P.O. Box 97
26700 Hwy. 243
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Every Student, Every Day; Embrace, Educate, Empower.
Embrace, Educate, Empower.
To design a system that leads to equitable educational outcomes for all students, including and especially those who have been kept furthest from opportunity, we EMBRACE, and EDUCATE students in deeper learning competencies that EMPOWER each student for college, career, and life.
- Collaboration. We engage everyone in an innovative and collaborative environment focused on promoting improvement of academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
- Communication. We mutually communicate in a timely manner throughout the organization to foster trust, collaboration, growth, and consistency while staying true to our collective vision.
- Pristine. We share responsibility to provide clean, updated, and well-maintained workplaces.
- Professionalism. We will demonstrate professionalism that values equity and fosters the social, emotional, and physical safety of all team members.
- Respect. We will interact positively and respectfully to ensure everyone feels acknowledged and valued.
- Teaching and Learning. Provide high quality teaching and learning for all students.
- Systems of Support. Develop an Integrated System Framework for academic, behavioral, and social emotional success for all students.
- Culture and Climate. Fully engage stakeholders to create a culture and climate to support all students.
Idyllwild School Mission
The reason our school exists is to provide children with a well-balanced education to have the skills and abilities to achieve their dreams as successful, contributing members of society.
The staff, parents, and students of Idyllwild School will work collaboratively in a safe and supportive environment where all students learn.
- The staff uses a variety of strategies to challenge, support, and actively engage students physically, emotionally, socially, artistically and academically.
- Families are actively involved and participate in respectfully communicating with staff to support the success of their children.
- The most important criteria for measuring our success will be students’ enthusiastically demonstrating life-long learning.
- Students leave Idyllwild School and transition confidently with high self-esteem, high personal goals, and are able to work cooperatively with others.
- Idyllwild School is recognized as an exceptional school with a caring environment, high expectations and high achievement.
- Administration that is supportive of student and staff needs for academic and life success.
- Each other. We recognize and celebrate each others’ achievements.
- Staff willingness to devote time to collaborate within and across grade levels and subject areas to promote a consistent learning environment.
- Staff willingness to come to agreement on plans and work together to increase effective teaching and student learning.
- Teachers using best practices for educating students, addressing different learning styles and needs.
- Being open to new ideas and a willingness to change.
- Students thinking deeply and asking meaningful questions.
- The importance of our Learning Community.
Teachers, principal and parents agree to
- Focus on learning.
- Support and implement research-based educational practices.
- Share and use relevant data in a timely manner to differentiate instruction so that all students learn.
- Collaborate across and within grade levels and subject matter to achieve our goals.
- Implement common educational standards, benchmarks and assessments that provide for in depth learning.
- Be effective team members sharing decision-making and leadership roles.
- Be respectful towards all members of the learning community and practice open, diplomatic, honest communication.
- Consistently implement a clearly stated schoolwide discipline plan that is communicated to all members and that honors the integrity of students.
- Be actively involved and have a vested interest in our children’s education.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Bell Schedules 5-7
Idyllwild School Staff 8-9
Hemet Unified School District’s Purpose and Vision Statement 11
2021-22 Significant Dates 12
Guidelines for a Successful Year 13
PBIS Privileges 13
Support Zero Tolerance for Bullies 13-14
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 15
Student Body Eligibility 16-17
Attendance Procedures 18-20
Idyllwild School Emergency/Safety Information 21-22
Idyllwild School Services 23-24
Idyllwild School Rules and Regulations 25-30
Bus Rules 31
Outside the Classroom 32-34
Dress Code 34-36
OCR/In School Supervision 36
Discipline Policies 37-40
Notice to Student’s Parents/Guardians 42-43
Cell Phone Use Guidelines 44
IDYLLWILD SCHOOL CERTIFICATED STAFF
Nicole Picchiottino Office Principal
Shannon Stackpole Room 1 Preschool
Erica Dillon Room 4 TK/Kindergarten
Christina Tirheimer Room 3 Kindergarten
Jannette Santiago Room 2 Grade 1
Connie Chavez Room 11 Grade 2
Vicky Kyriss Room 10 Grade 2
Shana Van Zee Room 8 Grade 3
Michelle Wiesen Room 5 Grades 3
Tom Dillon Room 7 Grade 4/5
Brennen Priefer Room 6 Grade 5
Tatyana Kut Room 9 SDC/RSP K-5
Lindsay Baldwin Room 22 Grade 6
Elyse Snyder Room 20 Grades 7-8 Math
Christy Tilley Room 18 Grade 7/8 ELA
Bob Leih Room 14 Grades 6-8 Science
Mike Van Zee Room 16 Grades 7,8 SS
Kristen Ross Room 17 RSP 6-8
Darren McKay Gym P.E.
William Beuche Music Room Music K-8
Chris Engel Room 12 Psychologist
Lauren Stayton Room 15 Speech
Jessie Ornelas-Mares Room 21 Counselor
TBD MPR A.P.E.
Paula Williams Reading Int. Rm Reading Specialist
IDYLLWILD SCHOOL CLASSIFIED STAFF
Amber Goldsmith Health Technician
Bethany Swanson Office Manager
Leslie Schelly Secretary
Mary Pimentel School Parent Liaison
Suzanne Coffer Instructional Aide
Sonya Dravenstatt Cafeteria Manager
Rocio Gutierrez Nutrition Services Assistant
Dora Reynolds Breakfast Supervision
TBD MS Instructional Aide
Gennesse Sandlin Bilingual Instructional Aide
David Major Head Custodian
Juan Meza P.M. Custodian
Brian Hodges P.M. Custodian
Kim Negrete Campus Supervisor/Supervision Aide
Tonya Henry Library Technician
TBD Literacy Instructional Aide
Joni VanderWende Instructional Aide
Katie Gage Preschool Instructional Aide
Cheyenne Gutierrez SAFE Program Site Facilitator
Yvette Noriega Kindergarten Instructional Aide
Alexis Sinclair Kindergarten Instructional Aide
Deputy Garcia SRO
Barth Swanson Campus Security/Supervision
2021-22 SCHOOL CALENDAR
August 10 First Day of School
August 26 Back to School Night
September 28 Fall Pictures
November 9 Picture Make-up Day
TBD Spring Pictures
Oct. 7……………………………………………..MS Minimum Day – Parent Conferences
October 8 Elementary Grading Period-1 Ends
Oct.11-15 ……………..………Elementary Parent Conferences/Minimum Days
December 16 …………………………………………………………... MS Semester Ends
December 16 Elementary Grading Period-2 Ends
Jan. 24-28 Elementary Parent Conferences/Minimum Days
Jan 27..………………………………………… MS Minimum Day – Parent Conferences
March 18...…………………………………………… Elementary Grading Period-3 Ends
TBD 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
June 2 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL/Minimum Day*/Report Cards
2021-22 Holidays - NO SCHOOL
September 6…………………………………………………………………………Labor Day
November 11….……………………………………………………...Veterans Day Recess
November 22-26 Thanksgiving Recess
December 20-December 31…….. Winter Break
January 17 Martin Luther King’s Birthday
February 21-25 President’s Days/No School
April 4-8 Spring Break
May 30…………………………………………………………………… Memorial Day Obs.
GUIDELINES FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
- Be here on time and prepared for class
- Be a listener and a doer
- Follow all adult directions
- Be a quality worker
- Be a positive risk taker
- Be friendly and polite
- Be a success
Students who demonstrate responsible behavior will be rewarded with special privileges.
- A clean campus can earn the right to special lunch activities including music, homeroom competitions, special lunch events, and more!!
- Good citizenship and outstanding academic achievement will result in recognition at award assemblies and participation in extracurricular activities.
- ROC (Recognition of Outstanding Character) slips will be handed out by school staff in appreciation of a positive act taken by a student to make our school a positive learning environment (such as helping a friend or staff member, picking up trash etc).
Elementary award assemblies will be held every other month with middle School award assemblies being held after each semester. Students have an opportunity to receive awards in both academic and non-academic areas. Each assembly, a Growth Mindset positive person is chosen from each classroom. This award honors students for outstanding citizenship, sportsmanship, and perseverance. Other awards are given for music, physical education, and many special teacher generated award recognitions.
SUPPORT ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLIES
How is bullying defined legally?
Board Policy 5131.2 clearly provides, “No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, retaliate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel.”
According to Education Code section 48900, subdivision (r) and our school district’s regulation AR 5144.1, page 3, section 17, bullying is broadly defined and includes at least but not limited to any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, directed toward one or more students that has or can reasonably be predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable student in fear of harm to himself/herself or his/her property, or cause the student to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his/her physical or mental health, or cause the student to experience substantial interferences with his/her academic performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a school.
A “victim of an act of bullying” means a pupil that has been determined to have been a victim of bullying by an investigation pursuant to the complaint process described in Section 234.1 and the bullying was committed by any pupil in the school district of residence, and the parent of the pupil has filed a written complaint regarding the bullying with the school, school district personnel, or a local law enforcement agency.
What is bullying?
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening. Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
What is NOT bullying?
- single episodes of social rejection or dislike
- single episode acts of nastiness or spite
- random acts of aggression or intimidation
- mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.
These actions can cause great distress. However, they do not fit the definition of bullying and they’re not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them.
In order to address bullying, it is very important to report incidents as soon as possible after they occur. Students may report to trusted adults or in reporting “boxes” on campus. Incidents can be reported confidentially on Sprigeo.
Possible Disciplinary Actions
Students who bully or participate in bullying are subject to progressive disciplinary actions if the behaviors cannot be mitigated through school interventions. Interventions include: peer mediations, counseling and meetings, on site detentions, loss of recess privileges, stay away orders, behavior contracts, suspension from school and ultimately expulsion from school.
8th GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY
The promotional ceremony is an activity to recognize the academic achievement of eighth grade students and to promote them to the high school program. A student must achieve no less than a 2.0 grade point (average T-1 to T-5) and maintain a satisfactory attendance record to participate in the end of the year 8th grade Promotion Ceremony. Students must have NO out of school suspension the last semester. Students not enrolled in Idyllwild School on the day of the promotion ceremony may not attend the promotion dance. Only currently enrolled Idyllwild MS students may attend the Promotion Dance. Students MUST attend school the day of the promotion to attend the Promotion Dance. All students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA on the day before the Promotion Dance to attend the dance.
Dress Code: Semi-formal or Business Casual
The Goals of the Dress Code
The goals of the promotion dress code are two-fold:
- To create an environment that is appropriate for an 8th grade promotion
- To allow the students’ graduation from high school to be more monumental.
We also feel that these dress code standards create event attire that is more affordable for Idyllwild Middle School students. These dress code guidelines suggest clothing that can be worn for more than one occasion, as well as being more comfortable and functional.
Dresses from the mid-calf to fingertip short
No strapless dresses
Appropriate for middle school students (not too tight, short,
Backless shoes are allowed for this special event
Casual business attire
Tie required for the ceremony
Long dress pants
Student Body Eligibility
Grades 6, 7, and 8
All students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must have a 2.0 grade point in each of his/her classes.
ASB Membership Eligibility
Section I: All members of the executive council or homeroom representatives must have a minimum 2.0 grade point in each curricular area except as noted below. Citizenship must be an S for satisfactory, or better (behavior contracts may be written with consent from ASB or Athletic Advisor and principal for exceptions to this rule).
Minimum Grade Required for each office:
President – 2.0 all curricular areas
Vice President – 2.0 all curricular areas
Secretary – 2.0 all curricular areas with a 3.0 in Language
Treasurer – 2.0 all curricular areas with a 3.0 in Math
Accountant, Jr. or Sr. – 2.0 all curricular areas with a 3.0 in Math
Commissioner of Student Affairs – 2.0 all curricular areas
Commissioner of Entertainment – 2.0 all curricular areas
Commissioner of Public Relations (PTA Rep.) – 2.0 all curricular areas with a 3.0 in English
Commissioner of Pep – 2.0 all curricular areas
Section II: All members must exhibit or earn no less than satisfactory marks for citizenship. Needs Improvement and Unsatisfactory will result in ineligibility or a behavior contract approved by the principal. Candidates running for the office of president or vice president must be recommended by an interview panel set up by the principal in order to be eligible to run for office.
Section III: Each officer and representative must maintain the above minimum grade points within each curricular area during their term of office or they shall be removed from office. A student whose grades fall below these minimum standards will be removed for the following grading period. A student may be reinstated to his or her position upon achieving the minimum grading standard at the next grading period. Additionally, each officer or member who does not meet the standards cannot participate in the setting up, planning, or running of any of the activities, which involve ASB support.
Student Body Eligibility Form
Grades 6, 7 and 8
Student Name: Date:
Activity or Activities: ___________________________________________________
Grades for eligibility must be based on last progress report or report card.
All students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must have a 2.0 grade point or better in each of the above curricular areas and a minimum of an S, or satisfactory in citizenship.
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Student name ______________________________ Date _______________
Student signature ___________________________ Homeroom ___________
Parent signature ___________________________ Phone _______________
- All students must have a physical prior to participation in athletic events.
- Any student involved in an afterschool program must attend at least ½ day which is a minimum of 3 periods, to be eligible for that day’s activity or performance.
- THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTENDANCE
The purpose of all students attending school is to receive an education. The responsibility of every student is to attend school daily and be on time.
School programs, including the daily instructional program and extended intervention and enrichment classes, lose revenue every day a student is absent.
California law requires that children from six to eighteen years of age attend school regularly.
Our entire school community is committed to reducing absenteeism. Our staff is dedicated to this goal by providing meaningful and enriching learning activities. The daily instructional program as well as the after school intervention and enrichment programs help encourage regular attendance. The student recognition awards for perfect attendance and gift certificates from the community for improved attendance are incentives.
- RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHILD’S EDUCATION AND ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL
The California Education Code 48200 requires that children attend school on a regular basis and specifically defines the attendance requirements, excused and unexcused absences, truancy and the legal enforcement of these laws.
- ATTENDANCE POLICY
All students are required to attend school every day that school is in session and to arrive on time. It is the parent’s responsibility and obligation to see that their child meets this requirement. Please note that due to the unpredictable nature of the new CoVid19 virus, school attendance expectations may change throughout the school year.
3.1 A student is considered late if he/she arrives 30 or more minutes after the school day has begun.
- A student is considered to have an excused absence/tardy due to illness, medical, optical, or dental appointments, death in immediate family, or verified emergencies by parent upon arrival at school (no consequences).
3.3. A student is considered to have an unexcused absence/tardy when the school does not authorize it. Even though the parent is aware that the student is not in school, such absences or tardies as entertaining visitors, private shopping, visiting friends, going off the hill, or other personal reason will be marked unexcused. Absences by the student without parent knowledge will be marked TRUANT.
The student is required to make up any work missed as a result of any absence, whether excused or unexcused. It is the student’s (grade 6-8), and the parent’s and student’s (K-5) responsibility to get missed work, to complete it and turn it in by the expected due date.
For our students absent one day and who choose to study at home, they are welcome to call a friend in the evening, or MS students can check their assignments on line.
If students are absent for more than one day, it is suggested that the student or parent contact the Idyllwild School office at the start of the second day to place a request for the missed work to be collected. The work will then be collected and held in the office for you to pick up after 3:00 pm. the day of your request. If you call to have the work collected please make every effort to pick up the work in a timely manner.
ALL student attendance and grades can be accessed and reviewed through “Aeries Portal”, Student Information System provided by Hemet Unified School District at www.hemetusd.org.
- A student is classified as truant if he/she has three unexcused absences within any school year. A Stage 1 letter is automatically generated and mailed at this point from Child Welfare and Attendance.
- Upon the second truancy of any student (5 excused absences) the parents will receive Stage 2 notification of the truancy in writing and will be required to attend a meeting with the school administration.
- Upon the third truancy of any student, the parents will receive Stage 3 notification in writing and will be required to attend a meeting with the school administration. At the discretion of the School and/or District administration the truancy will be referred to the local law enforcement agency for a home visit. The California Education Code requires that further truancies be referred to the District Attorney’s office.
TEMPORARY EXCUSE FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Students who need to be excused from participation in physical education for health reasons are to bring a note from home explaining the need for exemption. The Physical Education Department will honor notes requesting temporary exemption from Physical Education activities and modify the program to meet the needs of the request. Students who need to be excused from Physical Education participation for more than three (3) days must bring a note from a doctor. Students will be given appropriate work to represent an equal amount of graded work during the medical exemption.
Students are expected to go on Independent Study if they are absent for one (1) to three (3) weeks. This will insure they do not fall behind academically and they will receive credit for days of attendance upon completion of their assignments. Independent Study must be arranged prior to your child’s absence.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL – If you are moving, please be sure to check your child out of school in the office as well as the classroom. There is information the office staff can provide to assist you in preparing to enter your new school. There is a withdrawal form that helps both Idyllwild School and the new school.
A school’s first responsibility is to provide for children’s physical and emotional safety. Staff does so daily through the enforcement of school rules and interactions, which make Idyllwild School a great place. There are some major events - fire, earthquake, and minor ones - storms, illness at school - which effect student safety. The more we discuss and prepare through drills, training (such as CPR and First Aid), and putting together emergency supplies, the better the chances for all our children to emerge from an adventure, rather than a disaster.
If there is a severe earthquake or fire, the school will follow these steps:
- Evacuation to a safe location off the hill to Hemet High School
- Staff remains with students until all are released to parent/guardian/designee
- Students will only be released to those adults authorized on the district Emergency Cards
- WNKI - 1610 AM Radio will broadcast disaster instructions
- Idyllwild School will become a medical treatment/evacuation center
If there is a severe storm:
- WNKI - 1610 AM Radio will broadcast information about school closings or transportation changes
If your child becomes ill at school:
- The teacher will send your child to the health office
- Your child’s condition will be monitored by the health technician
- If your child is ill enough to go home, you will be contacted at work or home
- If you cannot be contacted, other authorized adults on the emergency card will be contacted to take your child home
If your child must take medications at school:
- They must be in the original container with your child’s name and dose
- All medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, must be accompanied by written parent and physician request
- All medications must be kept in the Health Technician’s office
What you can do to help the school insure your child’s safety:
- Call the school front office and give updated information whenever your address or phone number changes.
- Regularly update the list of adults authorized to remove your child from school.
- All visitors and parents must sign in at the office using HUSD’s Lobby Guard system when arriving at school during school hours. A picture ID is required to sign into the system. Regular volunteers will be issued a School Pass with bar code on it to make the check-in procedure more efficient.
Given the events in the last two years in Southern California alone, preparation for the worst is the best we can do to ensure the safety and well-being of the children entrusted to our care. Please take the same precautions at home that schools take. Discuss the safest way out of the house, with a lot of “What if ...?” Have a place for emergency supplies, food, water, clothing and blankets.
IDYLLWILD SCHOOL SERVICES
BUS TRANSPORTATION - California Vehicle Code and the California Education Code place the responsibility for the safety and behavior of the student bus rider upon the bus driver. Students are subject to the authority of the bus driver. School laws regarding behavior, including profanity, obscenity, damaging property, and fighting are in effect on the school bus at all times. Refusal to obey these rules and requests of the drivers will result in the loss of riding privileges and disciplinary action from the school officials. If you have a question as to whether you qualify to be a bus rider, contact the Transportation Department, (951) 765-5100, ext. 5880. Application forms can be picked up in the school office for all eligible riders. There are no longer any bus fees but you must still fill out the bussing application and live in an area eligible for bussing. You can go on the district website under the transportation department and click on the bus stop locator tab to see if your child is eligible for bus transportation. Students must live 2 miles away from the school to be eligible. Parents can still fill out a form in the front office to obtain a temporary daily bus pass to Town Hall. We must have a note or phone call from a parent if a student is to be bussed on a different route.
CAFETERIA - The cafeteria provides a hot lunch for $2.50 and breakfast for $1.25 per student. Prepaid meals may be purchased on line at www.myschoolbucks.com. A child may be charged up to 3-lunches, on the 4th day with no lunch money the child will be sent to the office with a milk to call home to clear the lunch charges. A free or reduced meal program is available for students who qualify. Free meal applications are available in the school office. Students in a free or pre-paid program will have a bar coded cafeteria card which they must present at lunchtime.
CELL PHONES - Cell Phones are allowed on campus for emergencies but must be turned off during school hours. Please review cell phone use guidelines.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – Idyllwild School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities after school (such as sports programs, ASB sponsored activities, etc.). Students must be in attendance for at least half of the school day to participate in any after school activity. Any student arriving to school after 11:15 AM will be declared ineligible for any afterschool activity for that day (not including the SAFE program).
HEALTH SERVICES - The Health Office is located next to the main office. The School Health Technician will notify parents by phone when a student is to leave campus because of illness or injury. Students should not call on their own or leave campus. Any medications (this includes cough drops, etc.) that a student needs to take during school hours must be left in the Health Office and administered by the Health Technician. All Physical Education medical excuses must be registered in the Health Office.
INSURANCE PROTECTION - Accident insurance to cover students while at school, traveling to and from school, or to and from any school activity, is made available for parents to purchase on a voluntary basis. Students involved in athletic competition programs must provide proof of insurance. Rules and regulations must be followed.
LIBRARY - The library is one of the most important facilities at school. It is the goal of the library to offer the same advantage to all of those who go there for materials and for study. Library hours: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.
HOMEWORK CLUB – Homework Club will be provided to Middle School students at least once a week. Days and times TBD.
LOST AND FOUND - We discourage bringing valuables or leaving valuable items in the classrooms. Students are not to bring toys, electronic devices or other materials not required in classrooms unless they obtain teacher permission. Students are encouraged to carry belongings with them whenever possible. Students are not allowed to bring I-pods, MP-3 players or sports equipment. Parents/students are encouraged periodically to check the lost and found for missing items. At the end of each semester, unclaimed items are given to a charity organization which supplies clothing to needy families.
SUPERVISION – Supervision is available starting at 7:00 am in the MPR for parents who need to drop their students off before work. Supervision is provided after school for 1st - 5th grade students until the 6 - 8 students are dismissed so that parents can coordinate pick up times. The SAFE Program is an afterschool program for all grades and operates until 6:00 pm Monday - Friday. Availability is contingent on enrollment numbers.
SUPPLIES - Basic school supplies will be provided by the school site. Teachers will send supply lists home the first week of school for any other items needed for classes.
TELEPHONE - The office telephones are for school related calls and are not to be used for personal calls. In case of emergency, the office will contact parents. Students may use cell phones to call parents after the last dismissal bell or in the office with permission.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
These rules and regulations are in effect before, during and after school, on the bus, when walking home, or when participating in after school activities.
Every person on the Idyllwild School Staff wants you to have a successful year, both academically and socially. The information in this guide will help you reach success by explaining what we expect of you in your studies and behavior.
The purpose of any school rule is to protect two very important rights: The teacher's right to teach and the student’s right to learn.
Please read this guide carefully, you will be responsible for knowing its content. If you have any questions about the guide, please ask your teacher or parent.
Both you and your parents/guardian(s) will sign a statement which explains that you and they have read the guide and have understood it. Keep this information accessible as a reference throughout the year.
We have developed this guide to help you and your parents know what your responsibilities are and to help you have a rewarding experience at Idyllwild School.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY: Idyllwild School will be a closed campus during the school day when students are present. This means that the perimeter fencing will be locked at 8:10 am and unlocked at 2:45 pm. Any student who arrives after 8:10 am is expected to check-in with the front office. Any visitor to the campus during school hours will need to check-in with the front office by entering their ID into the Lobby Guard System. After completing the check-in process visitors will be buzzed in through the security partition set up in the front office. Students may enter through the cafeteria door (on Saunders Meadow) before 7:30 am. After 7:30 am, students will then need to enter through the turnaround gate. The turnaround gate closes at
8:10 am. After 8:10 am, ALL students must enter through the office.
PHONE CALLS FROM PARENTS - NOTE TO PARENTS: Please make arrangements with your child before he/she comes to school regarding such things as where to go after school or lunch money. When you call the school to leave a message, delivering the message to your child in the classroom causes an interruption in instruction. We want to help you with emergencies; if it's something you can communicate before your child comes to school, PLEASE HELP US PROVIDE AN UNINTERRUPTED CLASSROOM ATMOSPHERE. Messages for 6 - 8 grade students can be delivered at their lunch break if received at school before 12:00 pm.
PARENTS ON CAMPUS - We encourage parents to come on campus as volunteers in classrooms or at activities. PLEASE: ALWAYS SIGN IN AND GET A VISITOR’S PASS. If a volunteer or parent sees something inappropriate occurring or is unhappy about some event which has occurred with any child, report it to the nearest school employee. At no time is it acceptable for a parent or volunteer to approach a child on campus regarding a conflict between that student and his or her own child for disciplinary purposes.
PHONE CALLS BY STUDENTS - Students are allowed to use the phone to call home only when the teacher requests that they call. They are not allowed to call to make arrangements for a friend to come over or to go to a friend's house. There is a problem when too many students need to use the phone after school. See cell phone use guidelines below.
CELL PHONE USE GUIDELINES:
- You may not have a cell phone on during school hours without teacher permission. Keep it off and put away.
- You may not play video games on cell phones at school.
- You may not call friends without permission on your cell phone or any other phone.
- You may not text message friends during school hours.
- The classroom teacher may collect cell phones during tests.
- You may only use cell phones before and after school.
SUPERVISION - Before and after school – Students should not arrive at school before 7:00 am unless they are involved in a before school program. When students arrive on campus, they must stay on the school grounds. Lunch is to be a sack lunch or bought at school. Never bring glass packaging to school. Bring drinks in boxes or a thermos.
Students may not leave before school is out unless the school has prior approval from a parent by phone or a written note. When a student leaves the campus early, they must check out with their teacher, and the PARENT, OR OTHER AUTHORIZED PERSON, MUST SIGN THE STUDENT OUT IN THE OFFICE.
After school, students are to go directly home, except for students riding the bus or involved in afterschool programs. Students who ride the bus need to report to the playground area where they will be supervised by an adult.
TO PARENTS: So we can avoid confusion and possibly lost children, please be sure that your children knows exactly how they are to GET home (means of transportation, with which person, and what destination before they come to school). Your child can only be released to those people listed on their enrollment card.
*IMPORTANT: ANY STUDENT NOT PICKED UP BY 3:30 PM OR WITHIN ONE HOUR OF DISMISSAL FROM AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES/CLASSES, WILL BE CONSIDERED AS "NEGLECTED" AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAY BE CONTACTED TO PICK UP THE STUDENT.
STUDENT EARLY CHECK OUT PROCEDURE - Occasionally students may need to leave campus for medical/dental appointments or other situations that a parent may request. To leave campus early, we require: 1) Students must let their teacher know they will be leaving early at the beginning of class or day; 2) Parent/guardian must sign out student in the office; 3) The office will call the student out of class when parent has arrived for pick-up or parent will bring a checkout slip if they come to get you from class. Students will not be called out of class early to wait for the parents in the hallway.
NOTE TO PARENTS: On rare occasions you may not be able to be at school to pick up your child for an early release. In such a case please notify the office, in writing, of permission to leave early and the method of transportation home. When your child reaches home, please call us to confirm his/her safe arrival.
MEDICATIONS - The State Law requires a written statement for school personnel to administer prescribed and over-the-counter medication. Only medication prescribed by a physician, that cannot be scheduled for other than school hours, should be brought to school. The medication must be in its original labeled pharmacy bottle and not have reached its expiration date. It will be stored in a locked container. A parent/guardian request form to administer any medication at school must be signed by parents and the prescribing physician. Medication is administered by a Health Technician or other authorized personnel. Nonprescription medication should be given at home. All medications, including asthma inhalers, must be checked in at the office before going to class. Students may come to the office to take medication at the appropriate time.
BIKE RACK - Bikes need to be walked on and off school grounds in the morning and after school. State law mandates the wearing of helmets while riding a bicycle. Ride on the righthand side of the street with automobile traffic.
DURING P.E. - Physical education is a very important part of your growth and development, and state law requires P.E. If you cannot participate in P.E., you must have a signed excuse from your parent or guardian explaining why you should be excused and the date of the excused activity. A parent may excuse a child for THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS ONLY. An extended excuse requires a medical doctor's signature. Remember to wear tennis shoes on P.E. days, athletic shoes designed for running on hard court and grass. For safety reasons, a student may be asked to remove any facial piercings during PE class.
ATHLETIC COMPETITION - Students shall have a medical clearance before participating in the interscholastic athletic program. Board Policy 6145.2(c)
BOOK CARE - Textbooks are provided for students. Books become the student’s responsibility and fees are charged for lost/damaged textbooks, library books, and other school issued supplies. Transcripts, grades, and other activities are withheld until all school textbooks and materials are returned or reimbursed. Please note: Textbook costs now average more than $50 per book. A list of exact costs is available from the library. It is likely that class sets of textbooks will not be available. A rolling backpack is highly recommended to protect growing backs and carry all supplies.
GENERAL SCHOOL RULES: Do not do anything that causes a problem for anyone else.
- Be respectful (Use kind words and good manners.)
- Be responsible (Follow directions, be on time and come prepared with homework and books.)
- Be safe (Follow playground rules that protect you and others. We maintain a hands-off policy.)
Consequences for Violations of General Behavior Guidelines:
Student will receive a verbal warning or community service for most first offenses. The schoolwide discipline policy will be followed for all offenses.
Idyllwild Positive Student Supports is a schoolwide positive intervention and support discipline plan where the approach is to proactively prevent and reduce challenging behaviors and produce positive outcomes. It works much like reading and math, behavior can be taught. IPSS seeks to create positive environments by utilizing proactive strategies such as introducing, defining, modeling, teaching and supporting positive behavioral expectations schoolwide and then reinforcing and rewarding students for these positive social behaviors. It is also about creating a positive school environment so that all children can feel safe and learn.
Positive Reinforcement/Student Rewards
- Positive calls/notes home
- Principal/Teacher recognition
- Lunch with the Principal
- ROC Slips recognition and drawings
Educational trips are available throughout the school year. Individual teachers and/or grade levels plan trips that enhance students’ educational experiences. Each child must have a signed parental permission form before leaving the school campus. Parents/Guardians who function as chaperones on field trips must have fingerprint clearance and sign a Chaperone Form that outlines the necessary responsibilities. Chaperones are expected to supervise students assigned to them and must remain with those students for the duration of the field trip. No chaperone should leave a field trip early as they are responsible for the students they agreed to supervise. In addition, younger siblings of chaperones or anyone under the age of 21 are not allowed on field trips as the trip is for educational purposes of the students attending the school and the supervisor should be focused on supervising the students assigned to their group.
FIELD TRIP MEDICATION/HEALTH CARE
If your child is planning to participate in an upcoming field trip and needs (or may need) medication or special health care of any kind during the trip, please contact our Health Technician immediately, so we may assist you in arranging to meet the needs of your child.
All children receiving medication of any kind must have:
- A written doctor’s order for the medication(s);
- A written parent authorization;
- The medication(s) in a properly labeled bottle; and
- A properly trained individual to administer the medication(s) on the field trip.
All children receiving special health care services must have:
- A written doctor’s order for the care;
- A written parent authorization;
- All necessary supplies to accompany the child on the trip; and
- A properly trained individual to accompany the child.
HOMEWORK – Assigned homework should follow district policy and an established pattern that is understood by parents and students. The family’s role is to support and encourage the student and provide an appropriate place and time to complete the homework. Homework should reflect the same high standards of legibility, neatness, content and completeness as expected in the classroom.
GUM - Gum is great for evenings, holidays, and weekends. Keep it at home. Gum under desks, on carpets and sidewalks, in hair, and in the mouths of kids at school is inappropriate.
ENERGY DRINKS - Energy drinks are extremely high in sugar and caffeine and can impose a serious health hazard to students. All energy drinks (such as Rock Star, Monster, Red Bull etc.) are banned from campus unless written permission has been documented and given to the principal by a family physician.
Below is a PARTIAL list of items not allowed at school:
Toys I-Pods Markers/Permanent Whiteout
Gum Chains Pocket knives Sunflower seeds
Matches Lighters Cap/Squirt guns Cigarettes
Tools Balloons Shaving cream Rubber bands
Pins Dice Pokemon Cards Laser Pointers
Fireworks Stink Bombs Shaving Cream Energy Drinks
Any Smoking or Electronic Smoking Device
Whipped Cream in Aerosol Containers
Any Dangerous Object
BUS RULES - TRANSPORTATION IS A PRIVILEGE! Students must behave appropriately or they will be removed from the bus. SECT. 14263: Pupils transported on a school bus shall be under the authority of, and responsible directly to, the driver of the bus. The driver shall be held responsible for the orderly conduct of the pupils while they are on the bus, or being escorted across a street, highway or road. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation.
THE FOLLOWING BEHAVIORS WILL RESULT IN A BUS TICKET AND/OR SUSPENSION:
- Spitting or throwing objects into or from open windows or on the bus.
- Smoking, lighting matches or doing any kind of damage to the bus or equipment.
- Swearing or using foul language, yelling, screaming or whistling.
- Putting feet on seats, in, or across aisle.
- Standing, walking or getting out of seat while bus is in motion.
- Fighting, horseplay, cap-snatching, keep-away, jabbing, hitting, pinching or teasing.
- Getting on or off the bus at the wrong bus stop or failing to cross the street in the proper manner.
- Eating, drinking or littering on bus; tampering with bus controls, emergency exits or bus equipment.
- Having any part of body outside of bus.
- Intimidating or threatening bus driver or other students.
- Doing anything that would in any way distract the driver, endanger self or other passengers, or prevent safe travel.
- Bringing animals, insects or reptiles on bus.
- Large bulky items are not to be brought on bus.
- Crossing behind the bus.
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
- BOUNDARIES - Primary and intermediate playground boundaries: Playground or middle field. Top field is to be used only with permission. No playing between buildings, behind buildings or in the upper grade quad. Elementary students are to use elementary building bathrooms, middle school students are to use middle school bathrooms or the lower level bathrooms of the two-story classrooms as directed by lunch supervisors.
Middle School playground boundaries: Playground (equipment area) and middle field. Top field is used by permission when supervised. Fifth through eighth graders, use only the Middle School restrooms. After eating, the Quad area may be used by sixth through eighth graders with supervision. The primary hallway is always off limits to MS students. Middle School students are not allowed on the lower elementary playground at any time.
Outside the Classroom: No loitering or jumping on the bridge in the middle school quad.
- TACKLING AND "HORSEPLAY" (WHICH INCLUDES "PLAY FIGHTING") ARE UNACCEPTABLE. Behavior annoying to others such as pushing, shoving, piggybacking, tripping, roughness (hands-on incidents), spitting, throwing sticks, rocks, snowballs or pinecones are examples of "horseplay." There are behavior communications at the middle school level. Repeated referrals to the office may result in suspension.
- BULLYING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Bullying behaviors include, but are not limited to, someone who: teases, hits, puts down, excludes from activities, gossips, bosses, embarrasses, spits, shoves, kicks, makes ethnic slurs, threatens, or intimidates others. Bullies will receive a referral or suspension with possible expulsion if the behavior does not change.
- THE ENTIRE CREEK AREA FROM TOP FIELD TO THE HIGHWAY IS OFF LIMITS. During lunch/recess the areas between buildings are off limits for safety/supervision reasons. All students should be in supervised areas on the playground or top and middle field.
- FOOD IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE PLAYGROUND. All students are to go to the lunch area for the first 15 minutes of lunch until they are excused by the supervisor. Snacks are to be eaten while seated at tables in the Quad area (6 - 8 grades) or on the wall near the swings
(K-5), not while playing on the playground. Students are to walk at all times from class to lunch area, and in the MPR. Students are to remain seated during the first fifteen minutes of lunch, and at all times while they are eating. Students are to demonstrate good table manners while in the MPR and in the lunch area; some examples are to throw away their own trash, remain seated until dismissed, pick up their own spills, and speak in a reasonable tone of voice. Students who have playground equipment are to hold onto that equipment during lunch: items such as soccer balls, tennis balls are examples. Students will be expected to do what adults ask them to do during lunch time. Students will be released when finished eating and the area has been cleaned up.
- When the ending recess bell rings, students are to walk immediately to their next class, including from Music and P.E. All cement walkways are WALKWAYS! Students are expected to be courteous and careful of others. The playground is for running. Also, lunch periods will be shortened to 30 minutes if weather does not allow outside play. An announcement will be made to return to class if necessary. The recess bell or teacher’s whistle will signal for all students to freeze. The supervisors will blow a whistle or signal for students to then walk to their designated area to line up for return to class.
- No bicycles or skateboards are to be ridden on school grounds unless used as transportation to and from school or it’s a PE activity. Bicycles are only to be kept in the bike racks at the front of the school. If a skateboard is used as transportation to school, permission must be obtained in advance with the homeroom teacher to store the skateboard in the classroom during the day. Bicycles and skateboards are to cross streets with the crossing guard. No in-line skates are permitted at any time on campus (unless it’s part of a PE activity), including during school or during after school functions. Signs are posted as to activities allowed on school grounds. These are County laws. Students are to leave school grounds immediately after school and not to stay to socialize. Students who are on campus after 3:00 will be brought to the office.
- Go only in one direction on the ladder bars, swings and slides. Take turns and do not crowd in line on any playground equipment.
- Use both hands on pull-up bars and ladder bars at all times.
- Keep pets at home, and report any who come on school grounds.
- Return balls and other recess equipment to the proper classroom or container. This equipment is very costly to replace.
- During snow days students must stay off the snow piles and there will be no sledding or throwing snowballs on school grounds.
- You are to cross the street only at designated crosswalks, especially those students crossing Highway 243 (use Hwy. 243 and Saunders Meadow crossings only). Follow yard supervisors' directions when crossing streets.
- No electronic devices (i-Pods, pagers, laser pointers, for example) or toys, are allowed at school unless special permission has been given by a teacher.
- Spitting on school grounds is unacceptable behavior.
- Displays of romantic affection must be saved for other places, other times and are not acceptable on campus (touching, kissing, holding hands).
- Students shall treat all adults on campus respectfully.
- Taking pictures or videos and posting them on-line is strictly prohibited
The manner in which students dress for school influences their behavior and learning. The following regulations were developed by a committee of parents, students, and teachers to ensure that students are dressed appropriately for school and to insure they neither disrupt instruction nor present a danger to themselves or others. Any attire, hair styles or make-up, which causes disruption to the learning environment or leads to unsatisfactory behavior, is inappropriate, and students will be asked to change or to remove what is disruptive or dangerous.
In all circumstances, clothes are to be clean and modest.
Shoes: K-5 students are to wear shoes which are suitable for outdoor play since they have three recess periods of fifteen minutes or longer. The California Education Code prohibits sandals without backstraps. Dress shoes that have slippery soles are dangerous at school because of the uneven terrain, the black top surfaces, and because students have physical education at least two times per week. On the days a student has P.E., they are to wear tennis shoes, which means athletic shoes designed for running on hard court and grass rather than for looks or fashion. See “During P.E.” for more information.
Hats: Hats may be worn to school, but not inside the classrooms, multi-purpose room or offices, regardless of gender. Hats are to be worn for sun or cold weather protection only. Hats must be worn properly at all times. Students will receive a behavior communication for inappropriate use of hats during P.E. Hats that are confiscated will need to be picked up by the student’s parent/guardian.
Shorts, Skirts and Pants: Pants must be at least at the “point” of the hip and must stay up when jumping with hands raised, and may not be so long as to drag on the floor. Students’ fingertips when placed at their side should be touching cloth and not skin when measuring to see if pants or skirt are too short. Exception to the rule occurs when tights are worn under the pants or skirt, the top knuckle will be used as the measuring point. Pants or shorts and top must meet and cover the midriff when both hands are at their side. Shirt neck lines must be within five student fingers (of the student wearing the shirt) down from the student’s collar bone. Tank top straps must be 1 inch wide (two children’s fingers). If any portion of a child’s underclothing is visible, that student will be asked to adjust his or her clothing or call home for a change of clothing. Students should not wear white under-shirts to school as an outer garment or pajama bottoms or tops. Pajamas may only be worn on designated pajama days in elementary grades.
Body Piercings: The only facial body piercings allowed are small non-pointy or free of sharp edges, modest piercings such as a small ball. Students may be asked to remove their piercing during physical activities such as in PE classes for safety reasons. Tongue piercings or any piercing inside the mouth is not allowed to be worn at school.
Unacceptable clothing includes but is not limited to:
- Pants worn below the top of the hip bone
- Bandanas or other headwear
- Spikes, choke chains, or other dangerous decorations
- Revealing or see-through clothing, visible midriff: i.e., crop tops, tube tops, short shorts
- Clothing with inappropriate language or pictures, references to body functions, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, paraphernalia
- Excessively short or revealing shorts
- Ripped, torn, or unhemmed clothing will not be allowed with the following exception:
- Torn pants may be worn as long as the tears are below the finger tips, when arms are extended along the side. Skin and underwear may not be exposed through flairs above the finger tips.
- Pants or shirts that are excessively loose or baggy
- Pajama bottoms or tops
Hair: Extreme hairstyles that are disruptive to the learning environment are NOT allowed. Any student who arrives at school with an unacceptable hairstyle will be removed from class to conference with the principal.
Tattoos: Tattoos are not allowed to be visible at school. Students will be asked to remove temporary tattoos or cover permanent ones that are visible outside of their clothing. Writing and drawing on bodies and clothing is not allowed using markers, ink pens, non-professional henna or any similar products.
***New Dress Code Policy- Board Policy 5132(a)
Hemet Unified School District
Dress and Grooming
The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction, which would interfere with the educational process.
Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year and whenever these standards are revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Governing Board policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.
OCR/IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
GOAL: To keep students in a positive learning environment rather than on the streets or in front of the TV when it is necessary to remove them from their current assignment and peers due to repeated disruptive and inappropriate behavior. It is an alternative and/or precursor to formal suspension. A parental phone call home will be made prior to placing a student on OCR.
- Student is referred for OCR by the Principal as part of incremental discipline procedures. It is not time out, which is something teachers may use on the spot with a prearrangement with other staff.
- Teachers designated as OCR volunteer to participate.
- A list of assignments will accompany students assigned to OCR. Receiving
teachers will be notified prior to the student being assigned. Assignment in most
cases will be made for the next day after parent notification.
- OCR teachers will reinforce appropriate behavior.
- If a student assigned to OCR is disruptive or displays inappropriate behavior in
the assigned class, they are to be sent to the office. The principal may then
officially suspend them, drive them to parents, or take the alternative next step.
- Students are to stay on the same schedule as the OCR teacher’s class. They
are not to mix with their regular peer group.
- During the OCR teacher’s PREP time, the student may be assigned to a buddy teacher’s classroom or the office if not possible.
- At lunch or recess, OCR students go to the office or buddy classroom.
- Teachers are to initial if work is completed. Homeroom teacher returns signed OCR assignment sheet to principal.
Following is a brief review of the minimum and maximum penalties assigned for offenses occurring before during, or after school; going to or from school; or while involved in school activities. Teachers, campus supervisors and/or counselors according to classroom and school rules handle minor offenses. The discipline system includes:
- Playground consequences: developed by supervisors or teachers
- Classroom consequences: developed by teachers
- Recess detention where a student will be kept in a supervised area
- Community service (picking up trash or other custodial duties)
- TO (Time Out): study time spent in the office or in another classroom
- OCR (On Campus Retention)
- PM Detention: half or one hour after school either in office or in classroom
- Saturday School: 4 hours for incomplete work or truancy issues
- Referred to counseling, district or county mental health services
- Suspension: suspension from school and all HUSD facilities and activities (maximum of 20 days per year). Students who accumulate 20 days of suspension are automatically recommended for expulsion.
- Expulsion: removal from attendance at any HUSD school for the balance of a semester and possibly the balance of the school year
ARSON (intentional burning of property):
Min: Suspension and restitution/police report
Max: Expulsion and restitution/police report
Min: Classroom procedures/consequences
DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY (refusal to comply with the reasonable request of school personnel):
Min: Time Out/Detention
DESTRUCTION/DEFACEMENT OF PROPERTY (attempting to cause, or causing damage to school or private property):
Min: Public service or suspension/possible police report
Max: Expulsion and restitution/police report
DRUGS (possession, use, or under the influence of alcohol/marijuana/other drugs/look alike drugs or paraphernalia):
Min: Suspension/police report
Max: Expulsion/police report
DRUGS (sale or furnishing):
Min: Expulsion/police report
EXPLOSIVE DEVICES (poppers/firecrackers/stink bombs, etc.):
Min: Suspension/possible police report
Max: Expulsion/police report
EXTORTION/ROBBERY (the solicitation of money or items of value from another person in return for protection or in connection with a threat; robbing a person):
Min: Office referral and probable Suspension
Max: Expulsion/police report
FALSE ALARM (causing a false fire or other alarm, or serving as a look out):
Min: Detention/public service
Max: Suspension/police report
FIGHTING (engaging in physical contact to cause harm):
Min: Office Referral/Possible Suspension & police report
Max: Expulsion/police report
FORGERY/COUNTERFEITING (copying the signature or initials of someone else):
Min: Office Referral/Time out/Detention/OCR
GAMBLING (games/activities of chance involving the illegal exchange of money or valuables):
Min: Clean-up/lunch or PM detention/public service
Max: Expulsion/restitution/police report
GRAFFITI (writing on school/private property; or acting as look-out for someone else):
Min: Clean-up/lunch or PM detention/public service
Max: Expulsion/restitution/police report
HAZING (acts which degrade or disgrace others):
Min: Lunch or PM detention/public service/OCR
MATCHES/LIGHTERS (possession or use, without damage):
Min: Lunch or PM detention
NO-SHOWS (not serving detention or public service):
Min: Reschedule once/OCR
PERSONAL PROPERTY (inappropriate possession or use in class or on campus):
Min: Confiscate/release to parent
PHYSICAL ASSAULT (one-sided physical attack on someone else):
Min: Office Referral/Suspension/possible police report
Max: Expulsion/police report
PROFANITY/OBSCENITY/VULGARITY (including words, gestures, images):
Min: Lunch or PM detention/public service/OCR
SALES (unauthorized candy/cookies/other items):
Min: Confiscate/release to parent
SEXUAL HARASSMENT (any verbal, physical, or environmental harassment of a sexual nature):
Min: Office Referral/Suspension/In school or out
Max: Expulsion/police report
STOLEN PROPERTY (possession or furnishing):
Min: Office Referral/Detention/OCR
Max: Expulsion/police report
TARDIES (not in class when bell rings):
Min: Warning/Loss of Recess Time/PM detention
Max: SARB process
THEFT (taking someone else’s property):
Min: Office Referral/OCR/suspension/possible police report
Max: Expulsion/police report
TOBACCO or Smoking (possession or use of cigarettes, pipe tobacco, smoking devices, chewing tobacco or other forms):
Min: Office Referral/OCR/PM detention
TRUANCY (cutting classes, or ditching school; unauthorized absences):
Min: PM detention/OCR/Saturday School
Max: SARB process
VANDALISM (see Destruction/Defacement of Property)
VERBAL ABUSE (statements or actions which intimidate or hurt others):
Min: Office Referral/PM detention/OCR
VERBAL THREAT (statements or actions which threaten to cause injury to people or property):
Min: Office Referral/OCR/public service
Max: Expulsion/police report
WEAPONS/DANGEROUS OBJECTS (possession of guns, knives, other dangerous objects, or look-alikes which have no purpose at school):
Min: Office Referral/Suspension/possible police report
Max: Expulsion/police report
SUSPENSION/EXPULSION – According to Education Code 48900, a student may be suspended and/or expelled for the following offenses:
- Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
- Possessed, sold or furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
- Possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
- Offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered, or furnished another substance and represented it as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
- Committed robbery or extortion.
- Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
- Stole or attempted to steal school or private property.
- Possessed or used tobacco.
- Committed an obscene act, or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity, or bullying.
- Had unlawful possession of or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
- Disrupted school activities, or willfully defied the authority of school personnel.
- Knowingly received stolen school or private property.
- Possessed an imitation firearm.
- Committed or attempted to commit sexual assault, or committed sexual battery.
- Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding.
(.2) Committed sexual harassment (grades 4-12 only).
(.3) Caused, attempted to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence (grades 4-12 only).
(.4) Created an intimidating or hostile educational environment by intentionally engaging in harassment, threats, or intimidation against a pupil or group of pupils (grades 4-12 only).
Teacher’s Right to Suspend from Class
AB 420 Section k (2) maintains the ability for a teacher to suspend a student in any grade level from class for the day of the suspension and the following day as per Education Code 48910 below:
(a) A teacher may suspend any pupil from class, for any of the acts enumerated in Section 48900,
for the day of the suspension and the day following.
The teacher shall immediately report the suspension to the principal of the school and send the
pupil to the principal or the designee of the principal for appropriate action. If that action
requires the continued presence of the pupil at the school site, the pupil shall be under
appropriate supervision, as defined in policies and related regulations adopted by the governing
board of the school district. As soon as possible, the teacher shall ask the parent or guardian of
the pupil to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding the suspension. If practicable, a school
counselor or a school psychologist may attend the conference. A school administrator shall
attend the conference if the teacher or the parent or guardian so requests. The pupil shall not be
returned to the class from which he or she was suspended, during the period of the suspension,
without the concurrence of the teacher of the class and the principal.
(b) A pupil suspended from a class shall not be placed in another regular class during the period
of suspension. However, if the pupil is assigned to more than one class per day this subdivision
shall apply only to other regular classes scheduled at the same time as the class from which the
pupil was suspended.
(c) A teacher may also refer a pupil, for any of the acts enumerated in Section 48900, to the
principal or the designee of the principal for consideration of a suspension from the school.
NOTICE TO STUDENT’S PARENTS/GUARDIANS: POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, BRANDISHING A KNIFE, SALES OF DRUGS, OR SEXUAL ASSAULT AND/OR BATTERY WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC EXPULSION RECOMMENDATIONS.
REMEMBER, THAT IN ALL BEHAVIOR SITUATIONS, YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE CORRECT OR INCORRECT BEHAVIORS FOR SCHOOL. THE CORRECT CHOICE WILL BRING SUCCESS.
NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE - The Hemet Unified School District is committed to providing equal opportunities for both sexes and the handicapped in its educational programs and activities, and for employees/applicants as required by Federal and State law. Employees must be sensitive in guarding against unconscious discrimination and stereotyping.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY (Board Policy #5145.7) - The Hemet Unified School District is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Therefore, the district strongly condemns, opposes, and prohibits sexual harassment whether verbal, physical, or environmental. Anyone who violates this policy is subject to discipline, including student expulsion or employee dismissal. The complete Board policy and resolution process is available at all school sites and the district office.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE - The administration retains control over lockers, buildings, parking lots, and grounds, and has the right to search them without warrant. All persons entering a school site may be subject to a metal detector scan and/or search to ensure that weapons, drugs, or other dangerous items are not brought on campus. Violators may be subject to suspension, expulsion, or arrest.
OPEN ENROLLMENT POLICY - The Hemet Unified School District has an open enrollment policy for student transfers within the district. Students who reside within district boundaries may apply for enrollment in any district school. The school district does not provide transportation from outside a school’s attendance boundary to that school. Approval depends upon available space at the requested schools, but students attending their neighborhood schools will always have first priority for those schools. Applications are available at all school sites and the district office.
COMPLAINT PROCEDURE - It is the philosophy of the Hemet Unified School District to secure at the lowest possible administrative level, equitable responses to complaints directed against employees by parents/guardians. Prior to filing a written complaint, the complainant should attempt to speak with the specific employee involved concerning the complaint. Complaint procedures and forms are available at all school sites and the district office.
STUDENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE - If a student disagrees with direction given by a teacher, supervisor, administrator, or other school employee, compliance is still expected unless obvious and serious harm would result.
- Complaints are to be filed orally and respectfully directly with the person involved. Students may request a meeting be held with the employee and an administrator and/or their parent.
- If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, the student may appeal the complaint orally and in writing to the employee’s supervisor. The supervisor will speak with those involved, and will respond to the complaint within ten (10) working days.
TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT - The Hemet Unified School District is a tobacco-free district. The use of any tobacco products is prohibited at all times on district property and in district vehicles. Information on smoking cessation classes is available from the office of Child Welfare and Attendance at (51) 765-5187.
Idyllwild School Cell Phone Use Guidelines
This was created with student, staff, and principal input.
- Students may not make any phone call without adult permission at any time from a cell phone or regular phone during school hours.
- Students must have cell phone OFF and AWAY from 7:30-end of the school day.
- Students may not play video games on cell phones at school.
- Students may not call friends without permission on your cell phone or any other phone.
- Students may not text message friends during school hours.
- The classroom teacher may collect cell phones during tests by having students place the phones in a container and then distribute back to students at the end of class.
- Students may not call home without permission and leave school grounds without signing out.
- Students may only use cell phones before and after school.
- Students may not take pictures with their cell phones unless given permission by a teacher or the principal.
- Students may not post videos or pictures taken at school or of school events on-line.