Rules & Discipline Policy
SCHOOL RULES AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
Your behavior is a reflection of your pride towards yourself, your peers, and your school. School-wide and classroom discipline is necessary to ensure your safety and the best possible learning environment. You are, at all times, responsible for your own behavior.
Your good behavior and your respect for the feelings of others (students and all school personnel) will help to maintain the positive school climate we all need for a successful school year.
Responsibilities and Expectations
1. I am respectful, responsible, and courteous.
2. I am prepared.
3. I am a good listener.
4. I stay on task.
5. I keep myself and others safe.
6. I do my best work always.
Sunnymead Middle School Rules
1. Follow the directions of all school personnel.
2. Attend and BE ON TIME for all your scheduled classes.
3. Respect all personal and school property. Help maintain a clean campus.
4. Sunnymead is a closed campus. You are to remain on campus for the entire day, including lunch. No Sunnymead student may be on another school campus during school hours. Once you arrive at school, you are not allowed to leave to get breakfast or go to a friend’s house, or anywhere else.
5. You are to be on campus only for your scheduled classes unless you are participating in an authorized school activity. You have 10 minutes to leave campus after school unless you are involved in an after-school activity that is supervised by staff.
6. Food is to be eaten only at the lunch tables or in the multipurpose room.
7. “Walk” bicycles on campus. No bicycles are allowed in the quad or pavilion area. By law, bicycle helmets are mandatory when riding bicycles.
8. During the day, all bicycles must be locked and placed in the bicycle compound. Each bicycle must be locked with its own chain and lock. The school is NOT responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen bicycles.
9. You are responsible for your own property and for school materials issued to you.
10. NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL: skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, skates, wheelies, radios, cameras, tape/CD players, music tapes/CD’s, water balloons, electronic games, electronic signaling devices, laser pens, aerosol cans, stink bombs, hobby/collectibles, toys or other items that are not related to classroom instruction and learning. These items will be confiscated.
11. Chewing gum, sunflower seeds, dry Kool-Aid, etc. are NOT allowed.
12. Hazing (initiation) and/or intimidation of any student will not be tolerated.
13. Fighting, play fighting, and horseplay are not allowed.
14. For the safety of all, Sunnymead practices a “Hands Off” policy. When you touch others in any way, you are putting yourself at risk for disciplinary action.
15. Courteous, respectful, and responsible behavior AND language is required at all times.
During lunch, all food is to be eaten at the lunch tables or in the multipurpose room. Food will be confiscated from you if you disregard this policy, and you may be asked to help clean the campus. Also, please observe the following:
1. You are expected to bring your own lunch or money. No “begging” of any kind will be tolerated.
2. You are expected to stand in line and make your own lunch purchases.
3. Food is to be eaten only at the lunch tables or in the multipurpose room.
4. You are expected to exercise good table manners and to clean up after yourself.
5. If you fail to follow these guidelines, you will be asked to pick up trash and/or wash tables.
Riding the school bus is a privilege for those who qualify for transportation to and from school. Please do not ask for exceptions to the school bus rules.
Section 142263 of the State Board of Education on Regulations Governing Pupil Transportation states:
AUTHORITY OF DRIVER: When you are transported in a school bus, you are under the authority of and responsible directly to the driver of the bus, and the driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of you while you are on the bus or being escorted across a street, highway, or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for you to be denied transportation. A bus driver will not require you to leave the bus en route between home and school or other destinations.
You are expected to follow the directions of substitute teachers and be cooperative in class. If you disrupt the educational process, you will be appropriately disciplined.
Stop the Gossip!
It topples governments, wrecks marriages, ruins careers and reputations, causes heartache, nightmares, spawns suspicion, and generates grief. Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it fair?
Is it necessary?
If not, Keep Quiet.
A program of positive reinforcement is used to encourage, reward, and recognize good citizenship. It must be remembered that the vast majority of students obey all school rules all the time. It is important that you understand the connection between demonstrating self-discipline and the positive results of following the rules. Examples of positive reinforcement activities in place at Sunnymead include:
Rules are for the safety and well-being of everyone. Infractions of the rules will lead to certain consequences and disciplinary procedures. Listed below are the procedures that you will need to know:
1(a) DETENTION may be given for tardies, class disruptions, incomplete work, lunch problems, etc. Detention can be assigned before school, at lunch, or after school (with parent notification). (b) TEACHER CLASS SUSPENSION may be given when you continue to disrupt a teacher’s classroom after being warned.
2. REFERRALS are reports written by school employees about your behavior. A referral usually states that you have an attendance, behavior, and/or academic problem. Sometimes referrals are handled by counselors; serious behavior problem referrals are handled by the Principal, Assistant Principal, or designee.
3. OCS (ON CAMPUS SUSPENSION) can be used in lieu of suspension for certain offenses. OCS is held during the school day in a classroom isolated from the general student population. Assignment to OCS is made by an administrator for a period of one to five days. You will remain in the OCS room during the length of the school day, including lunch period. Restroom breaks are scheduled. When in OCS, you are expected to complete all assignments provided by your teachers. When you are disruptive in OCS, you are subject to more severe disciplinary action.
4. CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION - is for when you have been truant, owe unserved detention, have excessive tardies, or are assigned at the administration’s discretion.
5. SUSPENSIONS will occur for infractions involving Education Code, Section 48900, “a” through “e”.
6. SUSPENSIONS may occur for infractions involving Education Code, Section 48900, “f” through “s”.
7. EXPULSION: There are certain serious acts of misconduct for which you may be expelled from this school district. This is an administrative and School Board decision and is for the most severe violations of school rules.
Unauthorized Items at School
All unauthorized items brought to school will be confiscated by staff, such as, but not limited to: skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, skates, wheelies, radios, tape recorders/CD players, electronic signaling devices, laser pens, aerosol cans, weapons or weapon look-alikes, drugs and drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to pipes, rolling papers, and lighters, stink bombs, toys, telephones, chains, and related items, may or may not be returned directly to you. Parents may recover confiscated items not held in evidence upon administrative approval within a reasonable period of time. Items not recovered within a reasonable period of time will be discarded. The school is not responsible for materials confiscated from you while at school. The primary objectives of requiring you not bring restricted materials to school are to ensure that you focus on educational tasks, to assure your safety, and to prevent the loss of or damage to private property.
WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS
Weapons and dangerous instruments include, but are not necessary limited to:
1. Firearms - pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, “zip guns,” “stun guns”, tasers, laser pen lights, and any device capable of chemically propelling a projectile.
For school purposes, this includes air-guns, CO2 guns, paint guns, BB guns, pellet guns and dart guns, and non-operating devices made to look like a firearm which might be used for intimidation.
2. Cutting and puncturing devices, dirks, daggers, legal knives, illegal knives (knives longer than two and one-half inches, folding knives with a blade that locks into place), razors with an unguarded blade and any other device capable of cutting or puncturing.
3. Explosive and/or incendiary devices: pipe bombs, time bombs, tear gas and tear gas weapons, i.e. pepper spray, cap guns, caps, containers of inflammable fluids, and other hazardous devices.
4. Any other dangerous device, instrument or weapon, especially those defined in Penal Code 12020, including a blackjack, slingshot, billy club, nunchaks, and club, sandbag, metal knuckles, or any metal plate with three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges designed for use as a weapon.
5. Other - any other objects that could be used to inflict harm.
If you are found by the Hearing Officer to have committed the following offenses, you will receive an automatic two semester expulsion from District schools:
1. Knowing or voluntary possession of a weapon, a “look alike” weapon of any kind or dangerous object, before, during, or after school hours without the written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with the principal or designee’s concurrence. If you see or become aware of a weapon at school, don’t touch it or remain in the presence of a person or group, if a weapon is present. You must notify school personnel immediately of the discovery of the weapon for the safety of all concerned. In case of possessing a gun or brandishing a knife, a one-year expulsion will be given.
If you find a weapon on the way to or from school, you must immediately notify the principal’s office or call 911 to report it to local law enforcement. “Weapon” means any firearm, look alike or real, whether loaded or unloaded; knife; any chemical substance; any device or instrument designed as a weapon or through its use capable of threatening or providing bodily harm or death; or any device or instrument that is utilized to threaten, strike terror, or cause bodily harm or death; such as but not limited to the following:
Fireworks, fire crackers or fire bombs
Nuisance items and toys
Mace or pepper spray
2. Possession or under the influence of illegal substances, alcohol or drugs, upon the second offense. This applies to all incidents, including “holding” the illegal substance for a friend or attending school events under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Selling a controlled substance will result in a one-year expulsion.
3. Threatening to cause, or causing a physical injury to another person (includes sexual battery - one year expulsion required).
4. Participation in graffiti incidents upon school property, buildings, structures, or equipment.
The Governing Board prohibits the unlawful sexual harassment of any student by any employee, student, or other person in or from the district. Engage in the sexual harassment of anyone in or from the district, and you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The Board expects students or staff to immediately report incidents of sexual harassment to administration or to another district administrator.
If you feel that you are being harassed, you should immediately contact the administration at school. If a situation involving sexual harassment is not promptly remedied by administration, a complaint of harassment can be filed in accordance with AR 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning School Personnel or AR 1312.3 - Complaint Procedures. The principal or designee shall determine which procedure is appropriate.
The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint of sexual harassment shall be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned. B.P. 5145.7(a)
Other types of conduct which are prohibited in the District and which may constitute sexual harassment include:
1. Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions.
2. Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions.
3. Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body, or overly personal conversation.
4. Sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures, or gestures.
5. Spreading sexual rumors.
6. Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class.
7. Touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way.
8. Purposefully limiting a student’s access to educational tools.
9. Displaying sexually suggestive objects in the educational environment.
10. Any act of retaliation against an individual who reports a violation of the district’s sexual harassment policy or who participates in the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint.