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Code of Conduct

Jack H. Skirball Middle School student responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

* Following all rules of behavior and conduct

* Respecting fellow students and school personnel

* Attending classes regularly and on time

* Completing all assigned work (to the best of the student's ability)

* Being prepared for class (bring materials i.e. books, homework, pencils)

* Participating in all assessment measures (i.e. tests)

* Respecting the property of the school and others

* Keeping the campus clean

* Wearing school uniform

Unacceptable student behavior will include, but not limited to:

* Classroom disturbance

* Eating in class

* Failure to follow directions

* Horseplay/pushing/throwing/running/yelling

* Cheating

* Inappropriate use of technology and telecommunications

* Use, possession or sale of alcohol, tobacco or a controlled substance

* Fighting

* Possession of a knife, gun, explosives or other dangerous objects

* Destruction of school property

* Theft

* Failure to follow lawful directions of staff members

The following articles may NOT be brought to campus, if visible school personnel will confiscate these devices and will only be returned to the parent or guardian.

* Walkmans / iPods, radio beepers, video games, cell phones etc.

Students who violate the school rules are subject, but not limited to:

* Verbal warning

* Loss of privileges (i.e. detention)

* A notice to parents

* Conference with student/parent

Any student who engages in repeated violations of the Skirball Middle School behavioral contract will be required to attend a meeting with the school's staff and the student's parent/guardian. Skirball Middle School will prepare a specific, written remediation agreement outlining future student conduct expectations, timelines, and consequences for failure to meet the expectations.

Suspension and Expulsion

Students who present an immediate threat to the health and safety of others may be suspended or recommended for expulsion. A written remediation plan will be prepared that clearly describe progressive discipline measures, grounds for suspension and expulsion, minimum / maximum number of consecutive days of suspension, notification process to parents of suspension, reasons for suspension, appeal process, length of suspension, and provision for student's education while suspended.

Reasons for Suspension

Skirball Middle School may suspend a student for any of the following reasons as specified in the California Education Code section 48900:

* Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person or willfully used force or violence upon the person of another.

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

* Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

* Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material represented as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.

* Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.

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

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

* Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products in any form.

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

* Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.

* Disrupted School activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

* Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

* Possessed an imitation firearm.

* Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery.

Reasons for Expulsion

Students may be expelled from Skirball Middle School for any of the following reasons as specified in the California Education Code section 48915:

* Causing serious physical injury to another person.

* Possession of any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.

* Unlawful possession of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

* Robbery or extortion.

* Assault or battery upon any school employee.

Process for Suspensions and/or Expulsion

Suspension will be preceded by an informal conference conducted by the administrative staff, with the student and the student's parent. The conference may be omitted if the administrative staff determines that an emergency situation exists. An "emergency situation" involves a clear and present danger to the lives, safety or health of students or school personnel, If the student is suspended without conference, the parent will be notified of the suspension and a conference will be requested as soon as possible.

Notice to Parents:

At the time of suspension a school employee will make a reasonable effort to contact the parent by telephone or in person to be followed up with a written notification. This notice will state the specific offense committed by the student. In addition, the notice may also state the date and time the student may return to school. If the school officials wish to ask the parent to confer regarding matters pertinent to the suspension, file notice may note that the parents are required to respond to this request without delay and those violations of school rules can result in expulsion from the school.

Length of Suspension:

The length off suspension for students may not exceed a period of 10 continuous days unless an administrative recommendation has been made and agreed to by the student's parent. If a student is recommended for a period of suspension exceeding 10 continuous days, a second conference will be scheduled with the parent to discuss the progress of the suspension upon the completion of the 10th day of suspension. All arrangements will be made to provide the student with classroom material and current assignments to be completed at home during the length of the suspension.

Recommendation for Expulsion:

Students will be recommended for expulsion if the administrative staff finds that at least one of the following findings may be substantiated:

a) Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct.

b) Due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student of others

Expulsion Hearing:

Students recommended for expulsion are entitled to a hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled. The hearing will be held within 30 days after the administrative staff determines that an act subject to expulsion has occurred. The hearing may be presided over the Board of Directors or an administrative hearing panel appointed by the Board.

Written notice of the hearing will be forwarded to the student and the student's parent at least 10 calendar days before the date of the hearing. This notice will include:

a) The date and place of the hearing.

b) A statement of the specific facts, charges, and offenses upon which the proposed expulsion is based.

c) A copy of the Jack H. Skirball Middle School disciplinary rules that relate to the alleged violation.

d) The opportunity for the student or student's parent to appear in person at the hearing.

Written notice to expel a student will be sent by the administrative staff to the parent of any student who is expelled. This notice will include the following:

a) The specific offense committed by the student for any of the acts listed in "Reasons for Suspension and/or Expulsion."

b) Notice of the student or parent's obligation to inform any new district in which the student seeks to enroll of the student's status with Jack H. Skirball Middle School.

Appeal of Suspension or Expulsion

The suspension or expulsion of a student will be at the discretion of the administrative staff of Jack H. Skirball Middle School (or the administrative staff designee). Parents will be notified in advance to enactment of the suspension or expulsion and can appeal a student's suspension or expulsion. A suspension appeal will be heard by the administrative staff, and upon consideration, the administrative staffs decision is final. An expulsion may be appealed within live working days. The student will be considered suspended until a meeting is convened to hear the appeal (within ten working days) at which time the student's parent must attend to present their appeal. The appeal will be heard by a fair and impartial panel of representatives assigned by the Board of Directors. The decision of the panel of representatives of the Board of Directors will be final.

In the event of a decision to expel a student from Jack H. Skirball Middle School the school will work cooperatively with the district of residence, county, and/or private schools to assist with the appropriate educational placement of the student who has been expelled. Any incident of violent and/or serious student behavior will be communicated to the district/school to which the student matriculates.