Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at Community Day School (CDS). This handbook has been prepared to help you and your parent understand the policies and practices of your school. During your time here, you will have many opportunities to acquire new knowledge, make new friends and participate in a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. Earning an education is both your right and your responsibility. You must do your part, as a student at CDS, to make this a reality. As you continue with your studies, this handbook will be a helpful guide in your school success.
Students are enrolled at Community Day School after a parent/student conference where alternative education options are considered. Referrals to CDS are the result of California Educational Code violations, late enrollment to the district without prior school attendance, deficit credits or attendance problems at your home school. The length of placement at CDS can be from 45 to 180 school days.
According to a student’s rehabilitation plan, put into place by Dennis Wiechmann, Supervisor-Child Welfare and Attendance, a student can return to their comprehensive school if they meet their Rehabilitation Plan. Generally this plan includes but is not limited too:
Ø 2.0 G.P.A
Ø 97% Positive Attendance
Ø Satisfactory Behavior
Ø No Suspensions
Ø Community Service Hours
Ø Pass Random Drug Test
The Community Day School will prepare students to earn a diploma and achieve their goals beyondg raduation.
The Community Day School will provide the pathway that empowers students to master foundational skills and build the bridges that span their present needs to their future dreams.
Mavericks will provide rigorous expectations through a variety of engaging lessons and activities utilizing accountability and rewards.
For the safety and well being of everyone at Community Day School, we have installed recording security cameras. These are located at strategic positions inside and outside the classrooms and around the school building at 9th Street and “L”.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL CLASSROOMS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SECURITY CAMERAS
Ø The SUSD dress code will be enforced, with special attention to the following:
Ø Garments that display red or blue colors (small or large), on shirts, jackets, belts, shoe laces, or sweaters are not permitted. Clothing that has wording, pictures or other phrases that identify with neighborhood groups will not be worn at school.
Ø No hats (unless school afflilated), caps, hairnets or any hair covering are allowed during school hours.
Ø No body piercing (earrings are the only accepted body piercing jewelry).
Ø Emblems, buttons, or offensive slogans/logos are prohibited. This includes logos promoting alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, gangs, etc.
Ø Sandals are permitted. No slippers or pajamas.
Ø Skirts and blouses may not expose the midriff.
Ø Exaggerated sagging or baggy pants will not be permitted.
Ø Shirts with open sides are not acceptable. This also includes tank tops for boys, halter-tops for girls, see through jerseys without an undershirt, sleeveless undershirts worn as outergarments. “Trench Coats” are unacceptable for school attire.
Ø Skirts and shorts must extend to the wearers fingertips when their arms are at their sides. Miniskirts are not allowed.
The school maintains a closed campus for students. This means that students are to remain on campus from the time that they arrive to the end of the school day.
Once you arrive on school grounds in the morning, you are not to leave for any reason without specific permission from the principal or designee.
CDS students cannot go to Sanger High School or other school campuses at any time (morning, during school time or after school) without prior Administration Authorization.
GANG ACTIVITY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
Any identifiable “gang” symbols or gang activities, violating school policy will not be tolerated. Activities such as graffiti, tattoos and pen markings, gang hand-signals or gestures, colored handkerchiefs, clothing affiliated with gang membership or identifiable“gang” symbols or activities, violating school policy on gang activity will be reported to administration and to the student’s parent. These actions may result in an expulsion hearing.
(Public Displayed Affection)
Ø Body contact is limited to holding hands only.
NO FOUL LANGUAGE
Students will be suspended for habitual profanity or vulgarity.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Each teacher will work with his or her classes in establishing effective and reasonable classroom boundaries with students. Classroom rules will be given to students and systematically taught and practiced with the class for understanding of what is expected. The principal will discuss behavioral expectations with every student and parent at orientation.
IN THE CLASSROOM, THE FOLLOWING IS EXPECTED FROM STUDENTS:
Ø No eating or drinking in any classroom – this includes gum when it becomes a distraction
Ø Arrive to school on time everyday
Ø Listen to and follow the directions of all staff
Ø Bring books, IPads, and materials to class and participate in all class activities
Ø Courteousness Counts -Observe and practice good manners
The CDS Levels system is intended to focus students on meeting the school mission: earning a diploma and meeting their goals beyond graduation. There are four levels of conduct and privileges where students will be placed:
Orientation Level: New students begin in this level until they have a GPA.
Level I: < 2.0 GPA, > 2 office referrals (No privileges, escorted bathroom breaks, no activity day, must attend tutorials)
Level II: 2.0 – 2.49 GPA, staff approval (Activity Day, unescorted restroom breaks, OK for SHS events)
Level III: 2.50+ GPA, staff approval (Activity Day, unescorted restroom breaks, OK for SHS events, )
The teachers log their grades every Wednesday and new GPAs are posted every Thursday. Students have the opportunity to improve their level every Friday.
SANGER HIGH EVENTS
Some students will have the privilege and the opportunity to attend events such as, but not limited to: football games, basketball games, dances and graduation. However, Sanger High School officials may deny entrance to their events to whomever they choose. Students should check with CDS staff before an event to see if they are eligible to attend these events. To receive permission from CDS, students will need the following:
Ø 2.0 G.P.A.
Ø Satisfactory Behavior
Ø Level 2 or 3 on weekly Levels List
This privilege can be suspended or revoked at any time for any ed. code violation, as well as being denied by the Supervisor of Child, Welfare and Attendance.
Many students will complete all their assignments during school hours. Some students will need to spend at least four hours a week to complete assignments and maintain at least a “C” average. Students falling behind in their work will be required to attend either “Homework Lunch” or “Activity/Tutorial Period” until they complete their missing assignments. Parents and students may request a list of missing assignments from the office any time.
It is your responsibility to inform the bus driver that you need to be transported to Community Day School. Once the student arrives, students may not leave CDS for any reason. If you have business on the main campus, arrangements will be made for you.
BUS TRANSPORTATION IS APRIVILEGE
All students riding the bus are expected to demonstrate the following behavior:
Ø Be on time at the bus stop. Please do not leave trash at the bus stop area. No eating or drinking while on the bus
Ø Remain seated while the bus is moving
Ø Refrain from using obscene or vulgar language and being loud and boisterous
Ø Fights on the bus will result in students being suspended
Ø STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW BUS RULES MAY LOSE THEIR PRIVILEGE TO RIDE THE SCHOOL BUS.
Ø Please be aware that all busses are equipped with security cameras
LUNCH AND BREAKFAST
CDS students receive free breakfest and lunch.. A student must sign in to request lunch or breakfast. If student does not sign in and request lunch/breakfast, none will be reserved for the student.
Outside food is only permitted with prior permission from the principal. Parents may sign-out students for lunch.
In the common areas students are expected to:
Ø Demonstrate courtesy and respect while waiting in the lunch line
Ø Maintain positive school behavior by keeping your place in line and not cutting in front of others
Ø Make sure that your disposable containers are thrown into the trash can and your eating area is clean
Ø Remain seated at tables while eating
Ø Students must have a valid California driver’s license if they drive and park on campus
Ø All student’s automobiles are subject to school and police inspection
Ø Student drivers are expected to drive safely at all times
Ø Cars are not a place to “hang out” during breaks or lunch
Ø NO LEAVING CAMPUS in your vehicle until school is out
We conduct classes on a two grading systems: a trimester system for 7/8th grades and a semester system for 9/10th grades. Ending dates are as followed:
November 13, 2015 (trimester 1 ends)
December 18, 2015 (semester 1 ends)
March 4, 2016 (trimester 2 ends)
June 10, 2016 (trimester 3 and semester 2 ends)
Grades are posted weekly. Additionally,progress grades are mailed home every 6 weeks.
Grades are calculated the following way in all classes:
Productive Period 35%
Quizzes and Tests 55%
Our staff is committed to communicating with parents regarding grades through phone calls and parent conferences. No student will fail a class without parents being notified that their student isi n jeopardy of failing.
Ø Students shall not report to school during the period of suspension, except in the case of an on-campus suspension, unless coming to the office on official business by prior arrangement with a school administrator. Students are expected to be under the supervision of a parent/guardian during school hours (7:00 am - 4:00 pm) when serving suspension days at home.
Ø Students are not allowed to attend any school event on any school campus during suspension.
Ø The responsibility of obtaining both class work and homework lies with the student. The teacher may require the student to complete any assignments and tests missed during their suspension.
Cell phones, CD players, MP3s, hand held games, including PSP player etc. are not permitted during the school day. These items can be distracting for other students and are easily stolen. The school will not be responsible for confiscated items that are lost or stolen. The first offense for breaking this rule will result in the device being held until the end of the day. The second offense will result in the principal or designee keeping the item until a parent conference. The third offence will result in behavior plan with the student and parent.
Backpacks are permitted on all school days. Backpacks that are blue or red or have graffiti on them such as marijuana leaves, 4:20, profanity, vulgarity or any other artwork or language deemed offensive by the principal or designee is not permitted. In order to maintain a safe school environment, the principal may search backpacks and purses at any time.
Textbooks for all the core classes are stored in the classrooms. Each student will be loaned books free of charge. Students will be held accountable for any lost, stolen, or damaged books. Students will be required to pay the cost for replacement of books.
VANDALISM AND PROFANITY
Acts of vandalism will not be tolerated and may result in a suspension from school, the requirement of restitution, and a report to the police. No profane or inappropriate language will be permitted. Also, no remarks or language intended as racial or ethnic slurs will be tolerated.
Students bringing dangerous objects (any type of knives, sharp objects, spiked clothing,fireworks, lighters, jewelry, toy guns, or other tools that may be used as a weapon) to school should know that they can be charged with a felony under state and federal law punishable by jail time and a substantial fine. The school board also has the right to expel students found guilty of bringing deadly weapons to school.
In order to provide a safe, pleasant learning environment for everyone, neither harassment nor bullying will be tolerated
TARDY TO CLASS
Tardies count against a student’s positive attendance, will initiate the SARB process, and can jeopardize a student’s return to their home school.
VIOLATION OF DRESS CODE
Students will adhere to the district dress code. A“loaner” shirt provided by the school will cover tops that violate the district dress code. Students failing to return“loaners” will be charged $10
In order to maintain a quiet learning environment no cellular phones are permitted during school hours and regular phone calls (incoming to the office) will not be allowed unless it is an emergency. Emergency calls must be from an immediate family member.
STEP 1: VERBALWARNING
STEP 2: DIRECTSTUDENT TO CHANGE SEATS
STEP 3: TIMEOUT
STEP 4: PAPER REFERRAL TO THE CMPUS MONITOR (Logged in discipline history) aka THINK TIME (3 MAX)
STEP 5: WORKING LUNCH (4 TT)
STEP 6: AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION (5TT)
STEP 7: MAJOR REFERRAL (6TT)
B. PARENT CONFERENCE
C. BEHAVIOR CONTRACT
STEP 8: MAJOR REFERRAL (7TT)
A. OFF CAMPUS SUSPENSION
B. DANGER HEARING / RECOMMENDATION FOR TRANSFER
***MAJOR VIOLATIONS WILL SKIP TO STEP 8 / PRINCIPAL'S DISCREATION ***
HOMEWORK LUNCH TUTORIALCLASS
Students are assigned Homework Lunch or MANDATORY INTERVENTION by staff when students are in jeopardy of failing BELOW 65% . Students MUST attend these interventions. Students who do not attend assigned interventions will receive written referrals showing that they are not complying with school procedures. Failure to attend interventions can result in failing grades, suspensions for defiance, and ultimately expulsion.