

TABACO/ECIGS/PRODUCTOS DE NICOTINA (POSESION/USO DE)

1Escuela del Sábado

Clase de Intervención

2Suspensión

Referencia al programa para dejar de fumar

*Notificación a la policía

AUSENTISMO INJUSTIFICADO

(Periodo/múltiples periodos/todo el día)

Detención

Escuela del Sábado

Clase de Intervención

VANDALISMO (Dependiendo del grado)

Clase de Intervención

Escuela del Sábado

Suspensión

*Notificación a la policía

Dress Code/Código de Vestuario

SERRANO INTERMEDIATE DRESS CODE

Students must report to school in clothing that is appropriate for an educational environment, respectful to oneself and others, reflects modesty, is comfortable, clean, and in good repair.  Clothing or accessories deemed to be unsafe, distracting, immodest, gang related, or offensive to the general public are not permitted.  School personnel reserves the right to determine what constitutes inappropriate attire taking into consideration input from law enforcement, parents, students, and community members.  The Serrano Dress Code is open to revision as fads and fashions change.  Parental cooperation with the Serrano Dress Code is greatly appreciated.

  • Pants/shorts must be the proper size fitting securely at the waist.  Baggy, oversized clothing is not  permitted.
  • Belts must be worn through all belt loops and are not allowed to hang below the waist.
  • Clothing shall be free of logos, words, or slogans that promote alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, or promote vandalism, bigotry, violence, suicide, death, or contain sexual connotations and/or inappropriate double meanings.  Clothing must also be free of logos or symbols of weapons of any kind.
  • Clothing shall not be symbolic of gang attire nor have gang logos.
  • Plain white T-shirts or undershirts shall not be worn by themselves.
  • Tall socks with long shorts that overlap shall not be worn.
  • Gloves may not be worn while at school.
  • Undergarments may not be showing or worn as clothing.
  • Spiked studded accessories and other sharp objects including staples and safety pins may not be worn.
  • Clothing must be free from holes and tears above the tip of the thumb when arms are at one’s side.
  • Large medallions, rings, or chains (including those attached to wallets), may not be worn.
  • Tank tops/shirts, spaghetti straps, cutoff tops, tube tops, halter tops, or bare midriffs are not to be worn.  Sheer, low-cut, or backless tops are also not allowed.  Cleavage may not be visible.  Shirts and blouses that are off the shoulder or fall off the shoulder are not permitted.
  • Sleeveless tops/shirts must have straps that are at least two inches wide and cover any undergarments.
  • Sleeveless shirts with large arm openings may not be worn alone or with “bando” tops underneath.
  • Skirts, shorts, and skorts must meet or be longer than the tip of the thumb when arms are at one’s side.
  • Sleepwear, including flannel pants, shall not be worn to school.
  • Shoes shall be worn at all times and must have a back-strap.
  • Heels shall not exceed 1 1/2 inches.
  • Steel toed shoes, flip-flops, and slippers are not allowed.
  • Fishnet stockings or tights with tears/holes may not be worn.
  • Students may wear sunglasses, hats, or visors for sun protection during P.E. and lunch only.  They may not be worn while inside buildings, in class, or in covered areas.
  • Hats and visors must be in school colors of solid blue or yellow and worn with the brim facing forward.
  • Beanies, bandannas, and other headgear, with the exception of the above, shall not be worn.
  • Hoods on hooded sweatshirts must remain down except when outside during inclement weather (rain).
  • Radical hairstyles including Mohawks, large or long spiked hair taller than three fingers, hair dyed in extreme unnatural colors, or shaved-in designs, may not be worn.
  • No visible body piercing except for the ears.  Spiked earrings and ear plugs are not allowed.
  • Any writing or drawings, other than the student’s name, are not permitted on backpacks.
  • Any type of writing on oneself is not permitted.

 

SERRANO INTERMEDIATE – NORMAS SOBRE EL VESTUARIO ESCOLAR

Los alumnos se deben presentar a la escuela con ropa apropiada para un ambiente educativo, respetuosos de sí mismos y de los demás, que refleje decencia, esté cómoda, limpia y en buen estado. La ropa u otros accesorios que se consideren que son inseguros, que distraen, indecentes, relacionados con las pandillas, u ofensivos al público en general, no está permitida. El personal de la escuela se reserva el derecho para determinar lo que constituye un vestuario inapropiado tomando en consideración la información de la policía, padres, alumnos y miembros de la comunidad. El Código de Vestuario de Serrano está abierto a la revisión con los cambios de modas y novedades. La cooperación de los padres con el Código de Vestuario de Serrano es altamente apreciada.

  • Los pantalones y shorts deben ser del tamaño apropiado y ajustado a la cintura. No se permiten los pantalones muy flojos  ni la ropa demasiado grande.
  • Los cinturones deben pasar a través de todas las presillas y no permitir que cuelguen debajo de la cintura.
  • La ropa debe ser libre de logotipos o palabras que promuevan alcohol, tabaco, drogas, o promueva vandalismo, intolerancia, violencia, suicidio, muerte, o contenga connotaciones sexuales y/o dobles sentidos inapropiados. La ropa debe estar libre de logotipos o símbolos de armas de cualquier tipo.
  • La ropa no debe ser simbólica de pandillas ni tendrá logotipos pandilleros.
  • Camisetas blancas o de ropa interior no deberán ser usadas como prendas únicas.
  • No se permite calcetines altos con “shorts” que cubran los calcetines. 
  • No pueden usarse guantes dentro de la escuela.
  • La ropa interior no deberá mostrarse o ser usada como ropa exterior.
  • No deberán usarse accesorios con picos o clavos y otros objetos filosos incluyendo grapas y alfileres.
  • La ropa debe estar sin hoyos y desgarros arriba de la punta del dedo pulgar cuando los brazos cuelgan a los lados.
  • No pueden usarse medallones grandes, anillos o cadenas (incluyendo las pegadas a la billetera).
  • Camisetas sin mangas, blusas con tirantes delgados, blusas cortas, o blusas de tubo no pueden ser usadas.  Blusas transparentes, escotes cortos, o sin espalda no son permitidas.
  • Camisetas sin mangas deben tener los tirantes con un mínimo de dos pulgadas y que cubran la ropa interior.
  • Blusas sin mangas con grandes aberturas para los brazos no se pueden usar solas ni con blusas “bando” debajo.
  • Las faldas, “shorts” “skorts” deben ser del largor apropiado o más largo de la punta del dedo pulgar cuando los brazos cuelgan a los lados. 
  • No se permiten piyamas, ropa de dormir o pantalones de franela.
  • Se deberán usar zapatos todo el tiempo y deben tener correa en el talón.
  • Los tacones no deben ser más de 1 1/2 pulgadas.
  • No se permiten zapatos con punta de acero, sandalias de hule, y pantuflas.
  • No se permiten medias rasgadas/agujeros o mallas.
  • Los alumnos pueden usar lentes para el sol, gorras o viseras para protegerse del sol durante educación física y el almuerzo. No se pueden usar dentro de los edificios, clase o áreas cubiertas.
  • Las gorras y viseras deben ser de colores de la escuela: azul o amarillo sólido y usarse con la visera hacia el frente.
  • No se permiten gorros tejidos, pañuelos, u otros utensilios para la cabeza, con excepción de lo descrito arriba,
  • Capuchas o sudaderas con capuchas deben permanecer abajo de la cabeza con la excepción del mal tiempo (lluvia).
  • No se permiten cortes de cabello extremos, incluyendo mohawks, largo y puntiagudo de más de tres dedos de alto, pintado o rayado de colores extremos, o diseños cortados (rapados).
  • No se permiten perforaciones visibles en el cuerpo con la excepción de las orejas.  Tampoco se permiten aretes con punta, o tapones para las orejas.
  • No se permite ninguna escritura o dibujos en las mochilas aparte del nombre del alumno.
  • No se permite cualquier tipo de escritura en el cuerpo.

Early Dismissal Policy

The office is experiencing a large number of students leaving school early without Early Dismissals.

Please take a moment to review Serrano's Early Dismissal policy to help with the Early Dismissal process:

Students wanting to leave early from school must bring a note from parent to the attendance window before school with the time and name of person who is intending to pick the student up from school. The student will be given an Early Dismissal slip which allows them to leave class and be waiting in the office for parent to sign them out. These early dismissal slips are very important as the student may often be in P.E. or an assembly, etc. and be difficult to reach. If unable to send a note, a call to the office at (949) 586-3221 will ensure your student is ready to be picked up in a timely manner.

Important Information Regarding Attendance Policies

Please Keep for Future Reference - Important Information for Parents

24-Hour Attendance Hotline -- (949) 598-3754

Please be sure to call the 24-Hour Hotline each day when your student is absent.

Absences

All absences must either be called into the 24 hour Attendance Hotline (949) 598-3754 or a note must come to the attendance window first thing in the morning before homeroom begins the day the student returns to school.  Consequences may apply to absences not verified in a timely manner. 

Tardies

Students arriving after the late bell should have a note stating the reason for the late arrival or be accompanied by a parent to the Attendance Window.  Students should be in their seats when the tardy bell rings, or they are considered late and consequences may apply.  Any student over 30 minutes late to school for any reason must have a note or a parent to accompany them to the Attendance Window to check in to school.

Excused Absences/Tardies:  The following shall be considered the only legally excused reasons for being absent/tardy: illness; medical; dental; quarantine; optometric or chiropractic appointments; attendance at funeral services for an immediate family member; death in family; participation in religious instruction or ceremony (not to exceed four hours per semester); appearance in court; observation of a holiday of his/her religion; attendance at an employment or educational conference.  All absence/tardies need to be verified by parent/guardian or doctor in writing, in person or by phone.

Unexcused Absences/Tardies:   An unexcused absence/tardy is defined as:  1) absence/tardy not cleared through the attendance office by parent, guardian or doctor 2) a student missing any class without parental knowledge 3) absences/tardies for vacation/travel; car trouble; out of gas; out of town visitors; weddings; missed bus; sports; graduation ceremonies; oversleeping or personal/business reasons.

Early Dismissals/Student Pick Up

Students who need to leave early should bring a note from a parent/guardian to the Attendance Window before school.  The note should include the pick-up time as well as the name of the person who will be signing the student out.  Early dismissal slips allow a student to leave class and be in the office at the time needed which is especially important as the student may be in P.E. class or at an assembly and difficult to reach.  If unable to send a note, please call the office at (949) 586-3221.  Please note, all persons must present an I.D at the Attendance Window in order to sign a student out of school.

Deliveries to Students

Remind your student to bring lunches, homework, PE clothes, etc. to school every day, however, we will page students during snack and lunch to pick up personal items that have been delivered to the office.  We will not deliver items to the classroom.

Health Office

In the event of an illness or injury during school hours and the student wishes to contact his/her parent he/she is required to report to the Health Office and use the school telephone.  By using the office telephone we are better able to track and treat all injuries and illnesses that occur during school hours and are available to provide information to the parents when the student calls.

Independent Study Contracts for Absences of 5 Days or More

In order to improve our ADA allotment and keep absences to a minimum, please notify the Attendance Clerk at least two weeks prior to vacations or extended absences of five (5) school days or more.  She will set up an Independent Study Contract for your student, which allows him/her to keep up with assignments and also allows the school to collect ADA funds for your student. 

Remind your student that we have a “Bell to Bell – No cell” policy

If a student needs to contact a parent anytime during school hours, a student phone is available in the front office.  Students that need to contact parents due to illness should use the phone in the health office.

For more information, please see the Annual Notification to Parents @ http://bit.ly/SVUSD-ANTP

PLC Day Information

Serrano has early out days every Wednesday, with students being dismissed at 1:52. The schedule was created to give teachers additional time to collaborate in their Professional Learning Communities (PLC).

Teachers will use this time to:

  • Continue the integration of Common Core Standards and its practice in their teaching
  • Continue the use of common assessments to gauge student learning
  • Continue the use of formative assessments to guide instruction
  • Use the data team process to see what students know and what strategies are effective for teaching the different curriculum
  • Sharing ideas / strategies that are increasing student learning in the class
  • Ensuring that every student learns the material needed for them to be successful in high school
  • Getting our students career and college ready

What is a Professional Learning Community

Student Handbook

SERRANO INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (2018 - 2019)

Academic Honesty………................................7-8

Accidents and Illness...................................... 1

Activities (Extracurricular)................................ 1

A.S.B. (Associated Student Body).................. 1

A.S.B./School Colors/Mascot......................... 1

Assemblies.................................................... 1

Assignment Completion Program (ACP)……….1

Attendance, Tardies, and Truancy................. 1-2

Backpacks..................................................... 2

Before and After School Hours....................... 8

Bicycles......................................................... 8

Bus Transportation......................................... 2

Celebration Gifts............................................ 2

Cell Phones.................................................... 2

Classroom Rules............................................ 8

Closed Campus....................................... 2, 8-9

Counseling Services....................................... 2

Dances.......................................................... 2

Detention and Lunch Detention........................ 8

Disciplinary Actions........................................ 8

Dress Code.................................................... 9

Emergency Information................................ 2-3

Emergency/Crisis Preparedness...................... 3

E-News.......................................................... 3

Fighting......................................................... 9

Fire Drills, Disaster Drills, and Lockdowns....... 3

Firecrackers, Fireworks, Etc............................ 9

Food/Drinks................................................... 3

Forgery.......................................................... 9

Grade Reports and Progress Reports.............. 3

Gum ............................................................ 10

Hall Pass………………………………………….10

Health Services.............................................. 3

Homeroom..................................................... 3

Homework and Homework Requests............. 3-4

Identification (I.D.) Cards................................ 4

Independent Study Program............................ 4

Internet Access............................................... 4

Intervention Class(IC)…………………………...10

Involvement of Law Enforcement………………10

Library/Media Center....................................... 4

Lost and Found.............................................. 4

Lunch Area................................................... 10

Lunch Program............................................... 4

Magazine and Cookie Dough Sales................. 4

Marker Pens................................................. 10

Materials..................................................... 4-5

Materials Not Allowed at School................ 10-11

Medication..................................................... 5

Non-Discrimination Statement......................... 5

Office and School Hours................................ 5

Parent Conferences........................................ 5

Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)…..5

Personal Property..................................... 5, 11

Physical Education...................................... 5-6

Profanity, Vulgarity, and Obscenity................ 11

Property Damage........................................... 6

Publications................................................... 6

Pupil Promotion/Retention.............................. 6

Radios, Cameras, Etc................................... 11

Restrooms..................................................... 6

Saturday School........................................... 11

School Rules and Discipline Policies.......... 7-12

Sexual Harassment....................................... 11

Skateboards, etc.......................................... 11

Smoking or Possession of Tobacco.............. 11

Special Deliveries........................................... 6

Student Schedules......................................... 6

Substitute Teachers........................................ 6

Support for Student with Special Needs.......... 6

Suspensions/Expulsions.......................... 11-12

Tardiness.................................................... 1-2

Telephone................................................... 6-7

Textbooks...................................................... 7

Truancy....................................................... 1-2

Uniform Complaint Procedures........................ 7

Walking to School.......................................... 7

Web Grades Online......................................... 7

Withdrawal from School.................................. 7

ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESS

 

All accidents must be reported immediately to the teacher in charge.  The person contacted will see that the student gets the proper first aid attention.  All teachers have first aid materials in their classrooms.  Any student who becomes ill at school must request a pass to the health office.  We ask that students not use their cell phones to contact a parent to pick up when they are ill.  The health office will contact parents to arrange pick-up of ill students.  Students are not to leave campus due to illness without first having been released by the office. 

ACTIVITIES (EXTRA CURRICULAR)

Participation in extra curricular activities broadens experiences and contributes to a positive school climate.  Many after school activities are offered to Serrano students during lunch and after school through the Recreation Department.  Students must be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.

A.S.B. (ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY)

The ASB/Leadership Class is made up of selected Serrano students.  The selection of students for the Leadership Class is made on the basis of citizenship, grades, leadership ability, and willingness to devote time and energy to our school's activity program.  Throughout the year, a variety of school wide activities are organized and conducted by the Leadership Class.  ASB also has elected officers.  They include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Grade Level Representatives.  To run for an elected position, a student must choose the position of interest, obtain parent permission, attend a mandatory meeting, complete the petition to seek office, and run an effective campaign.  All students in ASB must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to seek office or remain in office once elected:

·         Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on the previous

        trimester report card and current trimester progress report, and maintain that GPA while in office.

·         No F grades.

·         Have satisfactory citizenship in all classes and appropriate behavior at all times.

·         Have been determined by administration to have met all requirements in order to begin the campaign.

·         ASB students must adhere to the ASB Constitution while in office.

A.S.B./SCHOOL COLORS/MASCOT

Serrano Intermediate School colors are blue and gold.  The school's mascot is the SEAHAWK.

ASSEMBLIES

Serrano Intermediate School and the STPO provide a variety of assemblies for our students.  These assemblies include motivational programs, cultural and dramatic presentations, and musical performances.

ASSIGNMENT COMPLETION PROGRAM (ACP)

The Assignment Completion Program (ACP) is assigned to students who have one or more missing assignments during the week.  Students will receive a written notice listing the missing work and must report to the library on Friday from 3-4pm.  To ensure that student work is completed and turned in on time, all assignments should be recorded daily in the Student Agenda Planner. 

ATTENDANCE, TARDIES AND TRUANCY

ATTENDANCE-Academic success is directly related to consistent attendance.  Being prepared for school is the first step toward your academic success.

1.     Each student must report to each class on time with required materials.

2.     Parents are requested to notify the school of their child's absence on the attendance answering machine at 598-3754 the day(s) of the absence(s) by 9:00am.

3.     If a parent has not notified the school, the student is expected to bring a note to the Attendance Office.  Students who do not clear their unexcused absences within three days will be

        assigned consequences and marked truant.

4.     Excused absences and/or tardies must be verified by parents and include illness, medical/dental appointments or attendance to immediate family funerals.  All other absences/tardies for vacations, car trouble, etc., are considered unexcused for State of California reporting purposes.

5.     Education Code Section 48260 states:  “Any pupil subject to full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse for three full days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each of the three days in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor of the Superintendent of the school district.

6.     Students with 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by a parent verbally or in writing, or by a home visit, shall require verification by a physician for further absences for illness.

7.     Notes requesting early dismissal must be brought to the attendance window before school begins in the morning. Students with early dismissals must carry this pass and be signed out at the office by a parent or guardian. Persons other than a parent or guardian may not pick up students without prior written authorization from a parent/guardian.

8.     The student is expected to carry an official classroom pass when released from a classroom.

9.     The student is expected to remain in his/her classroom until released by the teacher for the next period class.

TARDIES-unexcused (less than 30 minutes late to school or any class without a proper excuse)

Promptness to class is very important at Serrano.  Students are to be seated and ready to work when the bell rings.  Tardy students interrupt their own learning as well as others by taking away valuable instructional time.  Unexcused tardies to class are dealt with in the following fashion:

  • 1st Offense:   Warning (documented)
  • 2nd Offense:  Lunch detention
  • 3rd Offense:  After school detention
  • 4th Offense:  Two after school detentions
  • 5th Offense:  Saturday School
  • 6th Offense:  Intervention Classroom (IC)

 

TRUANCY-Students who are more than 30 minutes late to school or class, miss the entire period, or school day without permission, are considered to be truant and will be assigned consequences.

BACKPACKS

Backpacks are recommended for all students to store and carry school and personal items.  Backpacks are the student's responsibility and should not be left unattended.  Any writing or drawings, other than the student’s name, are not permitted on backpacks.

BICYCLES

Students riding bicycles to and from school must observe all traffic laws including wearing a helmet.  Bicycles are to be walked when entering and leaving school grounds.  Improper use of bicycles may result in the loss of bicycle privileges.  To prevent theft, bicycles must be individually locked to the bike racks in the designated enclosures.  Gates are locked at 8:30am and opened again at 2:45pm.  Every precaution is made to ensure the safety of bicycles parked at Serrano.  However, Serrano Intermediate School cannot be held financially liable should a bicycle be stolen or vandalized. 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Students riding the bus during the school year are expected to observe proper safety procedures and school rules while being transported.  Failure to do so may result in a bus citation, a disciplinary action, and/or denial of transportation. 

CELEBRATION GIFTS

It is requested that parents and other students refrain from sending/bringing celebratory gifts such as balloons, flower bouquets, group lunches such as pizzas, cupcakes, etc. to students while they are at school.  While it is a heartfelt expression for special occasions, your support and cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.  These items present a distraction to the learning environment.  If brought to school, they will be held in the office until the end of the day.  

CELL PHONES

The Saddleback Unified School District recognizes the importance of providing students with sustained, uninterrupted instruction.  Therefore, interruptions and distractions must be controlled and minimized. We understand that the use of cell phones has increased in recent years.  Serrano Intermediate School therefore allows students to carry cell phones for use before and after school only.  Cell phones must be off and out of site at all times during school hours unless they are being used with permission of the teacher for instructional purposes.  Any student whose cell phone disrupts a classroom or is visible during school hours will receive a referral that will be sent to the office.   The first time a student has a cell phone violation, he/she will receive a warning.  Further violations will result in a consequence.  The taking of photos or videos on campus is also not allowed at any time. Additionally, Serrano Intermediate School will not be responsible for any phone that is lost, stolen, or damaged at school.

CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY

Serrano is a closed campus.  Students may not audit classes nor have visitors attend classes with them.  Parents however may attend classes with their children by calling our guidance specialist at least 24 hours in advance to make arrangements.  All visitors to Serrano must check in at the front office upon arrival to school.  No student shall leave the campus at any time without written parent permission.  Parents are required to sign students out at the attendance window and must present a photo ID.

COUNSELING SERVICES

Students should feel free to discuss problems with teachers and other members of the school staff.  These adults can often help solve interpersonal problems.  The assistant principals for 7th and 8th grade, as well as the guidance specialists, are also available to assist students in solving academic, scheduling, or personal problems.

DANCES

School-wide dances are scheduled throughout the year and may be attended by Serrano students only.  Students must submit a permission slip signed by the parent/guardian in order to purchase a ticket.  Ticket sales begin three days prior to the dance and will not be sold after lunch on the day of the dance. Tickets are not available for purchase at the door.  The Serrano dress code is to be followed for all school dances.

In order to attend dances, students must:

1.     Maintain a 1.50 average GPA

2.     Have no more than one “U” in citizenship

3.     Have no school fines (library, textbooks, etc.)

4.     Maintain an acceptable standard regarding the school code of conduct and attendance and not be on a behavior contract

5.     Attend a minimum of 4 periods the day of the dance

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Parents or legal guardians of a pupil are required to provide emergency information including:

1.     Home address and telephone number.

2.     Business address and telephone number of the parent or guardian.

3.     Name, address and telephone number of a relative or friend who is authorized to care for the pupil in any emergency situation if the parent or legal guardian cannot be reached.

It is essential that parents and/or students notify the Guidance Office as soon as possible after any change of address, telephone number, or email.  In case of an emergency, the school must be able to contact the parent/guardian IMMEDIATELY.

Emergency information will be requested of all families during our DATA CONFIRMATION process which takes place during summer registration.

EMERGENCY/CRISIS PREPAREDNESS

Retention of students:  In the event of an actual emergency, all students will be kept at school until they can be released to their parent or other authorized adult, it is safe for the student to walk home, or school bus transportation is available.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL.  Office personnel will be out of the office helping to supervise the students.

Student pick-up procedures:  Access to the school will be limited and the campus will be secured in the event of a major emergency.  Students will not be released until everyone has been accounted for.  The parent reunion gate will be staffed for student pick-up.Reunion area:  After the student has been requested for pick-up, a runner will go to the student's teacher and take the student to the REUNION AREA which is located at the fence/gate between the field and the parking lot.  The parent or adult requesting the student will be required to sign a check-out sheet and then will be allowed to take the child from the school.  The name of the person to whom the student will be released MUST APPEAR on the EMERGENCY card, which is turned into the school at the beginning of the school year.  If you have any changes to these cards during the school year, please advise the office IMMEDIATELY.

E-NEWS

Serrano E-News is sent twice weekly to provide students and parents with current information about Serrano Intermediate School including such things as the school calendar, upcoming events, and other school related items.  Those who have provided an email address to the school will automatically receive E-News.

FIRE DRILLS / DISASTER DRILLS / LOCKDOWNS

Emergency procedures and evacuation maps are posted in each classroom.  Drills and emergency procedures are practiced at Serrano on a regular basis.  Each teacher in charge provides instruction in case of an emergency or drill.  In all emergency procedures, it is important that students are quiet and orderly and listen to instructions.

FOOD/DRINKS

All food and drinks should be consumed in the lunch area only.  Students should finish all their lunch before moving to the blacktop or fields.  Food should not be taken into the hallways or classrooms.  Water is allowed in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher.  Glass bottles and containers are not allowed.

GRADE REPORTS AND PROGRESS REPORTS

Grade reports are mailed to students within two weeks following the conclusion of trimester. The grading trimester end in the following months:

                First Trimester                    December

                Second Trimester              March

                Third Trimester                   June      

Trimester grades become part of the student's permanent record.

Progress Reports will be mailed home at mid-trimester (every six weeks) to all students.  Grade reports will be mailed home within two weeks after the end of each trimester. Parents are encouraged to work with their child and to contact the teacher regarding the area of concern.  The guidance specialist is also available to discuss particular concerns.  Appointments may be scheduled when needed. 

HEALTH SERVICES            

Office staff is available at Serrano to give emergency first-aid treatment.  No medicine, including over the counter, can be dispensed by office personnel, unless the parent has given written permission and the medication is authorized by a doctor.  Parents may pick up the Doctor/Parent Authorization Form in the office.  Any student who becomes too ill to remain in the classroom should first report the illness to the teacher or adult on duty for permission to go to the office.  We ask that students refrain from contacting their parents with a cell phone.

HOMEROOM

Students report to homeroom at the beginning of each day.  At Serrano, homeroom is the students’ first period class during which time students watch the Good Morning Serrano (GMS) broadcast and listen to the daily announcements. Any students arriving late to school should report to the attendance window with a note from the parent/guardian.

HOMEWORK AND HOMEWORK REQUESTS

Homework is usually given in all academic subjects.  It is very important that students set aside one to two hours each evening for homework, reading, and special projects.  Assignments should be recorded daily in the Student Agenda Planner.  In the case of extended illness or absence of three days or more, assignments may be requested through the attendance clerk by calling 598-3754.  Please call by 9:00am to allow time to collect materials from the classroom teachers.  Homework pick up time is between 3:30-4:00pm.  Per district policy, homework requests for students who have been suspended are teacher-optional.

IDENTIFICATION (ID) CARDS

Student photos are taken and an ID card is issued to each Serrano student at no cost.  Each student is required to have an ID card in his/her possession at all times while on the Serrano campus.

Lost ID cards must be reported immediately to the attendance office.  Students may purchase a replacement ID card from the ASB office for $5.00. Students are expected to present their Serrano ID to participate in school activities and to check out books from the library.

INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

Students who expect to miss school for five or more days because of family business should have their parent/guardian contact the Attendance Office TWO WEEKS in advance of the absence.  Arrangements will be made to place the student on the Independent Study Program so that the student’s academic program is not interrupted.

INTERNET ACCESS

The district Internet system has been established for a limited educational purpose.  This means that students may use the system for curricular activities and educational related research.  Use of the district’s technology resources is a privilege, not a right.  Student access to the internet may be revoked for the duration of the student’s attendance in any Saddleback Valley Unified School District school for any violations of the law or district policy in regards to use of the Internet/computers.  The district’s policy outlining expectations and guidelines for Internet/computer use may be found on the SVUSD website.

LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

Serrano is very proud of its Library/Media Center.  It is open for student use on the days the librarian is assigned to work at Serrano including break and lunch.  These days will be announced at the beginning of the year.  The Library/Media Center contains thousands of books, pamphlets, reference materials, and magazines available for student use.  It has computers from which students may access information from electronic resources.  Students may use the system for curricular activities and educational related research.  All textbooks and library books are checked out through the Library/Media Center.  Students are responsible for the return of textbooks in the same condition they were received or fines will be assessed.  Library books may be checked out only with a Serrano student ID card.  Regular books may be checked out for two weeks, with only one renewal.  Overdue books are assessed at 10 cents per day. 

LOST AND FOUND

The student's name should be placed in ink on all possessions brought to school.  Lost clothing and other articles such as lunch bags, pencil boxes, etc. may be found in the library before or after school, or during the lunch period.  All lost articles not claimed after one month will be given to a local charity.

LUNCH PROGRAM

A variety of cold and hot lunch items as well as snacks are available for purchase during the lunch/brunch period.  A free or reduced lunch is available for students who qualify.  An application may be obtained from the Guidance Office.  Any questions regarding the lunch program should be directed to the food service staff or the Guidance Office. 

The following lunch rules are strictly enforced:

1.     Running, shoving and pushing are not permitted.

2.     All lines are single file.  Cutting in line is not allowed.

3.     Students should plan to finish eating all food during the time provided.

4.     Food and/or drinks are to be consumed in the lunch areas and not carried to the blacktop or fields.

5.     All trash is to be placed in trashcans before leaving the eating area.

6.     The hallways and classrooms are off limits during lunch.

MAGAZINE AND COOKIE DOUGH SALES

Serrano Intermediate School’s annual school-wide ASB fundraiser is selling magazine subscriptions and cookie dough.  This fundraiser benefits all Serrano students and participation is greatly appreciated!

MATERIALS

The following is a list of the suggested materials for all students and should be marked with the student's name:

·         Student Agenda Planner

·         3-Ring binder (2” minimum)

·         Divider tabs (preferably with pockets)

·         White ruled paper (at least 200 sheets per trimester)         

·         Standard #2 pencils or mechanical pencils with extra lead (4)

·         Colored pencils (Set of 12)

·         Handheld pencil sharper

·         Pens (4) black or blue ink

·         Red pens (2)

·         Eraser

·         Glue sticks (2)

·         Index cards (2 packs)

·         Ruler with inch and metric measurements

·         Highlighters

·         P.E uniform

The following materials are not allowed and should not be brought to school:  Permanent markers (Sharpies), scissors, or white out.

MEDICATION

Any medication that needs to be taken at school must be reported to the health office.  This includes inhalers, aspirin, and cold remedies.  A Doctor/Parent Authorization Form is available in the office and must be completed and signed by both the doctor and parent.  Parents need to deliver the medication to the Health Office in the original bottle or container with the prescription label clearly visible.  Parents may also come to school and administer medication during the school day.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

No person shall be excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any Saddleback Valley Unified School District program or activity on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability.

OFFICE AND SCHOOL HOURS

Students are permitted on campus beginning at 7:45am.  No supervision is provided until that time. (Students attending a zero period class or any other morning class may enter campus earlier to attend that class.) Regular dismissal is at 2:55pm.  School will dismiss at 1:52pm every Wednesday.  In addition, we have some district assigned early dismissal days.  For a complete list of these, please refer to the district calendar.  Unless students are participating in a school sponsored and supervised after school activity, all students must be picked up or leave campus within fifteen minutes after dismissal or the end of any school activity. The school office closes at 4:00pm daily.

PARENT CONFERENCES

Parents may call at any time and request a conference appointment.  Requests should be made through the guidance specialist.  Teachers are available for parent conferences before and after school.  The guidance specialist and the assistant principals are also available to discuss student progress and other concerns with parents.

PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Serrano has a very active Parent-Teacher-Student-Association.  The PTSA Executive Board meets regularly with the principal.  The PTSA works with the school to plan and support school activities.  A general membership campaign drive is held during the fall.  Parents are urged to support this campaign as funds are used for the student body.  Volunteers are always needed to serve on various committees, provide or sell refreshments at dances, assist with fundraisers etc.  Interested parents are asked to contact the school for further information.  Every Serrano parent is encouraged to join and to participate in the PTSA.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

·         Serrano Intermediate School is not liable for lost or stolen articles from backpacks or P.E. lockers. P.E. locker combinations are to remain confidential.  Students are required to pay for any textbook or other school property such as musical instruments issued to them that is lost, damaged, or stolen.  Students should not bring valuable personal items or large sums of cash to school.

·         Parents bringing personal items to students such as forgotten books, lunches, homework projects, P.E. clothes, etc., must leave such articles (labeled) at the Attendance Office.  Class will not be interrupted to deliver personal items. The names of students with messages or items left for them will be called on the PA system during break and/or lunch. It is the responsibility of the student to check at the Attendance Window for any items delivered.

·         Personal property not used in the instructional program and approved by a teacher for instructional purposes should not be brought to school.  This includes but is not limited to radios, CD players, IPODS, card collections, pagers, laser pointers, electronic games and other electronic devices.  If brought to school, these items will be taken and held for parent pick up.

·         Students may bring basketballs or soccer balls (with the student’s name) to school for use during lunch.

·         Special occasion items such as balloons, flower bouquets, cupcakes or cakes, are not allowed in the classroom or school campus. If brought or delivered to school, they will be kept in the office until school dismissal or parent pick up.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All pupils enrolled in intermediate school are required to attend a course in physical education.  All students must report to class in uniform at the beginning of the physical education period.

The PE uniform consists of a t-shirt and blue shorts with the Serrano logo, sweat socks, and tennis shoes which lace up (designed for athletic wear).  Uniforms, with the exception of tennis shoes and socks, may be purchased during pre-registration and from the ASB Office.  Sweatshirts may be worn in cold weather, but sweaters and jackets are not permitted in the physical education classes.  Uniforms will be labeled with the student’s name by the PE staff.  All PE clothes are to be taken home on Friday and returned clean on Monday.  Lockers are issued to students to lock up valuables such as wallets, lunch money, cell phones, electronic devices, and jewelry during the PE period. Extremely valuable items and large quantities of money should not be brought to school.  Anything stored in the lockers is the responsibility of the student and the school will not be responsible for any loss. All possessions are to be placed in the locker with the door shut and locked securely.  PE lockers as well as PE uniforms are not to be shared!

Notes from parents or private physicians requesting a physical education excuse or special assignment are accepted and adjustments are made in most instances.  These notes must be brought to the front office in the morning before school.  All students requesting physical education excuses for a period longer than three days must obtain a request from the family physician that states the reason. 

Roll on deodorants and pump hairsprays are permitted.  Aerosol cans are not allowed.

PROPERTY DAMAGE

Students are expected to care for all school property.  Students who deface, damage, or destroy any school property, including textbooks, must compensate the school.

PUBLICATIONS

All publications including newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and fliers that are distributed on the school campus must have the approval of the principal and/or the district office.

PUPIL PROMOTION AND RETENTION

The Saddleback Valley Unified School District has adopted a board policy regarding criteria for promotion of students.  To be promoted from the 7th and 8th grades, a student must:

·         Earn a cumulative grade point average of 1.50 in all classes and earn at least a 1.0 GPA in English and mathematics each year;

·         Earn “no more than a total of three (3) F’s in English, Math, History and/or Science courses during each school year. Students who fail more than three English, Math, History, and/or Science courses at either the 7th grade level or 8th grade level must repeat all the course requirements at that grade level.

To participate in the 8th grade promotion celebration and year end activities, a student must have earned academic promotion from the 8th grade prior to the celebration or planned activity.  A student not meeting the above requirements may be promoted to the next grade level if all of the requirements are successfully completed during summer school, provided summer school is offered.  If not, pupils may be retained.  In the case of a fiscal crisis where state and local funding does not allow for summer school, the superintendent or designee may allow students, who need summer school to meet promotion requirements, to be socially promoted to the next grade level subject to the existing conditions for social promotion.  Socially promoted students will NOT be permitted to participate in promotion or related activities.  To participate in Serrano’s 8th grade promotion celebration, or culminating year end activities, a student must have earned academic promotion from the 8th grade prior to the celebration day.

RESTROOMS

Students should assist in keeping restrooms clean.  Restrooms are open before and after school, at lunch, and during passing periods.  Students should plan to use the restroom during these scheduled times.  Emergency use of the restroom during class time requires the possession of a restroom pass from the teacher.

SPECIAL DELIVERIES

In order to minimize disruptions to instruction, classrooms will not be interrupted to deliver student items or phone messages.   Students will be called on the PA system during break and/or lunch to pick up any items or messages left for them at the office.  It is the responsibility of the student to check at the attendance window during passing period for any items delivered.  No lunches or lunch money will be taken after lunch begins.  Only valid emergency messages from parents will be delivered to students in class.

STUDENT SCHEDULES

Students receive a daily schedule of classes at the beginning of each trimester in homeroom.  Students are encouraged to record their schedule in their agenda planner.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

It is essential that all students be aware of their responsibility for the smooth operation of the class in the absence of the regular teacher.  It is the responsibility of each student to see that every possible courtesy and assistance is offered the guest teacher.  The learning continues even if the regular teacher is absent.

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Serrano takes pride in meeting the individual needs of students by offering a variety of programs or services such as:

·         ELD (English Language Development)

·         SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English), Sheltered English

·         GATE (Gifted And Talented Education)

·         SH, SDC, RSP, TEEACH, SPEECH AND LANGUAGE, and APE (Special Education)

·         Honors Classes

·         ADA Handicapped Accessible School

TELEPHONE

Office telephones are reserved for school business purposes.  Office telephones are not provided for students except in cases of emergency.  Emergency calls will be made for the student by office staff.  All after school arrangements should be made between students and families before arriving at school. 

TEXTBOOKS

A set of textbooks is issued to each student.  Care of these books is the responsibility of each student to whom the books are checked out.  It is expected that books will be returned in the same condition as they were received. Debts for damaged, lost, or stolen books (including losses from PE lockers or backpacks) must be cleared through the librarian or a student will be considered ineligible for extra-curricular activities, including end of the year activities.  Failure to turn in textbooks can cause a delay in the registration process the following year.

UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

The District has primary responsibility to comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. The district shall investigate any complaints alleging failure to comply with such laws and/or alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, and shall seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with the district complaint procedures. (BP1312.3)

WALKING TO SCHOOL

Parents are responsible for helping students to select the safest and most direct route between home and school.  Students are not permitted to loiter or make stops on the way to and from school.  The following rules must be observed:

·         Observe all traffic signals

·         Cross all streets in the crosswalks only

·         Walk on the sidewalks

·         Follow the direction of the supervisor on duty at the crosswalk

·         Do not loiter on side streets or private property

Students are reminded to always obey all school rules and regulations on the way to and from school.

WEB GRADES ON LINE

To check your child’s grades online, go to the Saddleback Valley Unified School District website and click on the “Family Portal.”    If you are a new subscriber, click on “Create a New Account.”   Follow the directions to create an account that allows you access to your student’s grades.  You will need your child’s ID number as well as PIN code.  You will receive this at the beginning of the year.  If you have any questions, please contact our Guidance Office.  Each member of the family may have their own account to view grades. 

WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

Students who withdraw from school should have their parents contact the office as soon as possible for the proper checkout forms and procedures.  Library books and textbooks must be returned to the school or paid for before the student's records can be forwarded to the new school.

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SCHOOL RULES AND DISCIPLINE POLICIES

School rules and policies have been established to insure that all students are provided with an educational environment that supports learning. By working together, we can provide a safe, pleasant and academically rewarding environment in which students can achieve maximum success. Serrano has established three school-wide expectations as guiding principles for behavior while on campus, and while going to and from school.  These three principles form the foundation for all student attitudes and behavior.  Each student should practice these principles daily, focusing on the positive benefits they produce.  Serrano Intermediate’s three practices are:

READINESS – Prepared to learn

RESPECT – Proper behavior towards others

RESPONSIBILITY – Pride in my actions and attitudes

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Students of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District are subject to an Academic Honesty Policy which deals with students who cheat on tests or plagiarize assignments.  All tests, quizzes, reports, homework, other assignments and any school related test are subject to this policy.

Cheating also includes looking at another student's paper, taking credit for work that is not one’s own, or talking during an exam.  It also includes using technological means to acquire assistance or provide assistance.  Helping another student cheat on an exam, homework or other assignment is also a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy if it has been made clear by the instructor that students are to work on their own and not collaborate.

MAJOR STATE, NATIONAL or INTERNATIONAL EXAMS

A Student who violates the Academic Honest Policy while taking a major state, national, and/or international examination (such as CAASPP, AP, IB, PSAT, SAT, SAT, etc.) jeopardizes the academic reputation, integrity, and future of all other students within the district.  Therefore, he/she will receive the following consequences in addition to those outlined in the directions for administration of the specific test.  All consequences apply for the semester that the incident occurred plus the following semester or trimester if the student attends Silverado High School or is in intermediate school.  Summer session is not considered a semester under this regulation.

1.     Administrator will assign off-campus suspension not to exceed five (5) days.

2.     Administrator will contact parent/guardian regarding the incident.

3.     Student may be removed from academic programs.

4.     Student will receive no academic recognition at award events and/or participate in celebratory, promotion, and graduation ceremonies throughout the duration of the consequence.

5.     Student will be ineligible and/or lose eligibility in all academic organizations (National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, etc.,) in compliance with the by-laws of each organization.

6.     Student will be ineligible and/or removed from any elected or appointed leadership position.

7.     Student may be recommended for other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate.

ACADEMIC HONESTY / CLASSROOM SITUATIONS

The following actions will be taken in regards to students in violation of the Academic Honest Policy:

1st Offense:

1.     Teacher notifies school administration prior to contacting parents with details of offense and explains consequences including Academic Honest Contract.

2.     Automatic "0" (Failure) on assignment or test.

3.     Documented in student discipline file.

4.     Trimester citizenship grade will be lowered in the class where the violation occurred.

5.     Student is placed on probation for remainder of trimester plus a trimester. Student signs an Academic Honesty Contract, copy goes home for parent signature, teachers are notified, and a copy is placed in discipline file.

6.     If the Academic Honesty Policy violation occurs in a student aide class, the student may be transferred to another course.

2nd Offense:  (The second offense by the student during the period of probation)

1.     Teacher notifies school administration prior to contacting parents with details of offense and explains consequences including Academic Honest Contract.

2.     Automatic "0" (Failure) on assignment or test.

3.     Trimester academic grade in the class where the second offense occurred will be lowered by one grade level.  Student assigned “U” in citizenship and work habits for the trimester in which the second offense occurred.

4.     Documented in student discipline file and teachers are notified.

5.     Parent conference

6.     Student removed from any and all elected or appointed leadership positions for the remainder of the school year.

7.     If Ethics Policy violation occurs in a student aide class, the student will be transferred from the aide class with grade of "F".

8.     Student placed in the Intervention Class.

3rd Offense: (The third offense by the student during the period of probation)

1.     Teacher notifies school administration prior to contacting parent with details of offense and explains consequences including Academic Honesty Contract.

2.     Automatic "0" (Failure) on assignment or test.

3.     Trimester academic grade in the class where the third offense occurred will be lowered by one grade level. Student assigned "U" in citizenship and work habits in the class for the trimester in which the third offense occurred.

4.     Student may be transferred from the class.

5.     Documented in student discipline file.

6.     Parent Conference.

7.     Student may be suspended off campus not to exceed three school days.

The accused student must file a written appeal within ten working days from the date of infraction.  Students who wish to appeal these penalties may do so to the local site Academic Committee.  This committee is composed of three members; two teachers, and an administrator.  A student committee member may be added at the accused student’s discretion.  The student committee member will have an advisory capacity.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOURS

Students should plan to be on campus no earlier than 15 minutes before school begins and plan to leave within 15 minutes of the dismissal bell, unless involved in a school sponsored activity.  It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation within this time frame.

BICYCLES

Students riding bicycles to and from school must observe all traffic laws including wearing a helmet.  Bicycles are to be walked when entering and leaving school grounds.  Improper use of bicycles may result in the loss of bicycle privileges.  To prevent theft, bicycles must be individually locked to the bike racks in the designated enclosures.  Gates are locked at 8:30am and opened again at 2:45pm.  Every precaution is made to ensure the safety of bicycles parked at Serrano.  However, Serrano Intermediate School cannot be held financially liable should a bicycle be stolen or vandalized. 

CLASSROOM RULES

Teachers have the authority to develop rules for their individual classrooms.  These rules are based on Serrano’s three R’s and the School-wide Behavior Expectation matrix.  Copies of each teacher’s classroom expectations as well as the school wide behavior plan will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.

CLOSED CAMPUS

Serrano Intermediate School is a closed campus.  No student may leave the campus at any time without the permission of the front office and a written office pass.  Students may not leave the campus at lunch.  Students are not allowed to audit classes nor have visitors attend classes with them.  However, parents are welcome to attend classes with their children.  We ask that parents call the guidance specialist at least 24 hours in advance to make arrangements.  All visitors must check in with the front office upon arrival to obtain a visitor's pass.

DETENTION AND LUNCH DETENTION

After school detention is from 3:00 – 3:45pm. Students must report to the detention room immediately after school.  Parents will be notified if a student is assigned an after school detention.

Lunch detention is held in a classroom under the supervision of a certificated teacher.  Students who receive lunch detention should report to the assigned room at the beginning of lunch where they will serve detention for the first half of the lunch period.  Failure to serve lunch detention will result in further consequences.

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

For a list of typical disciplinary actions, please refer to the Behavior Consequences page on the Serrano website.

DRESS CODE

Students must report to school in clothing that is appropriate for an educational environment, respectful to oneself and others, reflects modesty, is comfortable, clean, and in good repair.  Clothing or accessories deemed to be unsafe, distracting, immodest, gang related, or offensive to the general public are not permitted.  School personnel reserves the right to determine what constitutes inappropriate attire taking into consideration input from law enforcement, parents, students, and community members.  The Serrano Dress Code is open to revision as fads and fashions change.  Parental cooperation with the Serrano Dress Code is greatly appreciated.

·         Pants/shorts must be the proper size fitting securely at the waist.  Baggy, oversized clothing is not permitted.

·         Belts must be worn through all belt loops and are not allowed to hang below the waist.

·         Clothing shall be free of logos, words, or slogans that promote alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, or promote vandalism, bigotry, violence, suicide, death, or contain sexual connotations and/or inappropriate double meanings.  Clothing must also be free of logos or symbols of weapons of any kind.

·         Clothing shall not be symbolic of gang attire nor have gang logos.

·         Plain white T-shirts or undershirts shall not be worn by themselves.

·         Tall socks with long shorts that overlap shall not be worn.

·         Gloves may not be worn while at school.

·         Undergarments may not be showing or worn as clothing.

·         Spiked studded accessories and other sharp objects including staples and safety pins may not be worn.

·         Clothing must be free from holes and tears above the tip of the thumb when arms are at one’s side.

·         Large medallions, rings, or chains (including those attached to wallets), may not be worn.

·         Tank tops/shirts, spaghetti straps, cutoff tops, tube tops, halter tops, or bare midriffs are not to be worn.  Sheer, low-cut, or backless tops are also not allowed.  Cleavage may not be visible.  Shirts and blouses that are off the shoulder or fall off the shoulder are not permitted.

·         Sleeveless tops/shirts must have straps that are at least two inches wide and cover any undergarments.

·         Sleeveless shirts with large arm openings may not be worn alone or with “bando” tops underneath.

·         Skirts, shorts, and skorts must meet or be longer than the tip of the thumb when arms are at one’s side.

·         Sleepwear, including flannel pants, shall not be worn to school.

·         Shoes shall be worn at all times and must have a back-strap.

·         Heels shall not exceed 1 1/2 inches.

·         Steel toed shoes, flip-flops, and slippers are not allowed.

·         Fishnet stockings or tights with tears/holes may not be worn.

·         Students may wear sunglasses, hats, or visors for sun protection during P.E. and lunch only.  They may not be worn while inside buildings, in class, or in covered areas.

·         Hats and visors must be in school colors of solid blue or yellow and worn with the brim facing forward.

·         Beanies, bandannas, and other headgear, with the exception of the above, shall not be worn.

·         Hoods on hooded sweatshirts must remain down except when outside during inclement weather (rain).

·         Radical hairstyles including Mohawks, large or long spiked hair taller than three fingers, hair dyed in extreme unnatural colors, or shaved-in designs, may not be worn.

·         No visible body piercing except for the ears.  Spiked earrings and ear plugs are not allowed.

·         Any writing or drawings, other than the student’s name, are not permitted on backpacks.

·         Any type of writing on oneself is not permitted.

FIGHTING

Fighting is defined as any physical confrontation or verbal confrontation that could escalate into a fight.  The physical intimidation of another student by an individual or group will be treated as a fight.  Fighting is unacceptable behavior for all Serrano students.  The following alternatives may be used to avoid a fight:

·         Be sensitive about what you say and do

·         Walk away from a situation until you cool off

·         Talk your problems out

·         Talk to a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, or principal

·         Schedule a problem solving discussion with a teacher, conflict manager, assistant principal, or principal

Any student who encourages or participates in a fight may be assigned detention, suspension, or be referred to the administration for further disciplinary actions.

FIRECRACKERS, FIREWORKS, STINK BOMBS AND EXPLOSIVES

Firecrackers and other explosives are illegal and dangerous and never permitted at school. Simple possession of such materials will be considered a violation of this policy.  Lighting and attempting to light or exploding such materials are a serious and major violation of school policy and may result in a referral for expulsion.

FORGERY

Forgery is the act of a student signing a parent's, teacher's, or other school employee's name or altering such signature or other mark such as a grade, date, time, etc.  If a student impersonates such person by voice on the telephone, he or she will be guilty of forgery and will be referred to the office for disciplinary action.

GUM

Gum is NOT allowed anywhere on campus at anytime and therefore should never be brought to school.  Chewing gum has been the cause of serious maintenance problems for many years at Serrano causing our maintenance crew many hours of unnecessary clean up.  Students who chew gum will receive progressive consequences including detention and leading up to Saturday School.

HALL PASSES

Students must have a written school hall pass to leave the classroom.  The time and date must be indicated on the pass as well as the teacher's name.  Students need the permission of a teacher to go to the Health Office, except in case of emergency. Students who report to the office without a pass will be sent back to the classroom to obtain a pass.  Students who are out of class without a pass are subject to detention.

INTERVENTION CLASS (IC)

The Intervention Class is an alternative to out of school suspension.  It is held in a self-contained classroom and under the supervision of a certificated teacher.  Students assigned to IC have an opportunity to complete class assignments provided by the classroom teacher.  IC assists students who are experiencing difficulty following school rules.  IC may also be assigned for a class period or multiple periods of the school day.

INVOLVEMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES WITH STUDENT DISCIPLINE

The Saddleback Valley Unified School District takes very seriously its responsibility to provide for the welfare, health and safety of students and staff.  District administrators will involve law enforcement agencies as required for alleged criminal acts.  A resource officer from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is on campus several days a week to interact with students and provide support.

LUNCH AREA

Students are to remain in assigned areas during breakfast and lunch until all food is consumed.   No food is to be taken out of this area.  Students finished eating may participate in games on the basketball courts and athletic fields. Leaving trash or throwing food will not be tolerated and campus clean up will be assigned.  Students are not permitted in the halls or classrooms during break and lunch.

MARKER PENS

Only marking pens for legitimate classroom purposes are allowed at school.  Permanent markers of any kind are not allowed.  Involvement in defacing school or other property will result in disciplinary action.

MATERIALS NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL

The following materials must NOT be brought to school:

·         Firearms, knives, explosives, firecrackers, or any other dangerous objects including imitation or look-alike weapons.

·         Any form of cutting device; knife, scissor, or Exacto-blade.

·         Alcoholic beverages, intoxicants, marijuana or any other controlled substances.

·         Tobacco, lighters, matches, or any other smoking materials.

·         Cameras, radios, tape recorders, IPODS, CD players, or other electronic devices or games.

·         Playthings (water pistols, play guns, yo-yos, etc.).

·         Sunflower seeds or gum

·         Balloons, flower arrangements, confetti, eggs, shaving cream or other materials for celebrating birthdays are not allowed.

·         Glass bottles or containers

·         Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, or scooters

·         Markers, spray paint/aerosol cans

·         Laser pointers

·         Any aerosol spray cans

Students who bring or have in their possession any kind of weapon including any guns or knives will be REFERRED FOR EXPULSION.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Saddleback Valley Unified School District is not insured for the loss of personal property belonging to students.  Therefore, we ask that students not bring personal property to school.  We will not assume responsibility.  (See also pages 4-5)

PROFANITY, VULGARITY, AND OBSCENITY

Every individual is entitled to courtesy and consideration in relationships with fellow students and school staff.  Students must earn this courtesy and consideration by extending the same respect to every person they meet during the course of the day.  Profanity, vulgarity, and obscenity are unacceptable while at school or during school activities.  These include: the spoken word, written materials, and gestures.  The consequences of these actions could result in detention, referral to the office, parent conference, or suspension.

RADIOS, CAMERAS, TAPE PLAYERS, C.D. PLAYERS, IPODS, AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

The items above are not permitted on campus.  These items may be taken and held in the office for parent pick. The exception to this is when an electronic device is approved by a teacher to be used in the classroom for instructional purposes.

SATURDAY SCHOOL

A Saturday School detention is held at Serrano at least once a month.  This consequence serves as a deterrent to undesired behavior.  Saturday School is held from 8:00am to 12:15pm.  Students should meet at the front of the school on the assigned day.

With parent permission, Saturday School may be used to recover lost funding as a result of a full day student absence.  Therefore, the district would like to credit a student’s Saturday School assignment against a previous all day absence.  Unless we are notified otherwise, your receipt of this notification will serve as parental permission for your student to attend Saturday School as an absence “make up” day in lieu of mandatory attendance for a disciplinary infraction.

SEXUAL HARASSEMENT

Any student who engages in sexual harassment of anyone at school or at a school sponsored or school-related activity shall be referred to the administration for disciplinary action that may include suspension and/or expulsion. 

SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, SKATE SHOES

Skateboards, roller blades, scooters and skate shoes may not be brought on campus at any time.

SMOKING OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO

The act of smoking or the mere possession of tobacco, cigarettes or e-cigs is considered a violation of school policy and will result in consequences. 

SUSPENSIONS/EXPULSIONS

The Board of Education of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District is sincerely dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all students in the district.  To accomplish this goal, the following policies and procedures will be enforced.

Any student for whom there is reasonable cause to suspect the possession or use of alcohol, drugs/narcotics, anabolic steroids, or non prescription drugs, or for whom there is reasonable cause to suspect the selling or furnishing of alcohol, drugs/narcotics, (including over the counter medication) or anabolic steroids, or substances represented to be alcohol, drugs/narcotics, anabolic steroids or non prescription drugs, shall be immediately suspended from school and all school activities pending the outcome of an investigation, and a referral to the Expulsion Hearing Panel can be expected.  A hearing will be held to determine if grounds for expulsion exist.  If grounds for expulsion exist, the Board of Education will review the findings of the Panel, and make a determination as to expulsion.

OTHER EXPELLABLE OFFENSES:

Any student for whom there is reasonable cause to suspect he/she has committed any of the following offenses (including violations associated with gang activity on campus or in any way related to school activity), shall be suspended from school and all school-related activities pending the outcome of a subsequent investigation. 

As a school, our primary responsibility is to provide a safe and healthy campus.  In accordance with law, students violating Education Code with respect to drugs, controlled substances, alcohol, or dangerous objects will be subject to suspension, loss of extra-curricular activities and will be referred to a community intervention program.  Students that fail to respond to interventions and corrective action with repeated violations of Education code will be subject to a recommendation for expulsion.

1.     Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause serious physical injury to another person

2.     Willfully used for force or violence on another person

3.     Possessed, sold, or furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object

4.     Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance

5.     Unlawfully possessed, used ,sold, furnished, or been under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant

6.     Unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell a controlled substance or material represented to be a controlled substance

7.     Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property

8.     Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property

9.     Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel

10.   Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity

11.   Unlawfully possessed, or unlawfully offered or arranged to sell drug paraphernalia

12.   Disruption of school activities or willfully defying the valid authority of school personnel

13.   Knowingly received stolen school property or private property

14.   Possession an imitation firearm

15.   Committed or attempted to commit sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.2 of the Penal Code

16.   Harassed, threatened, or intimidated, a pupil who is a witness

17.   Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell or sold the prescription drug Soma

18.   Engaged or attempted to engage in hazing

19.   Engaged in an act of bullying including but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act specifically directed toward a pupil or school personnel

20.   Engaged in an act of Cyber Bullying directed towards a pupil or school personnel

21.   A pupil who aides or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person

22.   Brandishing a knife at another person

23.   Unlawfully selling a controlled substance

24.   Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery

25.   Possessing an explosive

26.   Caused serious physical injury to another person

27.   Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion

28.   Assault or battery upon any school employee

29.   Engaged in sexual harassment

30.   Attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence

31.   Engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation against a pupil or a group of pupils

32.   Made terrorist threat against school officials or school property

A student may be expelled for committing an expellable offense:

1.       While on school premises

2.       While at school related activities

3.       While going to and from school or a school related activity

4.       For any violation at any time or place which is reasonably related to school attendance or attendance at school related activities.