Valley High School expects all students to behave responsibly and to display good citizenship. We ask that parents and students read, understand and sign their committment to the school rules.
Compliance with school rules enables students to earn priveleges and rewards, and helps them develop readiness to return to a public educational setting. Non compliance with school rules may incur in school consequences such as loss of points, loss of priveleges, detention, after school and, in extreme cases, suspension.
It is Valley High School's policy to work in conjunctiuon with parents, guardians and support persons to address and ameliorate student misbehaviors. Our Positive Behavior Support Program is designed to assist students in recognizing misbehaviors, taking responsibility for them and learning to use appropriate alternative behaviors.
Valley High School utilizes Positive Behavior Support techniques as described in Title 5 Behavior Regulations of the Education Code and the Hughes Bill. Behavioral techniques are implemented to help facilitate appropriate behaviors. Consistency is an integral part of the program.
In addition to the teachers offering reinforcement and immediate feedback to the students, a two-tiered positive reinforcement system is utilized whereby students earn points for appropriate academic and behavioral tasks. The first part of out two-tiered positive behavioral system is an accumulation of points. Points can be accumulated in two ways. Students earn points based upon their daily attendance and class time arrivals. Points are also accumulated depending upon the amount of assignments completed and the percentages received. Points are exchanged for money at the end of the week. This money will then be distributed to the students, or their parents at their request.
Students will also be graded for their behavior each period. The student will receive a level of 0 to 3 in .5 increments. A student then receives reinforcements based on his/her accumulation of levels. At the end of the day, the student's levels are calculated into a daily percentage. Reinforcers are given out on a daily basis in the form on monetary regards. Those students earning 0% to 66% receive no money. Students earning 67% to 77% receive 15 cents, students earning 78% to 88% receive 20 cents, and those earning 89% to 100% receive 25 cents. There is a student of the week and month from each homeroom. These students receive monetary rewards as well.
The school store is another positive reward used to motivate out students. Students shop on a weekly basis for items such as MP3 players, cameras, batteries, and many personal items (cologne, hairspray, etc.)Teachers focus as much as possible on reinforcing each student's positive behavior. If a student is not responding to interventions such as level drops or loss of points, other intervention (time out, owed time, detention, etc.) may be implemented.
Most students are able to modify their problem behaviors and exhibit appropriate behaviors through the reinforcements they receive via the behavior management system. However, occasionally, a particular student may need a more structured system to help them improve. There are also times when teaching staff want to help student change specific behaviors even though that student generally does well. Once specific behaviors of students have been identified, special contract may be implemented to help shape these behaviors.
Enter classroom quietly with appropriate behavior. Go directly to your assigned area.
Be respectful of peers, staff, and environment.
Use appropriate language.
Student in hallway needs a pass.
Always walk in school (except when appropriate in P.E. activities)
Grooming and make-up should be done before school, at break, at lunch, or during earned free time.
Cell phones, MP3 players and personal items are not to be used in the classroom.
No eating or drinking during class time.
Students are not to chew gum at any time.
No horseplay or personal contact in school.
All owed time and work will be made up at the first available free time.
Work must be done at the student's desk.
Student may not answer phones or touch thermostats, lights, television, V.C.R.s, etc. unless asked to by a teacher.
Students are responsible for keeping the classroom neat and clean.
No gang-related behavior or attire (verbal, signing, or writing.)
Go directly to your group area upon entering the classroom.
Be prepared for each group. Pens, pencils, point sheets, and books are essential.
Remain in your group area at all times unless given permission by our group teacher.
There should not be any talking or communicating across the room to other groups.
Point cards must be signed immediately after each class. No points or levels will be given during the following class.
Levels will be dropped for not having materials at hand.
All students are required to carry a pass when leaving the classroom for any reason. The student needs a returning time and staff signature to re-enter the class. If a student is not in possession of a pass upon returning he/she will be given a level drop and will owe the time that was missed in class, to be made up during break or lunch. In addition, the student will have the return to the original destination of pass and receive a new pass.
If the student refuses to comply with rules, he/she will be required to take a time-out or spend time in detention. Each classroom will have a bathroom pass and a water pass, which will be issued to students. Only one student per class will be allowed to use the bathroom or water pass at a time.
STUDENT DRESS CODE All clothing must be worn in an appropriate fashion.
Shoes must be worn at all times (no slippers, socks, etc.)
Shorts must be appropriate. No running shorts or short shorts.
Shirts and blouses must cover the belly button and be buttoned. (shirts and blouses must be opaque; not see through.)
Undergarments must be worn.
No hats, gloves or sunglasses are to be worn inside.
Bandannas, red and blue shoelaces may not be worn.
Pants and shirts must not be torn or have holes.
Students coming to school inappropriately dress will be asked to change into clothes provided by the school or return home and change.
Students should not wear shirts with team logos, advertisements for alcoholic beverages, gang related drawings, gory or morbid drawings (skills, knives with blood, etc.) or sexually explicit pictures, etc.
Students should not wear navy blue nor red t-shirts, not should they wear clothes that are all green or purple.
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PLAN Every student and transportation staff is trained on transportation safety rules and regulations. At a minimum of once a year, transportation staff receives a review of transportation rules and policies. Procedure for reporting of accidents and behavioral incidents is reviewed. Van care, reporting of required maintenance and cleanliness issues, are also reviewed.
Parents and students are apprised of van rules and policies during the intake process and are required to sign a release giving Valley High School permission to provide transportation to and from school, and on field trips. We demonstrate and review van rules and safety procedures with the students at the beginning of each semester. They sign a document acknowledging their understanding of van rules and demonstrate their intent to follow them.
Each driver is equipped with a two-way radio, or cell phone to maintain contact with the school in case of any emergency. Transportation to and from school is provided for all Valley High School students. Students are only picked up and dropped off in front of their residence, unless we have parent verification for an alternate location. If a student misses the school van, the parent or designee may transport the student to school. We try to provide late pick-ups whenever possible. An Administrator, with parent permission, may allow a student to use public transportation.
Students are expected to adhere to the same rules of conduct on the school van as they would at school. Those students who continually and willfully disrupt the van ride home may be suspended, or denied transportation.
VAN OPERATION RULES - STUDENTS
1)Be ready for the van at the pick up time.
2) Sit in your assigned seat. Stay seated for the entire van ride. 3) Respect the personal space of all others on the van. 4)Respect school property. Respect the van and the van driver. 5)Take all of your things, and trash with you when you leave the van. 6)Wear your seatbelt. 7) Speak to the van driver politely 8)The van driver controls the radio. 9)Get off the van only at your assigned stop. 10)When you have questions, talk to the transportation supervisor. PLEASE DO NOT! YELL OUT OF THE WINDOW. PUT ANYTHING OUT OF THE WINDOW. OPEN THE DOOR WHILE THE VAN IS IN MOTION.
Time Out is designed to be used for students who are having difficulty functioning successfully or appropriately in the classroom. Time Out presents a positive alternative to help manage behaviors or events that might escalate into potentially dangerous situations for the students of the classroom. The purpose of Time Out is to let the student know s/he is unable to work effectively in the classroom and needs some quiet time alone.
CONTRABAND There are a variety of items which are considered contraband. Some of them are: 1.Cell phones, MP3 players, CD Players, etc. 2.Hair brushes, picks and other grooming items. 3.Food or candy outside of lunch time. 4.More money than a student's allotment. 5.Cigarettes and lighters or matches. 6.Dice. 7.Drugs. 8.Weapons (knife, firearm, chains, stick, etc.) Upon entering the school program, students are informed that the above items are not allowed at school and that any contraband items found on their person will be immediately confiscated and consequences applied. With many of the less serious items listed above, teaching staff will confiscate the item when they discover it on the student. If a student refuses to cooperate, the teacher will inform administration.
If a student is in position of either a weapon or drugs or under the influence of drugs, the student will be escorted to the office of the Principal.
If the Principal determines that the student is under the influence of drugs, appropriate medical action will be taken and the student will be returned to parent/guardian custody. If drugs are found in a student's possession, the police will be called to cite, or arrest the student. Possession of dangerous weapons or drugs may be grounds for discharge.
Assault of peers or staff may be grounds for discharge.
STUDENT SUSPENSION Valley High School follows required suspension guidelines established by the State and Federal mandate. The Los Angeles Unified School District defines suspension as the removal of a student, for adjustment purposes, from ongoing instruction. The school Principal, or the Principal's designee, may suspend a student from the school for no more than 5 consecutive school days, and no more than 10 days in one school year. LAUSD Bulletin 3819 should be referenced for further information in regards to the legal ramifications of suspension. It is the policy of Valley High School that suspension of students from class, transportation, or school only be used as a last resort when a student engages in misconduct. We believe that alternate methods that can be applied in school to address and remediate misbehaviors should be used to the fullest effect before suspension is given. We believe that students gain greater benefit from participating in school based learning and intervention, and that suspension prevents this from happening in a timely manner. Therefore, suspension is used when other methods of in-school and after-school correction have been applied and shown ineffective.
Valley High School generally applies student suspension in the following circumstances:
Act of violence towards a peer, or staff member.
Destruction of school, staff or other property in excess of 100.00
Behavior that significantly impacts the safe operation of the school campus.
Threats of terrorism, or assault to peers or staff members
Possession and/or use of contraband that impacts the safe operation of the school campus, such as: narcotics, alcohol or weapons.
Sexual misconduct, either verbal, or physical towards peers, or staff members.
Ongoing, pervasive misconduct that significantly interferes with the operation of the school.
Please note that with the exception of the final bullet point, all of the above incidents necessitate that Valley High School contact local law authority and file a report. Valley High School will call for police, and if necessary, EMT intervention, in the case such circumstances. Suspension can only be authorized by the school Principal or in his/her absence Clinical Director or Vice Principal. Any questions regarding the Guidelines for Student Suspension should be directed to Susie Murdock, Principal.
Students usually are required to have a conference with administration prior to returning to school following a suspension. We will follow all LAUSD policies and procedures regarding suspensions.
BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PLANS Valley High School ensures that all students with the eligibility of Emotional Disturbance have a current Behavior Support Plan (BSP). BSPs may also be written for a student with a different eligibility if it is decided by the IEP team that the student would benefit from additional behavioral support in the classroom.
The BSP is reviewed in an IEP at least once annually to determine if the student has mastered the Behavioral Support goal and will be assigned a new goal, if the student should continue to work towards mastery of the goal, or if the goal should be changed to meet the student's current level of functioning.
FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL Analyses (FBA) AND FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT ANALYSES (FAA) FBAs and FAAs are written as required by Title Five of the California Educational Code. The necessity of writing these assessments is determined by the IEP team in conjunction with the student and the parent. Usually these assessments are conducted under two specific instances:
1.Occurrence of a student Behavioral Emergency (as specified in Title 5) 2.Continued demonstration of a significantly, detrimental and pervasive behavior or behaviors that have not been ameliorated by significant application of multiple behavioral interventions.
An assessment plan must be signed by the parent for either of these assessments to be conducted. Presentation of the assessment will be made through the IEP process and implementation of the subsequent Behavior Intervention Plan will only occur after the team agrees to the suggested supports and parent signed the IEP authorizing approval.
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