School Policies

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Grading Standards for Scholarship and Citizenship

In implementing the board policy on grading standards, the following guidelines shall be observed:

Grading

The following letter grades will be utilized to evaluate a student’s scholarship and citizenship grade on semester report cards and progress reports:

Criteria for Letter Grades in Scholarship

  1. A student merits a grade of “A” if he/she:
    1. Produces work that is superior in every respect and consistently scores an “A” on tests, daily work, and other assignments.
    2. Always completes assigned work and always completes make-up work when absent; completes challenging independent work which shows creativity and originality.
    3. Demonstrates knowledge of facts and principles and applies them to new and unfamiliar situations.
    4. Understands most objectives and works accurately with few errors.
    5. Participates actively in class activities, shows leadership, asks engaging questions, and is an outstanding contributor to class activities.
  2. A student merits a grade of “B” if he/she:
    1. Produces work that is above average, usually exceeds class standards on daily work, test, and other assignments.
    2. Consistently completes assigned work and does make-up work when absent; may complete some independent, challenging work showing competence and originality.
    3. Demonstrates knowledge of facts and principles and demonstrates ability to apply them in familiar situations.
    4. Understands most objectives and works accurately with few errors.
    5. Participates actively and shows some leadership; asks appropriate questions; contributes to class activities.
  3. A student merits a grade of “C” if he/she:
    1. Meets class standards on daily work, tests, and other assignments.
    2. Usually turns in assigned work when due; usually makes up work when absent; completes required class assignments and works at a satisfactory level of accuracy.
    3. Usually demonstrates knowledge of facts and principles and usually demonstrates ability to apply them in familiar situations.
    4. Usually understands objectives and works satisfactorily with some errors.
    5. Participates in and follows class discussions; asks questions; makes contributions and participates in other class activities.
  4. A student merits a grade of “D” if he/she:
    1. Consistently performs below class standards on tests, daily work, and other assignments.
    2. Does substantially less than average amount of work; usually does not make up work missed when absent; seldom completes required class assignments and works at an unsatisfactory level of accuracy.
    3. Sometimes demonstrates knowledge of facts and principles and frequently cannot demonstrate ability to apply them in familiar situations.
    4. Understands only a few objectives and works inaccurately with many errors.
    5. Seldom takes part in class activities; rarely contributes to class discussion; is often inattentive.
  5. A student merits the grade of “F” if he/she:
    1. Consistently fails to meet standards on tests, daily work, and other assignments.
    2. Does not complete or meet minimum requirements; seldom or never does assigned work or class tests, rarely makes up work missed when absent; usually does not complete required class assignments and works at an unsatisfactory level of accuracy.
    3. Shows little knowledge of facts and principles and cannot apply them in familiar situations.
    4. Rarely understands objectives and works inaccurately with many errors.
    5. Rarely takes part in class activities; rarely contributes to class discussion; is often inattentive.

Criteria for Letter Grades in Citizenship

Students will be assigned a grade every 6 weeks. The grades will be based on attendance and behavior (respecting others, following teacher directions, bringing materials to class). Students who accrue any combination of 5 tardies or truancies to any class will receive an automatic F in citizenship. Students may clear any combination of 5 tardies/truancies for one class by attending Saturday School. Students with a GPA below 2.0 in citizenship will be ineligible for all extracurricular activities (including band, cheer, etc.)

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Attendance Policy

For more information about our attendance policies, please contact Ms. Arlene Garcia, Attendance Technician, at 585-2002.

Compulsory Education

The California Education code (ref. EC 48200) states that every person between the ages of 6 and 18 years, not exempted, must attend school full-time.

Rationale

Regular school attendance represents an essential cornerstone for learning and is based on a partnership between home and school in promoting responsible attendance habits. The student, the parent(s), and the school share the responsibility for student attendance. Students are expected to attend class regularly and be on time. Continuity in the learning process is seriously disrupted by excessive absences. Regular attendance, punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility are important educational goals that are directly related to employability and success in future educational pursuits. Students who have good attendance generally achieve higher grades and enjoy school.

Excused Absences

The State of California allows for excused absences for the following reasons:

  1. Illness/Doctor’s appointment
  2. Medical, Dental, Optometric, or Chiropractic Services
  3. Funeral services of immediate family
  4. Jury Duty or Court Appearance

Unexcused Absences

Students are considered truant if they do not clear their absence within ten days. The following are not legitimate reasons for missing school:

  • Oversleeping
  • Any personal business that could be handled on own time
  • Working for an employer
  • Missing the bus
  • Car trouble

Excessive Excused Absences Contract

California Educational code enables School Districts to establish guidelines to curtail excessive excused absences. The Sweetwater Union High School District has established that it is reasonable to be absent 1 day a month (equivalent to 5 days per semester or 10 days in a school year). Having more days of excused absences than what the School District considers the “norm” will place your child under a “Excessive Excused Absence Contract.”

Procedures for 2010-2011:

  • When a child is absent the parent or guardian needs to call the attendance office Ms. Garcia, (585-2002) the day of the absence, or the student can bring a note to the attendance office the morning he/she returns.
  • Students need to obtain an admit card before school, at nutrition break or lunch, the day they return to school.
  • Students will have five days to clear the absence in order to obtain make-up work. If the student does not clear the absence within ten days, the teacher will not provide make-up work.
  • Students can clear the absence by attending Saturday Scholars in order to avoid further reduction of his/her grade.

Short Term Independent Study

A student, who needs to miss school for 5-15 days for reasons beyond his /her control, must contact their Assistant Principal to receive a Short-Term Independent Study Contract. The student must have signatures from all teachers and his/her parent before the absences begin. He/She should collect all work from the teachers in order to turn in work to the Assistant Principal on the day he/she arrives back to school.

Notification

  1. Automated phone calls will be made to the home for every period absence. The calls are generated between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have contacted the school that day to clear the absence, disregard the message. In order for this system to work, it is imperative to notify the main office of any home phone number change.
  2. A letter will be sent home for every three (3), six (6), and nine (9) unexcused absences per semester.
  3. Progress reports will be given to students on Oct. 15, Dec. 3, Mar. 11, and Apr. 22. The number of absences and tardies are printed on the progress report.
  4. Teachers will make a parent contact (phone or conference) when the student has five (5) excused or unexcused absences.
  5. The counselor will make parent contact (phone or conference) after seven (7) absences.
  6. The administrator will make parent contact (phone or conference) after ten (10) absences.

Off-Campus

Students are not allowed to leave campus without permission. If a student needs to leave the campus during the day (see Excused Absences above), the parent or guardian must contact the Attendance Office before the student leaves or the student must bring a note to the office before school.

The student will receive an Off-Campus slip after parent approval has been verified. Parents cannot clear a student for leaving early if they do not obtain the off-campus slip prior to leaving. Students who leave without permission will be considered truant and will face all the consequences described below.

Truants – Consequences

Teachers will provide consequences for students who fail to clear absences and are truant including the following:

  1. Lose participation points
  2. No make-up work for truancies/uncleared absences
  3. Teacher detention
  4. Students grades will be based on attendance (5 T’s and/or L’s = F) and on behavior (respecting others, following teacher directions, bringing materials to class)

Students with any number of truants will face any or all of progressive discipline:

  1. “O” Room
  2. Saturday Scholars
  3. Parent will accompany student to school
  4. Parent conference
  5. Referral to Systems of Support SOS/SST
  6. Pre “Student Attendance Review Board” (SARB) contract
  7. Referral to SARB
  8. Referral to court (Parent can be fined and student can be placed in juvenile hall).
  9. Alternative School Placement (Learning Center, Palomar, SAILS, Adult School, etc.)
  10. Drop first or last class with an F/F with agreement of parent
  11. Run the risk of not graduating from high school

Tardies

Students are considered tardy if they are not in class before the last bell rings. Remember that citizenship grades are based on attendance (5 T’s and/or L’s = F). Students who are habitually tardy will face further disciplinary action including, but not limited to, parent contact, Saturday School, Opportunity Class, and suspension.

The following activities will be implemented to mitigate tardies:

  1. No student will be allowed to use his/her locker after the bell.
  2. Random Tardy Sweeps will be conducted throughout the year.
  3. Administrators and Campus Assistant will issue Saturday school at their discretion to students who are seen late in the hallways more than once.
  4. All teachers will have a published and enforced tardy policy containing the teacher-implemented consequences for student tardiness. Students may elect campus beautification.
  5. Remember citizenship grades are based on attendance. If you have 5 or more T’s and/or L’s = F.

Saturday School to clear truancies

Saturday school will clear a maximum of 5 lates or truancies. The lates and truancies are cleared towards one class per Saturday session. It starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 12:00 p.m. Students who arrive late will be sent home and need to return the following Saturday. Students who fail to attend Saturday school will be placed on the Non-Privilege List, assigned an in-school suspension, or suspended from school for defiance of school rules.

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