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School Rules

The following rules shall serve as a baseline for describing unacceptable student behavior on campus.   The consequences described for violating these rules are guidelines and may be modified at the discretion of the administration depending on the particular circumstances of an incident.

 

SVHS utilizes the practice of Progressive Discipline.  This means that the consequences for repeated violations become increasingly more severe.

 

Academic Integrity: Cheating, Plagiarism, and Falsification

A breach of academic integrity includes, but is not limited to:

 

► Cheating on tests, exams, or any other assessment activity:

  • Looking at someone else’s paper during a test, exam, or any other assessment activity.
  • Letting someone else see or use one’s work at any time during a test, exam, or any other assessment activity.
  • Talking with another student during a test, exam, or any other assessment activity.
  • Using any kind of cheat notes or unauthorized materials including personal technological devices.
  • Copying work assigned to be done independently or letting others copy one’s work or another’s work. 
  • Giving or receiving test information from other students.
  • Using deceitful practices to improve one’s grade or someone else’s grade.

► Plagiarism, including but not limited to the following:

  • Submitting individual assignment or project not wholly one’s own, without teacher approval. (Representing one’s work as wholly one’s own when it is not.)
  • Copying or paraphrasing sentences or passages from an un-cited source while writing a paper or doing research   

► Deliberate deception, forgery, or falsification including but not limited to the following:

  • Tampering with, falsifying, or forging school documents.
  • Forging signatures on any school documents.
  • Making deliberately deceptive phone calls to the attendance office/school officials.
  • Tampering with or changing attendance rosters.

Possible Consequences (depending on the circumstances of the incident) :

  • Parent Contact
  • Detention
  • Loss of points or 'zero' on assignment
  • Suspension (one or more days)
  • Removal from class with a W/F

Alcohol, Drugs, and Narcotics

While on the school grounds, or when under the authorization or direct supervision of school personnel at school events off campus, or while going to or coming from school or school activities, the use, consumption, sale, possession, arranging or negotiating to sell, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, drugs or narcotics is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension, recommendation for transfer or expulsion.

 

►  Possessing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

►  Possessing or offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any drug paraphernalia, this includes vaporizers of any kind. 

Consequences:

  • Up to a 5-day Suspension
  • Notification of Law Enforcement
  • Ban from extracurricular activity, including athletics, for 3 weeks (1st offense)
  • Ban from extracurricular activity, including athletics, for remainder of season and the next (2nd offense)

 

►  Furnishing or selling any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

►  Possession with intent to sell any controlled substance.

►  Offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any controlled substance.  

Consequences:

  • 5-day Suspension pending expulsion
  • Recommendation for expulsion
  • Notification of Law Enforcement

Bikes, Skateboards, Rollerskates, Rollerblades, Scooters

►  No riding of including but not limited to bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, rollerblades, and scooters.

Consequences:

  • Confiscation of item with return to parent
  • Possible after school detention or Saturday School
  • Loss of privilege to have item at school

Bullying and Harassment

At SVHS Bullying and Harassment in all forms is prohibited.  This can include cyberbullying incidents that occur off campus but that create a direct impact on the education of a student on campus.  

 

To report bullying or harassment please see the Assistant Principal directly or use the Bullying Report Form

Cell phones and other electronic devices

In class cell phones and other electronic devices may be used only for academic purposes and exclusively by permission of the teacher.  Teachers have the discretion to prohibit use of cell phones in class entirely.

 

1st offense

  • teacher managed

2nd offense (in any class)

  • phone confiscated and delivered to office, returned at end of school-day, lunch detention

3rd offense

  • phone confiscated and delivered to office, after school detention, phone returned after detention, parent contact

4th offense

  • phone confiscated and delivered to office, 2 after school detentions, parent phone pickup

Further offenses could result in Saturday School or Suspension

 

The use of electronics to record teachers, staff or students in any format including audio recording, video recording, still photography etc. without written consent of all parties involved is prohibited. Posting recordings in any public forum, internet or otherwise, without written consent of all individuals involved is also prohibited.

 

The school is not responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to any cell phone, smart phone, iPod, iPad, tablet device, and/or any handheld electronic device, laptop computer, or any other personal electronic device that students may bring to school. It is the responsibility of students’ to keep electronic devices secure during the school day or when they are on campus.

 

Closed campus violations

►  Students are not allowed to leave campus in the time between when their first class begins and their last class ends, including  lunch, break, and when a student has a period with no class in-between two other scheduled classes.

Possible Consequences:

  • Detention
  • Parent contact
  • Saturday School
  • Suspension

Dangerous Objects

►  Possessing any object(s) which could be considered dangerous object(s)

     Consequences (depending on object):

  • Warning and/or other alternative consequence
  • Suspension
  • Possible recommendation for expulsion
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

     Second Offense:

  • Three-day suspension
  • Possible recommendation for expulsion
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

     Third Offense:

  • Five-day suspension
  • Possible recommendation for expulsion
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

►  Possession of any object(s) a school administrator identifies as disruptive.

     Consequences:

  • Warning and/or other alternative consequence

     Second Offense:

  • Three-day suspension

     Third Offense:

  • Five-day suspension and recommendation for alternative education

►  Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.

     Consequences:

  • Suspension pending expulsion
  • Recommendation for expulsion

Disobedience & Defiance & Disrespect

Students are expected to respect and obey the authority of school personnel. Showing defiance of school personnel by either word or act is a disruption to a productive learning environment and is unacceptable student conduct.

 

►  Any act of defiance or disobedience against school personnel.

►  Failure to identify oneself.

►  Being in a parking lot or out-of-bounds.

►  Interfering with the peaceful conduct of the campus or classroom.

►  Willful defiance or disruption of school activities

►  Threatening school personnel.

    

Possible Consequences:

  • Detention
  • Parent-student conference
  • 1 to 5 day suspension
  • Suspension pending expulsion
  • Recommendation for expulsion

Dress & Appearance

► Dress, grooming or appearance disrupting to a safe and healthy learning environment and/or in violation of the Dress Code. 


In accordance with California Education Code (AB537, 35183, 35294.1.1), SVHS enforces appropriate dress on campus and at school functions: Zero tolerance for apparel, emblems, accessories, backpacks, binders, buttons, or other ornamentations that is gang-related, sexually suggestive, physically threatening, or that promotes violence, drugs, discrimination, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, or insults.

  • Undergarments, including bra straps and boxer shorts, must be completely covered by non-sheer clothing.
  • Torso must be completely covered, including midriff, stomach, and lower abdomen.
  • Sleeveless tops must have straps and must cover backs.
  • Shorts and skirts must be of appropriate length.
  • Pants must cover rear and undergarments, even when seated.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

School administration has final authority on what constitutes inappropriate dress.

 

     Consequences:

  • Warning and/or other alternative consequence including but not limited to: Being asked to change clothing
  • Student may be provided a cover article of clothing to wear over inappropriate clothing
  • Student may be sent home to complete a change of clothing
  • Clothing or accessories may be confiscated
  • Phone call home

 

Gambling

► Gambling and/or wagering where money or objects of value are exchanged is prohibited

Possible Consequences:

  • Warning and/or other alternative consequence
  • Detention
  • 1 to 5 day suspension

Hate Crimes

►Causing, attempting to cause, threatening to cause, or participation in an act of hate violence.

Consequences:

  • Three-day suspension
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

Second Offense:

  • Five-day suspension
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

Third Offense:

  • Five-day suspension
  • Recommendation for expulsion
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

Physical Contact and Fighting

All forms of fighting, including aggressive physical contact of any kind, or conspiracies to engage in fighting are prohibited. This includes fights initiated at school but taking place elsewhere. Students involved in a fight will receive a suspension, and information regarding this suspension will be included in the student’s permanent record file. Additionally, law enforcement may be notified and a citation issued.

 

►  Attempting, or threatening to cause physical injury.  

Consequences:

  • 3-5 day suspension
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

►  Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense.    

Consequences:

  • Recommendation for expulsion
  • Notification of Law Enforcement

►  Instigating a fight, whether or not it occurred

Consequences:

  • Detention, parent conference
  • Possible suspension

 

Profane, Vulgar, or Obscene Acts

►Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity, including racial/ethnic slurs, verbal or written.

Consequences:

  • 1 to 5 day suspension depending on severity and pervasiveness

Sexual Harassment

Each student in this school has a right to be free from any form of harassment.  Sexual harassment of students at school or at school-sponsored or school related activities is prohibited.  Retaliatory behavior or action against any person who reports, files a complaint or testifies about, or otherwise supports a complainant in alleging sexual harassment is also prohibited.

 

Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite sex.

 

Any student who engages in sexual harassment or sexual violence at school or at a school-sponsored or school related activity is in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action (BP 5145.7). In imposing such discipline, the entire circumstances of the incident(s) shall be taken into account.

 

Possible consequences:

  • Suspension (number of days determined by severity of behavior)
  • Notification of Law Enforcement
  • Recommendation for expulsion

Examples of types of conduct which are prohibited in the district and which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions
  • Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions
  • Graphic verbal comments about an individual's body or overly personal conversation
  • Sexual jokes, derogatory posters, notes, stories, drawings, pictures, or obscene gestures, of a sexual nature
  • Spreading sexual rumors
  • Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class
  • Massaging, grabbing, fondling, stroking, or brushing the body
  • Touching an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way
  • Impeding movements or any physical interference with school activities when directed at an individual on the basis of sex
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects
  • Sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion

 

Any student who believes that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment or who has witnessed sexual harassment is strongly encouraged to report the incident to his/her teacher, the principal, or any other available school employee.

Student Vehicles & Parking Rules

►The speed limit on campus for all vehicles is ten miles per hour (10 mph).  

►All drivers are required to observe and follow all traffic signs posted on campus.

►Drivers must follow the proper traffic lanes and abide by all traffic laws pertaining to the operation of a vehicle.

►Students who violate the vehicle and parking rules face disciplinary action and/or suspension of their driving and parking privilege.

Consequences:

  • Student vehicles parked in Visitor, Staff Parking, or other areas not designated as student parking will be cited and fined.
  • Any vehicle not displaying a permit (even when one was purchased but not displayed) will be cited and fined.
  • Vehicles driven on campus may be subject to search by school officials or Law Enforcement personnel (CVCS 21113A).

Terroristic Threat

►Committing a terroristic threat, including but not limited to a bomb threat.

Consequences:

  • Suspension pending expulsion
  • Recommendation for expulsion
  • Notification of Law Enforcement

Tobacco

►Possessing or using tobacco or tobacco products including chewing tobacco is prohibited.  This includes products that contain nicotine only such as electronic cigarettes or vaporizers.

Possible Consequences:

  • Suspension
  • Required participation in school sponsored after school counseling program

Vandalism/Theft/Extortion

►  Causing or attempting to cause damage to property

►  Stealing or attempting to steal school property or private property.

►  Knowingly receiving stolen school property or private property.

►  Violating the computer and network Electronic Information Policy.

►  Tampering with the property of the school district and/or other person.

►  Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.

Possible Consequences (depending upon the entire circumstances of the incident(s):

  • Students will pay for lost/damage items
  • Suspension
  • Recommendation for expulsion
  • Possible notification of Law Enforcement

Arson

Fire-setting or attempted fire-setting.

    

Consequences:

  • Five-day suspension

Second Offense:

  • Five-day suspension
  • Recommendation for expulsion