Vanden High School Student Handbook 2019-2020 - Travis Unified ...

 
Vanden High School Student Handbook 2019-2020 - Travis Unified ...
Vanden High School

Student Handbook
          2019-2020

         Vanden High School
         2951 Markeley Lane
         Fairfield, CA 94533
           (707) 437-7333

      Kristin Shields – Principal
   Julie Duffy – Assistant Principal
  Daniel Mikkola– Assistant Principal
 Nancy Vielhauer – Assistant Principal
   Matthew Bidou –Athletic Director
 James Marianno – Activities Director

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VANDEN VIKINGS…

● Have SELF CONTROL
● OWN Their Actions
● Show Up ON TIME
● Build Strong RELATIONSHIPS

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Contents
   NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY .......................................................................................5
   BELL SCHEDULES ................................................................................................................5
   TUSD EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES ...................................................................6
   ATTENDANCE/ TARDY POLICIES.......................................................................................7
   GENERAL INFORMATION ................................................................................................. 10
   ASB ACCOUNTS OFFICE ................................................................................................... 10
   ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ASB) ............................................................................... 10
   BICYCLES/ SKATEBOARDS .............................................................................................. 10
   BUS TRANSPORTATION ................................................................................................... 10
   CLOSED CAMPUS .............................................................................................................. 10
   CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS ......................................................................................... 10
   COMPUTER USE ................................................................................................................ 10
   CURRICULUM AND GRADE INFORMATION .................................................................... 10
   DRESS CODE ..................................................................................................................... 11
   RULE OF 85 and EXTRA/ CO-CURRICULAR POLICY ....................................................... 11
   ELECTRONIC DEVICES ..................................................................................................... 12
   ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE IN LOCKER ROOMS AND RESTROOMS ................................ 12
   FIGHTING/HORSEPLAY/SELF-DEFENSE ......................................................................... 12
   INSURANCE....................................................................................................................... 12
   LOST AND FOUND ............................................................................................................. 13
   LIBRARY ............................................................................................................................ 13
   PARKING ........................................................................................................................... 13
   PASSES FOR BEING OUT OF CLASS ................................................................................. 13
   PE LOCKERS ...................................................................................................................... 13
   PERSONAL DELIVERIES/ DROPPING OFF LUNCH .......................................................... 13
   PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS CODE .............................................................................. 14
   RALLY/ ASSEMBLY ETIQUETTE ....................................................................................... 14
   SHORT TERM INDEPENDENT STUDY (STIS) ................................................................... 14
   STUDENT HEALTH INFORMATION ................................................................................... 14
   UNAUTHORIZED AREAS ................................................................................................... 14
   VISITORS .......................................................................................................................... 14
   WORK PERMITS ................................................................................................................ 14
   STUDENT DISCIPLINE INFORMATION............................................................................ 15
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SUMMARY OF DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES AND CONSEQUENCES: ................................ 17
ACADEMIC CODE VIOLATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES ................................................... 20
CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING TUSD AGREEMENT FOR USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND
INTERNET ACCESS............................................................................................................ 21
UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS ....................................................................... 21
CRISIS RESOURCES and LOCAL REFERRAL AGENCIES ................................................. 23

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NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Regulations require that no person shall on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap be excluded from participation in,
be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
It is District policy not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in any of its educational program or
career counseling or activities, or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints from students, parents or employees should be
directed to the school principal or the following District administrators. (Title VI, Title IX, Section 504). Pam Conklin, Superintendent,
Travis Unified School District, 2751 DeRonde Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533, telephone (707) 437-4604, or contact Vince Ruiz, Student
Services Coordinator, Travis Unified School District, 2751 DeRonde Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533, telephone (707) 437-4604.

DISCRIMINATION, PROTECTIONS, COMPLAINTS AND PROCEDURES
All pupils have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from discrimination and harassment.
Schools have an obligation to combat racism, sexism, and other forms of bias, and a responsibility to provide equal educational
opportunity and ensure safe school sites.
Academic and non-academic courses, classes, electives, activities, sports, and related facilities
State and federal policies require academic and nonacademic courses, classes, electives, school-related activities, team sports, athletic
competitions and school facilities be available to all students without regard to their gender or gender identity and irrespective of the
gender listed in their records. Staff will not counsel students into programs, courses or careers based on their gender or gender identity.
[Education Code 221.5; California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 300D; Government Code 11135, 11138; Title IV, Title IX of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964; Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Case Number 09-12-1020; Department of Justice (DOJ) Case Number 169-12C-
70]

                                                           BELL SCHEDULES

                               Period           Regular          Common            Activity         Minimum
                                                                 Planning           Lunch             Day

                                  1            7:50-8:43        9:47-10:24        7:50-8:42         7:50-8:26
                                  2            8:48-9:41       10:29-11:06        8:47-9:39         8:31-9:07
                                  3           9:46-10:39       11:11-11:48       9:44-10:36         9:12-9:48
                                  4           10:44-11:40      11:53-12:33       10:41-11:36       9:53-10:29
                               Lunch          11:40-12:17       12:33-1:05       11:36-12:21      10:29-10:44
                                  5           12:22-1:15        1:10-1:47        12:26-1:18       10:49-11:25
                                  6            1:20-2:13        1:52-2:29         1:23-2:15       11:30-12:06
                                  7            2:18-3:11        2:34-3:11         2:20-3:11       12:11-12:47

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FINAL EXAM BELL SCHEDULE

                           Day 1                       Day 2                       Day 3

                           Period 1   7:50 – 9:50      Period 3 7:50 – 9:50        Period 5 7:50 – 9:50
                           Break      9:50 – 10:05     Break    9:50 – 10:05       Break     9:50 – 10:05
                           Period 2   10:10 – 12:10    Period 4 10:10 –12:10       Period 6 10:10 – 12:10
                           Break      12:10 – 12:20
                           Period 7   12:25 – 2:25

                          *Final exam bell schedule is subject to change due to transportation conflicts

                                       TUSD EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES

 Active Shooter: Sounds of gunfire. Announcement may be made over intercom.
 ● Try to remain calm, listen to ascertain if active shooter is within your vicinity, and determine whether to Run, Hide, or Fight.
 ● Run: If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate yourself and students. Leave your personal belongings behind.
 ● Hide: If evacuation is not possible, hide. Lock and/or blockade the door. Close the blinds. Silence your cell phone and direct
     your students to as well. Hide behind large objects. Remain very quiet.
 ● Fight: As a last resort, and only if you and your students’ lives are in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act
     with physical aggression. Improvise weapons.
 ● When law enforcement arrives:
     o Remain calm and follow instructions.
     o Keep your hands visible at all times.
     o Avoid pointing or yelling.
     o Know that help for the injured is on its way.

Air Pollution/ Chemical Release: Announcement will be made over intercom.
 ● Staff will be notified to discontinue all athletic activity on campus.
 ● Call parents and dismiss students who are susceptible to respiratory problems.
 ● Turn off air intake systems.
 ● Follow shelter-in-place instructions (such as close doors/ windows), if applicable.

Bomb Threat: Fire alarm will signal evacuation, if evacuation is indicated.
 Receiving Threats:
 ●   Phone: keep caller on line, gather info re: location, timing of the bomb, person(s) responsible. Note gender, age, voice features,
     background noises.
 ●   Mailed/Written: handle letter, note or package as little as possible.
 ●   Electronic (ex: e-mail, text): do not delete message.

 Response Protocol:
 ●   Call 911 immediately.
 ●   Promptly report threat or suspicious package to Administrator.
 ●   Place written threat into envelope, note where & by whom it was found.
 ●   Turn off 2-way radio equipment located in threatened building.
 ●   Public safety officials or school staff may conduct bomb search.
 ●   School staff shall not handle any explosive or incendiary device.
 ●   If evacuated, do not reenter threatened building until cleared to do so.
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Civil Disturbance on Campus: Announcement will be made over intercom.
 Such an event would most likely occur if a large number of students caused a disturbance and refused efforts of administrators and
 staff to maintain order. The following will take place:

 ●   A civil disturbance situation will be announced.
 ●   Police will be contacted.
 ●   Move disturbance to an isolated area, if possible. The administration will meet with concerned parties.
 ●   Daily instruction will continue. Staff should attempt to persuade all uninvolved students to go to class. Teachers who
     have students in class will keep them until further notice.

 Earthquake: Ground will start shaking. For drills: announcement will be made over the intercom.
 ● Implement “Duck, Cover and Hold” (students and staff should take protective positions under desks or tables away from and
    with backs to windows).
 ● Fire alarm will sound if students need to be evacuated (see fire procedures).
 ● Students may return to class only when given the “All Clear” signal.

 Evacuation/ Fire: Fire alarm will signal. Specific information may be relayed by intercom, if applicable.
 ● Fire alarm will signal evacuation unless inoperable. A bullhorn or messenger will be used if the alarm is not functioning.
 ● Teachers will direct students to the evacuation area(s). Teachers will be the last person out of the room and will bring their
    roll books.
 ● Students: bring phones; line up by class (according to evacuation map) in a straight line during the entire emergency.
 ● Teachers are to take attendance quickly and return to the front of the line to account for missing students. Implement colored
    card coding system once attendance is taken.
    o Green Status Card: Everyone is ok and accounted for.
    o Red Status Card: Missing or extra student(s). Report missing students to administration.
    o Red Cross on White Status Card: Medical Attention Needed.
 ● Return to class only when given the “All Clear” signal.
 ● Students are not to be released unless instructed to do so by administration.
 ● Parent staging area should be established and communicated.

ATTENDANCE/ TARDY POLICIES
Vanden High School Administration and Staff firmly believe that classroom attendance is a vital part of successful learning. In addition
to the mastering of subject matter, the benefits of good attendance include valuable experiences in discussions, simulations, group
activities, audio-visual presentations, student/teacher interactions and work habits which are virtually impossible to replicate and/or
make up. This policy is intended to stress the importance of attendance and raise achievement in the classroom for our students.

Checking out early for appointment
Students who need to be excused from school early, must obtain a pass to leave campus. Parents should send a note or an email stating
the date, time and reason for the student leaving campus. Students are to bring the note (or parents may email) to the attendance
office before school or during lunch to receive a pass to leave. Upon return to school students should check in through the
attendance office before going to class.

Absences
When students are absent, their education suffers and our schools suffer. Each student generates average daily attendance (ADA)
funding. Our district creates a budget based on the number of students expected in class each day. When a student is absent, for any
reason, the district/school does not receive ADA funds. Personal reasons for missing school are generally unexcused. Only those
reasons specified in EC 48205 (below) are excused. Call the Attendance Office in advance to discuss any reasons not listed below
in EC 48205. Administrative permission, in advance, is required for all absences not listed below, otherwise the absence will not
be excused. Absences MUST be verified within 2 days of return to school.

Attendance Office 437-7333 x 8010

Vanden High School uses an automated attendance notification system that contacts the home number on the day the student has
missed one or more periods or is tardy to class.

Excused Absences
   A student's absence shall be excused for the following reasons:
   1. Personal illness (EC 48205)
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2.   Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer (EC 48205)
    3.   Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments (EC 48205)
    4.   Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family (EC 48205)
              a. Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if
                  the service is conducted out of state. (EC 48205)
              b. "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. (EC 45194, 48205)
    5.   Jury duty in the manner provided by law (EC 48205)
    6.   The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (EC 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: (EC 48205)
              a. Appearance in court
              b. Attendance at a funeral service
              c. Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
              d. Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
              e. Attendance at an employment conference
    8.   Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (EC 48205)
    9.   Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with district policy: ( EC 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 days
          per school month

Method of Verification
When a student returns to school after an absence, he/she MUST present a satisfactory explanation verifying the reason for the absence
within 2 days. After 2 days without verification of an excused reason, the absence will be considered unexcused and the student
will be considered truant. (see Truancy section below). The following may be used to verify absences:
     1. Written note from parent/guardian, parent representative, or student if 18 or older. (EC 46012)
     2. 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 student
             b. Name of parent/guardian or parent representative
             c. Name of verifying employee
             d. Date(s) of absence and reason for absence
     3. Visit to the student's home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student
         was absent for the reasons stated. A written recording shall be made, including information outlined 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 10 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further
                  absences for illness must be verified by a physician.
     5. Any other reasonable method that establishes the fact that the student was actually absent for the reasons stated. A written
         record shall be made, including information outlined above.

Make-up Work
A student with an excused absence from school shall be allowed to complete all assignments missed during the absence and, upon
satisfactory completion, be given full credit. The minimum number of days allowed for such make-up is equivalent to the number of
days the student has been absent. Students must contact teachers to obtain make up work. Teachers can be contacted via email or voice
mail. The assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the student missed
during the absence. A student may not have his or her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any excused absence when missed
assignments and tests are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. (EC 48205, BP 5113)

Students with unexcused absences should not expect to receive credit for missed work.

Unexcused absences are considered class cuts. Consequences for class cuts are:

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VIOLATION                         1ST OFFENSE                       2ND OFFENSE                 3RDOFFENSE
 Class Cut                          2 days detention                  1 day Saturday School              Admin conference/ 1 day
 (1 Period)                                                                                              Saturday School
 Class cut after 3 tardies to       1 day Saturday School             1 day Saturday School              Admin conference/ 1 day
 the same class                                                                                          Saturday School
 Class cuts (multiple               1 day Saturday School              2 days Saturday School            Admin conference/
 periods)                                                                                                2 days Saturday School

Tardy Policy (per Semester)
Students are encouraged to take traffic patterns into consideration as they plan for travel to the school.
    ● Students who arrive to class after the bell has rung will be marked tardy.
    ● Students arriving to school more than 10 minutes late must report to the Attendance Office before going to class to have their
         arrival time documented.
    ● Students who arrive 20 or more minutes late will also be marked L for late and will face the same consequences as a tardy.
    ● Consequences for tardies
         • 1st Tardy – Teacher warning/ consequence
         • 2nd Tardy –Teacher warning/ consequence/ Teacher contacts parent
         • 3rd Tardy – 1 Day Administrative detention
         • Each Additional Tardy – Referral to Administration + Saturday School
                                      Tardy Contract.
    ● Students may, from time to time, feel ill in the morning. Parents should call the school in the event their student is late due to
         illness. After the third such time, the student will be marked as tardy, and an administrative conference and/or doctor's notes
         may be required.

Truancy
Students absent without a valid excuse for more than 18 periods in one school year shall be classified as truant and a truancy letter will
be sent home. After the first truancy, a student will receive an additional truancy letter for each additional 6 periods of absence. If a
student receives 3 truancy letters, he/she is referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) for appropriate legal action. Inter-
district Agreements may be revoked if standard attendance guidelines are not maintained. At this SARB hearing, students will enter
into a SARB contract.

Truancy consequences are as follows:
                          Consequences     First 18 periods:   Additional 6 periods:    Another 6 periods:
                              for          Truancy Letter #1   Truancy Letter #2        Truancy Letter #3
                            Truancy                            Saturday School          Referral to SARB
                                                                                        Corrective Action
                                                                                        Saturday School (2)

Excessive Excused Absence
Because attendance is so important to success, letters are also sent home when students miss school and return with a valid excuse. A
letter is sent home when a student misses 42 periods in one school year for reasons we can excuse. A second letter is sent home when a
student misses an additional 18 periods. After that second letter, parents or guardians will no longer be able to excuse absences for health
reasons. Students will be required to come to school and have an illness verified by the nurse or present a note from a doctor to excuse
their absences. Without this additional documentation of illness absences will be marked as unexcused and may lead to Truancy.

Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)
A student will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) when he/she has been suspended three times in one calendar
year, four times in two years, receives three truancy letters, or has had other discipline problems. Parents will receive written notification
of the SARB hearing and are expected to attend with their student. SARB reviews each student’s case and may recommend a change
of placement, a student contract, or other means of intervention. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that all absences have
been verified (by their parent/guardian) in the Attendance Office to avoid being considered truant. Absences MUST be verified within
2 days of return to school.

Rule of 85
The Rule of 85 requires that students be in class and on time 85% of the time, calculated by school periods, in order to participate in
many of the extra activities at VHS including athletics, band, drama, cheer, drill team, dances, field trips etc. Administration will check
for eligibility every grading period and ineligible students will be notified. The Rule of 85 Policy details can be found on Vanden’s
website.

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GENERAL INFORMATION
ASB ACCOUNTS OFFICE
The ASB Accounts Office, located in the front office, is open during lunch and after school. Students should report to the ASB Accounts
Office for processing fines, replacing ID cards, paying for AP/PSAT tests, parking permits, and class fees. Fines are paid at the ASB
Accounts Office during lunch and after school. Grade reports, diplomas, and transcripts are not issued to any students owing a fine. The
ASB Accounts Office can be reached at (707) 437-7333 x8040.

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ASB)
Each student will receive a free Vanden I.D. card. If lost, the replacement fee for an I.D. card will be $5. ASB stickers are available for
purchase for a fee fixed by ASB. An I.D. card with an ASB Sticker entitles the student to free admission to home athletic events (regular
season only), and reduced prices for dances, performance events, yearbook, etc. The Student Council makes decisions regarding these
discounts. Make all checks payable to Vanden High School for the exact amount. Students will be required to have a current ID card to
enter football games and sit on the home side.

BICYCLES/ SKATEBOARDS
Bicycles must be locked in the designated bicycle rack located next to the science building. Skateboards must be locked on the rack
outside the gym. Students are not permitted to ride bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades (etc.) during school hours except when coming to
or leaving campus. VANDEN HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT OR VANDALISM TO ANY PERSONAL
PROPERTY.

BUS TRANSPORTATION
Travis Unified School District provides bus transportation for students. Bus stop areas are established at the beginning of the school
year, posted in the front office, and listed on the TUSD website. Questions about bussing should be directed to the District Transportation
Department at 437-4604 x1232. All students are under the direct supervision of the bus driver, and bus privileges may be suspended for
failure to follow bus regulations.

CLOSED CAMPUS
Vanden High School is a closed campus. Any student leaving campus during the school day must have an off-campus pass which may
be obtained at the Attendance Office. To expedite this process, please call in the morning to arrange for an off campus pass for your
student. Students who are ill and wish to go home must check out through the Health Tech’s office. Leaving campus without an off
campus pass will result in Saturday School in addition to the penalty for the classes cut.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Participation in campus clubs and organizations increases high school interest, enjoyment and success. Each club and organization may
plan activities and fundraisers. If you wish to form a new club, see the Director of Student Activities. Some clubs require an advisor’s
or coach’s approval to join and some require students to be enrolled in a particular class.
All organized clubs/groups must meet the following requirements to be recognized by Vanden High School:
     ● Be open to all members of the student body.
     ● Have a Student Council-approved constitution.
     ● Finances must be deposited and handled under the general ASB treasury and are subject to audit as required by law.
     ● Have a staff advisor who meets with and assumes responsibility for the club.
     ● Club activities may only be held with approval of the Student Council and administration.

COMPUTER USE
Students and parents/ guardians are required to read and electronically sign the Travis USD Agreement for Use of Technology and
Internet Access at the start of each school year. This Agreement carefully delineates the conditions under which a student may use the
internet and/or computers/ technology. Any student who violates this policy will be disciplined to the fullest extent possible including,
but not limited to, detention, suspension, removal of computer privileges and prosecution. Specific infractions and disciplinary
consequences are listed on page 28.

CURRICULUM AND GRADE INFORMATION
Grading Policy: Grades are earned on an A, B, C, D, and F scale. Class standards will be given to each student during the first two
weeks of class. Daily attendance, class assignments, class participation, homework, examinations and class conduct are all important
for grading.

Class Standards/ Course Syllabi:
All students will receive the class standards and course syllabus in each class. Homework, grading policy, course requirements and
instructional sequence outline will be spelled out. Most courses will have homework.

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Grade Reporting:
Report cards are no longer mailed home to parents/guardians. Parents will access final semester grades through the student information
system (Aeries). The grading periods usually fall in the months of October, January, March and June. Progress Reports will be available
online in September, November, February, and May. Please contact the library at 437-7333 x8030 for log-in information for parents
and students.

Grade Weighting:
Students earn one extra point for each honors/AP class in the computation of the GPA:
Regular Class:      A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0
Honors/AP Class: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0

Graduation Requirements:
Please see the Counseling page at the school's website for a complete listing of graduation requirements. Hard copies can be obtained
in the counseling office.

DRESS CODE
Our goals are to promote a safe and positive learning environment. Apparel (clothing, jewelry, and accessories) that disrupts or distracts
from the learning environment is not permitted. Guidelines:
    1. Student dress shall be safe and appropriate, and not disturb the educational environment.
    2. Footwear must be worn at all times.
    3. Students must wear shirts at all times.
    4. Articles of clothing which display profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, weapons, any other questionable printing; slogans which
         promote tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or sex, or materially interfere with schoolwork, or create disorder, or disruption in the
         educational process, are not allowed.
    5. No revealing apparel. Any clothing that exposes undergarments is not allowed. Shirts and blouses must cover the stomach and
         chest. Apparel that is see-through, strapless, or backless may not be worn to school.
    6. Clothing must cover buttocks completely at all times.
    7. No “sagging” pants (pants must be secure at the waist) or “hanging” belts.
    8. Jewelry or chains which could distract the educational process or which could be a safety or health issue are not acceptable.
         Spiked jewelry is not allowed.
    9. Apparel related to gangs is forbidden (see details below)
    10. Teachers may require students to remove hats, hood or sunglasses in the classroom.

Gang Symbols/Clothing/Accessories
Clothing, jewelry, accessories, symbols, hairstyles, hair bands, wristbands, lettering, colors, notebooks, drawings or other adornments
which displays, promotes, advertises, suggests, supports or encourages membership in or affinity for gangs is prohibited. The “flashing”
of colors is not allowed. Clothing, backpacks, shoes, laces, make-up and other adornment may not demonstrate or suggest gang-related
symbols or colors.

This policy shall be applied at the discretion of the administration. Because symbols of gang affiliation change, school officials
will work with the Fairfield Police to update the definition and enforcement of gang-related items and colors.

Consequences for not following the dress code are as followed:
               First Violation         Second Violation       Third Violation
 Dress Code    Change of clothes;      Change of clothes;     Change of clothes;
 Violation     warning                 1 day detention        Administrative Discretion

Students are encouraged not to bring expensive jackets, clothing, or shoes to campus. Vanden High School is not responsible for such
articles.

RULE OF 85 and EXTRA/ CO-CURRICULAR POLICY
The Rule of 85 requires that students be in class and on time 85% of the time, calculated by school periods, in order to participate in
many of the extra activities at VHS including athletics, band, drama, cheer, JROTC, dances, field trips etc. Administration will check
for eligibility every grading period and prior to extracurricular events (i.e. prom, field trips). Ineligible students will be notified. The
Rule of 85 Policy details can be found on Vanden’s website.

Per CIF regulations and board policy, in order to participate in athletics a student must demonstrate satisfactory educational progress in
meeting the requirements for graduation. In addition, the academic standard for the student is a GPA of 2.0 or above and no F’s. Any
student who earns an F grade or a GPA that falls below a 2.0 at the quarter/semester will be ineligible. Any ineligibility from extra or
co-curricular activities shall be effective on Monday of the week after grades are mailed.
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Students who are involved in extracurricular functions that require physical activity (Athletics, Marching Band, Color Guard, Cheer,
etc) must dress out and participate in their Physical Education class to be eligible to participate in that day’s after school
activity. Students who are injured, not dressed out for PE, or are too ill for Physical Education class, may not participate in any after
school physical activity on that day.

If a student falls below the established academic standard (2.0 and no F’s), he/she may opt to use probation under the following
conditions:
1. The student has a 2.0 GPA or better.
2. The student can have a GPA that is below 2.0, but cannot have more than one ‘D’ or one ‘F’ grade. Any student that falls below this
academic standard will not be allowed to access probation.
 ● A student can access a maximum of two probation periods during their high school years (9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades). A student
      can access his/her second probationary period if he/she successfully completes his/her first probationary period.
 ● After 5 weeks on probation, the student’s grades will be reviewed. If they do not meet eligibility requirements at this time (grades
      are not C or better) they will be ineligible.
 ● The probationary periods cannot be used in back-to-back grading periods.
 ● A student that was unsuccessful completing the criteria of their Academic Eligibility Plan must wait out five (5) quarters to access
      the second probation.
 ● Incomplete grades must be changed to a letter grade before the student can be declared eligible.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Possession and/or display of cell phones, digital cameras, and music listening devices is not permitted during school hours except at
lunch time and passing period. Students possessing, displaying, or using cell phones/digital cameras/music listening devices (and
similar devices) during school hours, outside of lunchtime and passing period, will be assigned consequences. Students must remove
ear buds/ headphones and stow their devices when entering a classroom or office area. Students may not use speakers to project
music/sound. School hours are defined by the first bell of the school day ending with the last bell of the school day. Students with a 7th
period day are not permitted to possess/display/use these items until after the bell rings to end 7 th period. Staff may authorize students
to use electronic devices for specific uses without violating this policy. Students are expected to only use the item for the explicitly
specified use, only during the explicitly specified time. Personal wireless computers are permitted for school-related work. Students
who are ill must go to the Health Tech, not call home using their cell phone. Consequences for violating the cell phone policy are:
     ● 1st Offense – Warning/ Student must put away item
     ● 2nd Offense – Detention assigned/ Student must put away item
     ● 3rd Offense– Saturday School assigned/ Student must put away item
     ● 4th Offense and beyond– Student suspended/ Student must put away item
     ● Refusal to surrender your device to staff – 2 day suspension

Administration may confiscate electronic devices from students who are disrupting the learning environment or who fail to
       follow staff directions and/or the electronic devices policy.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE IN LOCKER ROOMS AND RESTROOMS
Under P.C. 647(j) changing areas and bathrooms are presumed to be private and using any device to record or view a person in these
spaces is against the law. In order to maintain our students’ personal privacy when using these spaces cell phone use in locker rooms
and restrooms is strictly prohibited. Students are expected to place their phones inside their bags BEFORE entering the locker room
or restroom.
     ● no warning shall be given
     ● student will be removed to the administrative office
     ● possible police involvement
     ● Saturday School assigned for each occurrence

FIGHTING/HORSEPLAY/SELF-DEFENSE
Under E.C. 48900, fighting on campus will result in suspension. Horseplay is strictly prohibited and will be handled as any other physical
altercation and may result in suspension. Students, who are deemed to have participated in a fight, even if started by another party, will
be processed as a willing combatant. “Self Defense” is strictly defined as occurring when the individual being confronted is afforded no
opportunity of retreat and must use reasonable force to protect oneself from bodily harm. For many students “defending oneself” is, in
reality, participating in the escalation of violence. Students at Vanden High School are expected to retreat from any bodily threat and
seek assistance from school personnel. Failure to do so will classify the altercation as “mutual combat” and both parties will be
suspended.

INSURANCE
The Travis Unified School District does not carry accident or injury insurance on the students. The responsibility for individual coverage
lies with the parents or guardians. Low cost insurance is available; information is provided and is highly recommended.
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LOST AND FOUND
Students finding or losing articles are to check with the front office. Students should not bring valuable possessions, large sums of money
or electronic devices to school. Vanden High School does not assume responsibility for lost/ stolen items.

LIBRARY
The Library is open from 7:15am to 4pm, Monday – Thursday and 7:15am to 3:15pm on Friday. Students are welcome to utilize the
library before school, during the lunch break and after school. During school hours students must have a pass to be allowed in the library.
No food or drinks are allowed in the library. Cell phones and music listening devices are prohibited during class time.

Book Circulation- Books are checked out for 3 weeks and may be renewed.
Magazines- Magazines may be read only in the library. No check out.
Damaged and Lost Books- Borrowers must pay for lost and damaged books at the library. If a student pays for a lost book, but returns
the book within 30 days, the price of the book will be refunded.

Checking out Library Materials
   ● A current Vanden High School ID card is required to check out library materials, textbooks and other instructional materials.
   ● Library books may be checked out for a three-week period. Books may be renewed for an additional three-week period if
       another student hasn't requested the book. To renew a book, come to the Library with the book and your ID card. If the book
       is overdue, the fine must be paid before the book is renewed.
   ● All overdue books will be subject to fines of $0.10 per day with a cap of $5.00.
   ● Anything 60 days or more overdue is considered “lost,” and assessed a fine equal to the replacement cost. Fines for damaged
       materials will be assessed based on the cost of repair up to and including replacement.
   ● Fines should be paid at the Library circulation desk, in cash or check. Students will be temporarily denied borrowing privileges
       if they have overdue materials or have not paid for lost or damaged books.

Textbooks
Textbooks are managed through the library, and may be issued by teachers or the library staff. Students should care for and maintain
possession of their textbooks. They must return the same textbooks issued to them. Fines may be assessed for excessive wear or damage
to textbooks, including lost or damaged barcodes. Students will have (7) days after receipt of textbooks to report damages.

Books Lost or Damaged
If a student loses a book checked out to them, the cost of the replacement of that book will be added to their fines and fees. Grade
reports, diplomas, and transcripts are not issued to any student that owes a fine.

PARKING
To park on campus, students must apply for a Parking Permit and display the permit at all times. Students may only park in designated
student parking areas. Students may not park in the staff lot or visitor lot. Parking in the wrong lot or in an undesignated space will result
in school consequences and/or towing. Citations will be issued to any motor vehicle parked in a red zone or other restricted area. Students
are not allowed in the parking lot during school hours without express permission and appropriate supervision. Students who violate
parking rules will be unable to park their vehicles on campus and may receive disciplinary consequences.

PASSES FOR BEING OUT OF CLASS
Class time is essential. Any student out of an assigned class MUST have a pass. Any student found without a pass will be returned to
class and may be subject to disciplinary consequences.

PE LOCKERS
All students enrolled in PE are assigned a PE locker and need to bring a combination lock so they can lock their belongings at all times.
Valuable items should be left at home. Vanden High School is NOT responsible for theft, damage, or loss of any items. Lockers are
school property and are subject to being opened by school staff. Students should be careful to lock all belongings prior to the start of the
PE period. Students should not share locker combinations and all students should understand that combination locks represent a deterrent
to theft but do not prevent it entirely

PERSONAL DELIVERIES/ DROPPING OFF LUNCH
In order to provide the safest setting possible school staff must know who is on campus at all times. Deliveries made to students on
campus pose serious safety concerns. While parents and students may want to utilize food delivery services (like Doordash and Uber
Eats) during school hours, these providers are not authorized to be on campus and pose safety and health concerns. Students should not
approach cars to receive items, again this is due to safety concerns. Students who go to vehicles to pick up items are subject to
disciplinary consequences. Parents or emergency contacts wishing to drop off something to their student must park and enter the front
office. Personal deliveries will NOT be accepted and/or delivered to during class time. Parents should notify students if the student
needs to pick up an item in the office during non-class time.
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS CODE
Students are required to wear t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes for PE classes.

RALLY/ ASSEMBLY ETIQUETTE
Individual class spirit should be expressed in a positive manner. All performances at rallies should be greeted with enthusiastic support.
Students will sit by class in designated areas. Individuals, groups, or classes will not boo, jeer or otherwise denigrate any other class,
group or individual. All student discipline rules are enforced at rallies. Students will defer to the instructions and corrections of all
school staff at rallies. Failure to comply with the above expectations may result in student discipline and/or suspension or cancellation
of future rallies.

SHORT TERM INDEPENDENT STUDY (STIS)
Short-term Independent Study may be an option for students who will be absent for five (5) to fifteen (15) consecutive school days. To
be eligible for a Short-term Independent Study contract, students must:
     ● Have a good attendance record (less than 18 periods of unexcused absences or tardies).
     ● Be in good academic standing (2.0 with no F’s on most recent grade reporting).
     ● Have no scheduled days of absence during final exam/Statewide testing periods.

The parent/guardian must meet the school’s guidelines for requesting Independent Study contracts. There can be no more than two (2)
independent study contracts granted per student per school year. If all the contracted work is returned with satisfactory progress, the
student will maintain a clear attendance record. If the student’s work is unsatisfactory, or incomplete, the school can only grant excused
days of absence for the amount of satisfactory work returned. The other days of absence will be considered unexcused, and will count
towards truancy limits. If a student had any unexcused absence(s) due to failure to complete work on an initial Independent Study
contract, a second Independent Study contract will not be granted for that school year.

If a student must be absent for more than 15 days, the student must be withdrawn from the Travis Unified School District, and enrolled
in the destination district.

STUDENT HEALTH INFORMATION

Health Technician
When a student becomes ill or needs medical attention, the student must obtain a pass from their teacher prior to reporting to the
Health Tech Office. A trained health technician is available during most school hours. The Health Tech is located in the Attendance
Office. Students are not permitted to use their cellular phones to call or text-message their parents. The Health Tech will contact
parents or emergency contacts when students are ill. Any student contacting their parent using a prohibited device will be given
consequences.

Medication
No medications may be administered at school without a health provider’s written order including the student’s name, medication name,
dosage, time to be taken, reason for medication and dates to be administered. This policy includes all over-the-counter and all
prescription medications. Forms for this purpose can be picked up in the Health Technician’s office. All medication to be administered
must be in the container with the student’s name, medication name, appropriate dosage, health provider’s name, and recent date. All
medication is to be kept in the health technician’s office except inhalers that have received authorization. It is the student’s responsibility
to receive their medication at the designated time. All medication left at the school after the last day will be discarded. New medication
forms and medication must be provided at the beginning of each school year.

UNAUTHORIZED AREAS
There are certain areas on campus where students are NOT allowed except when under the direct supervision of a teacher, monitor, or
administrator. These areas include, but are not limited to, the center areas of buildings, hallways, south and west sides of the Shubin
Building, athletic fields/ dugouts, locker rooms, parking lots and all other unsupervised areas. Students are not permitted to go to any
car in a parking lot during school hours (including lunch) without Administrator approval and a staff escort. Approval is at the discretion
of the administrator. Students found in these areas will be subject to consequences.

VISITORS
The only visitors allowed at Vanden High School during the school day are parent/guardians of Vanden students. A Vanden
parent/guardian wishing to visit a classroom must request permission from the school at least one day prior to the day they wish to visit.
Other visitors will only be allowed on campus with an appointment and escort from a staff member. Visitors must check in at the main
office to obtain a visitor’s pass.

WORK PERMITS
Many students are interested in having a job after school and/or on weekends. Vanden High School encourages students who have
acceptable grades and attendance to seek employment as a means to learn new skills and make money. It is important that students and
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parents understand the school’s expectations for students applying for work permits. During the school year, students are expected to
meet specific guidelines for work permit eligibility. The following conditions will prevent a student from eligibility for a work permit
during the school year:
    ● Truant /unexcused absences (24 or more periods)
    ● Poor academic performance (less than a 2.0 and/or an F on most recent grading period)
    ● Dropping out of school
    ● Transferring out of VHS
    ● Parent or Administrator request
    ● Employment is determined to be illegal or impairing the health or education

The ability to work as a minor is a privilege and not a right. Vanden High School reserves the right to revoke work permits should
students not be in compliance with the above conditions. After each grading period (approximately every 9 weeks), student eligibility
to maintain a work permit will be evaluated. Any student who has fallen out of compliance with the expectations listed above will be
notified, in writing, that his/her work permit has been revoked. In addition, the employer will be notified. Attention to academic
progress and good attendance will offer students eligibility for a work permit. Should you have any questions regarding work permits,
please call the Assistant Principal.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE INFORMATION
It is important to establish an atmosphere in which students can learn and teachers can teach. No students will be allowed to infringe
upon the rights of others. The administration will support teachers in maintaining discipline of students. Students are responsible for
their behavior and are subject to suspension or expulsion for any of the acts listed in Education Code 48900 when the act is related to
school activity or school attendance. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts related to school activity or attendance which occur
at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

 ● While on the school grounds.
 ● While going to or coming from school.
 ● During, or while going to, or coming from a school sponsored activity.

    DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS
    Students who become involved in areas of problem behavior will be subject to progressive disciplinary actions. Severe or dangerous behavior
    may require an immediate move to step three at the discretion of the teacher or school personnel:

         Step One: TEACHER- STUDENT CONFERENCE
         The teacher will talk to the student about the behavior in question and the expected/desired student behavior.

         Step Two: CONFERENCE/CONSEQUENCE
         The teacher will call parents about the problem behavior and assign a consequence.

         Step Three: ADMINISTRATIVE REFERRAL
         The teacher will write a disciplinary referral to an administrator who will assign appropriate consequences including detention or any of the
         following:

         DETENTION
         Administrative detention is a supervised period held for one hour after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students are required to come to
         Detention with materials prepared to study. STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY IS NOT AN
         EXCUSE FOR MISSING DETENTION.

         SATURDAY SCHOOL
         Saturday School is assigned to students as a result of unexcused absences, excessive class cuts or other disciplinary actions. Saturday School
         is held in the Library, or other designated area. The Saturday School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon with a 15-minute break at 10:00
         a.m. Students are to bring enough homework to last for four hours. An academic atmosphere is maintained under the close supervision of a
         certificated teacher. All regular school rules apply. Students who fail to report to Saturday School will receive two Saturday Schools or school
         suspension.

         IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
         A student may be assigned to an in-school suspension program at the discretion of the principal or designee for offenses for which
         suspension is permitted.

         SUSPENSION
         Serious infractions of discipline standards may result in suspension in accordance with E.C. 48900. Students who are suspended will be
         informed of their right to a hearing. Students who are suspended may not be on the school campus, may not attend any school functions and
         may not participate in any extra/Co-Curricular activities. Teacher may permit students to make-up work missed during suspension, but it is
         at their discretion.
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EXPULSION
          Students with serious violations and/or repeated violations of Education Code #48900-48918 may be recommended for expulsion from
          schools of the Travis Unified School District. The student will be informed that he/she is subject to expulsion, and will be informed of all
          rights due him/her. The Board of Education will have determination as to the expulsion of the student.

          ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE
          An Administrative Conference is required to consider disciplinary consequences when a student is believed to be involved in the possession,
          use, sale and/or furnishing of any controlled substance, 5-day suspensions, or any other serious infraction of school rules. The Administrative
          Conference determines the manner in which a student will be allowed to continue attending Vanden High School. The members in attendance
          at the Administrative Conference are the Superintendent’s designee, the Principal’s designee, student, and parent.

          CLASS SUSPENSION BY A TEACHER
          A teacher may suspend a student from class for the duration of that period and the day following.
            ● The teacher suspending the student must be the student’s teacher
            ● The teacher will send the suspended student with a referral immediately to the assistant principal.
            ● The student is required to remain on school site under appropriate supervision.
            ● The teacher must contact the parent by phone within twenty-four hours and request a parent/teacher conference.

SUSPENSION
Our goal is to use progressive discipline to avoid the necessity for suspension. However, from time to time, it may be the case that a
student commits an infraction so severe that suspension is our only recourse. Student may be suspended for violations of California
Education Code 48900 – 48918. Suspendable offenses are listed below:

48900
    a.         (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person; or (2) Willfully used
               force/violence upon another person;
    b.         Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object;
    c.         Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage,
               or intoxicant of any kind;
    d.         Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either
               sold, delivered or furnished another liquid, substance or material and represented it as the controlled substance, or
               intoxicant;
    e.         committed robbery or extortion;
    f.         caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property;
    g.         stole or attempted to steal school property or private property;
    h.         possessed or used tobacco;
    i.         committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity;
    j.         had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia;
    k.         disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisor, teachers, administrators, school
               officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of duties;
    l.         knowingly received stolen property or private property;
    m.         possessed an imitation firearm;
    n.         committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed sexual battery;
    o.         harassed, threatened, intimidated or retaliated against a pupil witness who is (was) a witness in a school disciplinary
               proceeding.
    p.         a pupil may not be suspended or expelled unless the offense is related to school activity or attendance. A pupil may be
               suspended for acts that occur at any time while on campus, going to or coming from school, during lunch, and during or
               while going to or coming from a school sponsored activity.
    q.         aids or abets the infliction of physical injury to another person may suffer suspension, but not expulsion. Except that a
               pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence
               which the victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision
               a.

48900.2   Sexual Harassment
48900.3   Hate violence
48900.4   Additional grounds for suspension or expulsion: harassment, threats or intimidation
48900.7   Terrorist acts against school officials or school property

EXPULSION
California Education Code 48915(a) requires that schools shall recommend to the Governing Board for expulsion, students who commit
the following violations:
         1.       Causing serious physical injury to another.
         2.       Possession of firearms, knives, or explosives (Do not bring anything to school that resembles a weapon. Students
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possessing BB guns or replicas will be recommended to the Governing Board for expulsion.)
       3.       Sale of controlled substances.
       4.       Robbery or extortion.

                           SUMMARY OF DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES AND CONSEQUENCES:

                                                       TARDIES (Per Semester)
1st Tardy                                                        Teacher may assign classroom consequences

                                                                 Teacher may assign classroom consequences
2nd Tardy (same class)
                                                                 Teacher contacts parent

3rd Tardy (same class)                                           1 day administrative detention assigned by teacher

4th Tardy (same class)                                           Referral to Administration
and for each additional tardy                                    1 day Saturday School/Tardy contract

    VIOLATION                    1ST OFFENSE                          2ND OFFENSE                               3RD OFFENSE
                           2 days detention                 1 day Saturday School                   Admin conference
Class Cut (1 period)                                                                                1 day Saturday School
Class cuts (multiple       1 day Saturday School            2 days Saturday School                  Admin conference 2 days Saturday
periods)                                                                                            School

Class cut after 3          1 day Saturday School            1 day Saturday School                   Admin conference/ 1 day Saturday
tardies to the same                                                                                 School
class
                           1 day Saturday School            2 days Saturday School                  Truancy letter
Whole Day Cuts

Leaving Class              1 day Saturday School            2 days suspension                       Admin Discretion
Without Permission
Leaving School             1 day Saturday School/           2 days suspension/ Police               5 days suspension / Police Involvement
                           Police Involvement               Involvement
Grounds without a
Pass
No Show for Saturday       2 days Saturday School           1 day suspension                        2 days suspension
School
No Show for Admin          2 days detention                 1 day Saturday School                   Administrative discretion
Detention
No Show for                2 days admin detention           1 day Saturday School                   2 days Saturday School
Teacher’s Detention
Out of Class without       1 day detention                  2 days detention                        1 day Saturday School
Pass
                                                    See “Code of Academic Conduct” and consequences for infractions
Academic Dishonesty

Assault or battery         Police involvement. 5 day suspension. Administrative Hearing. Possible Expulsion
upon a school
employee
Assaulting or battery      up to 5 days suspension; Police involvement; admin conference
another student
2 or more students         Police involvement. Administrative Hearing. Possible Recommendation for Expulsion
ganging up on another
student
Being in Unauthorized      1 day detention                        1 day Saturday school                  1 day suspension
areas/ Parking lot

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