STUDENT CONDUCT

The Superintendent will establish regulations governing the conduct of students in school, traveling to and from school, and at school functions that comply with A.R.S. 15-843.  These policies and procedures will apply to all students while visiting another school or at a school-sanctioned activity, and may include a wide range of penalties that may be imposed for violations.  When suspension or expulsion is involved, notice, hearing, and appeal procedure shall conform to applicable legal requirements.  In establishing these regulations, the Superintendent may consult with student or staff committees.  In addition to compliance with regulations established by the Superintendent, students are expected to obey any order given by a member of the faculty or staff relating to school activities.  

DEFINITION OF STUDENT

A "student" shall be defined as any person who is regularly enrolled in good standing in an educational program provided by or approved by the Buckeye Union High School Governing Board and conducted on premises owned or controlled by the Buckeye Union High School District.

IMPROPER BEHAVIOR

Students in school buildings, on school grounds, using District property for any purpose, or attending a District-sanctioned event shall not engage in improper behavior, which includes, but is not limited to:
1. Any conduct intended to obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with teaching, research, service, administrative or disciplinary functions, or any activity sponsored or approved by the Board.
2. Physical abuse of, or threat of harm to, any person on District-owned or controlled property or at District-sponsored or supervised functions.
3. Damage or threat of damage to property of the District, regardless of the location, or to property of a member of the community or a visitor to the school when such property is located on District controlled premises.
4. Forceful or unauthorized entry into or upon District facilities, including both buildings and grounds.
5. All use, possession, distribution, or sale of tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, or other illegal contraband on District property or at school-sponsored functions.
6. Conduct or speech that violates commonly accepted standards of the District and that, under the circumstances, has no redeeming social value.
7. Failure to comply with the lawful directions of District officials or any other law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties, and failure to identify themselves to such officials or officers when lawfully requested to do so.
8. Knowing violation of District rules and regulations.  Proof that an alleged violator has had reasonable opportunity to become aware of such rules and regulations shall be sufficient proof that the violation was committed knowingly.
9. Any conduct constituting a breach of any federal, state, county, or city law, or duly adopted policy of the Board.
10. Carrying or possessing a weapon on school grounds.

In addition to the general rules set forth above, students shall be expected to adhere to all policies and regulations for student conduct adopted by the Governing Board.  Students shall not engage in any activities prohibited herein, nor shall they refuse to follow any directive issued by a member of the faculty or staff who is attempting to maintain public order.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Any student who violates any policy and regulation may be subject to warning, reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion, in addition to other civil and criminal prosecution.  These disciplinary actions may be in addition to any customary discipline that the District presently dispenses.

Information concerning a student's disciplinary record will be held in the strictest confidence in accordance with the Federal Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

Disciplinary actions taken will be recorded in an administrative log, and all suspensions or expulsions will be recorded in a separate confidential file for each student.

The authority of the Superintendent to establish regulations covering students may be delegated to administrative officials of Buckeye Union High School.

DISORDERLY, INSUBORDINATE, SAFETY AND ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

The following actions may subject a student to disciplinary action:
1. Disorderly conduct (i.e., intentionally causing public inconvenience, annoyance, alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof)
a. fighting or engaging in violent behavior
b. making unreasonable noises
c. using abusive or obscene language or gestures
d. obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic
e. creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose
f. harassing (verbal, physical, sexual, or racial)
2. Insubordinate actions(i.e., failing to comply with the lawful directions of a teacher, school administrator, or other school employee in charge of the student).
3. Threatening behavior(i.e., any act interpreted as threatening the safety, morals, health, or welfare of students or staff):
a. selling, using, or possessing alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia
b. selling, using, or possessing weapons, fireworks, or other dangerous instruments or contraband
c. selling, using, or possessing obscene materials
d. using profane, vulgar, or abusive language (including ethnic slurs)
e. gambling
f. engaging in lewd behavior
4. Academic misbehavior
a. lateness for, missing, or leaving school or class without permission or excuse
b. cheating (including, but not limited to copying, using unauthorized help sheets and the like, illegally obtaining tests in advance, substituting for a test taker, and other forms of unauthorized collusion)
c. plagiarism
5. Other violations
a. conduct in violation of the Board's rules and regulations governing the maintenance of public order on school property
b. record of excessive absenteeism
c. conduct which is criminal in nature

PERMISSIBLE PENALTIES

The range of penalties that may be imposed for violations of student discipline rules include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. verbal warning
2. written warning
3. written notification to parents
4. probation
5. detention
6. suspension from transportation
7. behavioral contract
8. suspension from social or extracurricular activities
9. suspension of other privileges
10. exclusion from a particular class
11. in-school suspension
12. suspension
13. expulsion

DISTRICT DISCIPLINARY POLICY

Depending upon the nature of the violation, student discipline shall be PROGRESSIVE.  For example, a student's first violation should merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. District employees or agents shall take into account all other relevant factors in determining an appropriate penalty. The PERMISSIBLE PENALTIES may be imposed either alone or in combination.

STUDENT DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDING

Any teacher, administrator, Board member, parent, staff member, or other person may report a violation of student disciplinary rules to an administrator.  An investigation of the charges will be made, as deemed necessary, and appropriate proceedings will be instituted.

STUDENT AND PARENT RESPONSIBILITY

All the information for the maintenance of public order on school property will be publicized and explained to all students, and will be provided to parents as requested. The student is responsible for knowledge of this information.  In order to promote the effectiveness of student discipline, the assistance of parents in enforcing rules for student discipline shall be invited and encouraged.

All students shall adhere to the school’s Good Neighbor Policy.  It includes school rules and other reasonable expectations for student behavior which are extended to include student conduct while going to and from school and while off campus during the normal school day.  This includes the responsibility to act as a good neighbor, respecting the safety, welfare, and property of others during lunch hour and released periods.  Failure to act as a good neighbor within the school community may result in disciplinary action.

Similarly, students are expected to adhere to a high Standard of Right and Wrong.  Through participation in educational programs prior to attending BUHS, students have been taught proper conduct and attitudes for successful participation in school and successful contribution to American culture and society.  These concepts continue to apply while attending BUHS and are only partially enumerated in this handbook.  All statutes and regulations that apply to all citizens apply.


ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF RESPONSIBILITY

The administration is responsible for involving school staff in the development of a positive plan for student discipline.  All staff members are responsible for implementing the plan of student discipline for the school.

Any administrator, teacher, or other school employee entrusted with the care and supervision of a minor may use reasonable and appropriate physical force upon the minor to the extent reasonably necessary and appropriate to maintain order. Similar physical force will be appropriate in self-defense, in the defense of other students and school personnel, and to prevent or terminate the commission of theft or criminal damage to the property of the District or the property of persons lawfully on the premises of the district.

The threat or use of physical force is not justified in response to verbal provocation alone, nor when the degree of physical force used exceeds that necessary to avoid injury to persons or to preserve property at risk.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE RECORDS

The Administration shall establish and retain complete records of student disciplinary actions and procedures. Records regarding student disciplinary actions shall be retained for at least two (2) years after the last attendance date.

All student discipline records shall contain an entry of:
1. the full name of the student
2. the racial/ethnic and sex designations of the student
3. the time, place, and date of the offense(s), or observed behavior
4. descriptions and dates of other offenses or observed behaviors if not previously reported
5. the names of witnesses or others involved
6. specific measures taken by the person or persons reporting the offense(s) to effect an adjustment, including specialized help secured before referral such as conferences with parents, conferences with the assistant principal and/or principal, and conferences with other school personnel
7. the name and title of the person(s) reporting the offense(s)
8. the alternatives, if any, that were considered prior to the imposition of the disciplinary action(s) taken by the administrator
9. the final disposition of the case
10. the name and title of the person(s) imposing the disciplinary action(s)

The kinds of disciplinary actions for which an accounting shall be kept shall include, but not be limited to:
1. suspension and/or expulsion
2. placement in work room or detention (for disciplinary reasons)
3. transfer to another class (for disciplinary reasons)
4. transfer to another school (for disciplinary reasons)
5. referrals of cases to police and juvenile authorities
6. others as required

The principal and assistant principal shall have the responsibility of maintaining all necessary discipline records, which shall include:
1. discipline record card (each reported incident)
2. student discipline list (cumulative)
3. log of expulsions and referrals to courts of law (cumulative)
4. log of Governing Board expulsions: monthly report, retained by the principal; yearly summary, copy to the District Office
5. log of dropouts (cumulative): only W4's will be documented as dropouts (use of this form is optional)

DRESS CODE POLICY

The District encourages students to take pride in their attire as it relates to the school setting.  Standards for decency and common sense prevail.  Clothing and jewelry that disrupt the education process and/or the school’s mission are not acceptable.  If a student fails to meet these standards he/she will be sent to the Assistant Principal to change into the proper clothing or be sent to in-school suspension until the proper clothing is brought.  Second occurrences will result in referral to the office for discipline.

1. Shirts and blouses should be modest and appropriate for a school setting and shall cover the shoulder.  No midriffs, see-through, or mesh shirts will be allowed without a full-length t-shirt worn underneath.
2. Exposed genital areas or buttocks are not acceptable.  Underwear should be worn, but not exposed.
3. Tank tops or muscle shirts are not allowed without a full-length t-shirt worn underneath.
4. Professional team jerseys may not be worn.
5. Items of clothing or other personal items shall not carry the inference or logos, nor suggest the use of any controlled substance.  This shall include, but not be limited to: alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, any drug, or drug paraphernalia.
6. Items of clothing or personal items shall not carry messages referring to death, violence, Satanism, racism, or sex, shall not contain any script writing, or shall not contain numbers such as “69” or any numbers with questionable connotations.  Clothing or accessories that create an atmosphere of threat, intimidation, or undue pressure may not be worn on campus or at any school activity.
7. Shoes must be worn at all times.  Closed shoes are to be worn for any type of physical activity, such as physical education, shop classes, and laboratories.
8. No oversized, baggy, or sagging pants, shorts, or shirts are allowed.  Students must wear clothing that fits. Pants may not sag at the crotch, nor drag on the ground
9. All skirts, dresses, etc. must have a hem line that is mid-thigh or longer.
10. All shorts must have a minimum length which is determined by where the fingertips touch the thigh when arms are hanging naturally.  Cut offs are not allowed.
11. Belts must be of an appropriate length and may not hang down.
12. Hairnets, bandanas, or stockings may not be worn as headgear.
13. Hats may not be worn in a classroom.  Exceptions are limited to properly approved occupational safety headgear required in specially designated classes.  

GANG ACTIVITY, ASSOCIATION OR IDENTIFICATION

It is the District's position that gangs which initiate, advocate, or promote activities that threaten the safety or well-being of persons or property on school grounds or disrupt the school environment are harmful to the educational process.  Further, it is the District's position that the use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of dress or grooming that by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute, indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group are prohibited because of their disruption to educational activities.  Students found guilty of initiating, advocating, or promoting gang activities shall receive consequences congruent with Group A offenses.

GANG DEFINITION

For the purpose of Governing Board policy, a gang is a group of three or more people who:
1. interact together to the exclusion of others;
2. claim a territory or area;
3. have a name;
4. have rivals/enemies; and
5. exhibit antisocial behavior - often associated with crime or a threat to the community.

GANG IDENTIFICATION

For disciplinary purposes, BUHS will utilize the State of Arizona’s Gang Membership Identification Criteria(GMIC).  If an individual meets two of the six criteria, he or she will be considered a gang member.
1. Self-proclamation
2. Witness testimony or official statements
3. Correspondence, written or electronic
4. Paraphernalia, photographs or nicknames
5. Tattoos
6. Clothing and/or colors

GANG-RELATED CORRECTIVE AND DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

If the student's dress, apparel, activities, acts, behavior, manner or grooming are in violation of this regulation, the assistant principal or principal will ask the student to make the appropriate corrective and disciplinary action which include, but not limited to:
1. The assistant principal will ask the student to make the appropriate correction.
2. The parent/guardian will be notified and asked to make the necessary correction.
3. The necessary authorities will be notified.
4. Further discipline may be imposed.

GENERAL RULES OF CONDUCT

1. Beepers, cellular phones, tape players, radios, radios with headphones, and electronic games are not allowed on campus, classrooms, at athletic events, or social functions.
2. Loitering on or near the campus is unlawful at anytime.  This would be inclusive of special events, such as ball games and other activities at other than regular hours. Arizona law provides that: "A person commits loitering if such person intentionally is present in or about a school, and after a reasonable request to leave and either does not have any reason or relationship involving custody of or responsibility for a pupil or student or any other specific legitimate reason for being there, or does not have written permission to be there from anyone authorized to grant permission." (ARS 13-2905A-6)
3. Visitors to the campus must check in at the principal's office so that there may be no doubt of their loitering.  The practice of students bringing friends and relatives to school to visit shall not be allowed.  Former students, salesmen, and other adults who wish to see teachers must do so during the teacher's conference period and after they have checked in at the office and received a visitor’s ID.
4. Lockers are the responsibility of the student.  The school assumes no responsibility for the replacement of any article lost, stolen, or destroyed.  Since thefts and break-ins do sometimes occur, students should bring to school only those things needed to carry on regular school activities.  In addition, the student needs to maintain the security of his/her own locker and combination since he/she may be liable for any damages that occur or contraband contained in that locker.
5. Classroom parties are not allowed.  There are not to be any parties held in the classroom during school time for either teachers or students.  Do not, therefore, plan or arrange any celebrations.
6. Candy, food, or beverages are not to be taken into the classroom, the library, the auditorium or gymnasium.  Food and beverages are to be consumed in the cafeteria or the area immediately surrounding it, and the papers and cups placed in the trash containers provided.
7. Student passes are the responsibility of the student and the teacher.  A student MUST have a pass showing date, time, destination, and signature of his/her classroom teacher if out of the classroom during class time.
8. Parking by students will be in the parking lot located on the west side of the campus.  Cars are to be parked properly so as not to block other cars or the drive lanes in the lot. Those not parking properly or parking in places other than the student lot shall be considered in violation and subject to disciplinary action.
9. Address and telephone number of where a student's parents or guardians can be contacted shall be provided by student to the guidance office.  Any change of address or telephone number shall be reported when such changes occur during the school year.

TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

The abuse or misuse of technology is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.  Abuse/misuse includes, but is not limited to:

Vandalism Unauthorized modification of system, intentionally “infecting a computer or system with a software virus
Theft Unauthorized removal of hardware, peripherals, accessories, software, and electronically stored software and data
Hacking Attempting to bypass system security, unauthorized entry into system files, attempted unauthorized entry into system files
Graffiti in or on the computer including drawings produced using software installed on the computer or system

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

All individuals associated with this District, including, but not necessarily limited to, the Governing Board, the administration, the staff, and students, are expected to conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by a member of the school staff to a student or to another staff member, or when made by a student to another student.  Anyone who is subject to sexual harassment, or who knows of the occurrence of such conduct, should inform the Assistant Principal, the Principal, and/or the Superintendent.

BUS REGULATIONS

Regulations governing pupils on buses are taken from the School Bus Safety Code.  These regulations have been developed in an effort to eliminate accidents to driver and pupils in school buses and should be thoroughly understood by parents, driver, and pupils.
1. Pupils being transported are under the authority of the bus driver.
2. A time schedule shall be posted in the bus and it shall be followed.
3. Pupils shall be on time for the bus, both morning and evening.
4. Wait patiently for the school bus.
5. Stand a safe distance back from the curb or highway.
6. Get in line when the school bus is approaching.
7. Always use the steps and handrail.
8. Sit in seats as assigned by the driver.
9. Never crowd or push.
10. Pupils shall take their seats quietly and quickly.
11. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
12. Not have food or drink on the bus.
13. Not extend hand, arms, head or objects through bus window.
14. Never throw anything while on the bus.
15. Have written request by the parents, then permission from the principal to leave the bus other than at the assigned bus stop.
16. Talk in normal tones.  Loud or vulgar language is prohibited.
17. Not open or close windows without permission of the driver.
18. Keep the bus clean.  Never place books, pencils, etc., in aisle and refrain from damaging the bus.
19. Be courteous to the driver, fellow pupils and to passers-by.
20. Never talk to the bus driver when the bus is in motion.
21. Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
22. Always face the front when getting off the bus.
23. Always use steps when leaving the bus - never jump.
24. PUPILS WHO REFUSE TO OBEY THE DIRECTIONS OF THE BUS DRIVER PROMPTLY OR REFUSE TO OBEY REGULATIONS SHALL FORFEIT THEIR RIGHT TO RIDE ON THE BUSES.

ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES
FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF BOARD POLICY JK

The following guidelines are established to give some consistency to the handling of disciplinary problems. It should be understood that these are only guidelines and that circumstances may alter the decision made in each incident, however, the decision must conform to the intent as well as the actual wording of Policy JK.

STUDENT RIGHTS

All students shall be afforded due process to ensure the following rights:
1. The right to know the charge.
2. The right to respond to the charges, telling their side of the story.
3. The right to a hearing before the Governing Board or its designated Hearing Officer if the recommended suspension is for 10 days or more as outlined in Policy JK.

GLOSSARY OF CONSEQUENCES

Because some consequences apply to certain problems and not to others, it is not possible to list disciplinary options in a strict order of progression from less to more serious.  Nevertheless, the District's approach to student discipline is progressive in nature, and this glossary is generally organized to present consequences of misconduct in order of increasing severity.

Conference - A teacher or administrator will talk with the student about expected behavior and the consequences of misconduct.
Parent involvement - A teacher or administrator will discuss student behavior with parent/guardian, seeking cooperation in creating a positive behavioral change.
Support group - The school may have a support group that can contribute to emotional growth and positive behavioral change when certain types of problems arise.  When the school parent/guardian, and student agree, participation in a support group may be assigned in addition to, or in lieu of, other consequences.
Detention - Detention is mandatory time spent in an assigned location, either studying or performing supervised work.  Rules for detention may vary by assignment, but always require full cooperation with the supervisor.  Times for detention may be assigned before school, during the lunch period, or after school.  Parent/guardian will be notified prior to assignment.
Restitution and/or replacement - When personal or school property has been damaged, stolen, lost, or destroyed, the student may be held responsible for replacing or paying the cost of the item.  Restitution may be required in addition to other behavioral consequences.
Loss of privileges - Any privilege that is abused may be revoked, pending behavior change or fulfillment or reasonable requirements.  Privileges may be restored to students partially or fully and may depend upon development of a behavioral contract.  Loss of privileges may include the student's right to be enrolled in a class.
Behavioral contract - A teacher or administrator may outline in writing the terms upon which certain student privileges will be granted or continued and specific consequences if terms are broken.  Signatures of both student and school official are required; in some instances, parent or guardian will also be expected to sign, indicating agreement to terms of the contract.
In-school suspension (short term)  - With notification to the student and parent/guardian, a school administrator may remove a student from all classes for a period of one to ten days.  During this time, the student's access to school services, facilities and personnel will be limited to the on-campus suspension area.
Off-campus suspension (short term) - With notification to the student and parent/guardian, a school administrator may remove a student from school and bar the student from all school activities for a period of one to nine days.  The student is not permitted to participate in or attend any school-sponsored events during the period of suspension.
Long-term suspension - Acting upon the recommendation of the administration, the Governing Board may deny all school privileges to a student for a period of more than ten days to one calendar year.
Expulsion - Acting upon the recommendation of the administration, the Governing Board may permanently deny all school privileges to a student.

OFFENSES

There are three discipline categories in policy: A, B, and C.  An "A" offense is considered the most severe. Each category has an established disciplinary action for different infractions.  Please familiarize yourself with this policy.  Buckeye Union High School expects all students to behave in a manner that is consistent with an environment of mutual respect.

Group A Offenses are those offenses that are generally felonious in nature.  Examples of Group A offenses include but are not limited to the following:
Drug/alcohol use or possession (including paraphernalia), arson, verbal/physical assault of staff, drug selling or pushing, inciting to riot, possession of a weapon, bomb threat, gang activity.  Police shall be notified of each occurrence.

1st Offense: Long-term suspension or Expulsion.
2nd Offense: Expulsion.

Group B Offenses are those offenses that are generally misdemeanors in nature.  Examples of Group B offenses include but are not limited to the following:
Extortion, false fire alarm, fighting, fire works, forgery, hazing, intimidation, verbal/physical abuse of student or staff, theft, vandalism, misuse of computers, use or possession of tobacco or tobacco products.  Police may be notified of each occurrence.

1st Offense: Although different situations call for the discretion of an administrator, in general, a first Group B offense will bring a minimum five (5) day suspension with a maximum suspension of ten (10) days.
2nd Offense: Long-term suspension or expulsion.

Group C Offenses are those offenses that may be characterized as disruptive in nature.  Examples of Group C offenses include but are not limited to the following:
Insubordination, dress code violation, bus misconduct, truancy, gambling, leaving class or campus without permission, possession and/or use of electronic devices, use of skates, skateboards, or bicycles on campus, vehicular violation, profanity, cheating, public display of affection, violation of good neighbor policy, violation of reasonable standard of right/wrong, failure to wear school identification badge.

1st Offense: Detention, one (1) to two (2) days of in-school suspension.
2nd Offense: Three (3) to four (4) days of in-school suspension.
3rd Offense: Recommended long-term suspension for similar offenses or five (5) days of out-of-school suspension.
4th Offense: Ten (10) days out of school suspension and/or long-term suspension.

Group A violations accumulate over all years the student attends the District.
Group B offenses accumulate over two academic years.
Group C offenses accumulate over one academic year.

SWEEP

The Sweep program involves school staff periodically passing through campus seeking students out of class.  Students found tardy, truant, or otherwise without a pass are taken to the Sweep Room and held for the remainder of that class period.  Students taken to the Sweep Room are marked absent that entire class period.

Students are held accountable for all in-class as well as homework assignments given during the period.  Assignments accrue points at a rate of 80% of the total score earned. Students are not permitted to work on assignments during their stay in the Sweep Room.  In that regard, the Sweep Room is considered a single period detention hall.

When a student accrues three Sweeps within one semester, a referral is generated.  As a "Class C" offense the student is assigned one to two days of in-school suspension.  Further referrals follow consequences as described in the Student Handbook; specifically, four Sweeps merit three days of in-school suspension.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The opportunity to attend public high school carries with it certain responsibilities for students, parents, and the school.  One of these responsibilities is regular attendance in all assigned classes. The benefit of classroom presentation and participation is lost to the non-attending student and cannot be replaced.  It is the responsibility of the student and parent and/or guardian to see that students are in attendance in classes whenever humanly possible. It is the responsibility of the school to keep parents informed of student attendance and behavior.  It should also be understood that public schools in Arizona are financed in a variety of ways. A large portion of the budget for this high school comes from state level support that is based on student membership and attendance. When a student is absent no state funds are available for that period of absence. It is, therefore, also important from a financial standpoint that students attend classes at all times. It seems clear students who are excessively absent are missing a great deal and may place themselves in the position of receiving low or failing grades.  It also seems clear that the student who is excessively absent is hurting the school from a financial standpoint.  It is the student's and parent's responsibility to decide the worth of attending school or doing something else; it is the school's responsibility to offer a quality educational program and to set the policies, rules, and regulations for the school in terms of educational benefit and financial survival.

CLASSIFICATION OF ABSENCES

Excused absences are absences for illness, death in the family, court appearances, family emergencies, and doctor appointments.  A parent or guardian must verify these absences within 24 hours of the absence.  Full make-up privileges and credit will be given for excused absences.  The student is given one day of make-up time for each day missed.  All work must be made up by the end of the grading period.

Pre-arranged absences are absences arranged in advance.  The student must obtain a form from the Principal's Office at least two days in advance of the absence.  A note from the parent stating the nature of the absence, the days (dates) the student will be absent and bearing the parent's signature shall be attached to the form.  The form and the note will be carried to each teacher for his/her initial.  The student must turn the form and note into the attendance office after each teacher has initialed it.  Each teacher will stipulate required work to the student and the student is to complete and turn the work in before leaving on the pre-arranged absence.  The teacher may allow tests to be taken or special projects to be completed after the student returns.

Unexcused absences are ones that are not listed as excused or pre-arranged.  The student shall be allowed to earn up to 80% credit for all work missed.  Each teacher shall communicate to each student the procedures for deduction of points in each class.

Truancies occur when a student is absent from classes without parent approval or if he/she comes on or around the school campus at any time during the day of absence but fails to attend classes.  No credit will be given for missed assignments or tests.

COMMUNICABLE/INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Any student with, or recovering from, a communicable disease will not be permitted in school until the period of contagion is passed or until a physician recommends a return, in accordance with A.R.S. 36-629 and 36-629.01, appropriate regulations of the State Department of Health Services, and policies of the County Health Department.  Students with pediculosis (lice infestation) shall be excluded from school until treatment specific for pediculosis has been initiated and the student is symptom free.

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES AND PENALTY

Even though it is accepted by the school that there may be some good reasons for absence from school, there also comes a time when the absences are excessive in relation to classroom work and credit for a class.  The school has established that every student is expected to attend classes whenever possible.  Excessive absences from school may result in the student being ineligible to receive credit for the semester.  The parent or guardian shall be notified by mail after the 5th absence and by mail after the 8th absence that the student may not receive credit for the semester if they miss more than 10 days of class.  The student may be dropped from any class in which there have been more than 10 absences.  The 10-day letter shall also say that the parents may ask for a hearing to protest this decision.  If such a request is made, an attendance hearing must be called within ten (10) school days, during which time the student shall continue in class.  The members of this attendance hearing board shall be the Director of Attendance, the student, and his/her parents and/or guardians.  The Director of Attendance shall review all circumstances of the particular case and may decide to do any of the following:
1. Deny credit for the semester but allow student to remain in class.
2. Allow student to continue in the class for credit based on agreement made in the hearing with student, parent and/or guardian if there are extenuating circumstances.
3. Make recommendation to Superintendent that student be dropped from school.  If the student is dropped from school, the student may appeal this decision to the School Board.  A student dropped from school under this policy may re-enter the next semester.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Student Responsibilities
1. Attend all classes as scheduled, be prompt, and avoid tardies.
2. Always report to class first, then ask the teacher for a pass if you need to leave for any reason.
3. Check out with the attendance office prior to leaving campus except during scheduled lunch period.
4. Have all absences excused by parents before returning to class(es).


Parents Responsibilities
1. Call or send a note for each absence stating the nature of the absence.
2. Request a hearing if a student accumulates more than l0 days of absence and there is an adequate reason for the absence.

School Responsibilities
1. Notify the parent by mail when the student has missed 5 days in one semester.
2. Notify the parents by mail when the student reaches 8 days of absence.
3. Notify the parents by mail that credit has been lost on the day of the 11th absence.

Procedure to be followed when absent
1. When a student is absent from school, the parent or guardian must contact the Attendance Office by phone (386-4423 ext. 750), or by a written note. The parent must give the reason for the absence.  If at all possible the parent or guardian should notify the attendance office before or during the absence of the student.  If this is not possible, the parent should call or send a note at the time of the student's return to school.  THE ATTENDANCE CLERK MUST RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE ABSENCE.  If notification is not received within the 24 hour period, the absence will stand as previously recorded by the teacher reporting the absence.
2. No student, (whose parents have not contacted the school), may return to classes following an absence without an admit slip from the Attendance Office.  Students will check the excused list, therefore saving the student time upon returning to school.  Allow plenty of time in the morning to obtain the pass and get to class on time, realizing that there may be several other students in line to get passes.  All absences shall be classified as excused, unexcused, or pre-arranged by personnel in the Attendance Office.  The school administration shall have the final responsibility for determining the classification of all absences.  A student who returns to school after an absence without a phone call or note from parents will be given an unexcused absence regardless of the reason for the absence.  If the student feels the absence should be excused the parent or guardian must contact the attendance office, ONCE AGAIN WITHIN 24 HOURS.  The director of attendance will review the appeal and a decision will be made within 24 hours.
3. The teacher, attendance officers, and the Assistant Principal shall monitor the attendance of all students.  When a student is skipping school or has excessive absences, the parents or guardian shall be contacted.  Every effort shall be made to improve the student's attendance.  Good attendance and education of the student are closely related.

SIGN-OUT PROCEDURE

Students who may have cause to leave campus and be away during a portion of their scheduled school day are required to follow this procedure:
1. The student will have had a parent or guardian call the attendance office beforehand or present a note from his/her parent or guardian, dated, setting forth the time the student is to leave and where he/she is to go.  If one or the other of these is not done, the student will be denied permission to leave.  If the parent/guardian has called in, the student must also present a note or letter within 24 hours of the release.  This documentation will be placed in the student’s attendance file.
2. The student will sign the book with his/her name, destination, and time of leaving.
3. When returning from such signed-out absence the student will indicate "time in" and obtain an admit slip from the attendance office.
4. The exception to the above is in case of illness when the nurse takes the student home or to the doctor, at which time she will contact the attendance office and have the student signed out, or when a student goes home at lunch time and becomes ill.  The parent must call in to notify the school that student is ill and will not return.  At this time the attendance officer will sign that student out.
5. If the student does not follow the procedure as outlined above, he/she will be truant and the absence may be treated accordingly.
6. Students 18 years and older who live at home may sign themselves out if they have the proper paperwork on file in the attendance office.  The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must give written consent for the students to sign out in times of an emergency, doctor’s appointment, court appearance, or similar events.  The students must sign out at the attendance office.  Failure to follow these procedures will result in an absence and possibly a referral.
7. Students 18 years of age who do not live with a parent or guardian may sign themselves out at the attendance office if they have paper work on file stating that they are 18 years of age and do not live with their parents or guardians.  The parents or guardians must sign appropriate documentation and have the approval of the attendance director.  Students with the proper paper work may sign themselves out only in times of an emergency, doctor’s appointment, court appearance, or similar events.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

When an emergency evacuation signal is given, students and teachers need to give immediate attention.  The teacher will give directions for orderly movement from the room and students will obey quickly and quietly.

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Dr. Henry Schmitt Superintendent
Danny Hernandez   Principal
Mary Ann Sphar    Assistant Principal
Marquel Wheeler   Business Manager

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Buckeye, Arizona 85326
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