Behavior Code

The Steele Canyon High School Behavior Code is provided to each student to ensure a safe, secure and orderly campus. A safe and orderly educational climate is conducive to learning for all students and promotes good citizenship, a quality necessary to function effectively in American society. The procedures in the Behavior Code comply with Steele Canyon Charter High School Board policies, as well as State and Federal Laws; they are based on timely and consistent consequences for conduct that is disruptive to our campus.

Steele Canyon High School desires to instill in its students a sense of responsibility, respect for others, respect for the school and respect for self. Students are expected to demonstrate responsible behavior that does not interfere with the safety, well-being, or educational opportunities for themselves or others.

Steele Canyon High School strives to teach students responsibility, self-discipline, and respect through defining student expectations and requiring acceptable standards of behavior. With this in mind, a set of School-Community Expectations has been developed as well as clear expectations of acceptable behavior and consequences for violations.

Steele Canyon High School recognizes that a well-ordered and safe environment can only occur in cooperation with all members of the school community to include students, staff, and parents.

SCHOOL-COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS

STUDENTS are expected:

  • to be drug, alcohol, and weapon free.

  • to behave in a safe and orderly manner.

  • to maintain a safe environment in the school.

  • to treat all members of the school community with respect.

  • to respect the property of others.

  • to follow all school rules and respect the authority and direction of school staff.

  • to seek nonviolent and constructive solutions to conflict.

  • to attend school daily and be on time to class.

  • to complete assigned work to the best of one’s ability, turn assignments in on time and be a contributing member

    of each class.

  • to practice responsible and honest behavior.

  • to participate in maintaining a clean campus.

  • to live healthy lifestyles.

  • to follow the dress code policy.

 

STAFF are expected:

  • to come to school prepared to teach all students regardless of the student’s knowledge and background.

  • to provide well-planned and well-conceived instruction each day.

  • to be empathetic to the needs, concerns and problems of each student.

  • to provide continual feedback to the students and parents to remain well-informed in assigned subject area(s).

PARENTS are expected:

  • to support the school’s rules and expectations.

  • to provide the time necessary at home to support their child’s academic program.

  • to become part of the school community willing to provide assistance in whatever ways possible.

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

 

Behavior: DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT AND BULLYING

Steele Canyon High School prohibits any harassment or discrimination that creates a hostile environment and jeopardizes equal education opportunities guaranteed by the California and United States Constitutions. All persons in public schools shall be afforded equal rights and opportunities in education regardless of their race, religion, creed, color, marital status, parental status, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, mental or physical disability, or any other distinguishable characteristic.

Steele Canyon High School prohibits bullying as defined in the Education Code to mean “any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, as defined, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, hate violence, or harassment, threats, or intimidation, that has the effect or can reasonably be predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable pupil as defined, in fear of harm to that pupil’s person or property, causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance, or causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the school.”

Bullying (including cyber-bullying), harassment, or intimidation in any form is prohibited at school or school-related activities (including off campus events, school-sponsored activities, school buses, any event related to school business) or outside of school hours with the intention to be carried out during any of the above.

DRESS CODE

  • Students are expected to maintain a safe environment in the school.

Steele Canyon is a place of learning and business. Student dress and appearance should reflect this image. Students are expected to exercise good judgment regarding their attire and grooming so as not to disrupt the educational environment and to establish a healthy school climate. Clothing must be clean, in good repair and worn in such a manner as to exercise good taste. The dress code is a dynamic document. Changes may be made any time during the school year.

DRESS CODE SPECIFICS:

  • No display of profane, obscene or sexually suggestive language, pictures or gestures

  • No alcohol/tobacco product or any controlled substance logos, pictures, or slogans.

  • No logos that represent racism or hate.

  • No gang-related clothing.

  • No head gear including hats, caps, nets, bandanas, sweatbands, beanies, hoods, etc.

  • No chest cleavage allowed

  • No tank tops of any kind allowed

  • No cold shoulder cut-out or off the shoulder blouses

  • The hem of skirts, slits in skirts and shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh

  • Shirt tops must cover shoulder, back, and be of length to tuck in when arms are raised. (No baremidriff)

  • No stylish bras worn as shirts, mesh, lace or sheer (without lining) clothing over bare skin.

  • Pants will be worn at the waist-no sagging (No underwear showing)

  • No pajamas, slippers or blankets

  • Belts will not hang more than four (4) inches beyond the buckle

  • No Spike Jewelry of any sort and any length of spike

  • No wallet- or waist-chains

  • All straps or suspenders will be fastened

  • No steel-toed footwear or roller skates (Heelies) of any kind

  • Footwear must be worn at all times while at school or school-sponsored activities

  • Items which are worn or displayed to support various causes such as the fight against various forms of cancer must not display inappropriate words, phrases, or logos.

     

The school administration may disallow other types of clothing that may jeopardize a safe and orderly environment for the students and school staff.

 

Consequences:

Consequences will include a referral to the Assistant Principal for modification of the student dress to correct the violation. Students will be asked to change into a Steele Canyon T-shirt and/or Steele Canyon shorts. Further violations will result in suspension/parent conference. Loaner clothing not returned will result in a fine of $10 per item.

Consequences of violating the no headgear policy:

1st Offense: 2nd Offense: 3rd Offense:

Confiscation of headgear - student picks up at the end of the day.
Parent will have to pick up.
Headgear will remain in Assistant Principal’s Office until the end of the term.

Behavior: TARDIES

  • Students are expected to attend school daily and be on time to class. A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in their assigned class/seat when the bell rings for class to begin.

  • Tardiness represents a disruption to the learning environment of a classroom, a violation of school rules, and ultimately, defiance of the teacher’s expectation of punctuality.

Consequences:

May include referral, detention, Saturday school, lowering of conduct or participation grade as outlined in syllabus. If problem persists, student may have loss of privileges (i.e. dances, a full week of lunch detentions), or a referral to SART or Alternative Ed.

 

 

Behavior: TRUANCY

  • Students are expected to attend school daily and be on time to class.

  • Truancy occurs when a student is absent from any portion of a class or classes without a valid excuse and/or parental permission. Students are expected to bring in a J-31 card or have a parent/guardian call the Attendance Office , within three (3) school days of the absence.

Consequences:

Parent contact by school official with no make-up credit on class assignments. In addition, one or more of the following consequences will be assigned:

  • Lunch detention

  • Saturday school

  • Teacher-assigned classroom consequences

  • Lunch-time campus clean-up

  • After school campus clean-up

  • Loss of on-campus parking privileges

  • Loss of privilege to be a guest at a dance at another school

  • Loss of privilege to bring a guest to a dance

  • Loss of privilege to attend a school-sponsored long distance travel trip

  • Loss of privilege to attend a school sponsored event

  • Work permits will be issued only on a probationary basis and employer will be notified of attendance problems at

    school by school official

  • Truancy letter

  • School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting

  • Possible alternative academic placement

     

4th offense: Habitual Truant

Habitual truancy is defined by Steele Canyon High School and California Education Code 48260-48263 as being absent without a valid excuse for three (3) periods or (3) days, or a combination thereof, in one school year. Habitual truancy may result in a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting with the Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor and the student’s teachers to determine appropriate action. The student and family may be forwarded to the school district for a hearing and referral for legal proceedings.

Behavior: OUT-OF-BOUNDS

  • Students are expected to maintain a safe environment in the school.

Designated areas of campus are closed to students during assemblies, breaks and lunch. Out-of-bounds areas include, but are not limited to, parking lots, fire lanes, athletic fields, private property and areas surrounding the campus. Out-of-bounds areas are marked on cement walkways with a red line. (See Searches and Seizures and Closed Campus for additional information). Students are not allowed in the parking lot with exception of the start and end of his or her school day. Students have 7 minutes to exit parking lot at lunch. Otherwise gates will be locked until the end of lunch.

Consequences:

Students loitering in these areas during the school day will be referred to the Assistant Principal and may be subject to search. Penalties may range from parent contact to suspension.

 

 

Behavior: CLOSED CAMPUS/OFF-CAMPUS PASSES

  • Students are expected to maintain a safe environment in the school.

Steele Canyon High School is a closed campus. This means that a student may not leave the campus until his/her school day has been completed. In emergencies, a parent may call the Attendance Office and make arrangements for a student to leave early. A student who needs to leave campus during the school day must obtain an off-campus pass through the Attendance Office in advance (See Out of Bounds for additional information).

Consequences:

Students who leave the campus without permission and then return are subject to search. Penalties may range from Saturday School to suspension, in addition to consequences relative to any items found in thesearch.

Behavior: CHEATING

Students are expected...

  • To practice responsible and honest behavior.

  • To complete assigned work to the best of one’s ability, turn assignments in on time and be a contributing class. member of each Acts of academic dishonesty which will not be tolerated by Steele Canyon High School, are listed below:

    • Cheating on tests

    • Fabrication (any intentional falsification or invention of date, citation, or other authority in an academic exercise

    • Unauthorized collaboration

    • Plagiarism (stealing and passing off as one’s own the words or ideas of another)

    • Electronic plagiarism (copying words or ideas from the internet and passing them off as one’s own)

    • Theft or alteration of materials

Consequences:
First Offense: Any student committing any of the six unacceptable behaviors defined above will lose credit for the assignment or test with no make-up permitted, receive a referral to the Assistant Principal and parent contact will be made.
Second offense: Academic dishonesty in the same class will result in a referral to the Assistant Principal for removal from the class with a “withdrawal/failure” grade and a loss of credit. Parent will be notified.
Third or succeeding offense: If a student commits academic dishonesty a third time, regardless of the class in which it occurs, it will result in a referral to the Assistant Principal for removal from that class with a “withdrawal/failure” grade and loss of credit.

Behavior: CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR

Students are expected...

  • To attend school daily and be on time to class.

  • To behave in a safe and orderly manner.

  • To treat all members of the school community with respect.

  • To follow all school rules and respect the authority and direction of school staff.

  • To complete assigned work to the best of one’s ability, turn assignments in on time and be a contributing member in class

Consequences:
Disruptive or defiant behavior may result in a warning, parent conference, referral to the office, suspension, and/or removal from the class.
A second referral in the same class after having had other interventions may result in the student being removed from class, or being referred to alternative placement.
A safety violation affecting the well-being of the student, others in the class or equipment will result in immediate removal from class with loss of credit. (See Behavior: 8900 Section F, I, K for additional information)

Behavior: EXCESSIVE DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Students are expected...

  • To treat all members of the school community with respect.

  • To practice responsible and honest behavior.

Excessive displays of affection are inappropriate on school grounds or at school sponsored activities. “Excessive” refers to kissing, inappropriate touching, necking, and other physical demonstrations considered to be inappropriate when conducted in public.

Consequences:

Students who continue to engage in excessive displays of affection after a warning will have parents contacted. Penalties may range from warning to suspension.

 

Behavior: ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students are expected to maintain a safe environment in the school.

Cell phones are not permitted to be used, visible, or “on” during class time. The device must be put away in the “off” position. Violation of this rule will result in confiscation of the item. Students will not be allowed to leave class to make calls.

Parents are encouraged to contact their wireless provide to check on the availability of time restrictions for cell phone use during school hours. This is available from most carriers for a nominal monthly fee.

 

The school will not be responsible for nor investigate the loss or theft of cellular phones or other electronic devices. To ensure the safety of all students, to protect personal property, and ensure the educational process is not disrupted, cameras, radios, recording devices, I-Pods, MP3s and CD players may not be used during class time except with teacher permission. CAMERAS, CELL PHONES, AND IPODS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN ALL LOCKER ROOMS, AND MUST BE KEPT OUT OF SIGHT AT ALL TIMES.

Consequences:

Referral to Assistant Principal, parent contact, and request for parent to pick up device from the Assistant Principal. If a student continues to violate the electronic device policy, this will be considered defiance and the student may be suspended.

 

Behavior: PUT-DOWNS, DISPARAGING REMARKS, RACIAL SLURS

  • Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.

Comments or remarks that cause embarrassment, feelings of powerlessness, loss of self-confidence, or reduced ability to perform schoolwork, and increased absenteeism or tardiness will not be tolerated. This includes unwelcome verbal or sexual advances, or disrespectful remarks, which may be related to gender, culture, or ethnic background. (See Sexual Harassment, Harassment, Threats, and Intimidation for additional information.)

Off-campus speech, including electronic messages, blogs, or postings, which causes a material and substantial disruption on campus may be subject to school discipline.

Consequences:

Penalties may range from referral to the Assistant Principal to referral to an alternative educational placement.

 

 

Behavior: BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER SKATES & ROLLER BLADES

Students are expected...

  • To behave in a safe and orderly manner.

  • To maintain a safe environment in the school.

Skateboards, skates, and rollerblades will NOT be allowed to be used on campus at any time. In order to maintain a safe campus for our students and to prevent accidents, bicycles may not be ridden on campus. Students who choose to ride bicycles to school must wear a helmet and, are responsible for their security and are encouraged to lock them to prevent theft. Students who bring skateboards, skates, or rollerblades to school are asked to store them in the Assistant Principal’s office or in a classroom.

Consequences:

Skateboards, skates, rollerblades carried through the day will be confiscated and must be picked up in the Assistant Principal’s Office by a parent. Riding a bicycle on campus will result in forfeiture of the privilege to bring a bike on campus. The Administration will not be responsible for missing, lost or stolen items in this category.

 

 

Behavior: BUS TRANSPORTATION
Students are expected...

  • To behave in a safe and orderly manner.

Bus riders to and from school, for athletics, on field trips or any school-sponsored event must follow the directions of the driver, remain seated, refrain from throwing any object in or out of the bus and exhibit good manners toward other passengers.

Consequences:

Referral to the Assistant Principal written by the bus driver and parent contact. Penalties may range from warning to suspension from the bus and/or bus transportation may be canceled for the term.

 

 

Behavior: CLEAN CAMPUS

  • Students are expected to participate in maintaining a clean campus.

Students are expected to pick up trash and dispose of it in the containers on campus or in the restrooms in addition to other appropriate actions that help maintain a clean campus.

Consequences:

Penalties may range from reminders to suspension and may include school service.

 

Behavior: COMPUTER/INTERNET ETHICS

  • Students are expected to practice responsible and honest behavior.

Students are expected to use the network to pursue intellectual activities, seek resources, and access libraries. Using the network for illegal, inappropriate, e-mail/chat/bulletin board-related or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities will result in consequences for such violations. Other violations that will receive consequences include: intentionally disrupting network traffic or crashing the network and connected systems; degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance; using school computing resources for commercial or financial gain or fraud; stealing data, equipment, or intellectual property; willful destruction of property; gaining unauthorized access of others files or vandalizing the data of another user; gaining or seeking to gain unauthorized access to resources or entities; forging electronic mail messages or using an account owned by another user; wastefully using finite resources; invading the privacy of individuals; posting anonymous messages; saving any information to district hard drives; possessing any data which might be considered a violation of these rules in paper, magnetic (disk), or any other form. Students should be aware that any images online which show inappropriate behavior on the school campus will be used as evidence in disciplinary proceedings.

Consequences:

Penalties may range from detention to suspension and may include removal of computer privileges for one day or longer.

 

 

Behavior: GAMBLING

Students are expected...

  • To maintain a safe environment in the school.

  • To practice responsible and honest behavior.

    Gambling of any type will not be tolerated. Participation in dice games or any form of gambling on or near the school campus is not only a violation of the behavior code, but also a violation of California Penal Codes.

Consequences:

Penalties may range from confiscation of gambling artifacts and money, to referral to the Assistant Principal, parent notification, suspension, and notification of law enforcement.

 

Behavior: GANGS

Students are expected...

  • To behave in a safe and orderly manner.

  • To be drug-, alcohol- and weapon-free.

  • To maintain a safe environment in the school.

    Gang-related behavior or intimidation on campus will not be tolerated at Steele Canyon. Graffiti and/or vandalism on school property or the property of others is unacceptable. Clothing as well as backpacks, book covers, notebooks, etc., that display or depict logos, pictures or names of racist groups or gangs are prohibited. Writing or etching implements used for graffiti vandalism that may include paint pens, spray paint, markers, sharpies etc. are prohibited on campus.

Consequences:

Penalties may range from referral to the Assistant Principal to recommendation to the Principal for expulsion. Parents will be contacted and items will be confiscated. Contact will be made with Law Enforcement with the possibility of arrest if the student is in violation of any city ordinance or Health and Safety or Penal Code or if gang activity or association is suspected.

 

 

Behavior: SPORTSMANSHIP

Students are expected...

  • To behave in a safe and orderly manner.

  • To treat all members of the school community with respect.

Athletes and fans/spectators are to show respect for all coaches, teammates, teachers, officials, spectators, opponents, school facilities, and equipment at all times. Negative behavior including verbal insults and gesturing will not be tolerated.

Consequences:

Penalties may include a warning and ejection from sporting event. Continuing violations may result in suspension from future events.

 

 

Behavior: UNSUPERVISED ACTIVITIES/GAMES/HORSEPLAY

Students are expected...

  • To behave in a safe and orderly manner.

  • To maintain a safe environment in the school.

    Horseplay of any sort will not be allowed on campus due to the tendency of such activity to escalate into fighting and the danger of injury.

Consequences:

Penalties may range from warning and parent contact to suspension.

 

 

Behavior: STUDENT PARKING PERMITS

Students are expected...

  • To have parking permit to park on campus.

Consequences:

1st Offense: Warning
2nd Offense: Revocation of permission to park on campus.

Steele Canyon High School, A California Charter School 

12440 Campo Road, Spring Valley, CA 91978 

619-660-3500 


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It is the policy of the State of California to afford all persons in public schools, regardless of their disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code, including immigration status, equal rights, and opportunities in the educational institutions of the state. The purpose of this chapter is to prohibit acts that are contrary to that policy and to provide remedies therefor. 

 

Uniform Compliant Procedures can be found HERE.