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2016-2017 Code of Conduct

PYLUSD MIDDLE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCt

 

Bernardo Yorba Middle School
Student Code of Conduct

 

A goal of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District is to assist each student to become productive and an effective citizen in our democratic society. We are confident that the vast majority of students will work toward this goal by respecting the rights of others, respecting personal and school property, and by practicing acceptable patterns of behavior and courtesy. 

 

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to ensure a safe and orderly educational climate conducive to learning.  Students are expected to demonstrate responsible behavior that does not interfere with the safety, well-being, or educational opportunities for themselves or others.

 

In an effort to encourage the appropriate behavior of students, we have established a positive support program (PBIS); however, disciplinary action will result when students fail to meet the established behavioral expectations.  A student may be disciplined for acts that are related to school activities which occur at any time including, but not limited to, any of the following:

  • While on the grounds of any PYLUSD campus
  • While going to or coming from home to school
  • Off campus during school hours
  • During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity

 

ATTENDANCE

 

If a student is absent one or more days, the student must clear the absence in one of the following ways:

 

  1. When a student is absent, a parent or guardian should call the attendance office as early as possible on the day of the absence. Please call 714-986-7400, then press #3 to record the absence. This line is available 24 hours a day.
  2. If the attendance office has not been notified of the absence, or if the absence will exceed three days, upon return to school, the student must bring a note to the attendance window, written and signed by a parent, guardian, or doctor explaining the reason for the absence.
  3. Upon return to school, the guidelines provide 48 to clear an absence. If a student does not have a verified absence, in writing or by call, after 48 hours that absence will be permanently marked as truant. Consequences will be assigned for truancies.

 

Excused absences will be issued for the following reasons (EC §48205):

  1. Legal matters, medical visits, medical illness, personal reasons approved by the principal, or religious business, all of which must be accompanied by proper documentation
  2. Death in immediate family                            
  3. Illness (3 or more consecutive days requires a doctor’s note)    
  4. Excuse to obtain confidential medical services (EC §46010.1): Pupils in grades 7 to 12 may be excused from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services, without the consent of the pupil’s parent/guardian (physician’s note required upon return).                           

 

ATTENDANCE VIOLATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

 

AUTOMATED PHONE CALL: An automated phone call will go out daily whenever a student is marked absent two or more periods.  It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure absences are cleared. Parent/guardians are able to check attendance through the Aeries System.

 

EXCESSIVE EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES:

When a student accumulates absences the following interventions will take place:

 

            Absences 1-7               Parent contact

Absences 8-9               Excessive excused notification to parent by mail

Absences 10-14            Parent invitation to Student Attendance Review Team (S.A.R.T.)

Absences 15-19            Parent invitation to District Attendance Review Team (D.A.R.T.)

Absence 20                  Truancy intervention process initiated by PYLUSD’s Office of Student Services and all future absences will be marked truant (code R) unless documented (code D)

OFF-CAMPUS PASS: For a student to leave the campus while school is in session, the student must have an Off-Campus Pass. The student will need to present that Off-Campus Pass when they return from the absence. For planned absences, the student must have a note signed by a parent. In the event of a personal or family emergency, the counseling or attendance office must get approval from a parent, or his/her designee, before the student may leave the campus. Please remember that phone calls for parent pick-up may delay the release of the student due to unforeseen circumstances.  If the student leaves without an Off-Campus Pass, the student will be truant and will not be allowed to clear the truancy. Off-Campus Passes will be issued (except for emergency reasons) before school, during break, and at lunch from the Attendance Office.

 

TARDY SWEEP: Students out on campus and not in their classes after the late bell rings may be escorted to the office and assigned detention or Saturday School hours.

 

TARDIES (per semester): As per district policy, the Attendance Office will only excuse tardiness if you provide the office with proper documentation by a reason stated in California Education Code 48205 -- legal matters (court documentation), religious business (official letter from religious institution), medical visit (doctor office note), medical illness (doctor note). 

 

Any student not in class on time may be subject to the following:

 

Tardy 1-4                     Handled by teacher, Parent contact, Teacher assigned consequence

Tardy 5-7                     Referral to office, Parent contact, After school detention

Tardy 8-9                     Referral to office, Parent contact, Saturday School or similar consequence

Tardy 10 or more          Referral to Office, Parent conference, Behavior Contract, In-House Suspension

                                    Loss of student privileges

 

TRUANCIES (per year): Any student who is absent from school or tardy to any class in excess of 30 minutes without a valid excuse is considered truant and will be subject to the following:

 

Incidents 1-4                 Parent contact, Saturday School

Incidents 5-6                 Parent contact, Saturday School, Loss of student privileges, Parent invitation to S.A.R.T.

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Incident 7                     Parent contact, Saturday School, Parent invitation to D.A.R.T. meeting

Incident 8                     Parent contact, Saturday School, Parent invitation to District Attorney meeting

Incident 9                     Parent contact, Saturday School, Parent invitation to S.A.R.B. meeting

Incident 10                    Parent contact, Saturday School, Student file forwarded to probation

 

OFF CAMPUS OR LEAVING SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMIT: Out-of-bounds includes: parking lots, fields, athletic courts, driveways, or other designated campus areas.

 

Incident 1                     Parent contact, Subject to search, Saturday School or similar consequence

Incident 2                     Parent contact, Subject to search, In-House/School Suspension 1 day

Incident 3                     Subject to search, Behavior Contract, Parent conference, School suspension 1-3 days

Incident 4                     Subject to search, School suspension 3-5 days, Site Guidance Meeting / Possible

Transfer

 

HEALTH SERVICES AND MEDICATION DURING SCHOOL

 

The school does not have a school nurse on campus; however, there is a Health Clerk on campus for a limited time each day. There is a school nurse that covers the health needs at each school and communicates frequently with the Health Clerk.  Please contact the Health Office if you would like to be contacted by the school nurse. Please indicate health issues on the Health Card or contact the school Health Office. Ill students cannot be sent home without parent/guardian permission, or that of another adult so designated by the parents on the Emergency Data Card and/or Health Card.  If it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the health care provider and parent must fill out the Request for Medication form which can be found on the district’s health service website or the school Health Office.  IT IS ILLEGAL FOR A STUDENT TO BE IN POSSESSION OF MEDICATION ON HIS/HER PERSON WHEN ON CAMPUS UNLESS DOCUMENTATION FROM ISSUING HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS ON FILE IN THE HEALTH OFFICE FOR MEDICATION BEING TAKEN. If an exclusion for PE has been written by the health care provider, it must indicate the specific physical limitation/duration for the student (duration no longer than one semester). Have the student bring the written statement to the Health Office. Health care providers’ requests at the end of grading periods are not acceptable to excuse students for prior absences.  IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT THE EMERGENCY CARD AND HEALTH CARD BE KEPT UPDATED.

 

If a student is found to be in possession of medications not documented by the Health Office, depending on the circumstances, action will include one or more of the following: Parent conference, School suspension 1-5 days, Police involvement, Behavior Contract, Saturday School, Administrative Transfer.

 

LUNCH DELIVERIES: All middle schools are closed campuses. If you must deliver a lunch for your student, you must deliver it to the office. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their lunch from the main office.

 

CLASSROOM STANDARDS: Each classroom teacher has established classroom learning/behavior standards which include recognition and consequences.  Consequences could include detention with the teacher before school, at break or lunch, or after school.  Any behaviors which create a habitual concern in the classroom will be communicated with parents, and appropriate consequences will be given prior to a referral to administration.  Intervention strategies as developed by the student, parent, and teacher will be implemented.  Students who habitually display negative behaviors, or whose behavior seriously disrupts the educational process, may be referred to the assistant principal or counselor.  Referrals may result in administrative action.

 

GUESTS AND VISITORS: Students may not invite guests to school as it detracts from the classroom learning environment. All visitors must report to the school office to obtain permission to enter the campus to conduct authorized school business. All visitors must wear an ID badge at all times when on campus.

 

GIFTS: We cannot disrupt the educational process with flowers, balloons, or other large items; therefore, we do not allow gift items.

 

CAMPUS SALES AND SOLICITATIONS: Only authorized school organizations are permitted to sponsor on campus sales and fundraisers during the year. There shall be absolutely no soliciting of funds on campus for any activity that has not been approved by the Activities Office. School organizations must apply for fundraising dates through the Activities Office.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE: In an ongoing effort to maintain a safe and secure campus, the law provides school officials with the right to search students and their possessions when they have a “reasonable suspicion” that a student may be in possession of contraband or dangerous objects. We hope all students will be cooperative as the school official(s) will make every attempt to be unobtrusive and respectful of privacy.  Students should be aware that grounds for suspicion commonly includes being “out-of-bounds” without permission or a report by another student, parent, or staff member of possession of contraband or dangerous objects.  Students should also be aware that they will be held responsible for any contraband or dangerous objects found in their possession as it will be considered their property. If a student should discover contraband or dangerous objects on campus, he or she should go directly to the Assistant Principal or other staff member and report it without delay. (Education Code 49050)

 

SCHOOL DRESS CODE

 

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District School Board Policy establishes that students shall wear appropriate clothing and footwear and groom themselves for school in a manner that does not discriminate against participants in, or substantially disrupt, the educational program. The administration and staff believe that dress affects the academic environment at school and, in some cases, can be disruptive to the learning environment.  Therefore, the dress code applies at all times to students while on campus or in attendance at any school event.

 

The following items are examples and not intended to be a complete list of rules regarding dress:

 

  • Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
  • Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
  • Pants must be worn near waist level; oversized clothing is unacceptable.
  • Outer clothing must be in good repair.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. No open toed shoes allowed. All shoes must have a back.
  • All decisions regarding interpretation of dress code will be determined by administration. Actions may include one or more of the following:

 

Incident 1         Item may be confiscated, alternative clothing loaned, warning given, parent contacted

Incident 2         Item will be confiscated, alternative clothing loaned, parent conference, detention

Incident 3         Item will be confiscated, alternative clothing loaned, parent conference, Saturday School /

Saturday Work hours assigned, possible student contract.

Incident 4         Item will be confiscated, alternative clothing loaned, parent conference held, in-house

suspension, student placed on behavior contract.

Incident 5         Item will be confiscated, alternative clothing loaned, parent conference held, student placed on

Behavior contract, student may lose privileges to participate in school activities, school

suspension (Ed Code 48900(k) Defiance)

 

The administration reserves the right to utilize administrative discretion to add or delete items on this list as needed to maintain a safe and nurturing educational environment.

Parents will be notified of changes through direct email communication.

 

 

ELECTRONIC SIGNALING DEVICES (CELL PHONES)

 

It is the intent of the school in exercising its authority to regulate the use of cell phones to establish guidelines and regulations that will ensure the continuation of a positive climate for learning free from unnecessary disruptions. Although state law no longer prohibits students from possessing cell phones, restrictions of their use on a school campus must exist to ensure such use does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with classroom instruction or other school activities. The school does not encourage student possession or use of cell phones on campus and does not assume liability if such devices are damaged, lost, or stolen.

 

Cell phones shall remain turned off during the school day unless teacher approval is given.

 

If the privilege of having these devices at school is abused and the possession or use of a cell phone violates this policy, the school has the right to revoke the privilege. Depending on the circumstances, actions may include one or more of the following:

 

Incident 1         Item confiscated*, warning and Parent pick-up

Incident 2         Item confiscated*, Parent pick-up, Detention

Incident 3         Item confiscated*, Parent pick-up, Saturday School,

Incident 4         Item confiscated*, Behavior Contract, Parent conference, In-House Suspension

 

The school does not assume liability for any prohibited item that has been confiscated including loss, damage, or theft of confiscated item. *Item can be retrieved in the office at the end of the school day. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

The Physical Education Department requires uniforms for all students enrolled in the regular program. The uniform will consist of a t-shirt with the student’s name on the front and shorts. P.E. uniforms can be purchased during the summer registration days or through the Physical Education Department at any time after registration. If you have any questions regarding the purchasing of the P.E. uniforms, please contact the P.E. Department or main office. If a student does not come prepared to class in their physical education clothes/uniform and refuses to use loaner clothes, action will include one or more of the following:

 

Incident 1         Warning, Loss of participation points

Incident 2         Loss of participation points, Teacher assigned detention

Incident 3         Saturday School, Parent contact

Incident 4         Loss of participation points, Saturday School, Parent contact

Incident 5         Loss of participation points, Saturday School, In-House Suspension, Parent conference, Behavior

Contract

 

COMPUTER, NETWORK, OR INTERNET MISUSE

 

Misuse includes, but is not limited to, changing program controls, wallpaper, keyboard, adding or deleting programs without permission, chat room involvement, vulgar/sexually explicit sites, or any site that is not appropriate for the education, safety, and well-being of the student body. Personal email shall only be accessed with instructor’s permission and strictly for academic purposes. USB or external drives are not permitted for use on school computers without permission from the teacher and are subject to scan/search to ensure safety. Students are responsible for the content of the drive and should be sure it contains nothing in violation of the school rules.

 

Students who violate the Network/Internet Acceptable Use Agreement, misuse electronic resources, or violate state or federal laws may be subject to disciplinary action, loss of access privileges and/or be subject to legal action in accordance with law and Board policy. (cf. 5144 - Discipline) (cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process) (cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)). We support the parent's or guardian's right to authorize or decline Internet access for their student.

 

BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS AND SCOOTERS: California law requires students to wear helmets when riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc. They are not permitted on campus or in classrooms, and must be stored in designated racks during school hours, otherwise they will be confiscated and released to the parent. Actions may include one or more of the following:

 

Incident 1         Confiscation, Parent contact, Detention,

Incident 2         Confiscation, Parent contact, Saturday School, Revocation of Privileges,

Incident 3         Confiscation, Parent contact, Revocation of Privileges, Saturday School, Police citation,

Incident 4         Confiscation, Parent contact, In-House Suspension

 

*The school does not assume liability for any prohibited item that has been confiscated, including loss, damage, or theft of the confiscated item.

 

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION: Displays of affection are not permitted as they detract from the learning environment. Self-control and respect for others should be kept in mind at all times. Depending on the circumstances, action may include one or more of the following:

 

Incident 1         Detention, Parent contact

Incident 2         Saturday School, Parent contact

Incident 3         In-House Suspension, Parent Contact, Behavior Contract,

Incident 4         Suspension 1-5, Parent conference

 

PRODUCT MISUSE

Misuse (violation of manufacturers’ warnings/cautionary statements) or possession of any product (aerosol spray, compressed air products, products containing hazardous chemicals) for the purpose of mentally or physically altering one’s well-being is prohibited.

 

SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL

Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion. The following quotations from Education Code Section 48900 list the grounds for suspension or expulsion of students from school:
            (a)        (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person or
                        (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
            (b)        Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless,
                          in the case of possession of any object of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess
                          the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred by the principal or the designee of the                          
                          principal.

(c)        Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled

substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety

Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

(d)        Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2

(commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or

an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.

(e)        Committed or attempted to commit 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, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not

limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets,

and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her own prescription products.

(i)         Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
            (j)         Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia, as defined

in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
(k)        Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers,

administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. Students solely in violation of Code K may not be expelled, but in Grades 4-12 may be suspended.

(l)         Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

(m)       Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm

that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person

to conclude that the replica is a firearm.

(n)        Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or

289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.
(o)        Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school

disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness,
or both.

(p)        Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
            (q)        Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing as defined in Section 32050.
            (r)        Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic

act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school

personnel.
(s)        A pupil shall not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated in this section, unless that act

is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the

superintendent or principal or occurring within any other school district. A pupil may be suspended or

expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that

occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

(1) While on school grounds.
            (2) While going to or coming from school.
            (3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.
            (4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.

(t)         A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction

of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to the provisions of this section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime or physical violence in which the victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).

(u)        As used in this section, “school property” includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases.
            (v)        A superintendent of the school district or principal may use his or her discretion to provide alternatives to

suspension or expulsion, including, but not limited to, counseling and an anger management program, for

a pupil subject to discipline under this section.

(w)       It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspension or expulsion be imposed against a pupil

who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities.
 

EXPLANATION OF DISCIPLINE TERMS

 

TEACHER ASSIGNED DETENTION

Assigned by a classroom teacher in a specific classroom designated by the assigning teacher. Students are under the supervision of the assigning or designated teacher. 

 

AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION

Can be assigned by school personnel. After school detentions are served in a designated room for a designated amount of time. Students who arrive late will not be admitted. Students who are disruptive will be dismissed. Removal from or failure to report to detention will result in Saturday School hours. Repeated failure to serve after school detentions may result in an In- House Suspension or School Suspension.

SATURDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM

Students assigned to Saturday School must bring classroom assignments, paper, writing assignments, and be prepared to study for 4 hours. Students who arrive tardy or are unprepared will be dismissed and assigned an additional day(s) of Saturday School. Students may not leave their seats unless directed by the supervisor. The Saturday School supervisor will provide nutrition breaks. The cafeteria will be open during the break for students to purchase snacks. All school rules and regulations apply while in the Saturday School program. Undesirable or disruptive conduct and lack of work or effort, as judged by the supervisor, will result in removal from the Saturday School program. Removal from or failure to report to the Saturday School program may result in being placed on the Hold List, In-House Suspension or School Suspension.

 

IN-HOUSE SUSPENSION

Students will be housed and supervised on campus, separated from the student body. Curriculum will be provided by the teachers for the duration of the in-house suspension.

 

SUSPENSION

Suspensions remove a student from campus for one to five days, after which time the student may return to class, usually on a Behavior Contract. For the duration of the suspension, students are prohibited from returning to any campus or school-owned property located within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District during school or non-school hours, and on school and non-school days. This also includes school activities.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFER

A student is transferred to another comprehensive school within the district.  The student is removed for no more than two semesters. Students who have been administratively transferred are prohibited from returning to the sending school’s campus for the duration of the Administrative Transfer. This also includes school activities. The student may return if he/she completes the conditions set forth by the assistant principal of the sending school.

 

EXPULSION

Expulsion is a formal process that includes suspension and a hearing to determine if a student will be dismissed from their current educational setting.  Students who have been expelled are prohibited from returning to any campus or school-owned property located within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District until the expulsion requirements have been completed. This also includes school activities. Suspensions or expulsions will be imposed when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct or if the school determines that the student’s presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the learning process.

 

California Education Code section 48915 requires mandatory suspension and recommendation for expulsion of students who:

 

  • Possess, sell, or otherwise furnish a firearm
  • Brandish a knife at another person
  • Sell a controlled substance
  • Commit or attempt to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery
  • Possess an explosive

 

 

DISTRICT ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

 

The Board of Education believes every child is entitled to a safe school environment free from bullying.  Bullying is defined as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, committed by a student or group of students directed towards other students

 

Students who have knowledge of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying are encouraged to inform a teacher or school administrator as soon as possible.  Contact may be made directly via email to an administrator, TEXT-A-TIP (657-200-8987), a phone call, or in person. Assistant Principal, Steve Marshall smarshall@pylusd.org    Counselor, Sandy Pendleton spendleton@pylusd.org

 

Students and parents may make such complaints anonymously.  Anonymous reports must provide sufficient corroborating evidence to justify the commencement of an investigation.  Because of the inability of investigators to interview anonymous complainants, it may be more difficult to evaluate the allegations and, therefore, less likely to cause an investigation to be initiated.

 

The identity of a complainant alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall remain confidential as appropriate within the dual contexts of the District’s legal obligation to ensure a learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, and the right of the accused to be informed of the allegations. Some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation, although the District will comply with requests for confidentiality to the extent possible.  Students who violate this policy may be subject to discipline, ranging from counseling, detention and/or parent notification to suspension and/or expulsion pursuant to the District’s discipline policies and procedures.

 

The district also is mindful that, at times, behavior that is rude or insensitive may nevertheless be constitutionally protected in the context of a public school environment.  Such conduct can best be prevented with effective strategies that involve pupils, parents and school employees in collaborative efforts to promote respectful relationships and to improve or change inappropriate behaviors while teaching acceptance and ensuring equal educational opportunities for all.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT & BIAS-RELATED INCIDENTS

 

Sexual harassment can include, but may not be limited to the following:

 

●   Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions

●   Unwelcome sexual slurs, threats, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions.

●   Graphic verbal comments about one’s body

●   Sexual jokes, stories, drawing pictures, or gestures

●   Teasing or sexual remarks about students

●   Touching another’s body or clothes in a sexual way

●   Blocking of normal movements

●   Displaying sexually suggestive objects at school

 

Bias-related incidents are acts, threatened or attempted, by any student or group of students against the person or property of another individual or group which in any way constitutes an expression of hostility toward the victim because of his/her sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, disability, or physical characteristic. It is the policy of this school that all students be treated with respect and feel comfortable attending school. If at any time you feel uncomfortable in dealing with other students or adults, it is your responsibility to report that occurrence to a teacher or administrator who will help you deal with the situation.

 

 BERNARDO YORBA MIDDLE SCHOOL’S COMMITMENT TO STOP BULLYING

 

Bernardo Yorba Middle School is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, bully-free environment.  BYMS has formed an anti-bullying committee to specifically address bullying, meet the needs of students, and foster a caring and supportive culture. The committee established the following (included):  A definition of bullying (easy for students to understand), four types of bullying (defined), an anti-bullying pledge, and a bullying response flowchart.  Bullying training for students will take place at the start of the school year and be reinforced on an ongoing basis through a series of activities, presentations, and events organized to encourage acts of kindness and compassion.

 

Bernardo Yorba Middle School:  Definition of Bullying - for students

Bullying is when someone purposely and repeatedly hurts, humiliates, or isolates someone else.

 Four Types of Bullying (defined on page 13)

 

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Cyber
  • Exclusion

 Bernardo Yorba Middle School Anti-Bullying Pledge

 

  • I will not bully others.
  • I will not watch while others are being bullied.
  • I will report bullying whenever I see it.
  • I will include others who are left out.

 

Teachers and Staff have been trained in being able to recognize and report bullying.  The following general teaching approaches will be taken to support bullying prevention at BYMS:

 

 

  • Setting clear expectations for students in regards to behavior, classroom routines, and safety
  • Modeling, teaching, and rewarding pro-social, healthy, and respectful student behavior
  • Creating safe school and classroom environments that incorporate an appreciation of differences and diversity of students
  • Using appropriate and positive responses and reinforcement, even when students require discipline
  • Implementing techniques that promote positive student-teacher relationships
  • Reinforcing positive approaches to behavior, such as collaborative problem-solving, conflict resolution/mediation, teamwork, and opportunities to practice positive behavior
  • Providing students with media and internet safety information and authentic dilemmas
  • Supporting students’ interest and participation in non-academic and extracurricular activities, after school programs, and clubs and activities

 

REPORTING BULLYING AND RETALIATION

Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written.  Data indicate that bystanders make the difference in all bullying cases.  Staff, students, parents, or guardians are encouraged to report in person, via email, via phone, or in writing to the principal or designee.

 

RESPONDING TO A REPORT OF BULLYING OR RETALIATION

  • Before fully investigating the allegations of bullying or retaliation, the principal or designee will take steps to assess the need to restore a sense of safety to the alleged target and to protect the alleged target from possible further incidents.
  • The principal or designee will implement appropriate strategies for protecting, from bullying or retaliation, a student who has reported bullying or retaliation, a student who has witnessed bullying or retaliation, a student who provides information during an investigation, or a student who has reliable information about a reported act of bullying or retaliation.
  • The principal or designee will investigate promptly all reports of bullying or retaliation and, in doing so, will consider all available information known, including the nature of the allegation(s) and the ages of the students involved.
  • During the investigation, the principal or designee will, interview students, staff, witnesses, parents or guardians, and others as necessary.
  • To the extent practicable, and given his/her obligation to investigate and address the matter, the principal or designee will maintain confidentiality during the investigative process.  The principal or designee will maintain a written record of the investigation.

 

DETERMINATIONS

  • The principal or designee will make a determination based upon all of the facts and circumstances.  If, after investigation, bullying or retaliation is substantiated, the principal or designee will take reasonable steps to prevent recurrence and to ensure that the target is not restricted in participating in school or in benefiting from school activities.
  • The principal or designee will 1) determine what remedial action is required, if any, and 2) determine what responsive actions and/or disciplinary action is necessary.
  • The principal or designee will be in communication with the parent or guardians of both the target(s) and aggressor(s).

 

  1. Remedial action can include but is not limited to:  teaching through skill-building, check in/out systems, individual counseling, small group counseling, behavioral support strategies, assemblies and special programs that address school climate, bullying, bystanders, etc.
  2. Disciplinary action, if appropriate as determined on the basis of facts found through the investigation, will be based on the nature of the conduct, the age of the student(s) involved, and the need to balance accountability with the teaching of appropriate behavior.  Disciplinary actions will be consistent with the school and district’s code of conduct.

 

***A student who knowingly makes a false allegation of bullying or retaliation may be subject to disciplinary action as well.***